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The fate of free speech

by Roger Kimball

…In fact, free speech is like other freedoms: its victory is never permanent. Every generation must work anew to win or at least maintain it.  As André Gide once put it, “Toutes choses sont dites déjà, mais comme personne n’écoute, il faut toujours recommencer.” The hard truth is that, with the exception of certain modalities of sexually explicit material, speech is much less free today than it was fifty or a hundred years ago.

What are the major threats to free speech today? Perhaps the overarching condition that threatens free speech is the spread of political correctness. This has sharply curtailed candor about all manner of contentious subjects.  It is no longer possible, in polite society, to speak frankly about race, about differences between the sexes, or a hundred other topics — so-called “climate change,” for example, or the relationship between Islam and free speech.

It is extraordinary, is it not, that various Islamic groups, often with the collusion of Western politicians, including Hillary Clinton, are proposing to resurrect blasphemy laws , making it illegal — illegal —  to “insult” Mohammed or criticize Islam? The end of their efforts is a “global censorship regime.”  We’re not there yet, not quite, but we’re well on the road.  One sign of the success of this campaign is the systematic reluctance of Western leaders to describe Islamic terrorism as, well, Islamic terrorism.  The activities of the Islamic State, for example, are roundly, and fearfully, condemned, but in the next breath their homicidal savagery is delicately distinguished from Islam.  They’re “not Muslims but monsters,” said Prime Minister David Cameron after “jihad John” beheaded a Brit, but a more candid man would have noted that the members of ISIS are monsters as well as Muslims.

It’s the same or worse in America, alas. After 9/11, President Bush assured the world that Islam was a religion of “peace,” ignoring the inconvenient fact that Islamic peace can be vouchsafed only when the entire world has been converted to that barbaric faith. At the end of the day, the options for non-Muslims are three: conversion, slavery (“dhimmitude”), or death. Which makes perfect sense in a religion whose very name means “submission.”

George Orwell was right when he observed that the first indispensable step towards freedom is the willingness to call things by their real names.  The cause of freedom is not aided when a Director of National Intelligence says (and says with a straight face) that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a largely secular organization.”  Nor is it aided when the U.S. President, his Secretary of State and other underlings lie about what caused the Benghazi massacre.

The triumph of political correctness has encouraged an epidemic allergy to candor.  The hope is that the embrace of euphemism will alter not only our language but the reality our language names. And to a large extent, it is working. Unfreedom does not become freedom by calling it free, but the misprision can help spread and reinforce the fog of self-deceit. Terrorism committed by Muslims is not Islamic terrorism but “anti-Islamic activity,” A Muslim army officer who goes on a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood while shouting “Allahu Akbar” is guilty of  “workplace violence” not slaughter undertaken to advance the cause of Islam, etc., etc…..

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Oklahoma Beheading: Have Our Prisons Become Jihad Factories?

by Roger L Simon

We don’t know details yet of the murder of a woman at Vaughan Foods — an Oklahoma distribution center —  by a co-worker, but we do know that it was a beheading and we do know the alleged suspect — Alton Nolen, 30 — was a new convert to Islam.

We also know that other workers at Vaughan say the suspect had tried to convert them to that religion….

….It’s not as if the Islamic extremist playbooks are a secret.  They are the basic texts of the religion itself, studied by all adherents in or outside prison, in large groups or by themselves.  These same texts call for the extermination or, at best, dhimmitude of the infidel who does not convert. So the behavior of the ummah is regulated across borders. You don’t have to be a card-carrying member of ISIL to know how to behead.  Anyone can do it.

This makes our prisons veritable training grounds — petri dishes, if you will — for fanatic killers of the type of the Oklahoma suspect, not to mention recruitment centers for whatever murderous Islamic sect happens to be in vogue that week or month.  The only difference between New York and Oklahoma prisons would be one of scale.

A Justice Department report criticized the prison system for “failing to protect against ‘infiltration by religious extremists’”.  But that report was way back in 2004.  The situation is unquestionably much worse now.

Furthermore,  the report exonerated “radical chaplains,” placing the blame on “extremist inmates running worship services.”  I’m skeptical. The entire system must be examined, including every chaplain.  The New York State system had a chaplain (Imam Warith Deen Umara) who praised the September 11 attacks. The Oklahoma beheading makes a complete public investigation mandatory.

The more difficult question, however, is what to do after the investigation, if the results are as they seem.  Banning Islam from our prisons for inciting violence might backfire in a way that would engender even more conversions.  Still, jihadism in it essence advocates the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, with which it is incompatible.  Should we allow such a thing inside prison?  The conventional answer is to seek out “moderate” Islamic chaplains to counter the extremists.  But where are such people and, more specifically, where have they been? Other than the extraordinary Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the outspoken moderates are an extremely scarce commodity.

Nevertheless something must be done now to prevent our prisons form becoming Jihad Factories. They’re already more than halfway there.

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TERRORISM ON PARADE at the 2014 Muslim Day Parade in New York City

Bare Naked Islam

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Last year, we saw a sea of black flags of jihad at the Muslim Day Parade not far from Ground Zero in NYC. This year, it was all about the yellow 4-finger salute celebrating deposed president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, both of which are now outlawed and banned in Egypt.
Thanks to Urban Infidel

Shockingly, marching band from the NYPD and a contingent of New Jersey Girl Scouts in Muslim attire kicked off the event. The streets were filled with flag-waving marchers, pro-Islam floats and a demonstration of a hanging. The mannequin seen dangling from a noose on this float was wrapped in the flag of Egypt, apparently representing the demise of sharia and radical Islamist ideology in Egypt with the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Who in the heck parades with a mannequin in a noose?

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Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

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Sharia and the U.S. Constitution

By John Guandolo

….Specifically, the U.S. Constitution, in its Preamble, identifies the People as sovereign under our system. Sharia specifically states all of mankind must submit to Islam: “Sovereignty in Islam is the prerogative of Allah Almighty alone.” (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, Mohammed Hashim Kalamali)

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states “This Constitution…shall be the supreme law of the land.” As was noted in an earlier UTT Blog this week, the most popular Junior High School text in American Islamic schools – What Islam is All About – states, “The law of the land is the Shari’ah of Allah.”

Finally, the U.S. Constitution guarantees all Americans the freedom to practice their faith and religion without government interference. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” Sharia, which comes from the Quran and the example/teachings of the prophet Mohammed, states “Fight and slay the unbeliever wherever you find them and lie and wait for them in every stratagem of war” (Quran 9:5); and “But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah. But if they turn away from Islam, seize them and slay them wherever you find them, and take no friends or helpers from among their ranks.” (Quran 4:89) In Sharia, there is no disagreement among the scholars and 100% of authoritative Islamic Law legally puts Muslims at a higher status in the community with greater rights than those of non-Muslims, and 100% of all Islamic Law mandates that all apostates from Islam be killed.

What the Global Islamic Movement intends to do, and says it intends to do, and is killing tens of thousands of people across the globe and overthrowing countries in furtherance of, is the imposition of Sharia on the world. This is not about religious freedom for Muslims in any way. It is about a violent and organized effort to impose foreign law (Sharia) on American citizens in direct conflict of the U.S Constitution and U.S. Federal Code.

Those who have sworn an Oath to protect and defend America and our Constitution must do so against any incursion into our system by Sharia. Sharia should be viewed as a cancer inside our system – a viewpoint which was crystal clear to our Founders.

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Signs of Sharia Adherence

by John Guandolo

As Americans come to better understand that Sharia is real law and jihadis intend to impose it on all Muslims and non-Muslims alike, it becomes important to know when Sharia adherence is increasing in a particular area because it indicates violence from the jihadis will soon follow.

As law enforcement and military units have discovered, adherence to Sharia is directly proportional to the level of violence advocated in the Islamic community against those who do not want to be adherent to Sharia – Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
A 2004 study entitled Understanding Terror Networks by a former CIA case officer revealed that 97% of jihadis were highly adherent to Sharia. This adherence was measured in observable behavior including the wearing of traditional Islamic garb and growing a Sharia adherent beard.

A study published in 2011 randomly surveyed 100 mosques across America and measured the correlation between Sharia adherence and the promotion of violence through published literature at the mosque, comments and teachings of the Imam, and other factors. This “Mapping Sharia” study revealed a one to one correlation between Sharia compliance and violence taught at Islamic Centers, Mosques, and Masjids.

In the New York Police Department’s landmark 2007 report on the homegrown threat entitled, “Radicalization in the West” the NYPD identified the implementation of Sharia and the establishment of a global Islamic state (Caliphate) as the driving “Jihadi-Salafi ideology” behind jihadists in the U.S and beyond (page 17). The report notes the “progression or gravitation towards Salafi Islam” and regular attendance at a Salafi mosque are two key indicators of “radicalization” of Muslims towards jihad. The term “Salafi” comes from the Islamic phrase “al salaf al-salih” or the “righteous predecessors”—the first three generations of Muslims. These are individuals who strictly follow Sharia, and while there are debates among Salafis on a variety of issues, there is no legal disagreement in the Sharia on the definition and obligation of jihad, nor of how Muslims must relate to non-Muslims.

The NYPD report identifies “signatures” of “Salafism” – or what I call here “Sharia Adherence”—which include: being part of a group which will strengthen your Salafis/Sharia Adherence, and “wearing traditional Islamic clothing, growing a beard (page 31).”

If you see an increase in Sharia adherence in your community, you will see an increase in violence and jihad.

Here are a few of those signatures of Sharia adherence:

Sunnah Beards

Sharia adherent men will have short/trimmed mustaches but their beards are often unkempt.

“Cut the mustaches short and leave the beard as it is.” Bukhari 7:781

Henna Beards

In Islam, Mohammad is the most perfect example of a Muslim. Islamic men who dye their beards red with henna are identifying themselves with the Prophet Mohammad who wore his beard this way.

Black Islamic Headdress

Islamic men who wear the black headdress are identifying themselves as jihadis. Overseas, American military soldiers and Marines understand this. While only a few sightings have been reported in the United States, if this is seen in your community, it should be taken seriously….

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Islamophobia? Hell Yes!

By Lauri B. Regan

On a recent family trip to Santa Monica, an evening walk on the Third Avenue Promenade felt as if we had been dropped into a Middle Eastern country.  90% of the people strolling down the bustling walkways and lounging at the cafes were Muslim. Women were dressed in either burqas, niqabs, or hijabs and the few younger women who were not, were speaking Arabic.

This experience followed a trip to Maine where we found ourselves encountering an unusually large number of Muslims on the streets of several cities and learned of the mini-Dearborn into which the Lewiston/Auburn area had been transformed.

Portland almost resembled midtown Manhattan where the Muslim population has been growing exponentially over the past several years.

The left commands us to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.  And yet, despite the fact that we have welcomed these vast Muslim communities into our country with open arms, the reality is something quite different. After I left Santa Monica I recalled that a Pakistani hotel owner there was sued for throwing all of the Jews out of her hotel. She told her staff to “Get the [expletive deleted] Jews out of my pool” and that “no one who was identifiable as Jewish was so much as ‘allowed to dip their feet in the water.’”

Dennis Prager’s recent column discussed a Muslim woman in Winooski, Vermont whose complaint over the “offensive” use of the word bacon in an advertisement led to the restaurant taking down the ad.  Pointing out that religious Jews who do not eat pork have never even considered advertising bacon as offensive, Prager wrote:

The woman who wrote this totalitarian drivel is the worst combination of fake victimhood, political correctness (which itself is a PC euphemism for “that which offends the left”), and Muslims who seek to impose sharia law on non-Muslims….

Would that the intolerance end there, perhaps I would feel safe with all of the hijabs that are appearing across America. But this summer we were treated to ugly pro-Hamas protests across the country.   From San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, Muslims screamed “Death to Israel,” called for a third intifada, chanted “Jews go back to the ovens,” and compared Israel to Nazis.  And two weeks ago on NYC’s Upper East Side, people in cars flying Palestinian flags yelling anti-Jewish statements attacked a Jewish couple.

Perhaps the upcoming Muslim Day Parade will afford an opportunity for the PC leftists to open their eyes.  At the 2012 parade a flyer was distributed proclaiming that “Islam is the future of America, and depicting the White House with the black flag flying over it.”

[A] Brooklyn-based imam called for global laws against “insulting” Islam.  Speakers urged sharia for the United States.  The imam called out “Takbir!”, which means “expand”; in other words, expand the “house of Islam” (Dar al-Islam) against the “house of war” (Dar al-Harb).  At one point, the crowd shouted “Allahu akbar!” while people raised their right hands in fascist-style salutes.

In 2013, the black flag of jihad and white flags signaling the caliphate adorned the entire parade. Perhaps ISIS members will be permitted to march this year….

…The DOJ is not the only Obama department to abet the PC police in concealing the dangers of Islam in its current 21st century machination.  The FBI has scrubbed training materials of references to radical Islam, Obama ordered that the term “War on Terror” be changed to “Overseas Contingency Operation,” and at no time during his almost six year reign has Obama uttered the words “Islamic fundamentalism” or acknowledged that we are in fact at war with radical Islam.

If we are going to defeat the terrorists, we must become Islamophobes, (aka, non-Muslims who know more than they are supposed to know about Islam). I am happy to take my shoes and sweater off to board an airplane, but every hijab-wearing woman should be required to take her headscarf off as well. As David Cameron has required in the UK, the passports of every radicalized American who joins ISIS should be revoked so that they cannot return to commit terror on American soil. And yet, in the face of hundreds of Americans fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the State Department announced that, “being a member of a terrorist group [is] not enough to get your passport automatically revoked.”

Our borders must be secured so that Koran-carrying, prayer rug-toting Islamic terrorists can no longer sneak in. The FBI, CIA, HHS, NSA, and TSA should work to prevent future terrorist attacks, and not worry about offending a group of people who are the only ones committing acts of terror across the world today. Not all Muslims are terrorists but substantially all terrorists are Muslims and until people are permitted to say that without the hypocrisy and irony of being labeled dangerous themselves, we will not be safe.

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A Disgusting Practice: Female Genital Mutilation

By E. Jeffrey Ludwig

….The cutting of the clitoris of girls is intended to curb their sexual desire and preserve their sexual honor before marriage.  The practice has a tremendous cost: many girls bleed to death or die of infection.  Most are traumatized.  Those who survive can suffer adverse health effects during marriage and pregnancy.  New information from Iraqi Kurdistan raises the possibility that the problem is more prevalent in the Middle East than previously believed and that FGM is far more tied to religion than many Western academics and activists admit.

When asked why they subject their daughters to the operation, many Muslim women respond that it has always been like that.  Because the clitoris is considered “dirty” (haram), women fear that they cannot find husbands for their daughters if they have not been mutilated, and many believe that men prefer sex with a mutilated wife.  Others stress the religious necessity of FGM, even though Islamic law is unclear on the matter.

When the jihadists denounce Christianity, denounce Judaism, and denounce the West (especially the “Great Satan,” the USA),  they are declaring war to the death.  Among our many irreconcilable differences with the Muslim world is our rejection of their inhuman violence against women.

We are in WWIII, but it is a war of civilizations, not of nations as such, although some terrorist nations such as Libya, Iran, and Qatar are involved.  Nor is religion per se defining this conflict.  Although religion is paramount for the jihadists, it is not for the West.  One side of this conflict is Western, pleasure-seeking, technological, democratic, and motivated by Judeo-Christian values.   Interwoven in this gestalt are socialistic, communistic, and quasi-humanistic ideas of progress (derived from Judeo-Christian ideals yet not acknowledging that derivation).

Obviously some of these trends and themes within Western civilization are in conflict with each other.  Yet all of these factions are together, to a greater or lesser degree, at war with another alien lifestyle and mindset.  That other side of the conflict is Islamic, totalitarian, anti-progress, indifferent to scientific advances, death-oriented, rage-filled, duplicitous, maniacal, vengeful, non-productive, and dependent yet prideful (denying said psychic, political, and economic dependency).

The vile essence of this opposition can be seen in the widespread practice of FGM.  Here, on a day-to-day basis, we see the very worst in mankind manifesting itself.  If we do not win in the struggle against Islamic supremacism, the cult of FGM will have prevailed.  Who can bear the thought?

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