Answering Muslims 3 January 2012
For more on the stages of Jihad, see: Sam Shamoun, "Is Islam a Religion of Peace?"; Rev. Richard P. Bailey, "Jihad: The Teaching of Islam from Its Primary Sources"; Shaykh Ibn Humaid, "Jihad in the Qur'an and Sunnah"
FrontPage Magazine 3 January 2012
By Bruce Bawer
Ibn Warraq? is the pseudonymous, Pakistani-born author of the modern classic Why I Am Not a Muslim and the writer or editor of several other estimable books about Muhammed, the Koran, Islamic culture, Muslim apostates, and Western civilization. Surely few people know as much as he does about both the West and Islam. Therefore I was more than eager to read his new book, Why the West Is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy.
Naturally, I expected something wise and incisive and steeped in learning – and I wasn’t disappointed. But what I hadn’t counted on was how fresh, original, delightfully inspired, and emotionally stirring Warraq’s approach to his topic would be. Take his first chapter, which is about New York, a city he views as "a testament to the robustness of Western culture and to its welcoming catholicity.” Warraq’s goal here is to help us to see a Western metropolis through the eyes of a person from, say, the Islamic world, and thus recognize the magnificence of things so familiar to us that we may take them for granted.
Gates of Vienna 3 January 2012
Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League, appeared on Michael Coren’s program tonight on SUN TV. As you can see, Tommy still has his shiner, and during his interview he goes into some detail explaining what happened to him in Luton that night just before Christmas.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
Hudson New York 3 January 2012
By Soeren Kern
Muslim immigrants will find it more difficult to obtain French citizenship from now on.
New citizenship rules that entered into effect on January 1, 2012 will require all applicants to pass exams on French culture and history and also to prove that their French language skills are equivalent to those of a 15-year-old native speaker. Moreover, candidates seeking French citizenship will be required to pledge allegiance to "French values."
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has issued an ultimatum giving Christians living in northern Nigeria three days to leave the area amid a rising tide of violence there. A Boko Haram spokesman, Abul Qaqa, also said late Sunday that Boko Haram fighters are ready to confront soldiers sent to the area under a state of emergency declared in parts of four states by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday.