Monday, December 31, 2007

No Knews is Good Knews

As the world gets busier and sillier by the nano-second, the world is swamped with more silliness and busy bodies. I intend to do my part, as my New Year's Eve Resolution says on the card I got, to cut down on information, facts, and details. Yes, dear reader, I resolve to do you a huge favor by writing only stuff of genuine worth and ya-ya.

Information Overload Predicted To Be The Office Scourge Of 2008

Thursday December 27, 2007

E-mail. Phones going off. Program upgrades. New reports. Constant updates.

Welcome to your office in 2008.

That's what a company named Basex, which calls itself a "knowledge management" specialist, predicts you'll be facing in the New Year. The worker productivity firm believes information overload will become an even bigger scourge than it already is and the number one office menace in the year ahead.

The think tank claims constant interruptions from phone calls and email - ironically two technologies that were supposed to improve productivity - have helped kill it instead by coming in tidal waves that most workers find hard to keep up with.

"It's too much information. It's too many interruptions. It's too much lost time," warns Basex chief analyst Jonathan Spira. "It's always too much of a good thing." The problem isn't a lack of information, it's too much of it. The more there is, the more you have to keep track of. And the more time you spend looking for just the right nugget buried somewhere in that deep pile of records, the less you're actually getting done.

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_18038.aspx

Yes, dear reader, I am resolved to do you a major favor by writing only the best stuff about things of real importance. I've decided to write the story of my short but tragic life as a libretto for the opera I've been composing all these years. You're gonna love it as much as you love my real life story, maybe more.

But, I say, enough of me. How do you like my shoes?

Looking forward to a whole new year and your company during the time we have together. Happy New Year, friend.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Left Dhimmi Fascism

Esther at Islam in Europe provides this story:

Denmark: Converts to Islam are left-wing oriented

A sixth of Danish converts to Islam oppose democracy, but that's because they are left-wing oriented, explain researchers. A new study among 130 Danish converts to Islam shows that a sixth don't think their new religious convictions can be combined with democracy.

Some of the Danish converts felt the need to say that they have become Muslims and now follow something different. For some there's a bit of a protest in saying that they don't think Islam and democracy can co-exist, says Kate Østergaard, a religion historian at Copenhagen University, whose research can be read in the book "New Muslims in Denmark" (Nye muslimer i Danmark). She adds that there are about 4,000 converts in Denmark.

But though only 1/6 are direct opponents of democracy, Islam is more important than democracy for more than half of the converts. According to Kate Østergaard, half of the converts think that Islam will rule society. They think that democracy is an Islamic principle and that it is therefore possible to have an Islamic society that is either based on democracy or has democratic elements.

Anthropologist Tina Gudrun Jensen, who co-wrote the book, thinks that the missing concept of democracy is due to that most converts are left-wing oriented.

She says that opposition to democracy for some go together with the fact that they are generally critical of the modern capitalistic and materialistic society and those are the same attitudes of left-wing oriented groups in the 60's and 70's. Factually, many converts are very much left-wing oriented.
http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2007/12/denmark-converts-to-islam-are-left-wing.html
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The basic argument of this blog is that the Left is fascist. Take the pillar of corporatism in fascism and you'll find it in socialism four square. Individualism? It doesn't square with communitarianism. Private property? It's definitely at odds with the collective being. The Great Leaderprincip? How can one have a democracy with such? Eco-privilege at the expense of Humanism? The list goes on. The triumph of The Golden Age in a return to prelapsarian neo-feudalism? The Metal Mythologies of the vanguard of the Party? All fascism, all Left. The exultations of Gnostic Irrationalism? The Cult of Death and the Grand Gesture? Look no further than the pro-jihadi Left apologists. Exceptionalism of the Volk? The Palestinians? Looks so to me if not openly admitted to by the Left. And so on it goes on. The Left is a fascism. Point to point, the Left is a fascism, and is too Islam. If the fit ain't perfect, the Left will convert slowly but slowly till there's no difference at all. Give them a few more years to get over the shock of finding themselves religious fanatics and they'll be just fine. The Volk the Ummah? Why not? The Great Leader is Mohammed the Perfect Man? Sure to be seen. Racial purity laws? Dhimmitude and Jew-hatred. Soil Mysticism? Turn to Mecca five times per day and tell me if I'm wrong. Is the Left a fascism? You tell me.

Esther at Islam in Europe provides another piece of the picture, this from the Eutopia of Sweden:

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sweden: Supreme court judge supports polygamy and incest

The following article was picked up by Al-Arabiya and then by Memri. For some reason Al-Arabiya forgot to mention that Lindskog does not exactly advocate the Muslim lifestyle. In fact, he's a good example of the 'decadent West'. And why not? If there's no ethical code and anything goes, why can't two or more adults decide on their own how they want to live their life?
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Sweden's soon-to-be newest supreme court judge, Stefan Lindskog, wants to change the marriage code and make polygamy legal. He also wants to give other lifestyles more judicial protection.

He says he thinks it's strange that just one sexual relationship can enter into a cohabitation contract. If a man lives together with ten wives, today nine of them wouldn't deserve legal protection because they have chosen a different lifestyle, and Lindskog thinks that's wrong.

Lindskog wants to completely separate the judicial and moral and thinks that the state shouldn't interfere on religious or private-moral reasons in how people live together.

He says that today marriage consists of the judicial, the religious and the moral. Why can't people limit legislation to the judicial, with one cohabitation contract as regulated in the legal code, regardless of sexual tendencies and regardless of whether a person has only one sexual relationship.

A person can imagine two brothers, or a mother and a son living together - an odd constellation that happens, but that legislation does not care about today. There's also a need for regulation on that.

The demand for judicial protection for forms of lifestyles other than marriage have been made in the past by Gudrun Schyman's Feminist Initiative party. http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2007/12/sweden-supreme-court-judge-supports.html
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Freedom? What is Nothing? Freedom is hardly emptiness in search of fulfillment. The emptiness, the vacuum, abhors a vacuum. The defeat of meaning is the search for certainty. The defeat of order is the search for order. The hatred of Reason is the search for the Irrational. There is no "Nothing." The escape from Freedom is the leap into slavery and submission.

When anything goes, everything goes. Welcome your self to Islam, the Total Way of Life.

The Left is on its way slowly but with increasing rapidity toward the primitive. From philobarbarism to barbarism in person is a short leap of nihilism. Of that our Left is certainly capable. In fact, they are capable of nothing else. Give it ten years and Islam will be the fascism of choice for all those who cannot stand Modernity. Trust the Party, trust the Ulema. Freedom is Slavery. Slavery is Perfect Submission. Problem solved.

Smooth Sailing into a Technicolor Future

All this because of the spinch crop failure in Pakistan. Will this madness ever end? Benazir Blutto, Daughter of Zulfikar Ali Blutto, has been assassinated, and nary a popeyed by-stander to save her. What are the details, and what do the details mean? Well, luckily you've come to the authoritative site to find out just that:


One Murder Closer To A Nuclear Nightmare In Pakistan

December 30, 2007

She had been warned by her security detail not to put herself at risk by exposing herself in the middle of seething crowds. But Benazir Bhutto, fatalist and populist to the last, could not resist.
Moments earlier she had addressed an adulatory mass, convincing them and herself that her party could win next month's parliamentary elections and allow her to taste power once again in her beloved homeland.

On the way out of Liaqat Bagh Park in the centre of Rawalpindi – the garrison town that neighbours the capital, Islamabad – she felt relatively safe. Security had been tight and the chance to grandstand on the home turf of incumbent President Pervez Musharraf was too good to miss.

As her white bulletproof Land Cruiser left the park, her driver was forced to slow down to negotiate a path through the crowds. Bhutto stood up and out of the sun roof, smiling and waving from under her traditional white headscarf.

Grainy video footage shows that as the car passed, a gunman just a few feet behind raised his weapon and fired three times in Bhutto's direction. Then the area around the car erupted in a fireball as a suicide bomber flung himself at the vehicle.

What happened next is, extraordinarily, a matter of debate. Some witnesses, backed by doctors who treated the opposition leader, say she was hit in the neck and shoulder by two bullets, one of which severely damaged her spinal cord. Then she was hit by shrapnel from the bomb, which added to her already terrible injuries. She fell down through the hatch, fatally injured and slumped on the car's back seat in a pool of blood.

Bizarrely, the Pakistan government asserted that her death was more like a grisly accident than an assassination – that the former prime minister died when the blast from the bomb threw her sideways and she smashed her head on the metal lever that opened the sun roof. The blow shattered her skull, they said, an injury from which she subsequently died. The claim came conveniently after Bhutto's body was buried on Friday, just a day after her death, in accordance with Muslim custom.

However she died, the darkest fears of her supporters, who had welcomed the 54-year-old head of the Bhutto political clan home from exile just two months ago, had become a reality. Their political hope was now a blood-soaked corpse.

http://www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2007/12/30/one-murder-closer-to-a-nuclear-nightmare-in-pakistan/

Does this leave the world with the possibility on the horizon of a nuclear-armed jihadi nation of Pakistan? One might hope. And that's all one may do reasonably at this time: Hope. It is a good hope that we will find our enemies so threatening that we of the Modern West will come to stop worrying and love the bomb. War, a savage and terrible thing, is also a needed thing in the Human experience, a cleansing and a purging. War, the great catharsis of the soul, will come regardless of our wishes against it. How will we meet it? On whose terms? The pot-smoking shriekers can do as they please, war will still come. No matter the idiotic cliches and drug-induced ramblings of hippies, war comes. War is a condition of Man. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. War is reality.

Tis the Season to be Mo Jolly (3)

Truepeers, my colleague at Covenant Zone, has some Christmas cheer of his own in the piece briefly quoted below, a masterstroke of non-irenic writing. Anirenic? Excuse my Greek.

We have a hyper-groupie at a city blog here in Vancouver from which we are occasionally doused with coolness and nonpareil usage of our language. Sean! What a guy. Peers. Yes, a real guy. In his introduction to his latest he writes:

Since we've been voted "most obtusely anachronistic and semantic" blog by Sean, the anti-Les Nessman of a groovy, post-coo-ool blog, I've gone looking for truer signs of the times about which to wax runic:

See http://covenantzone.blogspot.com/2007/12/age-of-transparencies.html

I love it, " to wax runic...." Intentional or not, the mixed metaphor is brilliant, as one expects from True Peers as opposed to nonpareil peers. Runes, as most of our reader will notice on the surface of it, are engraved, and to wax them is to create a further work on 'material' material. Peers' proud effort is about, among other things, the aethereal images of Facebook and the misgivings of controllers who know not reality from ideals. Funny? Maybe only to a few. Not to Sean, our critic who writes so variantly. (That is to say, in Mandarin, with courage.) Simply on the face of it, though, "to wax runic" is my favorite phrase of the year.

Life just keeps getting better. Why? Well, but of course: Tis the Season to be Mo Jolly.

No ireny intended, Sean.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tis the Season to be Mo Jolly (2)

Am I pissed off? Naw....

Only Muslims Can Use The Word Allah

CAN you make this up? No: "A church and Christian newspaper in Malaysia are suing the government after it decreed that the word 'Allah' can only be used by Muslims.

"In the Malay language 'Allah' is used to mean any god, and Christians say they have used the term for centuries."

Jehovah…

"A spokesman for the Herald, the newspaper of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, said a legal suit was filed after they received repeated official warnings that the newspaper could have its license revoked if it continued to use the word.

"We are of the view that we have the right to use the word 'Allah'," said editor Rev Lawrence Andrew."

http://www.anorak.co.uk/twitterings/178852.html#comment-167761
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Yes, we are aware of this controversy even here in Vancouver, Canada; but we didn't take it kneeling down: I am personally leading a campaign to ensure that no Muslim is allowed to use the name Coca Cola. Yes, it is true that Muslims invented Coca Cola thousands of years ago, but Coke is a Christian icon, as we all know, that is misused by Muslims to further jihad against us; therefore, it is only just and reasonable that Muslims forever and anon forego the further use of, and even the infidel imbibing of, Coca Cola.

I pronounce this a fatwa, a thinwa, a deathwa, and not to forget the important things in life, I pronounce this a dagwa.

Dagwa! It's the real thing. (For Americans, of course, it's the real "thang.")

Friday, December 28, 2007

Tis the Season to be Mo Jolly

The ayatola Khomieni claims there is no fun in Islam, and he should know. But there is a great deal of mo humah in the Western world, and here, thanks to David, is a bit of it:

In case you missed it, here is The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational which once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

The winners are:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts un til you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
11. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
12. Karmageddon: It's when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, and then the Earth explodes, and it's a serious bummer.
13. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you
14. Glibido: All talk and no action.
15. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
16. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked t hrough a spider web.
17. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
18. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

1. coffee, n. the person upon whom one coughs.
2. flabbergasted, adj. appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. abdicate, v. to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. esplanade, v. to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. willy-nilly, adj. impotent.
6. negligent, adj. absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7 lymph, v. to walk with a lisp.
8. gargoyle, n. olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. flatulence, n. emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. balderdash, n. a rapidly receding hairline.
11. testicle, n. a humorous question on an exam.
12. rectitude, n. the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. pokemon, n. a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. oyster, n a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism, n. the belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. circumvent, n. an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
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No prizes here for your winning entry but you will deserve my undying applause if you contribute something good. I'm not sure if I can use one of my favorites, it perhaps being in the blog already. Hey, why not?

Flaguellents: Loud-mouthed self-hating anti-American hippies.


Muslim Convert Falls Asleep! It's a Miracle.

Dear reader, you might be one of those cynical and hard-bitten men-of-the-world who scoffs at religious conversion, maybe one who scoffs at religion in any form of any kind; but listen, you, as soon as you finish this story you'll be on your fuckin' knees praying for forgiveness. This one did it for me. I'm now convinced. You will be too:

US priest embraces Islam Published: Friday, 28 December, 2007, 02:09 AM Doha Time

An American Christian priest, Severedo Royce, now known as Ali Guatemala, has embraced Islam and was one among the 17,000 American Muslims who performed Haj this year.

Speaking to the Saudi daily Asharq Alawsat, he said that as a divinity student he had in his final year worked as a staunch evangelist. His focus of attention was on the inmates in the prisons of Queen City, Texas.

Explaining the circumstances that led to his conversion to Islam he said: "As a divinity student one had to be well-acquainted with the sacred books of the other revealed religions. I had to read the Holy Qur'an and the very first verse I read was the turning point in my life. It is the opening lines of the chapter entitled "Cow": 'This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah'. It was an affirmative statement about the authenticity of this Book that rules out any suspicion or doubt.

"When I began reading further I found many basic points contradicting my Christian faith. So I sought the help of my superiors in the church. They evaded my questions and advised me not to read the Qur'an too much because it is the "work of a Satan!" As time passed by I became increasingly convinced that the Qur'an is truly a divine revelation, inimitable and impossible to be the work of any human being.

"I went through a turbulent period of inner conflict but I was firm in my prayers that the Almighty should guide me to the true religion. Ultimately I decided to become a Muslim.

"I had to face severe opposition and anger from my family members. My sister, who is a Jew by faith, frightened me saying that the Muslims may kill me. I was physically seized with this fear and stayed away from the mosque for some time. But ultimately I discovered that it was an imaginary fear. My sister herself conceded that the Muslims had not deceived me.

"When I arrived here (Makkah) and entered the precincts of the Holy Ka'aba, I began to tremble and weep in an involuntary manner. I could regain my composure only after some time.

"I have for the past five years been using sleeping tablets for getting sleep. But when I arrived in Mina I fell asleep naturally. It is something that I have been missing for so many years."
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=192400&version=1&template_id=47&parent_id=27
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Now, I don't care how cynical you try to be in public, you and I both know this is the proof we've all sought to show that believing Muslims are the stupidest creatures on Earth. You talk garden slugs? Nope. You say, maybe, chipmunk road-kill? Ha!. Try .... space dust? Come on friend, 'fess up: it's believing Muslims. Then again, maybe you don't like taking sleeping pills. OK, so convert. Who cares? Sleep it off. We'll pretend you never brought up this stuff. When you come out of it, we'll still be at McSorley's Tavern. 15 East 7th Street, East Village. New York , NY. "Ali Guatemala" who has a Jewish sister, was a divinity student, converted to Islam. Yee, ah. I'm in for that one. Pour me another, bartender, it's gonna be a long night.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

No Dhimmitude for Christmas

I asked my buddy just for the sake of conversation, "Why is it that I've never been robbed? I don't know anyone and haven't met anyone who hasn't been robbed. Everyone has had a gun pointed at him and has been robbed but me. What's that about?"

You see, this is the good thing about having friends when you're on the road in dangerous places: you have someone to watch your back and to take you aside at times and tell you things they really wanted to tell you long ago but never felt they had a good excuse to tip you off. Yes, strangers would like to have taken you aside, but they're never going to do it. You need a friend for such delicate things as what my friend told me. "You haven't been robbed because you look like you don't have anything worth stealing," he said. So I thought about it and wondered till I couldn't any longer, and I said, "Huh?" That's when he took me aside and explained things. Yeah, it's really good to have a friend.

"You look like a gawdam bum."

I was taken aback. I looked around me and the village we were in, a scattering of thatched huts and semi-starving peasants sitting in a stupor wherever life might have placed them at that moment for the day, and I considered what it could mean that I looked like a bum. I had to ask. My friend said, "You're wearing a faded camouflage tee-shirt in a place where people have a lot of experience with soldiers coming through who kill everyone. Hate to say it but you look like a foreigner, too. You look like a mercenary whose just come out of the jungle after a couple of months."

Yeah, but....

So he said I should start by getting a new shirt if I wanted to get robbed. I said I didn't think that's such a good idea, but he said it'd be a better idea than being killed. Friends. What a great concept.

I figured I'd start with a new tee-shirt and work my way around it, building slowly as the weeks went on. I knew what I didn't want in a new shirt, having seen the old lady squatting on the roadside begging, the lady grinning toothless and happy at me admiring her shirt, the one with the bubble-blowing cock-eyed cartoon cat slumped inside a liquor bottle, the caption saying, "Happiness is a tight pussy." It's just not me. Nor the Rambo-like guy with the bandoleers of ammunition emerging from the jungle bamboo riverbank as our skiff hit the mud and he popped out to greet us, his shirt reading: "Proud to be Gay." Nor the one his companion, the guy carrying the AK 47 and a machete, had on: "I was at Moishe Goldberg's Bar Mitzva, Yonkers, 1976." No, I wanted something stylish but not something that made a "statement." I was thinking something more sedate, something more in keeping with my low-key self. I looked around and found a pair of black pants and a jacket to match, a white shirt, and an old black hat that fit pretty well. That looked to me like sedate, and the price was good. I took the plunge. "Gimme the whole ensemble," I said. I'm not totally colorless and bland, so I stuck on a lapel pin I'd picked up in Mexico during some Halloween festival, a neat thing of a skeleton greeting people. I liked it a lot. Kind of friendly and humorous, like me, as I like to think. I got my outfit all at once, surprisingly, and also picked up a Bible so I could read a bit during the dull moments. The shop owner gave me a cross on a leather string. What the Hell. I figured I might try to blend in with the locals a bit.

What a change. People looked at me and I got RESPECT. People stood and looked and didn't try to sell me rubbish or their daughters or anything. Very nice. No one reached for a gun. Too cool, said I. I went looking for my buddy to see what he thought of my new get-up.

Hmmm.

It was then I decided that I should buy a bullet-proof vest and risk getting shot. I recalled Robert D. Kaplan writing an article about them. I didn't have so many options as he. I had to go around to policemen on the sly and offer to buy from them. That's a story for another occasion. Below is Kaplan's piece of good tips for you this Christmas season. If you're European, this is the best thing you'll read all this week, and perhaps ever.
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Body armor is a must in some lines of work, and it gives "fashion plate" a whole new meaning

by Robert D. Kaplan

How Do I Look?

For years I had been borrowing this particular piece of sartorial equipment. Now I felt that I had reached the stage in life where I needed something that fit right, set the appropriate tone, and was hanging in my own closet ready for use. I am not talking about a tuxedo. I am talking about body armor: a vest that holds steel, ceramic, or polyethylene plates for protection against 9 mm, 5.56 mm, and 7.62 mm rounds, and also against various fragmentation devices.

I thought that buying a bulletproof vest and helmet would be simple, but it quickly became complicated—so many choices, so many Web sites, so much conflicting advice from friends. In the early twenty-first century there is a big demand for this type of thing. There are waiting lists for certain vests, and not all sizes are in stock. Just as there are people who attend soirees, company dinners, awards nights, and charity balls, there are people who find themselves in war zones, and they need to be protected but also to look right.

I was attracted to one Web site, BotachTactical.com, which advertised "Clearance: Great Products at Blowout Prices." It offered machine-washable Point Blank Concealable Armor with removable panels. Another Web site, BulletProofME.com, offered similar vests to "put the odds back in YOUR favor."

But I didn't want concealable armor that fit under a shirt—I am not a Secret Service agent, a police detective, a convenience-store clerk in a high-crime area, a drug lord, or a Mafioso. I wanted tactical body armor that fits over a shirt or a jacket. And the array of tactical body armor offered on the Internet seemed endless.

Friends in the Marines and the Army Special Forces recommended that I buy a vest and plates that gave Level III or IV protection. With that in mind I found a Military Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) I liked for $790 at Bullet ProofME.com, and an even nicer Paraclete Modular Armor Vest—a "hybrid composite [of] Goldflex and Spectra-flex"—sold by Lightfighter.com for $1,990, with soft-armor panels and Velcro pockets for hard-armor trauma plates.

When it comes to armor plates, you pay for lightness. As one Web site put it, an iron stove will stop a bullet, but who wants to wear an iron stove strapped to his body? Thus nine-pound steel plates cost $110 apiece on Bullet ProofME.com, whereas ceramic plates that weigh only five and a half pounds cost $245 apiece, and "maximum coverage" ceramic plates that weigh 7.9 pounds cost $280. The lightest plates—three pounds—are made of polyethylene, and cost $395 each.

All right, I thought. I'll buy polyethylene. Trouble is, polyethylene can deteriorate when exposed to excessive heat—so don't leave your IBA (Individual Body Armor) in a vehicle cooking in the sun, one seller advised. Well, I had just spent a summer in the southern Philippines and part of an autumn in Afghanistan cooking in the sun. Moreover, the polyethylene plates did not fit inside some of the vests I liked.

There were other decisions, too. Did I need side plates? I remembered hearing a colonel berate a sergeant in Afghanistan for not having side plates. "Do you want to die, son?" the colonel asked. "Well, sir," the sergeant replied, "my first wife is getting one half of my retirement pension and my second wife the other half, so it's a good question."

Then I discovered an entire new range of plates, some offering point-blank Level IV protection: if 7.62 mm armor-piercing ammunition hits you twice in the same plate, you are still protected. A single Multi Hit III++ Hard Armor Plate costs $1,678.95 at Paraclete armor.com. The top of the line from this Web site was a Level IIIA releasable vest filled with multi-hit plates for $7,300.05, complete with pockets for ammunition, magazines, and explosive devices such as flash bangs.

I also had to choose a color. The vests that interested me came in black, plain tan, smoke green, woodland camouflage, and desert or tricolor camouflage. Black was out of place everywhere I had been. Plain tan attracted me, because it would set me apart as a journalist without being too conspicuous among the desert cammies worn by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Woodland camouflage is the forest-green pattern used by the U.S. Army in every theater except the Middle East; I had seen woodland vests used occasionally in the Middle East, though I had never seen desert cammies used in South America or the Pacific. I liked woodland, but smoke green might be an alternative, I thought.

My decision was further complicated by the Marines. They wear digital cammies in a pattern different from the woodland and tricolor designs of the other services. Would they be offended if I wore woodland?

As with a lot of clothing these days, there were accessory items to consider. Did I want groin protection? Well, why not? The problem was that, as I had learned in the southern Philippines from observing an exercise featuring low-level explosives, groin protectors are cumbersome, albeit useful if something explodes at your feet.

There were other possibilities too. Members of an Army Special Forces team I had encountered in southern Afghanistan didn't like any of the vests on the market, so they ordered ceramic plates from the United States and had an Afghan tailor design vests for them. After all, why not employ and consult the locals, in order to win hearts and minds? I tried on one of the Afghan vests. No, I thought, it wasn't me.

In London, if you have money and you want an expert to make decisions about your dinner jacket, you might go to Savile Row. In the United States for this kind of thing you might go to Fayetteville, North Carolina, outside Fort Bragg, home of the Army Special Forces, or to Jacksonville, North Carolina, home of the Marine base Camp Lejeune.

In Fayetteville, I learned from a friend who has had a lifetime of experience in plainclothes intelligence work overseas that "there are vests and there are vests, and there are plates and there are plates." He warned, "Don't just go buy something over the Internet." He also advised me against buying any plates not made of boron carbide or silicon carbide or not in "tiled array"(if a plate cracks when one bullet hits you, you want the damage isolated to a tile, keeping the rest of the plate intact). Another friend told me that stopping rounds from an AK-47 isn't enough; a plate has to be able to stop armor-piercing bullets, too.

In Afghanistan I had noticed that if body armor is too heavy, you wind up taking it off at every opportunity. And bad things happen when you least expect it. In the end I traded some protection for lightness, figuring that if my body armor was comfortable, I'd wear it more often and be better protected. I bought a ProMAX Tactical Vest for $750, with front and back polyethylene plates. I had been advised that the plates, snug inside the vest, would be protected from the sun for at least a few years. I had asked for tan, but it was sold out in my size, so I settled for desert camouflage. The total package cost $1,540 at BulletProofME.com, an Austin, Texas, firm with great customer service. A helmet and ballistic eyewear (from another Web site) added another $340 to the bill. The helmet was covered in a desert pattern, and the salesman sent along a woodland cover for use outside the Middle East.

Everywhere in my odyssey through the world of body armor, salesmen mentioned satisfied customers. It was the unsatisfied customers I worried about.

The URL for this page is http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200405/kaplan.
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I figure if you're going to get shot, at least make it hard on the shooter.

On that note, I leave you for the day, dear reader, with a heartfelt " Merry Christmas."

Friday, December 21, 2007

Swedish Marital Aids

Wondering what to get a Swedish man for Christmas? Well, wonder no more. Since he's Muslim get him some wife equipment.

Swedish Judge Proposes Approving Bill Permitting Polygamy

A leading Swedish judge, Prof. Stefan Lindskog, has submitted a draft bill permitting polygamy in Sweden, explaining that "the law should not interfere in religious matters or in matters pertaining to each individual."

http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://horseloversoutlet.com/library/RMCONHEARTSET.jpg&imgrefurl=http://horseloversoutlet.com

The draft bill which expresses an essential change in the outlook of Sweden's religious establishment, is expected to spark extensive debate.

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Source: Alarabiya.net, December 16, 2007

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/4131.htm

Yes, there are horse-lovers and whores-lovers, what's the difference? They're Swedish, after all, and Muslim women are meant to be ridden. It's a religious thing.

I have nothing against Swedish women, and I dare say I'd screw them. Why not, everyone else does. But being an ignorant American cowboy I use tack and saddles for horses, not for women; and there it looks like I'm just not sophisticated enough to make it in Europe's socialist paradise.

It looks like ethnic Swedes are on the way out, what with the abortion rate and lack of pregnancies to begin with. Well, it doesn't matter, because there are lots of women in the world, and who needs Swedes? Obviously no one needs them, particularly Swedish men and women. Unless they're Muslim. Anyway, for that special Swede on your Christmas list, he's got to be Muslim. So don't call the present anything to do with Christmas. Call it jizya.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tiger, Tiger

Much is possible that never gets tried due to the average passivity of the average man. It's a good thing most men are like to lambs. Some though are tigers. They do the possible things and they sometimes succeed. Sometimes they fail, and in that they might still win, going down to defeat in great glory. It's not for everyone. Most men are lambs.

The Flying Tigers
By Jonathan Lee '03

The Flying Tigers were one of the most colorful group in World War II. The volunteer group was formed to protect China from Japan, without entering the war. The Tigers were definitely an essential part in China's struggle against Japanese invaders. The Flying Tigers were led by an American professional aviator, Claire Lee Chennault. The AVG had little supplies. They had a shortage of pilots, fuel, spare parts, and equipment. Though they were at a disadvantage, they still beat all odds. The Flying Tigers were only 28 weeks in combat but they

still left their mark. The Flying Tigers also known as Fei Hu (www.qsl.net/n1jat/fly.html) for sharks teeth, were an American Volunteer Group led by Claire Chennault. On the September of 1941, 300 men and women boarded ships on the west coast and went to Rangoon to begin their training for combat. These people were mostly personnel released from the US Army, Navy, and Marines to volunteer for the AVG(www.wpafb). They consisted of pilots, aircraft mechanics, propeller specialists, doctors, nurses, clerks, and even a chaplain. The reasons why these people wanted to volunteer were to get money to marry on, buy cars, or just to laugh and play on (Boothe, p.4). The volunteers traveled incognito, they disguised themselves as missionaries, planters, circus performers, and the list goes on (npla.org/glory/pbs.html). 100 were to be pilots and 200 were to be ground crew. The man who trained these volunteers was a man named Claire Chennault. Though the name sounds like a girls, I can assure you that this was a man of great talent and leadership. For more information on the Tigers click here.

http://www.ccds.charlotte.nc.us/History/China/03/Jlee/Jlee.htm
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General Claire Chennault and the "Flying Tigers" [ link]

I don't know of anyone who became immortal by living forever. Immortals live well. They do what others would if only only. It's not for the passive, not for the lambs. Immortality is for the tigers.

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake, "The Tygre."

Tourists. Hundreds of tourists. Showing up as tourist to commit tourism in the forests of the night.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Hat Makes the Man

A man's hat can tell you so much at a glance that you often needn't even ask.

Sometimes there is the hat and also another obvious clue to the man's character.

There is a hat.

There is a man's hat.

And there is a real man's hat.

When we witness that happy day when men across Europe don real men's hats, then we will see a new age of peace and prosperity and the Kingdom come. I look forward to the day when every man wears a good hat. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will be as one. But please, wear a good hat. It might seem a small thing but a hat is important to the future of the free world. The hat is as important as what's under it. I prefer the Kossuth hat. Any cowboy hat will do, of course, but one must wear a real man's hat if we are to save what we can of the world of the free. It says what one is. No need for words, no glorious speeches, just the hat.

Dear reader, I can almost hear you say, "Dag, are you being weird?"

Well, no. A hat is such an obvious sign of what a man is that one can hardly argue it. We in the West seldom wear hats, and it shows in our lack of real mission in life. A hat says. And a lack of hats also says. Real men wear hats for real men. When it becomes a sign of our times and our being that we have Kossuth hats, then we will know we are ascendant. It's not weird, it's just out of the blue. In time, I can for now only hope, a hat will be an obvious sign of ones stand, of our stand, as hats are for others today.

A gentle reminder that my book, An Occasional Walker, is available at the link here:

http://www.amazon.com/Occasional-Walker-D-W/dp/0987761501/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331063095&sr=1-1

And here are some reviews and comments on said book:

http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com/2012/04/dagness-at-noon.html

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Die, racist dhimmis, die.

Is Islam equally treated in the racist West? Must more multi-culti groveling on our parts take place before Muslims feel satisfied? How much longer will the racists in the West continue to condemn female genital mutilation, honor killing, and jihadi terror? When will Western people stop protesting against gay-bashing, woman-bashing, obscene cruelty to animals? When will the West simply give up and die so Muslims can feed on the carcass while it lasts? Yes, much is being done to destroy the Western world and its culture but there is more to do yet. Here are but a few recent examples:

From the desk of The Brussels Journal on Sun, 2007-12-16 14:03
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A quote from eNews2.0, 16 December 2007

According to the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, the Spanish football club Barcelona is altering its famous badge in some Arab countries in order to avoid offending Muslims.

The badge is especially altered in Saudi Arabia or Algeria, where the Barcelona shirts are being sold without the red cross of Saint George, the patron saint of the Catalan region which Barca claims to represent, the La Vanguardia newspaper found in a private investigation.

The badge, which was created in 1906, features a single vertical red line in Saudi Arabia and Algeria, due to the fact that there, the red cross represents the symbol of the brutal mediaeval Christian crusades against Islam.

continue reading

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Sweden Castrates Army Symbol

From the desk of The Brussels Journal on Thu, 2007-12-13 18:52

A quote from The Local, 13 December 2007

Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms. The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of Justice, […]. "We were given the task of making sure the willy disappeared," Christian Braunstein from the army's 'tradition commission' told Göteborgs-Posten.

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From Times Online
August 14, 2007

Doctors should not eat in front of Muslims during Ramadan says Scottish NHS

Joanna Sugden

Doctors and nurses in Scotland should refrain from eating in front of their Muslim patients and colleagues during the month of Ramadan according to the Scottish NHS.

Staff in hospitals north of the border were advised by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish NHS to avoid "working lunches" and to move food trolleys away from Muslim colleagues in the month when Islam forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours.

The guidance, also sent to teachers and police stations by a Scottish Muslim consultancy, includes pointers on how to accommodate staff observing Ramadan. Flexible working hours and time off to break the fast are recommended during the four weeks beginning on September 13.

Mary Scanlon, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in the Scottish Parliament said the move was a "step too far" for political correctness and unnecessary. "Scotland is a very tolerant, sensitive and welcoming country" but she added, "I don't see it's necessary for Ramadan to affect the lives of people of other beliefs," she told Times Online, "It would be like saying Protestants shouldn't eat meat next to Catholics who want to eat fish on a Friday."

Osama Saeed, Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain supported the advice given about Ramadan. "My own experience when fasting is that non-Muslims do want to be sensitive about eating in front of those of us who are hungry," he said.

Jim McCaffery, director of acute services and workforce, NHS Lothian said the email was sent to a number of senior managers in order to "continue to promote cultural awareness".

A spokeswoman for Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS denied that staff had been "banned from eating food at their workplaces" but said they had asked employees "to show consideration" for colleagues and patients observing Ramadan.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article2258664.ece

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Paul Jeeves, "NURSES TOLD TO TURN MUSLIMS' BEDS TO MECCA." December 4,2007

OVERWORKED nurses have been ordered to stop all medical work five times every day to move Muslim patients' beds so they face towards Mecca.

The lengthy procedure, which also includes providing fresh bathing water, is creating turmoil among overstretched staff on bustling NHS wards.

But despite the havoc, Mid- Yorkshire NHS Trust says the rule must be instigated whenever possible to ensure Muslim patients have "a more comfortable stay in hospital".

And a taxpayer-funded training programme for several hundred hospital staff has begun to ensure that all are familiar with the workings of the Muslim faith.

The scheme is initially being run at Dewsbury and District Hospital, West Yorkshire, but is set to be introduced at other hospitals in the new year.

It comes on the back of the introduction in some NHS hospitals last year of Burka-style gowns for Muslim patients who did not wish medical staff to see their face while operating or caring for them.
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/27213/Nurses-told-to-turn-Muslims-beds-to-Mecca
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Is North Carolina a province of Sweden?

Do school officials in Sampson County, North Carolina, take their orders from Pär Blondell? On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks in which 2,974 innocent people died, students at Hobbton High School have been forbidden to wear American flags as part of their clothing -- no pins, no shorts, nothing. Why, because school officials didn't want to show favoritism:

The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn't want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.

So it's impermissible for American students to display American flags at an American school to commemorate the day so many of their countrymen were murdered? You're putting the American flag on the same level as Soviet Union's or the Nazi's? I can see banning those; what they stand for is hateful. How about al-Qaeda's? They carried out the attacks, after all. But to forbid students from wearing their own country's flag in honor of the dead and in defiance of our enemies? Are you so afraid of offending someone that you'd rather suppress your students rights to free speech? Are you so trapped in a politically correct straightjacket that you've lost all perspective?

Is simple patriotism wrong?

Bah.

http://irishspy.typepad.com/public_secrets/appeasement/index.html

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Multiculturalist nonsense

A bout of insomnia last night has left me almost too knackered to blog today (You should have read Gore's book! --ed. But I don't like bad science fiction.), but I can't let this one pass:

Did you hear the one about the Swedish principle who banned sports jerseys bearing the Swedish flag from a Swedish school -- because it's a racist, xenophobic symbol ?

A school principal in southern Sweden has banned pupils from posing for class photos wearing national team shirts containing Swedish flags.

Since national flags may be perceived by some as xenophobic, eighth grade pupils in Karlshamn have been ordered to wear less inflammatory garb for a photo to be published in the school yearbook.

"Anybody looking at the photo could view it as a political demonstration," principal Pär Blondell from Strandskolan told news agency TT.

The headmaster added that some of the pupils have labelled the ruling "ridiculous".

Following an article on the subject in newspaper Sydsvenkan, a number of parents and irate letter-writers contacted the principal to express their dismay at the shirt ban.

But Blondell stuck to his guns, arguing that the pupils risked inadvertently earning themselves a bad reputation. People could begin speculating about "the racists from Karlshamn" once the yearbook began being distributed in the Malmö area, he said.

Malmo is the Swedish city with perhaps the highest percentage of Muslim immigrants in Sweden. Riots are a regular occurrence there, and the public order situation is so bad that there are Muslim areas of Malmo that are no-go zones for the police.

One wonders if the principal is doing this out of multicultural sensitivity, or if he's just plain scared. Actually, I don't wonder at all.

LINKS: Gates of Vienna has more.

http://irishspy.typepad.com/public_secrets/appeasement/index.html

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Muslim friendly flats open in Bristol

[This article refers to welfare housing in Britain.]

Yes, dear readers, a new first in the Islamic wonderland that is Britain today, Muslim friendly apartments with special features for their sensitive needs.

Amongst the features of the 16 flats at the newly opened development in Wilson Street, St. Paul's are toilets which ensure that the users do not face Mecca when undertaking a daily number one or number two!

The kitchens boast powerful extractor fans because Asian families prefer steam-cooking which leads to condensation problems and larger kitchen cupboards because Asian families tend to use more pots and pans.

Asian Housing Association

The £1.7 million development has been built by Bristol-based Aashyana Housing Association. The The association's chief executive Saeed Anwar said: "We didn't need to consult with the Muslim community about the toilets.

"We knew this would be pleasing to them if the toilets were not facing Mecca. It didn't mean any extra cost to us - it was just a question of making sure they were not facing south east.

Marcus Knights, Aashyana's development officer, who oversaw the building, said: "The project has been an exciting one and the quality of the homes we now have to offer people in this development is exceptional."

Preferential treatment

Bristol City Council spokeswoman Kate Hartas said: "From the council's perspective it is important that the city has good quality housing that meets the needs of our tenants, so we ensure that we work with a number of housing associations - including some smaller, specialist organisations - that can provide for specialist needs within a wide range.

"With all our allocations, we apply the normal criteria.

"But where there are two households of equal priority who qualify for an Aashyana home, we would offer to the household who would most benefit from the culturally- sensitive services that Aashyana provides."

That is of course means of the two households; one desperate Asian Muslim family and another white non-Muslim equally desperate family, given that indigenous folk do not mind in which direction the toilet faces as long as the flush works, the Asian Muslims gets the nice new apartment in Wilson Street and the white family goes to the back of the queue or gets the damp basement flat in a crumbling Victorian tenement.

http://uk.altermedia.info/islam-the-arab-world/muslim-friendly-flats-open-in-bristol_375.html

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There is at least one story a day in the media along the lines of the ones above. I wonder why Left dhimmi fascists don't just go out and kill native Europeans outright. Why not just get it over with? Hey, they likely wouldn't actually complain. Oh, they don't, do they? They get bashed and mugged and stabbed, raped and shot and bombed and they never say a word about it publicly. Then why not speed it up and kill off most Europeans so the rest of us can wade in to the remains and take over? I lay claim to Bordeaux.

Hmmm, Dagland. I think I like it. King Dag. Dag the Terrible....

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Some Considerations Regarding the Murder of Aqsa Parvez

"Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them." -- Qur'an 4:34

The story below from the Edmonton Sun by Canadian Press gives us some outline of the murder of Aqsa Parvez, a 16 year old Toronto girl murdered allegedly by her father. The story below is only partially true, and therefore the missing details the original story leaves out are included, to a bare extent, to give the reader an indication of what more lies behind this murder. Please see the link to the original story at bottom.

"Death of 16-Year-Old Girl 'Not About Religion'; Teen slain after refusing to wear hijab, father charged." Canadian Press, Edmonton Sun, Dec. 13, 2007.

The Sun: Toronto. Islamic leaders rose to the defence of their religion Thursday as the Muslim community continued to grieve the death of a 16-year-old girl — and deny suggestions that her slaying should in any way be interpreted as a reflection on their faith.

Islam condemns violence and teaches adherents not to force their beliefs upon others, Sheik Alaa El-Sayyed, imam at Mississauga's Islamic Society of North America, told a news conference in the suburban city west of Toronto that was once home to Aqsa Parvez.

Right: Sheik Alaa El-Sayyed, imam at Mississauga's Islamic Society of North America

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Note: What is the Islamic Society of North America ? According to Dr. J. Michael Waller, the Annenberg Professor of International Communications at the Institute of World Politics (who also serves as a Vice President of the Center for Security Policy): "The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) refers Muslim clerics to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons." The Islamic Society of North America is an influential front for the promotion of the Wahhabi political, ideological and theological infrastructure in the United States and Canada. Established by the Saudi-sponsored Muslim Students Association (which has hundreds of chapters on U.S. college campuses), ISNA seeks to marginalize leaders of the Muslim faith who do not support its ideological goals. Through sponsorship of propaganda, doctrinal material and mosques, ISNA is pursuing the Islamofascists' strategic objective of dominating Islam in North America.
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Note: "Islam condemns violence and teaches adherents not to force their beliefs upon others." Incredibly, that's almost true. There are only a few problems with it that make it not true:

What Does Islam Say About "Forcing People in Religion?"

A basic and fundamental truth established by the sacred texts of Islam (Quran and Hadeeth) is that: - "No one can be compelled to accept Islam!"

It is the duty of the Muslims to establish proof of validity of Islam to the people in order for the truth to be distinct from falsehood. Once that is done, whoever wishes to accept Islam may do so and whoever wishes to continue upon their belief may do so. No one is to be threatened or harmed in any way should they chose not to accept Islam.
http://www.islamtomorrow.com/kill.asp

It's in the details that the whole thing goes pear-shaped. The Bible has some very exciting bits in it to rouse the imagination and thrill the soul with violence and rampage, but unfortunately it's metaphor and dusty history of long-dead tribes in North Africa. It has little to do with anything in the past 2,500 years other than providing stories of origins and history. The Koran, on the other hand, is alive and vibrant, the immutable and unchanging word or Allah, valid for all time and not to be changed by so much as a letter. Those Christians or Jews who try to justify their deed of violence against others haven't got anything theologically valid to stand on. Christians do not support violence committed by random individuals or sects of lunatics. Islam, though, is all for violence. It's required.

Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. - Sura 2:98

On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. - Sura 2:161

Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. - 2:191

Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme. (different translation: ) Fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is God's entirely. - Sura 2:193 and 8:39

Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. - 2:216
(different translation: ) Prescribed for you is fighting, though it is hateful to you.

If you should die or be killed in the cause of Allah, His mercy and forgiveness would surely be better than all they riches they amass. If you should die or be killed, before Him you shall all be gathered. - 3:157-8

You must not think that those who were slain in the cause of Allah are dead. They are alive, and well-provided for by their Lord. - Surah 3:169-71

Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of God, whether he is slain or victorious, soon we shall give him a great reward. - Surah 4:74

Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil. - 4:76

But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever you find them. - 4:89

Therefore, we stirred among them enmity and hatred, which shall endure till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will declare to them all that they have done. - 5:14

O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people. - 5:54

Much more at: http://www.wvinter.net/~haught/Koran.html

Christians might be individually violent but it has nothing to do with Christianity; the same cannot be said of Islam.

But what of "no compulsion in religion"? Well, that's where it almost seems true but isn't.

When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. - 9:5

Believers! Know that idolators are unclean. - 9:28

Fight those who believe neither in God nor the Last Day, nor what has been forbidden by God and his messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are People of the Book, until they pay the tribute and have been humbled. - 9:29

Muslims are required to fight and carry on jihad till the whole world submits to the religion of Mohammed, i.e. Islam. Most have the alternative of either converting to Islam at the point of the sword or dying; some, such as Jews, (though no longer) Christians, Zoroastrians had the option of dying at the hands of victorious Muslims, of converting to Islam, or of becoming dhimmis. Dhimmis? That would be the thrust of this blog. No Dhimmitude. Suffice it to say dhimmitude is worse than death. Robert Spencer writes:

Dhimmitude is the status that Islamic law, the Sharia, mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians. Dhimmis, "protected people," are free to practice their religion in a Sharia regime, but are made subject to a number of humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Qur'an's command that they "feel themselves subdued" (Sura 9:29). This denial of equality of rights and dignity remains part of the Sharia, and, as such, is part of the law that global jihadists are laboring to impose everywhere, ultimately on the entire human race.

More at: http://jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/

So, no, there is no compulsion in religion if you're a Jew, a Christian, or a Zoroastrian. That you would rather be dead is the only flaw in the rosy picture painted by Muslims.
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The Sun
: The high school student, who died late Monday in hospital, was embroiled in a long-standing dispute with her family over her apparent reluctance to wear the hijab, the traditional Muslim head scarf, her school friends say.

Police were summoned to her home after a man called 911 to say he'd killed his daughter.

Parvez's father Muhammad, a taxi driver in Mississauga, is in custody and charged with murder. He has not yet entered a plea.

Police have also charged his 26-year-old son, Waqas, with obstructing police in connection with his sister's death. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday for a bail hearing.

"The bottom line is, it's a domestic violence issue," El-Sayyed said.

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Note: "Honour" killings of women can be defined as acts of murder in which "a woman is killed for her actual or perceived immoral behavior." (Yasmeen Hassan, "The Fate of Pakistani Women," International Herald Tribune, May 25, 1999.) Such "immoral behavior" may take the form of marital infidelity, refusing to submit to an arranged marriage, demanding a divorce, flirting with or receiving phone calls from men, failing to serve a meal on time, or -- grotesquely -- "allowing herself" to be raped. In the Turkish province of Sanliurfa, one young woman's "throat was slit in the town square because a love ballad was dedicated to her over the radio." (Pelin Turgut, "'Honour' Killings Still Plague Turkish Province," The Toronto Star, May 14, 1998.)....

Pakistan, where "honour" killings are known as karo-kari, is probably the country where such atrocities are most pervasive. Estimating the scale of the phenomenon there, as elsewhere, is made more difficult not only by the problems of data collection in predominantly rural countries, but by the extent to which community members and political authorities collaborate in covering up the atrocities. According to Yasmeen Hassan, author of The Haven Becomes Hell: A Study of Domestic Violence in Pakistan, "The concepts of women as property and honor are so deeply entrenched in the social, political and economic fabric of Pakistan that the government, for the most part, ignores the daily occurrences of women being killed and maimed by their families." (Hassan, "The Fate of Pakistani Women.") Frequently, women murdered in "honour" killings are recorded as having committed suicide or died in accidents....

More at the aptly named Gendercide Watch: http://www.gendercide.org/case_honour.html

So, is it Islam or is it Muslim countries and Muslims in non-Muslim countries? Let's ask Muslim authorites:

ZINA: [Please see final entry.]
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The Sun: "We, as Muslims, are Canadians and we should be dealt with just like everyone else. We have rights, duties... pros and cons just like all other human beings."

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Note: Isn't there a concept from the Koran of Muslim supremacy?

Muslims often object that those who do not understand Arabic do not understand the Koran. In that case, let's compare a number of translations to see just what we might not understand: Quran 3:110:
PickthalYe are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah. And if the People of the Scripture had believed it had been better for them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-livers.
Arberry You are the best nation ever brought forth to men, bidding to honour, and forbidding dishonour, and believing in God. Had the People of the Book believed, it were better for them; some of them are believers, but the most of them are ungodly.
ShakirYou are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in Allah; and if the followers of the Book had believed it would have been better for them; of them (some) are believers and most of them are transgressors.
SarwarYou are the best nation that ever existed among humanity. You command people to good and prohibit them from evil, and you believe in God. Had the People of the Book accepted the faith (Islam), it would certainly have been better for them. Some of them have faith, but most of them are evil doers.

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The Sun: Autopsy results released Wednesday found Parvez died of "neck compression."

The tragedy has underscored a controversial and heated public debate about women's rights within Canada's Islamic communities, and inflamed existing tensions already strained by what Muslim leaders say is ignorance and misunderstanding in Canadian society.

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Note: Perhaps it's Muslim women who are causing the problem, criticizing Islam.

Hesham A. Hassaballa, "Ayan Hirsi Ali: A One-Note Islam Critic"

Ali is a stinging and unrepentant in her criticism of what ails the Islamic world. Yet, she does not blame individual Muslims for this, but Islam itself....

She is a celebrity of sorts among Islamophobes, and I am not sure why....

Why does she garner such interest wherever she goes? Perhaps because these days the world seems to love outspoken critics of Islam, whether or not they have the facts to back up what they're saying....

Ali is an expert on putting a big negative stamp on Islam and finding ways to blame the religion for all sorts of problems that ail the Muslim (and non-Muslim world). Consider some of her incendiary statements:
  • On NPR's "Talk of the Nation," Ali tried to link the ills of the Muslim world--which have a multitude of causes—with just Islam itself. Of female genital mutilation, Ali admitted that it started "1,800 years before Christ, so it was way before Islam came about." Then comes the "but": "If you look at the countries that practice it today," Ali said, "most of them are Islamic. And one of the things that makes [female genital mutilation] very useful for Muslims is their attitude towards virginity and premarital sex. The Qur'an is very clear and says those who engage in premarital sex should be flogged 100 times, both men and women. But it is, of course, much easier to prove that a woman has had premarital sex. Islam, like some of the other monotheistic faiths, tries to control the sexuality of the woman first."
  • When talking about slavery, she highlighted how the fight to abolish the slavery practiced by the West came from within the West itself. In contrast, however, "Today, in the world we live in, slavery is practiced only in Arab/Islamic world ... Muslims are not responding to that," she said to Neal Conan of NPR....
The author above, Hassaballa, does have some very devastating come-backs, such as "Yeah but..." and "Oh, yeah, well you too...."

More at: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/212/story_21294_1.html

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The Sun: Women ultimately have the choice of whether or not they want to wear a hijab, but Islam teaches that such women occupy a more advanced position within the religion, El-Sayyed said.

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Note: There have been objections to that kind of remark, some based on the Koranic injunction to go into your wives as if they were a file for you to plow whenever you care to, a concept that seems very much like marital rape. But what does a woman say? Perhaps men have it all wrong:

Maryam Namazie, "Islam, political Islam and women in the Middle East"

Speech at a March 8 conference entitled 'Islam, Secularism and Women in the Middle East'
March 9, 2002 London, UK

The situation of women living in Islam-stricken societies and under Islamic laws is the outrage of the 21st century. Burqa-clad and veiled women and girls, beheadings, stoning to death, floggings, child sexual abuse in the name of marriage and sexual apartheid are only the most brutal and visible aspects of women's rightlessness and third class citizen status in the Middle East.

Apologists for Islam state that the situation of women in Iran and in Islam-stricken countries is human folly; they say that Islamic rules and laws practised in the Middle East are not following the true precepts of Islam. They state that we must separate Islam from the practice of Islamic governments and movements.

In fact, however, the brutality and violence meted out against women and girls are nothing other than Islam itself.

According to the Koran, for example, the fornicator must be flogged a hundred stripes (The Light: 24.2). Those who are guilty of an 'indecency' must be 'confined until death takes them away or Allah opens some way for them.' (The Women, 4.15). 'Men are the maintainers of women' and 'good' women are obedient. Those that men fear 'desertion', can be admonished, confined and beaten' (The Women, 4.34). Wives are a 'tilth' for men, which they can go into their 'tilth' when they like (The Cow, 2.223). Veiling is promoted in the Koran: 'O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments' (The Clans, 33.59).

Apologists for Islam say that these verses have been misinterpreted. They go so far as to claim that there is gender equity in Islam and Islam respects the rights of women.

Regarding the verse in the Koran sanctioning violence against women, they say that Islam only permits violence after admonishment and confinement and as a last resort. They say, since men would beat their wives mercilessly at that time, this is a restriction on men to beat women more mercifully....
More at: http://www.maryamnamazie.com/articles/islam_politica-Islam_women_mideast.html
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The Sun: "When I look at a woman who is covered, I look at her as a soul, a person, a mentality — not a physical or sexual object," he said.

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Note: What is an "uncovered" woman?

"If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park, or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, then whose fault will it be, the cat?s, or the uncovered meat?s? The uncovered meat is the disaster. If the meat was covered the cats wouldn?t roam around it. If the meat is inside the fridge, they won?t get it."

-Australian Muslim Leader, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilaly's Post-Ramadan Sermon, Sydney Australia 2006. He was referring to women.

More at: Imam justifies rape of unveiled women
Australian cleric compares victims to 'uncovered meat' that attracts cats.

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The Sun: Muslim women who wear veils might not "look pretty," but their modest dress protects them, he added.

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Note: What does this mean? Protect women from what?

"Raped by a Muslim," By Yusuf

[....] An alarming, disturbing trend has been discovered in Europe and Australia. And the trend is shocking to say at the least. Muslim men have been found caught in rape and gang-rape of western women. This trend of rape is increasing and is found highest in areas with the highest immigrant population.

Why Muslim men have to resort to such shameful acts of taking a woman's honor? Is it something to do with the way Islam is being taught by our Mullahs or is it something much deeper.

I was shocked to find how rape has increased in Scandinavian Nations that is specifically in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. These rape incidents increase in summer when conventionally western women dress skimpily.

In 2001, it has been reported that two out of three charged in rape has been an immigrant in Oslo – Norway's Capital. And this is just not an isolated nation bearing the brunt of our men who cannot keep their libido in place.

Lebanese Muslim Gangs in Australia routinely go on abusing white women and girls and many of them have become victims of gang rapes by Lebanese men. This led to race riots in Sydney among the Lebanese gangs and Neo-Nazi gangs with a common Australian caught in between

A Pakistani man in Australia had the audacity to say in court that his 14 year old rape victims had no right to say that they were raped because they did not wear hijab.

On top of it a statement coming from Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilali that women dressed in "satanic clothing" are responsible for their rapes is an open invitation for those Lebanese Muslim Gangs to rape more.

More at: http://www.irfi.org/articles/articles_751_800/raped_by_a_muslim.htm

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The Sun: Mohammad Iqbal Alnadvi, a marriage counsellor and religious expert at the Al-Fatah Islamic Centre in Oakville, said he believes it's important for parents in Muslim families to give their daughters a choice when it comes to decisions of dress.

"My daughter, she's going into Grade 11, and she's taking the hijab," Alnadvi said.

"I never asked her to take the hijab, but I developed a mentality in her to choose — it is her choice."

Right: Sheik Alaa El-Sayyed, imam at Mississauga's Islamic Society of North America

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Note: "By compelling his daughter to wed an illiterate villager for whom the very idea of female independence is anathema,who believes it's a husband's God-given right and duty to beat such ideas out of her for (or, for that matter, for no reason whatsoever), and who will restrict her movements outside the home as fully as possible, a father can fight off the influence of the West and ensure his daughter, though living in Europe, will have a life very much like that of a peasant woman in a Pakistani village." Bruce Bauer, While Europe Slept. p. 22. 2006
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The Sun: Meanwhile, students and friends at Applewood Heights Secondary School were expressing
outrage at the intense media attention generated by the death of their friend.

"This is not about religion," said one student, standing near the school and clad in a hijab, who refused to give her name.
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Note: The West makes a natural mistake in their understanding of Islamic tradition, assuming that religion means the same for Muslims as it has meant for most other religious adherents ever since the industrial revolution, and for some societies, even before that; that is: a section of life reserved for certain matters, and separate from other sections of life. This is not the Islamic world view. It never has been in the past, and modern attempts of making it so are seen as an aberration.

Islam: A Total Way of Life

Islam is a "total way of life." It has provided guidance in every sphere of life, from individual cleanliness, rules of trade, to the structure and politics of the society. Islam can never be separated from social, political, or economic life, since religion provides moral guidance for every action that a person takes. The primary act of faith is to strive to implement God's will in both private and public life. Muslims see that they, themselves, as well as the world around them, must be in total submission to God and his Will. Moreover, they know that this concept of His rule must be established on earth in order to create a just society. Like Jews and Christians before them, Muslims have been called into a covenant relationship with God, making them a community of believers who must serve as an example to other nations by creating a moral social order. God tells the Muslim global nation....
More at: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/224/
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Original story in its original form here:
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/12/13/4723534.html

Why was Aqsa Parvez murdered?

ZINA
: This is the Muslim term for sex-crimes relating to women. From D.W. Walker, Annotated Glossary of Islamic Extremism. (Work in progress.)

Zina : Islamically illicit sex, generally considered to be committed by or against females, i.e. adultery, rape [passive], incest, premarital sex, or "mingling" [ q.v.]. C.f. Rape; Honor killings.
"All Sunni schools of jurisprudence agree that zina is to be punished with stoning if the offender is muhsan [q.v.], i.e. adult, free, and Muslim…." Bearman, et al., Encyclopedia of Islam: vol. 11, p.509.
Zina: extramarital sex, according to Islamic law.
"Fornication and adultery, i.e. sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other. One of the Kabair (major sins) in Islam. Allah Ta'ala [ q.v.] has prescribed flogging (100 lashes) and year's exile for either a man or a woman who commits Zinah and is not married. Although it is not expressly stated in the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, made it clear that a married man or woman who commits Zinah is to be stoned to death. Similarly, homosexuals and lesbians in a Muslim community are put to death. These measures protect the cohesion of the family, and accordingly of the community as whole. See Holy Qur'an An-Nur (24):2-10." www.answeringislam.com/
"If such criminals are unmarried or are the unsophisticated youth, then their punishment is a hundred stripes and exile and if they are widowers or are married, then their punishment is a hundred stripes and death by stoning." Sahih Muslim [ q.v.] 1690
"The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment." Koran 24:2.
"Imran b. Hussein reported that a woman from Juhaina came to Mohammed and said she had become pregnant because of adultery. She said: 'I am pregnant as a result of Zina.' Mohammed said: 'Go back, and come to me after the birth of the child.' After giving birth, the woman came back to Mohammed, saying: 'Please purify me now.' Next, Muhammad said, 'Go and suckle your child, and come after the period of suckling is over.' She came after the period of weaning and brought a piece of bread with her. She fed the child the piece of bread and said, 'O, Allah's Apostle, the child has been weaned.' At that Muhammad pronounced judgment about her and she was stoned to death." "The Book Pertaining to Punishments Prescribed by Islam (Kitab Al-Hudud)." Sahih Muslim, B. 17, N. 4207. USC-MSA, Compendium of Muslim Texts.
"Meanwhile, as a result of the misclassification of rape, there are women all over the Muslem world who are actually rape victims. Some estimate that as many as 75 per cent of women in Pakistani prisons are there because they were raped." Paraphrased: Robert Spencer, Islam Unveiled. Encounter Books: 2003: P. 91; note # 58, p. 190.
"A jirga (meeting of tribal elders) publicly executed four people, including a woman, on charges of adultery in Khyber Agency, some 25 kilometers west of Peshawar in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Gul said the culprits admitted in front of 600 tribesmen, including elders of the jirga of Sipah, that they were committing adultery. He said the jirga handed down the death penalty to the culprits. They were shot dead the next morning in front of the tribal people in the Spera Dam area of Khyber Agency.
Last year, three people, including a woman, were killed after they were allegedly caught red-handed and arrested in a house in the agency. The jirga decided the case in a couple of days and agreed on the death penalty. Later, the three culprits were first stoned then shot dead as per tribal customs." Irfan Ashraf, "Pakistan: Public Execution for Adultery," ohmynews.com/; 5 June 2007.
"Maududi [q.v.] describes the following conditions traditionally meted out as punishment for zina:
The accused, before the accusation, must be known as a practicing Muslim.
The accused must possess common sense. The accused must not have been in an intoxicated state of mind while the act was committed.
The accused must be an adult having well surpassed the age of puberty.
The accused must have committed adultery of his/her own free will.
There must be four male witnesses (or pieces of evidence) to support the accusation (of sexual penetration).
Additional fulfillment of the following requirements is necessary for an execution:
The accused must be free and not a slave.
The accused must be married (according to Islamic Law), and must enjoy normal sexual relations with his/her spouse (and therefore have a legitimate means of satisfying his/her sexual desires) prior to committing adultery.
The accused (woman) must not be pregnant or be responsible for breast feeding a child." Wikipedia, "Zina."
"It is forbidden to look upon a woman other than ones wife, or an animal, or a statue, in a sensual or lubricious manner." Ruholla Khomeini: p. 125.
"If any of your women commit fornication, call in four witnesses from among yourselves against them; if they testify to they guilt, confine them to their houses till death overtakes them or till Allah finds another way for them. If two men among you commit an indecency, punish them both. If they repent and mend their ways, let them be. Allah is forgiving and merciful." Koran, 4: 13.
"Allah sent Muhammad with the Truth and revealed the Holy Book to him, and among what Allah revealed, was the Verse of the Rajam (the stoning of married person (male & female) who commits illegal sexual intercourse, and we did recite this Verse and understood and memorized it. Allah's Apostle did carry out the punishment of stoning and so did we after him.
I am afraid that after a long time has passed, somebody will say, 'By Allah, we do not find the Verse of the Rajam in Allah's Book,' and thus they will go astray by leaving an obligation which Allah has revealed. And the punishment of the Rajam is to be inflicted to any married person (male & female), who commits illegal sexual intercourse, if the required evidence is available or there is conception or confession." Sahih Bukhari, Book 82: Volume 8, Number 817: Narrated Ibn 'Abbas. www.usc.edu/.
"Allah's Apostle judged that the unmarried person who was guilty of illegal sexual intercourse be exiled for one year and receive the legal punishment ( i.e., be flogged with one-hundred stripes.) Sahih Bukhari,Volume 8, Book 82, Number 819: Narrated Abu Huraira: www.usc.edu/.
"The Prophet cursed the effeminate men and those women who assume the similitude (manners) of men. He also said, "Turn them out of your houses." He turned such-and-such person out, and 'Umar also turned out such-and-such person." Sahih Bukhari,: Volume 8, Book 82, Number 820: Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: www.usc.edu/.
"A bedouin came to the Prophet while he (the Prophet) was sitting, and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Give your verdict according to Allah's Laws (in our case)." Then his opponent got up and said, "He has told the truth, O Allah's Apostle! Decide his case according to Allah's Laws. My son was a laborer working for this person, and he committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife, and the people told me that my son should be stoned to death, but I offered one-hundred sheep and a slave girl as a ransom for him. Then I asked the religious learned people, and they told me that my son should be flogged with one-hundred stripes and be exiled for one year." The Prophet said, "By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, I will judge you according to Allah's Laws. The sheep and the slave girl will be returned to you and your son will be flogged one-hundred stripes and be exiled for one year. And you, O Unais! Go to the wife of this man (and if she confesses), stone her to death." So Unais went in the morning and stoned her to death (after she had confessed)." Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 82, Number 821: Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid; www.usc.edu/.
It is not zina: "If a man sodomizes the son, brother, or father of his wife after their marriage; the marriage remains valid." Ruhollah Khomeini: p. 100.
"Again, the penalties of a non-Muslim guilty of fornication with a Muslim woman are augmented because, in addition to the crime against morality, social duty, and religion he has committed sacrilege in that he has disgraced a Muslim and thereby cast scorn upon the Muslims in general, and so must be executed." Sultan Hussein Tabendeh, "Commentary on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Trans. F. J. Goulding. London: 1970; Quoted from "Bostom and Spencer, 'Sufism without Camouflage (Beyond Stephen Schwarz.' " www.jihadwatch.org., 6 Feb. 2005.
"If a man who has married a girl who has not reached puberty possesses her sexually before her nineth birthday, inflicting traumatisms upon her, he has no right to repeat such an act." Ruholla Khomeini: p. 100. That's not amore. That's zina.
"My mother doesn't visit me in prison. If you see her, tell her she promised to bring me cheese curls and chocolate. And she shouldn't forget to bring my red dress." Leila M. Amnesty International claims the girl has the mental age of eight. She was sold into prostitution at the age of eight by her mother. Condemned to death for "Acts incompatible with chastity." www.stopstoningnow.com
"6:00 a.m., 16 Aug. 2004: Sixteen year old Atera Rajabi was hanged from a crane in the town square at Neka, Iran. She had been raped. Her crime: "Acts incompatible with chastity." www.stopstoningnow.com.
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The concepts and some of the quotations above are but a small glimpse into the world of Shari'a, the basis of Islam for all sects and sections. Aqsa Parvez was murdered according to Islamic law, i.e. in accord with Shari'a. At this time, most in the West do not subscribe to Shari'a as the legal code for our nations. This is rapidly changing and Shari'a is becoming a distinct possibility in the West as Muslim populations continue to expand and non-Muslim populations in the West continue to shrink. With the coming of Shari'a in the West we will see an increase in such murders as took the life of Aqsa Parvez. In Islam, it is the law.