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A Victory For History Education In Florida

The Islamophobic strategy of targeting public school social studies and history textbooks that have sections on Islam by either having the books replaced with anti-Muslim histrionics or the courses removed all together was dealt a blow in Florida.

By Caroline Glenn, USA Today

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Ninth-graders in Brevard County will keep using a world history textbook, despite fierce debate over its chapter on Islam.

The Pearson textbook came under fire in 2013 and again last month, drawing the attention of the local chapters of ACT for America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. However, the school board ultimately decided Tuesday night to keep the textbook as is.

Leading up to their decision, opponents argued that the chapter ignored the “true history” of Islam and painted Mohammed and the treatment of women in an overly favorable light.

“I think we all understand that the challenges to the specific faiths that are addressed in this book are not random challenges,” said Philip Stasik, president of the Space Coast Progressive Alliance. “This is an organized challenge against the Muslim community, and frankly it’s an insult to the Muslim community.”

Others said it scared them to see people who want to challenge “years of documented history” because of recent political discourse.

“I’m pretty offended by and really afraid of people who are going out of their way to make me feel unequal,” said Alyssa Ardhya, a freshman at Satellite High School. “They want to recreate the truth.”

It’s amazing how low Islamophobes will go in their Crusade against Islam and Muslims. Like all fanatic extremists they will cut off their nose to spite their face: i.e. purposefully remain ignorant to knowledge and truth. Indeed, they make-up their own “truth.”

Previous attacks on the Islam sections of history books have occurred in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas. ACT! For America is behind a lot of the lobbying efforts and mobilization against the history textbooks. As RightWingWatch has documented, the basis of the strategy was detailed in a 200-page “national textbook study” called “Education or Indoctrination?”

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    • HSkol

      Good points. I thank you for your thoughtful reply.

    • 786 I disagree. Previously accepted views are subject to change because history is not a collection of Things which were Faithfully Written Down for us to consult when we want to know the Truth about The Past. It is a discipline which is always evolving. Our understanding of linguistics and paleography advances, new sources come to light, new archaeological discoveries are made, and older texts are critiqued. Giants like Gibbon aren’t taken seriously by modern students of history anymore because, while they did a superb job with what they had, what they had was far less than what we have. This is not to say that the rejectionism mentioned in the article is in any way valid: they are going against not only the views of modern historical scholarship, but also against the views held by historians for the past century. But disengagement from previously accepted views is not itself a Bad Thing.

    • syed ali

      the Anti Muslim horde are no different from other evil groups their activities are based upon ignorance of historical facts.

    • Joey Sanders

      What are the Islamophobes worried about anyway. It’s not like they read.

    • mindy1

      Education always scares idiots.

    • HSkol

      History cannot change; however, our views upon it have become rather wide open – far too open. Our modern disengagement from previously accepted historical views and accounts tells a greater story about us than it does of history itself.

      In my lowly view, as “modern” folk, we should appreciate the stories told before us – even if our own skepticism raises uncomfortable questions.

      I’d think we’d have grown in humanity, and politically, more so than we have to this date. I hate to announce my personal view – we’ve devolved, degenerated.

    • sasboy

      The anti Muslim horde has shown us what scares them the most – textbooks.

Trump Supporter Attacks Muslims On Texas Beach

New York Daily News

A heavily intoxicated Donald Trump supporter, who verbally attacked an innocent Muslim family, turned a fun beach day into a nightmare.

Alexander Jennes Downing, 35, was arrested May 3 and taken into custody by the South Padre Island Police for the reported public intoxication incident, which involved Downing shouting slurs and threats to a family nearby.

Downing, a Connecticut native, also made inappropriate gestures toward the group, who had children in their presence at the Texas beach.

A member of the victimized family, Noria Alward, recently uploaded the fiery footage to Youtube, which has since gone viral.

Downing can be hearing in the clip shouting out, “You’re a f—ing Muslim, motherf—er … You will never ever, ever, stop me, my Christianity, from rising above your Sharia law. Your Sharia law don’t mean s–t to me.”

“When he called it his country … It is my country too,” Ahmed told the news site.

“America is my country whether he likes it or not.”

Noria concluded in the YouTube post that the group would not be making future plans to visit the same resort.

“Overall we enjoyed the lovely island and we will definitely go back to South Padre again, we surely will never go back to Pearl South Padre hotel, Texas again,” she said.

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    • Friend of Bosnia

      Bah, and what about the ethnic cleansing of Spanish Muslims in 1492-1614? Was that an act of humanity? THe genocide of Bosniaks by Orthodox christian / Christianofascist Serbs? The genocide in Rwanda by Catholic Hutu (even though I have to admit that most of theor victims were Catholic too)? What about the ongoing genocide of Rohingya by the “peaceful” Buddhist Burmese? Is that a good thing? Is that of little account of compared with the genocide of the Armenians? With the Holocaust? Admittedly, the Bosnian war cost 100.000 dead, of them 80.000 Muslim Bosniaks. To a pleople of two million, that’s a whole lotta stiffs. One might say “that’s little when compared to the six million victims of the Holocaust”, but what does that mean? that the lives of Christian Armenians or of European Jews are worth more than those of Muslims? Can’t you see that those who were shot at Srebrenica, Koricanske Stijene, Prijedor, Visegrad and countless other places in BiH – almost all in the back, blindfolded, with hands tied, because those cowardly Serbs where too lily-livered to shoot them while looking them in the eyes! And there is one Oradour-sur-Glane in France, there is one Lidice in Czech, but there are hundreds of Oradours and Lidices in Bosnia-Herzegovina! And in Rwanda! And in Burma!) Is not someone who was shot in the back in Bosnia, or clubbed to death in Rwanda, or shot in Burma, just for being what he was and having the name he had, as dead as a European Jew who was gassed to death, for the same reason? How darfe someone sday I’m disparaging the victims of the Holocaust when I mention the Bosniaks? That too is racism! And a very perverse form of racism at that! And right now we have a return of the evil times of 1933-1945, what with populism and ultranationalism which bear in themselves the seeds of authoritarianism, fascism and racism! The leaders and supporters of which are an illiberal (as Viktor Orbán said it!), antidemocratic, inhuman clique whose views are not an opinion but a crime, and must be suppressed. I will not greet them with “peace, bro”; I will not try to talk reasonably with them, and less with courtesy. I will not turn the other cheek, I will not be led like a lamb to the slaughter. And yes, I am morally superior and I am beter than such people. I am better and more intelligent,,or in any case more decent than the Trumpiots, than the Pegida idiots in Eastern Germany, than the old and new Nazis, the cetniks, than Daesh and than their narrow minded supporters, even though I am determined to play as dirty as they do. I intend to play as dirty as they do, because if by playing according to Marquess of Queensberry rules I risk losing then I’d rather not. Even still I will be morally and intellectually superior to them because I’m not a racist, I’m not a fascist and I don’t crave power. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and also I don’t want to take the burden, the responsibility and be resented by the populace for that; politics is a dirty and thankless job and only pays off if you play it dirty, and I’m too decent for that. Not to forget I’m genetically superior too, because I’m of mixed “race” descent and not pure-bred. I’m proud of that. I’m also proud that my daughter is of mixed European and African descent. Pure-bred species tend to degenerate. Indeed if I had to take part in politics, in order to succeed I’d have to be worse that Attila, Gengis Khan, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Milosevic all rolled into one. I’d have to be willing to walk over mountains of corpses and wade through the blood of innocents up to my neck. Because man is man’s wolf and man’s shark. I don’t want to stand before my Creator with innocent blood in my hands.) I just want to live my life in peace. But who steps on my toes, I want to smash him into the ground. Who tries to convince me that I should turn the other cheek and give them my shirt when they have already taken my coat, just tries to put me on, and who tries to put me on is insulting my intelligence and thus my person, and deserves to be smashed into the ground. Unfortunately this world is getting darker and taking a great step backwards, what with the renaissance of populism, ultranationalism, demagogy, “alternative facts”, racism, fascism, authoritarianism, 19th century and Dark Ages ideology, Trumpism, Nazism, Putinism. Cognitive dissonance – a cancer that rots the brain, they keep thelling people that the sky is green, that 2+2 = 5 – or 3 if it so suits them – and in the end the poor saps out there can no longer say whether the sky is actually green or blue, can no longer distinguish between 3, 4 or 5, and will go out and kill their neighbors if their leaders say so, which they already did in BiH. And don’t think it can’t happen in the USA. It can, and it will. It has happened in Europe already and it will happen again! I almost regret having conceived a daughter. My parents were better off than me, and I’m better off than her; but she’s smarter than me, and ths’s my hope for her. But I wonder if she will be able to avoid having to marry a fat, ugly, lecherous, dirty old man just because he’s rich and can thus assure her material well-being. I wish her the best. I really do.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      It does make me feel better. The rule of law seems not to have been completely abolished in the USA – for now.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Well, I will always call an evil fool an evil fool if that’s what you mean. There is no reason and no justification in collectively blaming all Muslims (nota bene, I assume you don’t). But for those who do, I have nothing but hate and contempt. It is such people who committed the genocides in BiH, Rwanda, Central African Republic and Burma (well, actually the genocidals are nothing but robbers and bandits besides rapists and murderers, but those who support genocide ands genocidals are just what I described them. Anyway, I wish them all a sticky end, and a most hideous one at that. They richly deserve it). Besides that, fascism is not an opinion, it’s a crime. So therefore all fascists are criminals and I feel entitled to blame them collectively for genocide. Having said that, not all Serbs or all Rakhine are fascists, but it suffices that a large number of them are, so I can’t but regard them all with suspicion.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Tsk, tsk, tsk. How people make fools of themselves. Evil fools at that. I have no sympathy whatsoever for those who follow populists, fascists, racists and ultranationalists. None at all.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Better to fight dirty than to lose. Better to strike them down than to turn the other cheek. Better to kill in self-defense than to be led like a lamb to the slaughter. And yes, as long as I am the one being attacked, as long as I am teh tartget of aggression, I do have the higher moral ground. The CHUTZPAH you have demanding of me to be victimized so I can have the higher moral ground. What good is the higher moral ground if I’m killed, expelled from my home country, robbed or humiliated, or all of the above? Yes indeed, if some fascist anti-Muslim thugs come to do any of that to me I solemnly swear I will take down with me to the Nether-world six genocidal side-boys. That’s a promise.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      This sort of collectivist mentality is fascism, pure and simple, and its adherents are fascists, nothing else.

The Georgia Security Force: Islamophobia in the USA

There is an all white militia in Georgia calling itself the Georgia Security Forces (GSF) which is likely another iteration of the KKK.  We might need someone like General Sherman to take care of group’s like this if their racism and hatred gets out of hand.

Aljazeera has the scoop.:

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    • Friend of Bosnia

      In 1995 the Americans did the right thing for once and saved the Bosniaks from total extermination. But I’m only middlin’ pleased with the solution they came up with. I mean, handing the aggressor the ill-gotten gains of aggression on a silver platter! And now, would they help the Bosniaks again?

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Tsk, tsk, tsk. Shame on you. Are you really that daft?

    • Floki

      Without mentioning the obvious (or, perhaps, mentioning the obvious), you’ve brought up an incredibly valid point in my view – this is not a One-Way Street. Blood-shed breeds blood-shed … with a big DUH toward that end. It always will. If all is timed just right and well, diplomacy might (perhaps) breed diplomacy … it just might. We’ve removed ourselves (globally) so much from that point that the terms “hope” and “understanding” may as well be removed from our vocabulary altogether.

      I honestly believe that we may all learn from one another – may we agree or disagree – yet, we’re all too bloody stupid to give a rip. Well, that’s that. I’ll see you in Valhalla, or Heaven, or Paradise, or Hell (Norway), or Boston (their candied baked beans are alright by me).

    • Floki

      In the eyes of indigenous Americans, whitey is nothing but a nothing-and-no-good invader. Please do reach within yourself and tell me how wonderful it is that whitey invaded and conquered the New World’s “savages”. With that line of logic, what’s wrong with Muslims and all their Islam “invading” the New World and the technologically advanced “savages” who might push a button to kill when weepy and offended?

      Fair is fair, right?

      Power is power, right?

      Damn understanding, sympathy and empathy!!! Might and white makes right!!!

    • CowabungaCreeper

      No, see everything muslims do that’s inconvenient to the counterjihadklan’s arguments, is taqqiyakitmansaudipetrodollars.

    • CowabungaCreeper

      You have to laugh at the cognitive dissonance on display from these morons. You’d think the people who’ve been rampaging across the globe for 241 years would know what an invasion looks like,

    • Americans are threatened by invaders??? Really? Because the REALITY is that America is invading OTHER PEOPLE’s countries. Not the other way around.

      Don’t YOU underestimate Syrians, Iraqis, Palestinians, Libyans, Afghans, etc when they are not only THREATENED by American invaders, but are relentlessly attacked!

    • No Quarter

      You are not wrong. Things have changed. islam=death

    • No Quarter

      Do not underestimate Americans when threatened by an invader. What has islam attracted? The list of murders is endless. Dylann Roof has not a thing todo with this. Get your shit straight. islam=death

    • JD

      Best Troll would be start a Muslim Only branch of

      Georgia Security Force and hand out food public in full Islamic Clothes and make sure media cover it

    • Joey Sanders

      Lol. They probably fight terror as much as George Bush fought the Vietnamese while he was stationed in Texas during the Vietnam War.

    • AJ

      Is that an onion?

    • mindy1

      That sounds about right…

    • mindy1

      Oregon?? That’s the bastion of liberalism in the U.S., surprising.

    • mindy1

      Oh this is helpful :/ can’t we buy an island someplace and let the extremists from both sides battle it out?!

    • HSkol

      LOL! I’d think that’s their base. I’d think, however, they may sow more objectionable seeds than that. I hope I’m wrong.

    • golden izanagi

      I would like to think that most of their recruits will be people who played call of duty too much and think they’re bad asses and can take on terrorists groups and bullet wounds can be healed just by waiting it out just like in the games.

    • JD

      I want to know what church they went to We they radicalized at church at home or online Is this part of hidden Christianity we don’t hear about…..How many media van out side there house covering this…

      That from Bizarro Fox News

    • HSkol

      These dudes are scary – but hilarious all the same.

      Rogue elements? Rogue elements? Doncha think these fellers are likely enough to attract persons not all that unlike Dylann Roof? Oh, that’s right, only “the other guys” have rogue elements. Rogue elements …

    • Ilisha


Paul Golding Spreads Lie That London Muslims Celebrated Paris Terror Attack

The meme that Muslims, especially Western Muslims, whether they be in New York or London, celebrate terror attacks is a persistent trope used over and over again by Islamophobes. Christian missionary David Wood uses it, President Donald Trump uses it and now the leader of a small anti-Muslim party named Paul Golding has tweeted a video he claims shows “‘moderate’ Muslims celebrating the Paris terror attack in London.”:

Sadly for Golding, as MEND Community has shown, the video is actually Pakistani cricket fans celebrating their team’s victory in the 2009 World Cup.

The tweet has been deleted though no correction/apology has been posted by Golding or Britain First.

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    • HSkol

      Goodness. Did some snooping today after reading plenty of posts guided by nothing more than cognitive dissonance. You’ve likely already seen them; but, two particular posters have built private and anonymous accounts so that they can do whatever they do in word between them – probably just gossip. One of them – conniving, the other – pretty immensely naïve … like me!

  • Got it. I understand. Self destruct now, please.

US Culture of Death: Orgasmic Over “Mother Of All Bombs” Dropped on Afghanistan

This is the largest bomb ever dropped in the world after the two nuclear bombs that were dropped on Japan. In the US there have been celebrations and joy over the attack, with many describing it as “what freedom looks like” and praising the “red, white and blue.”

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    • HSkol

      HSkol, you’re cute. No one else will ever say that to you, so I found myself impelled to do so.

      *multiple self appreciative personality disorder … or something*

  • HSkol

    Two very different people with perhaps very different understandings of the world, you and I – yet, we align as siblings (uh, siblings who actually get along, that is *snicker*). Innocently, I heart you.

    Monitoring human rights is the trickiest of the tricky – yet, I think about it often, seeing multiple sides, feeling for all, not understanding all, but wishing to promote self-determination. Your first paragraph is a stamp of reality – I see it; however, the “pious” often enough reject such words at every level. Please permit me to quote Nietzsche, the philosopher I agree with 47% of the time. Further, please do not accept his “grouping” of persons literally, however.

    From The Will to Power:

    342. . . .

    b. The inconsistent type. War is waged against evil—there is a belief that war waged for Goodness sake does not involve the same moral results or affect character in the same way as war generally does (and owing to which tendencies it is detested as evil). As a matter of fact, a war of this sort carried on against evil is much more profoundly pernicious than any sort of personal hostility; and generally, it is “the person” which reassumes, at least in fancy, the position of opponent (the devil, evil spirits, etc.). The attitude of hostile observation and spying in regard to everything which may be bad in us, or hail from a bad source, culminates in a most tormented and most anxious state of mind: thus “miracles,” rewards, ecstasy, and transcendental solutions of the earth-riddle now became desirable…. The Christian type: or the perfect bigot.

    Well, that made sense before being called to duty – helping my daughter with her homework.

Theresa May Didn’t “Refuse” Saudi Leaders On Hijab Headscarf

Theresa May, the conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom did not make some “bold feminist” stand against the Saudi leadership by not donning the hijab or headscarf when she visited the kingdom. May, was simply dressing as many other female leaders have while visiting Saudi Arabia. (h/t: MEND community)

Theresa May has worn the hijab when visiting mosques in the UK:

All of this stupidity obscures the real problems in the UK-Saudi relationship: the carte blanche support the UK gives to Saudi Arabia in terms of military sales and diplomatic cover as it pummels Yemen and aides transnational “Salafi-jihadi” organizations.

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    • Daniel S.

      Wow, I am new to this site and didn’t expect such ignorant remarks, emperor. Viredae made a great response. Quite frankly, some fashion gossip is a welcome reprieve from the Bashar Assad/Russia Today/Press TV/AlManar narrative that you shoehorned at the end. Saudi Arabia should be faulted for not doing enough in the past 40 years to protect muslim communities from Iranian terror. If the US did not invade two sovereign nations and hand them to Iran perhaps things would be different ie better?

    • Viredae

      And the… the carte blanche support the UK gives to Saudi Arabia in terms of military sales and diplomatic cover as it “pummels Yemen” Is not an issue because that’s literally the position of every single country outside of Iran and Russia (and, of course, the Houthis who are funded by Iran), and if your opinion matches Iran and Russia, you may need some self-reflection on your opinions.

      Also, which “Salafi-Jihadis” groups? Considering Saudi Arabia has the Muslim Brotherhood on their terrorist list, and even the resistance groups in Syria they support are only part of the least responsible for civillian casualties )that honor goes to Assad’s regime at 90% and ISIS with the remaining 9.5%), this sounds like more lies fed to scared Muslims in order to pit them against each other.

      So literally, this outrage is stupidity masking nothing but bigotry.

    • Nomez

      Damn. That was deep.

    • sasboy

      You cannot refuse to do something someone has not asked you to do.

    • mindy1

      Typical “news”, pushes an agenda without knowing the full story. :/

Hindutva Activists Care More About Cows Than Humans

Hindutva “art”

Is India now a nation that reveres cows more than it does human beings? In India you can be killed on the allegation that you are eating or selling cows. Ironically enough India is also the largest exporter of beef in the world.

A Muslim man has died in western India after he was attacked by hundreds of Hindu cow protection vigilantes, the latest attack in a spate of mob killings in the name of the revered animal.

Police said on Wednesday that Pehlu Khan, 55, had died in hospital two days after a group attacked his cattle truck on a road in Alwar in the desert state of Rajasthan.

Gangs of “cow protectors” have been implicated in killing at least 10 people in the past two years as the welfare of the animal has become an increasingly charged issue in Indian politics.

Cows are revered by most of India’s majority Hindu community and beef consumption is permitted in only eight of the country’s 29 states and territories.

Read the entire article

Hindutva, is a Hindu nationalist movement with various strains of thought and political tendencies that was formed to impose a Hindu Rashtra (state) across India.

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    • Friend of Bosnia

      Yes, why just that small strip of land around Neum? After all, at some time a sizeable part of the Dalmatian coast was part of the Ottoman eyalet of Bosnia, but maybe after the campaign of Prince Eugene of Savoy in 1683 that canged hands; I’d have to look it up; fortunately I have good books

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Yes, Akbar surely was a humanist and I think Shah Jahan too. Of course each situation was different. Yet tehre are parallele. History has shown that (until Daesh came along) Muslims in Muslim-majority lands mostly behaved better to non-Muslim minorities than Christian majorities (to a lesser degree Hindus, and Jews only after 1948) towards Muslim minorities (see Spain in the 15th-17th centuries and [former] Yugoslavia in the 20th century, as the most striking and most parallel examples)

    • I watched a travel show and wondered why so much choice land appeared to go to Croatia, leaving just a small port for Bosnia.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Most people are lazy thinkers but for me, everyone who accepts fascism is malicious. Even if they think they’re not. Even if they’re really just lazy thinkers. They’re fascists, then they’re evil and that’s that. They have condemned themselves. They deserve no mercy and no quarter. No questions asked and no benefit of the doubt. Only if they ask for forgiveness and honestly and credibly distance themselves from fascism, only if they are willing to make up for the evil that they or their friends committed in the name of their nation, can they be shown any consideration. If not, let them suffer the fate they intend for their victims. May they, not us, disappear from the face of the Earth. May they, not us, be thrown on the rubbish heap of history. I offer peace to everyone who wants to keep peace with me. Who wants war, shall get it. I’m not willing to turn the other cheek. I’m not willing to give my shirt too to the one who wants my coat. Who asks such of me, insults and offends me, indeed, I must assume that he wants to hit and rob me himself. I cannot but regard such people as my enemies.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Well, the Serbs see it as “land division.” The Bosniaks with more justification, as what it is, as “land theft.” All of Eastern Bosnia that now is “RS” had a majority of Bosniaks before the war. Serbs were 30-40% if the population, at most.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      History has shown again and again that the QUOTE sense of ‘revenge’ against Muslims for ruling over them UNQUOTE is just a pretext for land grab, robbery and dispossession. So it was in 15th-16th century Spain and in Bosnia-Herzegovina 500 years later. In India and in Burma it’s no different either.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      It’s more that that, it’s fascism pure and simple. And it’s just about land grab, robbery and dispossession. That’s all. Words cannot express how much revulsion and hate – yes, all-out hate – I feel for people (people?) who do that.

    • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

      Japan is a pretty hegemonic society and it seems that most don’t know much more about Islam and Muslims besides the usual stereotypes. I will point out that there are some real influential Islamic studies scholars who are Japanese such as Izutusu.

    • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

      I agree. The parallels are NOT the same. Partition is not the same as colonization and settlement. Muslims were not migrating for a Muslim nationalist project from elsewhere to the subcontinent, they were there for thousands of years. I was reading Hannah Arendt’s Origins on Totalitarianism and was surprised to see her use this example as well. It seems a lot of individuals fall for it. If its not malicious its usually laziness.

    • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

      It wasn’t in my estimation only about convenience. It was in part due to necessity, there was an overwhelming Hindu population and practically to run the empire they had to promote harmony, that’s why many Hindus were patronized and included in government and military. Also, it is true that many of the Moghul rulers were actually humanists, check out the great work “The Last Mughal” by William Dalrymple. I won’t lay the blame for all these events at the feet of non-Muslims, each situation was different.

    • mindy1

      Cows are now seen above non Hindu PEOPLE, how messed up is that?!?!?! They remind me of PETA with a dash of religious/nationalistic fervor thrown in. >:(

    • cmyfe .

      I’m glad to hear your opinion. The idea of united India was meant to assimilate Muslims into the Hindu culture by democratic tyranny and eventually making them lose their religion. Shuddi movement is an open example.

      Although Pakistan has struggled to fulfill the purpose and potential it posesses but InshaAllah it will get there or make way for a bigger power to emerge.

    • cmyfe .

      Not the same argument at all. The Muslims of sub continent weren’t brought from other parts of the world. They were local. Also, Jinnah was actually pro unity but when Congress won the elections he saw that Muslims would have to lose their identity in order to live in a united India. He presented 14 points to safeguard some interests of Muslims but those were denied by the Hindu majority politicians. There are many reasons for the behavour of Hindus against Muslims including a sense of ‘revenge’ against Muslims for ruling over them.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Let’s hope not. You see, fascism has become fashionable again worldwide, like in the 1930s. Based on the facts that the Austrians didn’t elect a populist candidate as their new President; that the Dutch did not elect Geert Wilders after all; that the AfD in Germany has lost points; that Trump can’t do just as he pleases after all; can we say that fascism is again on the wane? Maybe it’s too early for that, but let’s keep our fingers crossed. As I have said before, why is it that the Japanese treated their Russian POWs of the war of 1905 and their German POWs of WW I quite humanely; and the Allied POWs of WW II so beastly? (But then, they always behaved beastly to the Chinese. btw I wonder if there’s so much islamophobia in Japan as elsewhere; considering that there are so few Muslims in Japan.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      Yes, there must have been a sort of convivencia. Not because the Moghul rulers were humanists but because it was convenient. Yet it worked. After all, the proportion of Muslims in India was rather small, even at the height of the Mughal Empire. Yet, peaceful coexistence was possible – until the non-Muslims decided to shatter it, for their own gain. And to rob and kill as many people as they could, whose only fault was their forename. Like in Al Andalus. Like in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    • Friend of Bosnia

      No, this goes too far. To justify murder with that. Apart from that I find regarding cattle as sacred is pretty ridiculous, but I respect everyone’s beliefs – as long as they don’t attack me for mine. Who does that deserves to be hit on the head. And very hard too.

    • I really dislike parallels drawn between Israel and Pakistan because, whatever the justification for creating a separate state, the difference between land *division* land *theft* is an abyss.

    • AJ

      I am not sure about your argument. Are you saying that the issue of religious freedom was used to create Israel?

    • JD

      That is the same argument for Israel( which I understand were they are coming from but Dont agree with the location of israel or it’s refusal to declare final borders ) better idea would be to stop taking things to the extreme try to get along

    • AJ

      News like this make me happy that Pakistan was created. God bless Jinnah and Iqbal and all others that made Pakistan a reality. Ameen. They realized that Muslims needed a separate nation to retain any similitude of religious freedom.

    • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

      Hindustan actually is not the term that is pushed by Hindutva, rather the term that is pushed is Bharat to keep in line with some Hindu scriptures. Hindustan was actually used by the Delhi Sultanate and Moghuls as a term to describe their empires. It was also what Indian Muslims, Hindus etc. rallied around during the Sepoy Rebellion and is one that speaks to a history of convivencia.

    • Joey Sanders

      Bollywood has been pushing the Hindutva thing for years without realizing it. By actors calling India “Hindustan” it played into the very hands of the radicals.

      The problem with India is that there are over one billion people in the country. They have a large number of educated people in their population, but India’s population consists of a large uneducated mass as well within their ranks. This is going to be a rising problem in India for years to come.

      Also, the War on Terror also plays a role in this as well. Many Hindus worship whiteness due to the years under colonial occupation. If you don’t believe me, keep in mind there is a sizable market in the country to purchase cosmetics that makes one’s skin look lighter. If they think white people hate Muslims, then they will go along with the hatred as well.

    • cmyfe .

      This is sad news but I am not surprised. Expect more of this. Let these times be known as fulfilled predictions of the Muslims of sub-continent.

    • Heinz Catsup

      I support animal rights but, like with PETA’s methods, this isn’t the way to go about it.

    • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

      Reports of these kinds of attacks have become more frequent. Has Hindutvazation of India reached a point of no return, is India’s secular democracy nears its last days?

The “Jew Killing Hadith” And The Myth of An Antisemitic Genocide In Muslim Scripture

via. Huffington Post, By Yaqeen Institute

How an apocalyptic tradition played into the hands of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hatemongers

A Jordanian cleric visiting Canada recently misleadingly cited a hadith without context or explanation, which rightly triggered condemnations from the Muslim community as well as numerous headlines around the world. A hadith is an oral report transmitted from the Prophet Muhammad, and can be incredibly complex as one needs to evaluate all the chains of transmission of a particular statement recorded in a hadith in order to arrive at an appropriate conclusion of what the particular hadith is actually talking about. In this case, a single phrase was cited, one describing rocks and trees calling out to Muslims, “There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

This is not the first time that this text has been used to foment anti-Semitic sentiment within the Muslim community. Muslim leaders and scholars must forcefully denounce such rhetoric and clarify Islam’s unequivocal condemnation of all forms of anti-semitism, racism, discrimination, and xenophobia. Of course, Islamophobes pounced on the opportunity to trigger alarm bells and generate a new wave of propaganda accusing Muslims of genocidal ambitions towards Jews, and to claim that Islam is inherently anti-Semitic and a threat to Western civilization.

Explanation of the misquoted hadith

A story about a supernatural apocalyptic battle between good and evil

When we look up different narrations of the Hadith in question, we find out that the phrase being quoted is actually part of a larger narrative in the genre of eschatology (the part of theology dealing with the end times and the Day of Judgment), describing the return of Jesus and the apocalyptic battle between Jesus and the Dajjal (Antichrist). [1] In this battle that will take place between the armies of Jesus and the Dajjal, several miracles are said to occur including that the Dajjal will melt when Jesus sees him, and that inanimate rocks and trees will speak and identify soldiers of the Dajjal (Sunan Ibn Majah 4077).

This is a story about a battle between two groups of soldiers involved in war, one side of which is clearly unjust; it does not refer to innocent civilians. And it’s not actually a battle about ‘Muslims versus Jews’! As a matter of fact, Muslims believe that all righteous Christians, Jews, and Muslims will be following Jesus after he returns (Qur’an 4:159), while misguided Christians, Jews, and Muslims will be following the Dajjal. Indeed, other Hadith demonstrate that many of the Dajjal’s forces will actually be deviant Muslims (Sunan Ibn Majah 179).[2]

Jews are amongst the good guys in the Muslim apocalypse

Moreover, the vast majority of Jews will NOT be followers of the Dajjal, as hadith commentary describe that the Dajjal’s followers will come from only two out of the twelve Israelite tribes, while most Jews will be righteous folk amongst the forces of good uniting with virtuous Christians and Muslims (Fayd al-Bari, Anwar Shah Kashmiri, 4/197). [3] After all, the Dajjal will be a murderous dictator who claims to be God, an anathema to all followers of the Abrahamic tradition as well as to all people of conscience.

Muslims do not believe that rocks and trees will be pointing out random innocent bystanders, but rather soldiers of the Dajjal – combatants who are themselves involved in killing innocent people. It is about these specific combatants in the Antichrist army that rocks and trees will say, “There is one hiding behind me, come and slay him!” The religious identity of the Dajjal’s soldiers includes evildoers from all backgrounds (including misguided Muslims). Other variants of the hadith state that the rocks and trees will simply say, “Here is a rejector of truth hiding behind me!” (Musnad Ahmad 3546), and do not use the word “Jew” to describe them.

Therefore, this hadith describes a future battle between warriors and can only occur after the return of Jesus; in no way can this hadith be interpreted as a prescription to go out and harm civilians or peaceful members of any faith community. The Qur’an explicitly condemns violence against civilians and non-combatants, stating “Whoever kills a soul it is as if he has slain all humanity,” (5:32) and, “So if they withdraw and do not fight you, and offer you peace, then God gives you no way against them,” (4:90). War is only permitted in defense against aggression or to aid the oppressed, as in the case of Jesus fighting against the Dajjal’s forces.

The question of Anti-Semitism and the Armageddon

All three Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) have well-established traditions about a prophesied Messiah who will engage in a battle against the forces of evil in the end times, whether it be the return of Christ who will battle all the nations of the earth, or the coming of the Masiach ben Yossef who will destroy the Edomites and enemies of Israel. [4] All three groups have had to explicate these esoteric eschatological passages in order to steer clear of antagonism towards other communities. In 2012, A DNC County Chairman resigned after he said, “The Christians just want us to be there so we can be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ.” [5]The Bible describes the Armageddon in painful terms regarding the enemies of Christ/Israel (See: Zechariah 14:12). [6] It’s necessary for people of all faiths to not allow their texts about the end times to be hijacked in a way that validates hateful speech or actions in the present. All Abrahamic faiths have eschatological teachings that are esoteric and require careful critical interpretation. The mainstream leaders of all faith communities have consistently emphasized tolerance and respect for others.

Islam denounces all forms of anti-Semitism and racism

The Prophet Muhammad taught his companions to respect people of all faith backgrounds and to care for everyone. He said, “Donate in charity to people of all faiths” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah 3/177) [7] and he personally used to donate money regularly to sponsor a Jewish family in his community. [8] When the Prophet saw the funeral procession of a Jew passing by, he stood up out of respect. When some companions pointed out that the deceased was not Muslim, he rebuked them stating, “Is it not a human soul?” (Sahih Bukhari 1250). The lesson here is to respect all humanity. Some Jews converted to Islam and yet others, like the Rabbi Mukhayriq, continued to practice Judaism and still remained on good terms with the Prophet (Seerah Ibn Hisham 1/518). Even when the Prophet passed away, he had his armor mortgaged to a Jewish person (Sahih Bukhari 2759), a narration that shows he maintained good relations with Jews until his death. As the Qur’an says, “(God) instructs you to deal kindly and justly with anyone who has not fought you for your faith or driven you out of your homes: God loves the just,” (60:8). According to Al-Tabari, one of the earliest commentators, this verse encourages good relations with “all the sects, creeds, and religions,” (Tafsir al-Tabari 60:8). These Qur’anic teachings have inspired Muslims throughout the ages. During World War II, the Grand Mosque in Paris rescued Jews fleeing the Nazis and provided them with a safe haven and means of escape. This is the legacy that Muslims must recall and revive.

In addition to respecting other faiths, Islam prohibits harming others and places great emphasis on Muslims maintaining positive relationships with those outside the faith. The Prophet Muhammad issued a stark warning about persecuting others, “Whoever harms a non-Muslim at peace with us will never smell the fragrance of paradise, although its fragrance can be found a distance of forty years of travel,” (Sahih Bukhari 6516). On the Day of Judgment, the Prophet himself will argue on behalf of persecuted non-Muslims and against the Muslims who persecuted them, “If anyone wrongs a non-Muslim at peace with us, violates his rights, burdens him with more work than he is able to do, or takes something from him without his consent, then I will be his advocate on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sunan Abi Dawud 3052). This stunning indictment should make any Muslim think twice before hurting anyone.

Yaqeen Institute will be releasing a full research paper studying the relationship between Muslims and Jews during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad and during Islamic history by the end of April 2017.

[1] Fath al-Bari by Ibn Hajar al-’Aqsalani, Sharh Sahih Muslim by al-Nawawi, Umdatul-Qari by Badr al-Deen al-’Ayni.

[2] T​his narration states that he will emerge from the deviant group known as the Khawarij (Sunan Ibn Majah 179), and according to commentaries on Ibn Majah, he will emerge at the head of a great army (“jaysh al-adheem”) of Khawarij (Shuruh Sunan Ibn Majah, edited by Raed Sabri Ibn Abi Ulfah). Another narration ​(​Sahih Bukhari 1881) states that he will be joined by the inhabitants of Makkah and Madinah who are Munafiqeen – those who outwardly claim to be Muslim but whose insincerity in faith will be evident once they join forces with the Dajjal.

[3] Fayd al-Bari explains, “This is only about the Jews whom Jesus is fighting against, namely those in the armies of Dajjal.” In fact, if Dajjal is followed by a cult of seventy thousand wearing green shawls this amounts to less than 0.5% of the global population, a tiny fraction.

[4] “Appendix II – Mashiach in Jewish Law by Rabbi Dr. J. Immanuel Schochet, from his book “Mashiach – the Messianic Era in Jewish Law” on Dr. Schochet writes, “Interestingly enough, according to Pirkei deR. Eliezer ch. 28 (in non-censored versions), the Ishmaelites (Arabs) will be the final kingdom to be defeated by Mashiach.”



[7] Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, and Silsilah al-Saheehah vol 6, p628. Arabic: ( تصدقوا على أهل الأديان كلها)

[8] Kitab al-Amwal, Abu Ubayd al-Qasim ibn Sallam d224H, pp727-728, Dar alShuruq 1989​. Arabic: ( عن سعيد بن المسيب أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم تصدق على أهل بيت من اليهود بصدقة ، فهي تجري عليهم ​).

Guest Authors:

Dr. Nazir Khan is a Research Director at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. He is also an Imam and member of the Manitoba Fiqh Committee. He holds an ijaazah in theology, Quran and Hadith and is the founder

Imam Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at SMU (Southern Methodist University). He is also the Resident Scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square.

Justin Parrott is a Research Fellow at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. He holds a BA in Physics, English from Otterbein University. He also holds a MLIS from Kent State University and a MRes in Islamic Studies in progress from University of Wales. He currently serves at NYU in Abu Dhabi.

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    • DinoN

      I do not know much about religion. But why shouldn’t we be human beings first then religious? WE spend 99% of our time working & playing together and in this period we try to make a living and accusing each other of racism. What about the 1% of our time? For me, I keep track of my Portfolio and stay out of trouble and do not pay attention to the scholars.

    • Ajay Kumar

      There was no intentional snide remark from my side. If it appeared so to you then it may have been due to your sensitivity to the truth and your lack of knowledge of the subject.

      Those contradictions are allover the place, in every avenue of life. You may be their spokesperson but you seem to have no clue to them and what they hide. You should study the subject before try and defend it. No offense intended. An no snide remark intended.

    • S.Philips

      Cyrus Schofield was mere human being…just like anyone else…

    • Khizer

      Original Poster (of a comment, thread, picture, etc.)

    • I keep seeing OP everywhere. What does it stand for?

    • Not bad. In my view, the conflict is and always has been primarily a land dispute. In the early decades, the Palestinian response was almost entirely secular, and it was Israel that helped bolster Hamas in order to counter the increasingly moderate PLO.

      I was just thinking the other day about the mentality of the Israelis. I really think they need to come to terms with the reality of how their state came into being. From the outside, it’s obvious but not, apparently, from within. I read a book years ago called, “The New Israelis,” where the author described how astonished he was to realize how the founding of Israel has displaced Arabs.

      All nations have founding myths, but Israelis seem to have a deep psychological resistance to challenging theirs. It’s not as if it’s the only racist colonial settler nation in the world. America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand…and even Argentina, among others, got their start that way and as far as I know, none of these countries are in denial about this. Sure, they may downplay that aspect of their history, but they don’t deny it.

      Yet Israel tries to pretend their founding was not colonial and that they aren’t racist. Those aren’t evidence-based conclusions.

      Unless and until they face up to reality, I don’t think we’re going to get anywhere. They should admit that their state was founded at the expense of the Palestinians, and apologize. That would go a very long way! They could say, “Hey, listen, our main objective was not to hurt you, but rather to save ourselves and to have a nation of our own. But like a person who jumps from a window and lands on another while trying to escape from a burning building, we did inadvertently harm you, and for that, we’re sorry.”

      I can scarcely imagine how much that would mean. Really. It sounds to simple and yet it’s profound…and a long way off, if it ever happens at all.

      The more Israel has to deny its collective psychological denial, the more entrenched, self righteous and brutal they seem to become. I think they’d actually be relieved themselves, even if they don’t realize it now.

      If you think this sounds off, then I encourage you to read the Israeli media, and seriously try to get a feel for their consensus reality. It’s really quite fascinating!

    • Cyrus Schofield isn’t God.

    • Okay. Word of the “Living God,” as long as it’s not word of the alleged “racist real estate agent in the sky,” aka Cyrus Schofield and his Zionist handlers.

    • S.Philips

      I quoted from Word of Living God….that remains same yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever.

    • S.Philips

      I quoted bible verses. No christian or Jew who believe God of Bible, never ever can turn their back to Jehovah God’s words.

    • 1DrM

      Condescending ahistorical Zionist rubbish.

Canada: Islamophobic Mob Disrupts Townhall Meeting, Rip Apart Quran

These are the self-proclaimed heroes of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and western civilization who decry so-called Muslim intolerance but will happily disrupt a townhall event on some trumped up fear and anxiety that Muslim school children are taking over public schools by privately praying together for 15 minutes.

Sadly, these same types are the ones who are leading the US government now.

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    • As I indicated previously, I don’t do diplomacy. No apologetics. Zero appeasement. Believe whatever you want. How can I possibly be any clearer?

    • Ben

      I see that you tend to the “minority view” while not wanting to take a stand for it. Sounds timid but probably stems from diplomacy not so much from scholarship. The latter you have preemptively disclaimed.

      To “go ahead and believe whatever” was not my quest here. May I then assume that you are not speaking as one of Muslim faith? But thank you for the link you have provided and for the courteous reply even though it did not substantially add to my knowledge on the subject.

    • No, my statement is well-known to be true. Puberty was the standard in the ancient world, and there is no reason to be apologetic about that. I have yet to see a single scholar who advocates prepubescent sexual relations. The “sound mind” aspect comes from Islamic law.

      Now, when someone else here said that Judaism advocates pedophilia, notice that I pushed back against that and provided a link to a refutation that says it doesn’t. I’m not a scholar, but I’m willing to accept it when Jews tell me that’s not what their scripture says. What would be my motive for arguing? I don’t have an interest in demonizing Jews, and I don’t have an interest in engaging with anyone whose motive is demonizing Muslims. It’s a waste of time.

      I remember a few years ago someone on the Salafi path telling me to never debate this matter. Never engage in apologetics. If someone says, “Aisha was 6 when she was betrothed, and 9 when the marriage was consummated,” just say, “Yes she was, and thank you for noticing.” Not because that’s a fact. Her age is unknown. But rather because this is almost never a good faith debate.

      People engaging in good faith don’t need to be appeased, and people who are not engaging in good faith can’t be appeased. So you go ahead and believe whatever you like.

    • So not actual evidence then.

      The minimum requirements for marriage on Islam are (1) passage through puberty, and (2) being of sound mind, and thus capable of entering into a contract.

    • Ben

      Anecdotal evidence. Actually one view may be two I found during my browsing. I recall it only because it was unique and telling. But most others believed it was an example set by the Islamic Prophet and Muslims are to follow it. That it was okay if the child has had a period. Seemed gross to me.

How The Right Frames Muslims Through An Islamophobic Lens

Islamophobes see Muslims through a lens of hate, loathing, irrational fear and anger. This is why they are susceptible to the stupidities of seeing the following picture as a display of casual ambivalence/apathy in the face of horror.:

This is because they don’t view Muslims as human beings but rather as the demonic “other.” It’s also why they can’t make the connection of ambivalence and apathy when someone who looks like them, like this white guy walks past a victim.:

This is the general way bigots operate. Casually dehumanizing others. Maybe Mr. Texas Lone Star is hoping to hit it big and be the male Tomi Lahren.

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    • Yes, it’s a good idea for you to leave and find somewhere you feel more at home.

      Take care.


    • Art

      I’ve spent over an hour reading from this site. So far I’ve read nothing that “debunks” those you have labeled as loons. You’ve called them liars but have offered no real evidence to the contrary. You’ve resorted to name calling, which is a favored tactic used by those who have nothing of value to add. I had intended to ask some questions but why waste any more of my time.

    • Joey Sanders

      Tomi Lahren has been fired by the Blaze. I don’t thing she is going away. Her next stop is going to be co-hosting The View.

    • Awesome

      If “terrorism” were rationally defined….

      “Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.” – Peter Ustinov

    • Awesome

      I can’t believe how people link terrorist incidents to Islam. It’s obviously just pure coincidence that the perpetrators just happen to be muslim.

      It’s not a coincidence, it just isn’t Islam. A “terrorist” is just a criminal whose crime becomes a big media event to foster a political agenda. The fact that so many of them are “Muslim” (or at least from a Muslim background) has to do partly with the labeling process itself as well as the fact that Muslims are prime targets for patsy-seekers from both sides of the law.

      These right-wing racist bigots should read their history. In Islam’s 1400 years never has a single act of violence taken place in the name of the religion of peace.

      Any act of violence done in the name of religion does not necessarily have anything to do with the religion itself or its adherents as a whole, regardless of what the religion is.

    • Awesome

      If it’s only recent events that has given rise to violence from within Islam then like I said before in Islam’s 1400 year history there shouldn’t be any acts of violence whatsoever. But is this really the case?

      And there hasn’t been. Islam is a religion after all, not a person.

      You mean like the muslim conquests of Persia, Russo, Turkey, Egypt, Africa, Iberia, India, Balkans just to name a few? You criticise western nations for imperialism but quicky forget (or are ignorant to) your own bloody history.

      That’s hardly a fair comparison, since conquering enemy territories was a universally-established status quo 1400 years ago and was sometimes necessary for security, while today, there are international laws, treaties, and regulations governing such matters that render such actions totally unnecessary. Not only is the context different, but so is the process itself, as the conquests of medieval Christian Europeans were quite different to the conquests of medieval Muslim Arabs.

    • JD

      Just a little bit of Math here.. I know you Right winger idiots hate math and numbers. Attack on 9/11/2001 killed 2,996 people That caused enough anger to create 2 full scale invasions of 2 different country and a full Global war on terrorism( DRONES KILLING CAPTURE ) .Military recruitment ramped up after Sept. 11 attacks due to anger from the attacks. Various scientific surveys of Iraqi deaths resulting from the first four years of the Iraq War( NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11 ) estimated that between 151,000 and over one million Iraqis died as a result of conflict during this time 1,000,000 – 2996 ———————- ( write answer here )

      I dont understand why they would be mad at us for 151,000 to one million Iraqi civilians dead ?Maybe They will let it go like we did …

      and we have not even talk about 26,270 civilians in Afghanistan, and 21,500 in Pakistan 1,047770 – 2996 ———————-

    • JD

      Just a little bit of Math here.. I know you Right winger idiots hate math and numbers. Attack on 9/11/2001 killed 2,996 people That caused enough anger to create 2 full scale invasions of 2 different country and a full Global war on terrorism( DRONES KILLING CAPTURE ) .Military recruitment ramped up after Sept. 11 attacks due to anger from the attacks. Various scientific surveys of Iraqi deaths resulting from the first four years of the Iraq War( NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11 ) estimated that between 151,000 and over one million Iraqis died as a result of conflict during this time 1,000,000 – 2996 ———————- ( write answer here )

      What do you think the results will be 151,000 to one million Iraqi civilians dead ? and we have not even talk about 26,270 civilians in Afghanistan, and 21,500 in Pakistan 1,047770 – 2996 ———————-

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