WATCH: Bill Clinton Just Said Something Big Obama Won’t Say About Islam…Gutfeld Goes Off

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It’s certainly reasonable to wonder why he said it — he felt compelled to speak the truth, he was talking as a surrogate for Hillary as she approaches go-time for a presidential run, or maybe he couldn’t resist taking one of his occasional well-aimed shots at Barack Obama.

For whatever reason, Bill Clinton said something you don’t hear from the current administration about radical Islam and its brutal practices that represent “the world’s greatest double standard.”

The former president took the occasion of his appearance on the comedy show “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to lay out a compelling case that intolerant Islamists demand tolerance from all-too-submissive Western societies.

On Fox News‘ “The Five,” Greg Gutfeld vigorously applauded Clinton’s truth-telling, cheering the former president for “saying publicly what wimps say privately” in a way that made him sound like “a right-wing extremist.”

You can see Bill Clinton’s remarks and Greg Gutfeld’s reactions by clicking on the video above.

 

H/T Fox News

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The Outspoken Conservative Behind This Viral Video Has Gotten Thousands Of Death Threats

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Though the video has been available for nearly two years, conservative comedian and commentator Steven Crowder told Western Journalism that his Jesus Vs. Muhammad project has received a significant boost in views since the recent terrorist attacks at the Paris-based satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

With well over a half million views so far, Crowder explained that a significant number of those viewers took the next step of sending him death threats and hate mail. In that respect, he said, the second wave of virality the video has experienced is much like the first.

“Any time you are even remotely critical of Islam, or more importantly his ‘prophet’ (if you want to call him that), Muslims will react this way en masse,” he explained. “It has to happen. It always happens.”

When the video first reached a wide audience in 2013, Crowder noted that the details he delivered about Muhammad’s life led many viewers to admit they were uninformed.

He said he received “comments like, ‘I never knew that about Muhammad’ [and] ‘Can you point me to where it says that.’”

Soon after that “first wave of many people learning,” however, he recalled “thousands of down votes, spam comments and then death threats” posted below the video on YouTube.

“Muslims mobilize online very quickly,” he explained, noting the video has “been flagged repeatedly as hate speech as well.”

Furthermore, Crowder said he has received virtually no support from moderate Muslims.

“Even [musician and Muslim convert] Cat Stevens believes that Muslim-to-Christian converts deserve to die,” he said. “Even moderate Muslims believe in punishment for depicting Muhammad. No terrorism degree required. It’s a religion that not only is at odds with free speech, but one that demands its extermination.”

He said he has extended an invitation to the group TalkIslam, also known for its viral YouTube videos, to appear on his show and “correct” his portrayal of the faith, but it “doesn’t seem like they have any interest” in taking him up on the offer.

Despite the backlash, Crowder has not shied away from the subject of Islam and has produced several videos on the subject – many of which have been among his most viewed. He explains this phenomenon by saying that, “whether someone is watching the video to learn, to be entertained, or because some giant Islamic nonprofit sent them there to employ denial of service tactics, they have to watch the video.”

As for the death threats he has received as a result of this outspokenness, he said it has not caused him to consider self-censorship for his own safety. He does acknowledge, however, that his family’s welfare is always a concern.

While he confirms he has “taken greater measures” to protect his loved ones, Crowder concluded that “freedom of speech is just too damn important to let the bullies win.”

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Here’s The Controversial Thing The Pope Just Said That Could Justify Attack On Charlie Hebdo

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It was nothing like the Paris march that drew an estimated 1 million people onto the streets of the French capital to protest the Charlie Hebdo massacre by Islamic terrorists, but there was a march today in Pakistan — this rally condemning the satirical newspaper’s ridicule of the Prophet Mohammad.

NBC News reports that a brief demonstration of around 40 people outside the country’s parliament included dozens of Pakistani lawmakers chanting “death to blasphemers.”

While his words were not anywhere near as inflammatory or provocative, Pope Francis did suggest today that when someone proceeds to “make fun of faith,” then retaliation can be expected.

In a different report from NBC News, the pope was quoted from a conversation with reporters as he flew to the Philippines. The pontiff reportedly said that “every religion has its dignity” and those who don’t respect that dignity can expect a “punch.”

Pope Francis, says the NBC story, was sharing his thoughts about the fierce objections of many Muslims to the Charlie Hebdo publications featuring cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad.

“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” he said. “There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity … in freedom of expression there are limits.”

Reportedly, Pope Francis did not explain what he feels those “limits” are. He also went on to give a somewhat contradictory view about whether an insult justifies a violent reaction.

“It’s true that we can’t react violently, but, for example if Dr. Gasbarri here, a great friend of mine, says a curse word against my mother, then a punch awaits him,” the pontiff said.

It was unclear whether the pope feels “a punch” is, or is not, an act of violence.

As Western Journalism reported on Wednesday, many Muslims around the world have condemned the cover image on the latest edition of the Charlie Hebdo weekly — another cartoonish depiction of the prophet whom Muslims consider unassailable.

One high-profile British imam characterized the so-called “survivors’ edition” of the publication an “act of war.”

 

h/t NBC News

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Moroccan-Born Muslim Mayor Of Rotterdam Tells Radical Islamists To ‘Pack Their Bags And Leave’

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The mayor of one of The Netherlands’ largest cities told Islamic terrorists and advocates of radical Islam last week if they “don’t like freedom,” they can “f–k off.”

Moroccan-born Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Muslim Mayor of Rotterdam who has lived in The Netherlands since 1976, had some harsh words for the perpetrators and sympathizers of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, which killed 17 people. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” Aboutaleb told NewsHour. “But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave.” He continued, slamming anyone who refuses to integrate into Dutch society:

There may be a place in the world where you can be yourself, be honest with yourself and do not go and kill innocent journalists. And if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f**k off.

This is stupid, this [is] so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at.

London Mayor Boris Johnson praised Aboutaleb in an op-ed for The Telegraph Sunday. “And my hero – the man who got straight to the point – was the Mayor of of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, himself a Muslim,” he wrote.

That is the voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire. We can and will protect this country against these jihadist thugs. We will bug them and monitor them and arrest them and prosecute them and jail them. But if we are going to win the struggle for the minds of these young people, then that is the kind of voice we need to hear – and it needs above all to be a Muslim voice.

Many on social media also showered Aboutaleb with plaudits:

h/t: IJ Review

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Freedom Vs Islam — A War Of Ideas

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By savagely attacking and murdering writers and cartoonists as well as Jewish shoppers, French Islamists clarified something that many in the West have deceived themselves about: that the war we are engaged in is a war of ideas. Islamists have once again reminded us that freedom itself is their target.

This discomfits the left. They prefer to pretend that Islamist violence (when they acknowledge it at all) springs from unemployment, poverty or, most frequently, colonial oppression. Most leftists, and some on the libertarian right, believe that American responses to Islamists’ attacks — ranging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to NSA wiretapping — are the causes of the murderous rage that has claimed thousands of victims on every continent (10,000 in 2013 alone) and has in the past three months plunged Australia, Canada, Israel, Pakistan, and now France into agonies as civilians (including children) have been coldly massacred in the name of Allah.

George W. Bush was mocked for saying, “They hate our freedom.” Salon magazine sneered, “The utter absurdity of people halfway around the world being angered by another nation’s self-proclaimed ‘freedom’ further adds to the meaninglessness of Bush’s statement.”

At the Paris demonstration, protesters carried enormous pencils and pens, symbols of the press freedom these Islamists would extinguish by law if they could, and through murder and intimidation in the meantime. Bush’s statement doesn’t look “meaningless” today, does it?

Liberals and the left similarly disarmed themselves morally and intellectually during the Cold War. That was a battle of ideas between two post-Enlightenment ideologies: the freedom-embracing democracies versus the tyrannical Marxist/Leninists. Throughout that 75-year struggle, the left consistently failed to defend the values of the West (including freedom of thought and speech), preferring to see the conflict as a “misunderstanding.”

Just as they frequently gave the Soviets and other communists the benefit of the doubt during the Cold War, the left today refuses to grapple with the meaning of Islamist ideology. They see only bigotry in Western concern about such fanaticism. This blinds them to the struggles within Islam.

Islam has been ravaged over the course of the past century by the rise of radical extremists. Such views always existed, but the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in 1928 transformed the ideas into a movement, while the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia permitted that regime to proselytize similar radicalism worldwide. Extremist Islamists (those who reject the separation of mosque and state) now comprise significant minorities in every Muslim country on the globe, rule Shia Iran, and have friendly governments or quasi governments in Turkey, Gaza, Tunisia, and many other nations.

Islamism is a paroxysm of rage by extremist Muslims determined to make war on all (including Muslims) who believe differently. They’ve attacked Christians throughout Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East, Jews worldwide, Hindus in India, and Buddhists in Thailand, Myanmar, and China, among other places.

What are self-respecting democratic pluralists to do in the face of this threat? In the first place, acknowledge the reality of the problem rather than making it politically incorrect to mention it. Second, make common cause with Muslim people and leaders who are battling the Islamists. As the Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes has argued for decades: “Radical Islam is the problem. Moderate Islam is the answer.”

Rather than align with the forces in the Muslim world that reject extremism, President Obama has seemed eager to ingratiate himself with extremists. He lent support to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, and has alienated his successor, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, though Sisi has taken the most significant step of any Muslim leader in the world, calling for a “religious revolution” and cautioning that radical Islam, “that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world!”

Queen Rania of Jordan, too, has spoken up, urging that moderate Muslims create “a new narrative.” A group from Morocco has founded “Not in My Name,” a website that condemns ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad. The Kurds are on the front lines fighting ISIS. Israel battles terrorists on a daily basis. All need and deserve vigorous U.S. support.

Instead, the Obama administration waits, hat in hand, in Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s anteroom, hoping for a nuclear deal. Robert Frost said it best: “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.”

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