New civil rights group to protect former Muslims will launch next week

Earlier today I told you about a new group making its debut in Washington next week called  Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), and now tonight I received a press release for another group concerned with the threat of Islamic activity in America.  This one, Former Muslims United, has formed to protect the rights of apostates and it too will hold a press conference in Washington next week.

WASHINGTON, DC (September 21, 2009) – Prominent former Muslims– apostates from Islam– will hold a press conference Thursday, September 24 to announce the launch of a new civil liberties organization, Former Muslims United, and the start of a national campaign to educate the American public and policymakers about the threat from authoritative Shariah– Islamic law– to the religious freedom and safety of former Muslims.

At the press conference, Former Muslims United founders Nonie Darwish and Ibn Warraq (both internationally-respected authors and scholars) will release letters calling on the Department of Justice and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to investigate possible hate crimes and civil rights violations against apostates from Islam, including the circumstances of the current Florida case of 17-year old Rifqa Bary, a former Muslim. The letters are also signed by Former Muslims United co-founders Mohammad Asghar, Wafa Sultan and Amil Imani.

Darwish and Warraq will release the text of Former Muslim United’s groundbreaking “Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm for Former Muslims,” copies of which will be received in the offices of dozens of Muslim leaders across America by September 25, the 220th anniversary of Congress passing the Bill of Rights. They will also distribute a list of the names of this first group of Muslim leaders to be asked to sign the Muslim Pledge. Additional Muslim leaders will be sent the pledge in the next month as the national campaign gets underway. The names of all pledge recipients will be listed at

President Obama, an apostate himself, might want to join this much-needed new group.

Murder trial begins today in Canada; African refugee charged in four murders

This story is from British Columbia yesterday:

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A man accused of killing his business partner, two of his lovers and his step-daughter will be in court Monday for the start of a trial that could match the marathon proceedings in another serial murder case.

There are expected to be 200 witnesses called during Charles Kembo’s trial and the hearing is expected to last for most of a year.

Kembo is facing four counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing the three women and his business partner. He was arrested in July 2005 and it’s taken more than four years for the case to come in front of jury.

He is charged with murdering the following:

Kembo is accused of first murdering his wife Margaret Kembo, who vanished sometime between the end of December, 2002 and beginning of January, 2003. 

In November 2003, Kembo’s friend and business partner Ardon Samuel, 38, was also slain.

One year later, the body of Kembo’s 55-year-old girlfriend Sui Yin Ma was found in a slough in Richmond, B.C.

Twenty-one-year-old Rita Yeung, Kembo’s step-daughter, was found dead in July 2005 in Richmond.

We would call Kembo an asylee in the US but apparently in Canada he is considered a “government sponsored convention refugee.”   Just like so many others he was ordered deported but never left.  If the government of Canada had followed through and put him on a plane, perhaps those four would be alive today.

Kembo was known as Charlos Mathews Gwazah when he landed at Pearson International Airport in September 1989 from the landlocked southeast African country of Malawi.

He became a government-sponsored convention refugee, which allows a person to stay in Canada if they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion or nationality.

Refugees selected for resettlement to Canada are financially supported by the government, after often being forced to flee their home country because of extreme hardship.

A Canadian visa officer must decide if the potential sponsored refugee meets the requirements of Canada’s resettlement program.

Immigration and Refugee Board documents showed over the next three years he also made refugee claims under three different names.
He was ordered deported in 1994, but as a landed immigrant had a right to appeal the order and did so. He abandoned the appeal in 1996.

Muslim retail group is permitted to discriminate!

This is a story from way back in April first reported at Creeping Sharia (here) but it just showed up in a post at this website—The National Policy Institute.

ARA [Atlanta Retailers Association] was founded in 1995 by a group of Ismaili Muslims. Its members are mostly immigrants to the U.S. from India and Pakistan and the association’s bylaws specify member companies be majority-owned by a person of the Ismaili Muslim faith. 

ATLANTA — A U.S. District Court Judge here dismissed claims by two independent convenience stores that they were illegally denied membership in the Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA), an incorporated group of nearly 900 Ismaili Muslim convenience store owners based in Georgia.

As reported exclusively by CSNews Online, store owners, Terry Wilson of Wilson’s Grocery, and John Potts of Potts Grocery, filed a complaint two years ago alleging they were denied membership in ARA because they are not Ismaili Muslim and therefore were unable to qualify for discounts on beverages that the group had negotiated for its members with Pepsi Bottling Group.

In a ruling on Monday, Orinda D. Evans, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, decided against the store owners, dismissing their claims of discrimination as well as their motion for a class certification. 


The case appeared to turn on the definition of Ismaili Muslim as a religion, not a race, and whether a private group could set its own membership criteria. Ismaili is a branch of the Shia sect of Islam.

So does this mean that a group of Christian or Jewish retailers (or any kind of business) could join into groups to negotiate better deals and exclude Muslims? Hmmmm!  Wonder how fast the ACLU would move on that!

I found this story interesting on another level.  We have written on many occasions about the massive food stamp fraud schemes occurring in the convenience store business.  In our county our Pakistani run store was raided and the owner busted here earlier this year.  For more stories on immigrant food stamp fraud and ‘mom and pop’ stores search RRW for ‘food stamp fraud.’   

For more on Ismaili Muslims go here.

Jobs Americans won’t do? Apparently none!

Here is a recent article from USA Today confirming something we know well—Americans (and refugees) are lining up for jobs as illegal immigrants are busted.

When federal agents descended on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. in December 2006, they rounded up nearly 1,300 suspected illegal immigrants that made up about 10% of the labor force at the plants.

But the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents did not cripple the company or the plants. In fact, they were back up and running at full staff within months by replacing those removed with a significant number of native-born Americans, according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).*

That was the most extreme example of what has become an increasingly common result of the raids: “They were very beneficial to American workers,” according to Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain.

“Whenever there’s an immigration raid, you find white, black and legal immigrant labor lining up to do those jobs that Americans will supposedly not do,” said Swain, who teaches law and political science.

We have reported many times on these pages that refugee resettlement agencies are setting up offices and providing labor to meatpacking companies throughout the US.

Exactly who is filling the jobs has varied, depending on the populations surrounding the plants:

Throughout the Great Plains, a new wave of legal immigrants is filling the void, according to Jill Cashen, spokeswoman for the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents 1.3 million people who work in the food-processing industry. Plants are refilling positions with newly arrived immigrants from places such as Sudan, Somalia and Southeast Asia.

*USA Today refers to a Center for Immigration Studies report but although it links other things in the article, never links the study.  I assume it is this one from August.

By the way, one of the earliest and clearest examples of rushing in to fill the gap left by raids on illegal aliens employed in meatpacking is this one where the Clinton Administration brought in Bosnian refugees to work in Iowa meatpacking plants.

New group launched to educate about the Islamization of America

From New English Review:

WASHINGTON – Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) will hold an organizational launch and press conference with speakers and panel discussion on September 25th, to coincide with Islam on Capitol Hill Day and the 220th anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights.


SIOA’s mission is to educate the American people about the political doctrine of Islam, its history, Sharia (Islamic Law), and Jihad. SIOA believes that Sharia Law is incompatible with our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

So what’s this Islam on Capital Hill Day?  Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs has the inside story, here.