By David Tulis
While Chattanoogans gathered at the Roundhouse at UTC to hear speeches about the July 16 Muslim attack in the city, a young woman employed at Belk in Northgate mall was fired for public statements made in print against Mohammadanism.
With vile tongue and the quirk of a practiced dissenter, Heidi Grubbs assailed in a series of auto window placards her hatred of the Muslim theory of life, culture and holiness. “Don’t bring [Islam] here and expect me to give up my clitoris, my freedom and my life for a burkah,” she offers in a posted Facebook meme. “I am an American woman, not a victim to your insane death cult.”
Hence the tenor of her free speech, which Miss Grubbs intensified after her firing to include the use of the “F-word” as regards the pious and militarily expansive work of Mohammad’s followers in U.S.-backed Mideast countries.
Meanwhile, at UTC’s McKenzie Arena, an estimated 3,500 people gathered to hear speeches from political and military notables, from Mayor Andy Berke on down to the federal vice president, Joe Biden. The turnout was poor, a contrast to the crowds that thronged the sides of boulevards for the funerals of slain service members such as Staff Sgt. David Wyatt. People at the event said traffic had been snarled by highway closures and that the PR buildup prior to the afternoon event discouraged people from thinking their presence mattered.
The conflict between Muslim theory on one side and American secularism and Christianity on the other was carefully omitted. The massacred of unarmed Marines is a “tragedy.”
The speeches were heavily scripted and impersonal and exhibited a unity of spirit that serves the ideals of the modern state. These conceptions are that the nation is a great and holy entity, that its wars are just, that death in its foreign invasions is a sacrifice, that death makes every victim July 16 a hero, that the five military men died to defend liberty and freedom, that American virtue is a universal truth, that the people of the 50 states are identical to the United States — that America and the United States each deserve unhesitating devotion, as that which God deserves.
“America never yields,” Mr. Biden said, “America never bends, never cowers, never stands down, endures, responds and always overcomes. We are Americans. Never, never underestimate us. It’s always been a bad — bad bet — to do that.”
The event was called a “service,” just like those weekly events in which Christians appear at church to worship God and grant him a service of praise and peitition.
Another post-massacre service occurred Sunday at the commercial real estate on Lee Highway at the recruiting station shot up by Mohammad Abdulazeez. That site has been taken over by an unofficial memorial of American flags, banners and mementoes. But it became an official site, with the work of the Lee Highway memorial committee and cash and in-kind gifts easily passing the F$100,000 mark.
Cleric rapes American victim
Miss Grubbs vile speech is prompted in part by reports that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, had repeatedly raped Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian worker who fell into his hands.
The news was reported Friday, and the next day Miss Mueller posted a link to a Washington Post story about Miss Mueller, 26. She taped angry messages about al-Baghdadi’s religion to her car windows and went to work.
“The FBI also told the Muellers that their daughter had been tortured,” The Washington Post reports. “‘June was hard for me,’ said Marsha Mueller, Kayla’s mother. ‘I was really upset with what I heard.’ The disclosure that Mueller was raped by Baghdadi adds to the grim evidence that the exploitation and abuse of women has been sanctioned at the highest levels of the Islamic State. The sexual enslavement of even teenage girls is seen as religiously endorsed by the group and regarded as a recruiting tool.”
Miss Grubbs, embittered by the Mueller rape, is seeking support for litigation against her former employer and promises to be noisesome figure difficult for local media to cover.
Dr. Warner to speak here
To explain the rise of Muslim military power and its claim upon faithful adherents such as Mr. Abdulazeez is an event Aug. 24 in Chattanooga. The speaker is Dr. Bill Warner, an academician who has studied political Islam for years.
The event is the monthly Tea Party meeting organized by Mark West, a practicing Christian. “Dr. Warner holds a PhD in physics and math and has been a university professor, businessman and applied physicist,” Mr. West says.
“He is a highly sought after national and international expert on the subject of Islam. Dr. Warner has had a life-long interest in religion and its effect on history. His particular study of Islam using statistical methods of the trilogy of Islamic writings, the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith, have revealed that dualism and submission are foundational principles of Islamic doctrine.”
Dr. Warner speaks at 6:30 at Century Club Banquet Hall at 3221 Harrison Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37406.
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Sources: Andy Johns, “At memorial service, Biden calls families, city an inspiration,” Aug. 16, 2015, Nooga.com. http://nooga.com/170813/at-memorial-service-biden-calls-families-city-an-inspiration/
“Leader of Islamic State used American hostage as sexual slave,” Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/leader-of-islamic-state-raped-american-hostage/2015/08/14/266b6bf4-42c1-11e5-846d-02792f854297_story.html
“Permanent Memorial on Lee Highway Dedicated to the Fallen Servicemen,” TV9, Aug. 16, 2015. http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/permanent-memorial-lee-highway-dedicated-fallen-servicemen-19546.shtml