Islamophobia, Anti-Muslim Backlash & Domestic Terrorism

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgIn Texas, armed protesters congregated near a mosque under the auspices of stopping the “Islamization of America.”In Pittsburgh last week a Moroccan cab driver was shot after a passenger complained about ISIS.The door of a mosque in Pflugerville, Tx was covered in feces and verses from the Koran were ripped from its spine.In Cincinnati, a woman wearing a hijab was the victim of verbal attacks. Another woman in the same city was called a “terrorist” and nearly run over by an enraged driver before a group of people intervened and pulled her safely onto the sidewalk.In St. Petersburg, Fla. authorities are investigating a profanity-laced threat directed at an Islamic Center.A community forum in Spotsylvania County, Va. devolved into an anti-Muslim shouting match when a local engineer attempted to share designs of a new mosque to residents amid racist condemnations that “every Muslim is a terrorist” and “Muslims is evil!” Yet, in this country, it’s domestic terror that’s shattering lives.On Friday, three people, including a beloved police officer, were killed during a five-hour long siege at a Planned Parenthood healthcare facility in Colorado. The alleged gunman’s motive remains unclear, but multiple news outlets have quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying the suspect mentioned “no more baby parts” in an interview with authorities. Law enforcement officials in Colorado have yet to confirm if a reference to fetal tissue was ever made. But Planned Parenthood suggested in a Tweet that the attack was politically motivated, and its supporters have characterized the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.We now know the man responsible for the tragic shooting at PP’s health center in CO was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion. — Planned Parenthood (@PPact) November 29, 2015Similarly, Black Lives Matters protesters in Minnesota said they too were victims of domestic terror, when five people taking part in a demonstration were wounded amid gunfire. “We are tired of your (expletive) and I (expletive) personally have a militia that is going to come down to your Islamic Society of Pinellas County and firebomb you and shoot whoever is there in the head,” a man said in a voicemail left for Islamic Center of St. Petersburg in Florida. “I don’t care if they are (expletive) 2 years old or 100.” It’s that same fear of reprisal—for merely adhering to a religion that extremists have bastardized to justify unfathomable bloodshed—which Muslims have dreaded since 9/11. An absolutely horrific demonstration of Islamophobia in the U.S.— INSIDER (@thisisinsider) November 27, 2015 Tonight, white supremacists attacked the #4thPrecinctShutDown in an act of domestic terrorism. We need you here…Posted by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis on Monday, November 23, 2015center_img Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than two weeks have passed since explosions and gunfire erupted in the streets of Paris, and the world remains transfixed on how gun-toting extremists were able to evade dragnet security before wreaking havoc on the City of Lights, killing 130 people.In the United States, the threat of terror has dominated the nation’s politics in an already bitter presidential campaign season. Presidential hopefuls seeking the GOP nod are flexing their muscles at the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq as well as at war-weary Syrian refugees fleeing the very same apocalyptic extremists these bellicose White House aspirants have pledged to defeat.Those vying for the nomination have chastised President Obama for failing to do enough to weaken ISIS. Driven by fear of the unknown, politicians have publicly come out against Obama’s plan to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, despite the already rigorous, multi-layered screening process that already exists. Meanwhile, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the United States should adopt a “religious test” so only Christian refugees would be permitted to enter the country, and Donald Trump has set his sights on Muslims at home, suggesting all Muslims carry IDs and be surveilled at mosques.The billionaire real estate magnate also claimed he saw “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001—a claim that has been debunked over and over by New Jersey’s elected officials and his fellow Republican challenger, Gov. Chris Christie.Either @realDonaldTrump has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) November 22, 2015Aside from ISIS and Syrian refugees, it’s the millions of Muslim Americans—doctors, lawyers, professors, shop owners—who bear the brunt of rhetoric emanating from the stump, where the truth is often drowned out by grandiose proclamations, fist pumping, and enthusiastic roars from a sympathetic audience—an exercise in democracy that candidates from both parties enjoy. But since the Paris attacks, the backlash against Muslims in America has been swift and disturbing. Four men have since been charged in connection with the shooting. Authorities in Minnesota said some of the men were filmed making derogatory comments about blacks and one man’s cell phone contained “racist images.”“They refer to African Americans in derogatory terms, say they are going to do some ‘reverse cultural enriching’ and ‘make the fire rise,’” according to a criminal complaint released in the case. In the video shot before the shooting, one of the men is seen brandishing a handgun and proclaiming: “Stay White.”The most severe terror attack on domestic soil this year was in Charleston, S.C., where a gunman attending Bible study at a historic black church in June gunned down nine God-loving people. Investigators later found photos of the alleged suspect posing with a Confederate flag and wearing South African apartheid-era patches on his clothes. A manifesto purportedly penned by the suspect paints a portrait of a man unhappy with progress made by African Americans over the years.Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, right-wing extremists have killed more people (48) than radical Jihadists (26), according to terror statistics compiled by Washington D.C.-based New America Foundation.A report released by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to the Terrorism at the University of Maryland in July 2014 found that the chief concern among local authorities across the country was the right-wing “sovereign citizens” movement, not Islamic extremism, which ranked lower.Despite the growing body of data, domestic terror has gone largely unmentioned by Republican contenders on the presidential campaign trail. Talk of potential attacks on US soil has been aimed mostly at Muslim Americans, despite Islamic groups across the country continuing to condemn atrocities in the name of their religion that 1.6 billion people follow around the world. One Muslim leader on Long Island said a week after the attacks that the Islamic State is an “illegal state” and does not represent Islam.Trump recently lamented New York City’s decision to disband NYPD’s so-called Demographics Unit, which spied on Muslims in the five boroughs, New Jersey and on Long Island. When the unit was active, however, it did not open a single terrorism investigation on local Muslims.Muslims groups and their supporters insist that anti-Muslim sentiment and negative comments about Syrian refugees only plays into extremists’ hands.“We as Muslims strongly condemn these un-Islamic actions,” Dr. Isma Chaudry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, said one week after the Paris attacks. “This is not Islam. ISIS is not Islam. Muslims are not violent, barbaric people. This is a small group of criminals and we, by dividing ourselves, are making them big.”last_img read more

An exclusive enclave on the Sunshine Coast is luring sunseekers

Posted On Oct 6 2020 by

first_imgSage Landing at Buderim on the Sunshine CoastSage Landing is located in a secluded cul-de-sac and offers both single-level, low set homes as well as larger, double-storey contemporary floorplans.Mr Reed said renowned local civil construction company Hall Contracting had been appointed to carry out the civil works, which will see the creation of the initial release of 13 lots.House and land packages at Sage Landing are selling now starting from $835,000, with first settlements expected in March 2018. Sage Landing at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast is 40 per cent sold, with construction underway in what is an exclusive enclave.CONSTRUCTION is underway at Sage Landing on the Sunshine Coast, with 40 per cent sold since the launch of the project in May.HMR Projects director Ken Reed said the response from the market had been positive with a number of other lots receiving keen interest from both local Buderim residents looking to downsize and interstate buyers wanting to move. Sage Landing at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast“As long-term Sunshine Coast locals and Buderim residents ourselves, we’ve made a conscious effort to design a development that incorporates the best of Buderim living, capitalising on the village lifestyle and the leafy surrounds,” Mr Reed said.“We had long been looking for a site to build a limited number of quality homes within easy walking distance of the village and it’s great to see the sod turned and civil works commencing as Sage Landing comes to fruition.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoSage Landing at Buderim on the Sunshine CoastRay White Buderim real estate agent Lew Pottinger said the commencement of construction marked a significant milestone for both the development and the Buderim housing market as a whole.“Over the past few decades there has been a limited number of subdivisions on top of Buderim, and of these, the majority have centred on expansive homes that require a lot of upkeep in terms of lawns and other maintenance,” Mr Pottinger said.“While Sage Landing’s high-end homes are still spacious enough to accommodate families or couples, the development has been specifically designed to be low maintenance, making it more manageable for occupants.“This isn’t an offering we see every day in Buderim and there really is no comparative product on the market at present.” Sage Landing at Buderim on the Sunshine CoastMr Pottinger said just eight home and land offerings currently remained at Sage Landing.“In addition to the low maintenance properties, one of the biggest attractions for buyers so far has proved to be the privacy the development affords,” Mr Pottinger said.“Sage Landing is very much its own private enclave; however, there are no body corporate costs and the development is still within easy walking distance of Buderim’s cafes, boutique retail outlets and the beautiful Buderim to Palmwoods tramway walking trail, thus combining the best of both worlds.” last_img read more

Burg tops fan voting for IMCA fendered divisions

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgADEL, Iowa – The number of votes left little doubt that Andrew Burg has quite a fan following. Burg’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock was the top choice in August balloting for the Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite contest. As a result, the 13-year-veteran will receive a mini-hood from contest sponsor Sybesma Graphics. “I’ve always raced a Hobby Stock. I’ve spent my entire career in that division,” said Burg, who fin­ished fourth in points at Stuart, anticipates a similar finish at Boone and won a single feature at each track this season. “I like the cost of the class and being able to race with the best of the best. We race with a lot of the best drivers in the country every Saturday and Sunday of the season.” He shares a shop with Shannon Anderson, John Watson and Jamie Songer. “I started racing with my dad when I got out of the service. I bought a used car for the first season and we built a new one for the next year,” Burg said. “It’s gotten a little more stressful over the last two years but things have come to fruition more. I’ve made a lot of friendships and met a lot of people racing.” Burg’s 16-year-old son Keith does most of the work on his dad’s car at the track. He’ll start his own Hobby Stock career next season in one of Burg’s used rides. Jimmy Keenan, Watson and often Songer round out the crew. Sponsors include Supreme Lawn & Landscaping, Chix Gear Racewear, CG Customs and Tony Moro Power Coating and Blasting, all of Des Moines; Finishline Auto Body & Paint of Grimes; Zipp’s Photos and Zipp’s Pizza of Adair; Ruby’s Pub of Stuart; Hawkeye Auto Salvage of DeSoto; Krazy Kal’s of Atlantic; and Five1seven Designs of Laguna Park, Texas.last_img read more