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Persecuted Iranian Women: We Love Christ

Prisoner_193_image From VOM:

UPDATE: On Aug. 8, Marzieh and Maryam were summoned to an Iranian court and ordered to deny their faith verbally and in a written statement, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts.

Marzieh and Maryam were pressured to recant their faith after the chief interrogator recommended they be charged with apostasy. Praise God, they stood firm and replied, “We love Jesus. We will not deny our faith.” 

VOM contacts reported the deputy prosecutor, Mr. Haddad, aggressively questioned the women during the court proceedings. Haddad asked them if they regretted becoming Christians. They replied  they had no regrets. When Maryam and Marzieh made reference to their belief that God had convicted them through the Holy Spirit, Haddad told them, it was impossible for God to speak with humans. Marzieh boldly asked him if he was questioning God’s authority and he replied she was not worthy for God to speak to her.

The court adjourned when Haddad told the women a judge would render the verdict although it is not clear which judge is handling their case. Marzieh and Maryam were arrested by Iranian security forces in March and labeled "anti-government activists." 

Marzieh and Maryam's apartment was searched and their belongings were confiscated. "Their only crime is that they are committed Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus. They are being unfairly labeled as 'anti government activists' because of the hostility of the government towards practicing Christians.

The women have reportedly been interrogated numerous times and were held in three different police detention centers before being sent to Evin Prison. They are still being held in Evin prison. VOM encourages you to continue praying for Marzieh and Maryam’s release. Ask God to heal, encourage and protect them. Pray they will continue to stand for Christ during this difficult time.

Related: Abuses Inflicted On Detainees At Seven Secret Iranian Prisons


Funding of The Palestinian Authority is Against U.S. Law

In the wake of the Fatah Conference which recently took place, one very important item has deliberately not been reported on or covered by the biased media:

And that is Fatah's "official endorsement" of the Al-aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a U.S. recognized foreign terrorist organization as the "military wing" of Fatah.

The Palestinian Authority is run by Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party.

In January of 2006 candidates representing Hamas, another U.S. recognized terrorist organization, won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Authority elections.

This resulted in Congress immediately reacting by adaption of legislation to prohibit any further funding of the PA, as such funding would also serve to benefit Hamas. And thereby constitute a violation of U.S. laws against the funding of terrorists, or terrorist organizations. 

Hamas overthrew Abu Mazen's Fatah in the Gaza strip in June of 2007. Since then, the U.S. and other Western countrys resumed funding directly to the PA itself in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].

Fatah's official endorsement of the Al-aqsa Martyrs Brigades as their "military wing" does two things:

1. It reveals to the world that Israel has no true partner for peace. 

2. Any additional transfer of U.S. taxpayer funds to the PA will constitute a flagrant violation of U.S. laws against the funding of terrorists, or terrorist organizations.

 

 


Take that thing off your head and act like you're proud to be an American!

During a class at Springstead High School in Herndon, FL. last Wednesday, a 16 year old junior ROTC student noticed a female Muslim student refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Later, between class periods the junior ROTC student approached the female Muslim student who was wearing a hijab, and told her she should stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and,-

"Take that thing off your head and act like you're proud to be an American"!

[Although the student walked away and filed no complaint, a teacher overheard Lawrence's comment and reported her to school administrators. On Friday, Lawrence was called to Assistant Principal Steve Crognale's office and her father was called and informed she would be suspended for five days.]-read full report at WND.

Now, as they say,--back in the day,--if a student did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as instructed, "that student", would most certainly have faced disciplinarian action for deliberately failing to do as instructed. Count on it. But something like that never happened.

We all stood. And whats more, there were daily devotions. Our "public school" teachers, or most of them, had a Bible on their teacher's desk. As well as the "yard stick"

Now what of the unpatriotic-American Muslim student ? They are not reprimanded for failure to stand as instructed ?

Both the Principal and Assistant Principal of this school should be fired. [gettin to carried away here ?].

Since Islam is not just "another religion", but constitutes a dangerous imperialistic political ideology, it should not be allowed to take advantage of our laws and freedoms under the cloak of religion to advance it's Islamist agenda in America. 

Under these circumstances, it should not be a violation of freedom of religion to ban the hijab or turban, especially in regards to standing for the national anthem, or the Pledge of Allegiance. As the hijab and burka are symbolic of beliefs and ideology hostile to America. 

However, it certainly would be a violation of freedom of expression. Just as Heather Lawrence had her freedom of speech violated by the school's principals.

 


Muslim Converts To Christianity Face Persecution and "Honor Killing"

Rifqa Bary, the young woman who fled Ohio fearing for her life, after converting from Islam to Christianity, told of her Muslim father's words:

"If you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me. I will kill you."

"I will kill you"- the same words spoken to Mohammed Hijazi by his Muslim father in 2008.

"From the Gaza strip to neighboring Egypt, his father is promising to kill him for becoming a believer."

"Now he's on the run with his wife and little baby."

"Mohammed Hijazi's father always taught him to hate Christians. And yet Mohammed's Christian neighbors in his home town in Egypt always treated him with love and kindness."- Read the rest here.

Rifqa also warned that her Muslim parents had threatened to take here back to their native country of Sri Lanka. And that there is an asylum where they place "apostates" from Islam, because they think "your crazy".

In the video below you will see and hear an Egyptian Muslim cleric describe Muslims who convert from Islam to Christianity as "mentally ill".  Watch for it. This occurs at about 1:14 into the video.

You will also see in the video, as in the case of Rifqa Bary, a campaign of character assasination against Mohammed Hijazi for leaving Islam. His former Muslim freinds appearing on media television and calling Hijazi "disturbed". 

This type of smear campaign against Rifqa Bary, and the evangelical Christian church she sought refuge with, is already underway

Muslim Convert To Christianity on the run:    

Egypt is touted as an example of a "moderate" Muslim country. The truth is that there is no real freedom of religion in Egypt.

After 4:19 into another video, an Egyptian woman's identity is kept hidden because her family doesn't know she has left Islam and become a Christian.

This woman explains that if her Muslim family found out, "they will kill me".

charliecrist@myflorida.com


Persecution Of Christians On The Rise In Sri Lanka

Map_of_sri-lanka Although the Constitution of Sri Lanka provides for freedom of religion, the reality is totally different. The government discriminates against Christians through laws and taxation.  

In addition, with the growth of Christianity there has been an increase in violent persecution:

"A Christian girl was beaten by her classmates after an anti-Christian meeting held in a mostly Buddhist school."

"On July 3rd, a pastor, his wife and two children awoke when their house was set on fire after weeks of threats from vilagers."

"On July 6th, 2008, five Buddhist monks charged into Calvary Church after false rumors spread about Christians attacking a temple. The gathered mob then destroyed the building, and beat the pastor and five others with clubs and rods before police arrived."

Chrisians have also been targeted by the barbaric Tamil Tigers, a mostly Hindu militant terrorist group.

The Tamil Tigers have perpetrated some of the most horrendous acts of terror. According to reports, it is this terror group that first made use of suicide bomb-belts.

The government of Sri Lanka recieved assistance from the Pakistani military in its fight with the Tamil Tigers. A 2002 article sheds some light on why:

"The political aspirations of the majority Hindu Tamils have not always had approval from Muslim Tamils based in the east."

"Tamil Muslims have nurtured fears that, in a unified north and eastern province - a demand of the Tamil parties - their interests would not be protected."

Not to worry, Pakistani military assistance has helped bring about the defeat of the notorious Tigers.

And now this report:

Sri Lanka is becoming a hotbed of Islamist activity:

Sri Lanka is emerging as a new hub for trans-national Islamic extremism in South Asia:

"Thirty years of civil war faltering economy and third world politics are playing their part in the emergence of Sri Lanka as a hub of trans-national Islamic extremism."

"Close relationships’ between Sri Lanka and Muslim states such as Pakistan and Iran are two way affairs. All across Welikanda in the east of the island and Puttalam to the west, there are evidences of ‘Jihadi’ training camps where youths from surrounding countries are undergoing arms training."

The article also has a list of "jihad training" camps in Sri Lanka.

Pesecution in Sri Lanka: 


Radical Clerics Support Ethnic Cleansing and Abortion

A recent survey was conducted among clergy of mostly non-evangelical churches.

The survey found that a full 51% of those clergy support legalized abortion.

Via Because I Said So:

The research group surveyed senior clergy from the United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, American Baptist Churches USA, Presbyterian Church USA, Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ, and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Almost half (48%) of all surveyed clergy from these seven largest mainline denominations say they are liberal while 34 percent identify themselves as conservative. Also, 56 percent of mainline clergy identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, compared to 34 percent of those who affiliate with the Republican Party, results show.

With the exception of United Methodist and American Baptist clergy, a majority of clergy in every denomination identify as liberal.

[ a majority of clergy in every one of those non-evangelical denominations identify as liberal.]

Clergy from United Church of Christ (74%) and the Episcopal Church (66%) are most likely to say they are liberal.

Also according to the survey:

"Two-thirds of mainline clergy disagree that "the Bible is the inerrant word of God, both in matters of faith and in historic, geographical, and other secular matters."

Which serves to explain these other findings:

* Sixty-five percent support either same-sex marriage or civil unions.
* Fifty-four percent do not support the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in public school biology classes.
* Forty-three percent disagree that evolution is the best explanation for the origins of life on earth.
* Seventy-eight percent agree that the federal government should do more to solve social problems

An important note:

Nearly every one of those non-evangelical church denominations listed above are also board members of CMEP [Churches For Middle East Peace].

Don't let the name throw you, CMEP advocates ethnic cleansing. In particular, the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Israelis from their own land. 

Other "board members" of CMEP include the Mennonite Central Committee and the American Friends Service . Those are the two church organizations that hosted Iranian dictator Ahmadinejad for "talks and dinner".  

Stephen Sizer is the radical senior cleric of Christ Church in Surrey, England. Sizer slanders Christians who support Israel. Approves of the anti-Israel boycotts, and is freinds with a radical Islamist cleric named Ismail Patel, who supports Hamas, Iran, and Syria.

Mellanie Phillips wrote the following last March:

Last weekend the Revd Stephen Sizer, vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water appeared at an anti-Israel meeting with an Islamist called Ismail Patel. Patel has not only accused Israel of ‘genocide’ and ‘war crimes’ but considers Disney to be a Jewish plot and supports Hamas, Iran and Syria.

Sizer is a virulent opponent of Christian Zionism and of Israel, which he has said he hopes will disappear just as did the apartheid regime in South Africa. He has also applauded Iranian President Ahmadinejad for having ‘looked forward to the day when Zionism ceased to exist’.

Nevertheless, the appearance of an Anglican churchman on a pro-Islamist platform in Britain is a new and significant development. The Church of England recently banned its clergy from joining the BNP; should it not equally ban them from siding with the forces of Islamofascism?

What causes these radical clerics to embrace such heretical views and anti-Israel sentiment? The answer is in one of the findings of the survey referenced above:

The vast majority do not believe the Bible is the divinely inspired inerrant Word of God. Otherwise what part of Jeremiah 16:14,15 do they not understand?

This is also the main problem with "dhimmi" politicians and diplomats who pressure Israel not to build or live in their own land or capital city of Jerusalem:

They are in willful denial of the truth.

 

 

 


Huckabee: Two-State Solution Unrealistic

Something our favorite talk radio hosts should beat the drum on.

Opposition to Obama pressuring Israel to engage in reckless appeasement to establish another Islamist jihad state:

"Former US presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Tuesday there is no room for a Palestinian state "in the middle of the Jewish homeland" and that Israel should be able to build settlements wherever it wants."

Rush, Hannity, Ingraham, Malkin,-where are you?

You guys are great on illegal immigration, border security, and irresponsible mamoth bail outs. But this issue is just as important.

Israel stands as an important "central front"  against the global jihad.

When Condi Rice was making so many trips to the Middle East to pressure Israel, Frank Gaffney wrote an article entitled "Staticidal Zealotry". In that article Gaffney stated:

"The only Palestinian state that can come from Condoleezza Rice's zealotry will be a dagger in the heart of Israel, a safe haven for terrorists, and a threat to the United States and other Western nations."

Huck in Israel-interview:

 




Huffpo Moonbattery

Title of Huffington Post article: "Mike Huckabee Bashes America on Foreign Soil"

Complete lie.

Huck is taking issue with Obama's foreign policy that emboldens the Islamists, and undermines our ally Israel.

He has never said one bad thing about America.

That in contrast to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright who said,"....", well, you know what he said.

Or for that matter the current First Lady who spoke about the, "first time", - she was proud of her country.

And there are about 400 or so commenters on that moonbat article. Nearly all of them fanatically upset that Huck would go to eastern Jerusalem , and have the gaul to stand up against Obama's biased policies, and stand in solidarity and support of our ally Israel.  

And they don't stop with lies and smears against Huck either. There is the usuall vitriol against conservatives and Christians.

This isn't just about Israel folks. We are in a "global fight" against militant Islam, shariah Islam, and attempts to Islamasize us here in America.

In that regard, Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are a "central front" in stopping the jihadists.

Huck responds to critics in an update from Israel:

"Don't minimize the idea that some in the left wing of the press are capable of completely making something up. Some of the headlines from my visit to israel have screamed "Huckabee bashes America in Israel.". That is not just inaccurate--it is a purposed lie. I have extolled the virtues of the USA at every stop and in every comment, but have stated a position that I have stated for many years--during both republican and democratic administrations--that jerusalem should be a united city. I have not bashed America! I haven't even bashed Obama's anti-Israel and promise breaking policy and I have certainly had the opportunity. I have expressed my view consistently wherever I am and don't say different things depending on who I am talking to. "

Huck in Jerusalem:



CFR's Description of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Inadequate

The Council on Foreign Relation's article on the Islamic terrorist organization, "Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades" [a U.S. recognized foreign terrorist organization], is not entirely accurate.

Under the heading of "What is the Brigade's relationship to the Palestinian Authority Government?", the CFR has this:

"Whether Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has a direct relationship with the leadership of Fatah is debated."-CFR

Not hardly. In a March 2007 article, Aaron Klein of WND wrote the following:

"Many Fatah security members from Force 17 are also openly members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. All Brigades leaders are members of Fatah. "

"WND reported Israel earlier this month arrested 18 Fatah fighters in the West Bank wanted for shootings against Israeli civilians. Seventeen of those arrested were also members of the Brigades, Israeli and Palestinian security officials said."

"Abbas last June appointed senior Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader Mahmoud Damra as commander of Force 17. Damra, who was arrested by Israel in November, was on the Jewish state's most-wanted list of terrorists."

The CFR article continued with this:

"Although the brigade formed as an armed offshoot of Fatah, experts say that it seems unlikely that the brigade operates at the behest of Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas. Direct orders from the head of Fatah to the brigade would have been more probable under Yasir Arafat than under Abbas".

Oh really?

If there was any credible doubt as to the relationship of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, they were rent assunder at last weeks Fatah conference:

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades was officially endorsed as the "military wing of Fatah". 

Caroline Glick has more: Fatah's Message.

Under the "Limitations of Asistance to the Palestinian Authority", [Section 620K], of the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, in order for the PA to receive U.S. financial aid, the POTUS must certify to Congress that no foreign terrorist organization, or members of a foreign terrorist organization serve in any capacity or instrumentality of the PA. 

There can be no doubt now, that if Obama makes such a certification, he will be deliberately certifying a falsehood to Congress.

This is an important question for President Obama and the State Dept.

Back to the CFR article. Under the heading of " Is this an Islamist Movement", the CFR has this:

"No. The brigade began in 2000 as an offshoot of Fatah, the secular Palestinian nationalist movement led by Arafat. Fatah is the largest faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization. "

"When Israel and the PLO signed a peace deal in 1993, Arafat renounced terrorism and founded a new, Palestinian -led Administration in the West Bank and Gaza strip."

[Arafat's renunciation of terror was bogus.]

"The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commits the same sort of suicide bombings widely associated with such Muslim fundamentalist groups as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but the group's ideology is rooted in Palestinian nationalism, not political Islam."-CFR

The last sentence above divorces any connection between the horrific suicide bombing attacks carried out by the Brigades and Islam.

However, what the writer of the CFR article failed to make mention of, is that when this Islamist terror group was first formed, it was called "Shahid Yasser Arafat Brigades".

"Shahid" is exclusive Islamic terminology, with definent Islamic beliefs embedded.

Basically, it means commit murder in the cause of Allah and lose one's own life in the process.

In November of 2008, Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] attended a memorial rally in tribute to the late Arafat and spoke these words:

"The path of the shahids-Arafat, George Habash, and Sheikh Ahmed Yassin-is the path that we cherish, aimed at upholding the Palestinian's nationalist and sovereign resolutions."

On that note, Plancs Constant has an excellent article entitled "The Difference Between Martyr and Shahid".

During negotiations pertaining to Jerusalem at Oslo, Yasser Arafat saw himself as "the head of the Islamic nation", according to Muhammad Dahlan, a top Fatah leader and one of the negotiators.

Ido Zelkovitz wrote last spring in the Middle East Quarterly,

"...even as Western diplomats seek to bolster Fatah's Abbas as an alternative to Hamas, they underestimate the degree to which Palestinian nationalism now intertwines itself with Islam."

[ so-called "Palestinian Nationalism" did not exist until it was invented by Arafat. And the driving motivation behind that, and all Arab opposition to Israel, is fueled by Islamic teaching.  In that regard, "Palestinian Nationalism" is only a tactic Islamists use to oppose Israel.]

"Before the outbreak of the second intifada, a Palestinian public opinion survey (conducted between November 1997 and March 1999) revealed that 87.6 percent of Fatah supporters believed Islam should play a major role in the future life of Palestinian society, and 80 percent said that any future Palestinian state should be run according to Islamic law."-Zelkovitz

Read the entire article, "Fatah's Embrace of Islamism".

 


The Legitimization of Hamas : Update

In November of last year the prediction was made that once Obama became president, he would push for the legitimization of the Hamas Islamic terrorist organization.

That prediction has been continuosly updated as events have transpired and can be seen here.

Now there is this:

As predicted, there is now a first public statement by Hamas to give the "appearance" that the Islamic terrorist organization is on the way to becoming "moderate".

At least according to the definition of "moderate" by clueless politicians.

For the first time in the terror oganization's history, a political spokesman for Hamas has said they are now willing to accept a "two-state solution" with conditions. And that they are "ready" for Obama's peace plan.