Kudos to the Delta pilot who refused to fly with the two Muslims aboard for a Memphis to Charlotte flight May 6. One of the Muslims removed from the flight, Masudur Rahman, claimed "It's racism and bias because of our religion" rather than a concern for the safety of the American travelers on board. He further stated, "If they understood Islam, they wouldn't do this."
If "they" understood Islam and acted appropriately, there would be no Muslims in this country. . .
It is impossible to distinguish between Muslims who are anti-American and just waiting for a chance to do us harm, and those who are merely pursuing their religious beliefs in this country. The only way to be sure and safe is to exclude them all. . .
To sum it up, we have to get out of the Mideast and get the Muslims out of the U.S.
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CAIR: DUTCH POLITICIAN BRINGS ANTI-ISLAM VIEWS TO TN - TOP Jennifer Brooks, The Tennessean, 5/13/11
Dutch politician Geert Wilders sees a kindred spirit in Tennessee — a state where new mosques draw protests and the legislature is considering a bill that once targeted adherents of Islamic law.
On trial for hate speech in his home country, Wilders brought his headline-grabbing views on Islam to Middle Tennessee on Thursday. He came to town as the invited guest of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, a 2-week-old political coalition founded by Republican former congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik.
“I come with a warning for America,” said Wilders, a filmmaker and member of the Dutch parliament, and something of a cult celebrity in some conservative circles.
Close Islamic schools, he warned America. Halt construction of mosques — or “hate palaces,” as he calls them. Cut off immigration from “non-Western and especially Islamic countries,” and expel any immigrants who do not “assimilate.”. . .
The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement condemning Wilders’ visit to Tennessee and asking state and local Republican officials to repudiate the decision to “honor one of the world’s leading Islam-haters.” (More)
TENNESEE’S RADICAL ANTI-SHARIAH BILL AMENDED, BUT STILL TARGETED AT MUSLIMS -TOP Asraa Mustufa, Color Lines, 5/13/11
Earlier this year, lawmakers in Tennessee introduced the most expansive anti-sharia law bill yet. Anti-sharia law bills proposed in over a dozen other states seek to ban Islamic law from US courts, despite a federal judge blocking such an amendment in Oklahoma last year. Tennessee’s bill took a step further by proposing to allow the attorney general to designate groups of two or more people who adhere to sharia law as “sharia organizations”, and making the act of knowingly providing material support or resources to such organizations a crime punishable with 15 years in prison.
The bill’s absurdly broad and prejudiced reading of adherence to sharia law as criminal behavior was extremely problematic for American Muslims, since the centuries-old legal system covers central religious practices and aspects of everyday life, such as diet and prayer. After widespread opposition, the bill was purged of any reference to sharia law, Islam, or Muslims. However, civil rights groups feel that the amended version is just as harmful, and still targets Muslim communities. (More)
WHILE SOUTH CAROLINA PROPOSES BAN ON SHARIA LAW, FORMER STATE AG SAYS HE’S NEVER ‘ENCOUNTERED’ IT - TOP Think Progrees, 5/12/11
Politicians in South Carolina, like many states, have decided to propose a ban on Sharia law. Defending his legislation, bill sponsor State Sen. Mike Fair (R-SC) has claimed that there “are some localities around the country that have imposed Sharia law in lieu of local laws.” University of South Carolina law professor Howard Stravitz, however, has argued that not only is Sharia law non-existent in state courts, but Fair’s bill is both ill-conceived and unconstitutional. (More)
FALSE ALLEGATIONS UPEND LIVES OF 2 MUSLIMS IN ARMY - TOP James Dao, New York Times, 5/13/11
Two years ago, Khalid Lyaacoubi and Yassine Bahammou, immigrants from Morocco, enlisted in the Army National Guard, recruited for a program that promised higher rank, bonuses and quick citizenship to Arabic speakers who could help fill the military’s need for interpreters.
Shortly before Christmas 2009, they graduated from boot camp, proud just to have made it. But as they prepared to leave Fort Jackson, S.C., they were instead questioned by military investigators who suspected them and three other Moroccan immigrants of plotting to poison fellow soldiers.
For the next 45 days, they were placed under a form of barracks arrest, prevented from calling their families without sergeants present, forbidden to speak Arabic to each other and required to have escorts to the mess hall and the bathroom. No charges were filed, but their laptops, cellphones and passports were confiscated.
Only after the intervention of a Muslim chaplain were they finally allowed to go back to their homes. Last May, the Army concluded that the allegations against them — initially raised by the relative of a soldier — were unfounded. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation has kept its inquiry open, officials say. As a result, the men have been unable to receive security clearances, become citizens, deploy to Iraq, obtain concealed weapons permits or get government jobs, the soldiers say. (More)
CAIR-COLUMBUS REP DISCUSSES ISLAM WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT - TOP
(COLUMBUS, OH, 5/13/11) - On May 10, a representative of the Columbus chapter ofCouncil on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) spoke to four high school classes of “American Political Thought and Radicalism” at Worthington Kilbourne High School in Worthington, Ohio. (More)