The social justice radicals at Sports Illustrated, who now control most sports journalism, want to mainstream Islam. Islamists want to mainstream the Hijab. Both have come together to make a mockery of Sports Illustrated and the entire premise of the Hijab.
This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is going to feature trailblazer Halima Aden.
Aden will be the first woman to sport a hijab and burkini in the magazine, which hits newsstands on May 8, SI revealed Monday.
In a photo shared to the official Instagram page for the issue, Aden, 21, smiles while submerged in the water.
Aden found success and broke barriers. She signed to IMG Models after making headlines for competing in hijab at her state’s Miss USA pageant in 2016. She became the first woman to wear her traditional Muslim headpiece for the entire competition, also opting to wear a burkini for the swimsuit round.
If featuring a garment that symbolizes the enslavement of half the population is trailblazing, progress looks like the 7th century.
But the absurdity of both social justice and Islamist posturing leads to this trainwreck of including “modest” Muslim garb in the swimsuit issue which serves neither the core cause of social justice, Islam or the actual purpose of the swimsuit issue.
The next step will be the first swimsuit model in the Swimsuit issue to wear a Burqa.
Islamic extremists have seen that the West has not mobilized to prevent them from repressing Christians, as if unconsciously there were a strange convergence between our silence and the ethnic cleansing project of the Islamic State, aimed at erasing Christians.
“Religious liberty, the core value of western civilisation, is being destroyed across large parts of the world. Yet the West, myopically denying this religious war, is averting its gaze…” — Melanie Phillips, British journalist, The Times, November 17, 2014.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, just visited the Muslim survivors of the attack on the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Why does the same compassion not spur the British royal family to stop in Sri Lanka, their former colony, to meet the Christian survivors, before going back to England?
The appeal of Asia Bibi’s daughters to help her mother met a deaf West. The UK refused to offer asylum to this persecuted Pakistani Christian family.
“Where is the solidarity for the Sri Lanka’s Christians?” asked the British scholar Rakib Ehsan, a Muslim.
“The differences in tone and nature between the condemnations of the Christchurch and Sri Lanka terrorist attacks are striking. After Christchurch, there was no hesitation about stating the religious backgrounds of the victims and directing emotion and affection towards Muslim communities. Politicians took no issue with categorising the events in Christchurch as terrorism.
“In contrast, the words ‘terrorism’ and ‘Christianity’, along with their associated terms, have so far failed to feature in much of the reaction to the attacks in Sri Lanka.
“What is evident is not only a clear reluctance to specify the religious background of Christians who were killed in Sri Lanka, but also an absence of heartfelt solidarity with Christian communities across the world, which continue to suffer grave forms of persecution on the grounds of their faith.”
Rakib Ehsan asked the right question. But it might be rewritten as: Where is the Western solidarity for the Sri Lanka’s murdered Christians?
This is a drama in three acts. The first act consists of the Christians and other non-Muslim indigenous peoples being violated and murdered. The second act consists of Muslim extremists who create this genocide. And the third act consists of the indifferent West, which looks everywhere else.
The number of murdered victims in the April 21 Easter Sunday jihadist attacks in Sri Lanka is too terrible even to think about: 253 dead. Among the victims, 45 children were murdered. Their small faces and stories have begun to emerge. The Islamic terrorists knew there were many children in the three churches, and they deliberately targeted them with their bombs. Footage shows one of the bombers patting a young child on the head before he enters the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, where “everyone has lost someone“.
The Fernando family had taken a photograph at the baptism of their third child, Seth. In Negombo they were all buried together. Father, mother and three children aged 6, 4, and 11 months. According to the New York Times:
“Fabiola Fernando, 6, was an elementary school student. In a photo posted to her mother’s Facebook page, she showed off a gold medal, a small smile on her face. Leona Fernando, 4, the middle child in her family, was learning to read and was holding a copy of “Sleeping Beauty” in the picture. Seth Fernando, 11 months, was the newest addition to the Fernando family. He was buried alongside his parents and two sisters.”
The silence of the Western intellectual world and the media is particularly deafening. The new humanitarian conscience seems to see only two groups: those who have the right to the compassion and protection of the international community, and those, such as Christians, unworthy of help or solidarity.
The deliberate murder of an 8-month-old baby, Matthew, in a Sri Lankan church apparently did not upset or chill the West, did not go viral on social media, did not to become a hashtag, did not to push the Europeans to crowd into their public squares, did not press the Islamic world to examine its conscience, did not to induce Western politicians and opinion-makers seriously to reflect on who killed that child, or on those who foment and finance the Islamist anti-Christian hatred.
Sudesh Kolonne was waiting outside St. Sebastian’s Church when he heard the blast. He then ran inside and searched for his wife and daughter. It took him a half hour to find their bodies.
The attacks also killed three children of a Danish billionaire. Another woman lost her daughter, son, husband, sister-in-law and two nieces. A British fatherhad to make a choice over which of his two children to save. Another British family was destroyed. To add horror to horror, the pregnant wife of one of the terrorists, when police raided her home, detonated a suicide vest, killing her own children.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, just visited the Muslim survivors of the attack on the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, including children recovering in the hospitals. It was a gesture of humanity and compassion. Why does the same compassion not spur the British royal family to stop in Sri Lanka, their former colony, to meet the Christian survivors, before going back to England? Entire Christian families were decimated in the attack.
Where is the outrage in the West for the annihilation of Christian life and people? It feels as if there is no indignation, only silence, interrupted by bombs and “Allahu Akbar”. The history books of the future will not condone this Western betrayal. If the West had taken seriously the persecutions of Christians, now the bell would not toll for the death of the Christian presence — not only in historic lands of Christianity, but also for the West. Islamic extremists have seen that the West has not mobilized to prevent them from repressing Christians, as if unconsciously there were a strange convergence between our silence and the ethnic cleansing project of the Islamic State, aimed at erasing Christians.
The British author Melanie Phillips has called this persecution of Christians “our guilty secret.”
“Religious liberty, the core value of western civilisation, is being destroyed across large parts of the world. Yet the West, myopically denying this religious war, is averting its gaze from the destruction of its foundational creed in the Middle East and the attempt to eradicate it elsewhere. It is therefore no surprise that, faced with jihadist barbarities abroad and cultural inroads at home, the free world is proving so ineffectual”.
The jihadist attack in Sri Lanka was not only “the deadliest attack on Christians in South Asia in recent memory.” It was also the largest massacre of Christian children. But no newspaper has launched a campaign to raise awareness of European public opinion, no pro-Christian solidarity movement has arisen, no Western leader appears to have visited a church in solidarity, no Western church leaders had the courage to point out the culprits by calling them by name, no Western mayors hung photographs of the 45 children torn to pieces, no public square was filled in thousands saying “Je suis chrétien”.
A few years ago, at the height of the migrant crisis in Europe, a photograph conquered public opinion in the West. It was the famous picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, who drowned off the coast of Bodrum, Turkey. That little migrant moved the West. His image went viral. The New York Timescalled it “Aylan Kurdi’s Europe“.
“For historical reasons, Angela Merkel feared images of armed German police confronting civilians on our borders,” wroteRobin Alexander, Die Welt’s leading journalist, in his book, Die Getriebenen (“The Driven Ones”). If photographs of migrant children spurred Europe’s leaders to open their borders, the photographs of murdered Christian children — such as the 45 in Sri Lanka — apparently left them indifferent.
The appeal of Asia Bibi’s daughters to help her mother met a deaf West. The UK refused to offer asylum to this Pakistani Christian family and take persecuted Christians.
“It is with indifference that we witness a catastrophe of civilization with no precedent”, wrote the French scholar historian Jean-François Colosimo, commenting on the destruction of Eastern Christianity. No religion, no community, is today more persecuted than Christians. Why, then, this silence by the West? Have we become so foreign to ourselves, to our roots and to our history, that we can contemplate this outbreak of jihadi violence without blinking an eye? Or are we so short-sighted that we hoped to buy “peace” with the Muslim extremists at the cost of abandoning those Christians? The same jihadi ideology that murdered Christian children in Sri Lanka, targeted European children in Nice, Manchester and Barcelona.
Sri Lanka after the massacre is not just a terrible succession of crying mothers and little coffins. Unfortunately, it also tells us a lot about the discouraging state of the West.
Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.
The familiar media narrative when reporting on serial killers is that, “No one suspected a thing”.
When it comes to Islamic terrorists, it’s also usually, “No one suspected a thing”. But in reality, no one was paying attention.
There was a history of violence. A slow process of building up to a horrific act of terror. But the warning signs were ignored.
The massacre of Christians in Sri Lanka had warning signs going back to 2004.
When the Wahhabis came, with their austere ideology and abundant coffers, the town of Kattankudy yielded fertile ground…
It was here in Kattankudy’s warren of homes decorated with delicate swirls of Arabic calligraphy that Zaharan Hashim, the man accused of masterminding the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, grew up. And it was here that he preached his ideology, calling for the killing of nonbelievers in Islam and even other Muslims…
The Sri Lankan police say that at least two of the suicide bombers involved in the attacks, which killed at least 250 people, were from Kattankudy. The Islamic State claimed responsibility…
It was in the 1980s that Kattankudy, one of the few almost exclusively Muslim towns in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, began blossoming into a center of Islamic life. The town was enriched by Saudi money for mosques and madrasas, work-abroad contracts and university scholarships…
There are more than 60 mosques in Kattankudy for a population of 45,000, and most now subscribe to conservative strains of Islam, including Wahhabism. At the New Kattankudy Grand Jumma Mosque, designed as a replica of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, one of Islam’s holiest sites, construction workers are laying intricate blue mosaics as part of the town’s mosque-building boom…
I’ve snipped out the various claims of Islamic irresponsibility.
The bottom line is that Kattankudy was a majority Muslim town. Its mosques were tilted toward Jihad with the complicity of the Sri Lankan government.
In an appeal to the Muslim community that supported his government, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president and an unabashed Buddhist nationalist, came to lay the cornerstone of the Kattankudy Grand Jumma Mosque. Saudi diplomats visited, too.
The Saudis and others from the gulf also supported a plan by M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, a Kattankudy native who is now governor of Eastern Province, to open an Islamic-inspired university campus in his hometown. But a dearth of land in its densely populated neighborhoods meant that the university, a vast edifice of domes and mosaics that is one of the biggest buildings in the province, is being built farther north.
Mr. Hizbullah is against reversing regulations that allow Sri Lankan Muslim men to marry children and have multiple wives. Last week, the authorities brought him in for questioning in connection with a radical group founded by Mr. Zaharan.
And there was a history of Islamic violence going back to 2004.
Beginning in 2004, Wahhabi-influenced youth from Kattankudy began attacking Sufis, who practice a mystical form of Islam. Grenades were thrown and swords thrust. Hundreds of Sufis were forced from their homes.
And nothing was done.
When Islamic violence is tolerated, it only escalates.
For almost a generation, Kattankudy had been morphing into a Jihadist stronghold. It’ll take a lot more than a few arrests to turn things around. An embryonic Muslim majority emirate has been set up. The violence is the natural consequence of the theology.
“Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has outlined proposals for the security services to do more to observe and root out extremism in the country’s Islamic cultural centres.”
It is high time that a Western leader set such an example. The Muslim community should be eager to help and expose jihadist elements and hate preaching from within their communities, but many Muslim groups instead facilitate the spread of such doctrine by levying false “islamophobia” accusations whenever discussions are raised about the jihad and its doctrines, rooted in Islamic texts.
Catholic churches were heavily surveilled in Italy during Mafia investigations — and not only in Italy but also in New York City. It is no secret that some mosques and Islamic centers are hotbeds of jihadi doctrine, funded by Saudi petro-dollars as well as by Turkey, while Iran infiltratesWestern countries through a fifth column and has promoted its jihadist doctrine through its Islamic culture centers.
Salvini Demands Security Services Increase Observation of Islamic Cultural Centres”, by Chris Tomlinspon, Breitbart, April 26, 2019:
Populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has outlined proposals for the security services to do more to observe and root out extremism in the country’s Islamic cultural centres.
Salvini made his case for increased security measures during a press conference this week at the Interior Ministry, highlighting the recent Sri Lanka terror attack that killed some 250 people over the Easter weekend, saying that Italians needed more clarification on the extremist elements within the Islamic community, Il Giornale reports.
The populist League party leader also singled out an incident that occurred in Rome this week in which a Muslim migrant had stabbed a homeless Georgian man on a bus after noticing his crucifix necklace. “Rome does not deserve certain scenes,” Salvini said in reference to the incident and added that it did need more security.
“According to the data of the updated census of Islamic presences in Italy to date there are 1,382 Islamic cultural associations, of which 1,068 are also used as a place for prayer,” Salvini said and added, “Obviously it is full of good people but there are also realities underlined by the police to identify the presence of fanatics and extremists.”
One of the proposed measures will see police and security services take more time to find out what is being preached inside mosques and cultural centres in order to have better control over forms of extremism and avoid radical hate preaching.
The populist Italian coalition government has already been particularly effective at combatting terrorist plots and has led Europe in the number of deportations of migrant jihadists….
Another story that should have wider coverage in the mainstream media but does not: a barbaric mob of Muslims, some wielding clubs and knives, beat up a Coptic priest and another Copt. in front of 200 Christian children attending bible study. Why? Because the church they were attending was undergoing renovation expansion. For Islamic supremacists, how dare they expand.
This is the mentality being exported into Western countries via open door immigration. Persecuted minorities are being brushed aside by mainstream media and globalists, while those who tell their stories and sound the alarm are being called “Islamophobic”.
The attack on the Christians was instigated by the village mayor who “accused the Christians of “treason” for the renovation, and called for “neighbors to take action against the church.
“Church Closed in Egypt after Muslim Mob Frightens Children in Sunday School”, Morningstar News, April 23, 2019:
CAIRO, Egypt, April 23, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A Coptic church in Upper Egypt is closed after a throng of angry Muslims attacked it this month, beating a priest and another Copt as more than 200 fearful children who had gathered for Bible lessons looked on, according to advocacy groups.
One of the injured Copts, Asaad Bakheet Rezek, told Coptic TV (CTV) that a Muslim about 17 years old beat one of the priests with a club as security forces led him from the Anba Karas Church building in Naga al-Ghafir, Sohag Governorate in southern Egypt.
The priest, identified as Father Basilious, sustained a minor head injury as security forces escorted him and another priest into an armored vehicle after the chanting mob tried to enter the building, Rezek said, adding that the children were terrified by the club- and knife-wielding crowds as they shouted, cursed and pelted the building with rocks.
The village mayor had gone to the church premises the previous day, angry at construction underway for a fourth floor to a building annex, according to advocacy groups Coptic Solidarity and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).
The mayor accused the Christians of “treason” for the add-on. He started shouting to neighbors to take action against the church and left, later submitting a notice at the city council complaining about the construction, according to the groups. The city council immediately arrived, stopped the work and confiscated building materials, including the cement and the reinforced steel.
The next day at 4 p.m., dozens of angry demonstrators tried to enter the church premises but were unable to get through a steel door. Carrying clubs and knives, they started shouting, cursing and pelting the building with rocks, according to Coptic Solidarity.
Additional forces arrived, and Father Basilious was struck as he and another priest were escorted off the premises. Parents and church leaders were not able to move the 200 children away from the angry, chanting villagers until security forces dispersed the crowds. Though police witnessed the beating of the priest, no arrests were made.
Both Father Basilious and Father Bakhoum were taken for questioning into the evening hours.
Police issued an indefinite closure order, pending investigations, and froze all activities of the 10-year-old church, including the its daycare and the Sunday School.
The church, which held worship services every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, was the only one serving a Christian population of about 1,300 in Naga al-Ghafir village, the rights groups said. There had been no prior trouble with Muslim neighbors.
“The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemns the closure of the Anba Karas Church in Naga al-Ghafir,” an EIPR statement read. “The church was shuttered after dozens of Muslim residents of the village surrounded the church and chanted hostile slogans against Copts; a Christian cleric and another citizen were injured after being assaulted with sticks.”….
Mohamad Tawhidi, the well-known “Imam of Peace” who smites the Islamist enemy hip and thigh, has compiled a useful list of Islamic groups engaged in terrorism. It’s a list to keep with you, so that you can pull it out, and read it aloud, the next time you are in a discussion where someone insists that it’s only a matter of a “tiny handful of extremists,” or in the alternative, “fewer than 1/10th of 1%, of the world’s Muslims have any involvement with terrorism.” It can be especially useful to read from at an Open-Mosque night, or Ask-A-Muslim anything event. I have added, at the very end, CAIR, which was unaccountably left out of the original list.Al-Shabab (Africa)Al Murabitun (Africa)Al-Qeada (Afghanistan)Al-Qaeda (Islamic Maghreb)Al-Qaeda (Indian Subcontinent)Al-Qaeda (Arab Peninsula)Hamas (Gaza)Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Palestine)Popular Front for the Liberation of (Palestine)Hezbollah (Lebanon)Ansar al-Sharia-Benghazi (Lebanon)Asbat Al-Ansar (Lebanon)ISIS (Iraq)ISIS (Syria)ISIS (Cauacus)ISIS (Libya)ISIS (Yemen)ISIS (Algeria)ISIS (Philippines)Jund al-Sham (Syria/Afganistan)Al-Mourabitoun (Lebanon)Abdullah Azzam Brigades (Lebanon)Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (Somalia)Al-Haramain Foundation (Saudi Arabia)Ansar-Al-Sharia (Moroccon)Moroccon Mudjadine (Morocco)Salafia Jihadia (Morocco)Boko Haram (Africa)Islamic movement of (Uzbekistan)Islamic Jihad Union (Uzbekistan)Islamic Jihad Union (Germany)DRW True-Religion (Germany)Fajar Nusantara Movement (Germany)DIK Hildesheim (Germany)Jaish-e-Mohammed (Kashmir)Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Syria)Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Syria)Jamaat al Dawa al Quran (Afghanistan)Jundallah (Iran)Quds Force (Iran)Kata’ib Hezbollah (Iraq)Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (Somalia)Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Egypt)Jund al-Sham (Jordan)Fajar Nusantara Movement (Australia)Society of the Revival of IslamicHeritage (Terror funding, worldwide)Taliban (Afghanistan)Taliban (Pakistan)Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistan)Army of Islam (Syria)Islamic Movement (Israel)Ansar Al Sharia (Tunisia)Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of (Jerusalem)Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (Libya)Oneness and Jihad in (West Africa)Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Palestine)Tevhid-Selam (Al-Quds Army)Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (Morocco)Caucasus Emirate (Russia)Dukhtaran-e-Millat Feminist Islamists (India)Indian Mujahideen (India)Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (India)Ansar al-Islam (India)Students Islamic Movement of (India)Harakat Mujahideen (India)Hizbul Mujhaideen (India)Lashkar e Islam (India)Jund al-Khilafah (Algeria)Turkistan Islamic PartyEgyptian Islamic Jihad (Egypt)Great Eastern Islamic Raiders’ Front (Turkey)Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Pakistan)Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (Pakistan)Lashkar e Toyiba(Pakistan), Lashkar e Jhangvi (Pakistan) Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (Pakistan)Jamaat ul-Ahrar (Pakistan)Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (Pakistan)Jamaat Ul-Furquan (Pakistan)Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (Syria)Ansar al-Din Front (Syria)Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Syria)Jamaah Anshorut Daulah (Syria)Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement (Syria)Liwa al-Haqq (Syria)Al-Tawhid Brigade (Syria)Jund al-Aqsa (Syria)Al-Tawhid Brigade (Syria)Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade (Syria)Khalid ibn al-Walid Army (Syria)Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (Afganistan)Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (Afghanistan)Hizb ut-Tahrir (worldwide caliphate)Hizbul Mujahideen (Kashmir)Ansar Allah (Yemen)Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (USA)Jamaat Mujahideen (India)Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (Indonesia)Hizbut Tahrir (Indonesia)Fajar Nusantara Movement (Indonesia)Jemaah Islamiyah (Indonesia)Jemaah Islamiyah (Philippines)Jemaah Islamiyah (Singapore)Jemaah Islamiyah (Thailand)Jemaah Islamiyah (Malaysia)Ansar Dine (Africa)Osbat al-Ansar (Palestine)Hizb ut-Tahrir (group connecting Islamic Caliphates across the world into one world Islamic Caliphate)Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order (Iraq)Al Nusra Front (Syria), 111. Al-Badr (Pakistan)Islam4UK (UK)Al Ghurabaa (UK)Call to Submission (UK) [this is global, and accessible online]Islamic Path (UK)London School of Sharia (UK)Muslims Against Crusades (UK)Need4Khilafah (UK)The Shariah Project (UK)The Islamic Dawah Association (UK) [ALSO IN THE U.S.]The Saviour Sect (UK)Jamaat Ul-Furquan (UK) [ALSO IN THE U.S]Minbar Ansar Deen (UK)Al-Muhajiroun (UK) (Lee Rigby, London 2017 members)Islamic Council of Britain (UK) (Not to be confused with Official Muslim Council of Britain) [there are also Islamic Councils in the U.S.]Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah (UK)Al-Gama’a (Egypt)Al-Islamiyya (Egypt)Armed Islamic men of (Algeria)Salafist Group for Call and Combat (Algeria)Ansaru (Algeria), 133.Ansar-Al-Sharia (Libya)Al Ittihad Al Islamia (Somalia), 135.Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia)Al-Shabab (Africa)al-Aqsa Foundation (Germany)al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Palestine)Abu Sayyaf (Philippines)Aden-Abyan Islamic Army (Yemen)Ajnad Misr (Egypt)Abu Nidal Organization (Palestine)Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (Indonesia)CAIR, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, and was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
“The Hungarian government has pledged an initial 9 million forints (roughly $31,000 U.S.) in emergency aid to the survivors of the recent attacks on Christians and Christian churches in Sri Lanka” and Hungary is considering an even larger donation. That’s in addition to millions spent on other aid projects to help persecuted Christians and victims of jihad.
Hungary has been presented in the media as “far right” and “racist”for seeking to maintain the country’s Christian identity–built on peace and free of jihad attacks and Islamic supremacist incursions and doctrines which erode Judea-Christian democracies. There is no tolerance, freedom and human rights in sharia law, which is barbarous as reflected across Islamic states, and now in areas of the West where it’s proponents have settled in large numbers, thanks to reckless immigration policy.
“The Hungary Helps Agency” has now been set up to aid persecuted Christians who have been mostly abandoned by Western countries and even deceived about the jihad by their own denominations at the highest levels. The Catholic archbishop of Sri Lanka met with purveyors of the Islamic Jihad — ambassadors from the worst countries which fund and support jihad and persecution — and believed them when they told him that the Sri Lankan attacks had nothing to do with Islam.
In Hungary, there is also the Hungary Helps initiative which is “providing nearly $1.7 million to a project aimed at supporting [Christian] hospitals in Syria”, which offers medical care to all faiths.
Hungary is also helping the persecuted Christian Copts in Egypt, Kurds, Christians savagely persecuted by Boko Harem and has donated nearly 1.7 million to renovate Churches in Lebanon.
Kudos to Hungary – the so-called “racist” state —for protecting its country from Islamization while aiding visible minority Christians and Kurds who are suffering under the jihad and daily persecution by Islamic supremacists.
“‘HUNGARY HELPS’ PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE”, by Martina Moyski, Church Militant, April 25, 2019:
The Hungarian government has pledged an initial 9 million forints (roughly $31,000 U.S.) in emergency aid to the survivors of the recent attacks on Christians and Christian churches in Sri Lanka.
“We’re considering a larger donation to the Christian churches targeted by these horrific acts of terror,” tweeted Tristan Azbej, deputy secretary of state for the assistance to persecuted Christians.
Tuned into the alarming numbers that, on average, 345 Christians are killed every month throughout the world, Hungary has taken a leadership role in establishing the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and Hungary Helps, “unique in the Western World.”
During a press conference in Budapest on April 16, Azbej announced the establishment of “The Hungary Helps Agency.”
“The task of the new agency, which will be operating within the framework of the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Realization of the Hungary Helps Program, will be to coordinate programs to help persecuted Christians,” Azbej said.
The Hungary Helps initiative is providing nearly $1.7 million to a project aimed at supporting hospitals in Syria. Working alongside the AVSI Foundation in partnership with the Gemelli Foundation and the pontifical charity branch “Cor Unum,” Hungary Helps supports the three Catholic hospitals in Syria (St. Louis Hospital in Aleppo, a French hospital and an Italian hospital, both in Damascus) which offer free medical care to the poor regardless of religious affiliation.
Azbej also told the press that the Hungarian government is “running programs in five Middle Eastern and two sub-Saharan countries” with “one of the most extensive programs[being] the reconstruction of the city of Tel Askuf in Northern Iraq.”
In 2014, several hundred Christian families fled from Tel Askuf and many of the settlement’s buildings were damaged or destroyed as a result of ISIS attacks. Azbej reported to the press that “the 580 million-forint donation provided by the Hungary government was enough to enable the Chaldean Catholic Church to rebuild the city, allowing families to return home” — in an albeit currently tenuous situation.
Hungary Helps and the Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians are also assisting Coptic Christians in Egypt, Christians in northeast Nigeria who have been savaged by Boko Haram groups…
Nigeria has become a deadly war zone for Christians who are unable to defend themselves as the death toll continues to rise. As local church leaders plead for help from the United States, we’re taking international action to protect these dying Christians.
Islamic jihadists have reportedlyslaughtered more than 120 Christians in less than two months.
Islamic terrorists killed more than 120 Christians and burned dozens of homes in northern Nigeria in a series of attacks they have waged since February.
ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram militants and Muslim Fulani tribesmen have hammered Christian villages in the Kaduna, Benue and Borno state . . . The jihadist group (Boko Haram) also invaded the village of Michika on March 18 before the military drove them back. Boko Haram raided Gatamwarwa ward in Borno state Thursday, burning several homes. Local authorities have yet to confirm the number of casualties.
Boko Haram, the ISIS-aligned terrorist militia, has been waging a bloodthirsty campaign in the West African region, murdering Christians, kidnapping young girls, and burning villages to the ground. The number of its victims now stands in the tens of thousands since 2009. It is an army of pure evil.
After a recent attack, a local priest described the devastation and the many helpless children left orphaned by the terrorists.
“After that attack, I came to visit the villages in the two-mile area around my church, and it was like a cemetery. More than 150 people had been murdered . . . I have dozens of little children, with no school supplies, no uniforms and no desks, and I need to create a school for them.”
Another Nigerian Christian leader appealed to President Trump for help, in the absence of help from the Nigerian government.
“I appeal to President Trump to be proactive in urging our country’s government to alleviate the Boko Haram problem. That means to listen to the masses who are at the level where the violence is happening. Because most of the time there is not enough sincere information coming from the government.”
Boko Haram is also the same group that we’ve told you kidnapped 110 innocent school girls in broad daylight, of which five are dead, and it’s still holding one brave Christian teen named Leah Sharibu hostage a year later because of her faith.
The vile terrorists have reportedly demanded an astronomical sum of $275 million dollars in ransom, or have threatened to execute or enslave her for life.
Her heartbroken parents have not seen their daughter in over a year, and her mother has asked all Christians to “not get tired of praying for her until she returns.” The turmoil Leah’s family is feeling is unimaginable.
This nightmare for Christians has to end now. The ACLJ is taking action to stop this violent persecution. We’ve filed critical written submissions at the United Nations urging the international community to take immediate steps to protect these Christians and demand the Nigerian government take action to track down and stop these violent aggressors and bring them to justice.
Our latest submission to the U.N. Human Rights Council implored the global community to act before the violence escalates and spreads into other regions, as it already has begun to do.
Clearly, horrific acts of aggression are violating the peaceful lives of Christians in Nigeria. In order to prevent further loss of life, a massive humanitarian crisis, and to end increasing religiously motivated violence, we must act now.
The U.N. Charter calls on the U.N. to remove threats to peace, and the Genocide Convention calls on the U.N. to prevent acts of genocide not merely to respond to genocide . . . This is only the beginning, if meaningful action is not taken now the problem in Nigeria will worsen. Islamic State and Islamic State affiliate groups, like Boko Haram, have shown their resiliency time and time again. When they are forced out of one area they flee in order to regroup and fight another day.
Action must be taken to not only stop the spread of violence within Nigeria but also the spread of violence in west Africa. Boko Haram has in fact already begun carrying out attacks in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon.
This is why we respectfully request that this Council work with government of Nigeria in order to protect the people who are vulnerable to attack by preventing further attacks, prosecuting those who are responsible for these brutal atrocities, and providing aid and assistance to the victims.
We just returned to the U.N. to deliver an oral intervention for Leah Sharibu and Nigeria’s endangered Christians. We again urged the international body to act now to stem this bloodshed and violence.
Children in Nigeria are facing a grave threat due to the atrocities being carried out by Boko Haram. With over 50,000 children orphaned by jihadist violence in Northern Nigeria, children are often preyed upon and weaponized as “suicide bombers.” The U.N. must act now to protect children in Nigeria.
Reports estimate that since 2013 Boko Haram has abducted approximately 1,000 children, killed over 2,000 teachers and destroyed more than 1,400 schools in northeast Nigeria. These attacks and kidnappings have been carried out when children are at school and should feel safe . . . Now more than ever it is critical that the U.N. intervene to put a stop to these atrocities. The U.N. Charter calls for the removal of threats to peace, and the Genocide Convention calls upon the U.N. to prevent acts of genocide, not just respond to them. Action must be taken now to demand Leah’s immediate release and to protect Nigeria’s children.
We are directly working to protect our persecuted brothers and sisters across the globe. But without the necessary international aid and protection, as well as pressure on the Nigerian government to defend its citizens, the future for Christian children in Africa – including Leah Sharibu – looks bleak.
April 24 marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the genocide of Christians—mostly Armenians but also Assyrians—that took place under the Islamic Ottoman Empire throughout World War I. Then, the Turks liquidated approximately 1.5 million Armenians and 300,000 Assyrians.
More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century. At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000…. Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present.
Similarly, in 1920, U.S. Senate Resolution 359 heard testimony that included evidence of “[m]utilation, violation, torture, and death [which] have left their haunting memories in a hundred beautiful Armenian valleys, and the traveler in that region is seldom free from the evidence of this most colossal crime of all the ages.”
In her memoir, Ravished Armenia, Aurora Mardiganian described being raped and thrown into a harem (consistent with Islam’s rules of war). Unlike thousands of other Armenian girls who were discarded after being defiled, she managed to escape. In the city of Malatia, she saw 16 Christian girls crucified: “Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross,” she wrote, “spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.” Such scenes were portrayed in the 1919 documentary film Auction of Souls, some of which is based on Mardiganian’s memoirs.
Whereas the genocide is largely acknowledged in the West, one of its primary if not fundamental causes is habitually overlooked: religion. The genocide is usually articulated through a singularly secular paradigm, one that factors only things that are intelligible from a secular, Western point of view—such as identity and gender politics, nationalism, and territorial disputes. Such an approach does little more than project modern Western perspectives onto vastly different civilizations and eras.
War, of course, is another factor that clouds the true face of the genocide. Because these atrocities mostly occurred during World War I, so the argument goes, they are ultimately a reflection of just that—war, in all its chaos and destruction, and nothing more. But as Winston Churchill, who described the massacres as an “administrative holocaust,” correctly observed, “The opportunity [WWI] presented itself for clearing Turkish soil of a Christian race.” Even Adolf Hitler had pointed out that “Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate its internal foes, i.e., the indigenous Christians, without being thereby disturbed by foreign intervention.”
It’s worth noting that little has changed; in the context of war in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the first to be targeted for genocide have been Christians and other minorities.
But even the most cited factor of the Armenian Genocide, “ethnic identity conflict,” while legitimate, must be understood in light of the fact that, historically, religion accounted more for a person’s identity than language or heritage. This is daily demonstrated throughout the Islamic world today, where Muslim governments and Muslim mobs persecute Christian minorities who share the same race, ethnicity, language, and culture; minorities who are indistinguishable from the majority—except, of course, for being non-Muslims, or “infidels.”
As one Armenian studies professor asks, “If it [the Armenian Genocide] was a feud between Turks and Armenians, what explains the genocide carried out by Turkey against the Christian Assyrians at the same time?”
[The] policy of ethnic cleansing was stirred up by pan-Islamism and religious fanaticism. Christians were considered infidels ( kafir). The call to Jihad, decreed on 29 November 1914 and instigated and orchestrated for political ends, was part of the plan” to “combine and sweep over the lands of Christians and to exterminate them.” As with the Armenians, eyewitness accounts tell of the sadistic eye-gouging of Assyrians and the gang rape of their children on church altars. According to key documents, all this was part of “an Ottoman plan to exterminate Turkey’s Christians.
To understand how the historic genocide of Armenians and Assyrians is representative of the modern-day plight of Christians under Islam, one need only read the following words written in 1918 by President Theodore Roosevelt; however, read “Armenian” as “Christian” and “Turkish” as “Islamic,” as supplied in brackets:
the Armenian [Christian] massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey [the Islamic world] is to condone it… the failure to deal radically with the Turkish [Islamic] horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense.
Indeed, if we “fail to deal radically” with the “horror” currently being visited upon millions of Christians around the Islamic world—which in some areas reached genocidal proportions—we “condone it” and had better cease talking “mischievous nonsense” of a utopian world of peace and tolerance.
Put differently, silence is always the ally of those who would liquidate the “other.” In 1915, Adolf Hitler rationalized his genocidal plans, which he implemented some three decades later, when he rhetorically asked: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”
And who among today’s major politicians speaks—let alone does anything—about the ongoing annihilation of Christians by Muslims, most recently (but not singularly) seen in the Easter Sunday church bombings of Sri Lanka that left over 300 dead?
The Catholic archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, “met with ambassadors of Islamic countries who expressed condolences over the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings and assured him, he said, that there was ‘no connection to Islam.’” No one who thinks could possibly take this seriously. To understand the 1,400-year link between bloody jihad conquest and normative Islam, read The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS. Muhammad also instructed his followers that “war is deceit” (Bukhari 4.52.268).
Yet Cardinal Ranjith believes the ambassadors, who were from countries including Turkey (where leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan aims to “decimate” the Kurds, etc., and had Turkish soldiers recite the Qur’an before going out to battle them); Pakistan (known for its cruel blasphemy laws and violent persecution of Christians); Egypt (where Muslim Brotherhood violent persecution of Christians continues); Qatar (a Salafi state funder of jihad terror); and Saudi Arabia (a Wahhabi state funder of jihad terror). Ranjith was so pleased by the meeting that he fell for the ambassadors’ words of deceit, stating: “We are very happy and thankful to the ambassadors of the Islamic countries for having coming here to express their solidarity with us.”
Ranjith stands in stark contrast to high-ranking Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who understands the nature of the jihad. Sarah has compared “the modern influx of Muslim migrants to the invasions of barbarian tribes that ultimately brought down the Roman Empire in a.d. 475.”
“Sri Lanka Cardinal Says Muslim Envoys Assured Him Bombings Had ‘No Connection to Islam,’” by Patrick Goodenough, CNS News, April 25, 2019:
(CNSNews.com) – The Catholic archbishop of Colombo met Wednesday with ambassadors of Islamic countries who expressed condolences over the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings and assured him, he said, that there was “no connection to Islam.”
The Islamic terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for eight bombings, whose targets included three churches and four hotels. The death toll has continued to rise, reaching 359 on Wednesday.
Sri Lankan police said eight suicide bombers have been identified. Deputy defense minister Ruwan Wijewardene said one was a woman and that most were well-educated and from well-to-do families. At least 58 people have been arrested as investigations continue.
A video released by ISIS’ media arm showed eight alleged perpetrators pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. All are masked except one, identified as Zahran Hashmi, a radical Sri Lankan Muslim imam.
The ambassadors of more than a dozen Muslim countries – among them Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iran – called on the archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.
“We are very happy and thankful to the ambassadors of the Islamic countries for having coming here to express their solidarity with us,” Ranjith told local media after their meeting.
He said the ambassadors had given their assurance that “what has happened is not something political or religious; it is something that has been probably the result of some misguided people, and maybe there are other forces behind those misguided people, but they are not – no connection to Islam.”
Ranjith said he told the envoys that Sri Lanka’s Catholics appreciate the country’s Islamic community, and that the attacks should in no way “harm the harmony and peace that exists between us – Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims together.”…..