UK: Police Arrest 15 in Anti-Islam Demonstration

Although a recent Muslim march was canceled in the UK, the English Defence League still sees the threat and took to the streets to remind Muslims that this fight has just begun!

Police arrest 15 in anti-Islam demonstration

LONDON — Police arrested 15 people and four officers were injured when scuffles broke out at a demonstration by about 300 members of an anti-Islam group in central England on Saturday.

In the latest protest by the right-wing English Defence League, which was formed last year to campaign against Islamic extremism, police clashed with demonstrators as they sought to separate them from a rival anti-fascist march.

Many of the EDL demonstrators had been drinking before the march in the central town of Stoke, during which members waved placards proclaiming “Patriotism is not racism” and “Terrorists off our streets”.

Police said 15 people had been arrested for public order offences and four officers had been injured, including one officer who was hospitalised with an arm injury and a second who underwent medical checks after being assaulted.

“The vast majority of demonstrators today expressed their views peacefully,” said police Superintendent Dave Mellor.

He added: “However, the actions and behaviour of a small minority of protestors have been totally unacceptable and deplorable.”

How come your fellow officers getting bullied by Muslims is acceptable?

Charges Dismissed Against Blackwater, Obama/Biden vow to Appeal!

Once again Obama and Co. are turning the screws on what is supposed to be their own people. It seems that our government will do just about anything to please the Islamic world, but turn they on Blackwater, and sit silently as the Christians in Iraq are being driven out in droves. Whatever happened to taking a stand for your own people?

Biden vows the US will appeal in Iraq Blackwater case

US Vice-President Joe Biden says the US government will appeal against a court ruling dismissing manslaughter charges in the Blackwater shootings case.

Mr Biden was speaking after meeting Iraqi politicians in Baghdad.

Iraqis were furious when a US judge threw out charges against five Blackwater security guards over the 2007 killing of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad.

Mr Biden is in Iraq in an attempt to defuse a political crisis over candidates for the election in March.

Class action

Mr Biden said the dismissal of the Blackwater charges was just that and “not an acquittal”.

Expressing “personal regret” over the 16 September 2007 shootings in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square, he said the US justice department would file its appeal against the court’s decision next week.

“The United States is determined to hold to account anyone who commits crimes against Iraqi people,” Mr Biden added.

“While we fully respect the independence and the integrity of the US judicial system, we were disappointed with the judge’s decision to dismiss the indictment, which was based on the way some evidence had been acquired.”

Iraq maintains the Blackwater guards fired without provocation. Blackwater said the firing followed an ambush on one of its convoys.

The US rejected attempts for a trial in Iraq but charges in the US were thrown out when a judge ruled in December that the guards’ constitutional rights had been violated and that the justice department had mishandled evidence.

The ruling provoked anger in Iraq and this month the Iraqi government began collecting signatures for a class action lawsuit on behalf of people killed or wounded in incidents involving Blackwater.

Iraq said it would seek compensation for a number of such cases and would continue to “act forcefully and decisively to prosecute”.

The 2007 incident caused widespread public anger against foreign security companies operating in Iraq and their activities have been severely curbed since then.

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Iraqi Archbishop: Christians, Tired of Waiting, Will Leave Country

The recent persecution of Christians in Muslim majority countries is not just limited to Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Nigeria. It is happening in Iraq also, and “moderate” Islam is not coming to the rescue. To avoid this from happening in non-Islamic countries in the future, we must put an end to all Muslim immigration.

Iraqi archbishop: Christians, tired of waiting, will leave country
By Catholic News Service

LONDON – An Iraqi archbishop has predicted a new wave of emigration from Iraq involving Christians who have tired of waiting for their situation to improve.

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said many Christians taking refuge in northern Iraq were determined “to leave the country for good” after concluding that, nearly seven years after the invasion of Iraq by a U.S.-led coalition, it was still unsafe to return to their homes in the South.

He told the British branch of Aid to the Church in Need, a charity set up to help suffering and persecuted Christians, that a lack of jobs and services in the Kurdish north would speed emigration.

In a Jan. 6 statement issued by the charity, Archbishop Sako said: “In Kurdistan, the security is quite good, but there are no jobs, no services and facilities in the new villages built by the Kurdish government.

“Therefore many families are leaving the country for good,” he said.

“In years gone by, Christians left their houses and property and reached a secure area in the hope of being back soon,” the archbishop said, adding “They want to be settled.

“They have no jobs, no schools and they have big problems with the language. There are no services – electricity, potable water, infrastructure are their problems.”

According to Aid to the Church in Need, the Christian population in Iraq has dropped from 1.4 million in 1987 to barely 300,000 today, with many fleeing terror attacks and persecution after the ousting of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Over the Christmas season Christians were subjected to attacks, and security fears led Archbishop Sako to cancel Christmas Masses in Kirkuk.

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Indonesia: 1000 Muslims Burn Down Two Churches

The recent uptick of the Islamic “tolerance” of Christianity continues and this time the hate has arisen in Indonesia. Isn’t Indonesia supposed to be one of those so called “moderate” Islamic countries?


Hat tip to The Religion of Peace.

01/23/2010
INDONESIA
North Sumatra, two Protestant churches burnt: “too many faithful and too many prayers”
by Mathias Hariyadi
At least 1,000 people set fire to the Pentecostal community places of worship. According to local Muslims, the two buildings did not have the legal permits as “churches.” The Nahdlatul Ulama admits the violence of radical Islamists against Christians. In 2009 in Indonesia, 35 cases of violation of religious freedom, 28 against Christians.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A crowd of at least 1000 people burned down two Protestant churches last night in Sibuhuan (district of Padang Lawas, North Sumatra). The blaze was the culmination of tension between the faithful and the local Islamic community, tired of seeing ” too many faithful and too many prayers ” in a place not registered as a church.

The district chief of Padang Lawas, Basrah Lubis, said that “the attackers arrived in a flash. Their number was enormous, more or less a thousand. They were angry because the administration of the church had not responded to their demands: to change the use of buildings from ‘places of prayer’ to ‘neutral buildings’. “

Both burned churches – two adjoining buildings – belong to the Synod of the Protestant Batak Church (Huria Kristen Batak Protestant, Hkbp), and are Pentecostal churches, whose faithful belong predominantly to the ethnic Batak group. Even their liturgies, with dances and songs are in Batak language.

According to police, neither of the two buildings had a building permit and had to be considered “places of prayer” and not “churches”. In Indonesia, to build a church a special legal permit (Izin Mendirikan Bangunan, IMB) is necessary. The process to get the permit is almost always hard and the Islamic community has boycotted the emergence of new churches. This lack of legal permits has become the main source of Muslims violence against Christians.

According to local witnesses, the first skirmishes took place last Christmas, when a large group of Sibuhuan residents held a sit-in protest against the existence of two churches, which has “too many members and disturbs the neighbours.”

In fact, the services of the Pentecostal community are full of songs and musical instruments and it is possible that the religious holiday services were a nuisance to local members of another religion.

Conflicting with previous statements, the locals also argue against the community’s attempts to turn these “places of prayer” in “real churches”. “The legal basis for declaring a church is that the number of believers is at least 60 members. But this community has only 23 members”, claims Basrah Lubis.

The Hkbp community of Sibuhuan is in existence since 1982 and still can not get permission to convert buildings into real recognized churches. Lubis Basrah admits that non Christian local hinder recognition.

Now that the two buildings have been reduced to ashes, Hkbp communities have to travel to Sosa, 28 kilometres from Sibuhuan, where there are three permanent churches.

The Rev. Gomar Gultom, executive secretary of the Synod of Christian Churches in Indonesia (PGI), points out that all this anti-Christian violence occurs because some radical Islamic groups are deeply opposed to the construction of Christian places of worship and seek to restrain the public practise of other faiths. “In Indonesia, Christianity is legal – he says – but often, Christians are threatened.”

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Pakistan to Obama: No New Military Operations Vs. Taliban for one Year

Since the Obama/Gates tandem recognizes the Taliban in Afghanistan, and lets terrorists into our country, this news just might not bother them.

Pakistan Army Snubs US on Militants
By Aamir Latif, IOL Correspondent

ISLAMABAD – Angry with the Obama administration’s position on arch-rival India, Pakistan’s Army has rejected a US request to launch a new offensive against Taliban in the northern tribal belt.

“Our resources and situation on ground do not allow us to open a new battlefront against militants in North Waziristan or any other area,” Major General Ather Abbas, director general of inter services public relations (ISPR), told IslamOnline.net.

Visiting US Defense Secretary Robert Gates reportedly asked Islamabad to launch a new offensive against Taliban in North Waziristan.

“I will not comment on that,” Major General Abbas said.

“But certainly this has been frequently reported in the media, and their (US) desire in this regard is very obvious. One does not has to do much to understand this.

“We do not want to attain something which we cannot retain.”

The spokesman said that the Army has no plans to open a new front against militants for at least one year.“Launching an offensive and capture some area is one thing, but to maintain that is totally different,” he said.

The Pakistani Army launched in October a deadly offensive in South Waziristan to uproot militants of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella group of various local groups in the region.

The Army is also engaged in fighting with Taliban militants in Orakzai, Bajur, Mohmind, and Swat.

“We have captured South Waziristan, but it is not end of the game,” General Abbas said.

“Now we are facing the challenges of return of affectees, their rehabilitation and rebuilding the area, which need huge resources and commitment.

“It will take between six months and a year to consolidate our achievements in areas taken back from militants. Only after that, we will be in a position to think about a new offensive.

“If we launch a new offensive, that will totally be in line with our national interest, rather than any other country’s interest.”

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Obama Welcomes Islamic Terrorist Into America

Pubic enemy #1, gangster Obama has stated that he will allow a Muslim that belongs to a US listed Islamic terrorist group into the country. All in the name of “Muslim outreach”. But what can we expect from a so called man that recognizes the Taliban? My message to those that voted for this enemy of America, pay attention next time!

Obama State Department Cites Outreach to Muslims As Reason to Allow Two Muslim Scholars Into the Country
Friday, January 22, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration announced earlier this week that it would allow two Muslim scholars into the country – lifting a ban on Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss national and professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University, and Adam Habib of South Africa.

But the pro-Palestinian group cited by the U.S. government in denying Tariq Ramadan’s visa remains on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of organizations sanctioned for their links to terrorism.

The Paris-based Commite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP) and its Swiss-based subsidiary Association de Secours Palestinien (ASP) were added to Treasury’s list in August 2003, after the U.S. government identified them as “primary fundraisers” in France and Switzerland for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

“The group has collected large amounts of money from mosques and Islamic centers, which it then transfers to sub-organizations of Hamas,” the Treasury Department announced at the time.

Tariq Ramadan’s supporters characterized the decision to clear the way for future visits as a victory for civil liberties, and State Department spokesmen said it was consistent with President Obama’s outreach to Muslims and desire to encourage debate.

“We want to have the opportunity potentially to have Islamic scholars come to the United States and have dialogue with other faith communities and people here in our country,” Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley told reporters.

The stated reason for denying Ramadan a visa was not his ideological views, however, but his donations to the Hamas-linked groups.

Commenting on the administration’s decision, Middle East expert Daniel Pipes questioned the fact that officials are presenting it in the context of “pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”

“But it’s always been a terrorism case, with no connection to issues of Islam,” Pipes wrote on his Web site. “What amateurs.”

When the Bush administration first revoked Ramadan’s visa – a move that scuttled his plan to take up a position at the University of Notre Dame in 2004 – it cited a Patriot Act provision permitted the barring of foreigners found to have used a “position of prominence within any country to endorse or espouse terrorist activity, or to persuade others to support terrorist activity or a terrorist organization.”

The administration later provided as a reason the fact Ramadan had made donations to CBSP-ASP between 1998 and 2002.

Ramadan has not denied sending a total of 1,670 Swiss francs ($1,603 at today’s exchange rate) to ASP, but he did state in legal documents that he was unaware that the recipients were providing funds to Hamas or supporting terrorism.

Throughout, he disputed that the donations were the real reason for the visa denial.

In a statement posted on his Web site from London, Ramadan said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s decision this week confirmed that the U.S. allegations “were nothing more than a pretense to prohibit me from speaking critically about American government policy on American soil.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which together with other organizations championed the Ramadan and Habib cases, charged that the visa denials were part of a campaign of “ideological exclusion” – a pattern of “denying visas to foreign nationals whose political views the government disfavors.”

“For several years, the United States government was more interested in stigmatizing and silencing its foreign critics than in engaging them,” Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, said in response to this week’s policy shift.

Jaffer called the move “a welcome sign that the Obama administration is committed to facilitating, rather than obstructing, the exchange of ideas across international borders.”

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