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Feeling the brutality of Islamic supremism
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)
Reports coming out of Iran say persecution of Christians is only growing more bold and brazen, as Iranian authorities once again raided a house church – this time in Shiraz – and arrested between 6 to 10 members of the congregation.
The detainees are being held in an undisclosed location.
Jihad Watch publisher Robert Spencer says that the Iranians don’t know that they’re doing the very thing that will produce more Christians. “They don’t know that Christianity grows amid persecution,” Spencer said. “Islam has expanded through violence and intimidation, so it isn’t at all surprising that they’d resort to it again.”
Clare Lopez, a senior fellow with the Center for Security Policy agrees, speculating that if the Iranian mullahs know persecution grows the Christian church, they don’t care. They’re following their sworn duty as Muslims.
“The issue has little to do with perceptions of how Christianity might respond,” Lopez said, “but rather with the obligation under Islamic doctrine to put and keep dhimmis in their ‘place’ within Muslim society.
“The forces of Shariah Islam are in the ascendant all over the Middle East these days,” Lopez continued, “and with the new-found sense of empowerment combined with what is perceived as Western complicity and weakness in the face of that situation, it is to be expected that all religious minorities, but especially Christians and Jews, increasingly will feel the brutality of Islamic supremecism.”
The default position of Islam
Lopez says Americans need to remember that Islam doesn’t focus on “Western” values and political ideas.
“Remember, pluralism and tolerance are totally Western ideas, completely foreign to Islam and certainly the Middle East,” Lopez said. “Recall that Persian history, aside from the brief interlude of the Pahlavi dynasty in the 20th Century, was one of dynasty, jihad and vicious anti-Semitism.
“Islam is supremacist, and whenever it feels the ability to dominate and suppress non-Muslims, that is what will occur,” Lopez said, “which is completely in accord with the Pact of Umar and Islamic law on treatment of ‘People of the Book.’ This is from Sura 9.29, the Sura of the Sword.
“In reality, what we are seeing now is the ‘default position’ of Islam,” Lopez added.
“Iranian authorities know that Western Church authorities – whether Catholic, Protestant, or others – have not risen to the defense of Egyptian Copts or Iraqi Christians, whose situation has been far worse than what Iranian Christians have faced recently,” Lopez said.
“Political Islam” President Bill Warner agrees, saying that for the most part, the Iranians feel no need for concern over what Western Christians think. Warner adds that any Western complaints are short-lived.
“Why should they care what the Christian world and the rest of the Kafir world think?” Warner asked. “We never do anything, except for a few mentions in the media, which are temporary. We have no ability to bear a grievance.”
Warner also notes the number of Christians who die weekly. “Christians die by the dozens each week from Egypt to Nigeria. What church has had a prayer service for the martyrs? No, they are not martyrs, just a denied statistic,” Warner said.
Warner’s estimate is accurate. Voice of the Martyrs reports that since 2010, over 200 Nigerians have been killed by violent attacks from the Boko Haram terrorist group.
VOM also reports that since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, attacks against Christians have become more frequent and more violent.
Warner also notes an ironic reality between the media and the North American church.
“In today’s world, the media have higher morals than religious leaders,” Warner said. “The media will mention it. The religious leaders will ignore it. Islam has a license to do whatever it wants.” Warner also points to another inconsistency between the suffering church worldwide and the North American church: a desire for “religious dialogue.”
“This week in a city near you, religious leaders and academics will be at dialog about the Abrahamic faiths,” Warner said. Lopez says that she’s not optimistic about the Western churches raising a voice in protest.
“I wish I could say that the Western world once again would rise to the defense of Middle Eastern Christians and other oppressed minorities (don’t forget the Iranian Baha’is, who’ve been brutally suppressed since at least 1979). And any publicity you can give the plight of these Iranian Christians will surely help,” Lopez said. – source – WND
When fleas attack
Violence erupted on Wall Street this morning with hundreds of protesters clashing with police as they marched in Manhattan – jumping over barriers, pushing over police scooters and blocking traffic.
Fifteen protesters have already been arrested in New York today after they got into fights with police officers after a planned ‘eviction’ was postponed following a last-minute standoff with authorities.
Park owners – backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – put off the scheduled clean-up and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators celebrated this morning as they marched down Broadway.
The dramatic move came just hours after demonstrators chanting ‘Hell no! We won’t go!’ stormed a Wall Street restaurant last night to confront Mayor Bloomberg over a planned clean-up of their camp.
Protesters surrounded Cipriani restaurant in Manhattan as the Mayor was at dinner in an attempt to hand him a petition with 310,000 signatures supporting their right to remain in Zuccotti Park.
Their anger was triggered by the Mayor’s endorsement of a clean-up of the ‘unsanitary’ Occupy Wall Street encampment – which was postponed by Brookfield Office Properties at the last minute.
Mayor Bloomberg said it was Brookfield rather than him that decided to postpone the clean-up, but added that the firm had come under pressure from city politicians, reported the New York Daily News. source – Daily Mail UK
Making Bill Ayers and Obama proud
Citizen journalist Ringo captured this speaker at the Occupy Los Angeles camp a few days ago letting the cat out of the bag: After dismissing nonviolence as a dead end, he admits that for the Occupiers to achieve their goals, violence and bloodshed will be necessary:
Occupy L.A. Speaker: “One of the speakers said the solution is nonviolent movement. No, my friend. I’ll give you two examples: French Revolution, and Indian so-called Revolution.
Gandhi, Gandhi today is, with respect to all of you, Gandhi today is a tumor that the ruling class is using constantly to mislead us. French Revolution made fundamental transformation. But it was bloody.
India, the result of Gandhi, is 600 million people living in maximum poverty.
So, ultimately, the bourgeoisie won’t go without violent means. Revolution! Yes, revolution that is led by the working class.
Long live revolution! Long live socialism!”
Incredibly, he praises the massacres of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror rather than Gandhi’s nonviolent philosophy.
And the crowd laps it up.
Every single day, more videos emerge from the Occupy movement showing people saying things that, if they had been said by a Tea Partier, would have been front-page news for weeks and discredited the movement forever. But since it’s the Occupy Wall Street movement, darlings of the media and Democratic politicians, they get a pass. source – PJM
‘UN statehood bid is only alternative to violence’
Senior Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath said Wednesday that the Palestinians’ statehood bid at the United Nations is the only alternative to violence, stressing that the UN move will give the Palestinians the change to promote their rights.
“The UN is the only alternative to violence,” Shaath said during a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“It will be very costly to us and the Israelis. Our new heroes are Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King.”
Shaath also said that the Palestinians plan to give the UN Security Council time to mull its statehood bid, which they are due to submit on Friday, before turning to the UN General Assembly.
“President [Mahmoud] Abbas doesn’t want [people] to suspect we are not serious by pleading to two committees,” Shaath said. “We will give some time to the Security Council to consider first our full membership request before heading to the General Assembly.”
Shaath explained that the UN move is part of a non-violent strategy to seek the support of the international community after Israel has not ended the occupation and widened the settlements.
“We are not seeking to join the mafia or al-Qaida, we seek membership of the UN. It will give us the right to promote our rights,” he said.
Earlier Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, urging the Palestinians to renew negotiations with Israel, rather than seek statehood at the UN. source – Haaretz