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Moderate Muslims arrest football player for Jesus tattoo

More examples of life under Islamic Sharia Law

Moderate Muslims arrested Colombian soccer player Juan Pablo Pino in a Saudi Arabian shopping mall for the disgusting offense of having a tattoo of Jesus on his arm.

Pino, who plays for the Saudi league has expressed “deep sorrow” for breaking the law.

Damn right he expressed “deep sorrow” because the Moderate Muslims in Saudi Arabia still cut off people’s heads for insults to Islam and to their Muslim Pedophile Profit Prophet Muhammad.

In other Moderate Muslim news, this time from the USA

 A Moderate Muslim attacked an American who had dressed as “Zombie Muhammad” in a local Halloween parade. Another American dressed as the “Zombie Pope” was not attacked by either Catholics or Muslims.

Moderate Catholic Americans were undoubtedly offended by the “Zombie Pope” but did not do violence because, well, they aren’t Moderate Muslims adhering to the Moderate Koran that directs murder of unbelievers.

Enjoy the video folks, because it is all about Free Speech in America and the West and which laws will apply.

And that’s it for this week’s Moderate Muslim News!

Examiner.com Atheist attacked by Muslim during Halloween parade

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Barbados Free Press supports unlocked Wi-Fi

We at BFP want to say a big “Thank You!” to LEX Caribbean…

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday June 2, 2011 – In January 2010 the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) launched a mission to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity around Barbados by November 11th, 2011. Since then the Foundation has been steadily encouraging companies and individuals throughout the island to unlock their Wi-Fi so as to realise the vision which drives this mission.

Last Tuesday, 24th May, LEX Caribbean, a leading law firm on the Island, with offices in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and London as well was the latest company to unlock their Wi-Fi in furtherance of the BEF initiative. LEX Caribbean now provides free Wi-Fi access via a signal that extends approximately a kilometre to the West and North of their offices in Worthing, Barbados.

Continue reading this story at Caribbean360.com

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Michigan Judge: Fear of Muslim violence in Dearborn trumps U.S. Constitution

UPDATED: April 23, 2011

Michigan Judge and jury declare that Dearborn Muslims are so violent, that the Constitutional right to freedom of speech must be set aside for everyone’s safety.

American Pastor jailed for planning protest on public land.

America: Meet Sharia, the new top law of the land.

Original story published April 22, 2011…

Should Qur’an burning pastor be denied freedom of speech?

Florida pastor Terry Jones is in Michigan at this moment looking to hold a peaceful protest across from the largest mosque in the USA, the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

The local police want him to put up $100,000 bond in case the Muslims riot and commit other violence and damage. Jones refused and says it’s a Constitutional right to peacefully protest, and he’s scheduled the protest on Good Friday at 5pm. He says he’s protesting against terrorists, not all Muslims, and that no matter what his opinions are it’s not his problem if a sector of the community is prone to violence over his free speech.

The judge gave Jones the choice of putting up the money or a jury trial right now. Jones took the trial and that’s set to go on Friday morning. Maybe. Jones says the trial itself is not Constitutional and it’s a ploy to keep him from his right to free speech. He’ll be at the mosque at 5pm trial or no trial, he says.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) is on Jones’ side because, they say, no matter how disgusting or out in space somebody’s words and actions are, if they don’t break the law then the ACLU will usually support them. That’s what the ACLU does.

In a world full of surprises, Jones has the support of the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services. Director Hassan Jaber issued a statement backing Jones’ right to protest — and residents’ right to criticize him.

Says Jaber, “We cannot teach the U.S. Constitution in our citizenship classes while opposing First Amendment rights. So we support Mr. Jones’ right to speak, but we do so with our own postscript: That his message of bigotry and hate does not resonate here.”

That message from an American Muslim leader is about the most hopeful thing I’ve heard in years from the Islamic community.

Do you say “God Hates FAGS” ? The Supreme Court upholds your right to speak.

The Dearborn situation makes for an interesting contrast with that of Fred Phelps, the hateful leader of the “Westboro Cult” that protests outside of military funerals with signs saying “God Hates FAGS!” The Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed Phelps’ right to carry on with his protests.

Neo-Nazi? Hate Jews? The Supreme Court upholds your right of assembly.

The Supreme Court also protected the rights of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Party of America to march through Skokie, Illinois in the late 1970’s. At the time of the Nazi march, 1/6th of the town’s population were Holocaust survivors.

No matter how wicked, “Freedom of speech must be defended even when the beneficiaries of that defense are far from admirable individuals.

But the big difference is that the Jews of Skokie and elsewhere were not known to riot and murder at the drop of a hat as is the current Muslim population throughout the world.

What’s happening in Dearborn, Michigan this weekend is very important. One law will come out on top: the US Constitution, or Muslim Sharia. Which one will triumph this Easter?

Detroit News: Jury to decide if pastor can protest at Dearborn mosque

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Christian God, Muslim Allah… same deity?

Bajan Reporter publishes image of Jesus giving the finger.

Will Bajan Reporter now publish images of Muhammed and Buddha doing the same?

Our old friend Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter is a bit upset with Barbados Free Press. Ian believes we’ve been “hating on all Muslims” – because we occasionally print articles about, for instance, how young Muslim students in Barbados Muslim schools are taught and believe that stoning and amputation of hands are acceptable punishments in a free and democratic society like ours. Continue reading

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Violent Muslims beat UK teacher “for teaching other religions to Muslim girls”

Fractured skull, knife wounds for World Religions teacher in East London Girls’ School

The violent Jihad by the world’s most dangerous totalitarian, political and religious ideology continues. After these four adherents to the religion of peace get out of jail the UK might not be able to send them back to where they came from. You see, although it is not stated one way or the other in the newspaper, there is every chance that they were born in the United Kingdom. Our own “Homegrown Terrorists” as they say.

Time to stop immigration from Muslim countries NOW.

Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls.

Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked Gary Smith with a Stanley knife, an iron rod and a block of cement.

“The evidence from what was said on the probe points overwhelmingly to a religious motive for this attack.”

Submitted by MUF Manchester United Fan

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D No Spin Zone: “What is wrong with this breed of Caribbean leaders today…?”

Welcome to the Caribbean no spin zone…

“Every damn time someone criticise them they threaten to sue and run to the courts to shut people up and stiffle political discourse in the country. If someone accuse them of some wrongdoing, what happen to a good old fashion rebuttal? No, not our leaders today. The court is now their weapon and sue their main woman. Hope she vote for them to when election time comes around.”

… from D No Spin Zone article St Kitts Prime Minister threatens legal action against website

Photo: Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts decides to take on the blogs. 🙂

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Barbados Underground blog “suspended” by WordPress for violations. What happened?

Was it threats to witnesses, threats to journalists, calls for racial genocide, XXX articles or something else?

Visitors to the Barbados Underground blog on Monday morning were greeted with a notice from WordPress.com internet hosting that the entire blog had been “suspended” for failure to comply with WordPress.com policies.

Later in the day the blogsite was put back up, but without any explanation from the editors or WordPress. It is as if nothing ever happened.

But it did.

Why was Barbados Underground suspended? Continue reading

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Former Barbados Tourism Minister Noel Lynch gets a taste of his own medicine

Dejected, petulant Noel Lynch hates freedom of speech – except when he needs it

Poor Noel “Instant Millionaire” Lynch is all upset that he showed up at the CBC on Tuesday night as an invited guest on Best and Mason – and was then uninvited and summarily ejected from the premises according to an article in The Nation.

Lynch is talking about the violation of his constitutional rights to freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

Cha darlin! You mek sport! Noel Lynch talking about freedom of expression, freedom of speech? Noel Lynch? That’s a good one!

What a slimy hypocrite he is. Perhaps he needs a reminder of his own despicable attacks on freedom of speech when he was a big shot government minister. Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech on the Barbados Blogs – Part 1: A journalist confesses to his sins…

Part 1 of our new series: Freedom of Speech on the Barbados Blogs

free-speech-signJeff Cumberbatch of the Barbados Advocate confessed to posting comments (HORRORS!) on two anonymous blogs: Barbados Underground and Barbados Free Press.

(That’s ok, Jeff! We’ve had government ministers posting on BFP – so don’t worry about it. Your secret is safe with us.)

The confession takes place in the latest Barbados Advocate on page 9 of the dead tree version and online at Musings: Free anonymous expression.

Mr. Cumberbatch has some thoughts about defamation and anonymous blogging and even if you don’t agree with everything he says, his article is worthwhile reading to get you in the mood for our new series of articles here at Barbados Free Press titled “Freedom of Speech on the Barbados Blogs.”

Roosevelt O. King touches off an important societal discussion

All of this latest discussion about the limits of anonymous blogging by Mr. Cumberbatch and others takes place in the context of three articles posted on Barbados Free Press about the online revelations of Mr. Roosevelt O. King, the Secretary General of BANGO: the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations.

BANGO Secretary General Roosevelt O. King

BANGO Secretary General Roosevelt O. King

Mr. King posted information on Barbados Underground Blog concerning child prostitutes smuggled into the Caribbean. Barbados Free Press posted three articles about Mr. Roosevelt’s writings, but one of the three BFP articles was removed by WordPress.com for reasons that will come to light during our new series.

Today in our first article, we’d like you to read Mr. Cumberbatch’s thoughts at the Barbados Advocate. In our next article in the series we’re going to look people who blog about Barbados under their own names.

Now here’s the deal, folks… We’re going to copy Mr. Cumberbatch’s entire article here only because the Barbados Advocate destroys their online archives every so often. SO…. we want you to promise that you’ll head over to Barbados Advocate to read the article while it’s still posted there. Got that? Great!

Alright… go to the Barbados Advocate to read Jeff’s article…

Musings: Free anonymous expression.

Only if it’s not there, then you can proceed to read it here at BFP. Ok? The Barbados Advocate deserves the web hits so go read it there if you can, please!

If it’s not there anymore, ok… here it is… Continue reading

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WordPress.com removes Barbados Free Press story after complaint from Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (BANGO)

Grape Hall Barbados

Media Release

Friday, September 11, 2009

6:10am – Somewhere near Grape Hall, Barbados

Barbados Free Press (BFP) today announced that WordPress.com removed one of BFP’s published stories as a result of an official complaint from the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations.

WordPress.com is the blogging software and hosting destination utilized by Barbados Free Press. Barbados Free Press wishes to express how much we admire the dedication of WordPress.com to freedom of speech. WordPress has enabled ordinary people in Barbados to fight for true democracy, integrity, transparency and accountability in our society without being unduly exposed to the threats, arsons, harassment and job loss that has been experienced in our country by citizens who disagree with the established political elites.

The removal action by WordPress.com is being reviewed by BFP editors.

Barbados Free Press will make a further announcement in the coming days.

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Barbados Newspaper Editor Threatened by Senior Advisor to Prime Minister David Thompson – Police Investigation Launched

Prime Minister David Thompson & Henry Hartley

Prime Minister Thompson & Henry Hartley

Mr. Hartley Henry, the senior political advisor to Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson and, many say, the primary engineer of the DLP’s election victory in the 2007/2008 campaign, is under police investigation for alleged threats to the editor of the Sunday Sun newspaper. The editor, Carol Martindale, says that Mr. Henry threatened to destroy her reputation unless she printed a story about a DLP political survey in a certain manner.

Ms. Martindale was warned by Mr. Henry to “Do the right thing” or else face the consequences of a destroyed reputation. According to the account in The Nation newspaper, Mr. Henry told Martindale “If the story is not played the right way, I would turn Barbados against you.” Henry also said that The Nation newspaper for the last couple of months had become the “mouthpiece” of Opposition leader Mia Mottley.

As shocking as this one incident might seem to foreigners, most Bajans are not at all surprised. Not in the least bit.

Officially, Barbados is happy to cash in on the perception of the country as “Little Britain” with all that moniker implies about rule of law, public order, democracy and freedoms – but the reality is quite different. Bajans know that our country has not enjoyed true freedom of the press in two decades or more.

Nothing really changes as each new government seeks to gain control of the news media through intimidation, withholding government advertising, outright threats and the occasional use of bullies and even the police to oh-so-carefully deliver a very serious message to uncooperative journalists. These abuses tend to get worse the longer a party is in power and have been documented publicly by professional journalists themselves. (For details, see the list of sources at the end of this article. Note: I’ll have to fill them in later on Monday when I get home from night shift.)

Bajans also know that over the years government officials have been guilty of some terrible abuses of power not just against journalists and news organisations, but also against ordinary citizens and foreigners alike. Corrupt and abusive government officials have destroyed people’s lives and their businesses – safe in the knowledge that no elected or appointed Barbados government official has ever faced charges for these abuses of power. Ever. Not a single one.

Arrogance of Power

In our opinion, the problem with Barbados government officials is much deeper than their simple wish to control the press. In Barbados it is normal for elected or appointed officials to quickly develop and openly display a certain arrogance of power.

Prime Minister Thompson’s election campaign promise that only faithful DLP members would “feast at the fatted calf” perfectly illustrates the prevailing attitude that election to office gives politicians a license to profit, to control and to have revenge upon political enemies.

Successive governments – and the current DLP government is no exception – view themselves and their own power as the highest authority in Barbados. Most people in the UK, the USA or Canada have no concept of how Barbados politicians define “rule of law” as whatever is convenient at the moment.

And if the maintenance and consolidation of power requires the purging of opposition supporters from their employment with government agencies like the UDC, or cutting government advertising to newspapers that don’t support the party in power – government princes like Hartley Henry have no problem abusing their power to achieve the goal.

Hartley Henry’s threatening of newspaper editors like Carol Martindale is merely a symptom of a deeper corruption that is endemic in our two major political parties. The oppression of journalists under the BLP government of Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley was standard operating procedure. The Thompson government are merely a different bunch using the same abusive techniques as the BLP before them. Hartley Henry’s threats are nothing new.

What has changed is that the Barbados news media is finally screaming rape instead of keeping silent. But this time they have to carry it all the way through and not settle for everything just being forgotten as they did when the police illegally assaulted journalists and falsely charged them with criminal offences.

I hope to God that a tape recording was made of Hartley Henry delivering the threats, and I hope to God that the recording is put on YouTube for everyone to hear. I hope that Carol Martindale has the courage and strength to carry this through to the end.

But most of all, I hope that The Nation and all Barbados journalists have finally decided to stop selling themselves to the highest bidder through covering up embarrassing stories in exchange for government advertising and access to easy stories.

Have things really changed around here?

If this Henry Hartley situation just disappears like happens all the time, Bajans will know the answer.

Further Reading

Jennifer Laszlo alleged threats, sexual harassment by Henry

Jennifer Laszlo alleged threats, sexual harassment by Henry

In 1998 communications expert Jennifer Laszlo of Laszlo & Associates, Inc. sent a letter to Prime Minister Bird of Antigua & Barbuda alleging…

“I suffered repeated unwanted sexual advances, harassment and threats from your then senior advisor, Mr. Hartley Henry. He several times indicated to me that if I did not have a sexual relationship with him, that I would not get paid and that he would claim that I had overcharged. I had and will never have a sexual relationship with Hartley Henry. Now it is being claimed that I overcharged, and I have not been paid. This leaves me suffering from unpaid bills, a liabled reputation, and the pain of ongoing inappropriate sexual harassment by your then senior advisor. It also leave the appearance that the threats of sexual harassment were more than threats.”

Here is the full letter that has been circulating on the internet and via email for some time…

Hartley Henry Jennifer Laszlo Threat (pdf)

As published in The Nation…

THREAT TO SUN EDITOR (online article here)

Published on: 8/23/2009.

EDITOR OF THE SUNDAY SUN, Carol Martindale, yesterday received the threat “to do the right thing” or have her reputation destroyed. The threat came from Hartley Henry, senior political advisor to Prime Minister David Thompson.

Just before 2 p.m. Henry called Martindale to warn her that the results of the poll conducted for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and released yesterday get the same Front Page treatment as polls done on behalf of this newspaper.

Henry expressed annoyance with the publication of the past several SUNDAY SUN editions, charging they were geared towards publicising and enhancing the image of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.

He said: “For the last couple of months the SUNDAY SUN has become the mouthpiece of Mia Mottley. If the story [referring to reports of the CARDES Poll] is not played the right way, I would turn Barbados against you,” he told a shocked Martindale. He also mentioned to her about “doing the right thing”. Continue reading

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Guinness World Records Threatens Blogger, But Removes Challenge to “Beat Worst Terrorist Attack Record” From Website

“Break The Record for… Most individuals killed in a terrorist attack”

When Fail Blog discovered that the Guinness World Records website was challenging viewers to “Break the Record” for the “most individuals killed in a terrorist attack”, the blog’s editor did a screen capture of the outrageous website and posted it as a FAIL.

In response, lawyers for Guinness World Records threatened the FailBlog with legal action if the blog didn’t remove the Guinness trade mark from their story. The letter said that Guinness would take “whatever action necessary to protect its reputation…” (Ha… Guinness should have thought about their reputation before posting the challenge to readers to kill more people!)

No apology or “oops” from Guinness though for encouraging readers to “break the record” for the most individuals killed in a terrorist attack.

FailBlog posted their response to the lawyer’s letter, telling Guinness World Records Limited that their “douchebaggy cyber-bullying emails will only bring upon you more shame on your house.”

We agree.

Guinness Record Terrorist AttackOne of our readers alerted us to this story and also discovered that Guinness has removed their webpage encouraging readers to break the world terrorist record.

Thank you, Fail Blog!

Here’s what Fail Blog wrote to Guinness…

To: Guinness World Records

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thanks for writing us an email regarding the “Record Breaking Fail”. Unfortunately, douchebaggy cyber-bullying emails will only bring upon you more shame on your house. I am also resisting the urge to write this email in ALL CAPS.

I believe it is the duty of FAIL Blog(TM) to call out organizations when they encourage the public to do such things as “Break the record” for the “Most Individuals Killed In A Terrorist Act”. We firmly believe that our publication of your fail is protected under the concepts of fair use, commentary and non-trademark use. Please RTFM and we welcome you to the interwebs…

… continue reading this story and see the examples at Fail Blog’s OMG You Fail So Hard

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Attempted Libel Chill – Barbados Free Press Will Not Be Intimidated

UPDATED: September 22, 2010

In view of the recent statements against blogging and social media by Police Commissioner Dottin and Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock, Barbados Free Press again reminds folks that we will be here for the Bajan people, we will not be intimidated – and if anyone disagrees with anything we say, they are welcome to publish their reply to our audience.

“We don’t own BFP – we just take care of it for Barbados.”

Original article first published July 20, 2006… Continue reading

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