Sunday, April 20, 2014

Indonesia: Organized persecution of Shiites launched

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The alliance’s chairman, Athian Ali, declared four points in the organization’s guidelines, which included approving the use of violence to prevent “heretical” teachings.

Pofiting from Hatre: A vendor offers a DVD containing a speech that rails
against the teachings of Shia Islam.  Photo:  JP/Arya Dipa
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Source/Credit: The Jakarta Post
By Arya Dipa | April 21 2014

More than 1,000 people attended an anti-Shia declaration on Sunday at the Al Fajr mosque in the West Java capital of Bandung, in what appeared to be the first organized attempt to persecute Shiites in Indonesia.

Supported by a dozen high-profile clerics, the Anti-Shia National Alliance called on the public to fight what they said to be the proliferation of Shia influence, which they deemed a “heresy” in Sunni-majority Indonesia.

The alliance, formed to spearhead Shia persecution nationwide, also called on the public not to support presidential hopeful and Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as his party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), had promoted a top Shia figure to become a legislative candidate.

The alliance’s chairman, Athian Ali, declared four points in the organization’s guidelines, which included approving the use of violence to prevent “heretical” teachings.

USA: Muslim group hopes for safe Boston Marathon | Letter - Christopher Cooksey:

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 Nobody will ever forget the victims or the strength that the community displayed after the barbaric attack.

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By Christopher Cooksey |

Dear Editor: The bombing of the Boston Marathon last year was a tragedy. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stated that the bombings were done to protect Islam from the United States. However, Islam unequivocally rejects the taking of innocent lives. The Quran states: “Whosoever killed a person … it shall be as if killed all mankind.” (5:33)

The strength of the Boston area community shined through after the bombing as a moving example of unwavering will and heart. Nobody will ever forget the victims or the strength that the community displayed after the barbaric attack.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hopes and prays for the safety of this year's participants and spectators.

USA: When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online or Buying it in Store Voids the Right to Sue

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“Please note we also have new legal terms which require all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration.”

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Source/Credit: The New York Times
By Stephanie Strom April 16, 2014

Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?

General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.

Instead, anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site.

Boston Marathon bombings are opposite of teachings of Islam

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[T]he sin or punishment of an act of killing another human being is comparable, in the eyes of God, to the killing of all of humanity. It is an evident example of how Islam values life.

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By Labeeb Ahmad | April 19, 2014

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are the alleged perpetrators behind the Boston Marathon tragedy that took place last year, causing the deaths of three people and injuring 264 others. Dzhokhar claimed his brother said that these bombings were done to protect Islam from attack. I disagree.

These attacks are completely opposite the teachings of Islam and are what truly hurt Islam. The Quran states that “whosoever kills a person ... it shall be as if he killed all of mankind” (5:33).

In short this verse means that the sin or punishment of an act of killing another human being is comparable, in the eyes of God, to the killing of all of humanity. It is an evident example of how Islam values life.

Egypt: Number of Young Christian Girls Raped, Killed Increasing Quickly--and Nobody Cares

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"It's pervasive; police at the local level are not stopping the abductions. There needs to be more pressure from the top. We have seen cases before where we've seen victims returned when the police put pressure on the kidnappers. We know it's possible, unfortunately, the police are often complacent."

An Egyptian Christian woman mourns the death of an eight-year old Christian
girl who was killed by Islamist gunmen as they were waiting outside a
church for a wedding to begin.
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Source/Credit: Gospel Herald
By Leah Marianne Klett | April 18, 2014

For 15 year old Amira Hafez Wahib it was just a typical morning. The young girl attended a morning worship service at her church in the city of Luxor, Egypt, and then quickly stopped by a store nearby to pick up an item, telling her mother she'd be right back.

But Amira never came back and is still missing.

The girl's devastated family knows who her captive is: a Muslim man Yasser Mahmoud, a soldier who was assigned to protect their church and had attempted to abduct Amira before. However, despite the family's pleadings, government officials are doing nothing to help trace the young Christian girl, leaving her loved ones helpless and shattered.

UK: Is Richard Dawkins leading people to Jesus?

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"But then I read The God Delusion and it was… total crap. So bad that I started questioning my own atheism. Then he started tweeting."

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Source/Credit: The Telegraph | UK
By Damian Thompson | April 16, 2014

My schoolfriend Michael – an atheist for decades – rang me the other night and told me he'd returned to the Catholic Church. "And you'll never guess who converted me," he said.

"Your wife?"

"No! It was Richard Dawkins!"

He explained that he was, and is, a huge admirer of Dawkins the biologist. (I'm with him there: I read The Blind Watchmaker when it first came out and was blown away.) "But then I read The God Delusion and it was… total crap. So bad that I started questioning my own atheism. Then he started tweeting."

Like a loony on top of the bus, no?

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