Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

Terror? Men From Mosque Planned Attack on Synagogue, Air Base; Said They Were Sorry WTC Wasn’t Still Around to Attack

May 21, 2009

Federal agents arrested four men and charged them with plotting to bomb a Bronx synagogue and attack military planes at a New York National Guard air base.

In a criminal complaint unsealed late Wednesday night, federal prosecutors in New York’s Southern District identified the men as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen.

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Four men arrested after planting what they thought were explosives near two New York City synagogues were disappointed that the World Trade Center wasn’t still around to attack, a federal prosecutor said Thursday as the men appeared in court for the first time.

Egypt to get boost from Obama’s address to Muslim world from Cairo

May 13, 2009

“Many capitals in the Islamic world throughout Africa and Asia would have been happy to have been chosen by Obama,” declared Osama Saraya, editor-in-chief, in Sunday’s Al-Ahram newspaper.  

“The selection of Cairo affirms the fact that Egypt… is the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds. And she is the voice of wisdom and reason that has helped the region overcome crises.”

So, as small a gesture as it may seem, President Obama has given a gift to Egypt’s President Hosni Mubark just by heading there next month to give an address aimed at the Islamic world.

Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak

The problem with this is that Mubarak has been criticized by many in the West for his human rights abuses and his poor record of allowing democracy.

On the other hand, Egypt has recognized Israel and been a thorn in the side of Iran.  But almost all the Arab and Islamic countries from Egypt to the Persian Gulf are worried about Iran, except maybe Syria and many in Lebanon.

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Middle East Peace Will Be Decided by Netanyahu, Obama Meeting

May 10, 2009

President Obama’s critical meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu next week has become the acid test for the Administration’s commitment to peace in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan said yesterday.

The monarch does not conceal his feelings about the Israeli leader. He described their last encounter – 10 years ago when he had just come to the throne – as the “least pleasant” of his reign. But he, and President Mubarak of Egypt, are expected to meet the Israeli leader before his trip to Washington, where the future course of the region could be decided.

The King said that he was prepared to believe what Israelis have told him — that a right-wing Government in Israel is better able to deliver peace than the Left.

May 2008 at World Economic Forum“All eyes will be looking to Washington,” he said. “If there are no clear signals and no clear directives to all of us, there will be a feeling that this is just another American Government that is going to let us all down.”


If Israel procrastinated on a two-state solution, or if there was no clear American vision on what should happen this year, the “tremendous credibility” that Mr Obama had built up in the Arab world would evaporate overnight.

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Torture? Try Beheading Under Pakistan’s Taliban Islamic Sharia Law

May 10, 2009

Pakistan’s residents who once criticized the slow and corrupt state courts now fear the “Talibanization” of Islamic sharia law that is making inroads.

By Pamela Constable

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, May 10, 2009

 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 9 — When black-turbaned Taliban fighters demanded in January that Islamic sharia law be imposed in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, few alarm bells went off in this Muslim nation of about 170 million.

Sharia, after all, is the legal framework that guides the lives of all Muslims.

Officials said people in Swat were fed up with the slow and corrupt state courts, scholars said the sharia system would bring swift justice, and commentators said critics in the West had no right to interfere.

Today, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Swat and Pakistani troops launching an offensive to drive out the Taliban forces, the pendulum of public opinion has swung dramatically. The threat of “Talibanization” is being denounced in Parliament and on opinion pages, and the original defenders of an agreement that authorized sharia in Swat are in sheepish retreat.

The refugees are the “victims of ignorant cavemen masquerading as fighters of Islam,” columnist Shafqat Mahmood charged in the News International newspaper Friday. He said that the “barbarian horde” that invaded Swat never intended to implement a sharia-based judicial system and that they just used it as cover. “This is a fight for power, not Islam,” he wrote.

Such widely expressed views make a clear and careful distinction between the Taliban version of Islam — often described as narrow-minded, intolerant and punitive — and what might be called the mainstream Pakistani version of Islam, which is generally described as moderate and flexible.

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Muslims Already Preparing to Condemn Obama’s June 5 “Outreach”

May 9, 2009

 President Barack Obama has scheduled a major “outreach” speech to Muslims in Egypt on June 5 and already some Muslims are planning their counter- offensive.

In Iran, President Ahmadinejad often attacks Egypt and President Hosni Mubarack for his recognition of Israel.  Iran refuses to admit that Israel does or should exists.  Ahmadinejad calls the Israeli people “Zionists” and their land is Palestine.

Most Muslims attack Egypt for Mubarak’s poor human rights record and even the U.S. Department of State is often at odds with Egypt for its failed but often promised democratic “reforms.”

Now the Muslim opposition in Egypt is setting the framework for their response to Obama’s “outreach.”

Going to Egypt to speak in behalf of Muslims is a tricky proposition for Obama.  Many Muslims regard the Egyptian government as totally without human rights….

Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak


Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood dismissed on Saturday U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to deliver a speech to the Muslim world from Egypt as part of a plan to keep Arab and Muslim states divided.

Deputy leader Mohamed Habib said overtures by the United States to countries like Syria and Iran, and recent visits by U.S. officials to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, indicated the speech would be used to further the superpower’s pro-Israeli agenda.

“The U.S. administration is trying to use each of these countries individually to serve the American agenda and American interests, in addition to securing, promoting, protecting and guaranteeing the superiority of the Zionist entity (Israel),” Habib told Reuters.

From Haarets (Israel)

The Brotherhood is Egypt’s largest and most powerful opposition group, and seeks an Islamic state through democratic means. It disavowed violence decades ago and is officially banned, but operates relatively openly.

Obama will deliver a speech to the Muslim world in Egypt on June 4 in which he will seek to repair ties that were severely damaged under his predecessor George W. Bush.

“The statements are rosy, but politics is not built on statements as much as it’s based on practices on the ground. Let’s wait and see,” Habib said.

The Brotherhood controls roughly a fifth of seats in Egypt’s lower house of parliament. The group played a seminal role in the development of Islamist ideology and political groups around the Muslim world.


On Muslim Outreach, Obama Follows Pope’s Footsteps; Next Week At Notre Dame, Probably Not

May 9, 2009

Here’s the irony of the week: Barack Obama is planning a trip to Egypt to give a major “outreach” speech to Muslims just weeks after Pope Benedict XVI is doing exactly the same thing during his current visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

But next week end, President Obama will give an almost as watched speech at the University of Notre Dame where he will be bestowed with an honorary degree and participate in commencement.

In Islam, most people won’t care about Obama’s stands on human life.  In South Bend next weekend, his every word will be analyzed seeking middle ground on abortion and stem cell research.


From CNN:

AMMAN, Jordan — For more than 20 years, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then the Vatican’s top doctrinal czar, was the intellectual architect of the papacy of John Paul II.

Thus, when Ratzinger was elected to succeed John Paul as Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005, it was widely seen as a vote for continuity with the late pontiff’s policies.

Four years later, there’s only one strong substantive difference between the two popes, and it’s on display this week as Benedict XVI visits Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories: their approaches to Islam.

With 1.1 billion Roman Catholics and 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, representing about 40 percent of the world’s population, it’s a difference that matters.

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Vatical Official Calls Obama at Notre Dame a “Scandal”

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One of the Vatican’s highest ranked clerics and a frequent critic of President Obama said Friday that Notre Dame is causing a “scandal” by giving the president an honorary degree and a platform to address graduates at its commencement next weekend. 

‘The proposed granting of an honorary doctorate at Notre Dame University to our president, who is so aggressively advancing an anti-life and anti-family agenda, is rightly the source of the greatest scandal,” said Archbishop Raymond Burke, who is the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court.

Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis and vocal opponent of giving communion to politicians who support abortion rights, told Catholics at a national prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., that “with unparalleled arrogance, our nation is choosing to renounce its foundation on the faithful.”

He pointed to several Obama administration decisions that he said have damaged “the fundamental society that is the family,” citing the repeal of the conscience clause, which prohibits health care workers from refusing to participate in abortion-related services; repeal of the Mexico City policy, which allows federal funding to be used abroad to provide abortions; presidential support of the Freedom of Choice Act, which prevents government from in any way denying or interfering with a woman’s right to choose; and support of the U.S. Population Fund, which he noted supports China’s one-child policy.

He blamed loose morals for legislation that would allow same-sex marriages and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which states have implemented to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. 

“At the root of the confusion and error about marriage is the contraceptive mentality which would have us believe that the inherently procreative nature of the conjugal union can in practice be mechanically or chemically eliminated while the marital act remains unitive. It simply cannot be sold,” Burke said. 

Obama has considerable support from Catholics, having won 54 percent of the Catholic vote in the presidential election. In a Quinnipiac national poll released at the end of last month, 57 percent of Catholics said they approve of the way Obama is doing his job, while 33 percent disapproved.

By comparison, 76 percent of Jewish voters approved of Obama’s performance while Protestants were the most split — 44 percent approval to 42 percent disapproval. The poll had 2,041 registered voters

Burke noted the Catholic support, saying a majority of Catholics freely chose leadership that is now implementing decisions that conflict with the tenets of their faith. 

“The path of violation of the most fundamental human rights and of the integrity of marriage and the family which our nation is traveling is not accidental,” he said. “As Catholics, we cannot fail to notice with the greatest sadness the number of our fellow Catholics who cooperate fully to the advancement of a national agenda which is anti-life and anti-family.”

The archbishop also slammed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was confirmed by the Senate last week on a 65-31 vote. Opponents cited her ties to an late-term abortion provider, George Tillman, who is a supporter of the former Kansas governor.

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