When Bacon Becomes a Hate Crime

August 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm (Bacon, Hate Crime, Hate Crimes Division, Islam, New Dorp Beach, New York, NYPD, Ramadan, Staten Island)

If loving bacon is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

The Hate Crimes Division of the NYPD has been called in to investigate an incident at the New Dorp Beach field after bacon was found on the ground before a Ramadan service.

SI Live reports (h/t Gateway Pundit):

It’s being investigated as a hate crime — someone scattered pieces of bacon over the New Dorp Beach field where the borough’s Muslim community celebrated the end of Ramadan Sunday morning.

But that act of desecration failed to ruin what organizers described as a successful celebration — about 1,500 worshipers gathered at the John D’Amato Field at New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue, unaware of the early morning police investigation that preceded the ceremony.

“Everything went smoothly,” said Dr. Mohamed Sadeia, president of the Muslim American Society on Staten Island, which organized the gathering. “The community is really not aware of it.

Dr. Sadiea was one of a handful of organizers who noticed the uncooked bacon on a small section of the field at about 8 a.m.

He said he contacted police, but kept the incident and investigation quiet, because he didn’t want to distress the adults and children gathering for morning prayers.

“They didn’t want to ruin the happiness of one of the only two holidays of the entire year,” said Hesham El-Meligy, the founder of the Islamic Civic Association-Staten Island, who said he didn’t attend the outdoor ceremony but had heard about the incident.

An police spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that the NYPD’s Hate Crime Unit is investigating the incident.

Adherents of Islam are forbidden to eat pork.

Granted, if somebody did this knowing full-well that the religion of Islam forbids pork, then it is certainly a prank in poor taste.  But it hardly amounts to the level of a hate crime.

Especially in light of some cases in which Christians were targeted, and the assailants were not charged with hate crimes.

Examples of that include:

This brick assault on a Christian church.
High school basketball players assaulted for Tebowing.
More recently, the shooting at the Family Research Center, in which the Obama administration refused to consider the event a hate crime.

The above incidents could easily be considered more vile. But bacon on a field where Ramadan is being celebrated, while tasteless, is not hate.

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Muslim Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against NYPD, Claim They Won’t Hire Him Because He Discriminates Against Gays, Which is Discriminatory

June 13, 2012 at 7:06 am (ACLU, Brooklyn, CAIR, Discrimination, Farhan Doe, Homosexual, Lawsuit, Muslim, New York, New York City, NYPD, Police)

Got all that right?

In a lawsuit recently filed against the New York Police Department, a man only identified as “Farhan Doe”, claims it is discriminatory for him not to be considered for hiring on the force just because he openly discriminates against homosexuals.

On an application for the job, Doe responded in the affirmative to the following question:

“Do you believe that homosexuals should be locked up?”

The fascinating part here is that Doe currently works as an auxiliary cop in Brooklyn.  Perhaps they should be reviewing his application for signs of trouble now?

The New York Post reports that Doe magically changed his mind the following year when he re-applied, and was startled to learn that the Department wasn’t buying it (emphasis mine).

“They pro forma denied him again — saying he couldn’t possibly be a police officer,” the lawyer said. “The First Amendment is very clear, saying that you can’t discriminate against someone because they have a view you do not like,” he said.

While the NYPD could take action if he acted out in an anti-gay manner, they can’t bar Doe from the force for anti-gay thoughts, the lawyer said.

And yet, Doe would like to lock up gays because they have a view he does not like.

First, this sounds like he intentionally went back to apply the following year knowing full-well he’d be denied, but also knowing full-well his intent to file suit.

Second, it will be interesting to see if CAIR or the ACLU jumps aboard this lawsuit.  Imagine the outrage had the NYPD hired someone who answered yes to the above question if the word ‘homosexuals’ was replaced by ‘Muslims’.

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Occupier Charged With Assaulting Police Officer With Metal Pipe

April 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm (Alexander Penley, Assault, New York, Nicholas Thommen, NYPD, Occupy Wall Street)

I don’t remember this ever happening at a Tea Party rally…

On a side note, why haven’t these slugs gone home yet?  What can they possibly hope to achieve, besides the ability to urinate and defecate in public?

Via Gothamist:

According to police, the two men who were arrested in front of the Sixth Street Community Center last night allegedly assaulted an NYPD sergeant with a metal pipe in front of the Starbucks on Astor Place. One of the men, 41-year-old Alexander Penley, is an attorney and has been an Occupy Wall Street organizer since the movement began in the fall.

Penley, along with 30-year-old Nicholas Thommen, were arrested around 10 p.m. after what witnesses described as a violent scuffle between the two men and police officers, and are charged with a litany of offenses, including assaulting a police officer, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and inciting a riot.
Penley has been quoted in stories about Occupy Wall Street in The Guardian and USA Today, and appeared on the local Manhattan television show Let Them Talk in October.

A police report of the incident provides even further details:

The NYPD’s press release on the arrests refers to them as “anarchist-related arrests of individuals among a group of 25 who fought with police and who had tried to use eight-foot-long galvanized metal pipes to smash windows of a Starbucks at Astor Place and Lafayette Street at 8:45 p.m.” The police also claim that patrons of Starbucks were hiding under the tables during the incident.

The release states that an NYPD lieutenant also sustained injuries in the incident, but there is no mention of their severity. After police took one man into custody outside the Starbucks, “At an after-party at the 6th Street community center within the confines of the 9th Precinct, police were assaulted again as they took a suspect outside of the location there into custody.”

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Occupy: "We Won’t Make a Difference If We Don’t Kill a Cop or 2"

March 19, 2012 at 7:49 am (Assault, Commies, Death Threat, NYPD, Occupy Wall Street, OWS, Police, Syria, Weather Underground, Zuccoti Park)

When that movement of ‘mostly peaceful’ protesters at Occupy aren’t busy demanding Syria-like violent protests, or celebrating books written by the Weather Underground, or supporting cop-killers in general, it seems they’re using their spare time to make death threats via the Twitter.

Via the New York Daily News:

Police are investigating an apparent Occupy Wall St. protester’s online threat to kill cops.
Someone with the Twitter handle “smackema1” tweeted this message at 11:39 p.m. Saturday, following a clash at Zuccotti Park.: “we wont make a difference if we dont kill a cop or 2.”
The tweet was directed to a page on Ustream showing live footage of the protests.
The writer was had tweeted several comments about the protests Saturday night.
The NYPD is seeking a subpoena to find out who’s behind the Twitter account, according to Paul Browne, the department’s top spokesman.

Occupiers had tried to stay in Zuccoti Park on St. Patrick’s Day in an attempt to reclaim the area after their eviction back in November.

In addition to the Twitter threat, two police officers and their families received phone threats, and during the melee itself a protester elbowed a cop repeatedly in the face, while another separate activist was charged with assault.  Not to mention another individual who was charged with attempted robbery and sexual abuse when he apparently tried to capitalize on the chaos in a way that only an Occupier can.  In all, 73 people were arrested.

The Other McCain laments the difficult task being assigned to the NYPD:

St. Patrick’s Day, like New Year’s Eve, is one of those occasions when I carefully avoid alcohol because I refuse to drink with amateurs. But for many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is a festive occasion celebrated with drunken revelry. Now imagine you’re a New York cop, looking forward to a Saturday night of green beer with your buddies, and you find out instead you’ve been assigned weekend overtime duty because a bunch of Commie freaks have decided to have a protest:

He adds, rather humorously:

That’s the way to do it, NYPD! Give ‘em a sweet taste of the nightstick!
But doesn’t NYPD have tasers? Jack ‘em up with some high voltage!
Billy clubs, tasers, pepper spray, whatever it takes to keep Marxist scum off the streets of New York, do it. These whiny deadbeats are a menace to public safety — scabiestuberculosisrape! — and if they refuse to disperse peacefully, they have thereby declared war on the law-abiding citizens of New York, whom the NYPD are sworn to protect and serve.

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Surveillance of Muslim Student Associations is Justified

February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am (CAIR, College News, ICNA, Islam, Michael Bloomberg, MSA, Muslim Brotherhood, Muslim-Americans, Muslims, New York, NYPD, NYPD Intelligence Division, SUNY Albany, Surveillance, Terrorism, Times Union)

Last week, the Times Union reported on a situation which is making news nationwide – New York Police Department surveillance of Muslim students on college campuses, including the State University of Albany.

The article is dripping with sarcasm aimed directly at the police force, with little or no attempt at delving deeper into the reasoning behind the surveillance.

Leave it to the Times Union to go out of their way to interject opinion into a news article, while equally managing to keep other important facts out of their report on the NYPD monitoring of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at SUNY Albany.

Did it ever occur to the Union that there might possibly be a history with the MSA that would prompt investigators to keep an eye on them?

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism – the most comprehensive data center on radical Islamic terrorist groups – the MSA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and describes them in the following manner:

MSA has gained legitimacy on American campuses as a benevolent collegiate faith club; however, under this moderate veneer MSA advances a different agenda among impressionable college students.  Through conferences and events, publications, websites and other activities, MSA has disseminated and promoted militant Islamic ideologies on college and university campuses throughout North America.   

Now, that isn’t to say the Times Union didn’t actually see neutral postings on the SUNY Albany MSA website, but it is to say there is another side to the story.  Feel free to go with a balanced approach.

The newspaper has yet to indicate in any of their stories that the normally spineless Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has defended the actions taken by the NYPD.  Via Global Post:

Bloomberg argued it is “legal,” “appropriate” and “constitutional” for police to monitor Muslim communities since they are potential places where terrorists might hide out while they prepare attacks against American citizens, the AP reported.

Of course, the Times Union did the same exact thing last year, when they ran a story about a Muslim summer camp being built in the Adirondacks.  The camp was being considered by a group known as the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).  When I contacted the newspaper about the lack of information as well as the flat-out false information being printed regarding the ICNA, an editor responded that the story was evolving and would change over time.  It never did.  They never corrected it.

Interestingly enough, the MSA and ICNA do have a connection.  Both have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, both conduct events throughout the nation in conjunction with each other, and both operate under the umbrella of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 11 major Islamic organizations.

Think neither of these organizations should be monitored or looked at more closely?  Here is my report last year regarding the ICNA:

One of the largest Muslim organizations in North America is considering plans to build a summer camp on 114 acres of land in the Adirondacks.  Via the Albany Times Union
“The Islamic Circle of North America, a Muslim advocacy group based in New York City, hopes to raise money to develop a camp for children and families of all religions on land donated to it last year.”
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), based in Queens, New York, is not devoid of controversy in a history that spans over 40 years, yet there is scant mention of these controversies by the media.  The Times Union article states that, “U.S. law enforcement agencies have investigated, but never prosecuted, ICNA for terrorist connections.”  And there is coverage of a fundraiser involving speakers having made anti-American statements in the past, which is quickly justified by saying, “the meeting raised money for homeless women.”
But the ICNA has so much more to offer in the way of newsworthiness, including an event involving radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, as well as a link to the presently relevant Muslim Brotherhood.
Observe…
  • In the book, American Jihad, author Steven Emerson claims that the ICNA has praised terror attacks in the past, is allied with militant fundamentalist movements, and supports the imposition of sharia law.   
  • The same book mentions a statement by Senator Mitch McConnell in 1996 that the group is allied with the Islamic Association for Palestine in North America, which has ties to the terrorist organization, Hamas.
  • The ICNA has demonstrated deep ties to the fundamentalist Pakistani political party, Jamaat-e-Islami, whose main objective is the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law.
  • Ran a series of Muslim subway ads in 2008, promoted by a Brooklyn imam whom federal officials had linked to a plot to blow up city landmarks.
  • Have expressed great reverence for such outstanding individuals as the Ayatollah Khomeini and Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, a man famous for calling the holocaust a ‘myth’, and stating that ‘Israel must be wiped off the map.’
Additionally, radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was asked to speak at a convention sponsored jointly by the ICNA and the Muslim American Society (MAS) in July of 2002.  Awlaki has been connected with three of the 9/11 hijackers, and has since praised the murderous rampage by the Fort Hood shooter that took 14 lives, and the failed attempt by the Christmas Day bomber to kill 278 innocent people.  What’s more, Awlaki spoke alongside Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. 
It should be noted that the ICNA released a statement denouncing Awlaki’s views – nearly eight years later – but noting that at the time of his appearance, he had not been accused of any extremist ties, and that he had only started making radical lectures after being detained in 2007.
This is, of course, a flat-out falsehood.  In fact, here’s a bit of what was already known regarding Awlaki at the time of his ICNA appearance:
  • In 1996, he encouraged a student at his mosque to fight jihad, prompting an elder to confront him, eventually leading to his departure.
  • In 1998 and 1999, served as Vice President of a charity founded by Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, an associate of Osama bin Laden and a man designated by the U.S. government as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’.
  • The F.B.I. first took notice of Awlaki in 1999 based on his relationship with militants and his role in running a ‘front organization to funnel money to terrorists’.
  • The 9/11 Commission had shown that F.B.I. investigators were divided over Awlaki’s involvement in the terrorist attacks, but had expressed concern over his role as spiritual advisor to two of the hijackers, with one detective saying he believed Awlaki ‘was at the center of the 9/11 story’.
But if you’re looking for a current piece of news regarding the ICNA, then look no further than Egypt.  Considered to be the North American branch of the aforementioned Jamaat-e-Islami, the ICNA also maintains close ties to international groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.   The Muslim Brotherhood has objectives far different than the simple establishment of a camp for various religions.  Their stated motto:
Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Joe Kaufman, in Front Page Magazine wrote:
“When tens of thousands of Iranian violence-driven malcontents scream “Death to America” in chorus, we Americans have a right to know who here is screaming with them. And once we find out who, law enforcement and intelligence needs to investigate and take appropriate action, so that inappropriate action is not taken upon us.”
Or, in the case of today’s media, we can simply watch them build a summer camp without so much as a cursory look at who’s behind the project.
Nothing to see here…

Let the Times Union know that it isn’t their job as journalists to interject opinion into their reporting.  But it is their job to report all of the facts.

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