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Virginia schoolteacher charged with allegedly injuring schoolgirl while forcing her to perform Islamic Hand Sign

October 18,2012

Tara Harris Charged With Assault After Stephanie Bennett Says Daughter Cut Hand in ‘Islami Hand Sign’ Drill | TheBlaze.com


RRD: Today The Blaze,( Glenn Beck’s publication) reported that Tara Harris ,a schoolteacher at the Butts Road Intermediate School in Chesapeake Virginia, was charged with simple assault for causing a student to cut her hand while forcing the student to perform a Muslim Hand gesture. According to the Blaze,Stephanie Bennett,the mother of the ten year old girl told them that:

…”Harris has a disturbing trend of “indoctrinating
students with Islamic teachings.” She also said the teacher openly campaigns for President Barack Obama in the classroom and that:

…“The teacher was going over Islamic hand signs with the children — she stayed on this issue for two days straight during their reading and math class,” she said.”…

RRD: According to Bennett when her daughter–who has a learning disability–was unable to perform the hand sign correctly after two days, Harris:

… “went over and yanked her hand out of her desk and my daughter’s hand got hung up on the metal wire on her file folder and the skin got caught on it” ….

…..“The other children saw my daughter’s hand dripping with blood after the teacher had gotten so mad that she went to twist my daughter’s hand into an Islamic sign.”…

Bennett also told The Blaze that Harris prays to Allah five times a day & seeks to persuade students that Islam is superior to other religions. Bennett claims that other parents share her concerns,and  according to The Blaze :

…”One of those parents, Nita Redditt, told TheBlaze that her young son confirmed Bennett’s story. The boy said he was “scared” to go back to school the next day after she found out, she added. “I think he was intimidated,” Redditt said. “I couldn’t believe what was going on in the classroom in regards to this teacher praying to Allah and having them pray with her.”…

Bennett also complained that she was not informed that another parent had complained to school officials about :

…”Harris campaigning for Obama in the classroom and bashing Republican GOP nominee Mitt Romney.”…

The Virginian Pilot partially confirmed the story:

Teacher charged with assault; mom says lesson involved Islam | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com


…”Police Spokeswoman Kelly O’Sullivan confirmed that Tara Harris has been charged for an Oct. 2 incident at the school. She would not say, however, what happened to warrant the charges. O’Sullivan did say an investigator looked into the matter.”

[Stephanie Bennett,the mother]

…”Reached by The Virginian-Pilot, she said she wanted to speak with a lawyer before doing other interviews. She did say she thought the story would “go global.”…

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Don’t let it go unheard #objectivist ( #aynrand )podcast:DOD bans criticism of Islam while Egytian pres. wants to conquer Jerusalem #tcot #jcot

Don’t Let It Go Unheard 06/24 by amypeikoff | Blog Talk Radio


….”PLANNED TOPICS: Just as a Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins the Egyptian Presidency, and his supporters call for a renewed drive to establish an Islamic Caliphate with Jerusalem as its capital, here in the U.S. our Department of Defense suspends a military instructor for including, in a course, material that crticizes Islam. Why you should vote for me (or yourself) instead of Gary Johnson. Disturbing evidence of Obama’s desperation to win. And more.”….

Disclaimer:Reposting does not imply agreement.(Nor does it constitute a political endorsement of Mitt Romney).

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Hena Akhter,14yr old Bangladeshi girl murdered by Imam for ”adultery” which might have been rape #no2sharia #womensrights #tcot

Only 14, Bangladeshi girl charged with adultery was lashed to death – CNN.com


….”Hena Akhter’s last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl.

Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh’s Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public.

Hena dropped after 70.”…


….”Many months later on a winter night, as Hena’s sister Alya told it, Hena was walking from her room to an outdoor toilet when Mahbub Khan gagged her with cloth, forced her behind nearby shrubbery and beat and raped her.

Hena struggled to escape, Alya told CNN. Mahbub Khan’s wife heard Hena’s muffled screams and when she found Hena with her husband, she dragged the teenage girl back to her hut, beat her and trampled her on the floor.

The next day, the village elders met to discuss the case at Mahbub Khan’s house, Alya said. The imam pronounced his fatwa. Khan and Hena were found guilty of an illicit relationship. Her punishment under sharia or Islamic law was 101 lashes; his 201.

Mahbub Khan managed to escape after the first few lashes.”…

RRD:In a separate,wholly unrelated story,one of Obama’s advisors on Islam said:

“The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance”.

Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood – Telegraph


”Miss Mogahed appeared alongside Hizb ut Tahrir’s national women’s officer, Nazreen Nawaz.

During the 45-minute discussion, on the Islam Channel programme Muslimah Dilemma earlier this week, the two members of the group made repeated attacks on secular “man -made law” and the West’s “lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism”.

They called for Sharia Law to be “the source of legislation” and said that women should not be “permitted to hold a position of leadership in government”.

Miss Mogahed made no challenge to these demands and said that “promiscuity” and the “breakdown of traditional values” were what Muslims admired least about the West.

She said: “I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of sharia than the common perception in Western media.

“The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance.

“The portrayal of Sharia has been oversimplified in many cases.”

Sharia in its broadest sense is a religious code for living, which decrees such matters as fasting and dressing modestly. However, it has also been interpreted as requiring the separation of men and women.

It also includes the controversial “Hadd offences”, crimes with specific penalties set by the Koran and the sayings of the prophet Mohammed. These include death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality and the removal of a hand for theft.

Miss Mogahed admitted that even many Muslims associated Sharia with “maximum criminal punishments” and “laws that… to many people seem unequal to women,” but added: “Part of the reason that there is this perception of Sharia is because Sharia is not well understood and Islam as a faith is not well understood”

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Military Education Policy, Bolton on Pakistan, “The Avengers,” today at 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT) | Don’t Let It Go


PLANNED TOPICS for today’s “Don’t Let It Go…Unheard” : U.S. military leadership comes out against the teaching of anti -Islamic ideas in our military educational institutions. John Bolton’s answer to my question about the proper policy towards a nuclear Pakistan. “The Avengers,” and why it has broken all box -office records. And more if there’s time.

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Tunisian Islamists: : “Fight the Jews, enter Paradise” #jcot #tcot #xcot

Elder of Ziyon: Tunisia rally: “Fight the Jews, enter Paradise”


…..”Prepare yourselves … train yourselves in fighting the Jews, fighting for the sake of Allah … paradise .. paradise…. paradise … paradise. ” The young people responded to the Salafi leader by singing “God is great.”…

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Tunisia’s secularists under siege by Islamists.

RRD:(I will paraphrase the New York Times piece below,except for the parts in quotation marks)
Background:Tunisia,along with Turkey and the Kurdish area of Iraq,(& Indonesia to a degree) is one of the(comparatively) more secular & sane Muslim majority states.
It is known as the land of “Beer and Bikinis”.
It may be more familiar to westerners by the name “Tatooine”(fn1).
Recently there was a fire at a Synagogue believed to be arson,(though this is disputed)(fn2).
And now a TV executive is being charged with “libeling religion” and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”… (As the Times reports).
And three men who came to his defense were attacked by Islamist Brownshirts.
The title of the Times’ article is unintentionally,(if bitterly) comic:

”Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion”

(Video of the assault)

Zyed Krichen et Hamadi Redissi agressés par des salafistes – YouTube


Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion – NYTimes.com


…“We’re surrendering our right to think and speak differently,” said Hamadi Redissi, one of the two men, still bearing a scab on his forehead from the attack last week.”…

….”The aftermath[RRD:Of the ”Arab Spring”] has brought elections in Egypt and Tunisia as well as more decisive Islamist influence in Morocco, Libya and, perhaps, Syria”. …..

RRD:Secular protesters alarmed by the threat the Islamists pose, turned out in one of the largest pro-secularist demonstrations in recent memory.

….“Make a common front against fanaticism,” one banner declared.”…

RRD:(What follows is my paraphrase of the New York Times piece,except for the parts in quotation marks which are quoted directly,as well as my summary of the video above.The parts from the video not mentioned in the NYT piece have ”see video” next to them.)

RRD:The movie Persepolis(fn3) was broadcast on October 7, 2011,on Neesma TV.One week later a mob of Islamist barbarians attacked the house of Neesma TV’s director;Nabil Karoui.
Shortly afterwards Mr.Karoui was charged with …”libeling religion”
and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”…(As the Times reports)

He faces five years in prison for this ”crime”.

On January 23 2012,outside the courthouse where Mr.Karoui was to be tried for this thoughtcrime,
Mr.Hamadi Redissi & Mr.Zied Krichen arrived to express their support for Mr.Karoui.
(The trial would be later postponed until April).
The Islamists at first seemed non-violent(see video).
But soon Redissi and Krichen were accosted with cries of “Infidel!” , “Apostate!”(source NYT ).
Redissi and Krichen,outnumbered and fearing for their safety,started to leave.
The Islamists pursued them.

….”All I could think was to not look behind me, walk ahead, and not open my mouth”….

RRD:As he tried to escape
Mr.Krichen was assaulted from behind and apparently knocked to the ground(see video).
A woman screamed(see video).
Mr.Redissi tried to defend Mr.Krichen & was head-butted, apparently by the same thug(see video)The police walked with them –for what seems like a eternity–as the Islamists pursue them, screaming at them,eventually,
after being stalked by the Islamists,they are able to make their escape into a building,(see video,a police station according to the Times)

Another dissident,Mr. Abdelhalim Messaoudi, a journalist at Nessma,was also assaulted.

One of the attackers was identified through the video,& was arrested.

The Times:

…”For people like Mr. Messaoudi, though,the incident reflected a months-long trend of thuggery by Salafis, from an attack on a theater airing a film they deemed objectionable,to their brief control last month over a northern Tunisian town called Sanjan.”

“Certain Islamist factions want to turn identity into their Trojan horse,” Mr. Messaoudi said. “They use the pretext of protecting their identity as a way to crush what we have achieved as a Tunisian society. They want to crush the pillars of civil society.”

“We’ve become the ahl al-dhimma,” he said, offering a term in Islamic law to denote protected minorities in a Muslim state. “It’s like the Middle Ages.”



From the original Star Wars movie,& Return of the Jedi,& The Phantom Menace,named after the location in southern Tunisia where part of the film was shot.It has become a popular tourist destination.

Tataouine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


”The real Star Wars?”



Tunisian synagogue attack disputed | JTA – Jewish & Israel News



The movie Persepolis,based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi,is a work about a young woman’s girlhood in Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution.

The New York Times > Movies > Interactive Feature > Drawn to Life


Persepolis – Movie Trailers – Preview – NYTimes.com


Persepolis – Movies – Review – NYTimes.com


Pantheon Graphic Novels


Persepolis (2007) – IMDb




Amazon.com: The Complete Persepolis (9780375714832): Marjane Satrapi: Books


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Facebook page calls for execution of Saudi Journalist who ”insulted the Prophet Mohammed”

RRD:One wonders where this strange notion that Islam is less than pacifistic came from.

Saudi journalist faces death calls over tweets | News | National Post


”Hamza Kashgari, 23, tweeted, “I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don’t understand about you.”

“I will not pray for you,” he added.

Mr. Kashgari quickly apologized, but the calls for his execution only multiplied.

A Facebook page entitled “The Saudi people demand Hamza Kashgari’s execution” already has nearly 10,000 members.

“Our page has almost 10,000 members… but we need you to work harder. The Prophet deserves more respect,” said one post.

A committee of top clerics in charge of issuing religious edicts in the kingdom issued a statement calling Mr. Kashgari “an apostate” and an “infidel,” and demanded he be tried in an Islamic court.

It is therefore “the duty of our leaders to judge based on sharia law,” which stipulates that an apostate must be sentenced to death, the statement added.

One individual disagreed:

“Brothers, the man has repented. If the Prophet himself was here he would have forgiven him and ended this,” said tweeter Saleh al-Ghamdi”

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Islamist groups demand Obama remove training materials which promote the idea that Islam promotes violence.He submits.


Obama administration pulls references to Islam from terror training materials, official says | The Daily Caller    http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/21/obama-administration-pulls-references-to-islam-from-terror-training-materials-official-says/  “Some believe the Obama administration’s Justice Department will go even further. “The Attorney General has announced what sounds like reprogramming if they find people who have actually received training” that Islamist groups find objectionable, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney told The Daily Caller. Gaffney is co-author of a report, published by the Center, titled “Sharia: The Threat to America.”…    …“I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for,” Holton said Wednesday. “They will not be tolerated.” Such training materials “pose a significant threat to national security, because they play into the false narrative propagated by terrorists that the United States is at war with Islam,” he added. “…..    RRD:Classical Islam(fn1) promotes violence and armed conflict.Classical Islam promotes the invasion & subjugation of foreign nations.There are areas where Al-Qaeda diverges from Classical Islam;most notably in their defense of suicide bombings(And of course Islam is hardly the only religion to promote bloodshed, fn2),but the “Islam is peace” view of history is absurd.       fn1.  By Classical Islam,I refer to Islam as it has been interpreted & practiced for centuries by mainstream Muslims.Not all past or contemporary Muslims subscribe to those beliefs.Some have attempted,sometimes at great risk to themselves,to bring about a Islamic version of the Renaissance,Reformation,or Enlightenment.They have yet to succeed.I base my statements on observation,the study of history,& Bernard Lewis.     See here:   https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/a-brief-comment-on-my-stance-on-the-january-25th-revolutionpolitical-islam-is-not-the-answer/    fn2.   In Islamic tradition suicide–unless caused by literal insanity–is regarded as a mortal sin irrespective of circumstances that outweighs all past virtues & condemns the suicide to eternal damnation.The definition of suicide excludes throwing yourself in harms way,(such as going on a “suicide mission” ala The Assassins),but does includes anything done to cause your own death.It is considered to be blasphemously presumptuous, because “your life belongs to Allah”.Throwing yourself against the enemy,even if you face capture & certain death,by contrast,is not suicide;it is “martyrdom”.According to Lewis it is only in the 20th Century that suicide bombings became  became accepted by many Muslims as a form of “martyrdom”.And it remains controversial even among Jihadists.

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