Taken in context it would seem that the British Prime Minister is talking about Islamic extremist sites, but he is not clear on that at all. There also seems to be some sort of legislation that will be introduced soon that even ISPs are not privy to. …Â Written by Sean Kalinich/thanks to Mullah/pbuh)
A Global Crisis:Â Plight of Middle East Christians Should Concern Us All
JESSI Boulus was a happy girl and only child of her parents. The 10-year-old was walking home from a bible study class a few weeks ago when a man approached and killed her with a single gunshot to the chest.
Jessi’s mother, Phoebe, has no doubt Jessi was killed for the “crime” of being Christian.
“She was my best friend. My everything. Jessi was just becoming a young woman,” she said.
“Every woman dreams of becoming a mother, and for 10 years I was lucky enough to be a mum. I’ll miss Jessi calling me mum – I know I won’t ever hear it again.”
Already Jessi is an almost forgotten footnote in what can only be described as a war that strands Middle Eastern Christians somewhere between the Exodus and a Holocaust.
In a vile campaign often unwitnessed by the West, some Muslims fanatics have turned on ancient Christian communities with a blood lust all too common in Arab lands.
Fundamentalists in the region are usually murderously absorbed by the longstanding local derby: Shia versus Sunni. That feud has been going on for 1381 years and is over who succeeded Muhammad. It is the great schism of Islam. Negotiations between the warring parties don’t break down. There are none.
Most of the world’s Muslims are Sunni, the great tectonic plates of this troubled religion grating violently around Iran and Iraq whose populations are majority Shia.
But many Shia and Sunni Muslims share a hatred of Christians. Too often they believe harassing them, even executing them, is justified, tolerance not always being Islam’s strong suite.
Which is according to their Koran exactly what they’re supposed to do.
Christians in the Middle East daring to observe their religion are often ostracised, tortured, raped and killed by angry Muslim extremists opposed to the creeping intrusion of modernity.
For modernity read the West. For the West read Christian.
Christian values that support equality, education, social welfare and the separation of church and state have given the West a huge advantage over societies that might not wish to see women educated, or drive cars, that are intolerant of minorities and that would gas children whose parents’ views differ from those of their genocidal leaders.
Some resentful Muslims envious of lives they will never lead are lashing out at Christians who, if they survive, are fleeing in record numbers.
In recent weeks there have been repeated murderous attacks on Copts in Egypt, where they were once the Christian majority, and in Pakistan 85 Christians were murdered by Muslim suicide bombers at the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar.
So where is the deafening international outcry over these fanatics murdering of law-abiding Christians?
Pope Francis has noted the “great cost” Middle Eastern Christians have endured, adding he will not rest while anyone’s dignity is undermined or if they are “deprived of the basic requirements for survival, robbed of their future, or forced to live as fugitives or refugees”.
“We must not resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians,” he insisted.
He received support from an unlikely quarter: Sayeeda Warsi, a Muslim of Pakistani descent living in Yorkshire.
Mrs Warsi calls herself a working mother, but she’s much more than that and perhaps one of the world’s bravest women.
Laughable. She is no such thing. Â She is a liar, a fraud and a thief. The curry princess is a Mohammedan agitprop, an infil-traitor with ties to hardcore headbangers. She reports back to the mosque.
She is a leading member of the Conservative Party, was appointed by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the House of Lords and serves as Senior Minister of State and Minister of State for Faith and Communities.
She is a minister without portfolio. She gives David Camoron his marching orders.
She calls the persecution of Christians by members of her religion “a global crisis”.
“There are parts of the world today where to be a Christian is to put your life in danger,” she says. “Christian populations are plummeting and the religion is being driven out of some of its historic heartlands.”
The evidence is she’s right. There were 1.2 million Christians in Iraq in 1990, but only 200,000 remain and the religious “cleansing” of that country by extremists continues.
We know that without her saying so.
It’s reported that a third of Syria’s Christians have fled after being targeted by rebels who are massacring them and destroying their churches.
Baroness Warsi plans to host an international conference next month to draw up plans to save Middle East Christians.
She will be put in charge of large amounts of money which she will use to expedite the jihad.
She might also invite a representative from the easily offended Indonesian Government. Our nearest neighbour needed a little mollycoddling last week after apparently losing face over the Australian spying leaks.
Losing face? What about all the lost Christian lives at the hands of Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country?
The UN estimates that during its occupation of East Timor, up to 202,600 locals were killed or died of famine – 97 per cent of them Catholic – and that Indonesians were responsible for 70 per cent of the violent deaths.
At home, Indonesia’s Christians also encounter threats. In Sulawesi a few years ago, three Christian schoolgirls were murdered, the girls’ heads dumped in plastic bags with a note that read: “Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female.”
The Christian response? No faux indignation. No riots. No arson. No murders. Just an unfathomable sadness that this could happen on our doorstep.
Alan Howe isÂ Herald SunÂ Executive Editor
UK: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi toes OIC/Muslim Brotherhood line on “Islamophobia,” free speech
A swift takedown of an increasingly prominent “moderate” who pushes the Muslim Brotherhood propaganda term “Islamophobia” and opposes the freedom of speech –– particularly honesty about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. “The Unbearable Lightness of Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, by Andrew E. Harrod atÂ Juicy Ecumenism, November 25:
“You are a sushi,”Â Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom’sÂ Minister for Faith and Communities, recounted friends describing her mixed Sunni-Shia Pakistani-Muslim ancestry during aÂ November 15, 2013, Washington, DC, address.Â Warsi’s delectable presentation of her Muslim heritage, however, was part of a junk food understanding of different belief systems having no irreconcilable differences hindering harmony, all past and present evidence notwithstanding.
“Conflict has taken many forms” throughout history, Warsi began her remarks atGeorgetown University’s Alumni House.Â Today, though, a “dangerous and rising phenomenon” of “religion turning on religion…is forming the fault lines.”Â Among the “people…singled out and hounded out simply for…faith” globally were “Baha’is, Shias, Sunnis, and Alawites, Hindus, Sikhs, atheistsâ€”I could go on.”
Warsi, though, placed a “focus on a religion which is suffering particularly in the wake of changes to the Middle East.”Â Christian “minority populations have co-existed with the [Muslim] majority for generations,” she claimed, but now they are “increasingly treated as outsiders.”Â Religious oppressors “range from states to militant groups, and even to a person’s own family.”Â The “countless causes” include “[t]urf wars, social unrest and corruption…[p]olitical transition, authoritarianism and terrorism.” Thereby “faith is used as a proxy for other divisions.”Â Somewhat contradicting her modern focus, Warsi noted that, “of course, this isn’t to say the persecution of religious minorities is new” but “is woven into the history of most of our faiths.”
In the United Kingdom, Warsi presented a counterexample of coexistence between vibrant faiths.Â She “grew up practicing a minority religion, Islam, in a majority-Christian country” with a sense, to cite Hillary Clinton, that “one’s faith is unshakeable” irrespective of hostility.Â Enrollment of her daughter, meanwhile, in a “Christian convent school didn’t make her less of a Muslim.” Here she “adapted the Lord’s prayer and made it her own by ending it ameen, instead of amen.” Warsi thus expressed opposition to a “worrying phenomenon” of “societies being told they needed to dilute their faith in order to accommodate others.”Â In fact, Warsi had “called on Europe to become stronger andÂ more confident in its Christianity” during a February 14, 2012, Vatican visit.
Internationally as well, Warsi called “freedom of religion and belief a key priority for the British government.”Â Here Warsi called the Saudi Arabia-headquarteredOrganization of Islamic CooperationÂ (OIC), a grouping of 57-Muslim-majority states (including “Palestine”)Â with some of the world’s worst religious freedom abusers, a “key partner in our quest to promote religious freedom.”Â TheÂ OIC-supportedÂ United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)Â Resolution 16/18Â also “lays the foundations for combating discrimination against people based on their religion.”
Lurking at home for Warsi, though, is the danger of “Islamophobia,” something that “had passed the dinner table test…it could be found in the most civilized of settings.”Â Warsi likewise condemned in the United States “individuals likeÂ Pamela GellerÂ andÂ Robert SpencerÂ denying the place of Muslims in society.” Such “so-called patriots ignore the founding tenets of their nation, of freedom and equality.”
Warsi demanded to “expose those who seek to twist history, who are neither true to the roots of their faiths or the founding principles of their nations” such as Spencer and Geller. Warsi therefore reiteratedÂ President Barack Obama’s twisted politically correct historyÂ that “America’s founding father, Thomas Jefferson, over 200 years ago hosted an iftar at the White House and had a Quran on his bookshelf.”Â Unmentioned by Obama or Warsi,Â President Jefferson merely shifted the usual afternoon dinner hour on December 9, 1805, to after sunsetÂ in order to accommodate a fasting Tunisian envoy, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli. Mellimelli was negotiating restitution for Tunisian vessels seized by theÂ USS ConstitutionÂ while running a blockade to the Barbary Pirates of Tripoli.Â Their depredations against American merchantmen had causedÂ Jefferson to acquire a QuranÂ in order to better understand his Muslim enemies.
“Spain’s Islamic Golden Age was a period of harmony and progress,” Warsi similarly superficially asserted, invoking anÂ oft-critiqued clichÃ©Â in order to demonstrate that “history shows that it is possible for these religions to live together.” “The fundamental tenets of the major faiths…are not intrinsically on some collision course.”Â Reiterating a quotation in her Vatican address from Islam’s fourth caliph,Â Ali ibn Abu Talib, Warsi drew inspiration from “the teachings of Islam, which tell us your fellow man is your brotherâ€”either your brother in faith, or your brother in humanity.”
Yet all of Warsi’s examples of religious repression involve various Muslim oppressors, with the exception of Burma’s Muslim Rohingha population and “attacks against Christians” in “in some parts of India.”Â TheÂ mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries following Israel’s establishment in 1948Â also belies Warsi’s assertion of past coexistence between religious minorities and Muslim majorities.Â Hardly any objective observer would share Warsi’s view that the “Arab Spring” manifested no Muslim “sectarian tension” but merely a “mutual desire for democracy, freedom, and equality.”Â Warsi’sÂ controversial claimÂ of a “moderate Syrian opposition” with a “strong commitments to protecting minorities” has additionally failed to win public support around the world for intervention in Syria’s civil war.
Seemingly some examination of aggressive and authoritarian teachings of Islam such as sharia and militant jihad would be in order.Â Appropriate as well would be explanation by Warsi concerning how her Shiite and Sunni relatives avoided conflict whileÂ these two branches of Islam have battled each other up to the present day.Â Warsi would not lack for material on these issues; whole books have appeared on dhimmitude, for example, such as Mark Durie’sÂ The Third Choice:Â Islam, Dhimmitude, and FreedomÂ and Bat Ye’or’sÂ Islam and Dhimmitude:Â Where Civilizations Collide.Â Yet Warsi apparently denies any actual Islamic motive in the numerous international security issues that have vexed the world since Al Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks.Â Islam merely serves as a “proxy” in the persecution of Christians in places like Nigeria, Pakistan, the Middle East, Muslim terrorist attacks, or the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Warsi’s behavior following her return to the United Kingdom suggests that her superficiality has not improved.Â Her fellow peer,Â Lord Pearson, expressed on November 19 in the House of LordsÂ his “fear that the dark side is moving strongly within Islam” and considered “part of Islam’s problem” that the Quran “commands the faithful to kill the unbelievers.”Â Warsi responded with aÂ West WingÂ segment criticizing various archaic Old Testament passages to argue that “[t]hese texts from the Old Testament could so easily be manipulated to cause mischief and indeed have been manipulated in the past.”
As Warsi’sÂ bÃªte noirÂ Spencer noted at his websiteÂ Jihadwatch, Warsi’s “argument is “extremely common and extremely disingenuous.”Â While there are “armed jihad groups justifying violence by referring to the Qur’an and Sunnah all over the world,” both Judaism and Christianity distinguish between various forms of law in the Old Testament.Â Judaism sees the religious laws of the Old Testament, in contrast to moral laws, as applicable only to Jews and has interpretations defining various brutal practices in the Old Testament as no longer applicable (seeÂ hereÂ andhere).Â Christianity, meanwhile, sees Old Testament religious law’s completion in Jesus Christ’s life (seeÂ hereÂ andÂ here).
Warsi’s approval of UNHRC Resolution 16/18 indicates that she is not terribly interested in rebuttal.Â The resolution references “derogatory stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of persons based on their religion” and “denigration.”Â Hidden behind such words is the OIC’s long term goal of criminalizing Islamic blasphemy, something even more evident in earlier OIC resolution drafts abandoned in the face of Western resistance.
Speaking on February 7 to the 2013 OIC summit in Cairo, Warsi evinced no opposition to this agenda.Â Using the OIC’s favored propagandistic terminology, Warsi argued that the “OIC has for many years been concerned about the scourge of Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim hatred, and other hate speech.”Â Warsi noted that “incitement to religious hatred remains an offence in Britain” under theÂ Racial and Religious Hatred Act, such that speech likeÂ Quran burningÂ is illegal.Â Opposition to “Islamophobia” has similarlyÂ barred Geller and Spencer from entering the United Kingdom….