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American Muslim Leader Pushing For Sharia Law In Weighing Dr. Ford Allegations



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Imam Zaid Shakir, the Muslim-American co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California deleted a post on his popular Facebook page after receiving backlash for suggesting Sharia law should be applied in judging if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh are credible.

“I do not support the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States,” he began. “My position, however, is based neither on the accusations nor the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”

Shakir said he did not support Kavanaugh because he believes “he lied under oath” and is “too politically partisan to sit on the Supreme Court.”

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Shakir went on to explain that he believes Ford’s allegations “cannot be used as evidence against Judge Kavanaugh.” He based his reasoning on “Muslim teachings” from the Qur’an, citing verse 24:4 which says “Those who bring charges of sexual improprieties against chaste women, then fail to come forth with four corroborating witnesses, lash them eighty times and never again accept their testimony. Such are truly corrupt.”

He also cited following verses which warn against alleging accusations without witnesses and claim those who do so “are liars in the sight of God.”

“The honor these verses are designed to protect is real, as are the condemnations they issue, as well as the punishments they threaten,” Shakir wrote. “If anyone can randomly produce vile accusations against anyone they please, and the only standard assessing the veracity of those accusations is our subjective feeling concerning the credibility of the accuser or the accused, none of us would be safe against the impugnment of his or her honor.”

Shakir warned against attacking Ford, but claimed “we are to remain silent and if we chose to speak it should be along the lines of the skepticism mentioned in the above-quotes verses and not in the voice of blind acceptance.”

The post was later deleted after backlash but Shakir followed-up in an additional post where he claimed he deleted the original because he “misused verses from the Qur’an to support an argument that would have been more correctly supported by another verse” and because “some people, especially sisters have been harmed and I am not in the business of harming people.”

In another follow-up post he walked back his claim that Ford needed four witnesses and said “anyone accusing someone of sexual violence, such as attempted rape, need not bring forth four witnesses to corroborate their claim. Furthermore, they are clear of any crime or sin unless after a proper investigation the accuser is proven to have lied.”

“While I apologize for that lack of clarity and any hurt it may have caused, I do warn against diminishing the power of patience and prayer,” he added. “There is always more that can be said about any issue, but I will take my own advice and shut up, pray, and be patient with Allah’s decree.”

“This Imam is a fundamentalist Muslim that’s expressing his opinions based on religious teachings which he was taught,” Imam Tawhidi, an Australian Muslim Scholar often called “Imam of Peace,” told The Daily Wire. “That’s what he was trained to do. He has a terrible record and preaches outdated ideologies that don’t belong in the USA.”

Here’s the full post of what Imam Zaid Shakir wrote:

On the Kavanaugh/Ford Affair

I do not support the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. My position, however, is based neither on the accusations nor the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. I believe that Judge Kavanaugh perjured himself in the Judge William Pryor situation, and that he has proven to be too politically partisan to sit on the Supreme Court. While there are those who will argue that the charge against Judge Kavanaugh in the Pryor issue does not reach the level of perjury, I personally believe that Judge Kavanaugh lied under oath and that nominees to the highest court in the land should be held to the highest standards of truth.

As for Dr. Ford’s accusations, they cannot be used as evidence against Judge Kavanaugh. That is so for a number of reasons. I will confine myself to those which are rooted in Muslim teachings. We read in the Qur’an, “Those who bring charges of sexual improprieties against chaste women, then fail to come forth with four corroborating witnesses, lash them eighty times and never again accept their testimony. Such are truly corrupt” 24:4.

This verse raises several important points of discussion. First of all, Islam does have a high standard to establish proof of sexual impropriety, however, that standard, as clear from this verse, is immediately set to protect the honor of women. It is extended to include that of a man.

Secondly, some may argue that the accusation intended in this verse is that of fornication and that Dr. Ford is not accusing Judge Kavanaugh of fornication. This is true, however, an air of extreme caution should be maintained in slanderous cases involving sexual improprieties less grave than fornication or actual rape. This is affirmed by the verses immediately following the one in question. These verses involve those who started a campaign to impugn Aisha (God be pleased with her) suggesting she had been romantically involved with a young man who honorably escorted her out of the desert after she had become separated from the Prophet’s caravan (peace and blessings upon him) after the Battle of Bani al-Mustaliq.

The gravity of becoming involved in such slanderous campaigns is made clear in those verses, which are referred to as the verses of “Ifk.” We read:

“Those producing a slanderous imputation are a clique among you. Do not think [O believers] that it is bad for you; rather, it is good for you. Everyone (involved in spreading this calumny) is liable for the sin they themselves have earned, while the principal instigator will have a grave punishment. Why is it that when the believing men and women heard it they did not think well of each other and say, ‘This is an obvious lie!’ ‘Why did these accusers not bring forth four corroborating witnesses?’ In that they have not brought forth witnesses they are liars in the sight of God. Were it not for the Grace of God and His Mercy in this world and the next you would have been afflicted with a great punishment for what you involved yourself in. You unleashed your tongues in [spreading such imputations] and spoke with your mouths what you had no knowledge of. You took [such scandal-mongering lightly] while it is extremely grave with God. When you did hear it, why did you not say, ‘We have no right to speak in this matter, gloried are you O God! It is pure slander.’ God admonishes you that you never again engage in such an affair if indeed you are believers.” (24:11-17)

These standards of truth constitute essential teachings in our religion designed to help insure that our societies remain sane and governable. The honor these verses are designed to protect is real, as are the condemnations they issue, as well as the punishments they threaten. If anyone can randomly produce vile accusations against anyone they please, and the only standard of assessing the veracity of those accusations is our subjective feeling concerning the credibility of the accuser or the accused, none of us would be safe against the impugnment of his or her honor.

In light of the teachings of our religion, which also forbid the behaviors laying at the root of this crisis, it is not our place to jump into the raging debate surrounding this aspect of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, as there is not a single soul among us who can confirm that Dr. Ford is telling the truth.

Does this mean that we say are to viciously attack her as some have done? No. It means we are to remain silent and if we choose to speak it should be along the lines of the skepticism mentioned in the above-quoted verses and not with a voice of blind acceptance. In that these verses were immediately revealed to protect the honor of a woman, such an approach would be even more fitting had such slanderous charges been brought, by way of example, against the likes on Justices Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor during their confirmation hearings.

It is a disservice to our people, both Muslim and American, if we join every polarizing controversy without giving any thought to clearly instructive teachings existing in our religion as to how we should approach such issues. That is so because were we to adhere to our principles of conduct we could offer alternative approaches to those sincerely searching for a viable middle ground from which to approach the many burning issues challenging our society.

Such is the case here. We do not dismiss Dr. Ford’s allegations out of hand because we believe Judge Kavanaugh is or has always been such an upstanding individual that such claims are automatically too preposterous or inconceivable to be countenanced. We do, however, demand that she produces corroborating witnesses. Were she to do so we would say she has a legitimate claim which we could support and rally behind. Since she has not we silently avoid voicing any opinion on the issue and if we do speak we do so with a skeptical voice. Other than that we can pray for her and urge her to be patient.

As for those who argue that in the name of justice we must do more than merely pray for her, I would respond that sometimes our hands are tied by the nature of the issues confronting us and that is all we can do under the circumstances. If this were the case for one greater than all of us, how could it not be our case in some instances?

When witnessing the torture of a woman, Sumayya, along her husband, Yasir, and their son, Ammar, the Prophet (peace and blessings of God upon him), realizing there was nothing he could do at that point, urged her and the members of her family to be patient: “Patience, O family of Yasir! Verily, you are promised Paradise.”

Before anyone reading this unleashes accusations of me attempting to pacify our youth or empower oppressors, let me say that this response is not always the case. If we, however, accept as a default position that we are to never urge patience and prayer in vexing situations, when our Lord has commanded us to seek His help with patience and prayer, then we have capitulated to ideas of activism and justice totally divorced from a view of reality that includes God, Heaven, Hell, Divine pleasure and punishment and otherworldly redemption, or we interpret those realities in ways which subordinate their understanding to materialistic conceptual frameworks alien to our religion.

Hence, I sincerely pray that God comforts and protects Dr. Ford and her family and if there is truth to what she alleges that corroborating witnesses come forth. Furthermore, if Judge Kavanaugh’s honor is to be impugned let it be based on what can be unequivocally confirmed from his words or actions and not on the uncorroborated accusations of others, be they male or female. May God bless us all.

Imam Zaid Shakir


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Simone Biles Speaks Out After Interim USA Gymnastics President Blasts Nike and Kaepernick




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Political correctness is a severe cancer in this world. I’m so tired of people apologize for something that needs no apology. If you are going to speak out about something…don’t apologize.

Don’t worry Simone Biles, it’s not like people are entitled to their opinion or that are shills for Big Corporations like dictating how everyone should think.

Dear Simone, stick to being a gymnast. Go on and keep making your money from a fascist company.

From Western Journal:

USA Gymnastics has found itself mired in perpetual controversy in recent years

The snowball began rolling in earnest when the horrific allegations of sexual abuse against team doctor Larry Nassar surfaced in 2015.

Obviously, Nassar’s actions are unforgivable and he deserves every last second of what is effectively a life sentence in prison.

After taking care of Nassar, the hounds of justice set their sights on USA Gymnastics itself. Any organization that could have been so unaware of the horrors taking place right under its nose deserve the accompanying scrutiny.

Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was forced to resign by the USOC after his horrible mishandling of the Nassar scandal.

His replacement, Kerry Perry, also ended up being forced to resign after her leadership was questioned by USOC.

Now, Perry’s replacement, Mary Bono, has also found herself in controversy, though nothing as serious as the last two.

Bono, a former Republican congresswoman in California, was barely on the job when a month-old tweet of hers resurfaced.

“Playing in a charity golf tournament raising for our nation’s Special Forces operators and their families. Unfortunately, had these shoes in my bad. Luckily I had a marker in my bag too,” Bono said in a since-deleted tweet.

The accompanying picture showed her using a black marker to hide the Nike logo on a shoe.

Regardless of how you feel about Nike’s divisive ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, Bono is more than entitled to her opinion. Yes, she put Nike, and by extension Kaepernick, on blast for the latter’s rhetoric. But she’s hardly exclusive in her feelings. Bono is just one of many Americans who feel that Kaepernick’s anthem protests were disrespectful to the flag, the military and the police.

While Bono is obviously allowed to voice her opinion, she unfortunately also drew the ire of her organization’s premiere athlete, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.

“Don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything,” Biles wrote in a blistering response tweet prefaced by a “mouth drop.”

While USA Gymnastics hasn’t had a team sponsor since late 2017, Biles is personally sponsored by Nike, according to ESPN.

Perhaps realizing that Biles is the one gymnast she cannot afford to alienate, Bono promptly deleted the tweet and issued an apology.

“I regret the post and respect everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them. This doesn’t reflect how I will approach my position @USAGym I will do everything I can to help build, w/ the community, an open, safe & positive environment,” Bono said in her apology tweet.

It would be nice to think that this will be the final controversy USA Gymnastics will have to deal with for a while. But if recent history is any indication, that seems almost impossible.

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INCREDIBLE Sight Last Night in Pensacola Florida Last Night Before Trumps Arrival




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President Trump is an awesome human being. You don’t have to call and beg for help on President Trumps watch, with ever disaster he has been there for each one.

This is a man who truly cares for the American people. It’s nice to have a President that cares.

From ABC News:

Five days into the aftermath of the most disastrous hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle, survivors are beginning the long road to recovery as officials continue to search for dozens still missing.

Hurricane Michael’s death toll has climbed to 18.

Officials expected the number of people killed by the storm to increase as crews sifted through the wreckage of once-bustling oceanside cities, including Mexico Beach and Panama City Beach, the Associated Press reported.

View of the damaged caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 13, 2018.

Candace Phillips sifts through what was her third-floor bedroom while returning to her damaged home in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 14, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

The powerful storm sounded like a freight train when it barreled into Panama City, said resident Jackie Lane, who was overcome with emotion recalling her experience to ABC News on Monday.

Crews Hard at Work in Florida

Video shows the massive response to Florida to help rebuild after Hurricane Michael. Utility worker Brian Kannada recorded it at the Pensacola Fairground, which is full of equipment awaiting departure to Panama City.

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Lane, her husband and her son rode out the storm in an inn down the street from her home. She and her son raced into the bathtub, she said, as her husband sat on the floor and put his feet up against the bathroom door to hold it.

“It was already splitting,” she said of the door, her voice shaking, “and the roof came, the ceiling came off.”

“For about three hours it just sucked us in and sucked us out, sucked us in and sucked us out,” she said. “I thought I was gonna lose my husband cause the door was cracking. And the stove and refrigerator that was in there, we could hear them just backing together and clanging around. We seen the stove fly across us. We seen all the debris, trees, pieces of everything.”

The entire second story of that inn is now gone.

“We lost everything,” Lane said. “We’re lucky to have our lives.”

Lavonia Fortner helps her father-in-law, John E. Fortner, search for memorabilia his wife collected, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

In nearby Mexico Beach, another town pulverized by Michael, 46 of those who didn’t evacuate were missing still missing on Sunday, the city’s mayor told ABC News.

Mayor Al Cathey said 289 people, including 10 children, decided to stay put despite evacuation orders, and rode out the Category 4 storm that made landfall on Wednesday. Michael devastated homes and businesses in Mexico Beach, which has a population of nearly 1,200.

This satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows part of Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 12, 2018.

Of the 18 people killed as the hurricane swept through the Florida Panhandle, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina, only one confirmed death was reported in Mexico Beach. When Michael made landfall there, winds topped out around 155 mph.

Police made two sweeps of Mexico Beach on Wednesday morning and recorded the names of everyone who planned to stay, though officials said it’s impossible to know who might have left during or immediately after the storm.

View of the damaged caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 13, 2018.

Michael knocked out power across the South, and Sunday night almost 700,000 remained powerless across five states, including 188,000 in Florida.

The storm not only destroyed homes and business in the city, it destroyed the Mexico Beach Police Department.

“We don’t have a building — from my understanding, the water surge moved it off its foundation,” Police Chief Anthony Kelly told ABC News on Friday. “The officers, I finally made accountability of them all today, two days after the fact. … They’re not just my officers, the people that I work with, they’re my family.”

Emily Mitchell returned on Saturday afternoon to what was left of the house her family owned in Mexico Beach. The roof was ripped off and walls were blown in. She called it a “total loss.”

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