It's just a matter of time before this happens here. I wonder if it will be
considered a hate crime when it does.
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Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 4:15 PM
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Subject: [CPF0000] Moderate Muslims redux
Norwegian-Somalian Kadra, who became famous in Norway for exposing
imam support of female circumcision, was beaten unconscious on
Kadra was attacked and beaten senseless by seven or eight persons of
Somali origin, newspaper VG reports.
"I was terrified. While I lay on the pavement they kicked me and
screamed that I had trampled on the Koran. Several shouted
Allah-o-akbar (God is great) and also recited from the Koran," Kadra
Kadra linked the attack to recent remarks in VG where she said that
the Koran's views on women needed to be reinterpreted.
Kadra said that the gang of Somali men attacked her around 3 a.m. in
downtown Oslo on Thursday. A medical examination found that she had
several broken ribs, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports. Kadra filed
charges and was due to speak with police on Friday.
[... but, you say, that was far-away Norway, what does it mean to us?
Well, it's not so far away... ]
CHICAGO A journalist for the Mississauga, Ont.-based newspaper The
Pakistan Post was assaulted by two men, one armed with a cricket bat,
who warned him to stop "writing against Islam" and a Pakistan-based
religious organization, the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
(CJFE) reported Thursday.
Journalist Jawaad Faizi was attacked on the evening of April 17 while
sitting in his car outside the home of the newspaper's editor, Amir
Arain. The two men smashed the car windows, and repeatedly hit Faizi.
They fled when they saw him call 911 on his cell phone.
During the attack, Faizi said, the men told him to stop writing
critically of the religious organization Idara Minhaj-ul-Quran and its
leader, Cleric Allama Tahir-Ul-Qadri. Allama Tahir-Ul-Qadri is a
frequent visitor to Canada, CJFE said.
The attack followed telephoned threats to Faizi and Arain. The night
before the attack, the two filed a complaint with the police, also
reporting threats they received in January.
"That this attack happened here in Canada is of great concern to us,"
said CJFE Executive Director Anne Game. "We call on the police to
treat this matter extremely seriously and ensure that a full
investigation into the attack is initiated immediately."
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