Source:(tribune.com.pk By Ali Usman / Photo: Abid Nawaz / Creative: Essa Malik)
While most of the two hundred houses set on fire in Joseph Colony have been rebuilt, the shattered confidence of the residents will take more time to be picked up.
Nevy Samuel, 28, was one of the inhabitants who saw her house attacked by angry mob over an alleged act of blasphemy committed by Sawan Masih.
“It’s not easy being a Christian. All my life, I have heard remarks like ‘woh dekho, eesai guzar rahi hai’ (look, that’s a Christian passing by),” she says. “But this incident has brought the (level of) discrimination to a peak.”
In the aftermath, the fear is now even more deeply embedded into the community’s psyche.
“Though everything is normal now, I feel that simply being a Christian is an invitation to danger,” says Samuel. “When I pass through the lanes without my husband, my heart keeps pounding because of fear.”
Samuel is a mother to a four-month-old daughter – a normal, contributing member to society. Yet, now she feels like a second-class citizen.
“We were told by some Muslim neighbours that our house had burnt to the ground. They advised us not to come back. When we finally did, all we found were ashes,” she recalls. “This happened just because I am a Christian. Being a Christian isn’t a crime, is it?”
According to Samuel, they fled the locality during the riots after the police assured them that they would protect properties.
The chants and loud proclamations they were subjected to while escaping – we will get rid of Christians, we will teach them a lesson – still ring in her ears.
“I saw people burning our house before my very own eyes,” said Patras. “They wanted to burn us in the house but some Muslim friends managed to get us out in time. My father suffered a mental shock and, since then, hasn’t regained his senses.”
Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2013
Source: frontpagemag.com (Ryan Mauro)
The Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Azhar University want to shake hands with the new Pope Francis. One of the first pledges he has made is to embrace interfaith dialogue with the Muslim world. Will he become the latest dupe of the “moderate” Islamists?
Pope Francis is a critic of Pope Benedict’s 2006 speech in Germany where he quoted a Byzantine Emperor that said “show me just what Mohammed brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
It caused a rupture in relations between Muslim authorities and the Vatican, with almost 40 Muslim scholars signing a letter of protest. Five churches were attacked in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, reinforcing the negative depiction of their religion that they were so offended by.
Pope Benedict said he was “deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims” and “These were in fact a quotation from a Medieval text which do not in any way express my personal thought.” It fell short of the direct apology that was demanded.
He tried to make amends by praying inside Turkey’s Blue Mosque and visiting Jordan in 2009, where he reflected upon the “common history” of the Abrahamic religions. He visited more mosques than any other pope, enteringtwice as many as his predecessor.
Pope Benedict’s reaction to the killing of 23 Egyptian Coptic Christians in a church bombing in 2011 was the last straw for Al-Azhar University. His offense was demanding that Muslim countries do more to protect non-Muslim minorities. Al-Azhar University suspended its dialogue with the Vatican because of his “repeated treatment of Islam in a negative way.”
Now, Al-Azhar University and the Muslim Brotherhood are reaching out to Pope Francis for a fresh start. The International Union of Muslim Scholars, a body led by Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi, said it is ready to engage the Vatican.
“We will work together for an integrated system of moral values and we will remain united to fight injustice, corruption and violations of human dignity in the world,” the Islamist group said.
As is often the case with Islamist interfaith outreach, there is a political objective. The Union emphasized, “We will remain united in defending the legitimate rights of the Palestinian and Syrian populations.” Qaradawi has previously shown his commitment to genuine dialogue by refusing to participate in interfaith events that include Israelis.
Pope Francis needs to know who is trying to become his interfaith liaisons. Qaradawi has also said that meetings with Christians are a “waste of time” because “they do not recognize Muslims and say that Muhammad…is dishonest and that he created [the] Koran and attributed it to himself.” On the other hand, Qaradawi views Islam as tolerant because “Muslims recognize Christianity, Jesus Christ, and his book and religion.” He also demands an apology for the Crusades, as if Islam’s history is absent of blemishes.
In other words, Christians are unreasonable because they don’t worship Mohammed. Islam is tolerant because it includes Jesus, even though it denies the central tenets of what Christians believe about him. What Qaradawi is advocating isn’t true interfaith dialogue. It is dawaa and a form of jihad.
Qaradawi’s dawaa-disguised-as-interfaith was on display in a speechhe gave in Egypt in February 2011. He assured the Coptic Christians that the Brotherhood wishes them no harm. Then, he tried to lead everyone in Islamic prayer—including the Christian attendees.
The Muslim Brotherhood condemns anti-Christian violence by more hardline Salafists and points to it as proof of its “moderate” credentials. Every time the Islamists offer to protect Christians, they are actually advocating for an Islamic State. In such a state, Christians are protected if they pay the jizya tax. Egyptian President Morsi reportedly said that once Egypt becomes a Sharia state, Christians will have three choices: Convert to Islam, leave or pay the jizya.
A professor at Al-Azhar University, Dr. Mahmoud Shu’ban, said the same thing. He stated, “If non-Muslims were to learn the meaning of ‘jizya,’ they would ask for it to be applied—and we will apply it, just like Islam commands us to.”
Pope Francis should also be aware of how the Islamists plan to restrain Christianity. The Sharia-instituting Egyptian constitution says that “insulting prophets and messengers is forbidden.” This prevents non-Muslims from criticizing Islam when discussing their beliefs.
With Sharia as the law of the land, Christians can even be prosecuted for “blasphemy” for simply proclaiming their faith. Islamist judges can cite Sura 5:72 that says, “They do blaspheme who say: (Allah) is Christ the son of Mary” or Sura 5:73 that says, “They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah.”
These same Islamists who talk of friendship between Christians and Muslims want to kill any Muslim who leaves the faith. Recently, Qaradawi franklyadmitted, “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today.”
Christians are also threatened by Islamists for standing against the creation of a Sharia state. The previously-mentioned Dr. Mahmoud Shu’ban of Al-Azhar University approves of the murder of Egyptian opposition figures (Muslim and non-Muslim) that dare to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood.
Brotherhood cleric Wagdy Ghoneim, who preached at rallies for Morsi during the presidential campaign, sounds like a pleasant interfaith partner when hesays to Coptic Christians, “Respect yourselves and live with us and we will protect you…when you live in my country, it is forbidden for me to be unjust to you…” Then, he finishes with “but that doesn’t mean we are equal. No, no, no.”
He also warns Christians that their protection comes with conditions. He warned, “if you conspire and unite with the remnants [opposition] to bring Morsi down, that will be another matter…our red line is the legitimacy of Dr. Muhammad Morsi. Whoever splashes water on it, we will splash blood on him.”
The Pope and other Christian leaders must not be lulled into a false sense of security by the smooth semantics of the Islamists.
“THIS IS ISLAMIC APARTHEID”: NEW AFDI AD CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH IN NYC TO COUNTER BLOOD LIBEL BY AMERICAN MUSLIMSPosted: March 28, 2013
We submitted the following ads (scroll) responding to the repulsive, anti-Semitic American Muslims for Palestine ads (above) that were announced yesterday. Our ads will focus on the real apartheid, Islamic apartheid: the institutionalized oppression of women, gays and non-Muslims under Islamic law (Sharia). This is the fourth repulsive anti-Semitic campaign that Muslim Jew-haters are running in the New York City transit system. It is important to point out that it is these campaigns that were the impetus for the AFDI pro-Israel and #MyJihad campaigns. I can assure you that this latest Goebbels-style demonization of the Jews will not go unanswered. We are working right now to get ads responding to these ready for submission.
Our ads will focus on the real apartheid, Islamic apartheid: the institutionalized oppression of women, gays and non-Muslims under Islamic law (Sharia).
Source: reuters.com (Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Ben Blanchard)
Chinese courts have sentenced 20 people to up to life in jail on charges of separatism and plotting to carry out jihad in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, the government said on Wednesday.
The courts in Kashgar and Bayingol said the 20 – all ethnic Uighurs judging by their names – had had their “thoughts poisoned by religious extremism”, and used cell phones and DVDs “to spread Muslim religious propaganda”, the Xinjiang government said on its official news website (www.ts.cn).
Some of them bought weapons to kill policemen as part of their jihad and spread propaganda related to the banned East Turkestan Islamic Movement, the report said, a group which China says wages a violent campaign for a separate state.
China has blamed violence in energy-rich Xinjiang – strategically located on the borders ofAfghanistan, Pakistan, India and Central Asia – on Islamic separatists who want to establish an independent East Turkestan.
Some Chinese officials have also blamed attacks on Muslim militants trained in Pakistan. But many rights groups say China overstates the threat to justify its tight grip on the region.
Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, said the 20 were actually guilty of no more than listening to the U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and using the internet to discuss the importance of religious and cultural freedom.
“Giving heavy sentences to Uighurs (on the excuse) of terrorism is China’s special way of carrying out suppression,” he said in an emailed statement.
In December, a Xinjiang court sentenced three men to death and another to life in prison for attempting to hijack an aircraft in June.
The UK Department of Health recently announced that it would loosen hygiene rules for Muslim doctors and nurses. From now on, Muslim female staff will not need to wash their hands before procedures as it compromises their modesty. Instead, they will have the admittedly less sanitary option of wearing disposable plastic over-sleeves.
Acknowledging the danger of microbes and death, a Department of Health spokesman said, “The guidance is intended to . . . balance infection control measures with cultural beliefs.” But, believe it or not, from a culturist perspective, the death of some patients is not the main cause for concern that this policy elicits.The UK Department of Health recently announced that it would loosen hygiene rules for Muslim doctors and nurses. From now on, Muslim female staff will not need to wash their hands before procedures as it compromises their modesty. Instead, they will have the admittedly less sanitary option of wearing disposable plastic over-sleeves.
The most dangerous problem is that this policy encodes multiculturalism not culturism. Whereas culturism acknowledges that England has a majority culture to protect and promote, this multiculturalist policy implicitly says that England has no core culture. It says that the nation can be whatever pressure groups decide it is. It, therefore, officially ends the dominance of English culture in England.
If you think this is hyperbole, consider the decision’s potential impact on schools. If we are going to implement policies that recognize and give legal standing to balkanize our culture, we must think it through to such a broader societal impact. This legal precedent may require us to set up schools in which Islamic teachings are taught. If that seems extreme, keep in mind that multiculturalism has currently made it nearly a firing offense to criticize Islam in our schools.
When we encode multiculturalist school policy, we have a recursive loop of disaster. When we cannot criticize Islam, we cannot teach that much of Western history has been about fighting Islam. We must erase the concept that our defending Europe against Islamic invasion led the way to the Enlightenment and, ultimately, to our political freedoms. And when our school children are taught not to value our Western culture, they will not feel any sense of pride, have reasons to defend the civic virtues that make England strong, or possess a desire to protect their homeland.
Islam has been at war with the West nearly continuously since its inception. Wherever it takes over it imposes a ruthless theocracy that smothers the freedoms we hold dear. We cannot protect the West with policies that say Islam is equal to our civilization. Culture is not metaphysical. It exists in space and people. Everywhere Islam has legal standing and is practiced is a space where English culture does not exist and is not practiced. It means the territory of defending Western values has shrunk and that believing in Islamic values has grown. The hospitals are now becoming Islamic.
England has a culture. To survive, England must set up culturist policy that affirms that this is English land with Western practices. We must tell people that our schools will teach the glories of the European defense against Islam and the contribution philosophers such as John Locke made to creating the Western concept of rights. Our streets must not become areas where women must conform to Muslim customs. Just as Saudi Arabia has an Islamic culture and protects it, England has a culture and a right to protect it. To survive, England must enact culturist, not multiculturalist policies.
Source: By BareNakedIslam • Posted in Islamization of the West
BLOGWRATH It was only two weeks ago when the Supreme Court of Canada declared the criticism of homosexuality to be a hate crime. It seems that in Torontom, Islam is also under the same high protection. Today, at a protest somebody was arrested for mocking Islam.
As I wrote earlier, a protest event was scheduled for March 20 at the offices of the Liberal Party of Ontario. It was caused by the fact that the Minister of Labour of our ruling party, Yasir Naqvi, endorsed an Islamic book, which (in accordance with the Koran) recommended wife beating as a tool for solving family problems. Despite the public outrage, the Liberals chose to ignore the issue and turn a blind eye on Muslim misogyny.
The protest attracted a tiny group of participants carrying signs like:
“Beat wife only for honour & discipline, Holy Koran 4:34”
“Those that deny Islam will be killed, Holy Koran 33:16”
“Expose jihad with free speech or die”
Mock Imam giving mock sermon
However, what they lacked in numbers, they made up for with their creativity. Eric Brazau, who was one of the organizers, was dressed like an imam and accompanied by a woman in a full Muslim niqab.
Using a microphone, he gave a mock Muslim sermon, assisted by the veiled woman. He was “praising” Canada as a place, where you can beat your wife with impunity. Reading from sheets of paper, he also counted all the benefits you would get here if you are a religious fanatic. It was a satirical performance, which still focused the attention on the flaws of Islam.
In the beginning the people didn’t pay much attention. Then two police women stopped by and a police van for transporting people under arrest parked in the side street. Many of the people who were passing by found the event amusing – laughing and stopping to take pictures. Then some Muslims started to argue with the protestors, although everything was kept peaceful.
At a certain point, the police decided that the mockery of Islam is getting dangerous and sprang into action. Even more officers arrived and Eric Brazau, along with the other organizer, Ron Banerjee, were led to the police vehicles in the side street.
After the customary processing, Brazau was handcuffed and led away in the van. After some questioning, Banerjee was released. Although the police measures against a peaceful protest were outrageous, they didn’t surprise me. Now every special interest group is beyond reproach regardless of how despicable their positions or actions are.
But truth is truth, no matter what the Supreme Court of Canada says, Islam is a barbaric religion, because it openly promotes violence against women and deprives them from their rights. Of course, the police can arrest me for saying that, but that is not going to make Islam more likable or acceptable.
And we also have a double standard applied here. There is a similar type of protest going on in front of the Israeli Consulate every Friday. A tiny group of lefties, Muslims and self-hating Jews stands there handing out flyers and holding signs. They are also peaceful, but the materials they give away are virulently anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish. And yet I have never seen police talking to them; none of them has ever been arrested.
It looks like the critics of Islam are lesser people who can be on the receiving end of the police wrath for no apparent reason. Welcome to the new Toronto, where the Canadian values mean nothing and their defence becomes a dangerous business.
Source: edition.cnn.com (Phyo Wai Lin, Jethro Mullen and Kocha Olarn)
Yangon, Myanmar (CNN) — Residents of the city in central Myanmar where clashes between Buddhists and the Muslim minority killed dozens of people last week struggled to resume their daily lives on Monday with a state of emergency still in place.
Even as an uneasy calm prevailed in Meiktila, the city at the heart of the unrest, police reported fresh arson attacks on Muslim properties in other areas, showing the challenges Myanmar authorities face in reining in communal tensions in this nascent democracy.
A group of Buddhists on Saturday night torched 65 houses and religious buildings in Yemethin Township, which is about 40 kilometers south of Meiktila and not under a state of emergency, according to Lt. Col. Aung Min, a spokesman for the Myanmar Police Force.
And on Sunday night, smaller outbreaks of arson took place in other towns further south, including Okpo and Tatkon, he said.
The attacks over the weekend caused property damage, but didn’t result in any deaths, Aung Min said. That contrasts with the violence in Meiktila last week, which killed at least 32 people, according to the New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper.
In the Meiktila clashes, which were reportedly set off by a dispute between a Muslim gold shop owner and two Buddhist sellers, rioters set fire to houses schools and mosques, prompting thousands of residents to flee their homes.
State of emergency
As the violence threatened to spiral out of control, authorities declared a state of emergency on Friday, which allows the military to help reinstate order.
Police confiscated weapons such as swords and machetes from groups of Buddhists — some of them monks — who were roaming the streets, officials said.
As authorities began to clear up after the mayhem, they found more than 20 bodies so badly burned they couldn’t be identified, the New Light of Myanmar reported.
The newspaper said Sunday the unrest had left 8,707 people living in temporary shelters such as a soccer stadium and a monastery in Meiktila, a lakeside city about 130 kilometers north of the administrative capital, Naypyidaw.
But Win Htein, an opposition member of parliament for the area, on Monday gave a higher estimate for the number of people displaced by the unrest, saying 10,000 Muslims and 7,000 Buddhists had been driven from their homes.
“We are facing the problem of not having enough food and blankets,” he said.
At the same time, he said, the overall situation in the city had improved,with shops starting to reopen.
Win Htein had said last week that he believed that most of those killed in the violence were Muslims.
Police have detained a total of 36 people in relation to the recent clashes in Meiktila and other towns, Aung Min said Monday.
Concerns after previous unrest
The United Nations and the United States have both expressed concern about the recent violence in Myanmar, which is emerging from decades of military repression and has taken a number of significant steps toward democracy in recent years under President Thein Sein.
The sudden boiling over of tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar follows sectarian troubles that killed scores of people in the west of the country last year.
Those clashes, in Rakhine State, took place between the Buddhist majority and the Rohingya, a stateless ethnic Muslim group.
Most of the victims in that unrest were Rohingya. Tens of thousands more were left living in makeshift camps, and many of them have since joined those who attempt each year to flee to Thailand and Malaysia in flimsy boats.