Archive for August 28th, 2007

Newsbusters: MSNBC’s Abrams Hits CNN’s Amanpour for Defending Islamic Fundamentalism

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Defending Islamic terrorist while demonizing Christians is all the rage these days. I’m guessing that the criticism levied at Amanpour was more for rating purposes than any other reason, but it is appreciated none the less.

On Monday’s MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams, host and MSNBC General Manager Abrams attacked CNN’s series God’s Warriors for “a defense of Islamic fundamentalism and the worst type of moral relativism,” and as “shameful advocacy masked as journalism,” quipping that series host Christiane Amanpour “avoided getting bogged down in objectivity.” Abrams further took exception with Amanpour for comparing those who support Israel’s defense strategy to Muslim terrorists: “Christians and Jews, for example, who support Israel’s strategy for self-defense are just as much God’s warriors, according to Amanpour, as the Islamic radicals who blow themselves and others up in an effort to destroy the world as we know it.”

After contending that Amanpour attempted to “understand” violent Muslim fundamentalists without trying to “understand” evangelical Christians and Israelis, Abrams played a clip of Amanpour in which she “blames the warrior Jews” for the anger of radical Muslims. Amanpour: “Muslims, like people everywhere, abhor terrorism. The small minority who resorts to violence is symptomatic of something many of us have failed to understand: the impact of God’s Jewish warriors goes far beyond these rocky hills. The Jewish settlements have inflamed much of the Muslim world.”

Abrams soon brought aboard Muslim author Asma Hasan, Air America host Reverend Wilton Gaddy, and terrorism analyst Steve Emerson for a discussion of the topic, during which Emerson labeled the CNN series as “the most unfair series” and “the most dishonest series on television that I’ve seen in my 20 years of reporting or covering terrorism.” Emerson further criticized Amanpour for not showing examples of violent Muslim extremists in Europe such as the Madrid and London bombings, and for portraying Jews and Christians as “demons.” Emerson: “I thought that, in part, the actual dogma of this series actually focused mainly on Jews and Christians as being the demons, and in fact, one could accuse her of actually engaging in anti-Christian and anti-Semitic behavior by the selection of facts she chose to choose.”

Abrams showed a clip of Amanpour speaking to Christian youth leader Ron Luce of Teen Mania Ministries during which she contended that campus rules prohibiting female students from wearing short skirts and prohibiting male students from using the Internet without supervision reminded her of “totalitarian regimes,” and compared the female dress code to what the Taliban did. Amanpour: “But that’s what the Taliban said. They kept women in their house because men couldn’t be trusted around them.”

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Legal Opposition for Publicly Funded Islamic School

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I believe America is the only country in the world who will risk safety to be known as ‘tolerant’. We know how the Muslims train their children to hate (kill) Jews and Christians. We see their preschool age children on the news toting assault rifles and chanting about their hate of the West. Yet, in an effort to be tolerant of Islam we not only ALLOW an Islamic school to be formed in New York we also FUND it with PUBLIC MONEY! I have to say that is one of the most idiotic things I have heard in a while. I would love to say that I am speechless, but nothing surprises me in America these days.

A Christian legal group will represent citizens opposed to the planned launch of a publicly funded academy in New York City where students will be immersed in Islamic culture.

Khalil Gibran International Academy features several Islamist imams on its board of advisers, as well as other promoters with connections to militant Islamic groups, according to the Thomas More Law Center.

“This proposed public school is nothing more than an incubator for the radicalization that leads to terrorism, as an NYPD Intelligence Report warned Americans just two weeks ago,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for legal group.

“Rather than use the public school system to assimilate Muslims and other immigrants into American culture, New York City is doing everything it can to keep them isolated – a target rich environment for recruiting potential new homegrown terrorists and a recipe for a future 9/11 disaster, according to my read of the NYPD Report,” he said.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Says ‘Marriage’ Can be Terminated

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

California continues down the path of complete moral degradation.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has told the state Supreme Court the term “marriage” can be terminated, because registered “domestic partners” already have all of the same legal rights, benefits, duties and obligations as married couples.

The warning comes from Vote Yes, an organization promoting a state constitutional amendment that would restrict marriage – and its benefits and obligations – to a man and a woman.

Schwarzenegger, as well as Attorney General Jerry Brown, recently submitted briefs to the state Supreme Court, which is considering a lawsuit that could result in “marriage” being granted to same-sex duos.

Brown, former governor of California and mayor of Oakland, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president three times.

As part of its deliberations, the court asked for the response from the attorney general and governor on the impact the decision could have on the state.

Randy Thomasson, spokesman for the marriage campaign, told WND the constitutional amendment is critical, because “by this time next year there’s going to be homosexual marriages occurring all over California.”

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Taliban Agrees to Release Korean Hostages

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The Taliban agreed Tuesday to free 19 South Korean church volunteers held hostage since July after the government in Seoul agreed to end all missionary work and keep a promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
In eastern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber attacked NATO troops helping build a bridge, killing three soldiers.

The Taliban originally seized 23 South Koreans, but have since killed two of the hostages and released two others. They had initially demanded the withdrawal of South Korean troops from the country and the release of prisoners in exchange for freeing the hostages.

Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said South Korean and Taliban delegates at face-to-face talks Tuesday in the central town of Ghazni had “reached an agreement” to free the captives.

South Korean presidential spokesman Cheon Ho-sun said the deal had been reached “on the condition that South Korea withdraws troops by the end of year and South Korea suspends missionary work in Afghanistan,” he said.

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Israel Willing to Give Up Temple Mount

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

This is distressing news, but not the least bit surprising based on other actions from the current administration of Israel.

JERUSALEM – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Egyptian government the Jewish state is willing to forfeit control over the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – to the management of Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, according to an Arab media report.

The Egyptian Al Massrioun daily reported this weekend Barak informed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Jordanian government Israel is be willing to hand them joint control over the Temple Mount.

The report follows a WND exclusive article last week stating Palestinian negotiators drafting an agreement behind the scenes with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office made clear they will not accept any final peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state forfeits the Temple Mount.

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Taliban Agrees to Release Remaining South Korean Hostages

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I am very happy that the hostages are going to be released. I’m also very sure that the Taliban terrorist are walking away quite a bit richer this morning.

GHAZNI, Afghanistan — Taliban militants in Afghanistan agreed to release 19 South Korean church volunteers held captive since July 19, a spokesman for the insurgents and the South Korean government said Tuesday.

Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said South Korean and Taliban delegates at face-to-face talks Tuesday in the central town of Ghazni had “reached an agreement” to release the captives.

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Anger Over ‘Blasphemous’ Soccer Balls

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

As Michelle Malkin points out, “No good deed goes unpunished” by the Religion of Perpetual Outrage (aka Islam).
In this case, the U.S. military in Afghanistan, gave soccer balls, with each hexagram printed with a flag of the world, to children in the Khost province. One of the flags happened to be the flag of Saudi Arabia, which has, as a part of it, one of the Islamic “five pillars of faith”. This “pillar” mentions the names “Allah” and “Mohammad”.
Most of you can see where this is going, right? To a hyper-sensitive Muslim, kicking the ball kind of means kicking Allah and their “prophet”. Muslims have rioted and killed for less than this.
Now this made me wonder, if this verbiage is present in their flag, how do they handle the fact that it gets rained on, torn by the wind, falls down and touches the ground amid other “indignities” flags face on a daily basis?

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military regrets any offense it may have caused by handing out a soccer ball emblazoned with the name of Allah on it as part of a public relations exercise in Afghanistan, a spokesman said.

At least one of the balls — which were dropped by helicopter to children in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan on Friday — carried a small picture of the Saudi Arabian flag. The flag features in Arabic script the Islamic declaration of faith, which contains the words Allah and the Prophet Muhammad.

Villagers were “upset and angry” when they saw the ball, said Khost governor Arsalah Jamal.

“They wanted to demonstrate, but we explained to them it was a mistake,” he said Monday.

Muslims treat with the utmost respect any printed matter containing verses of the Quran or the name of Allah or his prophet on it. Most would find the idea of kicking a ball emblazoned with those two names as deeply offensive.

Sgt. Dean Welch, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said “the distribution of soccer balls was done in the spirit of good will, something that we hoped would bring Afghan children some enjoyment.”

Of course, they can’t have the children enjoying themselves. How can the children possibly grow up into homicide bombers if they have an enjoyable youth? The Islamist certainly can’t have them thinking good thoughts about the infidels, now can they?

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