Tuesday, 13 November 2007
NEWS FROM THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SPEAKER'S BUREAU
Columbia University could not find a way to get Jim Gilchrist on campus
and allow him to speak. But Ahmadinejad got the red carpet treatment.
Here, courtesy of the Times of London, is a little heads-up on what is going
on under his stewardship of Iran:.
Gays should be hanged, says Iranian
Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and
possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a
peace conference, The Times has learnt.
Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to
admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of
reports that gay youths were being hanged.
President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in
New York two months ago about the executions, dodged the issue by suggesting
that there were no gays in his country.
Britain regularly challenges Iran about its gay
hangings, stonings and executions of adulterers and perceived moral criminals,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) papers show.
The latest row involves a woman hanged this June
in the town of Gorgan after becoming pregnant by her brother. He was absolved
after expressing his remorse. Britain said that this demonstrated the unequal
treatment of men and women in law and breached Irans pledge to restrict the
death penalty to the most serious crimes.
A series of reported executions of gays, including
two underage boys whose public hanging was posted on the internet, has alarmed
human rights campaigners.
The Pet Shop Boys dedicated Fundamental, their
Grammy-nominated album, to Mahmoud Asqari and Ayad Marhouni, who were hanged in
Justice Square in Mashhad in 2005. Graphic photographs of the execution of the
youths, who were under 18 when arrested, were released by the Iranian Students
Gay rights groups in Britain, such as Outrage!,
accuse Iran of cloaking executions for homosexuality with bogus charges for more
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the FCO
released papers to The Times about the death penalty being used in Iran for
homosexuality, adultery and sex outside marriage.
Minutes taken by an official describe a meeting
between British and Iranian MPs at the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a peace body,
in May. When the Britons raised the hangings of Asqari and Marhouni, the leader
of the Iranian delegation, Mr Yahyavi, a member of his parliaments energy
committee, was unflinching. He explained that according to Islam gays and
lesbianism were not permitted, the record states. He said that if homosexual
activity is in private there is no problem, but those in overt activity should
be executed [he initially said tortured but changed it to executed]. He argued
that homosexuality is against human nature and that humans are here to
reproduce. Homosexuals do not reproduce.
Nicole Pichet, a researcher who also took notes of
the gathering, told The Times that the discussion began with British MPs
discussing the underage gay hangings. Mr Yahyavi responded by saying
homosexuality was to blame for a lot of diseases such as Aids.
Ann Clwyd, the Labour MP and head of Britains
delegation, said yesterday: It is of great concern that these attitudes persist
and we made it clear what we felt.
Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United
Arab Emirates, Yemen and Nigeria apply the death penalty for homosexuality,
according to the International Lesbian and Gay Association. .
Since Iran is one of 7 countries - all Muslim - which consider homosexuality a crime punishable
by death, does that mean Columbia University will now start inviting evangelical
preachers to speak? Hey, a lot of those guys just think
gay people will go to hell for eternity; Ahmadinejad's government SENDS them to
Or maybe Jim Gilchrist could put out a bulletin
demanding that gay people in the USA be put to death. Based on
ahmadinejad's reception, that could get him a gig at Columbia too, one that
the students would let him finish without disruption. Maybe they would even raise his
MARKOS MOULITSAS ZUNIGA (THE DAILY KOS) JOINS NEWSWEEK
If you like unadulterated gloating, you're going to love this piece from the
Newsweek has hired one of the leading LAMBs in the country - daily kos
founder Markos ("kos") Moulitsas Zuniga, as a contributor for the 2008
Here is the article, which contains Newsweek's announcement. Please note the magazine's explanation, which I
have put in bold print, and then let's talk about it afterwards:.
Score one for the Netroots! Newsweek has
just announced that Markos Moulitsas, namesake and founder of
the Daily Kos website, will be a contributor for the 2008.
Here's the statement from Newsweek editor
Jon Meachem, which seems to anticipate some sort of reaction
from a disgruntled element:
"We have always sought to
represent a diversity of views in Newsweek, and we think Markos will
be a great part of that tradition. He will give our readers in print
and online a unique perspective. As always, our job is to create the most
energetic and illuminating magazine possible, and Markos will help us do that
as the campaign unfolds."
Well, it's not that unique a perspective,
considering that Daily Kos is one of the most popular blogs around (though it's
currently at #30 on Technorati wow, there's
been a reshuffling in that order lately. But still, that makes it one of the
top-rated political blogs, though (cough) behind the Huffington Post at #18).
Once again this demonstrates that the inmates are taking over the asylum
bloggers are going mainstream, baby! I will note though that Kos' contributions
are being framed as just that, as opposed to, say, reporting. Either way, Bill
O'Reilly's gonna bust a gut. Can you imagine if NBC had hired him?
Maybe the first thing to point out here is that, to Rachel Sklar of the
huffington post, the most important result of Zuniga joining Newsweek is
not what it means journalistically, but that it might tick off Bill
O'Reilly. That strikes me as amazingly childish.
The next thing is the even more amazing explanation by Newsweek's
editor, Jon Meacham. How in the world does a liberal/left
publication, bring on a hard left "journalist" provide "diversity of
views"? Can it possibly be that Newsweek's idea of diversity is to offer
its readers left and further left? So it would seem.
Suppose Newsweek brought on Zuniga, and also brought on, say Mark Finkelstein
of www.newsbusters.com, or Charles
Johnson of www.littlegreenfootballs.com?
Then you could legitimately say it was giving readers diversity. However,
since this is not a cold day in hell, that apparently is not going to
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.
P.S. Yes, his last name is Zuniga. I don't know why the article
isn't using it.
ABOUT THAT MILITARY DEATH RATE...
Leave it to www.sweetness-light.com and www.cns.com to publicize this report on military
casualties. Because if you leave it up to mainstream media.......
....no need to finish that sentence, is there? I'm betting that,
although the report has been out for almost two weeks, you don't even know it
exists. Do you?
Here it is, along with sweetness-light's brief commentary about it:.
November 12th, 2007
Now this is what we like to see. Good news
actually getting reported.
From our friends at the great Cybercast News
Military Deaths Lower Now Than in
By Fred Lucas
November 12, 2007
(CNSNews.com) - American soldiers died in higher
numbers during some of the peace-time years in the 1980s than in recent years
when the military has fought conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, according
to a government report on casualty rates.
Further, the number of annual U.S. military
deaths for the last three years is just slightly above the average annual
death toll in the 1990s.
At the same time, the war in Iraq has the lowest
death-per-wound ratio of any war going back to World War I, according to the
report from the
Congressional Research Service (CRS), which studied military deaths in a
While the number of combat deaths
is higher in the military now than two decades ago, the suicide and homicide
rate was substantially higher in the 1980s, as were accidents and fatal
illnesses, all of which led to a higher death toll among military personnel
than in recent years.
The study measures the death toll for every
American war and also measures the total death toll per year from 1980 - when
2,392 military personnel died of various non-combat related causes - through
2006, when 1,858 soldiers died in both combat- and non-combat-related action
However, 2006 also saw 753 American soldiers
killed in hostile action, compared to no soldiers killed in hostile action in
One reason for the overall decline in the death
toll is that the military population has declined over the last 25 years,
experts said. According to the U.S. Census Bureau,
the military had more than 2 million enlisted in 1980, a number that began to
decline in 1992 when it reached 1.8 million, and came down to less than 1.4
But other reasons, such as medical advances and
better safety to prevent fatal accidents have a lot to do with the decline in
deaths over time, said Daniel Goure, vice president of the Lexington
Institute, a conservative think tank.
Medical care, whether on the battlefield or
trauma, emergency care is so much better today than it was even 20 years ago,
Goure told Cybercast News Service.
With all the stories of Walter Reed, we forget
that the battlefield stuff is just amazing. Its one reason we have so many
wounded, people who have lost limbs. Its a good thing in a sad way. If we
were doing as badly as in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Walter Reed would be
half-empty but the cemeteries would be much fuller, he added
We do a much better job in force protection,
personal protection, armor, that weve worked very hard on and are getting
better and better at, Goure said.
Some of the decreases in deaths could be
expected, said Michael OHanlon, a national security expert for the Brookings
Institution, a liberal think tank. He stressed that the comparisons in the CRS
report are not reason to view nearly 1,000 troops killed per year as a low
The Pentagon reported last week that 2007 has
been the deadliest year so far in Iraq despite the five-month decline in
casualties since the surge of 30,000 additional American troops began.
(See Previous Story)
Also in 1980, there were 1,156 accidental deaths
in the military, compared to 465 in 2006; 174 military personnel were murdered
in 1980, compared to 30 murdered in 2006; and there were 231 suicides in 1980
compared to 155 in 2006.
The training exercises are substantially safer
as well, said U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Starling, a fellow with the
DOD as a whole has done a much better job in
mitigating risk in the workplace and educating our servicemen and women about
off-duty safety, Starling said in an interview.
Training now is better than it was in the 80s.
Another factor - computers and simulation. We use much more simulation in
training. Technology means that we can use weapon simulators to practice safe
weapons employment before we transition to live fire. We shoot less live
ammunition in training nowadays, he added.
The number of military suicides, though much-reported in
the media recently, is lower than in the 1980s or early 1990s. Since 1996, the
number of military suicides per year has been below 200, according to the CRS.
The Army recorded 17.3 suicides per 100,000
soldiers in 2006, the report said. The rate is higher than the rate of
suicides in the general population, which ranges from 10 to 11 per 100,000
people annually, but lower than the rate of suicide when adjusted to match the
Armys age and gender characteristics.
This is primarily because it is an all-volunteer
military, a change the military was adjusting to when the draft was dropped
after the Vietnam War, said Goure. Its also because the military is better
now at spotting at-risk soldiers, he said.
Lets give a little credit to the military.
They also are doing a better job of watching out for people who are that way,
This is an all-volunteer force. You have a
different feeling about the people youre dealing with when youre
all-volunteers. You try a little harder. You care a little more. That I think
shows clearly in the suicide rates. Even in war-time, some have gone back
three or four times now. We have very high reenlistment rates, Goure
Major kudos to Mr. Lucas for picking up on
from November 3, 2007 and expanding on it
It makes no sense whatsoever for this amazing and
encouraging information to be hidden under our mainstream medias bushel of
The only thing I disagree with here is the opinion that it makes no sense
whatsoever to hide this information. Of course it does -- if you are
rooting for the other side and therefore do not want positive information to be
available to the general public.
I keep asking; which side are these people rooting for anyway?
Maybe the fact that this news has been buried is another indication of the
HMMM, DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD WORK ON AHMADINEJAD? KIM IL SONG?...
Here is a little squib I just read at the Drudge Report (www.drudgereport.com), indicating that
Hillary is back to her old tricks (as if she ever left them): Trying to
orchestrate her public appearances.
It's not enough to cry foul because Tim Russert actually expected a straight
answer to a straight question. It's not enough to spoon-feed softball questions
to college students when she speaks in front of them. Now we have
Blitzer has been warned not to focus Thursday's Dem debate on Hillary. 'This
campaign is about issues, not on who we can bring down and destroy,' top Clinton
insider explains. 'Blitzer should not go down to the levels of character attack
and pull 'a Russert.'' Blitzer is set to moderate debate from Vegas, with
questions also being posed by Suzanne Malveaux... .
As you can see, there is no indication of who, specifically, made the
warning, although it seems to imply that it was the Clinton camp itself.
That certainly would be in keeping with Clintonian news handling, wouldn't
I particularly love that "pull a Russert" thing. All of a sudden Tim
Russert, a lifelong Democrat, is the enemy. Why? Because - silly Tim
- he thought she was supposed to answer questions during a debate like her
opponents; you know, the ones she considers mortals. Little ones at
I guess there's nothing left for Russert to do but join Fox News. If
you're going to be a despised outcast, might as well hang out with the other
WOULD MSNBC HAVE DONE THIS FOR JUDY GIULIANI?
Please read this remarkable report from www.newsbusters.org and see just how far
at least one mainstream media venue will go to protect the side it favors:
MSNBC Buries Michelle Obama's
Black Self-Doubt Comments
TV networks in the business of featuring the most provocative statements made by
the people they interview? So why would MSNBC bury the most controversial thing
Michelle Obama said?
Yesterday, I wrote here about the
controversial comments about black self-doubt that Michelle Obama made in the
course of her interview with Mika Brzezinski in Iowa over the weekend.
Watching MSNBC during the day
yesterday, I never saw those comments resurface during snippets of the interview
that were shown. But surely, I assumed, the comments would be there when today's
"Morning Joe" ran what it billed as "The Michelle Obama Interview."
Wrong. At least in the extended
presentation of the interview made during the 6:30 AM ET half-hour, the
controversial bit was edited smoothly out.
View here video of the version "Morning
Joe" ran today, with the controversial statements omitted.
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Here's the transcript of the relevant
part of the interiew from yesterday, with the portion that was deleted today in
[brackets]. Viewers were not told of the elision.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: The polls are showing your
husband is trailing Hillary by 46% to 37% in the African-American community.
What's going on here?
MICHELLE OBAMA: First of all, I think that
that's not going to hold. I'm completely confident: black America will wake
up, and get [it]. But what we're dealing with in the black community is just
the natural fear of possibility. [You know, when I look at my life, the stuff
that we're seeing in these polls has played out my whole life. You know,
always been told by somebody that I'm not ready, that I can't do something, my
scores weren't high enough. You know, there's always that doubt in the back
of the minds of people of color. People who've been oppressed and haven't
been given real opportunities. That you never really believe. That you
believe that somehow, someone is better than you. You know, deep down inside,
you doubt whether you can do it, because that's all you've been told, is
"no, wait." That's all you hear, and you hear it from people who love you. Not
because they don't care about you, but bcause they're afraid. They're afraid
that something might happen.]
BRZEZINSKI: It's interesting that you say that,
excuse me. Because a stewardess yesterday, a 52-year old African-American, and
I asked her if she was interested in Barack Obama, if she would vote for him.
And she said, like this, she said: "I don't think so, because he probably
can't win, because he's black."
Did MSNBC hear from the Obama
campaign, or did the network take it upon itself not to remind viewers that
Michelle Obama had said of African-Americans: "You know, there's always that
doubt in the back of the minds of people of color. You believe that somehow,
someone is better than you. You know, deep down inside, you doubt whether you
can do it"?
What made the omission even more odd
is that in the conversation between Mika and Joe Scarborough that preceded the
playing of the interview, both singled out Michelle Obama's comments on race as
a "fascinating" aspect of the interview. Well, then why not let viewers hear the
most fascinating aspect of those comments . . . unless MSNBC was trying to
shield the Obama campaign from controversy?
BONUS COVERAGE: America's Fault if
It Doesn't Elect Barack
In comments aired today not shown on
yesterday's "Morning Joe," Michelle Obama essentially said that America will
have no one to blame but itself if it doesn't elect her husband.
BRZEZINSKI: Given the debate over whether he's
been too passive when it comes to Hillary Clinton, he's gotten a lot of
unsolicited advice on this. What has Michelle's advice been?
OBAMA: We definitely talked about it. We talked
about this before we entered the race, because our view is that we're not
doing this to win. And you can't win at all costs. Sometimes that's what
politics has become. That's what the press is sort of saying: if you want to
win you got to kill her, you've got to rip her apart. Well, if that's the only
way you can win, which we don't believe is the case, if that's all politics
is. If we've digressed as a society to a point where that's the only way we
can work out issues and people, no wonder we're such a divided country. And if
Barack wants to be a different kind of leader, then his approach to victory
has to be different.
So I don't want Barack to be anybody other than
who he is. Because if America doesn't accept that, then I want America to
own that. I want them to look themselves in the face and say "you had a
choice. You had a choice to choose somebody who was decent, who was going
to be a uniter. Somebody who's going to be honest, who is going to tell you
the truth. All these things you say you want, and then you get it, and you
trip. You freak out. And you question it, and you worry, and is it true?"
The object of all this is to protect you, Mr. and Ms. Voter, from
any troublesome reasons to think bad thoughts about __________ (fill in the name
of a Democratic candidate. Hillary, Barack, Edwards, you take your
And I'll bet one day ___________ will be
a Republican. That day will be roughly a week after hell freezes over
and the Cubs win the world series, whichever comes last.
But listen to media squeal like stuck pigs if you accuse
them of bias.
We've seen again and again what the speech codes at campuses across the
country seek to prevent people from saying.
Here, from the invaluable website www.frontpagemag.com, is an indication
of what it is perfectly ok TO say.
It's long. But I want you to see every word and every supportive
source, so you know just how accurate this piece is...
Muslim Student Union: Where Community, Prayer, and Jew-Hatred Come
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, November 13, 2007
If one were to judge the Muslim Student Union (MSU) of
the University of California at Irvine
(UCI) solely on the basis of its self-description and its stated mission, one
would have no inkling of the volcano of Jew-hatred that animates this
organization. Founded in 1992 by a small group of Muslim students who desired to establish an
Islamic presence on campus, MSU says it aims to
provide a community or family atmosphere
for Muslims enrolled at UCI, and to build an environment that enhances good,
discourages bad, and provides networks of resources, knowledge, people, and
companionship to its members. Toward these ends, MSU offers daily congregational prayers, daily free iftars [the
evening meal for breaking the daily fast] during Ramadan that serve over a
hundred Muslims, over eight weekly classes, a quarterly magazine Alkalima, coalition
building with other clubs on campus, and a gateway to the larger Muslim
community MSU also provides career advice and a study/tutoring program to
help Muslims at UCI.
It all sounds very, very nice.
Muslim Student Union does not mention in its literature, however, is that
its members commonly wear green armbands during the
events it sponsors, to signal their allegiance to the terrorist group Hamas. Nor is there any mention of
the fact that MSU has displayed posters on the UCI campus that equate the Star of David with the
MSUs promotional literature is similarly silent about a
February 2001 event where the organization hosted the radical cleric Muhammad al-Asi, who told his UCI
audience: The Zionist-Israeli lobby ... is taking the United States government
and the United States people to the abyss. We have a psychosis in the Jewish
community that is unable to co-exist equally and brotherly with other human
beings. You can take a Jew out of the ghetto, but you cannot take the ghetto out
of the Jew.
It should be noted that MSU was not the least bit unaware of
Mr. al-Asis radical views when it invited him to speak on campus. Al-Asis
Jew-hatred had been widely known for many years. Indeed as early as 1981, he was
removed as Imam
of the Washington, DC Islamic Center at the request of several Middle Eastern
governments that were troubled by his pro-Khomeini rhetoric. Al-Asi also has
close ties to Ahmed Huber, the
neo-Nazi Swiss convert to Islam who once lauded Khomeini as the living
continuation of Adolf Hitler. And advocating an Islamic World Order, al-Asi
holds that the 9/11 attacks were actually carried out by Israeli Mossad agents
seeking to criminalize Muslims.
MSUs alliance with al-Asi is hardly what one would
expect from an organization that enhances good, discourages bad. But in fact, this alliance represents only the tip of a very
In 2002, a sign posted on the UCI campus by MSU stated: Israelis Love to Kill
Innocent Children. That same year, MSU sponsored a speech by the radical Oakland imam, Abdel Malik-Ali, who said: Israel wants Palestinians to
have their own state. Its beyond that now. No. Thats off the table. One state.
Majority rules. Us. The Muslims.
A favorite guest speaker of MSU,
Malik-Ali is an African-American convert to Islam, a former Nation of Islam member, and a
longtime supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah. His more infamous
remarks include the claim that Jews staged the 9/11 attacks to give an excuse
to wage war against Muslims around the world; that [t]he wars against Iraq
[Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom] were manufactured by the Jews in
America to avert attention from the two [Palestinian] Intifadahs; and that
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a pretty good guy.
26, 2004, MSU again brought Malik-Ali to the UCI campus to deliver a speech
titled America under Siege: The Zionist Hidden Agenda. According to UCIs student newspaper: [Malik-Ali] implied that Zionism is a mixture of chosen
people-ness and white supremacy; that the Iraqi war is in the process of
Israelization; that the Zionists had the Congress, the media and the FBI in
their back pocket; that the downfall of former Democratic [presidential]
front-runner Howard Dean was due to the
Zionists; and that the Mossad [Israels intelligence agency] would have
assassinated Al Gore if he was elected [in 2000]
just to bring Joe Lieberman (his Jewish vice-president) to power.
spring of 2004, MSU and the Society of Arab Students (SAS) co-sponsored their
fourth annual Zionism Awareness Week, during
which both groups again wore green armbands to signal their support for
In June 2004, MSU asked UCIs graduating Muslim students to wear green sashes inscribed with
the word shahada, the Arabic word for
the martyrdom of a suicide bomber, to their graduation ceremony. Two dozen students complied with
this MSU request.
At a February 2005 MSU-organized event held in
the center quad at UC Irvine, guest speaker Abdel Malik-Ali told his audience of some 150
mostly Muslim listeners: Zionism is a mixture, a fusion of the concept of white
supremacy and the chosen people. He complained about Zionist domination
of the American media, Zionist complicity in Americas 2003 invasion of Iraq,
and Zionists inclination to recount the horrors of the Holocaust when you
accuse them of their Nazi behavior. One state. Majority rule, he said. Check
that out. Us. The Muslims.
At a March 2006 panel discussion at UC
Irvine, MSU led as many as 1,000 Muslim students in a protest
against the decision of the events sponsors to publicly display some
offensive Danish cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad, cartoons that had
recently set off massive demonstrations and riots throughout the Muslim world.
Donning their customary green, pro-Hamas armbands, MSU members initiated the
protest by kneeling on their green prayer mats and reciting an Arabic prayer.
When a crowd of counter-protesters sang God Bless America, the Muslim students
responded with chants of: Hey
Republicans Stop the Hate! All You Do Is Instigate, and Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho! The
Prophets Cartoons Have Got to Go!
MSU organized a May 2006 Holocaust in the Holy Land event
featuring four days of anti-Israel lectures and presentations that portrayed the
Jewish State as the modern-day incarnation of Nazi Germany. The event was
keynoted by the Holocaust-denier Norman Finkelstein, whose speech,
titled Obstacles to Peace: Israelis or Palestinians, identified Israel as the worlds worst violator of human
rights. Adjacent to a mock Israeli apartheid wall which they had erected in
the center of the UCI campus, MSU students distributed fliers titled Exploiting
the Holocaust to Justify Genocide, and bearing a quote from Finkelstein
himself: The Holocaust has become the ideological justification for the
oppression of the Palestinian people. Other guest speakers at the weeks
festivities included Abdel Malik-Ali; Muhammad al-Asi, whose speech was titled
Hamas: The Peoples Choice; and Rabbi David Weiss of Neturei Karta (an ultra-orthodox,
PLO-tied Jewish group that opposes Israels existence), whose speech was called
Zionism Hijacking Judaism.
Abdel Malik-Ali was the featured speaker at
an October 5, 2006 MSU event, where he told a crowd of some 200 cheering
students: They [Jews] think they are superman, but we, the Muslims, are
kryptonite. They [Jews] know that their days are numbered.
In May 2007,
MSU sponsored an Israel: Apartheid Resurrected week
which featured a series of speeches and demonstrations condemning the State of
Israel. On May 17, MSUs longtime favorite -- Abdel Malik-Ali -- delivered a
lecture titled UC Intifada: How you can help Palestine, wherein he informed
UCIs Muslim students (who again wore green armbands as well as T-shirts reading UC Intifada and Freedom Fighter)
that no other form of death is as honorable as that of the martyr who dies while
trying to kill Jews. Refusing to recognize Israels existence, Malik-Ali
referred to that country not by its name, but only as the Zionist Apartheid
In 2007, a UC Irvine student blogger identifying herself as OC
Apostate (she had recently left the Muslim faith in which she was raised) was
forced to shut down her blog (wherein she criticized Islams intolerance), for
fear that members of the campus MSU would harm her family in retribution for her
apostasy. She explained:
I started a blog as way
to express myself. Word finally got around that it was me [who was the author]
and my family got threats that if I didnt shut up something might happen. I
didnt want them to suffer for something I had done. So I deleted everything.
They [Muslim students] saw me with my hair out [of the hijab]. They knew who I
was. The reaction was a lot of gossip and speculation about my upbringing. Women
who I didnt know gave me dirty looks. I dont underestimate them. The
notion of a traitor in your own community is the worse thing that could possibly
happen. There is no room for ex-Muslims in a Muslim society. The punishment for
being an apostate is death.
Most recently, MSU invited Yvonne
Ridley, a reporter and activist for Iranian PRESS-TV, to
speak at UC Irvine on November 12, 2007. Ridley,
who also writes a column for the New York-based publication Daily
Muslims, is a member of the Respect Party led by British Member of
Parliament George Galloway. She was formerly
employed as a senior editor by Al Jazeera and helped launch that
websites English-language version in 2003.
Ridley first came to public
attention in September 2001 when, while on an assignment for the Sunday
Express, she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was held captive
for eleven days. After she was set free, Ridley studied the Koran and found it
to be a Magna Carta for women. She converted to Islam in the summer of
In the wake of a British anti-terror raid against a Muslim house in
June 2006, Ridley told a Respect Party gathering that
Muslims should boycott the police and refuse to co-operate with them in any
way, shape or form. From today until this terrorization of the Muslim
community is stopped immediately, she elaborated, I believe all Muslims should
withdraw their support. This goes from asking the community copper for
directions to passing the time of day with a beat officer. We should enforce
Ridley supports divestment from Israel, a nation she has
described as that disgusting little watchdog of America that is festering in
the Middle East. She crows that her Respect Party is a Zionist-free party, adding that
if there was any Zionism in the Respect Party they would be hunted down and
kicked out. We have no time for Zionists..
Muslim student newspaper, Alkalima, once published a special report
called Zionism: The Forgotten Apartheid,
which lauded Hamas and Hezbollah for nobly standing up to Israeli
On September 9, 2001, Alkalima and Al-Talib
(UCLAs Muslim magazine) co-sponsored a dinner at UC-Irvine
to honor Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a.k.a.
H. Rap Brown, former Minister of
Justice for the Black Panthers. Al-Amin was on
trial at the time for the murder of an Alabama deputy, a crime for which he
would eventually be convicted. A featured guest speaker at the dinner was a
Black Muslim named Imam Abdul-Alim Musa, who said the United
States was superior [to all other nations] in criminality and Nazism, and who
characterized the American criminalizer [sic] as the most skillful oppressor
that the world has ever known.
In 2006 Alkalima published For
Justice We Fight, a pamphlet which stated that Islamic terrorist
attacks targeting civilians are entirely justified. [T]he individual or
community that participates in jihad finds itself between two blissful
outcomes, said the pamphlet, either victory and the establishment of justice,
or the reward of martyrdom and Paradise.
This, then, is the Muslim
Student Union --an organization that combines its devotion to "community,"
"friendship," "companionship," "prayer," and "tutoring" on the one hand, with
pro-terrorist Jew-hatred on the other.
Reut Cohen, Student Forced to Shut Down Blog by Campus
Muslims (October 3, 2007).
and Reut Cohen, Exposing the UC Intifada (June 22, 2007).
Aaron Hanscom, UC-Intifada
(February 20, 2007).
Reut Cohen, Attending UC Intifada (November 10, 2006).
Cindy Carcamo and Vik Jolly,
FBI Says Muslims at UCI Aren't
Monitored (June 6, 2006).
Anti-Israel Hatefest at UC
Irvine (May 22, 2006).
CAMERA, Springtime for MSU and UC Irvine (Spring 2006).
Aaron Hanscom, Seeking Muslim Moderates (March 3, 2006).
Vik Rubenfeld, Islamists Protest Against U.S. Freedom of Speech
at U.C. Irvine (March 1, 2006).
Ballon, Jewish Students and Activists Call UC Irvine a
Hotbed of Anti-Semitic Harassment (March 11,
Joseph D'Hippolito, UC-Irvine's Anti-Anti-Terror
Rally (February 21, 2005).
Leguizamon, Graduation Jihad
(June 17, 2004).
Arnold Steinberg, Jihad Comes to UC-Irvine (June 8, 2004).
Loren Casuto, UC-Irvine Welcomes Black Muslim
Hatred (March 8, 2004).
BBC News, Call to Muslims over Police Help
(June 7, 2006).
Now, try to find a David Horowitz, Jim Gilchrist, or Ann Coulter or Newt
Gingrich talk at a college that isn't interrupted, shouted down or shut down
And weep for the universities that used to be forums for free