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Fierce Debate Over Veils in Egypt  

Source The Guardian  

By NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD  CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -

The origin of the debate could not be more intimate: what a woman chooses to wear before she leaves home. But the increasing popularity of the full Muslim face veil has set off an emotional dispute in the Arab world over whether the covering is required by Islam for modesty or a dangerous sign of political extremism.

No, sheik, sorry isn't good enough

Source The Australian

For too long the West's unreciprocated tolerance has allowed fanatical Muslim leaders such as Taj Din al-Hilali to spawn a new generation of Islamic radicals who reject our values, writes Janet Albrechtsen

 

West losing terror war by capitulating to Political Islam

Source World Net Daily 

Opinions about Iraq are split. One side says ''Stay the Course!'' – what was done and is being done, despite the losses, is necessary for ''victory,'' whatever that means.

Death to the Apostates

By Robert Spencer

FrontPageMagazine.com

An Afghan citizen named Abdul Rahman, you may recall, made international news last spring, when his conversion from Islam to Christianity led to his arrest, with the intention of putting him on trial for apostasy. At that time he was spirited away to safety in Italy.

An Afghan citizen named Abdul Rahman, you may recall, made international news last spring, when his conversion from Islam to Christianity led to his arrest, with the intention of putting him on trial for apostasy. At that time he was spirited away to safety in Italy.

When An ID Card Is a Life Sentence by Sara Ghorab

 The Specter of Christianity 

If you live in the States or the West, you may not understand why
Egypt’s Copts sometimes hide their wrists in the company of Muslims.
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The Price of Refusing Islam  by Sara Ghorab 

In years past, the price of refusing Islam—for Copts in Egypt, anyway—included either paying the Jizia (Humiliation Tax), or dying by the sword. And, in the interest of furthering the new “Official Language of Islam,” Arabic, Copts were forced to learn this new tongue—unless they felt like having theirs ripped out. 

 

Gruesome images, I know. But unfortunately, we’re only getting started with the horror show. See, a young man, Hani Sarofim Nasrala Issak, who was a soldier in the Egyptian Army until very recently, has departed this earth.  

Ban the veil

ban the veilSource Daily Express

By Padraic Flanagan

CONCERNED Britons gave massive backing last night to calls for Muslim women to ditch the veil.

An astonishing 97 per cent of Daily Express readers agreed that a ban would help to safeguard racial harmony.

Our failure to confront radical Islam is there for all to see
By Denis MacShane

Source Daily Mail

 Denis MacShane is Labour MP for Rotherham and worked at the Foreign Office as PPS and minister, 1997-2005 

At long last, the debate on Islamism as politics, not Islam as religion, is out in the open. Two weeks ago, Jack Straw might have felt he was taking a risk when publishing his now notorious article on the Muslim veil.

The cross belongs at the heart of British culture 

Source Daily Telegraph

Opinion 

Silence has been the notable response from the bishops of the Church of England to the decision by British Airways to forbid employees from visibly wearing even a tiny cross on a necklace.

The veil, the cross and a vital debate over the heart and soul of our nation  

melani philipsSource Daily Mail 

Suddenly, Britain seems to be developing into a cultural and religious battleground.

Hard on the heels of Jack Straw's criticism of the Muslim full-face veil, local government minister Phil Woolas has said that Aishah Azmi, the Dewsbury teaching assistant who insists on wearing such a veil in her primary school classroom, should be sacked.

 

Five Years Later: The Terrorists' 2001 Victory Over "Infidels."
By Sally Bishai (09/11/2006)

sallyMost people past the age of 13 can probably remember where they were and what they were doing on September 11th, 2001. And if people remember the tragedies as they occurred (as well as their own reactions), they might also remember the inconveniences that began soon after the acts of Twin Terror:

The Fourth Coptic Conference

By Sally Bishai 

sallyJune 19th marked the first day of the Fourth International Coptic Conference. The event was attended by many great thinkers and writers, both "Middle Eastern" and American, both "Coptic" and not.

In fact, one of the discussions swirling about during the coffee breaks was “What is a Copt, anyway?”

The Domestic Wars of Hosni Mubarak 

Saad Eddin Ibrahim 

drsaadThe decision by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government to try two senior judges for blowing the whistle on vote rigging in last autumn’s parliamentary elections has rocked the country. Massive crowds have gathered to support the judges – and have caught Mubarak’s regime completely unaware. 

Complacency is a CRIME
sallyBy Sally Bishai (06/12/2006)

Having grown up in the States, I have more than a passing familiarity with the Law and Order-brand legal jargon that has broken and entered into American pop culture and committed assault and battery on the English language. I could probably arrest, book, and try a murder suspect (as well as prove—beyond a shadow of a doubt—guilt, via forensic something-or-other), despite the fact that I’ve never actually had even three seconds of real-life criminology training (or been arrested). But today’s lesson is nothing to do with The Practice or Jerry Orbach.

Tories accuse Muslims of 'creating apartheid by shutting themselves off'

Source Daily Telegraph


By Patrick Hennessy and Melissa Kite

The Conservatives today accuse Muslim leaders of encouraging "voluntary apartheid" in Britain by shutting themselves away in closed societies and demanding protection from criticism.

David Davis, the shadow home secretary, says that Britain risks social and religious

Egyptian Coptic Intellectual Analyzes Islamist's Views on Muslim-Copt Relations

Source Memri

In a July 9, 2006 article on the liberal website Elaph.com, Egyptian Coptic intellectual Magdi Khalil discusses the attitude of Dr. Muhammad Salim Al-'Awa, a prominent figure in political Islam in the Arab world, towards Egypt's Copts. In his article, Khalil refers to Al-'Awa's recent book, Religion and Homeland - Chapters in Muslim Attitudes Towards Non-Muslims, that was published in March 2006. [1]

THE UNEVEN CONDITION OF ARAB CHRISTIANSdrsaad

by Saad Eddin Ibrahim
The Daily
Star, Lebanon December 21, 2004

Ten years ago the Cairo-based Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies (ICDS) organized a conference on "Minorities in the Arab World." As soon as invitations to the conference were issued, a storm of objections broke out.

The Continued Misunderstanding of the Salafi Jihad Threat

walid pharesby Walid Phares, Ph.D.
World Defense Review columnist


In an article titled "Al Qaeda finds new partner: Salafist group finds limited success in native Algeria" (The Washington Post, October 5, 2006) by Craig Whitlock, Western sources, including French and American, assert that the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (originally a local Algerian group) has become global by joining with al Qaeda.

Government policy on multiculturalism has been left in tatters

 Source Daily Telegraph

 It was a simple but telling story from "multicultural" Britain. A Muslim minicab driver refused to carry a blind passenger in London because her guide dog was "unclean" according to his religious beliefs.  

The driver, Abdul Rashhed Majekodumni, ended up in court on Friday and was fined £1,400 because UK law requires all licensed cab drivers to carry guide dogs. The cabbie, however, remains unrepentant, and says he will continue to refuse to carry guide dogs. 

Islamic Fascism 101
On all they’ve done to earn the name.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Make no apologies for the use of “Islamic fascism.” It is the perfect nomenclature for the agenda of radical Islam, for a variety of historical and scholarly reasons. That such usage also causes extreme embarrassment to both the Islamists themselves and their leftist “anti-fascist” appeasers in the West is just too bad.


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