Flip-flop: Mayor of Lancaster California Cowers to CAIR~ Video

In an unfortunate turn of events, Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris has gone against his previous statement of not apologizing to CAIR, and has held a press conference to do so. Mayor, you were a shining star for a week, but no more.

CAIR, Muslim Leaders Welcome Calif. Mayor’s Apology for ‘Christian Community’ Remarks
Muslim civil rights group applauds mayor’s apology and ‘outreach to the diverse faith leaders in the city’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), the Islamic Center of the North Valley (ICNV) in Lancaster and the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley (AIIAV) in Palmdale today welcomed an apology from a mayor in that state who recently said he is “growing a Christian community.”

Last week, CAIR-LA sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for an investigation into a possible violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause by Lancaster, Calif., Mayor Rex Parris.

SEE: Lancaster Mayor Comes Under Fire from Muslim Organization (LA Times)

In his “State of the City” address, mayor Parris said: “We’re growing a Christian community, and don’t let anybody shy away from that…I need (Lancaster community) standing up and saying we’re a Christian community, and we’re proud of that.”

[Media reports indicate that Mayor Parris is now going to reimburse the city for its cost of putting on the event in question.]

On Monday, Mayor Parris held a news conference with religious leaders to apologize for his earlier remarks. In his statement, Parris said: “I sincerely apologize to anyone who felt excluded…I think that communities are robust and vibrant when we do everything we can to facilitate all churches, all religions, all faiths to have a robust, vital part of that community.”

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Also on Monday, the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force voted unanimously to send strong letters of condemnation to Mayor Parris and to Lancaster Councilwoman Sherry Marquez, who recently made anti-Islam statements.

SEE: Panel Votes to Condemn Remarks

“We welcome Mayor Parris’ apology and his outreach to the diverse faith leaders in the city,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “This episode demonstrates that we must all come together as Americans to uphold the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and to maintain the values of inclusiveness and fair treatment.”

Ayloush, your word games do not work with me. I am sure that you are for the separation of Church and state, but your terrorist supporting organization is not for the separation of Mosque and state.

“Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam … Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

Before he backed down, I had asked that you call his office in support. Now I ask that you call and voice your disappointment that he has bowed down to a pro-Sharia Islamic organization. Please shower him with some “Logan Love”. His contact information can be found HERE.

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UK: “Christians” and Muslims United Against Extremism

Here we have the usual Muslim con where Muslims say that they are against “extremism”, and a bunch of naive Christians eat it up. The Muslim council considers organizations that protest against Islam, “extremists”. What is missing from the article is that there is not a word about them or the “Christians” being against the “extremists” that run the UK Sharia Courts. Christians that fall for this interfaith con need to take a look at the history of Islam in Europe. It is repeating itself, as Muslims are once again trying to take over. Stop making it so easy for them!

Welsh faiths unite against extremism

CARDIFF — Welsh Muslim and Christian leaders are coming together this weekend to coordinate efforts on fighting extremism and improving social cohesion.

“(We want to) prevent intolerance, isolation and marginalization created by extremist parties, such as the BNP [far-right British National Party] and Welsh Defense League (WDL),” Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales Saleem Kidwai told the BBC News Online Saturday, February 6.

The two-day meeting in the northern village of Hawarden, Flintshire, will focus on extremism and its impact on the society.

Leading speakers at the event are Bishop of St Asaph Gregory Cameron, Muslim scholar Abdalla Yassin Mohammed and Chairman of the WAG Community Cohesion Unit Joanne Glenn.

The meeting is a part of an ambitious initiative, the Finding A Common Voice, co-launched in 2007 by the Muslim Council of Wales and the Church of Wales.

Previous events have addressed a number of hot issues such as the role of women in religion; religious stereotypes, citizenship; and global challenges.

The BNP, a far-right and whites-only political party, is notorious for attacks against immigrants and Muslims.

BNP leader Nick Griffin had earlier described Islam as a “wicked and vicious faith”.

The BNP and WDL have recently organized a number of anti-Muslim protests in Wales and across the United Kingdom.

The anti-Muslim rallies have almost ended violently after many of the participating extremists tried to attack police and clash with Muslim residents.

One nation

The Sunday’s meeting will also discuss means of improving social cohesion in the country.

“The aim of this event is to explore in greater depth the implication of social cohesion policies for these two faith communities in Wales,” Canon Robin Morrison, Welsh Bishops’ adviser on church and society, said.

Kidwai, of the Muslim Council of Wales, urged all Welsh to stand up against extremist drives that threaten social cohesion.

“Community cohesion in Wales, generally, and north Wales, especially, was highlighted as an issue when the Welsh Defense League made an attempt in Wrexham to create disunity among the communities,” he said.

“The manner in which all communities stood together as one gave a clear message to WDL that in Wales we are one nation and together we stand.”

The Muslim leader stressed that Welsh Muslims are keen on keeping good relation with other communities.

“The same was demonstrated by the communities in Newport and Swansea. This is something we must hold on to,” he said.

“We are one nation.”

Britain is home to more than two million Muslims, mostly of Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds.

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13 Republicans Challenge Pentagon on Their “Moderate” Islam Program

While others might not want to say it, I will. The Pentagon’s whitewashing of the Islamic factor in the Fort Hood shooting, was just pathetic, and their policy that some form “moderate” Islam is coming to the rescue is a failure. It is the same policy that the UK is pursuing, and it does not work there either. Thankfully over a dozen Republicans are challenging the Pentagon, and their relationship with their so called “moderate” Muslim advisors. This article shows us just how little research the Pentagon has actually done on their own on Islam. They just want to be blindly spoon fed, what “moderate” Muslims are feeding them. It is time for them to grab the bull by the horns, do their own research, and recognize what enemy is. That enemy is Islam itself.

U.S. torn over whether some Islamists offer insight or pose threat

Sunday, February 7, 2010
By BROOKS EGERTON / The Dallas Morning News
After the worst military base massacre in U.S. history, officials acknowledged that they failed to “connect the dots” – the shooter had been corresponding with an imam tied to al-Qaeda and had condemned the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a war against Islam.

But Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan wasn’t the only one working on a Texas Army base the day of the shooting who had links to radical Islamists.

At Fort Bliss, an experienced military trainer was teaching soldiers about his Muslim faith. He, too, had denounced government counterterrorism efforts, and public records show he and some of his closest associates had ties to terrorism suspects.

But when The Dallas Morning News first inquired about the instructor, Louay Safi, military officials praised him. Only later did they say that Safi had been suspended from working on military bases pending a continuing criminal inquiry.

The Safi affair reveals the deep divisions within the U.S. government over how to combat terrorism and over what constitutes moderate Islam.

Some believe insight into Islamist thinking can be gained only by engaging a wide range of people in North America’s close-knit Muslim community, where leaders may well have ties to extremists – ties that do not necessarily signal alliances or support. Others argue that engagement should be limited or shunned to avoid legitimizing radicals or embarrassing the government.

Safi is a senior official of the Islamic Society of North America, the country’s largest Muslim organization. ISNA has been consulted for years by Washington and is described as a partner in the fight against terrorism. In addition to serving as ISNA’s communications director, Safi runs its program certifying Muslim chaplains for work in the U.S. military and prison system. He publicly denounces terrorism and advocates peace.

Safi was also named by government prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in one terrorism case in 2005. His last two employers were implicated in other government terrorism investigations while he worked for them. He was never charged, nor included among the targets of those investigations.

But Safi has called the widespread raids on Muslim organizations after 9/11 “a campaign against Islam” – a term that 9/11 Commission director Philip Zelikow says is part of “the jihadi narrative.”

Safi has also complained that Muslims are treated differently from Christians and Jews when they do wrong. They are unfairly identified by and questioned about their religion, he says, treatment that can lead to isolation and aggression.

“The extremist ideology responsible for violent outbursts is often rooted in the systematic demonization of marginalized groups,” Safi said in an Internet posting after the Fort Hood shooting.

Some view Safi’s rhetoric as incendiary.

Zuhdi Jasser is a Navy veteran who founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and has spoken publicly about the dangers of politicizing Islam. He said Safi’s “separatist mindset of the world against Muslims” is the “mindset that created Hasan.”

Safi would not answer most questions from The News. But in a brief interview, he said the legal assaults on him and his associates even as Washington sought their advice represented the government’s divided approach to Islam.

“There are those who are prejudiced and would like to deny Muslims their rightful place in this country,” Safi said, “and there are people who are more open-minded. It’s as simple as that.”

Safi’s case, however, is anything but simple. It illustrates not only the divisions in dealing with Islam but also the difficulty in knowing which dots to connect.

“You have a schizophrenic government and a schizophrenic institution,” Zelikow said, referring to ISNA. “The schizophrenia cuts right into how the government views the whole Fort Hood affair. We don’t know whether to treat him [Hasan] as part of an international conspiracy or as a lone wolf who happened to have gotten solace from a radical imam.”

Lectures suspended

Safi, a 54-year-old native of Syria, is a military subcontractor who has lectured on Islam for the Army since 2005. His relationship with the Pentagon began a year earlier, when he became ISNA’s leadership development director, providing Muslim chaplains the religious endorsement they need to work in the military and prison system.

He is one of seven lecturers in the Army’s Islamic education program, overseen by the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Much of the work is contracted out to Huntsville, Ala.-based Camber Corp., the privately held firm that hired Safi.

The training on Islam is part of a broader military educational program for which Camber is paid about $17.7 million annually, Navy Commander Brenda Malone said. Camber spokeswoman Rivka Tadjer declined to comment, citing instruction from the military.

One lecturer not affiliated with Camber who has worked alongside Safi is Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and a staunch ally of Israel.

Safi’s presentations stick to religious theory and do little to prepare deploying soldiers for how extremists exploit Islam, said Rubin, an Iran expert who also lectures at the naval school. “There’s an element of excusing rather than explaining,” Rubin told The News.

Military officials would not identify the five other trainers. They said federal privacy law forbids naming the subcontractors without their consent, which they did not give.

One trainer who has previously identified himself publicly is Yahya Hendi, a chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center near Washington. He serves with Safi on ISNA’s chaplaincy board and sits on the ISNA-affiliated Fiqh Council of North America, which issues Islamic legal decrees. He did not respond to repeated requests for an interview.

Investigators came across Safi at least 15 years ago during a government investigation into terrorism financing. Later, after he began working at ISNA, the group was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. It was the government’s largest terrorism financing case and ended in 2008 with convictions against senior Holy Land leaders.

Yet U.S. military leaders seemed unconcerned when first questioned about Safi.

“He has not been the subject of any indictment,” Fort Hood spokesman Tyler Broadway told The News in a Dec. 9 e-mail. “His presentations have always [met] the high standards expected.”

In January, military officials told the newspaper that Safi was under investigation and that his lectures had been suspended. The investigation, begun by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, was recently referred to the Army, said Ed Buice, an NCIS spokesman. He would not elaborate, but other military officials said the inquiry began after a Dec. 3 complaint about ISNA. The complaint came in as Safi concluded three days of lectures at Fort Hood, which is still traumatized by the Nov. 5 massacre.

Thirteen members of Congress, all conservative Republicans, wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Dec. 17 asking him to halt military base lectures by anyone affiliated with ISNA. Gates did not respond, said Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina.

Myrick, who founded the congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, co-signed a similar letter during the Bush administration, asking the Justice Department not to co-sponsor an ISNA event. There was no response then, either.

“We never get an explanation for the strategy,” she said. “They just ignore us.”

Even counterterrorism experts differ on what the government’s strategy should be and how much nuance is necessary for success.

Paul Pillar, a retired CIA expert on terrorism and the Middle East, said The News’ findings illustrate “how hard it is to come up with some person or organization that is Muslim in North America that does not have some kind of associations or links that when we looked into them we’d say, ‘Oops, that gives us pause.’ ”

Not everyone with such associations is “unsavory,” Pillar stressed. He said he was unfamiliar with Safi and ISNA.

Christopher Hamilton, a former FBI counterterrorism expert who oversaw intelligence-gathering on Palestinian and state-sponsored terrorism matters, advocates limited engagement.

“You can’t not have contact with them,” he said of ISNA, but “keep them at arm’s length.” Do not involve them in military and law-enforcement training, he added.

The Pentagon has acknowledged that not enough attention was paid to the warning signs evidenced by Hasan’s rhetoric and connections before the shooting. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is accused of murdering 13 people and is awaiting a military trial.

“It is clear that as a department we have not done enough to adapt to the evolving internal security threat,” the defense secretary said Jan. 15 in presenting an investigative report on the Fort Hood violence.

The report did not examine policies concerning contractors, but its authors said, “We strongly recommend that they be addressed in a future review.” They also warned that military standards for those who certify chaplains may be too lax and allow “improper influence by individuals with a propensity toward violence.”

Defense officials would not say whether the recommendation and warning related to Safi and ISNA. They were not named in the “Lessons from Fort Hood” report.

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Defiant Ahmadinejad Orders Uranium Enriched to 20pct

The nuclear ambitious Mullahs of Iran continue to thumb their noses at the West, and move forward towards creating a nuclear arsenal. The Mullahs of Iran may or may not be considered crazy, but they are deadly serious. Here is a clue, they slaughter their own people. Do you really believe that they want to be friends with us?

Defiant Ahmadinejad orders uranium enriched to 20pct
By Hiedeh Farmani

TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered Iran’s atomic chief on Sunday to enrich uranium to 20 percent, in a fresh challenge to world powers days after appearing to accept a Western proposal for the supply of nuclear fuel to a Tehran reactor.

Ahmadinejad blamed the world powers for the stalemate over a UN-drafted nuclear fuel deal, but left the door open for possible negotiation over the proposal.

He also insisted that world powers “unconditionally” accept exchanging Iran’s low-enriched uranium (LEU) for high purity 20 percent enriched uranium required as nuclear fuel for the Tehran reactor which makes medical isotopes.

“I had said let us give them (world powers) two to three months and if they don’t agree, we would start ourselves,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech at an exhibition on laser technology which was broadcast live on state television.

“Now Dr (Ali Akbar) Salehi, start to make the 20 percent with the centrifuges,” the hardliner told the atomic chief, who was sitting in the audience.

Ahmadinejad’s latest statement comes after he indicated in an interview on state television on Tuesday that Iran was ready to send its LEU abroad for converting into 20 percent nuclear fuel.

Iran and world powers are locked in a stalemate over the UN-drafted deal, which envisages the Islamic republic’s 3.5 percent LEU being sent to Russia and France for enrichment to 20 percent and then returned as fuel for the Tehran reactor.

Iranian officials have opposed this proposal, saying they would prefer a simultaneous exchange on Iranian soil, a plan rejected by world powers.

World powers are keen to ship out Iran’s LEU as they fear Tehran will enrich it to very high levels for use in an atomic weapons programme. Iran insists its nuclear enrichment drive is purely for peaceful purposes.

Ahmadinejad said Sunday that if the world powers “come forward and say ‘we will exchange (uranium) unconditionally and cooperate on your reactors and medicine’… fine then we will cooperate” too.

“Recently we said let’s swap (uranium) though we can produce the 20 percent, but they started playing games,” he said.

“They have just sent messages though that they want to fix things. The road to engagement is open. We did not block it.”

The near daily shifts in the Iranian position over the fuel deal has consistently raised skepticism among world powers, who want to halt Tehran’s galloping nuclear drive.

“I don’t have the sense we are close to an agreement,” US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said in Ankara on Saturday, a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the nuclear fuel deal was close to being finalised.

“If Iran has decided to accept the proposal of the P5-plus-one, they should do that to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency),” he told reporters, referring to the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany.

But IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, who met with Mottaki on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, said the Iranians brought nothing new to the talks.

“We had a very interesting discussion…. There was not a new proposal,” Amano told reporters.

Iran has “done nothing to reassure the international community,” Gates said, adding that “various nations need to think about whether it’s time for a different tack,” indicating the need for a fourth round of sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose country along with fellow Security Council member China is seen as less keen on further sanctions, urged Iran to work through the UN watchdog.

“What we want from Iran is to verify very specific questions, raised time and again by the IAEA a long time ago, it is not a difficult thing to do,” he said in Munich.

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Norway: 1000 Muslim Cabbies Strike Over Mohammad Cartoons

This time the protest was peaceful, but once again we see how fast Muslims rally together for their cause. We need to do the same thing and rally our people against Islam before they take over the West, just like they did the Middle East.

Hat tip to The Religion of Peace.

Oslo taxi drivers protesting against the drawing of the Muhammad cartoons

A thousand taxi drivers of Muslim background interrupted their work late Friday, early Saturday moring in protest of the Oslo-Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, released on Wednesday one of the illustrations on its front page.

Spontaneous demonstration was launched on Friday evening, and urged the busy men behind the wheel to park their cars during the period of two and four o’clock. According to police, the protest went peacefully.

Dagbladet used the drawings to a story, according to which the security police PST’s website has a link to the infamous cartoon images that have given rise to such bad blood. In the drivers’ view, the publication of the picture, was once again unnecessary.

We wanted to show our opposition to it that makes a mockery of our values, “said the driver Munir Rashad.

Which “values” whould that be? Do you mean like encouraging people to lie, or how about teaching children to join the jihad? Those “values” are not wanted in the West.

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Obama to Give $40 Million to Hamas run Organization

The laundry list of Obama supporting the enemy is getting longer and longer. Three other recent articles that show us examples of this are “US Terror Blacklist Whitewashes Hamas, Enables Funding”, “Obama Welcomes Islamic Terrorist Into America”, and “Obama/Gates: We Recognize the Taliban”. Don’t blame me, I did not vote for him.

United States to Donate $40 Million to UNRWA
Feb/05/10

(IsraelNN.com) The United States announced on Thursday that it will donate $40 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Arabs in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria who fled when Israel was established in 1948. About a quarter of the package is supposed to be designated for food and the creation of jobs. The rest is for maintaining basic services provided by the agency.

The American funding comes despite a report commissioned by the European parliament, which showed that Hamas terrorists have been chosen by the agency’s labor union to oversee its Gaza facilities, which was part of a Canadian decision last month to stop its UNRWA funding.

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