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Islam (Religion)

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  • Rereading Regensburg

    01/23/2015 7:18:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Questions that need to be asked about Islam were asked by Pope Benedict nearly ten years ago.On a plane ride between Sri Lanka and the Philippines this week, Pope Francis made headlines while talking with reporters about the moral limits to free expression. The issue came up, of course, in the wake of the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France, which Pope Francis has strongly condemned. The attacks in Paris — including one at a kosher deli — along with the slaughter that Boko Haram inflicts in Nigeria, the terrorist attack in the Lindt café in Sydney...
  • Church in Niger Suspends Operation of Schools, Other Apostolates

    01/23/2015 6:20:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Citing the widespread destruction of churches and other Catholic institutions and the general situation of insecurity, the bishops of Niger have indefinitely suspended the operation of all Catholic schools, health centers, charities, and development agencies. The bishops said that this suspension would allow them to pray and reflection upon “the painful events we have just endured.” The bishops pleaded for donations and attributed the destruction to rampaging young people who were responding to caricatures of Muhammad that appeared in Charlie Hebdo. The West African nation of 17.1 million is 80% Muslim and 0.1% Catholic.
  • Will a Future Pope Be Forced to Flee Rome?

    01/23/2015 6:14:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/21/15 | William Kilpatrick
    The current arc of history seems to be drawing us back into a very dark past—a time when Islam ruled half the civilized world and threatened the rest of it.Where will the Pope live when Rome falls to Islam? It’s not an idle question. For one thing, there is historical precedent. Popes have been forced from Rome in the past. For another thing, numerous Islamic authorities have explicitly targeted Rome for conquest. Rome may be the Eternal City, but it has seen rough times. In 846, for instance, Pope Leo IV had to briefly flee Rome when it was attacked...
  • Islam-on-Christian Persecution Around the World

    01/23/2015 4:50:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Since at least the time of the outset of the Iraq War—and quite possibly well before then—there has been much debate among those on the right over why Islamic militants have set their sights upon America and the West.
  • Duke University vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian Spaces Are Off-Limits to Muslim Worship?

    01/22/2015 1:13:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 01/22/2015 | Morgan Lee
    Duke University’s reversal of today’s plan to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from its historic chapel tower has reinvigorated a debate over shared worship space. The Durham, North Carolina-based school had authorized Muslim students to recite the three-minute chant from Duke Chapel on Friday, the weekly day of assembly in Islam, but rescinded the decision this week, following criticism and citing a “serious and credible security threat.” Franklin Graham, whose ministries (Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) are headquartered in North Carolina, attacked the university’s decision and condemned the use of a Christian space by members of...
  • German Pegida Priest Banned from Representing Church

    01/22/2015 4:20:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/21/15
    A Catholic priest in Germany has been banned from giving sermons or representing the church after speaking at a Pegida rally. Father Paul Spaetling, from the Diocese of Munster, told the rally that Europe had spent over a thousand years fighting against Islam. He said that he did not agree that Islam had a place in the country, which the German chancellor had said.
  • The Biggest Island of Christianity in the Islamic Ocean

    01/22/2015 4:15:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 1/21/15 | Doreen Abi Raad
    On Aug. 6, 2014, after evening Mass on the feast of the Transfiguration, the Christian residents of Qaraqosh, Iraq, were threatened by the Islamic State to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed. That prompted the exodus of the city's 50,000 Christians, who fled to Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Qaraqosh, a bed of Christianity since the first century, was totally Syriac Catholic. Syriac-Catholic Bishop Barnaba Yousif Habash of the Syrian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance, based in Bayonne, N.J., is a native of Qaroqosh. He describes...
  • [Catholic] Bishops Praise Court's Decision to Let Muslim Prisoner Wear Beard

    01/21/2015 5:49:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Zenit ^ | January 21, 2015 | Zenit
    On Tuesday in the case of Holt v. Hobbs, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a Muslim inmate in an Arkansas state prison who sought to wear a half-inch beard in accordance with his faith. “The decision in Holt v. Hobbs is a great victory for religious freedom,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, “because it underscores that each and every person enjoys this basic human right.” “You don’t lose it if you subscribe to a minority faith, or even if you enter prison —...
  • Nigeria Bishop: ‘West Must Send in Troops to Fight Boko Haram’

    01/20/2015 4:06:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/20/15 | John Pontifex
    Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that military intervention was the only viable option for combating the IslamistsA bishop whose diocese in north-east Nigeria has suffered at the hands of Boko Haram wants the West to send in military forces to defeat the militants. Describing how Boko Haram was now recruiting from countries across north Africa, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that Western military intervention was the only viable option in the fight against the militants. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, the bishop...
  • Why Orthodox Jewish Women are Happy

    01/18/2015 10:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Orthodox Jewish women and conservative Muslim women both follow modesty rules, but Orthodox Jewish women are devout without abandoning their individuality and civil liberties. 26-year-old Hayat Boumedienneis the suspected accomplice in last week’s 3-day terror attack in Paris, France. Her common law husband, Amedy Coulibaly, murdered four Jews and a policewoman in a kosher Paris market. Boumedienne is now the poster girl for young, insecure Western women who abandon Western mores for radical Islam. Boumedienne’s close friend described her to France24 News as an emotional basket case “who often cries and has little confidence in herself.” After discarding her string...
  • PEGIDA Cancels Anti-Islam Rally in Germany Over Death Threat From IS

    01/18/2015 6:44:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 1/18/15
    MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) – The Patriotic Europeans against the Islamification of the West (PEGIDA) cancelled its anti-Islam and anti-immigration rally in the German city of Dresden scheduled for Monday after one of its leaders allegedly received a death threat from the Islamic State. "Please, don’t come tomorrow to Dresden, friends," the group said in a post on its official Facebook page. "Unfortunately we must cancel our 13th meeting due to security concerns. According to the police, there is a specific threat against a member of the organizing team," the group explained. PEGIDA claimed that the threat was issued by...
  • When Civilizations Meet: How Joseph Ratzinger Sees Islam

    01/17/2015 7:32:49 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 20 replies
    CHIESA ^ | May 26,2006 | Samir Khalil Samir, S.J.
    When Civilizations Meet: How Joseph Ratzinger Sees Islam The author of this essay is an Egyptian Jesuit who is very familiar with both the pope and the Muslim religion. It was written for and published by “Asia News.” Here it is in its entirety http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/53826?eng=y by Samir Khalil Samir, S.J. 26 may 2006 Benedict XVI is probably one of the few figures to have profoundly understood the ambiguity in which contemporary Islam is being debated and its struggle to find a place in modern society. At the same time, he is proposing a way for Islam to work toward coexistence...
  • Is there a Christian revival starting in France?

    01/16/2015 7:18:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | 01/15/2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    On a recent Sunday, my family and I only showed up 10 minutes early for Mass. That meant we had to sit in fold-out chairs in the spillover room, where the Mass is relayed on a large TV screen. During the service, my toddler had to go to the bathroom. To get there, we had to step over a dozen people sitting in hallways and corners. This is business as usual for my church in Paris, France. I point this out because one of the most familiar tropes in social commentary today is the loss of Christian faith in Europe...
  • Charlie Hebdo Rejects Catholic Support

    01/16/2015 4:53:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The editors of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have announced that they do not want the support of the Catholic Church in the wake of a massacre at their offices in Paris. In an editorial published in the first issue following the killings, the staff of Charlie Hebdo poked fun at some of the public figures who had joined in shows of public support. The editorial said: What made us laugh the most is that the bells of Notre Dame rang in our honor. We would like to send a message to Pope Francis-- who also was Charlie this...
  • German Catholics Criticize Anti-Islam Marches, but Urge Understanding

    01/15/2015 4:35:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Catholic Philly.com ^ | 1/14/15 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    OXFORD, England (CNS) — German church leaders have criticized an anti-Islamic movement that staged mass demonstrations in Dresden and other cities, but they also urged a better understanding of public fears. “This movement looks set to grow — and the Catholic Church totally distances itself from it,” said Michael Baudisch, spokesman for the Dresden Diocese. “But we also have to speak to those involved, many of whom nurse frustrations about the political process and their lack of life chances. Far from just branding them extremists, our bishops think we must consider their opinions and aims.” Jan. 12 rallies by “Patriotic...
  • Radical Islam screwing up the quest for global utopia?

    01/14/2015 9:26:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    Renew America ^ | 1-14-15 | A.J. Castellitto
    There is a liberal progressive global vision for the world in which all religious beliefs, starting with Christianity, are wholly squelched. Those running this political and public relations campaign have the nation of Israel and American Christians in their sights. They continue to shape public opinion in such a way that the influence of Christianity will finally fall prey to 'science' and 'hate speech' as Israel loses its wingman (AMERICA) in their fight for self preservation. All the worlds problems can be solved, after all, if we could just annihilate all those pesky religions.... Looks like Allah hasn't got the...
  • The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews

    01/13/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything Blog ^ | January 13, 2015 | Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
    As the world rightly focuses on the recent terror attacks in Paris on Charlie Hedbo and a kosher grocery store, it should be noted that the second attack is part of a larger problem: the ongoing vitriol toward the French Jewish community. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders invited French Jews to move to Israel. That’s a nice gesture, but it’s not enough. The United States should join Israel and offer to also open up its shores as a refuge to the endangered Jews of France. This past summer, I traveled to Paris with a...
  • Vatican Downplays Report That It’s Under Threat from Islamic Terrorists

    01/13/2015 3:57:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/12/15 | Josephine Mckenna |
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday (Jan. 12) rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week’s deadly attacks in France. The move came as Pope Francis called for a “unanimous” global response to the self-declared Islamic State as he left on his first official visit to the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Israeli state TV reported Sunday that U.S. intelligence services had warned the Vatican could be the next terrorist target, as international leaders joined an estimated 2 million people in a massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris. But the Vatican’s chief spokesman, the...
  • French Jesuits publish anti-Catholic cartoons in tribute to Charlie Hebdo

    01/12/2015 4:45:18 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 50 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 13/01/2015 | Cathcon
    We are Charlie" How not to be indignant at the murder committed in cold blood? The attack that killed 12 people in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo fills us with horror. As a result of a newspaper and its options, it is freedom of expression that is subject to terrorism. Unanimous reactions that have arisen, from right and left, among believers as from unbelievers, call out not to give in to fear and to defend a plural society. We have decided to put online [on our site] a few cartoons of Charlie Hebdo that relate to Catholicism.
  • Archbishop Kaigama: Nigerian Civilians Have "No Protection" Against Boko Haram

    01/12/2015 6:11:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 10/1/15
    (Vatican Radio) Hundreds of people, possibly thousands, are reported to have been killed in the Nigerian town of Baga, which is near the border with Chad. Nigerian military units were on Saturday battling Boko Haram militants who carried out the massacre earlier in the week. Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, the archbishop of Jos and President of the Nigerian Bishops Conference, told Vatican Radio the numbers of killed cannot yet be confirmed, but the civilian population is bearing the brunt of the conflict in the northeast of the country. “The civilians suffer more, because they have no protection, and I can imagine...
  • Conrad Black: Defending the Christian West

    01/12/2015 1:32:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The National Post ^ | January 10, 2015 | Conrad Black
    As I was sitting down to write about the atrocity in France, my wife Barbara hove into view, always a delicious sight, and announced that she was writing elsewhere on the same subject and that I could not do it. So I will not, other than to say that France had to admit more than a million Algerian Muslims in the mid-sixties, who had been loyal to France in the savage war of independence in that country, as well as a million European Algerians. It has been comparatively indulgent of Muslims since then, but this incident, or a few others...
  • Among Christian Refugees in Kurdistan, 'No One is Angry at God'

    01/11/2015 6:15:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/11/15 | Oliver Maksan
    Erbil, Iraq, Jan 11, 2015 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives." Home for Suheila is the Sports Club Center in Ankawa, where more than 200 Christian families from Bakhdida (Qaraqosh) have found shelter in mobile homes: "This is really a big improvement. I'm grateful for it. But in general, of course, this is no life. We've lost everything. The worst thing is...
  • Post-Paris, Canada gurdwara has brush with racial vandalism (Sikh Temple)

    01/10/2015 2:20:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Times of India ^ | January 11, 2015 | Yudhvir Rana
    AMRITSAR: Within days of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, some unidentified people vandalized a gurdwara in Canada and defaced it walls. Legal counsel of World Sikh Organization (WSO) Balpreet Singh Boparai told TOI over phone from Canada on Saturday that Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in South Edmonton bore the brunt of "racist vandalism", with some unidentified people spray-painting its walls with 'leave Canada' and '**** Indians' graffiti. "I can't say the incident is a reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attack, but it is worrisome nevertheless. Unfortunately, there are many people who still mistake the Sikhs for Muslims," Boparai...
  • The Faith that Has Been in Iraq 2,000 Years 'Cannot Disappear so Easily'

    01/09/2015 4:52:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/9/15 | Blanca Ruiz
    Erbil, Iraq, Jan 9, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Emil Nona is the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, the Iraqi city overrun by the Islamic State last summer. Since then, he has brought the voice of the Christians of Iraq to the West. "For us the faith is everything. It is our life, our identity, our history and our way of life. We can't separate ourselves from our faith in any way," Archbishop Nona told CNA. "Our faith, which has been in this land for more than 2,000 years, cannot come to an end so easily." He speaks with...
  • “What is Islam?” Revisited

    01/09/2015 1:38:58 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 8, 2015 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    Within Islam, the world is divided into a zone of war and a zone of peace. Those who are in the zone of war or sympathize with it are enemies who deserve death. Firefighters carry a victim on a stretcher at the scene of a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, Jan. 7. (CNS photo/Jacky Naegelen, Reuters) “An aspect of the attack (in Syria) that was not often reported in the media was the way the Islamist invaders tried to remove not only the Christians but the Christianity from the town, a phenomenon that is...
  • More Americans Say Muslim Extremists Are True Muslims Than Christian Extremists Are True Christians

    01/09/2015 11:08:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/09/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    More Americans say that self-described-Muslims who commit violence in the name of their religion are real Muslims than say that self-described-Christians who commit violence are real Christians. Eighty-three percent said violent people who claim to be Christian are not true Christians while only 48 percent said violent people who claim to be Muslim are not true Muslims. Religious Violence A Public Religion Research Institute survey asked 2,450 Americans two questions: "When people claim to be Christian and commit acts of violence in the name of Christianity, do you believe they really are Christian, or not?" "When people claim to be...
  • True Soldarity with those slain french Journalists

    01/08/2015 11:40:30 PM PST · by foto · 5 replies
    General world wide revolt against censorship | 1/9/15 | Concerned
    How about a true act of solidarity for your fellow journalists. How about all USA "journalists" concerned with free speech send out an email to every publisher and weekly in the country and they all agree to publish one page of the slain french cartoonists work all on the same day. Every ordinary citizen can also email or post one to. Arrange for it to happen on January 15, 2015. They cant intimidate everyone. This would be a true act of courage and faith. Get enough people and we can shame the rest into acting or better yet see the...
  • CHARLIE HEBDO PERVERTS FREEDOM [Catholic League's ill-timed diatribe vs. Charlie Hebdo]

    01/08/2015 5:01:11 PM PST · by Colofornian · 58 replies
    Catholic League ^ | Jan. 8, 2015 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on reactions to his news release from yesterday [click here] on the murder of 12 people in Paris: Being misrepresented is commonplace for public figures. Sometimes it reflects an honest misreading; other times it is a willful distortion. I don’t have the time now to address all of these instances, but I am hardly going to run from my position. My position is this: the murderers are fully responsible for what they did and should be treated with the full force of the law. Nothing justifies the killing of these people. But this is not the whole...
  • Sisi First Egyptian President to Attend Coptic Christmas Mass

    01/08/2015 6:27:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has attended the Coptic Christmas mass to mark the first attendance ever made by an Egyptian president to the religious occasion. El-Sisi arrived at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo's Abbasiya district during the mass and gave a brief speech before leaving instantly. He said that both of Egypt's Muslims and Christians are celebrating this occasion, asserting that they are "one entity" in the world's eyes. He added that he had to come to congratulate the Coptic community and then apologised for interrupting the mass. Video footage broadcast by State TV – covering the full...
  • Lan astaslem: I will not surrender, submit, capitulate - #JeSuisCharlie

    01/07/2015 11:29:36 AM PST · by Teófilo · 37 replies
    Vivificat: From Contemplation to Action ^ | 7 January 2015 | TDJ (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. Today's Islamofascist terrorist attack in Paris, France must remind us that vigilance for the defense of liberty is no vice, but a virtue. However, the virtue will soon be under attack, not only by the Islamofascists themselves, but by domestic voices in Europe and in America seeking to limit our freedom of expression at the expense of Muslim susceptibilities here and over there. Like my freedom to state that God is Great, yes, but that Muhammad is not his prophet, that Islam is humanity's one unnecessary religion, that the Koran is no more inspired than...
  • Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century

    01/05/2015 6:05:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/3/15 | Burak Akinci
    Ankara (AFP) - Turkey's Islamic-rooted government has authorised the building of the first church in the country in nearly a century, officials said Saturday. The church is for the tiny Syriac community in Turkey and will be built in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy on the shores of the Sea of Marmara, which already has Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic churches. The announcement came after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Turkey's religious leaders in Istanbul on Friday and said no faith that has lived in the country could be regarded as foreign. "It is the first (new church) since the...
  • German Cathedral to Dim Lights in Protest Against Anti-Islamic March

    01/04/2015 5:57:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/3/15 | Staff Reporter
    Cathedral dean says he wants to make marchers 'stop and think'Cologne Cathedral will turn off its lights on Monday evening in protest against an anti-Islamic march in the German city. A group called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) is organising the march, which is the latest in a series of demonstrations in Germany. A recent march in Dresden attracted an estimated 17,000 people. Fr Norbert Feldhoff, dean of Cologne Cathedral, told Reuters: “Pegida is made up of an astonishingly broad mix of people, ranging from those in the middle of society to racists and the extreme...
  • Middle Eastern Christians Flee Violence for Ancient Homeland

    12/31/2014 6:02:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 12/29/14 | Tara Isabella Burton
    Refugees flee Syria and Iraq to Midyat, Turkey, which clings to its diminished role as the heartland of the ancient Orthodox faith.MIDYAT, Turkey—On most afternoons, Mor Barsaumo, a honey-colored, fifth-century stone church nestled in a warren of slanted streets, draws a crowd. In the narrow courtyard, old men smoke cigarettes and drink coffee, while children kick a soccer ball across the stone floor. In a darkened classroom, empty except for a few desks, a teacher gives private lessons in Syriac, derived from Aramaic, the language of Christ. And now, the refugees also come. Advised by relatives or other refugees, newcomers...
  • In Pakistan, 'Living the Faith is a New Challenge Every Day'

    12/30/2014 6:05:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/28/14 | Reinhard Backes
    Faisalabad, Pakistan, Dec 28, 2014 / 06:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The brutality of the act can hardly be surpassed: in early November, a Christian couple was beaten and burned to death in the Pakistani province of Punjab. Both were in their early 30s, the wife was pregnant. The charge: desecration of the Quran. The background: Article 295 of the Pakistan Penal Code, the blasphemy law, which does more to promote than prevent the arbitrary use of power against persons of different religions. The act put the spotlight on the situation of minorities in the Islamic Republic...
  • Why Muslims Are Converting to Christ in the Face of ISIS Atrocities

    12/26/2014 8:07:31 PM PST · by redleghunter · 56 replies
    Christian Aid Mission ^ | December 14 2014 | Christian Aid Mission
    Atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) are softening the hearts of Muslims to Christianity, and evangelistic techniques and technologies are proving effective, but locally-based missionaries say the main reason for the spike in conversions in the Middle East is simply that former Muslims are finding God is real. In war-torn areas of Syria and Iraq where ISIS is fighting to establish a caliphate, Muslim refugees to neighboring countries, Internally Displaced People and people remaining at home are learning about Christ from native aid workers, podcasts and broadcasts. Tent churches among refugees are sprouting like mushrooms. For people who have suffered...
  • Arsonist sets fire to Swedish mosque, injuring five

    12/26/2014 8:38:02 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 17 replies
    An arsonist set fire to a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people, police said, an incident which comes amid an intense debate over immigration. The immigration debate has pitted the far right, which wants to cut the number of asylum seekers allowed into Sweden by 90 percent, against mainstream parties intent on preserving the Nordic country's liberal policy.
  • Where Are the Jewish Liberals Marching For Decency?

    12/25/2014 10:16:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | December 25, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    A few weeks ago, I wrote an op-ed in The New York Observer entitled “B’nai Jeshurun: Do Jewish Lives Also Matter?” I noted that “high-profile Upper West Side Jewish temple B’nai Jeshurun led a protest after the tragic death of Eric Garner at the hands of the New York Police Department. Then, there was a pre-scheduled event at BJ honoring Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, and the attendees included such luminaries as Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Congressman Jerry Nadler and others.” Multiple rabbis and liberal Jewish communal leaders were arrested in acts of civil disobedience during...
  • German Journalist Reports ISIS Planning the "Largest Religious Cleansing Strategy in History"

    12/24/2014 6:52:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/23/14 | John Burger
    "It is not a question of if we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it is certain ... For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines.”These were the chilling words German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer heard from an Islamic State militant during his recent, stunning visit behind those “front lines,” in Iraq and Syria. The militant was himself a German, one of hundreds of sympathizers joining the Islamic State’s ranks from Europe and the United States. Todenhöfer, 74, who has been reporting from war zones for 50 years, got...
  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • The Pope Came for Bartholomew

    12/19/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Hellenic News of America ^ | 12/18/14 | Cansu Camlibel, Hurriyet Daily News
    STANBUL — John Chryssavgis is an author and theologian born in Australia. He received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens. He also received a diploma in Byzantine music from the Greek Conservatory of Music during those years. He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford. He has lived in the United States for 20 years now, has worked in several universities and written a number of books. But he is also an active clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He received the title of Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne from Patriarch...
  • Christmas in an Iraqi Refugee Camp: Moving Pictures Show Nativity Scene Set Up by Some of The...

    12/17/2014 6:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/13/14 | Jay Akbar
    * Hundreds of displaced Iraqis, forced to evacuate their towns, will celebrate Christmas in this refugee camp in Erbil * They represent a tiny fraction of over three million Iraqi people 'internally displaced' - many of them in Kurdistan * The autonomous region in Northern Iraq is being pushed to breaking point by sheer number of new settlers * Families are safe, for now, from any immediate danger but dropping temperatures pose another serious threatThese beautiful pictures of Christmas prayers and glowing nativity scenes hide a much darker reality. Hundreds of Iraqi Christians, who now occupy these makeshift tents in...
  • Spain Church Criticized Over Cordoba Monument Name

    12/17/2014 6:30:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 12/15/14 | Ciaran Giles
    MADRID (AP) -- A regional government in southern Spain has filed a complaint with Roman Catholic Church authorities over what it believes are church moves in recent years to blot out the Islamic past of Cordoba's ancient mosque-cathedral, one of the country's leading tourist attractions. The Andalusia region's tourism department said Monday the practice by church authorities who own the complex of calling it simply "The Cordoba Cathedral" on its website and on pamphlets and tickets could hurt tourism and confuse the 1 million-plus tourists who annually visit the "mezquita" (mosque), as it is known popularly. Tourism chief Rafael Rodriguez...
  • Muslim organisations on collision course with Austrian government

    12/15/2014 6:34:14 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 16.12.2014 | Cathcon
    The much-touted harmony is fragile: Austria's Muslims are increasingly on a collision course with the Federal Government and its draft for the new Islamic law. On Monday, the Supreme Council, the highest governing body of the Islamic Community in Austria (IGGiÖ) made a statement - with a protest against the decision. They were disappointed with the approach taken by the government, was stated in a joint press release of the Supreme Council and the IGGiÖ President, Fuat Sanac.
  • Germany Tense Over anti-Islam 'Pegida' March in Dresden

    12/15/2014 12:43:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/15/14
    A march against "Islamisation of the West" is due to take place in Dresden, with turnout expected to reach about 10,000 in the eastern German city. A big counter-demonstration is also being organised, similar in size. Dresden is the birthplace of a movement called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West" (Pegida), which staged a big rally a week ago. Justice Minister Heiko Maas called Pegida's protests "a disgrace". But the Eurosceptic party AfD is sympathetic. "Most of their demands are legitimate," said Bernd Lucke, leader of the conservative Alternativ fuer Deutschland (AfD), which has campaigned for a tougher...
  • IOPS [Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society] to present White Book on slain Mideast Christians at UN

    12/15/2014 6:17:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/15/14
    Moscow, December 15, Interfax - The Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society (IOPS) has announced the creation of a White Book on crimes against Christians in the Middle East, which will be presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council in February 2015. "We are working to compile the so-called White Book, containing a sorrowful list of names of the slain and tortured Christians, instances of churches and shrines being destroyed, and eyewitness accounts. We would like to present this book at the UN HRC at its next session in late February - early March," IOPS Vice President Yelena Agapova told a...
  • Message at Temple Mount: Time for 'slaughter of Jews'

    12/12/2014 7:31:48 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    WND.com ^ | 12/12/14
    In the middle of the cavernous and ornate Al Aqsa Mosque on top of Judaism’s holiest site – the Temple Mount – an Islamic cleric began drawing a crowd as he delivered an impromptu sermon warning the Jewish people that they are about to be “slaughtered without mercy.”
  • Iraq’s Sunnis and Shiites coexist in Kurdish refugee camp

    12/10/2014 5:03:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 9, 2014 | Jad Sleiman
    IRBIL, Iraq — While Iraq is being torn apart along sectarian lines, Shiites and Sunnis have managed to keep the peace among themselves in a tent city, Camp Hashem. More than 1,300 displaced by war that pits "Islamic State" against Iraque and Kurd forces. The French relief agency in charge maintains order among the mixed, destitute population with just a half dozen employees and no security personnel. While new neighbors at the camp get along, each understand; the "Islamic State" could never have achieved success without help from within.
  • Al-Azhar Urges Christians Not to Flee Mideast Radicals

    12/09/2014 6:15:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Arab News ^ | 12/5/14 | AFP
    CAIRO: Al-Azhar, Islam’s most prestigious center of learning, on Thursday urged Christians in the Arab world to stand firm in the face of jihadi violence and not flee into exile. The call, made at a Cairo conference organized by Al-Azhar, came just days after Pope Francis pressed the world’s Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam by groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. “We condemn the forced exile of Christians and other religious or ethnic groups,” the conference...
  • The Pope prayed at a mosque last weekend – Is this the cool, progressive thing to do?

    12/06/2014 6:04:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Naija - The Internet Newspaper for Young Nigerians ^ | December 2, 2014 | Adedayo Ademuwagun
    Picture the Pope praying in a mosque alongside top Muslim leaders. That’s what happened in Turkey last weekend. Pope Francis was at the Blue Mosque in Instabul on Saturday as part of his three-day visit to the predominantly Muslim country. He also celebrated Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the city. The visit to the mosque is significant as the Pope tries to promote peace and unity between Muslims and Christians. He’s the second Pope to worship at the Blue Mosque. The first was his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who was there in 2006 for a...
  • Koran Should be Read at Prince Charles' Coronation Says Top Bishop: Critics Attack Proposal...

    12/04/2014 7:11:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/28/14 | Steve Doughty
    *Lord Harries said gesture would be a ‘creative act of accommodation’*Speaking in House of Lords claimed it would help Muslims feel ‘embraced’*Critics attacked idea insisting 'British values stem from Christian heritagePrince Charles’s coronation service should be opened with a reading from the Koran, a senior Church of England bishop said yesterday. The gesture would be a ‘creative act of accommodation’ to make Muslims feel ‘embraced’ by the nation, Lord Harries of Pentregarth said. But critics attacked the idea, accusing the Church of ‘losing confidence’ in its own institutions and traditions. Lord Harries, a former Bishop of Oxford and a leading...