Tag: Muslims

‘Little Town of Bethlehem’ big on Anti-Zionism

An evangelical film leans on a talk with Nasrallah and shows the “Holy Family” on the security wall. ‘Tis the Season to be Anti-Zionist
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

IDF protects film director Hanon
Israel News photo: Little Town of BethlehemAn evangelical Christian movie, released last year, leans on an interview with Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah and shows a picture of Jesus on the security wall.

The “Little Town of Bethlehem” movie, financed by a U.S. Christian millionaire, links the Arab-Israeli struggle with the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s to show Israel as a racist country. The film has been screened on hundreds of American college campuses.

World Net Daily’s Jim Fletcher reported that the film was financed by Matt Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian and Educational Supply and an heir to the Hobby Lobby retail empire

American evangelical Christians are known to be strongly supportive of Israel’s right to all of its land, including Judea and Samaria, where the Christian community has dwindled since the Intifada. Muslim fanaticism has emerged in the region, including Bethlehem.

Criticism of Islam could soon be a crime in America

By Clare M. Lopez

When President Obama delivered his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in June 2009, the free world trembled while the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) gushed with praise and begged for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The OIC is the largest head of state organization in the world after the United Nations (UN) itself and comprises 56 Muslim countries plus the Palestinians. It claims to be the “collective voice of the Muslim world,” i.e., the ummah, and speaks on its behalf in effect as the seat of the next Islamic Caliphate. In 1990, the OIC membership adopted the “Cairo Declaration ,” which officially exempted all Muslim countries from compliance with the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights and replaced it with Islamic law (shariah).

One of the fundamental laws of Islam deals with “slander ,” which is defined in shariah as saying “anything concerning a person [a Muslim] that he would dislike.” At the OIC’s Third Extraordinary Session, held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in December 2005, the organization adopted a “Ten-Year Programme of Action to Meet the Challenges Facing the Muslim Ummah in the 21st Century.” A key agenda item of that meeting was “the need to counter Islamophobia” by seeking to have the UN “…adopt an international resolution to counter Islamophobia, and call upon all States to enact laws to counter it, including deterrent punishments.” The word “Islamophobia” is a completely invented word, coined by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) front group. OIC adoption of the term reflects the close operational relationship between the OIC and the Ikhwan.

Why Iran’s top leaders believe the End of Days have come

By Joel C. Rosenberg Why would Iran authorize a major terrorist operation on American soil? Skeptics say the much-discussed “foiled” Iranian plot makes no sense. We will know soon enough if the Feds have sufficient evidence related to this specific plot. But Iranian leaders may, in fact, have a motive to accelerate direct attacks on the U.S.: Shia Islamic eschatology, or “End Times” theology.

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are convinced that the End of Days has come. They believe the Shia messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will appear soon to establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate.

What’s more, they believe the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel (which they call the “Little Satan”), and the United States (which they call the “Great Satan”). We should not, therefore, be surprised that Iran is probing for weaknesses in American intelligence and homeland security.

Khamenei told Iranians in July 2010 that he personally met with the Twelfth Imam. He also claimed to be the personal representative of the Mahdi on earth, and said all Muslims must “obey him.” Meanwhile, Western intelligence agencies say he continues to work with Ahmadinejad and the Iranian military to develop nuclear warheads and the ballistic missiles to deliver them.

Christian Protesters Attacked, At Least 19 Dead

1Flames lit up downtown Cairo, where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.

The clashes spread to nearby Tahrir Square, drawing thousands of people to the vast plaza that served as the epicenter of the protests that ousted Mubarak. On Sunday night, they battled each other with rocks and firebombs, some tearing up pavement for ammunition and others collecting stones in boxes.

Obama has been warned of a planned attack on U.S. by al-Qaeda

Counter-terrorism officials are said to have warned President Barack Obama that an al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen is trying to produce the deadly nerve agent ricin for use in bomb attacks on the US. By Jacqui Goddard

The New York Times, citing classified intelligence documents and unnamed officials, reports that terrorist operatives have been making efforts to buy large quantities of castor beans – which contain the toxic ricin protein – and shift them to a remote tribal area controlled by insurgents for processing.

Ricin is so poisonous that inhalation of a few minute grains is enough to kill an adult. It was used in deadly incidents including the 1978 assassination in London of Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov and, in 2002, was the subject of a bioterrorism scare in the UK capital following a police raid on a facility said to be plotting its manufacture.

US officials are reported to have told Mr Obama that an attack is not imminent and that the terrorist arm has yet to formulate a means for dispersing it as a weapon.

The Sun and the crescent

Christians seeking to introduce others to the Savior must walk a fine line. They must connect with their audience but not distort scriptural essentials of the gospel. This is especially challenging when reaching out to Muslims, who are frequently indoctrinated with erroneous ideas about who Jesus is. For example, when many Muslims hear the biblical title “Son of God,” they believe this means that Christians think God had sexual relations with Mary.

Missionaries and Christian scholars disagree over whether a particular approach to the “Son of God” title will overcome this inaccurate perception and win a hearing for the gospel. (See the Christianity Today article “The Son and the Crescent,” by Collin Hansen.) The approach, used by growing numbers of missionaries working in various Muslim areas, dispenses with that particular title, replacing it with a formulation such as “Beloved Son who comes or originates from God.” They are seeing some impressive results, but sympathetic critics say they risk losing deeper meanings and nuances about our faith that God wants us to have. Who’s right? Is the sensitive term “Son of God” really all that essential? And, if it is, how should we best use it?

Muslim Americans meet with Baptist leader for ground breaking dialogue

By: Brian Kaylor

Roy Medley (l), general secretary of the American Baptist Churches, USA, shakes hands with Sayyid Syeed, national interfaith director of the Islamic Society of North America, as the meeting begins. (Brian Kaylor)

Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.

Baptist plenary speakers for the gathering included: Charles Kimball of the University of Oklahoma; Rob Sellers of the Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; and Cheryl Townsend Gilkes of Colby College in Maine. Muslims scholars who made presentations were: Imam Amir Mukhtar Faezi of the Bait-ul-llm Academy in the Chicago area; Louay M. Safi of the Islamic Society of North America Leadership Development Center in Plainfield, Ind.; and Muhammad Shafiq of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.

No Jew policy adopted by Delta Airlines

Delta adopts Saudi ‘no-Jew’ fly policy Challenge to discrimination building as Congress, lawyers warned of plan

Delta Air Lines’ plan to add Saudi Arabian Airlines to its SkyTeam Alliance of partnering companies would require the American carrier to ban Jews and holders of Israeli passports from boarding flights from New York or Washington bound for Jeddah, prompting outraged accusations of illegal religious discrimination.

The issue, which has caught the attention of the American Center for Law and Justice already, was raised when Washington attorney Jeffrey Lovitky was perusing airline procedures for travel.

“As we learn more about the issue and facts, we are determined to ensure that American citizens do not face discrimination by airlines like Delta that are passenger code-sharing with Saudi Arabian Airlines, said Colby M. May, director and senior counsel of the ACLJ.