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Pope Francis bow before PLO-leader Abbas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel. The pontiff, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East since his election in March, has already told Israel he will visit and is widely expected to make the trip next year. … Continue reading

Anglican Church in Scotland to host “Chrislam”

St John’s church and Syed Shah Mustafa Jama Masjid in Aberdeen to be one and the same. Setting an example of religious coexistence, a Scottish church has become the first in the United Kingdom to share its premises with Muslims to help them perform their daily prayers. “Religion does not play a role when it … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia cut head of maid with sword

Saudi Arabia beheaded a Sri Lankan maid convicted of smothering an infant child, despite her being aged just 17 at the time of the offence. A sword-wielding executioner carried out the death sentence on Rizana Nafeek in the town of Dawadmy, near Riyadh, just hours after the country’s Interior Ministry ratified the court verdict against … Continue reading

Crucifixion, torture, amputation, and death in Yemen

Al Qaeda committed ‘truly shocking’ human  rights abuses including crucifixion and the beheading of an alleged sorcerer  during its 16 months in control of a southern region of Yemen, a report by  Amnesty International claimed today. The London-based charity has also released a  video which appears to show a suspected thief having his hand amputated by … Continue reading

Terry Jones sentenced to death in Cairo

An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death. They were sentenced for their support of an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world. The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in … Continue reading

Israel might hold Turkey accountable for genocide

Setting a memorial day for the Armenian genocide would be a recognition of the worlds second largest Holocaust. Israel is accused of trying to incite Turkey. A Knesset committee Monday will consider setting a memorial day for the Armenian genocide, marking a first in Israeli history and stoking criticism that Israel is trying to incite … Continue reading

Pakistani girl face death accused of burning Koran

Three witnesses whose testimony could absolve a 14-year-old Pakistani girl facing life in prison have changed their statements. It’s the latest twist in the case of Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager who was charged more than a month ago under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws for allegedly burning pages of Islam’s holy book for cooking fuel. She … Continue reading

Muslim: Muhammad was a violent man

Mosab Hassan Yousef making film highlighting prophet’s penchant for “violence.” Ramallah-born Mosab Hassan Yousef has made enough enemies in the Palestinian territories to last a lifetime. The eldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas, spent his early years as a Hamas activist and went through more than a few stints … Continue reading

Islamists in Nigeria butcher another 50 Christians

The Nigerian Red Cross says 50 people were killed in the bombings yesterday and reprisal attacks that followed. A radical Islamist sect says it carried out the suicide attacks at two churches in the city of Zaria and another in the city of Kaduna. The group known as Boko Haram (BOH’-koh hah-RAHM’) has also claimed … Continue reading

Saudi: Destroy all Churches in the Middle East

“All churches should be destroyed in the Arabian Peninsula”. The Grand Mufti is citing a saying attributed to the Prophet Muhammad. This is the fatwa issued by Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.  “By extension he is calling for the destruction of churches everywhere”, says Abdul Mohammed of Charlotte, N.C. … Continue reading

Pastor Bob Roberts Seeks to Connect with Muslims

Pastor Bob, senior pastor of Northwood Church is trying to build a civil society by gathering Muslims and Christians together in his church in Kellar, Texas. For the past 8 years, Pastor Bob has been reaching out to Muslims. Some of the activities that are part of his church outreach are : camping, hunting and … Continue reading

Turkey attack France on Armenia genocide bill

France has made it a crime to deny the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Ties between France and Turkey, strategic allies and trading partners, abruptly unraveled Thursday after French legislators passed a bill making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago constitute genocide. … Continue reading

“The Armenians were treated like dogs and pigs”

The British ethnographer, William Ramsay, writing in the late 1890s after having visited the Ottoman Empire, described the conditions of the Armenians: “Turkish rule…meant unutterable contempt… The Armenians (and Greeks) were dogs and pigs…to be spat upon, if their shadow darkened a Turk, to be outraged, to be the mats on which he wiped the … Continue reading

Europe: A study in self-cannibalization

Over a century ago, Churchill warned that Western civilization will face an existential challenge from the Muslim world. It is now upon us. In the first edition of his The River War, published in 1899, Winston Churchill set out a withering critique of the effect Islam has on its followers, its debilitating effect on economies … Continue reading

Sharia Laws in Egypt will destroy the Coptic Church

Islamists slaughtered Copts who had permission to renovate their Church in Egypt.   Those details drove me to re-examine the de-Christianized 19th-century image of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher—no cross, no bells. It becomes a revealing illustration of Islamic history repeating itself in this “Shariah Autumn,” the deadly but natural harvest of the grotesquely … Continue reading

After 10 years, few changes in Saudi extremist textbooks

Describing Jews as “apes” and Christians as “swine,” the middle-school and high-school books command death for apostates from Islam. A new report shows that Saudi Arabia, home to 15 of the 19 terrorist hijackers of 9/11, continues to promote a violent form of Islam through its school system and textbooks 10 years after the attacks. … Continue reading

Catholic Priest: Mary Brings Catholics and Muslims Together

Father Joseph Saghbini, a priest of the Greek Catholic Melkite Patriarchate of Jerusalem spoke about a December 15 conference in Damascus, sponsored by Syrian President and Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, patriarch of Antioch for the Greek Melkite Church. About 1000 participants–Muslims, Catholics and representatives from Eastern Churches, Lebanon, Jordon and Arab nations. The conference focused … Continue reading

Muslim Prince and Pope to pray together in October

Prince Ghazi of Jordan will be attending Pope Benedict XVI’s interfaith prayer meeting in Assisi, Italy this October. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, promoter of the 2007 document  “Common Word” (which emphasizes the common word between Islam and Christianity), will be attending the interfaith prayer service led by the Pope on October 27th. The Common Word … Continue reading

Danish priest warns about Islam and syncretism

Christians and Muslims have different views on humanity. They will not be able to live together in peace. This is a warning from priest Sørine Gotfredsen in Jesus Church north of Copenhagen in Denmark. She is a journalist by profession, and is active in the political debate in Denmark. This is what she wrote in … Continue reading

Islam targets the Son of God in Australia

Jesus is branded as a mortal prophet in Islam. In Sydney Muslims use billboards to defame the Messiah. A billboard carrying the slogan ‘‘Jesus: a prophet of Islam” has been vandalised one day after it was posted on one of Sydney’s busiest roads. The billboard is one of three paid for by an Islamic group … Continue reading

Quran burned in Florida church

GAINESVILLE (Florida) – A CONTROVERSIAL US evangelical preacher on Sunday oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book ‘guilty’ of crimes. The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over … Continue reading