I must say nothing amazes me more than this meme that we keep hearing after very single attack by an Islamist:

The CNN report itself — the written report, not the clip above — is another marvel, making the story about everything else but the terrorist attack. Paragraph after paragraph of quotes appear in the article about religion of peace, worries about backlash, members of the Somali community worried that their families may have been victimized, before it actually gets to the attacks. It barely mentions that Adan demanded to know the religion of his victims, noting only that he “made a reference to Allah” and “asked at least one person if they were Muslim.” That sounds rather … polite, no? Well, except for the whole attempted-mass-murder thing.

The big story here isn’t the “potential for backlash.” It’s the terrorist attack that nearly took nine or more lives in the sleepy community of St. Cloud. Maybe other outlets will focus on the real story.

The “concern about a backlash” meme is so often repeated that it’s rarely questioned by the left, but two words illustrate how idiotic it is:

Emmett Till

For those of you who don’t know your history Emmett Till was a 14 year old chicago boy who was lynched during a visit to Mississippi in 1955 for the horrible crime of supposedly flirting with a white woman which apparently upset the sensibilities of certain folks.

It’s worth noting that Emmett Till’s murder was not unique in the era of Jim Crow:

From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States.  Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were black.  The blacks lynched accounted for 72.7% of the people lynched. 

That works out to about 1 black man lynched every ten days during that period of time.

What does this have to do with Islamic Terror?  Think about it for a second.

Ask yourself how you would react to local police after a lynching during the days of Jim Crow stating:  “They were unclear on the motivations for the attack” and local and national newspapers gave credence to such a statement?

Ask yourself how you would react if after a lynching local and national media in unison said the primary thing to worry about would be a backlash against whites over lynchings of blacks?

Ask yourself how you would react if local and national media insisted that the Jim Crow culture had no bearing on the decision of groups of “lone wolfs” who lynched blacks or that any connection with the culture of Jim Crow to lynching was illegitimate?  

Because when you claim that we are unsure of the motivations on Islamic Terror, when you go on about a potential backlash against Islam over terror attacks and you insist that the culture of Islam has nothing to do with the motivations of terrorists & that moderate Islam has no obligation to help the FBI weed out potential terrorists, you sound just like an apologist for Jim Crow circa 1930.

Closing thought as I’ve already said during Jim Crow you had one black man lynched every 10 days. As of this writing it has been 5488 days since Sept 11 2001 and in that time there have been 29,258 attacks by Islamic terrorists worldwide, an average of one attack every 4 1/2 HOURS a rate over 53 times the rate of lynching in the US during Jim Crow.

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Daniel Greenfield again documents the terms of Europe’s willing surrender to the Dar al-Islam.

The UN Commission of Experts identified 1,600 actual cases of rape in the Bosnian War that took place in the former Yugoslavia over a period of years. In Germany, 2,000 Muslim migrants sexually assaulted 1,200 women in a single night in cities across Germany.

The former was considered one of the worst war crimes of the decade. Its perpetrators were bombed and then faced war crimes trials. The perpetrators of the latter received a slap on the wrist.

In Cologne, Hassan and Hussein were handed suspended sentences. Hassan, who had demanded that a man hand over two women to him by bellowing, “Give me the girls, give me the girls – or you’re dead” was tried as a juvenile offender and was sentenced to community service and an integration course.


Selin Goren, a spokeswoman for a left-wing refugee group, admitted to lying that the men who sexually assaulted her were German instead of Arabs because the act of the rape had a “political dimension”. Instead of thinking of the men who had assaulted her, she thought of a pro-refugee rally in which she had called for fighting “against racism and sexism”.

And predictably the former took a back seat to the latter.

When the police officer asked her if refugees had been responsible, she retorted that they had spoken German while resenting the officer for being so racist as to assume, correctly, that Muslim migrants were to blame.

A friend had told her that she acted like a battered wife protecting her abusive husband.

It’s an accurate description of not just her, but of the entire left which has turned its own values inside out in order to protect Muslim rapists from a theocratic culture not fundamentally different than ISIS which believes that women are fair game during their gleeful invasion of Europe.

My opinion: European in general and Germany specifically isn’t done paying the spiritual price for the perpetrating/allowing the massacres of the 20th century. And I’m not only referring to the Jews–Russians, Poles—both Jew and Gentile—Romani…and the list goes on. Europe’s spiritual problems are and have always been about leadership.

The spiritual price(s) for bad leadership: delusion and the desire for death, brought on by godlessness. Of course, godless leaders were the catalysts for the massacres in the first place.

Observing from across the water bids these questions. How many Americans are similarly deluded? And what of our leaders?


And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Enjoy your reward, Fr. Jacques Hamel.

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Red Oak MosqueBy John Ruberry

It’s easy to dismiss Arsalan Iftikhar, an American Muslim human rights lawyer of Pakistani descent who uses the TheMuslimGuy handle on Twitter as something you’ll find under a rock, but the reality is far worse–the self-appointed expert who rails about Islamophobia is an eel living off of sewage.

The apologist for radical Islam, following up on Newt Gingrich’s comments that belief in Muslim law, known as Sharia, should be cause for deportation from America, eloquently but dishonestly tells readers on Time.com that there is nothing to fear about Sharia. In this defense, Iftikhar cites a New York Times Magazine article written by a Harvard professor, and a Yale professor opining in the Times proper.

Wow. I’m so not impressed.

In that Time piece about Sharia, Iftikhar doesn’t mention amputation as a punishment for thieves. But you’ll find it in Sura 5:38 in the Quran:

[As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent [punishment] from Allah. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.

If you are a Muslim, what do you believe more–what is written in the Quran or the New York Times?

Wife-beating was left out of Iftikhar the Eel’s treatise, but it can be found in Sura 4:34 of the Quran:

Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.

That’s right, strike them.

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

I could go on and on, but I’ve made my point. But I do want to mention Taqiyya, an Islamic concept that permits believers to lie to infidels in order to advance the greater cause, which of course is the advance of Islam.

To be fair, many Muslims leave the Middle East to escape Sharia and its 7th century legal codes.

What about them, Iftikhar?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Last night an Islamist man named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed his rented truck at 40mph through a large crowd of people watching the Bastille Day fireworks at the Nice promenade:

The truck driver, who was known to police, was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is great in Arabic – before being killed in a clear suicide mission. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday.

The Daily Mail lede lists the details:

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Terrorist uses lorry to mow down crowds during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice
  • Local paper Nice Matin names suspect as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice
  • Death toll currently stands at 84 and dozens more people were injured in terror attack on the French Riviera
  • At least 10 babies and children were killed, some in buggies, with least 54 children also being treated in hospital
  • French, Americans, Armenians and Ukrainians among confirmed dead – dozens more are injured or missing
  • Eyewitnesses said driver zig-zagged at 40mph to hit crowds of people who were sent flying or jammed under wheels
  • Terrorist then opened fire with a gun from cab of the lorry before being killed by a police marksman in shootout
  • President Francois Hollande extends state of emergency by three months and pledges to hit ISIS even harder

Cable news mentioned that a civilian in a motorcycle tried to rush the truck to stop the driver while the police was shooting at the truck. The scene was beyond horrific.

French authorities immediately determined it was a terrorist attack, and did not refer to the perpetrator as a “lone wolf.”

The White House issued the usual boilerplate statement. If you look at it, its all-purpose platitude-rich content can be used for any terrorist attack anywhere, any time:

On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in [insert location, country], which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded.  I have directed my team to be in touch with [insert country name] officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with [insert country name], our [insert adjective] ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

On this [insert appropriate date], we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made  [insert country name] an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the [insert country name and modifying noun] will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.

As Scott Johnson points out, Obama believes that terrorism is one of those things we have to learn to live with.(*)

Unless it kills you.

Earlier this week, French intelligence disclosed (unintentionally) that a Brazilian member of ISIS had planned an attack against the French Olympic team at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Undeniably, France is under an exceptionally serious threat environment. Intelligence agencies will examine the Nice attack, which has already been described as a security failure on a colossal level.

Tom Rogan asks, How Will France and the West Respond to the Savage Terrorist Attack in Nice?

I don’t have an answer to that question. I do know that the 1984 AMIA bombing in Argentina left 87 dead, and that it was masterminded by Iran – and that Pres. Obama’s Iran deal is now a year old.

So screw the candlelight vigil.

Obama’s not alone in his thinking (h/t Stephen Green),

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Red Oak MosqueBy John Ruberry

Muslims, many of them refugees from war, keep coming to America. Other than for the obvious reasons, the opportunity for a much better standard of living than what is expected in their home countries and the opportunity to collect government benefits, who have to wonder why this is happening.

I have some things to say to the Muslims who want to emigrate here.

If you believe in theocracy, in other words, sharia law, as many Muslims do, then America, with its long history of separating religion from government, is not for you.

Although this very recent development is still very controversial, in the United States, men can marry men and women can marry women, and yes, they have sex with each other. Millions of unmarried Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, are sexually active. If this bothers you, then America is not for you.

Women and men in America, and teens too, often where next to no clothing. If this angers you, then America is not for you.

Dogs are beloved animal companions for many Americans. If you believe that Islam teaches you that dogs are unclean and that they should be avoided, then the United States is not for you.

Porky's Rib Fest
Porky’s Rib Fest ad, Bridgeview, IL

While not as popular as beef or chicken, pork is a popular meat choice for many Americans. If this dietary selection gives you anguish because of what is written in the Quran, then America is not for you.

About three-quarters of American adults drink alcoholic beverages several times a week. Beer commercials are a staple of sports television and are common fare on many other TV programs. If you don’t approve because Islam teaches that alcohol is forbidden, then America is not for you.

Of course in this verbal exercise I could easily substitute France for the United States and make the same point.

Amish wagon in Michigan
Amish horse carriage in Michigan

And yes, to be fair, there are members of religious groups who have lived in the United States since before its founding, such as Orthodox Jews and the Amish, who feel uncomfortable with some of these American mores I just pointed out. Mormons too. But there is a big difference in regards to Islam. The first two I just mentioned don’t proselytize–although Orthodox Jews preach to other Jews–they are what I call beehive religions. You don’t bother them and they don’t bother you.

But Islam–read your history, naysayers–is not only a proselytizing faith, it is a conquering one. But three or four million Muslims can’t overthrow America.

Yet they keep coming.


John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Dialogue from the otherwise worthless Jeff Bridges film Wild Bill may shine some light on this paradox. John Hurt’s character remarks to Wild Bill Hickok as they arrive in hedonistic Deadwood, “This town… I really think it’s like something out of the Bible.”

“Which part?” Hickok replies.

“The part right before God gets angry.”

Is this how Muslims view our country?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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Of course, people are still talking about the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack. And many of the funerals are probably being conducted this weekend. And the government, after so miserably failing to protect Americans once again is contemplating at least two methods of stripping law-abiding Americans from two areas of protection mandated in the Bill of Rights.

After San Bernardino, I remember wondering when the next time a Muslim would shoot up/blow up another set of Americans. No great insight was necessary to predict that it would occur again and now it has. And there will be a next time.

And the ridiculous shifting of blame from Muslims onto Christians will happen again, as well. How high will that mountain of lies be by then?

Funny thing (not funny ha-ha)—I believe that the blaming of Christians for something that an enemy of Christians does is a meme set in motion by a finite and unnamed group of government actors—a tactic made easier by Social Media, especially Twitter. As a result, individual anti-theists—along with other haters of the Church–grab it and run with it. This finite group and its witting and unwitting lackeys couldn’t care less whether the connection between being against same-sex marriage and murdering homosexuals makes sense or not. And the lackeys hope that the government cracks down on Christians. Why? Because we disagree with them.

But what is the hope of the unnamed government group? This isn’t difficult to predict either.

Every mass shooting is an opportunity for this unnamed group to stir up the hue and cry to ban guns. Additionally, every mass shooting not involving blacks as perpetrator or victim is an opportunity to stir up hatred toward Christians. In the one recent case where the victims were black Christians–Charleston— the unnamed group had to pivot to the Confederate flag as the thing to be denounced.)

But guns are always the primary target—if you’ll pardon the pun. Always. Because guns in the hand of citizens is the last defense against what the unnamed government group wants; complete control of the American citizenry—all races, straights, gays, Christians, Jews, atheists, Hindus, Sikhs…

You’ll notice I left Muslims off the list. The unnamed group wants them to have guns and to conduct more terror. That’s proven by both the events in San Bernardino and in Orlando…and many other events I’m not inclined to look up at the moment. And the unnamed group wants other chaotic elements–think drug cartels–to keep their guns, too.

Should the banning of guns occur, these violent elements–and others like them–will run wild, causing the larger American populace to beg for government protection.

And we’ll get it. And it will be the worst thing that has ever happened in this country.

That’s the plan. But you already knew.

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gay flagBy John Ruberry

Details will continue to roll in and the numbers will change, but as of this writing, 50 people are reported dead in the worse mass shooting in American history, yes even worse than Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and San Bernardino.

Here is what we know this morning: The shooter, who was killed about six hours ago by a SWAT team, was Omar Mir Seddique Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida. He entered an Orlando, Florida gay bar and shot dozens–in addition to the 50 murders, another 53 people have been wounded. Mateen, as US media outlets feel compelled to report, is a US citizen, but his parents were born in Afghanistan. Mateen was born in New York.

The killer was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle. The FBI says that Mateen may have “leanings to radical Islamic terrorism.”

This human filth was a registered Democrat,

Mateen will certainly disrupt the liberal narrative that hate crimes are right-wing phenomenon and that domestic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. The last mass shooting in America, in case you forgot, was in San Bernardino, California, when a US born Muslim and his Pakistani wife killed 14 people at a holiday party seven months ago.

France was hit by two mass shootings last year–in both of those tragic incidents the perpetrators were Muslims. In the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the magazine’s repeated use of profane images of Muhammad was cited for reason for the murders. and in the much deadlier November Paris attacks, gunmen were heard shouting “Allahu akbar.”

The Islamic State terror group hailed the Orlando murders.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

MuhammadAliby baldilocks

Before the death of the legendary Muhammad Ali—a Muslim–I said a prayer for him–that God the Father might draw him to Jesus the Christ—and I said so on Social Media. I expected one of my few Muslim friends to take offense to this, but it is many professed Christians who seem have more of a problem with my prayer.

I wonder what Bible they’re reading—a rhetorical musing because I know that reading and comprehending are two separate concepts.

Now let’s get this straight; I have no idea whether God answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to my prayer and I’m okay with not knowing. What gets me is how many Christians are saying that no deathbed conversions exist. I mean, how would anyone know one way or the other? And some are ridiculing the notion that we Christians should pray for the conversion of Ali’s Muslim family!

And then there’s that whole chronicle about the thief on the cross—the one who, through an act of faith, got a last minute get-out-of-Hell free card—a death “bed” conversion. When I mentioned it, someone actually told me that this was a one-time event—that it would never happen again!

Seriously, why believe in a god who can’t see what’s in your heart, who doesn’t know your heart infinitely better than you know it yourself, and who can’t have mercy on even the worst of us in seconds?

Why believe in a God who can’t make a day last longer than the standard 24 hours?

Why believe in a God who can’t take a murderer of Christians and turn him into Christ’s most convincing earthly apologist?

I’m unfamiliar with this deity in which many Christians say they believe—this god whose name is not El Shaddai.

I’m also unfamiliar with a deity who does not want us to pray for living unbelievers—like most of Ali’s family and a few members of my own.

I’m told that God is not willing that any should perish and that followers of Christ can move mountains with faith-fueled prayer, but some of my naysayers seem to be ignoring those words.

Whoever this limited deity is in whom some Christians say they believe, I don’t think he’s worth worshiping. As for Ali, he knows the truth now, and it’s likely that he’s full of regret. Not certain, but likely.

Don’t let that be your fate, Christians; the God I do know says that we will give an account for everything we say and do. I have enough stuff to account for and I’m sure that you do, too. Friendly advice: limit the list.

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At the times of Israel (via Ed Driscoll at Insty) they are wondering how the media will react to this departure of the official Narrative™ of peaceful persecuted Islam

This is notwithstanding that according to this article by the BBC, Belkhiri said in an interview that she took the photos in order to show “that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other”. Perhaps the caveat of us being able to live together is that this clause is nullified if you happen to be Jewish.

Belkhiri has since gone on a deleting spree and has attempted to get rid of many of her old antisemitic and racist tweets, most of which are now only available on archive, but not before some savvy redditors wised up to what she was doing and captured the messages. In some ways, though, it is too late; the original story, with a compartmentalized narrative of an innocent Muslim woman heroically standing up to ‘hate’ and taking selfies for the cause of peace and love has already spread across the world.

One wonders how eager the HuffPost and Vice will be to make addendums to these articles to the effect of “Oh yeah, but she also hates the Jews — sorry, forgot to write about that one”.

What Tweets is she trying to delete?  stuff like this

Given that Vox and the Huffington post are both online publications whose origins are in the net age you might thing that they would have thought to looking for this, but that’s assumes two things:

That they wanted to find such tweets if they existed

That they disagreed with them

I submit and suggest neither of those things should be assumed of these publications or the left in general these days.

Closing thought:  If I was Donald Trump I’d be ready to throw this story in the face of any media who hits him over screening muslims coming to the US.

Update: The BBC has reported on this:

“This wasn’t a protest at all, this was just to share joy and peace,” Ms Belkhiri told Trending in an email at the time explaining her actions. The 22-year-old added that she wanted “to show that things can be different. And that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other”.
However, since then a series of deeply disturbing anti-Semitic statements made by Ms Belkhiri on social media have come to light.
In one tweet dating from November 2012, she wrote: “Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them.”
And in another Facebook post from March 2014, she used an expletive to describe Jews before adding: “I hate them so much.”
After these and other statements emerged, Ms Belkhiri deleted all her social media accounts. As the backlash against Ms Belkhiri grew, a meme appeared showing the now-famous picture of her snapping her selfie but with Jewish concentration camp prisoners and scenes of various terror attacks photoshopped in place of the line of protesters.

Note to Ms. Belkhiri, this isn’t the arab world were one can just state a myth and expect people to believe it to save face.

Update 2: Can I get another “unexpectedly” here?

Ms. Belkhiri’s social media accounts were first subject to mass deletions and now have been deactivated in their entirety.

But screen caps and the internet are forever

At Israeli Cool (Via Elder of ziyon) Ryan Bellerose tells the truth about the consequences of supporting the arabs over Israel for leftists there:

He starts by acknowledging the short term reasons for doing so:

Now if one is short-sighted, it is rather obvious that one would choose the Arabs. They have Arab oil money behind them, they have the “cool” leftists behind them

However if you are actually living in Israel here is the bottom line for such a person if the arabs actually won. If you are a woman

First, I hope you didn’t like those human rights you got so used to, because you won’t get to keep those. That whole equal rights for everyone thing? Not so much. If you are a woman, your rights are roughly equal to half that of a man. You won’t be able to leave the house without supervision and if you are lucky enough to get raped, you better hope there is a witness besides yourself or you will likely have insult to injury and be stoned – and not stoned in a good way.

If you are Gay:

Don’t worry, as long as nobody finds out you should be fine. If they do, I hope you are OK with being thrown off a roof. That’s if they don’t hang you by a crane.

If you are a Christian, even a nominal one

as long as you pay your dhimmi taxes (roughly double) they will only ask that you NEVER TALK ABOUT YOUR RELIGION IN PUBLIC AGAIN or carry a bible in public. Upon pain of death by the way.

How about if you’re not a monotheist or a believer of any type:

If you are like me and are a “pagan” Indian who doesn’t follow the bible as your central holy text, don’t worry, you will be given the chance to convert to Islam before they kill you.

As for Human Rights

one need only look at EVERY SINGLE MUSLIM MAJORITY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Find me one that isn’t rife with human rights abuses, where religious freedom or even basic human rights are respected.

These are all truths that our friends on the left often forget when they attack Western Civilization without asking the obvious question: What will we replace it with?


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Red Oak MosqueBy John Ruberry

Belgium–part French and part Dutch–has been a schizophrenic nation since its founding in 1830. But after last month’s deadly terror attacks in Brussels–which is one-quarter Muslim–the country may be coming together under “European values.”

The Belgian secretary of state for asylum and migration, Theo Francken, is proposing the what is being called “a newcomer’s statement,”  which covers non-European Union migrants who stay more than three months.

The plan is expected to become law later this year.  Migrants covered by the law will be forced to sign a pledge to not only to uphold European values, but to oppose terrorism and to report any possible terror attacks.

Those not integrating properly will be kicked out of Belgium.

Despite groups such as CAIR claiming that Islam and the West have shared values, the reality is much different.

Here is just a partial list of the cultural contrasts: Europeans usually marry whoever they want–and that includes members of the same gender–whereas Muslims often rely upon arranged marriages. Religion–if they have one–is a private affair for most Europeans, Muslims follow an absolutist faith that governs all segments of their lives; in fact many Muslims favor eschewing what they dismiss as “man-made law” for sharia, that is, Islamic law, which includes the amputation of hands for thieves and the stoning of people who have extra-marital affairs. Feminists may disagree but men and women enjoy equal rights in Europe. Muslim women are subservient to men as a rule.

Europeans for the most part like the continent the way it is–many Muslims want to culturally annihilate it and make it as Islamic as the Middle East.

If the Euro-Muslims win out it is their values that will be European ones.

Europe is in for a rough ride no matter what the outcome of this clash of civilizations.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Crassus: One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you’re obliged to act like one

.Spartacus 1960

We hear the word: Islamophobia bandied about a lot. The use of the word “phobia” suggests an irrational fear of something, in that something in this case being Islam.

Well if you want to see “Islamophobia” up close we have a dandy example of it right now in Brussels, to wit:

The organisers of a “March Against Fear” planned for Sunday to mark the Brussels terror attacks said they had cancelled the event after the authorities asked them to do so because of security fears.

So let’s review, the “March against fear” has been cancelled due to…fear of attacks by Islamists, dare I say “Islamophobia”.

I’ll leave it to you dear reader to decide if this fear is irrational or not. For myself if one can’t reasonably secure the March it would seem foolish to hold it, but not as foolish as to announce such a march and then cancel it due to fear, giving the enemy an easy victory.


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Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute

Senator Robert Goodloe Harper

From the late 10th to the Early 12th century rules of what would eventually become England paid something called the Danegeld basically it was a tax that was used to pay off the various Nordic tribes who would raid their country to keep them from doing so.

Long after the last nordic raids and seven Centuries after the Danegled ended many of the descendants of those who were paid that Danegeld came to america and settled in the State of Minnesota.
These days there are different immigrants coming to Minnesota, they bear little physical resemblance to the Nordic peoples who came before them and share no history in common but apparently they have apparently learned about the Danegeld:

Six organizations that work with Somali youth in Minnesota have been awarded $300,000 in grants as part of a federal pilot project designed to combat terrorism, the nonprofit group that is administering the funds announced Thursday.

The organizations insist that this is because of the struggles for the youth

Marcus Pope, director of partnerships and external relations for Youthprise, the nonprofit administering the money, said investing in youth development is crucial. He said Minnesota is home to many creative and bright Somali youth, but many of them face “formidable challenges, including a sense of alienation, a search for identity as new immigrants, unemployment and poverty that can open them to recruitment by extremist groups.

You would think that they were the first set of immigrants to come to America, oddly enough my grandparents and their children who lived though the great depression didn’t feel tempted to join groups to take arms against America nor did the millions of others who came before them. Of course they were not overwhelmingly islamic were they? As Pam Geller puts it

This ridiculous program stems from the government’s refusal to face the reality of jihad terror as coming straight from the Quran and Sunnah. They think sports and jobs programs are going to stop Somalis in Minnesota from going jihad? What’s their backup plan?

Is this official recognition that Islam is a mental illness?

Of course to the Somali’s they might not think of this as the Danegeld but rather as the jizyah paid by non muslims to remain unmolested by an Islamic state but Jizyah or Danegeld the advice that Mr. Kipling gave in his poem on the subject remains true:

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

I predict that is any of these “youths” turn to terror (and I predict if they do they will be described as “Islamic” or “Somali Americans” but as “Minnesotans” ) It will be blamed on insufficient funding for these programs.

This issue btw is tailor-made for Donald Trump


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Rooster Cogburn:  You can’t serve papers on a rat, you have to kill him or let him be.

True Grit 1969


As each day goes by the apparent crisis in Europe is getting clearer and the costs of unassimilated Muslims is becoming clear even to the most jaded apparatchiks in the EU.

The fact that all of this could  have been avoided by simply applying the same rule of law to everyone as they came is completely lost on a society that basically spent their entire post World War 2 lifetimes being defended by someone else and thus not realizing that a civil society comes at a cost, so now we’ve come to the point were the final decision has to be made, there are three choices.

The best choice, the choice that should have been made up front is RULE OF LAW.

This involves actually enforcing all the laws on all the citizens.  This will mean a lot of pushback by the entrenched Islamsts who have become defacto rulers of their own fiefdoms but at this moment the various governments are still strong enough to do this.

If this is done vigorously it will have two results, first it will provide an initial violent reaction BUT if the average muslim who simply wants a better life see that Europeans are willing to protect them from the vocal & violent minority in their midst that terrorizes them in the long run they will decide that a free Europe is worth living in.

This is the least likely scenario as the evidence is that Europe’s elites don’t have the courage for it.

The second choice (and the most likely) The Rule of Mob.

This involves things staying as they are in terms of law enforcement toward intrenched Islamists but supplemented by individual gangs of Europeans like this:

On a frigid night in this industrial city, three local men pulled up to a curb in a beat-up van sporting the stars and bars of the American Confederacy (because, they said, they just liked the look of it). Soon, they joined a dozen other beefy vigilantes gathering on a sidewalk for their first patrol to keep “our women” safe.

These are the Soldiers of Odin, a new far-right citizens group sprouting chapters across Finland. Its members are multiplying as this northern nation becomes a case study in the fear and suspicion gripping Europe after multiple sexual assaults allegedly committed by asylum seekers and others on New Year’s Eve.

These groups will be backed by the people and the police and pols, while giving lip service to “rule of law” & “diversity” will discover that a European willing to violently ignore police are just as dangerous and motivated as Islamists willing to do the same.  Having learned the lessons from the Islamists you will have defacto divided states and a kind of equilibrium because this is something the Islamists understand.  The result will be sort of like the old Feudal days with the various groups controlling territory and offering protection while the government pretends they are actually in charge.

Expect the very rich to either scoot or have private security to protect themselves

Eventually this will end by civil wars across the continent.

The final choice:  Submission.

The European Elites, largely childless and with no firm belief in their societies or their God and not caring about the next generation go all in with Islam, suppressing the attempts to counter the violence. They will over the course of a generation abandon their liberal social positions and find excuses to go along. Those who can will either flee or create their own personal safe spaces in a bizarre parody of the current Islamic no-go zones. The government’s will pretend nothing has changed but by 2050 you will not tell the difference between a city in Iran & a city in Germany.

The 2nd great migration to America will take place and Australia will become Fortress Australia, meanwhile this will force the Russian hand and will create some interesting alliances among nations that don’t make this choice.

There is not a lot of time for Europe to make one of these choice instead of having it forced upon them. Not making a choice will lead to choice two but will end in choice 3.

Update: This story out of Russia shows It’s not just Europe proper that has this issue.


The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for “bad behavior” and tried their luck in Russia. What they didn’t realize when they went out clubbing in Murmansk is that Russians have less tolerance when it comes to sexual assault on local women than other European countries.

The refugees allegedly groped and harassed women in a similar manner as the assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. A group of male Russian took them aside to “educate” them that “Cologne is 2,500 kilometers south of here.” (RELATED: Cologne Prepares For More Sexual Assaults During Carnival This Week)

The refugees tried to flee but were quickly captured by the Russians. They then took them out to the street and gave them a beating they will remember. Police arrived to break up the fight but locals report that they threw a few punches at the refugees before arresting 33 of them. Eighteen refugees were in such bad condition they had to be take to the hospital.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/04/refugees-go-clubbing-in-russia-harass-girls-wake-up-in-hospital-the-next-morning/#ixzz3zIfvz3dW


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Do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

Winston Churchill arguing against the Munich Pact in parliament


A few days ago yet another liberal who was losing an argument with me on the concept of God given rights decided to throw the Church’s sex scandal in my face asking about Priests and Boys.

He ran for cover after I pointed out he was talking about the rape of Children by Gays but his bringing up the subject the same day as the Shooting of a police officer in Philly by a man saying he did it for Allah and a week after the mass rapes in Germany & elsewhere got me thinking about the parallel involve here.

The reason why the Church’s sex abuse scandal went on so long wasn’t a lack of local laws in the community nor rules against these grave sinful acts.  They went on because of unwillingness of various bishops to forthrightly address the issue and enforce said rules and bring in police to enforce local laws.

In short they failed to treat the priests in question like the criminals there were.

If the first Bishop who discovered the first priest abusing the first child turned him into the police, publicly denounced his actions,  apologized profusely to the public, defrocked him and took a tough look at the seminaries remove any unsuitable candidates for the priesthood or teachers not enforcing the vows of celibacy this would have changed everything.

The certainty of temporal punishment and exposure would have changed the equation and nipped this in a bud pretty early.  I suspect that the Vatican would have backed up such actions by a Bishop (it would have been tough for even the biggest squish in the Curia to argue against it) and even those who argued for forgiveness & mercy would be forced to concede that temporal punishments for criminal acts is completely separate from and does not preclude sacramental forgiveness. If it did than priests wouldn’t hear confessions of criminals in jail.

Instead too many bishops were worried about scandal and we saw the result.  Bad priests passed around, bad candidates passed in seminaries, causing thousands to suffer and when the Church finally acted it did so at a huge cost both spiritual and financial.  It would take many years of weeding out bad priests, tighter discretion at seminaries and solid rules and training in parishes to solve this problem and it will likely take a generation or more of careful attention and watchful vigilance to rebuild the trust that was thrown away due to inaction..

The driving force behind this was fear. Fear of scandal, fear of a lack of mercy, fear of what higher ups would think, fear of litigation.  In short fear of dealing with an unpleasant reality.    Instead of trusting Christ’s words: “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” the church let fear drive them and the sexual sin of individuals became instead the sins of cowardice, indifference  and apathy of the whole church.  Sins that our church is still paying the price for.

The exact same thing is happening in the western world in regards to Islam.

Before the mass immigration of Muslims to the west (and I’m not talking about the current refugee crisis I mean way before this) it was a given in the west that the secular laws would be enforced regardless of religious affiliation.  That rape, theft, beatings were not acceptable.  That the freedom to practice any religion or not religion, the freedom to change religions, the freedom say what you think, say , write and act as you want, provided it did not violate existing law, was a given.

When the first wave of Muslims came, and these rules were questioned or ignored the state could have taken action.  If when the first wife was beaten by the such an immigrant the perp was punished to the fullest extent of the law, if the first rape of a child, assault of a woman, beating of a gay man, attempt to enforce Sharia law in neighborhoods or discourage the enforcement of the common law in neighborhoods was answered with the firm conviction that there was one law in the land and it applied to all those who could assimilate and lived by these rules would have done so and those who could not or would not would have either been punished to the fullest extend of the law or been deported back home.

Instead like the church for political, economic or cultural reasons the countries of Europe hung back and the communities became isolated and unassimilated.  And when the cultural effect went beyond the results have been devastating, In Rotherham, in Birmingham, in Cologne, in Oslo in Paris and in literally thousands of other places the authorities have decided to go all in with a comfortable lie.  They have chosen to pretend that millions of unassimilated muslims in the west are not a problem, they have chosen to ignore the no go zones, the violence, the murder of their citizen and even the rape of their women and children for the sake of proclaiming that none of these things have anything to do with Islam, its practice or its culture.

Even in the United States  in San Bernardino, at Fort Hood, in Boston  in Philly and in Dearborn US Citizen have been killed and assaulted and killed in the name of Islam for asserting rights they’ve always possessed while our government insists that even when a killer declares they are doing these things in the name of ISIS (the ISLAMIC state of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (the ISLAMIC state of Iraq and the Levant) or even just in the name of Islam authorities insist it has nothing to do with Islam at all.

Like the church scandal the driving force here is fear and a desire to put off a confrontation that this big lie is making more a more likely.  And like the church scandal the longer the west remains in denial the greater the cost of solving the problem and eventually if the government refuses to face facts the people will choose to do so:

Thousands have pledged their support to a German vigilante group which has vowed to protect women from migrants in the wake of the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne.

A week after a mob of ‘drunk and stoned’ migrants sexually assaulted and robbed 100 women on the streets of Cologne, a group known as ‘Dusseldorf is Watching’ has gained more than 8,000 Facebook members.

The group says it wants to make the streets safer through ‘presence’ alone but police have warned that ‘searching for offenders is not a job for citizens’.

All of his is because Europe having reaquired freedom at the cost of tens of thousands of lives and having remained free because tens of thousands of troops and many Billions of dollars were spent over the course of five decades to keep it free has decided the cost of those freedoms are too high.

In America we’re lucky. Our founding fathers gave us the 2nd Amendment and despite Barack Obama’s best efforts in the end individual Americans are too well armed for the country to be lost, as a certain fictional barkeep once said to a Nazi: “Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.” and there are some parts of Europe where you don’t hear about local women being bothered by migrants, Sicily for example (I suspect it’s due to rash of Heart Attacks) and some nations have bluntly said enough.

But mark my words Europe every day you spend ignoring the problem the more likely it will take bloodshed to solve it and every year you wait to solve it the possibility arises that if civil war comes, you’ll lose.

Take a lesson from the mistakes of the Church and don’t repeat the mistakes we made.  Your very lives depend on it.


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Jefferson Smith: I guess this is just another lost cause Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for and he fought for them once. For the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule. Love thy neighbor. And in this world today of great hatred a man who knows that rule has a great trust. You know that rule Mr. Paine and I loved you for it just as my father did. And you know that you fight harder for the lost causes than for any others. Yes you’d even die for them. Like a man we both knew

Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1939

Back in 2014 Milo Yiannopoulos wrote about the Rotherham scandal talking about things that were going on that people didn’t want to speak about:

And now we have our own gang rape scandal, with chillingly similar dynamics at play. This time it’s Pakistanis, and a staggering 1,400 victims across sixteen years in the town of Rotherham. In 2012, the Times uncovered documents showing agencies were aware of extensive and co-ordinated abuse of white girls by Asian men in Rotherham for which no one had been prosecuted. Once again, a single ethnicity, targeting another.But only a racist would believe this is a “Pakistani” problem. It isn’t. It’s a cultural phenomenon unique to Muslim communities, as suggested by the prevalence of father-son combinations in so many of the gangs, wherever in the world they appear. And here’s another clue it’s not just about brown-on-white crime: Britain’s Sikh community has been complaining for years that its young girls are being targeted by Muslim rapists.


The point being that if you have a group that doesn’t assimilate accepting western culture, this kind of stuff starts happening.

Then last year the targets were, gays

Ahmad Suliman says that if he had come out openly about his sexual orientation in his native Syria, he would have been beheaded. Homosexuals are publicly executed in Syria and in Iraq. It was that reason, as much as the civil war tearing apart the country, that ultimately led the 20-year-old Muslim to flee his homeland.But when he arrived in Dresden, Germany, he was greeted by the unhappy reality that the city is home to the rising xenophobic group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (Pegida).

Still, the direct attacks against Suliman and his friends did not come from Pegida, but from other refugees. Suliman, Rami Ktifan and Yousif Al-Doori told DPA that they have been abused and tormented for being gay by other refugees from the Middle East. “At first we tried to hide it, but at some point we simply wanted to live free, in Europe,” says Al-Doori.

But this didn’t stop Merkel from insisting Germany still had to take refugees in

Germany’s Merkel insists that Europeans have to take in Muslim migrants playing refugee for the sake of European values.

While this might be a shock to some in the US to gay Muslims who thought the west would protect them it was a bigger one:

I thought, I am in Europe now. In Germany, I should not have to hide anymore.”

What followed over the next several weeks, though, was abuse — both verbal and physical — from other refugees, including an attempt to burn Ktifan’s feet in the middle of the night.

but his delusion was nothing compared to the delusions of European elites

“You must forget what you learned at home about what is right or wrong,” commentator Harald Martenstein recently wrote in the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, addressing refugees. “You do not have to give up your culture, not that. But you must accept the equality of women. You must learn that homosexuals and Jews are just like everyone else. You must bear mocking and satire, even when it concerns your religion. . . . If you don’t accept these rules, you have no future here.”

The reality is quite the opposite, it is the Europeans who have no future, partially because of demographics but mostly because these states are unwilling to impose consequences to Muslims who don’t accept these rules while said muslims are happy to provide consequences to Europeans who dare consider enforcing them.

In fact given these numbers concerning the already existing Muslim population:

Muslim criminality across Europe is high. Consequently, the percentage of Muslims in prisonsin Europe is high. In France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, the prison population is 70% Muslim. Many European prisons have become recruitment centers for future jihadis.

Muslim riots may occur for any reason : police upholding the law, a Soccer League celebrationor in support of a cause.

Welfare states have created a government-dependent class in Europe of many people who live permanently on social benefits. These people are often Muslim. Much of the time, they are not assimilated – and often show signs of not wanting to assimilate. Many reside in virtually autonomous, so-called no-go zones (e.g. France, the UK, and Germany).

Culling migration will not be enough, as Front Page Mag put it bluntly

You can have gay rights or Muslims, but not both. Not for very long.

And now we’ve reach the point where it’s not a tiny but relatively well the minority of the population but the women of Germany, the majority that have now been taught the collarity to the message above:

You can have unassimilated Muslims or you can walk the street of your city in safety, you can’t have both.

And if you object they’ll cite their friend Mrs. Merkel and the state will attack you.

But at least you’ve gotten rid of that icky Christianity and it’s rules eh?

Milo was right, he saw Cologne coming long before it happened as did folks like Pam Geller, Gert Wilders and Robert Spencer.  The difference between them and the authorities in Europe is that while I suspect Milo et/all would have given anything to have been wrong, the authorities in Europe will DO anything to preserve the pretence that he is.

That’s how a society dies.

Closing thought: Some might wonder why Milo Yiannopoulos for all his professed promiscuity can’t bring himself to leave the Catholic faith. I’ve already written that his love of truth is quietly calling him and while it might take years or even decades eventually will bear fruit.

But I also suspect it’s because he also knows and understands that without the Christian culture that first advanced the radical idea in the west of respect for the individual based on all souls being loved by God and redeemed by Christ, the equality of women, gay rights not to mention freedom of speech will be just another lost cause.



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Isaac Barclay: Proactive is one thing but This is blooming suicide.

5th Doctor: Quite possibly, but at least if you’re right you’ll have the satisfaction of telling me “I told you so.” Then I’ll have the satisfaction of not being able to hear you.

Doctor Who Big Finish #129 Plague of the Daleks  2009

Sheriff Langston: Today, my jurisdiction ends here.

Silverado 1985

You might recall that the origin of the slutwalks, that is western women marching in states of undress, was when a Canadian policeman’s remark about women avoiding “dressing like sluts“.

There was outrage, there were apologies and in the end there were a bunch of women who decided to march wearing very little under the argument that “blaming victims of sexual assault is not OK” and any suggestion otherwise such as suggesting the sentences:

The responsibility for a sexual assault belongs to the person who commits it.


It’s a good idea to avoid being drunk at a frat party if one wants to avoid sexual assault

are not mutually exclusive might get a reporter ejected from such an event if you are covering it.

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was ejected from the Amber Rose Slut Walk in Los Angeles [Saturday] afternoon. Slut Walkers could be heard yelling to police officers, “Thanks for taking out the trash!”?

Given this history one would expect that these remarks by the female (sorry CNN) Mayor of Cologne Germany,

Would produce slutwalks en masse in Germany.  After all if the suggestion that not getting drunk at a parties (advice that is extremely sensible) is offensive & sexist, then this:

The suggested code of conduct includes maintaining an arm’s length distance from strangers, to stick within your own group, to ask bystanders for help or to intervene as a witness, or to inform the police if you are the victim of such an assault.

coming out as an official suggestion from local government should of course be beyond the pale and produce slutwalks galore all over Germany.

I suspect it will not. for reasons such as this:

Witnesses and police have described men working in ‘coordinated’ groups to grope women who were unable to escape, while two women reported they were raped.
Michelle’s shocking testimony comes as the city’s own council today admitted its town centre was now a ‘no-go area’ for women, while it has emerged similar attacks occurred the same night across Hamburg and Stuttgart.

And for all their bravado when it comes to marching the leaders of the slutwalk movement know that while they are at no risk when they march in Boston, or Washington or Seattle this is not the case in Germany today which has demonstrated by their attempt to cover up these events given the choice between protecting women and children and challenging Islamist culture or letting women and children fend for themselves and backing away in fear, Germany and the west will take the latter every time.

If you think comfortable western feminists who boldly march in America are going to risk their necks when the police don’t have their backs then I have bridges in Rotherham and Birmingham to sell you.  As Stacy McCain put it:

American feminists, who have incited irrational hysteria over a non-existent “rape epidemic” on U.S. college campuses, will ignore this news. American feminists never said a word about the Rotherham Horror, in which English girls as young as 11 were pimped out by Muslim predators. American feminists don’t want to call attention to certain crimes committed by certain criminals, and it is not just Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton that feminists demand that we ignore.

Of course I could be wrong, this could be the event that finally causes Europe in general and Germany in particular to say “enough!” and fight back against Islamic Sharia culture whereby woman are simply objects and rules are published on when you can and can not rape your slave. In fact there has already been one march of 300 people protesting these events:

Protesters held aloft a sign reading, “Arm Cologne” as up to 500 people rallied against attacks by members of the migrant community during the city’s New Year celebrations, and the authorities’ failure to stop dozens of sexual assaults which took place.

But until either Feminists somehow obtain the courage of Pam Geller I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting to see the slutwalks marching anywhere in Deutchland.


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Benediction at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

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A friend asked if Afghanistan was Hindu and/or Buddhist before it was Muslim. Well, ‘yes’ would be a safe answer, but two other faiths which were prevalent in Afghanistan before Islam were Zoroastrianism and Christianity.

From the BBC:

  • Zoroastrians believe there is one God called Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) and He created the world.
  • Zoroastrians are not fire-worshippers, as some Westerners wrongly believe. Zoroastrians believe that the elements are pure and that fire represents God’s light or wisdom.
  • Ahura Mazda revealed the truth through the Prophet, Zoroaster.
  • Zoroastrians traditionally pray several times a day.
  • Zoroastrians worship communally in a Fire Temple orAgiary.
  • The Zoroastrian book of Holy Scriptures is called The Avesta.
  • The Avesta can be roughly split into two main sections:
  • The Avesta is the oldest and core part of the scriptures, which contains the Gathas. The Gathas are seventeen hymns thought to be composed by Zoroaster himself.
  • The Younger Avesta – commentaries to the older Avestan written in later years. It also contains myths, stories and details of ritual observances.

Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. And for those wondering how Christianity reached the Indian peninsula…

From Wikipedia:

Legend based on the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas and other ancient documents suggests that Saint Thomas preached in Bactria, which is today northern Afghanistan.[14] An early third-century Syriac work known as the Acts of Thomas[15] connects the apostle’s ministry with two kings, one in the north and the other in the south. According to the Acts, Thomas was at first reluctant to accept this mission, but the Lord appeared to him in a night vision and compelled him to accompany an Indian merchant, Abbanes (or Habban), to his native place in northwest India. There, Thomas found himself in the service of the Indo-Parthian (Southern Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Northern India) King, Gondophares. The Apostle’s ministry resulted in many conversions throughout the kingdom, including the king and his brother.[15]

Bardaisan, writing in about 196, speaks of Christians throughout MediaParthia and Bactria[16] and, according to Tertullian (c.160–230), there were already a number of bishoprics within the Persian Empire by 220.[17] By the time of the establishment of the Second Persian Empire (AD 226), there were bishops of the Church of the East in northwest India, Afghanistan and Baluchistan, with laymen and clergy alike engaging in missionary activity.[15]

See also: Nestorian Church, Church of the East, and Assyrian Church of the East. There is some confusion as to which church is which.

All of the Afghani faiths resisted conversion to Islam for centuries after the seventh century rise, with varying degrees of success. (In the 15th century, the Church of the East was eradicated in the area by Muslim Mongols; Buddhists held on until the 19th century.) But, eventually, Islam won the battle. The war, of course, continues.

Looking into these things resembled peeling back a huge onion. Therefore, I’m posting this to give myself preliminary markers to investigate as much as to answer my friend’s question. Feel free to offer corrections and insights.

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The Obama with Jammeh and one of his wives.
The Obamas with Jammeh
and one of his wives.

By John Ruberry

The world has a new Islamic republic. On Friday Gambia’s strongman president, Yahya Jammeh, declared the impoverished west African nation that is almost completely surrounded by Senegal, a Muslim state. Other such nations are Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Mauritania–none of which are well-known for freedom or prosperity.

Jammeh promises freedom of religion to the citizens of Africa’s smallest non-island nation.

Jeffrey Smith, a senior advocacy officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights told Al Jazeera that day, “Gambia is not a country of laws but is rather ruled by the whims of Yahya Jammeh.”

Jammeh seized control of Gambia in a bloodless coup in 1994 and while there have been elections since then, of course in the African tradition he has won each with resounding majorities.

What of those whims that Smith mentioned?

Jammeh detests gays. In speech given earlier this year the despot warned them, “If you do it [in Gambia] I will slit your throat,” adding, “if you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.”

In 2007 Jammeh announced that he had developed an herbal cure for AIDS, sometimes he even administers his crackpot treatment to the afflicted.

Freedom of the press is limited in Gambia and the nutjob’s opponents often “disappear.”

Jammeh claimed in 2010–without citing evidence–that both the first Atlantic flight and the first Eastern European flight ended in Gambia.

Despite the dictator’s eccentricities and his terrible human rights record, President Obama welcomed Jammeh and one of his wives to the White House last year.

Is Jammeh Gambia’s answer to Idi Amin?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Today Hank Stolz will be having on guests from Worcester’s Islamic Center and yesterday he invited questions to be asked of them.

Here are my two

We are often told that ISIS preaches a perverted form of Islam,  What specific parts of Islam are they perverting and if that is they are perverting Islam what are the steps that “Mainstream” Islam worldwide is taking among the populace in general and at your Islamic center in particular is taking with your congregation to counter these “false” interpretation of Islam among the faithful?

Given that we are told that ISIS and radicals are teaching is not true Islam is your center proactively reporting to authorities any signs of radicalization or radical teachings from Imams detected at your center?  If so can you give an example and if not, why not?

Inquiring minds want to know.


Being a big religious freedom person when I first heard Donald Trump’s suggestion that we stop Islamic immigration for a time my gut reaction was to disagree.  I found the idea distasteful.

But after that first gut reaction I did something that few people have bothered to do, I thought about it and have concluded that the reaction against it is not only nonsense & hyperbole , but the suggestion itself is logical and practical.

The easiest way to explain this:  Chipotle

For weeks we’re heard about  Chipotle food safety issues:

The company has already shut down all restaurants in Seattle and Portland after a reported outbreak of E. coli. While only six Chipotle locations have been linked to the outbreak, the company told the Associated Press that all restaurants have been closed “out of an abundance of caution.”

Just a few days ago the company insisted:  They would be the leader in food safety:

“While Chipotle’s food safety practices were already well within industry norms, I was asked to design a more robust food safety program to ensure the highest level of safety and the best quality of all meals served at Chipotle,” said Mansour Samadpour, Ph.D., CEO of IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group. “I am happy to report that our proposed program was adopted in its entirety, without any modification. While it is never possible to completely eliminate all risk, this program eliminates or mitigates risk to a level near zero, and will establish Chipotle as the industry leader in this area.”

and now we hear this:

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Tuesday that an incident in which a number of Boston College students were sickened after eating at one of the burrito chain’s restaurants in Boston appeared to be an isolated event.

“There are no reports of illness from any other restaurants, and the pattern here looks like norovirus isolated to one restaurant,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told Reuters.

Health officials are investigating whether the 30 students were affected by E.coli. Chipotle has been linked to an E.coli outbreak in nine states, not including Massachusetts.

They insist it is an isolated incident.

Would you go to that restaurant until  you were positive that food was safe?  If given their history would you be bigoted for singling out Chipotle for your caution?

Or maybe you want something closer to what we’re talking about so imagine this scenario:

Imagine the Feds despite all the previous food safety issues Chipotle partnered with the Feds for a pilot program to allow people on EBT to use their cards there. Let’s say that the FDA claims that they have totally vetted Chipotle and while there might have been issues in the past all such outbreaks of E-Coli have been contained.

Then picture a bunch of people using this program not only getting violently ill after eating at Chipotle but discovering that the very location where they got sick was one vetted by the FDA and passed with flying colors.

Wouldn’t simple logic dictate the FDA pause the program at least in terms of Chipotle, until the food inspection process was completely reviewed?  Or would they just keep sending the poor to Chipotle to eat?

This is the exact situation we have here.

We have been told that our people have been completely vetting immigrants, and will do an excellent job vetting the thousands who the president wants to come.  At almost the same time our president had told us that there are no imminent threats and we’d be told if there was a threat we’d be told.

Within a week 14 americans are dead and more wounded and we discover that one of the supposedly vetted terrorist had ties with radical Islam, both were radicalized for a long time and now we hear this:

A $28,500 deposit was made to Syed Farook’s bank account from WebBank.com on or about Nov.18, some two weeks before he and his wife Tashfeen Malik carried out the San Bernardino massacre, a source close to the investigation told Fox News Monday.

Just a reminder supposedly all transactions over $10 G’s are flagged but the government for examination.

So Donald Trump seeing the failure of the vetting progress and realizing that while not all muslims are ISIS terrorists  all ISIS terrorists are muslims comes to the conclusion that until we know as he put it “what the hell is going on” we shouldn’t admit any muslims into the country. Or rephrased, until we KNOW that the guys doing the vetting process are doing it right we simply can’t allow people in who can’t be vetted.

This seems to be basic logic.

Can someone explain why it’s in the interest of the United States to admit muslims into this country, particularly from areas where ISIS if we don’t know our vetting is working.  Particularly when you consider this salient fact:

Though President Barack Obama claimed that America must “enlist Muslim communities” to combat terrorism in his Sunday evening Oval Office address, former FBI Counterterrorism Agent John Guandolo said on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily (6AM-9AM EST on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125) that since 9/11, “we collectively have received nearly zero help from the Muslim Community.”

I submit and suggest that not following Trump’s advice would be like FDR allowing open immigration from Germany, Japan & Italy from 1942-1945 it would not only be stupid and criminal, it will cost american lives.

Of course nbsp;I think that it’s a crying shame we’ve reached the point where such a suggestion is logical and rational , but the fault isn’t with Trump for making this suggestion, the fault is with this administration and its enablers who have been willing to put up with a bad vetting system and the American Islamic community that has been less concerned with terror than with the bad PR that comes from it.

Update: fixed bad tags, plus Erick Erickson:

Trump is brilliantly smart here from a short term political perspective. He just forced almost all of the GOP field to side with both Barack Obama and MSNBC. The other Republicans could have critiqued Trump’s proposal by offering a counter proposal, but instead they all went right to attacking Trump himself. As we have seen thus far, these attacks are interpreted by at least a quarter of the GOP base as attacks on them because Trump is offering policy proposals and is countered not by other proposals, but by attacks.

Beat Trump by treating him like a candidate. Challenge his proposals. Attacking Trump for being unhinged, an idiot, or some other personal attack is just read as an attack on his voters. Twenty-four hours after Barack Obama gave one of the stupidest speeches ever to be given from the Oval Office — a speech that did not reassure anyone — Donald Trump opened negotiations on a different position and he started with “ban all the muslims.” Donald Trump is a negotiator. The GOP should not have attacked Trump, but engaged in the negotiations with “That’s probably not constitutional, but here is what I would do to accomplish the same thing, which is to keep Americans safe from Islamic radicals.”

Nope, they couldn’t do that. And because of the hysterical response from so many, including good friends of mine on the right, Trump wins the round.

and John Hawkins goes farther:

Immigration is not good for America. At least, not anymore. Immigration has benefitted our nation a great deal and it certainly can do so again, but as long as our current rules are in place, immigration can only hurt our country.

I disagree with John, but Trump is right.

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Arab American National Museum
Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

By John Ruberry

When Muslims say they condemn the radicals within their faith, a common retort is, “If that is so, then why don’t you hold anti-terrorism marches?”

Well, one was held yesterday in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the largest Arab-American population in the Untied States. The peace rally was organized by Imam Husham Al-Husainy of the Karbalaa Islamic Center, the cultural hub of the Detroit suburb’s Muslim community. Al-Husainy was an early supporter of Operation Iraqi Freedom, although he later turned against the war. The cleric gave an invocation at a Democratic National Committee event in 2006. Al-Husainy was was the featured cleric on The Learning Channel’s reality show All American Muslim. If you are seeking a mainstream Muslim leader, Al-Husainy may be your guy. Or he may not be. More on him in a little bit.

Watch the march video here. You’ll see that many of the parade’s participants were dressed all in black, which happens to be the get-up that members Islamic State wear. Oops. There was singing–or was it chanting?–in Arabic, not English. Many of the marchers held banners and flags in Arabic–and I counted just one lonely American flag. Of course there weren’t any Israeli flags.

In a statement prior to the march, Al-Husainy declared, “We are for peace, coexistence, respecting all religions, protecting human life and believing in God.” But does that include Jews? The Dearborn cleric is a signatory of the anti-Israeli Jerusalem Document that Christian convert Walid Shoebat, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, calls “the ‘Mein Kampf’ of Document of Jerusalem.”

Muslims–in Dearborn and beyond–also need to forcefully speak out against the slaughter by ISIS of Christians and Yazidis. That message was also absent in the Dearborn rally.

Al-Husainy’s peace march was at best only a good first step for American Muslims to counter radical Islamic terrorism. And maybe not even that.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. He visited Dearborn in July.

Constable Nicholas Angel: Sir, this doesn’t make any sense.
Inspector Frank Butterman: The adjudicators arrive tomorrow. We had to get everything ready.
Constable Nicholas Angel: Are you saying this is all about winning the Best Village Award?
Inspector Frank Butterman: This is the best village, Nicholas. You’ve seen the people.- They’re happy, contented.
Constable Nicholas Angel: They’re living in a dream world.

Hot Fuzz 2007

This morning I posted about the left’s quest to make sure nobody implicates Islam in terror as a function of keeping things nice and quiet, well we now have a report out of England that gives us the end result of such things:

Rotherham has become infamous for the city’s covering up of the child sex slavery rings because they were committed by those of [REDACTED] ethnicity and [REDACTED] religion.  Turns out that an even bigger city has been quashing the truth in order to protect child sex slavers for decades

The story is in the Birmingham Mail and it’s devastating:

Birmingham City Council ‘buried’ a report linking Asian private hire drivers to child sexual exploitation victims 23 YEARS ago, the Mail can reveal.
Researcher Dr Jill Jesson was asked by the authority to look at the issue of child prostitution involving girls in care back in 1990.

The following year, after six months research, she produced a critical two-part report which showed child protection failings by social workers and other agencies.

The idea of social services failing those they are meant to serve is not a huge shock and might have resulted in action but there was something else to consider

Her report also highlighted claims that some Asian private hire drivers were linked to the sexual exploitation of young white girls in care, including some who had been cautioned for prostitution offences.

It should be pointed out that in England “Asian” is routinely used to describe Pakistani immigrants which as Pakistan is in asia is not inaccurate.

So how did the city react to this report?

 when Dr Jesson presented her draft findings to a steering group, she was ordered to remove all reference linking ethnicity and the private hire trade.

Incredibly, her full amended final report was never published. A meeting planned to discuss it was cancelled – and all copies were to be destroyed.

Now mind you this is only coming out 2 1/2 DECADES later and a year after the abuses of Rotherham were all over the British press

“The sad part of this story is not the suppression of evidence but that the relevant organisations have failed to address this problem.’’

that’s because of two things, 1.  The problem didn’t affect their kids & families so it was not a priority.  2.  To confront this problem meant opposing Islam and not a one of these people wished to risk doing so remember what I said this morning:

It’s one thing to critique the NRA, the Catholic Church pro-lifers, the tea party and the GOP because for all the left’s protestation to the contrary, they know that none of these groups can affect their comfortable lives, let alone harm them.

Islam is the great barrier breaker, if a person has decided to kill you and more important doesn’t care if they live through the attempt then all bets are off.

And even if there was not physical danger at the time there was political danger.  The political left in Britain had already made a policy of mass immigration to change the country’s demographics (and voting patterns)

Labour’s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but that ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working class vote”.

As a result, the public argument for immigration concentrated instead on the economic benefits and need for more migrants.

Critics said the revelations showed a “conspiracy” within Government to impose mass immigration for “cynical” political reasons.

Are you going to risk calls for your removal, to be deemed a racist and to bear the answer of the political left just to protect a bunch of lower class white girls that you never come in contact with anyway? Well if you’re city of Birmingham England apparently you’re not!

And don’t think that Birmingham was alone in their fear of electoral consequences:

West Midlands Police withheld a report warning that more than 100 predominantly white children – some only 13 years old – were at serious risk of child exploitation for fear it could inflame racial tension ahead of a General Election. It was finally revealed today, under the Freedom of Information Act, that Britain’s second largest police force withheld the March 2010 document – ‘Problem Profile, Operation Protection’ – which set out how grooming gangs of 75 mainly Muslim men from Birmingham targeted schools and children’s homes across the West Midlands.

Alas for these girls and all those who followed them, if it was ONLY a catholic priest or members of the UKIP or supporters of Israel that were grooming them for sex slavery, then perhaps something could have been done.

These girls simply needed more political correct oppressors.

Via RS McCain

Update: A thought, you might ask if this well eventually happen here, I think the answer is a function of how successful the left is in disarming the fathers of those potential victims.

Update 2: Funny the silence of the feminists on this issue isn’t it?

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Red Oak MosqueBy John Ruberry

France has entered a new and unhappy phase–the land of liberté, égalité, fraternité is now in its terror age.

Seven days into 2015, twelve people were murdered by radical Muslims inside the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that regularly poked fun at Muhammad, including publishing naked cartoons of him.

On Friday–known as Jumu’ah, the day of prayer, for Muslims, a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital killed over 120 people, the Islamic State caliphate immediately claimed responsibility for the barbarism.

France has always been an uncomfortable fit for its roughly five million Muslims, the first wave of which settled there after the end of its war in Algeria in 1962. Its strict secularism flies in the face one of Islam’s central beliefs–that the faith is not only a religion but a way of life, and that includes the legal code. Sure, some Muslims in France support the secularism of the Fifth Republic, but younger Muslims less so.

Of the Friday attacks, ISIS promises, “This is just the beginning.” And even if just twenty percent of French Muslims support the Islamic State, that’s one million radicals ready to tear down the nation.

Of course many French people remain in denial. While I was driving to work yesterday morning, I switched on NPR, where I listened in disbelief as a French political scientist, Nicole Bacharan, said of the Muslim immigrants living among her in Paris, “they are as French as we are.”

Has Bacharan bothered to ask Muslims–both the native born and the immigrants living in France–if they agree with her?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

I wrote about reverse mortgage a bit ago and it hit me it’s a perfect analogy for what is going on demographically in Europe, borrowing for the present and letting someone else pay the bill later.  A great example of this is happening now in Germany.

The German government expects to receive 1.5 million asylum seekers in 2015, and possibly even more in 2016. After factoring in family reunifications — based on the assumption that individuals whose asylum applications are approved will subsequently bring an average of four additional family members to Germany — that number will swell exponentially. This is in addition to the 5.8 million Muslims already living in Germany.

What does that mean?  Well Mark Steyn has done the math based on the german birthrate (1.3) and the European Muslim birthrate (3.5) and computes that even if no other Muslim comes to Germany they will outnumber ethnic Germans 2-1 in German in just two generations.

Now if they were assimilating it would be no big deal but as Doug Ross reminds us :

Virtually none, and I do mean none, of these people have any intention of assimilating into the cultures where they “migrated” to. They have every intention of planting their culture in those places and demographically guaranteeing its survival.

Now you would think that a large migration of people whose culture embraces throwing gays off of roof, punishing their women for the crime of being raped and comes from nations with  legal systems where a non-muslim’s testimony is worth as much as a believer might provoke a unified national response.  You’d be wrong:

According to the president of the Bavarian Association of Municipalities (Bayerische Gemeindetag), Uwe Brandl, Germany is now on track to have “20 million Muslims by 2020.” The surge in Germany’s Muslim population represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that will change the face of Germany forever, “but we are just standing by, watching it happen.”

Well of COURSE you’re doing nothing, you’ve chosen a secular progressive society and the primary rule of secular progressivism is the now trumps the future. It’s the reverse mortgage principle applied to demographic change.

Consider:  Enforcing the secular progressive culture on the muslim “immigrants” involves risk both physical and legal. If the new “immigrants” are not willing to obey the laws and respect the customs of the nation is the policeman willing to risk life and limb to enforce those laws, is the teacher willing to risk assault? Is the alderman willing to risk the slashed tire or the schoolyard kid willing to risk the beating?  Or even if it’s not a physical issue, what about the lawsuits? Is an employer willing to risk a discrimination suit that could ruin him? A co-worker willing to face the wrath of the EU rules?

Why would the current Secular progressivism German generation take any of these risks to their current comfort or safety when all the problems it will lead to come in a future they might not even be alive for or will be in retirement perhaps in another country?  Let the future generations handle it, it’s not my problem

It’s an old Napoleonic tactic Europe has seen before:

You know his tactics; Your Excellency; A demand for concessions and when the concessions are granted then new demands each one more weakening than the one before, until the object of his attention is either too weak to oppose him further or is at least so weakened as to make armed resistance fatal.

C. S. Forester Commodore Hornblower p 167 1945

In a reverse Mortgage the borrower builds up not equity but debt and when it comes due at death his heirs have choice, keep the home at an incredible cost, or abandon it to the debtors

Germany’s elites have taken out a reverse mortgage on their country’s future.  They’re willing to trade peace and quiet now and will be happy to let future generations either pay off the debt or leave the house to the new owners.

The surprise isn’t that Germany is doing this, the surprise is that given its post Christian culture that anyone expected otherwise.

As anyone who has ever read this blog knows, I’m an implacable foe of Radical Islam.  I am a supporter of Pam Geller and Robert Spencer and think they are two of the bravest and most honorable people I know.  I think CAIR is a front group for radical Islam and I think everywhere it exists from Syria to Iraq it must be opposed and exposed and of course as a Catholic who has read the Koran It is my opinion that it is cheap rewrite of the Bible to and the religion based on it is to put it kindly full of holes.

All that being said I don’t have any problem with this:

Voters gave Abu Musa and Anam Miah another term in office. Saad Almasmari was elected for the first time. Now four of the six City Council members will be of Muslim faith.

It’s said to be the first majority Muslim City Council not only in Hamtramck but in the entire country.

Listen in America we have these things called elections, and if the majority of a city wants to elect Muslims to the city council it’s their call.  Furthermore if a population of a city is majority Muslim and wants to celebrate their faith it’s their business.

If a local business in a majority Muslim area or has a large Muslim workforce and adjusts their schedules and even their paid holidays to accommodate their workforce I have no problem with that either.

And if a local Muslim speaker or even an Imam wants to disagree with US policy, even as it applies to radical Islam & ISIS they have the freedom to do so.

If I wish to have my religious rights protected as a Catholic or a Jew or a Protestant of any denomination I certainly can’t object to others wishing the same.  If I think my religion is true I’m not going to be threatened by a Muslim else making the argument for their faith  and trying to make their best case for what they believe.

Those are the rights of Americans and US muslims who live in it

That also being said rights come with responsibilities.

If a majority Muslim city council attempts to impose the jizya on Catholics, Protestants or Jews, if they want to restrict the rights of Christians or Jews to worship or even proselytize, in short if they attempt to enforce anything resembling Sharia Law, then I  have a problem with it.

If a business decides they wish to accommodate their Muslim workforce, yet won’t make allowance for Catholic, Protestants or Jews then I have a problem with it.

If a local Muslim speaker or Imam chooses to offer material support to those we are fighting, if they choose to encourage their young men to fight against us, then I have a problem with it.


If Muslims wish to have their religious rights protected in America they had better not do anything to restrict the religious or non religious rights of others.

That is the bargain that (Obama administration notwithstanding) all Americans make with each other in America and if American Muslims hold up their end of it, so will I.

Update: fixed redundant sentence

Today on Morning Joe all the talk was about how the disasters from the withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan were “unforeseen” by this administration .

Unforeseen my Ass.

An awful lot of us saw this coming and screamed bloody murder to no avail.

Now we see the wave of Islamists hitting europe and townhall reports in Sweden we are seeing the future.

Graffiti that read “the caliphate is here” and “convert or die” was painted on two stores owned by Assyrians earlier this week, as was the Arabic letter ‘N,’ short for Nazarene, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.

Of course this is no surprise particularly if you saw this at Pam Geller’s site last year:

A police report released last month identifies 55 of these “no-go zones” in Sweden. These zones are similar to others that have popped up in Europe in recent years. They formed as large Muslim populations emigrating to politically correct and tolerant European states refuse to assimilate and set up virtual states within a state where the authorities fear to tread.

Soeren Kern of the Hudson Institute has documented the proliferation of these zones. They are de facto Muslim micro-states under Shariah law that reject Western values, society and legal systems. In these districts non-Muslims are expected to conform to the dictates of fundamentalist Islam or face violent consequences.

“A more precise name for these zones,” says Middle Eastern expert Daniel Pipes, “would be Dar al-Islam — the House of Islam or the place where Islam rules.”

and that’s just tip of the iceberg.

We will be seeing a lot more of this


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For many years every country in Europe has attacked Israel for it’s “separation wall” to keep out people who are doing things like this:

An Israeli bus was set on fire late Thursday in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud after Palestinians hurled a firebomb at the vehicle, witnesses said.
Locals said that the bus went up in flames after youths targeted it while driving through the neighborhood. Israeli forces arrived in the area and cordoned off the scene of the incident.

And this:

At 1:05pm, Palestinians threw stones at police and border police forces at the ancient city’s Damascus gate. The forces responded with riot dispersal means and arrested one suspect. Palestinians also reported a wounded protester in A-Tor.

At 2:11pm, Palestinians threw stones toward security forces at the Qalandia checkpoint. Twenty-five minutes later, masked Palestinians threw stones at a combined police & border police force at the Salman Al-Farsi ally in At-Tur. In both incidents police responded with riot dispersal means. Palestinians reported one wounded protester in A-Tor.

At 2:59pm, a paint bottle was thrown at the light rail train in Jerusalem on the Shuafat junction. No one was hurt.

Starting at 4pm, severe riots broke out in the Shuafat refugee camp, with dozens of youths, some wearing improvised masks and some in gas masks, threw stones and Molotov cocktails toward border police fighters in the area. The forces used riot dispersal means and arrested one Palestinian from Hebron.

But once this started happening in Europe

groups of migrants rioted outside the town of Röszke and were driven back only with the help of water cannons. Gone were the little girls—because, however photogenic little girls may be, the lion’s share of the travelers are young men, and now they were heaving rocks at the authorities and showing up on YouTube videos shouting Allahu Akbar.

they rapidly discovered that good fences make good neighbors

But on September 12 alone, 10,000 migrants walked out of the Munich train station, and the city was overwhelmed. Merkel’s interior minister Thomas de Maizière announced that Germany was closing its border. (And here we should stress that the borders in question were not the EU’s external borders but internal borders with other EU countries, which have been open for two decades.)

The irony of course is that at the same time they will try to control the young muslim men who believe they have a right to be coddled by Europe without adopting European standards of behavior they will excuse things like this:

And be shocked SHOCKED if Israel defends itself from attack.

I’m betting Bibi is looking at his TV and grinning just waiting for the migrants once blocked from Europe demand a “right to return” .


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One of the things we often hear from people who are apologists for Islam is that various Islamic terrorists do not represent Islam or a perversion of actual Islam.

That came to mind when I saw this story at Jihad watch concerning a Mississippi couple Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla & Amira al-Amriki, that were arrested trying to head over to the Islamic state.

His father is shocked!, shocked! that his son would want to join the Islamic State, but as Daniel Greenfield points out here, the son doesn’t seem to have had a bad relationship with the father. Neither seems to have rejected the other for being a bad Muslim. Is it really likely that the son forsook the true, peaceful Islam that he learned from his father to embrace the twisted, hijacked Islam of the Islamic State, without ever having it out with dear old dad?

This development has upset a local Mississippi paper:

The uninformed may wrongfully conclude the Islamic Center is a hotbed for radical Islamic politics and Oda Dakhlalla is the leader of a group of subversive, secretive, America-hating extremists who prey upon the large and vulnerable Muslim student population at the nearby university.That is often the narrative of those who make little distinction between those who practice a fundamentalist and violent form of Islam and the far larger Muslim population throughout the world who are no more prone to violence and anarchy than the average Southern Baptist.

There are problems with this argument:

1.  This young man didn’t learn is version of Islam from the violent fundamentalists in Syria or Iran, he learned his Islam from his father the Imam, as I tweeted the day I saw this story on Jake Tapper’s show:

So if this paper is to be believed after a lifetime of being taught true peaceful Islam by his father somehow this young guy, instantly turned to ISIS. 2.  You don’t have millions of southern Baptists supporting violent murder for example:

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.   The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

Mind you that’s not 1 in 6 muslims, that’s one in six citizens However that fact is less important to the paper than the idea that the Imam’s son & his wife attempting to join ISIS terrorist who wish to kill us might cast a negative stereotype on Islam. That attitude incidentally is not restricted to obscure newspapers in Mississippi.

The story this is referring to comes from the New York Times of all places:

A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts. And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.

A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.

“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” said F, a 15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s. Like some others interviewed by The New York Times, she wanted to be identified only by her first initial because of the shame associated with rape.

“He kept telling me this is ibadah,” she said, using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship.

Cuomo expressed his objection thus:

“This feeds the impression that these Muslims are animals, savages, and their faith makes them that way,” Cuomo said. “And it feeds an impression of what Islam is. What is your response to that?”

His guest was having none of it:


Totalitarianism means absolute domination of the self. These Islamists are dominating to extinction girls and women. It’s very calculated. Number one, it destroys the individual … An entire people is being emasculated. They’re being separated from their men. And women and girls are lost forever. Sixty percent of Yazidis are abducted and remain in disappearance.


What does it say about us as a nation and culture that the priority of protecting the reputation of Islam trumps terror and rape?  John Rhys Davis of the Indiana Jones & Lord of the Rings franchises states it bluntly

‘Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out – I mean not just ideologically but physically.’

He warned of how ‘people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians’ and claimed that Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf is ‘a bestseller in the Middle East’.

He told his American interviewer: ‘Your country and my country (Wales) are doing nothing about it. We have lost our moral compass completely.’ 

If Islam is so damn concerned about its reputation then maybe Muslims, instead of shaking their heads in English language press should be condemning this kind of stuff loudly in arabic in the media where it will make a difference.  At least that’s what people who really cared about this stuff would do.

One quick note I corrected a spelling error in one of my tweets above.

Update:  Stacy McCain

The media were willing to ignore reports that women were being sexually assaulted in Occupy encampments. However, once the anti-business protests ended and the kids returned to college, sexual assault was suddenly big news because, in that context, heterosexual males are targets and feminists are mascots.

The media narrative must always conform to the particular prejudices of the Anointed, which is why the media are always more concerned about “Islamophobia” than about, say, guys named Muhammad flying jets into skycrapers. Generally speaking, of course, the American media is hostile to religion, because in America, “religion” means Bible-thumpers who vote Republican. However, in terms of foreign policy, the Anointed always sees foreigners as mascots, and if the foreigners are Muslims, this means Muslims are automatically mascots, too. This was especially true after 9/11, because the U.S. military was fighting Muslims and the media hate the U.S. military almost as much as the media hate Bible-thumping evangelical Christians


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gay flagBy John Ruberry

Like it or not, same-sex marriage is the law of the land. As a conservative with libertarian leanings, I favored civil unions for gays for years, in essence, marriage in all but name. What is now called traditional marriage reaches back into pre-history–social norms should not be thrown overboard so quickly.

As for the other side of the gay marriage debate, the media focus has been on what Friday’s US Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of what some call marriage equality means for observant Christians who oppose it.

But what about Muslims? The Daily Beast managed to find a few Muslims who favor gay marriage, but it’s safe to say that followers of Islam overwhelmingly oppose it.

And I believe that Muslims considering emigrating to the United States–and for that matter, other Western nations–might want to consider staying home instead.

Other than our high standard of living, there is much in America for Muslims not to like. Arranged marriages are not only rare but are frowned upon. Dogs, beloved members of many American families, are viewed as only slightly better than pigs in Islamic society only because of their hunting and protection skills. As for those pigs, most Americans eat pork. Women in the United States wear whatever they want–or in some cases, how little they want. And the great majority of Americans drink alcohol–and advertisements for intoxicating beverages can be found almost everywhere. We can change our religion if we like–or, as has been happening more frequently, choose no faith at all. While somewhat controversial, religious satire is common in the USA. For the sake of brevity I’m stopping here.

Bridgeview, IL
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And since Friday–two men, or two women, can marry each other in a government-sanctioned marriage from Portland, Maine to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Guam too.

Despite President Obama’s ridiculous claim that “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding,” there is very little Islamic about America.

And the roughly three million Muslims in America won’t be able to change that.

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There have been plenty in the media who have argued that the violence like the targeting of Pam Geller’s event in Garland TX or the threat to behead her out Boston anything more than the actions of a small minority and that those who claim Sharia law is something repressive simply do not understand Islam.

By that argument apparently the Government of Saudi Arabia, the keeper of Islam’s most holy sites, simply don’t understand Islam at all:

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry.

Speaking from Canada, his wife Ensaf Haidar told news agency AFP, “this is a final decision that is irrevocable.”

If ONLY someone who actually understands Islam like Chris Cuomo could go to Saudi Arabia and explain the true meaning of Islam to these guys.

Via Althouse


Given my rather loud protestations in defense of Pam Geller’s event in Texas and my excoriation of the DC Metro over their first amendment retreat at this site it would be  a logical assumption that an event like this:

On Friday, May 29, 2015, a group of bikers in Arizona plan to host an anti-Islam demonstration outside of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. Dubbed as “Freedom of Speech Rally Round 2,” a reference to American blogger Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoon contest in Garland, Texas earlier this month, the event, organized on Facebook, is described as a “response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorists with ties to ISIS, attempted to kill a bunch of people.”

would have my support.  After all it’s in direct response to the attack at Pam Geller’s event and the Islamic center is as the organizer Jon Ritzheimer said “a known place that the 2 terrorist [sic] frequented.” and their attack was religiously based.

But to my mind it is also in direct opposition to the first amendment right of the Muslim Community to worship God as they see fit.

I don’t have an issue with the protest in itself, but the first amendment that protects the bikers right to protest also protects not only the Muslim’s of Phoenix’s religion but the free exercise thereof.

Consider how freely can one worship if you have a large protest taking place outside of your place of worship? How free would a Muslim family feel to take their children to pray in the mosque? How is it any different that if a radical feminist group held a protest in front of a Catholic Church during mass over the church’s stance on Abortion Gay Marriage or Homosexuality?

The first amendment right to worship God as one sees fit is no less sacred than the first amendment right of the bikers to protest.  For all of the breast beating about Pam Geller’s event it didn’t inhibit a single muslim from the free exercise of their religion in any way.

The same can not be said concerning the biker event.

And if a Muslim family might hesitate to attend their regular Friday’s service because of the protest how much more would they hesitate if they read this:

The rally’s organizer, Jon Ritzheimer, has called on the group to “to utilize there [sic] second amendment right at this event just incase our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.”

Would you feel safe taking your family to a church under such conditions?

I submit and suggest that an armed group of bikers protesting in front of the Mosque at a time of worship is incompatible to the free exercise of religion as the presence of the Black Panthers at a polling station is to the free exercise of the right to vote.

It’s not only the wrong thing but it’s the dumb thing.  If the event was held at a different time or place the Bikers could highlight a possible terror connection to the mosque that the gunmen in Texas worshiped at.  Instead  the bikers by making them a target of intimidation the Bikers create a propaganda victory for their enemies at home and abroad that they will have no hesitation to exploit.

Today is the birthday of the great Catholic apologist C.K. Chesterton and via Jake Tapper I’m going to quote him

The Bikers protest may be legal, but that doesn’t make it, in my opinion, any less foolish.

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I know that the Enemy disapproves many of these causes. But that is where He is so unfair. He often makes prizes of humans who have given their lives for causes He thinks bad on the monstrously sophistical ground that the humans thought them good and were following the best they knew.

C.S. Lewis  The Screwtape Letters #5

As anyone who has read this blog knows, I’m a supporter, friend and fan of Pam Geller and Robert Spencer and their work.  They are two of the bravest people I know and have been risking their lives for year trying their hardest to not only warn Americans about radical Islam but to help protect and bring to the forefront those who have been targeted for things such as honor killing.  I stand with Pam & Robert and think you should too.

That being said the attack at Garland TX is an excellent opportunity to note and explain something concerning the Catholic Church & Hell.

While the church specifically states the canonized saints are in heaven it does not state (Dante,  Niven & Pournelle notwithstanding) that any specific person is in hell.

 Not that the church doesn’t maintain there are plenty of people in Hell, Jesus gives this warning in Matthew 7:12-14:

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.

Many saints such as Saint Faustina has had visions of hell and Pope Francis is known for warning of it.

But one must remember that to end up in Hell one needs unrepented mortal sin and failure to repent.

Since a person can repent in their last mentally conscious moment one can’t conclusively state a person didn’t beg God’s mercy in that moment but what of someone in the midst of sin who die, like for example the shooters here.  Wouldn’t that preclude the possibility of repentance?

Well even that might be a problem.

Consider Attempted murder is a grave matter and the attackers clearly were deliberate in their actions so that meets two of the criteria of Mortal Sin but there is that pesky matter of understanding 

1859 Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin.

1860 Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. The promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders.

It is entirely possible,  given their actions even probable, that one or both of these shooters sincerely believed that rather than an act of evil the attack in Garland was a Godly thing.  Now the fact that if they believed this they were completely wrong and massively deceived doesn’t change the fact that if they were ignorant this can drop the left of this particular since to venial.

Of course they might have had plenty of mortal sins banked, but we just don’t know.

And as we don’t know the possibility of purgatory exists, there is a course of action that we as Christians are required to do:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?

Matthew 5:43-47

This isn’t easy, not only are these our enemies as Americans, but it’s personal, these people tried to kill friends of mine.  If I had been there they would have been trying to kill me too and a lot of people are going to take it the wrong way.

But if you are going to be Catholic, BE CATHOLIC, pray not only for these killers souls but for the living members of ISIS that are even now plotting against us, I’ll give the last word to Jesus Christ:

So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

UPDATE: Got a related email from Zilla concerning her kids reaction to the attempt to murder Pam. I quote it in part with her permission:


They were with me when we learned that terrorists tried to kill my friends and they understand that freedom of speech has no exceptions in this country. They know that people are lying about Pamela and that there are calls for her assassination.
> I asked the kids to pray for Pamela’s protection and to ask The Lord to keep her strong. They promised to do so, but my little boy at 7 years old whispered to me “why don’t we just kill the bad guys?” I said we are not killers so what we need to do is pray to God and ask God to protect the good guys and to change the hearts of the bad guys so they won’t want to be bad guys anymore.

And the result?

> So the kids are praying for Pamela’s protection & that of all the good guys who sacrifice for our freedom and they are praying for the bad guys that God will change their hearts. Which reminds me of an old Irish saying asking God to turn the hearts of our enemies or at least turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping! 😉

Well done Zilla, well done!


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For years the MSM has done their best to avoid Pam Geller & her message but thanks to the attacks in Garland TX and ISIS avoiding her message has been impossible for them.

So if you go to any channel you have Pam Geller, you have the Garland attack and commentary concerning it.

But in all the interviews the good (Jake Tapper) and those not so good there is one thing missing. A thing that makes all the different in the argument about provocation to violence.


This is the drawing that won the contest in Garland, it is a perfect representation of what free speech is all about.

Not a single one of the networks have shown this image and asked the obvious question:

Would a reasonable person be offended by this image?

Now while I suspect many in the networks are not doing so because they are terrified of being killed (or having their overseas reporters being killed, remember Eason Jordan & Iraq) I also suspect the primary reason that image remains unseen is that the press understands how any American seeing said image would answer my question.

And that answer wouldn’t fit their meme.

Update: Eugene Volokh writes and notes the image wasn’t missing from his piece on Garland. I must confess I forget that now that his blog is hosted by the Washington Post they are by definition part of the MSM coverage of the subject but in my defense he has independent editorial control, to wit:

We are not Washington Post employees, and we have sole editorial control over the blog. We are very pleased to be working with the Post people, but please don’t ascribe our views to them, or vice versa. Naturally, you shouldn’t ascribe our views to our employers, either, or even to the other cobloggers. Each blogger speaks only for himself or herself.

Editorial independence not withstanding the Post does host the blog which carried the image so I concede Eugene’s point & stand corrected and while I do I should note that hosting the Volokh Conspiracy blog is one of the finest things moves the Post has made in the last few years and they deserve praise for doing so.


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Listening to Morning Joe today as person after person agreed that of course Pam Geller has a perfect right to do what she did but questioned the wisdom of doing so suggesting perhaps for the general safety for all concerned maybe it shouldn’t be done.

This message was and continues to b mimicked by practically every MSM segment that has discussed the events in Garland.

Hearing this over and over it struck me that this has cut the Gordon Knot for the Gay Marriage Christian Bakers issue.

Imagine a Gay couple comes into a Christian Bakery asking nay DEMANDING that on pain of the penalty of law they MUST bake a cake for their wedding as is their constitutional right. I can picture the baker smiling sweetly and giving, with profound regret, this answer:

” You know I understand that while I disagree with what you are doing and it violates my faith you certainly have a right to demand a wedding cake from me and I deeply sympathize. But there are Christians, some of them violent and radical like those who have attacked abortion clinics, who would be quite offended if I did so. I can’t take the risk of provoking such people into violence against either you or me.”

I can see the couple protesting that Christians would not do that and the baker smiles and nods but says:

“While it’s true that the vast majority of Catholics an Protestants, while they would be insulted by the my baking your cake would not dream of committing an act of violence in the name of Christ, there is that small violent minority of Christians that the media reminds of us of that we have to consider, after all there is a reason why abortion providers INSIST buffer zones around abortion clinics are necessary. So while I’d certainly like to help you It would be irresponsible of me to knowingly put myself and you in danger from these extremists.”

The MSM the SPLC are constantly telling us how dangerous Christians are, I guess we should take them at their word.

Update: Related Via Glenn Kevin Williamson

There is a mosque in Garland, Texas. It was there yesterday, it’s there today, and it will be there tomorrow. After two radical Muslims attempted to massacre some infidels down the road a bit, there was no angry mob of Texans storming the place with F-350s and rifles.

They’ll be there, never fear, the MSM knows how violents those Crusading Christians are.


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If you want to understand how the media places with story titles to create or avoid a meme you can’t do better than these two headlines both covering the same story:

dueling headlines

Here is the AP story:

Italy’s migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Now in fairness to the BBC the story does go there

The 15 Muslim migrants involved in the row with Christians were arrested in the Sicilian city of Palermo and charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate”.
The suspects, who are from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea, were among 105 migrants travelling in an inflatable boat that left Libya on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses told police how the altercation resulted in Christians being thrown overboard, and that some of the survivors had formed human chains to avoid a similar fate.

Cripes even CNN got the lead right:

Italian police: Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard

Frankly the real story to me is that AP & CNN didn’t do what the BBC did.

I guarantee you that if the religions were reversed not only would the BBC headline would be more explicit, furthermore every single network would be leading with it today.

 the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.

John 16:2b

In fact I predict you’ll see that sentiment even from people who claim not to believe in any god.

MosqueBy John Ruberry

Here is a headline from earlier this month that caught my eye and it comes from, surprise, the Washington Post: At last, a Western country stands up to Saudi Arabia on human rights. Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, had planned to speak at an Arab League event in Cairo and her office’s website published her speech beforehand. Wallstrom’s remarks included a call for expanding women’s rights and more democracy in the Islamic world. Even though Saudi Arabia wasn’t specifically mentioned, the Islamo-supremacist kingdom blocked Wallstrom from giving that address.

Meanwhile on the floor of the Swedish parliament, Wallstrom condemned the 1,000 lashes and ten-year prison sentence of Raif Badawi, a Saudi critic of Islam. He was received only 50 of those whippings–poor health has so far so far saved him from the other 950. The Saudis are merciful–who knew? Wallstrom calls this sentence, correctly, “medieval.”

The foreign minister, who promised a “feminist foreign policy” when she acceded to her post, has since made some make-nice comments about Islam. But that has not stopped the Saudis from recalling its ambassador from Stockholm and from pulling visas from Swedes.

Sweden has responded by cancelling a ten-year old arms agreement with the kingdom.

Not surprisingly, with the exception of the Washington Post, there has been little coverage of the Sweden-Saudi dispute by the American media, which surely causes great cognitive dissonance among the self-appointed gatekeepers of information who regularly promote feminist issues. But it seems with the Wallstrom story, moral relativism wins the day again.

I have a solution to this quandary. Stick to the facts and let the consumers of news decide what to think.

As for the Wallstrom, I have this to say: Keep up the good work.

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Stop the HatredBy John Ruberry

The Nazis used the term “Judenfrei,” free of Jews or clean of Jews, when all of the Jewish residents were removed from a city or town, or even a whole country, as was the case with Estonia in 1942.

The Islamic State is working to create a new Middle East that is Christianfrei–free of Christians–in the region where the faith was founded in 33 AD, 500 years before the birth of Muhammad.

ISIS is enslaving and killing Christians in Iraq–and Christian and girls and women are being regularly raped, as is also the case in Syria. Libya has a miniscule Christian population, but that hasn’t prevented the Islamic State from killing Christians there–21 Egyptian Coptics were beheaded last month in a grisly execution videotaped by the terror group.

Egypt and Lebanon are the other Middle Eastern nations with sizable Christian populations. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the president of Egypt, responded to the murder of his citizens by bombing ISIS positions in Libya and although a Muslim, al-Sisi has been a harsh critic of radical Islam. As for Lebanon, a newspaper there claims that it will be the next target for the Islamic State.

While condemnations of ISIS atrocities are for the most part universal, there has been little uproar over the Islamic State’s effort to religiously cleanse the Middle East of the Christian faith, unlike the ethnic cleansing campaign by Serbia–which was eventually stopped–in Kosovo and Bosnia.

“Never again!” was the cry after the Holocaust. Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, another Holocaust is well under way.

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Danish flagBy John Ruberry

Western civilization is under attack by radical Islam.

Two men were murdered yesterday in Copenhagen, Denmark in separate terror shootings, although the now-deceased killer–who as of this writing has not been named–is believed to have been the gunman in both incidents.

The first shooting occurred at the “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression Event” held at a café in the Danish capital city. Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who drew Mohammed as a dog eight years ago, is believed to have been the intended target. Vilks was not harmed, but another man was killed–and three police officers were wounded. Later that night a Jewish man was shot to death when the assassin opened fire at a synagogue–and two other cops were wounded.

Vilks is on al Qaeda’s most-wanted list.

Needless to say, the murderer is almost certainly not a Lutheran.

The murders happened a little more than a month after the jihadists murdered 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris–the magazine regularly portrayed Muhammad in  satirical cartoon form. Two days later–although a separate terrorist was responsible–four people were murdered at a kosher market in Paris.

Folks–by now a theme should be apparent.Mosque

Now what?

Well, it’s time that Western civilization stand up for itself and avoid milquetoast defenses such as the one offered yesterday by Denmark’s prime minister, “This is not a battle between Islam and the West, and it is not a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims, but a battle between the values of freedom for the individual and a dark ideology.”

Let’s look back to the 19th century when the West wasn’t rooted–if such a thing is possible–by nihilism. The practice of sati in India, when the widow would join the funeral pyre of her husband was widespread until the British decided to end it. The commander-in-chief of colonial India, Sir Charles James Napier, had this to say:

Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.

Denmark–and the rest of the West–needs to defiantly stand up and define itself to the rest of the world and also to its still small Muslim minorities living within.

There is hope. Shortly after the Charlie Hebdo murders, the Morroco-born mayor of a Netherlands city advised those who are offended by Western free expression to “pack your bags and leave.”

That’s a great idea.

UPDATE 7:00pm EST: The killer has been identified as Omar El-Hussein.

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See it?
See it?

By John Ruberry

“See it
For the same reason no one ever
Pointed a telescope at the sun”
The Clash, Red Angel Dragnet.

The last 100 years can safely be placed into the following eras. World War I (1914-1918), Interwar (1918-1939), World War II (1939-1945), the Cold War (1945-1991), and the present epoch, the Age of Islamic Terror (1991-present). Certainly there were Muslim-inspired terror acts before 1991, such as the assassination of Anwar Sadat ten years earlier by an Islamist. But the Cold War was the driving international political force then.

Now Islamic terror and the rest of the world’s response to it is the global impetus of change, for good or for ill.

And what has happened since 1991? Some of the atrocities include the first World Trade Center attack, Osama bin Laden’s two jihad fatwas, al Qaeda’s African embassy bombings and its bombing of the USS Cole, 9/11, the 2002 Bali bombings, the 3/11 bombings in Madrid, Hamas’ takeover of Gaza, Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, the 7/7 bombings in London, Hezbollah’s war with Israel, the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Fort Hood, thousands of sectarian murders in Iraq and Pakistan, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Benghazi, the ascent of the Islamic State in Syria and northern Iraq, and this month’s Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris. This rundown reads like a listing of the theaters of conflict during the Second World War.

Sometimes radical Islamists attacks other Muslims, such as last week’s removal from office of the president of Yemen by Iranian-backed Shi’ites.

For the most part world leaders ignore or obfuscate the reality that they are living in the Age of Islamic Terror. President Obama regularly refers to Islamic terror as “violent extremism,” a term that is broad enough to include gang-bang murders on Chicago’s South Side. Great Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, says his nation is not at war with radical Islam, countering it’s “just a huge challenge our society faces.” But the war is there. Just as the sun is there as well–even if we don’t point a telescope at it.

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