Friday, June 14, 2013
France: Man attacked by two Muslims because he was eating a ham sandwich
A few years ago, Muslim cabbies at the Minneapolis airport began to refuse to carry passengers who were carrying alcohol. It became a big controversy, as some counter-jihad activists began asking whether the cab drivers would soon begin enforcing other Sharia rules upon their non-Muslim customers. Would they, for example, refuse to carry a passenger who had a ham sandwich?
Such concerns were dismissed at the time as hysterical exaggerations of what was presented as a completely innocuous attempt by the cab drivers to exercise their religious freedom.
But now, with this incident, we see the next step that we predicted all those years ago: the violent enforcement of Sharia provisions on non-Muslims -- in what still is, for the moment, a non-Muslim country.
It sounds incredible but it is being treated with great seriousness by the police in Reims police station (Marne). A 23-year-old man filed a complaint on the 8th of June after having been attacked the previous evening at 9.30 pm in a city tramway by two strangers. They struck him several times on the face because he was eating a ham sandwich.
The two attackers, who claimed to be Muslims, said they were offended by this consumption of pork in front of their eyes before attacking the young man.
A witness, a friend of the young man who was present when the incident occurred, has been interviewed by the investigators and has confirmed the reality of the attack. The two attackers, who fled, have not yet been found. The CCTV tapes in the tramway are currently being examined.
France: Uneven outrage
In March of last year, when a Jewish teacher and three students were gunned down in Toulouse, the international left smugly and giddily j’accused “French neo-Nazis” of carrying out the dirty deed.
“One could be forgiven for concluding that Meric and his pals went to that Fred Perry sale looking for a fight and got one, with tragic consequences.”
Until a few days later that is, when the killer turned out to be a Muslim, and then suddenly (as the kids say these days) not a f*ck was given.
Maybe it’s just me, but few things scream “Holy crap! The Nazis are coming!” quite like reports of Jewish kids being randomly executed in broad daylight in and around the general vicinity of Europe.
But then again, I’m not a super-duper sophisticated French leftist, none of whom took to their (tree-lined) streets to condemn that crime or any other recent outbreaks of anti-Semitism in their country. (OK, stop laughing….)
Smash cut to June 7, 2013. Across France, a reported 15,000 or so protesters assembled to condemn the death of 18-year-old “left-wing activist” and Anti-Fascist Action member Clement Meric, who “died after being attacked by skinheads.”
In good ol’ Toulouse, we’re told, “demonstrators”—apparently all born without the irony gene—“held banners that read ‘As some protest, others kill.’”
And note that only “some” are allowed to “protest”: The city’s mayor rushed to ban “fascists” from holding a previously planned rally to commemorate the Christian victory over Muslim invaders in the 721 Battle of Toulouse.
Not to be outdone, the French prime minister himself has ordered the “dissolution” of a “fringe far-right” youth group that may or may not have had something to do with Meric’s death.
(The French government can apparently “dissolve” groups it doesn’t approve of, and yes, that does sound kind of, well, fascist of them.)
Now, as to the death of Meric itself, what happened exactly?
No one with even passing familiarity with the Official (Leftist) Version of History—from Sacco and Vanzetti and the Rosenbergs to Tawana Brawley and Trayvon Martin—will be surprised to learn that the victim in this case may not have been entirely blameless.
Anyway, even the reliably left-leaning Reuters reports (albeit eight paragraphs in) that “Meric’s head injuries came when he fell against a metal post after being punched by tattooed Right-wing youths he had been taunting in a typical clash between the two camps.”
This “typical clash” occurred outside “a Fred Perry private sale.” We’re further informed that Meric and his three friends “started mocking the skinheads’ [sic] over their outfit [sic].”
For those unschooled in the finer points of postwar teenage subcultural anthropology, note that preppy, Lacoste-like “Fred Perry” apparel has long been treasured by, first mods, then skinheads (of various political stripes or none at all.)
They are decidedly not the clothing of choice among those on the “no-logo” left.
In other words, one could be forgiven for concluding that Meric and his pals went to that Fred Perry sale looking for a fight and got one, with tragic consequences.
University of Chicago Removes Pews from 88 Year-Old Chapel to Accommodate Muslim Prayers
University of Chicago (UC) administrators permanently removed pews from an 88-year old chapel on campus in order to accommodate Islamic prayers, according to a local news report.
Chicago NPR affiliate, WBEZ news, reported on May 23, the pews, which are now part of display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, were “removed in order to provide Muslim students a place to pray.”
Literature describing the artwork that was created by UC Director of Arts and Public Life Theaster Gates, also describes the removal of the pews as symbol of religious tolerance.
“The pews were recently removed from the chapel in order to offer Muslim students a place to pray, a symbolic gesture of religious tolerance,” according to an official description of the exhibit which includes a “set of repurposed pews from the University of Chicago’s campus church.”
IRS Caught on Tape Telling Nonprofit: “Keep Your Faith to Yourself”
The IRS scandal is deepening as a new tape has been released today showing a disturbing phone call the Internal Revenue Service placed to a non-profit organization.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life legal group, made the audio available today of IRS officials telling a group that provides support to women in abusive pregnancy situations to keep its faith to itself. In the recorded phone conversation, an IRS agent lectures the president of the organization about forcing its religion and beliefs on others and inaccurately explains that the group must remain neutral on issues such as abortion.
ADF is providing legal representation for the group — which did not receive its tax-exempt status until last week after waiting nearly two and a half years after applying for it.
“The IRS is a tax collector; it shouldn’t be allowed to be the speech and belief police,” said Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “The current scandal isn’t new but has merely exposed the abuse of power that characterizes this agency and threatens our fundamental freedoms.”
ADF tells LifeNews that, in January 2011, Pro-Life Revolution, which operates from Texas under all three purposes for whcih religious groups can obtain nonprofit status, filed an application for tax-exempt status with the IRS. Four months later, the IRS sent a letter requesting “more information” and an explanation of how the organization’s activities are educational or charitable even though IRS rules specify that an organization need only operate for “one or more” of the three exempt purposes. President of Pro-Life Revolution Ania Joseph nonetheless replied and answered the IRS’s questions.
ADF indicates Joseph received a call from IRS Exempt Organization Specialist Sherry Wan in March 2012.
Wan told her that, in order to obtain a tax exemption, “You cannot force your religion or force your beliefs on somebody else…. You have to know your boundaries. You have to know your limits. You have to respect other people’s beliefs.”
In February of this year, the IRS requested additional information in another letter and attempted to apply a standard for tax exemption to Pro-Life Revolution that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held to be unconstitutional in 1980. Alliance Defending Freedom pointed this out in a letter responding to the IRS, which finally granted tax-exempt status to the organization in a letter received Thursday.
“The power to tax is the power to destroy,” added Stanley. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We cannot allow the IRS to ruthlessly dictate against legitimate non-profits simply because it does not approve of the organization’s mission. It must be held accountable.”
“The IRS has approved applications for tax exemption for pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood and Life and Liberty for Women,” ADF said.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
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