Video: Egyptian Prez Calls for Religious Reformation in Islam – Why Isn’t the MSM Covering This?

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for religious reformation of the Muslim faith. “We need to revolutionize our religion,” he proclaimed to the applause of an audience of Muslim clerics and scholars.

This is a HUGE story that is being ignored by the mainstream media.

People in the West often say that “moderate Muslims” need to speak out more to condemn the violent jihad being waged against non Muslims by their co-religionists. But when they do – they are too often ignored.

In a speech on New Year’s day,  al-Sisi called for a renewed vision of Islam which he said “is being destroyed” and “lost by our own hands.”

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people (Muslims worldwide) should want to kill the rest of the world’s population—that is, 7 billion people—so that they themselves may live?” he asked. “Impossible.”

Speaking to an audience of religious scholars celebrating the birth of Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, he called on the religious establishment to lead the fight for moderation in the Muslim world. “You imams (prayer leaders) are responsible before Allah. The entire world—I say it again, the entire world—is waiting for your next move because this umma (a word that can refer either to the Egyptian nation or the entire Muslim world) is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.”

He was speaking in Al-Azhar University in Cairo, widely regarded as the leading world center for Islamic learning.

“The corpus of texts and ideas that we have made sacred over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. You cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You must step outside yourselves and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.”

Al-Sisi is the general appointed by President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who later went on to lead the “coup” against Morsi. (Which the Obama administration opposed.)   Sisi not only ousted Morsi from power, he  brought charges against him and his cohorts, and banned (the Obama supported) Muslim Brotherhood which is the ideological forebear of Hamas and al Qaeda, supports Shari’a law, and approves of terrorism against Israel and the West.

These actions were proven to be highly popular. As The WFB reports,  “when new elections were held last May, Sisi, now a civilian, won a resounding victory.”

Meanwhile in Qatar, via Hot Air, “it “looks like the diplomatic efforts of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may have paid off.”  Khaled Mashaal, who ran the recent Hamas war on Israel from the safety of Doha where he has long kept his organization’s worldwide headquarters, got kicked out of Qatar altogether — along with the Muslim Brotherhood. CNN reports that the expelled officials will likely end up in Turkey.

Of course, Obama’s dear friend in Turkey comes to the rescue.

In his speech on New Years Day, Sisi specifically referred to the “corpus of texts and ideas” that are “antagonizing the entire world.” That doesn’t square at all with the PC pablum we constantly hear from the left – most notably from the Lecturer-in-Chief who is an authority on all things – including Islam.

“Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic,” Obama said in a prime time speech on September 10, 2014. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”

In a speech before the UN on September 25, he called on Muslims to denounce extremist ideology, saying a lethal group of terrorists “have perverted one of the world’s great religions.”

But the problem with Islam is the destructive ideology that comes from the texts themselves, as Sisi noted.

For example, here are a few that are highly problematic. These are pretty straightforward.

Quran (2:191-193)“And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…

but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)

Quran (2:216)Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”  Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time.  From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

Quran (3:151)“Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. 

Repeating over and over that Islam is a “religion of peace” doesn’t make it peaceful. When “extremists” like members of ISIS  “kill them (non-Muslims) wherever they find them), they are not distorting anything. They are taking the Koran at its word. A world-wide reformation of Islam is sorely needed.

Hugh Hewitt at Townhall wonders “why this isn’t a front page story in all of the major American papers and across all of the American networks?”

I read the Beacon’s coverage of the speech to my audience today, emphasizing how extraordinary it was, and how the Islamist radicals would try to do to al Sisi what they did to Sadat. Investor’s Business Daily covered the speech, as did PJ Media’s Roger L. Simon, but what about The New York Times and The Washington Post? The latter had blogger and law prof Eugene Volokh cover it (that’s it as of midnight Monday EST) and the former had nothing. Remarkable.

Sisi has taken an important first step and has placed a giant target on his back in doing so. He needs all the encouragement he can get – so why the silence from the MSM?

 SEE ALSO:

Ben Barrack, Shoebat: Five Years After Obama Speech in Cairo, Egypt’s Muslim President Gives Speech at same University To UNDO the Damage:

In 2009, Barack Obama kicked off his pro-Muslim Brotherhood agenda with a speech at al-Azhar University in Cairo. More than five years later, that country’s Muslim president Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi spoke at that University and in many ways attempted to undo the damage. The irony is that the Muslim President of Egypt sounded far less like a Muslim fundamentalist than the President of the United States did, speaking at the same exact University.

If you had to name a university in the world that is ground zero for Islamic fundamentalist teaching, Al-Azhar University in Egypt would certainly qualify. Regardless of one’s views on Islam, Egyptian President Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi demonstrated a tremendous amount of guts when he spoke in front of the University’s top Islamic scholars recently.

 

 

 

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of  the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure  who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:

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President of the 57 states and fluent Austrian speaker Barack Obama!!

The Independent Sentinel :I really can’t ignore Barack Obama this week. He’s out-weaseled himself.

His NPR interview was chock full of delusional quotes. We are all living out his dangerous, delusional world view.

During the NPR interview, it became clear that he thinks Iran could be a very ‘successful regional power’:

There’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of Iran,” he said, “and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules – and that would be good for everybody.”

He thinks he united the world and China, Iran and Russia are working with us:

“I mean, there’s a reason why we’ve been able to get this far in the negotiations. We mobilized the international community at the start of my presidency — a classic example of American leadership. The sanctions worked because we didn’t just get our usual allies’ support of this; we got China in support of it; we have Russia that still is supportive of the position that the P5+1 has taken in negotiations.”

“So, when I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was in the driver’s seat. Now the world’s united because of the actions we’ve taken, and Iran’s the one that’s isolated.”

Someone needs to tell him Iran is still in the driver’s seat.

He thinks the United States is “less racially divided” since he became president, which puts him in direct opposition to reality.He admitted that he has kept the Senate from acting on more than 400 bills languishing there. He is the king of the party of NO!

“There are going to be areas where we agree and I’m going to be as aggressive as I can be in getting legislation passed that I think help move the economy forward and help middle-class families,” he said. “There are going to be some areas where we disagree and, you know, I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office, partly because legislation that I objected to was typically blocked in the Senate even after the House took over — Republicans took over the House.”

[Emphasis mine]

He also takes the lead for me after responding so inadequately to the assassination of two NYPD officers.

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Former Republican Congressman Michael Grimm!

 The Noisy Room : My nomination this week is New York GOP Rep. Michael Grimm for his tax
evasions, from 2007 to 2010, in connection with his Manhattan health-food store Healthalicious. He reportedly hid more than $1 million in receipts and wages at Healthalicious, a Manhattan restaurant he owned before he was elected to Congress in 2010. Though Grimm originally said he would continue to serve, he resigned after talking with House Speaker John Boehner, who convinced him to step down because he was embarrassing the party. 

The 44-year-old Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, faces 24 to 30months in prison, according to federal sentencing guidelines. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 8th. If the Dems win the seat in NY, it takes the only Congressional seat away from Republicans in the state.Shame on Grimm – I expect better from a Marine.

In last Tuesday’s hearing before Judge Pamela Chen, Grimm pleaded guilty
to one count of aiding in the filing of a false tax return in 2009. In a
document submitted to the court, he admitted to all the illegal conduct
alleged in his 20-count indictment, including hiring undocumented
immigrants and lying under oath in a deposition in 2013, when he had
been in Congress for two years.

One of the worst parts, in my opinion, is that he lied about being a Tea
Party candidate to get the support and endorsement of those such as
Sarah Palin. Grimm did not join the Tea Party Caucus within the House, and instead joined the more moderate Republican Main Street Partnership.

After being elected, when asked by Sean Hannity if he was a Conservative, he
wouldn’t even say he was one at that point. It is now blatantly obvious he was never a Conservative or a Tea Party adherent. He was a RINO in Tea Party clothing.

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University of Virginia President And Male Basher Teresa Sullivan!!

The Razor : My WOTW is University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan for continuing a ban on fraternity activities and refusing to apologize to the Greek community even after the Rolling Stone article that prompted the ban was thoroughly debunked. I am no friend of the Greeks (unless it’s the Ancient Greek philosophers or Greek food) but Sullivan’s capitulation to the rabid PC harpies followed by her sudden mettle after the article was shown to be a lie makes me cast off my typical New Years optimism and reach back into the recent past to anoint Ms. Sullivan our First Weasel of 2015.

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PETA!!

Ask Marion : My Weasel of the Week nominee is PETA.

Sarah Palin posted a photo of her 6-year-old special needs son, Trig, trying to help with the dishes. Nobody immediately reacted when he said he needed help to reach the sink, so Trip took it upon himself to solve the problem. He stood on the family dog, Jill, a black lab especially trained to be a companion for kids like Trig who suffers from down syndrome.

When Palin posted the photo, PETA went nuts. Now I’m a dog lover, but really???

Hmmm… funny thing?!? When Ellen DeGeneres, who doesn’t suffer from Downs or the [ike, posted virtually the same photo of herself standing on the family dog as a child, there were crickets from PETA and then they nominated her women of the year.

And when President Obama admitted that he ate dog meat as a child in Indonesia there wasn’t a peep either from PETA.

Or how about when New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio dropped the groundhog, who eventually died, at the yearly celebration? I don’t remember a peep from PETA either.

But like with anything else in today’s climate, if you are a Democrat or a Progressive from either party, you are untouchable and always excused, but if you are a Reublican or worse yet. a tea party Republican, you are fair game with a target on your back for anyone or any group to inflict their fake outrage. Just ask former Governer and GOP Presidential Candidate Romney .

But Sarah Palin responded to PETA like only Sarah can!

Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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