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Islam (Religion)

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  • The Root Cause of Islamic Violence

    05/24/2017 1:45:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    1P5 ^ | May 24, 2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    Pope Francis’ most recent comments attempting to separate Islamic religious beliefs from Islamic violence are deeply misleading. They are not just slightly or partially incorrect, but dangerously wrong.  They stand in direct contradiction to the Church and her saints’ long history of experience and understanding of the Islamic world.In the context of yet another airplane interview — this time returning from World Youth Day in Poland, Francis was asked to discuss the threat posed by Islamic violence — now occurring with alarming frequency throughout the world — against the backdrop of the murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel at the hands of...
  • Mosque Takes Over Pentecostal Church as Pastor Prays to Allah

    05/24/2017 12:32:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 49 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | May 16, 2017 | JESSILYN JUSTICE
    Christian clergy helped a Muslim mosque open in a Pentecostal church. "It's open faith; we're brothers," Ali Mohammad, an organizer of the mosque, tells North Carolina's News & Observer. The Muslims are stripping the church of its Christian roots, including removing any crosses and handing them over to pastors in the area. When they opened on Saturday, Christian clergy, including Pastor Jim Melnyk of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, participated in the ceremony. Other pastors from Methodist and Baptist congregations were also present. "I see it as an important statement of community, that we take each other's faiths seriously," Melnyk says....
  • Islam group plaintiff against Belpietro

    05/19/2017 3:44:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    ANSA General News ^ | May 15, 2017
    ANSA) - Milan, May 15 - A Milan judge on Monday admitted the Coordination of Islamic Associations in Milan and Monza (CAIM) group as a civil plaintiff in the trial against Marco Belpietro, who wrote a front-page news story in November 2015 titled "Islamic bastards" when he was editor of Italian newspaper Libero. The story was in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. In the public prosecutor's indictment Belpietro is accused of having "publicly injured the Islam religion through contempt towards those who profess it". The next hearing will be held June 5.
  • The church in Iran has become one of the fastest growing in the world

    05/19/2017 8:35:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Everyone loves a good story. As Christians, we especially love stories that tell us how, when all seems lost, God makes a way. One such story is about the church in Iran—and it’s one of the greatest stories in the world today.  It’s a simple story that can be summarized in just two sentences: Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, the church in Iran has become the fastest growing in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ. As simple as it is, such an amazing story is worth examining deeper. Growth Amid Persecution The Iranian revolution...
  • Pentecostal Church in North Carolina Is Turned Into Islamic Center

    05/19/2017 8:27:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/19/2017 | BY BRANDON SHOWALTER
    A former Pentecostal Church in rural North Carolina was turned into an Islamic center on Saturday where an Episcopal priest and pastors from other denominations took part in a joint service to dedicate the facility. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Friday that while the Islamic Center of Smithfield is not the first to exist in Johnston County, it's currently the only one in the area after another mosque was closed. The new Islamic Center is now housed is what once was the Pentecostals of Smithfield church building. On Saturday, local Christian leaders took part in a joint service at...
  • Iraqi Priest Protects Ancient Christian Manuscripts from ISIS

    05/12/2017 6:50:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/12/17 | Zelda Caldwell
    The Dominican friar has stayed a step ahead of militants bent on the destruction of evidence of pre-Islamic history.At an undisclosed location, Dominican priest Fr. Najeeb Michaeel is painstakingly digitizing his collection of ancient manuscripts documenting Iraqs cultural heritage, including its Christian history, according to a report at the website Circa.com.Scanning these texts, the oldest of which date from the 7th century and which include manuscripts on Christian and Muslim spirituality, may be the only way to save these records of Iraqs history from destruction by Islamic State groups. As part of former Mesopotamia, Iraq has a rich Christian tradition....
  • Islamic Expert: US Bishops Complicit in Muslim Persecution of Christians

    05/10/2017 8:37:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | May 8, 2017 | Deacon Robert Spencer
    A prominent Islamic expert is comparing the bishops' silence on terrorism to sex abuse cover-up. Robert Spencer, an Islamic terror expert and author of 16 books on Islam, released an editorialSunday excoriating the U.S. bishops' actions to punish clergy and schoolteachers who speak out against Islam, including Spencer himself. "The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops moves actively and swiftly to silence and demonize voices that tell the truth about the Muslim persecution of Christians," Spencer noted, naming various bishops who've refused him, as well as other Muslim critics, a platform in their dioceses. The USCCB moves actively and swiftly to...
  • Blessing of Cross Begins Rebuilding of Iraqi Towns Destroyed by Islamic State

    05/10/2017 6:10:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/9/17 | David Ramos
    Syrian Catholic Archbishop Youhanna Boutros Moshe of Mosul blesses a newly-erected cross in Bakhdida, Iraq, May 2, 2017. Photo courtesy SOS Chretiens Orient.Mosul, Iraq, May 9, 2017 / 10:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the blessing of the cross raised up in the city of Bakhdida May 2, the reconstruction of the towns in the Plain of Nineveh in Iraq destroyed by the Islamic State officially began. Syrian Catholic Archbishop Youhanna Boutros Moshe of Mosul blessed the cross on a joyous morning with emotive dances by Christians. There are 13,000 damaged houses 669 of which were completely destroyed by the...
  • Indonesia: Ousted Christian Governor Convicted on Blasphemy Charge

    05/09/2017 5:18:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (popularly known as Ahok), the outgoing Christian governor of Indonesias Jakarta province, has been convicted of blasphemy against Islam and faces a two-year prison sentence. Ahok, a Protestant, angered some Muslims when, in a campaign appearance, he argued that Muslims were misusing the authority of the Quran in suggesting that Muslims must reject the leadership of non-Muslims. His invocation of the Quran enraged Islamic fundamentalists, and prompted massive public demonstrations against the governor. He was handily defeated in his bid for re-election as governor in April. The criminal charge against Ahok, pressed by Islamic militants, had divided...
  • The Catholic Church is punishing U.S. priests for speaking the truth about Islam and jihad

    05/07/2017 1:37:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 7, 2017 | Deacon Robert Spencer
    Many bishops protected priests who were child molesters for years, transferring them from parish to parish and allowing them to prey upon new children rather than turning them over to police. In the Catholic Church today, protecting the image of Islam appears to be job one: you can be a cleric who speaks out against the Churchs official positions (such as those on contraception and female priests) and in many quarters of the Church youll be hailed as a hero. But the highly dubious proposition that Islam is a religion of peace has become a kind of superdogma that the...
  • Islamic Mega-Mosque Opens in Atheistic Sweden

    05/06/2017 5:29:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Stoyan Zaimov
    The largest mosque in Scandinavia has opened in Sweden, which is one of the least religious and most atheistic nations in the Western world, reports have said, costing the Qatari government $3.30 million to build. Qatar's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs reported the news on Wednesday, explaining that the Umm Al-Mu'minin Khadijah Mosque in Malmo, expanding to 19,278 square feet (1,791 square meters), will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 worshipers. Breitbart News noted that Qatar is an absolute monarchy largely ruled by Sharia law, and has been accused by U.S. officials of funding radical Islamic terrorism. "We...
  • ISIS Tells Muslims to Avoid Christian Gatherings, Warns of Future Massacres

    05/06/2017 5:17:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 5/5/17 | Leah MarieAnn Klett
    A leader with the Islamic State terrorist group has warned Muslims to stay away from Christian gatherings in Egypt, as the group is planning to carry out more massacres in the coming months. "We are warning you to stay away from Christian gatherings, as well as the gatherings of the army and the police, and the areas that have political government facilities", the leader, who was not named, said in an interview in the ISIS Al Naba weekly newspaper, according to the MailOnline. The warning comes less than a month after 49 were people killed in twin attacks on churches...
  • Greek Orthodox Bishop Calls on Turkey's Erdogan to Convert or Face 'Unending Hell' With Muhammed

    05/06/2017 5:12:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 5/3/17 | Michael Chapman
    The Greek Orthodox bishop, Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, sent a lengthy letter to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he detailed some of the differences between Christianity and Islam and called on Erdogan to convert to Orthodoxy or face "eternal and unending" suffering in Hell, along with Muhammed and his followers. In the letter, Metropolitan Seraphim criticizes Islam and says Muhammed was a "false prophet" and that the Quran is not a "holy" or "sacred" book. He presents examples of where the Quran uses material from the Bible and other religious texts, and he also discusses some of the...
  • Europe Will be Muslim in Several Decades, Head of the Patriarchal Commission Believes [Russia]

    05/05/2017 2:35:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/5/17
    Moscow, May 5, Interfax - Head of the patriarchal commission on questions of family, protection of maternity and childhood Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov predicts the soonest decay of the Christian civilization. "It is very few time left and the whole Christian civilization will just perish. Several decades are in store for it, maximum 30, in Russia it may last about 50 years, but not more," the priest said on air Soyuz TV channel. According to him, "Christianity like peas will be sprinkled in European countries." "Christians will seat quietly, will form small groups, they will be persecuted. The rehearsal has started:...
  • IslamThe View from Disney Country

    05/04/2017 8:43:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 4, 2017 | William Kilpatrick
    IslamThe View from Disney CountryWilliam Kilpatrick The Diocese of Orlando recently reprimanded a sixth grade teacher at a Catholic school for an unfortunate exhibit of disrespect. What did he do? He provided printouts to students of St. John Boscos negative assessment of Islam. St. John Bosco called Islam a monstrous mixture of Judaism, Paganism, and Christianity, and explained that Muhammad propagated his religion, not through miracles or persuasive words, but by military force.Citing Nostra Aetate, Jacquelyn Flanigan, an associate superintendent with the Diocese of Orlandos schools, said that the information provided in the sixth-grade class is not consistent with the...
  • Pope Francis wasted his time at Egypts Al Azhar University

    05/03/2017 7:05:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/03/2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. During his visit to Egypt last week, Pope Francis visited al-Azhar University, a globally respected institution for Sunni Islamic learning, and met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the imam of the government-run Al-Azhar mosque and an Islamic philosophy professor. This has been reported by several media and with much fanfare. The problem is that Sheikh Tayeb, once voted worlds most influential Muslim, and Al Azhar, the important madrassa he heads, are part of the problem, not the solution. Tayeb is a renowned master of exhibiting one face to fellow...
  • As Francis heads to Egypt, Benedict reiterates Regensburg

    04/29/2017 4:52:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 28, 2017
    It can hardly be called a coincidence that as Pope Francis heads to Egypt, no doubt to promote "dialogue" with Islam, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has several days ago published a short letter to a Polish conference on his thought on Church-State relations, in which he echoes his thesis from his famous Regensburg address, that Islam and violence are inherently linked because of its detachment from reason itself. As Francis prepares to repeat his view to persecuted Egyptian Christians that "Muslim terrorism does not exist," and again that it is not "right to identify Islam with violence," Benedict does not hesitate to identify by name "Islamist...
  • As Francis Heads to Egypt, Benedict Reiterates Regensberg -

    04/27/2017 8:58:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/28/17 | Andrew Guernsey
    It can hardly be called a coincidence that as Pope Francis heads to Egypt, no doubt to promote "dialogue" with Islam, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has several days ago published a short letter to a Polish conference on his thought on Church-State relations, in which he echoes his thesis from his famous Regensberg address, that Islam and violence are inherently linked because of its detachment from reason itself. As Francis prepares to repeat his view to persecuted Egyptian Christians that "Muslim terrorism does not exist," and again that it is not "right to identify Islam with violence," Benedict does not...
  • The Egypt of Pope Francis, Between Reality and Fantasy

    04/27/2017 10:37:39 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | April 27, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The Egypt of Pope Francis, Between Reality and Fantasy > Italiano > English> Espaol> Franais> All the articles of Settimo Cielo in English*After Fr. Henri Boulad, another Egyptian Jesuit and Islamologist is framing in politically incorrect terms the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Egypt. His name is Samir Khalil Samir. He is 79 years old and teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome and at the Universit Saint-Joseph in Beirut.Fr. Boulads interview with L'Osservatore Romano was covered by Settimo Cielo ten days ago:> "Islam, Religion of the Sword." The Alarm of an Egyptian JesuitWhile Fr. Samirs extensive interview...
  • What Catholics Can Learn About Islam from a Former Muslim

    04/25/2017 3:09:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 25, 2017 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    Many Catholics look upon Islam as an ally in the struggle against militant secularism. Since Muslims are opposed to permissiveness, pornography, same-sex marriage, and other aspects of the secularist agenda, many Catholics assume that they must share similar values about marriage and sexuality.But this is not the case. The Islamic emphasis on modesty and chastity shouldnt be confused with the Christian standard. Christian sexual ethics are based on respect for women, whereas Islamic sexual ethics are motivated in large part by a disparagement of women.Islamic family values are not about honoring women, but about protecting a mans honor. And,...