NewsBytes Dec. 3 - Militant Islam
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Video: Think Before You Vote! British Parliament to become all Muslim with a Muslim Prime Minister?
Grand Mufti condemns extremism and violence
Asia News - The Hajj sermon delivered by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, at the Nmira Mosque in Makkah has raised interest levels among specialists because of its harsh condemnation of terrorism. Excerpts from the sermon, which condemns terrorism and urges moderation, were reprinted in hundreds of newspapers in the Arab and Islamic worlds.
He noted that when security is missing, women and children suffer, disorder follows and peace and prosperity vanish.
Between Rome and Mecca translation is a literary first
A book that explores the complex relationship between the Vatican and Muslims has been translated into Arabic, making it a literary first of its kind. The latest title is a rare offering from a writer who has enjoyed direct contact with high officials of the Holy See for more than 20 years.
No More Appeasement of Radical Islam - George Weigel
First Things - The murder of more than 50 Catholics by jihadists during Sunday Mass in Baghdad on Oct. 31 is the latest in a series of outrages committed against Christians by Islamist fanatics throughout the world: Egypt, Gaza, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Sudan and on the list goes. The timing of the attack on Baghdad’s Syriac Catholic cathedral was striking, however, for it came shortly after the conclusion in Rome of a special Synod on the Middle East. During the Synod, very little was said about Islamist persecution of Christians; indeed, every effort was bent to show the Catholic Church sympathetic to Muslim grievances, especially with regard to the politics of the Middle East.
This strategy of appeasement has always struck me as unwise. The al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists’ answer to the Synod—the Baghdad murders—has now proven the strategy deadly. Appeasement must stop. The key theme to be stressed in all this is religious freedom. ...we in the Church can summon the courage to confront, without illusions, what has become a lethal problem.
Asia News - Survivor of 31 October attack on Baghdad Catholic Church speaks
A moving encounter that reveals serious questions about the response of the military and security forces to the attack.
Muslim Mob in Egypt Firebombs Christian Homes, Businesses
Christians in a small village in southern Egypt are rebuilding their lives and homes after hundreds of Muslims rampaged through their community firebombing houses and businesses over rumors of a romantic relationship between a Christian and a Muslim.
Asia News - Two Afghan converts to Christianity risk the death penalty
Sayed and Shah were arrested in late May and early June, days after local television broadcast footage of men reciting Christian prayers in Farsi and being baptised, apparently in a house in Kabul. The TV station also showed some people engaged in proselytising, which is banned in the Muslim country.
Five Christians murdered in a week under Pakistan’s blasphemy law - Jihadwatch
A Proliferation of Threats against Christians in Pakistan
Although this interview was conducted on February 28, 2010 it is still very topical because of the case of Asia Bibi, the first Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan
VIDEO: Hitting Woman Is Not Ok, Unless You Are Muslim
Saudi Arabia: Man sentenced to 70 lashes for turning on Bluetooth near a women’s shopping centre - Jihadwatch
Muslims Told To Reject West: Report - National Post
A newly released intelligence report says hard-line Islamist groups want to build a “parallel society” in Canada, which could undermine the country’s social cohesion and foster violence. The de-classified Intelligence Assessment obtained by the National Post says extremists have been encouraging Muslims in the West to reject Western society and to live in “self-imposed isolation.”
Airports? Congress warned jihadists already ‘inside gate’ - WorldNetDaily
Ex-security officials say Shariah creep ‘tantamount to sedition. ‘In an unprecedented series of Capitol Hill briefings, a coalition of former U.S. intelligence officials, military officials, FBI investigators and federal prosecutors plans to warn incoming Republican lawmakers about what they say is a seditious threat to national security from radical Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America.
An Extremely Slanted New York Times Piece on Oklahoma’s Strike Against ‘Shariah’ Law - Newsbusters
Shining A Light On Shariah Creep
Thanks to CAIR’s latest bit of lawfare, Americans will get to hear a long overdue debate not just about the constitutionality of such bans on Shariah law but about the constitutionality of Shariah law itself. This is not a debate CAIR wants to have, since it ultimately will have to defend the indefensible.
Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding - CNN
The developer behind the controversial Islamic community center and mosque planned for Lower Manhattan has requested federal funding through the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to support the project known as Park51. The funding would come from money the Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to help rebuild the neighborhood after the 9/11 attacks.
Saudi Arabia elected to UN’s new women’s rights agency - Jihadwatch
Nineteen is the Number to Watch as UN Committee Prepares to Vote on Religious ‘Defamation’ - CNS
As a U.N. General Assembly committee prepares to vote on a controversial religious “defamation” resolution – possibly as early as Friday – critics will be keen to see how successful their lobbying against the Islamic-led initiative has been.
When it comes to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, your worst fears are true - First Things
The face of the man on the television monitor is familiar to anyone who saw the horror movie of the twentieth century, in which political leaders created a new vocabulary to license murder. The ideologues are with us still. Their ambition is not the hope of everlasting life but the promise of death—the other great force that motivates human thought and action.
US security guarantees for Israel worthless when Turkey controls missile shield - Debka
The Real History of the Crusades - Free Republic
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. 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. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword.