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Why U.S. forces must step in to save Iraqi Christians from extinction

When ISIS fighters burst into Father Afran Sony’s monastery in northern Iraq in June 2014 wielding machine guns and knives, he and his brothers rushed to protect their most precious possessions.

They weren’t gold, relics or even their own lives, but some of the oldest surviving manuscripts in the Christian world.

For nearly two months, the terrorists held the handful of monks prisoner and openly discussed whether or not to kill them because they refused to renounce their faith. But Father Afran was more focused on saving the ancient Christian texts than himself.

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At one point, he and a few brothers managed to escape to a nearby village under the cover of darkness, carrying away the most precious of the ancient scrolls under their cloaks. But ISIS caught them at a checkpoint and took them back to the monastery. That’s when they came up with a daring plan.

“We built a fake wall in a small windowless closet right under their noses and sealed the books in barrels inside,” he said. “Some of them date from the 4th century. In all, we saved 750 ancient books and scrolls.”

ISIS released the monks on July 20, 2014, and stayed another two years in the monastery without ever finding the manuscripts. But every other Christian relic they found, every cross and every grave, they smashed or defaced, including the tomb of Saints Behnam and Sarah, martyrs who lived more than 1,600 years ago.

Most Americans have had enough of our 15-year effort to bring peace, stability and, yes, some modicum of representative government to Iraq. President Trump repeatedly blasted President George W. Bush for going to war in 2003, calling it “the single worst decision ever made.”

And yet, the United States does have lasting interests in Iraq beyond eradicating weapons of mass destruction. Prime among them is one that until now we have neglected: ensuring the survival of Iraq’s Christian minority and, more generally, the Christians of the East.

Why should we care? America is fundamentally a Judeo-Christian nation. More than 70 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians, and if that statistic has any meaning, then we must take seriously the passage of St. Paul in I Corinthians 12:26, when he describes the body of Christ. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

There can be no doubt: The Body of Christ in northern Iraq is suffering. It has been suffering for the past 15 years in ways never before imaginable. And until recently, Americans and the US government have done little to help.

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A US-led coalition drove out ISIS — but not before the terror group defaced the monastery in Mosul with graffiti.AFP/Getty Images

These are our people. This is our duty.

Through 1,400 years of Muslim domination, these communities have remained faithful, their monasteries and ancient churches largely intact. Until ISIS. Today, 150,000 Christians at most remain in Iraq, a scant 10 percent of the community that once thrived before 2003. And every day brings them closer to extinction.

Merved is a 32-year old Christian woman from Bartella, east of Mosul, who was driven out of her home by the ISIS invasion in 2014. She lost four family members to ISIS barbarity and today lives with her four young children in a refugee camp sponsored by the Assyrian Aid Society. Asked if she was ready to return home, she shook her head violently. “I am afraid!”

While ISIS lost its occupying power after a brutal, year-long battle with Iraqi, Kurdish and US-led coalition forces in 2017, members of the terrorist group have gone underground and are forming new cells just outside of Mosul, many of them led by women. “In recent months, we have arrested 40 women just in our sector,” said the national police chief for East Mosul, Gen. Aref al-Zebari. “They told our interrogators that they were protected and aided by the Turkish government,” he added.

In October this year, I returned from a 10-day fact-finding mission to Mosul and the surrounding Christian villages of the Nineveh Plain, which was evangelized by St. Thomas in the 1st century AD. Many of the churches here still conduct Mass in Aramaic, the language of Jesus. But ISIS’s presence lingered throughout.

“Look at this grave,” local councilman Luis Markos Ayoub told me, as we walked through the cemetery of Saint Georges church in Karamlesh, a Christian village just east of Mosul.

“It is fresh — not because the person just died, but because the family came back here to rebury their loved one. ISIS had dug up the dead body and decapitated it, because it was Christian.”

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ISIS damaged and destroyed iconography.

Recently the Archbishop of Canterbury called the “daily threats of murder” Christians face today “the worst situation since the Mongol invasions of the 13th century.”

“Many have left,” wrote the Most Reverend Justin Welby in the UK’s Sunday Telegraph. “Hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes. Many have been killed, enslaved and persecuted or forcibly converted. Even those who remain ask the question, ‘Why stay?’ Christian communities that were the foundation of the universal Church now face the threat of imminent extinction.”

You don’t have to be a Christian to believe it’s in our national interest to ensure the survival of Iraqi Christians. Congress has determined that the three-year ISIS effort to eradicate the Christian and Yazidi populations under their control amounted to “genocide.”

Max Primorac, the top USAID official in Iraq, said genocide is a very specific crime that calls for a specific response. “We’ve made 27 grants in three months, probably the fastest ever,” Primorac said. “We didn’t just get the memo, we are reading it.”

The “memo” came from Vice President Mike Pence. Just over one year ago, Pence pledged that the Trump administration would change the way the US distributed aid, to ensure it directly reached Christian and Yazidi communities.

The first concrete step was to withdraw $55 million pledged to the United Nations, which has a track record of playing favorites with Muslims and wasting money on insider contractors. USAID is starting to spend that money directly on local projects administered by local organizations.

“The money is supporting reconstruction efforts, local schools and services such as trash collection,” Primorac said. “This is a White House priority.”

Other countries are also making an effort. With funds from a French aid organization, 28-year old architect Guillaume de Beaurepaire is working to rebuild the tomb of Benham and Sarah alongside Father Afran, who has since returned to his monastery.

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Christian Mass is once again being held at the monastery of Saints Behnam and Sarah in Iraq.Quentin Bruno

“ISIS needed three attempts to blow up the tomb,” de Beaurepaire told me. “Most of the mausoleum was on the ground when we first got here. But ISIS missed things. The main underground niche was intact, and we found many of the carved tablets in the rubble and re-cemented them into the walls.”

In addition to aid, these communities need top-level political and diplomatic support from Washington. And they are starting to get it.

Just as I was leaving Iraq, I got a note from Primorac that a three-month negotiation, led by US ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, had succeeded in convincing the Kurdish Regional Government to lift roadblocks that have isolated Christian towns on the Nineveh Plain and stifled economic development for years.

‘We need local government, local police, in Christian cantons.’

This is a great first step and shows on a practical level what aiding Iraqi Christians means: concrete actions, not speeches and empty promises.

The next steps are even more important: ensuring that Christians who return to Mosul and the Nineveh Plain have political and security guarantees so they can never again be victimized by Muslims or Kurds.

“We need to be able to govern ourselves,” said Yohanna Yosif Toma, legal advisor to the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, an Iraqi group that provides both aid and political support to embattled Christians.

“We don’t need another province that is majority Muslims. We need local government, local police, in Christian cantons.”

The US has supported the notion of self-government for Iraq’s Christian community for years but has never put the full weight of our government behind it.

Now is the time, before these endangered communities disappear forever.

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared in the New York Post. It is republished with permission.

New Jersey: Muslima kept woman as slave, forced her to marry her so she could get legal residency

Why not? Don’t be so racist, bigoted, homophobic and “Islamophobic.” They can just be grateful that they didn’t run into Allasheed Allah.

Slavery is acceptable in Islam. The Qur’an has Allah telling Muhammad that he has given him girls as sex slaves: “Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom God has given you as booty.” (Qur’an 33:50)

Muhammad bought slaves: “Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: There came a slave and pledged allegiance to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) on migration; he (the Holy Prophet) did not know that he was a slave. Then there came his master and demanded him back, whereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Sell him to me. And he bought him for two black slaves, and he did not afterwards take allegiance from anyone until he had asked him whether he was a slave (or a free man).” (Muslim 3901)

Muhammad took female Infidel captives as slaves: “Narrated Anas: The Prophet offered the Fajr Prayer near Khaibar when it was still dark and then said, ‘Allahu-Akbar! Khaibar is destroyed, for whenever we approach a (hostile) nation (to fight), then evil will be the morning for those who have been warned.’ Then the inhabitants of Khaibar came out running on the roads. The Prophet had their warriors killed, their offspring and woman taken as captives. Safiya was amongst the captives. She first came in the share of Dahya Alkali but later on she belonged to the Prophet. The Prophet made her manumission as her ‘Mahr.’” (Bukhari 5.59.512) Mahr is bride price: Muhammad freed her and married her. But he didn’t do this to all his slaves:

Muhammad owned slaves: “Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle was on a journey and he had a black slave called Anjasha, and he was driving the camels (very fast, and there were women riding on those camels). Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Waihaka (May Allah be merciful to you), O Anjasha! Drive slowly (the camels) with the glass vessels (women)!’” (Bukhari 8.73.182) There is no mention of Muhammad’s freeing Anjasha.

“Feds: NJ woman forced Sri Lankan woman to marry her, enslaved her for 9 years,” by Hannan Adely, North Jersey Record, December 12, 2018 (thanks to David):

A Secaucus woman has been accused of enslavement for allegedly forcing a Sri Lankan national to work for nine years without pay, federal prosecutors said.

Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity, 43, was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Camden and charged with forced labor, alien harboring and marriage fraud.

Attorneys said Hunaity, also known as Alia Al Qaterneh, brought the victim to the United States in 2009 on a temporary visa for domestic work, then caused her to overstay her visa.

Hunaity allegedly forced the victim to work without pay and limited her interactions with the outside world. In 2018, Hunaity forced the victim to marry her so she could get legal residency and continue to work without pay, according to court documents.

Hunaity, who was arrested on Sept.19, has pleaded not guilty and is free on $150,000 unsecured bond. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for forced labor and a possible fine of $250,000 or the equivalent of lost wages, whichever is greater. She faces up to five years for each charge of alien harboring and marriage fraud….

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Andrew Neel on Unsplash.

UK: Man on trial for ‘stirring up racial hatred’ for criticizing Muslim rape gangs

British authorities covered up Muslim rape gang activity for decades for fear of being called “racist,”and now they’re persecuting Billy Charlton for daring to call them out about what they did. Britain is being ruled by a traitor class.

“Billy Charlton trial: Lawyers begin making closing speeches to the jury,’” Sunderland Echo, December 17, 2018:

Lawyers in the trial of a campaigner accused of stirring up hatred during city protests have started making closing speeches to the jury.

William Charlton, known as Billy, is accused of targeting “immigrants, Asians, black people and police” during a series of public rallies in Sunderland and causing a rise in racial crime and disorder in the city.

Prosecutors claim he hid his “racist agenda” under a “cloak of respectability” that he wanted to protect women and children from attacks.

The 54-year-old, of no fixed address, denies six charges of stirring up racial hatred and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Charlton has told the court his references to “immigrants” during his city centre speeches referred to “criminal immigrants” and was not intended as a racial slur or insult to anyone.

He has denied outright being that he is a racist and told jurors: “I would never racially abuse anybody.”

Charlton has said communities are “living in fear” and there have been police “cover ups” about what has gone on in the city….

“Billy Charlton trial: Protester says comparing Grenfell Tower fire tragedy to events in Sunderland was a ‘bad analogy,’” Sunderland Echo, December 13, 2018:

A protester accused of stirring up racial hatred has admitted comparing the Grenfell fire tragedy to what was happening in his home city was a “bad analogy”.

William Charlton, known as Billy, is accused of targeting “immigrants, Asians, black people and police” during a series of public speeches in Sunderland and causing a rise in racial crime and disorder in the city….

“If the police nipped our problems in the bud in Sunderland, then they wouldn’t have had us on the streets….

Charlton told jurors his references to police during speeches were because he believed forces should share more information about reported crimes or incidents, so that the public can protect themselves.

He said: “They should be putting it out, not covering it up.”

Charlton said the marches in Sunderland started after a woman claimed she had been attacked by foreign men. He told the court: “The only thing I want is peaceful demonstration, the only thing I want is to get the word out there that people are attacking women in Sunderland, drugging their drinks.

“All I’m trying to do is get that message across.”

Charlton told jurors he had seen photographs of the woman after she claimed she was attacked. He told the court: “She was black and blue from neck to ankles, that doesn’t happen by going to bed consensually.

“This woman was black and blue, front to back and top to bottom. It was visibly upsetting.”

Charlton said he had instructed those wishing to participate in marches not to wear or carry any offensive flags or wear clothing that could be seen as right-wing or offensive as he did not want that to become a “sideshow” from the real aims of protecting the Sunderland community.

Charlton said his references to rapist immigrants during speeches referred to “unvetted” criminals, and “bad apples”, who went on to carry out attacks, not any race or religion as a whole.

He told jurors: “My choice of words might not be the best choice of words but I am speaking as a man off the street, I’m not a politician. That is the way I feel.

“People try and expand on the words I have used but those words are specifically about the people who commit offences.

“I don’t care what people say, I am not a racist.

“It is not meant in any other way.

“I’m meaning specifically people raping, drugging and abusing the people of Sunderland.”

Charlton told jurors he left the campaign that sparked the marches after organisations such as Britain First were rumoured to have got involved and that threats were made towards him as a result….

“Billy Charlton trial: Sunderland protester branded David Cameron ‘spineless’ in speech, court told,” Sunderland Echo, December 7, 2018:

Jurors in the trial of a protester accused of stirring up racial hatred have watched video footage of his city centre speeches.

Prosecutors claim William Charlton’s public protest talks spread hatred against “immigrants, Asians, black people and the police” and caused a rise in a city’s racial crime and disorder….

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 53-year-old, who is known to friends and supporters as “Billy”, spoke along with Tommy Robinson at one of the organised protest events, where a woman had to be “escorted away for her own safety” for carrying a placard that said “rape does not have a race”.

Charlton, of no fixed address, denies six offences of stirring up racial hatred and is being tried by a jury.

On the fourth day of the trial, jurors have viewed a speech made by Charlton, which Tommy Robinson attended and who can be seen on the video.

During the talk, last June, Charlton said: “This will never be Rotherham, it will never be Rochdale, this is Sunderland.”

The city centre crowd clapped and cheered and chanted their demands for “justice”.

Charlton branded David Cameron a “spineless ******” for his immigration policies.

He also told the crowd: “It’s about those people they’re allowing in. “We don’t put people in our communities that are going to attack our children.”

He added: “This is about us, about our city and our town, this is ours, ours.

“I am proud to be a mackem, proud to be from Sunderland.”

Charlton spoke about some people being punished, while others get “safe houses”.

He added: “Get them off our kids, get them off our streets, get them out of Sunderland.”…

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Ben White on Unsplash.

What we must know about 1400 years of the religion of peace

“What we must know about 1400 years of the religion of peace,” by Bill Muehlenberg, Spectator Australia, December 16, 2018:

The Communists relished having hordes of “useful idiots” in the West to readily carry out their agenda and became their avid apologists. Today we have a similar situation when it comes to the political ideology known as Islam. Both have resulted in millions of murdered and terrorised victims, yet both have their plenteous supporters and ideological foot-soldiers.

Thankfully many have been awake to the reality of these killing machines. There were always some courageous souls who were willing to document and denounce the evils of totalitarian communism. Obviously, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his three-volume, The Gulag Archipelago (1973-1978) come to mind. So too the after-the-fact expose, The Black Book of Communism by Stéphane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Andrzej Paczkowski and others, (first published in French in 1997).

It is the same when it comes to Islam. Its 1400-year history speaks for itself, but many have sought to chronicle its bloodletting and terror. One thinks of contemporary voices such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ibn Warraq, Oriana Fallaci, Walid Phares, Geert Wilders, Bat Ye’or, Brigitte Gabriel, Nonie Darwish and Pam Gellar – champions all.

But credit must also go to one American authority on Islam, creeping sharia, and the threat the West is under. I refer to Robert Spencer. I have most of his eighteen books, and can attest to his massive storehouse of knowledge, insight and concern he offers in his trenchant and illuminating works. And his latest volume is no exception.

In The History of Jihad, he offers us a panoramic view of 14 centuries of Islamic bloodshed and killing. And he wastes no time in going for the jugular. As he says in the introduction:

There is no period since the beginning of Islam that was characterized by large-scale peaceful coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims. There was no time when mainstream and dominant Islamic authorities taught the equality of non-Muslims with Muslims, or the obsolescence of jihad warfare. There was no Era of Good Feeling, no Golden Age of Tolerance, no Paradise of Proto-Multiculturalism. There has always been, with virtually no interruption, jihad.

Strong claims. But Spencer spends 400 pages documenting this in great detail. And all this is due to the life and teachings of Muhammad as recorded in the Qur’an, the hadiths, and the Sira. Indeed, both of the major schools of Islam, Sunni and Shi’ite, fully affirm the need to kill the infidel if they refuse to convert or be subjugated.

Islamic terror goes back to day one of Islam. As Muhammad said on his deathbed: “I have been made victorious with terror.” Spencer remarks, “It was a fitting summation of his entire public career.” Thus the first chapter of this vital book looks carefully at the role jihad played in the life of Islam’s founder. It is not a pretty read.

And since Muhammad is regarded as the perfect example for all Muslims to follow, his bloodthirsty ways were carefully emulated by his devout adherents ever since. Spreading the faith by the edge of the sword was forever to be standard Muslim practice.

Thus by the end of the seventh century, just decades after Muhammad’s death, authoritarian Muslim control extended from North Africa to Central Asia. And the spread of Islam continued apace over the next few centuries. The conquest of Spain and India followed, and the body count continued to mount up.

So too did slavery, destruction, bloodshed and dhimmitude. The gory details of ruthless Islamic oppression in these and other regions are carefully related by Spencer, usually relying on accounts written during the time. And the many stories of the enslavement and persecution and pogroms against Christians and Jews makes up a big part of all this.

While the phrase ‘streets running with rivers of blood’ may involve some poetic license, more than once we read of this being the outcome of Islamic slaughter and carnage. For example, Spencer cites historian Steven Runciman regarding the fall of Constantinople in May of 1453:

The Muslims “slew everyone that they met in the streets, men, women, and children without discrimination. The blood ran in rivers down the steep streets from the heights of Petra toward the Golden Horn. But soon the lust for slaughter was assuaged. The soldiers realized that captives and precious objects would bring them greater profit.”

Or consider one contemporary Muslim account of the jihad against Hindus in India in the fourteenth century. Some 100,000 men had taken refuge on an island along with their families. The Muslims transformed “the island into a basin of blood by the massacre of the unbelievers…. Women with babies and pregnant ladies were haltered, manacled, fettered and enchained, and pressed as slaves into service at the house of every soldier.”

The Islamic warlord Tamerlane, who actually penned an autobiography, spoke of his dilemma as to what to do with a large horde of Hindu prisoners. He went with an easy option, saying this: “One hundred thousand infidels, impious idolaters, were on that day slain.”

Moving to more recent times, consider the treatment of the Christian Armenians. Late in 1894 a massacre lasting 24 days wiped out 25 villages. People were burned alive, and pregnant women were ripped open and their babies torn to pieces.

But much worse was to come. The Armenian genocide, beginning in 1915, resulted in the death of around one and a half million Armenians, 700,000 Greeks, and 275,000 Assyrians. Says Spencer: “Christian communities that had existed since the beginning of Christianity were wiped out. Constantinople, fifty per cent Christian even in 1914, is today 99.99 per cent Muslim… Adolf Hitler was impressed with the brutal efficiency of how the Turks answered their ‘Armenian question’.”

He also looks at the Islamic war against Israel. He recounts how the Soviet KGB invented the fiction of the Palestinian people (there long had been a region known by the name of Palestine, but never a people or an ethnicity). The Soviets also helped to form the PLO and carefully mentored Arafat to do their bidding.

Spencer quotes a PLO leader who said in 1977, “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state was only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity.” He also discusses the formation of Hamas in 1988 and its determination to wipe Israel off the map.

He brings things right up to date, looking at Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and September 11. And he reminds us how harmful policies of appeasement and Islamophilia have been in the West. For example, the Catholic church which was once on “the forefront of resistance to the jihad for centuries” has begun to cave, especially under the current Pope, who has become an avid defender of Islam and the Qur’an….

We all owe Robert Spencer a debt of gratitude for bringing together in one volume this stomach-turning but necessary story of what Islam is really all about. Hopefully, this book will do for the threat of Islam what The Gulag Archipelago did for communism.

Bill Muehlenberg is a Melbourne cultural commentator

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by أخٌ في الله … on Unsplash. Get The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS here. What better gift can you give than the truth that the political and media elites are working indefatigably to obscure?

UK government’s adoption of UN migration pact “all but violates” its pledge to cut immigration

“A leading immigration think tank has said that the United Kingdom’s adoption of the UN’s migration pact “all but violates” the government’s pledge to cut immigration.”

Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, stated:

No government serious about reducing migration should be committing to it. As for our government, by signing up to the Compact, they are all but violating a manifesto promise to reduce immigration substantially.

Mehmet is correct. A major survey found that the UK public voted for Brexit because of the EU’s reckless immigration policy, so given May’s surrender, the Brexit vote has been rendered null and void. Back in February, May betrayed Brits and surrendered to the European Union’s open-door immigration demands for years after Brexit.

The UK is in such a deplorable state now that it refused to offer asylum to one of the most needy refugees in the world, Asia Bibi, a Christian victim of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Why? because the May government feared “unrest” from Muslims, who have rioted by the thousands in Pakistan, baying for Asia Bibi and her family’s blood.

“UK Commitment to UN Migration Pact ‘All But Violates’ Govt Immigration Pledge: Think Tank,” by Victoria Friedman, Breitbart, December 12, 2018:

A leading immigration think tank has said that the United Kingdom’s adoption of the UN’s migration pact “all but violates” the government’s pledge to cut immigration.

On Monday, the UK and 163 other nations committed themselves to the United Nations’ Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — the first attempt at the “global governance” and institutionalisation of migration.

The UK’s delegate at the UN conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the Foreign Office’s minister of state Alistair Burt heralded the compact, claiming it “tackles” illegal immigration.

Migration Watch UK fired back at the assertion, saying, “This is the wrong move. The word ‘control’ does not appear in the final text of the Compact.”

“The Government committed, 3 times in election manifestos, to reduce immigration by a lot (a goal supported by 73% of the public according to one poll).

“How is signing a Compact which binds the UK into ‘enhanc[ing] the availability… of [migration] pathways’ compatible with that?”

Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, told Breitbart London, “This Compact is misguided and one that the UK should not have signed.

“No government serious about reducing migration should be committing to it. As for our government, by signing up to the Compact, they are all but violating a manifesto promise to reduce immigration substantially.”…..

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by James Giddins on Unsplash.

Pro-Sharia, hijabbed Muslim Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar mocks Mike Pence’s Christian faith

Just imagine the establishment media uproar that would ensue if Pence had mocked Omar’s faith. But in this case, Leftist “journalists” will just join in with Omar and mock Pence themselves.
“Incoming Muslim Congresswomen Mock Pence’s Christian Faith,” by Patrick Goodenough, CNS News, December 13, 2018:

One of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress took a snide dig on Twitter at Vice President Pence for sitting with eyes closed during a heated Oval Office meeting, posting a photo with the caption, “Jesus take the wheel!” – and the other incoming Muslim congresswoman applauded the insult.

Ihlan Omar’s (D-Minn.) tweet ended with the hashtag #BorderWall, a reference to the contentious issue discussed during President Trump’s meeting Tuesday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

The second Muslim woman elected to the House, Palestinian-American Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib, “liked” Omar’s Pence tweet….

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by David Beale on Unsplash.

Nearly Half of U.S. States Don’t Protect Girls from Female Genital Mutilation

Perpetrators in 23 States Across America Have a Free Pass to Inflict This Unnecessary and Barbaric Procedure on Girls as Young as 7 Years Old.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Now that a district judge has declared a federal ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) unconstitutional,  perpetrators in 23 states across America have a free pass to inflict this barbaric procedure on girls as young as 7 years old.

That must stop, says internationally renowned attorney and activist specializing in human rights and child welfare advocacy Elizabeth Yore, who heads the national EndFGMToday campaign. Yore has written a new opinion piece for The Daily Caller, where she makes an urgent call to these 23 states to enact their own tough FGM laws.

“Before District Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling, FGM had been a federal crime in the United States since 1996,” Yore noted. “Additionally, 27 states have also committed to protecting girls by enacting their own laws against the terrible procedure that leaves physical and emotional scars for a lifetime. Yet tragically, girls in 23 states across the country remain at risk because FGM is a growing criminal activity in the United States, and the 23 states that have yet to enact their own anti-FGM laws need to do so quickly—hopefully in 2019.

“Otherwise,” Yore added, “these remaining states are now safe harbors for mutilators. This judicial ruling will embolden others to engage in this horrific form of abuse of women and girls in America.”

Every state should stand with more than 513,000 women and girls across America who the Centers for Disease Control estimates are at risk for FGM by making it a crime and a reportable child abuse offense.

“FGM perpetrators operate in the shadows inflicting children of unimaginable abuse, maiming them for life and robbing them of future sexual pleasure,” Yore wrote. “Like human trafficking, FGM conducts its barbaric activity in secret among covert underground networks, enforcing silence among its victims.”

Yore also noted that female genital mutilation is recognized by both the World Health Organization and the United Nations as a human rights violation perpetrated upon little girls and women. Over 200 million women worldwide have been subjected to this cruel and barbaric practice.

View the at EndFGMToday.com state-by-state map of those who do have anti-FGM laws and learn more about FGM at www.EndFGMToday.com or on social media at #EndFGMToday.

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images is republished with permission.

France: Strasbourg Christmas market mass murderer is a Muslim named Cherif Chekatt

Watch in the coming days for the handwringing establishment media stories about how the local mosque in Strasbourg fears a “backlash,” and that Muslims are the real victims of jihad terror attacks.

Cherif Chekatt

“The assassin of Strasbourg is Cherif Chekatt, 29 years old and registered by the Police,” translated from “El asesino de Estrasburgo es Cherif Chekatt, de 29 años y registrado por la Policía,” okdiario, December 11, 2018:

The attacker is a 29-year-old man who was booked by the police for common crimes. Apparently, the gendarmes went to his house last Tuesday morning to arrest him, but he was not there. His name is Cherif Chekatt. Born on February 4, 1989, the son of Abdelkrim and Rouag Raoudja.

The gendarmes searched his house in the morning, having found four grenades there.

According to police sources, there has been a new shooting in the area where law enforcement officials are looking for the perpetrator of the shooting in the Christmas market in Strasbourg, which has caused two deaths and eleven wounded.

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Al-Arabiya slams Linda Sarsour as “Islamist activist” and Muslim Brotherhood ally

“The Democrats battle against Republican control of the US Congress led to an alliance with political Islamic movements in order to restore their control on [sic] government.”

The Saudis can say that (al-Arabiya is a Saudi enterprise), but if you’re an American who says that, you’ll be smeared as a racist, bigoted “Islamophobe.”

Linda Sarsour

“Al-Arabiya slams Linda Sarsour as Muslim Brotherhood ally,” Jerusalem Post, December 9, 2018:

Linda Sarsour is an extremist who has “roots in [the] Muslim Brotherhood,” according to an English-language feature on Al-Arabiya, the Saudi Arabia based news channel. The article published in idiomatic English on Sunday accused the Brotherhood of “shaping the thoughts of American activist Linda Sarsour, [which resulted in] her declaring her ‘Jihad’ against US President Donald Trump.”…

Written by Huda al-Saleh, the article sought to expose what it called “details of calls to attack Trump by US ‘Muslim Sisters’ allied to the Brotherhood.” The article began by noting that two Muslim women, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, were recently elected to the US Congress.

However, “those sponsoring and supporting the two Muslim women to reach the US Congress adopted a tactic to infiltrate through their immigrant and Black minority communities in general,” insinuating that Muslim Brotherhood activists sought to drum up support for the Democratic candidates.

“The Democrats battle against Republican control of the US Congress led to an alliance with political Islamic movements in order to restore their control on [sic] government.” The piece asserted that the Brotherhood and “all movements of political Islam” are also tied to fighting against sanctions on Iran….

Under the headline “Sarsour activities with Muslim Brotherhood,” the feature detailed a series of events attended by the activist. It claimed she went to the International Network of Muslim Brotherhood in North America in 2016 which was “organized by the Islamic Circle of North America.” In 2018, groups in Canada raised concerns about Sarsour’s participation at another ICNA event, according to The Canadian Jewish News.

But Al-Arabiya pointed out that Sarsour appeared next to Samah Safi Bayazid, who had posted a photo with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on her Twitter account. In this roundabout explanation, the article sought to link Sarsour to Siraj Wahhaj, a “pioneering Islamic preacher in New York.” Unsurprisingly, the article then claimed that Wahhaj – “whom Linda Sarsour has admired and who in turn influenced her” – has been in the spotlight for being arrested in New Mexico.

Sarsour was also accused of using the term “jihad” during a speech about Trump. “These are terms used by the Muslim Brotherhood teachings and in the views of Sayyid Qutb,” the article claimed, going on to then link the same terms “used and preached also by [the] al-Qaeda terrorist organization.”

The article labeled Sarsour an “Islamist activist” for this speech, and asserted that her support of human rights is coded within use of terms that are also used by extremists. “What Linda Sarsour has said is not far from those [words] of Zainab al-Ghazali, one of the most prominent women of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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School drops Jesus’ name from Christmas song to avoid offending Muslims, 10-year-old girl gets it restored

“A 10-year-old girl launched a petition and managed to get Jesus’s name put into a school’s Christmas song after it was left out so as not offend the sensibilities of non-Catholic students.”

Come on. That wasn’t why it was left out. If the non-Catholic students were other Christians, they wouldn’t object to the mention of Jesus. Jews have been in Italy for centuries as it expressed its Christian culture, and schools never abdicated their Christian identity to appease them; nor did they demand such accommodation. This was done to avoid offending Muslims, and Muslims only. Kudos to this 10-year-old girl for taking the initiative and putting a stop to it.

“Girl, 10, gets Jesus into school Xmas song,” ANSA, November 30, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

(ANSA) – Venezia, November 30 – A 10-year-old girl launched a petition and managed to get Jesus’s name put into a school’s Christmas song after it was left out so as not offend the sensibilities of non-Catholic students….

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