The radical Westboro Baptist Church
, famous both for their virulent homophobia and for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers, had indicated on their website they planned to rally outside a play in Old Strathcona, Canada on Saturday night.
The hate group — which masquerades as a Baptist Christian church
, but is neither Baptist nor Christian
–failed to show up. Instead, hundreds of gay rights supporters met outside the play, a production of The Laramie Project, to wave signs and speak out against the American church.
One of the men responsible for the grotesque defacing of Facebook tribute pages, including that of dead Melbourne teen Cameron Lowe, is a high-ranking Ku Klux Klan
member who served two years in jail for viciously beating a 16-year-old Latino boy.
, 28, from Cincinnati, Ohio, outed himself
to a pair of Australian vigilantes on a website chat room used by his group to organise and gloat about desecrating scores of Facebook tribute pages.
This week, the group was responsible for vandalising the pages of Cameron, 17, who died after being punched in the head, and Chantelle Rowe, 16, from Kapunda, north of Adelaide. Chantelle and her parents, Andrew and Rose Rowe, were stabbed to death.
They harassed grieving family members
through private messages and published obscene images on the tribute pages.
Facebook has removed the images and banned the users responsible but the largely US group is outside the reach of Australian law.
But two concerned Australians
decided to visit the forum where the vandals congregate and infiltrate their chat room. They purposely baited Hensley on the chat room and he appeared there on webcam to give them the finger.
The wife of a German convert to Islam
who was convicted of plotting a thwarted attack on U.S. targets in Germany went on trial herself Friday on charges of supporting terrorist organizations.
Filiz Gelowicz, 28, is accused of supporting the Islamic Jihad Union and the German Taliban Mujahideen by helping provide euro3,000 ($4,225) to fund terrorist training camps in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region between 2009 and 2010. She faces up to five years in prison.
A website which influenced a young Muslim
to stab an MP has posted dozens more MPs’ names on a ‘death list’ with an exhortation to Muslims to follow her example.
It published a list of all the MPs who voted for the Iraq war together with an instruction to Muslims to try to kill them, saying: “We ask Allaah for her action to inspire Muslims to raise the knife of Jihaad against those who voted for the countless rapes, murders, pillages, and torture of Muslim civilians as a direct consequence of their vote.”
Responding to complaints from American and British officials, YouTube
on Wednesday removed
from its site some of the hundreds of videos
featuring calls to jihad
by Anwar al-Awlaki
, an American-born cleric based in Yemen who has been blamed for radicalizing Muslims
involved in a string of terrorist attacks.
On Tuesday, amid concerns that the cleric might have been linked to a thwarted plot to bomb cargo jets
, prosecutors in Yemen charged Mr. Awlaki in absentia with inciting violence by sending Internet messages to a 19-year-old Yemeni man, who is on trial for murdering a French oil company worker last month, urging him to kill foreigners
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With al-Qaeda declaring war on Christians
in Iraq and no end to political instability in sight, Catholic experts on the Middle East fear the fate of the minority Christian community there will only worsen
The pessimism followed the bloodiest attack
against Iraq’s Christian minority since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Fifty-two hostages and police were killed on Sunday when security forces stormed a church that had been raided by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen.
The bloodbath struck fear deep into the hearts of remaining Iraqi Christians and confirmed some of the worst concerns of a Vatican summit on the Middle East held last month that warned of a continuing exodus of Christians from the lands of the Bible
woman who tried to kill
a Labour MP by stabbing him in the stomach was jailed for life
, a 21-year-old student, twice plunged a knife into former minister Stephen Timms when she went to meet him at his constituency office in east London on May 14 this year, shortly after the general election.
Judge Jeremy Cooke said Choudhry , reportedly after watching online sermons by Yemeni-US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki
, would continue to be a danger to MPs for the foreseeable future and passed a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years.
“You said you ruined the rest of your life. You said it was worth it
. You said you wanted to be a martyr,” said Cooke, sitting at the Old Bailey…
A Paris court is hearing the appeal
of 18 people convicted in the 2006 kidnapping, torture and murder
of a young French Jew.
One who’s not appealing is Gang leader Youssouf Fofana, who chose not to appeal his conviction and life sentence.
‘People’ is a big word for a gang of criminals who refer to themselves — appropriately — as Barbarians
A jury Monday found four men guilty of plotting to blow up Jewish targets
in New York City and shoot military planes out of the sky, brushing aside defense claims that they were victims of entrapment by a paid FBI informant who befriended them at their mosque.
The four — alleged ringleader James Cromitie, David Williams IV, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen — were arrested in a nighttime raid in May 2009 after leaving cars they believed were laden with explosives outside a synagogue and a Jewish center in the Bronx.
Prosecutors called it a “chilling plot” and an example of the danger of home-grown terrorists
. Defenders of the four, all Muslims
from the working-class city of Newburgh, north of New York City, said they would not have been involved in a plot were it not for pressure put on them by the Pakistani-born informant.
— a hate group consisting of despicable barbarians
who have deluded themselves into thinking they represent true Islam
— have warned of a possible terrorist attack against the Netherlands, according to a press report Monday, in the wake of the government’s decision to form a minority government backed by the anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders
‘If the Netherlands enforce its anti-Islamic policies
, it will ensure that they will be the target of an attack by a jihadist
group,’ Taliban spokesman Sabiullah Mujahid told
the de Volkskrant
The Westboro Baptist Church
is a hate group masquerading as a Christian church
Theologically, the hate group’s extremist views and despicable behavior
mark it as a cult of Christianity
Led by Fred Phelps, members of this ‘church’ — who have deluded themselves
into thinking that they are followers of Jesus Christ — target homosexuals and others with messages of hate
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering
whether or not this group’s particular brand of religious insanity should be allowed as ‘free speech.’
The US Supreme Court weighed whether the Westboro Baptist Church — anti-gay religious group that pickets military funerals with signs that read “Thank God for dead soldiers” — is exercising its right to free speech or invading a grieving family’s privacy.
The Supreme Court seemed to have trouble putting aside the ugliness of the message to focus on the rights of the messenger Wednesday, as justices tried to balance free speech against the privacy owed a grieving family burying a son.
In a rare clash between courts, a federal judge today said he will order a state judge not to interfere with a lawyer’s handling of a federal case involving the Church of Scientology.
A visibly irritated U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday granted a motion by lawyer Kennan Dandar, who is representing the estate of Kyle Thomas Brennan in a wrongful death suit against the church.
[Note: due to Scientology’s behavior we file news items like these under the heading of ‘hate groups.’]
The Norwegian police said Tuesday that three suspected militants [Islam-inspired terrorists] arrested in July had been planning an attack on a Danish newspaper whose publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in 2005 ignited fury in much of the Muslim world the following year.
The claimed link to the cartoons in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper underscored the enduring impact of the 12 drawings as a focal point of militant action. Earlier this month, Danish police said a Chechen boxer had been planning to send a letter bomb to the same newspaper when the explosives went off accidentally at a hotel in Copenhagen.
It’s time to fight back against death threats by Islamic extremists
, say Ayaan Hirsi Ali
and Daniel Huff.
A federal law is needed to cover threats
against free-speech rights. Across media and geographies, Islamic extremists
are increasingly using intimidation to stifle free expression
Sensible ideas, oh so necessary to deal with the religious nuts
who believe that murder, violence and terrorism
is the best way to defend Islam
In 2007, while investigating the Church of Scientology for Panorama, reporter John Sweeney had a dramatic on-camera confrontation with a church spokesman named Tommy Davis.
The church was accusing the reporter of bias and it attempted to stop the documentary from being broadcast – a campaign backed by Scientology A-lister John Travolta. Sweeney has returned to investigate the church again.
YouTube has been called on to block
thousands of videos by one of the world’s most wanted Muslim terrorists
which allow him to preach directly, in English, to potential new recruits.
was the only terrorist leader mentioned by name by the head of MI5 in a speech last week in which he warned that the Yemeni-based preacher was encouraging his followers to act
“alone and with little formal training.”
Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, a researcher at the prestigious International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation
at King’s College, London, said: “The internet has become one of the prime incubators of radicalisation
and Youtube now contains by far the largest public collection of Awlaki’s lectures.”
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