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  • Muslim migrants threw 12 Christians overboard to their deaths during Mediterranean crossing

    04/17/2015 11:35:17 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04-16-2015 | Sara Malm
    A group of Muslim migrants have been arrested for 'aggravated murder' after allegedly throwing 12 Christians into the Mediterranean sea during a recent crossing from Libya, Italian police reports.
  • Franklin Graham Warns Holocaust Might Be Repeated With Influx of Muslims in US and Europe

    04/17/2015 8:39:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Rev. Franklin Graham warned on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday that another holocaust might become a reality, pointing to the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and the United States, who he said are "bringing their hatred of Jews and Christians with them." "Could the holocaust be repeated? I'm afraid so. Anti-Semitism is at the highest levels since the late 1930s. This is coming from the influx of Muslim immigrants to Europe, the United States, and other Western countries over the past few decades, and they are bringing their hatred of Jews — and Christians — with them," Graham...
  • Turkish PM Accuses Pope of Being Part of ‘Evil Front’ Against His Country

    04/15/2015 7:30:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/15 | Staff Reporter
    Prime Minister Davutoglu's comments follow criticism by Turkish president yesterday over Armenian genocide statementTurkey’s prime minister has accused the Pope of being part of an “evil front” plotting against his country. Ahmet Davutoglu made the comments today in the capital Ankara ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections in June at which his ruling Justice and Development party was presenting its list of candidates. Mr Davutoglu comments came after Pope Francis described Ottoman Turkey’s massacre of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 as “genocide”, a term and death toll denied by Turkey Mr Davutoglu said: “An evil front is being formed before...
  • Pakistan: Boy Burnt Alive for Being Christian Is in Serious Condition

    04/15/2015 6:37:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Young Muslims on Way to Mosque Stopped to Set Young Christian Stranger on FireFor being a Christian, a boy in Pakistan has been burnt alive and now is in serious condition. According to Fides, some young Muslims burnt alive 14-year-old Christian teenager, Nauman Masih, who now is in the hospital in Lahore, fighting for his life. The young boy did not know the people who attacked him in the same city where there was the deadly attack on two Church's in recent months. The police were alerted and registered a complaint against unknown persons. "The young people who attacked me...
  • Watch What Happens When 3 Muslim Spokesmen Are Asked About Islam’s Death Penalty for Apostasy

    04/14/2015 9:00:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/14/2015 | Robert Spencer
    CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO A recent episode of the BBC program The Big Questions was anomalous: instead of pumping out more of the usual fog of obfuscation and denial regarding the aspects of Islamic law incompatible with Western standards of human rights and human dignity — as do most BBC shows — it actually featured an honest discussion of Islam’s death penalty for apostasy.Or it would have, that is, if the Muslim spokesmen on the show had been remotely honest about that penalty. Instead, they offered an instructive case study in how Islamic supremacists deal with uncomfortable aspects...
  • Does Christianity have a Future?; Study shows Christianity on decline in the wealthy West

    04/13/2015 9:54:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/13/2015 | Candida Moss
    A new study shows Christianity on the decline in the wealthy West, with Islam surging. What Would Jesus Say? It’s not what you think. A study released by the Pew Forum last week demonstrates that the future of the religious world is rapidly and dramatically changing. Differences in fertility rates and the high incidence of conversion make Islam the world’s fastest-growing religion. And, if current rates continue, by 2070 Islam could be the world’s largest. Between now and 2050 the number of Muslims is projected to rise to 2.8 billion, a 35 percent increase. While India will continue to be...
  • Turkey Anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'Genocide' Claim

    04/12/2015 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/15
    Turkey has summoned the Vatican ambassador after Pope Francis used the word "genocide" to describe mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 100 years ago.The foreign ministry requested a meeting with the Vatican's envoy in Ankara, Turkish media reported. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were systematically killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. Turkey has consistently denied that the killings were genocide. The Pope's comments came at a service in Rome to honour a 10th Century mystic, attended by Armenia's president. The dispute has continued to sour relations between Armenia and Turkey. 'Bleeding wound'The...
  • A New History of the Crusades Obama Should Read

    04/10/2015 1:07:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 10, 2015 | Stephanie Pacheco
    Steve Weidenkopf, lecturer at Christendom College’s graduate program, has written a readable, story-like book that provides a blow-by-blow account of the Crusades that simultaneously counters many of the myths that have sprung up around them.
  • UK Tribunal Rules Against Christian Suspended for Sharing Faith with Muslim Co-Worker

    04/09/2015 5:22:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Christian News ^ | 4/8/15 | Heather Clark
    LONDON – An employment tribunal in the United Kingdom has ruled against an occupational therapist who was suspended for nine months after her Muslim co-worker alleged that she was trying to convert her. Victoria Wasteney, 38, had developed a friendship with her colleague Enya Nawaz, 27, as they worked at the St. John Howard Center in London. The two had discussed Islam and Christianity, and Wasteney had talked to Nawaz about her church’s efforts to fight human trafficking. “The whole basis of our conversations around faith started with her telling me that she’d had an encounter with God, that she...
  • Pope Prays that Divine Mercy Might Help Reconciliation Over Armenian Genocide

    04/09/2015 5:07:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Francis laments that nations have 'not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events'Pope Francis has prayed that the Divine Mercy might hasten reconciliation over the deaths of more than a million Armenians a century ago in what is commonly referred to as the Armenian genocide. The Pope made the comment during a meeting with Armenian bishops and faithful ahead of a Mass on Sunday that will mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre. In his prepared remarks he prayed that the Divine Mercy “might help us all, in love for truth and justice, to heal every...
  • Obama a Christian?

    04/09/2015 10:15:04 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Midwest Conservative Journal brings to our attention that Obama continues his pretense of being a Christian in order to bash Christians: If there’s one thing I love, it’s a quote which doesn’t even require “fisking”. At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Sunday, an occasion of great significance to Christians, here’s what President Barack Obama had to say: “On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.” As the crowd began...
  • Holiday Church Destruction in the Islamic World

    04/09/2015 3:09:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    As millions of Christians around the world were celebrating Easter Sunday, the Christians of the Muslim world were again under attack. The April 2 Islamic jihad attack on a Kenyan school—where the Islamic murderers made sure to slaughter only Christian students, sparing fellow Muslims—was only the most spectacular attack.
  • Terrorists in Kenya tormented students before killing them

    04/07/2015 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 7, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From The Christian Post I learned another horrible thing about terrorists of the Religion of Peace. As the death toll from the Garissa University College massacre climbed to 148 Friday, eyewitness accounts from survivors revealed a harrowing picture of how students were made to wait in line to be shot in the head. Some were even forced to make calls to their parents to tell them they were about to die.The family of 20-year-old Garissa student, Elizabeth Namarome Musinai, told Yahoo News that she called her father during the attack at dawn on Thursday and said: “There are gunshots everywhere! Tell Mum to...
  • What You Heard About “Allahu Akbar” Is WRONG: Here's what it REALLY means

    04/06/2015 8:09:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/06/2015 | Dom the Conservative
    Bombing, beheading, hijacking, mosque sermons — these are just a few of the instances where the proclamation “Allahu akbar” is shouted. But what does it really mean?The mainstream media tells us that the Islamic statement is a pledge of allegiance to the god of the Prophet Muhammad and is an admirable demonstration of faith and piety. It’s portrayed as a humble utterance of praise that is too often misused by jihadists during acts of terror. However, the real meaning behind the most controversial term of our time is much more sinister than the liberal left would have you believe.Recently,...
  • Asia Bibi Asks for “an Easter of Peace and Forgiveness”

    04/06/2015 6:07:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/4/15 | Paolo Affatato
    The Christian woman who is in prison in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy sent a prayer request to the Pope. Meanwhile, the government has revoked the moratorium on the death penalty“At Easter, Jesus Christ gives us an example of peace and forgiveness. All of us must learn from the teaching and sacrifice of Christ who was crucified for us and who forgave all those who harmed him. On this special day I ask Christians in Pakistan to live and pray for peace.” There is suffering but peace too in the words which Asia Bibi, the Christian mother sentenced to death...
  • The world's fastest-growing religion is ...

    04/04/2015 5:25:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/04/2015 | Daniel Burke
    If tech futurists are to be believed, by the year 2050, robots will do many of our errands and drive our cars. If a new study on religious trends is to be believed, many of those robot-controlled cars will stop and park at mosques and churches. Yes, despite predictions that religion will go the way of dinosaurs, the size of almost every major faith -- sorry, Buddhists -- will increase in the next 40 years, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The biggest winners, Pew predicts, will be Islam and Christianity. Islam, the world's fastest-growing...
  • Taliban Think Crusades Never Ended, Says Pakistani Archbishop

    04/02/2015 4:20:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/1/15 | Diane Montagna
    Recounts latest attacks on ChristiansROME — Pope Francis on Sunday, March 16, condemned the bombings of two Churches in a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan. The twin bombings — at one Catholic and one Protestant church —came as local Christians were attending Sunday Mass and services. The deadly blasts left 14 people dead and 78 wounded. The attack followed last December's Peshawar school massacre, when 7 gunmen — including one Chechen, two Arabs and two Afghans — entered the Army public school in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire on staff and children, killing 145, including 132...
  • Mahdi to return by 2016, followed by Jesus? (According to Muslim Prophecy)

    03/30/2015 9:31:52 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | March 30, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Mainstream Muslim website makes official announcement It’s not only evangelical Christians who are sensing that something has changed in the world, and that we may be entering the very last days. Muslims are also eagerly awaiting their messiah. In the latest evidence of this messianic fervor, a mainstream Sunni Muslim website has decreed that the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, will appear this year or in 2016 and that the Muslim Jesus will return in 2022 to conquer the world for Islam. DiscoveringIslam.org and the End Times Research Center have calculated that the “first phase” of the end of time...
  • Defender of the (Eastern) Faith

    03/28/2015 11:05:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/15 | Ed West
    Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle EastWho is the most formidable defender of persecuted Christians in the world today? Many would nominate Pope Francis, who has offered thunderous denunciations of attacks on the faithful ever since his election. But another candidate is emerging: the surprising figure of the future king of England. The media have barely noticed that the Prince of Wales has a new obsession, as powerful as his passions for architecture and the environment:...
  • Why Do Islamists Love Bulldozing History So Much?

    03/25/2015 8:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group’s latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has blown up Shiite mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims. Some attacks target the works of other, rival religions, such as Orthodox churches in northern Cyprus (since 1974),...
  • Catholic Vet Training Iraqi Christians to Fight ISIS Says it Would be an Honor to Give His Life

    03/25/2015 6:28:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/22/15 | Joan Desmond
    On March 22, CBS' 60 Minutes provided a report on Iraq's ancient Christian community that is under attack by ISIS.You can watch the segment here. The Overtime segment included a striking profile of a Catholic U.S. vet, Brett Felton, age 28, who has returned to Iraq to help train outnumbered, outgunned and underfunded Christian militias fighting ISIS north of Mosul. "I'm not here serving my country. I'm here serving Christians," Brett Felton told 60 Minutes. He returned to his cradle-Catholic faith during a previous tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq and then went back as a volunteer to train...
  • Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide

    03/23/2015 6:07:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltŕ Cattolica stressed that newly published documents “prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issue” of the Armenian Genocide. “Benedict XV was the only ruler or religious leader to voice out a protest against the ‘massive crime’.”...
  • Obama Urges Iran to Release Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini in Press Statement

    03/22/2015 7:52:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    President Obama again called on Iran to release U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in a jail for his Christian faith for nearly two-and-a-half years, as the Middle Eastern nation celebrates the Nowruz holiday, a festival of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. "Today, as families across the world gather to mark this holiday, we remember those American families who are enduring painful separations from their loved ones who are imprisoned or went missing in Iran," Obama said in a statement. "Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho has spent two and a half years detained...
  • Turkey’s Ruling Party Official Hails The Antichrist Saying To “Get Ready For Erdogan’s Caliphate”

    03/21/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by free_life · 32 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    These guys are not kidding. And the media is also going ballistics (see Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Turkish Today’s Zaman, also here). The media explosion started when the head of a provincial branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stirred the pot by tweeting that the country should “get ready for the caliphate” of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A caliph is a spiritual leader of Islam who claims succession from Prophet Muhammad. The word, stemming from the Arabic khalifa meaning “successor,” has been the focus of much debate since being claimed by the Islamic State...
  • Bishop: Make War on ISIS

    03/20/2015 6:44:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/19/15
    An Iraqi bishop says waging war against ISIS fighters is the only way to save the Christian Church in IraqThe leader of one of Christianity's oldest communities reluctantly says that waging war against ISIS - killing their fighters - is the only way to stop the radical Islamists from destroying Christianity in Iraq. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks to Lara Logan for her report on the plight of thousands of Christians forced to flee ancestral homes from ISIS. Her story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, March 22 AT 7 p.m. ET/PT. The situation with ISIS in Northern...
  • Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for Demolition of Churches

    03/19/2015 6:14:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/18/15 | Staff
    Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah says Christian religious sites in Arabian Peninsula must be razed in accordance with Muslim lawSaudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric called on Tuesday for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of religious sites associated with Christianity. Speaking to a delegation in Kuwait, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who serves as the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, said the destruction of churches was absolutely necessary and is required by Islamic law, Arabic media reported. Abdullah, who is considered to...
  • Muslim Prayers in Church of England Parish

    03/15/2015 6:22:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/13/15 | John Bingham
    Clergy accuse vicar of holding ‘illegal’ Islamic prayer service in landmark London churchA Church of England vicar is facing a storm of protest from traditionalist Christians after allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church. Dozens of Muslims took part in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo in central London, in what is thought to have been the first time a full Islamic prayer service has been held within the Church of England. The vicar, the Rev Canon Giles Goddard, a prominent liberal cleric, joined in the event, reading a passage from the Bible...
  • Twin Bombings at Churches in Pakistan Kill 14, Wound 78

    03/15/2015 6:23:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 3/15/15 | Mubasher Bukhari
    LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the last decade or more. Many Christians, who make up less than two percent of Pakistan's population of more than 180 million, accuse the government of doing little to protect them, saying politicians are quick to offer condolences after an attack but slow...
  • Kuwaiti Researcher Declares: ISIS is the ‘Product Of Islamic Heritage’

    03/13/2015 7:21:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/13/2015 | David Steinberg
    From MEMRI, the video clip below shows Kuwaiti researcher Abdulaziz Al-Qattan making an appearance on Al-Mayadeen TV on March 3. MEMRI’s Counter-Radicalization Initiative report on the appearance highlights the following quotes from Al-Qattan, each of which would get a person branded an Islamophobe in the West: Abdulaziz Al-Qattan: “ISIS did not come out of nowhere. It’s not an aberration. By no means. ISIS adopts the Salafi-Wahhabi ideology of Al-Qaeda. If you look at Durur Al-Saniyah by Muhammad Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab, you will see that ISIS is implementing the ideas of that book to the letter. They are doing it...
  • Islamic State Group Obliterates 10th Century Monastery

    03/11/2015 3:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 11, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Mustafa Khayat The Islamic State group's attempt to erase any culture but its own continues apace. It now has blown up a 10th century Chaldean monastery north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to several reports. The Mar Gorgis or St. George monastery has been "wiped out" by ISIS militants, Nineveh Yakou , Assyrian Archaeologist and Director of Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Affairs at A Demand for Action, told IBTimes UK. The building, located on the Ba'werah neighbourhood on a hill north of Mosul on the other side of the Tigris river, was founded by the Assyrian Church of the...
  • [VIDEO] LITTLE IRAQI GIRL FORGIVES ISIS, BRINGS REPORTER TO TEARS

    03/11/2015 11:59:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 10, 2015 | ELIZABETH ARGUE
    Last summer, ISIS militants drove this little Christian girl, Myriam, and her family from their home in Qaraqosh, Iraq. A reporter found her residing in a refugee camp in Kurdistan — and her answers to his questions brought him to tears.Her words are proof that the faith is still strong in the Middle East. Please continue to pray for all Christians persecuted by Islamic militants – including Myriam and her family – that they will continue to be an example of courage and faith to the world.“Sometimes I cry because we left our home, and Qaraqosh. I’m not angry at God...
  • Assyrian Christians Hostages Were Told to Convert to Islam

    03/09/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the mediaTwo of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media about their ordeal. Some 200 Christians were taken by the Islamist group on February 23 after they stormed a number of villages in the north-east of the country. One of the hostages, going by the name ‘Peter’, told the Times: “They entered our village at five in the morning, while everyone was sleeping. Some of them were Syrians, some were Chinese, some Russian – people who didn’t speak Arabic. They took 17 men,...
  • Minister Louis Farrakhan Blames 9/11 Attacks on 'Zionist Jews'

    03/07/2015 7:05:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | March 7, 2015 | The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    The Anti-Defamation League condemned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as the “leading anti-Semite in America” after a speech in which he blamed “Israelis and Zionist Jews” for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “At a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic lows, Farrakhan’s unabashed promotion of anti-Semitism is a throwback to the intolerance of another era,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement issued Thursday. Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic remarks, delivered his speech Sunday in Chicago as part of his Saviors Day 2015 sermon. “It is now becoming apparent that there...
  • Why ARE so many modern British career women converting to Islam?

    03/06/2015 7:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2010
    Tony Blair’s sister-in-law announced her conversion to Islam last weekend. Journalist Lauren Booth embraced the faith after what she describes as a ‘holy experience’ in Iran. She is just one of a growing number of modern British career women to do so. Here, writer EVE AHMED, who was raised as a Muslim before rejecting the faith, explores the reasons why. Much of my childhood was spent trying to escape ­Islam. Born in London to an English mother and a ­Pakistani Muslim father, I was brought up to follow my father’s faith without question. But, privately, I hated it. The minute...
  • Sherman quits Iran confab over ‘vulgar’ ad: Jewish groups slam Boteach ad on Susan Rice

    03/05/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Jewish Standard ^ | March 5, 2015 | Deb Herman, JTA Wire Service
    Dr. Elie Wiesel, left, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Senator Ted Cruz at Rabbi Boteach’s panel discussion.An array of Jewish groups condemned an ad by a foundation associated with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the advertisement, which appeared in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran in Washington hosted by Boteach, the Englewood-based author and pro-Israel advocate. As soon as Shabbat ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad by This World: The Values Network. The American Jewish Committee...
  • THE WORLDWIDE MUST-READ: Robert Spencer’s Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 1, ‘The Opening’

    03/05/2015 11:34:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/05/2015 | Robert Spencer
    (See Introduction here [1].)The Fatiha (Opening) is the first sura (chapter) of the Qur’an, and most common prayer of Islam. If you’re a pious Muslim who prays the five requisite daily prayers of Islam, you will recite the Fatiha seventeen times in the course of those prayers.According to an Islamic tradition, the Muslim prophet Muhammad said that the Fatiha surpassed anything revealed by Allah (“the God” in Arabic, and the word for God used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews, as well as Muslims) in the Torah, the Gospel, or the rest of the Qur’an. And indeed, it efficiently and...
  • There Is No Pope in Islam

    03/05/2015 10:22:56 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 5, 2015 | JoAnna Wahlund
    Some time ago I posted on Facebook this criticism of that ubiquitous “Coexist” bumper sticker with the comment, “I need this in magnet form for my car.”A friend (who, I believe, identifies as atheist/agnostic) replied, “I don’t agree that Muslims are out to get everyone else. I find that suggestion pretty offensive actually.” Upon deeper reflection, my response would be as follows:I don’t believe that all Muslims “are out to get everyone else.” I would not presume to speak for every single person on the planet who identifies as a Muslim. I do believe, however, that some Muslims are...
  • A Worldwide Must-Read: Robert Spencer’s Blogging the Qur’an

    03/04/2015 6:59:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/04/2015 | Robert Spencer
    Back in 2007 and 2008, I ran a weekly feature at my website Jihad Watch [1]: “Blogging the Qur’an.” Now, with the Obama administration repeatedly reiterating the claim that Islam is fundamentally peaceful and that promoting its true and benign face will ultimately conquer the global jihad, it is time to revive it.Here at PJ Media I’ll be presenting a new, revised version of the series.Why Read the Qur’an To understand the motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists, a good place to start is to explore what they themselves say about why they’re doing what they’re doing, and...
  • The West Misses the Point—and Lesson of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

    03/03/2015 9:19:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/03/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the point: this antipathy did not appear out of thin air but rather in response to Islamic aggression—the same Islamic aggression the rest of the world is trying to cope with. A Financial Times editorial titled “Buddhist militancy triggers international concern” opens by describing the “traumatic first-hand view” of a Muslim woman whose home was attacked and possessions plundered by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Says the woman: “If I could meet those responsible, I would ask: ‘Sir, does your Lord Buddha teach this?’”Some paragraphs down, readers discover that her home was attacked...
  • 'The Greatest Persecution of Christians in History' (Part I)

    03/03/2015 8:37:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 3/2/15 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    Historian Michael Hesemann Says There is Proof Pope Benedict XV Tried to Stop Armenian GenocideJust before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, well-known German historian Michael Hesemann announced the discovery of 2000 pages of hitherto unpublished documents on, what he calls “the greatest persecution of Christians in history” in the Vatican Secret Archives. In this in-depth analysis with ZENIT, the historian discusses his findings, what’s often not realized about the Armenian genocide, and its victims, items which he discusses in his new book. He also speaks about the Holy Father’s recent visit to Turkey, why he...
  • Lavrov to Raise Issue of Christians' Protection With UNHRC in Geneva

    03/02/2015 6:20:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/2/15
    Moscow, March 2, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will open a high-level event on the subject of protecting Christians on the sidelines of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. "Russia is seriously concerned by conflicts in the Middle East which has been the center of monotheistic religions since time immemorial. Regrettably, during these conflicts Christians are not only being harassed and discriminated against, but they also become victims of actions which fall under the definition of the genocide," the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Information and Press said. Christians in Iraq and...
  • Islamic State Group Frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria After a Ransom is Paid

    03/02/2015 6:14:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/2/15
    After jihadists seized the ​​Tal Tamr area and at least ten Christian villages, they took 220 people hostage. Judged by an "Islamic court", 19 were released after paying US$ 1,700 per person. Assyrian and Islamic tribal leaders are negotiating the release of the other hostages.Damascus (AsiaNews) - Islamic State (IS) terrorists on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Tal Tamr (Syria) last week, after a US$ 1,700 ransom per person was paid for their release, activists said. "Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakah after they were...
  • UK's First 'Anti-Islamisation' Rally Dwarfed by Counter-Demo

    03/01/2015 12:27:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/28/15 | AFP
    An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement's first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said. PEGIDA has drawn large crowds in Germany to protest against what it calls the "Islamisation" of Europe, and small demonstrations have also taken place in Austria and Sweden. Police in the city of Newcastle, northeast England, said five men were arrested "for isolated incidents" but insisted both the PEGIDA march and the Newcastle Unites protest passed off smoothly. The five men, aged between 17 and 54, were arrested for alleged offences including...
  • Turkish Border Closed as Christian Hostages in Syria Spike to 250

    02/26/2015 8:16:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/26/15 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. “There are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border is closed for Syrians. No Syrian can cross into Turkey,” Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo told CNA Feb. 26. Archbishop Hindo oversees the Syrian archdiocese of Hassake, which is located in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria. The region sits between...
  • ISIS Has Begun Executing Captured Christians, According to Report

    02/26/2015 3:21:15 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 26, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Assyrian Church in Beirut Islamic State militants have reportedly executed 15 Christians who have been captured in villages in northeastern Syria since Monday. A priest who has been feeding reports to Christian aid agencies around the world, including Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need, said today that a Christian Assyrian lawyer in the city of Hassakah told him that about 15 young Assyrians "are martyred. Many of them were fighting to defend and protect the villages and families." Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana of CAPNI, the Christian Aid Program in Iraq, said that in the Christian village of Tel Hormizd: 14...
  • Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS, or Their Conversion?

    02/26/2015 10:00:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 02/26/2015 | Russell Moore
    A pastor friend told me last week that he had church members enraged with him when he suggested from the pulpit that we ought to pray for the salvation of Islamic State terrorists. The people in his church told him that he ought to be calling for justice against them, given their brutal murder of Christians, not for mercy. I thought about my friend a few days ago when these murderous fiends beheaded 21 of our brothers and sisters in Christ because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus. I was not just angry; I was furious. Can such...
  • Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

    02/24/2015 10:21:27 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a Syro-Catholic priest in Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA. Rome, Italy, Feb 24, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response. “Let’s pray for those innocent people,” Patriarch Younan told CNA over the phone from Beirut Feb. 24. “It’s a very, let’s say, very ordinary thing to have those people with such hatred toward non-Muslims that they don’t respect any human life,” he...
  • For Coptic Christians, Threat of Martyrdom is Part of Daily Life

    02/24/2015 4:35:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/22/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis. “These 21 victims, they were not the first and they will not be the last. There is a flowing river of Christian blood in the Middle East,” said Mina Abdelmalak, one of the organizers of a D.C. candlelight prayer vigil outside the White House on Ash Wednesday. The prayer vigil commemorated the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded last...
  • ISIS and the Missing Christ

    02/23/2015 7:26:51 AM PST · by Lacey · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/22/15 | Andrew Klavan
    Like everyone else who cares more about the facts than his own opinions, I’ve recently read Graeme Wood’s excellent Atlantic article “What Isis Really Wants.” Those of you making do with excerpts and pull quotes, stop, and go read the whole thing. That it renders the president’s statements about ISIS absurd is the least of the article’s accomplishments. No one but a small coterie of leftist knuckleheads believes what Obama says on this subject anyway — though it’s unfortunate that the president himself is part of that coterie. Among the many things in the piece that inspire thought is Wood’s...
  • If Islamic Terrorists Are Devout Muslims, Why Are They Hooked on Porn?

    02/23/2015 7:24:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/23/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Most radical Islamic jihadis claim to be devout Muslims who promote the spread of strict conservative Islamic societal principles, yet it has been continuously documented through the years that many of those Muslim extremists are chronically addicted to sex and pornography. Jihadis' obsession with porn and sex is not a new phenomenon that is only being seen today through the "brutal" and "instinctive" sex drive of the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Even the late Osama Bin Laden, the world-famous leader of Al Qaeda, had a huge collection of porn that was found by Navy Seals who...