Muslim Persecution of Christians, February 2015

via “Whoever Disbelieves, Strike Off His Head”.

by Raymond Ibrahim

Throughout February, members of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East, the Copts, were slaughtered.

The Islamic State released a video in mid-February depicting 21 poverty-stricken Coptic Christians being decapitated in Libya, where these men had gone to find work. While holding their victims’ bodies down, Islamic State members shoved their fingers in the Christians’ eyes, craned their heads back, and sliced away at their throats with knives — all in the name of Allah and Islam, even as the slaughtered called out to the “Lord Jesus Christ.”

Over one month before the video appeared, the BBC had falsely reported that the majority of those now-slaughtered Copts were “released.” (Such inaccurate portrayals that seek to downplay the Muslim persecution of Christians are standard for the BBC.)

In the video, the lead executioner waves his dagger at the camera while saying, “Oh people, recently you have seen us on the hills of as-Sham and Dabiq’s plain [Syrian regions], chopping off the heads that have been carrying the cross for a long time. And today, we are on the south of Rome, on the land of Islam, Libya, sending another message.” He concluded by declaring: “We will fight you [Christians] until Christ descends, breaks the cross and kills the pig” (all eschatological actions ascribed to the Muslim “Christ,” Isa).

Also in February it was revealed that Egypt’s Al Azhar University — seen by many as Sunni Islam’s most authoritative voice — continues to incite enmity for and violence against non-Muslims “infidels.” The Islamic university was exposed as offering, free of charge, “a book,” in the words of an Egyptian secular critic, “whose latter half and every page — indeed every few lines — ends with “whoever disbelieves [“infidels”] strike off his head.”

On February 23, yet another Coptic Christian man, Hani, was fatally shot in al-‘Arish, Sinai, by members of the Islamic terrorist group, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis. Hani was in his shop when three terrorists drove by and opened fire on him killing him immediately. Weeks earlier, masked gunmen stormed the home of another Coptic Christian man residing in al-‘Arish. After robbing him and his family at gunpoint, they shot him several times in the head, instantly killing him. According to the slain man’s wife, her husband was murdered “only because he was a Copt [Christian].” She pointed out that the masked intruders stole everything in sight — the money in his pockets, whatever jewelry she was wearing, her handbag, cell phones, and even a Bible. After plundering everything, they then shot the Christian “infidel” in the head, leaving his wife widowed and his children with no breadwinner.

On February 2, the Islamic State (IS) announced that it had executed yet another Christian priest in Mosul — Paul Jacob, who had been kidnapped eight months earlier. The Islamic State apparently also blew up his parish. His execution reportedly took place in Ghazlani Camp in southern Mosul, where a militia camp is located. Although various Arabic media reported this story, the Chaldean Patriarchate denied “recent news stories that report a priest being executed by Islamic State militants in Mosul.”

The Islamic State also terrorized Christians in other regions during the jihad. In the early hours of February 23, IS fighters attacked several Christian villages along the Khabur River in northeastern Syria. Four Christians who had enrolled in the Assyrian militia were killed, as well as a civilian child. One Christian woman was raped by the Islamic invaders before being slaughtered.

Approximately 250 Christians, including women and children, were taken hostage. The majority, around 230, are still being held. The Islamic State is demanding $23 million to release them. If the ransom is not met, based on precedent, the Christian hostages will most likely be enslaved, raped, or simply slaughtered.

Several churches were also torched or damaged during the same jihadi raid. These included the church in Tel Hurmiz, one of the oldest churches in Syria; the Mar Bisho church in Tel Shamiran; the church in Qabr Shamiy and the church in Tel Baloua.

This raid further “brought to light [the] deplorable conduct on the part of other persons,” namely the West, said Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo:

I wish to say quite clearly that we have the feeling of being abandoned into the hands of Daesh [Arabic acronym for the Islamic State]. Yesterday American bombers flew over the area several times, but without taking action. We have a hundred Assyrian families who have taken refuge in Hassakè, but they have received no assistance either from the Red Crescent or from Syrian government aid workers, perhaps because they are Christians. The UN high commission for Refugees is nowhere to be seen.

In a separate interview, the Syrian archbishop added:

With their disastrous policies mainly the French and the US, with their regional allies, have favored in fact the Daesh [IS] escalation. Now they persevere in error, commit strategic, grotesque mistakes … instead of recognizing that their guaranteed support to jihadist groups has led us to this chaos and has destroyed Syria, making us regress 200 years.

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Video: Jihad Against the “Sunday People”

via The Watchman

On this week’s edition of The Watchman, we examine ISIS’s attempts to eliminate Christians from the Middle East. Plus, we go on the ground in France to analyze the brewing culture clash with French Muslims in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Clinton Aide Gets Life in Prison for Brotherhood Activities

via Clinton Aide Gets Life in Prison.

An Islamic terrorist leader who jumped straight from his job at the Clinton Foundation to a post with Egypt’s jihadist Muslim Brotherhood has received a life sentence back home for seditious activities.

Professional propagandist Gehad el-Haddad, who worked for the Clinton Foundation for five years, was one of more than 35 other Islamofascist defendants in the case to receive life imprisonment for anti-government activities from judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata earlier this month. The court also confirmed death sentences for another dozen or so defendants. (Fun fact: Gehad is the Egyptian version of the Arabic word jihad.)

According to the New York Times, the defendants “were reportedly accused of joining a command center” during an Aug. 14, 2013 Islamist sit-in at Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square “that sought to spread chaos across Egypt in defiance of the government.” The Muslim Brotherhood-led protest was in support of President Obama’s Islamist ally, the now-deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Morsi, whose rhetorical repertoire seems limited to calling Jews “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs,” himself received a 20-year prison sentence this month and his Muslim Brotherhood organization is now officially banned in the Arab republic.

Gehad el-Haddad was the lead English-language spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood. He is the son of Essam el-Haddad, who was foreign affairs adviser to then-President Morsi. Gehad’s brother, Abdullah el-Haddad, serves as spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in London, England.

Hillary Clinton, of course, headed the U.S. Department of State during the “Egyptian Revolution of 2011″ that ousted longtime U.S. ally and anti-Islamist Hosni Mubarak and cleared the way for Obama pal Mohamed Morsi.

Haddad was “city director,” a senior communications post, at the Clintons’ charity from August 2007 to August 2012. Those who support the Global War on Terror should bear in mind that Haddad’s experience at the foundation undoubtedly helped him to gain the know-how to participate in building a state terror apparatus and other oppressive institutions that would be required to turn Egypt into a totalitarian theocracy, which is the Brotherhood’s objective.

The Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative, which he worked on in Egypt, “taught Haddad about managing [a nongovernmental organization] and the role that civil society takes between the state and private sector, lessons he is applying to the Renaissance Project,” according to the Egypt Independent.

Haddad “officially became a senior adviser for foreign affairs in Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party in May 2011, when he was still claiming to be employed by the Clinton Foundation,” the news website reports.

It was also reported that Haddad’s tenure at the Clinton Foundation “overlapped with his official work for the Muslim Brotherhood, which began in Cairo in February 2011 when he assumed control of the Renaissance Project, a Brotherhood-backed economic recovery program.”

 

9 of 10 Most Dangerous Countries in the World are Muslim

via Pakistan eighth most dangerous country in the world: Report – economictimes.

The IntelCenter’s ‘Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries’ list as of March 2015 is topped by the Middle East, with Iraq and Syria ranked No 1 and 2 respectively.

IntelCenter’s Country Threat Index (CTI) examines the volume of terrorist and rebel alerts, messaging traffic, videos, photos, incidents and the number killed and injured in a country and runs it through an algorithm to assign the country its CTI.

The higher the CTI the greater the risk. In India’s neighbourhood, Pakistan with a CTI of 122 is joined by Afghanistan with a CTI of 186 and ranked fifth.

The countries completing the top 10 include Nigeria (3rd), Somalia (4th), Libya (6th), Yemen (7th), [Pakistan, 8th] Ukraine (9th) and Egypt (10th).

VIDEO: Young Muslim children being abused, beaten at school by teacher

Hard to watch.

via Atlas Shrugs

Report: Christianity Most Persecuted Faith Worldwide

via Report: Christianity Most Persecuted Faith Worldwide | CNS News.

Americans take religious liberty for granted. It is the First Freedom, guaranteed by the First Amendment. But four of five people around the world lack the freedom to worship and live faithfully. And the percentage of the world’s population lacking religious liberty recently edged upward. Attacks on Jews hit a recent peak. Even Americans cannot afford to take their freedoms for granted.

The Pew Research Center, with Peter Henne as lead researcher, recently issued its latest study on religious liberty. The report makes for a sad read. Many organizations address religious persecution, which occurs in virtually every Muslim and authoritarian state, plus a diverse mix of other nations. Pew also assesses equally threatening social antagonism, ranging from discrimination to hostility to violence.

In some nations governments take the lead in suppressing the faithful, imposing a range of restrictions backed by the state. Examples include bans on particular faiths, prohibitions on conversion, and restrictions on religious practice. In other countries the people make their societies unfriendly to minority beliefs, imposing a wide range of less formal sanctions. Such behavior includes harassment, intimidation, and violence, including murder. The overall global environment to religious faith is hostile. Concluded the study: “restrictions on religion were high or very high in 39 percent of countries. Because some of these countries (like China and India) are very populous, about 5.5 billion people (77 percent of the world’s population) were living in countries with a high or very high overall level of restrictions on religion in 2013, up from 76 percent in 2012 and 68 percent as of 2007.”

At the top of the list for failing on both fronts are Burma/Myanmar, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Russia, “where both the government and society at large impose numerous limits on religious beliefs and practices.” Individually the global rise was led by the People’s Republic of China, with government persecution, and India, with high social antagonism.

The worst nations combine intrusive state restrictions with widespread social intolerance. Among the 25 most populous countries, with three-quarters of the world’s population, which score high or very high in both categories are: Bangladesh, Burma, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey. Ethiopia, Germany, and Vietnam are borderline. As always, Islam’s role is significant: Six of the top 11 are Muslim and another (Nigeria) has a slight Muslim preponderance.

Particularly disturbing for Americans is Pew’s rating for the U.S. America was 1.6 and 1.9 in government restrictions and social hostility in 2007. The first jumped to 3.7 in 2012 before falling back a bit to 3.0 in 2013. The latter remained unchanged in 2012 but then jumped to 3.1, second only to Brazil in the Americas. Obviously, one can argue methodology. But Americans committed to religious liberty should take note and seek to reverse the dangerous slide away from vigorous freedom of faith.

 

Muslim terror attacks kill more than 150, wound nearly 400 in just last two days

Yet according to Muslims, Obama and the media in the U.S., Islamophobia is the problem. via Tunisia terror attack: What we know about the victims – CNN.com.

(CNN)At least a dozen tourists on two cruises that visited the Tunisian capital, Tunis, are among more than 20 people who were gunned down this week at the country’s Bardo National Museum, officials said.

Details of the victims in Wednesday’s attack have been slow to emerge. Some of the bodies remained unidentified at a morgue, a forensic official said Friday.

Here’s what is known so far:

Read it all but here is the short of it:

British, French, Russian, Italian, Belgian, Spanish, Colombian, Japanese, Polish and Tunisian’s were among the victims.

And in Yemen: Bombs kill 137 at mosques

(CNN) The Sunni terror group ISIS purportedly claimed it committed Friday’s bombings that killed scores of people at two mosques frequented by Shiite rebels in Yemen’s capital — an attack that would mark ISIS’s first large-scale attack in the Arabian Peninsula country.

At least 137 people were killed and 357 wounded when suicide bombers, pretending to be disabled and hiding explosives under casts, attacked the mosques in Sanaa, according to Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency.

 

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