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Bulletin of Christian Persecution
May 2 - May 25, 2011
May 2, 2011
Hundreds of Muslims in Gujranwala attacked Christians' homes, a school and a Presbyterian church building after learning that police had released two Christians accused of "blasphemy" - amid reports of another alleged desecration of the Quran.
May 3, 2011
In the aftermath of the April 30th Muslim attacks on a Presbyterian seminary after a false accusation that Christians desecrated the Koran, at least 3,000 Christians have fled for their lives.
May 6, 2011
Muslim attackers killed seventeen Christians and burned down several Christian homes in the village of Karum. Since the introduction of Sharia law in northern Nigeria in 1999, thousands of Christians have been killed by Muslims, and local officials have failed to bring the perpetrators to justice. Update HERE on the killing of Christian Nigerians.
May 7, 2011
Police have charged a mentally ill Christian with "injuring religious feelings" under Pakistan's widely condemned blasphemy laws.
Christian communities across Syria have been attacked by anti-government protesters in recent weeks who are being led by hard-line Islamists. Also Christians have come under pressure to either join in protests demanding the resignation of President Bashir Assad, or else leave the country. Eye witnesses report seeing around 20 masked men on motorcycles open fire on a home in a Christian village outside Dara'a, in southern Syria. Another source said that churches had received threatening letters over Easter, telling them either to join the protests or leave. In Karak, Muslim Salafists forced villagers to join the protests and remove pictures of the president from their home. One man who refused was reportedly found hanged on his front porch the next morning.
Update of this story: Thousands of Christians flocked to Saint Mark's Cathedral in Cairo Friday in response to a protest organized by Salafi Muslims last week in front of the church. The conservative Islamist group had gathered its members to protest for the release of the wives of two Coptic priests, who some believe have been detained by the church after allegedly converting to Islam. There was a strong military presence at the cathedral Friday ahead of the protest. Mina Salib, one of the protesters, said that "Christians all over Egypt were deeply disturbed by last Friday's protest and came to express their anger and assert their defense of the Cathedral against any attacks." Mina added that people immediately responded to the call to protect the church as result of the attack directed against Pope Shenouda.
May 8, 2011
Christians Copts in the area of Embaba were attacked Saturday evening by Muslim Salafis. The attacks lasted for 14 hours. The Muslims fired guns and rifles and hurled Molotov cocktails at Coptic churches, houses and businesses. 12 Copts were killed and 232 injured.
The church of Saint Mina was the first to be attacked. According to its pastor Fr. Abanoub the attack started at 5.30 PM on Saturday May 7, when church parishioners noticed a large number of Salafis, estimated at 3000 men, congregating near the church. Anticipating trouble, the army was called. The Salafis went to the church and asked to search it because they believed a Christian girl named who had converted to Islam, married a Salafi and wanted to revert back to Christianity, was hiding inside the church.
The second church attacked by Salafis was St. Mary and St Abanob, also in Embaba. Muslims prevented the fire brigade from reaching it. The third church attacked was St. Mary Church in Wehda Street in Embaba, the ground floor of which was completely torched. More HERE.
May 9, 2011
Malaysia (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Islam is under siege in Malaysia because aggressive Christians are determined to convert Muslims who are nonchalant about their faith, several Islamist groups alleged. The Muslim Organisations in Defence of Islam accused Christians of strategising an elaborate plan to ensure that more and more Muslims leave the faith, which is illegal in Malaysia. The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship, together with partners Global Day of Prayer, Marketplace Penang and Penang Pastors Fellowship, said the claims against their community were lies.
May 12, 2011
Pakistan (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Once more, Pakistan's 'black law' strikes again. A Muslim businessman has used the infamous blasphemy law against a rival and former associate, who happens to be Christian. More and more, the law is being used to persecute the country's Christian minority or settle personal scores. The victim is Gulzar Masih, from Sialkot, who owns a bookstore. Yesterday, he and his son had to flee town, fearing reprisals by local Muslims who tried to set fire to his shop. Only the intervention of police stopped the attackers.
May 15, 2011
Egypt (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Violence erupted in a Cairo neighborhood when pro-Coptic protesters clashed with unidentified men, leaving at least two people dead and 60 injured. The demonstrators initially staged a sit-in in front of the state TV building to demand greater rights for the religious minority. Problems between Egypt's Muslim majority and its Coptic Christian minority have been on the rise in recent months, with a number of violent clashes reported between the two groups. More HERE.
May 16, 2011
Iraq (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
An Iraqi Chaldean Christian man was abducted, tortured and then beheaded by Al Qaeda jihadis. The victim was from Kirkuk, northern Iraq. He had been kidnapped three days ago and the family had received a ransom request. However, negotiations for his release did not work out and so he was brutally murdered. A pastor in Kirkuk said that kidnappers had pressured his employer to fire him because he was a Christian. More HERE.
Christians from a local Evangelical Church congregation in this Plateau state town have been displaced after Muslim extremists set their church building and some homes on fire last month. The Rev. Ishaku Danyok of the church said that the April 29 incident occurred after Muslims approached Christian music shop owner Gabriel Kiwase and told him that his music was disturbing them as they said their prayers.
The young Christian man "quietly switched off the music set, and then the Muslims left, only to return about 20 minutes later to burn down the music shop and then go on rampage, burning down houses belonging to some Christians in the town," Danyok said. Update HERE.
May 17, 2011
EU (Hat tip to Persecutin.org)
A religious liberty campaigner has been heckled at an EU meeting for saying Christians should not be sent to prison for peacefully expressing their opinions. A room full of feminist and homosexual activists jeered at Dr Gudrun Kugler when she spoke about the intolerance faced by Christians in Europe. Some of the crowd said that Christians ought to be thrown in jail if they make a "negative comment" against a "minority group".
May 18, 2011
Two more shocking cases have surfaced in Pakistan where Christians were badly treated by Muslims. The first concerned two Christian women working at a Lahore, Pakistan, hospital, who were allegedly "manhandled" by a leader at the Fatima Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. A source close to the situation said that Nusrat Bibi and Muneeran Bibi, who are both married female sanitary workers at the hospital were "brutally thrashed" and "unlawfully detained for several hours," after being assaulted by a Muslim officer at the medical facility.
In another disturbing case, this one in a town located in the Punjab, the Christian Communication Network Pakistan (CCNP) told ANS that "a gang of Muslim men, on the behest of a former member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, "invaded two Christian houses" in the city. Adnan Sher, an activist of CCNP, said that a Christian man, Sharif Gull, was abducted at gunpoint by the Muslim "hoodlums."
Adnan Sher then alleged that the Muslim mob also attacked at the house of another Christian man, Idrees Asif. He added that the alleged culprits, armed with clubs, thrashed the men and women of Asif's family and ripped off the cloths of the Christian women and made publicly nude.
Azerbaijan (Hat tip to Persecution.org)
Within the space of three days in mid-May, three Protestant communities in the town of Sumgait (Sumqayit) north of the Azerbaijani capital Baku were raided by police and officials of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organisations.
Syria's minority Christians are watching the protests sweeping their country with trepidation, fearing their religious freedom could be threatened if President Bashar Assad's autocratic but secular rule is overthrown. For many Syrian Christians, the flight of their brethren from sectarian conflict in neighboring Iraq and recent attacks on Christians in Egypt have highlighted the dangers they fear they will face if Assad succumbs to the wave of uprisings sweeping the Arab world.
The body of Chaldean Christian Ashur Issa Yaqub was found on Monday (May 16) with marks of severe torture and mutilation. He had worked as a construction worker from the northeastern city of Kirkuk, and al Qaeda members had demanded $100,000 for his release, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Sources close to a Christian reportedly kidnapped, tortured and murdered by al Qaeda over the weekend said the kidnappers had pressured his employer to fire him because he was a Christian.
May 19, 2011
An influential Muslim family in a village near Sheikhupura is holding a 17-year-old Christian girl hostage because one of her brothers allegedly eloped with a woman from the Muslim family. The Muslim parents have threatened further retaliation against the Christian family if they do not produce their daughter, whom they have also threatened to publicly shoot dead as an "honor killing."
An area clergyman identified only as Father Emmanuel called the situation "critical," saying it has pitted the area's 1,800 Muslim families against its 70-to-100 Christian families and could lead to violence. More HERE.
Islamic extremist groups disrupted two post-Easter services in Cirebon as police failed to stop the violence, this according to Hendardi, chairman of the Setara Institute, an NGO fighting for human rights and religious freedom in Indonesia. The activist slammed police for its "powerlessness" vis-à-vis "hostile" acts perpetrated by radical movements, which interrupted religious services.
The situation in Abbotabad is "critical" for religious minorities, who are "fasting and praying for peace in the region", Fr Javed Akram Gill, a parish priest in the town where Osama Bin Laden was killed tells AsiaNews. The priest confirms that the death of the Al Qaeda "has raised fears within the Christian community" because "every time the Americans say or do something, Christians [in Pakistan] become the number one target." Together with the Catholics, the faithful of other Christian denominations "prefer to stay inside" and their leaders refrain from making pastoral visits.
On the morning of May 19 two Coptic priests went to St. Mary and St. Abraham Church and opened it together with some of the Coptic residents, but later in the day thousands of Muslims surrounded the church to protest its opening, hurled stones at the church building and the Copts, who responded by throwing stones. The army and the police stood there watching and did not intervene.
Unable to secure the church, the army and police closed it and arranged for a "reconciliation" meeting between the Coptic priest and the Salafi sheikhs. "The atmosphere of the meeting was belligerent," said attorney Ashraf Edward, "and one of the sheikhs threatened us by saying that should the church be opened without their permission it would end up like the church in Soul which was demolished by Muslims."
May 20, 2011
Two nurses at the Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore, were attacked and abducted for several hours by a fellow Muslim. The man also charged them with theft after stealing their mobile phone and a sum of money. In a second incident, a group of Muslims - at the behest of a former MP of the area - attacked the houses of two Christians, to force the owners to abandon them and transfer the land ownership over to him.
Turkey's Christians are under siege.
May 23, 2011
A Coptic Christian bishop warns the native Germans about the threat of Islamic dhimmitude and where it leads.
Pakistan (Hat tip to Persecution.org)
Pakistani Christians have expressed concerns about renewed kidnappings and abuse of women and girls by Muslims in a country still reeling from the recent assassination of a Christian government minister.
Among those targeted was Sehar Naz, a 24-year-old employee with Pakistan's State Life Insurance Corporation in Punjab province, who was recovering of her injuries Monday, May 23, after she was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a Pakistan Army officer.
May 24, 2011
Sudanese National Security Intelligence and Security Service agents have arrested a Christian woman in a Darfur camp for displaced people, accusing her of converting Muslims to Christianity, said sources who fear she is being tortured.
At the same time, in Khartoum a Christian mother of a 2-month-old baby is wounded and destitute because she and her husband left Islam for Christianity. More HERE.
Christians in Pakistan remained concerned Monday, May 23, over the situation of Pastor Paul Ashraf and his family after they reportedly narrowly survived a drive by shooting by suspected Islamic militants in Punjab province, seriously injuring their eldest son. "Pastor Ashraf was in a van with his wife, Rubina Ashraf, and eldest son Sarfraz Ashraf, on April 27 when two unidentified men on a motorbike opened fire" on their car, said the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement. . . . Pastor Ashraf and Rubina were unharmed but Sarfraz" who drove the vechicle, "was shot in the side and face. The masked gunmen fled from the scene when they saw that Sarfraz had been seriously injured," CLAAS explained.
May 25, 2011
Algerian authorities have ordered the immediate closure of seven Protestant churches and demanded that the Algerian Protestant Church Association close all churches under their authority.
Preti pedofili, figli del 1968
di Massimo Introvigne
Gli Stati Uniti sono il Paese del mondo dove la Chiesa Cattolica è stata più colpita dalla tragedia dei preti pedofili. Sono anche il Paese dove questa tragedia è meglio conosciuta grazie alla storica decisione dei vescovi americani di affidare a uno dei più autorevoli istituti accademici di criminologia del mondo, il John Jay College della City University of New York, il maggiore studio sul tema mai realizzato su scala internazionale. La City University of New York non è un’università cattolica ed è anzi un tempio del «politicamente corretto». I vescovi americani – non da soli – hanno finanziato lo studio, ma non ne hanno in alcun modo influenzato i risultati. Il John Jay College ha prodotto un primo rapporto del 2004, che analizza in modo minuzioso statistiche riferite a cinquantadue anni, dal 1950 al 2002, un rapporto supplementare nel 2006 e ora un nuovo grande studio, datato maggio 2011, dal titolo «Le cause e il contesto dell’abuso sessuale dei minori da parte di preti cattolici negli Stati Uniti, 1950-2010».
Lo studio, come sempre accade in questi casi, va letto tutto, mentre già molte agenzie di stampa hanno battuto i loro comunicati dando rilievo soltanto a cinque righe – peraltro capite male – che sembrerebbero escludere ogni correlazione tra crisi dei preti pedofili e omosessualità. Lo scopo del rapporto del 2011 è quello – dopo avere presentato nel 2004 dati accurati per rispondere alla domanda su «quanti» preti hanno abusato di minori – di affrontare la questione, ancora più difficile, del «perché» lo hanno fatto.
Il nuovo studio inizia riepilogando e aggiornando i dati quantitativi, che a sette anni dal rapporto del 2004 – di cui si troverà una sintesi nel mio libro Preti pedofili (San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo [Milano] 2010) – rimangono ancora poco conosciuti, specie in Italia. Lo studio del 2004 riferiva che nell’arco dei cinquantadue anni dal 1950 al 2002 4.392 sacerdoti americani su circa 109.000 che avevano esercitato il ministero, cioè il 4%, erano stati accusati di rapporti sessuali con minori. Accusati, naturalmente, non significa condannati: a una condanna penale si era arrivati in meno di metà dei casi, in qualche caso forse per l’abilità degli avvocati o la prescrizione ma in altri perché gli accusati erano effettivamente innocenti.
Altri due dati quantitativi molto importanti sono richiamati dal rapporto. Il primo è che l’impressione che i media danno secondo cui i preti cattolici sono una categoria «a rischio» per quanto riguarda la pedofilia è falsa. Dopo avere osservato che nessun’altra istituzione ha aperto i suoi archivi e favorito ricerche così precise come quelle che negli Stati Uniti hanno interessato la Chiesa Cattolica, il rapporto passa in rassegna le comunità protestanti, i Testimoni di Geova, i mormoni, gli ebrei, e ancora le scuole pubbliche, le società sportive giovanili, i boy scout e conclude che – benché i dati limitati non permettano conclusioni certe – tutti gli elementi parziali che emergono sembrano indicare almeno che in tutti questi ambienti il rischio di abusi di minori non è più basso rispetto alle parrocchie e alle scuole cattoliche. Se poi si passa a un dato di carattere generale, si nota che negli Stati Uniti 246 minori ogni centomila sono vittima di abusi sessuali. Non è possibile sapere quanti minori «vengono in contatto» con preti cattolici, ma se prendiamo come riferimento i cresimati possiamo concludere che vittime di abusi in ambienti cattolici sono quindici minori ogni centomila. Detto in altre parole, le parrocchie e le scuole cattoliche purtroppo ospitano anche loro dei «pedofili» ma sono un ambiente sedici volte più sicuro rispetto alla società in genere.
Un altro dato, confermato dagli aggiornamenti 2003-2005 e ora 2006-2009 dei dati del rapporto del 2004, è che il numero di abusi di minori da parte di sacerdoti cattolici diminuisce di anno in anno in modo davvero molto significativo. Il primo grafico del rapporto (p. 8) mostra un picco all’inizio degli anni 1980 e una discesa che diventa rapidissima negli ultimi anni fino ad arrivare a livelli oggi perfino inferiori rispetto all’inizio degli anni 1950. Per capire perché non è questa l’impressione che ha l’opinione pubblica occorre consultare il secondo grafico (p. 9), il quale mostra che – mentre gli abusi diminuiscono – le notizie relative ad abusi aumentano e raggiungono la quota massima nel 2002, l’anno della devastante inchiesta del quotidiano Boston Globe che secondo il rapporto dà inizio alla fase più acuta della crisi. Si tratta sia di un maggiore interesse giornalistico, sia del fatto che i tribunali ricevono nuove denunce da parte di studi legali specializzati (e milionari) che riesumano casi, veri o presunti, di venti o trent’anni prima. «Nel 2002 – riferisce il rapporto, citando l’anno record – le denunce di abusi sono state fatte nella maggior parte dei casi da vittime adulte o dai loro avvocati da venti a quarant’anni dopo che l’abuso si era verificato».
Dunque, per quanto le denunce e le inchieste giornalistiche aumentino, i casi diminuiscono, il che dimostra che le misure di prevenzione adottate dopo l’arrivo a Roma del cardinale Ratzinger come prefetto della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede, nel 1981, funzionano. Il rapporto le passa ampiamente in rassegna, dando atto dell’efficacia delle misure – che sarebbero state prese peraltro rispetto ai primi scandali con qualche ritardo, a proposito del quale il testo ricorda le critiche di alcuni sacerdoti statunitensi al beato Giovanni Paolo II (1920-2005) – e proponendo due critiche. La prima è che, se la maggioranza dei vescovi si è adeguata alle prescrizioni di Roma e della Conferenza Episcopale, ci sono stati alcuni vescovi «ritardatari» e «i media si sono spesso concentrati sui ritardatari, benché questi fossero soltanto una minoranza dei capi delle diocesi, perpetuando così l’immagine di vescovi che nel loro insieme non stavano rispondendo al problema dell’abuso sessuale dei minori» (p. 119). La seconda critica è che la Chiesa Cattolica, mentre si occupava energicamente del problema, non sempre comunicava in modo adeguato con l’esterno. Sì, «la Chiesa ha risposto alla crisi e, come risultato, si è verificato un sostanziale decremento nel numero dei casi di abuso sessuale» (p. 122). Ma non è sempre riuscita a farlo sapere all’opinione pubblica.
I dati quantitativi formano la base per impostare la risposta al quesito sul come sia stato possibile che un numero – più piccolo di quanto molti pensano, ma comunque non irrilevante – di sacerdoti cattolici statunitensi si sia reso colpevole di abusi sessuali di minori. Il rapporto esamina anzitutto la tesi più diffusa in quelli che chiama «media popolari» (p. 34), notando come sorprendentemente abbia ricevuto «sostegno da diversi commentatori più seri» (ibid.): quella che lega gli abusi sui minori al celibato. Ma, osserva lo studio, «è un’ovvia osservazione statistica che la maggioranza degli abusi sessuali su minori sono commessi da uomini che non sono celibatari» (p. 35): pastori protestanti, maestri di scuola, allenatori di squadre giovanili, e anche padri di famiglia che abusano dei figli ovviamente non hanno fatto promesse di celibato. A questo dato comune negli studi sociologici – ma che sembra tenacemente sfuggire alla stampa popolare e anche a qualche ecclesiastico – il rapporto aggiunge che il celibato tra i preti cattolici c’era negli anni 1950 e 1960, è rimasto negli anni 1970 e 1980, e c’è ancora oggi. Dal momento però che gli abusi su minori sono relativamente rari negli anni 1950 e 1960, esplodono negli anni 1970 e 1980, diminuiscono negli anni 1990 e diventano di nuovo rari negli anni 2000 ci dev’essere una variabile diversa dal celibato che spiega questo andamento.
Venendo all’unico punto del rapporto del 2011 che ha subito attirato l’attenzione della stampa internazionale, posto che la «colpa» non è del celibato, può darsi che sia della tolleranza dell’omosessualità nei seminari cattolici a partire da una certa data? Qui gli autori del rapporto si sono trovati in qualche difficoltà, perché contro il loro studio del 2004 – il quale documentava che l’ottanta per cento dei sacerdoti che abusano di minori hanno come vittime ragazzi e non ragazze – avevano protestato a gran voce le organizzazioni omosessuali. Questa volta confermano il dato – secondo cui l’80,3% degli abusi sono di natura omosessuale (p. 104) – ma invitano a distinguere fra identità e comportamento.
«Quello che non si capisce bene – scrivono – è che è possibile per una persona partecipare in un atto con una persona dello stesso sesso senza assumere o riconoscersi un’identità omosessuale. Più di tre quarti degli atti di abuso sessuale di giovani da parte di preti cattolici, come abbiamo mostrato nello studio del 2004, sono atti tra persone dello stesso sesso (preti che abusano di vittime di sesso maschile). Ma è possibile che, benché le vittime di questi preti siano state nella maggior parte dei casi maschi, così definendo gli atti come omosessuali, il sacerdote non abbia mai riconosciuto la sua identità come omosessuale» (p. 36). Quanto ai sacerdoti sia arrivati in seminario, sia usciti dai seminari come omosessuali – le due categorie non coincidono –, secondo il rapporto statisticamente «sono più a rischio [degli eterosessuali] di avere rapporti sessuali dopo l’ordinazione» (p. 62), ma nella maggior parte dei casi avranno rapporti con adulti e non con minori.
Dunque, nessuna marcia indietro rispetto al 2004. Quando il rapporto del 2011 afferma che «i dati clinici non sostengono la conclusione […] che l’identità omosessuale è legata all’abuso sessuale di minori» (p. 74), questa affermazione – che certo vuole anche gettare acqua sul fuoco rispetto alle critiche al rapporto precedente – si riferisce appunto all’identità, mentre il legame fra gli abusi e «atti» o «comportamenti» omosessuali è confermato, né – i numeri essendo quelli che sono – sarebbe stato possibile il contrario. Dove però il rapporto dice qualcosa di nuovo è quando nega che le subculture omosessuali che si sono sviluppate nei seminari negli anni 1980 – e sono state stroncate, almeno in parte, negli anni 2000 – abbiano a che fare con gli abusi di minori. Non che queste subculture non ci siano state: ma quando hanno raggiunto la loro più grande diffusione la maggior parte di sacerdoti responsabili di abusi era già stata ordinata. Le subculture omosessuali nei seminari e l’abuso di minori sono fenomeni paralleli, non successivi. L’uno non è causa dell’altro e devono piuttosto avere le stesse cause.
Quali cause? Fenomeni complessi non hanno mai una causa sola, insiste il rapporto. C’è stata una ridotta efficienza del diritto canonico, che non si aspettava una crisi di queste proporzioni. La controprova è che, migliorata la normativa canonica, gli abusi sono diminuiti. C’è stata una scarsa attenzione alla formazione del clero sui temi della sessualità, dell’amore e del matrimonio: è significativo che il rapporto citi al riguardo il Magistero del beato Giovanni Paolo II e colleghi i risultati ottenuti nella lotta agli abusi alla maggiore riflessione, ispirata appunto dal Magistero, sul corpo e la sessualità nei seminari, un tema caro anche a Benedetto XVI.
La singola causa principale è però per il rapporto la crisi morale generale che ha colpito gli Stati Uniti negli anni 1960, «the Sixties» in America e «il 1968» in Europa. La pillola anticoncezionale, la legalizzazione dell’aborto, la cultura consumistica hanno determinato un’autentica rivoluzione nel comportamento sessuale, con conseguenze precedentemente inimmaginabili in tutti i settori della società. Alcuni si sono spinti fino alla giustificazione teorica, o almeno alla ricerca di ampie scusanti, per i rapporti sessuali con i minori. Nella stessa Chiesa Cattolica tra i «postumi del Vaticano II» (p. 7) c’è la penetrazione all’interno del clero e dei seminari di una mentalità influenzata dalla rivoluzione sessuale, anche se questa rivoluzione riguarda la società nel suo insieme e non solo la Chiesa Cattolica.
Qui, senza mai citarla esplicitamente, il rapporto arriva alle stesse conclusioni della Lettera ai cattolici dell’Irlanda di Benedetto XVI, del 19 marzo 2010, che identificava nel «rapidissimo cambiamento sociale», nel venire meno della «tradizionale adesione del popolo agli insegnamenti e ai valori cattolici», e nel fatto che all’interno della Chiesa «il programma di rinnovamento proposto dal Concilio Vaticano Secondo fu a volte frainteso», il «contesto generale» all’interno del quale «dobbiamo cercare di comprendere lo sconcertante problema dell’abuso sessuale dei ragazzi».
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Per quanto il rapporto del 2011 del John Jay College inserisca qualche clausola che omaggia lo stile politicamente corretto, e le obbligatorie critiche per i ritardi della Chiesa, i dati che offre confermano sia l’analisi di Benedetto XVI sia che le misure offerte dal Papa alla Chiesa vanno nella giusta direzione. Il rapporto, naturalmente, propone un’analisi che rimane nel mero ambito delle scienze umane e come tale non può tenere conto della dimensione ulteriore che il Papa non cessa di segnalare: la crisi, che è causa per Benedetto XVI di profondo dolore e vergogna e dove nessuna statistica può valere a scusare la gravissima responsabilità dei colpevoli, ha anzitutto cause spirituali, e deriva ultimamente dal venire meno della fede, della preghiera, della consapevolezza dell’altissima responsabilità del sacerdozio in contesti purtroppo più vasti di quello dei pochi preti davvero pedofili. Per quanto utili siano gli studi e i dati sociologici, anche i rimedi dovranno includere necessariamente una dimensione spirituale.
Para quem não sabe, aqui fica mais um exemplo de que a Igreja Católica foi um dos maiores opositores ao regime nacional-socialista, quer institucionalmente, quer através das acções individuais dos seus ministros e dos leigos inspirados pelo Evangelho:
BERLIN — Germans in Pope Benedict XVI’s home state of Bavaria celebrated Sunday the beatification ceremony of a priest who was honored for practicing his Roman Catholic faith in defiance of the Nazis.
The pope, who grew up in Bavaria, sent Cardinal Angelo Amato from the Vatican to celebrate the beatification Mass for Georg Haefner in Wuerzburg Cathedral, the DAPD news agency reported.
During his traditional Sunday greetings to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, the pope, who grew up in Bavaria and was forced by the Nazis to serve as a teen in the Hitler Youth, praised Haefner.
“In the confusion of National Socialism, Georg Haefner was willing, as a faithful shepherd, to protect his flock and deliver the sacrament and the water of life to many people, until the end of his life,” the pope said, speaking in German.
“He forgave those who wronged him and in a letter to his parents from prison, he wrote, ‘We want to be at peace with everyone.’”
Haefner died of hunger and disease in Dachau concentration camp in 1942.
Friedhelm Hofmann, the bishop of Wuerzburg, said Haefner represented all members of the Catholic church who perished for their faith during the Nazi-era.
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( dapd/Timm Schamberger / Associated Press ) - The bishop of Wuerzburg, Friedhelm Hofmann, celebrates the beatification of a priest in the Cathedral of Wuerzburg, central Germany Sunday May 15, 2011. Georg Haefner, painting in background, was honored for practicing his Roman Catholic faith in defiance of the Nazis. Haefner died of hunger and disease in Dachau concentration camp in 1942. Friedhelm Hofmann said Haefner represented all members of the Catholic church who perished for their faith during the Nazi-era.
Eis a Religião da Paz em todo o seu esplendor, cumprindo os seus mandamentos:
Alcorão 8:12 (http://quran.com/8/12)
(El-Hayek): [Lembra-te] «de quando o teu Senhor revelou aos anjos: Estou convosco; firmeza, pois, aos fiéis! Logo infundirei o terror nos corações dos incrédulos; decapitai-os e decepai-lhes os dedos!»
Kirkuk (AsiaNews) – An Iraqi Christian man was abducted, tortured and then beheaded. The victim was from Kirkuk, northern Iraq. Police found his body this morning. He had been kidnapped three days ago and the family had received a ransom request. However, negotiations for his release did not work out and so he was brutally murdered. For the archbishop of Kirkuk, his death is an “inhuman act” because it goes “against every human and religious principle”. Iraqi Christians have been living in a state of high tension since the killing of Osama Bin Laden, fearing possible revenge by local Muslim extremists.
Ashur Yacob Issa was 29 years old and had three children, a source in Kirkuk told AsiaNews. He was abducted three days ago for ransom. His kidnappers wanted US$ 100,000 to release him. However, negotiations with his family “did not work out”, a local Christian said.
The incident came to a terrible end this morning, when police found the young man’s body, by the side of a bridge. The body showed “horrific marks of torture”, the source said. The head had been cut off and the eyes gauged out of their socket.
The crime sent a shockwave through the city, especially in its Christian community. although the victim was kidnapped in order to get a large sum of money, the death of Osama Bin Laden by the US on 2 May has raised the tension level in the Christian community. Since then in fact, it has been living in fear of possible reprisals by Muslim extremists....
Read more at www.jihadwatch.org
"Iraqi Christians have been living in a state of high tension since the killing of Osama Bin Laden, fearing possible revenge by local Muslim extremists." This is the real "backlash," as opposed to the endless media handwringing in the West over a supposed backlash against Muslims that never actually materializes. "Kirkuk: young Christian abducted, tortured and beheaded," from Asia News, May 16 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Dos madres musulmanas del norte de la India, han estrangulado a sus hijas porque se habían fugado para contraer matrimonio con hindúes, según informa el diario Herald Sun.
Newlyweds Zahima de 19 años y Husna de 26, residían en la ciudad de Baghpot (Uttar Pradesh) donde conocieron a dos albañiles de confesión hindú. Al pertenecer ambas jóvenes a familias mahometanas y sabiendo que sus relaciones sentimentales jamás obtendrían el beneplácito familiar, decidieron fugarse para casarse.
La semana pasada, Zahima y Husna, regresaron al hogar para hacer las paces con sus respectivas familias, pero sus madres las estrangularon por haber deshonrado al clan.
Las madres, que se prestaron mutua ayuda en la “ejecución”, afirman que no se arrepienten, puesto que sus hijas las habían cubierto de vergüenza.
Read more at www.minutodigital.com
En India, alrededor de 900 jóvenes son asesinados cada año por casarse en contra de los deseos de sus mayores.
Mais uma antevisão de como será a Europa quando os muçulmanos forem suficientemente numerosos ao ponto de se sentirem capazes de exigir que a sociedade se organize de acordo com os seus preceitos religiosos; não é preciso que sejam maioritários: basta que consigam intimidar os não-muçulmanos de modo a que não resitam:
En Birmingham y Londres, musulmanes “radicales” han declarado la guerra a los carteles publicitarios de bikinis.
En un barrio multicultural de Birmingham, donde la población musulmana es elevada y el desfile de mujeres cubiertas con el niqab es parte del paisaje urbano, han sido embadurnados con puntura carteles publicitarios en los que aparecían señoritas ataviadas con discretos bikinis.
El hecho tiene su precedente en la conflictiva zona londinense de Tower Hamlet, lugar en el que “radicales” muslimes, al comenzar el año, pegaron carteles donde se leía: “Área libre de gays”.
Read more at www.minutodigital.com
Los musulmanes “británicos”, ahora, censuran carteles publicitarios en barrios donde todavía no son mayoría porque atentan contra su hipócrita moral islámica. Dentro de unos años, cuando la influencia musulmana sea aun mayor, las féminas nativas que deseen circular por “sus calles”, deberán vestir de manera “decorosa” para no ofender el dudoso pudor de los imanes.
O islão é desenvolveu uma série de estratégias para acabar com as outras religiões sem matar os infiéis, que, ademais, trabalham e pagam impostos:
Farah Hatim, cristiana de 24 años, la semana pasada fue secuestrada, forzada a convertirse al Islam y obligada a contraer matrimonio con su secuestrador. La familia de la víctima denunció el hecho, pero los culpables están siendo protegidos por la policía y políticos locales.
Según informa Asia News, Hatim, estudiante de enfermería, fue secuestrada por Zeeham Iliyas y sus hermanos Imram y Gulfan. La policía, en un primer momento, se negó a aceptar la denuncia presentada por los familiares de la cristiana. Pero al día siguiente, la comunidad cristiana de la localidad se manifestó frente al domicilio de los secuestradores protestando por la complicidad en el delito de los “agentes de la autoridad”, forzando así que la denuncia fuera aceptada y tramitada.
Mientras tanto, gracias a la pasividad policial, los secuestradores condujeron a Hatim al Tribunal del Distrito donde, bajo coacción y en presencia sus captores, “reconoció” haberse convertido al islam y manifestó su deseo de contraer matrimonio con Zeehan Iliyas. El juez, que no interrogó a la joven ni tomó en consideración las heridas que aparecían en su cuerpo, consideró válida la declaración prestada.
La mafiosa familia Iliyas, tiene un largo historial de secuestros de mujeres cristianas y siempre ha actuado con la más absoluta impunidad, debido al respaldo que recibe de un parlamentario que pertenece al partido gobernante en Pakistán.
Read more at www.minutodigital.com
En Pakistán, donde todavía existe una comunidad de más de 3.000.000 de cristianos que mengua cada día debido a la terrible persecución que sufre , el secuestro de cristianas se ha convertido en una práctica habitual que goza de la complicidad de las autoridades del país.
Why Egyptians Want War With Israel: It's in the Koran
by Robert Spencer
Fifty-four per cent of Egyptians want to scrap the Camp David accords that have kept an uneasy peace with Israel since 1979—in yet another blow to the credibility of the many analysts and commentators who assured the American people that the Egyptian uprising heralded the dawn of a new, secular democracy there. A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that a significant number of Egyptians manifest a deeply ingrained Islamic antisemitism that leads them to hate Israel—and the Camp David accords—for religious, not political, reasons.Read more at www.humanevents.com
"Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews ..." 5:82. The Koran contains a great deal of material that forms the foundation for a hatred of Jews that has persisted throughout Islamic history. It portrays the Jews as the craftiest, most persistent, and most implacable enemies of the Muslims—and there is no Islamic authority that has moved to mitigate the most destructive interpretations of all this. The Koran's material on the Jews remains the prism through which far too many Muslims see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Camp David accords, and Jews in general to this day.
A vivid illustration of this came several years ago from Islam Online, a website founded by, among others, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, in 1997. Al-Qaradawi has justified suicide bombings against Israeli civilians, and in 2004 Islam Online posted an article titled "Jews as Depicted in the Koran." In it, Sheikh 'Atiyyah Saqr, the former head of the Fatwa Committee at the most respected institution in Sunni Islam, Al-Azhar University in Cairo, depicts Jews in a chillingly negative light, illustrated with abundant quotations from the Koran. Among other charges he levels at the Jews, Saqr says that they "used to fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah," they "love to listen to lies," they disobey Allah and ignore his commands, they wish "evil for people" and try to "mislead them," and they "feel pain to see others in happiness and are gleeful when others are afflicted with a calamity." He adds that "it is easy for them to slay people and kill innocents," for "they are merciless and heartless." And each charge he follows with citations from the Koran (including, among others, 3:75, 5:64, 3:181, 5:41, 5:13, 2:109, 3:120, 2:61, 2:74, 2:100, 59:13-14, 2:96, and 2:79).
Though he offers many examples of the alleged evil traits of the Jews supported by the Koran, Saqr doesn't mention the notorious Koran passages that depict an angry Allah transforming Jews into apes and pigs: 2:63-66, 5:59-60, and 7:166. The first of those passages depicts Allah telling the Jews who "profaned the Sabbath": "Be as apes despicable!" It goes on to say that these accursed ones serve "as a warning example for their time and for all times to come." The second has Allah directing Muhammad to remind the "People of the Book" about "those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshiped evil." The third essentially repeats this, saying of the Sabbath-breaking Jews that when "in their insolence they transgressed (all) prohibitions," Allah said to them, "Be ye apes, despised and rejected."
And in recent years, Saudi Sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Sudayyis, imam of the principal mosque in the holiest city in Islam, Mecca, said in a sermon that Jews are "the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs."
Another Saudi sheikh, Ba'd bin Abdallah al-Ajameh al-Ghamidi, said: "The current behavior of the brothers of apes and pigs, their treachery, violation of agreements, and defiling of holy places ... is connected with the deeds of their forefathers during the early period of Islam—which proves the great similarity between all the Jews living today and the Jews who lived at the dawn of Islam."
All this shows that leading Muslim authorities approach the Koran not as a document rooted in history, but as a blueprint for understanding the world today.
Is it any wonder, then, that a majority of Egyptians favor scrapping the Camp David accords? The surprise is only that so many supported keeping the peace with Israel.
Muslim who rushed cockpit on American Airlines flight was screaming "Allahu akbar"; "Authorities do not yet have a motive"
This one is a real head-scratcher. What on earth could have motivated a Muslim who started screaming "Allahu akbar" and pounding on the cockpit door? It's a big, deep, wide mystery, but I'm telling you, he just wanted more pretzels. An update on this story. "Suspect in flight disturbance had Calif. ID," from the Associated Press, May 9 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
SAN FRANCISCO – The passengers sat stunned as they watched a man walk quickly toward the front of American Airlines Flight 1561 as it was descending toward San Francisco. He was screaming and then began pounding on the cockpit door.
"I kept saying to myself: 'What's he doing? Does he have a bomb? Is he armed?'" passenger Angelina Marty said.
Within moments Sunday, a flight attendant tackled Rageh Almurisi. Authorities do not yet have a motive.
While authorities said that Almurisi, 28, of Vallejo, Calif., has no clear or known ties to terrorism, the incident underscored fears that extremists may try to mount attacks to retaliate for the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden last week.
Federal agents are investigating Almurisi's background. He was carrying a Yemeni passport and a California identification card, authorities said. [...]
Marty, 35, recalled that she and other passengers on the plane were stunned when they saw Almurisi walking down the aisle. She said a woman in a row across from her who speaks Arabic translated that Almurisi said "God is Great!" in Arabic.
Andrew Wai, another passenger, told KGO-TV on Monday that the wife of one of the men who took Almurisi down later said Almurisi was yelling "Allahu Akbar."
Read more at www.jihadwatch.org
"There was no question in everybody's mind that he was going to do something," Marty said....
De onde vem esta fúria homicida?
Alcorão 8:12 (http://quran.com/8/12)
(El-Hayek): [Lembra-te] «de quando o teu Senhor revelou aos anjos: Estou convosco; firmeza, pois, aos fiéis! Logo infundirei o terror nos corações dos incrédulos; decapitai-os e decepai-lhes os dedos!»
O artigo infra revela aspectos das exéquias de bin Laden.
A Marinha dos EUA submete-se aos ritos fúnebres islâmicos, os quais incluem a leitura da abertura do Alcorão, onde se amaldiçoa os judeus e os cristãos:
Anneke Green has a disturbing analysis in the Washington Times which indicates the very likely specifics of the burial ceremony aboard the USS Carl Vinson—repeatedly noted by witless counter-terrorism czar John Brennan to be in strict “conformance to Islamic requirements”—for pious Muslim jihadist Osama Bin Laden, orchestrator of the mass murder of Americans on 9/11/2001.
As Green reports, “Navy Military Funerals, (pp. 34-35)” a protocol developed by the Navy, describes in explicit detail what transpires during a Muslim sea burial:
The body must have been washed and wrapped “as required for the bodies of Muslims,” which refers to ceremonial cleanings that must be done by another Muslim. Those who have gathered to pray at the burial—ostensibly crewmembers since family is not allowed at sea burials—must face Mecca.
But the most shocking details Green has uncovered concern the formal funeral prayers which must be uttered—as specified by the Navy—during the segment of the burial ceremony in which supplication for the Muslim decedent is made. The requisite prayer includes the following statements:
“O Allah, forgive him, have mercy on him, pardon him, grant him security, provide him a nice place and spacious lodgings, wash him (off from his sins) with water, snow and ice, purify him from his sins as a white garment is cleansed from dirt, replace his present abode with a better one, replace his present family with a better one, replace his present partner with a better one, make him enter paradise and save him from the trials of grave [sic] and the punishment of hell.”
But what Green’s discussion omits is that before this supplication, the required prayer service (see p. 34) includes the opening sura (chapter) of the Koran, or “Fatiha”. As copiously documented by the most authoritative Muslim Koranic commentaries—past and present—verse 1.7 from this sura includes an eternal curse upon Jews and Christians, as noted in this official modern Koranic translation by Drs. Muhammad al-Hilali and Muhammad Khan (p.12):
“The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).”
For example, the 2008 English translation (by a pious Muslim translator) of the classical single volume Koranic commentary Tafsir al-Jalalayn, proclaims,
“This translation gives non-Arabic speakers access to one of the seminal works of classical tafsir literature. It is hoped that it will prove a valuable aid to the correct understanding of the Qur’anic Revelation throughout the English-speaking world.”
As the Koranic commentary Tafsir al-Jalalayn explains, Muslims are told in the preceding verse, Koran 1:6,
“Guide us on the straight path” means, direct us to it.
The commentary continues,
It is followed by its appositive [in verse 7], “…the Path of those You have blessed,” with guidance, “not of those with anger on them,” who are the Jews, “nor of the misguided,”who are the Christians. The grammatical structure here shows that those who are guided are not the Jews or the Christians. Allah Almighty knows best what is correct, and to Him is the return and the homecoming. May Allah bless our Master Muhammad and His family and Companions and grant them abundant peace always and forever. Allah is enough for us and the best Protector. There is no strength nor power except by Allah, the High, the Immense.
The modern Koranic commentary Ma’ariful Qur’an, written by Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi (1898-1976), former Grand Mufti of (pre-Partition) India, and founder of Darul Ulum Karachi, is the best known Koranic commentary in Urdu. This modern Koranic exegesis comports with the classical commentary on verse 1:7, highlighting the Koran’s strident Antisemitism, and accompanying Christianophobia:
Those who have incurred Allah’s wrath are the people, who in spite of being quite familiar with the commandments of Allah willfully go against them out of a calculated perversity or in the service of their desires, or, in other words, who are deficient in obeying divine injunctions. This, for example, was the general condition of the Jews who were ready to sacrifice their religion for the sake of a petty worldly gain, and used to insult and sometimes even to kill their prophets.
As for (those who go astray), they are the people who, out of ignorance or lack of thought, go beyond the limits appointed by Allah, and indulge in excess and exaggeration in religious matters. This, for example, has generally been the error of the Christians who exceededthe limits in their reverence for a prophet and turned him into a god. On the one hand, there is the rebelliousness of the Jews who not only refused to listen to the prophets of Allah but went on to kill them; on the other hand, there is the excessive zeal of the Christians who deified a prophet.
According to the Pentagon, “prepared religious remarks” were read at bin Laden’s funeral, but when asked whether his burial was performed according to Navy Military Funeral protocol, they had “no additional operational details or comments to make.” Mr. Brennan, however, in his Monday briefing on the bin Laden operation, reassured reporters that, “Burial at sea takes place on a regular basis. The U.S. military has the ability to ensure that that burial is done in a manner that is, again, consistent with Islamic law, as well as consistent with what the requirements are for a burial at sea. And so that burial was done appropriately.”
Read more at www.andrewbostom.org
The grotesque dhimmitude in these apparent details—so destructive of our nation’s soul, in accord with the fundamental goal of Islamic supremacism—defies speech, and demands a thorough public airing for all Americans, first and foremost those whose family members were slaughtered during the 9/11/2001 acts of jihad terrorism.
European media elites are sniffing their hardest over the barbaric Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden.
Nicolas Demorand, editor of the left-leaning French daily Libération, on Tuesday bemoaned the “toxic rhetoric” of the campaign against terrorism. From that rhetoric, he wrote, stems “this base, uncomfortable joy, unprecedented in a democracy, that blew yesterday over the streets of New York.”
Even the editor of the centrist weekly L’Express, Christophe Barbier, cautioned, “To victory one must not add provocation.” He added: “To desecrate the cadaver or the memory of Bin Laden is to revive him. To cry one’s joy in the streets of our cities is to ape the turbaned barbarians who danced the night of Sept. 11.
As Jonathan Tobin writes, the European reaction of the elites says more about them than about us. But it also shows they have a rather short memory. Or a very selective one.
For a French newspaper editor to seriously state that such behavior is unprecedented in a democracy shows a shocking ignorance of his own country's history. French democracy is built on much worse. La Marseillaise makes the US national anthem seem downright pacifist with its naked bloodlust.
Lines like "Qu'un sang impur Abreuve nos sillons" and "Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!", "That their impure blood should water our fields" and "That your dying enemies should see your triumph and glory" certainly put the celebrations into perspective.
In more recent history, there is the treatment of collaborators in Europe after WW2. And the death of Mussolini as depicted in the photo.
On 29 April 1945, the bodies of Mussolini, Petacci, and the other executed Fascists were loaded into a moving van and trucked south to Milan. There, at 3:00 am, they were dumped on the ground in the old Piazza Loreto. After being shot, kicked, and spat upon, the bodies were hung upside down on meathooks from the roof of an Esso gas station. The bodies were then stoned by civilians from below. The corpse of the deposed leader became subject to ridicule and abuse.
That is a somewhat polite summation of events. European elites might talk about values, but such talk is hollow. Nor would they seriously condemn what was described above. Many European leftists view it as a glorious moment. Their sneering at the American celebrations is a fact of emotional detachment. Nothing else. If it were Bush, they would be popping champagne faster than you could say Unilateralism.
But it's an embedded narrative that Americans are the rough country cousins and European intellectuals are the progressive vanguard of civilization. A narrative that goes back to colonial times.
Had the execution of Bin Laden happened on Bush's watch, there would be a vocal display of nauseated anger, condemnations of American barbarity and a few amateur art exhibits or two featuring Bush biting off the head of Bin Laden or some such thing. But it's Obama, and they don't quite know what to do with him. They aren't about to peg him into the cartoon monster that Bush was turned into. They recognize that Obama is pandering ahead of an election to what they see as the baser instincts. And they feel that what happened reflects more on Americans, than on Obama.
But Obama has pandered far more to the sensibilities of Muslims. Getting Bin Laden was an act of political necessity, but pandering to his co-religionists is another matter. From the burial to the refusal to release the photos, the concern over what Muslims will think has dominated much of the decision making.
But despite all that the Muslim reaction is predictable. There are protests in Egypt outside the US embassy. European Muslims are none too happy either
A man who gave his name as Mohammed demanded to see photographic evidence. Asked how he might react to graphic photos of a dead bin Laden, shot in the head in the 40-minute raid, he said: "Well, I'll know when I see them."
"Americans are creating problems all over the world," he added. "Why can't they just leave Muslims alone?"
Indeed, why couldn't Americans leave poor Bin Laden alone. It's not like he was harming anyone who mattered. Like Mohammed.
Current events in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America though raise the question of why Muslims keep creating problems all over the world. Why can't they just leave non-Muslims alone?
In London, there was also outrage over Bin Laden's untimely bullet derived demise
In London, about 100 members of the radical Islamist group, Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), staged a protest and "funeral prayers" in honor of Osama bin Laden outside the U.S. Embassy.
The group shouted slogans such as "Freedom burn in hell" and "USA will pay" while waving banners stating "Jihad against crusaders" and "Sharia law for UK."
Anjem Choudary, one of the leading MAC figures, said they were protesting against "injustices" committed by the United States: "The latest injustice is the assassination of an old man in his home in front of his family, Sheikh Osama bin Laden."
He warned of future revenge attacks by militants.
"I believe al Qaeda will take revenge. The next operation I believe will be called 'Operation bin Laden' and will match the magnitude and character of the past.
"The philosophy of al Qaeda is to take the war to the enemy on their own homeland, so it will be in the West."
The MAC protesters were confronted by about 50 members of the right-wing, anti-Islamist organization the English Defense League (EDL), with police having to keep the two chanting groups apart, amid minor scuffles.
Incidentally members of the EDL are in jail, but Choudary is a free man. It's not like he's a bigot inciting violence... not like those mean EDL people. Why can't they and the Navy SEALS just leave Muslims like Bin Laden and Choudary alone?
The bin Laden supporters waved banners reading "US govt are the real terrorists" and US leaders were branded "murderers" by the radicals, who warned revenge attacks were "guaranteed".
"It is only a matter of time before another atrocity -- the West is the enemy," Abu Muaz, 28, from east London, said.
Luckily law enforcement jumped into action and...
Officers confiscated an effigy of bin Laden being waved by the EDL supporters but police said they had no immediate reports of any arrests at the ongoing demonstration.
Well there problem solved.
A judge in Hamburg filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday for "endorsing a criminal act" because at a news conference in Berlin Tuesday she has said: "I'm glad that killing bin Laden was successful."
The labor court judge, Heinz Uthmann, told Reuters that he believed Merkel's comments violate German law. He said, however, he expected his complaint to end up in the rubbish bin.
Who needs a Choudary or a Bin Laden, when you've got a Heinz Uthman? Or the UN which is also on the case.
U.N. human rights investigators called on the United States on Friday to disclose whether there had been any plan to capture Osama bin Laden and if he was offered any "meaningful prospect of surrender and arrest."
Over in Cairo's Tahrir Square, heart of the new Arab Spring and love for democracy and puppies, there were also devoted human rights campaigners to be found
“They martyred Osama, who was able to stand up to the world’s harshest power,” Sheikh Hafez Salama Salama said at a stop along the way, where a small, eclectic crowd had gathered as usual in Tahrir Square, reliving the revolution. “We are all Osama bin Laden.”
Clearly someone never bothered to inform Sheikh Hafez Salama that he is a member of the Religion of Peace. But there were also more mainstream views being expressed.
We are very against violence,” said Ibrahim Haggag, 45, speaking of Muslims generally. “They could be framing him as an excuse to attack Arabs, an excuse to take their wealth.”
“The Jews were the ones who planned 9/11,” said Amina Mohame, 28. “If the U.S. is a civil society, why did they fund Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?”
Who knew Cindy Sheehan and Alex Jones were so popular in Egypt?
The demonstrators rallied at the Fatih mosque in central Istanbul at the call of Islamist newspaper Milli Gazete and with support of the Islamist organization Ozgur-Der.
The mainly male protestors, with a small group of veiled women, brandished banners reading "Terrorist USA, warrior Osama" and chanted "God is great."
And Omar Bakri joined in on the fun from his new spiffy place in Lebanon.
Radical cleric Omar Bakri, on bail in Lebanon on charges including incitement to murder, has called for prayers to mourn Osama bin Laden in Lebanon and outside US embassies around the world.
"We call on our followers in Europe, Canada and especially Britain to pray for his soul outside American embassies," Bakri, who was based in Britain for nearly two decades, told AFP.
Still more good news from Obama's homeland in Indonesia, that tolerant place where ummm
Scores of Indonesian youths vow to avenge bin Laden's death
Scores of Indonesian men rallied on Friday to publicly vow their readiness to sacrifice their lives to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden, in a sign of the al Qaeda leader's popularity among hard-core Islamists in the most populous Muslim country.
"One hundred youths from Solo are ready to die to take revenge on the death of Osama," declared Choirul, a cleric in Al Kaida Solo and also a member of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) which has a history of violence including attacks on bars, nightclubs and the offices of Indonesia's Playboy magazine.
In addition the clerics are very upset about disrespecting the body of Sheikh Usama PBUH (Pigs Be Upon Him)
The Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI), which is the top Islamic body in Indonesia, has strongly criticized the sea burial of bin Laden, saying that “it was done with extraordinary hatred against him” and the body should have been buried in the earth.
“A Muslim, whatever his profession, even a criminal, their rites must be respected. There must be a prayer and the body should be wrapped in white cloth before being buried in the earth, not at sea,” MUI chief H. Amidhan told AFP.
Officers used anti-riot shields to push back the marchers from Manila's main mosque before they reached the boulevard leading to the seaside embassy compound after Friday's noon prayers. The protesters later dispersed peacefully.
Protest leader and Islamic cleric Alim Jamil Yahya says he condemns the "brutal killing" of bin Laden and describes the al-Qaida founder's burial at sea as a desecration of his body.
He says that although many Muslims did not agree with bin Laden's methods, they still revered him as a martyr because he fought for freedom against oppression by "the satanic U.S. hegemony."
The group also expressed support for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and called for an end to the NATO bombings.
They carried a banner saying "Stop genocide in Libya! Let Muslims rule their own land. US allies: Stay out of Muslim lands."
Any chance of Muslims staying out of Christian countries like the Philippines. Or least not murdering people while living there?
Of course we cannot forget Pakistan. Our close ally in the War on Terror. A shining beacon of moderate Islam. A population that stands strong against all forms of extremism.
"Osama's services for Muslims will be remembered forever," said Abdul Qadir Looni, a senior JUI figure addressing the rally.
"He challenged the greatest Satan and usurper like America and awakened Muslims across the globe. This gathering pays tribute to him," Looni said.
Hafiz Fazal Bareach, a former federal senator and senior party leader, said the US killing of bin Laden would create thousands of others like him.
"One Osama has been martyred and now thousands of Osamas will be born, because he created a movement against anti-Muslim forces which is not dependent on personalities," Bareach said.
"America first martyred Osama and then desecrated his corpse," he said, vowing that "jihad (holy war) will continue against America and its allies."
Pakistan's largest religious political party Jamaat-e-Islami called for protests across the country on Friday to denounce the US operation that killed bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad earlier this week.
They're shouting in Istanbul. They're shouting in Cairo, in London, in Manilla, Indonesia, Pakistan and Lebanon. If they start shouting in Atlanta, then we'll know we hit the motherlode.
In Berlin, a planned BinLadenFest isn't going according to plan
A radical German Muslim was set to hold a controversial open air rally in Frankfurt Saturday after a court overturned a ban, but a judge warned him and his supporters not to even utter the words 'Osama bin Laden.'
City officials had earlier tried to stop the event in Frankfurt after Pierre Vogel, a former boxer who has converted to Islam, said he would recite a prayer for bin Laden.
Vogel, a preacher, says on his website he does not sympathize with bin Laden. However, authorities, who regard him as a menace, suspect his sermon, entitled 'Islam's Attitude to Terrorism,' will be subtly supportive of extremism.
I refuse to believe that a Muslim event could be subtly supportive of extremism.
But of course no news cycle would be complete without the dread plague of our time being mentioned. Islamophobia. It's in your neighborhoods, your pants and maybe even your drinking water. Scientists it has killed twice as many people as saran wrap and peking duck combined.
The aftermath of Osama Bin Laden’s death has undoubtedly amplified ignorant thoughts and feelings of paranoia against Muslims in this country. Earlier this week, a ninth grade algebra teacher disrespected an American-born Muslim student when he asked her if she was grieving because her “uncle” had died, referring to Osama Bin Laden.
The teacher, whom school officials did not identify, allegedly made the remark to his student during class at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, a city located 23 miles southeast of Houston, TX. School officials were notified about the teacher’s unprofessionalism when another student repeated the remark to her mother, according The Washington Post.
“The student did the right thing and immediately notified an adult regarding the teacher’s comments. The principal at Clear Brook High School notified the child’s parents and has been in communication with the family,” said Clear Creek school district spokeswoman Elaina Polsen. The teacher has been placed on leave pending an investigation into his comment.
I hope we can get as many investigators as possible on this case. It's just shocking how much time is wasted on rapes, murders and that minor incident where 3,000 people were killed by some random crazies... when serious cases like this cry out for serious and obsessive investigation.
And the answer is, yes she was grieving, but after having some ice cream she feels much better now.
Finally in the roundup of fat idiots weeping big fat tears for Bin Laden, please welcome Michael Moore.
According to Moore "We've lost something of our soul here in this country" by "executing" Osama bin Laden
In his trademark fashion, Moore also asked piercing questions such as
"How come no headline ever read "Multi-Millionaire Murders 3,000"? It would have been correct. No, best to focus on OBL being a "Muslim,'"
Oddly it's because Bin Laden's killing spree took place in the name of Islam, rather than capitalism. Just as when discussing Moore's movies, we don't say, "Multimillionaire creates fake propaganda film masquerading as documentary."
But don't worry. Moore isn't upset because he supports terrorists. It's because he's deeply religious.
Does it matter if he was executed? Do you think he deserved a trial?
I am a Catholic, and the position of the Catholic Church and the Pope is that we are 100 percent against the death penalty unless it is in self-defense. Look at the Nuremberg Trials. We didn’t just pop a bullet in the heads of the worst scum in history. We thought it was important to put them on trial and expose their evil. In a democracy we believe in a system of justice and we believe in a judicial system that gives people a day in court...and then we hung them.
It doesn’t mean we can’t hang them afterward.
Michael Moore, abortion loving Catholic. Who is absolutely against executing terrorists without a trial because he's opposed to the death penalty. I could try to follow the logic here, but I'd probably end up a hangover.
There's more of a case to make that America has lost its soul when someone like this has bestselling books and movies. Also when things like this keep happening...
But as we all know there is no compulsion in Islam. If you convert to Islam, but your family refuses, then you don't compel them. You just butcher them. And in a Come to Allah moment, that's just what one Chicago man did.
A man who was angry that his family would not go along with his conversion to Islam was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in the slayings of his mother, pregnant wife, infant son and two nieces in a rampage last year on the South Side.
“He was upset at his wife and their family — he felt disrespected that they would not join his religion,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jim McKay said. “It didn’t matter if they were young or old, pregnant or not. He wanted them dead.”
The massacre began in the early morning hours April 14, at the family home in the 7400 block of South Mozart Street. Larry first shot his mother, Leona Larry, 57, as she slept on a sofa in the living room. He then went systematically through three first-floor bedrooms, fatally shooting his wife, Twanda Thompson, 19; his 7-month-old son, Jihad; his 3-year-old niece, Keleasha Larry; and his 16-year-old niece, Keyshai Fields, who was pregnant.
Larry also shot his 13-year-old nephew, Demond Larry, in the face, but the boy survived. The defendant then kicked in the bedroom door of a man who lived in the basement of the home and tried to shoot him, but no bullets fired, prosecutors said.
When Larry was arrested a short time later, he said to police that Allah told him to kill his family, according to court records. A police report quoted him as saying: “I wish I had more bullets. I wish I had more bullets.”
This is what happens when Allah tells you to kill your family, but doesn't provide you with enough ammo.
I think Larry was experiencing the same mixed emotions as Osama bin Laden, on realizing that maybe following the dictates of a 7th century madman is not such a good plan after all, once people with bigger guns and more ammo show up on the scene.
But I know that most Muslims would strongly differ with what he did. It doesn't seem like he offered the man whose door he kicked down a chance to convert to Islam before trying to kill him. And that is just not Halal.
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