Muslims Burn Protestant Church in Algeria

While the Vatican sits silently and leftist Christians continually make excuses for Islam, things are getting worse, and worse for Christians in Islamic lands. The silence and excuses are only emboldening them. Wake up, Islam is not Christianity friendly.

Protestant Church Burned in Algeria
January 11, 2010

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamists looted and burned a Protestant church in Algeria, the congregation’s leader said Monday, suggesting they were inspired by a recent wave of religious intolerance in the Arab and Muslim world.

The church — hosted in an apartment block in the city of Tizi Ouzou some 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Algiers, the Algerian capital — was ransacked and set ablaze on Saturday night, several Algerian newspapers said.

The independent El Watan daily published a picture of a smoldering pile of pulpits and desks that had been brought outside for destruction. It quoted the pastor of the local Pentecostal community, Mustapha Krireche, as saying worshippers fled the temple because local police had left a gathering of anti-Christian rioters unchecked.

The congregation was worshipping in the apartment block because it had not received official government approval to operate a church.

Mustapha Krim, the head of the Algerian Protestant Church association, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday that looters also set fire to a pile of Bibles and religious textbooks, and desecrated Christian crosses.

He said the looting showed ”Islamist intolerance considers there is no room for Christian religious practices in Algeria,” and alleged it was ”fueled by what just happened in Egypt,” where six people were killed in a church shooting during Christmas celebrations. In mainly Muslim Malaysia, nine churches have also been recently burned down amid violence against the country’s Christian minority.

The Protestant Church in Algeria filed five separate complaints for arson and looting with local authorities, Krim said Monday.

”Authorities don’t want to get involved because they’re worried of getting in trouble with the Islamists,” Krim said.

There was no official comment from Algeria’s government on the church looting. A senior police officer in the town of Tizi Ouzou confirmed the police hadn’t intervened, despite the complaints. He said authorities couldn’t intervene because the church hadn’t been authorized as a place of worship.

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Migrants (Muslims?) Leave Italian Town After Beat down

I don’t like that they made this a black-white thing, but I am all for them protecting their town and way of life from rioting illegals. Here is the followup to the “Italy: 100 Italians Armed with Pipes go After Illegals!” story.

Migrants leave Italian town amid violence

By Richard Allen Greene

(CNN) — The message blaring out of the speakers on the van was stark: “Any black person who is hiding in Rosarno should get out. If we catch you, we will kill you.”

Abdul Rashid Muhammad Mahmoud Iddris got out.

He’s one of hundreds — perhaps thousands — of African migrants taken by bus out of the Italian town over the weekend after violent demonstrations shook southern Italy.

The unrest was among the worst of its kind in recent Italian history, said a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration.

“We have not witnessed such protests in a long time,” said Flavio Di Giacomo. “There were several thousand, but I don’t know exactly how many people were involved.”

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni got involved Friday, declaring an “immigration emergency” and forming a task force under the authority of regional police to guarantee public order.

It was the shooting of an African migrant that sparked two days of protests, Iddris told CNN by telephone from Italy. He said the shooting was unprovoked. Police said they were investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

Iddris lived with other migrants in an abandoned factory outside Rosarno, he said.

On Thursday, a BMW pulled up outside the factory, a man got out, shot one of the Africans living there, 26-year-old Ayiva Saibou, and drove off.

A passing policeman told Iddris and his friends it was not his job to help the wounded man, so they called the Red Cross to take the man to a hospital for treatment, Iddris said. Press reports said Saibou — who is a native of Togo with regular working papers — was shot with a compressed air gun.

A few hours after the shooting, a group of about 300 immigrants poured into to the street where the incident took place earlier. “They put on an angry demonstration, hampering the free circulation in the streets, damaging garbage bins, hitting with sticks and rocks numerous passing cars,” according to a police report.

Iddris and his friends then decided to march to Rosarno’s town hall to protest.

“About 2,000 people came — all of us,” he said. “It started about 6 or 7 in the evening, a few hours after he was shot.”

But police forced the demonstrators to turn back, threatening them with tear gas, Iddris said. Six or seven people were arrested, he said.

Police attempted talking with the immigrants, but negotiations did not produce positive results, according to a police statement.

The next morning, Friday, the immigrants tried again, playing drums as they tried to march from the factory to Rosarno’s town hall, he said.

That’s when they heard the warning.

“People took a van, an information van with speakers, saying any black person who is hiding in Rosarno should get out, if they catch anyone they will kill him,” Iddris said.

Iddris — who is originally from Sudan and has been in Italy for about 18 months, first as an asylum seeker and then without legal documentation, and who picks oranges in season — said police arrested another 10 to 20 people at Friday’s demonstration.

Italian press reports said the demonstrators had burned cars.

Later on Friday, Iddris said, police arranged for buses to move the Africans away from Rosarno to another village.

But the new location was no safer, he said. Police had to keep locals and migrants physically separated Saturday.

“They said they would take us to another place. They said it’s dangerous now for blacks to stay there,” he said.

Hundreds of people were driven north to Bari on Italy’s east coast and Naples on its west coast, Iddris said. He was on one of six buses, each with 45 to 50 people, taken to Bari.

“Right now we don’t know what is next,” he said Monday.

Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against the violence in his weekly address on Sunday.

“An immigrant is a human being, different by background, culture and tradition, but a person to be respected,” he said.

Pope sir, how come I do not see you telling Muslims to respect Europe? Please side with those that want to preserve Western civilization. Thank you.

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UK: Islamic Group Abandons Plans for an Anti-war March

Here is a good news update to the “UK Muslims Look to Stir Things up in Pro-military Town” story. I do know that non-Muslim Brits were enraged at the thought of this march. There was even a Facebook page created against it, and it quickly gained over 700,000 members. Obviously Choudary and his crew, realized that they had bitten off more than they could chew. Good work mates!

Islamic group abandons plans for an anti-war march
By Tom Pettifor

An Islamic group last night abandoned plans for an anti-war march in a town where processions for dead British soldiers are held.

But after Islam4UK abandoned a protest in Wootton Bassett, leader Anjem Choudary again courted controversy by calling on the families of dead soldiers to “engage with us”. He said: “As you grieve deaths, we too grieve the deaths of thousands of Muslims.” A statement added “they had successfully highlighted Muslims’ plight in Afghanistan”.

Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramadhan Foundation said: “He set out to provoke hatred. He and his cronies have no support in British Muslim communities.”

North Wiltshire MP James Gray said his actions proved it was a “media stunt”. Earlier, 200 English Defence League members gathered in the Wiltshire town chanting “Muslim bombers off our streets” after rumours that fanatics were about to march.

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Pentagon Review Doesn’t Explain Fort Hood Gunman’s Promotions

It is well known across the Internet that Fort Hood Islamic terrorist Hasan, was not discharged because top military officials were frozen in fear after being bitten by the politically correct bug. On top of not being discharged, he was actually given promotions. So now the question is, will heads roll at the Pentagon or will there just be a cover up? So far it looks like a cover up.

Pentagon Review Doesn’t Explain Fort Hood Gunman’s Promotions
A Defense Department review of the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood fails to determine why accused gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan advanced in rank despite concerns about his competence.

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2010)—A Pentagon review of the deadly Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center that left 13 dead and 29 wounded fails to determine why accused gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was promoted in spite of worries over his competence, The Associated Press reported Monday.

While the doctors who oversaw Hasan’s medical training voiced concerns about his strident views on Islam, he continued to get positive performance evaluations

The review, obtained by The Associated Press, found that no one challenged his eligibility to hold a secret security clearance, even though his views raised doubt about his loyalty to the United States.

The report is to be delivered to Defense Secretary Robert Gates this week.

A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the review because it’s not complete.

Malaysia: 3 More Churches Attacked

Here is a followup to the “Malaysia: Churches Firebombed” story. Obviously things are getting worse for Christians stuck in Islamic countries. Anyone hear from the Pope lately?

3 more churches attacked in Malaysia in Allah feud
By EILEEN NG

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Firebombs were thrown at two more churches in Malaysia early Sunday and another church was splashed with black paint, the latest in a series of assaults on Christian houses of worship following a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use “Allah” to refer to God.

Hundreds of worshippers whose parish church was partly gutted in a firebomb attack last week gathered at a makeshift prayer hall for their Sunday service and called for national unity and an end to violence.

On Sunday, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the All Saints Church in Taiping town in central Perak state early in the morning before it had opened, said state police chief Zulkifli Abdullah. He told The Associated Press that the building was not damaged but police found burn marks on the wall.

A broken kerosene bottle with an unlit wick was found early Sunday inside the compound of the St. Louis Catholic church, also in Taiping, said the Rev. David Lourdes. He said it appeared to be a failed attack.

In southern Malacca state, the outer wall of the Malacca Baptist Church was splashed with black paint, police said.

Four other churches were hit by gasoline bombs on Friday and Saturday. All except the Metro Tabernacle, whose parishioners moved their services, suffered little damage, and no one was hurt. The other three held normal services Sunday.

The unprecedented attacks have set off a wave of disquiet among Malaysia’s minority Christians and strained their ties with the majority Malay Muslims.

The dispute is over a Dec. 31 High Court decision that overturned a government order banning non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” in their prayers and literature. The court was ruling on a petition by Malaysia’s Roman Catholic Church, whose main publication, the Herald, uses the word “Allah” in its Malay-language edition. The government has appealed the verdict.

About 9 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million people are Christian, most of whom are ethnic Chinese or Indian. Muslims make 60 percent of the population and most of them are ethnic Malays.

On Sunday, men, women and children from the Metro Tabernacle parish assembled in the cavernous, 1,800-seat meeting hall of the Malaysian Chinese Association party for the service. They lifted their hands and sang “We put all our faith in you,” and “You are the God of love and peace” during the Sunday service.

Muslims are willing to kill and die for their religion, and these Christians want to sit around and sing. Sorry, that will not cut it.

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Yemen to Open Talks With al Qaida

It is not even been two weeks since Obama and the UK’s Gordon Brown agreed to fund Yemen in the War on Terror. Now Yemen has returned back to their old policy of freeing al Qaida members, if they renounce terrorism. This is nothing more than a game to get US aid, and we fall for it over and over. Good work O!

Yemen’s president open to dialogue with al-Qaida

SAN’A, Yemen – Yemen’s president said he is ready to open a dialogue with al-Qaida fighters who lay down their weapons and renounce violence, despite U.S. pressure to crack down on the terror group.

The United States has complained in the past that Yemen struck deals with al-Qaida fighters and freed them from prison after they promised not to engage in terrorism. Some later broke those promises and are now believed to be active in al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed that his government is “determined to stand up to the challenges” of al-Qaida and that his security forces will track down as many al-Qaida fighters as possible among those who refuse to stop violence.

But he left the door open for negotiations.

“Dialogue is the best way … even with al-Qaida, if they set aside their weapons and return to reason,” he said in an interview with Abu Dhabi TV aired late Saturday. “We are ready to reach (an) understanding with anyone who renounces violence and terrorism.”

The Obama administration says al-Qaida in Yemen has become a global threat after it allegedly plotted a failed attempt to bomb a U.S. passenger jet on Christmas Day.

Washington has dramatically beefed up counterterrorism funds and training for Yemen to fight the terror group, and last month Yemeni forces carried out its heaviest strikes in years on al-Qaida strongholds.

But Saleh’s government has been weakened by the multiple wars and crises in the impoverished, fragmented nation. Mistrust of the United States is widespread among the population, as is Islamic extremism. So the government is wary that an overly harsh assault on al-Qaida — especially with overt American help — could raise opposition.

Hundreds of al-Qaida fighters — foreigners and Yemenis — are believed to be sheltered in Yemen’s mountainous regions where tribes angry at the central government hold sway. Yemenis in the group have tribal links that make if difficult for security forces to pursue them for fear of angering the well-armed tribes.

The regime has also struck alliances with hardline Islamists to ensure their followers’ support. In a prayer sermon on Friday, Sheik Abdul-Majid al-Zindani — one of the country’s most prominent clerics — railed against U.S. pressure to fight al-Qaida, accusing Washington and the United Nations of seeking to “impose an international occupation of Yemen.”

The U.S. has labeled al-Zindani “a specially designated global terrorist” for alleged links to al-Qaida. But he is a close ally of Saleh, and the government denies he is a member of the terror group.

One al-Qaida sympathizer, Ali Mohammed Omar, warns that “any movement against al-Qaida will lead to the fall of the Yemeni regime,” because it will be stretched between counterterrorism, its ongoing war against Shiite rebels in the north and secessionist turmoil in the south.

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