Ban the Burqa – and the Niqab Too

While we’re at it: Make sure the hijab goes too

By Daniel Pipes

Once-exotic forms of Muslim women’s head and body garments have now become both familiar in the West and the source of fractious political and legal disputes.

The hijab (a hair-covering) is ever-more popular in Detroit but has been banned from French public schools, discouraged by the International Football Association Board, and excluded from a court in the U.S. state of Georgia.

The jilbab (a garment that leaves only the face and hands exposed) was, in a case partly argued by Tony Blair’s wife, first allowed, then forbidden in an English school.

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Sultaana Freeman wanted her Florida drivers license to show her in a niqab, but an Orlando court said no.

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The jilbab (a garment that leaves only the face and hands exposed) was, in a case partly argued by Tony Blair’s wife, first allowed, then forbidden in an English school.

The niqab (a total covering except for the eyes) became a hot topic when Jack Straw, a British Labour politician, wrote that he “felt uncomfortable” talking to women wearing it.

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Which resulted in death-threats and the most absurd accusations as we can see above

If Quebec election authorities disallow the niqab from voting booths and a judge disallowed it from a Florida driver’s license, it is permitted in British courts and a Dutch candidate for municipal office wore one. A British hospital even invented a niqab patients’ gown.
The burqa (a total head and body covering) has been barred from classrooms in the UK, is illegal in public places in five Belgian towns, and the Dutch legislature has attempted to ban it altogether. Italy’s “Charter of Values, Citizenship and Immigration” calls face coverings not acceptable. A courtroom in the United States has expelled a burqa’ed woman.

In brief, no general rules govern Islamic headwear in the West.

Some observers would ban hijabs from public places, but what legal grounds exist for doing so? Following my rule of thumb that Muslims enjoy the same rights and obligations as other citizens, but not special rights or obligations, a woman’s freedom of expression grants her the option to wear a hijab.

* But usually its not their ‘freedom of expression’-, its a certain type of man who whack the females into this ‘freedom..’


In contrast, burqas and niqabs should be banned in all public spaces because they present a security risk. Anyone might lurk under those shrouds – female or male, Muslim or non-Muslim, decent citizen, fugitive, or criminal – with who knows what evil purposes.

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Gingrich says war on terror ‘phony’

Former speaker says energy independence is key

By BOB DEANS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Washington — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday the Bush administration is waging a “phony war” on terrorism, warning that the country is losing ground against the kind of Islamic radicals who attacked the country on Sept. 11, 2001.

A more effective approach, said Gingrich, would begin with a national energy strategy aimed at weaning the country from its reliance on imported oil and some of the regimes that petro-dollars support.

“None of you should believe we are winning this war. There is no evidence that we are winning this war,” the ex-Georgian told a group of about 300 students attending a conference for collegiate conservatives.

Gingrich, who led the so-called Republican Revolution that won the GOP control of both houses of Congress in 1994 midterm elections, said more must be done to marshal national resources to combat Islamic militants at home and abroad and to prepare the country for future attack. He was unstinting in his criticism of his fellow Republicans, in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

“We were in charge for six years,” he said, referring to the period between 2001 and early 2007, when the GOP controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. “I don’t think you can look and say that was a great success.”

Thursday’s National Conservative Student Conference was sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, a Herndon, Va.-based group founded in the 1960s as a political counterpoint to the left-leaning activists who coalesced around the civil rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War.

Gingrich retains strong support among conservatives and ranked fifth among possible Republican nominees behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with the backing of 7 percent of those queried in a ABC News/Washington Post poll taken last week. The poll surveyed 403 Republicans and Republican-leaning adults nationwide and has a 5 percentage-point margin of error.

“I believe we need to find leaders who are prepared to tell the truth … about the failures of the performance of Republicans … failed bureaucracies … about how dangerous the world is,” he said when asked what kind of Republican he would back for president.

* Sounds better than Giuliani already, what say you?

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Al Qaeda Trumpet Adam Gadahn Threatens  Embassy Jihad

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(CNN) — U.S. Embassies and American interests “at home and abroad” are prime targets for terrorist attacks, American al Qaeda member Adam Yahiye Gadahn said in a newly released al Qaeda-produced video.

“We shall continue to target you at home and abroad just as you target us at home and abroad … ,” Gadahn — also known as Azzam the American — says in the video provided to CNN by www.LauraMansfield.com, a Web site that analyzes terrorism.

Later in the video, which is about an hour long and takes the form of a documentary, the self-proclaimed American jihadist makes explicit threats against the United States and U.S. interests, singling out embassies and consulates.

“These spy dens and military command and control centers — from which you plotted your aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq and which still provide vital moral, military, material and logistical support to the crusade — shall continue to be legitimate targets for brave Muslims … until and unless you heed our demands: Stop the crusade and leave the Muslims alone,” he said.

Link to CNN 

Forget lily-livered liberalism, time to take a stand and say we don’t want Muslim immigrants

You heard it, he said it: “Say we don’t want Muslim immigrants”

By Kevin Meyers/The Independent.ie

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The question is especially apposite, because we now know the consequences for every single European society which has admitted large numbers of Muslims: social alienation, religious antagonism and outright terrorism.

We know this. We all know it. And yet we continue to allow Muslim immigration. Why? What do we gain from it?

Well, up until two weeks ago you might have said, more doctors – for when Mary Harney declared that she was going to solve the impasse in the health service by bringing in medical graduates from around the world, we all accepted that doctors, no matter their religion, were dedicated to saving life.

That was then. We know otherwise now. Clearly the Hippocratic Oath doesn’t have the universal power we once thought. Even Mengele, for all his evil, could maintain the fiction that his abominable experiments were of some medical use. But no one could possibly say that of the medical mass-murder plots in Britain, where the term WMD has taken on a new and grisly resonance for some Muslim doctors. Which ones? We don’t know. Okay: so why take the risk?

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Now, whenever I write about immigration, the response is a bristling silence, as the binary-weight of physical fear and PC-conformism successfully suppresses debate on Ireland’s future. Occasionally, one hears a little bleat, “You’re not being helpful” – ah yes, the lily-livered whinge of unprincipled liberalism.

Thus, the Dail has never debated the effects of Christian, European population-movement into Ireland, never mind the consequences of Islamic immigration. This is frivolousness to the point of delinquency, the hallmark of a society which has neither faith in its own values, nor a determination for them to endure. And a society which does not defend its core-certainties is sooner or later doomed. Much of Europe is so afflicted, and Britain is in an advanced stage of the disease.

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Islamic norms are now tolerated, and informally enforced, across many British cities, where women routinely wear full face-veils. Of Britain’s two million Muslims, over 300,000 believe suicide attacks in the West are justified, and 500,000 believe the 7/7 attacks in London two years ago were the work of British intelligence.

Some 600,000 do not even regard themselves as British, 37pc want sharia law in Britain, and one-quarter want to live in all-Muslim areas. Meanwhile, MI5 is close to being overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the domestic terrorist insurgency: 100 Islamicist suspects are already awaiting trial, and there are some 200 terrorist networks, with 1,700 members, now operating around the country.

Read it all, you really should!

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What Islam teaches:

According to Muslim scholar Bassam Tibi,
“Muslims are religiously obliged to disseminate the Islamic faith throughout the world…. If non-Muslims submit to conversion or subjugation, this call can be pursued peacefully. If they do not, Muslims are obliged to wage war against them. … Those who resist Islam cause wars and are responsible for them”
So after all the infidels are the one who don’t want world peace according to Islamic scholars.
World peace in accordance to Islamic teachings can be achieved only when all the people in the world submit themselves to Islam.

Khilafah Conference International 2007 Support Ad  (a target rich environment)

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“Nuke Mecca & Medina”- Tancredo Blowback

Congressman Tom Tancredo intends to wipe out Mecca & Medina in case Islamic terrorists succeed in a major terrorist attack against the US.

(in case he gets to be POTUS, of course..)

Pakistan, build on Islam and nothing but Islam, is seething as always: The adherents of the Religion of Peace throw the usual hissy fits. Physical threats against Tancredo, a multi-million dollar lawsuit, posturing, ‘Tancredo hurt the feelings of five gazillion Muslims’- and of course this gem “the US is responsible for terrorism across the world, Tancredo’s statement could be a cause of terrorism”– but we like this one the best: “The West has no respect for Muslims’ emotions,” What say you?

Lawyer serves notice on Tom Tancredo

LAHORE: Lawyer MD Tahir on Friday served a legal notice on Tom Tancredo for his statement and asked him for public apology. He said if Tancredo would not seek apology he (Tancredo) would be sued for $500 million damages for hurting religious sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims across the world. He said only a sick-minded person could ever think of injuring feelings of Muslims because Muslims never ever thought of attacking the US. Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Sarfaraz Cheema termed the statement as an eye-opener for the whole Muslim community. He urged Muslims in particular and US government in general to take notice of blasphemy committed by Tancredo. He said Tancredo had hurt feelings of Muslims. He said the statement was meant to create clash between the civilisations. He said, “We will sacrifice our lives for the sake of our religion.” He urged Muslims all over the world to be united against the anti-Islamic elements. He criticised the Pakistan government for helping the US in war against terrorism. He said the US was responsible for terrorism across the world, adding that this statement could be a cause of terrorism. “The West has no respect for Muslims’ emotions,” he said. staff report

Hamas Charter, Article 31, Chapter 2:

*… It is the duty of the followers of other religions to stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam…*

Obama cops it also for hurting Muslim sensitivities:

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But where is Islamic Rage Boy?

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The sensitive types in the state department got the jitters already:

State Dept. to Tancredo and others: Stop the threats

Today, State Department spokesman Tom Casey took particular exception to Tancredo’s remarks, the AP writes:

“It is absolutely outrageous and reprehensible for anyone to suggest attacks on holy sites, whether they are Muslim, Christian, Jewish or those of any other religion,” a clearly agitated Casey told reporters, shaking his head in disgust.

* Obviously Casey is still clueless about the purpose of mosques, otherwise he wouldn’t describe mosques as ‘holy sites’- see below what mosques are used for

Update:

“Dath to Tancredo” — and Bush and Obama 

The Religion of Peace promptly springs into action: 

Pakistani protestors chant anti American slogans after setting on fire the effigies of U.S. President George W. Bush, center, Republican Tom Tancredo, left, and U.S. Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, right, at a protest rally in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, August 5, 2007. Protesters criticized to Tancredo and Obama for allegedly making irresponsible statements on military strikes against Muslims and bombing on the Islamic holiest sites, Mecca and Medina. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)
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The list is getting bigger by the day. No word yet, however, on any demonstrations planned to wish “dath” on Osama bin Laden or any of the others who have, as we’re endlessly told, “hijacked” Islam.

From AP 

Just one recent example what mosques are used for:

Italy: Mosque Terror School Uncovered

Perugia is the capital city of Umbria in northern Italy. Yesterday, a mosque was raided in the outskirts of the city, and three Moroccans, including the mosque’s imam were arrested.

The news appears in Reuters, MWC News, Associated Press via CNN, Fox News and the Herald Sun, from the Evening Echo and the BBC.

The grubby exterior of the Ponte Felcino mosque makes it appear unimposing, but inside it housed a terrorist training school, claimed Italian anti-terrorism chief Carlo De Stefano. Twenty foreign students were also arrested yesterday in a related series of raids. Those without residence permits will be deported, state police. 23 raids took place.

* Comment from Atlas:

* anywhere that mosques serve as places to organize terror, they should be attacked, entered, and those within who resist, killed.

* these mosques have been off limits to retribution far too long. they are used to recruit, incite, train, and launch terror. they are no different from a military fortress or base, and they should be treated accordingly, summarily and brutally.

‘Moderate’ Malaysia Beats Abu Ghraib

* Remember how the whole ‘Muslim World’ was all enraged over Abu Ghraib and how the nutroots went gaga? Every Muhammedan from Timbuktu to Mindanao blamed the US and the Jooozzz. In fact they still talk about it, as if butt-pyramids and guard dogs in jail was the worst that ever happened to them. When they do it to themselves they don’t give a f*#k….

Just to give you an idea of what’s waiting for you in ‘moderate’ Malaysia, don’t let yourself get caught:

Malaysian minister defends caning of prisoners as gruesome video appears on internet

By DAVID WILLIAMS –

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Within moments of the first blow being struck by the cane-wielding official, the skin on his buttocks breaks and the raw wound begins to open.

Lash after lash after lash follows until his flesh is reduced to a bloody mess. With each blow, the body flinches and there is a cry.

The caning was meted out in a jail in Malaysia, where the authorities insist that it is a legitimate punishment.

However, a video of the flogging has caused an outcry after it was posted on the Internet and seen around the world.

In images condemned by Malaysia’s own lawyers, the unidentified male prisoner, thought to be a drug dealer, is shown being struck 20 times on his bare buttocks with a rotan – a bamboo-like cane.

The Bar Council of Malaysia, which represents 8,000 lawyers, has called for such punishment to be abolished and stepped up its campaign after highlighting the video images.

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Raw: the results of the beating
The six-minute clip, entitled Malaysian Caning Judicial Corporal Punishment, was posted on www.lifeleak.com, an international video-sharing site.
“We are against the death penalty and corporal punishment,” said council president Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“It’s against all international human rights norms and the various conventions on torture. It’s inhumane and degrading.”

However, deputy internal security minister Fu Ah Kiow defended the punishment. He said the video clip was recorded at a local prison and is used in drug prevention and other anti-crime campaigns.

He would not reveal details of the prisoner involved. But the man was understood to be a drug dealer who received dozens of lashes, as well as a lengthy prison term.

In the video, he is seen being led away after the beating then shown undergoing a medical examination.

The minister added: “The video is a means to educate the public and to show how hideous caning can be. It is a deterrence for drug traffickers and drug addicts.

“Somehow somebody duplicated it and posted it on the website, but it’s not done by our officials. It is for education and training purposes, there’s no big deal about it.”

Flogging is widely used in Malaysia for various offences including drug crimes, rape and illegal entry into the country.

* Irene Khan from Amnesia Intentional will have no objection to this kind of Islamic punishment called ‘education’-, let us know when you hear something…

* Here’s the video for you, Irene. You might like it

One in 11 British Muslims backs suicide bombers, says Brown aide

Shouldn’t that be ‘Asians?’ Just a few days ago Gordon Brownnose, Britain’s new PM decreed not to use the ‘M’-word anymore for fear of offending the tiny minority of extremists.

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As many as one in 11 British Muslims agree with and proactively support terrorism, a Government adviser has warned police.

Haras Rafiq also told officers at Scotland Yard that up to 20 per cent of the Muslim population ‘ sympathize’ with militants, while stopping short of being prepared to ‘blow themselves up’.

* How do we know its not the other way around? Could it be 80% ‘militants?’

* Besides, we don’t actually have any Muslims who clearly speak out against the militants without making mealy mouthed excuses and blame the ‘policies’ of the host-country, besides imagined grievances and injustices…

His remarks underline the scale of the task facing Gordon Brown to win the hearts and minds of Muslims, only a week after he promised an extra £70million to councils and community groups to fight extremism.

Mr Rafiq, an adviser to the Government’s preventing extremism taskforce, said: “A percentage of people actually agree and support pro actively the people that are deciding to blow themselves up.

“It varies, it can be 7 per cent, 5 per cent, 9 per cent.”

With 1.6million Muslims living in the UK, nine per cent is the equivalent of 144,000 people supporting terrorism.

‘Proactively’ supporting terrorism is understood to mean the people are vocal in their support for fanatics, rather than actively helping them to commit atrocities.

Mr Rafiq, filmed by Channel 4’s Dispatches, went on: “Next we can have a percentage of people that can actually sympathise.

“These people at this stage … won’t go out and be operational and won’t decide to blow themselves up but can sympathise with the people that can blow themselves up.

“Again this can be in double digits. Then we have a percentage of the population that actually empathises with the people that blow themselves up. It could be 15 to 20 per cent.

“It could be somebody who says, ‘I don’t agree that these guys are blowing themselves up but I can actually understand why’.”

* Well, if they are in agreement then perhaps Britain should look at some way of repatriation, wouldn’t that make sense?

Dispatches discovered that Abu Mohammed, a fanatical preacher based in Europe, managed to make a series of visits to Britain, lecturing to young Muslims in houses in Luton, before being banned by the Home Office in March this year.

He continues to radicalise followers here via the Internet.

Mohammed is filmed by reporter Phil Rees declaring: “We are in a state of war and no covenant exists…British Muslims should know that the British Government will do everything to frighten them, to make them very uncomfortable and they have to be prepared to pay the price and fight back.”

* Actually, its called jihad and it is incumbent upon every Muslim…

Read it all

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But this is important, just in case you had any doubt:

Hamas leader praises Sheikh Qaradawi for his support for suicide operations

Al-Qaradawi has been praised by establishment Islamic scholar John Esposito as a champion of a “reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism and human rights.”

Hamas Leader Khaled Mash’al Praises Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi for His Support of Suicide Operations and States: Holocaust Exaggerated, Being Used to Extort Germany, and Zionist Holocaust Against Arabs Much Worse,” from MEMRI

This is important, because this is what all the apologists lie about:

“…because some of the nation’s religious scholars – and we do not underestimate them, for they are good people… But due to a certain confusion, they had dissenting views on the martyrdom operations, and this caused us great embarrassment. However, in his unequivocal fatwa, the sheikh, may Allah reward him, considered martyrdom operations to be the most noble level of jihad. That was unparalleled support for the people of Palestine, because, brothers and sisters, you cannot imagine how difficult it is psychologically for a young Palestinian man or woman to sacrifice themselves or what is most dear to them, only to encounter a conflict in their minds and hearts as to whether they are on the path of righteousness, or whether they are committing a religious violation.”

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Fitzgerald: Ten questions for 10 out of 11 British Muslims 

The inimitable Hugh Fitzgerald on the wildly underestimated numbers of Muslims in the West  who agree with  JIHAD,- because its not simply an act of terror here and there.

Read it all 

Spencer A Hit At Young America’s Foundation

Defying threats of a lawsuit and bullying, lies and slander by CAIR, an Islamic propaganda front for Hamas, cashed up with 50 million dollars of Saudi money, Robert Spencer from Jihad Watch speaks to young Americans and receives multiple standing ovations:

THE TRUTH WILL OUT

“Welcome to the address that the Council on American Islamic Relations does not want you to hear,” Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch said Thursday, opening a speech to the Young America’s Foundation that caused CAIR to send a letter Wednesday demanding “that YAF cancel the subject session.

The Washington Times obtained a text of Mr. Spencer’s speech, excerpts of which follow:
It is a common tactic of both the Left and the Islamic advocacy groups in America: to accuse every critic of purveying hatred and bigotry. But I am not intimidated by their threats, or troubled by their smears — because I know I do not advocate hatred and bigotry, but a realistic appraisal of the Islamic jihad threat. …

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Michelle Malkin quotes Mr. Spencer closing his speech with: “Come and kill me if you want, but I’m not going to submit.”

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.:
At Hot Air, Mrs. Malkin writes: “Multiple standing ovations. I’d say Spencer was the hit of the YAF conference, hands-down.”

Hey Hooper, don’t you wish your coffee filter was a Hitler helmet?

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This is America, not Saudi Arabia. And in America, we have something called the Bill of Rights. We advise you to review amendments one and two…We are bringing you the speaker that CAIR doesn’t want you to hear…Robert Spencer.


(Standing ovation.)

Robert Spencer: They say in the letter that I am a well-known purveyor of hate…with a history of false and defamatory statement…but they do not manage to quote any…this is a common tactic…instructive lesson in bully-boy tactics…that is, to accuse every critic of purveying hatred and bigotry…everyone, no matter what…it’s good to see that you are not intimidated. I am not intimidated…so I’m here to tell you about the Truth about CAIR…
Can they really sue you for telling the truth?
…CAIR is highly successful…Law enforcement officials have received sensitivity training from the group…Mainstream media [has embraced]…There’s another side…it’s a side everyone needs to know about…
“CAIR is unusual in its extreme rhetoric and association with those who are suspect”…I’d like to say to CAIR’s lawyers that that’s not my statement. It was said by
Rep. Richard Durbin.
“CAIR has ties to terrorism…”
That was Rep. Charles Schumer.
“…nothing more than a apologist for groups bent on destroying Israel…”
That was Republican Rep. Bill Shuster.
Spencer reads from NYSun’s report on CAIR being named as unindicted co-conspirator in Hamas funding case.

There’s more, read it all

Newsweek features Ayaan Ali Hirsi, Muhammedans are seething

* After a good News-week of Islam-disinformation with heeps of steaming taqiyya by terror-enablers, apologists, professional liars from Muzzamil Siddiqi to the demented Jew-hating Peanut Khadr and from Queen Rania of Jordan to the sinister John (20 million $$$) Esposito from Georgetown university, Ayaan Ali Hirsi tells it how it is, and the Muhammedans are seething:

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On the issues of holy war (jihad), apostasy and the treatment of women, the Koran and Sunna are clear. It is the obligation of every Muslim to spread Islam to unbelievers first through dawa, or proselytizing, then through jihad, if the unbelievers refuse to convert. It is the obligation of the unbelievers to accept Islam. Exempted from this edict of conversion are the people of the book: Christians and Jews. Both peoples have a choice. They may adopt Islam and enjoy the same rights as other Muslims, or they may stick to their book and lead the life of a dhimmi (lower citizen). Legally, the rights of the dhimmi are not equal to those of a Muslim. For instance, a Muslim man may take a Jewish or Christian wife, but Jews and Christians are not allowed to marry Muslim women. If a Christian or a Jew kills a Muslim man, they should be killed immediately. In contrast, the blood of a Muslim should never be shed in recompense for the blood of Christians or Jews.

It is also the obligation of every Muslim to command virtue and forbid vice. Apostasy, the worst possible vice a Muslim can commit, should be punished by death. The punishment need not be carried out by a state, but can easily be enforced by civilians. When it is a question of Islamic law, justice is in the hands of every Muslim.

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There a some more juicy bits, read it all and check out the comments!