Just in Time for Easter

Monday, April 10, AD 2017

 

 

 

Like clockwork Copts are slaughtered by Jihadists as we approach Easter.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts prays for the victims:

 

As I’ve discovered, for some Christians in Islamic countries, Palm Sunday is the main celebration day.  That’s because of generations of regulations aimed at restricting their primary holy day of Easter.  I don’t know if that’s the case with Coptic Christians.  But it’s a reminder that as horrible as this is, it’s not unique, nor is it new.

I had the pleasure of speaking to several Syrian immigrants today.  Apparently they’ve not been able to tell their side of the story because they told it all to me.  Not sure what to do with their accounts, which included request for prayers for churches they attended that are gone, loved ones and friends who died horribly, or simply the ages and ages that their communities have lived under the specter of similar periods of oppression and persecution.

All I can say is that my thoughts and prayers go out to them.  In all due respect to Walt Disney, it’s actually a large world after all.  And nothing they told me today sounded at all like what I hear in our media or from our pols or designated ‘experts.’  I fear someday we Americans are going to be in for a rude awakening.    In the meantime, we can at least pray for and remember those whose celebrations were marred by death, and pray that today, those killed will be with Christ in paradise.

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  • But, but, but… It is a religion of peace! The Pope says so. Nothing to fear. Nothing to see.

    Really, sarcasm is inappropriate and the observations that “Muslim dominated” usually means “despised minority” for Christians, is spot on. It is just hard to take the new found adoration for Islam, by our Church, seriously. I am tired of hearing that Yahweh is just Allah by another name. Jehovah is God, Allah is, at best, a fiction.

    The ahoristicity of the claim that Islam is peaceful is really offensive. Without the sword, Islam would have been a bizarre footnote to history. 400 years of violence expanded the belief, NOT the rightness of its thinking. One might as well say that the Romans embraced the Visigoths… that would be about as right.

    I am sorry for the loss and fearful of the future and I have a hard time taking the claim that Islam is peaceful, seriously.

  • About the “Is Allah the same as God the Father question”
    from the First little letter of St John verse 23
    “No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also.”

  • Islam is a seventh century heresy that may well have been relegated to the septic tank of history if not for Middle East oil.
    Who wants to move to an Islamic country? What can you do there to enjoy yourself? Those people are miserable and unproductive..

    Christianity in Europe successfully repelled Islam, only to embrace the lunatics of the Reformation and the DisEnlightenment.

  • About the “Is Allah the same as God the Father question”
    from the First little letter of St John verse 23
    “No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also.”
    Allah has no son to love and no son to love him. Muslims are not the adopted children of Allah. Only the Blessed Trinity is a family of LOVE.

  • Thank you, Anzlyne. Islam is an evil, pagan cult. The Pope and much of the hierarchy are culpable for the lies they tell about it. Nothing will change until we speak the truth. The future does not belong to those fail to tell the truth about Islam.

Shrewd, Very Shrewd

Tuesday, August 20, AD 2013

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  • Now a shrewd US politician needs to draw attention to the burning churches and perhaps wonder out loud why Obama and Kerry continue to support the burning of churches.

  • “…underlines in the minds of most Egyptians that if they are sick and tired of endless strife and destruction they must suppport the military in its struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood.”

    The problem is that there is a sizable percentage of the population of Egypt, sizable enough to get Morsi elected as PM, that is perfectly happy with strife and destruction as long as it is directed at their non-Salafi neighbors.
    We enable great evil when we mistake democracy for freedom. Democracy without the foundation of a moral society is simply tyranny with better press. As a whole, Egytian society, like American society is becoming, is unfit for democratic rule.

  • “The problem is that there is a sizable percentage of the population of Egypt, sizable enough to get Morsi elected as PM, that is perfectly happy with strife and destruction as long as it is directed at their non-Salafi neighbors.”

    They had the excuse of ignorance. It is one thing to be the supporter of a political faction agitating against an unpopular regime, and it is quite another to remain a supporter of a faction after it takes power and falls flat on its face. The Muslim Brotherhood had been a consistent enemy of the military regimes that had ruled Egypt since 1952. Rebels tend to be popular until they win.

  • It’s not so much Sisi’s cleverness/shrewdness.

    It’s more Obama’s, Clintion’s, Kerry’s, et alles leftist stupidity and knee-jerk support for any and all dystopian radicals.

  • If it’s a tactic, it depends on the rest of the world having the capacity to recognize and reward decent acts. It won’t impress those who don’t mind the suppression of Christianity in the Middle East.

    Then again, it could be a message to the people of Egypt. Consider the flag of the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 for an idea of what Egyptian national aspiration used to look like. That revolution was a big inspiration for the recent one.

  • Too cool. Political decency from an unexpected quarter. The Egyptian military obviously has a lot going for it!

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  • Pinky and everyone else,

    I would love to see the return of that flag, WOW!

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John Kerry, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Copts

Tuesday, August 20, AD 2013

 

 

John Kerry, our hapless Secretary of State, is backing the Muslim Brotherhood in the current incipient Civil War raging in Egypt between the Egypptian military, which removed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood former president of Egypt, and the supporters of the  military, and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Kerry’s fondness for the Muslim Brotherhood goes back quite a ways.  Here is an excerpt from a post by terrorist expert Andrew McCarthy at National Review Online from December 14, 2011:

 

Senator John Kerry (D., Mass.) is in Egypt, meeting with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood — the Islamist organization whose goals are to destroy Israel, “conquer Europe” and “conquer America” (to quote its most influential jurist, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi).

The Brotherhood, which operates throughout the world, seeks the imposition by governments of strict sharia law (as outlined in Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law) and, eventually, a global caliphate. Naturally, the Obama administration describes it as a “largely secular” and moderate organization — and William Taylor, President Obama’s hand-picked “special coordinator for transitions in the Middle East,” announced last month that the administration would be quite “satisfied” with a Brotherhood victory in the Egyptian elections.

As the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports, Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and key Obama administration congressional ally, “welcomed the results of Egypt’s first democratic elections,” in which “voters gave the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) nearly 40% of seats, and more than 24% went to the ultra-conservative Salafi coalition led by al-Nour Party.” [ACM: by ultraconservative, IPT means al-Nour is somewhat more impatient than the Brotherhood for the imposition of supremacist Islam; as I’ve explained on other occasions, the Muslim Brotherhood is Salafist in its ideology.] 

In addition to praising the Brotherhood’s election as a model of transparency and integrity, Sen. Kerry also called for an infusion of cash from the International Monetary Fund to undergird Egypt’s new Islamist government.

The United States, though over $15 trillion in debt, is the leading contributor-nation to the IMF, providing close to a fifth of its funding. That is about three times as much as second-place Japan, more than four times as much as China, more than six times as much as the leading Islamist country (Saudi Arabia), and more than the combined contributions of the three top European donors — Germany, Britain and France. (See Wikipedia Table, here.)  Consequently, a cash infusion by the IMF to the Brotherhood-led Egyptian government would be a redistribution of wealth from American taxpayers to Islamists whose goal is to conquer American taxpayers — assuming, of course, there is any money left in the IMF after the Obama administration gets done using it as the device through which tapped out American taxpayers bail out, at least temporarily, Europe’s collapsing experiment in trans-continental socialism.

Ironically, Kerry’s overtures and pledge of support to the Brotherhood come only a few days after a federal appeals court upheld the convictions of five top Brotherhood operatives in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial, the Justice Department’s most significant terrorism support conspiracy prosecution in recent years. As the proof overwhelming demonstrated, the Brotherhood, through its American affiliates, channeled millions of dollars to Hamas to support terror operations against Israel. Hamas is the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, and underwriting its campaign to destroy Israel has long been a top priority for the Brotherhood’s satellite organizations in the West — many of which were designated “unindicted coconspirators” by the Justice Department in the HLF case, and shown by the evidence to have abetted the Hamas-support scheme.

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  • J. Christian Adams: “It’s Sunny at the White House! But not in Egypt if you are a Christian or a Franciscan nun.

    “All over Egypt, Christian churches are being burned, Christians murdered, and nuns paraded in the streets as ‘prisoners of war.’

    “The war can only mean a war of Islam vs. Christianity, right? What other ‘war’ could they be prisoners of? Their words, not mine.

    “The Muslim Brotherhood, and their thug adherents, are conducting a war of genocide against Christians, and trying to erase the Copts from the land, one of the oldest Christian groups in the world.”

  • I think we can safely put the final nail in “democracy.” It has been overrated for two centuries and frequently abused and exploited. At this point in the game I’ll take any form of government that will ensure rule of law. That seems to me the operative term.

  • I think that Democracy is the worst form of government Matt, as Churchill observed, except for all the other forms of government ever attempted. Our mistake is to view it as a panacea in situations where it is obvious that those elected will swiftly make sure that the only way they can be removed from office is by force rather than by the ballot box. Democracy is only successful if a clear majority of the citizenry are willing to play by its rules.

  • I think we can safely put the final nail in “democracy.” It has been overrated for two centuries and frequently abused and exploited. At this point in the game I’ll take any form of government that will ensure rule of law. That seems to me the operative term. –

    It generally bumps and grinds along passably enough most parts of the world, but it is a tall order in and among the Arab states and we are seeing that graphically demonstrated (though the Algerian disaster, 1988-99, should have instructed us well).

    The alternative to parliamentary government is seldom a dignified autocrat like Augusto Pinochet who makes good calls and generally only jails people who fancy they should be active in politics. You see them here and there, but mostly you get cack-handed military regimes (Argentina, 1943-83), kleptocracies (Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Mobutu and the Somoza crew), abattoirs (China, 1949-76), and cohorts of cousins who are happy to run their countries into the ground so long as they rule the ruins (the Duvaliers and the Assads).

  • To reverse Michelle Obama’s 2008 remark, this is the first time I am not particularly proud of my country.

  • Democracy is only successful if a clear majority of the citizenry are willing to play by its rules.

    I think ‘a clear majority of working politicians’ is closer to the actual prerequisite. You get publics who are fodder for capable demagogues (Adolph Hitler, Juan Domingo Peron, or Gamal Abdel Nasser), but some inscrutable process (or historical accident) must generate the demagogue to make use of the fodder.

    ==

    A real problem we face in the affluent Occident to day is the loss of any sense (in and among the chattering classes) that they compete with others and are engaged in argument. The social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has been trying to dissect this phenomenon. Raymond Aron spoke of the ‘unification of the elites’ and Angelo Codevilla speaks of the regime class v. the country class and it seems about right in our time. Conjoin that to very real structural defects in our political institutions (see Anthony Kennedy and Harry Reid) and you get multiple toxic brews.

    There is another problem which has come to the fore in recent years. It is not merely that the regime class cannot process disagreement, but that sections of the fancied opposition are readily suborned. You look at the doings of figures as disparate as John McCain, Reince Preibus, David Frum, Daniel McCarthy, and the crew currently in charge of the Institute on Religion and Public Life and you do wonder if some sort of common social psychological impulse is at work.

  • Yes, USA’s Kenyan Muslim president stumbles from one foreign policy disaster to another along with his enablers.
    It appears that a Coptic monastery was attacked and burned, and this will be the first time in 1600 years that Mass has not been celebrated there daily.
    The Egyptian Army had the common sense to get rid of Morsi.

  • So John FARC Kerry made more stupid comments! This is not news considering Kerry is the source.

    I have despised John FARC Kerry for years. Do you want to know why I call his middle name FARC? FARC is the Spanish acronym for the Marxist narcoterrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. You will hear nothing about what the FARC does in any American media outside of the Miami Herald. In 2003, David Horowitz of Frontpagemag.com quoted then Presidential candidate Kerry as saying, “The FARC has legitimate complaints.”

    Former Colombian President Uribe led the Colombian government to make tremendous gains against the FARC, whcih have been reversed since Santos took power there. Former House Speaker Nancy (“Brainless”) Pelosi blew off Uribe when Uribe visited Washington.

    Muslims have hated Christianity for centuries. Protestants, mainline Protestants, reformed Protestants and evangelical Protestants, rarely did any battle against Islam until Great Britain plunged into the Levant in the 19th century. Therefore, the evangelicals in America have no history of struggling against Islam. They haven’t a clue about Islam.

    The chattering class is, of course, stupid – about Islam and about all other things.

    Only the Catholic and Orthodox Churches have any history of successful struggle against Islam…..and the Vat II bunch likes to pretend it never happened.

    Unlike a golddigging, stupid politician such as Señorito FARC Kerry, I know my Catholic history. We have our heroes – Pelayo, Queen Isabel the Catholic, Servant of God, Don Juan of Austria, and the Polish Hussars led by John Sobieski. They knew what to do when faced with Islam.

    “No more will we hear the taunts of the Mohammedans – O Christians, where is your God?”……John Sobieski

    September 12, the Most Holy Name of Mary, due to the favor requested and received by John Sobieski from the Most Holy Mother of God when the Hussars made one last charge at the Ottomans at the gates of Vienna, will be observed in the Latin Church in just over three weeks. Chances are, most parishes will not even mention it in their weekly bulletins – because it is due to a victory in a successful battle. Pope Paul VI removed the Most Holy Name of Mary from the new Church Calendar. Pope John Paul II put it back – in both the new and Traditional Church calendars.

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  • ‘a clear majority of working politicians’ must consist of statesmen and patriots. The rest are a bunch of imposters, usurpers and pretenders.

  • In the Muslim Brotherhood if a woman is raped, she is put to death, but the rapist goes freeee. I’m am so glad John Kerry as Secretary of State is on the side of Justice and upholds the sanctions against rape of another sovereign person, male or female, or is that too much trouble for Kerry?.

  • Democracy just doesn’t work with Muslims.

    The best compromise is the secular republic model set up by Turkish nationalist hero Ataturk.

    Turkey is over 90% Muslim (large numbers of Greek Christians, Armenian Christians who lived in the area of modern day Turkey were pretty. Much killed off, ethically cleansed after World War I, Muslim Turks used to enslave, tax infidel Christians, but finally they got tired of this and did what Muslim Brotherhood is doing to Coptic Christians now).

    Anyway, the Atakurk secular republic system works OK, there is limited “democracy”, with the stipulation that Tuekey is a modern secular republic, looks to Europe for science, economics, women have education rights, any religious or Marxist groups threaten the secu,ar Republic, Turkish army steps in, kills, imprisons trouble makers. The Turkish mi,Italy has Stephen in a few times since World War II. Islamic parties are pushing their luck in Turkey now.

    In Middle East, secularly army rule in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Algeria is way better than Muslim mob rule.

  • It is a sad state of affairs. As history tends to repeat itself, it would be helpful to study that of the Turkish genocide of the Armenians from the late Nineteenth Century to the time during and somewhat after World War I. Several years ago, I wrote a book report of sorts about “The Burning Tigris” by Peter Balakian. If I may impose upon your time and space, I append it here:

    Armenian Amnesia
    Bill Walsh

    “Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?” – Adolph Hitler, eight days before Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

    Are you old enough to remember your mother or father shaming you to eat everything on your plate by reminding you of the starving Armenians? Most children had little idea what had brought the Armenians to the point of starvation and death. Hitler was right, at least in that no one any longer spoke of it. How much does anyone today know about the terrible fate, between 1915 and 1919, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, of nearly an entire people who were victims of a secret but entirely official plan of genocide?

    There had been previous murderous assaults against the Armenian people, who had lived two thousand years in their ancient homeland before the Seljuk Turks conquered it. Sultan Abdul Hamid II was responsible for the massacre of about 200,000 Armenians between 1894 and 1896. Behind the opaque veil of mere statistics there transpired vicious scene after vicious scene of unspeakable horror: “soldiers” falling upon them to “outrage” many to death and slaughtering others with sword and bayonet; children set in line to see how many could be killed with a single shot.

    Throughout these years, sadistic brutality raged against the Christian Armenian population of Turkey. Rarely, a fleeting opportunity of survival was offered when the troopers would crash into an occupied church and demand the congregation to deny Christ, and embrace Mohammed. When no one answered, the troops fell upon them, and the butchery commenced until martyr’s blood flowed from beneath the doors of the church.

    In 1909, another paroxysm of persecution occurred in Adana. Over four-thousand dwellings were torched, and thirty-thousand Armenians slain. These nightmares were but practice for the carefully planned genocide the Turkish government carried out behind the obscuring fog of the “Great War”.

    The government decided that the existence of a Christian minority impeded and threatened the destiny and integrity of an expanding Turkish Empire. On November 14, 1914, to marshal the Mussulmen for the task ahead, the sheikh-al-Islam, leader of all the Sunnis, proclaimed a jihad against “infidels and enemies of the faith”.

    The annihilation of one and a half million Armenians commenced on April 24, 1914. On that day, throughout the Armenian villages of Turkey, there appeared a town crier, accompanied by a boy beating a drum, announcing that in so many days they must be prepared to relocate, as part of the war effort, and to assemble at the town square.

    Once assembled, the men were marched out of town, and shot. The defenseless women and children were marched out to a worse fate. As they stretched out upon the roads away from their ancient homes, there lay in wait newly uniformed legions of released-for-the-purpose criminals eager to fall upon them with license to kill.

    One sympathetic witness, Armin T. Wegner, described the doomed deportees arrayed along the road as “like a weeping hedge that begs and screams, and from which rise a thousand pleading hands; we go by, our hearts full of shame.” Most were tortured to death. The thousands drowned by the boatload in the Black Sea suffered less.

    Such horrific atrocities as the Game of Swords, the Dance, and the Cross are too nightmarish to describe here. Those who can endure such lugubrious material should read Peter Balakian’s “The Burning Tigris” published by Harper Collins. Those who would prefer less graphic information may go to the Armenian National Institute’s website: http://www.armenian-genocide.org/index.html

    Is the Armenian massacre alone in the mists of modern amnesia? Are the Kulaks and other millions killed by Stalin in there too? Are hidden also the millions killed in China’s “Great Leap Forward”? Are Pol Pot’s victims in Cambodia and the poor souls we abandoned in Vietnam also lost to modern memory?

    They are where “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” We remain where such terrible things can happen again. We must firmly resolve to see that they do not.

  • William P. Walsh

    I highly recommend the (now banned) History Channel documentary – the Ottomon War Machine:

    http://m.youtube.com/?reload=2&rdm=uid0m1he

    (Search on google, it comes up on youtube)

    The documentary bends over backwards to be fair, respectful to the brutal Ottomon Muslim Turks, but the brutal truths co e through that the Muslims had an open policy of conquest, enslavement of European Christians. the Conquoring Muslims had a policy to grab White Christian girls as sexual slaves, concubines and the Sultans had an interesting policy of ensuring male successors through the children of his White harem.

  • Democracy just doesn’t work with Muslims.

    There are currently elected legislatures and civil peace in two (of three) Muslim states in the Far East, one (of two) states on the Indian subcontinent, 1 (of six) Muslim states in Central Asia, four Arab states, and five (of seven) Muslim states in West Africa. In Kuwait, this has been the case about 80% of the time since 1961 and in Morocco and Senegal this has been ongoing since about 1977.

  • There are currently elected legislatures and civil peace in two (of three) Muslim states in the Far East…

    Actually, that is a pretty dismal scorecard, especially when one takes a closer look at the exceptions (say, Boko Haram in Nigeria.) If anything, one might conclude you are reinforcing the post you reference, as opposed to refuting it.

    Perhaps a better way to analyze or refute any claims regarding the compatibility of orthodox Islam with democracy would be to observe whether a country transitioning into or out of Islamist rigor becomes more or less democratic (and more importantly, more respectful of minority rights). That particular scorecard is similarly not very encouraging (though it, too, contains exceptions — given what happened in Rwanda under Christian leaders, it would be difficult to claim that the rising number of Muslims there is going to make things much worse.)

    Granted, Catholic elites took a very long time to warm up to the notion of democracy, and oftentimes fell woefully short on matters of minority rights, but they have not traditionally punctuated their reservations with suicide vests and exploding underwear to the acclaim of millions of their followers.