Rana Elmir wrote that she’s “consistently and aggressively asked” to condemn Islamic terrorism, and is tired of having her religious views linked to atrocities like the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and in Paris and San Bernardino this year. “I emphatically refuse,” she wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.
The Islamic State’s religious scholars have ruled that taking the organs of non-Muslims is permissible under Islamic law to save the life of a Muslim, because killing apostates to eat their flesh has previously been allowed. The revelation comes in a January 2015 document that was capured by U.S. special forces in Syria in May and obtained by Reuters. The news agency posted a U.S. government translation of the document attributed to the Islamic State’s research and fatwa committee. Allah almighty knows what’s best and knows what’s right and what is wrong and there is evidence from texts and Islamic principles and laws supporting the notion that transplanting organs from an apostate’s body into a Muslim body in order to save the latter’s life or replace a damaged organ with it is permissible, the document reads.
A teenage girl remains in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital when the car she was riding was struck by a drunk driver in Clarkson Thursday night.Sheriffs deputies say the crash happened on Redman Road, just north of West Ridge Road around 7 p.m. They say Efrain Lopez-Contreras, 29, was driving drunk and crossed the center line and struck a car being diven by Tony Bartolucci, 52, and his 14-year-old daughter Gianna. Witnesses told deputies that following the crash, Lopez-Contreras got out of his car and left the scene. The car being driven by Bartolucci became fully engulfed in flames and witnesses were able to pull them from the vehicle. They were both taken from the scene to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.Lopez-Contreras was found by deputies hiding in a ditch. He is being charged with vehicluar assault and DWI and is being held at the Monroe County Jail on $100,000 bail. Deputies say Lopez-Contreras is an undocumented alien who had been previously deported. Immigration and Naturalization Service officials will be placing a detainer on Lopez-Contreras.
On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III said that the Planned Parenthood videos made by the Center for Medical Progress did not demonstrate criminal activity and added that the videos put abortion providers at risk citing last month’s shooting at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs which claimed the lives of three people. The National Abortion Federation petitioned Orrick to extend an earlier ruling to block the release of further videos. Despite his comments, Orrick did not issue a ruling.
Senior Obama administration officials are expressing concern that congressional attempts to tighten laws preventing terrorists from entering the United States could violate the Iran nuclear agreement and prompt Tehran to walk away from the agreement.Congress is considering measures that would tighten the Visa Waiver Program to make it harder for potential terrorists to legally enter the United States by increasing restrictions on individuals who have travelled to countries with prominent terrorist organizations from bypassing security checks upon entering the United States.
Source: Iran | Visa Waiver Program
The Obama administration cannot be sure of the whereabouts of thousands of foreigners in the U.S. who had their visas revoked over terror concerns and other reasons, a State Department official acknowledged Thursday. The admission, made at a House oversight hearing examining immigrant vetting in the wake of major terror attacks, drew a sharp rebuke from the committee chairman. “You don’t have a clue do you?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Michele Thoren Bond, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs.Bond initially said the U.S. has revoked more than 122,000 visas since 2001, including 9,500 because of the threat of terrorism. But Chaffetz quickly pried at that stat, pressing the witness about the present location of those individuals. “I dont know,” she said.
The lone health insurance cooperative to make money last year on the Affordable Care Acts public insurance exchanges is now losing millions and suspending individual enrollment for 2016.Maines Community Health Options lost more than $17 million in the first nine months of this year, after making $10.9 million in the same period last year. A spokesman said higher-than-expected medical costs have hurt the cooperative.
Source: News from The Associated Press