Sunday, August 29, 2010


By Kyle-Anne Shiver

When Saul Alinsky began building his community-organization movement in 1930s Chicago, observers were watching Alinsky with one eye, while with the other eye observing the building of communist and fascist movements in Europe. It wasn't hard then to see in Alinsky's programs at home, elements of the people's revolution from Russia, as well as some of the same "in your face" tactics being employed by Hitler's Brownshirts.

What Alinsky's critics saw was the burgeoning of a national movement, the carefully manipulated construction of people's organizations, which all had two elements in common: (1) a collectivist creed, which denied the existence of personal responsibility; and (2) an amoral dogma, in which all means were justified by an imaginary utopian end.

When Saul Alinsky began building his community-organization movement in 1930s Chicago, observers were watching Alinsky with one eye, while with the other eye observing the building of communist and fascist movements in Europe. It wasn't hard then to see in Alinsky's programs at home, elements of the people's revolution from Russia, as well as some of the same "in your face" tactics being employed by Hitler's Brownshirts.

What Alinsky's critics saw was the burgeoning of a national movement, the carefully manipulated construction of people's organizations, which all had two elements in common: (1) a collectivist creed, which denied the existence of personal responsibility; and (2) an amoral dogma, in which all means were justified by an imaginary utopian end.

While most modern Americans remember well Hitler's Holocaust and the Cold War waged by a solid U.S.S.R., many of these same Americans have swallowed some false history regarding the movements that spawned such widespread, horrendous results. In what may be regarded as the most triumphant propaganda victory of our time, fascism has been scrubbed of all its Marxist roots, while communism has been scrubbed of its millions of callous murders.

While most modern Americans remember well Hitler's Holocaust and the Cold War waged by a solid U.S.S.R., many of these same Americans have swallowed some false history regarding the movements that spawned such widespread, horrendous results. In what may be regarded as the most triumphant propaganda victory of our time, fascism has been scrubbed of all its Marxist roots, while communism has been scrubbed of its millions of callous murders.

This post-WWII propaganda coup undeniably set the stage for the early Alinsky critics' most feared eventuality, that the massive organizations could be shrewdly adopted by a fascist demagogue, someone who could "seize leadership and control" and turn them into a "Frankenstein's monster against democracy."

But perhaps the most cunning propaganda feat in history has been undertaken for the past 8 years. As Jonah Goldberg expertly expounds in his book, Liberal Fascism, American left-wing ideologues have managed to dissociate themselves from all the horrors of fascism with a "brilliant rhetorical maneuver." They've done it by "claiming that their opponents are the fascists."

Alinsky himself employed this method, quite deviously. Alinsky biographer, Sanford D. Horwitt provides an anecdote using precisely this diabolical tactic to deceive the people. From Horwitt's Let Them Call Me Rebel:

" the spring of 1972, at Tulane University...students asked Alinsky to help plan a protest of a scheduled speech by George H. W. Bush, then U.S. representative to the United Nations - a speech likely to include a defense of the Nixon administration's Vietnam War policies. The students told Alinsky they were thinking about picketing or disrupting Bush's address. That's the wrong approach, he rejoined, not very creative - and besides causing a disruption might get them thrown out of school. He told them, instead, to go to hear the speech dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, and whenever Bush said something in defense of the Vietnam War, they should cheer and wave placards reading, ‘The KKK supports Bush.' And that is what they did, with very successful, attention-getting results."

In what may eventually prove to be a devious rhetorical feat of monstrous proportions, while the left has been indulging and fostering the "Bush Is Hitler" meme, they may have just put a genuine ideological fascist heir in the White House.

There is inherent danger in making scurrilous comparisons (as were perpetrated unceasingly against George W. Bush), but there seem to be some very worrisome signs in the rise of Barack Obama that we Americans would be foolish to ignore.

Obama, the Closer

As I put forth last year in "Obama, the Closer", Barack Obama, did not start his movement; Alinsky did.

Nor did Obama amass the organizations that propelled him. As detailed by Heidi J. Swarts, in her book, Organizing Urban America, the movement begun by Saul Alinsky in the 1930s has morphed into thousands of secular and faith-based leftist political organizations. ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) has perhaps the highest public profile, is most reputed for radicalism, and is the organization with which Barack Obama was first aligned. But ACORN is the mere tip of a veritable iceberg of Alinsky-styled community organizations that sweep across the entire United States and make up the backbone of faith-based progressive movements as well.

These euphemistically called "community" organizations have next to nothing to do with improving the communities and everything to do with politics, primarily strong-arming government money to advance their political aims. Prior to Reagan's election, these groups worked independently for the most part, each seeking to effect local change towards leftist ends.

But with Reagan's victory, ACORN founding member Wade Rathke sent out a memo (published by Swarts; Organizing Urban America; p. 29) that would reverberate all the way to Barack Obama's moment. ACORN had been behaving as a sort of "Lone Ranger of the Left" for too long, wrote Rathke. Ronald Reagan had formed a coalition among the middle-class that threatened to bring greater prosperity without left-wing Statists calling the shots. Rathke put out the call to the ACORN troops to stop antagonizing those who would be allies, especially unions and church organizations, once shunned by ACORN as too placid for the real fight for power. For the next 25 years, the community organization network built, proliferated and formed a solid, nation-wide base of political strength, purely according to Alinsky's original vision, and all just waiting for the right candidate to tap into it and lead it.

When folks from all corners of America proclaimed, seemingly with one voice, Barack is the "One we've been waiting for," they were speaking out of the vast Alinsky-originated network.

Neither did Barack Obama invent the political "ideology of change," nor design its carefully crafted propaganda. While media folks talked of the tingles up their legs and the brilliant rhetoric of Barack Obama, they were heralding the speaker only, not the creator of the movement and its slogans. That would have been Saul Alinsky, the man who took fascism and cunningly made it appear to casual observers every bit as American as apple pie.

Barack Obama is merely the movement's closer, the quintessential liberal fascist with a teleprompter.

Alinsky's Ideology of Change: The Third Way

Goldberg fastidiously notes the comparison between Alinsky's "in your face" rules for radicals, studied and perfected by Barack Obama, and shows them to have profoundly fascist roots:

"...there's no disputing that vast swaths of his (Alinsky's) writings are indistinguishable from the fascist rhetoric of the 1920s and 1930s...His worldview is distinctly fascistic. Life is defined by war, contests of power, the imposition of will. Moreover, Alinsky shares with the fascists and pragmatists of yore a bedrock hostility to dogma. All he believes in are the desired ends of the movement, which he regards as the source of life's meaning...But what comes through most is his unbridled love of power. Power is a good in its own right for Alinsky. Ours ‘is a world not of angels but of angles,' he proclaims in Rules for Radicals, ‘where men speak of moral principles but act on power principles."

Saul Alinsky was the man who transformed politics in America into all-out war mode. Alinsky's tenth rule of the ethics of means: "You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments." All's fair in love and war, and politics, to Alinsky, was war.

"A People's (community) Organization is not a philanthropic plaything or a social service's ameliorative gesture. It is a deep, hard-driving force, striking and cutting at the very roots of all the evils which beset the people. It thinks and acts in terms of social surgery and not cosmetic cover-ups.

A People's Organization is dedicated to an eternal war. A war is not an intellectual debate, and in the war against social evils there are no rules of fair play."
Saul Alinsky; Reveille for Radicals; p. 133

Alinsky includes an entire section in Rules for Radicals on "The Ideology of Change." The watchword of the Obama campaign was "change." Just as Hitler mobilized the masses with a calculatingly undefined demand for "change," so did Alinsky disciple, Barack Obama.

"Everything must be different!" or "Alles muss anders sein!," Hitler's own campaign slogan, morphed into "Unite for Change," and the Obama transition team's Even the idea of a vast "movement" was borrowed from Hitler. As Goldberg states, Hitler used the phrase, "the Movement," more than 200 times in Mein Kampf.

The word ‘movement' itself is instructive. Movement, unlike progress, doesn't imply a fixed destination. Rather, it takes it as a given that any change is better.
(Goldberg; Liberal Fascism; p. 176)
Perhaps the most intoxicating allure to the fascist demagogue and his movement for undefined change is its misleadingly conciliatory flavor. Barack Obama continually, throughout his campaign and even now, portrays himself as the Third Way between the cantankerous factions that have polarized America for the past 80 years, since liberal fascism took root as the Progressive Movement.

Obama claimed that Bush was too much the ideologue, that his policies were driven by the Christian right, involved "false choices" between all-out war on the one hand and diplomacy on the other, between the welfare state and cold-hearted, do-nothing conservatism, between absolute sovereignty and cowardly submission to the global community, between doing all and doing nothing. And if any of this gibberish were a true reflection of our political disagreements, Obama would be somewhat correct. But as any sentient person knows, this radical presentation of Obama's is absolutely false. That gets lost, though, in the leader's conciliatory tone.

What must not get lost, however, is the very real fact that this Third Way movement for change is as fascist as anything we have ever seen in the USA. As Alinsky described his own "Ideology of Change," the lure is in the claim that the leader has no ideology that would confine his outlook to hard choices between what is moral or immoral, that there are no boundaries set by either religion or politics, that everything can change and the only thing that matters is one's end intention to do something good.

As Hitler, before Alinsky, proclaimed, "Our program is to govern," not delve into theory and dogma. This is in itself very appealing, especially to an electorate sick of the contentiousness of the past decade. This undefined "ideology of change" for the sake of change, for some action that will break through the roadblocks of polarization, has tremendous allure.

But Goldberg bursts that bubble:

The ‘middle way' sounds moderate and un-radical. Its appeal is that it sounds unideological and freethinking. But philosophically the Third Way is not mere difference splitting; it is utopian and authoritarian. Its utopian aspect becomes manifest in its antagonism to the idea that politics is about trade-offs. The Third Wayer says that there are no false choices -‘I refuse to accept that X should come at the expense of Y.' The Third Way holds that we can have capitalism and socialism, individual liberty and absolute unity. Fascist movements are implicitly utopian because they - like communist and heretical Christian movements -- assume that with just the right arrangement of policies, all contradictions can be rectified.
(Goldberg; Liberal Fascism; p. 130)

Of course, thinking people -- when they are indeed thinking -- know this is an utterly false promise. Life will never be made perfect because all human beings are imperfect.

Unity, the Diabolical Lure

What of this longed-for unity then? Barack Obama proclaimed he was leading a movement of people "united for change." What is the appeal of unity?

The modern liberal fascist seeks that state between mother and child which exists early on before the child seeks his own independence, before mother must set herself at odds with him. It is the perfectly secure state of childhood where all is lovely and peaceful and nurturing, but cannot continue indefinitely if the child is to be prepared to face a world of difficulty and hard choices. Nevertheless, the yearning continues. It is this primordial yearning which sets itself in the crosshairs of the fascist demagogue.

But in adult life, this type of unity is anything but desirable, anything but virtuous. As Goldberg states, however, "elevation of unity as the highest social value is a core tenet of fascism and all leftist ideologies."

The allure of this mystical unity is so great that its demand to sacrifice reason and thought on the false altar of infantile security is seemingly lost to many. But as Goldberg also reminds us, "unity is, at best, morally neutral and often a source of irrationality and groupthink."

Rampaging mobs are unified. The Mafia is unified. Marauding barbarians bent on rape and pillage are unified. Meanwhile, civilized people have disagreements, and small-d democrats have arguments. Classical liberalism is based on this fundamental insight, which is why fascism was always anti-liberal.

Liberalism rejected the idea that unity is more valuable than individuality. For fascists and other leftists, meaning and authenticity are found in collective enterprises - of class, nation, or race - and the state is there to enforce that meaning on everyone without the hindrance of debate.
(Goldberg; Liberal Fascism; p. 172)

Just as the healthy relationship between parent and developing child demands friction, so does the healthy relationship between truly liberal citizens. Unity is the siren song of tyranny, not the call to genuine progress.

Fascism: The Two Birds with One Stone Approach

I think of Obama's liberal fascism as a cancer that attempts to kill the two birds of American exceptionalism with one stone. It is a deviously appealing Third Way that in the end, if allowed to triumph completely, kills both individual liberty and Judeo/Christian religion with its single stone.

And, indeed this was the precise goal of Adolph Hitler. Unlike the outspoken hatred of private property and religion espoused by communists under Lenin and Stalin, Hitler preferred the more moderate-seeming incremental takeover of private enterprise in the interest of the "common good," and the slow-death of Judeo/Christian religion by chipping away at it and replacing the people's dependence upon God gradually with reliance on the state (Hitler).

[Note: Hitler's Holocaust was based on the Progressive Eugenics principles set forth by Social Darwinist scientists and social engineers of the 1920s, widely accepted both in Europe and in the United States. Religion was not at the core of the Holocaust; race was. However, Hitler's other chief aim was to destroy the Judeo/Christian religions, which he believed had ruined the Germanic race's world predominance.]

Of course, as the German people were duped into giving Hitler totalitarian powers to work his magic "change," he took off the kid gloves and accelerated the program.

In the end, however slow the process, however seemingly benign the growth of the state may seem, liberal fascism has the same result of all tyrannies before it: hell on earth for most and a self-indulgent feast for the Statists in power.

As Barack Obama speaks, thinking Americans ought to hear the echoes of past fascist demagogues and remember. Remember.

When Barack Obama promises "collective redemption" through his profligate spending programs and vast overtures to a new world order built on love for our fellow man, we ought to shudder not swoon.

We ought to remember that healthy global relationships are built upon respect, not all-encompassing love, and that redemption for one's soul is a commodity the state is not empowered to offer.

As Pope Benedict XVI has so presciently warned:

Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes, not divine, but demonic.

Be not fooled, America. The movement, which appears most benign is instead the most malignant growth ever seen on our soil. It's a cancer that will kill, and however slowly it grows or however nice it may look on the surface, doesn't change a thing.

Kyle-Anne Shiver is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. She welcomes your comments at .

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG HAS HUGE FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN THE ARAB WORLD as might his political supporters in New York and perhaps Moslem investors involved with his projects.

According to the press release announcing this "coalition," the following are the members: Organizational Members:

Arab Muslim American Federation,
American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF),
Auburn Theological Seminary,
Brennan Center for Justice,
Brooklyn for Peace,
Center for Constitutional Rights,
Center for Understanding Islam,
Citizen Action of New York,
Common Cause/New York,
Community Voices Heard,
Convergence of Cultures/NY,
Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY,
Downtown Independent Democrats,
Good Jobs New York,
Greater NYC for Change,
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition,
Interfaith Center of New York,
Islamic Mission of America inc.,
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ],
Judson Memorial Church,
League of Women Voters of the City of New York,
Lower Manhattan Democrats (LMD),
Manhattan Young Democrats,
Middle East Crisis Response (MECR),
Muslim Bar Association of New York,
Muslim Consultative Network,
Muslim Public Affairs Council –NYC,
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU),
New York Theological Seminary,
New York City New Sanctuary Movement,
Pax Christi Metro New York,
Planners Network,
The Dialogue Project,
The New York City Chapter of Humanist Party,
The Shalom Center,
Woodstock International,
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring

Individual Members (organizational affiliation for identification only)

Talat Hamdani, Mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani NYPD Cadet, EMT, WTC II

Adem Carroll, Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition

Debbie Almontaser, Founding and Former Principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy

Hester Eisenstein, Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center

Jennifer Baumgardner, Co-Owner, Soapbox Inc.

Dr. Lucinda Allen Mosher, Interreligious Relations Consultant

Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary

Rev. Charles H. Straut, Jr., DMin, Consultant in Ministry, New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Dr. Diane Steinman, Co-Chair, New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform

Luis Barrios, Ph.D., BCFE, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Professor,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice- Department of Latin American & Latina/o Studies

Peter Marcuse, Professor emeritus of Urban Planning, Columbia University

Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister, The Community Church of NY Unitarian Universalist Forty

Rev. Freeman Palmer, Metro Association Minister, United Church of Christ, New York Conference

Rev Dr Rita M Root, Interim Conference Minister, New York Conference, United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear, Pastor, West-Park Presbyterian Church

Tarak Kauff , Veterans For Peace, MECR, Editor Woodstock International newspaper

Sounds like a real broad-based religious coalition, doesn't it?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Air Crash Near Bushehr, Drones Slam Into Reactor Dome
Debkafiles  - August 17, 2010

Two mysterious incidents are reported in the run-up to the fueling up of Iran's first nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21

Tuesday, Aug. 17, an Iranian F4 Phantom fighter jet was claimed by Tehran to have crashed 6 kilometers north of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran. Military sources report it was shot down by Russian-made TOR-M1 air-missile defense batteries guarding the reactor. A local government official Gholam Reza Keshtkar said the pilot and co-pilot ejected from the plane before it crashed and were rushed to hospital.

The TOR-M1 is designed to intercept planes or missiles coming in at medium or very low altitudes in case of American or Israeli attack.

Our sources ask: How did the Phantom penetrate to a distance of 6 kilometers from the reactor when its skies up to a 20-kilometer radius are a no-fly zone?

Perhaps the Bushehr's air defense system is slow to pick up intruders - although it is known to have been on high alert since a previous incident on Aug. 1. Or else it may been activated when inquiries to Iranian Air Force command about the jet's identity and mission failed to elicit a satisfactory reply.

Our Iranian sources report extreme edginess in Tehran ahead of August 21 when the Russian-built Bushehr reactor enters its first operational phase in the presence of high-ranking officials from Moscow. Tuesday afternoon, after the fighter jet crashed, the foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast warned "any aggression against the Bushehr nuclear plant can provoke serious reactions. Based on international rules, a facility with nuclear fuel cannot be damaged" All the Bushehr defensive systems have been on the highest alert since a previous incident first revealed on Aug. 6.

On Aug. 1, three unidentified UAVs slammed into the reactor buildings, scaring the townspeople who were sure the plant was under American or Israeli attack.

After the heads of government in Tehran put their heads together to try and identify the drones, without success, the defense ministry emerged with a communiqué reporting that a single drone had crashed on the nuclear reactor's dome, but insisted it was launched by Iran's Revolutionary Guards to test the alertness of the air defense personnel guarding it and the effectiveness of its anti-air radar system.

AccordinG to Iranian and intelligence sources, Bushehr citizens were sure they heard three mighty explosions - not one. So the deputy district governor for security affairs, Mohammad Hossein Shenidi, who is responsible for safeguarding Bushehr and its reactors against air or missile attacks, pitched in with a lighter version of the communiqué: A single drone had indeed been fired, he admitted, but it carried no explosives because its only purpose was to simulate a loud bang to check the level of local alertness.

According to our sources, the townspeople were correct: Three drones hit the reactor killing at least five of its staff members.

Tuesday afternoon, another Iranian high-up, defense minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, talked to reporters. He declared that the "long range UAV called Karrar would be unveiled on this day" - an apparent reference to the debkafile report of Monday, Aug. 16, that the death of Iran's drone program head Reza Baruni had buried the program for years go come.

Regarding the delay in Moscow's delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, Vahidi declared: "We build whatever we want inside the country… and the production of long-range air defense system in Iran is already on the agenda of the defense ministry."

Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton Tuesday Aug. 17 repeated his warning that Israel has "eight days" to launch a military strike against Bushehr and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant. Once Russian loads it with fuel on Saturday, it will be too late because any attack would spread radiation and affect Iranian citizens, he said.

In the absence of an Israeli strike, said Bolton, "Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other opponent of the US in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor."

Sunday, August 15, 2010


The Law, Human Rights, and the Right to Believe - by Jeffrey Imm

Pakistan floods ‘could aid Taliban’

Afghanistan: Al-Qaeda appeals for donations for third time\08\12\story_12-8-2010_pg7_8

Afghanistan: Unrest Undermines Hopes for a Fair Vote in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: FOX News: “Taliban Suffer Blow in Public Relations War in Afghanistan”

(U.S.) Bin Laden’s cook sentenced to 14 years in prison for supporting terrorism

— AP: “But the Sudanese captive, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi, could serve far less time because his sentence is sharply limited in a plea agreement that remains secret.”
(U.S.) Girl Hurt In Uganda Bombing Back Home In Md.

— Emily Kerstetter

(UK) Don’t snub al-Qaida in talks, says Tony Blair’s IRA negotiator - Jonathan Powell

Iraq army is not ready for the US to pull out

(Saudi Arabia) Al Qaeda threatens to topple Saudi govt

(Saudi Arabia) Al-Qaeda: kill Christians

— AQAP’s number two, Said al-Shihri: “Those of you who work in guarding the tyrants of princes or ministers, or the compounds inhabited by Christians, or can reach them, should seek God’s help and kill them.”

Lebanon: US, France Told Israel Not to Attack Lebanon

Iran: ‘More than 50% chance of attack on Iran’

Indonesia: Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) crown prince Abdul Rohim sees violent jihad as inevitable

Indonesia: Students unperturbed amid terrorist image

Indonesia: Next in line: Potential leaders of underground jihadist movement

Indonesia: The young terrorists waiting in the wings

Indonesia: Brotherhood stalling preventive measures

Malaysia arrests three suspected Islamic militants

Thailand: Army ranger gunned down in Yala while on intelligence gathering trip

Thailand: Three killed in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south

Thailand: Car bomb attack in Pattani, no injury

Thailand: In Thailand’s Troubled South, Teachers Face Death Every Day

— Teachers face death in Thailand’s troubled south

War on Women News:
Afghanistan: Mutilated Afghan girl comes to L.A. for treatment

— Afghan Teen Disfigured by Husband Arrives in L.A. For Restoration Surgery,0,5612401.story

Afghanistan: Statistics show more Afghan women attempting suicide

Afghanistan: Pregnant Woman Whipped, Murdered by Taliban

Afghanistan: The face we can’t ignore: Women in Afghanistan

Uganda LRA rebels ‘forcing civilians to join them’

— Lords Republic Army (LRA) - “The report says girls are used for sex or as servants. Refusing sexual relations is often punished by death.” 1

(U.S.) Now 18, Rifqa Bary Gains Long-Awaited Freedom


CNN: “Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning denounces her lawyer”

— CNN: “The 43-year-old woman sentenced to death by stoning in Iran denounced her lawyer and said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that she knew about the plot to kill her husband but thought it was a joke.”

— “Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s lawyer said his client made those comments to state-run television “to save her life” and noted that the death sentence for murder charges related to her husband’s death was commuted. The mother of two faces a death sentence for adultery.”

— “Ashtiani’s attorney, Mohammad Mostafaei, told CNN last month that his client confessed to the crime after being subjected to 99 lashes. He said she later recanted the confession and denied any wrongdoing.”

— “In Wednesday’s interview, aired on the program “20:30,” Ashtiani blamed Mostafaei for publicizing her case and said she had never met him.”

Other News:

Indonesia: Leaders offer support to besieged Christians

— UCAN: “Religious leaders have visited the Batak Society Christian Church (HKBP) in Bekasi, West Java, to offer their moral support after dozens of church members, mostly women, were injured in an attack by radical Muslims.”

— “The members were holding an Aug. 8 Sunday morning service when the assault took place. The group overcame security personnel and attacked the congregation, although none of the injuries were described as serious.”

Algeria: Hard-line Islam steps out of shadows in Algeria

Somalia Militants Ban Christian Aid Groups

(UK) London: August 11, 2010: Pakistani Christian Diaspora observed ‘Black Day’ instead of Minority Day to demand repeal of blasphemy law and end to atrocities against Christians in Pakistan

(UK) Dudley ‘to ban’ future EDL rallies — English Defence League

(UK) Blog: “Cageprisoners reaches a new low”

“Indian Christians Denounce Plan against Holy Quran” — criticize U.S. Dove World Outreach’s plans to burn Qur’an

India: Black Day reiterates demand for equal status to Christians

(U.S.) Maryland: Olney community continues to offer support to B’nai Shalom after vandalism

US President Obama sends wishes to Muslims on Ramadan

(U.S.) DC: Why did no one object to the “Pentagon mosque”?

(U.S.) NYC: With Anti-Mosque Ad, M.T.A. Is Reminded of Its Limited Powers

(U.S.) NYC: CNN - “Overwhelming majority oppose mosque near Ground Zero”

(U.S.) NYC: Bloomberg Dismisses Gov. Paterson’s Mosque Proposal

(U.S.) NYC: Gov. Paterson Doesn’t Object To Mosque — But Floats A Possible Compromise

— N.Y. Gov Offers ‘State Property’ If Mosque Moves Farther From Ground Zero

(U.S.) NYC: Gov. Paterson: World Trade Center mosque sponsors ‘sympathetic’ to situation but don’t want to move

— NY gov says Islamic group won’t relocate mosque

(U.S.) NYC: Divisions grow over New York’s Ground Zero mosque

IDF chief to Gaza flotilla probe: Raid quickly became ‘chaotic’

France experiencing ‘resurgence of racism’


Saturday, August 7, 2010


By Michael Coren

So let me get this right.

We have elaborate, hugely expensive, highly intrusive and time-consuming security checks at airports because of the justified fear of terrorism.

It has transformed the way we fly and made it far more expensive and difficult.

The vast, overwhelming majority of airline terrorism has been committed by Muslims in the name of Islam — yes, yes I know we’re supposed to use the word “fundamentalist,” but they don’t so why should we?

Oh, and if you doubt my statement look at the figures for successful and attempted attacks.

Yet, the Sun revealed this week: Neither airlines nor security services are asking Muslim women to lift their veils and prove that the face beneath matches their photo ID.

This became known after a passenger took and posted a video of two Muslim women with their faces covered boarding an Air Canada flight in Montreal.

Neither was asked to show their face and the man with the group carried all of the passports and was the only person to speak to the airport staff.

“I complained at the desk — and again as I boarded the plane — asking if the pilot was happy that two women boarded without being identified,” the passenger told the Sun.

“Both members of staff whom I spoke to were flustered and clearly embarrassed.”

He alleged he was subsequently threatened with a lawsuit by the airline for posting the video because it might — wait for it — infringe on security.

So the same people who demand we remove belts and shoes, who analyze our laptops and brush them for explosive powder and who now promise full-body scans are apparently frightened of asking Muslim women to show their faces beneath their veils in case it somehow offends their Islamic sensibilities.

Meaning that they might not be who they claim to be, could be terrorists, could even be men.

It has happened before several times, with criminals dressed as Muslim women committing robberies and Pakistani terrorist leaders being smuggled out of besieged buildings in burkas.

Nobody is looking to humiliate or embarrass a Muslim — it’s not as though they’re Christians and open to all sorts of insults and abuse, or Jews who are not even allowed into several Muslim countries if they’ve dared to visit family or friends in Israel — but just to be fair and equal.

The incident has now received a great deal of publicity and various government ministers have promised an investigation.

But one wonders if the culture of appeasement and fear is already too strong.

Recently I had a splendid tour of Bavaria and Prague.

Our guide, however, was an oddity. A young Dutch woman with standard leftist views, she told me how she had no time for politicians who claimed Islam was any sort of threat.

But, I said, you are Dutch and in your country a movie director was slaughtered like an animal in the street by a Muslim fanatic and a woman MP had to live with 24-hour security because she criticized some aspects of Islam.

“That happened because they offended Muslims,” replied the former social worker and generally good person. “You really should not offend them.”

No, it seems you should not.

Ask Oba-Hussein! He has weakened our physical defenses in every possible way even formally  banning using the word Islam in the same sentence or text with terrorism in his administration.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Video OBAMA FACILITATES ZAKAT including the 7th Cagegory

One of the five Pillars of Islam is "Zakat", charitable giving.

You can actually go on line and download a form for calculating your zakat obligation. Basically, you list all your assets other than your personal effects, home and furnishings and cars.

Include your savings, retirement funds, refundable rental deposits, outstanding loans to others, investments, business inventory, precious metals, stocks and bonds.

Then you take two and one half percent of the total. This is your zakat obligation which must be paid annually. You will find it probably works out for most to be more than tithing would

Sharia law prescribes how Muslims must distribute their zakat. It doesn't just go to their local mosque. Rather it must be divided up eight ways.

The book of Sharia Law, "Reliance of the Traveller" contains 33 pages of detailed information regarding Zakat. One eighth of one's zakat must go to each of eight specified categories.

The seventh category is "Those fighting for Allah", those fighting in Islamic military operations. It specifically mentions these funds are needed to provide them with "weapons, mounts, clothing and expenses".

Thus, all Muslims are obligated to support the jihad being waged against the West. This includes terrorism.

NOW, view this brief video clip in which Obama expresses his intention to make it easier for Muslims to pay Zakat.