Sir Salman Rushdie has revealed he receives a reminder every year from Iranian extremists that they still want to kill him.Â The author said the threat comes in the form of a ‘sort ofÂ Valentine’s Day’ card each February 14th. (Daily Mail)
Jama Masjid’s Imam Ahmad Bukhari today lost his cool and physically attacked a local journalist who wanted to know why the disputed structure could not be handed over to the Hindus when Muslim rulers had built so many mandirs in the country. (The Tribune)
Dead Muslim Storage: Nobody Dares to Call it Illegal
This looks as if what the town officials are most afraid of is being accused of “Islamophobia.” And so they’re allowing an illegal graveyard that they would almost certainly stop if any other group were behind it.
“NY town won’t shut down Muslim graveyard,” fromÂ AP, via JW.
Andrew McCarthy explains that it is the doctrine of islam itself which commands hatred and violence against non-muslims. Â Sharia and jihad are pillars of islam. Contrary to what the liberals proclaim, al qaeda and other jihadist groups are not hijacking a peaceful religion but are carrying out authentic islam. Liberals would like to believe they are intelligent and broad minded and put down conservatives as ignorant bigots for acknoledging the reality about islam, but the liberals are the most uninformed, ignorant narrow-minded people there are.
Hussein Obama’s Â commitment is to a vacant abstraction, not to actual liberty. If his resolve to defend religious freedom were truly unshakable, the last thing he would endorse is the construction of a gigantic monument to intolerance in a place where bigots devastated a city they have repeatedly targeted because of the pluralism and freedom it symbolizes. You can’t aspire to religious freedom by turning a blind eye to the reality of sharia.
Saudi Arabia, the country from which 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers hailed, abides no pluralism or religious freedom. Sure, the Saudis will tell you they allow Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims to visit their country, which is awfully big of them. Still, the regime prohibits these infidels from polluting the kingdom with their Bibles, crucifixes, and Stars of David.
Mosque proponents like the Manhattan Institute’s Josh Barro scoff at discomfiting comparisons between religious liberty in the United States and in Saudi Arabia. For them, the prospect of a mosque at Ground Zero is our “opportunity to show how we are better than Saudis.” That misses the point in two ways. First, we don’t need to show that we are better than the Saudis. We permit thousands of Muslim houses of worship in our nation, Muslims are celebrated in our public life, and our military has done more to protect and defend Muslims â€” including in Saudi Arabia â€” than any fighting force in history. Every objective person already knows that, and anybody who purports to need convincing will never be convinced.
Second and more significant, the comparison of what is permitted in Manhattan and what is permitted in Mecca is not about the Saudis: It is about Islam. Saudi Arabia does not have any law but sharia. Non-Muslims are discriminated against in the kingdom, not because that’s how the Saudis want it. They are discriminated against because that is how the Koran says it must be. (Israpundit)
WoJ poster Steiner said the same in not so many words yesterday. I’m posting his writing below the fold.
Disgraceful. The tradition of Condi Clueless continues. Remember her?
“Disrespect for the Holy Koran is not now, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be, tolerated by the United States” ~ Condi Rice
These shameful and spineless words were spoken like a true dhimmi in a futile attempt to sooth and appease the supposed indignity of our adversaries. Such a graven display of cowardice Â will only act to embolden our adversaries and those seeking the internal destruction of our nation.
And yet, it gets worse by the day under the crooked Obama administration:
Did the U.S. State Department ever condemn “Piss Christ” or Chris Ofili’s dung-encrusted portrait of the Virgin Mary? Of course not. They’re only condemning the Motoons because of the anti-free speech campaign of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which kicked into high gear in response to the original Danish cartoons of Muhammad. So the U.S. State Department is demonstrating that violence and intimidation work — which only ensures that we will see more of it.
And with its fig-leaf defense of the freedom of speech below, issued in the context of deploring and denouncing the Motoons, amounts to a call for self-censorship. Now, self-censorship is something we all do all the time, in innumerable contexts: if everyone always said what he thought, there would be a lot more broken relationships and lost jobs, etc. But politeness and respect are not what are at issue here, and the point of publishing the Motoons is not to cause offense, although they will certainly do that. The key fact is that the cartoons arouse in Muslims not only murderous rage but attempts to restrict the freedom of speech through legal avenues. As such, self-censorship amounts only to self-imposed dhimmitude, and to acquiescence to the supremacy and rule of Sharia.
That’s why the Motoons are not a stunt, not a joke, not a raspberry to anyone, not an exercise in obnoxiousness or gratuitous offense. The Motoons are rather the foremost battleground in the defense of the freedom of speech today. Every newspaper in the country should be printing them today, to show they are not cowed and will defend free speech. The State Department should be explaining what I am explaining now. Instead, this.