QUETTA, Pakistan (PCP) Six Christian shot dead by Islamic militants in Pakistan. The Islamic extremists gunned down 6 Christians and injured 7 more in Quetta city of Baluchistan on August 28, 2009, after threats of “Convert to Islam or Die”.
TEHRAN, Iran (LA
Chronicle) Criminalizing religion: Bad things in Iran. As far as Iranian men are concerned, temporary marriage has been largely the preserve of the mullahs. This is why those seeking muta marriages have tended to go straight to Qom and Mashad, two popular and important religious centres in Iran, where eager religious scholars can be seen wandering the streets, muta contracts in hand, enticing visiting women to sign them.
CAIRO, Egypt (Christian
Post) Egypt Muslim Council: Building of Churches is 'Sin' Against God. Egyptian Muslim leaders are caught in a storm of controversy after a human rights group confronted them about a fatwa (Islamic edict) that stated the building of a church is “a sin against God.”
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (US News) Digging Up the Saudi Past: Some Would Rather Not. In the eyes of conservatives, the land where Islam was founded and the Prophet Muhammad was born must remain purely Muslim. Saudi Arabia bans public displays of crosses and churches, and whenever non-Islamic artifacts are excavated, the news must be kept low-key lest hard-liners destroy the finds.
KABAL, Afganistan (Times, UK) Right to rape: is that what we’re fighting for? Mr Karzai, the West’s indecisive placeman in Afghanistan, eager to please everyone, has quietly signed an amended version of what has become known as the “marital rape law”, to retain popularity with clerics and his male followers.
LONDON, England (Telegraph, Belfast) Minister who left Muslim wedding attacked. A Labour peer has demanded an apology from Jim Fitzpatrick, the Farming minister, after Mr Fitzpatrick publicly criticised the segregation of men and women at Muslim weddings.
KOSH-KORGON, Kyrgyzstan (Gadsden Times) Central Asia Sounds Alarm on Islamic Radicalism. The three men were locals who were said to have once crossed into nearby Afghanistan to wage war alongside the Taliban. They then returned, militant wayfarers apparently bent on inciting an Afghan-style insurgency in this tinderbox of a valley in Central Asia.
NEW ALBANY, OH (ABC News) Christian Teen Flees Home, Says She Fears Honor Killing by Muslim Father. An Ohio teenager who secretly converted from Islam to Christianity has fled to Florida because she claims her father threatened her with an "honor killing" for abandoning her Muslim upbringing.
(BBC) Sectarian violence hits Pakistani town. He described how an angry Muslim mob came through the area, known here as the Christian Colony. "I think there were thousands," he said. "My elderly father went out to see what was happening and they shot and killed him.
(Times, India) Jihadis thrice attacked Pakistan nuclear sites. Pakistan's nuclear facilities have already been attacked at least thrice by its home-grown extremists and terrorists in little reported incidents over the last two years, even as the world remains divided over the safety and security of the nuclear weapons in the troubled country, according to western analysts.
(Hurriyet, Turkey) Pakistan cannot afford Christian controversy. The killing of seven Christians in Muslim-majority Pakistan sparks tense debate over the controversial blasphemy laws with analysts saying the legislation is badly misused by extremists. There is no option but to abolish this law. More than that, the government should revive the secular nature of the state, says an expert.
(Telegraph, UK) A fifth of European Union will be Muslim by 2050. Last year, five per cent of the total population of the 27 EU countries was Muslim. But rising levels of immigration from Muslim countries and low birth rates among Europe's indigenous population mean that, by 2050, the figure will be 20 per cent, according to forecasts.
(Buffalo News) 'The Stoning of Soraya M.': Cruel reality is behind powerful story. The film, based on a true story told by Paris-based Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam in the 1994 best-seller of the same name, is a graphic depiction of the brutality of fundamentalist sharia law sanctioned in Iran and other Islamic countries, including U. S. ally Saudi Arabia.
(AINA) Muslims Attack Christians in Pakistan, 8 Burned Alive. On Saturday, a frenzied mob of three thousand Muslims stormed the tiny Pakistani Christian village of Gojra. Enflamed by (unconfirmed) charges that a Christian had burned pages of the Qur'an, the mob burned down fifty homes, burned eight Christians alive, and wounded twenty others. Thousands of Christians fled the area.
(Seattle Times) Religious riots kill Pakistani Christians. Hundreds of rioting Muslims attacked Christians in eastern Pakistan on Saturday, burning and looting their homes in a rampage that killed six Christians, including a child, and wounded 10 others in the latest violence against minorities in the conservative Muslim country.
(Reuters) Nigerians count cost after uprising by Islamic sect. Samuel Yunana's father, Fayam, was taken from his home, stabbed in the side of the stomach and told to convert to Islam. When he refused, his throat was slit.
(Morningstar) Christian Schools Close After Pakistan Killings. Christian schools went on strike in Pakistan on Monday to protest the killing of seven Christians in riots that heightened fears of widening unrest, officials said.
(Times, UK) Iran is ready to build an N-bomb - it is just waiting for the Ayatollah's order. Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times.
(NYT) 6 Christians Killed in Riots in Pakistan. Members of a banned Muslim organization began burning the homes of Christians in the Punjabi city of Gorja on Thursday after accusing them of desecrating pages of a Koran, said Shahbaz Bhatti, the federal minister for minorities. He said there was no truth in the allegation that the Koran had been defiled.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (Yahoo) Sudan court adjourns 'lashes for trousers' case. A Sudanese court on Wednesday adjourned the case of a woman journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing "indecent" trousers, with 10 women already whipped for similar offences against Islamic law.
RAIWIND, Pakistan (EI) PAKISTAN: Arrest of human rights leader due to 'anti-Christian bias,' group says. "This is not the first time that the court has showed prejudice when it comes to Muslim versus Christian," said the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) in a statement following the July 9 arrest of its founder-director Joseph Francis.
OAK LAWN, IL (IPTNews) Hizb Ut-Tahrir: Shariah Takes Precedence over U.S. Constitution Imam Promises to Fight "Until Islam Becomes Victorious or We Die in the Attempt". Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the international movement to re-establish an international Islamic state or Caliphate - kicked off a new campaign to win American recruits Sunday afternoon in this Chicago suburb. Nearly 300 people packed the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel for its Khalifah Conference on "The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam" to listen to HT ideologues blame capitalism for World War I and World War II; the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown; the current violence in Iraq and Afghanistan; world poverty and malnutrition and inner-city drug use.
OAK LAWN, IL (FoxNews) Islamic Supremacist Group Holds First U.S. Conference. A group committed to establishing an international Islamic empire and reportedly linked to Al Qaeda is stepping up its Western recruitment efforts by holding its first official conference in the U.S.
Kasar, Pakistan (MNN) Muslim mob attacks Christians in Kasur. Recent violent attacks on the Christian community in Pakistan are continuing. After accusing of blasphemy, a Muslim religious leader whipped a mob into a frenzy and led them on an attack on a Christian village June 30th.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (CNN) Missing Somali-American killed in Somalia. Bana is the third Somali-American from Minneapolis to head to Somalia and die there. His is one of more than a dozen missing Somali-American men whose families believe have gone back to fight alongside an al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) Wave of Iraq church bombings stretches into third day. A church in Iraq was bombed Monday, the seventh Christian house of worship in the country to be bombed in three days. At least three children were wounded in Monday's attack in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, an Interior Ministry official told CNN.
TEHRAN, IRAN (CNN) Man's family learns of his death one month after Iran protests. An Iranian family learned of their 19-year-old son's death nearly a month after he was shot during a demonstration over the Islamic republic's disputed election results, an international human rights group said Sunday.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) 4 killed, 32 wounded as 6 Baghdad churches bombed. At least four people were killed and 32 wounded as six Baghdad-area churches were bombed within 24 hours, officials told CNN. ... George said he is concerned about the church bombings. If this continues, he said, "there will be no Christians left in Iraq."
DUBAI, UAE (Pakistan News) Would Use Pakistani Nukes: Al Qaeda. “God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the mujahideen would take them and use them against the Americans,” Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the leader of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, said in an interview with Al Jazeera television.
CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters, India) Egypt's pig cull fans sectarian tension. "The Christians are Egypt's garbage men, and we are not liked," said Marzouk Badr Adli after taking part in a recent protest against the cull in Cairo's Manshiet Nasser shantytown. "We serve the people and they come and cut off our livelihood.".
LONDON, England (Telegraph,
UK) Controversial Muslim programme-maker to be head of BBC religion. Aaqil Ahmed will move to the corporation from Channel Four, where he upset Roman Catholic priests by commissioning documentaries that appeared to contain a pro-Islam bias.
LONDON, England (Guardian,
UK) BBC appoints first Muslim head of religious programming. The move is likely to be controversial with some – the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was reported to have raised concerns with the BBC director general Mark Thompson that the "Christian voice is being sidelined" after Ahmed was first connected to the role last month.
KABAL, Afganistan (Fox News) Afghans Throw Stones at Women Protesting Rape in Marriage Law. Dozens of young women braved crowds of bearded men screaming "dogs!" on Wednesday to protest an Afghan law that lets husbands demand sex from their wives. Some of the men picked up small stones and pelted the women.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Fox
News) Saudi Clerics Urge Ban on Women, Music on Television. A group of Saudi clerics urged the kingdom's new information minister on Sunday to ban women from appearing on TV or in newspapers and magazines, making clear that the country's hardline religious establishment is skeptical of a new push toward moderation..
PHILADELPHIA, PA (MEF) Muslim Strategies to Convert Western Christians. Freedom of religion guarantees every person the right to convince or be convinced that a different faith than his own is true; however, some Muslim converts reject the very liberal foundations that allow them to operate freely. And the same Muslims who accept conversions to their faith may not accept conversion away from it.
Baghdad, Iraq (Time) Iraq's Unspeakable Crime: Mothers Pimping Daughters. The youngest victims, some just 11 and 12, are sold for as much as $30,000, others for as little as $2,000. "The buying and selling of girls in Iraq, it's like the trade in cattle," Hinda says. "I've seen mothers haggle with agents over the price of their daughters."
NEW YORK, NY (EE) UN will attempt to ban speech on religion - especially Islam. "The U.N. now wants to make this anti-blasphemy resolution binding on member nations, including, the United States. It would then be a crime in the United States ... to criticize religion, in particular, Islam."
STOUGHTON, MA (IC) Will Obama Stand With Geert Wilders? Simply put, if Wilders goes to jail for Fitna then shouldn't the Muslim leaders who call for the murder of Jews, Christians and others they deem non-believers also face time in prison? Wilders called for the withdrawal of all hate speech legislation in Europe as it only applied to people critical of Islamic extremism, not Islamic extremists who call for the destruction of Israel and other terrorist acts.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (MSNBC) Militants bomb ancient shrine in Pakistan. A bomb exploded Thursday at the mausoleum of a 17th century Sufi poet in northwestern Pakistan, underscoring the gulf between hard-line Muslims and those in the region who follow a traditional, mystical brand of Islam.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (WS) Wahhabism in the Balkans. Extremist rhetoric and violence by Wahhabi Islamists continues to rock the Kosovo Republic. As described a month ago here, the Balkan territory, with an overwhelming Muslim majority, has experienced a sudden campaign of propaganda and physical assaults against Islamic moderates. Wahhabi bombast in mosque preaching now encompasses grotesque and vulgar anti-Christian insults.
DARFUR, Sudan (CNN) Sudan soldier: 'They told me to kill, to rape children'. As the International Criminal Court issues a landmark warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir over war crimes in Darfur, CNN's Nic Robertson interviews a man who was told to rape and kill children.
LONDON, England (Telegraph,
UK) Church schools could be forced to promote Islam and homosexuality, Catholics fear. Church schools could be forced to promote Islam and homosexuality under a new legally-binding code of conduct for teachers, it is feared.
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SANA'A, Yemen (Yemen Observer) Fundamentalists encourage early marriage. Islamists supported their view by saying the Prophet Mohammed married Aisha when she was 9 years old and he married off his daughter Fatima when she was 15. Some Islamist MPs have demanded the House of Representatives re-open the debate, and vote a second time on the law.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (CNN) Somali president bends to rebel demand for sharia law. Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said Saturday he will give in to a rebel demand that he impose Islamic law, or sharia, in an effort to halt fighting between Somali forces and Islamic insurgents.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (NM) Christians Fleeing Persecution in Iraq.
The Daura neighborhood of Baghdad has been the scene of mass
persecution of Christians since the U.S.-led liberation of Iraq in
2003. Churches have been fire-bombed, homes torched, and Christians
ordered by Muslim groups to leave their property and flee for their
lives or convert to Islam.
Kabul, Afghanistan (CSMonitor) Despite opposition, Afghan Christians worship in secret.
Christian groups estimate the number of Afghan Christians here ranges between 500 and 8,000 – in a country of over 30 million Muslims. Official churches don't exist, and congregants often gather in secret, using coded messages to direct them to the underground churches that move weekly.
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NEW YORK, NY (BG) Book Review:
Islamic Jihad - A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery by M. A. Khan. With great insights and analyses, this book makes it crystal clear that the paradigmatic model of Jihad is overwhelmingly violent; and that it lies at the heart of Islam, as it says, “Violent Jihad is the heart of Islam; without it, Islam would, most likely, have died a natural death in the seventh century itself” (p. 79).
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) Woman blinded by acid wants same fate for attacker. If she gets her way, her attacker will suffer the same fate. The 31-year-old Iranian is demanding the ancient punishment of "an eye for an eye," and, in accordance with Islamic law, she wants to blind Majid Movahedi, the man who blinded her.
North West Frontier Province, Pakistan (KT) Islamization between Taleban and Constructivists. First, because it seems like the Pakistani state has further conceded another bunch of its sovereignty to the Taleban. Second, the implementation of Sharia law is often associated with cruelty and barbarism, and this deal is no more than a legitimization of whatever this 'primitive' law brings including degradation of women and disrespect of human rights.
Virginia Beach, VA (CBN) Sharia Law: Tearing the West in Two. Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose sharia law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two. She recently authored the book,
Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.
MONTREAL, Canada (CP) Quebec man facing terrorism charges key member of jihad propaganda machine: expert. The Crown contends that Namouh is a member of the GIMF, an organization involved in propaganda and jihad recruitment and which is described as a media tool for al-Qaida.
MADRID, Spain (CNN) Spanish soldier arrested over 'jihad' videos. The suspects, both 23 years old and practicing Muslims, were arrested in the southern Spanish city of Granada. They were identified as Christian Peso Ruiz Coello, born in Granada, and Maria Choubina, born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1985.
BUFFALO, NY (BBC) US Muslim TV boss 'beheaded wife'. The founder of a US Muslim TV network has been charged over the beheading of his wife, media reports say.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Yahoo) Pakistan inks truce deal with militants in NW area. The founder of an upstate New York TV station aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, who was beheaded, authorities said.
BUFFALO, NY (CNN) Founder of Islamic TV station accused of beheading wife. The founder of an upstate New York TV station aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, who was beheaded, authorities said.
CAIRO, Egypt (BBC) Egyptian Christian's recognition struggle. Maher al-Gohary has converted from Islam to Christianity. In spite of facing death threats, he's engaged in a legal battle to have his changed religion recognised on his official Egyptian documents.
BUFFALO, NY (CNN) Prominent Orchard Park man charged with beheading his wife. Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police Thursday.
LONDON, England (Mail,
UK) Banned Dutch MP flies in... and is sent straight home again. Geert Wilders was barred earlier this week after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith learned that he was planning a trip to show his controversial film which links the Koran to terrorism.
LONDON, England (Telegraph,
UK) Controversial anti-Muslim MP banned from the UK because of public order fears. Geert Wilders had been refused entry to the United Kingdom to broadcast his controversial anti-Muslim film Fitna in the House of Lords.
WARSAW, Poland (Province,
CA) Pakistan hampered attempts bid to save hostage: Poland. Internal divisions within Pakistan's government apparatus hampered efforts to save the life of a Polish hostage beheaded by Taliban militants, Poland's foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Melbourne, Australia (Daily
AU) Arson is pure terrorism. Treating arson as terrorism should not be a huge leap, given that a group of Islamic extremists last year singled Australia out as a target for "forest jihad" as a weapon of terror.
Melbourne, Australia (Mail,
UK) Forest jihad: How Australian wildfires 'could fuel Al Qaeda armies of one'. 'Forest fires track well with the latest discussion trends seen in Al Qaeda forums - easy to do, big impact, low security risk, high media coverage,' Al Qaeda expert Jarret Brachman told Fox News today. Brachman, author of 'Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice', said such 'forest jihad' slides neatly into Al Qaeda's increasing desire to create 'armies of one'.
NORTHWESTERN, Pakistan (Mail,
UK) Horrifying video of militants beheading Polish engineer is released by Pakistani Taliban. A shocking new video that appears to show Pakistani militants beheading a kidnapped Polish engineer has emerged. The seven-minute video appears to show the Polish hostage, Piotr Stanczak, sitting on the floor flanked by two masked men.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AN) Iraqi woman had 80 women raped then recruited as suicide bombers. A woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.
JERUSALEM, Israel (Telegraph,
UK) 'Al-Qaeda would blow up Christ's burial site', says Benjamin Netanyahu. Benjamin Netanyahu, the favourite to win next month's Israeli general election, yesterday predicted al-Qaeda would blow up the purported burial place of Jesus Christ if the country relinquished control of Jerusalem.
HK) Terror cleric, followers jailed. A Muslim cleric and six followers were jailed for up to 15 years yesterday for forming an Australian terror cell that plotted bomb attacks designed to kill thousands.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Times,
UK) 'Female suicide bomb recruiter' Samira Ahmed Jassim captured. In a prison interview with the Associated Press — with interrogators nearby — she said that she helped to organise the rapes of young women and then stepped in to persuade the victims to become suicide bombers as their only escape from the shame.
DAVOS, Switzerland (CS) An Angry Man in Davos. But, after Erdogan’s reaction, Turkey took the risk of losing her peace-brokering role in the Middle East, and of being identified as an ally of Hamas—and, by extension, Iran.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AllAfrica) Africa: Anti-Christian Gaddafi Takes Over as AU Chair. President Muammar Gaddafi whose public statements have had the potential of worsening the delicate Muslim-Christian relations in Africa was on Monday elected chairman of the African Union (AU).
PARIS, France (Daily
Mail, UK) Schoolgirl divorcee, 10, launches book about shocking child bride ordeal. Divocee Nojoud Ali, 10, has written a book about being a child bride in Yemen.
MIDDLESEX, UK (Mail, UK) Cricket team told it can't call itself 'the Crusaders'...in case it offends Muslims and Jews. A cricket team has been forced to change its name after angry complaints from Muslims and Jews. The Middlesex Crusaders, who have played under the name for almost 10 years, will play next season as The Panthers.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AKI) Indonesia: Women prefer divorce to polygamy in Islamic courts. A growing number of Muslim women are choosing to file for divorce rather than continue in a polygamous marriage, according to data from Islamic courts in Indonesia.
GAZA (JP) Gazans tell Israeli investigators of Hamas abuses. Nuaf Atar spoke about the use of Gazan schools to shoot rockets at Israel. Zabhi Atar revealed that Hamas used food coupons to entice Palestinians to join its ranks and Hamad Zalah said Hamas took control of UNRWA food supplies transferred to Gaza and refused to distribute them to people affiliated with Fatah.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (Australian) Rotary Club a 'threat' to Islam. Indonesian Islamic hardliners have called for a ban on international organisations the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, saying they are part of a Zionist conspiracy, reports said today.
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (Yahoo
News, SG) Four gold prospectors murdered in Philippines. Suspected Muslim separatists shot and hacked to death four gold prospectors on the troubled southern island of Mindanao, police said Monday.
WASHINGTON, DC (WND) Congress warned: 'Beware of CAIR': Takes cue after FBI cuts off Muslim group for terror ties. Warning: Do not meet with representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a "Dear Colleague" letter sent yesterday to every U.S. House member says.
LONDON, England (Leicester Mercury, UK) Police adopt uniform hijab. Police have opened the door to female Muslim recruits by incorporating the hijab into the uniform. The force has become the latest to approve a design for a headscarf suitable for officers on patrol.
LONDON, England (Times,
UK) Church vows to keep faith with its schools, despite Muslim majority. Christian families are such a rarity in some inner-city communities that two Church of England schools now cater exclusively for Muslim pupils, The Times has learnt.
MELBOURNE, Australia (TheAge,
AU) Rudd rebukes cleric's battery, rape sermon. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has demanded an immediate repudiation of comments from a self-styled Melbourne Muslim cleric who has condoned violence and rape within marriage.
AMSTERDAM, Holland (Brussels Journal) Bad News from Europe: Nazi Methods in Court. The Dutch judicial authorities are going to prosecute Geert Wilders, one of the 150 members of the Dutch Parliament, for making the movie Fitna. In this short documentary, which explains what happens if a number of verses of the Koran are taken seriously, Mr Wilders compares the Muslims’ holy book to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He claims the Koran calls for violence against Jews and other non-Muslims.
NEW DELHI, India (Ottawa
Sun) 'We have 3 foreigners' ... 'Kill them' "Kill them," the handler replied. Shots rang out, followed by cheering that could be heard over the phone. "Inflict the maximum damage," they said.
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) Teen trained to be suicide bomber feels tricked. Shakirullah is already a convicted terrorist for planning to carry out a suicide bombing. He says Muslim radicals lied and tricked him into becoming a would-be bomber. "I have been detained for trying to commit a suicide attack," he says.