Trudeau Government Calls Dangerous Jihadists ‘Returning Foreign Terrorist Travellers’

It is amazing that they included the word “terrorist.” It wouldn’t have been surprising if they had labeled them “foreign travellers suffering from islamophobia.” In any case, this is all part of what the Geller Report reported on Wednesday, that “Prime Minister Trudeau plans to ‘reintegrate’ ISIS terrorists into Canada.” To downplay the dangers they pose and present them as any kind of “foreign traveller” is myopic to the point of suicide.

These jihadis, once they return to Canada, are going to be given all manner of concessions and accommodations by the Trudeau government, just as we have seen elsewhere. In the UK, returning Muslim ISIS fighters are to be given taxpayer-funded homes. Finland is considering giving returning Islamic State jihadis priority housing. If Canada follows the same path, many of these jihadis are still going to go jihad in Canada. They don’t view gifts from the kuffar as a sign that they should show good will to the kuffar, just as good will has been shown to them. No. Instead, they view gifts from the kuffar as a sign of infidel weakness. A sign that they should step up the jihad and fight all the more fiercely.

So by coddling the jihadis, Trudeau is only buying more jihad.

“PATHETIC: Trudeau Government Calls Jihadis ‘Returning Foreign Terrorist Travellers,’” Spencer Fernando, November 17, 2017 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):

…Here’s what Trudeau government spokesman said Dan Brien (obviously using PMO approved talking points), when asked about Canada’s policies on ISIS fighters coming back to the country:

“Returning foreign terrorist travellers and their families, specifically women and children, require the appropriate disengagement and reintegration support.”

While the “reintegration support,” is the most disturbing part, the fact that the government is trying to “rebrand” dangerous Jihadis as “returning foreign terrorist travellers” is absurd.

This is disgracefully manipulative wording by the Trudeau government. These people weren’t sightseeing in a place terrorism happened to occur. They were actively fighting on behalf of a brutal terrorist organization.

It unfortunately fits with a troubling pattern of the Trudeau government prioritizing political correctness above all else, and seeking to downplay what is a real threat to the Canadian people. After all, other countries are trying to eliminate Jihadis before they can return, while the Trudeau government seems most worried about sounding “nice.”…

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, “FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA” is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here.

Woman Raped by Refugee Commits Suicide After Prosecutor Claims ‘Lack of Evidence’

A Swedish woman raped by a Muslim refugee from Syria earlier this year just committed suicide. Why?

Apparently, she was overcome by her rape — and by the fact the prosecutor ignored evidence and closed the case.

Angelica Wiktor


The Voice of Europe
 has the story: The prosecutor cited a “lack of evidence” and failed to pursue the case properly.

A Swedish woman who was raped by a Syrian refugee in March this year has committed suicide. The horrible news was made public by Swedish investigative journalist Joakim Magnus Lamotte.

The woman chose to end her life by overdosing on her medication; she felt devastated in aftermath of her violent rape and the failure to prosecute the perpetrator exacerbated her sense of low worth. She was raped in her own apartment during the evening and according to involved Swedish investigative journalist Lamotte she reportedly told police:

“Her neighbour, Adnan, together with his friend Samir [not their real names], came to her apartment late one evening in spring. Because Angelica had taken sleeping pills, she is unsure about the exact timing, but she remembers Adnan pushing her into the bedroom, using violence to force her on her bed and holding her down and raping her. The experience is extra painful because Angelica has inserted a tampon, that is now pushed so far inside of her, that she can’t get it out normally the next day. While she is being raped, Samir is somewhere in the apartment.“ [sic]

Lamotte’s investigative reporting shows that the police and the prosecutor in making their decision ignored some of the evidence. For example, there were opportunities to analyse the DNA in the woman’s apartment and in addition she had ‘assault related bruises’.

During the police interrogation Samir even admitted that he and Adnan were in Angelica’s apartment; however the prosecutor in Sweden chose to close the case citing a “lack of evidence”.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report. Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here.

UK ‘loses’ track of 56,000 Muslim migrants due for deportation

Amber Rudd’s Home Office has lost track of some 56,000 migrants who were supposed to be deported, including over 700 criminals.

Not only did the UK lose 56,000 migrants, including 700 ex-cons, but up to 23,000 jihadists are also running wild in Britain, while UK authorities thought the number was 3,000. And it is ridiculous and odd that Robert Spencer remains blocked from the UK. Western citizens have become habituated to the absurd.

Similar issues have been observed in other Western and Northern European countries, with reports that Germany has lost track of as many as 30,000 illegal migrants, and Finland admitting it had lost track of 5,300 migrants after the Turku terror killings.

Europe has long been in a war against Islamic jihad, but rather than fight it — first by dealing with its border troubles — denial has been the norm. London mayor Sadiq Khan told the public to get used to jihad attacks; in New York City, rather than face up to the fact that America and the entire West is at war, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated: “Last thing we should do is start casting dispersions [sic] on whole races of people or whole religions.” Anyone who confronts Islamic jihad is wrongly accused of being “Islamophobic” or of casting all Muslims in the same light.

Had the world been afraid to confront Nazism for fear of being called racist against Germans, Nazism would have continued its invasions and expansions in Europe and beyond.

Europe has now flung its doors open wide, and enemies of its states have fully infiltrated, leaving citizens as sitting ducks.

“UK ‘Loses’ 56,000 Migrants Due for Deportation, Including Over 700 Ex-Cons”, by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart, November 3, 2017:

Amber Rudd’s Home Office has lost track of some 56,000 migrants who were supposed to be deported, including over 700 criminals.
The situation was exposed by Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt, the Telegraph reports.

Bolt, a veteran of MI5, the National Criminal Intelligence Service, and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, noted that of roughly 80,000 foreign nationals scheduled for deportation and required to check in regularly with officials, 55,974 are so-called declared absconders.

This means their “whereabouts are unknown and all mandatory procedures to re-establish contact with the migrant have failed”.

Bolt further noted that there is “little evidence” the authorities are taking any action to locate the vast majority of these individuals.

5,728 of those scheduled for deportation but at large in the community are so-called “Foreign National Offenders”, or FNOs, and they contribute over 700 people to the tally of missing migrants.

Of 9,288 planned removals of FNOs in 2016, fully a third were unsuccessful, with Bolt noting that their removal “is regularly frustrated, often by last-minute legal challenges, and monitoring non-detained FNOs effectively is a challenge and one that raises obvious public protection concerns.”

Bolt offered the authorities responsible for monitoring migrants some sympathy, observing that “the numbers required to report routinely mean that it is extremely difficult for staff at reporting centres to ensure that reporting events are ‘meaningful’, in terms of encouraging voluntary departures or resolving barriers to removal.”

His reports do indicate there may be a somewhat lax attitude towards monitoring, however, noting one case where a foreign criminal missed 19 appointments in a row any before any action was taken.

Despite statements from ministers that Bolt’s findings make for “difficult reading”, this issue is not new in Britain.

Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke was forced to resign after it emerged that some 1,023 foreign criminals who should have been considered for deportation were released from prison and into the community back in 2006 — after heavy criticism from Tory opposition politicians like David Davis, who now sits in Cabinet.

Current Home Secretary Amber Rudd does not seem to have been put under much pressure by current failures, however, with mainstream media coverage of the scandal being fairly minimal.

Similar issues have been observed in other Western and Northern European countries, with reports that Germany has lost track of as many as 30,000 illegal migrants, and Finland admitting it had lost track of 5,300 migrants after the Turku terror killings.

Members of the public are often surprised to discover that migrants scheduled for deportation are left free and not detained pending deportation — especially where criminals are concerned.

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ISIS Threatens to Slaughter 4-Year-Old Prince George

Now Prince George, like me has a FATWA  on his head. I expect the British authorities’ response will be to extend the ban on me and welcome even more jihad-spewing hate imams. It’s what they do. Cave to Islam. If I lived in the UK, I would be prosecuted for violating the sharia (“hate speech”) just for writing that comment.

‘HE’S A CHILD!’ BRITAIN FURIOUS AS ISIS ‘THREATENS TO KILL PRINCE GEORGE AT SCHOOL’

ISIS HAS THREATENED TO KILL PRINCE GEORGE ON A SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM LABELLED BY CYBER-SECURITY EXPERTS AS A “BREEDING GROUND” FOR TERRORISTS.

By Thomas Mackie, The Express Oct 29, 2017:
Using the encrypted instant messaging app Telegram the terrorists said: “Even the royal family will not be left alone.”

The brain-washed ISIS followers chilling added a picture of Prince George next to his school, Thomas’s Battersea, in south London, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

There was a national outcry on social media as the news broke of the sick plot. Britons took to twitter to declare their outrage.

One wrote: “There are threats to kill Prince George?! Wtf he’s just a child!!! What is wrong with some people?!”

Another wrote: “Where is the National outrage at the discovery of a plot by ISIS to assassinate Prince George? What the f*** is wrong with this country?”

Milica Delrey said: “I hope Prince George is safe and sound, he is just a little child, damn.”

Stephen Curl said: “A plot to kill any child is evil”.

Alex Bus wrote on Twitter: “Some twisted people about. Wanting to murder a child.

“I pray and hope nothing that sickening ever happens to our Prince George.”

The four-year-old’s photo was posted on the messaging app with the caption “school starts early”.

The vile post also included Arabic words taken from a jihadi song which translates as “when war comes with the melody of bullets, we descend on disbelief, desiring retaliation”.

British intelligence have been heavily monitoring the anonymous messaging service in an effort to stop potential terror attacks in the UK.

Cyber-security experts said it it was critical to keep monitoring the service and warned the Telegram app was a “breeding ground” for terrorists.

Barry Spielman, whose internet surveillance company, Sixgill, has been tracking Telegram channels since the start of the year, said: “Our intelligence suggests that these threats are to be taken seriously.

“Over the last 12 months, we have seen both official and non-official Isis channels move over to Telegram.

“It’s an encrypted platform, making it a lot safer to communicate without being traced.

“We used to just track the Dark Web and Deep Web but now we are tracking Telegram.”

It comes as people living and working near the future king’s school have also raised concerns about security at Thomas’s Battersea after a woman filmed herself walking through the corridors unchallenged.

Sarah Burnett-Moore walked into the £17,600-a-year private school, days before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s four-year-old son started on September 7th.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, “FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA” is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here.

Four Things the Walking Dead Taught us About Islam

Islam in Arabic.

Following the introduction of a Muslim character at the end of Season 7, the Season 8 premier of “The Walking Dead” introduced the show’s second Muslim character.

But when the writers started explaining the Quran to us, it wasn’t long before they made some standard blunders.

Let’s take a closer look.

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United Nations caught blackmailing companies to cut ties with Israel, Jews

Why is the U.S. still in the United Nations? Why is the U.N. still operating on U.S. soil?

United Nations Human Rights Council meeting room.

“UN Accused of ‘Blackmailing’ Israeli Telecomm Company to Cut Services to Jews,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, October 16, 2017:

The United Nations Human Rights Council is pressuring a major Israeli telecommunications company to cease operations in disputed areas of the Jewish state or face a potential designation as a human rights abuser, according to a copy of communications sent by the Human Rights Council that is being viewed as an attempt to blackmail international corporations into boycotting the Jewish state.

The UNHRC recently sent a letter to the CEO of Bezeq, a major Israeli telecoms firm, accusing it of promoting settlement activity in Israel and of providing cellular services to areas that the Council believes are Palestinian territory.

The UNHRC’s effort to create a database of companies working in and with Israel is being viewed by pro-Israel leaders as an effort to intimidate Israeli and Western businesses as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, a global effort that has been described by the United States and others as anti-Semitic in nature. Bezeq is among a number of companies, including those in America, who have received such letters from the UNHRC.

A senior U.S. official familiar with the situation said the Trump administration opposes the UNHRC database and views it as part of a larger effort to isolate the Jewish state and use the United Nations to bully international corporations.

The UNHRC has long been accused of harboring an anti-Israel bias and recently elected a number of prominent global human rights abusers to take a seat at the council, including nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Angola, and Qatar, all of which have been accused of violating their citizens’ human rights.

The UNHRC’s effort to create a database of corporations that it claims support Israeli settlement growth and the abuse of Palestinian human rights has been described by some pro-Israel voices as a blackmail effort meant to undermine the Jewish state’s international standing.

The UNHRC sent a letter to Bezeq in late September accusing it of “supporting the maintenance and existence of settlements, as well as the “use of nature resources, in particular water and land, for business purposes,” according to a copy of that letter that first circulated on Facebook.

The UNHRC threatens to add Bezeq to its database of companies operating in what it claims are Israeli settlements and the occupied Palestinian territories.

“Bezeq owns approximately 40 real estate properties in the West Bank used for telecommunications infrastructure, and operates antennas throughout the West Bank,” the UNHRC wrote in its letter.”

“Bezeq provides landline, cellular, internet, and cable TV services to residents of settlements in the West Bank,” according to the UNHRC, which considers this activity a violation of its accords.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the UN criticized the creation of the database, telling the Washington Free Beacon the United States will not participate in such an effort.

“We have made clear our opposition regarding the creation of a database of businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, and we have not participated and will not participate in its creation or contribute to its content,” the official said.

Anne Bayefsky, a prominent pro-Israel activist and head of Human Rights Voices, a watchdog group that monitors anti-Israel bias at the UN, told the Free Beacon the letter to Bezeq represents an effort by the international body to promote BDS efforts against Israel.

“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordanian Prince Zeid Al Hussein, acting in cahoots with the UN Human Rights Council, has been blackmailing companies around the world as part of a UN BDS campaign directed at Israel,” Bayefsky said.

Similar letters have been sent to companies across the globe, threatening them with inclusion into this anti-Israel database….

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VIDEOS: Ashura in America — Muslims take over streets of Chicago, Houston, Dallas, New York

If these images disturb you, or arouse concern, clearly you haven’t evolved to enough to appreciate the wonders of multiculturalism. Savagery — the new leftist modernism.

Ashura: Shi’ite Muslims all around the world had been beating themselves with sharp blades, masking their bodies in mud and lighting bonfires within the streets to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson these days.

While Sunni Muslims also commemorate the Ashura – the 10th of Muharram in Islamic calendar – for Shiites, the murder of Hussein and his family by the army of the Ummayad Caliph Yazid marks the formal split from the religious establishment. Every year, Shiites (the followers of Ali – cousin of Islam’s prophet Muhammad and Hussein’s father) relive the battle of Karbala and mourn Hussein’s death.

Self flagellation on Ashura.

Pics from all over the world, confirmed shockingly younger boys lashing their personal backs with small knives and chains. Lots of men performed the identical brutal exercise in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan and Myanmar and even Athens, Greece.

The bloody rituals had been a part of the holy Day of Ashura, while Shi’ite Muslims take into account the loss of life of Imam Hussein at the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

Here’s what it looks like across the world – scroll down for Ashura in America:

A Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim man holds his son as he bleeds after he was cut on the forehead with a razor during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Nabatiyeh

A Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim man holds his son as he bleeds after he was cut on the forehead with a razor during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Nabatiyeh

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims gash the forehead of a boy with a sword during the religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad

Iraqi Shi’ite Muslims gash the forehead of a boy with a sword during the religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad

Hundreds of thousands gathered in Karbala, Iraq, where security forces protected their Ashura procession

Hundreds of thousands gathered in Karbala, Iraq, where security forces protected their Ashura procession

An Iraqi Shiite Muslim uses a knife to cut the top of a boy's head as they take part in a traditional mourning event during Ashura, a festival previously attacked by Islamic State

An Iraqi Shiite Muslim uses a knife to cut the top of a boy’s head as they take part in a traditional mourning event during Ashura, a festival previously attacked by Islamic State

This Iraqi Shiite Muslim child was one of millions across the world to take part in the Ashura celebration, which centres on flagellation 

This Iraqi Shiite Muslim child was one of millions across the world to take part in the Ashura celebration, which centres on flagellation

The faithful cut themselves to mark the holy day in Basra as part of a procession mourning Mohammed's grandson

The faithful cut themselves to mark the holy day in Basra as part of a procession mourning Mohammed’s grandson

Pilgrims in Karbala, Iraq, where 25,000 members of the security forces were deployed to protect the procession from terrorists such as Islamic State

Read more: Daily Mail 

Video: Muslims takeover streets of Chicago, Houston, Dallas, New York

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Did you see any of these events on your local and national newscasts? They’ll give you a glimpse of what the Muslim invasion looks like.

Chicago, Illinois – a two-hour procession through the streets.

Houston, Texas – the audio sounds enhanced to make it sound like a much bigger crowd but it’s a sizable gathering.

Dallas, Texas – another sizable gathering of Muslims in the streets.

Queens, New York

The same Muslims got bloody last year.

Brooklyn, New York

Manhattan, NYC

Virginia

There’s many more in other cities. Some bloody, others not.

And the Shia are a minority.

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images and videos originally appeared in The Geller Report:

Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here.

Trump designates Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group

This is absolutely justified. Said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin: “The IRGC has played a central role to Iran becoming the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror. We urge the private sector to recognize that the IRGC permeates much of the Iranian economy, and those who transact with IRGC-controlled companies do so at great risk.”

The announcement of this move said the group provides “support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban.”

Indeed. Find out just how bad the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps really is, and what it is doing in Iran and around the world, in my book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

“Trump designates Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, calls for more sanctions,” by Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, October 13, 2017:

…”I am authorizing the Treasury Department to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support for terrorism and to apply sanctions to its officials, agents, and affiliates,” Trump said in a White House speech.

“I urge our allies to join us in taking strong actions to curb Iran’s continued dangerous and destabilizing behavior,” Trump added.

“The IRGC has played a central role to Iran becoming the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday. “We urge the private sector to recognize that the IRGC permeates much of the Iranian economy, and those who transact with IRGC-controlled companies do so at great risk.”

As Trump spoke from the White House, the Treasury Department announced it was designating the IRGC as a terrorist entity under a White House Executive Order. That announcement said the group provides “support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban.”

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ISIS official news agency Amaq has video of Paddock, Las Vegas

An ISIS jihadi site claims Amaq, the official ISIS news agency has a video of Paddock/Las Vegas etc.

Hat tip to Dr. Andrew Bostom.

No worries, the FBI is pursuing the Valium motive with laser-like focus.

SMH.

NY Times ISIS expert:

Even the notoriously politically correct  Foreign Affairs Magazine writes:

WAS ISIS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LAS VEGAS ATTACK?

Why a False Claim Seems at Odds With the Group’s Strategy

By Michael S. Smith II

Since declaring its so-called caliphate in the summer of 2014, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has claimed responsibility for more than a dozen attacks in the West. Seven of them have occurred in the United States—most recently in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old American whose religious interests remain a mystery, converted a luxury hotel room into a sniper’s perch and took aim at concert-goers gathered beneath his window, killing nearly 60 people and wounding hundreds more. Shortly after, via its Amaq “news service,” ISIS asserted that Paddock was a “soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting coalition countries.” In a separate Amaq report, ISIS explained, Paddock “converted to Islam months before the attack.” Soon after, the group issued an official statement, in which it claimed that the shooting was in response to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s call for attacks “targeting the crusader alliance” and that “after careful monitoring of the Crusader gatherings in the city of Las Vegas,” Paddock, whom ISIS identified using the kunya (or honorific title) “Abu Abd El Bar,” killed and wounded 600 people before becoming a “martyr.”

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, “FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA” is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here.

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Barcelona terror attack: No priest came to comfort wounded, but Cardinal declared all religions peaceful

I received this most interesting email yesterday from Daniel Sexton, an American who was an eyewitness of the recent Barcelona jihad attack. Mr. Sexton is a Catholic, and he wrote an open letter to Cardinal Juan Jose Omella, Archbishop of Barcelona, lamenting Omella’s statements after the massacre, as well as the lack of any response from the Church at the scene. Whether or not you share Mr. Sexton’s faith, the import of this is clear: in Spain, jihadis are aggressively advancing, and in response, the Catholic Church is not only not being true to itself, but is actively aiding and abetting the conquest of the continent: “No priest came to give Last Rites to the dying or comfort the wounded and terrorized. But the Cardinal went to the hospital in the evening and said all religions are religions of peace.”

I have a background in Latin and ancient Greek and found your book Did Muhammad Exist?  to be revelatory. How is it that the scholarly consensus that Islam was a post conquest creation of Arabs and that the Koran is actually a Nestorian liturgical book written in Syriac, not known in our universities? I tend to view you and other such as Elena Chudinova to be our Cassandras, issuing true prophecies that no one will believe.

Yet I spent ten days in Europe this summer with my sons. Europe was as I remember her from my youth when I had lived there for a year — steeped in a Christian past and lost in an epicurean present. We traveled through Catalonia, Languedoc, and Provence and the Islamic presence, from the perspective of someone who lives in Jersey City, to be almost negligible. On the last day, I was walking on Las Ramblas at 5:00 PM, reveling in my last few hours in this paradise and going over in my mind our visit. I thought perhaps Islam was not such a threat — that I should limit my exposure to Breitbart and Jihad Watch — and not be, as my newly minted Princeton politics grad says, such a hater. I saw a woman in a Burqa with a baby and pitied her for being so out of place. In the next moment, I saw the white van plowing through the crowd. I was ten yards from the Joan Miró mosaic where it came to rest. The dead and dying were all around me. I stayed and helped a grievously injured 16-year-old German girl who had been visiting with her parish. No priest came to give Last Rites to the dying or comfort the wounded and terrorized. But the Cardinal went to the hospital in the evening and said all religions are religions of peace. I wrote an open letter to the newspapers in Barcelona but no one bothered to call me back.

Here is Mr. Sexton’s open letter:

c/o La Vanguardia, elPeriodico, el PuntAvio

Cardinal Juan Jose Omella
Archbishop of Barcelona

Your Eminence:

Please accept this open letter to you and the Church in Barcelona.  I, myself, probably because of my sins, happened to be at the Rambla de Sant Josep  at the corner at Carrer de L’Hospital at the moment the van driven by young Islamic terrorists passed by coming to rest at the Juan Miro mosaic  last Thursday. I was unable to comprehend what was happening as the idyllic scene was replaced by a nightmare. The van with its human detritus sped by and a wave of terrified citizens and tourists overwhelmed. All around me was blood, and bodies and  people in torment and terror — babies, children, the old and the young.

The police and the security forces arrived almost instantaneously and were fierce and courageous and non-stinting as they sought to secure the area even while the perpetrators escaped back over their victims. Strangers offered aid to the wounded. Terrified children and babies were corralled into the adjacent stores. I saw one young guy jumping from body to body — giving CPR here,  making a tourniquet there. (I have read that Lucas Digne, the fullback for Barça, had run from the safety of his luxury  apartment with water and towels, and I believe that he is the guy I saw). At last, the ambulances began to arrive with medics, one by one. They addressed those in extremis first while those who were conscious had to wait. In the 45 minutes I was at the scene, several persons there on the pavement were pronounced dead as resuscitation efforts by just regular people were abandoned when the medics said there was no hope.

Yet one thing was conspicuously absent: not a single priest appeared in my sight to give Extreme Unction to the dying, to comfort those in agony, to give witness to those in shock that Christ is with us — that he has overcome the world and that we must be willing to undergo any and every trial for the sake of the kingdom. Even if he did nothing, a priest in his cassock would have born witness. Maybe a priest was there and I missed him in his jeans or shorts, and if so, then I apologize for my accusation. But the dead I saw had no minister of God to assist them. To me, this is inexplicable. There were four churches within a stone’s  throw — including the Basilica of St. Maria, the parish of St. Augustin, the parish of St. Philip Neri, and your very own Cathedral. If any of the deaths on the Rambla of Sant Josep were happy, it is no thanks to the Church.

I was in Barcelona with my sons for a  holiday and  I wanted more than anything for them to experience the glories of a civilization built on Christ and his love — but also his judgment. My mantra was the line from Hilaire Belloc, that “the Faith is Europe and Europe is the Faith.” In this vein, we marveled at Sagrada Familia and even more of the fanatical faith of Gaudi, which seems to embarrass or at least befuddle his current admirers. We made a pilgrimage to Monteserrat and ardently kissed the orb which the Black Madonna holds in her extended right hand — the world redeemed by Christ whom she had borne without corruption. We venerated the sarcophagus and the relics of the Virgin Martyr St. Eulalia in your own Cathedral.

Yet you said, after visiting the injured in the Hospital del Mar only hours after the attack, that  “God is the God of life and love in all religions….”

This is false, Your Eminence! There is only one true religion and, if you, a Prince of the Church cannot say that it is the Catholic and orthodox faith that comes to us from the apostles, who can? Moreover, it is demonstrably not true that the Allah of  Islam engenders life and love. Having read your comments yesterday and being familiar with Pope Francis’ denial of these truths, I was not surprised to read this morning that “at least 10,000 Catalans with links to the separatist movement have actually converted to Islam in recent years [and that] [i]t is believed that two out of every ten Catalan radicals who belong to the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), a far-left political party, are converts to Islam. The ERC, which now governs Catalonia, has  vehemently refused to sign a cooperation agreement with the central government in Madrid to fight jihadist terrorism.”[1] How anomalous is this that a movement that seeks to preserve and cultivate Catalonian culture morphs into the modern-day descendant of its ancient foe? Something happens to radical movements. The IRA in the 1960s, one recalls, became hardline Marxist-Leninists trained and armed by the Soviets.

Barcelona does not need minutes of silence or shouts of  “we are not afraid.” She and all of us need shepherds with testicular fortitude and faith to lead men to embrace with all of their hearts and all their minds the salvation which is from Christ alone and none other. No political movement or primitive cult of violence can compete with such a vision.

Sant Jordi pray to God to send us shepherds who will teach the truth! Santa Eulalia pray to God for us that we may not fail at the time of trial! La Morenata pray to God for us who mourn and weep!

[1] Barcelona Attack Was Preventable, Soeren Kern,  Gatestone Institute, August 22, 2017

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of Cardenal Joan Josep Omella 21.06.2017 Fotografia Pere Virgili