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Catholic Church sets out a vision for closer ties with Islam

Had Charles Martel and the Franks lost their battle against the jihadis at Tours in 732, the eighteenth-century English historian Edward Gibbon envisioned the continent’s complete Islamization:

A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar to the banks of the Loire; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet.

And now here we are: the jihadis lost at Tours, but their defeat was not complete, and now victory is at hand: “the interpretation of the Koran” is now “taught in the schools of Oxford,” or at least at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Is there a Center for Christian Studies at al-Azhar? Of course not. Has any Islamic entity ever sought improved ties with the Catholic Church? Don’t be silly.

“Dialogue” and interfaith outreach always and in every case go only one way, with fond Christians such as Vincent Nichols appealing for peace and friendship to Muslim leaders, who use the resulting “dialogue” to silence Christians who are talking about Muslim persecution of Christians and the Qur’an’s teaching regarding Christianity, and to engage in subtle dawah, Islamic proselytizing, with the participating Christians, and in any documents resulting from the “dialogue.”

So Vincent Nichols is pictured here planting a tree at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, but that isn’t the only hole he is digging.

“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

“Catholic Church sets out a vision for closer ties with Islam,” by Michael Binyon, The Times, March 3, 2018 (thanks to David):

How can dialogue between faiths lead to a deeper spiritual understanding? Is there not always a danger that both sides will talk across each other without listening or just agree on the bare minimum they have in common?

These questions were raised this week by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, when he made the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the dazzling new college that aims to become the country’s principal centre for the academic study of Islam.

He said that dialogue between faith and society would be “significantly impoverished” if dialogue between faiths were characterised by suspicion and hostility or were simply non-existent….

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

Muslim columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says Christmas is “Islamophobic”

Christmas is a time where Christians pick on Muslims in the United Kingdom, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown claimed Friday in the International Business Times

There is no end to the deception and constant screaming of “Islamophobia” at every turn. What better way to turn the perception of victimhood around? The report below discusses Alibhai-Brown’s “decrying ‘Muslim panic stories,’” but what she wrote was much worse than that. In the International Business Times, she actually compares “Islamic ultra-conservatives” to Westerners attacking Muslims:

We Muslims can’t win. If we join in, we are interlopers, gate crashers or faith traitors. If we don’t, we imperil the nation, insult its God and identity. The crusade is still with us and playing out under twinkling fairy lights.

It is astonishing that the International Business Times would actually publish this malarkey. No one has ever decried Muslims or anyone choosing not to celebrate Christmas; however, “Islamic ultra conservatives” certainly harass Muslims who choose to do so. Here’s more from “Islamic ultra-conservatives”:

  • “jihadist forum” published the image of “Santa Claus being beheaded against the backdrop of a London shopping area,” while the Islamic State threatened terror attacks on Christmas in all major Western cities.
  • Indonesian Muslim clerics threatened to crack down on Muslims wearing Santa hats, in a fatwa against Christmas.
  • “pro-Islamic State group” issued a call for followers to “attack the Vatican on Christmas.” The Islamic State also vowed to take “Christmas blood.”
  • Islamic leader Abu Ibraheem Husnayn, in Birmingham, UK, “said that Muslims ‘have to hate’ the likes of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Diwali, and Hannukah, because they are ‘hated by Allah’”.

The tactic of playing the victim and distracting from the acts of Islamic supremacists and jihadists continues to be favored among those who are forcing the “Islamophobia” agenda upon Western societies. While countless victims suffer at the hands of jihadists, their cries of agony are drowned out by charges of that “loathsome term” “Islamophobia.”

Only yesterday, a Muslim man drove into a crowd of people in Melbourne and then complained about “mistreatment of Muslims” after his arrest.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown also once proclaimed that she did not like white men and wanted them to be a lost species; she also called working class white people “stupid,” “vicious” and “scum”; yet here she is playing the victim.

“Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Christmas is Islamophobic!”, Breitbart, December 22, 2017:

Christmas is a time where Christians pick on Muslims in the United Kingdon, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown claimed Friday in the International Business Times.

Decrying “Muslim panic stories”, Alibhai-Brown wrote:

Every year, in the lead up to Christmas, tabloids run turkey (that is, dumb and stupid) stories about Muslims objecting to the festival, cards, crackers, music, trees, pressies, paper hats, church services, mince pies, street decorations, and ho-ho-hoing Santas.

Such culture alarms are now an annual ritual, an essential part of the season. They reassure those lost souls who want all their Christmases to be white.

Many of the reports are cooked up, some rely on unverified gossip….

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ISIS threatens Pope Francis and Catholic Church in new video

The Pope has all but submitted to Islam. And yet it doesn’t matter. More accommodation gives way to more demands, more submission, and in the end, they kill you anyway. So why not stand up and be righteous and fight for what’s right?

“ISIS threatens Pope Francis and Catholic Church in new video,” Catholic Herald, August 25, 2017:

ISIS has released a video showing its fighters ripping up photographs of Pope Francis and threatening to come to Rome.

Filmed in the Philippines, where the terrorists have been fighting the government for control of the city of Marawi, the video also shows the destruction the group have wreaked on a Catholic church.

The jihadists brag about how they have freed inmates from a local jail, with one addressing the camera saying: “Remember this, you kuffar [non-Muslims] – we will be in Rome, we will be in Rome, inshallah [god willing].”

The video also shows them destroying a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary. It finishes with the church in flames, and one of the terrorists explaining: “After all their efforts, it would be the religion of the cross that would be broken.”

“The crusaders’ enmity toward the Muslims only served to embolden a generation of youth,” he adds….

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

Christian Convert Forced by Muslim Family to Eat Poison to Test Jesus

A woman in Eastern Uganda who converted to Christianity at a Christmas time church service was then coerced by her mostly Muslim family members to take poison in order to test Jesus’s love for her.

The woman was saved only when a Christian neighbor heard her cries of pain and rushed to help her.

Muslims in Uganda forced a Christian convert to eat rat poisoin to test Jesus's love for her.
Muslims in Uganda forced a Christian convert to eat rat poison to test Jesus’s love for her.

Morning Star News has the story:

“Sandra Summaya, 24, of Bugayi village in Pallisa District, told Morning Star News that she converted to Christianity at a worship service on Christmas Day.

“‘I had great peace when the pastor prayed for me to take Jesus as my savior,’ she said. ‘I later shared my testimony with my brother, who outrightly accused me of being an infidel and an outcast from the family and the Muslim community. I felt great pain inside me because of the insults.’

“On Sunday (Jan. 1) Summaya’s immediate family and a few other relatives gathered in the predominantly Muslim village in Kamuge County to celebrate the New Year with a meal. At the high point of the gathering, Summaya said, a paternal uncle read to her a Bible verse and suggested it meant God would protect her from harm, including illness from ingesting poison.

“”He said, ‘Do you believe that Issa [Jesus] is able to protect your from poison as written in the Bible?’ and I answered ‘Yes,’ she said.

“‘Immediately I was forced to take the poison to confirm my faith in the Bible, at around midnight. I could not deny the Bible, so I took the rat poison.’”

It wasn’t long after she fell violently ill.

She said her stomach pains grew serve and she began to vomit violently. Her relatives then took her from her home and tied her with a rope to a nearby tree and left her to die, Morning Star News reported.

And then, the news outlet said:

“Her loud cries woke a Christian neighbor who rushed to the site.

“‘I found Summaya unconscious, and we rushed her to a Kamuge nursing home, where the doctor saved her life,’ said the neighbor, whose name is withheld for security reasons.

“Summaya remains at the hospital and her condition has stabilized, a nurse told Morning Star News.

“‘She will still be in the hospital for some few days as we monitor her situation,’ said the nurse, who requested anonymity.

“An area source requested prayer that Summaya be healed and protected, and that she not doubt God’s love and provision.

“The incidents are the latest in a series of anti-Christian attacks in eastern Uganda. On Christmas Day Muslims in eastern Uganda beat Christians at a worship service and wrecked the home of a single mother on Christmas Eve, sources said.

“On Dec. 8, relatives of a former Islamic teacher attacked his 60-year-old mother for becoming a Christian, wounding her head and breaking her hand, sources said. Aimuna Namutongi sustained a deep cut on her forehead. She and her son, 30-year-old Malik Higenyi, were trying to gather cassava at 10 a.m. on the homestead he had been forced to abandon in Bufuja village, Butaleja District, after Muslim relatives threatened to kill him if he returned.”

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

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Muslims plot to assassinate the Pope: “This will be the last Pope”

These poor dears just don’t understand their own religion! Pope Francis needs to go visit them personally, and explain to them how “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” If they don’t speak Italian, he could take along some Arabic-speaking Eastern Catholic bishop with a solid record of upholding the Church’s new iron dogma, that Islam is a Religion of Peace.

After they learn about the true, peaceful Islam, these four Muslims will embrace the Pope joyfully and allow him to put flowers in their gun barrels. The happy group can send out for pizza and start a hearty round of “Muslim-Christian dialogue” that will fix this problem right up. Why didn’t anybody think of this before? When will the Pope arrive and begin explaining Islam to these Muslims?

“Suspected jihadists ‘threatened Pope Francis,’” The Local, December 1, 2015:

UPDATED: Four people arrested in Italy and Kosovo on suspicion of spreading jihadist propaganda online allegedly made threats against Pope Francis and the former US ambassador to Kosovo.

The gang also praised the Paris terrorist attacks, in which 130 people were killed on November 13th.

The four, all Kosovan citizens, were arrested as part of an anti-terror sweep conducted by police in Brescia in cooperation with Kosovan authorities, Corriere reported.

Described as “a highly dangerous group” with alleged links to jihadists in Syria, they are accused of “condoning terrorism” and “inciting racial hatred”.

Carmine Esposito, from Brescia’s police unit, told Rai Tre on Tuesday that the group “threatened Pope Francis, celebrated the recent attacks in Paris and threatened the ex-US ambassador in Kosovo.”

In reference to Pope Francis, investigators found online threats made by the group, including one saying “this will be the last Pope”.

The arrests followed raids in the Italian cities Brescia, Vicenza and Perugia as well as Kosovo.

Police said “the [alleged] terrorist team propagated the ideology of jihad through social networks”.

The gang’s “mastermind” is believed to have lived in Italy before being arrested in Kosovo. The other three were arrested in Italy, where they have been living for some time….

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Russia Declares ‘Holy War’ against Islamic State by Raymond Ibrahim

The Orthodox Christian Church, which is reclaiming its traditional role in post-Soviet Russia, has just described its government’s fight against the Islamic State and other jihadi groups in Syria as a “holy war.”

According to Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Church’s Public Affairs Department,

The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it.  The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the People of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists. Christians are suffering in the region with the kidnapping of clerics and the destruction of churches. Muslims are suffering no less.

This is not a pretext to justify intervention in Syria.  For years, Russia’s Orthodox leaders have been voicing their concern for persecuted Christians.  Back in February 2012, the Russian church described to Vladimir Putin the horrific treatment Christians are experiencing around the world, especially under Islam:

The head of External Church Relations, Metropolitan Illarion, said that every five minutes one Christian was dying for his or her faith in some part of the world, specifying that he was talking about such countries as Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan and India. The cleric asked Putin to make the protection of Christians one of the foreign policy directions in future.

“This is how it will be, have no doubt,” Putin answered.

Compare and contrast Putin’s terse response with U.S. President Obama, who denies the connection between Islamic teachings and violence; whose policies habitually empower Christian-persecuting Islamists; who prevents Christian representatives from testifying against their tormentors; and who even throws escaped Christian refugees back to the lions, while accepting tens of thousands of Muslim migrants.

Russian Patriarch Kirill once even wrote an impassioned letter to Obama, imploring him to stop empowering the murderers of Christians.  That the patriarch said “I am deeply convinced that the countries which belong to the Christian civilization bear a special responsibility for the fate of Christians in the Middle East” must have only ensured that the letter ended up in the Oval Office’s trash can.  After all, didn’t Obama make clear that America is “no longer a Christian nation“?

Of course, Russian concerns for Christian minorities will be cynically dismissed by the usual brood of talking heads on both sides.  While such dismissals once resonated with Americans, they are becoming less persuasive to those paying attention, as explained in “Putin’s Crusade—Is Russia the Last Defender of the Christian Faith?”

For those of us who grew up in America being told that the godless communist atheists in Russia were our enemies, the idea that America might give up on God and Christianity while Russia embraces religion might once have been difficult to accept.  But by 2015, the everyday signs in America show a growing contempt for Christianity, under the first president whose very claims of being a Christian are questionable.  The exact opposite trend is happening for Russia and its leaders—a return to Christian roots.

Indeed, growing numbers of Americans who have no special love for Russia or Orthodoxy—from billionaire capitalist Donald Trump to evangelical Christians—are being won over by Putin’s frank talk and actions.

How can they not?  After one of his speeches praising the West’s Christian heritage—a thing few American politicians dare do—Putin concluded with something that must surely resonate with millions of traditional Americans: “We must protect Russia from that which has destroyed American society”—a reference to the anti-Christian liberalism and licentiousness that has run amok in the West.

Even the Rev. Franklin Graham’s response to Russia’s military intervention in Syria seems uncharacteristically positive, coming as it is from the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which for decades spoke against the godless Soviets:  “What Russia is doing may save the lives of Christians in the Middle East…

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Aden, Yemen: Muslims burn down Roman Catholic Church

Aden-church-ablazeDid the church hold a Muhammad cartoon contest? Did the church tell people that Islam was not actually a religion of peace after all? Will Pope Francis and the U.S. Catholic bishops issue an apology to the jihadist attackers for the effrontery of having a Roman Catholic church in Aden, which constituted an obvious obstacle to the all-important Muslim-Christian “dialogue,” and issue compensation to them for all the fuel and matches that were needed to torch the church?

After all, Pope Francis has declared his “respect for true followers of Islam” and proclaimed that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence,” so he knows that these attackers could not have been motivated by Qur’anic injunctions; the Christians must have “poked them in the eye” or “provoked” the poor dears in some way. Pope Francis and the U.S. Catholic bishops need to issue an apology to the Muslims of Yemen, and pronto.

“Masked attackers set church ablaze in Aden,” AFP, September 16, 2015 (thanks to Lookmann):

Unidentified assailants set ablaze one of the few churches in Yemen’s second city Aden on Wednesday, a day after it had been damaged by vandals, witnesses said.

The masked arsonists torched St. Joseph, a Roman Catholic church in the central Crater neighbourhood of the port city.

A security official said the attackers could be militants of Al-Qaeda.

“The church is in flames,” resident Moetaz al-Maysour told AFP, adding that “masked men started the fire.”…

Of the 22 churches that operated in Aden when the city was a British colony before 1967, only a few remain open, used rarely by foreign workers and African refugees.

Al-Qaeda militants have been accused of several attacks since pro-government forces pushed Iran-backed rebels out of the battle-scarred city in July with support from a Saudi-led coalition….

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VIDEO: Islamic Hate for the Christian Cross

On this episode of the Glazov Gang, Jamie Glazov was joined by Raymond Ibrahim, a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Ibrahim came on the show to discuss Islamic Hate for the Christian Cross, unveiling what really lies behind Muslim hatred of the Crucifix.

EDITORS NOTE: While this is an excellent analysis by Raymond Ibrahim on why Muslims hate the cross and Jesus Christ, it does not discuss the root cause of this hate – Fitnaphobia.

Ibrahim correctly points out that the Jesus in the Koran is not the Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is a historic figure. William Lane Craig in his column “Rediscovering the Historical Jesus: The Evidence for Jesus” presents five reasons for thinking that critics who accept the historical credibility of the gospel accounts of Jesus do not bear a special burden of proof relative to more skeptical critics [i.e. Muslims].

Craig lists five reasons why the gospels are reliable until proven wrong:

  1. There was insufficient time for legendary influences to expunge the historical facts. The interval of time between the events themselves and recording of them in the gospels is too short to have allowed the memory of what had or had not actually happened to be erased.
  2. The gospels are not analogous to folk tales or contemporary “urban legends.” Tales like those of Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill or contemporary urban legends like the “vanishing hitchhiker” rarely concern actual historical individuals and are thus not analogous to the gospel narratives.
  3. The Jewish transmission of sacred traditions was highly developed and reliable. In an oral culture like that of first century Palestine the ability to memorize and retain large tracts of oral tradition was a highly prized and highly developed skill. From the earliest age children in the home, elementary school, and the synagogue were taught to memorize faithfully sacred tradition. The disciples would have exercised similar care with the teachings of Jesus.
  4. There were significant restraints on the embellishment of traditions about Jesus, such as the presence of eyewitnesses and the apostles’ supervision. Since those who had seen and heard Jesus continued to live and the tradition about Jesus remained under the supervision of the apostles, these factors would act as a natural check on tendencies to elaborate the facts in a direction contrary to that preserved by those who had known Jesus.
  5. The Gospel writers have a proven track record of historical reliability.

According to Luke Johnson, a New Testament scholar at Emory University:

Even the most critical historian can confidently assert that a Jew named Jesus worked as a teacher and wonder-worker in Palestine during the reign of Tiberius, was executed by crucifixion under the prefect Pontius Pilate and continued to have followers after his death.

Followers of Mohammed must reject the historical (crucified) Jesus because if they accept that He was more than a prophet and was in fact the Son of God (Allah), then they must follow His teachings. Any Mohammedan doing this is denying the fundamental basis of the Islamic ideology. To do so would cause Fitna. Those who accept Jesus as the Son of God are deemed apostates and must be slaughtered.

To deny or hate Jesus, and the cross upon which he died, is tantamount to being a Fitnaphobe.

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