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  • U.S. mosque count grows by 74 percent in decade

    02/29/2012 10:19:44 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/29/12 | Matt O'Brien
    The number of American mosques grew by 74 percent in the past decade and are increasingly found in the suburbs, according to a national survey by a coalition of Muslim groups. The 2011 U.S. Mosque Survey counted 2,106 mosques in the United States, 246 in California and 62 in the Bay Area. "This building boom is indicative of the growing financial resources of the Muslim community as many Muslims have lived in the U.S. for many decades now and their financial resources have improved," wrote study author Ihsan Bagby, an associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky....
  • The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World [Christian Winter update]

    02/26/2012 12:34:36 AM PST · by Milagros · 3 replies
    TheDailyBeast/NewsWeek ^ | Feb 6, 2012 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    From one end of the muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith. (Page 1 of 3) We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm. The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate. In recent years the...
  • In Iran, government halts Farsi worship

    02/20/2012 4:43:37 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 2-20-12 | Damaris Kremida
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Iran's Ministry of Intelligence has ordered the last two officially registered churches holding Friday Farsi-language services in Tehran to discontinue them. Emmanuel Protestant Church and St. Peter's Evangelical Church were the last two official churches offering services on Fridays in Tehran in Iran's primary language, according to Middle East Concern (MEC). Officials issued the order on Feb. 10. Emmanuel and St. Peter's, both Presbyterian churches, are among Tehran's few registered churches that mainly serve the Armenian and Assyrian communities. The churches' Armenian- and Assyrian- language services are typically held on Sundays. In 2009, authorities had ordered...
  • H'wood Snubs Muslim Stone

    02/20/2012 12:45:44 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | 2/20/'12 | Unattributed
    Sean Stone, son of controversial director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam in Iran last week and says he’s already experiencing a Hollywood backlash. The ceremony was held in Isfahan, where he is researching a documentary. He now goes by the name of Sean Christopher Ali Stone. He told Page Six: “I’ve already experienced the reverse of anti-Semitism, having people within the film industry express a reluctance to work with me now that I have said a simple prayer, ‘There is no God but God, and Mohammed is his messenger.’ I am sure I have [bleeped] off some powerful people.” Speaking...
  • Some of highlighted mass casualties by (radical) Islam in 4 decades - 1971-2011

    02/18/2012 6:58:19 PM PST · by Milagros · 3 replies · 3+ views
    Some of highlighted mass casualties by (radical) Islam in four decades - 1971-2011 2,000-25,000 between Jordanians and "Palestinians" 1970 ('Black September').[http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B02E7D61F3CF931A25752C1A9629C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=4] 3,000,000 - Bangladesh, 1971 (by Yahya Khan).[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16207201] 300,000 - Uganda (1971-1979 under Idi Amin). [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8372250.stm] Over 100,000 - Algeria (between 1992 and 2002).[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14118856] Over 300,000 - Iraq (1979-2003) under Saddam Hussein.[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13094677] 300,000 - Lebanon 1970s-2000 by Syria and 'Palestinians'.[http://www.free-lebanon.com/Editorials/Reader_Mail/archives2/archives2.html] 2,500,000 - Sudan, 1983-2005.[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/15/AR2010101503871.html] PSMost Israeli casualties are innocent non-combatants. Most Arab "Palestinian" casualties are combatants and/or involved in violent attacks. Not to mention Arab-Islamic intentional routine in causing deaths on their side via human shields. Same goes to Hezbollah...
  • Sean Stone, Oliver Stone’s son, embraces Islam in Iran (Supports Ahmadinejad)

    02/17/2012 12:39:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Global Post ^ | February 15, 2012 | Kristin Deasy
    Sean Stone, the son of award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday during a ceremony in the Iranian city of Isfahan. Taking the name “Ali,” Iranian news agencies report that the 27-year-old has converted to Shia Islam, which is practiced by the majority of Iranians. The son of a half-Jewish father and Christian mother, Stone told AFP today that his conversion “is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,” but shows “I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets.” He has not, however, explained his reason for converting. Reuters reports that Stone is in Iran working...
  • Oliver Stone's director son turns to Islam (but says he's holding onto Judaism and Christianity)

    02/16/2012 1:57:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 02/16/2012 | Mark Duell
    A U.S. filmmaker who has a Jewish father and Christian mother today decided to convert to Islam in Iran, where he is making a documentary. But Sean Stone, 27, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, insisted the switch did not signal him abandoning the faiths of his parents. He became a Shiite Muslim on Tuesday and has reportedly chosen to be known by the first name of 'Ali', but will not reveal why he converted. ‘The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,’ Mr Stone told news agency Agence France-Presse. ‘It means I...
  • Oliver Stone’s son converts to Islam in Iran

    02/14/2012 8:08:54 AM PST · by Makana · 11 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | Feb. 14, 2012 | Unnamed
    TEHRAN -- Sean Stone, the son of U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone, has converted to Islam in Iran. He went to the office of Shia cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Nasseri Dowlatabadi in the city of Isfahan on Tuesday and recited shahada, the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported. The shahada is the Islamic profession of the faith, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger.” To convert to Islam, one simply has to recite this while believing it in one’s heart.
  • Oliver Stone’s son converts to Islam in Iran

    02/14/2012 8:08:39 AM PST · by Makana · 2 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | Feb. 14, 2012 | Unnamed
    TEHRAN -- Sean Stone, the son of U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone, has converted to Islam in Iran. He went to the office of Shia cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Nasseri Dowlatabadi in the city of Isfahan on Tuesday and recited shahada, the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported. The shahada is the Islamic profession of the faith, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger.” To convert to Islam, one simply has to recite this while believing it in one’s heart.
  • Yemeni Pietà is placating to Islam and an insult to Michelangelo, Jesus, Mary, and Christianity

    02/11/2012 5:58:18 PM PST · by forty_years · 4 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | 2/11/2012 | netwmd Staff
    Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda won the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year award Friday for an image of a veiled woman holding a wounded relative in her arms after a demonstration in Yemen. ... the image has religious 'almost Biblical' overtones and noted its resemblance in composition to Michelangelo's Pieta -- but in a Muslim setting. ..." - CBC, Feb 10, 2012 "Almost Biblical." Not... even... close... Comparing Michelangelo's Pietà to some snapshot of a burqa-ed Muslim woman holding some injured Yemeni street protester is an ideal example of Westerners wearing rose-colored glasses. Many Western "intellectuals" are bending...
  • Islamic "holy" hate: 'Our indoctrination is sacred.'

    02/10/2012 7:09:56 AM PST · by Milagros · 9 replies
    "HOLY" ISLAMIC HATREDFor Your Information Arab Racism, Anti-semitism. Michigan Daily - Dec 6, 1973 Arabs often claim that they are not anti-semites because they are Semites. That is irrelevant because anti-semitism historically and means hatred of Jews and nothing else.Antisemitic literature abounds in the Arab world to day and its main function appears to be the cultivation and maintenance of popular hatred toward Israel. A substantial portion of this antisemitic campaign stems from continued Arab-Nazi collaboration since WW II.The leaders of the Palestinian Arabs (Haj Amin el Husseini, Fawsi el Hawkii, Wasef Kamal) were in Berlin since 1941. They helped...
  • Mormonism: What the Latter Day Saints think of Islam [Indicator of how Mitt perceives Islam?]

    02/08/2012 3:57:00 PM PST · by Colofornian · 110 replies
    Pakistan Independent ^ | Feb. 7, 2012
    Brigham Youg University has the largest library of books on Muslims scholars. It has been in the forefront of taking old books and translating them into English and publishing them. The Morman are call themselves the Church of Christ and Latter Day Saints–believing that there are prophets after Jesus Christ. The Mormons are Unitarians and reject Trinity. The LDS position on Islam can be found in an August 2000 article by James Toronto, entitled “A Latter-day Saint Perspective on Muhammad,” from Ensign—the church’s flagship monthly magazine. In the clearest and most complete elucidation of its position on Muslims, Toronto, the...
  • Catholic MP: Thousands of Christians May be Killed if Assad Regime Falls

    02/07/2012 7:16:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    A Catholic MP has said that if the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime falls then thousands of Christians in the country may be killed. Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said that under the “nasty” regime Christian refugees from Iraq had found “an oasis of relative calm”. But following the Arab Spring uprising, he said, suspected rebels had killed a young Christian man. In an article in this week’s Catholic Herald, he writes: “A great many have taken refuge in neighbouring Syria in which, despite the heavy-handed nature of its dictatorial regime, Christians (and indeed Jews) have found an...
  • Italy's Mosque Wars

    02/06/2012 7:14:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Stonegate Institute ^ | 2/3/12 | Soeren Kern
    The southern Italian island of Sicily is about to become the proud new owner of a multi-million euro mega-mosque. The mosque, to be built in the medieval town of Salemi in southwestern Sicily, is being paid for by the oil-rich Persian Gulf Emirate of Qatar. Supporters of the mosque hope it will become a reference point for Muslims in Sicily as well as the rest of Italy. Construction of the mosque reflects the growing influence of Islam in Italy, which is now home to an estimated 1.5 million Muslims. In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the mayor...
  • Florida Family Association fights creeping Shariah

    02/05/2012 2:43:52 PM PST · by forty_years · 4 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | 2/5/2012 | netwmd Staff
    ...If Florida courts accept provisions of Islamic Sharia law or other foreign laws and legal codes which are inconsistent with American laws it will undermine public policies enacted by our representative form of government and change our value system. ... - Florida Family Association The dangers of Shariah should be self-evident and, thankfully, the good people of the Florida Family Association (FFA) are working against Islamism in their home state. The Obama administration, some other Western governments, and the Western mainstream media are generally soft-peddling the dangers of radical Islam, so people who value freedom and democracy should be...
  • Muslims Declare Jihad on Dogs in Europe

    01/31/2012 12:38:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    Stonegate Institute ^ | 1/31/12 | Soeren Kern
    A Dutch Muslim politician has called for a ban on dogs in The Hague, the third-largest city in the Netherlands. Islamic legal tradition holds that dogs are "unclean" animals, and some say the call to ban them in Holland and elsewhere represents an attempted encroachment of Islamic Sharia law in Europe. This latest canine controversy -- which the Dutch public has greeted with a mix of amusement and outrage -- follows dozens of other Muslim-vs-dog-related incidents in Europe. Critics say it reflects the growing assertiveness of Muslims in Europe as they attempt to impose Islamic legal and religious norms on...
  • 'Free to believe. Free to love. Free to be.' [Iran - most religious intolerant!]

    01/31/2012 6:40:56 AM PST · by PRePublic · 2 replies
    Macleans (Canada) ^ | Jan 23, 2012 | Aaron Wherry
    ... And nowhere is religious intolerance more present than in Iran. Baha'i's and Christians are consistently threatened with death and torture simply for believing. Simply for their beliefs. In September of this past year, a Christian Pastor was threatened with death if he refused to renounce his beliefs. And he is not alone in this. In Egypt, we have been witness to gruesome attacks against Coptic Christians. Attacks in the very places they hold to be sacred... Egyptians recognize that they will not have any freedoms, if they cannot be free to simply believe. Taken from the famous words of...
  • Military Archbishop: U.S. Invasion Led to Fewer Iraqi Christians

    01/28/2012 8:18:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/28/12 | David Kerr
    Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2012 / 07:03 am (CNA).- U.S. Military Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio says the collapse of Iraq’s Christian population is among the legacies of America's invasion in 2003. “Yes, you can say in a certain sense that the invasion of Iraq did provoke this tremendous diminution of the Christian population in that country. And what the future holds, that still remains to be seen,” the archbishop for the armed forces told CNA during his visit to Rome on Jan. 16. His comments come only a month after the final pull-out of U.S. troops from Iraq, where they...
  • Nuns Report Increased Verbal Abuse and Discrimination in Bosnia

    01/25/2012 11:58:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Nuns wearing habits are being subjected to verbal abuse in public more and more frequently in Bosnia-Herzegovina, according local Franciscan Sisters. Ivanka Mihaljevic, Bosnian Provincial Superior of the Franciscan Sisters of Christ the King, made the claim during a visit to the international headquarters of Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Königstein. The nuns now only leave the convent in pairs if at all possible, out of fear of abuse. Everyday life is becoming increasingly difficult in general, according to Sister Ivanka, especially as more and more Muslim extremists are immigrating from Saudi Arabia and...
  • Nigerian Churches Mostly Empty after Islamist Insurgents Kill Over 178

    01/24/2012 9:53:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Gun and bomb attacks by Islamist insurgents in the northern Nigerian city of Kano last week killed at least 178 people, a hospital doctor said on Sunday, underscoring the challenge President Goodluck Jonathan faces to prevent his country sliding further into chaos. A coordinated series of bomb blasts and shooting sprees mostly targeting police stations Friday sent panicked residents of Nigeria's second biggest city of more than 10 million people running for cover. The scale of the carnage makes this by far the deadliest strike claimed by Boko Haram, a shadowy Islamist sect that started out as a clerical movement...