A Democratic representative in Maine, who is currently fighting for more welfare for refugees, opened a State House session with an Islamic prayer in honor of Ramadan on Tuesday.
“In recognition of more than one billion Muslims worldwide who celebrate Ramadan — a holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer for Muslims and followers of Islam — including more than six million people in the United States I offer this prayer called the or Al-Fatiha,” Rachel Talbot Ross from Portland said during the opening remarks. “Please pray.”
Ross began in Arabic, before offering the prayer in English.
“In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful — praise be to God, the cherisher, the sustainer of the world. The most Gracious, most Merciful, master of the Day of Judgment,” Ross continued.
Before being elected to the Maine State House of Representatives, Ross worked for the Maine NAACP and was Portland’s former director of equal opportunity and multicultural affairs. She was also the executive director of an organization called King Fellows, a nonprofit immigrant student group.
“We have female genital mutilation, gang rape, hijabs and burkas — we might as well have the Democrat from Portland push the prayers of the ‘religion of peace’ on us. The prayer was offered on Tuesday afternoon,” Maine First Media, which obtained the video, told Big League Politics.
Speaker of the House Sara Gideon’s district made headlines last August as a refugee who moved into her district in 2009 died while fighting for ISIS.
The Iranian “refugee” Adnan Fazeli, 38, allegedly became radicalized after he moved to Maine. Four years after arriving in Freeport, he took his wife and kids to join ISIS in Turkey.
The Fazeli family never returned.
Fazeli, who also used the names Abu Nawaf and Abu Abdullah Al-Ahwazi, died on Jan. 23, 2015 in Lebanon fighting for the Islamic State.
According to four FBI informants, Fazeli started showing signs of radicalization just one year after moving to Maine.
“They told the FBI that Fazeli frequently watched hours of Islamic videos online, grew a beard and began making anti-American remarks while at an Iraqi market in Portland,” the Maine Press Herald reported when the documents were unsealed.
While the affidavit noted that many Shia and moderate Sunni Muslims were put off by the change in Fazeli, others in the community were excited by him. During his time in Maine, he converted to Wahhabism, an extreme form of Sunni Islam.
“Fazeli’s change in behavior alienated him from many of his Shia and moderate Sunni friends in the area. However, there were a few local Sunnis who supported his fervor and treated him with a great deal of respect. Fazeli started holding occasional religious meetings at his home in Freeport,” Maine State Police Detective George Loder wrote in the affidavit.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines of Black and Hispanic Felons to Enable Them to Vote
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor has raised $16 million dollars to pay off outstanding fines of Black and Hispanic felons in Florida, according to reporting from Axios on Tuesday. Florida restricts the voting rights of convicted criminals until they’ve paid off fines levied for their crimes by the criminal justice system.
It appears that Bloomberg’s fine repayment initative was only available to Black and Hispanic felons. Axios reported that to qualify for Bloomberg’s money, applicants had to have outstanding fines of less than $1,500, be already registered to vote, and to be Black or Latino.
White felons need not apply.
The program has reportedly already cleared the fines of 32,000 felons in the state, enabling them to vote in the election. It erases the punitive aspect of the court system’s fines, which were levied in the first place in order to require convicted criminals to personally make amends for their actions.
Bloomberg’s felon bailout giveaway is legally questionable, and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has requested that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody investigate what he’s doing. If he’s paying felons to vote for any one specific candidate, Bloomberg is in violation of campaign finance rules and could be liable to serve jail time .
#BREAKING: I'm calling on the Florida Attorney General to launch an investigation into @MikeBloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2pAjZlAwSh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2020
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” said a Bloomberg spokesperson when asked about the fine repayment initiative. But it doesn’t seem as if the failed Democratic primary candidate is willing to buy back the voting rights of individuals who might be less inclined to vote for Joe Biden in November.
Bloomberg already tried and failed to buy the nomination in the Democratic primary, and now he’s trying to buy the crucial swing state of Florida for Joe Biden. Corrupt oligarchs should not be allowed to abuse the political system with impunity.
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