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Roseville Public Schools apologized for giving elementary students permission slips to attend Bible classes at a local Baptist church after The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a letter of complaint to the district.

CAIRThe letter from the CAIR-MI executive director read, “School staff and teachers are not to serve as advocates for one particular religion or congregation within a religion by passing out slips inviting parents to give permission for their children to attend religious instruction.”

As EAGnews.org pointed out, this is exactly what CAIR wanted for Muslim students in a nearby district.

CAIR staff “recently met with Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston to discuss concerns from some parents regarding prayer accommodations in Dearborn Public Schools,” according to Arab-American News.

The article goes on to say, “Dearborn Public Schools has implemented a policy which fully accommodates student-led prayer in all the schools, as well as unexcused absences for students who leave early on Fridays for Jumu’ah prayers. CAIR-MI is currently in discussion with Melvindale Public Schools to get similar accommodations for students that are now in place for Dearborn Public Schools. ”

So… let me get this straight. Muslims can practice their faith within the public school and even be excused from class to do so, but Christians cannot practice theirs off-campus?

- See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/06/cair-demands-muslim-prayer-in-schools-but-attacks-optional-bible-lesson/#sthash.PfTErQVr.n3NPwbyA.dpuf

Roseville Public Schools apologized for giving elementary students permission slips to attend Bible classes at a local Baptist church after The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a letter of complaint to the district.

CAIR

The letter from the CAIR-MI executive director read, “School staff and teachers are not to serve as advocates for one particular religion or congregation within a religion by passing out slips inviting parents to give permission for their children to attend religious instruction.”

As EAGnews.org pointed out, this is exactly what CAIR wanted for Muslim students in a nearby district.

CAIR staff “recently met with Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston to discuss concerns from some parents regarding prayer accommodations in Dearborn Public Schools,” according to Arab-American News.

The article goes on to say, “Dearborn Public Schools has implemented a policy which fully accommodates student-led prayer in all the schools, as well as unexcused absences for students who leave early on Fridays for Jumu’ah prayers. CAIR-MI is currently in discussion with Melvindale Public Schools to get similar accommodations for students that are now in place for Dearborn Public Schools. ”

So… let me get this straight. Muslims can practice their faith within the public school and even be excused from class to do so, but Christians cannot practice theirs off-campus?

Liberity News
By: Anna Elliott
June 3, 2013


Roseville Public Schools apologized for giving elementary students permission slips to attend Bible classes at a local Baptist church after The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a letter of complaint to the district.

CAIRThe letter from the CAIR-MI executive director read, “School staff and teachers are not to serve as advocates for one particular religion or congregation within a religion by passing out slips inviting parents to give permission for their children to attend religious instruction.”

As EAGnews.org pointed out, this is exactly what CAIR wanted for Muslim students in a nearby district.

CAIR staff “recently met with Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston to discuss concerns from some parents regarding prayer accommodations in Dearborn Public Schools,” according to Arab-American News.

The article goes on to say, “Dearborn Public Schools has implemented a policy which fully accommodates student-led prayer in all the schools, as well as unexcused absences for students who leave early on Fridays for Jumu’ah prayers. CAIR-MI is currently in discussion with Melvindale Public Schools to get similar accommodations for students that are now in place for Dearborn Public Schools. ”

So… let me get this straight. Muslims can practice their faith within the public school and even be excused from class to do so, but Christians cannot practice theirs off-campus?

- See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/06/cair-demands-muslim-prayer-in-schools-but-attacks-optional-bible-lesson/#sthash.PfTErQVr.n3NPwbyA.dpuf
 

An eight-year-old child bride has died in Yemen of internal bleeding sustained during her wedding night after being forced to marry a man five times her age, activists have claimed.

The girl, identified only as Rawan, died in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia.

Activists are now calling for the groom, who is believed to be around 40 years old, and her family to be arrested so they can face justice in the courts.

Child bride: The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has attracted the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages

They say arrests would help put a stop to the practice of marrying very young girls to older men in the impoverished region.
Angry Man, a blogger, posted that the man was 'an animal who deserved to be punished severely for his crime'.

'All those who supported such a crime should also be punished,' he added.
Another blogger, called Omar, wrote: 'Rawan’s family members are not humans. They do not deserve to have children.'

But another blogger, called 'Sad', appeared more sympathetic to the custom. He wrote: 'Her family and her groom could have waited for some time before having this marriage,' Sad said.

'It was not fair at all and the marriage should not have happened even if some tribes believe that it is a good custom.'

The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has attracted the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages.

Yemen's gripping poverty plays a role in hindering efforts to stamp out the practice, as poor families find themselves unable to say no to 'bride-prices' that can be hundreds of dollars for their daughters.

More than a quarter of Yemen's females marry before age 15, according to a report in 2010 by the Social Affairs Ministry.

Tribal custom also plays a role, including the belief that a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation.

In September 2010, a 12-year-old Yemeni child-bride died after struggling for three days in labour to give birth, a local human rights organisation said.

Yemen once set 15 as the minimum age for marriage, but parliament annulled that law in the 1990s, saying parents should decide when a daughter marries.

 

 

Daily Mail Online UK
By: Matt Blake
September 9, 2013
 

 
 

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Secular France wants nothing to do with religion.  Yet, it has been forced to grapple with its increasing Islamization that appears to be spinning out of control.  The French Education Minister has a new plan to push back:  a secularism charter in every public school.  However, France’s misguided efforts are unlikely to solve the problem.

France is officially a secular country with separation of church and state.  There is no state religion and everyone is free to believe or not believe as they wish.  The expression of religious faith is permitted within the boundaries of public order.  All creeds are respected and treated equally under the law.  But, unlike America which has true religious freedom and allows religion in the public square so long as one religion is not favored over another, the principles underlying France’s 1905 Laïcité laws call for the cleansing of religion from State functions and institutions.  Therefore, despite the fact that France’s  Constitution claims otherwise, secularism reigns supreme over faith.

In recent years, France’s secular underpinnings have been challenged.  Largely due to faulty immigration policies, France is quickly becoming the most Islamized country in Europe.  Approximately 200,000 people immigrate legally into France every year, and another 200,000 people immigrate illegally.  Currently, approximately 10 percent of France’s population is Muslim (an estimated 4.7 – 10 million people) and the numbers are rising.

Muslim immigrants pose a severe threat to French secularism and therefore to the nation’s identity.  Many Muslim immigrants show little interest in assimilating, learning French, or integrating into mainstream society.

Increasingly, Islamic institutions and practices are replacing French secular traditions.  Muslim University students are demanding separation of the sexes, excused absences for religious reasons, and pressuring universities to alter their curriculums.

In some areas, there are Muslim enclaves governed by Sharia law.  In these “no-go zones” government officials have de facto relinquished control.  Police, firemen, and even ambulances refrain from entry.  At last count, France had 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones”, as these areas are euphemistically called.

The French are loosing control in other regions of the country as well to groups of Muslims who regularly violate State laws.  For example, in some locales Muslims block traffic and fill the streets for Jummah prayers on Fridays, in violation of French law.  Yet, the police stand idly by.  There are numerous other examples along the same lines.

In recent years, the French government has been trying to push back against the Islamization of its country.  It has introduced several initiatives in an attempt to enforce its secular principles.

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FrontPage Mag
By: Deborah Weiss
September 13, 2013

 
Boko Haram

Though global attention has recently been focused on the crescent formed by Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq – a region that has become a battlefield for warring Sunni and Shiite groups – the area is not the only one in which sectarian factions are battling for control.

In May, a joint operation conducted by Israeli and Nigerian intelligence agencies led to the arrest of three Lebanese nationals charged with being Hezbollah operatives. Hezbollah’s penetration of Nigeria is part of a larger effort by Tehran to establish vast networks of personnel and materials throughout Africa.

But Hezbollah is not the only terrorist organization operating in Nigeria. Boko Haram, an extreme Sunni group, has repeatedly launched attacks against religious it deems heretical – most spectacularly against Christians – in Nigeria.

Now a member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who operated in Nigeria has been indicted by a U.S. court for facilitating terrorism:

A federal court in Brooklyn, New York yesterday unsealed an indictment filed on Feb. 21 against Nigerian citizen Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, who is said to have provided material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Babafemi has been in Nigerian custody since 2012. Court documents showed that between January 2010 and August 2011, Babafemi “traveled twice from Nigeria to Yemen to meet and train with leaders of AQAP,” according to an FBI press release. While there, Babafemi allegedly received weapons training and aided AQAP in the production of Inspire magazine.

The United States is seeking Babafemi’s extradition. He is accused of working at the direction of the notorious Anwar Al-Awlaki.

Babafemi is not accused of having direct contact with Boko Haram, though Al Qaeda and Boko Haram have been known to work together.

TheTower.org
By: Staff
August 28, 2013

 

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