d even Allah can't say where all that will end,'' Jose Policarpo, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, said during a public debate. "When you recognise what a young European of Christian upbringing is subjected to, given Muslim attitudes to women, the first time she goes to their countries, we can imagine what that entails. "You can only dialogue with someone who is willing to dialogue. With our Muslim brothers, for example, dialogue is very difficult,'' he said. "We have taken the first steps, but it's extremely difficult - because for them, their truth is the only way.'' Around 40,000 Muslims live in Portugal, according to Lisbon's Islamic community leaders - who have yet to react to the cardinal's remarks. Source: The Australian News (English), h/t Weasel Zippers…
ders say it is no longer “appropriate” for them to run Sacred Heart RC Primary School which has just six Christian pupils. Just 10 years ago more than 90% of pupils were Catholic. But now most are of Asian origin, do not speak English as their first language and follow Islam. The school in Blackburn, Lancs, could be handed to the nearby Masjid-e-Tauheedul mosque. Harry Devonport of Blackburn with Darwen Council Children’s Services, said the decision to abandon the school was made by the Diocese of Salford. Diocese education director Geraldine Bradbury said: “We have never experienced a change to this extent before. We would not be serving the local community by insisting that we run the school. It brings things like having a Catholic headteacher and devoting 10% of the timetable to RE. “It would be wrong of us to insist on putting a school community through that.” The mosque runs an Islamic girls’ secondary school. Head Hamid Patel said: “Given that almost all of the pupils are Muslim, it makes sense.”
rom outside his home in Pagadian City, Province of Zamboanga del Sur, Mindanao, as he was taking an evening stroll in the garden. Four or five armed men burst into the garden and bundled Fr Michael into a pickup truck and drove to a local beach. The vehicle was abandoned and burnt. Fr Michael was taken away in a speed boat. Irish priest kidnapped in Philippines MARY FITZGERALD Foreign Affairs Correspondent IRISH TIMES AN OCTOGENARIAN Irish priest was kidnapped by a gang of armed men in the restive southern Philippines yesterday. Michael Sinnott (80), a Columban Father originally from Barntown in Co Wexford, was taken away on a speed boat after six gunmen entered the Columban House in Pagadian city in the province of Zamboanga del Sur yesterday evening, and dragged him away, according to reports quoting local police. The truck used to transport him to the harbour was later found abandoned and burned near Columban House. No group has claimed responsibility, but suspicion may fall on Muslim separatists who have been fighting for their own homeland in the southern Philippines for decades and have in the past kidnapped foreigners, including priests. In a statement posted on the website of the Navan-based Columban Missionaries, the order said Fr Sinnott was taking an evening stroll in his garden when he was taken by the gunmen. Fr Sinnott was ordained in 1954 and was assigned to Mindanao in the southern Philippines in 1957 following his studies in Rome. He served in Mindanao until 1966 before being assigned to the theology staff in Dalgan Park, Navan. He returned to the Philippines in 1976 where he has served in a variety of pastoral and administrative roles. Since 1998 he has been involved with a school for children with special needs.…
ion, demonization, Islamization, Arabization and enslavement."
I can't make sense of this. Shouldn't 'continuation of' be 'ending of'?
In comparison to other religions, the Islamic religion would be regarded as the fastest growing religion in the world, especially in African nations. Through this growth, our blessed country ‘the Republic of South Sudan’ has now become a paradise and a safe heaven for Islamic expansion before and even after the independence on the 9th of July this year.
Whilst people of South Sudan have recently escaped all forms of abuse and humiliation under the Islamic united Sudan, the Islamic religion remains a grave threat to social, political and economic stability of the Republic South Sudan. The contemporary growing number of the so-called South Sudanese Muslim communities in the Republic of South Sudan is an insult to South Sudan national integrity, identity, pride of South Sudanese citizens, and also a conduit that Arabs can use to infiltrate into South Sudan either now or in the future. As our history proves, the growth of Islamic religion will potentially cause a quantity of practical challenges in South Sudan economically, socially and politically.
Although universal rights are guaranteed in the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan including the right of worship, this concept of “universal” rights needs to be considered over the precedence of the ‘individual’ rights to freedom of religion. Hence, when religious freedom and expression infringes on the existence of others as Islam disapproves the existence of others, South Sudanese who are concern about their national identity and stability should re-think in allowing Islamic religion which has historically been a cause for our suffering to be practice in their hardly won country.
37, with severe burns that have blinded one eye and threaten sight in the other.
According to Compass Direct News, Bishop Mulinde, a sheikh before his conversion to Christianity, was attacked in the evening outside his Gospel Life Church International building in Namasuba, about six miles outside of Kampala.
The bishop told Compass from his hospital bed in Kampala that he was on his way back to the site for a party with the entire congregation and hundreds of new converts to Christianity when a man who claimed to be a Christian approached him.
"I heard him say in a loud voice, 'Pastor, pastor,' and as I made a turn and looked at him, he poured the liquid onto my face as others poured more liquid on my back and then fled away shouting, 'Allahu akbar [God is greater],'" Mulinde said, still visibly traumatised two days after the assault.
Mulinde's face, neck and arms bore deep black scars from the acid, and his lips were swollen, Compass said.
A doctor told the news agency that acid burns cover about 30 per cent of his face and has cost him sight in one eye.
"We are doing all we can to save his other remaining eye and to contain the acid from spreading to other parts of the body," the doctor said.
Mulinde said Muslim extremists opposed to his conversion from Islam and his outspoken opposition of Sharia courts in Uganda attacked him.
Compass also stated that on October 15, area Muslim leaders declared a fatwa against him demanding his death. Mulinde is known for debates locally and internationally in which he often challenges Muslims regarding their religion.
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The housing area Egedalsvænge in Kokkedal, Denmark, will not have a Christmas tree with lights this year. A small Muslim majority in the Egedalsvænge Board has refused to spend money on the Christmas tree a few days after a big Eid celebration….For decades it has been a tradition to have a Christmas tree with lights in the area between the buildings throughout the month of December. But now a majority in the Chamber Board refused to spend the approximately 1,000 dollars that a Christmas tree with lights costs.
The decision has attracted much attention since it was made three days after a big Islamic Eid party in Egedalsvænge. A mobile play ground, bungee jumping and a climbing wall was rented to make the Muslim celebration attractive for children and adults, and this event the Board had agreed to finance with appr. 10,000 dollars.
Although the small majority in the Chamber Board of Directors was democratically elected at the general meeting in September, the new course has surprised many. It is a sign of a lack of tolerance and inclusiveness from the new majority in the fund’s board of directors, says one person from the Egedalsvænge, where many refuse to talk to the media.
Philippines: Bishop of Jolo fears rise in jihadist violence: "Usually, something happens after Ramadan"
A friend writes: There is, of course, a well established correlation the world over between Ramadan and an increase in jihadist attacks. And what better way to celebrate the end of the "month of jihad" than... more jihad?
"Violence could erupt after Ramadan - Jolo Catholic bishop," by Jomar Canlas for the Manila Times, September 11 (thanks to Twostellas):
A Catholic bishop fears an escalation of violence in southern Philippines after the Muslims' celebration of Ramadan.
Jolo Bishop Angelito Lampon said in the website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines CBCP) that they are bracing for a possible stepping-up of hostilities just like what happened in the past years.
Friday was the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
"Usually, something happens after Ramadan. That is our experience . . . that's why we take extra-precautionary measures," Lampon also said over Church-run Radyo Veritas on Thursday.
That is also the reason, he added, why they welcome the decision of the police and military leadership to go on heightened alert as early as last Monday.
"It's just proper that they're on heightened alert to preempt any untoward incidents," Lampon said. The military and the police are on heightened alert as a precautionary measure against possible retaliatory attacks from Abu Sayyaf rebels after their commander and two of his men were killed by an elite police unit last week.
With this, Lampon urged those planning to sow fear and violence to forego their plans and think twice.
"We pray that their sacrifices would bear fruit toward peace, save life, to Allah. We can work together toward development of harmony and peace," he stressed.
But Allah promises paradise to Muslims who "slay and are slain" for Allah (9:111), while also admonishing believers "Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them..." (3:28). Further, "whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them" (5:51).
It tends to throw a wrench in the works of joining together for harmony and peace.
In the meantime, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma stressed that the period after the end of the Ramadan is the best time for the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to pursue peace talks.
Trying to catch them in a good mood, perhaps?
Ledesma heads the Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.…
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 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 of Movement The government can import new voters - except where that changes the political demographics (i.e. electoral fraud by means of immigration) 4. SP Freedom from Over-spending
People should not be charged for government systems which they reject, and which give them no benefit. For example, the government cannot pass a debt burden across generations (25 years).
An additional Freedom from Religion is be deducible by equal application of law: "Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight - except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"