Tuesday, February 24, 2015

America Trashed by Professor in UC Irvine Event

Gary Fouse

On Monday evening the Muslim Student Union of UC Irvine culminated its Islam Awareness Week with a  speaking appearance by UCI Professor of Film and Media Sohail Daulatzai. His topic was the life of Malcolm X, who is Daulatzai's ultimate hero. It was an hour and a half of a sickening trashing of America by a man who came to this country as a boy from Pakistan. This was the second time I have listened to this man tear apart this country. It is not pleasant listening, but  like the previous time in May 2013, I felt it was important to attend, videotape it, and report it. Of course, as always, the MSU tried to prevent me from filming. However, I politely asserted my rights and filmed it anyway.

Prior to the event, I contacted the campus police and advised them I was attending the event. Over the past year, I had been assured by the UCIPD that I had every right to videotape, that they had been in error last year when they prevented me from videotaping a speech per the request of the MSU, and that all student organizations had been advised of the videotaping policy at UCI.

Nevertheless, as Daulatzai was being introduced to the sparse crowd of about 35 MSU students, the young lady moderator announced that recording was not allowed and anyone attempting to record would be asked to leave. I promptly raised my hand and politely informed her that this was a public event and that the right to film was absolute and had been affirmed to me by the campus police with whom I had just(again) consulted. The event began and I commenced to record. If the video shows the back of a head of a student in front of me that's because the young man sat in front of me in an attempt to obstruct my view. He only partially succeeded. However, it is the audio-the words- that matter.

About 30-40 minutes later, a young MSU student approached me and politely asked me to cease recording. I once again explained my right to film and showed him a brochure with the UCI policy that allowed the public to videotape as long as it was in compliance with UCI policy 900.30, of which I also had a copy. The young man said that section 900.30 had a portion which allowed the sponsoring organization to ban videotaping. (If that is in there, I sure can't find it.) At any rate, I politely suggested that he consult with the UCIPD and that if a campus police officer instructed me not to film, I would cease. He agreed and left. No campus police officer ever came into the room. I continued to film assuming that the UCIPD had explained the policy to him. As stated, I have been advised by UCIPD that all student organizations have been advised of the UCI videotaping policy. Either the MSU didn't get the memo or they tried to get around it. On Tuesday, I contacted the UCIPD and related the events. They responded that they would reach out to the MSU.

It is hard to summarize what Daalatzai said over the course of 90 minutes (including q and a) because he rambles on all over the place. He also has a very noticeable verbal tic, in which he ends his sentences with "right?" In 90 minutes, he must have done it over 500 times. He is also a boring speaker in spite of the nasty things he says about this country.

At any rate, Daulatzai took his audience through the life of Malcolm X interspersed with three video clips of Malcolm's public utterances. Here are some notable things Daulatzai had to say: (I will be paraphrasing, but the video is there.)

He said that Martin Luther King was about to leave the civil rights movement when he was assassinated because he had given up on America. He had reportedly stated at some point that he was afraid they were "integrating into Hell". Daulatzai also seemed to imply a connection between King's coming out against the Viet Nam war and his assassination.

Daulatzai spoke of an understanding between civil rights leaders and the government during the Cold War in that they (civil rights leaders) would support the Cold War in exchange for civil rights reforms for American blacks.

He also claimed that Patrice Lamumba, the Congolese leader who was ousted from power and executed in 1961, was murdered and cut into pieces by the CIA. Did you know that?

"Yeh, I did."

Well, perhaps, but even Wikipedia has a more sober account.

Of course, there were the requisite references to Ferguson, Chapel Hill, Eric Garner et al. As to Chapel Hill, Daulatzai proclaimed the murders of three Muslim students as a hate crime. Did you know that?

"Yeh, I did."

He must have an inside source with the police investigating the case.

In reply to a question on how different (ethnic) parts of the Muslim community could come together, Daulatzai again rambled all over the place. He started talking about Iraq!! He talked about how our military killed ("by conservative estimates") 500,000 Iraqis. He quoted other estimates that said 1.2 to 1.3 million Iraqis were killed by our military. Of course he did not qualify that by saying anything about the number of Iraqi troops or later insurgents who were killed in battle, nor did he say anything about Iraqis killed by post-invasion insurgents. The impression left is that the US military killed 500,000-1.3 million Iraqis- period.


I wasn't going to ask any questions during the q and a, but toward the end, he invited comments, so I raised my hand twice. Of course, I was ignored. Here is what I would have said:

"I am old enough to remember Malcolm X and recall when he was assassinated. Malcolm was killed by the Nation of Islam on the orders of Elijah Mohammad because he (Malcolm) had left the NoI, had publicly criticized it and was exposing the corruption and sexual abuses of Elijah Mohammad. (Daulatzai had praised the NoI in his remarks but papered over the fact that they had killed Malcolm.) Furthermore, history has shown that those like King who followed the path of non-violence have been proven correct while those who preached violence have been proven to be wrong. Malcolm X, for his part, did nothing to advance integration in this country. Finally, to the young people in the audience- in spite of all our dark chapters and mistakes in our history, America is still the greatest and freest country in the world, and it does deserve your love and loyalty in spite of what the speaker has told you tonight."

I doubt that would have made much of an impact. As we prepared to leave, the young man who had been sitting in front of me told me I needed to get a life.

This man Daulatzai was probably not even born when Malcolm X died. He didn't live through the civil rights era in America. Yet he implied that the civil rights movement accomplished next to nothing and that the conditions for black Americans have not improved since those days. Not having lived in America through that era what frame of reference does he have other than what he has read in books or been told by others?

It is sad and alarming that our universities have professors like this (of film and media, no,less) who
are putting these ideas into the minds of our young people-especially young Muslim students. Daulatzai, for better or worse, has his right of free speech, and he is entitled to his opinion about America. That right also includes the rights of the public to attend public events and record what is spoken at those events. As a teacher, I do not videotape students or what they say. I only begin my recording when the event's speaker begins. The public has a right to know what is being said in public speaking events on public university campuses.

So here it is. It is long. It is boring. The visual quality is less than optimal.There are a couple of brief snippets missing (at the beginning and end) because the memory card was being changed.  But I hope the reader will take the time to listen to it because it is that important to be aware of what our students are being taught in American universities.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Redacted Prayers at the White House

Gary Fouse

Hat tip Gates of Vienna, Ritamalik, Andrew Bostom and Vlad Tepes

On the morning of the White House Summit on "Countering Violent Extremism" an invocation was read in Arabic by Sheikh Sa'ad Musse Roble. It was translated into English by another gentleman named Abdisalam Adam, a Minneapolis imam. However, the English translation left out a key part of the reading from Sura 5 verse 32 of the Koran.

Gates of Vienna has the report. Watch the video and see how the translator cuts out least half of the actual content.


And you wonder why Obama wants to get the government's hands on the Internet? Who else would keep them honest?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The "Root Causes" of Islamic Terrorism?

Gary Fouse

This first appeared in Eagle Rising.

Deputy State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf has had a rough week. First she talked about jobs as a way to fight the ISIS ideology. Then, when she became the laughing stock of the nation (at least among those who pay attention), she doubled down and dug herself deeper by expounding on the "root causes of violent extremism" (poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of freedom etc).

Of course, Harf is merely a mouthpiece for her president and her boss, John Kerry. These are the silly platitudes that they are mouthing while steadfastly refusing to mention the term, "Islamic terror". They prefer "violent extremism. Thus, they hold a silly 3-day conference at the White House, moderated by Joe Biden and invite America's top Islamists to participate.

But back to Harf. If I may inform her as to the most direct root cause of-not violent extremism- but Islamic terrorism:

Ms. Harf, I invite you to read the Koran. I invite you to read the hadith, which are the recorded sayings of the Prophet Mohammad. I invite you to read the biography of Mohammad.

As to the Koran, one has to know how to read and interpret it. That is because the Koran is not recorded chronologically, rather from the longest suras (chapters) to the shortest. (Sura one is an exception. It is only seven verses long and is recited multiple times a day by Muslims during prayers.)

It is important to know which suras were from Mohammad's earlier Mecca period, in which he was merely preaching the new religion, and which were from his Medina period, in which he was leading armies of conquest, taking captives, executing prisoners, taking booty, and taking their women and children as slaves. It is in the Medina suras that the language becomes hateful and violent.

Muslim leaders in the West love to quote the earlier verses, which appear peaceful and tolerant. What they don't tell us is that over the centuries Muslim scholars have agreed that in case of contradiction, the latter verse in time will abrogate that written earlier. The final major sura in time (Sura 9) is arguably the most violent and thus would abrogate anything written earlier that is in disagreement.

Back to Sura one. It ends with a plea to Allah to guide one along the straight path, not the path of those who have incurred His wrath nor that of those who have gone astray. According to the Hadith, Mohammad was asked by one of his followers who that referred to. Mohammad answered that the former were Jews and the latter were Christians.

Of course, there are thousands of hadith and Islamic scholars, who to this day study them in a complex effort to determine which are factual and which are not ("Strong hadith vs weak hadith"). Much of it is concerned with the line of testimony from one person back to another all the way back to the mouth of the Prophet. The two most trustworthy sources of the hadith are considered Bukhari and Muslim, named after earlier scholars who compiled and studied them.

This brings us back to ISIS, its followers, the lone wolves in the West who carry out their wishes, not to mention Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hizbollah, Boko Haram and all the others. To say that they are non-Islamic is absurd. They are carrying out their deeds in the name of Islam and they have solid textual basis for their actions. The killing of Christians and Jews is commanded in the Koran if they will not convert or submit to dhimmi status and pay the jizya tax. . Behead people? That's how Mohammad and his armies killed their captives. Take women and girls into sexual slavery? That is precisely what Mohammad and his armies did with the wives and children of the opposing soldiers they killed. Look for the phrase in the Koran that refers to "those which your right hand possesses". That refers to captives and slaves. Child brides? That goes back to the example of Mohammad, who took Aisha as his bride at the age of 6 and consummated the marriage when she was 9 and he was in his 50s. Of course, this was common practice in the 7th century and Mohammad was hardly unique in that regard. However, when you see it in practice today in some quarters of the Islamic world, it can be justified because it was done by Mohammad-the most perfect man, whom all Muslims should seek to emulate. Thus, should the world be so shocked when ISIS and Boko Harem take young girls captive and marry them off to their own fighters?

It is true that the Christian and Jewish texts have violent verses, yet they were left in the dust centuries ago and are not practiced today. It is also true that most Muslims in the world today do not engage in these practices or terrorism because they prefer to merely get on in their lives, raise their families, and live in peace with the rest of the 21st century global community. Yet, they are in a very weak position should they try to engage in a debate with the jihadists because they cannot win such a debate based on Islamic texts and the life of the Prophet. The fear factor is, of course, another deterrent. They risk being called apostates and killed. Apostasy is a capital offense under sharia law. What does that tell you?

I fully understand that no American president or secretary of state can publicly say what I have written above. That would set the entire Muslim world against us even though they know amongst themselves that it is all very true. Even George W Bush understood that. It is much better to enlist Islamic countries to help fight the war on terror-even take the lead on the ground since it is they who are most immediately threatened. Today, Egypt and Jordan understand that. At the same time, however, it serves no useful purpose to mislead the public as to the threat we face and to pretend that it can be defeated with a jobs program, or more education, or by installing democracy. The jihadists of today cut across all spectrum. Many are educated including the leader of ISIS, who holds a PhD in Islamic studies. Many are wealthy including none other than Usama bin Laden. There are thousands of ISIS fighters in Iraq, Syria and now Libya, who arrived from the West. At the same time, there are hundreds of millions of people in the world who are poor, uneducated and living under dictatorships. They don't resort to terrorism.

To fight and defeat this enemy requires honesty and strength something the West today sorely lacks. It has become a tired phrase, but it is nonetheless true. We can't defeat an enemy if we cannot identify it. And yes: The Islamic State is definitely Islamic.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Salaam Al Marayati at WH Summit

Gary Fouse

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Salam al Marayati

Yesterday, it was reported that the terrorist-breeding Islamic Cultural Society of Boston was an invitee to the big White House summit on "Countering Violent Extremism", which is being hosted by Joe Biden.

"That's a big f-----' deal."

Today we learn that Salam al Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, is also participating.


In addition to what is written above, I can add that Marayati is one of the nation's leading dissemblers and propagandists. MPAC is nothing more than an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Marayati has consistently condemned every attempt by the FBI and local police to fight homegrown terror and identify terrorists in our midst.

In addition, Marayati is one of some 200 leading Muslim figures in the US who are recipients of the Freedom Pledge letter from Former Muslims United in 2009 and 2012, which asked them to sign a simple letter to the effect that Americans who have left Islam should not be harmed. To date, only two have signed and Marayati is not one of them. I personally asked him about this in December 201,2 and he told me he would not sign because there is no death penalty in Islam for apostasy-a blatant lie.

As things are shaping up, no doubt this conference will conclude with a joint statement that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, that terror in general has nothing to do with Islam, that there are many other non-Muslim terror groups out there that are a greater threat to our national security, and that Israel must stop building new settlements, stop their intransigence and end "the occupation and Palestinian suffering."

Have I left anything out?

Dear Reader. Not only has the camel gotten his nose under the tent, he is the tent.

"That's a big f-----' deal."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Violence in Middle East and Islamic PR in US

Gary Fouse

This first appeared in Eagle Rising.

Saturday morning, we awoke to the news of another Islamic terror attack in Europe, this time in Copenhagen. The target? Swedish Mohammed cartoonist Lars Vilks and fellow panelists at a free speech event. Thus, Charlie Hebdo comes to Denmark. Where will be the next attack? By the time we find out, hundreds more people will have died in senseless and horrific attacks all over the Middle East.

And as we await the next Boston Marathon-style attack in the US, the Islamist lobby here is in full PR swing. Not only do they react with each foreign attack with hastily-arranged events in which speakers condemn the latest attack, but insist that it has nothing-absolutely nothing- to do with Islam. They know that their audiences will be filled with many gullible non-Muslims who are only too eager to gobble up the words of peace but too intellectually lazy to read the Koran in depth or study the life of the Prophet Mohammad in order to make sense of it all. If they would just do some background research on the speakers they are listening to instead of blindly believing that they are "bridge-builders". The only bridge these much-ballyhooed speakers want to build is a bridge to an Islamic caliphate under sharia law.

But there is more. February is Black History Month. The cynical opportunists have latched onto this to link it with their favorite charge of Islamophobia. They are trotting out Ferguson, Treyvon Martin and other police shootings and linking them to the charge  that America is racist against blacks and racist against Muslims-even though Islam is hardly a race. Add to that the recent tragic murders of three Muslim students near the University of North Carolina campus by a deranged jerk who was in a rage over a parking space. As I write this, there is nothing to show that this was an act of someone who simply hated Muslims. The guy apparently hates everybody.  No mind. There is an agenda here and a narrative that must be presented to the public and the world that America is Islamophobic and Muslims in America are not safe.

Instead of celebrating people like Martin Luther King, the radicals in academia are trotting out Malcolm X, a man who did nothing to help bring about integration in America. Left unsaid will be the fact that Malcolm was murdered by Nation of Islam members on the orders of Elijah Mohammed because Malcolm had left the Nation of Islam and was exposing the corruption and sexual abuses of the "Honorable" Elijah Mohammed. Audiences will also hear implications that Malcolm was instead a victim of some murky white conspiracy.

Universities are lining up speakers and panels all over the country to explain to their students all the things that are evil in the world, America, capitalism, Israel-you name it. They will use power point presentations to explain how there is a link between how Israel treats Palestinians to the shootings of Michael Brown, Treyvon Martin, and the choking death of Eric Garner by the NYPD.

This, Dear Reader is what higher education in America has degenerated into.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Killing Jews Is Hardly Way to Show "Outrage" Over Cartoons

Gary FRouse

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-The Federalist Papers

First Cartoonists then Jews. The pattern in Copenhagen was similar to that in Paris. After opening fire at a free speech event in Copenhagen featuring Swedish Mohammad cartoonist Lars Vilks, the gunman struck after midnight at a synagogue killing a Jewish man guarding the entrance before later being killed himself by police.


So is this the "outrage" we see over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad-shown by killing Jews? Is this the pattern we can now expect- the new one-two punch?

Either form of retaliation is sick. You don't kill people because you are offended by cartoons. Nor do you lash at and kill Jews over cartoons they had nothing to do with either.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

British Muslims Warn Britain on Offending Prophet

Gary Fouse

Hat tip Breitbart and Gates of Vienna

About 10,000 Muslims gathered on Downing Street in London today to warn Britons about the dangers of publishing offensive cartoons. The above speech by someone identified as Abu Tahir makes it clear that freedom of speech that leads to the insulting of the Islamic prophet leads to freedom of action by Muslims (read: violence), and that the British Parliament must pass a law that would criminalize the criticism of the Prophet Muhammad.


Here is more from Breitbart.


We are in a vicious circle. Horrific acts of terror perpetrated by Muslim jihadists around the world lead to public outcries. Serious scholars search for answers in the Koran and the life and sayings of Muhammad. Many of their findings are troubling. Satirists use humor to make their point. Muslims are offended and protest-often violently. Acts of violent retribution are carried out-sometimes in horrific fashion.

Solution? The Islamists say that criticism of Islam and the Prophet must be silenced-by criminal law, no less. Than there will be peace. Non-Muslims in the West say that we cannot and will not give up our freedom of speech and expression, and if certain immigrants don't like it, they can leave and go back where they came from.

You see the vicious circle?

I vote that we never surrender our freedoms. Those who don't want to live in a country with freedom of expression can go elsewhere, where the laws they wish are enforced. There are forces at work today that simply do not go together and never will.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Muslim Persecution of Christians, December 2014

Christmas celebrations were, as usual, tense and sometimes bloody:

Somalia: Islamic terrorists boasted of successfully slaughtering Christians while "they were celebrating Christmas." Eight Islamic gunmen infiltrated the main African Union base in Mogadishu and killed three peacekeepers and a civilian contractor. Later, the Islamic group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack; it announced it had killed 14 peacekeepers whom it described as "Christian enemies": "We targeted the enemies at a time they were celebrating Christmas," said Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for Al Shabaab. Western diplomats who were celebrating Christmas in Mogadishu were evacuated to safety bunkers until the raid was over. Witnesses reported hearing bomb blasts and volleys of gunfire throughout the day.

Iraq: In mid-December, as people in the West were doing their last minute Christmas shopping, churches under IS authority were turned into torture chambers for Christians. According to a witness, "churches are being used as prisons and for torture. Three of the Christian prisoners died because they were sick and nobody cared for them." The witness, known as Abu Aasi, said that Christian prisoners in the churches are being forced to convert and that IS members have been "breaking all the crosses and statues of Mary." Other reports told of how Christian prisoners — blindfolded and handcuffed — were held at the ancient Chaldean Church of the Immaculate Conception in eastern Mosul, and that St George's monastery was now a female prison.

Pakistan: Christian minorities celebrated Christmas "with religious fervor by offering prayers in different churches under tight security," said one report : "heavy contingents of police were deployed in and around the churches at cantonment and city areas where movement of other people was restricted and the citizens were allowed only after thorough body search."
In Peshawar alone, approximately "2,000 policemen were deployed in addition to personnel in plain clothes ... while the entry points leading to the churches had been closed by placing cemented blocks and barbed wire." Peshawar, of course, is where Islamic suicide bombers attacked the All Saints Church in September 2013, leaving nearly 90 worshippers dead — including many Sunday school children, women, and choir members — and approximately 120 injured.
Also in Pakistan, Elisabeth Bibi, a 28-year-old pregnant Christian mother of four, was "beaten, scorned and humiliated, deprived of her dignity [and] forced to walk naked through the town" by two Muslim brothers, the pregnant woman's employers, following an argument. In the ordeal, she lost her baby. Another report states that she was beaten with "pipes" and then robbed by the two Muslim men. Rights activists say the attack "was motivated because of Bibi's [Christian] religious beliefs." Bibi herself said that the Muslim family often tried to persuade her to convert to Islam. Police, as often happens when Muslims attack Christians, failed to arrest the two brothers, and Christian activists received threats to drop the charges.

Egypt: With the approach of the Christmas season, Islamic clerics and websites warned Muslims to refrain from any form of participation in Christian celebrations and condemned Muslims who offer their best wishes to their Christian neighbors during Christmas. There were also death threats and incitement to violence against churches, with particular reference to Christian communities in the governorates of Minya, Alexandria and Fayyum, where the Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood have a strong presence.
On December 24, or Christmas Eve, security forces "arrested seven members of a terrorist cell led by a 50-year-old deputy headmaster of a secondary school in the Minya governorate, who is accused of plotting violent acts during the Coptic Christmas celebrations," reports Zawya. Those arrested "were caught in possession of Molotov cocktails, pictures of the ousted Egyptian president [Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood], and circuitry connected to mobile phones to detonate bombs from a distance, as part of a plan to disrupt the Christmas celebrations."
Elsewhere in Egypt, Christians "had to pray outdoors in spite of the cold air and the coming of Christmas, as the police were unable to protect them from Islamists' attacks," in the words of the president of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights, and because many of their churches, despite military promises, remain partially destroyed after 2013 Brotherhood uprisings (see church section below for more).
Iran: On Christmas day in Tehran province, nine Christians were arrested after a paramilitary force and armed plainclothes agents raided a house church where they were celebrating Christmas. The Christians were transferred to an unknown location. NCR-Iran adds, "The clerical regime in Iran continued human rights abuses in Iran during Christmas. At dawn of the 25th December, on Christmas day when hundred[s] of millions of people around the world were celebrating the birth of the Christ, the barbaric regime of Iran hanged 7 people in mass execution in Shiraz."
Nigeria: The Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, capital city of Borno State in Muslim-majority northern Nigeria, experienced another tense Christmas. The city has been besieged by the Islamic organization Boko Haram, and streets were left vehicle-free on December 25 to avoid suicide attacks. Most of the 5,000 displaced persons welcomed in Maiduguri are in fact refugees from other regions that have fallen to Boko Haram.
These people, said Fr. Gideon Obasogie "have no homes, cannot celebrate Christmas as usual with their relatives and friends and are forced to live in a state of hopelessness. Despite fears of terrorist attacks — including widespread rumors of suicide bombers disguised as nuns — "the Catholic faithful went to Christmas Mass ... to express their faith in an eloquent manner," reported the priest.

A Nigerian army emplacement in Maiduguri. (Image source: TV360 video screenshot)

Due to the continually worsening plight of Christians in the Middle East, even Britain's Prince Charles, who is often criticized of being overly sympathetic to and apologetic of Islam, said:
It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians in the Middle East are increasingly being deliberately targeted by fundamentalist Islamist militants.... Christianity was literally born in the Middle East and we must not forget our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters in Christ... Yet today the Middle East and North Africa has the lowest concentration of Christians in the world — just four per cent of the population and it is clear that the Christian population has dropped dramatically over the last century and is falling still further.... We all lose something immensely and irreproachably precious when such a rich tradition dating back 2,000 years begins to disappear.
The rest of December's roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity.

Jihadi Slaughter of Christians

Kenya: Gunmen from the Islamic organization Al Shabaab launched an early-morning raid on quarry workers while they slept in their worksite tents near the city of Mandera, along the Somali border. Christians and Muslims were separated before the Christians, thirty-six of them, were beheaded or shot dead. Afterwards, Al Shabaab posted a statement condemning the "crusaders" — a standard jihadi reference to Christians — and added: "We are uncompromising in our beliefs, relentless in our pursuit, ruthless against the disbelievers and we will do whatever necessary to defend our Muslim brethren suffering from Kenya's aggression." The killings occurred 10 days after Al Shabaab's attack on a bus and the massacre of 28 of its non-Muslim (primarily Christian) passengers. Again, Muslim passengers were singled out and left unharmed.

Libya: Unidentified men broke into a Christian household the middle of the night. They handcuffed and killed the father, according to his brother-in-law during an interview. Then they entered the children's bedroom. The mother was there, cried out, tried to fight back, and was killed. They took the oldest daughter, Katherine, and fled with her. The girl's body was later found in the desert, shot three times (graphic pictures here). The other two younger daughters were left for two-and-a-half hours in their bedroom with the body of their slain mother. In the early morning, they fled the house and ran toward their school where they were intercepted by the principal who asked them, "Why are you coming to school alone today? Where's your father?" They answered, "Daddy is in heaven." Ansar al-Sharia ("Supporters of Islamic Law"), an Islamist organization that rose to power during Libya's "Arab Spring," is believed to be responsible for the targeting of this, and other, Christian families. In February 2014, after Ansar al-Sharia offered a reward to any Benghazi resident who helped round up and execute the nation's Coptic Christian residents, seven Christians were forcibly seized from their homes by "unknown gunmen," marched out into the desert and shot execution style, some 20 miles west of Benghazi (graphic pictures appear here).

Nigeria: In Taraba State, over 100 Muslim Fulani herdsmen slaughtered 16 Christians, including a one-year-old infant and his mother, and torched several churches and Christians' homes in two separate village attacks. A resident from one of the villages said, "We have buried those killed in the attack, and the sad thing is that this is not the first time that such an attack was carried out on Christian communities here. No one cares about us. Lives and properties are being wasted on [a] daily basis, and the government is not doing anything to stop the killing of our people."
Catholic Priest Clement Mkperaga, whose church building was destroyed and who barely escaped with his life, said: "The village has been destroyed, and all my parishioners have been displaced. Ten of my parishioners were killed during the attack on our community. I have been forced to flee the village, as both the church building and the parish house have also been destroyed."
Many similar attacks on Christian villages have been launched by Muslim Fulani herdsmen who "are always working together with Muslim terrorist gunmen [Boko Haram]," said another Christian local: "Whenever they invade a Christian community, they kill and burn houses at will and go unchallenged. That is precisely how they attacked our village."

Christian Churches Under Islam

Egypt: Although the military promised to rebuild the dozens of churches damaged or destroyed by Islamic mobs angered at the June 2013 revolution that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood, parishioners are still waiting. According to the Global Post, "The army's work to rebuild the churches has been slow. Even the help they do provide is partial," meaning the congregation has to pay for the bulk of repairs. Some churches are not even receiving partial aid, such as the charred shell that is the Anba Moussa church: "Nothing has been moved since the day a mob burned and looted the church and the priest's apartment. They took everything, down to the doorframes and the toilet seats, after driving a car through the front doors. Only an ever-thickening layer of dust attests to the passage of time."
According to that church's caretaker, "They say the army will come, but up to now we haven't seen anything." Islamic law holds that new churches are never to be built in Muslim lands and existing ones never repaired. Even so, many of these partially wrecked churches continue to be used, and are even packed, during church services. (Click here for many pictures of these wrecked churches.)

Iraq: The Islamic State blew up yet another Christian church in Mosul. According to Pastor Behnam Raad, "Members of the extremist organization cleared the Church of Virgin Mary of its contents in al-Arabi area, north of Mosul and blew it up after [a] few hours." The nearby convent of the Chaldean Sisters of the Sacred Heart was also reportedly bombed by IS. Once a Christian-majority city, Mosul is now an IS stronghold.

Sudan: On December 2, police beat and arrested 38 Christians from Bahri Evangelical Church in North Khartoum, for still using the church that authorities had condemned to destruction, and which had already been raided and partially demolished during the previous two weeks. "We have enjoyed worshipping and praising God in prison," one of the arrested Christians said. "The power of God was present among us; let the name of God be praised and glorified from now and evermore."
According to Morning Star News, Sudan's security agents and police have "broad powers to arrest Christians and other lowly regarded people without cause, for creating a public disturbance. The Christians were released after being sentenced to pay a fine of $250 each."
And on December 21, security agents arrested and held the Rev. Yat Michael of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church right after he delivered a sermon about standing firm against persecution at the North Khartoum church. "The level of persecution has become too much for us in Sudan," another church leader said. "But God is good all the time; He will help His church face this persecution."

Muslim Attacks on Christian Freedom: Apostasy, Blasphemy, and Proselytism

Kenya: A pastor of Somali descent whom Islamic Al Shabaab militants have threatened for leaving Islam lives in fear and terror. The Islamic group has offered a reward to anyone who kills the Rev. Mahad H. Birik. This comes after a video of the apostate describing his conversion from Islam seeped into Somali media two months earlier. Since then, disturbing signs — such as known hit men following him to church and masked men asking around about a "Somali pastor" — have taken place. "My family is now living in a sleepless state," said the father of two children — one aged 15 from a wife who, according to Islamic law, was taken from him when he left Islam, and a 2-year-old from remarriage. "My life and that of my family is in imminent danger. It is very serious and real, as Muslim extremists are strategizing on having my head."
On December 1, after two of Birik's Somali relatives argued with him over his conversion to Christianity, one of them said, "I wish I could get an opportunity to kill this infidel — just hit him right in his face." In Somali, converts to Christianity who get exposed are regularly beheaded by Islamists.

Pakistan: Eleven Christian residents of Islamabad, including a pastor, were collectively accused of blasphemy by Naseem Bibi, a former Christian woman who converted to Islam 20 years ago and married a Muslim man. She claims that Pastor Karamat Masih and 50 other Christians stormed into her home where they harassed and threatened her. Others, however, say the Muslim woman is exploiting the blasphemy law in order to avenge herself on some of the Christians with whom she has a personal dispute. Speaking of this case, a Pakistani Christian activist and lawyer, Sardar Mushtaq Gill, said, "There are always more and more frequent cases where the blasphemy law is used to target religious minorities or to settle cases of disputes and private rivalries, or simply as an instrument of blackmail."

Turkey: Approximately 10,000 New Testaments and other Christian books were destroyed during a fire that was started by a suspected arson attack at the offices of the Bible Correspondence Course in Turkey [BCC-Turkey], located in a multistory building, which also houses a church, in the Kadikoy neighborhood of Istanbul. There were no injuries or structural damage. Concerning the identity of the arsonist(s), David Byle, co-founder of BBC-Turkey, said "Our hunch is it is people who don't like people who do the activities we do here — mainly giving out free New Testaments and explaining the Christian faith to people." Concerning police response, Byle said,
"We were disappointed by how little interest it seemed was shown by the authorities investigating this. If a depot in Germany or England located right above a mosque, in the same building full of thousands of Korans, had a fire start right exactly where the Korans were stored, and if the policemen from England or Germany arrived at the scene and took a quick look and said, 'Oh, well this is obviously just an accident,' and then just tried to convince all the on-lookers it was an accident and didn't even bother to call the police in, that man would be out of a job very quickly."
(In April 2007, several terrorists attacked a publishing house in Malatya, Turkey, for distributing Bibles. They bound, tortured and slaughtered three Christian employees. One suspect later said: "We didn't do this for ourselves, but for our religion [Islam]…. Let this be a lesson to enemies of our religion.")

Egyptian Dhimmitude

According to the Justice Organization for Development and Human Rights, a Salafi plan exists in Egypt to expel the Christian Copts from the Upper Egypt governorates of Minya, Asyut and Beni Suef, where an Islamist presence is strong. Accordingly, unidentified people set four Coptic Christian owned shops on fire in Minya. Firefighters were barely able to extinguish the fire. Police later said the fire was caused by an electric short circuit, although most Copts are skeptical.

Separately, Mina Thabet, founder of the People's Initiative Party, said that cases of Coptic abductions for ransom are on the rise in Minya and are proving to be a lucrative "business" for "thugs and terrorists" of the Islamic persuasion in an area that is "at an all-time low and ridden with corruption." Thabet says that since January 25, 2011, the date of Egypt's original "Arab Spring," these kidnappings have cost Coptic Christian minorities over 120 million Egyptian pounds (nearly USD $16 million). According to Thabet, "incomprehensible laxity" concerning the safety of Christian minorities prevails, making them extremely vulnerable to profit-making kidnappings.

About this Series

While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians is expanding. "Muslim Persecution of Christians" was developed to collate some — by no means all — of the instances of persecution that surface each month.
It documents what the mainstream media often fails to report.
It posits that such persecution is not random but systematic, and takes place in all languages, ethnicities and locations.

"Hamas and Sharia Law Have Taken Over UC Davis"

Gary Fouse

Hat tip Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers

Those are not my words. Those are the words of a UC Davis student government leader upon the
passing of  the anti-Israel divestment vote this week at UC Davis. It has been a troubling week at UC Davis with this insidious measure that has become an annual ritual on so many American university campuses. Saturday morning, a Jewish fraternity house was defaced with two swastikas. Coincidence? Hardly.

Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers has more background on the weeks's events including a student leader involved in the divestment vote who made the above proud proclamation on her Facebook page.



Is it any wonder that swastikas are spray painted on a Jewish frat house at UCD?

I want to see how Chancellor Katehi and UC President Janet Napolitano tackle this incident. Katehi has made a statement condemning the act. The question I have is whether this incident has any legs or will it be quickly forgotten and brushed aside just as the 2010 incident with David Horowitz at UC San Diego was quickly forgotten when a female member of the Muslim Student Association endorsed the Hizbollah leader's statement that Jews should all gather in Israel so that the job of hunting them down would be made easier. Yet, during the same general time frame, UCSD was turned upside down over the Compton Cookout and the library noose incident. So will Chancellor Kethi and her vice chancellor leader a campus protest chanting, "Not in our community"? Let us see.