Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fed. Judge:10 Command.Monument Can Remain; Monument Outside Pa. High School Not Injurious

A federal judge has dismissed a case brought against a Pennsylvania school district's display of the Ten Commandments outside of a New Kensington high school, the Christian Examiner website reports today (July 30, 2015).

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry wrote that the plaintiffs, Marie Schaub and her daughter -- represented by the Freedom from Religion Foundation -- "failed to establish that they were forced into 'direct, regular, and unwelcome contact' with the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Valley High School."

The judge also wrote that because there was no "injury" to the woman or her daughter, there was no need to discuss removal of the monument that has been in place since 1957.

In short, they had no standing because they were unaffected by the monument's presence.

Paris,Muslims Mad Over Bundchen's Burqa Use; Used Burqa as Disguise to Plastic Surgery Clinic

The city of Paris and many Muslims became furious yesterday over supermodel Gisele Bundchen's wearing of a burqa as a disguise, so she could slip in and out of a Parisian plastic surgery clinic, the Page Six website reports today (July 30, 2015).

Bundchen and her younger sister wore the traditional Muslim clothing -- during the holy month of Ramadan -- so the supermodel could have secret work done on her eyes and her breasts, which she felt had sagged due to her two pregnancies.

It is illegal for a woman to wear a burqa in public in France, as a result of a law passed in 2010, in an effort to prevent terrorists from hiding their faces.

A clerk at Islam Fashion in Astoria called Bundchen's stunt "disrespectful to Islam." Shazia Raheel, 40, said, "This is a religious garment. It is not so you can hide when you're going for a doctor's appointment."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Report:53% Rise in UK Antisemitic Episodes; First Half of 2015 Shows Huge Increase from 2014

Reported antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom were up 53 percent in the first half of 2015 as compared to the corresponding period the year before, the British Community Security Trust (CST) revealed in a new study, the Algemeiner website reports today (July 29, 2015).

The upward trend of recorded antisemitic incidents in 2015 was consistent with the past three years, with 473 events reported between January and June in 2015, compared to 309 in 2014 and 223 incidents in 2013.

CST -- a charity that oversees security efforts in Britain's Jewish communities -- said 44 of this year's attacks were considered violent, with two of them constituting "extreme violence" or threat of life.

But the majority of incidents were the 353 cases of what the CST called "abusive behavior," including hateful graffiti, antisemitic vituperation and abuse through social media or hate-mail. Thirty-five incidents included damage and desecration to Jewish property, and 36 included direct antisemitic threats.

Ga. Man Gets 15 Years for Attempting to Help IS; Judge Unmoved by Islam "Brainwashed Me" Rant

A Georgia man was given the maximum sentence yesterday for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State (IS) after a judge was not persuaded by his tearful plea, the Daily Caller website reports today (July 29, 2015).

Leon Nathan Davis, 37, of Augusta, Georgia, pleaded guilty in May. He tearfully told the judge "I am an American" at his sentencing hearing yesterday before being given 15 years in federal prison, after which he will spend the rest of his life under supervised release.

Authorities had been monitoring Davis for more than a year before arresting him in Atlanta as he was about to leave on a plane for Turkey.

Davis told the the judge: "I allowed myself to stray away from the truth of my [Islam] religion, which is peace, love, and humility." He added: "They brainwashed me into thinking that hatred and death were the way into heaven."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Evidence Reveals Turkey Collaborated with ISIS; Direct Deals between Turkey and IS "Undeniable"

Damning evidence was found when U.S. special forces killed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Sayyaf in May, revealing that NATO member Turkey has in fact been collaborating with the brutal jihadists, the Free Republic website reports today (July 28, 2015).

The British Guardian reported on July 26 that when Abu Sayyaf's compound was raided in eastern Syria, it was discovered that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled ISIS oil which was managed by Abu Sayyaf to economically prop up the terror group.

The report quoted a senior Western official, who said that the findings at the compound showed direct deals between Turkish officials and ISIS leaders, and called them "undeniable."

It was just last week -- after an IS suicide bomber killed 30 people in the Turkish city of Suruc on July 20 --  that Turkish jets bombed IS forces in neighboring Syria for the first time, and Turkey allowed the U.S. to use its land to conduct airstrikes against IS forces in Syria and Iraq.

CNN Poll: Most Americans Opposed to Iran Deal; Fear It Will Lead Iran to Building Nuclear Weapon

A new CNN poll found that a majority of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (July 28, 2015). Israel's government adamantly opposes the deal, saying it would lead Iran to building a nuclear weapon.

The poll published today showed that 52 percent of respondents wanted Congress to reject the deal, while 44 percent wanted it approved. The phone poll of 1,017 adults was conducted between July 22 and 25, and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

Congress has until mid-September to decide whether or not to approve the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached between Iran and six major powers on July 14.

President Barack Obama -- who claims the deal is the only means of keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon -- has said he will veto a rejection by Congress. Opponents of the deal would need to muster two-thirds majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to override the veto and kill the deal.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Many Germans Quit Membership in Cath.Church; Most Against Paying Unique German Church Tax

Many Germans have renounced their membership of the Catholic Church, according to new statistics, the Catholic News website reports today (July 27, 2015).

Figures show that the numbers leaving the Church in 2014 was 22 percent higher than in the previous year, going from 178,805 to 217,716.

Not only has this reduction affected the size of the Catholic community, but also the amount of income that the Church receives via the Church tax.

If a person is baptized as a child in Germany, he (or she) is considered a member of the Church and liable to pay the Church tax, an arrangement that was formalized in the 19th century. It is believed that the existence of this tax acts as a major factor in motivating many Germans to make a formal renunciation of their faith.