Australia: ‘I Mean To Take As Many Of Them Down As I Can’: Muslim Teen Planned ‘Maximum Fire’ Terror Attack

From Breitbart:
A Muslim man who was part of a group seeking to “kill as many unbelievers as they can and impose Sharia law” used the Boston Marathon terror attack as his model, an Australian court has heard.

The claim was made during sentencing proceedings for Tamim Khaja, 20, who pleaded guilty in October to planning and preparing a terrorist attack two years ago.

The then 18-year-old was arrested while readying for a massacre, either at the U.S. embassy in Sydney, an Army barracks or at a court complex. It’s alleged Khaja is close to imprisoned Islamic extremists Milad bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai and his brother, Maywand Osman, who are also in custody on terrorism offences.

Video evidence was shown of Khaja appearing expressionless as he talks about murdering innocent people, ABC News reports.

He told undercover officers he was planning “maximum fire.”

“I mean to take as many of them down as I can. I’m not going to stop firing… If there’s like a two month old baby, or someone holding a baby, I’m just trying to think if that’s true, I wouldn’t buckle in that situation.”

Khaja started planning the terror attack after a failed attempt to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State in 2016.

He wrote to an unidentified man: “I am so sad I couldn’t come. My heart has been broken. I wanted so badly to be on the battlefield with my brothers.

“I am thinking more along the lines of Boston Marathon… I know how to make a portable microwave b..b [sic]… Even with a handgun I would be able to cause a lot of damage.”…

Canada: Woman Claims Potential Wedding Venue Violated Her Religious Freedoms

Interestingly enough, most people would find another venue or bring in outside food.

But not this woman. Nope. She's a victim.

From the CTV:
A Dartmouth woman claims a local hotel is infringing on her freedom of religion by not offering appropriate food for her wedding reception.

Susan Ashley says the Delta Hotel in Dartmouth has denied her request to have halal food at the venue, something she says is needed for a traditional Muslim meal.

“It wouldn't have been a big issue, and I honestly feel that it infringes on my human rights,” said Ashely. “I can't say enough how upset I am.”

In a statement to CTV News, the Delta Hotel said they can offer some halal food, although it might not be up to orthodox standards and they wouldn't allow outside caterers into the venue. The Delta said bringing an outside caterer into their kitchen would mean they would have to suspend food preparation for the rest of the guests.

The Delta also said they try to work with their customers, but this particular case wouldn't be possible.

"Our catering menu does include many halal selections, however, we cannot provide assurances of no cross-contamination for clients who seek a true orthodox meal," said an official for Armour Group Ltd., which represents the Delta Hotel.

Halal means "permissible," and for Muslims it encompasses foods that are prepared a certain way. For meats, it refers to the way the animal is slaughtered.

“It's supposed to be a very quick, painless death. The knife is supposed to be very, very sharp, one swift go,” said Halal retailer Jibran Khan.

Halal food is becoming more accessible in the Halifax area. Khan says it's an important signal to Muslims that times are changing.

“I grew up here, 26 years in Canada not being able to go to restaurants, having to watch what I eat at friend’s places, so it just becomes a little restrictive in a lot of ways.,” said Khan.

Ashley is now looking at other venues, but she says there’s a price difference.

“Downtown Halifax is very expensive and I don't want to spend $50,000 on a wedding,” she said. “I believe the Delta declined allowing me to have a caterer because they would essentially lose profit.”

But Armour Group Ltd. said the Delta can't guarantee there wouldn’t be any cross-contamination during preparation.

"The client seemed committed to having an outside caterer from the outset of her request, which appeared to be driven solely by economics," the spokesperson said.

Hijab Saga: Muslims Warns Nigerian Law School, Say Religious War Looms

From Breitbart:
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC​) has raised alarm that the six Nigerian Law School campuses across the nation may not allow female Muslim students due for Bar Part II to wear their hijabs during the 2017/2018 First Term Law Dinner, ​from Wednesday, 13th February​ to Thursday, 15th February, 2018.

​Its Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, warned of religious crisis if the hijab controversy is not properly managed.

The don insisted that any attempt to bar female Muslim law students who wish to use hijab from doing so is an infringement on Allah-given fundamental rights of those students as entrenched in Section 38 (i) & (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

​He disclosed that MURIC has received reports of a number of female Muslim law students at the Agbani, Enugu, Lagos and Abuja campuses who are allegedly being threatened with disciplinary measures should they use the Hijab at the Law Dinner….

Akintola said: …​”​MURIC warns that certain campuses of the Nigerian Law Schools are deliberately precipitating crisis by stereotyping female Muslim students on the issue of hijab. Those who seek to play God in the lives of Nigerian Muslims are religious fanatics bent on intimidating, oppressing and persecuting Muslims.

​”This is a dangerous situation capable of snowballing into a religious crisis whose consequences no one can predict. The Qur’an affirms that oppression is worse than killing (Qur’an 2:191).

​”​This verse underlines the gravity of the hijab phenomenon. Female Muslims are being persecuted in order to give undue advantage to non-Muslims. It is religious apartheid. It is unacceptable. We will rather be free men in our graves than live like puppets and second class citizens.

​”​Those who make rules and regulations impossible to obey make it impossible not to disobey. Law Schools where anti-Muslim dressing codes are issued in a multi-religious Nigeria do not belong to decent and accommodating communities of men and women.

​”W​e call on the Federal Government and the National Assembly (particularly the House of Representatives where the Amasa Firdaus case is still being investigated) to turn its attention to what is going on in the Law School Dinners across the country. Muslims are not being violent now but they are being persecuted.

​”​Those who fail to listen to the dialogue group may have cause to regret it sooner or later.​”​

Malaysia: Chinese Year Of The Dog Images Removed To Avoid Offending Muslims

From the Express:
BUSINESSES marking the coming Chinese Year of the Dog in Malaysia have stopped displaying images of canines on their decorations and souvenirs over fears it will upset Muslims who live in the country and consider the animals unclean.

The country has a large Chinese population who are preparing to welcome in the new year.

But some shopping malls have decided not to have images of dogs, sparking an online backlash, CNN reported.

Malaysia has a growing Islamic population, with many Muslims observing the practise of ritually washing themselves if they come into contact with a dog.

One shopkeeper at the Sunway Pyramid near Kuala Lumpur said: “This is a multiracial country, when they do something like that it shows disrespect to the Chinese race here.

“If this is the case they should just make this only an Islamic country, but we have Buddhists, Hindus and other religions as well here.”

Another shopping mall in the popular Kuala Lumpur tourist area of Bukit Bintang did not depict dogs in its decorations ahead of the new year, focusing instead on the 10th anniversary theme of the centre, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

Director of Marketing Kung Suan Ai said religious and cultural sensitivities were a determining factor in decorations.

She said: “One of the considerations we take in when we work on decoration concepts for Pavilion KL is to create something highly experiential and also to be socially accepting for all.”

But Chinese Malaysian Wong Wei-Shen, who has several dogs as pets, said businesses were being “ridiculous”.

He said: “It’s a shame because Malaysia is a multicultural country. To dismiss the fact that the Chinese have a dog as one of the zodiac animals is unfair.

“Every zodiac animal has its good attributes, and the dog represents a guide, a best friend, a comforter and loyal friend.”

Twelve animals, including a dog and a pig, another animal Muslims consider as unclean, make up the traditional Chinese zodiac….

United States: Former California Prison Counselor Converts To Islam, Joins Islamic Fighter Group

From Sacramento Bee:
A former Sacramento youth counselor for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is awaiting extradition to the U.S. on suspicion he lied to the FBI about his role fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria.

Brian Arthur Dempsey Sr., 46, faces five charges of false statements involving international terrorism, up to eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years probation if convicted.

Dempsey supervised wards and oversaw rehabilitation programs for CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice – then known as the California Youth Authority – from March 2001 until he resigned in April 2012, said Bill Sessa, CDCR spokesman. He commuted from his Sacramento home to two Stockton-area prisons as well as Preston Youth Correctional Facility in Ione over that 11-year span.

In July 2013, Dempsey left Sacramento for the Syrian city A’zaz, about an hour from Aleppo, near the Turkish border. There, he and an accomplice referred to as “Person A” joined rebel fighters in a group called Ahrar al-Sham, according to federal court documents.

Dempsey stayed in A’zaz for 1 1/2 months before attempting to fly home through Fiumicino International Airport in Rome, where he was detained by an FBI special agent. He told the agent he and Person A had gone to Syria to help refugees from the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but ended up sitting around with no opportunity to lend aid. There were no significant refugee camps in A’zaz or Aleppo at the time, according to federal court documents.

Unable to fly home, Dempsey was interviewed again in Italy in January 2014, where he reportedly admitted to lying about his militant activity in the previous discussion. Dempsey also told the FBI agent he had instructed his brother not to tell government officials about his plan to go to Syria, contradicting a previous statement that he had asked his brother to check with federal authorities whether doing so was legal, according to federal court documents.

Virtually everyone Dempsey met in A’zaz was fighting for Assad’s regime or a rebel group, including members of well-known terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, according to statements he reportedly made to the agent. He and an attorney discussed a possible plea deal with the U.S. government for nine months until he reportedly cut off communication and fled Italy in October 2014.

Dempsey remained off the radar until he was arrested on Jan. 18, 2017, by British authorities. The U.S. Eastern District of California Court ruled to unseal his indictment six days later.

Neither the United States nor the United Nations Security Council has formally recognized Ahrar al-Sham as a terrorist organization, though countries that back the Syrian government – including Russia and Iran – have long been pushing for it to be classified as such. The rebel group had an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 members as of last year.

Dempsey’s contacts in the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front could have been enough to raise the FBI’s suspicions despite Ahrar al-Sham’s somewhat ambiguous status, George Washington University research fellow Bennett Clifford said. People can be relatively easily added to the federal government’s no-fly list despite a lack of material support for terrorism, said Clifford, who co-authored a study on Americans becoming jihadi released last week.

Dempsey converted from Catholicism to Islam sometime between 2011 and 2013 and was one of the oldest Americans suspecting of turning to jihad this decade, according to the study. Public records show his last listed address in Sacramento was on the 4700 block of Large Oak Court, half a mile from the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims’ offices.

“Given the lack of publicly available evidence about these cases, it is especially hard to determine how a former correctional officer and a former ‘sovereign citizen’ who both converted to Islam met one another, and decided to travel to Syria to fight,” the study said. “Dempsey’s eventual extradition and prosecution in the U.S. may bring more details to light. However, these cases are reminders that the social connections that influence travelers are not always straightforward or conventional.”

Sessa declined to discuss Dempsey’s job performance or reputation within the prisons, citing California Department of Corrections policies prohibiting him from discussing ex-employees’ job performances.

Islamist TV Calls For Murder Of Secular Newspaper’s Editors

From Ahval News:
A host for the Turkish Islamist Akit TV called for the killing of secular Cumhuriyet newspaper’s editors, saying their murder would be permissible according to Islam.

Yusuf Ozan, the host of Akit TV’s morning show, displayed Cumhuriyet’s frontpage on Sunday which had the headline “11 martyrs in Afrin” about news of 11 Turkish soldiers being killed on Saturday, the deadliest day since Turkish military incursion into Syria’s Afrin started on Jan. 20.

“I wish there was a one-man regime, then he would shut you down. I wish there was Sharia [Islamic Law] in this country, then they would hang you all.” Ozan was quoted by Cumhuriyet as saying.

“You are all traitors… trouble makers who hide behind the democracy cover. Your heads should be chopped off,” Ozan said.

“Democracy is a fiction, it is permissible to murder you during the war [according to Islam]… You don’t have even one bit of faith in you,” he said.

Cumhuriyet is one of the last opposition newspapers in Turkey after several were shut down and others succumbed to pressure from the government to change their editorial line….

Video: Liverpool Soccer Fans Chant “I’ll Be Muslim Too” In Honor Of Soccer Star

From Siasat:
LONDON: Liverpool fans really love Mohamed Salah and therefore have shown religious solidarity and admiration for Egyptian footballer in the form of a brand new chant.

Liverpool soccer fans can be heard literally singing that they will become Muslim and go to mosques because of the world renowned footballer in a new song in Salah’s honor.

The lyrics for the Salah version:

“Mo Salah-la la la la la.

“If he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me.

“If he scores another few then I’ll be Muslim too.

“If he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me,

“He’s sitting in a mosque, that’s where I want to be.”

Plano Mayor Calls On Councilman To Resign Over Facebook Post On Islam

From NBC (Texas affiliate):
Tuesday night, a short video featuring school scenes and girls in hijabs with the words “Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools” was shared by Plano City Councilman Tom Harrison’s Facebook page.

The video stayed on the page for most of the day Wednesday, even as Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere says he and the city manager tried to reach the councilman for an explanation.

“I waited to hopefully see some type of retraction that his account was hacked,” LaRosiliere said. “I’m not sure why that was there, but that didn’t happen.”

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, LaRosiliere publicly called on Harrison to resign.

“Mr. Harrison’s position indicates that he is unfit to represent this richly diverse city. This conduct is inconsistent with the values of the city of Plano,” LaRosiliere said.

LaRosiliere said Harrison had not previously expressed any views about Islam to the mayor or during official city meetings.

Harrison was elected to the city council in 2015 for a four-year term. His Facebook page shows consistent posts about city business and his views on city issues.

NBC 5 tried to reach Harrison Wednesday afternoon by calling his city phone and emailing his city email account. A reporter left a voicemail on his mobile phone, a note on his door at home and sent him a Facebook message. NBC 5 reached his adult son by phone who said his dad was in doctors’ appointments and the message would be passed on.

Later Wednesday afternoon, the Facebook post was taken down, and by Wednesday evening Harrison posted an apology but did not address the mayor’s call for him to resign.

The video shared on Harrison’s page was from a Facebook group called “Joined Hands Across America for Trump.” The video doesn’t specify what is meant by banning Islam from schools, whether that means banning world religion lessons, prayer or Muslim students.

“I’m a mom, I’m a city of Plano resident, I’m also a Muslim, so the post kind of struck a chord in many ways for me,” said Suzanne, who declined to give her last name publicly.

She said a friend sent her a screenshot of the post early Wednesday morning. It upset her enough to begin emailing the city and then make the trip to city hall to hear directly from the mayor.

“When it comes to public servants voicing their opinions in the public sphere that can easily be accessed by everyone — children and adults alike — I think that bears with it some kind of responsibility,” Suzanne said.

Imam Omar Suleiman, of Faith Forward Dallas and an Irving resident, said the sharing of the video on Facebook is concerning coming from a public official.

“When an entire group of people are targeted either by a teacher or an elected official, then those people are unfit to educate or to lead,” Suleiman said. “I think that’s what the post is really all about.”

He says if Harrison does not resign, he expects the community will continue to look for political consequences for the post.

“We’re going to stage protests, we’re going to continue to mobilize to make sure that the councilman is replaced,” Suleiman said.

Nafis Pathan, of the Islamic Association of Collin County, says his community has been active with the city of Plano and that he was disappointed in Harrison but pleased with the mayor’s response.

“I hope the city councilman understands the consequences and accepts the demand from Mayor Harry [LaRosiliere],” Pathan said….

Harrison’s full apology follows:

“I want to sincerely apologize to the Plano Muslim Community for the unintentional hurt I caused by reposting something on my personal Facebook page that wrongfully implied I am anti-Muslim. My intent on inputting this on my personal Facebook page was to emphasize that Christianity is not the only religion being targeted for exclusion in our public school. It was not meant as a personal attack against the Islamic faith. As a Christian, it is my belief that all should be free to worship as they choose, but we live in a time where any practice of religious expression in public schools is rarely tolerated. My hope is that due to the rightful negative response to my post, that it will spark a renewed discussion about all religions and their place in our public schools. My other regret is that my personal action has reflected poorly on the City of Plano. My action was personal in nature, but I should have remembered this past Monday night’s Council discussion …. none of us are ever truly off duty. None of us are perfect, and we will all be judged one day by the highest authority. Until then, I ask for forgiveness within the community and acceptance of my sincere apology.”

American Flag Destroyed, Replaced With ‘ISIS Flag’ At Utah High School,

From Fox News:
Vandal tears down American flag at Hurricane High School in Utah and replaces it with ISIS flag.

An American flag at a high school in Southwest Utah was found destroyed and replaced with an ISIS flag Thursday, Fox 13 reported.

An unknown perpetrator had taken down the flag at Hurricane High School, which is in the Washington County School District, and replaced it with “what looked like a flag used by ISIS,” police said.

The American flag was left shredded at the scene. The words “ISIS is COMI” had been spray-painted on a wall on the school’s east side, KUTV reported….

Authorities released a statement saying school employees have replaced the “ISIS flag” with a new American flag, and removed the graffiti. Images of the ISIS flag were then sent to the FBI for analysis.

“[B]ased on information we received from the FBI we do not believe this act was perpetrated by someone linked to the Islamic State,” Hurricane PD said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing and investigators will continue to follow-up on leads.”

Belgium: Muslim Couple Beat Up Their Four Children Because They Are “Too Western"

From Voice of Europe:
Police in the Belgian city of Waregem arrested a Tunisian couple for battering their four children.

The reason for this ill-treatment is that the children are “too Western” according to their parents. During a dispute the 16-year-old daughter was hit with a belt in the face and was seriously injured.

The police interfered during the fight and arrested the father and the mother of the children. According to the prosecutor’s office all children were maltreated. The couple also had plans to send their children to Tunisia, an Islamic country with between 98 and 99 per cent Muslims….