TZOFAR THIS WEEK: CHRISTIANITY UNDER CONQUEST…….

Tzofar This Week

Christianity Under Conquest

Recently, I have been revisiting UK Christian websites to see if there have been any changes in positions vis-a-vis Jews and Israel since I surveyed their attitudes several years ago. Coincidentally, two things popped up this week which revealed that the pro-Palestinian/pro-Islamic, left-leaning strain among certain ecclesiastics is still alive and kicking in the UK and Europe, while their faith groups quietly move toward a vanishing point.

The Gatestone Institute offers Giulio Meotti’s article about unused British and European churches and synagogues which are being re-purposed for businesses or residences, or, increasingly, have been converted into mosques. Driving the abandonment of these properties are a combination of decreasing religiosity among Christians, and the virulent anti-Semitism which has driven Jews out of areas where Muslims now predominate.

As Meotti points out, there has been little protest over the creeping spread of Islam and little done which effectively stanches the bleeding loss of congregations. In this situation, should state churches hyper-focus on promoting family and social values in local communities? Are church international aid objectives a distraction from fortifying themselves locally? So far, government funding for foreign aid projects and the sale of church properties have fueled foreign exploits, including support for the “occupied Palestinians”. With a declining European Christian population, these efforts are already looking as if someone on a raft in the Pacific is giving away life preservers to a passing cruise ship.

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Demographic shifts may well mean state funding for churches will dry up when most of the electorate is either apathetic or antagonistic towards these institutions. Yet, as we will see, there is a long-term strategic goal.

In a related moment of absurdity, the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne, Rainer Maria Woelki, stated that Christianity and Islam must be considered on an equal footing, especially as Muslims are now part of the German landscape. Even worse, he stated that Islam is compatible with the German constitution. This is the reiteration of the rights of Muslims as a protected faith community. During his tenure as Archbishop in Berlin Cardinal Woelki supported, inter alia, a refugee café offering homework help for immigrant youth. In other words, the Cardinal is trying to win hearts and minds by being open and actively promoting outreach to the Muslim community.

Considering that the mass rape in Cologne this past New Year’s Eve occurred right outside Cardinal Woelki’s cathedral, it seems that well-intentioned efforts will have little if any impact on the hordes of migrants spilling into Europe. What Woelki fails to grasp—or state—is that these migrants are an invasion, not a herd of poor sheep that needs tending. The ongoing influx of young Muslim men into Europe is an aggression; the rape of women on the doorsteps of the cathedral was also a Koranic, political act. In Islam women are part of the spoils of war, and for Woelki to defend Islam is to defend the rights of Muslims to rape German women.

To ignore the salient point that Islam is an imperialist political movement with a faith component on the side is to wholly miss the point. Yet many church officials seem to be directly opposed to getting the point. And that is why a small group of liberal elites persist in defaming Israel, the country with the only increasing Christian population in the Middle East, while supporting radical Palestinians who have driven Christians out of Palestinian-controlled areas. Europeans and church groups are key funders of fringe traitorous Israeli groups such as Breaking the Silence. BtS uses anonymous, unprovable accounts to smear the IDF.

While UK and European church elites continue to support the anti-Israel projects promoted by the World Council of Churches, their home base is shrinking. Yet the budgets for foreign aid they control or influence are anything but insubstantial. Members of the Church of England’s Christian Aid subsidiary sit on the UK’s DFID board that metes out foreign aid. Internationally, other WCC-affiliated churches operate similarly.

From an Israeli perspective, we were often ignorant of the actions and motives of these church-based charities and NGOs; now this is changing. The current government is trying to force a minimal amount of transparency on these groups’ lawfare and political meddling here in Israel.

From a much wider perspective, the anti-Israel efforts are a necessary public relations component as these churches see their historical home bases shrinking. Anglicans and Catholics see their future in Africa, Asia and South America—among the Non Aligned Movement nations which side with the U.N.’s Islamic bloc. The NAM held their 2012 conference in Teheran. In their newer bases, at some point, these left-leaning ecclesiastical groups will face militant Islam without fat foreign aid budgets to smooth their way. Having given up the fight in their homelands, they will, ultimately, face it elsewhere.

GUMBY PONTIFF TO MEET WITH AL-AZHAR’S HEAD ISLAMONAZI IN ROME……

Any ”religious dialogue” with an Islamic leader is just an opportunity to advance Islamic hegemony.

Azhar imam to urge tolerance in historic pope meeting

May 22, 2016
Pope Francis (left) received the spiritual leader of the world's Sunni Muslims, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, at the Vatican
Pope Francis (left) received the spiritual leader of the world’s Sunni Muslims, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard, Filippo Monteforte)

Cairo (AFP) – The deputy of Al-Azhar’s grand imam in Egypt said on Sunday the top Muslim cleric will bear a message of tolerance when he meets Pope Francis in Rome.

Monday’s meeting will be the first between the leader of the world’s Catholics and one of Islam’s most important clerics.

Abbas Shuman, deputy to grand imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, told AFP on Sunday that Francis’s gestures towards Muslims encouraged Tayeb to meet the pope after falling out with his predecessor Benedict XVI.

“If it were not for these good positions (by Pope Francis) the meeting would not be happening,” Shuman said.

Ties between the Vatican and Al-Azhar, one of Islam’s most prestigious centres of learning, soured in 2006 when Benedict delivered a speech interpreted as linking the Muslim Prophet Mohammed to violence.

Relations have steadily improved since Francis became pope in 2013 with inter-faith dialogue near the top of his agenda.

He underlined this improvement in ties with a personal message to the Muslim world to mark the end of the first month of Ramadan during his pontificate.

More here.

NOTE: Irony not lost in al-Tayeb’s call for ”tolerance”, who heads one of the most longest running institution of intolerance in the world.

IRAQ: 100 000 MAN CHRISTIAN ARMED FORCE TO CONFRONT ISLAMONAZIS OF ALL STRIPES……

Unlike the weak-in-the-knees muslim losers flooding Europe with their selfie sticks and weird haircuts.

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NOTE: The use of the V sign was to indicate a victory over something, not obtaining tourist visas.

IRAQI CHRISTIANS RISE UP AND FORM 100,000 MAN CHRISTIAN ARMY TO FIGHT AGAINST ISIS HORDES!

HATUNE FOUNDATION: VISITING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN BANGKOK…….

Christians are being persecuted around the globe, Thailand is no different.

Filling up with Christian refugees fleeing Muslim persecution, these are the people the West should be opening their doors to, not to Muslims, due to very wealthy Muslim states in the region who are not doing their share.

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Hans Erling also helped more than 20 families with the limited cash he brought with him. Some of the people he met had family members who after being arrested in Bangkok were placed in the IDC (Immigration Detention Center) administrated by the Thai police authorities.

VISITING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

VISITING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS STRANDED IN BANGKOK 10-15 MARCH 2016

Author, Ewa Samvik

Why don’t the Christian communities not do more to help their sisters and brothers who are forced to live in hopeless misery in one of the world’s most popular tourist countries?

Hans Erling Jensen, International Director for Hatune Foundation International, visited Bangkok on 10-15 March this year.  During his stay in Bangkok he met a number of Pakistani refugees, living illegally in Thailand.

(In this article we do not mention any names to avoid any discomfort for the persons cited).

    • The persecution of Christians in Pakistan is an old and well-known phenomenon. Considering that Pakistan is a nation with more than 200 million inhabitants, 97% are Muslims, the rest are Christians, Hindus and other marginal minorities. In numbers you can roughly estimate that Christians make up around 2.5 million people.
    • During the last 50 years Christians have lived as second range citizens mostly in urban areas and trying to keep themselves safe gathering in bigger communities. The facts is, that the attacks on Christians in Pakistan are escalating. The last huge blast in Lahore where more than 70 Christians were killed and more than 200 severely injured, was – if we shall believe the Muslim organization behind the bombing – a retribution for the assassination of the murderer, Mumtaz Qadri, who killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The governor was killed by one of his personal guards in 2011, when he publicly declared, that he intended to reform the Pakistani blasphemy laws – as a result of the case against Bibi Asia.
    • During the last 4-5 years approximately 3.200 Pakistani Christians fled Pakistan, using one of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to leave the country. They went to Bangkok equipped with ordinary tourist visas, and there they applied for asylum. They are now registered as refugees at the local UNHCR office. A huge problem is, that the Thai authorities never approved the global “refugee” convention. Therefore they consider the Pakistani Christians – and all other people that apply for asylum in Thailand – as illegal immigrants.

See more at:  H/T: Hans Erling Jensen

MAJORITY OF NORWEGIANS IN SURVEY SAY THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD, GROWING MUSLIM POPULATION HOWEVER…….

And people wonder why Islam thinks Europe is right for the picking?

If they keep with their current Muslim importation strategy however, that too will change.

NORDIC JIHAD

For first time, majority in Norway don’t believe in God

For first time, majority in Norway don’t believe in God

Photo: Marianne Løvland / NTB scanpix

Norwegian atheists now outnumber believers.

A new survey from the annual social-cultural study Norwegian Monitor (Norsk Monitor) shows an historic level of Norwegians who don’t believe in the existence of God, Vårt Land reported.
To the question “Do you believe in God?”, 39 percent responded “no” while 37 percent said “yes”. Another 23 percent of respondents said they did not know.
The survey, which was sent to 4,000 Norwegians by post, marks the first time that non-believers outnumber the religious. Two years ago, the number of believers and non-believers was equal. When the question was first asked in 1985, a full 50 percent said they believed in God while just 20 percent did not.

More here.

SYRIA: FRANSICAN FRIARS SAY “WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED” FROM LANDS OCCUPIED BY ISLAMONAZIS……

Friars showing the spine of steel vacant from the multitudes of fighting aged men flowing into Europe.

Franciscan Friars: ‘We Will Not Leave Lands Occupied by Jihadists’ 

After serious deliberation, the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of the Holy Land, a group of monks living in territory occupied by the Islamic State in Syria, have made the decision to stay on despite the dangers, insisting that a good shepherd never abandons his sheep.

In recent days, the Prior of the community, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, took a survey among his confreres asking whether whether in the face of new risks of violence and persecution it was better to stay on with the few remaining Christians or to move to safer territory.

The number of local Christians in the parishes of the Syrian villages under the control of Islamist forces continues to dwindle as many leave on their own or are driven out. Moreover, outright persecution against the Christians has also increased. Not long ago, one of the Franciscans, Father Dhiya Azziz, was abducted by Islamist militants, and only released after 12 days of detention.

More here.

JUDITH BERGMAN: WHY HAS THE CHURCH ABANDONED CO-RELIGIONISTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST…….?

They’ve simply have given up……on everything

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Signs of complete Western indifference to the plight of Christians in the Levant and Maghreb, could be seen in the Lebanese conflict of the 70’s, which coincided with the rise of the Paleostinian narrative in Western cultural and political circles. Over 80% of the +12 million refugees from Lebanon are Christian, and that is solely from the lack of interest by the various Western powers, noticeably France, from pro-actively protecting their (Christian) interests, namely survival as a people living their for over 2000 years.

NOTE: Being beholden to Arab/Muslim oil comes at a cost. The life of a Christian in the eyes of Christian leaders in the West isn’t worth a bucket of spit. Is there any wonder why Christianity is in such of a decline in the West with these kind of leaders?

Why Has the Church Abandoned the Christians of the Middle East?
by Judith Bergman

December 10, 2015 at 4:00 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7025/church-abandoned-christians

Why is the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the symbolic head of 85 million Christians worldwide, expressing shock at yet another terrorist attack perpetrated by the Islamic State?

Had he paid more than just fleeting attention to his fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria, he would know that the Islamic State has been slaughtering Christians in the Middle East since 2006. How much more time did he need?

Without referring by name to the Islamic State, and speaking as if some invisible force of nature were at play here, Pope Francis I deplored “thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in a brutal manner; children dying of thirst and hunger in their flight; women kidnapped; people massacred; violence of every kind.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was interviewed recently about the Paris attacks and asked about his reaction. “Like everyone else – first shock and horror and then a profound sadness…” he replied. “Saturday morning, I was out and as I was walking I was praying and saying: ‘God, why — why is this happening?'”

Welby is the principal head of the Anglican Church and the symbolic head of the Anglican Communion, which stands at around 85 million members worldwide and is the third largest communion in the world — after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. This is a man with an extremely high public profile, and millions of Christians looking to him for spiritual guidance.

But why is a man who is the symbolic head of 85 million Christians worldwide expressing shock at yet another terrorist attack perpetrated by the Islamic State? Had the Archbishop of Canterbury paid more than just fleeting attention to his fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria, he would know that the Islamic State has been slaughtering Christians in the Middle East since 2006. Between 2004 and 2006, before the Islamic State evolved out of Al Qaeda in Iraq, it hardly showed less zeal to root out Christianity even then.

The Archbishop had eleven years to get used to the idea of people being made homeless, exiled, tortured, raped, enslaved, beheaded and murdered for not being Muslims. How much more time did he need?

More here.

OVER 2000 SYRIANS ALLOWED INTO THE US, ONLY 53 OF THEM ARE PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS…….

That is the biggest news story about refugees, and the closest example of a Middle Eastern refugee to that of the Jews in the 30’s and 40’s.

But what do our politicians say? “Oh, you can’t have a “religious test” for who can come in and who can’t.” Says who, them? It’s high time that we defend these clearly persecuted people and repatriate them here in the West, and give no quarter to those adhering to the mohammedan creed, there is more than enough room for them among their co-religionists in the Gulf states and elsewhere in the Levant.

DISCRIMINATION: 2,098 SYRIAN MUSLIM REFUGEES ALLOWED INTO AMERICA, ONLY 53 CHRISTIANS

Despite President Obama’s sanctimonious proclamation Monday that America does not have a religious test when it comes to admitting refugees into America, the actual math appears to show the complete opposite is true. According to CNSNews.com, who looked at the data, only 53 Syrian Christian refugees have been allowed into America, compared to 2,098 Syrian Muslims.

While everyone of every faith is suffering in a Syrian civil war that has been further complicated by the successful creation of an Islamic State throughout much of the country, there is no questions that Syrian Christians have been singled out for the worst kind of persecution under ISIS, including mass beheadings that do not discriminate against innocent women and even small children.

Nevertheless, despite this widely publicized bloodbath, since 2011, only 53 Christians have been offered refuge in the United States. It should come as no surprise that the problem here is the United Nations and our own government’s willingness to allow that corrupt organization to control the American refugee application process.

More here.

GROWING NUMBER OF LAME PASTORS FINDING SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY……

They are those most likely to push the “chrislam” of apostasy upon their flocks.

What’s even more bothersome is the overall American attitude towards islam. It means that we need to educate a lot of people that islam and a free society cannot coexist. One must eventually give way.

Growing Number Of Pastors Believe Christianity And Islam Are Similar

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Protestant pastors are increasingly polarized about Islam, as a growing share label the Muslim faith violent while a sharply rising minority calls it spiritually good. Although a majority considers Islam dangerous, a small but increasing segment believes Islam is similar to Christianity, according to a new survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Two-thirds of Protestant pastors agree Christianity and Islam should seek to coexist in America. The softening of some pastors’ views toward Islam is a key finding of a LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors. Seventeen percent of pastors characterize Islam as similar to Christianity, nearly double the 9 percent from five years earlier. Although views shifted in both directions, positive opinions rose more significantly.

The American public, meanwhile, is twice as likely as pastors to see common ground between Islam and Christianity. In a parallel survey of 1,000 Americans, more than a third say the two faiths are similar. “To understand the data, you have to understand that Protestant pastors are not of one mind,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, “And minds are changing in more than one direction.” FULL REPORT

RELATIVES OF SC CHURCH MASSACRE SHOOTING FORGIVE MURDERER IN COURT HEARING…….

The true difference between believing Christians and allah worshiping Mohammedans.

‘I forgive you!’ Tearful relatives of Charleston victims confront ‘killer’ in court with heart-wrenching speeches of Christian FORGIVENESS – as he adopts a remorseless stare

Charleston shooting victim’s families confront Dylann Roof in court

Relatives of victims gunned down in the South Carolina church massacre yesterday, told the killer (pictured left) that they have forgiven him in heart-wrenching statements during his first court appearance. ‘I forgive you!’ the daughter of Ethel Lance (pictured top right) told Dylann Roof as he appeared via video link at the Charleston court on Friday. ‘You hurt me, you hurt a lot of people but God forgives you. And I forgive you.’

The mother of 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders (bottom right) accused Roof of killing ‘some of the beautiful-est people that I know’. ‘Every fibre in my body hurts and it’ll never be the same,’ she said through tears. Roof, who is being held in the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. More here.

MEGA-CHURCH ‘PASTOR’ REVERS MOHAMED AS WELL AS CHRIST…….

Lunatic.

Call yourself a Bahai and be done with it.

After much soul searching, D.E. established his church based around one principle: ‘Christ cannot be, and will not be, restricted to Christianity’.  

Mega-church Pastor – who discovered aged 34 that his Archbishop uncle was his father – reveals how he found peace by opening a ‘radically inclusive’ church in Atlanta that reveres Mohammed as well as Christ

Pain: After Earl's death in 2009, D.E.went through a great deal of soul-searching and decided to open his own church that recognised all faiths

  • D.E. Paulk, 42, runs a controversial church where all religions are equal
  • This is his way of dealing with the pain of learning at the age of 34 that his charismatic, Archbishop uncle was really his biological father 
  • He grew up in the notorious Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill in Atlanta, which was famous for its riches and sex scandals
  • The 7,000-seat church had 12,000 members in the early Nineties, but a series of abuse allegations caused it to fall from grace

A mega-church pastor who discovered at the age of 34 that his Archbishop uncle was actually his father has revealed how he found peace: by founding a ‘radically inclusive’ church that recognises Mohammed as well as Christ.

D.E. Paulk, 42, was brought up in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill.

Once the fourth biggest ‘mega-church’ in the United States, it occupied a purpose-built, $12million building with 7,000 seats, and boasted 12,000 members at its peak in the early Nineties.

But a series of sex scandals and financial difficulties brought the church established by D.E.’s parents and uncle to its knees.

Speaking to CNN, D.E. has revealed how it was the family’s ultimate scandal – the fact his Archbishop uncle was his biological father – which finally gave him the strength to create a church based around his own beliefs.

The Spirit and Truth Sanctuary, which D.E founded in 2012, welcomes everyone from Wiccans to atheists, Hindus to Muslims, recognising all gods and prophets, including Mohammed.

‘[Scandal] has a way of wiping out the things that keep you from being authentic,’ he said.

‘All you have left is who you are. The games are gone… If there was anything I wanted to say I thought would be unacceptable to the church, now is the time to say it.’ 

After much soul searching, D.E. established his church based around one principle: ‘Christ cannot be, and will not be, restricted to Christianity’.  

He preaches a message of inclusion, and tells his congregation ‘the truth’ is not limited to the Bible, but can be found in all creation – even other religions. 

Read more:  H/T Buck

LONDON CHURCH ILLEGALLY HOLDS MUSLIM SERVICE……

 Naive saps. Outrageous.

They don’t even realize that that building has now been claimed for Allah. And something tells me that they couldn’t care less even if they knew.

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H/T: Buck

WATCH: PROMINENT LONDON CHURCH ‘ILLEGALLY’ HOSTS MUSLIM PRAYERS

Church traditionalists have reacted with shock to a full Islamic service being held in a major London church, with the Church of England vicar proclaiming his love for Allah.

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Although many official mosques in the United Kingdom are hosted in de-consecrated, former churches abandoned as the nation’s resident Christian population recedes, this is thought to be the first time a full Muslim service has been held inside an active church in England.

The event, which was held to celebrate International Women’s day, was organised through the ‘Inclusive Mosque Initiative’, and has been criticised not only for breaking canon law but for insulting the struggle of persecuted Christians in the Muslim world. Proceedings were kicked off with the Islamic call to prayer, followed by talks and worships, with the ordinary church furniture cleared away to make space for prayer rugs.

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The priests of neighbouring parishes in the diocese fear the church has been ‘taken over’ by liberal interests, with the charge led by super-progressive parish priest the Reverend Canon Giles Goddard. When questioned on the service, he insisted he didn’t foresee any problems, or that hosting Islamic prayer in his church could be controversial, reports the Daily Telegraph. Taking part in the Muslim service, Canon Goddard was recorded saying: “Allah, God, is always with us and always around us, and is within us.

“This is from the Hebrew scripture, so it is our shared, we all share, these great traditions. So let us celebrate our shared traditions to the God that we love, Allah, Amen”.

The Telegraph reports the comments of the Rev Robin Weekes, who said of the debacle: “The issue is not primarily that canon law has been broken, which it has, but that it is offensive to Christians who believe that there is only one God, who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“And it is especially offensive to those who are being persecuted around the world for their faith in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.”

More here

RAYMOND IBRAHIM: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CRUSADES…….

Long overdue defensive measures to help Byzantium, and safeguard Christian pilgrims from Islamic jihad.

The concept of ‘holy war’ taken from the Islamic jihad invasion of Spain.

The Truth about the Crusades

Were the Crusades a reflection of the “terrible deeds [done] in the name of Christ” as U.S. President Obama recently warned, or were they a reflection of something else, namely, centuries of Islamic jihad?  In the following essay, one of the top historians of the Crusades definitively answers the question.

Thomas Madden — former Chair of the History Department at Saint Louis University and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies — wrote this article in 2002 when President Bush used the word “crusade” in a positive sense, creating controversy.  Its relevancy today is that Obama invoked the Crusades in a negative sense, also creating controversy.

Madden presents the most recent scholarship on the Crusades — scholarship that completely contradicts the popular image of these wars that permeates much of Hollywood, the writings of amateurs such as Karen Armstrong and, as seen, the worldview of Barack Obama.

(Due to its length (approximately 4000 words), only the most germane portions appear in the significantly shorter version below; especially relevant sentences and paragraphs are highlighted in bold, while removed text is reflected by bracketed ellipses.)

The Real History of the Crusades

Crisis Magazine

By Thomas Madden

[…]

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.

So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.

More here.

ANDREW BOSTOM: A NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ISLAM AND ‘ISA’, THE MUSLIM’S JESUS…….

The Muslim Jesus is as evil as Mohamed himself.

Islam’s misappropriation of Christianity’s Jesus is as bad as it’s misappropriation of Judaism’s prophets and holy texts. In this case however, the Islam uses the central figure of another’s belief system (Christianity) to crush that faith once and for all.

Andy explains for us as only Andy can.

A Not So Merry Christmas From Islam and Isa, The Muslim “Jesus”

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Muslim immigrant Man Haron Monis recently declared, in the Christmas spirit of his adopted Australian refuge, “Islam is the religion of peace and a Muslim should be a peace activist.” December 15, 2014, consistent with legions of his Muslim co-religionists across the globe, Monis demonstrated otherwise, causing the deaths by jihad of two innocent hostages he had taken, plus his own death.

One of Australia’s largest mosques, two years earlier, in December, 2012, also reflective of such “seasonal ecumenism”—albeit non-violently so—sparked outrage with a religious ruling (“fatwa”) posted on its Facebook page warning Muslims it was “sinful” to wish a Merry Christmas to their fellow, vast majority, Australian Christian countrymen. This sectarian Islamic message, subsequently removed from the Lakemba Mosque social networking website, came on the heels of a sermon at the Sydney mosque’s Friday congregational prayer session, during which head imam Sheikh Yahya Safi described Christmas Day as a “falsehood that Muslims should avoid.” He further warned that “disbelievers” were trying to draw Muslims away from the “straight path”—i.e., Islam.

The good Sheikh Safi s views, and those expressed at this major Australian mosque’s website, are in accord with formal Islamic rulings about Christmas celebrations issued by the “Fatwa Center” of IslamWeb. This website touts itselfas designed “particularly” to provide accurate knowledge about Islam for “the non-Muslim who may need clarification of common distortions of the media and misrepresentations of ill-informed followers.” We are further told IslamWeb adopts, “balanced and moderate views, devoid of bias and extremism,” covering all aspects of Islam: “Aqeedah (Islamic Belief), Koranic Issues, Hadeeth (Traditions of Prophet Muhammad, Fiqh (Jurisprudence), [and] Seerah (Prophet Muhammad’s Noble Biography).”

Addressing the questions, “Can a Muslim celebrate Christmas?” (December, 2010), and “What is the ruling about congratulating non-Muslims on their holidays and celebrations?” (December, 2013), IslamWeb’s authoritative Muslim scholars stated:

A Muslim should be thankful to Allah for His great blessings upon him as He is Who guided him to the right path [Islam]. So he should keep on supplicating Allah to make him steadfast on this path which is the path of blessed people and to keep him away from the path of those who deserve His anger and of those who went astray [Note: A reference to Koran 1:7, although not cited in the fatwa. A continuum of thirteen centuries of Koranic glosses on this verse by Islam’s greatest Koranic commentators reveal the Jews have incurred Allah’s anger; the Christians have gone astray. Koran 1:7—and these claims—are repeated 17 times per day by Muslims over the course of their 5 daily prayer sessions]. The disbelievers spare no efforts to draw the Muslims away from the straight path and to cut their relation with their true religion. Allah says (what means): {“Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) wish that if they could turn you away as disbelievers after you have believed, out of envy on their own account, even, after the truth (that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger) has become manifest unto them. But forgive and overlook, till Allah brings His command. Verily, Allah is able to do all things.” [Koran 2:109]}. We the Muslims are proud of our religion that was revealed to us by Allah and are thankful that Allah has chosen us for his religion. Allah says (what means): {“…This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…”} [Koran 5:3]. 

More here at Bostom’s

POPE FRANCIS SAYS ‘ISLAM IS PEACE’, DON’T EQUATE IT WITH VIOLENCE…….

Please someone tell me why the other pope retired?

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He can’t really believe what he’s spouting, but yet nonetheless, he spews the same drivel coming out of any other muslim leader and/or their sycophants. I guess being the first ever marxist pope isn’t enough of a taboo to be broken, he has to go whole hog and promote Islam as well, being the first dhimmi pope for Islam.

“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” he said.

The problem with his statement is, there are no verses from the Christian New Testament advocating violence, exhorting the faithful to pick up the sword and strike the necks of the unbeliever. They simply do not exist. On the contrary, it contains the words of Jesus who rebukes the use of the sword, of Peter, who strikes the ear off from a Roman guard coming to arrest his rabbi, who reattaches the ear and says:

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Matthew 26:52New International Version (NIV) :52 

But in contrast, the koran states:

“And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” Quran (2:191-193) – 

Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”Quran (2:216)

“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”Quran (4:74)

You get the point, as well as everyone else who refuses to submit to the followers of the murdering desert warlord.

Pope says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

By Philip Pullella

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism.

Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, caused storms of protest throughout the Islamic world in 2006, when he made a speech that suggested to many Muslims that he believed Islam espoused violence.

Benedict said he had been misunderstood and apologized. But this year, the image of a violent religion has once more been promoted by Islamic State, who have seized swathes of Syria and Iraq, slaughtering or driving out Shi’ite Muslims, Christians and others who do not share their radical brand of Sunni Islam.

The Argentine pope, who has been trying to foster cooperation with moderate Islam in order to work for peace and protect Christians in the Middle East, said it was wrong for anyone to react to terrorism by being “enraged” against Islam.

More here.

MORE ON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL’S ‘MOSQUE DAY’………

The TT’s good friend J.E.Dyer weighs in on the subject.

UPDATE: GOV has more: Taqiyya and Kitman in Washington D.C.

“Jesus Christ died on that cross over there!” the woman exclaimed, right after the opening announcements had completed. “He is the reason why we are to worship only him. Jesus Christ is our lord and savior!” …
“We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country,” she continued. “Why can’t you worship in your mosque, and leave our churches alone?”

Woman interrupts Muslim prayers in National Cathedral: ‘Jesus died on that cross!’ (Video)

Most readers will be aware that on Friday, a Muslim prayer service was held, for the first time ever, in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Fewer may know that the date, 14 Nov 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the last declaration of holy war, or jihad, by an Ottoman “caliph.”  The average American may not know that, and it’s quite possible the clerical staff of the cathedral didn’t know it either, but as Dr. Sebastian Gorka points out (see link), the officials of CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, and other organizations that arranged the prayer service undoubtedly do.

As is traditional in these cases, our brothers in the British Isles got there first.  St. John’s, an Anglican church in Aberdeen, Scotland, reportedly began allowing Muslims to use the church for prayers in 2013, when the local mosques were becoming overcrowded.  Gates of Vienna (“Baron Bodissey”) mused on the principle that the church now belongs to Islam:

The minister of St. John’s…seems unaware that by allowing Islamic prayer services on its premises, his church has become a mosque in the eyes of Muslims. It is now the property of the Ummah, held in trust by the waqf board, and will presumably be officially claimed by Islam when the time is ripe.

I’ve seen the same theme discussed in connection with the National Cathedral at various websites in the U.S. today.

Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham who continues the work of Billy Graham Ministries, said the Muslim prayer event in the cathedral is “sad to see.”

“It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins,” said Graham.

The praying Muslims were to be arrayed “to the side of the sanctuary,” so that worshippers [would] not see the crosses or Christian icons, because “Muslims are not supposed to pray in view of sacred symbols alien to their faith.”  We can legitimately wonder when Muslims will want to begin holding Friday services with increasing frequency at the cathedral, and will require that Christian symbols be removed for those services.

The reaction of Americans ranges from enthusiasm for this move to ambivalence, uneasiness, and grave concern.  Symbols can’t defeat us; but we are justified in being concerned about what kinds of demands the door has been opened to.  It should be no surprise that this prayer service was arranged with the National Cathedral, whose clerical staff has long had a left-leaning perspective, and tries, with an ear closely attuned to politics, to foster ecumenism in its arrangements for public ceremonies (like the 9/11 prayer service, in 2001, for example).  There are undoubtedly churches across the country where Muslim organizations could have arranged prayer services, but there are also many, many churches where they couldn’t have.  Those latter churches see their mission, not unnaturally, as Christian worship and evangelism for Jesus Christ.  Hosting the worship of other faiths is not what they exist for.

But the religious leaders at the National Cathedral have a different, more political perspective — because it’s the National Cathedral.  This wasn’t always the case.  When the cathedral was commissioned in 1907, Americans didn’t doubt the propriety of having a national cathedral dedicated to Christian worship, where people of other faiths would be welcome guests, but would not be invited to hold their own services.  The sense that there’s something “unfair” or “intolerant” about this has emerged more recently, in the last 30 years or so.  It’s a fretful, ill-defined sense, one that has no positive end in view, but just keeps looking for the next situation to be angry about and demand “correction” for.

Read more at

EVEN IN STOCKHOLM: CHRISTIAN RALLY AGAINST ISLAMIC PERSECUTION OF THEIR CO-RELIGIONISTS IN IRAQ…….

 

We need to see this kind of demo more often, yes, even in Helsinki.

“Convert to Islam, pay unreasonable taxes, and still die under the sword”.

STOCKHOLM DEMO AGAINST CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN IRAQ

Stockholmers protest for Christians in Iraq

The demonstration on Sunday. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

Published: 11 Aug 2014 11:09 GMT+02:00

On Sunday afternoon thousands of Stockholmers gathered on Medborgarplatsen, demanding protection for the Christians in Iraq who are fighting for their lives.

“We ask that an autonomous protection area be established for the Christians in northern Iraq, under a UN mandate,” demonstration spokesman Gabriel Marawgeh told Sveriges Television at the event.

“We also ask that those who have fled from persecution be compensated by the government of Iraq for everything they have lost, so that they can rebuild their lives and their sanctuaries.”

Police said there were about 3,500 participants in the protest, though the organizers said there were many more.

“Medborgarplatsen was completely full. There were at least 6,000 people, maybe closer to 10,000,” Marawgeh said.

See pictures from the demonstration here

Many of the protesters carried signs, stating “Shame, Swedish media, for your silence” and “Convert to Islam, pay unreasonable taxes, and still die under the sword”.

Multiple politicians also attended the demonstration, including Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund and EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson.

Green Party spokesman Gustav Fridolin also gave a speech, demanding better escape routes to Europe for those persecuted in the Middle East.

Björklund expressed similar sentiments.

“The entire western world needs to wake up,” he said in his speech at the demonstration.

More here.

VATICAN RADIO: ARCHBISHOP SAYS MOSUL NOW EMPTIED OF ITS CHRISTIANS…….

 

Ethnic cleansing of Middle Eastern Christianity.

Lebanese bishop

Mosul now emptied of Christians, says Archbishop

Archbishop of Mosul Amel Nona

12/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Chaldean Archbishop Amel Nona, said he thought Mosul’s last remaining Christians had left now a city which until 2003 was home to 35,000 faithful.

The Christians are among 500,000 thought to have fled Mosul whose overthrow yesterday is now followed by news today (Wed, 11 June) of militant attacks on the Iraqi city of Tikrit 95 miles north of the capital, Baghdad.

Describing reports of attacks to four churches and a monastery in Mosul, the archbishop, 46, said: “We received threats… [and] now all the faithful have fled the city. I wonder if they will ever return there.”

The archbishop, who in the ensuing crisis sought sanctuary in Tal Kayf, a village two miles from Mosul, described how the local community were doing their best to provide for crowds of people flooding out of the city and into the surrounding Nineveh plains, where there are a number of ancient Christian villages.

“Up at 5am yesterday [Tuesday, 10 June] morning we welcomed families on the run and we have tried to find accommodation in schools, classrooms and empty houses.”

He said: “We have never seen anything like this – a large city such as Mosul attacked and in chaos.”

More here. H/T: Jihad Watch & Marc Louis

IMAM AT VATICAN ”INTERFAITH OUTREACH” DECLARES VICTORY OVER THE INFIDEL…….

 

Deep down, we all knew it would happen, didn’t we?

 

Vlad says: This is the speech the pope was waiting for:

Vlad has video of course:

WDTPRS – What does the Prayer Really Say?…

muslim-cleric-peace.jpg

 

Did the Muslim Imam at the Vatican’s Prayer for Peace pray for “Victory over the Infidels”?

Don’t you hate it when that happens? You’re hosting a big interfaith peace event with Jews, Muslims, and “Christians”, and then the Muslim imam ad libs the text he had previously submitted and adds a prayer for “victory over the infidels.” Bummer!

Is this what happened on Pentecost Sunday in the Vatican Gardens?

We’re not entirely sure. A controversy has erupted in Europe over this. According to Egyptian-German political scientist, historian, and author Hamed Abdel-Samad, who could be described as the Modernist version of a Muslim, the Islamic clergyman who offered the “prayers for peace” in the Vatican on Sunday (our coverage here) did not stick verbatim to the prepared text of the prayers as published beforehand, but instead ended with a quotation from the last verse of Sura 2 in the Koran, which reads, “You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people” (source). The “disbelieving people” can alternatively be rendered “unbelievers” or “infidels.” In any case, what is meant is victory over people who are not Muslim.

Practically no one in the Vatican understands Arabic, but, not unexpectedly, Vatican Radio has already denied Abdel-Samad’s claim. “Fr.” Bernd Hagenkord, SJ, editor at the German-speaking offices of Vatican Radio, says the claim that the Muslim cleric ended his prayer with a quote from the Koran or with a petition against infidels is “nonsense” (source here — in German but further down includes English translation of all prayers “verbatim as prayed”, allegedly).

More here.

MELANIE PHILIPS: ISRAEL’S NEW CHRISTIAN FRIENDS……

 

Convert the entire Muslim Middle East away from Islam, and peace will have a chance.

As I See It: Israel’s new Christian friends

By MELANIE PHILLIPS
05/22/2014 20:14

The pope’s imminent visit to Israel will rightly attract much attention; but 2 largely untold stories about global Christianity have the capacity to shake the world order.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis. Photo: REUTERS

The pope’s imminent visit to Israel will rightly attract much attention. But two largely untold stories about global Christianity have the capacity to shake the world order.

The first is the persecution of Christians in the developing world at the hands of Islam. Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 250 Christian schoolgirls in Nigeria, is merely one of many Islamist groups increasingly terrorizing and killing Christians across the developing world.

According to Open Doors, a nondenominational Christian group, about 100 million Christians are being persecuted in more than 65 countries, with radical Muslims the main perpetrators in 36 of them.

In Egypt, Coptic Christians have been attacked, murdered, and driven out. In December 2013, at least 1,000 Christians were killed in the Central African Republic. In February this year, jihadists bombed churches in Zanzibar as “dens of non-believers.” In March, members of Somalia’s al-Shabaab militia publicly beheaded a mother of two girls and her cousin after discovering they were Christians.

The same month in Nigeria, more than 150 Christians were butchered in a massacre in Kaduna; this week, hundreds died in bomb attacks in the Christian areas of the towns of Kano and Jos.

In Sudan, Christians have been hacked to death for refusing to convert to Islam or burned alive inside their churches.

Last week, a pregnant mother was sentenced to death there for allegedly converting to Christianity. In Eritrea, more than 3,000 Christians are in prison. In Iran, Christians are being jailed and thousands have fled. There are countless other examples.

Remarkably, however, Western mainstream churches largely ignore this carnage amongst their worldwide communion.

Instead, they appease Islam and vilify Israel, the one country in the Middle East where Christians are safe (but that’s another story).

One wonders whether the pope will speak out clearly against this Christian victimization when he meets representatives of Islam on his visit to what he calls the Holy Land. He reportedly wants to heal the fissure between Jews and Palestinians. Very nice; but surely his priority should be stopping the slaughter of his own flock.

Yet here’s the really extraordinary thing. Across the developing world, including countries where Christians are being persecuted, the churches are experiencing phenomenal growth. If trends persist, Europe’s Christians will be overtaken by those in Africa, Latin America and Asia, most of the growth driven by the astounding expansion of Pentecostal, Charismatic and other evangelical churches.

More here.