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  • Christian Convert's funeral in Finland taken over by Imam and Muslim relatives

    12/31/2009 3:58:21 AM PST · by Viiksitimali · 26 replies · 1,205+ views
    28-year-old Christian man's funeral took a surprising twist at the Helsinki Malmi cemetery when the deceased's Muslim relatives arrived at the grave and took the lead in the funeral. - Upon reaching the gravesite all of a sudden Muslim men jumped out from the thicket and replaced the Finnish pallbearers and the Imam began to lead the service, "the pastor, Jukka Simoila said. The 28-year-old deceased became a Christian in December 2008 and got married last summer in a Christian ceremony. His father was a Muslim. The deceased died of serious illness in September and had hoped for a Christian...
  • In Iraq, soldier finds a new faith (Muslim converts to Catholic faith)

    12/27/2009 11:37:29 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 1,044+ views
    Times Union ^ | December 27, 2009 | Paul Nelson
    1st Lt. Marjana Mair is confirmed as a Catholic at Tigris River Chapel in a ceremony presided over by Chaplain Maj. Tyson Wood. You could call it something of a religious trifecta for Marjana Mair. The soldier from Albany was among seven service members with the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade who just six days before Christmas were confirmed as Catholics while serving in Iraq. 1st Lt. Mair was also baptized and received her first communion.She was a Muslim for many years but wanted to become Catholic after studying the faith."I grew up (Muslim) for 18 years, but when I...
  • Qaida sympathizer: I'm gone for good

    12/26/2009 1:30:59 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 777+ views
    (QUEENS CHRONICLE) via ^ | December 23, 2009 | by Smriti Rao, Chronicle Contributor
    SNIPPET: "It may have been one of the coldest days this season, but that did not deter angry protesters from gathering at the residence of Youssef Al-Khattab, a Jewish convert to Islam who has been tagged as an Al-Qaida sympathizer." SNIPPET: "Sunday’s protest came after Al-Khattab posted comments on his website,, supporting the Fort Hood attacks and other violent acts of radical Muslims. He also has made several anti-Semitic comments on his site, including saying he wants liquid drain cleaner to be thrown in Jews’ faces, and calling for the outdoor huts some build during the holiday of Sukkot...
  • Ohio judge: Runaway convert can avoid parents

    12/23/2009 9:09:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 744+ views
    Google ^ | 12/23/09 | AP
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio judge has ruled that a runaway Christian convert is not required to meet with her Muslim parents as part of a possible reconciliation plan. Magistrate Mary Goodrich of Franklin County Juvenile Court on Tuesday denied the request of Mohamed and Aysha Bary to undergo mediation with 17-year-old Rifqa. A case-management plan filed last month says the girl and her parents must listen to each other's views about religion if they are to reunite.
  • Former Episcopal bishop Lipscomb now a Catholic priest

    12/07/2009 9:41:06 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 506+ views
    Anglicans United ^ | December 4, 2009
    Father John Lipscomb was the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. He converted to Catholicism in 2007, a few months after his retirement, and was ordained a priest this week. LUTZ — John Lipscomb, the married, 59-year-old former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, was ordained a Catholic priest Wednesday.The morning after, he expressed joy and a sense of relief. He’s at peace, spiritually. He’s just a priest now. He’s not the boss.“The part of the job that never fit was sitting in judgment of other people’s lives,” he said. “I’m at a point in my...
  • Egyptian Girl Appeals to Obama to Help Ex-Muslim Father (now a Christian)

    11/19/2009 8:31:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 812+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19.2009 | Ethan Cole
    The 15-year-old daughter of well-known Egyptian convert Maher el-Gohary has written a letter appealing to President Obama to help her father who is in danger of being murdered or imprisoned for becoming a Christian. Dina el-Gohary, who also converted from Islam to Christianity, has been on the run and living in hiding with her father, who is the second Egyptian to legally request to change his religious status. In her handwritten letter in Arabic, posted on Coptic Web sites, she writes: “Mr. President Obama, we are a minority in Egypt. We are treated very badly. You said that the Muslim...
  • 15 Year Old Egyptian Convert to Christianity Sends Plea to Obama

    11/18/2009 4:37:40 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 25 replies · 1,190+ views
    AINA (Assyrian International News Agency) ^ | November 17, 2009 | Mary Abdelmassih
    Cairo (AINA) -- 15-year-old Egyptian girl Dina el-Gowhary, who converted from Islam to Christianity, has sent a plea to President Obama, complaining of mistreatment by the Egyptian Government and asking for his mediation. "Mr President Obama," she writes, "we are a minority in Egypt. We are treated very badly. You said that the Muslim minority in America are treated very well, so why are we not treated here likewise? We are imprisoned in our own home because Muslim clerics called for the murder of my father, and now the Government has set for us a new prison, we are imprisoned...
  • Rifqa Bary Supporters Gather, Hearing Scheduled

    11/18/2009 12:05:06 AM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 4 replies · 393+ views
    CBN ^ | 18 Nov | Staff
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rifqa Bary’s custody battle is now in the hands of the Columbus, Ohio, court system. She will make her first court appearance there next month. The 17-year-old ran away from home after her Muslim parents discovered she had become a Christian. Her story has gained international attention, and on Monday, supporters filled the Columbus court house square to make sure it is not forgotten. More than 100 people filled the square outside the Columbus Juvenile Court to show support for Rifqa Bary, whom most have never met. Nonie Darwish traveled from Los Angeles. What will be Bary’s...
  • Does A-jad have a secret?

    10/03/2009 4:17:50 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 10 replies · 1,096+ views
    Was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad born Jewish? Today's Telegraph reports that a photograph of A-jad holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots, and that a close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian -- a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past (Confirmed- He's a Jew)

    10/03/2009 2:07:43 AM PDT · by cyst · 45 replies · 2,898+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 10-3-09 | Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat
    A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots. A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver. The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth. "Every family that converts into a different religion takes a new identity by condemning their old faith. "By making anti-Israeli statements he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections. He feels...
  • Somalian Muslims Hunt Converts to Christianity

    10/01/2009 12:07:44 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 12 replies · 1,059+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | October 1St 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Just minutes ago I posted an article about the persecution of Christians in Egypt. We now see just how "tolerant" Islam is in Somalia. This is a worldwide problem that has come to our shores as well. Will we sit silently and let them takeover or we will defend our freedoms and fight Islam? It is time for non-Muslims to rise up and take a stand against Islam.
  • Rapper Loon Converts to Islam~Video

    09/29/2009 3:15:06 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 19 replies · 1,050+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | September 28Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Rapper and actor Loon has joined the growing list of rappers that have converted to Islam. Some of the others who have made the same choice are Busta Rhymes, and Mos Def. Loon had converted on a recent Dubai tour, and changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith. It would of been nice if he actually did his own research, instead of blindly accepting the Islam means peace con.
  • Granny told me not to marry a Catholic, Tony Blair tells paper

    09/14/2009 6:44:57 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 1,677+ views
    Guardian ^ | Monday 14 September 2009 | Tom Kington
    Tony Blair has revealed that after ignoring a stern warning from his great-grandmother about marrying a Catholic, he now finds his new-found faith has become the driving force in his life as he seeks to clear up the world's religious conflicts. Speaking to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily newspaper, Blair said today he considers Pope Benedict's belief that God is central to politics, society, economics and culture "brilliant". Weeks after a packed Catholic conference in Italy gave Blair an ovation for his words about the universality of Catholicism, the pope's newspaper was equally effusive, calling the convert "a gentleman, educated,...
  • Orlando Muslims Say Far-Right Using Runaway

    09/03/2009 12:10:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,302+ views
    WESH ^ | September 1, 2009
    Teenager Says Her Parents Will Kill Her Over Conversion. The Muslim community if speaking out about a so-called religious runaway who came from Ohio to Florida saying she feared her parents would kill her because she converted to Christianity. On YouTube, Fathima Bary, who is known as Rifqa, says her parents must kill her because she has converted. "It's an honor. If they love God more than they love me they have to do this," she said. "I'm fighting for my life." Rifqa's attorney has said that the mosque attended by her parents has terrorist ties.
  • Muslim teen fears for life after changing religion

    09/03/2009 1:11:47 PM PDT · by Cygnus Rising · 7 replies · 710+ views
    CNN ^ | September 3, 2009 | John Couwels
    (CNN) -- A Muslim teenager from Ohio says her father threatened to kill her because she converted to Christianity.
  • Rifqa Bary - Father Threatened To Kill Her, Noor Mosque Which Family Attended Has Terrorist Ties

    08/31/2009 3:41:51 PM PDT · by johnqueuepublic · 15 replies · 1,093+ views LLC ^ | August 31,2009 | William Mayer & Beila Rabinowitz
    Rifqa Bary Documents - Father Threatened To Kill Her, Noor Mosque Which Family Attended Has Terrorist Ties By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ August 31, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - - The case of Fathima Rifqa Bary, a 17 year old young woman who was raised as a Muslim and lived with her family in Gahanna, Ohio since 2004, revolves around a claim that because of her recent conversion to Christianity she fears for her safety at the hands of her family which is adamantly opposed to her leaving Islam. To escape from the danger posed especially by...
  • EWTN - Journey Home - Monday 8pm - W. Keith Moore (former Evangelical)

    08/24/2009 4:39:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,298+ views
    ewtn ^ | August 24, 2009 | Marcus Grodi
    Upcoming Guests August 24W. Keith Moore Former Evangelical ProtestantAugust 31John Giles Former Pentecostal September 7Dr. Ronda Chervin Jewish convertSeptember 14 Open- Line Dr. Francis Beckwith Former Evangelical Protestant September 21 ScandanaviaLisa & Magnus Wetterberg September 28Dr. Mary Moorman Former Presbyterian & Anglican
  • A Christian On The Run In Egypt

    08/22/2009 5:46:27 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 708+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 22, 2009
    A Christian on the run in Egypt Maher El Gohary is something his Muslim compatriots can't fathom: a convert to Christianity. He and his daughter live like fugitives, moving frequently to avoid those who'd like to see him dead. By Jeffrey Fleishman August 22, 2009 Reporting from Alexandria, Egypt - It is a clear day along the coast, but in a bungalow off the beach, Maher El Gohary sits behind a locked door with an open Bible and a crystal cross, suspicious of every voice and sandal scraping past outside. He and his daughter, Dina, live like refugees, switching apartments...
  • Why Newt Gingrich Converted to Catholicism

    08/17/2009 9:57:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies · 1,848+ views
    TIME ^ | 8/24/09 | Amy Sullivan
    Visitors to the Basilica of the National Shrine in northeast Washington often do a double take when they see Newt Gingrich and his familiar shock of white hair slip into a pew for the noon Mass on Sundays. The former Speaker of the House is known for many things, but religious zeal is not one of them. In fact, the social conservatives who fueled his Republican revolution in 1994 often complained about Gingrich's lack of interest in issues like abortion or school prayer. This past spring, however, after several decades as a nominal Southern Baptist, Gingrich converted to Catholicism. With...
  • Rifqa Bary

    08/13/2009 5:15:46 AM PDT · by Roger_Wildcat · 5 replies · 577+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | August 11, 2009 | Robert Spencer
    The Muslim girl that converted to Christianity is in Florida. Turned out her daddy threatened to kill her and she fled here. link to article
  • Runaway teen who fears family after Christian conversion ordered to DCF custody [Florida]

    08/11/2009 2:27:30 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 15 replies · 1,610+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Amy L. Edwards
    A Muslim girl from Ohio, who turned 17 on Monday, is at the center of a custody dispute in Orlando, where she sought help from a family she barely knew -- a pastor and his wife willing to take in a teen who feared her own family's retribution because she converted to Christianity. She says she is afraid her father will kill her. The Orlando Sentinel is not identifying the teen because of her age. Her dispute with her family became news several weeks ago when the girl ran away from her home in Columbus, Ohio. She hitch-hiked to a...
  • Perspectives of an Indian Convert

    08/01/2009 9:42:48 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,889+ views
    American Magazine ^ | August 01, 2009
    Perspectives of an Indian Convert July 31, 1993 Bobby Jindal Editors’ note: On October 20 36-year-old Republican Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana. In the early 1990s, Mr. Jindal wrote two articles for America recounting his conversion from the Hindu faith of his parents to Catholicism. The following excerpt is taken from "Has Ecumenism Made Evangelism Irrelevant?" which was published on July 31, 1993: I was born in the United States immediately after my parents arrived here from India. I was raised in a strong Hindu culture, attended weekly pujas, or ceremonial rites, and read the Vedic scriptures. Though...
  • Catholic convert from Oregon coast becomes a priest (former Evangelical)

    06/17/2009 9:48:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 370 replies · 3,041+ views
    cna ^ | June 17, 2009
    Florence, Oregon, Jun 17, 2009 / 08:17 am (CNA).- He grew up an evangelical Protestant in Oregon, suspicious of Marian theology. Now he’s a Catholic priest and a physicist. Dominican Father Raphael Mary Salzillo was ordained last month in San Francisco and will take up an assignment at the University of Washington Newman Center and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle.Born Wesley Salzillo in 1976, he grew up in Florence, a small coastal town. The family converted to Catholicism in the early 1990s."My family raised me with a strong Christian faith and a very clear sense that Christ should be...
  • The Great Philosopher Who Became Catholic

    06/29/2009 1:56:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 1,416+ views
    ic ^ | June 29, 2009 | Deal Hudson
    Eight years ago today, a famous American philosopher died who had lived as a Catholic the last year of his life. Not so long ago, his name -- Mortimer J. Adler -- was synonymous with the "great books" approach to education he had pioneered with Robert Hutchins at the University of Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. His edition of The Great Books of the Western World is still often seen if you survey the bookshelves of the homes and offices you visit.   Adler's pedagogy, like his Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy, was rejected by the academy he left in mid-career....
  • Michael Jackson - Will he be a good muslim in death (Vanity for Discussion)?

    06/26/2009 11:07:53 AM PDT · by 2banana · 24 replies · 4,166+ views
    Mulsim Burials ^ | June 26th, 2009 | 2banana
    Ok - Michael Jackson is dead. He converted to Islam. Will he be a good muslim? He needs to be buried QUICK (has not happened yet), washed in a MOSQUE and have a quiet and low key burial. And he better answer some questions correctly or he is going to feel the heat! From: Pre-Burial Rules and Rituals In the Islam religion, it is customary to begin processes for burying the dead within 24 hours of the death. In non-Muslim countries, this can sometimes be a problem if the death occurs on a weekend or a holiday, when a...
  • Cardinal says Catholics humbled by Anglicans' decision to join church

    06/22/2009 1:32:02 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 47 replies · 1,552+ views
    The Catholic Spirit ^ | 6/22/09 | Teresita Johnson
    Catholics are humbled by the stories of former Anglicans who were faced with a decision and stepped out in faith to join the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. "The Catholic Church understands and appreciates the sacrifices made by former Anglican clergy and laity who have made the journey as individuals or as communities to full communion with the Catholic Church," he said June 12. "Truly, Rome is home and a place of abiding in our pilgrimage to the father," noted the cardinal in a keynote address at the 2009 Anglican Use Conference in Houston. The June...
  • American Al Qaeda member acknowledges his Jewish roots

    06/14/2009 10:45:11 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 11 replies · 497+ views ^ | 06/14/09 | Haaretz Service
    An American Al-Qaida member has for the first time acknowledged his Jewish ancestry, in an official video message released over the weekend by the international terrorist network. Adam Yahiye Gadahn ? who also goes by the name Azzam the American ? declared his roots in a video which surfaced on Saturday, using the opportunity to urge Muslims to use "our weapons, funds and Jihad against the Jews and their allies everywhere." "Let me here tell you something about myself and my biography, in which there is a benefit and a lesson," Gadahn says in the video, speaking in Arabic with...
  • FBI: Alleged killer may have eyed Atlanta

    06/04/2009 5:53:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies · 735+ views
    UPI ^ | June 4, 2009
    ATLANTA, June 4 (UPI) -- The FBI said it was looking at whether a Muslim convert accused of killing a soldier outside an Arkansas recruiting center also targeted an Atlanta Jewish site. The Atlanta site was potentially one of several U.S. Jewish sites Abdulhakim Muhammad targeted, said an anti-terrorism group specializing in protecting against anti-Jewish attacks. Muhammad, 24 -- who pleaded not guilty to killing Pvt. William Long, 23, and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, outside a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting office -- also had plans for an Atlanta "Jewish entity," an FBI spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Stephen Emmett...
  • Lawyer: Ark. attack suspect 'radicalized' [while in prison] in Yemen

    06/04/2009 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 48 replies · 2,512+ views
    Google AP ^ | June 4, 2006 | By JON GAMBRELL
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a recruiting center begged for FBI agents to free him from a Yemeni jail where he was "radicalized" by Islamic terrorists, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Thursday. Lawyer Jim Hensley described Abdulhakim Muhammad as an impressionable youth driven to public service in an impoverished Middle Eastern country. But teachings by "hardened" terrorists in Yemen and experiences with Afghan child refugees who were missing limbs drove him to become someone his parents didn't recognize, Hensley said. "Here comes the FBI, who may be able...
  • Cops: Religion Fueled Army Office Slay

    06/02/2009 6:44:30 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 29 replies · 2,113+ views
    cbs news ^ | 35 mins ago
    (AP) Police say a man with "political and religious motives" confessed to fatally shooting a new soldier and wounding another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center. The shootings were not believed to be part of a broader scheme. William Long, 23, of Conway, died in the attack on the Army-Navy Career Center in a west Little Rock shopping center, and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, was wounded and in stable condition, Police Chief Stuart Thomas said. Police arrested Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23 of Little Rock, along a crosstown interstate moments later. Thomas said Muhammad, previously known...
  • Army Recruiter Is Fatally Shot

    06/01/2009 6:54:05 PM PDT · by Fred · 55 replies · 2,448+ views
    NY Times ^ | 060109 | STEVE BARNES and JAMES DAO
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A 23-year-old man upset about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan opened fire from his truck at two soldiers standing outside a military recruiting station here on Monday morning, killing one private and wounding another, the police said. The gunman, identified by the police as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad of Little Rock, fled the scene and was arrested minutes later a short distance from the recruiting station, in a bustling suburban shopping center. The police confiscated a Russian-made SKS semiautomatic rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and a handgun from his black pickup truck. The two privates, who were...
  • Man pleads not guilty to killing new Army soldier

    06/02/2009 5:37:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2009 | CHUCK BARTELS
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Muslim convert who pleaded not guilty to killing a soldier outside a recruiting center had the firepower to take out many more while on a mission to "kill as many people in the Army as he could," police said. In documents released Tuesday, authorities said they recovered Molotov cocktails, three guns and ammunition from Abdulhakim Muhammad's truck after the attack Monday in a suburban Little Rock shopping center. Muhammad targeted soldiers "because of what they had done to Muslims in the past," authorities said.
  • Little Rock Shooting Suspect Joins Growing List of Muslim Converts Accused of Targeting U.S.

    06/02/2009 4:04:34 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies · 2,547+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 2, 2009 | By Joseph Abrams
    The suspect in the deadly shooting at a military recruiting center in Arkansas is the latest in a series of Muslim converts accused of planning or launching violent attacks in the U.S., part of what security experts call an alarming domestic trend. The attack came less than two weeks after a foiled bomb plot on two synagogues in Riverdale, N.Y., allegedly led by four men who converted to Islam in prison or shortly after their incarceration. Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the 23-year-old accused of killing a U.S. soldier and injuring another in the attack Monday in Little Rock, was born in...

    06/02/2009 8:03:10 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 107 replies · 3,500+ views
    0210040JUN09 (date time group) | dcbryan1
    Freepers: After sleeping on it, I have decided to call you to action! A great injustice is being perpetrated by our main stream media (MSM) and our Commander In Chief (CINC), President Barrack Hussein Obama. The time now is 10:04 CST, 02 JUNE 09, exactly 24 hours after Privates William Long, 23 of Conway, AR, and Private Second Class Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, AR became the first victims of terrorism on American soil since 11 SEP 01 and we have heard no statement from their Commander in Chief, President Barrack Hussein Obama. Almost as egregious as Obama’s silence, we...
  • Shooter Identified as Black Muslim (Abdul Mohammad) in fatal drive by in shooting of Army Recruiter

    06/01/2009 3:09:27 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 283 replies · 13,314+ views
    Live KARK ^ | 01 JUN 09 | dcbryan1
    Shooter identified himself as a muslim, Mr. Abdul Mohammad, formerly Mr. Bledsoe. previously of Memphis and Nashville. Recently converted to Islam while in Prison.Breaking live on LRPD press conference.
  • Look Who's a Believer Now

    05/29/2009 10:00:26 AM PDT · by inflorida · 81 replies · 2,306+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2009 | TIMOTHY LARSEN
    Have you ever heard the one about the Christian who started to study calculus and ended up losing his faith? Of course you have. Such "conversion" to atheism is supposed to be the story of all modern, thinking people. But imagine it happening the other way around. Moreover, imagine the convert being a well-informed, public intellectual who had long made it his business to argue that faith is irrational? Just such a conversion has happened to A.N. Wilson, the 58-year-old British biographer, novelist and man of letters. He was once an observant Anglican and, later, a Roman Catholic, but in...
  • Witness: Oregon training camp aimed for militancy

    04/30/2009 9:36:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 706+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/30/09 | Larry Neumeister - ap
    NEW YORK – With a landscape that evoked Afghanistan, a rural town in Oregon seemed in James Ujaama's mind to be the perfect setting for a militant jihad training camp to teach Muslim fighters survival and combat skills. The terrorist camp Ujaama envisioned to produce fighters against the Taliban's enemies in Afghanistan never came to fruition, and he no longer supports terrorist causes, he told a jury during a terrorism trial Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. "I sympathized and I have supported terrorists in the past, which was foolish. I was not thinking at that time and I wish I...
  • Kenya Muslims fume at church move to convert Obama grandma

    04/20/2009 11:08:13 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 519+ views
    NAIROBI: A Protestant church in Kenya is trying to convert US President Barack Obama's step-grandmother to Christianity against her will, a Muslim group said Monday, condemning the move as provocation. The Seventh Day Adventist church in the western town of Kisumu had invited 87-year-old Sarah Obama -- a Muslim -- to a function on Saturday, where she was allegedly to be baptised. According to relatives in her village of Kogelo, "Mama Sarah", as she is popularly known in the US president's paternal homeland, was surprised by the offer and declined to attend. "I regret the attempt by the Christian religion...
  • 1,130 Christians Reconvert to Hinduism in Mumbai

    04/12/2009 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies · 2,727+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Tue, Apr. 07 2009 | Dibin Samuel
    Over a thousand Christians were reconverted to Hinduism at a ceremonial function in Mumbai, India. According to a trusted source, about 1,130 Christians recently adopted Hinduism during a function at Kalyan in the district of Thane. The conversion was solemnized by Jagadguru Narendra Maharaj, a Hindu saint spearheading a religious campaign vying to reconvert Hindus as well as Dalits and tribal people into Hinduism. The ceremony was held in the presence of a thousand devotees who chanted hymns and indulged in ritualistic practices. Jagadguru told reporters after the event that Christian missionaries are involving in massive conversions and most of...
  • Converts' search brings them to Catholicism (as exemplified by their own bishop)

    04/12/2009 2:21:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 748+ views
    Canton Rep ^ | April 11, 2009 | By Charita Goshay
    As a little boy, Bishop George V. Murry was raised as an African Methodist Episcopal, but was so impressed by his experience at his Catholic school that he convinced his parents to allow him to convert. Eventually, they too, became Catholic. In the Diocese of Youngstown, 406 converts have joined the Church just in time for Easter. On Saturday, 169 people received the Sacrament of Baptism, and 237 who were baptized in another denomination received the sacraments of confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Adults who want to become Catholic must enter a months-long education process known as RCIA, the Rite...
  • Newt Gingrich and the Rise of Catholic Conservatism

    04/08/2009 8:03:55 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies · 1,045+ views
    Political Machine ^ | April 8, 2009 | Matt Lewis
    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich drew attention last week when he publicly converted to Catholicism. To many, who view the Republican Party as merely a Protestant/Southern party -- and the conservative movement as the embodiment of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, this was probably shocking news. To the rest of us, the announcement resulted in a collective yawn. Though never monolithic, having nominated both Al Smith in 1928 and JFK in 1960, Catholics, were once a reliable Democratic constituency. Today, however, Catholics are arguably the swing vote (for example, George W. Bush won the Catholic vote -- and so did Barack...
  • Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism

    04/05/2009 4:11:27 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 251 replies · 4,876+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 5, 2009 | Jim Galloway
    Congressional Quarterly has posted a transcript of “Fox News Sunday,” including this exchange between Chris Wallace and Newt Gingrich about the former House speaker’s conversion to Catholicism: WALLACE: Mr. Gingrich, you have been a Baptist most of your life, and last Sunday you converted to Catholicism. Why, sir? GINGRICH: I’m not talking about this much publicly, but let me just say that I found over the course of the last decade, attending the basilica, meeting with Monsignor Rossi, reading the literature, that there was a peace in my soul and a sense of well being in the Catholic Church, and...
  • Episcopal minister defrocked after becoming a Muslim

    04/02/2009 8:04:29 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 78 replies · 2,332+ views
    CNN ^ | April 2, 2009 | Patrick Oppmann
    SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) -- Ann Holmes Redding has what could be called a crisis of faiths. For nearly 30 years, Redding has been an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church. Her priesthood ended Wednesday when she was defrocked. The reason? For the past three years Redding has been both a practicing Christian and a Muslim. "Had anyone told me in February 2006 that I would be a Muslim before April rolled around, I would have shaken my head in concern for the person's mental health," Redding recently told a crowd at a signing for a book she co-authored on religion....
  • Rape victim converts to Islam to marry accused

    03/28/2009 8:13:27 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 12 replies · 835+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | March 27, 2009 | Staff
    A rape victim has told a city court that she wants to marry her violator. Almost four years after Sheila was allegedly raped by Ali (both names changed), she has converted to Islam and is ready to accept him as her husband. She told the court that her marriage to Ali was necessary to end the social stigma she faced since 2005. The drama unfolded on Thursday in the court of Additional Sessions Judge V.K. Khanna during the hearing of the bail plea of Ali. Sheila, who had earlier identified the accused and deposed against him in court, pleaded that...
  • Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season

    03/27/2009 7:01:07 PM PDT · by kellynla · 76 replies · 1,985+ views ^ | March 26, 2009 | staff
    Conservative author and former House speaker Newt Gingrich will celebrate the Easter season this year in a very special way – by converting to Roman Catholicism. “I have become increasingly drawn to Catholicism over the past several years while attending Mass with my wife, Callista,” Gingrich tells Newsmax. “ After prayer and reflection, I believe this is where God has led me. I’m looking forward with great joy to being received into full communion with the Catholic Church.” Rumors of the religious conversion began circulating last month when Gingrich, a Baptist since college, told The New York Times that he...
  • Christopher Buckley on Newt Gingrich’s Catholic conversion

    03/26/2009 8:05:32 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 103 replies · 3,532+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | March 26, 2009 | jim galloway
    Christopher Buckley, son of William, takes a non-too-gentle look at Newt Gingrich’s pending change of religion in the Daily Beast: Brace yourselves for a tsunami of punditry this weekend, when the much-married Newt Gingrich is received into the Catholic Church. This would ordinarily be a private occasion, but Newt Gingrich is not ordinary. He is (I hedge) probably the most interesting putative candidate person on the Right at this point. Google “Gingrich” and “2012” your hard drive will melt under a trillion hits. So attention to this event must and will be paid. Buckley goes into some unkind detail about...
  • The Gitmo Guard Who Converted to Islam

    03/26/2009 2:57:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 70 replies · 2,170+ views
    Newsweek ^ | March 21, 2009 | Dan Ephron
    Army specialist Terry Holdbrooks had been a guard at Guantánamo for about six months the night he had his life-altering conversation with detainee 590, a Moroccan also known as "the General." This was early 2004, about halfway through Holdbrooks's stint at Guantánamo with the 463rd Military Police Company. Until then, he'd spent most of his day shifts just doing his duty. He'd escort prisoners to interrogations or walk up and down the cellblock making sure they weren't passing notes. But the midnight shifts were slow. "The only thing you really had to do was mop the center floor," he says....
  • Faith Journey Leads United Methodist from Pastorate to Catholic Priesthood

    03/24/2009 2:23:12 PM PDT · by Titanites · 15 replies · 860+ views
    United Methodist News Service ^ | May 13, 1996 | Linda Bloom
    As he progressed from Methodist Youth Fellowship member to active layperson to ordained minister, Scott Medlock seemed destined for lifelong service in the United Methodist Church. But Medlock, an Orlando, Fla., native, has had a dual faith journey. The second journey started during his undergraduate years at the University of Notre Dame, intensified with his marriage to a "cradle Catholic" and eventually led to a desire for a more "eucharistically-centered" faith experience. On March 19, the 41-year-old former United Methodist pastor was ordained a Roman Catholic deacon. On July 26, in Anchorage, Alaska, he will be ordained a priest. Along...
  • Former Protestant Minister Pursues Priesthood

    03/22/2009 5:16:39 PM PDT · by Titanites · 208 replies · 2,667+ views
    Catholic Anchor, Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage ^ | October 17, 2008 | James DeCrane, Anchor Writer
    When Steve Olmstead served as a Presbyterian minister in Juneau, he would often finish his duties on Sunday, close up the church and head to Mass with his devout Catholic wife and their children.“I had a place to worship, which a lot of pastors don’t,” Olmstead said in an interview with the Anchor. “It was nice to go to a place and worship where I wasn’t the minister.”The Anchorage Archdiocese’s newest seminarian grew up in a Presbyterian home and always had a strong spiritual life. When Olmstead entered adulthood, he felt called to serve as a youth minister, and was...
  • Taliban threatens to behead founder of jihadist website

    03/21/2009 6:57:11 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 28 replies · 824+ views
    Over the years we've linked to Jihad Unspun several times to illustrate jihadist perspectives. The site's founder, Beverly Giesbrecht, is a Canadian convert to Islam who now goes by the name Khadija Abdul Qahaar -- but her open allegiance to the global jihad didn't stop jihadists in Pakistan from kidnapping her. I've also heard many times that Jihad Unspun was a CIA front, but don't have any confirmation of this, and that doesn't seem to be why the Taliban kidnapped her. Now she calls upon her country -- whose traditions, laws, and society she has despised and rejected -- to...