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DEARBORNISTAN: Muslims cancel annual Arab Festival because of lawsuits by Christians and Jews who have been attacked there

dearbornThe city and organizers were facing increased insurance and liability costs because of the lawsuits filed and won by Christians who have repeatedly been subjected to taunts and physical assaults outside the festival in the past.

Detroit Free Press (h/t Rob E)  The decision to cancel the festival comes after four years of tensions at the event between some Christian missionaries and local Muslims. Their encounters resulted in heated arguments, scuffles, some bottle-throwing and several lawsuits. . .

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I am all for loving others as taught in Scripture. Nevertheless, the author of this article is just another evangelical leader who clearly has no idea what he is speaking about. My responses are in red.

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Loving all our neighbors, even our Muslim ones: Column

Ed Stetzer 1:37 p.m. EDT April 26, 2013

Don’t be so lazy to assume that the worst of a group represents the entire group. They hardly ever do. Perhaps a better idea is to meet them, learn about them and treat them as your neighbor.

For many Americans, their knowledge of Muslims is what they see on television news rather than what they know from experience. Yet, forming your view of any group based solely on what you see on the news is a bad idea.

Bo: I agree with the statement that most Americans do get their views of Islam and Muslims from sources like TV. Yet, what he is attempting to do is to try and disconnect what he mistakenly calls terror from Islam. The real problem with his thought is that after an Islamic jihadi act our present MSMs present hundreds of TV hours to present the typical Islamic line that Islam is peace and rejects terrorism. 

When the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, many Americans were quick to assume it was the work of Muslim extremists, even before it was confirmed. The connection of terrorism to radicalized Islam is no secret. Yet, far too many take it further, leading me to ask, why do some people assume that all, most, or even many Muslims must be terrorists?

Bo: The author’s argument is based on how the individual Muslim acts which is faulty. Would the author decide how to view Christianity by how each Christian acts? I would doubt it. I am a minister and I know how many individual Christians act and it would  be akin to blasphemy to describe Christianity by their actions. Rather, we ought to investigate Islam the same way we ought Christianity by examining their holy Scriptures. When the authoritative Islamic texts are examined properly, it is clear that Islam demands of its adherents to fight and kill those who refuse to accept Islam.

Why is so much hate directed at Muslims today — the vast majority of whom are peaceful people and, when living here, love their country?

Bo: Really? Hate? What about the 270,000,000 non-Muslims Muslims have murdered since the inception of the Islamic Caliphate under Mohammad. He does not seem to be concerned about the historical basis for the fear many do have of Islamic adherents. But of course, Islam can not do anything wrong. It is always the non-Muslim who is at fault and it is interesting that the individual making the very claim Muslims do is supposedly a man of God.

Simply put, too many people make decisions about a group based on what they see on television news — and that’s a bad place to make sweeping conclusions.

Bo: So what? The fact is that many, many Americans come to the same conclusion as what you might see on TV by examining the authoritative Islamic texts. His argument fails.

For example, a couple of years ago my young daughter was watching a television news report about a black man charged with a crime — one of two reports that night. “I don’t want to be a racist, but why are so many black people arrested?” she asked. She was contrasting the African Americans she saw on the news with several of our neighbors, who she plays with in our cul-de-sac, who are African-American.

The reports of disproportionate number of young black men being arrested is not what she knows from her own experience and, she now knows after our conversation, it is not representative of the vast majority of African Americans.

Bo: This is example is not merely faulty but meaningless, philosophically. The Black community does not have a history of jihad, attempting to take over the world and killing those who refuse to acknowledge the God they worship. Rather, the violence has come from the white community toward the black community. Yet, what the author does not admit is that there is an extraordinary number of young black people who are arrested just as it seems on TV.

We widely recognize that people who don’t understand this are intellectually lazy.

Bo: Actually, what ought to be called lazy is the author’s arguments. He continually compares apples to oranges.

I am neither a Muslim nor African American, so here is another example that is closer to home, though it is hardly on the same level.

Watching the evening news, you might conclude that evangelicals are hate-filled bigots constantly making vitriolic statements and saying crazy things about hurricanes being caused by immorality. Why? Because, evangelicals are often depicted in news reports as angry people who say crazy things. Often, neither the journalists nor those who read or hear their reports know many evangelicals personally. As such, they connect with what they see on television, rather than reality. That, too, is intellectually lazy.

Bo: Again, this is a lazy argument. Many people say “crazy” things including Muslims. The author is probably claiming that the evangelicals who make the above statements are crazy because what they say cannot be backed up with Scripture. This is where his argument fails. The so-called crazy things said by Muslims can be backed by their authorized Islamic texts.

The same is true of Muslims, Hispanics, Mormons, homosexuals, union members, and any group of people with whom we are not personally familiar. Our lack of personal knowledge and experience, coupled with our unwillingness to learn more, leads us to jump to conclusions that are, more often than not, wrong. We believe it is true because we have seen it on television or read it on the Internet.

Bo: The author’s argument fails because how this or that Muslim acts is meaningless. What matters is what he or she believes. 

On the day before the Tsarnaev brothers were identified as Chechen Muslims, I drove by my Muslim neighbor’s home on the way out of our neighborhood. His trash can had spilled into the street, so I stopped, picked everything up and put it back on his curb. Why? Because I know him. He is my neighbor. Because our kids play together. And he more realistically represents his religion to me than terrorists do. And my African American neighbors also better represent African Americans than news reports. And, I pray, I am a better representative of my faith than some of the nuts in the news.

Bo: So, what? Every person who is interviewed after an jihadi event always talks about how kind the individual was, how their kids loved to play with another and they just cannot believe he would do such a thing. But they did do such a thing which means the author’s argument is meaningless. So, is his perception that the Muslim who is his neighbor, with whom his children play and who is so kind represents his religion more than the terrorists. The author clearly does not understand Islam and really ought to stop putting his ignorance into script.

As an evangelical leader and researcher, I have no vested interest in — and receive no personal benefit from — speaking out for my Muslim neighbors and friends. Yet, while it is irresponsible not to see the link between radical Islam and terrorism, it is the height of ignorance to assume that all (or most, or even many) Muslims are terrorists.

Bo: Who cares whether he receives any benefit. What is irresponsible is his failure to understand Islam, the tie between Islamic authoritative texts, the Ummah and jihad. The height of ignorance is the arguments he has presented in this article.

Don’t be so lazy to assume that the worst of a group represents the entire group. They hardly ever do. Perhaps a better idea is to meet them, learn about them and treat them as your neighbor.

Bo: What hypocrisy!

Ed Stetzer is president of LifeWay Research.

by, Avi Lipkin

On the surface, the fact that the U.S. Commerce Department is considering granting “disadvantaged minority” business status to Arab Americans doesn’t appear to elicit a cause for alarm.

But when aligned with other developments, both here in the U.S. and across the Middle East, it creates a larger context that says otherwise, states Avi Lipkin, a U.S.-born Israeli citizen, former member of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and a former translator inside the Israeli Prime Minister’s office.

Apart from maintaining his circles within Israel and the international diplomatic community, Lipkin also—together with his wife, Rachel, an Egyptian-born Israeli—closely monitors various media transmissions throughout the Arab world. . .

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Judge Says It’s Ok for Muslim Violence Against Christians

If you want to experience the Middle East, you only have to travel as far as Dearborn, Michigan.  This western suburb of Detroit has a population of close to 100,000.  Over 40,000 of them are Arab or of Arab descent, giving Dearborn the distinction of having the largest Muslim population of any city in the United States.

The Muslims have been taking over many of the cities elected positions and have instituted many Muslim friendly ordinances.  In fact the Muslim influence is so strong in Dearborn that the local high school held a girl’s only prom, since their religion does not allow girls and boys to dance or socialize together.  If any other school in America did something similar based on Christian or Jewish beliefs, the ACLU and other groups would be circling the school waiting their turns to file lawsuits for violation of church and state.  But these legal groups were nowhere to be seen in Dearborn. . .

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Virginia GOP Lt. Gov. nominee: Obama has ‘Muslim perspective’

By Jordy Yager – 05/19/13 03:03 PM ET

President Obama has “Muslim sensibilities” and uses a “Muslim perspective” to view the world, according to the Virginia Republican nominee for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson.

In a blog post from 2010, Jackson wrote that Obama has taken an anti-Semitic approach to the White House that he “picked up from the black community.” He said it had jeopardized the security of Israel and the Unites States’s relationship with its Middle East ally.

“Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities. He sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective,” wrote Jackson in his former blog on a website for his political action committee.

Islamic law in U.S. courts

Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don’t think so, and there is a large movement to ban its application in the domestic courts, state and federal.

By MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

 WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) — Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don’t think so, and there is a movement to ban its application in domestic courts, state and federal.

It’s one of those national issues that for now is not before the U.S. Supreme Court, but almost inevitably will be before the justices somewhere down the line, even if just in the petition stage.

Sharia, based on the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, is often a consideration in family issue cases involving U.S. Muslims. But its precepts apply to all aspects of life, and its severest critics allege it is a factor in some acts of terror. . .

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How to Defeat Terrorism In America Without Firing A Shot

by ALAN KORNMAN May 29, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhoods top spiritual leader Youssef Qaradawi has been banned from entering the United States since 1999.  Qaradawi called for attacks on US troops and civilians,  death to all Jews, and for the collapse of the United States.  Hatred of America is the spiritual core of The Muslim Brotherhood as articulated by its spiritual leader.  When someone says they wish to cause you harm — believe them.

How To Cripple Terrorism In America Without Firing A Shot

If the American people want our elected officials and law enforcement to cripple Islamic terrorism without having to fire a shot, it can be done in three easy steps.

Step 1:  Declare The Muslim Brotherhood a FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization)

Step 2:  Publicly name all The Muslim Brotherhood affiliates operating in the United States,  based on evidence submitted during The Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding trial.

Step 3:  The FTO designation will trigger a provision of law allowing theTreasury Department and FBI to shut down all Muslim Brotherhood sub groups operating in the United States, confiscate their records, assets, real estate, freeze bank accounts, then jail and/or deport all individuals associated with The Muslim Brotherhood. . .

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Obama Claims That Working With Muslim Brotherhood Will Bring Victory Over Terrorism

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The president decided last Thursday – five years into his presidency – to finally address the gravest threat to our nation and the West in the wake of a bloody wave of jihad attacks under his sloppy and feckless watch.

He said, “Victory will be measured in parents taking their kids to school; immigrants coming to our shores; fans taking in a ballgame; a veteran starting a business; a bustling city street.”

What does that even mean? . . .

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