Welcome to Belmarsh, Tommy


(Note: The above is an image version of Matt’s poem. See this post for a text version.)

Tommy Robinson has been imprisoned in Her Majesty’s Prison at Belmarsh. According to Seneca III, “As far as Tommy’s safety goes everything will depend on which unit he is assigned to and to which regime. As he will be serving a sentence of circa ten weeks, it is unlikely that he will be moved to another prison within that time frame and may spend it in the local prison or within the security of the main unit.” Later today I’ll be posting a longer report by Seneca III on this and other aspects of Tommy’s incarceration.

The Middle East Forum, under the leadership of Daniel Pipes, funded Tommy’s legal defense. Here’s what the MEF wrote about the case today:

MEF Funds Tommy Robinson Defense… To No Avail

Philadelphia — July 12, 2019 — The Middle East Forum again helped citizen-journalist Tommy Robinson defend himself from charges arising from his reporting in March 2018 outside a courthouse where a Muslim rape gang was on trial.

Mr. Robinson has been sentenced to nine months in jail, the culmination of the UK Establishment’s dogged pursuit of an individual with the audacity to report on the UK’s epidemic of Muslim rape grooming gangs. Although found guilty of a civil infraction he has been placed in HMP Belmarsh, a notoriously violent prison sometimes known as the “jihadi training camp.”

In this latest round, Mr. Robinson is sentenced to jail for a technical violation of the UK’s Contempt of Court Act of 1981 that allows judges to postpone the reporting of trials. However, “Worse than being selectively enforced, the Contempt Act appears to be exclusively enforced against Tommy Robinson when it comes to reporting outside courthouses,” notes Marc Fink, the Forum’s Legal Project director. Indeed, according a UK media guide:

Filming parties to proceedings as they arrive and leave the court house is also technically forbidden but in practice this rule is not enforced e.g. pictures of defendants and witnesses arriving and leaving the Royal Courts of Justice or the ‘Old Bailey’ are commonly shown.

In May 2018, Mr. Robinson was arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced to 13 months prison, and jailed — all in the course of five hours. On August 1, Mr. Robinson won his appeal, with the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales denouncing “a fundamentally flawed process.” But the UK’s attorney general was undeterred, re-trying the case last week, this time putting on a better show trial.

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The Thing With Feathers

This is the latest installment in the series “Dymphna’s Greatest Hits”. It was originally published on March 11, 2005. As previously, some of the embedded links no longer work.

The Saga of Mukhtar Mai, Continued

This week, the Canadian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Ms. Margaret Huber, has given Rs2.1 million to Mukhtar Mai for the continuation of her educational work in Punjab.

This follows the public outcry, going on for three years now, against the brutal gang rape of this village woman who was set up to take the retribution required for her young brother’s alleged dishonorable behavior. The whole ugly story was a set piece, a frame-up to distract attention from the fact that her brother was the first victim in this story: he was kidnapped and taken to a field to be sodomized by a group of men from a powerful family in his village

On June 22, 2002, three Mastoi men kidnapped Abdul Shakur, a tall boy 11 or 12 years of age. They took him to a sugar cane field. Then they took turns sodomizing him. “They asked me if I would tell my family,” Abdul recalled. “When I said yes, they beat me up. Then they locked me up in a room.”

Subsequently, Abdul was joined in the room by a young woman, Salma Naseen, from the Mastoi family. Then the police were summoned and the boy was accused by his sodomizers of having an affair with Salma. He was arrested and jailed.

It is at this point that Mukhtar Mai becomes the next victim. When the powerful Mastoi clan convened the village council to address their grievance, the outcome was never in doubt. The sentence in the case could have been the forced marriage of Abdul and Salma, but the Mastoi were hardly likely to agree to the union of one of their clan with a member of a poorer and less prominent family. Instead, Mukhtar was dragged from the village to the field where the tribal council had convened. In retribution for her brother’s ‘crime’ she was ordered to be raped by four men.

For an hour and a half, as other Mastoi people “danced in jubilation,” Abdul Khaliq and three other men raped her. Then Mukhtaran Mai was forced, before perhaps 300 people, to walk home naked.

Her father covered her with a shawl and took her in.

Usually, a woman thus humiliated simply commits suicide. There is no life left for her in her village after such an experience. Mai considered doing just that, and then…and then, in some mysterious transformation that can occur in the midst of devastation, Mai decided instead to fight back. She brought charges against the men. She stood firm against the death threats. The ostracism? What had she to lose after her long, naked walk home?

The higher court in Lahore overturned the convictions of the men who raped her, a legal decision which threatens her safety. But three years into this battle, Mai is too strong to kill. And the Islamofascists know it. Money has poured in from all over the world. She has used it to start schools, have them wired for electricity, buy textbooks and supplies, and begin to look for ways to make her projects self-sustaining.

Stories of courageous transcendence are universally compelling. Ms. Mai embodies the magic of transformation: a small woman in a remote village in Punjab is gang-raped. Just like so many before her, she is used and disposed of. Phoenix-like, she rises from the ashes of her humiliation and sets out to tell the world. Her story is proof that there is more to the news than simply bad news; there is also a desperate and overwhelming need for stories of personal redemption.

This case will go on to the Supreme Court. Given the outcry in all of Pakistan, the rapists may yet be sentenced. This excerpt from The Daily Times (Pakistan) illuminates the changing of the guard:

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This is Our Town! This is Our Pork!

The incident below reminds me of the issue of the Confederate flag here in the USA. People are offended by the Stars and Bars; there’s no doubt about it. Sometimes severely offended. But the police can’t come to your house and tell you to take your Confederate battle flag down. Maybe in San Francisco or Ann Arbor, but not here in Virginia. Not yet.

It’s my choice whether or not to celebrate my Confederate heritage by displaying the flag. As it happens, most of my neighbors are black. They would not view it the same way I do. Some of them would no doubt be offended, or hurt, or angry, or some combination thereof, by my flying the flag. Since I like my neighbors (most of them, anyway), I choose not to fly the Confederate flag, as a courtesy to them.

But it’s my choice. No political authority tells me not to do it.

Thank God for the First Amendment.

It’s not the same in the city of Chemnitz, in eastern Germany. There the police can tell you whether or not you can serve pork. The rule seems to be this: Pork is allowed to be cooked if no one can easily tell if what you are cooking is in fact pork. That means no head, tail, trotters, or clearly visible pig shape. And the police will come and check to make sure your pork barbecue abides by those rules.

It’s not clear whether the following video is from the same incident described in Jihad Watch last month, but it seems likely.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Here’s the full story from Jihad Watch:

Sharia Germany: Police stop pork barbecue for fear of offending Muslims, Muslim migrants attack participants

by Robert Spencer
June 13, 2019

According to Searchlight Germany, “After the barbecue, which was organised as a protest against the ‘interreligious Eid festival’, participants were attacked by two Syrians and attacked with a knife.”

It’s clear who is in charge in Germany now. How long will it be before Merkel’s government, seeing consumption of pork as evidence of “right-wing extremism,” bans it altogether?

“Pig triggers police action at barbecue by right-wing extremists,” translated from “Schwein löst Polizeieinsatz bei Grillfest von Rechtsextremen aus,” Lepiziger Volkszeitung, June 10, 2019 (thanks to Searchlight Germany):

The far-right group Pro Chemnitz organized a barbecue in protest. It was directed against Muslims who were celebrating the end of their month of fasting Ramadan. In the end, the police intervened.

The extreme right-wing group Pro Chemnitz launched a police operation with a pig. As a protest against an event for the Muslim Sugar Festival at the end of the month of fasting Ramadan, Pro Chemnitz had invited people on Saturday to a barbecue, where a piglet landed on the grill.

Whole piglet was not allowed

However, the local authorities had not allowed them to grill a whole piglet, which is why officials intervened, as the Chemnitz police department announced. The suckling pig had to be disassembled.

Pro Chemnitz itself wrote on Facebook that they had “strictly” adhered to the guidelines: no whole animals and no single pig heads could be displayed. The piglet had neither legs nor tail. Believing Muslims do not eat pork. This is what the action of Pro Chemnitz were targeting…

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Clare Lopez: Reversing the Effects of the Great Purge

It has been almost ten years since I first heard Maj. Stephen Coughlin give a briefing about Islamic law, jihad, and penetration of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood. That introduction lasted nine hours (with a lunch break), and was quite thorough.

It was during that briefing that I learned the details about the scrubbing of the word “jihad” from the FBI’s terrorism training materials. Maj. Coughlin had searched the documents, and there were zero instances of the word. “Islam” was mentioned as little as possible, and the mujahideen were “extremists”.

That sort of thing was to be expected when Barack Hussein Obama was president. However, here we are in the third year of the Trump administration, and the situation hasn’t significantly improved. The Muslim Brotherhood still seems to be calling the shots.

In the following video from the Glazov Gang, the former CIA intelligence analyst Clare Lopez discusses the urgent need to reverse the Great Purge:

Hat tip: Matt Bracken.

The Burkini Wars

Several years ago France passed a law against wearing the hijab in public. This was a rearguard action by what remains of French culture in a society that has already been heavily Islamized, and is at least 15% Muslim. Needless to say, the Muslim population of France considers the new law an outrage, and is taking active steps to thwart it.

The two videos below discuss recent actions staged by Muslim women who wear their burkinis to the swimming pool in defiance of the law. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

The first video talks about the fact that these acts are provocations — elements of the “soft jihad” that weaponize aspects of kuffar culture, in this case the strong taboo against “discrimination” — to demoralize and weaken civil society among non-Muslims:

The second video features a former (or lapsed) Muslim who explains in no uncertain terms what all these burkini capers mean in terms of the 1400-year-old war waged by Islam against the infidels. No one is a fiercer defender of women’s rights than a woman who has managed to escape the stranglehold of sharia.

Ava Lon sends this background on the speaker:

Zohra Bitan was born in 1964, a daughter of Algerian immigrants. She is married to a “Breton Jew”, as she likes to introduce herself, and is a former Socialist Party activist and member of LICRA. She was also the spokesman for Manuel Valls during the Socialist Party primary of 2011. She is now a popular blogger for the French Huffington Post.

Video transcript #1:

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Edwin Wagensveld Arrested in Eindhoven for Having Bricks Thrown at Him

Edwin Wagensveld is the leader of the Dutch chapter of Pegida. Last weekend, when they were preparing for a demonstration in front of a mosque, he and his colleagues were pelted with eggs and bricks. In the end, however, it was only the Pegida demonstrators — including Mr. Wagensveld — who were arrested.

Long-time readers will remember Edwin Wagensveld as the man who was arrested three years ago for wearing a pig hat at a demonstration.

Many thanks to C for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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The Political Trial of Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is on trial, yet again. His “crime” was to ask his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans. This is the second time he has been prosecuted for this crime; the first ended in a mistrial.

The announcement below was sent by the PVV (Party for Freedom, Partij voor de Vrijheid).

Political trial against freedom of speech resumes tomorrow morning

Tomorrow morning in the extra-secured court at Schiphol Airport the trial against Geert Wilders resumes.

It is a political trial not only because Geert Wilders is being prosecuted for expressing his opinion, which is not favoured by the political elite. It is a political trial as well because of the political interference in the process.

Earlier this month Geert Wilders called for a parliamentary inquiry into the political interference in his trial.

Wilders’ defense team obtained a notary statement from a former official of the Department of Justice in which the official declares overhearing a conversation between the then Secretary-General and then Minister of Justice Opstelten.

According to this remarkable statement Opstelten explicitly said that the public prosecutor should proceed to prosecute Wilders because ‘he is getting in our way’.

Dutch media reported about contact between Opstelten and the head of the public prosecutor about the case in 2014.

They also mention Opstelten was keen to see Wilders prosecuted.

The Current Minister of Justice Ferd Grapperhaus still refuses to send documents detailing the meetings —which had been officially denied — to parliament.

The documents will remain secret, the minister told MPs.

The original appeal began in May last year, but Wilders’ legal team successfully applied for the judges to be removed after alleging bias.

Both Opstelten and former prosecution chief Herman Bolhaar have recently been heard behind closed doors.

This political interference is unworthy of a Western democracy and this trial must be stopped!

  • Click here to read the RTL Nieuws article (Dutch).
  • Click here to read the Telegraaf newspaper article (Dutch).

Let Me Tell You Something, President Bush

Note from the Baron: The following post is the first of a series of old posts by Dymphna, which I’m calling “Dymphna’s Greatest Hits”. I’ll post one every Monday unless something intervenes. They’ll be published under Dymphna’s byline and using her GoV UserID, which will otherwise no longer be seen.

The following post is from December 2005, and is from her series called “I Could Scream”. That was the title of her blog on Wretchard’s site from a few months before this one was posted at GoV. Unfortunately, Wretchard eventually had to close his umbrella site, and as far as I know all her posts from there were lost.

In those days she carried about 80% of the load here at Gates of Vienna, sometimes posting three or four times a day. In recent years she had been despondent about her declining abilities — it was hard for her to focus well enough to write like she used to. In 2004 and 2005 she was a powerhouse.

Let Me Tell You Something, President Bush

by Dymphna
Originally published on December 27, 2005

I wasn’t going to post on Nour Miyati’s suffering again. I swore I wouldn’t. Maybe I thought if I didn’t put up anything, then it would all just go away. However, being an ostrich has real limits. And if we aren’t at least willing to bear witness to another’s agony, then do we have the right to speak at all?

What the Saudis have done, what they have permitted to be done, to Ms. Miyati is so inhumane that it almost beggars description.

Let’s begin with some background from previous posts.

First of all, this woman didn’t go to the authorities — her owner dropped her bruised and battered body at the hospital, denying any responsibility for her condition:

A 25-year-old maid who came to Saudi Arabia as a guest worker will leave behind most of her fingers and toes and part of her right foot when she is repatriated to Indonesia. In addition to the amputations, necessitated by gangrene, several teeth had been knocked out and she is in danger of losing an eye as a result of severe beatings.

That was back in April of this year. I warned then that she would be under the aegis of sharia law, and thus her life — being a mere female, Muslim or not — wasn’t worth much. I also noted that the jerks who did this to her would be let go. Prince (at the time) Abdullah, busy doing a quick cover-your-a** move, stuck his big nose into it, insisting that she get good care and transferring her to the lad-de-dah King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. Abdullah even sent the Health Minister over to check on her. They both declared her experience at the hands of her employers “disgusting”.

That was then. In May, things started to go sideways. All of a sudden, it wasn’t the employers’ fault. Or if it was, they were only guilty of neglect. But the maid, she was really the guilty party. That woman had the nerve to accuse her owners employers of mistreating her. Therefore she had violated the law by making false allegations. Here are my remarks in May, followed by the hideously criminal medical report from a bunch of Saudi butchers with M.D. after their names:

Brutalization is not just a family affair in Saudi Arabia. The state is a willing and eager partner. And it can twist arms with a mighty force, especially arms with hands whose fingers are missing. On the one hand, there is the medical committee’s report:

A medical committee set up by Riyadh Governor from a number of specialists from the Ministry of Health concluded that the maid suffered wounds and bruises to her body, “suggesting she has been the victim of violence and that the gangrene could not have been caused as a direct result of beating and that it probably was caused by an inherent disease suffered by the patient.”

Her “inherent disease” is simply the grinding poverty which drove her to seek employment far from home. She wound up in Hell. The “inherent disease” of the Saud tribe is corrupt, terminally evil governance. These spawn of Stalin are unspeakable.

Now, to bring you up to date, in case you’ve managed to avoid this until now. It’s hardly “news” anymore, since it’s been floating around the blogosphere for awhile. The Religious Policeman (whose blog is dedicated “In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter”) had a few sardonic things to say about how judges arrive at their numerology when it comes to handing down lashings for false allegations:

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Sabotaging the Miserable House of the U.S. Military by Their Hands

The following article was published earlier today by the Center for Security Policy. The treatment of Raymond Ibrahim by the Army War College is a reminder of why Major Stephen Coughlin was so abruptly terminated as a consultant for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Agents of the Muslim Brotherhood have been inserted in strategic positions at all levels of federal, state, and local government. This obviously includes the Pentagon:

Army War College Sides with CAIR

by Christopher Holton
June 14, 2019

Raymond Ibrahim is one of the most esteemed and intrepid experts on the threat from Islamic jihad and sharia.

He has written extensively on the subject matter and his work is simply beyond reproach.

In 2007 Ibrahim wrote The Al Qaeda Reader in which he translated the written and spoken words of Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and other Al Qaeda leaders. The Al Qaeda Reader is an indispensible window into the world of Islamic jihad.

Last year, Ibrahim came out with his excellent Sword and Scimitar,which details 14 centuries of conflict between the Islamic world and the West.

In addition to his prolific writing in books and columns, Ibrahim is a sought-after speaker.

Recently, the US Army War College invited him to speak.

And that is where the trouble began. In the end it shows an Army War College that has been penetrated by enemy influence operations.

When the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) got word that Ibrahim was slated to speak at the War College, their propaganda and character assassination mechanism shifted into high gear. CAIR contacted the War College and urged them to rescind Ibrahim’s invitation.

Unfortunately, the War College bowed to CAIR’s wishes and “postponed” Ibrahim’s appearance.

Had this been a civilian college or university that caved to CAIR, it could be chalked up to political correctness gone wild.

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Trolling for the Muslim Vote in Denmark

The number of Muslims living in Denmark has grown large enough to have electoral significance. And, as in all other Western countries, Muslims organize themselves to vote as a bloc, usually for the left-wing parties — the Left seems more willing than the Right to adopt policies that attract Muslim votes.

Tania Groth, who translated the article below, includes these remarks:

Four years of leftist socialist, globalist open-doors government spells no end of trouble for Denmark. This election was a watershed moment, and it would not surprise me at all if we have seen the last of any future conservative government (not that the last “conservative” government was any great force in stemming the tide — on the contrary — and the immigration-critical Danish People’s Party did pretty much nothing).

In any case, with the demographic situation and Muslims organizing themselves to vote for radical leftist parties… it is the beginning of the end. Denmark is gaining speed on the slippery slope and, alas, they’re either too dumb to realize it, or too lazy to do anything about it.

I despair for my fellow Danes, I truly do.

The translated article from Jyllands-Posten:

The mobilization of Muslim voters, which led to massive advances in the Radical Liberals in vulnerable residential areas, does not please everyone.

“It worries me, because it shows that there is no separation of the various powers, but instead parties are bonded together not on political grounds, but rather on the premises of Islam. It can affect the very basic uniformity we have in Danish society,” says Søren Hviid Pedersen, a debater and high school teacher with a PhD in political theory.

As Jyllands-Posten reported Friday, in urban districts that are on the government’s ghetto list, there was an organized mobilization of the area’s residents. In Gellerup in western Århus, an electoral group was set up, which in co-operation with a mosque and various associations, recommended that people vote for the Radicals and the Unity List.

Nor does it please the debater and priest Sørine Gotfredsen:

“When you begin with this mobilization, and even stand with authorities in the lead recommending specific parties (to vote for), the parallel society has gone from being introverted and closed and in general completely deaf towards the surrounding society to wanting to enter into the debate in order to change society. The parallel society comes a step further in the struggle for what defines Denmark.”

In Gellerup the Radical Liberals went from a voting share of 5.1 percent in 2015 to 34.2 percent in 2019. The same trend was seen in Vollsmose, Tingbjerg and in Nørrebro, where the Unity List is also strong.

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Philippe de Villiers: Wherever Islam Settles, Things Always Turn Out Badly

In the past we’ve posted a number of videos featuring Philippe de Villiers (most recently here). Mr. de Villiers is a French author, historian, and former MEP. He is a rare bird among French intellectuals: an actual conservative. He is also the owner of the wildly successful Puy du Fou, a French amusement park based on French history and tradition.

In the following video from French TV, Mr. de Villiers lays out some of the basic facts about Islam. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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The Lamentable Shortcomings of Some English Judges and Senior Lawyers

What do English judges do when issues involving Islam and sharia appear in their courtrooms? Why, they remain blissfully unaware, of course, as Michael Copeland explains in his latest essay.

The Lamentable Shortcomings of Some English Judges and Senior Lawyers

by Michael Copeland

English judges have shown themselves to be lamentably lacking in knowledge of Islam. They confidently make statements which can easily be shown to be erroneous. What they express are assumptions, not grounded in scholarship. Recent cases demonstrate this assertion.

Mr. Justice Sweeney

Mr. Justice Sweeney presided over the trial in 2014 of the killers of Lee Rigby. One of them was Mujaahid Abu Hamza, formerly Michael Adebolajo, from Nigeria. He had converted to Islam and had been mentored and trained by Anjem Choudary. A diligent student of Islam, he had prepared from the Koran a list of some thirty-one Islamic scriptural authorisations and commands for the killing of non-muslims, which he handed to a passer-by after the gruesome murder.

The Koran has a very significant status: its text, all of it, forms part of Islamic law. No-one may alter any part of it: “None may change his words” (18:27). No-one may disregard any part of it. One who denies any verse instantly ceases to be a muslim and has to be killed as an apostate (Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller, o8.7(7)). The killing can be performed vigilante-style by anyone, and is penalty-free “since it is killing someone who deserves to die” (o8.4). Control is total: there is no room for conscientious objection.

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision” (K. 33:36)

The doctrines set out in the texts are neither negotiable nor optional. Muslims are not permitted to choose: they are instructed. Dr. Salah al-Sawy, the Secretary-General of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, issued a ruling, or fatwa, citing the above verse:

For things which have been stipulated in the texts of Islam, the Ummah [Muslim community] possesses no power except to acknowledge and obey.

The teachings of the Koran, advises imam Ahmed Saad of North London Central Mosque, “are universal and trans-time”: they are promoted as “valid from eternity to eternity”, explains Sam Solomon, former Professor of Sharia Law. Non-muslims, kafirs, are “unclean” (9:28), “the vilest of beasts” (8:22), as “apes and pigs” (5:60), “the most despicable” (98:6). They are to be regarded with “enmity and hatred forever” (60:4). “Kill them wherever you find them” commands the Koran (2:191, 9:5). Instruction after instruction in the Koran mandates violence against kafirs.

Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, the highest Sunni Muslim religious authority in the world, makes the obligation clear:

Muslims must kill non-believers wherever they are unless they convert to Islam.

Lee Rigby’s killer explained to the passer-by who recorded him on a video:

We are forced by the Koran, in Sura At-Tawba…

Sura At-Tawba is Chapter Nine of the Koran. It does, indeed, at verse 5, command muslims “Kill the idolaters (“mushrikun’) wherever you find them”. “Idolaters” in Islam include Christians, because Islam holds, erroneously, that they worship the Cross. The Koran, it needs to be explained, is not arranged in chronological order. Chapter Nine is, in fact, the latest complete chapter. As such, it has a potent distinction under Islam’s doctrine of “abrogation”. It overrides and “abrogates” all the earlier peaceful verses. It is the final word.

All this was clear to Mujaahid Abu Hamza. Evidently, though, none of it was known to Judge Sweeney. Judges, in fairness, are qualified in English law. No part of their training includes Sharia law, the rules of Islam. The judge evidently shared the widely held, though erroneous, English fair play/goodwill assumption that Islam is benign, a Religion of Peace. He exposed his lack of knowledge in what he said to the defendants:

You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist — espousing a cause and views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam and of the peaceful Muslim communities who give so much to our country.

At that point the two defendants howled and shouted in protest, knowing, as they did and the judge did not, that what they had done was not a betrayal at all, but a dutiful fulfilment of Islam’s commands. They were conducted out of the court room. Of course, this enabled the media to represent them as wild and fanatical misunderstanders, thus prolonging the nation’s ignorance.

Mr. Justice Haddon-Cave

Mr. Justice Haddon-Cave presided over the trial of the young London Tube jihadi, whose bomb fortunately malfunctioned at Parsons Green Station, burning strongly but not exploding. Sentencing him, the judge said:

You’ll have plenty of time to study the Koran in prison…the Koran is a book of peace.

Robert Spencer wrote:

Has Mr Justice Haddon-Cave ever actually read the Qur’an? Almost certainly not; otherwise he wouldn’t have gone on record with this spectacularly asinine and counterfactual statement.

The Koran is no book of peace. Voltaire assessed it scathingly:

[It] teaches fear, hatred, contempt for others. Murder as a legitimate means of spreading and maintaining this devil’s doctrine. It denigrates women, divides people into classes and demands blood and more blood.

Gladstone held up a copy in the House of Commons and told Members:

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Islamic Masochism in Bonn

The following video shows a mourning ceremony performed by Muslims on the street in the German city of Bonn. Three identifying features tell you they are most likely Shi’ites, rather than Sunnis:

1.   The black outfits — those are typically Shia. Sunnis normally wear white when they are expressing their religious devotion.
2.   The self-harm ritual, which is very similar to the one performed by Shi’ites at the Ashura festival every year, when they mourn the death of Hussein, the grandson of Mohammed who founded the Shia sect when he was martyred for refusing to submit to what eventually became the Sunni sect. Shi’ites celebrate Ashura by cutting themselves extensively with knives or flails.
3.   The fact that these men take off their shirts in public, which is forbidden under Sunni Islam. As you may remember, in some of the Islamic State’s snuff videos the bare chests of male corpses were pixilated out. A Sunni man is required to cover himself from neck to ankles; to expose any of the flesh in between is haram.
 

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Geert Wilders Blocked on Twitter

Twitter uses digital totalitarianism yet again to enforce sharia in the Netherlands:

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Wilders says Twitter blocks his account

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch far-right politician and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders said on Friday that Twitter had temporarily blocked his account following remarks he made about a political rival.

Wilders, who cannot easily appear in public due to threats against him by Islamists, relies heavily on Twitter to communicate with his supporters. He has 811,000 followers, second only to Prime Minister Mark Rutte among Dutch politicians.

“Twitter often tolerates death threats against me, but not a factual tweet by me about a colleague. Madness!” he said in a statement.

Twitter could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokesman for Wilders’ Freedom Party sent a screenshot of his account showing the ban, which was due to expire in around eight hours.

The tweet that led to Wilders’ block referred to D-66, a progressive center-left party as “suckers… who import ever more Islam and then weep crocodile tears over the consequences, such as honor killings.”

Wilders is currently appealing a 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination for an incident in which he led followers in chanting they wanted “fewer! fewer! fewer” Moroccans in the Netherlands.

Read the rest at Reuters.