Firing of Islam Expert Decried

by Kenneth Timmerman,

The firing of the Pentagon’s only resident expert on Islamic law, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, has begun to attract the attention of key members of Congress and the White House, which has launched a “fact-finding” mission into the case, Newsmax has learned.

Blind Faiths
Published: January 6, 2008

Several authors have published books on radical Islam’s threat to the West since that shocking morning in September six years ago. With “The Suicide of Reason,” Lee Harris joins their ranks. But he distinguishes himself by going further than most of his counterparts: he considers the very worst possibility — the destruction of the West by radical Islam. There is a sense of urgency in his writing, a desire to shake awake the leaders of the West, to confront them with their failure to understand that they are engaged in a war with an adversary who fights by the law of the jungle.

Christmas in Gaza: the silence of the bells

It was very sad to read, in a BBC report, that the church bells in Gaza
have fallen silent under Hamas rule.  The BBC correspondent, Katya
Adler, reported that instead of ringing the bells, a nun was quietly
playing a cassette tape: "I thought how this reflected the situation in
Gaza in Christmas 2007 - that while the muezzin were on loudspeaker, the
church bells here are played from a cassette tape.

Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims in UK

 Sunday Telegraph  

Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today.             Read comments 

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester and the Church's only Asian bishop, says that people of a different race or faith face physical attack if they live or work in communities dominated by a strict Muslim ideology.

Coughlin sacked

Washington Times

Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremism, has been fired from his position on the military's Joint Staff. The action followed a report in this space last week revealing opposition to his work for the military by pro-Muslim officials within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.

Apostasy in Islam

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Apostasy in Islam (Arabic: ارتداد, irtidād or ridda) is commonly defined as the rejection of Islam in word or deed by a person who has been a Muslim.


By Caroline Cox and John Marks

Paper given at Conference on Religious Freedom in Europe since 9/11,
Newbold College

November 25, 2007

Islam: Bridges not Walls – Reconciliation through Realism - Summary
The Issues and the Threat.

Islamic Human Rights?

Conflicts between International Declaration 1948 and Cairo Islamic Human Rights declaration 1990.

Faith Freedum By Ohmyrus

 In August of 1990, representatives of 54 Muslim countries met in Cairo and signed the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. Many of these countries did not sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sponsored by the UN, admitting that this document was in conflict with Islamic values.

Abadir’s plan to reform the world


By: Charles Fuad - Almasri-Alyoum

A message to Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Adli Abadir sent Saad Eddin Ibrahim his plan to reform the world and accused him of marketing the Muslim Brotherhood to the Americans.

The Egyptian Engineer Adli Abadir -the Coptic leader- sent a message to Saad Eddin Ibrahim, criticizing his supporting position of the Muslim Brotherhood-as Abadir said.

A scrape on the forehead as a sign of piety
CAIRO: There is a strong undercurrent of competition in Egypt these days, an unstated contest among people eager to prove just how religious they are. The field of battle is the street and the focus tends to be on appearance, as opposed to conviction.

Teddy bear case shows true face of radical Islam

by Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo
December 12, 2007

WASHINGTON - Little did Teddy Roosevelt know what a storm would one day break over the renaming of a bear carrying his name. Earlier this month, a British teacher working in Sudan allowed her pupils to name the class teddy bear "Muhammad."


Hands off Christmas, say British religious leaders

By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims joined Britain's equality watchdog on Monday in urging Britons to enjoy Christmas without worrying about offending non-Christians.

"It's time to stop being daft about Christmas. It's fine to celebrate and it's fine for Christ to be star of the show," said Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Mahdi Akef and Ignorance

Liberal Wall Blog 

Mahdi Akef, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, gave a statement to Ikhwan Online, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Arabic Website regarding the Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Platform and the banning of Christians and Women from running for President.

Essam El Erian and Ignorance

Liberal Wall Blog 

Abdel Monem Mahmoud, the active and well respected Muslim Brotherhood Blogger met with Essam El Erian, a political leader of the Muslim Brotherhood just as he was released from Prison on the 9th of October. Abdel Monem discussed many issues with Essam El Erian most importantly of course was the Muslim Brotherhood political platform that was issued while Essam El Erian was held behind bars.

The Problem of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood 

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By Jeffrey Azarva, Samuel Tadros

Publication Date: November 30, 2007 

On June 20, 2007, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research convened a meeting of U.S. intelligence officials to weigh the prospect of formal engagement with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,[1] known in Arabic as al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin. The session was the result of several years of discussion about engaging the group considered by many to be the fountainhead of Sunni fundamentalism. 

BBC News

The battle over mosque reform

By Dominic Casciani
BBC News

British Muslim leaders are to tell mosques to reform - but do young Muslims even care?

This week began as just another for Britain's mosques. But by the end of it, things could be very different.

The four largest Islamic organisations in the UK have, against expectations, agreed professional standards for mosques. It may sound like management speak - but these standards on a mosque's obligations to society are part of a battle for hearts and minds in the face of violent extremism.

Bedouin Darkness Spreads With Oil Money


Do American institutions want to snuggle up with Saudi Arabia and its Dark Age values?

They had better think this one through as a tidal wave of money from Saudi Arabia — as well as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait — is crashing into these shores and buying up American assets.

Winds of Change.NET: Liberty. Discovery. Humanity. Victory. 

The King and the sword

by Tarek Heggy


I found it emotionally and intellectually disturbing to see the King of Saudi Arabia present the Pope with a sword on his visit to the Vatican when there has never been a greater need to distance the name of Islam and the image of Muslims from the violent connotations and symbolism of the sword. The Saudi monarch's unfortunate choice of a gift prompted me to sit down and write the address I thought he should have delivered if his advisors had been familiar with Western culture and mentality.


The Muslim Brotherhood: A Moderate Islamic Alternative
to al-Qaeda or a Partner in Global Jihad?

Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi

  • The Muslim Brotherhood is increasingly at the center of a heated political controversy in the U.S. and among its Western allies. Foreign Affairs, an important weathervane of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, featured in its March-April issue an article by Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke arguing that the Muslim Brotherhood had become a moderate organization.

Sexual harassment on the rise in Egypt

CAIRO - From lewd looks to inappropriate touching, experts say Egypt’s growing street harassment of women is a deep-rooted and largely ignored problem shackling the country’s progress.

Sexual harassment in public areas is not limited to a specific age category or social class, says the independent Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights (ECWR), which is spearheading a campaign against this “social cancer” in Egypt.

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