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Fourth Muslim group rejects federal grant to fight extremism


Jihad Turk: Has a vision to serve his community

You know what side they stand for when their Trump Derangement Syndrome tops any desire to fight extremism.
From Sacramento Bee: A California Islamic school wanted to keep an open mind before Donald Trump took office (yeah, riiiiiight). But less than a month into Trump’s presidency, the school rejected $800,000 in federal funds aimed at combatting violent extremism.
The decision made late Friday night by the Bayan Claremont graduate school’s board to turn down the money — an amount that would cover more than half its yearly budget — capped weeks of sleepless nights and debate. Many there felt Trump’s rhetoric singling out Islamic extremism and his travel ban affecting predominantly Muslim countries had gone too far.
It also made the school the fourth organization nationwide under the Trump administration to reject the money for a program created under President Barack Obama known as countering violent extremism, or CVE, which officials say aims to thwart extremist groups’ abilities to recruit would-be terrorists.
Bayan Claremont had received the second-largest grant, among the first 31 federal grants for CVE awarded to organizations, schools and municipalities in the dwindling days of the Obama administration. The school had hoped to use the money to help create a new generation of Muslim community leaders, with $250,000 earmarked for more than a dozen local nonprofits doing social justice work.
But the fledgling school’s founding president, Jihad Turk, said officials ultimately felt accepting the money would do more harm than good.
It’s “a heck of a lot of money, (but) our mission and our vision is to serve the community and to bring our community to a position of excellence,” Turk said. “And if we’re compromised, even if only by perception in terms of our standing in the community, we ultimately can’t achieve that goal,” he said, adding that accepting the funds would be short-sighted.
The school’s internal debate is also emblematic of handwringing among grassroots and nonprofit organizations involved in the program in the last couple weeks.
At Unity Productions Foundation of Potomac Falls, Virginia, officials said they would decline a grant of $396,585 to produce educational films challenging narratives supporting extremist ideologies and violent extremism “due to the changes brought by the new administration,” according to a private message to donors reviewed by The Associated Press.
And in Dearborn, Michigan, Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities said last week it was turning down $500,000 for youth-development and public-health programs because of the “current political climate.” Ka Joog, a leading Somali nonprofit organization in Minneapolis, also turned down $500,000 for its youth programs.
The Homeland Security Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
A U.S. official said the Trump administration has been discussing changing the Obama administration program’s name, established as a presidential strategy in 2011, to an iteration of “countering Islamic extremism.” The official, who has knowledge of the discussions, was not authorized to speak publicly about the proposal and spoke on condition of anonymity.
All told, more than 20 percent of the roughly $10 million awarded by the Homeland Security Department has been rejected (well, sounds like some savings for the tax payers). And other groups have signaled they may follow suit, should the name change.
Turk said school officials already had reservations about the CVE strategy under Obama because they felt there’s no clear or proven pathway to violence for someone with a particular extreme ideology. The group went ahead, despite worries by some activists that the program equated to a government surveillance program, because it believed the previous administration wasn’t hostile to their faith.
But amid what Turk called Trump’s “fixation on the American Muslim community,” it became clear that the president’s actions were more than campaign-trail rhetoric, he said. “It was becoming more and more apparent,” Turk said of Trump, “that he’s actually looking to carry out all the scary stuff he said.”

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Too bad, so sad for Dearbonistan…

Out of business...

Out of business…

McDonald’s drops halal food from U.S. menu

USA Today: There have been only two McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. that have offered halal food. Both were in east Dearborn, Mich., which has a sizable population of Arab-American Muslims.

But after a contentious lawsuit that accused the restaurant chain of selling non-halal items advertised as halal, McDonald’s has yanked its Halal Chicken McNuggets and Halal McChicken sandwiches off the menu. The move brings to an end a unique product that made the two McDonald’s restaurants popular with Muslims.

“Those items have been discontinued as a result of our continued efforts to focus on our national core menu,” a spokesman for McDonald’s said Friday.

At one of the two restaurants, the Ford Road location, a sign in Arabic and English on its drive-through menu informs customers that halal items are no longer available. The decision to discontinue the products after a 12-year run drew a mixed reaction in Dearborn: Some were disappointed, while others said it was a good move because McDonald’s had problems before with selling halal food.

The removal of the halal items, which was done last month, comes after a lawsuit filed in 2011 alleging that the fast-food restaurant was selling non-halal chicken it claimed was halal. Halal is the Muslim equivalent of kosher, requiring that meat be prepared according to Islamic guidelines, such as reciting a prayer while the animal is cut. In some cases, employees at the Ford Road location were mistakenly giving non-halal products to customers who asked for halal ones.

A $700,000 settlement was reached in April that allocated $275,000 to the Huda Clinic, a Muslim health center in Detroit; $150,000 to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, and $25,000 to Ahmed Ahmed, a Dearborn Heights man who filed the lawsuit against McDonald’s. The rest went to attorney fees.

Kassem Dakhlallah, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said Friday that the company’s decision to stop selling halal food is “disappointing.” He said that McDonald’s should have tried “to ensure that all products sold were halal as advertised.” But, he added, if McDonald’s couldn’t guarantee that, “then ceasing to offer halal products was probably the best decision.”

Majed Moughni, who had opposed the settlement, said the decision by McDonald’s to end the sale of halal items “was the right thing to do.” After pressure from attorneys with McDonald’s, Moughni’s free-speech rights were curtailed after Wayne County Judge Kathleen Macdonald clamped down on his Facebook page, which was critical of the company’s handling of the case. The judge later lifted her injunction against Moughni after free-speech advocates defended him.

“If you can’t get it right 100% of the time, then you’re doing a disservice to the community,” Moughni said of the company’s handling of halal food. “Stop it if you can’t guarantee it.”

McDonald’s, which has more than 14,000 restaurants in the U.S., started selling halal products for the first time in the country at its location on Michigan Avenue near Greenfield in September 2000. It followed with the McDonald’s on Ford Road east of Schaefer. In 2000, about 65% of sales of Chicken McNuggets at the Michigan Avenue location were for the halal version.

Although McDonald’s has discontinued selling halal products in the U.S., it still sells halal food in Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi Arabia.

And I’m waiting for the raaaacist card to be played in 3, 2, 1…


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This will sell well in Dearborn…

‘Green Lantern #0’ introduces new Muslim Arab-American super hero – a major milestone in comics

NY Daily News: The Green Lantern is about to get a lot more colorful politically correct. DC Comics is unveiling its newest super hero Wednesday — a Muslim Arab-American being interrogated by Homeland Security when he’s fitted for the cosmic powered ring.

Meet Simon Baz of Dearborn, Michigan, who grew up dealing with prejudice in a post 9/11 America. He may be unlike any other hero to make the leap to his own comic book in a single bound.

“It’s an amalgam of a bunch of different things,” “Green Lantern” writer Geoff Johns told the Daily News. “I’m from Michigan. My dad is also Lebanese [like Baz], and there’s a very big Arab-American community there. I think he’s going to be a really great character.”

Baz is also a major milestone, a role model for Muslim and Arab-Americans of all ages including her own 13-year-old son, says Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Brooklyn-based Arab American Association of New York. “In general, when you think about Arabs and Muslims in main roles in pop culture, they’re always the villains,” she said. “We’re always the hijackers. We’re always the bad people that the good American soldiers or CIA is trying to fight. To finally have the opportunity where the Arab-American can be the super hero, to be the one who saves people, is a lot more powerful an image.”

The storyline in Wednesday’s “Green Lantern #0” issue is part the publisher’s reboot of its fictional universe last year, which wiped out more than seven decades of continuity.  The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, a character first introduced in the 1940, was reimagined earlier this year as a homosexual hero in another series.

“At this point, after making Alan Scott gay — that was sort of the big one. Other than a few idiots who somehow felt it was a betrayal, there doesn’t seem to be many people offended,” says Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, a geek culture news website.  “The thing about these characters, they get redefined by the times they are in,” Knowles said. “That’s how they attract new readers.”

Longtime readers don’t have to panic, either: Hal Jordan, the longstanding Green Lantern, wasn’t bumped off, he’s just stuck in a sort of limbo with his old frenemy, Sinestro in an ongoing plotline. That paved the way for Simon Baz, who could use the job after being downsized from an auto plant in his home town,  to take over the mantle and the ring.

The new character’s real secret origin, though, may have come from a chance encounter Johns had with two Arab-American comic fans a few years ago. That got him thinking that the four-color world of comic books could use a few more hues.  “It continued to reinforce that our readership is extremely diverse, so we want to continue to diversify the characters in our universe,” Johns said.

Want to know why Arabs are the bad people who our soldiers and CIA are trying to catch?

Wonder if this Simon Baz will be the Superhero who saves the Christians who get mobbed at the next Dearborn Arab Festival?


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Christians stoned by Muslims — in Michigan!

America increasingly is multi-cultural, but Christians still make up the majority of Americans, at 76% to 80%. Non-Christian religions (including Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hindu etc.), collectively make up only about 5% of the adult population. [Source: Wikipedia]
Not so in Dearborn, Michigan.
According to the 2010 Census, 40,929 or 41.7% of the population of Dearborn, Michigan, are of Arab-Muslim ancestry (categorized as “White” in Census collection data). Their numbers had grown in 10 years from the 30,000 or 33.4% of the city’s population in 2000. Dearborn has the largest proportion of Arab Americans for a city of its size (about 100,000). Dearborn is also the location of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America. [Source: Wikipedia]
Although Muslims comprise less than 1% of the U.S. population in 2011, due to immigration patterns and Muslims’ comparatively higher birth rates, the number of Muslims in America will rapidly increase from 2.6 million to 6.2 million by 2030. [Source: USA Today]
If Dearborn is any indication, that bodes ill for America’s Christians.
At the recent 2012 Dearborn Arab Festival, a big mob of American Muslims attacked Christians while the useless police simply stood by watching.
The video below begins with a brief segment on Obama campaigning in Dearborn on April 18, 2012 (note how he emphasizes his middle name “Hussein” to the cheering supporters, at the 0:40 mark), followed by what happened at the Arab Festival.
First, a policeman tells a proselytizing Christian man that it’s against the law to use a megaphone, although it sure wasn’t illegal just a year ago. Then, the Christian man tells the cop Muslims had thrown water bottles at them. At the 2:29 mark, an Arabic-looking young woman screams at the camera: “Go Home!” She’s an immigrant but tells Christian Americans to go home. Too funny.
Next, a mob of 50-100 young Muslims start throwing eggs, bottles, cans,  pieces of concrete, even a milk crate (not carton, but a crate!) at the small knot of Christians, while shouting obscenities (“fcking pssies”) and chanting “Allahu Akbar.”
All this mayhem was happening, but the Dearborn police just stood by, watching.
However, two years ago at the same Arab festival on June 19, 2010, the Dearborn police acted with lightning speed, arresting four Christian missionaries who were peacefully distributing copies of the Gospel of John outside the entrance to the festival, which is fully within our Constitutional rights as U.S. citizens. Within a matter of three minutes, eight Dearborn police officers surrounded the Christians, ordered them to cease and desist, and then arrested the missionaries.
H/t Family Security Matters and FOTM’s beloved Tina.

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The Camel's Nose Is In Michigan's Tent

Michigan is the 8th largest state in the USA. Arabic is not among the state’s 10 largest reported ancestries of German (22.9%), Irish (12%), English (10.6%), Polish (9.1%), French/French Canadian (7%), Dutch (5.2%), Italian (4.9%), American (4.8%),
Scottish (2.5%), or Swedish (1.7%).
Out of Michigan’s total population of nearly 10 million (9,883, 640), only about 300,000 people (3.03%) are Arabic, who trace their descent from the Middle East.
The city of Dearborn (Michigan’s 8th largest city), however, has a sizeable Arab community. 33.4% of Dearborn’s total population of 97,775 in 2000 were Arabic, comprised of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac and Lebanese who had immigrated into Dearborn for jobs in the auto industry in the 1920s, along with more recent Yemenis and Iraqis.
Dearborn is the same city where in 2010, four Christians were arrested at the Arab-American Festival for distributing copies of the Gospel of John. The missionaries were peaceful, not violating any law, and were acting fully within our Constitution rights as U.S. citizens. Despite that, within a matter of three minutes, eight Dearborn police officers descended with lightning speed to surround and arrest the evangelists.
Thankfully, the Thomas More Law Center came to the defense of the Christians. On May 26, 2011, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the city and police of Dearborn had violated the evangelists’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
But that court ruling hasn’t stopped Creeping Sharia — the increasing incursion of Islam — into America, and into Michigan in particular.
To begin with, despite the fact that America is up to our national eyeballs in debt, the federal government has been “resettling” tens of thousands of mainly Muslim refugees, many from Africa’s Somalia, into the United States in the past few years. That federal policy places great strains on local and state governments because it is they who bear the costs when those refugees are “resettled” in their communities. Obama exacerbates the problem with his plan to let in some 80,000 mainly Muslim refugees in fiscal year 2011. (Read more about this here.)
Now an e-mail forwarded to the Fellowship by our Anon alerts us to the following:

Muslim men are allowed to have as many as 4 wives. Many Muslims have immigrated into the U.S. with their multiple wives. But the U.S. does not allow multi marriages, so the man lists one wife as his, and signs the other wives as his “extended family” on welfare and other free government programs!

In Michigan when you call the Public Assistance office you are told to Press 1 for English. Press 2 for Spanish, or Press 3 for Arabic! Every time you add a new language to an American program it requires an additional number of persons fluent in that language to process those persons who refuse to learn English in order to live here at an additional cost to the taxpayer. Why are we even allowing persons to immigrate here who cannot provide for themselves, and putting them in our welfare system?

This seems to have happened clandestinely, for, as far as I know, no public announcement, or opportunity to vote on this was offered to the American people.

I followed up on that e-mail and checked it out of myself. You can as well:

Muslims at best comprise only 3.03% of Michigan’s population, but the state government is bending over backward to provide special Arabic-language publications to make it easier for them to assess welfare benefits. All at the taxpayer’s expense.
America. What a great stupid country!

Update (Feb. 9, 2016):

Snopes says it’s immigrant men can’t just claim extended family members as their dependents for welfare:

In order to receive these forms of assistance in Michigan, all residents (Muslim or not) must meet basic eligibility requirements, among which are that they are must be either U.S. citizens or have “acceptable alien status.” As a representative of the Michigan Department of Human Services told us, although immigrants may bring and/or sponsor relatives (e.g., spouses, children, parents, siblings) for permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S., they cannot claim multiple wives as relatives for that purpose because U.S. law does not recognize plural marriages.
Nothing codified in the law says that “Muslim men are allowed to have as many as 4 wives” and sign them all up “for welfare and other free government programs.” Although a Muslim man (or any other man) might live in a polygamous relationship after taking up residency in Michigan, he may only legally claim one wife as his own — he cannot simply list additional (not legally recognized) wives as members of an “extended household” and claim public assistance benefits for them on that basis. Those other “wives” would have to qualify for immigration/residency status (if they were immigrants to the U.S.) and apply for public assistance benefits on their own (as single mothers or heads of households), independent of their status as “unofficial” wives or household members of someone already residing in Michigan.


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Dearborn Demographics

I was reading up on Dearborn, MI in Wikipedia and found a great example of political correctness in census data.  Would you say this entry is an accurate reflection of the race/cultural demographic?  ~LTG

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 97,775 people, 36,770 households, and 23,863 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,013.2 per square mile (1,549.7/km²). There were 38,981 housing units at an average density of 1,600.0 per square mile (617.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.86% White, 1.28% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 9.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.00% of the population.

33.4% were of Arab ancestry (categorized as “White” in Census collection data), 10.3% Polish, 9.9% German, 6.5% Irish, and 6.0% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 61.9% spoke English, 29.3% Arabic, 1.9% Spanish, and 1.5% Polish as their first language

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Islamic Group Approved to Buy Former Elementary School in Michigan

More creeping Sharia in America….

The city of Dearborn, Michigan, already has the largest population of Muslims in America. Now, Muslims will take over a former elementary school in the city of Farmington, a northern suburb of Detroit, MI.

Yesterday, June 15, 2011, the Farmington School Board unanimously approved the sale of the school to a Muslim group, the Islamic Cultural Association (ICA).

The ICA, based in Franklin, Michigan, was founded in the 1980s. Its mission statement states that its foremost goal is to “Disseminate Islam and its principles, values, and teachings.”

As reported by ClickOnDetroit.com on June 15, 2011, the school board approved the sale of the former Eagle Elementary School, which was slated for demolition, despite anti-Muslim protests by about 200 people who tried to block the sale. The protesters expressed “concerns that property values would decrease if Muslims congregated in the area.”

The ICA will transform the former elementary school into an Islamic cultural and activity center.

Dear God, what is happening to America?

H/t beloved fellow Sage_brush.


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Jury Acquits Michigan Christian Missionaries

Islamic Center of America, Dearborn, Michigan

Some good news for a Monday morning!
Last Friday, a jury acquitted four Christian missionaries who were accused of inciting a crowd at an Arab festival last June.
On June 19, 2010, in Dearborn, Michigan, four Christian misisonaries stood outside the entrance to an Arab International Festival and tried to peacefully distribute copies of the Gospel of John. Not only were they not violating any law, their activities were fully within our Constitution rights as U.S. citizens.
In lightning speed, within a matter of three minutes, eight Dearborn police officers surrounded the Christians, ordered them to cease and desist, and then arrested the missionaries. [See HERE for more.]
Last Friday, Nabeel Qureshi of Virginia, Negeen Mayel of California and Paul Rezkalla and David Wood, both of New York, were acquitted of breach of peace, 19th District Court officials in Dearborn said after the verdict. Mayel was found guilty of failure to obey a police officer’s order.
The four are members of a Christian group called Acts 17 Apologetics, who, according to the group’s Web site, “refute the arguments of those who oppose the true gospel, most commonly the arguments of Muslims and atheists.” They maintain that Islam is a false religion and inherently violent.
They were charged in July with disorderly conduct after police said they received a complaint from a Christian volunteer working at the festival who said he was harassed by the group.
Despite the jury verdict of acquital, Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly Jr. said Friday night that he respects the decision, but the missionaries were anti-Muslim bigots pulling a publicity stunt to gain attention on YouTube in order to raise money.
According to the 2000 Census, 30,000 or 33.4% of Dearborn’s population of 97,775 are of Arab ancestry – the largest proportion of Arab Americans for a city of its size (about 100,000). Dearborn is also the location of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America. [Source: Wikipedia]
H/t Weasel Zippers.

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