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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, November 04, 2006

Penn & Teller Take On 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists

It's pathetic that anyone has to bother, but, if we do, we might as well do it in an entertaining manner as P & T do here. (Thanks to Pedestrian Infidel for making me aware of this.)

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Storm Track Infiltration: The Muslim Manifesto

From The Gathering Storm

In 1990 “The Muslim Manifesto: A Strategy for Survival” was written to create the Council of British Muslims which was to act “a Muslim parliament”. Hat tip to News By Us for this from Alan Cruba.

Britain’s Muslim Manifesto made it clear that “Political and cultural subservience goes against their grain” because “at its inception Islam created a political platform from which Muslims were to launch themselves on a global role as founders of great states, empires and a world civilization and culture.” According to the UK’s Muslim Manifesto, “The fact is that a Muslim woman cannot be a western woman.” The problem for Muslims in Great Britain was that “There are laws on the British Statute Book that are in direct conflict with the laws of Allah.” “We are Muslims first and last.” “Jihad is a basic requirement of Islam and living in Britain or having British nationality by birth or naturalization does not absolve the Muslim from his or her duty to participate in jihad: this participation can be active service in armed struggle abroad and/or the provision of material and moral support to those engaged in such struggle anywhere in the world.” “Islam is our guide in all situations.”

Is it clear now? It got clearer in the UK on 7/7 2005 “when born-and-bred Muslim British citizens killed some of them in London’s subways and buses.”

Assimilation, according to the Manifesto, wasn’t even an option. Why need it be? By the early 1990s, there were already about 1,000 mosques in Great Britain, many of them former Anglican churches that had been abandoned and sold to Muslims. As is the case of France today, the Manifesto recommended that “The Muslim community may have to define ‘no go’ areas where the exercise of ‘freedom of speech’ against Islam will not be tolerated.”

Caruba gives a warning.

  • The next time you want to mock the “fundamentalist” Christians, famed for their patriotism, think again.
  • The next time you shrug when you hear your local school system has banned the playing or singing of Christmas carols, think again.
  • The next time you are inclined to say or think unkind things about American or Israeli Jews, think again.
  • The next time your neighborhood, community or city yields to some new Islamic demand to conform to their “religious” rules, think again.
  • The next time you read demands that something not be published or aired in America because it offends Muslim sensibilities, think again.
  • The next time anyone tells you that Islam preaches tolerance or peace, think again.

We’ve been warned.

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What the hell is his problem?

[UPDATE001] Apparently we've all been had by the KUNA agency that posted the below. Via Dhimmi Watch here's what the Prince of Wales really said. With my apologies.

It really is astonishing, the below bears no relation whatsoever to what the prince actually said. So this is what goes for responsible reporting in the Arab world?

--- Original post ---

Dear British reader,

What has gotten into your Crown Prince and future King (presumably)? Look at what he is claiming in a speech he made in Islamabad:
ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (KUNA) -- Prince Charles Tuesday said that the world problems could be resolve by following Islamic teachings, as Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood.

Prince Charles while addressing a ceremony during his visit to Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) stressed on better relations between Islam and other religions.

He said that clash of civilizations could be averted by following the teaching of Islam and Quraan.

Are the rumors as to his secret conversion true after all?

(h/t to Watcher. Cross posted at Klein Verzet)
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The Infidel Bloggers Alliance "Uncovered Meat" Contest

In honor of the Australian Imam who, the other day, proclaimed that women who do not wear the veil are like "uncovered meat", and thus deserve to be raped, we here at IBA have decided that it would be prudent, at this juncture, to celebrate our Western freedoms.

Therefore, we introduce The Infidel Bloggers Alliance "Uncovered Meat" Contest.

Send in photos of your wives or girlfriends in various stages of undress. Or, if you are a babe, just set up the camera and time it to stike a pose. Keep them relatively clean, but make sure that there is plenty of carne visible. We need to judge the quality of the victuals.

Submission #1 "REDACTED" (You can try calling on the Freedom of Information Act, but I don't think it will help.)

(Thanks to Pim's Ghost for coming up with this great idea. She tells me she is going to submit a photo of herself. Now, that's the kind of female submission we Infidels like to see.)

Submission #2: Pim's legs. Wowzers.

Submission #3: Amber's boot and fishnet fetish photo. This ought to get us some interesting google searches.

Submission #4: Bequila's Naughty Niqab.
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Palestine will become a country when...

Crossposted at Eye On The World.
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20 Things You Should Know About Islam

Frequent Infidel Bloggers Alliance commenter Religion of Pieces wrote a piece called 20 Things You Need To Know About Islam. The points he makes are important, and I know each of them to be factually true to some extent. However, I did not have links to back up each of his points, so I asked him to provide them.

Ordinarily, our posts here include embedded links. However, it would take a massive amount of work to embed all the links Religion of Pieces provided us with. So, this post will look a bit different, a bit more sloppy than our everyday posts.

Think of the links as a series of footnotes to back up each assertion Religion of Pieces makes.

Additionally, let me say that I have not had time to go through everyone of the many links ROP has provided. So, at the outset, I must tell you that the views and opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of myself, or Infidel Bloggers Alliance in general.

However, I do think this is a very important post, and I am considering serializing it and laying each individual point into our sidebar as permanent links. For now, check out Religion of Pieces very lengthy post:

Islam ...

1) Is a mind-control and information-control cult founded by a murderer, torturer, brigand, rapist and pedophile called Mohammed.

The mind-control and information-control aspects require that all criticism be silenced.Mind and information control:

Telegraph article

Mohammed's criminality:
http://www.angelfire.com/de/knowledgeoftruth/muhammed.html http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate/playboy.html

Mohammed’s pedophilia:

Silencing criticism:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-2058502,00.html http://www.danielpipes.org/article/321

2) Islam is Mohammed's personality cult. Has no foundations other than Mo's murderous rantings (Koran and Hadith).

The Koran consists of two conflicting parts - Meccan and Medinan (peaceful and violent respectively). The Medinan stuff supersedes ('abrogates') the Meccan stuff. Muslims act Medinan, but quote Meccan verses to the gullible infidels.

Mohammed as a cult leader:

Meccan and Medinan verses:
http://jimball.com.au/features/Myth-of-moderate-Islam.htm http://www.islamreview.com/articles/madinasuras.shtml

3) Claims to worship the same God as Christians and Jews, but in fact worships Allah - a demonic channelling through Mohammed's psychopathic ego. The Death Cult mixes garbled versions of Christian and Jewish scriptures with pagan practices such as moon and meteorite-worship, and cut-throat blood sacrifice of animals and non-believers.

Allah and God:

Origins of the koran:
http://www.ninetyandnine.com/Archives/20020211/review.htm http://www.prophetofdoom.net/chapter.aspx?g=401&i=41003

Allah's pagan daughters:

Meteorite worship:

Animal sacrifice to Allah:

Human sacrifice to Allah:
http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=1501 ,
Bangladesh Web.com

4) Has no rational, philosophical nor theological basis, and the whole belief-system is contradicted by science, philosophy, commonsense, human decency and internal inconsistency.

Flat earth:

Contradictions in the koran:
http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/islam.html http://www.geocities.com/lone_wolf_gc/earth_shape.html

5) Cannot withstand rational criticism. Can only spread and maintain itself by ignorance, illiteracy, war, terrorism, and intimidation. Islam has bloody borders and cannot co-exist peacefully with other belief systems. Winston Churchill said that Islam in a man is as dangerous as hydrophobia (rabies) in a dog.


Islamic intellectual achievements:

Intimidation against criticism and apostasy:

Bloody borders: http://chromatism.net/bloodyborders/

Intrinsically violent:
Islam Review article
http://www.islamreview.com/articles/poorislamists.shtml http://www.angelfire.com/moon/yoelnatan/koranwarpassages.htm http://www.citizensoldier.org/winthewar.html


6) Has a superstitious dread of images of pigs, crosses, Buddhas, Saint George (and his flag) and of course Motoons.Buddhas, crosses and teddy bears:

Piggy Banks Offend Muslims
CNN Article

Study of Revenge cartoon

Saint George:
Red Cross

7) Regards Islamic women as semihuman. Wife-beating, incest and child abuse (including mufa’khathat or 'thighing' - the ritual abuse of infants) are encouraged.

Treatment of women:

Infant abuse and ‘thighing’:
Truth Seeker article
Ken Lydell article
Hindu Unity

8) Regards all unbelievers (Kaffirs, Kuffar, Kufrs, Kafirs) as ritually unclean subhumans to be killed, subjugated, enslaved, exploited or parasitised. Kafirs are described by the Arabic word 'najis' - literally 'filth'. That's why Muslim hatred of Kafirs is intrinsic to their 'religion'. A Kafir doesn't need to DO anything to offend a Muslim, his very existence is enough of an affront.

Najis kafirs:
Cartoon Nazi article

Treatment of kafirs:

Enslavement of kaffirs:

9) The ethical system applies only to Muslims. Allah encourages rape, pillage, extortion and enslavement of non-Muslims. Morality does not extend beyond the global gang (ummah). Muslim ethics are the ethics of the Mafia.

Loyalty to the Umma first (Ummafia)

Sixth Column article

Massacre, rape, pillage and enslavement:
Hindu Unity Article
Berean article

10) Allah's followers are motivated by hatred, greed and lust. There is no love, mercy or compassion. Allah is vindictive, unpredictable, capricious and devious - "Allah leads astray whom he pleases".

Hate cult:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=27938 http://www.iranian.ws/cgi-bin/iran_news/exec/view.cgi/2/3626

Women as plunder:


Allah - Father of Lies:

11) The only religion NOT founded on The Golden Rule. Morality is based on Mohammed's example. If Mohammed did it then it's OK for all Muslims. Hence the encouragement of rape, pillage, subjugation and murder of non-believers and the institutionalised pedophilia prevalent throughout Muslim society (justified by Mohammed's activities with Ayesha, his child sex-slave - see and listen to http://islamcomicbook.com/lyrics1.htm).

Golden Rule:

Mohammed as the example of ‘the perfect man’:
Chronicles Magazine article

Institutionalised pedophilia:
http://www.cathud.com/LINKS/pages_GL/Islam.htm http://www.nospank.net/glazov.htm

Jihadic rape:
Fjordman article

12) All human relations are defined by Dominance/Subjugation. Muslims have schizoid inferiority/superiority complexes. (A well-balanced Muslim is one with a chip on each shoulder). They respect strength but despise compromise as weakness. Appeasement invites more aggression. The only political system which has been strong enough to subjugate Islam is Stalinism.

Honor/shame, dominance and subjugation:

Dr. Sanity article

Inferiority complex:


13) Polygamy ensures alpha-males get extra women, leading to a shortage of women for the betas. Beta-males must either jerk off (a sin leading to hell), or form dog-packs and rape or capture kafir women as booty in a razzia, or else self-destruct in the presence of infidels then they can screw 72 mythical virgins in Allah's bordello in the sky (see and listen to http://islamcomicbook.com/lyrics3.htm).

Beta-males are often encouraged by their relatives to become suicide bombers because of the belief that such murderous 'martyrs' will be able to intercede with Allah to take 70 of their relatives to paradise with them.Polygamy and Jihad: http://www.taemag.com/issues/articleID.18649/article_detail.asp

Muslim rape:


Bomber’s relatives go to paradise:
Memri.org article

14) Lying and deception of infidels (taqiyya) is encouraged. This may take many forms, including outright lies, feigned moderation, and condemnation of terrorist attacks to the Kaffir while rejoicing with fellow Muslims. Muslims often tend to regard themselves as victims of some group of Kafirs so they can harbor grudges against them and against Kafirs in general.

Individuals may appear law-abiding and reasonable, but they are part of a totalitarian movement, and must be considered potential killers who can flip in an instant (SJS -'Sudden Jihad Syndrome').


Muslim victimology
Real Clear Politics article

Sudden Jihad Syndrome
Lost Budgie article

15) Muslims are forbidden to befriend Kaffirs except for purposes of deceit or where conversion may be possible.


16) The Koran is Allah's final word and cannot be changed or challenged. To do so is punishable by death. Consequently, the Death Cult can never change or be reformed. The instructions to murder and rape infidels are just as valid now as the day they were written.

Since Islam cannot be modernised, the Muslims are attempting to Islamise modernity. This requires spreading Islam in the West and simultaneously preventing any criticism of the cult by intimidation and PC legislation to curtail freedom of expression.

Koran as literal word of Allah: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4048586,00.html

Koranic principles of jihad:

Intimidation and censorship:
Telegraph article

17) Treaties and agreements with Kaffirs are made to be broken (Hudna). The word of a Muslim to a Kafir counts for nothing in the eyes of Allah. Allah is The Father Of Lies.


18) The world is divided between Dar-al-Islam and Dar-al-Harb (the domain of war, the Kufr lands). Muslims living in Dar-al-Harb must work to disrupt their host nations until these can be brought into Dar-al-Islam.

Dar al Harb and the Umma:

http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=2601 http://www.ucg.org/commentary/madridbombings.htm

19) Muslims have no obligation to their host nations and in fact are encouraged to parasitise them. Welfare fraud, identity theft, forgery etc are endemic in Western Muslim populations, and serious crime against Kaffirs is regarded as normal and justified. Extortion rackets against Kafirs are mandated by the Koran ('jizya' is the Arabic term for 'protection money' payable by Jews and Christians to Muslims).

Subversion and disloyalty:
Muslim Leaders And Subversion
Muslim Reaction to Suicide Bombings

Free Republic/Pedestrian Infidel Post

Jizya extortion
Ken Lydell article

The Muslim liability and welfare dependence: http://www.islamreview.com/articles/westsunmanageable.shtml
Amren article

20) The Jihadi attack on the host nation isn't just against its religion and economy, but is aimed at its very cultural identity. Islam is a complete system, including a culture, which Muslims regard as superior (despite all evidence to the contrary) to other cultures.

Muslims are therefore required to destroy the symbols of 'Jahiliya' (sometimes sp. Jahiliyya) - non-Muslim culture. In the East this has included destruction of Hindu temples and Christian churches and replacement with mosques, and destruction of Buddhist artwork and universities and replacement with heaps of rubble. This process of cultural replacement is now beginning in the West..

Destruction of Hindu and Buddhist Culture:

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Say farewell to Abu Jahjah.

Abu Jahjah, leader of the Benelux Arab-European League has announced his permanent return to Lebanon. This is, ofcourse, no great loss. But the Dutch current events program Netwerk saw fit to do an interview with this islamic degenerate nonetheless.

You can watch the program here (the relevant segment starts about two-thirds into the program). It's in Dutch, though. He warned that the riots in Paris are but 'the first drops of the deluge that is coming'. He is of the opinion that the Netherlands will be worse off then Belgium, because the Netherlands are involved in the 'occupation' of Iraq and Afghanistan and are unthinking slaves to the will of the US. Thank you, mr. Abu Jahjah.

One would almost hope Abu JahJah is correct. At least then we will have a legitimate reason to revoke all those double nationalities and start shipping the lot back to the barren s...tholes they came from.

And if you think that is a tad harsh, then please read this review of Buruma's book on the van Gogh murder (via Peaktalk). This review is one with a twist, since it focusses entirely on the opinions of one of van Goghs proteges, a maroccan small-time criminal turned actor. The latter got his big break in van Goghs 'Cool!'. For those that can't be bothered, the review concludes:
And yet El-Hamchaoui's loyalties are murky at best. He doesn't stick up for his murdered benefactor, because he understands what drove the killer, and about Submission at least, that killer "was right." He roots for Moroccan soccer players ("my own blood") to do well, and for Dutch players to lose. He thinks of Submission not simply as a controversial movie that he didn't care for, but — despite his knowing and liking the director — as a personal insult, on a par with being discriminated against by the parents of his best friend in school. He openly says he doesn't much value his Dutch passport, except that it suits his "interests."

Muslims like El-Hamchaoui — moderate, thoughtful, steeped in western values, capable of change, relatively successful — are Holland's best hope.

And it's impossible to not find that a bit disheartening.


(Cross posted at Klein Verzet)
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Silence of the hacks

In Erfurt in Gemany a retired minister doused himself in gasoline and set himself alight (D) in a desperate protest against the lack of attention in Germany and Europe as a whole to the creeping islamisation of Europe. Brussels Journal is reporting this, as is Western Resistance , Infidel Bloggers Alliance and many other blogs.

But the MSM here in Europe is silent... Thomas the Wraith asks whether this episode will wake Europe up. It won't, because the press isn't reporting. No screaming headlines, no mournful segments on current events programs, no interviews with shocked friends and family, no pundits elaborating on what could have possessed father Weisselberg, nothing. Mustn't upset the balance, you see. Just take note of Bishop Noacks commentary in the Brussels Journal piece. The MSM will not be caught doing something that might interfere with the Eurabian multicultural dream. And so this story is under firmly the lid: the fourth estate as fifth column, indeed. Thus father Weisselberg will have died a horrible, excruciating death for little more then nothing.

Unless this story is spread around. Here's the Spiegel article in German and here's the International Herald Tribune article. Mail it to friends and family. Tell anyone who'll listen about this. If the MSM refuses to do its job then we ordinary civilians will have to do it.

(Cross posted at Klein Verzet)

[UPDATE001] No Pasaran has the screencap that says it all. Three. Three entries from the MSM. Google News NL just shows one entry: in the Katholiek Nieuwsblad. What does a man have to do to get a little attention these day?
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A Great Divide

Guest Editorial by Edward Cline:

Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s announced position on the fall Congressional elections this coming November 7th has inaugurated a debate on various discussion lists and blogs between Objectivists. Some individuals have sided with Dr. Peikoff and agree with him that, in terms of ensuring the country’s survival, and taking into account the expenditure of the Left’s Marxist credibility, voting the straight Democratic ticket will serve to repudiate the Republican establishment and help to block its more perilous theocratic agenda. There is some substance to justify this fear. Virtually ever news item over the past two weeks has focused on the role of the evangelical bloc of voters, and President Bush solicits that bloc’s support.

Others discount the religious threat and counter that helping the Democrats regain their hegemony in Congress will only encourage them to accelerate the pursuit of their Marxist, nihilist ends, such as a total welfare state, environmentalism and multiculturalism.

In reality, the triumph of either party, now or in the 2008 presidential race, will move the country closer to undiluted statism or dictatorship.

Ayn Rand, delineating modern politics in terms of fundamentals governed by philosophy, would probably interpret the conflict in what she characterized as one between Attila and the witch doctor, between the mystics of muscle and the mystics of the spirit. Dr. Peikoff asserted, quite rightly, that we are faced with a decision on which gang will do us the least harm in the short run. And, there is another gang of murderous witch doctors he neglected to account for in his projection, which are Islam and its jihadists.

During all this discussion, someone had the foresight to point out that there is a crucial link between the spread of Islam and environmentalism, e.g., that the Democrats especially, when they oppose off-shore drilling, advocate the expropriation of oil company profits, or block the construction of nuclear power plants, simply render the U.S. more dependent on oil supplies coming from countries mostly hostile to the U.S., such as Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The Saudis especially have as much a vested interest in the perpetuation and expansion of American environmental law as Prohibition Era gangsters had in the perpetuation of the Eighteenth Amendment.

Other blogs, such as Jihad Watch and Infidel Bloggers, have documented which persons in Congress, Republicans and Democrats, are in thrall to Saudi petro-dollars or susceptible to the lobbying of such Islamist organizations as CAIR and the Muslim Council of America.

But, this particular peril has been discussed before, and I do not believe any thinking Objectivist (or is that a redundancy in terms?) can question or dismiss the seriousness of the Islamist threat, especially when he is certain that President Bush will do nothing to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons or to stop North Korea from selling its nuclear weapons and delivery systems to Islamist terrorists. If the Republicans will not defend the country, how can we expect the Democrats to, when it is obvious that they hate it?

However, what I have not heard anyone mention yet is the prospect of censorship. Either party is capable of imposing it. In fact, both parties have held hands over the decades in passing legislation that violates the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court has done little or nothing to declare such stealthily incremental legislation unconstitutional.

“Censorship,” wrote Rand in “Have Gun, Will Nudge” in The Objectivist Newsletter in 1962, “in its old-fashioned meaning, is a government edict that forbids the discussion of some specific subjects or ideas – such, for instance, as sex, religion or criticism of government officials – an edict enforced by the government’s scrutiny of all forms of communication prior to their public release.”

We are approaching that level of censorship; that is, some officials and bureaucrats have proposed that the government have the power to make such an edict. Neither party, however, has the brazenness yet to move in that direction; they know they would not yet get away with it. Rand could not have predicted it, of course, but the Internet, which did not exist in 1962, is certainly scrutinized by the CIA, NSA and other federal agencies, not exclusively on the track of Islamist terrorists residing in this country.

Certainly if one sent an email letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling her (justifiably) delusional, anti-Semitic, and an appeasing enabler of Islamic terrorism, one could expect a knock on one’s door, or at least strange things begin to happen to one’s bank account or employment status. One cannot count on the demonstrable incompetence of the “security” agencies charged with defending this country, and be certain that nothing would happen.

That being said, Rand did forecast the possibility of de facto censorship. In that same article, she wrote:

“But for stifling the freedom of men’s minds the modern method is much more potent; it rests on the power of non-objective law; it neither forbids nor permits anything; it never defines or specifies; it merely delivers men’s lives, fortunes, careers, ambitions into the arbitrary power of a bureaucrat who can reward or punish at whim….”

One can count the ways in which such de facto censorship has been implemented in the U.S.: the PAC law; the Federal Election Committee; the ban on tobacco advertising over the airwaves, not to mention the regulation of print advertising of tobacco and other products, such as food; the Telecommunications Act of 1996; and so on, all of which, with more certainly to come whichever party dominates Congress, prove the pernicious effect of non-objective law on the freedom of men’s minds.

What we are witnessing in the U.S. today is the indivertible implosion of over a century irrationality in domestic and foreign policies. The irrational cannot make reality work; reality will not tolerate unreason. Most people with a nominal fealty to reason know that doing the Hokey Pokey or praying to Wantonka the Automotive God in front of one’s car will not start it or fill it with gas. Too many of them, however, believe that going “back to God” or “back to nature” (and Rand dramatized both false alternatives in Atlas Shrugged), which are must the same things, will make all things right. Dr. Peikoff himself stressed this point years ago in a course, that ours is an age of pre-reason.

The country is coasting on the vestiges of the commitment to reason which founded this country, but which vestiges both Republicans and Democrats are working diligently in their special ways to eradicate. Reason is lost in a masking deluge of inconsequential and irrelevant issues. No one in public life – not in government, not in the press or news media, not in academia – is advocating a return to reason, or even its rediscovery (or, as someone pointed out, its discovery). Advocates of reason can be likened to some of the survivors of the Titanic, struggling desperately to avoid being sucked into the swirling vortex of a sinking giant.

It is difficult for an advocate of reason not to succumb to pessimism and doom-saying in these times. But, I, for one, am confident that in the end, reason and truth will out, if only enough of us will invest the effort to promote them. I have been doing my “bit” for decades, culminating in the epic of Sparrowhawk, and that has been at cost to me and with very little reward, pecuniary or otherwise, except in the volume of my fan mail. That particular reward is to have been proven right, that readers are receptive to ideas presented in the series, and that it is helping to point them in the right direction.

Crossposte at The Dougout
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Pride In The Western World? - A Relgious Perspective On The Importance Of Western Civilization

There are too many squishy Christians and Jews who are either inured in PC-land and believe the Western world is evil, or believe that their relgions have supreme importance over the governments under which they live. Both of the ideas are equally abhorrent.

I stand for the West precisely because without the Western world protecting Freedom of Conscience there would be no place for Christianity. In China, the Muslim world, North Korea, and many other places, you can be arrested and even killed for transporting Bibles and preaching the Word of God.

If one believes that the Western world is not of vital importance to the survival of Christianity and Judaism, one is likely veering mighty close to Docetism, the heresy of believing that the physical world does not matter. God created the physical world, and we live within it. As Christians and Jews, we are to use our reason, along with prayer and scriptural study, to navigate our world. We are not to live only in a spiritual realm. We must acknowledge the realities in front of us. We can not simply say, love is the only important thing, and move on from there, living in a fairy land of love.

Administrating the world, and pruning the garden are important aspects of the world. Look at Paul's letters and how much administrative advice he dealt out.

Our governments are made up of ideas, some good and some bad. But, despite some of the bad things some of our governments in the West may do, they all invariably protect Freedom of Conscience. Our governments do the job of administrating Freedom for us. As such, we need to be thankful for them. Without such protection human beings the world over would not have the opportunity to hear the gospel preached.

Here in the US, I help pay for Bibles and people to be smuggled into China and North Korea so that they can hear the word of God in those countries. I also support Voices of the Martyrs which sends missionaries to Islamic countries.

If we were not able to produce hundreds of millions of Bibles here in the US, these things could not be done.

The Western world is vital. It is not a matter of pride. It is a matter of freedom and morality.
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NY Times Support The War In Iraq

I'm a tad confused- weren't we all told endlessly that Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq? Well, it seems that the New York Times has come to the conclusion that Hussein was, in fact, a very real threat to the security of the USA and the rest of the the world- because he was a year away from making a fully functional nuclear weapon. And they've roundly criticised the Bush administration for putting documents which detail how to make such a device online- documents that detail how a terrorist group or a rogue nation, for example, could make one too. Good thing the US and allies deposed Saddam before he sold or gave that information to the likes of Al Qaeda.

Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

Here's some more from the Times-

The documents, roughly a dozen in number, contain charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about bomb building that nuclear experts who have viewed them say go beyond what is available elsewhere on the Internet and in other public forums. For instance, the papers give detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as the radioactive cores of atom bombs.

Glad we've finally got that cleared up. Good of the Times to drop that bombshell just days before the election too.

Karl Rove is really going to earn his paycheck this month- first Kerry and now the NY Times. How does he do it?
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Where Was Hitler At The University of Pennsylvania Halloween Party?

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutman with her friend Saad Saadi.

Thanks to Ronald Barbour for making me aware of this:

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann threw her annual Halloween costume party at her home Tuesday night. Among the guests was Saad Saadi, who came dressed as a suicide bomber, complete with plastic dynamite strapped to his chest and a toy automatic rifle. Worse, Gutmann posed with Saadi!An obvious question: would Gutmann have posed with a guest--or even allowed him into her house--if he'd dressed as Adolf Hitler or a Nazi SS officer? A KKK member?But in modern liberal circles, posing as a Palestinian suicide bomber (see his kefiya) is just fine. After all, he mainly tries to kill innocent Jews.

Saad Saadi has a web site, at which he has posted many photographs along with the apology posted below.

My friend, Jason, and I express our condolences and sympathy to all affected by our costumes. We wish to make it clear that we do not support terrorism, violence, or anything that is against society. There is no agenda or statement associated with our behavior shown in these pictures. The costumes are meant to portray scary characters much like many other costumes on Halloween. Additionally, we strive for all societies to instill healthy and non-violent values.

Hey, maybe I'll go to an Muslim party dressed as Vlad the Impaler. How's that?

Go check out Ronald's blog. He has more photos of this event which you will want to see.

Honestly, I think I can understand Saad's apology. When people are young they do have a hard time understanding the true horror of the suffering of others. It could be that Saad really has no Jihadi sympathies.

However, wouldn't you think the fucking President of University of Pennsylvania would have more sense? Well, maybe she has sympathy for the Jihad. That wouldn't be surprising, would it?
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I, A Muslim

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Storm Track Disinformation: Muslim “Hate Crime” Myths

From The Gathering Storm

Muslims are always playing the victim. But just who’s doing what to whom?

Daniel Pipes has been tracking the Muslim hate crime myths since 2004.

In all, then, there are at least five cases proven or alleged hoax crimes since 9/11; how many more might there be that no one has counted? Michelle Malkin wonders about this too, noting that “when it comes to cracking down on hate crime hoaxes by Arabs and Muslims, the feds—too busy conducting politically correct "outreach" with Muslim leaders who pooh-pooh hate crime fraud—have been appallingly negligent. There is no way of knowing whether fake hate crimes outnumber real anti-Muslim crimes because no law enforcement agency keeps track.”

Here are Pipes recent examples.

  • August 25, 2004. one Mirza Akram of Everett, Washington, plastered vile anti-Arab graffiti on the store he was managing and planning to buy before allegedly setting fire to it. Well, the ever-vigilant Michelle Malkin, in a May 29, 2003 article titled "Myth of the Muslim hate crime epidemic" and a May 30, 2003 article titled "More Muslim hate crime myths" provides specifics of four other instances in which American Muslims – Ahmad Saad Nasim, Mazhar Tabesh, Nezar "Mike" Maad, and Aqil Yassom Al-Timimi – won themselves vast sympathy as victims of "hate crimes," only to have it turn out that they were actually the perps.
  • Sep. 30, 2004 update: Add a sixth apparent fraudster, Amjad Abunar, to the five above. "Hate-Crime Accuser Charged With Arson". he owner of a Middle Eastern meat market who had said he was the victim of a hate crime in this border town was arrested and arraigned Tuesday [Sept. 28] on a felony arson charge that he set fire to his own business. The man, Amjad Abunar, had complained that "Go Home" was twice spray-painted on a door of his Al Madinah Market before a fire on Aug. 6 that gutted the small delicatessen. Only last week, the graffiti and fire were cited as evidence by a Washington advocacy group that hate crimes against Muslims were on the rise in Texas. Bond for Mr. Abunar was set at $150,000, and he remained in jail on Wednesday. And which "Washington advocacy group" might that be? Why, CAIR of course.
  • Feb. 6, 2005 update: Belatedly, here is the scoop on a seventh "hate crime" hoax, this one perpetrated by Saleh Nawash, 54. A naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Lebanon, Nawash is a leader at the Islamic Mosque of Cleveland. He owned a meat store called Halal Products (halal is the Islamic equivalent of kosher) and in July 2002 he pleaded guilty to conspiracy, attempted aggravated arson, and attempted insurance fraud. When Halal Products failed, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer (not online), Nawash coveted the $100,000 insurance policy on the business and hired an arsonist to do the dirty deed. The prosecutor provided details on how he left kerosene in the building and how, to win sympathy, he plotted to make the fire look like a hate crime. Nawash received a jail sentence of nine years; his side-kick Ahmed Jaffal, 49, got eight years.
  • Nov. 13, 2005 update: Here is hoax number eight: Shehab Ahmed and his father Shahriar fulminated on March 23, 2005, David Reinhard recounts in the Oregonian, because the former had been kicked off an airplane. "The son of a prominent Muslim is told he can't fly home to Portland and tonight, his family is looking for answers," anchor Russ Lewis announced. Shehab, we were told, was coming home from UCLA for spring break when he found out he was on the FBI terror watch list. He was eventually allowed on a flight, but, said Shehab, "To know that the government puts me on the list as bin Laden and whatnot . . . that's scary." Here's what actually happened at LAX: Shehab Ahmed did miss one plane home to Portland, but only because he got to the airport late. When he tried to get on another flight, there was a problem—a momentary one. Shehab's name matched a name on the terror watch list. The ticket agent asked for ID, and Shehab was allowed on the flight to Portland. And here's what did not happen: Ahmed wasn't on the watch list or put on it. He was not told he couldn't fly home; he was allowed on the flight he wanted to be on after providing ID. He wasn't yanked out line or taken to a special room for questioning by government agents. In fact, government agents—TSA personnel—were not involved in any of this. What happened to Shehab that March day isn't found in any TSA or FBI report; there was no incident to report.
  • Aug. 31, 2006 update: Patrick Poole tells the tale of Musa Shteiwi and his son Essa, our ninth hoaxers. a Jordanian-born restaurant owner in Xenia, Ohio had been the apparent victim of repeated attempts to burn down his store. The day after the third attack, when a Molotov cocktail had been thrown through the front window of his business, yet another explosion rocked the store – the second attack in 24 hours – sending the owner and his son to the hospital with burns over 80-90 percent of their bodies. An employee in an adjoining store was also taken to the hospital for injuries. Arson investigators have determined that the final blast that severely injured the store owner, Musa Shteiwi, and his son, Essa, was set by the pair themselves. In a performance worthy of a Darwin Award, the Shteiwis were standing in a pool of gasoline that they intended to use as an accelerant in setting their store ablaze later that night when Musa Shteiwi took a break and lit up a cigarette, igniting the gasoline prematurely and causing the blast that inflicted their injuries.

Now, who’s doing what to whom?

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They're leaving

The Jerusalem Post (via Israelly Cool) reports that thousands of Arabs/Muslims living in Judea/Samaria/Gaza are leaving for other countries, with thousands more requesting to emigrate too:
Palestinians are leaving the territories due to the harsh security and economic situation there, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Israel Radio reported that thousands of Palestinians have received permits to emigrate to Arab and other foreign countries.

Ahmed Suboh, a Palestinian Foreign Ministry official, said at a Ramallah press conference that over the last four months, foreign and Arab diplomats in the territories have authorized 10,000 Palestinians to enter their countries.

Suboh said that some 45,000 additional emigration requests were currently being evaluated by various foreign representatives.

The Foreign Ministry official noted that Palestinian emigration was likely to continue with the deterioration of the security situation.
A situation that their "leaders" led to, lest we forget. And, as Aussie Dave notes:
Before the palestinians began their war against us - engaging in, and supporting terrorism - they were able to freely move in and out of Israel, find employment in Israel, and have Israelis frequent their businesses. They have only themselves to blame for their predicament. Well, themselves and the Arab and Muslim countries that have decided to use them as pawns in their pursuit of Israel's destruction.
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Then and now

Every once in a while, it becomes a worthwhile exercise to compare democrats across the years

Howard Dean:

I think George Bush is the most incompetent president we've had in our lifetime. I mean, nobody would accuse President Nixon of being incompetent.

Truman%2C%2520Harry.jpgHarry Truman:

A President cannot always be popular.

Seymour Hersh:
I will tell you – there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.”

Ernie Pyle (WW2):
For me war has become a flat, black depression without highlights, a revulsion of the mind and an exhaustion of the spirit.

John Kerry:
"I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown and lead to the perpetuation of war crimes"
education, if you make the most of it, and you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq

Andrew Jackson:
Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.


Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi:

We just killed the Patriot Act

Sam Rayburn (long term dem speaker of the house)

I will not deny that there are men in the district better qualified than I to go to Congress, but gentlemen, these men are not in the race.

Rahm Emanuel (chair of the Dem House Election Committee):
"At the right time, we will have a position."

Dean Acheson:
The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured
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Got terror?, vote dem? Election descends yet again

Mideast terror leaders to U.S.: Vote Democrat


Get ready.......

JERUSALEM – Everybody has an opinion about next Tuesday's midterm congressional election in the U.S. – including senior terrorist leaders interviewed by WND who say they hope Americans sweep the Democrats into power because of the party's position on withdrawing from Iraq, a move, as they see it, that ensures victory for the worldwide Islamic resistance.

The terrorists told WorldNetDaily an electoral win for the Democrats would prove to them Americans are "tired." DeanWideEyed.jpg

They rejected statements from some prominent Democrats in the U.S. that a withdrawal from Iraq would end the insurgency, explaining an evacuation would prove resistance works and would compel jihadists to continue fighting until America is destroyed.

They said a withdrawal would also embolden their own terror groups to enhance "resistance" against Israel.

"Of course Americans should vote Democrat," Jihad Jaara, a senior member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group and the infamous leader of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, told WND.

Any questions, here?
Americans, remind yourselves of Hassan Abbassi, and :"We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization"

"This is why American Muslims will support the Democrats, because there is an atmosphere in America that encourages those who want to withdraw from Iraq. It is time that the American people support those who want to take them out of this Iraqi mud," said Jaara, speaking to WND from exile in Ireland, where he was sent as part of an internationally brokered deal that ended the church siege.

Amazing where you can find clarity, sometimes, eh?
This statement is a republican commercial already made
if carefully crafted.

"There is an atmosphere in America that encourages those who want to withdraw from Iraq...an evacuation would prove resistance works and would compel jihadists to continue fighting until America is destroyed"

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Fox News Special: November 4

From this source,

Sat., November 4 at 8 p.m. ET
Hosted by E.D. Hill

This weekend, join host E.D. Hill as FOX News examines Obsession: The Threat of Radical Islam.

They are the most vital questions of our time: How deadly is the Islamic terror threat to the world and especially to the United States? Do terrorists really want to destroy our economy, our civilization, our way of life or is this just an exaggeration?

A frightening new documentary by filmmaker Wayne Kopping seeks to answer those questions. Kopping examined reels of Islamic news footage, interviewed former terrorists and obtained undercover footage from the lairs of the terrorists and jihadists.

What he found, is something FOX News believes every American should know.

It's a FOX News special that you can't afford to miss — Obsession: The Threat of Radical Islam, Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

[Hat-tip to Nanc for providing the link to this FNC special]
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UN At "Work"

Thanks heavens that the UN has stepped into the breach in Lebanon and is doing its level best to protect Hezbollah from Israel keep the peace there. Already we've heard how they faced off against Israeli troops, how they have threatened to fire on patrolling Israeli aircraft and how they absolutely, positively won't even try to disarm Hezbollah. Phew, thank goodness for their sterling efforts, eh? Well, just to show how dedicated UN forces are to putting in their best effort into protecting Hezbollah the peace here's another account of exactly what they do over there-

Despite the 20,000 troops deployed in southern Lebanon, the United Nations admits that weapons smuggling from Syria continues unhindered. A German report finds UNIFIL does not patrol after dark.

Hizbullah terrorists are free to roam at night without fear of being identified by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to a report by the German paper Der Spiegel.

Spanish UNIFIL official Richard Ortax admitted to the paper that no patrols are carried out at night “because of the danger involved.” UNIFIL commanders said their function is to "observe changes in the behavior of the local population."

The United Nations itself has admitted that Syria was still successfully smuggling arms to the Hizbullah, which neither UNIFIL nor the Lebanese army plan to stop.

Makes you realise just what an essential role the UN has in the 21st century, doesn't it? The United Nations: doing all it can to ensure that genocidal terrorists recently engaged in a war against Israel's civilian population continue to thrive.
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"Moderate Muslims Close Ranks Around Aussie Rape Imam

I have been repeating the following sentence, incessantly, over the past few months:

There is no Muslim political organization, academic institution, media outlet, or government, of any appreciable size, anywhere in the world, which is moderate.

As I always say, I hope that someone can prove me wrong, because the implications of the above sentence are frightening and disgusting to ponder.

Read on now, as a columnist in Australia's largest daily newspaper recounts how what he thought was the community of "moderate" Muslims is now closing ranks around the Aussie Imam who has proclaimed that women who are raped should be jailed for life.

I really recommend reading this article in total. Don't just skim it. If you give it your time, and understand its implications, it will be among the most important things you will ever read in your life. Hyperbole? No, not at all. And, I will explain why at the end of this post:

Excuses over. The disgraced mufti of Australia set Muslims a test last month and they failed. That test couldn't have been easier: make Sheik Taj el-Din al-Hilaly pay for preaching that unveiled women invited rape.

Prove that Muslims can't be led by a man who says raped women must be "jailed for life". Prove we have nothing to fear from your faith.

Simple? Yet yesterday 34 Muslim groups signed a petition backing this bigot, while others plan a big rally for Sydney tomorrow, denouncing not Hilaly but the non-Muslims who criticise him.

The results are in: Islam here -- as represented by many of its leaders -- is now a threat. What's more: our culture of self-hate makes us too weak to properly resist.

I know saying such things is hard on the many moderate Muslims I keep insisting are out there. I am sorry for that, but where in God's name are those people? How much longer must we wait for them to speak?

For more than 20 years they said nothing as their most prominent imam, in their biggest mosque, damned Jews as perverts, called suicide bombers heroes, praised terror groups, vilified non-Muslims and hailed the September 11 terror attacks on the United States as "God's work against oppressors".

They said nothing as he gave the run of his mosque to a pro-bin Laden youth group and hired one of its translators as his spokesman. For years they let this man, their mufti, represent Islam in this country, whose language he never really bothered to learn in nearly 30 years of living here.

But I never lost hope, and so for a few days last week thought . . . at last!

At last we heard Hilaly being damned by Muslims, too -- by women's groups, a Melbourne University academic and even the Islamic Council of Victoria, which had foolishly helped to make this Egyptian the mufti so no government would dare deport him. At last Muslims were disowning this man. He was disinvited from a Brisbane festival. There was talk of stripping him of his title.

The Lebanese Muslim Association, which runs the Lakemba mosque, even debated sacking him as imam, before banning him from preaching for three months. No, this wasn't much, but many in the media grabbed it hungrily. We badly want to find Muslims who'll renounce the values of the hate-preachers, to show that it's not us against Islam.

Mind you, we shouldn't have had to be so pathetically grateful. What sane person could want a woman jailed for being raped?

But we should have known already this was a bigger problem than just Hilaly. Last year Lebanese Sheik Faiz Mohammed also gave a speech in Sydney, which said raped women had themselves to blame. And which of the 500 men who heard Hilaly say the same at his sermon complained? Only when it was reported in the English-speaking press did some concede Hilaly had gone too far.

Yet even then supporters sent him vanloads of flowers, and when he returned to his mosque last Friday he was greeted "like a rock star", said one paper, by an adoring crowd of 5000.

And that criticism of him? It faded away. Now the Lebanese Muslim Association isn't so ashamed of him, after all: "We did accept his apology and we want to move on."

The Muslim Women's Association, which first admitted to being "shocked" by Hilaly's sermon, now said he was "very good to all Muslim women".

Said founding president Aziz El Saddik: "Those who say bad things about him, they have very bad manners."

His sermon on rape was for Muslims only. Not our business.

But we can't afford to believe that any more. They weren't Muslim women, after all, who were raped by a Lebanese gang in Sydney, which called them "sluts" and "Aussie pigs". It wasn't a Muslim teenager who was pack-raped in Sydney by Pakistani brothers, whose father told the court: "What do (the victims) expect to happen to them? Girls from Pakistan don't go out at night."

When Hilaly preaches excuses for such rapes, that concerns us all. Very much.

But it is true that not all those defending Hilaly like what he said. The people behind tomorrow's rally say, rather, that our criticism of him has degenerated into just Muslim-bashing.

Yesterday's statement by 34 Muslim groups -- most representing Islamic colleges and students, or the Muslims of tomorrow -- says the same, even as it confirms something far more scary.
"We believe that the public scrutiny of this matter should have ended with the sheik's apology," it says.

"We believe that the Muslim community should be allowed to deal with the ramifications of the incident without interference from people who only wish to promote hostility and incite hatred towards our community. Finally, we consider this matter to be closed."

Closed? In fact, Hilaly has not retracted a word of what he said. If this matter is "closed" then he has won.

But what is most frightening is not that he's won, but how. Both this statement and the rally show he's won because even educated Muslims, born right here, think it's better to defend a Muslim bigot than to have him criticised by infidels.

It's the code of the tribe: the worst of us is better than the best of you. It's a closed community speaking -- a paranoid one that sees itself at war even with people whose only worry is that their preacher excuses rapists.

And menace is in the air. What other congregation at prayer needs to be reminded -- as Hilaly reminded those at his mosque last week -- not to punch people on the way out? Which other rally for a religious leader needs to be warned -- as the NSW Police Minister warned this week -- that police would not tolerate any violence?

I'm not surprised one of Hilaly's former advisers, Jamal Rifi, warns that if he hangs on as Lakemba's imam he may trigger "racial tensions, much bigger than what we had over the Cronulla riots".

But what are we doing to help Muslims to break from him and leave this cultural ghetto, this encampment, before things get truly ugly? Not enough. For a start, we make too many excuses for the Hilalys, as if they were mere children, or Australia the real villain.

How can a culture so sick of itself resist the kind of challenge that Hilaly and his angry supporters represent? How can it inspire young Muslims to side not with him but with us? I don't know, when we teach the young we are a country of child-stealing, land-raping, Muslim-murdering, Yank-licking, gas-belching vandals. Until that changes, expect the traffic to flow more into Hilaly's ghetto than out of it.

Just consider the radical mother of two of the Australian Muslims arrested in Yemen last week on terrorism charges, and accused of ties to al-Qaida -- a so-called former "hippy chick" from Mudgee, who found in Islam what she couldn't in the society that raised her.

As I said: Muslims have failed. But so have we all. We now have urgent work to do, if we want to save ourselves from far more strife than we dare yet imagine or say.

The reason this article is so important is because the author so clearly explains why we can not live with Muslims who believe such things.

So, what is the answer then? What do we do? Do we help them to change?
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Democrats score a big one with an endorsement from Mideast terror leaders

By Aaron Klein
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

JERUSALEM – Everybody has an opinion about next Tuesday's midterm congressional election in the U.S. – including senior terrorist leaders interviewed by WND who say they hope Americans sweep the Democrats into power because of the party's position on withdrawing from Iraq, a move, as they see it, that ensures victory for the worldwide Islamic resistance.

The terrorists told WorldNetDaily an electoral win for the Democrats would prove to them Americans are "tired."

More here.
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Thursday Nov 2 08:28 AEDT

A retired German clergyman who set fire to himself apparently in protest over the spread of Islam, has died in hospital, a Church spokesman said.

Roland Weisselberg, 73, doused himself with petrol and set himself on fire outside a monastery in Erfurt in central Germany on Tuesday - a national holiday in parts of the country to celebrate the Protestant reformation.

He was taken to hospital with severe burns and died, said Oliver Vorwald, a spokesman for the evangelical church association of the Saxony region.

Vorwald said the bishop for the Erfurt region, Elfriede Begrich, was told by Weisselberg's widow that the priest left a suicide note in which he expressed concern about the spread of Islam in Germany and the Church's attitude towards it.


I cannot imagine the depth of feeling this man must have had, I am reminded of Jan Pallac the young Czech student who burned himsef alive in Prague at the time of the Russian invasion, when I visited Prague and stood in front of the small immaculately kep shrine of rememberance, I could not imagine the pain he must have endured before transpiring and death was his release.

It must have been the same for Roland Weisselberg.

To make such an enormous sacrifice for something you believe in is beyond comprehension to most people.

I hope this man is not forgotten, I hope the politicians and so called leaders of the west take note

this mans supreme sacrifice must not be in vain.................Gandalf
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Civilization and its Enemies

Recently I read Civilization and its Enemies, by Lee Harris. It is compulsory reading for anyone in the Alliance!

Since the very beginning Harris says

"Civilized people forget that in order to produce a civilization there must be what the German sociologist Norbert Elias has called "the civilizing process," and that this process, if it is to be successful, must begin virtually at our birth, and hence many long years before the child can have any say about the training he would have preferred. They forget that the civilizing process we undergo must duplicate that of our neighbors, if we are to understand each other in our day-to-day intercourse."

This points two things that, as Harris says, people easily forget when living in high civilization. Many people (especially intellectuals) nowadays seem to think that civilization is something that springs naturally and spontaneously without any human effort. The "All men are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights" (paraphrased), requires that first there be a civilization in order for that to be true. In the state of nature there is no such thing as human rights or any rights whatsoever. In the state of nature there is only force. Rights can only exist within a civilization that treats those rights as a given, and which is willing and capable of upholding those rights, by force when necessary.

This is something that so many people forget today.

"Civilized people forget how much work it is not to kill one's neighbors, simply because this work was all done by our ancestors so that it could be willed to us as an heirloom. They forget that in time of danger, in the face of the enemy, they must trust and confide in each other, or perish. They forget that to fight an enemy it is necessary to have a leader whom you trust, and how, at such times, this trust is a civic duty and not evidence of one's credulity. They forget, in short, that there has ever been a category of human experience called the enemy.

That, before 9/11, was what had happened to us. The very concept of the enemy had been banished from our moral and political vocabulary. An enemy was just a friend we hadn't done enough for yet. Or perhaps there had been a misunderstanding, or an oversight on our part - something that we could correct.

[...] The enemy is someone who is willing to die in order to kill you. And while it is true that the enemy always hates us for a reason, it is his reason and not ours. He does not hate us for our faults any more than for our virtues. He sees a different world from ours, and in the world he sees, we are his enemy.


That is why those who uphold the values of the Enlightenment so often refuse to recognize that those who are trying to kill them are their enemy. They hope that by pretending that the enemy is simply misguided, or misunderstood, or politically immature, he will cease to be an enemy. This is an illusion. To see the enemy as someone who is merely an awkward negotiator or sadly lacking in savoir faire and diplomatic aplomb is perverse. It shows contempt for the depth and sincerity of his convictions, a terrible mistake to make when you are dealing with someone who wants you dead.

We are the enemy of those who murdered us on 9/11. And if you are the enemy, then you have an enemy [....]

Once someone else sees you as the enemy, then you must yourself deal with this category of human experience, which is why societies that have enemies are radically different from societies that do not. A society that lacks an enemy does not need to worry about how to defend itself against him. It does not need to teach any of its children how to fight and how not to run when they are being attacked by men who want to kill them. It does not need to appoint a single man to make instant decisions that affect the well-being of the entire community, and it does not need to train the community to respond to his commands with unthinking obedience.

But societies with enemies must do all of these things. and do them very well, or else they perish.


The first duty of all civilization is to create pockets of peacebleness in which violence is not used as a means of obtaining one's objective; the second duty is to defend these pockets against those who try to disrupt their peace, either from within or from without. Yet the values that bring peace are the opposite values from those that promote military prowess, and this poses a riddle that very few societies have been able to solve and then only fitfully. If you have managed to create your own pocket of peace -and its inseparable companion, prosperity- how will you keep those who envy you your prosperity from destroying your peace?

There is only one way: you must fight back; if your enemy insists on a war to the finish, then you have no choice but to fight such a war. It is your enemy, and not you, who decides what is a matter of life and death."

This book is REALLY good.
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This Week on the The Gathering Storm Radio Show

This week’s special guest of the Weekly Storm Report of The Gathering Storm is Resa, the War Chick, and Pastorius of the Infidel Bloggers Alliance. Two great guests. Don’t miss it.

Click here to listen Friday from Noon to 2PM PST

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Saudi court sentences rape VICTIM to 90 lashes

(Jpost) A Saudi court has sentenced a gang rape victim to 90 lashes of the whip because she was alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married.

The sentence was passed at the end of a trial in which the al- Qateef high criminal court convicted four Saudis convicted of the rape, sentencing them to prison terms and a total of 2,230 lashes.

The four, all married, were sentenced respectively to five years and 1,000 lashes, four years and 800 lashes, four years and 350 lashes, and one year and 80 lashes.

A fifth, married, man who was stated to have filmed the rape on his mobile phone still faces investigation. Two others alleged to have taken part in the rape evaded capture.

Saudi courts take marital status into account in sexual crimes. A male friend of the rape victim was also sentenced to 90 lashes for being alone with her in the car.

The court heard that the victim and her friend were followed by the assailants to their car, kidnapped and taken to a remote farm, where the raping occurred.

The victim was quoted by Okaz newspaper as saying she had expected harsher penalties for the assailants, especially as they had pleaded not guilty.

Her husband and family said that they would appeal to the court Saturday for harsher penalties for a crime which has shocked public opinion in Saudi Arabia and been the subject of months of debate.

Crossposted at Eye On The World.
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