It was an offensive act of public walking.
A top Department of Justice lawyer warns that posting offensive material on Islam will have legal repercussions.
Judicial Watch reported – via Ace:
In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights.
The move comes a few years after the administration became the first in history to dispatch a U.S. Attorney General to personally reassure Muslims that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is dedicated to protecting them. In the unprecedented event, Attorney General Eric Holder assured a San Francisco-based organization (Muslim Advocates) that urges members not to cooperate in federal terrorism investigations that the “us versus them” environment created by the U.S. government, law enforcement agents and fellow citizens is unacceptable and inconsistent with what America is all about.
“Muslims and Arab Americans have helped build and strengthen our nation,” Holder said after expressing that he is “grateful” to have Muslims as a partner in promoting tolerance, ensuring public safety and protecting civil rights. He also vowed to strengthen “crucial dialogue” between Muslim and Arab-American communities and law enforcement.
Evidently that was a precursor of sorts for an upcoming Tennessee event (“Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society”) that will feature the region’s top DOJ official, who serves as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and an FBI representative. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding that American Muslims are not the terrorists some have made them out to be in social media and other circles, according to a local newspaper report. The June 4 powwow is sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee.
The area’s top federal prosecutor, Bill Killian, will address a topic that most Americans are likely unfamiliar with, even those well versed on the Constitution; that federal civil rights laws can actually be violated by those who post inflammatory documents aimed at Muslims on social media. “This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian says in the local news story. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”
In photos of her as a younger woman, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva wears a low-cut blouse and has her hair teased like a 1980s rock star. After she arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2002, she went to beauty school and did facials at a suburban day spa.
But in recent years, people noticed a change. She began wearing a hijab and cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims.
Now known as the angry and raving mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tsarnaeva is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son. In another, she was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, U.S. officials said.
Tsarnaeva insists there is no mystery. She’s not a terrorist, just someone who found a deeper spirituality. She insists her sons – Tamerlan, who was killed in a gunfight with police, and Dzhokhar, who was wounded and captured – are innocent.
“It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” she told The Associated Press in Dagestan. “I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.”
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A newly released United Nations report confirms that it was a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel and killed the 11-month-old son of a BBC correspondent, not an Israeli rocket.
The episode, which happened last November, was explained in a U.N. Human Rights Council report regarding “human rights” in “Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.”
But Walid Shoebat, the grandson of the Muslim Mukhtar of Beit Sahour-Bethlehem, explained it as just another attempt by media outlets to create condemnation for Israel.
Shoeboat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization member who was imprisoned for incitement and violence, later became a Christian while studying the Tanach in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam.
“Pallywood is all about creating a theater of conflict in which Palestinians are portrayed as victims and Israelis as murderous oppressors,” he wrote. “The goal of the Pallywood culture is to push a political agenda by either misrepresenting events or staging them altogether.”
Perhaps the most famous such situation is the purported death of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura, Palestinians tried to exploit the claim that Israeli soldiers killed the 12-year-old in a firefight, but his “death” later was exposed as a fraud.
Shoebat continued, “We now have confirmation that the death of the 11-month-old infant son of BBC Arabic journalist, Jihad al-Masharawi, back in November, wasn’t the result of an Israeli airstrike.”
He noted that among those reporting that Israel was responsible was the Washington Post, which had emblazoned a photograph of an Arab man holding the body of his dead child on the front page.
Awr Hawkins reported at Breitbart.com, “Neither the Washington Post nor the rest of the media bothered to check Palestinian claims or to report them with an appropriate degree of skepticism.”
He continued, “BBC journalists used tweets to imply Israel’s guilt in the infant’s death the day the child was killed.”
The U.N. report on the conflict between Nov. 14-21, 2012, however, dated just days ago, said. “On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.
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A controversy has been re-ignited this week as ten new ads go up on San Francisco Muni buses containing quotes used by terrorists.
“Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah,” reads one of the ads, which has people debating the line between free speech and hate speech.
“The purpose of our campaign is to show the reality of Jihad, the root causes of terrorism. Using the exact quotes and text that they use,” said Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Institute.
Several San Francisco city leaders, including District Attorney George Gascon, have condemned the campaign.
“San Francisco won’t tolerate Islamophobic bigotry,” said Gascon. “The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to look the other way and do nothing.”
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said the American Freedom Defense Initiative is made of “well-known hate extremists” and said he is introducing a resolution at Tuesday’s board meeting to denounce the ads.
Geller said the ads were a response to another bus ad campaign earlier this year by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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Chicago is emerging as the city on the cutting edge of Muslim outreach in America. The Inner-City Muslim Action network (IMAN) is one Muslim institution that is offering a free medical clinic in a poor neighborhood. IMAN has existed for 15 years. Other Muslim organizations that are promoting outreach are CAMP, the Council for the advancement of Muslim Professionals, Chicago’s Muslim federation, and the Webb Foundation.
#MyJihad, a campaign that posts ads on buses and in transit stations which depict American Muslims speak about their faith, got its start in Chicago before migrating to San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
There are 400,000 Muslims in Chicago, and 15 new mosques have been built there in the last ten years. Jane I. Smith, a former dean at Harvard Divinity School, said, “There are good things happening in many places, but Chicago seems to me to kind of have it all. It’s got all different backgrounds represented, and different ways of approaching Islam.”
More than 500 mosques have been built in the U.S. in the last ten years, and organizations like IMAN, which offers help to other Muslim organizations trying to launch around the country in cities like Detroit, Atlanta, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are getting more and more funding.
While it is no mystery that Islamic extremists have been wreaking havoc on innocent people across the world for well over a millennium, the 2012 death toll of those claimed by its hands is still as disturbing as ever. As the world rings in 2013, the jihadist-monitoring site “The Religion of Peace” (TRP) has tallied the number of people killed in the last year by Islamists, placing the death toll at 11,267 carried out across 2,459 savage terror attacks.
Since we, in today’s day and age, have become desensitized to numbers (understandably so given the carnage taking place across the world on a daily basis), an overview of some of these horrific terror attacks places the gravitas of the matter in proper perspective. While we won’t list all 2,459 attacks here, the Religion of Peace website painstakingly took the time to chronicle each documented terror attack since 2012 commenced, including the siege on our American outpost in Benghazi that left Ambassador Chris Stevens, two Navy SEALs and another civil servant dead.
Below are several screenshots outlining a mere fraction of the online chart to provide context. You will find that these terror attacks carried out by Islamists around the world have spared no one in their bloodlust and quest for dominance. Among those targeted are children, Christian worshippers, elderly Jews, those who hail from a “rival” sects of Islam, women, teachers, Buddhists, Hindu activists and so on. Also included in the list are Israelis wounded or killed by Hamas rocket attacks and suicide bombings as well as attacks on Israeli tourists abroad.
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