27 July 2014

Christianity in Iraq – "the end is very near"

Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing," says Canon Andrew White, the courageous Vicar of Baghdad.

"We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off.

"Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near.

"The Christians are in grave danger. There are literally Christians living in the desert and on the street. They have nowhere to go. [Archbishop Cranmer] Read more

Extremist Muslim bullies forced out headteacher

The teacher broke his silence to tell of his ordeal at the hands of his own school governors.

He said the governors sought to control his inner-city school, including bringing in Islamic worship each morning.

When he objected he claims they conspired to force him out and replace him with a Muslim head.

He told the council what was happening and was offered no support. Later he was told to resign by council bosses.

Now he has decided to speak out despite being banned from discussing his ordeal after signing a compromise agreement.

.... “I spoke to the local authority numerous times and I was told that if things ever got too bad they would step in but then they didn’t and it was at that point it became clear that I was going to have to leave.”

On the day the head was asked to tender his resignation, he was under the impression the local authority was finally going to intervene.

He said: “I thought I was going to talk to the local authority about the steps they were going to take to tackle the governing body but as it turned out, they said, ‘No, you will have to resign’.”

[A COMMENT] In their own countries we see muslims as backward primitive peasants constantly at war with themselves and anyone who does not share their ideals. The problem is they are bringing these ideals here and are gradually infiltrating and changing our society which is their ultimate aim.

[ANOTHER] Is this the same Birmingham City Council (Labour controlled) that said there was no evidence of Islamifaction of the school. Now it seems that several subsequent investigations show the complete opposite. These in turn backed up claims made by Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood. [Daily Express] Read more

26 July 2014

Trojan Horse: Park View School headteacher suspended

The headteacher of the Birmingham school at the centre of the Trojan Horse plot has been suspended, the Mail has learned.

Park View School acting principal Monzoor Hussain was relieved of his duties in the wake of damning conclusions reached in a report compiled by former anti-terror chief Peter Clarke.

Razwan Faraz, deputy head at Nansen Primary, which was also caught up in the furore, was also suspended.

Sources confirmed the decisions were taken by a new board of trustees installed at Park View Educational Trust, which runs Park View, Nansen and a third school, Golden Hillock. [Birmingham Mail] Read more

ISIS Purge Christians In Iraq: 'Bishop Of Baghdad', Andrew White Says 'The End Is Very Near'

The end appears "very near" for Christians in Iraq, the vicar of the only Anglican church in the country warned as he appealed for more help to counter the threat from Islamist militants.

A week ago the Christians in the city were told they had until July 18th to convert to Islam, pay a special tax, leave, or, in the words of a statement by the jihadists, they would have “nothing but the sword.”

But then the jihadists changed their mind: paying the tax was no longer an option and all Christians were told on July 18th that they all had to leave by the next day— or be killed. Most fled. [The Huffington Post UK/PA] Read more

25 July 2014

Iraq jihadists blow up 'Jonah's tomb' in Mosul

The new jihadist rulers of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Thursday completely levelled one its most well-known shrines.

The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Koran as Yunus and in the Bible as Jonah.

"Islamic State completely destroyed the shrine of Nabi Yunus after telling local families to stay away and closing the roads to a distance of 500 metres from the shrine," said the official at the Sunni endowment, which manages Sunni religious affairs in Iraq. [The Telegraph] Read more

Iraq: Isis warns women to wear full veil or face punishment

Islamic State (Isis), the al-Qaida offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

The Sunni insurgents, who have declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria and have threatened to march on Baghdad, also listed guidelines on how veils and clothes should be worn, part of a campaign to violently impose their radical brand of Islam.

"The conditions imposed on her clothes and grooming was only to end the pretext of debauchery resulting from grooming and overdressing," the group said in a statement.

[A COMMENT] Mental, truly mental.

[ANOTHER] Yeah, well we all think ISIS are nutters (except those young Britons who have gone to join them), but this obsession with 'dressing modestly' is, of course, part of mainstream Islam.

Reports on the Trojan Horse schools showed young British girls of about 6 or 7 all wearing trousers and tighly wrapped headscarves in a British state, supposedly non-faith, school.

And Islamic headscarves and 'modest' Islamic dress are a regular sight in many British inner city areas. It would be interesting to see some Guardian writers tackle the basic question of how free women can ever be and how equal in society if they are always forced to dress 'modestly' by a religion controlled by men?

Some Muslim women claim it's their choice to dress 'modestly' but with men making the rules, can it ever really be their free choice? [The Guardian] Read more

Without freedom of religion and belief, what freedom is there?

.... In an all too brief survey of worldwide violations of Article 18, I inevitably begin in the Middle East, where, in the midst of an orgy of violence and brutality, we are fast approaching a time when Christianity will have no home in its ancient homelands.

In Syria, the brutal murder in April of the 75 year-old Dutch Jesuit Father Franz van der Lugt, who had served there for 50 years, working in education and with disabled people, illustrates why an estimated 450,000 Christians have fled. Followers of other religions, notably the Mandeans, Yizidis, Baha’is and Ahmadis suffer similarly.

In Iraq, a Christian population of 1.4 million has been reduced to 150,000. In recent weeks, the depredations, beheadings and crucifixions by ISIS are almost beyond belief. For the first time in almost 2,000 years, Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, no longer has a Christian community. Its churches are now closed, most having been desecrated. In what has been described as “religious cleansing”, ISIS says that anyone who refuses to convert and defies it will be,

“killed, crucified or have their hands and feet cut off”. [Archbishop Cranmer] Read more

Solicitors’ watchdog backs down over Sharia wills

The solicitors’ watchdog has been forced to delete from its website references to professional guidance on drawing up Sharia-compliant wills.

The guidance was issued in May by the Law Society and prompted claims by some commentators that it was effectively enshrining Islamic law in the legal system by recognising the legitimacy of some Sharia principles.

The profession’s watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), then referred to the guidance on its website, prompting criticism that it was endorsing Sharia compliance, in breach of its public sector duty of equality. [The Times (£)] Read more

Why the surprise at Birmingham's Trojan Horse plot? We saw it coming 20 years ago

.... For over 20 years I have been warning of the dangers of the poisonous cocktail of multiculturalism, political correctness and unlimited, uncontrolled immigration from countries which do not share our British culture and standards. It has not been a comfortable time. I have been under constant attack for doing so.

Some 17 years ago I was widely criticised for saying that: "Unless we share standards, moral values, language and national heritage, we will constitute neither a society, nor a nation, but just a population living under the same jurisdiction … One cannot uphold two sets of ethics, nor be loyal to two nations any more than a man can have two masters … nationality is in the long term more about culture than ethnicity."

.... Nor did I pretend that we were free of blame for the problems which I predicted. A decade ago I noted that "It is hard to beat something with nothing, and Islam is certainly something", and "Until we change and our society regains faith in its own values almost any faith or movement with faith in its own culture will challenge that of 21st-century Britain. Certainly Islam will."

Why was anyone surprised at what has been happening in Birmingham? Not only could it have been foreseen. It was foreseen.

[A COMMENT] Well, you may recall Enoch Powell made some similar predictions. He didn't come out so well and, until the British media stop creating taboo subjects, nobody else will either.

[ANOTHER] The problem is, Lord Tebbit, that although it is perfectly clear that the policy of multiculturalism has been a disaster, and that preserving 'community peace' has led to suppression of news reports, police investigations, CPS prosecutions and the like, as well as tolerating the development of religious fiefdoms in schools, in local government and increasingly in academia, no one in power shows the slightest inclination of doing anything about it.

[ANOTHER] Political correctness and not just with respect to matters like this, has made cowards of our politicians and police. The rest of us are going to pay a heavy price for that.

[ANOTHER] So, in otherwords, Lord Tebbit, the Immigration policy your government, like every other post War government pursued, KNOWINGLY accepted into the country hundreds of thousands of people whose whole world view was UNDERSTOOD FROM THE START to be incompatible with British traditions and of which a significant minority were ideologically committed to the destruction of that country.

[ANOTHER] Twenty years ago, my Lord? Try forty. Indeed it was 1968 when Enoch Powell made his much misrepresented rivers of blood speech. And Ray Honeyford made his views public in 1984.

That makes 46 years of cowardice and betrayal by the political class, including a large chunk of time when the Tories were in office. [The Telegraph] Read more

24 July 2014

Insight - Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map

A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.

More than half a million people have been displaced across Iraq since June, when the north's biggest city, Mosul, fell to Sunni insurgents who have have harried Shi'ite Turkmen and Shabaks, Yezidis and Christians.

Even before the fall of Mosul, Yezidis, who follow an ancient monotheistic religion with elements of nature worship and are branded devil worshippers by the hardline Islamists, hardly dared set foot in the city, which has been a nerve centre for the Sunni insurgency since 2003. [Reuters] Read more

British Muslims must confront the truth of the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

The Trojan Horse reports are in, and they make for damning reading. ‘An aggressive Islamist agenda… a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos’.

Teachers who claimed that the Boston marathon bombing and the murder of Lee Rigby were in fact hoaxes and an ‘Attack on Islam’. And so on. The grim details are out. But there is a story behind this story which has not been thought about, though it ought to be. That is the response of Britain’s Muslim communities to these awful revelations.

.... I can think of only two people of Muslim background who have had a consistent, brave, outspoken and truly moral response to these events.

One is the Labour MP Khalid Mahmood (who has again urged Muslims to face up to the challenge and not to pretend the plot is a fake). The other is the Quilliam Director and prospective Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz, who has been equally principled in his consistent opposition to what has been unearthed in Birmingham.

[A COMMENT] Can we try and get this straight. The so called "extremist" views are the default views of the "community" - or to be more precise, the colony/colonies.

These views include particular contempt for white women and girls(which underlies the grooming epidemic the contemptible liberal left continues in complete denial about), hatred of jews and homosexuals(wishing the latter dead), primitive views of women which leads to their suppression via honour crime, loathing of apostates, obscurantist approaches to science, complete contempt for kaffirs.

East Brum is now an alien colony.

[ANOTHER] .... they can happily wallow in their denial because the British establishment p2ssy foot around trying not to offend them and fearful of having the charge of Islamophobes levelled against them.

If some racist was mouthing off about racial superiority, the whole British establishment , media, political, and law, would pile in giving them no quarter, but the bigots of Islam seem to have a fee hand at being insulting, rude and down right racist, and they don't do anything about it.

Unfortunately this has been allowed to go on for so long that trying to confront their bigotry is going to be a mighty unpleasant business. [The Spectator] Read more

A country where liberal journalists risk death

The life of a liberal journalist in Pakistan is not an easy one. Write about someone fighting a blasphemy case, or someone whose faith is considered heresy, and you may very soon find yourself in deep trouble.

Shoaib Adil, a 49-year-old magazine editor and publisher in Lahore, has many well-wishers and they all want him to disappear from public life or, even better, leave the country.

Since blasphemy charges were filed against him last month, the police have told him that he can't return home, he can't even be seen in the city where he grew up and worked all his life. It wouldn't be safe. [BBC] Read more

Harassment of Christians escalates in Islamist-run Sudan

Church properties have been bulldozed and seized in a climate of growing harassment of minority Christians in Islamist-run Sudan since the south's 2011 independence, its council of churches said.

Kori Elramla Kori Kuku, general secretary of the Sudan Council of Churches, says that harassment has been on the rise ever since the separation three years ago of South Sudan, whose population follow mainly Christian and traditional beliefs. [Middle East Online] Read more

Christian leaders express shock at world silence after ISIS expels Iraqi Christians

.... Last Saturday was the deadline that ISIS gave Christians in Mosul to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy, leave the city or die by the sword. As a result, about 10,000 Christians left Mosul. Nothing like this has happened since the Armenian genocide in Turkey about a hundred years ago. [Al-Akhbar] Read more

23 July 2014

'Trojan Horse' report by council 'ought to be reviewed'

The council-commissioned review of the "Trojan Horse" allegations "ought to be reviewed itself", teachers have said.

Members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said Peter Clarke's Government-commissioned report into allegations of a hardline Muslim take-over of schools was more thorough.

The two reports differed in their conclusions, although neither found evidence of extremism in the schools.

Birmingham City Council would not comment on the inquiry process. [BBC] Read more

Muslim Council of Britain rejects findings of Trojan horse report

The Muslim Council of Britain has warned education authorities "not to be sidetracked by culture wars initiated by divisive commentators", as it rejected many of the findings of a government-commissioned report that found a co-ordinated effort by extreme Muslims to take over some Birmingham schools.

The MCB said the report, written by Peter Clarke, the former Met counter-terror chief, was guilty of "conflating conservative Muslim practices to a supposed ideology and agenda to Islamise secular schools".

[A COMMENT] What actually is The Muslim Council of Britain? What is it for? Who are their members? Are they elected?

What interests do they represent, and why do they command front page Guardian headlines?

[ANOTHER] What I want to know is when is The Guardian going to give the same sort of coverage to the grossly bullied teachers. They were given pretty good airplay on Radio 4. They even sounded like typical Guardian readers.

But their stories of horror - of gross bullying by Islamist governors trying to instill a hate regime - made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

Instead of giving some coverage to these bullied people, it was young women teachers who were given the R4 airplay of bullying, The Guardian is instead choosing to give several uncritical articles to the Islamist hate machine.

[ANOTHER] Yes. And apart from interviewing teachers who were bullied, it would additionally be fair to interview those concerned Muslim parents who first sounded the alarm. They have also been bullied in their 'community' for daring to stand up to the zealots. Why the Guardian insists on taking the part of the bullies every single time is quite beyond me.

[ANOTHER] Islam has no place in UK institutions and dare I say in the eyes of most British people no place in modern Britain. To what extent does a tolerant society tolerate an intolerant faction of that society? If the Muslim leaders do not condemn this it means they approve and it means they are incredibly damaging. [The Guardian] Read more

Gender Segregation: Why the Latest EHRC Guidance for Universities is a Secular Victory

The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) recently issued new guidance on university events in the UK, which means that universities can no longer allow gender segregation to be enforced at events on campus.

This flies in the face of the controversial guidance issued by Universities UK (UUK) in November 2013, which permitted gender segregation on religious grounds, and is, in my opinion, a fantastic outcome for anyone who values equality and a secular society.

Secularism isn't just about separation of church and state - it's about ensuring that people of all religious viewpoints are treated equally under the law and that no-one faces discrimination simply for the views they hold. It also holds that no-one should receive special privileges for the views they hold either. [The Huffington Post UK] Read more

Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan

An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah.

Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city's deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said.

.... There are an estimated 250,000 Christians in Iran's 76 million strong population.

They all face torture, imprisonment or the death sentence under Sharia law for not observing Islamic religious festivals and dress codes.

Thousands of persecuted Christians have fled the country, which saw Hossein Soodmand hanged in 2008 for following the faith. [Daily Mail] Read more

Council 'gagged teachers' from raising Trojan Horse concerns

Teachers forced out of three schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse investigation were prevented from raising concerns because of gagging agreements.

One former staff member at a school caught up in the scandal told the BBC that compromise agreements were being routinely used to silence teachers who were being forced out of their jobs.

[A COMMENT] When you think about it, it needed the tacit approval Birmingham City Council and teaching unions with gagging orders to keep it all quiet so the islamification of schools could continue.

We need some tough, no nonsense individuals in Birmingham with a lorry load of shovels 'cos there's a massive pile of **** to shovel before we get this sorted out. I'm not sure Nicky Morgan and Cameron are up to it. [The Telegraph] Read more

The Trojan Horse plot is an indictment of local education authorities, not academies

Plenty of critics of the Government's education reforms have latched on to the Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham as "proof" that granting schools more autonomy is dangerous. See this piece by Fiona Millar in the Guardian, for instance. The argument is that if you allow taxpayer-funded schools to break free of local authority control, it's inevitable that some of them will be taken over by extremists.

[A COMMENT] The Trojan Horse plot is an indictment of 40 years of successive governmental policies that were warned about as ALREADY divisive back in the 1980s by the proto-martyr of Political Correctness, Headmaster Ray Honeyford.

If he could see it happening then, when there were less than a million Muslims in the UK the fact that it has developed exactly as he said it would with a Muslim population that doubles every ten years (10 million by 2030, 20 million by 2040, a majority soon after the middle of the century) why do we STILL REFUSE TO SEE IT? With Islam comes Islamism. There have always and will always be Muslims who are crazies. WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO INTEGRATE THEM. Because to do so is for them a BETRAYAL OF ALLAH AND HELL FOR ETERNITY.

So whatever difficulties they encounter here in the UK is of no significance.

They only want our material comforts and opportunities as a means to the far more serious and all-encompassing task of establishing Islam everywhere. [The Telegraph] Read more

'Trojan Horse' Teachers Claimed Lee Rigby Murder Was A Hoax And Gay People Were Satanic

.... In his government-ordered report on the matter, former counter terror chief Peter Clarke said that he "came into possession" of a print-out of more than 3,000 postings sent from April 2013 until the group was shut down in March.

The "core contributors" were identified as mainly teachers at either Park View School or other schools within the Park View Educational Trust and all were men.

.... he added: "A number of topics are discussed, often by a small group of contributors, which reveal the members' attitudes towards education, homosexuality and gay marriage.

"There is also an undercurrent of anti-Western sentiment, explicit antagonism towards the British military, a sceptical reaction to news of terrorist attacks (Lee Rigby and the Boston bombings), and numerous links posted to extremist speakers."

Some of the messages were linked to conspiracy theory videos about the killing in May last year of Fusilier Rigby and the explosions at the Boston Marathon that killed three people a month earlier. [The Huffington Post UK/PA] Read more

22 July 2014

Undercover report reveals school governor was racist bigot

One of the ringleaders of the Islamist plot to take over British schools is exposed today as a sexist, racist bigot.

School chief Shahid Akmal told an undercover reporter from Birmingham Mail sister paper the Mirror, that “white women have the least amount of morals”, white children were “lazy” and that British people have “colonial blood”.

Akmal claimed that women were “emotionally weaker” than men and that their role was to look after children and the home.

He defended jailing or exiling gays and adulterers under Sharia Law as a “moral position to hold”.

Until he was removed last week, Akmal was the chairman of governors at Nansen Primary School in Birmingham, where music was banned and inspectors found pupils were not sufficiently protected from radicalisation. [Birmingham Mail] Read more

Turkey's top cleric calls new Islamic 'caliphate' illegitimate

The declaration of a "caliphate" by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey's top cleric, the successor to the last caliph's most senior imam, said.

.... Gormez is in a unique position to question Baghdadi's claim to the caliph's seat. His office was created in 1924 to replace the Ottoman Sheikh al-Islam, the mufti with authority to confirm new sultans and who also served as chief legal adviser.

"Its structure has changed greatly in modern times but its historical ties, of course, continue," Gormez said, wearing a grey suit and tie and running worry beads through his hand. [Reuters] Read more

Trojan Horse apologists fall silent in wake of new report

.... The assistant head of Park View, the school at the centre of the plot, said the story was “plain old Islamophobia.” The leader of Birmingham council called the allegations “defamatory,” and attacked The Telegraph for revealing many of the key developments. As recently as last week, the head of one Birmingham think-tank demanded a boycott of this newspaper, comparing its reports to the Sun’s smearing of the Hillsborough dead.

Those voices have fallen silent now. As Peter Clarke’s horrifying report reveals, the real bigotry, bullying and lies were from several of the staff and governors of the Trojan Horse schools.

[A COMMENT] A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II .... When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’

.... ‘We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant.

It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’ [The Telegraph] Read more

Muslim youths vandalise east London office after claiming artwork depicts the ANTI-CHRIST!

.... Viewed from across the road the painting is actually a face, with a nose on the central shutter, two single eyes on the two either side, and a mouth running across all three.

The artists wanted it to represent humanity and diversity.

They even wrote and crossed out the words, “colour” and “shape” and circled the word “space” to reinforce a message that what matters is not someone’s background or appearance but the community in which you live.

However, youths from the nearby Chicksand housing estate had a different interpretation.

They told Mr Rahman the painting in fact represented “dajjal”, an Islamic term in Arabic for the “anti-Christ”, or the devil, or the “false Messiah”. [The Daily Express] Read more