Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennels sums it up nicely by stating that the mass murder committed by Breiviks was not inspired by so-called ‘right-wing’ blogs critical of Islamism and Sharia. Rather, this mad man’s blood lust was inspired by the numerous acts of Jihadi violence that preceded him …
He did not. Breivik found inspiration in his own wretched interpretation of these blogs’ messages. Contrary to the Quran, for example, these blogs promote democracy and human rights, not murder and violent world revolution.
Breivik’s true inspiration is clear to everyone: The Lashkar-e-Taiba attack in Mumbai and Al-Qaeda’s massacres around the world. No wonder that so many newspapers initially stated that Norway had been hit by Islamists. And no wonder that Islamists were the only ones to call the tragedy ‘good news’.
Breivik’s interpretation of the Islam-critical blogs that he mentions in his manifesto is just as subjective and just as much a misunderstanding as the democratic and peaceful Muslims’ interpretation of their own religion.” Source.
Violence Is Not The Answer
By Anugrah Kumar – July 31 – “Ramadan, the 30-day annual Islamic fast which begins next week, may expose Christians to an increased risk of persecution in Muslim-majority countries and believers in the West should pray for them, Open Doors USA said as it launched a Ramadan Prayer Calendar.
‘Ramadan is a time when Christians are especially isolated in some Muslim-dominated countries,’ said Open Doors USA President Dr. Carl Moeller in a statement. ‘This is why it is so important for us to unite in prayer for persecuted Christians throughout the world.’
To help Christians pray for the persecuted, Open Doors has prepared a Ramadan Prayer Calendar having multiple prayer points and designed to help believers pray for vulnerable Christians around the world during the 30 days.
The group, which has served the persecuted church worldwide since 1955 when its founder Brother Andrew smuggled Bibles into Eastern Europe for the first time, will also send out daily emails with a story from a Muslim-dominated country, prayer requests, and a call to action. Open Doors has provided a link on its website for believers to register.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which begins August 1 this year, is the time when most Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, seeking to shed their sins through acts of restraint as they believe this is a time of purification accomplished through good deeds and self-control.
However, ‘the observance of Ramadan could increase pressure on believers,’ Moeller said.” Read more.
Security has been stepped up to ‘unprecedented’ levels at Belmarsh prison after warnings that the Muslim Boys gang is plotting a revenge mission. A 15-strong riot squad in stab-proof vests has hidden around the jail’s chapel during Muslim prayers on Fridays in case of an attack.
Another team of officers has been on standby ready to assist.
Prisoners on House Block One, which includes 39 terror suspects, added to the tension by staging a mass show of defiance on Friday.
Inmates refused to return to their cells and a source says ‘staff very nearly lost control of the jail’.
The standoff was only ended when officers brandished batons and demanded a retreat as they marched towards the prisoners.
The source said: ‘It’s a powder keg waiting to go off.
‘There are concerns it will take an officer’s death before the Muslim Boys are tackled seriously.
‘The levels of security being employed are unprecedented.Management are worried the Muslim Boys are planning an incident in Bin Laden’s honour on a scale never seen before.’” Read more.
“NAIROBI, Kenya, August 1 (CDN) — Muslim extremists on Saturday (July 30) burned down a church building on Zanzibar island off the coast of Tanzania, church leaders said, just three days after another congregation’s facility on the island was reduced to ashes.
In Fuoni on the south coast of Zanzibar (known locally as Unguja), Islamic extremists torched the building of the Evangelical Assemblies of God-Tanzania (EAGT) at around 2 p.m., said Pastor Leonard Massasa, who oversees Zanzibar’s EAGT churches. The assailants were shouting, ‘Away with the church – we do not want infidels to spoil our community, especially our children,’ Pastor Massasa said.
The EAGT church is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Zanzibar town.
‘Tomorrow is Sunday, and my members numbering 40 will not have any place to worship,’ Pastor Paulo Magungu of the Fuoni EAGT church said. With fear in his voice, the pastor added, ‘We have reported the case to the police station. I hope justice will be done.’
He reported the case at Fuoni police station immediately after it happened, he said.
In Kianga, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from Zanzibar town, another church building was burned down on Wednesday (July 27) at about 2 a.m., said Pastor George Frank Dunia of Free Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Africa. The fire destroyed 45 chairs.
‘I have 36 members, and it will be very difficult for them to congregate tomorrow,’ the pastor said on Saturday (July 30). ‘The members are afraid, not knowing what other plans the Muslims are out to do. We request prayers at this trying moment.’” Read more.
Iraq: 23+ Wounded After Church Bombing in Central Kirkuk, Two Other Car Bombs Defused Outside Separate Churches
“In a coordinated effort to generate fear among Iraqi Christians, the ethnically and religiously diverse city of Kirkuk witnessed another attack outside a Syrian Catholic Church on Tuesday around 6 a.m.
At least 23 people were wounded in the attack, mostly from surrounding homes. The church’s parish leader, Imad Yalda, was inside the church during the bombing and was also among the wounded.
Following the attack, two other car bombs were also found outside Kirkuk’s Christian Anglican Church and the Mar Gourgis church.
The bombs were defused by security forces prior to their explosion.
Kirkuk’s Deputy Police Chief, Torhan Abdulrahman said of the attack, ‘It was a coordinated attack to target churches at the same time.’
The Rev. Haithem Akram, of one of the targeted churches in today’s attacks said, ‘The terrorists want to make us flee Iraq, but they will fail. We are staying in our country.’
Iraqi’s Christian minority, formally standing at around 1.4 million, has been significantly downsizing its presence in the country since the ousting of Saddam Hussein in 2003, with close to 1 million having fled to other regions in Iraq or leaving the country to seek refuge.
Christians in Iraq are targeted predominately by Sunni extremists that find Christians in the country to be ‘non-believers.’” Read more.
New York: ‘Horrifying’ Spiked Hail the Size of Baseballs Shatters Windows, Rattles Nerves In Queens Neighborhoods
Parts of the Tri-State area were pounded from the sky — with wind, lightning and ice.
Residents in Little Neck, Queens picked up the hail and put them in their freezers just to have evidence.
‘I’ve never seen anything, it was horrifying,’ Gail Kolidas told CBS 2′s Lou Young.
As intense as the damage was, it was also concentrated along the Queens-Nassau line.
The hail stones shattered car windows, punctured plastic lawn furniture and vinyl siding. It also did a good job of rattling nerves.
‘Unbelievable,’ remarked Sherly Mesten.
Hours after the storm ended, the hail was still melting where it pooled down into the lawn.
‘It looks like eggs,’ said Young Kim, ‘I see this, this is ice. Unbelievable.’” Read more.
A drought has left the OC Fisher Reservoir in San Angelo State Park in West Texas almost entirely dry. The water that is left is stagnant, full of dead fish — and a deep, opaque red.
The color has some apocalypse believers suggesting that OC Fisher is an early sign of the end of the world, but Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries officials say the bloody look is the result of Chromatiaceae bacteria, which thrive in oxygen-deprived water.
‘It’s just heartbreaking,’ said Charles Cruz, a fish and wildlife technician with Texas Parks and Wildlife in San Angelo, Tex.
Texas is experiencing major drought this summer, with 75 percent of the state’s area in an ‘exceptional’ drought, the highest level, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC). The state had hoped for some relief from Tropical Storm Don last week, but the system fizzled and brought only an inch or two of rain to areas near the coast.
The drought has taken its toll on a number of reservoirs in West Texas, Cruz told LiveScience. OC Fisher has never been completely full, Cruz said, but it was stocked with catfish, bass, sunfish and other popular targets for fishermen.
‘We surveyed the lake, I believe it was last year, and we had a pretty good fish population out there,’ Cruz said. ‘It was pretty sickening going out there, watching lake levels just drop and drop and drop and seeing these nice trophy-sized bass just floating dead.’” Read more.
The brief but strong solar flare occurred late Friday (July 29) at 10:09 p.m. EDT (0209 GMT July 30), and grew in intensity. The flare was followed by an unrelated geomagnetic storm, which was triggered by fluctuations in the solar wind, according to Spaceweather.com, a website that monitors space weather events.
As a result of the solar storm, skywatchers at high latitudes, particularly in the southern hemisphere, were alerted for potentially dazzling aurora displays.
The M9-class flare erupted from a large sunspot, officially known as AR 1261. Two large sunspot groups have emerged on the sun, reported Spaceweather.com, and the active regions are breeding grounds for weak to powerful solar flares.
‘Because of its brevity, the eruption did not hurl a substantial cloud of material toward Earth,’ Spaceweather.com reported. ‘So far none of the eruptions has been squarely Earth directed, but that could change in the days ahead as solar rotation turns the sunspots to face our planet.’” Read more.
Signs in the Sun: Some Scientists Believe Bursts of Solar Activity May Be Causing Natural Disasters on Earth – “Some scientists believe bursts of solar activity cause natural disasters on our planet, but until now the star has been too difficult to reach or explore in any detail. Some Russian researchers think they have the solution. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis – apocalyptic pictures are becoming an ordinary part of news bulletins across the globe. And scientists are not giving out reassuring forecasts.” Read more.
“(CNN) — Exceptional drought conditions spread across nearly 12% of the United States last month, a record number that shows the widespread impact of the dry weather conditions, according to a report released Monday.
Officials at the National Drought Mitigation Center said the July percentage is the highest recorded level of drought since the monitor began documenting conditions 12 years ago.
More than 40% of states faced abnormal dryness or drought, a report released by the center said.
The report tracks and ranks weather conditions from ‘abnormal dryness’ to ‘exceptional drought.’ A drought is considered ‘exceptional’ when the situation extends beyond what ‘could be considered part of normal risk management,’ according to the center’s website.
Dry weather has been pervasive throughout the South but particularly difficult for Texas, which hoped to find relief in Tropical Storm Don. The storm made landfall Friday between Corpus Christi and Brownsville but quickly fizzled into a tropical depression, disappointing residents looking for a break.
‘We were desperately hoping for some rain that didn’t come,’ said Tiffany Sunday, a resident of the Corpus Christi area.” Read more.
“Palestinian officials said Monday they plan to begin mass marches against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank on September 20, the eve of a largely symbolic UN vote expected to recognize their independence.
Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo said leaders hope to attract millions, and the protest will be the first of a prolonged effort. He said the campaign would be called ‘Palestine 194,’ since the Palestinians hope to become the 194th member of the United Nations.
‘The appeal to the UN is a battle for all Palestinians, and in order to succeed, it needs millions to pour into streets,’ he said.
With peace talks stalled, the Palestinians have decided to ask the UN to endorse their independence. They plan to ask the powerful Security Council, whose decisions are legally binding, for approval as a full member of the world body.
The U.S. opposes the Palestinian initiative and has signaled it will use its veto power in the council to defeat the measure.
That would force the Palestinians to turn to the much larger General Assembly, where they enjoy widespread support. While a vote there would be symbolic, the Palestinians believe any international endorsement will isolate Israel and improve their position if negotiations resume.
Palestinian officials said Monday they plan to begin mass marches against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank on September 20, the eve of a largely symbolic UN vote expected to recognize their independence.
Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo said leaders hope to attract millions, and the protest will be the first of a prolonged effort. He said the campaign would be called ‘Palestine 194,’ since the Palestinians hope to become the 194th member of the United Nations.” Read more.