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Cecile Richards: We’re a Target of “Fake News.” But She Can’t Name a Single Example

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By Micaiah Bilger
June 5, 2017

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards has become pretty good at dodging questions that she would prefer not to answer.

Maybe that’s why they pay her close to $1 million a year.

Last week, Richards sat down for an interview with Kara Swisher at Recode, a media and technology conference in California. When asked about the impact social media has had on her abortion chain, Richards quickly brought up “fake news.”

Planned Parenthood’s claims about the Center for Medical Progress investigation quickly come to mind, but Richards refused to give any examples. Instead, she changed the subject and argued that Planned Parenthood has strong public support.

The Blaze reports:

“I think we were one of the original fake news targets,” Richards replied.

Richards said that “there’s a lot of bad information out there” and efforts should be made to promote “sources and information that are actually good.”

Swisher asked Richards, “What’s the fakest information about Planned Parenthood out there? Give me an example.”

Richards hesitated, declining to offer an example of fake news about her organization, saying she would stay “positive.”

One of the things abortion activists have been crying “fake news” about the most is the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood for potentially illegally selling aborted baby parts. Abortion activists have labeled the videos “misleading,” “heavily edited” and even “discredited,” but they have not been able to prove it.

Richards’ “fake news” statement likely was a subtle reference to the investigation, but she could not give any evidence of them being fake.

Quite the contrary, two separate forensic analyses found the videos were not manipulated or tampered with. One extensive analysis found the only edits in the videos consisted of bathroom breaks and time eating meals. Even the forensic analysis paid for by Planned Parenthood reported “there was no ‘widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.’”

Abortion activists also claim that more than a dozen state investigations of the videos and Planned Parenthood did not find any evidence of wrong-doing. This is extremely misleading. In January, a U.S. House panel made 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to states involving the handling of aborted babies’ body parts by Planned Parenthood and other groups. A U.S. Senate investigation also made seven criminal referrals to the Department of Justice based on what it found. However, few mainstream media outlets reported on these findings.

The undercover videos were not fake, and Planned Parenthood would rather the public to forget about them. After CMP released its first video two years ago, Richards actually apologized publicly for the callous tone with which one of her employees ate salad and drank wine while talking about crushing unborn babies’ heads to kill them. Richards did not apologize for their deadly business, only how it was described in brutal honesty on camera.

As more videos came out, however, the abortion giant quickly switched to attacks against David Daleiden and others involved in the undercover investigation. It has worked hard to discredit and suppress the videos through campaigns and rhetoric.

CMP has released about a dozen videos in the past two years, and only a few have received mainstream media attention. Planned Parenthood does not want the public to see the gruesome truths that the undercover investigation exposed. It does not want the public to know that “choice” involves crushing unborn babies’ heads, pulling off their arms and legs, harvesting their organs and haggling with human tissue companies about money. Or that it receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars every year to continue destroying babies’ lives.

Pediatrician Holds Party to Celebrate Planned Parenthood: Abortion is “Essential for Our Children”

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By Micaiah Bilger
June 5, 2017

A Pittsburgh pediatrician known for her research and work with children who have been abused also happens to be an abortion advocate.

Dr. Rachel Berger, a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, hosted a party for the Planned Parenthood abortion chain at her home Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Berger also is the chief of the hospital’s Child Advocacy Center, which provides services for children who may be victims of abuse or neglect, and director of child abuse research.

“We’ve supported Planned Parenthood for a long time and as a pediatrician, their services are essential for our children and families,” Berger told the newspaper.

Here’s more from the report:

The Bergers’ home was transformed into party central as hundreds of guests including Lynn Cullen, Betsy Teti and daughter Julia, Ed Scheid, Richard Parsakian and Kim Patterson lent their support to Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. The organization celebrated 100 years in style with music by the Matto Quartet, Pesaro Quartet and a special performance by Anqwenique Wingfield & Band. And no birthday party would be complete without a beautiful cake! …

“Why wouldn’t you support this organization?” said Jatolloa Davis, a midwife from The Midwives Center. “Women need to have control over their bodies and health and PP is that answer, regardless of income.”

It’s deeply concerning to see midwives and pediatricians support a group whose focus is not on helping children but on aborting them before they are born.

Planned Parenthood’s real health care services for children are basically non-existent. The abortion chain does not even allow women to bring their born children into its facilities.

The main “service” involving children that Planned Parenthood provides is abortion. In 2015, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. That same year, its prenatal services dropped almost 50 percent to 9,419, and adoption referrals, while up slightly, remained extremely low at 2,889.

Planned Parenthood does not help children. It destroys their lives in brutal, gruesome ways.

With so many wonderful non-profits that are dedicated to helping children both before and after they are born, it’s difficult to understand why pediatricians and midwives would support a group that aborts them. Every child’s life begins at the moment of conception, and every child deserves a chance at life. If anyone should know this, pediatricians and midwives should.

ACTION: Contact Children’s Hospital to voice your concerns.


Harvard Law Journal Concludes Unborn Babies Have Constitutional Rights

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By Cortney O’Brien
June 2, 2017

The Fourteenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1868, declares that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” A debate that has been raging in courtrooms for years is whether the “life” part includes unborn persons.

Harvard Law student Joshua Craddock did some constitutional soul searching to answer that question in a new report for the Harvard Law Journal, concluding that unborn babies do fall under the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections.

One might look to dictionaries of legal and common usage, the context of the English common law tradition, and cases that attempted to construe the meaning of the text in a manner consistent with original meaning. Using this methodology, it is reasonable to construe the Fourteenth Amendment to include prenatal life. The structure of the argument is simple: The Fourteenth Amendment’s use of the word “person” guarantees due process and equal protection to all members of the human species. The preborn are members of the human species from the moment of fertilization. Therefore, the Fourteenth Amendment protects the preborn. If one concedes the minor premise (that preborn humans are members of the human species), all that must be demonstrated is that the term “person,” in its original public meaning at the time of the Fourteenth Amendment’s adoption, applied to all members of the human species.

In addition to using language to prove his point, Craddock puts his conclusions in context, noting that at the time the Fourteenth Amendment was written, several states called the unborn person a “child” in their anti-abortion laws. Moreover, The Stream notes, in 1859, the American Medical Association mandated that the government must protect the “independent and actual existence of the child before birth.”

Using this logic, Craddock notes, the Supreme Court justices were flawed in their 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, which granted the right to abortion. When he wrote the majority opinion, Justice Harry Blackmun failed to properly assess the word “person” as it was applied in 1868, Craddock argues.

Will the Supreme Court consider the Fourteenth Amendment in future cases dealing with abortion?

LifeNews Note: Cortney O’Brien is a Townhall web editor, where this was originally published.

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June 11, 2017 at 06:00

France: Guantanamo inmate released by Obama arrested for recruiting for the Islamic State

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
June 1, 2017

Among the suspects arrested was Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, who was freed from the US detention centre in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him, said a judicial official.”

And look at how his presence has enriched France.

“Former Guantanamo Bay inmate among suspected Isis recruiters arrested in France,” by Lori Hinnant and Lizzie Dearden, Independent, May 31, 2017 (thanks to Creeping Sharia):

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is among six people from an alleged Isis recruiting network who have been detained in France.

Among the suspects arrested was Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, who was freed from the US detention centre in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him, said a judicial official.

He was one of six Algerians detained in Bosnia in 2001 on suspicion of plotting to bomb the US embassy in Sarajevo.

The US Justice Department later backed off the allegations, but held the men at Guantanamo for several years. The former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, agreed to take Lahmar in April 2009 and he moved to Bordeaux later that year.

The French official said Lamar, at 48, is the oldest of the four men and two women who were arrested and said that there were no indications the group was plotting an attack.

Five of the suspects were detained in Bordeaux and one in Paris in a series of raids on Monday….

“White Supremacist/Terrorist” Jeremy Christian: Fact vs. Leftist Fiction

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By Jack Kerwick
June 1, 2017

In a recent article on the “white supremacist,” “Islamophobic” “terrorist” attack in Portland that occurred over the Memorial Day weekend courtesy of a “Trump supporter,” I noted that, as of yet, we knew remarkably little of what actually happened.

That is, we knew not nearly enough to substantiate the leftist press’s angle on the events that transpired on a Portland train.

Jeremy Christian went on an “anti-Muslim” rant against two Muslim women, so went the official line.  Three men, “heroes” is how they were being described, came to their defense.  The men stood up to “racist hate.” For their efforts, the “white supremacist” and “Trump supporter” stabbed them, murdering two of them.

I had questions, but there is one question the answer to which could make all the difference as to whether Christian is guilty or not of murder: In what exactly did the intervention of the good Samaritans consist?  If Christian did not pose an imminent bodily threat to anyone, and if the three passengers got up in his face or otherwise aggressed against him, then while their intentions may have been noble, he still could have been justified in thinking that his well-being was imminently imperiled.

The night that my essay was published, an attorney from Portland sent me a copy of the affidavit for this case.  It answered some of my inquiries.  Additionally, the wording of this legal document confirmed my skepticism concerning the PC template through which the media has labored to process this event.

Media Claim #1: Christian verbally attacked two Muslim women

FACT: According to the affidavit, when Christian boarded the train, two “juvenile females” were already on board. “One was an African-American and one was an African-American Muslim who was wearing traditional Muslim dress.”

Christian, who was “seen taking large drinks from a bladder style container of purple liquid that [was] later identified by [Christian] as Sangria wine,” proceeded to shout “statements seemingly targeted at the girls and at others that included: ‘Get the f**k out!’ ‘Pay taxes,’ ‘Go home, we need American here!’ ‘I don’t care if you are ISIS,’ ‘F**k Saudi Arabia!’ and ‘Free speech or die.’”

Evidently, Christian didn’t specifically target the two girls, instead launching into a rant that “involved” comments that could be construed as hostile to Islam but which, as this sampling of quotations makes clear, were not limited to such remarks.

 And this account dovetails well with the fact that, just one day prior, Christian, while riding the same train, was indeed captured on video cursing Islam, yes, but Judaism and Christianity as well.  A staunch atheist, Christian thought that monotheism—not Islam only, but all forms of monotheism—is the biggest problem facing the human race.

The two young women, incidentally, simply moved their seats away from him.  It doesn’t sound as if he pursued them.

Media Claim #2: The two men who lost their lives at the end of Christian’s blade, and the third who was stabbed (but who survived), risked their lives for the sake of combatting “hate” and in order to spare the “two Muslim females.”

FACT: According to the affidavit, this is not true.   The three men who are being hailed as “heroes”—Taliesin Namkai-Meche, Micah Fletcher, and Ricky Best—didn’t initially mix it up with Christian.  Rather, it was a man named “Mr. Forde” who initially tried to “intervene and verbally deescalate the situation [.]”  He didn’t “stand up to hate” or, necessarily, seek to protect “two Muslim women.”  Mr. Forde simply tried to calm Christian. He was “unsuccessful,” for Christian “continued shouting.” Forde recalled him saying, among other things, something about “decapitating heads.”

 The young women “were clearly alarmed” by Christian’s outbursts and “move [ed] away” from him.

It was only after Forde’s unsuccessful attempt to diffuse his volatility that Christian made “a sudden move in the direction of” Namkai-Meche who, the affidavit implies, was an innocent bystander until this point.  Namkai-Meche was sitting down.  When Christian moved in his direction, understandably and perhaps with an eye toward preventing himself from being pummeled upon, he stood up.  This angered Christian, who responded by getting into Namkai-Meche’s face and shouting: “Oh, do something bitch!”

It was at this point that Micah Fletcher stood up next to Namkai-Meche.  This apparently incensed Christian more. Yelling, “Do something!” he “shoved Micah Fletcher in the chest.” Christian began pulling out a “folded knife” from his pocket.  Fletcher shoved Christian back. The latter stumbled. Christian challenged Fletcher to “hit me again.” Fletcher told him to get off the train. Christian then swung at him with his knife out, stabbing Fletcher in the neck. Immediately, he turned and stabbed Namkai-Meche in the neck.  But it is when Christian went in for Namkai-Meche’s neck the second time that Ricky Best, the military veteran that Christian would murder, intervened to stop the stabbing of the two men.

 Christian “pushed” Best into Namkai-Meche, who was trying to “staunch” his bleeding, and then proceeded to stab both of them.  Fletcher was as well trying to attend to his own wound as he left the train car to seek medical help from passengers on the platform.

Namkai-Meche and Best would die from their injuries.  Fletcher’s wound missed being fatal by mere millimeters.

When Christian was apprehended, he told officers that he had “just stabbed a bunch of mother**kers in their neck.  Just a punk ass bunch of mother**kers.”  He also said: “Get stabbed in your neck if you hate free speech.”

Upon spitting, Christian remarked: “I’m tearing out mother**ker’s throats, you think I give a f**k who I spit on.”

“I can die in prison a happy man.”

“I’m all good.  I stabbed the two mother**kers in the neck and I’m happy now. I’m happy now. I can rest easy.”

“Think I stab mother**kers in the neck for fun? Oh yeah, you’re right I do.  I’m a patriot.”

Christian said to one of his victims: “I told him, you ain’t gonna heal punk.  And he still wants to put hands on me.  Die bitch. F**king die. Stupid mother**ker. That’s what liberalism gets you.”

“I hope they all die. I’m gonna say that on the stand.  I’m a patriot and I hope everyone I stabbed died.”

Notice, in this litany of rantings, not a single syllable could remotely be construed as “anti-Muslim,” let alone “white supremacist” or “racist” (it was a white-on-white attack, after all).

Christian is vermin who deserves the ultimate penalty for his crimes. His victims deserve our sympathy.  Ricky Best acted heroically in trying to stop two men from being stabbed, and Micah Fletcher acted honorably and bravely in standing alongside Taliesin Namkae-Meche after the latter acted sensibly in rising to ward off what undoubtedly appeared to be an imminent attack on his person by Christian.

Yet none of these three men risked and sacrificed their lives in order to protect two Muslim women.  First, there weren’t two Muslim women.  Second, no women were in need of being rescued, for Christian was on a rant that wasn’t obviously directed toward them and which included comments that had nothing to do with Islam. The only person who did try to persuade Christian to stop his tirade—Mr. Forde—is receiving relatively no media coverage, and is certainly not being hailed as a hero.  Forde, clearly, doesn’t fit the narrative.  He also was unharmed.

Media Claim #3: Christian was a “white supremacist” and “Trump supporter.”

FACT: This claim is the most bogus of all.  Christian’s Facebook posts leave no doubts as to where his political allegiances lay.  He was an enthusiastic Bernie Sanders supporter, one who was all too willing to elect to the presidency the first Jew that would ever occupy that office.  Christian despised both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  The former he accused of wanting nothing more than to make America “white again”—a peculiar reason for a “white supremacist” to dislike anyone, much less a man who aspired to assume the power of the American presidency.

It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who expressly denies that he’s a “racist,” going so far as to mention that he has non-white family members and threatening to “knock out” anyone who would dare to call him a “racist.”

It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who explicitly expresses unqualified “solidarity” with American Indians at Standing Rock and equally unqualified opposition to the Dakota access pipeline.

It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who admires Malcolm X, someone who, by Christian’s lights, would have been a true “revolutionary”—unlike Martin Luther King, who he dismissed as a “plagerizing [sic] weak-sauce revolutionary.”

It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” that despises a presidential candidate (Clinton) for allegedly denying Hispanic “refugees” from Honduras entry into America and allegedly, suppressing “Black Lives Matter Activists.”

It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who, in rallying support for Bernie Sanders, writes: “Power to the People!!!” and “End The Prison And Military Industrial Complexes!!!”

It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who tries to discourage others from being “Racist” and, instead, encourages them to become “a Misanthrope” (i.e. to hate, not on the basis of race, but universally?).

It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who endorses the description of Trump supporters as “fascist f**ks,” “Nazis,” and as being as “hateful” and “angry” as their candidate.

It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter that describes Sanders as “the one genuine candidate since Ross Perot and maybe Nader [.]”

It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter that self-describes (after Bernie got railroaded) as “a totally apolitical Born Again Nihilist.”

It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who invites others to join him “in smashing some Clinton Crime Family and Trump Mafia supporters;” admits that between Clinton and Trump, the former is the candidate who he “hate [s] the least;” and refuses to vote for Trump. On November 11, 2016, Christian posted: “Just want all my FB Peeps to know I could not bring myself to vote Trump like I said I would.  I abstained from voting for the first time in my adult life.”

It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who asks: “Why f**k aren’t we out in the streets demanding a President [Sanders] that has a positive poll rating???”

It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who says that he “can’t wait for Jeff Sessions to be assassinated for his unamerican hate speech,” and who calls in the same post for the murder of “as many DEA Agents” and “as many BOP Guards in the Federal Prison” as possible.

It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who had on multiple occasions been ejected from Trump events and who had been reported to the Portland Police by Trump supporters.


The left has been on the hunt for The Great White Oppressor for a long time. The need for a “white terrorist,” and, specifically, a terrorizer of Muslims, was undoubtedly felt all that much more acutely this past week as England fell prey once more to but another Islamic terrorist attack and jihadists in Egypt inaugurated Ramadan with a bang by slaughtering dozens of Christians, including Christian children. So what did the punditry class do?

It invented a “white supremacist/terrorist,” transformed him into a Trump supporter, and created some Muslim victims.

But this meme, like so much else emanating from the left these days, is a lie.

Or maybe it’s just more Fake News.

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June 9, 2017 at 06:00

This Concealed Carrier Just Stopped A Mass Shooting At A Night Club, And The Media Remained Silent

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By Bob Owens
Bearing Arms
June 16, 2016

On June 12, a Muslim terrorist attacked a gay night club called Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and wounding 53 in a three-hour ordeal that was the nation’s most drawn-out mass killing, and the deadliest domestic terror attack since 9/11.

This past Sunday, exactly two weeks to the day after the Pulse attack, there was a mass shooting outside a night club in South Carolina. I’m sure you haven’t heard about it, and for two good reasons. The first reason is that the attempted murderer was unsuccessful in killing any of his victims. The second reason is because the attempted murderer was stopped by a concealed carrier at the club drawing his weapon and putting a bullet into the bad guy.

Shots rang out at the Playoffz nightclub at 105 B Little Mountain Road before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies believe Thompson got into an argument with another man and began firing into a crowd of people outside the club, Lt. Kevin Bobo, a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said in an email.

Three people were shot. Another man who was shot at returned fire with his own handgun and struck Thompson in the leg, he said.

He acted in self-defense and has a concealed weapons permit, so he’s not being charged, Bobo said.

Thompson is facing four counts of attempted murder, and one of the people he shot—a mother of three—is still in the hospital as doctors attempt to try to figure out how or even if they can safely extract the bullet lodged in her pelvic area.

It probably won’t surprise anyone that Thompson has a criminal record dating back to 2003, and that he’s a felon who has used a gun illegally before.

So many “experts” have opined that armed citizens cannot carry in a bar or night club responsibly, arguing that “guns and alcohol don’t mix.”

You know what? I agree, as that applies as a general rule, even though there are no reports of “wild west” shootouts in states where having a drink while armed is perfectly legal as long as you don’t get drunk.

But just as we have promoted the idea of having a responsible designated driver for groups of friends who go to bars and clubs to imbibe, we should also encourage responsible concealed carry, either from another non-drinking member of the group, or from that same designated driver.

There were an estimated 320 people inside Pulse when the Islamic terrorist launched his attack. Florida has a population estimated at just over 20 million in 2016, with more than 1.4 million concealed carriers, or roughly 1 concealed carry permit holders per 20 people. In other words, there were possibly as many as 16 people with concealed carry permits inside Pulse when the Muslim terrorist launched his attack, but they were all disarmed by Florida law, just because they wanted to have a good time.

That’s insane.

These poor people were instead forced to put their lives in the hands of a single Orlando Police Department officer outside the club and the promise that 911 calls would result in police riding in to save the day… and we sadly saw how poorly that worked out.

Laws that disarm law-abiding citizens create killing zones for the monsters and predators lurking among us. 96.2-percent of all mass murders happen in so-called gun free zones because people who want to cause as much carnage as possible prefer to rampage unopposed.

It’s time to stop listening to anti-liberty Democrats who want to use fear to strip Americans of their core civil rights, and start pushing for laws that turn law-abiding citizens into easy targets.

The unnamed concealed carrier in Lyman, South Carolina stopped a criminal shooting into a crowd at a club by putting a bullet into him.

That doesn’t serve the narrative proposed by progressive Democrats and their allies in the media, however, so they’ll do the best they can to keep this story of an armed citizen shooting a gunman to stop an attack at a night club as quiet as they can.

Video from Virginia: Imam at mosque with multiple terror ties endorses female genital mutilation

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
June 3, 2017

“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64

Why is it obligatory? Because Muhammad is held to have said so: “Abu al- Malih ibn Usama’s father relates that the Prophet said: ‘Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women.’” — Ahmad Ibn Hanbal 5:75

“Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her: ‘Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.’” — Abu Dawud 41:5251

“Do not cut severely,” but not “Do not cut.”

That’s why it is so common around the world, and why it is certain to become increasingly common in the United States, particularly with help from the ACLU, which doubtless wants to avoid appearing to be “Islamophobic.”

Note that Shaker Elsayed is quite clear in his remarks that FGM is to be practiced in order to control female sexuality.

Meanwhile , even lawmakers who fatuously praised Dar Al-Hijrah noted that “the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is affiliated with the Muslim American Society.” The Muslim American Society is the chief arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S., according to Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood’s English website. Shaker Elsayed, the mosque’s imam from 2005 to the present, was Secretary General of the Muslim American Society. According to a captured internal Brotherhood document, the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. is engaged in a “grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

There is more. The late jihad leader Anwar al-Awlaki was the imam at Dar al-Hijrah. He is said to have been a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001. Al-Awlaki was also in regular contact with Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab, the Christmas underwear bomber who tried to blow up a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

Former Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who murdered thirteen Americans in a jihad massacre at Fort Hood in Texas, worshiped at Dar al-Hijrah when he lived in the area and was in touch with al-Awlaki shortly before he carried out his attack.

The Saudi-backed North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, bought the mosque’s grounds in 1983. Mohammed al-Hanooti, the mosque’s imam from 1995 to 1999, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali taught Islamic studies and was a camp counselor at the mosque; he is now in prison for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush. Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar, a member of the mosque’s Executive Committee, was convicted in November 2007 of contempt and obstruction of justice for refusing to testify regarding Hamas and received an eleven-year prison sentence.


“Dar al-Hijrah Imam Endorses (Partial) Female Genital Mutilation,” by John Rossomando, IPT News, June 2, 2017 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Female genital mutilation (FGM) can be an effective tool to prevent promiscuity among girls, the imam at a prominent northern Virginia mosque claimed in a recent lecture flagged by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Without it, “hyper-sexuality takes over the entire society and a woman is not satisfied with one person or two or three,” said Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center Imam Shaker Elsayed in a May 19 talk, “Foundation of a Happy Family.” Only tip of a girl’s clitoris should be cut, he said, otherwise it creates “serious harm in the sexual life of the child when she grows up. And this is why the West thinks of alkhikah as sexual mutilation…”

The video remains posted on the Falls Church, Va. mosque’s YouTube channel.

Muslim societies which prohibit FGM are making a mistake “to prohibit the tradition and they end up causing a lot of damage on the other extreme side of the sexual life of a woman,” Elsayed said.

He isn’t the only prominent voice in the U.S. Muslim community endorsing female genital mutilation. The Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA) endorses the practice in two fatwas posted on its website, using justifications similar to Elsayed’s. While not required, one fatwa says, “it is considered an honorable thing for females.”

Islamist advocates argue that FGM has nothing to do with Islam.

After several Detroit area doctors were charged with violating Michigan’s ban on female genital mutilation in April, activist Linda Sarsour denounced denouncing the practice as contrary to Islam.

“FGM has no place in Detroit or anywhere else in the world. FGM is barbaric & not an Islamic practice,” Sarsour wrote.

She should target that message to its proponents. Sarsour spoke at a fundraiser at Elsayed’s mosque six days before his talk on female anatomy and promiscuity. FGM did not come up, but Sarsour described Islam’s prophet Mohammed as “a feminist in his own right.”

Contrary to widespread reports, Manchester jihad mass murderer’s mosque did not report him to police

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
May 31, 2017

The Telegraph had this on May 25: “Mr Ramadan said he understood that Abedi had been placed on a ‘watch list’ because the mosque reported him to the authorities for his extremist views. A well-placed source at Didsbury Mosque confirmed it had contacted the Home Office’s Prevent anti-radicalisation programme as a result.”

But it was false. Now we learn this: “Despite wide reports that Abedi was reported by Didsbury Mosque, the mosque confirmed to Panorama that he was not.”

Note that mosque sources “confirmed” both contradictory reports. Mosque leaders apparently had to backtrack on their earlier “confirmation” when it became clear they couldn’t get away with the lie. “War is deceit,” said Muhammad, but he didn’t say that those who were deceived would always cooperate.

“Manchester attack: Bomber’s mosque has ‘a lot to learn,’” BBC, May 29, 2017:

A mosque attended by the Manchester bomber says it needs to be “more proactive” in encouraging young people away from extremist ideologies.

Didsbury Mosque was identified as one of the mosques attended by bomber Salman Abedi and his family.

Fawzi Haffar, a trustee of the mosque, told BBC Panorama: “I have to be truthful. We have a lot to learn, [we] have to be more conscious”.

He said the mosque needed “proper policies” in place to deter extremism.

Abedi blew himself up, killing 22 people as they were leaving a concert at Manchester Arena last week.

Mr Haffar told BBC Panorama: “When we did find out that he attended this mosque we had to really ask some of our employees whether they remembered him. And some of them say they did.”

Several sources told Panorama that Didsbury Mosque in south Manchester was his regular place of worship. His elder brother Ismail taught at the mosque, and before he left for Libya in 2011, his father would offer the call to prayer, or adhan.

Bomber Salman Abedi was remembered by some as a loner who would sometimes read books in the corner.

Despite wide reports that Abedi was reported by Didsbury Mosque, the mosque confirmed to Panorama that he was not.

But Mr Haffar said that one of the mosque’s imams did report three other suspected extremists two years ago.

“The mosque is open to everybody, and we have hundreds of attendees every day. We are inundated with youth who come to the mosque.”…

Cecile Richards Claims Abortions Will Go Up Under Trump But Planned Parenthood is Aborting More Babies Than Ever

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By Micaiah Bilger
June 1, 2017

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is fighting aggressively against President Donald Trump and pro-life legislators.

On Thursday, CEO Cecile Richards touted her pro-abortion agenda at the Code Conference, a liberal technology conference in California, CNBC reports. She went after legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would defund Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

Richards described the legislation as “heartless” and even asserted that abortions will increase under President Trump if Planned Parenthood loses funding.

Here’s more from her interview with Kara Swisher:

Swisher: So, in that bill, what happens to you, specifically?

Richards: Literally, the day President Trump signs that bill, folks on Medicaid can’t come to us anymore for healthcare. And it will be a huge disruption to particularly women who don’t have a lot of options for health care and who rely on us for preventive health services.

Swisher: They can’t come for family planning? They can’t come for their kids being looked at? They can’t come for anything?

Richards: None of that, and we will see the unintended pregnancy rate go up, absolutely; and I predict we will see the abortion rate go up in the U.S.

Of course, Richards did not bother to correct Swisher’s claim that Planned Parenthood provides health care to children. Most abortion clinics will not even allow women to bring their children to the center. And if the children are not born yet, Planned Parenthood’s main role in their lives is to kill them.

Nor did Richards mention that abortion rates have dropping across the United States, but Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers have been increasing. Its annual report, released earlier this week, shows Planned Parenthood served fewer patients, performed fewer breast exams and provided less contraception and prenatal care; at the same time, it received more taxpayer funding, performed more abortions and brought in record revenues.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, nearly 5,000 more than in 2014. These numbers represent one third of all abortions annually in the United States. The abortion chain makes millions of dollars a year on abortions alone, and rewards staff and facilities that exceed their abortion quotas.

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer from President Trump to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if they stopped doing abortions. The offer would have allowed Planned Parenthood to focus on the preventive health care, birth control and other services that they tout so often in public.

But Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are essential to Planned Parenthood.

Richards also hid her abortion chain’s dirty dealings. A recent congressional investigation into the abortion business involving its sales of aborted baby parts concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund it. In January, U.S. House and Senate investigations into Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby body parts also ended with more than a dozen criminal referrals to state attorney generals.

Planned Parenthood also has been caught in numerous scandals involving Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.

Concealed Carry Soars 214%, Violent Crime Drops 21%

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By David Lombardo
Bearing Arms
May 27, 2017

In addition to being history’s greatest gun salesman, Barack Obama did the best job of convincing John Q. Public there really is a need for concealed carry. John Q. paid attention and turned out by the thousands. Also under Obama’s watch the last two concealed carry hold-out states – Wisconsin and Illinois – passed laws permitting residents to carry a concealed firearm.

Of course the Birkenstock Brigade fought it in both states warning of dire consequences, casually ignoring the other 48 states not experiencing any problem with concealed carry permit holders. So far, no blood running in the streets, no concealed carry permit holder shooting someone over a parking space or any of the other dire warnings that were issued by Democrats prior to the law’s implementation. What did happen is John Q. turned out in droves and signed up for concealed carry.

According to a recent article in Breitbart, concealed carry permits rose 215 percent between 2007 and 2015, and the murder rate dropped 14 percent during that same time period. Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) data shows there were 14.5 million permit holders in May 2016 and approximately 15.7 million in May 2017.

In the CPRC’s latest annual report which covers 2015, it notes the number of concealed handgun permits issued that year set another record, an increase of 1.73 million permits issued, slightly higher than the previous record of 1.69 million. Currently about 6.06 percent of the approximately 248 million adults in the U.S., have a concealed carry permit.

Ten states have more than 10% of the adults registered as concealed carry holders with Indiana the highest at 15% and South Dakota coming in at number two with 14.7%. Three states, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas, have over a million residents each who are concealed carry permit holders. It is also safe to say that these numbers do not reflect the true number of concealed carry holders because there are eleven states that do not require any licensing.

One interesting side note is between 2012 and 2016, in states that provide data by gender, the number of women with permits has increased at double the rate of men.

As always, the Birkenstock Brigade produces endless talking points all aimed at making people believe concealed carry leads to an increase in criminal activity. According to Gun Facts, gun homicides were 10 percent higher in states with restrictive CCW laws according to a study spanning 1980-2009.

What studies have consistently shown, since Florida introduced concealed carry in 1988, is only 0.02% of all concealed carry permit holders have gone on to commit a gun-related crime. After passing their concealed carry law, Florida’s homicide rate fell from 36% above the national average to 4% below. Similarly, the Texas murder rates fell 50% faster than the national average, rape rates dropped 93% faster in the first year after enactment and 500% faster in the second year.

Conversely, cities such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles with the most restrictive gun ownership laws, have shockingly high violent crime rates.

So what does the Birkenstock Brigade do in response? Double down on what doesn’t work best. Liberal politicians, third rate movie stars and the Belle of the Ball Gabby Giffords are all lobbying hard to stop the enactment of concealed carry national reciprocity. They talk about all the gun violence and saving the children.

The one thing they don’t talk about is while the dramatic influx of concealed permit holders was happening, the murder rate dropped by 14 percent and the overall violent crime rate dropped by 21 percent.

While it is difficult to come up with hard evidence of an inverse relationship between the two, there is substantial anecdotal information from inmates saying one of the prime concerns in the commission of a crime is the vulnerability of the potential victim; bad guys don’t want to get shot.

For all the gun control exhortations by the Birkenstock Brigade about “common sense,” novelist and science fiction author Robert Heinlein best illustrated a common sense explanation when he wrote in Beyond This Horizon, “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”

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