“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Thomas Jefferson never held any Iftar dinner and only three out of 45 presidents ever hosted one, so there is no such “tradition” to cancel

Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition

US President Donald Trump talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House on 12 June, 2017.Reuters
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) reportedly rejected a request to hold the annual dinner
US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The White House event had been held every year since President Clinton's tenure.
The Eid al-Fitr feast ends Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast and focus on charitable giving. 

But US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly rejected a request to hold a reception.

In May, Reuters said Mr Tillerson had refused a recommendation from the State Department's office of religion and global affairs to organise a celebration.
Mr Trump has previously been criticised for his use of anti-Muslim rhetoric, including on the campaign trail when he called for surveillance of US mosques.
He said in a statement: "On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr. 

"Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbours and breaking bread with people from all walks of life.

"During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values. Eid Mubarak."

Mr Tillerson also released a brief statement, sending "best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr".
Former US President Barack Obama hosts the annual Iftar dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the East Room of the White House July 22, 2015Getty Images
The dinner has been hosted by three successive presidents, including Barack Obama here in 2015
The first presidential Iftar dinner (the name for a meal held after sunset, when Muslims break their fast), is said to have been hosted by Thomas Jefferson in 1805 for a Tunisian envoy.

The subject was covered in a blog post on a US Department of State website, IIP Digital

The post, titled "Thomas Jefferson's Iftar", appears to have been removed, but is available in archived form here.

The idea of hosting a dinner was revived by Hillary Clinton in 1996, when she was First Lady. 

It became an annual tradition from 1999 and was attended by prominent US Muslim leaders, diplomats and legislators.


  1. Amy B. Wang of the Washington Post led the pack with this nonsense that Thomas Jefferson held the “first Iftar dinner” with a June 24 piece entitled, “Trump just ended a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House.”

    The often-used claim that Thomas Jefferson held the first Iftar dinner at the White House was trotted out by the Post’s Wang. She recounted the time when the diplomatic envoy from the Bey of Tunis, Sidi Soliman Melli Melli, visited Washington during Ramadan in 1805.

    Jefferson invited the envoy to the White House for dinner at 3:30 PM—the time most Washingtonians had dinner in those days. But after he sent the invitation he was told that Melli Melli could not partake of a meal until after sunset because of Ramadan. Thomas Jefferson was faced with two choices: cancel the dinner entirely or simply have the meal later in the evening at a time when his guest could attend. As a good host and a decent person, Jefferson chose the latter.

    In fact, all Jefferson did was change the time of his meal. He had no intention of honoring Islam. Jefferson simply was not honoring the religion of “the Musselmen”—as he termed Muslims at the time—when he changed the time of the meal. Also, there is no evidence that Jefferson asked Melli Melli what sort of food a “Musselman” would eat, so no special food was prepared to suit a Muslim’s religious needs. Jefferson neither inquired about religious accommodations nor was any made. All he did was move the time of the meal as a courtesy.

    Further, Jefferson sent no letters containing proclamations about the meal being an Iftar dinner nor mentioning Islam, he never mentioned such honors in his private papers, and there is no record that he spoke to anyone about his intentions to honor the Muslim practice of an Iftar dinner.

    To the Post’s Wang, that Jefferson had a dinner at all was somehow proof positive that he invented a “tradition” of some sort. As “proof” that it was an Iftar dinner, Wang quoted the words of liberal historian John Ragosta who gave the scintillating argument, “Yeah, it sounds to me like an Iftar dinner.”

    Wang went on to insist there has been a “modern tradition” of having an Iftar dinner at the White House. But in truth, only three presidents in all of American history ever held an Iftar dinner.

    Bill Clinton held the first one, a politically motivated dinner aimed at peeling Muslim voters away from the GOP, since at the time the growing Muslim-American community leaned toward becoming a Republican constituency.


    1. {...}

      George W. Bush, in a diplomatic effort, followed Clinton’s practice of holding Iftar dinners because he wanted to prove that the U.S. wasn’t looking to go to war with all of Islam in the wake of the attacks on 9/11/2001 and the subsequent implementation of the war on terror.

      Naturally, Barack Obama held them because he had a personal connection to Islam through his childhood, growing up in Indonesia and raised during that time as a Muslim.

      But three presidents out of 45 does not make a “tradition.”

      In her ahistorical article, Wang also quotes John Quincy Adams who expressed “with an air of fascination” his dinner with the Tunisian envoy, but quotes Adams without also noting that the president thought Islam was a terrible and brutal creed.

      What Adams thought about Islam is instructive. For instance, he described Islam as a religion of hate in a piece he wrote in the late 1820s:

      The natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran. … The fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart. It forbids the exercise of it, even towards enemies. … In the 7th century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab … spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. … He declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as a part of his religion. … The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust, to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.

      Other prominent Americans at the time also disparaged Islam.


    2. (...)

      The father of American jurisprudence, Justice Joseph Story, throughly slammed Islam:

      Mahomet aimed to establish his pretensions to divine authority, by the power of the sword and the terrors of his government; while he carefully avoided any attempts at miracles in the presence of his followers, and all pretences to foretell things to come. His acknowledging the divine mission of Moses and Christ confirms their authority as far as his influence will go while their doctrines entirely destroy all his pretensions to the like authority. … And now, where is the comparison between the supposed prophet of Mecca, and the Son of God; or with what propriety ought they to be named together? …The difference between these characters is so great, that the facts need not be further applied.

      Other founders agreed. Both Ben Franklin and John Quincy’s famed father, John Adams, criticized Islam as a doctrine of war, not a religion.

      It is true, of course, that the founders intended that Americans should be allowed to practice Islam if they wanted to. There was no thought to outlaw Islam. In fact, some even wrote that Muslims should be allowed to attain political office. After all, we did start the country on the ideal of religious freedom. But no founder felt that Islam was something we should emulate. None felt that Islam had ideas that could be incorporated into the American ethos. And Islam played no part at all in our founding. Those who say it did, such as Barack Obama, are bending over backwards — and illegitimately so — to try and shoehorn Islam into our founding.

      After all, it should also be remembered that one of our earliest military actions was against Muslims when Jefferson fought the Barbary Pirates. But historical facts do not seem to enter into the liberal world view.

      During several of his Iftar dinners, Barack Obama also regurgitated the nonsense that Islam is part of our founding and that Jefferson held the “first Iftar dinner in the White House.”




      No better example of this garbling of the truth can be seen than that in the words of Barack Obama. For his 2012 Iftar dinner celebration, for instance, Obama said the following:

      As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia—perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress—the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam—like so many faiths—is part of our national story.

      The reference to Jefferson’s so-called Iftar dinner in the 2012 speech was at least a step closer to reality than in the past when he was less equivocal. In 2010 Obama said straight out that Jefferson’s was the first Iftar dinner:

      Tonight, we are reminded that Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity. And Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America. The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest because it was Ramadan—making it the first known Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago.

      But it is historical revisionism to say this. Jefferson’s dinner is neither a sure thing nor a “perhaps.” President Thomas Jefferson simply did not hold any Iftar dinner in the White House, nor did he intend to honor Islam that day. To claim that the very first president to authorize war against Muslims would have hosted a dinner to honor Islam is an absurdity of the first order.

      Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at


  2. Jefferson also paid tribute to the Barbary Pirates.


  3. Alan Dershowitz: 'Justice Ginsburg Should Recuse Herself From Any Case That Involves President Trump Personally'

    Joe diGenova: 'The Judges Travel Ban Decisions In The 4th & 9th Circuits Are Impeachable'

    LI Podcast 062617

  4. India Prime Minister Modi and US President Trump shared a great hug !!

    1. COMMENTARY (U.S.)
      For the U.S. and India, a Convergence of Interests and Values
      Our two nations stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation.


      By Narendra Modi
      June 25, 2017 5:04 p.m. ET

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    1. The Donald basically wins at the Supreme Court on the travel question.

    2. PRESIDENT: Travel ban ruling 'clear victory'....DRUDGE

      Trump claims 'clear victory' after Supreme Court says his 'Muslim' travel ban can go into effect NOW against people without U.S. ties
      Supreme Court justices will act on Trump's travel ban in the fall, and allowed a major part of it to go into effect immediately
      Refugees and others from six Muslim-majority countries who already have a 'bona fide relationship' with legal U.S. residents will be allowed to come
      While the case is pending, the lower court's injunction will apply only to those people who have no U.S. ties
      Rumors also abound in Washington, DC that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, 80, may announce his retirement on Monday
      Trump and press secretary Sean Spicer both called the outcome a '9-0' decision, although the court didn't say how large a majority of the justices approved it

      ****Rumors also abound in Washington, DC that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, 80, may announce his retirement on Monday

    3. Trinity Lutheran Church also won its case coming out of Missouri.

      They had applied for state funding to pave their school's playground in shredded rubber rather than their current gravel, were turned down on the grounds they were a religious school, but now can get their shredded rubber.


  6. If we don't report it, it didn't happen.

    Bernie has his first two TV interviews since the campaign.

    Limbaugh points out that neither of the MSM/Dem "reporters" asked him about Scalise or their Bank Fraud Case.


    1. 3 CNN Staffers Resign Over Botched Russia Story...
      New 'investigative' unit rocked....DRUDGE

  7. June 26, 2017
    How to Repeal Obamacare Using the Scientific Method
    By Robert B. Sklaroff

    Therapeutically, all that needs to be done is for the Senate to join the House in repealing the limited McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurers. They can co-adopt H.R. 372, the "Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017," which was passed by by a bipartisan vote of 416-7......

    That all, folks !

  8. It would be a start -

    Senate probes improper communication between former AG and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Adan Salazar | - JUNE 26, 2017

    Napolitano: Fmr. Attorney General Lynch Could Face 5-10 Years in Prison


    Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch could be jailed for up to ten years if found guilty of misconduct, Judge Andrew Napolitano claimed Monday.

    If emails exist between Lynch and former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz improperly discussing the Clinton email investigation, the former attorney general could be charged with “misconduct in office,” a felony carrying five to ten years in jail, the Fox Business contributor stated.

    “It is alleged, this document has not seen the light of day if it exists, that there are one or several emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Loretta Lynch concerning the behavior that Loretta Lynch will take to further the DNC interests while Mrs. Lynch was attorney general,” Napolitano stated. “That, if it happened, would be ‘misconduct in office.'”

    “It’s a felony. Depending upon exactly what they charged her with, it could be five or 10 years in jail. It’s very serious. It’s the equivalent of obstruction of justice. It’s the same allegation they are making about the president.”

    In a letter to Lynch last Thursday announcing a Senate probe into her conduct while in office, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked if she’d ever communicated with Schultz.

    “During your time in the Justice Department, did you ever have communications with Rep. Wasserman Schultz, her staff, her associates, or any other current or former DNC officials about the Clinton email investigation?” Grassley’s letter read, with another question asking if “any of your Justice Department staff or your other associates” had similar communications.

    Grassley’s inquiry followed testimony from former FBI Director James Comey earlier this month claiming he felt “queasy” after Lynch asked him to refer to the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s emails as a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”
    This “terminology,” Napolitano stated, “may be indicative of a mindset on the part of Attorney General Lynch that she was going to do whatever she could to prevent Mrs. Clinton from getting indicted.”

    Comey had previously stated under oath he believed Ms. Lynch’s tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton also destroyed the FBI’s ability to carry out the Clinton email investigation in a credible manner.

    H/t Jason Howerton

    Hopefully she will be in the same prison as Hillary and Comey, and they can all get together at meal times and chat.

    1. Federal Investigation of Jane and Bernie Sanders Heats Up...

      Dodges questions....DRUDGE

      Jane and Bernie, and Comey and Hillary can all have lunch together every day.


  9. The FBI investigation of Flynn was to settle an old score. What next?

    All the shit we took about defending Trump by doubting everything the Media said!

  10. The Trump Hunters around here are getting scarce.

  11. And where are the Republicans? Hiding in the bushes or, like Sen. John McCain, taking potshots at their own lawfully elected president.

    The best way to protect their seats in the next election is to cancel their recess and demonstrate some urgency in addressing the key issues that Americans voted for last year — tax cuts, growing the economy and fixing the broken health care system.

    This investigation is just a fishing expedition to take down a president and prevent the passage of his agenda. It is a witch hunt, and it is time to end it.
    An investigation in search of a crime

    Angers Trump

  12. I'm ticked off at the Republican Congress, but they did get Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

  13. July 3, 2017 Issue
    The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump
    The tabloid is defined by its predatory spirit. Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?

    By Jeffrey Toobin

    Photograph by Mark Peterson / David Pecker (left) and Dylan Howard.

    Pecker is eager to use his media empire to help his friends, especially Trump, and unabashedly boasts about doing so. He may try to expand his empire with a bid for Time, Inc.

    Every Wednesday afternoon, in a windowless conference room in an office building at the tip of lower Manhattan, David Pecker decides what will be on the cover of the following week’s National Enquirer. Pecker is the longtime chief executive of American Media, Inc., which owns most of the nation’s supermarket tabloids and gossip magazines, including the Star, the Globe, the Examiner, and OK!, as well as the flagship Enquirer. Pecker’s tabloids have few subscribers and minimal advertising. Virtually all their revenue comes from impulse purchases at the checkout counter. A successful Enquirer cover can drive sales fifteen per cent above the weekly average of three hundred and twenty-five thousand copies, and a lemon can hurt sales just as badly, so the choice of cover headlines and photographs represents a nearly existential challenge every week.

    Pecker started in the media business as an accountant.....

    When you've got National Inquirer in your pocket you've got all you need.

    I may buy one, which I can't recall ever doing before.

    Maybe buy a subscription for Quirk.

  14. LBJ used to say he didn't trust anyone unless he had their pecker in his pocket.

    He didn't trust women, it would seem.

  15. For Sam -

    Eastern Washington State Would Like To Secede, Please
    JAZZ SHAWPosted at 5:01 pm on May 24, 2017

    We’re already used to hearing about California wanting to secede from the nation as long as Trump is president, but in a different part of the west coast the opposite effect is setting in. It’s not the first time that it’s come up, but the more conservative, rural eastern portion of Washington State is hoping that Congress will let them split off from Seattle and the coastal area to become the nation’s 51st state.

    SEE ALSO: CNN reporters resign over retracted story

    Some conservative Eastern Washington lawmakers want to split the state in two, creating a new state east of the Cascade Range known as “Liberty.”

    The idea is contained in House Joint Memorial 400, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin of Spokane Valley and David Taylor of Moxee.

    The Spokesman-Review says the idea of splitting from liberal Western Washington has been proposed numerous times in past decades.

    There have been movements in the past to take the inland region of the northwest and create a new state called Cascadia, but this is a bit different. This is just the more conservative leaning, rural inland areas wanting to rid themselves of the basically socialist mindset dominating the western half of Washington, particularly Seattle. And why wouldn’t they? If you’re not part of that liberal culture yourself, Seattle has to be something of an embarrassment. Keep in mind that this is the same place that began issuing “Democracy Vouchers” recently, declared homelessness to be a civil right and is currently offering taxpayer subsidized “white fragility classes.”

    I saw the link to this story at an outlet called Liberty Hangout, where they clearly feel that this initiative could be an important stepping stone in the secession movement.

    If the bill succeeds, this would be an important domino for the secession movement, and help inspire other disaffected communities across the nation to secede.....

    One can dream but the odds are long.

    1. Maybe a deal could be struck - let Puerto Rico in with two Democratic Senators, and Cascadia with two Republican Senators....

    2. Old news. Already read it.


  16. The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet
    TIME Staff
    7:00 AM ET
    For our third annual roundup of the most influential people on the Internet, TIME sized up contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news. Here's who made this year's unranked list:....

    Bana Alabed
    When a 7-year-old girl tweets that she’s scared of dying in a bomb strike, the world takes notice. So it was with Alabed, whose everyday dispatches from rebel-held East Aleppo (“bombs falling now like rain,” “my brothers are very scared and I don’t want that”) raised awareness about the horrors of Syria’s Civil War at a time when few journalists could even access the region. Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad initially dismissed the account — which is run by Bana’s mom, Fatemah — as anti-government “propaganda,” it nonetheless drew widespread coverage, turning Alabed into a posterchild for Syria’s thousands of struggling children. Her story has a happier ending than most: In December 2016, she and her family were evacuated to Turkey, where they’re now living as refugees. She recently signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster. —Tara John

  17. I remember being puzzled about Obama going full ghetto in the final days of the campaign, speculating that the Clintons had something on him.

    Wow. Now we find out the Obama administration was corrupt from Obama on down!

    1. And we were promised the most transparent Administration in history by The Light Bringer himself.

      Dang, am I disappointed, though I never did believe in the promise.

  18. Meanwhile down in Venezuela, many of the Officers in the Army have already declared themselves but will the troops follow orders ? -

    June 26, 2017
    Venezuela: What a slide into civil war looks like
    By Monica Showalter

    Civil war is an easy term to fling around to exaggerate a problem. But what do protestor sieges on a Venezuelan air base and its supreme court sound like?

    The Associated Press reports:

    Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela's capital.

    It follows news of this, from the London Daily Telegraph:

    Anti-government protesters set fire to the supreme court in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday.

    This is the twelfth week of upset in the country, as protesters demand the resignation of president Nicolas Maduro and call for elections.

    The dramatic pictures in the Telegraph tell the intensity of the story.

    What we are seeing here is a country whose institutions are under siege. Protestors are protesting the corrupting blur of socialism and rule of law institutions, and not just protesting about it, but attacking it.

    It's not a full-blown civil war but it's getting close to one. It shows the frustration Venezuelans must feel at a non-accountable, non-coping government that represents no one but itself - and note that these Venezuelanss have been protesting since at least 2002, when a coup d'etat was launched against the late Hugo Chavez. That's well before some of them were born.

    It raises questions as to what the next protestor takeover will be? What happens when the protestors succeed in taking down a government institutiion, maybe the army, maybe the tax office, At some point they might do it.

    After that, an avalanche of other institutions may go down, too. It offers to how the state of affairs may turn in the failed chavista state. The protests have been boiling for years. Now, some are turning to takeovers of institutions, "laying siege.'

    If this becomes the full modus operandi of the protestors, it's pretty likely it will escalate into an openly declared war next. These currrent acts would seem to be road maps.

  19. Alcides Escobar has never endured a season like this. He has never performed this poorly at the plate, even after years of declining offense.

    Never felt the mental weight of a slump this deep. Never felt the pressure of looming free agency, either.


    His home country of Venezuela is in turmoil, the scene of daily protests, civic unrest and political violence. There are food shortages and economic turmoil.


    On most days, Escobar heads to the batting cage and tries to adopt a simple approach with hitting coach Dale Sveum. Yet in the quiet moments, when the work is done, he returns to his phone.

    "It's a point of pride for me, for them, for every one of us," Escobar said. "Coming from another country to triumph in the United States fills us with pride."

  20. Meanwhile in Canada -

    Canada: Muslim opens fire on car full of women, outside nightclub
    By Pamela Geller - on June 26, 2017

    Ramadan righteousness.

    Suspect fled after opening fire, followed closely by a tactical unit officer who happened to be nearby

    CBC News, Jun 26, 2017 (thans to Mark):

    Calgary police arrested and charged a 32-year-old Calgary man with a shooting early on Sunday morning. Calgary police arrested and charged a 32-year-old Calgary man with a shooting early on Sunday morning. (David Bell/CBC)
    A Calgary man has been charged following a shooting early on Sunday morning.

    The incident took place in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue S.W. around 1 a.m. Four women left a nightclub, got into a nearby car and ended up in a verbal confrontation with man who was standing with a group of people in the parking lot, according to police.

    That man allegedly opened fire on the car before fleeing.

    The bullet entered the car and lodged in the front passenger seat, police said. No one was injured.

    The fleeing suspect was followed by an on-duty Calgary police tactical unit member who happened to be in the area.

    “The officer followed the accused from the scene and was able to challenge the suspect a short distance away,” said police in a news release. “The man was taken into custody without further incident.”

    Police said they found a handgun near where the suspect, identified as Mohamed A-Kadir Abukar, was arrested.

    The 32-year-old has been charged with one count each of:

    Discharge of a firearm with intent.
    Discharge of a firearm.
    Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.
    Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition.
    Abukar has also been charged with four counts of breach of prohibition order for possession of firearms.

    1. Bloodiest 2017 Ramadan in Modern History
      By Pamela Geller - on June 26, 2017

      MEMRI: The month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, has a special status as the month of religious spirituality and devotion. However, in Muslim tradition it is also perceived as a month of jihad and martyrdom, a month in which Allah grants military victories to His believers. It was during Ramadan that Muslims triumphed in many of their battles, among them the battle of Badr in 624 between supporters of Muhammad and a merchant caravan of the Quraysh tribe; the conquest of Mecca in 630 and of Andalusia in 711; the battle of Al-Zallaqa in 1086, in which Spanish Muslims defeated the Castilians near the city of Badajoz on today’s Portuguese border, and the 1973 War (called The Ramadan War).

      Given the historic religious and military significance of Ramadan, Islamist and jihadi groups, and sometimes also mainstream Arab organizations and Arab media, escalate incitement to jihad and martyrdom during this month. Messages, articles and sermons that are published on the occasion of Ramadan and explain the connection between Ramadan and jihad and often stress the following themes:

      -The commandment of jihad, which is of supreme importance at all times, assumes even greater importance during this holy month and gains precedence over all other commandments.

      –There is a close connection between fasting and jihad, for the former is jihad of the soul, aimed at restraining it from sinning, while the second is jihad against the enemies, aimed at preventing them from spreading “corruption” in the world. Moreover, fasting is a powerful means to prepare the soul for jihad, i.e., to school oneself in obedience, devotion, resilience and endurance, which are the virtues of the jihad fighter that allow him to vanquish his enemies. On Ramadan Allah grants fighters special strength, despite – or rather by virtue of – their fasting.

      -Those who gain martyrdom during the month of Ramadan are doubly rewarded in Paradise.

      -During Ramadan, the Muslims are especially beholden to protect the sanctity of the Muslim holy places and keep the infidels from “desecrating” or threatening them.

      CBN, June 26, 2017:

      This year’s Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, has been one of the bloodiest in modern history.

      Figures compiled by Breitbart News, show a record number of 1,627 people were murdered by Islamic terrorists during 30 days of prayer and fasting that started May 27 and ended June 24. More than 1,800 were injured.

      Those numbers are significantly higher than 2016 when 421 people were killed and 729 injured.

      The attacks occurred in 29 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia, with Iraq bearing the brunt of the attacks.

      On Sunday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, thousands of Iraqis flocked to mosques in Baghdad to pray for peace.

      “I pray to God that the first day of Eid will be a day of peace and security for Iraq and all Iraqis, “said Sayef al-Zaidie, a local Islamic preacher.

      The end of Ramadan comes this year as Iraqi forces have been waging a fierce battle to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, from Islamic State militants.

      Many of those who took part in Sunday prayers hoped for victory against the Islamic militants.

      “I pray to God to protect those who fighting the Islamic State group,” said Yahya Misef, a Muslim worshipper. “I also pray to God to that all the displaced will be able to go back to their homes.”

  21. Latif Ahmed, a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said Ramadan is the month in which Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset as a spiritual exercise. According to Ahmed, Muslims observe Ramadan as a way of bettering themselves spiritually.


    Ann Wilcox, a practicing Ahmadiyya Muslim at the celebration, said that she converted from Catholicism to Islam after finding difficulty in believing the logic behind Catholicism. She said that while fasting is difficult during the heat, it is well worth the growth that comes from it.

    "Fasting is very arduous, but it's also very uplifting .. the purpose of fasting, of course, is to give you empathy for people who starve on a regular basis, to give yourself discipline, but the main purpose is to grow your spirituality. When you give up some physical pleasures, your spirituality grows," Wilcox said.

  22. The ahmadis are the most peaceful of the moslems -

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    Ahmadiyya (/ɑːməˈdiə/;[1] officially, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community[2] or the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at; Arabic: الجماعة الإسلامية الأحمدية‎‎, transliterated: al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmiyyah al-Aḥmadiyyah; Urdu: احمدیہ مسلم جماعت‎) is an Islamic religious movement founded in Punjab, British India, near the end of the 19th century.[3][4][5][6] It originated with the life and teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908), who claimed to have appeared in fulfilment of the prophecies concerning the world's reformer during the end times, who was to bring about, by peaceful means, the final triumph of Islam and herald the eschaton as predicted in Islamic scriptures as well as the traditions of various world religions. He claimed to have been divinely appointed as the Mujaddid (renewer) of Islam, the promised Messiah and Mahdi awaited by Muslims.[7][8][9][10] The adherents of the Ahmadiyya movement are referred to as Ahmadi Muslims or simply Ahmadis.
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    Ahmadi thought emphasizes the belief that Islam is the final dispensation for humanity as revealed to Muhammad and the necessity of restoring to it its true essence and pristine form, which had been lost through the centuries.[11] Ahmadiyya adherents believe that Ahmad appeared in the likeness of Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice, and peace. They believe that upon divine guidance he divested Islam of fanatical and innovative beliefs and practices by championing what is, in their view, Islam’s true and essential teachings as practised by Muhammad and the early Islamic community.[12] Thus, Ahmadis view themselves as leading the revival and peaceful propagation of Islam.[13][14]....

    1. They are persecuted more or less severely in many parts of the moslem world.

  23. Dressed in their finest clothing, the men and women of the Zion-based Ahmadiyya Muslim community hugged one another in celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the Milan banquet hall in Waukegan Monday.


    Some of the discussions were of excitement for future plans for the Ahmadiyya Muslim group.

    Plans for the opening in Zion of a bigger mosque in 2020 are currently being worked.


    After the prayers and the fellowship, families departed to do leisurely activities.


    Islam critic “Wild Bill” detained, arrested in Canada for “smuggling hate speech” on his iPad


    A story is unfolding in Canada about a critic of Islam, “Wild Bill,” Bill Finlay, who was scheduled to speak at a rally in Calgary over the weekend about the impact of Sharia law on women and children, and also about the freedom of speech. He was detained for hours, arrested, and had his iPad confiscated and sent to Ottawa for a “forensic investigation”; he was warned that he could be slapped with a “tariff” of an unknown sum for “smuggling” his own words into Canada. Wild Bill was subsequently blocked from entering into Canada. If events actually unfolded as he explains in his personal, recorded testimony below, then this is a horrifying and highly alarming story that bears enormous implications for free speech and free society in Canada.

    VIDEO OF 'WILD BILL' - "Smuggler Bill's Canada Blues"

  25. Hugh Fitzgerald: No Room at the Inn for an Iftar Dinner
    By Hugh Fitzgerald on Jun 26, 2017 05:53 am

    The Washington Post has reported — drop a ready tear — that there will be no Iftar Dinner this year in the White House: For the first time in nearly two decades, Ramadan has come and gone without the White House recognizing it with an iftar or Eid celebration, as had taken place each year […]
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    JUNE 26, 2017 5:53 AM BY HUGH FITZGERALD

    The Washington Post has reported — drop a ready tear — that there will be no Iftar Dinner this year in the White House:

    For the first time in nearly two decades, Ramadan has come and gone without the White House recognizing it with an iftar or Eid celebration, as had taken place each year under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.

    And the article by Amy Wang attempts to suggest that the “tradition” of the Iftar Dinner goes all the way back to Thomas Jefferson who, as is well known, was asked by a visiting Muslim envoy of the Bey of Tunis, one Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, to postpone the dinner to which Jefferson had invited him, along with others, until after sundown, which Jefferson, as a matter of courtesy, did.

    The Post continues:

    Jefferson’s decision to change the time of the meal to accommodate Mellimelli’s [the envoy from the Bey of Tunis] observance of Ramadan has been seized on by both sides in the 21st-century debate over Islam more than 200 years later. Historians have cited the meal as the first time an iftar took place in the White House — and it has been referenced in recent White House celebrations of Ramadan as an embodiment of the Founding Father’s respect for religious freedom. Meanwhile, critics on the far right have taken issue with the characterization of Jefferson’s Dec. 9, 1805, dinner as an iftar.

    Notice how in the Post article it is “historians” (disinterested, authoritative, not to be doubted) who cite that 1805 meal as the first Iftar dinner in the White House, while those who deny that the meal was an “Iftar dinner” are described as being on the “far right,” apparently for no other reason than that very denial.

    What actually happened is clear for those without an insensate need to make Islam, as Barack Obama has repeatedly claimed it was, “always part of America’s story.” And you can be as left-wing as all get out, and still recognize that Jefferson was not putting on an Iftar dinner.

    A little history will help: Mellimelli came to Washington as the envoy of the Bey of Tunis. The Americans had blockaded the port of Tunis, in order to force the Bey to halt his attacks on American shipping. Mellimelli was sent to make an agreement that would end the blockade. Invited by Jefferson to a dinner at the White House set for 3:30 (dinners were earlier in those pre-Edison days of our existence), he requested that it be held after sundown, in accordance with his Muslim practice, and Jefferson, a courteous man, obliged him. There is no hint that the dinner had changed in any way; no one then called it, or thought of it, as an “Iftar dinner.” Mellimelli himself did not describe it as an “Iftar dinner.” There is no record of it being anything other than the exact same dinner, the same menu, with wine (no removal of alcohol as would be necessary were it a real Iftar dinner), the only change being that of the three-hour delay until sunset. Nothing Jefferson said or did at the time, or in his later writings, indicates that he thought of that delayed dinner as an “Iftar dinner”; nor did he think he was in any way honoring Islam.

    In fact, Jefferson had a very dim view of Islam, which came out of his experience in dealing with the Barbary Pirates, that is, the North African Muslims (in Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli), who attacked Christian shipping and seized ships and Christian sailors, and then demanded ransom.....

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