Sorry I’m just now posting this here. I give “Whose Streets” (a documentary on the Ferguson Uprising) a big thumps up. Read my review here.
Protesters gathered last night outside of Busch Stadium in Downtown St Louis in remembrance of Anthony Lamar Smith as St Louis awaits the Jason Stockley verdict. Many on hand also expressed having heavy hearts over yesterday’s acts of violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a lifelong Cardinals fan it was unfortunate to see a number of Cards fans making obscene gestures and cursing at protesters.
More photos of last night available on my Twitter and Instagram:
Religion is most beautiful when it nourishes the human spirit and inspires the believer to be a better person. To be a better member of their family, to engage with others in a more just way, and to be a shining example to the community. Religion is a force for evil when it is used to exploit others, oppress others, and protect those engaged in evil.
The Catholic Church has been rocked for decades by sex-abuse scandals. Hundreds of Catholic priests have been involved in abusing minors (and if we know about hundreds more than likely thousands were abusing). The initial reaction to the scandal by the church was to protect the image of the church and protect the honor and reputations of accused priests. Even today some still maintain that line of thought arguing this is all a “plot against the church”.
Orthodox Jewish communities have been rocked by similar scandals. And, like the Catholics, their response has been most often to handle the matter internally and protect their members from the system giving the needs of the offender a higher priority than the needs of the victims.
For years the Muslim community of Philadelphia has been rocked by scandals including “burqa bandits”, drug trafficking organizations, wife swaping, imam spiritual sex abuse of congregations, murders, section 8 polygamy, and almost anything else you can think of. This has mostly been within the Salafi community (although not exclusively). Of course these things don’t define the community. There is a lot of good going on as well that doesn’t make the news. Other segments of the community have seldom been hit with scandals.
The latest scandal is very troubling. In the past I’ve heard rumors of a lot of rape going on between step-fathers and step-daughters. And, part of me says this is bound to happen when you have men getting married dozens of times moving in and out of households without the marriage being registered with the state and no proper system of background checks in place. Now we have a serious scandal involving the alleged sexual abuse of a child by a step-father.
Abdul-Wali Nelson is a religious instructor from Philly who studied in Saudi Arabia. I don’t know whether Nelson (Willie Nelson) is guilty or innocent. What I do know is that the same destructive pattern has once again emerged. The focus is on protecting the rights of the man and ignoring the rights of the child. The “mandated reporters” Anwar Wright and Jamal Finch neglected their duties in reporting the allegations to authorities out of a misplaced sense of brotherhood. The mother is allegedly not seeking justice for her child for fear of being ostracized within her religious community (this is a textbook cult attitude). Meanwhile Abdul-Wali Nelson signed off social media and asked G-d for forgiveness so it’s all good… Not how this works bro.
Brothers and sisters if you are a victim of Abdul-Wali Willie Nelson or you know anything about this case or others please contact authorities. Protecting children is the priority. Not anything else.
Here is some audio from Abdul-Wali Nelson FYI. If this is a person of G-d we’re all in trouble.
A couple of years ago South St Louis County native Steve Stenger was running for office with the backing of big business, the white Democratic establishment, and a fair number of GOP voters. Stenger promised to clean-up St Louis County and provide better leadership than the previous County Executive Charlie Dooley.
Doesn’t appear to be happening.
Amid increasing signs St Louis County is continuing to lose population, North County is continuing a downward spiral, and rates are poverty are increasing comes two new scandals.
First we have the case of County Prosecutor Bobby “two scoops” McCullough (Two Scoops the name given by Mark Loehrer). McCullough, as you may recall, is the same prosecutor who refused to pursue charges against Darren Wilson and has generally been on the wrong side of almost every issue you can think of from drunk-driving to the “war on drugs”.
Moving onto St Louis County Police and their Chief Jon Belmar. Crime has gone up on the Metrolink. People are getting robbed, people are getting killed, and you got St Louis County cops loafing around at the North Hanley Metrolink Station not doing their jobs. There are now calls for an investigation.
So much for a smoother St Louis County under Bob McCullough
I’ll readily admit I’m not involved in affairs as I once was and I’m certainly not abreast of the internal affairs within the Salafi Movement in America as I once was. Nor do I care to be. However, as the author of the Rise and Fall of The Salafi Movement in America, the man who retired “Imam Ike” “Dirty D” Dawud Adib and someone who takes an interest in the matter my interest has been peeked by the Tahir Wyatt affair.
Tahir is a PhD candidate at the Islamic University of Medinah and a Philly native. In a matter similar to what happened to Abu Muslimah in East Orange, New Jersey in the late 90’s and Shadeed Muhammad years later Tahir has been put “off the minhaj” and in his case it is for the crime of “associating with and doing business with deviants”. If you support Tahir or attend his lectures you’ll be declared a deviant and now families and masjids will split. The same tragedy repeats itself over and over and apparently no one learns any lessons other than being stuck on a Saudi version of stupid.
This is the event that is pissing so many Salafis off in Germantown Philly and other places. (No idea who John Starling is. Marlon Sterling’s son?)
If you attend this event you’re “off it” according to the sheikhs of Philly.
Below is audio of Salafi teacher Hamza Abdur-Razzaq going ape shit on Tahir Wyatt and Shadeed Muhammad
I’ve followed this online so you don’t have to. I still got love for my Salafi brothers and I promise next time I’m in Philly I’ll buy a turtle from one of the “brothers on the Sunnah” selling them on the street along with batteries and socks. Even more for my Salafi sisters (feel free to slide into my DM’s I got some slots open).
Time to press the issue. The momentum is at our backs and Mayor Lyda Krewson is now playing a game of defense. In my opinion it’s time to look at applying some pressure towards and stiffening our resistance to the State of Missourah in light of recent hostilities towards St Louis from Missourah Governor Eric Greitens and the State GOP.