Robert Spencer’s warnings on Radical Islam might have turned off the press and the local arch diocese, but if you really want to see warning signs on the dangers of on Radical Islam all you have to do is read the news from Mali
On Jan. 3 they took her to the Islamic tribunal. Just eight days before French President Francois Hollande unilaterally approved a military intervention in Mali on Jan. 11, Salaka was convicted of being caught with a man who was not her husband and sentenced to 95 lashes. It was a severe punishment even by the standards of the Islamists.
They took her to the market at noon on Jan. 4, the same place where she bought the beef for the brochettes she sold and the flour used to make her mother’s flatbread. She recognized the meat sellers. One of them used his phone to record what happened next.
The police made her kneel in a traffic circle. They covered her in a gauze-like shroud. They told her to remove her dress, leaving only the thin fabric to protect her skin from the whip. Curious children jostled for a better view.
What they did to her was witnessed by dozens of people in Timbuktu, and can still be heard on the meat seller’s cell phone.
The executor announced Salaka’s crime and her punishment. Then he began flogging her with a switch made from the branch of a tree. Her high-pitched cries are contorted with pain. You can hear the slap of the whip. You can hear her labored breathing.
They hit her so hard and for so long that at one point she wasn’t sure if the veil had fallen off. She could feel the blood seeping through.
When it was over, they told her that if they ever saw her with a man again, they would kill her.
and then there is Egypt
Criticism of Morsi’s administration has mounted lately after a string of violent sexual assaults on female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. On Wednesday, an international rights group warned mob-led sexual assaults will only increase if perpetrators are not punished.
Amnesty International said statements from victims show that the assaults follow a “clear pattern” where mobs of men encircle the victims, assault them with weapons and hands and then try to undress them.
Amnesty’s warning followed a statement from the U.N. human rights office, which last week said that about 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted – in some cases with extraordinary violence – in Tahrir Square during recent demonstrations against Morsi.
The square witnessed a number of assaults against women – both protesters and journalists – in the aftermath of the uprising. Women have been stripped, groped and raped at demonstrations there.
Well you can’t blame them, after all here is what the clerics are saying:
Mohamed ElBaradei was responding to well-known ultraconservative cleric Mahmoud Shaaban, who said in a TV show last week that the opposition should be punished by death for seeking to bring down a leader who has been elected by the public.
“God’s verdict is death,” he said amid a new wave of protests against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
The fatwa, or religious edict, followed another one by hard-line cleric Magdi Ghoneim who said: “I publicly incite to kill the thugs, criminals, thieves, and those who burn the country and kill the innocents.”
But it’s not as if stuff like this is happening in the west like England…
In East London, a group under the name of “Muslim Patrol” have been posting YouTube videos showing them patrolling the streets of predominantly Muslim neighbourhoods and harassing people who they think are not conforming to Muslim law, the moral code and religious law of Islam.
That report comes from that unreliable right wing site known as Al-Jazeera. You know the folks Al Gore sold Current TV to.
Some people are worried:
“The Muslim patrols could become a lot more dangerous and, perhaps willing to maim or kill if they are joined by battle-hardened jihadis.”
Not only Britain, but some other European countries with Muslim populations – including Denmark and Spain – have witnessed a similar rise of home-grown Islamic street militants and thugs.
“Something very worrying is spreading across Europe. Fascists and Islamist extremists alike are copying what Hitler’s Brownshirts excelled at — enforcing with threats and violence their version of the law in neighborhoods,” Nawaz wrote.
“I fear that the Muslim patrols are a sign of things to come. … The longer we stand by and watch the far Right and Islamists impose their dogma on our streets, the more the extremes will become mainstream for a rising new generation.”
those are not the words of Robert Spencer, they are the words of Maajid Nawaz, a moderate Muslim in charge of a think tank advocating against extremism.
The Globe might be able to keep Mr. Spencer out of the Catholic Men Conference, but it will be hard pressed to keep these incidents out of the news, particularly as they become more common.
Radical Islam is coming, we can deal with it now, or we can ignore it.
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