The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry believes many
Americans are growing tired of the way U.S. courts continue to
accommodate the "twisted" demands of radical Muslims.
Amina Farah Ali of Rochester, Minnesota, is a Muslim immigrant
from Somalia who was convicted last fall of funneling money to the
Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabab, which has ties to
al-Qaeda. She currently awaits her sentencing on 13 terror-related
A federal court recently reinstated 19 criminal contempt charges
against Ali, who had cited Islamic religious beliefs when she
refused to stand when a federal judge entered the courtroom 20
times during the high-profile proceedings last year.
But during that trial, authorities went out of their way to
accommodate Ali and the large contingent of Somali spectators in
the courtroom by providing signs in their language and a special
room for them to pray.
Jan Markell, founder and director of the
Minnesota-based Olive Tree Ministries, believes cases like this
one make local residents uncomfortable with the Somali
"We don't know which ones to trust and which ones are literally
supporting terrorists because they channel funds into one prominent
terror group," she contends.
The behavior of this defendant reminds Markell of the case of
the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan, who was able to delay the
proceedings of his court-martial case because of his unwillingness
to shave his beard.
"They were bending over backwards to cave into some of the
demands of a man who had deliberately shot some Americans," the
Olive Tree Ministries founder recalls. "We're tired of this caving
to these twisted people."
Markell suggests this is political correctness gone amok.