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American Muslim Convert Leaves Islam And Returns To Christianity, ‘We Were Lied To … There’s No Happiness, No Joy’ In Islam

05/17/2013 2 comments

On his YouTube post Umar Lee writes, “I invite you to a faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ who died for your sins so you may have everlasting life.” May the Spirit of God continue to open more eyes …

Psalm 70:4, “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified!’”

By Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch – “Umar Lee, a convert to Islam from St. Louis, was once enough of an Islamic supremacist to write to a rival: ‘i could cut your neck with the sword of islam and watch you squeal like a bitch like daniel pearl.’ In an email exchange with me, he endorsed the death penalty for apostasy.

But now he has left Islam and returned to Christianity. Watch the video; in it he makes many, many important points about how converts to Islam are lied to, and how Islam establishes an empire of fear.

Note especially this, starting at 4:04:

“We can talk about the grievance industry, CAIR, etc., trying to hype up the threat of Islamophobia. Islamophobia is very minor. You want to talk about religious bias? You convert to Christianity in Saudi Arabia, you’re murdered. You convert from Islam in so many Muslim countries, it’s the death penalty. Why are Muslim societies so afraid of missionaries? Why are Muslim societies so afraid of freedom of speech? Why are Muslim societies so afraid of the Gospel? Why are Muslim societies so afraid of the message of Jesus Christ? If you believe Islam is the truth, why don’t you believe Islam can compete in the marketplace of ideas? Obviously you don’t, or you wouldn’t kill people that convert to Christianity and put missionaries in jail.”

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Dark, Massive Asteroid To Fly By Earth On May 31st

05/17/2013 1 comment

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times – “It’s 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest pass to Earth on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. PDT.

Scientists are not sure where this unusually large space rock, which was discovered 15 years ago, originated from. But the mysterious sooty substance on its surface could indicate it may be the result of a comet that flew too close to the sun, said Amy Mainzer, who tracks near-Earth objects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. It might also have leaked out of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, she said.

We will know more after the asteroid zips closer to Earth and scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif., and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico can get a better look at it. Astronomers at both observatories plan to track it closely from May 30 to June 9, according to a JPL release.

At its closest approach the asteroid will still be 3.6 million miles from our planet (about 15 times the distance between the Earth and the moon), but it will be close enough for these powerful radar antennas to see features as small as 12 feet across.” Read more.

Categories: Cosmic Craziness

Islamic Forced Conversions – Past And Present: ‘The Lost History Of Christians Forced To Convert To Islam – Or Die – Is Reemerging, Figuratively And Literally’

05/17/2013 1 comment

Revelation 13:15, “The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.”

By Raymond Ibrahim, The Blaze – “The lost history of Christians forced to convert to Islam—or die—is reemerging, figuratively and literally. According to the BBC: ‘Pope Francis has proclaimed the first saints of his pontificate in a ceremony [last Sunday] at the Vatican—a list which includes 800 victims of an atrocity carried out by Ottoman soldiers in 1480.They were beheaded in the southern Italian town of Otranto after refusing to convert to Islam.’

The BBC adds in a sidebar: ‘The ‘Martyrs of Otranto’ were 813 Italians beheaded for defying demands by Turkish invaders to renounce Christianity.  The Turks had been sent by Mohammed II, who had already captured the ‘second Rome’ of Constantinople.’

Historical texts throughout the centuries are filled with similar anecdotes, including the ’60 Martyrs of Gaza,’ Christian soldiers who were executed for refusing Islam during the 7th century Islamic invasion of Jerusalem. Seven centuries later, during the Islamic invasion of Georgia, Christians refusing to convert were forced into their church and set on fire. Witnesses for Christ lists 200 anecdotes of Christians killed—including some burned at the stake, thrown on iron spikes, dismembered, stoned, stabbed, shot at, drowned, pummeled to death, impaled and crucified—for refusing to embrace Islam.

If history is shocking, the fact is, today, Christians—men, women, and children—are still being forced to convert to Islam.  Pope Francis alluded to their sufferings during the same ceremony: ‘As we venerate the martyrs of Otranto, let us ask God to sustain those many Christians who, in these times and in many parts of the world, right now, still suffer violence, and give them the courage and fidelity to respond to evil with good.’

Consider some recent anecdotes:

In Pakistan, a ‘devoted Christian’ was butchered by Muslim men ‘with multiple axe blows [24 per autopsy] for refusing to convert to Islam.’ Another two Christian men returning from church were accosted by six Muslims who tried to force them to convert to Islam, but ‘the two refused to renounce Christianity.’ Accordingly, the Muslims severely beat them, yelling they must either convert ‘or be prepared to die. . . . the two Christians fell unconscious, and the young Muslim men left assuming they had killed them.’

In Bangladesh some 300 Christian children were abducted in 2012 and sold to Islamic schools, where ‘imams force them to abjure Christianity.’  The children are then instructed in Islam and beaten. After full indoctrination they are asked if they are ‘ready to give their lives for Islam,’ presumably by becoming jihadi suicide-bombers.  (Even here the historic patterns are undeniable: for centuries, Christian children were Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Muslim Cleric Bans Women From Using Air Conditioning While Husbands Are Away, ‘This Might Bring About Immorality’

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A Shiite-based news organization claims that Salafist-Wahhabist clerics have a “distorted” reading of Islam that are “incompatible with common sense”, but a Shiite claim that women’s clothing causes earthquakes while their uncovered hair releases “mind-controlling sex rays“? Why, that’s just common knowledge …

International Business Times – “A man identified on Twitter as Abul Ala and claiming to be a Salafist-Wahhabist cleric, has decreed women should not turn on air conditioners or coolers at home, in the absence of their husbands.

According to the Iran-based Al-Alam news network the cleric is alleged to have decreed: ‘turning on the cooler ventilator is prohibited for women in the absence of their husbands’ because ‘the woman’s act is very dangerous, and may bring about immorality in the society. When she turns the cooler on, someone may notice her presence home, and this might bring about immorality’.

The news report also stated Salafist-Wahhabist clerics ‘have a distorted reading of Islam’ and their decrees are ‘incompatible with common sense’.

Salafist and Wahhabist ideologies are considered to be ultra-conservative branches among Sunni Muslims and such kinds of bizarre decrees and Fatwas (a ruling on a point of Islamic law) coming from clerics belonging to these sects are not uncommon.

In April, a Salafist cleric called Sheikh Yasir al-Ajlawni posted a YouTube video claiming the rape of non-Sunni and non-Muslim women was acceptable by the Koran’s standards. He was referring to rebel fighters in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

He claimed: ‘legitimate fatwa for Muslims waging war against Mr. Assad and trying to put in place a Sharia government to capture and have sex with Alawites and other non-Sunni, non-Muslim women’.” Source – International Business Times.

Categories: Radical Islam

‘Deeply Troubling’: Authorities In New York Arrest 15 Muslims Funding Islamic Terrorism In Multi-Million Dollar Smuggling Ring

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They weren’t just blowing smoke …

By Mark Hosenball, Reuters – “Fifteen men of Palestinian origin have been arrested on charges of running a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring in New York, and New York authorities who announced the arrests on Thursday said several of the suspects have ties to Hamas and other Islamist militant groups.

The men are accused of smuggling more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to be sold in grocery stores across New York, with $55 million in sales uncovered so far, Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, and Ray Kelly, the New York City police commissioner, said at a press conference.

‘We don’t know where all of that money went, but what we do know is deeply troubling,’ Schneiderman said. ‘We know that some members of this group have ties to very dangerous people, we know they were arrested with weapons, we know that they made tens of millions of dollars but so far we have found only a fraction of that.’

Investigators are still tracking where much of the money ended up, but they noted similar rings in the past have funneled money to Hamas, the Islamist government in Gaza, and Hezbollah, the militant Shi’ite group based in Lebanon, both of which are considered to be terrorist organizations by the United States.

All 15 men remained in custody on Thursday and could not be reached for comment. It was not immediately clear if they had retained lawyers.

A 16th man accused of taking part in the ring, Ribhi Awadeh, 39, from Guttenberg, New Jersey, remained at large after flying to Jordan several weeks ago, Schneiderman said.

In a 224-count indictment, the men are charged with enterprise corruption, money laundering and other tax crimes, for which each defendant faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.” Read more.

Flashback: Oklahoma: Police, Federal Agents Raid Muslim-Owned Car Dealership in Tulsa Tied to Terrorist Money Laundering – “Tulsa police and federal agents are searching a car dealership in midtown for evidence of ties to an alleged money laundering scheme which funnels funds to Hezbollah terrorists… The suit alleges a massive money-laundering scheme centered around a Lebanese bank which the feds say funnelled a total of nearly $250 million to Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organization.” Read more.

Flashback: Seeking ‘To Communicate The Message Of Islam’: Another Islamic ‘Charity’ Caught Promoting Extremism And Terror – “The charitable wing of a major American Muslim organization is promoting donations to extremist causes, undercutting a nationwide campaign to improve its image. The website link from the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Relief division hints at deeper connections to extremism and terror, both by the charitable branch and by its parent organization.” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam

Idaho: Muslim Man Charged After Providing Bomb-Making Knowledge To Islamic Militants, Possessing Bomb-Making Material

05/17/2013 1 comment

For peaceful purposes …

Reuters – “U.S. officials charged an Uzbek citizen in Idaho with providing bomb-making knowledge and other support to an Islamist militant group, knowing that it would be used in an attack, authorities said on Thursday.

Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, a national of Uzbekistan living legally in Idaho, was arrested in Boise and faces a three-count grand jury indictment in Idaho and a single-count indictment in Utah, prosecutors said.

They said Kurbanov provided information and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. The group supports establishing strict Islamic rule in Uzbekistan.

Authorities said Kurbanov’s activities were closely monitored and any potential threat had been contained.

The indictment alleges that Kurbanov had provided support and resources to the group since August 2012 and that he knew this could be used to prepare for and carry out an attack using a weapon of mass destruction. He could face up to 15 years in prison on each of those two charges.

Kurbanov was also charged with possessing a hand grenade, with a fuse as well as aluminum powder, potassium nitrate and sulfur, which could be used to create an improvised bomb. That charge calls for up to 10 years in prison.

In Utah, prosecutors said Kurbanov had showed Internet videos, gave instructional shopping trips, and detailed in writing where to find components and how to build bombs.” Read more.

Flashback: Strict Muslim’ from Uzbekistan Caught by the FBI Sought Ways to Kill President Obama, ‘Didn’t Care If He Lost His Life In An Assassination Attempt’ – “A man from Uzbekistan who pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to kill President Barack Obama with an automatic rifle claimed he was acting at the direction of an Islamic terror group in his home country. Authorities said Ulugbek Kodirov had discussed trying to kill the president as he campaigned for re-election because he would be out in public more often. Kodirov entered the plea during a hearing in Birmingham before U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon, an Obama appointee.” Read more.

Flashback: Churches Raided, Crosses Burnt, Fathers Arrested: ‘Arab Spring’ In The Caucasus And Central Asia Spelling Doom For Local Christians – “Mirroring what is happening in the world, there is an Islamic revival in the Caucasus and Central Asia, with all that it means for local Christians. The predominantly Muslim Central Asian Republics, after the collapse of the Soviet Union of which they were part, have seen an increase in the persecution of Christians. The fall of dictatorship, in a pattern similar to that of post-war Iraq and the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, seems to have ‘liberated’ the radical elements within the Muslim communities.” Read more.

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