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Tsarnaev Was Too Radical for Radical Mosque

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:03 am

USA Today:

The mosque attended by the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon double bombing has been associated with other terrorism suspects, has invited radical speakers to a sister mosque in Boston and is affiliated with a Muslim group that critics say nurses grievances that can lead to extremism.

Several people who attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass., have been investigated for Islamic terrorism, including a conviction of the mosque’s first president, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, in connection with an assassination plot against a Saudi prince.

Its sister mosque in Boston, known as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, has invited guests who have defended terrorism suspects. A former trustee appears in a series of videos in which he advocates treating gays as criminals, says husbands should sometimes beat their wives and calls on Allah (God) to kill Zionists and Jews, according to Americans for Peace and Tolerance, an interfaith group that has investigated the mosques.

The great part is that the mosque apparently wasn’t radical enough for him, because he kept getting up to argue with those preaching about how they were not observing their faith strictly enough:

When preachers told congregants at a mosque in November that it was appropriate for Muslims to celebrate US holidays such as the 4 July Independence Day and Thanksgiving, a man who would later be a suspect in last week’s the Boston Marathon bombing stood up to argue, the mosque said.

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The troublesome behaviour first came in November, just before the American harvest holiday of Thanksgiving, the mosque said. At a weekly prayer, a preacher gave a sermon saying it was appropriate for Muslims to celebrate American holidays. Tamerlan Tsarnaev stood up and argued that “celebration of any holiday was not allowed in the faith”.

The preacher met with Tsarnaev and discussed the issue after the service.

In January, the mosque said Tsarnaev had a similar outburst.

This time, the sermon included praise for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jnr, and this time Tsarnaev shouted, calling the preacher a “non-believer” and “hypocrite” who was “contaminating people’s minds”. Congregants shouted back at him, telling him to leave, and he did.

I don’t see how any of this should have raised any red flags at all!

What, just because the CIA wanted him on a terrorist watch list? And because the Russians had repeatedly warned us of his adherence to radical Islam and the potential danger he posed? And because he left the country to travel to Chechnya?


I’ll tell you what difference it makes, Hil. I’ll tell you with a question.

How many other people who have been waving similarly giant red flags in the government’s face are walking around right now, planning to bomb and kill our children?

Hooray for the Teamsters

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:45 am

No, I’m serious. Funeral services are beginning for those killed in the Boston bombings, and when there is a high profile funeral, there may be Westboro Baptist cretins. Enter the Teamsters:

There was concern members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for their hate speech, would picket the funeral, but the Teamsters Local 25 stepped in to make sure Campbell’s family would be shielded.

“We had the place pretty much locked down,” Local 25 President Sean O’Brien told “There is no place for anybody that was going to disrupt someone’s funeral.”

O’Brien estimated 1,000 Teamsters stood outside the church, ready to take care of business in the event there was a problem. It’s not clear if any protesters showed up.

I think we can all support this.

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