Pakistan: Enraged Muslim Cleric Warns Of ‘Consequences’ After Christian Pastor Quotes From The Qur’an
Qur’an Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”
“Let the Qur’an Speak“, but not if you’re an infidel under Islamic rule. Only a select few within the Ummah have the power to give life to the image of the Beast that it may speak, and we’re seeing all too often the broad road of ruin that “Allah’s word” has left in its wake. Despite the increasing destruction, anyone who dares to repeat the “holy words of Allah” for any other reason than to empower them could be viewed as blaspheming his prophet, his “religion of peace” — indeed the very image of Allah himself — and be killed for it …
By Rana Tanveer – “LAHORE: A cleric in Sialkot district disrupted a Saturday mass, abused the pastor and is now threatening to register a blasphemy FIR against him for drawing upon verses from the Quran during his sermon.
Pastor Messiah George* had been invited by Data Zedka village Christians to give a sermon at the local church.
According to Arif Hameed*, a school teacher who arranged the pastor’s visit, Qari Muhammad Fazal* disrupted the mass around 11 pm, abusing the pastor and threatening to kill him. Fazal had objections to the pastor reading Quranic verses during his sermon. ‘He [Fazal] tried to get through to the pastor but we were able to help him escape,’ said Hameed.
Fazal called the police to the church but by the time the police reached the church, the pastor had fled. Police officials were able to ‘persuade the Qari’ to go home after assuring him that action will be taken against the pastor.
The next morning local Christians, said the school teacher, apologised to Fazal who is still insisting that the pastor ‘confess to his crime’, and publicly apologise for quoting the Quran. ‘Fazal has warned us that we will be responsible for the consequences,’ he said.” Read more.
Flashback: Non-Muslims in Malaysia Who Recite Quranic Verses ‘Insincerely’ Can Be Charged With Blasphemy – “The government can take action against people who abuse Quranic verses for certain interests and dispute all forms of worship by Muslims in this country. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said this followed the special conference of the National Fatwa Council on Dec 3 last year to discuss issues including abuse of Quranic verses. ‘The muzakarah agreed that non-Muslims who cite Quranic verses according to their own understanding without sincerity is an affront to the sanctity of al-Quran and can cause doubt and slander in society,’ he told Dewan Rakyat today.” Read more.
By Nirmala Carvalho – “Srinagar (AsiaNews) – An ‘planned’ attack, with the clear goal of ‘scaring to death the Christian community. The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir must act to ensure security for the faithful and places of worship’, says Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), reacting to AsiaNews to the arson attack on the Holy Family Catholic Church in Srinagar, two days ago. The main entrance was completely destroyed, but the timely intervention of a security guard prevented the fire from degenerating. Cameras captured two attacker who targeted the Church in the evening (20.30 hours the local, ed) their names are still unknown. All Christian communities in the valley of Kashmir have expressed solidarity with the Catholic Church.
The films show two men taking advantage of the temporary absence of the security guard. In those moments, the attackers threw petrol and other flammable material at the front door, then set it on fire. Fortunately, the guard came back in time to stop the fire to spreading: the entire building structure is made of wood.
Fr. Mathew Thomas, pastor of Holy Family, told AsiaNews: ‘What happened to us is very worrying. Watching the video, you understand that it is a premeditated attack, and that the two attackers were well aware of what happens in church…’
“What happened – said the president of the GCIC – is not an isolated case. I think the persecution suffered by Rev. CM Khanna over baptising young Muslims, or the couple arrested while at the market. With these gestures, the Muslim community is trying to intimidate the Christian minority. But there are not even 400 Christians in Srinagar: I appeal to Omar Abdullah, chief minister, a Muslim who studied in Christian institutions. He must protect the entire population of Srinagar, including minorities.’…” Source – AsiaNews.it.
If the prospect of having a nation now considered one of the world’s largest religious freedom offenders leading NATO wasn’t disconcerting enough, then consider the fact that Turkey – a country whose own government even today continues to deny its responsibility for the genocide of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians, whose own media even today openly vilifies Christians and whose own Prime Minister even today makes the demonization of Israel a central feature of his political discourse — is actively working to double the size of its military, now “upgraded” with new technology that will allow Turkish warplanes and ships to target Israel as an enemy who must “pay the price.” If this doesn’t give us all cause for serious concern, then nothing will …
By Albert Thompson, WND – “WASHINGTON – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization could be heading for a power shift, based on the impact of the economic uncertainties its members are facing and the results of the recent elections in Europe.
The heads of the 28 NATO member countries and other invited partner countries were in the United States for a two-day summit recently in Chicago. Several official announcements were made regarding NATO policy for the near future, including the Chicago Summit Declaration on Afghanistan; the Deterrence and Defense Posture Review; and the Summit Declaration on Defense Capabilities: Toward NATO Forces 2020.
Included was an acknowledgment from NATO’s leadership that recognizes the current economic difficulties of several of its members. Point five of the Deterrence and Defense Posture Review reads:
The current economic environment is a challenging one, as evidenced by recent reductions in many Allies’ defense budgets and the probability of further cuts. In particular, Allies recognize that the challenge of maintaining modern, effective conventional forces is especially acute in an era of limited budgets. Allies are committed to the maintenance of the full range of capabilities necessary to meet the Alliance’s level of ambition despite these financial difficulties, and are developing innovative approaches to cooperating in the development of our capabilities to help achieve this goal.
With the election of Monsieur Hollande in France, the commitment to saving the euro through austerity may be in jeopardy. Hollande, of the Socialist Party, is committed to a French withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of the agreed 2014 date, and to raising top French income tax rates to 75 percent.
A further European economic stagnation that affects France and other major NATO members could reduce the fighting potential of the alliance, as defense budgets are being cut throughout the alliance.
Also, the United States continues to face economic difficulties. The economy of NATO’s wealthiest and most populous member only grew by only 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012.
Meanwhile Turkey, the first Islamic member of NATO – Albania joined the alliance in 2009 – continues to enjoy significant economic growth. Read more…
Iran: UN Nuclear Inspectors Find Traces Of Uranium Enriched Much Higher Than Required For Civilian Use
The next “technical glitch“ will enrich uranium even higher. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start blaming it on “Stuxnet” …
BBC – “UN nuclear inspectors have found traces of uranium enriched at 27% at Iran’s Fordo nuclear site, a confidential report obtained by the BBC suggests.
The report by the nuclear watchdog IAEA comes a day after Iran and world powers held talks on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Iran says the aim of the Fordo site is to enrich uranium for civilian use up to a maximum of 20%, and the latest readings could be accidental.
Analysts say 27% would bring Iran closer to making weapons-grade uranium.
The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iranian officials told inspectors that the production of such particles ‘may happen for technical reasons beyond the operator’s control’.
Iran insists its nuclear work is purely peaceful, but Western countries fear it is seeking nuclear weapons, which require uranium enriched up to 90%.” Read more.
Flashback: Ahmadinejad: Iran is Determined to Eradicate the ‘Infectious Tumor’ of Israel, ‘Will Never Withdraw’ From This Policy – “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran was determined to eradicate Israel, ISNA news agency reported Thursday. ‘Iran believes that whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime … Iran follows this issue (the eradication of Israel) with determination and decisiveness and will never ever withdraw from this standpoint and policy …” Read more.
It happened at 4 Hidden Splendor Court, located in the Thaynes Canyon neighborhood of Park City. Authorities are trying to determine if the fish had been poisoned and if the homeowners were the victims of a crime.
The pond is fed by a mountain spring and it is unclear if the water that flows into the pond is organically contaminated.
When the homeowners, Shan Ingleby and Loretta Paulus, returned from their trip at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, they found fish either dead or thrashing about. They said the water level was slightly low, so they started filling it with a hose and the fish seemed to calm down. But by morning, they said, the bottom of the pond was covered with dead fish.
‘We have never in all of the years seen anything like this, so many dead fish here at a private property or in the wild,’ said Ingleby.
They called police and firefighters arrived as well to test the water for contamination. The couple is awaiting results.
‘I’m bothered that there could be something that’s going into our water, whether on purpose or not, that’s killing every living thing,’ said Paulus.” Read more.
North Carolina: Charlotte Investigating Scores Of Baffling Fish Deaths In Briar Creek, Water Quality Tests Normal
The city discovered the dead fish in Briar Creek near Chantilly Park on Monday after several people reported it to the city’s Storm Water Services Department.
‘All of our water quality tests are normal,’ said Jennifer Frost with Storm Water Services. ‘The heavy amount of rainfall we’ve seen this week has helped clean out whatever was there.’
Frost said there are no water advisories in effect for the creek or its surrounding tributaries.
Frost said the city typically sees large amounts of dead fish when oxygen levels in the water become too low. This can occur naturally or from a chemical introduced into the water, Frost said.
The nearly 3 inches of rain that has fallen in the area since Monday has caused oxygen levels in the water to increase, making it difficult to trace what the cause of the kill was.
‘Our crews found no odor or discoloration in the water,’ Frost said.
Frost said there are no water advisories in effect for the creek or its surrounding tributaries.
The creek runs just of the park under Monroe Road and E. Independence Boulevard.” Source – WBTV.com.
Russia: Black Sea Ecologists Alarmed By Largest Mass Dolphin Die-Off To Date, ‘Death Toll Is Constantly Growing’
With the tourist season just kicking off, the unexplained deaths have yet to draw much scrutiny.
But environmentalists are increasingly alarmed. The dolphin carcasses are also turning into a real holiday spoiler for vacationers drawn to the region’s scenic beaches and pristine vistas.
Russian tourist Aida Kobzh was shocked to discover a group of dead dolphins last week at her local beach in Sochi.
‘Everyone stood there and stared at the dead little dolphins lying belly up. Poor creatures!’ Kobzh says. ‘There were some on the beach but also in the water, they were floating there, dead.’…
The dolphins started washing up along Russia’s Black Sea coast several weeks ago. They have also been spotted on Ukrainian shores.
Environmentalists are now talking about the biggest dolphin die-off to date in the region, with an estimated 300 animals dead so far.
Local authorities have made no serious attempt to investigate the deaths, saying the animals are too decayed by the time they reach the shore for laboratory tests to be conducted.
Officials have blamed poachers and fishing nets. They say the unusually cold winter has driven dolphins from the Sea of Azov to the warmer Black Sea.
Some experts, like local zoologist Konstantin Andramonov, point to a possible killer virus.
‘The death toll is constantly growing, unfortunately,’ Andramonov says. ‘We are now witnessing the same in Ukraine …’” Read more.
Georgia: More Fish Found Dead In Ogeechee River Just One Year After Largest Fish Kill In State History
By Meredith Ley, WSAV – “STATESBORO, GA — Just one year after the largest fish kill in Georgia history, more fish have been found dead along the Ogeechee River banks–prompting a swimming and fishing advisory in Bulloch and Effingham counties.
Nearly forty thousand fish died in the Ogeechee River last year. A textiles company — King America Finishing — was found to be at least partly to blame.
Here is the breakdown:
King America was fined one million dollars for illegal dumping of several chemicals not allowed in its permit.
Those include formaldehyde and ammonia.
The dumping had been going on for five years.
Just after our story aired this Monday on news three at six a viewer called and said he had seen more dead fish at 301 landing.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper spent most of yesterday searching the river, and found more.
Then Thursday, the DNR was out at Oliver Bridge near Statesboro collecting even more dead fish.
So far at least four species of fish, plus some crawfish, are dying. They say this raises concern because, whatever is causing it, it’s affecting many different kinds of life in the river.
DNR says there are a few things that could be causing this.
First, water levels are even lower than they were this time last year.
Combine that with warmer water temperatures and the lack of rain — and it makes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
The Environmental Protection Division determined that the fish last year died of Columnaris, a bacterial disease caused by environmental stressors…
Regular testing by King America Finishing and the company’s contractor shows the river meets water quality standards, and there are no areas of concern.” Read more.
‘A Very Serious Situation’: Oyster Growers Seeing Massive Die-Offs In Chesapeake Bay, Nearly 100% Mortality Rate In Areas
An unusually rainy fall lowered salinity levels in Pasadena creeks and rivers, apparently causing massive die-offs among young oysters planted as part of the state’s efforts to reinvigorate the oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay. In some areas all the spat planted were wiped out.
‘It’s a very serious situation,’ said Chris Judy, manager of the Marylanders Grow Oysters program. ‘We don’t want to see our oysters die. In in the four-year history of the program, this is the first time we’ve had such an event, so it was very unusual.’
Spat, larva that settles and begins to develop a shell, need water with a certain salinity — typically at least four parts-per-thousand. Heavy rains in late August and September made the water too fresh for many spat to survive.
Under the program, the Department of Natural Resources in September gave participants spat and cages to hang from their piers, in which larval oysters were supposed to grow. The plan was to recover the oysters next month and place them on reefs, where they would filter local waterways.
But things didn’t go as planned.
Growers in Rock Creek experienced what appears to be a nearly 100 percent mortality rate, coordinator Chris Wallis said. All of the oysters in Stoney Creek died, said Mario Ricci, the program coordinator for that area.
In the Magothy River, growers are seeing 90 percent mortality rates or worse, volunteer coordinator Carl Treff said. Exact numbers for Bodkin Creek aren’t available yet, but cages have produced very few spat.
Mortality rates for the program typically range between 30 percent and 40 percent.” Read more.
Times of Israel – “CAIRO (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood made an early show of confidence as vote counting began in Egypt’s landmark presidential election on Thursday, saying its exit polls showed its candidate in the lead in the race to succeed ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.
Exit polls by several Arab television stations also suggested the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi was ahead of the pack of 13 candidates. The reliability of the various exit surveys was not known, and a few hours after the end of two days of votes, only a tiny percentage of the ballots had been counted.
But the swiftness of the Brotherhood’s claim showed its eagerness to plant its flag and establish in the public eye that Morsi had at least won entry into a second round vote. There are five prominent candidates, but none is expected to win outright in the first round. A run-off between the two leading contenders would be held June 16-17.
The first truly competitive presidential election in Egypt’s history turned into a heated battle between Islamist candidates and secular figures rooted in Mubarak’s old regime. The most polarizing figures in the race were Morsi and former air force commander and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran of Mubarak’s rule.
The Brotherhood is hoping for a presidential victory to seal its political domination of Egypt, which would be a dramatic turnaround from the decades it was repressed under Mubarak. It already holds nearly half of parliament, the largest bloc there, after victories in elections late last year.” Read more.
Egyptian Islamists Threaten Insurgency Should Secularists Win Egyptian Presidential Election – “On May 19, Islamic Jihad Organization member Shaykh Usamah Qasim took to the pages of Al-Misri al-Yawm to warn that Islamists would not tolerate a victory by any of the non-Islamist candidates. According to a translation provided by the Open Source Center: ‘… The victory of former prime minister Ahmad Shafiq or former Arab League chief Amr Musa in the coming presidential elections would lead some Islamic and non-Islamic groups to respond with ‘armed action.’ ‘Thus, the fate of any of them who reaches the presidency will be like that of former President Anwar al-Sadat, who was assassinated …’” Read more.
Egyptian Cleric Declares Jerusalem Will Be Liberated By Muslim Brotherhood Candidate, Will Become The Capital Of The Islamic Caliphate – “We can see how the dream of the Islamic Caliphate is being realized, Allah willing, by Dr. Muhammad Mursi, and his brothers, and his supporters, and his political party. We can see how the great dream, shared by us all – that of the United States of the Arabs… the United States of the Arabs will be restored, Allah willing … by this man and his supporters. The capital of the Caliphate – the capital of the United States of the Arabs – will be Jerusalem …” Read more.
I’m sure the fact that he was Jewish had nothing to do with it …
EJP – “SANAA (AFP)—A leading member of Yemen’s dwindling Jewish community, who was stabbed in Sanaa on Tuesday by a Muslim accusing him of witchcraft, has died in hospital, the community’s rabbi told AFP.
‘Harun Zindani has died from his wounds,’ said Yahya Yussef Mousa, calling
on the authorities to protect his co-religionists.
The cleric said Zindani was stabbed in the head and back by a vendor of the local narcotic known as qat, who attacked him from behind shouting: ‘You Jew, you have hurt my business with your sorcery.’
The assailant, Abed Ahmed al-Harbi, was restrained after the attack by passers-by and other shopkeepers, who held and eventually handed him over to the police.
The son of the victim, Yahya Zendani, told AFP the attacker was unknown to his father and had no quarrel with him.
Mousa appealed to Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi and authorities to protect the country’s tiny Jewish community.
‘We are a weak people who have nothing against anyone, and I ask the authorities to apply Sharia (Islamic law which imposes the death penalty for murder) against this aggressor without trial,’ he said.
Two years ago, Yemeni Muslim Abdel Aziz Yahia al-Abdi was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Masha Yaish Nahari, a Jewish father of nine.
He said at his trial that he had acted after giving Jews the ‘choice to convert to Islam, leave Yemen or die.’
Abdi escaped from jail in April 2011 along with 20 other inmates and has never been recaptured.” Read more.