February 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A bill [entitled the "Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011"] recently introduced in the Tennessee State Senate - SB 1028 - seeks to halt organizations from spreading Shari'a - a seditious political doctrine, linked to terrorism and totalitarian religious rule.
The legislation's sponsors and co-sponsors are Senators, Ketron, Tracy, Beavers, and Gresham. A companion House Bill 1353 lists Representatives Matheny, Todd, Womick, Dean, Shipley, Dennis, Faison, Rich, Coley, Lundberg, White, Gotto, and Holt as sponsors/co-sponsors.
The apparent intent of this effort is to remove a claimed First Amendment protection from the revolutionary political ideology often associated with a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam.
February 25, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a strongly worded open letter directed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Obama, a large coalition of concerned Americans are demanding that the administration prevent the entry of Anjem Choudary, Abu Issadeen and Sayful Islam - all known extreme Muslim radicals - into the United States.
The three have announced that they will lead a March 3 rally, designed to promote and agitate for a U.S. Islamic state, in front of the White House.
As reported by the UK Daily Mail, Choudary is quite clear about the intent of the demonstration, "the flag of Islam will fly over the White House...The event is a rally, a call for the Shari'a, a call for the Muslims to rise up and establish the Islamic state in America." [see, UK Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358792/Anjem-Choudary-lead-White-House-protest-calling-Muslims-rise-up.html]
The rally was announced on the jihadist website, http://shariah4america.com/. It calls for "revolution," declaring, "The decades of Western backed oppression that have violated the sanctity of Allah and plundered Muslim resources is coming to an end and the dawn of a new age is indeed beginning. In light of this, sincere Muslims have come together, from different parts of the world, to orchestrate an unprecedented event on 3rd March 2011 that will undoubtedly add a new dimension to this intensifying conflict and send shockwaves across the world."
February 23, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With the economy reeling, Planned Parenthood, continues to get fat on the anguish of women.
As demonstrated by the group's own figures, it performed 332,278 abortions during 2009. [source, http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PP_Services.pdf]
Little known by the public, the groups receives massive federal funding.
"Planned Parenthood received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts during its 2008-2009 fiscal year, according to the organization's annual report. That was up from $349.6 million in FY2007-08.
Though the number of "procedures," performed may constitute a shocking statistic to pro-life Americans, it represents only part of the story, the other being the demonstrated link between abortion and cancer that may raise a woman's chance of contracting the disease by a factor of 40%.
February 22, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a program at least partially underwritten with federal funds, the University of Minnesota is holding an event entitled Shared Cultural Spaces, "Islamic developments in architecture, the arts, sciences and theater will be the topics of a federally-funded conference at the University of Minnesota Feb. 24-26." [see, U of M conference to explore Islam and the humanities, http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2011/UR_CONTENT_290651.html]
We are concerned that these federal funds are being used to further the Islamist ideology of Dr. Ingrid Mattson, one of the program's "presenters."
"... Some of the leading presenters include...Ingrid Mattson, professor of Islamic studies, founder of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program and director of the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. Her research and writing focuses on Islamic law and ethics, as well as gender and leadership issues in contemporary Muslim communities. From 2006-2010 Mattson served as president of the Islamic Society of North America."
February 22, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Just appearing on Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood's English language website [see, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28077] is the announcement claiming the creation of an official Muslim Brotherhood political party called, "Freedom and Justice."
The statement reads in part, "The group's chairman Dr. Mohamed Badie announced in a press conference that membership was open to each and every Egyptians [sic] prepared to accept the party's programs, policy and direction... The MB has confirmed that it does not object to the election of women or Copts in cabinet however it does not believe it would be appropriate to nominate a woman or a Copt as head of the party."
February 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to multiple news sources [see, Sky News, http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=580641&vId= and YnetNews, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4032029,00.html] Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a jihadist long associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a fatwah [Islamic legal pronouncement] today, calling for the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Al Jazeera television, as reported by Sky News, quotes the cleric as saying, "Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr. Gaddafi should do so..."
February 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today, the Council on American Islamic Relations, an American Islamist group seeking the furtherance of Shari'a, issued a press release charging Fox talker Mike Huckabee with criticizing Islam, of course violating a tenet of Shari'a that in many Muslim societies carries a severe penalty. We must surmise that CAIR is aware of the serious nature of the charge within the Islamic world.
CAIR's presser stated in part, "...called on presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee to apologize for "inaccurate and offensive" comments about Islam and to meet with Muslim leaders to discuss growing Islamophobia in American society..." [Huckabee] "...falsely claimed that Muslims believe "Jesus Christ and all the people who follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated...Huckabee referred to Islam as the "antithesis of the gospel of Christ." He also seemed to compare Muslim prayer being allowed in a church to the showing of pornographic films...."
February 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A new study from the University of Illinois estimates that the world has more than 702 million hectares of marginal land suitable for growing biofuels. The researchers assessed land around the world based on its soil quality, slope, and regional climate. They added degraded or low-quality cropland but ruled out any good cropland, pasture, or forests; they also assumed no irrigation. They came up with the surprising total 2.7 million sq. miles of marginal land that could be available for switchgrass or other biofuel crops.
But the Illinois team didn't, apparently, factor in a 2010 Stanford University study that found plowing new cropland anywhere in the world would sharply increase the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Plowing would release massive amounts of soil carbon -mostly as nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times as powerful as CO2. The Stanford conclusion was that the 6.6 million square miles of lands not plowed because of the higher yields from the Green Revolution prevented the release of greenhouse gases equal to one-third of all the industrial gases emitted worldwide since 1850!
February 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Many chemotherapy drugs for treating cancer have highly unpleasant side effects - hair loss, vomiting, intense joint pain, liver damage and fetal defects, to name just a few. But anyone trying to ban the drugs would be tarred, feathered and run out of town. And rightly so.
The drugs' benefits vastly outweigh their risks. They save lives. We need to use chemo drugs carefully, but we need to use them.
The same commonsense reasoning should apply to the Third World equivalent of chemotherapy drugs: DDT and other insecticides to combat malaria. Up to half a billion people are infected annually by this vicious disease, nearly a million die, countless survivors are left with permanent brain damage, and 90% of this carnage is in sub-Saharan Africa, the most impoverished region on Earth.
February 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a Friday sermon delivered by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, perhaps the leading current intellectual force behind the Muslim Brotherhood, the imam delivered a blistering diatribe to an estimated crowd of 1M gathered at Tahrir Square, Cairo, urging war with Israel and conquest of Jerusalem.
In a partial translation by the Middle East Media Research Center MEMRI "Al-Qaradhawi asked the Egyptian army to open wide the Rafah crossing and to pray for the re-conquest of Jerusalem by the Muslims, so that he and the Muslims could pray in security at Al-Aqsa Mosque. This part of his sermon was cheered and applauded by the crowd...."
It was the first time since 1981, the year in which Anwar Sadat was assassinated by elements of the Brotherhood, that Qaradawi was allowed to conduct such a service.
February 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Faced with no alternative and caught in a bind between rhetoric and reality, on Friday, UN Ambassador Rice reluctantly cast Team Obama's first veto in the Security Council, killing a resolution, signed on to by the council's 14 other members, to condemn Israel's so-called "settlements" - actually apartments in Jerusalem, Israel's capital city.
U.S. domestic response has been varied, with liberals using the occasion to dissemble, arguing that this action was the ultimate proof of the president's commitment to Israel.
Conservatives however had a different take, well expressed by Jennifer Rubin in her WashPost column, Right Turn, condemning the action, "...The U.S. did not merely exercise a veto, it issued a statement that was unprecedented in its one-sidedness and harshness..." [see, http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/02/the_un_veto_and_the_real_headl.html]:
Rice's petulant response, forced to cast this vote despite the administration's already obvious Muslim tilt, was really more than harsh and one-sided. It was a blanket condemnation of the Jewish state accompanied by a level of historical revisionism shocking even by this administration's standards.
In a single carefully crafted sentence dripping with retribution, "For more than four decades Israel's settlement activities have undermined Israel's security and eroded hopes of peace and security in the region," the United States joined in spirit with "...over 120 of the UN's 192 Member States," including the UK, France and Germany. [see, United States vetoes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, UN website, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37572&Cr=palestin&Cr1=, and U.S. vetoes Security Council resolution denouncing Israeli settlements , WashPost, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021805442.html]
February 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Tuesday, in another blow to what remains of freedom of thought in Europe, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was fined 480 Euros in an Austrian court for her criticism and characterization of Islam.
"Tomorrow morning, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff will stand trial in Vienna, Austria, accused of violating Europe's onerous "hate speech," thought control statutes.
Sabaditsch-Wolff has been accused of fomenting hatred against the Continent's Muslims, primarily by quoting verbatim from the Qur'an. If convicted she could face a stiff fine as well as prison time.
The trial has caused quite a stir among conservative defenders of free speech but has garnered almost no coverage from a complicit Western press.
As noted wag Pat Condell observed regarding this spectacle, "Europe today is a shining example of how to piss in your own drinking water..."
This is a monstrous moment in European jurisprudence. If the ruling is allowed to stand, Austria will have made the conscious effort to enforce the Shari'a principle, that criticism of Islam is a punishable offence, thus bringing Europe ever closer to the radical Muslim goal of Islamizing the West.
February 17, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a state now almost completely under the political control of the Democrat party, the legislature rather than realistically dealing with California's huge budget deficit [conservatively estimated as being in excess of $19B] is working overtime to further a hard-left, anti-life, anti-family agenda.
Take for example SB 48, authored by Mark Leno [D-Marin] and co-sponsored by Tom Ammiano, [D-SF] Loni Hancock, [D-Berkeley] and Leland Yee, [D-SF].
This is a briefly worded but dangerous bill. The LGBT [lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered] caucus is demanding access to every school-age child, from pre-kindergarten to high school for the purpose of providing class time instruction within the social sciences curriculum, regarding the alleged historical significance and supposed contributions of the homosexual community to the development of California and the United States.
The parties spotlighted in what is clearly propaganda, will be chosen not because of any real historical significance but simply because of their sexual orientation. The bill is aimed most specifically toward the younger child in what is referred to as the latency period of development, meaning their years of innocence. There is no opt-out allowance for a child to be removed from this indoctrination.
In 2007 a similar bill, SB 777, by then Sen. Sheila Kuehl, was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. However, it was endorsed by the state and local PTA groups because it, like SB 48, according to a PTA spokesperson, was worded to appear to be an anti-discrimination bill when, in fact, these bills appear to be a recruiting device.
Left unsaid in this debate is that in reality, real discrimination exists however it is against the Christian and heterosexual communities. Since this bill brings in religion it can also be used to instruct students in non-traditional religions such as secular humanism.
February 16, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a move that probably surprised no one even marginally informed about Middle Eastern politics, TeamObama's little democratic experiment in Egypt, has already borne fruit.
According to a statement appearing on the Muslim Brotherhood's website [see, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28023] "The Muslim Brotherhood's media spokesman Dr. Essam El Erian has stated that...gradual reform must begin now...Hence the MB confirms that the group stands firmly behind the demands of the Egyptian people as a whole and in moving forward, envisions the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, with central Islamic values...Mohsen Rady an MB leader agreed adding once an official legitimate committee has been formed it will apply to become an official party..."
In another piece carried on the Ikhwan's website, we note some of the initial changes which the group is demanding during the process of constitutional "reform" now underway.
"...the constitutional reform panel has been commissioned by the military council to change the same six articles in the Egyptian Constitution...The abolition of Article 179 which restricts people's freedoms and rights in the name of security will be considered along with amendments to articles 76, 77, 88, 93, and 189. Article 76 restricts the ability to nominate presidential candidates; article 77 does not set a limit for presidential terms; article 88 limits judicial oversight of elections; article 93 grants parliament sole authority for determining the legitimacy of MP memberships and article 189 gives the president and the People's Assembly exclusive rights to amend the constitution..."
A case in point is today's edition of the Ikhwanweb, the MB's official English language website, where we find an article suggesting that so-called supporters of ex-president Mubarak, including journalists who were apparently unwilling to tow the MB philosophical line, are guilty of, "incitement," and of, "working as agents for foreign parties" [see, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28017].
February 14, 2011 - Churchville, VA - PipeLineNews.org - Paul Krugman is a big deal: Princeton professor, New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate (2008). Krugman wrote last week about the "food crisis, the second one to hit the world in the last three years." His key statement: "what really stands out is the extent to which severe weather events have disrupted agricultural production. And these severe weather events are exactly the kind of thing we'd expect to see as rising concentrations of greenhouse gases change our climate-which means that the current food prices surge may be just beginning."
What warming? The puny 0.2 degrees C we've had since 1940?
February 10, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An editorial published in today's LA Times [see, http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-king-20110210,0,1479817.story] dealing with the topic of the radicalization of domestic Muslims, suggests that Rep. Peter King [R-NY] "hasn't identified such a threat..."
"If the radicalization of American Muslims is, as King suggests, a significant and growing threat to the nation's security, then hearings should by all means be held. The problem is that King hasn't identified such a threat, and certainly not at a level that would justify singling out one religion to be targeted for special scrutiny."
That assertion is so ridiculous that it doesn't bear comment, as King has made the point clearly and repeatedly that after 9/11 growing numbers of Islamic Americans have indeed been radicalized, though for the thick headed LA Times editors one might think that the case of Maj. Hassan should suffice as proof enough.
This type of editorial is all too common in America's largely über liberal media, take positions reflexively with little or no factual basis to support them, simply in order to keep their lefty bona-fides.
February 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what should prove to be a pivotal moment in the current climate of "re-evaluating" the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian terrorist organization, two writers from Palestinian Media Watch [Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik] have translated an important official Muslim Brotherhood text, "Jihad is the Way."
The English version of this treatise on jihad will be a revelation to those who claim, with little evidence, that the Ikhwan can be legitimate participants in any democratic process since they seek Islamic supremacy over the entire world.
Some relevant sections:
"National goal: Islamic world domination - ...the Islamic Ummah [nation]... can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men , as the leaders of humanity..."
Know your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation...
It should be known that Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only for the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah's enemies from Muslims, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world..."
On the religious responsibility of jihad incumbent upon all Muslims:
"Means: Jihad - a mandatory religious duty - Then comes the power of arms and weapons,... and this is the role of Jihad."
Jihad is a religious public duty... incumbent upon the Islamic nation, and is a personal duty to fend off the infidels' attack on the nation..."
"And the youth should know that the problems of the Islamic world, such as Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines, are not issues of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of Islam and all Muslims, and their resolution cannot be negotiated and bargained by recognizing the enemy's right to the Islamic land he stole, therefore, there is no other option but Jihad for Allah, and this is why Jihad is the way." -
"...that is, go out to battle, oh believers, young and old, by foot or with animal, under all circumstances and conditions..."
On the need to establish a world-wide Islamic Caliphate:
"Jihad is not only for Repelling an Assault but also for the Purpose of Establishing an Islamic State
It should be known that Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only for the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah's enemies from Muslims, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world..."
As one can clearly see from even this brief transcript, the Muslim Brotherhood and every individual and organization which subscribes to its philosophy should be considered a carrier of a threat doctrine dedicated to overturning the world political order and establishing - under force of arms, persuasion and sedition - a global Islamic theocracy operating under Shari'a.
Note to the U.S. State Department, official Washington and Team Obama. It's far past time to face reality, name our common enemy and get on with the process of utterly destroying it.
February 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Saturday evening January 29, Dutch radio and TV news programs reported that Zahra Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian woman aged 45, had been hanged for drug smuggling in the notorious Evin prison in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal commented: "I am deeply shocked by this outrageous act by this barbaric regime. I wish to add that I was told yesterday (by Iranian ambassador Gharib Abadi, V.) that the judicial process was not finished and the next day Mrs. Bahrami was hanged. It took me by surprise. I strongly recommend Dutch-Iranian citizens not to travel to Iran. We will freeze official contacts with Iran." Rosenthal later told parliament he had been fooled by the Iranians. The Iranians lamely commented the hanging of Mrs. Bahrami was just an internal issue others should not interfere with. Iran also accused the Netherlands of supporting "a terrorist organization," possibly referring to the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq (MKO). They failed to substantiate their assertion. Moreover, this accusation is an outright lie. The Dutch government never ever supported such an organization. MKO is more active in Germany and France where they are closely monitored by domestic intelligence and security services.
The Dutch press reported on January 5 that Zahra Bahrami had been found guilty of drug smuggling and sencented to death by a court in Tehran. (The death penalty itself had been pronounced a few days earlier, though.) The death sentence was then carried out later that month.
However, it was on January 17, twelve days before that execution, that the Press Section of the Iranian Embassy in The Hague published a misleading letter in the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad claiming Mrs. Bahrami's trial had been legal. "The verdict is not yet final and still needed to be approved by the Minister of Justice," the Press Section asserted. "The Iranian justice system does not recognize dual nationality," they added. As if they wanted to warn other "politically unreliable" Dutch-Iranians not to count of diplomatic protection by the Netherlands in case they run into trouble in Iran.
February 7, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Muslim Brotherhood or the Ikhwan as it is known in Arabic, is a revolutionary Muslim organization which was founded in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, an Egyptian school teacher.
It was created along the same organizing principles which guide Sunni Wahhabism - the official extremist Muslim sect of the Saudi Kingdom. Al-Banna thought that Islam had strayed in modern times away from the very strict, fundamentalism of the time of Mohammed. Therefore he sought to purify Islam, reverting to what he believed to be its true form, more rigid, less accommodative, more combative and keyed to conversion.
The Brotherhood's key intellectual was Sayyid Qutb. He was educated in the U.S. for a period of time in the late 1940s. During his college years he became increasingly scandalized by what he called the decadence and capitalistic spirit of American society, he was especially offended by the libertine way college men and women openly fraternized.
Returning to Egypt, he joined the Muslim Brotherhood and proceeded to write what might be called the bible of jihad, entitled "Milestones." In it he preached strict observance of Shari'a, or Islamic law as the sole organizing principle for all of humanity. In his mind Islam was a truly revolutionary ideology.
Qutb believed that Islam, as David Cook1. explains was, "nowhere present on the contemporary stage other than in the heart of the believers...abandoned by the elites and rulers...Therefore it is necessary for Muslims to revive Islam and fight..."
Just to show how influential Qutb's work is still considered by key jihadists, Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin-Laden's second in command and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, stated, "Sayyid Qutb's call for loyalty to God's oneness and to acknowledge God's sole authority and sovereignty was the spark that ignited the Islamic revolution against the enemies of Islam at home and abroad..."
February 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Of current interest has been the expanded use by President Obama, of his Executive Orders privilege to assume a greater authority over issues than any previous president, by amending, upgrading and expanding the reach of a multitude of Executive Orders.
Many of the federal bills from the last term which failed, ended up being written into the most recent Executive Orders regarding Workforce Development. This covers a broad range of issues such as nutrition and an examination of federal rules and regulations with a view toward placing limitations on such and curtailing and limiting various functions of the legislative branch of government while expanding the authority of the Executive Administration?s authority over health and welfare, employment, environmental and the above referenced nutritional issues.
Governor Jerry Brown?s State of the State message calling for a re-examination of state rules and regulations for conducting state business are but an echo of President Obama?s Executive Order as are all the other issues pre-occupying the activities of the California legislature.
Also, the fact that the Anti-Proposition 8 people have not achieved the goals they sought through the court (yet) has not stopped them from using the legislature now to further their agenda of recruitment of our children into their ranks.
February 3, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A scathing report released today on the Ft. Hood jihad, produced by Senators, Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, of the Senate Homeland Security Committee [see, http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/_files/Fort_Hood/FortHoodReport.pdf] charged the national security infrastructure, civilian, military and intelligence with a massive failure to identify Major Nidal Hasan as having become a radical Muslim, transforming himself into a domestic member of the mujahideen.
Below, excerpted from the report.
"Our basic conclusion is as follows...the FBI had specific information concerning the time, place, or nature of the attack, they collectively had sufficient information to have detected Hasan's radicalization to violent Islamist extremism but failed both to understand and to act on it. Our investigation found specific and systemic failures in the government's handling of the Hasan case and raises additional concerns about what may be broader systemic issues."
It's clear that Hasan's metamorphosis, though obvious to his co-workers, was nonetheless ignored:
"Evidence of Hasan's radicalization to violent Islamist extremism was on full display to his superiors and colleagues during his military medical training...A JTTF learned that Hasan was communicating with the Suspected Terrorist [editorial note: Anwar al-Awlaki] flagged Hasan's initial [REDACTED] communications for further review... the ensuing inquiry failed to identify the totality of Hasan's communications and to inform Hasan's military chain of command and Army security officials of the fact that he was communicating with a suspected violent Islamist extremist - a shocking course of conduct for a U.S. military officer."
February 2, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Mohammed ElBaradei,the former head of the IAEA has become a top contender for leader of a transition government in Egypt even though he says that he "does not necessarily want to replace" Mubarak. He has strong ties to Iran and would include the Muslim Brotherhood in any ruling coalition. Experts say that ElBaradei who is anti-American and anti-Israel is being used by the Muslim Brotherhood as front man in order to come to power. According to Israel National News, "the radical Muslim Brotherhood has become more vocal in its calls for Mubarak's resignation, drowning out several opposition groups that have accepted an offer by newly-appointed vice president Omar Suleiman to negotiate." [see, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142095]
ElBaradei has said that Friday will be the day that Mubarak leaves the country and that if he does not, he will be "a dead man walking."
February 2, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The newly redesigned website for imam Rauf's triumphalist 9/11 mosque project contains a featured section entitled, "Park 51 and Patriotism," written by a lefty lawyer [Seema Saifee ] and mouthpiece for a group of Uighur terrorists who were captured on Afghanistan's battlefields.
Ms. Saifee's argument is that establishing the mosque is consistent with America's respect for religious freedom. However, she seems to have difficulty internalizing how the religious freedom argument [one of many, for sure] which the founders used to justify severing ties with the motherland gnaws against the hand she is attempting to play here.
What the settlers from the old world resisted was the idea of the state imposing a religion, any religion. Specifically, this meant they were rebelling against the Anglican church, the Church of England, established as a breakaway from Roman authority when the pope would not grant Henry VIII the divorce which he sought.
It could have been any religion and that is the key point.
Though she is apparently unmindful of the contradiction, using her logic, Islam of the type that Mr. Rauf espouses [judging from his numerous statements] is exactly what the Founding Fathers detested and why they would have never entertained supporting this provocative undertaking.
It is difficult to find any Muslim society in which religious freedom has any meaning. It is simply the nature of Islam as it is now popularly practiced. In those societies Islamic law is the law.
People like Mr. Rauf, Ms. Saifee and their cohorts present a picture of the religion which is at odds with reality, and that reality is the looming presence of Shari'a as the guiding principle for Muslims...and non-Muslims alike.
February 1, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an attempt to stay on top of where the Ikhwan is [publicly, on its toned down English language website] on the Egyptian crisis we go to the source, IkhwanWeb.
Current front page items include this not very reassuring statement regarding Israel:
"...The US, which is often at Israel and beck and call, has been trying to convince leading Arab states that their enemy is Iran and Sunni Islamist movements, such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, not Israel which committed a virtual genocide in Gaza two years ago and is constantly trying to kill the prospects of Palestinian statehood by keeping up the construction of Jewish colonies on stolen Arab land..." [source, Of Course Israel Is Egypt's Enemy, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=27755]
The following item is very interesting, in that court documents once again establish the ties between the Ikhwan and terrorism, in this case its relationship with the Pale terror group Hamas, the reference is to MB Deputy Chairman, Kheirat Al-Shatar.