A controversial US evangelical preacher oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book “guilty” of crimes
The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Korans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.
Sunday’s event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Koran was found “guilty” and “executed.”
The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the center of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.
The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.
Jones had drawn trenchant condemnation from many people, including US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, over his plan to burn the Muslim holy book in September.
He did not carry out his plan then and vowed he never would, saying he had made his point.
But this time, he said he had been “trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book,” but did not receive any answer.
He said he felt that he couldn’t have a real trial without a real punishment.
The event was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended.
Life in the normally quiet city of Gainesville is centered around the University of Florida. And while there were public protests against Jones’ 9/11 activities, this event was largely ignored.
Jadwiga Schatz, who came to show support for Jones, expressed concern that Islam was growing in Europe.
“These people, for me, are like monsters,” she said. “I hate these people.”
Jones said he considered this event a success.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.
Chained to a tree by Muslim supremacists. Where? Where else? More Interfaith Dialogue from the Pakistani branch of the Religion of Peace:
A Pakistani Christian woman and mother of seven, who last August was kidnapped, raped, sold into marriage and threatened with death if she did not convert to Islam was freed this week.
After she refused to convert and accept the marriage, human traffickers had threatened to kill Shaheen Bibi, 40, and throw her body into the Sindh River if her father, Manna Masih, did not pay a ransom of 100,000 rupees (US$1,170) by Saturday (March 5), the released woman told Compass.
Drugged into unconsciousness, Shaheen Bibi said that when she awoke in Sadiqabad, her captors told her she had been sold and given in marriage.
“I asked them who they were,” she said. “They said that they were Muslims, to which I told them that I was a married Christian woman with seven children, so it was impossible for me to marry someone, especially a Muslim.”
Giving her a prayer rug (musalla), her captors – Ahmed Baksh, Muhammad Amin and Jaam Ijaz – tried to force her to convert to Islam and told her to recite a Muslim prayer, she said.
“I took the musalla but prayed to Jesus Christ for help,” she said. “They realized that I should be returned to my family.”
A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lahore, Shaheen Bibi said she was kidnapped in August 2010 after she met a woman named Parveen on a bus on her way to work. She said Parveen learned where she worked and later showed up there in a car with two men identified as Muhammad Zulfiqar and Shah. They offered her a job at double her salary and took her to nearby Thokar Niaz Baig.
There she was given tea with some drug in it, and she began to fall unconscious as the two men raped her, she said. Shaheen Bibi was unconscious when they put her in a vehicle, and they gave her sedation injections whenever she regained her senses, she said.
When she awoke in Sadiqabad, Baksh, Amin and Ijaz informed her that she had been sold into marriage with Baksh. They showed her legal documents in which she was given a Muslim name, Sughran Bibi daughter of Siddiq Ali. After Baksh had twice raped her, she said, his mother interjected that she was a “persistent Christian” and that therefore he should stay away from her.
Shaheen Bibi, separated from an abusive husband who had left her for another woman, said that after Baksh’s mother intervened, her captors stopped hurting her but kept her in chains.
Her father, Masih, asked police to take action, but they did nothing as her captors had taken her to a remote area between the cities of Rahim Yar Khan and Sadiqabad, considered a “no-go” area ruled by dangerous criminals.
Masih then sought legal assistance from the Community Development Initiative (CDI), a human rights affiliate of the European Center for Law & Justice. With the kidnappers giving Saturday (March 5) as a deadline for payment of the ransom, CDI attorneys brought the issue to the notice of high police officials in Lahore and on March 4 obtained urgent legal orders from Model Town Superintendent of Police Haidar Ashraf to recover Shaheen, according to a CDI source.
The order ultimately went to Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Asghar Jutt of the Nashtar police station. Police accompanied by a CDI field officer raided the home of a contact person for the captors in Lahore, Naheed Bibi, the CDI source said, and officers arrested her in Awami Colony, Lahore.
With Naheed Bibi along, CDI Field Officer Haroon Tazeem and Masih accompanied five policemen, including ASI Jutt, on March 5 to Khan Baila, near Rahim Yar Khan – a journey of 370 miles, arriving that evening. Area police were not willing to cooperate and accompany them, telling them that Khan Baila was a “no-go area” they did not enter even during daytime, much less at night.
Jutt told area police that he had orders from high officials to recover Shaheen Bib, and that he and Tazeem would lead the raid, the CDI source said. With Nashtar police also daring them to help, five local policemen decided to go with them for the operation, he said.
At midnight on Sunday (March 6), after some encounters and raids in a jungle area where houses are miles apart, the rescue team managed to get hold of Shaheen Bibi, the CDI source said. The captors handed over Shaheen Bibi on the condition that they would not be the targets of further legal action, the CDI source said.
Sensing that their foray into the danger zone had gone on long enough, Tazeem and Jutt decided to leave but told them that those who had sold Shaheen Bib in Lahore would be brought to justice.
Fatigued and fragile when she arrived in Lahore on Monday (March 7), Shaheen Bibi told CDN through her attorneys that she would pursue legal action against those who sold her fraudulently into slavery and humiliation.
She said that she had been chained to a tree outside a house, where she prayed continually that God would help her out of the seemingly impossible situation. After the kidnappers gave her father the March 5 deadline last week, Shaheen Bibi said, at one point she lifted her eyes in prayer, saw a cross in the sky and was comforted that God’s mighty hand would release her even though her father had no money to pay ransom.
On four previous occasions, she said, her captors had decided to kill her and had changed their mind.
Shaheen Bibi said there were about 10 other women in captivity with her, some whose hands or legs were broken because they had refused to be forcibly given in marriage. Among the women was one from Bangladesh who had abandoned hope of ever returning home as she had reached her 60s in captivity.
Masih told CDN that he had prayed that God would send help, as he had no money to pay the ransom. The day before the deadline for paying the ransom, he said, he had 100 rupees (less than US$2) in his pocket.
“Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom God has given you as booty;…” Qur’an 33:50
This horrific tale, unfortunately, is not exceptional in Pakistan.
Once the mainstream media stop wilfully ignoring stories like that of Shaheen Bibi, perhaps ordinary people in the West might realise that Islam is not a religion of peace in any way, shape or form – and that sites such as ours are not run by cranky, ranting hatemongers, but truth-tellers.
Islam lays down in the Qur’an and ahadith the terms and conditions in which Muslims can live under Islamic rule. And it’s not a good deal.
Christians in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world are treated as sub-human (take a bow, Egypt, too) – and every Pakistani Christian woman seen as potential targets for ultraviolent Muslim males, imbued with a sense of entitlement to such ‘war booty’ that comes directly from the Qur’an and the life of Mohammed.
THE VERY TRUE FACE OF THE ‘RELIGION OF PEACE’ !
MSA West 13th Annual Conference UCLA January 16 2011 speakers Abdel Malik Ali
A Muslim cleric convicted of raping a young boy as he attended Islamic education lessons at his mosque has been jailed for 16 years.
Mohammed Hanif Khan, 43, was told he must spend at least eight years in jail after being found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court of sexual activity with a child, as well as the two counts of rape.
The charges relate to two boys who attended the mosque in Capper Street, Stoke-on-Trent, where he was imam, in 2009.
Khan, of Owler Lane, Sheffield, who appeared in court wearing a black suit, blue shirt and yellow tie, was sentenced by Mrs Justice Dobbs following a three-week trial.
Mrs Justice Dobbs told Khan, who sat with his hands in his lap and his eyes cast downwards as she outlined her reasons for imposing the sentence, that he had blatantly abused the trust bestowed on him by the community as imam of the mosque.
In front of a public gallery packed on one side with Khan’s supporters and on the other with the victims’ family members, she said: “A more serious breach of trust can’t be imagined. You were the imam and not only were you the boys’ teacher you were the boys’ guide.
“You were taken into the hearts of the community and treated like a god. One of the boys described you as being so big you were like the queen.”
For the two rape charges, she sentenced Khan to a determinate period of 16 years in prison, to serve a minimum of eight years before he could even apply to be freed, and to 12 months to run concurrently for the charge of sexual activity with a child. She also told him he would be on the sex offenders’ register for life and was subject to a sex offenders’ protection order.
Mrs Justice Dobbs also referred to Khan’s employment prior to his post as imam at the Capper Street mosque, which was as the UK’s first full-time Islamic minister at Dovegate Prison, near Uttoexeter.
She said he had resigned from this post after allegations emerged that he sexually harassed three female members of staff. This was not raised in front of the jury during the trial but was “significant” at sentencing, she said, because it served to show Khan was a serious risk to the public.
A former hospital director who forced an African woman to work 18 hours a day became the first person in Britain to be convicted of “modern-day slavery.”
Saeeda Khan, 68, was ordered to pay 49-year-old Mwanahamisi Mruke, who was trafficked from Tanzania in 2006, 25,000 pounds.
She was spared a prison sentence, but Judge Geoffrey Rivlin said this was due to her own ill health and the fact she has two adult disabled children.
“You could easily have afforded to pay her a reasonable sum by way of wages,” said Rivlin during sentencing at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
“You chose to give her virtually nothing.
“Your own behaviour was callous and greedy,” the judge added.
Mruke was initially paid 10 pounds per week, but this allowance was stopped within a year.
Khan, who was found guilty of trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation, forbade Mruke from leaving the house in Harrow, north west London, and fed her two slices of bread a day.
The court had heard how Mruke was brought to Britain after working at a hospital in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, which Khan owned.
Khan promised to pay Mruke 50 pounds a week and said she would only have to work six hours a day.
“I felt like a fool, I was treated like a slave,” Mruke, who was saving up to help her daughter through college, said.
“I was hoping I would receive a salary and improve my life. But my hopes were dashed, my strength was reduced and I became unwell.”
Rivlin said Khan had told a “pack of lies” during the trial and had taken advantage of her “naive and illiterate” victim.
Mruke told the court that she would wake up at 6a.m. and then clean, garden, cook and go for walks with Khan’s sons before finally being allowed to sleep on a mattress in the kitchen at around midnight.
“I feel that justice should be passed and others should learn from this. I feel terrible about her,” Mruke said.
Mruke’s plight only came to light when she was allowed to visit a doctor over her varicose veins.
Mruke’s parents both died during her three-year ordeal, but she was allowed no contact with her family in Tanzania.
Earlier, prosecutor Caroline Haughey told Southwark Crown Court: “From the moment of her arrival in England Mwanamisi was made to sleep, work and live in conditions that fall by any understanding into that of slavery.”
Five people from Shropshire have appeared in court in connection with a child sex ring allegedly involving nine teenage girls.
The defendants are alleged to have been part of a gang grooming girls aged between 13 and 15 for sex with other men.
Mohammed Sultan, 23, of Victoria Ave- nue, Wellington, Mohammed Yunis, 58, and Abdul Rouf, 33, both of Kingsland, Arleston, are all charged with conspiring with others to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity between January 1, 2008, and December 7, 2009, in Shrewsbury or elsewhere in the country. Sultan is also charged with intentionally arranging and facilitating travel for a person carrying out a relevant off- ence in Telford or elsewhere in the country.
Ahdel Ali, 22, of Regent Street, Wellington, is charged with trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation, conspiring with a female of 13 years or older to engage in sexual activity, supplying a Class A drug and supplying a Class B drug.
Mubarek Ali, 26, also of Regent Street, Wellington, Telford, is charged with trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation and conspiring with a female of 13 years or older to engage in sexual activity.
At Shrewsbury Crown Court today Sultan, Ahdel Ali and Mubarek Ali were remanded in custody. Rouf and Yunis were granted bail. A plea and case management hearing was fixed for June 4.
Wootton Bassett, which has hosted the repatriation of dozens of UK troops killed in Afghanistan, is to be officially renamed Royal Wootton Bassett.
David Cameron announced at Prime Minister’s Questions that the Queen had decided to single out the Wiltshire town for the rare honour.
Wootton Bassett has seen more than 150 repatriations since 2007, although it will cease to do so after September.
Mr Cameron said: “I recently made a recommendation to Her Majesty the Queen, and I am very pleased today to announce, that Her Majesty has agreed to confer the title ‘Royal’ upon the town, as an enduring symbol of the nation’s admiration and gratitude.
“The town will become Royal Wootton Bassett later this year.”
He also thanked the people of the town for “their deeply moving and dignified demonstrations of respect and mourning”.
The mayor of Wootton Bassett, Mary Champion, said: “This is a great honour for our community as the repatriations move away from Wootton Bassett.
“Whilst we have never sought recognition for our simple act of respect, I am certain that this will serve to reinforce the pride and gratitude we feel for the members of our Armed Services, who will always be in our thoughts.”
A former asylum seeker living in a £1.2 million house paid for by the taxpayer was warned today she faced jail after pleading guilty to benefit fraud.
Toorpakai Saiedi, 37, a mother of seven originally from Afghanistan, falsely claimed almost £30,000 in housing benefit, council tax credit and working tax credit.
She hid a Barclays bank account that generated income over a period of three years from Ealing council and the Department of Work and Pensions.
Speaking through a Farsi interpreter at Isleworth crown court, Saiedi admitted three counts of falsely claiming benefits.
She had claimed asylum after coming to Britain in 2001 with her children, a year after husband Haji Rahmat Shah Saiedi, 47, arrived in London.
The family say they were wealthy farmers near Bagram airbase, 20 miles from Afghan capital Kabul, and were forced to flee because of Taliban threats. They were granted leave to remain in Britain.
They have lived in properties paid for by councils: a three-bedroom terrace house in Enfield, a five-bedroom semi in Ealing, and now a seven-bedroom property in Acton, also paid for by Ealing council. It has two reception rooms, one with a large plasma TV, two kitchens, a dining room, a breakfast room, three shower rooms and a 100ft garden.
Saiedi’s son Jawad has said: “When the council chose to put us here we did not say no. If someone gave you a lottery jackpot, would you leave it? When I heard how much the council was paying, I thought they were mad.”
The Acton house is owned by Ajit Panesar, who bought it in 2008 for £1.2 million. He said of the rent he receives: “I have done nothing wrong. I can’t help it if the law says I should get paid the amount of money.”
Henrietta Paget, prosecuting, told the court that from September 2006 to September 2009 Saiedi had logged a total of £29,888 in falsely claimed benefits.
Judge Jonathan Lowen ordered a pre-sentence report and said all options for punishment remained open. Saiedi was remanded on bail to be sentenced next month.
EDL Extra comments on the Civil Liberty article, ‘Tyneside EDL show trial begins’, by a Civil Liberty correspondent, 14th March, 2011. (Comments are in bold.)
Ten members of the nationalist English Defence League (EDL) have appeared in court after a meeting of the far-left Socialist Workers’ Party was disrupted at the Newcastle Irish Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne last year.
[The EDL, almost by definition, has a right to disrupt SWP meetings quite simply because this Trot group is agitating to get us banned outright. Not only that. Because the SWP is a totalitarian party, dedicated to the complete destruction of everything the average Englishman holds dear, that too gives us reason to disrupt their meetings. After all, no one would dispute the EDL’s right, or anyone’s right, to disrupt a self-confessed Nazi party (not one defined as ‘Nazi’ by the SWP) meeting or, say, a meeting in support of al Qaeda.]
The alleged disruption of the meeting is said to have happened on the evening of September the 22nd last year after the SWP, a trotskyite communist party that believes in violent revolution and the overthrow of the established order, called a meeting to discuss ways to combat nationalist groups in the Tyneside area such as the EDL and the British National Party (BNP).
[To the SWP, ‘combat’, as well as ‘mobilisation’ and even ‘protest’, mean violence against enemies.]
The SWP is also a key component of the far-left ‘Unite Against Fascism’ (UAF) campaign group which holds violent protests against the EDL and BNP and has promised to “smash” both organisations in the past.
[It is not really a ‘component’ of UAF – the SWP created and runs the UAF. I can even be said that today the UAF is the SWP, or the SWP is UAF.]
More than twenty supporters of the EDL also gathered in the courtroom for the brief hearing at the magistrates court in the centre of Newcastle before it was transferred to crown court for a further hearing on Wednesday, the 27th of April. Following the court appearance, some of the supporters attempted to hand out leaflets to passers-by about the case, but were swiftly surrounded by the large police presence who had been guarding the court.
[The truth is dangerous. That’s why the police acted on the handing-out of leaflets. Actually, I think the EDL should always stress that it is the police chiefs, commissioners and chief constables, not the ‘rank and file’ police, that make these orders. Such people have been indoctrinated with political correctness and they have an absolute duty towards multiculturalism – all of which ends up with a virtual persecution of the EDL.]
The court heard that the ten men had allegedly gathered in a nearby public house before trying to attend the SWP meeting. They were prevented from entering the Irish Centre by club stewards and a disturbance allegedly broke out. One of the defendants was given the wrong court date and had already appeared in court a week earlier after a Northumbria Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) mix-up! Apparently, despite charging the ten EDL men, Northumbria Police still haven’t questioned the club stewards involved in the disturbance prompting some concern about the future conduct of the trial following the earlier mix-up between the police and CPS.
[Learn about the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It often works as the Leftist wing of the legal system (if it ain’t Leftist already) and the embodiment of politically-correct and multicultural virtue.]
The local newspaper, the Evening Chronicle, also described the ten defendants as “right-wing extremists” in an obvious attempt to influence the outcome of the trial.
[Most local journalists are either pretty thick or lazy. Thus they don’t mind getting info about the EDL from revolutionary communists like SWP/UAF. If the UAF/SWP, Searchlight, Hope Not Hate, even the explicitly named Communist Party, tells them that the EDL is ‘far right’, then that’s all these regional journalists need to know. Similarly, accepting this info without any further investigation will give them extra time to get down to the pub or allow them to pursue other more interesting and financially rewarding stories.]
The Evening Chronicle is published by ncjMedia, a division of Trinity Mirror, which also publishes the Daily Mirror newspaper which broadly supports the Labour party. Trinity Mirror was once owned by the disgraced fraudster, Robert Maxwell, now dead, who was once a Labour MP.
[The Daily Mirror officially supports the Communist Party’s, that is, Searchlight’s, that is, Hope Note Hate’s campaign against the EDL. So that probably means that the Daily Mirror also finances Hope Not Hate.]
Northumbria Police, via the Police Authority, also funds a far-left campaign group called the Tyne & Wear Anti-Fascist Association (TWAFA) which monitors nationalist activists and political dissidents in the North East of England. TWAFA has worked closely with SWP/UAF members in the past. TWAFA is also closely linked to the Searchlight/Hope Not Hate organisation which itself works closely with Labour MPs such as the Tyneside Labour MP David Miliband who backed a recent survey from Searchlight which suggested nationalist feeling was growing across the country.
[Are there many – or any! – organisations ‘which monitor’ the actions of far-left groups like the SWP and, well, Searchlight/Hope Not Hate? Yes; the EDL! But that’s all!
Isn’t this strange? The Northumbrian Police Authority is using extreme left organisations to monitor ‘far right’ groups. Then again, New Labour used extremist Muslim and Islamist groups to tackle, well, extremist Muslim and Islamist groups! And repeatedly did so even when it was shown that such ‘monitors’ were often as bad as the scum they were monitoring.
For instance, the people who took over Abu Hamza’s North London Central Mosque (Finsbury Park mosque) were themselves Islamists (if not Islamoterrorists, then supporters of Islamoterrorism), members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Hamas, amongst other things. One of the Islamists who evicted Abu Hamza, Mohammed Kassem Sawalha, was once ‘in charge of Hamas terrorist operations within the West Bank’. All this stupidity was engendered by the police and New Labour.]