Archive for 02/16/2013

Libya: Foreigners Arrested In Benghazi On Suspicion Of Being Missionaries, Spreading Christianity

02/16/2013 6 comments

By Hadeel Al-Shalchi – “BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Four foreigners have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries and printing books about Christianity, a security official said on Saturday.

‘They were arrested on Tuesday at a publishing house where they were printing thousands of books that called for conversion to Christianity,’ security official Hussein Bin Hmeid said.

‘Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security.’

Hmeid said the government-affiliated security apparatus called the Preventative Security, for which he is a spokesman, had arrested an Egyptian, a South African, a Korean and a Swede who was travelling on a U.S. passport.

‘We are still holding interrogations and will hand them over to the Libyan intelligence authorities in a couple of days,’ Hmeid said, without giving further details.

The Preventative Security apparatus is a parallel security body created during the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and made up of several rebel brigades which fought in the conflict.

Libya’s central government has yet to impose its authority on a myriad of armed groups who have yet to lay down their arms, and with skeletal national security forces, often relies on them for security.” Source – Yahoo! News.

Memories, Historical Artifacts, Monuments, Buildings: Islamists Are Eliminating History

02/16/2013 5 comments

Daniel 7:25a, “He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law …”

By Michael Curtis, American Thinker – “A new form of warfare by Islamists is being waged. This new offensive is not only a military campaign for jihad and for the creation of Islamic states ruled by sharia law; rather it is explicitly for the elimination of the non-Islamist past — an ideological offensive to remove the memories, historical artifacts, monuments, buildings, or any other evidence of the history and contribution of Judaism, Christianity, and even the moderate forms of Islam to civilization. This offensive is potentially more dangerous than any violence or vandalism or acts of revenge directed against supposed enemies. Part of it is the denial or minimizing of the Holocaust.

It is now well-understood that since the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948, Islamist forces and groups, as well as the Palestinian extremists, have not only sought to eliminate it by military methods — by wars and terrorism — but also asserted that Jews have no historic association with the land and therefore that the State is illegitimate. They even ignore or deny the visible evidence of Jewish history offered by the many physical sites in the area. Instead, a fallacious Palestinian narrative has been created declaring that the disputed area, from Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea and embracing Jerusalem, Acre, Haifa, Jericho, Gaza, Galilee, Hebron, and Tiberias, is not Jewish, but rather completely Arab by associations of history and identity.

Though their specific activity varies from country to country, in recent years Islamist leaders have emphasized this argument. Iranian President Ahmadinejad has proclaimed that most Jews have no roots in Palestine and, in what may be considered incitement to genocide, argued that the ‘Zionist regime’ as he refers to Israel is on its way to annihilation. In similar frame of mind, Mohamed Morsi, in September 2010, before he became President of Egypt, declared that the Zionists, ‘occupiers of the land of Israel … these blood suckers, these war mongers, the descendants of apes and pigs … must be driven out of our countries[.]’ For Ahmadinejad and Morsi, Jewish history in the area of Palestine never existed.

Recent events in a number of countries have made clear that Islamist extremists have not confined their ambition to obliterate the history of the Jewish people in Israel. Now they are applying it to all countries in which they have or seek to have some authority.

The occupation of northern Mali by extreme Islamist and Salafist forces in 2012 has exposed this clearly. These extremists have sought to obliterate the Read more…

Categories: Radical Islam

California: Meteor Streaks Across Bay Area Skies, ‘It Has Certainly Been A Strange 24 Hours’

02/16/2013 1 comment

Mercury News – “It may not have been as spectacular as the space rock that streaked across the skies above Russia late Thursday, but the Bay Area’s close encounter with a meteor Friday night was drawing its own attention on social networks.

Comments on Twitter indicated the object that flashed across the horizon around 7:45 p.m. was blue in color and visible throughout the Bay Area and large areas of the West Coast, with at least one reported sighting in Washington state.

Amateur video footage broadcast on KTVU-2 showed a bright streak lasting approximately five seconds that appeared to head downward. Some viewers described it as a firework in the night sky.

One commenter on Twitter, who said they saw the meteor while driving in a car in Cupertino, said the object appeared to be headed west.

Scanner traffic at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office indicated that they were aware of the event, but a dispatcher said they had not received any emergency calls related to it.

Gerald McKeegan, an astronomer with the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, was at the center Friday evening for its weekend stargazing sessions with free access to the center’s large telescopes, but he said they did not spot the meteor there.

He said that the center received phone calls from people who reported seeing the meteor. Based on their reports, McKeegan said it may have been what astronomers call a ‘sporadic meteor,’ an event that can happen several times a day but most of the time happens over the ocean, away from human eyes, and brings as much as 15,000 tons of space debris to Earth each year.

Meteors, hunks of rock and metal from space that fall to Earth, burn up as they go through the atmosphere, which is what apparently caused Friday night’s bright flash of light, McKeegan said.” Read more.

Categories: Cosmic Craziness

Saudi Arabia Arrests 53 Ethiopian Christians … For Behaving Like Christians

02/16/2013 1 comment

The Saudis are forever trying to cast Islam in a positive light by calling for “interfaith dialogue” between Christians, Jews and Muslims. But all this means to the Islamist mindset is that when they speak, it is everybody else who must listen, or else …

By BosNewsLife – “Dozens of Ethiopian Christians, mostly women, have been detained in Saudi Arabia after attending a worship service in a private home, BosNewsLife learned Wednesday, February 13.

The Christians – 46 women and six men including three church leaders – were arrested last Friday, February 8, said the well-informed Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, or ‘WEA-RLC’, which represents evangelical believers worldwide.

It said the three church leaders – two of them women – were produced in an Islamic court in the eastern city of Dammam on charges of converting Muslims to Christianity.

Authorities were expected to release two of the Ethiopian Christians who have residential permits, but the others were due to be deported, Christians said.

‘We call on Saudi authorities to treat all those arrested with dignity, and release them immediately as there is apparently no evidence for any offense against them,’ said Godfrey Yogarajah, WEA-RLC’s executive director.


‘Arrest of believers for peacefully gathering for worship goes against the spirit of Saudi Arabia’s promotion of inter-religious dialogue in international fora,’ he added.

This isn’t an isolated incident in the Islamic kingdom. In December 2011, Saudi authorities detained 35 Ethiopian Christians, 29 of them women, for ‘illicit mingling,’ after security forces arrested them raiding a private prayer gathering in the eastern city of Jeddah, Christians said at the time.

Rights activists believe the women were subjected to arbitrary body cavity searches while in custody.” Read more.

Egypt: Islamist Mob Attacks Christian Church For Being Too Close To Muslims, Police Stand By And Do Nothing

02/16/2013 1 comment
Reuters: Supporters of Islamist President Morsi, Feb. 13, 2013

Reuters: Supporters of Islamist President Morsi, Feb. 13, 2013

AsiaNews – “A mob, incited by local Salafi fringe, threw stones and set fire to the church of St. Georgas in the village of Sarsena, Tamiya District, in the Egyptian province of Fayoum, about 103 km south-west of Cairo. According to sources of the Assyrian International News Agency (Aina), the attack took place yesterday evening and caused damage, particularly to the dome of the place of Christian worship. The attack destroyed the towering cross on top of the building, and many of the icons and sacred images inside.

The local Salafist fringe lead the attack against the Copts, pitting the Muslims against the community, branding the church as ‘illegal’, because it is close to an area inhabited by Muslims and ‘for this reason has to be removed.’ They are imposing the demolition of the building and have prevented the priest, Father Domadios from entering. Some witnesses reported that the scene was also attended by police, who did nothing to prevent the violence.

The church of St. Georgas was built in the mid-80s and is a point of encounter and prayer for 200 Coptic families. About three months ago, some Muslims made a hole in the wall, to ‘monitor’ the activities of Christians. Yesterday the priest’s attempts at mediation proved worthless. He was joined by the local police chief, who arrived on site to try to find an agreement between the parties.

Firm in their positions, hundreds of Islamic extremists – in front of the police – started throwing stones at the church. The attackers injured – not seriously – some Copts and Father Domadios, who managed to flee to safety with the help of a Muslim family aboard their car.” Source – AsiaNews.

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