Persecution of Christians
The vise is tightening further on Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who converted to Christianity from Islam and then fled to Florida from her Ohio home in fear for her life. Now she is in foster care in Ohio, in imminent danger of being returned to her family, and the Ohio authorities, at the command of the Barys’ lawyer, continue to isolate her.
Dianawest.net 1 December 2009
By Diana West
Andrew Bostom delves into the sourcing behind the wholly rational, minimally survivalist rationale against permitting minarets to rise over non-Islamic lands -- if, that is, they are to stay non-Islamic. Andy writes:
The venerable Brill Encyclopedia of Islam (EOI) entry on minarets makes plain that minarets are a political statement of Islamic supremacism. Interestingly, given current Turkish Erdogan’s provocative statement while mayor of Istanbul -- (the full statement was quoted in a NY Times story by Stephen Kinzer from 2/16/1998: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes are our helmets, the minarets are our swords, and the faithful are our army”), cited by opponents of minaret construction in Switzerland — the observations from the Brill EOI about the Ottoman perspective on minarets are of particular interest.
Several hundred joined a rally in London’s Hyde Park organised by One Law for All to show their opposition to Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and to demand universal rights and secularism.
Gates of Vienna 23 November 2009
By Baron Bodissey
"One should be aware of the historical fact that Christians were the clear majority in many regions of the Middle East prior to Mohammed. And these majorities are now all but extinct.”
Our Austrian correspondent ESW has translated excerpts from an article by Andreas Unterberger about the current level of persecution suffered by Christians, especially in Muslim-majority countries. It is followed by a report about a panel discussion on the same topic hosted by Akademikerbund and the Political Academy.
Jihad Watch 23 November 2009
Rifqa's inexcusable isolation continues. Show her you care: send her a Christmas card. Details here.
Here is video of the main presentation and the question-and-answer session of Saturday's panel at Restoration Weekend on the Rifqa Bary case, featuring Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, Andrew Bostom, editor of The Legacy of Jihad, and me. (Video thanks to Pamela.)