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Islam and the Mafia: ‘Making An Offer You Can’t Refuse’

FrontPage Magazine Editor’s note: The following is Part Three of a three-part series examining the many parallels between Islam and the mafia following Bill Maher’s recent exclamation that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the [...]

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Islam’s ‘Good Cop/Bad Cop’ Routine

PJ Media Yet one more piece of evidence tying the United States to the Islamic State recently came to light.  In a new video interview, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most authoritative clerics in the Muslim community who has his own program on Al Jazeera and is chairman of the International Union of Muslim [...]

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America’s “Moderate Syrian Rebels” Are All Islamic Jihadis, Says Saudi Intelligence

Jihad Watch More evidence recently emerged indicating that the Obama administration is using the pretext of fighting one set of Islamic State terrorists in a way to help support another set of Islamic State terrorists—those fighting Syria’s Bashar Assad. Back on September 10, Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training camps for moderate Syrian rebels [...]

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Egypt’s Salafi Party Defends Islamic State Terrorists

Coptic Solidarity Further demonstrating its true face, Egypt’s National Salafi Party recently refused to count the Islamic State as a “terrorist” organization, or even that it had misinterpreted Islam. Despite the fact that the Islamic State’s many atrocities are well known—crucifixions, beheadings, massacres, enslavements and rapes—Yousry Hammad, the party’s vice president, said: “I hope that a delegation [...]

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Islam: Victors Vanquishing Victims

Editor’s note:  The following book review of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians was written by Terry Scambray for the New Oxford Review (October, 2014 issue).   Throughout the Muslim world, from Morocco to Nigeria to Indonesia — and even occasionally in Western Europe and North America — Christians are being harassed, tortured, and murdered. Reuters reported in January [...]

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Loyalty and Enmity: Parallels between Islam and the Mafia

FrontPage Magazine Editor’s note: The following is Part Two of a three-part series examining the many parallels between Islam and the mafia following Bill Maher’s recent exclamation that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write [...]

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Obama Terrorism Advisor’s Book Confuses and Distorts

Reading CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein’s book, Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat, published by the Naval Institute Press (2010), one can see why U.S. leadership is far from “understanding the global threat”; why the Obama administration is supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood; and why so many U.S. politicians rose up in condemnation when one obscure pastor threatened to burn [...]

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McCain and the Caliph?

Did Senator John McCain meet with and possibly even support the current leader of the Islamic State known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — who was released from a U.S. detention camp in 2009? Consider the above picture.  Is the man circled in red in a 2009 meeting with McCain and other Islamists, al-Baghdadi? Compare to [...]

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The Islamic State and Islam

PJ Media What relationship does the Islamic State have to Islam? “Absolutely nothing” is the answer almost every Western politician gives.   For example, U.S. President Obama adamantly stated in a televised speech that the Islamic State “is not Islamic.” This begs the question: How does one determine what is—and is not—Islamic? The traditional answer, the [...]

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Islam: More ‘Like the Mafia’ than Bill Maher Knows

FrontPage Magazine Editor’s note: The following is Part One of a three-part series examining the many parallels between Islam and the mafia. During a recent debate on HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher declared that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong [...]

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