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A “how-to” guide published by a prominent journalism school to help reporters covering Islam-related issues is under fire from critics who say it sacrifices the First Amendment to political correctness.
“Islam for Journalists,” an online guide from Washington State University, says coverage of the Muslim world can be fair, yet inoffensive without compromising journalistic principles. Yet it pointedly condemns publication of images of Muhammed, an act which is forbidden by the Koran, and seems to equate it with violence carried out in the name of Islam.
“Across the Muslim world extremists are wielding their swords with grisly effect, but the pen…can be just as lethal,” Lawrence Pintak, dean of the school’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, wrote in the introduction to the guide.
I beg to differ, Pintak: those weren’t pens sticking out of Theo van Gogh’s lifeless, bloodstained body. They were swords—or knives, close enough.
The author also seemingly panders to the Muslim faith, explaining in the guide that Muhammad is off-limits because “although he is not divine, he is considered ‘the Perfect Man.’”
“By imitating him, “Muslims hope to acquire his interior attitude—perfect surrender to God,” he added, as if such a deep knowledge of a particular religion is required of journalists.
Great. Knock yourselves out, Mohammedans. But lay off the reporters. If this guy has his way, they’ll sure as hell lay off you.
In a recent interview, Saleh Al-Fawzan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, said that there is no doubt that the sun revolves around the earth. The interview aired on Saudi Channel 1 and was posted on the Internet on January 23, 2014. Following are excerpts:
TV host: Allah says in a Koranic verse: “And the sun runs towards its stopping point. That is the determination of the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing.” Does the sun revolve around the earth?
Saleh Al-Fawzan: There is no doubt about it. The Koran says: “The sun runs…” Nevertheless, they say that the sun stands in place and the Earth moves. This contradicts the Koran.
Ignoring the Koran and adopting modern theories is not something a Muslim can do. A Muslim must follow the Koran.
So much for “settled science”!
At least 100 villagers have been killed in Nigeria’s central Kaduna state in attacks linked to disputes between ethnic groups, officials say.
Heavily armed men entered three villages in the Kaura district in the south of the state.
It is not clear who was behind the attacks, but residents blame members of the mainly Muslim Fulani tribe.
Most of those killed in the villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwan Gata and Chenshyi, had been so badly burned they could not be identified, he told the BBC. Houses were destroyed by fire and food supplies looted.
The unrest is not connected with the continuing Islamist insurgency carried out by the Boko Haram group, which wants to impose Sharia law in the north.
The attacks in Kaduna came only a day after reports emerged of 69 people being killed over several days in northern Katsina state when dozens of armed men arrived in villages on motorbikes.
Violence in that area has also been blamed on Fulani attacking local farmers from the Muslim Hausa ethnic group, rather than the Christian community.
We look upon this savagery and are rightly horrified. But I expect it has been rather typical of human behavior over the millennia. God bless us for evolving to the point that we no longer find it acceptable.
Most of us, that is.
Following are excerpts from a two-way radio conversation between ISIS and FSA fighters, which was posted on the Internet on January 6, 2014:
Foreign Fighter for Al-Qaeda’s Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS]: You worship [FSA commander] Khaled Hiyani, you apostate infidels. We’ve declared you to be “apostates,” you heretics.
Voice of Fighter for the Free Syrian Army [FSA]:[Indistinct chatter]
ISIS Foreign Fighter: … You people have sown corruption upon the land. You have killed women, fornicated with women, and raped men, women, and children, yet you dare call yourselves Muslims?! What kind of Islam do you follow?!
Voice of FSA Fighter: [Indistinct chatter] Why did you come here? Go fight Israel, brother.
ISIS Foreign Fighter: Fighting apostates takes precedence over fighting original infidels. Fighting apostates, like you people, who curse Allah and His Messenger, and violate the honor of Muslims, takes precedence over fighting the Jews and the Christians. All imams concur on that.
Voice of FSA Fighter: We fight for the sake of Allah, and you fight for the sake of the taghout, you oppressor, you apostate, you [follower of Abu Bakr] Al-Baghdadi. We are mujahideen, and you are…
ISIS Foreign Fighter: For whose sake do you wage Jihad? For Hiyani, ‘Afash, and the National Coalition? Are you waging Jihad for the sake of democracy and secularism? You don’t want Allah’s shari’a, and you fight whoever does. You people are apostate infidels. Fighting you takes precedence over fighting the original infidels.
Voice of FSA Fighter: You swine… …you prostitutes, you supporters of Al-Baghdadi… They follow Satan… You follow the accursed Devil. May Allah curse you. We opened our homes to you… [Indistinct chatter]
Why do you… Let’s see you dare come here. Allah be praised.
ISIS Foreign Fighter: Those of you who listen to [Khaled] Al-Hiyani should know that he is no Muslim. He curses Allah and His Messenger. He violates the honor of Muslims. He sows corruption upon the land, and is negligent about his prayers. Due to all the prohibitions that you and he violate, you are not Muslims.
Voice of FSA Fighter: You infidels. You enemies of Allah.
Yes, well, that’s about the type blinkard, phillistine pig-ignorance I’ve come to expect from you noncreative garbage. You sit there on your loathsome, spotty behinds, sqeezing blackheads, and not caring a tinkers cuss for the struggling artist, you excrement! You whining hipocritical toadies with your Tony Jacklin golf culbs and your bleeding secret masonic handshakes, you wouldn’t let me join, would you, you blackballing bastards. Well, I wouldn’t become a free mason now if you got down on your lousy stinking knees and begged me.
Muslim culture is all fun and games until a woman gets bludgeoned to death and strung up:
One night in late November, Rasha Abu Ara, a 32-year-old mother of five, was beaten to death and strung from a gnarled tree branch as a gruesome badge of “family honor” restored.
The woman’s alleged sin was adultery, and her killer was either her own brother or husband, security sources told Reuters. Both are behind bars while an investigation continues.
Her murder brought to 27 the number of women slain in similar circumstances in Palestinian-run areas this year, according to rights groups – more than twice last year’s victims.
The rise has led Palestinians to question hidebound laws they say are lax on killers, as well as a reluctance to name and shame in the media and society, which may contribute to a feeling of impunity among perpetrators.
“It feels like something that belongs to another time,” said one young man in Aqqaba who refused to give his name, the first hints of a beard on his chin. “But, it’s standard.”
The mayor begs to differ with one point I made:
“This act has no religion – it comes from closed, tribal thinking left over from an age of ignorance.
His brother added: “Islam requires you have four witnesses to prove the act of adultery.
And then you can beat her to death? Then you can hang her up like a gaffed fish?
“Honor killing” is a social menace that occurs throughout the Middle East, though precise figures are often elusive.
In neighboring Jordan, for example, a Cambridge University survey of attitudes among young people published in June found that a third of respondents agreed with the practice.
The researchers attributed the result to low levels of education and “patriarchal and traditional world views, emphasis placed on female virtue and a more general belief that violence against others is morally justified.”
Hmm, what else is a “social menace that occurs throughout the Middle East”? That preaches “violence against others is morally justified”? That espouses “traditional world views, emphasis placed on female virtue”?
Let me think about it.
PS: And Israel is supposed to live with these people? I wouldn’t get near them if they were caged in a zoo (i.e. Gaza).
What better way to commemorate the Islamic religious holiday honoring the Feast of the Sacrifice?
Security forces have revealed the first details of the investigation into the murder of Shraya “Yaya” Ofer. Ofer was murdered in his home in Brosh, in the Jordan Valley; his wife managed to escape the vicious assault.
Two suspects have revealed under questioning that the murder was a deliberate terrorist attack.
Sources in the military caused anger when, in the days after the killing, they suggested Ofer had been murdered in a robbery gone wrong rather than a deliberate terrorist attack.
The suspects told investigators that they had come to Brosh two weeks before the killing to gather information in advance of a planned violent theft. However, after realizing that Ofer was a retired senior IDF officer, they decided to kill him.
The murder was to be carried out “as a gift to the Palestinian people and Hamas prisoners, in honor of Eid al-Adha,” they said.
They took time before the attack to strengthen their observance of their Muslim faith and to pray for success, they revealed. The attack itself was carried out on October 10, just days before Eid al-Adha.
Some people give a poinsettia, maybe a fruitcake in the holiday season. The Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza think a little bigger. What do you give a people (loosely speaking) who receive hundreds of millions of dollars every year in international aid? The life of a Jew. Try ordering that from L.L. Bean.
I thought Muslims already had a superhero. And you’re not supposed to draw him.
Marvel Comics’ announcement about a new Ms. Marvel series deserves special attention. The company announced in a press release today that the new Ms. Marvel will be a superhero of the Islamic faith.
According to the press release, the new Ms. Marvel’s real name is Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old from Jersey City. “Kamala has all of her opportunities in front her and she is loaded with potential, but her parents’ high expectations come with tons of pressure,” Marvel describes. “When Kamala suddenly gets powers that give her the opportunity to be just like her idol, Captain Marvel, it challenges the very core of her conservative values.”
The new Ms. Marvel will feature in a special issue in January before her series begins in February. Which means we only have a couple months to decide: Is America really ready for a superhero from New Jersey?
Doesn’t Jersey already have a superhero(ine)?
Whose power is that she floats on water?
Ha-ha, just kidding. The one thing we know for sure is whatever Kamala’s powers are, driving in Saudi Arabia isn’t among them.
PS: Neither is the power to go to school in Afghanistan. Or to marry after puberty in Yemen. Or date whom she likes pretty much anywhere without getting killed by her father, brother, uncle. With those exceptions (and being unable to serve out her term as Pakistani PM without getting blown up), she’s freakin’ omnipotent.
This post at National Review Online makes for grisly reading… but unbelievable?
The Unbelievable Savagery of the Kenya Mall Terrorists
How can something that has become so routine be considered unbelievable?
Suspected Islamist gunmen have attacked a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing up to 50 students.
The students were shot dead as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture in Yobe state.
Not to mention the atrocities Muslim leaders have imposed on their enemies and subjects since time immemorial.
At least 14 people, including 10 students, were killed when a Syrian fighter jet bombed a high school in northern Syria, opposition activists said.
Dozens of others were wounded at the High School of Commerce, which is located in a rebel-controlled area of Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.
The death is expected to rise due to the seriousness of the injuries, the opposition activists said.
Graphic amateur video posted by activists showed dismembered body parts strewn across the high school. Blood was spattered on the sidewalk and the walls of the building.
Seen one dismembered body part, seen ‘em all, I say. To say that this behavior is unbelievable is itself unbelievable. What planet do you live on? It happens every day across the Muslim world, most often to Muslims themselves. (Though al-Shebaab is doing its best to limit collateral jihad to infidels only.)
If the Daily Mail warns of graphic content, it’s graphic content:
Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling.
Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged.
Children were found dead in the food court fridges with knives still embedded in their bodies, it was claimed.
Shell-shocked Kenyan troops said the inside of the Israeli-run mall resembled a ‘scene from a horror movie’ with blood spattered everywhere and dead bodies strewn across the floor.
One soldier told the Daily Mirror: ‘I have seen many bad things, but this will haunt me for the rest of my days.’
I left some stuff out, believe it or not.
What kind of god do these rabid hyenas pray to?
Only a handful of people have turned out for what some have billed the ‘Million Muslim March’ on the National Mall.
FOX 5’s Paul Wagner took this picture which shows only a few people in attendance.
A motorcycle rally, called the ‘Two Million Bikers’ is being held in D.C., some say, to counter the planned Muslim rally.
HEADS UP #dctraffic about 3000 of these guys are headed your way via 210 Indian Head Hwy #breaking #NeverForget
They didn’t get a permit, but that’s not stopping them.
Thousands of motorcyclists from as far away as California gathered at the Harley Davidson dealership in Fort Washington, Md., Wednesday morning and prepared to set out on a memorial ride to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
WNEW’s Karen Adams reports that organizers of the 2 Million Bikers to DC event did not manage to obtain a no-stop permit for the ride, but they say they will roll anyway. First around the Capital Beltway, then in D.C. around some of the monuments.
What did the Muslims, both of them, want to march for anyway?
Organizers at the group American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) didn’t exactly do a lot to engender sympathy for an event held on one of the most emotionally charged days of the year. The group is led by M.D. Rabbi Alam, a professed 9/11 truther who has pushed controversial anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the attacks.
Organizers of the Million Americans Against Fear rally have defended the timing of their event by noting that “Muslim[s] and Non Muslim[s] alike were traumatized” on Sept. 11, 2001. AMPAC has insisted that the march will be about civil rights, indefinite detention and countering inaccurate depictions of Islam and Muslims. It also appears, however, that trutherism will still play a significant role; the DC Area 9/11 Truth Movement and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth Movement are currently listed as partners.
Any response, bikers?
Sarah Palin teased President Obama and his—let’s be honest—imbecilic policy toward Syria:
So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?
As I said before, if we are dangerously uncertain of the outcome and are led into war by a Commander-in-chief who can’t recognize that this conflict is pitting Islamic extremists against an authoritarian regime with both sides shouting “Allah Akbar” at each other, then let Allah sort it out.
She could’ve easily translated “Allah Akbar” into English, noting that the combatants were screaming, “God is great.” Or as Sen. John McCain remarked Tuesday on Fox News, “Allah Akbar” is no different than an American Christian saying, “Thank God.”
But Palin went with the Arabic. Why? Because I think deep down she loves the language. And I bet Palin knows even more Arabic words such as humus, falafel and possibly babaganoush.
Oy. I’m already regretting this. What are the odds that this guy has a point? (And did John McCain really say that?)
But my cynical side tells me that Palin was just trying to use inflammatory language to get attention. (I know what you’re saying: “No, our Sarah Palin would never do that.”)
But let’s not forget what Palin said about President Barack Obama’s comments on Libya: “Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.” Palin was roundly criticized for using “shuck and jive,” which is a term dating back to 1870s and was originally a “Southern ‘Negro’ expression for clowning, lying, pretense.”
Palin denied she was being racially insensitive in using that phrase. Was it just an inadvertent slip or a ploy to draw media coverage?
So what’s the genesis of Palin’s statement, “Let Allah Sort them out”?
Genesis? That’s the first book of the Holy Bible! One-fifth of the Pentateuch!! How dare this Mohammedan (if he is one) defile two great faiths by taking in vain the story of G-d’s creation of the universe?
See how tiresome this can get?
In the future, if Sarah Palin is going to show off her Arabic vocabulary, it’s my hope that she doesn’t use it to encourage the world to turn a blind eye as innocent people are butchered.
Instead, she might use an Arabic word such as “salaam,” which means “peace,” and encourages people to support a policy that brings an end to the fighting. After all, peace means the same thing in every language.
Oh, I think Sarah Palin knows the word, or at least its Hebrew equivalent, “shalom”.
But she can be forgiven, I think, for being confused by the president’s (and this writer’s) pursuit of salaam via the contrails of a barrage of cruise missiles.
Just as I have to confess confusion by the writer’s evident ignorance that the “butchery” of “innocent people” is by Muslims on Muslims. In Syria, and in too many other countries to list here. And he’s upset with Sarah Palin? Such fatuousness practically makes him an accessory to after the fact!