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  • Are the Bible and Koran Equally Violent? How Leftist Say So And Why It Ain’t True

    11/24/2015 7:34:03 PM PST · by damonw · 29 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11/24/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    THIS POST IS FAR TOO LONG TO FIT HERE. HERE IS A SNIPIT! Is the Bible as violent as the Koran? The answer is YES, if you talk to many Muslims and Liberals. But are they really? The following is a short discussion I had with a liberal about the subject. I hope to show you that they are not and that all non-Muslims should be uniting and working against Islam, not only because it is an institution that is a Human Rights nightmare, but because Islam really does have the submission of the whole world to Islam as it’s...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/24/2015 6:42:11 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 03/19/2011 | Thomas F. Madden
    Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades—misconceptions are all too common. For them, current interest is an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days...
  • The Return of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) - Kamal El-Mekki

    11/24/2015 7:34:45 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 15 replies
    Some of the things covered in this lecture - What really happened to Jesus did he die, was he crucified, who was put on the cross? When will Jesus Return and what will be his mission? Why did Allah (God) raise Jesus up? What will Jesus look like, where and when will he descend? Who will Jesus follow when he returns? Who and what is the dajjal (antichrist)? What will the dajjal (antichrist) look like and where and when will he appear? Who will kill the dajjal (antichrist) and what will happen after he is killed? Who are the yajooj...
  • [Australian] Army Chaplains to Remove 'Conquer' from 102-Yr-Old Motto; It's Offensive to Muslims

    11/23/2015 6:57:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 11/20/15 | Matthew Benns
    The Australian Army is removing the motto "In this sign conquer" from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims. The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June. Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913. A Defence spokeswoman last night denied the motto was being changed because it was associated with the Crusades, when Christian armies fought Muslims in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. "The motto of the Australian Army Chaplains...
  • Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both

    11/21/2015 3:08:04 PM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 8 replies
    blog ^ | November 20, 2015 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    This article is politically incorrect and says things that might shock you. Please read the entire article until the very last two paragraphs before making a judgment or writing incendiary comments. This might be one of the clearest things you’ve read on the topic, because it draws on virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas – something generally ignored in our day and age. – Godspeed, Taylor Marshall
  • What Would the Buddha Say About the Paris Attacks?

    11/20/2015 8:30:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/20/2015 | BY CHARLIE MARTIN
    Directly after the Paris attacks, the usual suspects posted a famous quotation from the Dhammapada: In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible. This is a legitimate quote -- or as legitimate as any quote from the Buddha. (Although it's kind of a horrible translation. What the Pali verse really says is more like "hate can't be dispelled with more hate, it can only be dispelled by ceasing to hate.") It's usually quoted, however, by man-bun Buddhists who think of Buddhism as Upper West Side liberal pacifism with incense...
  • Russell Moore, Conservative Christian Leader Blasts Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Calls For Compassion

    11/20/2015 8:23:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 11/20/2015 | McKay Coppins
    A leading voice on the religious right sharply criticized the "dangerous" anti-refugee sentiment that has permeated the recent political debate in the United States -- and warned that some Republican presidential candidates may turn off Christian voters with their lack of compassion. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that he was shocked by the "overheated" rhetoric being employed by high-profile politicians in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. "Donald Trump is saber-rattling about shutting down mosques in this country, which, as somebody who...
  • Are Christianity and Islam equally violent? Leftists Seem to Think so.

    11/20/2015 8:12:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2015 | By James Arlandson
    This one is making the rounds, both on ABC'sThe View and by a religious leftist who says weneed to wrestle with violencein the Scriptures. The hostesses ofThe ViewsaysHitler was a Christian, so who are Christians today to moralize about ISIS? To me, it doesn't matter whether, hypothetically, Hitler or Timothy McVeigh yelled "I kill in the name of Christ!" (Neither one claimedChristianity; both rejected it.) We wouldjudge them by their fruit and their conformity to the New Testament.Which bring us to the religious leftist. He is right that Christians need to wrestle with Old Testament violence, though he correctlysays...
  • US Cardinal Says Forces in Middle East are Intent on Eradicating Christians

    11/20/2015 6:13:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Cardinal O'Brien, who ministered to dying troops in Vietnam, suggests US public is 'very blase' about ISISWhen Cardinal Edwin O'Brien was named grandmaster of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2011, he found himself embroiled in a war a world away from the jungles of Vietnam where he ministered to dying troops as a young priest. "The forces that are at work now are intent on eradicating the Christian civilisation, nothing less," said the 76-year-old US cardinal, who was in Sydney in October to reach out to the order's 600 Australian members. Christians in the Holy Land face "daily...
  • Patriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christians

    11/19/2015 5:12:43 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11-18-2015 | Rafic Greiche
    e-mail this to a friend printable version » 11/18/2015EGYPT - SYRIAPatriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christiansby Rafic GreicheThe head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Mar Ignace Youssif III Younan, accuses Western governments of perpetuating an "endless conflict in Syria" out of regional interests. The terrorists who use Islam as an excuse for violence “have already infiltrated Europe, supported by money from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States under the supervision of Western governments." Pope Francis "true defender of justice, is deeply pained by what is happening in Syria and Iraq." Cairo...
  • Catholic Church Facilitates Foreign Invasion

    11/19/2015 2:42:15 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 70 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | November 19, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    In addition to direct federal grants to help refugees, government at various levels provide subsidized housing, healthcare, food stamps, other cash assistance, and free education. There is also a cost to the criminal justice system of taking care of the criminals among them. It’s the Catholic role, in collaboration with the federal government, in bringing refugees to the U.S. that caused Corcoran to leave the church. She told Accuracy in Media, “In 2002, having been raised in a protestant faith, I became a Catholic. For a few years I loved being a Catholic. All of that changed beginning in 2007...
  • FSU Student Works to Change Stigmas Against Islam

    11/19/2015 8:33:27 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 52 replies
    WCTV ^ | November 18, 2015 | Natalie Rubino
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As many of us watched the Paris terrorist attacks unfold Friday, Lamia Arafa braced herself for the scrutiny her Muslim religion would face. "Seeing such terrible killings is so saddening as a human but it also is really upsetting to see how the name of my religion is being skewed by crazy people," Arafa told Eyewitness News.....
  • With Facts I Helped Open Someones Eyes To The Dangers of Islam (YOU CAN TOO)

    11/18/2015 6:52:23 PM PST · by damonw · 13 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11/18/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    Just four days after the Paris Terrorist Attack I got a pleasant surprise, a friends son sent me a friend request on Facebook. What made this request a lift-me-up for me was that I thought my friends son might have some more few choice words for me again. But I am glad I accepted his request because he informed me that he was after his own research seeing Islam in a whole new way. We went toe tot toe on some of the issues related to Islam and it did not go very well I thought. But my friends son...
  • Things You Should Know About Islam - Part 1

    11/16/2015 8:14:15 PM PST · by boycott · 50 replies ^ | November 15, 2015 | Tom Wallace
    The first thing we should know is that nearly one in four people in the world today is a Muslim. 1.7 billion people in the world pray to Allah as their god. To be technical, this works out to be 23% of the world’s population are Muslims. At the end of WWI, that is about 100 years ago, the estimated Muslim population in the world was 300 million. In this relatively short time they have grown from 300 million to 1.7 billion. This is phenomenal growth. This growth does not come from evangelism, it is from having lots and lots...
  • Flashback - Abp of Mosul: 'I Lost My Diocese to Islam; You in The West Will Become The Victims of..

    11/16/2015 7:54:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/16/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    The Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who lost his diocese to the Islamic State last year and is now in exile in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan), warned that the suffering in Iraq was only a prelude of what European and Western Christians will "suffer in the near future," and stressed that the West is endangering itself by welcoming "an ever-growing number of Muslims." He also emphasized that while the West says "all men are equal," Islam "does not say that all men are equal," and "their values" are not our values. "Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you,...

    11/15/2015 8:25:11 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 75 replies
    Europe has rejected Christ and welcomed Mohammed by voting for socialist doctrines that are hostile to Christianity, tradition and the family. We see the same thing here. The western world is slowly being driven mad by the leftist twisting of reality until people even lose their most basic instinct of survival. Socialist Europe and the socialist part of the United States believes in nothing and is worth nothing. They even welcome their age old enemies to live among them like bringing in a pack of wolves to live in their homes with their children. The western world, formally called Christendom...
  • [Vanity] Questions and Answers About Islam

    10/14/2015 7:21:45 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 32 replies
    I have done much reading and learning about Islam as well as doing much questioning about the subject. Here are some puzzling questions about Islam as well as some answers. 1) What is Islam? Islam is a warrior cult begun by a cult leader named Mohammed. 2) If Islam is a cult, how did it become so big? Mohammed lived in what is now Saudi Arabia a land that was populated by tribes. There was no law each tribe made up its own rules. Mohammed gathered a band of fighters around him and started making war against the other tribes....
  • Damon Whitsells Class on Islam: What you can do about Islam!!! plus Q&A

    11/15/2015 5:58:51 PM PST · by damonw · 3 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11/15/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    On 9/9/12 I got to teach my first class on Islam on the exact day I started studying Islam two years ago and in memory of the victims of 911. This first class is MY DREAM COME TRUE I started the class out with why they chose 911 to attack, showed the best presentation of the history of Jihad on 15 minutes by Bill Federer, played some of my appearance on the radio where I shared my HOW I BECAME AN ISLAMOPHOBE testimony and fielded questions from Jim Green, then I opened up for questions from the class attenders and...
  • ISIS Forces Attack Christians Who Speak Aramaic, Language of Jesus Christ

    11/14/2015 6:36:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/13/15 | Ray Nothstine
    The Islamic State continues its march into Syria with its sights set on the town of Sadad, which consists of a large population of Syriac Christians who speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. According to Newsweek,500 Christian fighters, with the help of some Muslims, have so far prevented IS radicals from overrunning the majority Christian town. IS has already captured the town of Mahin, only 5 miles away from Sadad, which has provided the terror group a base of operations for renewed attacks against Sadad. The head of the Syriac Orthodox Christian Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II, who is...
  • Iraqi Legislation Requires Children to Become Muslims if Either Parent Converts to Islam

    11/12/2015 4:43:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Iraqi parliament has approved a new law that will require children in non-Muslim families to convert to Islam if one of their parents converts. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako led protests against the new law, which he termed "unacceptable" and a flagrant violation of the Iraqi constitution. The Chaldean prelate led a protest meeting in Baghdad, attended by Christians and representatives of other minority faiths. "Leaving aside the fact that a parent betrays his bond with his children, it is unacceptable that this implies the second party is deprived of the opportunity to fulfill the promise made...
  • Cardinal: Islam's Goal is to Conquer Europe by Faith and Birth Rate

    11/09/2015 7:18:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | 11/9/15 | Gregory Tomlin
    BERUIT (Christian Examiner) - The leader of Maronite Catholics in Lebanon has said if the multiple wars in the Middle East do not stop, the region will be emptied of its Christians and Europe will eventually fall to Islam. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, who leads the eastern Catholics still aligned with Rome, said in a recent interview with an Italian Catholic news magazine, Famiglia Christiana or Christian Family, the recent waves of immigration into Europe are only the beginning of Islam's expansion into the continent. Islam will eventually win the territory, he said, for two reasons. "I have heard many...
  • Catholic Schools Ban Islam From Religious Studies

    11/09/2015 6:36:12 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11/9/15 | Paul Bois
    The Catholic Church in Britain now refuses to teach Islam as part of its GCSE religious studies curriculum,disappointing the country'sMuslim leaders. Under the new rules based on last year's reforms to the GCSE exam, only Judaism will be taught in tandem with Catholicism, excluding Islam and every other faith. The decision to drive out Islam stemmed from an incident known as the 'Trojan Horse' plot, in which Muslimschools in Birmingham were known to have teachers pushing fundamentalist Islamic teachings on the students. SirIqbalSacranie, former secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, has called the decision "very disappointing" and...
  • Instagram Deletes Account for Revealing Destroyed Serb Churches in Kosovo

    11/07/2015 8:12:37 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-07-2015 | unatributed
    An Instagram account run by Serbian activists who were posting pictures of Christian places of worship in Kosovo which had been demolished by the region's Albanian Muslim majority population has been removed; the site's administration explained that the group had been posting "disturbing images." Hoping to foil Kosovo's attempt to become a member of UNESCO, ethnically Serbian student activists in the self-proclaimed state created a page on Instagram called “No to Kosovo's Membership in UNESCO.” There they posted photos of numerous Orthodox Christian places of worship and significance, including monasteries, churches and cemeteries, which were demolished in the years after...
  • Growing Number of Pastors Believe Christianity and Islam Are Similar

    11/04/2015 11:52:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/27/2015 | LISA CANNON GREEN
    Protestant pastors are increasingly polarized about Islam, as a growing share label the Muslim faith violent while a sharply rising minority calls it spiritually good. Although a majority considers Islam dangerous, a small but increasing segment believes Islam is similar to Christianity, according to a new survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Two-thirds of Protestant pastors agree Christianity and Islam should seek to coexist in America. The softening of some pastors' views toward Islam is a key finding of a LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors. Seventeen percent of pastors characterize Islam as similar to Christianity, nearly double the 9...
  • The Basilica of the Nativity: Restoration Reveals Beautiful Works of Art

    11/04/2015 8:25:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Bethlehem - for more than two years, one of the world's holiest churches has been undergoing restoration work. In this report, we would like to give a historical background about the wooden door and the mosaic covering the walls of the nave.The wooden doorsFrom the humility door, heads of believers and visitors bow down in reverence to the child in the manger. Just in front of the door, we face tall wooden doors that separate the narthex and the nave, covered through the centuries by layers of dust and smoke coming up from oil lamps. Now, the restoration comes and...
  • Iraqi Lawmakers Reject Bill that Would Permit Reconversion of Christian Children

    11/04/2015 5:58:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    In a 131-57 vote, Iraq's parliament has rejected a bill that would have permitted children of Christian converts to Islam to become Christians again, according to an AsiaNews report. Under Iraqi law, if one parent converts to Islam, all of the children automatically become Muslim. The bill would have permitted Christian children in this situation to reconvert to Christianity at the age of 18, as was once permitted in Iraq and still is permitted in the autonomous region of Kurdistan.
  • Bishop: ‘Pope Francis Is Wrong, Migrants Are Invasion’

    11/01/2015 10:28:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Sep 2015 | Nick Hallett
    Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, Bishop of Szeged-Csanad in southern Hungary, said the migrants "come here with cries of 'Allahu Akbar.' They want to take over." He added that Pope Francis "doesn't know the situation" and that many so-called refugees are actually economic migrants. On Sunday, the Pope called on every Catholic parish across Europe to take in refugees. "Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger, and who are on a path toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be neighbours to the smallest and most abandoned, to...
  • Latvia An Islamic State In 50 Years, Boast Muslim [ ] Leaders ‘Integration Will Not Take Place’

    11/01/2015 10:15:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Islam will replace Christianity in Europe just as Christianity replaced Paganism centuries ago, and it will conquer by womb rather than the sword to make Latvia an Islamic State, claim Muslim community leaders in the Baltic country. Speaking in an interview with Latvia's Morning Independent newspaper, the chairman and head spokesman of the Islamic Cultural Centre, better known as Riga Mosque, said while they both had three children with their wives each "we are working to have more" in an effort to colonise the country faster. Asked "what are the chances that Latvia will become part of the Caliphate?" white...
  • Archbishop Warns Of ‘Trojan Horse’ Threat From Migrants

    11/01/2015 10:00:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2015 | Nick Hallett
    A Spanish archbishop has called the large influx of migrants currently travelling through Europe an "invasion" that could turn into a "Trojan horse" in European societies. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, Archbishop of Valencia, told a meeting of the New Economic Forum that many so-called refugees are in fact not fleeing persecution and may not be "totally trustworthy" in their intentions in settling in Europe. The cardinal asked the audience: "This invasion of migrants: is it totally trustworthy? What will Europe be like in a few years, given when is happening now? "You cannot play with history, nor with people's identity," he...
  • Misguided Compassion Threatens to Become the Downfall of Europe

    10/31/2015 6:49:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Europe is like Judas, betraying its Christian tradition with the traitorous kiss of false compassion in order to obliterate the last vestige of Christian civilization in EuropeEurope has assumed the posture of the Good Samaritan as a response to the tsunami of refugees and migrants flooding the continent. Politicians and public authorities are in the grip of emotional do-good-ing. Critical voices and questions are attacked with a barrage of accusations of inhumanity, lack of compassion or outright racism. Any intelligent political debate on immigration has therefore been silenced and replaced by a grandiose show of emotion. Danish police gave up...
  • Christian Evangelists Win Michigan Speech Case Over Arab Festival

    10/30/2015 7:47:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/28/15 | Jonathon Stempel
    A federal appeals court said police violated the free speech rights of Christian evangelists by telling them to leave a June 2012 Arab-American festival in Dearborn, Michigan after an angry crowd began pelting them with bottles, eggs and other objects. By an 8-7 vote, the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said Wayne County, Michigan and two deputy police chiefs were civilly liable to members of Bible Believers for violating their First Amendment rights. The case now returns to a federal district judge to award damages and attorney's fees. Bible Believers is known for signs and messages...
  • Turkey: Christian Leaders Publish ‘Basic Principles of Christianity’ for Muslim Readers

    10/29/2015 4:28:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant leaders in Turkey gathered at the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul to announce the publication of Basic Principles of Christianity, a work written for a Muslim audience. "It is our duty to inform our Muslim brothers and sisters correctly about Christianity, whose presence in these lands goes back a long way," said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, according to a Turkish newspaper report. Istanbul churches united on "Basic principles of Christianity" after 1,700 years (Today's Zaman)

    10/28/2015 1:41:37 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Front page mag ^ | 27 October 2015 | Dr. Stephen M. Kirby
    As I have mentioned before, "Fantasy Islam" is a popular game among many non-Muslims and so-called moderate or reformist Muslims. Reza Aslan appears to be such a Muslim. Reza Aslan was born in Iran. In 1979, at the age of seven, he and his family fled the Iranian Revolution and came to the United States. At the age of 15 he converted to evangelical Christianity, but later returned to Islam. His website states that he is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. He is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside...Aslan stated that...
  • The Fantasy Islam of Reza Aslan: Welcome to the game of hiding what's in the Koran.

    10/27/2015 8:33:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    FrontPage Mag | 10/27/2015 | Dr. Stephen M. Kirby
    Fantasy Islam: A game in which an audience of non-Muslims wish with all their hearts that Islam was a Religion of Peace, and a Muslim strives to fulfill that wish by presenting a personal version of Islam that has little foundation in Islamic Doctrine. As I have mentioned before, "Fantasy Islam" is a popular game among many non-Muslims and so-called moderate or reformist Muslims. Reza Aslan appears to be such a Muslim. Reza Aslan was born in Iran. In 1979, at the age of seven, he and his family fled the Iranian Revolution and came to the United States....
  • Surviving ISIS: "At Night They'd Torture Me, During the Day I Gave Advice on Their Women Problems"

    10/27/2015 4:25:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Path Less Taken ^ | 10/25/15 | Mary O' Regan
    Last Wednesday night October 21st, at my parish of the London Oratory, Fr Douglas Bazi gave a talk in St Wilfrid's hall, the long drawing room with dazzlingly high ceilings. Aid to the Church in Need have brought Fr Bazi from Iraq. He gave one of the most fascinating talks I've ever heard; it was both inspiring and heartbreaking. He says that if a young Catholic man in Iraq decides to become a priest, he knows he will be martyred, 'to be a priest in Iraq is a one way mission; you will be killed.' Fr Bazi knows this viscerally;...
  • Local Officials Demolish Church Building in Omdurman, Sudan

    10/22/2015 6:42:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Police in Omdurman, Sudan demolished a church building on Wednesday (Oct. 21), sources said. A bulldozer rammed down the Sudanese Lutheran Church building in the Karari area of Omdurman, twin city of Khartoum across the Nile River, church leaders said. The building was reportedly also used by an Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation.Local authorities said they tore down the building because it was located in an area designated for business. Area Christians said they did not accept this rationale as a mosque stands nearby. Karari officials had told church leaders that they would not demolish the building but later gave them...
  • Indonesia's Aceh Province Tears Down Churches After Religious Violence

    10/20/2015 8:22:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/19/15 | Kanupriya Kapoor
    Authorities in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province on Monday began tearing down several small Christian churches after hardline Muslims demanded their closure, citing a lack of building permits, and following religious violence. Tensions are high among the ethnically and religiously diverse population of Aceh Singkil, where last week a mob burned down a church, leaving one person dead and forcing thousands of Christians to flee the area. Armed police and military troops have been deployed to the area and evacuees have returned. Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and the vast majority of its citizens practice a moderate form of...
  • When a Catholic Bishop Baptized his Muslim Father

    10/16/2015 2:53:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 16, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY Forty-eight prelates from Africa are currently in Rome for the Synod on the Family.In speaking with the bishops of Africa about the synod, sometimes surprising and beautiful stories emerge about their countries, their culture, and even their own family lives.One such story is that of Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of the Blantyre archdiocese in Malawi, who is a convert from Islam to Catholicism.Archbishop Msusa, 53, serves as vice-chairman of the eight-country association of member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa. He was ordained a priestof the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, commonly known as the Montfort...
  • Its Truly a Miracle Kidnapped Syrian Priest Escapes from ISIS Clutches

    10/16/2015 6:28:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/15/15 | CNA/EWTN
    Father Jacques Mourad credited the Virgin Mary and a Muslim friend for his rescue.HOMS, Syria A Syrian priest captured by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape. This is the miracle the Good Lord gave me while I was a prisoner I was waiting for the day I would die, but with a great inner peace, the Syriac Catholic priest, Father Jacques Mourad, told Italian TV 2000. I had no problem dying for the name of...
  • Latvia Widely Discusses Prospects of Becoming an Islamic Country in Half a Century

    10/16/2015 6:18:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/15/15
    Moscow, October 15, Interfax - Notorious Latvian cinema producer and press secretary of the Islamic Cultural Center Robert Klimovich says that Latvia will be a Muslim country in 50 years. As the Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily writes no one would pay attention to it a year ago, but the time has changed and today the Baltic Republic expects a flow of thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Brussels made the Latvian government accept 776 migrants this year. No wonder that Klimovich's prognosis came as a bombshell. Today, Latvian society widely discusses such questions as wearing hijab, language of...
  • 'My Father is in Heaven'--Egyptian Martyrs Get Their Own Church at Last

    10/15/2015 8:43:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 10/13/15 | Oliver Maksan
    "I am proud of my father--not just for my own sake, but because he has honored the whole Church. He did not deny his faith. That is something wonderful. We pray for the perpetrators, that they may be converted." CAIROThe gruesome images of the 21 Christians who were beheaded in last February by Islamic State terrorists have left a deep imprint on the memory of Christian Egyptians. Now a new church dedicated to the martyrswho are formally recognized as such by Egypts Coptic Orthodox Churchwill honor their memory in a tangible fashion: this weekafter a long delaywork began on laying...
  • The Birth of Islam

    10/13/2015 9:25:30 AM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 25 replies
    the Metropolitan Museum of Art ^ | Contemporary 2015 | Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Born in Mecca, in western Arabia, Muhammad (ca. 570632), last in the line of Judeo-Christian prophets, received his first revelation in 610. Muslims believe that the word of God was revealed to him by the archangel Gabriel in Arabic, who said, "Recite in the name of thy Lord " (Sura 96). These revelations were subsequently collected and codified as the Quran (literally "recitation" in Arabic), the Muslim holy book. As the source of Muslim faith and practice, the Quran describes the relationship between an almighty and all-knowing God and his creations. The Quran also maintains that all individuals are responsible...
  • Russian Intervention in Syria Helps Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/09/2015 1:47:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Aleppo archbishop says Christians in the country feel hope thanks to Putin's involvementOne of Syrias leading churchmen has welcomed Russias intervention. Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clment Jeanbart of Aleppo told Swiss television that Vladimir Putins intervention was a source of hope for the countrys Christians. The Russian president, Archbishop Jeanbart told Tlvision Suisse Romande, serves the Christians cause, even if Moscow was only serving its own interests. Archbishop Jeanbart spoke of a renewal of confidence among Christians in Syria, adding that President Putin is solving a problem.
  • ISIS executes 12 Christiansincluding boy and 2 women who were raped and beheaded (Graphic)

    10/06/2015 4:09:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 21 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10-05-2015 | Shianee Mamanglu-Regala
    Islamic State militants have brutally murdered 12 Christians, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ and embrace Islam instead, the Gospel Herald reported. The horrific executions took place last Aug. 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria, according to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group that assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries. "In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop...
  • World's First Lesbian Bishop Calls for Church to Remove Crosses, to Install Muslim Prayer Space

    10/05/2015 10:01:46 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 38 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 5, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The Bishop of Stockholm has proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers. Eva Brunne, who was made the worlds first openly lesbian bishop by the church of Sweden in 2009, and has a young son with her wife and fellow lesbian priest Gunilla Linden, made the suggestion to make those of other faiths more welcome.
  • Saudi Clerics Call for Jihad Against Syrian Government, Russia, Iran

    10/05/2015 9:17:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 10/5/15 | Reuters
    Dozens of Islamist Saudi Arabian clerics have called on Arab and Muslim countries to "give all moral, material, political and military" support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria's government and its Iranian and Russian backers. Although the clerics who signed the online statement are not affiliated with the government, their strong sectarian and anti-Christian language reflects mounting anger among many Saudis over Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria's civil war. Russia last week started airstrikes against Syrian opposition targets that it describes as aimed at weakening the jihadist Islamic State group, a move Riyadh has...
  • The Doctrine of Abrogation: How Muslims Reconciles Conflicting Koranic Verses of War and Peace

    10/04/2015 7:15:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 12/7/2013 | by Baron Bodissey
    In the comments on Geert Wilders’ open letter to Pope Francis, a reader named MH indicated that he was unfamiliar with — or was pretending to be unfamiliar with — the Islamic doctrine of abrogation as it applies to contradictory verses within the Koran.In a nutshell, any earlier verse of the Koran is considered “abrogated” if a later verse contradicts it. The chronology of the suras of the Koran has been well-established by a consensus of Islamic scholars, so an observant Muslim can be in no doubt as to whether any particular verse of the Koran is binding upon...
  • Too Scared to Pray? ISIL Cancels Prayers for Fear of Russian Airstrikes

    10/03/2015 3:52:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 10/3/15
    The Islamic State terror group cancelled Friday prayers in the Syrian city of Raqqa and emptied mosques there out of fear of further Russian airstrikes, according to activists and city residents. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 12 Islamic State militants were killed Thursday in Russias first airstrikes carried out in the group's de facto capital in Syria. "Last night, Russian strikes on the western edges of Raqqa city, and near the Tabqa military airport, killed 12 IS jihadists," Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told AFP. He said residents were staying indoors, and IS "has started...
  • ASIA/SYRIA - Archbishop Hindo: " McCains Disturbing Words on Anti-Assad Rebels Armed by the CIA"

    10/02/2015 8:10:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Hassak (Agenzia Fides) - "US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of the Islamic State, but rather the anti-Assad rebels trained by the CIA. I find these words are disturbing. They represent a blatant admission that behind the war against Assad there is also the CIA". This is what Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo says to Agenzia Fides with regards to recent developments in the Syrian conflict, marked by the direct intervention of Russian military forces against the positions of the jihadi militias. "Western propaganda", said Archbishop Hindo "keeps talking about moderate rebels,...
  • Number of Citizens of Russia, CIS States Joining ISIS Grows Hourly, There are Thousands Kremlin

    09/30/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/30/15
    Moscow, September 30, Interfax - Russia should start combating ISIS militants without waiting for their infiltration into Russia, Kremlin administration chief Sergey Ivanov said. "The number of citizens of Russia and nationals of CIS member states who to our great regret join the ISIS terrorist organization is growing hourly rather than daily. The issue is about thousands of such Russians, not tens or hundreds," Ivanov told journalists after the Federation Council considered president's request to use Russian armed forces abroad. "Some of them have already returned to Russia, and it is easy to suggest - no need to be a...