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  • Islam’s Religious War with Everyone

    04/23/2014 7:58:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Few divides are as impossible to bridge as those of religion. You either believe or you don’t. When it comes to Islam, non-Muslims are expected to take its goodwill on faith. If you believe your eyes and ears, Islam and violence go together like peanut butter and jelly. But if you believe Muslims and their spin doctors with academic degrees, Muslims are the victims of other religions.If Muslims fighting Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are the victims of non-Muslims, what are we to make of Muslims fighting other Muslims in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq? Religious civil wars make it hard...
  • Judge says use of Caner video fair

    04/22/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bob Allen
    A federal judge has dismissed a Georgia Baptist college president’s lawsuit against a blogger who posted video to support allegations that a famous “Jihad to Jesus” testimony is bogus. A U.S. district judge in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled April 17 that Jason Smathers, a Southern Baptist pastor in Arizona who blogs at Witnesses Unto Me, was entitled to post government videos he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law. Ergun Caner, president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., filed a lawsuit last summer claiming ownership of two videos that Smathers posted...
  • Syria's Assad Visits Recaptured Christian Village

    04/21/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/20/14 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists. Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said President Bashar Assad visited the hilltop hamlet of Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches. Rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, seized Maaloula several times late last year, most recently in December. Government troops swept through the village on Monday,...
  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    04/20/2014 11:21:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 20, 2014
    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Two officers were slightly injured and treated at the scene in the brief clash, the spokesman added. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police...
  • The Ultimate Source of Islamic Hate for Infidels

    04/17/2014 7:39:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/17/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Who is ultimately responsible for the ongoing attacks on Christians and their churches throughout the Islamic world? Focusing on one of the most obvious nations where Christians are regularly targeted—Egypt’s Coptic Christians—one finds that the “mob” is the most visible and obvious culprit. One Copt accused of some transgression against Muslim sensibilities—from having relations with a Muslim woman, to ruining a Muslim man’s shirt—is often enough to prompt Muslim mobs to destroy entire Christian villages and their churches.Recently, for example, after her cross identified Mary Saleh George as a Christian, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood mob attacked, beat, and slaughtered her. However,...
  • Retired Army General Wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery Demolished

    04/14/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    al Ahram ^ | 4/13/14 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    The holy monastery of St. Catherine at Mount SinaiA retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. However, in an interview with private channel...
  • Jihadists are embarking on ‘Final Solution’ in Middle East

    04/10/2014 4:32:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/10/2014 | Lord David Alton
    This is the text of a speech given by Lord Alton of Liverpool at a Vigil for Syria held at Farm Street Jesuit Church on Tuesday, just a day after the murder of Fr van der Lugt in Homs. In a talk at the beginning of Lent at Brentwood Cathedral I cited the heroic and faithful work of a 75-ear-old Dutch Jesuit, Fr.Franz van der Lugt who, in the face of extraordinary danger and acute suffering, refused to desert the suffering people of Homs.Father Frans van der Lugt was born on April 10, 1938 in the Netherlands and entered the Society...
  • Christians in Pakistan Sentenced to Death Over a Text

    04/08/2014 6:07:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Couple convicted of blasphemy in case their lawyer claims was motivated by a personal grudgeA Christian couple in Pakistan have become the latest to be sentenced to death for blasphemy, after they were accused of sending a text message deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, from the eastern town of Gojra, were sentenced after what the couple's lawyer said was a case motivated by a personal grudge. Maulvi Mohammed Hussain, a Muslim leader from a mosque in Gojra, lodged the complaint last year, claiming that Mr Emmanuel had used his wife's mobile phone to send...
  • Syracuse board approves removing crosses from former Catholic church so it can become a mosque

    04/05/2014 1:52:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 5, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.More than 200 people had signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to deny an application by North Side Learning Center, the church’s new owner, to remove the crosses and build a six-foot chain-link fence.Before the vote to allow the church alterations, Chairman Don Radke said the board cannot interfere with a decision that involves religious freedom.About a dozen...
  • Muslim Cleric Urges Homeless Women to Become Sex-Slaves

    04/05/2014 6:31:34 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 13 replies
    FrontPage.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Within the context of keeping the Syrian jihad alive, it seems there is no end to the attempts of some Islamic clerics to legitimize otherwise forbidden behavior in order to gratify the sexual urges of the jihadis and keep them fighting Syrian president Bashar Assad. First, there was the now infamous “sex-jihad” fatwa, which holds that any Muslim woman who willingly allows her body to be used by the sexually-deprived jihadis becomes herself a jihadi, if not a “martyr,” deserving of all the honor and rewards associated with those titles. (Much has been written about the sex jihad, including videotaped...
  • Islam allows women to achieve their full potential

    04/05/2014 6:21:40 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 16 replies
    FrontPage.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Within the context of keeping the Syrian jihad alive, it seems there is no end to the attempts of some Islamic clerics to legitimize otherwise forbidden behavior in order to gratify the sexual urges of the jihadis and keep them fighting Syrian president Bashar Assad.
  • Plan for 'Sharia-Compliant' Student Loans to Get More Muslims into University [UK]

    04/04/2014 6:42:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/3/14 | Graeme Paton
    The Universities Minister unveils plans for ‘Sharia-compliant’ student loans amid fears Muslims are being put off degree courses by the higher education finance system A new system of “Sharia-compliant” student loans is to be launched to allow more Muslim students to go to university, it has been announced. David Willetts, the Universities Minister, said an alternative financial model was being created to satisfy Islamic law that forbids Muslims taking out loans that make interest. Under the system, students would apply for taxpayer-backed loans but repay them into a mutual-style fund that would be ring-fenced to provide future finance to other...
  • The False Dichotomy: Moderate Muslims vs. Radicals -- The Qur’an is not open to interpretation.

    04/04/2014 9:25:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/04/2014 | Majid Rafizadeh
    The liberal mainstream media has long portrayed the picture of moderate (good) Muslims versus extremist Muslims. This narrative has been institutionalized in the thinking of Western Muslim scholars who advocate for Islam as well. This has led to the thought that Islam is an ideology and religion of peace, because a majority of Muslims fall in the category of moderate or good Muslims. If we analyze this dichotomy in-depth, the reality of this phenomenon on the ideology of Islam can become clear. Besides analytical and theoretical frameworks, I will also draw on my own experience growing up in the Muslim...
  • Nigerian cardinal criticizes role of sharia, says Muslim leaders must ‘rein in their mad dogs’

    04/03/2014 6:34:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CWN ^ | 4/2/2014
    Nigeria’s leading prelate has briefed the German Bishops’ Conference on religion and violence in Nigeria, particularly the violence committed by members of the Islamist terrorist movement Boko Haram. “Beyond verbal tirades by some pastors, so far I am not aware of any violent groups claiming Christian inspiration,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, according to a report by the Catholic News Service of Nigeria. “This seems to me to put a significant responsibility on our Islamic community to do more about ‘reining in their mad dogs,’” he added. “It is not immediately clear how much they are doing in this...
  • Catholics and Muslims Fasting and Praying Together for Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih

    04/03/2014 6:33:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/2/14 | Jibran Khan
    Peaceful demonstrations took place today in Lahore and Islamabad to show solidarity with "persecuted Christians" and demand justice for the victims of the "black law". For a Lahore priest, the rallies are an "encouraging" response of civil society. "Disgusted" by the situation, a Muslim activist expresses his in solidarity for "our Christian brothers and sisters."Lahore (AsiaNews) - The Catholic Church of Pakistan today celebrated a Wednesday of Prayer and Fasting on behalf of Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi, two victims of the Asian country's controversial blasphemy laws. Both have been sentenced to death and are awaiting for their appeal process...
  • Are There ‘Moderate’ Muslims? How about ‘Moderate’ Jews and Christians?

    04/02/2014 7:57:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/02/2014 | David Goldman (aka Spengler)
    As my friend Daniel Pipes wrote some days ago at National Review, the Middle East Forum is debating whether one can speak meaningfully of “moderate Muslims,” with Dr. Pipes defending the affirmative and Raymond Ibrahim the negative thesis. I respect both Pipes and Ibrahim, but I am not satisfied with the content of the debate. The first issue to be settled is what moderation might mean in the case of adherence to a religion, which is after all not a list of positions but an existential stance towards life. One can speak of a moderate Communist (e.g. Gorbachev) or moderate...
  • Christians Protest 'Jesus Is Muslim' Billboards in Ohio; Call Ads 'Attempt to Lure Uninformed

    03/28/2014 2:25:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Controversial billboards in Columbus, Ohio, reading "Jesus is Muslim" and "Mohammed is in the Bible" are drawing protests from local Christians who say Muslims are "hijacking" the name of Jesus. "Although we support the Islamic community's right to free speech, as well as their right to post messages on billboards, we do not support the hijacking of the name of Jesus Christ in their attempt to lure uninformed Christians into their religion," Coach Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries said in a statement Thursday. Daubenmire is hosting a prayer vigil on Saturday alongside the Rev. Rusty Thomas of Operation...
  • Why ‘Moderate Islam’ Is an Oxymoron

    03/28/2014 7:25:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/28/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    At a time when terrorism committed in the name of Islam is rampant, we are continuously being assured—especially by three major institutions that play a dominant role in forming the Western mindset, namely, mainstream media, academia, and government—that the sort of Islam embraced by “radicals,” “jihadis,” and so forth, has nothing to do with “real” Islam.“True” Islam, so the narrative goes, is intrinsically free of anything “bad.” It’s the nut-jobs who hijack it for their own agenda that are to blame.More specifically, we are told that there exists a “moderate” Islam and an “extremist” Islam—the former good and true, embraced...
  • SHOULD (former President) CARTER BE JAILED?

    03/27/2014 4:48:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Catholic League ^ | March 27, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    On March 22, NPR flagged this comment by Jimmy Carter:“The fact that the Catholic Church, for instance, prohibits women from serving as priests or even deacons gives a kind of a permission to male people all over the world, that well, if God thinks that women are inferior, I’ll treat them as inferiors. If she is my wife, I can abuse her with impunity, or if I’m an employer, I can pay female employees less salary.”Carter said practically the same thing on Charlie Rose on March 24 (it was reaired last night), and on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on March 24.Bill...
  • Given the "Satanic Verses," Can the Qur'an Be Trusted?

    03/27/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies
    3/27/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If God allowed Mohammed to (for a time) allow himself to believe that the "Satanic Verses" (or satanic doctrine) that Al-lh had three daughters: Al-lat, Al-manat and Al-Uzza and then later told Mohammed that that doctrine that Mohammed himself believed for a time (and taught others to believe) were in fact not from Him but from Satan, how can Muslims be absolutely certain that it wasn't Satan impersonating Al-lah --- and telling Mohammed that he was given error when in fact he was given truth the first time around (while pretending to be Al-lah), so as to muddle up the...
  • Former Syracuse Catholic Church to Become Islamic Mosque

    03/27/2014 5:56:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    CNY Central ^ | 2/24/14 | Laura Hand
    SYRACUSE -- Syracuse's Holy Trinity has a new owner, and some major changes are coming for the former Roman Catholic church. As we first reported on Monday, the church, rectory and its old school, currently used for refugee and immigration programs, have been sold to the North Side Learning Center, a North McBride Street-based all-volunteer organization founded in 2009. Dr. Yusuf Soule, who heads up North Side Learning Center, confirms that his not for profit program has bought the campus and will lease the former church to a new Islamic society, which will name it 'Mosque of Jesus the Son...
  • Patriarch Tawadros: The So-Called "Arab Spring" was Actually a Winter

    03/25/2014 5:55:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/24/14
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The so-called Arab Spring in reality "was not a spring or even an autumn, it was a winter". With this judgment without appeal Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II rejected any globally positive interpretation regarding the results caused by rebellions and conflicts that have devastated most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries, including Egypt since the end of 2010. In an interview broadcast on Saturday evening, March 22 from Kuwaiti satellite channel al-Watan, the head of the largest Christian community in an Arab Country added that the wave of uprisings was encouraged by Western powers...
  • Islamic Law is Adopted by British Legal Chiefs

    03/23/2014 7:48:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/22/14 | John Bingham
    Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills. Under ground-breaking guidance, produced by The Law Society, High Street solicitors will be able to write Islamic wills that deny women an equal share of inheritances and exclude unbelievers altogether. The documents, which would be recognised by Britain’s courts, will also prevent children born out of wedlock – and even those who have been adopted – from being counted as legitimate heirs. Anyone married in a church, or in a civil ceremony, could be...
  • Building the Church in Arabia Is About More Than Just Buildings

    03/23/2014 9:21:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/20/14 | Christopher Crawford
    Bishop Camillo Ballin of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia talks about plans for the newest Catholic church in the region and the challenges of building a unified Catholic community across ethnic groups and languages.King Isa Al Khalifah of Bahrain has given land to the Catholic Church to construct a 2,500-seat church in the Middle Eastern island nation, to be called Our Lady of Arabia. Bishop Camillo Ballin, the apostolic vicar of the northern Arabian Peninsula, traveled to the United States this month to raise a portion of the $30 million needed for the construction of the church. Bishop Ballin...
  • Double Trouble: The Leftist Threat and the Islamist Threat

    03/20/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 20, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    I am sometimes criticized for focusing too much on the Islamic threat to the West and not paying enough attention to the more immediate threat from the political left. One of the reasons I concentrate on the former is that the threat from the left is more obvious and is widely covered by numerous columnists in major periodicals. Most Catholics who are paying attention realize by now that the left-leaning Obama administration is no friend to Catholics, and that it constitutes a threat to crucial freedoms that Americans have long taken for granted.Focusing on Islam, however, does not preclude...
  • Russian Church Opens the First Monastery in Ingushetia

    03/20/2014 8:36:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 3/20/14
    Moscow, March 20, Interfax – The Holy Synod of the Russian Church at its session on Wednesday approved of Bishop of Makhachkala and Grozny Varlaam’s initiative to open the New Sinai Monastery in the Stanitsa of Ordzhonikidzevskaya (Sleptsovskaya) in Ingushetia. Bishop Varlaam is appointed the hegumen of the convent – the only one set up in the Makhachkala Diocese, which was established in late 2012. This diocese works not only in Ingushetia, but also in Dagestan and Chechnya. The convent is organized in the region with almost hundred percent Muslim population on the basis of the bishopric Church of the...
  • Nigeria: Hundreds Flock to Sunday Mass Despite Terrorist Attack

    03/20/2014 8:24:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    More than 2,000 Catholics in northern Nigeria risked their lives to attend Mass last Sunday during an attack on their city by Boko Haram terrorists. Father John Bakeni, who celebrated Mass in St. Patrick’s cathedral in Maiduguri, told Aid to the Church in Need that the building was “packed,” even after rocket-propelled grenades hit the city, killing hundreds of people. The priest said that some worshippers told him that if their lives were in danger, they would prefer to die in the church.
  • Former Lebanese Leader Sees Christian Exodus of ‘Biblical Proportions’

    03/20/2014 8:17:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Christians are leaving the Middle East “in an exodus approaching biblical proportions,” a former Lebanese president said in a recent talk. Amine Gemayel, a Maronite Catholic, referred to “church burnings, physical assaults, and killings” in Egypt, “a bloody-minded reign of terror” by “ultra-radical Islamists” in Syria, and “an onslaught of murder” in Iraq, The Arab Daily News reported. Gemayel called for a Syrian “power-sharing agreement that preserves core state institutions while also dismantling the pervasive machinery of repression.” Former Lebanon President warns Arab World religious diversity dying
  • 'Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus' Ex-Muslim Author Says Muslims Risk Everything to Follow Christ

    03/18/2014 1:55:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | Tyler O'Neil
    A new autobiography tells the conversion story of a Western Muslim who risked everything to become a born-again Christian. The book reads like a murder-mystery novel, in which a committed follower of Muhammad researches the historic facts of Islam and Christianity to find the truth about Jesus Christ. "It is no understatement to say that Muslims often risk everything to embrace the cross," writes Nabeel Qureshi in his new book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Those who leave Islam for Christianity are cut off from their families and friends, may face death (the hadith, second only...
  • Catholicism Growing in Heart of Muslim World

    03/10/2014 6:59:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 3/10/14 | John L. Allen Jr
    From the “not what you might expect” files, here’s a fact about Catholicism in the early 21st century that flies in the face of conventional wisdom: It’s growing by leaps and bounds in the heart of the Muslim world. Many Americans have heard or read reports about an exodus of Christians out of the Middle East, and in terms of the indigenous Arab Christian population that’s all too real. Christians now make up only 5 percent of the region’s population, down from 20 percent a century ago. In places like Iraq, whole Christian communities are on the brink of extinction....
  • At Weekly Exorcisms, Egypt’s Muslims and Christians Unite Against the Demons

    03/03/2014 6:42:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    TIME ^ | 3/3/14 | Aryn Baker
    Cairo's best-known exorcist may be Christian, but his weekly exorcisms provide an unusual space for interfaith cooperationThe demon that had possessed the elderly Muslim woman was so strong that even an Imam couldn’t get rid of it. So her family opted for a priest. “My mother is possessed by a jinn,” the woman’s daughter said, by way of explaining why she and her Muslim family had decided to attend a recent Thursday night mass last month at Cairo’s St. Sama’an Cathedral. Her mother, who was slumped over a nearby bench, gave no indication of hearing anything. In a few hours...
  • Malaysia Threatens Time Magazine for Reporting Persecution of Non-Muslims

    03/03/2014 7:15:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/03/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is the Time Magazine Asia edition. The US edition doesn’t cover Muslims behaving badly. (via Religion of Peace)The title of the essay that got Time in trouble was “Losing Faith: The Islamization of Malaysia” which criticized the so-called moderate Muslim country for its religious intolerance toward minorities. During a party conclave in December, several UMNO leaders called specifically for Sunni Islam to be enshrined as the state religion. This came after the arrest of two Shi’ite Muslims for possessing books on Shi’ite Islam and a ban on the word Allah in reference to a non-Muslim deity, even though...
  • Turkey Restores Land to Ancient Monastery

    02/28/2014 6:15:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Turkish government has restored 60 acres of land to Mor Gabriel, a Syrian Orthodox monastery founded in 397, according to a report in Hürriyet Daily News, an Istanbul-based newspaper. “We are happy to receive back the deed of the land without coming to the European Court of Human Rights phase,” said the president of the Mor Gabriel Foundation. An appeals court in Turkey had ruled in 2012 that the building sits on land not owned by the monks. An additional 79 acres have yet to be restored to the monastery, though Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in...
  • Syria Crisis: ISIS Imposes Rules on Christians in Raqqa

    02/27/2014 4:33:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/27/14
    A jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said it would give Christian residents "protection" if they agreed to the list of conditions. The announcement came in a statement posted online. Correspondents say ISIS is trying to implement an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in areas it controls. Raqqa, seized by ISIS last year, was the first provincial capital to be completely in the hands of rebels. 'Risking the sword'The...
  • Muslims Demand "Right of Return" to Spain

    02/23/2014 9:21:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/21/14 | Soeren Kern
    Observers say that by granting citizenship to all descendants of expelled Muslims, Spain, virtually overnight, would end up with the largest Muslim population in the European Union."Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some but not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision [not to include Muslims in the return] could cost?... Does Spain have alternatives to the foreign investment from Muslims? — Ahmed Bensalh, Morisco-Moroccan journalist. "Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict. There is no basis for comparison." — Jose...
  • Aceh [Indonesia] Fully Enforces Sharia [on Muslims and non Muslims]

    02/18/2014 8:49:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | 2/7/14 | Hotli Simanjuntak and Ina Parlina
    Without much fanfare, the Aceh provincial administration and legislative council have approved the Qanun Jinayat (behavior-governing bylaw) that obliges every Muslim and non-Muslim in Aceh to follow sharia, the Islamic legal code. “The qanun does indeed oblige everyone in Aceh to follow sharia without exception,” councilor Abdulah Saleh, who was involved in the deliberation of the qanun in the council, confirmed on Thursday. The Qanun Jinayat was approved by the legislative council on Dec. 13 and signed by Governor Zaini Abdullah. It was a revision of the controversial 2009 Qanun Jinayat that introduced the punishment of stoning to death. Following...
  • Thousands of Bulgarians Take to the Streets to Protest Muslim Legal Moves

    02/16/2014 4:42:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Wilmington Political Buzz Examiner ^ | 2/14/14 | Timothy Whiteman
    "You are not Europeans, you are barbarians..."With the crowd estimated at 2,000 or more, Bulgarians took to the streets of the nation's second largest city to protest what they consider a Muslim attempt to "Islamicise" the Balkan country, as reported on Feb. 14, 2014 by The Sofia Globe (of Sofia, Bulgaria), the Anadolu News Agency (of Ankara, Turkey) and the Bulgarian internet news portal PlovdivUtre.bg. Seeking a court order to take possession of properties previously owned by Muslims during the rule of the former Ottoman Empire, who were finally expelled in 1878 after 500 years of oppression, the current Grant...
  • Bishop details secrecy of Christian conversions in Lebanon

    02/12/2014 4:46:00 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2014 | Carl Bunderson
    Votive candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel. Credit: Marianne Medlin/CNA. Denver, Colo., Feb 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to a local bishop, numerous conversions of Muslims to Christianity occur every year in Lebanon but the true number is unknown because of the risk of social stigma and persecution. “Most of them try to go outside from Lebanon, to Europe or America or Canada or Australia to live there, because it’s not possible to be converted and to stay here,” a Catholic bishop in Lebanon told CNA in a Feb. 10 phone interview....
  • [Rep. Chris] Smith on Iraqi Christians: 'Life Appears to Be Worse Now' Than Under Saddam

    02/11/2014 8:50:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/11/14
    In his opening remarks at the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations on Tuesday, Chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said that Christian persecution is worse now in Iraq than it was before the United States military and its allies deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. “As we witness the black flag of al-Qaeda again fly over cities such as Fallujah, which we had won at the cost of so much American blood, we wonder how it is that for Christians in Iraq, life appears to be worse now than it was under the vicious dictator Saddam...
  • Nazareth Christians Warned Against 'Slandering' Allah

    02/11/2014 8:08:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 1/21/14
    As Christians of every stripe in Jesus' hometown of Nazareth begin to again take a real stand for their faith, local Muslims are warning them not to overstep the boundaries of their traditional place in the Middle East (hint: they must remain dhimmis, or second-class). A large billboard hanging at a central point in Nazareth features a picture of an Israeli stop sign, along with the English translation of a verse from the Koran cautioning Christians (and Jews) to speak only the "truth" regarding Allah. The poster (and Koran 4:171) reads: "O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed...
  • Pope Francis: A Friend To Muslims?

    02/08/2014 5:11:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 15 2013 | Palash Ghosh
    In 2005, Bergoglio expressed his disapproval over comments Benedict had made castigating Muhammad. The Daily Telegraph reported that Benedict, in an appearance at the University of Regensburg in Germany, quoting a medieval document, called the Prophet "evil and inhuman," a declaration that triggered outrage across the Muslim world, prior to an apology issued by the then-pope. In response to the brouhaha, Bergoglio, speaking through an aide, told Newsweek Argentina of his "unhappiness" with Benedict’s statements and urged church members to criticize the pope. "Pope Benedict's statement don't reflect my own opinions,” Bergoglio stated at the time. "These statements will serve...
  • Chaldean Patriarch and Grand Mufti: Christians and Muslims Together for Peace in Iraq

    02/07/2014 8:57:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 2/7/14 | Joseph Mahmoud
    Mar Sako meets Sheikh Rafi Taha Al-Rifai in Sulayamaniyya, Iraqi Kurdistan . A “courtesy” visit to strengthen friendly relations between religious leaders and communities. His Beatitude speaks of the plight of Christians in reception centers and appeals for mutual "harmony".Baghdad ( AsiaNews) - A "courtesy" visit to strengthen relations of friendship and "brotherhood" between the Christian and Muslim communities, as well as to "broaden" the foundations of "joint action" to achieve the goal of a "lasting peace" in the country . This was the spirit that animated the meeting between the Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako and Sheikh...
  • Al-Qaeda: Defender of Christians?

    02/05/2014 8:21:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/05/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Muslim persecution of Christians is the “Achilles’ Heel” of the global Islamic movement’s image—the surest way of exposing its supremacist and intolerant elements and one of the main reasons the major media and establishment rarely report or address it. The logic (fully explained here) can be summarized as follows: Islamic and jihadi attacks targeting the West or Israel pose no problem to the image of Islam. No matter how violent or brutal, no matter how many Islamic slogans are shrieked—“Allah commands the subjugation of infidels!”—Muslim violence against the West and Israel will always be dismissed as desperate acts of disempowered,...
  • Syrian Christian Leaders Call On U.S. To End Support For Anti-Assad Rebels

    01/31/2014 6:29:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    TIME ^ | 1/30/14 | Elizabeth Dias
    The stories told by five top Syrian Christian leaders about the horrors their churches are experiencing at the hands of Islamist extremists are biblical in their brutality. Bishop Elias Toumeh, representative of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, tells of the funeral he led ten days ago for the headless body of one of his parishioners in Marmarita. Rev. Adeeb Awad, vice moderator of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, explains how the rebels blew up his church and then pointed the finger at the regime. Bishop Armash Nalbandian, primate of the Armenian Church...
  • Live Chat with Shaun McAfee

    01/30/2014 4:06:46 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 10 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 30 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Please join me for a Live Chat with Shaun McAfee TONIGHT (30 January 2014) @ 8 PM Eastern time / 7 PM Central time.
  • Syrian Battle Edges Closer to Historic Crusader Castle

    01/30/2014 5:50:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/29/14 | Reuters Staff
    President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have surrounded rebels near the already war-damaged Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers, a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Syria, residents said on Wednesday. Crac des Chevaliers, built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem in the 12th-13th centuries and among the best-preserved examples of the Crusader castles, suffered mortar hits last year when rebels from the town of al-Hosn below the hill-top castle hid behind its thick stone walls, built for battles hundreds of years ago. The violence had died down until this week. Syria’s nearly three-year-old conflict has devastated whole city...
  • German Muslims Outraged at Catholic Archbishop's Comments on Family

    01/29/2014 7:13:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/29/14 | AP
    BERLIN – Muslims in Germany have criticized comments by a senior Roman Catholic archbishop that suggested they were worth less than Catholics. Cardinal Joachim Meissner told members of the conservative Catholic group Neocatechumenal Way that "I always say one of your families replaces three Muslim families." The lay group, founded in Spain in the 1960s, celebrates unique liturgies and emphasizes missionary evangelization.
  • Nigerian Bishop Tells of Church 'Slaughter' in Adamawa

    01/29/2014 2:21:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/28/14
    A senior cleric has spoken of how suspected Islamist militants "slaughtered" some 30 churchgoers in north-eastern Nigeria on Sunday. The Bishop of Yola told the BBC the insurgents had locked the church and "cut people's throats" in Waga Chakawa village, Adamawa state. On the same day, militants also attacked Kawuri village in neighbouring Borno state, killing 52 people. Both assaults were blamed on the Islamist Boko Haram group. The organisation - whose name means "Western education is forbidden" - is especially active in the north-east of the country. Boko Haram wants to impose a severe form of Islamic law, and...
  • Iranian Regime Accuses Saudi Arabia of Plan to Replace al-Aqsa Mosque With Jewish Temple

    01/28/2014 4:53:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 28, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Iranian regime’s Press TV accused Saudi Arabia and Israel of planning to replace the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount with a Jewish temple.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Press TV reported, via Religion of Peace: Saudi Arabia is supporting the Israeli regime in its plan to replace the holy al-Aqsa Mosque with a temple, an analyst tells Press TV in an interview. Saab Shaath was talking to Press TV on Saturday, one day after Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel called for the construction of what he called “the Third Temple” to replace the holy site. “Al-Aqsa Mosque is currently in place...
  • Pro-Government Forces Find a Haven at Syrian Town's Christian Monastery

    01/24/2014 6:35:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/24/14 | Frederik Pleitgen
    Damascus, Syria (CNN) -- An 80-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ stands atop of a hill overlooking the Syrian Christian town of Saidnaya, about a 40-minute drive from Damascus. The statue is part of the ancient Cherubim Monastery in the Qalamoun Mountains, a quiet, spiritual place that's very important to Syria's Christians. But these days, there is a gruesome sight at the feet of the statue of Christ the savior. About 30 mutilated and charred bodies lie in piles near a footpath that leads to the monastery. The dead are rebel fighters who tried to storm the monastery but were killed...