Archive for 04/08/2013

Missouri: Earthquakes On The New Madrid Seismic Zone Rattles Residents’ Nerves

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By Kendall Downing, WPSD – “On shaky ground. Two tremors in the New Madrid Seismic Zone this week have people wondering if a big earthquake could be coming.

The two are considered minor. No damage has been reported from either.

Thursday night’s quake struck around 7:27 local time. It was centered about six miles northeast of Caruthersville, Missouri and measured a 2.7 on the Richter Scale. Tuesday night a similar quake hit near Portageville, Missouri.

The U.S. Geological Survey considers the New Madrid Seismic Zone the most active in North America east of the Rockies.

But it’s been about 100 years since a major earthquake hit this area. Still, the two recent quakes are leaving behind some rattled nerves.

The only thing getting shaken Friday in Caruthersville, Missouri is the salad at Grandad’s Deli.

‘It’s a scary thought,’ said Sharon Russell, owner.

Russell said they were busy Thursday night and didn’t notice the tremor.

‘We were kind of rocking in this little place last night, so we didn’t feel it,’ she said.

But now, the week’s two tremors are the talk of the town. Alexis Avis shook with the first.

‘The first one I felt, I was in bed. And I thought I could tell it was an earthquake,’ she said.

Avis said the two so close together put her on alert.” Read more.

Categories: Earthquakes

Mystery In Michigan: Series Of ‘Loud Booms’ Talk Of The Town In Union City

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WWMT – “The calls started to flood into the Branch County 911 Center around midnight. Each one reporting deafening loud booms and everyone believed the boom happened somewhere close.

‘We just heard a really loud bang outside our house and me and my kids are really scared, I don’t know what it is and now we’re afraid to outside,’ says one caller.

‘I didn’t see anything but I heard a big boom…it was like a big boom like someone was kicking in the door,’ says another caller.

It was the talk of the town in Union City Wednesday, everyone with their own theories on what caused it.

‘It sounded like a cannon going off is the only way I can describe it, kind of like a thunder boom but it was only the one time,’ says Michelle Reincke who lives in Union City.

‘I think it’s aliens to tell you the truth, I think it’s aliens coming down to earth see us,’ says Tomika Dow.

And adding to the mystery, this is not the first time. One night last may the booms woke people up in Branch County and were heard all the way to Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.

‘It’s the same time as last year, we had these loud crashing noises like either an explosion or a sonic boom kind of an earthquake,’ says Cynthia Shattuck.

There were no earthquakes recorded in the area overnight, the National Guard base in Battle Creek says there were no flights there last night.” Source – WWMT.

Categories: Anything Else

Convert To Islam Or Die: One 20-Year-Long Nightmare Of A Christian Family In Pakistan

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By Jibran Khan, AsiaNews – “For more than 20 years, a Pakistani Christian family has been living in a constant state of fear, the victim of threats from extremist groups and under constant pressure from the radical fringe to convert to Islam. A tragic story in a country increasingly hostage to the Islamists, in which young people prefer Sharia law and the military to the democratic model proposed by the West and branded as ‘corrupt.’ In recent times, threats and pressures against the Zafar family have increased. And the father has been forced to lock one of his daughters indoors for fear she will become a victim of kidnapping, as was the case in 1998 when her older sister was abducted and subjected to torture.

Sadiq Masih Zafar, born in Muridke, a town in the district of Shaikhupur, in the province of Punjab, was appointed to oversee the construction of a church between 1988 and 1989, by the Lahore Church Council that had previously purchased the land. Since then Islamic extremist groups have showered him with threats and injunctions, ordered him to stop building places of worship and convert – with his family members – to Islam.

In 1990, a raid of fanatics led to the demolition of the structure and the confiscation of the land. In the context of the assault, the Islamists also violently attacked Zafar and some relativesHis reporting of the incident to police proved futile, who closed the case without proceeding to any investigation. A similar result, a few months later, when the man filed a complaint against the daily threats of fundamentalists who want him to convert to Islam.

In 1998, Zafar’s daughter, Sarwat Naheed was kidnapped while returning home and subjected to violence and torture that resulted in the breaking of her legs and deep wounds to the head. The girl also had signs of strangulation and was found abandoned and unconscious in a field. A few days later his son Azeem Zafar was stopped by a group of people, who beat him up.

These two incidents prompted the Zafar family to flee to Lahore, in search of a quiet place. However the extremists hunted them down, and discovering their new home, continued to threaten them with death.” Read more.

Nigeria: Suspected Islamists Open Fire On Christians During Sunday Church Service In Maiduguri

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By Emmanuel Uzodinma, Daily Post – “Unknown gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect launched a daring attack on a local Church of the Brethren, popularly known as Ekilisiyar Yan’uwa Nigeria, EYN during a sunday service in Maiduguri, the Bornu state capital.

This will be the first time an attack would be launched on a church in the Maiduguri metropolis in broad daylight during Sunday service since the Boko Haram insurgence in the area reached its crescendo.

According to worshippers, about five gunmen riding in a [a three-wheeled motor vehicle] came to the church area located at Bulunkutu ward in the metropolis at about 11a.m and began shooting sporadically into the church targeting the worshippers as the sermon was being delivered.

The worshippers were taken aback that the gunmen could dare the soldiers in front of the church to launch such an attack.

Spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, Lt Col Sagir Musa who confirmed the incident said the soldiers at the church post immediately repelled the attack.

‘They came firing into the church area but our men at the post rose to the occasion and fired back at them. We successfully repelled the attack and the gunmen fled immediately,’ Lt Col Musa said.

He however revealed that a policeman attached to the JTF was injured at the process. He further confirmed that he has since been treated and discharged.” Source – Daily Post.

Saudi Arabia Reaffirms Declared Destruction Of All Christian Churches In Region

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And what should be done about all of the Christians who attend those churches? The prophet of the “Religion of Peace” is equally clear …

Qur’an Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”

Charisma News – “Earlier this month, news reports surfaced out of Saudi Arabia that raised the red flag for Christians.

Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs USA, says, ‘The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia—the top Islamic official in the country of Saudi Arabia—has declared that it is ‘necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.’ Nettleton goes on to note that the report hasn’t surfaced anywhere except on the Council on Foreign Relations Web site, which was then picked up by The Atlantic.

As Saudi Arabia is ranked second on the Open Doors World Watch List (a compilation of the 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe), the news is not really a surprise. There is no provision for religious freedom in the constitution of this Islamic kingdom.

All citizens must adhere to Islam, and conversion to another religion is punishable by death. Public Christian worship is forbidden; worshippers risk imprisonment, lashing, deportation and torture. Evangelizing Muslims and distributing non-Islamic materials is illegal. Muslims who convert to Christianity risk being subjected to honor killings, and foreign Christian workers have been exposed to abuse from employers.

Sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, created an implication with his assertion. Nettleton explains, ‘This was in a meeting with Kuwaiti officials who came to Saudi Arabia. They were asking this Islamic official, ‘What should we do about the churches?’ His statement was, ‘There should be no Christian churches on the Arabian Peninsula.”

According to the report, the delegation wanted to confirm Shariah’s position on churches. Essentially, Nettleton says, ‘If you have churches in Kuwait, which they do, they should be destroyed. The interesting thing about this is that there are no churches in Saudi Arabia. There are no church buildings that are allowed to exist there. So he clearly wasn’t talking only for his own country. He was trying to export this ideology to the surrounding countries.’

This proclamation could affect churches in Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Nettleton observes that ‘in most of these countries, we’re not talking about a lot of churches; we’re talking about a few that are allowed to exist primarily to serve foreigners that are living in that country.’

However, the U.N. Human Rights Council has yet to take a stand on such blatant violations of freedom of religion. How the governments implement this declaration is yet to be determined.” Read more.

Saudi Arabian Textbooks Promotes Hatred Of Jews And Christians – “… AlAhmed gave examples of what Saudi children are taught. He said a guidebook says first-grade teachers should tell students that: ‘Adhering to Islam is the only path to enter heaven, and escape hellfire.’ ‘It is from Islam to love Muslims, and to hate the unbelievers and not to imitate them.’ ‘Examples of false religions [include] Judaism, Christianity.’ AlAhmed says a ninth-grade book teaches that, ‘The Jews and the Christians are enemies of the believers. He says an 11th-grade book states, ‘The cursed are: The Christians and all those who have erred from the true path, and worshipped God with other than his orders.'” Read more.

Deadly Egyptian Mob Attacks Funeral Of Murdered Christians, Country’s Main Cathedral Becomes A ‘Battleground’

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Egyptian President Morsi

Egyptian President Morsi

By Erica Ritz, The Blaze – “Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in weekend sectarian violence clashed Sunday with a mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing one and turning Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral into a battleground.

The clashes raised tempers in an already tense political atmosphere, as workers shut down the country’s trains in a strike over wages and a dispute over the nation’s chief prosecutor entered a new phase – all signs of two years of unending turmoil.

Reacting to Sunday’s violence, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party blamed ‘dubious’ attempts by unnamed parties to broaden instability in Egypt by igniting sectarian violence and spreading chaos.

But a liberal opposition group, the Popular Current, said the clashes were symptomatic of the failure of the state to protect its citizens, calling on Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his government to resign.

Morsi said in a statement late Sunday that he spoke to Pope Tawadros II by phone. He gave orders to authorities to guard the cathedral and citizens in the area, adding that protecting the lives of Muslims and Christians was a state responsibility.

‘I consider any attack on the cathedral as an attack on me, personally,’ he said, according to the statement from his office.

The clashes at the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral began just after hundreds of angry Christians left the complex to stage an anti-government march following the funeral for the four Christians killed in sectarian clashes Saturday.

A mob, described by witnesses as residents of the area, pelted them with rocks and firebombs and fired birdshot, forcing them back inside the complex. Few police were present, despite Morsi’s alleged instructions.” Read more.

Flashback: Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi Says Christians Must Convert To Islam, Pay ‘Jizya’, Or Leave – ‘Conquest Is Coming’ – “According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will ‘achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,’ the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute… ‘They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate.’” Read more.

Flashback: Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi Declares ‘Death In The Name Of Allah Is Our Goal’ – “Egypt’s Constitution should be based on the Koran and Sharia law, presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement Mohamed Morsi said. ‘The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal,’ Morsi said in his election speech before Cairo University students on Saturday night. Today Egypt is close as never before to the triumph of Islam at all the state levels, he said.” Read more.

Kidnappings Targeting Christians On The Rise In Egypt

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi wasn’t joking

Mining Gazette – “Ezzat Kromer’s resistance to his kidnappers did not last long. One of the masked gunmen fired a round between his feet as he sat behind the wheel of his car and said with chilling calm, ‘The next one will go into your heart.’

The Christian gynecologist says he was bundled into his abductors’ vehicle, forced to lie under their feet in the back seat for a 45-minute ride, then dumped in a small cold room while his kidnappers contacted his family over a ransom.

For the next 27 hours, he endured beatings, insults and threats to his life, while blindfolded, a bandage sealing his mouth and cotton balls in his ears.

Kromer’s case is part of a dramatic rise of kidnappings targeting Christians, including children, in Egypt’s southern province of Minya, home to the country’s largest concentration of Christians but also a heartland for Islamist hard-liners.

The kidnappings are mostly blamed on criminal gangs, which operate more freely amid Egypt’s collapse in security since the 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Crime has risen in general across Egypt, hitting Muslims as well. But the wave of kidnappings in Minya has specifically targeted Christians, and victims, church leaders and rights activists ultimately blame the atmosphere created by the rising power of hard-line Islamists.

They contend criminals are influenced by the rhetoric of radical clerics depicting Egypt’s Christian minority as second-class citizens and see Christians as fair game, with authorities less likely to investigate crimes against the community.

Over the past two years, there have been more than 150 reported kidnappings in the province — all of them targeting Christians, according to a top official at the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police.

Of those, 37 have been in the last several months alone …” Read more.

US Military Groups Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, Islamophobia As Forms Of ‘Religious Extremism’ Alongside Islamic Terrorism

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And does this while “Homeland Security” extends “Trusted Traveler” status to citizens of the number one nation on earth that still actively promotes global Islamic terror. Welcome to Obama’s America

By Todd Starnes, Fox News – “The U.S. Army listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned.

‘We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,’ said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. ‘It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.’

The incident occurred during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. Topping the list is Evangelical Christianity. Other organizations listed included Catholicism, Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Ku Klux Klan, Sunni Muslims, and Nation of Islam.

The military also listed ‘Islamophobia’ as a form of religious extremism.” Source – Fox News.

Egyptian Female Activist: Egypt Was Much Better Under Hosni Mubarak

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By Luciana Borsatti, ANSAmed “Women are ‘an integral part of Egyptian society’ though they are suffering the most from the economic crisis which is getting worse every day in Egypt, said in an interview with ANSAmed Dalia Ziada, a human rights activist, blogger and the director of the Ibn Khaldum Center for Democratic Studies. Ziada is in Marseille to attend the Forum promoted by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

‘Over 30% of women are ‘caring women’ like widows or divorcees who are working to support their families’, said the activist. ‘They work at a time when men are having a hard time finding a proper job’.

In the past, said Ziada, poor women benefited from measures supporting their businesses, which were sponsored by Suzanne Mubarak, wife of the president who was toppled in the January 25 revolution. Now ‘they have no one sponsoring them’, she said.

The activist, who was awarded a prize in 2010 by the Anna Lindh Foundation, told ANSAmed that ‘it is sad to say that the situation for women was much better during the Mubarak era’. ‘It was not the best possible but it was still better than today because there was a state which supported women’s rights’, she noted. ‘Suzanne Mubarak was a women’s rights activist before being the president’s wife and a staunch supporter of new laws in favour of women’, continued the activist. ‘Now we have a regime which is very hostile to women, an extremist regime of the Muslim Brotherhood which doesn’t like women, least of all in public life and the economy’. The regime is so hostile, the activist noted, that it accuses women of ‘causing men’s unemployment’ based on the conviction that if they stayed home their jobs would go to men. ‘However it’s a problem of qualifications’, noted Ziada, which has nothing to do with being women or men.

Ever since stepping into power, President Mohamed Morsi has started a sweeping campaign to abolish all laws supporting women, the activist also noted, on the grounds that they were passed under the Mubarak era and are therefore ‘meaningless’.” Read more.

Flashback: Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Warns Granting Rights To Women Would Lead To ‘Complete Disintegration Of Society’ – “Ending violence against women, treating them as equals and giving them the same human rights that Western women enjoy would very likely lead to the destruction of Islamic society. But because treating women as equal members of society and granting them rights would be completely un-Islamic, it will never happen. This statement from the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi’s Islamist supporters should be eye-opening to their leftist enablers and other lobotimized liberals. Unfortunately, the selectively colorblind have also become the masters of selective hearingRead more.

Categories: Radical Islam

Canada: Sharia Law Prevents Father From Watching Daughter’s Swimming Classes

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Rewriting history isn’t enough. Changing Western laws isn’t enough. Converting churches into mosques isn’t enough. Islam has also been, and continues to be, engaged in an all-out assault against the Judeo-Christian West’s education system (swimming classes included) and the minds of our impressionable youth. “Accommodating cultural and religious practices and requirements” is not progression. It is regression, especially when such accommodation is entirely one-sided. Given the speed at which Western society is now declining, it wouldn’t surprise me if we begin seeing “Allahu Akbar” on the front of our public “schools” and “community centers” in the name of “cultural diversity” …

By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun – “When a single dad signed his nine-year-old daughter up for female-only swim lessons, he didn’t realize he — as a man — was going to be banned from watching her practice.

Chris (who didn’t want his last name published) was shocked when he had the blinds to the viewing area of the Dennis R. Timbrell Recreation Centre pool in Flemingdon Park shut on him and then was told by staffers it was for ‘religious reasons.’

‘I spoke to a staff member and she told me that it’s because of Muslim women, that we’re not allowed to look at them or whatever,’ Chris, 38, told the Toronto Sun Friday. ‘I don’t think religion has a role to play in a public pool.’

Chris said he enrolled his daughter online through the city’s website and registered her for the Ultra Swim 1: Female class – a nine-week course offered for free at the community centre.

Nowhere on the form did it mention that males could not watch the lessons.

So, when he showed up with his child at the pool on March 28 and again on Thursday night, he was confused when told he wasn’t allowed to watch.

‘She doesn’t have a lot of friends and I wanted her to swim with girls,’ Chris explained. ‘I don’t know what parent wouldn’t want to watch their child participate. There were other fathers there who weren’t too happy.’

Local Councillor John Parker hadn’t heard of the particular case until the Sun contacted him Friday, but said the dad’s point is a ‘legitimate one’ and raises a ‘fair issue.’ …

Female-only swim programs began 20 years ago on the basis of ‘accommodating cultural and religious practices and requirements,’ confirmed city aquatics manager Anne Jackson.” Read more.

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