Sunday, May 02, 2004
Religion of Peace: After what we saw with the Taliban, it should come as no surprise that when Muslims are in power they're not as tolerant as they demand others to be when they're in the minority.
Governor Ahmed Sani of Zamfara State [in Nigeria], has ordered the demolition of all churches in the state, as he launched the second phase of his Sharia project yesterday.
Speaking at the launch in Gusau, the state capital, Governor Sani disclosed that time was ripe for full implementation of the programme as enshrined in the Holy Quran.
He added that his government would soon embark on demolition of all places of worship of unbelievers in the state, in line with Islamic injunction to fight them wherever they are found.
A quick check of America's favorite Islamic apologists, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, reveals (surprise!) no mention of this development, but it does have mention this:
TX Muslim gets 5 years for blades in carry-on
Federal prosecutors believe that security screeners at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport foiled a Pakistani national's attempt last March to evade and test airport security for potential terrorist aims.
Authorities found 32 double-edged razor blades tucked in a coiled belt inside a cardboard box in Fazal Karim's carry-on luggage March 5, 2003.
A few months later, a federal jury convicted Karim of carrying and attempting to carry concealed dangerous weapons in air transportation and of making false statements about his immigration status. Karim, who is a Canadian citizen, was an undocumented immigrant at the time of his arrest.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Terry Means of Fort Worth sentenced Karim to 63 months in prison and ordered that he be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation after completing his sentence. Means also ordered Karim to pay a $20,000 fine.
The headline is wrong. He was a Muslim arrested in Texas -- a Pakistani national and a Canadian citizen.
But CAIR is more concerned about terrorists than they are about the safety of the American people.
A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in an earlier interview that Karim's prosecution fit a pattern of singling out travelers from predominantly Muslim nations after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Oh, and what was Karim's explanation regarding why he needed all of those razor blades? From the Star-Telegram story, the part of which CAIR doesn't quote:
He offered FBI agents three different explanations for the blades, Schattman said. First, Karim said he used the blades to shave the bottom of his full beard. Then he said they were for a friend in Houston. Finally, he said he did not know the blades were in the bag.
Transportation Security Administration officials told prosecutors that it was the only case on record where double-edged razor blades were confiscated from a passenger and screeners could not find a razor in the luggage.
Schattman rejected any notions that Karim was targeted because of his Muslim background.
"This case was prosecuted because Mr. Karim was a foreign national who was in the country illegally and attempted to evade and test the air security system," Schattman said.
I don't doubt that there are Muslims who condemn both of these cases -- the problem is, we never hear from them.