Apr 27 2016
Persecution of Christians
Apr 22 2016
Obama’s BFF, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, seizes several Christian churches and declares them “state property”
Yes, this is the same Turkish president who is demanding membership in the European Union. And the EU is is leaning toward giving it to him.
UK Express President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement.
The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens. Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of which is over 1,700 years old.
They have now effectively become state property – meaning they are run by the government – in a country with a dire human rights record where about 98 percent of the population is Muslim.
The order to seize the churches was made on March 25 by Erdogan’s council of ministers, according to the website World Watch Monitor.
They claim it was made on the grounds that authorities intend to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the city, which has been partially destroyed by 10 months of urban conflict between government forces and militants from the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).
But the seizures have outraged worshippers at the churches, who fear a government coup against their religion are now threatening to take legal action against the decision.
Ahmet Guvener, pastor of Diyarbakir Protestant Church, said: “The government didn’t take over these pieces of property in order to protect them. They did so to acquire them.”
And the Diyarbakir Bar Association – which represents Christians worshipping at one of the churches, has now officially filed an appeal the government’s action.
In a statement the group said: “Among the expropriated plots, there are structures belonging to public institutions … and places of worship and residences considered as historical and cultural heritage.
“This decision, which seems to be made by the request of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning without any reason or justification, is unacceptable within the limits of constitutional order.” The seizure fits into a pattern in the Middle East, where Christians are systematically displaced and persecuted.
Apr 18 2016
DISGRACEFUL: Pope Francis could have chosen Syrian Christian refugees to take into the Vatican, but he only chose Muslims
Apparently, there were Christians among the Muslim migrants at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos where the Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians visited. But this Pope decided that only Muslims were worthy of rescuing.
Mar 27 2016
EASTER MASSACRE IN CRAPISTAN: At least 65 dead and 300 injured after a Taliban suicide bomber targeted Christians celebrating Easter in a park
PAKISTAN: The blast happened in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore, near the children’s swings, and most of the victims were women and children. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack, adding: ‘The target was Christians.’
UK Daily Mail Authorities have so far confirmed the deaths of 65 people at the park, where Christians had been celebrating Easter, but they expect the death toll to rise. ‘Most of the dead and injured are women and children,’ said Mustansar Feroz, police superintendent for the area in which the park is located.
Senior police official Haider Ashraf said the blast appeared to be a suicide attack, adding that ball bearings were found at the crowded park. Medical workers said the blast mainly killed women and children, while many of the wounded were in a critical condition.
Nasreen Bibi, the mother of a two-year-old injured in the attack, spoke through tears as she waited for news from the doctors. ‘We were just here to have a nice evening and enjoy the weather. May God shower his wrath upon these attackers. What kind of people target little children in a park?’
The group responsible for the attack was founded Omar Khalid Korasani, a former Taliban senior leader who broke off from the main group to form the more-hardline organization in 2014. He re-aligned with the main Pakistani Taliban leadership last year, and the group are currently waging war on the government, which in 2014 vowed to grant no safe haven to terrorists.
The attack happened in the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif political base in Punjab. In a statement, the group said: ‘We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter.
‘We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore. He can do what he wants but he won’t be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.’ The group was previously responsible for a March 2015 bombing at a Roman Catholic church in Lahore that killed 15 people and injured 70 others
Today, eyewitnesses said they saw body parts strewn across the parking lot once the dust had settled after the blast. ‘When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air,’ said Hasan Imran, 30, a resident who had gone to Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park for a walk.
The park had been particularly busy on Sunday evening due to the Easter holiday weekend, and ambulances were seen rushing to the blast scene.
Mar 25 2016
Regular BNI readers already know the many reasons why one should never hire a Muslim. Now, there’s another reason never to take a job with a Muslim company.
CHICAGO SUN TIMES A former employee of the American Islamic College (AIC) filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming the North Side college and its president discriminated, harassed and unfairly treated him over his Christian faith, eventually forcing him to resign.
Munir Habash, a practicing Christian, filed the suit against AIC and its president, Hasan Ali Yurtsever, in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming he was discriminated against, harassed, and treated disparately for his religious beliefs, which would violate the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance.
Habash, the former director of finance and operations for AIC, worked for the college, located at 640 W. Irving Park Rd., between August 2006 and January 2016, according to the lawsuit. He claims that in 2012, when Yurtsever — who is “a devout Muslim” — became president of the college, he “noticed a sharp change in the manner in which he was perceived by AIC.”
Yurtsever would begin meetings by reciting verses from the Quran, even though it made Habash uncomfortable, and regularly told Habash and others in the meetings that all non-Muslims will go to hell, the suit said. Habash also claims that employees of AIC made repeated attempts to convert him to Islam.
In August 2013, Habash heard a professor telling Yurtsever that Muslims only produce 3 percent of the world’s food but consume 25 percent, the suit said. In response, while looking at Habash, Yurtsever said, “Good, let the Christians serve us.”
After returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia in May 2015, Yurtsever told AIC employees that Saudi Board Members of AIC did not want Christians in the building, the suit claims. About the same time, Yurtsever began taking over Habash’s duties, and hiring only “unlicensed and uninsured” Muslim contractors, the suit said.
About July 15, 2015, Yurtsever cut Habash’s vacation time from 21 days per year to 15 days, the suit alleges. On the other hand, Muslim employees were given 14 days off per year, plus a week-long vacation for the December holidays, which Habash was not afforded.
Habash also claims that Muslim employees received substantially higher wage increases, while his salary remained stagnant for years, the suit said. In January, Muslim employees allegedly received a 27 percent raise, while Habash received a 2 percent raise. When Habash protested, Yurtsever told him “that was the way it was and accept it.”
Habash resigned Jan. 16, the suit said. He is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
Feb 19 2016
ETHNIC CLEANSING in IRAQ: Iranian-backed Muslim militias are seizing Christian churches and homes in Baghdad
You can thank Barack Hussein Obama for this which started right after he pulled all American troops out of Iraq. Yet he has refused to allow into America more than a handful of Iraqi Christian refugees who seek asylum here, even kicking 12 of them out of the country after they had joined relatives in San Diego. Is this not genocide?
Feb 3 2016
A preacher at age 18, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson is now the president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), an organization that thinks our government protects Islam more than Christianity. “NRB wants to be for the First Amendment, what NRA [National Rifle Association] is for the Second Amendment,” he says in this 22-minute exclusive video interview (below) for The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Daily Caller The federal government is “pushing down” against Christian principles, he explains. Johnson cites concerns that the Federal Communications Commission may decide that broadcasting Christian content is not “in the public interest.”
He worries the Internal Revenue Service may deny tax-exempt status to those who espouse contrary positions from the progressive orthodoxy. Hospitals and charities — often begun as Christian charities — must now perform abortions despite their moral foundations. He even fears the Department of Education may use its accreditation leverage to mandate towing the line on same-sex marriage or Islam-friendly policies.
“[You] haven’t heard the president or the State Department condemn the brutal killings of Christians in the Middle East. If some little Muslim group gets pushed around overseas, we hear about that immediately,” Johnson says.
Watch the full Jerry Johnson video HERE
Jan 16 2016
PAKISTAN: Two-year-old Christian girl raped by a Muslim after her family refused to convert to Islam
Two years later, the girl has endured four surgeries in an effort to repair the extensive damage from the rape. She still cannot pass urine in the usual way and likely never will be able to marry and live a normal life.
Jan 15 2016
While the American president uses tax dollars to rebuild mosques overseas, the Egyptian president vows to rebuild churches in Egypt destroyed by jihadists
At Christmas mass, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asked Christians to ‘please accept our apologies’ for their persecution and pledged to have every single church fixed within one year. In 2013, after the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, Time Magazine designated Al-Sisi the ‘most important man in the world.’
Clarion Project (h/t Robert S) For the second time, Egyptian President Al-Sisi attended a Coptic Christmas mass — a strong symbolic move that he was the first head of state to make. This year, he asked the Christians to “please accept our apologies” for their persecution and the length of time it has taken to rebuild churches attacked by Islamists. He pledged to have every single one fixed within one year.
Al-Sisi attended the mass with the Coptic Pope and told the country to accept diversity as part of Allah‘s creation “God [Allah] has created us different … in religion, manner, color, language, habit, tradition … and no one can make us the all same,” he said to an applause.
In the days before the Christmas mass, Al-Sisi used the holiday of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday to criticize Islamic religious authorities, challenging them to send Christmas wishes to Christians and to preach that no one should be harmed for their choice of religion. It was a direct shot at the Islamist teachings that Muslims who leave the faith should be executed for apostasy.
“In our schools, institutes and universities, do we teach and practice respect for the other? We neither teach or practice it,” he said.
The Egyptian Streets website quoted him as saying:
“Can I impose upon someone pressure, physically or morally, to change their religion? Would God accept this?” “What are we afraid of? Are we custodians of people’s minds or choices? No we are not. In religion specifically, no. Each of us will be judged independently … and [people] will have to answer [for their choices and what they choose to believe].”
Al-Sisi became the first Egyptian President to attend a Christmas mass last year, where he appealed to the country’s strong nationalism to undercut anti-Christian sentiment. He proclaimed in his televised remarks, “Let no one say, ‘What kind of Egyptian are you?’… It is not right to call each other anything but ‘the Egyptians.’ We must only be Egyptians!”
“We will love each other for real, so that people may see,” he said as he stood next to Coptic leaders and fought back tears in his eyes on national television.
After the Islamic State (ISIS) executed a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians, El-Sisi emphasized that their deaths were just as heinous as if they had executed Muslims.
Al-Sisi is most known for his epic declaration last year that Egypt must lead a modernist reformation in Islamic interpretations, placing the blame for Islamic terrorism and human rights abuses squarely on teachings rooted in Islamism (political Islam).
He is direct in saying that Egypt must not be an Islamic state, but a civil one and the current Islamic thinking, based on the texts and Islamic Law, are “antagonizing the entire world.”
He is telling all who will listen that his fellow Muslims who use terrorism, suicide bombings, beheadings, mass killings, violent expansionism and wish to kill and subjugate ‘the others’ to build a new caliphate so that they themselves may live, is impossible.
In 2010, the Obama Regime gave $770 million to refurbish mosques in Mideast Muslim countries at a time when the United States was suffering its worst financial crisis since the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
Dec 30 2015
From 1915 – 1923, some 1.5 million Christians were brought through what is now Turkey and walked to their deaths near Deir-al-Zour in modern Syria. One hundred years on, only a handful of survivors remain to tell the stories of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turkish Muslims, which they witnessed.
Herald Standard As a candidate for president, Obama repeatedly vowed to recognize the Armenian genocide once in office, vowing “a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide.” But since 2009, Obama has declined to use the words “Armenian Genocide” in the face of furious resistance from Turkey, a supposed NATO ally.
In a written statement, Obama said the 1915 killings of some 1.5 million Armenians represent “one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.” But year after year, he refuses to use the word “genocide” to describe it.
More about the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Dec 25 2015
Thanks to the growing Palestinian knife jihad in the streets, foreign tourists are steering clear of Bethlehem this year, while church attendance by Palestinian Christians is also way down.
Dec 25 2015
Despite the Islamic State’s efforts to ethnically cleanse all the Christians out of Syria, 400,000 of them still remain. And they are happily celebrating Christmas
Nov 10 2015
CHRISTIAN LIVES DON’T MATTER? The ethnic cleansing of the Middle East by Muslims is nothing short of genocide
In 1915, Christians comprised 20% of the Middle East. Today, they are barely 5% and disappearing fast. Barack Hussein Obama not only refuses to take in any Christian refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq, he is deporting the ones who are already here.
FAITHKEEPERS, The Movie is a documentary due to be released in 2016 documentary film about the violent persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The film features exclusive footage and testimonials of Christians, Baha’i, Yazidis, Jews, and other minority refugees, and a historical context of the persecution in the region. The film also follows the story of a 24-year-old Christian student from North Carolina on her journey of discovery and solidarity with persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
Oct 24 2015
The Islamic State (ISIS) is sending assassins into UN refugee camps to slaughter Christians in their beds
The Muslim jihadis are sending teams of trained killers into camps disguised as refugees to kidnap and kill vulnerable Christians. But refugees are terrified to report many of the killings in case they are targeted next, according to aid workers.
UK Express (h/t Maria J) The horrifying tactic emerged after one terrorist got cold feet and renounced jihad after witnessing Christians helping out other refugees within the camp. He then revealed that he had been sent with an Islamist hit squad to eliminate Christians as part of the hate group’s ideological drive to wipe the non-Islamic religions off the map.
Express.co.uk has revealed how Christianity could disappear from the Middle East within five years as fanatical fundamentalists ramp up their campaign of persecution.
An aid worker at a United Nations (UN) run camp in Jordan, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals, revealed that the jihadis are also kidnapping young refugee girls to sell on as sex slaves. He said: “The Muslim gangs come as refugees, but they have their agendas.
“They’re like a mafia. People are even killed inside the camps, and the refugees are afraid to say if they saw somebody get killed. If you ask them, they’ll say, ‘I don’t know, I was asleep.'” Britain has pledged to take 20,000 people in from such camps in the last five years.
The aid worker told the Christian Post: “The last time I went inside a camp, I had a policeman with me. “The camps are dangerous because they have IS, Iraqi militias and Syrian militias. It’s another place for gangs. “They’re killing inside the camps, and they’re buying and selling ladies and even girls.”
ISIS is believed to have executed thousands of Christians in Iraq and Syria who have refused to renounce their faith. When the terror group conquered the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, it gave Christians 24 hours to either leave or face a gruesome death.
The ‘Arab Spring’ – which was backed by Barack Hussein Obama and initially celebrated by Western leaders across the globe – has unleashed a wave of persecution against Christians across North Africa and the Middle East.
The Archbishop of Aleppo, in Syria, recently warned that Christianity could be wiped out in the region in just five years if Islamist fanatics including ISIS are allowed to carry on their campaign of persecution unchecked.
While ISIS has suffered serious losses from Russian air and missile strikes, tens of thousands of them might already be in Europe as part of the refugee invasion.
Oct 9 2015
Islamic State (ISIS) to Christians in Syria: “Pay Jizya (non-Muslim tax) or you will be executed and your wives will become our sex slaves”
On October 3, 2015, the information office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Damascus Province posted a five-minute video titled “[Fight Those Who Do Not Believe In Allah] Until They Give The Jizya Willingly While They Are Humbled” (from Koran 9:29).
MEMRI The video, posted on Archive.org and disseminated via social media, including on Twitter under the Damascus Province hashtag, deals with ISIS’s imposition of a dhimma contract and the jizya poll tax on the Christian residents of the city of Qaryatayn, Syria, which it recently conquered. The video is accompanied by footage of ISIS removing crosses from churches and destroying them, as well as video of the signing of the contract.
The video opens by showing ISIS fighters entering Qaryatayn and marching through its streets. A narrator stresses that after it was “liberated” by ISIS fighters from the “the tyrant’s soldiers [army of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad],” shari’a law had returned to the city and its Muslim residents are smiling again.
The narrator says that some of the city’s Christians had chosen to convert to Islam, while others preferred signing the dhimmi (non-Muslim slave of Islam) contract, paying the jizya tax, and living in peace and security in the Islamic Caliphate state. Images are shown of ISIS fighters throwing a cross off the roof of a church and of a church hall destroyed by ISIS.