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‘Muslim morality squads’ accused of confiscating students’ Easter eggs in U.K.

National Post news services

A Muslim woman wearing a burqa walks through  Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 2010. At least six schools in the city have been implicated in a “Trojan Horse” plot by extremists to “Islamize” secular state education.

A Muslim woman wearing a burqa walks through Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 2010. At least six schools in the city have been implicated in a “Trojan Horse” plot by extremists to “Islamize” secular state education.

Children who took Easter eggs to class allegedly had them confiscated by “Muslim morality squads” patrolling a school in Birmingham, England, according to press reports.

The school is at the centre of an investigation into claims Islamic hardliners are attempting to infiltrate and run secular state schools in the city.

The mother of one of the students — who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals — told the Daily Express that groups of older students were taking the eggs from younger children and teachers were ignoring their actions.

“My daughter tried to bring in an Easter egg for a friend and one boy grabbed it and smashed it against a wall,” she said.

“Another girl of about 11 brought in a little Easter bunny toy that she wanted to show her friends. They grabbed that off her too. All talk of Christmas and other non-Muslim festivals is banned. The teachers just turn a blind eye to it.”

She added, “Older boys are going round in these morality squads telling off girls if they do not wear veils.”

At least six schools in the city have been implicated in a “Trojan Horse” plot by extremists to “Islamize” secular state education. This has included illegal segregation of students according to sex and discrimination against non-Muslims.

Up to 20 more schools are also under investigation.

A local Labour MP, Khalid Mahmood, said a small group of individuals was trying to change the ethos of schools by stealth.

On Monday, Jack Straw, a former Labour Cabinet minister, said schools, even if they were mostly Muslim, had to respect British values.

“We have to accept and the schools with a majority of Muslim parents have to accept — as they do if they are Hindu, Sikh, Jewish or Christian — that we also live within the United Kingdom,” Mr Straw told the BBC.

“Alongside values that are religiously based, there has to be a clear understanding that this is the U.K., and there are a set of values, that are indeed Christian based, which permeate our sense of citizenship.”…

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Brunei Returns to the Stoning Age

by Jay Michaelson

…What will be the effects of this change? It’s too soon to say. Perhaps it is merely ceremonial in nature. Brunei has had the death penalty for decades, yet its last execution took place in 1957, under British rule. Maybe the penalties called for by shariah will be similar—although the Saudi Arabia trip suggests otherwise.

At the very least, Brunei’s government has indicated that some laws will, indeed, be enforced. The wearing of indecent clothing, for example, will get you six months in jail, as will any act that, according to the new penal code, “tarnishes the image of Islam, corrupts moral standards, causes negative influence or upsets eyewitnesses.”

However, a “senior legal officer of the Islamic Legal Unit at the Ministry of Religious Affairs” told the Brunei Times that authorities will enforce the law gradually. “If the person is wearing clothing that is too offensive or revealing, then the enforcement agencies should take action or at least advise the offender,” the official said. “But we will implement this provision with wisdom, so people won’t be shocked and angered.”

Certainly, for the 23 percent of Brunei’s 415,000 citizens who are not Muslim, the new code represents a major affront to religious liberty. Anyone who drinks liquor in a public place, Muslim or non-Muslim, will be liable to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of $8,000….

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Islam and Human Rights

by Majid Rafizadeh

…How can Islam be compatible with human rights when, according to Muslims and the Quran, Allah specifically states in the Quran that a woman’s testimony in a court of law is considered half the value to that of a man?

“And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women.” [Qur'an (2:282)]

A Muslim told me that scientific data shows women’s logical and speaking neurological center in brain are at the same place, and as a result, they are more forgetful than men! And so, this is why God made their testimony worth half. I was totally confounded and baffled by this ungrounded logic.

How can Islam be compatible with human rights when according to Muslims and the Quran, Allah states that women inherit less than men in several instances?

They ask thee for a legal decision. Say: Allah directs about those who leave no descendants or ascendants as heirs. If it is a man that dies, leaving a sister but no child, she shall have half the inheritance: If a woman, who left no child, Her brother takes her inheritance: If there are two sisters, they shall have two-thirds of the inheritance: if there are brothers and sisters, the male having twice the share of the female. Thus doth Allah make clear to you , lest ye err. And Allah hath knowledge of all things. (Quran 4:176)

All Muslims are expected to follow and implement the rules of Islamic inheritance clearly stated in the Quran, verbatim words of God, accordingly.

In addition, how can the ideology of Islam be in line with human rights when abandoning Islam triggers punishments, including execution? Or does the law that allows a man to marry four wives respect the rights of women? Do these Islamic laws comply with the article one of the universal declaration of human rights that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”?

The aforementioned laws reveal how women are restricted and seen as inferior. While men can marry any women from any other religion, Muslim women are not allowed to marry a non-Muslim….

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What lesson can we learn from the story of Betty Mahmoody?

The Support for Sharia Law Around the World

By Rachel Molschky

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…What is Sharia?

Toni Johnson and Lauren Vriens of the Council on Foreign Relations offer an explanation:

Is this a "humane" death? Imagine getting raped, reporting the rape and then getting stoned to death for adultery.

“Also meaning ‘path’ in Arabic, sharia guides all aspects of Muslim life, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Quran and the Sunna–the sayings, practices, and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed. Precedents and analogy applied by Muslim scholars are used to address new issues. The consensus of the Muslim community also plays a role in defining this theological manual.

“Sharia developed several hundred years after the Prophet Mohammed’s death in 632 CE as the Islamic empire expanded to the edge of North Africa in the West and to China in the East. Since the Prophet Mohammed was considered the most pious of all believers, his life and ways became a model for all other Muslims and were collected by scholars into what is known as the hadith…”

Some of the main issues concerning Sharia law are the unjust treatment of women and the extreme punishments, in certain cases for things which are not even considered crimes in the West. In Europe, for example, capital punishment has been banned. Often times, there is much debate over whether or not terrorists and other murderers should be extradited from Europe to countries where the death penalty is used, such as the case of Abu Hamza, a convicted terrorist living in the UK who was eventually released to the US to face more terrorism charges. In the case of Abu Qatada, the UK finally agreed to extradite him to Jordan, but only after coming to an agreement that the “poor terrorist” would not be tortured.

While the torture of a terrorist is considered inhumane in Europe, let alone capital punishment, the reality of a full implementation of Sharia law would be a shock to Islam’s European sympathizers. Take the case of Anders Breivik, convicted of murdering 77 people. He got a jail sentence of only 21 years (with the possibility of extensions following the end of that term), the maximum possible sentence in Norway, and compare that to the type of sentence he might get under Sharia law.

Sharia punishments include:

  • The amputation of hands and sometimes feet for theft (often a hand and foot on opposite sides)
  • Stoning for sex outside of marriage (including consensual and homosexual, and even rape victims who come forward to report their rapes without four male witnesses- in doing so, they are admitting to having sex outside of marriage, which is “adultery”)
  • Capital punishment for a variety of crimes such as murder, adultery (mentioned above), and apostasy. The method by which this punishment is carried out depends, but the most common are public beheading (like in “Chop Chop Square” in Saudi Arabia), a firing squad, hanging or stoning.

In our society, we believe in the freedom of religion, but according to Sharia law, apostasy, leaving the Islamic faith, is a crime so severe, ex-Muslims are to be put to death. For this reason, many Muslim apostates live in fear, and those who speak out against Islam must hide their identities. If the State does not carry out their punishment, Sharia supporters will…

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