Monthly Archives: March 2012

Islamic Art, Bridges the World at the Metropolitan Museum

“New Islamic Art Documentary Bridges Worlds” (touring the US )

Daniel Tutt is the Outreach Director at Unity Productions Foundation

“The mainstream portrayal of Islam does not usually deal with transcendent beauty, elegant ornamentation, or intricate calligraphy. But might art be one of the keys to healing some of the chasms and conflicts that have plagued Muslim-West relations over the last 10 years? The power of art to build bridges of understanding is becoming more recognized as a vital component to repairing the Muslim-West divide. The new exhibit on Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has already attracted thousands…”

“… the ART of living together.” ….OR NOT…..

  • No apologies.
  • No regrets for destroying churches and synagogues.
  • No mention of forced conversions.
  • The mandatory jizya tax for infidels.
  • The murders of those who resisted the oppression of Muslim Rule.
  • Celebrate Islamic Art.
  • Explore a ‘collaboration’ of cultures under Muslim Rule.

The “Beauty” of Islam. A “MIRROR of the INVISIBLE World”.

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On Thursday, March 15, 2012 (NYC)  6:00 PM I attended a screening of a new documentary at the Metropolitan Museum. A film made by the same team that brought us Inside Islam; What a Billion Muslims Think” in 2009,  Executive Producer Alex Kronemer and Director, Rob Gardner.

The evening was hosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Unity Productions Foundation and the Turkish Cultural Center.

The film,  Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World followed by a viewing of the new gallery

The Art of the Arab Lands: Turkey, Iran, central Asia and later South Asia

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The INTRODUCTIONS:

Donna Williams (Chief Audience Development Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art)   

Sheila Canby (Curator in Charge of Museum’s Department of Islamic Art)

Mehmet Kilic ( Vice President, Turkish Cultural Center New York)

Alex Kronemer (Executive Producer, Unity Production Foundation)

Kronemer (a revert to Islam) gave the audience a ‘proper’ Inter-Faith greeting, including Hindi. He explained, “The purpose of the film is to educate the American public. To display the ART of living together” and that we will be seeing 60 minutes of a 90 minute film.

The film introduced us to the visible and INvisible World of Islamic Art.

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Their goal:

“Working for Peace and Understanding through media and to shed Light on Islamic ‘culture’.

Two themes were omitted for the screening (didn’t say what they were). I think what we saw were “the Word, Space, Ornament and Color. ” We learned that Islamic figurative art is misunderstood.

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We were urged to

“Embrace good. Beautiful reconciliation. Avoid conflict. Choose LIFE” 

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THE FILM: 

A glowing look at Islamic history through the ART of Islamic World. No negatives, no destruction wrought by Muslim conquests, only of the beauty of Islamic Art.

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Islam is Beautiful. Peaceful.  Uplifting.  (Just look at their ART)

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From the Metropolitan Museum, New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia 

“With its geographic spread and long history, Islamic art was inevitably subject to a wide range of regional and even national styles and influences as well as changes within the various periods of its development. It is all the more remarkable then that, even under these circumstances, Islamic art has always retained its intrinsic quality and unique identity. Just as the religion of Islam embodies a way of life and serves as a cohesive force among ethnically and culturally diverse peoples, the art produced by and for Muslim societies has basic identifying and unifying characteristics. Perhaps the most salient of these is the predilection for all-over surface decoration. The four basic components of Islamic ornament are calligraphy, vegetal patterns, geometric patterns, and figural representation….from the seventh to the nineteenth century.”

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Some quotes I notated from the film, 

“Islamic Art. Part of who ‘we’ are today. Sheds light on our SHARED history. An anchor. A bridge.

An incredible journey. Beneath the surface. Mirror Images of the World. Physical manifestations. Mystery. Inspiration.  ‘Invisible’ pictures of nine countries; 1400 years of history in the making. Beautiful. Dramatic. Some buildings were opened just for this documentary.”

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Notes continued, “THE POWER OF IDEAS. Tell us what’s BEST in us. HOPE is common thread in these great works of Muslim artisans. The conflict and contact of civilizations. “Sometimes” political. A clash of civilizations BUT they CAME TOGETHER IN ART.

Most that was ‘troubled’ was forgotten. What was good, ART… survived. ” 

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TRIBES OF ARABIA

In the film, as Islam spreads rapidly across the map, ravaging Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, we are told this is when ‘ Islamic Art “developed” ‘ (AND IT WAS GOOD)

Part 2: THE WORD

Dawn. 610 AD. The Word of God. What Man Did Not know. The Quran was God’s Gift to Mankind.

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Film jumps now to Jerusalem. 692 AD and the “Dome of the Rock”, where “Big Mo’ was supposed to have ‘gone to heaven’.  (Susan Sarandon recites this narrative). We are told, the Arabic inscription that encircles the Dome makes it unique….in gold….like a HALO…but this is better than a Christian halo, cause its from the Qur’an (The Word). The environment is surrounded by The Word….

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And also SURROUNDED by minarets. But, it’s the 21st c. Why not APOLOGIZE.  Let it be a church as INTENDED    ………..    R-E-S-P-E-C-T   ……….

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We are told the focus when writing the words is on “the ART”. Because it’s calligraphy. ART. And its tools, ‘Artists’ tools. The Nib is trimmed to a certain type of point. Very important. Mystical. And the creation of paper made calligraphy even better. Paper was from China, the China of the Islamic Caliphate. But also, God speaks thru pen to paper. A meditation. Looking to see the divine. The Divine Presence in the Words.

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“War. Conflict. Triumph. Catastrophe. What endured? Creativity. Intelligence. The TRUE Legacy of Islam is Islamic ART.”

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ARCHITECTURE is the MIRROR of the Invisible World. The 7th c was ‘the turning point in history (no kidding)

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Part 3 – SPACE

The first mosques were simple unadorned brick. Damascus (Syria) 715 AD has one of the oldest. The great mosque has the largest mosaic in the world.

The largest mud brick building in the world is the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali.

Notes from screening continue:

“Violent Muslim Rebellion. Went to North Africa. 14th c Spain.  To Cordoba. They needed artisans who could make the mosaics.  It was a distinct art, different from Byzantine/Roman.

1453.  Muslims captured Constantinople, aka Istanbul. Suleiman was a great Cultural Patron. 16th c Making beautiful things; creating a NEW Empire. Like Solomon. Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock. Dome was worth re-doing. 1558.  He was a great patron architect. The Hagia Sophia. BETTER things were added. They IMPROVED it.”

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Quote from another article, University of Illinois Landscape Architecture Prof. Fairchild Ruggles points out,

“Sometimes material objects can be the bridge between one world and another. Translucent glass is beautiful regardless of your religious background. Monumental tall domes that stretch over the heads like the heavens above are awesome whoever you are.”

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Part 4 – ORNAMENT

“Heaven. Reflects deep interest in geometry. Central to Islam. Social need based on geometry. Directional time. prayer. navigate desert.

Secular, worldly images. Figurative Islamic Art. In Spain. 10th c. Griffins, Lions, Ivory, men on Horse. Regarding pictures of Mohammed, Muslims feared doing.

Textiles (faces). 16th c. India (Moghuls).  Diverse Heritage. Stone inlay. Cut and shape semi-precious stones. Jasper. Topaz. Flora. Fauna. Dramatic Islamic Art.

The Taj Mahal (1628) Love for wife in this mausoleum for woman who was so special to him, the mother of his children (no mention of other wives and other children)

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

In Qur’an we are told: 

 ” God said, ‘ To know me, know my creations.’ “

The Gallery;

After the screening we walked to the second floor. Had lots of freedom to walk around this new gallery,  taking pictures and video. Seemed to be no restrictions. It’s laid out well. Colorful. Attractive.

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There were many Muslim families and couples taking in the screening and gallery. I am assuming  this gallery will do well, as they tell their friends and families to check out the Islamic Art Tribute.  Still feel that the lack of a critique, of who influenced whom, was missing. Whose art was it really’ Who gets the credit. ( guess that’s why they call it a  ‘collaboration’)

Three Slides shows

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Islamic Art TV

” It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.

The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.”

Trailer for the documentary

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No discussion of forced conversions. No mention of cultures obliterated, just cultural collaboration.

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The destruction of churches and synagogues unmentioned just like Islamic slavery of the infidel ( still happening in the world today.)

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And as the Muslim Invasion continues, their version of history goes unchallenged in this visible and invisible world of the 21st c.

A Mirror of the World….

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An Evening with Pamela Geller at ZOA-Philadelphia (VIDEO) “The March of Islamic Supremacists”

On the evening of March 19, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pamela Geller of AtlasShrugs.com, SIOA (Stop Islamization of America), AFDI  (American Freedom Defense Initiative) and SION (Stop Islamization of Nations) gave a talk to a ‘full house’ at ZOA-Philadelphia.

 Ms Geller’s topic for the evening:  

“The March of Islamic Supremacists: Implications for America, Israel and the West and How To Stop It”.

 

 

Pamela Geller, is also the author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance

And her associate, Robert Spencer (JihadWatch.org)has a new book coming out (Amazon link here)


 
As for Ms. Geller, if you’ve never heard her speak, this is a great place to start. And for those who know and respect her already, it was a fabulous evening to inspire everyone to forge ahead, as part of a team, against the Islamist Hate Machine.

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Part 1 is brief introductions by ZOA executive officers, Steve Feldman and Lee Bender

Part 2 is Ms. Geller’s riveting, passionate and vitally important speech from “…. today’s “Paulette” Revere and blogger extraordinaire”.

Part 3 is a Q and A with the audience and Pamela Geller,  moderated by Steve Feldman

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Coming up ( on April 29, 2012 in Dearborn, Michigan) If you can, please join Geller and Spencer at the Jessica Mokdad ” Human Rights Conference”

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And on September 11, 2012,  SION will hold its First Session of a World Congress in Defense of Free Speech in NYC. Be sure to bookmark this Face Book Link  for updates.

Individually and as a formidable team, Geller and Spencer have lead the way but they can’t do it all. Get involved. Speak up. Speak out. It’s not enough to write letters-to-the-editor anymore….

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“Stop The Lies The Phoney Cries” Protest JCC-NY’s “Combating Islamophobia” ( 3-14-12)

THE EVENT:

 “Combating Islamophobia” with Rabbi Marc Schneier (co-founder of the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding) which fosters “twinning” programs between mosques and synagogues). Imam Shamsi-Ali and Russell Simmons (who was a NO-Show)

This was at the JCC of Manhattan (Amsterdam and W. 76th Street) and moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

From the JCC website:“Join us for a rare evening of conversation with the leadership of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons, as they discuss their efforts to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, promoting understanding and reconciliation through face-to-face Muslim-Jewish dialogue. “

It was a Sold-Out Event but that didn’t stop a group of concerned citizens, Jewish, Christian and Hindi, from coming out to protest this very one-sided ‘discussion’ in front of the JCC.

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THE PROTEST: For centuries Islam and Sharia have been incompatible and intolerant of the West and in more modern times, with any form of democracy. Creating the false premise that only “Islamophobes’ criticize Islam is foolish and dangerous and those inside the JCC , with blinders on, have chosen to ignore reality while ‘Building Bridges’ to No Where.

The message OUTSIDE:

Helen Freedman of AFSI (Americans For A Safe Israel) spoke eloquently

Some pictures of this heartfelt and seriously important protest:

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A few more pictures are here 

The JCC missed an opportunity to have a more  balanced and open the discussion, to defend and educate… If only….



You can read more on the foolishness inside and the passionate protest outside here: New York City “Islamophobia” Event Ignores What We’re Afraid of…

National Security and Media Conference Videos- NYC- 2012

The Conference,  National Security and The New Media,was comprised of Two Panels, at the Union League Club – NYC- Feb 28, 2012.

Not all speakers are posted. Those are Sam Nunberg  in Panel 1 and Vilma Petrash in Panel 2. Cynthia Farhat , Panel 2, was unable to attend.

[The audio has a slight tin quality as I was unable to patch into sound system.]

                                Panel 1 : Growing Censorship of Free Speech

Frank Gaffney – Center For Security Policy- Opening statement (Part 1)

Fred GrandyFormer Congressman-Iowa (R) – Moderator – Panel 1 ( Part 2)

Brooke Goldstein – Director, Lawfare Project -(Part 3)

Lawfare; getting sued for speaking out. 

Gave only a few examples of people and organizations sued:

Wall Street Journal, Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn, Elizabeth Sabaditch-Wolff , Joe Kaufman, cartoonist in Denmark. All frivolous and meant to intimidate; to silence

CAIR the self-appointed representative of Muslim Community. Muslim Community is told to Build a Wall of Resistance. Forget “If you see something, Say Something”. Don’t Go to the FBI

Hillary Clinton met with the OIC. Government and media redacts “Islam” and “Jihad”. FBI has a Black List of people who can no longer teach and instruct about Islam.

Andy McCarthy – Former Chief Assistant  U.S. Attorney – (Part 4)

Lawfare, a legal process used like weapons on a battlefield. U’S is an overly litigious society. They use this to file  frivolous lawsuits, knowing they won’t win, to intimidate; to pressure.

What is a threat? Terrorism remains on front; understood thru the prism of the Blind Sheik. Extremists, sharia. Nothing irrational, tthe fear of Jihad and Sharia Law

They say, What’s to fear?” While they bludgeon us to accept Sharia; Lawfare.

Muslim Brotherhood a sophisticated organization.

Terrorism is one-item on the menu.

Advance implementing Sharia with whatever works.

Because America is obsessed with legal process, they use Law are to advance Sharia.

Infiltrate our legal system and government.

This goes back three administrations. Islam is insidfe the councils of government.

They outlaw materials that expose as being in bad-taste. We used to call this EVIDENCE

Our protection against this infiltration is to speak freely

They use coercive power to discourage; to extinguish ability to study, examine, expose

He concludes, “… if not supporting protecting America and our Constitution then they need to be removed. And we need to do that.”

Panel 1 – Q and A (Part 5) Due to time constraints the Q and A was brief, about 15 minutes. But the panel was able to answer in detail three questions.

Panel 2- Escalating State Violence Against Political and Religious Expression

The always engaging investigative journalist, Claudia Rosett – Journalist in Residence, Foundation For Defense of Democracies – (Part 6)

 State violence. Religious Expression. Stats are appalling. 

Defining moment, 1989, Bejing

First lesson of journalism, start with the high points.

What does that mean?

Tiananmen Square, people rising up in the streets. military rolling in; shooting people down

Blood in the streets. Names never recorded. Died in front of CNN cameras

Fraught with meaning

In 2005- In Beirut. The people were begging  for The Truth. 

People rise up over and over with “Please tell the Truth”

Is this escalating violence or escalating resistance.

She acknowledges that as a journalist, she is privileged. She has an American Passport.

 Too often those who are supported in an uprising are as corrupt as those they overthrow. 

And there are risks for those who expose that.

Libya Rebellion. Uprising. often it is asked where are the Real Democrats. She points out, too often they have been murdered

Journalists, bloggers, technology, speed of video; we know more now than ever before. 

Flood of info. We have an opportunity to lead. It matters tremendously.

The Conference Concluded with the luncheon and the Mightier Pen Award which was given to Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO FOX News; Chairman, FOX Television Stations, Inc.

Commissioner Ray Kelly was there as well (he didn’t speak) and Monica Crowley spoke just before Ailes.  Unfortunately, we were asked not to film that portion.

Conference was great.Very nice to be amongst our own. Solid citizens who understand the many threats to our freedoms from within and globally.

A smart crowd, warriors all….

Censorship or Free Speech? When Some Ads are More Equal than Others…Who Do you Trust?

What’s wrong with these pictures? Anything. Everything or Nothing. Good or Bad? Depends on who’s in control of the message. It’s a new ad-campaign scheduled for Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY)  written in Hebrew and Arabic.

The offensive message did not go unnoticed by the Jewish Community. They met with the Community Board and permission was denied, The ad was moved to another part of Brooklyn.

But the Muslim Community in N. J, where this atheist ‘choice’ was to be posted as well, is feeling oh-so-grand and open-minded. The Imam said they have a right to express themselves. You know, Free Speech. So, it would seem: Jews BAD. Muslims Good.

There is another ad-campaign coming to enlighten potential reverts. Again, with the Muslim dawa (GOOD)

Countered by an ad-campaign opposing the Sharia Invasion [Pamela Geller hasmore on this campaign sponsored by AFDI/SION here ] So, will this campaign be judged as rude. Not nice. (Bad?) Will it be stone-walled. Will Free Speech be denied to those who oppose Sharia?  Some ads are definitely more FREE than others….

Some background.

I’ve been collecting some of these ads since 2007. And, perhaps, the saga of the NYC Intifada t-shirts is one time they had some blow-back to their dawa-plans. The public outcry caught them off-guard. Claiming it was an innocent logo and a misunderstanding of Intifada didn’t work.  In case this has been forgotten,  Bloomberg was forced to ‘request’ Principal Almontaser to step down as Head of KGIA.

Score one for the Infidels.

Moving on to the Bus Ads.

The ad-campaigns promoting Islam (and others) seemed to be everywhere. Guessing they were doing “good” cause there was no public out-cry.

MuslimsForPeace  “Love For All- Hatred For None”. This was placed only on two  42nd st crosstown busses  (in 2010). Back and forth they went all day….

In 2010, found this bus at the end of the line, in Battery Park City.It’s okay to criticize God, but if it had been the Moon-god or Big Mo, that would have  been ‘bad’.    NYC-Atheists.org

Isaiah53.com  “This Chapter Will Changed Your Life” (2010- 8th Ave- midtown). No threat, no harm-no foul, cause no mention of Islam….

Detroit had a campaign…

Seattle was busy….

By the time this campaign was up in Seattle (in 2010)…

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AFDI had a counter-ad ready. But, it was met with OUTRAGE because while it dared to support Israel it also used these incendiary words: ‘SAVAGE’ and ‘JIHAD’. (Bad)

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Florida was still in the game : “ISLAM: The Way of Life of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. ( Guess this message was “good”. No outcry)

But, after this counter-ad was accepted,  Miami Transit panicked . They pulled the AFDI campaign because it was “bad”.  Must never, EVER talk about “Leaving Islam”.

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In 2010, when Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer created this next AFDI ad- campaign around the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, the campaign was met with outrage and opposition from the MTA.

Of course, the hypocrites at the MTA took the money, but finding those busses with the ads was an arduous journey to nowhere. Were they even out there? Found this one as it pulled away from the bus stop at 48th and 8th ave. Otherwise, never saw another one on the streets on Manhattan.

Then we have the subway ads.

In 2008, this was a campaign promoting Islam during Ramadan. I took a ride on the F Train “Looking for Dawa. And it was “GOOD” ( so we’re told)

In 2011, I found these two ads in the same Times Square Station.

This one is Good (I guess) cause it’s anti-Israel  and has  NO graffiti .

It’s BAD to support Israel, therefore, this was one has graffiti!

But, in 2011, this ad wasn’t permitted …anywhere….because it dared to mention SAVAGE and JIHAD.  (BAD. Very, very  bad)

And in 2012, also in the subways, found outreach for Atheists at 42nd St. Anything that promotes “There is No God” is , of course, “GOOD”.

At 34th St.  (You are not alone)

The Bill Board Campaigns

I was first aware of  the Battle of the Bill Boards in 2007, when my parent organization ,United America Committee, posted this bill board  in Florida.

From the uproar over UAC posting just ONE billboard in one State, Florida, the conclusion was this was “Bad. It’s not a good-thing to warn or criticize anyone about Islam. [More here from Julia Gorin ]


There’s no shortage of “Dawa for Islam” billboards, so of course, this is ….”Good”.

And then, the infamous Taxi ad campaign of 2011.

When Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were reaching out to potential victims of Sharia who just might want to leave Islam; to live free from terror of Sharia in a Free Society. But, this was “BAD. Very bad”.

It was a great campaign, placed across the country, but trying to find these ads in Manhattan, an exercise in futility. Even though bought and paid for, I manages to see ONE when I didn’t have my camera. And oddly, this was in Times Square AFTER the month-long campaign was over.

The ubiquitous pedicabs must not be forgotten. Twice I’ve found them promoting Islam (in 2009 and 2008).

First, a bumper-sticker with a personal statement in support of Islam (so it’s “GOOD”)

And Patriotic! So, it too….is good….

2008, these two decals were “personal and patriotic” but, they were “BAD” . (VERY Bad.) Placed on his van by the father of a martyred sailor from the USS COLE but, they offended Muslims at Camp Lejuene, N.C. So, this father in mourning, was ordered to remove the decals. Outrageous.

But, in 2011, on 8th avenue in midtown Manhattan … on a Sunday morning … this  dawa bumper-sticker was “hoping for some Sunday Reverts.” Of course, this would be “good’ so there’s probably no place this car can’t go with that sticker (even though it is offensive to Christians).

So here we are. 2012 with two new campaigns in the news.

AND this campaign….

VS  the AFDI/SIOA Counter-Ad

Pamela Geller,We need to counter this campaign publicly. We must educate America and arm freedom lovers with facts. The U.S. should be calling upon Muslim groups in America to renounce and reject Sharia if they want to be American citizens. “

TSM: I agree! What ads are accepted and what is denied should be monitored diligently. The long arm of Sharia-Law must not  silence the opposition. Before the The Islamo-Nazis’ strike again, Fight back. Expose. Protect and Educate or else, like Europe, we will be devoured by the Dark-Ages of Islam and Sharia.

Muslims Rally In Support Of NYPD-Videos- March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012. The Press Conference was at One Police Plaza and was presented by AIFD/AILC (America Islamic Forum For Democracy) and AILC (American Islamic Leadership gathered with Congressman Peter King ( R-NY) to SUPPORT the Commissioner Ray Kelly and the NYPD.

From TSM: Nice to see the NYPD get some well deserved support, but I am concerned. Will people start thinking there’s a Safe’ Islam’ just because these are such thoughtful and patriotic Muslims?

Slideshow of Press Conference during and after …. 

American Muslims show support for NYPD Counter Terrorism Programs 

What follows is the complete Press Conference in 6 videos. (This includes the Q and A with the reporters. )

 Part 1- Dr. M Zuhdi Jasser, President American Islamic Forum For Democracy makes the  opening statement

Part 2 – Tarek Fatah, Founder of The Muslim Canadian Congress 

 

 Part 3 - Manda Zand Ervin, founder of the Alliance of Iranian Women

Part 4 – C. Holland Taylor, Chairman and CEO of the LibForAll Foundation

 Part 5 - Congressman Pete King- Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security

The media present, that I could identify:  CNN, Fox5, NEWS12, ABC7, 10/55, 1010WINS, WNYC, NTN ( nuestra Tele), NY1, AP, 24 Noticias, FoxNews, MetroNetworks. There were many more.

[Check out Robert Spencer with some added observations on the press here]

Part 6 is the Q and A with the reporters with Jasser and King answering their questions

 

And the 7th video is  a bit of a statement made by Linda Sarsour of The Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition to FOX5 and NEWS12. There were probably others from the opposition present, but Sarsour was the most obvious

The following is a statement  from the American Islamic Leadership Coalition

“As American Muslim leaders, we come together to defend the US Constitution, uphold religious pluralism, protect American security and cherish genuine diversity in the practice of our faith of Islam “. The AILC Foundational Principles

The AILC seeks to prevent:

1.      The instrumentalization of Islam for political purposes, and/or the exploitation of our faith community for political gain, whether by Islamists and their non-Muslim allies in the West, or their opponents.

2.      The imposition of laws based upon a falsely divinized human understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah, as often occurs when Muslims idolize shari‘ah without understanding it.

3.      The preferential treatment of, or discrimination against, any community based upon its religious beliefs.

4.      Legitimizing the practice of deception, intimidation and/or violence in the name of Islam.

The AILC rejects:

1.      The persecution of Shi’ites, Ahmadis, Ismailis, Druze and Bohras, as well as those Muslims who have turned away from Islam and become agnostic, atheists or converted to another faith.

2.      The persecution of non-Muslims in Muslim-majority states.

3.      The practice of ‘takfir,’ which allows so-called “scholars” and clerics to label fellow Muslims as apostates, and impose a death fatwa (religious opinion or ruling) upon them.

4.      The judicially- and/or extrajudicially-coerced observance of any religious or cultural practice that strips the individual of his or her autonomy and equality.

 May our nations, peoples and varied yet complementary faiths serve as a cornerstone for an emerging global civilization, in which different cultures and religions serve to mutually enrich, rather than threaten or destroy one another.

“And if God had so willed, He could surely have made you all into a single community, but [He willed otherwise] in order to test you by means of that which He has vouchsafed to you.  Vie, then, with one another in doing good works!  For unto God must you all return; and then He shall make you truly understand all that on which you were wont to differ.” (Qur’an 5:48)

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TSM: They leave us with a quote from the Quran.  Speaking of a “a global civilization.” That just supports the Islamic goal of domination, of the Umma. That’s Islam and it’s not good. Why, once they are in America, do they feel compelled to remain Muslim?

 “…many remain in a religion because of family ties, cultural norms, and sheer inertia. But over time, religion — and faith in God itself — is judged by its fruit. Which is how it should be.

And the best-known fruit of Islam today — in countries calling themselves Muslim, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Taliban Afghanistan, and certainly among the Islamist groups mentioned above — is so ugly that many millions of people are increasingly repelled by religion and by God.

….when the best-known actions of some of the most religious people in the world are kidnappings, slaughter, torture, mass murder, suicide bombings, beheadings, and mistreatment of women unparalleled in recorded history, then religion and faith in God suffer everywhere.”

TSM : Better we should  stop wishing for a ‘nice Islam’, in a country like America. It’s Oil and Water. They know it and that’s why they work to confuse and to equivocate.

” Instead of bowing and scraping to the Islamic supremacists and feebly protesting that we’re not really racists and hatemongers and all the other calumnies and canards they throw at us, we should be taking the fight to them, and standing up and saying, “You are fronting for the most oppressive ideology on the face of the earth.  You are fronting for evil.  You are carrying water and running interference for the denial of free speech, the denial of the freedom of conscience, the institutionalized oppression of women, the subjugation of non-Muslims, and worse.  You’re fronting for stonings, amputations, the murder of apostates, the treatment of women as possessions of men, the madness and senseless violence that we see in this furor over the Quran-burnings, and more.  You shout us down on campuses and do everything you can to make sure we are not heard in the public square.  And you call us fascists?  You are the quintessence of fascism.”

TSM: We are told that, in America, we have nothing to fear from Sharia Law. We are told that in America our Constitution wouldn’t allow Sharia Law to  abrogate our rights. But, examples are coming in from around the country showing a creeping Sharia chipping away at those protections.

And concurrently, we have a push on for a National Holiday to celebrate Mohammed’s Birthday , suggested by a certain participant in the NYPD presser, Imam Qazi Qayyoom (in the sunglasses and yellow stripes) His “…. objective, aim and goal ( is) to establish the real meaning of ISLAM-I Shall Love All Mankind.”

Guess Mo’s B-Day will help move that LOVE right along.

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Not good. NOT good at all.

+++For The Record, this is a published list of their supporters:

“….a distinguished group of members devoted to our cause.”

Golam Akhter, Bangladesh-USA Human Rights Coalition Inc, Washington, DC

Zainab Al-Suwaij, American Islamic Congress, Washington DC

Bahman Batmanghelidj, Alliance for Democracy for Iran, Mclean, VA

Abdirizak Bihi, Somalian Community Activist, MN

Khurshed Chowdhury, Ph.D., Silver Springs, MD

Manda Zand Ervin, Alliance of Iranian Women, Washington, DC

Tarek Fatah, Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Farid N. Ghadry, Reform Party of Syria, Washington, DC

Tawfik Hamid, Islamic Reformer, Washington DC

Jamal Hasan, Council for Democracy and Tolerance, Baltimore, MD

Farzana Hassan, Ed.D., Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Arif Humayun, Activist

Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Somali Congress

M. Zuhdi Jasser, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Phoenix, AZ

Hasan Mahmud, President Toronto Chapter Free Muslims Coalition 

Kamal Nawash, Free Muslims Coalition, Washington, DC

Raheel Raza

Raquel Evita Saraswati, Activist and journalist

Behrooz Sarshar, 

Final Post from CPAC 2012 – The Exhibit Hall and the loss of Andrew Breitbart

The Exhibit Hall.  CPAC 2012. A great place to hang out.

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Plan your day’s agenda

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Filled with posters and flyers

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Books and people…reaching out…Educating the voter. Promoting an eclectic assortment of topics.

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Encouraging …

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And even playful….

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And there’s so much more in the slide show:

Parting thoughts on a more somber note. The sudden loss of Andrew Breitbart. It’s hard to accept. While surfing around, the message attached to this image of Andrew, it was perfect-timikng. Just what we needed:  STEAL THIS GRAVITAR. Awesome.

So post Breitbart on your blogs. Make stickers. Rolls and rolls of stickers. Plaster Andrew wherever you can!

We’ve lost an important leader in the Fight To Save America. Hoping we’ll do the legacy of Andrew Brietbart proud as we dig-in and FIGHT ON.