Birmingham schools targeted by Â (tiny minority of) Islamic excremists
Schools in Birmingham have been targeted by Islamic extremists trying to infiltrate the education system, Education Secretary Michael Gove has warned.
He told MPs there were “genuine dangers” due to extremist influence in state schools – and revealed he had been working with Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr) to counter the threat.
They have helped set up a series of workshops in inner-city Birmingham schools teaching students about Sufi music, which is inspired by poets who practiced Sufism, a mystical tradition within Islam.
Mr Mahmood said the aim was to teach young people about the true nature of Islam and counter the false impression they might get from extremists who deliberately target students. (Birmingham Post has more>>)
Peta-Kaye Croft,Â Parliamentary Secretary for Education, responds with duplicity and obfuscation.
Preachers of Hate are given a platform to recruit Muslims on campus while encouraging violence against homosexuals and Muslim apostates. (Barenaked)
Australia funds Islamic Schools in Indonesia (and elsewhere)
The Australian government has funded the construction and expansion of over 2.000 junior high schools in poor and remote areas in Indonesia, with funds amounting to AUS $300 million. In addition, another AUS$87 million has also been allocated to improve the quality and management of the education sector. Â Tangerang:Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Stephen Smith officially opened the Tsanawiyah Balaraja Islamic School in Sukamulya, Banten, today (15/7). Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Inaugurates Islamic School in Indonesia (Tempo)
“Education Against Jihad”
No good deed goes unpunished:
Muslim gratitude is instant:
- Muslims torch two church buildings in Zanzibar “And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.” — Hussein Obama,Â Cairo, June 4, 2009
What I have uncovered is unacceptable,Â obscene and should be fought at all levels by the American people.Â Our State Dept.Â is using undisclosed amounts of US tax dollars to build and renovate Islamic Mosques in 27 different countries.Â They do this under an ‘outreach’ program with the purpose of fostering ‘good will’Â in Muslim countries.Â The state department will not reveal just how much they spend on overseas,Â foreign programs but a very reliable source told me most likely it is in the hundreds of millions.
If we are obsessed about building good will in Muslim countries,Â why don’t we start by building Christian churches in Muslim countries since they have so many Mosques here already.Â How about we tell Muslim countries this.Â When we hear any Jihad,Â anti troop or anti Israeli talk in US mosques we will start shutting them down. (CFP Laurie Roth)
America spends big to build mosques & madrassas around the world
More detail on the funding of mosques by the U.S. government using your taxpayer dollars, from the Washington Times,Â Tax dollars to build mosques:
Americans also may be surprised to learn that theÂ United States has been an active participant in mosque construction projects overseas. In April, U.S. Ambassador to TanzaniaÂ Alfonso E. Lenhardt helped cut the ribbon at the 12th-century Kizimkazi Mosque, which was refurbished with assistance from theUnited States under a program to preserve culturally significant buildings. TheU.S. government also helped save the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque in Cairo, which dates back to 642. The mosque’s namesake was the Muslim conqueror of Christian Egypt, who built the structure on the site where he had pitched his tent before doing battle with the country’s Byzantine rulers. For those who think the Ground Zero Mosque is an example of “Muslim triumphalism” glorifying conquest, the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque is an example of such a monument â€“ and one paid for withÂ U.S. taxpayer funds. Â (Creeping Sharia) More below the fold>>
Hugh Fitzgerald comments onÂ US State Department funding mosque building in Bulgaria
Jihadwatch carried a story a few weeks ago about similar mosque-funding, by the American State Department, in Indonesia. One would like to know if the State Department is funding the building, or rebuilding, of the more than 2,300 churches destroyed by Muslims in Indonesia in 2003 alone (some put the figure as high as 4,000 churches). More information can be found from the Barnabas Fund, that samaritan organization that attempts to defend Christians from Muslim assault. If the State Department is not helping to rebuild Christian churches that have been destroyed by a “tiny handful of fanatics,” no doubt the Indonesian government will be most pleased if it does so — for what better way to show that Islam is a religion of “tolerance” and “peace” than to rebuild, with money that might otherwise go to silly things, like more tanks and planes, to rebuild those churches in a true spirit of reconciliation.
Try it, eh?
One is beginning to think that there are those in the State Department who have run amok, who think that they can make an end-run around the Constitution, and can ignore the American public, which if it were apprised of what is going on, would not approve of the support of those “good” mosques as opposed to the “bad” mosques. For the former can always become the latter; the major texts remain the same. The ultimate effect — strengthening Muslim cohesion, making it easier to be a Muslim in, for example, Bulgaria. And why does the American government want to make it easier to be a Muslim in Bulgaria? Why is that in our interest? What do the Bulgarians really think (not what they may say pulbicly but what they really think and can communicate privately) about the foreign funding of mosques, whether by the sinister Saudis or the hopelessly naive Americans? There seems to be some notion that if Saudis are barred from funding, or somehow (how?) kept out, the Infidel authorities have a duty (!) to fund mosques themselves. Good God, what nonsense.
One cannot refrain from noting that the level of the State Department’s understanding of Constitutional Law needs to be examined. Judging by its behavior in funding mosques in Indonesia, and now in Bulgaria, it seems to believe that the First Amendment was all about “the separation of Church and State — but hey, there’s nothing in it about the separation of Mosque and State.” Take that, Zechariah Chaffee, Alexander Meiklejohn, Paul Freund. Take that, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and all you Virginia remonstrancers.
Your Tax dollars build mosques around the world
TheÂ State Department is sendingÂ Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – the mastermind of the Ground Zero Mosque – on a trip through the Middle East to foster “greater understanding” about Islam and Muslim communities in theÂ United States. However, important questions are being raised about whether this is simply a taxpayer-funded fundraising jaunt to underwrite his reviled project, which is moving ahead in Lower Manhattan.
Mr. Rauf is scheduled to go toÂ Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi,Â BahrainandÂ Qatar, the usual stops for Gulf-based fundraising. TheÂ State Department defends the five-country tour saying thatÂ Mr. Rauf is “a distinguished Muslim cleric,” but surely the government could find another such figure in theÂ United States who is not seeking millions of dollars to fund a construction project that has so strongly divided America.
By funding the trip so soon afterÂ New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the go-ahead to demolish the building on the proposed mosque site, theÂ State Department is creating the appearance that theÂ U.S. government is facilitating the construction of this shameful structure. It givesÂ Mr. Rauf not only access but imprimatur to gather up foreign cash. And becauseÂ Mr. Rauf has refused to reveal how he plans to finance his costly venture, the American public is left with the impression it will be a wholly foreign enterprise. This contradicts the argument that a mosque is needed in that part of New York City to provide services for a burgeoning Muslim population. If so many people need the mosque so badly, presumably they could figure out a way to pay for it themselves.
Americans also may be surprised to learn that theÂ United States has been an active participant in mosque construction projects overseas. In April, U.S. Ambassador to TanzaniaÂ Alfonso E. Lenhardt helped cut the ribbon at the 12th-century Kizimkazi Mosque, which was refurbished with assistance from theÂ United States under a program to preserve culturally significant buildings. TheÂ U.S. government also helped save the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque in Cairo, which dates back to 642. The mosque’s namesake was the Muslim conqueror of Christian Egypt, who built the structure on the site where he had pitched his tent before doing battle with the country’s Byzantine rulers. For those who think the Ground Zero Mosque is an example of “Muslim triumphalism” glorifying conquest, the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque is an example of such a monument – and one paid for withÂ U.S. taxpayer funds.
The mosques being rebuilt by theÂ United States are used for religious worship, which raises important First Amendment questions.Â U.S.taxpayer money should not be used to preserve and promote Islam, even abroad. In July 2009, the Office of the Inspector General published an audit ofÂ U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) faith-based and community initiatives that examined whether government funds were being used for religious activities. The auditors found that whileÂ USAID was funding some religious activities, officials were “uncertain of whether such uses of Agency funding violate Agency regulations or the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution” when balanced against foreign-policy objectives.
For example, our government rebuilt the Al Shuhada Mosque in Fallujah, Iraq, expecting such benefits as “stimulating the economy, enhancing a sense of pride in the community, reducing opposition to international relief organizations operating in Fallujah, and reducing incentives among young men to participate in violence or insurgent groups.” But Section 205.1(d) of title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations prohibitsÂ USAID funds from being used for the rehabilitation of structures to the extent that those structures are used for “inherently religious activities.” It is impossible to separate religion from a mosque; any such projects will necessarily support Islam.
TheÂ State Department is either wittingly or unwittingly using tax money to supportÂ Mr. Rauf‘s efforts to realize his dream of a supersized mosque blocks away from the sacred ground of the former World Trade Center, which was destroyed by Islamic fanaticism. This ill-considered decision will raise the ire of millions of Americans and illustrates the limits of what the denizens of Foggy Bottom know about diplomacy.