School Security Guard Who Didn’t Stop the Parkland Shooter Was Suspended for Sexually Harassing Students

Lest you thought we were finished with tales of unfathomable incompetence on the part of Broward County, Florida, authority figures, consider this: The first Marjory Stoneman Douglas security guard who spotted Nikolas Cruz on campus and took no action to detain him was previously suspended for sexually harassing students.

Due to his inaction during the shooting, Andrew Medina was initially reassigned to an administrative position elsewhere in the Broward County school system. But on Tuesday, the superintendent finally decided to terminate his employment.

Medina worked as an unarmed security guard at Stoneman Douglas. In 2017, a disciplinary panel recommended that he be fired for sexually harassing two female students. (One of those students, Meadow Pollack, was later killed in the shooting.) But school officials decided to suspend Medina for three days instead, according to CBS News.

 

 

On the day of the shooting, Medina was the first school official to spot Cruz—who was no longer welcome at the school, and known to be a threat. He did not confront Cruz, and apparently failed to realize that Cruz was armed. He took no action, other than radioing another unarmed security guard, David Taylor, to inform him that Cruz was headed his way. When the shooting started, Taylor hid in a janitor’s closet, according to The Sun Sentinel. He was initially reassigned as well, but has now been fired.

Unlike School Resource Officer Scot Peterson—who also proved to be incompetent—neither Medina nor Taylor were armed. But if Medina wasn’t aware that Cruz was armed, he should have pursued him. If he was aware, but was afraid to approach, at the very least he should have made a “code red” call. He did not.

It seems fairly clear that the school district’s first impulse was to merely transfer Medina into a different role, and only changed course due to outrage from parents—including Pollack’s father—who just recently learned about the sexual harassment episode. It’s astonishing that a school guard could sexually harass a female student, and then utterly fail to prevent her death, and still find employment within the district. But that’s public schools for you.

 

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/26/parkland-security-guard-andrew-medina

ICNA Canada: It is permissible for Muslim men to have sex with their female slaves

https://circanada.com/2018/06/26/ruling-on-sex-slaves-as-presented-by-canadian-islamic-organization/

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic nationalwide organization striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”

 

ICNA Canada shares with its followers a “Syllabus for the Month of March for MGAs and Workers” that provides selected verses of the Quran and hadiths (traditions containing sayings of Mohammad the prophet of Islam that constitute the major source of guidance).

The syllabus contains verses 1-11 verses of Chapter 23 of the Qurab Al-Mu’minun – The Believers in Arabic and in English accompanied with interpretation:

“Successful indeed are the believers. (1) Those who offer their Salât (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness. (2) And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allâh has forbidden). (3) And those who pay the Zakât. (4) And those who guard their chastity (i.e. Private parts, from illegal sexual acts). (5) Except from their wives or (slaves) that their right hands possess, – for then, they are free from blame; (6) But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors; (7) Those who are faithfully true to their Amanât (all the duties which Allâh has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts)[] and to their covenants; (8) And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawât (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours).[] (9) These are indeed the inheritors. (10) Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever. (11) (Translation by Dr. Mohsin)”

The interpretation of verses 4 and 5, as appears on ICNA Canada’s syllabus, confirms the permission for Muslim men to take a slave woman and to have an intercourse with her.

Islamic ruling on ‘sex slave’

Saudi Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid explains this issue his website islamqa.info (which is recommended by some Islamic organizations in Canada as a valuable source of information):

“Islam allows a man to have intercourse with his slave woman, whether he has a wife or wives or he is not married.

“A slave woman with whom a man has intercourse is known as a sariyyah (concubine) from the word sirr, which means marriage.

“This is indicated by the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and this was done by the Prophets… Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also did that, as did the Sahaabah, the righteous and the scholars.

“The scholars are unanimously agreed on that and it is not permissible for anyone to regard it as haraam or to forbid it. Whoever regards that as haraam is a sinner who is going against the consensus of the scholars…

The wife has no right to object to her husband owning female slaves or to his having intercourse with them.”

Free Islamic book at Dundas Square in Toronto explains the “legitimate sources of slaves” according to Islam

The Walk in Islamic Info Center (WIIC), a Toronto-based organization dedicated to Dawah (propagating Islam) activity, has an Islamic booth at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. Last year activists at the Islamic booth distributed for free the book “Human rights in Islam and common misconceptions”

The book stipulates “two exceptions as legitimate sources of slaves,” which are “war captives, or prisoners of lawfully declared wars by a Muslim ruler” and “an inherited slave born from two slave parents.” Other sections of the book sanction crucifixion, chopping off thieves’ limbs, stoning adulterers to death, imposing the Jizyah tax on non-Muslim residents and launching to jihad to spread the message of Islam.

#MeToo takes its toll on office relations

Concerns are emerging that the #MeToo movement is curtailing the willingness of men to mentor and work alone with female colleagues, a trend that could harm women’s ability to get ahead in the workplace.

Evidence that office relations between men and women are coming under pressure comes as Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins finalises her plans for a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment.

Ms Jenkins said she was not looking to conduct public hearings when the 12-month inquiry gets underway. Instead men and women will be encouraged to make submissions, which will be kept confidential but may be published with the permission of the author.

“We are not looking to run a royal commission or a court-type process,” Ms Jenkins said. The inquiry, a world-first, will examine the prevalence and economic impact of sexual harassment on victims’ careers and industry.

Ms Jenkins said she expected that both sexes would come forward with instances where they have been subjected to suggestive jokes, intrusive questions about their private life, inappropriate staring, or worse.

 

“The issue isn’t only men harassing women and it isn’t only women being harassed,” Ms Jenkins said. “We are not looking for villains,” she said.

A survey by an online mentoring platform, Art of Mentoring, found that the proportion of men who felt uncomfortable working alone with a female colleague had surged to 15 per cent from 7 per cent since the launch of #MeToo, an international movement against sexual harassment and assault.

The proportion of men who said they felt uncomfortable attending evening work events with a female colleague had risen to 13 per cent from 7 per cent, while the proportion of men who felt uncomfortable mentoring a female colleague doubled to 6 per cent.

By contrast, women reported that in most cases they felt more comfortable with working alone with men or socialising with them.

Art of Mentoring managing director Melissa Richardson warned that any change in male attitudes towards working with women would hinder women and their ability to get ahead in the workplace.

“There are many things men and women need to do together. [If that doesn’t occur] you are potentially reducing opportunities for women in the workplace. It’s terrible for their careers,” Ms Richardson said.

“Women could miss out on mentoring opportunities. And career building opportunities often happen outside the day to day activities [in the office]. That’s often when decisions about who gets promoted are made, and when deals get done,” she said.

As a result, the Art of Mentoring executive said she feared there may be unintended consequences from the national inquiry into workplace harassment.

“We have got to get the message out that men and women need to continue to work together,” she said.

Ms Jenkins, a lawyer by training, said men and women who had experienced sexual harassment were free to make a submission to the national inquiry, which is expected to cost $900,000, or make a formal complaint to the sex discrimination commission, or both.

As part of her investigation, Ms Jenkins will consider the adequacy of existing laws that make sexual harassment unlawful at work before making a series of recommendations to the government by August 2019.

Ms Jenkins said she would consider “all options in terms of legal avenues”, including the possibility of criminal penalties for offenders.

More than 20 per cent of people aged over 15 in Australia have been sexually harassed, with 68 per cent of those cases in the workplace.

https://www.afr.com/leadership/metoo-takes-its-toll-on-office-relations-20180625-h11tcy

 

 

Iranians chant ‘Death to Palestine’ at economic protests in Tehran

Iranians protesting the country’s tanking currency on Monday were heard shouting “Death to Palestine” amid nationwide anger over the Islamic Republic’s increasingly troubled economy.

At a crossroads in central Tehran, police fired tear gas at dozens of youths shouting slogans and throwing stones, eyewitnesses said, while traders in the Iranian capital’s Grand Bazaar held a rare protest strike.

 

Monday’s protests in Tehran began at the capital’s sprawling Grand Bazaar, which has long been a center of conservatism in Iranian politics and where the ayatollahs’ 1979 Islamic Revolution first gathered pace. Protesters there forced storekeepers to close down their shops Monday.

 

Videos posted to social media showed protesters chanting: “Death to Palestine,” “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon” and “Leave Syria and think of us.” Chants of “We don’t want the ayatollahs” and “Death to the dictator” were also heard at some rallies.

The demonstrations indicate widespread anger at the regime for spending billions of dollars on regional proxy wars and supporting terrorist groups, instead of investing it on the the struggling economy at home.

In recent years, Iran has provided financial aid to Palestinian terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Yemen’s Houthi rebels and Shiite militias in Iraq. Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Tehran has poured a reported $6 billion into propping up president Bashar Assad’s government.

The slogans heard at Monday’s rallies mark a shift in Iranian street protests, where “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” are commonly heard. The protests signaled widespread unease in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and restore sanctions on the country.

According to Hadashot TV news’s veteran Middle East analyst Ehud Ya’ari, Monday’s protests marked the first time that Iranians have chanted “Death to Palestine” during anti-regime protests.

In the last six months, Iran’s currency has lost almost 50 percent of its value, with the US dollar now buying around 85,000 rials on the open market.

Apart from the rial’s collapse, the Iranian private sector has long been starved of investment, its banking system is crippled by bad loans and record levels of unemployment mean a third of under-30-year-olds are out of work.

At the end of last year, similar economic protests roiled Iran and spread to some 75 cities and towns, becoming the largest demonstrations in the country since its 2009 disputed presidential election. The protests in late December and early January saw at least 25 people killed and nearly 5,000 arrested.

However, those protests largely struck Iran’s provinces as opposed to Tehran itself. Analysts believe hard-liners likely encouraged the first protest that took place in Mashhad to try to weaken President Hassan Rouhani, a vaunted moderate. The protests then spiraled out of control, with people openly criticizing both Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rouhani’s government has struggled with the economic problems, including high unemployment. A government-set exchange rate of 42,000 rials to $1 has generated a vibrant black market. On Monday, state television quoted Iranian Central Bank chief Valiollah Seif as saying the government plans to create a parallel market next week to combat the black market.

Meanwhile, some hard-liners have called for new elections or for Rouhani’s civilian government to be replaced by a military-led one. The Fars news agency, believed to be close to Iran’s hard-line paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, made a point Monday to publish an article from the Sobh-e No daily newspaper describing the government as being ready to “bow down to foreign threats and sit at the negotiation table.”

Eshaq Jahangiri, Iran’s first vice president, was quoted Monday as saying, “We’re on the verge of an economic war by an economic terrorist,” referring to the US.

“Conditions will get worse in future,” Jahangiri said, according to the pro-reform Etemad daily newspaper. “Even our friends and neighbors like Russia, China and Europeans can’t help us today.”

Agencies contributed to this report.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranians-chant-death-to-palestine-at-economic-protests/

 

Woman Had Boyfriend Repeatedly Punch Her Stomach to Kill Her Unwanted 30-Week Unborn Baby

A baby girl is dead in Bakersfield, California after police say the mother asked her boyfriend punch her in the stomach repeatedly to kill the girl before she was born.

KBAK reports the infant was born with a fractured skull on May 24 at Kern Medical Center. Authorities estimate the mother was about 30 weeks pregnant, far past the point of viability.

Police said the baby girl’s “traumatic injuries … led to the child’s death.” It is not clear if or how long the infant survived outside the womb.

Here’s more from the report:

Medical staff noted “severe bruising” on the woman’s stomach, which she attributed to a fall while mopping. Skeptical, medical staff alerted police, who came for an interview.

It was during that interview with officers that police report she told them she and her boyfriend agreed for him to beat her in an attempt to kill the baby.

Police say she told them he struck her stomach with his fists “at least 10 times,” after which she “stopped feeling the baby move.”

In a separate interview, police say the boyfriend denied hurting the woman or the unborn child.

There is debate in the law enforcement community about whether this action amounts to a crime.

Even though the baby was viable and her parents allegedly beat her to death, it is not clear if charges will be filed. The reason is because the baby girl was in the womb when she sustained the fatal injuries.

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California penal code defines murder as the “unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought,” though there is an exception for abortion. According to the local news, the law states that murder charges will not be pursued if “the act was solicited, aided, abetted or consented to by the mother of the fetus.”

To most people, charges against the mother and boyfriend would seem obvious, but legalized abortion presents a contradiction about the value of the baby’s life.

The local news interviewed Marylee Shrider, executive director of Right to Life Kern County, about the matter:

Right to Life was quick to point out what they describe as inconsistencies in the law. When a pregnant mother is killed in a murder or a drunk driving crash, government charges defendants with double murder, ascribing personhood to the fetus.

“So the only difference in this case is the mother didn’t want the baby,” Shrider said. “The baby is a human being, or she’s not. The fact that she’s wanted or not wanted is not relevant, it doesn’t make her less human.”

Shrider says the exact wording of the law may be unclear, but she hopes the district attorney pursues murder charges.

A local abortion activist called the situation a “gray area.”

According to the National Right to Life Committee, 38 states recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide in at least some circumstances.

 

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/06/26/woman-had-boyfriend-repeatedly-punch-her-stomach-to-kill-her-unwanted-30-week-unborn-baby/