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  • Martin Baani: the Iraqi Seminarian Who Will Not Leave His People

    10/28/2014 6:56:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/28/14 | John Pontifex
    Erbil, Iraq, Oct 28, 2014 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bombs are falling and the sound of the explosion is sending shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night. In the midst of it all, on the night of Aug. 6, stands Martin Baani, a 24-year-old seminarian. It’s dawning on him that this is Karamlesh’s last stand. For 1,800 years, Christianity has had a home in the hearts and minds of the people...
  • Muslim leaders from around the world issue ISIS rebuke

    10/28/2014 1:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 28, 2014
    A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS) More than 100 Muslim leaders — clerics and laypeople alike — have signed an open letter criticising terrorist group ISIS.In the 17-page letter, the leaders quote extensively from the Quran to rebuke ISIS’s tactics and actions.Since the letter was issued last month more than 125 Muslim leaders around the world have signed the letter. Twenty of them come from the United States, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations circulated the letter.More signatories hailed from Egypt than anywhere else, although signers also came from Jerusalem and Palestine, as...
  • US Gave $8B to Pakistan While Christian Mother Asia Bibi Was Imprisoned and Sentenced to Death

    10/28/2014 9:42:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The American Center for Law and Justice has started a petition asking the U.S. government to stop sending foreign aid to Pakistan, the country that recently upheld the death sentence for Christian mother Asia Bibi for blasphemy. Figures have shown that the U.S. sent close to $8 billion to Pakistan in the past five years while Bibi has been imprisoned. "We must stop sending billions of our taxpayer dollars to nations that persecute Christians. It's that simple. Not one more dime for persecution. Cut off American foreign aid to any country that persecutes Christians," reads the petition, which has close...
  • Let’s Talk About How Islam Has Been Hijacked

    10/28/2014 7:59:14 AM PDT · by chajin · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/26/2014 | Aly Salem
    This week a Canadian Muslim gunman went on a rampage in Ottawa, killing a soldier and storming into the Parliament building before he was shot dead. Authorities have since said he had applied for a passport to travel to Syria. Three Muslim schoolgirls from Colorado were intercepted in Germany apparently on their way to Syria, the base for attacks there and in Iraq by the terror group Islamic State, or ISIS. An Aug. 20 article in Newsweek estimated that perhaps twice as many British Muslims are fighting for ISIS as are serving in the British army. What could possibly inspire...
  • Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Suspends 10 Priests, Including 1 From El Cajon

    10/23/2014 8:20:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    ABC News Channel 10 San Diego ^ | 10/23/14 | Preston Phillips
    Patriarch says moves to the US were never approvedSAN DIEGO - The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday was the deadline. The priests, though, are refusing to leave and are now waiting on Pope Francis to tell them what to do next. Dozens of devout Chaldean Catholics attended an emergency mass Wednesday at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in Rancho San Diego, to pray for the 10 priests who have...
  • Pakistan clerical panel endorses polygamy

    10/22/2014 9:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | October 23, 2014 | Omer Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani clerical panel has endorsed polygamy, saying a woman cannot object if her husband remarries. The body that advices the government on religious affairs has long been condemned for its retrograde and misogynist outlook. "A woman cannot demand a divorce over a second, third or fourth marriage of her husband. Islam has given a woman right to separate from her husband, but another marriage could not be a valid ground for doing so," local media reported Islamic Council of Ideology (CII) chairman Shah Ahmed Sheerani as saying. He observed the Muslim Divorce Act, 1939, was against the Sharia....
  • Boy, 17, Crucified for 3 Days After ISIS Militants Accuse Him of Being Paid to Take Photographs..

    10/22/2014 5:52:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10/18/14 | John Hall
    Islamic State militants have publicly crucified and murdered a teenager they accused of taking photographs of the terror group's headquarters in Syria. Sickening images purportedly taken in the central square of the extremists' de facto capital Raqqa show the battered and bloodstained body of an unnamed 17-year-old boy strapped to a cross. A handwritten placard hangs around the teenager's neck, accusing him of 'apostasy' - the abandonment of his religion - and says he had been crucified for three days after being caught receiving 500 Turkish lira for every photograph he took of an Islamic State military base. The image...
  • Muslim Columnist Warns Dog Petting Provokes Muslims

    10/22/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Really? Is there anything that doesn’t provoke Muslims?Dogophobia hits moderate Muslim Malaysia as a dog petting event stirs up controversy. Why? Because Mohammed hated dogs and ordered them to be killed.Also Muslims consider dogs and women to be unclean. And it’s hard to get a dog to wear a Burqa. It’s another episode in the long-running Islam Show where everyone is crazy. (The Religion of Peace) The “I Want To Touch A Dog” event should not have been held in Muslim-majority Malaysia as viral images of Muslims petting dogs have caused great uneasiness and public discomfort, an Utusan columnist claimed...
  • You Can’t Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims

    10/21/2014 3:11:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Every few years the debate over reforming Islam bubbles up from the depths of a culture that largely censors any suggestion that Islam needs reforming.
  • Why Sam Harris Is Wrong about Islam: Just because Ben Affleck is wrong doesn't make him right.

    10/20/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/20/2014 | Roger Kimball
    No doubt many of my readers know about the encounter about Islam [1] between Ben Affleck, the Hollywood actor, and Sam Harris, the “New Atheist” writer and neuroscientist, on Bill Maher’s show. I do not know Ben Affleck’s work as an actor, so I don’t know whether he is commonly cast in comic roles. He was pretty funny, in a slightly deranged sort of way, on Bill Maher’s show, but perhaps that is his usual modus operandi. I propose to leave the substance — if “substance” is the correct word — of Mr. Affleck’s effusions to one side. His performance...
  • Christian Mother of Five Death Sentence for Blasphemy Upheld by Pakistani Court

    10/17/2014 9:23:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, was upheld by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. Bibi has been convicted of blasphemy for drinking from the same bowl of water as Muslims and making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad. "The case against Asia Bibi is a great example of how Christians and other religious minorities are abused in Pakistan by fundamentalists wielding the controversial blasphemy laws. The blasphemy laws were originally written to protect against religious intolerance in Pakistan, but the law has warped into a tool used by extremists...
  • Jihadist magazine shows black flag flying from St. Peter’s Obelisk

    10/13/2014 3:47:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 13, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Meanwhile, even as – as some people claim – there are within the Church those who wish to bring her down. There are – as is patently clear to anyone with a brain – there are outside the Church those who wish to bring her down.Rather, chop off her head.I saw this at Tempi (Italian HERE): La bandiera nera sventola sull’Obelisco di San Pietro: la rivista dello Stato islamico festeggia la “crociata fallita”The black flag waves over the Obelisk of St. Peter: the magazine of the Islamic State celebrates the “failed crusade” The “crociata” in this case refers to the...
  • Religious Freedom Under Attack in the Muslim World

    10/13/2014 1:55:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The deplorable state of religious freedom in the Islamic world came to the fore in May when news of the arrest, imprisonment, and death sentencing of a pregnant Christian wife and mother on the accusation that she had left Islam for Christianity reached the world. On May 15, Meriam Ibrahim of Sudan was sentenced to flogging followed by hanging for apostasy after she repeatedly refused to convert to Islam.
  • Two Thumbs Up for EWTN's "The Crusades"

    10/11/2014 12:16:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/10/14 | Vincent Ryan
    The four-part series is intelligent, balanced, and features good production values As a professor with an academic specialization in the crusades, I'd like to think that I would be well informed about the existence of a new documentary series on those medieval campaigns (especially when the program features several professors from the institution where I did my graduate degrees). However, if it was not for a few email alerts from my parents earlier this week, I would have been completely unaware of the four-part documentary series, “The Crusades,” that EWTN has been showing over the last several nights. The last...
  • APOLOGISTS FOR MUSLIM VIOLENCE

    10/10/2014 2:17:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic League ^ | October 9, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on apologists for Muslim violence:In the wake of an enfeebled attempt by Ben Affleck, Rosie O’Donnell, and Whoopi Goldberg—all Catholic bashers—rising to the defense of Muslims accused of barbarism, we now have the spectacle of Nicholas Kristof, a relentless Catholic critic, saying in the New York Times that Muslims had nothing to do with any bloodbaths in the 20th century.During and after World War I, Muslims murdered 1.5 million Christian Armenians out of a total population of 2 million. In 1971, 2.5 million Hindus were murdered by Muslims in E. Pakistan. Don’t these 4 million innocent men,...
  • Justice Alito on [Muslim] Prisoner Beard Debate: Couldn’t Comb Remove ‘a Tiny Revolver?’

    10/09/2014 8:42:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 8, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The atmosphere in the land’s highest court on Tuesday took on a lighter note during oral arguments over a prisoner’s petition to justices over his right to grow a half-inch beard in observance of his Muslim faith. An attorney arguing on behalf of the Arkansas maximum security prison where Gregory Holt, or Abdul Maalik Muhammad, is serving a life sentence for slitting his girlfriend’s throat, said beards are forbidden for security reasons. At issue for the court is whether that rule violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act passed by Congress and signed into law in...
  • Catholic Bishop: Fight ‘Satanist-Driven Islamic Organizations’

    10/08/2014 9:08:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/6/14 | Lauretta Brown
    (CNSNews.com) – “Christians must do everything within their powers to protect their lives from being snuffed off by Satanist-driven Islamic organizations,” Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, the Roman Catholic head of Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese, said Sunday, according to Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper. Bishop Bagobiri also noted, according to the Vanguard, that Christians have a "grave duty" to use “moderate and proportionate force” to defend their families against Islamic groups such as Boko Haram, which is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians since 2009. Boko Haram became internationally known after it staged a mass kidnapping of more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls in...
  • Anglican Bishop: Christians Count on Rome to Resist Islamists

    10/08/2014 6:10:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/7/14 | Staff Reporter
    Prominent Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said that the Catholic Church must use its global power to protect Christians threatened by Islamic militancy and secularism. In a talk to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham at St Patrick’s Church in Soho Square last Thursday the former Bishop of Rochester said the Church potentially had “a great future and a huge opportunity” in the emerging world order and that it now had allies in upholding orthodoxy, even in unexpected quarters. Speaking on the subject of “A Global Christianity in the Making”, he said that how effective the Church would...
  • Professor at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome-Islamic State not un-Islamic model is..

    10/07/2014 7:55:34 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    JihadWatch.org ^ | Oct. 6, 2014 | Nicolai Sennels
    (Martin Rhonheimer, a brave Christian. More of them, please!) Translation via 10news. For more translation, newsletter and support: 10news.dk. Where is the border between Islam and Islamism? The media says that the two are different as night and day; Islam is a religion of peace, and the Islamists have stolen the name. Others believe that Islamism represents the traditional, pure Islam, true to the Koran. This latter view is advanced, remarkably enough, by a theologian Martin Rhonheimer from a university endorsed by the Pope. He is a professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and wrote...
  • Is Islam a destructive force in the world? [O'Reilly]

    10/07/2014 8:54:48 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 6, 2014 | Bill O'Reilly
    Is Islam a destructive force in the world?
  • Huffington Post Interviews Imam of Radical Mosque Who Says Muslims Shouldn't Criticize Islamic State

    10/06/2014 10:23:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    The Huffington Post interviewed the chief Imam of a notorious northern Virginia mosque who argued that Muslims should not be obligated to criticize the Islamic State. Current Dar Al-Hijrah Imam Johari Abdul-Malik said in an interview with the Huffington Post that “it sounded like they were apologizing for something they haven’t done, like they were running for cover.” The Imam’s frustrations and grievances would be perfectly understandable were his mosque not associated with a plethora of Islamic terrorists. Nowhere in the Huffington Post piece does it mention that Dar Al-Hijrah is the mosque with arguably the most convicted terrorists associated...
  • The Antichrist and the Muslim Mahdi (Part 2)

    10/06/2014 10:29:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/06/2014 | Michael Youssef
    In my last article, I explained the Judeo-Christian understanding of the Antichrist, and that he will somehow be intertwined with Israel, and more specifically, Jerusalem.Because Islam borrowed a great deal from Judaism and Christianity, it is not surprising that they too have a figure with a messianic complex—the Mahdi, or the Guided One.Muslims see the Mahdi as a savior who will lead a global revolution and establish a worldwide Islamic empire. The Mahdi will rule the earth as the final Caliph of Islam (a caliph is both a political ruler and a spiritual representative of Allah on earth).Muslims revere Jesus...
  • The Antichrist and the Muslim Mahdi (Part 1)

    10/06/2014 10:13:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Michael Youssef ^ | 09/27/2014 | Michael Youssef
    Many people—religious and non-religious—are asking questions about a word they hear the media use when referring to ISIS and other Islamist jihadists. That word is apocalyptic, which is used when specifically referring to the fatalism of Islamists. People wonder, why do so many Muslims (both Sunni and Shiite) operate with such an “apocalyptic,” end-of-world mindset?Our secular society, however, coupled with the media’s carelessness, is bandying about words like apocalyptic without using them properly and without explanation. That creates a great deal of confusion for some, many of which just throw up their hands in resignation and say, “I don’t understand...
  • Telling the Truth About Islam

    10/06/2014 3:26:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 6, 2014 | Regis Martin
    Why has it become so maddeningly difficult to make judgments about other people? About the actions especially of people who want to kill us? Indeed, whose stated aim is to bring the Great Satan (i.e., America) to its knees, and then to cut off its collective head?
  • Iraqi Christian who told ISIS: ‘If you want to kill me for my faith I am prepared to die here now’

    10/03/2014 3:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 3, 2014 | JOHN PONTIFEX
    Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS) When Christian villagers from the Iraqi town of Caramles fled advancing IS forces, 80-year-old Victoria was among a dozen or so unable to leave. The widow, a Chaldean Catholic, knew nothing about the sudden evacuation that had suddenly emptied this ancient village she had known for so long. Next morning she went to church – St Addai’s – as she did every day. She found the place locked; the streets deserted. She knew IS had come.We met Victoria on our first evening in Erbil...
  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 99 replies
    10/2/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Some people - and quite a few atheists - have made hay over Obama's comments, primary among them being Obama's comment that "No religion condones the killing of innocents." Inherent within Obama's statement is that no TRUE Muslim would ever kill innocent people, be they men, women or children. As such, this would fall within the parameters of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. The only problem with this is that it leaves Christians open to the charge that true Christians have (for example) bombed abortion clinics, takes away from Christians the ability to say that "No true Christian would ever...
  • Muslim Sheep Slaughter to be Banned in Moscow During Eid al-Adha Feast

    10/01/2014 8:34:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/1/14
    Moscow, October 1, Interfax - Prayers marking the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, will begin at all Moscow mosques at 7 a.m. on October 4, a spokesman for the city's inter-regional cooperation, national policy and religious organizations department said. "Moscow authorities help Muslims religious organizations each year to organize festive services, providing security, maintenance, medical assistance and broadcasts," he said. But Muscovites and visitors have been warned that the sale and slaughter of sacrificial animals will be banned in Moscow. Sacrificial sheep will be slaughtered on farms and in slaughter houses in individual villages of the Moscow Region., the spokesman said....
  • Referees flag Chiefs safety Abdullah for celebration penalty after slide and prayer in endzone

    09/30/2014 5:33:48 AM PDT · by chajin · 37 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tod Palmer
    Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and he made a promise to himself if he ever did find himself in the end zone. “If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone,” Abdullah said. Early in the fourth quarter, Abdullah dropped deep in a zone coverage, read Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s eyes and broke hard, intercepting his pass...
  • Meriam Ibrahim Encourages Naghmeh Abedini to Stay Strong for Her Children

    09/29/2014 8:57:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Christian Post ^ | 09/29/2014 | BY STEPHANIE SAMUEL
    Taking the stage at the Values Voter Summit Gala with her husband, Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim encouraged Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini, with stories about caring for her children Martin and Maya. With the help of an interpreter, Ibrahim called Naghmeh Abdini "her sister" and told her "Do not fear; be strong. Take care of your kids and the Lord will be with you." Naghmeh Abedini shared a video during the gala from her children. In the video, 6-year-old Jacob said his heart is "crying" because he "misses Daddy a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot, lot,...
  • Jihad, Heresy, and Authority in Islam

    09/28/2014 11:15:03 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 49 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 29 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have established that Islam has never been peaceful. But, when confronted by Muslim heretics, Protestants, especially, have an innate tendency to cower over this. Just like Protestants, these Muslims protest against their tradition, with heresies of Qur'an-alone, "tolerance", and so on. Just as Protestants attempt to discard the tradition of the Church, "the pillar and support of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), so some Muslims attempt to discard their tradition. These Muslims rely on faulty translations and interpretations of Qur'an 17:46 and others, taken out of context. As in Christianity, their central text does not exist in a vacuum...
  • The Downside of Dialogue

    09/25/2014 8:07:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/25/14 | William Kilpatrick
    Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.” Would that include the seven hundred men of the Qurayza tribe who were beheaded on Muhammad’s order after they surrendered? Would it include the women and children of the same tribe who were sold into slavery? Muhammad may have cared for some of the poor and oppressed he met, but many people became poor and oppressed precisely because of...
  • Kentucky Churches Being Turned into Mosques

    09/25/2014 7:57:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    LOUISVILLE The growing trend of former church buildings being turned into mosques and Islamic centers has reached Kentucky’s largest city where even some once-thriving Southern Baptist facilities are now occupied by Muslims. “On a trip to England a few years ago, I recall seeing dozens of churches that had become mosques and wondering how it could happen there; now it’s happening here,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Todd Robertson, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Louisville, said the religious makeup of the Bible Belt is rapidly changing with declining membership in many Christian congregations and...
  • The Downside of Dialogue

    09/25/2014 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 25, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.”
  • ISIS Destroys Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor

    09/22/2014 6:39:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    DER ZOR, Syria (A.W.)—The Islamic State (also known as ISIS) destroyed the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor, news agencies in the Middle East reported. The reports surfaced as Armenia was celebrating the 23rd anniversary of its independence on Sept. 21. Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian issued a statement condemning the destruction of the church, which housed the remains of victims of the Armenian Genocide, calling it a “horrible barbarity.” Nalbandian called upon the international community to cut the Islamic State’s sources of supply, support, and financing, and eradicate what it referred to as a disease that “threatened civilized...
  • Update in Albania – Muslims pray for Pope, security a non-issue

    09/21/2014 1:58:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Father Federico Lombardi gives a press briefing in Tirana, Albania. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press briefing Sunday the Vatican's spokesman downplayed worries over Pope Francis' safety in Albania, also noting that Muslims gathered in an important Tirana mosque to pray for the pontiff's visit. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists that the Sept. 21 papal visit has been welcomed with joy by all the Albanian religious communities. On why Pope Francis did not stop the popemobile as he often does to greet children...
  • Regensburg Vindicated

    09/19/2014 8:01:27 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/17/2014 | George Weigel
    On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture: a “gaffe”-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedict’s pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those...
  • Meriam Ibrahim Says 'Faith Was the Only Weapon' She Had After Receiving Death Sentence

    09/17/2014 8:40:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    After almost being martyred in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith a few months ago, global Christian icon Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is breathing easier now and smiling. "Faith means life. If you don't have faith, you are not alive," said Meriam Ibrahim when asked if she was afraid of dying for her faith. In her first public interview since arriving in the U.S. with her two children and husband, Ibrahim revealed how she was able to survive after being placed on death row in Sudan for her Christian beliefs and her response was simple — "faith." It was...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Inter-Faith Charade

    09/16/2014 5:34:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    Dr. Mark Christian is the President and Executive Director of the Global Faith Institute (GFI), a Christian organization based in Omaha, Nebraska dedicated to “the proclamation and pursuit of truth as it relates Middle Eastern history and current happenings.” Dr. Christian, an Egyptian-born Christian convert from Islam related to high-ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, is now engaged in a battle to root out the Brotherhood influence in what is called the Tri-Faith Initiative, a building project in Omaha.
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrine—said to come from God, but itself man-made—that becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is. No, if “true” means anything, it must mean “true to some principles.” As far as I...
  • A Cross in One Hand, a Gun in the Other

    09/14/2014 7:44:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    QAA, Lebanon (AP) -- Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason," said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. Like many Christian villagers, he spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.
  • Former Imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion

    09/12/2014 6:05:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | CNA
    Kerala, India, Sep 11, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A former Muslim imam who converted to Christianity believes that God protected him from death threats and torture at the hands of his family members. “The holy Quran converted me to Christianity,” said Mario Joseph, a former imam who shared the story of his conversion and subsequent persecution with the HM Television program “Changing Tracks,” broadcast by the EUK Mamie Foundation run by the Home of the Mother religious community. The English-language interview, first posted in April 2014, now has more than 250,000 views on YouTube. Mario Joseph grew up in...
  • Atheist Bill Maher Defends Christians as Host Charlie Rose Compares Christianity to Islam

    09/13/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Appearing on Charlie Rose's PBS show this week, HBO's "Real Time" host Bull Maher rebuked him for linking Islam to Christianity, defending Christians by saying a vast numbers of them do not believe in violence or treat women as second class citizens. Maher, a self-proclaimed atheist, began by refuting former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean's recent statement that vast numbers of Muslims are not like ISIS in Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda offshoot that seeks to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through "jihad." Interrupting Maher, Rose asked, "Behind every Muslim is a future member of some radical?"...
  • Is Conquest or Conversion the Christian Answer to Islam?

    09/12/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Aleteia.org ^ | September 12,2014 | Father Dwight Longenecker
    Radical Islamists seem intent on conquest. It has always been so. From the beginning and down through the ages, radical jihadists have attempted to convert people to their religion by force. “Convert” they cry “or we have nothing to offer you but the sword.”
  • 'In Defense of Christians' Summit Features Supporters of Hezbollah (Where Cruz was heckled & booed)

    09/11/2014 5:49:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Questions surround a Washington, D.C. conference whose stated purpose was to gather lawmakers, Eastern and Western churches, community leaders and a variety of Christian groups to confront the problem of genocide being perpetrated against Christians by ISIS. According to Alana Goodman, writing at the Washington Free Beacon, In Defense of Christians (IDC) was funded by a controversial Clinton donor that featured pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad speakers. Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, who pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009, reportedly provided funding for the IDC summit. Chagoury, says the Free Beacon, also has backed Lebanese politician...
  • Islam,Violence,and the Nature of God

    09/11/2014 9:23:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 11,2014 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    Although the topic of violence in Islam is a controversial one, Benedict XVI placed it at the center of his treatment of our knowledge of God within his often misunderstood and misrepresented Regensburg Lecture, given eight years ago, on September 12, 2006. Put simply, false views of God’s nature can lead to religiously motivated actions, such as terrorism and violent persecution, which are contrary to the nature and will of God.
  • Regensburg Redux: Can Benedict say 'I told you so' about Islam?

    09/11/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | September 10, 2014 | David Gibson/RNS
    Pope Benedict XVI lectured on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg in Germany in this Sept. 12, 2006, file photo. A quotation from a Byzantine emperor that the pope used in this talk provoked outrage in the Muslim world. Eight years ago this Friday, Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — especially coming a day after the 9/11 anniversary — and it sparked an enormous...
  • Cardinal (Francis George): U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

    09/11/2014 7:48:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.” Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper. In his commentary, the cardinal explains that America, despite...
  • ISIS Has 100,000 Fighters, Including Western, Russian Citizens - Expert

    09/10/2014 6:23:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/10/14
    Moscow, September 10, Interfax - ISIS militants control about 40% of Iraq and 30% of Syria and affiliated structures are seizing lands from Somalia and Sudan to Nigeria and inner districts of Sahara, Institute for Middle East Studies President Yevgeny Satanovsky said. "ISIS is not just a radicalized organization, it is also rich. It controls oil fields and gains $2 million daily from oil contraband. It makes tens of millions of dollars in abducting foreigners for ransom. It robs banks and plants on seized territories; it is also involved in trafficking in human beings and sells women whose husbands have...
  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/09/2014 11:55:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 9, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, recently condemned the barbarism of the Islamic State, but for some reason felt compelled to add: “It has nothing to do with real Islam….”Meanwhile, Amel Shimoun Nona, the exiled Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, warned European and Western Christians that they “will also suffer in the near future” because: you are welcoming in your countries an ever-growing number of Muslims…. You think all men are created equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are created equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand...
  • Lebanese Christians Arm Themselves Against Possible Islamic State Invasion

    09/08/2014 6:32:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    (JNS.org) Christian militias have started to arm themselves for the first time in decades as Lebanese military leaders urge unity in the face of the jihadist threat. “ISIS is a cancerous tumor that surfaced at first in parts of Iraq and Syria and it’s still contained to a certain point and this can be removed only if we join our efforts via an international Arab alliance,” Lebanese Forces commander Samir Geagea said Sept. 6, the Daily Star reported. In the face of the threat posed by Islamic State, Christians from groups such as the Free Patriotic Movement political party are...