St. Cloud church buys anti-Islam ad
By Andy Birkey
Granite City Baptist Church raised some eyebrows this weekend when it bought an ad (pdf) in the St. Cloud Times that questioned whether Muslims are a “threat” to America. “How do Moslems seek to take control of a nation?” the ad, which features a photo of Pastor Dennis Campbell, asks. “Moslems seek to influence a nation by immigration, reproduction, education, the government, illegal drugs and by supporting the gay agenda.”
The ad is part of a string of incidents in St. Cloud that troubles human rights advocates. Within the last year, pornographic posters depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammed were put up on St. Cloud telephone polls, and Muslim students in St. Cloud area high schools have reported religious harassment.
Last week, MPR reported on several racist Facebook groups that were created by St. Cloud high school students. “I hate the Somalians at Tech High,” was one such group. Kyle Adams, a former student at St. Cloud Technical High School (he was kicked out for repeatedly using racial slurs) told MPR, “I was raised in believing that this country was founded upon a white Christian nation and the belief of racial separation.”
The Granite City Baptist Church ad seems to mirror some of that anti-Muslim sentiment. “What happens when Moslems take over a nation?” asks Campbell in the ad. “They will destroy the constitution and force the Moslem religion on the society, take freedom of religion away, and they will persecute all other religions.”
Indian military to weaponize world’s hottest chili
By WASBIR HUSSAIN
GAUHATI, India – The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world’s hottest chili.
After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized “bhut jolokia,” or “ghost chili,” to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said Tuesday.
The bhut jolokia was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world’s spiciest chili. It is grown and eaten in India’s northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat.
It has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chili’s spiciness. Classic Tabasco sauce ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units, while jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000.
“The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials in Indian defense laboratories, a fact confirmed by scientists at the Defense Research and Development Organization,” Col. R. Kalia, a defense spokesman in the northeastern state of Assam, told The Associated Press.
“This is definitely going to be an effective nontoxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs,” R. B. Srivastava, the director of the Life Sciences Department at the New Delhi headquarters of the DRDO said.
Srivastava, who led a defense research laboratory in Assam, said trials are also on to produce bhut jolokia-based aerosol sprays to be used by women against attackers and for the police to control and disperse mobs
Unfortunately the game plan of most non-Muslim Westerners seems to be, lets wait for “moderate” Islam to come riding in on a white horse and save us. As they wait, the Islamic world is getting stricter, and stricter. Recent examples of this can be seen in Egypt, Iran,Nigeria, and Turkey. One day soon non-Muslims are going to have to come out of denial, and face the harsh reality of the situation.
Dubai Chefs Show Concern Over Ban on Wines and Liquors in Cooking
The Dubai authorities plan to step up enforcement of a law enacted in 2003 prohibiting restaurants from using alcohol in food preparation, according to media reports.
Several Dubai chefs have argued that strict enforcement of the ban would compromise their dishes. They are in talks with the municipality for less severe regulations.
Alcoholic drinks are widely available in Dubai, and the law on the use of alcohol in food has been mostly disregarded. But the latest move appears aimed at easing worries from devout Muslims that no wine or liquor was used in preparing their meals. Fines for violators can run nearly $5,500.
Islam and Muslims should not scare you
By Amjad Mahmood Khan / March 23, 2010
The image of American Muslims is in serious disrepair. A January 2010 Gallup poll found that almost half of Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam. About the same number of Americans harbor personal prejudice toward Muslims, according to the poll.
These numbers become especially troubling when we consider that two-thirds of the Americans polled admit to knowing little to nothing about Islam.
Why are many Americans distrustful of a religion and people they know very little about?
People tend to fear what they do not understand. Americans, for the most part, have been brought up in a Christian society. They might not agree with it, but they are familiar with it and thus tend not to feel threatened by it.
I understand Islam very well, it is a religion of war, that encourages lying, and allows rape. It is a major threat to Western Civilization.
Because Islam is still a minority religion in America and has had little positive public exposure, Americans have built up a strong distrust of it.
Islam deserves a media makeover. At a time when the United States is mired in two wars in locations where the majority of the people practice Islam, the future of American-Islamic relations is at stake.
Islam being a minority religion, has nothing to do with the distrust for it. That is one of the most ridiculous excuses yet. You are right though, Islam does deserve a media makeover. The MSM needs to stop protecting Islam. It deserves to be exposed for the hate filled religion/ideology that it is. It deserves no more respect than Nazism does.
The behavior of some radical self-proclaimed “Muslims” does not help public perception. Each time a terrorist commits a suicide bombing in a hospital, or a religious cleric issues a fatwa against Mickey Mouse, or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust and 9/11, another American grows weary of Islam and Muslims.
Those familiar with Islam understand that these acts are not representative of the religion and shouldn’t be associated with mainstream Islam. The rest of the US does not.
Amjad, you are either lying like your religion encourages you to, or you ignorant to your own religion. Islam breeds terrorism.
Reporting the acts of a handful of radical Muslims as if they are accurate portrayals of Islam would be akin to intimating that every priest involved in a scandal accurately represented Roman Catholicism.
Now you use the old and tired excuse of it is just a “handful”. If it were just a “handful”, then why is the problem happening across the world? Those sicko Priests were not commanded by their religion to abuse kids. But Islam calls for perpetual war. So your comparison is invalid.
The behavior of ideologues who capitalize on ratings or attention from fueling the fire against Islam does not help US public perception, either.
Each time Pat Robertson refers to Muslims as “fascists,” or Ann Coulter calls Islam “a car-burning cult,” it may get ratings but, more than anything, it damages America’s perspective on Islam and Muslims.
In other words, you do not want people like Pat Robertson, speaking the truth about Islam.
Then there is the behavior of media pundits beholden to the 24-hour news cycle. Each time CNN runs a story on the self-proclaimed “Jihad Jane” or Fox News sounds off about Saudi women who can’t drive, without including an expert interview from someone who can clearly explain cultural context, another American grows weary of Islam and Muslims.
Again and again it plays out: An extremist commits an atrocity in Islam’s name; a non-Muslim ideologue typecasts the act as representative of Islam; and a media pundit cements the stereotype.
This vicious cycle must end if attitudes toward Islam and Muslims are to improve. Of course, it begins within Muslim communities and countering extremists with education, but education in the US is also required.
So obviously you want to dictate what the media can, and cannot say. If you want to have that power, you should really hookup with the Mullahs of Iran. They are very good at that, but here in America you have no say. Please stop with the “moderate” Muslim fantasy, that is just another Islamic con.
Americans deserve to hear a more accurate portrayal of a religion and people that account for a fifth of the world’s population.
Yes they do, and you will not give them the truth, that is obvious. The more Muslims that there are, the greater the threat is to non-Muslims.
Thousands of American Muslims are fighting gallantly to defend America in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The West (even the Vatican) praise the ethical principles behind Islamic banking services. There is a thriving literary and artistic tradition within Islam. For example, American Muslims have made remarkable contributions to such diverse fields as jazz (Yusuf Lateef), photojournalism (Adrees Latif) and miniature art (Saira Wasim).
Islamic banking was allowed here because of greed, and that was a mistake. The rest of your comment does not lower the threat of Islam at all.
Islam is host to moderate and vibrant minority communities. For example, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – a dynamic, fast-growing international revivalist movement within Islam – is America’s first Muslim organization (founded in 1920) and has vociferously denounced violent “jihad” as a grave sin.
The Ahmadiyyas get little respect, and they are pro-Sharia. No matter what they say, violent jihad is a part of Islam. Of course you do not tell us about the Shiites and Sunnis, which make up approximately 99% of the Islamic world. Both groups want to dominate non-Muslims. You are being very deceptive Amjad.
American Muslims collaborate with individuals of all faiths and traditions to improve their local communities on a regular basis. Here in Los Angeles, the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement at the University of Southern California has been at the forefront of promoting mutual understanding.
Yet all of this gets lost in a wave of negative headlines.
Interfaith dialogue with Muslims has been going on for centuries, it changes nothing. As the problem has now spread across country. It is nothing more than a stall tactic by Muslims. Do your interfaith buddies tells the Jews about this?
Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
Extreme personalities have painted Islam with broad strokes, and much – though not all – of the media have allowed them to. This must change.
Whose burden is that? The news media bear the primary responsibility. Isn’t one of the main purposes of the media to empower citizens to make informed decisions concerning their democracy? Sensationalizing or even mischaracterizing incidents can greatly influence how citizens treat one another; it can also influence US policy.
By leaving out the full picture, the news media can ultimately inflame public outrage to such an extent as to facilitate ill-conceived legislation or engender popular vigilantism against American Muslims.
The full picture is that Islam is a much greater threat than the MSM makes it out to be. The media is not doing its job. The threat of Islam needs much more coverage. Some legislation that is needed is a bill to end all Muslim immigration, and another to officially ban Sharia Law. Then any Muslim that calls for Sharia shall be arrested and deported if possible. Sharia loving Muslims are to be looked upon as enemies of the state. Just as Nazis were.
To be sure, it is a difficult time in the US for journalism. In the 24/7 news and Internet age, newspapers and TV news stations fight for their survival by becoming as attractive to viewers as possible. But that doesn’t have to mean accuracy should suffer.
The solution is rather simple: The news media should make a concerted effort to get comments from American Muslims to help give context when reporting on Islam and the multitude of voices and movements within the religion. That way Americans will understand that most American Muslims are as aghast as they are every time there is a “jihad” against America.
What you are really saying is that you want the media to bring some more lying Muslims on, in an effort to whitewash Islam. Are you the official spokesman for the American Muslim community? Because I have never even heard of you before.
There are plenty of American Muslim journalists and commentators willing to help put the news in perspective. In order to repair the image of American Muslims and fix the misperception problem, the media must work harder to help make the unfamiliar feel familiar.
I bet that there are plenty of America Muslims that are willing to lie, and cover for Islam. What you fail to understand is that more and more of the country is catching on to game playing Muslims like yourself. We will counter your falsehoods, over and over. I will even be emailing you this post, and would like for you to explain to me in detail the “misperception problem”.
Amjad Mahmood Khan, a former editor in chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, is an American Muslim attorney in Los Angeles.
Harvard, bought and paid for by the Saudis. No surprises here.
Group plans session on Islam council at at Trinity Baptist Church
YUKON — A group that opposes an Islamic-American civil rights-civil liberties organization is hosting an educational gathering tonight at Trinity Baptist Church.
The organization, Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, is joining forces with Oklahomans Against CAIR Hate for the gathering it is calling “We Don’t CAIR.” Organizers said the event is designed to educate people about the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Organizers for tonight’s event said it will focus attention on the council’s ties to radical Islam.
“Part of the reason we’re doing this is to share the other side of the story because what’s being presented (about CAIR) is not true,” the Rev. Paul Blair, founder of Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, said Monday.
“One of the purposes of CAIR is to spread propaganda about Islam here in America. CAIR conspired with other members of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists,” said Blair, pastor of Edmond’s Fairview Baptist Church.
Islam group responds
Monday, Saad Mohammad, a board member of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his group does not support terrorists.
“I speak for CAIR and any other right-minded, level-headed Muslim: We don’t have any ties to radical Islam or terrorism. Those are things that CAIR opposes,” he said. “Our main concern is civil rights for all human beings.”
Mohammad said he and other leaders of his group would welcome an opportunity to meet with “We Don’t CAIR” organizers to talk about their concerns.
The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had its annual banquet Saturday at the Cowboy Hall & Western Heritage Museum.
Tonight’s gathering at Trinity Baptist, 600 N Cemetery Road, will include a presentation by Martin Mawyer, founder of Christian Action Network, who will speak about his organization’s work in exposing other aspects of what they perceive as a radical Islamic threat in the United States. Christian Action Network’s new film “Islam Rising: Geert Wilders’ Warning to America” will premiere at the gathering.
The film features the Dutch politician Geert Wilders who is currently on trial in the Netherlands for criticizing Islam.
(CAIR doesn’t) have any ties to radical Islam or terrorism.”
Saad Mohammad board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Part of the reason we’re doing this is to share the other side of the story because what’s being presented (about CAIR) is not true.”
the Rev. Paul Blair
Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ founder