HAPPY 372nd US National Guard

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Known originally as the militia, the National Guard turns 372 years young Dec. 13.

It all started in 1636 when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which functioned as the colony’s legislature, ordered existing militia companies from the towns surrounding Boston to form into three regiments: North, South and East.

While other English colonies like Virginia and Spanish colonies like Florida and Puerto Rico had individual towns with militia companies before 1636, Massachusetts was the first place in the New World where the population was large enough to justify organizing companies into regiments for command and control. These regiments became a kind of military “family” for members. Although their names have been changed and individual companies have come and gone, the three regiments still exist in the Massachusetts National Guard.

In retrospect, a string of 20-year career enlistments divides the Guard’s life span into more than 18 “generations.” The differences between generation one and the current 19th generation are countless. Yet, even as the National Guard has transformed many times, it remains true to the Founder’s intent of a citizens’ Army; and, for the last three generations, a citizens’ Air Force.

The American colonies adopted the English militia system, which obligated all males to possess arms and participate in the defense of the community. This early militia enforced local laws and battled Britain’s enemies in America. Now, a force of more than 450,000 men and women serve voluntarily and can be deployed anywhere in the world.

From its very beginnings, the United States has been a militia –Guard nation. The existence of and need for the colonial militia was ratified by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. Congress specifically defined those missions the militia would be used for: “to Execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions.”

Since then, Congress has enacted several militia and defense acts to strengthen the National Guard. The first of these laws, passed in 1792, governed the militia for 111 years of the country’s existence.

The Militia Act of 1903 created the modern National Guard and affirmed the National Guard as the nation’s primary organized combat reserve force. The National Defense Act of 1947 established the Air National Guard as a separate reserve component at the same time it established a separate Air Force.

In 371 years and more than eighteen 20-year enlistments, the weapons and technology have changed drastically, but the Guard’s contribution to the nation’s defense has remained paramount.

Generation seven rallied to battle the British at Lexington and Concord. Generation 12 faced off, brother against brother, in the Civil War. Generation 14 “Remembered the Maine” during the Spanish-American War. Generation 16 was already on duty when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Generation 19 will never forget and is still responding to 9/11.

In 1636, the militia’s primary firearm was the crude matchlock musket which could take 56 steps to load and fire. Nearly one-third of militia Soldiers carried only a long pole, or pike, into combat. Today, the Guard’s small-arms arsenal includes M-16 and M-4 rifles, and the Squad Automatic Weapon which fires of 750 rounds per minute.

Our colonial forefathers could not have imagined much of what their descendants can use in combat today – jet fighters, tanks, satellite radios, laser-guided munitions, global positioning systems, rocket artillery, and countless other high-tech devices.

Now, after 372 years, what does the future hold for this always ready and reliable force?

Future National Guard generations will continue to employ all of the modern technology at its disposal at home and abroad. At the core, however, today’s National Guard members and yesterday’s Minutemen remain the same person: citizens with the conviction that their military service is required to make their nation and communities a safer and better place. (here)



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL NATIONAL GUARDS!!!!!!!!!

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Instruments of Love and Harmony #5

From Zenit.org comes Final Statement of Catholic-Muslim Forum “Called to Be Instruments of Love and Harmony”
For background information about the meetings, see this Reuters article of 11/06/08.

The statement includes an enumerated list of fifteen points which present a target rich environment In this installment, I’ll take on the fifth point of agreement.[Links & emphasis added.]

Genuine love of neighbour implies respect of the person and her or his choices in matters of conscience and religion. It includes the right of individuals and communities to practice their religion in private and public.

Taken at face value, the fifth point means that the Muslims participating in the meeting accept the concept of freedom of religion. By so doing, they would sever themselves from Allah and become apostates.

Allah said, “whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.”.[3:85] Allah said, “Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam”. On his deathbed, Moe said “Expel the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula”. [Bukhari 4.52.288] Caliph Umar subsequently expeled the Jews. [Bukhari 3.39.531]

As if that was insufficient proof of intolerance, we have Allah’s commands to fight until only Allah is worshiped and Jews & Christians are subjugated and extorted. In three ayat, Allah declares that Islam must be made to dominate other religions: “to make it superior over all religions“, “that He may make it (Islam) superior over all religions“, “to make it victorious over all (other) religions“.

The right to believe and practice as you choose is obviated by Allah’s commands to fight disbelievers. Once Jews & Christians are conquered, subjugated & extorted, Islamic law specifies certain regulations. I quote from Reliance of the Traveller, Book O.

  • O11.5
  • are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar);
  • are not greeted with “as-Salamu ‘alaykum”;
  • must keep to the side of the street
  • may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims’ buildings, though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed;
  • are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays;
  • and are forbidden to build new churches

Freedom of religion includes the right to abandon or change faith. Islam denies it. Islamic law prescribes the death penalty for apostasy from Islam.

  • O8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.
  • O8.2 In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph (A: or his representive) to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.

Either the Muslim participants in the forum are contradicting Allah and his Messenger or their affirmation of freedom of conscience is insincere. Which is it?

Click this link for A Common Word between Us and You, which precipitated the recent meetings. [Note the Events section, a recent addition to the page]. A Common Word’s home page includes a summary, the missive, media reports, blog posts and various responses from Christian & Jewish leaders. Click this link: Islamic Extortion Letter for my original dissection of the missive or this link: Go Burn With Muhammad, a blog devoted to dissecting the missive and reactions to it.

HAPPY 372nd US National Guard

(source)

Known originally as the militia, the National Guard turns 372 years young Dec. 13.

It all started in 1636 when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which functioned as the colony’s legislature, ordered existing militia companies from the towns surrounding Boston to form into three regiments: North, South and East.

While other English colonies like Virginia and Spanish colonies like Florida and Puerto Rico had individual towns with militia companies before 1636, Massachusetts was the first place in the New World where the population was large enough to justify organizing companies into regiments for command and control. These regiments became a kind of military “family” for members. Although their names have been changed and individual companies have come and gone, the three regiments still exist in the Massachusetts National Guard.

In retrospect, a string of 20-year career enlistments divides the Guard’s life span into more than 18 “generations.” The differences between generation one and the current 19th generation are countless. Yet, even as the National Guard has transformed many times, it remains true to the Founder’s intent of a citizens’ Army; and, for the last three generations, a citizens’ Air Force.

The American colonies adopted the English militia system, which obligated all males to possess arms and participate in the defense of the community. This early militia enforced local laws and battled Britain’s enemies in America. Now, a force of more than 450,000 men and women serve voluntarily and can be deployed anywhere in the world.

From its very beginnings, the United States has been a militia –Guard nation. The existence of and need for the colonial militia was ratified by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. Congress specifically defined those missions the militia would be used for: “to Execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions.”

Since then, Congress has enacted several militia and defense acts to strengthen the National Guard. The first of these laws, passed in 1792, governed the militia for 111 years of the country’s existence.

The Militia Act of 1903 created the modern National Guard and affirmed the National Guard as the nation’s primary organized combat reserve force. The National Defense Act of 1947 established the Air National Guard as a separate reserve component at the same time it established a separate Air Force.

In 371 years and more than eighteen 20-year enlistments, the weapons and technology have changed drastically, but the Guard’s contribution to the nation’s defense has remained paramount.

Generation seven rallied to battle the British at Lexington and Concord. Generation 12 faced off, brother against brother, in the Civil War. Generation 14 “Remembered the Maine” during the Spanish-American War. Generation 16 was already on duty when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Generation 19 will never forget and is still responding to 9/11.

In 1636, the militia’s primary firearm was the crude matchlock musket which could take 56 steps to load and fire. Nearly one-third of militia Soldiers carried only a long pole, or pike, into combat. Today, the Guard’s small-arms arsenal includes M-16 and M-4 rifles, and the Squad Automatic Weapon which fires of 750 rounds per minute.

Our colonial forefathers could not have imagined much of what their descendants can use in combat today – jet fighters, tanks, satellite radios, laser-guided munitions, global positioning systems, rocket artillery, and countless other high-tech devices.

Now, after 372 years, what does the future hold for this always ready and reliable force?

Future National Guard generations will continue to employ all of the modern technology at its disposal at home and abroad. At the core, however, today’s National Guard members and yesterday’s Minutemen remain the same person: citizens with the conviction that their military service is required to make their nation and communities a safer and better place. (here)



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL NATIONAL GUARDS!!!!!!!!!

Islamists Protest in London: ‘Pharaoh Had a Dream That One Day His Kingdom Would Fall’

Cross Posted by Findalis from Monkey in the Middle

A seven-minute video titled “For Every Pharaoh [sic] There Is a Musa,” uploaded to YouTube on December 7, 2008, shows two groups of protesters in Islamic garb – one in a park holding signs, and one marching, with police protection, on a residential city street. Both groups are led by speakers with megaphones; the one in the park focuses on Abu Hamza Al-Masri, the Egyptian-born former imam of London’s Finsbury Park Mosque who is currently serving a prison sentence in London,(1) and the marchers focus on the oppression of Chinese Muslims.(2) The location in both cases appears to be London.

The video was uploaded by “londondawa,” self-described as “Brothers in londonistan carrying hisbah for the sake of Allah regarding abu hamza and oppressed Muslims in china.”

The video disappeared on December 10 around 1:45 EST. According to YouTube it was “removed by the user.”

The last section of the video features a man in Islamic garb being interviewed by a woman; on the screen is the caption “Abuizzadeen (Al-Ghurabaa Group).” The man says, “If we live in a society where Islam is not the ruling system, we need to work to change that… It means that if there’s a contradiction between Islamic law and the British law, the British law can go to hell.”

The video’s audio is augmented intermittently by a song in Arabic sung by male voices; this song was previously heard in “Al-Qaeda Media Broadcasting Company Al-Sahab’s Retrospective on the 5th Anniversary of the 9/11/2001: ‘The Manhattan Raid.”(3)

Following are excerpts from the video. The video can currently be viewed on MEMRI’s YouTube page here or below:

Titles on screen against black background: “Pharaoh had a dream that someday his kingdom would fall; He gathered his advisers and helpers

Title:”But little did he know…; Moses (Musa) would arise from within his own home”

Protester 4: leads call and response in Arabic. Song continues in background.

Cut back to protesters in park. Same song as before in background. Camera focuses in on signs held by men in Islamic robes, which now include “British Courts Go to Hell,” “UK & US: The Real Terrorist)

Protester 2: “George [unclear] go to hell!”

Other protesters: “George [unclear] go to hell!”

Protester 2: “British government go to hell!”

Other protesters: “British government go to hell!”

Cut back to marching protesters, along with the line of British policemen accompanying them

Protester 5: here there is the addition of English subtitles of the English spoken by protesters: “Oh Muslims of China we know you are suffering a lot; we know you cannot speak (because of the oppression); we know you can’t even keep a beard (because of the oppression); but Inshallah the Muslims are on their way; the Muslims are on their way; To implement the Law of Allah (swt).”

Protester 2: “Because you handed over your brother to those disbelievers and he is gonna face torture in American prison, he could even face death [unclear] – What kind of [unclear] Muslims have we become? There is no concern for Muslim brothers no more. There is no concern about the ulema.

“These Middle Eastern people are on the front line, working for Islam, speaking the truth against those tyrants, against the British establishment who has a history of occupying and killing, massacring Muslims, and those [unclear] that divide Islam. It is because if they cannot tell us what is the [unclear], what is the haram. They remind us that there is none worthy of worship but Allah, and that the prophet Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. It is like those brothers, like Abu Hamza, it is like [unclear], like Abu Hamza, who Allah bless [unclear] so that they can [unclear] reminding us of our Islamic duties.

“So where are you, my dear Muslim brothers? How come you neglected them? Where is your responsibility to brotherhood? Where is your feeling of brotherhood? Where is your love for the Muslim ummah? What kind of people have we become? Shame on us! Shame on you Muslim brothers. This is the time when [should] we speak out”

Speaker: “If we live in a society where Islam is not in the ruling system, we need to work to change that.

Interviewer: “And what does that mean in practical terms? If…if—

Speaker: “It means that if there’s a contradiction between Islamic law and the British law, the British law can go to hell.

Endnotes:
(1)For more about Abu Hamza Al-Masri, see MEMRI Special Report No. 37, “Arab and Iranian Media Reactions to the London Bombing – Part II: ‘The Attacks Were Anticipated Due to British Leniency to Extremists Acting in Britain’- ‘Expel Extremism Today,'” July 12, 2005, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sr&ID=SR3705; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 921, “Arab Criticism of Muslim Extremist Activities in the West,” June 10, 2005, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP92105; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 762, “Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Masri on Martyrdom and the Love of Death,” August 12, 2004, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP76204; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 410, “Islamist Leaders in London Interviewed,” August 9, 2002, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP41002; MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 72, “Radical Islamist Profiles (1): London-Abu Hamza Al-Masri,” October 17, 2001, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA7201.
(2) For more on Chinese Islamists, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1947, “The Islamic Party of Turkestan” [i.e. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Chinese Turkestan] Posts Its Platform on an Islamist Forum,” June 3, 2008, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP194708; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1352,
“Islamist Websites Monitor No. 20,” November 10, 2006, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP135206 . See also MEMRI Urdu-Pashtu Blog “New Al-Qaeda Leader Appointed For China,” http://www.thememriblog.org/urdupashtu/blog_personal/en/12090.htm.
(3) This video is part of MEMRI’s Jihad & Terrorism Monitor Project Studies Archives.

From Monkey in the Middle:

British Law can go to hell! That just about sums it up nicely. No talk of assimilation or even partial assimilation. Do what we demand or else! The cry of every bully and thug since the human race began.

And I can tell you that these thugs, these bullies, these barbarians don’t get arrested for this. No they are treated as if they were made of china. They must be appeased and placated. One must not criticize them or you will be arrested instead. Just like dear Lionheart who has been silenced by these goons.

While the barbarians grow bolder forcing their archaic 7th Century beliefs on all, the native people of Great Britain are imprisoned and fined for speaking their mind or just saying no to one of these gangsters.

Already in Great Britain these barbarians have gotten the school system to remove all references to Christianity and British History. They have forced schools to remove or change their annual Christmas pageant, after all it conflicts with their holiday of Eid. You know that wonderful holiday that is culminated by the ritual slaughter of goats. I wonder why PETA hasn’t screamed about that yet. But if they did, they would also be subject to the Dhimmi laws prohibited protest about anything Muslim. So PETA is safe. It only goes after Jews and Christians now.

Then there is Shar’ia Law. There is no way that Shar’ia can ever be compatible with any Democracy. There is no equal justice under the law. Women are treated as only 1/4 of a person. Nice. Under slavery in the US at least a black person was considered 3/5 of a person. I guess that the British government is ok with that too. For they have allowed Shar’ia Law to become the Law of the Land.

And now the whole world is poised for the biggest scam in the history of banking. Welcome to Shar’ia Financing! A scam that will totally destroy the world’s banking system. And it will be forced not only on every bank in Great Britain, but on every bank in the world. See how every economy tumbles when this scam finally is fulfilled.

The British are well under way to their Dhimmitude, unless their native people remember their Celtic/Saxon/Pict heritage and drive these barbarians back to their homeland.

And now the US is starting to go the same route. Do we have the courage to say NO to the barbarians and demand that US Law be enforced and not Shar’ia? I pray to God that we do.

Islamists Protest in London: ‘Pharaoh Had a Dream That One Day His Kingdom Would Fall’

Cross Posted by Findalis from Monkey in the Middle

A seven-minute video titled “For Every Pharaoh [sic] There Is a Musa,” uploaded to YouTube on December 7, 2008, shows two groups of protesters in Islamic garb – one in a park holding signs, and one marching, with police protection, on a residential city street. Both groups are led by speakers with megaphones; the one in the park focuses on Abu Hamza Al-Masri, the Egyptian-born former imam of London’s Finsbury Park Mosque who is currently serving a prison sentence in London,(1) and the marchers focus on the oppression of Chinese Muslims.(2) The location in both cases appears to be London.

The video was uploaded by “londondawa,” self-described as “Brothers in londonistan carrying hisbah for the sake of Allah regarding abu hamza and oppressed Muslims in china.”

The video disappeared on December 10 around 1:45 EST. According to YouTube it was “removed by the user.”

The last section of the video features a man in Islamic garb being interviewed by a woman; on the screen is the caption “Abuizzadeen (Al-Ghurabaa Group).” The man says, “If we live in a society where Islam is not the ruling system, we need to work to change that… It means that if there’s a contradiction between Islamic law and the British law, the British law can go to hell.”

The video’s audio is augmented intermittently by a song in Arabic sung by male voices; this song was previously heard in “Al-Qaeda Media Broadcasting Company Al-Sahab’s Retrospective on the 5th Anniversary of the 9/11/2001: ‘The Manhattan Raid.”(3)

Following are excerpts from the video. The video can currently be viewed on MEMRI’s YouTube page here or below:

Titles on screen against black background: “Pharaoh had a dream that someday his kingdom would fall; He gathered his advisers and helpers

Title:”But little did he know…; Moses (Musa) would arise from within his own home”

Protester 4: leads call and response in Arabic. Song continues in background.

Cut back to protesters in park. Same song as before in background. Camera focuses in on signs held by men in Islamic robes, which now include “British Courts Go to Hell,” “UK & US: The Real Terrorist)

Protester 2: “George [unclear] go to hell!”

Other protesters: “George [unclear] go to hell!”

Protester 2: “British government go to hell!”

Other protesters: “British government go to hell!”

Cut back to marching protesters, along with the line of British policemen accompanying them

Protester 5: here there is the addition of English subtitles of the English spoken by protesters: “Oh Muslims of China we know you are suffering a lot; we know you cannot speak (because of the oppression); we know you can’t even keep a beard (because of the oppression); but Inshallah the Muslims are on their way; the Muslims are on their way; To implement the Law of Allah (swt).”

Protester 2: “Because you handed over your brother to those disbelievers and he is gonna face torture in American prison, he could even face death [unclear] – What kind of [unclear] Muslims have we become? There is no concern for Muslim brothers no more. There is no concern about the ulema.

“These Middle Eastern people are on the front line, working for Islam, speaking the truth against those tyrants, against the British establishment who has a history of occupying and killing, massacring Muslims, and those [unclear] that divide Islam. It is because if they cannot tell us what is the [unclear], what is the haram. They remind us that there is none worthy of worship but Allah, and that the prophet Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. It is like those brothers, like Abu Hamza, it is like [unclear], like Abu Hamza, who Allah bless [unclear] so that they can [unclear] reminding us of our Islamic duties.

“So where are you, my dear Muslim brothers? How come you neglected them? Where is your responsibility to brotherhood? Where is your feeling of brotherhood? Where is your love for the Muslim ummah? What kind of people have we become? Shame on us! Shame on you Muslim brothers. This is the time when [should] we speak out”

Speaker: “If we live in a society where Islam is not in the ruling system, we need to work to change that.

Interviewer: “And what does that mean in practical terms? If…if—

Speaker: “It means that if there’s a contradiction between Islamic law and the British law, the British law can go to hell.

Endnotes:
(1)For more about Abu Hamza Al-Masri, see MEMRI Special Report No. 37, “Arab and Iranian Media Reactions to the London Bombing – Part II: ‘The Attacks Were Anticipated Due to British Leniency to Extremists Acting in Britain’- ‘Expel Extremism Today,'” July 12, 2005, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sr&ID=SR3705; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 921, “Arab Criticism of Muslim Extremist Activities in the West,” June 10, 2005, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP92105; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 762, “Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Masri on Martyrdom and the Love of Death,” August 12, 2004, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP76204; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 410, “Islamist Leaders in London Interviewed,” August 9, 2002, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP41002; MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 72, “Radical Islamist Profiles (1): London-Abu Hamza Al-Masri,” October 17, 2001, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA7201.
(2) For more on Chinese Islamists, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1947, “The Islamic Party of Turkestan” [i.e. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Chinese Turkestan] Posts Its Platform on an Islamist Forum,” June 3, 2008, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP194708; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1352,
“Islamist Websites Monitor No. 20,” November 10, 2006, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP135206 . See also MEMRI Urdu-Pashtu Blog “New Al-Qaeda Leader Appointed For China,” http://www.thememriblog.org/urdupashtu/blog_personal/en/12090.htm.
(3) This video is part of MEMRI’s Jihad & Terrorism Monitor Project Studies Archives.

From Monkey in the Middle:

British Law can go to hell! That just about sums it up nicely. No talk of assimilation or even partial assimilation. Do what we demand or else! The cry of every bully and thug since the human race began.

And I can tell you that these thugs, these bullies, these barbarians don’t get arrested for this. No they are treated as if they were made of china. They must be appeased and placated. One must not criticize them or you will be arrested instead. Just like dear Lionheart who has been silenced by these goons.

While the barbarians grow bolder forcing their archaic 7th Century beliefs on all, the native people of Great Britain are imprisoned and fined for speaking their mind or just saying no to one of these gangsters.

Already in Great Britain these barbarians have gotten the school system to remove all references to Christianity and British History. They have forced schools to remove or change their annual Christmas pageant, after all it conflicts with their holiday of Eid. You know that wonderful holiday that is culminated by the ritual slaughter of goats. I wonder why PETA hasn’t screamed about that yet. But if they did, they would also be subject to the Dhimmi laws prohibited protest about anything Muslim. So PETA is safe. It only goes after Jews and Christians now.

Then there is Shar’ia Law. There is no way that Shar’ia can ever be compatible with any Democracy. There is no equal justice under the law. Women are treated as only 1/4 of a person. Nice. Under slavery in the US at least a black person was considered 3/5 of a person. I guess that the British government is ok with that too. For they have allowed Shar’ia Law to become the Law of the Land.

And now the whole world is poised for the biggest scam in the history of banking. Welcome to Shar’ia Financing! A scam that will totally destroy the world’s banking system. And it will be forced not only on every bank in Great Britain, but on every bank in the world. See how every economy tumbles when this scam finally is fulfilled.

The British are well under way to their Dhimmitude, unless their native people remember their Celtic/Saxon/Pict heritage and drive these barbarians back to their homeland.

And now the US is starting to go the same route. Do we have the courage to say NO to the barbarians and demand that US Law be enforced and not Shar’ia? I pray to God that we do.