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Muslim illegal immigrants attack gay Georgetown medical students in Washington, saying if the victims were in their country, they would be stoned
Prosecutors say 19-year-old Saad Elorch and 19-year-old Abdulgader Ruddad targeted and taunted their victims, then assaulted one of them because they are gay. In court on Wednesday, Elorch, the alleged ring leader, jumped up and begged the judge to let him go. But the judge in the case denied his request.
After the hearing, the parents of one of the men charged in the attack ran from cameras without saying anything to the media. Both Elorch and Ruddad were denied bond by the judge in the case.
Police say the two men approached two Georgetown University students early Friday morning, and Elorch allegedly asked them if they were gay.
On Tuesday, one of the victims talked exclusively to FOX 5. He said Elorch and Ruddad, who are both Muslim, began walking with the victim and his friend, and Elorch continued to shout homophobic comments. The victim claimed Elorch said if the two were in his country, they would be stoned to death.
Investigators say the victim began walking more quickly to get away, but turned around often to encourage his friend–who was walking in between Elorch and Ruddad–to hurry up. Then, investigators say Elorch told Ruddad to hit the man, and he did.
The victim told FOX 5 he was hit in the face with a vodka bottle the suspects had been drinking from, and he was knocked unconscious for about 30 seconds. The bottle used in the alleged attack hasn’t been found.
Police reports show the two men were quickly arrested, and investigators say Elorch then unleashed a rage of racial slurs on officers.
Both Elorch and Ruddad have prior convictions on charges like drug possession and assault. Elorch was on probation in Virginia at the time of the incident.The two men are also now wanted by ICE and the U.S. Marshall Service for deportation, but that will wait until the outcome of the current proceedings.
FOX, October 12, 2008
Muslims in Minnesota: "We hate gays" Somali Muslim youths shout abuse and throw rocks at a gay man
Muslims in Minnesota: "We Hate Gays" Video of Muslim youths shout abuse, throw rocks at gay man - AtlasShrugs, July 4, 2009
The current status of LGBT Muslims and their stance in the Muslim community: Not one mosque in the U.S. accepts gay Muslims
It wasn't long before this "schizophrenic" lifestyle lead to a breakdown, in which only Alam knew his secret: He was a gay Muslim, unable to part from either his sexuality or his faith.
Last night in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium, Alam explained myths and truths about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Muslims and their struggle for acceptance in a presentation called "Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims," sponsored by the LGBTA student resource center and part of National Coming Out Week.
During his breakdown, Alam realized verses in the Quran specifically condemned his sexuality. "You can imagine the devastation I felt when I realized (the Quran) was talking about me," he said. "I was the only one who knew what was going on with me, and I wasn't ready to talk about it. I literally thought I was the only one in the world facing this problem."
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Ashley Gold, Daily Collegian, October 6, 2009
Muslim at Islam on Capitol Hill prayer event: "Homosexuals must be killed"
Muslim at Islam on Capitol Hill prayer event: "Homosexuals must be killed" - JihadWatch, October 19, 2009
Islamic cleric who condoned the Holocaust, supported the stoning of homosexuals and praised suicide bombers in Iraq, is now the lead theological consultant for the planned Muhammad Hollywood movie
With Middle Eastern money becoming an increasingly powerful cog in the global entertainment industry, it was perhaps inevitable that, sooner or later, someone would embark on a mega-budget epic about the life of the Prophet Mohammed.
That moment has arrived thanks to a wealthy Qatari media company which has put together a team featuring a crack Hollywood producer and a Muslim cleric who is banned from visiting Britain to bring the project to life.
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Alnoor Holdings, a media company that has created a $200million film production fund to invest in Hollywood and international projects, has hired the cleric Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi as their lead theological consultant for the film.
Sheikh al-Qaradawi is one of the Sunni Islam’s most high-profile theologians thanks to his popular slot hosting a television show on al-Jazeera. He is admired by many moderate Muslims and was recently described by the government’s senior counter-terrorism official as “one of the most articulate critics of al-Qaeda in the Islamic world”.He is also a highly controversial figure who was refused entry to Britain last year because of his views. He has reportedly condoned the Holocaust, supported the stoning of homosexuals and praised suicide bombers in Iraq, not to mention telling an interviewer that he considered Shia Islam a heretical branch of the faith.
Ben Hoyle, Times Online, November 2, 2009
Muslim cab driver forces a gay couple out of his taxi after spotting them hugging each other
Paul Bruno and his partner hailed the yellow cab Monday night at 13th Street and First Avenue and sat close, Bruno told The Post.
But the driver, identified by Bruno and city records as Medhat Mohamed, was apparently appalled by their shows of affection -- and pulled the cab over two blocks into the trip.
"You guys have to get out of the taxi! Hugging is not allowed in here!" the driver said, according to Bruno.
Stunned, the lovebirds exited and watched the taxi peel away.
"I was shocked," said Bruno, 27, who called the act "discrimination against homosexuals."
The encounter took place at 10:20 p.m. after the couple attended a birthday dinner and hailed a ride to East Harlem.
"To pull over after two blocks and be so blatantly intolerant is outrageous," Bruno said."He needs to exercise the rules in which he was employed a little more closely."
NY Post, November 4, 2009
3 Muslims are held for anti-gay BB shooting. Authorities believe they have been targeting homosexuals in a series of similar attacks
Mohammad Habibzada, Shafiq Hashemi and Sayed Bassam, all 24, are scheduled to be arraigned today in San Francisco Superior Court. They are free on $50,000 bond apiece.
The victim of Friday’s attack was walking on the 3200 block of 16th Street near Guerrero Street about 10 p.m. when a car pulled up and someone inside opened fire with a BB rifle, police said.
The man was hit in the face . . . . He reported the shooting to police, who pulled over a car that matched the assailants’ vehicle a short distance away and arrested the three Hayward men.
Investigators believe the assailants chose the victim because he appeared to be gay. When the men were pulled over, police found a video camera that was used to film the shooting, investigators said.
Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang, the prosecutor in the case, said the men are cooperating in the investigation.Authorities are looking into whether the attack was isolated or whether there have been similar BB gun shootings elsewhere in the Bay Area. Police have been unable to find victims to support any additional allegations, but Hwang said, “We believe we have the evidence to show that there was targeting of individuals who they believed to be gay.”
Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, March 4, 2010
New Jersey jihadist of Palestinian heritage, talked of mutilating homosexuals and subordinating women in the name of Islam
But Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park stood together in federal court in Newark on Monday, accused of seeking to wage jihad on American troops overseas.
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Alessa’s behavior problems worsened in September 2005, when he transferred to KAS Prep, an alternative school in Hudson County that offers night classes to about 400 students who are not successful in traditional classroom settings.
A school official who was at KAS at the time said Alessa talked about mutilating homosexuals, subordinating women in the name of Islam and bringing a gang of Muslims to blow up the school.“Everyone tried to help this kid, he’s just an angry young man,” said the source, who was not authorized to speak for the school and asked not to be identified.
Matthew Van Dusen, NorthJersey News, June 7, 2010
Ground zero mosque organizers complain that a planned gay bar next to the mega-mosque is insensitive
Robert Spencer, JihadWatch, August 11, 2010
New imam at the Ground Zero mosque believes people who are gay were probably abused as children and that people who leave Islam and preach a new religion should be jailed
Abdallah Adhami's remarks on homosexuals, religious freedom and other topics have brought renewed criticism of the proposed community center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, which purports to be an inclusive organization.
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Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, Ney York Post, January 30, 2011
Lesbian and gay students at a New Jersey University threatened; "You will feel the wrath of Allah/ Your thoughts are immoral/ homosexuality is sin/ Allah says you must pay"
The note was found last Thursday morning by students attending a meeting in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center on the first floor of the campus’ student center, according to the police report.
The white paper said: "You will feel the wrath of Allah/ Your thoughts are immoral/ homosexuality is sin/ Allah says you must pay."
It is unclear when the note was left, police said.
University officials called the case an "apparent bias incident" that is being investigated.
"The university values its diverse constituencies and has a ‘no tolerance policy’ for bias intimidation on campus," said Karen Pennington, Montclair State’s vice president for student development and campus life."As part of the university’s commitment to education in a global society that includes individuals of different and varied groups, forums and events are held regularly on campus to address and discuss bias intimidation, mutual respect for others and campus safety."
Kelly Heyboer, The Star-Ledger, October 26, 2011
Publicly-funded Islamic school criticized for comments made by an imam about homosexuality to students, "someone who is homosexual is like someone who had cancer or AIDS"
"For me someone who is homosexual is like someone who has diabetes or someone who had cancer or AIDS," said the imam of the Al-Rashid Mosque while speaking to students at Edmonton Islamic Academy.
"He has a special case and this person needs a special treatment," he said in response to a student's question about being gay.
The imam goes on to tell a story about his discomfort while in the presence of a gay man.
"Personally, I wouldn't like to be associated with them," he said.
The exchange, which takes place after regular school hours, was caught on video and posted on YouTube.
The Alberta Liberals said the school is promoting hate and intolerance. The Liberals called on the government to pull the school's funding.
"If you want to accept public dollars to run your private school, well then you have to follow the rules and regulations and it can't be your own person fiefdom to protect your values," said Kent Hehr, the Liberal education critic.
The academy receives about $4 million a year from the province and has a population of about 700 students.The Liberals said the government should reconsider funding private schools altogether...
CBC News, April 17, 2013
Muslim who believes "homosexuals should be exterminated" sets ablaze a packed Seattle gay club on New Year’s Eve, forcing more than 750 people to flee into a nearby alley
Musab Masmari was on his way to the airport when police took him into custody.
According to King 5.com, the suspect was interviewed by detectives then booked for investigation of arson. The bar released a surveillance video that police claim shows the suspect entering the club.
On New Year's Eve, the bar's staff discovered a carpeted stairwell had been doused with gasoline and set ablaze. More than 750 people were forced to flee into a nearby alley.
No one was hurt; the fire was put out with a combination of fire extinguishers and overhead sprinklers.
As reported by King 5, the bar later found a container of gasoline at the top of a staircase.
As of now, law authorities have not offered a motive.
The fire capped off a year in which Seattle elected its first openly gay mayor, and came 12 months after same-sex couples began marrying in Washington State.'I feel that the streets are a little bit safer tonight,' said Neighbours Spokesman Shaun Knittel to King 5. 'Why do 750 people have to potentially pay for your ideals, your beliefs, your anger?'
James Withers, Gay Star News, February 2, 2014, http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/suspect-arrested-new-year%E2%80%99s-eve-arson-attack-seattle-gay-nightclub020214.
Documents filed in King County Superior Court say that Masmari, 30, told a friend who is a member of the local Muslim community that "homosexuals should be exterminated." The friend-turned-informant contacted the FBI.
The unnamed informant first met Masmari shortly after the New Year’s Eve fire at Neighbours. In the short time that they were friends, the informant said the Masmari often expressed a "distaste for homosexual people," and that he (Masmari) had "obtained a rifle." The informant said concerns that Masmari potentially "may be planning some terrorist activity" because he spoke of "something he’s planning" drove him to contact the FBI.
Masmari was arrested Feb. 1 just before he planned to flee the United States with a one-way ticket to Turkey. According to Gay Star News, Musmari was carrying his Libyan passport and $342 in cash when he was arrested in Bellevue, Wash.On Tuesday, Feb. 4, a King County judge set bail at $1 million saying Musmari is a flight risk and cited pending outcomes with recent troubles with the law.