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It takes a nation to protect the nation

In an alternate universe, that is.  Instead, Release International have this:

Release International Appeal

April 2013

MALI Appeal: Please help displaced Christians
 
Displaced family - Mali
                                                           A displaced family sheltering in a tent in a refugee camp in the south of Mali

During the past twelve months, 400,000 Malians in the north of the country have fled to the south or to neighbouring countries. This is an exodus twice the size of the refugee crisis in Syria. It follows the March 2012 National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) insurgency to form the independent state of 'Azawad' in the northern sector. The MNLA is a grouping of Tuaregs and Muslims, allied to Ansar Dine, an Islamist group with links to al-Qaeda.

The insurgency was started in the 1990s by Tuaregs who recruited child soldiers, terrorised the population, and raped hundreds of girls and women. But in October 2011 the MNLA was formed, and armed with fighters and weapons from the Libyan civil war, quickly seized the initiative. They enforced the wearing of the burkha, destroyed churches and homes, as well as Sufi shrines, mosques and libraries; and punished wrongdoers by public floggings, amputations and executions. Christians were especially targeted.

In January 2013 the government appealed to France for military help. Although the allies rapidly retook the rebel-controlled towns, all the Christians who could flee have done so.

Ed Walker, a consultant to Tearfund, tells us: 'Every church has been destroyed and other Christian buildings have been taken over. I asked a number of displaced church leaders and Christians whether any Christians were left and they all felt that, with the exception of the old, every other Christian had left.' The Alliance of Protestant Churches in Mali also says, 'All the churches, development and social institutions are now destroyed.'

Mali has always been a dangerous place for Christians. We have the testimonies of three converts from a Muslim or animist background who were captured by their families, tied to a tree or a post, denied adequate food and water for up to six days, and beaten repeatedly, to try to make them give up their faith and return to Islam.

So now more than ever before we need to support our partners as they continue to provide safe houses for Muslim-background believers; pastoral, medical and practical support; and trauma counselling for the bereaved or witnesses of atrocities.

Please could you give £25 or even £5 to help your brothers and sisters in Christ?

Thank you so much for your practical compassion!



 

Paul Robinson
Chief Executive

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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.

Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.

We need to capture this information before it is removed.  The site already contains sufficient information to cover most issues, but our members add further updates when possible.

We hope that free nations will wake up to stop the threat, and force the separation of (Islamic) Church and State. This will also allow moderate Muslims to escape from their totalitarian political system.

The 4 Freedoms

These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms
3. SP Freedom from Voter Importation
Immigration is allowed - except where that changes the political demography (this is electoral fraud)
4. SP Freedom from Debt
The Central Bank is allowed to create debt - except where that debt burden can pass across a generation (25 years).

An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:

  • Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"

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