‘Our community’s naïve support for people and organizations such as these helps them to mask underlying messages of violence and terrorism.’
Catford and Bromley United Synagogue, a London Orthodox synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue movement, hosted a Muslim cleric who has called for a jihad against Jews in the Land of Israel.
Shakeel Begg is head of Lewisham Islamic Centre and preaches to thousands of followers. In 2013 he sought to sue the BBC for defamation in a High Court case that concluded in October of last year, after Sunday Politics presenter Andrew Neill called him “an extremist preacher… with extremist positions”, reported Jewish News Online.
Begg unsuccessfully denied the presenter’s remarks in the trial. The judge found that Begg “promoted and encouraged religious violence,” after scrutinizing Begg’s speeches from 2006-11.
The court noted Begg’s predeliction for quoting Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until he died in 1999, a leader within Salafi-Wahabi Islam.
“…Added to what one professor has called “ecclesiastical turmoil” at St. Mike’s, Angelo Minardi, fired several months ago as the college’s lay chaplain, has lodged a human rights complaint against the college that alleges Mulroney ordered him to take down a “Golden Rule” poster that declared that the world’s major faiths adhere to the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated. In the complaint, Minardi claims that Mulroney told him Catholics are not equal to other faiths and the poster would mislead Catholic students.
Faculty members familiar with Minardi’s complaint say Minardi also alleges he was told by Mulroney not to organize a prayer service with Muslim students after the shootings at a mosque near Quebec City, and that a Mulroney aide told him “students who are of other faith traditions can be accommodated across campus at the University of Toronto’s multifaith centre, not at St. Michael’s College because we are a Catholic college.”
Minardi says that, on the advice of his lawyer, he won’t speak publicly about his human rights complaint or produce documentation until the college files a response. Mulroney said that he will not talk about a “management” issue, but insisted St. Mike’s meets U of T standards on student rights.”
“One of the real gifts that Islam brings is an understanding of what it is to have a country with diverse religious viewpoints,” stated Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey on June 11 at the Little River United Church of Christ (UCC) in Northern Virginia. Befitting the declining UCC’s leftwing, anti-Israel politics, his roseate understanding of Islam set the tone for Little River UCC’s biased, superficial presentation on “Faith in Film: Refugees and Islamophobia.”
When Rudolph Giuliani was mayor of New York City, he took an approach to criminology called “Broken Windows”, generating respect for the law by prosecuting the smallest infractions.
Focusing only on major crime and tolerating petty crime and vandalism, a culture of disrespect for the law and those who enforce it developed, lead to more and more serious crime, according to Giuliani’s thought. The Broken Windows policy was a resounding success — New York hasn’t been a byword for rampant crime for nearly twenty years now — and so it can be with community-based activist Islamism
Next Sunday, Christians are celebrating the feast of Pentecost. A Protestant church in the Netherlands is using the occasion to propose the abolishment of the public holiday for the second day of Pentecost. The Dutch have officially been enjoying this holiday since 1815, but the church wants it replaced by an official holiday on Eid-al-Fitr, the day marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt’s ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out.
The 1,000-page report, published by the Hannah Stuart and the Henry Jackson Society, says Islamism-inspired terrorism remains the principal terrorism threat to both the United Kingdom and British interests overseas.
The verse, sung in Arabic at the cathedral, claims that Mary was “ashamed” after she gave birth to Christ and that Jesus miraculously spoke from his crib and claimed he was a “servant of God” – both details which were not recorded in the Bible.
“…A useful technique for anaesthetizing the individual citizen and rendering him compliant is the erasure of authentic historical knowledge. We’ve remarked the success of this approach in the U.S. with the “history from below” or “people’s history” movement, associated with Howard Zinn, and the foregrounding of a bowdlerized version of Islamic history in American schools. Canada is no different. Eric McGeer, author of Words of Valediction and Remembrance: Canadian Epitaphs of the Second World War, writes: “In my last years of high school teaching I was increasingly infuriated and disgusted at the portrayal of Canada in the history textbooks assigned for use in our courses. There was no sense of gratitude in the textbooks, no empathy with the people of the past or an attempt to see them in their own terms, no sense of the effort people made to create one of the few truly liveable societies on earth. You would have thought that this country was nothing more than a racist, bigoted, this or that-phobic hotbed. My first lesson involved taking the book and dropping it into the waste paper basket and advising the students to do the same.” (personal communication). The study of history, McGeer concludes, is nothing now but a progressive morality tale and a mechanism of social engineering. Sounds a lot like Title IX. Pride in one’s nation, its accomplishments and sacrifices, is contra-indicated. There is more than one way of burning the flag.”