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Missouri Legislature Approves Budget Defunding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

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By Joe Ortwerth
LifeNews.com
May 17, 2017

The Missouri Legislature has approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that bans the allocation of Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers that perform abortions or refer clients for abortions.  Pro-life  language containing the restriction on Medicaid reimbursements was inserted into the social services budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1st.

The amendment was sponsored by Representative Robert Ross of Yukon.  It affects a feature of Medicaid health insurance coverage for low-income Missourians known as the Women’s Health Services Program.  Under that program, doctors and clinics receive federal and state reimbursement for “family planning” services provided to Medicaid recipients.

The budget stipulation now states that Medicaid funds may not be disbursed to persons or entities that “perform or induce abortions, or encourage or refer for abortions which are not necessary to save the life of the mother.”  The prohibition impacts approximately $10.8 million in Medicaid funding.  It is estimated that Planned Parenthood clinics receive around $400,000 a year from the Women’s Health Services Program.

Representative Ross sponsored a successful amendment last session to the current year’s budget which prohibited the release of Women’s Health Services funding to organizations that conduct abortions.  However, officials in the Nixon administration took the position that they could release Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood clinic sites that do not perform abortions themselves.  These Planned Parenthood satellite facilities function as a referral network to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in St. Louis and Kansas City, Kansas.

Representative Sonya Anderson of Springfield says that the latest language accomplishes what the Legislature intended last year.  “Time and time again we have heard from our constituents that they do not support their tax dollars being used to fund abortions.”

“Last year we thought we had put a stop to this…yet here we are again a year later and Missouri is still sending taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that is the largest abortion provider in Missouri,” Representative Anderson explained.

Legislative supporters of Planned Parenthood argued that the pro-life budget restriction would leave 70,000 female Medicaid participants without access to vital women’s health services.  This is a completely bogus argument, regardless of where in the state a Medicaid recipient lives.

There are 24 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Missouri providing health services to women from about 200 different locations.  In contrast, there are 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri.  Most county health departments provide a range of services to low-income women, including “family planning” services.  Similar programs are provided by regional community action organizations.
The 2018 state budget also makes clear that the State of Missouri remains committed to providing maternal health care services to low-income women.  The budget includes a $14 million appropriation to the Show-Me Healthy Babies initiative.  That program provides health insurance coverage for pregnant women and their  children in families which are not eligible for Medicaid and cannot obtain health insurance coverage.

Pro-life taxpayers also received unexpected good news this week from Washington, D.C.  The Trump Administration has announced that they are expanding the scope of what is known as the Mexico City Policy.  Under that policy, first established by President Reagan in 1984, federal funds designated for international “family planning” programs cannot be disbursed to agencies that perform or promote abortions.

President Obama abolished the Mexico City Policy during his Administration.   As a result, approximately $600 million a year has been funneled to foreign organizations promoting abortion to women in developing countries such as the International Planned  Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.

This week U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Plan.  This aggressive new initiative expands the restrictions of the Mexico City Policy beyond “family planning” programs to all international health care funding distributed by departments like the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The new policy impacts nearly $9 billion in federal tax dollars expended around the globe.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, commended the Trump Administration for the expansion of the Mexico City Policy.  “With the  implementation of the Protecting Life in Global Assistance Program, we have officially ceased exporting abortion to foreign nations.”

“No longer will we undermine the pro-life laws and cultural commitments of other countries by funding organizations that obsessively promote and perform abortion.  Our hard-earned tax dollars will now be used by health care entities that act consistently to save lives rather than destroy them,”  Dannenfelser said.

LifeNews.com Note:  Joe Ortwerth writes for the Missouri Family Policy Council.

GUNS OUT: 2A Group Targets Anti-Gun Legislators

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By Beth Baumann
Bearing Arms
May 20, 2017

Things are getting heated in the gun world, especially with gun control advocates doing everything in their power to defeat the Second Amendment. But there’s one group who has ramped up their pulled cards out of their back pocket: Gun Owners of America (GOA).

Earlier this week, GOA submitted a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing their concern over House Bill 1652, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act.

According to GOA, the bill could adversely affect gun owners. By establishing this new regulation, “hearing enhancers,” used by hunters to amplify sound, would mean the government could regulate hunting.

Devices used for hunting are similar to hearing aids but are often used by those without hearing loss. Stores like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops sell these hearing-aid type of devices to improve a hunter’s ability to detect the presence of game.

“There’s a pretty good chance that these hunting devices would fall within Warren’s definition of ‘over-the-counter hearing aid.’ Which would mean that a new federal bureaucracy would be in charge of regulating hunting,” the letter reads.

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GOA isn’t the first group to come out against this bill. In fact, more than 20 conservative organizations submitted a letter with their concerns.

Their concern? Personal sound amplification products (PSAP) can currently be purchased over-the-counter at pharmacies and are often used by people without hearing loss. If this bill passed, people would be required to go through the regulations associated with medical-grade hearing aids.

Elizabeth Warren isn’t the only legislator GOA has called out. Senator Chuck Schumer has made the gun group’s short list.

GOA is now urging gun owners to contact their representatives and voice their concerns over the Schumer amendment to the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. Under the Schumer amendment, once a person loses his or her Second Amendment rights, they can never get them back.

From Gun Owners of America’s pre-written letter for gun owners:

The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 contained a provision which would allow persons subject to a gun ban to regain their constitutional rights.

Make no mistake about it:  The procedure is no “piece of cake.” A person has to convince the ATF that they don’t represent a danger, or, failing that, they have to convince a federal court.

But even this is too much for the gun-hating Schumer.  For roughly 25 years, the “Schumer amendment” to the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill has prohibited any federal funds from being used to restore anyone’s constitutional rights.

So for much of this time, if a person were a veteran with PTSD, they’re out of luck.  If they had a conviction for a federal regulatory offense — fifty years ago — they’re out of luck.  They will NEVER get their guns back, thanks to Democrat Chuck Schumer.

Every year, the Schumer amendment is renewed on the House’s appropriations bill.GOA has made a formal request with the Committee on Appropriations and the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee to delete the amendment.

““It is important for Congress to repeal the Schumer ban immediately.  Too many good Americans are being prevented from exercising their Second Amendment rights.  We hope that Rep. John Culberson (R-TX-7) will single-handedly remove the Schumer ban from his Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill,” GOA Executive Director Erich Pratt told Breitbart.

Now the question is, will Republicans in the House of Representatives stand up for our Second Amendment rights?

Medical report published, confirms that Robert Spencer was poisoned in Iceland

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
May 17, 2017

More on why I had to cancel my speaking engagements this week.

“Doctor confirms poisoning of prominent Islam critic,” by Art Moore, WND, May 17, 2017:

A medical report confirms prominent Islam expert Robert Spencer’s claim that he was drugged by an Icelander in the island nation’s capital after giving a speech on Islam and the future of European culture.

As WND reported, Spencer believes someone who recognized him at the restaurant where he dined after the speech last Thursday approached him, declaring himself to be a fan, and slipped drugs in his drink.

Spencer said that about 15 minutes later, when he returned to his hotel room, “I began to feel numbness in my face, hands and feet. I began trembling and vomiting. My heart was racing dangerously. I spent the night in a Reykjavik hospital.”

The doctor states in his one-page report, dated May 12, that Spencer tested “positive for amphetamine and MDMA.”

Reykjavik journalist Hjálmar Friðriksson, who reports for the local news service DV, alerted WND to a copy of Spencer’s medical report that he obtained, which was written in English.

MDMA, commonly known as “ecstasy,” typically causes an increase in heart rate.

Spencer told WND that the doctor “tried to downplay what happened,” but the report makes it clear he was drugged.

“He said I had a panic attack,” said Spencer, noting it’s a symptom of MDMA overdose.

“I’ve never had a panic attack in my life, even after jihadis attacked our event in Garland,” he said. “Also, why would I have a panic attack after a successful event?”

Spencer was referring to the free-speech event he co-hosted in Garland, Texas, in May 2015 that was attacked by jihadists allied with ISIS. WND reported from the scene.

“I can only surmise that the doctor knew who I was and didn’t want me to use the incident to make the Icelandic left look bad,” Spencer told WND.

“When he spoke to me, he mentioned only Ritalin, and seemed skeptical when I told him I had never taken Ritalin.”

Spencer said the doctor didn’t mention MDMA to him, although it ended up in the report.

“He also went on about stress, urging me to stop doing what I do, without any evidence that I have ever found it particularly stressful,” Spencer continued. “His intent seemed to be to get me to believe that I had not been drugged and should stop speaking out against jihad terror and Shariah oppression.”

Spencer also noted the doctor admitted Spencer was drugged but said it was not a “serious poisoning.”

“How much poison must one be given for the poisoning to be ‘serious’?” Spencer asked. “I had most of the symptoms of MDMA overdose. That’s serious enough for me.”

The Icelandic journalist Friðriksson confirmed police are reviewing Spencer’s complaint.

Spencer said a police official took immediate steps to obtain the restaurant’s surveillance video and identify the suspects.

Along with directing Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Spencer is author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” and “The Truth About Muhammad.” His latest book is “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.”

‘Firestorm of abuse’

Spencer said his visit had “triggered a firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all based on American leftist talking points.”

The Icelandic press noted he was banned by the United Kingdom from entry in 2013, but didn’t mention it was for saying that Islam has doctrines of violence. He also was condemned for supporting Israel and falsely accused of inciting the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik to kill.

Spencer said in a report Monday it’s clear that “jihad and Islamization are not subjects that Icelandic politicians and media opinion-makers want Icelanders to discuss.”

The lesson learned from his trip to Iceland, he said, is “media demonization of those who dissent from the leftist line is direct incitement to violence.”

“By portraying me and others who raise legitimate questions about jihad terror and Shariah oppression as racist, bigoted Islamophobes, without allowing us a fair hearing, the media in Iceland and elsewhere in the West is actively endangering those who dare to dissent.”

Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community.

Politifact Admits Planned Parenthood is the Nations Biggest Abortion Business

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By Dave Andrusko
LifeNews.com
May 18, 2017

After his research, Politifact Wisconsin’s Dave Umhoefer concludes the assertion that “Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country” is “one of those truisms that is basically, well, True.”

I suppose I shouldn’t start out by grousing about the “basically” true conclusion, so I’ll just let it ride so as to detail what’s very useful in Umhoefer’s post.

BTW, Politifact Wisconsin describes itself as being “in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” a publication that is relentlessly pro-abortion.

The setting was a statement by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wi.) made at an April 30 town hall meeting in which he defended defunding Planned Parenthood. Among other things he said (according to Umhoefer) is, “Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country.”

Umhoefer starts out by stating (as if it were in question) that PPFA does things other than perform abortions–“323,999 for the year ending September 30, 2015.”

But consider the takeaway from this sentence: “[I]n a one-year period from 2014 to 2015, 87 percent of patients visited Planned Parenthood clinics for services other than abortion.”

Which means, as NRLC has explained countless times, one in eight “patients” (almost all of whom are women) come to PPFA for an abortion. It’s not part of this particular question, but Umhoefer could have mentioned (since he checked with NRLC)

* For a non-profit health care organization, Planned Parenthood seems to have a lot of spare cash lying around. In its last six annual reports spanning financials from fiscal years ending in 2010 through 2015, Planned Parenthood not only averaged over $1.2 billion a year in revenues, but had a total $505.5 million in “excess of revenue over expenses.” (Non-profits can’t technically count them as “profits,” hence the awkward description.) And

* At going rates for the most basic surgical abortion, Planned Parenthood’s revenues from 323,999 abortions would exceed $150 million. Because they also advertise and perform chemical abortions and later surgical abortions, which cost considerably more, that figure is probably a significant underestimate. Even so, at approximately $150 million, that would represent more revenue in 2014 than all that Planned Parenthood brought in (if current market rates prevail there) from reversible contraceptives , breast exams, and cervical “cancer screenings” or pap tests, and pregnancy tests combined.

Umhoefer talked with the Guttmacher Institute whom he disingenuously describes as “a research and advocacy organization whose survey-based data on abortions is widely quoted by both sides in the abortion debate.” That’s true. What is also true, and missing, is that Guttmacher is the former research arm of Planned Parenthood currently existing as a pro-abortion think-tank. But Guttmacher affirms that PPFA performed “35% of the 926,200 U.S. abortions estimated for calendar year 2014.”

Two other useful points Umhoefer made along the way.

#1. “Planned Parenthood’s abortion services grew rapidly between 2000 and 2015, rising by 127,000 procedures at a time when the total number of abortions nationwide was falling significantly.” Writing for NRL News Today, Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s director of Research and Education, has placed that remarkable constant in context.

He noted that between 2009 and 2014, “cancer screenings” at PPFA dropped by 2/3rds. “Revenues went up during that time from just over $1 billion dollars a year to right at $1.3 billion. Other services like contraception and prenatal care saw some decline, but one offering stayed fairly steady – abortion.”

O’Bannon added

Note: even while Planned Parenthood clinics were closing and abortions were dropping everywhere else across the U.S., the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics held fairly steady, generally between 320,000 and 330,000 a year,

If cancer screenings fell because of the 179 clinics Planned Parenthood closed between 2010 and 2015, then why didn’t the number of abortions? The obvious answer would be that Planned Parenthood kept the clinics performing abortions open, but not those performing just the cancer screenings and other less profitable services.

Which brings us to

#2. “The agency operates some 660 centers across the country,” Umhoefer wrote. “About half offer abortions, according to agency spokeswoman Beth Lynk.” The number of PPFA clinics is declining as is the number of abortions; the number of non-abortion services is shrinking; yet the revenue stays the same.

Here’s Dr. O’Bannon’s question:

So what exactly are “non-profit” Planned Parenthood’s priorities? How dedicated are they to “cancer screenings” if they chose not to maintain the levels of five years ago, even with increased government funding? (FY 2010 $487.4 million vs. FY 2015 $553.7 million).

Their “priority” is, was, and always will be abortion. Which is why Rep. Grothman’s assertion is, was, and always will be true.

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.

BREAKING: California Releases Assault Weapons Ban Language

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By Beth Baumann
Bearing Arms
May 19, 2017

This morning, the State of California released their language regarding their assault weapons and high-capacity magazine bans.

In the document, the state mandates all firearms they consider to be “assault weapons” must be registered with the Department of Justice:

Any person who from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2016 inclusive, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine as defined in Penal Code section 30515, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be readily removed from the firearm with the use of a tool (commonly referred to as a bullet-button weapon) must register the firearm before January 1, 2018.

The Golden State is considering anything without a “fixed magazine” the size of the pistol grip to be an assault weapon. The focus is primarily on those who build their own AR-15 style pistols.

Residents are then required to go through a number of crazy steps to make sure their firearm is in compliance:

  1. In order to be legally registered, the firearm has to have been legally acquired on or before December 31, 2016.
  2. Each gun owner would have to establish an account under the California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS). The following information must be provided:
    • Full name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Date of birth
    • Sex
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Eye color
    • Hair color
    • Military identification number (if applicable)
    • CA driver’s license or identification card number
    • United States citizenship status
    • Place of birth
    • Country of citizenship
    • Alien registration number (if applicable)
  3. The following information would have to be provided on each firearm that falls under their definition of an “assault weapon”:
    • Firearm type, make and model
    • Caliber
    • Firearm color
    • Barrel length
    • Serial number
    • All identification marks firearm
    • Country of origin/manufacturer
    • The date the firearm was acquired
    • The name and address of the individual from whom or business from which the firearm was acquired
    • Clear digital photos of firearms listed on the application.
      • One photo shall depict the bullet-button style magazine release installed on the firearm.
      • One photo shall depict the firearm from the end of the barrel to the end of the stock if it is a long gun or the point furthest from the end of the barrel if it is a pistol.
      • The other two photos shall show the left side of the receiver/frame and right side of the receiver/frame.
  4. If you’re like most families, you probably share your firearms amongst yourselves. If that’s the case, each family member who will be shooting the firearm must be registered as well. One person who have to be identified as the “primary registrant,” while others must register as “joint registrants.” To be a “joint registrant” you must live at the same address as the primary registrant. Everyone who is registered must be 19 by December 31, 2017.
    • Only direct family members (parent to child, child to parent, spouses) are allowed to be joint registrants.
    • Joint registrants have to provide proof of address showing they live with the primary registrant.
  5. You’ve gone through the above steps but wait. You’re not done yet! The CA DoJ will provide each of your firearms with a specific serial number. You must then take your firearm and your new serial number and have an FFL engrave it on your firearm.
  6. Once the serial number is engraved on your firearm, you have to provide pictures to the DoJ showing the serial number was completed.
  7. Pay a $15 fee per firearm to register your gun. There are no limits to the number of firearms that can be registered in a single transaction but the DoJ can deny your application for any reason.

The silliest part of this whole thing? The CA DoJ isn’t even ready for the registration process to begin.

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Buckle up, kids – it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
May 18, 2017

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood announced plans Thursday to close four Iowa clinics as a result of a new state law that defunds it.

At the end of June, Planned Parenthood facilities in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, Iowa will close; and a fourth in Quad City will close when the building is sold, Iowa Public Radio reports. Three of the facilities did abortions.

Eight other Planned Parenthood facilities will remain open in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

“This is good news for families in the state of Iowa,” said Iowans For Life Director Maggie DeWitte.  “We worked hard this last session to educate legislators and the general public that there are many quality community health centers in Iowa that provide comprehensive healthcare to women and families across the state. And they do so without taking the life of precious human beings.”

The abortion group claims the closures will hurt minorities, young adults, low-income families and people in rural areas. One abortion supporter even told the Register that she thinks abortions will go up because the four Planned Parenthoods are closing.

Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life refuted this, saying, “The reallocation of our tax dollars, away from the abortion industry, and into the hands of true health care facilities will only empower more Iowa women.”

The tax money that used to go to Planned Parenthoods in Iowa now will be given to community health clinics that offer comprehensive health care but not abortions. In contrast to the 12 (soon to be eight) Planned Parenthood facilities, there are 221 community health clinics in Iowa, according to local news reports. These facilities will be able to expand services to low-income, minority and other patients with the funding increase.

Planned Parenthood said the four facilities saw about 14,600 patients in the past three years.

Here’s more from the Register:

Planned Parenthood said it is proceeding with the closures because of the loss of about $2 million in public funding under the state legislation.

Gov. Terry Branstad signed a $1.7 billion health and human services appropriations bill last week that calls for the Iowa Department of Human Services to discontinue the federal Medicaid family planning network waiver, foregoing about $3 million in federal funding. Instead, the state will use about $3.3 million to recreate its own family planning network so that it can prohibit the funding of clinics that provide abortions.

Bowen continued: “Planned Parenthood’s CEO is claiming that ‘defunding Planned Parenthood will set a health care crisis in motion in Iowa.’ Truly their arrogance knows no bounds. Planned Parenthood is NOT a ‘health care’ provider. They primarily provide services related to abortion. … we are pleased to see Iowa rapidly returning to a state where women and their unborn children are safe from the shrinking abortion giant.”

At least eight other Planned Parenthoods across the country also have closed or plan to close this year, according to LifeNews’s tally. These include three in New Mexico, two in Pennsylvania, one in Wyoming and one in Maryland. The Rocky Mountains affiliate told the AP of plans to close at least one more facility, but it did not specify which one.

Except in Iowa, Planned Parenthood officials said state and federal defunding efforts were not the reasons for the closures. Many mentioned patient numbers and finances as reasons.

The effort to defund abortion groups comes in response to a series of undercover videos showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies’ body parts. Since the undercover videos revealed shocking and potentially illegal activity at Planned Parenthood, state and federal lawmakers have introduced measures to end taxpayer funding to it and other abortion groups.

Planned Parenthood aborts more than 300,000 unborn babies every single year. It is the largest abortion provider in the United States, and it receives nearly half a billion taxpayer dollars annually from the federal government.

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if the group stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortion – not women’s health care – is essential to Planned Parenthood.

The abortion group’s annual reports show patient numbers and non-abortion health care services have been dropping in the past few years while its abortion numbers remain steady. Out of character, Planned Parenthood has not released its annual report yet for 2016. It typically releases the report in January.

Portland State U: Muslim student says those who leave Islam will be killed in an Islamic state

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
May 13, 2017

 

 

 

The Muslim student is right, and unusually honest. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

Imam praised as moderate by New York Times arrested for Islamic State ties

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
May 11, 2017

This underscores yet again what I have said for years: there are sincere Muslim reformers, but there are also a great many deceivers (“War is deceit,” said Muhammad), and it is essentially impossible to tell one from the other. What is even worse about this story is that policy analysts read the New York Times and take it seriously, and base their recommendations upon it. If this imam had been in the United States, he could have attained great influence and access, as did another “moderate,” Abdurrahman Alamoudi, who is now in prison for financing al-Qaeda, or at very least tremendous influence in the Islamic community, as did Anwar al-Awlaki, who was also praised as a moderate in the New York Times and seen briefly in a PBS documentary on Muhammad, leading Islamic prayers on Capitol Hill with Hamas-linked CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper, Nihad Awad, and Randall Ismail Royer, who later served time in prison for jihad activity, in the congregation.

“The jihadist of Alicante who even fooled the New York Times lives with four women and 18 children,” translated from “El yihadista de Alicante que engañó hasta al ‘New York Times’ vive con cuatro mujeres y 18 hijos,” by Alejandro Requeijo and Daniel Montero, El Español, April 28, 2017:

“Jihadists use religion for their personal purposes and declare war on Jews and Christians, but I want people to follow what Islam actually says.” So innocently did a pious Hesham Shashaa present himself seven years ago in a feature that the New York Times dedicated to him. The Muslim leader was living in Germany, where he said he would promote interreligious dialogue and warned that radical Islamists would brainwash young people. In order to fight against jihad, he justified his trips to mosques and madrasas from all over the Muslim world. However, this Wednesday the National Police arrested him in Alicante and accused him of aiding terrorists, some of them from the Islamic State.

As confirmed by various antiterrorism sources involved in his arrest, he is the same person who posed as a harmless Muslim believer in the pages of the American newspaper. He had succeeded in deceiving even the German authorities, as demonstrated by a police official who is cited in the New York Times report in which he was featured: “We know that he speaks and works against terrorism groups like Al Qaeda or the Taliban, and that is important.” This representative of German security, who preferred to remain anonymous, added that Shashaa “is the only example who is doing it in this way here in Germany, and in this sense he is effective.”

The American newspaper report even relates an anecdote in which the German police asked this man about a book on women in Islam that, given its content, is prohibited in Germany. They went to look at Shashaa’s personal library. “I need to know what is in these books; how else can I know how to communicate with the recruiters?” The Muslim leader came to Germany because, he told the newspaper, he lost his briefcase on a stopover in 2000 while on his way to Great Britain from Romania, where he had been living. “Everything was gone, the papers, the money, so I thought it was God’s will that I stay here,” he explained. But the National Police have another impression of this 46-year-old Egyptian citizen.

Relationship with Daesh

According to the statement issued by the Interior Ministry after his arrest, “he facilitated the return of Islamic State terrorists who had decided to return from Syria and Iraq by providing them with the necessary places of transit and refuge and assisting them in the documentation and procurement of economic resources.” The return of terrorists who have fought in conflict zones is one of the main concerns of Western security forces for fear of receiving more radical and more experienced jihadists in the handling of weapons and explosives.

In addition, the Department headed by Juan Ignacio Zoido adds that “the detainee took advantage of his privileged position within the Islamic Community of the province of Alicante to spread material that extols the attacks committed by DAESH and cruelly disparages their victims.” He also used social media as an instrument “to generate hate with the publication of videos in which terrorist leaders called for violent jihad as a method of indoctrination of their followers.”…

Portland State U: Student fired from paper for reporting about Muslim student’s statement

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
May 13, 2017

Andy Ngo reported on a Muslim student admitting that his religion mandated death for those who leave it, and was summarily dismissed from his position at the Vanguard, the campus newspaper. No one at PSU seems particularly concerned with the plight of those who leave Islam in Muslim countries, but those who call attention to this fact are “predatory” and “reckless.” This is modern academia: truths that deviate from the Leftist line are ruthlessly suppressed.

“Student Shares Video Critical Of Islam, Gets Fired From College Newspaper,” by Rob Shimshock, Daily Caller, May 12/2017:

An Oregon college student lost his job at the school newspaper after he tweeted a video of a Muslim student admitting his religion killed nonbelievers, according to an article he wrote concerning the incident Friday.

Andy Ngo, former multimedia editor for the Vanguard at Portland State University, posted a video and brief commentary from an “Unpacking Misconceptions” religion panel he attended before losing his job, according to a column he published in National Review.

“At Portland State interfaith panel today, the Muslim student speaker said that apostates will be killed or banished in an Islamic state,” tweeted Ngo on April 26.

“And some, this, that you’re referring to, killing non-Muslims, that [to be a non-believer] is only considered a crime when the country’s law, the country is based on Koranic law — that means there is no other law than the Koran,” the Muslim student said at the panel, according to the tweets. “In that case, you’re given the liberty to leave the country, you can go in a different country, I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. So you can go in a different country, but in a Muslim country, in a country based on the Koranic laws, disbelieving, or being an infidel, is not allowed so you will be given the choice [to leave].”

Breitbart included the former multimedia editor’s tweet in an April article, and Ngo asserts that his editor-in-chief Colleen Leary and managing editor Tim Sullivan then met with him.

Leary purportedly called Ngo “predatory” and “reckless,” stating the former multimedia editor had risked Muslim students’ lives as well as the lives of his family. She claimed that Ngo had “violated the paper’s ethical standards” by not “minimizing harm” directed at the speaker and had “a history” of indirect association with conservative outlets that damaged the newspaper’s reputation. Leary proceeded to fire Ngo.

Ngo told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he received $1,900 per quarter at the Vanguard and worked for 15-20 hours a week.

“From the ideologues within the paper, the reaction was hostility and aggression,” Ngo told TheDCNF. “Most of them were quick to cut off any ties to me, as if I was suddenly branded untouchable– or deplorable.”…

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