Posts tagged religion
Posts tagged religion
American Middle East analysts often claim that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate organization, nothing like the more radical Salafis. If true, what do we make of the fact that the most intolerant, anti-American, hate-filled Salafis and jihadis also happen to be the greatest and staunchest supporters of Morsi? Doesn’t such unequivocal support indicate shared ideologies and goals?
Consider: A few weeks ago, while discussing the ongoing protests against Egypt’s President Muhammad Morsi—himself a leader of the Brotherhood—Sheikh Abdullah Badr, an Al Azhar trained scholar and professor of Islamic exegesis, made the following assertion on live TV:
“I swear to Allah, the day those who went out [to protest], and at their head, the [Coptic] Christians—I say this at the top of my voice—the day they think to come near Dr. Morsi, I—we—will pop their eyes out, and the eyes of all those who support them, even America; and America will burn, and all its inhabitants. Be assured, the day Dr. Morsi is touched by any hand whichever, and connected to whomever, by Allah it will be the last day for us. We will neither leave them, nor show them any mercy.”
Such a peaceful and religious people. Aren’t you glad Obama decided to support them, give them money and weapons and take them on as advisers?
Oh, there’s nothing to worry about with such pious people as this as our ‘allies’.
A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.
We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”
Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this conclusion: Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators.
In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.
The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.
Now, as the U.S. supports the jihad on Syria’s secular president Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away.
In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs—which had a Christian population of some 80,000 before jihadis came—was murdered. One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians…. Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.” […]
In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled. According to reports, “the church in Mali faces being eradicated,” especially in the north “where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out… there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded.
Gosh! I wonder what people would say if Christians were persecuting, killing and driving Muslims out of their countries by the hundreds of thousands.
But the reverse is just a-okay. You know…because Muslims are so misunderstood, peaceful and culture…or something.
For some reason, my Templar icon is twitching.
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)
Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.
What kind of crap is this?
I mean, it’s one thing if military members are going door to door in uniform and trying to convert people-that is not a role of the military nor would it be representative of the military as a whole- but ‘sharing’ their faith?? What the hell does that mean?
So can Christian servicemen and women be court martialed for having a prayer meeting? For wearing a crucifix or how about being a military pastor? There is an actual MOS for military pastors so are they going to disband that, shutter the doors of all the churches on base, relieve all pastors serving in a combat zone of duty and court martial them if they continue to provide services?
Also, how the hell can Christians be considered enemies of the Constitution?? They take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution which includes Freedom of Religion!
For Christ’s sake! The First Amendment of the Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now I understand that many of you may say, “But TS! Congress is not prohibiting religious freedom-the Pentagon is!”
True enough but again, the military has a duty and has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution…which would include religious freedom. While the Pentagon may be able to restrict some forms of freedom of speech. such as making political statements publicly while in uniform, but they cannot classify a Constitutional right as a crime…which they would have to do in order for someone to be court martialed.
And why is it only Christians that are being targeted for these new “Religious Crimes?”
For example, in 2002, a female fighter pilot stationed in Saudi Arabia reported that the Pentagon made it mandatory off-base dress for military women to wear a Muslim head-to-toe garment called an abaya..Isn’t this promoting a religious belief?
In 2010, a Jewish rabbi sued the Army for refusing to allow him to wear a beard, as dictated by his religious beliefs, yet they allowed Sikh and Muslim clerics to grow beards in accord to their religious faiths. Wouldn’t wearing a beard for religious reasons in uniform be ‘promoting and sharing’ a religion?
Another incident involved U.S. commanders in Afghanistan which allowed and, in some instances, encourages United States military women to remove their helmet while on official military missions and don the Muslim hijab and/or wear the hijab as a uniform item under their helmets or around their necks.Wouldn’t this be promoting and supporting a particular religion as well?
Then in 2011, CAIR (of course) wrote a letter to the Department of Defense demanding that the Army allow Muslim and Sikh students participating in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) be allowed wear headscarves and turbans while in uniform. In response, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Larry Stubblefield wrote:
“Based on your concerns, the Army has reviewed its JROTC uniform policy and will develop appropriate procedures to provide Cadets the opportunity to request the wear of religious head dress, such as the turban and hijab,” Stubblefield wrote in the letter, made public by CAIR.
Large majorities in the Muslim world want the Islamic legal and moral code of sharia as the official law in their countries, but they disagree on what it includes and who should be subject to it, an extensive new survey says.
Over three-quarters of Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia want sharia courts to decide family law issues such as divorce and property disputes, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life said on Tuesday.
Views on punishments such as chopping off thieves’ hands or decreeing death for apostates is more evenly divided in much of the Islamic world, although more than three-quarters of Muslims in South Asia say they are justified.
Those punishments have helped make sharia controversial in some non-Islamic countries, where some critics say radical Muslims want to impose it on western societies, but the survey shows views in Muslim countries are far from monolithic.
“Muslims are not equally comfortable with all aspects of sharia,” said the study by the Washington-based Pew Forum. “Most do not believe it should be applied to non-Muslims.”
Unlike codified Western law, sharia is a loosely defined set of moral and legal guidelines based on the Koran, the sayings of Prophet Mohammad (hadith) and Muslim traditions. Its rules and advice cover everything from prayers to personal hygiene.
So many “Muslims are not equally comfortable with all aspects of sharia”? So what does that make them in the eyes of Islam?
Sharia is based on the Qur’an (the Qur’an is supposedly the complete code for the Muslims to live a good, chaste, abundant and rewarding life in obedience to the commandments of Allah, in this life and to gain salvation in the next. It is the “chart of life” for every Muslim, and it is the “constitution” of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and holds all the revelations that Mohammad received from Allah over a period of 23 years), the teachings of Mohammad, (which he supposedly received directly from Allah and, as such, are directions from God himself), and through traditions.
Taking that into consideration, if Muslims are uncomfortable following every aspect of Sharia, then they would be disobeying the word of Allah and betraying His Prophet and committing blasphemy and apostasy against the religion.
Or, like the article says, are the teachings of Mohammad and the instructions found in the Qu’ran (which is supposed to be the word of Allah) nothing more than “guidelines” to be used or ignored as they suit a person’s purpose or to justify the slaughter of non-believers?
….Which would be Muslims who do not follow every aspect of Sharia to the letter.
Egyptian cleric, Abu Islam
Nope. Nothing to see here. It’s just a perfectly peaceful little religion with no desires whatsoever towards world wide domination or establishing a Caliphate or anything.
Just ignore the pesky little fact that they believe that the only way the world will ever see peace if after Islam is the only religion on the planet.
Other than that minor little belief, they’re perfectly swell.
Two gay seniors at George Washington University say they feel alienated because the chaplain at George Washington’s Newman Center rejects homosexuality, and they aren’t going to take it anymore.
The seniors, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, have announced a coordinated campaign to rid the campus of the Roman Catholic priest, reports The GW Hatchet, the school’s independent student newspaper.
They also assert that 12 or more students have quit the Newman Center in recent years because they can’t tolerate Father Greg Shaffer’s ardent anti-gay – and, for the record, anti-abortion — beliefs.
Shaffer has worked for five years at George Washington’s Newman Center. He told the Hatchet that religion and unrestricted speech “play a vital role at a diverse university like GW.”
Imagine that! A Catholic priest preaching Catholic doctrine at a Catholic church. Go Figure!
How dare that Catholic go around espousing Catholicness? Next thing you know he’ll be taking Sundays off and all hell will break loose.
Quit your damn whining, you thin-skinned panty-waisted babyfied rejects. If you don’t like a Catholic priest that actually follows the doctrine of his church…find another church to go to.
Special little snowflakes make me want to kick a dog. I’d kick them but that would only aggravate their already over inflated victim complex.
Boys and girls at an Alabama elementary school will still get to hunt for eggs – but they can’t call them ‘Easter Eggs’ have the principal banished the word for the sake of religious diversity.
“We had in the past a parent to question us about some of the things we do here at school,” said Heritage Elementary School principal Lydia Davenport. “So we’re just trying to make sure we respect and honor everybody’s differences.”
Television station WHNT reported that teachers were informed that no activities related to or centered around any religious holiday would be allowed – in the interest of religious diversity.
This is stupid…as usual when it comes to a public school.
They claim to respect ‘religious diversity’ but censor any holidays that have a Christian origin.
If you really wanted to “respect and honor everybody’s differences”, you’d recognize the origins of Easter but offer an alternative program or something to the Easter Egg Hunt for people who choose not to participate.
Punishing or censoring a Christian holiday (and those children who celebrate it) only confuses the students and could possibly make them feel bad for honoring a holiday of religious significance that their school feels is bad.
You know, cause it might ‘offend’ some weak kneed special snowflake or something.
Oddly, though, many of these same public schools have no problem with recognizing Ramadan or, more ridiculously, Kwanzaa and even provide areas for their Muslim students to pray 50 times a day.
A Florida Atlantic University student who filed a complaint against his professor after he was ordered to stomp on the name of Jesus has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class, according to documents obtained by Fox News.
The “Notice of Charges” against Ryan Rotela is contrary to a statement the university released late Friday night saying no one had been disciplined as a result of the classroom activity.
“We can confirm that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the university as a result of any activity that took place during this class,” the university said in a prepared statement.
However, according to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”
“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”
Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute, told Fox News the university’s behavior is “outlandish” and called their press release “inaccurate.”
“We believe the university punished him in retaliation for him exposing the class assignment to the public,” Sasser said. “Sadly, it is a testimony to the indoctrination that some of the public schools and universities are engaging in – to demonize anything that was valuable in the culture.”
The Liberty Institute wants Rotela reinstated with full credit for the course – along with an apology.
This is stupid. So-called ‘intellectual elites’ are always spouting off about “questioning authority”, “think for yourself”, “stand up for what you believe”, but as soon as one of their unmolded sheep sculptures do that and stands up for his beliefs and faith, he gets punished.
Another good example of how some modern day colleges are not centers for ‘higher education’ but are little more than leftist indoctrination centers where any dissent or indication of non compliance will be dealt with harshly.
Rev. Brian Costello, pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic parish in San Francisco, wrote in his March 3rd church bulletin that he decided to remove a picture of now-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in order not to offend members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community.
Father Costello wrote in his bulletin:
"Two weeks ago, after Pope Benedict XVI had announced to the world that he would be resigning the office of Peter as of February 28th, I put the Pope’s picture, that usually hangs in the rectory, in the church. A handful of people told me that they would rather it not be there. They explained that the feeling was while he was Pope, as well as his time as a Cardinal, Pope Benedict had made hurtful and hateful statements regarding the LGBT Community and thus, his picture should not be placed on the altar of MHR [Most Holy Redeemer]. I was also warned, many parishioners would walk out of Sunday Mass if the picture was not removed. I spoke with a close priest friend of mine, and even though both of us were saddened by this, the wisest course, I felt, was to remove the Pope’s picture.”
I’m not a Catholic but this is ridiculous and the obvious weakness of this church’s priests is pathetic and embarrassing.
One of the first duties as a priest should be to stand by and explain the Church’s position or clarify possibly misinterpreted comments made by the leader of the Church-not to bend over and surrender to the demands of a group of people who are using threats and intimidation to get their way and silence portions of the centuries old doctrine of the religion they chose to follow.
Now that they’ve won this battle, and the priests and church has shown how easily defeated and weak they are, I wonder what this group of intolerant, bullying jerks will demand next.
In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings.
Because federal judges—including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor—have refused to grant an injunction protecting the owners of Hobby Lobby from being forced to act against their Christian faith, those owners will be subject to federal fines of up to $1.3 million per day starting Tuesday for refusing to include abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health plan.
The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually all health care plans to cover, without co-pay, sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.
The first argument the administration makes against the owners of Hobby Lobby is that Americans lose their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion when they form a corporation and engage in commerce. A person’s Christianity, the administration argues, cannot be carried out through activities he engages in through an incorporated business.
And that where it starts. Just start with one little chip. If no one makes too big of a stink-chip away somewhere else…then somewhere else….then here…then there.
Before you know it, the Ministry of Thought is established and the Thought Police will tell you how and what you can believe in…you know…for the common good.
Keep it up, losers. You’ll have no one to blame but yourselves.
Those who think that the immigration issue was not a primary concern for the American Latino community in the 2012 election may want to think again.
While the Catholic Church strongly urged its parishioners to vote against a president that championed secular values, Obama only lost 7% of white Catholic voters but gained votes among Latino Catholics. The religious component of their vote became secondary to the immigration issue.
Once again, greed and ‘free stuff’ overcome personal principles and religious duty. When your soul-selling amnesty doesn’t materialize, I hope you all wallow in the stench of your self-interest.
Recently an Egyptian Muslim posted a YouTube videotape of himself cursing Islam, its holy book, the Koran, tearing the latter to pieces and throwing it in the garbage. […]
While this latest Koran desecration is a reminder that there are everyday Egyptians who are sick of the Talibanization of Egypt, a recent talk show on Al Hafiz channel concerning this incident is an indicator of what is in store for them.
After the video of the man tearing the Koran was played, one of three guests, a bearded and white-robed Dr. Mahmoud Sha’ban, visibly shaken by what he had just seen, said:
Someone like him must receive the punishment he deserves—and it is death. He is an apostate… It is clear from what he says that he is a Muslim, and must be killed as an apostate. As for that act itself, it is an infidel act, and he deserves to be struck by the sword in a public place—and as soon as possible; as soon as possible; as soon as possible. It must be announced and photographed and disseminated among the people, so that all the people may know that we respect our Koran and its words from Allah, and whoever insults it, receives his punishment from Allah. If people like him are left alone, they will only get bolder and bolder.
The next guest, Sheikh Abdul Mohsin, said: “I support the words of Sheikh Mahmoud [who just spoke], that this man must be killed fast, that he may be an example to others, so that all learn that we have reached a new phase in respecting Islam and the holy sanctity of the Koran and Sunna. This man has become an apostate and must suffer the penalty in front of the people.”
Yes, that Washington DC.
But don’t worry. There are no extremists preaching hate here or anything.
But remember, kids, it’s a cultural thing so no talking bad.
From The Telegraph:
The tortured body of an 11 year old Christian boy has been found in a town in Punjab, Pakistan, days after a young Christian girl was arrested on blasphemy charges.
Detectives in Faisalabad, around 60 miles from Lahore, said they were investigating whether accusations of blasphemy had also been made against the boy.
Human rights campaigners condemned the killing of Samuel Yaqoob whose burned and tortured body body was discovered on Eid, the celebration which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.
His lips and nose had been sliced off, his stomach removed and there was evidence that his legs had been mutilated too.
I’ll be waiting for the insults and excuses, apologists.
The Islamist Party-Pooper Brigade strikes again.
From the Jerusalem Post:
Al-Qaida-linked Islamists occupying northern Mali on Wednesday banned “Satan’s music” from the airwaves, leaving radio stations to broadcast only the singing of Koranic verses, AFP reported.
“We have already spoken to people who own the radio stations,” said Oussama Ould Abdel Kader, a spokesman for the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). “We no longer want Satan’s music. Instead there must be verses of the Koran. Western music is Satanic music.”
“We, the mujahideen of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal from now on refuse the broadcasting of all Western music on radios on Islamic land,” said Oussama Ould Abdel Kader, a spokesman for the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). According to AFP, the radio ban included non-Western music.
Once considered a democratic success story in a long-troubled region, Mali has been split in two since a March 22 coup paved the way for a military advance by northern Islamist separatists. The conflict in Mali has displaced more than 400,000 people and compounded a food crisis affecting millions across the Sahel region, according to the United Nations.