WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two — one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln. Earlier this week, his historic selection of a woman who is not a clergy person to deliver his inaugural invocation also made headlines (this is the first time a female and a person who is not a faith leader has been selected).
The inclusion of King’s Bible in the oath process is particularly significant since the inauguration comes on Jan. 21, the federal holiday in honor of the civil rights leader, who delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago at the Lincoln Memorial. Obama will be facing the memorial as he takes the oath. King’s Bible, which his children say he used early in his career as a preacher, has never been part of a presidential inauguration. (Read more: Obama Puts 2nd Twist on Inauguration)
Changing images? Seems to be something that lies at the heart of Islam. If a brand is misunderstood, it needs to be rebranded. All you need is cosmetics, a bit of snake oil, and more advertising.
Can the popular conception of “jihad” really be changed with some ads and a hashtag?
“I would look at this conflict as I would any other product: We have an image problem,” said Arash Afshar, an Iranian-American marketing consultant who is not involved with the campaign. “This is exactly what Muslims should be doing … The way to combat an image problem is not to simply sit back and hope it goes away. You develop a branding strategy and motivate your already existing fan-base.”
Robert Spencer is not convinced that it will work:
More and more anti-semitic drivel from the Iraq News Agency lately, much of it reproduced elsewhere.
But this sentence is a classic distillation of hate, the type that is never reported in the West:
There is no harmful insect on the planet more dangerous than the Jews, and there is no incurable disease eating away at the human body is the worse than the Jews; and there is not any book since the inception of the world to warn nations and peoples of the psychological and intellectual epidemics of the Jews like the Koran. (Iraq News Agency spouting pure anti-semitism)
Jewish Press loves being lied to:
“Listen to Me: Islam Does Not Command War Against Jews”
Here’s how I see it: why should we buy mental tosh from a female who is no more than chattel according to her own ‘religion?’
Why should we bother with the da’awa efforts of a Muselmanic female who is only worth half of a man, according to her own belief-system?
Not to be taken seriously.
Turks Assassinate 3 Kurdish Women “Activists” in Paris
PARIS — Three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were “executed” at a Kurdish centre in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday.
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who visited the pro-Kurdish centre in Paris where their bodies were found, said the deaths are “without doubt an execution.” He called it a “totally intolerable act.”
Obama not only helped Egypt’s answer to the Ayatollah Khomeini take power, he has been pouring $billions of our money on him, much of which will be spent killing Israelis and very possibly Americans in the foreseeable future. But Mohamed Morsi wants more:
Morsi told CNN in an interview aired Monday that he was hoping to travel to the United States before the end of March 2013, and he planned to raise the case of Omar Abdul Rahman, serving a life sentence in a US prison. …
Morsi repeated his view of the blind sheikh saying: “I want him to be free.” (More)
Egypt’s terror-coddling President Mohamed Morsi has repeated his arrogant demand that America free convicted 1993 World Trade Center mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman. I’d like to report that President Obama repeated his unequivocal rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood leader’s entreaties. But as of this writing, no such public statement or restatement yet exists.
That’s right. Obama has kept mum about Morsi’s vociferous lobbying on behalf of Abdel-Rahman, the “blind sheik,” who is serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison in North Carolina for seditious jihad conspiracy. The commander in chief’s silence speaks volumes.
Morsi started publicly haranguing the U.S. to have mercy on the ol’ blind sheik back in September. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., confirmed to the New York Post at the time that the Egyptian government had “asked for his release” and that the request was being considered by the Obama administration.
Even before the “Arab spring” revolts — indeed, ever since the 9/11 attacks on American soil by mostly Saudi terrorists — the Saudi royal family has assiduously waged a public-relations campaign to improve its image by sponsoring major cultural initiatives in the West. In 2012 alone, these included the opening of the King Abdullah interfaith-dialogue center in Vienna, an Islamic-art wing at the Louvre in Paris, and “Roads of Arabia,” an archaeological exhibition now on display in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution.
A RADICAL sheik who has called for Australia to become an Islamic state ruled by sharia law should be “slapped down” by moderate Muslims, according to a federal MP.
While Wahwah is portrayed as having “radical views” Liberal MP Steve Ciobo is portrayed as making a “radical call”. What is it with the journaillie and the BS they print in the papers these days?
Sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah, the Australian head of extremist Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, suggested during a Christmas Eve sermon that jihad should be used to implement hardline teachings.
Queensland Liberal MP Steve Ciobo said the sheik should adopt Australia’s values of tolerance and a fair go for all or “pack up and ship off”.
“Frankly, we have had a gutful of people who deliberately incite hatred and people who want to overturn the foundation principles of this country,” he said. “This Sheik Al-Wahwah needs to be slapped down from moderate Muslim supporters who recognise there is no place in Australia for these kinds of attitudes.”
The sheik told supporters it was their duty to “carry the light of Islam to the rest of the world … Not with flowers. It was the army of Muslims which started from Medina, and they went to China, India, and the Maghreb.”
This reflects the core Islamic assumption that male self-control is the female’s responsibility. She has to cover up, and if she doesn’t and gets attacked, that’s her own fault. “FEATURE-Preacher alarms many in Egypt with calls for Islamist vice police,” by Yasmine Saleh and Shaimaa Fayed for Reuters, January 9 (thanks to JW):
Jan 9 (Reuters) – Many Egyptian viewers were horrified when preacher Hisham el-Ashry recently popped up on primetime television to say women must cover up for their own protection and advocated the introduction of religious police.
That an obscure preacher could get publicity for such views was seen as another example of the confused political scene in Egypt since the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak gave birth to a cacophony of feuding voices.
“I was once asked: If I came to power, would I let Christian women remain unveiled? And I said: If they want to get raped on the streets, then they can,” Ashry told Nahar TV last week.
Yet more evidence of the guiding principles of Obama’s consistent foreign policy. “Pro-jihadist John Brennan to head CIA?,” by Pamela Geller at WND, January 9:
…The one-two punch of Brennan and Hagel is an insult to all free people. In the Senate, Hagel amassed a significant track record as one of a hardline hater of Israel who would not affix his name even to the most innocuous pro-Israel initiative.
Sometimes I wonder, can’t we just cut out the middle man and appoint terrorists to all the top national security positions? At least that way we would know exactly where we stand.
Instead Obama plans to nominate John Brennan, also known as every movie villain ever, to be the CIA Director. It seems like it would be simpler to just pick the first guy out of Gitmo and give it to him, but Brennan has more tenure than they do.