Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from custody.
Nadarkhani, 32, was imprisoned for three years and waiting execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. His charges were lowered to evangelizing to Muslims, which carried a three-year sentence. He was released with time served, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based watchdog group that had been campaigning for the pastor’s release.
“Today our sources in Iran reported that Pastor Youcef was acquitted of apostasy and released from prison. After languishing in prison for almost three years, he has been reunited with his family,” Jordan Sekulow, executive director of ACLJ said in a statement to FoxNews.com.
“While we are working on confirming the exact details of his release, some sources report that the court alternatively convicted Pastor Youcef of evangelizing to Muslims, sentencing him to three years and granting him time served. Pastor Youcef’s story is an example of how the world can join together to ensure that justice is served and freedom preserved.”
Nadarkhani was originally called to Saturday’s hearing to answer to “charges brought against him,” leading to speculation that the new charges from the Iranian Supreme Court could be for a security-based crime, a charge often handed down to cover-up prisoners being held and sentenced on faith-based charges.
“While we praise the release of Pastor Youcef, we must recognize that Iran felt obligated to save face among its people and continue its pattern of suppressing religious freedom with intimidation tactics,” Tiffany Barrans, a legal director for ACLJ said to FoxNews.com.
“International attention to this matter saved this man’s life, but we must not forget the human right of freedom of religion includes the right to freedom of expression.”
Nadarkhani’s attorney, who also has been jailed, maintained that the married father of two faced execution because he refused to renounce his religion. An Iranian diplomat told a United Nations panel earlier this year that Nadarkhani would not be executed.
According to Sharia law, an apostate has three days to recant. The pastor refused to do so and sources close to the matter say executions in Iran can happen at any time, often without notice. The court is reportedly seeking the opinion of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic republic’s spiritual leader and highest authority, according to AFP.
The ACLJ worked with the State Department to try to win Nadarkhani’s freedom, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution earlier this year condemning his imprisonment and calling for his immediate release. Nearly 3 million people have voiced support for Nadarkhani on Twitter through the “Tweet for Youcef” campaign.
Published on Sep 8, 2012 by SDAMatt2a
This girl stands no chance in a country of Koranimals. She may be free of the courts for now, but not free from islam.
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – A Pakistani jail official says that a young Christian girl accused burning pages of the Islam’s holy book has been freed from a jail near the capital.
The release comes a day after a judge granted her bail.
Mushtaq Awan says the girl left the prison in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad, Saturday afternoon.
She has been held for a little over three weeks after neighbours accused her of violating the country’s strict blasphemy law.
An Associated Press reporter on the scene says she was taken from the prison in an armoured vehicle and whisked to a waiting helicopter while covered with a sheet to protect her identity.
Her lawyers say they will now push to have the case against her thrown out entirely.
They fight for our freedom on the front lines, but members of our military could have less of an impact at the ballot box this year.
Estimates say that the number of troops who will end up voting in the November could be down by more than a third.
“We could see an election where turnout is down 25 or 35 percent,” predicts Eric Eversole, executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project, which brands this year’s predicted military voter participation levels as “bleak.”
In the crucial swing state of Ohio, the group’s report found that only 3.3 percent of the eligible military voters have requested ballots as of Aug. 21.
North Carolina had even less, just 1.7 percent, Virginia a scant 1.4 percent. And the key state of Florida reported a rate of 15.7 percent.
“What could happen is that we once again could face an election, as we have had in past years, that our men and women in uniform aren’t able to have their voices heard on election day, and it’s too bad,” Eversole laments. He calls for a greater effort to get the military vote out.
“Our service members have so much on the line. They are not only overseas fighting for our rights but in some ways fighting for their own rights,” he said.
Eversole says in the 2010 election there were “widespread failures” in getting absentee ballots into the hands of deployed troops, citing 14 states that had at least one county that did not distribute the ballots on time.
While troops register to vote with their home states, Congress in 2009 passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act to help smooth the process.
Defense Department figures show that while 77 percent of active duty military members were registered to vote in 2010, 29 percent reported that they never received the absentee ballots that they had requested, which was an increase from 16 percent in 2008, before the law meant to protect the military vote was even enacted.
“It was supposed to make it easier for service members to register, request an absentee ballot and ultimately participate,” Eversole notes. “With these low numbers, it raises serious questions … whether that important federal law was actually implemented.”
Pentagon officials who are in charge of military voting insist that the law is being carried out and that they are doing everything they can to get the word out to vote.
“Voting assistance for our absentee military and overseas citizen voters has never been better,” touts Pam Mitchell, the acting director of the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program.
“I say it because of all the things that we have put in place by way of outreach and tools, to help them register, obtain a ballot and exercise their vote,” he said.
She says that the Pentagon’s voting programs are spreading the word in a variety of ways, including their website, Twitter and Facebook, as well as the Department of Defense’s 221 voter assistance offices around the globe that are tasked with helping troops with the voting process. There is even a call center that can assist with questions.
“We are committed to evaluating all of the tools in our arsenal,” Mitchell insists. “We are absolutely committed to working with all the stakeholders, including the Congress, to make sure that voting assistance remains the best it has ever been.”
But others are not as impressed with the increased efforts.
“Now, the DOD plans to rely on social media to get the job done,” observes Jan Tyler, a former Denver elections commissioner and Pentagon voter program analyst.
She says that “the practical and obvious answer is to have registration and absentee ballot request forms at intake, when the members of the services fill out paperwork and are processed. It’s the cheapest way to do it.” When applying for social services, she said, “you are offered a voter registration form at every single federal office. It would be inconsistent if the Department of Defense doesn’t do that.”
Mitchell also notes that ultimately, the responsibility to vote rests with the individual.
“At the end of the day, what we are trying to do is make sure that they have everything they need, again, to exercise that right to vote,” she said. “It is a personal responsibility to actually execute that, so we don’t believe that, for example, in this point in time, that voter registration is an accurate way to depict whether or not voter assistance is effective.”
Mitchell, who spoke to the media from the Pentagon media briefing room, says that she spent “25 years in the Army, and I voted absentee, and I can tell you that I only wish that when I was in uniform, I had access to the tools and resources that are available to our men and women today.”
The fear is that too many of those who are eligible to vote will not, or will not be able to do so. Local elections boards, by law, have to send out absentee ballots to overseas troops 45 days before the election. That gives them less than two weeks to do so.
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Published on Sep 8, 2012 by SDAMatt2a
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mohammad coefficient: 100%
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Nashville woman was charged with attempted terrorism on Friday for allegedly making statements intimating bodily injure to coworkers.
The incident involving Amal Ahmed Abdullahi, occurred at the Dell facility in south Nashville where she is employed through CEVA Logistics.
According to police, the 29-year-old allegedly told another CEVA employee last weekend that her people were dying for Allah everyday, as well as she was ready to die for Allah and that this whole country will be Muslim soon, among other comments.
“She said allegedly that she should pick up a gun and shoot people there,” police spokesperson Don Aaron told Nashville’s News 2.
Police were notified of the incident after the employee reported what was said to his supervisors.
Metro police told Nashville’s News 2 they began their investigation on Thursday.
Authorities said Abdullahi initially denied the reported conversation, before later changing her story.
“During further questioning [she] ultimately admitted to having a conversation of a religious nature,” Aaron said.
In a statement to Nashville’s News 2, CEVA said Abdullahi was a temp worker and that the compant takes employee safety very seriously.
“We investigate all safety-related incidents and when necessary contact law enforcement,” the release read in part.
Aaron added, “It’s very important to emphasize that this investigation and prosecution involves one individual and is in no way reflective of Nashville’s Muslim community.”
No other arrests are expected in the incident.
Abdullahi is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Why the presence of Muslims on US soil causes unemployment:
It is impossible for employers to know whether any particular Muslim or Muslimah will commit an act of terrorism, before he or she does.
Any employer who reads news stories like this, and who cares about his own survival and that of his firm, will see the need to avoid hiring Muslims or contracting with firms that hire Muslims.
Good luck with THAT.
Due to all of the institutional “anti-discrimination” and “diversity” blackmailing that is rife in the US and most western nations, any employer who wants to avoid hiring Muslims must make sure that this policy remains entirely covert. This means that the policy to avoid hiring Muslims must somehow be put into effect without being written down, recorded, or made known to anyone who might reveal it to the public or to any government official. The employer must weigh the danger and economic cost of hiring Muslim employees who cannot be trusted against the danger and economic cost of defying government regulations by excluding Muslims entirely. Each employer is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. The larger the employer, the harder is to exclude Muslims without being caught and put out of business by the “diversity” gestapo.
So what’s left for employers to do?
The only legal and practical way to keep down the number of Muslim employees is to hire nobody at all, and instead to rely on a combination of automation and offshoring.
Putting it plainly, the continued presence of Muslims on US soil is one more barrier to employment and economic growth. Punishing those who talk openly about the dangers of Muslims in the workplace does not make it any less of a factor. If employers are being bullied into hiring people they consider dangerous, they’ll stop providing new jobs without telling anybody why.