Thursday, September 30, 2010

US Airmen Give Eerie Testimony at UFO Press Conference

The following news is rather interesting, because it appears as if members of the US Military (ex military) are confirming UFO reports.  One thing that is mentioned in the following article is that the "UFO's don't like nukes".  Well, that raises a question, if they don't like nukes...is it because they are peaceful and it's a threat to their existence.  Or, do they have plans on disarming us so we don't pose a threat if they attack?  Now, some would argue, if they have not attacked up until now, they are peaceful.  However, what if they are far away and those "red orbs" are scouts or probes that have travelled light years and do not represent the intent of these alleged UFOs?  Time will tell...I just pray if there are UFO's they are not like the ones in the movie "Aliens" or "Predators" or else we will all need to rush towards the new world order to become one nation, one planet, and be able to defend ourselves against ET threats! =)  I hope that if they do exist, they are peaceful and help us solve our animal like problems of tribalism and hate (ie. Pamela Gellar Oshry, Robert Spencer, and the rest of the hate mongers)



September 28, 2010

Daily Buzz: US Airmen Give Eerie Testimony at UFO Press Conference

An interesting development for UFO conspiracy theorists, a group of former US Airmen held a press conference Monday to call the US government to task for saying UFOs don't pose any national security threat.
During the press conference in Washington D.C., seven former air force officers who had been stationed at different nuclear defense bases around the country not only said they witnessed UFOs but that the UFOs were able to disable nuclear weapons.

"Nobody was injured and I don't consider it an attack but it certainly it was a national security incident and something the Air Force said has never happen in their official policy documents," said Robert Salas, a former U.S. Air Force Nuclear Launch Officer.
Salas is speaking of a night in 1967, according to ABCNews.com, when he was on duty and glowing red orbs appeared outside the gates of the nuclear missile base. At the same time, the weapons were disabled. While the weapons were not damaged, he said it took a couple of days to rearm them.
As someone who thinks it's more fun to believe than not to believe, I think this is pretty phenomenal. Not only is it a relatively credible confirmation of the existence of UFOs, but it also indicates that the intelligent life is aware of us and watching us. And maybe doesn't agree with some of the things we are doing. Not to say I blame them.
But even if it's not exactly a "threat," it certainly is a challenge, which is why the airmen were urging the government to admit UFOs should be considered an issue of national security.
What do you think? Have you ever witnessed a UFO? Do you even believe? As I said, I think it's a lot more fun to believe than not to believe.
- Alexandra Gekas, Associate Editor

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bary-case lawyer files $10M defamation lawsuit: Omar Tarazi says he's been falsely linked to terrorism

Considering that Pamela Gellar put pictures of me on her blog and wrote false narrations, she has more than one person she has defamed...



Pamela Geller Oshry is the blogger and owner of conservative website Atlas Shrugs. Previously, Geller was the associate publisher of Jared Kushner's New York Observer magazine. She has also worked with Ben Gurion University in Israel and Brandeis University in Massachusetts.


Claims about Obama's Paternity

On October 24, 2008, Oshry wrote a post on the Atlas Shrugs site claiming that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is the illegitimate love child of civil rights leader Malcolm X. In the article titled "How Could Stanley Ann Dunham Have Delivered Barack Hussein Obama Jr. In August Of 1961 In Honolulu, When Official University Of Washington Records Show Her 2680 Miles Away In Seattle Attending Classes That Same Month?", Oshry links common behaviors and physical characteristics between the two men as her proof.



Bary-case lawyer files $10M defamation lawsuit
Omar Tarazi says he's been falsely linked to terrorism

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 11:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 02:17 PM

BY KATHY LYNN GRAY

The Columbus Dispatch


TOM DODGE | DISPATCH
Rifqa Bary
Ohio lawyer Omar Tarazi is suing a Florida attorney and a blogger he says defamed him in connection with the Rifqa Bary case.

In a civil suit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Tarazi said that attorney John Stemberger and blogger Pamela G. Oshry made statements on national television and on the Web that Tarazi was involved with terrorists.

Tarazi was the attorney for Mohamed and Aysha Bary of the Northeast Side, the parents of Rifqa Bary.

Rifqa, now 18, was involved in a much-publicized attempt to sever herself from her Muslim parents after she converted to Christianity and ran away last year.

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She was granted permanent residency in the United States last week, attorney Kort Gatterdam said today. She had been an illegal immigrant.

Tarazi sued Stemberger and Oshry for $10 million on Friday. His complaint states that Stemberger falsely said that Tarazi was being paid by an organization with ties to terrorists and that, essentially, Tarazi was not a qualified attorney.

Tarazi says in his complaint that Oshry, who blogs under the name Pamela Geller, made similar assertions in her blog.

The statements by Stemberger and Oshry "permanently harmed" his personal and professional reputation and his private law practice, the suit says.

"Potential clients that do a simple web search to check on plaintiff's credentials will find these accusations of perjury, conflict of interest, being unqualified as an attorney," as well as claims that Tarazi was a member of Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the suit says.

"I'm saying I'm not going to take this," Tarazi said today. "It affects my job, my career, it affects everything. It's pushback to say that you can't just call someone a terrorist with no basis and get away with it."

Tarazi also says in his complaint that the accusations against him were made to influence the legal proceedings involving Bary.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Live Islamic TV In The English Language!

Considering the lack of education by many people about Islam, this channel is doing a great service to the education of Islam to English speakers. It is a live satellite feed 24/7 that will provide English speakers with education about Islam right from their computer at school, office, or home. If Texas enjoys banning of Textbooks that teach about Islam in any light, they may not be educated enough to know that children don't read books as much as watch TV these days...so I hope those poor children in the backwards state of Texas enjoy what this 24/7 Satellite TV has to offer in English...One thing that God has taught humankind is that the more people with evil intents try to hide the love of God and God's teachings, the more God will provide ways for those teachings to be taught to more people...What a textbook used to do on a small scale, a satellite TV that is 24/7 via internet can on a mass scale teach people without the restrictions of people who would like to hide the truth...



Ref: www.muslim-forum.org/islamictv.htm
Ref: www.ahlulbayt.tv

‎"When I saw different schools of thought directing people toward the seas of ignorance and deviation, I boarded the ark of salvation in the Name of Allah. This arc is verily crystallized in the "ahl al-bayt" of the Seal of the Prophets, Mustafa (s)." - Imam Shafii'

Imam Shafii was one of the 4 great scholars of the Sunni school of thought within Islam. One of the most famous books of Islamic Law or "Fiqh" that is published is from this school of thought called "The Reliance of The Traveler: A Classical Manual of Islamic Law", which is published by Amana Publications.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Banning of "Pro-Islam" Textbooks in Texas: Neo-Nazism & Neo-Concentration Camps

It appears that Texas will be the starting point for concentration camps for Muslims from the aggressive nature of the things they are doing, such as the banning of age old textbooks that have already been biased against Muslims, however in their eyes are not biased enough.  They actually think that the textbooks are Pro-Islam and Anti-Christian! Well, newsflash...I grew up most of my elementary school life of 9 years in Denton, Texas!  The books were not Pro-Islam, infact they had a picture of a Camel for a Muslim!  If they get any more Islamophobic than that...we would be in concentration camps.

This anti-Muslim hysteria by a particular portion of America (Extremist Evangelical WASP's and allies) is no different than what happened to African-Americans, Irish-Catholics, and American Jews in the past.  But it is different in the sense that it is leading to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany and African-Americans in the Jim Crow era.

This is really sad, the reason why people loved America was because we had religious freedoms and freedoms in general, but with these Extremists persecuting Muslims and other minorities, what is the incentive of anybody coming here and making it a land of brainy smart people?  I think with how things are going, all the smart people of the world will go to Canada or a country where they are not persecuted.  That country will become the new superpower and we will be just like the rest of the empires in history...history.



I am sad that I have lived long enough to see the downfall of America by it's own extremist zealots who would rather sink the whole ship, rather than read a book.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Message: The Story of Islam (Classic movie starring Anthony Quinn)

This is by far the best movie on the story of Islam:



ISLAM & CHRISTIANITY:



This is my favorite scene from the movie where the Muslims fleeing the Arab Pagans and Hypocrites seek sanktuary with the Christian King of Abysinia because he also believes in the "One God of the Muslims".

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ottoman Janissaries: Shia-Sufi Warrior Monks

UPDATE - SEEMS THAT CNN HAS LISTENED: 


http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/22/exhibit-albanian-muslims-saved-jews-from-nazis/


"With rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, an untold story is raising greater awareness about the Muslim faith and the teachings of the Quran. That awareness comes from an unlikely source: a small Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur.

Temple Emanuel is premiering a groundbreaking exhibit of photos that reveals Albanian Muslims (Shia Muslim Bektashi Sufis - Descendants of Ottoman Janissaries) who saved 2,000 Jews during World War II.
It's a story you've likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa."





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Recently, I had a friend ask about the Bektashi Sufi Order...which was widespread in the Ottoman Empire (because the majority of Ottoman Janissaries were Shia-Sufis).  The Janissaries were the heavy armored infantry or Foot Knights of the Ottoman Empire.  They did have cavalry brigades too, but the Sipahis (Turkish Nobles) and Ghulams (mostly from Persian stock) were the bulk of the Ottoman Heavy Cavalry.  Something noteworthy is that the Janissaries cousins in Iran (Persia) under the Safavid Dynasty (Persian-Turkic Cousins of the Ottomans) were similar to the Sipahis and Ghulams in that they were like the Janissary, elite soliders, however they were mostly horsemen.  The Safavids and Ottomans were literally cousins that were of Turkic origins but spoke Persian in their courts, just like the Mughals in India.  The Safavid counterpart of the Ottoman Janissaries were called the "Qizilbash".  


Their tekkes or "lodges" were all over Anatolia as well as the Balkans.  Among it's most prominent Ottoman followers were Ali Pasha and Hussein Gradascevic.  The order had close ties with the Janissary Corps, which was the bulk of the Ottoman Army (predominantly Sunni government).  Later, when the Ottoman Sipahis (armored Ottoman Knights mostly from the Turkish Sunni nobility) promoted the abolition of the Janissaries, the Bektashi order was banned throughout the Ottoman Empire.  Sultan Mahmud II was instrumental in this disbanding of the Janissaries in 1826. The Bektashi lodges were closed and their dervishes were exiled to places like Albania and Iran.  The Bektashis slowly regained freedom with the coming of the Tanzimat Era. After the founding of the anti-Ottoman republic by Kemal Ataturk...all Sufi orders along with Islamic traditions and culture was banned.  Hence, the Bektashi leadership moved to Albania (one of the major sources of the devshirma levy that were pulled from mostly Christian balkans that produced the Janissary - Later Muslims seeing the benefits of Janissary life also encouraged their children to join the 'devsirma' levy)  and established their headquarters in the city of Tirana.  


Bektashi Nasheed...




Regardless of the negative attitudes on Bektashi culture, most Bektashis in Turkey have been supportive of secularism to this day, since these reforms have relatively relaxed the religious intolerance that had historically been shown against them by the official Sunni establishment.  In the Balkans the Bektashis had a massive impact on the Islamization of many areas such as Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, and Macedonia.  Albania and Greece were the most fond of Bektashi teachings, because it was in line with their own beliefs.   Bektashism continued to grow rapidly in Greeace and Albania...however in Albania the communists took power in 1945.  Many of the Babas and dervishes were executed and Bektashi influence began to fall.  In the year 1967 all the lodges were shut down when the communists banned all religious practice.  In 1990 the ban was somewhat lifted, Bektashi Sufis re-established themselves.  However, the spiritual teachings and the more orthodox Islamic teachings in the order have been forgotten to a large extent.  About 20% of Albanians identify themselves as having some connection to the Bektashis. Following the post-communist rise of Wahabi Islam (inspiration for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda) in the country, the Bektashi community became the target of threats.  


The Janissary Shia-Sufi Bektashi praying before battle:





The Jannisary at court: 





The Janissaries in the Battle of Rhodes: 





The Janissaries in The Battle of Belgrade: 











Coincidentally, the United States Marine Corps. has borrowed many traditions from the Ottomans, such as the "Mameluke Sword" that they all carry, the Marine Corps. Band, the red color of the Ottoman flag as well as uniforms and other traditions that the Ottoman Empire introduced to the world.  


Update: The President of Turkey (Erdogan) gives historic speech at Ashura celebration in Turkey!









The video below has been removed due to Wahabi complaints:

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Fun Ground Zero Mosque: Thinking Out of The Box

A friend of mine posted this video, and I thought it is so funny in the sense that most people who hate Muslims have not been educated about Muslims or what they do.  Although comedy, this video shows how people change their perspective once they are educated about Islam by Muslims vs. let's say the right wing Nazis...


How sad is it that many Americans are exposed to the fear mongering of the brownshirts and their jack booted thugs? Just imagine how amazing America would be without their hate?







Friday, September 17, 2010

Columbus Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus...Standing in Solidarity Against Right Wing Biggots of Any Creed

The following are a series of videos of members of the Columbus Interfaith Community coming together standing in solidarity...against right wing biggots of any creed...

This is how all Americans should be in regards to welcoming their neighbor and fellow countrymen who come from different creeds and colors.  We as Americans need to stand firm against those who wish to divide us and hurt any of us.  As the Holy Qur'an says..."to kill one human being is like killing all of humanity", in the same spirit...to hurt one human being, you hurt all of humanity.  Here, all of us are standing firm in the face of hate...











Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Destruction of sites associated with early Islam

With the new towers being built in Mecca that shadow the "Haram"...it is necessary to review what has already been destroyed and what is under threat...(BELOW: These are clips that have been sent to me by my blog fans and contributors.  From what I understand the first part is from Wikipedia, however I do not have the references for the rest yet.  If you find it, please contact me)

Historic and holy sites within Islam

Mainstream Islam attaches sanctity to historic and holy sites associated with early Islam. While Shia pilgrims make ziyarat to such locations to mark special events associated with the site or the person buried there, Sunni Muslims have also developed a bond with hundreds of holy places throughout the Islamic world. The holy sites in the Hejaz have especially remained places of pilgrimage and the tomb of the Islamic prophet Muhammad has always been a highly venerated site. However, Wahhabi doctrine disapproves of the holiness of cultivation of sacred sites built around mortals. Veneration of these religious and historic archeological sites are strongly condemned. They consider veneration of and worship at grave sites tantamount to idolatry. The motive behind the destruction is the Wahhabists' fear that places of historical and religious interest could give rise to idolatry or polytheism, the worship of multiple and potentially equal gods.

In Saudi Arabia

The most serious destruction of the sites started in 1806 when the Wahhabi army occupied Medina. They systematically leveled the Baqi’, or graveyard, there which contained the remains of central figures in early Islam. Mosques across the city were also targeted and an attempt was made to demolish the Prophet's tomb.

In 1818 Muhammad Ali Basha attacked Hijaz and the Ottomans captured the Medina. They subsequently carried out restoration of the sacred sites and the monuments were rebuilt between 1848 and 1860. The project amounted to nearly £700,000.

After Mecca and Medina fell under Wahhabi control in 1803, fundamentalists destroyed the marking of the tomb of Muhammad and various other sites. Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II ordered Muhammad Ali to drive out the Wahhabis in 1811. The practice of destruction was strongly criticized by Sunni Muslims around the world.

On April 21, 1925, aghast at tomb cults focused on saints and Imams, the monuments at the Medina Baqi’ were demolished once again by the Ikhwan, loyal to King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, along with the tombs of Muhammed's family members in Mecca. As the some of the demolished mausoleums in Medina included those of early Shia leaders, Shia Muslims mourn this destruction annually on the Day of Sorrow. The Prophet's mosque in Medina was bombarded and assurances given by Ibn Saud that it would be restored were never fulfilled. Promises that Hijaz would be transferred to an Islamic multinational government were likewise unfulfilled. 1926 saw Muslim protests across the world decrying the Saudi actions.

A 1994 fatwa proclaimed by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Baz, then the kingdom’s highest religious authority stated that “It is not permitted to glorify buildings and historical sites...Such action would lead to polytheism.” Between 500-600 mausoleums and other early Islamic revered structures have been destroyed to prevent them becoming objects of adoration for worshippers. It is estimated that 95% of millennium-old buildings, historic mosques, mausoleums and other artifacts, have been demolished in the past two decades.
On 10 September 2004, after the demolition of the famous Seven Mosques of Fatimah,‘Ali,Salman al Farisi, Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, al Qiblatayn and al Fath, Muhammad al Dubaisi writing in al Madinah highlighted that the "destruction of these mosques has deprived Medina of one pillar of its immortal history”. In response, Salafi writer Saleh al Fawzan justified the destruction of the historic mosques.

Some followers of Shia branch of Islam have protested, viewing the Saudi actions as a desecration of holy sites. Some Saudi voices too, especially from the Hejaz, have begun to question the wisdom of the eradication of the country’s historic heritage.

Destroyed sites

Mosques
The mosque at the grave of Sayyid al-Shuhada’ Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib.
The Mosque of Fatima Zahra.
The Mosque of al-Manaratain.
Mosque and tomb of Sayyid Imam al-Uraidhi ibn Ja‘far al-Sadiq, destroyed by dynamite on August 13, 2002.
Four mosques at the site of the Battle of the Trench in Medina.
The Mosque of Abu Rasheed.
Salman al-Farsi Mosque, in Medina.
Raj'at ash-Shams Mosque, in Medina.
Cemeteries and tombs
Jannat al-Baqi in Medina, completely leveled.
Jannat al-Mu'alla, the ancient cemetery at Mecca.
Grave of Hamida al-Barbariyya, the mother of Imam Musa al-Kazim.
Grave of Amina bint Wahb, the Prophet’s mother, bulldozed and set alight in 1998.
Graves of Banu Hashim in Mecca.
Tombs of Hamza and other martyrs were demolished at Uhud.
Tomb of Eve in Jeddah, sealed with concrete in 1975.
Grave of the father of the Prophet, in Medina.

Historical religious sites

The house of Mawlid where Muhammad is believed to have been born in 570. Originally turned into a cattle market, it now lies under a rundown building which was built 70 years ago as a compromise after Wahhabi clerics called for it to be torn down.

The house of Khadija, Muhammad’s first wife. Muslims believe he received some of the first revelations there. It was also where his children Umm Kulthum, Ruqayyah, Zainab, Fatimah and Qasimwere born. After it was rediscovered during the Haram extensions in 1989, it was covered over and public toilets were built above the site.

House of Muhammed in Medina, where he lived after the migration from Mecca.
Dar al Arqam, the first Islamic school where Muhammad taught. It now lies under the extension of the Haram.
Qubbat’ al-Thanaya, the burial site of Muhammed's incisor that was broken in the Battle of Uhud.
Mashrubat Umm Ibrahim, built to mark the location of the house where the Prophet’s son, Ibrahim, was born to Mariah.

Dome which served as a canopy over the Well of Zamzam.
Bayt al-Ahzan of Sayyida Fatima, in Medina.
House of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq, in Medina.
Mahhalla complex of Banu Hashim, in Medina.
House of Imam Ali where Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn were born.

Sites under threat

The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina is where Mohammed, Abu Bakr and the Islamic Caliph Umar ibn Al Khattab are buried. A pamphlet published in 2007 by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, endorsed by Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, stated that “the green dome shall be demolished and the three graves flattened in the Prophet’s Mosque.” This sentiment was echoed in a speech by the late Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent Wahhabi clerics: “We hope one day we’ll be able to destroy the green dome of the Prophet Mohammed”.


The History of Destruction by Wahabis (inspired offshoots include Al-Qaeda and The Taliban)


Egyptian Ottoman - Saudi Wahhabi War 1811-1818


Battle of ad-Dir'iyah, (1818), major defeat dealt the Wahhabis, fanatical and puritanical Muslim reformers of Najd, central Arabia, by the forces of the Egyptian ruler Muhammad 'Ali Pasha; the Wahhabi empire was destroyed, and the Sa'udi family that created it was virtually wiped out.


Wahhabi attacks on pilgrim caravans crossing Arabia concerned the Ottoman Turkish government at the end of the 18th century (the Ottoman sultan was protector of Mecca, Islam's chief holy city). When the Ottomans attempted to invade al-Hasa', eastern Arabia, the Wahhabis responded by seizing the holy city of Karbala' in Turkish Iraq (1801), then capturing Mecca itself (1802). Preoccupied in other directions, the Sultan did not send another force into Arabia until 1811, when he consigned to Muhammad 'Ali Pasha, the virtually independent viceroy of Egypt, the task of crushing the "heretics." For the next four years, the balance of power shifted back and forth between Muhammad 'Ali and Sa'ud.


In 1815 Sa'ud's successor, 'Abd Allah I, sued for peace, and the Egyptians withdrew from Najd. The following year, however, Ibrahim Pasha, one of the Viceroy's sons, took command of the Egyptian forces. Gaining the support of the volatile Arabian tribes by skillful diplomacy and lavish gifts, he advanced into central Arabia to occupy the towns of 'Unayzah, Buraydah, and Shaqra'. Joined now by most of the principal tribes--Harb, 'Unayzah, Mutayr, Banu Khalid--he appeared before the Wahhabi capital ad-Dir'iyah in April 1818. After six months of intermittent and desperate fighting, 'Abd Allah surrendered (Sept. 9, 1818) and was sent to Constantinople, where he was beheaded. Ad-Dir'iyah was razed to the ground, and Egyptian garrisons were posted to the principal towns. Several members of the Sa'udi family managed to escape before the surrender; the rest were sent to Egypt to prison.


British-Saudi and Ottoman battles went as far as WWI



Hat tip to Wikipedia and others who have contributed by email to the facts stated in this review.  This review will increase in size as more emails come in regarding the wonton destruction of Mecca by Wahabi zealots who have been the inspiration of Al-Qaeda and The Taliban. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Heartsong Church in Memphis...

What an amazing Church...this is how all Americans should treat Muslims and especially here in America!

Here is the news story:


Heartsong Church Welcomes Memphis Islamic Center (VIDEO)

Huffington Post   |  Adam J. Rose First Posted: 09- 9-10 02:43 AM   |   Updated: 09- 9-10 03:29 AM
As a controversial pastor prepares to burn copies of the Quran in Florida, he might be able to use some advice from the people of Tennessee. They know a thing or two about fires.
The burning crosses of the Ku Klux Klan trace their heritage to Pulaski. Arson is blamed for damage to a mosque construction site last month in Murfreesboro. University students in Knoxville couldn't even resistsetting mattresses ablaze when their football coach ditched them for another job in January.
Something is again burning bright in Tennessee, but this time it's a beacon of hope.
If only Terry Jones, the firebrand behind "International Burn a Koran Day," were going to Graceland. A small detour could lead him to the doorstep of fellow Pastor Steve Stone.
When Stone read in the newspaper that a new Memphis Islamic Center was coming to town, he scrambled to make a sign and took to the street.
"Heartsong Church welcomes Memphis Islamic Center to the neighborhood."
This sign hasn't received much attention since it went up a year and a half ago. Certainly not as much as those carried outside Park51's proposed Cordoba House, two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, a thousand miles from Memphis, and a world apart from Heartsong's hospitality.
Stone's counterpart, Dr. Bashar Shala, was overwhelmed by the reception. The sign was only the start of a heartwarming relationship that formed between the two communities. Heartsong eventually decided to let the Islamic Center use their hall while building a new facility.
Besides bringing their own constituencies together for some interfaith activities, Shala and Stone have gone public together with their example. They appeared on MSNBC's "Countdown" on Wednesday night.
The conversation with host Keith Olbermann covered everything from their own all-American tale to foreign reaction to Jones's plan for the upcoming anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Stone found one more example that should resonate with observers:
"I heard [Jones] on a station the other day saying about radical Islamists that 'these are people you just cannot reason with.' And I thought that was the pot calling the kettle black."
WATCH:




Stone doesn't stand alone. Last week, he blogged that, "The majority of the response both locally, nationally and internationally has been positive and affirming. And honestly, that has been both surprising and heartening to me. My guess would be that 90+% have responded that way."
The Memphis Commercial Appeal recently trumpeted a separate local gathering of 150 supporters after the arson in Murfreesboro. Attendees brought their own signs, with slogans like "We're all in this together" and "My God is not a bigot."
There are some things in Memphis that can put a smile on your face and locals look down on burning. And it's not just their world famous BBQ.