ANKARA, Turkey (Sun) Hundreds of 'amateur butchers' injured: Animals sacrificed on Muslim holiday in Turkey. In Turkey, at least 1,413 people, called “amateur butchers” by the Turkish media, were treated at hospitals across the country, most suffering cuts to their hands and legs,
... Four people were severely injured when they were crushed under the weight of large animals that fell on top of them, ... Three people suffered heart attacks and died while trying to restrain animals, ... Two bulls escaped and caused havoc in the streets of the central Turkish city of Kayseri ...
CRAWFORD, TX (News
Day) Bush sends best wishes to Muslims, celebrating Eidal-Adha. "Eid al-Adha is an important occasion to give thanks for their blessings and to remember Abraham's trust in a loving God," Bush said in a statement released yesterday from his Texas ranch...
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (News
Day) 3M Muslims Begin Annual Hajj Pilgrimage. Nearly 3 million Muslims from around the world, chanting and raising their hands to heaven, marched through a desert valley outside Mecca on Thursday on the first day of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
VANCOUVER, BC (North Shore News) Laljis give $1M to Muslim studies. A $1-million gift from a West Vancouver family is helping to create a new Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Simon Fraser University.
MOSUL, Iraq (Telegraph, UK) 'Leave, crusaders, or have your heads cut off'. "A letter was delivered to my door with two bullets placed on top of it," said Mr Fadi, 32, standing watchfully in the neat garden of his two-storey villa. "It said: 'Leave, crusaders, or we will cut your heads off.' They want us to go from Mosul completely."
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (MCT) Violence, economic hardship accelerate exodus of Bethlehem's Christians. Those relations have been tested by the victory of the militant Islamic group Hamas in parliamentary elections last January. A return to religion among Palestinian Muslims receptive to the messages of Hamas has tended to distance Muslims from Christians.
Iraq (AINA) Iraqi Christians Debate Self-Autonomy to Halt Exodus. With church-bombing and priest-kidnapping on the rise in Mosul and Baghdad, Iraq's Christian population is estimated to have dropped below 450,000, half the size it was in 1991.
Telegraph, AU) Polygamy debate moves to the streets. A large group of veiled Muslim women supporting polygamy staged sketches on a main city street depicting harmonious relations between two women marrying the same man, Detikcom news website said.
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope worries about clash with Islam. In his speech Friday to the curia, or Vatican bureaucracy, he said 2006 bears "the deep imprint of the horrors of the war waged in the Holy Land area as well as generally of the danger of a clash between cultures and religions."
WASHINGTON, DC (Washtington Tmes) Protecting Iraq's religious minorities. This exodus has not only caused tragic hardships and uncertainty, but could mean the end of the presence in Iraq of ancient Christian and other religious minority communities that have lived on that land for 2,000 years.
CHICAGO, IL (C.D.) ROLAND S. MARTIN: Congressman Goode is an unrepentant religious bigot. This blatant attack on Islam does a complete disservice to the nation, and it shows that so-called Christians like Goode don't respect other religions. His fellow Republicans should be highly ticked off for his insensitivity to Muslims, and they should be as outspoken about it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) Lawmaker won't apologize for 'Islamophobic' letter. A Virginia congressman will not apologize for writing that without immigration overhaul "there will be many more Muslims elected to office demanding the use of the Quran," his spokesman said.
POSO, Indonesia (WND) Christian teen recovering from attack by Islamists. Noviana and her friends had been taking a small footpath on their way to their Christian high school in Poso, Indonesia, when radical Islamists dressed all in black jumped suddenly from the jungle and began slashing the girls with machetes.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Pak Tribune) Pakistan bans Robert's book about Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). The government has confiscated all copies of a book about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and translations of the book because it contains "objectionable material" about the founder of Islam, said a notification.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC
News) Congressman Criticized for Muslim Letter. A Republican congressman has told constituents that unless immigration is tightened, "many more Muslims" will be elected and follow the lead of a recently elected lawmaker who plans to use the Quran at his ceremonial swearing-in.
Politician) Islamic Economics and Shariah Law: A Plan for World Domination. The Plan involves the incremental acceptance of basic tenants of Shariah law as applied to all aspects of life—the Islamic “Way of Life”. This implies the desire to incrementally change the laws and ultimately the Constitution of the U.S.
Israel (American Daily) Israel's Domestic Enemy. Israeli Muslims began inconsequentially; in 1949, they constituted a population of 111,000 and 9 percent of Israel's population. They then multiplied ten-fold, to 1,141,000 in 2005, 16 percent of the population.
Richmond, VA (American Daily) Arabic Signs Panic Virginians. The idea is to get Virginians more at ease with seeing Arabic script and not to automatically associate it with terrorism. ... Insidious in that, should this campaign truly work to make Americans cease to be alarmed at signs of Islam, we will surely be giving Islamofascists succor and freedom.
Saudi Arabia (Telegraph,
UK) Stewardess 'banned from taking bible on plan'. The stewardess has been told by BMI that it is against the law of the insular Middle Eastern country to bring in religious books other than the Koran.
USA (ChronWatch) Is Freedom 'Perfect Slavery'? “Hurriyya”, Arabic for freedom, and the uniquely Western concept of freedom are completely at odds. Hurriyya “freedom”, as Ibn Arabi (d. 1240) the lionized “Greatest Sufi Master”, expressed it, “being perfect slavery”.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (AP) Intel, partners to make electronic Quran. Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chip maker, has partnered with two Saudi Arabian software companies to develop an electronic version of Islam's holy book and a training computer for teachers packed with the government-approved curriculum for schoolchildren.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Ahmadinejad Opponents Leading Elections. After a year, Iranians have seen the consequences of the extremist policies employed by Ahmadinejad. Now, they have said a big 'no' to him," said Jamshidi.
TEHRAN, Iran (Breitbart) Iran within four years of nuclear bomb: Israel spy chief. Iran will have its first atomic bomb within three or four years if its nuclear weapons programme continues to develop at the current pace, Israel's spy chief Meir Dagan has said.
TEHRAN, Iran (Guardian,
UK) Iranian students hide in fear for lives after venting fury at Ahmadinejad. "He threatened us directly, saying that what we were doing was against the wishes of the nation," said Babak Zamanian, a spokesman for Amir Kabir university's Islamic students' committee. "After that, the students protested even more sharply, calling him a lying religious dictator and shouting, 'Forget America and start thinking about us!'
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Yahoo
News) Gunmen stage mass kidnapping in Baghdad. Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms burst into Red Crescent offices on Sunday and kidnapped more than two dozen people at the humanitarian organization in the latest sign of the country's growing lawlessness.
CAIRO, Egypt (Arab
News) Egypt Bahais Lose Battle for Recognition. An Egyptian court denied Bahais yesterday the right to state their religion on official documents and described them as pro-Israeli apostates.
Mail) O, Muslim town of Bethlehem... The town's Christian population has dwindled from more than 85 per cent in 1948 to 12 per cent of its 60,000 inhabitants in 2006. There are reports of religious persecution, in the form of murders, beatings and land grabs.
CAIRO, Egypt (MET) Test for Egypt religious freedom in Bahai verdict. Ragi Labib, a young Egyptian university graduate, cannot find a job, buy a car, or open a bank account. By next year, he may not even be able to prove his identity. Why? Because he is a Bahai.
ROCKAWAY, NJ (Post Chronicle) CAIR: The Other Fifth Column. Pilots and air marshals called the incident a "PC probe" to intimidate passengers and crew from reporting suspicious behavior by Muslim passengers and are fearful the incident will set off a domino effect of lawsuits, according to journalist Sher Zieve, who's been covering radical Islam for several publications.
TOWNSVILLE, Queenland (Bulletin) Engage conservative Islam, says Downer. AUSTRALIA along with western nations face an "emerging dilemma" over the need to engage Muslim leaders who hold conservative religious views on such issues as gender equality, according to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
Iran (NCRI) Iran: Christians opposing Holocaust denial conference arrested. Many members of the Evangelical Church in Iran were arrested before the beginning of a two-day conference questioning the existence of the Holocaust, which ended on Tuesday, members of the congregation say.
ANKARA, Turkey (USA
Today) Camel sacrifice shocks Turkish Airlines. The event surfaced when several newspapers ran the story along with photographs of the camel being led into the airport grounds and of workers holding up bloody pieces of meat after the sacrifice.
FAISALABAD, Pakistan (UCA
News) Pakistani Christians sentenced for blasphemy. An anti-terrorism court on Nov. 25 sentenced James Masih, 70, and Buta Masih, 65, to 10 years imprisonment under Section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code and five additional years under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Section 295-B deals with blasphemy against the Qur'an, while any action that creates a sense of fear and insecurity in people is liable to prosecution under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Thousands Rally Over Pakistan Rape Law. More than 20,000 supporters of an Islamic alliance rallied Sunday, demanding the government withdraw changes to a controversial rape statute that they say go against Islam.
GHWANDO, Afghanistan (AP) Taliban gunmen kill 5 family members. Following up on a death threat, Taliban militants broke into a house and fatally shot two teachers and three other family members, bringing to 20 the number of educators slain in attacks this year, officials and a relative said Saturday.
Post) Time is the jihadist's ally. "The Arabs feel they have the answer to the West in military terms." Working within that doctrine, of persistent conflict, Islamists may pause for a ceasefire now and then, perhaps even sign a peace treaty, but they won't give up.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (People's
Daily) Indonesian House passes controversial bill into law. The Indonesian House of Representatives has approved a bill that requires citizens to state their faiths on legal documents, a regulation criticized for continuing discrimination against minorities, a media reported here Saturday.
USA (WND) Doubts grow over Muslim lawmaker's loyalty: Keith Ellison tied to group that holds Quran as highest legal authority. The first Muslim member of Congress is linked to a radical Islamic school of thought that requires loyalty to the Quran over the U.S. Constitution, WND has learned.
TEHRAN, Iran (WSJ) Iran's Web Crackdown Shows Ease Of Government Internet Censorship. Iran's campaign to shutter popular Web sites and curtail text-message traffic reflects the growing ability of governments to control online content inside their national borders.
Monitors) 21st American century is about to end. Barely six years have elapsed since President Bush took office and the much coveted 21st century belongs to America is about to come to an abrupt end.
LAKEMBA, Australia (Sydney Herald) Mosque to get police guard for bikini rally. The organiser, Melbourne grandmother Christine Hawkins, has asked women nationally to dress in bikinis and colourful beachwear and rally outside large mosques to show their disgust at comments by leading Muslim cleric, Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly, who likened women to "uncovered meat".
CAIRO, Egypt (Bahai
World) Egyptian Baha'i case final arguments heard; judgment due in two weeks. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by a married couple, Husam Izzat Musa and Ranya Enayat Rushdy, who had their identification cards and passports confiscated after they applied to have their daughters added to their passports, which listed the Baha'i Faith as their religion.
Istanbul, Turkey (London
Times) Protestant missionaries face nine years for insult to Islam. They face up to nine years’ jail after going on trial last week for “insulting Turkishness” during their religious work, under the notorious Article 301 of the Turkish penal code. It is the same law that put Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel literature laureate, in the dock, and which the European Union wants amended.
KATY, TX (Houston
Chronicle) Pig race plan leads to dirty argument. Hard feelings started when Baker met association officials, who, he said, advised him he should move his stone shop. "They told me it was time for my family to pack up," said Baker, whose family has occupied its land since the early 1800s. "They said a mosque and a marble shop didn't go too good together." Angered by the perceived insult and aware of Islamic dietary laws banning pork consumption, Baker responded by announcing he would stage weekly pig races on his Muslim neighbors' holiest day of prayer.
BESHASAH, Ethiopia (Christian
Today) Muslim Mob Kills Six Christians In Ethiopia. The US-based human rights group International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned a mob of 300 Muslims killed six Christians in early October while 15 others were left seriously wounded by the attack during a midnight worship service in Beshasha, a town located in the Agaro province in Ethiopia.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (IHT) Thousands of Islamists protest as Musharraf signs amended rape law. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf signed into law an amendment to the country's controversial rape statute to make it easier to prosecute sexual assault cases, despite nationwide protests by hard-liners.
PARIS, France (MET) Electronic jihad's cyber soldiers. "In the radical Islamist forums, you find sections that are the electronic jihad equivalent of how to make bombs," Giudicelli said. "How to cyber-attack. That has become part of the jihadi's basic training."
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Boston Globe) Christian converts on trial in Turkey. Two men who converted to Christianity went on trial Thursday for allegedly insulting "Turkishness" and inciting religious hatred against Islam, the Anatolia news agency reported.
HETIAN, China (Boston Globe) Muslim voices rising in China: Controls on Islam spur resentment among a restive minority. The Chinese government has tightened its constraints on the Uighur ethnic minority in western China amid official fears of a rise in militant Islam.
Israel (JWR) Europe is finished, predicts Mark Steyn. JWR's Mark Steyn, political columnist and cultural critic, has written a remarkable book, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It. ... The nanny state infantilized Europeans, making them worry about such pseudo-issues as climate change, while feminizing the males.
Russia (Kavkaz) Families And Marriages Disgusted By Russians. Recent studies indicate that 50% of Russians opt to live alone to avoid the responsibility of caring for dependents. Russians are expected to be a minority in the near future because of a continually shrinking population.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Lexington
Herald) Arab Christian Population Waning: Many Leave Holy Land Out Of Fear, Threats By Muslims. Call it part of a modern exodus, the steady flight of the tiny Palestinian Christian minority that could lead, some predict, to the faith being virtually extinct in its birthplace within several generations -- a trend mirrored in many dwindling pockets of Christianity across the Islamic world.
Washington DC (Crisis
Mag) The Pope and the Prophet. not only is violence in spreading faith unreasonable and therefore against God, but that a conception of God without reason, or above reason, leads to that very violence. To ensure everyone knew what he was talking about, the pope quoted from a 14th-century Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus, who was besieged by Islamic forces attempting to conquer Constantinople.
ERFURT, Germany (Australian
News) Self-immolating cleric dies. A RETIRED German clergyman who set fire to himself apparently in protest over the spread of Islam, died in hospital today, a Church spokesman said.
Is London) Church calls for action over gruesome violence toward Christians in Iraq. But as the war has radicalised Islamic sensibilities, Christians have seen their total numbers slump from 1.2 million before the US-led invasion of March 2003 to about 600,000 today.
... The recent beheading of a Syriac Orthodox priest in Mosul, the
crucifixion of a Christian teenager in Basra, the frequent
kidnappings for ransom of Christians including four priests ... the
rape of Christian women and teenage girls, and the bombings of
churches are all indicators that the situation has reached a crisis
LOS ANGELES, CA (Daily Breeze) Population: America's growing strength. A replacement birthrate is 2.1 children per woman. As Mark Steyn points out in his droll but devastating book America Alone, a number of countries in Europe (Greece: 1.3, Italy: 1.2, Spain: 1.1, Russia: 1.14, United Kingdom: 1.6) have fertility rates "from which no human society has ever recovered."
PARIS, France (SFGate) Europe draws battle lines on head scarves: Unease over Islam takes form of bans on Muslim garments. "This veil is a political garment,"
EPINAY-SUR-SEINE, France (NOLA) French police face 'permanent intifada'. U.S. Under Secretary of State Karen Hughes honored the contributions of women to Islamic history during the State Department’s annual iftar October 18.
LONDON, UK (Zee
News) Reid warns al Qaeda winning war of ideas: Report. Britain's interior minister has warned that the government risks losing the ideological war with Al Qaeda as the terror group's so-called "single extremist narrative" was proving ever more attractive to young British Muslims.
LONDON, UK (News
Week) No Problem With the Veil. The very principle of reason as superior to superstition, the science of Galileo and the free speech of Voltaire—all is under threat from a totalitarian politics disguised as religion.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (SF Chronicle) The mind of a suicide bomber: A politically incorrect film explores the bomb bearers' many motivations. "Suicide Killers," by French-Jewish filmmaker Pierre Rehov is sure to draw barbs from the other camp. Rehov interviews Palestinians imprisoned for trying to detonate suicide bombs and concludes they're influenced by a religious culture that represses sexual desires and channels the resulting frustration into homicidal rage.
Qatar (CNN) Diplomat: U.S. arrogant, stupid in Iraq. Alberto Fernandez, director of the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near East Affairs, made his comments on Saturday to the Qatar-based network.
News) The Truth about Muhammad. Muslim's most sacred figure, the prophet Muhammed, is being analyzed in a new book by Robert Spencer.
LONDON, UK (Breitbart) Britain's race chief warns of violence over veil row. The row in Britain over Muslim women wearing the veil could trigger riots and worse, the country's race relations watchdog chief warned.
LONDON, UK (Daily Mail) We are biased, admit the stars of BBC News. BBC executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians.
JERUSALEM, Israel (WND) 'Western Wall really a post for Muhammad's horse'. Jews have no historical connection to the Western Wall, which is actually the "Al-Buraq Wall," is part of the Al Aqsa Mosque and served as a tying post for Muhammad's horse, according to messages broadcast this month on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' state-run television.
VATICAN CITY (Gulf Times) Pope courts intellectuals in defence of Christian values. Pope Benedict XVI reached out yesterday to secular intellectuals who share his fear that Europe is losing its Christian roots, calling this convergence of views a "great opportunity."
CAIRO, Egypt (KLKN) Mubarak: Muslims must bear responsibility for wrong impressions of Islam. And he asked: "What did we do to face a terrorism that wears Islam's cloak?"
TEHRAN, Iran (MEMRI) Iran President Ahmadinejad: 'I Have a Connection With God, Since God Said That the Infidels Will Have No Way to Harm the Believers'; 'We Have [Only] One Step Remaining Before We Attain the Summit of Nuclear Technology'; The West 'Will Not Dare To Attack Us'
Washington, DC (USInfo) State Department Iftar Honors Women Throughout Muslim History. U.S. Under Secretary of State Karen Hughes honored the contributions of women to Islamic history during the State Department’s annual
iftar October 18.
BEIRUT, Lebanon (SAWF) Hezbollah Rhythm Shoots To Commercial Success. While Lebanese pop stars capitalize on a wave of patriotism in the wake of Hezbollah's summer war with Israel, the biggest musical sensation is absent from Beirut's torrid nightclubs and has a distinctly Islamic rhythm.
TEHRAN, Iran (MSNBC) Iran cuts Internet speeds to homes and cafes. they see as a squeeze on the media by the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West.
Sudan (BBC) Sudan 'backs' Janjaweed fighters. The Janjaweed militia in Darfur are fighting with direct support and orders from Sudan's government, a man claiming to be a former member has told the BBC.
WASHINGTON, DC (Tulsa
World) Bush hosts dinner for Muslims. Bush has arranged an iftar dinner each year for the last six years in the State Dining Room. This year, he opened with the traditional Ramadan greeting of "Ramadan Karim" and praised Islam for bringing "hope and comfort to more than a billion people around the world."
JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) One in 10 Indonesia Muslims back violent jihad-poll. Around one in 10 Indonesian Muslims support jihad and justify bomb attacks on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali as defending the faith, a survey released on Sunday showed.
NEW DELHI, India (Post) India will face wrath if Guru hanged: Abdullah. India will "go up in flames" if it hangs Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri, convicted for his role in an attack on parliament in 2001, a former chief minister of Indian Kashmir was quoted as saying.
LONDON, UK (AP) Man pleads guilty in U.S. bombings plot. A British man identified by U.S. officials as a senior al-Qaida figure pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to murder in a plot to bomb high-profile targets in the United States including the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington and the New York Stock Exchange.
MOSUL, Iraq (WKTB) Kidnappers of beheaded priest demanded apology for pope's comments. The priest's decapitated body was found yesterday in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.
Iraq (CathNews) More young Christian women abducted, raped in Iraq. Young Christian women are among the preferred targets of Iraq's growing abduction problem with many being raped and some committing suicide as a result of the shock, violence and shame they experience.
PARIS, France (CNN) French in Turkey 'genocide' row. Ignoring Turkish protests, the French lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill on Thursday making it a crime to deny Armenians suffered genocide in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (KCBS) UN temporarily pulls international staff out of Somalia after threats. The U.N. said Thursday it has temporarily pulled international staff out of parts of Somalia controlled by Islamic radicals after receiving written threats.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (IHT) Moderate Europeans losing faith in Islam. Europe appears to be crossing an invisible line regarding its Muslim minorities: More people in the political mainstream are arguing that Islam cannot be reconciled with European values.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (IHT) Denmark seeks to ease tensions over prophet video. Dozens of protesters hurled molotov cocktails at the Danish embassy in Tehran on Tuesday night, but did not cause any major damage, Denmark's ambassador to Iran, Soeren Haslund Jensen, said. More protests were expected Wednesday.
JERUSALEM, Israel (JP) Jordan plans new Temple Mt. minaret. Israel has not objected to Jordanian plans to construct a fifth minaret on the Temple Mount, and the Hashemite Kingdom is pressing ahead with plans to do so early next year, a senior Jordanian official said Wednesday.
VATICAN CITY (WOLZ) Pope: No Dilution of Christian Identity in Dialogue. Pope Benedict said on Wednesday Christians could not allow their beliefs and identity to be diluted for the sake of dialogue with other religions.
Australia (Australian) Muslim religion blamed for fatal stabbing. Police are investigating suggestions the violence erupted after the 17-year-old girl told her father she wanted to opt out of the Islamic faith and convert to Christianity.
ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AM640) Taliban commander: 'hundreds' of suicide bombers ready to fight in Afghanistan. A Taliban commander said in an interview insurgents will battle "Christian" troops until they leave Afghanistan, warning hundreds of militants are ready to launch suicide attacks to again install strict Islamic law.
TEHRAN, Iran (Fars
News) Ahmadinejad: One More Step to Complete Nuclear Technology. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that his country has only one more step to reach the tops in the domain of nuclear technology.
LONDON, England (Daily
Mail) Brown reignites veil row by backing Straw. The Chancellor threw his weight behind the Commons Leader's warning that overt demonstrations of Islamic identity could be a barrier to integration.
VATICAN CITY (NCR) No retreat – Pope more determined in 'reciprocity' challenge to Islam. In reality, at least on reciprocity, almost no one disputes that the pope has a point. The imbalance between the basic freedom of Muslims in the West to worship as they choose versus a range of de jure and de facto restrictions on Christians and other groups in many Muslim nations is abundantly documented.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Franklin Graham Blasts Islam, Says Will Rebuild Churches In Sudan. The Rev. Franklin Graham, a Christian evangelist whose criticism of Islam has frequently outraged Muslims, said Islam teaches its followers to "persecute" others until they convert, with the aim being "total domination."
CAIRO, Egypt (Adnkronos) Egypt: Copts Propose Joint Islamic Committee. The head of the Egyptian Coptic church has called for the creation of an interreligious commission, comprising representatives of Cairo's al-Azhar University - the most authoritative institution in Sunni Islam - and the Coptic Church to confront problems related to religious intolerance.
TEHRAN, Iran (Asia
News) Ayatollah arrested in Iran for preaching separation between religion and politics. An Iranian cleric, Mohammed Kazemeini Boroujerdi, has been arrested for supporting a return to a traditional interpretation of Islam which separates religion from politics.
TEHRAN, Iran (Daily
India) Ahmadinejad warns of Muslim fury over Danish video. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned against renewed fury by Muslims over a video deemed sacrilegious to Prophet Mohammed that was aired on Danish television last week.
London, UK (Daily
Mail) Church sidelined 'by Government favouritism to Muslims'. A document prepared by the Archbishop of Canterbury's adviser on other faiths accused ministers of showing political preference to Muslims and using taxpayers' money to promote Islam.
HARIPUR, Pakistan (Telegraph,
UK) Britons freed from chains in mullah's 'drug cure' prison. A Pakistani cleric has been arrested for running a private jail to which he lured dozens of drug addicts from Britain by offering a spiritual cure in return for money.
LONDON, England (Times) Cameron dilutes call for inclusive Muslim schools. David Cameron risks causing a row within his party over faith schools by deciding not to support a call for Muslim schools to be required to accept non-Muslim children.
PARIS, France (Turkish Weekly) EC President Barroso: Sudden 'No' to Turkey may seem Islamophobic. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso warned European Union (EU) member countries on Thursday that a sudden refusal to let Turkey join the 25-nation bloc could make the European Union seem hostile to Islam.
NEW YORK, NY (NY Sun) Europe Is Growing Skeptical Of Dialogue With Muslims. A more relevant passage in the NIE reads: "Jihadists regard Europe as an important venue for attacking Western interests. Extremist networks inside the extensive Muslim diaspora in Europe facilitate recruitment and staging for urban attacks, as illustrated by the 2004 Madrid and 2005 London bombings."
LONDON, England (ITV) Straw hijab remarks divide Muslim community. Mr Straw said he feels "uncomfortable" about talking with someone whose face he cannot see, and described the veil as a "visible statement of separation and difference".
IRAQ (Japan Times) Iraq's Christians at risk of annihilation. In 1987, the Iraqi census listed 1.4 million Christians. Today, only about 600,000 to 800,000 remain in the country, most on the Nineveh plain.
Money) OPEC slashing production by 1M barrels a day. Prompted by supply surge, cuts will go into effect as soon as possible; price spikes on news.
LONDON, England (Daily
Mail) Met chief orders inquiry into Muslim PC embassy row. Sir Ian Blair has ordered an 'urgent inquiry' after a Muslim police officer was excused from guarding London's Israeli Embassy after he objected to the duty on 'moral grounds'.
PARIS, France (Telegraph,
UK) Muslims are waging civil war against us, claims police union. Radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared "intifada" against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.
Australia (Australian) Prophet not perfect, says Islamic scholar. A LEADING adviser on Islam, Ameer Ali, has attacked Muslims who "blindly" follow their faith and fail to question the veracity of the Koran, saying that even Mohammed had "flaws".
HOUSTAN, TX (Spero) Converts from Islam: unseen and unheard. The lack of freedom is a problem not only in Muslim countries. Paolucci said “Unfortunately, there is a problem with freedom even in a country like Italy because Islam sees itself as a religion that no one can leave.”
LOS ANGELES, CA (KLTV) Supreme Court declines case challenging classes on Islam. Jonas and Tiffany Eklund say pupils at a public school in Byron, California, were given pages from the opening chapter of the Qur'an to read and studied Islam's Five Pillars of Faith.
MADRID, Spain (NYSun) Spain Rethinks Burning Effigies Of Muhammad. Spanish villages are abandoning the centuries-old tradition of burning effigies of the Prophet Muhammad for fear of offending Muslims.
ST, PAUL, MN (AP)
Taxi light will mean 'no alcohol': Islam forbids carrying liquor, drivers say. Mursal and hundreds of other Muslim cabdrivers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport refuse to take travelers they know are carrying alcohol.
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (ME
Egypt professor compares Koran to supermarket. Hanafi, who teaches philosophy at the University of Cairo, said Islam's holy book is often contradictory.
Spiegel) "Europeans Have Stopped Defending Their Values". When it comes to Islam, there is no freedom of the press nor freedom of opinion in Germany. Organized groups in Islamic communities want to decide what is said and done here.
PARIS, France (NPR)
Teacher in Hiding After Attack on Islam Stirs Threats. Asked to describe the sort of threats he had received, Mr. Redeker replied, “You will never feel secure on this earth. One billion, three hundred thousand Muslims are ready to kill you.”
Mozart and Islam. They'd received an anonymous threat last month and, fearing the wrath of insulted Muslims, yanked the opera from their schedule.
Author Challenges Faith of a 'Christian Nation'. Harris attacks religious moderates -- Muslim moderates in particular — who in defending their faith as tolerant and peaceful, provide cover for extremists.
DUTSE, Nigeria (Crosswalk)
Muslim Youths Destroy 10 Nigerian Churches. A mob of Muslim youths injured six Christians – one critically – and set fire to 10 churches last week in Dutse, capital of Jigawa state in northern Nigeria. The attacks on September 19 and 20 were sparked by allegations that a Christian woman had blasphemed the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
NEW DEHLI, India (Time)
India's Cash-for-Fatwa Scandal. India's "cash-for-fatwas" scandal broke out last weekend when a TV channel broadcast a sting operation that showed several Indian Muslim clerics allegedly taking, or demanding, bribes in return for issuing fatwas, or religious edicts.
ARKANSAS, USA (NWA)
We’ll kill you if you call us violent. If Islam is a religion of peace, where are the major Islamic clerics protesting the violence of those acting in the name of violence?
XINING, China (China
Oldest handwritten copy of Koran restored. Chinese experts have begun restoring a 700-year-old handwritten copy of the Koran, the sacred book of Islam, in northwest China's Qinghai Province.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Washington Times)
Islam is in danger. As a moderate Muslim living amongst Muslims, Christians, and Jews, I am asking myself what have we, Muslims, brought forth to today's civilizations that would appeal to other religions and prompt them to imitate us or praise us? We have but TV beheadings and barbaric killings of innocent people in the name of our great religion.
ANKARA, Turkey (CBS)
Muslims Want Further Apology From Pope. Muslims in Turkey, Iraq and the Palestinian territories demanded Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI make a clear apology for his remarks on Islam, instead of saying only that he was "deeply sorry" that Muslims had taken offense.
ANKARA, Turkey (Australian) Turk workers urge Pope's arrest. EMPLOYEES of the state body that organises Muslim worship in Turkey asked the authorities today to open legal proceedings against Pope Benedict and to arrest him when he visits the country in November.
Egypt (You Tube) Egyptian
police hitting a man.
of Egyptian police brutality.
Daily) Churches Firebombed by Members of the "Religion of Peace". "The irony of this whole controversy is difficult to avoid, unless you close your mind," said an intelligence officer. "Here we have people -- who demand to have Islam called a religion of peace -- firebombing churches, killing nuns and threatening death to the infidels," he said.
Daily) Political Correctness Now Precludes U.S. Winning A War. Bill Cosby once did a comedy routine wherein he described the "rules" of the American Revolution.
Daily) If I Want to Kill Myself, You Can't Stop Me. "God is great." I knew that if I wanted to kill myself, no one could stop me.
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNN) Al Qaeda threat over pope speech. "We shall break the cross and spill the wine. ... God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome. ... God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen," said the statement.
VATICAN CITY (FrontPageMag) Liberals, Islamists Unite against Pope. Their fear of reason can only lead the world to disaster.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (Age) Somali cleric calls for pope's death. A HARDLINE cleric linked to Somalia's powerful Islamist movement has called for Muslims to "hunt down" and kill Pope Benedict XVI for his controversial comments about Islam.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (CNN) Possible pope link to nun's death. The killing of an Italian Catholic nun in Mogadishu on Sunday may well be linked to anger among Muslims about Pope Benedict's recent remarks on Islam, a senior source among Somalia's Islamists said.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Brussels
Journal) Dalrymple on Decadence, Europe, America and Islam. By destroying Western civilization the liberal élite is depriving the ordinary people of their sense of belonging to something worthwhile.
NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) West Bank churches attacked after Pope remarks. Unknown assailants threw fire bombs on Saturday at two churches in the West Bank city of Nablus, following a day of Palestinian protests against comments Pope Benedict made about Islam.
VATICAN CITY (AsiaNews) The Pope’s speech: lending Islam a helping hand to avoid a downward spiral. Therefore, the goal is to start a universal dialogue based on “Reason”. Violence stands against human Reason (a danger that looms over Islam) as does the belief that Reason is opposed to faith and spirituality.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CTV) Pakistan condemns Pope's 'derogatory' comments. However, Pakistan's foreign ministry in Islamabad referred to the remarks as "regrettable." "Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Islam row raises pope safety fears. The Muslim world's scathing reaction to Pope Benedict's comments on Islam is the biggest challenge to face the pontiff yet and raises concerns over his security, diplomatic and Church sources said on Friday.
University of Regensburg (Vatican) Faith, Reason and the University. "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached"
NEW YORK, NY (NY
Sun) U.S. May Lose War on Terror, Historian Says. "Hitler would have won under these conditions," Mr. Lewis said, citing America's inability to clearly define the war on terror and exactly who its enemy is. ... Mr. Lewis said he places no hope in the United Nations being part of the solution. He "first realized the U.N. was hopeless" after the partition of Palestine, he said. Palestine was a "triviality" compared to the partition of India that took place a year earlier, in 1947, he added. Millions of refugees were created and yet India and Pakistan formed a working relationship and sorted out the problems.
REGENSBURG, Germany (The
Day) Pope Benedict Takes A Hard Look At Reason, Islam And The West.
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword by the faith he preached,” the pope quoted the emperor, in a speech to 1,500 students and faculty. He went on to say that violent conversion to Islam was contrary to reason and thus “contrary to God's nature.”
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP) In Minneapolis, Ellison grabs Democratic nomination for Congress. State lawmaker Keith Ellison didn't let questions about his past slow down his campaign to become the first Muslim in Congress.
NEW YORK, NY (NY
Sun) Senator Feingold Criticizes Bush On Language. Senator Feingold, a Democrat of Wisconsin, called on President Bush to refrain from using the phrase "Islamic fascists," saying it was offensive to Muslims and has nothing to do with global terrorists fighting America.
JERUSALEM, Israel (Haaretz) Blair to Haaretz: Western leaders see the danger of Islamic extremism, but our public still does not. I mean, I'm being just honest about this. And I think there is a desire not to face the fact that we are fighting a global struggle.
USA (Chron) Notion of assimilated American Muslim is wrong, too. Story is one of increasing alienation. The real story of American Muslims is one of accelerating alienation from the mainstream of U.S. life, with Muslims in this country choosing their Islamic identity over their American one.
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Saudi religious police ban sale of cats, dogs. The police have issued a decree banning the sale of the pets, seen as a sign of Western influence.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (American Chronicle) Jihad Muslims Celebrate 9/11 Anniversary With A Promise Of More Murder While We Mourn. Muslims in London are celebrating the anniversary of their 9/11 murders of innocent civilians in New York and Washington D.C. with honor and jubilation
CHICAGO, IL (CPJ) Islamic Terror's Endless 'Root Causes'. Perhaps terrorists see countries that make sensitive analyses of their complaints as easy marks. If so, then the eagerness to prettify mass murder with "root causes" could itself be a root cause.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (CPJ) SUDAN: Editor kidnapped and beheaded. Mohammed Taha had previously angered Islamists by running an article about the Prophet Muhammad.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (American Chronicle) The Terrorists' Motivation: Islam. The terrorists are not "un-Islamic" bandits who have "hijacked a great religion"; they are consistent and serious followers of their religion.
TEHRAN, Iran (Yahoo
News) Iranian president wants to purge profs. Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism.
NEW YORK, NY (NY Sun) The West Needs To Fight Islamofascists With Big Ideas.
Just like the war on communism, the war on terror must combine the force of arms with the power of ideas, a higher moral purpose with a mechanism of action.
Australia (Australian) Howard stands by Muslim integration.
Mr. Howard sparked controversy yesterday after singling out Muslim
migrants for refusing to embrace Australian values and urged them to
fully integrate by treating women as equals and learning to speak
NEW YORK, NY (NY Sun) Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer Now Muslim In New Turkish Versions of Classics. Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer, and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories designed for the Turkish school curriculum.
USA (ChronWatch) Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace. Guessing the religion of those who plant bombs, highjack planes, fire into crowds of civilians, take hostages, and murder hostages is the world’s ultimate no-brainer.
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) Iran's leader calls for TV debate with Bush. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on U.S. President George W. Bush to participate in a "direct television debate with us," so Iran can voice its point of view on how to end world predicaments. "But the condition is that there can be no censorship, especially for the American nation," he said Tuesday.
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) Ahmadinejad defiant, challenges Bush to TV debate. "I suggest holding a live TV debate with Mr. George W. Bush to talk about world affairs and the ways to solve those issues," he said.
Canada (RCP) The West Invites Attack. Contrary to generally received opinion, the West is not today under siege from Muslim fanatics because of a resurgence of Islam, but because of the West's own moral and intellectual decline.
VENTURA, CA (Barna
Group) Five Years Later: 9/11 Attacks Show No Lasting Influence on Americans’ Faith. One of the most interesting aspects of this stability is that the percent of American adults who identify themselves as Muslim has not changed since before 9/11. Adherents to Islam account for just one-half of 1% of the U.S. adult population. Osama bin Laden’s objective of using the attacks to spur conversion to Islam has not been realized.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (Daily India) Bangladeshi writer faces death threat for opposing Islamists. Bangladeshi writer Hasan Azizul Haque is facing death threat following a fatwa (religious edict) issued by the Imam of a mosque in Rajshahi for opposing Islamist militancy.
(Washington Times) A professor's Islamic ties. Although Mr. Esposito is less transparent than most apologists for radical Islam, he is more than a mere apologist. He defends supporters of Islamic terrorism. He even mentors them.
Mr. Esposito has lavished praise on two prominent advocates of Islamic terrorism: former University of South Florida professor (and convicted terrorist) Sami al-Arian, and al Jazeera phenomenon Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
(Guardian UK) Many feel threatened by Islam: poll. There had also been a near doubling of the number agreeing that "a large proportion of British Muslims feel no sense of loyalty to this country and are prepared to condone or even carry out acts of terrorism".
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NYT) Once Muslim, Now Christian and Caught in the Courts. Her name is a household word in this majority Muslim country. But she is now in hiding after death threats from Islamic extremists, who accuse her of being an apostate.
(The Age) Religion in the dock in Muslim vilification appeal. "They are restrained by law from suggesting or implying a number of things about what in their view the Koran teaches: that it preaches violence and killing, that women are of little value, that the God of Islam, Allah, is not merciful, that there is a practice of 'silent jihad' for spreading Islam, or that the Koran says Allah will remit the sins of martyrs.
(The Age) Questions over ruling on Muslims. Justice Geoffrey Nettle said: "Surely that can't justify restraining them from saying something that said by anyone else would be legal?
(Scotsman) Clerics order divorcee to marry a man aged 70. Under the ruling, the woman must marry another man and obtain a divorce from him before she can be reunited with Ershad, with whom she has three children. The clerics at their local mosque have said the man the woman marries temporarily must be 70, Mr Parida said.
(MSNBC) Woman told to remarry after ‘drunken’ divorce. Islamic clerics in eastern India have ruled that a woman divorced by her husband in a fit of drunkenness can remarry him only after she takes another husband for one day, police said on Monday.
(Financial Express) Attacking terrorism at its roots. When one examines the studies covering Muslim alienation and anger in the British polity, at least three themes emerge as root causes buttressing those sentiments.
LAHORE, Pakistan (VOM) Christian Beaten by Muslims for “Polluting” a Public Drinking Glass. The man summoned other militant Muslims to the scene, furiously saying, “This Christian polluted our glass.” Hearing this, the incensed mob began beating Nasir, yelling that a Christian dog drank water from their glass.
(Dallas) Sheik Nasrallah, Superstar. His followers revere him. His enemies respect him. And now this war against Israel has made Hezbollah's leader an icon for all of Islam.
(BBC) Ireland 'a fundamentalist haven'. Dublin-based Dr Satardien, who is regarded as a moderate cleric, told the Sunday Tribune young Muslims were "being torn between two cultures, drawing them into support for terrorism, anti-semitism and a hatred of western democracy"
(AP) Evangelicals support Israel but hesitate to voice it. "There's a rapidly growing evangelical population in virtually every Islamic country. Much of it is underground in the countries that are more radicalized, and many of the Christians survive based on their neighbors just ignoring the fact that they don't go to mosque."
(Globe) Fearing for safety, Muslim official quits. Mr. Fatah's unpopularity among conservative segments of the Muslim community is not surprising. He is a strong advocate of gay rights for Muslims and the inclusion of secular voices in the Muslim community. He publicly and vehemently opposed the adoption of sharia law in Canada.
(Wichita Eagle) Hezbollah leader Nasrallah reaching `legendary' status. In Bahrain, they sing songs about him. In Egypt, he's compared with their greatest modern hero. In distant Tunis, where an estimated 7,000 people marched peacefully to protest Israel's action, some of them held up his photograph.
LOS ANGELES, CA
(CNN) Blair: Western values must triumph over radical Islam. The conflict in the Middle East, as well as others involving Muslim extremists, revolve around "modernization within Islam" and whether the Western system of values can "beat theirs," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a speech Tuesday.
(Forbes) Iranian cleric urges Muslim nations to arm Hezbollah. One of the most senior figures in Iran's Islamic regime, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, openly called on Muslim countries to give weapons to Lebanon's Hezbollah, the ISNA news agency reported.
(AP) Dispatches From Lebanon's Sectarian Lines. Some Christians in this town north of the Lebanese capital don't want a cease-fire: They want to see Hezbollah beaten first.
(Brussels Journal) Manchester Provides Homes with Loos for Muslims. Until recently I did not know that Muslims are not allowed to face Mecca (nor turn their back to it) when sitting on the loo.
OTTAWA, Canada (Chronicle Herald.ca) Study: Conflict likely between Canada, its Muslim citizens. Canada is heading toward conflict with its Muslim population, says the head of a study on Canadian attitudes toward Islam. The study indicated that the majority of Canadians held a negative view of Muslim countries.
Tajikistan (MosNews) Iranian President Visits Former U.S. Ally for Cooperation Talks. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to begin a visit to the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan, BBC reports.
Washington D.C. (RadioFreeEurope) Iran: Vocal In Support For Hizballah, Iranians Go To Lebanon. A spokesman for the Commemoration Headquarters for the Martyrs of Islam's World Movement, identified only as Mohammadi, said on July 16 that 27 members who have been trained to carry out suicide bombings have been sent to Lebanon, Mehr News Agency reported. These individuals will take action if Israel attempts to occupy Lebanon, he said, and they also are ready to form resistance cells.
Washington D.C. (Washington
Times) Iraqi Shi'ite militia ready to join fight. A senior member of Muqtada al-Sadr's Iraqi Shi'ite militia, the Mahdi Army, says the group is forming a squadron of up to 1,500 elite fighters to go to Lebanon.
The plan reflects the potential of the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah to strengthen radical elements in Iraq and neighboring countries and to draw other regional players into the Lebanon conflict.
Brussels, Belgium (Brussels Journal) The Twin Myths of Eurabia. The conversion of the entire population to Islam and the extinction of every form of dissent is the ideal of the Muslim State. If any infidel is suffered to exist in the community, it is as a necessary evil, and for a transitional period only.
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Free Press) The sins of Islam. "The Caged Virgin" interweaves this critique with reporting on the plight of Muslim women and the author's own history as a woman subjected to genital mutilation, beaten in her youth by a Koranic teacher who fractured her skull and bequeathed in marriage by her father to a man she'd never met.
UK) Fury as Karzai plans return of Taliban's religious police. The Afghan government has alarmed human rights groups by approving a plan to reintroduce a Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the body which the Taliban used to enforce its extreme religious doctrine.
Afghanistan (Belleville) Militants target Afghan schools. THE PROBLEM: A Human Rights Watch report documents 204 attacks on schools, teachers and students in Afghanistan since January 2005. More than 200,000 children now are going without education.
Nigeria (KSL) Nigerian teenage girl lynch after 'blasphemy' in mosque. A teenage girl has been lynched by Muslim youths in a village in central Nigeria for allegedly dropping a "blasphemous" document in a mosque, a police spokesman said Tuesday.
SAN'A, Yemen (CNN) Landmark al Qaeda trial collapses
Judge: 'Islamic Sharia law permits jihad against occupiers' Several of the defendants did confess to having been in Iraq to fight U.S. troops there and had Iraqi stamps on their passport, the court heard. "But this does not violate [Yemeni] law," the judge said. "Islamic Sharia law permits jihad against occupiers," he said.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Video shows Arabs fighting alongside Islamic militants in Somalia. A recruiting video issued by members of the fundamentalist Islamic movement in Somalia shows Arab radicals fighting alongside the local extremists in Mogadishu, and invites Muslims from around the world to join in their ‘‘holy jihad.’’
LONDON, England (Daily
Mail) 'Very real threat' of more terror attacks. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said today that the threat of further terrorist attacks in the UK had "palpably increased" and the possibility of another attack was "very real".
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Video shows Arabs fighting alongside Islamic militants in Somalia. A recruiting video issued by members of the fundamentalist Islamic movement in Somalia shows Arab radicals fighting alongside the local extremists in Mogadishu, and invites Muslims from around the world to join in their ‘‘holy jihad.’’
China (Religioscope) China: religious books' tortuous route to the shelves. Perhaps surprisingly, China's book lovers have ready access in the many bookshops in the country's cities to publications about religion. While very little – if any - tackles any connection between religion and contemporary Chinese society and polity,
KUMUTU, Nigeria (CT) “Taliban” Militia Attack Christians in Nigeria. A long-running series of attacks have occurred against Christian towns and villages in Nigeria, which have seen Christians being driven from their homes in several northern states to pave the way for strict Islamic law.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (CNN) Somali Islamists kill 2 at World Cup broadcast. Radical Islamic militia fighters in central Somalia shot and killed two people at the screening of a banned World Cup soccer broadcast while dispersing the crowd of teenagers watching it, an independent radio station reported Wednesday.
TANGERANG, Indonesia (IHT) Women caught in a more radical
Indonesia. To many, the new laws represent stealthy movement
toward excessive intrusion of Islam into Indonesia's political
process, often with the backing of the Justice and Prosperity Party,
a fast-rising Islamic party.
BEIRUT, Lebanon (ADNKI) Lebanon: French Magazine Is Censored.
In censoring the two articles, "Iran: The Disturbing Beauty of the
Prophet" and "Bahrain: Shut up that Muezzin who is Shouting',
authorities showed they had a "problem of mentality", Makhul said.
PARIS, France (HT) In France, Islam and secularism spread as
Christianity lapses. George Weigel, a leading American
theologian, frets about "a Europe in which the muezzin summons the
faithful to prayer from the central loggia of St. Peter's in Rome,
while Notre Dame has been transformed into Hagia Sophia on the Seine
- a great Christian church become an Islamic museum."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (IQNA) $50m Media Campaign in US to Dispel
Islamophobia. It was also announced that the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) would be launching a massive $50
million media campaign involving television, radio and newspapers as
part of its five-year program to create a better understanding of
Islam and Muslims in the US.
PARIS, France (IQNA) French Muslims Launch New Body. Some
200 heads of mosques and associations launched on Sunday, June 19, a
new Muslim body in the western European country. The Rally of
Muslims in France (RMF) said it wanted to contribute to the
emergence of moderate Islam that would respect French laws while
lobbying on behalf of the sizable Muslim minority, reported Agence
TURKESTAN, Kazakhstan (Reuters) Central Asia rediscovers its
Muslim roots. Mosques and religious schools have mushroomed
across the region. Studying Islamic law and Arabic abroad -- mainly
in Turkey and Saudi Arabia -- became popular among young people.
Saudi Arabia (AsiaNews) Arrested: four Christians found
praying at home.
The notorious Muttawa (religious police) have struck Christians in
Saudi Arabia once again. According to the Compass Direct agency, on
9 June, 10 police armed with wooden clubs broke into a private
residence in Jeddah, arresting four Christians of African origin who
were conducting a prayer service. The two Ethiopians and two
Eritreans are reportedly still detained in a prison for immigrants
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Washington Times) Al Qaedaism and
communism. Communism had Karl Marx. Al Qaedaism has Sayed Qtub.
Who's he, most people would ask. The ideology that nurtured modern
Islamic extremism, and spawned every violent movement from Hezbollah
to al Qaeda, was born in 1952 when Qtub, an Egyptian writer,
returned from studying American literature at the University of
Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.
DAKAR, Senegal (CNN) U.N.: Koranic schools in Senegal fuel
child trafficking. Holding a rusty begging tin that is the
trademark of the "talibes" -- students at Senegal's Koranic schools
-- Balde says he must take back money or face a beating from his
religious teacher, or marabout.
(RNS) Egyptian Government Challenges Baha'is' Civil Rights On
Appeal — Court Hearing Set For Monday, 19 June, In Cairo.
Elements of society here, particularly Al Azhar University and the
Muslim Brotherhood, raised an outcry in the wake of the decision,
objecting to any kind of recognition of the Baha'i Faith as a
religious belief. That reaction, in turn, triggered a wholesale
debate in newspapers and blogs throughout the Arab world over the
right to freedom of religion and belief.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (Daily Telegraph, Aust.) Bashir urges
Muslims to fight. "Do not hesitate in maintaining the faith
until death. The form is through jihad whether defined as struggling
or combating infidels. From preaching to education and jihad ...
that's already a war,"
JAKARTA, Indonesia (Daily Telegraph, Aust.) Bashir's insult
to Bali victims. RADICAL Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir said
today those killed in the 2002 Bali bombings had been destined to
die by God and the families they have left behind should now convert
LUMPUR, Malaysia (Bernama) Ministry Bans 18 Books.
Eighteen books published locally and overseas have been banned by
the Internal Security Ministry under the Printing Presses and
Publications Act 1984 as they have been deemed to be able to disrupt
peace and harmony.
WESTLAND, MI (Detroit News) Muslim cemetery first for state.
Islamic Memorial Gardens, which began selling graves after six years
of negotiations over the land and long state and local regulatory
processes, is yet another sign of Islam assuming a place in
OTTAWA, Canada (Grand Forks Herald) Canada confronts militant
Islam. Mark Kelly of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. wondered,
"Maybe multiculturalism is just a nice idea for people who haven't
been bombed yet."
OTTAWA, Canada (Lexington Herald) Canadians trying hard not
to see terrorist links. Canadian law enforcement officials
should be proud of busting a reputed Islamic terrorist network that
may span seven nations. Instead, our northern neighbors are trying
their damnedest to whitewash the jihadi ties that bind the accused
plotters and their murder-minded peers around the world. We live on
a doomed continent of ostriches.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (CNN) Taliban-like regime may be rising in
Somalia. Islamic fundamentalists whose ideology is similar to
the Taliban seized control of Somalia's capital Monday, unifying the
city for the first time in more than a decade and posing a direct
challenge to a fledging U.N.-backed government.
OTTAWA, Canada (Cape Code Times) 17 charged in Canada terror
plot. Seventeen Canadian residents were arrested and charged
with plotting to attack targets in southern Ontario with crude but
powerful fertilizer bombs, Canadian authorities said yesterday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Muslims asserting a
presence on Capitol Hill. At midday on Fridays, Muslims gather
to pray in a basement room of the U.S. Capitol. Kneeling on sheets
spread over the floor and facing east toward Mecca, they are members
of the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, about two dozen
congressional aides who are part of a small but growing minority in
America, and in the government.
DAMASCUS, Syria (KRT) Syrian regime courts favor with
Islamists. The orchestrated rise of religion in Syria strains an
already difficult relationship with the West. It weakens a small but
persistent secular opposition that blossomed in 2000 when Assad
assumed power after his father's death. It also has the potential to
push Syria toward alliances of convenience with Iran, an avowed foe
of the United States.
Malaysia (IPS) Temple Demolitions Spell Creeping
Islamisation. It is now a common sight to see bulldozers
reducing large temples to rubble and workers to smashing deities
before the eyes of helpless worshippers. "The demolitions are
indiscriminate, unlawful and against all constitutional guarantees
of freedom of worship," human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar told IPS.
He said temples are demolished by the local authorities as illegal
structures but the same authorities make it impossible for devotees
to get a permit. He cited the case of a Catholic church in nearby
Shah Alam city which got a permit to build a church after 30 years
of trying. "What does this say about freedom of worship?" he asked.
TEHRAN, Iran (Phillyburbs) Standoff Leaves Iran Clerics on Sidelines. Iran's most senior clerics filled a lecture hall this month to hear government-picked nuclear experts give a layman's tutorial on reactors, uranium enrichment and what it means for Iran.
Virginia (GOPUSA) A Google Search On The Net Neutrality Act. The removal of the New Media Journal from Google's news crawl is not unique. Other conservative websites were removed from Google's news service because they posted opinions unsympathetic to radical Islam. MichNews, PHX News and The Jawa Report, although eliminated from Google's news crawl, are still available in a routine Google search of the web. The New Media Journal is not.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Washington
Times) Analysis: How to curb Islamists. In Germany there are about 100,000 Islamists among the 3.7 million Muslims; in the Netherlands they account for 20 percent but in general, the figure ranges from three to five percent and only exceptionally 10 percent.
TEHRAN, Iran (CompassDirect) Iran : Secret Police Arrest Long-Time Convert. Ali Kaboli, 51, was taken into custody on May 2 from his workshop in Gorgan, capital of Iran’s northern province of Golestan. With the exception of one brief telephone call, he has been refused contact with any visitors..
TEHRAN, Iran (Hasbara) Ahmadinejad is not Crazy. By defining the Iranian leaders as irrational, the West's political leadership, especially in Europe, is making a big mistake. The Iranians are not crazy – they are smart and they are overzealous.
TEHRAN, Iran (American
Thinker) Badging Infidels in Iran. The so-called “Khomeini revolution”, which deposed Mohammad Reza Shah, was in reality
a mere return to oppressive Shi’ite theocratic rule, the predominant form of Persian/Iranian governance since 1502.
Business) Teaching Johnny About Islam. Education: In our brave new schools, Johnny can't say the pledge, but he can recite the Quran. Yup, the same court that found the phrase "under God" unconstitutional now endorses Islamic catechism in public school.
TEHRAN, Iran (National
Post, Canada) Iran eyes badges for Jews: Law would require non-Muslim insignia. Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.
NAIROBI, Kenya (The
Day) Arsonists Attack Christian Radio Station, Killing Guard. In an attack on the Christian radio station Hope FM last week, unidentified gunmen shot and killed a guard, wounded two others and torched part of the building during a broadcast that was comparing teachings of the Bible and Islam's Quran.
DAKAR, Senegal (Sudan
Tribune) Chadians flee Janjaweed raids in droves - UN. Marauding attacks by Janjaweed Arab militia from Darfur are forcing 100 Chadians a day to leave their homes, adding to more than 40,000 displaced people in east Chad who are short of food and water, a U.N. official said.
CAIRO, Egypt (KRT) A growing political force in Egypt. No one doubts that the Muslim Brotherhood, which would like to see Egypt transformed into an Islamic state, is a growing political force.
UK) Indonesians embrace polygamy as taboo is broken. Activists say that it marginalises women and is a symptom of growing radical Islamic influence in the country.
BERLIN, Germany (Expatica) Germans negative on Islam, poll shows. Germans are growing increasingly negative over Islam and concern is rising over the country's Muslim minority, a recently released poll shows.
LONDON, England (Guardian, UK) British values, whatever they are, won't hold us together. But there are at least three practical things that could be done, which are long overdue. First, a standardised, chronological history of Britain should become part of the national curriculum.
(Republican & Conservatives) So dark the con of meme. ... the
Mohammed cartoons ... hurt the feelings of Muslims so much that 130 some odd people died in the ensuing riots. ... But the central thrust of the Da Vinci Code is that all of Christianity is a lie. Should this be considered offensive to Christians? I am waiting for the State Department to issue a statement to that effect...
BOSTON, MA (Boston
Globe) Muslim reformer still a target. Why did city officials provide the land for the mosque for just $175,000, when the parcel was publicly valued at $400,000? And where did that $400,000 figure come from, when the land's value had earlier been assessed at $2 million?
KARACHI, Pakistan (WR) Pakistan: Muslims Are Sex-Starved Surfers, With Bestial Interests.
But Western Resistance is not content to let it rest here. If you
click on the following links, you can see the data for yourself.
KARACHI, Pakistan (Daily
Times) Pakistan most sex-starved. Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, has found in a survey that mostly Muslim states seek access to sex-related websites and Pakistan tops the list. Google found that of the top 10 countries - searching for sex-related sites - six were Muslim, with Pakistan on the top. The other Muslim countries are Egypt at number 2, Iran at 4, Morocco at 5, Saudi Arabia at 7 and Turkey at 8.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Saudi king tells newspapers: Stop using women's photos. King Abdullah has told Saudi editors to stop publishing pictures of women because they could lead young men astray, newspapers reported Tuesday.
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) Iran: EU offer 'walnuts for gold'. "Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?" Ahmadinejad added, according to The Associated Press.
NEW YORK, NY (Christian
Science Monitor) Winning the war of words in the campaign against terrorism. And last week came the 18-page letter from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, the first from an Iranian leader to an American president in 27 years. It is clearly cast as a significant salvo against the United States, asserting the failure of Western-style democracy and the superiority of Islam.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (Birmingham News) Plan to turn church into mosque OK'd. "Islam has a very bad international reputation at the present time," he said, adding that the purpose of Islam is to turn the world into an Islamic community. "We're allowing an organization with a worldwide terrorist reputation to establish a beachhead in this community."
Canada (Macleans) Clooney isn't touching this one. Racism is the core force behind the carnage in Darfur, which is just a new manifestation of a battle that has been going on in that part of the world since about the seventh century. The conflict is between Arabs and black Africans,...
TEHRAN, Iran (UPI) Venezuela supports Islamic Republic of Iran - Chavez. Venezuela's visiting President Hugo Chavez said here Friday Caracas supports the Islamic Republic of Iran. Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of the EU-Latin America Summit, Chavez said, "We pray to
'Allah' that no war would be launched against Iran!" The Venezuelan President added, "We believe the Iranian nation's campaign is our own nation's, and we ask the world countries to respect Iran's independence."
JAKARTA, Indonesia (New
Strait Times) Iranian leader ramps up anti-Western rhetoric. Iran's hardline president ramped up his rhetoric against Israel and the West, labelling Israel a "cancer" that would "one day vanish" and shrugging off the threat of sanctions or war over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) Police: 7 confess to beheadings. Seven suspected Islamic terrorists have confessed to beheading three Christian schoolgirls on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, police said Wednesday.
LONDON, England (Front page mag) Islamic Imperialism. Even as these dreams have repeatedly frustrated any possibility for the peaceful social and political development of the Arab-Muslim world, they have given rise to no less repeated fantasies of revenge and restoration and to murderous efforts to transform fantasy into fact.
Islam Imperialism: A History.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Autonomist) Life In Iraq, Part II: Civilization of Deception. Q: Why is it that Muslim leaders can stare the world in the eye and lie through their teeth without even flinching? A:
They're not lying, they are "negotiating" with people they assume to be complete suckers.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (Herald
Today) Militants on new Palestinian security wing. The new Palestinian interior minister named a well-known militant as his top aide on Thursday and announced the formation of a new security branch to be composed of militants.
PHOENIX, AZ (American Daily) What Are Muslim Brothers For Anyhow? Press release admits that such "honor killing" is "common in Pakistan." Why? Because this is one more demonic doctrine reciting that to murder is not a crime. It is an offering to Allah. Therefore, it is piety, like going to mosque on Fridays to say one’s prayers.
PHOENIX, AZ (American Daily) Iranian Warning: Don't Listen to Western CDs. "'They started at the ankles and went all the way up their backs' with a long leather whip, said a shopkeeper. 'They were all bleeding, every one of them, and if they objected, they were beaten harder. . . . These were criminals trying to enforce 1,400-year-old laws on us.'"
BEIJING, China (Asia
Times) China, Russia welcome Iran into the fold. The SCO secretary general's statement on expansion coincided with several Chinese and Russian commentaries last week voicing disquiet about the US attempts to impose UN sanctions against Iran.
CAIRO, Egypt (Global
Politician) Free World's Obligation To Protect Middle East Minorities. Today's crime in fact uncovers Egypt's harsh, blunt and ongoing anti-Christian policies, laws and practices that openly infringe on Christian basic human rights, properties, and freedom of beliefs and expression.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (LA Times) Terrorists Recruiting 'White Muslims'. Terrorists have been working to recruit non-Arab sympathizers -- so-called "white Muslims" with Western features who theoretically could more easily blend into European cities and execute attacks -- according to classified intelligence documents obtained by The Associated Press.
TEHRAN, Iran (London Times) Iran suicide bombers ‘ready to hit Britain’. IRAN has formed battalions of suicide bombers to strike at British and American targets if the nation’s nuclear sites are attacked. According to Iranian officials, 40,000 trained suicide bombers are ready for action.
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) Iranian group signing up potential martyrs. Some 200 Iranians have volunteered in the past few days to carry out "martyrdom missions" against U.S. and British interests around the world if Iran is attacked, a hard-line group said Sunday.
Nation) Islam and democracy. Can a Muslim Country be called as Islamic if it is not run by divine laws? The Holy Quran says; Whose judgeth not by that which Allah had revealed, Such are evil liver, Such are disbeliever and Such are wrong doer (6: 45,46).
(Niagara Gazette) High birth rates dominate world. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (National
Journal) A War On Jihadism — Not 'Terror'. "The birth of Islam," writes Karsh, "was inextricably linked with the creation of a world empire, and its universalism was inherently imperialist." Karsh cites, for example, the Prophet's farewell address to his followers: "I was ordered to fight all men until they say, 'There is no god but Allah.' "
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (BBC) Knife attacks on Egypt churches. One person has been killed and at least 12 others injured by knife-wielding attackers at three churches in northern Egypt, police have said.
AMMAN, Jordan (Vail
Daily) Political Islam's opportunity in Jordan. In any event, the blossoming of Islamic parties in Iraq, the success of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in parliamentary elections last year and, most of all, the recent victory by Hamas in Palestinian legislative elections have convinced leaders of the Islamic Action Front that it can aspire to power here.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (EU Observer) 'Islamic terrorism' phrase to be banned from EU lexicon. The EU is working on a public communication lexicon which blacklists the term "Islamic terrorism."
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) Holy Land's Christians caught in midst of conflict. A 76-year-old Greek Orthodox monk is beaten up by villagers, his carefully tended olive trees are uprooted and his isolated West Bank monastery is defaced with graffiti depicting nuns being raped.
Thinker) Goebbels and the Jihadist Youth. Ahmad Al-Shater, Chairman of the Arab Students Union, and his Sudanese Student Union colleague “Muhammad,” were unremittingly truculent in their presentations, which melded classic taquiyya
(sanctioned dissimulation of Islamic doctrine to “protect” the
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Asia
News) In a Saudi jail I shared the suffering of the Crucified Christ, says Father George. “The agents forced me to put on the vestments and stand in front of the table used as altar and in front of a cross. They took lots of pictures to use as evidence that I was a Christian priest who had engaged in illegal religious activities.”
ATHENS, Greece (Asia
News) Bob Geldof Blames China for Sudan War. "The Chinese protect the Khartoum government, who are killers, and they will not allow a vote in the Security Council ... so 250,000 people die in Darfur," he said.
NEW YORK, NY (New
York Times) Democracy in the Arab World, a U.S. Goal, Falters. Analysts and officials say the political rise of Islamists, the chaos in Iraq, the newfound Shiite power in Iraq with its implication for growing Iranian influence, and the sense among some rulers that they can wait out the end of the Bush administration have put the brakes on democratization.
MEMPHIS, TN (American Thinker) Muslims Muzzling Memphis. Police officers quickly moved in and pulled me out straight to the police cars as the enraged Muslims started shouting. Based on what happened to me in Memphis, I think its time for Americans to wake up as to what is occurring within their very midst.
USA (Front Page Mag.) Academic Lies About Killing Apostates. The Abdul Rahman case in Afghanistan has given rise to a spate of articles in the Western press, assuring Westerners that Muslims do not actually kill or want to kill apostates. While these may be reassuring to non-Muslims, many of them have been downright misleading about the real status of the death penalty for apostasy in the Islamic world.
VIENNA, Austria (MIPT) European Muslim leaders seek course to close divide with West. The agenda for a high-level meeting of European imams touches on politics, job creation and the role of women, but at heart there is really one issue _ how to create a distinct identity for European Muslims.
NEW YORK, NY (WSJ) Islam's Imperial Dreams.
Muslim political ambitions aren't a reaction to Western
KHARTOUM, Sudan (IBA) U.N. protests action by Sudan. The United Nations on Monday protested what it said was a decision by Sudan to bar the U.N.'s top humanitarian official from visiting the capital and the troubled western Darfur region.
NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) Somalia may be proxy US-Islam battleground. Somalia's worst fighting in years suggests the failed Horn of Africa state may become a new proxy battleground for Islamist militants and the United States.
KUALA TERENGGANU, Malaysia (TheStar) Woman had renounced Islam, officer tells court. Kamariah had been charged under Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Takzir) Terengganu 2001 for uttering that that she was no longer a Muslim at the court to escape punishment under Section 10 of the enactment.
CAIRO, Egypt (BusinessAfrica) Egypt fatwa upsets art lovers. A fatwa issued by Egypt's top religious authority which forbids the display of statues has art-lovers fearing it could be used by Islamic extremists as an excuse to destroy Egypt's historical heritage.
WASHINGTON, DC (Weekly Standard) Apostates from Islam: The case of the Afghan convert is not unique. Some other Muslim countries have laws similar to Afghanistan's. Apart from its other depredations, in the last ten years Saudi Arabia has executed people for the crimes of apostasy, heresy, and blasphemy. The death penalty for apostates is also in the legal code in Iran, Sudan, Mauritania, and the Comoros Islands. In the 1990s, the Islamic Republic of Iran used death squads against converts, including major Protestant leaders, and the situation is worsening under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The regime is currently engaged in a systematic campaign to track down and reconvert or kill those who have changed their religion from Islam.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) Tired of male domination, 5 Saudi women change sex. Al Watan newspaper said the five women underwent sex change surgery abroad over the past 12 months after they developed a "psychological complex" due to male domination.
USA (American Thinker) Apostasy in the Quran, Traditions, and Islamic Law. Apostates are those who leave a religion, in this case Islam, whether they become atheists or converts to another religion. What should happen to them according to the Quran, the traditions (or hadith), and later legal rulings? Have these modern clerics and judges strayed from original Islam?
KARACHI, Pakistan (Dawn) One-way traffic. In the eyes of the world, Muslims are practising a double standard whereby they insist on the right to spread their religion aggressively, while preventing other faiths from evangelising among them.
ROME, Italy (WJLA) 'They Would Have Killed Me,' Afghan Says. "If you are not a Muslim in an Islamic country like mine they kill you, there are no doubts."
BUFFALO, N.Y. (NewsDay) Borders won't carry magazine containing prophet cartoons. Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad that provoked deadly protests among Muslims in several countries.
KABUL, Afghanistan (Gulf
Times) Asylum-seeking convert must not escape: MPs. Afghanistan’s parliament said yesterday that a Christian who avoided the death penalty for converting from Islam should not be allowed to escape the country, as the man looked to Europe for asylum.
KABUL, Afghanistan (CompassDirect) Afghanistan : More Christians Arrested In Wake Of ‘Apostasy’. Two other converts from Islam in custody; another hospitalized after beating.
KABUL, Afghanistan (LifeSite) More Christians Arrested in Afghanistan. When the announcement of Rahman’s release was made public, demonstrations broke out in which protesters chanted, “Death to Christians” among the anti-Bush and anti-American slogans.
KABUL, Afghanistan (BBC) Afghan convert given Italy asylum. The Italian cabinet has approved a plea for asylum from an Afghan who escaped a possible death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity.
KABUL, Afghanistan (Daily
Standard) The New Roman Lions: Apostasy laws don't just threaten men like Abdul Rahman; they also threaten Middle Eastern democratization. THE FIRST GENERATION OF CHRISTIANS faced severe persecution under the Roman Empire because of their refusal to bow down to the goddess Rome and the emperor. For Abdul Rahman, a 41-year-old Afghani man who was charged with a capital offense last week for converting from Islam to Christianity, post-Taliban Afghanistan might as well have been ancient Rome.
India (Aljazeera) The husband who woke up divorced
. Sohela Ansari had told friends that her husband Aftab had uttered the word "talaq", or divorce, three times in his sleep. ... The couple, married for 11 years with three children, were told that they had to split. The religious leaders ruled that if the couple wanted to remarry they would have to wait at least 100 days. Sohela would also have to marry another man, spend at least a night with him and be divorced by him.
New York, NY (Investors) Religion Of Peace? Psychologists might call this cognitive dissonance — a state of mind where rational people essentially lie to themselves. But in this case, it's understandable. In our politically correct culture, criticizing any religion, even one that plots our destruction, is still taboo. And no one wants to suggest the terrorists are driven by their holy text.
Algeria (ArabicNews) Algeria bans Muslims from learning about Christianity. The Algerian Ummah council (Senate) approved this decision on Monday. This decision which was approved by the national people's council ( parliament) on March 15th is an attempt to withstand the Christianizing campaign which had witnessed a notable activity recently especially in al-Qabayel area east of the country. The ratified law stated to sentence imprisonment for two to five years and a fee between 5 to 10 thousands EURO against "anyone urging or forcing or tempting, to convert a Muslim to another religion."
KABUL, Afghanistan (WJLA) Afghan Christian Could Get Death Sentence. "He would have been forgiven if he changed back. But he said he was a Christian and would always remain one," Wasi told AP. "We are Muslims and becoming a Christian is against our laws. He must get the death penalty."
KABUL, Afghanistan (Herald Sun) Man faces death over Christianity. A MAN detained by police for converting from Islam to Christianity could face the death penalty if he refused to become a Muslim again, an Afghani judge said today. Islamic sharia law proposes the death sentence for Muslims who abandon the religion. Afghanistan's new constitution says "no law can be contrary to the sacred religion of Islam".
LOS ANGELES, CA (Arutz Sheva) Dr. Wafa Sultan Seeks Radical Change From Radical Islam. "At that time, the Brotherhood of Islam committed very bloody and ugly crimes against innocent Syrian people in the name of their God. I witnessed the killing of my professor, a great human being who had nothing to do with the government. They filled his body with hundreds of bullets before my eyes while screaming Allah is great. At that moment I was traumatized. I had just lost trust in their God and started to question his teachings.
LONDON, England (CT) Senior Cleric Warns Britain may Become a Muslim Nation. Recent statistics regarding religious movements and growths in the UK revealed that if current trends continued that by 2012 there would be more people worshipping in mosques than churches in England.
LOS ANGELES, CA (NYT) For Muslim Who Says Violence Destroys Islam, Violent Threats. "Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them."
SANA’A, Yemen (BBC) Yemen editor 'faces death calls'. Yemeni prosecutors have called for a newspaper editor to be sentenced to death for showing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, his paper says.
SANA’A, Yemen (Yemen
Observer) Lawyers Demand Capital Penalty for Al-Asadi and Observer Close. Up to 21 prosecution lawyers called for the death penalty against Mohammed Al-Asadi, the Editor-in-Chief of the Yemen Observer, and the permanent closure of the newspaper, during Al-Asadi’s trial on Wednesday. The lawyers, commissioned by Sheik Abdul-Majid Zindani, the Chairman of Islah Shura Council and led by Mohammed Al-Shawish, also called for the confiscation of all the newspaper’s property and assets, and for financial compensation to be paid to be the Muslim’s ‘Finance House’, which last existed during the time of the Caliphs, 1200 years ago. They recounted a story in which a lady was killed during the Prophet’s lifetime after she insulted him, and that the Prophet then praised the killer.
BOSTON, MA (Boston Globe) Aide's role in mosque deal eyed. A top Boston Redevelopment Authority official who previously downplayed his role in the Roxbury mosque project of the Islamic Society of Boston assisted in the city's reduction of the price the mosque backers paid for the site from $2 million to $175,000, according to BRA documents that have surfaced in lawsuits over the controversial project.
PARADISE, CA (Paradise
Post) I am converting to the Islamic faith.
DOHA, Qatar (Gulf
Times) Scholar blames clerics for sectarian violence in Iraq. “More than any one else, I blame all the scholars of Iraq for the ongoing bloodshed in the name of religion,” he said yesterday.
News) Getting Back To Roots. The roots of Western belief are Christian: It is this specific faith that has informed Western society's belief in the transcendent value of the human person. Cut off from these roots, the West will find it hard to avoid sinking deeper into a nihilistic, and deadly, relativism.
CAIRO, Egypt (Egypt
Today) Europe’s 9/11? In my opinion, it is no exaggeration to say that the dispute over cartoons published in Europe is the European 9/11. The hate, outrage and violence of many Muslims against a fundamental human right — the basic right not only of journalists but of every human being to say what you want — has united the liberal European press and turned it against the Muslim world.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Brussels
Journal) Anti-Jihad Manifesto Misses the Point. The battle that is being waged today is a battle between those who defend the right of individuals against the right of collectivities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Hudson) Current Trends In Islamist Ideology.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (All
Africa) Two Hours of Carnage in Maiduguri: 'The Dead Are Not the Real Victims, We Are!'. The reverend father stated that contrary to the impression being created by Borno State government that the incidence was an isolated one, there had indeed been a systematic attempt to subdue the Christian minority in the state by successive governments and these could have acted as impetus for radical Muslims to act the way they did knowing that they would be protected by their brothers in power.
DOHA, Qatar (Al-Jazeera TV) Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan: There Is No Clash of Civilizations but a Clash between the Mentality of the Middle Ages and That of the 21st Century. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (New
Statesman) '17 Killed, 30 Churches Burnt' in Maiduguri Mayhem. SEVENTEEN persons were killed and 30 churches burnt
... in connection with Saturday's civil disturbances by Muslim youths in Maiduguri, Borno State, who were protesting the alleged abuse of Prophet Muhammed in a newspaper cartoon in Denmark.
... Christians in the state capital boycotted church services for fear of further attack. Most of them are taking refuge in military barracks.
LONDON, England (New
Statesman) Talking to terrorists. Secret documents show the Foreign Office is ready to risk international fury by opening a dialogue with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) 16 die in cartoon protests in Nigeria. Sixteen people were killed and 11 churches were burned Saturday in Nigeria as part of the continuing violence over cartoons of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
TEHRAN, Iran (Criss
Cross) Suicide bombers warn U.S., U.K. of attacks. Mohammad Ali Samadi, spokesman for Esteshadion, or Martyrdom Seekers, boasted of having hundreds of potential bombers in his talk at a seminar on suicide-bombings tactics at Tehran's Khajeh Nasir University.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) Cartoon Protests Leave 15 Dead in Nigeria. Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Miami
Herald) Cleric offers $1 million to kill 'cursed man'. A Pakistani cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad caricatures, as thousands rallied across the country Friday and authorities arrested scores of protesters.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AKI) Cartoon Crisis: Belgian Muslims Call For European Blasphemy Law. Muslim groups in Belgium are calling for the introduction of a European blasphemy law. The groups were due to stage on Tuesday a silent March in the capital, Brussels - the seat of European government.
LONDON, England (London
Sun) Protester dumps family. THE organiser of London’s Muslim cartoon protests has gone abroad to fight holy war — leaving taxpayers to foot the bill to keep his family. Anjem Choudary, 38, walked out on Rubana Akhgar to launch a new Islamic fundamentalist group in Lebanon. But his wife will not have to worry about money when he’s gone — she gets £1,700-a-month in state handouts. And Choudary himself raked in thousands in benefits for years while plotting to destroy British society..
KARACHI, Pakistan (Telegraph.UK) Anger in Asia as cartoon protests flare. Muslim anger against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad flared anew in Asia on Friday with thousands rallying for a fifth day in Pakistan and police in Bangladesh blocking demonstrators heading for the Danish embassy in Dhaka.
Australia 'will be Muslim in 50 years'. Australia is at risk of aborting itself out of existence and could become a Muslim country "within 50 years" if a controversial, abortion-inducing pill is made available, an Australian MP claimed yesterday.
SANAA, Yemen (Boston
Globe) Yemen charges three journalists over cartoons. Yemeni authorities charged three journalists with denigrating Islam on Wednesday after closing their newspapers for republishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
Online) THE CARTOON WARS: The Inciters and the Incited. Round two in the controversy over the Muhammad cartoons: Because many Muslim regimes are competing with radical Islamists for popular approval, they continue to incite public outrage. Now the region fears terrorist leader Osama bin Laden's call to arms.
LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) Two dead in Pakistan rioting. More than 1,000 protesters stormed into Islamabad's diplomatic district while thousands vandalized Western businesses and torched a government building in another city Tuesday, in Pakistan's worst wave of violence against the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, officials said.
BOISE, Idaho (IdahoStatesMan) Religious leaders to boycott state prayer breakfast. Some Idaho religious leaders say they will boycott the upcoming Idaho State Prayer Breakfast because the guest speaker is a former Muslim who now leads a ministry aimed at converting Muslims to Christianity. The Rev. Hormoz Shariat, an Iranian native now living in California, is scheduled to speak at the March 4 event at the Boise Centre on The Grove. A computer scientist by training, he was born in Tehran and was introduced to Christianity while working on his doctorate at the University of Southern California. Shariat founded the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Iranian Christian Church in 1987.
BEIRUT, Lebanon (IHT) How rage built: The cartoon trail to Mecca. The meeting in Mecca, a Saudi city from which non-Muslims are barred, drew minimal international press coverage even though such leaders as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran attended. But on the road from quiet outrage in a small Muslim community in Denmark to a set of international brush fires, the summit meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference - and the role its member governments played in the outrage - was something of a turning point
CAIRO, Egypt (Egyptian
El-Fagr Newspaper Cartoons. The cartoons were published
without incident in the Cairo newspaper El-Fagr during Ramadan,
October 2005. Currently the cartoons have been removed from the
El-Fagr web site.
ANKARA, Turkey (WashingtonPost) Catholic Priest Shot to Death in Turkey. A teenage boy shot and killed the Italian Roman Catholic priest of a church in the Black Sea port city of Trabzon on Sunday, shouting "God is great" as he escaped, according to police and witnesses.
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) Muslim anger over cartoons spreads. Smoke billowed Sunday from the Danish consulate in central Beirut, where hundreds of demonstrators thronged streets around the building to protest a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons depicting Islam's revered prophet.
LONDON, England (CNN) Cartoon protest slogans condemned. "But it is totally unacceptable that, on British soil, there should be thugs demonstrating for people to be beheaded and actually glorifying the atrocities of July 7.
AMMAN, Jordan (BBC) Two Jordan editors are arrested. Two Jordanian newspaper editors who published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad have been arrested.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (SMH) Media look for answers on extra cartoons. The Danish media have tried to pin the Muslim delegates down on how they came to include three extra, obscene, cartoons in the dossier, in addition to the 12 images that started the row when they were published by a Danish newspaper in September.
DAMASCUS, Syria (CNN) Muslim protesters target embassies over cartoons. Muslim demonstrators in Damascus, Syria, torched the Norwegian Embassy and the building housing Denmark's embassy, because newspapers in those countries had published what they consider blasphemous depictions of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) Muslim protests over cartoons spread. About 200 Muslims demonstrated Friday outside the Danish Embassy to protest caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad originally published in a Danish newspaper, Danish Ambassador Neils Erik Andersen told CNN.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CBS) Outrage Grows Over Muhammad Cartoon. Hard-line Muslims in Indonesia stormed a building housing the Danish Embassy and burned the country's flag Friday to protest caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, as outrage over the drawings rippled across Asia.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CBS) Fabricated cartoons worsened Danish controversy. However, the Danish Muslim delegation showed much more than the 12 cartoons published by Jyllands Posten. In the booklet it presented during its tour of the Middle East, the delegation included other cartoons of Mohammed that were highly offensive, including one where the Prophet has a pig face. But these additional pictures were NOT published by the newspaper, but were completely fabricated by the delegation and inserted in the booklet
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Spiegel) Alienated Danish Muslims Sought Help from Arabs. Quist says the dossier they shared in Egypt may have been far more damaging than the Jyllands-Posten episode ... Quist says the dossier included three obscene caricatures — one showed Muhammad as a pedophile, another as a pig and the last depicted a praying Muslim being raped by a dog. "The drawings in Jyllands-Posten were harmless compared to these," he says.
LONDON, England (BBC) Muhammad cartoon row intensifies. Seven publications in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain all carried some of the drawings.
Events) Muhammad Cartoon Gallery.
MARRAKECH, Morocco (Morocco
Times) Evangelical missionaries in Morocco back in the limelight. The Marrakech police department has recently seized documents which confirm the existence of a secret evangelical group in the southern city, who has been trying to convert many Moroccans to Christianity,
Australia (CourierMail) Future clouded by Mahdi's aura. When addressing the United Nations in September, Ahmadinejad flummoxed his audience of world political leaders by concluding his address with a prayer for the Mahdi's
appearance: "O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of
your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human
being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace."
MOSCOW, Russia (IPS) Muslims Demand a Place on the Flag.
A new dispute has erupted over demands by some Muslim groups to
remove Christian signs from the Russian flag and other national
emblems. ... The demands follow a Muslim push for a stronger voice
within Russia, including reservation of the post of vice-president
for a Muslim.
01-15-2006 KARACHI, Pakistan (PakTribune) ‘The death of science’. The state of affairs in our educational institutions with particular reference to “imparting scientific knowledge” as revealed by Zubeida Mustafa in “The death of science” (Dec 21, 2005) is extremely depressing. She is absolutely correct that “science” is an antidote to irrational thinking and obscurantist behaviour, from which Muslim societies on the whole are suffering these days.
01-15-2006 LONDON, England (Taipei
Times) The golden age of Islam was drenched in blood. Barnaby Rogerson's new book [The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad] shows that Mohammed's death led to a great deal of bloodshed and deep divisions, which reverberate in contemporary conflicts
01-14-2006 TEHRAN, Iran (Telegraph) 'Divine mission' driving Iran's new leader. The prospect of such a man obtaining nuclear weapons is worrying. The unspoken question is this: is Mr Ahmadinejad now tempting a clash with the West because he feels safe in the belief of the imminent return of the Hidden Imam? Worse, might he be trying to provoke chaos in the hope of hastening his reappearance?
01-13-2006 MINA, Saudi Arabia (IBA) Stampede at hajj stoning ritual kills at least 345. Muslim pilgrims tripped over luggage while hurrying to ritually stone the devil Thursday, causing a crush that trampled at least 345 people to death in the latest stampede to mar Islam's annual hajj.
01-13-2006 LONDON, England (DailyMail) Hamza 'urged killing non-Muslims'. "Killing an adulterer, even if he is a Muslin is OK. Killing a Kaffir (unbeliever) who is fighting you is OK. Killing a Kaffir for any reason you can say it is OK even if there is no reason for it," he told an audience.
01-13-2006 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (IPS) Minorities Demand Protection From Islamic Laws. Malaysia's minorities are banding together to put up a united front against what they fear is a steady encroachment of Shariah or Islamic law into their lives.
01-09-2006 SYDNEY, Australia (Australian) Ruddock's call to behave angers Muslims on holy day.
"I think it is important to acknowledge that when you are
Australian, as all Australians, you have a responsibility to uphold
the laws of this country," Mr Ruddock told the devotees at the
state's largest mosque. "If we are able to live in a tolerant
society, we have to offer tolerance to others."
01-09-2006 MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Memritv) Iranian Pilgrims in Mecca.
Video of Iranian pilgrims in Mecca for Hajj.
01-09-2006 PHOENIX, AZ (AP) Call for moderation sparks tension in Islam. Two years ago, Jasser and a few like-minded Muslims in Arizona founded the
American Islamic Forum for Democracy. This Phoenix organization was one of the first created by Muslims to promote a tolerant form of Islam compatible with a secular, democratic nation.
01-08-2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) Afghan School That Taught Girls Torched. Suspected
Taliban gunmen burned down a primary school in Afghanistan's main
southern city Sunday, the latest in a spate of attacks against
teachers and institutions that educate girls. A group of men tied up
two security guards and made bonfires of books and wooden desks that
eventually razed the whole building, he said.
01-05-2006 Indonesia (Der
Spiegel) INDONESIA'S HOLY WAR: Talking to Jihadis. As the
United States tries to spread democracy throughout the Muslim world,
a rare meeting with Islamic radicals in Indonesia shows the downside
of the country's post-Suharto representative politics: It has
allowed fundmentalists to openly thrive in a country where they were
once suppressed. Are there lessons to be learned here for Iraq?
01-05-2006 TEHRAN, Iran (CNEWS) Iranian president says he hopes for Sharon's death. Iran's ultraconservative president said Thursday that he hoped for the death of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to reports, the latest anti-Israeli comment by the leader who has already provoked international criticism for suggesting that Israel be "wiped off the map."
01-05-2006 TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (BBC) Tashkent's hidden Islamic relic.
About one-third of the original survives - about 250 pages - a huge volume written in a bold Arabic script. "The Koran was written on deerskin," said Mr Akhmedov. "It was written in Hejaz in Saudi Arabia, so the script is Hejazi, similar to Kufic script."
01-05-2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Chronicle
Herald) Afghan teacher beheaded: Taliban blamed for killing man who taught girls.
Militants broke into the home of a headmaster in a central Afghan
town and beheaded him while forcing his family to watch, the latest
in a spate of alleged Taliban attacks that have forced many schools
to close, officials said Wednesday. The Taliban claims that
educating girls is against Islam and they even oppose
government-funded schools for boys because they teach subjects
01-04-2006 BAGHDAD, Iraq (Miami
Herald) Women face rivals and repression. Iraqi women running for office face enormous cultural and political obstacles, despite constitutional guarantees of equality.
01-03-2006 KARACHI, Pakistan (The
Age) Pakistan's radical clerics stare down Musharraf. After the July 7 London bombings, in which three out of four suicide bombers were of Pakistani origin, President Pervez Musharraf promised the West foreigners would be excluded from the schools. Two bombers, Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammed Sidique Khan, are believed to have visited madrassas.
01-02-2006 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (IPS) Once Taboo, Islam Turns Hot Topic in Malaysia. Two dissimilar events coming one after another, late December, has put religion on notice. One is the passage of an Islamic family law, opposed by feminists and moderate Muslims. The other is the forced burial, according to Muslim rites, of a Hindu soldier by Islamic authorities who insist he had converted to Islam.
01-02-2006 MARIETTA, GA (MDJ) Why do so many ignore goals of Muslim terrorists? Their present-day stated aim is to destroy Western civilization, install their religion and take back what they lost. Why is that so difficult for some people to admit and understand? This is a much larger issue than which party controls the White House and Congress.