Thursday, November 04, 2010

Sarah Palin: It is " Our Morning in America" As The Radical Right Begins Their Fight In Earnest & US Backed "Shia Death Squads " In Iraq

After their success in the Midterm election the Religious Right /Christian Dominionists such as Coral Ridge Ministries immediately reminded their members that there is a long way to go in their fight to retake America to make it once again a "Real Christian Nation".

As we see this is just the first real salvos against President Obama and his administration and against all liberals and progressives in America.

They argue that the current administration has been infiltrated by radical Leftists who want to make America into a Communist/Collectivist country and so the fight must be increased not decreased .

And from Coral Ridge Ministries one of the biggest Evangelical Christian Dominionists Ministries in the US is celebrating the victories of the GOP and the Tea Party -Religious Right antigovernment factions in the mid-term elections. But Coral Ridge Ministries warns that Obama the Socialist/Communist is still in power and so they believe the fight to "Take Back America" to return it to its Christian Roots and to its roots in the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence 's vision of America as the Holy City on the Hill so it is a return to the theology and ideology as exemplified by the Founding Fathers and the first 20 to 40 years of the government of the United States. (in their view)

Here's the letter that has been sent via E-Mail out to members of the Coral Ridge Ministry

Dear (subsriber),

Thank you for standing with Coral Ridge Ministries and believers across the USA!
You saw, in the good results on Election Day, just a small part of the impact you’re making on your country.

But here’s the important truth: Tuesday’s victory in the House of Representatives proves you and I are being heard. We can make a difference. And here’s why we must keep up the fight:

President Obama and a liberal-leaning Senate are still at the helm of our nation ... pushing our beloved country down a path that leads to socialism and godlessness!
So today, we cannot rest. We must arm ourselves with knowledge and be biblically equipped to help halt our nation’s disastrous march toward socialism.

(And sticking with tradition Coral Ridge is asking for money as donations)

Please give a $15 or more tax-deductible donation now, and we’ll thank you with our critical book, Ten Truths About Socialism.

The book clearly demonstrates the dangers of this abominable system of governance—one that is a stepping stone on the way to COMMUNISM—and helps you:
Understand what socialism is and how it defies God’s Word,
Identify how our government is leading us down this crooked path, and
Communicate the truth about socialism with your friends and neighbors.
Give $15 or more and receive our insightful book, with our appreciation for your tax-deductible donation.

Your support will help Coral Ridge Ministries continue to share all across America the life-transforming ... NATION-TRANSFORMING ... truth about Jesus Christ!
Scripture warns, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).

We must reverse this dangerous course, before it is too late for our beloved America!
You can be a part of the solution through your support right now ... empowering all of our ministry outreaches, such as The Coral Ridge Hour, our radio programs and TV specials, and the new Cross Examine TV program—to help Christians understand what is happening in Washington today in light of God’s Word.
Support Coral Ridge Ministries as we proclaim the truth and defend godly values through your tax-deductible donation of $15 or more now, and let us thank you with Ten Truths About Socialism.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.

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Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy
Member, Board of Directors

Our Morning in America

Sarah Palin Celebrates Midterm Victories With New Video: Congratulations America! by Glynnis MacNicol ,, November 4th, 2010

Sarah Palin may not have convinced many people that she’s qualified to be president but there’s no question the woman could run a major media operation. Of course, one might argue that’s exactly what she’s been doing since quitting her job as Alaska’s governor.

Behold her latest offering. A fun new video from SarahPac titled ‘Together’ featuring a slew of Tuesday’s big winners (and Palin endorsements) including: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Sean Duffy, and Susana Martinez, also a lumberjack and a roaring grizzly bear…all set to some snappy music! Notably absent are Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell.

Said Palin on her Facebook page: “Congratulations, America! And thank you, voters!” Said Palin in the voiceover: “We’re going to stand up, we’re gonna speak out. And it may take some renegades going rogue to get us there…This is our movement. This is our moment. This is our morning in America.”

Shorter version: In a catchy one minute vid Palin is essentially claiming credit for the GOP “tidal” wave that just took the House and at the same time putting the establishment GOP on alert. It’s a smart move and highlights perfectly Palin’s unique role in the conservative party. One suspects the GOP has more to fear from Palin’s campaign vids in the next two years than the (slim) reality of an actual presidential run. Watch below.


Bill Maher's Remarks on Muslims via Islamophobia Watch

US TV host fears Western world will taken over by Islam Oct. 30, 2010

Those who accuse the once libertarian Bill Maher of becoming too much of a liberal apologist might want to clean their ears. Maher made a Juan Williams-esque confession on his program when he apprehensively noted that Mohammed has just become the most popular baby name in Britain.

"Am I a racist to feel alarmed by that?" Maher asked his panel. "Because I am. And it's not because of the race, it's because of the religion. I don't have to apologize, do I, for not wanting the Western world to be taken over by Islam in 300 years?"

"If you're with NPR," the conservative Margaret Hoover chimed, "You'd be fired." Hoover further stoked Maher by claiming that the U.K is saddled with a "far bigger problem" than baby names: Sharia law, which she said is creeping into England.

"Then I'm right," Maher said, taking her for her word. "I should be alarmed. And I don't apologize for it."

Bill Maher Stands By Mohammed Remarks: ‘I Don’t Need To Apologize For Being A Proud Westerner’
by Ray Rahman, , Nov. 01, 2010

Bill Maher showed up on CNN to talk about comments he made on Real Time regarding the ‘alarming’ number of ‘baby Mohammeds’ in England. Maher told Wolf Blitzer that he felt no need to “apologize for being a proud Westerner,” or for being worried that “Muslim people in these [Western] societies are having babies” at a faster clip than non-Muslims.

He clarified:

And when I say Westerner, I mean someone who believes in the values that Western people believe in that a lot of the Muslim world does not. Like separation of church and state. Like equality of the sexes. Like respect for minorities, free elections, free speech, freedom to gather. These things are not just different from cultures that don’t have them. … It’s better. … I would like to keep those values here.


Bill Maher's remarks about American and Western values as being superior to those of Islam have a bit of a hollow ring to them.
For instance it is America which pursued a War of Aggression on Iraq leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens.
This war was unjustified and the policies pursued such as the wide use of abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners were and are illegal and immoral.
We also now know for certain that the US policy under General Petraeus was to divide and conquer by using Shia death squads to crush the Sunni insurgency.
These death squads were trained and supported by the US military and the US government under the Bush regime and possibly under the Obama administration.
Are these part of the Western Values Bill Maher talks about and so he accepts as America's values such policies as that of abuse and torture and the use of illegal weapons such as White Phosphorous on civilian populations in Iraq or the use of unmanned Drones , that it is OK for American soldiers going out on patrol "To hunt humans" or the slaughter of civilians by US troops who believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are in fact part of a new Christian Crusade .

But we should consider the fact that Bill Maher is anti-all religions believing them to be a matter of irrational belief systems which give comfort to individuals and which also used to defend their actions to justify wars , killing etc. Is Bill Maher claiming that Muslim Americans are more of a threat than the Radical Religious Right's Christian Dominionists who want to set up a form of theocracy in America ???
Does Bill Maher want to single out Islam as worse or more threatening to human rights and freedom than any other religious system???

Bill Maher should pause for a moment to spend time investigating the issue and examine more closely those who are alarmed over the so-called Islamization of Europe. Does he really want to go out on a limb and be associated with the EDL and Geert Wilder and dubious characters such as Bat Ye'or, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer , David Horowitz, Andrew McCarthy,Bruce Bawer ,Daniel Pipes, Brigitte Gabriel, Walid Shoebat etc.

In considering Western values versus Islamic values for instance check out:

Torture Orders Were Part of US Sectarian War Strategy by: Gareth Porter,Inter Press Service, Nov. 2, 2010

Washington - The revelation by Wikileaks of a U.S. military order directing U.S. forces not to investigate cases of torture of detainees by Iraqis has been treated in news reports as yet another case of lack of concern by the U.S. military about detainee abuse.

But the deeper significance of the order, which has been missed by the news media, is that it was part of a larger U.S. strategy of exploiting Shi'a sectarian hatred against Sunnis to help suppress the Sunni insurgency when Sunnis had rejected the U.S. war.

And Gen. David Petraeus was a key figure in developing the strategy of using Shi'a and Kurdish forces to suppress Sunnis in 2004-2005.

The strategy involved the deliberate deployment of Shi'a and Kurdish police commandoes in areas of Sunni insurgency in the full knowledge that they were torturing Sunni detainees, as the reports released by Wikileaks show.

That strategy inflamed Sunni fears of Shi'a rule and was a major contributing factor to the rise of al Qaeda's influence in the Sunni areas. The escalating Sunni-Shi'a violence it produced led to the massive sectarian warfare of 2006 in Baghdad in which tens of thousands of civilians - mainly Sunnis - were killed.

The strategy of using primarily Shi'a and Kurdish military and police commando units to suppress Sunni insurgents was adopted after a key turning point in the war in April 2004, when Civil Defence Corps units throughout the Sunni region essentially disappeared overnight during an insurgent offensive.

Two months later, the U.S. military command issued "FRAGO [fragmentary order] 242", which provided that no investigation of detainee abuse by Iraqis was to be conducted unless directed by the headquarters of the command, according to references to the order in the Wikileaks documents.

The order came immediately after Gen. Petraeus took command of the new Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq (MNSTC-I). It was a clear signal that the U.S. command expected torture of prisoners to be a central feature of Iraqi military and police operations against Sunni insurgents.

Petraeus knew that it would take more than two years to build a competent Iraqi military officer corps, as he told Bing West, author of the "The Strongest Tribe", in August 2004. Meanwhile, he would have to use Shi'a and Kurdish militias.

In September 2004, Petraeus adopted a plan to establish paramilitary units within the national police.

The initial units were from non-sectarian former Iraqi special forces teams. In October, however, Petraeus embraced the first clearly sectarian Shi'a militia unit – the 2,000- man Shi'a "Wolf Brigade", as a key element of his police commando strategy, giving it two months of training with U.S. forces.

In November 2004, after 80 percent of the Sunni police defected to the insurgents in Mosul, the U.S. command dispatched 2,000 Kurdish peshmurga militiamen to Mosul, and five battalions of predominantly Shi'a troops, with a smattering of Kurds, were to police Ramadi. But a few weeks later, after the completion of its training, the Wolf Brigade was also sent to Mosul.

Hundreds of Shi'a troops from Baghdad and southern areas of the country were also sent into Samara and Fallujah.

It did not take long for the Wolf Brigade to acquire its reputation for torture of Sunni detainees. The Associated Press reported the case of a female detainee in Wolf Brigade custody in Mosul who was whipped with electric cables in order to get her to sign a false confession that she was a high-ranking local leader of the insurgency.

But an official of the U.S. command later told Richard Engel of NBC that the Wolf Brigade had been a very effective unit and had driven the insurgents out of Mosul.

The Wolf Brigade was then sent to Sunni neighbourhoods in Baghdad, where the Association of Muslim Scholars publicly accused it of having "arrested imams and the guardians of some mosques, tortured and killed them, and then got rid of their bodies in a garbage dump…"

The Wolf Brigade was also deployed to other Sunni cities, including Ramadi and Samarra, always in close cooperation with U.S. military units.

The war logs released by Wikileaks include a number of reports from Samarra in 2004 and 2005 describing how the U.S. military had handed their captives over to the Wolf Brigade for "further questioning". The implication was that the Shi'a commandos would be able to extract more information from the detainees than would be allowed by U.S. rules.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, who succeeded Petraeus as the commander responsible for training Iraqi security forces in September 2005, hinted strongly in an interview with Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News three months later that the U.S. command accepted the Wolf Brigade's harsh interrogation methods as a necessary feature of using Iraqi counterinsurgency forces.

Dempsey said, "We are fighting through a very harsh environment... these guys are not fighting on the streets of Bayonne, New Jersey." Contrary to the Western notion of "innocent until proven guilty", he said the view in Iraq was "close" to the "opposite".

Vargas reported, "For Dempsey, a big part of building a viable police force is learning to accept, if not embrace, the cultural differences."

A second stage of the strategy of sectarian war against the Sunnis came after the new Shi'a government's takeover of the Interior Ministry in April 2005. The Shi'a minister immediately filled the Iraqi police – especially the commando units – with Shi'a troops from the Badr Corps, the Iranian-trained forces loyal to the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

Within days the Badr Corps, along with the Wolf Brigade, began a campaign of mass arrests, torture and assassination of Sunnis in Baghdad and elsewhere that was widely reported by news agencies.

The U.S. command responded to that development by issuing a new version of the previous order on what to do about Iraqi torture, according to the Wikileaks documents. On Apr. 29, 2005, the U.S. command issued FRAGO 039 requiring reports through operational channels on Iraqi abuse of prisoners using a format attached to the order. But no follow-up investigation was to be made unless directed by higher headquarters.

The former Minister of Interior, Falah al-Naquib, later told Knight-Ridder correspondent Tom Lasseter that he had personally warned Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials about the sectarian violence by Badr police commandoes against Sunnis. "They didn't take us seriously," he lamented.

In fact, the U.S. military and the U.S. Embassy were well aware of the serious risk that the strategy of relying on vengeful Shi'a police commandos to track down Sunnis would exacerbate sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shi'a. In May 2005, Ann Scott Tyson wrote in the Washington Post that U.S. military analysts did not deny that the U.S. strategy "aggravates the underlying fault lines in Iraqi society, heightening the prospects of civil strife".

In late July 2005, when Petraeus was still heading the command, an unnamed "senior American officer" at MNSTC-I was asked by John F. Burns of the New York Times whether the U.S. might end up arming Iraqis for a civil war. The officer answered, "Maybe."

The U.S.-sponsored Shi'a assault on the Sunnis gave al Qaeda a new opportunity. In mid-2005, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, announced the creation of a special unit, the Omar Brigade, to combat the Shi'a commando torture and death squads. That led to the massive sectarian bloodletting in Baghdad in 2006, when thousands of civilians were dying every month.

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specialising in U.S. national security policy. The paperback edition of his latest book, "Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam", was published in 2006.

EDL's pro-Wilders demo in Amsterdam flops via Islamophobia

Finland: Christian Democrat calls for discrimination against Muslim refugees Islamophobia Watch, Oct 30, 2010

Christian refugees coming to Finland should be given first preference over Muslims, according to Christian Democratic Party Chair Päivi Räsänen.

In a recent interview with Finnish university student magazine "Ylioppilaslehti", Räsänen reasons that Christians adapt to Finland better than Muslims because of commonalities in religion and culture. Muslims are at greater risk of becoming isolated in Finnish society. This can lead to radicalisation, Räsänen says.

In response to the remarks, Green Party MP Jyrki Kasvi accuses Räsänen of discrimination against members of different faiths. Writing in his blog on the Green Party website, Kasvi sees Räsänen’s stance to be in violation of international human rights, which forbid discrimination on the basis of religion.

and so it goes,

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