Time and again, Muslims, especially those in Egypt, project Islamic thinking onto Christians: thus the Coptic church has been accused of smuggling and storing weapons in its churches to take over the nation (when in fact mosques are regularly exposed housing illegal weapons for the jihad); of kidnapping and torturing Coptic girls who convert to Islam (when in fact Muslim converts to Christianity-apostates-are regularly beat, imprisoned, and sometimes killed); and even of supporting suicide-attacks when the church speaks of Copts being martyred (because in Islam being "martyred" so often means actively sacrificing one's life in "holy war").
Now a well know cleric in Egypt-the same who insists that Muslim husbands must hate their non-Muslim wives-has just proclaimed that Jesus was against the idea of separation of church and state and that he supported the idea of jizya, the Koran-mandated tribute conquered non-Muslims, or dhimmis, are required to pay their overlords, "with willing submission," per Koran 9:29.
Sheikh Yusuf Burhami, the most visible leader of Egypt's Salafi movement-which, since the ousting of the Brotherhood, has become the primary Islamist party imposing Sharia in the new constitution-recently issued an Arabic-language fatwa arguing that the biblical statement attributed to Jesus-"Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's.'" (Matt 22:21)-could not, as widely held by Christians, have meant that Jesus supported the separation of church and state, "because," in Burhami's words, "a separation between state and religion contradicts the texts of the Koran." more >>
Despite reports that the Angolan government had "banned Islam" earlier this month, the country released a statement on Tuesday refuting the allegations.
"There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion," said Manuel Fernando, director of the National Institute for Religious Affairs, part of the ministry of culture, told AFP news agency.
"There is no official position that targets the destruction or closure of places of worship, whichever they are," he added. more >>
Secretary of State John Kerry is turning out to be even more dangerous than former Secretary Hillary Clinton. "The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over," he took it upon himself to unilaterally proclaim.
The Monroe Doctrine has been a fixed star in American foreign policy since Dec. 2, 1823. Its essential words are: "The political system of the allied powers is essentially different ... from that of America ... We should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety."
The operative words are: "this hemisphere," "dangerous to our peace and safety" and "system." The Monroe Doctrine is not limited to military aggression; it prohibits extending the "system" of foreign powers to the Western Hemisphere, recognizing the fundamental difference between our constitutional republic and Old World empires and dictatorships. more >>
At the very moment that the U.N. General Assembly was voting to elect Saudi Arabia to the Human Rights Council earlier this month, Saudi police officers, assisted by vigilante mobs, launched an iron-fisted effort to round up and deport millions of undocumented foreign workers. The campaign reportedly entailed imprisoning, killing, and raping African and Asian migrants within its borders and provoked a violent protest by some migrants in the capital.
As reported to one of us (Darara Gubo) in a telephone call from Saudi Arabia, at least ten Ethiopians have been killed and over a dozen raped since the state began the round up in early November. The fact that many of the raids that turned lethal occurred in the middle of the night, together with the closed nature of the Kingdom generally precludes ascertaining the precise numbers of victims.
This harsh crackdown bears the hallmarks of Saudi religious and racial bigotry. Based on local interviews, The Wall Street Journal reported, "Saudi security forces had come to the neighborhood the night before to declare that all illegal African migrants had to leave . . . immediately. Pakistani laborers began trying to help police by catching African workers, and clashes began." more >>
A testimony from a 19-year-old Nigerian girl proves the terrorist group Boko Haram is kidnapping Christian women to use as slave brides, forcing them to "convert to Islam or die."
Hajja, a 19-year-old from a village in the Gwoza hills of remote northeastern Nigeria, recently shared her account of three months captivity under the rule of a local 14-man Boko Haram tribe that traveled the hillsides of northern Nigeria and forced her to cook and clean for them. Hajja had been kidnapped by members of Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization, while she picked corn near her home in July. She now tells Reuters that although she was never raped, she was treated terribly and ultimately forced to "convert to Islam or die."
"If I cried, they beat me. If I spoke, they beat me. They told me I must become a Muslim but I refused again and again," Hajja told Reuters in a recent interview. "They were about to slaughter me and one of them begged me not to resist and just before I had my throat slit I relented. They put a veil on me and made me read from the Koran." more >>
According to a recent news report, President Barack Obama has for over a year secretly conducted negotiations with Iran (through his adviser Valerie Jarrett) and the Geneva talks on Iranian nukes now appear to be just a facade providing international legitimacy for Obama's secret deal with Iran.
Secretary of State John Kerry's contradictory criticism of Israeli objections to that deal only suggests more bad faith by the Obama administration. Kerry claims that Israel has been kept fully apprised of the negotiations with Iran but then argues that Israel has never seen the terms of the proposed deal with Iran and therefore shouldn't question it. The Obama administration apparently wants to present the nuclear deal as a fait accompli that Israel must simply accept as is.
In what is becoming a familiar pattern, Russia is readily moving in to the Mideast areas where U.S. influence has waned because of Obama's many fumbles in the region. Last August, Saudi Arabia made it clear that it would happily replace US aid to Egypt (highlighting one of many issues straining U.S. relations with yet another Mideast ally). more >>