War on Christians – Proof !!!

October 17th, 2012

Many in the media personalities living in a fantasy world often try and say their is no war on Christians and there is no proof Christian persecution. The problem with them saying that is its just not true. The world is full of extremist trying to stop, forcible remove or burn them out. The extreme cases end in the murder of innocent people who are singled out and targeted for being Christian. We are pro life, we need to make sure that belief in life, expends to Christians in troubled areas of the world. – Gary Francis

War on Christians -

Iraq: What Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors, characterized as “religicide,” continues unabated in the nation that was liberated by U.S. forces a decade ago: “Christians in cities like Baghdad and Mosul are gripped by terrorism. They are fleeing in droves. Today [August 16] it was reported that at least 20 people died in blasts and shootings across the country.” Before the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Mosul was home to some 75,000 Christians, but now the number has dropped to around 25,000. Christian homes are set on fire, bombs placed in their cars; other Christian families are receiving letters threatening them to leave Iraq or be kidnapped or killed.

Ivory Coast: As part of the civil war, Muslim rebels “massacred hundreds and displaced tens of thousands” of predominantly Christian supporters of Laurent Gbagbo. Since the attack, when their homes were taken by rebels, some 5,000 predominantly Christian ethnic Guere have been forced to flee into the ungoverned, inhospitable bush, or to the Catholic mission in Duekoue. The priest there reported that the mission has also been threatened by “crowds of angry youths.”

Mali: As many as 200,000 Christians are fleeing to Algeria and Mauritania, where they are seeking a safe haven from Islamic terrorists linked to al-Qaeda, who have become increasingly active in the northern regions of the nation.

Nigeria: The Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram [Western Education is a Sin] continued its jihad [holy war] to purge north Nigeria of all Christians. In one instance, gunmen murdered a 57-year-old evangelist of a Pentecostal church. When he was threatened earlier, he had said “I leave everything in the hands of God.”

Syria: Some 12,000 people were blockaded in the predominantly Christian town of Rableh by anti-government forces; they killed several people trying to leave and refused the entry of food and medical supplies. Government forces had reportedly driven out the opposition by August 24. Christians were also given an ultimatum to leave the nearby cities of Qusayr and Homs, which has been almost entirely cleansed of its 50,000-60,000 Christian population. The predominantly Christian part of Aleppo was also hit by heavy fighting earlier this month; and a car bomb was detonated in the predominantly Christian area of Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus, as “a crowd of faithful, families, elderly people, women and children, were heading to the cemetery to bury two young people who had died a day earlier, on August 27, also victims of an IED. Twelve died (other sources say as many as 27), including five children, and injuring more than 50 people.” Further, “a family of Armenian Christians was found murdered, and all members of the family horribly decapitated.”

Church Attacks

Azerbaijan: The highest appeals court upheld the decision to close Greater Grace Church, “the first religious community to be liquidated by a court since the country’s harsh new religion law came into force in 2009.” The church, registered since 1993, had provided a place for Christian worship and teaching for almost 20 years; and with a congregation of nearly 500, was one of the larger Protestant churches in the country.

Indonesia: Two churches were the latest to be forcibly closed in West Java: First, a “large tent” used for services by St. Johannes Baptista Church in Bogor was sealed off by authorities on August 7. The congregation had been using the tent since 2006 as a temporary location while they awaited a permit for a proper building, for which it had applied in 2000. Police threatened to “tear down” the tent if the Christians continued to use it; the church leader suspects the hostility is linked to the growth of the congregation, which now numbers around 500. Second, Batak Karo Protestant Church in Bandung was sealed off by protesters who claimed that the congregation had earlier agreed not to use the building, even though it now has all necessary permits to hold service.

Kenya: After a fight ensued between the supporters of a Muslim cleric who had died and the police, a church near the mosque where the funeral was being held was set on fire, and another church was attacked. Separately, another church was attacked and looted “by an armed mob,” believed to be sympathizers of the al-Shabaab terrorist organization. In the words of the pastor who witnessed the pillage, “attackers armed with guns stormed the compound and immediately began pulling down one iron sheet after another, and soon 60 iron sheets were gone. It was a terrible sight to watch the walls of the church come down, [but] I could not shout for help because the attackers could gun me down. Shocked and dismayed, the church’s 60 congregants arrived for worship the next day to find their church building in ruins.” Police were told that there were threats of an attack and that local Muslims were saying things such as “we do not want infidels in this area,” but did nothing. These latest attacks “came only one week after al-Shabab militants hurled grenades into the African Inland Church of Garissa, in eastern Kenya, and opened fire on congregants, killing 17 people, including 15 worshippers. Grenades were also thrown at the local Catholic church.” More than 14 churches have been attacked in Kenya since April.

Nigeria: Gunmen, probably connected with the jihadi organization Boko Haram, “stormed the Deeper Life Church, where Christian worshipers were gathered in prayer, and surrounded the church in the middle of a worship service and opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles on the worshippers.” At least 19 of them were killed, including the pastor. The following day, an unexploded bomb was discovered at Revival Church.

Syria: Gunmen attacked the Catholic monastery of Mar Musa, which dates from the 4th century, and is located north of Damascus. None of the monks was hurt, although the monastery was, in the words of Father Dall’Oglio, “sacked,” and “gunmen stole everything they could steal,” including tractors and other agricultural tools.

Apostasy, Blasphemy, Proselytism

Egypt: A Christian man accused of defaming Islam was arrested after a complaint in which he was accused of posting opinions in Facebook which insulted Muhammad. Insults to Islam and the prophet are considered crimes in Egypt under Article 98(f) of the Penal Code, which states: “Confinement for a period of not less than six months and not exceeding five years… shall be the penalty inflicted on whoever makes use of religion in propagating, either by words, in writing, or in any other means, extreme ideas for the purpose of inciting strife, ridiculing or insulting a heavenly religion or a sect following it, or damaging national unity.”

Pakistan: After a Pakistani flag with the name of “Allah” on it accidentally blew from a Christian’s property to a Muslim’s, the Muslim accused the Christian of deliberately trying to blaspheme the name of Allah. This accusation was advertised in the local mosques, and prompted enraged Muslims to threaten to burn down the homes of the 15 Christian families in the area. Also, a Christian pastor, who had preached among Muslims, some of whom showed interest in converting, was threatened and subsequently kidnapped.

Tanzania: A 17-year-old girl, Eva Abdullah, who had abandoned Islam three years ago to convert to Christianity, was sentenced to two years in prison after being accused of desecrating the Quran. Her parents had disowned her and “a group of radicals” tried to “persuade” her to renounce her Christian faith. When she refused, they falsely accused her of desecrating a Quran.

Tunisia: The nation’s ruling Islamist party filed a bill to criminalize offenses against “sacred values.” “Crimes” would mandate prison terms and fines for broadly worded offenses, such as insulting or mocking the “sanctity of religion.” Among other things, the bill also codifies the levels of offense to religious feelings, including “insults, profanity, derision and representation of Allah and Mohammed.”

Dhimmitude

[General Abuse, Debasement, and Suppression of Non-Muslims as "Tolerated" Citizens]

Egypt: The nation’s jihad organizations dropped leaflets calling on Muslims to kill Christians wherever they found them. Coptic shop owners who sell Christian icons and statues received threatening letters. Muslim “gangs” plundered and kidnapped for ransom Christians. Islamists in the Constituent Assembly demanded that the Coptic Church’s funds be placed under state financial control, a measure categorically rejected by Copts: the state in no way funds the Church, even though mosques are funded by taxpayers, including Christians. Condemning the proposal, the acting Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church said the demand has only one meaning: “that Copts are clearly persecuted.” Despite promising greater representation for Egypt’s Copts, President Morsi broke his word and allowed only one Copt, a female, to represent the nation’s 10-14% Christians in the newly formed Cabinet: “We had expected an increase in the representation of Copts especially after the number of ministries increased to 35. But the formation ignored all the known rights and concepts of citizenship,” said the acting Patriarch: “It is not right that Copts get treated in this way.” When Egypt’s Constituent Assembly proposed a law to criminalize “forced labor, slavery, the trafficking of women and children, human organs, and the sex trade,” from which Christians, especially females, would benefit, the Islamist party complained.

Iran: According to Mohabat News, authorities “raise[d] unsubstantiated charges” against five arrested converts to Christianity to “pressure” and “intimidate” them, including by falsely accusing them of desecrating the Quran, and holding them for indefinite periods. “Although their situation is still unclear six months after their arrest, there is no doubt that the Christians’ only crime is related to their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Pakistan: Eleven Christian student nurses were poisoned with mercury in their tea. It is believed that the Christian women were targeted as punishment for drinking tea while their Muslim colleagues were fasting during the month of Ramadan. And a 56-year-old Christian woman at the Karachi Press Club recounted how she and her family were enslaved and forced to work without pay, and tortured and beaten. Muslim “feudal lords” are threatening her and her extended family, with, among other charges, accusations of blasphemy: “Please protect us,” they said. “We don’t want to go back.”

Saudi Arabia: The last of the 35 Ethiopian Christians held in detention since December after being arrested for holding a prayer meeting in a private home was deported home: “We have arrived home safe,” one of the released said: “We believe that we are released as the result of the pressure exerted by ICC and others. The Saudi officials do not tolerate any religions other than Islam. They consider non-Muslims unbelievers. They are full of hatred towards non-Muslims.”

Syria: A number of Melchite Greek Catholic priests, including the archbishop, fled to Lebanon after their offices were ransacked. According to Fides, “unidentified groups who want to feed a religious war and drag the Syrian population into sectarian conflicts” attacked the Christian area in the old quarter of Aleppo. A Byzantine Christian museum and an office of the Maronite Christian faith were also damaged.

Turkey: The chairman of Parliament’s education committee is accusing the French government of “planting seeds of hate” with its move to include the Armenian genocide in history and geography books used in French secondary schools. Armenia, backed by many historians, says that about 1.5 million Armenians were killed in what is now eastern Turkey during World War I in a deliberate policy of genocide ordered by the Ottoman government.

Uzbekistan: A 26-year-old Christian woman, paralyzed from youth, and her mother were violently attacked by six men with sticks who broke into their home at 4 a.m. The men ransacked the home, confiscating icons, bibles, religious calendars and prayer books. When the paralyzed woman furtively tried to phone for help, she was beaten again. They were all taken to the police department, where the woman was “offered to convert to Islam.” She refused, and the judge eventually “decided that the women had resisted police and had stored the banned religious literature at home and conducted missionary activities. He fined them 20 minimum monthly wages each.”

VOTE NO physician-assisted suicide

October 16th, 2012

October 15, 2012—Boston, MA (LifeSiteNews) – Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley is urging Massachusetts voters to oppose a ballot measure aimed at legalizing physician-assisted suicide.  In an opinion piece for The Boston Pilot October 12, the cardinal asked voters to consider the long-term ramifications of the proposed law, which will appear on the ballot in November as Question 2, calling it the beginning of a “slippery slope.”

O’Malley pointed out that there is widespread concern in the disability advocacy and medical communities that Question 2 “not only would be harmful in itself, but could lead to unintended tragic outcomes,” as has happened in other places where assisted suicide has been legalized.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

While “asserting that something could happen is not the same as stating that something will happen,” wrote O’Malley, “common sense allows reasonable people to judge the likelihood that a sequence of events that have happened in one place are likely to happen in another place in a similar way.”

As written, the cardinal said, Question 2 could lead to adoption of “quality of life” standards, putting the mentally ill and the disabled at risk of being targeted for assisted suicide, and perhaps eventually, for euthanasia. He said the disabled and their advocates “fear that misunderstandings and false compassion could result in their being considered ‘better off dead,’ devalued, and treated as second class citizens in respect to their medical care.”

He also expressed concern that the law might push up suicide rates in general, and that it would pave the way for an “unscrupulous heir or indifferent family member [to pressure] a sick person, either directly or in subtle ways, to end his or her life.”

Religious Freedom Rallies to Sweep America

October 16th, 2012

Do not be misled by the main stream media Christians all across America are out in record numbers to defend life and to preserve religious freedom ! – Gary Francis

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2012 — During last week’s debate, Vice President Joe Biden denied that the Obama administration’s HHS Mandate will require religious employers to provide contraceptives through their health plans — an outright falsehood that was quickly denounced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has been fighting the Mandate since it was announced earlier this year. Organizers of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally, being held at sites across the country on Saturday, October 20, say Biden’s remarks show just how urgently this kind of grassroots opposition to the HHS Mandate is needed.

These “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies will take place in over 140 cities coast to coast, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Miami, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. The nationwide campaign is being sponsored by the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Coalition. A complete list of rally locations is available at StandUpRally.com.

Tens of thousands of citizens are expected to take part in these peaceful, non-partisan demonstrations at local federal buildings, court houses, Congressional offices, city parks, and churches, and include religious and community leaders. In March and June of this year, over 300 Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies took place, drawing over 125,000 participants.

The HHS Mandate was implemented in August under a provision of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that empowers the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to mandate that certain preventive services be provided free of copays in employer health plans. Under the HHS Mandate, all employers, even religious institutions, are now required to offer free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.

“I was stunned when I heard Vice President Biden claim that religious institutions like Catholic Charities don’t have to provide contraceptive coverage in their health plans,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and one of the co-directors of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies. “I don’t know whether the vice president was outright lying or if he really doesn’t understand the HHS Mandate, but the fact is that employers are being forced to violate their consciences — and the doctrines of their faith — by providing contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health plans. At Saturday’s rallies, we will be calling on the American people to vote for candidates committed to overturning the HHS Mandate and restoring religious liberty in America.”

“Inexpensive contraception is already widely available in this country,” said Monica Miller, executive director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and also a co-director of the October 20 event. “There was no need to force religious employers to provide it in their health plans — but apparently the Obama administration does see a need to deny that’s what’s happening. They know that Americans cherish their religious freedoms, and Biden’s false statements in last week’s debate show they’re worried how this controversy will impact the election. They should be.”

Rally organizers are available for media interviews, nationally or in specific markets. To make arrangements, contact Tom Ciesielka at TC Public Relations, 312-422-1333 or tc@tcpr.net.

Contact Monica M. Miller: 248-444-9096, mmmillerlife@gmail.com

Contact Eric J. Scheidler: 773-251-8792, eric@prolifeaction.org

About Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is an activist organization, founded on Catholic principles of morality and social justice, dedicated to advocacy of the sanctity of human life, especially protection of the right to life of unborn children. They organize public demonstrations, educational programs, literature distribution, and conferences, and offer mothers in crisis pregnancy material and spiritual aid. For more information, go to
www.prolifesociety.com.

Obama’s obsession with abortion…

October 16th, 2012

Abortion funding and Planned Parenthood are at the core of Obamacare. Since Planned Parenthood commits more than one quarter of all abortions in the United States, it stands to gain $250 million or more from an abortion superfund that constitutional sleuths at Alliance Defending Freedom found inside and calculate will funnel $1 billion to the abortion industry.

And that’s without mentioning that Obama put purveyors of sex, contraception, sterilization, and abortion—like Planned Parenthood—above religious freedom. The end result: 30 different lawsuits.

Obamacare also funds $75 million a year for five years (Section 2953, Title II, Subtitle L: “Personal responsibility education”) to public schools around the country under the name of PREP (Personal Responsibility and Education Programs).

PREP is the new name for contraceptive/condom sex education, and Planned Parenthood will be one of the biggest recipients of PREP funds. Beyond that, Health and Human Services awarded $15 million over five years to a team at the University of Texas in Houston School of Public Health.

American Life League identified the school as working with Planned Parenthood as a “partner agency.” This was according to the school’s own website. It is attempting to spread “sexual health” programs in the Harris County middle schools while working with a national advertising firm to identify “sound bites” that attract the kids.

As Jim Sedlak, vice president of ALL, stated, “Planned Parenthood is in the sex business. Its goal is to get all of your children engaged in sexual activity.”  Sedlak has a point: The more kids involved in sex, the more contraceptive and STD testing customers; when things go wrong, the more abortions for Planned Parenthood. It’s not rocket science.

Parents in the Salem-Keizer schools in Oregon stood up to school officials. These officials brought in Planned Parenthood to hire and train teachers for HHS’ Teen Outreach Program. Through the program, agents tempt parents with a $30 payment if the parents sign a medical release giving an undefined “healthcare provider” permission to treat the students in the absence of the parents. Parents discovered that the teachers pushing the program were actually Planned Parenthood employees.

Syria: Christians take up arms.

October 16th, 2012



Christians in Syria have no choice but to defend themselves against violet armed aggressors, determined to evict faithful from their homes.~ Gary Francis

The Christian community has tried to avoid taking sides in the civil war. In Aleppo, it recruited vigilantes from the Boy Scout movement to protect churches, but as the war moved into the city and spread across its suburbs they have begun to accept weapons from the Syrian army and joined forces with Armenian groups to repel opposition guerrillas.

“Everybody is fighting everybody,” said George, an Armenian Christian from the city. “The Armenians are fighting because they believe the FSA are sent by their Turkish oppressors to attack them, the Christians want to defend their neighborhoods, Shabiha regime militia are there to kill and rape, the army is fighting the FSA, and the [Kurdish militant group] PKK have their own militia too.”

For the past six weeks up to 150 Christian and Armenian fighters have been fighting to prevent Free Syrian Army rebels from entering Christian heartland areas of Aleppo.

Last month the Syrian army claimed a ‘victory’ in removing FSA fighters from the historic Christian quarter of Jdeidah.