‘You’re a Stooge and a Frontman!’:Hannity Guest Explodes at Million Muslim March Organizer

If you thought things got heated during last week’s Hannity discussion on the Million Muslim March, tonight took things to an entirely new level. Chris Phillips, one of the organizers of the march faced off in a contentious back and forth with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which advocated for the “separation of mosque and state.”

Phillips said the march is not only about supporting “victimized” Muslims in the United States, but also the innocent Muslims who have died all over the world since 9/11. Asked for an example of how America “villain-izes” Muslims, Phillips asked Hannity, “aren’t you villain-izing them with this broadcast? These people are not radical Islamists. these are innocent Americans practicing their constitutional liberties, brother.”

“I haven’t met a Muslim that isn’t offended by the exploitation of 9/11,” Jasser said when it was his turn to speak. He suggested renaming the upcoming event, “How to radicalize Muslims in one march.” Calling the march a 9/11 “truther movement,” he accused Phillips of promoting the same ideology that produced the Boston Marathon bombing and the Fort Hood attack.

Hannity proceeded to bring up a picture of him dressed as a clown that Phillips posted online. “How would you feel if someone did that to the Prophet Mohammad?”

“I don’t worship Islam and I would be offended if friends of mine were offended,” Phillips said, shocking the other two men. “I’m not a Muslim.”

“So you’re a stooge,” Jasser responded. “You’re a stooge and front man for an organization that is destroying the mission to fight radical Islam around the globe.”

Man behind anti-Islam film due in L.A. court next week

(Reuters) – A California man behind an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests in the Muslim world is due to appear in a federal court in Los Angeles next week for a preliminary hearing on whether he violated the terms of his probation over a 2010 bank fraud conviction, court papers show.

Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, who before went by the name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is scheduled to go before U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder on Wednesday, the documents filed on Friday in U.S. District Court show.

The terms of Youssef’s 2011 release from prison include a ban on using aliases without the permission of a probation officer.

The Egyptian-born Youssef has been described as the producer of a crudely made 13-minute video filmed in California and circulated online under a number of titles, including “Innocence of Muslims.” It mocked the Prophet Mohammad and sparked a torrent of anti-American unrest in Egypt and other Muslim countries last month.

Muslims protest Danish cartoon, German film on Islam

Hundreds of Muslims took out a silent procession here last evening to condemn the derogatory depiction of Prophet Mohammad in a Danish paper, and a German film showing Islam in bad light. Carrying banners and placards reading “Down with Denmark, Germany and Israel”, the protesters marched down the street demanding that the government convey their sentiments to the three countries through diplomatic channels. There have conspiracies to disgrace Islam. First the film titled ‘Fitna’ that depicts Quran in bad light and secondly the republication of derogatory cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. The Muslim community is extremely hurt by these actions. So, we have taken out a silent procession to voice our concerns. We hope the authorities would carry the message to those who are carrying out such actions,” said Abdul Latif Khan, a cleric.

Denmark: Islamic terror suspects seized over plot to murder ‘Mohammad’ cartoonist

Danish police arrested at least three people today in a terror plot to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Mohammad drawings that sparked an uproar in the Muslim world and in Britain two years ago, authorities said. One of the three was a Dane of Moroccan descent, and two were Tunisian. The arrests were made in pre-dawn raids in Aarhus, western Denmark, “to prevent a terror-related murder,” the police intelligence agency said. It did not say how many people were arrested nor did it mention which cartoonist was targeted. However, Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the drawings on September 30, 2005, said the suspects were planning to kill its cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, 73.

Germany: Sharp Rise in Muslim Converts. Report reveals more German university graduates, high-wage earners converting to Islam

GERMANY – A report prepared at the request of the German Interior Ministry revealed that 5,000 Germans converted to Islam between July 2004 and June 2005, a figure that is four times higher than that of the previous year. In previous years the average number of Germans who converted to Islam stood at only 300. The researchers said that while in the past most of those who converted were women who married Muslims, today many university graduates and high-wage earners are joining Prophet Mohammad’s religion.

Denmark: Denmark Reopens Syria Mission

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark on Tuesday reopened its embassy in?Syria more than two months after it was set ablaze by demonstrators protesting the publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, the Danish foreign ministry said. The ministry said the Damascus mission was now open to the public but cautioned Danes in Syria to be vigilant as the cartoon row could still induce negative reactions in the country. “Recently, there have been several instances of verbal threats against Danes and other Westerners,” it said in a statement on its Web site. On February 4, several thousand Syrian demonstrators set the Danish and the Norwegian embassies on fire in violent protest over 12 caricatures of the Prophet first published by Danish Daily Jylland-Posten in September. The fire badly damaged the building that housed the Danish mission but no one was hurt as the embassy was closed. The cartoons were later reprinted in other European papers and sparked violent protests worldwide by Muslims, many of whom believe it is blasphemous to depict the Prophet. Last month, Denmark reopened its mission to Indonesia saying the security situation there had improved, but embassies in several other Muslim nations remain closed.

Spain Asks Pope To Back Muslim Dialogue Plan

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Spain asked the Vatican on Friday to back an initiative promoting Western-Arab understanding, in a bid to give fresh impetus to the plan after Muslim protests against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos made the request for support of the “Alliance of Civilisations” during talks with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano and Foreign Minister Giovanni Lajolo, a Vatican statement said. Spain and Turkey launched the initiative last year and this month called for calm and respect after violent demonstrations by Muslims against the cartoons. Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet Mohammad blasphemous. Pope Benedict has condemned the cartoons, which were first published in Denmark and reprinted in Europe and the Middle East, saying freedom of speech did not mean freedom to offend a person’s religion. Spain and the Vatican have had strained relations since the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero legalised homosexual marriages last year despite strong opposition from the country’s powerful Catholic Church. Moratinos’ visit to the Vatican appeared to be an attempt by Madrid to mend ties ahead of a visit by the pope to Valencia in July to attend a rally of Catholic families.

Kenya: Cartoon Anger Unabated

By Guled Mohamed Kenyan police opened fire at hundreds of people demonstrating against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Friday, wounding at least one, as protests across the Muslim world showed no sign of abating. Police in Bangladesh beat back about 10,000 protesters marching on the Danish embassy in Dhaka and demonstrators took to the streets in Afghanistan, India, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey. The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which has carried out several suicide bombings in Israel, threatened more violence and a leading Saudi Muslim cleric called for no mercy in punishing anyone mocking the Prophet. “So far we have demanded an apology from the governments. But if they continue their assault on our dear Prophet Mohammad, we will burn the ground underneath their feet,” Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib told supporters after Friday prayers. Riot police in Kenya, where about six percent of the population are Muslim, fired live rounds and tear gas to prevent hundreds of stone-throwing protesters from reaching the Danish embassy. One man was shot in the thigh, a witness said. In Morocco tens of thousands of people joined a government-sponsored march that went off peacefully. At least 11 people have been killed this year in protests across in the Middle East, Asia and Africa over the cartoons published first in Denmark and then elsewhere. One cartoon showed the Prophet Mohammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. Muslims consider any portrayal of the Prophet blasphemous, let alone one showing him as a terrorist. “We demand stiff penalties without leniency against those who deride the Prophet Mohammad,” Abdel-Rahman al-Sudeis, a prominent Saudi Arabian cleric in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca, told worshippers. “With one voice, millions of Muslims around the world are defending the Prophet of God.” “PRETEXT FOR VIOLENCE” EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said both religious sensitivities and freedom of speech needed to be respected and the violent reaction was not justified. “I do think that, unfortunately, these cartoons have been used as a pretext for violence and for showing that some Arabic countries could be manipulated or at least the radical parts there could be manipulated,” she told journalists in London. With tensions running high and copies of the cartoons cropping up in newspapers around the world, some tried to calm believers as authorities moved to clamp down on the media. The imam at the heart of the row appeared to backtack, saying Denmark was a tolerant country after helping organize a delegation to the Middle East last year which presented a dossier of alleged Danish insults to Muslims. “As a Muslim I am heavily indebted to this country,” Imam Abu Laban told worshippers at his Copenhagen mosque. In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, police were questioning an editor after his tabloid, Peta, published a caricature of the Prophet and Malaysia slapped a ban on circulating or possessing cartoons of the Prophet. The Danish newspaper editor who commissioned the cartoons was sent on holiday after suggesting he would print Iranian cartoons on the Holocaust. And a source from France’s Muslim Council said it would take legal action against a French satirical weekly that reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad and ran one of its own. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia demanded an apology from the Danish government, but urged protesters to refrain from violence. In Tehran, where protesters threw petrol bombs at the French embassy and stones at the Danish and British missions, a senior cleric said Iran’s arch enemy the United States was responsible. “The anger shown by Muslims is a holy anger,” Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Friday prayers, while urging worshippers not to attack embassies. MISUNDERSTANDING The Danish government has expressed regret over the publication of the cartoons, but has refused to apologize saying that is a matter for the newspaper. As well as worldwide protests, the cartoons have ignited a debate over the limits of freedom of speech and exposed a gulf of misunderstanding between the Western and Islamic worlds. “We’re dealing with two types of ignorance, about Islam and about the freedom of speech,” said Sohaib Bencheikh, a prominent Islamic theologian in France. “We’re paying the bill for September 11 and all the tension and misunderstanding that arose after it,” complained Mohammad Bechari, head of the National Federation of French Muslims. He criticized protesters who demanded the Danish government apologize for the cartoons. “Frankly, that shows that the idea of genuine free speech has not taken root in Muslim countries.”

U.S. Paper Defends Printing Mohammad Cartoon

NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the few U.S. newspapers to publish a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad from a series that sparked a wave of protests by Muslims, defended the action on Sunday by saying it was just doing its job. “This is the kind of work that newspapers are in business to do,” said Amanda Bennett, the newspaper’s editor. The Inquirer on Saturday published the most controversial image, which depicted the Prophet with a turban resembling a lit bomb, and it posted on its Web site an Internet link to the rest of the cartoons.

Denmark: EU Backs Denmark in Caricature Dispute

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — The European Union backed Denmark Monday in a diplomatic dispute with Muslim countries over Danish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, saying that any retaliatory boycott of Danish goods would violate world trade rules. Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said an EU foreign affairs ministers meeting condemned Saudi Arabia’s call to boycott Danish goods and all threats made against Danish, Swedish and Norwegian citizens in recent days.