Friday, May 10, 2013
…was that Islam is a religion of peace. He did so the week after 9/11 at a mosque in Washington, DC.
Yes, there are peaceful Muslims. I know some. Sufi Muslims are peaceful, as are Muslims who are not strict adherents to the Qu'ran. But the Qur'an itself is not peaceful, so strict adherents to the Qur'an--those attempting to be good practicing Muslims, like the dead Boston Marathon bomber—will not have lasting peaceful intentions and cannot be classified as peaceful.
For some added academic oomph to this argument, we now have the work of Tina Magaard, who graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris as a PhD in Textual Analysis and Intercultural Communication after a three-year research project that compared the basic texts from 10 religions. The study concluded that Islam is the most violent religion on Earth. She told the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the Qur'an contains hundreds of calls to fight against unbelievers:
“The texts in Islam are clearly distinct from the other religious texts as they, to a much higher degree, call for violence and aggression against followers of other faiths. There are also direct incitements to terror. This has long been a taboo in Islam research, but it is a fact we have to acknowledge.”
Magaard is not the first expert to say this
, just the latest.
About a year ago I sat in an Antwerp halal dive discussing what it means to be a true Muslim with one of Belgium’s most notorious Muslims, Abu Imran, who is now in prison.
He laid it out very simply: one can’t be half a Muslim or a new kind of democratic, westernized, modern Muslim who only believes in part of the Qur'an. The Qu’ran is not interpreted in the same way the New and Old Testaments are understood. True Muslims are to obey every word in the Qur'an as if it were the year 632. And the Qur'an commands violence.
President Bush is a nice guy. But his foolish ideas about Islam likely played a role in the disastrous decision to allow the new Iraqi constitution to be based on the Qur'an. It’s a decision that I personally thought bordered on the criminal. It mocked those Americans killed because of Qu’ran-inspired terrorism. And I believe it amounted to fraud against our fighting men and women who did not know they were giving their lives in the Iraq war for the establishment of an Islamic republic, following Saddam’s secular Baathist regime. Thanks to Bush’s folly, Iraq will continue to be plagued by Islamic-inspired, and not just tribal, terrorism.
Islam keeps people in religious and political bondage and inspires them to kill and rape and enslave. The only “peace” in Islam is the period after Islamic conquest. It’s not just my idea. It’s the word of yet another expert.
Friday, April 19, 2013
There is plenty we can assume about the Boston Marathon bombers, based simply on the fragmentary information released so far. Here are some angles worth investigating:
1. Is this a similar theme to Britain’s 7/7 attack, when Muslim young men, born and raised in the UK, became radicalized and turned into terrorists? Yes it is. A common storyline in the lives of some young Muslims is to grow up in a “moderate,” modern Muslim family in a western nation, become fully westernized, experiment with a secular or hedonistic lifestyle, then experience a spiritual void or crisis and return to Islam, falling under the sway of a radical mosque or Sheik. We’re already uncovering writings showing the older Brother, Tamerlan, was doing exactly that....no longer drinking alcohol, for example. This brand of western Muslim terrorist is often described by friends and neighbors as "too nice to do such a thing," or they'll say "he couldn't do this, he was a good Muslim." Exactly. In the young terrorist's mind, blowing the limbs off countless "infidels" at the Boston Marathon was obeying the Koran.
2. Did the Tsarnaev brothers have a relative who was killed by U.S. forces while fighting with Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan or the Middle East? While there’s nothing so far to suggest this, it would again fit a common terrorist narrative, especially with Chechens. Family-related vengeance has been a regular theme in Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia. Both the Beslan massacre and Chechen bombings of Russian jetliners were carried out or aided by surviving relatives of Chechen terrorists killed by Russian forces. American’s don’t think of Chechens fighting Americans, but Chechen Muslims radicalized by the Russian invasion later joined groups like Al Qaeda.
3. Does the Tsarnaev family in Dagestan secretly approve of what the brothers did? The father, Anzor Tsarnaev, in a phone call with AP, called the younger son, Dzhokhar, an “angel,” meaning the son had not fallen out of favor with him because of the attack. Dad wasn’t sounding contrite about what his sons had done; he was only angry that one was killed. I'd talk to the family's neighbors in Dagestan and find out what he's saying to them.
4. And finally, should US officials keep an eye out for visa applications from other Tsarnaev family members seeking to avenge the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev? (See question number 2) Yes, they should.
UPDATE: Anzor Tsarneaev, the father of the suspected Boston terrorists Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarneaev, reportedly warned that "all hell will break lose" if his son, who is still at large, is killed.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
TV Norway aired a comedy show last night that featured Norwegian teen girls converting to Islam (sort of) for the chance to win tickets to a Justin Bieber concert.
The Norwegian Christian news website Dagen says the program “Anne-Kat” told the girls they needed to remove all make-up, put on hijabs and read an Islamic creed in Arabic. They also had to read an Arabic text aloud that said Justin Bieber is “unclean and probably gay."
The program host Anne-Kat Hærland said, “We wanted to find out how far Norwegian “beliebers” are willing to go for tickets to one of (Bieber’s) concerts.”
Bishop Halvor Northug of the Norwegian Lutheran Church said the episode “testifies to Hærlands’s lack of understanding of how much faith means for a lot of people,” according to Dagen.
Yes, this was first and foremost about teenagers doing anything for tickets and, yes, I snickered a little. Ok, a couple times. The girls probably crossed their fingers while they read the Islamic creed. But it still shows something of the religious ignorance or the nonchalance about spiritual matters that is so widespread in Western nations now, and which has made Europe a welcoming home for Islam.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
www.facebook.com/dalehurdnewsHere is an excerpt of a recent interview I had in Stockholm with Christer Johansson, the father of Domenic Johansson. Domenic was illegally abducted by Swedish authorities in 2009 because he was homeschooled. He was only 7 years old at the time.
A few months ago, a Swedish appeals court reversed a lower court decision and terminated Christer and Annie's parental rights. Christer tells me he is worried that when Domenic is finally released from state custody, he may not have a mother to come home to.
Johansson family and friends say the ordeal is killing Domenic's mother, Annie.
For more background on this terrible situation, here is story I did last year.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
One of the world’s leading figures in the fight against the trend by governments to censor criticism of Islam was almost killed today. Danish police say a gunman walked up to Lars Hedegaard’s door pretending to be a postman with a package, fired at his head and missed.
Hedegaard says "The bullet flew past my right ear, after which I attacked him and punched him in the face, which made him lose the gun," Lars said the gunman then ran.
It should be no surprise that police say they are looking for a "foreign" man aged 20-25. And although we don’t know who did it or why, the only thing that seemed surprising to me was that it did not happen on a Friday, which is when Muslim assassins usually try to kill “infidels,” having just come from prayers at the local mosque.
It was also no surprise that the media has managed to put a politically correct spin an attempted homicide, with the Associated Press saying Hedegaard “heads a group that claims press freedom is under threat from Islam…”
Ah, yes, and perhaps we all just imagined that Hedegaard and Dutch politician Geert Wilders were put on trial by democratic governments for the crime of criticizing Islam.
Ever since a Dutch Morroccan practitioner of the “religion of peace” killed Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh in the streets of Amsterdam, these murder attempts have been completely predictable. An associate of Geert Wilders told me that he would be surprised if Wilders died of natural causes because Muslims are waiting for their chance to kill him.
Anyone who stands for freedom against the Islamists lives in the crosshairs a Muslim assassin. It’s why the most outspoken bloggers are underground.
This should give pause to all those who think Islam is no different from any other religion. But the thinking on the Left seems too far gone to see something so obvious until, and unfortunately, more and defenders of freedom are successfully assassinated. And perhaps not even then.
Here is my 2011 story on the rise of radicalism in Denmark, featuring some comments from Hedegaard.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Below is a video of Muslim "patrols" enforcing Sharia law in parts of London. The video was removed from YouTube because they said it violated their policy "prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten."
It then resurfaced on Media Research Center's website. The video only vaguely "threatens" the casual viewer on YouTube. But it is a major embarassment to radical Islamists with their stealth jihad, who would have had an interest in seeing it taken down as soon as possible.
The "Muslim Patrol" YouTube channel has been terminated as well.
If you want a glimpse of the future, should we stay the course we're on. Here it is:
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Guns are not the problem. And banning certain kinds of guns won’t stop the killing. The worst school massacre in U.S. history--the Bath, Mich., school attack in 1927--was carried out with dynamite.
There was no handgun or “assault weapon” in sight when Andrew Kehoe brought down the building. And Lefties who have never touched a gun in their life apparently aren’t aware that it’s only a little harder to kill a lot of people using a revolver with several speed loaders, or by using three loaded pump action shotguns instead of one. Someone who wants to commit a mass killing will find a way.
Our real problem is that we are a gravely sick society that has turned its back on God and worships violence as entertainment. Many Americans have been taught from an early age that they are only highly evolved animals, without honor; not special or unique; only material and energy belched from a cold, silent cosmos; that there is no universal moral code, and what man decides is right or wrong is subject only to opinion polls or whim.
It’s far easier for our leaders to ban a weapon, a piece of metal, than to tackle the real problem. Not only because the real problem is so vast and deep and cannot be legislated away, but also because looking honestly at the real problem exposes the total failure of the false secularism pushed by the elites. It also lays bare the rampant spiritual emptiness in America and our desperate need for God.
Any critique of the worship of violence in America must begin in the Church, which has turned a blind eye to blood lust as sin. Many evangelicals who would never curse or drink alcohol have no problem watching the worst scenes of violence on film, or letting their children view them. I was in a Christian home where the parents had a “cuss filter” installed on their TV to bleep out curse words, but let their children view scenes from a film showing horrible violence, including a decapitation.
The first century church would have roundly condemned American Christians’ near total blind spot when it comes to violence as entertainment. They were victims of the blood lust that pervaded pagan Rome. They saw humans, created by God, cut open, fed to wild animals, or set on fire for entertainment purposes, just like a lot of Hollywood movies. They knew that watching humans suffer and die for amusement was a pagan practice and sinful.
But Roman Christians would eventually become desensitized themselves and, ironically, would not ban the carnage of the Coliseum when Rome was finally “Christianized.” American culture, too, has become almost totally de-sensitized to the worst depictions of violence as entertainment.
Feed a mentally ill person like Adam Lanza or James Holmes a lifetime supply of hardcore violence from films and video games, after having taken away the bedrock concept that humans are created in God’s image and therefore special, and we should expect more mass killings. It’s why good men and women should arm themselves now. More will die.
Meanwhile, banning guns should be viewed for what it is: a political fraud perpetrated by a morally darkened elite who either don’t know what’s really wrong with America or don’t care, and a dangerous power grab by those who want to use chaos to impose incremental tyranny.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
In a story that has not gotten a lot of coverage, Arab News reports that the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have formally agreed to work together “in the development of Islamic Finance.
The World Bank and IDB signed “a Memorandum of Understanding to set out a framework for collaboration between the two parties and lend support to global, regional and country efforts in the development of Islamic Finance.”
Arab News also reports, “While Shariah-compliant banking is not widespread in the United States, Islamic financial institutions are making headway in gaining a foothold in North American banks to bring services to customers."
Sharia finance is banking and investing based on the Koran. Terrorism experts consider the spread of Sharia finance in the West to be “soft jihad.” Sharia-compliant finance requires donations to Muslim “charities,” most of which have some tie to terrorism or violations of human rights.
The Center for Security Policy reports that “the US Treasury Department has so far designated no fewer than 27 Muslim charities in the U.S. and worldwide as terrorism entities due to their funding of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, Hamas and others.”
The biggest reason the West should have nothing to do with Sharia finance is because it is Sharia. Strict adherence to the Koran and Sharia is completely incompatible with human rights and democracy. If you don’t agree, watch this.
The World Bank has no business promoting and legitimizing Islamic finance. And the World Bank is supported in part by your tax dollars.
And a historical side note: The World Bank was founded by John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White. White was a Soviet spy in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. He killed himself in 1948 --it was a heart attack induced by an overdose of digitalis--after being uncovered and then testifying before the House Committee on Un-American Affairs, where he denied everything.
One more reason to be suspicious of the World Bank.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Some 70 protesters climbed atop an unfinished mosque in western France on Saturday to show their opposition to it and to denounce immigration that has brought millions of Muslims into the country and the spread of Sharia law.
The mosque is in the city of Poitiers, where Charles Martell drove away Muslim invaders in 732 AD. The protesters hung a banner on the mosque that read "Generation Identitaire" and demanded a referendum on immigration and mosque construction. The banner also included the number 732.
After police arrived, the protesters left peacefully and three were detained for "incitement of racial hatred" and damage to property.
Muslim leaders, who aren't used to this kind of thing in France, expressed incomprehension over the stunt.
"We are thunderstruck ... these are people who are stuck in the year 732, and who don't see that the world has changed," Poitiers imam El Haj Boubaker told France's BFM-TV. "People can live differently than in a mindset of war and conflict."
France is home to Western Europe's largest population of Muslims, estimated to be at least 5 million, even though the government does not provide official figures.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls denounced a "hateful and inadmissible provocation" by the protesters. Here is video from French TV:
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Friday, October 05, 2012
Mitt Romney's brilliant performance in the first presidential debate shocked and dismayed the chattering classes who, for four years, had been telling us and each other how brilliant Barack Obama is. Whether or not Obama is brilliant, the debate was a wipeout.
I wasn't surprised. Last week I interviewed George Gilder, author of the classic "Wealth and Poverty," and a man who worked for Romney's father George, and knew Mitt as a young business executive at Bain Capital.
I trust George Gilder as a straight shooter. His assessment of Romney's abilities as a business leader and "turn-around artist" was so glowing, it might sound like a campaign infomercial. But Gilder describes what he saw: a brilliant man with a high level of knowledge and skill when it comes to the economy.