Blog description: If you think December in Virginia is cold, what do you think its like in the rest of those Atlantic coast states? Brrrr. It makes me shiver just to think about the icy winds and snow-bound earth where the Pilgrims landed in 1620-Massachusetts. We are reminded once again of that cruel winter in Virginia about which we read in our last article. This story is from Governor Bradford?s own account of the Pilgrims. Because of reading about the Pilgrims exploration of this frigid area I?m sure ...
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Caner is a committed, born-again Christian, as well as a professor of theology and church history at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. But he was raised in a strict Muslim home in Ohio and was a devout worshiper of Allah until age 17, when he was led to Christ through the witness of one of his high school friends. Caner in turn led to Christ his own brother, Emir, who today is a professor of church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
These days the Caner brothers are in demand as experts on Islam, both in Christian circles as well as with the secular media. Since the terrorist attacks, they have been interviewed in such varied venues as CNN, BBC, the 700 Club, Janet Parshall's America, and Decision Today radio. They have also authored an authoritative expose, titled Islam Unveiled, a frank presentation of Islam in its entirety -- its practices, ethics, and beliefs. Perhaps of most use to Christians is the book's explanation of the stark differences between Christianity and Islam, and the counsel the Caner brothers offer Christians on how to engage Muslims in a dialogue about their legalistic religion and the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Baptist Prof, Former Muslim, Speaks Out on Militant Goals of Islam
Ergun Mehmet Caner watched in horror as the dramatic and fateful events unfolded on the morning of September 11. Like most Americans, he was shocked at the apparent accidental collision of a jetliner into one of the massive, majestic towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. It was, he thought, a tragic, bizarre accident with a tragic loss of humanity.
Caner recalls that within minutes of that first collision, however, he knew that America was at war. "When the second plane hit, no one had to tell me," he says. Moreover, he knew exactly who America's enemy was, how they thought, and what they wanted, because he was raised as one of them.
Christianity finds a fulcrum in Asia
Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day, according to a stunning report by the National Catholic Reporter's veteran correspondent John Allen, and 200 million Chinese may comprise the world's largest concentration of Christians by mid-century, and the largest missionary force in history.  If you read a single news article about China this year, make sure it is this one.
I suspect that even the most enthusiastic accounts err on the downside, and that Christianity will have become a Sino-centric
religion two generations from now. China may be for the 21st century what Europe was during the 8th-11th centuries, and America has been during the past 200 years: the natural ground for mass evangelization. If this occurs, the world will change beyond our capacity to recognize it. Islam might defeat the western Europeans, simply by replacing their diminishing numbers with immigrants, but it will crumble beneath the challenge from the East.
China, devoured by hunger so many times in its history, now feels a spiritual hunger beneath the neon exterior of its suddenly great cities. Four hundred million Chinese on the prosperous coast have moved from poverty to affluence in a single generation, and 10 million to 15 million new migrants come from the countryside each year, the greatest movement of people in history. Despite a government stance that hovers somewhere between discouragement and persecution, more than 100 million of them have embraced a faith that regards this life as mere preparation for the next world. Given the immense effort the Chinese have devoted to achieving a tolerable life in the present world, this may seem anomalous. On the contrary: it is the great migration of peoples that prepares the ground for Christianity, just as it did during the barbarian invasions of Europe during the Middle Ages.
Last month's murder of reverend Bae Hyung-kyu, the leader of the missionaries still...
Revathi was born to Indian Muslim parents who gave her a Muslim name, Siti Fatimah. She was raised as a Hindu by her grandmother and changed her name in 2001, but her official papers still say she is Muslim.
Revathi married Suresh Veerappan in 2004 according to Hindu rites and gave birth to a daughter in December 2005. But the marriage was not legally registered because under Malaysian law Suresh would have had to convert to Islam first.
Islamic officials seized the couple's 18-month-old daughter from her Hindu father in March and handed the child to Revathi's Muslim mother.
Revathi said officials have ordered her to live with her mother for now and to continue undergoing counseling.
Lim Kit Siang, chairman of the opposition Democratic Action Party, said Friday that moderate Muslims must be concerned by such cases because they could hurt Malaysia's image by showing "a narrow and intolerant face of Islam."
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia?A Muslim-born woman who was forced to spend six months in an Islamic rehabilitation center because she wants to live as a Hindu said Friday after her release that she will never return to her original faith.
Revathi Masoosai, 29, said officials at the center tried to make her pray as a Muslim, wear a head scarf and eat beef, a practice sacrilege to Hindus.
"Because of their behavior, I loathe Islam even more now," she told reporters. "They say it's a school, but it's actually a prison."
Her case is one of a growing number of conflicts in Malaysia between religious freedom and state policies that favor Islam, the official faith of this southeast Asian nation. The battles have strained ethnic relations in the multicultural nation.
Malaysia is considered one of the world's most relaxed Muslim countries, having enjoyed racial peace for nearly four decades. But it follows a dual justice system. Islamic, Shariah, courts administer the personal affairs of Muslims, while civil courts govern Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and other religious minorities.
Under Islamic law, a person who is born Muslim cannot convert to another religion.
The Islamic Religious Department in southern Malacca state detained Revathi, an ethnic Indian, in January and sent her for religious counseling after officials discovered she had married a Hindu man.
Revathi was released from the rehabilitation center Thursday, and she appeared in a High Court on Friday in an attempt to have her detention declared illegal. Though she already has served the time, her lawyers said they wanted to bring the case to court as a matter of principle and to possibly set a precedent for future cases.
Tuah Atan, a lawyer representing the Islamic department, said officials remain hopeful that Revathi might still return to Islam.
"From the facts of the case, the authorities still strongly feel she can reform," Tuah said.
Blogging the Qur?an: Sura 2, ?The Cow,? verses 75-140posted at 9:00 am on June 24, 2007 by Robert Spencer
Send to a Friend | printer-friendly The next segment of Sura 2, verses 75-105, continues the Qur?an?s criticism of the Jews. When you read statements by Hamas leaders or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about Israel, remember that they view Israel and Jews through a Qur?anic prism. They have learned, if they have studied the Qur?an at all, that the Jews are the most perverse and guilty ? as well as the craftiest and most persistent ? enemies of Allah, Muhammad and the Muslims.
In verse 75 Allah asks the Muslims how they can hope that the Jews will come to believe in Islam, since ?a party of them used to listen to the word of Allah, then used to change it, after they had understood it, knowingly?? In his Tafsir Anwar al-Bayan, the twentieth-century Indian Mufti Muhammad Aashiq Ilahi Bulandshahri notes that some commentators ?have mentioned that the verse refers to the adulteration of the Torah. The Jewish scholars used to accept bribes from people to alter certain injunctions to suit their desires.? Expanding on this in connection with verse 79, Bulandshahri says that the Jews ?commit a dual sin by altering Allah?s scripture and by accepting bribery as well.? This is a traditional view: the Tafsir al-Jalalayn says that the Jews ?altered the description of the Prophet in the Torah, as well as the ?stoning? verse, and other details, and rewrote them in a way different from that in which they were revealed.?
In their arrogance they also think they will only be in hell for a few days (verse 80). Bukhari recounts that after Muhammad conquered the Jews of Khaibar, an Arabian oasis, they roasted a sheep for the Prophet of Islam ? and poisoned it. Sensing their stratagem, he summoned and questioned them. In the course of this, they told him, ?We shall remain in the (Hell) Fire for a short period, and after that you [Muslims] will replace us.? Muhammad responded indignantly: ?...
Blogging the Qur?an: Sura 2, ?The Cow,? verses 40-75posted at 9:00 am on June 17, 2007 by Robert Spencer
Send to a Friend | printer-friendly Verse 40 of Sura 2 addresses the ?Children of Israel,? beginning an extended meditation on all that Allah did for the Jews, and the ingratitude with which they repaid him. Verse 41 warns them to ?part not with My revelations for a trifling price,? which the Islamic commentators generally interpret as an exhortation to put the service of Allah before the concerns of this world. Sayyid Abul A?la Maududi, a renowned twentieth-century Islamic intellectual and exponent of political Islam, says in his massive Towards Understanding the Qur?an that this verse ?refers to the worldly benefits for the sake of which [the Jews] were rejecting God?s directives.? However, many have speculated that this verse amounts to Muhammad?s rebuke of those who sold him material that they told him was divine revelation, but wasn?t ? people who are raked over the coals again in 2:79.
Anyway, the Jews can get back into good graces with Allah by converting to Islam (v. 43). This might sail right by the English-speaking reader, since the translations exhort them to ?steadfast in prayer? and to ?practise regular charity? (as Abdullah Yusuf Ali has it), but in Arabic the word used here for prayer is salat (?????????) and for charity zakat (?????????); these refer specifically to Islamic prayer and almsgiving. Non-Muslims cannot pray salat or pay zakat. About the need for this conversion Ibn Kathir is forthright: ?Allah commanded the Children of Israel to embrace Islam and to follow Muhammad.? Sayyid Qutb says that here Allah ?invites the Israelites to join the Muslims in their religious practices, and to abandon their prejudices and ethnocentric tendencies.?
Starting with verse 47, says Maududi, ?reference is made to the best-known episodes of Jewish history. As these episodes were known to every Jewish child, they are narrated briefly rather than in de...
Blogging the Qur?an: Sura 2, ?The Cow,? verses 1-39posted at 9:00 am on June 10, 2007 by Robert Spencer
Send to a Friend | printer-friendly Sura 2, Al-Baqara (?The Cow?), like almost all of the chapters of the Qur?an, takes its title from something recounted within it ? in this case, the story of Moses relaying Allah?s command to the Israelites that they sacrifice a cow (2:67-73). It is the longest sura of the Qur?an ? 286 verses ? and begins the Qur?an?s general (but not absolute) pattern of running from the longest to the shortest chapters, with the exception of the Fatiha, which has pride of place as the first sura because of its centrality in Islam. Surat Al-Baqara, ?The Cow,? was revealed to Muhammad at Medina ? that is, during the second part of his prophetic career, which began in Mecca in 610. In 622 Muhammad and the fledgling Muslim community moved to Medina, where for the first time Muhammad became a political and military leader. Islamic theologians generally regard Medinan suras as taking precedence over Meccan ones wherever there is a disagreement, in accord with verse 106 of this chapter of the Qur?an, in which Allah speaks about abrogating verses and replacing them with better ones. (This interpretation of verse 106, however, is not universally accepted. Some say it refers to the abrogation of nothing in the Qur?an, but only of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. More on that when the time comes.)
Sura 2 contains a great deal of important material for Muslims, and is held in high regard. The medieval Qur?anic commentator Ibn Kathir (whose commentary is still read and respected by Muslims) conveys in an earthy way that recitation of this sura distresses Satan, recounting that one of Muhammad?s early followers, Ibn Mas?ud, remarked that Satan ?departs the house where Surat Al-Baqarah is being recited, and as he leaves, he passes gas.? Without Ibn Mas?ud?s poor taste, Muhammad himself says: ?Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Baqara is ...
Police have found a second car bomb in London?s West End, it has emerged.
Fleet Street was cleared while police investigated suspect vehicle
Sources revealed that officers examining a Mercedes found in an underground car park off Park Lane this afternoon discovered an explosive device inside.
It has not been disclosed what sort of bomb was found, but the revelation comes just hours after bomb disposal experts defused a device set to detonate petrol, gas cylinders and nails in a car outside the packed Tiger Tiger nightclub in The Haymarket.
It is thought the second car was found parked illegally in the West End by traffic wardens in the early hours of this morning. It was then towed to the pound - located in the car park - but left outside in the public area when staff reported that it smelt of fuel.
Earlier this afternoon Park Lane was sealed off and Hyde Park evacuated after bomb experts were called in to examine the car.
Security alerts caused by the searches brought much of London to a standstill.
Later, police cordoned off a 400m-stretch of Fleet Street between Fetter Lane and Ludgate Circus, in the heart of London's financial district, as they investigated a suspect vehicle.
Two hours later, a spokesman for City of London police said the area had been made safe, but would not confirm whether police had found anything.
Jacqui Smith, the new Home Secretary, called an emergency meeting of top officials this morning, calling the attempted attack in The Haymarket "international terrorism."
She said: "We are currently facing the most severe and sustained threat to our security from international terrorism.
The car with the bomb was parked near Piccadilly Circus
"This latest incident reinforces the need for the public to remain vigilant and alert to the threat we face at all times.
Similarities between the car bomb and Iraqi bomb plots have been highlighted by a British security official, acco...
Lawyers in Pakistan are investigating a report that up to 30 men tortured and gang-raped a young Christian man for refusing to convert to Islam.
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Lawyers in Pakistan are investigating a report that up to 30 men tortured and gang-raped a young Christian man for refusing to convert to Islam.
The victim is seriously injured and unable to move, Release International?s partner in Pakistan has reported. However, according to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) the police are keeping him locked up and have denied him medical treatment.
The police are also refusing to register the rape following a counter-claim made by his principal attacker ? ?a man of influence?, Release International has told Christian Today.
According to CLAAS, the Christian was invited to a game of cricket. A quarrel broke out and he was beaten up. Later that evening, the father of one of the Muslims asked the Christian over to his house.
Joseph Francis, the National Director of CLAAS, explained: ?When he entered the drawing room, he found it filled with unknown people. They began to beat him severely. They threatened him with dire consequences if he did not accept Islam. After his refusal, they committed sodomy with him one by one for the whole night.?
Francis said that they later threw their victim out on the street unconscious.
CLAAS has visited the victim and his family. They believe the counter accusation that he stole money and a mobile phone is false. They say the charges were drawn up by the attacker, who has used his influence to put pressure on the authorities.
?We?re deeply concerned about the growing number of attacks against Christians in Pakistan,? says Release International?s CEO Andy Dipper. ?We are receiving reports of rape, abductions and forced conversion. Pakistan is becoming an increasingly difficult place for Christians to live.
?To make matters worse, the government ...
CAIR?s Financial Peril
By Patrick Poole
Just a week after an article in the New York Sun revealed that federal prosecutors had named the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as an unindicted co-conspirator in a HAMAS terrorist financing trial in Texas (see my follow-up article, ?CAIR Fingered by Feds?), signs are appearing that the organization?s finances are taking a big hit from this news and cracks are being noticed in CAIR?s carefully constructed public fa?ade.
According to data published on CAIR?s own website, more than a third of the way through the month of June, by the close of business on Tuesday the 12th CAIR had raised only $18,976 (less than 8 percent) towards its monthly goal of $250,000. In order to meet their monthly goal, CAIR will need to raise $12,835 every single day in each of the 18 days remaining in this month. On Monday, the daily increase in receipts they reported was a meager $150 and on Tuesday was noticeably better at $1,825, but still well short of what they need to meet their budget.
The news of CAIR?s financial peril arrives just a day after Audrey Hudson?s article yesterday in the Washington Times, ?CAIR Membership Falls 90% since 9/11?, which noted the substantial drop in CAIR membership from 29,000 in 2000 to less than an estimated 1,700 in 2006. CAIR?s plummeting membership is hardly breaking news to FrontPage readers who have been following my coverage of this same story since back in February beginning with an article, ?Numbers Don?t Lie?.
Just three weeks ago I observed that CAIR?s estimated membership had fallen from 4,671 in 2004 to 2,615 in 2005 ? a one-year 46 percent drop in membership ? based off the organizations recently released 2005 IRS Form 990 (?CAIR by the Numbers?). The estimates in Ms. Hudson?s Washington Times article observes that trend continuing to 2006 and finds a further 35 percent drop in CAIR?s membership from the year before to 1,700.
Predictably, CAIR assailed the findings of the Times article in a press release issued yesterday, claiming that deeply discounted and free memberships were not considered. That notwithstanding, CAIR offered no explanation on why their membership revenues continue to drop at exactly the same pace as their estimated membership, which seems to correlate directly with my earlier findings and the Times estimates of the organization?s membership.
The data found in CAIR?s 2005 Form 990 also shows a chasm opening up in the group?s finances as part of a downward trend that has been ongoing for several years. In that earlier report I noted:
Also seen in the 2004 and 2005 IRS Form 990s is that direct contributions to the organization (line 1) also saw a sharp decline, dropping from $2,166,270 in 2004 to $1,667,057 in 2005, losing almost one-quarter (23 percent) of their contributions from the previous year.
There could be a number of reasons associated with this recent financial dropoff. Since last week?s news about being named as unindicted co-conspirator, the group?s supporters are surely considering that fact that continuing to contribute to CAIR, who it is now known is under scrutiny by federal law enforcement and prosecutors ? might be fearful of being investigated themselves. But CAIR?s ties to HAMAS financing is hardly breaking news, so any supporters now considering this possibility should not have been supporting a HAMAS-tied front group to begin with.
But in the long-term, it might be CAIR?s rapidly increasing extremism which may be responsible for driving away its past supporters. Its shrill spokesmen and constant indictments of American society as rife with ?Islamophobia?, when in fact the data rarely if ever supported their claims and self-serving narratives, had stripped away much of the ?moderate? veneer CAIR and it?s political and media establishment allies had labored to sustain. In some respects, CAIR?s public relations successes and seeming ubiquity may be directly contributing to its own undoing.
One additional factor contributing to CAIR?s financial death spiral has been the role of independent media in exposing the organization?s extremist agenda. At virtually every opportunity, the establishment media has not only given CAIR a free ride and helped to advance its radical Islamist agenda, but they have consistently looked the other way whenever CAIR?s critics revealed yet another inconvenient truth about the group?s Islamist goals.
The most glaring example of this was an article back in March by Neil MacFarquhar in the New York Times, ?Scrutiny Increases for a Group Advocating for Muslims in the US?, which was little more than an aggressive defense for the organization as they were under direct fire from FrontPage?s own Joe Kaufman (who was quoted the article). MacFarquhar went so far as to blame CAIR critics for the rise in Muslim extremism at home and abroad: ?Some activists and academics view the controversy surrounding the group as typical of why Washington fails so often in the Middle East, while extremism mushrooms.?
This is EXHIBIT A in support of the claim that if it had been left to the media establishment, CAIR?s public image would have remained virtually unblemished and its extremism unchallenged. Responsibility has fallen to the independent media, such as FrontPage Magazine, and aggressive journalism conducted by independent researchers and organizations, to unmask CAIR?s radical agenda, media relations stunts, and troubling associations. CAIR?s present financial woes give evidence that we have done our job well.
CAIR?s boom-and-bust fortunes will give needed encouragement to those looking for some sign of success in countering the global Islamist movement, but continued vigilance will be needed. It might be that CAIR?s foreign petro-patrons will step in again to bail the organization out. For the moment, however, CAIR?s financial peril bodes well for the cause of liberty and freedom, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
June 13, 2007
"Hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity; they promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America"
Nothing really surprising here. This tallies with what the Center for Religious Freedom discovered in 2005. This piece, like the Center for Religious Freedom's report, blames Wahhabism and ignores the wider problem, but it's at least some contrast to the PC falsehoods that ordinarily dominate the public discourse on this topic.
"Private undercover team exposes nationwide network of radical, anti-U.S. Islamic centers," from Insight, with thanks to all who sent this in:
Hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity; they promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America.
?Our initial investigation has concluded there are between 400 to 500 radical Islamic centers in the U.S.,? said David Gaubatz, the director of counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Society of Americans for National Existence. ?In those places, they preach an extreme version of Islam that says America and the West is the enemy. They espouse violence, hatred and the need for terrorism.?
Gaubatz is a former senior U.S. intelligence official, who now works for the Mapping Shari?a in America Project which is supported by SANE, a national non-profit group devoted to investigating the 2,300 Islamic centers in the U.S. for extremist activity.
Gaubatz and his investigators are currently active and will soon form a team of about 12. They pose as people interested in converting to Islam or who are current Muslims. Their goal is to infiltrate mosques and Muslim centers. Recently, he and his team penetrated the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, located in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Sporting a beard and Muslim dress, Gaubatz said he went on May 18 to the center, pretending to be an American interested in becoming a convert to Islam. He discovered the center espoused terrorism and jihad against America.
Odd. Why dress that way if you're just posing as someone interested in converting?
?They are teaching what they call Jihad Qital, which means physical jihad,? Gaubatz said. ?They?re teaching violence and hatred of the United States.?
Gaubatz said that he met the two primary clerics at Dar Al-Hijrah, Imam Shaker Elsayed and Imam Johari Abdulmalik. Both men have been trained in Saudi Arabia. He says another key individual is Yusef Estes, an informal senior leader at the center and an internationally influential Muslim scholar who was trained in Saudi Arabia.
?They put me through the process of learning their faith and ideology,? Gaubatz said. ?They felt close to me and they gave me literature and CDs. They told me to study. The literature is very Jihad Qital.?
He said that the Islamic center has deep ties to Saudi Arabia and espouses Wahhabism, a virulent and puritanical version of Islam.
?Many members of the mosque provided me literature to study. Most of the literature they gave me was from Saudi Arabia,? he said. ?Their literature preaches that America and the West are decadent and evil, and that Muslims have a moral duty to engage in violence against the infidels.?
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These Pictures are not showing the bodies of the soldiers captured recently! Repeat. These are not showing the soldiers captured recently! But, we have received information confirming that these pictures are real and that the bodies are US soldiers captured, tortured, mutilated, and decapitated by the subhuman bastards our heroes are fighting. You decide whether or not this site should continue to show the true face of our enemy.