(3) Thu 22 Jun 95 0:51 By: Robin Murray-o'hair To: All Re: Moslem Guards Accused St: 20+gt

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(3) Thu 22 Jun 95 0:51 By: Robin Murray-o'hair To: All Re: Moslem Guards Accused St: 20> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:2cd5 1ed60660 @MSGID: 1:382/1006.0 883612C4 @TID: WILDMAIL!/WC v4.11 94-0279 MUSLIM GUARDS ACCUSED IN FLOGGING DALLAS BOYS Justice, Or a Frightening Example of Religious Brutality? by Conrad Goeringer Members of a Black Muslim security guard service are being accused of abusing and flogging four youngsters following an alleged theft in a Dallas, Texas, shopping mall. Four Muslims have been arrested in the incident and charged with aggravated kidnaping. According to store owners, the youngsters took a cash register valued at $300 that held another $55 in cash; one of them was later spotted in the mall, and apprehended by Nation of Islam guards who "hire out" as security. According to police reports, the first boy confessed and identified his confederates to the Muslims; the boys were then held for four hours last Monday evening, as the Nation of Islam guards forced them to disrobe, then run a gauntlet of 50 Muslims who beat them with belts and bamboo canes. The victims suffered bruising on their backs, buttocks and legs. Unfortunately, this incident is rapidly dividing the Black community in Dallas. The mall is owned by a Black preacher named Ga Oluku Lagbara, who purchased the property two years ago. Although it has a number of vacancies, it is the only mall in Texas owned by a Black. The 41 businesses located there enjoy the loyalty of many customers from the surrounding community. One of the mall enterprises is a store which sells Muslim literature and recordings of speeches by Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan. One Farrakhan project has been the use of Nation of Islam guards (known as the "Fruit of Islam") in businesses, housing projects, and neighborhoods. Critics note that although crime has been reduced in some areas where the Muslims patrol, it has increased in others. They also note that the Dallas incident is the latest in a growing chain of abuses involving the Muslims. In Inglewood, California, two Nation of Islam members were convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an unarmed patron at a nightclub in 1992. The alleged brutality in this latest incident even shocked the Dallas police: a spokesman told the New York Times (6/16) that "Not even parents have the legal right to discipline their kids to this extent." Others point out that beating and caning -- if done by police or any other private security organization -- would cause considerable uproar from Blacks and civil libertarians. But one 240 pound, 6' 3" Fruit of Islam guard defended the beating, saying that the youngsters were "whipped because they did wrong. . . .We take care of our own." Tensions peaked Monday night when police tried to arrest Muslims implicated in the beatings; 50 members of the Nation of Islam stood shoulder to shoulder in the mall parking lot blockading the entrance. And while many Blacks don't trust the Dallas Police, some are now becoming concerned over the lack of accountability in the "Muslim militia." --30-- ----------------------------------------------------------- THEISTWATCH An educational service provided by American Atheists, P O Box 140195, Austin, TX 78714-0195. For information on American Atheists, e-mail: info@atheist.org. --- * OLXWin 1.00 * Dial-THE-Atheist at (512) 458-5731 --- WILDMAIL!/WC v4.11 * Origin: American Atheists Online (512) 302-0223 (1:382/1006.0) SEEN-BY: 102/2 850 851 890 943 270/101 280/1 31 333 396/1 3615/50 @PATH: 382/1006 29 91 92 3615/50 396/1 280/1 102/2 851

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