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  • Cause of Faithful Killed in Baghdad Cathedral ‘to Open in 2016'

    09/02/2015 6:22:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/2/15 | George Martin
    Forty-eight Catholics were killed in Our Lady of Salvation cathedral in 2010The victims of the 2010 attack on a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad will be put forward for beatification in 2016, a Church leader has said. Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said he planned to launch the Cause of the 48 victims next year. According to AsiaNews, he made the announcement at the beatification of Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki in Harissa, Lebanon, on Saturday. The attack, which took place October 31, 2010, led to the deaths of 48 Catholics at the Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Chaldean Catholic Cathedral. Among...
  • How the Islamic World was Forged [History of Why Christians Defect to Islam]

    09/01/2015 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 8/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world? Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject this idea. They argue that the non-Muslims who embraced Islam did so from sheer...
  • Cultural Monuments in Syria, Iraq Need to be Protected from Islamists – Lavrov

    09/01/2015 4:14:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/1/15
    Moscow, September 1, Interfax - UNESCO needs to consider ways to protect cultural values amid ISIL attacks on cultural monuments in Syria's Palmyra, Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov has said. "Under these circumstances, the task of the protection of cultural values under a relevant UN convention is very topical. I think we should think about concrete steps at the UNESCO in order to provide this position of the international community," Lavrov said at MGIMO University on September 1. "The destruction of cultural monuments in Iraq and Syria's Palmyra demonstrates that these people [ISIL fighters] not only seek to grab power on...
  • Is the Truth About Islam in Vogue?

    08/31/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 28, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    (www.teenvogue.com) A common assumption in our society, especially among the educated classes, is that ignorance—of a religion, culture, or race—invariably begets hatred and prejudice. A corresponding assumption is that the more you understand the other, the less you will fear him. Of course, this notion can be easily debunked by pointing out that German Jews who understood what Nazism was all about had good reason to fear the Nazis. Likewise, Southern blacks who understood the true nature of the Ku Klux Klan were justifiably on their guard against the Klan. Ignorance can breed unwarranted fear, but sometimes ignorance can...
  • HOW THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAS FORGED: AN EXERCISE IN COMMON SENSE

    08/31/2015 8:06:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world?   Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject...
  • Quebec’s Proposed Imposition of Blasphemy Laws Will Affect Us All

    08/30/2015 7:29:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/30/2015 | Kyle Shideler
    While Canada is currently in the throes of an early election, in the province of Quebec there’s growing debate over the future of free speech. The Quebec Parliament is currently debating whether to pass Bill 59, a bill that would grant the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) the authority to investigate so-called “hate speech”, even without a complaint being filed. The Head of the QHRC, Jacques Frémont has already openly said that he plans to use such powers, “to sue those critical of certain ideas, ‘people who would write against … the Islamic religion … on a website or...
  • "THERE ARE MONKEYS OF JEWISH ORIGIN; NONE DENY THIS WHO BELIEVE IN THE QURAN"

    08/27/2015 2:28:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    F ^ | 08/27/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      Critics of Islam are often accused of bigotry. The accusers tend to overlook the kind of crazy racism that Islam teaches. And we are talking really, really crazy racism. (via Religion of Peace) Al-Mosharraf, whose Elaph blog posts often contain anti-Semitic overtones, argues that some monkeys are Jews whom Allah punished for desecrating the Sabbath, as is told in the Quran. He included numerous photos of macaque monkeys in his post, and pointed out the similarities between their behavior and Jewish behavior. Sure. Who can forget the time that six Muslim armies were defeated by an army of...
  • Syriac Catholic Bishop to Be Beatified

    08/26/2015 6:35:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki Was Killed in Hatred of the FaithSyriac Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki, martyred during the "Assyrian Genocide," will soon be called 'blessed.' According to Fides, the bishop will be beatified at the Patriarchal convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon, on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 29, during a solemn liturgy. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III will preside over the beatification while numerous Patriarchs and heads of Christian churches of the East from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are expected to attend. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...
  • Ashley Madison Hack: Islamic preacher Hamza Tzortzis 'found' on leaked list

    08/23/2015 10:12:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News UK & Ireland ^ | Vasudevan Sridharan, International Business Times
    Islamic preacher Hamza Andreas Tzortzis has been allegedly "named" on the leaked list of members of the adult website Ashley Madison. However, the well-known preacher has denied that the account belonged to him. Tzortzis has also denied signing up for an account on Ashely Madison, the infidelity dating website -- which was recently attacked by hackers who leaked the names of hundreds of thousands of its members -- and said that it was a conspiracy by hackers to defame him. Tzortzis, a member of the Islamic Education and Research Academy, is known for his debates with atheist Richard Dawkins. In...
  • Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian (Catholic) monastery

    08/21/2015 2:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 21, 2015
    The monastery was originally built in the fourth century Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monasteryISIS fighters have demolished a monastery in central Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The Mar Elian monastery in the town of Qaryatain near Homs, was captured by the terrorists  from the Syrian Army two weeks ago. This week they used bulldozers to raze the holy site,Mar Elian is also where Fr Jacques Mourad was kidnapped in May. He remains one of six clergy in Syria who have been kidnapped by rebel groups, their fates unknown.Qaryatain is near a road linking the ancient...
  • ISIS Bulldozes Ancient Syrian Monastery

    08/21/2015 8:38:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 8/21/15 | Staff Reporter
    Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monasteryISIS fighters have demolished a monastery in central Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Mar Elian monastery in the town of Qaryatain near Homs, was captured by the terrorists from the Syrian Army two weeks ago. This week they used bulldozers to raze the holy site. Mar Elian is also where Fr Jacques Mourad was kidnapped in May. He remains one of six clergy in Syria who have been kidnapped by rebel groups, their fates unknown.
  • Muslims Believe That All Those Who Aren’t Muslim, Are Their Property

    08/21/2015 2:14:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/20/15 | Thomas King
    Recently, a friend has asked me a question regarding what does the Qu’ran teach regarding the taking of property of non-Muslims. The simple answer to begin with is that the verses in the Qu’ran regarding punishment of theft and opposing theft is only for Muslims in relation to other Muslims, and hence will not be the subject of this discussion. The other part of this answer is that according to both Qu’ran and Hadiths, Muslims are entitled to the property and even the women of non-Muslims. The worse part about this is that forcible taking of property of non-Muslims by...
  • Greek businessman offers to build new mosque in return for Trabzon Hagia Sophia

    08/18/2015 5:28:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 8/18/15 | Yorgo Kirbaki
    A Greek-Russian businessman with roots in Turkey’s Black Sea region has offered to cover all the costs of the construction of a mosque in Trabzon in exchange for the Fener Orthodox Greek Patriarchate regaining control of the province’s Hagia Sophia, a church-turned-mosque. Ivan Savvidis, a Greek-Russian businessman and politician, said he was “ready to have a new mosque constructed in Trabzon and hand it to the city’s municipality, in return for making the Hagia Sophia [in Trabzon] a church once again,” during an interview with Greek state broadcaster ET-3. The Hagia Sophia Mosque in Trabzon was originally built as a...
  • This Syriac Bishop Will be Beatified on the 100th Anniversary of His Martyrdom

    08/12/2015 4:49:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/11/15 | Elise Harris
    Diyarbakir, Turkey, Aug 11, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malké, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915 amid the Ottoman Empire's genocide against its Christian minorities. The decision was made during an Aug. 8 meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Bishop Malké will be beatified Aug. 29 – the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom – during a liturgy celebrated by Ignatius Youssef III Younan, the Syriac Patriarch of Antioch, at the convent of Our...
  • ISIS Captures Syrian Town That is Home to Thousands of Christians

    08/07/2015 6:31:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/6/15 | Staff Reporter
    Takeover of town is a threat to monks at Mar Elian monasteryISIS militants have captured Qaryatain, a key Syrian town populated by tens of thousands of Christians and a monastery. The superior of the town’s Mar Elian monastery, Fr Jacques Mourad, was kidnapped by extremists in May along with a lay Christian, Boutros Hanna Dekermenjian. Before his abduction Fr Mourad had taken in dozens of families and 100 children who had sought refuge from the fighting.
  • A scholar in the desert {Hagarism: the origins of Islam} - Patricia Crone

    08/07/2015 12:18:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    The Economist ^ | 1 August 2015 | the Economist
    ISLAM arose with remarkable speed and mystery. Patricia Crone’s well-stocked mind, clear prose and unflinching intellectual honesty were devoted to explaining why. She had little time for Islam’s own accounts of its origins: “debris” as far as historians were concerned, and hopelessly inconsistent. Far better, she reckoned, to fill the gap with contemporary sources and knowledge of other cultures, from messianic Maoris to Icelanders. That required both personal and intellectual bravery. The central beliefs of Islam, such as the way the Koran took shape, the life of Muhammad and Islam’s relations with other religions, are sensitive subjects. Outside scrutiny can...
  • In the Qur’an, Joseph … Flees Judaism: Yet another Biblical story is co-opted by Islam

    08/05/2015 8:06:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/05/2015 | Robert Spencer
    d like all other prophets, and those who are ridiculing and rejecting him will be severely punished. Sura 12, “Joseph,” is another late Meccan sura. It was revealed, says Maududi, “when the Quraish” — the pagan Arabs of Mecca, and the tribe of which Muhammad was a member — “were considering the question of killing or exiling or imprisoning him.” It tells the story of the patriarch Joseph, again — as we saw in Sura 11 with the stories of other prophets — with a clear message relating to Muhammad and his opponents.Allah begins in verses 1-3 with another panegyric...
  • PRO-KORAN REFORM RABBI YOFFIE SAYS TORAH CAUSES TERRORISM

    08/04/2015 8:01:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/04/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    A few years ago "Rabbi" Eric Yoffie, a Reform clergyman spoke at an Islamic Society of North America convention, an anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood organization that supported Hamas, and denounced Dennis Prager for criticizing the Koran. At ISNA, Eric Yoffie sanctimoniously warned that... There exists in this country among all Americans — whether Jews, Christians, or non-believers — a huge and profound ignorance about Islam. It is not that stories about Islam are missing from our media; there is no shortage of voices prepared to tell us that fanaticism and intolerance are fundamental to Islamic religion, and that violence and...
  • I Was Training to Be a Radical Imam and Then Saw Jesus

    08/03/2015 7:35:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/03/2015 | BY HERMOINE MACURA
    Thousands of People Are Being Transformed by Jesus Christ in the Arab World as the Gospel Breaks New Ground in a Region Hostile to Its Message and Its Missionaries. ERBIL, IRAQ — Amidst the battle against Islamic State across Syria and Iraq, an Arab Holocaust continues to unfold as millions of people flee their extremist ideologies and horrifying violence. The situation is reaching a "new level of barbarity with each passing day" that's resulting in "devastating spillover effects across the region," stated U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting with world powers late last year. Here in Iraq and...
  • ISIS Forces Assyrian Christian Woman to Trample Jesus Christ's Image at Gunpoint

    08/02/2015 4:04:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A Syrian refugee woman crosses into Turkey with her children at the Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. On Sunday, Turkish authorities reopened the border after a few days of closure, a security source said, adding that they expected as many as 10,000 people to come across. A Syrian refugee woman crosses into Turkey with her children at the Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. On Sunday, Turkish authorities reopened the border after a few days of closure, a security source said, adding that they expected as many as 10,000 people to...
  • This animated map shows how religion spread across the world

    08/02/2015 12:18:16 PM PDT · by The Cuban · 7 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Alex Kuzoian
    (The link is to a map supposedly showing the spread of world religions through time. Conveniently, It fails to show that Palestine, North Africa or the Middle East was Christianized prior to Mohammed, or, in fact, ever. This is the BS the machine is spreading as fact.) Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. 
  • Moslem infiltration

    07/30/2015 9:25:16 AM PDT · by ravenwolf · 11 replies
    securefreedom ^ | Ann Corcoran
    Refuge camps for Moslems started in America 35 years ago https://youtu.be/6PzT8vEvYPg
  • Patriarch Urges Pope to Visit Iraq

    07/29/2015 6:09:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    ANSA ^ | 7/28/15
    Papal visit to Baghdad would be welcomed by all, he says- A visit by Pope Francis to the people of Iraq would give them desperately needed encouragement and strength, Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako said. In an interview published on the Vatican Radio website, he urged Pope Francis to make a pastoral visit to Iraq to give the Arab world's embattled Christians hope and the strength "to persevere and not to leave". Iraqi Christians feel close to the pontiff, "but they are awaiting his pastoral visit," the patriarch said. "We need his presence among us, so that...
  • The Faithful of Australia Work to Open a Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    07/24/2015 6:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/23/15 | L’Osservatore Romano
    Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East. In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better...
  • "ISIS Is Growing," Says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch in Iraq

    07/24/2015 6:23:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/24/15 | Vatican Radio
    Baghdad prelate calls for serious action against Islamic terrorists, seeks to ease suffering of familiesVATICAN CITY — The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael Sako, says he is personally “very worried” about his nation’s future and warns that the so-called Islamic State, ISIS, “is growing” in strength and influence each day and nowadays the militant group is “like a real state.” In a recent gesture of solidarity, the Iraqi Patriarch donated food and medical supplies to displaced Muslims living in a refugee camp near the city of Ramadi. Accompanied by other members of the Church and representatives of Caritas Iraq,...
  • THE BBC REALLY WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THE QUR’AN IS AUTHENTIC [Will bend truth to convince you]

    07/23/2015 8:07:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/23/2015 | Robert Spencer
    The BBC announced enthusiastically Wednesday that “what may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham.” This news is not only of interest to scholars and Muslim intellectuals; it appears to buttress the Islamic claim that the Qur’an’s text has remained unchanged for 1,400 years – which is purported to be proof of its divine origin. There is only one problem with all this: the BBC article raises more questions than it answers, and reveals more about the wishful thinking of the academic and media establishments than it does about the...
  • [16 Year Old] Coptic Boy’s Ramadan Gesture Ends in Detention

    07/22/2015 6:23:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    At sundown each day during Ramadan, which ended on 17 July with the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations, observant Muslims customarily broke their fast at their evening iftar meal by eating dates. A week prior, on the evening of 10 July, 16-year-old Fawzi Osama was on the street in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, handing out dates to those hurrying home before sundown. In a country that is 90 per cent Muslim, nearly every passer-by was, almost by definition, Muslim. Osama, however, is a Coptic Christian, and in each small plastic bag of dates he also had included a slip of paper...
  • Blaise Pascal on "MAHOMET"

    07/20/2015 4:48:44 PM PDT · by avenir · 14 replies
    Public Domain ^ | 1670 (?) | Blaise Pascal
    595—Mahomet was without authority. His reasons, then, should have been very strong, having only their own force. What does he say, then, that we must believe him? 596—The Psalms are chanted throughout the whole world. Who renders testimony to Mahomet? Himself. Jesus Christ desires His own testimony to be as nothing. The quality of witnesses necessitates their existence always and everywhere; and he, miserable creature, is alone. 597—Against Mahomet.--The Koran is not more of Mahomet than the Gospel is of Saint Matthew, for it is cited by many authors from age to age. Even its very enemies, Celsus and Porphyry,...
  • MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN

    07/17/2015 7:38:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    The Vatican ^ | 12 June 2015 | Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
    Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, 1. I am pleased to send you, in the name of all the Catholics around the world and in my name as well, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of ‘Id al-Fitr. You exercise during the month of Ramadan many religious and social practices, like fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends. I hope and pray that the fruits of these good deeds may enrich your life. 2. For some of you and also for others from other religious communities, the joy of the feast is...
  • Iraqi Church Leaders Plead for Protection After Kidnappings, Killings in Baghdad

    07/16/2015 4:44:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Baghdad has issued a new appeal for protection of Iraqi Christians. The plea comes after four Christians were kidnapped in Baghdad in the past two weeks, and two of them killed. “It is unfortunate that the security situation continues to deteriorate,” the Chaldean Patriarchate says; “and that some individuals and groups exploit it to carry out the kidnapping of innocent people in order to gain sums of money and terrorize civilians.” The statement goes on to say that Christians have been the targets of other predatory schemes. Some Christian homes have been seized by unscrupulous...
  • Islam, Catholicism Seeing Rapid Growth Among Young People in China — Survey

    07/14/2015 6:13:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/13/15 | Monica Cantilero
    Islam and Catholicism are the two religions that have seen rapid growth among the Chinese who are under 30 years old, according to a new study. Of the said age bracket, 22.4 percent are Muslims while Catholics follow very closely at 22 percent, according to the China Religion Survey 2015 as released by the National Survey Research Centre at Renmin University of China. "Islam tends to have a younger demographic," said Wei Dedong, a professor of Buddhist studies at the School of Philosophy at Renmin, who was part of the research. "Most believers of Islam belong to ethnic minority groups...
  • Who are the True Muslims? Are the extremists the “true” Muslims, or are the moderates?

    07/11/2015 7:08:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2015 | Ronald Kimmons
    He called out to me as I walked by the pool. “Hey, what’s going on? Do you want a beer?” I politely declined, telling him that I did not drink. “Really? I’ve never met an American who didn’t drink. I have a soda. Do you want a soda?” It was late, and I have never been a very social person, but with my wife and children in South America waiting on my wife’s green card, I had been spending my evenings alone. So I sat down and talked to him. We will call him Ali. He told me he was...
  • 'Islamic State in Palestine' Threatens Christians in Jerusalem

    07/06/2015 6:23:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 7/3/15 | Oliver Maksan
    "We must take these threats seriously. It would be enough that three young fundamentalists, armed with knives, attack a Christian home to cause panic in the Christian community."JERUSALEM—A group calling itself "Islamic State in Palestine" last week distributed leaflets ordering Christians to leave the city by the end of Ramadan, July 18. Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate, urging the faithful to be vigilant, said that “we must take these threats seriously. It would be enough that three young fundamentalists, armed with knives, attack a Christian home to cause panic in the Christian community.” The message on the...
  • Saudi Sheikh Who Taught ISIS Fighters 'Jihad 101' Asks for Bible After Growing 'Sick of the Killing'

    07/06/2015 9:23:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/06/2015 | Nicola Menzie
    An Islamic theologian responsible for teaching ISIS militants "jihad 101" has turned to the Bible after growing "sick of the killing" and finding himself yearning for something "better," according to a Christian missionary who works in the Middle East. The Christian missionary, introduced as just "Julian" during a recent interview on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio program, believes "ISIS is being used to reveal something of the dark heart of Islam." "As I say that I feel a bit reticent because I know that many, many Muslims want to distance themselves and are embarrassed by it and are great...
  • Pakistani Police Save Christian Couple from 'Blasphemy' Mob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    06/19/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/18/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Last May in Italy, a Muslim boy of African origin beat a 12-year-old girl during school because she was wearing a crucifix around her neck. The African schoolboy, who had only started to attend the school approximately three weeks earlier, began to bully the Christian girl — “insulting her and picking on her in other ways all because she was wearing the crucifix” — before he finally “punched the girl violently in the back [1].”What is it about the Christian cross that makes some Muslims react this way?The fact is, Islamic hostility to the cross is an unwavering fact of...
  • Accused Anti-Semitic Pastor Plans ‘March On Dearborn’ To Save Muslim Souls

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

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

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

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

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