Detainee

FreeSlahi

There is a story written by a Guantanamo inmate — Mohamedou Ould Slahi (or Salahi); he’s still there — that describes the “horrific torture” he was put through by US interrogators. The story portrays him as a completely innocent man — and there are tens of thousands of hits on this just published book, with multi-part writeups in Slate, loving responses in The Atlantic and countless other left-wing publications. They all agree: He had been briefly involved with al Qaida, but abandoned them and had no further contact until he was arrested in Mauritania in 2000. Over and over again, his innocence is asserted, and he says that he finally broke and gave his interrogators made-up information about al Qaida. So, we should believe his grotesque story about the torture, right? Well, perhaps not completely… […]

Pigs in Blankets

Pope_and_Change

Pigs, pork, bacon … all being covered up by a Western publisher deathly afraid of offending the “tiny minority” of Muslims who will kill them. Ostensibly, they are afraid to “offend” people, specifically “Muslims and Jews” — except for the suggestion that no Jew has ever complained. From the International Business Times article: “One of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books to avoid causing offence …” […]

Test of crossposter plus Egypt news

Test

I will be conducting a few tests this weekend of techniques to maintain both WordPress and LiveJournal. The current scheme requires that I manually go “clean up” after each posting, which means I can no longer schedule posts.

But I’ll include one interesting article, at least:

Egyptian President al-Sisi made news this month calling for […]

Mainstream Islamic Opinion

ShariahPoll

There is a disconnect between the media (and apologists’) notions of Islam and what hundreds of millions of Muslims actually believe. Apologists, including the media, tell us constantly that the jihadist/shari’ah law folks are only a “tiny fraction” of Muslims. A few, exceptionally foolish, tell us that jihadism has “nothing to do with Islam.” […]

Magical Islam

Ikhwan

President Obama has famously declared that the Islamic State is not Islamic. Andrew Klavan had some fun with this. The Obama administration is going to extraordinary lengths to assert that Islamic terrorism (they will not use that phrase) has “nothing to do with Islam” (a phrase Obama and company use frequently). I was struck by various aspects of this “nothing to do with Islam” assertion. […]

Protected Group

Racism-Increases-Intolerance-Image-3

In another forum, a commenter is arguing that the media is always quick to mention the criminal’s race if he’s black, but never if he’s Jewish. (There is some confusion there about “race.”) As he summed it up, after many comments and much argument: After the arrest. Black crime is racialized White crime is indivdualized Jewish crime is not mentioned. This struck me as rather far from the mark. I replied: […]

Religious Differences

Ikhwan

A new-to-the-Charlie-Hebdo-discussion commenter on the MENSA forum said, in part:

The day will come when we understand that the problem is not Islam but ALL religions. It was mentioned that Islam will use deadly force against those with a different ‘flavor’ of Islam. Do we forget of Christians killing each others on Belfast because of […]

The Death of Klinghoffer

Death_of_Klinghoffer

I had written in yesterday’s post: Reagan recognized Islamic terrorism early on, and of course it remains a threat. Reagan’s moves against jihadists were always attacked in the media. For example, the jihadists who killed Klinghoffer (who are now being celebrated on Broadway) were nabbed in an astounding stunt that was later unraveled by leftist leaks. DeckardCanine asked: “What Broadway show do you mean (so I can avoid it)?” My reply is below: […]

Offended

behead_those_who_insult_islam-cartoon

My fellow MENSA member (from the previous post) commented: “But what about Freedom of Religion? Can’t I have to right to see my savior not mocked and made fun of? Have one of our most solemn beliefs respected?”

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Worth it

Hebdo_1

On a MENSA forum today, one commenter asked if “satire is worth dying for.” Why insult a religion? We don’t need to do that, he suggests. Here is my reply: […]