Monday, April 30, 2007

Islam in the News...

"Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same—hardihood. Give them raw truth." -John Jay Chapman

  • "Britain's biggest terrorist trial ended today in the conviction of five men for a plot to use fertiliser bombs to blow up the Bluewater shopping centre, the Ministry of Sound nightclub and British gas and electricity supplies.

    Two other men were found not guilty on a charge of conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life.

    The verdict from an Old Bailey verdict came after 27 days of deliberations during which the jury of seven men and five women were told to return a majority verdict.

    Those convicted on the conspiracy charge were Omar Khyam, 25, Waheed Mahmood, 35, and Jawad Akhbar, 23 - all from Crawley, West Sussex, as well as Salahuddin Amin, 32, of Luton, Bedfordshire and Antony Garcia, 25, of Barkingside, East London." (source)

  • "The Kansas City International Airport has added several foot-washing basins in restrooms to accommodate a growing number of Muslim taxicab drivers who requested the facilities to prepare for daily Islamic prayer, WND has learned.

    The move concerns airport police who worry about Middle Eastern men loitering inside the building. After 9/11, the airport beefed up its police force to help prevent terrorist attacks.

    "Why are we constructing places of worship for them inside our airports?" said an airport official who requested anonymity. "Why are we catering to their rituals? We don't do it for any other religion."

    Other major airports also are dealing with increased demands from Muslim cabdrivers." (source)

  • "A cable company is offering the Al-Jazeera network in its cable package, one of only a few in the nation to do so. Burlington Telecom, a city-owned cable company that serves 1,200 households in Vermont's largest city, began offering the Arab-operated network about six months ago. "We were certainly squeamish about it at first, given its reputation in the United States," said Tim Nulty, director of Burlington Telecom. "But if you look at it, it looks like BBC. I think it's more mainstream and more objective than CNN." (source)

  • "Ham Incident" Update: "Many are now attempting to use the parody as “proof” that the incident did not occur. But, it did. School Superintendent Leon Levesque commented that the situation in Lewiston, apparently regarding the town’s and school’s relations with its Muslim population, is a “sensitive” one. Then, the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence’s Stephen Wessler advised a CBS affiliate: “This is a wake-up call that the level of hate and anger, among a small population, is vibrant!” (source)

  • No wonder Turks are out in droves --attempting to squash the Islamic regime (and Turkey is 99.8% Muslim)...
    "Up to a million people rallied in a sea of red Turkish flags on Sunday, accusing the government of planning an Islamist state and demanding it withdraw its presidential candidate.

    But despite the Istanbul protests and a threat from the powerful army to intervene in the election, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, architect of Turkey's EU membership drive, said he would remain the ruling AK Party's candidate for head of state.

    The protesters flooded the streets of Turkey's largest city, praising the army and denouncing Gul and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whose AK Party enjoys a huge parliamentary majority, as a threat to a secular order separating state and religion.

    "Turkey is secular and will remain secular," they chanted." (source)
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