Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Islamic Fundamentalism in Paris & Oakland

The recent rioting in France underscored the malaise of the French underclass, which is primarily North African in derivation, and largely poor, undereducated, unemployed and with a considerable criminal element. The environment is ripe for fundamentalism, in this case Islamic.

A new study documents that Islamic fundamentalism is also penetrating the French workplace. An L.A. Times article states,

As France grapples with the rise of Islamic extremism abroad and at home, the line between legitimate religious expression and extremist subversion can be blurry. But a recent study by a think tank here paints a picture of rising fundamentalism in the workplace, ranging from proselytizing to pressure tactics to criminal activities.

…the study asserts that Islamic networks are trying to establish a presence in firms involved in sectors such as security, cargo, armored cars, courier services and transportation. Once they gain a foothold, operatives raise funds for militants via theft, embezzlement and robbery,…
Extremism is rising in France, home to Europe's largest Muslim community, and intertwining with a foreign threat.

The L.A. Times article articulated that French Islamic fundamentalism includes converts to Islam.

That underscores a development on the home front: a "significant increase" in converts, including women,…

You might think that because there is no significant immigrant Muslim underclass in America that we are safe from the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism. That is not the case. Consider this,

Demographers say that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the U.S. and the world. Islam is the second largest religion in America, France, Great Britain and many more, surpassing Judaism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witness, and other religions.

You don’t think that Islamic fundamentalism is alive and well in the U.S.? Read this article about Oakland, CA.

Two liquor stores were trashed by about a dozen men wearing suits and bow ties,…

Investigators are looking into the incidents as hate crimes because most of the businesses are owned by Arabs or Arab Americans, and the perpetrators told owners not to sell liquor to black people,…

The suits and bow ties are the classic uniform for the Nation of Islam, the unique American black Muslim religion and community. The NOI is not accepted by most Muslims because it considers its founder, Elijah Mohammed, to be a prophet. Nevertheless, the NOI is Islamic, fundamental, anti-Semitic and anti-white.

Home-grown fundamental Islam is alive and well in the U.S. Traditional Muslims are growing in number as well. Take heed Americans. Muslims in the U.S. are beginning to flex their muscles.

Update: 11/28/05
The NOI is denying that any of its members participated in the attacks. Read it here and here. Of course there is a splinter Black Muslim group in Oakland as well. It is the organization of deceased Yusuf Bey and his "Your Black Muslim Bakery."

Turns out one of the liquor stores has now been burned in an arson.