By Raymond Ibrahim
In the following video, Hanne Nabintu, historian of religions, interviews me on a number of topics dealing with the history of Islam and the West – including such topics as the original Arab conquests and Crusades — and why the modern West’s notion of historian is immensely skewed:
Fox News: “We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends,” Obama said during remarks at the Multi-Faith National Prayer Breakfast.
By The Right Scoop
We’ve written a lot here about President Erdogan and his Islamist Turkish government, including that if you criticize him you will be arrested. This is a constant problem for the media who have no freedom to speak the truth about Erdogan:
Well a recent headline by Hurriyet Daily News, one of our favorite Turkish news websites, has upset President Erdogan. The headline was about Morsi getting the death sentence a few days ago in Egypt:
|CHINA: Church Building Demolished in Zhejiang
Source: China Aid
Shendong Church in Zhejiang was forcibly demolished on April 28th in continuation of the province-wide “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” campaign. Authorities reportedly claimed that the land on which the church was built belonged to the government. The church had previously submitted requests to the local religious affairs bureau and other government agencies, requesting that their location be approved and finalized. However, the contacted governing officials never responded to these requests.
Following the destruction, the church’s pastor then specifically contacted the government official who was in charge of the demolition and the church site’s subsequent relocation. When informed that the government needed two months to find and approve a new gathering site, the church demanded that the government find a new site immediately. For the time being, the church has been meeting in a nearby clubhouse.
The demolition occurred on the one-year anniversary of the demolition of Sanjiang Church, a mega-church in Zhejiang that was one of the first major church demolitions in the persecution campaign. (For more information on that incident, you can read our previous prayer alert.)
Pray that, through His mysterious ways, God will use the ongoing opposition against the church in Zhejiang to advance His kingdom purposes there. Specifically, ask Him to embolden the faith of this congregation, equipping each of them to be powerful agents of His grace. May they continue meeting together for worship despite the present obstacles, while trusting God that they will soon be granted a suitable new gathering site.
For more information on China’s persecuted church, visit our Country Report.
|ETHIOPIA: Christians Charged After Baptismal Service
Source: World Watch Monitor
Seven Christians were recently charged with holding “illegal meetings in secret locations” — a charge they deny with the explanation that they have fulfilled the legal requirements. The men were released on bail after a court hearing on May 11th. Local church leaders worked together to pay the necessary bail charge of 5,000 Birr (approximately $300 CAD) each, after police were granted another week to conclude investigations.
The believers were first arrested on April 25th following a service in which 40 new Christians were baptized. They insist the church had all the necessary approvals for the gathering. During the raid, an estimated 15 police officers surrounded the church’s meeting place, arrested the three church leaders, and chased after four of the newly baptized Christians who had fled out of fear. The four attempting to avoid further persecution are from Muslim backgrounds and had faced pressure from their families to return to Islam. They were later arrested at a local bus station. Police also confiscated documents providing details on church membership. Church leaders say they are concerned the incident may lead to even greater pressure on the already vulnerable community of new Christians.
Please bring these fellow believers to our Lord in prayer, asking that their faith be strengthened in spite of the hardships they are presently facing. Request that the charges brought against those who were arrested be dropped. Especially intercede on behalf of the converts who are also facing familial pressure because of their love for Jesus. May each of their unsaved family members personally experience a life-transforming encounter with the Risen Saviour who longs to reveal His tremendous love for them, as well as His wonderful plan of salvation. Finally, pray that God will greatly bless and encourage His growing church in Ethiopia, mightily using it to reach many others with the Gospel message.
To share your prayers for these Christians, visit our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall.
RECENT PRISONER UPDATES
|PAKISTAN: Reach Out to Victimized Christian Facing Life Imprisonment
Source: VOM USA
The family of Imran Ghafur, a Christian man who has been in jail since 2010 on blasphemy charges, is requesting continued prayer for Imran’s release. The imprisoned believer is currently serving a life sentence on the conviction of burning a Quran.
Imran’s brother, Naveed, told VOM contacts that the entire family was able to visit him before Easter. He further shared that Imran continues to read his Bible, fast and pray. The attorney representing the imprisoned believer has filed an appeal with the Pakistan High Court, but no hearing date has yet been set. VOM has regular contact with Imran’s family, offering prayer and encouragement. (For more information about Imran, visit our website.)
Please continue to remember Imran in your prayers, asking the Lord to further encourage and sustain him as he remains behind bars after all this time. Additionally, may his family be granted patience as they too are suffering daily due to the long absence. In addition to praying for his release, ask that Imran and his loved ones be granted the strength required to remain faithful to God in all circumstances. May their faithfulness result in a rich harvest, whereby many will come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Important Note: Along with your prayers, you can personally reach out to Imran by writing him a letter of encouragement. When writing, please do not mention the name of the source of your information or the name of any organization such as The Voice of the Martyrs. While it is not dangerous for a prisoner to receive general letters from individuals, if a particular organization is mentioned, the incarcerated Christian may be accused of links with “foreign organizations” and thus be subjected to even harsher sentences. Also, please do not state anything negative about their government. Your letters can be mailed to: Imran Ghafur, Central Jail of Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Thank you for reaching out and making a difference in this believer’s life!
The Persecution & Prayer Alert is a ministry of:
By The Right Scoop
Obama is absolutely unbelievable sometimes. In an interview with Slate Magazine, he played down the Iranian Ayatollah’s hatred of Israel as no big deal, suggesting that shouldn’t be a reason why they can’t get nukes:
Watch the video to see what they say about the ruling!
We should never allow ourselves to be intimidated. And here, in America, you are allowed to make pictures and drawings, no matter what the Sharia says. … If we react to threats over cartoons by no longer making cartoons, the terrorists have won. … The jihadis want to kill me, but others want to silence me… by legal or political harassment. All this is happening not in third-world dictatorships, as you might expect, but in Western democracies.
The National Security Agency Planned to Hack the Google Ap Store to Spy on Americans
By Raymond Ibrahim
True to the medieval teachings of Islam—in this case, that an “infidel” Christian’s testimony against a Muslim is null and void in (a Sharia) court—the following letter was recently published on Arabic media demonstrating that little has changed in Egypt:
By The Right Scoop
We already know that Obama and Hillary lied about Benghazi based on a DNI memo. But here is even more proof that Hillary Clinton knew the truth about Benghazi from close confidant Sidney Blumenthal, in an email he sent her two days after the attack, and yet she still lied about it:
New Emails Revealed: The Intel on Benghazi That Hillary Clinton Received Just a Day After Deadly Attacks
New Emails Revealed: The Intel on Benghazi That Hillary Clinton Received Just a Day After Deadly Attacks
Kent Hovind in Prison While IRS Employees Use Databases to File Fraudulent Tax Returns
No Amendments, Closed Debate: Rand Paul’s NSA Filibuster Proves Mitch McConnell Running U.S. Senate Just Like Harry Reid
by Matthew Boyle
The PATRIOT Act filibuster that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% led on Wednesday evening has proven one big thing: that his colleague from Kentucky, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, agrees with his predecessor that there shouldn’t be open process or debate when the Senate considers major pieces of legislation.
Students at a Welsh university have voted to remove thousands of Bibles from halls of residence, in a move being described as “illiberal and intolerant.”
By The Right Scoop
This is absolutely horrible. For Obama’s State Department to describe this as a ‘set back’ is so callous and uncaring. All these people are dying because Obama is not serious about defeating ISIS:
By P.J. Gladnick
Talk about poor timing! Just as President Obama is about to give the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy on the subject of the perils of global warming, a report has come out in Forbes Magazine that updated NASA data reveals that contrary to the many alarmist stories in the mainstream media, the polar ice caps are not receding.
James Taylor, who has written on energy and environment issues, reveals that the polar ice caps have not receded at all since NASA data measurements began in 1979. Taylor also notes that the MSM has remained resolutely silent on these latest NASA data revelations:
By The Right Scoop
Mark Levin opened his show tonight highlighting how Ted Cruz dealt with a reporter who asked him if he had a personal animosity to gay Americans. Mark Levin said Ted Cruz gave the perfect answer and knocked out of the park, not allowing himself to be pigeon-holed into a position by a reporter who was attempting to smear Cruz.
As Dr. Walter E. Williams writes for CNSnews.com, “Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today’s black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let’s look at some of it. Today the overwhelming majority of black children are raised in single female-headed families. As early as the 1880s, three-quarters of black families were two-parent. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black families were two-parent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children had the same mother and father.”
Now it is Saskatchewan’s turn to be subjected to bullying by powerful “sexual minorities,” left wing political parties and mainstream news media into promoting homosexuality.
The minority New Democratic Party has introduced a bill in the legislature that would put on the same level the time-honoured democratic rights to freedom of religion, conscience and association the right to establish homosexual clubs on school campuses—so-called Gay-Straight Alliances. And not just for public schools but private Christian and state-supported Catholic schools too, despite their principled opposition to homosexuality as banned by Holy Scripture, Church Tradition, and Natural Law.
Historically, in our nation, citizens were entitled to privacy while the government was supposed to operate as transparently as possible, so we could see what was going on. What we have seen instead is this concept turned on its head.
From a Norwegian reader: A Muslim interrupted a child christening in church by running to the sacristy with the Quran in hand, yelling that Allah is the only true god. More of the same vicious Islamic supremacism that millions engage in and we are told is a figment of our islamophobic imaginations.
Members of the bar must be representative of the communities that make up Canada, and that means we must allow the admission of Christians practising the values they have defined for themselves.
By James G. Long
Psychopathy is about unwarranted control of others by a psychopathic personality, and it is the world’s worst, most destructive, most subtle, and most deceptive mental disorder. Psychopathy is aggravated by the psychopath’s ability to convince enablers and supporters to join the psychopath in self-destructive behaviors. Think Hitler. We have only recently begun to become aware of the nature and impact of psychopathy, but clinical psychopathy was defined over seventy years ago by Dr. Hervey Cleckley. A previous article outlined ways in which international psychopaths might be confronted. As the victims/perpetrators of the world’s worst mental disorder, psychopaths always fail but do terrible social, moral, and economic damage to opponents and to supporters alike as they fail. This article will address dealing with domestic psychopaths, who are currently doing massive damage to the United States of America.
Jonathon van Maren
“The most effective way to destroy people,” George Orwell once noted, “is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In today’s culture, knowledge of history is, itself, fast becoming history.
Late-night hosts sometimes make comedic hay of this growing cultural Alzheimer’s by asking people in the street mundane questions such as “Who were our allies in World War II?” to hilariously cringe-worthy responses. But there is a distinctly unfunny side to our forgetfulness. We are very much at risk, as the old saying goes, not just of repeating history because we have forgotten it, but of repeating it without even being aware that we are repeating it.
It was this point that veteran Canadian journalist and author Ted Byfield emphasized over and over when I spoke with him some time ago. “We are swiftly abandoning many of the fundamental social and moral principles upon which our civilization is based,” he said. “That is, we’re zealously cutting off the branch we’re sitting on…very few people, whether educated or uneducated, know where those principles came from, and how we came to embrace them. We are dangerously ignorant of our own heritage and history.”
Watch as the Supreme Court justice totally destroys the rule of law.
Kirsten Powers doesn’t mince words when discussing what she calls the “illiberal silencing tactics” of the left, including those employed by the Obama administration.
“It goes without saying that if George Bush had done this, he would have been Hitler,” she said of the Obama administration’s attempt to “delegitimize” Fox News.
The concept of “delegitimizing” individuals or organizations like Fox News is a main theme in her new book, “The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech.”
By The Right Scoop
Mark Steyn was on Hannity tonight talking about Hillary Clinton and everything from her sense of entitlement to her dishonest. He even says that he’d love to see Elizabeth Warren run, because while she’s a socialist lunatic, she at least comes by her socialism honestly.
Watch the whole segment, it’s excellent:
“It is a classic example of, really, a page out of 1984 when what things mean are the opposite of what they really are, and that’s what I’m seeing here,” said Huckabee. “In the name of tolerance, there’s intolerance. In the name of diversity, there’s uniformity. In the name of acceptance, there’s true discrimination. It’s just bizarre. And the sad thing is a lot of these major companies and CEOs are just capitulating.”
This is simply amazing. We kind of suspected that there was something else going on behind the Ferguson protests, but only now do we have absolute evidence that there were shady organizations PAYING for protesters to show up. How do we know? Because those same protesters are angry that they were promised money and it hasn’t been paid yet!
Which is, in itself, hilarious:
Weather agencies in Australia, Paraguay and Switzerland may be manipulating temperature data to create a sharper warming trend than is present in the raw data — a practice that has come under scrutiny in recent months.
Most recently, Dr. H. Sterling Burnett with the Heartland Institute detailed how the Swiss Meteorological Service adjusted its climate data “to show greater warming than actually measured by its temperature instruments.”
In his latest article, Sterling wrote that Switzerland’s weather bureau adjusted its raw temperature data so that “the temperatures reported were consistently higher than those actually recorded.” For example, the cities of Sion and Zurich saw “a doubling of the temperature trend” after such adjustments were made.
But even with the data tampering, Sterling noted that “there has been an 18-year-pause in rising temperatures, even with data- tampering.”
by Warner Todd Huston
Did you think that the riots in Ferguson were just local citizens fed up with “the man”? Well, think again. It turns out that many of the protesters were actually paid agitators sent there to cause trouble for money, not for a passionate desire for “change.”
It turns out that the successor group to Missouri’s ACORN group was paying “protesters” $5,000 a month to go out and stir trouble.
Pamela Geller — the woman whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, organized the Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas — may be the most hated person in America right now. She is certainly the left’s chief villain. And, sad to say, though few conservatives hate her, more than a few have condemned her.
The question is why?
Here are three reasons.
By James Zumwalt
It is clear President Barack Obama suffers from a serious mental disconnect in his thinking about Islam. Those responsible for drawing attention to it, the media, suffer it as well—by willingly accepting his narrative on Islam.
For six years, we have borne witness to Obama’s repeated assertions Islam is a peaceful religion. Neither terrorist attacks conducted in the name of Allah in the West nor ongoing massive turmoil in Muslim lands have dissuaded him from making outlandish assertions.
If “Islamophobist” ascribes one with prejudicial concerns about Islam, if a basis exists for such concerns due to clearly identifiable tenets unique to Islam’s teachings, yet, despite this, if one continues ignoring these truths, perhaps it is appropriate to describe one fearing truth about Islam as an “Islamophobia-phobist.”
It is clear Obama suffers this malady. He refuses to acknowledge concerns over the violence Islam inherently breeds.
The disconnect in Obama’s reasoning is this: Islam is a peaceful religion; therefore, any Muslim undertaking violence in its name is not Muslim but a hijacker of the religion.
Obama would have us believe Muslims are “peace virgins”: One undertaking an act of violence loses this virginity and is no longer entitled status as a Muslim.
By Jay Sekulow
Two years ago this month, we learned of the burgeoning scandal at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the deliberate targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups – a coordinated move to keep these groups on the sidelines during a critical election.
We are in federal court representing dozens of targeted groups and continue to seek justice in this case. But over the course of the two years when the scandal broke, one thing has become very clear: unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats were at the center of this scheme.
What’s equally troubling – there’s been no accountability. Not one person has been fired. Zero.
The IRS, along with a long list of other agencies, is run by bureaucrats. And these bureaucrats destroy our liberty and threaten our democracy.
For six years Carol Everett operated four abortion clinics in Texas.
As reported by The Catholic Register, Everett earned a commission for every abortion in addition to a share of the fees charged by each clinic. She says she sold abortion and made big bucks off of the “cash cow” of abortion. A new abortion clinic, she said at the annual Rose Dinner for the National March for Life in Ottawa, would make enough money to pay for itself in a single month.
The clinics’ system to make the quick cash was quite simple. The abortionist would move from one room to the next, performing abortion after abortion, often without cleaning up between abortions, according to Everett.
In addition, Everett said that the counselors at the clinics are more like telemarketers. They are trained to schedule abortions and use wording to eliminate a potential clients’ fears and objections concerning abortion.
By Rick Moran
After a two-year fight (that isn’t over), Judicial Watch released documents it obtained through a FOIA request that show that the intelligence community knew the nature of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, as well as the perpetrators, within 24 hours of the death of Ambassador Stevens.
The anti-Mohammed video was never mentioned.
Here’s John Hinderaker’s thorough report: