Archive for February 23rd, 2007

Dad Says ‘Anti-Muslim’ Literature Handed Out in Class Isn’t Freedom of Speech

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

OK, where I would agree that handing out religious material in a ninth grade orientation seminar may not be the best way to handle this, I have to make two comments:

  • As much as I’m against Islam and it’s spread, it is only fair to offer literature about all major religions, or do not offer any literature about religion at all.
  • In my opinion, what the literature is saying, sadly enough, tends to be true.
  • I realize that there are a lot of Muslim husbands out there who do not enforce the Islamic rule of “beat your wife”. But there are way to many of them that do. The Bible teaches that we are to treat our wives with respect and says “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)
    The Koran has no such passages and as an example teaches that “Husband(s), beat your wives and deny them sex.” (Koran 4:34) in regards to punishing them for disobedience.
    In any case, I had to wonder about the term this father used to describe what the pamphlet said. He claimed that it was “slander (toward) Islam”. Can someone tell me how this is slander?
    Of course the Islamic terrorist front group CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) jumped in on it immediately.
    Guess we’ll have to see how this all turns out.

    The father of a North Carolina ninth grader who was given ‘anti-Muslim’ literature in class says the material handed out is not an issue of free speech, but of slander and defamation.

    “First of all, it slanders, things like, Mohammed is a ‘criminal,’ is ‘demon possessed’ … that just made my blood boil,” said Triaq Butte, whose daughter Saira, was one student who participated in the ninth grade orientation seminar at Enloe High School in Wake County, N.C., where the material was distributed.

    Butte is not a practicing Muslim; his wife is Christian and his kids are taught to accept and respect all religions.

    “So for a person like me to feel like that — I’ve never been to a mosque — to feel like that … for me to feel such hideous attacks, they were not just pointing out failures or weaknesses in Islam or Muslims, they were just attacking.”

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    Among the materials handed out was a pamphlet called “Jesus not Muhammad,” as well as one entitled, “Do Not Marry a Muslim Man.” The latter pamphlet compares parts of the Koran with those of the Bible, such as:

    —Husband, beat your wives and deny them sex.” (The book of Islam, Koran 4:34)

    —”Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her.” (The Holy Bible, Ephesians 5:25)

    It warns women to not be lured into marrying a Muslim man, even for his “dark good looks, education, financial means, and the interest he shows in you.”

    “You may be excited that you found the ‘tall, dark, and handsome man’ you have been looking for. His sweet words and attention may blind you regarding the power, importance, and influence of his culture and Islamic faith,” the pamphlet says. “Because in the United States, we have freedom of religion, he may agree that you can remain a Christian and you may think there will be no problem with such a marriage. But do not be fooled and become a victim of his religion, Islam, which has very oppressive rules regarding women’s status and rights. Such marriages will never be out of trouble.”

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    The school’s principal, Beth Cochran, basically said ‘we encourage the exchange of ideas and although what …[was] passed out was inappropriate, we welcome anyone from the Muslim community to come and talk to the students,” Butte said.

    “In my view, I think they need to recognize that this is not just free speech and diversity of opinion, which I totally respect and have no problem with anyone talking about Islam and it’s weaknesses, and I’m prepared to do that myself — what I don’t like about it — but to slander Islam is unacceptable,” Butte said.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to the Adelphos Burns, superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, asking for an apology to the students, as well as disciplinary action against the teacher, a review of policies regarding what outside speakers are allowed to speak in class, and more diversity training for starr.

    “It is unconscionable for a teacher at any public school to abuse his or her position of trust by forcing such hate-filled, inaccurate and intolerant materials on students,” CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar wrote in the letter. “One can only imagine what a Muslim student in the class might have experienced and how students of other faiths will now regard their Muslim classmates.”

    CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told FOXNews.com on Thursday that so far, the group hasn’t received any formal response. Cochran, the school’s principal, also did not immediately return calls to FOXNews.com for comment

    At the very least, Hooper said, someone from the Muslim community should have been invited to come in the same day as the Kamil representative to give the Muslim perspective.

    “At least that would have been something, but to just bring in this person, presented by an authority person like a teacher, ‘here’s someone who’s going to teach you Islam … if he was going to stage a public forum and denounce Islam, that’s fine,” Hooper said.

    “This was a captive audience with captive minds who were offered no rebuttal to this type of bigotry.”

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    More Tension in the Middle East

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    Always on the lookout for potential end times events, these two caught my eyes as potential…

    Peretz urges Israel to avoid verbal escalation with Syria

    Responding to a Haaretz report that Syria is boosting its army and moving troops closer to its border with Israel, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Thursday that Israel should refrain from making further statements regarding Syria, and urged officials to avoid a verbal escalation of tensions.

    Speaking at his weekly meeting with Defense Ministry officials, Peretz said that the situation would be assessed based on concrete information, and that the army would prepare itself as necessary.

    Earlier Thursday, Israel Radio quoting Syrian parliament member Mohammed Habash as denying the Haaretz report. According to the radio, Habash told the Dubai-based Al Arabiya satellite channel that nothing has changed in terms of troop size along the border, but “Syria is fully prepared for any situation [that may develop].”

    Habash warned that should “Israel decide to do something stupid, it would pay a heavy price.”

    Addressing the charge that Syria’s military buildup is being funded by Iran, the radio quoted Habash as saying that the “cooperation between Damascus and Tehran is no secret, as both are being faced with a direct threat.”

    The Syrian armed forces are being strengthened in an unprecedented way in recent memory with the help of generous funding from Iran and its troops appear to be moving closer to the border with Israel.

    The Syrians are bolstering their forces in all areas except the air force, which has been believed to be weak for some time. The main emphasis of the efforts has been missiles and long-range rockets to compensate for the weak air force.

    The Syrian navy, after years of neglect, is also being reinforced with an Iranian version of a Chinese anti-ship missile, similar to the one used by Hezbollah during the second Lebanon war to strike the Israeli destroyer INS Hanit.

    In addition to the overall strengthening of the armed forces in Syria, there has been a redeployment of forces along the front lines. It appears that the Syrians have moved forces closer to the border with Israel on the Golan Heights.

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    Fifth Fleet commander warns of ‘unprecedented tension’ in Gulf

    ABU DHABI — Iran may pose a greater security threat to the strategic Persian Gulf than does Al Qaida, warned the U.S. Fifth Fleet commander at a news conference in Bahrain.

    “We consider this moment in time unprecedented in terms of the amount of insecurity and instability that is in the region,” U.S. Fifth Fleet commander Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh said.

    “Although our presence in the Arabian Gulf is for defensive and not offensive purposes, the U.S. will take military action if ships are attacked or if countries in the region are targeted or U.S. troops come under direct attack,” Walsh added.

    At a news conference on Feb. 19 in Manama, Walsh said Iran could pose a greater threat to Gulf security than Al Qaida, Middle East Newsline reported. The naval commander said Iran’s frequent military exercises were meant to provoke tension in the region and threaten the closure of the Straits of Hormuz, which contains about 40 percent of global oil shipping.

    “When you look at the recent Iranian exercises, in the last nine months, you see the open display and the implication of the use of mines,” Walsh said. “You also see and hear concerns and threats about the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.”

    “What is different today to a year ago has been the number of exercises and the proximity of those exercises to the Strait of Hormuz,” Walsh said.

    Walsh’s assertion represented the clearest signal of U.S. alarm concerning Iran’s threat to the region. Only two weeks earlier, leading U.S. naval commanders said the Iran Navy was acting with caution and seeking to avoid a conflict with the United States.

    Florida Boy Abducted at Gunpoint From Bus Stop This Morning

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    It seems that this type of thing is happening so often in America. Please pray for this boy and his family.

    PARRISH, Fla. — An Amber Alert was issued Friday after a gunman drove up to a group of children waiting at bus stop in Manatee County, Fla., and kidnapped a 13-year-old boy in front of horrified classmates, according to police.

    Clay Moore, 13, was kidnapped shortly before 9 a.m., said Dave Bristow, a spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. An Amber Alert has been issued.

    Moore is described as 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with long, light brown or blonde hair.

    The culprit is described as a Hispanic man who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was driving a maroon truck.

    Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow called it a “horrific incident” because other children were witnesses and adds that it appears to have been a random kidnapping.

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    Chlorine Bombs Mark New Guerrilla Tactics

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    And as usual, al-Reuters refuses to call people who use weapons of mass destruction on innocent people “terrorist”. I have come to the conclusion that nothing these terrorist do will ever be horrible enough to get al-Reuters and the rest of the main stream media to brand them as the terrorist they are.

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A top U.S. general said on Thursday insurgents (see what I mean? -ed) in Iraq were using crude chemical bombs in a new campaign to create instability, as U.S. and Iraqi forces stepped up a security crackdown in Baghdad.

    Two bombs with chlorine gas have killed up to 11 people this week. The blasts, one in Baghdad and the other north of the capital, caused toxic fumes that have made scores more sick.

    “What they’re trying to do is … adapt in such ways where they can continue to create instability,” Lieutenant-General Raymond Odierno, day-to-day commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon in a live link-up.

    “That’s what they’re doing, especially with these chlorine IEDs (improvised explosive devices),” he said, adding U.S. forces had found chlorine cylinders in a car bomb factory near the rebellious western city of Falluja on Tuesday.

    Chlorine gas was used as a weapon in World War One but its use in guerrilla attacks in Iraq has particular resonance for Iraqis.
    Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons on Kurdish areas in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war.

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    The Latest Laughable Comments from Pali Terrorist

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    First off, God has laid it on my heart that I should try to stop calling the Palestinians “Slimy Pali Terrorist”. So, I will try.

    The pali terrorist (see, I didn’t use the word “slimy”) group, Hamas, is whining about the fact that the U.S. won’t release money to them. They can’t seem to understand why we won’t release money to them when they continue to say things like “the truce with the Israeli occupation is no longer valid”. They just don’t understand. Go figure.

    GAZA (Reuters) – The Islamic militant group Hamas accused the United States on Thursday of trying to thwart European efforts to ease an economic blockade of a new Palestinian unity government.

    The so-called Quartet of Middle East mediators, comprising the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, repeated a demand on Wednesday that any Palestinian government renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept interim peace deals.

    Though the unity government fell short of directly meeting those demands, Western diplomats said the agreement between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction widened divisions within the Quartet.

    The United States and Israel want to continue to shun the unity government; Russia and some other European governments favor a softer line.

    Hamas cabinet spokesman Ghazi Hamad said the group, which took control of the Palestinian government in March after winning parliamentary elections, was encouraged by what it called a “wait and see” approach by the Quartet.

    Citing divisions between the United States and some European countries over policy, Hamad said: “I believe there is a possibility to change the Quartet’s position in a more positive manner to deal with the government.”

    But Palestinian Information Minister Youssef Rizqa of Hamas said: “It (the United States) aims to undermine the European and Russian efforts in order to continue the siege imposed on our people.”

    Israel pointed to statements by the Quartet after a meeting in Berlin as a sign that the group would hold the new government to the three conditions. “They’re not obstacles to peace, they are prerequisites for a successful peace process,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.

    Of course then we have the aptly named al-Reuters blaming the situation on the United States’ refusal to release the funds. They, as usual, fail to draw any correlation between the rehtoric of the pali terrorist and their lack of funding. To put it simply, if they (the pali terrorist) would stop terror attacks on Israel, recognize Israel’s right to exist and just generally try to get along, the money would flow. But being pali terrorist, their minds just won’t go there. And having a group like al-Reuters and the rest of the main stream media to trumpet for you, just reinforces this type of thinking.

    The U.S.-led boycott of the Hamas-led government has pushed the Palestinian Authority to the brink of financial collapse and raised poverty rates in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. (occupied territory…I keep wondering when the pali occupiers are going to get out of Israeli territory. -ed)

    A report by the U.N. World Food Program, released on Thursday, estimated that nearly half of Palestinians were unable to produce or access the food they needed.

    Palestinians hope the coalition deal, which ended weeks of fighting between Hamas and Fatah in which more than 90 people died, can avert a Palestinian civil war.

    Violence flared up briefly in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday after a leader of the militant Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) was shot and killed by a Palestinian policeman.

    Palestinian security sources said the shooting was accidental but a PRC spokesman said it was deliberate.

    Members of the dead man’s family attacked a police station and forced the closure of shops in the downtown area but there appeared to be no connection between the incident and previous tensions between Hamas and Fatah.

    The unity government agreement, which calmed weeks of factional warfare that killed more than 90 Palestinians, contained a vague promise to “respect” previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

    But the pact did not directly commit the new government to renouncing violence or recognizing Israel.

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    But here is some more on why they are not getting the money.

    Hamas’ military wing: Truce is over

    Hamas’s Qassam Brigades have declared an end to a ceasefire with Israel, according to a statement released on Wednesday evening.

    The call to end the truce appeared on Hamas’s official website , in both English and Arabic, and is the first time in months that Palestinian armed forces directly under the control of the Hamas government openly threatened to attack Israel . Abu Obaida, spokesman for the Qassam Brigades, said in the statement that “the truce with the Israeli occupation is no longer valid,” citing the “assassination of Islamic Jihad commander” Mahmoud Qassem as the reason.

    Qassem was shot dead in the West Bank by Israeli Border Police on Tuesday, after security forces traced a foiled suicide bomb attack planned for Tel Aviv back to him.

    In Hamas’ statement, Abu Obaida said: “This crime falls in line with a plan to liquidate Palestinian resistance in the West Bank in particular. The Zionist enemy continues to try to separate between the Bank and Gaza, and we will not accept that. The assassination in Jenin comes as part of an attempt to take out the Palestinian resistance, especially in the West Bank. We demanded from the start that the ceasefire must include the entire homeland and not be divided at the enemy’s discretion,” he said.

    Abu Obaida called for Palestinian organizations to “unite” and “retaliate” against Israel, saying that “the time has come to restore the honor of the Palestinian resistance.” He added that the Qassam Brigades were “reorganizing their lines in the West Bank after sustaining painful strikes.”

    Hamas’s terrorist cells were largely destroyed in the West Bank by IDF operations in response to a series of bomb attacks between 2001 and 2004, although Hamas remains the strongest armed force in Gaza.

    Throughout the duration of the ‘truce,’ rockets launched from Gaza have continued to land in southern Israel, and security forces say they foiled many terrorist attacks aimed at targets within Israel.

    The Hamas website also said that the Islamic Jihad Quds Brigades fired two “upgraded Quds missiles at Sderot and Majdal (Arabic for Ashkelon) as a premilinary retaliation to the assassination of Qassem,” on Wednesday.

    A Fatah faction claimed it too fired rockets, targeting an IDF post. (they don’t want to fall behind in the pali terrorist fraternity. -ed)

    It should be noted that the statement is not a formal announcement from the Hamas movement as a whole.

    Naif Hawatma, director of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said on Wednesday that Hamas is involved and supportive of the political process. Hawatma said in an interview to Al-Halig, a United Arab Emirates newspaper, that Hamas is pushing with all its might for a political solution, that it is in contact with European officials and that it will soon reveal its commitment to the political process. (yeah right! -ed)

    Episcopal Church Will Not Abandon Gays for Anglican Communion

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    The Episcopal Church leaders should try opening the Bible and using God’s Word to make their decisions. Their lack of dependence on God is causing their ‘church’ to become a mockery.

    If the Episcopal Church had to choose between the Anglican Communion and not “abandoning” homosexual Christians, it would choose the latter, one bishop believes.

    The Anglican Communion is asking its U.S. wing to clarify its stance on same-sex unions and the consecration of homosexuals by Sept. 30. Some Episcopal leaders who support homosexual ordination are suggesting that the church should leave the communion, saying the demands of the Communion amount to bigotry.

    The Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk, bishop of New York, told Newsweek magazine that the Episcopal Church has not authorized the blessing of same-sex unions, which is one issue that the Anglican Communion has called for clarity by the U.S. body. The stance had not been made clear at the recent Primates meeting as the Anglican Communion had recognized that there are dioceses in America working towards the development of a public Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions.

    The Anglican Communion has also called for affirmation that the Episcopal Church would not confirm a bishop who is in a same-sex union, which it had done in 2003.

    “My own guess is that we would not respond positively to that request,” said Sisk.

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    U.N.: Iran Defies Deadline to Halt Atomic Development

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    (Sarcasm On) No kidding? Are you sure? You mean that even having the U.N. Security Council frowning at them and shaking useless resolutions at them was not enough to scare them into giving up their nuke bomb development? Why I can’t even imagine. (Sarcasm Off)
    While we are all affixed to our televisions mesmerized by who will become the next American “Idol”, Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons and material. These weapons and materials are being developed to use on Israel and us. “Us”. That’s you and me. Hiding in your sub-division, watching “idol” and living in denial that the radical Muslim terrorist and rouge nations are not going to attack us is foolish at best. It could very well cost your life and your children’s lives in the very near future.
    I know, you’re saying “Steve, you’ve really flipped out this time”. No I haven’t.
    If you really think that Iran is not going to use these weapons, you are a fool. If you think that Iran is not going to share the nuclear material with terrorist groups, you are a fool. If you think that we are not going to be attacked by this country and these groups, you are a fool.
    But by all means, let’s keep our “head buried in the sand” syndrome alive and well. Keep watching “Idol” and laughing when some pompous, arrogant Hollywood elitist, insults, debases and embarrasses people on international television. By all means, don’t take an interest in what is going on in Iran. “He’ll never hurt us” you claim. “Why would he want to hurt me anyway?” you ask.
    Because you are an infidel and an American. And that’s the only reason he and his ilk need.

    VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog declared on Thursday that Iran failed to meet a February 21 deadline to suspend uranium enrichment and Washington said major powers would meet next week to start writing a new Iran sanctions resolution.

    By ignoring the deadline, Tehran reaffirmed its rejection of a mid-2006 offer by six world powers of talks on trade benefits provided it halted enrichment, a process that can yield nuclear power plant fuel or bombs.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report Iran had installed two cascades, or networks, of 164 centrifuges in its underground Natanz enrichment plant with another two cascades close to completion.

    That amounted to an effort to escalate research-level enrichment of nuclear fuel into “industrial scale” production.

    “Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities,” said the confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters.

    The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran in a December 23 resolution that banned transfers of atomic technology and know-how to Iran. The resolution authorizes the council to take further measures if Iran flouted the deadline.

    Additional penalties might include a travel ban on senior Iranian officials and restrictions on non-nuclear business.

    UnderSecretary of State Nicholas Burns said he would travel to London on Monday for a meeting of the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany to begin what could be a lengthy process of drafting a second sanctions resolution on Iran.

    “We expect to see Iran repudiated again by the Security Council,” Burns said during an appearance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank in Washington.

    The Islamic Republic, which says its nuclear fuel program is designed only to produce electricity, remained defiant.

    “Regarding the suspension mentioned in the report, because such a demand has no legal basis and is against international treaties, naturally, it could not be accepted by Iran,” Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told Reuters in Tehran.

    He said the report showed the best way to resolve the dispute was to return to talks.

    Analysts say harsher sanctions could face serious obstacles, as Russia, China and some EU powers prefer further dialogue with Iran to Washington’s push to isolate and punish.

    The United States has built up aircraft carrier strike forces in the Gulf as a warning to Iran.

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    California’s Plan to Criminalize Spanking

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    We have posted about this before, but I just have to say again how ridiculous this is. There is a difference in spanking to discipline and beating. The Bible says “to spare the rod is to spoil the child” – that doesn’t mean that we are to beat our children. When a child’s disobedience is met with painful consequence (ie. spanking) he/she learns the Law of the Harvest (you reap what you sow). If more children were taught that you reap what you sow, then our jails would definitely be less crowded. I am constantly amazed at how the campaigning politicians say they want ‘less government’, but when elected they insist on sticking their noses where they don’t belong.

    A leading state lawmaker in California has introduced a proposal that would classify parents who place a careful swat on the bottom of their little one, enthralled in the pursuit of excitement during the “terrible twos,” the same as a child abuse felon who beats a baby with an electrical cord.

    Calling it “a bill to clarify and strengthen California law protecting children, especially infants and toddlers,” the sponsor, Assemblywoman Sally Lieber said “good parents have no reason for concern as a result of this legislation…”

    Officials with the pro-family Campaign for Children and Families, however, said that may be an assumption by Lieber, a Democrat from Mountain View, but it won’t be fact if AB755 becomes law.

    It would make a criminal of any mother or father who would use a switch to give their little one a paddling because of their behavior, CCF officials said.

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    U.K. Muslims: ‘Ban’ Un-Islamic Schools

    Friday, February 23rd, 2007

    The Muslims in the U.K. are attempting to force the Brits one step closer to installation of Muslim law. Now not only do they want their schools to teach hate and repression, they want all U.K. schools to do so. Of course, you won’t find that as an exchange of ideas. No way. They want their way of thinking taught forced on the schools, but never would they allow any Western influences to be taught in their schools. It’s a one way street for Muslims. It’s their way or else, and the or else is not a pleasant thing for non-Muslims. Islamic schools teach that all non-Muslims must be made to convert to Islam. If they don’t then they may be killed. Jews and Israel are completely evil and must be killed at any cost. Jihad (holy war) against the infidel (that all of us non-Muslims) must be waged at any cost. Their children are taught that giving their lives for jihad (and killing many infidels in the process) will grant them great things in heaven.
    The potential for the repression of individual freedoms, found under Muslim law, is reprehensible. Women and children are treated as property with little or no input into the decisions influencing their daily lives. Woman can be beaten for no other reason then a man feeling like doing so. How completely subjective. In any other society, we would call this “spousal abuse”. But in Islam, it’s perfectly acceptable. Not only can a husband beat his wife, but it is acceptable for any male relative to do so. In some countries, it goes as far as any man being able to beat a woman. I will have to look for the link, but I remember several years ago, I read an account of a woman in Iran who lost her veil on a windy day. Several total strangers, men of course, began beating her with sticks, as she tried to retrieve it. She suffered massive bruises to her back and shoulders, four broken ribs and a broken collar bone. All this because the wind blew her veil off.
    The point I’m trying to make here is that although the Muslims don’t act that way here in public, as this article will show, once they are allowed to make inroads or force change on your community, they will continue to use any method necessary to force their rules and laws on all the rest of us.
    This is not a joke, folks. This is very real. We are seeing it more and more in Europe. It is only a matter of time before they try it here in the United States.

    DEMANDS for a ban on “un-Islamic” activities in schools will be set out by the Muslim Council of Britain today.

    Targets include playground games, swimming lessons, school plays, parents’ evenings and even vaccinations. And the calls for all children to be taught in Taliban-style conditions will be launched with the help of a senior Government education adviser.

    Professor Tim Brighouse, chief adviser to London schools, was due to attend the event at the capital’s biggest mosque. His presence there was seen as “deeply worrying”, and a sign that the report was backed by the Government. Tory MP Greg Hands said: “The MCB needs to realise it has to move closer to the rest of the community, not away from it. “The presence of Tim Brighouse implies Government back­ing of this report. This is very worrying.”

    Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society said the report was a “recipe for disaster”. He added: “Schools with even just a handful of Muslim kids will find they have to follow these guidelines because there aren’t the staff to have one set of classes for Muslims and another for the rest. “The MCB shouldn’t try to force its religious agenda on children who may not want it. The Government needs to send the MCB packing. Schools should be about teaching, not preaching.”

    The report, Towards Greater Understanding – Meeting The Needs of Muslim Pupils In State Schools, says all schools should bring in effective bans for all pupils on “un-Islamic activities” like dance classes. It also wants to limit certain activities during Ramadan. They include science lessons dealing with sex, parents’ evenings, exams and immunisation programmes. The holy month – when eating and drinking is not allowed in daylight hours – should also see a ban on swimming lessons in case pupils swallow water in
    the pool. When swimming is allowed, boys should wear clothing covering their bodies “from the navel to the neck”, even during single-sex pool sessions, while girls must be covered up completely at all times, apart from the face and hands. The MCB adds that schools should ensure contact sports, including football and basketball, “are always in single-gender groups”. Even school trips are targeted in the report, which wants them all to be made single-sex “to encourage greater participation from Muslim pupils”. It wants Arabic language classes for Muslim pupils, and says the Koran should be recited in music classes. And all schools should ensure they have prayer rooms with washing facilities attached, it says. In art classes, Muslim children should not be allowed to draw people, as this is forbidden under some interpretations of Islamic law.

    And while the MCB insists that all British children should learn about Islam, it wants Muslims to have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons dealing with Christianity and other faiths. The MCB says special treatment and opt-outs are necessary because otherwise Muslim pupils will feel excluded from school activities and lessons.

    The MCB claims to be the voice of Britain’s 1.5million Muslims and was heavily courted by politicians including Tony Blair following the September 11 attacks. Its former secretary-general Iqbal Sacranie was awarded a knighthood in 2005.

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