Islam

The shame of Brandeis

Featured image I want to take the liberty of affirming John Podhoretz’s brief comments on the withdrawal of Brandeis University’s invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ayaan was to receive an honorary degree at its upcoming graduation ceremony. John writes: If you have not yet heard, Brandeis University has rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist whose work has focused on the barbaric misogyny rampant in »

Brandeis reverses itself on honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Featured image Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Power Line hero for reasons that will become clear below. Brandeis University was set to give her an honorary degree at this year’s commencement exercises. But bowing to pressure from Muslim students, outside advocacy groups, and a portion of its faculty, Brandeis has backed down. As much as I admire Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I don’t condemn Brandeis’ decision. My reasons will, I hope, also become »

Mayor Hodges submits

Featured image In the “closing argument” she made on her own behalf in her (Minneapolis) mayoral campaign this past October, Betsy Hodges checked all the right (left) boxes. To borrow Samuel Johnson’s formulation regarding Metaphysical poetry, she violently yoked a couple of heterogeneous ideas together at the heart of her mind-numbing speech: “I have worn hijab, and it changed me. I have run and danced my way through the gay pride parade.” »

Muslim Terrorists Murder 59 Children In Nigeria

Featured image Stories like this happen all the time, and we can’t begin to note all of them. Still, the murder of 59 boys, either shot or burned to death, deserves mention. Terrorists from Boko Haram–which means “Western education is sinful”–attacked a school in northeast Nigeria. Attacking schools and murdering students is a favorite tactic of Boko Haram, which is trying to force Nigeria to institute Sharia law: Gunmen from Islamist group »

Muslims Demand Right of Return–to Spain!

Featured image Moors, Muslims from North Africa, invaded Iberia in 711. Over the ensuing centuries, the Moors conquered a large majority of what is now Spain. They called it Al-Andalus. Christian Spain fought back, slowly reconquering the peninsula. The reconquest was completed in 1492, when Ferdinand and Isabella took Granada. That was the same year in which they expelled the Jews, who had been in Iberia since ancient times, from their country. »

The Somali muddle, once more once

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune features a formulaic story by Randy Furst from the usual heart-tugging angle: “Somali woman living in Willmar can’t get her husband into U.S.” Deep into the story a small dose of reality is permitted to intrude: A State Department spokeswoman said that “most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, but the timing can vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.” »

Syria, the New Afghanistan

Featured image Once upon a time it was Afghanistan where would-be jihadis went to receive training in terror tactics, so that they could return to their home countries and wreak havoc. Now, the Telegraph says, the jihadi destination of choice is Syria: “Al-Qaeda training British and European ‘jihadists’ in Syria to set up terror cells at home.” British people fighting in Syria are being trained as “jihadists” and then encouraged to return »

Astrology and Anti-Semitism Meet: Hilarity Ensues

Featured image The good people at the Middle East Media Research Institute have posted video of an Egyptian astrologer appearing recently on Al-Nahar TV to explain why the alignment of the stars means that the Jews will be stronger this year.  Because “it’s been tested.”  But there is an answer: Solve the Palestinian problem!  I kid you not: Sayyed Al-Shimi: “Saturn will enter the fire sign of Sagittarius. My late father and »

Pope Francis Speaks Out For Persecuted Christians

Featured image Pope Francis knows little about economics, and appears to be under the misapprehension that the Obama-style cronyism he observed in Argentina constitutes free enterprise. Naturally, his comments on matters economic have been lapped up by the press. It will be interesting to see whether his other themes are deemed equally newsworthy. Today is St. Stephen’s Day, which honors Christianity’s first martyr. Francis addressed visitors to St. Peter’s Square and, taking »

Prince Charles Comes Through For Christians

Featured image The persecution of Christians in predominantly Muslim countries is the great, unacknowledged human rights violation of our time. So kudos to Prince Charles–a decent guy, but often a bit of a goof when it comes to politics–for being willing to speak up. Last week, he addressed a group of Middle Eastern Christians at Clarence House: “I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by »

A Day In the Life, In Jerusalem

Featured image One of the problems that many Israeli Jews deal with on a daily basis is Arab terrorists who throw rocks at their cars, hoping to injure or kill the occupants. That is not unheard of; American liberals have been known to do it, too. For example, during the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul, liberal protesters dropped cement blocks off highway overpasses onto random cars driving below. But that was »

Someday, the World Will Have To Pay Attention To Africa

Featured image There is considerable irony in the fact that Barack Obama, John Kerry and liberals in general, both in the U.S. and in Europe, are up in arms about the fact that Jews are building houses in East Jerusalem, while those same liberals care nothing about what is happening to the Southwest, in Africa, where millions are being slaughtered. Islam is on the march in Africa. Conquering terrorist armies have carried »

Muslims Attack Christian Wedding In Cairo

Featured image This is the kind of story from which our government–and most of our people, sadly–prefer to avert their eyes. At the Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo, a wedding was celebrated. When the wedding party and guests exited the church, a mob of Muslims attacked them, killing four and wounding eight. This brief video was shot in the aftermath of the attack, and it is not clear whether the »

Feminists: Myopic, Or Corrupt?

Featured image For obvious reasons, I’m not reading a lot of feminist commentary these days. Still, this piece by Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy has a familiar ring. It’s sort of like checking in on a soap opera after an absence of several years and feeling like you haven’t missed a thing: According to a poll commissioned by Ms. Magazine, the Communications Consortium Media Center, and the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), 55 percent »

Meanwhile, Back In Africa…

Featured image …forty Nigerian college students have been murdered by Muslim terrorists. The attack was not as spectacular as the Nairobi mall massacre, but it was deadly: Suspected Islamist militants stormed a college in northeastern Nigeria and shot dead around 40 male students, some of them while they slept early on Sunday, witnesses said. The gunmen, thought to be members of rebel sect Boko Haram, attacked one hostel, took some students outside »

Unimaginable Horror of Nairobi Terror Attack Revealed

Featured image Soldiers taking control of what is left of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall have found that al Shabab’s terror attack was more horrifying than previously known. The Daily Mail has the appalling story: Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling. Men were said to »

Two Muslim Outrages

Featured image At last word, Kenyan troops were mounting an operation to mop up the remaining Muslim terrorists who attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. At least 68 people are reported dead so far, many of them children, with another 175 injured. Most hostages have now been freed, but no doubt some additional casualties will come to light. Witnesses say that the terrorists demanded that hostages recite Muslim prayers; those who could »