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  • mirelle 1:50 pm on June 9, 2010 Permalink
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    Muslim revert and teacher Yusha Evans, of Jacksonville, Florida, received an envelope with a white powder in it yesterday. It was determined later not to be anthrax, but not before Evans was proactively dosed with antibiotics.** Previously, there was a dust-up at the Jacksonville city council about putting a Muslim on the city’s Human Rights Commission and a pipe bomb was planted at a local masjid. In light of this, CAIR is asking for an investigation. The comments after this current article are what you’d expect–in other words, extremely depressing.

    **Personally, I’d have to be really convinced that it might be anthrax before I’d go on a course of antibiotics, as my past experiences as an adult have been worse than the original illness. And yes, I’m aware that anthrax is nasty stuff.

  • johnpi 6:59 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink
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    Tennessee mosque vandalized after local tv station airs irresponsible report on ‘homegrown jihad.’

    The local news report prominently referenced a ‘documentary’ by the Christian Action Network about Jamaat ul-Fuqra communities, including one in central Tennessee called Islamville. I blogged about both the alarmist irresponsible CAN film and the Fuqra last year (also here and here).

    Amanda Terkel writes about what happened in Tennessee:

    …the Nashville CBS affiliate (Channel 5) decided to give the film legitimacy by conducting an “EXCLUSIVE” investigation into a Muslim community in rural Tennessee called Islamville, which is featured in the movie. “Some believe it is a secret Islamic terrorist training camp,” reads the Channel 5 article. “Others have said that’s simply not true.

    The two-part ‘special’ report found nothing of concern, but the two days of hype leading up to the report may have precipitated this:


    There was also a note taped to a youth facility nearby with a bunch of comments about Islam being the enemy, satanic, etc, etc. A spokesman for the mostly Somali mosque said:

    “It’s unexpected,” he adds. “The only thing I can think of is the sensationalized reporting [by Channel 5] over Sunday and Monday. That’s the only thing I can think of. Even after 9/11 we have never had any vandalism.“

  • johnpi 4:22 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink
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    Australian politicians have been sharpening the points on top of their heads.

    Australia says attacks on Indians harm Indian ties.

    The government is committed to preventing attacks against Indian students studying in Australia, which are harming relations with India and damaging the nation’s reputation, a minister said Tuesday while conceding that some assaults appeared racially motivated.

    No kidding? Whoda thunk it…

    At least they’re finally doing something about it:

    Smith said police in four states had recently made arrests for violent crimes against Indians, including 45 arrested in Victoria.

  • johnpi 8:36 am on January 15, 2010 Permalink
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    Hamilton, Ontario, police ask for public’s help in investigation of firebombing of Islamic school. Australian keystone kops, take a lesson.

    Police have increased patrols in the area of the Hamilton Mosque on the east Mountain while arson, forensic and hate crimes officers continue to probe the attempted fire bombing at the Islamic School of Hamilton which is part of the mosque building.

    Speaking to a packed mosque last Friday, the chief told worshippers the attack on the Islamic school was an attack on the entire community.

    Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Mountain MPP Sophia Aggelonitis and Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson also offered strong words of support for the 20,000 member Muslim community in Hamilton.

    Yasser Haddara, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at McMaster University and an active member of the local Islamic community, said they are grateful the police chief and elected officials came to the mosque. “We think they reacted in a very timely manner and in a very positive manner,” Haddara said. “From what we have seen, it’s not just words, it is action.”

    Haddara said the Muslim community is committed to making Hamilton a better place for everyone.

    “This is something that flows from our faith and from our commitment to being citizens in Canada,” he said “We have to make a contribution. We have to help make our city a better place to live and make our country a better place to live.”

    Prior to hearing from police and elected officials, Muhammad Khattad, the Mullah leading Friday prayers at the mosque, gave a stirring 40- minute address to some 200-300 attendees, where he emphasized that Islam is a religion of peace and a way of life.

    “The attack (on the school) will never deter us,” he said. “It will make us strong.”

  • johnpi 8:03 am on January 15, 2010 Permalink
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    The 17-year-old grandson of murdered American Jewish extremist Meir Kahane was arrested for torching a West Bank mosque. Both the grandson’s grandfather and parents were murdered by Arab militants in separate incidents.

    The mosque was located in the village of Yasuf.

  • johnpi 10:15 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink
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    A powerful metaphor for official Australia’s response to violence against Indians.

    Last spring, the Victoria police set up a special official help line exclusively for Indians to call in the wake of a spat of violent assaults targeting them.

    Indians who have recently tried to place calls report that nobody answers the phone.

  • johnpi 12:55 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink
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    An editorial decries the rising tide of hatred in Pakistan.

    Two NWFP ministers of the beleaguered ANP-led government, who made it to the tragic sites [of a car bombing that killed 120 in October] within minutes of the blasts, were seen and heard across the country pointing in vain to the enemy within. Both are roundly rebuked and branded foreign agents.

    Those differing with them walk through the streets and narrow alleys of the interior city but they choose to ignore the signs and sights of the orgy of death that has engulfed us. Several deadly blasts have taken place in the one-kilometre radius area in and around the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazaar in the recent past. All impacted sites are at a stone’s throw from each other. The area is like a game reserve with teeming flocks of game birds for the gamekeepers presently engaged in ideological war games. And why shouldn’t it be?

    Hate is inscribed in clear and bold fonts all across the area. Massive billboards, which in previous days were a feature of cinema houses, now hold the larger-than-life portraits of militant leaders of certain sectarian organisations. Ancient and sweet-sounding names of the streets have all been discarded and replaced with the names of those who have fallen in the sectarian warfare. Posters and graffiti proclaiming the title of infidel for the adherents of rival groups and death for the US, India and Israel adorn all walls in the area.

    And most disturbing of all:

    Mosques that had jealously guarded their nameless structures for eons have been labelled in factional colours and hence declared restricted places of worship.

  • johnpi 12:25 am on December 19, 2009 Permalink
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    The Sikh Coalition, an advocacy group for Sikhs in the US, is publicizing an attack in West Texas on a Sikh student who was delivering pizzas.

    The local police department failed to designate the attack as a hate crime, failed to take the attack seriously by designating it a misdemeanor assault, and so far have failed even to file the misdemeanor charge against the attackers.

    Here’s a description of the attack. Note that it appears from the language that the attackers had mistaken him for a Muslim. See if you think this sounds like a misdemeanor:

    He brought pizzas into a home on a delivery and four men took the pizza. Without paying, they began eating, while at the same time hurling racial epithets at the Sikh man and threatening him.

    “I’m going to **** you up in Iraq, I’m going to **** you up in Afghanistan, I’m going to **** you up over here.”

    The men then grabbed the Sikh student and threw him into a swimming pool. The four attackers surrounded the pool, kicking him in the head and body. Every time he tried to escape, they would stomp or hit at him. For 20 minutes, he swam for his life trying to escape. He eventually seized an opportunity to flee and barely made it to his car with two men in pursuit.

    I found this story over at The American Muslim, but it’s also been published in newspapers in India, Pakistan and New Zealand, so it certainly is getting widespread attention.

    I have several criticisms of the Sikh Coalition’s advocacy. Nowhere in the press release do they name the town where this happened, or what specific police department failed to do its job. Consequently, the effect of this advocacy is greatly diminished as the opportunity to hold the town and police department up for public opprobrium and shame (powerful behavior changers) has mostly been lost.

    In the press release it says, “Due to the sensitive nature of the case we have been asked not to release personal information at this time.” Why? If this has been reported to the police it is a public matter, likely published in the town paper’s police log.

  • johnpi 10:18 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink
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    Anti-Muslim hate crimes down in California, report finds.

    There was a 13 percent decrease from 2007.

    This is good news, but it covers 2008. Let’s hope the series of high profile arrests of American Muslims on allegations of involvement with extremist activities doesn’t precipitate another rise in those numbers.

  • buzz 1:22 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink
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    A Russian-born immigrant who stabbed to death a pregnant Muslim woman as she gave evidence against him in court was today given Germany’s highest possible sentence for murder – 15 years’ jail with no chance of early parole.

    The case has enraged the Arab world and in particular Egypt, where 31-year-old pharmacist Marwa al-Sherbini grew up.

    Street demonstrators and commentators have blamed Germany for encouraging Islamophobia. The victim has been hailed as a martyr for her faith, a so-called “veil martyr”, because she had stood up against the taunts of the 28-year-old assailant, Alexander Wiens.

    A fatwa has been pronounced on Mr Wiens and as a result the trial in Dresden was held under extraordinary security conditions, with the whole courthouse cleared and 200 armed police encircling the room.

    “We find you bear a particularly heavy burden of guilt,” said Judge Birgit Wiegand. The phrase is German legal language indicating that Mr Wiens will not be considered for early release. Fifteen years constitutes a life sentence.

    “We are very satisfied with the verdict,” said Ramzy Ezzedin Ramzy, Egypt’s ambassador to Berlin, “the maximum sentence was demanded and the maximum sentence was awarded.”


    • Norwegian Allah 2:24 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Who gives a (edit)? people get stabbed all the time

      • Dora 7:50 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        that was a ridiculous comment. it doesn’t matter you don’t like religion. we are talking about human being here. and you if you don’t give a f*** about that, I’m really sorry for your miserable ridiculous existence.

        • Buzz 8:03 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Sorry. I should have jumped on that comment earlier. Norwegian doesn’t like religion and seems to be indifferent to stabbings too.

          It was national news Norweeg and concerns criminals who hate religious people and are willing to kill due to their hatred.

          What a loser, right?

          • Dora 9:20 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            people are crazy, I tell you…. and they drive me nuts.

    • Hicham Maged 2:59 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is important that justice to be served in this case and any other case for because people matters everywhere.

    • jane doe 8:38 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Why weren’t Muslims as enraged at the stabbing death of Van Gogh by a Muslim immigrant. Hypocracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Buzz 8:46 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You want to spell that “Hypocrisy”+ many exclamations, genius.
        Stay in school.
        Actually, while many western organizations condemned the hateful propaganda Theo Van Gogh produced, many Muslim groups condemned the killing of this islamophobe.

      • Dora 9:19 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Who told you they weren’t? Where were you?

        I’m not even Muslim, but when people are killed for reasons of ideals, race, religion been them the Dutch filmmaker or the Egyptian woman we ALL as HUMANS should be enraged!! Period!

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