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  • Mahdi to return by 2016, followed by Jesus? (According to Muslim Prophecy)

    03/30/2015 9:31:52 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | March 30, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Mainstream Muslim website makes official announcement It’s not only evangelical Christians who are sensing that something has changed in the world, and that we may be entering the very last days. Muslims are also eagerly awaiting their messiah. In the latest evidence of this messianic fervor, a mainstream Sunni Muslim website has decreed that the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, will appear this year or in 2016 and that the Muslim Jesus will return in 2022 to conquer the world for Islam. DiscoveringIslam.org and the End Times Research Center have calculated that the “first phase” of the end of time...
  • Defender of the (Eastern) Faith

    03/28/2015 11:05:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/15 | Ed West
    Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle EastWho is the most formidable defender of persecuted Christians in the world today? Many would nominate Pope Francis, who has offered thunderous denunciations of attacks on the faithful ever since his election. But another candidate is emerging: the surprising figure of the future king of England. The media have barely noticed that the Prince of Wales has a new obsession, as powerful as his passions for architecture and the environment:...
  • Why Do Islamists Love Bulldozing History So Much?

    03/25/2015 8:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group’s latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has blown up Shiite mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims. Some attacks target the works of other, rival religions, such as Orthodox churches in northern Cyprus (since 1974),...
  • Catholic Vet Training Iraqi Christians to Fight ISIS Says it Would be an Honor to Give His Life

    03/25/2015 6:28:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/22/15 | Joan Desmond
    On March 22, CBS' 60 Minutes provided a report on Iraq's ancient Christian community that is under attack by ISIS.You can watch the segment here. The Overtime segment included a striking profile of a Catholic U.S. vet, Brett Felton, age 28, who has returned to Iraq to help train outnumbered, outgunned and underfunded Christian militias fighting ISIS north of Mosul. "I'm not here serving my country. I'm here serving Christians," Brett Felton told 60 Minutes. He returned to his cradle-Catholic faith during a previous tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq and then went back as a volunteer to train...
  • Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide

    03/23/2015 6:07:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltŕ Cattolica stressed that newly published documents “prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issue” of the Armenian Genocide. “Benedict XV was the only ruler or religious leader to voice out a protest against the ‘massive crime’.”...
  • Obama Urges Iran to Release Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini in Press Statement

    03/22/2015 7:52:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    President Obama again called on Iran to release U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in a jail for his Christian faith for nearly two-and-a-half years, as the Middle Eastern nation celebrates the Nowruz holiday, a festival of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. "Today, as families across the world gather to mark this holiday, we remember those American families who are enduring painful separations from their loved ones who are imprisoned or went missing in Iran," Obama said in a statement. "Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho has spent two and a half years detained...
  • Turkey’s Ruling Party Official Hails The Antichrist Saying To “Get Ready For Erdogan’s Caliphate”

    03/21/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by free_life · 32 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    These guys are not kidding. And the media is also going ballistics (see Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Turkish Today’s Zaman, also here). The media explosion started when the head of a provincial branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stirred the pot by tweeting that the country should “get ready for the caliphate” of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A caliph is a spiritual leader of Islam who claims succession from Prophet Muhammad. The word, stemming from the Arabic khalifa meaning “successor,” has been the focus of much debate since being claimed by the Islamic State...
  • Bishop: Make War on ISIS

    03/20/2015 6:44:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/19/15
    An Iraqi bishop says waging war against ISIS fighters is the only way to save the Christian Church in IraqThe leader of one of Christianity's oldest communities reluctantly says that waging war against ISIS - killing their fighters - is the only way to stop the radical Islamists from destroying Christianity in Iraq. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks to Lara Logan for her report on the plight of thousands of Christians forced to flee ancestral homes from ISIS. Her story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, March 22 AT 7 p.m. ET/PT. The situation with ISIS in Northern...
  • Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for Demolition of Churches

    03/19/2015 6:14:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/18/15 | Staff
    Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah says Christian religious sites in Arabian Peninsula must be razed in accordance with Muslim lawSaudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric called on Tuesday for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of religious sites associated with Christianity. Speaking to a delegation in Kuwait, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who serves as the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, said the destruction of churches was absolutely necessary and is required by Islamic law, Arabic media reported. Abdullah, who is considered to...
  • Muslim Prayers in Church of England Parish

    03/15/2015 6:22:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/13/15 | John Bingham
    Clergy accuse vicar of holding ‘illegal’ Islamic prayer service in landmark London churchA Church of England vicar is facing a storm of protest from traditionalist Christians after allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church. Dozens of Muslims took part in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo in central London, in what is thought to have been the first time a full Islamic prayer service has been held within the Church of England. The vicar, the Rev Canon Giles Goddard, a prominent liberal cleric, joined in the event, reading a passage from the Bible...
  • Twin Bombings at Churches in Pakistan Kill 14, Wound 78

    03/15/2015 6:23:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 3/15/15 | Mubasher Bukhari
    LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the last decade or more. Many Christians, who make up less than two percent of Pakistan's population of more than 180 million, accuse the government of doing little to protect them, saying politicians are quick to offer condolences after an attack but slow...
  • Kuwaiti Researcher Declares: ISIS is the ‘Product Of Islamic Heritage’

    03/13/2015 7:21:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/13/2015 | David Steinberg
    From MEMRI, the video clip below shows Kuwaiti researcher Abdulaziz Al-Qattan making an appearance on Al-Mayadeen TV on March 3. MEMRI’s Counter-Radicalization Initiative report on the appearance highlights the following quotes from Al-Qattan, each of which would get a person branded an Islamophobe in the West: Abdulaziz Al-Qattan: “ISIS did not come out of nowhere. It’s not an aberration. By no means. ISIS adopts the Salafi-Wahhabi ideology of Al-Qaeda. If you look at Durur Al-Saniyah by Muhammad Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab, you will see that ISIS is implementing the ideas of that book to the letter. They are doing it...
  • Islamic State Group Obliterates 10th Century Monastery

    03/11/2015 3:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 11, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Mustafa Khayat The Islamic State group's attempt to erase any culture but its own continues apace. It now has blown up a 10th century Chaldean monastery north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to several reports. The Mar Gorgis or St. George monastery has been "wiped out" by ISIS militants, Nineveh Yakou , Assyrian Archaeologist and Director of Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Affairs at A Demand for Action, told IBTimes UK. The building, located on the Ba'werah neighbourhood on a hill north of Mosul on the other side of the Tigris river, was founded by the Assyrian Church of the...
  • [VIDEO] LITTLE IRAQI GIRL FORGIVES ISIS, BRINGS REPORTER TO TEARS

    03/11/2015 11:59:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 10, 2015 | ELIZABETH ARGUE
    Last summer, ISIS militants drove this little Christian girl, Myriam, and her family from their home in Qaraqosh, Iraq. A reporter found her residing in a refugee camp in Kurdistan — and her answers to his questions brought him to tears.Her words are proof that the faith is still strong in the Middle East. Please continue to pray for all Christians persecuted by Islamic militants – including Myriam and her family – that they will continue to be an example of courage and faith to the world.“Sometimes I cry because we left our home, and Qaraqosh. I’m not angry at God...
  • Assyrian Christians Hostages Were Told to Convert to Islam

    03/09/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the mediaTwo of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media about their ordeal. Some 200 Christians were taken by the Islamist group on February 23 after they stormed a number of villages in the north-east of the country. One of the hostages, going by the name ‘Peter’, told the Times: “They entered our village at five in the morning, while everyone was sleeping. Some of them were Syrians, some were Chinese, some Russian – people who didn’t speak Arabic. They took 17 men,...
  • Minister Louis Farrakhan Blames 9/11 Attacks on 'Zionist Jews'

    03/07/2015 7:05:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | March 7, 2015 | The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    The Anti-Defamation League condemned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as the “leading anti-Semite in America” after a speech in which he blamed “Israelis and Zionist Jews” for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “At a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic lows, Farrakhan’s unabashed promotion of anti-Semitism is a throwback to the intolerance of another era,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement issued Thursday. Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic remarks, delivered his speech Sunday in Chicago as part of his Saviors Day 2015 sermon. “It is now becoming apparent that there...
  • Why ARE so many modern British career women converting to Islam?

    03/06/2015 7:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2010
    Tony Blair’s sister-in-law announced her conversion to Islam last weekend. Journalist Lauren Booth embraced the faith after what she describes as a ‘holy experience’ in Iran. She is just one of a growing number of modern British career women to do so. Here, writer EVE AHMED, who was raised as a Muslim before rejecting the faith, explores the reasons why. Much of my childhood was spent trying to escape ­Islam. Born in London to an English mother and a ­Pakistani Muslim father, I was brought up to follow my father’s faith without question. But, privately, I hated it. The minute...
  • Sherman quits Iran confab over ‘vulgar’ ad: Jewish groups slam Boteach ad on Susan Rice

    03/05/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Jewish Standard ^ | March 5, 2015 | Deb Herman, JTA Wire Service
    Dr. Elie Wiesel, left, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Senator Ted Cruz at Rabbi Boteach’s panel discussion.An array of Jewish groups condemned an ad by a foundation associated with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the advertisement, which appeared in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran in Washington hosted by Boteach, the Englewood-based author and pro-Israel advocate. As soon as Shabbat ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad by This World: The Values Network. The American Jewish Committee...
  • THE WORLDWIDE MUST-READ: Robert Spencer’s Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 1, ‘The Opening’

    03/05/2015 11:34:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/05/2015 | Robert Spencer
    (See Introduction here [1].)The Fatiha (Opening) is the first sura (chapter) of the Qur’an, and most common prayer of Islam. If you’re a pious Muslim who prays the five requisite daily prayers of Islam, you will recite the Fatiha seventeen times in the course of those prayers.According to an Islamic tradition, the Muslim prophet Muhammad said that the Fatiha surpassed anything revealed by Allah (“the God” in Arabic, and the word for God used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews, as well as Muslims) in the Torah, the Gospel, or the rest of the Qur’an. And indeed, it efficiently and...
  • There Is No Pope in Islam

    03/05/2015 10:22:56 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 5, 2015 | JoAnna Wahlund
    Some time ago I posted on Facebook this criticism of that ubiquitous “Coexist” bumper sticker with the comment, “I need this in magnet form for my car.”A friend (who, I believe, identifies as atheist/agnostic) replied, “I don’t agree that Muslims are out to get everyone else. I find that suggestion pretty offensive actually.” Upon deeper reflection, my response would be as follows:I don’t believe that all Muslims “are out to get everyone else.” I would not presume to speak for every single person on the planet who identifies as a Muslim. I do believe, however, that some Muslims are...
  • A Worldwide Must-Read: Robert Spencer’s Blogging the Qur’an

    03/04/2015 6:59:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/04/2015 | Robert Spencer
    Back in 2007 and 2008, I ran a weekly feature at my website Jihad Watch [1]: “Blogging the Qur’an.” Now, with the Obama administration repeatedly reiterating the claim that Islam is fundamentally peaceful and that promoting its true and benign face will ultimately conquer the global jihad, it is time to revive it.Here at PJ Media I’ll be presenting a new, revised version of the series.Why Read the Qur’an To understand the motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists, a good place to start is to explore what they themselves say about why they’re doing what they’re doing, and...
  • The West Misses the Point—and Lesson of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

    03/03/2015 9:19:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/03/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the point: this antipathy did not appear out of thin air but rather in response to Islamic aggression—the same Islamic aggression the rest of the world is trying to cope with. A Financial Times editorial titled “Buddhist militancy triggers international concern” opens by describing the “traumatic first-hand view” of a Muslim woman whose home was attacked and possessions plundered by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Says the woman: “If I could meet those responsible, I would ask: ‘Sir, does your Lord Buddha teach this?’”Some paragraphs down, readers discover that her home was attacked...
  • 'The Greatest Persecution of Christians in History' (Part I)

    03/03/2015 8:37:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 3/2/15 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    Historian Michael Hesemann Says There is Proof Pope Benedict XV Tried to Stop Armenian GenocideJust before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, well-known German historian Michael Hesemann announced the discovery of 2000 pages of hitherto unpublished documents on, what he calls “the greatest persecution of Christians in history” in the Vatican Secret Archives. In this in-depth analysis with ZENIT, the historian discusses his findings, what’s often not realized about the Armenian genocide, and its victims, items which he discusses in his new book. He also speaks about the Holy Father’s recent visit to Turkey, why he...
  • Lavrov to Raise Issue of Christians' Protection With UNHRC in Geneva

    03/02/2015 6:20:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/2/15
    Moscow, March 2, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will open a high-level event on the subject of protecting Christians on the sidelines of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. "Russia is seriously concerned by conflicts in the Middle East which has been the center of monotheistic religions since time immemorial. Regrettably, during these conflicts Christians are not only being harassed and discriminated against, but they also become victims of actions which fall under the definition of the genocide," the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Information and Press said. Christians in Iraq and...
  • Islamic State Group Frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria After a Ransom is Paid

    03/02/2015 6:14:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/2/15
    After jihadists seized the ​​Tal Tamr area and at least ten Christian villages, they took 220 people hostage. Judged by an "Islamic court", 19 were released after paying US$ 1,700 per person. Assyrian and Islamic tribal leaders are negotiating the release of the other hostages.Damascus (AsiaNews) - Islamic State (IS) terrorists on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Tal Tamr (Syria) last week, after a US$ 1,700 ransom per person was paid for their release, activists said. "Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakah after they were...
  • UK's First 'Anti-Islamisation' Rally Dwarfed by Counter-Demo

    03/01/2015 12:27:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/28/15 | AFP
    An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement's first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said. PEGIDA has drawn large crowds in Germany to protest against what it calls the "Islamisation" of Europe, and small demonstrations have also taken place in Austria and Sweden. Police in the city of Newcastle, northeast England, said five men were arrested "for isolated incidents" but insisted both the PEGIDA march and the Newcastle Unites protest passed off smoothly. The five men, aged between 17 and 54, were arrested for alleged offences including...
  • Turkish Border Closed as Christian Hostages in Syria Spike to 250

    02/26/2015 8:16:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/26/15 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. “There are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border is closed for Syrians. No Syrian can cross into Turkey,” Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo told CNA Feb. 26. Archbishop Hindo oversees the Syrian archdiocese of Hassake, which is located in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria. The region sits between...
  • ISIS Has Begun Executing Captured Christians, According to Report

    02/26/2015 3:21:15 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 26, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Assyrian Church in Beirut Islamic State militants have reportedly executed 15 Christians who have been captured in villages in northeastern Syria since Monday. A priest who has been feeding reports to Christian aid agencies around the world, including Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need, said today that a Christian Assyrian lawyer in the city of Hassakah told him that about 15 young Assyrians "are martyred. Many of them were fighting to defend and protect the villages and families." Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana of CAPNI, the Christian Aid Program in Iraq, said that in the Christian village of Tel Hormizd: 14...
  • Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS, or Their Conversion?

    02/26/2015 10:00:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 02/26/2015 | Russell Moore
    A pastor friend told me last week that he had church members enraged with him when he suggested from the pulpit that we ought to pray for the salvation of Islamic State terrorists. The people in his church told him that he ought to be calling for justice against them, given their brutal murder of Christians, not for mercy. I thought about my friend a few days ago when these murderous fiends beheaded 21 of our brothers and sisters in Christ because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus. I was not just angry; I was furious. Can such...
  • Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

    02/24/2015 10:21:27 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a Syro-Catholic priest in Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA. Rome, Italy, Feb 24, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response. “Let’s pray for those innocent people,” Patriarch Younan told CNA over the phone from Beirut Feb. 24. “It’s a very, let’s say, very ordinary thing to have those people with such hatred toward non-Muslims that they don’t respect any human life,” he...
  • For Coptic Christians, Threat of Martyrdom is Part of Daily Life

    02/24/2015 4:35:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/22/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis. “These 21 victims, they were not the first and they will not be the last. There is a flowing river of Christian blood in the Middle East,” said Mina Abdelmalak, one of the organizers of a D.C. candlelight prayer vigil outside the White House on Ash Wednesday. The prayer vigil commemorated the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded last...
  • ISIS and the Missing Christ

    02/23/2015 7:26:51 AM PST · by Lacey · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/22/15 | Andrew Klavan
    Like everyone else who cares more about the facts than his own opinions, I’ve recently read Graeme Wood’s excellent Atlantic article “What Isis Really Wants.” Those of you making do with excerpts and pull quotes, stop, and go read the whole thing. That it renders the president’s statements about ISIS absurd is the least of the article’s accomplishments. No one but a small coterie of leftist knuckleheads believes what Obama says on this subject anyway — though it’s unfortunate that the president himself is part of that coterie. Among the many things in the piece that inspire thought is Wood’s...
  • If Islamic Terrorists Are Devout Muslims, Why Are They Hooked on Porn?

    02/23/2015 7:24:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/23/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Most radical Islamic jihadis claim to be devout Muslims who promote the spread of strict conservative Islamic societal principles, yet it has been continuously documented through the years that many of those Muslim extremists are chronically addicted to sex and pornography. Jihadis' obsession with porn and sex is not a new phenomenon that is only being seen today through the "brutal" and "instinctive" sex drive of the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Even the late Osama Bin Laden, the world-famous leader of Al Qaeda, had a huge collection of porn that was found by Navy Seals who...
  • Extra Troops Posted in Rome Following ISIS Threat

    02/23/2015 6:13:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/23/15 | Staff Reporter
    Rome on high alert with Islamic State just 300 miles from ItalyAbout 500 extra troops have been stationed around historic sites in Rome after ISIS made threats against the city last week. Italy, which is just 300-miles from jihadi-controlled territory in Libya, was referred to by the terrorists as “the nation signed with the blood of the cross” in a recent video. ISIS has made repeated references to conquering Rome in its various messages, although there is some debate about whether “Rome” in fact refers to a symbolic enemy, or perhaps Turkey or the United Sttaes. However, according to USA...
  • A Twist of Faith in Brutal Captivity

    02/21/2015 10:34:04 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 21 Feb 2015 | JIM YARDLEY
    VATICAN CITY — The Islamic State’s beheading in August of the journalist James Foley stirred global outrage, fury and despair. But for many of his fellow Roman Catholics, Mr. Foley’s death in Syria transformed him into a symbol of faith under the most brutal of conditions. One Catholic essayist compared him to St. Bartholomew, who died for his Christian faith. Others were drawn to Mr. Foley’s account of praying the rosary during an earlier captivity in Libya. Even Pope Francis, in a condolence call to Mr. Foley’s parents, described him as a martyr, according to the family. Then came an...
  • Chaldean Patriarch Invites Muslims to Join Christians in Lenten Fast

    02/20/2015 7:53:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Act of Solidarity Is Intended to Obtain Peace in Middle EastWith Ash Wednesday yesterday marking the start of Lent, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I has invited Muslims to join Christians in their Lenten fast, reported Fides. In order to obtain “as soon as possible the gift of peace, stability and a dignified lifestyle for our country and for all the Middle East,” the patriarch wrote to his “Muslim brothers and sisters” urging them to join Christians in fasting for a few days during the Lenten season. “The season of Lent,” the patriarch said in a statement, “is a propitious time...
  • Who is a Christian?

    02/19/2015 9:39:57 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 18, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Here is how Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist pastor who heads the church’s Washington office, responded to the murder of the 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS: These are my brothers, faithful to Christ even unto death. King Jesus puts heads back on, and puts… http://t.co/0Dps0Lvtxy— Russell Moore (@drmoore) February 15, 2015 A number of Southern Baptists had similar responses. The Southern Baptist bloggers at Pulpit & Pen will have you know that this is a betrayal: Do Southern Baptist leaders and other evangelicals really not know what a Christian is or how you become one? Is it being born into an ethnic group...
  • Plight of Middle East Christians is the Greatest Tragedy Since World War II, Says Patriarch

    02/19/2015 5:58:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/19/15 | Catholic News Service
    Patriarch Laham says the Middle East is suffering a 'Way of the Cross' in Lenten messageThe Middle East is suffering a “Way of the Cross” that is the greatest tragedy since World War Two, Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham said in his Lenten message. He said the Church, despite its efforts, is having difficulty meeting the growing needs it faces in the region. “We fail in front of the suffering of our people in all walks of life, Christians and Muslims. It’s a universal suffering,” he said. “We as pastors are with our people, at their side, in front...
  • Brother of slain Coptic Christians thanks ISIS for including their words of faith in murder video

    02/18/2015 8:09:00 PM PST · by bad company · 18 replies
    http://www.christiantoday.com ^ | 18 February 2015 | Mark Woods
    The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya last week has thanked their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video they made of their beheadings. Speaking on a live prayer and worship programme on Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC yesterday, Beshir Kamel said that he was proud of his brothers Bishoy Estafanos Kamel (25) and Samuel Estafanos Kamel (23) because they were "a badge of honour to Christianity". Harrowing scenes of the murders have been seen around the world. The last words of some of those killed were "Lord Jesus Christ". Beshir Kamel...
  • In honour of our 21 martyrs of Libya

    02/18/2015 3:21:45 PM PST · by bad company · 10 replies
    I am breaking from my retreat to write with tears a tribute of honour and veneration to our newest martyrs, the 21 martyrs in Libya. These valiant men have offered themselves as a living sacrifice as a testimony before the whole world and all nations. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand...
  • Christians Murdered in Libya Whispered Name of Jesus Before Death, Bishop Says

    02/18/2015 6:14:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza echoed Pope Francis by hailing the 21 Coptic Christians killed by ISIS as martyrsThe 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS militants died as martyrs, invoking the name of Jesus, said an Egyptian Catholic bishop. In line with Pope Francis’s assertion at morning Mass on February 17, Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza told the Fides news agency that the “diabolical” video of the Christians’ massacre, intended to “spread terror,” was a testament to their martyrdom in the faith. The video of their beheading, released on Sunday, shows that “in the moment of...
  • Why Benjamin Netanyahu Stands for All Jews

    02/17/2015 4:36:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    RealClearWorld ^ | February 17, 2015 | Yariv Levin
    Earlier last week, in an address before French immigrants to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proudly stated that his appearance in the rally last month in Paris and his planned address to the US Congress were in his capacity "not just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people." Rather than rally behind the prime minister of the Jewish State, Jews driven by a liberal agenda which is often counter to the interests of the Jewish people and the State of Israel chose to immediately go into attack mode. Social media platforms featured...
  • On the "Reform" of Islam

    02/17/2015 3:23:27 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 15, 2015 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    If violence, terror, beheadings, forced conversions, subjection of women, and intolerance of others are removed or “transformed” in Islam, is it still Islam? The Blue Mosque, left, and the Hagia Sophia Museum, right, are pictured at sunset in Istanbul in this Nov. 24, 2008, file photo. (CNS photo/Tolga Bozoglu, EPA) I. The President of Egypt, at Al Azhar University in Cairo, recently did everyone a favor by putting on the table, from inside of the Islamic world itself, the question of its public conduct and inner soul as they relate to the Muslim religion. Does its conduct, as manifest in...
  • Iraqi Bishop: 'We Are Hated Because We Persist in Wanting to Exist as Christians'

    02/17/2015 2:51:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 2/17/15 | Archbishop Bashar Warda
    We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians. In other words, we are hated because we persist in demanding a basic human right.CHRISTIANITY in Iraq is going through one of its worst and hardest stages of its long history that dates back to the first century. Throughout all these long centuries, we have experienced many hardships and persecutions during which we offered caravans of martyrs. During the past year, more than 125,000 Christians have been forced to flee from their villages only because they chose to remain Christians and refused the conditions ISIS imposed on them....
  • Want to Understand ISIS?

    02/17/2015 11:53:06 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 17, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Graeme Wood writes the best analysis and description of the horror of ISIS here at The Atlantic. He goes into detail about the roots of ISIS, its relationship to mainstream Islam and the ambitions of the Caliphate. He explains how ISIS combines not only a horribly literalistic interpretation of the Koran, but also how it is interlaced with radical Muslim apocalyptic visions.He sums up the whole article pretty well with this paragraph The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter...
  • As Islamic State Advances in Libya, Bishop Vows to Stay

    02/17/2015 3:58:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The apostolic vicar of Tripoli, Libya, has promised to remain with the faithful there, at a time when most foreigners are rushing to leave the embattled country. Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli told Vatican Radio that Islamic militants have entered Tripoli, and prospects for the country’s small Christian minority are bleak. But speaking for those Christians, he said: “We are ready to bear witness to whom we are and to what we do according to the words of Christ.”
  • The Mythical Muslim Might

    02/16/2015 7:04:51 PM PST · by LadyDoc · 6 replies
    StrategyPage ^ | February 15,2015 | StrategyPage
    February 15, 2015: Islam claims to be the fastest growing religion in the world. That is true, but it’s mainly because Moslems are concentrated in countries with much higher birth rates (largely brought on by corruption and bad government). When you adjust for that and then look at just conversions you’ll note that Christianity and most other religions are converting Moslems at a much higher rate than the other way around...
  • Islam: Banned for Blasphemy?

    02/16/2015 7:31:51 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 16, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Soon after Muslim gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo offices..., the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)—the... second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations—is again renewing calls for the United Nations to criminalize “blasphemy” against Islam, or what it more ecumenically calls, the “defamation of religions.” Yet the OIC seems to miss one grand irony: if international laws would ban cartoons, books, and films on the basis that they defame Islam, they would also, by logical extension, have to ban the entire religion of Islam itself—the only religion whose core texts actively and unequivocally defame other religions, including by...
  • After Beheading Coptic Christians, Islamists Say They Will ‘Conquer Rome’ Next

    02/16/2015 6:19:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 70 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/16/15 | Staff Reporter
    Militants declaring loyalty to Islamic State in Libya single out Rome as a targetIslamist militants claiming loyalty to ISIS have released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians who were taken hostage in Libya several weeks ago. The video shows men apparently being beheaded after being forced to kneel next to the Mediterranean Sea. A militant says they are sending a message “from the south of Rome”. At the end of the footage the same English-speaking fighter raises his knife to the water and says ISIS would “conquer Rome”. This morning Egypt and the Libyan government...
  • Muslim lives matter

    02/15/2015 9:34:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Eastern Echo ^ | February 15, 2015 | Mona Beydoun
    Eastern Michigan University students taped their mouths shut in a silent protest Thursday. The students wrote #ChapelHillShooting across the tape in honor of the deaths of three students from the University of North Carolina. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were Muslim-American students at the University of North Carolina. They were shot Tuesday, Feb. 10, by their neighbor, Craig Steven Hicks, 46. The Chapel Hill police released a statement Tuesday evening citing a parking dispute as Hicks’s motivation. EMU Junior Layali Alsada and senior Zaeem Zafar created a flyer...