Islam

Our leading hate group

Featured image The concept of a “hate group” could be useful. In practice, however, it is like the concept of “hate speech,” applied to shut down heterodox speech and confine the public square to dissemination of officially approved thought. The concepts somehow overlook the likes of the hilariously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center and its works, which direct something far beyond the Orwellian Two Minutes Hate to the likes of Charles Murray »

Kamala Harris goes silent when confronted with true sex-based oppression

Featured image Last week, Sen. Kamala Harris became the left’s designated victim of the month because she was interrupted by Republican Senators during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Harris kept interrupting the witness, Attorney General Jeff Session, so it’s debatable whether she had a genuine grievance. Nonetheless, the Democrats and their media allies were quick to level hackneyed allegations that, once again, sexist patriarchs have tried to silence a woman »

Terror & the Teddy bear society

Featured image Anthony Daniels usually writes under the pen name Theodore Dalrymple. He is the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. I had the great good fortune of meeting him a few years ago on a National Review cruise when he took an open seat at my table for breakfast. We bonded immediately when I mentioned that I’d heard a lot about him from my friend Jay Nordlinger. Everything Daniels or »

News Stories Having Nothing to Do With Islam

Featured image The terror attack on the London Bridge had nothing to do with Islam. In that respect, it had a lot of company: the news is full of stories having nothing to do with Islam. Here are a few from today’s papers. A much longer list could easily be compiled. ***** The Associated Press reports on “Stories from London attack survivors.” Daniel O’Neill, 23, had just stepped outside a pub near »

CNN Stages Anti-ISIS Protest In London

Featured image Mark Antro observed CNN staging a protest by Muslims against ISIS and terrorism, and filmed it. As you watch the video, you can see that this is not a bona fide demonstration that CNN observed and reported on. Rather, the entire event–one could say, the pitifully small event–is being stage-directed by CNN for its cameras, to advance CNN’s narrative. In this case, the story CNN wants to promote is that »

London Bridge is falling down

Featured image Belief in Islam is a necessary condition of radicalization into Islamism. What is termed radical Islam or Islamism represents a form of Islam. It is a form of Islam with which we cannot live. When we heard the first reports of the terror attack in London yesterday, there was little room for doubt that the attackers were Muslims celebrating Ramadan. We probably didn’t need to hear that one of the »

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Dept. (for now)

Featured image Reuters reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Ramadan. Reuters cites two U.S. officials. The State Department has been hosting such dinners for two decades. The practice began in 1998 under Madeleine Albright. Tillerson issued a statement on Friday to mark the start of Ramadan. He called it “a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.” “Most importantly,” he added, “it »

Leaked Photos Suggest Manchester Bomber Was Part of Cell

Featured image Photos that were shared with American intelligence agencies and leaked to the New York Times indicate that Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi used relatively sophisticated technology, suggesting that he had help. The Telegraph reports: Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi carried his bomb in a Karrimor rucksack triggered with a sophisticated switch held in his left hand, leaked crime scene photographs suggest. Police found the remains of the bomb’s lightweight metal casing, »

We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Featured image Facts are dribbling out about the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. The suicide bomber has not been identified as of this writing, but it is reported that he was “known to the authorities.” Another known wolf; but known wolves generally don’t turn out to have been as lonely as one might assume (as opposed to, say, most school shooters). A second 23-year-old man is under arrest. Time will tell »

Trump in Riyadh: Speaking of reset

Featured image President Trump just concluded his speech to the assembled leaders of 50 Muslim countries assembled to hear him in Riyadh. The ever popular New York Times quotes a bit from the speech in the course of reporting and opining on it in the story by Peter Baker and Michael Shear. I can’t find either a transcript or video yet. Here I would like briefly to offer a few preliminary impressions »

De Gaulle confronts Islam

Featured image Ross Douthat’s recent New York Times columns on French politics here (April 29) and here (May 3) are both not only good, but also full of interesting reading in the links accessible online. Referring to the French presidential candidate who is predicted to lose the election being held today, Douthat asserts in the first of these two columns: [T]he politician that Le Pen has obviously strained to imitate is not »

News Flash: Paris Terrorist Had Been Jailed For Trying to Kill Cops

Featured image The Daily Mail has the story, along with, as usual, an abundance of photos: A policeman was shot dead while two other officers were seriously injured by a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on the Champs Elysees in central Paris – just three days before the French presidential election. The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old Karim C – who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 – »

One-Man “Religious Police” Force Spooks Minneapolis

Featured image Is this a freakish one-off, or a portent of things to come? The Star Tribune reports: A man trying to impose what he calls “the civil part of the sharia law” in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has sparked anger among local residents and Muslim leaders. Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not »

Twenty-Four Hours of Peace

Featured image Today is Palm Sunday, celebrated by Christians around the world as the beginning of Holy Week. Islamic terrorists in Egypt observed the day by bombing two Christian churches, killing at least 44 people. Videos of the bombings have emerged. The Palm Sunday service at a church in Tanta, a northern town, was being televised. This is what appeared on Egyptian television: Photos and videos of the bloody aftermath have been »

Terror Attack In Sweden [With Multiple Updates]

Featured image At least five people [more recent reports say four] were killed today in Stockholm, and more injured, when a man drove a stolen truck into a crowd. The driver, who wore a balaclava over his head, escaped. Authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, and the modus operandi suggests Islamic terrorism, like the vehicle attacks in Nice, Berlin and Westminster Bridge. The Daily Mail has photographs, including this »

Lessons From the Parliament Attack

Featured image England has been shaken by the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament that was carried out last Wednesday by Khalid Masood, whose real name was Adrian Elms or Adrian Ajao. As more information has come out about the terrorist, a number of observations can be made. 1) Masood/Elms/Ajao was an unusual terrorist in some ways, and typical in others. Like nearly all Islamic terrorists, he had a middle-class upbringing »

The Luger lobby, cont’d

Featured image Andrew Luger was the United States Attorney for Minnesota, appointed to the position by President Obama on the recommendation of one or the other of Minnesota’s two Democratic Senators. The Star Tribune recently quoted these two senators — Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken — lobbying to support Luger’s continuation in office under President Trump. As I noted in “The Luger lobby,” their comments have entertainment value but are not to »