Turkish PM: All Linked to Coup Plot Will be Tried

Here is an update to the “Trouble in Turkey: Islamist Govt Takes on Military Leaders” article. The lesson to be learned here is that once Islamists are in power, they will do anything to stay there. Just like in Iran.

Turkish PM: All linked to coup plot will be tried
By SELCAN HACAOGLU

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s prime minister vowed Friday to put everyone who conspired against the country’s democracy on trial, as the number of military officers charged and jailed for allegedly plotting a 2003 coup against his Islamic-based government rose to 33.

The number includes seven admirals and six generals and it represents the largest-ever crackdown on Turkey’s military, which has ousted four civilian governments since 1960.

In a new nationwide sweep Friday, police detained 18 more officers, all but one of whom are still on active duty, television stations said.

The officers were detained in 13 different cities and were being transferred to Istanbul, the reports said. It brings the total of officers detained this week to 67.

The military has wielded strong influence on politics for decades, but has seen its powers dramatically curtailed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, which took steps to put the military under civilian rule.

“An impaired democracy is not the fate of this country,” Erdogan told lawmakers at a televised meeting. “No one is above the law, no one is untouchable, no one is privileged.”

The probe has fueled tensions between the government and the fiercely secular military and shaken the markets, but Erdogan has dismissed calls by opposition parties for early elections.

“The process under way is painstaking, but it is for the benefit of the people, today’s developments are setting free the consciousness of the people,” Erdogan said. “Those conspiring behind closed doors to trample on the nation’s will from now on will find themselves facing justice.”

He added: “They should know that they won’t get away with it.”

Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek stressed the need to overhaul the Constitution, a legacy of the 1980 military coup, to elevate democratic standards to the level of the European Union in an effort to boost Turkey’s membership bid.

Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and military chief Gen. Ilker Basbug held a rare meeting Thursday, later issuing a joint statement seeking to ease tensions.

“The public must be assured that matters will be handled in line with the law and everyone should act responsibly not to damage institutions,” the statement said.

The court late Friday also charged Gen. Cetin Dogan, the former chief of the 1st Army based in Istanbul and Gen. Engin Alan, former head of the Special Forces.

Alan is best known for supervising the transfer of imprisoned Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan from Kenya to Turkey after his capture there in 1999. He is a highly respected commander within the military for his role in the fight against Kurdish guerrillas.

Prosecutors late Thursday released the former chiefs of the navy and air force and another top general without immediately charging them, saying they were unlikely to flee.

All suspects have reportedly denied the allegations, which include plotting to blow up mosques and kill some non-Muslim figures to foment chaos and trigger a military takeover.

Wiretap evidence and the discovery of alleged plans for a military coup prompted this week’s detentions. The recordings published on leading Web sites were allegedly conversations between ranking commanders at a military unit under Dogan’s command in Istanbul.

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Iran: Pastor Among Nine Christians Arrested

Just a few hours ago I posted about eight Churches being burned down in Nigeria, now we learn that Christians are being persecuted again in Iran. Where there is Islam, there are Christians being persecuted, and as I have been saying Islam is no friend of Christianity.

Hat tip to The Religion of Peace.

Iran: Pastor among nine Christians arrested

Tehran, 26 Feb. (AKI) – An evangelical priest was among nine Christians arrested in central Iran on Friday as authorities continued a crackdown against Christians in the Islamic country. The Christians’ evangelical church in the city of Isfahan was closed down last month, according to advocacy group International Christian Concern.

“Iranian Christians are under constant threat of discrimination, imprisonment, torture, and even execution by the Iranian government,” said Washington DC-based ICC president Jeff King, quoted by Christian news agency BosNewsLife.

“This severely restricts religious freedom,” King added.

Reverend Wilson Issavi was arrested by Iranian state security agents in Isfahan, some 340 kilometers south of the capital Tehran, King said.

“Reverend Issavi, his hosts and others were apprehended by the security agents and immediately taken to prison. Friends and family are deeply concerned as they are unable to contact Reverend Issavi,” King stated.

Christian and opposition groups say Christians are the target of oppression by the Iranian government. Iranian intelligence services arrested six Christians accused of proselytism on 15 January, according to the opposition website ‘Rah-e sabz’.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians have left Iraq since 2003 to escape the violence and the economic crisis caused by the war sparked by the American invasion. Many fled to neighbouring Iran.

There are at least 100,000 Christians in Iran currently, compared with less than 500 in 1979, according to Elam Ministries, an organisation supporting churches in Iran.

Elam Ministries believes Iran’s conservative clerical leadership is concerned about the spread of Christianity in the Islamic nation.

King said he could not reveal the names of eight people who had been arrested, citing security concerns.

Issavi was visiting a friend’s home in Isfahan’s Shahin Shahr area when state security raided the house unannounced, King said.

The location where the nine Christians are being held and their physical condition is unknown, he said.

King said before Issavi’s church, the Evangelical Church of Kermanshah, was closed down on 2 January, it was among the few remaining churches still open in Iran.

Iran’s hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has come under international pressure to improve religious rights but he has denied wrongdoing.

The Vatican has urged the government of neighbouring Iraq to uphold the rights of religious minorities in the country amid a spate of attacks on Christians in the multi-ethnic northern city of Mosul that has caused hundreds of families to flee the area.

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Nigeria: Muslims Burn Down 8 Churches

The Islamic scriptures state that Jesus will return as a Muslim, and destroy Christianity. Of course I do not believe this, but in the mean time Muslims are certainly doing their part in attacking Christianity. As I have said in the past, all non-Islamic religions and Atheists need to take a stand against this common enemy, before they destroy life as we know it.

Hat tip to 9-11 Do More Then Never Forget-Stop Islam.

“Muslim Mob Burns Down Christian Shops, 8 Churches in Nigeria”

Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2010)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on February 21 a Muslim mob burned down several Christian shops and eight churches in Kazaure, northern Nigeria. The mob carried out the attack after Muslim traffic police fatally assaulted a Muslim tractor driver. Unfortunately, it is common for Muslims to attack Christian minorities in northern Nigeria without any provocation by Christians.

The police chased the tractor driver for refusing to stop after a traffic violation in the city of Kazaure. The police caught the driver and severely assaulted him. The driver was later taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on February 21 at 8 PM local time.

Soon after, a Muslim mob attempted to attack the police station but was chased away by the police. Enraged, the mob turned their attention instead on one of this region’s most vulnerable targets-Christian churches and shops. The mob burned down the following churches: Deeper Life Bible Church, Catholic Church, Apostolic Church, ECWA Church, Redeem Christian Church, Anglican Church, Word of Faith, and Assemblies of God Church all in the city of Kazaure.

According to ICC sources, there had been tension in Kazaure after the January Christian-Muslim conflict in Jos, Nigeria, in which over 300 people were killed.

Most of the residents of Kazaure are Muslims. The city is located in the northern Nigerian state of Jigawa. Christian minorities in northern Nigeria regularly face discrimination and violence by the Muslim majority.

The Emir of Kazaure, the police authorities, and authorities of the Jigawa state have condemned the attack.

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Gadhafi Calls for Jihad Against Switzerland!

While most Western “leaders” continue to push the “moderate” Islam fantasy, the Islamic world continues to show us that they are not playing games. As a whole we had better grow a spine very soon, or they are going to continue to walk all over us.

Gadhafi Calls for Jihad Against Switzerland!

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called on Thursday for a “jihad” or armed struggle against Switzerland, which he called an infidel state that was destroying mosques.

“Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against [the Prophet] Muhammad, God and the Koran,” Col. Gadhafi said during a meeting in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi to mark the prophet’s birthday.

“The masses of Muslims must go to all airports in the Islamic world and prevent any Swiss plane landing, to all harbors and prevent any Swiss ships docking, inspect all shops and markets to stop any Swiss goods being sold,” Col. Gadhafi said.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry said it had no comment on Col. Gadhafi’s remarks.

The Libyan leader’s comments are the latest move in a long-running clash between Switzerland and Libya. In July 2008, Libya detained two Swiss businessmen, after Geneva police arrested Col. Gadhafi’s son Hannibal for allegedly beating two servants.

A Libyan court later convicted the two businessmen for violation of residency laws, a charge they denied. Swiss diplomats charged that the move was retaliation for the arrest of Hannibal Gadhafi.

Then, last November, Swiss voters approved a referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques. Some analysts in Switzerland said they believed the strong vote in favor of the ban—58% of voters supported the referendum—stemmed in part from resentment in Switzerland over the issue of the businessmen in Libya. Soon after the election, Libya’s government-controlled news agency Jana branded the vote “racist.”

But while the vote raised the ire of political and religious leaders in the Muslim world, it hasn’t generated violence or a backlash against Swiss interests abroad, as the Swiss government had originally feared.

After the vote, Swiss efforts to convince Tripoli to release the men failed, and political observers said Libya’s continued refusal to release them was in reaction to the minaret vote. Earlier this week, Libya freed one of the men after a court overturned his conviction on appeal, and he has returned to Switzerland. The other man, Max Göldi, the country head in Libya for Swiss engineering group ABB Ltd., has begun a four-month prison sentence in Libya.

Bern has restricted the granting of Swiss visas to Libyan citizens. That, in turn, has prompted Tripoli to block the entry of some European citizens into Libya. Tripoli has stopped issuing visas to citizens of the Schengen passport-free zone, which includes most of the European Union as well as Switzerland.

On Thursday, Italy said Libya may renege on a deal to help control the flow of undocumented immigrants into the EU because of the visa spat with Switzerland. Libya is often used as a departure point by such immigrants for southern Europe, particularly Italy.

Italy, which has close business links with Libya, has accused Switzerland of misusing the Schengen agreement and taking its members “hostage” by instituting the ban, which had forced other Schengen nations to bar travel by Libyans as well.

Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said the quarrel put the Schengen zone at risk and could further strain relations with Libya. Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf met with EU ministers on Thursday to discuss possible solutions to the travel situation.

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Assemblyman DeVore Seeks ban of Muslim Student Union From UC Irvine~ Video

Back on February 8Th, 11 Israel hating Muslims were arrested for trying to shut down the free speech of Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, at UC Irving. One by one they stood up and ranted against Israel. Some even mentioning “genocide”. The “genocide” claim is one of their favorite talking points, and if Israel wanted to commit a genocide of the Palestinians they would not have fought a PC war against Hamas.

The mad Muslims can be seen in the video below.

Thankfully one of the few brave politicans that we have, has taken a stand and wants the Islamic group banned. We do not nearly have enough politicians that are willing to take a stand in this fight. Please show your support for Assemblyman DeVore, by calling or emailing his office. The contact information can be found HERE.

Assemblyman DeVore seeks ban of Muslim Student Union from UC Irvine
Feb. 23, 2010 | KPCC Wire Services | KPCC

IRVINE — Assemblyman Chuck DeVore sent a letter to UC Irvine’s chancellor asking him to ban the Muslim Student Union from campus following several of the group members’ arrests while disrupting a speech by Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

DeVore, R-Irvine, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., also accused the Muslim Student Union of “passing the hat” for Hamas at a fundraiser for the “terrorist organization” last year.

“It’s time to ban this organization from campus,” DeVore said. “It’s not contributing anything of value to the campus.”

DeVore’s letter to UCI Chancellor Michael Drake requesting the ban of the Muslim Student Union follows the arrest of 11 students after allegedly disrupting a Feb. 8 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the campus.

UCI Media Relations Director Cathy Lawhon said the university’s response to DeVore’s letter is that UCI officials are considering the allegations against the 11 students and the Muslim Student Union. The students and organization face a range of discipline from a warning to expulsion, but it is not known when officials will decide on punishment, Lawhon said.

The university is also still investigating the Muslim Student Union’s fundraiser last year that critics say benefited Hamas.

The university has been roiled by cries of anti-Semitism over the past several years when the Muslim Student Union booked pro-Palestinian speakers critical of Israel. DeVore has long criticized the group, even going to one of its events with a video camera to challenge a campus policy prohibiting videotaping campus events.

Hadeer Soliman, a spokesman for the Muslim Student Union, said in an e-mail interview last week that “a few” of the arrested students were members of the organization and that the group is “being implicated under a `guilt by association’ theory.”

Soliman could not be reached immediately to respond to DeVore’s call the ban the group.

UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a noted constitutional scholar, defended the arrests in a commentary last week in the Los Angeles Times, but also disagreed with “those who call for draconian sanctions against these students or of punishment for a larger group. Only the students who were actually disruptive should be punished.”

None of the 11 students who were arrested have been charged, according to court records.

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America’s First Muslim College set to Open

While most of us do not see the threat, or just do not want to admit the problems that Islam brings to non-Islamic countries, Islam continues to advance in America. In this latest stage of Islam on the move, this school is offering only two majors. Arabic language and Islamic law and theology. The last thing that this country needs are more pro-Sharia Muslims. Sharia needs to be officially banned, and then any Muslim that calls for it afterwards shall be arrested or deported if possible. Those that want Sharia do not belong here, and are to be looked upon as enemies of the state. Just as Nazis were.
Hat tip on the great destroy Sharia picture, to our conservative friend Bosch Fawstin @ Fawstin.blogspot.com

America’s first Muslim college

WASHINGTON – As interested students race to beat the fast approaching enrolment deadline, Muslims are turning their sights to the Zaytuna College in California to see if America’s first ever Muslim college will live up to the high expectations.

“We’ve been waiting for this time,” Imam Zaid Shakir, a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute and a co-founded of the college, told IslamOnline.net in an exclusive interview.

“It’s been a long road to get here, Alhamdulillah, and to know that we’re in this final part to getting freshman class set is very exciting.”

Zaytuna College, a brainchild of Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Shakir and Professor Hatem Bazian, will stop accepting applications for its first freshman class of 2010 on March 1.

With the application process coming to a close, a committee is readying to study the applications and admit between 20-25 students as incoming freshmen.

And although the college is seeking Muslim students, it is not exclusive to Muslims.

There will be no gender separation at the college and academic pursuits and freedom will be paramount.

Course subjects have been decided on, but educators are now writing syllabi and mapping out teaching methodology for the subjects.

Currently only two majors are being offered: Arabic language and Islamic law and theology.

As the class size increases and more educators are hired, other majors will be offered, Imam Shakir said.

Zaytuna College is in the rigorous process of seeking accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a process that will take a number of years and one that Imam Shakir hopes will be completed by the time the freshman class graduates.

He noted that they have been able to achieve the goal of raising nearly $4 million needed for its temporary location at Berkeley.

Now they face the challenge of raising upwards of $65 million for an endowment fund that will ensure a consistent monetary support and alleviate the need for constant fundraising.

Along with that comes a move in the near future to a permanent location in Northern California.

Where America meets Islam

Imam Shakir, along with other Zaytuna College advisors, criss-crossed the country to drum up support, raise funds and answer questions from perspective students and their parents.

He also held a series of weekly informational online seminars explaining the unique nature of the college, which aims to meld two types of learning institution: a college focusing on religious study and one where such study will be explored in the context of a liberal arts education.

“It’s the first time something like this is being attempted in this country,” said Bazian, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley and at St. Mary’s College of California.

“Years ago when we discussed the need for an accredited Muslim college in the US, we knew that we needed one where students learn about the Islamic faith but also how Islam works into the American fabric and into various liberal arts subjects—sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy.”

For example, says Imam Shakir, in a philosophy class students will study Descartes but also spend a lot of time on Al-Ghazali.

“We want to teach the fundamentals of Islam—Shariah, history, Arabic, Qur’an—but we want to bring it into the context of an American education, how these branches of Islam work in the context of other educational subjects.”

One of the goals of the college is to produce scholars of Islam who are a product of an American education system.

One of the main obstacles to the rise of Islam in the US has been that the majority of educators and mosque leaders are educated overseas.

“The wonderful scholars we have in the US get their Islamic foundation from universities in Egypt, Turkey, and other countries,” notes Bazian.

“But we have not been able to produce scholars who received their education here in the US and who can truly understand and address the questions and concerns of the Muslim-American population.”

Bazian asserts that Zaytuna College graduate could become imams at mosques and directors of Islamic community centers.

Imam Shakir explains that another important goal of the college is to provide a sound liberal arts education grounded by Islamic studies that can then be a jumping-off point to any advanced degrees in law, business, medicine and other subjects.

Omar A. Ansari says if he were 18 again, he would apply to Zaytuna College.

“I think a B.A. from Zaytuna would be a great foundation upon which to build further, even if one intends to do law, medicine, etc,” he told IOL.

“I am looking forward to the day when the college allows its classes to be audited, inshallah.”

Mona El-Bashir, a high school student in Virginia, she has been following the development of the Zaytuna College and is excited to see it opening in 2010.

“I am thinking about applying for 2011,” she told IOL.

“I will have to convince my parents that it is a worthy enough education for me to travel all the way to the West Coast.”

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