Archive for October 15th, 2007

“Tithing for Terrorists” by Rachel Ehrenfeld & Alyssa A. Lappen

Monday, October 15th, 2007

“Governments have political considerations,”“ said senior N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer, upon learning in September that Bourse Dubai intends to buy 20 percent of NASDAQ. Republican Senator Bob Bennett of Utah countered, saying, “Dubai is making a purchase on the open market of an asset that’s for sale. What’s wrong with that?”

Senator Bennett is correct — buying portions or all of NASDAQ is perfectly legal. Moreover, no changes could be made to NASDAQ regulations without Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval. But of concern is Bourse Dubai’s Islamic influence in the heart of the U.S. markets and economy. And the deliberate United Arab Emirates (UAE) devaluation of the dollar since December 2006 is vastly increasing their purchasing power.

Bourse Dubai began operating as the world’s first fully sharia-compliant stock exchange, in December 2006. Sharia compliance requires companies traded to also be sharia-compliant, and establishes a special tax on all the others to “purify” them.

The Islamic “purity” (Tazkiya) of Bourse Dubai was approved by the sharia board of the 1991-Bahrain-registered and based Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAIOFI). The AAIOFI laid the groundwork for the global Islamic financial network and regulates all Islamic financial organizations and products, including Bourse Dubai.

Like every Muslim country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) collects mandatory Islamic charity (Zakat- the Third Pillar of Islam — an annual wealth tax), of about 2.5-percent from Muslim institutions and companies. Being non-Muslims, foreign banks and oil companies theoretically don’t pay Zakat. But foreign banks and oil companies in fact do pay 20 percent of their profits, but rather than Zakat, these mandatory payments are called “tax.”

Zakat we are told, is to help the needy. However, Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, Yusuf Qaradawi decrees, “Declaring holy war…is an Islamic duty, and fighting ….is the Way of Allah for which Zakat must be spent.” In his 1999 publication, “Fiqh az-Zakat,” Qaradawi adds,

The most important form of jihad today is serious, purposefully organized work to rebuild Islamic society and state and to implement the Islamic way of life in the political, cultural and economic domains. This is certainly most deserving of Zakat.

And as previously demonstrated time and again, Muslim jihadist-terror organizations are indeed prominent Zakat recipients.

In 2003, the UAE established an independent federal agency collecting Zakat on government tax revenues from “companies listed on the Dubai Financial Market and Abu Dhabi Securities Market… oil-producing companies and branches of foreign banks.” In 2007 these revenues were estimated at $13.5 billion.

Saudi Arabia, for example collects $18 billion a year in Zakat — which includes the 20-percent flat corporation tax from foreign companies. The Saudis claim that the money collected develops their infrastructure. However, two thirds of Saudi men are unemployed and the infrastructure is crumbling. Yet, since the 1970s, the Saudi government has spent more than $100 billion to build thousands of mosques, Islamic centers and Islamic studies programs in universities worldwide.

On April 30, 2007 the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) — which also initiated Muslim riots after the Danish Mohammed cartoon publications — established the clerical International Commission for Zakat. The ICZ replaces more than 20,000 organizations that previously collected the money. The Islamic clerics’ centralized “expert committee” in Malaysia now supervises and distributes Zakat funds globally. The new committee will shortly distribute roughly $2 billion collected over Ramadan this year to Muslim charities.

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Pali Forces Kill Two Palestinians, Including 5-Year-Old Boy

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Here’s something the media and human rights groups will ignore. Imagine the outcry if Israelis had done this.

Palestinian Authority security forces shot dead two Palestinians on Saturday, including a five-year-old boy, in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah.

According to local resident, security forces opened fire after a 22-year-old man refused to stop at a PA roadblock in the city. The 22-year-old man was killed, as was five-year-old Yazid Obid.

Earlier Saturday, an Israel Air Force strike killed a Hamas militant and wounded five others in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun, Hamas and local residents said.

An Israel Defense Forces spokesman said the strike was aimed at a group of Gaza militants that had launched a Qassam rocket at Israel.

The IDF frequently conducts raids and air strikes in the Gaza Strip to try to stop militants from firing rockets into southern Israel

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“ANN COULTER’S JEWISH PROBLEM” by Fern Sidman

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Conservative commentator and prolific author, Ann Coulter can be called a lot of things, but the shy, retiring type she is definitely not. Neither is she timid or taciturn. Since her emergence on the political commentary scene, she has assumed the position of the darling of the neo-cons and die hard right-wingers as she is a most vocal and outspoken cheerleader for the Republican party. She is a ubiquitous presence on the television talk show circuit and can always be counted on to raise the ire of Democrats, liberals and leftists of all stripes with her predilection for spewing forth a seemingly endless foray of acerbic jibes and over the top controversial analyses. In the past she has fired her salvos at women, ethic minorities, gays, Supreme Court Justices, Democratic presidential candidates, the widows of 9/11 victims, the New York Times and anyone else that does not subscribe to Coulterism.

On a positive note, she is a zealous and passionate Conservative warrior and has never been known to back pedal, even under the harshest scrutiny. She speaks out against the dangers of Islamic fascism, exhorts patriotism and calls for strong family values. She has championed many a righteous cause and has the courage of her convictions. For entertainment purposes, she adds a colorful dimension to the causes and party that she is loyal to, in a back drop of more conventional, even toned and sometimes painfully boring commentators.

Beyond that, her hyper-contentious political rhetoric is riddled with a mammoth amount of anger, hubris, pomposity and downright cruelness. She shoots with both barrels and the radius of her target range is infinite. Her words speak for themselves: Concerning Democratic presidential contender, Sen. John Edwards, she has said, “If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot” and “I was going to have a few comments about John Edwards but you have to go into rehab if you use the word faggot.” — at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. She has also made callous statements regarding the baby that John and Elizabeth Edwards lost.

Concerning one of her favorite targets, liberals, she has said, “”When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.” – address before the Conservative Political Action Conference, Jan. 2002. She has also mouthed the following quips: “Liberals love America like O.J. loved Nicole”, “Liberals are stalwart defenders of civil liberties — provided we’re only talking about criminals”, “Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots”, and “We’ve finally given liberals a war against fundamentalism, and they don’t want to fight it. They would, except it would put them on the same side as the United States.”

On women she has said: “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.”
On the environment she said: “I take the biblical idea. God gave us the earth. God says, “Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.” On the New York Times she said: “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.” – New York Observer – August 20, 2002

There is no question that Ann Coulter relishes the cherished First Amendment rights that she enjoys as an American. She has every right to say what she believes and she may indeed say what we think deep down inside. Her views may have their merits and her no holes barred posture may appeal to many people.

Recently, on the CNBC program “The Big Idea” hosted by Donny Deutsch, Ann Coulter used this opportunity to create a media frenzy by making some inflammatory comments about Jews. During the October 8th broadcast, Deutsch asked her, “If you had your way … and your dreams, which are genuine, came true … what would this country look like?” Coulter responded, “It would look like New York City during the [2004] Republican National Convention. In fact, that’s what I think heaven is going to look like.” She described the convention as follows: “People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America.” Deutsch then asked, “It would be better if we were all Christian?” to which Coulter responded, “Yes.” Later in the discussion, Deutsch said to her: “[Y]ou said we should throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians,” and Coulter again replied, “Yes.” When pressed by Deutsch regarding whether she wanted to be like “the head of Iran” and “wipe Israel off the Earth,” Coulter stated: “No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. … That’s what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws.”

So there you have it. According to the gospel of Ann Coulter, Jews currently live in an imperfect state, presumably because they have not adopted Jesus as their savior nor embraced the teachings of Christianity. Again, she has the right to hold and express her religious views and she may or may not be anti-Semitic, but the danger lies in those who are willing to take her statements to it’s logical conclusion and begin harassment campaigns against Jews or even worse. Judaism teaches us that we human beings can never live in a “perfect” state. Only G-d is perfect and we mortals do transgress laws and commit sins. Jewish law teaches us the concept of repentance, of correcting our behavior and if we stumble or fall on the path of life, to pick ourselves up and try again. To continue to strive for good, despite our human shortcomings. Apparently, Ann Coulter transcends imperfect human behavior and lives on her own private strata of spiritual excellence.

The great concern regarding Ann Coulter is that in the next few weeks she will be speaking on our nation’s campuses, Tulane University, University of California at Irvine and USC to be exact as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week (October 22-26), sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This program will take place on over 200 university and college campus across the country. Horowitz is a Conservative academic who has courageously spoken about the dangers of Islamic extremism and of the blatantly left wing and pro-Muslim agenda that is presented to students on Western universities. He has publicized his latest project on his Front Page Mag web site, www.frontpagemag.com. Mr. Horowitz is to be lauded for initiating a project in which many of his Conservative colleagues have joined together to educate and inform students of the ramifications and repercussions of Islamic-Fascism, not only on their personal lives but on a global dimension. Among the speakers will be Sen Rick Santorum, Robert Spencer, Noni Darwish, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Phyllis Chesler and Frank Gaffney. Included in this speaker’s rostrum is Ann Coulter.

There are many groups who are planning to protest this event. According to Horowitz’s web site, “The left has been campaigning to suppress Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week and make sure the academic community does not hear about the abuse of women in Islam or the genocidal agendas of the Islamo-Fascists against Jews, Christians and other infidels. Now the White Supremacist Neo-Nazis have joined the Muslim Students Association, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Socialist Worker, Students for Justice In Palestine and other left-wing groups in the effort to slander, defame and shut down by any means necessary our campaign. In short, we now confront the Islamo-Fascists at home as well as abroad. Fortunately, the students involved in putting on Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week are up to the task.”

According to statements issued by opponents of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, they say, “Make no mistake, Islamophobic propaganda is not motivated by Christian tolerance, liberal democracy, or secular reason but by Jewish bigotry! We certainly don’t support terrorism, violence or crime, but we will not spread hatred in favor of Zionist Jews”. I would imagine that Jewish students in particular will be subjected to vicious attacks by a plethora of pro-Muslim organizations. Given this scenario, will the controversy that swirls around Ann Coulter’s recent statements about Jews be the main focus of the media attention that an event of this sort is bound to attain, or will she tell Jewish students that their biggest problem is that they are not living in a “perfected” Christian state and perhaps assign blame to Jews for the opprobrium which is casted upon them by Muslim extremists. Will her message of education and information on this crucial issue be blurred by her latest rants?

According to a statement on Mr. Horowitz’s web site, he displays no anxiety over Ann Coulter and her participation in the event. “I have received a surprising number of emails from friends basically asking “What are you going to do about Coulter?” This is a reference to her recent comment that she is hoping for the perfection of the Jews. My response is this: what else would a Christian hope for? That’s the message of the New Testament: Jesus came to fulfill, complete, perfect the Law. If you’re a Christian, that’s what you believe. If you don’t accompany this belief by burning Jews who refuse to become perfected at the stake why would any Jew have a problem? Why do some Jews think that Christians should not really believe what they believe while it’s okay for Jews to really believe they are God’s Chosen People? I don’t get it. Whatever happened to the pluralism of ideas? In any case, what I’m going to do about Coulter is finish her latest exhilarating book, If Democrats Had Any Brains They’d Be Republicans, which happens to be a hall of fame of her so-called “over the top” moments that drive leftists crazy. Right on Ann.”

Perhaps Mr. Horowitz makes some good points, but given the unbridled hatred of Jews and Israel on college campuses in America today and the orchestrated campaign to vilify Jewish students who support Israel, do we really need to add Ann Coulter and her agitating remarks to the mix? How will her statements impact Jewish students, many of whom already feel under siege and do not possess a strong Jewish religious identity. I would strongly advise Mr. Horowitz to ponder this issue.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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Britain Thrilled by Offer to Submit or Die

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Last week, we posted about an open letter from 138 Muslim scholars to the Pope and the leaders of other Christian churches on the subject of peace between Muslims and Christians.
Melanie Phillips has further analysis of the letter.

First and foremost, it purports to be a plea to Muslims and Christians to make peace with each other. But this implies that both are at war with each other. This is untrue. The Islamic world — or part of it — has waged war on the Christian (and Jewish) western world. The Christian world is merely responding in self-defence. It is the Islamic world which says it wants to conquer the Christian. The Christian world does not say it wants to conquer Islam, merely that Islam should stop trying to conquer it. Yet the Islamic world pretends that the Christian world is engaged in an act of exterminatory aggression against it.

That lie is the motor of the jihad. That lie is fundamental to the absence of peace between the religions. Yet this letter fails totally to acknowledge this seminal fact. It says:

The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.

Very true; but for this piety to be any more than a meaningless truism, the Islamic world has to end its aggression. The letter makes no acknowledgement of this. All the emphasis is on the Christian world altering its behaviour. So its inescapable implication is that for peace to occur, the Christian world must abandon its own self-defence. In other words, there can be no peace without the Christian world surrendering to Islam.

Conspicuously, the letter does not rule out all justification for Islam waging war on Christians. Indeed, by saying that Muslims won’t attack Christians unless Christians attack them, it threatens that it will indeed attack Christians if it thinks it is justified in doing so:

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, (in accordance with the verse of the Holy Qur’an [Al-Mumtahinah, 60:8] quoted above).

But since the global jihad is being conducted expressly on the false justification that the Christian west is indeed attacking the Islamic world, this amounts to a threat of more of the same unless the west desists. Considering whether Christianity is necessarily against Muslims, it does not answer but instead graciously declares:

We therefore invite Christians to consider Muslims not against and thus with them, in accordance with Jesus Christ’s words here.

In other words, the implication is that Christians are unjustifiably aggressive towards Muslims, and this is because they have failed to understand their own Scripture. And so when it says

So let our differences not cause hatred and strife between us. Let us vie with each other only in righteousness and good works. Let us respect each other, be fair, just and kind to another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual goodwill

it’s really a variation of the ancient adage: submit or die.

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Also see:
Muslims Leaders Warn Pope ‘Survival of World’ at Stake.
‘Make peace with us – or we’ll kill you!’ by Hal Lindsey.

Anger Over Plan to Dig Up 350,000 Bodies in Historic London Cemetery for Muslim Burial Site

Monday, October 15th, 2007

This comment from Mike, in Lincoln, England, sums this up nicely:
“Again, Muslims wanting their own way. Dispose of our history and replace it with their own!”

It is a peaceful resting place for 350,000 souls – an historic graveyard which now serves as a nature reserve.

But plans are afoot to dig up the ancient graves at Tower Hamlets Cemetery – and reopen it as a 21st century burial site.

Officially it would be known as a “multi-faith” cemetery but it is likely that it would principally answer calls for a Muslim graveyard in the largely-Asian (Muslim -ed.) East London borough.

The local newspaper has been bombarded with letters from historians and nature lovers declaring: “There is no way we’ll allow them to dig up our ancestors.”

But the Labour-controlled council’s environment spokesman Abdal Ullah appeared to be in no doubt about the feasibility of the plan when he said: “To preserve the respect and dignity for everyone, I think most of the graves would have to be cleared out and we’d start afresh.”

He said a corner of the cemetery would be reserved for Muslims who are buried in shrouds at a depth of 6ft and on their side facing Mecca.

By law, any graves more than 75 years old can be removed.

At the cemetery yesterday, liaison officer Ken Greenway – the only paid member of staff tending the 33-acre site – said he was astonished that anyone would even contemplate such a move.

“I’m against it and I have to stand up for that because of the huge value of this site today,” he added.

“It’s a beautiful haven for wildlife and people.”

The City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery was opened in 1841 by an Act of Parliament.

During the Second World War it was bombed five times and some headstones still bear the marks of shrapnel hits.

Other markers have gone altogether, torn down when the graveyard was deconsecrated as a Church of England cemetery by another Act of Parliament in 1966 when it was deemed to be full.

The intention was to create an open space for the public, which led to two bomb-damaged chapels being demolished and a swathe of graves cleared.

In 1986 ownership passed from the Greater London Council to Tower Hamlets and in 1990 the Friends of the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park was set up.

Seven years ago the park became the borough’s first nature reserve and it is now tended by 1,600 volunteers.

It is home to 27 species of butterfly, a rare bumble bee, woodpeckers, sparrowhawks and the elusive firecrest.

Some 8,000 schoolchildren visit every year for outdoor nature lessons.

If it gets saved, I predict it will be because it is a nature area, not because it’s a Christian cemetery. Remember that in today’s world, Christians are second class citizens and what is important to us is rubbish under everyone else’s feet.

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The Impossible Dream by Terry James

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Singer Robert Goulet’s rendition of “The Impossible Dream”–the theme song of the film about the non-existent kingdom defended by the delusional man taking on the pitiful character of knight errant Don Quixote–has a noble, uplifting intonation. But, the impossible dream about which I ruminate here has no such noble objective as that of the theme song of the movie.

I write about a quest for a kingdom of another sort. The Islamics’ ambition to rid Jerusalem of the Jews –to eradicate the modern state of Israel –to, as Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has threatened on numerous occasions – to remove Israel from the face of the Middle East. The dream of the Islamic fundamentalists has long been, though not officially announced, to then establish Allah’s throne upon the place of Moriah.

Their ambition is an impossible dream. It will never happen.

Islam’s minions continue the quest nonetheless. And, they have willing accomplices in the western world. These want to begin the process by dividing Israel’s land, a thing which has already happened, to an extent. God’s prophetic Word records the prophet Joel’s foretelling of the dividing of Israel’s God-given land, and the consequences of that travesty for the entire world:

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3:1-2).

Israel was dispersed to a large extent following the 70 A.D. destruction of Herod’s Temple and Jerusalem by Emperor Vespasian’s son, General Titus and his Roman legions. The Jews were then scattered throughout the whole world when Emperor Hadrian put down a subsequent insurrection by the Jews in and around Jerusalem in about 135 A.D.

Joel’s prophecy that God would bring captive again Judah and Jerusalem (meaning God would take them from their diaspora in the end times, and would bring the Jews back to their capital, Jerusalem) proved absolutely true when, in 1948, Israel was born as a modern state. The 1967 war brought Jerusalem under Jewish control for the first time in millennia.

But, the land God gave Israel is divided, and the nations of the world are responsible. These nations continue to do all they can to further divide the land He gave the Jews. And now, even America, chosen by the Lord of Heaven to act as midwife for birthing the modern Jewish state, and for serving as Israel’s protector –in human, earthly terms— is rumored to be working behind the scenes, in concert with the Olmert government and others. These are striving, it is thought, to accomplish the world diplomats’ impossible dream –that of achieving peace in the region through dividing Jerusalem. By so doing, they would be helping Allah’s minions to try to accomplish their impossible dream of ridding the Middle East of all Jews, and claiming Jerusalem for their god.

“Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will put Jerusalem on the negotiating table as he hurtles toward a ‘joint declaration’ with the Palestinian Authority ahead of next month’s U.S.-sponsored Mideast summit. The prime minister says that a joint declaration with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas prior to the summit will lead to direct negotiations. Olmert vehemently denied the report in a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. ‘The idea never existed,’ said the statement. Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon, the Prime Minister’s close aide and friend, however, has been pushing for the division of Jerusalem. Ramon has been promoting his own plan to hand half of the city over to the Palestinian Authority (PA), not to Jordan. Dr. Guy Bechor, a leading expert on Arab affairs, said recently that the prime minister agreed in writing nearly two months ago to hand over half of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority. He based his information on “leaks from the Palestinian side…” (IsraelNN.com, “The Battle for Jerusalem Begins” Politics & Government, Israel News, Arutz Sheva, Oct. 11, 2007).

The trite saying “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” must be taken seriously in the case of the rumor mill involving the liberal government leadership. Even though the “rumor” is from the arena of Israel’s enemies, the Palestinian Authority, the consternation is aroused within Israel’s Knesset. One such expression of ire came from MK Ze’ev Elkin, a member of Olmert’s own Kadima party: “’I very much hope this is simply a rumor,’ Elkin told reporters on Monday. ‘But if it is true, it is certainly a perversion of the Kadima party platform, and I will fight Vice Prime Minister Ramon’s plan with everything in my power. I will defend the unity of Jerusalem, as we promised the voters,’ he added” (IsraelNN.com, “The Battle for Jerusalem Begins” Politics & Government, Israel News, Arutz Sheva, Oct. 11, 2007).

America, the “Quartet” (U.S., the U.N., the European Union, and Russia), the Olmert government, the Palestinian Authority, or anyone else who seeks to divide God’s city, Jerusalem, is forewarned by Zechariah the prophet, who gave God’s words on the matter: “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye” (Zech 2:8).

Those who would divide this place God chose as the apple of His eye should consider with trepidation the horrifying prophecy from Zechariah: “And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth” (Zech. 14:12).

Peace at the expense of Jerusalem as part of the peace offering is the ultimate impossible dream!

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