Texas Muslim applies to ISIS: “I am looking to get a position teaching English to students in the Islamic State”

A fine bureaucratic veneer covering a regime that celebrates bloodshed and gore. Clark apparently made it to the Islamic State and is still there, in its diminishing domains. If he decided to return home after joining this entity that has repeatedly declared that it is in a state of war with the United States and called upon Muslims to murder American civilians, he would probably be let back in. The madness is all-encompassing.

A Texas man eager to join ISIS took the formal route — he sent the terror group his resume along with a cover letter explaining that he was well-equipped to teach English.

“I am looking to get a position teaching English to students in the Islamic State,” Warren Clark, a 33-year-old University of Houston graduate, penned in the cover letter, which was addressed to “Director.”

Using the pseudonym Abu Muhammad al-Ameriki, Clark continued, “I was born and raised in the United States and have always loved teaching others and learning from others as well. My work background is largely in English and I consider working at the University of Mosul to be a great way of continuing my career.”

Clark’s unsettlingly polite job application to the brutal terror network was obtained by researchers at George Washington University, who released an extensive report on American jihadists in Syria and Iraq this week.

The researchers were able to confirm that Abu Muhammad was actually Clark by matching education credentials and work experience listed in the resume.

The resume states that Clark worked as a substitute teacher in Texas before moving to Saudi Arabia to teach English.

The George Washington researchers believe that Clark succesfully joined ISIS in Iraq, where he is still believed to be alive….

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Swedish Defense College researchers say fear of being called racist is hindering fight against jihad terrorists

“You risk being identified as racist in a way that you did not see in other European countries. There, this question was as uncontroversial as the importance of combating Nazism and right-wing extremism.”

What European countries is he talking about? Maybe Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, but that’s about it. Otherwise the charge of “racism,” and fear of that charge, is crippling efforts to counter jihad terrorism all over Europe, and in North America as well.

For fear of being called racist, authorities in Sweden have not been able to track violent jihadists, and therefore some slipped away to other countries, according to researchers at the Center for Asymmetric Threats and Terrorism Studies at the Defense College.

The race card is roughly abused in Sweden, mostly in terms of stopping public analyses and efforts to counter severe Islamist crimes, such as attacks on women and terrorism.

Last month, a book about honor-related violence came out that again accuses Swedes of racism and “abusive stereotypes of immigrants,” instead of taking the risks of religious fundamentalism seriously.

These leftist forces have gained power over the public by constantly accusing anyone who raises these problems of being racist. This has meant that authorities systematically downplay and neglect the problems. It becomes easier and more comfortable to denounce and condemn ordinary Swedes for extremism and prejudice.

This cowardice has distorted the reality of Sweden in such a way that the country is less prepared than other countries to face religious extremism. Sweden has become a breeding ground for jihadists because Swedish authorities, ranging from social services to police, are blind to extremism and let it thrive — for fear of being called racist.

This is noticeable in several ways. The number of people traveling from Sweden to the war in Syria to join the Islamic State and other terrorist networks has been around 300, which is the second most in the EU in relation to our population.

A study from the Swedish Defense College last autumn, based on data from Säpo, showed that the number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has increased thirtyfold in seven years. This summer, it was estimated that the number of jihadists was about 2,300. In 2000, the number was estimated at 200 people.

In an interview for SVT today, Peder Hyllengren, researcher at the Swedish Defense College, says that the security work against violent jihadism has been slowing down in Sweden for a long time, because there is an activism that made it difficult for politicians and others to engage in this issue.

“You risk being identified as racist in a way that you did not see in other European countries. There, this question was as uncontroversial as the importance of combating Nazism and right-wing extremism,” he says.

But in Sweden, the accusation of racism can lead to unmitigated tragedy. The result has been that the state and the authorities are not able to carry out the work of maintaining the security of the Swedish people. It’s serious….

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Paramilitary troops free 11 SDF soldiers held by Islamic State on Iraqi-Syrian borders

The pro-government paramilitary troops have rescued eleven Syrian soldiers on borders with Syria, a deputy commander said in a statement on Monday.

“Based on instructions from the leadership of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) at west of Anbar, troops, along with the Iraqi border guards, released the eleven soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who were held by Islamic State,” Ahmed Nasrallah, deputy commander of the 13th brigade, said in the statement.

After intervention by backing forces from the artillery and air force, “the attackers were eliminated, while others escaped,” he said adding that regions that were held by IS are now under control of the PMFs and the border guards.

In December, the Iraqi Defense Ministry denied coordination between Iraq and SDF.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

U.S. judge rules it would be ‘tyranny’ to force Christian to bake cake for lesbian ‘marriage’

It would be a violation of free speech for a Christian baker to be forced to make a same-sex “wedding” cake, a California judge ruled on Monday.

Cathy Miller owns Tastries Bakery, where 40 percent of her business is wedding cakes, many of which she personally designs.  Last August two lesbians asked her to design a special cake to celebrate their “marriage,” and Miller politely redirected them to an accommodating competitor.

Nevertheless, as is the well-established LGBT pattern, the lesbians sued Miller anyway. They filed a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, accusing Miller of violating California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which criminalizes denying service based on sexual orientation.  Oral arguments were heard Friday.

Judge Lampe said that to force a Christian to create a cake that celebrates something against their religion is “violence.”

“The State is not petitioning the court to order defendants to sell a cake. The State asks this court to compel Miller to use her talents to design and create a cake she has not yet conceived with the knowledge that her work will be displayed in celebration of a marital union her religion forbids,” Judge Lampe’s ruling reads. “For this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of Free Speech.”

The judge issued his ruling Monday, stating it would only be discrimination if Miller refused to sell an existing product to the lesbians. He discerned that forcing a business owner to violate his/her beliefs is “the stuff of tyranny.”

“Cathy will gladly serve anyone, including same-sex couples,” Charles LiMandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund explained to the court. “But Cathy will not use her artistic talents to express messages that conflict with her sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage.”

“We knew the Lord was in control of this,” Miller stated. “We need to stand up for our religious freedom and for our freedom of speech … If we’re not able to follow our conscience we’re no longer able to be who God created us to be,” she reasoned.

LiMandri praised Judge Lampe’s decision, characterizing it as a “significant victory for faith and freedom.” It is unknown if the lesbians will appeal further.

Similar cases have risen across the nation, including one before the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) of the United States now.  Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips sells his products to anyone, but refuses to design and create products celebrating Halloween, homosexuality, or anything against his sincerely held beliefs. SCOTUS heard oral arguments in December, and a decision is expected early this summer.

Also, Sweet Cakes by Melissa was forced out of business when the state of Oregon fined Aaron and Melissa Klein $135,000 for refusing to make a homosexuality-affirming “wedding” cake.

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Muslims attack church with machetes, injure priest and several churchgoers, behead statues

Pope Francis is doubtless on his way to Yogyakarta now, to explain to these Muslims that, as he has written, “authentic Islam and the proper understanding of the Koran reject every form of violence.” They just misunderstand their own religion, you see. If the great imam Francis can explain it to the poor dears, all will be well.

A priest and several churchgoers have been injured during a machete attack on a church in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta.

A 22-year-old man armed with a sword or machete attacked members of the congregation at St Lidwina Church.

The priest was struck in the back of the head and several others were injured before the man started hacking at a statue of Jesus and Mary.

A patrolling police officer ran into the church and tried to negotiate with the attacker.

Police said the attacker charged at the officer, who shot and injured him.

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Iran sends military drone into Israeli airspace, Israel hits Iranian and Syrian positions

The Iranians, enriched with the billions Obama sent them, are growing more aggressive toward Israel, which they have many times vowed to destroy. But their biggest ally and helper is no longer in the White House, so everything might not go the way they plan or hope.

Israel launched attacks on Iranian and Syrian positions after it said Iran sent a military drone into its airspace Saturday, raising the prospect of further escalation over the Islamic Republic’s growing presence in Syria.

Israel struck 12 targets in Syria, including four Iranian targets, in a “large-scale attack” after the drone infiltration, the Israel Defense Forces said. An F-16 fighter plane crashed in northern Israel after coming under fire from Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, and the pilots were hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries.

Saturday’s confrontation, the most serious between the sides since the Syrian civil war began, comes amid Israeli warnings that it won’t let Syria become an Iranian base and will intercept weapons shipments bound for Iran-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. Iran and allied militias have fought alongside government troops against rebels and Islamist factions in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

“The question is whether the Iranians will respond or lower the fire at this stage,” said Ephraim Kam, a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies. “My feeling is that they don’t have an interest in escalation.”
‘Right and duty’

On Saturday night, after hours of consultations with the defense minister and military chief of staff, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the Iranian drone as a “brazen” attempt to violate Israel’s sovereignty, and said it was Israel’s “right and duty” to respond.

“Israel’s face is turned toward peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack on us and against any Iranian attempt to base itself in Syria or anywhere else,” Netanyahu said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Iranian television Saturday that countries are mistaken if they think bombing their neighbors will bring good results, Reuters reported.

Israel has attacked inside Syria frequently since the civil war there began in March 2011, targeting Syrian military posts and arms shipments bound for Hezbollah. Until this weekend, counterstrikes by Syria and Hezbollah against Israel had caused little damage.

Israeli officials wouldn’t confirm if the F-16 had been downed by a Syrian missile, as teams combed the crash site for remains to analyze. Across the border the event was taken as a victory, with dozens of Lebanese celebrating and waving Hezbollah’s flag.

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Germany: Muslim migrant rapes 13-year-old girl after being released from prison for attempted rape

Did German authorities think he was going to get out of prison and become a loyal and productive German citizen?

There will be much, much, much more of this. The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

An Afghan asylum seeker has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in Germany.

The 18-year-old man was arrested on Thursday last week after the girl contacted police to say he had attacked her inside a home in Esslingen, near Stuttgart.

The man previously served a year in juvenile detention for attempted rape and was released in December last year under court supervision.

Police and prosecutors in Esslingen said the girl visited the man at his apartment in the city on Monday after becoming friends.

It was in the apartment that he allegedly forced her to have sex against her will.

The girl saw the man in the city’s downtown area again on Wednesday when he threatened her, before she reported the attack to police.

He was arrested at his home the following day, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. He has denied the allegations.

A spokesman of the German Interior Ministry said it is not possible to tell whether the man will be deported while the investigation is ongoing….

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