Monday, November 09, 2009
1. Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, Md.
2. Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, Va.
3. Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, Calif.
4. Cpt. Russell Seager, 41, Racine, Wis.
5. Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, Plymouth, Ind.
6. Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, Wis.
7. Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, Okla.
8. Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, Tenn.
9. PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, Utah
10. PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, Ill.
11. PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, Minn.
12. Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, Chicago, Ill.
13. Michael G. Cahill, Cameron, Texas [civilian]
We extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of those who died in this massacre. Let us also not know forget those who were wounded, including woman warrior Sgt. Kimberly Munley who took down Hasan, suffered gunshot wounds of her own, and lost so much blood that doctors thought that she might not survive.
NOTE The Obamas will be attending memorial services for the victims tomorrow. The apologist-in-chief should apologize for the cold, unfeeling tone that characterized his initial comments about the Fort Hood massacre at the American Indian forum.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Now we learn that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan might have attended the mosque at the same time as 9/11 attackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and . His family held his mother's funeral at Dar al Hijrah mosque on May 31, 2001. Nawaf al-Hazmi and attended the Dar al Hijrah mosque in April 2001.
Imam , outreach director at , said he did not know whether Hasan ever attended the mosque but confirmed that the Hasan family participated in services there. Abdul-Malik said the Hasans were not leaders at the mosque and their attendance was utterly normal.
The Falls Church mosque is one of the largest on the East Coast, and thousands of worshippers attend prayers and services there every week [my italics]. Abdul-Malik said it's a mistake for people to conflate regular attendance at a mosque with extremism [yawn - heard that one before].
Many Muslims pray at the mosque multiple times a day, he said. "It's part of family life. It's like going out for ice cream after dinner."
Now, isn't that precious? (not) We've profiled Abdul-Malik on this blog, and through that, Michelle Malkin mentioned Northern Virginiastan on her wildly popular blog.
I wouldn't be surprised if it's revealed that Nidal Malik Hasan attended the Islamic Saudi Academy.
Get this: it wasn't American media that first reported the potential link between Hasan and the mosque, but The Telegraph (UK).
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Sunday it's important for the country not to get caught up in speculation about Hasan's Muslim faith, and he has instructed his commanders to be on the lookout for anti-Muslim reaction to the killings at the Texas post.
He says focusing on the Islamic roots of the suspected shooter could "heighten the backlash" against all Muslims in the military.
No doubt about it, political correctness is killing us, and it's penetrated the military, which is supposed to protect us.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Major Malik Nidal Hasan
I'm watching CNN's coverage of the Fort Hood massacre. From Jihad Watch, here's information about murderer Major Malik Nidal Hasan's Virginia roots:
Hasan was a U.S. citizen, according to Virginia voting records, and his parents are Palestinians from the West Bank, according to his aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church. He was born at Arlington Hospital Center.
Hasan, 39, had lived in Montgomery County, Md., and Arlington, Va., in addition to Roanoke and nearby Vinton, Va. He graduated from Virginia Tech and earned his medical degree at Bethesda's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, records show.
Hasan attended the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and was "very devout," according to Faizul Khan, a former imam at the center. Khan said Hasan attended prayers at least once a day, seven days a week, often in his Army fatigues.
I did not have access to media all day, so I'm only learning about the massacre now. I'm listening to the reporting on CNN. All the talking heads (Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper) say is that Hasan wanted to get out of the Army because he felt he was being harassed. They do not say that Hasan was disciplined for proselytizing: that came from NPR (via Jihad Watch) - NPR! CNN also included the pro forma statement from Nihad Awad of the "Muslim civil rights organization" CAIR. How clueless can our media be?
Now I'm listening to some reporter who interviewed the clerk at the convenience store that Hasan frequented. According to the reporter, the clerk reported that Hasan didn't want to put in the position of attacking other Muslims. CNN is oblivious to the irony that Hasan apparently thought that was OK to murder American soldiers.
We at Northern Virginiastan extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims and care and support for the survivors and comrades.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Much of the material has previously been covered here at Northern Virginiastan. But there are also some pertinent updates.
Monday, August 10, 2009
In France, quite a reaction has set in with regard to this garbing up even though here in the United States the same garb is not causing much of a stir. One can't help but wonder if, at some point in the future, a similar reaction will be present in the United States.
From this August 9, 2009 article in the Washington Post:
...French people have long been accustomed to Muslim women wearing head scarves and long dresses. But the sight of women covered by black veils, increasingly frequent in some towns, has become the latest test of France's uneasy role as host to the largest Muslim population in Europe, nearly 6 million out of 64 million. Because of its stark distinction from the way European women dress, the full veil has generated a public outcry, becoming a symbol widely perceived as an assault on France's secular values.Read the entire article HERE.
"It's ridiculous," sneered Jose Aparecio, 66, a retired plumber surveying the busy square in Venissieux. "I don't know what they're trying to prove."
Most of the outrage, particularly among Paris commentators, has centered on women's rights, based on a supposition that women who wear full veils are forced to do so by their husbands. For instance, the Council of State, France's highest administrative tribunal, upheld the government's refusal to naturalize a veiled Moroccan woman because it said her attire "clashed with the values of a democratic society and the principle of sexual equality."
But more broadly, the decision to wear a full-length veil has been interpreted as a way to defy the ideal of integration, which traditionally has underpinned France's attitude toward Muslims and other immigrants. By ostentatiously refusing to blend in, women wearing such attire have generated intense resentment among European-stock French people long uncomfortable with an unaccustomed religion in their midst.
To some extent, the resentment also has spread among Muslim immigrants, particularly the elderly, who from humble beginnings worked hard to become part of the society and now see fellow Muslims challenging their adopted values. "If they don't like it here, they can always leave," sniffed Mustafa Zemaoui, 65, a retired locksmith who was sipping on a little glass of rose wine as the lunch hour approached.
...[T]he women become "walking prisons" behind their veils and, more important, are part of a campaign by hundreds of politically oriented Islamic fundamentalists to spread their views among Muslims in poor neighborhoods near the major cities of Lyon, Paris and Marseille....
I'm not sure that I have recently seen in print in a mainstream-media publication that wearing the burqa is promoting "Islamic fundamentalism," which might be better expressed by the words "Islamic terrorism." Of course, using the words "Islamic terrorism" is tabu as those words interfere with singing kumbaya with those sworn to our destruction.
What's the new euphemism? Man-caused disasters, or something like that?
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Thanks to Snapped Shot
You may find more coverage on the approval of the ISA expansion at Crystal Clear Conservative, Snapped Shot, and Marooned in Marin.
The Fairfax County Times article Board approves expansion for Saudi private academy closes with the words of Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville):
“I think a lot of the charges that were directed at your school were misplaced,” Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) said, speaking directly to academy representatives in the board auditorium. “We are fortunate in Fairfax County to have you as an educational alternative.”
Evidence of editorial bias on the part of the Fairfax County Times?
Foust's district abuts Sterling (Loudon County), where the All-Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque is located, near the county line. According to the ADAMS website, ADAMS serves Chantilly, Centerville, Sterling, Great Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, McLean, Herndon, and Reston. Membership is 2200 and ADAMS serves nearly 5000 families. Now you know who his constituents are.
Foust's district covers Herndon. Herndon is one node of Northern Virginiastan, the other being Falls Mosque, er, I mean, Falls Church. As noted in SperryFiles.com, the buildings at 500 and 555 Grove Street, right by the Herndon Post Office, housed dozens of Muslim shell organizations.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Atlas Shrugs has the videos.
Jihad Watch also has coverage, and the comments section is quite lively.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Keeping in mind that political officials often respond better to phone calls than letters, I called the offices of Linda Q. Smith, Supervisor, Providence District, and Sharon Bulova, Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Not surprisingly, Smith and Bulova were in meetings.
Smith's staff member asked if I supported or opposed expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy, as Smith's office was keeping a tally. She took down my phone number and said that she would have Supervisor Smith to call me.
I shared the following talking points with her senior aide "Lynn":
* The re-sentencing of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali to life imprisonment only this past Monday
* The possibility that 2003 ISA grad Raed Abdul-Rahman Alsaif was attempting a 9/11-style coordinated attack.
* With respect to the concerns of Springfield District residents about traffic safety on Pope's Head Road, I pointed out the 2005 accident caused by ISA bus driver Abdelrazeg Abdalla.
No oral statements will be taken at the August 3 meeting; however, written statements, submitted for the record, will be allowed.
Supervisor Pat Herrity of Springfield District will make the motion on expansion of the ISA.
Please email or fax a written statement for the record to Nancy Vehrs, Clerk to the Board of Supervisors. Email: ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov; Fax 703-324-3926. Reference case number SE 2008-SP-025.
HURRY! Written statements must be submitted by COB Friday, July 31, 2009.
You are urged to read Urgent Action Alert: Help Defeat Terror School in Virginia from ACT! for America: Northern Virginia/Washington, DC Metro Chapter's Official Blog and ACTION ALERT - AUGUST 3, 3:00 PM from Saudi Watch for more information.
Also listen to a full hour of local perspective on the trouble with the Islamic Saudi Academy: Criminal, Legal, Land Use, and more via Radio Free Dar Al Harab (hat tip: ACT! for America: Northern Virginia/Washington, DC Metro Chapter's Official Blog)
Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer has had contact with blogger Umar Lee since incarceration.
“The ACLU contends that [restricting group prayer] violates a federal law barring the government from restricting religious activities without showing a compelling need.”
The Federal government has it right this time: there is a “compelling need” to restrict religious activities, in this case, group prayer, as it would be a means of the prisoners to conspire among themselves.
Royer, a former communications specialist for CAIR, was part of the Virginia paintball gang. The mainstream media (MSM) portrayed the Virginia paintball gang as just a bunch of guys engaged in fun and games. The truth is more damning.
Counts 2-5 of the indictment against Royer and his comrades state that Royer and others had commenced an expedition against a friendly nation, namely India. Some Americans might consider these charges to be dubious: how do these charges impact the U.S.? Royer was recruiting for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group. LeT was behind the brazen terrorist attack last November in Mumbai, India, in which Americans were targeted and murdered.
UPDATE: Anti-terrorism activist Debra Burlingame, sister of pilot Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, whose jet was crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11, has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about conducting jihad from prison (hat tip: Atlas Shrugs). While Ms. Burlingame's article focuses on the lifting of security measures imposed on Richard Reid, the notorious "Shoe Bomber," she cites the case of Royer and Enaam Arnaout towards the end of the article.
Monday, July 27, 2009
The usual suspects (L to R): 9/11 Mosque iman Shaker Elsayed, lawyer Ashraf Nubani, and Abu Ali's dad, after the re-sentencing. The three men have been previously covered by Northern Virginiastan.
Abu Ali remained defiant:
"I would like to remind you that you too will appear before the divine tribunal with me and everyone else," he said in a brief statement to U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. "That day there will be no lawyers ... If you are comfortable with that, you can decree what you will."
To which I say:
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Saturday, July 18, 2009
Marooned in Marin found another story about legal jihad (see our story about Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer), this time featuring 1999 ISA valedictorian and everyone's favorite spindly terrorist wannabe Ahmed Omar Abu Ali.
Notable alumnus of ISA:
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali
The source for the story was the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
Abu Ali went on hunger strike because prison authorities wouldn't let him read "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope" by Barack Hussain Obama (NMP). Prison authorities later recanted.
Mom and Dad Abu Ali:
I'd cover my face if he were my son.
At left is Shaker Elsayed, Imam at 9/11 mosque
According to the WSJ Law blog:
There are a couple of signs pointing to the idea that Abu Ali might sue. He already has a lawyer, who spoke to the AP briefly about this episode. Abu Ali also filed a handwritten prison complaint form, saying the Obama book rejections “violate my 1st Amend. rights.”
"I was there and share many of your observations. I took video inside and outside the meeting as well."
You may find the video at Marooned In Marin: Public Hearing On Islamic Saudi Academy To Fairfax Board of Commissioners: Will Board Turn A Blind Eye To The Concerns Of Constituents?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Raed Abdul-Rahman Alsaif
Ryan Mauro notes in his article Foiling the Next 9/11 and Not Even Knowing It for Pajamas Media that on June 4, the same day ISA alum Raed Abdul-Rahman Alsaif was arrested for concealing a knife:
... two other individuals, Roshid Milledge and Damien Young, were arrested in Philadelphia after sneaking a handgun onto a flight. The airline? U.S. Airways. The destination? Phoenix. The departing time? About 35 minutes from the flight Alsaif attempted to board, using the same airliner and with the same destination.
While the FBI initially denied any connection between the events, it later retracted and said that they were looking into connections.
But then, this is the same FBI that collaborated with CAIR for outreach to the Muslim community. The FBI broke ties with CAIR, only to replace CAIR with the equally suspect Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Contrast that to our Egyptian apostate: as we were walking to our cars, we said that this man is a true patriot. Here is a man who was a student of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind cleric who masterminded the 1993 attack on the WTC, at Al-Azhar University, where BTW Barack Obama (NMP) spoke. Because he dared to ask questions, he had to flee for his life. America welcomes you, sir!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
While I had concerns about coordination among opponents of the ISA, opponents greatly outnumbered supporters.
Some opponents were not ideologically based: residents who live near the school complained about increased traffic and being downstream from septic fields. A petition to oppose the ISA based on land use was signed by 300 residents living near the ISA.
While a person representing an opponent who couldn’t make it because he was sick was not permitted to read a statement, one Christina Sheetz, an ISA alumna, was allowed to make a statement on behalf of Kamal Suliman. I called my district supervisor’s office about this double standard, and I was referred to Sharon Bulova’s office. Ms. Bulova rebuked ISA opponents twice for clapping, while supporters were not rebuked.
Reem Al-Hussain, a 2007 ISA alumna and now a student at GMU, said that equating one person (she was probably alluding to Abu Ali) with the whole of Islam was like equating Hitler with the whole of Christianity. Despite her over-the-top statement, I actually cut her some slack because of her relative youth. However, her statement that she felt that she was “stabbed” is symptomatic of Muslim victimology.
Dana Nicholas, who identified herself as an assistant principal at ISA, testified that ISA bus drivers would be educated in traffic safety and that ISA bus drivers had an excellent safety record. She is lying. Refer to our 2005 article WaPo conflates two bus accidents.
One opponent said that if the government didn’t serve the citizens, then overthrow the government. He dramatically turned to the audience when he shouted “overthrow the government.” He was subsequently rebuked by Katherine Cox Chenard, who identified herself as a teacher and curriculum development specialist at ISA.
I distance myself from his statement. It hurts the cause. Instead, I would have coldly told the Board of Supervisors that if they support ISA expansion (as sadly, I expect they will), then we will remember that at election time and vote them out.
Several ISA parents testified what a safe environment ISA provided: drug-free, fight-free, alcohol-free, teen pregnancy-free, yada yada yada. How are ISA students punished for transgressions? Did anyone else catch the irony of advocating a private school before the county government, which has oversight of Fairfax County Public Schools? Fairfax County Public Schools are obliged to serve all school-age children, whereas a private school can select its students. Moreover, what is being done to assure that Fairfax County Public Schools are drug-free, fight-free, alcohol-free, and teen pregnancy-free?
Finally, visit the comprehensive video coverage provided by Atlas Shrugs, especially the testimony of an Egyptian apostate who was not on the advance speakers list.
UPDATE: Snapped Shot couldn't attend last night's hearing. He notes that the final decision on the expansion of ISA has been deferred to August 3. Also refer to his links to Crystal Clear Conservative's report and live tweets.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I decided that I needed to make this news item more visible by posting it on the Northern Virginiastan blog. The final hearing of the Fairfax Co Board of Supervisors on the expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy on Pope's Head Road will be held this coming Monday, July 13, at 6 PM at:
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Get there early to get a seat. ISA will pack the chambers with its supporters.
What else can you do?
Call Sharon Bulova, Chair, and your District Supervisor, to vote "No" on expansion of the ISA. To find your district supervisor, go to the application My Neighborhood, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gisapps/myneighborhood/myndefault.aspx?fxmResolution=1024x768, select "General Information" and enter your street address. Tell them that you, as a resident of Fairfax County, oppose expansion of the ISA.
I read that U.S. representatives are more influenced by phone calls than letters. It might work the same way with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. You might want to follow up with a fax or e-mail of the flyer issued by the newly formed Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force. I also suggest copying Robert Spencer's Why we fight on this Independence Day and formatting it on 8-1/2" x 11" paper to include in your email or fax.
NOTE Sharon Bulova appeared at the kick-off meeting for Esam Omeish's failed bid for Democratic candidate for the 35th District Virginia House of Delegates. In that way, she's a worthy successor to former Chair and now U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly.
* Share the flyer with others. I'm going to post it on my church bulletion board, even though one of our members was instrumental in getting the ISA established in Fairfax County.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
From this article at The Investigative Project:
A Saudi Arabian man living in Tampa is being held without bond after being arrested June 4 for attempting to board a US Airways flight carrying a concealed weapon. Raed Abdul-Rahman Alsaif was trying to fly to Phoenix.Go HERE to read the entire article, which has embedded links.
According to a criminal complaint by Gregory J. Mertiz, Special Agent with the Transportation Security Administration in Tampa, Alsaif submitted three bags for screening to TSA officers. A Transportation Security Officer saw a large butcher knife inside one of the bags. The knife was "artfully concealed between the outside fabric and the expandable pull handles of the bag," the complaint said, and the weapon was stored in a way that would have been "accessible to him [Alsaif] in flight."
Raed Alsaif is a 2003 graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) in Alexandria, Virginia, the same high school that was the subject of a report in June 2008 by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) which alleged that ISA was using radical Saudi textbooks. According to the report, passages in the textbooks used at ISA justify violent actions and intolerance to the reader including killing Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, apostates (converts from Islam) and adulterers. School officials say they have deleted the offending passages.
In 2003, the same year that Alsaif graduated from ISA, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen and ISA graduate and valedictorian was arrested in Medina, Saudi Arabia on terrorism related charges. In 2005, Ali was convicted on nine counts including providing material resources to Al-Qaeda and conspiracy to assassinate President George W. Bush. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Alsaif has been previously arrested on drug charges and driving without a license in Hillsborough County.
In addition to his current concealed weapon charges, authorities found that Alsaif has been living in the country illegally....
Meanwhile, on July 13 at 6:00 PM, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing to consider allowing expansion of the Popes Head Road location of the Islamic Saudi Academy. Never mind that when Fairfax Christian School held that same property, the Christian school was never allowed to expand nor even to rebuild one of the structures which burned to the ground in the early 1980's. Much of Popes Head Road remains a country lane, the reason given for previously denying expansion to Fairfax Christian School. Apparently, different rules now apply, never mind that the safety issues remain the same.
In fact, when the issue of the expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy came before the Zoning Board this spring, the board unanimously approved the expansion over the objections of the neighborhood. The Zoning Board wasn't the least interested in the Wahhabist ideology being espoused at the Islamic Saudi Academy, and the board so stated.
Will the Board of Supervisors even care at the upcoming hearing that yet another graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy has shown himself to be something less that the supposedly wonderful students which the school graduates?
Furthermore, why is Fairfax County rolling over for a group whose 12th grade textbooks teach that it’s fine and dandy to kill homosexuals, adulterers, or anyone who leaves Islam?
Any interested in speaking before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on July 17 should immediately sign up.
But one doesn't have to speak to show objection to the expansion of the school. Just showing up and sitting with the objectors makes a statement.
Last time, only six objectors to the Islamic Saudi Academy showed up as compared to 600 ISA supporters. Let's change that ratio this time around. Arrive by 5:30 PM to get a seat.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Today, FBI Executive Assistant Director Tom Harrington is meeting at FBIHQ with Imam Majid of the ADAMS Center in Sterling,VA. Imam Majid is also the Vice-President of the Islamic Society of North America - a known Muslim Brotherhood entity and un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial in Dallas in which all defendants were found guilty of leading the Hamas front group. This was the largest terrorism financing trial in the history of the United States.
This meeting today follows yesterday's official decision by FBIHQ to use ISNA as their official point of contact with the American Muslim community. ISNA is one of the largest and most prominent Muslim Brotherhood entities in the US. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 with two objectives (which are their same two objectives today): implement Islamic Law and re-establish the global Islamic Caliphate. Their creed, which is still their creed today, includes "...martyrdom in the way of Allah is our highest inspiration."
We know that Assistant US attorneys are not going forward with prosecutions because it is "politically problematic." And now agents and attorneys aware of this decision believe it obligates them to violate US law by forcing them to work with a front group for a designated terrorist group (Hamas). It is worth reminding you all that the Hamas Covenant states Hamas is a Muslim Brotherhood entity, and that Hamas is a designated terrorist organization by the US government.
I strongly encourage you all to notify your state and federal elected officials and push them to call for the strongest possible action against the FBI, to include the removal of all senior FBI officials who approved this decision.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A short while before this loss at the polls this week, Hillary Clinton accorded him a kind of honor - as a Muslim leader worthy of her attention:
A Muslim leader invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to participate in a conference call after President Obama's speech in Cairo last week once told a crowd that "the jihad way is the way to liberate your land."How could the State Department be unaware of Omeish's background? The Washington Post has provided ample coverage of Omeish's jihad-loving ties.
Esam Omeish, a surgeon and community leader who is running for Virginia state assemblyman, made the statements in 2000 at pro-Palestinian rally where he spoke out against Israel and urged Muslims to support the Palestinian liberation movement.
The State Department has not replied to questions as to whether it was aware of Omeish's past comments when he was selected as one of approximately 100-200 invitees to participate in the conference, which included academics and Muslim leaders....
By now, readers of Northern Virginiastan should know that Esam Omeish placed 3rd of four candidates running to be Democratic candidate for the 35th District Virginia House of Delegates.
Atlas Shrugs cheers the defeat of Esam Omeish, but Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch cautions:
If a candidate like Esam Omeish can get 16% of the vote despite his Islamic supremacist statements and connections, imagine what a stealthier jihadist could do.
Indeed. I am more and more inclined to believe that Barack Obama (NMP) is a stealth Muslim in the highest office in the U.S., particularly, given his recent speech in Cairo and the fact that he hasn't identified a church to attend in Washington, DC.
During the primary race, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had invited Esam Omeish to participate on a conference call on President Obama (NMP)'s Cairo speech. Rick Moran calls Clinton's invitation "the logical, insane conclusion" of Obama (NMP)'s outreach to Muslims.
On another front of The Long War, the Islamic Saudi Academy is back in the news. Always on Watch has covered the Islamic Saudi Academy extensively on this blog. On Thursday, June 11 (that's tonight!), the Fairfax Planning Commission will vote on building additions, site modifications, and increase in enrollment (hat tip ACT Northern Virginia/Richmond/DC Metro Chapter).
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
While we in the U.S. have the right to a private ballot, I will disclose that I voted for Mark Keam. A straw poll taken in the Providence district (where I live) showed that Keam came out far ahead in the field of four Democratic candidates. I took that to mean that Keam had the best chance of winning, thereby defeating the stealth jihadist Omesh.
On my way out of the polling station, the man who handed me the Omesh brochure was still there. He was with another man, whom I took to be Mukit Hossain, a Muslim activist whom we've covered at some length here on Northern Virginiastan.
Thanks to Pamela at Atlas Shrugs for reminding everyone to get out and vote against Omesh!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA, 10th District)
From the ACT Northern Virginia/Richmond/DC Metro Chapter blog:
Mr. Wolf has co-sponsored legislation that would bar the use of federal funding to transfer the detainees to Virginia. The congressman has pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for details on the possible length of detainee trials, as well as other issues related to the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Alas, we moved out of Rep. Wolf's 10th District to dhimmi Gerry Connolly's 11th District (and Virginia House of Delegates 35th District, where Dr. Esam Omesh is running in the Democratic primary). I wish that Frank Wolf were still my U.S. Representative.
In a discussion of the Pope's visit to the Holy Land earlier this week on FOX 5 Morning News, Nihad Awad represented the Muslim point of view on a panel that included Jewish and Christian clergy.
In my previous article, I cited the problems of contacting FOX 5 via its comment line or Contact Us webform. Perhaps users can submit their objection via Twitter or Facebook.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The "credentials" for Nihad Awad:
Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.Check out his first post of April 24, 2009. The post is a lengthy bio.
Awad's blog is called Nihad Awad Bio, although the title doesn't appear at the top; I discovered the title via a Google alert for CAIR. Instead of a title appearing at the top, he has his photo.
In his most recent post, Awad crows about the Pope's respect for Islam. I note that Awad didn't bother citing this article, the last two paragraphs of which state:
[The Pope's] overtures on this trip have not pleased all Muslims.I tried to find the Reuters article with those words, but had no luck. Perhaps I missed it? Surely, surely, it hasn't disappeared from the Reuters web site. That could never happen, right?
Sheikh Hamza Mansour, a leading Islamist scholar and politician, told Reuters the pope had "not sent any message to Muslims that expresses his respect for Islam or its religious symbols starting with the Prophet."
In his very first post at his blog, Awad also reminds readers of the following:
Awad is a signatory, along with 137 other Muslim leaders and scholars, to an open letter titled "A Common Word Between Us and You," which was sent to Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and more than 20 other Christian leaders in 2007.I believe that counter-jihadists have parsed that letter for taqiyya.
The open letter was designed to promote understanding between Muslims and Christians worldwide.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I was not disappointed. Pamela quickly picked up on my story, and supplied additional information: read Atlas Shrugs: Extremist on the Campaign Trail: Jihadi Esam Omesh is Running for Office!
Thank you, Pamela, for getting the word out.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Readers might recall former Gov. Tim Kaine (now head of the Democratic National Committee) had selected Dr. Omesh for his minorities commission. Ultimately, Dr. Omesh resigned, as videos of him advocating jihad were circulated on the Internet.
On June 9, voters will choose the Republican and Democratic candidates who will oppose each other on the November ballot. The Democratic primary is contested: others running in the primary are Mark Keam, Roy Baldwin, and Edith Frankell Kelleher. I do not want a situation in which a four-way split might give Omesh victory. How can we who live in the 35th District defeat Dr. Omesh's candidacy?
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
This morning, Fox 5 Morning News interviewed Nihad Awad of CAIR about Obama's outreach efforts to the Muslim World:
For readers of this blog, I needn't expand about CAIR. I wanted to send a message to Fox 5 about CAIR and its ties to terrorism, but it is not recording messages on its comment line or sending what I have written on its Contact Us web form.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
After years of asserting that no Wahhabist hatred fills the pages of their textbooks (more here), the Islamic Saudi Academy, owned by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, has done some backpedaling. From this source:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- An Islamic school in northern Virginia with close ties to the Saudi government has revised its religious textbooks in an effort to end years of criticism that the school fosters hatred and intolerance.Not all agree wtih Al-Ahmed, as explained below:
While the Islamic Saudi Academy deleted some of the most contentious passages from the texts, copies provided to The Associated Press show that enough sensitive material remains to fuel critics who claim the books show intolerance toward those who do not follow strict interpretations of Islam.
The academy, which teaches nearly 900 students in grades K-12 at its campus just outside the Capital Beltway, developed new Islamic studies textbooks for all grades after a 2008 congressional report called portions of the previous editions troubling. The school provided the AP copies of the new textbooks, which revise language on hot-button issues such as requiring women to cover their heads and how Muslims should relate to people of other religions.
The school was founded in 1984 and largely stayed out of the spotlight until the Sept. 11 attacks, which focused attention on the Saudi educational system. In December 2001, two former ISA students, Mohammed El-Yacoubi and Mohammed Osman Idris, were denied entry into Israel when authorities there found El-Yacoubi carrying what the FBI believed was a suicide note linked to a planned martyrdom operation in Israel.
In 2005, a former ISA valedictorian, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was convicted in federal court of joining al-Qaida while attending college in Saudi Arabia and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush.
Last year, the school's then-director, Abdalla al-Shabnan, was convicted of failing to report a suspected case of child sex abuse.
Last year also was when the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released a report saying the school's textbooks contained several troubling passages, including one saying it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam and another saying "the Jews conspired against Islam and its people."
The new books don't contain those passages. The AP reviewed them with assistance from Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, who has criticized the academy and the books used there and in schools in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ahmed, whose group monitors politics and education in the Gulf, said the revised texts now being used at ISA make some small improvements in tone. But he said it's clear from the books that the core ideology behind them -- a puritanical strain of Islam known as Wahhabism that is dominant within Saudi Arabia -- remains intact.
"It shows they have no intention of real reform," al-Ahmed said.
Al-Ahmed cited other passages that, while not offensive, reflect what he sees as a medieval mentality despite the academy's efforts to modernize. One chapter deals extensively with sorcery, for instance, while another warns Muslims to be careful in accepting party and wedding invitations from non-Muslims.
"We don't live in the desert 1,000 years ago," al-Ahmed said. "It's disconnected from today because the authorities themselves are disconnected."
Eleanor Doumato, a visiting fellow in international studies at Brown University who reviewed the textbooks at the academy's request, endorsed their contents.The problem all along in dealing with the ISA has been the school's conflict of interest with American values of freedom and democracy.
These "books do not contain inflammatory material, nor do they encourage students to exhibit intolerance," she wrote in a letter co-signed by Gregory Starrett, an anthropology professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "In addition, these books counsel patience, gratitude, kindness, honesty and other important moral qualities that are encouraged by Muslims and non-Muslims alike."
Doumato and Starrett were paid by the academy to conduct their review....
The school continues to operate. However, according to the article, a review
is being conducted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting body. The association initiated a review of the school's accreditation status last year, and is looking at the new textbooks as part of its review. Spokeswoman Jennifer Oliver said the review is ongoing.