Archive for August, 2012

Kenya: Islamic Cleric Accuses Colleagues Of Preaching Hatred Against Christians

08/31/2012 Leave a comment

Unfortunately, if this moderate Muslim continues to silence the voice of hatred and violence, violence and hatred may soon silence the voice of this Muslim moderate …

BY LINAH BENYAWA – “Sheikh Juma Ngao, a Muslim cleric, has accused his colleagues of fanning violence that rocked Mombasa since Monday.

Ngao said some clerics were preaching hate against Christians.

‘Using the killing of the preachers to burn churches, destroy property and kill innocent people is criminal. Why cause destruction in the name of Islam, which is against the teachings?’ said Ngao, chairman of Kenya National Muslim Advisory Council.

Ngao noted some priests have brainwashed youths making them attack churches and disregard Christians. Some of the alleged hate promoters, according to Ngao, are street preachers.

Meanwhile, a group of Muslim and Christians leaders appealed to parents to restrain their sons from violence.

They warned that large-scale demonstrations will spark more chaos and threaten peace.

The group known as Mombasa Peacekeeping Committee called for religious tolerance and urged preachers to refrain from incitement.” Read more.

Flashback: Russia: ‘Religion Of Peace’ Fighters Kill Imam For Preferring Peace – “A self-described guerrilla fighter urging strict adherence to Islamic law has claimed responsibility for the killing last month of one Muslim leader and the attempted murder of another, in Tatarstan, a region in central Russia that prides itself on a tradition of religious tolerance… The motive of the attacks appeared to be efforts by the two Muslim leaders to combat the spread of radical Islam in the region.” Read more.

Flashback: Dagestan: Imam Standing Up For Peace Is Violently Gunned Down – “An imam has been killed in a mosque in Russia’s southern Dagestan region, police said on Friday… The imam, Magomedkamil Gamzatov, was well-known for his rejection of ‘any form of violence and openly condemned the extremist insurgency,’ the National Anti-Terror Committee said in a statement.” Read more.

Flashback: Prominent Imam Speaking Out Against Violence is Sprayed With Bullets – “A prominent imam who discouraged youth from joining Islamic militants has been shot dead in his home… Magomed Saiputdinov was slain by automatic gunfire in a nighttime attack near the Chechen-border town of Kizlyar… ’He was widely known for his uncompromising stand against any forms of violence, condemning the murder of innocent people and other atrocities of the Chechen underground,’ …”  Read more.

Ezekiel, Magog And The Scythians

08/30/2012 Leave a comment

By Joel Richardson – “The prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39, often referred to as the Battle of Gog and Magog is hands-down, one of the most influential end-time prophecies in all of Scripture. But it is also arguably one of the most misinterpreted prophecies. In previous articles, I’ve explained that while many prophecy teachers claim that Ezekiel is speaking of a Russia-led invasion of Israel, the historical record and modern scholarship show that it is in fact a Turkish-led invasion. As previously discussed, the popular but faulty line of reasoning many follow to conclude a Russian-led invasion is as follows:

  1. Magog and the Scythians are one and the same.
  2. The Scythians lived in Russia.
  3. Gog, the leader of Ezekiel’s invasion, comes from Magog.
  4. Thus Ezekiel’s prophesied invasion is led by a leader from Russia.

The problem with this line of reasoning is that history tells us that the Scythians were a nomadic migratory people who rarely stayed in one place for very long. The question is not if the Scythians ever lived in the region that has become modern-day Russia, but rather, where did the Magog/Scythian people live specifically in Ezekiel’s day? We are not concerned with where the Scythians lived several hundred or even thousands of years after Ezekiel. Our only concern is to discover where they lived during Ezekiel’s day. Lets review a small sampling of historical sources to see where they placed the Magog/Scythian people Read more…

US To Israel: If You Attack, We Don’t Have Your Back

08/30/2012 1 comment

The Islamic world certainly isn’t known for its sense of humour, but it sure has finally found something to laugh at

By Gil Ronen, INN – “The U.S. military’s top officer made statements Thursday which appear to warn Israel that it should not expect U.S. assistance if it chooses to attack Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, said such an attack would ‘clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear program,’ The Guardian reported Thursday. He added: ‘I don’t want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it.’

Dempsey said he did not know Iran’s nuclear intentions, since intelligence does not reveal intentions. What was clear, he said, was that the ‘international coalition’ applying pressure on Iran ‘could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely’.

The White House said on Thursday that Iran has a limited window of time to accept the West’s conditions regarding its nuclear weapons program.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters the U.S. is ‘closely studying’ the UN International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) quarterly report on Iran, ‘but broadly speaking it is not surprising that Iran is continuing to violate its obligations.'” Read more.

Related: Barack Obama, The Rodney Dangerfield Of The Muslim World

Egypt: Morsi Adviser Says Israel Peace Treaty Increased Cancer, Hepatitis, Kidney Infections In Egypt, Must Be Amended

08/30/2012 Leave a comment

Isn’t it comforting to know that Egyptian President Morsi has surrounded himself with such pragmatic free-thinking experts? …

By GREG TEPPER – “Egypt’s peace accord with Israel is ‘a mark of shame upon the Egyptian people’ and must be amended, a media adviser for Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political movement of Muslim Brotherhood, said Thursday.

Ahmed Subei told Al-Alam Iranian TV that Egypt should reexamine ‘everything to do with… sovereignty over its land,’ and claimed that increased instances of hepatitis, cancer and kidney infections in his country were are all results of the Camp David accords.

Subei made the comments in an August 22 broadcast, and his comments were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. He also voiced support for the liberation of Palestine and for Palestinian ‘resistance.’

The accords were the basis for the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace agreement and Israel’s subsequent withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula.

‘This agreement has been a heavy burden upon the Egyptian people, undermining Egypt’s sovereignty. It has even undermined projects for the development of the Sinai. Therefore, it is an unjust and unfair agreement, which has isolated Egypt from its Arab and Islamic environs, and from the pan-Arab effort to liberate the land of Palestine, and to support Palestinian resistance,’ Subei said.

Subei connected the peace agreement and Israel with ‘endemic diseases’ in Egypt.” Read more.

Flashback: ‘Egypt Will Never Be the Friend, Partner or Ally of the Zionist Entity, The First Enemy of Egypt’ – “It’s amazing what ‘freedom’ has brought to Egypt. Rejecting $1 billion in US aid would almost be laughable, if the possible implications were not so serious. Last month the Muslim Brotherhood had apparently come to the conclusion that it was Halal to extort the United States by threatening, for all intents and purposes, to wage war against Israel if America cut off aid to Egypt. Now they’re threatening to reject it all together, and all this while making it loud and clear that Egypt will ‘never be the friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity’ …” Read more.

El Salvador: 7.4 Earthquake Earlier This Week Destroyed 45,000 Rare Turtle Eggs

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Associated Press – “Wildlife authorities say a strong earthquake in the Pacific Ocean late Sunday destroyed more than 45,000 endangered sea turtle eggs on the coast of El Salvador.

The director of the turtle conservation program for the El Salvador Zoological Foundation says the 7.4-magnitude undersea quake sent at least three waves at least 30 feet high up the beach and destroyed thousands of nests and just-hatched turtles. It also washed up on about 150 people collecting eggs in order to protect them in special pens hundreds of feet up the beach. The waves injured three.

Program director Emilio Leon said that in the last year and a half the foundation has successfully hatched and released 700,000 turtles from four species at risk of extinction.” Source – ABC News.

Mali: 200,000 Christians Flee Country To Escape Islamic Persecution As Islamists Impose Sharia Law

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“In the Northern part of the African nation of Mali, a refugee crisis is quickly escalating. The front page of the Vatican newspaper expressed concern over the gravity of the situation. It noted that many of the refugees were Christians that were trying to escape persecution from a version of Sharia law that has been imposed in parts of the country by a group known as the ‘Ansar Dine’ movement.

The Algerian newspaper El Khabar has reported that some 200,000 people have fled to refugee camps in Mauritania and Algeria.

In August, the UN Secretary-General has also spoken out and encouraged the Security Council to consider taking more action such as travel and financial sanctions against those responsible for the violence… ‘I am also extremely concerned about reports that armed groups in the north are committing serious human rights violations, including summary executions of civilians, rapes and torture.’

The ‘Ansar Dine’ group, which is said to have ties with al-Qaida, has also been responsible for destroying nine of the 16 mausoleums in the country’s capital of Timbuktu. These places had previously been classified as world heritage UNESCO sites.

The country’s High Islamic Council has opened talks with ‘Ansar Dine’ in hopes of finding a peaceful resolution. In the meantime, thousands continue to flee and face shortages of food, water and basic health services.” Source – Rome Reports.

Flashback: Mali: Christian Leader Beheaded as Islamists Terrorize Country, Create List of All Christians They Intend to Execute by Beheading – “A Christian leader has been beheaded and others are being threatened with similar treatment as Islamic militants run amok in Mali, West Africa. Christians have fled the town of Timbuktu in the north of the country where harsh Sharia Law has already been imposed amid reports that churches in Gao, 200 miles to the east, have been completely destroyed… ‘We have escaped in the wake of horrible death threats as the Islamists have a list of all the Christians in Timbuktu whom they intend to execute by beheading.’” Read more.

Los Angeles Police: Terror Plots Linked To Iran And Hezbollah Are Active, May Initiate Attacks If Middle East War Erupts

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“LOS ANGELES ( — Senior police officials on Wednesday warned of potential terrorist attacks in Southern California amid a growing risk of war breaking out overseas.

KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports the LAPD is concerned with what it calls a number of ‘active’ plots in the Southland.

‘In this region we have active terrorist plots, in this region, right now,’ said Deputy Chief Michael Downing, commanding officer of the LAPD’s counter-terrorism unit.

The Department is currently tracking ‘government of Iran operatives, Hezbollah, sovereign citizen, homegrown violent extremists, animal rights groups’ and others, Downing said.

He added that Iranian or Hezbollah agents may initiate attacks locally if war erupts between the U.S. and Iran.

The stark warning comes amid a policy shift from the Los Angeles Police Commission, which approved new guidelines on how officers can document what they deem to be suspicious behavior.

The oversight panel voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize officers to report any person who may be involved in activity that may not be illegal but could be linked to terrorism.” Source – CBS Los Angeles.

Flashback: Top Syrian Cleric Warns West: We Have Suicide Bombers Who Are ‘Already In Your Countries’ – “Syria’s top Sunni Muslim cleric has warned Western countries against military intervention, threatening to retaliate with suicide bombings in the United States and Europe if his country comes under attack. Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun gave a speech and told the U.S. and Europe that ‘we will prepare suicide bombers who are already in your countries if you bomb Syria or Lebanon.’… Hassoun’s comments follow another warning by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, who threatened ‘tough measures’ against any country that recognizes the newly formed opposition Syrian National Council.” Read more.

Flashback: Report: 35 Islamic Terror Training Camps Now Operating … Inside the United States – “A radical jihadist group responsible for nearly 50 attacks on American soil is operating 35 terrorist training camps across the nation, but the U.S. government refuses to include the organization on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, known in the U.S. as ‘Muslims of America,’ has purchased or leased hundreds of acres of property – from New York to California – in which the leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, boasts of conducting ‘the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare.’” Read more.

Syria: Entire Christian Family Beheaded By Suspected Islamists In Damascus

08/30/2012 6 comments

“Damascus (Agenzia Fides) – A terrorist attack hit innocent Christian faithful and innocent Druzes in the area of Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus: yesterday, August 28, at 2 pm, a bomb in a car was detonated while a crowd of faithful, families, elderly people, women and children, were heading to the cemetery to bury two young people. The two had died the day before, on August 27, also victims of an IED. As the crowd, after the funeral, was accompanying the deceased to the burial, a taxi exploded causing 12 deaths (according to other sources 27), including 5 children, and injuring more than 50 people. In Jarmana about 600 thousand people live, mostly religious minorities: there are 250 thousand Christians (Assyrians, Armenians, Chaldeans, Melkites, Orthodox and other denominations), as well as Druzes and about 120 thousand Iraqi refugees, who fled to Syria in past years.

As reported by Fides sources in Damascus, the Christians in the suburbs of Jaramana (south-west of Damascus) and Zamalka (South-East of the city) are under pressure from armed groups jiahdisti and are terrified. Today in Zamalka a family of Armenian Christians was found murdered, and all members of the family horribly decapitated. The execution brings to mind the work of radical Islamist Salafis.

These acts, which affect innocent people, have generated anger and confusion in the Christian community. A leader of the Latin Catholic community of Damascus, who requested anonymity, told Fides: ‘These are terrorist acts: we do not know who is behind, some are groups that want to destroy Syria. Armed gangs of jihadists have begun to sow terror. The point is that even in the West, Christians are often portrayed as friends of the regime or collaborators of the repression, but it is not true. Christians are with the Syrian people and just want peace. But this propaganda gives terrorist groups, infiltrators among the rebels, a pretext to attack us.'” Source – Agenzia Fides.

Nigerian Church Leader To Christians: Stand Firm In The Faith Of Jesus

08/30/2012 1 comment

James 5:8, “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”

By John Okeke, The Guardian – “THE National Chairman, Scripture Union (SU) Nigeria, Ekpo Etim Ekpo, has advised Christians in the country to remain steadfast in their faith in Jesus Christ despite the bomb attacks on churches in the North.

The SU is an inter-denominational fellowship.

Ekpo made the charge during the Eighth Abuja Regional Conference of the union with the theme ‘The Christian and his conduct.’

He stressed that the activities of insurgents were geared towards the extermination of churches in Nigeria.

He affirmed that the union commiserated with the affected churches and the victims of bomb blasts in recent times.

‘We are all witnesses of the desperate attacks to exterminate the church in the country especially in the northern Nigeria. We use this occasion to affirm the faith of Scripture Union Nigeria in the Almighty God and in his son Jesus Christ to sustain Christians wherever they are. Scripture Union Nigeria identifies with all Christians and churches that are bombed and persecuted,’ he said.

James Ikape, the Abuja regional chairman of the union, lamented the demand of the aggrieved sect, urging Federal Government to convert 19 northern states into Islam states, adding that the request breached the freedom of worship as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria.

His words: ‘The enemies of the Gospel have called for the Islamination of the 19 northern states that constitute the geographical space of our region and the abridgement of our constitutional rights of freedom of worship as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution’, he stated.

Ikape stressed that despite the effort of the group to frustrate Christians in the country, God grace still abounds to the church.

He said: ‘These threats are not new to the Church of Christ. The church indeed was born in crisis and in spite of oppositions from the pit of hell. Thank God, for where sin (wickedness) abounds, grace much more abounds,’ he added.” Source – The Guardian.

Flashback: Nigeria: ‘Proud Soldiers Of Allah’ Vows To Take Down Government And Destroy Christianity, ‘We Will Devour You … Our Joy Is To Die In Jihad’ – “‘You, Jonathan, cannot stop us; instead we will devour you in the three months like you are boasting … We are proud soldiers of Allah; we will never give up as we fight the infidels. We will emerge as winners … for us, [death] is eternal victory to die working for Allah. Our joy is to die in Jihad for Allah … We are not doing physical human service, but Allah’s work … We are not afraid because we are not doing man’s work but Allah’s work…” Read more.

Richard Dawkins: The Idea Of An Intelligent Creator Is ‘Not So Ridiculous’ After All

08/30/2012 Leave a comment

Although there may not be any imminent conversion of Richard Dawkins just yet, we know that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). As the Spirit moves across the world before the return of our King, may we remember to keep men and women who would never seemingly come to Christ in our prayers, praying that the seed of Truth finds its way to fertile soil in the lives of Dawkins and others, that it not be snatched away by the enemy or fail to take root upon stony ground …

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Categories: Anything Else, Good News

Southern California Town Declares State Of Emergency After Swarm Of Earthquakes

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Reuters – “The southern California town of Brawley has taken the unusual step of declaring a state of emergency after a swarm of earthquakes rattled nearly 20 mobile homes off their blocks and forced a slaughterhouse to close, the mayor said on Wednesday.

It is uncommon for quake-hardy California cities to declare emergencies due to tremors, but Brawley mayor George Nava said the earthquake swarm is a unique case because it has lasted for days and caused millions of dollars in damage.

The cluster of relatively small quakes, which are caused by water and other fluids moving around in the Earth’s crust, began on Saturday evening and climaxed the next day with a 5.5 temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The tremors were continuing on Wednesday and geologists say there have been hundreds in total.

Nava said leaders in Brawley, a city of 25,000 residents south of the state’s inland Salton Sea and 170 miles (275 km) southeast of Los Angeles, declared a local emergency late on Tuesday. Officials with surrounding Imperial County made a similar declaration on Wednesday.

Nineteen mobile homes were knocked off their blocks and their residents forced out, Nava said. The auditorium at Brawley Union High School has been damaged and closed off, and the National Beef slaughter plant in Brawley has been temporarily shut down due to damage, he said.

Local businesses have suffered millions of dollars in losses from closures and from customers staying away, Nava said. But he could not give an exact account of quake-related losses.” Read more.

Categories: Earthquakes

‘Financial Armageddon’: Legendary Investor Warns Americans To Prepare For Stock Market Crash Within Weeks

08/29/2012 3 comments

By Terry Weiss – “In a riveting interview on CNBC, legendary investor Jim Rogers warned Americans to prepare for ‘Financial Armageddon,’ saying he fully expects the economy to implode after the U.S. election.

Rogers, who for years has been an outspoken critic of the Feds policies of ‘Quantitative Easing,’ says the world is ‘drowning in too much debt.’ He put the blame squarely on U.S. and European governments for abusing their ‘license to print money.’ In the U.S. alone, the national debt has surged to nearly $16 trillion, that’s more than $50,000 for every American man, woman and child.

‘[They] need to stop spending money they don’t have,’ Rogers said. ‘The solution to too much debt is not more debt… What would make me very excited is if a few people [in the government] went bankrupt…’ Rogers added.

Rogers also charged Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with promoting dangerous policies that create the illusion the economy is stable… but are really only intended to buy time before their upcoming elections.” Read more.

Market Crash ‘Could Hit Within Weeks’, Warn Bankers – “Insurance on the debt of several major European banks has now hit historic levels, higher even than those recorded during financial crisis caused by the US financial group’s implosion nearly three years ago. Credit default swaps on the bonds of Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Intesa Sanpaolo, among others, flashed warning signals on Wednesday. Credit default swaps (CDS) on RBS were trading at 343.54 basis points, meaning the annual cost to insure £10m of the state-backed lender’s bonds against default is now £343,540.” Read more.

Australia Headed for Disaster Zone – “Real estate agents in Australia who assured everyone for years there was no housing bubble and home prices would only ever go up because there was a “shortage of houses” are now telling everyone who is stuck in a house they cannot afford that they have prices too high. What this means of course is real estate agents are selling few homes, thus making little in commissions so they need prices to come down. What the agents don’t realize is this is the beginning of a trend and home prices, some drastically reduced already, still have much further to fall.” Read more.

On The Verge Of Major Financial Chaos On a Global Scale, Investors Nervous – “Is the stock market going to crash by the end of this year? Are we on the verge of major financial chaos on a global scale? Well, this is the time of the year when investors start getting nervous. We all remember what happened during the fall of 1929, the fall of 1987 and the fall of 2008. However, it is important to keep in mind that we do not see a stock market crash in the fall of every year. Some years the stock market cruises through the months of September, October, November and December without any problems whatsoever. But this year conditions certainly seem to be right for a “perfect storm” to develop.” Read more.

Peter Schiff: ‘We’re Headed For A Real Economic Collapse … The Party Is Over … Will Make 2008 Look Like A Walk In The Park’

Categories: Man-Made Disasters
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