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Hindu Healed, Idols Burned at CfaN Nigeria Crusade

In International on November 16, 2011 at 3:35 am

Christ for All Nations just wrapped up another week of what evangelist Daniel Kolenda likes to call “Holy Spirit evangelism” in Agbani, Nigeria.

Five hundred thousand people attended the meetings—and many received Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Kolenda reports the masses were overflowing with joy and gratitude. One woman even gave him a sheep as a gift of appreciation.

A local chief brought his witchcraft shrine, which had been in his family for several generations. During the crusade, he broke it down and, alongside Kolenda, burned it in a heap with other idols, fetishes, charms amulets and juju. As is typical at CfAN crusades, people were healed by the power of God.

“After praying for the sick, I was taking testimonies when I noticed a man who was clearly not Nigerian standing in the testimony line. He told me that he was a Hindu from India and is visiting Agbani on a work-related trip,” Kolenda explains.

“He was not at the crusade, but was actually far away in a house when he heard me preaching the gospel over the massive P.A. system. He knelt down right there in his home and prayed with me to receive Jesus. Not only was he saved, but he was also healed from a terrible infirmity that had troubled him for several months.”

via Hindu Healed, Idols Burned at CfaN Nigeria Crusade.

Rick Womick, GOP Tennessee state rep: All Muslims serving in the U.S. military should be removed, VIDEO  – NY Daily News

In International, islam on November 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

A Tennessee lawmaker is drawing intense criticism after calling for the removal of all Muslims serving in the U.S. military.

Republican State Rep. Rick Womick first made the controversial remarks Friday during a conference on Islamic extremism in America.

“Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military” and “if they truly are a devout Muslims, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they’re commanded to kill me,” the U.S. Air Force vet told Think Progress.

When asked if Muslims should be booted from the military, he replied “absolutely, yeah.”

The Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations blasted Womick this week.

“The Tennessee General Assembly must formally rebuke Representative Womick for defaming all members of the military — including the thousands of Muslims who proudly serve our nation — and for sending a message of hate to the hundreds of thousands of Muslims serving alongside our troops in other nations,” CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said in a statement.

“It was particularly offensive that Womick made his un-American remarks on Veterans Day,” Hooper added.

Saleh Sbenaty, of the Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., which is part of Womick’s district, even called for the lawmaker’s impeachment, according to the Tennessean.

But Womick, a Baptist and member of the National Rifle Association, stuck to his remarks.

“Who are we at war with?” Womick asked Murfreesboro’s Daily News Journal.

“We are at war with al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who are Muslims. It’s a Catch 22. They are not allowed to kill their fellow Muslims, we’re at war with Muslims. The only solution I see is that they not be allowed in the military.”

There are approximately 6 million Muslims living in America, with about 3,500 serving in the military.

via Rick Womick, GOP Tennessee state rep: All Muslims serving in the U.S. military should be removed, VIDEO  – NY Daily News.

Now Porn Jihad against celebrities, an XXX site blackmails Taylor Swift with a topless pic

In International, islam on November 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

 

Protecting Taylor: Swift's legal team is threatening legal action against a website claiming it has a topless photo of the singer

 

The country singer’s legal team is threatening to file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against the website Celebrity Jihad, after it posted a picture of a semi-nude woman claiming it is most likely Taylor.

The photo shows a blonde with long, curly hair that the site says ‘bears a striking resemblance’ to the country cutie posing on a bed with the caption ‘Taylor Swift Topless Private Pic Leaked?’

via Taylor Swift ‘topless picture’: Country star takes action against Celebrity Jihad | Mail Online.

Iran arms chief killed in blast

In International on November 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

AN EXPLOSION at a Revolutionary Guard base in Iran killed a senior commander in charge of the country’s missile development program.

Brigadier General Hassan Moghaddam was said to be ”responsible for industrial research aimed at ensuring self-sufficiency of the Revolutionary Guards’ armaments”, a coded way of confirming reports that he was responsible for its missile inventory.

Iranian authorities claimed the explosion was caused by an accident which happened as ammunition was being moved, but the high-profile status of its main victim will add to speculation that it was an act of sabotage aimed at the country’s nuclear weapons program.

via Iran arms chief killed in blast.

Afghanistan’s marginalised Hindus | Reza Mohammadi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

In International, islam on November 13, 2011 at 8:30 am

During the reign of King Amanullah Khan (1919-1928) Radha’s father, Ranji Das, was finance minister, a role that had long been filled by the Hindus of Afghanistan. But the growth of religious fundamentalism has now pushed the Hindus out of government offices, forcing them into the bazaars. It is now many years since a Hindu held a government post in the country. But they are still running a major part of the Afghan bazaars, and come second in trading medical products.

Overlooking Kabul is a mountain called Asmayi. The name is apparently a Hindu term, deriving from the godess Asha. Today, the mountain has become the largest pilgrimage centre for Hindu worshippers. According to a Hindu tale, an eternal fire burns at the summit of Asmayi, a fire which has refused to die out for 4000 years. There are two other centres of worship in Kabul, the Harshari Natha temple in Kabul’s Baghban Kucha, and the Shorbazaar Temple. These are Kabul’s oldest temples, where Hindus celebrate divali and naradatar. They are also the meeting places of the Sikh and Hindu religious associations. In addition to these, Kabul today has many other newer and larger temples scattered in different parts of the city.

via Afghanistan’s marginalised Hindus | Reza Mohammadi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

‘My daughter deserved to die for falling in love’ | World news | The Observer

In International on November 11, 2011 at 5:03 am

Two weeks ago, The Observer revealed how 17-year-old student Rand Abdel-Qader was beaten to death by her father after becoming infatuated with a British soldier in Basra. In this remarkable interview, Abdel-Qader Ali explains why he is unrepentant – and how police backed his actions. Afif Sarhan in Basra and Caroline Davies report

via ‘My daughter deserved to die for falling in love’ | World news | The Observer.

Pak schools foster prejudice, intolerance of Hindus: US commission | Firstpost

In International on November 9, 2011 at 4:42 am

Text books in Pakistani schools foster prejudice and intolerance of Hindus and Christians, while most teachers view religious minorities as “enemies of Islam”, according to a study by a US government commission released on Tuesday.

The findings indicate how deeply ingrained hardline Islam is in Pakistan and help explain why militancy is often supported, tolerated or excused in the country.

“Teaching discrimination increases the likelihood that violent religious extremism in Pakistan will continue to grow, weakening religious freedom, national and regional stability, and global security,” said Leonard Leo, the chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

via Pak schools foster prejudice, intolerance of Hindus: US commission | Firstpost.

French paper reprints Mohammad cartoon after fire-bomb | Reuters

In International on November 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm

- A French satirical weekly whose office was fire bombed after it printed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad has reproduced the image with other caricatures in a special supplement distributed with one of the country’s leading newspapers.

The weekly Charlie Hebdo defended “the freedom to poke fun” in the four-page supplement, which was wrapped around copies of the left-wing daily Liberation on Thursday, a day after an arson attack gutted Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place hours before an edition of Charlie Hebdo hit news stands featuring a cover-page cartoon of Mohammad and a speech bubble with the words: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.”

The weekly, known for its irreverent treatment of the political establishment and religious figures, bore the headline “Charia Hebdo,” in a reference to Muslim sharia law, and said that week’s issue had been guest-edited by Mohammad.

The incident pits Europe’s tradition of free speech and secularism against Islam’s injunction barring any depictions seen as mocking the prophet. The publication of cartoons of Mohammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 sparked unrest in the Muslim world in which at least 50 people were killed.

While French Muslim groups criticized Charlie Hebdo’s work, they also condemned the fire-bomb attack. The head of the Paris Mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, told a news conference on Thursday: “I am extremely attached to freedom of the press, even if the press is not always tender with Muslims, Islam or the Paris Mosque.”

“French Muslims have nothing to do with political Islam,” he said.

Abderrahmane Dahmane, a Muslim former presidential adviser on religious diversity, said he was not shocked by the Charlie Hebdo front-page and joked himself about the matter.

“We have a sense of humor in the world of Islam … what we sometimes say about Islam and the prophet, among ourselves and in the presence of Imams, is worse than what Charlie Hebdo wrote,” he quipped.

Following the fire bombing, Charlie Hebdo staff moved temporarily into the offices of Liberation. The two publications jointly produced Thursday’s supplement, which reproduced the Charlie Hebdo cartoon in an article on the back page.

One headline in the supplement said: “After their office blaze, this team defends the ‘freedom to poke fun’.”

“We thought the lines had moved and that maybe there would be more respect for our satirical work, our right to mock. Freedom to have a good laugh is as important as freedom of speech,” Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier said in the supplement.

The supplement included several new drawings by Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. In one, a prophet-like figure tries to restrain his billowing robes in a pose reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe as a draft blows up from Charlie Hebdo newspapers below him. Another shows an airborne fire-bomb with a face in the flames and the caption, “So, is this how you see the prophet?”

France has Europe’s largest Muslim community, numbering about five million out of an overall population of 65 million. The country has a deep tradition of official secularism and adopted a ban this year on women wearing face-covering veils in public.

Charbonnier told Reuters his newspaper planned to print another 175,000 copies of this week’s edition in the coming days after the first print run of 75,000 copies sold out fast.

Luz, the cartoonist who drew the cover cartoon at the center of the controversy, said it was still unclear who had carried out the attack.

“Let’s be cautious. There’s every reason to believe it’s the work of fundamentalists but it could just as well be the work of two drunks,” he said in the Thursday supplement.

via French paper reprints Mohammad cartoon after fire-bomb | Reuters.

US Governor under fire for attending Hindu function

In International on November 4, 2011 at 1:49 am

During an event last Friday to mark an Indian company’s arrival in Elizabethtown, Governor Beshear took part in a Hindu ground-blessing ceremony, which is considered a traditional service in India.

But one of his challengers, Republican nominee David Williams, attacked Beshear, claiming he took part in idol worship.

“He’s there participating with Hindu priests, participating in a religious ceremony. They can say what they want to. He’s sitting down there with his legs crossed, participating in Hindu prayers with a dot on his forehead with incense burning around him. I don’t know what the man was thinking,” said Williams.

Beshear’s campaign fought back, saying the governor was proud of the job creation in the central Kentucky city, and denounced the attack from Williams.

“These are pathetic and desperate remarks by a candidate facing devastating poll numbers,” said Matt Erwin, Beshear’s campaign spokesman.

On Wednesday afternoon David Williams responded.

“To be clear, I very much support economic development and strongly believe in freedom of religion. What I cannot understand is why Governor Beshear has a long pattern of opposing outward displays of the Christian faith such as Christmas trees, prayers before high school football games, and posting the 10 Commandments but apparently has no problem personally participating in displays of non-Christian religions,” said Williams.

“I see nothing wrong with a governor attending a religious gathering and respecting other cultures. But for him to engage and participate in a Hindu religious ceremony where prayers are being offered to gods in which he does not believe is not only disrespectful of Hinduism but stands in direct opposition to his own expressed Christian faith which recognizes but one God. It also flies in the face of his previous record of stamping out religious displays in governmental settings, which all happened to be Christian in nature,” Williams went on to say.

Gatewood Galbraith’s running mate and Independent Candidate for Lt. Governor, Dea Riley said they do respect the rights of all to express their religion, but went on to say, “Certainly Gatewood and I would have handled it very differently. We would have remained observers rather than participants in the ceremony.”

The company Flex Films, will eventually bring 250 jobs to its Elizabethtown location. Mayor Tim C. Walker said.

“I am shocked that David Williams would suggest that participating in a welcoming ceremony for a new company – one that is bringing hundreds of new jobs — is disrespectful,” Walker said in a statement.

“Here in Elizabethtown, we were very happy that Flex Films is locating here and I was pleased to participate in the blessing ceremony. It did not compromise my faith, and it’s despicable to suggest that we should not welcome this company and their investment.”

The president of a national group — The universal society of Hinduism — is calling on David Williams to issue a public apology for his comments before next week’s election.

WKYT Anchor and Political Analyst, Bill Bryant said, “This has been a hard fought contentious Kentucky campaign. There have been a lot of issues in the mix and it’s probably no surprise here in the final stretch of the campaign, that religion now entered the discussion as it often does in Kentucky races.”

via Governor’s race heats up over Hindu prayer ceremony.

Attack on French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo for Prophet cartoon

In International, islam on November 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, French police say.

It comes a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its “editor-in-chief” for its next issue.

The magazine said the move was intended to “celebrate” the victory of an Islamist party in Tunisia’s election.

Charlie Hedbo’s editor is quoted as saying: “We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed.”

A single Molotov cocktail was thrown at the offices of Charlie Hebdo during the night and a large amount of material in the office was destroyed, police said.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Charlie Hebdo’s website has also been hacked with a message in English and Turkish attacking the magazine.

The magazine was criticised by Muslims in 2007 after reprinting the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that caused outrage around the Islamic world.

via BBC News – Attack on French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.

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