Tuesday, October 17, 2017

St Jacob the Martyr of Lebanon - 'Refusing to accept the dark yoke of another god'

"God, not forgetting his saints, and being ever-benevolent to his people, especially knowing we need grace in these latter times," has revealed to the faithful a forgotten monastic confessor and witness, the Monk-Martyr Jacob of Hamatoura, Lebanon, sparking the revival of an ancient and long-ago devastated monastery.

In this Life, we see the example of an Orthodox Christian monastic who was pursued by Muslim invaders for witnessing to Christ by his holy life. They tried to convert him to Islam, but he refused to accept "the dark yoke of anther god." They then beheaded him and destroyed his monastery, burning his body and trying to eradicate all evidence that he had ever lived.

This happened six centuries ago. Sound familiar?

Now a new monastic brotherhood has revived the monastery and is openly venerating the great Martyr St Jacob! May the Lord protect them and multiply their efforts during these latter days! And may we all draw strength from their courage and the witness of all the holy martyrs, who refused to deny Jesus Christ and accept "the dark yoke of another god."


The Cedar of Lebanon: St Jacob the Martyr

by Fr. John Valadez, Death To The World, October 10, 2017:

As a cedar of Lebanon groweth without fear of martyrdom or death, thou didst become a victor O Father Jacob. Thou didst conquer death in thy body when by humility thou didst control the passions and when thou wast burnt like incense as a sacrifice. Intercede with Christ to grant us great mercy.
+Apolytikion in the Third Mode


The relics of the newly revealed martyr, St Jacob of Lebanon.


Above the Kadeesha River sits a pearl of ascetic struggle unworthy of the world. Burrowed in the caves of Mount Hamatoura exists the Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos, overlooking a land that once flourished with monastic fervor. Until the late 90’s this monastery was in ruins, uninhabited, and forgotten since times of persecution and the unrelenting sword of Mamluk devastation. [1]


Geronda Panteleimon and the brotherhood at Hamatoura.

Geronda Panteleimon, who lived in obedience to Elder Isaac (Attalah) and the newly canonized St Paisius, received a visitation from a forgotten martyr who directed him to rebuild his monastery in Lebanon, Geronda Panteleimon’s homeland. This martyr is St Jacob of Hamatoura, whose desert dwelling is now re-inhabited and re-ignited, becoming an spiritual oasis for monks and all people who seek Truth.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Convicted Jihadist Rises to Top Post at London Southwark Council

Convicted jihadist, Mulumebet Girma, was given a "top job" at the Southwark Council in London in 2013. She served time for assisting in the attempted murder of Tube passengers in 2005. Here's the Sky News coverage.

Girma was fired from her post at the council after her involvement in the terror plot came to light.

In a statement, Girma claims she told her employer that she had been jailed. Yet, seemingly, no one could be bothered to run a proper background check or type her name into a DuckDuckGo or Google search bar. A simple search would have uncovered her role in the July 21, 2005 terror plot with her brother-in-law, Hussein Osman. 

It took me less than 20 seconds before finishing my morning coffee to find her very own Wikipedia page. Get an eyeful. 

The face of your oppressor. Girma on the cover of the council magazine.
According to the BBC's report, Girma's position at the council did not give her access to police watch list data. Access to such information would put Londoners directly in harm's way if she were still waging political jihad. Even if she repented of her involvement in the 2005 terror plot there's still the risk of her being "gotten to" by those itching to bring Londoners into submission. 

That said, The Sun reports that she controlled a database that listed individuals with potential "links to terrorism..." 

What more can be said about this precarious situation? London has a habit of hiring negligent and/or degenerate elements to their housing councils. Remember the infamous Rotherham rape gang cover-upPC culture seems to grease the gears of council business. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More than Mercenaries: Russians Martyred by Muslims for refusing to deny Christ and embrace Islam

The Quran's commands in action: Islam's fourteen centuries of using the sword to try to force Christians to commit apostasy and deny Jesus Christ continues with the execution of two Russian soldiers.
The Quran explicitly commands Muslims to fight against and terrorize the unbelievers till they embrace Islam or “feel themselves subdued” as is seen in these verses:

Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth [i.e. Islam] among the people of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Sura 9:29) 
So, when you meet those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly on them... Thus you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam. (Sura 47:4)

This of course brings to mind the powerful witness of New Martyr Evgeny Rodionov of Chechnya, who, after being captured by Muslims, refused to remove his baptismal cross and deny Christ. He was faithful to the end, and is now widely venerated as a martyr and saint by Orthodox Christians all around the globe. I saw icons of him at a recent visit to a ROCOR parish in Atlanta.

As of now, we know very little about Roman Zabolotny and Grigory Surkanov, except that they refused to deny Jesus Christ, and chose to die as Orthodox Christians. In many lives of the Holy Neo-Martyrs under the Turkish Muslim yoke, we saw sometimes deeply flawed people who came to life in Christ when confronted with the choice of death or denying Him to live as a Muslim. Many were offered riches, comfort and women in addition to being threatened with death, and still confessed Jesus Christ. The reality of one's immanent death helps sharply reveal some depths of the mystery of the soul. 

May Roman's and Grigory's sins be consigned to oblivion, may their memory be eternal, and may they receive the crown of martyrdom for witnessing to their faith with their very lives. May we be inspired by these ordinary, yet valiant and extraordinary believers, who were faithful unto death. 

Still from ISIS video, showing Roman Vasilievich Zabolotny and Grigory Mikhailovich Surkanov

Russian mercenaries captured by ISIS ‘are executed after refusing to reject Christianity and become Muslim' 

by Will Stewart, MailOnline, October 6, 2017 
(thanks to Jihad Watch and Blazing Cat Fur):

Two Russian mercenaries reportedly captured by ISIS jihadists are feared to have been executed because they refused to read out a statement saying they rejected their Christian faith and had become Muslim.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mandalay Bay Owners Solicited Matching Donations to CAIR, SPLC

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, asked employees to donate to Council on American Islamic Relations and The Southern Poverty Law Center, other groups after Charlottesville and Barcelona. 


Stephen Paddock, who may have converted to Islam months ago, reportedly murdered 58 concert goers from the 32nd floor of the MGM Resorts owned Mandalay Bay hotel casino last week. 

Judi McLeod at Canada Free Press reports that the CEO sent a letter to employees where he “denounced hatred and bigotry” and promised to match employee donations to the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group, CAIR, and the soft-on-Sharia SPLC. This letter was hot on the heels of the white nationalist/Confederate monument rally in Charlottesville.

Here's the letter in full from McLeod's report:




They still don't get it. Sending resources to CAIR and the SPLC is no answer. Let’s break down a few points in the letter (emphasis mine):

The protection of human dignity, demonstrated in the form of tolerance and respect for all people, is the core of our identity…we must stand strongly in defiance of violencebigotry, and anything that threatens our precious right to equality.

Human dignity
kafir can be terrorized (Koran 8:12) and deceived (86:15). That said, shall we review some contemporary Muslim views of sexuality?

Defiance of violence
The Sira documents the beheading of 800 Jewish captives while Mohammed watched with his child-bride, Aisha (I690).

Defiance of bigotry
According to Dr Bill Warner at the Center for the Study of Political Islam, the amount of anti-Jewish text in the Koran, Sira, and Hadith surpasses that of Mein Kampf by 2.3%.

Tolerance & Equality
Under Sharia Law, Christians are second-class citizens in the fullest sense. Jihad Watch has a helpful article that unpacks the subjugation of non-Muslims.

The insanity of the Las Vegas murders are another log on the fire of our civilization. I've yet to read reports of Murren sending a similar letter to employees after the events from October 1st. May it remain that way. The victims and their families ought not be insulted with thoughtless piety (at best) or tolerance of Sharia (at worst). Our culture's habit of connecting CAIR and the SPLC with the virtues of tolerance is a kick in the teeth to peaceful people.

Edit: Paddock reportedly killed 58 people, not 59. The body count is 59 counting himself. This change has been made in the article.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Coming October 7: St Vladimir's Seminary Orthodox Education Day: 'Modern Martyrs'

While I am glad to see this focus on the New Martyrs of the 21st Century, organized by one of American Orthodoxy's most important institutions, and am very interested to explore the various materials, talks, and hoped-for reviews, there remains an enormous question looming over the event, an 'elephant in the room' if you will:

Will Islam be discussed?

And if so, will Islam's commands to wage jihad against Christians — especially those verses in the Quran explicitly cited by all Muslim persecutors of Christians, from ISIS to Boko Haram to "known wolf" jihadis in Europe and North America, to the "ordinary" Muslims in Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Kosovo, Indonesia, etc. — be honestly and straightforwardly addressed?

Judging from the more thorough event description recently posted on the SVS and OCA websites and featured below, it appears Islam may only be mentioned in an oblique manner if at all, but I am hopeful the truth will be spoken.

Some may wholly reject the notion that Islam bears any responsibility for Muslims murdering Christians throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Balkans, etc. But what factual evidence could they present to support their claims? The Muslim jihadis themselves cite Islam's sacred texts in support of their actions. Even more to the point, there is ominous widespread support among Muslims — both in the Islamic wold and in the West — for ISIS and jihad (see here, here, here and here).

Others may ask, why is it at all important for Orthodox Christians to discuss whether Islam has anything to do with the global phenomenon of Muslim persecution for Christians.

Perhaps because the saints have always openly addressed the challenge from Islam:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Google enforcing Sharia Law, blocking ads containing the keyword 'jihadwatch'

At some point this blog will no doubt be shut down by Google. Before that happens I hope to have an independent hosting service lined up to host Facing Islam. But no matter what we do,  the 'powers and principalities' will do all they can to stamp out any public presentation of True, Apostolic, Orthodox Christianity, and any true, Apostolic, Patristic, Christian criticism of Islam. 

I have not experienced any problems yet of this nature. That is no doubt due in large measure to the fact that I have never tried to monetize this blog. I have been criticized by some family members for not doing so, but to me, it is far more important to do all I can to expose the lie of Islam and advance the Truth of Jesus Christ as lived and experienced in the Orthodox Church, than to try to make a few dollars from your clicks on distracting ads.

I do hope at some point to offer some ebooks of my writings for sale here. We'll see what happens when the time comes.

True Christianity itself is being criminalized. We are heading into a period of intense persecution even in the West, and a time for Christians to retreat to the catacombs.


Google is now disapproving ads containing the keyword “jihadwatch”

by Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, September 17, 2017:



I heard from two writers Saturday who told me that Google had banned their book ads because they contained the keyword “jihadwatch.” Note that both writers say that their ads had not been active for years.

I’ve written a great deal lately about how the Left is using Charlottesville as its Reichstag Fire moment to crush all dissent, and this is yet another manifestation of that effort. They’re doing everything they can to deny all access to the means of communication to those whose opinions they hate. It’s a frankly authoritarian agenda.

On Saturday morning, I received this email from Mark Durie, the author of The Third Choice and many other excellent books about Islam, Sharia, and jihad. Durie subsequently wrote me: “It seems that even googling ‘jihadwatch’ is deemed an act of hatred.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

On the anniversary of 9/11, we remember, 'An enemy has done this...'

In many commemorations of the 16th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which killed almost 3,000 people on American soil, the root cause of the attacks continues to be omitted, or even completely excused and defended.

"The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!" - Rev 19:3

Again and again, we are told that Muslim jihadis, who consistently cite as their inspiration and marching orders Islamic scriptures from the Quran, the hadith, and the life of Muhammad, have "hijacked" the "great religion" of Islam.

Time, once again, to remind readers what Islam commands.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

VIDEO: Robert Spencer interviewed by Fr. Josiah Trenham on Islam and Jihad

This outstanding interview has been viewed over 17,000 times since being posted almost a year ago. Wide ranging and well informed, with numerous citations and even some theological and historical discussions, this video is an ideal introduction on the subject of Islam and jihad.

Fr. Josiah's obvious preparation and depth in the topics discussed, and the respectful and measured tone of the entire interview, make for the sort of presentation which would be fully appropriate for a parish viewing, a young adult or older teen group screening, or of course for gatherings of families and friends. 

Please view and share widely!




Patristic Nectar YouTube Channel — In this interview, Father Josiah Trenham sits down with Robert Spencer, the Director of Jihad Watch and New York Times Bestselling author of fifteen books. Mr. Spencer is a key figure of the Counter-jihad movement in the United States.

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Special note:

Perhaps especially interesting is the exchange which occurs starting at about the 44:40 mark, when Fr. Josiah relates his conversation with the imam at the mosque where the San Bernardino jihadists worshipped prior to committing mass murder in December 2015.

In just a few short minutes, Fr. Josiah and Mr. Spencer spell out the dark problem within the Muslim community: there is no curriculum by which Muslims can teach their members — from the Quran, the hadiths and other Islamic source documents — that waging jihad, fighting and killing non-Muslims, is wrong, and that those who do so will go to hell.

Quite the opposite. The Quran and the hadiths promise paradise to those who wage jihad and kill or are killed in the name of Allah. There are over a hundred commands to wage jihad in the Quran alone, not counting Muhammad's commands and example in the hadith and the Sira, and the teachings of all schools of Sunni and Shia Islamic jurisprudence.

Islam's War Against the West: 20 Major Jihad Attacks in Europe in Recent Years

The bloodthirsty demon-god of Islam is well pleased by his devotees. As would be Muhammad (if he weren't preoccupied by the fires of hell), who set the example for Muslims and commanded them to fight against non-Muslims until they submit to Islam.

Map by ClarionProject.org - h/t Bill D. - Click to enlarge.


Timeline: 20 Major Islamist Attacks in Europe in Recent Years
by Breitbart London, August 18, 2017:

LONDON (AP) — The deadly Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people and wounded dozens of others Thursday is the latest attack in Europe in recent years. Here are some of the other major ones, many of which used vehicles: 
—June 19, 2017: A British man who had reportedly made anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim remarks drives into a crowd of worshippers outside a London mosque. One person dies and nine others are wounded. 
—June 3, 2017: Three Islamic extremists drive into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge and then go on a knife rampage in nearby Borough Market, killing eight people and wounding dozens of others. 
—May 22, 2017: A suicide bomber kills 22 people and injures dozens during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in northern England. 
—April 7, 2017: A man driving a hijacked beer truck hits pedestrians at a Stockholm department store, killing four. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies)

“Stay Quiet and You’ll Be Okay” That’s what Mohamed Atta told the doomed airline passengers on 9/11. And we still hear the exact same message today, from the powerful but shadowy lobby that is working behind the scenes to gut the First Amendment and prohibit “hate speech”—or any criticism—of Islam.

Available from Amazon in Kindle edition, paperback, MP3 and audiobook.
Also available from Barnes & Noble.

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies)

About the Book

As bestselling author Robert Spencer shows in his startling new book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies), Islamic supremacists and their appeasers have mounted a dangerous and disturbingly successful campaign against our constitutional rights. Spencer reveals:


  • How social media behemoths Facebook and Twitter—not to mention student groups at American college campuses—are doing the bidding of anti-First Amendment Muslim activists
  • Why core Islamic teachings make criticism of Islam punishable by death
  • How American representatives at the United Nations have already agreed to limit freedom of speech
  • How Curt Schilling and other outspoken conservatives have lost their jobs for criticizing Islam
  • Why Twitter and Facebook now regularly censor speech critical of Islam—while allowing death threats against its critics
  • How blasphemy laws in Muslim countries are used as a pretext for arresting—even lynching–Christians
  • How European “hate speech” laws are used to prosecute and harass critics of Islam
  • Why appeasement of Islam is endangering our First Amendment freedoms and could lead to your prosecution for “hate speech”


If you value your First Amendment rights, you owe it to yourself to read The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). It will give you the information and tools you need to fight back—because Islam and its progressive fellow travelers have only begun their campaign to define what you can read, say, and think.

ROBERT SPENCER is a New York Times bestselling author and the director of Jihad Watch (jihadwatch.org), a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of fifteen books on Islam. He has led seminars on jihad for the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and United States Central Command.

Source: Jihad Watch

OVERREACH: PAYPAL BANS JIHAD WATCH, THEN BACKS DOWN

The Left suffers a setback in its war on the freedom of speech.

I have been following this story since August 18, when Robert Spencer posted at Jihad Watch about ProPublic contacting him for comments on a story they were working on. The query to Spencer from ProPublica contained a thinly veiled threat implying the leftist group was going to use its story to try to force companies like PayPal, Amazon and others to terminate their relationship with Jihad Watch and other counter-jihad sites in order to cripple its cash flow. The entire endeavor was an obvious hit piece and smear campaign targeting Robert and Jihad Watch for their tireless work in reporting on stealth and violent jihad as Islam seeks to force the world to submit to the rule of Allah.

Make no mistake, this is part of the spiritual battle taking place, the "powers and principalities" whose initiatives we see reflected in the actions of their minions here on earth.

For background, see these articles (sequential, oldest at top):



One small action I can take: since PayPal has revealed itself as a pawn of the forces of antichrist, I am removing PayPal from this site in solidarity with Robert Spencer and Jihad Watch.

If today they are coming for Robert Spencer and Jihad Watch for exposing the dark deeds of Islamic jihad and the fawning submission of dhimmi authorities in Europe and America, tomorrow they will be coming for Christians who boldly state that Islam is a false religion, Muhammad is a false prophet, and Allah is a false deity.

And the day after tomorrow they will be coming for you!


Overreach: PayPal bans Jihad Watch, then backs down
by Robert Spencer, Frontpage Mag, August 22, 2017:




When a neo-Nazi psychopath plowed his car into a crowd of Leftist protesters in Charlottesville, the Left saw a golden opportunity to use the moment as its Reichstag Fire, and indulge its increasingly obvious authoritarian tendencies. But when they came after Jihad Watch, they overreached.

Friday, August 18, 2017

VIDEO: Preparing for Martyrdom in our Apocalyptic Times, by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos

"The work of the Church is not exclusively to battle with heretics [and heresies - like Islam, and those who say Muslims worship the same True God as we do], but also to train the faithful so that at the appropriate moment they might become confessors of Christ and martyrs out of their love for Him..."

See also: Perfected by the Sword - The Way of Martyrdom in Our Times, by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos





Posted to YouTube by Nicodemos Hagiorite

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Charlottesville: An Apocalyptic Moment

Charlottesville reveals the demonic forces behind our horrific times, where the center does not hold, and the spirit of the Destroyer has been unleashed. 

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has issued a clear and strong statement regarding the recent events in Charlottesville VA, denouncing all forms of hatred, bigotry and racism, while at the same time offering forgiveness and reconciliation for haters who repent. It is such a well worded message that any attempt to lift a 'sound byte' from it would not do it justice. I would simply urge you to read it all.

However, it is especially worth noting one of the scripture passages they chose to include:

Jesus rebuked his disciples when they suggested that he violently retaliate against his enemies. "You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them."  (Luke 9:55-56)

This is precisely one of the key scripture passages I reference in my book, Facing Islam, for it reveals the spirit of Islam, the spirit of the age, the spirit of the Destroyer:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Muslim takeover of Europe is ‘biggest story of our time’ and nobody knows it

"Western Europe is already in the death throes of 'demographic suicide' because couples are no longer having enough children."

The implications of the collapse of Western Europe are deeply disturbing. Islam's 'Rule of Numbers' means more unrest, jihad terrorism, and open persecution of Christians by Muslims.

The grandchildren of Orthodox Christians in Europe today will be the New-Martyrs of the second half of this century — if the Lord doesn't return first.

Just as the Mayor of London is now a Muslim, Muslims will eventually ascend to the highest levels of leadership in the EU and its satellite countries. Muslims will eventually control Europe's nuclear arsenals.


Muslim takeover of Europe is ‘biggest story of our time’ and nobody knows it
by Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews, August 10, 2017 (h/t Fr Mark Hodges):

Historian Arnold Toynbee once famously said that “civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”

Using this as a springboard, commentator Mark Steyn shows in a new video how Western Europe is already in the death throes of “demographic suicide” because couples are no longer having enough children. He then shows how a thriving Muslim population in Western Europe is well on its way to filling all the empty space.

Steyn explained how given the divergent birth rate between Muslims and post-Christian secularists, it will take only two generations for the current Muslim population (sitting at about 10-percent) to have as many grandchildren as post-Christian secularists (who currently make up the other 90 percent). This is due, he said, to Muslims having on average 3.5 children per couple compared to post-Christian secularists who have only 1.3 children per couple.

“People think this is a slow process…It happens very fast. The catching up is well under way,” he said.

Steyn said that the takeover of Western Europe by Muslims is “not a prediction.” He noted that some elementary schools, such as in Antwerp, Belgium, already have a majority of Muslim students.

“Nobody is predicting anything. We’re talking about who are the kids in the grade school right now, which means they are going to be the guys entering the workforce in fifteen years time,” he said.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Extended Interview with Raymond Ibrahim on Islam, by Hank Hanegraaf

This is an outstanding, "Ultimate" interview with Raymond Ibrahim, author of 'Crucified Again - Exposing Islam's New War On Christians', 'The Al Qaeda Reader', and a new book scheduled for 2018, 'Sword and Scimitar'.

Hanegraaf lets Raymond really explore the topics, which results in a riveting, wide-ranging discussion, with Raymond being able to stretch out and make a compelling presentation based on his many years of research.

It's a long interview (more than 90 minutes), but well worth it. Raymond Ibrahim continues to elevate his stature as one of the great Christian scholars on the Islamic threat.

St Vladimir's Seminary — You should invite this man and give him an honorary PhD and have him give a keynote address on Orthodoxy and Islam.

Money quotes:

  • "If Allah is God, then he's schizophrenic."
  • "The early Christians... were scandalized when they finally got the Koran and Muhammad's biography, saying basically, 'What sort of a God is this, that exists to validate this man's primordial and savage impulses?'"


From Hank Hanegraaf's podcast site:

This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim to discuss the stark reality of Islamic issues faced by the world today in context with historical analysis, not the least of them being the Muslim genocide and persecution of Christians.

Topics discussed include: 

  • the West actively undermining itself and the reality of Islam (6:00); 
  • the aberration of labeling Islam as one of the Abrahamic faiths (10:00); 
  • the difference between Mohammed and Christ (13:30); 
  • is the Allah of Islam the God of the Bible? (19:30)

(interview description continues below the player)

Listen to ""Drip-Drip" Genocide: Muslim Persecution of Christians" on Spreaker.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Two reports highlight relentless Muslim Jihad and Genocide against Coptic Christians

Egyptian President el-Sisi seems unable to protect Coptic Christians as Muslim attacks escalate. Egyptian churches are suspending all functions for remainder of July after warnings of more Islamic jihad attacks.

The two reports below emphasize how dire, hopeless, and even betrayed our Coptic brothers and sisters must feel as this horrific wave of Islamic persecution continues to worsen. Even some of their bishops are "missing the point" per an incident related in the first story below:

One bishop found himself being berated by the victims' relatives for saying, "farewell to martyrs of the homeland."
The relatives interrupted the bishop, saying, "They are not martyrs of the homeland, they are martyrs of the Church, Father!" 
 
Another man, Mina Lamei, told Al-Monitor that, 'Martyrdom does not mean to be killed in cold blood."
He said the state should protect its citizens, "not congratulate them on their martyrdom."



1. Egypt's Copts Say They're Tired of Being 'Martyrs' As Deadly Attacks Continue

By Jay Gotera, Christian Post via AINA, July 14, 2017:

The streams of blood from defenseless Copts massacred by Islamist extremists continue to drench Egypt--with no end in sight.

Three more Coptic were found dead in a span of eight days from the last week of June to the first week of July, with a fourth victim killed in late May, World Watch Monitor reported.

Even as the Coptic Orthodox Church held another memorial service on July 3 commemorating 40 days since the bus attack in Minya that killed 29 Copts on Ascension Day, hopes for an end to the sectarian killings remain dim.

Although the Coptic community has remained steadfast in their faith and has bravely faced the danger of living in a country where they faced intense persecution, some have expressed exasperation at the inability of the Egyptian government to protect them, adding that they have grown tired of being "martyrs" for their homeland.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

FBI now investigating 1,000 Islamic State-related jihad threats in all 50 states

“It’s harder than finding a needle in a haystack; it’s like finding a needle in a stack of needles.”

Already in a city near you?

Some recent arrests and news stories underscore how serious and widespread the Muslim jihad terror threat is, including from so-called 'refugees'. 

Most recent news stories at top. — And this list only dates back two weeks! 




FBI Investigating 1,000 ISIS-Related Threats in All 50 States
by Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post, July 1, 2017 (Thanks to Jihad Watch):




Days after Charlotte-area ISIS sympathizer Justin Sullivan was sentenced to life for planning mass murder in support of the Islamic State terror group, a North Carolina-based terrorism expert says the FBI is investigating about 1,000 ISIS-related threats in all 50 states.

U.S. Attorney Jill Rose of Charlotte has confirmed that suspected ISIS sympathizers are being investigated in North Carolina while not disclosing the number, a “domestic-terrorism expert” told The Charlotte Observer that the state probes are among some 1,000 active FBI investigations.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Trump & Sobieski - Defenders of the West against Islamic Jihad

The symbolism of this photo op sends a powerful message of encouragement to a revitalized Christian Europe, plus a wake-up call to the chronically weak and sick Globalist EU, and a blunt warning to the militant Muslim world.


Coincidence? Polish Government Seats Trump Beside Painting of Polish King Famed For Routing Islam from Europe

by Oliver J.J. Lane, Breitbart News, July 6, 2017:

A Portrait of King Jan Sobieski III hangs over President Trump’s right shoulder, Thursday morning / AP IMAGES


President Donald Trump’s first photo-call in Poland after his arrival in Air Force One was with President Andrzej Duda and saw him sat beside an oil painting of a prominent figure in Polish history and folklore — the 17th-century king who kicked Islam out of Central Europe and is remembered as “the Hammer of the Turks”.

Warsaw’s Royal Palace, where the meeting took place — lavishly reconstructed after it was dynamited by Nazi German troops during the Second World War — benefits from a surfeit of grand rooms and hundreds of works of art.

From oils of kings and statesmen by artists such as Rembrandt to impressive murals and sculpture, the Polish authorities had a great deal of choice for where to host the symbolic first meeting of President Trump’s first European visit.

It may be seen as a remarkable coincidence, therefore, that of all the rooms and of all the paintings, they chose to sit President Trump besides a portrait of one of Poland’s best-known warrior kings. King Jan (John) III Sobieski is today remembered and celebrated in Poland, and elsewhere in Central Europe, for his pivotal role at the Battle of Vienna in September 1683.

At the culmination of the two-month siege of Vienna by the forces of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, Sobieski led an army to relieve the city. Despite leading a force significantly smaller than the invading Ottomans, the coalition of Polish and Germanic troops staged one of, if not the largest, cavalry charge in the history of warfare and defeated the Ottoman army — ending centuries of Islamic attacks and invasions reaching the heart of Europe.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

'Drip-Drip' Genocide: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February, 2017

"Pakistan goes from 23 per cent [non-Muslim], which is almost a quarter of its population, to three per cent today. I call it a ‘drip drip genocide’, because it’s the most dangerous kind of wiping out of religious communities… It doesn’t happen in one day. It doesn’t happen over a few months. Little by little by little, laws and institutions and bureaucracies and penal codes, textbooks that malign other communities, until you come to the point of having this sort of jihadi culture that is running rampant.”


'Drip-Drip' Genocide: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February, 2017

by Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute, May 29, 2017:


Acquitted: Muslim destruction of Joseph Colony, a Christian region, in Pakistan, 2013

The Islamic State is at it again. More stories of atrocities against Christians continued to surface. In one, a Christian man, Meghrik, said the bus in which he was riding in Syria was stopped at what turned out to be an ISIS checkpoint. Three men dressed in black entered and began checking all the passengers’ identification papers. “Are you a Christian?” they asked him. “No,” he said. He explained that he was raised by Christian parents and his family name was Christian, but that he was not. “You’re lying,” the fighter said. “Your name says you’re a Christian. Come with me.” He was taken to an ISIS-judge who “concluded that he was a Christian” and said “You’re sentenced to death.” Thereafter Meghrik was severely whipped and tortured. At one point he was thrown in a hole in the ground and surrounded by an execution squad prepared to fire. After 10 days of this treatment and for unknown reasons—Meghrik cites a miracle and is now a devout Christian—he was released.

While much of the world acknowledges that the Islamic State is engaged in acts of genocide against religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, in other Muslim states, such as Pakistan, Christians and other non-Muslim minorities are experiencing a “drip-drip genocide“, said the noted author, journalist and Pakistani politician Farahnaz Ispahani :”Right before the partition of India and Pakistan, we had a very healthy balance of religions other than Islam. Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Zoroastrians. [Now] Pakistan goes from 23 per cent [non-Muslim], which is almost a quarter of its population, to three per cent today. I call it a ‘drip drip genocide’, because it’s the most dangerous kind of wiping out of religious communities…. It doesn’t happen in one day. It doesn’t happen over a few months. Little by little by little, laws and institutions and bureaucracies and penal codes, textbooks that malign other communities, until you come to the point of having this sort of jihadi culture that is running rampant.”

Other accounts of Muslim persecution of Christians to surface in February 2017 include, but are not limited to, the following:


The Slaughter of Christians in Egypt

As in January, when five different Christians were killed in four separate hate crimes around the nation, another murderous wave took the non-Muslim minorities by storm, this time in al-Arish, Sinai. The murders may have been connected to a video released in February by the “Islamic State in Egypt.” In the video, masked militants promise more attacks on the “worshipers of the cross”—a reference to the Coptic Christians of Egypt, of whom they also refer to as their “favorite prey” and “infidels who are empowering the West against Muslim nations.” One of the militants, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, added, “God gave orders to kill every infidel.” Below is a list of Christians murdered in al-Arish:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ontario 'Human Rights Commission' fines Landlord $12,000 for not removing his shoes when showing Muslim tenant's apartment

Canada is now blatantly implementing Sharia law, trying to force a Christian man to pay jizya to his former Muslim tenants. Canada is in essence behaving like a conquered, dhimmi state, extracting jizya from its citizens to appease its Islamic masters, who rank highest in the Canadian Human Rights Hierarchy.

Two reports below, the first from Michele Mandel at the Toronto Sun (which documents the facts of the case), the second from Faith Goldy at Rebel Media. Read all the way to the end for a link to find out how you can help John Alabi's legal fees to fight this form of stealth jihad.

It appears the case may have turned on a remark Alabi allegedly made on Facebook. The Canadian Thought Crime Human Rights Commission submits to Sharia Law and Islam.


REPORT #1:

Brampton landlord feels 'powerless' after being labelled religion-based human rights violator

by Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun, May 3, 2017:

John Alabi, ruled a 'human rights violator by a Canadian Human Rights   Sharia Court.


This poor man came to Canada from Nigeria 22 years ago in hopes of building a better life for his family.

After almost a quarter century of being a law-abiding, hard-working member of society, he never imagined his adopted country would label him a human rights violator and order him to pay $12,000 in compensation to his Muslim tenants.

“I was humiliated, I was made to feel I have no rights, I was made to feel that I’m not wanted in society,” says John Alabi, 52. “I feel powerless. They rented my place for only two months. Two months! It’s just not fair,”

The small landlord came forward to explain his position after the Sun told his shocking story last week: The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found he failed to accommodate the religious needs of Walid Madkour and Heba Ismail by not giving them more than the legal 24-hour notice before showing the apartment and by failing to remove his shoes when he entered the bedroom they used to pray.

Now the travel agent is on the hook for money he doesn’t have to pay tenants who were in his home for only two months. And he doesn’t feel he did anything wrong.

For 15 years Alabi rented the in-law suite in his home to help pay his mortgage. A tenant’s religion wasn’t important to him.

“I go beyond all that. I just see everybody as human beings like me. That’s why I took them in,” he says. “We got along. And then all of a sudden I’m a racist?”

After they gave notice in February 2015, Alabi says he bent over backwards to accommodate the Egyptian-born couple in booking acceptable times to show their apartment to prospective new tenants. At first, Madkour tried to argue that the landlord couldn’t show the unit when his wife was home. Alabi explained that with 24 hours notice, the law gave him the authority to enter even if she was there.

They called the police, claiming that his shovelling snow outside their apartment was harassment. The officers confirmed that Alabi was legally allowed to show their unit when they were there. That’s when they suddenly raised the religion issue, he says, and told him he couldn’t enter during their prayer times. He agreed.

That still wasn’t enough, Alabi says.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Patrick Henry: 'There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!'

And Islam = submission and slavery, when it doesn't equal beheadings and death.

What would Patrick Henry say today, seeing the West respond to Islamic jihad attacks with candles and teddy bears?

So, for America's Independence Day, here are the closing paragraphs of Patrick Henry's 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death' speech, with a few edits to suit our own darkening days:

There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard at every TSA security checkpoint, and in the accusations of 'Islamophobia'! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. 
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, [Islam means] "Peace, Peace," but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! 
The next gale that sweeps from the Middle East will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? 
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!


Source for Patrick Henry's Speech: Colonial Williamsburg

Realism and Islam

"Our leaders cannot comprehend what is going on, either when a whole Western civilization loses its faith and moral standards or when Islam reawakens to the implications of its own faith and its vision of world conquest..."

"Realism means that we can and should call what happens by its proper name. It also means that, if we cannot or will not make this proper naming, we are not realistic. We will inevitably suffer the consequences of our failure to state the truth of what is there."

"The Muslim protagonists of today realize how close they were several times in the past to conquering Europe as the next step in world conquest. What they see today is a very realistic opportunity to succeed where their ancestors failed."


Realism and Islam—
To see reality in its fullest dimensions...

by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., Catholic World Report, April 17, 2016:




I.

Political realism, long associated with Augustine, constrains us to consider what Machiavelli later recommended to us—namely, to look at what men “do” do and not at what they “ought” to do. This advice would be more persuasive if, in fact, some men did not do what they ought to do or others do what they ought not to do. Both sides usually persuade themselves that they ought to follow their convictions. Machiavelli thought that if men did what they “ought” to do they would not survive the onslaughts and cunning of those who did what they had power to do whatever they could do. However, Augustinian realism did not, as in the case of Machiavelli, justify this careful look at what men “do” do as a reason to deny the distinction between good and evil so that any means could be used to accomplish their purposes.

The “realistic” look was “realistic” for Augustine precisely because good and evil were included in the look itself, in the reality as seen. To see and act on the reality of good or evil is to see reality in its fullest dimensions. Practical truth, in terms of acting according to an accurate description of what is there, is the first principle of realism as well as of political action. Thus, Maritain could rightly maintain in the Augustinian tradition that “justice, brains, and strength” need not be separated. They belong together. Or, to refer obliquely to Lord Acton, the lack of power can also corrupt absolutely. Not to possess and use responsible power in defense of what is right is itself an evil, a cowardice.

With this background in mind, we recall recent events from “9/11”, the bombings in Spain, England, Mumbai, Bali, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, twice in Paris, Lahore, and Brussels, not to mention the persecutions and beheadings in Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Syria, and the Sunni/Shiite inner-Muslim battles. What is the most plausible way to judge such continuing violence and its origins? To make this assessment, we have to acknowledge that Islam, in principle, is actually and potentially violent throughout its entire history. The basic reason for this method is obedience to the Law of Allah, not love for violence itself.

On the basis of evidence and theory, we cannot conclude from the fact that Islam is a “religion” that therefore it is not “violent” or is so only by abuse of its own founding. It is possible to be a religion and to espouse violence. (Were this not so, we would have to exclude many key passages on the Old Testament itself.) We cannot obscure what is there and affirmed to be there by Muslims themselves. Realism means that we can and should call what happens by its proper name. It also means that, if we cannot or will not make this proper naming, we are not realistic. We will inevitably suffer the consequences of our failure to state the truth of what is there.

'Evangelicals Are Helping ‘Destroy’ the Syrian Orthodox Church', says Antiochian Priest

"Instead of helping the ancient Antioch Church and its believers continue to survive and keep their 2,000-year-old Christian traditions alive, some evangelicals from the West are doing 'the opposite' and are coming to Syria to 'steal our faithful'.” — Archimandrite Alexi Chehadeh

I have written about this deplorable tendency towards mercenary proselytism on the part of many American Protestant and Evangelical Christians, many of whom do not consider 'Eastern' Christians to be authentic Christians:



Evangelicals Are Helping ‘Destroy’ the Syrian Orthodox Church, Antiochian Priest Says (Interview)

by Samuel Smith, The Christian Post via Pravmir:

Archimandrite Alexi Chehadeh, the director-general of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate af Antioch and All the East's Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development, speaks at undisclosed location in the photo posted to Facebook on April 29, 2017. Photo: Photo: Facebook / دائرة العلاقات المسكونية والتنمية)


WASHINGTON — Evangelical Christians from the United States and other areas of the world are helping "destroy" the historic Antioch Church in Syria by offering poor, vulnerable orthodox Christians aid and assistance if they "convert" and start worshiping at evangelical house churches, a prominent Syrian priest asserted.

Archimandrite Alexi Chehadeh, director-general of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch’s Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development, traveled from the church’s headquarters in Damascus, Syria, to the U.S. capital last week to take part in the first-ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the Mayflower Hotel.

Chehadeh sat down with The Christian Post to discuss the situation in Syria and the impact that Christians in the West are having when it comes to aiding the civil war-ridden country’s minority Christian population.

“For us personally, I didn’t see any help from the American church directly. Perhaps, [aid went] to our brothers and sisters in the Protestant Church or Baptist Church or other church denominations we have there. But for us, we didn’t receive any help from the Church in [America],” Chehadeh explained.

As many experts fear that Christianity in the region might one day become extinct, Chehadeh said that instead of helping the ancient Antioch Church and its believers continue to survive and keep their 2,000-year-old Christian traditions alive, some evangelicals from the West and wealthier areas in the Middle East are doing “the opposite” and are coming to Syria to “steal our faithful.”

“[They are] giving them some money to say ‘Come to my church. I will give you money or I will let you go to Europe or to U.S.,'” Chehadeh said. “So it is not a nice way, especially in this crisis, to come and to destroy the work of a church, which is for more than 2,000 years in the area...

Jesuit Scholar: Seeking to Defend Islam at All Costs is Betraying the Truth

In an interview... Jesuit Father Henri Boulad explains why he believes Islamist terrorists are applying what their religion teaches them, and why the Church fails to address this because she has fallen prey to a leftist ideology that is destroying the West.

The below article's title resonates with a powerful quote from New Martyr Fr Daniil Sysoev of Moscow, who was killed by Muslims for preaching against Islam and converting some eighty of them to Orthodox Christianity:
"One must respect mistaken people but not their mistakes. Truth is one, that which contradicts and negates truth is a lie, and respect for a lie is contempt for the truth." 

Over at Jihad Watch, Christine Douglass-Williams, in her introduction to another report based on Fr Boulad's interview and writings, provides some important context:

Boulad also accepted Hungarian citizenship, in a recent affirmation of Hungarian leader Viktor Orban’s restrictive immigration policy of keeping out Muslim migrants to protect his country from jihad attacks and the skyrocketing crime that other European nations have been plagued with due to vast Muslim migration. Boulad stated that he “would like to…..fight for the future and for the Christian values on the side of Hungary and Viktor Orbán.”

Jesuit Scholar: Seeking to Defend Islam at All Costs Is Betraying the Truth

by Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, June 15, 2017,
Thanks to Creeping Sharia & Jihad Watch:




The Church should not defend Islam “at all costs” and seek to “exonerate it from the horrors committed every day in its name” or else “one ends up betraying the truth,” a leading Jesuit scholar of Islam has asserted.

Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad believes that when it comes to dealing with Islam, the Catholic Church has succumbed to a “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West” based on the pretext of “openness, tolerance and Christian charity.”

In a June 10 interview with the Register, Father Boulad reveals that he shared these sentiments with Pope Francis in a letter he wrote to him last August, telling him that many think the Pope’s own views on Islam are “aligned with this ideology, and that, from complacency, you go from concessions to concessions, and compromises in compromises, at the expense of the truth.”

“Jesus said to us, ‘the Truth will set you free.’ It is because he refused any compromise on this point that he knew the fate which was his. Following him, countless Christians preferred martyrdom to compromise, as is the case in Egypt and elsewhere to this day.”

“Christians,” he wrote, “are expecting something from you other than vague and harmless declarations that may obscure reality.”

Some said the Pope took a diplomatic yet slightly firmer line on Islam when he gave an address to Al Azhar university in Cairo at the end of April.

Father Boulad, 85, an Egyptian and a relative of the Jesuit scholar of Islam, Father Samir Khalil Samir, also discusses in this interview why he believes Islamists are merely carrying out what their religion teaches, whether Islam is capable of reform, and how, despite its problems, the religion can help the Church in acting as a bulwark against secularist ideology.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Reawakening of Christian Civilization in Eastern Europe

Recent trends in Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Georgia point to a "re-traditionalization that’s going on all over the world in response to the virulently anti-cultural, anti-traditional dynamics of secularism and secular globalization."

Linked to these signs of a revitalized Traditional Christian Worldview is the rejection by many of these same countries of the EU's suicidal immigration policies. In Poland recently hundreds of thousands turned out in protest of mass Muslim immigration and the threat of Islam:




In sad and pathetic contrast, in Western Europe they respond to Islamic jihad terror attacks and Muslim rape gangs with candles and teddy bears.


The Reawakening of Christian Civilization in Eastern Europe

by Steve Turley, Turley Talks, Jun 11, 2017



Recently, there’s been some very impressive examples of the reawakening of Christian civilization in Eastern Europe.

First, let’s look at what happened recently in Poland. In a ceremony at the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow last November 19th, the Catholic Bishops of Poland in the presence of President Andreiz Duda and many Catholic pilgrims, officially recognized Jesus Christ as the King of Poland and called upon Him to rule over their nation, its people and their political leaders.

At the mass, they prayed “Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, bowing our heads before You, King of the Universe, we acknowledge Thy dominion over Poland, those living in our homeland and throughout the world. Wishing to worship the majesty of Thy power and glory, with great faith and love, we cry out: Rule us, Christ!”

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Ramadan to Remember

Tracked annually by The Religion of Peace website, the Muslim sacred month of Ramadan proves the significance of traditional Islamic teachings on jihad, infidels, apostasy and blasphemy. Ramadan is truly the Month of Jihad and Conquest for Muslims the world over, and this year was one of the bloodiest in modern history as Muslims strived to please their bloodthirsty god.

Scroll down for two reports...



Ramadan Bombathon 2017
religionofpeace.com, June 25, 2017:

Once again, it was a Ramadan to Remember! As religions go, Islam smoked the competition yet again. Innocent people were beheaded for not knowing the Quran... children machine-gunned for being Christian... yet not a single attack (that we could find) in the name of another religion during the 'holy' month.

Against the 174 attacks, 1595 bodies, and 1960 injured in 29 countries across the globe, there was just two Muslims killed in anti-Muslim attacks - one by an intoxicated loner with mental health issues in London, and the other in India (suspected).


And, in a separate report, Breitbart News reported a slightly higher total death toll for the sacred Islamic month:


Ramadan Rage 2017: Deaths Reach 1,627, Marking One of the Bloodiest Islamic Holy Months in Recent Memory
by Edwin Mora, Breitbart News, June 25, 2017:



Islamic extremists killed more than 1,620 people during this year’s holiest month for Muslims, marking one of the deadliest Ramadans in modern history, reveals a Breitbart News tally.

The large majority of Ramadan violence victims are Muslims.

At the end of Ramadan on Saturday, the total number of casualties across the world for the entire holy month had reached 3,451 (1,627 murders and 1,824 injuries), more than tripling the 1,150 (421 deaths and 729 injuries) that took place in 2016, considered the deadliest holy month in recent memory.

The 1,627 fatalities this year nearly quadrupled the estimated 421 deaths last year. There were an estimated 160 terror incidents in nearly thirty predominantly Muslim countries during Ramadan 2017.

On the annual Muslim festival of Eid ul Fitr that marked the end of Ramadan Saturday, jihadists attempted to attack Islam’s most sacred Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which surrounds the holiest place for Muslims — the Kabaa.