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THEY WERE MUSLIMS - WE DO NOT WANT THEM IN THE USA

POLITICS Japan Admits 27 Muslim Refugees, Now Look What Happened Next… Trump Is Right

Just a few months after Japan allowed refugees to come into their country, two of them have already been arrested for gang rape.

The Tokyo Reporter reported that Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested two Turkish nationals currently applying for refugee status for allegedly raping a woman in Kita Ward.

On Dec. 27, Onder Pinarbasi, 22, and a 16-year-old boy allegedly took a 30-year-old woman to a public bathrooom near JR Akabane Station and sexually assaulted her. The woman had been visibly intoxicated and was finding her way home.
After violating the woman, they also allegedly stole about $80 in cash from her.

Pinarbasi has been charged with rape and robbery, but claimed the boy committed both crimes. However, the boy refused to accept full blame and only admitted to the robbery charge.

“I did not force myself upon her,” the boy told officials in a Feb. 22 statement .
The incident occurred only a few weeks after the men had received refugee status. They applied for the status back in August and October, telling the Immigration Bureau of Japan that they did not want to return to Turkey due to “problems that exist between relatives.”

The two had been given “special permission to stay in Japan.”

Pinarbasi and the boy are only two of 27 refugees recently admitted into the country. Their religion was not listed specifically, but 98 percent of the residents of Turkey identify themselves as Muslims.

This incident is not the first refugee-related crime.
Germany has reported a rise in violent crimes due to the refugee infiltration, most especially sex-related offenses. And other countries, such as Sweden and Australia, have reported the same results as well.

Refugees in both the United States and Europe have also been linked to international terror cells and the Islamic State terror group.

Woman welcomes Muslim 'refugee' into home, gets raped

By Leo Hohmann

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The rape crisis in Sweden and Germany continues unabated, but news of the attacks sometimes doesn’t leak out for weeks, even months.

And sometimes the victims are those you would least expect.

Take the case of a 26-year-old Afghan man who last Thursday was sentenced to 30 months in prison for raping a 20-year-old woman who had let him live in her apartment. The sentence was given by the court in Cologne, Germany, reports Kölner Rundschau.

The migrant came to Germany two years ago, the local news outlet reports, and the contact with the woman came through the group “Refugees Welcome,” or “Flüchtlinge Wilkommen.”

The attack occurred Oct. 25, 2015, when the Afghan rapist sneaked into the 20-year-old woman’s room while she was sleeping.

The story sounds eerily similar to another out of Sweden earlier this month. A mother there, working with a welcoming group, decided to open her home to a male refugee from Eritrea. She made her daughter leave her room so she could offer the child’s room to the migrant. That migrant then decided to sexually assault her 10-year-old daughter, the Daily Caller reported.

In fact, Muslim migrants raping those trying to help them is not that unusual.

A 24-year-old spokeswoman for the socialist “Linksjugend Solid” (“Left Youth Solid”), identified only as “Selin G.” was attacked and gang-raped in a parking lot in February. She reported the crime but two weeks later in a fit of guilt said she identified with her rapists as “victims” of German and Western culture, U.S. Herald reported.

The woman posted an apology on her Facebook page to the three men who raped her, blaming their actions on the “racist” atmosphere and “sexist society” in Germany, beginning the post with, “Dear male refugees, I am so sorry!”

A Norwegian man who is an activist in support of the anti-racist “Welcoming” cause was anally raped earlier this year by a Somali migrant and expressed guilt and remorse that the rapist had been deported back to Somalia. Karsten Nordal Hauken, a member of the Norwegian Socialist Left Party who described himself as an ardent “feminist and anti-racist,” confessed to a documentary team about his despair at seeing the man deported, Breitbart reported.

The left’s ‘suicidal death wish’

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, explored the leftist mentality toward rape at the hands of Muslim migrants in an interview with Jaimie Glazov last month titled “Avoiding Rape is White Privelege.” In that interview, Greenfield said progressives believe it’s impossible for an “oppressed” class of people such as Muslims to commit rape against a white person. They are merely lashing out in violence against those they see as oppressing them.

For this reason, many of the rapes of women volunteering as aid workers in the Palestinian territories and in refugee camps across Europe are never reported or quietly reported without media coverage.

Glazov calls it a “suicidal death wish of the left.”

“This reflects and manifests very much the whole narrative of fellow travelers, of leftists and communists, who are very willing to sacrifice others including themselves on the altar of utopian ideals,” Glazov said.

Pamela Geller’s field manual for stopping radical Islam is the ‘How-to’ book offering proven strategies to halt Shariah in the U.S.

Greenfield said the leftist activists will usually put their “anti-racist” agenda ahead of their feminist leanings. The feminists, in short, have to take a back seat to the anti-racists and anti-Islamophobes.

“They are very big on guilt and this is Stockholm syndrome in action as the entire left has an obsession with the idea that if a Muslim does something bad then something worst must have happened to the Muslim and therefore the really guilty party is not the rapist – the rapist was probably driven to it – the real guilty party is the privileged party, which is the white guy (or woman) who was raped because of his privilege and now he’s just acknowledging his privilege by feeling very guilty about it, which again is what the left does really well,” Greenfield said.

This exposes inherently racist mentality of the left, Greenfield said, because they are furthering a narrative that says the rapists possess no free will over their actions – they rape uncontrollably because they are from a certain country or background.

More sexual assaults reported in Germany over weekend

Meanwhile, at least 26 German women were sexually assaulted by Muslim migrants at a free concert Sunday in Germany in attacks the Daily Mail described as “similar to those carried out in Cologne over New Year’s Eve.”

More than 500 German women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and several other cities across Germany.

Three Pakistani men are already under arrest after 26 women filed complaints that they had been inappropriately touched, fondled and groped during the festival in the city of Darmstadt.

Police said the number of complainants could rise, and at least two other migrant suspects are being sought.

All the female victims said they were “surrounded” before being “touched and fondled” at the Schlossgrabenfestes music festival.

The three men arrested were said to be between 28 and 31 and are Pakistani nationals seeking asylum in Germany.

Media reports said more women are expected to come forward to file criminal complaints after they were groped at the festival, a four-day event.

Sweden ‘transformed’ into Europe’s rape capital

In 1975, before Sweden began experimenting with a multicultural immigration policy, it was one of the safest countries in the world.

Sweden and Denmark now have the highest rates of sexual assault in the European Union, according to a study by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. The findings were based on data from 2012 that was published in 2014.

Read more about Sweden’s rape crisis in WND’s recent report.

Read WND’s in-depth report on Muslim rape gangs operating in Britain, covered up by police, media and social workers for years.

Sweden, once a peaceful, low-crime welfare state, has come to be known as “Absurdistan” by critics of its extreme multicultural policies that ignore the economic and social interests of Swedes in favor of migrants.

Last year, 163,000 asylum seekers came to Sweden and the expectation is that between 70,000 and 140,000 will come this year, to a country with a total population of just 9.5 million. Germany has taken in many more Muslim migrants, more than 1 million over the last year, but its population is 80 million, so Sweden has actually transformed itself at a faster rate based on per capita population.

Swedish journalist Ingrid Carlqvist of the Gatestone Institute filed an insightful report on the country’s migrant situation recently.

“One of the things Swedes are most scared of is rape,” says Carlqvist.

Even though it’s illegal for police in Sweden to keep stats on the ethnic background, immigration status, or religion of criminals, Carlqvist says it’s the worst-kept secret in Sweden as to who is responsible for the near-1,500 percent increase in rapes.
“Almost every day we can read in the alternative media about rapes of Swedish women and girls, committed by asylum seekers or other migrants from the Third World,” she said.

Up until a few decades ago, no one had ever hear of gang rape, she said. Now it happens every week.

“This has of course been going on for many years but the swedes have been so brainwashed by the government and the main-stream media that no one has protested about the rape on Sweden. But that has all changed. These days, no one can escape the horrible realities. Just a few of miles from here is a little village that used to have 900 inhabitants but last year the authorities placed 400 asylum seekers in that little village. That means that almost half of the total population is now people from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Syria. It’s really turned the whole village upside down. I have talked to people who lived and work around there. At first, they were happy to welcome people to their part of the world. They arranged lunches and Christmas celebrations and donated clothing to the migrants. Now, many of the locals are afraid and confused. With tears in their eyes they tell me how their friendly village has been totally transformed by these young, aggressive, male asylum seekers. The asylum seekers scream at the locals, call the women whores, they steal from the shops, and don’t seem at all grateful or happy to be here. Many wonder what these asylum seekers expected when they arrived in Sweden.”

The Daily Svenska Dagbladet interviewed “Salar from Iraq,” who complained:

“We can’t sit here and wait for the decision on resident permits indefinitely… We sit at the asylum house all day long and do nothing. Our children have nothing to do, there is no playground there. And the food that is served here is strange, it doesn’t look like the kind of food we are used to.”

“The people here, they wonder if peace will ever come back to this place,” Carlqvist said.

Germans fleeing Germany?

The situation in Germany is getting so bad that some Germans are leaving in a rare case of “reverse migration.” According to Hungary Today, the number of Germans inquiring about emigrating to Hungary is on the rise.

Munich-based broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk aired a report last week that documents an increasing number of Germans moving to the Lake Balaton area of Hungary, citing their dissatisfaction with the German government’s asylum policy and a fear of migrants.

The German reporter says Germans generally appreciate the good weather and low costs near Lake Balaton, as well as the presence of a relatively large German community. But recently they have also begun taking into account the fact that the vast majority of Hungarians are Christians and “there are hardly any migrants” in Hungary.

Hungary: The anti-E.U. European country

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been vilified by the establishment media for saying he wishes to keep Hungary a Christian nation.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been vilified by the establishment media for saying he wishes to protect Europe from the invading migrants and preserve Hungary a Christian nation.
That’s because Hungary, led by no-nonsense Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is building a razorwire fence along its southern border with Croatia, Serbia and Romania, stopping the migrants in their tracks and infuriating the European Union’s globalist leaders. The globalists running the E.U. have roundly criticized him for “splitting Europe in two” and stopping the free flow of migrants into their continent.

Orban has said he wants to preserve Hungary’s Christian heritage, and he will only accept Christian refugees from the Middle East.

Once the fence is completed, migrants will only be able to travel further into Europe by squeezing through a sliver of Slovenia to the West, or risking the trek through war-torn Ukraine to the East.

Hungary has also implemented a no-nonsense deportation system that allows it to boot illegal aliens from the country within hours, the U.K.’s Express reports.

Orban has also been pilloried by globalist publications in the U.S. including the New York Times and Foreign Policy magazine.

Pamela Geller’s field manual for stopping radical Islam is the ‘How-to’ book offering proven strategies to halt Shariah in the U.S.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/woman-welcomes-muslim-refugee-into-home-gets-raped/#XgCMUrdGkrJTYjrT.99

Something to Consider

The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on April 25, 2011. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world.

REMEMBER AS YOU READ — THIS WAS PRINTED IN A SPANISH NEWSPAPER

ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz …. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe ..
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The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population. They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:
1988 – Najib Mahfooz

Peace:
1978 – Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1990 – Elias James Corey
1994 – Yaser Arafat:
1999 – Ahmed Zewai

Economics:
(zero)

Physics:
(zero)

Medicine:
1960 – Peter Brian Medawar
1998 – Ferid Mourad

TOTAL: 7 SEVEN

The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world’s population. They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:
1910 – Paul Heyse
1927 – Henri Bergson
1958 – Boris Pasternak
1966 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 – Nelly Sachs
1976 – Saul Bellow
1978 – Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 – Elias Canetti
1987 – Jo seph Brodsky
1991 – Nadine Gordimer World

Peace:
1911 – Alfred Fried
1911 – Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 – Rene Cassin
1973 – Henry Kissinger
1978 – Menachem Begin
1986 – Elie Wiesel
1994 – Shimon Peres
1994 – Yitzhak Rabin

Physics:
1905 – Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 – Henri Moissan
1907 – Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 – Gabriel Lippmann
1910 – Otto Wallach
1915 – Richard Willstaetter
1918 – Fritz Haber
1921 – Albert Einstein
1922 – Niels Bohr
1925 – James Franck
1925 – Gustav Hertz
1943 – Gustav Stern
1943 – George Charles de Hevesy
1944 – Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 – Felix Bloch
1954 – Max Born
1958 – Igor Tamm
1959 – Emilio Segre
1960 – Donald A. Glaser
1961 – Robert Hofstadter
1961 – Melvin Calvin
1962 – Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 – Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 – Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 – Julian Schwinger
1969 – Murray Gell-Mann
1971 – Dennis Gabor
1972 – William Howard Stein
1973 – Brian David Jo sephson
1975 – Benjamin Mottleson
1976 – Burton Richter
1977 – Ilya Prigogine
1978 – Arno Allan Penzias
1978 – Peter L Kapitza
1979 – Stephen Weinberg
1979 – Sheldon Glashow
1979 – Herbert Charles Brown
1980 – Paul Berg
1980 – Walter Gilbert
1981 – Roald Hoffmann
1982 – Aaron Klug
1985 – Albert A. Hauptman
1985 – Jerome Karle
1986 – Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 – Robert Huber
1988 – Leon Lederman
1988 – Melvin Schwartz
1988 – Jack Steinberger
1989 – Sidney Altman
1990 – Jerome Friedman
1992 – Rudolph Marcus
1995 – Martin Perl
2000 – Alan J. Heeger

Economics:
1970 – Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 – Simon Kuznets
1972 – Kenneth Jo seph Arrow
1975 – Leonid Kantorovich
1976 – Milton Friedman
1978 – Herbert A. Simon
1980 – Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 – Franco Modigliani
1987 – Robert M. Solow
1990 – Harry Markowitz
1990 – Merton Miller
1992 – Gary Becker
1993 – Robert Fogel

Medicine:
1908 – Elie Metchnikoff
1908 – Paul Erlich
1914 – Robert Barany
1922 – Otto Meyerhof
1930 – Karl Landsteiner
1931 – Otto Warburg
1936 – Otto Loewi
1944 – Jo seph Erlanger
1944 – Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 – Ernst Boris Chain
1946 – Hermann Jo seph Muller
1950 – Tadeus Reichstein
1952 – Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 – Hans Krebs
1953 – Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 – Jo shua Lederberg
1959 – Arthur Kornberg
1964 – Konrad Bloch
1965 – Francois Jacob
1965 – Andre Lwoff
1967 – George Wald
1968 – Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 – Salvador Luria
1970 – Julius Axelrod
1970 – Sir Bernard Katz
1972 – Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 – Howard Martin Temin
1976 – Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 – Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 – Daniel Nathans
1980 – Baruj Benacerraf
1984 – Cesar Milstein
1985 – Michael Stuart Brown
1985 – Jo seph L. Goldstein
1986 – Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 – Gertrude Elion
1989 – Harold Varmus
1991 – Erwin Neher
1991 – Bert Sakmann
1993 – Richard J. Roberts
1993 – Phillip Sharp
1994 – Alfred Gilman
1995 – Edward B. Lewis
1996- Lu RoseIacovino
TOTAL: 129!

The Jews are NOT promoting brain washing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims. The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants. There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church. There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people.

The Jews don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Muslims must ask ‘what can they do for humankind’ before they demand that humankind respects them.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel ‘s part, the following two sentences really say it all:

‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel ..” Benjamin Netanyahu

General Eisenhower Warned Us It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect:

‘Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened’

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated’ while the German people looked the other way.

Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States ?

QUESTION: If You Caught A ‘Refugee’ Molesting Your Daughter, What Would You Do?

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I think it’s pretty clear what our choice would be. What about you?

Campus stabber's manifesto included 'praise for Allah,' plan for beheading

By Malia Zimmerman and Hollie McKay
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A handwritten manifesto carried by a California college student whose stabbing spree Wednesday left four wounded bore names of his targets, a vow “to cut someone’s head off” and as many as five reminders to “praise Allah,” law enforcement authorities told FoxNews.com, while insisting that neither terrorism nor religion appear to be motives in the attack.

In the two-page document found in Faisal Mohammad’s pocket by the county coroner, the 18-year-old freshman wrote a numeric list outlining his plans of who he wanted to kill, and how, including beheading and shooting his victims, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke told FoxNews.com

“No. 27 was to ‘make sure people are tied down,’ No. 28 was “sit down and praise Allah,’” Warnke said. “I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like ‘praise Allah.’”

“I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like ‘praise Allah.’”

– Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke
The manifesto has not been released, but Warnke expects it to be within the next few days.

Mohammad’s intended bloodbath began around 8 a.m.,when he burst into his classroom with an 8-inch hunting knife. Police said it would have continued – and possibly claimed lives – if he hadn’t been interrupted by a construction team, and then shot dead by police.

“There was a gruesome statement he made about wanting to cut someone’s head off and kill two people with one bullet, and he planned to shoot the police,” Warnke said. “He did not have a firearm with him and didn’t seem to have a lot of experience with firearms because he thought he could kill two people with one bullet. He reminded himself in the list to raise the gun slowly. He scripted everything out in chronological order.”

But all law enforcement involved in the investigation, including Warnke, continued to maintain that there is no evidence Mohammed is tied to a terrorist group or was inspired by terrorists.

“There was nothing to indicate he was doing this because of Allah, or because he was going to be rewarded with 72 virgins, or because of ties to a terror group,” Warnke said. “He appeared to be a devout Muslim, on the strong side of the belief.”

Stabbing suspect Faisel Mohammad was killed by police to end Wednesday’s horrific attack. (University of California Merced)
The FBI is thoroughly investigating this angle, Warnke said.

“There was nothing on his computer or in his dorm room or in the manifesto to suggest any ties to terrorism or terrorists groups,” Warnke said.

As a wannabe killer, Mohammed was cold and calculating.

Mohammed slashed and stabbed four people, including two students, a student aide and Byron Price, a 31-year-old construction manager who intervened.

“He had a smile on his face, he was having fun, which is more the thing that bothers me,” said Byron Price, who was managing the construction site at the university for his family’s construction company.

Mohammed fled the classroom after he was overwhelmed by Price and another construction worker who was about to hit Mohammed with a ladder.

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Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said Mohammad praised Allah multiple times in his manifesto. (AP)
“He was banking on the fear factor. …His plan went haywire because people fought back,” Warnke said. “He got so befuddled at the activities that happened; it took the script away from him.”

Mohammed claimed in his manifesto he was angry over being kicked out of a study group.

“I think the first kid he targeted had something to do with the study group he was in but that is an issue I don’t want to speculate on because the campus police are looking into it,” Warnke said.

Byron Price, who was slashed in the abdomen and was hospitalized, is back at work today.

His father, John Price, told FoxNews.com he is proud of his son and hopes more people will be inspired to intervene should they be confronted with situations like this.

The other three victims are expected to survive.

While the victims’ names won’t be disclosed, law enforcement is investigating whether he had ties to the two students and aide he attacked.

Classes resumed Friday. Chancellor Dorothy Leland welcomed back students with a message to “practice kindness” and offer support to one another.

Mohammad, a resident of Santa Clara, had just turned 18 in October, and was studying computer science and engineering major at the Northern California college.

Mohammad’s family has not come forward and attempts to locate them were unsuccessful.

MUSLIMS DECLARE NEW ‘HOLIDAY’…And They Want To Replace A MAJOR Christian One

Written by Wes Walker

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Those pesky lunar calendars! Having Islam’s 354-day calendar must make it really hard to plan holidays. The timing shifts around. And you need an official spokesperson to announce the actual timing of special days.

As it happens, one such special day has recently been announced. And it’s coming up fast! Maybe it snuck up on you: did you know it was Mohammed’s birthday? “Milaad.”

It will be celebrated soon, according to an official release by UAE. It was announced all the way back on December 13th. (Because, I guess, calendars are hard.) What day have they picked for the celebration? December 24th. I’ll admit, it snuck up on me. I forgot all about it. Haven’t picked up the party decorations or anything. Are you ready for the festivities? How does one even celebrate Milaad?

Is there a Hallmark card for such an occasion? A picture of … hmmm. Well, not a picture of THAT, obviously. Maybe it has lovely pictures of wildlife? Or camels? Maybe a Danish Cartoonist?

Is there some equivalent to “the Night Before Christmas” that people read for the occasion? Something by Salman Rushdie perhaps?

Other religions retell the important stories of their heroes. Jewish people celebrate their flight from Egypt. Christians have pageants. Does Islam have some equivalent story they like to tell?

Maybe the slaughter Mohammed led after the “Battle of the Trench”? You know… the one where somewhere between 300 to 900 men and barely-pubescent boys were beheaded by Muhammed and his men. (After that, of course, they plundered their women and property.)

Is there special festive music? Maybe we could play Jeff Dunham’s “Jingle Bombs” bit by Achmed the Dead Terrorist?

All kidding aside, the same nation that denounces CAIR a terrorist group invites people to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet of the Sword from the alleged religion of peace.

Will the same people who denounce free yoga class in University now complain that Islam is ‘co-opting’ Christian traditions and holidays ? Nope. Because to many, the “beautiful religion” is somehow beyond criticism.

But Freedom of Speech includes the freedom to criticize — fairly, yes, but cheap shots too. To ask hard questions about connections between the ideological worldview associated with Islam, and some of humanity’s least human behaviour.

It includes the right to say their system is objectively flawed. To declare that killing rape victims is genuinely wicked. That selling girls into sexual slavery is a war crime. To say that your alleged Allah is not greater than anything whatsoever… and his followers themselves are the best evidence of that opinion. Like the time when your guys crashed a Christmas party in San Bernardino, and it didn’t end well.

We will not be celebrating your Milaad. We have better plans. For us, Dec 24th is Christmas Eve. We shall be celebrating the Birth of Christ.

Because, by every possible metric, Jesus of Nazareth, the Prince of Peace stands head and shoulders above your guy.

In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future

by sarah-pulliam-bailey

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A Muslim woman wears a niqab as she walks past a McDonald’s restaurant in Hamtramck, Mich. (Salwan Georges/For The Washington Post)
HAMTRAMCK, MICH. — Karen Majewski was in such high demand in her vintage shop on a recent Saturday afternoon that a store employee threw up her hands when yet another visitor came in to chat. Everyone wanted to talk to the mayor about the big political news.

Earlier this month, the blue-collar city that has been home to Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendents for more than a century became what demographers think is the first jurisdiction in the nation to elect a
majority-Muslim council.

It’s the second tipping for Hamtramck (pronounced Ham-tram-ik), which in 2013 earned the distinction of becoming what appears to be the first majority-Muslim city in the United States following the arrival of thousands of immigrants from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia over a decade.

In many ways, Hamtramck is a microcosm of the fears gripping parts of the country since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris: The influx of Muslims here has profoundly unsettled some residents of the town long known for its love of dancing, beer, paczki pastries and the pope.
“It’s traumatic for them,” said Majewski, a dignified-looking woman in a brown velvet dress, her long, silvery hair wound in a loose bun.

Around her at the Tekla Vintage store, mannequins showcased dresses, hats and jewelry from the mid-20th century, and customers fingered handbags and gawked at the antique dolls that line the store, which sits across the street from Srodek’s Quality Sausage and the Polish Art Center on Joseph Campau Avenue, the town’s main drag.

Majewski, whose family emigrated from Poland in the early 20th century, admitted to a few concerns of her own. Business owners within 500 feet of one of Hamtramck’s four mosques can’t obtain a liquor license, she complained, a notable development in a place that flouted Prohibition-era laws by openly operating bars. The restrictions could thwart efforts to create an entertainment hub downtown, said the pro-commerce mayor.

And while Majewski advocated to allow mosques to issue calls to prayer, she understands why some longtime residents are struggling to adjust to the sound that echos through the city’s streets five times each day.
“There’s definitely a strong feeling that Muslims are the other,” she said. “It’s about culture, what kind of place Hamtramck will become. There’s definitely a fear, and to some degree, I share it.”

Saad Almasmari, a 28-year-old from Yemen who became the fourth Muslim elected to the six-member city council this month, doesn’t understand that fear.

Almasmari, the owner of an ice cream company who campaigned on building Hamtramck’s struggling economy and improving the public schools, said he is frustrated that so many residents expect the council’s Muslim members to be biased. He spent months campaigning everywhere in town, knocking on the doors of mosques and churches alike, he said.

“I don’t know why people keep putting religion into politics,” said Almasmari, who received the highest percentage of votes
(22 percent) of any candidate. “When we asked for votes, we didn’t ask what their religion was.”
Surrounded by Detroit, Hamtramck is Michigan’s most densely populated city, with about 22,000 residents occupying row after row of two-story,
turn-of-the-century bungalows packed into two square miles. Polish Catholic immigrants began flocking to Hamtramck, which was originally settled by German farmers, in 1914 when the Dodge brothers opened an auto assembly plant in town.

While the city’s Polish Catholic population has shrunk from
90 percent in 1970 to about 11 percent today, in part as the old residents have moved to more prosperous suburbs, Polish American culture still permeates the town.

Labor Day, known as Polish Day here, is marked with music, drinking and street dancing. The roof of the Polish cathedral-style St. Florian Church peaks above the city landscape, and a large statue of Pope John Paul II, who visited the city in 1987, towers over Pope Park on Joseph Campau Avenue. The Polish pope’s cousin, John Wojtylo, was a Hamtramck city councilman in the 1940s and 1950s, according to local historian Greg Kowalski.

The once-thriving factory town now struggles with one of the highest poverty rates in Michigan. In 2009, American Axle shut down its plant in Hamtramck, laying off hundreds of workers. There is a new class of entrepreneurs, including Igor Sadikovic, a young Bosnian immigrant who plans to open a coffee shop with an art gallery by next summer, and Rebecca Smith, who owns a handbag store that employs Muslim women.

But the new businesses have not been enough to offset the loss of a manufacturing base and reductions in state revenue sharing. Since 2000, Michigan has twice appointed an emergency manager to the city, which has an annual operating budget of $22 million.
Hamtramck’s exceedingly low home prices and relatively low crime rate have proved especially attractive to new immigrants, whose presence is visible everywhere. Most of the women strolling Joseph Campau Avenue wear hijabs, or headscarves, and niqabs, veils that leave only the area around the eyes open. Many of the markets advertise their wares in Arabic or Bengali, and some display signs telling customers that owners will return shortly — gone to pray, much in the same way Polish businesses once signaled that employees had gone to Mass.

Tensions rise in volume
Many longtime residents point to 2004 as the year they suspected that the town’s culture had shifted irrevocably. It was then that the city council gave permission to al-Islah Islamic Center to broadcast its call to prayer from speakers atop its roof.
“The Polish people think we were invading them,” said Masud Khan, one of the mosque’s leaders, recalling that time in an interview earlier this month. “We were a big threat to their religion and culture. Now their days are gone.”

The mosque, which attracts about 500 people for its Friday prayer services, has purchased a neighboring vacant limestone building in the heart of the city that once was a furniture store. The mosque’s leaders plan to put a minaret — a spire — on the building and use it to continue broadcasting a call to prayer five times a day.

The private sale enraged city leaders, including the mayor, who sees the area as key to commercial growth. Mosque leaders estimate that the 20,000-square-foot building will hold up to 2,000 people once the renovation is finished next year.

The town’s transformation caught Mike Bugaj off guard. When the Hamtramck native left to join the Air Force in 1972, the city was widely referred to as “Little Warsaw.” When he returned from the military in 1995, “the Muslims were here,” said Bugaj, who is of Polish and Native American descent.

The new majority Muslim council has Bugaj worried that old traditions, like the Polish festival and Fat Tuesday’s paczki day, soon will be wiped away.

He and other residents are “concerned about what they would want to change, that they could mistreat women,” said Bugaj, who wore feather earrings and a T-shirt with wolves on it. “Don’t come over to America and try to turn people to your way of thinking.”

Wayne Little, who has been a pastor for nearly 40 years at Corinthian Baptist Church, said many of the city’s African American residents are also waiting to see whether the new Muslim-majority city council will represent their interests.
“They are clannish and stick together. . . . The jury is out on them.” Little said.

But Hamtramck’s Muslim population is hardly a monolith — the city is about 23 percent Arabic,
19 percent Bangladeshi and 7 percent Bosnian. The predominantly Muslim groups don’t intermingle much because of language differences, according to Thaddeus Radzilowski of the Piast Institute, a census information center.

Adding to the city’s burgeoning diversity are the young, white hipsters who have begun to migrate here from surrounding areas for the food, bars and art shows.

On a recent Saturday, about
40 people crowded into a one-room studio to sip wine from red Solo cups and enjoy a watercolor exhibition by African American artist Olayami Dabls as reggae music thumped in the background. The nudity and sexuality portrayed in Dabls’s paintings provided a startling contrast that afternoon to the handful of veil-clad Muslim women poring over produce at the Yemeni-owned grocery store visible across the street through the window.

Even some residents who are nervous about the new council speak of the city’s diversity with pride, noting the eclectic mix of restaurants and the fact that at least 27 languages are spoken in Hamtramck schools.

Frank Zacharias, an elderly Polish American usher at St. Ladislaus, the Catholic parish across the street from the mosque, is intimately familiar with life on Hamtramck’s streets, which he tromped for 28 years as a mail carrier before retiring. The changes have stunned him, he said.

“It was hard at the beginning,” he said, referring to 2004, when the mosque began the call to prayer.

But, he added: “They’re human. You gotta live with them. Hamtramck is known for diversity.”

University of Michigan at Dearborn professor Sally Howell, who has written a book on Michigan and U.S. Muslims, said that although some outsiders have equated the election results with “a sharia takeover,” that is not a fear she hears expressed by Hamtramck’s non-Muslims.

It all boils down to “a fear that this city council won’t represent the community,” Howell said. Her own sense, she said, is that it will.
The discord intensified in the weeks before the election, beginning when several senior citizens living in an apartment complex complained about the volume of the 6 a.m. call to prayer from a nearby mosque.

Susan Dunn, who was on her fifth unsuccessful run for city council, raised the issue before the governing body.

“I have my own rights, as well,” she said while baking her son’s birthday cake in her kitchen. “I’m not a hater. It wasn’t a calculated move.”

At one point as she spoke, a mosque close to Dunn’s house began broadcasting the call to prayer. “You try reading a book in your back yard while your dog is barking to that,” Dunn said, clearly exasperated.
The discord intensified in the weeks before the election, beginning when several senior citizens living in an apartment complex complained about the volume of the 6 a.m. call to prayer from a nearby mosque.

Susan Dunn, who was on her fifth unsuccessful run for city council, raised the issue before the governing body.

“I have my own rights, as well,” she said while baking her son’s birthday cake in her kitchen. “I’m not a hater. It wasn’t a calculated move.”

At one point as she spoke, a mosque close to Dunn’s house began broadcasting the call to prayer. “You try reading a book in your back yard while your dog is barking to that,” Dunn said, clearly exasperated.

City Council member Saad Almasmari, 28, far right, talks with community members inside a grocery store. (Salwan Georges/For The Washington Post)
On the eve of the vote, then-candidate Almasmari sent a photo of a flier he said he had found on the street to Majewski, the mayor, and Dunn. “Let’s get the Muslim out of Hamtramck in November 3rd. Let’s take back our city,” it read. The photo of the flier, which was illustrated with images of three white candidates, including Dunn, began circulating on Facebook. Dunn said she had nothing to do with it.

Then, after the election, a Muslim community organizer upset many residents when he praised the composition of the new council.

“Today, we show the Polish and everybody else,” said Ibrahim Algahim in an address to fellow Muslims that was captured on video.

Muslim community activist Kamal Rahman said he empathizes with the older residents’ concerns and has been working to help unify the town by meeting with city leaders.

Rahman, who in 1986 became one of the first Bengalis to attend a Hamtramck high school, said he considered moving to a mostly white Detroit suburb but decided against it once he discovered that a Ku Klux Klan group also had an address there. Instead, he built a five-bedroom home next to a Yemeni mosque just outside of Hamtramck, and sends his children to charter schools in the city.

Rahman encourages other Muslims to watch their language, because it can seem threatening.

“It sends the wrong message. If I were white, I would feel scared,” he said.

Unneighborly acts
As he sat in a Yemeni restaurant neatly dressed in a blue dress shirt and dark blue striped tie, Almasmari, the council member, recalled feeling shaken in the weeks leading up to the election, when he discovered that dozens of the yard signs touting his candidacy had been spray-painted with an “X.”

On a boarded-up building on the city’s main street, a poster to re-elect council member Anam Miah had been partially covered with big block letters — “DON’T VOTE” — and a swastika was drawn on Miah’s forehead.

But Almasmari insists that longtimers’ fears are unfounded. Already, he said he has scheduled a meeting with residents who wish to talk about their concerns — economic, educational and otherwise.

“People talk about Muslims by talking about ‘them,’ but we’re not going to be as single-minded as people think,” said Almasmari, a married father of three who covered his Facebook profile picture last week with the French flag filter.

Back in her vintage shop down the block, Majewski said she sympathizes with the stories of immigrants in search of a better life. It is a subject the mayor knows something about, having specialized in immigration and ethnicity when she earned her doctorate in American culture at the University of Michigan, said Majewski, who works at UM’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy.

A few minutes later, she pointed to a large, vacant building down the street that she said had once housed a popular department store. It was purchased by a Yemeni immigrant and has sat empty for two years, she said.

“It creates a lot of resentment and drags down the property values. That’s a real source of tension,” Majewski said. “Is that ethnic? . . . What do you call that? Can you criticize his lack of action? There’s certainly an ethnic element, the feeling that they don’t care about the city. How do you disentangle those?”

She paused to tell a shopper that the red plaid shirt he was trying on looked like a good fit before concluding aloud that the new conflicts in Hamtramck have less to do with ethnicity and religion and more about to do with what it means to be a good neighbor.

“We live on top of each other,” she said. “You can pass your plate through the window to the person next door.”

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