Archive for February 16th, 2006

‘Weed out textbooks offensive to Muslims’

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

They have got to be kidding, right? Nope. With islam, nothing is a joke.

School textbooks should be reviewed for intolerant depictions of Islam and other faiths by experts overseen by the European Union and Islamic leaders, the European Parliament was told yesterday.
The call for a special committee to examine religious education in schools came from Hans-Gert Pöttering, the German Christian Democrat, who heads the largest group of MEPs. But the proposal was immediately condemned as “appeasement” by Charles Tannock, a British Conservative MEP.
Mr Pöttering, the head of the centre-Right, but largely federalist European People’s Party, said the work of building bridges between Islam and the West had to “begin with young people”.
During a debate intended to show Europe’s unity in the face of the row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, he said textbooks should be checked to ensure they promoted European values without propagating religious stereotypes or prejudice.
He also called for similar tolerance in the Islamic world, holding up examples of anti-Semitic cartoons taken from the Middle East and suggesting a parallel review should be made of Islamic school books.
He also suggested that the EU could co-operate with the 56-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference, which has its headquarters in Saudi Arabia, to create a textbook review committee.
“They could help to choose the experts to sit on this committee,” he said.
But Dr Tannock, the Conservatives’ foreign affairs spokesman at the European Parliament, said: “This sounds like an exercise in political correctness and appeasement. I don’t see why we should be bringing children into this debate.”

“Secretary Norton’s approval of crescent memorial for Flight 93 to be announced Saturday”

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

For those of you who many not be up on this, the memorial for the flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania is shaped like a crescent and faces towards Mecca. Many have suspected that the artist had this in mind when he designed it.
Alec Rawls of the Error Theory blog has made a detailed study of this and has a lot of supporting information on his blog. He has sent me an email concerning an event the artist and company are having this weekend.

” The meetings of the Flight 93 Memorial Task Force and the Flight93 Federal Advisory Commission will be held on Saturday February 18,2006. The Task Force meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the Federal Advisory Commission meeting will be held from 3:00 PM to4:30 PM. Both meetings are open to the public, and will be held at theSomerset County Courthouse, Courtroom #1, 111 East Union Street,Somerset Pennsylvania.
Mr. Paul Murdoch, of the winning memorial design team of PaulMurdoch Architects, Los Angeles, California, will be on hand to talkabout the memorial design, and welcomes meeting more of the localcommunity. In addition, a major, exciting announcement will be made atthe Commission meeting, and the public will be able to meet the newNational Fundraising Capital Campaign Chairman.
Superintendent Joanne Hanley stated, “We really want to open ourarms to the public and invite them to attend as much of the day onSaturday as possible. It is important to attend both the Task Force andthe Commission meetings to find out everything that is going on inrelation to the Flight 93 Memorial project.” “

Link to Error Theory and my previous post about this.

Hamas vows to ‘drink’ Jewish blood

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Hamas is, and always will be, a terrorist group.

Shortly after its stunning election victory, Hamas posted on its official website parting video messages from two suicide bombers, including one who vowed the terrorist group would drink the blood of Jews until they “leave the Muslim countries.”
Another terrorist urged his mother to be joyous over his death and his “wedding” with the “Maidens of Paradise.”
The terrorist act glorified in the video, which can be viewed
here, took place Dec. 7, 2004, reported Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch. Hamas, responsible for more than 100 suicide bombings and scores of shooting and rocket attacks, won overwhelmingly in the Jan. 25 Palestinian parliamentary elections and will form the next government.

Read the rest here.