Catholic school removes statues of Jesus and Mary to avoid offending Muslims

“The students attending San Domenico come from a variety of religious backgrounds besides Christianity: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.”

Hmm. Which of those four is likely to have been the only one objecting to the presence of these statues? And so here again we see the universal principle: in Muslim countries, one must change one’s behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, one must change one’s behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities.

“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

“San Anselmo’s San Domenico School creates stir by removing Catholic statues,” by Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal, August 24, 2017:

Removal of a number of statues and other smaller Catholic icons from the campus of San Domenico School in San Anselmo has raised concerns among some parents.

In an email to the school’s board of directors, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and the head of school, Shannon Fitzpatrick objected to the removal of the statues and other steps the school has taken in an effort to make the school more inclusive.

“Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico’s 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one’s heritage and beliefs,” wrote Fitzpatrick, whose 8-year-old son attends the school.

She added, “In our time here, the word ‘Catholic’ has been removed from the mission statement, sacraments were removed from the curriculum, the lower school curriculum was changed to world religions, the logo and colors were changed to be ‘less Catholic,’ and the uniform was changed to be less Catholic.”

Responding to follow-up questions Monday, Fitzpatrick wrote, “There are other families having the same concerns I do. Many parents feel if the school is heading in a different direction then the San Domenico community should have been notified before the signing of the enrollment for the following year.”

Cheryl Newell, who had four children graduate from San Domenico, said, “I am extremely disappointed in the school and the direction they’ve been going. This isn’t a new thing that they’ve been intentionally eroding their Catholic heritage. They’re trying to be something for everyone and they’re making no one happy,”

Kim Pipki, whose daughter left San Domenico two years ago after graduating from ninth grade, said some of the statues were also important to families who aren’t Catholic.

“The one main statue that has everyone fired up is the baby Jesus and Mary one,” Pipki said. “It was at the center of the primary school courtyard.”

Pipki said the school had a ceremony during which children would place a crown on the statue of Mary.

“It was less about God and more about passing on some traditions,” Pipki said. “People were shocked that the statues were pitched in the basement.”

Amy Skewes-Cox, who heads San Domenico School’s board of trustees, said the relocation and removal of some of the school’s 180 religious icons was “completely in compliance” with San Domenico’s new strategic plan, approved unanimously by the board of trustees and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael last year. She said at least 18 icons remain, including a statue of St. Dominic at the center of the campus.

She noted that it was unfortunate the removal of the statues occurred at about the same time as the unrest in Charlottesville over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and that the issues are “totally different” and have “absolutely no connection other than it is change, and people have a hard time with change.”…

One of the strategic plan’s stated goals is to “strengthen San Domenico’s identity as an independent school” and clearly articulate its “inclusive spiritual foundation.”

San Domenico was founded by the Dominican Sisters in 1850 as an independent, Catholic school — meaning that it is not owned or operated by a parish or religious order.

“San Domenico is both a Catholic school and an independent school,” said Head of School Cecily Stock, “but what we were finding after doing some research is that in the broader community we are known as being a Catholic school and are not necessarily known as an independent school. We want to make sure that prospective families are aware that we are an independent school.”

Of the 660 students who attend the K-12 school, 121 are boarding students and 98 of these are international students from British Columbia, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mexico, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The students attending San Domenico come from a variety of religious backgrounds besides Christianity: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam….


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“There really is no justification for taking off a person’s religious headgear,” said Powell’s attorney, Marwa Rifahie of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations.

But there is. Something could be hidden in it. A prisoner could hide a knife in a hijab and kill a police officer with it. And when that happens, the police officer will be a martyr of multiculturalism and “diversity.”

Kirsty Powell

“Muslim woman awarded $85,000 after her hijab was forcibly removed by Long Beach police officer,” by Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The city of Long Beach has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was pulled off by a male officer while she was in police custody.

The settlement, approved Tuesday, concludes the legal battle undertaken by Kirsty Powell, an African American Muslim. Her lawsuit, filed in 2016, prompted the Long Beach Police Department to reverse its policy barring inmates from wearing religious head coverings.

“There really is no justification for taking off a person’s religious headgear,” said Powell’s attorney, Marwa Rifahie, who also works for the Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The case started in May 2015 when Powell and her husband were stopped by two officers because he was driving a lowrider vehicle on Long Beach Boulevard, Rifahie said.

She provided them with her identification information. When officers ran her name through their database, they discovered she had three misdemeanor warrants for petty theft, vehicle theft and resisting arrest, police said.

Powell was not aware that a warrant had been issued for a 2002 petty theft offense, her attorney said. The other warrants were issued after Powell’s sister had falsely used her name, according to the federal lawsuit.

As officers prepared to arrest Powell, her husband requested that a female officer be called to the scene since physical contact must be done by a woman, the lawsuit contends.

The officers refused and handcuffed Powell, according to the suit. She was then told she would have to remove her hijab.

Powell told the officers “that she wears a hijab in accordance with her religious practice and that it is her legal right to wear it,” the lawsuit said.

She was driven to the Long Beach police station, where she was booked and stripped of her hijab in front of other male officers and inmates, according to the lawsuit.

Powell was detained for 24 hours without her hijab. Once she was allowed to leave, she was given a property bag containing it.

“She was held in the jail overnight, forced to sit in a cell feeling distraught, vulnerable and naked without her headscarf to everyone that passed,” the lawsuit said. “She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated. She felt that the male officers and male inmates had seen parts of her body that they should not have seen, according to her religious beliefs.”

Shortly after her release, Powell reached out to CAIR, the Muslim civil rights organization, to go over her options.

In April 2016, she filed the lawsuit, alleging that her 1st Amendment rights had been violated….


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Muslims Attack Counter Jihad Coalition, Law Enforcement Caves by Steve Amundson

At first I thought that the two Muslims shouting at us would leave, as they have done in the past. I was wrong; it played out differently on Saturday. They were there to stay with their loud, obnoxious voices until they could get us shut down. The crowd started growing due to the commotion. Soon it numbered in the hundreds.

The cause of all of this was that the Counter Jihad Coalition (CJC) was out on a public outreach in the Cerritos Mall in Cerritos, California, educating the public on the truth of Islam. The CJC was formed several years ago to get the truth into the hands of people, since most of the mainstream media paints Islam as the religion of peace.

We have developed over 30 brochures on different aspects of Islam. All are factual and true, not our opinions. They are all based on the doctrines of Islam as set out in the Quran and the Sunnah. On a typical day, we pass out 1,500 or more of these brochures to people, who for the most part are thankful for what we are doing.

We saw an increase in Muslim pushback right after the Islamic State (ISIS) made the news, and then a huge increase in their aggressiveness after President Trump was elected. They will go to great lengths to keep the people from knowing the violence, oppression and brutality that are inherent in what they believe. And now more than ever, they are on the warpath to shut down these truths.

This past Saturday, at this venue where we have been going to for a year, Muslim anger came to a head. I called security when things started to get unruly. Soon officers from mall security, along with several Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies, arrived to try and restore calm and sort things out.

To show you how upside down our society is, the mall manager said to me that he was going to have to shut us down early. What? Everything had been going along smoothly until the two Muslims started yelling, shouting at us and creating the hostile environment. They knew if they disturbed and disrupted, that they would win. They shouted at me that they would be there every day looking for us, and would do whatever they had to do to shut us down.

It was only a few weeks ago that the Sharia police on Facebook banned our Counter Jihad Coalition Facebook site, and took it down. To this day, I have not received an explanation from them for their action. Facebook is simply Sharia-compliant. Not only us, but many other counter-jihad groups have recently been shut down on Facebook. Our freedoms are slowly being taken away from us by the leftists who are in control of the means of communication.

In a similar vein, do you think the Sheriff Deputies escorted the obnoxious, hateful, foul-mouthed Muslims out of the mall? Not a chance! When I asked one of the Deputies if they were going to escort out the unruly Muslims, their response to me was they were waiting to hear from the mall management and what they wanted to do. So much for our law enforcement officials protecting law-abiding citizens. Every time we want to have a public outreach at this mall, we turn in an application and wait until it is approved.

After the Deputies failed to escort out the Muslims who were causing the disruption, the mall manager came over to me and said, “We are going to have to shut you down early today.” When I suggested they usher out the unruly Muslims instead, I was told that they have a right to be there and said they would not leave until we left. Did we not have a right to be there? Our dhimmi law enforcement, mall security and mall management seem to be willing to cater to Muslims anytime they are called upon to do so.

We will see what happens next week, when I turn in a new application to exercise my right of free speech. Americans better wake up fast and start pushing back on this encroachment of Sharia before our freedoms and rights are gone. Then it will be too late.



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California Killer of Grandparents Was Influenced by Islamists

Although it is unclear if Nathaniel Scheiern had converted to Islam, his Facebook page is full of declarations to Allah.

Police officers in California say a 35-year old man who bludgeoned his grandparents to death last year was influenced by and infatuated with radical Islamists, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Nathaniel Scheiern killed his grandparents after attending a church service with them on June 28, 2015.

The judge hearing the case ruled in a recent preliminary hearing there was enough evidence to move forward with a trial.

Although it is unclear if Scheiern converted to Islam, his Facebook page is full of declarations to Allah, including the following (all taken verbatim):

“Ponder no [ more ] and bombs to cease [ unwise strikes of Believers ] on ( Allah’s children, women, and the Elderly and the young ) who fight but by Example in except concepts to for (God and God alone) guidence and spiritual growth. One love n respect”

“None in mans wisdom can allow a [leader] to fall into the ways of those [ Secure ] in faith and full of patients lacking [ Allah ] and thus far from [ patience ] of (God) so the answer is up to free-will. And FREE I WILL (God willing) [His] Peoples Mind.”

“Rivers of punishment flow to [ advise ] for only God demands Praise.”

“Want Allah in All. !”

“Praise be to Allah who [ will ] in searing pain smite my enimies with haste … its not a race if quickness .but of [ Waste ] no more time in [ Staying ] pious and [ true ] in patiently waving.”

Scheiern also posted a graphic Islamic State propaganda video with the following warning:  “GRAPHIC FOOTAGE. ADULTS ONLY. LESSONS WITH LIFE’S TESTS MAKES EASY A`s!”


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Irony: California Muslim named Jihad threatens ‘jihad’ against Police

“Police are still investigating the strange threat and so far don’t have a motive as to why the man would reportedly tell cops he had planted a bomb outside of their station.”

Yes, the motive is absolutely baffling. A Muslim threatening jihad and saying he had a bomb? Who ever heard of such a thing? What could it possibly be all about? Police are baffled!

Jihad Mufaddi Khalaf Haddadin

Jihad Mufaddi Khalaf Haddadin

“Man named Jihad arrested for threatening ‘jihad’ on California police and making bomb threat,”Daily Mail, December 23, 2015:

A man with the name Jihad allegedly threatened jihad on police officers in El Monte, California on Tuesday.

Jihad Mufaddi Khalaf Haddadin, 52, reportedly walked up to the local police station on Valley Boulevard and told cops through an intercom he had a bomb.

When several officers came out to confront the man, he allegedly dropped a black backpack on the ground outside of the station.

Police evacuated the building and sent a robot to detonate the bag. The backpack was determined to contain only clothing, papers, an umbrella, and other personal items.

Cops say the man used the word ‘jihad’ several times.

‘He was very cooperative, did exactly what we told him to do, but that backpack was concerning to us because we hadn’t looked inside of it,’ said police Captain Chris Williams, according to ABC News 7.

Police say after Jihad Mufaddi Khalaf Haddadin, 52, told them he had a bomb in a backpack dropped outside their station, they sent out a robot to inspect the bag (pictured above)

A community’s perception is any time a bomb is mentioned it could be terrorism related and we have to respond accordingly,’ a police officer told Fox 11.

The officer said that he believes the incident will turn out to be an isolated one.

Yes, isolated, aside from that global jihad movement that no one particularly wants to notice.

Police are still investigating the strange threat and so far don’t have a motive as to why the man would reportedly tell cops he had planted a bomb outside of their station….


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If they were plotting this in 2011, why were they able in 2015 to plot and pull off the San Bernardino jihad attack without detection? And if Marquez and Farook were frequenting mosques, are the teachings of those mosques being investigated? If not, why not?


Enrique Marquez

“Marquez and Farook plotted campus and freeway attacks, prosecutors allege,” by Richard A. Serrano, Paloma Esquivel and Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2015:

They were soft-spoken teenagers — next-door neighbors growing up in a suburban tract in Riverside.

But the bond Syed Rizwan Farook and Enrique Marquez formed a decade ago was tight.

They began visiting a local mosque, discussing Islamic radicalism and amassing weapons and explosives. Then, four years before the San Bernardino massacre, they hatched terrifying schemes, according to federal prosecutors.

The duo plotted to launch pipe bombs into the cafeteria of Riverside City College, shooting people as they fled, and to open fire on drivers on the 91 Freeway during rush hour, according to federal charges released Thursday.

The three-count criminal complaint against Marquez provides the most detailed account yet from authorities of the deadliest terror attack on the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.

Marquez, 24, was charged with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to commit crimes of terrorism, as well as unlawfully purchasing two assault rifles used in the San Bernardino massacre and defrauding immigration authorities by entering into a sham marriage.

There is no evidence Marquez collaborated with Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the Dec. 2 shooting, officials said. A day afterward, Marquez called 911, according to a transcript included in the affidavit.

“What’s wrong? Why do you feel like you want to kill yourself? What’s going on?” the operator asks.

“I don’t know. My neighbor. He did the San Bernardino shooting,” Marquez said. “They can trace all the guns back to me.”

Shortly afterward Marquez was admitted to the emergency room at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center, and referred to the psychiatric ward.

Over a 10-day period, Marquez was interviewed multiple times by investigators, who said he repeatedly waived his right to an attorney.

Marquez appeared in federal court in Riverside on Thursday afternoon, wearing a beige T-shirt and square-rimmed glasses, his hands cuffed in front of him as he sat at the defense table. The judge assigned Marquez a federal public defender and set a bail hearing for Monday.

Known as mild-mannered and impressionable, Marquez was undergoing an unnerving transformation behind the scenes, according to the affidavit.

A few years ago, Marquez began attending prayers at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco, where attendees viewed him as a “decent guy.” He and Farook would discuss the Tablighi Jamaat, a proselytizing movement that rejects violence.

But his conversations with Farook evolved into exploring extremist ideologies. Farook began providing Marquez with radical Islamic materials, such as Inspire, a magazine published by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit describes a chilling plan the friends devised to attack the college they both had attended: throw pipe bombs into the cafeteria from an elevated position on the second floor, then take aim at those who ran.

Marquez had attended the community college from the fall of 2009 until the winter term of 2011, according to a district spokesman. The affidavit said Farook was registered as a student there from about 2004 to 2010.

“Marquez admitted that the attacks were designed to maximize the number of casualties that could be inflicted,” the affidavit said, adding that Marquez drew a diagram of the planned attack for authorities.
Riverside home of Enrique Marquez

The two also allegedly conspired to throw pipe bombs on a section of the eastbound 91 Freeway that lacked nearby exits. Once vehicles were disabled and traffic was clogged, Farook would gun down those who were trapped, while Marquez took aim at first-responders from an adjacent hillside.

“Farook planned to move among the stopped vehicles, shooting his rifle into them and killing people,” the affidavit said.

In preparation for the attack, the two purchased firearms, ammunition and tactical gear and practiced at local firing ranges.

On Nov. 14, 2011, Marquez spent $750 on a Smith & Wesson M&P-15 sport rifle. Bank records show Farook gave Marquez money for the weapons. Three months later he bought a similarly priced DPMS model A-15 rifle, according to records in the affidavit. There was no record of any transfer of the weapons from Marquez to Farook and Malik.

According to the affidavit, the pair decided that Marquez would make the purchase because they thought Farook’s Middle Eastern appearance would draw more attention. Marquez also purchased smokeless powder for the purpose of building bombs, the affidavit said.

Marquez told investigators he stopped plotting with Farook after 2012 for “a variety of reasons,” including the arrest of three men that November in the Inland Empire on suspicion of plotting to kill Americans in Afghanistan.

But two years later, he married Mariya Chernykh, whose sister is married to Farook’s older brother. The sisters are from Russia and came to the United States on J-1 visas — commonly used for educational and cultural programs. Marquez admitted to investigators that he was paid $200 a month to marry her so she could obtain legal status.

Marquez allegedly told investigators that his wife lived with her boyfriend — the father of her child — in Ontario. Marquez’s family members told investigators that they had no idea Marquez was married until this month….

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Meet the Farooks: The Modern Muslim Family

In FrontPage today I show how disquieting it is that this anything-but-moderate family did not attract significant law enforcement attention.

When Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik murdered fourteen people and wounded twenty-one at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, Farook’s family, having lawyered up, instructed its legal representatives to tell the world how shocked – shocked! – they were by the massacre. However, just as Captain Renault is handed his winnings immediately after telling Rick Blaine of his shock that gambling was going on in Rick’s Café Americain, so also in this case did the family’s shock seem increasingly less genuine the more that became known about them.

Initially, however, the lie was fed easily to a credulous mainstream media. One of the Farook family lawyers, David Chesley, immediately found the nearest microphone and declared: “None of the family members had any idea that this was going to take place. They were totally shocked.”

Even in stories that reported this, however, the story started to unravel. No sooner had the Associated Press quoted Chesley that it noted that he and another Farook family lawyer, Mohammad Abuershaid, said that “Farook’s mother lived with the couple but she stayed upstairs and didn’t notice they had stockpiled 12 pipe bombs and well over 4,500 rounds of ammunition.”

Farook’s mother didn’t notice the twelve pipe bombs and well over 4,500 rounds of ammunition because she “stayed upstairs”? Was she an invalid, then, who never ventured downstairs at all? If so, why did the couple leave their six-month-old daughter in her care when they went off to shoot Infidels for Allah?

And now it has come out that Mom did venture downstairs now and again after all, and that her eye may indeed have caught the site of a stray pipe bomb or two. According to the Daily Mail, “FBI agents found an empty GoPro package, shooting targets and tools inside a car belonging to” Rafia Farook, Syed’s mother. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik mounted GoPro cameras on their body armor before they began their jihad massacre; apparently, like other jihad killers before them, they hoped to cheer and encourage the faithful with scenes of the bloodbath. Authorities are investigating the possibility that Rafia Farook aided in the planning and preparation of the San Bernardino jihad massacre.

Rafia might have taken this car to meetings of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), of which she was an active member. ICNA openly supports Sharia and the caliphate, and has links to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as to the Pakistani jihad group Jamaat-e-Islami.

The family’s shock at the murders appears even more feigned in light of revelations from Syed Rizwan Farook’s father, who is also named Syed Farook. The elder Syed has characterized his ex-wife Rafia as “very religious,” like the killer, to whom he referred as Rizwan. “Rizwan was the mama’s boy,” he recounted, “and she is very religious like him. Once we had a dispute about the historical figure of Jesus, my son yelled that I was an unbeliever and decided that marriage with my wife had to end.” The son insisted on the divorce because he considered the father an “unbeliever.”

What’s more, old man Farook said that his son was an open supporter of the Islamic State, and, of course, hated Israel: “He said he shared the ideology of al-Baghdadi to create an Islamic state, and he was obsessed with Israel.” Moderate “unbeliever” Papa then told his son to bide his time since, in the immortal words of Tom Lehrer, everybody hated the Jews: “I kept telling him always: stay calm, be patient, in two years Israel will no longer exist. Geopolitics is changing: Russia, China, America too, nobody wants the Jews there.” Moderate!

So right in the heart of sunny Redlands, California, where Syed Rizwan and Tashfeen lived with their baby and Rafia (however safely ensconced upstairs, away from the pipe bombs, Grandma may have been), there was an open supporter of the Islamic State and an open supporter of the concept of the caliphate. Then we must not forget the winsome Tashfeen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack, was linked to a jihadi mosque in Pakistan, and who had become, in one of her teacher’s words, “a religious person” who often told people “to live according to the teachings of Islam.”

Despite all that and more, Tashfeen passed FBI and DHS background checks and was allowed to enter the United States. And as she and her loving hubby amassed pipe bombs and thousands of rounds of ammunition, authorities didn’t bat an eye. No report has indicated that they were ever questioned, or were under any kind of surveillance, or were on any watch list.

After all, they were just pious Muslims – and anyone who believes that pious Muslims who are assembling pipe bombs might be up to no good is a racist, bigoted Islamophobe, right? But now the Farooks, the modern jihad family, and the fourteen dead left in their wake, stand as a lesson as to how urgently our law enforcement and intelligence operations need to adopt a realistic approach to the jihad threat, and to discard today’s prevailing politically correct fantasies. But the dead bodies are going to have to be piled up much higher for that reform even to become a possibility.


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Our colleague in Ottawa, David B. Harris, of INSIGNIS Research, Inc., noted counterterrorism columnist and former Canadian Intelligence Security Service official, sent us breaking news about the Al-Huda Canadian Islamic Institute. No sooner than we posted on the extremist Al-Huda School in Pakistan that allegedly indoctrinated San Bernardino jihadi Tashfeen Malik then the CBC reported this story.  4 female students who went to Syria to join ISIS attended Mississauga school Al-Huda Islamic Institute’s sister school in Pakistan connected to mass shooting in California.

The details of the CBC News breaking report were:

A girl and three young women left Canada to join ISIS in Syria after studying at the Al-Huda Islamic Institute in Mississauga, Ont. — a school whose sister institution in Pakistan is now connected to the mass shooting in California.  See February 25, 2015 CBC News report, ISIS recruiter in Edmonton enlists Canadian woman to join fight in Syria.

It’s unclear exactly when the Canadian students travelled overseas, but sources have confirmed they all left in the last two years after attending the school founded by controversial female Islamic scholar Dr. Farhat Hashmi.

Hashmi’s ultra-conservative teachings in lectures and online have faced criticism for promoting an extreme wifely subservience to a husband.

The school’s founder, however, is not a Canadian resident, despite several media reports to the contrary, sources told CBC News. Hashmi has not been in Canada for three years, those sources said.

School accredited by Ontario

Al-Huda’s Mississauga campus opened in 2004. It’s accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education as a private school, where roughly 160 students in kindergarten to Grade 6 attend classes every day.

But in the evenings and on weekends, teenagers and adults can take seminars there. It’s those classes the four Canadians, who ranged in age from 16 to early 20s, took in recent years before leaving for Syria.

The oldest attended for three months in 2012.

She’s been living in Syria since the summer of 2014, her sister told CBC News. The woman and her family are not identified in this story, because of concerns about their security.

“It’s really scary and it’s really dangerous — and if she gets caught she will get killed,” the sister said.

More than 160 kindergarten to Grade 6 students attend the Mississauga school every day. On evenings and weekends, the school offers adult classes.

Security officials intercepted the other three Canadians in Turkey after they disappeared in July 2014, according to RCMP.

The teens were taken into custody and brought back to Canada.

It’s still unclear how those teens and the other Canadian woman became connected to ISIS and radicalized.

Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters, attended classes six days a week for more than a year at Al-Huda’s Pakistan campus, a school spokeswoman told The Associated Press. But it is not known how, where or by whom she was radicalized.

It’s also unclear how much contact, if any, the teens or women would have had with Hashmi.

But the founder of the school — and the one like it in Pakistan — regularly delivers lectures by audio link to the Mississauga campus, CBC has learned. Lectures can also be found through Hashmi’s website.

School ‘deeply disturbed’ by allegations

RCMP officers recently visited the Mississauga school to ask about the former students.

Al-Huda’s operations manager told CBC News that the school would help with the investigation in any way possible.

“This is the first that we are learning of such allegations and [we] are as deeply disturbed as anyone,” Imraq Haq said in a statement. “We are very clear that terrorism is against Islamic teachings … and we emphasize that it is both a civic and religious duty to help keep Canada, and the world, safe from violent extremist ideologies.”

It would appear that Canadian RCMP was caught flat footed by disclosures about the radical Islamic indoctrination at the Al-Huda girls and women’s program at the Mississauga, Ontario Institute that may have influenced ISIS recruitment of three girls and a woman who were students.  At the center of the controversy is the Al-Huda Institute founder Pakistani Dr. Farhat Hashmi and the late Tashfeen Malik who attended a similar institute in Multan, Pakistan.  Malik left the Al-Huda program before finishing.  She subsequently returned to California in July 2014 as the fiancée of Syed Rizwan Farooq.  They died in a blaze of police gunfire after perpetrating a wanton Jihad attack equipped with assault weapons killing 14 and injuring 21 of her husband’s colleagues at a December 2nd Christmas gathering in San Bernardino, California.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review.

Slaughter in California: How Does Someone Become Radicalized? [Video]

After it emerged the two terrorists who carried out the December 2ns San Bernardino attack in California were supporters of the Islamic State, speculation began about how and why they became radicalized.

This type of speculation typically follows terrorist attacks, in which pundits and journalists attempt to figure out how an otherwise peaceful person comesto hold an ideology of hatred and violence which ultimately drives them to kill.

When discussing radicalization, there are two important factors which are often missed:

Radicalization Does Not Take Place in a Vacuum

The ideology of Islamist extremism is a spectrum, ranging from the Islamic State at one end, to ‘soft Islamist’ political parties like Ennahda at the other. This ideology shares common values, including the desirability of establishing an Islamic State, ruled by a Caliph, the supremacy of Islamic law (sharia) over man-made law, the importance of enforcing that law as state law, and the supremacy of Islam over other faiths. They are also anti-gender equality and have been disastrous for minority groups in every place they have come to govern.

These ideas are drawn from an interpretation of the Islamic religion and many of the ideas percolate beyond those who are politically engaged in the wider community. The extent to which problematic ideas are held by the wider Muslim community will be the subject of Clarion Project’s upcoming film By The Numbers, which analyzes polling data to paint a clearer picture of how far elements of the Islamist ideology have spread.

It is by no means the case that most Muslims hold these views. Many proudly and actively fight against them. Many others subscribe to very different understandings of Islam which preach peace, tolerance and human rights for all. Yet Saudi-sponsored mosques and preachers echo the line of their government and support extremism internationally.  The Saudi state is thought to have spent $100 billion exporting its hardline Wahhabi ideology over the past 30 years.

Even Al-Azhar in Egypt, considered to be the foremost institution of learning in the Islamic world, ruled that the Islamic State are not heretics and fall within the Islamic spectrum. Al-Azhar alumnus Sheikh Muhammed Abdullah Nasr noted al-Azhar could not have excommunicated the Islamic State since it preaches some of the same things itself.

“It can’t [condemn the Islamic State as un-Islamic]. The Islamic State is a byproduct of al-Azhar’s programs” he said. “So can al-Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic? Al-Azhar says there must be a caliphate and that it is an obligation for the Muslim world [to establish it]. Al-Azhar teaches the law of apostasy and killing the apostate. Al-Azhar is hostile towards religious minorities, and teaches things like not building churches, etc. Al-Azhar upholds the institution of jizya [extracting tribute from religious minorities]. Al-Azhar teaches stoning people. So can al-Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic?”

Ideas like ‘a woman must always submit to her husband’s will’ and ‘blasphemers must be put to death’ do not necessarily lead to a person carrying out terrorist attacks. But they provide a broader context for radicalization to take place. And these views are widely supported by international Islamist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood, but also by states like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran.

For every terrorist attack that takes place, there are many others who justify and tacitly support it. This ideology must be challenged and defeated.

Jihad is a Choice

No amount of ideological context changes the fact that ultimately jihad is a choice. Every person who comes into contact with the ideology of Islamist extremism, who listens to a lecture by an Islamist hate preacher or who reads a copy of the Islamic State’s propaganda magazine has a choice – to accept it or reject it. We can see from the large number of Muslims and the comparatively small number of terrorist attacks that most Muslims choose to reject jihad. Even other Islamist factions like the Muslim Brotherhood, have chosen to attempt to create their caliphate through peaceful means rather than violent ones.

We can and must tackle the ideology that inspires extremism and the myriad of problems of integration, alienation and funding that fuel that fire. But we cannot stop people from choosing to commit murder in the name of God.

Ultimately terrorism is the fault of the perpetrator.

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Elliot Friedland is dialogue coordinator at Clarion Project.


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CNN et al keep calling San Bernardino the first ISIS-inspired attack on US soil. As usual, they’re wrong: the jihad attack on our free speech event in Garland, Texas, was inspired by ISIS, as was the Boston jihadis’ plot to behead me. This story says investigators are attempting to determine if Farook had any social media connection with Mujahid Miski, who was in close contact with Ibrahim Simpson, one of the Garland jihadis.

Mujahid Miski

“New Photo, Details Emerge About Woman Shooter in San Bernardino Killings,” by Rhonda Schwartz, Brian Ross, James Gordon Meek and Lee Ferran, Good Morning America, December 5, 2015 (thanks to Larry):

Just hours after the public got its first look at Tashfeen Malik, a new photo and some new information emerged overnight about the background of the female San Bernardino, Calif. shooter, a mother-turned-killer who officials increasingly believe was the mastermind of the horrific attack.

The photograph, taken from around the time of Malik’s college days in Pakistan between 2007 and 2012, is the second that has become public. Friday evening ABC News published the first, and in both the young woman has her hair covered and looks unsmiling into the camera.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News that while there is no hard evidence that Malik was the leader of a terrorist conspiracy, she is increasingly becoming the focus of investigators as the shooting’s possible “mastermind.” Her purported skill in wielding one of the assault-style weapons, for instance, led counter-terrorism analysts to assess that she “had some training.”

Investigators are also examining any possible digital footprint from the couple, attempting in part to determine if Farook had any social media connection to a known American ISIS recruiter named Mohamed Hasan who uses the online handle “Miski,” federal authorities said today. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., the FBI fugitive is thought to be living overseas. He was previously linked to a failed ISIS-inspired plot in Texas this May.

Tashfeen Malik was born in Pakistan, but moved to Saudi Arabia when she was just four years old, according to an official close to the Saudi Arabian government. Overnight a family friend of the Maliks in Pakistan told ABC News her father, Gulzar Malik, was an engineer who spent most of his career in Saudi Arabia. He was known for helping the poor and building a mosque in his neighborhood, the family friend said. He was also an ultra-conservative Salafist Sunni who held strong anti-Shia views.

Tashfeen Malik moved back to Pakistan at least by 2007, attended Bahuddin Zakri University in Multan and stayed until 2012, according to a Pakistani intelligence official. She was said to be a brilliant student and was not known to have religious or political affiliation while there.

When it comes to how Tashfeen Malik met Syed Rizwan Farook, her future U.S.-born husband and killer accomplice, the family friend provided new but conflicting information. Friday an attorney for Farook’s family said that the couple met on a dating website, a version of events that Malik purportedly gave to U.S. consular officials when applying for a visa in 2014, according to a U.S. government document obtained by ABC News. U.S. officials had said it’s possible the couple met in Saudi Arabia in 2013, but it’s certain that after Farook took a nine-day trip to Saudi Arabia in July 2014, he returned to the U.S. with Malik in tow. They were married in the eyes of U.S. law a month later.

But the family friend, who said he’s known the Malik family for years, said Malik and Farook were first connected by family, rather than the internet. He told ABC News that a relative of Farook’s father worked with Malik’s father and that Farook and Malik may have met as early as 2009.

A step-aunt of Malik’s in Pakistan told The Associated Press she understood Malik had grown to be more zealous in her faith over the last three years, changing from western clothes to the hijab and more conservative burka. However, the woman also said she had never actually met Malik and that her immediate family and Malik’s were not on speaking terms. A professor at the college Malik attended until 2012 told The Washington Post he remembered her wearing a “complete veil” and being a “religious-minded student.”

Malik came to the U.S. in 2014 on what is known as a “fiancé” visa, which allows an American fiancé to petition for his or her partner’s temporary entry before marriage. Malik received her Green Card this summer, U.S. officials said.

Six months ago, the couple had a baby daughter and named her according to a naming convention more common to Arab families, rather than in the typical Pakistani manner.

How Malik purportedly became radicalized enough to post the alleged pledge of allegiance to ISIS and help kill more than a dozen people in a quiet California town is still a mystery.

Investigators are also still puzzling over Malik’s exact role ahead of the San Bernardino shooting — whether she may have radicalized Farook, whether it was the other way around, or whether this was an act of radicalism at all.

“I don’t know the answer, whether she influenced him or not. Being a husband myself, we’re all influenced to an extent. But I don’t know the answer,” FBI Special Agent David Bowdich told reporters Friday.

In addition to Malik’s suspected “training,” an online dating profiled set up by Farook years ago indicated he too had experience with firearms — among his hobbies, he listed shooting “target practice.”

The FBI announced Friday it was treating the investigation as one into an “act of terrorism,” but no official motive has been determined.

An official close to the Saudi Arabian government said that Saudi intelligence officials did not have Malik on any of their watch lists and she did not appear to have any link to extremists in the region. Neither Malik or Farook were on the FBI’s radar in the U.S., officials said.Friday lawyers for the Farook family cast doubt on the reports of the ISIS pledge and said that there hasn’t been any real evidence that the couple has any “extremist tendencies.”

“None of the family knew of him as being extreme, aggressive or having any extreme religious views,” one of the attorneys said.

The other noted that Malik was very soft-spoken and conservative — so much that Farook’s brothers never saw her face, due to the full burqa she always wore in public….

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