CAIR – Partisan Over Religion – Religious in Their Partisanship

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Today on Hussam Ayloush‘s personal website (Hussam is the executive director of the los Angeles CAIR affiliate) I found this post from a piece on the Huffington Post … Oh my Virginia, what is the world of “Holy Men” coming to?

There is a quote whose source I have not been able to track down that goes something like this:

A true Holy Man[or woman] is known in spite of their religion, not because of it.”

This means Virginia, that the thoughts, and feelings, and actions of the truly holy can be recognized across the lines of dogma and doctrine and other man-made fantasies meant to bolster ego more than help people to grow closer to God. In this day and age no where is this more evident than in the realms of Televangelism, Creationism, radically militant Hassidic Jews and mainstream Islam.

Articles exposing the philosophies and excesses of the first three abound across the media from the Leftist to the moderate to the almost conservative; this piece is about a new wave of holy disingenuousness rising across the Western and Eastern worlds.

Let us introduce Kamran Pasha and his piece from Huffington Post as echoed by our good friend Hussam and my response:

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You are very imaginative Sir; have you ever considered a career writing fantasy? Or maybe creating advertising copy for cigarette companies would be more to your taste?

The ADL, which was founded in 1913 as a powerful voice against religious discrimination in America, has over the past decade become increasingly xenophobic toward the Muslim community, which its leaders seem to view as a threat to Jews due to its lack of support for Israel.”

That is very interesting. I would imagine though that their attitude comes more from the steady rise in anti-Semitism worldwide, especially in Israel, in those same ten years.

Lack of support”? Is that what you call Muslim leaders, spiritual and political, spouting genocidal rhetoric and fake history as they train their children to be robotic martyrs to the cause of eliminating Israel? Are you under the impression, Sir that no one can read Muslim news sources, or listen to Muslim leaders speak; or see records of Friday sermons declaring Israelis inhuman and all the hateful rhetoric of a nascent fascism?

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“As a Christian friend who works in the Obama Administration lamented to me recently, the ADL has in essence become the “Pro-Defamation League” when it comes to Islam and Muslims.”

Does the same obviously bigoted friend of yours walk up to his Jewish friends, and tell them that CAIR is unfortunately almost exclusively anti-Semitic in its slant on everything? No? Why ever not Sir?

Here is where it really starts to get good!

The recent comments by Abraham Foxman, National Director of the ADL, against the proposed Muslim community center in New York are the latest in a long line of incidents where members of the ADL have promoted bigotry and discrimination against Arabs and Muslims.”

This is the iron skillet calling the almost new aluminum pan black! Let us look at some actual data, instead of opinion shall we Virginia?

6,489,000 Jews in US more or less; 2.2% of the population – CAIR claims that there are 7 million Muslims in the US for, about 2.2 % (is that why the CAIR number is much higher than all other estimate, to equal the Jewish presence? Just a thought.)

So then, Virginia, all we need to do is compare the anti-Islamic crime with the anti-Jewish crime 1 to 1 for us to see who is getting the short end of religious bigotry:

  Incidents Victims Offenders Percentage
All anti-Religion: 1,519 1,732 632 100%
Anti-Jewish 1,013 1,145 353 66%
Anti-Islamic 105 130 85 7%

 http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2008/data/table_01.html

(Addition 8/11; Please take note Virginia that the anti-Islamic crimes were comitted on average by only 1.2 persons per crime while the anti-Jewish crimes were more often group efforts with an average of 2.9 offenders per incident!)

Even if we use the figure for Muslims in the US given by the American Religious Identification Survey of 1.3 million (about a fifth of the CAIR number) gives a weighted comparison of anti-Jewish = 66% and anti-Islamic = 105 incidents times 5 for weighting = 525 out of 1,519 incidents equaling 35%, barely half of the anti-Semitic rate! Q.E.D.

“In 1993, the ADL illegally spied on American citizens who had spoken out in sympathy with Palestinians, generating a watch list of 10,000 names of private citizens and over 600 groups, and then selling the list to South African intelligence agents…

“Do not do unto others what you would not have others do unto you.”

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Good advice!

“To Mr. Foxman and the rest of the ADL leadership, I ask if in your hearts you would want people to accuse innocent Jews of being enemies of the state?

Would you want Jews to accept vilification of their entire religion if a handful of Jews ever did something wrong? Would you want Jews to tacitly accept the lies that bigots had projected on to them? And finally, would you want Jews to be forced to shut down their synagogues because of the misguided passions of a mob?

Would you want this done to Jews?

If the answer is no, then I ask as your Muslim brother that you follow the wisdom of Rabbi Hillel and the sages of Judaism.

Do not do the same hateful thing to my people.”

Pretty words Sir, but… By their fruits shall ye know them…

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The Worm is Surely Beginning to Turn On The Islamists in the West: Credit Where Credit is Due

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Today the Huffington Post, a blog more known for its Leftward bias than its claimed moderate stand actually made good on its claims today. There is an article linked from Marie Claire that is unashamedly about honor killing in the West.  Not one line or even a word of Islamist apologetics!

"An American Honor Killing

In a quiet suburban parking lot outside of Phoenix, a father floors the gas on his Jeep Grand Cherokee and heads straight for his 20-year-old daughter. His goal: to protect his family’s "honor." Yes, honor crimes have washed up on our shores.

By Abigail Pesta"

Eboo Patel; Spinning So Fast Must Make Him Dizzy!

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Today on Huffington Post we find our old friend Eboo Patel explaining once again how the anti-democratic, pro-violence, anti-women stance of every school of Islamic Jurisprudence has to be the result of Western Islamaphobia.

Eboo likes to pretend he is a soft-shelled moderate, aching for love and acceptance,and then proceeds to diminish and excuse, or simply ignore, every reality associated with Islam today while blaming all the worlds ills on the Evil West.  Come Virginian, lets us examine his latest display of his mastery of the Islamic concept of Kitman.

Eboo is very skilled at wrapping unrelated concepts into a lump and smearing them with a foul smell, all the while maintaining a saintly glow on his pained authorial face.

“In public, Islam always appears in flames. Sometimes it’s on fire in the movies, sometimes it’s on fire in the newspapers. The most recent example, of course, is on the cartoon South Park, where the Prophet Muhammad was depicted wearing a bear suit.”

Here Eboo trumpets the stands Islam as Victim line while ignoring the glaring DATA regarding acts by Muslims, Riots, killings, bloody repression of women and child abuse that makes Hebert Hebert look like a Sunday School teacher! THESE are the things that keep Islam appearing “in flames” not The Big M in a bear suit!

This is especially true in regard to South Park, What religious figure has that show NOT mocked without bearing the threat of violence? Just one, the mysteriously insecure “perfect example” to mankind!  A sure sign that it is the LEADERS that are “offended” and not the “ummah” is that both South Park and other comedy shows have mocked Mohamed and Islam before, and gotten away with it, simply because the LEADERS did not call for riots… it is beyond reason to believe that the masses did not see these other depictions.

Next, the slight of hand artist pulls a terrorist rabbit out of the free speech hat.

“That gave a platform to a website called "Revolution Muslim" to direct a threat against the South Park writers. Which gave a platform for a couple of scary-looking guys with beards to go on TV and talk about how Muslims are required to terrorize people (how kind the media is to radical Muslims: so much free air time, and they don’t have to pay a PR company). Which gave the industry of Islamophobia a platform to say, "See, didn’t we tell you their religion makes them violent?" Which made Americans scared of Muslims, again.”

So, we can have our little civilization, if only we refrain from offending Muslims?  Otherwise the (self) Righteously-Angered-Ummah ™ will give us something  (spontaneously of course!) to REALLY be afraid of?  And it is OUR FAULT if that happens because we will have insisted on actually IDENTIFYING the reasons you are attacking us?  Do you EAT with that mouth?

Eboo, Eboo, most of those “scary-looking guys with beards” you are speaking of are the MAINSTREAM SCHOLARS of Islam! You are insulting virtually ALL of the traditional, and current, interpretations held dear by the MAINSTREAM schools of thought in Sunni, Shi’a AND Sufi Islam!  Name ONE school, other than the hunted-and-killed-by-the-mainstream Amadayia that does NOT support violence in response to things like the South Park incident! Just ONE!

“It’s a too-familiar story, so familiar, in fact, that it just about writes itself.”

Too true, Eboo Patel shows us how easy it is to follow the formula and excuse the criminal and demonize the victim.

“And that’s the problem, actually. The arsonists want you to associate Islam with flames — that’s why they light it on fire whenever they send it out to the public. They are masters at manipulating media, from newspapers to videos to cartoons.”

You see Virginia, if a Muslim beats or kills a Jew or homosexual or kills his “erring” daughter because ALL OF HIS Imams TOLD him he should do things like that, it is YOUR FAULT if you DARE to think that maybe the Imams and their religion had ANYTHING to do with the corpses piled at your feet.

“But there are other Muslims who are mastering media and who are telling different stories. Meet Dr. Naif al-Mutawa, founder of the Muslim cartoon series The 99. He is an Arab educated in America, a psychologist who went to business school, a Muslim aghast at how Islam is viewed as violent and hateful by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, a father of five boys, and one of the most impressive cultural entrepreneurs of our times.

Naif had just been accepted to Columbia Business School when 9/11 happened. There was the horror of the terror that had hit the land that had educated him. There was the double horror of the hijacking of his religion. And there was the triple horror that there was no alternative message about Islam even a fraction as powerful as the ugliness that Al Qaeda was offering.”

I went and read all the posts on Dr Mutawa’s site and have to say that if there are truly moderate Muslims out there HE is one of them.  Other than a not surprising inability to see the facts on the ground relating to Israel’s birth, everything he says is so modern and moderate that I am surprised al-Jazeera has not denounced him as a Zionist plant!

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Well, it seems that 99 is banned in Saudi Arabia and, according to students at Kuwait University’s Shari’a School when visited by PBS’s Frontline to investigate the Muslim world’s reaction to the wildly popular comic, the biggest threat to Islam.

“…we visited the Sharia — or Islamic law — school on the other side of the campus. Not surprisingly, these students were far less inclined to share their opinions about The 99 with us. But one …said he believed he spoke for all Muslims when he said that The 99 was wrong and misguided. Yusef felt that The 99 was part of a post-9/11 response in some parts of the Islamic world to make Islam more palatable to 21st-century sensibilities. He said that efforts to give women more religious authority and the new interpretations of the Koran are reforms that are diluting the message of the prophet Mohammed. “This is the greatest threat to Islam today,” he said.”

The fact is that Naif is…a tad naive.  The real mutawa have no patience for his kind, Westernized Muslims who really DO want to reform Islam.  Unfortunately the actual religious leadership do NOT see things his way.

I also wonder just what Mr Mutawa thinks of much of what Mr. PATEL writes?  Naif strikes me from his writing as truly uninterested in getting drawn into the fanatics debate while enjoying the feeling that he is doing something to promote Islam… I have not yet read any of the actual comics, so I do not know if this trend continues or if Mr Patel’s brand of Taqqiya and Kitman win out.  But, from what I have read in his web site, if someone can enlighten him as the actual history of Israel, he is one of the good guys. Mr Patel on the other hand I still do not see as anything but a white-washer and apologist.

My fear is that the Wahabis will win out and intimidate Mutawa into giving them writing control. I certainly believe that Patel and other like him are waving Mutawa with one hand and CAIR’s hate mongering with the other. But Naif better watch his back.

Stay Tuned…

Do Americans Feel Proud of Winning What They Do Not Deserve?

Sometimes when you least expect it Life gets good. I had such a moment this week when I opened an email from an editor at David Horowitz’s NewsRealBlog.com
Making a short story shorter I will now be a contributor to NewsReal Blog.

Between that and seeing a pair of articles cause quite a stir around D.C. from the Senate and House to The Library of Congress I would have to say that this week hasn’t sucked.

Here is my first article for NewsRealBlog.com

One Third of Americans Proud to Win What They Don’t Deserve
2009 October 21

Are Americans asleep, not paying attention, or simply stoned out of their minds? Has the zero-sum mentality become so prevalent that unearned triumphs are something to take pride in? Does seeing “Our Team” wearing medals, while the real winner of the race stands in the shadows, feel good to more than one third of Americans?

Anderson Cooper 360 yesterday discussed recent polls regarding public approval ratings of President Obama. The polls revealed some rather startling information that, if true, shows a significant portion of the population to be uninterested in fair play:

“Most Americans, 56 percent, don’t approve of the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama, and only a third believe that Obama has done enough to deserve the prize. But seven in 10 are proud that a U.S. president won the prestigious award.”

Now, my math is not in the rocket science class, but those numbers say a lot to me. Only one-third of Americans think Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize but more than two-thirds are proud “our guy” won it. Doesn’t that add up to about one-third of the country being proud to win something undeserved?

READ IT ALL AT NEWSREALBLOG.COM

STOP THE PRESSES: The White House thinks ALL Liberal dissenters should take off their pajamas and get real!


(HH here: Hold the phone Gracie! In perusing Huffington Post today I see Mr. Harwood (NBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent and featured in my last post) takes issue with the claim that his White House quote was meant to indicate a specific hostility toward the LBGT community or their activists. Oh no! Far from it he says. The W.H. advisor was referring to ALL who dissent on ANY of Obama’s initiatives or their timing!!!

Take it away Huff:

In an email to the Huffington Post on Monday, Harwood clarified that the quote was not meant to convey any displeasure on the part of the administration for the gay community’s public advocacy.

My comments quoting an Obama adviser about liberal bloggers/pajamas weren’t about the LGBT community or the marchers,” he wrote. “They referred more broadly to those grumbling on the left about an array of issues in addition to gay rights, including the war in Afghanistan and health care and Guantanamo— and whether all that added up to trouble with Obama’s liberal base...”

So, in answer to whether THAT group is a problem with Obama’s “Liberal Base” the analyst told all those grumbling fools to: “take off the pajamas, get dressed, and realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult”

As I noted in my last post; if Obama and his flunkies feel THIS is closely divided they only confirm the opinion of those that call Obama an Affirmative Action President. Even George W. had more political experience than Obama and HE was attacked Left and Right for being too under qualified!!! And that was before he lost the ability to form a complete sentence in English.

Liberal after Liberal is being seen to shake their head, startle awake and ask “What the HELL was I thinking?” Hopefully this latest insult to the loyalty AND intelligence of any Liberal who dares dissent from the Great One’s Plan will accelerate the process.

Good Luck to us all.)

My apologies to my Leftish friends


(HH here: Hey, I TRIED, I really did. After having a shot sent across my bow by a moderate but besieged by Leftists and too timid to piss them off friend about being too “conservative” I TRIED to find something juicy for me to rant about the Rightists regarding.

The problem is that between the Left’s determination to sanctify every barbarism of the third-world and the Obama administrations links to people and groups my dog Nikita can see are radicals the Right does not have to stick its neck out far at all to score a juicy story. Heck, right now it is too easy to be a Conservative or Moderate blogger. The stories just fall off the trees at our feet.

So, I went to WND; then I went to the Christian Coalition site (you KNOW it is not a good day for the Left when 4 out of five CC stories actually sound reasonable to a spiritual agnostic of Moderate/Liberal tendencies.) And finally on to Huffington Post hoping that the bastion of Leftishness would have at least one or two good digs at legitimate Rightist silliness.

This is just not my day. Or not my friend’s day at least. I found no stories to make her want her friends to see my work today. Instead I found another story showing that the Leftists need to drop back ten and punt, their position is hopeless and the high ground fades into the fog of moral ambiguity.

Today on the HP the lead story is a triumphant counter-attack on the vicious GOP smear campaign against the bastion of The Inner City Downtrodden, everybodies favorite Pimp advisor ACORN.

My first reaction to the headline was: Is THAT the best they can do??? Then I read the article and it just got worse. Take a deep breath and hang on to your neurons, we are taking a ride on the Radical Railroad to the Land of Lost Dreams:) Here it is, the blazing bombshell that will silence the evil Rightists once and for all!)

McCain And GOP Used To Be Supporters

(HH: My first impression was probably the same as you or any other intelligent person would have: You mean before anyone knew about their problems?)

On Monday, the Democratic-leaning group ACORN, which has been painted as a criminal enterprise by the GOP for its voter registration and housing policy efforts, pushed back against its critics by producing a photo of John McCain attending its March 2006 rally.

(HH: how is that for a loaded sentence hiding facts behind rhetoric? First they try to claim the mantle of the entire democratic party for ACORN then proceed to imply that their LEGAL voter efforts were the reason for GOP criticism despite the undisputed nature of ACORNS violations of election law and for its unethical activities relating to housing. THis noble organisation, the organization itself proclaims, has pushed back by showing a photo of McCain, a politician, at a rally also attended by ACORN. I for one am convinced, ACORN must be clean If McCain shared a room with them at a rally in ’06!)

It was a reminder that, for all their electoral histrionics, Republicans have aligned themselves with ACORN in the past.

Indeed, in addition to the McCain photo, there is a host of examples of prominent McCain surrogates attending ACORN events, signing ACORN legislation, or complimenting the group’s efforts.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, for example, partnered with ACORN in March 2008 for a “Homeownership Promotes The Economy” taskforce. More recently, Crist declared that — contrary to GOP outrage — he was not upset with the group’s voter registration efforts in his state. The New York Times reported that ACORN supported a law signed by Governor Crist, which “changed the rules last year to restore the voting rights of about 112,000 former convicts.”

In July 2005, meanwhile, another Republican governor, Rick Perry of Texas, signed ACORN’s Lending Law Reform Bill that changed the state’s homelending practices.

In July 2008, California Governor and McCain supporter Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that ACORN helped draft aimed at California homeowners facing foreclosure.

(HH: here is something to take note of for any future political radicals. Form a group, pretend you are mainstream and take notes and pictures whenever opposition or moderate politicians of any kind have anything to do with you. THEN, when you get hauled up for your radical agenda you can ignore the actual charges and have Huffington Post prove to the world that your were always clean by your association with folks you have spent your life demonizing. Excuse me while I go wash my mouth out.)

In June 2007, Minnesota Governor and McCain VP short-lister Tim Pawlenty signed a similar bill — drafted by ACORN — that helped homeowners get fairer deals on their mortgages.

(HH: now we get into true psychotic territory. The next couple paragraphs make the argument that the legislations that the GOPers participated in with ACORN leading the way were MISTAKES and bad legislation!!!! Shame on those Righties for not seeing the con! I guess if they got away with it a few times ACORN must be clean.)

The legislation was drafted according to recommendations made by a predatory lending study group established by Swanson prior to the legislative session,” wrote the Northwestern Financial Review. “The study group contained representatives from the banking industry and the mortgage brokers association, as well as consumer advocates from organizations such as Illegal Aid and ACORN.”

As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney signed an anti-predatory lending bill that ACORN supported. In February 2006, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman met with the ACORN Katrina Survivors Association. And back in July 2005, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg actually got a kiss from ACORN’s state leader, according to the publication City Limits, during an announcement that the city would protect or create 65,000 affordable units in a new housing proposal. Bloomberg, it should be noted, has not endorsed a candidate.

(HH: The thesis seems to be that since ACORN did such a good job at pretending to be a real public benefit organisation that it MUST be always and forever treated that way.)

It would be, in a normal political context, highly unremarkable that Republican and Independent officials would praise and work with a group as large and influential as ACORN. But in recent days, it seems, Republicans and the McCain campaign are keen on painting the community-organizing group as something inherently corrupt. The primary target of complaint has been the organization’s voter registration efforts, which have led to numerous non-existent individuals being put on the rolls.

(HH: Gee, it is not like ACORN had over 70% false registrations now is it? Anything over 35% legit should count as a good effort!)

Recently the McCain campaign went farther, releasing a web advertisement that linked Barack Obama to ACORN, and blamed the group for helping instigate the crisis in the nation’s housing market — itself a contributor to the financial mess.

(HH: I think it would be more accurate to say an advertisement that publicized the factual, historical career-long links that Obama has had with the organization and its training and tactics. this is NOT a legitimate concern? We could be upset, and I was, about Bush and his links to the Saudis but I can’t be upset about Obama being linked to an obviously suspicious organization?)

ACORN “bull[ied] banks” and engaged in “intimidation tactics,” says the ad. “ACORN forced banks to issue risky home loans. The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re in today.”

ACORN has insisted, in the wake of these and other attacks, that it has been firm in its advocacy for regulations to “protect homeowners from predatory lenders.” And certainly, they have a handful of prominent Republican officials who, at one point in time, agreed.

(HH: Over and over I hear a voice screaming in my head as I read this piece. It is filled with the kind of frustration you only find in a spoiled two-year old that can’t go outside unless they put on their shoes. The voice screams “We were THERE!!!! We had it in our HANDS. We were legit, we had FUNDING for Christ’s SAKE!!!!! Even the GOP had to talk to us. Now where is it all? IT ISN”T FAIR!!!!! We coulda been a contender! We could have had our revolution!” Frankly, I expect the entire ACORN organization to turn blue from holding their breath any minute now.
Not long ago it was the Right that would scream “not Fair” every time they were called on sillyness by their extremists, now it seems to be the Left’s turn. I would hope to see a better grade of defense though. This is just sad.)

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/13/acorn-mccain-and-gop-used_n_134284.html