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  • The Plight of Christians in Turkey, Ahead of Pope Francis' Visit

    11/28/2014 5:36:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/26/14 | Sébastien de Courtois
    Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 26, 2014 / 04:43 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them Christians. Many, too, are young, single people, prepared to take great risks. In early November, a boat carrying illegal migrants from Turkey to Bulgaria capsized just after coming through the Straits of the Bosporus. The bulk of refugees end up in Istanbul, the vast metropolis capable of absorbing so many...
  • Cardinal Koch on Ecumenical Dialogue in Turkey, Russia, With Evangelicals

    11/28/2014 5:22:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Notes Hopes That Francis' Apostolic Trip to Turkey Can Deepen Relations, Prepare Next StepsSwiss Cardinal Kurt Koch has suggested ecumenical dialogue is reaching new heights under the pontificate of Jesuit Pope Francis. In a wide-ranging interview with ZENIT at the Vatican last week, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity discusses Pope Francis' trip to Turkey and what it means for ecumenical dialogue and how this Pope’s reaching out to Evangelicals has created a “new situation” for the Church. Moreover, the prelate speaks on where the Church’s relationship with the Patriarchate of Moscow currently stands, the Pope’s...
  • Pope says he would 'never close the door' on talks with Islamic State

    11/25/2014 4:22:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | November 25, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM STRASBOURG, France (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said that "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Pope Francis answers a reporter's question on his flight back to Rome after speaking at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25. (CNS/Paul Haring) Meeting reporters Nov....
  • Guest commentary: Muslims, Mormons and Obama, one might think they would do better together

    11/22/2014 7:38:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Contra Costa Times News ^ | November 22, 2014 | Robert A. Rees
    A recent Gallup poll reflecting President Barack Obama's approval rating among American religious groups revealed that the president's highest rating was among Muslims (72 percent) and the lowest among Mormons (18 percent). That's an enormous difference between two groups that actually have a lot in common. What explains such radically divergent views? According to Mormon political analyst Quin Monson, the explanation for Obama's low ranking among Mormons has to do with party affiliation: "It's not surprising, given the fact Mormons are overwhelmingly Republican. There aren't very many Mormon Democrats, and that explains it." That surely is not the whole explanation....
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling those who've taken on faith to create a force for change."You’re the anti-Christ, you will be destroyed,” screamed an incensed heckler during a speech by Barack Obama in June this year. It was not the first time Obama had heard this very pointed line, nor was he the first President to hear it. Anti-Obama rallies are often decorated with signs or t-shirts carrying overtly religious messages, whether it’s likening him to the Devil, demanding that Christian prayers be returned to schools or suggesting that America has a...
  • Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral

    11/20/2014 8:22:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    Israel Today ^ | November 20, 2014 | David Lazarus
    It looked like a chilling scene from a Last Days, anti-Christ-takes-over-the-world disaster movie. Hundreds of Muslims take over America’s most notable church, prostrate on their prayer rugs as their unified chant echoes out in full volume: “There is only one god, he begets not and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and Apostle."
  • Woman Who Proclaimed Jesus During Islamic Prayer Service at National Cathedral: I Love Muslims

    11/18/2014 7:54:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/18/2014 | Alex Murashko
    Christine Weick, the Christian woman who snuck into the invitation-only Islamic prayer service last Friday afternoon at the Washington National Cathedral, said that although she interrupted the service to proclaim the name of Jesus and tell worshippers inside to stay away from U.S. churches, she loves Muslims. "God has a love for them. He does, 'God so loved the world.' That includes Muslims. I have a love for them. They are a beautiful people. Most of them are very kind," Weick, 50, told The Christian Post Sunday. The service held inside the Episcopal church was meant to promote interfaith prayer...
  • Islam in US National Cathedral and US Congress: What do Muslims Want?

    11/15/2014 4:22:24 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Islam Around The World ^ | 11/15/2014 | Jan_Sobieski
    Lest we forget the true face of Islam (the only religion that Democrats love). And why do they love Islam? Totalitarian, Legislates immorality, destruction of enemies, homo-sodomite-pedophile religion, etc. (the list goes on)
  • ‘Worship Only Jesus Christ': Woman Ejected From Muslim Prayer Gathering at National Cathedral

    11/15/2014 6:04:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 258 replies
    Christian News ^ | 11/14/14 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON – A woman who proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ during the first-ever Islamic Jumaa prayer gathering at Washington’s National Cathedral was ejected from the building on Friday. “Jesus Christ died on that cross over there,” the unidentified woman declared as she stood in the front of the room. “He is the reason why we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our lord and savior!” A man nearby immediately approached her and attempted to reach for her arm, but she pulled away. “We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country,” she continued. “Why...
  • Islamic State Leader Targets Rome

    11/14/2014 3:10:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    In an audio message released on November 13, a man identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, pledged that his group will continue its conquests and vowed to bring jihad to Rome. “The crusaders’ missiles will not stop our advance on Rome,” al-Baghdadi promised. He urged Muslims: “Make the volcanoes of jihad erupt everywhere.” The mention of “crusaders’ missiles” was evidently a reference to reports that al-Baghdadi had been killed or at least seriously wounded by an American cruise-missile strike. The message from the Islamic State appeared designed to belie those reports.
  • Pakistani Christians Tortured and Killed on ‘False Accusation of Blasphemy’

    11/14/2014 9:18:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/08/2014 | ANTO AKKARA
    LAHORE, Pakistan — A young, married Pakistani Christian couple, including the pregnant mother of three children, were “brutally tortured and burned alive” at a brick kiln Nov. 4 in the Punjab province following “a false accusation of blasphemy,” according to the brother of the slain husband. The deaths of Shahzad Masih, 28, and his pregnant wife Shama Bibi, 24, were vociferously decried by Christians in the predominantly Muslim country. “They were brutally tortured and burnt alive,” Shabhaz Masih, elder brother of Shahzad, told the Register from the village of Chak 59, located near Kot Radha Kishan in the Kasur district...
  • RT Kendall: ‘I wouldn't be surprised to see Yaser Arafat in heaven’

    11/14/2014 8:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Premier ^ | 11/14/2014 | By Justin Brierley
    Church leader RT Kendall has said that he believes Yasser Arafat may have accepted Christ before his death a decade ago. November 11 marks ten years since the death of the PLO leader, regarded as a heroic freedom fighter by many Palestinians and a terrorist by many Israelis. The first time RT Kendall was granted rare access to Arafat,the Christian writer and speaker told him he had prayed for him every day for 20 years. According to Kendall, the 20-minute appointment turned into an hour and 45 minutes, and an unlikely friendship began. The third time Kendall visited Arafat, the...
  • Iraq Christians Guard Village Taken from IS Group

    11/13/2014 7:59:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/13/14 | Bram Janssen
    BAKUFA, Iraq (AP) — The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month after Islamic State militants were pushed out and the extremists' black banner was taken down. The predominantly Christian Assyrian hamlet of 95 houses that once had about 500 people, located some 390 kilometers (243 miles) north of Baghdad, was overrun by the Islamic State group during its shocking blitz this summer, along with 22 other villages nearby. In a counter-offensive, the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters swept in from the north, battling the Islamic...
  • Let Muslim Primary School Teachers Wear Full-Face Veil in Class – Rowan Williams

    11/11/2014 7:04:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/10/14 | John Bingham
    Former Archbishop of Canterbury says ‘panic’ about the niqab is 'largely misplaced' even if young children cannot see their teacher’s face There is no need to “panic” about Muslim primary school teachers wearing the full-face veil in class, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams, has insisted. He said concerns that young children would struggle to learn from a woman whose face was covered were “largely misplaced” and that there are other ways to "read” what people are saying. The former Archbishop’s remarks, in an interview for the Christian think-tank Theos, reopen the debate about the place of the niqab...
  • Geert Wilders: Wisdom and Courage

    11/11/2014 10:21:58 AM PST · by RicocheT · 4 replies
    Europe News [Internet] ^ | September 29 2008 | Geert Wilders
    All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask...
  • Muslim Friday Prayers to Be Offered at [US] National Cathedral

    11/10/2014 6:31:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 89 replies
    Leaders explore hospitality and relationship while stressing message to people of faith across the globeWASHINGTON -- Washington National Cathedral and five Muslim groups announced today the first celebration of Muslim Friday prayers (Jumaa) at the Cathedral on Friday, November 14. Leaders believe offering Muslim prayers at the Christian cathedral shows more than hospitality. It demonstrates an appreciation of one another's prayer traditions and is a powerful symbolic gesture toward a deeper relationship between the two Abrahamic traditions. What: Muslim Friday Prayers at Washington National Cathedral When: Friday, November 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Who: *The Rev. Canon Gina Campbell,...
  • Bizarre Silence on Muslim Persecution from a Very Talkative Rome

    11/10/2014 5:35:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 9, 2014 | Antonio Socci
    Shahzad Masih was 28 years old and his wife, Shama, 25, two young Catholics with four children. She was pregnant with the fifth. She was working in a job in a brick making factory known for exploiting its workers, whose owner, a Muslim, had already brutally beat her. She worked in Kasur, near Lahore, in that Pakistan where Christians are considered as trash. Last November 4th the two young people were falsely accused of having profaned pages of the Koran. They were tortured for two days, lynched by a furious mob and at the end thrown into an oven and...
  • Why Are We Afraid Of Islam ?

    11/10/2014 2:20:30 PM PST · by knarf · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | November 10, 2014 / August 31, 2012 | Dr Bill Warner
    I should have fallen over by now from all the stuff I stumble upon looking for something else ...
  • The Crisis in Maiduguri

    11/03/2014 6:18:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/31/14 | Philip Jenkins
    In the battle for religious freedom, let's not forget Africa.Unless they have family ties to Nigeria, few Western Christians are likely to know the name of Maiduguri. That has to change. Maiduguri is presently the setting for one of the world’s most significant struggles for religious freedom, and even for Christian survival outside the West. In recent months, we have heard much of the ancient Middle Eastern communities devastated by ISIS and the Islamic State. Such coverage is necessary and appropriate, but it distracts attention from the quite comparable violence occurring in very different regions, especially in West Africa. The...
  • Will The Pope Challenge Turkey on anti-Christian Bias?

    11/03/2014 6:22:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/30/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Recently the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the official purpose for which is largely ecumenical. He’ll visit Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople on the feast of St. Andrew, considered their patron in much the same way Catholics regard St. Peter as the first pope. The trip is also a way for Francis to express concern for violence in the region unleashed by the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate, and to expand his outreach to the Islamic world. But what’s not yet clear is how much of a push Francis will make on another front: An increasingly...
  • Maronite bishop urges ‘profound defiance’ in face of persecution of Christians

    10/31/2014 2:42:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 31, 2014
    Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour of Brooklyn has told students at Belmont University about the need for all Christians to respond to persecution with “profound defiance”.Pointing out that this was markedly different from vengeful retaliation or submissive inaction, Bishop Mansour said: “Jesus was not a passive victim. Christians are not just asked to be nice people and doormats.”He told the Belmont students that they are called to stand in solidarity with the persecuted Christians in the Middle East, and to join forces with other Christians, Jews and Muslims of goodwill to raise a voice against “the worst injustice you can...
  • King Abdullah II to Armenian President: Christians Helped to Build the Arab Civilization

    10/31/2014 7:20:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/24/14
    Amman (Agenzia Fides) - Christians gave their own contribution to the building of Arab civilization. This is also why the forced displacement of the indigenous Christian communities in the Middle East is a serious problem, which must be curbed in any way possible. This is what King Abdullah II of Jordan said in his talks with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, who on Wednesday 29 October, at the head of a large and distinguished delegation, began his official visit in the Kingdom of Jordan, the first regarding an Armenian Head of State. As Jordanian media reports consulted by Agenzia...
  • Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam? (in depth analysis with examples)

    10/30/2014 2:44:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 29, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    Unbeknownst to many Christians, anti-Christian apologetics and propaganda are prominent fixtures of Islamist recruiting sites and social media. On October 20, a 25-year-old convert to Islam named Martin Couture-Rouleau ran down two Canadian soldiers, killing one and injuring the other. In the chase that followed, his car ran into a ditch and he was fatally shot by police as he came at them with a knife. Rouleau’s story is similar to that of other homegrown jihadists, including Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the 32-year-old Canadian citizen who, just two days after Rouleau’s attack, shot and killed a soldier before running into Canada’s parliament...
  • #Muslim apologists becoming more aggressive proselytizers, targeting #Christians

    10/30/2014 1:14:50 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 35 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 30 October 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you and a'salaam aleikum! William Kirkpatrick over at the Catholic World Report asks the following question Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam? in light of recent lone-wolf terrorist attacks in Canada and the United States, as well as the romance many attach to the depredations of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. One of the Canadian terrorists had this illustration displayed in his Facebook page: That got me thinking because that very day I stumbled upon this tweet by the Muslim Times on-line publication: An inspection of The Muslim Times reveals a...
  • Martin Baani: the Iraqi Seminarian Who Will Not Leave His People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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