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CAIR Exposed: Part 6

Posted by Joshua Price on March 31, 2008

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Media Coverage of “Fitna”

Posted by Joshua Price on March 31, 2008

So I’m conducting my daily blog prep and I stumble upon this story (actually a poorly veiled editorial) from an AP writer about Geert Wilders’ film on the Koran, “Fitna.”

Read the following paragraph carefully (I have added some emphasis where needed):

Employing elements and symbols calculated to offend Muslims, it draws on recycled footage of terrorist attacks and anti-Western, anti-Jewish rhetoric meant to alarm the native Dutch.

First this “reporter” asserts the film was created and produced to “offend” Muslims and “alarm the native Dutch.” Really? I think it was produced to highlight the violent and fascist nature of the Koran, and it more than succeeded.

Then he takes another shot through is phrasing “recycled footage.” He uses that phrase like it somehow diminishes the message or virtue of the film by using footage of passed attacks.

It continues to astound me, though it shouldn’t, the things that are presented as unbiased news and yet are nothing more than thinly veiled editorials.

The bottom line is that this film should be required viewing in every high school and college.

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Fitna Update: “Serious” Threats Force Site to Remove Film

Posted by Joshua Price on March 28, 2008

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but the site hosting Geert Wilders’ film, “Fitna,” has been essentially forced to remove the film due to “serious” threats to staff.

We now have reaction from the U.N. (if anyone cares):

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned as “offensively anti-Islamic” a Dutch lawmaker’s film that accuses the Koran of inciting violence.

Ban acknowledged efforts by the government of the Netherlands to stop the broadcast of the film, which was launched by Islam critic Geert Wilders over the Internet, and appealed for calm to those “understandably offended by it.”

“There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence,” Ban said in a statement. “The right of free expression is not at stake here.”

The short film, titled “Fitna,” an Arabic term sometimes translated as “strife,” intersperses images of the September 11 attacks on the United States and Islamist bombings with quotations from the Koran.

The film urges Muslims to tear out “hate-filled” verses from the Koran and starts and finishes with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad with a bomb under his turban, accompanied by the sound of ticking.

Several Muslim countries, including Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia, have also condemned the film.

“Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility,” Ban said.

“We must also recognize that the real fault line is not between Muslim and Western societies, as some would have us believe, but between small minorities of extremists, on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict,” Ban said.

(Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

I have no inclination to comment on this. Anything coming from the U.N. is useless to me, but it should reported–especially when it takes the side of the anti-Free Speech crowd.

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CAIR Exposed: Part 5

Posted by Joshua Price on March 28, 2008

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Outgoing Immigration Chief Won’t Fast-Track Voters

Posted by Joshua Price on March 28, 2008

Finally we hear about someone in the government doing their job appropriately and in America’s best interest, not in the interest of a political party or money.

The outgoing head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says his agency won’t give in to political pressure and cut corners on citizenship applications in order to mint new voters for this year’s elections.

“I can’t allow citizenship to be politicized. It was allowed once before in the ’90s, and it was a disaster, and I’m not going to allow it again,” Emilio Gonzalez, whose resignation takes effect April 18 after more than two years as director of the agency, told The Washington Times.

Some members of Congress, immigration advocacy groups and editorial pages have accused him of slow-walking hundreds of thousands of citizenship applications filed last year, saying they perceive an effort to keep potential Democrat-leaning new citizens away from the polls.

That’s just like the Left; Let’s disregard national security in order to get more Democrat voters in here.

If it’s not about money, it’s about power. That’s the case here.

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