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  • Pakistani Police Save Christian Couple from 'Blasphemy' Mob

    07/03/2015 6:50:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Police in Pakistan saved a Christian couple from a Muslim mob who were attempting to lynch them for allegedly committing blasphemy, and later arrested a cleric for inciting the violence, a senior officer said Thursday. The incident, which took place in the village of Makki in Punjab province on Tuesday, represents a rare successful intervention by authorities in a country where even unproven allegations of blasphemy can result in a bloody death at the hands of vigilantes. Sohail Zafar Chattha, the district police chief, told AFP the illiterate Christian couple had obtained an old panaflex advertisement awning which contained the...
  • “I Only Ask the West One Thing: Stop Arming Our Assassins”

    06/30/2015 4:16:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    Interview with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, Aphrem II: martyrdom is not a human sacrifice offered to God in order to obtain his favour. This is why it is blasphemous to call suicide bombers “martyrs”When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the...
  • THOUSANDS PROTEST PLAN TO CONVERT CATHOLIC HOSPITAL CHAPEL INTO ISLAMIC PRAYER ROOM

    06/29/2015 11:39:22 PM PDT · by Lil Flower · 24 replies
    BREITBART ^ | June 29, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition protesting a proposal to turn a Catholic hospital chapel into a Muslim prayer room.
  • Turkey Is Now Set On Invading Syria. Soon We Will See Syria Becoming An Islamist State

    06/29/2015 4:03:58 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    We have been saying for the last two years that Turkey will invade Syria and now the media is all over the issue of a serious possible invasion by the second most powerful army in NATO: Turkey. The spark and excuse for this invasion is simple. As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of military intervention guised under the claim to push ISIS back from the Turkish border. Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains...
  • Pope Congratulates Nigerian Muslims At Ramadan

    AS the Ramadan fast enters the second week, Pope Francis has sent his goodwill message to Nigerian Muslims, urging them to use the fasting period to enrich themselves spiritually, physically and morally. In his prayer, the Catholic pontiff said: “I am pleased to send you, in the name of all Catholics around the world, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of ‘Id el-Fitr. May your fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends enrich your lives.” In a statement signed by the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, Jean-Louis...
  • Happy Ramadan! (Except if you're dead)

    06/26/2015 6:43:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 6-26-15 | Patrick Archbold
    Happy Ramadan from you friends in the Muslim world. Just in the last 12 hours. Man decapitated as severed head is 'covered in Arabic writing' and hung on a fence next to Islamist flag at factory in France after terrorists storm building and set off 'gas bomb' explosions Tunisian officials say a gunman is still at large after a deadly attack on two hotels packed with British tourists left 27 dead. ISIS Claims Deadly Blast at Shiite Mosque in Kuwait Islam is like so totes misunderstood.
  • Evangelical Pastor In Ireland Says That Islam Is Satanic, And Now The Irish Government...

    06/25/2015 3:44:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/24/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    The Irish government is now in the business of trying to get an elderly Evangelical pastor, who is in ill health, in prison for simply saying that Islam is a satanic religion. His name is Pastor James McConnell. Shoebat.com commended the pastor and also posted his sermon last year:(video at link)Now the Irish government is going to be prosecuting the pastor, and will try to get him into prison. If they succeed, he may get up to six months in jail. The pastor stated: I am facing up to six months in jail and a hefty fine for saying what...
  • 'Returning to Iraq During IS Occupation Was a Call From God’

    06/24/2015 6:15:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 6/23/15 | Luca Marcolivio
    Auxiliary Bishop Yaldo of Baghdad, Speaks on Challenges of Evangelizing Amid PersecutionAn extraordinary testimony of Christian faith in a time of persecution was given at the end of the meeting “Pellegrini nel Cyberspazio” (Pilgrims in Cyberspace) (Grottammare-Ascoli Piceno, June 18-20), by Bishop Basel Yaldo, Auxiliary Bishop of the Chaldean Patriarchate of Baghdad for the past five months. The Prelate asked the journalists in the hall “to make the whole world hear the voice of a suffering Church.” He then talked about his abduction in Baghdad in September 2006, in an overheated atmosphere, following Pope Benedict XVI’s famous address, completely misunderstood...
  • Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary: the Middle East States Should Pray for Al-Assad

    06/24/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/24/15
    Ulan-Ude, June 24, Interfax - Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries should understand that, if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime collapses, the terrorist group Islamic State will come after them, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov said. "The states of this region, like Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, and perhaps some others, should pray for Bashar al-Assad. This is the last security line for them," Lukyanov told journalists on Wednesday. "If Assad's regime collapses, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be the next targets for the IS," he said. "There are some 5,000 of the Saudi king's subjects fighting...
  • This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

    06/23/2015 2:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | June 23, 2015
    As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara.He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in love with the country and felt GodÂ’s call to the religious life there.That love for language and for God would one day save Brother JohnsonÂ’s life. At a recent prayer breakfast in Denver, Brother Johnson recalled the story of Easter Monday, three years ago. He was...
  • Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Islamic Hate for the Christian Cross

    06/19/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/18/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Last May in Italy, a Muslim boy of African origin beat a 12-year-old girl during school because she was wearing a crucifix around her neck. The African schoolboy, who had only started to attend the school approximately three weeks earlier, began to bully the Christian girl — “insulting her and picking on her in other ways all because she was wearing the crucifix” — before he finally “punched the girl violently in the back [1].”What is it about the Christian cross that makes some Muslims react this way?The fact is, Islamic hostility to the cross is an unwavering fact of...
  • Accused Anti-Semitic Pastor Plans ‘March On Dearborn’ To Save Muslim Souls

    06/18/2015 7:12:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Christy Strawser
    DEARBORN (CBS Detroit) Because it has the “greatest Arab population in the United States,” a pastor with a soft drawl, earnest delivery and alleged anti-Semitic rhetoric plans to march on Dearborn. The suburban Detroit city is the target of Steve Anderson, pastor of Faithful World Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., for a march planned for Friday, June 26. Anderson says he’s going to bring as many followers as he can plus 1,000 copies of his movie “Marching to Zion” — which has been criticized as anti-Semitic — to distribute to what he perceives as a receptive Muslim audience. He urges...
  • Monks, Students Refuse to Flee 4th-Cent Monastery Near ISIS-Controlled Mosul; God Protect Us

    06/17/2015 5:00:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/13/15 | Anugrah Kumar
    Three monks and six students have taken refuge in the ancient monastery of Mar Mattai in northern Iraq, just 12 miles from the Islamic State-occupied Mosul City, not willing to flee, and expressing "their faith that this is a secure place." Erbil's Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said a small unit of the Kurdish military is protecting the nine Christians but that's not why they believe they are safe in the shrine, also known as St. Matthew's Monastery. "There is a kind of feeling that they cannot express but they at least feel relaxed in a way that even if, God...
  • Turn Empty Catholic Churches into Mosques, French Muslim Leader Says

    06/16/2015 10:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 6/15/15
    France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned Catholic churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population - the largest in Europe. “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio on Monday. There are currently about 2,500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, he said. With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5,000 mosques are needed,...
  • Patriarch's New Book Makes Case for Just War to Defend Christians in Iraq

    06/16/2015 6:32:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Baghdad argues that military action against the Islamic State is justified. “In these circumstances, making war is legitimate,” writes the Chaldean leader, in a new book, Stronger than Terror: The Christians of the Middle East and the Violence of ISIS. Saying that Pope Francis has recognized the need for action, the Patriarch says: “It is self-defense.” The Islamic State is dedicated to the eradication of Christianity, the Iraqi prelate writes. At the same time, he assures readers, many Christians are ready to sacrifice—even to lay down their lives—to preserve their faith. The Patriarch’s...
  • Apostasy & Islam: Saying no to faith

    06/16/2015 12:44:50 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    DNA India ^ | 14 June 2015 | Yogesh Pawar
    Fakeer Mohamed Althafi speaks so softly that you have to strain to hear him. The 32-year-old physiotherapist from Tamil Nadu says he’s been an introvert since childhood and loves blending into the background. At the bachelor’s pad which he shares with a trio of peers in midtown Mumbai, he insists that no more details about his address be given. “If someone found out where I lived,” he explains, “they could come attack me or worse.” And no, Althafi is not a controversial political figure/activist. So, considering he admits to being no more than “a regular bloke”, what is he so scared of? Just this -- five years ago,...
  • Ancient Syrian Christian Town Dedicates New Virgin Mary Statue

    06/15/2015 6:27:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/13/15 | AFP
    Maalula (Syria) (AFP) - The historic Christian Syrian town of Maalula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in its centre, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013. Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world's oldest Christian settlements, and its inhabitants still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. In April 2014, government troops backed by pro-regime militia recaptured the town from...
  • We Want to Go Home; Archbishop of Mosul Calls for More Action to Dislodge Islamic State

    06/14/2015 9:26:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Ankawa.com ^ | 6/11/15 | Clare Creegan and John Pontifex
    GOVERNMENTS should step up efforts in Iraq to “free” Mosul and neighbouring Nineveh from so-called Islamic State so Christians and others can fulfil their dream of returning home – according to a leading archbishop from the region. Marking the first anniversary of the fall of his city to the Islamist terror group, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Mouche made an impassioned plea to the “people who have the responsibility” to remove IS and enable people forced out to return and rebuild their lives. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and...
  • Libero Quotidiano: "Islam: When Bergoglio attacked Ratzinger"

    06/13/2015 8:33:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/22/2014 | Fausto Carioti
    A story which happened in Buenos Aires eight years ago helps us to understand the position adopted by Pope Francis regarding the ISIS, the “Islamic State” which has embarked on a merciless hunt against Christians. Avoiding, as always, naming Islam and fanatic Muslims, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, invited “stopping the unjust aggressors” without “any bombing” or “starting a war”. A choice which does not seem to leave escape for the victims and for this judged sterile by many: believers (including Antonio Socci from these columns) and non-believers (the case of Massimo Cacciari). In reality this intervention is perfectly in line with...
  • Patriarch Condemns ‘Death of The World’s Conscience’ Over Syria

    06/10/2015 7:23:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Region's Christian leaders choose to meet in Damascus to show their solidarityLebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch, visiting war-torn Syria, has condemned “the death of the world’s conscience” in its response to the violence in the Middle East. In a homily on Sunday at the Maronite Cathedral of St. Anthony in Damascus, Cardinal Bechara Rai also issued a call for peace, “for stopping the war, for political solutions and for the honored return” of the 12 million Syrians who have been uprooted by the country’s four-year civil war. “We condemn injustice, the death of the world’s conscience and all those who provide...
  • Inside Mosul: What's Life Like Under Islamic State?

    06/09/2015 8:34:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/9/15
    Exclusive footage reveals how Islamic State wields power over people's everyday lives in Iraq's second city, Mosul, a year after it was captured.Secretly filmed videos obtained by the BBC's Ghadi Sary show mosques being blown up, abandoned schools, and women being forced to cover up their bodies. Residents said they were living in fear of punishment according to the group's extreme interpretation of Islamic law. They also described IS preparations for an expected government offensive. The fall of Mosul marked the start of a lightning advance across the north that saw the army routed and hundreds of thousands of people...
  • Vatican makes history: Pope allows Islamic prayers, Koran readings [June 9, 2014]

    06/09/2015 11:30:50 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 298 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    For the first time in Vatican history, the pope allowed for the reading of Islamic prayers and Koran readings from the Catholic facility. The readings and prayer came as Pope Francis met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Vatican City, a gathering designed to pray for Middle Eastern peace. A Holy See spokesman said the prayers were supposed to be a “pause in politics,” Breitbart reported. The pope said, too, that he hoped the interfaith prayers would foster peace specifically between Israelis and Palestinians, the news outlet said.
  • ISIS seen undermining Islamic faith as more Muslims convert to Christianity

    06/09/2015 3:34:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 6/8/15 | Monica Cantilero
    Islam will reportedly become the world's largest religion 55 years from now based on recent projections, but the barbarous practices of the Islamic State could undermine the growth of the world's Muslim population, experts said. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Christianity and Islam will be near parity by 2050, with Christians expected to comprise 31.4 percent of the planet's population against 29.7 percent who follow Islam. The study said Islam will grow more than twice as fast as any other major religion over the next half century because of a higher fertility rate in Muslim dominated countries....
  • Religious leaders call on US to support abortions for ISIS and Boko Haram rape victims

    06/06/2015 12:45:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Christian Today ^ | June 5, 2015 | Lucinda Borkett-Jones
    A group of religious leaders and health experts yesterday called on President Obama to provide access to funding so that women who have been raped by terrorists abroad can have abortions. Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders met at St John's Episcopal Church, just opposite the White House, to raise awareness of the need to provide post-rape care, including abortions, for the victims of groups such as ISIS in Syria and Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria. "Women are dying now. Families are being pushed further into poverty now because this care is not available to them," said Rev Harry Knox,...
  • How Islam in America Became a Privileged Religion

    06/03/2015 8:03:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/03/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    What is Islam? The obvious dictionary definition answer is that it’s a religion, but legally speaking it actually enjoys all of the advantages of race, religion and culture with none of the disadvantages. Islam is a religion when mandating that employers accommodate the hijab, but when it comes time to bring it into the schools, places that are legally hostile to religion, American students are taught about Islam, visit mosques and even wear burkas and recite Islamic prayers to learn about another culture. Criticism of Islam is denounced as racist even though the one thing that Islam clearly isn’t is...
  • Report: ISIS Fighter Who 'Enjoyed' Killing Christians Wants to Follow Jesus After Dream

    06/03/2015 7:55:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/03/2015 | Nicola Menzie
    It has become a common occurrence over the years for Muslims in the Middle East who have converted to Christianity to claim to have been compelled to do so after dreaming of a person who they believe is Jesus Christ. Now, one militant belonging to the brutal Islamic State that has massacred Christians has converted to his victims' religion after dreaming of "a man in white" with a startling message, according to one missionary's account. "One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced...
  • The Polygamists are Coming!

    06/01/2015 2:56:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | June 1, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    For years, religious conservatives argued against same-sex marriage by saying that it would put society on the slippery slope to (horrors!) polygamy. Now comes the New York Times‘ Ross Douthat, a day late and a dollar short. In yesterday’s column, Douthat seizes upon a new Gallup study that shows a broad shift to the left in Americans’ social values during the present century. The exception, he says, is on abortion, but actually it’s not an exception; the pro-choice position has gained some ground. The exception is adultery — where the old-time disapproval is holding firm at over 90 percent. You’d...
  • Iraqi Christian Militia Trainer Says No One Else Is Helping Christians Fight ISIS in the Region..

    05/31/2015 6:21:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 5/29/15 | Vincent Funaro
    Sons of Liberty International, a group headed by Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke, a renowned Libyan revolutionary and former prisoner of war, has been operating in northern Iraq since December 2014. The organization is training recruits in the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit, a militia made up of a couple thousand Christians. Matthew VanDyke, the leader of the Sons of Liberty International, a group that focuses on training and equipping Iraqi Christian militia to combat ISIS, recently discussed the lack of help from outside forces in the region. He told PRI.org that no one else is helping Christians from Iraq, including the U.S....
  • The Word That Wasn’t There

    05/29/2015 6:45:57 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | May 28, 2015 | Baron Bodissey
    Yesterday, upon the air, I heard a word that wasn’t there. It wasn’t there again today, I wish that it would go away… (With apologies to Hughes Mearns) In his report yesterday on the latest OSCE conference, Henrik Rćder Clausen included this summary of a dominant meme among ideological leaders in the West: Panel members stressed the importance of not calling the Islamic State the “Islamic State”, for doing so could give the impression that Islam motivates people to war, terrorism and other crimes. The avoidance of the I-word seems to have become a fixation in the revolving-door world...
  • Islamic State Militants Burn [80yr old] Christian Woman in Nineveh Village

    05/28/2015 6:24:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bas News ^ | 5/26/15 | Hazhar Mamuzini
    In a village 20 km south east of Mosul in northern Iraq, Islamic State (IS) militants have burned an Iraqi Christian woman to death. Sa’ed Mamuzini, representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office in Mosul, told BasNews on Tuesday that the militants burned the 80-year-old Iraqi Christian woman, who was from Kremlis in the Nimrud area of the Hamdaneya sub district, east of Mosul. Mamuzini said that villagers told him that the woman was killed for failing to comply with the strict laws of the Islamic State.
  • Erdogan And The Prime Minister Of The Turkey, Just Made This Declaration To The Entire Islamic...

    05/27/2015 4:12:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/27/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    By AllahÂ’s will, Jerusalem belongs to the Kurds, the Turks, the Arabs, and to all Muslims. And as our forefathers fought side by side at Gallipoli, and just as our forefathers went together to liberate Jerusalem with Saladin, we will march together on the same path [to liberate Jerusalem]. These are the words just declared by Dovutoglu, the Prime Minister of Turkey. You would think its coming straight from the mouth of the Antichrist. The amazing speeches by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were given at the inauguration ceremony at the countryÂ’s 55th airport...
  • How to Alienate Moderate Muslims

    05/26/2015 7:43:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 26, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    The recent “draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas not only drew fire from two armed jihadists, it also drew fire from Christian leaders and media critics. One of the chief objections was that events of this type will alienate moderate Muslims and possibly drive them into the radical camp.
  • Was Politician Forced Into Mental Institution for “Islamophobia”?

    05/26/2015 12:12:01 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 9 replies
    The new american ^ | Monday, 18 May 2015 | Written by Selwyn Duke
    One tactic Soviet-bloc countries would use to stifle dissidents was involuntary confinement to mental institutions. After all, you have to be crazy to oppose state ideology, right? Now, though, 26 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall comes a similar shocking story — from well west of where the wall stood. It is alleged that a French mayor has been involuntarily confined to a mental asylum for “Islamophobia.” The story involves Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern French town of Venelles; the problems began when, participating in a public Twitter discussion initiated by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the mayor proposed...
  • City in the sky: world's biggest hotel to open in Mecca

    05/25/2015 12:05:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2015 | Oliver Wainwright
    <p>Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy city’s crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.</p>
  • Syrian Priest Reportedly Kidnapped as ISIS Moves Beyond Palmyra

    05/22/2015 2:22:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 22, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A Syrian priest who has worked for the restoration of a monastery and for improved relations between Muslims and Christians in Syria has been kidnapped. ​The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed the news Friday, said Fides news agency. Just a day before he went missing, Father Jacques Mourad, prior of the Monastery of Mar Elian and pastor of the community in Qaryatayn, wrote an appeal as jihadist forces spread out from the nearby city of Palmyra: "We are currently experiencing a very difficult time because the extremists who call themselves Daech approach our city Qaryatayn after their domination of Palmyra,...
  • Daniel Wallace Blasts Yusuf Ismail on John 1:1

    05/20/2015 7:31:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Answering Muslims ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | David Wood
    In the tradition of charlatans like Ahmed Deedat and Zakir Naik, Yusuf Ismail is convinced that he can be as inaccurate as he likes, because most of the people listening to him won't bother examining what he says (so long as he sounds confident when he speaks). This tactic is based on numbers. If 400 people are watching a debate, and a Muslim debater completely distorts the facts while sounding like he knows what he's talking about, how many in the audience will take the time to research his claims? One or two? And if one or two do the...
  • Islam's 'Reformation' Is Already Here - and It's Called 'ISIS'

    05/20/2015 11:10:42 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The idea that Islam needs to reform is again in the spotlight following the recent publication of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. While Ali makes the argument that Islam can reform – and is in desperate need of taking the extreme measures to do so – many of her critics contend that Islam is not in need of reform. The one argument not being made, however, is the one I make below – namely, that Islam has already “reformed.” And violence, intolerance, and extremism – typified by the Islamic State (ISIS) – are...
  • Why religion will dominate the 21st century

    05/18/2015 10:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | May 18, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    One of the most common assumptions is that religiosity is linked to economic and technological underdevelopment. As a society gets more technologically and economically advanced, the thinking goes, religiosity naturally fades away and is replaced by a more secular worldview. Exhibit A is usually Western Europe, which grew more secular as it grew richer (and much, much more violent) across the 19th and 20th centuries. Exhibit B is the world's most religious continent — Africa — which happens to be its poorest. Under this view, the 21st century will be the century in which secularization spreads even further as the...
  • Losing their religion: the hidden crisis of faith among Britain’s young Muslims

    05/18/2015 2:33:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 May 2015 | Andrew Anthony
    Sulaiman Vali is a softly spoken 32-year-old computer engineer. A natural introvert not drawn to controversy or given to making bold statements, he’s the kind of person who is happiest in the background. He lives alone in a modest house on a quiet street in a small town in East Northamptonshire. He doesn’t want to be any more specific than that about the location. “If someone found out where I lived,” he explains, “they could burn my house down.” Why should such an understated figure, someone who describes himself as a “nobody”, speak as if he’s in a witness protection...
  • Why Islam doesn’t need a reformation

    05/17/2015 9:17:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 17 May 2015 | Mahdi Hasan
    In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. “We need a Muslim reformation,” announced Newsweek. “Islam needs reformation from within,” said the Huffington Post. ..After all, Christianity had the Reformation, so goes the argument, which was followed by the Enlightenment; by secularism, liberalism and modern European democracy. So why can’t Islam do the same?Yet the reality is that talk of a Christian-style reformation for Islam is so much cant. Let’s consider this idea of a “Muslim Luther”. Luther did not merely nail 95 theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg in...
  • 19 May: Remembering Pontian genocide

    05/17/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by bad company · 9 replies
    http://www.thetoc.gr ^ | 19 May. 14 | Euthimis Tsiliopoulos
    On 19 may, Hellenism commemorates the extermination of 353,000 Pontian Greeks killed during a genocide. During the years 1914-1923, in the 1st World War, the Greek minority of the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Turkey's predecessor, were removed from Western Anatolia. An estimated 350 thousands Greeks were killed between 1913-1922, ending thousands of years of Hellenic civilization in Asia Minor. Pontian and Anatolian Greeks were victims of broader Turkish genocide project at all Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire. More than 3.5 million Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians were killed under the regimes of the Young Turks and of Mustafa Kemal....
  • Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress: Satan 'Delivered' Islam to Muhammad

    05/16/2015 6:47:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/16/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said Sunday during his "Countdown to the Apocalypse," sermon series that it was Satan who delivered the religion of Islam to the prophet Muhammad and further asserted that following that religion will "lead you to hell." In his six-week sermon series, Jeffress, who pastors Dallas' 11,000-member First Baptist Church, explains how Jesus told of the rise of radical Islam and that increased Christian persecution around the world would "precede His return to this Earth." In a Sunday sermon, the 59-year-old attempted to debunk the claim that Muhammad was delivered Islam by an angel and stated...
  • The People of Aleppo Are Losing Hope, Says Bishop

    05/15/2015 6:20:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Bishop Audo says that almost everyone would leave Aleppo if they couldThe Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria has said that the people of Aleppo are increasingly losing hope. In an interview with Catholic News Service he said that over the past two months the people seem to have been losing all hope for an end to the war and the beginning of reconciliation. Bishop Audo admitted that he, too, used to talk about his hope, “but now I have a tendency to say I am in an attitude of faith. I try to maintain myself in my faith...
  • Insulting Religion

    05/13/2015 11:54:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 13, 2015 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    We often hear it said that it is simply wrong to insult the faith of 1.3 billion Muslims. Why, then, isn’t it wrong to insult the faith of 2.2 billion Christians? It’s done every day, and sometimes the insults are hard to take. Christians are understandably upset when art exhibits feature crucifixes immersed in urine or portraits of Mary covered with dung.It doesn’t require a Ph.D. to figure out why the secular word condemns insults to Muslims but countenances insults to Christians. It’s because the latter won’t come after you with machetes and assault rifles. If Islam were truly...
  • The fathers of the Church and Islam

    05/11/2015 12:34:19 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 05-04-2015 | Metropolitan Hierotheos
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  • It has come to this: Complaint says crosses at Catholic school offensive, prevent Muslim prayers

    05/09/2015 10:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    BeliefNet ^ | 05/08/2015
    Crosses in every room at Washingon D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying. That’s the complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington University across town. GWU Law School Professor John Banzhaf takes the Catholic institution to task for acting “probably with malice” against Muslim students in a 60-page complaint that cites “offensive” Catholic imagery all over the Catholic school, which he says hinder Muslims from praying. Baffled Catholic University officials say they have never received a complaint from any of the...
  • Nun: 'Islam Is ISIS. Whoever Says Otherwise Is a Liar'

    05/09/2015 7:01:32 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 32 replies
    CBN News ^ | Friday, May 08, 2015 | Erick Stakelbeck
    [Embedded Video} WASHINGTON -- The Islamic terror group ISIS is leaving a trail of destruction across large parts of Syria and Iraq with a specific target in their crosshairs. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been displaced from their homes and countless others have been murdered or enslaved by the jihadist army, with no end in sight. Sister Hatune Dogan has been on the ground and witnessed the devastation of these ancient Christian communities. She's listened to survivors tell how Christians and Yazidi women are being sold into sex slavery. "They choose the most beautiful one, even if they have...
  • No Toronto Catholic Rgstr; L'Osservatore Romano, IT IS NOT BLASPHEMY to mock Mahomet! HE IS NOT GOD!

    05/08/2015 2:26:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | May 6, 2015
    Toronto's Catholic Register is parrotting this story from RNS referring to a front-page article at L'Osservatore Romano calling the cartoons of Mohomet "blasphemous." This is quite incredible really. One can blaspheme God. One cannot blaspheme a man. If Mahomet ever really existed can be debated. If he did, he was a warlord; a murderer, a child-molester and a Jew-hating Christ denier -- and antichrist. He was no prophet. I'm not suggesting that we should engage in mocking anyone; but I won't call the mocking of a man, blasphemy because it is not. Shame on those Catholics who would use such...
  • Syrian Archbishop: "We expect Christians in the West to help us. They do not"

    05/08/2015 12:59:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | May 8,2015 | Robert Spencer
    NEW YORK (RNS) Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo is returning to the front line of the real war on Christians, which he calls home — that is, Aleppo in war-torn Syria, where his ancient church faces the threat of extinction.
  • Muslim Kosovars Rediscover Their Long-Forgotten Roman Catholic Roots

    05/07/2015 8:08:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 5/6/15 | Valerie Plesch
    BROD, Kosovo (RNS) The Catholic priest followed the village elders up a narrow road that curved between the green hills in the tiny hamlet of Gjonaj in southern Kosovo. As the priest, Don Albert Jakaj, 36, emerged from the wooded path, he saw the light gray stone church, believed by locals to be a thousand years old, surrounded by tall pine trees. Jakaj had traveled to Gjonaj at the request of Avni Ademi, 35, a local who contacted the priest to get his opinion on the origin of the church and to validate his belief that the church belongs to...