Pamela Geller, Breitbart: “Sharia Tribunal in Texas: This Is How It Starts”

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Read this and then send it to everyone you know.“‘Voluntary’ Sharia Tribunal in Texas: This Is How It Starts,” Pamela Geller, Breitbart, January 28, 2015Islamic-Tribunal-Dallas-e1422454658133
Islamic Tribunal WebsiteBreitbart Texas confirmed Tuesday that “an Islamic Tribunal using Sharia law” is indeed operating in Texas. But not to worry: an attorney for the tribunal assures us that participation is “voluntary,” and one of the Sharia judges, Dr. Taher El-badawi, says it’s devoted only to
This is how it starts. This is how it started in the United Kingdom. When Sharia courts were instituted there, Muslim and non-Muslim officials alike all assured the British public and the world that they would be voluntary, restricted to matters involving non-criminal matters, and subject to the British courts. Any areas in which British law and Sharia law conflicted would be referred not to the Sharia courts, but to the British courts.

Breitbart Texas confirmed Tuesday that “an Islamic Tribunal using Sharia law” is indeed operating in Texas. But not to worry: an attorney for the tribunal assures us that participation is “voluntary,” and one of the Sharia judges, Dr. Taher El-badawi, says it’s devoted only to
This is how it starts. This is how it started in the United Kingdom. When Sharia courts were instituted there, Muslim and non-Muslim officials alike all assured the British public and the world that they would be voluntary, restricted to matters involving non-criminal matters, and subject to the British courts. Any areas in which British law and Sharia law conflicted would be referred not to the Sharia courts, but to the British courts.

That is not how it worked out. The Telegraph reported in August 2011 that “there are growing concerns” that the Sharia courts “are creating a parallel legal system — and one that is developing completely unchecked.” The Independent stated in April 2012 “some Sharia law bodies have been misrepresented by the media as being transparent, voluntary and operating in accordance with human rights and equality legislation. This is not the case. Many Sharia law bodies rule on a range of disputes from domestic violence to child residence all of which should be dealt with by UK courts of law.” Instead, “they operate within a misogynist and patriarchal framework which is incompatible with UK legislation.”

And in July 2013, the BBC (of all places) announced a video expose of the Sharia courts:

A BBC Panorama Documentary goes undercover in one of the 85 sharia courts operating as a parallel legal system in the UK, uncovering the extensive abuse of women, refusal to grant divorces, charging of the woman but not the man for divorce proceedings, and even the taking away of the woman’s children, and rulings contrary to British law.

Now this is coming to Texas. Sharia judge El-badawi said this about the Islamic divorces his tribunal would be dealing with: “While participation in the tribunal is voluntary, a married couple cannot be considered divorced by the Islamic community unless it is granted by the tribunal.” He readily owned up to how sexist the process is: “The husband can request the divorce directly from the tribunal. The wife must go to an Imam who will request the divorce for her.”

Even worse, the UK’s Telegraph reported this about the Sharia courts in its August 2011 report:

After being beaten repeatedly by her husband — who had also threatened to kill her — Jameela turned to her local Sharia council in a desperate bid for a way out of her marriage…In an airless room in the bowels of the mosque, Jameela is asked to explain why she wants a divorce. She replies that her husband spends most of his time with his second wife — Islamic law allows men to have up to four wives — but complains he is abusive whenever he returns to her home.

Her request for a divorce was denied. “For the sake of the children, you must keep up the facade of cordial relations,” the Sharia judge told her. “The worst thing that can happen to a child is to see the father and mother quarreling.”

The Telegraph article adds ominously: “While a husband is not required to go through official channels to gain a divorce — being able to achieve this merely by uttering the word ‘talaq’ — Islamic law requires that the wife must persuade the judges to grant her a dissolution.” El-badawi sounds as if he is planning to set up the same system in Texas.

Will the Texas Sharia court also turns a blind eye to spousal abuse, like the British Sharia court that heard Jameela’s case, in accord with this Qur’anic directive? “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that Allah has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for Allah’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.” (Qur’an 4:34)

You think that couldn’t happen in Texas? When asked what he would do when Islamic law conflicted with American law, El-badawi said: “We follow Sharia law.”

The dehumanization and diminishment of women is universal in the Muslim world. Muslim women can’t go against what their husbands and Sharia judges decide, no matter how many times the Sharia courts insist that they’re “voluntary.” Above all, they can’t go against what Islam says.

These Sharia courts are vicious, misogynistic, and brutal. The host countries have no clue what goes on in these “tribunals.” They should be banned in Western nations. Instead, they’re coming to Texas – and probably soon to your state as well.

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STUDENTS ACCUSED OF RACISM AFTER CHANTING ‘USA’ AT HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAME

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    Students banned from chanting at all sporting events

High school students from Idalou, Texas were accused of racism Tuesday after chanting “USA!” at a girls’ basketball game in nearby Slaton.

Fans of the Idalou Wildcats, who reportedly began the chant after the Slaton Tigers were defeated, were labeled racist due to Slaton school district’s large Hispanic population.

Speaking with Fox 34 News, Slaton Superintendent Julee Becker argued that the chant was used in a divisive and offensive manner.

“The chant USA should be for all of us, it should be inclusive,” Becker said. “We are making other people aware of what that behavior by just a few, what impact it had on us, us as a tiger nation and family.”

Idalou Superintendent Jim Waller immediately responded to the accusation with a written and verbal apology, ordering his district to discontinue all chanting due to the “perception it creates.”

“I apologize to Slaton ISD and the chanting will not be allowed to continue at games because of the perception that it creates,” Waller said. “We understand competitiveness and school excitement and support, but we need to be supportive in our words to our team and not use words that may be interpreted as insensitive to an opposing team.”

Although Idalou students denied claims that the chant had racist overtones, Waller stated that his district would no longer permit the use of “USA!” at sporting events.

Becker, seemingly unsatisfied with the apology and ban on speech, asserted that the issue was far from over.

“They deserve to know that we won’t let it go,” Becker said. “We don’t tolerate racism in our schools.”

Becker also stated that the incident was representative of a deep-rooted racism in American culture.

“The symptoms of racism, they run deep,” Becker added.

A similar incident played out in 2012 when both Caucasian and Hispanic students began chanting “USA!” after beating a team that happened to be comprised primarily of Hispanic students. In response, students involved in the incident were banned from attending basketball games for the rest of the season.

Schools in California went one step further in 2010 when students were banned from wearing American flag shirts during Cinco de Mayo due to perceived racism. In early 2014 the Ninth Circuit Court upheld the ban, stating that fears of racial violence by upset Hispanic students outweighed the First Amendment right of others.

SOTU so fake: Obama forgot to mention woman he showcased is former campaign staffer

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Written by Allen West on January 22, 2015

Having experienced the State of the Union Address in Washington D.C. I can attest that it is quite the production. Of course the jockeying for prized seats right along the aisle entering the House chamber starts really early — you can always count on Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx) being right there — gotta get that camera shot.

The first SOTU address I attended was the infamous “date night” when the Democrats, who had just lost the House majority and didn’t want a solid GOP majority to appear on TV, came up with this wacky idea of sitting together. Again, it had nothing to do with bipartisanship, just the optics of having Democrats standing and clapping all over the House chamber. They didn’t want Obama to have to face a solid GOP majority.

The other thing about the SOTU was TV camera awareness – they’re all over the place, and you never know which one could be honing in on you. My secret was to find a seat all the way in the back, close to the corner — in what we call in the military, the defilade position. Yes, interesting memories of what has become nothing but a political grandstanding event — not a policy vision declaration that sets the legislative focus for the year.

Well, there’s a pretty interesting story coming out of Tuesday night’s SOTU that is a testimony to the theatrics of the evening.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past.”

“Rebekah Erler has been presented by the White House as a woman who was discovered by the president after she wrote to him last March about her economic hardships. She was showcased in the speech as proof that middle class Americans are coming forward to say that Obama’s policies are working. Unmentioned in the White House bio of Erler is that she is a former Democratic campaign operative, working as a field organizer for Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.).”

This also wasn’t the first time the White House used the former Democratic campaign staffer as a political prop. Obama spent a “day in the life” of Erler in June so that he could have “an opportunity to communicate directly with the people he’s working for every day.” Reuters revealed Erler’s Democratic affiliations following that June event, and the Minnesota Republican Party attacked Obama for being “so out of touch with reality that he thinks a former Democrat campaign staffer speaks for every Minnesotan.”

It all reminds me of the movie, “The Matrix” — are we living in the real world or one manufactured to deceive us — and our existence?

Now, you just have to ask, why did the Obama administration need to create yet another unnecessary suspect narrative? Did they truly think no one checks folks out and their background? Or did they just think we were dumb enough to not notice — or not care?

TEXAS PREPARING FOR OIL BUST

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    Will Texas enter a recession in 2015?

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A swift plunge in the price of crude is sending shockwaves across West Texas oil country.

Some producers in the oil-rich Permian Basin are slashing spending plans for 2015 as crude prices have fallen by nearly half in just six months, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1xp2ZAj).

Concho Resources trimmed its $3 billion capital program by a third and will reduce the number of drilling rigs it operates, from 35 to 25 in the second quarter, the newspaper reported Sunday.

Although the board of Elevation Resources approved a $227 million capital budget in December, Elevation chief executive Steve Pruett says he will ask the board to cut the budget to $100 million.

“We are going to invest as little as we can in this environment,” Pruett said.

Diamondback Energy, another Midland-based operator, is also revising its plans for 2015. The capital budget has been scaled back by more than 40 percent to $450 million, according to Travis Stice, Diamondback’s chief executive.

Some large operators, including Diamondback, hedged production, meaning they will keep receiving high-dollar amounts per barrel even as crude prices fall.

Some smaller operators, however, will have to make more drastic reductions.

Henry Resources President Danny Campbell says the company will cut activity by up to 40 percent.

“We’re not cutting back in one area, we’re cutting across the board,” he said, adding that no one had expected prices to fall so low and so quickly.

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‘Go home & take Obama': Rival crowds at anti-Islamophobia event in Texas (PHOTOS)

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Crowds of people showed up to demonstrate outside a Muslim event in Garland, Texas. Critics of the event accused organizers of trying to stifle freedom of speech, while supporters insisted that Islam is being misperceived in America.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Curtis Culwell Center, which is operated by Garland Independent School District, reports NBC DFW. The crowds started assembling hours before the conference began. The event was titled, “Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate,” and was aimed at disproving negative perceptions of Islam and Muslims in the United States, according to organizers.

Probably, the crowd waving American flags and holding placards, some of them referring to resent terrorist attacks in Paris, France, are among those this message is aimed at.

“We are here to stand up for the American way of life from a faction of people who are trying to destroy it,” said one of the protesters, Greg McKinley from Fort Worth. “If they want to live their life like in the Middle East, they can go back to the Middle East.”

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The protesters however see the agenda in a sinister way, believing that it is actually about silencing any criticism of Islam.

“This is a yet another manifestation of ‘Islamophobia’-phobia,” national security reporter Patrick Poole told the conservative website Washington Free Beacon. “The conference organizers invoke an ‘Islamophobia hate machine’ based in the U.S. that is responsible for defaming Muslims worldwide but the events of the past week and other recent attacks have done more to damage the image of Islam than any other factor.”

One particular irritant for the protesters was the inclusion of Siraj Wahhaj, imam of Al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York, among the key speakers at the conference. Wahhaj is a controversial figure due to a link to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Opponents of the conference call him an “unindicted co-conspirator” of the attack, because he was one of some 170 people closely investigated for possible involvement but never charged with any crime. He was also a vocal critic of the FBI and CIA at the time, calling them “real terrorists” in the bombing plot.

Attenders of the conference in Texas deflected the accusations.

“They want for people to see that we are kind, peaceful people,” a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf told NBC DFW. “We’re not here to fight, we’re not here to argue. We’re just here to show that we’re Americans too.”

While several verbal clashes erupted between the two demonstrating camps, Saturday went peaceful and heavy police presence proved to be an unnecessary precaution.

Garland Independent School District distanced itself from the controversy, when opponents of the conference accused them of endorsing the event by providing the center. The authorities said they just rented the facility and neither promoting nor discouraging the event.

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The tense if non-violent stand-off over Islam in Garland comes days after President Barack Obama urged European governments to do more to assimilate their Muslim minority populations.

“Our biggest advantage, major, is that our Muslim populations feel themselves to be Americans and there is this incredible process of immigration and assimilation that is part of our tradition,” he said.

“There are parts of Europe in which that’s not the case… it’s important for Europe not to simply respond with a hammer and law enforcement and military approaches to these problems.”

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The comments came as Europeans are coping with the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris, where a group of Islamist gunmen went on a rampage killing 17 people, most of them during the initial massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The attacks prompted massive security response across Europe, resulting arrests in several countries and a reported thwarting of a jihadist attack on Belgian police officers.T