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More From the Religion of Peace

In religion, religion of peace, Violence on November 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Islamists Behead Teacher In The Philippines

Via BBC

Police in the southern Philippines say the severed head of a kidnapped schoolteacher has been found in a bag at a petrol station.

Gabriel Canizares was abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants three weeks ago. His body is still missing.

He was travelling with colleagues on the island of Jolo when he was seized.

The militants had demanded a ransom equivalent to $42,000 (£25,000; 28,000 euros) for Mr Canizares, which his family refused to pay.

[…]

Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for many of the country’s worst terrorist attacks, including the firebombing of a ferry in Manila Bay that claimed more than 100 lives in 2005, and the abduction of American tourists in 2001.

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Update: "Too Westernized" Daughter Dies After Two Weeks in Coma

In religion, religion of peace, updates, Violence, womens' issues on November 3, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Twenty year old Noor Faleh Almaleki, who was run over by her father in Phoenix for being too westernized, has died.

Via The Telegraph:

At a court hearing in Phoenix, Stephanie Low, prosecuting, said Almaleki had admitted to the crime.

“By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family,” Mrs Low said.

“This was an attempt at an honour killing.”

Family members told police that Almaleki attacked his daughter because he believed she was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values.

They said he became infuriated when his daughter married a man in Iraq but then decided to live with her boyfriend and his mother in Arizona.

Religion claims another victim, Noor Faleh Almaleki.

Update: Man Who Ran Over "Too Westernized" Daughter Caught

In religion, religion of peace, updates, Violence, womens' issues on October 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Related: AZ Man Ran Over His Daughter for Rejecting Iraqi “Values”

Story via ABC News:

A 10-day manhunt ended when police arrested an Iraqi immigrant accused of running over his 20-year-old daughter to punish her for becoming “too Westernized” and rebuffing the conservative ways he valued.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, fled from Peoria, Ariz on Oct. 20. He was arrested by U.S. marshalls in Atalanta when he arrived at the airport there, according to the Associated Press.

His daugher Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, remains hospitalized in critical condition after her father hit the young woman and her boyfriend’s mother with his Jeep Cherokee on Oct. 20 in the parking lot of theDepartment of Economic Development in Peoria.

Noor Faleh Almaleki is in “life-threatening condition,” Peoria Police spokesman Mike Tellef told ABCNews.com last week soon after the incident.

AZ Man Ran Over His Daughter for Rejecting Iraqi "Values"

In religion, religion of peace, Violence, womens' issues on October 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Thought His Daughter was too Westernized

A very sad story from a city 20 minutes away from me.

PEORIA, Ariz. – Police in a Phoenix suburb are looking for a man suspected of running down his daughter because she was becoming too “Westernized” and was not living according to their traditional Iraqi values.

Hmm, and what does “traditional Iraqi values” mean? I’m sure you know my theory. I doubt Faleh Hassan Almaleki ran over his own daughter (and two pedestrians) because she wasn’t eating enough Kebab. No, I’m quite sure that traditional values means the rules demanded by their religion.

Specifically, I’m talking about is Islam. Even though all the three major religions have a long history of persecution against women, it is only still main stream in Islam. Many tenets of Sharia law make women second class citizens in society, and prisoners in their own home. These laws are often backed up with threats of violence, and even death.

Family and friends of the victims told detectives that the suspect had made threats toward his daughter because she was not living according to traditional Iraqi values…

It must have enraged him to be losing control over someone he thought he had God given dominion over. After all control is what their religion, and by proxy, their society is build on. Clearly this jackass thought the sky was falling and something had to be done.

The two women were transported to a Valley trauma center where the suspect’s daughter, Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, was reported to have life-threatening injuries and Amal Edan Khalaf, 43, had injuries that were not life-threatening.

Let’s hope she lives, and that this guy is caught. I would like to hear his reasoning behind attempting to murder his kin, and see him face justice.

According to Google analytics, broken down by state, I get the most hits from Arizona. So, since police are still looking for Faleh, I just want to throw up a picture of him. His name is Faleh Hassan Almaleki. He is driving a grey or silver 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Arizona license plate ADS-9192.

If you see him please call Silent Witness or the Peoria Police Tip Line at 623-773-7045.

Obama is Going To Seize Power and Rule Us Like a King

In editorial, kooks, republicans, treason, Violence on October 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm

A Sad Website from Sad People

The fact we have a democratic and (more importantly) African American president has been fueling a murderous rage for almost a year now. Since the election of Barack Obama, this rage has driven the far right to an obsession with the idea of a bloody revolution in the United States. This is a hypocrisy which I’ve pointed out many times, so I won’t dwell on it here. However, I have found another over the top example of this treasonous fantasy I’d like to share.

The United State of Earth – 2011 Obama’s Failed Coup: The site features a future time line starting with Obama’s attempt to permanently seize power, a second civil war, fake news, and a game where you can lead a revolutionary army against the legitimate and duly elected government. The war is fought county by county across the United States.

The fake news section offers a tale of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh being found dead in a liberated FEMA concentration camp. You can read about right wing talk radio hosts, bloggers, former military officers, and Ted Nugent leading armies against the president and liberal members of congress. They are all essentially the same story. [Right Wing Kook X]’s army captures [Liberal Y] who is an freedom-stealing-America-hating-marxo-commie-facist-Hitler-lover and is subjected to [Sadistic Humiliation Z]. Of course, getting to the outlaw liberals is never easy as they are often guarded by the armies of Hamas, Americorps volunteers, intercity children, homosexuals, and Obama loyalists.

Where were these people when President Bush was actually taking away American liberties, expanding the federal government, and doubling our national debt?

At home. Why? It’s about race.

Gun Enthusiast Shot Dead By Husband

In guns, Irony, kooks, Violence on October 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Women Had Previously Taken a Gun to a 5 year old’s Soccer Game

Another senseless death, you have to feel for her four kids. Not to sound heartless but they say, live by the sword die by the sword, for a reason. A good reason.

Via CNN

A Pennsylvania soccer mom was chatting with a friend via webcam when she was shot to death by her husband, who then went upstairs and shot himself, police said Friday.

Meleanie Hain, 31, made national headlines last year as the mother who carried a loaded, holstered handgun to her 5-year-old daughter’s soccer game.

Actual pictures of the victim, Meleanie Hain.

Serious Concern Over Political Motives in Census Workers Hanging

In hate, kooks, neanderthals, republicans, Violence on September 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Fears are growing that the death of a teacher, cancer survivor, father, and part-time census worker, Bill Sparkman, was a politically motivated homicide. In my option inflammatory rhetoric from the right is partly to blame. Though they will never acknowledge it, or stop.

Via Huffingtonpost

Associated Press reporter Devlin Barrett was on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow” show Wednesday night to discuss the shocking death of a census worker in Kentucky.

“Obviously the details — the few details we know at this point are very disturbing,” said Barrett, “and could feed a larger political argument if this ends up being the result of anti-government sentiment. But they don’t know that for absolute certain yet. And part of the investigators’ job is to rule out any other explanation for what happened.”

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Federal Census Worker Hung in Rural Kentucky

In hate, kooks, republicans, stupid people, Violence on September 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm

“Fed” Was Scrawled on His Chest

Just a few months after Minnesota rep and national embarrassment Michelle Bachmann decried the census as a plot by the government ‘brown shirts’ to invade your home and deport you to internment camps with other “real Americans”. A census worker has been hung in deep red Kentucky. While it is unknown if it was murder or a suicide, I think we can all figure what happened.

Again I ask, at what point does someone using fiery rhetoric, grossly false claims, and race baiting become responsible for the violence it incites?

Via Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word ‘fed” was scrawled on the dead man’s chest.

The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and occasional teacher, was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky. The Census has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation.

9/11 and the Moral Poverty of Religion

In atheism, editorial, religion, religion of peace, Violence on September 11, 2009 at 9:26 pm

We All Need to Remember the Victims and the Cause of 9/11

When tragedy strikes, as it did on September 11, 2001, it is only natural for us to look for higher meaning amongst such chaos. As empathetic and curious beings, we ask standard questions. Why did this happen? Who could have done this? Will there be justice? Can I help? And, most importantly for our purposes, what could motivate someone to kill themselves (and near 3,000 innocent people) in such a brazen act. Self preservation is of course, the most powerful instinct.

Obviously, the answer to the last question is religion, I’m sure everyone saw that coming. Before you can begin to considering killing yourself (and others) in the name of your religion, you have to believe certain things.

First: That extreme violence (and murder) is acceptable, and indeed noble, when committed against “the other”. This is something that all religions openly taught at one point or another, and at least one still does. But, today is 9/11, and I am talking about the hijackers. All Qur’an verses were found at “The Religion of Peace”.

  • Qur’an (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.
  • Qur’an (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
  • Qur’an (48:29) – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves”
  • Ibn Ishaq: 992 – “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” Muhammad’s instructions to his men prior to a military raid.
  • Tabari 9:69 “Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us” The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.

Second: One must believe that their life will continue after their body has died. In addition, that there will be unimaginable reward for your Earthly sacrifice. We all know about the 72 virgins, but there are other incentives, besides (ironically) sex. Since their holy book specifically calls on them to commit jihad, we see that murder is justified in their eyes, and in fact, encouraged.
  • Qur’an (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”
  • Muslim (20:4645) – “…He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher)….. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!”
  • Warriors who die fighting in the cause of God are ushered immediately to God’s presence (2:159 and 3:169)
A “paradise to a grade one hundred (higher)”, what is that? If someone actually believes these things, with all their mind and heart, what incentive is there NOT to take a fast track to a super heaven? Blow yourself up, kill a few Jews, and you will receive the greatest reward possible, no questions asked.

But it isn’t just Islam which is guilty of unspeakable crimes. All religions, almost by definition, have a long history of violence against “the other”. In western civilization, only in the last few hundred years is it possible to be a non-Christian and keep your life. In most of the Muslim world, to profess that you are an atheist or infidel, is tantamount to suicide.

It is faith that is to blame. Faith, and by that I mean belief without justification. Unreasonable belief is not tolerated in any other aspect of our society. However, the idea of blind religous faith exists in the minds of a vast majority of people living on this Earth, it is said that faith is the highest virtue. Why? Because it very taboo, and to most offensive, to question the notion publicly. Only with out closest friends and family are most people comfortable critically discussing religion. Any real thought put into these ideas would reveal them to be absurd. One must turn a blind eye to the ridiculous claims and contradictory instructions and just believe. A very dangerous thing, as today reminds of us.

The Flight 93 hijackers thought that Allah was with them. They actually believed that by killing everyone on the plane that they would be instantly transported to a heaven 100x greater than everyone else. They call their God “the most merciful, the most compassionate”, while at the same time showing the victims neither. Everyone knows that hypocrisy is a staple of religious institutions, but this is particularly egregious. Some transcripts from United Airlines Flight 93, September 11, 2001:

09:33:34 In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most compassionate.

09:45:57 In the name of Allah. In the name of Allah. I bear witness that there is no other God, but Allah.

09:47:40 Allah knows.

09:58:33 Unintelligible. Let’s go guys. Allah is greatest. Allah is greatest. Oh guys. Allah is greatest.

09:59:42 Trust in Allah, and in him.

10:00:22 Oh Allah. Oh Allah. Oh Gracious.

10:00:59 Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest.

10:03:02 Allah is the greatest.

10:03:03 Allah is the greatest.

10:03:04 Allah is the greatest.

10:03:06 Allah is the greatest.

10:03:06 Allah is the greatest.

10:03:09 Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest.

10:03:09 Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest.

The last piece of data from flight 93 was recorded at 10:03:10.

It is often said on this day, “God bless [the victims]”, “God bless America”, or “the Lord works in mysterious ways”. Obviously he didn’t bless the victims of religous extremists, or America. His actions were not mysterious, but nonexistent. I ask, what kind omnibenevolent deity’s plan would force a sentient being into deciding between jumping 100 stories to your death, or being burned alive? According to apologist, everything action on Earth is divine will, so that begs the question, how twisted is the creator of the universe? Does he actually enjoy such things? Since he didn’t stop it when, by any believers’ account, he easily could have, one must accept the possibility he liked what he saw. I should say that I don’t think God enjoyed what he saw, as no God existed to watch it. It was only the unreasonable belief in God that dominated that morning.

September 11th ought to be a day when we reflect on role religion plays in our societies, not come together to praise the same God who abandoned us all eight years ago. The events of this day are irrevocably intertwined with religion. It is a fact that 9/11, and a multitude of other historical atrocities, wouldn’t have happened in a world of atheists. And no, Hilter wasn’t an atheist. So save it.

Anti-Reform Protester Has Finger Bitten Off

In healthcare, politics, Violence on September 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Ironically, The Anti-Reform Prostester is Covered by Medicare

Anyone suprised this guy has government health care but want to deny others the same thing? It is all part of the unsympathetic “me first” culture in the American Right. The finger was reattached with tax dollars, ones that he wouldn’t be willing to spend on you. That said, come on, who bites off a finger?

The Huffington Post:

The injured anti-reform man walked to Los Robles hospital to have the finger reattached.

He had Medicare.

A blogger who witnessed the fight from the pro-reform side says that the finger-biter was provoked:

The man in the orange shirt hit the pro-reform guy (I’m going to call him PR Guy just to keep the players straight). Hard. … He punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and into that thruway. … He got up, tried to get back up on the curb, but Orange Shirt guy was in his face. Finger in his face, PR Guy standing, steps up to the curb, and there’s a scuffle. Orange shirt seemed to have PR Guy in a hold, but again, I was across the street, so won’t state that as absolute fact. Next thing I see is PR Guy’s hat being tossed into the street, both yelling at one another, then Orange shirt walks away, PR Guy picks up hat and crosses to our side.

When he gets to our side, he tells a story in one sentence: “He punched me hard, straight in the face, so I bit his finger off.”