The Middle East War on Christians

via The Middle East War on Christians – WSJ.com.

The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East’s population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

In the rubble of Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, terrorists deliberately target Christian worshippers. This past Christmas, 26 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowd of worshipers leaving a church in Baghdad’s southern Dora neighborhood.

Christians are losing their lives, liberties, businesses and their houses of worship across the Middle East. It is little wonder that native Christians have sought refuge in neighboring countries—yet in many cases they find themselves equally unwelcome. Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq’s 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria’s Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today.

In January, a report by the nondenominational Christian nonprofit organization Open Doors documented the 10 most oppressive countries for Christians; nine were Muslim-majority states noted for Islamic extremism, and the 10th was North Korea. These tyrannical regimes uphold archaic blasphemy and defamation-of-religion laws under the guise of protecting religious expression. In truth, these measures amount to systematic repression of non-Islamic groups.

Last year in Saudi Arabia, two men were prosecuted for the “crime” of converting a woman to Christianity and helping her flee the Islamic kingdom. According to the Saudi Gazette, one of the men, a Lebanese, was sentenced to six years in prison and 300 lashes, and the other man, a Saudi, was sentenced to two years and 200 lashes. Those are relatively mild sentences in Saudi Arabia, where conversion to another religion is punishable by death.

The “justice system” in other Islamic nations is not particularly just for Arab citizens, but it is uniquely oppressive for Christians. Radical Islamists in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa are using an ancient law called the “dhimmi pact” to extort local Christians. The community is faced with a grim choice: pay a tax and submit to a list of religious restrictions or “face the sword.”

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressions of political dissent are regarded as acts of blasphemy. Last summer, three Iranian Christians caught selling Bibles were found guilty of “crimes against state security” and sentenced to 10 years in prison. They were relatively lucky. The regime has executed dozens of people for the so-called crimes of “waging war against God” and “spreading corruption on Earth.”

The scene unfolding in the Middle East is ominously familiar. At the end of World War II, almost one million Jews lived in Arab lands. The creation of Israel in 1948 precipitated an invasion of five Arab armies. When they were unable to annihilate the newborn state militarily, Arab leaders launched a campaign of terror and expulsion that decimated their ancient Jewish communities. They succeeded in purging 800,000 Jews from their lands.

 Sometimes a visual is necessary, via ‘Our Youngest Hostage’:

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The caption appearing with the picture, purportedly posted by a supporter of the Free Syrian Army, is “Our youngest hostage from among the hostile sects of Kessab.” Kessab is a predominantly Christian Armenian village in Syria near the Turkish border.

Michigan: Governor creates Arabic brochure to lure foreigners from Middle East

Rather than give American citizens and small businesses incentives to take risk and create businesses and jobs, Michigan’s Republican governor is giving breaks to lure foreigners.

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via Michigan looks to Asia, Middle East in bid to lure foreign investors, job creators | MLive.com. h/t D

Michigan is also looking to tap investors in the Middle East and has already produced an Arabic brochure.

“One of our strongest selling points is we have one of the largest concentrations of Arabs outside of the Middle East,” Borgstrom [Director State of Michigan EB-5 Regional Center] said, referring to Dearborn. “That creates a lot of connections, and there’s a lot of interest there. One of the things we tend to lose sight of is that the United States is still the gold-standard for places to live.”

Snyder, calling himself the most pro-immigration governor in the country and earning national attention in the process, has promoted several strategies for attracting legal immigrants and foreign investors to Michigan.

He recently signed an executive order to create the Michigan Office for New Americans. He asked the Obama administration to earmark 50,000 EB-2 visas for Detroit over the next five years and led the push for the EB-5 Regional Center.

Michigan’s new status as a federally designated center for an increasingly popular investor visa program — just the second of its kind in the nation — will uniquely position the state to attract foreign capital and create local jobs, according to experts and stakeholders.

United States Customs and Immigration expedited and approved Michigan’s application to run its own EB-5 Regional Center, the Snyder administration announced this week, citing support from the governor, the state’s entire Congressional delegation and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The federal EB-5 visa program is designed to attract “entrepreneur aliens” by offering them a green card in exchange for domestic investments that produce at least 10 new jobs in the U.S.

Immigrants can qualify by devoting $500,000 to a project in a high-unemployment or rural area, of which there are 433 in Michigan, or $1 million in a more affluent part of the state.

Civitas runs eight EB-5 Regional Centers, including one in partnership with Dallas, where Healy said foreign investment helped breathe new life into a former casket factory on the city’s south side, which has was redeveloped as a 76-room boutique hotel.

The project coupled $5.5 million from 11 foreign investors with municipal grants and federal tax credits, and it hints at similar possibilities for Detroit or other urban centers in Michigan.

The EB-5 visa program, streamlined in 2011, has seen significant growth in recent years. In fiscal year 2013, nearly 6,500 foreign investors applied for visas under the program, according to The Wall Street Journal. As of September, USCIS had approved 3,696 of those applications and denied 942.

Streamlined? Ripe for fraud?

Immigrants who win an EB-5 visa or green card are not required to live in the same state as they invest in, but Michigan officials are already promoting the state as a place to invest — and to raise a family.

“The pitch is that we don’t just want your money, we want you here,” Borgstrom told MLive, noting he has traveled to China, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to begin discussions and gauge interest from potential investors. “We find a lot of value in having a large immigrant population in the state.”

It would be challenging to pick four other countries more anathema to American values.

Chinese nationals are by far the most active participants in the foreign investor program, having obtained roughly 90 percent of all EB-5 visas issued last year, and Metro Detroit’s growing Asian population could make it an attractive landing spot for new entrepreneur immigrants.

Democrats ran Detroit into the ground, making themselves rich, now Republicans are selling it to foreigners.

Movie ‘Noah’ Banned in Most of the Muslim World

via ‘Noah’ Banned in Most of the Muslim World – CBN.com.

Much of the Muslim world has banned the movie “Noah.”

Officials in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar said the movie will not be allowed in theaters because it contradicts the teachings of Islam.

One of Islam’s most revered religious institutions, Al-Azhar in Egypt, issued an edict saying it objects to the film because it violates Islamic law by depicting a prophet and that could “provoke the feelings of believers.”

Muslim majority countries, including Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Morocco, said government censors probably won’t approve the movie there either.

“There are scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible, so we decided not to show it,” Juma Al-Leem, director of media content at the National Media Center in the UAE, said.

Paramount Pictures added a disclaimer, saying “artistic license has been taken” after some Christians questioned the film’s accuracy.

“Noah” opens this month in theaters across the United States.

And movies about Muhammad are now banned in the U.S. and Islamic terror ignored by Hollywood.

 

JP Morgan drops world’s largest Shariah-compliant lender over risk

via J.P. Morgan to Saudi banksters: buh-bye! | Money Jihad.

from Bloomberg

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) dropped Al-Rajhi Bank, the world’s largest Shariah-compliant lender, as a correspondent banking client amid a push to improve risk controls, said two people with direct knowledge of the move.

The relationship with Saudi Arabia’s biggest publicly traded bank ended Dec. 31 because JPMorgan couldn’t get enough information on where payments in dollar-clearing services for Al-Rajhi had originated, said one of the people, who requested anonymity because the decision wasn’t public.

JPMorgan said it cut off the service to about 500 foreign lenders last year as regulators press the world’s biggest banks to verify that transactions are used for legitimate business. The crackdown seeks to halt funds tied to money laundering, terrorism and countries covered by economic sanctions. Correspondent accounts allow lenders to take deposits or make payments on behalf of foreign institutions.

“JPMorgan has to be extra careful to make sure they’re adhering to standards and not even approaching anything questionable,” said David Kass, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The two banks haven’t been cited by U.S. regulators for involvement in illegal money transfers. Tasha Pelio, a JPMorgan spokeswoman, declined to comment on clients of the company, which is based in New York and ranks as the nation’s largest lender by assets. A spokesman for Al-Rajhi (RJHI) didn’t respond to inquiries, and there was no response to messages sent to the firm’s Riyadh headquarters.

Last week, a North Dakota bank dropped Islamic hawala services.

And a few months ago it was reported that JP Morgan Chase has been closing Arab and Muslim bank accounts in Michigan. Ohio banks followed suit. Supporters of sharia and jihad are up in arms.

 

FIFA submits again, authorises Muslim head covers during games

via AFP: FIFA authorises wearing of veils, turbans during matches.

Football’s world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches.

“It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play,” said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport’s lawmakers, in Zurich.

That will allow female Muslim players who wear a veil in everyday life to cover their heads during matches, and Valcke added that male players will also be authorised to do so following a request from the Sikh community of Canada.

“It was decided that male players can play with head cover too,” he said, although they will not be the same as those worn day to day.

“It will be a basic head cover and the colour should be the same as the team jersey.”

The wearing of head covers had been banned until 2012, with FIFA saying that they posed too great a risk of injury to the head or neck.

However, the IFAB then allowed for them to be tested out over a two-year period following a request from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), a trial which proved to be successful.

“It’s a worldwide authorisation,” said Valcke, who confirmed that the hosting of the 2016 women’s under-17 World Cup by the Arab kingdom of Jordan played a part in the authorisation being introduced.

“It was a plus for them to have authorisation from the IFAB for women to be able to play (wearing head covers). It was a request from these (muslim) countries that said it would help support women’s football there.”

However, it seems that not all countries will be supporting the IFAB’s decision.

The French Football Federation (FFF) reacted to the announcement by saying they would continue to ban the wearing of head covers out of respect to France’s status as a secular country.

In a statement sent to AFP on Saturday, the FFF said they will maintain “the prohibition of the wearing of all religious or confessional symbols”.

This is due to the “constitutional and legislative principles of secularism that prevail in our country and figure in its statutes.”

We’ve posted on this saga for some time, here. And what appears to have happened as that Jordan threatened/bought/silenced any dissent, as previously reported:

The panel, known as IFAB, asked in March for further medical advice on whether new designs were safe for women players to wear. Headscarves were banned from FIFA competitions for safety reasons in 2007.

Last month, D’Hooghe said his committee’s tests suggested scarves “represented a danger” to players who could sustain head and neck injuries, or overheat.

That drew an angry response from his FIFA executive committee colleague, Prince Ali of Jordan, who has led a year-long campaign seeking respect for Islamic cultural tradition, and creating more opportunities for women to play, by overturning the ban.

Prince Ali said he was “quite shocked,” and produced medical research which challenged FIFA’s position.

On Friday, D’Hooghe said he would no longer object to the designs after “more discussions” in recent weeks.

“There is no risk of strangulation. I was asked for a medical opinion, and the discussions I had were purely medical,” said the Belgian doctor, who did not elaborate on what swayed his opinion.

D’Hooghe told The Associated Press: “The problems I had (with scarves) were medical, and I don’t have those problems anymore.”

Check his bank account for payments from Jordanian officials or maybe NSA can check phone records to see how many death threats came from the same.

UN Special Rapporteur: Life for Christians deteriorating in Muslim countries

…as persecution by Muslims increasing. via Freedom of religion an issue ‘whose time has come’.

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, agreed that there is an “increasing interest” in the subject [freedom of religion], although he said it is often connected with a “certain degree of suspicion” and is “perhaps the only right to freedom which sometimes triggers mixed emotions”.

Speaking to World Watch Monitor following the presentation of the two reports, Bielefeldt said that life for Christians has “deteriorated in a number of countries” in recent years, and highlighted some prominent examples.

“We have, unfortunately, seen a deterioration of the situation for Christians in a number of countries, particularly in the Middle East,” he said. “Obvious examples include Egypt, Syria and Iraq.”

Bielefeldt said all minorities, not only Christians, are at risk as the Syrian civil war continues.

A war perpetuated by Obama. [Member of Syria's parliament accuses the U.S. of sponsoring terrorism]

“The extremely volatile situation in Syria includes increased risks for minorities in general,” he said. “Everyone is affected by the instability, it’s not something that exclusively targets Christians, but usually minorities are at disproportionate risk of ending up between the big fighting camps.”

In Egypt, Bielefeldt said that discrimination against Christians that existed before the Arab Spring has worsened. “During the Arab Spring we saw very promising signs of a new cooperation between various groups, but now authoritarian regimes have taken over and the situation has worsened there, certainly,” he said.

However, Bielefeldt said it would be wrong to perceive that all Muslims and Christians within the country are opposed to each other. “Sometimes you get the impression from some headlines that it’s perceived like that, but it’s not that Muslims in general persecute Christians in general,” he said. “Muslims are also fighting with Muslims, fighting about the role of religion in public life and Sharia.”

That’s as close as an infidel in the U.N. can come to say that Muslims – in general – are persecute everyone who does not adhere to the Koran and sharia…even other Muslims, in general.

Obama unilaterally changes immigration law, allows immigrants who support terrorists into US

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

There aren’t enough jobs for Americans, nevermind illegal aliens, and Obama wants to bring in tens of thousands of Muslims – including Muslims with known terrorist backgrounds. Cicero was right, “the traitor is the plague.” 

via Obama admin changes immigration law, allows immigrants who supported terrorists into US | The Daily Caller. By Caroline May

The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided “limited material support” to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists.

“These exemptions cover five kinds of limited material support that have adversely and unfairly affected refugees and asylum seekers with no tangible connection to terrorism: material support that was insignificant in amount or provided incidentally in the course of everyday social, commercial, family or humanitarian interactions, or under significant pressure,” a DHS official explained to The Daily Caller.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry signed the exemptions.

DHS contends that the law change is “commonsense” and that immigration procedures will remain the same in other respects.

“In addition to rigorous background vetting, including checks coordinated across several government agencies, these exemptions will only be applied on a case-by-case basis after careful review and all security checks have cleared,” the official added. “This exemption process is vital to advancing the U.S. government’s twin goal of protecting the world’s most vulnerable persons while ensuring U.S. national security and public safety.”

While the administration says the rule change is reasonable, former State Department official and current director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies Jessica Vaughan questioned the administration’s right to unilaterally change the law.

“[T]here is a very legitimate question as to whether the administration actually has the authority to change the law in this way,” Vaughan wrote in an email to TheDC. “It seems to me that they are announcing that they will be disregarding yet another law written by Congress that they don’t like and are replacing it with their own guidelines, which in this case appear to be extremely broad and vague, and which are sure to be exploited by those seeking to game our generous refugee admissions program.”

According to DHS, Section 212(d)(3)(B) of the INA allows either the secretary of state or DHS secretary in consultation with each other and with the U.S. Attorney General “to determine that certain terrorism bars of the INA do not apply.”*

While Vaughan conceded that there are a number of immigrants seeking protection who have been denied due to unintentional contact with terrorists, she sees the exemptions as likely another opportunity for people to get around the system.

“If the recent past is any guide, those evaluating these cases will be ordered to ignore red flags in the applications, especially if the applicant is supported by one of the many advocacy groups that have the ear of senior DHS staff,” she explained. “The administration already approves of the admission of gang members as asylees and criminals in the DACA program and grants of prosecutorial discretion, so I don’t expect them to be troubled by the admission of terrorists and garden variety fraudsters in our refugee program.  This is how we end up with families like the Tsarnaev brothers [the Boston marathon bombers], who were originally admitted for political asylum.”

On the other side of the spectrum, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy cheered the changes to that law passed by Congress following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Continue reading

Obama brother tied to Hamas-funding accounts

via Obama brother tied to Hamas-funding accounts.

Malik Obama, second from right, expressing support for Hamas at 2010 conference in Yemen

NEW YORK – While operating a nonprofit in the U.S. that was granted tax-exempt status by the official dismissed in the IRS scandal, President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, has been supporting the terrorist organization Hamas as a fundraiser for the Muslim Brotherhood, according to bank-account information.

Malik’s work with the Sudan-based Islamic Dawa Organization has prompted criminal charges in Egypt of aiding and abetting terrorism.

“If you think Malik Obama, President Obama’s brother, dons a Hamas scarf for sentimental reasons, think again,” writes former PLO-member and native Arabic-speaking researcher Walid Shoebat on his blog.

Shoebat was referring to a report earlier this week of a photograph posted on the website of Malik Obama’s nonprofit, the Barack H. Obama Foundation. It showed him wearing a Hamas scarf that bears the well-known Palestinian slogan “Jerusalem is ours – We are coming!”

Now, Shoebat reports, evidence has surfaced confirming Malik Obama, as the executive secretary of the Islamic Dawa Organization, has operated bank accounts in the Middle East with known ties to al-Qaida that are being widely utilized to raise money for terrorist activities conducted by Hamas in Gaza.

Shoebat ties Bank Account No. 1782, set up in the Al Shamal Bank – an al-Qaida bank founded in Sudan by Osama bin Laden in 1983 to fund terrorist activities – with the bank account serving IDO.

To substantiate the allegations, Shoebat points to advertising on the IDO website that promotes the accounts at the Al Shamal bank, published in Arabic here and here, referencing the Muslim Brotherhood “Aiding our Brothers in Gaza.”

“Though small, the Al Shamal Islamic Bank enabled bin Laden to move money quickly from one country to another through its correspondent relationships with some of the world’s major banks, several of which have been suspended since Sept. 11,” noted University of California, Berkeley, professor Peter Dale Scott, writing on GlobalResearch.org in 2013. “The Al Shamal bank was identified as one of bin Laden’s principal financial entities during the trial earlier this year of four Al Qaeda operatives convicted in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.”

A U.S. State Department Report in 1996 on bin Laden’s finances identified the Al Shamal bank as follows: “Bin Laden and wealthy National Islamic Front members capitalized Al-Shamal Islamic Bank in Khartoum. Bin Laden invested $50 million in the bank.”

Malik Obama’s IDO, Shoebat noted, is part of the Coalition of Islamic Organizations, which includes the Islamic Society in Gaza, a Hamas front organization founded by Hamas terror leader Sheikh Yassin. The society is headed by Hamas prime minister and terror leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Along with Malik’s Islamic Dawa Organization, Shoebat said, other members of the Coalition of Islamic Organizations are involved in the funding, including the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and the Commission for Humanitarian Relief and Medical Support.

Christians Warned Against ‘Slandering’ Allah in Jesus’ hometown

via Nazareth Christians Warned Against ‘Slandering’ Allah – Israel Today | Israel News.

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As Christians of every stripe in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth begin to again take a real stand for their faith, local Muslims are warning them not to overstep the boundaries of their traditional place in the Middle East (hint: they must remain dhimmis, or second-class).

A large billboard hanging at a central point in Nazareth features a picture of an Israeli stop sign, along with the English translation of a verse from the Koran cautioning Christians (and Jews) to speak only the “truth” regarding Allah.

The poster (and Koran 4:171) reads:

“O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits of your religion. Say nothing but the truth about Allah (The One True God). The Christ Jesus, Son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God and His word conveyed to Mary and a spirit created by Him. So believe in God and His messengers and do not say: ‘Three gods (trinity)’. Cease! It will be better for you. Indeed, Allah is the One and the Only God. His Holiness is far above having a son.”

Report: 9 of 10 countries ranked most oppressive for Christians are Muslim

via Report: 9 out of 10 Top Christian Persecution Countries Due to Islamic Extremism.

WASHINGTON – Nine out of the ten countries ranked the most oppressive for Christians to live in were due to Islamic extremism, according to Open Doors’ annual World Watch List, which was released Wednesday.

With the exception of North Korea – ranked No. 1 for the 12th year in a row – every other country on the top 10 list had as its source of persecution, Islamic extremism. North Korea’s persecution of Christians was due to communist oppression and dictatorial paranoia, explained Open Doors in its 2014 World Watch List. According to the report, the countries with the most extreme persecution besides North Korea are: Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen, respectively.

Open Doors announced the rankings for its 2014 World Watch List, which documented the 50 nations least tolerant of their Christian population, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Christian persecution watchdog group’s methodology involved measuring the level of Christian freedom found in five spheres of life: private, family, community, national, and church. A sixth sphere regarding degree of violence also factors in to the rankings.

Christians might also be surprised to see that Jordan was ranked number 26 on the list of 50 countries with the worst Christian persecution, given that Jordan is often applauded for being a moderate Muslim country and for its religious tolerance.

Jordan’s increase in Christian persecution caused it to jump 8 ranks, rising to 26 this year compared to 34 in 2013.

Dr. Ronald Boyd-MacMillan of Open Doors told The Christian Post that “It is not better in Jordan by any means and we are tracking quite seriously the impact of Syria and…the Jihadist movements and so on into Jordan.”

Boyd-MacMillan said that the major source of persecution for Christians in Jordan was “primarily Islamic extremism” and was likely being fed by the destabilization found in neighboring Syria.

Open Doors’ report of increased Christian persecution in Jordan comes just months after the country’s constitutional monarchy hosted an event in the Hashemite Kingdom’s capital of Amman titled “Challenges facing Arab Christians,” where the aim was to “discuss challenges facing Arab Christians, and document them and identify ways to address them in order to preserve the Christians’ important role especially in maintaining the city of Jerusalem and its history,” according to Jordan’s media agency PETRA.

A Brief History of Wahhabism + Free eBook Giveaway

After a recent post - Are Saudi’s Implicated in 28 Redacted (Blank) Pages of U.S. Govt 9/11 Report? – author Allen Mitchum contacted us about a novel he wrote centered around the missing 28 pages.

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A Brief History of Wahhabism

The following is the introduction to the counterjihad thriller 28 PAGES by Allen Mitchum, published in 2011 by Spartan North Publishing and available in print and ebook at Amazon.com. The story involves a woman who, while investigating the gruesome murder of her sister, uncovers a shocking conspiracy against the U.S. perpetrated by the Saudi Arabian Ambassador.

Introduction

In the early 1700s, more than one thousand years after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, feuding tribes and rival sheikhdoms dominated the Arabian Peninsula. Centuries of invasion and continual warfare weakened the influence of orthodox Islam in its birthplace. A hybrid of Islam and paganism instead dominated the region. Jihad against non-Muslims, once the cornerstone of Islam, was nearly forgotten.

Around this time, Mahommed Ibn Abd al-Wahhab of the Bani Tamim tribe was born in the plateau of the Najd in central Arabia, west of Saudi Arabia’s present day capital of Riyadh. While details of his early life are scarce, scholars know he achieved notoriety for memorizing the entire Quran by the age of ten. As a teenager, Wahhab traveled afar to deepen his understanding of Islamic law. It was through his interactions with Muslim lands to the East that he determined Islam in Arabia had been corrupted.
Upon returning to his native Najd, Wahhab immediately sought to restore a pure form of Islam based on the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad as practiced in the past. Praying to saints, participating in religious festivals, praying at graves, and worshiping nature were forbidden. He banned and destroyed grave markers and tombs to avoid the temptation of idolatry.

His obsession led to aggression and hatred towards non-Muslims, which included Christians, Jews, and Muslims who did not accept his teachings. Wahhab viewed these infidels as the primary impediment against the restoration of orthodox Islam, mandating their death or at a minimum, their submission. Wahhab revived the concept of armed jihad against the infidels, restoring it to the primary duty of a true Muslim.

Wahhab and his followers spread their puritanical brand of Islam through the Najd. They compelled those who resisted and killed those who refused. Wahhab’s followers dubbed themselves mujahideen, or holy warriors. Their enemies, on the other hand, referred to them as Wahhabis. Sheikdoms upset with Wahhab’s challenge to the status quo forced the mujahideen and their leader into exile. It was there that Wahhab found a benefactor to help him promote his cause.

To fulfill his objective of restoring a pure form of Islam to Arabia, Wahhab required protection. The Emir Muhammad Saud, head of the powerful Saud Family, satisfied that requirement. Recognizing the potent political dimension to Wahhabism, Saud converted to Wahhabism and afforded protection to the mujahideen. The two families merged when Saud’s son married Wahhab’s daughter.

In 1744, three decades before the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, the two families further solidified their relationship with a decision that would impact history for centuries to come. Wahhab and Saud swore a traditional Islamic mithaq, or covenant, promising to work together to establish a state based on the strictest Islamic principles. Saud supplied the power while Wahhab provided the faith. Combined, the two were a powerful force in restoring Islam to its roots, fighting the infidels, and increasing their power and influence.

With that simple mithaq, the House of Saud was born. In the coming centuries, it succeeded in uniting the Arabian Peninsula and planting Wahhabism in Islam’s birthplace. In the process, Wahhab’s followers spilled vast amounts of blood and planted the seeds of Wahhabism throughout the Middle East. In time, and under the direction of the Saudi Royal Family, Wahhabism spread to every corner of the settled world, including the United States.

Allen Mitchum is the author of the political thriller 28 PAGES involving a shocking Saudi conspiracy against the United States hidden in 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission Report. Please visit the author’s website at www.allenmitchum.com for more information.

A failure of imagination has often been cited as a reason why 9/11 wasn’t stopped. Would a Saudi conspiracy against the United States really be that shocking?

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Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2013

More Slaughter in Muslim Lands; Media, Governments Silent 

by Raymond Ibrahim

“Don’t they know that the Koran orders us to slit the throat of whoever is disrespectful to Allah’s beloved prophet?” — Representative of Jamaat ud Dawa.

Although Christians are habitually killed in Muslim countries, as this series attests, the U.S. government rarely condemns the practice or even acknowledges it.

Two of the most tragic Islamic attacks on Christians, killing several women and children, took place in the month of October, one in Syria, another in Egypt.

On October 21 in Syria, U.S.-supported Islamist rebels invaded and occupied the ancient Christian settlement of Sadad for over a week, until ousted by the Syrian army. What took place that week was “the largest massacre of Christians in Syria,” in the words of Orthodox Archbishop Alnemeh. Among other things, 45 Christians—including women and children—were killed, several were tortured to death; mass graves were discovered; all of Sadad’s 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for “subhuman” Christians).

The jihadis also made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, “Allahu Akbar!” ["Allah is Greater!," meaning "than anything"]. Another video, made after Sadad was liberated, shows more graphic atrocities.

The day before rebels invaded Sadad, on Sunday, October 20, the Church of the Virgin Mary in Warraq, near Cairo, Egypt, was attacked during a wedding ceremony. The attack left four dead and nearly two dozen wounded. According to a report issued by a forensic team, two of those murdered were young girls, each named Mary: 12-year-old Mary Nabil Fahmy, who was shot five times in the chest, and 8-year-old Mary Ashraf Masih (“Masih” meaning “Christ”), who was shot in the back.

The security forces charged with protecting the church were seen leaving their posts immediately before the massacre began, as happens frequently in Egypt and other Islamic nations. In the words of Asia News, “Eye-witnesses of the al-Warraq attack confirm that despite numerous distress calls, police and ambulances only arrived on the scene two hours after the shooting.”

These massacres in Syria and Egypt received scant attention and even less condemnation from Western media and governments. Instead, people such as Mohamed Elibiary, an Obama administration Homeland Security adviser, condemned Copts who raise awareness of anti-Christian violence in Egypt as promoting “Islamophobic” bigotry.

Although Christians are habitually killed in Muslim countries, as this series attests, the U.S. government rarely condemns the practice or even acknowledges it. When five Muslims were killed in western Burma, however, the U.S. issued a formal condemnation, according to Voice of America, “urging authorities to do more to address the long-standing sectarian tension there.”

The rest of October’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity:

Apostasy, Blasphemy, Proselytism

Bangladesh: “A local government official in central Bangladesh has halted the construction of a church, forced Christians to worship at a mosque and threatened them with eviction from their village unless they renounce their faith,” said Morning Star News. “The Tangail Evangelical Holiness Church in Bilbathuagani village… was created Sept. 8 by a group of about 25 Christians who had been meeting secretly for three years. However, local council chairman Rafiqul Islam Faruk joined around 200 demonstrators Sept. 13 to protest against the start of the building of the church. The following day, the Christians were summoned to his office. More than 1,000 Muslims waited outside, following an announcement at all local mosques to gather at the chairman’s office.” There, they were ordered to embrace Islam or suffer the consequences. Said one of the Christians: “Their threats chilled me to the bone. That is why I pretended to accept Islam, but faith in Christ is the wellspring of my life.” Another said: “The chairman is clipping the wings of our faith. I do not know how long we can grin and bear it. We want religious freedom. We want to practice our religion freely.” Since Sept. 14, under the chairman’s orders, eight Christians agreed to return to Islam. Apparently, the chairman and his associates had already beaten some of these Christians three years ago for accepting Christianity.

Iran: Mariam Naqqash, a female convert to Christianity, was sentenced to four years in prison by a court in Tehran. The Christian convert was found guilty of “endangering national security by spreading religious propaganda in the country,” and allegedly being a spy for Britain and Israel. According to Adnkronos News, “renouncing the Muslim faith is punishable [in Iran] with the death penalty. Over 300 Iranian converts to Christianity have been arrested over the past two years, according to opposition websites.”

Kazakhstan: After Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, a 67-year-old pastor, was released from five months’ detention, based on charges his family and others insist are spurious. After being reunited with his family, he was arrested again within minutes, now accused of “propaganda of terrorism or extremism, or public calls to commit an act of terrorism or extremism, as well as the distribution of material of the content indicated.” His son, Askar, told Forum 18 News Service, “These new accusations are complete rubbish. They’re trying to turn my father into a terrorist.” Grace Church in Astana, where Kashkumbayev served, has, according to the report, long been subject to state harassment, including accusations of being involved in espionage, fraud, money laundering, distributing extremist texts and using hallucinogenic communion drinks.

Kenya: Charles Matole, pastor of the Redeemed Gospel Church, was found shot dead while still sitting with a Bible on his lap: “We found him with blood oozing from the head,” said a choir member. The pastor had been receiving threatening phone text messages. Similarly, Pastor Ebrahim Kidata of the East African Pentecostal Churches was found murdered, strangled to death, in a patch of bushes.

Pakistan:

  • After a Muslim man slaughtered a Christian—in broad daylight and in front of police—accusing him of being “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad” (see September report), a group of armed men broke into the dead man’s family home, threatening to kill its members if they did not withdraw their police complaint against the murderer, and convert to Islam. Fr. Arshad Gill, a priest in Karachi, told Asia News “about this ‘sad story’ in which the victim is ‘an innocent man’ and his family is told to convert to Islam or die. For him, the case epitomizes the situation of Pakistan’s minorities, forced to live ‘in conditions of profound insecurity’ in which events such as this one tend to exacerbate the situation…. Found in Article 295, B and C of the Pakistan Penal Code, the [blasphemy] ‘law’ punishes with death or life in prison anyone who desecrates the Qur’an or defames the name of the Prophet Muhammad.” Those few political activists who have tried to repeal the law—such as Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, a Muslim, and Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian—have been murdered.

Read it all and find links to the entire series at Gatestone Institute.

Also read Persecution of Christians: no room at the inn.

That the message of peace and goodwill is not a political reality for a significant minority of the world’s Christians should concern religious and non-religious alike.

 

Muslim punches Santa in anti-Christmas, New Year’s poster

via BizPac Review.

The “religion of peace” strikes again.

But that’s not how Muslims living in the U.S. feel is it? Check it: Washington Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti: Taking Pictures With Santa – An Abomination

“Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti, the Mufti of the Greater Washington [area], regards the Muslim children’s affection for Santa Claus and their [desire] to be photographed with him in the squares and malls [of the city] as a deviation from the right path and as [an act of] ignorance and sin… [He said:] ‘We Muslims do not believe in celebrating non-Muslim holidays. It contravenes the Muslim way as spelled out in the Koran and the Sunna… Photographing Muslim children with Santa Claus is an abomination; it is a sin and a deviation from the correct path, and it constitutes a call to assimilate into the Christian faith and a contamination of the Muslim faith.’

“Sheikh Al-Hanooti, who immigrated to the U.S. over 34 years ago, refrained from proclaiming that the children who take part in Christmas celebrations and extend [holiday] greetings to Santa are infidels: ‘I am not saying that they are infidels. They are like a person who drinks wine. It is [an act of] insubordination, sin, ignorance, and deviation from the right path…’

And remember this post Creeping Sharia broke: Director of Islamic dawah ads in his own words

The foremost thing to realize is that Christmas is a big innovation [bidah] which is leading a big part of humanity to shirk (associating partners with God). Christianity has transgressed the limits set by Allah; therefore showing happiness and joy on Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Good Friday is like shaking hands with Satan and telling him to carry on the good work.

And in New York, NYU Muslims Mock ‘Last Supper’ for Christmas season.

Elsewhere, Cleric to Muslims: Don’t say “Merry Christmas” to kuffar (watch video).

Remember these things at the next interfaith event with Muslim settlers.

Head of a human-rights org also a financier for al Qaeda

The U.S. government this week said the head of a human-rights organization working on behalf of Islamist political prisoners was also a financier for al Qaeda.

Most of the world knows Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi as a Qatari history professor and human-rights activist. The Swiss-based organization he founded, known as al-Karama from the Arab word for dignity, has worked closely with the United Nations and American human rights groups, most notably Human Rights Watch.

According to the U.S. government, however, al-Naimi is also a major financier of al Qaeda. On Wednesday, the Treasury Department issued a designation of al-Naimi that said he oversaw the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to al Qaeda and its affiliates in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen over the last 11 years. In 2013, the designation says, al-Naimi ordered the transfer of nearly $600,000 to al Qaeda via the group’s representative in Syria. In the same notice, the Treasury Department also designated Abdulwahab Al-Humayqani, al-Karama’s representative in Yemen, as a financier and member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group’s Yemen affiliate. On Twitter, al-Naimi acknowledged that he and al-Humayqani, whom he calls by his first name, were designated for supporting terrorism. Al-Naimi has resigned as president of al-Karama’s board, but told the group’s senior leadership that he intends to challenge the Treasury Department’s designation.

If the Treasury Department’s allegations are correct, the story of al-Naimi, who until Thursday was the president of al-Karama’s board, illustrates how sometimes human-rights advocacy can also be used as political cover for jihadist networks.

Read it all via Terrorists for Human Rights – The Daily Beast.

Three American Teachers Slaughtered for Christian Faith in Muslim World

via Three American Teachers Slaughtered for Christian Faith in Muslim World.

By Raymond Ibrahim, CP Op-Ed Contributor

Why was Ronald Thomas Smith II, an American teaching at Benghazi’s International School, shot to death last Thursday in Libya, even as he “was looking forward to his first Christmas in the United States with his wife and toddler son”?

Most Western media and analysts dismiss the killing as a random act of violence incited by a recent al-Qaeda video.

However, by connecting the dots and looking at precedence, it appears that Smith’s Christianity, specifically his talking about it among Muslims, was the motive behind the slaying.

First consider two facts gleaned from the AP report, “American killed in Benghazi remembered as ‘much loved teacher’”: 1) Smith once had plans to attend seminary, a place devoted to preparing Christians to share the Gospel-a crime according to Islamic law (recall the Coptic Christians tortured and killed on the accusation that they were proselytizing in Libya); 2) according to his home church in Texas, “Ronnie’s [Smith's] greatest desire was for peace and prosperity in Libya and for the people of Libya to have the joy of knowing God through Christ” (emphasis added).

Then there is the fact that Smith was a “much loved teacher”-a phrase that immediately, if not eerily, brings to mind another very similar story of another American “beloved teacher” who was also killed in the Islamic world for talking about Christianity.

On March 1, 2012 in Iraq, Jeremiah Small-described as “beloved teacher and friend“-was shot to death by a student, even “as he [Small] bent his head to pray at the start of a morning class. The 33-year-old teacher from Washington State took bullets to the head and chest and died at the scene.” According to students, “Mr. Jeremiah’s hands were still folded in prayer when he fell.” A day before the shooting “a heated discussion” broke out “during which the pupil threatened to kill the teacher because of conflicting religious views.”

As with Smith, Small was described as a very devoted teacher and friend to his students; and as with Smith, the official story as reported by mainstream media, such as the Wall Street Journal, is that the motive for his murder was a “mystery.”

Yet, according to interviews with family and friends, Small “was a devout Christian who frequently praised Christianity and prayed in the classroom, and his friends in Washington said his evangelism is what motivated him to teach in Iraq… but he wasn’t pushy.” Moreover, the father of the student who killed Small, before killing himself, said that Small was trying to convert his son to Christianity and described Christians like the slain American teacher as “more dangerous than al-Qaeda.”

The fact is, Americans attacked and/or murdered for merely talking-or being suspected of talking-about Christianity is not an uncommon phenomenon in the Islamic world.

Thus, a few days after the killing of Jeremiah Small in Iraq, on March 18, 2012, yet another American teacher, Joel Shrum, 29, living in Yemen with his wife and two children, was shot eight times and killed by gunmen and members of the Supporters of Sharia (which operates a wing in the new Libya created by the U.S.). The group later issued a message saying, “This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims,” calling Shrum “one of the biggest American proselytizers.”

Read it all.

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