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Free montly dinners in Meredith moving to the Community Center

To The Daily Sun,

The Altrusa Club of Meredith has been fortunate and is grateful to have been able to use the kitchen and hall of the First Congregational Church to serve dinners. From our first effort in September of 2013, Pastor Russ Rowland has been an enthusiastic supporter of our efforts and the church has been very generous in allowing us to take over the space on so many evenings.

We thank Pastor Rowland and the church most warmly for lending us an inviting space, giving encouragement and helping to spread the news about our project.

We will be moving to the Meredith Community Center in April, thanks to the cooperation of town Parks and Recreation Director Vint Choiniere, and the Community Center staff.

The club will now be able to cook onsite in a large kitchen complete with freezer and storage space. We will have more parking and easier access for our guests of all abilities. We are also making this a year-round project, rather than "closing" for the summer months.

Dinners will now be on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We hope that you will plan to join us on Wednesday, April 22, for our Community Center debut.

The dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and attendees may begin arriving at 5 to visit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Space is limited so please call to save your seat.

The meal is free of charge. However, donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to help fund future dinners. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please call me at 279-9918.

Alison Newton

Altrusa of Meredith Community Dinner Outreach Program

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Listen to what these brave women have to say about Muslim world

To The Daily Sun,

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a question for President Obama. How come the very existence of Israel as a country is negotiable, but whether or not Iran can eventually have a nuclear bomb is non-negotiable. Many of us would like to know that Mr. President. Perhaps it is time to enlist the guidance of women who actually understand Islam.

Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian born American and human rights activist, moved to the United States in 1978 and converted to Christianity. She reports that Iran, as an Islamic theocracy, can only make deals that are sharia compliant. She goes on to say, "Permanent peace agreements with non-Muslim countries are forbidden since peace with the enemies of Islam is not a value" and "would be treason if pursued for the purpose of peace."

The Sharia manual of Islamic law, "Reliance of the Traveler" notes that a truce (Islamic fake peace) not to exceed 10 years, is permissible only during times of Muslim weakness. That is why Iran is negotiating now. Our president must understand that and yet he is considering lessening the sanctions thereby kicking the can down the road for the next administration. Nonie says that if this deal goes through in this manner, Iran's economy will improve and it's control over it's citizens will be strengthened. We can then forget about any chance for another "green revolution" while worrying about the growing threat of a nuclear explosion.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was raised as a Muslim in Somalia, suffered from genital mutilation, multiple beatings and was forced to marry a distant cousin as a young teen. Rich Lowry reported that when Ali collaborated on a film in the Netherlands in 2004 about the abuse of Muslim women, her fellow filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh was killed by an Islamist who shot him, slit his throat and stabbed him deep into his chest. Attached to the blade of that knife was a five page note identifying Hirsi Ali as the next target. But Ali would no be silenced. Well, except for Brandeis University, which found her to be "Islamophobic" and decided she was not worthy to speak there.

For her belief that all of Islam needs a revival for the way it treats women and gays, for its restrictions on basic human dignity and for its literal interpretation of the Koran, requiring death to all non-believers. She is not denigrating moderate Muslims as the left suggests. She is pleading for the world to wake up and realize that the Islamic world, be it Shiite or Sunni, needs reformation from its mission to form a new caliphate. That being a centuries old mission to rule the world by either killing all infidels or by slowly implementing sharia law as they continue to infiltrate western societies through the use of taqiyya (lying to advance the cause of Islam is permissible even honorable).

Doctor Qanta Ahmed, a devout Muslim, yet supporter of Israel and author of "In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom" says that women in many Muslim countries are treated as an inferior species by their male dominated societies. She goes on to note, "I confirm that radical Islam exists. Political scientists, including Muslim political scientists, know it as Islamism. Only part of Islamism expresses violence frequently identified as terrorism. Much of Islamism pursues non-violent ambitions devoted to a new but entirely 20th century totalitarianism." She also asserts, "Most Muslims are not Islamists. But all Islamists are incontrovertibly Muslim." Dr. Ahmed believes that "to suggest Islam and Islamists are not connected as a denial of Radical Islam is intellectually dishonest."

I and others have mentioned the work of Brigitte Gabriel and her ACT for America organization that works tirelessly to warn this country and the world about the rise of radical Islam as the existential threat of our time. We should all listen to what these incredibly brave women have to say about the Muslim world. I wish President Obama would enlist their expertise as he tries in vain to negotiate with Iran utilizing John Kerry. Even France is afraid that the mullahs will snooker Obama. Neighboring countries are considering developing nuclear bombs in the wake of our president's apparent capitulation to the largest state sponsor of terrorism on the planet. Another liberal attempt at a personal legacy may paradoxically cause a proliferation of nuclear weapons rather than a reduction. Please Mr. President, talk to these women and give Valerie Jarrett a break from bending your ear. Let her borrow your golf clubs and hit the links.

Russ Wiles

Tilton

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