Man attacked and threatened for not being a ‘Proper Muslim’

A man in an asylum center was attacked by his 23 year old neighbor for having alcohol in his fridge. The two men shared a kitchen in one of the immigration service’s houses in Halmstad. One day when the victim came home from work, his neighbor broke into his room and attacked him with a knife. “You are not a proper Muslim. I will kill you,” he threatened.

The reason was that the man – also a Muslim – had some beer in the fridge. The man fled from the apartment, and when he came back he found his room vandalized and destroyed with detergent.

To the court the 23 year old declared that he wanted to clean away the evil from the room.

The man was sentenced to psychiatric care for unlawful threat, breaking in, and causing damage. He is also to pay the victim 21,200 kronor in damages.

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‘Blasting Bush OK, but don’t criticize terrorists’ – College Bans Criticising Terrorism

A college in Michigan has decided to allow harsh criticisms of President Bush to be posted on university property, but has banned criticism of violent terrorists and abortion, according to an educational rights group that is challenging the school’s practice.

The issue involves Lake Superior State University in Sault St. Marie, which has ordered Professor Richard Crandall, a nearly 40-year veteran of teaching, to remove the expressions of opinion from his office door and practice his academic freedom with “responsibility.”

“LSSU is displaying serious disrespect for faculty rights by demanding that Professor Crandall remove materials about public concerns from his office door,” said Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “The political double standard in this case is striking.”

Crandall has been teaching at LSSU since 1969, and has adorned his office door – as have other professors – with various political cartoons and postings. His, however, were all of a conservative leaning, FIRE noted.


A cartoon showing comparing the number of abortion deaths in the U.S. to the population of the blacked-out states

His postings have included a photograph of President Ronald Reagan, a cartoon mocking Vice President Cheney’s hunting accident in 2006, cartoons addressing Islamic terrorism and abortion, among others.

But the university said it had received a complaint about the postings, and while keeping details about the concern secret, on March 12, 2007, ordered Crandall to take down the display, threatening him with “insubordination” if he failed to comply with the censorship.

Crandall acquiesced to the restrictions imposed by Provost Bruce Harger, but then turned to FIRE for help in restoring his right of free expression.

FIRE wrote to Betty Youngblood, who was president of LSSU at the time, suggesting that such actions constituted viewpoint discrimination since other professors were allowed their cartoons.

“An outside law firm responded to FIRE on behalf of the university, insisting that LSSU has not infringed on Crandall’s First Amendment rights and absurdly declaring that Crandall’s displays would somehow threaten the civil rights of LSSU community members,” FIRE said.


A listing of the conservative’s point of view on the U.S. military

“LSSU’s embarrassingly poor grasp of the law and its obvious viewpoint discrimination against Professor Crandall are clear indicators that, like too many of America’s universities, LSSU is ready to abandon fundamental rights in the name of making some students or faculty feel ‘comfortable.’ Yet the right to free expression exists to allow people to challenge the beliefs of others – even if this leads to discomfort,” said Robert Shibley, vice president for FIRE.

“It’s time for LSSU to acknowledge the Professor Crandall has the same right to express himself as any other LSSU professor,” he said.

WND attempts to reach LSSU officials for a comment were unsuccessful.


A cartoon noting the violence of radical Islamists

The school had warned the professor: “The materials that you posted were inappropriate and you are not to post these materials or any similar materials on university property, including both the door and the wall surrounding the door… Removal of materials followed by replacement with new materials at a later date constitutes insubordination.”

But FIRE noted such actions are common, “including at LSSU.”

“Other professors on Crandall’s floor have posted materials such as a Far Side cartoon, a bumper sticker reading ‘Honor Veterans; No More War,’ and a twelve-point list outlining how President Bush’s election was a result of corruption, among many other expressions of personal beliefs. As those professors have been granted the right to post materials as they see fit – most of which are not germane to the subjects those professors teach – so should Crandall, a political conservative, be allowed to post items reflecting his ideological viewpoints,” FIRE said.


Another professor’s posting that criticizes President Bush and Vice President Cheney

“The speech in question here – a form of political commentary comprising the very heart of the expression the First Amendment exists to protect-simply does not meet the exacting demands of this precise and well-established legal standard,” FIRE said.

FIRE is an educational foundation that works on behalf of individual rights, due process rights, freedom of expression and rights of conscience on America’s campuses.

Blogger Arrested for Promoting Truth (UK)

BY JESSICA CUNNIFFE

A blogger from Dunstable has been arrested and released on bail for allegedly stirring up racial hatred.
Paul Ray, who uses the pseudonym Lionheart on his provocative online diary, was arrested two weeks ago after returning from South Carolina, America where he was seeking political asylum.

He had already been warned via email on January 3 by Bedfordshire Police that he would be arrested if he returned.

Last month he attended Greyfriars police station in Bedford, was arrested then bailed and told to return in May to either be released or charged.

His blog includes his opinions on the heroin trade, Islamic fundamentalism and alleged police corruption.

Mr Ray, who used to have a flat in Great Northern Road and a computer shop on Albion Street, claims he has received death threats.

He told Luton/Dunstable on Sunday: “I felt it was right to come back. I handed myself in at a Bedford police station.

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“I was arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred. They questioned me on parts of my blog. Compared to what’s happening out there I haven’t done that much.

“I’m a Christian – that’s my defence.

“My belief it that it’s my rights and responsibility to say what some people may not like, which may hurt feelings.

“My blog is a response to what is happening. I have not called for violence.

“You have got some Muslims calling for followers to overpower the state, opening recruiting for a global jihad and raising funds for this.

“I’ve written a few words on a blog.” A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: “I can confirm that someone has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and has been released on police bail to return in May.

“He hasn’t been charged but if he chooses to identify himself then that’s his concern.”

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British headteacher shot dead in Somalia in raid on school by Islamist militia For Converting

A British headteacher who was shot dead in Somalia by Islamist insurgents may have been targeted because he was a Christian convert, his wife said yesterday.

Daud Hassan Ali, 64, was killed outside the Hiran community education project English school in Beledweyne in central Somalia late on Sunday night, along with Rehana Ahmed, 33, a fellow British Somali teacher. She was reported to have been shot in the head.

Militiamen from the Shabab rebel group also killed two Kenyan teachers after forcing them out of their houses at the school, 190 miles north-west of the capital Mogadishu. A senior commander with the Shabab yesterday claimed the teachers had died in crossfire.

Ali, the school’s headmaster and founder, moved to Britain in 1967, and worked as a teacher and later as an educational psychologist for Birmingham city council. He made regular trips back to Somalia and in 2004 returned to Beledweyne, where he was born, to establish the school for 110 pupils.

From her home in Birmingham yesterday, his wife, Margaret, 64, said that her husband might have been targeted because he had converted to Christianity. She said: “The school he established is run in a house which is also where he lives – there are various disgruntled factions running around and because he is a convert to Christianity from Islam then he is a target. They raided the house in the middle of the night and murdered all four people there.”

She said establishing the school had been Ali’s lifelong dream. “He always wanted to go back to Somalia and do something for his own people.” She added: “He was a great optimist and saw good things in everything – I will continue to pray for the people of Somalia and eventually some good may come out of this.”

Yesterday, one of Ali’s two sons, Robleh Tinning, 32, said: “He wasn’t trying to convert anyone, he was just trying to teach English. He always had a grand project on the go. If something needs doing, someone has to stand up and say they are going to do it and that is what he did. He was a doer, not a moaner.”

Ali kept a blog for supporters on developments at the school. His last post, on March 30, expressed concern about night-time raids by militant fighters.

The Shabab have launched an insurgency against the Ethiopian forces occupying Somalia and in recent weeks have been flexing their muscles with hit-and-run attacks on towns throughout south and central Somalia.

A local reporter in Beledweyne, who asked to remain anonymous, said Ethiopian soldiers who had normally been based in the town had moved out on Sunday to reinforce troops elsewhere, and that within hours the Shabab militia had taken over the town.

After burning the governor’s house, and freeing prisoners from jail, the militiamen headed for the school compound, where they overpowered the three security guards and forced the foreign teachers outside, the reporter said.

Mukhtar Ali Robow, of the Shabab, told Reuters his men had attacked Beledweyne, but he claimed: “Their guards shot at us and we shot back.”

Dualeh Nur, director of the Somali Business Association in Birmingham, said Ali was a good man dedicated to helping Somalis, both in Birmingham and in Somalia. “He was very, very active in the local community. He used to act as an interpreter and as an advocate for Somalians trying to claim asylum, and with housing and health problems,” he said.

Tony Howell, the council’s strategic director for children, young people and families, said: “I was extremely sorry to hear of the sad loss of Daud, who was a most valued and respected educational psychologist in Birmingham from 1988 to 2004, and my sincerest condolences go to his family.”

Ali’s nephew, Abdi Abubakar Hassan, 37, told the Guardian by telephone from Beledweyne yesterday: “This action has shocked everyone. Nobody can understand why it happened.”

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/15/somalia.islam