American Thinker Doubles Down On Its Claim That President Obama Made a “Muslim Gang Sign” to African Leaders

Last August, an AP photographer took a picture at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. of President Obama getting ready for a photo op with dozens of foreign dignitaries. The image shows the prez making a fleeting hand gesture with a raised index finger.

It wasn’t until last week that we learned, via the slow-reacting but sharp-eyed F.W. Burleigh of American Thinker, what this means:

It shows Barack Hussein Obama flashing the one-finger affirmation of Islamic faith to dozens of African delegates. … The one-finger display is the distinctive Muslim gang sign: The index finger points straight up while the thumb wraps underneath and presses against the digital phalange of the middle finger.  The remaining fingers are squeezed against the palm in order to highlight the extended forefinger.  The extended finger is symbolic of the one-God concept of Muhammad and is understood by all believers to be a symbolic shahada, the Muslim affirmation of faith: There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger.

See for yourself:

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Beset by Allegations of Rape, “Hot Yoga” Guru Bikram Choudhury is Headed to Court

Bikram Choudhury, the 69-year-old guru and promoter of “hot yoga” who claims “I can totally cure you, whatever the problem you have,” probably has years of legal trouble ahead of him, considering that he is now being slapped with civil suits by half a dozen former clients.

He has a stable of luxury cars and a Beverly Hills mansion. During trainings for hopeful yoga teachers, he paces a stage in a black Speedo and holds forth on life, sex and the transformative power of his brand of hot yoga. … But a day of legal reckoning is drawing closer for the guru. … He is facing six civil lawsuits from women accusing him of rape or assaultThe most recent was filed on Feb. 13 by a Canadian yogi, Jill Lawler, who said Mr. Choudhury raped her during a teacher-training in the spring of 2010.

This month, a Los Angeles judge cleared away several challenges to a lawsuit from a former student who said Mr. Choudhury raped her during another 2010 teacher-training.

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Larry King: “I Think the Only Reason for Religion is Death. If You Didn’t Die, There’d Be No Religion”

We’ve known for a while that former CNN host Larry King was an atheist, but he opened up about it more than usual during an interview on New York City’s Power 105.1 morning radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

The conversation begins around the 8:20 mark in the video below during a discussion about how he’d like to have his body frozen after he dies:

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Saudi Court Imposes Death Penalty on Apostate Who Ripped Up Qur’an

From the land of Raif Badawi comes more evidence — as if we needed it — of the dangers of renouncing/denouncing religion.

An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday. The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, and hitting it with a shoe, the newspaper reported.

In Arab culture, the shoe is seen as dirty because it touches the ground and covers the lowest part of the body. Hitting someone or something with a shoe shows that the target is considered as low as dirt.

The Saudi Gazette did not identify the condemned man, but quoted a sheikh at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Abdullah Al-Enizi, as saying

“Cursing the Prophet and the Qur’an is a form of conversion that must be dealt with accordingly through the courts.”

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Idaho Republican, Ignorant of Anatomy, Wonders if a Swallowed Camera Could Be Used in Remote Gynecological Exam

There’s a reason I cringe when politicians — usually Republicans — profess their ignorance about science. Like when Scott Walker can’t answer a basic question about accepting evolution or Bobby Jindal thinks teaching Creationism in public schools should be allowed.

Some people don’t seem to think these questions are relevant unless the politicians directly affect policy in these areas — but that’s foolish. Their responses speak more broadly to how they make their decisions: Do they defer to experts in the field or listen to an ignorant base?

Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri (below) is someone who’s no expert in science and he has decision-making power… which makes him especially dangerous.

Here’s him showing off his ignorance, during a hearing on a bill that “would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine”:

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