Moe to lead delegation to Norway to protest closing of consulate
Brothers Shemp and Curly Howard, both of whom were to join the delegation, were unavailable for comment.
Media Legitimizes Islamic Extremists While Defaming Muslims
On October 29, 2007, Texas court held a hearing on TRO filed against Joe Kaufman. The next day the Internet was flooded with the following headlines:
"Islamic Groups Sues Joe Kaufman of Americans Against Hate"
"Islamic groups sue man who arranged protest"
"TRO Against Anti-Muslim Group Extended"
"TX Muslims Sue FL Islamophobe for Defamation"
We already addressed the "Anti-Muslim" and "Islamophobe" aspects earlier. There are other, more subtle, but also more dangerous issues with those headlines. We cannot stress enough how important it is to draw a distinction between moderate Muslims and Muslim extremists, between Islam and Islamism. However the aforementioned headlines and articles associated with them completely ignore that distinction and mislead their readers in the process.
The infamous Nazi rallies are never described as Christian events because most Christians are disgusted with the Nazis. However, when Islamofascist organizations put out their events, it seems to be universally acceptable to describe those events as Muslim or Islamic. Why such double-standards? Why does the media shun Christian extremists, but embraces Muslim extremists? Is there a hidden agenda or just complete ignorance?
Western Muslim community and Western media must address the following issues arising from ignoring the difference between Islam and Islamism:
1. Radical Muslims are legitimized as mainstream
2. Moderate Muslims are bunched together with the radicals, which gives credence to the notion that all Muslims are radicals and gives rise to Islamophobia
We ask everyone in the media:
- If you do not understand the difference between Islam and Islamism, stop providing your opinions on the subject
- If you do understand that difference, please make it clear every time you address the subject and call everything by its proper name
Some of the favorite media questions are "where are the moderate Muslims" and "why are they silent". Well, we are right here. It's you who don't want to hear what we have to say.
Video: Islam vs. Islamism
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BALTIMORE — The father of a fallen Marine was awarded nearly $11 million Wednesday in damages by a jury that found leaders of a fundamentalist church had invaded the family's privacy and inflicted emotional distress when they picketed the Marine's funeral.
The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned later in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress to the Marine's father, Albert Snyder of York, Pa.
Snyder sued the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified monetary damages after members staged a demonstration at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.
The defense said it planned to appeal and one of the church's leaders, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said the members would continue their pickets of military funerals.
Before the jury began deliberating the size of punitive damages, U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the compensatory award "far exceeds the net worth of the defendants," according to financial statements filed with the court.
Do you hear that sound, Fred Phelps?
It's the sound of God looking down from Heaven and telling you, "Get the hell off my side, asshat!"
A defamation lawsuit against Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) over his comments about unnamed Marines involved in the Haditha incident inHmmm... Surprising. NOT. But wait a minute, the fun and laughter continues:
continued to move forward last week despite his lawyer's attempts to quash it. Iraq
Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich sued Murtha in August 2006, alleging that Murtha "publicly and falsely accused" the Marines of "cold-blooded murder and war crimes" without facts to support that claim.
Murtha has until Nov. 5 to produce documents requested by Wuterich's lawyer Mark Zaid. Zaid has made 24 documents, including materials having to do with conversations Murtha had with military officials and staff regarding the Haditha incident, his campaign activities with regards to comments he made about Haditha, and Murtha's schedule between March 1 and Aug. 10, 2006.
At a status hearing Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Darrell Valdez, representing Murtha on behalf of the Justice Department, was issued a notice of deposition for Murtha on Nov. 27.Murtha's office did not respond to requests for comment.
Murtha's lawyers have argued that his actions fit under the purview of his official duties. If the district court or the D.C. appeals court finds that Murtha was acting in his official capacity when he made the Haditha comments, theHey, Jihad Jack, you say you were a Marine at one time. How about doing the honorable thing for once and tell the truth that the House Majority Leader's office looked just so inviting that that your big fat mouth (which, incidentally is a dead ringer for your "big phat backside") just had a mind of its own when it went and prattled that Marines in Haditha "lost it" and murdered innocent civilians in cold blood. And then went on to flat out lie that there was no firefight-- just a bunch of friendly civilians minding their own business. Feh.
U.S.government would be substituted for Murtha as a defendant, which would mean the case would essentially be finished because the cannot be sued for libel or slander. If Murtha's lawyers try to appeal the case, they will have to move to stay discovery and the deposition, or they'll be in contempt of court for ignoring Collyer's order, according to Zaid. United States
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 3:54 PM
Islamists Attempt to Quash Free Speech that Unmasks their Radical Agenda
On October 14, 2007 Joe Kaufman, a chairman of American Against Hate, organized a protest against the Islamic Circle of North America. ICNA has well documented ties to Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood and should really be called the ISLAMIST Circle of North America, especially, since it openly advocates for establishment of Sharia in the United States.
During the protest, Mr. Kaufman was served with temporary restraining order filed by Islamic Society of Arlington, Al Hedayah Islamic Center, Dar Elsalam Islamic Center, DFW Islamic Educational Center, Inc., Islamic Association of Tarrant County, Islamic Center of Irving, and Muslim American Society of Dallas.
The TRO restraints Joe Kaufman from the following:
- Threatening Plaintiffs in person, by telephone, or in writing to take unlawful action against any person, intending by this action to annoy or alarm Plaintiffs.
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to Plaintiffs or Plaintiffs' associates or members.
- Threatening Plaintiffs or Plaintiffs' associates or members with imminent bodily injury.
- Inciting violence against Plaintiffs, their members or associates.
The Plaintiffs claim that Mr. Kaufman "operates a website ... that tries to foment hate and anger against law abiding United States citizens who practice their religion (Islam) freely as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. ... He wishes to stir up anger, resentment, bias, and hatred of peaceful, law abiding citizens, solely because of their religion. To this end, Defendant Kaufman organizes protests of all things Islamic, attempting to paint them in one broad swath as being allied with Hamas, Al Qaeda, and terrorists. ... To this end, Defendant has painted the Plaintiffs as terrorists."
Several members of Muslims Against Sharia went through multiple statements posted on Mr. Kaufman's website, www.AmericansAgainstHate.org. We have not found a single instance of Islam-bashing or Muslim-bashing that the Plaintiffs are complaining about. However, we found plenty of information that link ICNA and Muslim American Society (MAS) to Islamist groups both at home and abroad.
This is a despicable act of American Islamist establishment (which IS associated with terrorists) to quash any attempt to unmask its extremist agenda.
Muslims Against Sharia call on every American Muslim to condemn Islamism in general and Plaintiffs in particular and voice their support for Mr. Kaufman.
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In brief comments outside the courtroom, McClinton's lawyer, William Terry, confirmed that McClinton can testify Simpson asked him to bring two guns when they went to the hotel room at the Palace Station casino.
"There's no reason to dispute that," Terry said.
Heh. I wonder if they'll come up for a rhyme for him this time... I can just see it now...
OJ: "Hey... My man Johnny Cochrane come up with some pretty def rhymes to get me off lass time! Hey-- I got one-- Hows bout, "If I didn't have the guns, you must let me go."
Atty: "Err... OJ... that didn't rhyme..."
OJ: "Oh...my bad."
"A considerable change of climate inexplicable at present to us must have taken place in the Circumpolar Regions, by which the severity of the cold that has for centuries past enclosed the seas in the high northern latitudes in an impenetrable barrier of ice has been, during the last two years, greatly abated."
Dear Komrades, it is time once again to to cue the music!!
First it was Komrade Hillary promising $5,000 to every kid born in U.S.
Not to be outdone, Komrade Edwards the beloved ambulance-chaser and capitialist pig turned commie has another brilliant idea:
John Edwards says if he's elected president, he'll institute a New Deal-like suite of programs to fight poverty and stem growing wealth disparity. To do it, he said, he'll ask many Americans to make sacrifices, like paying higher taxes.
Edwards, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, says the federal government should underwrite universal pre-kindergarten, create matching savings accounts for low-income people, mandate a minimum wage of $9.50 and provide a million new Section 8 housing vouchers for the poor. He also pledged to start a government-funded public higher education program called "College for Everyone."
"It is central to what I want to do as president to do something about economic inequality. I do not believe it is okay for the United States of America to have 37 million people living in poverty," he said in a meeting with Monitor reporters and editors this week. "And I think we need, desperately need, a president who will say that to America and call on Americans to show their character."
At every stop, Edwards said, he tells voters he'll ask them to sacrifice. Asked to describe what he means, he described his plan for increases in capital gains taxes, saying taxes on "wealth income" should be in line with those on work income.
"I think if we want to fund the things that I think are important to share in prosperity, then people who have done well in this country, including me, have more of a responsibility to give back," he said. Later, he added: "There are no free meals."
Komrades, these neo-socialists are better at spreading my ideology than those idiots Lenin and Stalin! The Democrat party is doing it without firing a shot!
To paraphrase self, "From each, according to his ability, to each according to his needs.."
To tell you truth, I didn't think that the people would buy that bolshevik back when I wrote it--it took millions of deaths in order to establish my system. But nowadays, with the use of some well-placed propaganda, the useful idiots in the media, nearly half of the proletariat looking for a free handout and willing to engage in class warfare, and-- shazaam!
And you don't even have to pull out toenails to make the media comply!
Well, Komrades... my break here in hell seems to be over. Time to stand on my head in that pile of cow manure again while listening to Rosie O'Donnell sing You are My Sunshine. But komrades Hillary and Edwards, know that I am very proud of you! And when you finally get here, you let me know how you did it, okay?
Hugs and kisses,
Your friend always,
RIVERSIDE,California - Complaints about religious content have led to a ban on flag-folding recitations by Veterans Administration employees and volunteers at all 125 national cemeteries. It all started because of one complaint about the ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery in California.The Secular Taliban is all but assuring that any vestige of our Judeo-Christian heritage is banished, even if they have to desecrate the dignity of military burials in order to do it!This must not, can not, and will not stand!
During thousands of military burials, the volunteers have folded the American flag 13 times and recited the significance of every fold to survivors. For example, the 12th fold glorifies "God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost."
The complaint revolved around the narration in the 11th fold, which celebrates Jewish war veterans and "glorifies the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob."
The National Cemetery Administration decided to ban the entire recital at all national cemeteries. Details of the complaint weren't disclosed.
Administration spokesman Mike Nacincik said the new policy outlined in a Sept. 27 memorandum is aimed at creating uniform services throughout the military graveyard system. He said the 13-fold recital is not part of the U.S. Flag Code and is not government-approved.
Veterans and honor detail volunteers, including Bobby Castillo, 85, and Rees Lloyd, 59, are furious. "That the actions of one disgruntled, whining, narcissistic and intolerant individual is preventing veterans from getting the honors they deserve is truly an outrage," Lloyd said. "This is another attempt by secularist fanatics to cleanse any reference to God."
World War II Navy veteran Castillo said it's "a slap in the face to every veteran."
"When we got back from the war, we didn't ask for a whole lot," Castillo said. "We just want to give our veterans the respect they deserve. No one has ever complained to us about it. I just don't understand."
Lloyd and Castillo are part of a 16-member detail that has performed military honors at more than 1,400 services. They were preparing to read the flag-folding remarks at the Riverside cemetery when graveyard staff members stopped them.
...yet a whole lot more than those 11 percent who believe that Congress is doing a good job.
WASHINGTON - It was bad enough when the TV and lights inexplicably flicked on at night, Misty Conrad says.
When her daughter began talking to an unseen girl named Nicole and neighbours said children had been murdered in the house, it was time to move.
Put Conrad, a homemaker is firmly in the camp of the 34 per cent of Americans who say they believe in ghosts in a pre-Halloween poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos. That is the same proportion who believe in unidentified flying objects - exceeding the 19 per cent who accept the existence of spells or witchcraft.
Forty-eight per cent believe in extrasensory perception, or ESP.
To put the roughly one-third who believe in ghosts and UFOs in perspective, it is about the same as, in recent AP-Ipsos polls, the 36 per cent who said they are baseball fans; the 37 per cent who said the United States made the right decision to invade Iraq and the 31 per cent who approve of the job President George W.Bush is doing.
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To: Barbara Bishop
Subject: Minnesota Department of Health Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative Grantees 2006-2007 Update
Time-sensitive : Rabies death (#22485)
Oct 23, 2007 1:56:48 PM
Forward this information on to healthcare providers, clinics, and hospitals in your jurisdiction.
Minnesota's second case of human rabies in seven years has prompted state health officials to remind Minnesota residents to seek immediate medical attention if they have had contact with a bat. A man in his 40s who was exposed to a bat in north-central Minnesota in mid-August died Saturday, Oct. 20, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported today.
Officials at MDH believe the man was infected with the rabies virus after being bitten by a bat sometime in mid-August; although he reportedly felt a "needle-prick," he did not believe he was bitten because no blood was drawn. He did not seek medical care immediately following the incident.
The diagnosis of rabies was confirmed Thursday, Oct. 18, based on testing done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
MDH is working with several health care facilities where the man was given care to evaluate whether any health care workers may have been exposed to his saliva and need prophylaxis to prevent rabies infection.
Rabies in humans is rare in the U.S., with only one to three cases reported each year. The CDC confirmed three human cases in 2006.
Only four other cases have been reported in Minnesota during the past century. Previous cases occurred in 1917, 1964, 1975, and 2000; all were fatal.
"Two deaths in seven years is too many," said Ruth Lynfield, State Epidemiologist and Medical Director for Infectious Disease at MDH. "What is most saddening about these deaths is that they could have been prevented with prompt medical attention following exposure."
The number of rabies-related human deaths in the U.S. has declined from more than 100 annually in the early 1900's to one to three per year more recently. Modern day prophylaxis has proven nearly 100 percent effective at preventing the disease. However, treatment must be started before symptoms of rabies appear; once a person develops symptoms, the illness is almost always fatal.
This most recent Minnesota case underscores the importance of seeking prompt medical attention if you are bitten by or may have been exposed to an animal that could be infected with rabies, according to MDH officials.
Bat exposures pose a special problem because bat bites are difficult to see and may not be noticed. If you have any physical contact with a bat, the bat should be captured and tested for rabies and medical advice should be sought. Additionally, if a bat is found in a room with an unattended child, a sleeping person, or anyone who cannot reliably communicate what happened, the bat should be captured and tested for rabies. Most recent cases of rabies in humans in the U.S. have been due to bat bites that were not recognized or reported.
People who may have been exposed to the rabies virus are given an injection of rabies immune globulin, and five doses of rabies vaccine, given over a one-month period. Treatment is unnecessary if the suspect animal can be captured, tested, and found to be free of the virus. In the case of dogs, cats or ferrets, treatment can often be avoided if the animal is held for observation, and remains healthy for 10 days following the bite.
Dr. Joni Scheftel, State Public Health Veterinarian, is also reminding people that they should get their household pets immunized against rabies. Rabies shots are available for dogs, cats and ferrets.
People with concerns about possible exposure to rabies, or questions about the disease, can call MDH at (651) 201-5414 during normal business hours.
Mitchell Davis, Jr., Director
Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
MN Department of Health
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul MN 55164-0975
The New Republic's anonymous "Baghdad Diarist" identified himself yesterday as Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private in Iraq, and disputed as "maddening" accusations that he had invented his accounts of cruelty by American soldiers.Curiously, Beauchamp's articles are missing, and you can hear crickets chirp at the TNR website.
James Robbins at NRO has more.
Now, Durbin and Reid are pushing the Dream Amnesty Act straight to the Senate floor as a stand-alone bill -- S. 2205 -- despite overwhelming grassroots opposition!Go here to send faxes to Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and others who want to utilize taxpayer monies to support illegal immigration.
But to rush the bill directly to the floor, they must pass a "cloture" vote first.
The time is now to inform our elected representatives that the voters will not stand for the continual and unceasing attempts to cram unwanted mandates and legislation down the throats of taxpayers!
We simply must shut down the switchboards today and tomorrow. Every Senator needs to get thousands of calls. Please call your two Senators today and tomorrow, as well as these key senators:
Sen. Coleman 202-224-5641
Sen. Klobuchar 202-224-3244
Durbin (Asst. Maj. Leader) -- 202-224-2152
Reid (Maj. Leader)-- 202-224-3542
Shelby (AL)-- 202-224-5744
Hagel (co-sponsor) 202-224-4224
Lugar (co-sponsor) 202-224-4814
Brownback (KS) 202-224-6521
Grassley (IA) 202-224-3744
Lott (MS) 202-224-6253
Cochran (MS) 202-224-5054
Hutchison (TX) 202-224-5922
Byrd (WV) 202-224-3954
Our staff has compiled a list of all the Senators who currently have "no position" on this bill. Go here:
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 12:20 PM
Since the end of the regular legislative session in May, about 100 commission, committee, subcommittee, and working group hearings have taken place.
The pace continues through October — two hearings are scheduled on Halloween.
Through the month of December, the House committee schedule currently has the number of hearings over the interim, held and planned, at more than 130.
But that number will almost certainly climb, perhaps steeply, as more hearings are sprinkled into the months of November and December.
And the 2008 regular legislative session doesn’t start until February.
But the pace of the schedule is much, much brisker than seen two years ago when Republicans controlled the House.
After the close of the exhausting special session in July of 2005, the House calendar shows just some 30-odd hearings took place through December of that year.
The disparity between the two schedules has not been missed by House Republicans.
Rep. Chris DeLaForest, R-Andover, lead Republican on the House State Government Finance Committee, warned Gov. Tim Pawlenty last spring, he said, that the bills coming through the committee contained many commissions and subcommittees.
“I said, ‘We are on the verge, here, of setting up a shadow Legislature that operates when the actual Legislature is in recess,’” DeLaForest reported. “And that’s exactly what’s happened,” he said.
House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, sees more behind the schedule than necessity.
“They just can’t help themselves — they’re (Democrats) drunk with power,” he said.
Seifert questions the extensive use of subcommittees and working groups, saying when the regular session begins the full committees will have no more information for legislative purposes than if the smaller ones had never met.
“All these (subcommittees, working groups) are to prop up their freshmen to get pictures of them with gavels in their hands when they run for reelection,” said Seifert. “It’s a disservice to the taxpayers, frankly,” he said.
Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, also questions the use of eight health care access subcommittees.
Health care is an important issue, Abeler opined, but having so many subcommittees means a loss of focus.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 9:20 AM
Students who have parental permission to be treated at King Middle School's health center would be able to get birth control prescriptions under a proposal that the Portland School Committee will consider Wednesday.
The proposal would build on the King Student Health Center's practice of providing condoms as part of its reproductive health program since it opened in 2000, said Lisa Belanger, a nurse practitioner who oversees the city's student health centers.
If the committee approves the King proposal, it would be the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available to some students in grades 6 to 8, said Nancy Birkhimer, director of teen health programs for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Most middle schoolers are ages 11-13.
Although students must have written parental permission to be treated at Portland's school-based health centers, state law allows them to seek confidential health care and to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive, Belanger said.
Proponents say a small number of King students are sexually active, but those who are need better access to birth control.
Of 134 students who visited King's health center during the 2006-07 school year, five students, or 4 percent, reported having sexual intercourse, said Amanda Rowe, lead nurse in Portland's school health centers.
"This is a service that is totally needed," Rowe said. "It's about very few kids, but they are kids who don't have the same opportunities and access as other students."
What ever happened to, "Knock it off, keep your zipper up and cross your legs?" What ever happened to letting the parents know that their kids are engaging in risk-taking behaviors that can literally result in premature death?
I work in schools. I know for a fact that kids can't get a friggen Tylenol without an act of Congress, and parental permission, yet this school wants to act like a drug pusher, and give kids heavy duty medication without the knowledge of their parents?? Not to mention putting these kids at risk by letting them think it's okay to have sex just because they're on the Pill.
If I was a parent of one of those kids, I'd be livid, and would have my attorney on these pervert slimeballs like stink on shit.
Face it, folks, the neo-socialist liberals are hellbent on destroying our society, one child at a time.
When Osama bin Laden issued his videotaped message to the American people last month, a young jihad enthusiast went online to help spread the word.His parents apparently can't do a thing with him:
“America needs to listen to Shaykh Usaamah very carefully and take his message with great seriousness,” he wrote on his blog. “America is known to be a people of arrogance.”
Unlike Mr. bin Laden, the blogger was not operating from a remote location. It turns out he is a 21-year-old American named Samir Khan who produces his blog from his parents’ home in North Carolina, where he serves as a kind of Western relay station for the multimedia productions of violent Islamic groups.
In recent days, he has featured “glad tidings” from a North African militant leader whose group killed 31 Algerian troops. He posted a scholarly treatise arguing for violent jihad, translated into English. He listed hundreds of links to secret sites from which his readers could obtain the latest blood-drenched insurgent videos from Iraq.
His neatly organized site also includes a file called “United States of Losers,” which showcased a recent news broadcast about a firefight in Afghanistan with this added commentary from Mr. Khan: “You can even see an American soldier hiding during the ambush like a baby!! AllahuAkbar! AllahuAkbar!”
Mr. Khan, who was born in Saudi Arabia and grew up in Queens, is an unlikely foot soldier in what Al Qaeda calls the “Islamic jihadi media.” He has grown up in middle-class America and wrestles with his worried parents about his religious fervor. Yet he is stubborn. “I will do my best to speak the truth, and even if it annoys the disbelievers, the truth must be preached,” Mr. Khan said in an interview.Well, how about taking your loser son's computer away from him, and telling him to go out and get a friggen job, instead of living in your basement?
While there is nothing to suggest that Mr. Khan is operating in concert with militant leaders, or breaking any laws, he is part of a growing constellation of apparently independent media operators who are broadcasting the message of Al Qaeda and other groups, a message that is increasingly devised, translated and aimed for a Western audience.
Born in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Khan was 7 when his family moved to New York City and settled into the Queens neighborhood of Maspeth.
He mirrored his teenage peers, from their slang to their baggy pants, until August 2001 when, at age 15, he said, he attended a weeklong summer camp at a mosque in Queens, which was sponsored by a fundamentalist but nonviolent group now known as the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA).
There are sources that beg to differ:
During MAS-ICNA’s first joint convention in Baltimore in 2002, Shaker Elsayed, then the MAS [Muslim American Society--ed] Secretary General, said about suicide bombing: “The Islamic scholars said whenever there is an attack on an Islamic state or occupation, or the honor of the Muslims has been violated, the Jihad is a must for everyone, a child, a lady and a man. They have to make Jihad with every tool that they can get in their hand.” Elsayed’s statement echoes a fatwa published by The American Muslim online edition in March 2002. In the fatwa, Fawsal Mawlawi, a close associate of Qaradawi, explained that “in martyr operations, the Muslim sacrifices his own life for the sake of performing a religious duty, which is Jihad against the enemy.”And don't tell me he has no connection to Al Qaeda. You don't just "stumble upon" terrorist web sites and insurgent videos. You don't find them on Google.
MAS and ICNA have also drawn closer to the North American branch of a radical anti-Semitic and anti-American Pakistani organization, Tanzeem-e-Islami, which operates in the U.S. under the name Islamic Organization of North America (IONA). MAS and ICNA leaders have attended IONA events and IONA endorsed an MAS event in California in February 2007. At IONA’s official launching event in June 2004, Dr. Souheil Ghannouchi, former MAS president, said “I don’t think there is any difference” between IONA and MAS ideology.
Geeze--just who attacked whom on September 11, 2001??? So long as they do not wage war against Muslims, oppress them and drive them out of their homes???The "survival of the world" is at stake if Muslims and Christians do not make peace with each other, leaders of the Muslim world will warn the Pope and other Christian leaders today.
In an unprecedented open letter signed by 138 leading scholars from every sect of Islam, the Muslims plead with Christian leaders "to come together with us on the common essentials of our two religions" and spell out the similarities between passages of the Bible and the Koran.
The scholars state: "As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them - so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes."
The phrasing has echoes of the New Testament passage: "He that is not with me is against me" - a passage used by President George Bush when addressing a joint session of Congress nine days after 9/11.
Muslims call instead for the emphasis to be on the shared characteristics of world's two largest faiths.
The letter, addressed to Pope Benedict XVI, to the Orthodox Church's Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew 1 and all the other Orthodox Patriarchs and to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and the leaders of all other Protestant churches worldwide, will be rolled out around the world this morning in a series of press conferences beginning in Jordan. It is supported by the Bishop of London, the Right Rev Richard Chartres.
New York's iconic Empire State Building is to be lit up green from Friday in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar marking the end of Ramadan, officials said.
"This is the first time that the Empire State Building will be illuminated for Eid, and the lighting will become an annual event in the same tradition of the yearly lightings for Christmas and Hannukah," according to a statement.
Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month, is expected to be celebrated in New York from Friday, depending on when the new moon is sighted, and the city's tallest skyscraper will remain green until Sunday.
Built in the early 1930s, the 443-meter-tall (1,454-feet-tall) Empire State Building was first lit up with colored lighting in 1976, when red, white and blue lights were used to mark the American Bicentennial.
An estimated seven million Muslims live in the United States.
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Glenn Reynolds says, "psycho who?"
"When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money."(MN Rep. Cy Thao, DFL 65-A)
"Teacher says, everytime a bell rings, another democrat wants to raise your taxes."-Zuzu Bailey-