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    Fire at site of future Tenn. mosque troubles city


    By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II and TRAVIS LOLLER (AP) – 8/31/10

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A suspicious fire that damaged construction equipment at the site of a future mosque in Tennessee has some local Muslims worried that their project has been dragged into the national debate surrounding Manhattan's ground zero.


    Authorities told leaders of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro that four pieces of heavy construction equipment on the site were doused with an accelerant and one set ablaze early Saturday morning. The site is now being patrolled at all hours by the sheriff's department.

    Federal investigators have not ruled it arson, saying only that the fire was being probed and asked the public to call in tips. Eric Kehn, spokesman for the Nashville office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said arson is suspected.

    The site has already seen vandalism, said Joel Siskovic, a spokesman for the FBI in the Memphis office. A sign at the site was spray-painted with the words "Not Welcome" and then torn in half. The FBI is investigating the fire in case it is a civil rights violation.


    "We want to make sure there are not people acting with the intent to prevent people from exercising their First Amendment rights," Siskovic said.

    Essam Fathy, chairman of the planning committee for the mosque, said he has lived in the city about 25 miles southeast of Nashville for almost 30 years and has never run into problems with his faith until now. He's concerned that outsiders could be involved.

    "I don't think this is coming out of Murfreesboro," he said. "There were no issues at any time, even after 9/11, there were no issues. It just seems like there's a movement in the United States against Islam."


    The debate in New York over a proposed Islamic community center and mosque two blocks away from ground zero has pitted advocates for religious freedom, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama, against opponents who think it is insensitive to the victims of the terror attacks.

    Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, weighed in on the project for the first time on Monday.

    "I guess I would ask everybody to remember that this is a country whose deepest origins are in religious freedom — it was founded by people who escaped to it to practice their religions — and to ask people to please have great respect for anyone's religious preferences and their rights to practice those in the United States. I think it goes right to the heart of what this country is about."

    Supporters of the Tennessee mosque and some leaders in other faiths hope the fire could be a wake-up call to support religious freedom.


    Two years ago, several men broke into the Islamic Center of Columbia, about 30 miles southwest of Murfreesboro, and torched it with molotov cocktails, stealing a stereo system and painting swastikas and "White Power" on the front of the building.

    In some ways, the Muslim community in Columbia has emerged stronger than ever. After being welcomed at a local Presbyterian church for a few months, the group bought a new building with the support of people of many faiths from across Tennessee and across the country, Daoud Abudiab said.

    But the firebombing affected him, and others, in ways that are harder to see.


    "Every night, after that incident, I've activated the alarm at my house," he said. "Every night I arm it and I think of that incident and I think of my kids."

    A candlelight vigil was planned Monday night in support of the Murfreesboro project by the group Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom, or MT4RF.

    The group formed earlier this year to show support for the new mosque and Murfreesboro's Muslim community. Group leaders previously organized a counter-protest when mosque opponents marched on the courthouse in July demanding approval for the new mosque be rescinded.

    "This definitely shakes up the community," spokeswoman Claire Rogers said. "These actions are not encouraged by any member of this community. This simply portrays us in such a negative light."


    Some opponents of the mosque said they were concerned about how the project went through the city planning process and increased traffic. But many of the opponents at a recent rally expressed a fear that Muslims want to overthrow the government and bring Islamic law to the U.S.

    Kevin Fisher, organizer of a July demonstration and petition drive against the mosque said he is opposed to any type of violence. But he wants to wait for the investigation of the fire before concluding that it was set by a mosque opponent.


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    Paper to Readers: Sorry for Portraying Muslims as Human


    by James Poniewozik - September 14, 2010

    First, it was offensive and insensitive to http://tunedin.blogs.time.com/2010/09/09/the-media-and-islam-o-mania-gasoline-for-the-fire/" target="_blank">build an Islamic center two blocks away from Ground Zero. Now it's offensive and insensitive to publish photos of American Muslims peacefully praying, on or around 9/11.


    The Portland Press Herald has http://www.pressherald.com/note-of-apology.html" target="_blank">apologized to its readers for publishing images of Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, which this year coincided with the 9/11 anniversary. Among the outrageous statements that http://www.pressherald.com/news/a-show-of-faith-and-forgiveness_2010-09-11.html" target="_blank">the accompanying article made: that Portland-era Muslims met to mark the end of the month-long holy fast, that they made a traditional call for charity, and that children played soccer.


    Noting that thousands of local Muslims marked a holy day peacefully near the anniversary of a day when a few Muslims committed a mass murder (whose victims included other Muslims) was apparently beyond the pale. The paper's editor and publisher wrote: "We erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front page."

    Here's where we are in America, 2010: There is now one group of Americans whose peaceful religious observance cannot be noted by decent people, unless it is "balanced" by the mention of a vile crime committed in 2001 by people, with a perverted idea of the same religion, from the other side of the world.

    This is a depressing statement about the state of dialogue in America. Nine years after 9/11, there is now a widespread belief that, for one religious group of law-abiding Americans, the boundaries of acceptable behavior are narrower than for everyone else.Yes, you have the right to worship. But it would be decent of you to do it somewhere else. Or on another day. Or in such a way that the rest of us don't have to know about it. So now we have a newspaper kowtowing to a national freakout, apologizing for the most innocuous kind of soft feature, because acknowledging that there are decent Muslims in America is offensive. (From the comments on the article: "I don't want to here [sic] how caring the Muslim religion is on 9/11." But hey: it's only for a few days a year!)


    But it's equally depressing for the state of journalism. This is an extreme instance, but a too-common, craven attitude: if anything you do offends a lot of readers—whatever their reasons, regardless of the merit of the coverage—it is a mistake. If enough people make a loud enough stink—well, it was your job to make sure that never happened. For any reason. This business is in bad enough shape. Just fix it. Make it go away. Apologize.

    If there's one silver lining, it's that the apology drew its own storm of complaints. From one: "These people and their faith had nothing whatsoever to do with the horrific attack of nine years ago. Our state needs to be more tolerant, not less. Your apology implies that it is in some way OK to connect everyday Muslims and the attackers. I abhor such thinking."

    Well said. The paper owed no one an apology. But it does now.

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    New Republic editor defends as ‘fact’ his claim that ‘Muslim life is cheap’


    By Sahil Kapur - September 13th, 2010

    Under fire from prominent journalists, the top editor of the influential magazine New Republic on Monday apologized for suggesting that Muslim Americans be denied First Amendment rights, but stood by his broad claim that members of the Islamic faith don’t much value human life.


    “[My] other sentence is: ‘Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, especially for Muslims.’ This is a statement of fact, not value. In his column, [the New York Times’ Nick] Kristof made this seem like a statement of bigotry,” wrote Marty Peretz, TNR’s editor-in-chief, in a blog post titled: “An Apology.”

    “The idea that in remarking upon the cheapening of Muslim lives I was calling for the cheapening of Muslim lives, as some have suggested, is preposterous,” Peretz defended. “There is no hatred in my heart; there is deep anxiety about the dangers of Islamism.”

    In his Times column Saturday, Kristof excoriated Peretz’s September 4 blog post, elevating the controversy over the TNR editor’s initial remarks. “Is it possible to imagine the same kind of casual slur tossed off about blacks or Jews?” Kristof wrote. “How do America’s nearly seven million American Muslims feel when their faith is denounced as barbaric?”


    The issue of American attitudes toward Muslims has lately been elevated in the national discourse due to widespread public opposition to the planned Islamic center several blocks from Ground Zero and one Florida pastor’s now-canceled plans to publicly burn copies of the Quran on September 11.

    “[A]t some point,” Kristof added on his Times blog, “criticisms morph into racist stereotypes and slurs, and the suggestion that Muslims don’t value human life and maybe don’t deserve First Amendment protections is just that, a slur. It should be offensive to all of us.”

    The Peretz comments were also criticized by, among others, James Fallows of the Atlantic as unrepresentative of US mainstream journalists and by the UK Guardian as an example of “hatred” against Muslims taking root in American public discourse.


    Peretz has for years come under fire from a host of journalists and commentators for ostensibly painting all Muslims with a broad brush of negativity. He, however, maintains that his sentiments are legitimate and not based in intolerance

    Salon’s Glenn Greenwald, a relentless and vociferous critic of Peretz, argued in March: “Marty Peretz spits out the most bigoted sentiments of this type -- and he's been doing this for years, as is well known -- and very little happens, because, for multiple reasons, this specific type of [anti-Muslim] hate-mongering remains basically permitted in American political discourse.”


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    Muslim life is cheap, indeed it is to the kuffar and that is why they are taking Muslims' lives in every Muslim country! Arrogant tyrants always forget that nothing lasts forever and the tide of power always turns and when it happens, it will be they who will be on the other end of the gun .

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    5 Teens Arrested After Shot Fired Outside Mosque


    By: YNN Staff - 08/31/2010

    Five teens were arrested and charged after a shot was fired outside of an Orleans County mosque Monday night as worshipers were leaving nightly Ramadan services.


    YNN spoke with members of the World Sufi Foundation Mosque in Waterport as well as law enforcement officials to learn more about what happened.

    “I’m just grateful that things weren’t worse last night, which they easily could’ve been,” said David Bell of the World Sufi Foundation Mosque.

    Huzair said once David Bell was taken to the hospital for treatment, he and other members of the mosque drove to the boat launch and used their cars to surround the two vehicles full of teens until police arrived.


    Huzair claims it took more than 40 minutes for police to arrive and that police only came after the teens called 911 to say they were being harassed.

    “I think there’s some miscommunication as to what agencies can respond and where they respond. There was more than one law enforcement agency involved in this. We did have local Albion police and state police assisting the sheriff’s office on both incidents,” said Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess.

    "Whether or not it was properly responded to initially is something we’ll be looking at, but I can tell you on behalf of this county, this is something that we’re taking extremely serious and will be properly addressed to be sure there will be no further escalation of what’s already occurred and the harassment that they’ve been subject to,” said Joseph Cardone, Orleans County district attorney.


    Investigators charged Mark Vendetti, 17; Tim Weader, 17; Dylan Phillips, 18; Jeff Donahue, 18; and Anthony Ogden, 18, with misdemeanor disruption of religious services.

    Vendetti is also charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly shooting a 16-gauge shotgun in front of the mosque where people were leaving. He was arraigned and sent to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    Authorities said all five teens are buddies from Holley.

    No charges have been filed related to Bell's injury, though the district attorney said more charges are possible. Four of the teens are scheduled to appear in Carlton Town Court on September 6.


    “I’m hopeful that something can begin to change,” Bell added.

    Later in the day on Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for appropriate hate crime charges to be brought against the five Orleans County teenagers.

    "New York Muslims must be free to practice their faith without fear of harassment or intimidation," said Faiza N. Ali, community affairs director of CAIR's New York chapter.


    People who live near the mosque are reacting to the arrests. Opinion seems to be mixed on whether the incidents are related to religion.

    "Just kids being renegade kids, you know there's renegade kids out there. So anyway nobody got shot I guess. Kid probably went by and blew a shot out of the window," said Phil Coville of Albion.

    "You don't do pranks with loaded weapons. It's unfortunate. Kids, I don't know how old they are, but they have a way of wrecking their own youth with rash acts And i hope somebody will put the brakes on these guys," said Patricia Smith of Ontario.


    "They were wrong because you don't go interrupt somebody's thing and go shoot off a gun, that's not right, that's not right. They should think first with their actions, not try to hurt somebody," said Deborah Rebar of Albion.

    People that YNN spoke with said they know very little about the mosque itself.

    YNN contacted Carlton Town Supervisor Gayle Ashbery, who declined comment for our report.

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    The Misinformants


    What ‘stealth jihad’ doesn’t mean.

    by Lisa MillerAugust 28, 2010


    Here is the latest semantic assault from the party that brought you “Islamo-facism” (circa 2005) and “Axis of Evil” (2002). The term “stealth jihad” is suddenly voguish among politically ambitious right wingers who see President Obama’s approach to terrorism as insufficient. If it sounds like a phrase from a military-fantasy summer blockbuster, that’s on purpose: in its cartoonish bad-guy foreignness, “stealth jihad” attempts to make the terrorist threat broader and thus more nefarious than it already is. The only thing scarier than an invisible, homicidal, suicidal enemy with a taste for world domination is one who’s sneaking up on you. In the words of former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at a July speech at the American Enterprise Institute, “stealth jihad” is an effort “to replace Western civilization with a radical imposition of Sharia.”

    The term wasn’t Gingrich’s invention. It’s the title of a two-year-old book by Robert Spencer, whose hyperventilating antiterror blog, Jihad Watch, is cited and circulated widely on the far right. But the recent vicious debate over the proposed community center and mosque near Ground Zero gives Gingrich an excuse to use “stealth jihad” and its variants frequently—not just at the AEI but in an interview with this magazine. (In an essay on the conservative Web site Human Events, he referred instead to “creeping sharia.”) Gingrich’s like-minded peers have seized on the language, too. “Muslim Brotherhood operatives, like [Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the center’s founder and leader] are extremely skilled at obscuring … their true agenda,” said Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy, on FOX’s Glenn Beck show. “It’s part of the stealth jihad.”

    Words matter, and if you say them often enough and with enough authority, they start to sound true—even if they’re not. Abdul Rauf, for instance, has no affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood and is an “operative” (another nefarious word) only in the sense that running a small, progressive interfaith nonprofit is an “operation.” As for his “stealth jihad,” it’s virtually impossible to imagine how such an event would—logistically—occur. Would the construction of an Islamic prayer site near Ground Zero inevitably lead American women to wake up one morning and find themselves veiled and confined to their homes? “The term is ever-so-slightly goofy,” says Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at the University of California, Berkeley. The paranoia conveyed by “stealth jihad” brings to mind the anticommunist campaigns of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s, Nunberg adds. Just as McCarthyites imagined a communist behind every lamppost, the word “stealth” conflates all Muslims with terrorists. In a stealth campaign you never know who your friends are.


    Also, simply put, foreign words freak people out. “Jihad” and “Sharia” reinforce the sense among Americans that Muslims in general have an unfathomable world view. During World War II, formerly obscure words like “hara-kiri” and “kamikaze,” which suggested the “warlike ferocity” of the Japanese, became common parlance, Nunberg says. “There was this sense of being confronted with this hostile, alien culture.” The Japanese were “literally demonized,” he says.

    Gingrich has already used the mosque debate to evoke many of America’s historic enemies, comparing Muslims indirectly with Nazis and communists and even the Japanese. “We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor,” he said on FOX recently.

    But that is not true. Fourteen percent of Hawaiians call themselves ethnically Japanese, according to the U.S. Census, and dozens of Japanese temples stand near Pearl Harbor—as they have for decades. One of them, the Buddhist Aiea Hongwanji Mission, is less than half a mile away. “You can see Pearl Harbor from the roof, maybe. We’re really close,” says Wade Yamamoto, the temple’s treasurer. The temple allows people “to practice their religion from back home,” he says. Gingrich, a historian, might take a lesson here. After the attacks of Dec. 7, 1941, more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent—two thirds of them American citizens—were interned in camps in a shameful episode that later legislation called the result of “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” Last week, a New York City cab driver was stabbed for answering the question “Are you a Muslim?” in the affirmative. Our enemies are dangerous. Let’s be clear about who they are.



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    Muslim employee sues US Disneyland over headscarf ban


    Aug 19, 2010

    A Muslim woman is suing Disneyland, accusing the company's California theme park of discrimination for telling her she could not serve customers if she chose to wear a headscarf.


    Imane Boudal, 26, asked her employers at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel several months ago whether they would permit her to wear a headcovering while working as a hostess, a spokeswoman for a worker's union said.

    But when no reply was forthcoming, she decided to don the headscarf anyway, timing her decision with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Leigh Shelton, a spokesman for the UNITE HERE Local 11 union said.

    "Disney told Boudlal that if she wanted to work as a hostess she had to remove her hijab because it did not comply with the 'Disney Look,'" Shelton said in a statement.


    "Disney further advised Boudlal that if she refused to remove her hijab, she could either work a back-of-the-house position where any customers would not see her, or else go home."

    Boudlal refused the compromise and is now bringing Disney before the US Equal Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that handles claims of workplace discrimination.

    "Their offer to put me in the back is humiliating," she said in a statement. "They're saying because I'm Arab, because I'm Moroccan, because I'm Muslim, they don't want to see me in the front."


    The local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group, said it had sent a letter to Disney demanding that the firm accommodate Boudlal.

    "There is no justification for Disney's refusal to allow Ms Boudlal to wear her headscarf at work," said Ameena Mirza Qazi, deputy executive director and staff attorney at the group.

    "To say that her headscarf would somehow impact guests is not only insulting to her, but is deeply offensive to the thousands of Muslims who open up their pocket-books at Disney parks and resorts every year," Qazi added in a statement.



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    Texas board considers resolution limiting references to Islam


    By APRIL CASTRO - Sep 24, 2010

    AUSTIN, Texas: Social conservatives are seeking to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, warning of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the US publishing industry.



    The State Board of Education plans to vote Friday on a one-page resolution calling on textbook publishers to limit what they print about Islam in world history books.

    Critics say it's another example of the ideological board trying to politicize the state's public education.

    "It's just more of the same Islamaphobic, xenophobic attitude we've been seeing around the country," said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Council of American Islamic Relations of Texas. "It's not like Muslims are not part of the country. This kind of attitude is not healthy, it's not even American." Future boards that will choose the state's next generation of social studies texts would not be bound by the resolution.



    The resolution cites world history books no longer used in Texas schools that it says devoted more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than Christian beliefs and practices.

    "Diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts," reads a preliminary draft of the resolution.

    The resolution also claims "more such discriminatory treatment of religion may occur as Middle Easterners buy into the US public school textbook oligopoly, as they are doing now."



    The measure was suggested to the board this summer by Odessa businessman Randy Rives, who lost his Republican primary bid for a seat on the panel earlier this year.

    Members of a social conservative bloc of the board then asked chairwoman Gail Lowe to put the resolution on this week's agenda.

    "The board seems to be running with it without taking a critical look at what's in these textbooks to see if there actually is a bias," said Jose Madinah, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. "We don't see what the point of this resolution is. There are so many other pressing issues the SBOE could be taking up right now.



    "This is not going to have any practical effect." The resolution concludes by warning publishers the "State Board of Education will look to reject future prejudicial social studies submissions that continue to offend Texas law with respect to treatment of the world's major religious groups by significant inequalities of coverage space-wise and by demonizing or lionizing one or more of them over others."

    Social conservatives control the 15-member board for now, although the landscape is certain to change after the general election in November. The board in recent years has become a battleground for social conservatives and liberal watchdogs, each accusing the other of imposing ideological agendas into what about 4.8 million public school students learn in Texas classrooms.


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    It's pretty obvious that this dummy lost his election seat, so like all the other incompetent fools he too wants to get some attention by attacking Islam in hopes winning votes.


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    Texas School Board Adopts Resolution Limiting Islam


    The Texas State School Board passed a resolution on Friday asking textbook publishers to limit references to Islam in a 7 to 5 vote.



    Social conservatives on the 15-member board warned of a creeping Muslim influence in the nation's educational publishing industry.


    The one-page non-binding resolution cited world history books which the board claimed to have devoted more space to Islamic beliefs than Christian beliefs.


    The books are no longer used in Texas schools.

    Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for religious freedom, questioned the timing of the resolution. She pointed out that "anti-Muslim rhetoric in this country has reached fever pitch."


    "This to me is a cosmetic procedure," she added. "And I think there are more important issues, like getting our textbooks paid for. This is an unnecessary distraction at this time."


    Critics say the board's resolution discriminates against Islam.


    "It's just more of the same Islamaphobic, xenophobic attitude we've been seeing around the country," said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Council of American Islamic Relations of Texas.



    "It's not like Muslims are not part of the country," he added. "This kind of attitude is not healthy - it's not even American."


    Opponents of the resolution noted that social conservatives are not expected to control the board after the November 2 election.


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    'US job bias against Muslims on rise'

    Sat Sep 25, 2010

    American Muslim workers have filed a record number of complaaints in the first nine months of 2009, according to a new report.

    According to the report released by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Muslim workers in the US have filed over 800 complaaints of discrimination during the period, which shows a
    20 percent rise comparing to the same period in 2008.

    While only two percent of the US population is Muslim, one quarter of the job discrimination complaaints with the government came from Muslims.

    One incident saw the clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch refusing to hire a female Muslim employee because she would not remove her headscarf.

    In another incident, a hotel in phoenix, Arizona has been sued for allowing an Iraqi Muslim worker to be insulted by other workers because of his religion.

    "I mean this is America in the 21st Century. It is very very unfortunate that ignorance and lack of compassion and respect for Muslims in America has mushroomed to this breaking level," Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Nihad Awad told Press TV on Friday.

    "We have people being called 'Osama,' 'terrorist,' 'al-Qaeda' in the workplace, by their co-workers or not being hired just because of their hijab," Awad added.


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    Woman charged with hate crime against two Muslim women

    King County prosecutors are charging a Burien woman with a hate crime after she allegedly kicked one Muslim woman, slammed a car door on another and yelled racial epithets at both of them Saturday at a gas station in Tukwila.
    By Janet I. Tu


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    Maryan, 34, right, and her niece Iman, 23, left, were the victims of what they are calling a hate crime and are asking the FBI to get involved.



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    King County prosecutors are charging a Burien woman with a hate crime after she allegedly kicked one Muslim woman, slammed a car door on another and yelled racial epithets at both of them Saturday at a gas station in Tukwila.
    Shortly before 6 p.m. that day, the two Muslim women stopped for gas at the Arco AM PM gas station and minimart at 15252 Tukwila International Boulevard. The pump didn't appear to be working.


    That's when another woman — who gave her name to police as Jennifer Adams but whom prosecutors identify as 37-year-old Jennifer Leigh Jennings — said to them: "Suicide bomber" and "Hey you don't know how to pump go back to your country," according to charging papers.


    As one of the Muslim women leaned in her car, Jennings slammed the door on the woman's legs and called her a suicide bomber again, prosecutors say. Jennings then kicked the woman and pushed the other woman, prosecutors say.


    One of the women called Tukwila Police, who arrested Jennings. As she was being booked at the holding facility, Jennings continued to be upset, remarking to one officer about another officer who had a dark complexion: "You're only doing this because he's the same race and religion as those two ladies," charging papers say.


    The two Muslim women are both U.S. citizens.


    Jennings is being charged with two felony counts of malicious harassment.
    The local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations scheduled a news conference Thursday morning about the incident.





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    That's when another woman — who gave her name to police as Jennifer Adams but whom prosecutors identify as 37-year-old Jennifer Leigh Jennings — said to them: "Suicide bomber" and "Hey you don't know how to pump go back to your country," according to charging papers.
    one word... psycho!!!


    And if it wasn't those women's "back home" country's oil, she would be in the unemployment line living on food stamps, paying $10/gal for gas.

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    Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg Walk Off 'The View' After Fiery Exchange With Bill O'Reilly (VIDEO)

    Jack Mirkinson - First Posted: 10-14-10 - Updated: 10-15-10

    Things got so heated between Bill O'Reilly, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg on "The View" that the co-hosts walked off the set of the show.

    The incident occurred during a fiery exchange about the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero. O'Reilly said President Obama's qualified support of the center was evidence of the "gulf" between him and the American people. Goldberg and Behar objected strongly to O'Reilly's claim.

    "This is America!" Behar said.

    "Listen to me because you'll learn!" O'Reilly interrupted her, to gasps from the audience.

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    Goldberg asked if O'Reilly was saying that Americans were not smart enough to agree with Obama's position.

    "We're Americans! We agree with him!" Behar added.
    "70% of Americans don't want that mosque there. So don't give me the we business!" O'Reilly replied.

    More heated crosstalk followed, until O'Reilly said, "Muslims killed us on 9/11!" That really set Behar and Goldberg off.

    "Oh my God!" Behar said.

    "That is such bullshit!" Goldberg said. "Extremists did that!"

    Behar then stood up, saying, "I don't want to sit here now. I don't! I'm outraged by that statement."

    She and Goldberg proceeded to walk off the set to loud applause. After it died down, Walters cut in, admonishing her co-hosts.

    "You have just seen what should not happen," Walters said. "We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands, and screaming, and walking offstage."

    Walters also criticized O'Reilly for his statements about Muslims.

    "You cannot take a whole religion and demean them because of what some [did]," she told him.

    Behar and Goldberg returned to the set following a commercial break. O'Reilly also apologized for his comments, saying, "If anyone felt that I was demeaning all Muslims, I apologize."

    Last December, Goldberg almost walked off the set after proclaiming she was "bored out of my gourd" with a segment on Tiger Woods.



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    Everyone knows this Islamophobe is a redneck bigot, so why do they invite him on tv shows and give him media attention?! They know who he is and that is exactly why they invite him to say such things.

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    More of Fox and other news people anti-Muslim bigotry listed at this thread:


    http://forum.netmuslims.com/showthre...ed=1#post59446
    Fox Host Says He ‘Misspoke’ About Muslims
    NPR fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim bigotry
    The real danger from NPR's firing of Juan Williams

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    Muslims made unwelcome as times toughen

    Terrorism and economic woes pull welcome mat from under Muslims in Tennessee

    By Bob Smietana • THE TENNESSEAN • October 25, 2010


    "Not welcome."

    The foot-tall, spray-painted letters appeared in January on a sign announcing the Murfreesboro mosque's new home.

    Nobody paid much attention. Muslims and the site's neighbors dismissed it as the work of intolerant people with too much time on their hands.

    But by June, that message had gone mainstream. Arsonists burned excavating equipment. Angry protesters marched in the street. Residents sued the county, claiming the mosque would soon become a den of terrorists.

    "Not welcome." A volatile mixture lay beneath those two words, one stirred by three issues.

    Some native Tennesseans aren't fond of immigrants and the possibility of Christianity losing its grip on Bible Belt culture. Each new terrorist act prompts a swell of fear and hatred toward their new neighbors. And everyone is living in the worst economic times since the Great Depression.

    "They feel like in some ways there was a compact made at the founding of the country — between God and America," said Ed Stetzer, president of Southern Baptist-affiliated LifeWay Research. "That compact has been broken."

    In the 1990s, drawn mostly by good jobs, immigrants flocked to Nashville and other midsize Southern cities instead of the major hubs that used to attract them.

    That growth accelerated in the 2000s. From 2000 to 2008, the foreign-born population in the Nashville metropolitan area, which includes Murfreesboro and Franklin, grew from 58,539 to 107,184 — or by 83.1 percent, according to a study by the Washington-scriiptd Brookings Institution.

    That's the fourth-largest percentage jump in the nation.

    Still, fewer than 1 percent of Tennesseans identify themselves as Muslim. Among them are about 7,000 Kurds who fled persecution in Iraq and were resettled by the federal government in Middle Tennessee. Others, like many of the leaders of local mosques, came to study at Vanderbilt University or Middle Tennessee State University — the biggest jump in international students at MTSU last year came from Saudi Arabia.

    The mere presence of Muslims in Middle Tennessee didn't initially spawn strife. It took the next two ingredients — the Muslim-executed terrorist attacks of 9/11 and tough economic times.

    Fear of change, terrorism

    The Rev. Bryan Brooks of Blackman United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro said his congregation wants to welcome their Muslim neighbors. But they have their own issues, he said.

    "One of my congregation members told me a lot of things you grew up trusting — if you do right, if you treat people right, then everything will work out," he said. "But lately it hasn't worked that way. People who work hard lose their jobs. People who try to treat others well have bad things happen to them."

    Even though he has met with the imam at the local Islamic center and attended a forum on religious freedom, Brooks said it's tough to dispel the driving forces behind his congregation's unease — economic fears and perception the community is changing.

    But for Murfreesboro mosque opponent Scott Kozimor, those aren't the issues. He's more worried about national security. The federal government and local officials can't keep his five children safe, he said.

    His view is reinforced by the U.S. war on terror. He follows news reports about individual terrorist activity in the U.S., including the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings last year and failed Times Square car bomb in the spring.

    "You say we are intolerant and our views are tainted," Kozimor said. "Well, guess what? All you have to do is read the news. It's your terrorist buddies that are tainting all of our views."
    Downturn hurts society

    Benjamin Friedman, an economist at Harvard University, predicted in 2005 that an economic downturn in the U.S. could have dire consequences for society.

    "History suggests that the quality of our democracy — more fundamentally, the moral character of American society — would be at risk if we experienced a many-year downturn," he wrote in an Atlantic essay titled "Meltdown: A Case Study."

    Good economic times make for good neighbors. Bad times create bad neighbors.

    Today, Friedman has seen some of his fears come true. He recently wrote in a Yale Divinity School magazine that societies lose their democratic values when most citizens don't feel they're making economic gains.

    In a poll of more than 600 Tennesseans released this month by MTSU, 32 percent supported the idea that Muslims should have to register their whereabouts with the federal government.

    Americans are living in the midst of a historic economic downturn that shows few signs of turning around. Unemployment in Rutherford County is at 8.6 percent — down from earlier in the year when it was more than 10 percent, but still more than twice as high as in 2006. Statewide unemployment hovers between 9 and 10 percent.

    When revenue for state and local budgets shrinks, immigrants become a target — especially their perceived toll on education and health-care systems. And non-Christian immigrants often bear the brunt, said Katharine Donato, chairwoman of the sociology department at Vanderbilt.

    In past economic slumps, Chinese immigrants were considered un-American because they were not Christians, while Catholics were ostracized for being the wrong kind of Christians.

    Today, Muslims are seen as part of the problem.

    But most people who dislike Muslims don't describe their reasons so eloquently, or maybe don't even understand the reasons. Retired Murfreesboro resident Jerry Paschal does it in one sentence: "They don't want to be us."

    He fears Mufreesboro might become another Dearborn, Mich. His sister lives in that city, which has the highest percentage of Arab-Americans in the country. While most are Christians, many are Muslims. Arabic writing on shop signs is common.

    "Tennessee is a nice place," Paschal said. "I don't know how long it will stay nice."


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    Family in Muslim clothing ejected from flight at Memphis International

    By Jason Miles - Oct 26, 2010

    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Comments about seeing people on a plane who appear to be Muslim got National Public Radio analyst Juan Williams fired last week.

    Some cannot help but think their appearance had something to do with a family's removal from a plane Tuesday morning at Memphis International Airport.

    "My understanding is they were dressed in attire that would indicate some Muslim-type religion," said airport vice-president Scott Brockman.

    The Delta flight in question was operated by Comair and made a stop in Memphis on a journey from Dallas to Toronto.

    "On taxi, the crew became concerned when a passenger exited the lavatory after an extended period of time and damage was found in the lavatory," said a Comair spokesperson in a written statement.

    Action News 5 learned that damage was to a toilet which was found slightly askew after the man of the family used it.

    "The family was asked to leave the aircraft, which they did peacefully," said Brockman. "At that point, the aircraft was inspected and cleared," he added.

    A bomb-sniffing dog and other measures resulted in a two-hour delay. The family was placed on a later flight following an interview with the FBI.

    "I mean, even if they were in jeans, they look different," said traveler Prabha Singh. "It's gonna happen."

    Singh is Hindu and told us she often feels suspicion herself.

    "If you do the same thing it won't happen as much as if I would do it," said Singh. "So, I watch what I do these days," she added.

    For now, the airline stands behind the flight crew's decision and cites safety as their primary concern.

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    "some Muslim-type religion", how stupid is this vice president?!

    Hmmm wonder what would happen if they saw this!!!???



    since that is most likely what Jesus actually looked like...

    Or this!?





    Laura Bush Wearing A Hijab - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rmHzZsucRY


    Or the Queen of England

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    The Fox interview with Ibrahim Hooper was just so ridiculous. The questions were just so unprofessional. Fox should begin firing their reporters.

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    Mob in Athens abuses Muslims as they celebrate Eid

    By Yannis Behrakis - Nov 16, 2010

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Dozens of far-right activists and local residents threw eggs and taunted hundreds of Muslim immigrants as they gathered to pray in a central square for Eid al-Adha surrounded by a protective cordon of riot police.

    Greece, which has become the main immigrant gateway to the European Union, has a growing Muslim community and tensions between locals and incomers have run high in some Athens areas such as Attiki square, the scene of Tuesday's incident.

    Athens' Muslim community is without an official mosque and prayers are usually held at cultural centers or community halls or private apartments around the city. The Muslim community in Greece is estimated at about 1 million, in a country where most people are Greek Orthodox Christians.

    While the Muslims prayed, some locals shouted obscenities from their balconies and waved Greek flags. Leaflets that depicted pigs -- an animal Muslims consider unclean -- were scattered across the square.

    "There is a (unofficial) mosque near here but we're afraid to go there," said a 30-year old migrant from Bangladesh, who gave his name as Shamasul. "Sometimes Greeks in the neighborhood threaten to kill us."

    Margarita Vassilatou, 56, who has lived in the square for more than 35 years said she wanted to leave as a result of the immigrants:

    "This is not a life ... We are afraid of them. Many of them are criminals, they carry knifes and deal drugs."

    In another, more central square in front of Athens university, about 2,000 Muslim men and women prayed peacefully in front of the neo-classical university and ancient Greek statues.

    In the past, moves to build a mosque in the capital have been met with opposition from local residents and some priests of the Greek orthodox church.

    However, the current archbishop supports the construction of a mosque and the socialist government has set aside a site close to the city center, although building has not yet begun.

    The only mosques in Greece are in the northeastern region of Xanthi near the Turkish border, home to a large Muslim minority.



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    This is the “civilized”, “tolerant”, “democratic” west that claims to be superior to the east? At least minorities don’t get attacked on their holidays in the East! These so called “civilized” and “advanced” people should learn a few things about tolerance, freedom, and co-existence from the East. People managed to live peacefully together for centuries over there and these hooligans of the west can’t even do it after making laws to give “freedom” to everyone.

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    Amidst National Islamophobic Upheaval, Arizonans Protest Mosque That’s Actually A Church

    By Tanya Somanader on Nov 15th, 2010



    In an era saturated with absurd moments of anti-Muslim fear-mongering, mosques have become a touchstone for Islamophobia. Even unbuilt mosques have set off a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in Tennessee, Texas, California, and most notably, New York. Not to be outdone, the people of Pheonix, AZ were quick to call foul over the appearance of a dome-like structure along an interstate. But in the clamor over the impending Muslim takeover, these Arizonans missed one small detail — the building is not a Mosque, it’s a church:

    A new dome-like structure near 19th Avenue along Interstate 10 in Phoenix is the Light of the World church, a nondenominational Christian church hoping to modernize traditional worship services, a church spokesman said

    Since the distinctive dome shape went up, church leaders said they have received phone calls from concerned neighbors who’ve mistaken the building for an Islamic mosque.

    On Wednesday, church officials hung a sign reminding people they’re Christian congregation. “We’re trying to let people know that we’re Christian and our churches are modern,” said Uzieo Martinez.

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    t is unfortunate that people are so intolerant to differences that they aren’t willing to see that the place of worship is not a mosque,” said Tayyibah Amatullah of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Arizona chapter. But with so many high-profile figures selling unfounded, anti-Muslim fear to the public, is it any wonder that all many Americans can see in Islam is a phantom menace?


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    Japanese police keep watch on Muslims

    Feb 10, 2011

    Reports reveal that Japanese police have been conducting a close surveillance of the Muslim community living in the East Asian country.

    Internal police documents leaked onto the Internet indicate that Japanese law enforcement has been collecting detailed personal information about Muslims living in Japan, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.

    The information has also been shared with the US government at the request of American authorities under the pretext of anti-terrorism cooperation.

    A Japanese Muslim man said that two police officers watched him every Friday as he went to the mosque for Friday prayers.

    Professor Akira Usuki, who is one of Japans' most respected scholars on the Arab world, has criticized the Islamophobia that is rampant “not among people but among Japanese police and establishment.”

    “Generally speaking, the Japanese police watch the Muslims carefully and they gather information about them in a daily life. I doubt the Japanese government will need such information,” Usuki said.

    Although Japan may not be the first nation that comes to mind when one thinks about the issue of Islamophobia, the subjective view seems to have penetrated even to this far corner of East Asia.

    There are more than 100,000 Muslims that live and practice their faith in Japan.

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    Tennessee bill would jail Shariah followers

    Bob Smietana - 2/26/2011

    A proposed Tennessee law would make following the Islamic code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail.

    State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, introduced the same bill in the Senate and House last week. It calls Shariah law a danger to homeland security and gives the attorney general authority to investigate complaints and decide who's practicing it.

    It exempts peaceful practice of Islam but labels any adherence to Shariah law — which includes religious practices such as feet washing and prayers — as treasonous. It claims Shariah adherents want to replace the Constitution with their religious law.

    A dozen other states are considering anti-Shariah bills, and there's a federal lawsuit in Oklahoma over one.

    Imam Mohamed Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Nashville on 12th Avenue South said Islam teaches its followers to obey the law of the land. Shariah law, he said, teaches moral values.

    "What do you mean, really, by saying I can't abide by Shariah law?" he said. "Shariah law is telling me don't steal. Do you want me to steal and rob a bank?"

    The Attorney General's Office had no comment.

    It is unclear whether the bill will go before lawmakers in its current form. The measure was filed Thursday to beat the deadline to introduce bills for the current session, Matheny said. It has not been assigned to a committee.

    Changes considered

    Matheny, the House speaker pro tempore, said he is concerned that aspects of Shariah law might conflict with the U.S. Constitution, but he does not intend to criminalize practices such as the preparations for prayer or dietary rules. He said he would consider amending the bill before asking the legislature to consider it.

    "I'm still researching it," he said. "My intent is to educate and to look at it."

    Most anti-Shariah bills in other states would ban courts from citing Shariah law. Oklahoma voters approved a referendum in November that banned state courts from using Shariah law in their rulings. A federal judge blocked the Oklahoma law from being implemented, pending a federal lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional.

    The Tennessee bill goes further by proposing criminal penalties for following Shariah. Matheny said the bill was model legislation, given to him by the Tennessee Eagle Forum, a conservative advocacy group.

    Bobbie Patray, state president of the Eagle Forum, confirmed that the law had been drafted by David Yerushalmi, a Chandler, Ariz.-based attorney. Yerushalmi runs the Society of Americans for National Existence, a nonprofit that says following Shariah is treasonous.

    He also has close ties to Frank Gaffney, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy, a key witness for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against a mosque being built in Murfreesboro.

    Backers, critics sound off

    Rebecca Bynum, editor of the New English Review, a Nashville-based website that is critical of Islam, supports the bill.

    "I applaud Senator Ketron for his effort to protect the citizens of Tennessee from the real and present danger presented by Shari'a and for the deep knowledge and thoughtful consideration that produced this bill," she wrote in an e-mail. "Even if this bill does not pass, it will have done our citizens a great service by provoking informed discussion of this issue."

    Charles Haynes, a senior scholar with the First Amendment Center in Nashville, disagrees. He said the bill is based on a complete misunderstanding of Shariah law, which he described as a set of voluntary religious rules, similar to Catholic canon law or Jewish religious law.

    The bill is wrongheaded, he said.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said.

    The bill also is unnecessary, Haynes said, because people of all faiths have to follow secular law.

    "Civil law and the Constitution of the United States trumps religious law," he said. "The government can't label religious laws as wrong or treasonous or evil. The government may not take sides in religion. It may not say what is a good religion or a bad religion."

    Selah Sbenaty, a member of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, said state legislators have bigger problems to worry about than Shariah law. He wishes they would spend more time trying to fix the state's economy and less time worrying about Islam.

    "I believe this bill is a waste of our tax dollars, and I am sure the bill will not pass," he said. "The people of Tennessee are good, loving, hospitable, and do not tolerate bigotry."


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    Undue focus alarms Muslims in US

    By Anwar Iqbal - 3/6/2011

    WASHINGTON, March 6: A US congressional panel will begin a series of hearings on the radicalisation of Muslims in the US as legislators in the State of Tennessee consider a proposal to make it a felony to follow some versions of the Shariah.

    During the congressional hearings, which begin on Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee will also ask Muslim leaders what they’re doing to stop radicalisation.

    The high-profile hearings have outraged critics across the US who oppose signalling out a group based on their faith.

    Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of the US Congress, points out that if some members of the Muslim community indulged in terrorist activities, the overwhelming majority not only opposed it but also helped authorities in catching the suspects.

    “If you look at these five gentlemen who have tried to go from the Virginia-Maryland area to Pakistan to fight in some holy war it was Muslim Americans who actually reported them,” Congressman Ellison said.

    “If you want to talk about Faisal Shahzad, who tried to blow up that bomb in Times Square, a Muslim from Senegal was one of the people who reported it,” he said.

    “There are occasion after occasion. That’s why I think the strategy should be to engage the community; don’t frighten the community.”

    But chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Peter King, disagreed. “I don’t believe this is sufficient cooperation,” he said. “Certainly in my dealings with the police in New York and FBI and others say they do not believe they get the level of cooperation that they need,” he told CNN.

    On Sunday, groups opposed to the hearings held a rally in New York.

    Over 80 people of different faiths – Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus – sent Mr King a letter urging him to cancel the hearings.

    “These diverse faith leaders believe the singling out of the Muslim community undermines fundamental American values and is counter-productive to improving national security,” the letter said.

    “Democracy is not a spectator sport and Muslims are not a football to be thrown around. We are people with rights and responsibility to speak up,” said an e-mail circulated by the Muslim Peace Coalition, which opposed the proposed hearings.

    Tennessee is considering a bill which makes it a felony to follow some versions of the Shariah.

    At least 13 US states have bills pending that would bar judges from considering Shariah in legal decisions but none of those proposals is as strict as what Tennessee is weighing.?



 

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