The other Ground Zero mosque is not in New York. The other Ground Zero mosque is in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the site where a group of American heroes, upon hearing from their loved ones that their plane was not being hijacked but being used as a missile by Muslim terrorists to take out the Capitol or the White House, seized control of the aircraft in a life and death struggle. They saved the nation's capital, but not themselves.
How is their courage and sacrifice being rewarded? With a huge crescent ...... "of embrace." It is an outrage.
I have been blogging on the Flight 93 Islamic Crescent Memorial for well over four years, but the media blackout was overwhelming. Perhaps with a nation roused from its slumber by the Ground Zero mega mosque, the Islamic Crescent memorial will get the attention and rebuke it so richly deserves.
With the heightened attention on the proposed mosque at Ground Zero, it’s time equal scrutiny, exposure, and awareness be brought to the giant outdoor mosque being built in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Videos exposing the travesty taking place, almost silently, at the memorial site are below. It’s time for Americans to get educated, speak up, contact your elected officials, and stand up for America and those murdered by Muslims in the name of Islam!
Also read the letter Tom Burnett, Sr. wrote to the American people and was published at Atlas Shrugs, that included this:
We too need your help; we need to stop the National Park Service building another mosque in Shanksville. PA.
I served on the 2005 2nd jury that was commissioned to select a design honoring the passengers and crew on Flight 93. The public submitted over 1100 designs. The first jury went through those 1100 designs and selected 5 designs that were presented to the 2nd jury.
When I saw Crescent of Embrace, I immediately saw the Islamic symbols. I spoke out against the design and explained my reasons to the other members of the jury. The vote was taken, 9 for the Crescent of Embrace and 6 against that design. That vote was not unanimous.
There were 4 excellent designs left; there was absolutely no reason to select a design that even suggested Islamic symbols.
I knew that the public would agree with me when they saw the Crescent of Embrace design. They did, but our government would not listen or investigate our claims. All of our letters ended up in the same hands, the National Park Service. We can’t give up; we must stop this mosque being built in Shanksville, as well as the one in New York.
Other mosque features:
Mosque design is based on a dozen typical mosque features, every one of which is realized in the Crescent/Circle design, all on the same epic scale as the half mile wide crescent-mihrab. Note, for instance, that the 93 foot tall minaret-like Tower of Voices is topped with another Islamic-shaped crescent, akin to the crescent-topped minarets seen in many Islamic countries:
An Islamic shaped crescent, soaring in the sky above the symbolic lives of the 40 heroes, which literally dangle down below. In Islam, there is only heaven and hell. Symbolic damnation?
The Flight 93 mosque needs to be stopped, along with the Islamic victory mosque at ground zero in Manhattan. May the fight against these two desecrations strengthen each other.
Tom Burnett Senior
Loving father of Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett Junior
Contact information for the Flight 93 Memorial Project here.
If you would like to help stop the crescent mosque, please email Alec Rawls (email@example.com) who is helping to coordinate opposition.
Bloomberg is a disgrace. He is ramming this down our throats and having this thug with a rap sheet a mile long to Gracie mansion for official dinners.
Gamal, a low life who beats people up and threatens Muslims who speak out against the mosque, is a tax cheat, owing a quarter of a million in taxes. The slasher who attacked the Muslim cabdriver is affiliated with Gama's Park 51. Hmmmmm.
And this deadbeat is going to get taxpayer funds to build a $120 million Islamic supremacist mega mosque on Ground Zero? New York, November -- get thee to the polls!
And September 11th, join us to stop the mosque.
What would we do without the NY Post?
Mosque big owes 224G tax NY Post (hat tip Rod)
The mosque developers are tax deadbeats.
Sharif El-Gamal, the leading organizer behind the mosque and community center near Ground Zero, owes $224,270.77 in back property tax on the site, city records show.
The delinquency is a possible violation of El-Gamal's lease with Con Edison, which owns half of the proposed building site on Park Place. El-Gamal owns the other half but must pay taxes on the entire parcel.
The lease agreement, obtained by The Post, specifies that El-Gamal's company pay taxes on the property and submit receipts to Con Ed.
The utility said it would have to review any possible lease violations.
The late taxes are the latest wrinkle in the controversial plan to put the 15-story mosque near the World Trade Center site.
Before any building can go forward, the developers also must get approval from the MTA because the 2 and 3 subway lines run under a portion of the Park Place property, The Post has learned.
Just when you thought "the media" couldn't make bigger fools of themselves, along comes their buffoonish treatment of the attendance at yesterday's Glenn Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Most danced around the issue, falling back on the stock "thousands" or "tens of thousands" weasels. But there was one twit among them who spilled the beans. CBS went on the record: Glenn Beck Rally Attracts Estimated 87,000.
Fortunately, we have better ways to judge the size of the crowd than to rely on Dan Rather's news organization. MLK's famed 1963 "I Have a Dream" rally was held on the same ground, and the accepted figure is 250,000. (thanks to Dan F)
And Sharpton's rally, which the clowns positioned as the anti-Beck rally, "attracted" 3,000 and was given the same media coverage as Beck's "Restore America." Is it any wonder the American people are misinformed?
OT but related: Martin Luther King would have despised Sharpton.
UPDATE: Cultural filth.
The younger Rauf didn't follow his father's path into religion until later in life. He studied physics at Columbia University and in New Jersey, and dabbled in teaching, sales and real estate. He married, first to an American who converted to Islam, and a second time to a Malaysian woman. He has two children from each of the marriages.
Some Muslims in U.S. Quietly Engage in PolygamyI'd like to see Rauf's divorce papers ............
Khan, who does pre-marriage counseling, says she always raises the issue of polygamy with engaged couples.
"I also explain to them that as a woman, you have certain rights, and as a man, he may one day exercise his right to have a second wife," Khan says. "And usually the man says, 'No, no, no. I'm never going to do that.' And I say, 'Well, in case you ever get tempted, how about we put that in the contract?'"
Why is it that the world is not agitating for the release of Gilad Shalit? What happened to resolution 1701? Why isn't Obama demanding his release before he keyster kisses Abbas?
The disgusting antisemitism inherent in the treatment of Israel and Jews across the world speaks to the incomprehensibly low state of the world. Worse still, Islamic antisemitism is legitimized and sanctioned.
Gilad Schalit turned 24 years old today. CiF Watch
He is the son of Aviva and Noam Schalit from Mitzpe Hilla in the Western Galilee and the brother of Yoel and Hadas.
On Sunday, June 25, 2006, at 5:40 in the morning, a terrorist group of several Palestinians crossed the border south of the Gaza Strip into Israel through a tunnel near Kerem Shalom and attacked an army facility that was within the sovereign territory of Israel.
The force numbered 8-armed Palestinians. It penetrated about a hundred meters into Israeli territory and split into three groups. The first group shot at an armored car that stood there. It was empty so no one was hurt. The second group attacked an IDF post manned by soldiers of the Desert Patrol. This attack included explosives and gunfire from light weapons which wounded three Israeli soldiers. At the same time at least one rocket was fired and grenades were thrown at a tank positioned in the area. The tank was manned by four soldiers one of whom was Gilad Schalit. The missile hit the rear end of the tank causing the death of its commander and an additional soldier.
One soldier was wounded. Gilad Schalit, the fourth soldier in the tank, was wounded in the shoulder and was abducted from the tank and taken by the terrorists to the Gaza strip.
Gilad’s abductors were members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Palestinian governing party Hamas), the Popular Resistance Committees (which includes members of Fatah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas), and the Army of Islam.
To date, attempts by the international Red Cross to communicate with Shalit have been thwarted, but there’s hope, among those organizing the Free Gilad Schalit Campaign, that their efforts will help facilitate communication with Gilad and lead to his release.
Here’s contact information for those wishing to express support:
In the U.S., mail cards to: Gilad Shalit c/o Conference of Presidents 633 Third Ave 21st Flr New York, NY 10017
In Israel, mail cards to: Gilad Shalit By Magen David Adom in Israel Post Office Box 101101 Tel Aviv 61950
Can you smell a set-up? More of the dangerous infiltration by subversive Islamic groups attempting to, in their own words, work toward "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house."
Unindicted co-conspirator, Hamas funder, Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR, in its ongoing and relentless attacks to destroy America in a civilizational jihad, is the evil puppetmaster behind the Muslim who sued the military.
Islamist infiltration of the U.S. military, courtesy of Hyscience and a number of linked sources below:
US Muslim soldier Zachari Klawonn, who appeared in uniform on Al-Jazeera complaining of Islamophobia in US military was EXPELLED in 2008 for bringing GUN to SCHOOL and a rap video THREATENING school staff, and is friends with convicted terror exporter
Uh oh, looks like Islamo-apologist,, Muslim-appeasing, ABC got suckered again in it’s fawning, anti-U.S. military, interview with a U.S. soldier complaining of Islamophobia in the military on al-Jazeera. It turns out (via Jawa Report) that CAIR poster boy SPC. Zachari Klawonn at Ft. Hood is not so squeaky-clean as the media makes him out to be. According to the Herald Tribune, Klawonn was expelled from school for bringing a gun to school. He also participated in a rap video that threatened his high school teachers and staff.
Joe Kaufman at Americans Against Hate has previously reported on Klawonn, including this picture of him running around with convicted terror exporter (he was convicted for exporting thermal imaging equipment to Syria) Bassem Alhalabi (At one time, Al Halabi served as a research assistant for University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, who was the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad)):
And as for Klawonn being a CAIR poster boy, there’s much evidence for this:
Since he enlisted, Klawonn has personally filed a number of complaints with his commanders about what he perceives as intolerant acts against him. He says that one of the toughest things he has had to endure is his fellow soldiers referring to him as “terrorist.” This is dubious, however, as Klawonn has begun to associate himself with groups connected to terrorism.One of these groups is CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
CAIR was founded by Hamas operatives in June 1994, and from 2007 through 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department a party to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
Klawonn solicited CAIR to write a letter on his behalf to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, complaining of the Army’s treatment of him.
Another group Klawonn has gotten involved with is United Voices for America (UVA), an organization headed by the former Executive Director of CAIR-Tampa and former “unofficial spokesman” for convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian, Ahmed Bedier.
It sounds like Klawonn is, if not an Islamist himself, at the very least a terrorist sympathizer who hangs with an Islamist, terrorist-supporting, crowd, including Islamist, terrorist-supporting, CAIR..
(Top image – FrontPageMag)
Ken Vogel of Politico is hot on my trail to track the funding of AFDI (American Freedom Defense Initiative) and SIOA (Stop the Islamization of America), the fledgling organization I founded operating on a shoe string (and a wing and a prayer), orchestrating various campaigns with my colleague Robert Spencer (bus ads, rallies). Vogel is tracking that dough! There is no there there, but what Vogel doesn't understand is that what we lack in the bank, we more than make up for in sheer will and passion for liberty, and no amount of jihad petrol money can defeat that.
The latest in the $125 million dollar rub-our-faces-in-it Ground Zero mosque money story -- where racketeering, laundering, terror financing, rap sheets, and foreign money abound -- seems to have barely piqued in the interest of the hard hitting journolists over at Politico:
Sharif el-Gamal was a waiter a few years ago, who has turned into a real estate powerhouse. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making it big in America, as long as el-Gamal is playing by the rules. But is he? Charles Leaf found out that el-Gamal’s SOHO Properties real estate business, which owns the site on which the Ground Zero mosque is to be built, has been receiving financial support from an Egyptian-born owner of several medical companies named Hisham Elzanaty. Elzanaty, Mr. Leaf reports, is the guarantor on a $39 million loan that el-Gamal’s company assumed.
One of Mr. Elzanty’s companies was audited by New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General who found that the company was overpaid $331,336 for Medicaid services.
Hisham Elzanaty was also in the center of a racketeering and fraud suit brought against him and others by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in 2007. The complaint charged, among other things, that Mr. Elzanaty arranged for a doctor to set up a “facade” of fraudulently incorporated professional service companies under her name, which Elzanatry actually controlled, to receive payments from State Farm that they were not eligible to receive.
The complaint described Elzanatry’s alleged scheme as a:
common “shell game” used by participants in doc-in-the-box arrangements – to create entities with new names and new tax identification numbers (like Quality Medical) to continue submitting fraudulent charges to insurers for the same medically unnecessary services provided by the same individuals in the same locations, after insurers begin questioning the claims of other entities with other tax identification numbers (like Accurate Medical and JP Medical) which are controlled by the same people (like Elzanaty)
This racketeering suit was apparently settled, although its terms are undisclosed. But the suit reveals a disturbing pattern of alleged conduct by Mr. Elzanatry that may well be at work in helping to fund the developer behind the Ground Zero mosque.
We know that radical Islamist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood operate through many front organizations. Could the funding of the Ground Zero mosque be all part of an elaborate mosque-in-the box shell game to cover up something far more sinister? Maybe not. But we won’t know until the Ground Zero mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal and his financial backer Hisham Elzanaty begin to come clean about where their money is really coming from. (more at News Real blog)
Not to worry folks, Vogel of Pelosi's Politico is on the money trail. No, not that money trail. Vogel is all over my $18 and $25 and $50 donations (yes, every once in while I get three figures and a couple of times, four!).
Vogel hounded me for a phone call but even that is a time luxury I cannot afford. But Atlas readers will get a kick out of this exchange:
Subject: got a quick minute? Date: 8/27/2010 2:42:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply To: To: email@example.com
And, if so, at what number can I call you? Thanks,
Kenneth P. Vogel
Subject: Re: got a quick minute? Date: 8/27/2010 2:43:39 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
Reply To: To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email me --
Subject: POLITICO questions Date: 8/27/2010 4:57:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: email@example.com
I have reached out to both of you separately, but since my specific questions for you (pasted into the text below) overlap, I figured I would email you simultaneously and let you decide how to respond:
1 – Robert indicated in his blog post that you two raised $10,000 for the New York bus ads. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tells us that the Coalition for the Preservation of Ground Zero paid $8,000 for a 1-month run of the “Why here?” ads on 36 buses. Is that the extent of your ad campaign right now? Are more ads planned?
2 – Unlike the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, the Coalition for the Preservation of Ground Zero does not appear to have a website or any means of accepting donations. How did it raise the money for the bus ads?
3 – What is the relationship between the Coalition for the Preservation of Ground Zero, the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America?
4 – How are each of the above groups registered (we could not find a record of any with the New York Department of State’s corporations division or the New York State Attorney General’s charities division)?
">5 – Robert told the Washington Post that you two raised $50,000 for bus ads – which groups raised that money?
6 – Did Jihad Watch – the stand-alone 501(c)3 (EIN # 20-0699967), rather than the project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center – contribute or transfer money to the Coalition for the Preservation of Ground Zero, the Freedom Defense Initiative and/or Stop Islamization of America for bus ads or any other anti-mosque activities?
Thanks in advance for your help,
KenKenneth P. Vogel
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/27/2010 9:10:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
Kenneth,1) If we raise more money, we will run more ads. Right now funds for buses have been exhausted and we are raising money for costs associated with the mega rally against the mega mosque2) The Preservation for Ground Zero an organization - it's a campaign - SIOA is on the buses. It's an AFDI/SIOA initiative3) The American Freedom Defense Initiative is the organization. SIOA is AFDI’s trademark (application pending). Coalition for the Preservation … is an initiative of AFDI.
4) There is only one org: AFDI. It is not at this time a tax deductible charity. People donate money without expecting a tax deduction but to stand up for America’s constitution and liberty.
5) See 4.
6) There are non-profit organizations that have provided grants for our initiatives. If they wish to make their grants public, they will do so. If and when AFDI becomes a tax deductible charitable organization, we’ll make all required public disclosures.Yours in liberty,
Subject: RE: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 2:51:21 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks very much for this, Pam.[sic]
Just a few quick technical follow-ups, if I might:
1 - When was the American Freedom Defense Initiative created and who runs it?
2 - Is it registered/incorporated with any authority?
3 - If it's not a tax exempt organization, does it pay taxes on the contributions it receives and, if so, to whom?
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 9:45:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
Reply To: To: email@example.com CC:
Yes, Ken, it will file tax returns and pay taxes on any taxable net income.Looking forward to your reportage on Feisal and Gamal's finances, with the same transparency, of course.Yours in liberty,Pamela_______________________________________________
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 10:33:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply To: To: Writeatlas@aol.com
How is it legally structured now (non-profit, partnership, LLC, etc.)?
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 11:26:32 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
Reply To: To: email@example.com
It's a corporation. If you have any further questions, please contact my attorney, David Yerushalmi 202.379.4774 (D.C. office)
And that was that. Robert blogged about it here:
Politico rushes to do Nancy Pelosi's bidding, investigating funding of Ground Zero mega-mosque foes
Cost of New York bus ads: $10,000
Cost of press release: $1,500
Cost of watching the lapdog media track the sources of these sums while ignoring the questionable funding of a $100 million dollar mosque: Priceless
I just got a call from Kenneth P. Vogel of Politico, asking me a series of questions about donations to our efforts against the Ground Zero mega-mosque, and growing increasingly hostile and belligerent when I declined to answer. Vogel even said to me at one point, "Look, you can make this hard, or you can make this easy" -- apparently he has been watching too many Law and Order reruns.
Well, Politico can be very proud of itself. Instead of looking into where the pro-Sharia, anti-freedom of speech, refuses-to-denounce-Hamas Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his thug developer Sharif El-Gamal are getting their $100 million to build the mega-mosque, when they haven't ruled out funding from Iran and Saudi Arabia, they're spending their time trying to trace the few thousands it will take Pamela Geller and me to mount our rally against the mega-mosque on 9/11.
Bravo, Politico. Do your worst. I'll reveal the secret: all our funding comes from the Vast Zionist Conspiracy. And when this all comes down, you'll be in the running for a Walter Duranty Award. Don't know who he was, Vogel? Look him up.
Go Ken go! See Ken go! Shill Ken shill!
The relentless whitewashing of Islamic imperialism and supremacism in history is insulting and demeaning to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the history of Islam. Today, the Wall Street Journal stooped to a New York Times-esque low, running an oped piece:
"Islamism is not Islam" by Maajid Nawiz
"The furor over the inaccurately dubbed 'Ground Zero Mosque' has done nothing but reinforce al Qaeda propaganda."
If concretes are not the foundation of an argument, well then, just say anything, and Nawiz most certainly does. The premise of Nawaaz's argument flies in the face of over a millennium of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilation and enslavements. The terrible fact is Al Qaeda (arabic for headquarters -- think Centcom) is made up of devout Muslims who follow pure, original Islam. Muhammad would be proud.
Nawaaz's piece in the WSJ is superlative taqiya (the religious mandate in Islam to lie, deceive to advance Islam) but it is patently untrue and deceptive, mirroring much of Imam Rauf's rhetoric to the English press (versus the recently discovered audio tapes exposing Rauf, in which he echoes al Qaeda's message).
David Yerushalmi, the legal expert handling (and winning!) FDI/SIOA's lawsuits against NYC MTA, Detroit SMART for violation of free speech, and the trademark office (denying SIOA trademark status because it offends CAIR), and in another matter suing the US government for funding sharia finance, penned this letter to the editors at WSJ on the UK effort to justify Ground Zero mosque.
Yerushalmi cogently argues:
I write in response to Maajid Nawaaz’s oped in Saturday’s WSJ (link here) in which he attempts to draw a distinction between Islam and Islamism. While there may indeed be such an argument if “Islam” means any given Muslim’s personal, subjective approach to the divine and “Islamism” means Sharia-adherence and –advocacy, this is not the argument Nawaaz presents. In fact, Nawaaz never really tells us what he means except to slide into an argument that Islamic “traditionalists,” impliedly devout and even Shariah-adherent, reject the political and hegemonic aims of the “Islamists.”
In other words, Nawaaz wants us to believe that there is a good “traditionalist” Shariah and a bad, modern (20th century) “Islamism” that has perverted Shariah by its demand to control the political institutions of state power.
Nawaaz seeks to prove that this “traditionalist” Shariah-adherence never sought political power by calling upon what he calls “the social sciences.” You know you’re in trouble when the answer lies in the “facts” of “social science,” notorious for its inability to discover any truth other than there is no truth.
So, Nawaaz tells us that these social sciences demonstrate that throughout the more than millennium of a hegemonic Islamic empire known as the Caliphate, only rarely was Shariah imposed as state law and typically only used as a rationale for religious wars. Even if this statement were entirely true, and it is not, it would simply mean that Muslim political leaders are as subject to debauchery and the exploitation of religious fervor as the next tyrant. It does not tell us what Shariah demands.
Indeed, even Nawaaz concedes that there were times when Shariah was state law. The question of course is how could that be if Shariah demanded as a theoretical matter to be separated from the political sphere. Does the Islamic traditionalist’s Shariah adopt the extant Christian doctrine of “render unto Caesar” or does it not? Anyone who would argue publicly that doctrinaire “traditionalist” Shariah demands anything other than political power in a hegemonic Caliphate either knows literally nothing of Shariah or is engaged in deception and propaganda. All one needs to do is open up the most authoritative text on Islamic law available in English today, Reliance on the Traveler. It has the imprimatur of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, the Harvard of Shariah. Turn to the Book of Justice—where else? Once there, turn to the sections on Jihad. There you will learn the when, where and how of the law. It isn’t what Nawaaaz says it is by a quite lengthy stretch.
Moreover, the argument can be made persuasively that only since Ataturk’s now failing Turkish experiment to secularize the remnants of a dismantled Ottoman Empire and the manifestly dismal autocracies created by the Muslim nationalists who took power after the end of colonial rule in the Near East and South Asia was there any hope of defanging Shariah and its lust for political, indeed, hegemonic political power. That experiment in secularism is failing in Turkey as the Kemalists are on the run and it is also collapsing in the rest of the Muslim world as the “traditionalists” flex their muscles in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Gulf region, Gaza, Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon, Egypt, North Africa, East Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, Bosnia, Chechnya, and even in Europe. It is no coincidence that when given a chance to really vote, whether at the polls or in surveys, Muslims in the Muslim world overwhelmingly embrace a very strict and very political Shariah. (See World Public Opinion Poll: http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/apr07/START_Apr07_rpt.pdf.) This table speaks louder than Nawaaz’s assertions:
If Nawaaz wants to make an argument that there is an “Islam” residing in the hearts of hundreds of millions of individual pietistic Muslims embracing a kind of Islamic version of Protestantism, fine. But the “traditionalists” within the Islamic religion go back to Mohammed and the Four Righteous Caliphs and the Shariah law which developed out of a very political, very militaristic tradition. That political, imperialistic tradition was codified within the ijma (consensus) of all of the legal schools we know as Shariah. “Traditionalist” Muslims know this quite well, which suggests a rather dubious motive behind Nawaaz’s subterfuge.
And here in the US we are paying for extremist imams (like Rauf) and their wives to go on Middle Eastern junkets to raise money for Islamic supremacist Ground Zero mosques. Sick.
Rome, 27 August (AKI) - Mosques in Italy will not receive a share of income tax revenue the Italian government allocates to religious faiths each year. Hindu and Buddhist temples, Greek Orthodox churches and Jehovah's Witnesses will be eligible for the funds, according to a bill approved by the Italian cabinet in May and still must be approved by parliament.
Until now, the government had earmarked 8 percent of income tax revenue for Italy's established churches. The great majority of these funds go to the Catholic Church, although if they wish, individual tax payers may elect to give the money to charities and cultural projects instead.
The head of COREIS, one of Italy's largest Muslim groups, Yahya Pallavicini, said he was bitter that Islam had been denied the revenue from Italian income tax.
"Work should be begun on legally recognising those moderate Muslims who have for years shown themselves to be reliable interlocutors who are free of and fundamentalist ideology," he said.
Islam is not an established religion in Italy and there is only one official mosque in the country, Rome's Grand Mosque. Politicians from the ruling coalition cite radical imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women's rights by Muslims immigrants as obstacles to recognising Islam as an official religion in Italy.
Until now, only the Catholic Church, Judaism and other established churches including Lutherans, Evangelists, Waldensians and 7th-day Adventists have received the income tax revenue from the Itallain government.
Tonight's feature is Quickstand (1950) starring, Mickey Rooney, Peter Lorre, and Jeanne Cagney. Classic film noir. How we love that ............After borrowing $20 from his employer's cash register, an auto mechanic is plunged into a series of increasingly disastrous circumstances which rapidly spiral out of his control. Mickey Rooney on the dark side. Ouch. "Plenty of suspense, plenty of humanity."
Click below link to view film:
One of the lesser-known treasures of classic film noir, this tough little chronicle of a hapless boy taken on a criminal joy ride by his own uncontrollable lusts succeeds partly because of the brick-house design of Cornell Woolrich's original story, partly because of its ingeniously chosen cast. Pairing the still fresh-faced Mickey Rooney with the creepily worn-looking Jeanne Cagney instantly suggests corruption; the subtext that the boy is just a pawn in a weird game being played between this nasty dame and her lover (Peter Lorre, looking one drink over the line) makes the spine crawl.
Kudos to all Americans who took to the streets, the highways, and the byways and stood for America up at Beck's Restore America rally on the mall.
Photo hat tip: Tancred
And Governor Palin:
"We have had moments of brilliance and moments of darkness. But this country has spent far too long worried about scars and thinking about the scars and concentrating on the scars. Today, we are going to concentrate on the good things in America, the things that we have accomplished - and the things that we can do tomorrow. The story of America is the story of humankind."
Beck's rally .... a peaceful and non-political "re-dedication" of the traditional honor and values of the nation. The event is taking place on the same stage where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago to the day, a coincidence that has caused controversy.
Demonstrators came on foot from hotels and parking garages, with thousands of others piling onto trains as Metro stations across the region were crowded Saturday morning.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Palin says the way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is to honor those men and women in the military who protect the United States. The potential 2012 presidential candidate says those who fought at Bunker Hill and Gettysburg protected the freedoms that allowed thousands of people gather on the National Mall in Washington on the 47th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
While broadcaster Glenn Beck’s rally isn’t billed as a political event, Palin says voters must reject calls to “fundamentally transform America.” Instead, she says “we must restore America.”
Palin, whose son served in Iraq, says the country is at a perilous moment.
Chanting "give us our country back" and holding signs saying "no more mosques" and "no to sharia (law)," the EDL protesters were soon pushed back by police. The English Defence League was founded a year ago in Luton as a response to the vile Muslim protests hurling disgusting abuse at returning Brit soldiers. The stated goal of the EDL is to oppose militant Islam and the sharia.
What's wrong with that? Everything to the PC, leftist slaves in the media and the government.
Things got ugly at a demonstration in Bradford, UK today. Expect media to blame the EDL when, in fact, the Muslims and the leftists (under the Orwellian moniker UAF -- United Against Fascism) showed up to agitate and incite violence.
The fascists always show up at EDL demonstrations to deliberately incite to violence. The goosesteppers take their talking points from Goebbels.... fascists yelling fascist:
Around 1pm two coaches of EDL supporters arrived and were met by shouts of "fascists off our streets".
For public safety, mounted police pushed people away from the Urban Gardens down Market Street, while other officers forced EDL members away from the barricade into the centre of the gardens.
The group were allowed to hold a static protest by police having had their original march through Bradford banned by Home Secretary Theresa May.
Earlier police said about 700 had gathered at the Urban Gardens, between 250 and 300 at the Crown Court Plaza for the Unite Against Fascism/We Are Bradford event, and 150 for the community event called Be Bradford - Peaceful Together at Infirmary Fields. (here)
"Peaceful together" -- that is so Rauf. Peaceful, only if you submit.
I will update as I get unbiased, responsible coverage -- you cannot go to mainstream media on anything EDL (or SIOA).
UPDATE: The EDL leader, Tommy Robinson, leader of EDL before Bradford demo:
Muslim Brotherhood front, Hamas funder CAIR tries to club non-Muslims over the head with this non-existent "backlash" and "hate crimes against Muslims" propaganda.
The Muslim cabdriver was slashed by a mosque worker and fierce supporter of the Ground Zero mosque. He worked for Cordoba/Park 51. Who can say who, if anyone, put him up to it? CAIR's offices are right next door to the Cordoba Conquest Initiative/ASMA offices on Riverside drive. I hope the police are investigating -- or will CAIR demand they take more "sensitivity training"?
All of this Goebbels-style propaganda (the Nazis played the victim card too) is, in fact, to gin up their significant fringe elements (of which their are millions) to hurt, attack, those fighting the forces of Islamic supremacism and stealth jihad.
Americans are getting wise and they are sick of it.
What is a fact, is that antisemitism is at the highest levels not seen since World War II. Thanks in large part to virulent Islamic Jew-hatred.
Check this out from the Bee, a notoriously pro-CAIR newspaper. So you know the facts are overwhelming.
FBI data: Hate crimes against Muslims rare Sacramento Bee
Numbers have declined over recent years
Jews, lesbians, gay men and Caucasians, among others, are all more frequently the target of hate crimes, FBI records show. Reported anti-Muslim crimes have declined over recent years, though they still exceed what occurred prior to the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
In 2008, 105 hate crime incidents against Muslims were reported nationwide. There were 10 times as many incidents that were recorded as anti-Jewish during the same year, the most recent for which figures are available.
Lodi resident David Halla, for instance, was arrested Monday and charged with assaulting a 76-year-old charter bus passenger while en route from Modesto to Chukchansi Gold Resort-Casino. This could count as a hate crime, as witnesses say Halla was shouting racial epithets at the Spanish- speaking victim.
By itself, hate is not a crime.
Congress, though, has specified that a criminal act becomes a hate crime when it is "motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation." Stiffer penalties can result.
I see the morphing mosque story continues to ...... morph. First it's a prayer space, then it's a mosque (a prayer space is a mosque); the radical Imam said there would be no foreign funding, now a huge portion will be foreign funding; the radical Imam advocates for tolerance, but in his book he advocates for the sharia (which is radically intolerant). And so on.
The latest? The September 11, 2011 ground breaking date that is now being disavowed as a vast right wing conspiracy fabrication. As if ..... we could think up this outrageous affront?
Just for knowing, Daisy said it.
PLAN FOR MOSQUE NEAR WTC SITE MOVES AHEAD Daily News (New York), May 6, 2010 NEWS; Pg. 12, 417 words, BY JOE JACKSON and BILL HUTCHINSON DAILY NEWS WRITER, Lexis/Nexus (hat tip Ralph)
Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who helped found the Cordoba Initiative following the 9/11 attacks, said the project is intended to foster better relations between the West and Muslims.
Daisy Khan, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, said donations from prestigious groups such as the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund would pay for the construction.
Khan said the project has received little opposition. "Whatever concerns anybody has, we have to make sure to educate them that we are an asset to the community," Khan said.
Khan said her group hopes construction on the project will begin by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
More reliable sources on Daisy Khan's suggesting groundbreaking on 9/11/11, this one from the day before the Daily News story in USA Today:
The Muslim organizations plan to announce the groundbreaking later this year, possibly to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Khan said.
Got that? So that's why on July 20, Media Matters quotes the lying Khan, saying:
HEADLINE: Fox follows right-wing blogs' baseless claim that Muslim center "plan[s] to launch" on anniversary of 9-11. Media Matters (but Truth is reviled)
However, Daisy Khan, executive director of one of the organizations leading the project, told Media Matters that the allegation is "absolutely false" and that "the timeline has yet to be determined."
From waiter to "developer" of the Islamic supremacist Ground Zero mega-mosque................once a thug, always a thug. The more you look under the Ground Zero mosque rock, the uglier it gets.
When Sharif El Gamal threatened a fellow Muslim who opposed the mosque, it was typical of his violent history.
And this criminal expects the taxpayer to pay for the Islamic supremacist mosque on Ground Zero.
The slasher who attacked the Muslim cabdriver worked with Park 51 (Cordoba Conquest Initiative). Hmmmmm.
From the NY Daily News:
Years before his latest real-estate project ignited an uproar, Sharif El-Gamal racked up at least seven run-ins with the law, including a bust for patronizing a prostitute.
His most recent arrest was for a Sept. 10, 2005, assault on a barber who sublet a Manhattan apartment from El-Gamal's brother, Sammy.
The brothers and another man went to the apartment that afternoon to retrieve back rent from Mark Vassiliev, criminal and civil court records show.
El-Gamal allegedly cursed at Vassiliev, called him the Arabic curse word "sharmouta" and punched him in the face, breaking his nose and cheekbones.
When he was arrested, El-Gamal denied he socked Vassiliev, but conceded, "[Vassiliev's] face could have run into my hand," court papers say.[...]
El-Gamal eventually settled the civil case for $15,000 - and the 2008 negotiations provided a glimpse into his finances.
Vassiliev's lawyer, Erik L. Gray, said there was no indication El-Gamal had assets beyond a $1.1 million upper West Side pad he owned with his wife.
Even after El-Gamal inked the deal, he was slow to pay and the matter ended up in mediation - where his lawyer, Marshall Isaacs, told Gray there were money problems.
"He had told me [El-Gamal] was struggling financially and was having trouble coming up with the payment," Gray said. "It was based on the fact that he was in real estate and the real estate market was depressed."
El-Gamal agreed to fork over $1,360 in interest and fees but paid up in installments, Gray said.
If his 2008 cries of poverty were genuine, El-Gamal experienced a dramatic reversal of fortune a year later, scoring a $39 million mortgage to buy a W. 27th St. commercial building.
He had a partner, Egyptian-born businessman Hisham Elzanaty, who co-signed the loan. Elzanaty denied to discuss his dealings with El-Gamal.
In a deposition for the Vassiliev suit, El-Gamal testified he worked as a waiter from 1997 to 2001 when he "moved onto greener pastures."[...]
The son of a bank executive, El-Gamal has said he turned to Islam after 9/11 and that his religious awakening followed a troubled youth.
He pleaded guilty in 1994, 1998 and 1999 to disorderly conduct in Manhattan.
He also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 1990, DWI in 1992 and attempted petit larceny in 1993, Nassau County prosecutors said.
Frankly, I don't know how much more the American taxpayer is going to take. It's awful enough that the nation is embroiled in a battle to stop an Islamic supremacist mega mosque at Ground Zero.
We found out last week that the State department was funding the radical imam's trip to the Middle East despite the Imam's anti-American and deeply troubling statements, i.e., "we tend to forget, in the West, that the United States
has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent
Now it's Daisy the con's turn. The American taxpayer is funding her trip to Muslim countries overseas. This on top of news the Ground Zero supremacist mega mosque may get public funding.
America is broken.
Among the prime planners of a $100 million Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero, it's not just Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is visiting the Middle East this summer at U.S. taxpayer expense. The State Department is also about to send Rauf's wife and Cordoba Initiative fellow director, Daisy Khan, on her own taxpayer-funded "public diplomacy" trip to the United Arab Emirates. Khan is scheduled to visit the UAE from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, overlapping there with Rauf, for whom it will be the final leg of a three-country trip including Bahrain and Qatar.
The U.S. Embassy in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi has posted on its website an announcement of the impending visit by this husband-wife team. Rauf and Khan will be there, the announcement says, "to engage foreign audiences and build people-to-people ties" and to "discuss their experiences as Muslims living and working in the United States."
What might their discussions entail? Rauf, since his Cordoba Initiative's Ground Zero mosque project triggered a national uproar, has spent the summer as an enigma. Before embarking on his State-sponsored tour, he walled himself off for weeks in Malaysia, where he has longstanding ties and keeps an office. His Cordoba website now features a note that Rauf could not be available (apparently not even by phone) to explain himself to the people of New York because "he travels the world in his life-long endeavor to bring the message of moderation, peace and understanding to both Western and Islamic countries."
In Rauf's absence, Daisy Khan has been speaking prolifically from New York about the Cordoba House mega-mosque project (which the developer recently re-dubbed Park 51, and the Cordoba House is now describing as a "community center"). Her message, like the name of the project, has been morphing at speed. When Rauf and Khan won approval for their 15-story mosque-topped Cordoba House from a Manhattan community board this spring, they advertised their project as all about doing their part for harmony and healing near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.
When it turned out that a majority of New Yorkers, and Americans generally, think this project is more like rubbing salt in a wound, Khan shifted focus. She's now talking about the Cordoba project as a test of American religious tolerance. If a majority of Americans--cognizant that the Sept. 11 attacks were carried out by Muslims, in the name of Islam--think it's inappropriate to stage that test near the edge of Ground Zero, Khan's retort is that they must be bigots. In an interview last week with the Washington Post's Sally Quinn, she lamented: "When will Muslims be accepted as plain old Americans?"
On Sunday, interviewed on ABC TV's This Week by Christiane Amanpour, Khan ratcheted up her complaints. Amanpour asked, "Is America Islamophobic?"
Obama is dropping the case against the Cole bombing, a jihadist act of war. In October 2000, the Cole was attacked by Muslim terrorists in a homicide attack in the Yemeni post of Aden. Seventeen sailors were killed and thirty-nine were injured, and the ship was damaged.
Today we hear they are dropping the case. Another big fat lie, to what end? To advance what agenda? Whose interests? Certainly it's not America's.
It’s a sleepy Friday in late August, the president is on another vacation, Congress is out of town, no one is paying much attention. What better time for the Obama administration to pull the plug, once again, on military commissions? This time, it has halted the case of top al-Qaeda operative Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was to be prosecuted by a military court for the Cole bombing. The Washington Post report is here, and Jen Rubin has thoughts at Contentions.
None of this is terribly surprising. Prosecuting the Cole case by military commission sticks in the Left’s craw because it shows the incoherence of the Obama/Holder position. They want to treat the war like a crime and endow our enemies with all the rights and advantages of civilian courts; yet, they went military in the Cole case, despite the fact that there is a pending Justice Department civilian indictment addressing that attack. There can be only one explanation for that: they are afraid the case against Nashiri is weak and might not hold up under (slightly) more exacting civilian court due process. That is, the Obama/Holder position is not principled — for all their “rule of law” malarkey, they are willing to go where they have the best chance to win. But there were no military commissions when the Cole was bombed, so what is the basis for trying it militarily? Answer: the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing war . . . except the Left doesn’t accept that it’s a war and the administration wants to prosecute the 9/11 plotters in civilian court. None of it makes any sense.
I have been saying for a while now: Keep your eye on the civilian prosecution against Ahmed Ghailani, one of the embassy bombers. That case is now pending in Manhattan federal court before Judge Lewis Kaplan, who has made significant rulings in favor of the government — declining to throw the case out on the grounds of “torture” and delay. As I said back in May:
It is . . . worth noting that Ghailani is not charged just with blowing up the embassies. The indictment against him alleges the overarching al-Qaeda conspiracy to murder Americans — going back to 1991. The same indictment, with a few tweaks to add the terrorist rampages that occurred after the embassy bombings, could easily be used to charge the 9/11 plotters, as well as other enemy combatants.
Despite all the outrage it stirred, Attorney General Holder has not abandoned his push for a civilian trial of [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 plotters] in New York. Don’t be surprised if the Justice Department uses the Ghailani ruling to argue that the naysayers’ concerns about giving KSM a soapbox are overblown. Don’t be surprised if Justice tries to slide the 9/11 attacks right into the embassy-bombing indictment. That would land KSM squarely before Judge Kaplan.
More Andy McCarthy here.