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more fun with pests who called themselves feminists!
Before he left Canada last year, John Maguire, a recent convert to Islam, told a student he knew from the University of Ottawa’s multi-faith prayer room that he would be going away, but he was uncertain about whether he was coming back.
“We’ll see,” he said.
Although there were rumours, nobody was quite sure what had happened to Mr. Maguire until the RCMP showed up at his mother Patricia’s house a few months later. They said he was in Syria. They said he had travelled there on a one-way ticket.
Since then, he has made no secret of his newfound extremism, writing online under the name Yahya Maguire that Canada was “evil” and that what he had done offered “the reward of jihad” and “the opportunity for martyrdom.”
The 23-year-old, who once aspired to play in the NHL, is now one of dozens of Canadians under RCMP investigation after allegedly making their way to Syria, some to join extremist factions such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.
The RCMP declined to comment on the case but friends and family told the National Post in interviews that police were investigating Mr. Maguire, who appears to have embraced the ISIS cause since leaving Ottawa in January 2013.
A mosque in Denmark has openly declared its support for the Islamic State militant group. It comes just days after a Dane who fought with the terrorist organization in Syria stated that Denmark was “high upon [IS’s] list of targets.”
The place of worship, located in the city of Aarhus, has long been accused of promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam. Mosque spokesman Fadi Abdallah told the online news source Den Korte Avis that “an Islamic state will always be what Muslims long for. Therefore we cannot help but to support the Islamic State. Even if it makes mistakes, we will just have to wait and see.”
“The conditions aren’t the same down there [in Syria and Iraq] as they are here. I can fully understand why people are getting killed,” he continued.
In July, a video emerged of the Grimhojmoskeen mosque’s imam, Abu Bilal Ismail, calling on God to“destroy the Zionist Jews,” the Local reported. The Grimhojmoskeen site has become a haven for Danish jihadists, with East Jutland Police stating that 22 of the hundred or so militants who have left Denmark to fight for IS previously worshipped there.
A recent report from The Economist calculated that when measured by total population, Denmark has sent the second-highest number of foreign fighters to Syria. Only Belgium has a higher number of foreign fighters per million residents.
The news comes less than a week after a Danish-Turkish jihadist, who was born and raised in Denmark and only referred to himself as OA, told Danish broadsheet newspaper Politiken that the Islamic State (previously known as ISIS) “has become very international and Denmark is high up on the list, believe me.”
“Denmark is not my country. The Muslims’ country is the caliphate and inshallah there will soon be an attack here. Denmark should prepare itself,” said the militant, who is also believed to come from the Aarhus area, The Local reported.
“It is an open war now. ISIS has said that all infidels should be battled. They should be eliminated and soon it will be Denmark’s turn,” OA continued.
OA is not the only Danish-born militant to have defected to fight for IS. In March, it was reported by the Copenhagen Post that a young Dane, who allegedly came from the Aarhus area of the country and went by the name of Abu Sa’ad al Denmarki, had killed himself in a suicide attack.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has stated that 15 Danes – out of the 100 or so who have gone to the Middle East – have been killed in Syria fighting for IS in the country’s civil war.
“We have never before seen so many leave Denmark for a conflict zone over such a short period as we see now with Syria,” the head of the Center for Terror Analysis (CTA), Soren Jensen, told Ritzau news agency.
Denmark said it will contribute to the international campaign against IS in northern Iraq and deliver weapons and ammunition to Kurdish and Iraqi government forces.
Denmark’s foreign minister, Martin Liedegaard, defended his country’s actions, saying, “I’m pleased with the broad political support for Denmark’s contribution against ISIS in Iraq. ISIS is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – threats currently faced by the international community. Our contribution to the ongoing operation will obviously not eliminate ISIS but will be used to help the Iraqis to defend ISIS’s advances themselves,” The Local reported, citing Politiken newspaper.
A local barbershop’s men-only policy has created a heated debate, with critics labelling the rule as discriminatory while others defended the concept.
Claire Carter, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Regina, believes the controversy to be an “if the shoe fits” situation.
“They want to say that they can promote a certain kind of style, but they want to discriminate against women,” Carter said on Tuesday.
Ragged Ass Barbers, on its website, describes the shop as “providing exceptional grooming services for men in a unique atmosphere geared specifically to men.”
After two years of operating and building a word of mouth reputation in Regina, the barbershop attracted the interest of Evie Ruddy, who told media she had requested a “hard part” traditional men’s haircut but was refused.
Her rejection prompted about a dozen women to call the shop for appointments in protest.
“(Ruddy ) has been wronged,” Carter said.
“If she was coming in asking for what is traditionally known as a more feminine haircut, I think they would have more rational (because) that’s not the service they provide. But she was asking for a service that they actually promote.”
Ruddy told the Leader-Post on Monday she would not do more interviews about the situation after receiving much backlash, including threats, that forced her to shut down her Twitter account.
Ragged Ass Barbers was closed Tuesday and a voicemail at the shop was full.
On its facebook page, barbershop employees thanked the public for its show of support but also asked for a civil discussion about the matter.
“We understand this topic has sparked a passionate response on all sides, but name-calling, threats, and insults are not what we condone,” the post reads. “They are neither constructive, nor are they ever the start of a peaceful resolution.”
Supporters of Ragged Ass Barbers were comparing the barbershop to women-only gyms to point out what they saw as hypocrisy.
Curves International, the largest chain of fitness centres for women, encourages franchisees “to abide by state and local laws with regard to membership, including equal access for men where required.”
Tracy Thompson, who owns two Regina Curves locations and manages another, said she has never had a man inquire about a membership in her three years of involvement.
“Should a man decide to join Curves, we would let him. It’s the law. However, it could place an uncomfortable tension in our centres for both male and female members,” Thompson said.
David Arnot, chief commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, said safety concerns could factor in to those types of gender-specific policies.
Arnot wouldn’t say whether his office had received a complaint, nor would he comment on the specific case.
He did say, however, that the case against Jenny’s Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon set a precedent in terms of discrimination education. The commission ruled that the store violated the province’s human rights code by refusing to serve a transgender person shopping for a wedding dress.
“If you purport to discriminate against a person based on their gender, you run afoul of the human rights code,” Arnot said.
“Every case is different and every case has nuances to it.”
COLUMBUS, Ind. –Columbus Police said they’ve never had anything like it – three churches vandalized in the same night.
Someone spray painted them on the outside. It’s the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.
“It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!’” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted on Saint Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday.
Parishioners saw that, along with the word “Qur’an 3:151” on their way into mass Sunday morning.
“It’s certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire,” explained Father Marcotte.
Specifically, that passage of the Qur’an reads: “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.”
Saint Bartholomew’s wasn’t the only Columbus church vandalized.
“It’s really bizarre and the fact that they hit two other Christian Churches. It’s not like we’re all in a line. So why did they pick the three of us,” asked Father Marcotte.
Outside East Columbus Christian Church and Lakeview Church of Christ, members there found the same kind of graffiti Sunday morning.
“Is there somebody that really believes this that we’re all infidels so they felt the need to write it all over our church? “ asked Father Marcote. “Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone that’s trying to incite people against Muslims? I mean I don’t know,” he added.
Columbus Police said they’re looking at surveillance video to help figure it out.
Until they do though, parishioners at Saint Bartholomew’s have been unsettled by the defacing of their church, at the very least.
“There’s a lot of bad stuff being done in the name of Allah and so when people see this happening in Columbus, whether that was truly the person’s intent or there’s something else going on, It makes people nervous. It makes people upset. It makes them scared,” said Father Marcotte.
Columbus police would not comment on whether they had alerted federal authorities to the vandalism because of its nature. The priests at Saint Bartholomew’s said they’ve been contacted by members of the local Muslim community in Columbus who have condemned the vandalism and offered to help clean it up.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
This past week, Bill O’Reilly was his usual raging asshole self when he set out on his Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” to debunk the notion of White privilege. The essence of his argument? Asian Americans are doing great socioeconomically even though we are not White. Therefore, racism must not really exist, and the root of the problem for African Americans must be a cultural pathology.
To bolster his argument, O’Reilly pointed to racial disparities between Blacks, Whites and Asians in graduation rates, unemployment rates and median family income to conclude that African Americans have essentially invented a mythological White privilege as an attempt to avoid taking “personal responsibility”. O’Reilly argued:
Just 13 percent of Asian children live in single parent homes compared to a whopping 55 percent for blacks and 21 percent for whites. So, there you go. That is why Asian Americans, who often have to overcome a language barrier, are succeeding far more than African-Americans and even more than white Americans. Their families are intact and education is paramount.
In essence, Papa Bear provides a textbook example of Asian Americans used as the wedge minority by the White mainstream to berate African Americans (and implicitly other academically disenfranchised minority groups) for not bootstrapping their way to socioeconomic success. It can’t be racism; it must be some deficiency in Black culture to blame, right? After all, the Asians can do it, why can’t the Blacks?
That a (White) conservative pundit would use the Model Minority Myth to insinuate a Black cultural pathology is nothing new. The Model Minority Myth — which, let us remember, is a myth — was invented for this explicit purpose: its first appearance in the American political zeitgeist was in a 1960′s New York Times Magazine article (“Success story: Japanese American style”) as a reference to Japanese American immigrants who overcame discrimination through alleged “perseverance”, in stated contrast to African Americans who were focused on overcoming discrimination through political action (i.e. the Civil Rights Movement). In other words, the Model Minority Myth has always been a fiction invented by Whiteness and has always been used as a cudgel to denigrate, belittle, or dismiss African American efforts to agitate for political equality, while simultaneously appropriating and limiting the roles that Asian Americans can politically inhabit.