Still more converts to Islam misunderstand their new, peaceful religion. And yet, despite the frequency of such instances, no one, anywhere, is calling upon Muslims to institute instruction classes for converts to Islam to help safeguard them from this curious misunderstanding. “German converts plead guilty to smuggling bomb instructions into Britain,” by Duncan Gardham for the Telegraph, February 2:
Two German Islamic converts have pleaded guilty attempting to smuggle the same bomb-making instructions used by the London Stock Exchange bombers into Britain.
Christian Emde, 28, and Robert Baum, 24, from Solingen in Western Germany were stopped as they entered the country on a ferry to Dover in July.
Sources told the Daily Telegraph the men were on a watch list because they were active in extremist circles in Germany.
They eventually told police they were traveling to London and Birmingham to meet unnamed individuals.
A search of their rucksacks revealed a large quantity of extremist literature stored on a hard drive and a laptop computer, including an article called “How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,” from the al-Qaeda magazine, Inspire.
The same recipe for a pipe bomb was used by the four men who pleaded guilty this week to plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange.
The men were said to have a “passion for guns” and their backpacks contained numerous gun manuals written in English, Arabic and German.
Other articles included “39 ways to support jihad” by Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the former leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular who was killed in a drone attacks last year.
Another article was entitled “The Ultimate Mowing Machine” and described how blades could be fixed to a truck to cut down pedestrians.
Emde had “vast quantities of Jihad and terrorism booklets and pamphlets” an earlier hearing was told and Baum had “similar but fewer articles.”
Both men are Islamic converts. Emde converted in 2003 and Baum two to three years ago.
Emde was the moderator of a website in Germany which opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was said to have an “interest in terrorism” but claims he did not download the material to distribute it or for the purposes of terrorism.
Timothy Green, for Emde, said the material was “freely available” on the internet and was thought not to be illegal in Germany.
At their preliminary hearing, the men refused to stand up to face the charges.
Speaking through an interpreter Baum said: “To stand up would be an act of worship which is forbidden in Islam.”…
Sitting down in an Infidel court is an act of piety, as is murdering Infidels.