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  • Boko Haram Islamikaze Car Bomb Kills 38 Christians Outside Easter Service in Kaduna, Nigeria

    04/08/2012 1:48:33 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 26 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 8 April 12 | Unattributed
    Another Christian Holy Day and another murderous attack by Jihadists in Nigeria. This time 38 Christian worshippers were killed by a vehicle-born explosive device driven into a crowded area near an Easter worship service in the Nigerian city of Kaduna.
  • The Passover-Easter Sellout (Oliver North)

    04/05/2012 6:16:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 6, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Passover and Easter — intrinsically linked in the Jewish and Christian traditions — are being celebrated this weekend. For observant Jews, Passover commemorates the Hebrews' liberation from slavery under Egypt's Pharaoh. For faithful Christians, Easter is a celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the grave and the fulfillment of a new covenant between God and man. Biblical passages in Exodus 12, Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20 describe these historical events and the reasons for festivities among people of faith. But this year, these holidays are a time of extraordinary anxiety for Christians and Jews...
  • Knights of Pride’ wanted to turn France into Islamic Caliphate

    03/23/2012 3:41:29 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 24 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 22 March 2012 | Daniel Siryoti and Eli Leon
    Mohammed Merah belonged to extreme Salafi group that works to topple French democracy • Group’s website shut down with homepage reading: “Due to great pressures brought upon us, we have dismantled the Forsane al-Izza movement.” Mohammed Merah, the confessed murderer of three children and a rabbi at a Toulouse Jewish school this week, was not a lone wolf, and on Wednesday the testimonies poured in about his involvement with a Salafi (extreme strand of Sunni Islam) group named Forsane al-Izza (FA). The “Knights of Pride”- as the group’s name means in English - was founded in France about a year...
  • Pastor Sentenced to Three Years in Bhutan Prison

    03/22/2012 4:32:29 PM PDT · by wmfights · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Gospel For Asia ^ | March 17, 2012
    The Bhutan High Court sentenced Gospel for Asia-supported missionary *Ugyen Tashi to three years in prison for “attempting to promote civil unrest” for showing a film about Jesus. On May 21st, carrying a generator and a projector, Ugyen walked for two days into interior villages of Bhutan with a single purpose—to give people a chance to learn about Jesus. But when one of the village chiefs learned of the movie’s content, he informed the chief of his district, who then called the police to arrest Ugyen. Investigations and Questionings The days following the arrest were a whirlwind of investigations, questionings,...
  • Deadly serious request to Holy Souls Hermitage readers (Catholic Caucus)

    03/21/2012 6:51:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | March 20, 2012 | Father George David Byers, S.S.L., S.T.D.
    Preface to this post - The following was brought to my attention by a fellow freeper who also maintains a blog. He provides the following background information on the author. This priest is a "hermit" who is incardinated in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC. He was Chaplain in Lourdes for a time, and is an exorcist. He was ordained in Rome. He has posted a 30-odd series on exorcism and says the Traditional Latin Mass each day. He prays for priests and bishops each day in his daily Mass. After reading through the following text, I visited the blog of...
  • American killed in Yemen 'highly respected' Islam

    03/19/2012 6:01:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | March 19, 2012
    The employers of an American man killed while working in Yemen said in a statement Monday that he “highly respected” Islam, after a group tied to al-Qaida claimed it had executed him because of his “Christian proselytizing.” Joel Shrum, a teacher at the International Training Development Center, was shot dead Sunday in the city of Taiz where he worked. A group linked to al-Qaida, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), claimed responsibility. "This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims," an unidentified person said in a text message to...
  • 'Gay-affirming' churches harming homosexuals, says Christian therapist hit with undercover sting

    03/14/2012 11:31:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | March 9, 2012 | Hilary White
    Churches and psychological professional associations are harming people suffering from unwanted same-sex attraction, both spiritually and medically, by their acceptance of the "gay-affirming" ideology pushed by the homosexualist lobby, a Christian psychotherapist told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview today.Lesley Pilkington, a psychotherapist in the UK who was famously the subject of an undercover" sting" by a homosexual activist and journalist, said that there is a "huge gap" in public perception of homosexuality that has been created by a lack of balance in media representation and by the failure of churches to clearly articulate their objections. Pilkington is currently facing professional discipline...
  • Purim for Catholics

    03/07/2012 12:45:30 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    Seraphic Secret ^ | 3/7/'12 | Robert J. Avrech
    Governments will always seek to consolidate ever greater chunks of power. That is the nature of government as it is the nature of man. Jews and non-Jews must always be on guard against those who seek to curtail freedom in the name of allegedly free stuff—higher and ever higher taxes is the price for government entitelements. Seraphic Secret strongly urges our friends in the Catholic community—actually, all our non-Jewish friends—to read The Book of Esther. Because at this very moment President Obama is asserting that Catholics are different. And you are. You believe in a power higher than Obama.
  • The Coming Persecution (a priest's projection on what is to come if Obama re-elected)

    03/03/2012 12:03:05 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 2, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    So much talk amongst right wing Catholics of the erosion of religious liberty, the collapse of all things and the coming persecution. Talk of government detention centers and priests being shot like Bl. Miguel Pro. I don't think they get it. That's not what it will be like. America is different. We're into image big time. We thought the Soviets were into brainwashing and propaganda. We put them in the shade. America is all about healthy, lusty, good looking guys and gals who are clean cut, successful and smiling. We're into the good life. We're into being good and...
  • Joe O’Connor: Arrest over daughter’s gun sketch a case of vigilance and too much zeal(Canada)

    02/25/2012 6:51:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views
    nationalpost.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Joe O'Connor
    Give a kid a box of crayons and a piece of paper and they are going to draw all sorts of things. Flowers, rainbows, horses, fire trucks, daisies, dogs and cats and Mommies and Daddies, mostly rendered in erratic scribbles, especially if the artist is four-years-old and in kindergarten, like Jessie Sansone’s daughter, Neaveh. Neaveh, a student at Forest Hills public school in Kitchener, Ont., drew a picture of her Daddy in class this week. Daddy was holding a gun. Upon seeing it, the teacher began asking questions, triggering an avalanche of unfortunate events that saw a triumph of procedure...
  • Rev. Franklin Graham: Obama Helps Islamists, Ignores Christian Persecution

    02/21/2012 10:43:29 AM PST · by Resettozero · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 2/21/12 | Newsmax
    Reverend Franklin Graham says President Obama has “given Islam a pass,” including ignoring atrocities against Christians in the Muslim world — so much so that the evangelist says he cannot “categorically” say Obama is not a Muslim. In a stunning interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, the renowned Christian leader and son of Billy Graham expressed shock that President Obama was doing little to protect Christians across the Muslim world against a wave of persecution. MSNBC’s liberal hosts were flummoxed by Graham’s strong rebuke of Obama, and queried if Graham believed the president to be a Christian.
  • After surviving sectarian mob, Egyptian Christians expelled from village

    02/17/2012 7:28:45 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/27/2012 | Kristen Chick
    Ten-year-old Romany sits in the same room where his family huddled together nearly three weeks ago, afraid for their lives, as a violent mob attacked their house. His family had fled to this room on the top floor, where pictures of Jesus and Coptic saints hang on bare cement walls. His parents dragged heavy furniture to the door, barricading it as they heard people try to break in below. The mob was throwing rocks at the windows, and he heard gunfire, says Romany. They were cursing Christians. "We kept praying that G0d would be with us," says the fourth-grader. "And...
  • Syria: “Revolution” Becoming More Islamic

    02/16/2012 9:31:52 AM PST · by bayouranger · 15 replies · 1+ views
    PI-NEWS.com ^ | 15FEB12 | Posted by byzanz
    This information is, of course, kept silent from us by the “correct” mass media: In Syria, things are going, as anywhere else in the Arab “Spring,” according to the seizure of power by political Islam. As the “Catholic Magazine for Church and Culture” reports, persecution of Christians in Syria are on a massive increase. Behind the so-appearing “freedom” battle is hiding a religious conflict: “Islamistic” Sunnis have Christians and Alevits in the crosshairs. 80 percent of Christians have already fled from Muslim and mixed neighborhoods. Update: Al-Qaeda is joining in the battle in Syria against the “anti-islamic” regime! (By Michael...
  • Baptist Leader: If Obama Mandate isn't changed, Christians will go to jail.

    02/10/2012 7:05:58 AM PST · by no dems · 41 replies
    LiteSiteNews ^ | February 8, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, February 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) — One of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States says Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told LifeSiteNews.com "we will not comply" with the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD. "We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write...
  • Southern Baptist leader: If Obama mandate isn’t changed, Christians will go to jail

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, February 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States says Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told LifeSiteNews.com “we will not comply” with the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD. “We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write...
  • Global Persecution of Christians (The ugly truth the West should stop ignoring)

    02/09/2012 7:01:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/09/2012 | Conrad Black
    Perhaps the gravest under-publicized atrocity in the world is the persecution of Christians. A comprehensive Pew Forum study last year found that Christians are persecuted in 131 countries containing 70 percent of the world’s population, out of 197 countries in the world (if Palestine, Taiwan, South Sudan, and the Vatican are included). Best estimates are that about 200 million Christians are in communities where they are persecuted. There is not the slightest question of the scale and barbarity of this persecution, and a little of it is adequately publicized. But this highlights the second half of the atrocity: the passivity...
  • Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments

    02/07/2012 4:09:58 AM PST · by 1010RD · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 6, 2012 11:00 PM
    Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control. As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, it could affect the presidential elections. Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees. “Never before,...
  • 2 Texas missionaries murdered in north Mexico

    02/03/2012 7:17:54 PM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-3-12
    A couple from Texas who moved to a violence-plagued area of northern Mexico to run a Baptist church were found murdered on Tuesday in their ransacked home, relatives said. John and Wanda Casias, originally from Amarillo, Texas, moved to an area outside of Monterrey, Mexico, in the late 1970s or early 1980s to make it their home. Valerie Alirez, the eldest child of John Casias, said one of her brothers found her father and stepmother dead on Tuesday in their home in Santiago, Nuevo Leon. John Casias, 76, was a Baptist preacher and the couple ran the First Fundamentalist Independent...
  • Amarillo missionary couple found slain south of Monterrey

    02/01/2012 4:05:41 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KGBT ^ | 02/01/2012
    MEXICO CITY -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says two Americans have been slain outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey, an area plagued by drug violence. It identifies them as John and Wanda Casias. The embassy says the former Amarillo, Texas, couple's family has been notified and it is providing relatives consular services. The embassy hasn't confirmed reports that the killing happened Tuesday. Its statement provides no other details. Valerie Alirez in Greeley, Colo., is John Casias' eldest child. She says he and his wife were found dead Tuesday in Santiago, Nuevo Leon, by one of her brothers.
  • Lincoln bishop: prepare for 'suffering' under HHS mandate

    01/31/2012 4:59:07 PM PST · by The Shrew · 138 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 26, 2012 | The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz
    Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of LincolnLincoln, Neb., Jan 30, 2012 / 06:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics may have to suffer for the integrity of their institutions, Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska announced in his response to the Obama administration's contraception mandate. “We cannot and will not comply with this unjust decree. Like the martyrs of old, we must be prepared to accept suffering which could include heavy fines and imprisonment,” Bishop Bruskewitz wrote in a letter he ordered to be read at every Sunday Mass in his diocese on Jan. 29. “Our American religious liberty is in grave jeopardy,”...
  • Occupiers Dump Condoms on Catholic School Girls

    01/31/2012 2:23:56 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 29 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 1/31/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters disrupted a Right to Life rally and threw condoms on Catholic school girls inside the Rhode Island state capitol building.
  • Bishop David Zubik confronts Obama

    01/31/2012 7:15:03 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 19 replies
    Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese ^ | 1/29/2012 | Bishop David Zubik
    Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik: 'To Hell' With New Contraception Rules The Obama administration is requiring church-affiliated employers to provide health care plans that cover access to contraception. By Larissa Dudkiewicz Email the author January 29, 2012 Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop David Zubik Friday joined a growing segment of religious leaders speaking out against the Obama administration’s new law that requires religious employers to offer health plans covering free contraceptives. In an open letter titled "To Hell With You," Zubik on Friday characterized some of the mandates in the administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a "slap in the face" and...
  • A Mormon Story: Totalitarianism Knows no Bounds

    01/13/2012 1:12:32 AM PST · by spirited irish · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Renew America ^ | Jan. 13, 2012 | Stephen Stone
    more than a decade, the politically-active Stone family, who founded RenewAmerica, has been harassed and intimidated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) for refusing to abandon their respected political work. This unAmerican persecution has come not just from a few errant leaders or members, unfortunately, but from the highest levels of the church. Stephen Stone, President of RenewAmerica, has written a compelling account of his family's ordeal in digital book form: A Mormon Story: Authoritarianism Knows No Bounds. It's a factual, objective history of the church's interference with RenewAmerica, itself — and with the...
  • “War on Christmas” Post-mortem: Do Christians Have a Persecution Complex?

    01/09/2012 8:26:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Philosophical Fragments ^ | 01/09/2012 | Timothy Dalrymple
    Like megachurches, homeschooling, and Tim Tebow, “Merry Christmas” has become a religio-cultural Rorschach test. If you prefer that department stores greet you with a “Merry Christmas,” or at least wish they didn’t feel compelled to adopt the anodyne “Happy Holidays,” chances are good you’re a conservative Christian of some stripe. If, on the other hand, you prefer to talk about how ridiculous it is that anyone should care how a department store greets them, or if you prefer to mock that concern and say that people who feel that concern should (a) get a life or (b) stop trying...
  • Nine of the Top Ten Religious Persecutors Are Islamic in Advocacy Group’s Annual Rankings

    01/05/2012 5:34:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 01/05/2012 | By Patrick Goodenough
    North Korea tops a list of the world’s worst religious persecutors for the tenth consecutive year, but Islamic states dominate the rankings, accounting for nine of the top ten and 38 of the full 50-country list released Wednesday. Going back nine years, that is the highest number of Islamic countries making the top ten in Open Doors’ annual world watch list, which ranks countries based on questionnaires completed by the Christian ministry’s personnel on the ground and cross-checked by independent experts. In 2011 and 2010, Islamic states accounted for eight of the top ten, in 2009 for seven of the...
  • Gay Pressure on PayPal Named as Fourth Top Anti-Christian Act of 2011

    01/03/2012 4:37:26 PM PST · by juliosevero · 8 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Gay Pressure on PayPal Named as Fourth Top Anti-Christian Act of 2011 Commentary by Julio Severo Americans were asked to name the top 10 Anti-Christian Acts of 2011 in the US, and the fourth place was given to the homosexual effort to close PayPal accounts from a list of ten Christian organizations, including me. For a long time I have been under attack from Brazilian gay activists. But this was the first time that an American gay group blacklists me with major Christian groups. Read the full article here: Top Anti-Christian Acts of 2011 Revealed The year 2011 saw plenty...
  • Muslim terrorists give Nigerian Christians ultimatum: Leave or Die

    01/03/2012 4:17:50 PM PST · by americanophile · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Energy Publisher ^ | January 3, 2012 | Martin Barillas
    The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has given Christians three days to leave northern Nigeria following attacks on churches and other targets over Christmas that left more than 40 people dead. The ultimatum, issued late on December 31, intensifies the threat to Christians in the Muslim-majority North, parts of which are under a state of emergency after the Christmas violence. Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic religious law across the country, claimed responsibility for a coordinated series of bomb and gun attacks on churches and the security services in five states on Christmas Day 2011. The majority of the...
  • Nigeria Declares State of Emergency

    01/01/2012 4:34:28 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Islamist violence has forced NIgerian President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency and order the closure of part of the country's borders. Jonathan announced the emergency measures Saturday, labeling the Islamist sect Boko Haram a "cancer" that threatened to destroy Africa's most populated body after a deadly week in which scores were killed by the radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram. Speaking in a broadcast to the nation, the president said, "It has become imperative to take some decisive measures to restore normalcy in the country, especially within the affected communities..." He listed parts of the states of...
  • Nigerian Bishops Call For Help to Fight Sect

    12/31/2011 1:38:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/31/11
    LAGOS — An influential body grouping Nigeria's Catholic Bishops Saturday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to hire foreign crime experts to snuff out an Islamist sect blamed for hundreds of deaths. "I call on Mr President to recall the retired experts in criminology and employ foreign experts in this field to assist the active security agents to put an immediate end to the Boko Haram menace," a statement said. Boko Haram is believed to include different factions with varying aims, including those with political links as well as a hard-core Islamist cell that has drawn supporters from young people in the...
  • Boko Haram attacks prompt Nigeria state of emergency

    12/31/2011 1:11:29 PM PST · by Just4Him · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/31/2011
    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in parts of the country following attacks from the Islamist group Boko Haram. The measure is in force is areas of the Yobe and Borno states in the north-east, Plateau state in central Nigeria and Niger state in the east. International borders in the affected areas have been temporarily closed. Mr Jonathan vowed to "crush" Boko Haram, which killed dozens in attacks across the country on Christmas Day. Announcing the state of emergency in a live televised address, Mr Jonathan said: "The temporary closure of our borders in the affected...
  • Nigerian churches call Christmas bombings 'declaration of war'

    12/28/2011 7:39:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 58 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Wed December 28, 2011 | Soni Irabor
    Medics carry the body of a victim after a bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church inNigeria's capital, Abuja, on December 25."Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigeria's Christians are losing faith that the government will protect them from attacks by Islamic extremists and will "respond appropriately" to future killings, the country's leading church group warned Wednesday. In a public message to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Christian Association of Nigeria called the Christmas Day targeting of churches in several cities "a declaration of war on Christians and Nigeria as an entity." The group also criticized its Muslim counterparts for failing to condemn...
  • Why can't Nigeria defeat Boko Haram?

    12/28/2011 10:13:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11 November 2011 | Jonah Fisher
    <p>Nigeria's Defence Minister Bello Halliru Mohammed says his men are once again "on top" of the security situation in the north - which has seen a spate of attacks by militant Islamist group Boko Haram - and that people have nothing to fear.</p>
  • Islamists ‘Celebrate’ Christmas

    12/27/2011 8:34:33 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/27/2011 | Arnold Ahlert
    Another Christmas, another slaughter of Christians by members of the so-called "religion of peace." The Boko Haram, a "radical Muslim sect" as the Associated Press puts it, claimed credit for bombing a Nigerian Catholic church on Christmas, killing 35 and wounding 52. What do the Boko Haram want? A sect spokesman calling himself Abul-Qaqa offered this in an interview with The Daily Trust, the newspaper of record across Nigeria's Muslim north. "There will never be peace until our demands are met," he said. "We want all our brothers who have been incarcerated to be released, we want full implementation of...
  • Being Christian is a death sentence

    12/27/2011 7:01:06 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 22,2011 | Editorial
    Persecuted Christians are fleeing from the Middle East in increasing numbers. The United States should open its doors to them as a guaranteed safe haven.-SNIP-The Christian population in Iraq is one of the most at risk. Around half of Iraqi Christians have fled the country since 2003, and those who remain expect growing challenges, given the U.S. military pullout. Christians have suffered periodic waves of violence, including bombings, assassinations and church burnings. When Iraq's government said in 2010 it would issue a license to carry firearms to any Christian family that wanted one, it was simply acknowledging the reality that...
  • Sudan’s Recurring Nightmare

    11/17/2011 5:00:55 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 11-15-11 | Faith J. H. McDonnell
    Sudan is a kind of diabolical Groundhog Day. In the film by that name, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) re-lives the same day over and over again until he learns the lessons needed to change his life and save the lives of others. In Sudan today, people of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State are re-living the horrific nightmare from which they thought they had finally awakened after the signing of Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. But in this case, it is the United States government that has failed to learn the lessons needed to change conditions and save the...
  • Iraq's Christians Near Extinction

    12/22/2011 8:14:39 AM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 12-21-11 | Raymond Ibrahim
    A recent Fox News report tells of how "a rash of attacks on Christian-owned businesses in northern Iraq has raised troubling questions about the future safety of the country's shrinking Christian community, particularly as U.S. forces withdraw completely from the nation they've refereed since 2003." In fact, "questions about the future safety of the country's shrinking Christian community" have been raised ever since the U.S. toppled secular strongman Saddam Hussein, thereby unloosing the forces of jihad previously corked. The report continues: The attacks, which have received little international attention, raged through northern cities following a sermon last Friday by a...
  • Op-Ed: Muslims Drive out Christians from PA Territories

    12/18/2011 5:05:28 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/11 | Manfred Gerstenfeld
    Interview Series: International human rights lawyerJustus Reid Weiner: "They flee to almost any country that will issue them a visa." "The disputed territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been administered by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and in more recent years, in part, by Hamas. Under these regimes, the resident Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses including intimidation, beatings, land theft, firebombing of churches and other Christian institutions, denial of employment, economic boycott, torture, kidnapping, forced marriage, sexual harassment, and extortion. "Muslims who have converted to Christianity are the ones in the greatest...
  • Vatican Cardinal Burke: ‘We’re well on the way’ to Christian persecution in the U.S.

    11/28/2011 8:49:17 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-28-11 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN, November 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the highest ranking cardinals in the Vatican has said that the United States is “well on the way” to the persecution of Christians. Cardinal Raymond Burke Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and now the head of the Vatican’s highest court, told Catholic News Agency that he could envision a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S., “even by announcing her own teaching,” is accused of “engaging in illegal activity, for instance, in its teaching on human sexuality.” Asked if the cardinal could even see American Catholics being arrested...
  • Christian mother 'forced out of Heathrow job after hate campaign by Muslim fundamentalists'

    11/28/2011 10:03:40 AM PST · by bayouranger · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11-27-11 | Craig Mackenzie
    A worker who claims she was the victim of a race-hate campaign by fundamentalist Muslims because of her Christian beliefs has launched a landmark case against her former employers. Nouhad Halawi, a saleswoman at Heathrow Airport's World Duty Free shop, said she and other Christian staff were systematically harassed by Muslims. She alleged the intimidation included: # I was told I would go to hell, claims worker # 'Muslims made fun of colleague wearing crosses' # Lost job after speaking out about 'extremist' bullying # Bullying a friend at the airport for wearing crosses. # Muslims telling her she would...
  • Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2011 "The World Remains Silent;

    11/28/2011 8:01:54 AM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | 11-17-11 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Egypt's Maspero massacre—where the military killed dozens of Christians protesting the destruction of their churches—dominates October's persecution headlines. Facts and details concerning the military's "crimes against humanity" are documented in this report, and include videos of armored-vehicles running over civilians, a catalog of lies and deceitful tactics employed by Egypt's rulers and state media, and other matters overlooked by the West. More damning evidence continues to emerge: not only did Egypt's military plan to massacre Christians to teach them a "lesson" never to protest again, but "death squads" were deployed up buildings the night before to snipe at protesters. Instead...
  • Cross Removed in Afghanistan

    11/24/2011 4:16:28 AM PST · by theoldmarine · 11 replies
    politico ^ | 11/24/2011
    A large cross that had been prominently displayed outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan was taken down last week, prompting outrage from some American service members stationed there. “We are here away from our families, and the chapel is the one place that feels like home,” a service member at Camp Marmal told POLITICO. “With the cross on the outside, it is a constant reminder for all of us that Jesus is here for us.” Continue Reading Text Size -+reset Listen Latest on POLITICO Obama address: We can overcome For both parties, reasons to give...
  • Are We Seeing the Beginning of Religious Persecution in America?

    10/27/2011 8:29:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/6/11 | Russell Shaw
    Catholic Church agencies are closing their doors under new laws, policies gutting conscience rightsIs America on track for a religious freedom crisis generated by secularists in and out of government bent on pushing churches around on a variety of fronts? Fresh evidence strongly suggests that the answer is yes. Take what’s been happening lately in Peoria, Ill. In early October, the Diocese of Peoria announced it was discontinuing Catholic Charities foster care services in reaction to a new law requiring state-funded programs to place children with unmarried couples living in civil unions. The diocese said Charities also would withdraw from...
  • Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the White House

    10/25/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10-25-11 | El Cid
    From a Middle East correspondent: Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a visit of (the spiritual head of the Maronite Church) Patriarch Beshara Rahi to the White House are Dalia Mujahid (Mogahed), the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department, who is from Egyptian origins. And that,” according...
  • VATICAN COUNCIL CALLS FOR FINANCIAL REFORM-(The Official Version)

    10/25/2011 5:21:11 PM PDT · by mgist · 13 replies
    Catholic League ^ | 10/24/2011 | Donohue
    The Vaticans Message Was Grossly Distorted by Reuters October 24, 2011 The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued a document today titled, "Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority." Commenting on it is Catholic League president Bill Donohue: There has been much hyperventilation from some quarters over the release of this document. All of it is unwarranted. To begin with, the text is not an encyclical, nor is it the work of Pope Benedict XVI. Much of what it says is consistent with long-standing Catholic social teaching: the quest for the...
  • Christian in Pakistan faces death penalty because of her faith in Jesus Christ (Please Take a Stand)

    Just got this email and am asking for all people concerned about persecuted Christians in the Middle East to please sign this petition and let everyone you know about this. Thanks and God Bless. CALL FOR MERCY PETITION TO BE DELIVERED SOON. PLEASE SIGN TODAY. Dear friends: We recently received an update from our field staff in Pakistan regarding Asia Bibi, who has been sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy against Muhammad. Although we had heard reports that Asia had been "tortured" by a prison official, her husband clarified that she has not been tortured but has been harassed by...
  • Not a Single Christian Church Left in Afghanistan, Says State Department (freedom... gone)

    10/11/2011 5:58:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 10, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime. In the intervening decade, U.S. taxpayers have spent $440 billion to support Afghanistan's new government and more than 1,700 U.S. military personnel have died serving in that country. The last public Christian church in Afghanistan was razed in March 2010, according to the Statet Department's latest International Religious Freedom Report. The report, which was released last month and...
  • Iran spreading lies about pastor, groups say

    10/06/2011 4:46:04 PM PDT · by wmfights · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Oct 6, 2011 | staff
    TEHRAN (BP)--Imprisoned Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani "remains in grave danger of execution more now than ever" with a verdict in his case expected Oct. 10, although one watch group fears that the death sentence could be implemented without any prior announcement. Nadarkhani was arrested in 2009 and charged with apostasy, an offense punishable by hanging. A lower court found that while he had never been Muslim, he was guilty of apostasy because he came from a Muslim family. The Iranian Supreme Court upheld his death sentence. "Continued international vigilance and pressure is vital: the life of this man is still...
  • Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians protest in Cairo

    10/05/2011 8:42:41 PM PDT · by Righting · 6 replies
    XINHUA ^ | Oct. 4, 2011
    Egyptian Coptic Christians hold a protest in front of the state TV building in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 4, 2011. Hundreds of Egyptian Christian Copts staged a sit-in on the road in front of the state TV building in downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening, demanding Aswan provincial governor Moustafa el-Sayed step down and a church be rebuilt at Marinap village in Aswan province. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi) CAIRO, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Egyptian Christian Copts staged a sit-in on the road in front of the state TV building in downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening, demanding Aswan provincial governor Moustafa el-Sayed...
  • Eleven Christians receive death threats as false charges emerge against Nadarkhani

    10/03/2011 9:09:44 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 6 replies
    Christian Today Australia ^ | 10-3-2011 | Unknown to me
    Eleven Iranian Christians who fled Iran in the wake of a government campaign against evangelical Christianity have received threats via email from ‘the unknown soldiers of the Hidden Imam’ calling on them to either repent or face extra-judicial execution. The ‘unknown soldiers’ are alleged to have links with Iranian security services. The email, which was sent to each individual on 14 September, warned the recipients that although they may have managed to flee Iran, they are not hidden from the ‘acute eyes of the unknown soldiers’, who claim they have been advancing to the heart of the ‘Zionist regime’ over...
  • Another Bomb Found at Church in Indonesia

    10/03/2011 1:35:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    Christian Post.com ^ | September 26, 2011, 04:59 pm ED | Anugrah Kumar
    SNIPPET: "A day after a suicide bomb attack wounded 28 at a church in Indonesia..." SNIPPET: "While a suicide bomber struck Sepenuh Injil Bethel Church (translated as "Bethel Full Gospel Church") in Solo City in Central Java province Sunday morning, police found another bomb in front of Maranatha church in Ambon Island, the capital of Maluku province, Monday. "This is in a series of bombs that we found there [in Ambon]," the Jakarta Globe newspaper quoted National Police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam as saying. "All are homemade bombs, they are all similar. So the maker is the same.""