‘..In the name of allah (the merciful) muslims continue to prove why Islam is the true ‘..*religion of peace..’
* Except for when they are murdering children, raping little girls, beheading Christians, stabbing and running over Jews, stoning women, enslaving blacks, executing atheists, stealing land from Hindus, Christians and Jews, flying planes into buildings, blowing up trains and buses, throwing acid on women, hijacking planes and suicide bombing children in schools…but, other than these few minor exceptions.. Muslims are a reflection of peace.
by, BBC News | h/t David Wood @ Answering Muslims | h/t Trop
At least 25 people, among them 15 children, have been
killed murdered in twin car bomb attack in the central Yemeni province of Bayda, reports say.
The children were inside a school bus that was passing a checkpoint manned by Shia Houthi rebels in the Radaa area when the first bomb exploded.
The second one went off soon afterwards near the home of a Houthi leader.
The rebels blamed Sunni jihadist militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for the blasts.
They have been fighting in Radaa since the Houthis overran the AQAP stronghold in October, a month after taking control of the capital, Sanaa.
It is not clear if the school bus or the Houthi checkpoint was the intended target of the first car bombing.
The Associated Press news agency quoted the Houthis as saying the victims were all girls who had attended a local primary school.
They denounced the attack as “the ugliest crime against childhood”.
The defence ministry also condemned the “cowardly terrorist attack on the home of a citizen and a school bus” and held AQAP responsible.
The Houthis did not say if the 10 people killed by the second blast were members of their group or bystanders, nor whether the man whose house was targeted, Abdullah Idris, was among the casualties.
It is the second time Mr Idris’ home has been targeted since October, according to Reuters news agency.
The rebel leader is also a member of the General People’s Congress Party of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced to hand over power in 2011 after a popular uprising.
Last month, a suicide bomber killed dozens of people gathered at the residence of a tribal chief in Radaa.
Islam is the scourge of the earth. Eradicate it!
Freedom set aside in place of Islamic appeasement
by, Leo Hohmann | WND | h/t Jessica Watchman
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw City Council approved a land-use permit for a new mosque less than two weeks after it had denied the permit, citing traffic and parking concerns.
The council voted 4-1 to deny the permit Dec. 3, but after legal threats from the Suffa Dawat Center, the council reversed its earlier decision with a 5-0 vote Monday. The vote was taken without discussion as six police officers lined the walls of the council chambers and another contingent of officers patrolled outside where about 25 protesters from Overpasses for America and the Georgia Security Force militia held American flags and signs saying “No Mosque!” and “Ban Islam!”
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews told WSB-TV in Atlanta that the council changed its vote due to “legal advice from our own city attorney, not based on input received from the public or anybody else.”
Mosque members were pleased with Monday’s outcome.
“I think we have achieved success for the whole community including those who oppose us,” Khalid Hashmi told WSB.
“The Bible says love thy neighbor. Our religion teaches love your neighbor,” said Samir Malik.
But the protesters outside weren’t buying it.
Capt. Linc Doberman of the Georgia Security Force told WND he believes Islam is more than just a religion and should be treated as such.
“The imams in the mosques are all striving towards the establishment of a caliphate and you can’t have a constitutional republic along with a caliphate,” he said. “So you can allow it to continue creeping in, until you feel the deep, red welts of domination.”
One of the protesters yelled at the Muslims as they filed out of city hall saying; “We will never respect Islam! We will never convert!”
Suffa Dawat applied for the permit to lease a space in a retail shopping plaza that is zoned for commercial use. A residential neighborhood sits directly behind the strip shopping center, and neighbors were not happy about the prospect of hearing the Friday call to prayer blasting near their homes. The mosque has entered into a two-year lease.
Suffa Dawat had the backing of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, a wealthy Islamic-rights organization founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The city council’s flip-flop angered residents who had come out against the mosque. But residents were not allowed to speak for or against the mosque until after the vote was taken.
One Kennesaw woman, Carlene Fregeolle, addressed the council after the vote. She said she met with the Muslims and found they had not disclosed all of their plans for the building on their application.
The mosque will be open for prayer five times a day, for the weekly call to prayer on Fridays and also for an educational program for children on Sundays. The city restricted the mosque to 80 worshipers at a time and 40 parking spaces.
“They said they’re expecting about 80 children on Sundays. So, again, no worries about traffic and parking issues? Really? We’re now talking kids and lots of them,” Fregeolle said.
“Everything was done behind the scenes,” Fregeolle continued. “If they don’t get their way they sue. Our city council is afraid to stand behind their own zoning laws.”
Local media were reporting a federal complaint had been filed with the U.S. Department of Justice and that the DOJ had threatened a lawsuit.
Fregeolle asked the council if that were indeed the case.
“I can answer that. No, the DOJ has not come in and has not threatened a lawsuit,” said city attorney Randall Bentley.
As a neighbor who lives closest to the mosque, Fregeolle said the Muslims lied to the city about her attitudes toward the new house of worship.
“They told the council I wouldn’t mind,” she said. “Again, that is false information. … By your flip-flopping you have made the city even more vulnerable.”
Suffa Dawat Center has also opened an online fundraising account with YouCaring.com with the goal of raising $30,000 for “legal costs and startup costs for Kennesaw Mosque.”
The legal expenses will apparently no longer be needed given the council’s about face.
Fregeolle said that if any other applicant had applied for the same space using the same tactics they would have been denied.
“But with this group you have to be PC,” she said.
Council member Debra Williams, who voted against the mosque the first time, changed her vote, as did council members Leonard Church, Tim Killingsworth and Jim Sebastian. Cris Eaton Welsh was the only member who voted in favor of the mosque both times.
The decision came down to costs, Williams said, and the threat of an expensive lawsuit in federal court.
“We denied a nightclub there a few months ago and we argued the same thing – traffic, noise and parking,” she told WND. “And it would have operated at night when all the other businesses were closed and they were willing to put in sound-proof walls. They should sue our pants off.”
Williams told WND that even if the Justice Department hadn’t yet threatened a lawsuit the attorneys for the Islamic congregation were keeping the DOJ abreast of the situation with the city.
When it came down to it, Williams said, the council was not willing to risk a lawsuit being filed on the basis of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 2000.
This law makes it difficult for cities to deny a house of worship a conditional-use permit based on zoning laws.
In the end, “RLUIPA trumps,” she said.
Cobb County, just northwest of Atlanta, already has two other mosques but members of Suffa Dawat, which includes about 18 families, said they had to drive too far to attend those mosques. The site in Kennesaw is 10.8 miles from one of the mosques and about nine miles from the other.
Karen Lugo, a California attorney with expertise in RLUIPA, said it is possible to defeat a suit based on the federal law if the city is properly prepared.
“Federal statute, RLUIPA, trumps almost everything. Cities, counties are not allowed to substantially burden a religious organization and cannot discriminate between a religious and a business use,” she said.
If a city has already allowed churches to locate in a retail center in the last two to three years, as Kennesaw has done, that makes it even tougher to deny the same type of use to a mosque.
Once a mosque is approved in a residential or commercial area, it often expands into uses that were never spelled out upfront at the time of application, Lugo said, causing friction with nearby residents. This can be handled with clear ordinances drawn up ahead of time, but otherwise it’s difficult to rein in a mosque after it gets approved under vague or poorly written ordinances.
“This type of use is different. It’s not just Sunday morning and Wednesday night service, this is 24/7 prayer services,” she said. “So this is difficult when cities are not willing to enforce their special-use terms or if they are not clearly written and interpreted. This is when it becomes really difficult to come back later and say ‘oh we did not anticipate this and you misrepresented yourself.’ They will often complain that it’s restricting something core to their religion.”
If the parameters are set clearly, upfront, the city is in better position later should any complaints arise from residents about traffic, noise or parking issues.
“If there are examples of restrictions due to the nature of the property, like no daycare due to traffic, no schools, no meetings other than on certain specified days of the week, etc., the city will be better off,” she said. “The courts still allow religious uses but if they’re shared in a conditional use with something that is not a designated multi-use then the courts allow terms for reasonable restrictions.
“For years cities didn’t think they had to pay attention to RLUIPA,” Lugo said. “They have neglected to build in proper, reasonably based restrictions that can be enforced. That’s what I have been trying to help council members understand.”
But most cities are ill prepared for dealing with mosques, because they assume they will operate just like churches.
For example, in Bloomington, Minnesota, a mosque was approved under the pretense of accommodating a maximum of 200 people, but now residents are seeing events that bring in excess of 700 people and the accompanying traffic problems.
“To date there has not been enough express language in the permits saying if you go over this number then you need to hire your own traffic guides, etc.,” Lugo said.
Mosques are geared towards recreation, communal meals and five prayer times starting at dawn and going to dusk, “and including all facets of family life,” she said. “It’s a different kind of use, more active, more frequent, and that’s what cities need to know going in. They need to understand RLUIPA will prevail and it’s so ambiguous, so short of Congress clarifying it the courts are all over the map in how they’re interpreting this law.”
She said the law was the brainchild or Sens. Orin Hatch, R-Utah, and the late Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.
“Some of these Islamic organizations have gotten what looks like preferential treatment because they have been able to threaten and not give all the facts,” she said. “Cities need to make it clear that they expect applicants to be honest and everyone to go through the same process no matter who you are.
“Back up, ask for clear and complete answers. How many cars? Are the existing lanes able to handle the traffic? And once they set a precedent saying a religious group can have five to seven services per day then they have to keep saying yes to that kind of request in the future.”
In other words, Pandora’s box has been opened.
“They’re creating a whole new level of use,” Lugo said. “It has to be done deliberately and with the understanding that they’re creating an example that will be referenced in the future.
“Cool heads need to prevail and do this in a real measured process.”
by, Soeren Kern | Liberty GB
Thousands of German citizens have been taking to the streets to protest the growing “Islamization” of their country.
The protests are part of a burgeoning grassroots movement made up of ordinary citizens who are calling for an end to runaway immigration and the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany.
The guardians of German multiculturalism are fighting back: they are seeking to delegitimize the protesters by branding them as “neo-Nazis” and by claiming that the Islamization of Germany is a myth contrived by misinformed citizens.
But there is a mounting public backlash over what many perceive as the government’s indifference to the growing influence of Islam in German society. This backlash represents a potentially significant turning point – one that implies that the days of unrestrained German multiculturalism may be coming to an end.
The latest protest took place in the eastern German city of Dresden on December 8, when more than 10,000 people defied freezing temperatures to express their displeasure with Germany’s lenient asylum policies.
Germany – which is facing an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers, including many from Muslim countries – is now the second most popular destination in the world for migrants, after the United States.
The Dresden protest was organized by a new citizens initiative, “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West,” better known by its German abbreviation, PEGIDA, short for “Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes.”
PEGIDA, which has been organizing so-called “evening walks” (Abendspaziergang) through downtown Dresden every Monday evening since October, has seen the number of protesters increase exponentially from week to week.
Similar anti-Islamization protests have been held in the western German cities of Hannover, Kassel and Düsseldorf, where 400 people showed up on December 8 for a demonstration organized by a PEGIDA offshoot, named DÜGIDA.
These protests are similar to, but separate from, other mass demonstrations organized in Cologne and other German cities by a group called Hooligans against Salafists, or HoGeSa.
PEGIDA was launched by Lutz Bachmann, a 41-year-old Dresden native with no background in politics, after government officials in the eastern German state of Saxony announced that they would be opening more than a dozen new shelters to house some 2,000 refugees.
Bachmann says that he is not opposed to legitimate asylum seekers, but that he is against so-called economic refugees who are taking advantage of Germany’s generous asylum laws in order to benefit from the country’s cradle-to-grave social welfare system. According to Bachmann, most of the asylum seekers in Saxony are males who have left their families behind in war-torn Muslim countries.
Despite efforts by German politicians and the media to portray PEGIDA as neo-Nazi, the group has taken great pains to distance itself from Germany’s extreme right. PEGIDA’s motto is “We are the people!” (Wir sind das Volk!), the same slogan used by East Germans to bring down the Berlin Wall in 1989. The group says that it is “apolitical” and that its main objective is to preserve what is left of Germany’s Judeo-Christian culture and values.
Video courtesy of: Ruptly TV
Ahead of the march on December 8, PEGIDA posted the following call to action:
Dear friends, dear fellow citizens, dear patriots! Monday is PEGIDA Day and today too we want to show that we are peaceful. Bring your friends and neighbors and let us show the counter-demonstrators that we are not xenophobic.
Placards displayed by protesters in Dresden included slogans such as “Against Religious Fanaticism,” “United against a Holy War on German Soil,” “Homeland Security Rather than Islamization,” and “For the Future of our Children.” There was no visible sign of neo-Nazi propaganda at the event.
On December 10, PEGIDA published a “Position Paper” outlining what the group is “for” and “against” in 19 bullet points. These include:
• “1. PEGIDA is FOR the acceptance of asylum seekers from war zones, or those who are subject to political and religious persecution. This is a human duty!”
• “2. PEGIDA is FOR amending the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany to include a list of the right and the responsibility for immigrants to integrate.”
• “9. PEGIDA is FOR a zero-tolerance policy vis-à-vis asylum seekers and migrants who commit crimes in Germany.”
• “13. PEGIDA is FOR maintaining and protecting our Judeo-Christian Western culture.”
• “16. PEGIDA is AGAINST the establishment of parallel societies/ parallel legal systems in our midst, such as Sharia Law, Sharia Police, and Sharia Courts, etc.”
• “18. PEGIDA is AGAINST religious radicalism, regardless of whether it is religiously or politically motivated.”
• “19. PEGIDA is AGAINST hate preachers, regardless of religious affiliation.”
In a classic case of shooting the messenger rather than heeding the message, German politicians have dismissed PEGIDA protesters as ignorant and racist.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière characterized PEGIDA as “shameless,” adding: “We have no danger of Islamization, certainly not in Saxony or Dresden with 2.2% immigrant population.”
In an interview with the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said:
There are limits to the political battle of ideas. All political parties should clearly distance themselves from these protests. We cannot be silent if a xenophobic atmosphere is being built on the backs of people who have lost everything and come to us for help: We have to be clear that the demonstrators are not the majority.
A politician with the ruling Christian Democratic Union [CDU], Wolfgang Bosbach, warned that the protests represented the “anchoring of radical views in the heart of society.”
But Bachmann says the protests will continue until there are changes to Germany’s asylum policies. “We do not want to launch a political party or start a revolution,” he said. “But we need to talk openly about the asylum issue.”
Meanwhile, the Christian Social Union [CSU], the Bavarian partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, has watered down a demand that migrants settling in Germany on a permanent basis should speak German at home.
The “politically incorrect” proposal appeared in a draft policy paper on December 7. Following an outcry, the proposal was quickly amended to read that migrants who want to live in Germany permanently should be “motivated,” rather than “obliged,” to speak German “in daily life,” rather than “in public and within the family.”
In October, it emerged that so many asylum seekers were converging on Bavaria that they needed to be housed in tents normally used for the annual Oktoberfest.
In September, the governor of Bavaria and leader of the CSU party, Horst Seehofer, called for the return of border controls with Austria to stem the tide of refugees seeking asylum in Germany.
The Schengen Agreement, which entered into effect in 1995, abolished internal borders within the European Union, enabling passport-free movement between most countries within the bloc.
Although international law holds that migrants are supposed to claim asylum in the first country they reach, many are taking advantage of Europe’s open borders to claim asylum in Germany after first passing through Italy and Austria.
Seehofer also lashed out at Italian authorities, who he said are not doing enough to stop the flow of migrants entering the EU through Italy, after crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa. In an interview, he said:
Italy is in clear violation of the Schengen accords. If this does not stop, Germany has seriously to consider stopping this violation via border controls. We must set quotas for refugees in Europe. And we have to deal with the fact that refugees need to be shared out among EU members fairly.
Bavarian officials estimate that at least 33,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the state during 2014, twice the number of arrivals registered in 2013.
In an effort to stem the flow of asylum seekers, the CSU has demanded that the central government begin cracking down on so-called welfare tourism. The CSU is concerned that the problem of runaway immigration is prompting traditional supporters of the party to defect to the Alternative for Germany (AfD), an upstart political party formed in 2013.
The AfD – which wants Germany to leave the euro single currency and promotes a tough line on immigration – received 4.7% of the vote in the September 2013 federal election, narrowly failing to reach the 5% threshold needed for representation in Germany’s national parliament.
Since then, support for the AfD has surged. The party has extended its gains in regional elections, and also won nine seats in European Parliament elections in May 2014. A poll published in September 2014 found that one in ten German voters now support the AfD.
Germany’s political establishment has worked hard to discredit the AfD. But if the party continues to siphon voters away from the mainstream parties, the AfD will be in a position to influence the debate over the future of German multiculturalism.
The AfD has already come out in support of the PEGIDA protests in Dresden. AfD spokesman Konrad Adam said the party has a “fundamental sympathy for the PEGIDA movement.”
AfD leader Bernd Lucke, a professor of macroeconomics at Hamburg University, summed it up this way:
Many people in Germany have legitimate concerns about the spread of radical Islamic ideology, which promotes violence against non-Muslims, robs women and girls of their natural rights, and seeks to require the application of Sharia law. That citizens are expressing these concerns in nonviolent demonstrations is good and right. It is a sign that these people do not feel that their concerns are being taken seriously by politicians. It is an incentive for all politicians to act more decisively at a time when political Islam is challenging and calling into question our rule of law.
That PEGIDA protesters have advertised their goals in an exclusively peaceful manner is to be welcomed. Because the rule of law, tolerance and freedom of religion are fundamental Western values, the PEGIDA movement must leave no doubt that it is precisely these values that it seeks to defend.
‘..Iraqi Churches Now Being Used as Prisons of Torture..’
by, Thomas Wyke | International Business Times (IBT) | h/t Trop
Iraqi Christians are reportedly being tortured in local churches by Islamic State in northern Iraq.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, a Christian resident from the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, said: “These two churches are being used as prisons and for torture. Three of the Christian prisoners died because they were sick and nobody cared for them.”
The man, known as Abu Aasi, claims that Christian prisoners in the churches are being forced to convert and that Islamic State have been “breaking all the crosses and statues of Mary”.
Whilst the claim could not be independently verified, thousands of Christians have fled Mosul since the city was seized by Islamic State in August 2014.
Islamic State’s determination to impose its radical interpretation of Shariah law has left many local civilians living in fear.
Photos have been released by Islamic State showing the harsh measures being imposed by the extremist group. Images show three men being whipped for drinking wine in Iraq. According to the local Islamic State media branch, the punishment took place in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
The photos show a large crowd of men, including a number of young boys, stand in a circle watching the punishment. Several of the crowd are holding the black flag of Islamic State whilst a number of Islamic State fighters stand guard.
Kneeling on a large green patterned carpet, the three men are shown with their hands unbound, resting on their laps. All three of the men appear to be in their late 40s and can be seen staring down at the ground.
A masked Islamic State fighter, wearing all black clothes is pictured whipping each man a number of times. The whip appears to be about half an arm’s length in size and made of leather. Secured with black tape, the tails of the whip are shown connecting sharply with the covered skin of each man.
The final photo shows the victims being hugged by another Islamic State fighter, carrying an AK-47.
Photos have also emerged of a man accused of adultery, being whipped in the Syrian town of Manbij.
The photos shows a bearded Islamic State fighter, reading out the crimes of the accused over a microphone. The man is shown with his robe pulled over his head to reveal his back. Leaning against a pickup truck, the man is whipped by an Islamic State fighter.
Like the photos of the three men in Kirkuk being whipped for drinking wine, the final photo shows the adulterer embracing Islamic State fighter who read out his crimes.
by, Victor Fiorillo | Philadelphia Magazine | h/t Creeping Sharia | h/t Robert Chidester
Bensalem has its fair share of churches and other houses of worship. The Bucks County township of 60,000 has Catholic churches, Protestant churches, synagogues, a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, and a Buddhist Temple. And there are two Hindu temples under development. But if you’re a Bensalem Muslim, you’re out of luck, because Bensalem doesn’t have a mosque. Instead, local Muslims meet once a week for Friday prayers inside a rented fire hall.
The Bensalem Masjid, a religious organization with some 200 families in its congregation, wants to change that but says that Bensalem Township and its Zoning Hearing Board haven’t exactly rolled out the red carpet for its proposed mosque (rendering above) on the 3800 block of Hulmeville Road, which has several other houses of worship within a one-mile radius. And now the group has filed a lawsuit (below) against the township and the board in federal court.
The group has been looking for property for its mosque since 2008. And due to zoning regulations in Bensalem, you can’t just erect a mosque — or any other house of worship — wherever you want.
The Bensalem Masjid says that it tried to buy existing houses of worship, which would already be zoned correctly, but none were interested in selling. It put in bids on other properly zoned parcels, but those bids were rejected or went unanswered. Finally, the group found a 4.58-acre, three-parcel stretch of property on Hulmeville Road that would be perfect for its needs — big enough for a cafeteria, a school, and all of the other facilities they wanted to bring to the Muslims in the area — but the group of properties weren’t zoned for house-of-worship use. And so, the Bensalem Masjid went before the zoning board to try to get a variance.
In February, the board expressed certain concerns about the project, and so the group changed its physical plans, eliminating a proposed basement and cafeteria. Another hearing was held. And another. And another. In total, six hearings were held, making the process one of the longest — if not the longest zoning hearing process — in Bensalem’s history.
Board members questioned the Masjid about parking and traffic. One board member expressed concern that the mosque would bring in Muslims from New Jersey and nearby Philadelphia.
Community members were invited to air their concerns about the project. One suggested that unlike a church or synagogue, the mosque wouldn’t bring the same kind of benefit to the overall community that a synagogue or church would bring.
The fears of another community member who spoke were a little more clear:
…mosques have patterns and the pattern of mosques has been that when they — when the congregants outgrow the mosque, they spill out on to the streets. And what they do is they — they block — pull up blockades and they bring out their rugs, and they put them down on the street, and they do their prayers out on the streets. I have a video of this if you would like to see to back it up, in several cities around the world … What they do is they put up their barricades and they lay their carpets down on the street and they pray. And it takes them 45 minutes. It draws a lot of people, and it creates problems for the businesses on that street because they cannot do commerce because nobody can get in or out of their stores.
The Masjid brought in at least 10 expert witnesses to testify on its behalf — from a civil engineer and traffic experts to an Islamic theologian — but the board still said no. And the group contends that the same board granted variances to other nearby religious organizations similarly restricted by the zoning laws. The variance obtained in April to build a Hindu temple on the site of a restaurant was reportedly not met with significant objection.
So is this Islamophobia at work?
“We can’t see into their hearts, so we judge them by their conduct,” says Ryan Tack-Hooper, the Masjid’s attorney from the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who suggests that the board’s concerns over traffic and parking were unfounded and that the board didn’t make an issue out of traffic and parking for others houses of worship in the area. “It’s very clear that they treated this case differently than they treated other faith centers. There’s definitely some prejudice at work here.”
In its lawsuit, the Masjid accuses Bensalem and the board of violating laws regarding religious land use, Pennsylvania’s Municipal Planning Code and Religious Freedom Protection Act, and the group’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
The zoning board’s attorney could not be reached for comment, and an attorney representing the township did not immediately return a call seeking comment. One board member, realtor Joanne Redding, hung up on us when we tried to ask her about the mosque.
by, Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith | The Independent
Isis have beheaded four Christian children in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, a British vicar based in the country has claimed.
Canon Andrew White, who is known as the ‘vicar of Baghdad’, told Orthodox Christian Network that the killings happened in a Christian enclave close to Baghdad which has been taken over by Isis (formerly known as Islamic State).
He spoke of how Isis has “hounded” the Christians out of Iraq, and how “they killed in huge numbers, they chopped their children in half, they chopped their heads off, and they moved north and it was so terrible what happened”.
Here is the interview where Canon White disclosed this information:
He told the network that militants “came to one of our people the other day, one of the Christians.”
“They said to one man, an adult, ‘Either you say the words of conversion to Islam or we kill all your children’.”
“He was desperate, he said the words. And then he phoned me, and said, ‘Abouna [Father], I said the words, does that mean that Yeshua doesn’t’ love me anymore?’ I said, ‘Yeshua still loves you, he will always love you.”
Canon White claimed that the children who were beheaded had refused to “follow Mohammed.”
“Isis turned up and said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Mohammed’.”
“The children, all under 15, four of them, said no, we love Yeshua, we have always loved we have always followed Yeshua, Yeshua has always been with us.
“They said: ‘Say the words.’ They said ‘No, we can’t.’ They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry.”
Canon White said that Isis were threatening to kill him, and that he is now living in Israel, following orders from the Archbishop of Canterbury to leave Iraq. He said that most of his staff are still in the north of Iraq trying to look after displaced Christians.
Mosque initiative defeated in 4-1 city council vote
by, Patrick Howell O’Neill | The Daily Dot | h/t Jack Hansen
A small Georgia city has voted to ban an Islamic group from renting a retail space to open a temporary mosque in the city, even after the landlord agreed to the deal.
The City Council of Kennesaw, a city of about 30,000 people in north Georgia, ultimately voted down the Muslim group’s request 4-1.
The issue has engendered a lot of tension in the town, and from critics outside of it. To give you a small idea of the intensity of the attitudes at play, here’s the video’s description from the man who recorded this week’s City Council vote: “The scumbag lawyer for the terrorist org. says he will sue… good luck with that.”
Attorney Doug Dillard called the decision unconstitutional and “a blatant attack on First Amendment rights.” He says the group will continue to fight and is strongly considering a federal lawsuit against the city.
Anti-Muslim protesters stood outside the meeting with signs such as “Ban Islam” and “Islam Wants No Peace!” but the issue of religion didn’t actually come up in the meeting itself.
That was deliberate. Mayor Mark Matthews forbade comment from the public about religion, so critics instead said they opposed the temporary mosque on the grounds of the center’s hours of operation, attendance, and parking.
The Muslim group had already agreed to limit attendance in the 2,200 square foot space to 80 worshipers at a time, building 40 parking spaces, and signing a two-year lease. In the end, it wasn’t nearly enough—because those were never the biggest issues at play.
A public hearing last month had no off-limit topics, so many citizens were blunt about their opposition to the mosque.
“I am first a Christian and then an American citizen,” resident Jo Talley said. “As a Christian I am to put no other God before my Lord, and I am also to love my neighbor. If you know me, then you know that I do my best to do those things … but I also have the right to protect myself. This project has to do with Sharia law.”
Resident Anthony Bonner said the debate was “bigger than just zoning and parking. This is bigger than right and wrong. This is not a religious debate. This is about a comment on the value and the merits of a community.”
In fact, the Marietta Daily Journal reports that the city allowed a Pentecostal church to rent a retail space for exactly the same purpose in July.
“You know, if Christianity were killing people, I’m pretty sure I would have a problem with it,” Pastor C.S. Clarke of the Redeemed Christian Fellowship Church told the media. “Then I would be concerned with that moving into my neighborhood. But, I’m open, I’m inclusive. Christianity does teach love, inclusiveness, creating a better environment for everyone.”
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