local Swedish authority allows irritating Islamic call to prayer using loud speakers

 

 

A municipality in the Swedish capital of Stockholm has allowed the recitation of adhan, the call to prayer, through minaret speakers, in an unprecedented move.

Islamic Cultural Center of Botkyrka, a municipality in Stockholm mostly populated by immigrants, applied almost a month ago to municipal authorities, seeking permission for recitation of the adhan before Friday prayers through speakers in the minaret of the Fittja Mosque, located within the boundaries of Botkyrka.

The municipal council recently convened and unanimously approved the request. İsmail Okur, the head of the Islamic center, told the Anatolia news agency that the first adhan will be broadcast in March after the technical preparations are completed.

“The authorities will measure the sound level. According to the rules, the sound of the adhan shall reach two kilometers at most from the mosque,” Okur remarked, referring to the regional authorities who granted permission for the adhan recitation through minaret speakers.

He further stated that Botkyrka is a region mostly populated by Muslims and the Fittja Mosque is the only mosque in Sweden that has a minaret.

 

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Legal immigrants, taxpayers lose in Toronto’s ‘sanctuary’ plan

 

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TORONTO – This will only end in tears.

City Hall’s vote Thursday night to reaffirm Toronto’s status of “sanctuary city” further legitimizes a section of society that has chosen to live outside it.

Men and women who are euphemistically called undocumented migrants will continue to enjoy access to city services, underwritten by you the taxpayer, without fear of their status being revealed to authorities.

You know, those pesky authorities called border enforcement agents at street level and the Federal Department of Immigration at the national level.

The very people whose job it is to ensure that those living in Canada are doing so because they are legally entitled to rather than choosing to because the weather suits their clothes. Or their whim, their fancy or because it is all just too hard to return home and enter through the proper channels.

Like hundreds of thousands of legal migrants do every year.

Just why City Hall, with all the other manifest problems on its plate, has chosen to challenge Ottawa in this way is uncertain.

Still, that’s what happens when you have the politics of personal vanity trumping the natural rule of law.

If it feels good and panders to a vocal minority, then just do it, regardless that it also untethered to the facts.

Like this one. The single best thing to do for an illegal immigrant is to help them become legal.

That brings them into the broader community and within the protection of the law.

They won’t be exploited in the workplace, blackmailed, threatened, bullied or isolated because they live in the dark world of illegality.

To offer anything else is to give false hope because ultimately they will be found out. Then the tears will start when are they are shipped home, probably never to return.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong spoke against the motion Thursday. He said aiding and abetting those without documents is an insult to anyone using proper channels to enter Canada.

“We shouldn’t encourage them,” he said. “We shouldn’t help them. They are an insult to every immigrant who plays by the rules to get into the country.

“They are an insult to every immigrant who is waiting to enter the country legally.

“It sends a message to the world that it is OK to break the law to come to Canada and it says the City of Toronto is an accomplice to this lawbreaking.”

People who genuinely want to reside in Canada should show they intend to be law-abiding citizens.

The first step on that road is to seek protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

That is something the Federal Minister for Immigration made plain Friday when he expressed disappointment with council’s decision.

“Canada is an open and generous country,” Jason Kenney said. “All we ask is you respect our law … or go back to your country.

“If you want to come to Canada, get in the same line as everyone else. Make a regular visa application.”

Kenney touched on a fact often disregarded by those who would ignore the law and welcome every illegal immigrant who expressed a desire to tap into the full range of Toronto’s generous city services.

“Legal immigrants to Canada have very little tolerance of those who cut the queue and cheat the system.”

I am one of those immigrants.

Two and a half years ago my family made the decision to move to Canada and went through all the lengthy processes involved. That took the better part of a year.

We filled out forms, had medical and police checks, packed up our belongings and went through the entire, elongated process of moving to this great country.

We began paying taxes from day one and still do so. Gladly.

This is a generous nation as the minister points out, but it is only fair to those who want to come here legally not to reward those who think they can beat the system.

To do anything else makes Canada look generous … to a fault.

Alleged neo-Nazi busted in Toledo, Ohio, by FBI for stockpiling weapons including 40,000 rounds of ammunition, 18 firearms and body armor

what’s the difference between white supremacist terrorists and islamic jihadi terrorists?

 

 

A convicted felon and alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer, who was arrested for illegally stockpiling an arsenal of assault weapons, was tracking Jewish and African American community leaders in the Detroit area, FBI agents warned.

Richard Schmidt, 47, was legally forbidden from owning firearms, ammunition or body armor after his spending 13 years in prison for manslaughter. But that is exactly what an FBI Joint terrorism Task Force found when it searched his home in Toledo, Ohio and his sporting goods store in nearby Bowling Green.

 

“These weapons were found in a shopping mall,” Steven M. Dettelbach, the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, told the Daily News. “You have 40,000 rounds of ammunition, 18 firearms, body armor – obviously that is troubling because it begs the question ‘what does he want to do with it?'”

FBI agents also found Waffen-SS (Nazi military force) paraphernalia, a video of a National Socialist Movement meeting from 2005, a list of national Jewish-owned businesses and a notebook filled with names and addresses of community leaders in the Detroit area, reported Michael Isikoff of NBC News.

The FBI briefed Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP and one of Schmidt’s targets, about the harrowing discovery.

“We still live in a time and place where certain individuals do not believe that people or organizations such as the NAACP should advocate for civil rights and social justice,” Anthony said in a statement.

“History already tells us that this type of advocacy work is not immune from hatred and violence,” he continued. “We take these allegations very seriously but will not allow it to deter us from fighting for equality.”

Federal agents also briefed Scott Kaufman, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

“When I saw my name on a piece of paper along with information about our organization and our building written by an alleged neo-Nazi, it was certainly unnerving,” said Kaufman.

FBI agents initially searched Schmidt’s store Spindletop Sports Zone because they suspected him of counterfeiting football jerseys and other sporting goods, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Teacher at Manhattan elementary school asks students to subtract and multiply slaves

 

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Two Manhattan teachers are in hot water over an offensive homework lesson that used killing and whipping slaves to teach subtraction and multiplication.

Public School 59 teacher Jane Youn, 32, sent the boneheaded questions home with her fourth-graders in January.

One question focused on a ship loaded with 3,799 slaves. “One day, the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 are dead. How many slaves are alive?” the question read.

Another word problem used the example of a slave who “got whipped five times a day,” then asked students to calculate the number of whippings he received in a month.

Education officials said that fourth-graders at the midtown school wrote the questions themselves after Youn told them to blend lessons they learned in social studies class with their math assignments. Youn gave them to students as homework.

A woman who answered the door at Youn’s upper East Side high-rise refused to comment. “I don’t want to participate,” she said.

A second PS 59 teacher, Jacqueline Vitucci, made copies of the questions and planned to give them to her students, but decided against it. A woman who answered Vitucci’s cell phone declined to comment to a Daily News reporter.

“Oh my God, it’s a reporter. Don’t say anything,” she said, before hanging up.

School statistics show the student body at the E. 56th St. school is 60% white — higher than the city average — while just 5% of students are African-American.

Parents at the well-off school were shocked by the flap. “I don’t think that’s reflective at all of what the school is about,” said one parent who asked not be named.

Principal Adele Schroeter said she was “appalled” by the incident and ordered sensitivity training for the entire staff.

Youn and Vitucci will face disciplinary action, said schools spokeswoman Connie Pankratz. She would not provide details or say whether the teachers will remain in their classrooms.