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Islam (Religion)

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  • Bible - Quran Text Analysis Reveals More 'Violence' In Bible [Elevate Islam to Destroy Christianity]

    02/10/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Huffington Post UK ^ | 2/09/2016 | George Bowden
    An analysis of the Bible and the Quran has found that violence and destruction are discussed more frequently in Christian scripture than in the Islamic text. This Is What Happens When People Hear The Bible But See The Quran. In an effort to dispel the oft-mentioned argument that Islam is an "inherently violent religion", an American software engineer processed the Holy books in order to find out how frequently savagery is mentioned. Tom Anderson said: "The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about...
  • Pope Francis Sees Putin as 'Only Man' to Defend Christians Around the World

    02/10/2016 7:48:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill will not only be a historic religious event, but could also have major benefits to Christians around the world, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported. In an attempt to defend Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world where they're being persecuted, Pope Francis wants to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for help. According to Pope Francis, Putin is "the only one with whom the Catholic Church can unite to defend Christians in the East." With the help of Putin, Pope Francis hopes to reach...
  • U.S. Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to Co-Chair

    02/09/2016 7:31:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Rekigion News Service ^ | 2/8/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday (Feb. 8) that it was starting a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group, an initiative driven in part by growing anti-Islamic sentiment that many bishops have denounced. "As the national conversation around Islam grows increasingly fraught, coarse and driven by fear and often willful misinformation, the Catholic Church must help to model real dialogue and good will," Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts., said in a statement. "Our current dialogues have advanced the goals of greater understanding, mutual esteem and collaboration between Muslims and Catholics, and the members have established lasting...
  • As Ambassador Reinstated, Turkish, Armenian Governments Differ Over Vatican Statement

    02/05/2016 5:47:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Turkey reinstated its ambassador to the Holy See because of the wording of a recent Vatican statement, according to the Turkish foreign ministry. Turkey recalled its ambassador in April after Pope Francis, quoting St. John Paul II, said that the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire "is generally referred to as the first genocide of the twentieth century." At the conclusion of Pope Francis's February 3 general audience, Rinaldo Mirmara, a historian and president of Caritas Turkey, presented the Pope with a copy of his new history of the Battle of the Dardanelles (1657), which took place during...
  • Islam Is Not An Abrahamic Religion

    02/03/2016 6:51:43 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 20 replies
    Right Side News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret)
    Islam’s Abrahamic Religion Claim Is A Trojan Horse Subterfuge By Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.), Right Side NewsDo Muslims Jews, And Christians Worship The Same God? This basic question must be addressed and answered in the negative if Western Civilization is to begin to forge an effective defense against Islamic jihad. Dr. Mark Durie, an Australian Anglican theologian, has written the definitive analytical book, “Which God?: Jesus, Holy Spirit, God in Christianity & Islam,” that debunks the accepted conventional wisdom that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity share Abrahamic roots. Dr. Durie’s book incontestably demonstrates that YHWH and Allah are not the same...
  • UK MPs Ruled by Sharia Law: Politicians Face Alcohol Ban as New Offices Governed by Islam

    01/31/2016 2:01:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Sunday Express (UK) ^ | 1/29/16 | Alex Culbertson
    Politicians could face an alcohol ban as the new offices they will be moving into are ruled by Sharia law.MPs are to be rehoused temporarily in Richmond House while Parliament undergoes much-needed repair. But the building, 91 metres down the road, was transferred from the British Government to wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen and banks under an Islamic bond scheme, called Sukuk, in 2014 in George Osborne's bid to make the UK a global hub for Islamic finance. The lease terms stipulate the building is governed under Islamic law - which includes the banning of alcohol on the activities. A Whitehall...
  • 'Moscow Gives us Hope', Says Syrian Catholic Patriarch

    01/30/2016 10:39:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    ANSA Med ^ | 1/28/16
    'We will thank anyone who helps us stay in our country'ROME - Syrian Catholic Church patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan has said that he approves of Russia's actions as an attempt to resolve the Syrian conflict and defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). "The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation," he said. "Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and villages under the control of terrorist groups." "Syrian Christians are grateful to Russia," he said. "Since it intervened, many things have changed on the ground." "We will thank anyone...
  • Covering Nude Statues in Rome for Iran Head Draws Catholic Leader's Scorn

    01/28/2016 9:05:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/28/16 | Rosie Scammell
    ROME (RNS) Controversy over Italy's decision to cover nude statues during the visit of Iran's president continued to spark debate as the leader of the Syrian Catholic Church criticized the episode, saying it pains persecuted Christians in Syria who feel forgotten. "This is our culture. If you don't want to see it, close your eyes!" an exasperated Patriarch Youssef III Younan told journalists in Rome on Thursday (Jan. 28). The head of the Syriac Catholic Church was speaking two days after ancient nude statues were covered by staff at Rome's Capitoline Museums in a bid to avoid offending the Iranian...
  • Minaret and Muslims in Mexican City Set to Host Pope

    01/28/2016 6:12:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/16 | Yemeli Ortega
    San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico) (AFP) - The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks. Surrounded by the misty mountains of Chiapas state, San Cristobal de las Casas is home to many members of Mexico's growing Muslim community. Women wearing colorful hijabs walk down the dusty streets of the highland neighborhoods. On Fridays, hundreds of Muslims go to the imposing mosque or smaller places of worship to pray to Allah. "I wasn't born a Muslim. I became a Muslim...
  • Muslim Group Purchases South Milwaukee Church

    01/28/2016 5:42:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 1/7/16 | Margaret Naczek
    Roughly a year ago, Fr. Bob Betz, pastor of Divine Mercy Parish, South Milwaukee, believed the property of the old St. Adalbert Parish would never be sold. It had been largely empty for about six years and various proposals to sell the 2.5-acre site near 16th and Minnesota avenues fell through. On Monday, Dec. 23, however, Divine Mercy Parish closed a deal and sold the St. Adalbert property for $600,000 to Masjid Al-Huda, a Muslim congregation. The selling of St. Adalbert began with the merger of four South Milwaukee parishes 12 years prior. "They were all viable parishes at one...
  • The "True" Islam

    01/26/2016 5:09:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/24/16 | James V. Schall SJ
    The writings of Remi Brague, winner of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize, about Islam offer the sort of unflinching and detailed analysis often missing from papal utterancesI.Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Vatican II, states that the Mohammedans "profess their faith as the faith of Abraham, and with us they worship the one, merciful God who will judge men on the last day" (par 16). At first sight, that statement appears friendly and matter-of-fact: the "faith" of Muslims is evidently thought to be the same "with us". We "agree" about a last judgment and a merciful God who...
  • Reformed Muslims Won't Save the West from Islam

    01/25/2016 7:20:55 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 23 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 25, 2016 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    The "Solutions" of Western Strategists And Pundits Always Include Muslims "Reforming " Jihad Out Of Islam And/Or Muslims Fighting And Dying For The West Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.) Right Side News Author's Note: The organizational designations "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), "Da'esh' all refer to the same organization, the 'Islamic State' (which is their own designation for themselves). The abbreviation "FTF" is the Obama regime's misleading designation of "Foreign Terrorist Fighters," instead of using their true identity, "Islamic Jihadists." (posting excerpt as punctuation does not convert well-RSN) Western Understanding And...
  • Biblical Prophecy Reveals Pope’s True Intentions Concerning the Jews

    01/25/2016 6:47:09 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 28 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 1/25/2016 | Rivkah Lambert Adler
    On the surface, it looks like Pope Francis and the Jews are cozying up to one another and becoming besties. Below the surface, an End of Days prophecy that pits Rome against Jerusalem is playing out. That’s the contention of Rabbi Tovia Singer, a Jewish expert in both Hebrew and Christian Scripture and director of the counter-missionary organization, Outreach Judaism. Singer opens his case by noting the proximity of two recent news items. \
  • Roman Catholic Priest has Found a Unique Method of Combating ISIS in Iraq

    01/25/2016 4:57:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    BAGHDAD - The international community is struggling to come up with a strategy to defeat the Islamic State (IS) - but on the ground in northern Iraq, a Roman Catholic priest has found his own way to fight the jihadists. Father Gabriel Tooma is not going after them with weapons. He is not involved with any of the several Christian militias that have taken it upon themselves, in Iraq and neighboring Syria, to defend their villages against IS onslaught. What he is doing, he says, is even more important to the Christian minority's fate in northern Iraq: He is rounding...
  • Vicars Should Grow Beards to Reach Out to Muslims in Their Areas, Says Bishop of London

    01/24/2016 1:13:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1/22/16 | Katie Louise Davies, Jenny Stanton and Steve Doughty
    * Rt Rev. Richard Chartres praised two priests who had grown bushy beards * Applauded their desire to reach out to the 'majority of their parishioners'*Bishop described his own beard, which he grew in the 1970s, as modest *He also said 'saint' David Beckham encouraged men to grow facial hair Clergymen should grow beards to emphasise their holiness to Muslims, the Bishop of London has suggested. Rt Reverend Richard Chartres said the modern fashion for facial hair should not be the preserve of hispters, but would also be likely to impress those from Eastern cultures where wearing a beard could...
  • French Mosques Hold Open House

    01/20/2016 6:26:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Hundreds of mosques throughout France held open houses recently to offer a "tea of fraternity" and "create spaces of conviviality and exchange," according to a report in Le Figaro. The open houses typically attracted 100 to 300 visitors. Nationwide participation figures were not available. In eight of France's administrative regions, an estimated 75% of mosques participated, according to Anwar Kbibech, president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith.
  • Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq Razed

    01/20/2016 6:22:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/16 | Martha Mendoza, Maya Alleruzzo, Bram Janssen
    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group's relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical. St. Elijah's Monastery stood as a place of worship for 1,400 years, including most recently for U.S. troops. In earlier millennia, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches, prayed in the chapel, worshipped at the altar. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of...
  • The head of the Russian Orthodox Church claims gay rights partly responsible Daesh (ISIS)

    01/19/2016 10:35:47 AM PST · by NRx · 8 replies
    The Loop ^ | 01-18-2016
    Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has caused controversy by blaming the rise of Daesh--in part--on homosexuality. In an interview published on the church's official website, he claimed that people were flocking to join the group because of the "godless civilization" of the West which celebrates gay pride.He lamented what he apparently considered to be persecution of so-called religious values in the West, before going on to offer that as an explanation as to why one may join a group like Daesh."We can have parades for the sexual minorities - that is supported - but a million...
  • Germany's Vatican Ambassador: 'Islam is Part of the Solution'

    01/18/2016 5:32:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 1/17/16 | Astrid Prange
    Germany's ambassador to the Vatican, Annette Schavan, still sees religion as a peacemaker, despite wars and terrorism. In an interview with DW, she calls for more interfaith dialogue and respect between all religions. Deutsche Welle: After the New Year's Eve harassment incidents in Cologne, a highly charged atmosphere with regard to migrants has developed in Germany. How do people in Rome assess the events in Germany?Annette Schavan: The Vatican knows about all the new attempts to exploit religion as a justification for violence. Germany is viewed as a country that does a lot for refugees. The pope has explicitly commended...
  • Czech Leader Says Muslim Integration 'Practically Impossible' in Europe

    01/18/2016 5:27:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/17/16 | AFP
    Prague (AFP) - Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant rhetoric, said on Sunday it was "practically impossible" to integrate the Muslim community into European society. "The experience of Western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible," Zeman said in a televised interview. "Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne," he added, referring to the mass New Year's Eve assaults on women in Germany and elsewhere. "Integration is possible with cultures that...
  • Code 20: Proclaiming the Gospel and Christ’s Dominion Through Due Process and Just Warfare

    01/17/2016 1:34:28 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 17, 2016 | Steve Klein
    by Steve Klein CODE 20 We the People rescuing ourselves from the Muslim Terrorist networks in America linked globally with one purpose in mind: To destroy our Freedom replacing our law with Islamic Law. Under the U.S. Constitution built upon Anglo-American Common law it is illegal, unethical and immoral for us NOT to engage in Code 20. Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance is understood to mean the Reformed Protestantism of 1784 is the basis of good government. This painting shows the First Amendment, street preaching as the requisite of good government: The 10 Commandments and the Law Written on...
  • And Now This

    01/16/2016 11:00:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/8/16 | David Warren
    The police in Cologne have been criticized. So have the police in Stuttgart and Hamburg. The German media have been criticized. The Justice Minister spoke of "organized crime." (Though it appeared to me to be badly organized.) The Chancellor's office was offended by the presumption that any wrongdoer might be a recent refugee claimant. This because of rumors that they had been criticized. And all this because of people out on the streets of those cities, and others, in the night following 31st December, wishing Frohes Neues Jahr to each other across their various cultural divides. It took the state...
  • Orthodox Priest Complains to German Authorities About Harassment on Christians at Refugee Camps

    01/15/2016 6:59:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 1/12/15
    Moscow, January 12, Interfax - Christian refugees are exposed to harassment at the refugee camps in Germany, says Hegumen Daniil (Irbits) superior of the St. George the Victorious Monastery in Gotschendorf, member of the Integration Committee at the German Federal Chancellery."Christian refugees from Syria, Eritrea and other countries are exposed to humiliation, manhunt and brutal harassment at the camps for refugees by Muslim neighbors. This also relates to the Yazidi religious minority. The cases when humiliation comes to injuries and threats of death are frequent," the priest said in a letter to Federal Minister for Special Affairs and Head of...
  • Islamic town presentations

    01/14/2016 6:28:06 PM PST · by Capt. Tom · 34 replies
    self | capt. Tom
    I sent an e- mail yesterday after attending a Muslim presentation at a local church, open to the public. It was sponsored by local religious groups to get a better understanding of Islam. My friend who I sent the e- mail too, picked up on the idea that it might be part of a nationwide effort by Muslim apologists to numb the Infidel about the Islamic threat to us Kafirs , by portraying Islam as a religion of peace. MY friend asked my permission to alert Rush and Howie Carr about this. I said OK but don't get the church...
  • Ex Gitmo Detainees Don't Deserve Compassion - Catholic Bishops [Ghana]

    01/13/2016 6:07:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Ghana Web ^ | 1/13/16
    The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu has suggested the former Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison do not deserve the compassion of Ghanaians. Rev. Osei Bonsu's words come in response to President Mahama's call on Ghanaians to show compassion to the two Yemeni men, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who were transferred to Ghana last week by the United States government. The Catholic Bishops Conference have already released a statement calling the government's decision to accept the former detainees as "wrong" and "dangerous." Their statement came after other Christian organisations condemned...
  • The Depraved Leading the Morally Bankrupt (sex ed for Muslim migrants to Norway)

    01/10/2016 2:37:59 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Remnant ^ | January 9, 2016 | Hilary White
    Norway offering sex ed for Islamic migrants I must admit I laughed yesterday to read an article from the New York Times saying that Norwegian "refugee" officials had, rather tentatively and with many apologies, launched "training sessions" for their Islamic migrants in European standards of sexual behaviour. This was admitted to be an effort to try to teach them "right from wrong." Cynic that I am, my first thought was, "Do you know?" I suppose it requires the point of view of a traditionally-minded Catholic to see the bizarre irony of the morally bankrupt European secularists preaching their deranged version...
  • Hindu leader assaults Prophet Mohammad, sets the country on fire

    01/10/2016 2:16:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Herald Tribune ^ | January 9, 2016 | Staff
    In the latest offensive against Islam's Prophet Mohammad which seems to go unreported in mainstream media, Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari called him 'the world's first homosexual', which caused the Muslim community to vehemently protest the statement. According to Breitbart which first reported the news, the Muslim community in India condemned the act, saying it is designed to 'incite a riot'. The protestors, who staged numerous marches and rallies called on the government to prosecute Tiwari, accusing him of making 'anti-social' statements and 'blasphemy'. Breitbart said that about 2.5 lakh people attended the latest rallies, which later took a violent turn....
  • President al-Sisi Attends Christmas Eve in the Coptic Cathedral [Egypt]

    01/08/2016 6:11:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took attended the Coptic Christmas Eve mass celebrated by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II at the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on Wednesday, January 6. At the end of the celebration, the Head of State, also addressed the Patriarch, the clergy and the faithful who were present at the celebration. During his greetings - report local sources - al-Sisi also made reference to the attacks on the churches and Christian communities in Egypt carried out by extremist groups, and apologized for the delay in the repair of churches destroyed during...
  • First Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration in Izmir [Turkey] Since 1922

    01/06/2016 6:21:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Greek Europe Reporter ^ | 1/5/16 | Ioanna Zikakou
    For the first time since the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922, a Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration is set to take place in Izmir on January 6, 2016. The Greek Orthodox community has received permission from the Turkish authorities to perform the Diving for the Holy Cross ceremony on the local pier. "For the first year we will be performing the Blessing of the Waters at the port of Izmir. Officially, this is the first year. We had also done it around 10 years ago, but not officially. This time we have received a license from the Turkish government, the Ministry...
  • Cologne Cathedral Official Shocked by New Year's Eve Violence

    01/06/2016 6:17:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/6/15 | Staff Reporter
    Hundreds of men committed sexual assaults and robberies near the cathedralThe provost of Cologne Cathedral has called on people to not "jump to conclusions" after hundreds of youths rampaged through the city on New Year's Eve. The incident, in which men, reportedly of Arab or North African appearance, sexually assaulted and robbed several dozen women, and allegedly committed a rape, has shocked Germany. Similar incidents were reported in Stuttggart and Hamburg. The assaults took place close to Cologne cathedral, where last January the lights were turned off in solidarity with migrants, after a rally by the Right-wing Pegida organisation. In...
  • Will the (Catholic) Church Get Hit by the Backlash Against Islam?

    01/05/2016 10:31:42 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 23, 2015 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    In the wake of numerous Islamist terrorist attacks, a reaction against religion is now discernible in many quarters of society. After 9/11, the sales of books by prominent atheists such as Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens skyrocketed. The gradual slide into secularism that had been underway for decades prior to 9/11 accelerated after that event. In the last fifteen years, the number of people opting for agnosticism, atheism, or simply no religion has grown markedly. The massacres in Paris and San Bernardino have added fuel to the fire. After the Paris attacks, a Huffington Post article called for the...
  • Franciscan priest freed from captivity in Syria

    01/05/2016 7:47:08 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1.5.2015 | AP
    Roman Catholic officials said Tuesday that a Franciscan priest who had been abducted by militants in Syria has been freed... Rev. Dhiya Azziz, was released late Monday. The office of the custodian, Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, said the priest was abducted by jihadis who had hoped to "profit" from the abduction.
  • 'Islam Is ISIS. Whoever Says Otherwise Is a Liar,' Nun Says

    01/05/2016 5:04:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 1/4/16 | Erick Stakelbeck
    The Islamic terror group ISIS is leaving a trail of destruction across large parts of Syria and Iraq with a specific target in their crosshairs. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been displaced from their homes and countless others have been murdered or enslaved by the jihadi army, with no end in sight. Sister Hatune Dogan has been on the ground and witnessed the devastation of these ancient Christian communities. She's listened to survivors tell how Christians and Yazidi women are being sold into sex slavery. "They choose the most beautiful one, even if they have a small child, and...
  • What Muslims Really Believe: An illuminating look at the key research on this subject.

    01/03/2016 6:09:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/03/2016 | JOhn Perazzo
    Eric Holder once called the United States "a nation of cowards," when he claimed that Americans are largely afraid to have an honest discussion about race. He was partially correct: Leftists like Holder are fearful of discussing race in any manner that depicts African Americans as something other than the perpetual, pathetic victims of white bloodlust and simpleminded bigotry. The meek responses that Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, and Hillary Clinton recently bleated out when confronted by some of the aggressive racists in the Black Lives Matter movement, were classic illustrations of this cowardice. Equally pitiful has been the Left's...
  • Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem greeted in Bethlehem by hail of stones (on Christmas)

    01/02/2016 12:45:48 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12-25-2015 | Staff
    The car taking Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, head of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, was struck Friday, Christmas Day, in Bethlehem by rocks thrown by Palestinian rioters. None of the passengers in the patriarch’s vehicle was injured in the incident, but his car sustained damage, according to a Ynet news report. Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian demonstrators erupted following his departure from the city, known as the birthplace of Jesus, the news site said.
  • Santa Chased, Converts to Islam in Anti-New Year Celebration Demonstration [Turkey]

    12/31/2015 3:22:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | 12/30/15
    Men dressed as Ottoman janissaries chased Santa Claus in a street show protesting the celebration of New Year's Eve in western Turkey, which ended with Santa converting to Islam.As the show proceeded, Santa was brought to face a qadi, an Islamic judge in the Ottoman era, after he was caught by the janissaries, the Ottoman elite infantry units. The act, staged by members of the nationalist-Islamic Grand Unity Party (BBP) in the province of Bolu, highlights anti-New Year's Eve celebrations sentiments in Turkey, where the festivity is widely deemed to be associated with Christianity. Turkish media have reported education authorities...
  • Sikhs in America are still coming under attack because people think they’re Muslims

    12/29/2015 4:05:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    The bearded man in the blue turban was attacked before dawn on Saturday morning, while waiting for a ride to work. Two white males in their 20s pulled up and began to curse at Amrik Singh Bal, according to police in Fresno, Calif. Fearing for his safety, police said, the 68-year-old Sikh man attempted to cross the street -- but "the subjects in the vehicle backed up and struck the victim with their rear bumper." The car stopped, and the two men "got out and assaulted the victim, striking him in the face and upper body." During the assault, police...
  • Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti appeals for spiritual revival in Italy

    12/24/2015 3:00:54 PM PST · by nwrep · 5 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | December 24, 2015 | Norman Lebrecht
    Maestro Riccardo Muti laments the decline of the essence of Italy, its savours, its habits and its music. He has a nice way of evoking an image: The Alps separate the world of frost and suet from the sun and the oil. Our blood circulates differently. And the essence of our spirit is melody. Pavarotti was the greatest of the past half-century not just for voice, but because he sang with a mixture of joy and sadness that is in our nature. Unfortunately Italy today can no longer either suffer, or smile. … I remember the first time I went...
  • Brunei, Somalia Ban Christmas Celebrations

    12/24/2015 6:27:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    In recent days, the governments of two predominantly Muslim nations have warned their citizens not to celebrate Christmas, according to a report published by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera broadcasting agency "All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage the faith of the Muslim community," said the director general of Somalia's religious affairs ministry. Brunei's non-Muslims are permitted to organize their own Christmas celebrations but are forbidden to disclose them to Muslims, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Muslims who send Christmas greetings, use Christmas trees or lights, or otherwise take part in...
  • Islamic State Warns Iraqi Christians not to Celebrate Christmas

    12/24/2015 6:22:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Islamic State has begun fresh attacks on Christian communities in northern Iraq, the AsiaNews service reports. As Christmas approaches, Islamic extremists have warned Christians in the city of Mosul that they will not be allowed to celebrate Christmas because "they are heretics." In Kirkuk, Muslim militants attacked two Christian graveyards, desecrating tombs. Iraqi Christians have vowed to celebrate Christmas, disregarding the warnings, AsiaNews reports. Islamic State brand Christmas festivities "heretical". In Kirkuk two Christian cemeteries desecrated (AsiaNews)
  • December 24 is UAE public holiday to mark Prophet's birthday

    12/23/2015 8:34:37 AM PST · by SIRTRIS · 14 replies
    EMIRATES 24/7 ^ | December 13, 2015 | By Wam
    Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, has declared Thursday, December 24, an official holiday for the public sector to mark the birth anniversary of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), postponed from December 23. A circular issued by the Minister of Education stated that the decision is in implementation of the provisions of Paragraph 5, Article 100 of the Cabinet Resolution No. 13 of 2012 and regulations of the decree of Federal Law No. 11 of 2008 on human resources in the federal government and its amendments, which defines the...
  • The quiet impact of Obama’s Christian faith

    12/23/2015 6:28:57 AM PST · by Old Yeller · 34 replies
    The Washinton Post ^ | 12/22/15 | Greg Jaffe
    president Obama was flying over Los Angeles in June as he listened to the first accounts from a courtroom in Charleston, S.C., where family members of nine dead parishioners who were gunned down at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church had just addressed the accused killer. He heard the words of a daughter who had lost her mother: “May God forgive you. I forgive you.” He heard the words of a daughter who had lost her mother: “May God forgive you. I forgive you.” He listened to the plea of a mother who had lost her son: “Every fiber in my...

    12/23/2015 2:02:26 AM PST · by imardmd1
    December 2012 | Fred Wittman
    THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROLIntroduction: Have you ever considered, What is the first Christmas Carol?A carol is a song of joyful praise involving the birth of The Lord Jesus Christ. The first carol goes all the way back to the night in which The Lord Jesus Christ was born. No, it was not the Shepherds! Neither was it the Heavenly host which the shepherds heard. But even before the angels sang, The Lord Jesus Himself sang. Yes, That Little Baby in the manger sang the first Christmas Carol. It was not heard by His parents, nor by any human being, but...
  • A Medieval Antidote to ISIS

    12/22/2015 2:41:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/22/2015 | Mustafa Akyol
    ISTANBUL -- THE recent massacres in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., demonstrated, once again, the so-called Islamic State's ability to win over disaffected Muslims. Using a mixture of textual literalism and self-righteous certainty, the extremist group is able to persuade young men and women from Pakistan to Belgium to pledge allegiance to it and commit violence in its name. This is why the Islamic State's religious ideology needs to be taken seriously. While it's wrong to claim that the group's thinking represents mainstream Islam, as Islamophobes so often do, it's also wrong to pretend that the Islamic State has "nothing...
  • Assad Makes Surprise Christmas Visit to Damascus [Catholic] Church (PHOTOS)

    12/21/2015 12:02:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    RT ^ | 12/19/15
    A Christmas choir had a surprise visitor overnight after Bashar Assad made an appearance at a church in the Syrian capital of Damascus where rehearsals were taking place. The Syrian president and his wife, Asma, visited the Notre Dame de Damas Church, an ancient cathedral located just 2 kilometers from the rebel-held neighborhood of Jobar in the eastern suburb of Ghouta in Damascus. Assad and his wife chatted with the men and women of the "Joy Choir," who were practicing ahead of a performance on Christmas Eve, state media said Saturday. The couple were seen smiling and posing for pictures...
  • Prominent Catholic High School In Detroit Now Offers Muslim Prayer Room

    12/20/2015 7:25:40 PM PST · by Old Yeller · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/20/15 | Eric Owens
    A prestigious Catholic high school in a ritzy, estate-filled suburb of Detroit now features a prayer room for Muslim students to pray. The school is Brother Rice High School, an all-boys bastion affiliated with the Congregation of Christian Brothers in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., reports Detroit Fox station WJBK. Brother Rice president John Birney decided to permit the use of a reflection room inside the college prep school as a Muslim prayer room at the request of Muslim students. Birney said he granted the request because he wants the Catholic school to be inclusive.
  • Islam is the 'fastest growing religion' and will 'overtake Christianity by the end of the century'

    12/20/2015 7:35:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    UK MIrror ^ | 12/20/2015 | BY RUTH HALKON
    Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is expected to outstrip Christianity by the end of the century. The number of Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the world's population from now until 2050, the Pew Research Center has said. While the world's population is projected to grow 35 per cent before the middle of the century, the number of Muslims is expected to increase by 73 per cent -- from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion In 2010, Muslims made up 23.2 per cent of the global population. Four decades later, they...
  • No, Christians and Muslims Do Not Worship the Same God

    12/19/2015 7:36:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2015 | David French
    Yesterday the Internet exploded with the news that Wheaton College in Illinois -- known as the "Harvard of Evangelical colleges" -- had suspended professor Larycia Hawkins for wearing a headscarf as a gesture of "embodied solidarity" with Muslims. These stories weren't true. The professor wasn't suspended for wearing a headscarf but for publicly declaring that Christians and Muslims "worship the same God." In its statement, Wheaton explained: The freedom to wear a head scarf as a gesture of care and compassion for individuals in Muslim or other religious communities that may face discrimination or persecution is afforded to Dr....
  • Yes, Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God (But Here’s What That Means & Doesn’t)

    12/19/2015 9:14:17 AM PST · by agondonter · 95 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/17/2015 | Benjamin Corey
    Wheaton College is stirring up an old debate this week that’s worth revisiting. Professor Larycia Hawkins, in an effort to show solidarity with Muslims, decided to wear a hijab during advent. While wearing a hijab may have been tolerated by the school, what she said about the relationship between Islam and Christianity, was not. She wrote: “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” For the crime of saying, “we worship the same God” Hawkins was suspended from...
  • Czech President: "Europe and Islam Are Not Compatible"

    12/19/2015 6:41:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    PRAGUE The Czech President Milos Zeman has spoken out against Muslim immigration to Europe. "We respect the Islamic countries and their beliefs, as long as its inhabitants do not come to Europe. Because as soon as they come to Europe, two cultures collide that are not compatible with each other," he said in an interview with the state news agency TASR. Muslims have yet to have been assimilated in any European country. This proves the incompatibility of Islamic and European culture. The EU Member States, urged Zeman, should rather invest more in securing the EU's external border than in the...