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Iran orders Christian children to study Qur’an or be expelled from school

There is constant low-level pressure upon non-Muslims in Iran, with an eye toward compelling them to convert to Islam out of sheer exhaustion over the difficulty of living as a non-Muslim. This is also one of the motivations behind the dhimmitude system: to make life as a non-Muslim so uncomfortable that one converts to Islam simply for some breathing room.

“Iran Threatens To Expel Christian Children From Schools,” by Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife, September 7, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– Iran’s government has ordered children belonging to families of one of the country’s largest house church movements to study the Koran and Shi’a Islam teachings or face expulsion from school, a church official confirmed to BosNewsLife Thursday, September 7. The Church of Iran movement is also concerned about four jailed members saying one of them “was deported to a feared secret police facility” in the southern city of Shiraz.

These latest education measures and pressure on Christian prisoners are part of a government campaign against Bible believing Christians in the Islamic nation, according to Christians familiar with the situation. “Right now [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani wants to prove that he is a good Muslim by persecuting Christians,” said Firouz Khandjani, a Church of Iran council member. “Most of the new Christians are former Muslims.”

The government-backed policy adopted by school authorities in Shiraz and the coastal city of Rasht deprives Christian children of primary and secondary education unless they agree to religious instruction that does not conform to their faith, he confirmed.

Parents and other believers might also face prison for openly confessing that Jesus is Lord, seen as blasphemy by strict Islamic authorities, BosNewsLife learned. The Church of Iran said it now fears mistreatment of active members Mohammad Roghangir, Bijan Haghighi, Eskandar Rezaie and Surush Saraie who are behind bars in Shiraz.

In 2013, Roghangir was sentenced to six years and Massoud Rezaie to five years imprisonment on what their friends viewed as “trumped-up charges” such as “action against the national security” and “propaganda against the system.”

NEW DETENTION

Saraie was “re-arrested” at his home in Shiraz after being released early from Adelabad Prison in November 2015 while Rezaie, was detained again in July, after being released temporarily from Adelabad Prison in December 2015, Christians said.

Both men were initially captured in October 2012, along with five other Christians, during a police raid on a prayer meeting, and found guilty of threatening national security and propaganda against the Islamic state. Saraie received a two-and-a-half year sentence in July 2013, later upheld on appeal, which he began serving in July 2014. Rezaie received a one year sentence, which started in July 2015.

One of them, Surush Saraie, was recently taken to Pelak 100, a notorious detention center run by the Intelligence Services (VEVAK), Khandjani explained. “It’s like the Gestapo [during World War Two].” While there, attempts were allegedly made to pressure him into making confessions, he said. “Usually they want to make us confess that we receive money from Britain or the United States to shake Islamic values,” Khandjani noted.

“The authorities are trying to eradicate Christianity, just as the Islamic State group, but smarter,” claimed Khandjani, who is himself in hiding….

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Teacher Tweets my ‘Muslim Students Cheered’ Brussels Attacks, Police order him to Stop Tweeting

A teacher tweeted that the Muslim children in his class were celebrating the Belgium jihad attacks. Within a few hours, 3 police found him and advised him not to tweet any more.

This is the reality of Europe today.

They can’t stop who knows how many jihadis from blowing up a number of targets in Brussels, but they can descend on a teacher within hours of a tweet.

The police have time to visit this teacher, despite being overwhelmed by terror investigations.

Belgian Authorities Overwhelmed By Terror Investigations, Buzzfeed, March 23, 2016:

BRUSSELS — Within minutes of a bomb blast at Brussels’ main airport, mobile phone and internet networks crashed.

After a second attack struck a metro station in Maelbeek, which feeds the main European Union complex, Belgian soldiers, who have been a regular presence in the city center since last November’s bloody attacks in Paris, departed, apparently to join the first responders at both scenes.

At the Central Police Station, located a few hundred meters from the Gran Place, in the very center of Brussels, dozens of off-duty police both in uniform and plainclothes could be seen reporting for emergency duty, many carrying automatic weapons. A squad of Belgian army members known as para-commandos also deployed and began patrolling various areas in the city center in full combat gear.

Tuesday’s attack came after a week of tensions throughout the Belgian capital as security forces closed in on Salah Abdeslam, believed by French and Belgian investigators to be the last surviving member of the ISIS cell that carried out the Paris attacks that killed more than 130 people and wounded hundreds more in a multi-pronged attack on the French capital last year. A raid in Brussels’ Forrest neighborhood last Tuesday killed an Algerian with suspected ISIS ties, but Abdeslam was believed to have escaped back to his childhood haunt of Molenbeek, a largely Muslim immigrant neighborhood just outside central Brussels. Using a combination of electronic tracking of mobile phones and what investigators say was human intelligence, according to local media reports and terror analysts, security forces cornered, wounded, and arrested Abdesalm last Friday.

Belgian authorities said early Tuesday afternoon that a massive manhunt was underway in Brussels for individuals they believe were linked to Tuesday’s attacks.

Belgian counterterrorism officials have been on high alert for years as hundreds of citizens and residents have departed for the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. One Belgian official said that besides the names of hundreds of fighters believed to be abroad, the security services have more than 200 open files related to threats at home and in Europe. But they remain flooded with questions about how and why they missed a key member of the Paris attacks for more than four months, and will have to explain how just four days after his arrest, the country was devastated by a double attack on both the international airport and a metro station that feeds Europe’s central government, hardly areas considered soft or easy targets.

One Belgian counterterrorism official told BuzzFeed News last week that due to the small size of the Belgian government and the huge numbers of open investigations — into Belgian citizens suspected of either joining ISIS, being part of radical groups in Belgium, and the ongoing investigations into last November’s attacks in Paris, which appeared to be at least partially planned in Brussels and saw the participation of several Belgian citizens and residents — virtually every police detective and military intelligence officer in the country was focused on international jihadi investigations.

“We just don’t have the people to watch anything else and, frankly, we don’t have the infrastructure to properly investigate or monitor hundreds of individuals suspected of terror links, as well as pursue the hundreds of open files and investigations we have,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said.

“It’s literally an impossible situation and, honestly, it’s very grave.”

The streets of Brussels were relatively calm by Tuesday afternoon. Some foreign tour groups continued to visit sites in the city’s historic district. But one Belgian who gave his name as Andre, a 42-year-old telecommunications and marketing executive for the Belgian telecom firm Mobistar, said that the historical government divisions between the southern French speaking and northern Dutch speakers that have often left Belgium’s government fractured and ineffective were largely responsible for the country’s inability to prevent the sort of terror attacks that struck on Tuesday.

“This is what happens when you don’t have a real government and a divided bureaucracy,” he said.

“It’s literally an impossible situation,” one counterterrorism official told BuzzFeed News.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on PamelaGeller.com. To stay on top of what’s really happening please follow Pamela on Twitter and like her on Facebook here.

Pupils ordered to ‘convert to Islam’ for homework assignment

Preparing Britain’s children for the future David Cameron, Theresa May and their cohorts have made well-nigh inevitable.

Les Beaucamps High School in Guernsey

“British pupils ordered to ‘CONVERT TO ISLAM’ for bizarre homework assignment,” by Jonathan Bucks, Express, February 21, 2016:

CHILDREN were told to write to their parents explaining why they had converted to Islam as part of a bizarre homework assignment.

Year 8 Pupils at Les Beaucamp High School in Guernsey were asked to explain to their parents “how becoming a pupil has changed your life [and] how much you love your family and hope they can accept your choice”.

Teacher Amber Stables told pupils: “Focus: How would it make you feel having to tell your parents this? How would/could they react?”

Ms Stables added a disclaimer that the homework is a piece of creative writing and fictional.

She said: “YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY CONVERTING TO ISLAM.

“It is purely to test your knowledge of what we have learnt this year and how well you can argue objectively!!!!”

The news comes in the wake of the Trojan Horse plot last year which saw hard-line Islamists allegedly trying to take over a number of Birmingham schools and oust non-Muslim staff.

A similar incident in California last year sparked fury after pupils were asked to sing about spreading Islam.

Pupils were told to sing: “This is their fight / Spread Islam now / Prove they’re right.”…

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Canada: Four Female Muslim Students join the Islamic State in Syria

Our colleague in Ottawa, David B. Harris, of INSIGNIS Research, Inc., noted counterterrorism columnist and former Canadian Intelligence Security Service official, sent us breaking news about the Al-Huda Canadian Islamic Institute. No sooner than we posted on the extremist Al-Huda School in Pakistan that allegedly indoctrinated San Bernardino jihadi Tashfeen Malik then the CBC reported this story.  4 female students who went to Syria to join ISIS attended Mississauga school Al-Huda Islamic Institute’s sister school in Pakistan connected to mass shooting in California.

The details of the CBC News breaking report were:

A girl and three young women left Canada to join ISIS in Syria after studying at the Al-Huda Islamic Institute in Mississauga, Ont. — a school whose sister institution in Pakistan is now connected to the mass shooting in California.  See February 25, 2015 CBC News report, ISIS recruiter in Edmonton enlists Canadian woman to join fight in Syria.

It’s unclear exactly when the Canadian students travelled overseas, but sources have confirmed they all left in the last two years after attending the school founded by controversial female Islamic scholar Dr. Farhat Hashmi.

Hashmi’s ultra-conservative teachings in lectures and online have faced criticism for promoting an extreme wifely subservience to a husband.

The school’s founder, however, is not a Canadian resident, despite several media reports to the contrary, sources told CBC News. Hashmi has not been in Canada for three years, those sources said.

School accredited by Ontario

Al-Huda’s Mississauga campus opened in 2004. It’s accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education as a private school, where roughly 160 students in kindergarten to Grade 6 attend classes every day.

But in the evenings and on weekends, teenagers and adults can take seminars there. It’s those classes the four Canadians, who ranged in age from 16 to early 20s, took in recent years before leaving for Syria.

The oldest attended for three months in 2012.

She’s been living in Syria since the summer of 2014, her sister told CBC News. The woman and her family are not identified in this story, because of concerns about their security.

“It’s really scary and it’s really dangerous — and if she gets caught she will get killed,” the sister said.

More than 160 kindergarten to Grade 6 students attend the Mississauga school every day. On evenings and weekends, the school offers adult classes.

Security officials intercepted the other three Canadians in Turkey after they disappeared in July 2014, according to RCMP.

The teens were taken into custody and brought back to Canada.

It’s still unclear how those teens and the other Canadian woman became connected to ISIS and radicalized.

Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters, attended classes six days a week for more than a year at Al-Huda’s Pakistan campus, a school spokeswoman told The Associated Press. But it is not known how, where or by whom she was radicalized.

It’s also unclear how much contact, if any, the teens or women would have had with Hashmi.

But the founder of the school — and the one like it in Pakistan — regularly delivers lectures by audio link to the Mississauga campus, CBC has learned. Lectures can also be found through Hashmi’s website.

School ‘deeply disturbed’ by allegations

RCMP officers recently visited the Mississauga school to ask about the former students.

Al-Huda’s operations manager told CBC News that the school would help with the investigation in any way possible.

“This is the first that we are learning of such allegations and [we] are as deeply disturbed as anyone,” Imraq Haq said in a statement. “We are very clear that terrorism is against Islamic teachings … and we emphasize that it is both a civic and religious duty to help keep Canada, and the world, safe from violent extremist ideologies.”

It would appear that Canadian RCMP was caught flat footed by disclosures about the radical Islamic indoctrination at the Al-Huda girls and women’s program at the Mississauga, Ontario Institute that may have influenced ISIS recruitment of three girls and a woman who were students.  At the center of the controversy is the Al-Huda Institute founder Pakistani Dr. Farhat Hashmi and the late Tashfeen Malik who attended a similar institute in Multan, Pakistan.  Malik left the Al-Huda program before finishing.  She subsequently returned to California in July 2014 as the fiancée of Syed Rizwan Farooq.  They died in a blaze of police gunfire after perpetrating a wanton Jihad attack equipped with assault weapons killing 14 and injuring 21 of her husband’s colleagues at a December 2nd Christmas gathering in San Bernardino, California.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review.

Al-Shabaab pledges loyalty to the Islamic State after slaughtering 150 Christian students

The Islamic State has already won the loyalty of Boko Haram in Nigeria and many other jihad groups worldwide. Its claim to be the caliphate is validated every day, in the eyes of those who accept that claim, by the fact that none of those who have vowed to destroy the Islamic State have yet managed to do so.

“Al-Shabaab Faction Pledges Loyalty to ISIS After Killing 150 Christian Students,” by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post:

A senior spiritual leader of the al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia, which earlier this year massacred close to 150 Christian students, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria.

“We, the mujahideen of Somalia, declare allegiance to the caliph as Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Awad al-Qurashi,” Abdiqadir Mumin, an al-Shabaab commander in the Puntland region of Somalia, said in an audio tape, according to Reuters.

CNN pointed out that move further fractures al-Shabaab, as most of its remaining leaders are loyal to al Qaeda.

“The al-Shabaab-linked source told CNN that members of the group now fear for their lives as other political leaders systematically try to root out possible IS supporters within their ranks,” the report stated.

Al-Qaeda and IS remain in a rivalry for power, despite their shared opposition to the Western world. A great point of contention has been IS’ attacks and conquest of several cities in Syria, which went against al Qaeda’s wishes.

IS has recruited several other known terror groups, including Nigerian militants Boko Haram. Other groups from across the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Africa have all rallied under the jihadist banner as well.

Al-Shabaab made international news headlines in April when it murdered 152 people, mostly Christian students, in an attack on Garissa University College in Kenya. The mas shooting was carried out by four al-Shabaab gunmen, who purposeful separated Christian from Muslim students, before murdering the Christians.

The massacre sparked the #147notjustanumber social media campaign, named after the original death toll, which hoped to remind the world that the victims were real people with real lives that were taken away.

The Somali terror group has continued clashing with regional and African Union troops throughout the year, and during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan made pledges to murder “non-believers.”

“We are planning to give Kenyan non-believers a true taste of Jihad [the holy war] in the next few days and weeks,” a senior al-Shabaab commander said back in June.

CNN noted that only about 100 al-Shabaab fighters are expected to defect to IS, with mostly younger jihadists being drawn to IS, as the group is also known….

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