Egypt: El Gohary and his daughter, both converts to Christianity, on the run

This is an update on this story:

Egyptian Maher El-Gowhary and his 15 year old daughter Dina never pray twice at the same church, never stay longer than a month in any one apartment.  They are constantly under threat, always on the run because they converted to Christianity in a largely Muslim country.

Maher and Dina nervously agreed to meet us at a Church in Cairo. The priest at the Church said he feared problems from the Egyptian authorities and while he agreed to have us watch his Sunday mass, the Priest  declined to speak to us about what is happening in Egypt and to the El-Gowhary’s.

Several religious fatwas have been issued for “spilling his blood” after Maher asked an Egyptian Court to legally recognize his conversion, so he can one day be buried as a Christian and so his daughter won’t be forced into a marriage by her Muslim mother.

The daughter has written a letter to Obama asking him why is that Muslims live so well in US while her father and her are prisoners in their own country. Really good question.Please, Mr Obama, answer without reading your teleprompter.

Is the world listening to these converts’ plea?

Taliban kill seven in Pakistan for being U.S. spies

Following with their campaign against anyone who isn’t supporting them (1, 2, 3, 4):

The bullet-riddled bodies of five tribesmen were dumped on a roadside in a village 35 km (20 miles) south of North Waziristan’s main town of Miranshah, the officials said.”All of them appeared to have been killed last night and a hand-written note was lying near these bodies saying they were American spies,” a security official in Miranshah said by telephone.

“Whosoever spied for America will face the same fate,” another security official quoted the note as saying. Two other bodies were found elsewhere in the region with a similar note from the Taliban.

via Taliban kill seven in Pakistan for being U.S. spies | Reuters.

More: The Quetta Shura Taliban in Southern Afghanistan.

USA: Brown wins Mass., Obama’s health care in danger

Brown, in his victory speech, referred to one of the decisive moments of the campaign, when in a debate Coakley referred to "Ted Kennedy’s seat". Brown said: "This Senate seat belongs to no one person, to no political party … This is the people’s seat."

The Guardian continues referring to “Kennedy’s seat” and yet, it’s just one of the “people’s seat” as Mr. Brown righteously said. 

Terrible blow to democrats and leftists in general, not only because of Obama’s policy being in danger, but also because of the idea of democracy these guys have. Note that they consider that a senator’s seat is their property because they have won it for a number of years.

Austria: More than 50% Turks want Shariah Law incorporated into legal system

More than half of the approx. 220,000 Turkish immigrants – 2.65% of the 8.3 million people in Austria – want Islamic law introduced into the Austrian legal system.  Asked whether some parts of Islamic law (e.g. marriage, family and inheritance laws) should be incorporated into Austrian law, 50% agreed, 16% said it depended on which elements were incorporated and 22% were against it.  Responses varied by education level and German language skills, but religion was the most decisive factor.  Close to 62% of religious-political Muslims agreed Sharia should be incorporated, compared to 41% of secular Muslims.  In both groups, an additional 16% said it depends on what elements were to be incorporated.
72% says that following religious commandments is more important than democratic ones.  For 57% of the Turks, the laws and regulations of Islam are more important than that of Austria.  And almost half of the Turkish immigrants say that crime in Austria is caused by democracy.

(via).

Worrying. Absolutely worrying. This is the real problem of Islamic immigration, rooted in the political side of Islam. Till Muslims do not confront this, we can safely consider an important part of them are a fifth column used to impose Islamic Sharia.

I am the least inclined to consider conspirations, but these numbers do point in one way: for Islam and against democracy, the political system of the country they are actually living in.

US: “No Catholics in ERs”, says pro-abortion politician

They shouldn’t work at ERs because they oppose morning after pill:

Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley is coming under fire today for comments showing her attacking the conscience rights of pro-life Catholics. In a Thursday interview, Coakley is asked whether doctors and nurses working in a hospital emergency room have religious freedom. Because they oppose dispensing the morning after pill because it can sometimes cause an abortion she says Catholics should not be allowed to work in hospital emergency rooms

…. “In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom,” Pittman tells Coakley.

She responds: The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.”

The Senate candidate adds that there should be “separation of church and state” when it comes to the religious freedom of Catholics.

Coakley wishes for Catholic-free ERs « Down under on the right side.

Would this gal have said that against other non-Catholics who also are pro-life?

Just consider too her statement: “the law says people are allowed to have (religious freedom)“. So, she isn’t even believing that religious freedom actually exists!! :shock:

I hope she isn’t elected…

The U.N. Partners With Terror

Not only they want us to pay for a Global Tax on Internet. Now they are also making friends among terrorist groups… even if the UN itself has designated them as terrorists:

Two English language Arab news outlets (1, 2) reported this week that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with the Saudi-based International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO)…. While both articles are celebrating this partnership, both fail to mention that IIRO has been designated as a terrorist group. On August 3, 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department designated both two branches of IIRO in the Philippines and Indonesia as terrorist organizations for providing money and support to Al Qaida-linked groups, notably Abu Sayyaf (ASG) in the Philippines and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in Indonesia. According to the Treasury Department:

The IIRO-PHL is a source of funding for the al Qaida-affiliated ASG. IIRO-PHL has served as a liaison for the ASG with other Islamic extremist groups. A former ASG member in the Philippines familiar with IIRO operations in the country reported that a limited amount of foreign IIRO funding goes to legitimate projects and the rest is directed to terrorist operations. (emphasis added)

via The U.N. Partners With Terror :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Not only US considers this organization as a terrorist organisation. The UN also has designated it as a terrorist entity.

(via).

Logic, where are thou?

Spain: National Court sentences five members of an Islamist cell to terms of between 5 and 6 years

The National Court has sentenced five members of an Islamist cell to terms of between 5 and 9 years in jail.

They were sentenced for integration or collaboration with a terrorist organization by recruiting mujahideen that were sent to Iraq for attacks, and the judge acquitted four other defendants.

Omar Nakcha (9 years), Saffet Karakoc (8 years) and Mohamed Mrabet Fashi (7 years)-which they have been acquitted of the crime of conspiracy to bomb, and for collaboration and Redouan Dhmani Djamel Haych (5 years).

The four were acquitted and Mostapha Mohamed Anouar and the prosecution withdrew the charges during the trial, Mohamed Hassan Samidi and Mourdoude.

The ruling considers it proven that Nakcha provided a passport and 700 euros to Mohamed Belhadj, one of the escapees from 11-M, to escape from Spain.

via The National Court has sentenced five members of an Islamist cell to terms of between 5 and 9 years.

Considering the range of years one can be sentenced to prison in Spain and that they have not been condemned of some of the crimes they were accused of, this is quite an amount. Also we have to figure that if they aren’t recidivist, it’s possible than in 3 to 5 years these guys are again in the streets.

France: Actress attacked in Paris

yesterday I read that the Algerian actrice ‘Rayhana’ was attacked in Paris then drenched with white spirit before a lit cigarette was thrown at her.

Fortunately the white spirit didn’t ignite. But she is among many in danger, even in Paris- as well as constantly threatened in Algeria.

via Wind Rose Hotel: The growing threat.

The theatre company in which she works has issued a press release:

Press release from the Maison des Métallos

Since Dec 8th, 9 actresses act in a play daily in the Maison des métallos, to play “Even at my age, I still hide myself to smoke”.

Each of them are a feminine symbol against foolishness and violence in an hammam in Algeria.

After the first verbal intimidation back on December, Rayhana, the author of the text and actress, has been drenched in alcohol when she was going to the theatre to play her role on Jan 12th. Her attackers have afterwards thrown a lit cigarrette to her eyes, who has fortunately not burn their victim. The words of her attackers leave little doubt that the attack is directly linked to the actings of the play.

After consultation, the Maison des métallos and the Company have decided to continue the representations till the end of the term, (because) the barbarity of the aggression has already confirmed to their eyes the text accuracy and justice

Signed by: the Maison des métallos and Theatre Company Orten.

Fortunately she wasn’t hurt and they are not giving up.

(Translation: T&P).

UK: Death threats against Facebook group owner opposed to Islam4UK’s march on Wotton Bassett

Daily Mail:

the Facebook group’s creator, Jo Cleary, who voluntarily runs the Armed Forces support group Honour Our Troops, has received death threats over her involvement with the site.

Threats have also been sent to fellow campaigner Lucy Aldridge, whose 18-year-old son Will was killed in Afghanistan.

It is not known who has made the threats.

The mother-of-four, 43, a photographer from Broomfield, Kent, said: ‘I am absolutely livid at these threats but they will not stop my campaign.

‘I have been branded a BNP member – which I most certainly am not – and my life has been threatened in the most abusive language.

‘There have even been threats made to the families of those who have given their lives for this country.

(via).

Mr. Choudary said the planned march was just a publicity stunt. He also has said that the benefits he is actually receiving, more than those paid to soliders, “belong to Allah”:

‘Whether you are on benefits or not that does not mean you cannot propogate your ideas. I have always remained within the ambit of the law.

‘The money belongs to Allah and if it is given you can take it. You don’t lie and you don’t cheat- that is what the prophet said.’

Yeah and to the wind too. But he’s got a point: he’s just taking what he’s given. So: don’t give him any more benefits, because he can actually work! :shock: Yes, he can, he is lawyer.

But that’s not all:

… The Mail revealed today that Choudary is being given round-the-clock police protection following his controversial threat to march through Wootton Basset.

Meanwhile, Jo Cleary, the one who has actually received death threats, says she is not going to cave in. Well said!

US: Metropolitan Museum pulls images of Mohammed from its collection

Following the attack on Westergaard and the death threats against Swedish illustrator Lars Vilks, Norwegian newspaper Afternposten republished the Mohammed cartoons. But the Metropolitan Museum of Art, instead of following Aftenposten’s lead, has decided to hide them just in case some conservative Muslim considers they are not respectful of the prophet and acts accordingly place them under review:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art quietly pulled images of the Prophet Mohammed from its Islamic collection and may not include them in a renovated exhibition area slated to open in 2011, The Post has learned.

The museum said the controversial images – objected to by conservative Muslims who say their religion forbids images of their holy founder — were “under review.”

Critics say the Met has a history of dodging criticism and likely wants to escape the kind of outcry that Danish cartoons of Mohammed caused in 2006.

via ‘Jihad’ jitters at Met – NYPOST.com.

They are also going to change the name of the Islamic collection to

Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia,” according to a museum press release.

Don’t say Islam: it could be that some misunterstanders of its peaceful message just attack the Museum.

Malaysia: the word “Allah” sparks anti-Christian violence while unmarried couples are arrested (U)

Some days ago, the Malaysian High Court resolved on an old problem there: can the Catholics call God “Allah” as they don’t have another word in Malaysian language to say it? And its judges ruled out that Catholics could use it:

Malaysia’s highest court has overturned a government edict forbidding the use of the term “Allah” in the country’s Catholic newspaper, The Herald. The government had threatened to close down the newspaper, by denying its permit to publish, if editors persisted in using “Allah” to refer to the Christan God. Catholic leaders had argued that the term “Allah” is the common Malay translation for “God,” and has been used by Christians for generations. The court sided with the Church.

via Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Top Malay court confirms Catholic paper’s right to use ‘Allah’.

My opinion is that they should have called God in any other language and just don’t use Allah for anything. But well, if the High Court lets them name that, you would suppose that Malaysians would respect their High Court and let them call God whatever way they chose. Errmm, no: the attacks on Christian churches have happened on a daily basis:

Arsonists set alight the Protestant Metro Tabernacle Church in Kuala Lumpur on January 8 in the midst of growing controversy over the use of the word “Allah” by Malaysian Christians.

A church spokesman said that the first floor was destroyed, while worship areas on the upper two floors were undamaged. No injurieswere reported as a result of the fire that started just after midnight, according to media reports. Local police are investigating the fire.

via Malaysia: Muslim marauders attack Christian church | Spero News.

Then other four churches were set ablaze: Continue reading

UK: London breeding Islamic terrorists

Speaking about Abdulmutallab’s failed terrorist attack:

British security agency MI5 revealed that Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in London, that the Nigerian reached out from London to a worldwide network of jihadi contacts and that he was “on the periphery of a past incident.”

Why was this 3-year-old information apparently not shared with U.S. authorities until more than a week after the near-fatal flight?

Probably the reason is that UK security agencies are overwhelmed by the dimensions of the terrorist threat in Britain. Two years ago, MI5’s director revealed that there were 4,000 people known to be “involved in terrorist-related activity in the UK” in more than 200 terrorist networks. A year later, authorities said the threat was growing “increasingly complex” and the numbers “even higher.”

Since the mid-90s, London has been a haven for foreign jihadi preachers, organizers, agitators and propagandists, many of them recipients of generous welfare benefits.

“Londonistan” attracted second-generation British Muslims who spurned the folk Islam and customs of their immigrant parents but were repelled by a British culture they regarded as decadent and racist.

… Anwar al-Awlaki, who inspired the Fort Hood massacre and conspired with AbdulMutallab in Yemen, reportedly has also inspired several terrorist cells in Britain. He is heard on British-based Web sites and via video links at conferences hosted by university Islamic Societies such as the one AbdulMutallab led at University College London.

The Nigerian is the fourth president of a London Islamic Society to face terrorist charges in three years. One of them is awaiting retrial, having escaped conviction for involvement in the 2006 liquid bomb plot to blow up airliners bound for the U.S., a precursor to the Christmas plot.

via London breeding Islamic terrorists – CNN.com.

There are comical aspects of the failed plot. And I am not referring to people claiming that Abdulmutallab was paid by a Republican Obama-hater conspiracy (yes, one Mike Malloy has actually said that). No, I’m referring to the underpants of Pantybomber after the failed plot. His genital area must be truly damaged: Continue reading

Egypt: “No one has explained me convincingly why I’m deprived of the right to polyandry”

Nadine Al-Bedair
Nadine Al-Bedair

No wonder this journalist has caused a storm in the Wahabbist kingdom:

Saudi journalist Nadine Bedair … penned an article for the Egyptian daily newspaper Al Masry Al Youm titled, “My Four Husbands and I.” Mmhm: “My Four Husbands.” You hardly have to read beyond the headline to forecast the shitstorm ahead — but, of course, you’d be missing out on her delightfully daring indictment of polygamy if you didn’t.

“Allow me to choose four, five or even nine men, just as my wildest imagination shall choose,” Bedair writes. “I’ll pick them with different shapes and sizes, one of them will be dark and the other will be blond.” Now them’s some fighting words. A common defense of polygamy within Islam is that it rescues widows and divorcees from their unfortunate plight by allowing men to welcome multiple women into their homes. But Bedair doesn’t buy it: “I have long questioned why it is men have a monopoly on this right. No one has been able to explain to me convincingly why it is I’m deprived of the right to polyandry.”

No wonder this is polemic in Egypt, Saudi Arabia…, so much polemic, they are actually accusing her of blasphemy. Anyway, ask for polyandry?? Imagine being married with four like this “strong, vigorous man”:

Muqtada

Yes, because women, according to Islamic tradition, should marry with strong, vigorous men: :mrgreen:

Ehh, no, thanks, better not… :shock:

Related: Saudi Woman Challenges Male-Only Polygamy, Accused of Blasphemy.

Europe Waking Up to Honour Killings After Turkish Kurd Jailed in UK

Police and religious communities across Europe are mounting new offensives against “honour killings”. The moves follow a string of high-profile cases across the continent when family members have been successfully prosecuted for killing young daughters and other relatives, normally because they refused to take part in arranged marriages or had fallen in love with someone deemed unsuitable.

A case in Britain this month, which ended with a Turkish father being found guilty and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years for killing his 15-year-old daughter in 1999 because of an affair she was having with a man from a different sect of Islam, was described as “a wake-up call” over the problem of honour killings.

The conviction of Mehmet Goren, the father of Tulay Goren, was possible only because his wife spoke out after 10 years of silence. The UK case marked the first time that prosecutors called on expert witnesses in an honour crime trial. They were used to describe how the “namus”, or family code of honour, worked among Turkish Kurds. Such developments, plus the establishment of special police units with a greater understanding of honour crimes, are being mirrored in Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy after high-profile cases there.

Far from all of the trials have involved Muslims. Young Hindu and Sikh women who refuse arranged marriages and, particularly, those who fall in love with someone from a different caste, have been victims as well. The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5,000 women are killed in the name of honour worldwide each year, at least 1,000 in Pakistan. According to the UN Development Fund for Women, 22 women in India are killed every day in dowry-related murders.

via Europe Waking Up to Honour Killings After Turkish Kurd Jailed in UK.

For a background on Tuley Goren’s outrageous murder, click here and here.

This can be one of the worst deeds committed in the name of religion. Religion should be something to soften the soul, stay in touch with our Maker and see things in their right perspective. We are nothing but sand grains which could be carried away by the storm. The problem appears when some of those grains begin to think they can have power over the rest. That is, when people use whatever means (including religion) to control and to gain power over the others.

But in these cases, it’s not only the murder the horrible thing. Killing a relative is already so hard (except if you are Jack the Ripper), but in these cases, it’s not the most important thing. It’s the cruelty, the savagery, the viciousness of the killers. They normally punish to a horrible extent their victims, who are their wifes, sisters, daughters… It remembers me this: “so much negativity” in their souls:

Transformers 2: The Revenge of the Fallen

What is certain is that every day we have news of this absolutely disgusting reality.

Dubai: crisis caused by Islamic bonds

The Dubai World default on sukuk, also known as “Islamic bonds,” was centered on financial products which were approved by Shariah scholars. Making investments Shariah-Compliant was supposed to protect investors from crisis and calamity. We heard and read such claims from financial jihadists over and over again after the Subprime collapse.

But Shariah-Compliance not only did NOT protect investors, the Dubai sukuk default was just the latest in a disturbing pattern of sukuk defaults. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that the default rate on the Shariah-Compliant sukuk is greater than that on conventional bonds, despite claims from the financial jihadists to the contrary.

Moreover, Shariah-Compliance turned out to be the chief obstacle to settling the crisis after the fact because the arcane rules of Shariah didn’t cover such a scenario (despite the line of sukuk defaults over the past two years).

Nevertheless, the financial jihadists are fast at work to defend Shariah. It was “excess” and “greed” which caused Dubai World to break its promises. Never mind that Shariah-Compliance was supposed to eliminate those factors to begin with.

via Shariah Finance Watch » Blog Archive » Dubai in retrospect: Don’t Blame Shariah!.

You know, outside Western world there is no greed… :mrgreen:

Related: Vatican support for Islamic banking @ Shariah Fortune. :roll:

Pakistan: police seeking life sentence on US nationals arrested on terrorism charges

This file photo released by Sargodha Police Department in December 2009 shows arrested American Muslims, from left, Umar Farooq, Ahmad Minni, Aman Yemer and second row, from left, Waqar Hussain and Ramy Zamzam. Photo: AP

This file photo released by Sargodha Police Department in December 2009 shows arrested American Muslims, from left, Umar Farooq, Ahmad Minni, Aman Yemer and second row, from left, Waqar Hussain and Ramy Zamzam. Photo: AP

This is an update on this story:

The men were arrested in early December in the eastern Pakistani city of Sargodha in a case that has spurred fears that Westerners are traveling to Pakistan to join al-Qaida and other militant groups.Police said recently they would seek life sentences on terror charges against the five young Muslim men, who are from the Washington, DC, area.

Under Pakistan’s complicated judicial system, police were expected to recommend charges during Monday’s session. However, the anti-terrorism court did not have to charge the men immediately, and they were likely to be given time to prepare their defense.

Police have not said what the group’s intended target was, but authorities say the men had a map of Chashma Barrage – a complex located near nuclear power facilities that includes a water reservoir and other structures. It lies in the populous province of Punjab, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of the capital, Islamabad.

via 5 Americans to appear in Pakistan court for terrorism | International News | Jerusalem Post.

What faces do they have… :roll: The virgins of the afterlife will be absolutely relieved that they are not yet to “comfort” these guys… :mrgreen:

FT interview with John Brennan, US counter-terrorism expert

FT: What about areas beyond AQ’s core command, such as Yemen and Somalia?

Brennan: Clearly there are a number of places that have organisations that have formally pledged their allegiance to AQ senior leadership: AQ in the Arabian peninsula, which has taken root in Yemen, which is a serious concern; AQ in East Africa which is not just Somalia, but neighbouring countries; AQ in the Islamic Maghreb, which is in Mali, Mauritania and other places. These are clear franchises, they have links to the AQ core, some of these individuals served alongside senior AQ leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan in 2001, 2002.

There are other areas where we are concerned about AQ’s efforts to exploit local grievances, whether we are talking about southern Thailand, Indonesia or the Philippines. [Notes success in Indonesia.] What we have to be careful about is not just focusing too heavily on one area or another couple of areas while AQ then curries favour and attracts adherents and recruits in other parts of the world … We are trying to get to the leadership without a doubt, in terms of [Osama] Bin Laden, [al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri and others. But that does not mean we are not very much focused on and energised in the other areas where AQ is really trying to take advantage.

via FT.com / US & Canada – Transcript: FT interview with John Brennan, US counter-terrorism expert.

Pakistan: ‘Honour killings remain an effective tool’

And yet another one:

Killing in the name of honour still remains an effective tool to get rid of girls who dare to marry without the consent of their families.At least one incident of honour killing is reported in the city every week, which is a cause for alarm.

On December 24, a man killed his 25-year-old sister for eloping with and marrying a man of her choice.

The victim, Neelam, resident of Kashmir Park, married Iqbal two months ago.

Neelam’s brother Iqbal and mother Shehnaz traced her house where Iqbal shot her and fled from the scene. She later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

According to police, the accused were against the marriage and on the day of the incident they wanted to take her to their house to kill her. When she refused to go with them, they killed her at her house. So far no arrest has been made.

via Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – ‘Honour killings remain an effective tool’.

No arrest made, no punishment for no one, not even for the killer AND… so, it goes on and on and on…