Muslim Cleric Opposes Co-Ed Classes at New Saudi University

October 1, 2009

5 Bob to CounterJihad for sharing the unsurprising news of opposition to coed classes in Saudi King’s new university. The King is faced with a credibility gap here; on one hand, he opens a “modern” university with state of the art technology and great opportunity to attempt to create a diverse economy in his oil-dependent country. On the other hand? Must not tamper with Mohammed’s edicts, whether they make sense any longer or not.

Saudi king’s university slammed for coed classes

A prominent Muslim cleric has criticized a new Saudi university launched by King Abdullah for allowing men and women to take classes together.

Sheik Saad Bin Naser al-Sheshri, who is a member of the powerful government-sanctioned Supreme Committee of (Islamic) Scholars, was quoted Wednesday in the Al-Watan daily as demanding an end to coed classes at the newly opened King Abdullah Science and Technology University.

“Mixing is a great sin and a great evil,” al-Sheshri was quoted as saying. “When men mix with women, their hearts burn and they will be diverted from their main goal (which is) … education.”

Al-Sheshri’s comments indicate there may be significant opposition to the country’s first fully integrated coed university among the kingdom’s powerful religious establishment.

The multibillion dollar postgraduate institution, which officially opened its doors to students last week, has been touted by King Abdullah as a “beacon of tolerance.” The school boasts state-of-the-art labs, the world’s 14th fastest supercomputer and one of the biggest endowments worldwide.

Saudi officials have envisaged the university as a key part of the kingdom’s plans to transform itself into a global scientific hub-its latest efforts to diversify its oil-reliant economy.

Al-Watan, which is owned by members of the royal family, accused al-Sheshri of trying to undermine Abdullah’s reforms and suggested such criticism breeds terrorism.

“This is what al-Qaida awaits as a pretext and justification” for its actions, the paper’s editor-in-chief, Jamal Kashukshi, said in an editorial.

Another pro-government daily, Al-Riyadh, also rejected al-Sheshri’s comments, describing them as “a creed which puts us behind the rest of the Muslim world.”


Vintage Burqinis

September 12, 2009

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Here they are. The chick who designed the burkini is also designing a boyrkini. There are no new ideas, just new fabrics

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Human Rights Violation Alert: Saudi Child Bride Turned Back Over to 80-Year-Old Husband

August 27, 2009

This is just unconscionable. The United Nations is busy mandating that all five year olds are educated on the fine art of masturbation, meanwhile, pre-pubescent girls are still being forced into marriage in Saudi Arabia, despite the country’s claim to have signed a charter on rights of children which would outlaw child marriage.

We’ll keep seeing articles like this until Sharia is no longer the law of the land and beyond.

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Saudi Child Bride Turned Back Over to 80-Year-Old Husband

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Saudi Arabian father forced his 10-year-old daughter to return to her 80-year-old husband Sunday, after she was found hiding at the home of her aunt for 10 days, Arab News reported.

The young girl’s husband, who denies he is 80 despite family claims, accused the aunt of violating the terms of his marriage, allowed by Sharia Law.

“My marriage is not against Sharia. It included the elements of acceptance and response by the father of the bride,” he told a local newspaper.

A member of the National Society for Human Rights said there are no regulations in place to stop the marriage of young girls, which is seen as harmful to their wellbeing.

“Such marriages are considered a gross violation of charters on the rights of children, which the Kingdom has signed and which set the age of adulthood at 18,” Maatouq Al-Abdullah told Arab News.

Source: Fox News


Stop Killing Christians in Pakistan!

August 8, 2009

Isn’t it funny how, every time there are allegations of Christians desecrating the Koran, it incites violence, Christians are killed and forced to leave the area, their property destroyed and confiscated, police watch and do nothing, but later on, it turns out they didn’t actually desecrate anything. While arrests have been made, I’d be surprised if the perpetrators were held accountable for anything. Like murder.

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More on Tiza charter school; claim defamation

August 1, 2009
Naturally, Tiza can’t let a lawsuit go without countersuit; they allege that the ACLU interfered with contracts, employment, etc. I don’t see that the ACLU interfered with anything. What I think happened is that, given more information, prospective employees chose not to pursue employment with a questionable operation. They may also have withdrawn because they found another job. I doubt that the mere allegations as reported in the paper are sufficient to support interference. It wasn’t that long ago that people were alleging interference with contracts because Marian Gaborik bought a house in Vancouver.
They’re not alleging that educators under contract decided not to actually do the job; they’re alleging that people in the process bowed out and that threats were made as a result of the ACLU. Proximate cause anyone? Read the rest of this entry »

Second Somali suspect pleads guilty to aiding Terrorists

July 29, 2009

I was pleased to learn that both suspects have pleaded guilty to aiding terrorists; now if we only knew who funded them and recruited them. It’s like picking off the drug dealers and not knowing who they work for.

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Second Suspect pleads guilty to aiding Somali terrorists

Second terrorism suspect pleaded guilty today in Minneapolis.

osmanSalah Osman Ahmed

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 28, 2009 – 4:14 PM

Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court today to providing material support to terrorists, according to his attorney.

Ahmed, a part-time security guard from Brooklyn Park, is accused of traveling to Somalia in December 2007, allegedly to train with al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group that federal officials say has links to al-Qaida. Read the rest of this entry »


Long-lost Mosaic Seraphim Uncovered at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

July 25, 2009

Note: Below image is the Archangel Gabriel, not one of the newly uncovered images.

GabrielOfficial: Long-lost mosaic seraphim uncovered at Istanbul’s Haghia Sophia

SUZAN FRASER, Star Tribune

ANKARA, Turkey – Restoration workers have uncovered a well-preserved, long-hidden mosaic face of an angel at the former Byzantine cathedral of Haghia Sophia in Istanbul, an official said Friday.

The seraphim figure — one of two located on the side of a dome — had been covered up along with the building’s other Christian mosaics shortly after Constantinople — the former name for Istanbul — fell to the Ottomans in 1453 and the cathedral was turned into a mosque. Read the rest of this entry »


Judge Dhimmi clears the so-called ‘Flying Imams’ to sue

July 25, 2009

I have a problem with this judge’s ruling; when the country is jittery and people go out of their way to make others nervous, which is what happened here, the police have an obligation to investigate. The only way to investigate without disrupting the civil aviation schedule in its entirety was to remove the men from the plane. Under the principle in which it’s illegal to shout “Fire” in a crowded theatre, it should also be illegal to take actions you know are going to scare others.

Additionally, threatening to add those who complained about the imams to the airlines employees to their lawsuit was a cheap ploy to intimidate the country at large. At least that part was quashed. Please join me in praying that the suit is dismissed.

flying carpet

Imams’ suit cleared for trial

“Flying imams” claim their rights were violated.

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 24, 2009 – 10:03 PM

In a strongly worded ruling, a federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a lawsuit by six Muslim men who claim they were falsely arrested on a US Airways jet in Minneapolis three years ago to move forward.

“The right not to be arrested in the absence of probable cause is clearly established and, based on the allegations … no reasonable officer could have believed that the arrest of the Plaintiffs was proper,” U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery ruled Friday. Read the rest of this entry »


Two Somali Men Indicted for Recruitment and Training of Terrorists

July 17, 2009

Two Somali men were indicted for aid to terrorists. Predictably, they approached the men at a mosque; so far, their other ties have not been revealed. It seems fairly certain that, as these men don’t have a network within Somalia, that they were not the instigators. The mosque has always denied involvement, and I’m not making any statements in that regard; clearly the mosque was the recruiter hunting ground for young men who could be radicalized and convinced to go to Somalia, as one might expect.

Hopefully we’ll be getting more answers soon.

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Court records, and the cooperation of one of two Somali men charged, detail recruitment and training.

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 15, 2009 – 9:24 AM

Abdifitah Yusef Isse
Salah Ahmed

First-ever details of Minnesota men training with terrorists in Somalia — learning to fire weapons, building training camps — came to light in court documents released Tuesday.

One of the two Somali men indicted for providing support to those terrorists pleaded guilty months ago and has been cooperating with the FBI, according to those same documents.

Papers filed by the attorney for Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 25, of Seattle also provide the first clue to how Isse and other young Somalis were recruited to fight, saying he was approached “at a house of worship.”

The motion provides no other details about the place of recruitment. Up to 20 Twin Cities men of Somali descent have disappeared over the past two years, and many of them worshipped or socialized at Abubakar as-Saddique, the largest Somali mosque in Minneapolis.

Farhan (Omar) Hurre, the mosque director, has consistently said that the mosque does not preach violence and didn’t play a role in the disappearances.

At least four of the missing men have died since returning to Somalia — three since early June — and community members say there are reports of other deaths.

Isse, who has family in the Twin Cities, has admitted to investigators that he trained with terrorists in Somalia, traveled and stayed in houses with Shirwa Ahmed, the Minneapolis man who blew himself up in a suicide bombing last October in northern Somalia. Isse even helped construct a terrorist training camp, according to a previously sealed federal response to motions filed by his attorney, Paul Engh.

The documents detailing Isse’s admitted involvement in terrorist training were unsealed after the first appearance in court Monday by the other man indicted on charges of supporting terrorists, Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, of Brooklyn Park.

The men are the first to be publicly charged in the sweeping probe — one of the most far-reaching U.S. counterterrorism efforts since 9/11. Special Agent E.K. Wilson said Tuesday that these initial indictments are just the beginning of an “ongoing investigation.”

Isse pleaded guilty April 17 to a single count of providing material support to terrorists.

In his motion to amend the conditions of Isse’s detention Engh writes: “Mr. Isse will not be the last defendant indicted. The individuals who recruited him to go to Somalia have been targeted for prosecution. Once charged, they will face a life sentence. Recruiting young men to blow themselves up while killing the innocent at a crowded marketplace is a definition of evil. And this recruitment happened at a house of worship.”

The motion was denied.

Engh has declined to comment on the case, other than to acknowledge that he represents Isse, citing national security rules.

Stephen L. Smith, an attorney who has represented five or six people who testified before the grand jury investigating the case, said though many of the missing men spent time at Abubakar, he does not believe anyone in a leadership position there recruited men to fight for al-Shabaab, the Somali group with links to Al-Qaida.

“There have certainly been questions along those lines,” Smith said of the grand jury investigation. “But every client I have represented has not in any way suggested there was any nefarious exposure to this kind of stuff, this type of ideology, from the mosque.”

Isse’s story

According to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney, Isse was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Feb. 24. He said he was on his way to Tanzania to participate in an internship with his uncle.

He had previously left Minneapolis in December 2007 for Somalia, traveling as part of “an agreement with several other individuals from the Minneapolis area to travel to Somalia and fight against Ethiopian soldiers whom they believed to be occupying the country.”

Isse traveled with one Minneapolis man and met with two others in Dubai.

While in Somalia, Isse “learned that his conspiracy was affiliated with al-Shabaab,” the U.S. Attorney’s office wrote. Al-Shabaab is considered a “militant jihadist organization” by federal officials that has waged war to impose Sharia, or strict Islamic law, in Somalia.

Isse and the others lived in houses provided by al-Shabaab, trained with weapons and traveled and lived with other al-Shabaab members. One of those men was Shirwa Ahmed. Isse even spent a couple weeks helping build a training camp.

After a week or two at the camp, the U.S. Attorney said, Isse decided he did not want to stay. He and another man from Minnesota left, while other Minnesotans stayed to continue their training.

After visiting family members in Somalia, Isse returned to the U.S. in May 2008. Even after Shirwa Ahmed’s death, Isse stayed in contact with “other individuals who had knowledge of the ongoing conspiracy to recruit al-Shabaab members from among the Somali-American population in Minneapolis,” according to court papers.

Ayan Isse, Abdifatah Isse’s cousin, said the entire family was shocked to hear of his arrest. Isse, an engineering student in his home state of Washington, was “always one of the good kids,” she said. “He never smoked, he never did anything.”

The family didn’t even know Isse had been arrested until a few months ago, she said. Until then, they had frantically tried to find him.

“When he came to America, he was willing to study to become somebody. He was willing to help his family, his brothers and sisters. Whoever talked him into this stuff, it’s no good, because now he is paying the price,” Ayan Isse said.

Maruf’s role

Zakaria Maruf, one of the Somali men said to have been involved in recruiting others in Minneapolis, was killed last weekend in Mogadishu. It is not clear how he died.

Somalis who grew up with Maruf recall an angry young man who seemed to mellow in recent years after getting involved at Abubakar as-Saddique, where he sometimes volunteered at mosque conventions.

A community activist who works with Somali youth said that although Maruf was prone to fights, he “had a leadership presence where people used to follow him.”

Gandi Mohamed, who grew up in the same neighborhood as Maruf and who worships at Abubakar, said he doubts Maruf acted alone.

Mohamed said Maruf was a hothead who often picked fights he couldn’t win. Although “he did calm down and mature” in recent years, Mohamed said, Maruf lacked the “personality, intellect and temperament” to mastermind an extensive recruiting effort.

“For me to go to Somalia right now, I would need my elders to get up there and make connections for me to be safe,” he said. “For him to get there and be connected and be a leader in al-Shabaab, he’d have to have someone influential to make the connection for him.”

Staff writers Richard Meryhew and Allie Shah contributed to this report. James Walsh • 612-673-7428

Source: Startribune


Yet Another Midwestern Somali, Dead After Returning to his Homeland

July 13, 2009

Zakaria Maruf

Photo: #Zakaria Maruf, left, and Jamal Ahmed were reportedly killed in Somalia. The two men left Minneapolis late last year.
Zakaria Maruf and Jamal Ahmed
(AKA Jamal Bana as previously reported)

According to MPR, a fourth Somali who left Minnesota last year has been killed. Zakaria Maruf reportedly recruited other young Somali men to return to that country with him to fight. While four deaths have been reported in the news media, the Somali community says that more young men have died. The FBI is still investigating and the latest death may have an impact on people’s willingness to talk; reportedly some of the young men returned home and are in the proverbial undisclosed location.

Two More Missing Somalis Reported Killed
by Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio
July 12, 2009
St. Paul, Minn. — Two more Somali men from Minneapolis were reportedly killed in Mogadishu over the weekend.

Community members said Saturday that 20-year-old Jamal Ahmed, also known as Jamal Bana, was shot in Mogadishu. Ahmed’s mother, Abayte Ahmed, told the Associated Press Sunday that she and her husband identified their son in a photo on a Somali news Web site. Read the rest of this entry »


Statue of Liberty Replica Decapitated on YouTube

July 10, 2009

statue_of_libertyStatue of Liberty

Statue and Base: $530,300

Ferry Ride to Liberty Island: Adults, $12; Children $5

Having Liberty: Priceless

Give me your tired, your poor,your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door. by Emma Lazarus.

Some apparent jihadist wannabes stole a replica of the Statue of Liberty from a coffee shop in Brooklyn, and in a sick parody of terrorist assassination videos, blindfolded her, cut her head off and smashed it.

The date was July 4th and their slogans include the traditional “Death to America” and the redundant “We don’t want your freedom.”

No criminal acts or protests are necessary. If you don’t want our freedom, you’re free to leave the country. Really. What you’re not free to do is impede our freedom or transform our inefficient democracy into a theocracy.

Dhimmi doesn’t live here anymore.


To the Lions!

May 26, 2009

marytrsincolosseumatromeFed to the Lions !!

From the Spectator:

The Equality Bill currently going through Parliament is the latest and potentially most oppressive attempt to impose politically acceptable attitudes and drive out any that fall foul of these criteria. Since the attitudes being imposed constitute an ideological agenda to destroy Britain’s foundational ethical principles and replace them by a nihilistic values and lifestyle free-for-all, they represent a direct onslaught on the Judeo-Christian morality underpinning British society.

The most neuralgic of these issues is gay rights. This is because the tolerance of homosexuality that a liberal society should properly show has long been hijacked by an agenda which aims at destroying the very idea of normative sexuality altogether – and does so by smearing it as prejudice. The true liberal position, that it is right and just to tolerate behaviour that deviates from the norm as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, is deemed to be rank prejudice on the grounds that homosexuality is not ‘deviancy’ but normal. ‘Normality’ is thus rendered incoherent and absurd and accordingly destroyed altogether.  The agenda is therefore not liberal tolerance but illiberal coercion against mainstream moral values, on the basis that the very idea of having normative moral principles at all is an expression of bigotry. So anyone who speaks out against gay rights is immediately vilified as a ‘homophobe’ and treated as a social and professional pariah. Read the rest of this entry »


St Mary’s , Brisbane told: Be Catholic, or Be Shut Down

August 25, 2008

Yes, it happen in the Catholic Church. A parish can be quashed for going astray of Church teachings, liturgical norms and other practices antithetical to the Catholic faith. This parish has now been given fair warning.

From The Courier Mail:

In a three-page letter delivered to parish priest Father Peter Kennedy on the weekend, Archbishop Bathersby said St Mary’s was operating outside practices and policies acceptable to the Roman Catholic Church.

The church – where women can preach, homosexual couples can be blessed and social justice is championed – has a congregation of about 700 that would be the envy of many parishes.
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TheCall: Evangelicals March on Washington

August 20, 2008
USAToday reports on TheCall, a movement of Evangelical religious and political rallies held in cities across the US and abroad to draw attention to moral issues and to offer prayer and fasting.
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of evangelical Christians converged on the National Mall here Saturday to highlight moral issues before the fall presidential election with a day of fasting, prayer and music.

Organizers of TheCall DC said 70,000 people turned out for the event, though that number could not be confirmed independently by the National Park Service. Read the rest of this entry »


The Best Hope for GAFCON

June 26, 2008

I have not always been a fan of Rev. Matt Kennedy. But, lately my estimation of him, a conservative Anglican cleric, has risen significantly. First, he changed his mind on WO and is now opposed. Second, he led his parish out of TEC. Both, are very good moves for this evangelical Anglican who has now written enough on Catholic theology at Stand Firm to make me wonder if he is edging toward becoming a crypto-Catholic.

Anyway, here is his very lucid explanation of what may come of GAFCON:

The brighter vision is that of a “Communion within a Communion.”

If we might leave here with at least the foundations laid for a new confessional and conciliar entity with its own leadership, its own “instruments of communion”, its own process of decision-making and discipline distinct from Canterbury then we will have created, or be well along the path to creating, a cohesive entity capable of gathering, growing, and empowering orthodox Anglicans that is not dependent upon the invitational decisions of one man. Read the rest of this entry »