Like so many other converts to Islam who appear in the news due to terrorism charges, Teausant came from a Christian family. One day on Facebook, Teausant quoted a verse of the Qur'an that supports women's rights (the right of women to get brutally beaten by their husbands):
Teausant's father quoted the Bible to counter the oppressive Qur'anic command.
Brian also responded when he saw that his son had posted a disturbing image:
Teausant is a Muslim, however, so he wasn't persuaded by the Bible or by his father. Instead, he was planning to become the new face of terrorism in the Middle East.
Amazingly, Teausant is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard (though he hasn't been able to pass some required tests). One can only wonder why he wasn't kicked out long ago, especially when he posts comments defending terrorists:
(This is reminiscent of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, whose obvious jihadist sympathies weren't seriously questioned by his superiors, who were too worried about being labeled "racists" or "Islamophobes" to press him on his views.)
Meanwhile, Muslim organizations, politicians, and the media continue to assure us that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, that it's no different from other religions, and that anyone who dares quote what the Qur'an actually commands about jihad must be a hate-filled bigot. We can only wonder how many Muslim converts will have to turn to terrorism before we're allowed to start wondering whether there's something different about Islam.
Reuters—A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an al-Qaeda splinter group was arrested on Monday near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state on a terrorism charge, federal officials said.
Nicholas Teausant (Ased Abdur-Raheem)
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that 20-year-old Nicholas Teausant, an American-born convert to Islam, had planned to cross into Canada and travel on to Syria to join Islamist militants.
A criminal complaint outlining the accusations against Teausant said he wanted to join an al Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which it said was also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
"My designs have me staying there [in Syria] and being on every news station in the world," the criminal complaint quoted Teausant as telling an FBI informant last month.
"I'm going to be a commander and I'm going to be on the front of every single newspaper in the country," he said. "Like I want my face on FBI's top 12 most wanted. Because that means I'm doing something right."
The complaint said Teausant planned to join the group to engage in jihad, or Islamic holy struggle, and to fight the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, which is battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad in that country's civil war.
ISIL, a small but powerful force that emerged from the Sunni Islamist insurgency in neighboring Iraq and has attracted many foreign militants to its ranks, opposes the Assad government but has also fought rival rebel factions.
Teausant also spoke of wanting to target the subway system in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, according to the U.S. complaint, but discontinued his involvement over fears authorities had caught wind of it.
Teausant was arrested near the border in Blaine, Washington, on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, California, he was also a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, enlisting in 2012. (Continue Reading.)
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