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  • The One I Thought I Knew

    10/06/2009 5:52:10 AM PDT · by kindred · 63 replies · 2,326+ views
    The Ignorant Fisherman.com ^ | October 6, 2009 | DJP
    Many dear, professing “Christians” today, who are dear and sincere in their Christian traditions and personal beliefs, believe in a DIFFERENT Christ (i.e., they have “their own” Jesus). Therefore they - either knowingly or unknowingly - have rejected the CHRIST of the Holy Scriptures.I personally know how this works. I once had “my own” Jesus. For years I was a practicing Roman Catholic. From the womb I was taught and raised in the traditions of the Catholic faith (ideology), and in true sincerity I went to church every week, prayed every night, and practiced the Golden rule, but I lived...
  • FBI and CIA with there pants down allow spy to walk!

    05/14/2008 8:36:30 PM PDT · by straps · 2 replies · 166+ views
    Isreal Web Site and Jihad Watch
    * May 14, 2008 Illegal alien FBI agent/translator who illegally accessed files on Hizballah investigations gets no jail time, $750 fine by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth blog, May 14, 2008 prouty-picture.jpgWell, Judge Cohn in the Detroit Federal District Court let Hezbo sister, marriage fraudster and former CIA and FBI translator, Nadia Nadim Prouty go without not much of a slap on the wrist. Read the Detroit Free Press story here. He gave her this ’sentence’ because, allegedly, she “served the United States with distinction in Iraq and elsewhere, at times placing herself in peril on behalf of her...
  • Poor Farmers Invoke Land Law To Get Their Hands On South Africa's Richest Diamond Mines

    09/30/2006 5:48:21 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 633+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-1-2006 | Stephen Bevan
    Poor farmers invoke land law to get their hands on South Africa's richest diamond mine Stephen Bevan in Taaibosch (Filed: 01/10/2006) Deep in the bushveld of South Africa's far north, 20 miles down a dirt track from the nearest road, the dusty township of Taaibosch is an unlikely place to find the owners of one of the country's most valuable pieces of real estate. Yet the residents of its rows of tiny brick huts, baking in the harsh sun, may soon be declared joint proprietors of South Africa's richest diamond mine. John Matlathi, 66, the village's head man, and other...
  • Why Christians should welcome, rather than stigmatize, unwed mothers and their children.

    09/20/2006 6:23:31 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 386 replies · 3,924+ views
    http://www.christianitytoday.com ^ | 9 16 06 | Amy Laura Hall
    Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, had a way with words. In 1922, she wrote a book chapter titled "The Cruelty of Charity." Charity toward the poor, especially toward poor immigrants, she opined, only "encourages the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others, which brings with it … a dead weight of human waste."
  • Soldiers Have ‘Luck’ On Their Side

    06/13/2006 4:20:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 439+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer
    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class “Lucky” sniffs for weapons and explosives while manning a traffic control point at the Sadr al Yusufiyah water treatment facility May 14, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer Soldiers Have ‘Luck’ On Their Side Sgt. 1st Class Lucky is a two-year-old white lab that specializes in locating weapons caches by scent. By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, June 13, 2006 — While deployed to Iraq, soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have gained assistance in the searching of...
  • Neanderthals Take Out Their Small Blades

    05/16/2006 12:51:33 PM PDT · by blam · 40 replies · 1,293+ views
    Science News ^ | 5-16-2006 | Bruce Bower
    Neandertals take out their small blades Bruce Bower From San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Paleoanthropology Society and Society for American Archaeology meeting Excavations of Neandertal artifacts at two caves in northern Spain have yielded an unexpected discovery—a trove of thin, double-edged stone blades that researchers usually regard as the work of Stone Age people who lived much later. In 2005, Federico Bernaldo de Quiros of the University of Léon in Spain and his coworkers unearthed small stone blades, which they called bladelets, lying amid larger, characteristic Neandertal stone implements in a cave called El Castillo. All the finds came...
  • Americans Open Their Hearts to Servicemembers

    11/29/2005 5:05:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 292+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 29, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2005 – As the traditional gift-giving season gets under way, American people, corporations and service groups are showing their gratitude to American servicemembers, especially those who are deployed, in combat zones, or have been wounded. "The outpouring from the public of good will, compassion and recognition for the sacrifices of these military personnel is remarkable and very gratifying," said Stephen Epstein, director of the Standards of Conduct Office within DoD's Office of the General Counsel. However, Epstein added, recent misunderstandings that have been reported in the media have surfaced about what can and can't be donated to...
  • Iraqis expand their basic training

    11/15/2005 5:32:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 271+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 15, 2005 | Sgt. Matthew Wester
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 15, 2005) – Ten days has been added to Iraqi basic training and a second group of Iraqi soldiers has begun the new 24-day cycle. "It started off as a two-week program,” said Staff Sgt. Michael J. Munoz of the 80th Division, who serves as operations noncommissioned officer at the academy. During the 24 days of training, Munoz said the recruits now learn drill and ceremony, weapons marksmanship, squad-level movement techniques, room-clearing procedures and how to operate traffic-control points. Instructors are able to go into greater detail when teaching the individual skills because...
  • Iraqi 'Desert Protectors' Prove Their Worth

    11/07/2005 3:39:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 384+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 7, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 – Specially recruited and trained Iraqi forces are making their mark in operations against insurgents in Iraq's Anbar province, a senior U.S. military officer said Nov. 6 in Baghdad. These "Desert Protector" troops operate in western Anbar province alongside more than 2,000 regular Iraqi security forces, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Don Alston, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters. The protectors are Anbar residents, recruited by the Iraqi government and given weapons and other training that they employ to fight insurgents operating in their backyard, Alston said. Currently, 29 Desert Protectors are trained, Alston said....
  • Corpsmen with 2/2 stand by their Marines

    10/21/2005 4:19:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 320+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Pfc. Chistopher J. Ohmen
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- “Corpsman up!” is the first thing that comes to a Marine’s mind when one of his buddies is wounded. With the Navy medical personnel in the battalion spread out over the unit’s area of operation, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, know help is close by if someone gets hurt. “Any slow days are good days at the Battalion Aid Station,” said Navy Lt. Craig C. Benson, the battalion medical officer. With a battalion of Marines to take care of, there is never a day when there isn’t at least one...
  • Huachuca troops fine-tune their communications gear

    10/06/2005 7:49:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 303+ views
    CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait —As Fort Huachuca soldiers wait for their communications equipment to arrive, some are fine-tuning systems that have been in Kuwait for years. A number of tropospheric systems were at Camp Doha were moved to Camp Virginia, where members of the 11th Signal Brigade repaired, checked out and inventoried the four tropos — as called by GIs — that send radio signals into the atmosphere and scatter the signals back to Earth to be used by the Army. Staff Sgt. Jeremy Brown said the systems will eventually head for Iraq, where soldiers of the 40th Signal Battalion will...
  • Ancient Peruvians Loved Their Spuds

    10/04/2005 2:03:24 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 774+ views
    ABC Net ^ | 10-4-2005 | Maggie Fox
    Ancient Peruvians loved their spuds Maggie Fox Reuters Tuesday, 4 October 2005 The humble chip originated from potatoes grown in Peru about 7000 years ago (Image: iStockphoto) The first cultivated potato was grown in what is now Peru, researchers say, and it originated only once, not several times, as some experts propose. The genetic study shows the first potato known to have been farmed is genetically closest to a species now found only in southern Peru, the US and UK researchers write online, ahead of print, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "This result shows the potato...
  • Bretons Speak Up To Save Their Dying Language

    09/30/2005 6:10:46 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 876+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-1-2005 | Colin Randall
    Bretons speak up to save their dying language By Colin Randall in Brest (Filed: 01/10/2005) They have their own schools, bilingual road signs, vibrant festivals and dubbed Perry Mason repeats on television. But even the most passionate champions of the Breton language admit that its survival is in question. A pupil in Relecq Kerhuon reads Tintin in Breton Native speakers are ageing, their numbers falling by 15,000 a year. And among those remaining, there is anger that the French government does more for Brittany's large influx of British settlers than for those campaigning to save Breton from extinction. Along the...
  • With Rucksacks On Their Backs, The Suicide Bombers Go On A Dummy Run (UK)

    09/20/2005 5:34:56 PM PDT · by blam · 320+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-21-2005 | John Steele
    With rucksacks on their backs, the suicide bombers go on a dummy run By John Steele, Crime Correspondent (Filed: 21/09/2005) Three of the four London suicide bombers staged a "dry run" of their attack nine days before the atrocity which killed 52 people, police revealed yesterday. The men, dressed casually and carrying rucksacks similar to the ones in which they would later carry bombs, spent three hours in London checking times and security around an area between King's Cross and Baker Street. Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Germaine Lindsay were captured on CCTV as they conducted the reconnaissance. Scotland...
  • Mexican police cracking down on violence around border nightclubs (suggested solution given)

    08/29/2005 4:48:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 452+ views
    KVOA ^ | 8/29/05
    Police cracking down on violence around border nightclubs YUMA, Ariz. San Luis, Mexico, police are tired of rowdiness at town nightclubs. They're doubling their presence near the city's nightclubs in response to recurring weekend violence. Police have placed between 16 and 20 patrol cars in the center of town near the clubs. They've also have stepped up I-D checks before patrons are allowed to enter clubs. A San Luis police commander says many underage teenagers try to enter the clubs. Mexico's drinking age is 18. Authorities say many are coming into San Luis Rio Colorado from the U-S. Mexican police...
  • The Venona decodes, their meaning and interpretation, are too large a subject for this thread.

    07/23/2005 11:09:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 507+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 7/24/05 | liberallarry
    The Venona decodes, their meaning and interpretation, are too large a subject for this thread.
  • In a 5-4 ruling last week, the justices of the Supreme Court determined...

    06/28/2005 9:26:29 PM PDT · by SonOfTheRepublic · 14 replies · 551+ views
    6-28-2005 | Son Of The Republic
    Supreme court justices give their okie dokie to commercial land developers to sieze their homes and property and turn them into sprawling malls and bus stops.
  • Deadliest Memorial Day weekend in Georgia history (29 Americans lose their lives)

    06/01/2005 5:38:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 642+ views
    WALB ^ | 5/30/05
    Deadliest Memorial Day weekend in Georgia history May 30, 2005 Albany-- It's after 4 p.m. on Monday and only a few more hours left of the Memorial Day weekend. "It's crunch time. We've got to get the word out to everybody to slow down, buckle up, don't be in a rush these last few hours," says Sergeant Jamie Sullivan of Georgia State Patrol. Law enforcement officials are still hitting the roads pretty strong. "The increased volume of traffic of course we need to increase the volume of troopers on the highway," says Sullivan. Holiday weekends are when they see the...
  • The rape of Juanita Broaddrick - 'Their Lives' chapter tells of horrifying encounter with Clinton

    05/26/2005 5:01:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies · 3,102+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/26/05 | Candice E. Jackson
    BOOK EXCERPT The rape of Juanita BroaddrickChapter from 'Their Lives' tells of woman's horrifying encounter with Clinton Posted: May 26, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: Candice Jackson's explosive new book, "Their Lives: The Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine," tells, like never before, the stories of Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and others who have suffered from the actions of William Jefferson Clinton. In this excerpt from the book, Jackson comprehensively covers Broaddrick's story of being raped by Clinton, tells of her own experience being sexually assaulted and explains how she believes American liberalism encourages the forcing of the will...
  • UN deals with sexual abuse allegations against peacekeepers (10-month-old baby raped)

    05/15/2005 7:49:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 929+ views
    Alertnet.org - Reuters ^ | 5/11/05 | IRIN
    GLOBAL: UN deals with sexual abuse allegations against peacekeepers11 May 2005 17:56:16 GMT Source: IRIN JOHANNESBURG, 11 May (IRIN) - The United Nations has requested funds for hiring additional staff to beef up preventative measures aimed at tackling allegations of sexual abuse perpetrated by some UN peacekeepers. In a report to the General Assembly this week, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that the number of claims of sexual abuse and exploitation lodged against UN peacekeepers last year was more than double the number reported in 2003. In March the UN released a report by Annan's special adviser on the issue,...
  • Supplicants Send Their Mail To Unseen Powers That Be (Anthropology)

    03/16/2005 3:32:48 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 450+ views
    Egypt Today ^ | 3-16-2005 | Fayza Hassan
    Supplicants send their mail to the unseen powers that be By Fayza Hassan Egypt Today ArchivesMany believe Bab Zuweila to be a mystical site CUSTOMS DIE HARD, nowhere more than in Egypt. Archaeological documents show that from as early as the Old Kingdom up to modern times, an endemic and persistent distrust in medicine and justice, as practiced in the land, often led the Egyptians to address their requests for health and legal redress directly to their dead relatives and the gods. Later, when monotheistic religions prevailed, they were addressed to saints whose extraordinary powers had become firmly rooted in...
  • Were Cavemen Painting For Their Gods?

    03/06/2005 3:20:58 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 4,470+ views
    Were cavemen painting for their gods? (Filed: 23/02/2005) The meaning of Ice Age art has been endlessly debated, but evidence is increasing that some was religiously motivated, says Paul Bahn At least 70,000 years ago, our ancestors began to adorn their bodies with beads, pendants and perhaps tattoos; by 35,000 years ago, they had begun to paint and engrave animals, people and abstract motifs on cave walls, like those in Lascaux, France, and Altamira in Spain. They sculpted voluptuous figurines in ivory or stone, such as the Venus of Willendorf. Underestimating art: 35,000 years ago, our ancestors began painting representations...
  • Police bust one of their own

    02/23/2005 12:10:06 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 20 replies · 782+ views
    www,canoe.ca ^ | 2 23 05 | JACK BOLAND
    TORONTO detectives didn't have to travel far to arrest a man who allegedly drove away after running over a man who had jumped off a bridge onto the DVP. Officers arrested and charged a civilian member of the Toronto Police Service with failing to stop after the Jan. 29 accident, traffic services Det. Wally Watts said yesterday. The suspect is a 10-year veteran of the Toronto police service who works as a computer programmer in information technology services/computer operations at police headquarters. EMPLOYEE SUSPENDED The employee has also been suspended pending further investigation, Watts said. Watts said the 22-year-old man...
  • Glamorous turn their minds to poverty (World Economic Forum)

    01/22/2005 8:16:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1,330+ views
    The Age ^ | 1/23/05 | Annabel Crabb
    Glamorous turn their minds to poverty By Annabel Crabb London January 23, 2005 Angelina Jolie is on the list. So are America's best-known Bills: Clinton and Gates. Bono wouldn't miss it; neither would Richard Gere. Or Sharon Stone. Yes folks: it's the World Economic Forum, assembling this week in the postcard-perfect alpine resort town of Davos, Switzerland, to bend the greatest minds of our generation to solving global problems. The World Economic Forum, or Davos as it is casually termed, was established in 1971 by the dashing Swiss academic Klaus Schwab to bring together the energies of business and politics...
  • Eeeeeeeewwwwwwww! (WD-40 proudly list 2,000 uses for their product including...)

    01/19/2005 3:45:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies · 1,595+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/19/05
    Eeeeeeeewwwwwwww! Wed Jan 19, 8:40 AM ET LONDON (Reuters) - The makers of the handy spray lubricant WD-40 proudly list 2,000 uses for their product, from unsticking rusty screws or squeaky bicycle chains to polishing frying pans. But British police have found another -- keeping the public from snorting cocaine off toilet lids in bars. Police in the English city of Bristol said Tuesday they have been advising pub and nightclub owners to spray the colorless lubricant on toilet seats and other flat surfaces in the lavatory that customers often use to snort drugs. Apparently, cocaine and spray lube don't...
  • Common grammar and usage errors

    12/22/2004 9:32:13 AM PST · by georgiadevildog · 210 replies · 2,840+ views
    12/22/04 | Self
    I am starting a grammar thread at the behest of Xenalyte and TheMom. Post your most irritating pet peeves of grammar or usage here.
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Hating America's Success

    10/12/2004 8:43:03 AM PDT · by forty_years · 4 replies · 800+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | October 12, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    "The creation of the United States of America is the central event of the past four hundred years." Thus does Walter A. McDougall of the University of Pennsylvania begin the first volume of his acclaimed new American history, Freedom Just Around the Corner (HarperCollins).Not surprisingly, this central event has evoked a wide range of opinions. Tens of millions of immigrants have voted with their feet to slough off prior allegiances and join the boisterous experiment that makes "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" its official goal.The result has been an astounding success. "We dominate every field of human endeavor...
  • Accounts of people who were on the upper floors of North and South Tower of World Trade Center

    06/17/2004 9:11:29 AM PDT · by Adam36 · 43 replies · 1,099+ views
    This is a great site. It gives the accounts of people who were on the upper floors. They all spoke to there relatives by phone. http://www.mishalov.com/wtc_southtower.html
  • Palestinians kill there own children in Rafah.

    05/23/2004 2:26:54 AM PDT · by Adam36 · 6 replies · 223+ views
    Palestinians killed two Palestinian children in Rafah. www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/430200.html When the procession with armed men in its midst set out in the direction of the forces, (the commander of the Gaza Division, Brigadier General Shmuel) Zakaii tried to speak with the community leaders in Rafah. The head of the Liaison and Coordination Administration, Colonel Poli Mordecai, phoned Nasser Saraj, the head of the Civil Committee in the city. Had the Liaison and Coordination Administration sufficed, they would not have needed the tank commander. Saraj, a respected individual, formerly the director-general of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the Palestinian Authority,...
  • Old Stones Reveal Their Age (New Dating Method: Quartz Hydration)

    04/15/2004 2:16:20 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 456+ views
    Wired.com ^ | 4-14-2004 | Amit Asaravala
    <p>A team of archaeological scientists in the United States and Germany say they have developed a technique to accurately determine the age of stone tools and artifacts between 50,000 and 100,000 years old, a period that has proved particularly tricky to map with other methods.</p>
  • Jews who fled Arab lands now press their cause

    03/28/2004 10:00:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 363+ views
    SFgate.com ^ | March 28, 2004 | Jack Epstein
    <p>Regina Bublil Waldman, a Libya-born Jew, still recalls the minute details of the day 37 years ago when her homeland turned against her.</p> <p>The ordeal began in June of 1967, after the then-19-year-old translator for a British engineering firm in Tripoli received a phone call at work from her frantic mother.</p>
  • Old Dogs Get Their Own Senior Center

    03/20/2004 9:08:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 234+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/18/04
    Old Dogs Get Their Own Senior Center Thu Mar 18, 4:59 PM ET SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - There's now a playground for old dogs with a little less wiggle in their wag. Mature pooches uninterested in learning new tricks now have their own hangout, a gerontologic dog park, to socialize. The San Clemente Dog Park opened Wednesday, across the street from a frenetic canine playground for the young and restless. The senior side opened six months after the main bark park. The city spent $275,000 on the entire complex and the San Clemente Dog Lovers organization plans to sell advertising...
  • Bush critics worry their protests will be shielded (free speech zones not good enough)

    02/24/2004 4:05:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 234+ views
    Bush critics worry their protests will be shielded Tuesday, February 24, 2004 8:25AM EST The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Activists planning to protest President Bush's fund-raising visit on Thursday to Charlotte are concerned that they won't be allowed near him. Around the country, protesters say they've found themselves put in "free speech zones" at Bush appearances, out of sight of the president and the reporters covering him. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued to stop the practice. "If you're in a sea of people carrying signs that say, 'Yes,' you should be able to have a sign...
  • Gay Muslims Defend Their Identity in the U.S.

    08/20/2003 8:42:51 AM PDT · by bedolido · 31 replies · 375+ views
    Reuter's Edge ^ | 08/20/03 | Manuela Badawy
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - If Sadiq's father knew his 19-year-old son was gay, he would kill his son and then himself, Sadiq believes. "My dad would shoot me and then commit suicide," said Sadiq, a quiet, neatly dressed Palestinian who is attending college in the northeast United States. Being gay in the United States has never been easy. But being gay and Muslim, especially after Sept. 11, 2001, is a unique act of defiance requiring homosexuals to defend their religious identity in the face of an increasingly suspicious U.S. government and sexual orientation amid hostility from the conservative Islamic community....
  • Mob attacks researchers who found few Palestinians want their old homes now in Israel

    07/13/2003 3:41:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 304+ views
    Independant.co.UK ^ | 14 July 2003 | Eric Silver
    A mob of about 100 Palestinian refugees stormed the office of a Ramallah polling organisation yesterday to stop it publishing a survey showing that five times as many refugees would prefer to settle permanently in a Palestinian state than return to their old homes in what is now Israel. The protesters pelted Khalil Shikaki, the director of the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, with eggs, smashed computers and assaulted the nine staff members on duty. A female worker was treated in hospital for her injuries. "This is a message for everyone not to tamper with our rights," one...
  • "My Bad" and other lazy expressions

    02/10/2003 2:15:36 PM PST · by JimVT · 249 replies · 842+ views
    JimVT | 02/10/03 | JImVT
    It seems we have unleashed yet another bit of bastardized English; this one is "my bad".
  • U.S. Muslims open annual gathering with prayers for Sept. 11 victims

    08/30/2002 11:24:24 PM PDT · by Black Powder · 42 replies · 564+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | August 30, 2002
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The largest annual gathering of U.S. Muslims began Friday with prayers for victims of Sept. 11 and for Muslims who have been harassed since the attacks. Muhammad Nur Abdullah, president of the Islamic Society of North America, said in his opening address Islam condemns violence and Muslims, like others in the United States, want terrorists to be punished. "We're for justice," said Abdullah, a St. Louis imam, standing on a stage flanked by U.S. flags. "This is our country. American Muslims, we care for the betterment of this country and for every human being." Khadija Abdullah of...