Secularism is not militant but tolerant 17 February 2012

In HER speech at the Vatican, and her Daily Telegraph article on Tuesday, Sayeeda Warsi has once again criticised 'militant secularisation' as 'intolerant' and 'illiberal' and called for Christianity


Of Aisha’s age at marriage

DAWN.COM 17 February 2012
By Nilofar Ahmed

IT is said that Hazrat Aisha was six years old when her nikah was performed with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Makkah, and nine years old when she moved in to live with her husband in Madina after


Parents won't quit fight over CAIR indoctrination

WND 17 February 2012
By Jack Minor

Parents in a Florida school district say their fight is not ending over district officials’ decision to openly promote a representative from the local Council on American-Islamic Relations group,


Underwear jihadist gets life of prison dawah

Jihad Watch 17 February 2012
By Robert Spencer

An "unrepentant would-be mass murderer who views his crimes as divinely inspired and blessed."

"Nigerian underwear bomber gets life in prison for trying to blow up jetliner on Christmas 2009," by Ed White for the Associated Press, February 16 (thanks to all who sent this in):

DETROIT - A Nigerian man on a suicide mission for al-Qaida was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for attempting to blow up an international flight with a bomb in his underwear as the plane approached Detroit on Christmas 2009.


Sharia scholar insists on coming to Netherlands

Radio Netherlands Worldwide 17 February 2012

Controversial Islam scholar Haitham al-Haddad has told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that he will come to the Netherlands on Friday even though his invitation to a symposium has been


Russian forces kill Islamist rebel leader

DefenceWeb 17 February 2012

Russian security forces have killed a leader of an Islamist rebel group in the North Caucasus who was accused of plotting a botched suicide attack in Moscow and calling for more


The Muslim Brothers Get Paid to Threaten America

FrontPage Magazine 17 February 2012
By Bruce Thornton

Remember last year’s giddy bipartisan enthusiasm over the "Arab Spring”? President Obama claimed that Egyptians merely wanted "a government that is fair and just and responsive,” Senator John McCain


OIC chief: European politicians exploit fear of Muslims

Today's Zaman 17 February 2012

European politicians aim to woo their voters and win their support by attacking or offending Muslims across the region, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) head Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said on


Liberals are not moral relativists

EuropeNews 16 February 2012
By Piotr Napierala

I realized that even very intelligent and educated people often struggle with defining liberalism and recognizing its ideology and policy. The reason for it may be the practical approach of liberals, who adopt their ideology to existing conditions and are rarely dogmatic. Liberalism is often mixed with other ideas and ideologies, which makes it even more difficult to establish what in a given political or social programme is liberal, and what is for instance democratic, libertarian, nationalistic etc.


Why We Don't Need Words Like 'Islamist'

Jihad Watch 16 February 2012
By Robert Spencer

Since I previously had an exchange with Andy McCarthy about the utility of the term "Islamist" (article here; video with transcript here); I read Raymond Ibrahim's new piece, "Why We Need Words Like 'Islamist,'" with great interest.

Raymond initially states the controversy this way:

Is the problem Islam or Islamism? Muslims or Islamists?


Bahrain agreement with Denmark rejected

gulfnews 16 February 2012
By Habib Toumi

Manama: Bahrain's lower chamber has refused to endorse a bilateral agreement on taxation with Denmark despite clarifications from the finance ministry. Lawmakers, led by Adel Al Mouawda, from


How political correctness is ruining Britain's police

Daily Mail 16 February 2012
By Kevin Hurley

As corrupt cop Ali Dizaei is finally jailed, an ex-colleague says the Met has been paralysed by fears of being branded racist The Metropolitan Police continues to stumble from one self-inflicted


Video: EU Funding for African Students

Islam versus Europe 16 February 2012
By Cheradenine Zakalwe

There are several astounding things about this video. The first is that the African thinks EU taxpayers should pay for Africans to be educated here. The second is that the EU spokesman agrees. The third is that he goes even further than this and boasts of how EU taxpayers also pay for Africans to be educated in Africa.

EU funding for foreign students przez V1683


Turkish Christians Subject to Discrimination, Attacks, Report Says

The Christian Post 16 February 2012

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Despite some promising developments, Christians in Turkey continue to suffer attacks from private citizens, discrimination by lower-level government officials and vilification in both school textbooks and news media, according to a study by a Protestant group.


Another town denies Islamic group rally

WRS 16 February 2012

The controversial Islamic Central Council Switzerland, or IZRS, has been denied a place for a rally for the second time. Spreitenbach in the canton of Aargau has cancelled permission for "Islam


Muslim faith stays stronger than any other

New Wales 16 February 2012

Muslims in England and Wales are practising their faith and passing it on to their children at much higher rates than any other religion, including Christianity, a new Cardiff study shows. The


Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is living in Brent

Kilburn Times 16 February 2012
By Tara Brady

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who is accused of being a dangerous extremist preacher, is living in Brent. The 51-year-old has been holed up in the L500,000 terrace family home since his


How the West Is Fanning Islamic Extremism 16 February 2012
By Ali Sina

Hamza Kashgari, a Saudi columnist may face death for sending three tweets. Addressing the Prophet Muhammad he wrote, "I have loved the rebel in you," but "I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you." He also wrote, "I shall shake [your hand] as equals do … I shall speak to you as a friend, no more."


Hey, don't you know that only Muslims can be victims 16 February 2012
By Christine Flowers

Marwan Kreidie is angry. How dare any religion other than Islam claim persecution? Haven’t we already decided that only Muslims can be victims of discrimination and abuse? The thing that raised


Kurdish Islamic cleric charged with making threats in Norway

Times LIVE 16 February 2012

The trial centres on remarks Mullah Krekar, who uses the name of Najmuddin Faraj Ahmand, made during a news conference in June 2010 where he said that Erna Solberg, leader of the Conservative Party,


Video: Islamic religious persecution goes unnoticed

Washington Times Communities 16 February 2012
By Peter Bella

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. (Martin Niemöller)


What Is Female Genital Mutilation

Medical News Today 16 February 2012

Female genital mutilation, also known as FGM refers to all procedures which partially or completely remove the external female genitalia. FGM also includes any other injury to a woman's or girl's genitalia for reasons other than medical ones. In most parts of the world, FGM is done by non-medical practitioners who also attend childbirths and carry out male circumcisions. According to WHO (World Health Organization), over 18% of all female genital mutilation procedures are carried out by health care professionals in clinical setting, a trend which appears to be growing.


Controversial Cleric, Advocate of Female Genital Mutilation, Challenges Tunisian Critics

Tunisia Live 16 February 2012
By Charles Baeder

Wajdi Ghoneim, the fiery Egpytain cleric notorious for his controversial stances on a number of social and political issues, issued a challenge – via Facebook – against his "secular and liberal”


Female genital mutilation rife in Egypt despite ban

BBC News 16 February 2012

In 2008 Egypt outlawed the practice of female genital mutilation, but as Newsnight's Sue Lloyd-Roberts reports in an article which contains graphic detail and which some readers may find disturbing,


Wake Forest’s Campus Jihadist Stirs Outrage

Canada Free Press 16 February 2012
By Jim Kouri

It’s been two years since the prestigious Wake Forest University hired Imam Khalid Griggs to be its first Muslim Assistant Chaplain. When the university’s President Nathan O. Hatch officially


Abu Qatada's 28k-a-year home costs more than Government's proposed benefit cap 16 February 2012

Hate preacher Abu ­Qatada’s new home costs the public L28,800 a year in rent – thousands more than the Government’s proposed benefit cap. The L400,000 five-bed house has three ­bathrooms, a


People protest against Islamic group CAIR addressing students 16 February 2012
By Kristal Roberts

TAMPA, Fla. - The Council on American Islamic Relations attended a Hillsborough County School Board meeting Thursday night filled with a conservative group determined to keep the religious group out


Afghan female TV presenters asked to wear headscarves and remove make-up 16 February 2012

Afghan and US officials have been seeking peace negotiations with the Islamist group ousted over a decade ago as a means to ensure stability after foreign combat troops leave, though the talks are in


Russian forces kill Islamist rebel leader

Reuters 16 February 2012
By Alexei Anishchuk

Russian security forces have killed a leader of an Islamist rebel group in the North Caucasus who was accused of plotting a botched suicide attack in Moscow and calling for more


Islam Looms in French Elections

Hudson New York 15 February 2012
By Soeren Kern

With just ten weeks to go until the first round of presidential elections in France, Islam and the question of Muslim immigration has become a central issue in the campaign.

France, home to between five and six million Muslims, has the largest Muslim population in the European Union; polls show that millions of French voters are worried about the proliferation in France of "separate Islamic societies" that are ruled by Islamic Sharia law.

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