Syria: Executing Christians

Reports from Syria indicate members of the Free Syrian Army have started executing Christians while claiming they’re shooting Syrian soldiers.

A video of a Nov. 1 attack in which black-clad Syrian rebels reportedly killed 28 men has been posted on Youtube.com. An Agence France-Presse story on the attack identified the victims as Syrian soldiers.

But Religious Freedom Coalition President William Murray said two of the victims were associated with his cooperating organization in Syria, which distributes aid.

The victims were not soldiers, he said, but civilians from the same neighborhood, “so they were all probably Christians.”

He argued that even a brief review of photos of the attack indicates the victims were civilians.

“They were not armed and never were combatants,” Murray said.

A human rights activist working in Syria whose name has been withheld for security reasons said two of the men were Christians.

“Two of the men I am sure were Christians and were first kidnapped from their neighborhood, then taken out and shot,” the activist said.

Act for America President and Founder Brigitte Gabriel said it’s well known that the Syrian rebels are executing Christians.

“The Syrians without a doubt are executing Christians. They are notorious for their tactical torture of their enemies,” Gabriel said.

“Those people rising against Assad and being crushed are all Muslim Brotherhood whom Bashir Assad’s father, Hafez Assad, crushed 30 years ago in Hama,” Gabriel said.

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Idiotic Jason Biggs Attacks Ann Romney, Janna Ryan in Graphic Sexually Charged Tweets

The actor whose claim to fame was sticking his reproductive organ into an apple pie proved Thursday night that he can be just as crude and offensive in real life.

Following up on a pair of repulsive tweets about sexually violating vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s wife, Janna, that he sent out on Wednesday, Jason Biggs decided to attack Christians, Paul Ryan, Ann Romney, Clint Eastwood, Janna Ryan (again) and offend nearly everyone else who read the string of new tweets the actor posted late Thursday as the Republican National Convention aired on national television.

But let’s start from the beginning. Biggs on Wednesday tweeted this, which was deleted literally as TheBlaze was writing this story:

I‘d totes dip a pinky or two in Paul Ryan’s wife’s bleached asshole (she obvs bleaches her asshole). #RNC

— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) August 30, 2012

And followed up with a Paul Ryan masturbation joke:

I bet there’s footage somewhere of Paul Ryan jerking off to a close-up photo of his widow’s peak. #RNC

— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) August 30, 2012

But Biggs wasn’t done, not even close. Late Thursday, as the RNC was reaching its climax with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech, the actor decided to also go after Ann Romney’s private parts:

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‘IF YOU DON’T LEAVE…YOU WILL ALL DIE’

When the angry mob was rampaging through town, storming her home and those of other Christians, the 70-year-old woman hid in her cow pen, pushing a rock against the door. There she cowered for hours, at one point passing out from tear gas being fired by police that seeped in.

When Sameeha Wehba emerged just before dawn, she found she was the only Christian left in this small Egyptian village just south of Cairo, the location of some of the country’s earliest pyramids.

Dahshour’s entire Christian community – as many as 100 families some estimate – fled to nearby towns in the violence earlier this week. The flock’s priest, cloaked in a white sheet to hide him, was taken out in a police van. At least 16 homes and properties of Christians were pillaged and some torched and a church damaged.

The violence was ultimately rooted in a dispute over a badly ironed shirt that escalated into a fight in which a Muslim was burned to death, sparking the rampage by angry Muslims.

“It was a devil’s moment,” Wehba said Thursday at the home of her Muslim neighbors, who have taken her in. “Whoever caused this was the devil’s son.”

The unprecedented exodus underscores how sectarian divisions are bubbling over in the wake of the revolution, in a country where 10 percent of the population is Christian.

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‘God Never Asked Gov’t’: Pro-Life Christian Group Is ‘Restoring Love’ By Helping Teen Moms in Need

With Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Love” just days away, it’s important we look at the many individuals and groups that are making a lasting (and positive) impact in their communities. Through unique and impactful programs, these people and organizations are giving of themselves and, as a result, transforming lives. Christa March and her non-profit Teen Mother Choices International (TMCI), an organization that equips teen mothers with important resources, is a prime example.

Many pro-life Americans wish to see young women carry their pregnancies to term. But, what happens to these inexperienced girls when they find themselves with a child to raise and with very little resources and support to adequately do so? This is the question that March and TMCI have set out to answer, both in theory and in action.

Considering the fact that 465,600 teen girls choose to keep their babies each year — and that the majority of them will not finish high school — the challenge surrounding how to help these young women is profound. March claims that the vast majority of females who receive public assistance also began getting it when they, too, were teen mothers (we told you about TMCI in the July/August issue of The Blaze Magazine – get your copy here).

A description on the group’s web site briefly recaps how it works to help these teens:

TMCInternational has designed a step-by-step plan to train and equip your church to provide practical assistance to families headed up by teen mothers. Some of the training includes:

Training and supervising caring mentors
Providing weekly Lifeskills Workshops™
Discovering the missing service – the “Hook Service” – that hinders teen mothers in your community from becoming independent and learning how your church can provide that practical service.

Read more here.

‘Our nation has never been in greater need’

The author of “The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith,” one of the top-selling Christian books on Amazon since its release on May 15, appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network this week to encourage believers they are at a unique place in all “human history” to proclaim and defend the faith.

“We’re the prophets of our day. We’re living in those days when we need to be calling out, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is nigh,” declared Pastor Carl Gallups of Milton, Fla. “Israel is back in the land, the gospel is going to the whole world, the nations are aligning against Israel, and we’re the only generation in human history to see these three major prophecies [fulfilled] – and here we are, and I say to the church, ‘We’ve got to be defenders of the faith.’”

Gallups appeared on “Praise the Lord,” the flagship show of the world’s biggest Christian network because of his book, “The Magic Man in the Sky,” a volume recently praised in the pages of The Washington Times as a “muscular defense of Christian faith.”

Jeffrey T. Kuhner praised the book by writing: “Its central theme can be distilled to one seminal idea: The secular argument that Christianity is an outdated, primitive institution peddling a superstitious faith in God – the ‘magic man in the sky’ – is false.”

“In fact, Mr. Gallups shows it is atheism that requires much greater, almost blind faith,” Kuhner continued. “The author demonstrates that modern science – contrary to myth – proves that the universe, human DNA and the solar system are so perfect and yet immensely complex that only a higher all-powerful being – God – could have created them. In short, Darwinian evolution or the Big Bang theory is a hoax.”

On “Praise the Lord,” host Dwight Thompson expressed concern that “our nation has never been in a greater need for a mighty voice crying out, ‘Repent, get on your knees.’”

Gallups confessed there was a time when he ran in fear from such a “calling,” but encouraged Christians everywhere that God did not give them a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind – just the ingredients needed to speak to a doubting culture about the truths of God.

“One of my passions has been helping believers to know how to defend the faith,” Gallups said. “In the face of this secular world, this godless world that wants to tell us that there is no God … I tell children of the King, ‘Look, you’re a child of the King, this is the Word of God, it stands forever and God has commanded us … to be salt and light.’”

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300 SUICIDE BOMBERS TARGET CHRISTIANS

This could be the “bloodiest month yet” for Christians – if one Islamic terror group has its way.

Nigerian Islamic terror group Boko Haram said it is commissioning 300 suicide bombers to spur a Christian bloodbath.

The group made a statement to online news agency Sahara Reporters that it also plans to get revenge for security forces killing Boko Haram guerillas.

“The source also stated that the sect was determined to exact massive revenge for the Muslims killed in the Jos and Southern Kaduna areas,” the report noted.

The Christian human-rights group International Christian Concern stated that Nigerian church officials are not discounting the report.

“I can’t dismiss the rumor, and I can’t 100 percent accept that it will happen. But because of the trend of events, there is every possibility that something like that will happen,” Rev. Lawi P. Pokti, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, told ICC.

ICC’s Jonathan Racho explained that this is all part of the group’s plan.

“They had a parliamentary meeting, and in that meeting they decided to step up their attacks against the government, against Christians and to finally establish their Islamic state,” Racho said. “We don’t know why they chose this particular time, but it looks like they want to step up their efforts to overthrow the Nigerian government.”

He noted that Boko Haram has also set its sights on the south.

“Boko Haram is using another strategy to kill Christians in the south,” he said. “They want to poison food that is grown and produced by Christians in the south. They’re trying to do that in a systematic way. So they’re using all different ways to establish an Islamic state and oppose the Nigerian government.”

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Muslims Stone Christians

And from the Great Spencer on May 27th….France: Muslims stone Christians in church during mass
No one will take much note of this. It is just one story among the thousands that together tell the tale of France’s decline and Islamization. Eurabia Update: Here is my translation of “Carcassonne Des fidèles caillassés pendant la messe à Saint-Joseph,” by Yannick Bonnefoy in Midi Libre, May 27 (thanks to David):

Carcassonne: The faithful stoned during Mass at St. Joseph

Yesterday at 6:20PM, as Fr. Roger Barthes began to celebrate mass, four youths, aged 14 to 18, broke into the Church of St. Joseph, before launching handfuls of pebbles at 150 faithful present at the service. Immediately, men began pursuing the young troublemakers, but in vain. They managed to vanish into thin air, heading towards the city La Conte.
Interrupted by regrettable unexpected event, Mass was finally able to proceed as planned. Although no one was injured and nothing was broken in the church, located along the Avenue Jean Moulin, the parishioners, many of whom are elderly, were greatly shocked by the disrespectful act of the youths of North African origin….

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Mob of Islamists Attack Christians

A mob of Islamists made their opposition to a Christian celebration of the ascension of Jesus known this week. When the Congregation of Batak Protestant Churches (HKBP) Filadelfia branch in Tambun, Bekasi, Indonesia, came together for a service, a group of radical Muslims reportedly blocked the church entrance and threw bags of urine, frogs and sewage at the Christians.

The Jakarta Globe describes how the incident unfolded:

A mob of Islamic hard-liners threw stones and bags of urine at the HKBP Filadelphia congreagation of the Batak Christian Protestant Church in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, at an Ascension Day service on Thursday. Police tried to stop the mob of some 300 people, but were also attacked, according to reports. […]

“We [the congregation and the people] were only separated by a barricade of policemen who managed to protect us even though the intolerant people were trying so hard to break through the barricade,” the Rev. Palti Panjaitan told The Jakarta Post. “They threw urine, sewage and frogs at us — all of which also struck the policemen.”

According to Palti, the men didn’t carry any symbols that would identify them, but they yelled at churchgoers with a loudspeaker. The spectacle impeded upon the the Christians’ ability to hold their prayer celebration. In the end, they managed to pray for only about five minutes before being interrupted.

“We tried to negotiate with all parties, including that group and representatives from the local administration. We were told to abandon the service,” Palti said. “We finally gave in at 10 a.m. We want the mastermind arrested.”

Read more here.

British Christians Fight for Right to Wear a Cross at Work

Two Christian British women have taken their case over religious liberty to the highest level, now set to square off against the Government of the United Kingdom at the European Court of Human Rights over their right to wear a cross or crucifix at work . In opposition to the women, the government will have to state publicly whether it backs the right of Christians to wear the symbol at work. The Telegraph reports that government ministers will argue that because displaying the cross is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross and fire workers who insist on doing so:

“The Government’s refusal to say that Christians have a right to display the symbol of their faith at work emerged after its plans to legalise same-sex marriages were attacked by the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.

A poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph shows that the country is split on the issue. Overall, 45 per cent of voters support moves to allow gay marriage, with 36 per cent against, while 19 per cent say they do not know.

However, the Prime Minister is out of step with his own party.

Exactly half of Conservative voters oppose same-sex marriage in principle and only 35 per cent back it.

There is no public appetite to change the law urgently, with more than three quarters of people polled saying it was wrong to fast-track the plan before 2015 and only 14 per cent saying it was right.

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Buddhists Force Christians from Village

A strong Buddhist population in Nepal recently rose against a group of Christians and drove them out of their village with their pastor.

According to the Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, the Nepali pastor was accused of bringing a foreign religion into the village and teaching ideals that were offensive to society.

Attackers also accused Christians of bribing and coercing other villagers into converting, an act frowned upon by society.

While the anti-conversion laws are not officially in effect in Nepal, anti-conversion law language has been used by the Nepali government in their ongoing process of drafting a constitution.

On top of forcing Christians out of their village, one member of the opposition reportedly sexually abused the six-year-old daughter of a Christian family.

A worker with the Voice of the Martyrs helped the believers resettle in another village and prayed with the family of the assaulted six-year-old girl.

Nepali Christians only make up 2.8% of the population. Over 75% of the population is Hindu which, up until 2006, was the official religion of the country.

While persecution is not as common as it used to be in the 1990s, it is still a major issue for believers there. Attacks against Christians are especially frequent when one converts from the Hindu or Buddhist faith.

Please pray that Christians may begin to gain religious freedom in Nepal. Pray for the healing of the girl who was sexually assaulted and for strength among the ousted believers.