Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pastor's son arrested for sexual battery against two young girls



The pastor's son at a local church has been arrested and charged on suspicion of sexual misconduct with two minors, according to court records and the sheriff's office.

Ruben J. Matuk, 28, has been charged by the district attorney's office on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, indecent exposure, attempted lewd acts with a child under 14 and sexual battery, according to San Benito County court records.

Investigators allege the crimes occurred at the Apostolic Full Gospel Church of Christ, 1515 Santa Ana Road, and also at Matuk's residence adjacent to the church address, said Detective Victor Casada with the San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's investigators first were informed of the suspected misconduct Nov. 14. The two alleging victims disclosed the incidents to someone else who, in turn, reported them to the sheriff's office. Deputies arrested Matuk that night, Casada said.

Matuk, however, was released from the San Benito County Jail on Nov. 23 after posting bail, which had been set at $100,000, according to court records. His attorney, Elvira Zaragoza Robinson, declined to comment when reached Monday.

"At this time, his attorney is not making a statement," she said.

Matuk's father and the pastor of the local church, meanwhile, could not be reached before press time.

Authorities believe the misdeeds started in September 2003 when they suspect Matuk committed lewd and lascivious acts with a girl who had been 12 years old, Casada said.

Regarding the second suspected victim, prosecutors charged Matuk on suspicion of attempted lewd and lascivious acts in June 2008, along with indecent exposure and sexual battery on Sept. 1 of this year, according to court records. Those dates mean the alleging victim would have been about 15 years old at the time.

Two of the charges are felonies. A conviction for lewd and lascivious acts would carry a maximum penalty of eight years in prison, while attempted lewd and lascivious acts has a maximum penalty of three years in prison, according to the penal code. If convicted, Matuk also would have to register as a sex offender.

At a hearing Friday afternoon, Judge Steven Sanders OK'd a protective order – requested by Deputy District Attorney Omar Rodriguez – against Matuk disallowing him from making any contact with the suspected victims. He also is barred from being on the church property because some of the accusations allege he committed the acts on the grounds.

Sanders set the next hearing in the Matuk case for 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the San Benito County Courthouse. Deputy District Attorney Omar Rodrigues is overseeing the prosecution in the case.


http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/city_local_government/article_e96da5ab-f999-5660-a443-4134995b0ad2.html

New Testament verse says to kill immoral people

1 Corinthians 5:5

To deliver such one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus

From Barnes notes:

To deliver - This is the sentence which is to be executed. You are to deliver him to Satan, etc

Gill's Exposition:

for the destruction of the flesh; that is, that his body might be shook, buffeted, afflicted, and tortured in a terrible manner; that by this means he might be brought to a sense of his sin, to repentance for it, and make an humble acknowledgment of it:

Eighteen year old girl drowned by evangelical Pastor

Police in Bolivia detained an evangelical pastor and his sister after they allegedly killed a sibling during a bathtub exorcism, officials said Monday.

The suspects, Carlos Uriona and Adelaida Marca, were arrested after they allegedly drowned their sister during the ritual, police spokesman Juan Carlos Corrales said.

"The suspects confessed that their 18-year-old sister was possessed by the demon and they wanted to purify her and christen her in a bathtub, but it went too far," said Corrales, speaking during a telephone interview.

He said the young woman drowned.

The incident occurred on Sunday in the city of Cochabamba. Police found the victim's body inside a store owned by the pastor.

Marca told investigators that he felt an evil presence when he submerged his sister in the tub, Corrales said.

"An evil spirit entered me, took control of my hand and began to submerge my little sister," Marca purportedly told police. "Satan was inside the tub."

Corrales said the suspects may undergo a psychological evaluation before they go to trial.

He said they had said they intended to perform a "purification" ceremony or exorcism because they felt their sister had been possessed by the devil


http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2011/12/21/bolivia-arrests-suspects-in-exorcism-killing/#ixzz1hoowl9K1

Iranian Christian man kills his daughters and family

He was celebrating Christmas, doesn't that make him a Christian?

A 56-year-old suburban Dallas man facing marital and financial problems killed his estranged wife, two teenage children and three other family members on Christmas Day while dressed as Santa Claus before turning the gun on himself, authorities said Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman said Aziz Yazdanpanah died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the six others were shot to death.

Police responding Sunday morning to a 911 call found the seven people inside an apartment near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It appeared they had been opening presents around their Christmas tree just before the attack.

Yazdanpanah became the focus of detectives after his sport utility vehicle was found outside the apartment. The slayings have shaken friends and neighbors who knew Yazdanpanah and his wife, both of whom were born in Iran, as well as their two U.S.-born children.

"The Persian community is devastated," said Mashy Modjdehi, who knew both Yazdanpanah's wife of 24 years, Fatemah Rahmati, as well as her sister, Zohreh. Modjdehi called the two sisters "the nicest people in the world — angels."

Authorities said those killed were: Yazdanpanah, 56; Rahmati, 55; Nona Yazdanpanah, 19; Ali Yazdanpanah, 14; Mohamad Hossein Zarei, 59; Zohreh Rahmaty, 58; and Sara Fatemeh Zarei, 22.

Grapevine police spokesman Robert Eberling said Tuesday that detectives believe Yazdanpanah's marital and financial troubles led him to kill his family.

Yazdanpanah's wife filed for bankruptcy in August 2010, and she told her attorney she hoped the proceedings would stave off foreclosure of the home where the family had lived for more than a decade.

In the midst of the bankruptcy, she separated from Yazdanpanah and the proceedings were later dismissed because she failed to make the plan payments, said the attorney, George Barnes.

Yazdanpanah's wife, known to family and friends as Nasrin, moved out of the couple's home in the neighboring suburb of Colleyville in April and into the apartment complex near where the shooting took place. The two children moved with her.



http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/texas-murder-rampage-shooter-faced-marital-problems-15

If you know David Wood's a liar clap your hands!

David Wood said on his blog that he doesn't approve of comments that promote violence against Muslims. His side bar says his entire pseudo blog is out of love not hate. But we all know on his blog the comments are pretty vile and degrading. Take for example here:

Thank you for giving us the chance to view the wretched, racist, misogynist, fascist, hate-filled and oppressive sickness (known to us as "Islam") in comparison to the remaining freedoms enjoyed by 21st century humanity.

May Heaven help us to be unwavering in our determination to set free the precious Muslim people and to send the scourge of Islam back to the hell from which it was derived.

No hatred for Muslims - no Tolerance for Islam.

Islam is Death - DEATH TO ISLAM!!


LOL

Monday, December 26, 2011

Young Jewish girl fears harassment from Orthodox Jews in Israel

If you go on the link and to the bottom where the comments are, you'll see how Islam and Muslims are getting blamed.

Jerusalem (CNN)–Eight-year-old Naama Margolis is afraid to walk to school.

She's afraid, her mother says, because life has become a nightmare for anyone who doesn't follow the edicts of the ultra-Orthodox Jews who have flocked in recent years to their city of 80,000 just outside of Jerusalem.

"They threaten everyone in town over everything they don't like," Hadassah Margolis told CNN on Monday. "We have suffered swearing, they have had eggs, tomatoes, stink bombs and rocks thrown at us. They do this to anyone who doesn't think, look or act as they do."

"I'm afraid when one of them passes by me," she earlier told Israel's Channel 2 "I don't know if he will spit on me or will curse me 'whore', 'slut', "bastards" 'go away from here' - exactly in those words."


The Margolis family, whose story was detailed Friday in a nationwide television broadcast, is the latest in a series of high-profile examples of what critics say are attempts by groups within Israel's ultra-Orthodox community to impose its religious beliefs on the public and excise women from the public sphere.

CNN's Belief Blog – all the faith angles to the day's top stories

Last week, for instance, a young Israeli woman made headlines when she detailed her experience refusing a ultra-Orthodox man's demands that she sit in the back of a bus. Several well-publicized rallies have also voiced opposition to various forms of gender segregation favored by the ultra-Orthodox.

In addition to demanding more modesty and trying to segregate bus passengers, ultra-Orthodox Jews have posted unofficial signs in some neighborhoods commanding men and women to walk on different sides of the street.

The issue has prompted responses from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who broached the topic Sunday for the fourth time in two weeks.

He ordered officials to take down the street signs and promised a stiff response to harassment, saying that Israel was a democratic, western and liberal state.

"There is no place for harassment or discrimination," he said.

The issue has played prominently in the Israeli press for weeks, and much of the debate has centered on Beit Shemesh, where the Margolis family lives.

In recent years, an influx of adherents to what critics say are the most extreme sects in ultra-Orthodox Judaism has inflamed tensions with other residents holding less strident views.

The Margolis family practice Orthodox Judaism, but are not considered strict enough by the extreme ultra-Orthodox faction in the community.

"I am not anti-religious, anti-Orthodox or anti-secular" Hadassah Margolis said, "I am anti-bad people and they are bad. They need to be taken out of here."

In the television report aired Friday, one unidentified ultra-Orthodox resident was asked whether he wanted the entire city to become religious.

"Not just Beit Shemesh - all of Israel will be ultra-Orthodox," he replied. "And nothing can help you. The country, at the end, will be an ultra-Orthodox country whether you want it or not."

In response to growing tensions in the city, Israeli police and the Beit Shemesh officials announced a plan to install more than 300 security cameras to document harassment.

Police also have deployed extra officers to prevent violence, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Two suspects were arrested in separate incidents this week. One man spat at a passing woman. Another tried to attack television crews covering the events.

Much of the public debate in Israel has centered on who is to blame for the situation, with most holding the government responsible for ceding too much power to religious parties.

But much of the responsibility lies with Israel society, said activists who have worked on gender segregation issues.

"I believe while this government is responsible to the situation to a degree, they are not the only ones" says Shira Ben-Sasson Fustenberg of the New Israeli Fund. "All of us are to blame for not stopping this from happening when it first started, we could have taken a stand a long time ago."

Israelis outraged about the incident in Beit Shemesh have planned a candle-light protest Tuesday in support of residents there.

"There is a sense that extreme margins in the Israeli society are growing in confidence." event planner Tzviki Levin told Israel radio.

"There is an attempt to deny freedom and values of democracy, the values on which the state of Israel was created," she said. "The rally tomorrow is our way of making a strong statement."


http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/26/ultra-orthodox-demands-spark-debate-in-israel/?hpt=hp_c2

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hadiths on kindness to haters and congratulating non-Muslims

From: http://www.onislam.net/english/ask-the-scholar/morals-and-manners/social-manners/169282-congratulating-non-muslims-on-their-festive-occasions.html

Thus, if maternity and blood relation rights are obligatory upon a Muslim, in a way that exemplifies the beautiful manners of Islam and Muslims, it is also obligatory upon a Muslim to pay the due rights that work towards showing Muslims as people of beautiful character. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) advised Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) saying: “Be aware of Allah wherever you are, and follow up a sin that you have committed with a good deed, so that sin may be erased, and treat people with beautiful manners.” (Reported by Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darmi, and Al-Hakim) As is evident, the emphasis is upon “…and treat people with beautiful manners” not “…treat Muslims”.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also strongly advised us to deal with non-Muslims in a mild and gentle manner, not using stern and terrorizing methods. It was reported that when a group of Jews approached the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and greeted him with twisted pronunciation, and thus uttered “Assam`alaykum, O Muhammad!” (meaning “death and destruction come upon you”) instead of “as-salamu `alaykum”, `A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) heard them and responded by saying, ‘assamu `alaykum also and the curse and wrath of Allah!” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) rebuked `A'ishah for what she had said. She told him, “Did you not hear what they said?” He said, “I did, and I responded by saying, ‘And upon you,’” (i.e., that death will come upon you as it will come upon me.) He went on to say, “O `A'ishah! Allah loves gentleness in all matters.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Indeed the permissibility of congratulating non-Muslims on their festive days becomes more of an obligation if they offer their greetings on Islamic festive occasions, as we are commanded to return good treatment with similar treatment, and to return the greeting with a better one or at least with the same greeting. Allah Almighty says: “When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or at least return it equally…” (An-Nisa' 4: 86)

A Muslim must never be less charitable or pleasant or indeed of lesser manners than any other, as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated in the hadith: “The most perfect believers in terms of their iman are those who possess the most beautiful manners.” (Reported by Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darmi, and Abu Dawud), and he (peace and blessings be upon him) also stated: “Verily I have been but sent to perfect the most noble of manners.” (Reported by Ahmad, Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad and Al-Bazzar in Kashful Astar)

Monday, December 19, 2011

South African Pastor arrested for raping eleven young girls

Second South African Pastor to be arrested this week.

A case of rape against a dental surgeon who is also a pastor of a local church in Mhluzi, near Middleburg, will resume in the Middleburg Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

He was arrested for allegedly raping 11 girls, aged between 11 and 15, all members of his church.

The doctor, whose name is being withheld by police, was remanded in custody since his arrest two weeks ago for further investigations to take place.

In addition, the doctor is facing charges of attempted murder, assault with an intention to cause grievous bodily harm, damage to property, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

He was arrested with three alleged accomplices. They were accused of assaulting and forcing people to sign up as church members.

The doctor and his co-accused, who are also in custody, will appear with him tomorrow.

Provincial police spokesperson Sgt Gerald Sedibe said the doctor and his co-accused have been charged with assaulting a group of people and forced them to sign up as church members.

After police investigation, 11 charges of rape were laid against the doctor by the young girls, also church members.

“The doctor was also charged with an extra count of rape after police investigation revealed that 11 cases of rape were laid against him by 11 teenage girls, who are his church members.

“The suspects were all remanded in custody, including the extra charge of rape against the doctor,” said Sedibe.


http://www.thenewage.co.za/38212-1008-53-Case_against_rape_dentist_continues

Indiana Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting fourteen and eleven year old girls

A former Harrison County deputy and church pastor who has already had a run in with the law is back in hot water.

Eddie Nichols was arrested Friday by Texas Rangers and charged with sexual indecency with a child by contact.

He was released after posting bond in the amount of $100,000.

This is the third arrest for Nichols in the last two months.

Nichols and his wife, Sharon, were arrested on the same charge in October.

That arrest stemmed from allegations the pair assaulted two girls ages 14 and 11.

Following his arrest, Nichols was fired from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

Sharon Nichols was fired from her job in the Harrison County Clerk's office


http://www.ktbs.com/news/30033091/detail.html

Friday, December 16, 2011

South African Pastor arrested for raping fifteen year old girl

A pastor was arrested on Thursday for raping a 15-year-old girl in Butterworth, said Eastern Cape police.

The incident took place last Thursday near the Ibika informal settlement when the pastor allegedly lured the girl to a spot near an unused railway line, said Captain Jackson Manatha.

“She tried to run but the pastor overpowered her,” said Manatha.

The 20-year-old pastor was charged with rape and will appear in the Butterworth Magistrate's Court on Monday. – Sapa


http://m.iol.co.za/article/view/e/1.1199562

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Canadian Imam's condemn honor killings

Two different Imam's. Firstly from here: http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2011/12/15/19129866.html

KINGSTON, Ont. -- The young imam here knows those alleged to have been part of the horrible Rideau Canal "honour" murders have nothing to do with Muslim life in Canada's original capital city. But he also knows, with the whole country watching this gruesome trial, they have everything to do it.

This trial has not yet had the Crown's case tested by a jury of the accused's peers. It will resume Jan. 9, 2012.

"The people on trial for these horrendous allegations are from Montreal and were just passing through," the imam at the Kingston Islamic Centre said Thursday.

"But I am realistic," said the 29-year-old Canadian-born Sikander Hashmi of what this trial means to every other Muslim living in the shadow of the horrible testimony of the alleged quadruple slaying of four women on June 30, 2009.

He knows that the first-degree murder trial of Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their son Hamed for the murder of sisters Zainab, Sahar and Geeti, and Shafia's first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad could cast unfair aspersions on people who don't have anything to do with it."I don't know anybody who thinks like this," said Hashmi of Kingston's 1,000 or so Muslims.

He wanted to make sure the rest of Canada understands this. But he went even further.

On the off chance there are people at his mosque, or elsewhere in Canada, who are not clear on what he thinks is the obvious, he decided to speak out.

"Obviously, this is a Muslim issue that needs to be addressed because these things have happened inside the faith," he said. "I am a father of a daughter myself."

He "felt a need" to address the difficult subject in last week's sermon and will touch on it again this Friday.

"I just make it perfectly clear that no killing or domestic violence is acceptable for any reason" and is "reprehensible."

He wondered if some old-school Muslims would not appreciate drawing any attention, but he has been pleasantly surprised by the response.

"I did not hear one negative comment," he said. "Many have said it was good to address this because we all feel the same way that such crimes are wrong."

It did not offend anybody in the congregation, said member Wissal Mesfar who, with wife Malik Derbel, originally from Tunisia, have a young boy and a girl.

"It's just unacceptable," Mesfar said of "honour" killings.

Derbel added, "We follow Islam and feel the people who have these kinds of ideas of it should stay in their own countries."

This one allegedly happened in Canada, and the imam said he prays it never comes up here again.

By speaking out, Hashmi, who grew up a Habs fan in Montreal to immigrant-Pakistani parents, has shown great leadership.

In fact, he is speaking the language of common sense so many want to hear from Muslim leaders.

Other than being a Canadiens' fan, he is very impressive.

However, a national profile on such issues, he said, is not his focus or goal.

"I am here to serve my community," he said, adding the people in what he calls "Little Mosque North of the 401" are very good people of all sorts of different backgrounds.

He said Kingston's Muslims have done lots of great work here, like "raising $100,000 for Kingston General Hospital." The Islamic Society of Kingston Volunteer Team, a group of about 40, has worked on many charitable projects for the needy.

"I have to tell you, people in our centre are shocked by what they are hearing in this case and will be glad when (it's over)," he said.

Although the conclusion can't come soon enough for Imam Hashmi, he said, it won't be glossed over and it will be talked about again.

"What happened here needs to be talked about," he said.

Talked about by Muslims and talked about by everybody.



Second Imam from: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Ottawa+imam+condemns+honour+killings/5842386/story.html

OTTAWA — The imam of the Ottawa Mosque has condemned so-called honour killing, saying the practice speaks to a perverse sense of honour that is alien to Islam, and has no place in society.

Samy Metwally said Friday that it doesn’t make sense to think or believe that any religion will condone killing people to preserve family honour.

“What’s called honour killing is not part of Islamic teaching or tradition, and in fact there is no honour in this killing at all,” Metwally told The Citizen.

“It has nothing to do with religion and it has no backup either from the texts of the Qur’an or from the behaviour, sayings or deeds of the Prophet Muhammad, who is the model for Muslims.”

Metwally was speaking to The Citizen on the day of “a call to action” during which imams across the country delivered sermons against domestic violence, and to reiterate that Islam has no tolerance for violence against women.

“The purpose of this call to action is to raise awareness of Muslims that we are not allowed to do things like beating our wives or doing physical or emotional harm to them. The religion does not permit us to do these,” he said.

The nationwide sermons were triggered by the sensational trial in Kingston, Ont., in which Montreal businessman Mohammad Shafia, his son and wife are accused of killing his three teenage daughters and his first wife allegedly because their behaviour dishonoured the family. A Kingston imam, concerned that the deaths are being misrepresented as something to do with Islam, asked colleagues around the country to deliver special sermons on domestic violence and make clear Islam has nothing to do with so-called honour killings.

Metwally would not comment directly on the ongoing trial, but said there have been so many misconceptions about “honour-killings” that it is imperative that imams set the record straight.

Metwally, who took over as imam of the city’s largest Muslim community a little over a month ago, said he has been so inundated with complaints about marriage problems he realized domestic discord was a huge problem among his congregation. He decided to devote his sermons to the problem, and the “call to action” fit into his program.

In his sermon, Metwally urged a packed Ottawa Mosque to look to the examples of the Prophet Muhammad, who never hit or abused his wives in any form. Quoting statistics that he says show that one in three women are subjected to some form of physical, mental or emotional abuse, he said domestic violence has no religious boundaries. But he said Muslims have a special duty to refrain from abusing their wives because Muhammad, whose examples are supposed to guide them, not only refrained from the behaviour, but forbade it.

Using several examples from the life of the Prophet and his companions in how they related to their wives, Metwally said Muslims have a responsibility to treat their wives with dignity, kindness and “equity.” He reminded them of one the most famous sayings on the subject from the Prophet: “The best of you are those who are best to their wives.”

The imam told the Citizen that one of the major problems in dealing with many issues, including domestic abuse, is that people often pull Qur’anic verses out of context and

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pastor arrested for sexual misconduct against his stepdaughter

A Shelby man police identified as the pastor of the Burning Bush faith organization northwest of Shelby was arrested Monday on two criminal sexual conduct counts for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a stepdaughter, resulting in two children.

Timothy George Bender, 48, of 128 N. 64th Ave., turned himself in to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 3 p.m. Monday. He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, third degree, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with his stepdaughter between September 2007 and September 2010. The
alleged incidents are to have taken place on the Bender property.


http://oceanaheraldjournal.com/news/43605-burning-bush-pastor-faces-sex-charges

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Catholic Priest arrested for assaulting his daughter

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Suffolk priest has resigned as pastor of two local churches after being charged with domestic assault.

Rev. Piotr Bialkowski was arrested on Nov. 28 for an incident that took place Nov. 27, according to Suffolk police spokesperson Debbie George.

"She advised the father of her child entered her home, came in the bedroom, forced her up against the wall, pinned her up against the wall. It took a friend jumping on his back to get him off of her," George said.

Bialkowski was a pastor at St. Mary's in Suffolk and Good Shepherd in Smithfield.

The congregations were informed of the accusation at the weekend Masses of Dec. 3 and 4 and Bialkowski confirmed the accusation was true, according to Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond.

Bialkowski was also suspended from all priestly duties.

As a priest of the Diocese of Rodan in Poland, Bialkowski is under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rodan, DiLorenzo said.

DiLorenzo said he and his staff will be working on behalf of the two parishes to assign a new pastor.


http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/crime/priest-charged-with-domestic-assault

Monday, December 5, 2011

Can a husband boss his wife around?

Taken from: http://askthescholar.com/question-details.aspx?qstID=9137

Question:

I was wondering if it is permissible in Islam to "order" his wife. I understand that in matters of need and important situations this is acceptable. However in everyday life can a man exercise this type of behavior? Furthermore does a woman have to oblige?For instance can a man say "I order you to iron my clothes" or "I order you to tell me what you were doing". There is no doubt that a husbands satisfaction and contentment is key to a woman entering jannah but do men possess such a right in ordinary circumstances? If so wouldn't this be unjust as the woman has no choice but to obey?I asked this question previously but have not received a response. JzkAssalamualaikum


Answer:


The basis of marriage life in Islam is mutual respect, love, and affection, rather than one party dominating the other.

Allah says, "Among His signs is that He created for you spouses of your own kind, in order that you may repose in tranquility with them, and He has implanted in your hearts mutual love and affection for one another. Certainly, in these are signs for those who reflect (on God's wisdom)". (Qur'an: 30:21)

Allah also ordered husbands to treat their wives with utmost kindness and affection, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "The best one among you is he who is best to his family; I am the best to my family."

Anas b. Malik, one of his companions who accompanied for ten years, had this to say about the Messenger of Allah, "I never saw anyone kinder than him to his family."

Therefore, no husband has the right to treat his wife, as if she were a maid, and order her around. That is not an acceptable behavior in Islam. Marriage life is different from a corporation. It is all about shared feelings of respect and love.

I would, therefore, advice for both of you to see a professional Muslim counselor who should help both of you to resolve the tensions in your marriage. You may also do well to order a copy of Blissful Marriage: A Practical Islamic Guide by Ekram Beshir. You can get it from amazon.ca or amazon.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pastor rapes and beats his own thirteen year old daughter

I had this storey in April but back then they didn't mentioned the girl was his daughter.

A Queens Supreme Court jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in the trial of the Rev. Phillip Joubert, the pastor of Bayside’s Community Baptist Church, who is accused of sexually abusing and raping his then-13-year-old daughter in 2009.

Joubert, 50, is charged with first- and second-degree rape, incest, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. If found guilty on the top charge, first-degree rape, he faces up to 25 years in prison, the Queens DA’s office said.

The prosecution said the young woman, now 15, would testify against her father.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Parson said Joubert’s daughter and her twin brother, the youngest of the minister’s six children with his estranged wife, left the Norwalk, Conn., home where they live with their mother in the summer of 2009 to stay with their father at his home at the church on the corner of 206th Street and 46th Road for two weeks to attend Bible camp.

One night between July 25 and Aug. 2 that summer, Joubert allegedly entered his daughter’s bedroom and forced himself upon her, physically and sexually assaulting her and then raping her, according to Parson.

The frightened young woman kept her abuse a secret, the prosecution said, until November 2009, when Joubert punched her after coming home to find his Norwalk apartment at 21 Lexington Ave. messy. It was then that she confided in her mother about the rape and the two went to the police.

Joubert was arrested in Norwalk Dec. 31 and a judge at Norwalk Superior Court issued a protective order that stipulated he was to stay away from the alleged victim and have no contact with her.

The case was turned over to Queens detectives, and Joubert was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport later that month after returning from a trip to Israel.

Parson said Joubert admitted to touching his daughter’s vagina “only after she touched his penis” but denied raping her.

Joubert’s attorney, Philip Russell, said his client’s accuser was coached by her mother, who talked about getting a divorce in June 2009. He said they went to the Norwalk police to report an alleged slapping.

“At some point, which it may never be clear to you, there was a complaint of a sexual assault in Queens,” he told the jury.

Russell called into question whether the written statement Joubert’s daughter submitted to police contained the words of a 13-year old or those of her mother.

He said Joubert, who suffers from diabetes, left Israel at 1:30 a.m. and at some point during his 13-hour flight became ill. It was in his “extremely weakened, sick shape” that Joubert was interrogated by police, Russell said.

The defense said it would call a passenger who sat next to Joubert on that flight to testify about his condition.

According to Norwalk’s The Hour newspaper, Joubert was arrested July 5, 2011, for allegedly placing a call to his daughter, violating the judge’s protective order.

He was due in Norwalk Superior Court Nov. 16 on third-degree assault charges, risking injury to a child and violating a protective order.


http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2011/46/jouberttrial_ft_2011_11_17_q.html

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Teen girl commits suicide because her stepfather sexually abused her, did Christianity play a role?

Of course the media will never directly say the father was Christian. But Texas is without a doubt the most conservative of the Bible belt. And I dunno but maybe this quote from the Mom sheds some light?

"He had sexually abused her and of course emotionally as well starting at 14,” Tiffany said. “She had demons we couldn't help her with."

Well thats good enough for me. And read the full shocking storey below, quite saddening what this young girl went through.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/11/14/court-records-show-tweeting-suicide-victim-abused-by-stepfather/#ixzz1es74KUbX

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Oklahoma Pastor recieves death threats because he employed women at his church

Entire article focuses on gays but this particular quote stood out:

"It is highly recommended that you have somebody to answer the phone of your church, especially the dumb *** Pastor Blair," the caller warned. "Women should not be in a position in a church of employment that is non-Christian. It is recommended that a man answer the phone at your f--king establishment. I will be seeing you soon!"


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/oklahoma-pastor-gay-rights_n_1101936.html

Monday, November 14, 2011

Twelve year old girl testifies against Pastor who molested her

A 12-year-old girl testified today that Rio Linda Baptist preacher Tommy Gene Daniels molested her six years ago at his Citrus Heights home that also served as his wife's day care center.

The girl said she was taking a nap in a bedroom at the Daniels' residence when "Tom...tried to wake me up by touching me inappropriately."

She is one of five victims prosecutors intend to bring to the stand in the trial against Daniels, 49, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rio Linda.


Daniels is facing 12 molestation counts in incidents that took place between 2005 and 2008, Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Macy told a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Defense attorney Michael L. Chastaine sought to find inconsistencies in the girl's story. Chastain suggested in his questioning that the girl changed her story from a recent videotaped interview in which she said she was asleep when the incident she described took place.

"I wasn't sure because I wasn't asleep, I wasn't awake," she said.

Chastaine said in his opening statement to the jury that Daniels "is a good man," "a good husband, a good father, a good member of this community."

The defense lawyer said some of the alleged victims who will testify against Daniels "are liars" who wanted to get back at him because they were troubled kids who didn't like going to his house for the "respite care" provided by his wife.

Daniels' wife, Brenda Daniels, had lost her state day care and foster care licenses in 2003 for assorted violations of state regulations but continued taking in referrals on problematic children whose parents needed temporary breathers.

There was no indication that the girl who testified today was one of those children. Her parents said they had been taking her to the Daniels house for on Wapiti Place in Citrus Heights for three years before the alleged July 5, 2005, molestation of their then-6-year-old daughter.

Citrus Heights police interviewed the girls' parents the same day and arrested Daniels, but he was not arrested until December 2010.


http://blogs.sacbee.com/crime/archives/2011/11/girl-identifies-preacher-as-molester.html#ixzz1djaO3SO6

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pastor arrested for raping mentally unstable girl



Police at Sakumono have arrested a Pastor, Bright Nana Oduro, of Glorious Light Church on the Spintex road, for allegedly raping an imbecile.

The Sakumono District Police Commander, Superintendent Alex Wowolo, who confirmed the story to The Chronicle on Saturday said investigations are underway in the case.

According to him, on Sunday October 30th, 2011, the mother of an 18-year-old girl, said to be mentally deranged, was sent to the Pastor for prayers.

The District Commander said the girl was locked in the chapel from that Sunday to Wednesday, until she managed to escape. The family, however, managed to locate and apprehend her in the town on Friday November 4, 2011, and in the night at about 10:00pm they sent her back to the supposed man of God, to continue with the prayers.

The Pastor, however, reportedly forced and had sex with her, using a condom, and attempted to go a second round, which she resisted.
The Pastor reportedly went to lock the door, pocketed the key, and raped her again without a condom.

When the girl detected that the man of God was asleep, she managed to retrieve the key and took an amount of GH¢10 from his pocket. She opened the door and escaped.

A taxi driver took her home, to her grandmother, who in turn reported the case to the Sakumono police for action.


http://news.peacefmonline.com/news/201111/78778.php

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pastor arrested for sexually assualting two teen girls

CORPUS CHRISTI — A 58-year-old former Alice pastor was arrested Wednesday after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted three teens two years ago at his church.

Last Friday, the mother of one of the three siblings brought her 18-year-old daughter to the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office where the teen said she was assaulted by the former pastor when she was 16-years-old.

Sheriff's office investigators then questioned the 58-year-old former pastor who denied any wrongdoing, said Lt. Carlos Araujo of the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office.

A few days later, a male and female sibling of the 18-year-old woman came forward and said they too were assaulted by the man two years ago when the boy was 13 and the girl was 15, Araujo said.

Investigators believe the teens worked odd jobs at the church and were assaulted on church grounds.

When sheriff's office officials brought the man back for questioning, he told police he assaulted the girls, but not the boy, Araujo said.A warrant was issued for the former pastor's arrest on suspicion of three counts of sexual assault of a child, each a first-degree felony.

Jose Humberto Herrera, 58, was arrested Wednesday at his Alice home off County Road 136.

Sheriff's office officials said Herrera is related to the teens through marriage. He served as pastor at the Baptist church for nearly 10 years.

Herrera was being held Thursday at the Jim Wells County Jail on $180,000 bail.


http://www.caller.com/news/2011/nov/10/police-former-alice-pastor-arrested-for-sexually/

Springfield Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting sixteen year old girl

A Texas youth pastor who previously lived in Springfield has been arrested and charged with having sex with a teenager.

Chad Foster, 32, of Cypress, Texas, was charged with sexual assault of a child on Nov. 3, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Foster grew up in the Springfield area, according to people who know Foster and a blog kept by Foster.
Court documents indicate that Foster met a 16-year-old girl while he working at the Community Faith Church in Hockley, Texas.
Foster met the girl through a high school ministry program. The two started communicating via text messaging after exchanging phone numbers, court records say.
The girl said she had several encounters with Foster between July and October at his home in Cypress. During this time, she said Foster warned her that she shouldn't tell anyone about the relationship because she was underage. He also allegedly said that he would get into legal trouble if anyone found out, court records say.
The girl told investigators that she felt bad about the relationship and admitted what had been going on to a high school teacher before deputies became involved. She also told another pastor at the Community of Faith Church. Records indicate Foster is charged with two other felony sexual assault counts related to the incidents, court records say.
Efforts to contact officials with the Community of Faith Church were unsuccessful. Foster's blog said he worked at Second Baptist Church in Cypress, also as a youth minister.
People familiar with Foster's background said he grew up in the Springfield area and graduated from high school in 1997. According to News-Leader archives, Foster participated in track and basketball at Greenwood High School.


http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111110/NEWS12/111100348/pastor-sex-with-teenager

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Texas Judge beat disabled daughter with a belt (graphic)

Texas is without a doubt the most conservative state in the Bible belt, and this is yet another one of those 'bible beatings' Christians are obsessed with.

Axe Deodorant commercial banned for offending Christians

Would the people of South Africa prefer something thats more Christianity compliant?

South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority has banned a 60-second Axe commercial for offending members of the Christian faith.

The ad depicts several scantily clad female angels falling from heaven, lured by the scent of a young Italian man wearing “Excite” deodorant. The angels then smash their halos to the ground as they approach the man, boarding his moped.

“Even Angels Will Fall,” reads the tagline.

The ASA banned the spot after one male complainant was angered by the message, ruling that other Christians were likely to be offended as well, reports The Daily Mail.

South Africa’s News 24 posted the ruling, stating: ‘As such, the problem is not so much that the angels are used in the commercial, but rather that the angels are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires.

‘This is something that would likely offend Christians in the same manner as it offended the complainant.”


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/axe-commercial-banned-south-africa-christian-254874

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Youth Pastor arrested for sexual assault on girl

A youth pastor in Alma was arrested Thursday after he engaged in sexual acts with a juvenile female youth group member, according to a news release from the Van Buren Police Department. Michael Brandon Lenzini, 34, was arrested at Crossroads Church in Alma on suspicion of four counts of first-degree sexual assault, a Class A felony, according to the release issued by detective Jonathan Wear, public information officer for the department. “At this point we don’t know of any other victims,” Wear said in a phone interview Monday. “I’m hoping there’s no other victims.” After receiving a tip from the child abuse hot line, investigators spent Thursday morning investigating Lenzini before arresting him, according to the release. The sexual acts are believed to have taken place during a one-month period, the release states. In Arkansas, first-degree sexual assault occurs when someone has intercourse or “deviate sexual activity” with a juvenile, and the abuser is in a position of trust or authority over the victim, Wear stated in the release. Consent is no defense, he added.

http://m.swtimes.com/mobile/news/article_6615d91a-0a12-11e1-b261-001cc4c002e0.html

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Egyptian government covered up Christian honor killings?

Long article from Stop Honor Killings, and a particular paragraph caught my attention.

Azza Suleiman's work provides much bleaker material. Incest is a major problem which no one will discuss, she says. Recently, an Egyptian man admitted killing his daughter because she was pregnant. But he was the father of his daughter's unborn child. It was a case of incest. But he killed her to protect the family's "honour". Four other women have recently been murdered by their families because they were raped. The Christian Coptic community – perhaps 10 per cent of the Egyptian population – has closed itself off from any "honour" killing investigations even though Christian girls have been murdered because they wanted to marry Muslim men. "Christians cannot talk about this outside the church," Azza Suleiman complains. "We have tried to open up shelters, but the government will not allow it. They say: 'Please, no talk of incest.' And 'honour' crimes are often also related to inheritance."

http://www.stophonourkillings.com/?q=node/4993

Now I'm just wondering, Arab Christians have the same names as Muslims (most of them do), so all the times we here about honor killings how do we no its not a Christian committing the crime? After all honor killing does exist in the Bible (Mathew 15:4 and Mark 7:10).

Thursday, November 3, 2011

California Pastor arrested for molesting preteen girl

SAN DIEGO - A one-time Marine who founded an Oceanside church was behind bars today on suspicion of having a two-year sexual relationship with a preteen Riverside County girl.

Matthias Anderson, 41, was arrested at the alleged victim's Murrieta home Tuesday morning and booked on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor and lewd acts with a child under 14.

The girl and her mother are members of New Wine Ministries Church, which Anderson started in 2002 while stationed at Camp Pendleton, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Phil Gomez. Anderson has since retired from the military and become a full-time minister, the sergeant said.

The alleged victim and her mother, whose names have not been released, came forward recently with accusations that the pastor had been molesting the girl since 2009, Gomez said.

"The sexual relationship ... occurred multiple times in both Riverside and San Diego counties," Gomez alleged.

Anderson, who lives in Hemet, allegedly would pick the girl up at her home and take her to another location to have sex with her, the sergeant said.

"Based on the investigation, detectives believe there is a possibility of additional victims in the Oceanside area," he said.

Anderson was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta
.

http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/59627/

Archbishop in Tunisia tells Europe not to fear political Islam

TUNIS – Following the electoral victory of Islamists in Tunisia’s first democratic elections, the country’s archbishop is urging the West not to fear the rise of Islamists to the helm of power in the Arab world.

“If they held free and democratic elections in any Arab country at this moment, Islamic inspired parties would win," said the Archbishop of Tunis, Migr Maroun Elias Lahham, reported MISNA news agency.

"This has happened in Tunisia and will probably happen in Egypt, but it should not lead to fears and concerns.”

Islamic-leaning Ennahda party won most votes in last month’s first election in Tunisia since the ouster of president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali earlier this year.

The election will result in an assembly which will write the country’s new constitution and set the date for presidential elections.

"The vote is laden with symbols for Tunisia,” Lahham said.

“It was the first country to revolt against decades of a dictatorship disguised as democracy or otherwise accepted by the West. Tunisia was also the first country in the so-called Arab Spring to take a process of transition."

Lahham believes that Ennahda won the polls, thanks to its struggle against Ben Ali’s regime as well as to its electoral campaign.

“Members suffered persecution through the years, and the party became the bearer of values ​​felt by all,” he said.

Ennahda is led by Rachid Ghannouchi, forced into exile in Britain for 22 years because of harassment by Ben Ali's police.

Ghannouchi is at pains to stress his party will not enforce any code of morality on Tunisian society, or the millions of Western tourists who holiday on its beaches.

He models his approach on the moderate party of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Democratic Islamists

The Archbishop of Tunis opines that Islamists will emerge the biggest winners in any democratic elections in other Arab countries.

“I think that in Egypt, the Islamic parties will also do well in elections... And if one day they vote in Libya, there will probably be the same scenario,” he said.

Egyptians will go to polls on November 28 in their first elections since the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak in February.

The Muslim Brotherhood, long oppressed under Mubarak, is expected to emerge the biggest winner in the election.

"The point is not, however, that an Islamic party governs, but rather what kind of Islam. Tunisian Islam is not Sudanese Islam, it is not Iranian nor is it Egyptian,” Lahham said.

“Probably in Egypt, the situation would be different, but there is something new now that any party or coalition that wins power must remember. The street has shown that it is capable of rebelling against dictatorship and those who fail to respect democracy will likely face the same end. It is this challenge which now faces Tunisia.”

The Archbishop of Tunis advises the Europeans not to fear Islamists.

"Europe must have a new and different approach to the realities that are taking shape in the southern shore of the Mediterranean: just as it has had parties of Christian inspiration, it must not place conditions that compromise governments featuring parties of an Islamic inspiration,” he said.

“Islam can be democratic and Ennahda has been asked to demonstrate that.”


http://www.onislam.net/english/news/africa/454611-dont-fear-islamists-tunis-archbishop.html

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Twelve year old girl beaten by father with belt for not accepting Jesus

A few years old, but the Christian media continues to ignore their own teachings and attack Islam.

PORT ST. LUCIE — He struck his 12-year-old daughter with belts because she lied, because her homework was incomplete and because “it is stated in the Bible that it is OK to spank your children,” the father told police.

The girl said she was beaten for not reading well enough, for using slang, and for “not accepting Jesus into her heart,” police reported.

After the statements, police over the weekend arrested Michael C. Bilodeau, 48, of Coral Springs, on felony charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child. He was released Sunday from the St. Lucie County jail on $10,000 bail. He declined to discuss the charges on Monday.

The case began Friday night when police responded to a report of a girl begging for money outside the Walgreen Drug Store at Southwest Port St. Lucie and Bayshore boulevards.

The girl told investigators she had been sent from Coral Springs to Port St. Lucie about three years ago to live with family friends “who share the same religious beliefs and values” as her parents.

The girl said she ran away from the Port St. Lucie home about 12:30 a.m. Thursday after being spanked with a belt by a woman in the home. She said she spent the night in a vacant home under construction.

When police took the girl to the Port St. Lucie address, Bilodeau answered the door, saying he had received a call his daughter had run away and had come to Port St. Lucie to look for her.

According to police reports, Bilodeau said the girl had been sent here because she wasn’t doing well in school in Coral Springs, and because the biological mother couldn’t care for her because of “misbehaving.” The girl told police the mother “was addicted to the internet and would ignore her.”

Bilodeau allegedly admitted he “spanked” the girl a few days earlier. He had her undress and lean across a bed, then “struck her several times with a belt,” according to police.

“She needs some discipline,” Bilodeau allegedly told police.

When asked why he ordered the girl to take off her clothes before striking her, Bilodeau allegedly replied that “he wants her to feel the pain,” police reported.

Bilodeau also told police he had given the woman in the Port St. Lucie home permission to spank the girl. He said when the woman spanks the girl the woman calls him “and puts it on the speakerphone so he could listen to the spanking as her witness,” police reported.

Bilodeau told police the local woman spanked the girl four separate times the day before she ran away. Police said they plan to speak with the woman and that the investigation is continuing.

Police said they found old and new bruises to the girl’s legs, back and sides, “consistent with injuries that could be sustained from a belt.” She now is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.

“I think the bruises on her body pretty much tell the story,” said Officer Robert Vega, police spokesman. “This is definitely not a situation where it was just parental discipline — these people took it a step further.”


http://www.religionnewsblog.com/14299/coral-springs-dad-charged-with-abuse-claims-bible-permits-spanking

Christian parents in Russia kill their daughter by ripping out her intestines

Yet another Holy Spirit guided honor killing. Remember Mark 7:10 and Mathew 15:4 commands Christian parents to slaughter dishonorable children. As well the Bible tells that a sorceress should be killed: You should not let a sorceress live. (Exodus 22:17 NAB)

MOSCOW - A Russian couple went on trial Tuesday accused of disembowelling their 26-year-old daughter then trampling her to death in a gruesome Christmas eve exorcism.

Investigatoirs said Sergei Koshimbetov, a 49-year-old taxi driver, and 50-year-old Elena Antonova, a teacher, of the central Russian city of Voronezh, tortured their daughter for several hours before killing her on the night of January 7 when Orthodox Russia celebrates Christmas.

On the pretext of "exorcising demons" they first beat up their daughter and tried to force-feed her five litres (11 pints) of what they claimed was "holy water."


"After that, Antonova ripped a part of her daughter's intestine out with her hands," investigators from the Voronezh region said in a statement. "After that the husband and wife trampled her body until she died."


The parents, who deny the killing, were ordered to stand trial despite being deemed mentally ill by psychiatrists, the investigators said. They were expected to be committed to a mental institution.

"I absolutely did not kill her," Antonova said on television. "What I did, I did to her body."

Investigators said the couple insisted they wanted to save her from evil.

"The mother and father believed they were helping their daughter to stop loving her husband, believing him to be Satan," investigator Murat Suroyev said in televised remarks.

When their daughter Alexander stopped breathing, her parents wrapped her in a blanket telling relatives she would be resurrected in three days, state-controlled NTV channel said.

The next day their younger daughter called an ambulance. Medics said they were shocked by the scene.

"The woman was lying in some kind of a crucifix position," paramedic Irina Semirod said.

Citing the findings from the Serbsky psychiatric hospital, investigators said the parents were mentally ill and needed to undergo treatment.

Arriving at the hearing with a Bible, Antonova said she did not understand why she had to be committed.

"How can they send me to a madhouse?" she
said. "I feel fine."



http://www.canada.com/mobile/iphone/story.html?id=5637425

Two Priests took pornographic pictures of young girls

shed: October 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bishop in the Roman Catholic Church has been indicted for failure to report suspected child abuse, the first time in the 25-year history of the church’s sex abuse scandals that the leader of an American diocese has been held criminally liable for the behavior of a priest he supervised.

The indictment of the bishop, Robert W. Finn, and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph by a county grand jury was announced on Friday. Each was charged with one misdemeanor count involving a priest accused of taking pornographic photographs of girls as recently as this year. They pleaded not guilty.

The case caused an uproar among Catholics in Kansas City this year when Bishop Finn acknowledged that he knew of the photographs last December but did not turn them over to the police until May. During that time, the priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, is said to have continued to attend church events with children, and took lewd photographs of another young girl.

A decade ago the American bishops pledged to report suspected abusers to law enforcement authorities — a policy also recommended last year by the Vatican. Bishop Finn himself had made such a promise three years ago as part of a $10 million legal settlement with abuse victims in Kansas City.

Though the charge is only a misdemeanor, victims’ advocates immediately hailed the indictment as a breakthrough, saying that until now American bishops have avoided prosecution despite documents showing that in some cases they were aware of abuse.

“This is huge for us,” said Michael Hunter, director of the Kansas City chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and a victim of sexual abuse by a priest. “It’s something that I personally have been waiting for years to see, some real accountability. We’re very pleased with the prosecuting attorney here to have the guts to do it.” The bishop signaled he would fight the charges with all his strength. He said in a statement: “We will meet these announcements with a steady resolve and a vigorous defense.”

The indictment announced on Friday by the Jackson County prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker, had been under seal since Oct. 6 because the bishop was out of the country. He returned on Thursday night.

In a news conference, Ms. Baker said the case was not religiously motivated, but was about the obligation under state law to report child abuse.

“This is about protecting children,” she said.

If convicted Bishop Finn would face a possible fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to a year. The diocese faces a possible fine of up to $5,000.

Ms. Baker said that secrecy rules for grand jury proceedings prohibited her from discussing whether other charges were considered, such as child endangerment, a felony. But she said the fact that the bishop faces a single misdemeanor count should not diminish the seriousness.

“To my knowledge a charge like this has not been leveled before,” she said.

It also may not mark the end of the legal troubles facing the diocese in the case, which includes civil and criminal cases in federal court. Last month Bishop Finn and Msgr. Robert Murphy testified before another grand jury in neighboring Clay County. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office there declined to comment.

The priest accused of taking the lewd photos, Father Ratigan, was a frequent presence in a Catholic elementary school next to his parish. The principal there sent a letter to the diocese in May 2010 complaining about Father Ratigan’s behavior with children. Then, last December, a computer technician discovered the photos on the priest’s laptop and turned the computer in to the diocese. A day later Father Ratigan tried to kill himself. The diocese said that Monsignor Murphy described — but did not share — a single photo of a young girl, nude from the waist down, to a police officer who served on an independent sexual abuse review board for the diocese. The officer said that based on the description it might meet the definition of child pornography, but he did not think it would, the diocese said.

Bishop Finn sent Father Ratigan to live in a convent and told him to avoid contact with minors. But until May the priest attended children’s parties, spent weekends in the homes of parish families, hosted an Easter egg hunt and presided, with the bishop’s permission, at a girl’s First Communion, according to interviews with parishioners and a civil lawsuit filed by a victim’s family.

Parents in the school and parishioners — told only that Father Ratigan had fallen sick from carbon monoxide poisoning — were stunned when he was arrested in May after the diocese called the police. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of taking indecent photographs of young girls.

The new indictment released on Friday said that Bishop Finn and the diocese had reason to suspect that Father Ratigan might subject a child to abuse.

It cited “previous knowledge of concerns regarding Father Ratigan and children; the discovery of hundreds of photographs of children on Father Ratigan’s laptop, including a child’s naked vagina, upskirt images and images focused on the crotch; and violations of restrictions placed on Father Ratigan.”

Bishop Finn said in his statement on Friday that he and the diocese had given “complete cooperation” to law enforcement. He also pointed to steps he had taken since the scandal first became public, including commissioning a report to look into the case, and reinforcing procedures for handling allegations of abuse.

That report found that the diocese did not follow its own procedures. It also found that Bishop Finn was “too willing to trust” Father Ratigan.

The case has generated fury at the bishop, a staunch theological conservative who was already a polarizing figure in his diocese. Since the Ratigan case came to light, there have been widespread calls for him to resign.

Contributing to the sense of betrayal is the fact that only three years ago, Bishop Finn settled lawsuits with 47 plaintiffs in sexual abuse cases for $10 million and agreed to a list of 19 preventive measures, among them to immediately report anyone suspected of being a pedophile to the law enforcement authorities.

France may be the only country where a bishop has been convicted for his failure to supervise a priest accused of abuse, said Terrence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, a victims’ advocacy group that tracks abuse cases.

A grand jury in Philadelphia indicted a top official in the archdiocese there, Msgr. William Lynn, for mishandling cases of abuse. The former archbishop, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, was not indicted, but he has been called to testify.



http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/us/kansas-city-bishop-indicted-in-reporting-of-abuse-by-priest.html

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tulsa Pastor arrested for raping a mentally challenged fifteen year old girl



A DNA match helps police arrest a West Tulsa pastor in connection to the rape of a teenager.

Tulsa Police Sex Crimes detectives arrested Allen Ray Jeffers, 63, for raping a 15-year-old girl who is mentally challenged.

They say a DNA profile from the teen’s assault matched Jeffers, who is a convicted felon in California.

Police say on September 6th, the girl walked away from her school in East Tulsa.

They claim Jeffers, who didn't know the girl, picked her up and took her to an area near 5th and N. Mingo and sexually assaulted the teen.

He then dropped her off at a North Tulsa McDonald’s where she flagged down someone for a ride home.

Police were called and she was taken to the hospital for a sexual assault exam.

DNA recovered from the exam linked to Jeffers' DNA.

Detectives say Jeffers has been in Tulsa since 2000 and preaches at Summit Park Full Gospel Church in West Tulsa.

They say in California he was convicted of Indecent Exposure and Lewd Molestation.

Police say DNA evidence helped greatly in this case. They encourage victims of sexual assaults to be examined immediately for any evidence to help catch the predator.

Detectives encourage anyone who knows Jeffers or has any information about potential victims to call police.

FOX23 has left a message with Summit Park Full Gospel Church.

Jail records show Jeffers was arrested at Summer Park Full Gospel Church Friday night and booked facing Rape by Instrumentation, Lewd Molestation and Kidnapping charges.

He is being held on $100,000 bond.


http://www.fox23.com/mostpopular/story/W-Tulsa-pastor-arrested-for-rape/x6nRXaq1eE-gaiMzHZYgHg.cspx

Israeli court fines woman for not cooking for her husband?

Well actually the court aquitted her on that, but charged her with witchcraft. So where's FOX news? Where's David Wood?

Rabbinical court penalizes a woman for witchcraft. And no, it’s not Monty Python

The rabbinical court of Haifa ruled against a woman whose husband claimed she practiced witchcraft in their home. The court acquitted the woman of refusing to cook for her husband, as the latter committed adultery, which the court found constituted mitigating circumstances in the woman’s dereliction of culinary duties. (Hebrew)

The woman denied being a witch, but she failed a polygraph test – which is not accepted as evidence in regular Israeli courts. Presumably the duck test was unavailable. The court, composed of rabbis Yitzhak Shmuel Gamzo, Michael Bleicher, and Meir Kahan, admitted they found no legal precedent for reducing the woman’s ktuba – the money her husband pledges her in case of divorce – presumably since the Halachaic punishment for witchcraft is death. They nevertheless relied on the dubious book of Rabbi Nachman of Breslau, which is not generally considered to be law book (much more of a moral tale) to deprive her of some 90,000 NIS. Impressive.

And no, this isn’t mythical medieval England. This is Israel, 2011. And the court is funded by the government.


http://972mag.com/fine-her-shes-a-witch/26388/

Friday, October 28, 2011

Elderly woman quits church because Pastor repeatedly stole her pain medication

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — A Smyrna woman said she left the church she belonged to for 55 years after her pastor was charged with stealing her pain medicine.

Rickey Alan Reed, pastor of First Free Methodist Church in Smyrna, was charged with aggravated burglary after church member Jean Harris set up video surveillance on a side door to her home to find out why her Lortab pain medication kept disappearing. An entire bottle went missing in May.


Harris said she was prescribed the powerful medication after a 2006 shoulder injury to help her manage pain.

A video recording showed Reed coming to the locked door and trying to get into the house. Harris told The Tennessean on Monday that she called police after realizing that Reed was going to keep stealing painkillers (http://bit.ly/niKzKI ).

"It took me a week and a half of prayer," Harris said Monday. "But if I didn't, he was going to keep doing this."

Smyrna Police confirmed on Monday that Reed, 55, turned himself in last month and was arrested. A call left on an answering machine Tuesday at a telephone listed in Reed's name wasn't returned.

Ronald Balzer, superintendent for the New South Conference of the Free Methodist Church, said Reed is on voluntary leave of absence and told the newspaper details of the case have been overstated.

"There has been a problem with some pain, and that took him places he didn't want to go," Balzer said.

Police said there might be other members of the congregation who Reed stole medicine from and they asked that anyone with information call them.

Harris said the church leadership had been trying to keep the incident quiet.

"We're sweeping this stuff under the rug," she said. "That's exactly what that was."

Harris said after she confronted Reed, other church members pressured her to not go to police.

She said after she did, some members ostracized her and she felt uncomfortable attending there and left the church.


http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Pastor-s-arrest-prompts-Tenn-woman-to-quit-church-2212935.php#ixzz1c81SDFTj

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Coptic Bishop in Egypt: 1.8 million Christians embraced Islam

Youth Pastor from Ohio arrested for sexual battery on fifteen year old girl




A Hocking County judge set bond at $100,000 for a Logan youth pastor accused of sexual battery involving a minor.

Sheriff Lanny North says Travis Bransetter, 29, was arrested yesterday morning.

North says Bransetter confessed to investigators he had had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female member of his church.

Bransetter is charged with three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Investigators say the relationship took place between Nov. 2010 and Feb. 2011.

Bransetter resigned his position with the Church of the Nazarene in February.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 4th.


http://woub.org/2011/10/26/former-logan-youth-pastor-arrested-sex-charges

Investigation reveals Christian Clinics lied, insulted and attempted to convert pregnant women

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Christian Farmer slashes girlfriend with a machete then rapes her

Angered by his girlfriend’s refusal to sleep with him in the bush on the grounds that it was a taboo to do so there, Yaw Badu, alias Agya Koo; a farmer, hacked Abena Agyeiwaa and their two month-old baby at Breman Kuntanase in the Central Region.

And as if that was not enough, Agya Koo, reportedly dragged his victim from the farm into the nearby bush and raped her before fleeing into hiding.

He, however, could not hide ad infinitum as the long arm of the law eventually gripped him and hauled him into prison for nine years in hard labour on each of the two counts, which run concurrently.

On his first appearance before the Agona Swedru Circuit Court on two counts of causing harm to Agyeiwaa and the baby, Agya Koo’s plea was not taken and so was remanded for a fortnight.

On his second appearance on September 20, 2011, however, the court, presided over by Mr K.E. Osam, convicted him on his own plea of guilty and slapped him with the jail term.

The facts, as narrated by Chief Inspector Ivy Agadia, were that Agyeiwaa was Badu’s concubine with whom he lived at Bremen Kuntanase and they had a daughter, Yaa Atta.

According to Ms Agadia, the family left for the farm on August 9, 2011 and whilst on the farm, Badu requested to sleep with Agyeiwaa who declined on the grounds that it was a taboo to do so in the bush.

She said that Agyeiwaa’s reply was not acceptable to machete wielding Badu who threatened to kill her if she did not agree to his demands and inflicted several machete wounds on her and the child who received two hits from the machete.

Chief Inspector Agadia said after smashing the child, he hit Agyeiwaa’s jaw with the machete till she fell unconscious.

She said Agya Koo then dragged her to the nearby bush and raped her after which he abandoned them to their fate and bolted.

The prosecutor said Agyeiwaa’s groans attracted a witness, who was passing by, to the scene and found Agyeiwaa lying naked with her baby beside her.

“The passer-by raised an alarm which drew sympathisers who assisted the local Asafo Company to convey the victims to the Our Lady of Grace Hospital at Bremen Asikuma,” he said.

The police, upon receipt of the information, went to the scene and found the blood-soaked skirt and a cap belonging to Agyeiwaa.

Chief Inspector Agadia further told the court that the police flushed out Badu from his hide-out in the bush at Bremen Nwomaso on August 18, 2011 and he admitted the offence in his caution statement.


http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/crime/201110/74405.php

Ghana Pastor arrested for licking female hairdresser's vagina

Kusi Twumasi, the drummer of Pastor Stephen Addy Powell, a pastor with Crown Power Ministries International who has been arraigned for allegedly licking a hairdresser’s vagina under the pretext of praying for her, on Monday testified against his boss.

He told an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mrs. Georgina Mensah-Datsa, in his examination in-chief led by ASP Sarah Ekua Acquah, that he was the drummer of the church for four months.

According to him, on April 15 2011, while they were at a crusade, the pastor asked which of the church members knew of someone called Nana, to which he responded in the affirmative and said all those he knew with that name were all male.

He said the pastor told him the Nana he was referring to was a lady, adding that he then remembered that the hairdresser, who is the complainant, was called Nana Ama Asabea but told the pastor that she lived faraway at Omanjor.

He said Pastor Addy Powell insisted that he should call her for him because he had a revelation about her.

Kusi, who said he was unemployed, stated that because he did not have call credit on his phone, the accused person gave him his phone to call Nana and when she answered, he handed her over to the pastor who spoke to her.

The witness said after talking to Nana Ama, the pastor gave the phone to him and he told the complainant that he indeed gave the number to the pastor to talk to her.

He stated that the pastor, after the phone call, later told him they should go and see the complainant so the two of them, in the company of a certain lady called Esther, went to see Nana.

He said when they got there, the pastor told them to wait outside for him while he went to see her for a discussion, adding that he was not privy to what took place in the room.

The unemployed man noted that the complainant later called him and Esther to the room, where the pastor asked him to pray and after the prayers, they left. He however noted that on their way, Nana called him through the pastor’s phone and told him to see her later.

He said when he met the complainant, she narrated her ordeal and said she would have the pastor arrested.

Under cross-examination by J.K. Yeboah, the witness said he had worked with the accused person for four months but said he did not always attend crusades with him.

He denied that he was not being truthful to the court.

The case has been adjourned to October 28, 2011.

At the last hearing, the complainant had said the pastor used a white handkerchief to wipe his mouth after he licked her.

The pastor, who has been charged with indecent assault, also told her that if she knew the evil spirit he exorcised from her, she would have been grateful to God.

The hairdresser told the court that on April 15, 2011, at about 1:00p.m, she received a call from the accused person, introducing himself as a pastor and said he was given the number by one of her friends called Twumasi.

She said the pastor, who said he was with Twumasi, gave the phone to her friend who spoke to her, after which the pastor said he had a vision concerning her marriage.

She said he added that he would like to see her but she told him she was not at home and gave him the time she would be there.

According to her, the pastor came to her house and said he had something to tell her so she took him to her room while her sister was in the kitchen, with Twumasi and others who accompanied the pastor waiting for him outside the house.

She said the accused person told her that she had a problem with marriage because she had been spiritually married to a spirit so they had to pray and in the course of the prayers, he asked her to hold him tightly because the spirit behind her woes was in the room.

The complainant noted that the self-styled Pastor Addy Powell later told her to lie in supine position for him to remove something spiritual from her stomach, adding that the pastor used a handkerchief to wipe her face and she became dazed.

The hairdresser said the accused person took advantage of the situation and shifted her panty aside and started licking her but in the process, she regained consciousness and started struggling with him and set herself free.

She said she asked him why he acted the way he did since he did not know her and the accused person knelt down and apologised to her, after which she told him to get up.

The complainant noted that when the pastor stood up, he spat saliva into the white handkerchief he used to wipe her face before she became dazed and told her if she knew the evil spirit he had exorcised from her by his action, she would have thanked him.


http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/crime/201110/74983.php

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Disney star Selena Gomez recieves death threats from a Christian

Most Al Queda, Taliban and those other so called 'Muslims' who give death threats are also mentally unstable, but why wouldd the media and Christians care? They make money off of this.

Singer-actor Selena Gomez is terrified after she received a death threat. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Management Unit is investigating the matter after Gomez obtained a restraining order against her stalker Thomas Brodnicki. The 46-year-old allegedly told his psychiatrist that he was going to kill the 19-year-old singer after having conversations with god. According to Tmz.com, Gomez is in “extreme fear”.

Gomez’s lawyer Blair Berk claim Brodnicki was picked up for mental evaluation last month after he allegedly threatened to “scratch people’s eyes out on the street”. Detectives are also taking Brodnicki’s threats “extremely seriously” because of his history of mental illness


http://www.hindustantimes.com/Gomez-receives-death-threat/Article1-759108.aspx

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jewish group vandalizes ice cream parlour saying licking cones causes promiscuity

Christianity and Judaism are sister religions (according to christians, and despite the fact the two faiths contradict the hell outta each other).
Something else to note this conservative group set up gender segregated areas for men and women. And these have influenced other Jews in America and the UK where they ignorantly and publically set up their own values. But naw lets jus blame the muzlims.

An ultra-orthodox Jewish sect trashed a Jerusalem ice cream parlour because they were disgusted by people licking cones in public believing it promotes promiscuity.
The owners of the Zisalek parlour in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood had put up posters asking people not to consume the snacks in public and installed separate entrances for men and women.

But religious zealots from the ultra strict Sikrikim sect did not believe the measures went far enough and broke in during the night to vandalise the premises.

Owner Guy Ammar said: 'They had a real ball with us.

'But we were not deterred. Residents here told us not to give up and business is going well now.'

The Sikrikim are named after a Jewish group which 2,000 years ago fought against Roman rulers and suspected Jewish collaborators.

They wear masks to hide their identity and strike mainly at night.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 8 percent of Israel's 7.7 million population. With an average of eight children per family, they are a fast-growing population.

Many live below the poverty line and tend keep to their own towns and neighbourhoods.

Mea Shearim area is small, less than half a square mile, and home to about 30,000 residents considered among the most tight-knit and reclusive of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Other stores in the neighbourhood, where men wear traditional black garb and women bare little but their face, have had their windows broken, locks glued and foul-smelling liquid smeared on walls.

Marlene Samuels, manager of the nearby Or Hachaim bookshop said: 'They also threw once a bag of excrement inside and smashed our windows three times.'
Marlene's shop has been attacked more than 10 times since it opened a year and a half ago, Samuels said. The latest assault was last week when one of the store's branches had its locks glued overnight.

The shop's owner met with the Sikrikim several times.

Although the store stocks only religious books, they include volumes published by Zionist organsiations while the Sikrikim believe a Jewish state can be established only with the coming of the Messiah.

Sikrikim attacks have also been reported at Beit Shemesh, a mixed secular and religious town with a growing ultra-Orthodox community, about half an hour's drive from Jerusalem. The latest target there has been a religious girls' school.

The Sikrikim who reside near the school object to the way the girls dress. Since the school year began in September they have regularly picketed outside shouting out at the students, most of them younger than 12, that they are promiscuous.

'They claim to be religious but what they do is a crime against God, against the Torah and against humanity,' said David Rotenberg, who works at Or Hachaim.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050573/Ultra-strict-Jewish-sect-trashes-ice-cream-parlour-claiming-licking-cones-public-promotes-promiscuity.html#ixzz1bCiHCtoA

Devoted Christian open fires, killing three

CUPERTINO, Calif. — The man who shot dead three co-workers before being killed by police Thursday had complained about racism at work and was recently notified about erratic driving on the job, his shop steward said.

Mike Ambrosio, who was shot in the arm, told the San Jose Mercury News that he had confronted Shareef Allman less than a week ago about having turned over a truck and snagging overhead wires when he left the truck bed in the air at the quarry where they worked in Cupertino, Calif.

"He's had so many accidents and always said that because he's African American, the company was after him," Ambrosio told the newspaper. "He was an unsafe driver."

Ambrosio added that he told Allman last Thursday that "no one has ever had so many accidents in the company like you have."

When Allman started shooting, Ambrosio said, he shouted: "You guys want to (expletive) with me? You want to (expletive) with me?"

Allman was on the run for a day before being cornered, shot and killed Thursday morning, law enforcement sources told NBC affiliate KNTV.

Allman was shot by police in the same Sunnyvale neighborhood that police had searched a day earlier.

The Santa Clara County coroner confirmed Thursday evening that Allman was the man killed by deputies, KRON television reported.

Three deputies were on routine patrol when they encountered a man crouched behind a vehicle in the driveway of a home, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said.

He matched Allman's description, and deputies fired after he "displayed in a threatening manner his firearm," Smith said.

The workplace shootings and subsequent manhunt had stunned Allman's friends. They described him as a devoted single father of two, a strong Christian and the author of a novel about the evils of domestic violence.

The portrait of Allman, 47, diverged strongly from the man authorities suspect in the fatal shooting of three co-workers. Seven others were also wounded in the attack, some critically.

"If you live in San Jose, you could not help but know him. He had a great smile, and he lit up the room. He was such a peaceful man," said the Rev. Jeff Moore of the NAACP's San Jose-Silicon Valley chapter. "It's not making any sense to us, and it hurts us to the core. We want to do whatever we can to bring him home."


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44799232/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

Monday, October 17, 2011

Inheritance laws in Islam

Why do Muslim women inherit half what men do? Isn't that discrimination against women?

Salam, Nicky.


Thank you for your question. To answer, I need to make some points clear.

What you noted in your question, that women inherit less than men, is just part of the truth, and not the whole truth.

In Islam, there are three other cases regarding inheritance:

1. Women inherit as much as men.

2. Women inherit more than men.

3. Women inherit while men don't.

The variables that control values of inheritances are:

1. Closeness to the deceased.

2. Responsibility of the inheriting generation, which means that the young generations inherit more than the older ones because they are facing more responsibilities, and are obliged to look after the older ones..

Now, let's have some examples for the above-mentioned cases.

Women Inherit As Much As Men:

If a person dies leaving the two parents and even one child, each of the two parents inherits a sixth of the inheritance; the Qur'an rules that:

*{For parents, a sixth share of inheritance to each if the deceased left children.}* (An-Nisaa' 4:11)

Also, the brothers and sisters of the deceased from the same mother all inherit equal portions.

Women Inherit More Than Men:

If a person dies leaving one full sister and three half-brothers (by the father), the full sister gets half the inheritance, and the other half is distributed equally among the three half-brothers.

Women Inherit While Men Don't:

If a woman dies leaving a husband, a full sister, and a brother by her father, the husband gets half the inheritance and the sister gets the other half, and the half-brother gets nothing at all. But if there is not any full sister, the half-brother gets her share (i.e. half).

So as you can see now, the case is not always that a woman gets half what the man inherits. It depends on the closeness of the deceased.

A Case Study

As for the first case, when women inherit less than men, it may sound unfair to you, but let me explain the responsibility of men and women in Islam through the following example.

If a person dies leaving 150,000 dollars and a son and a daughter, the son gets 100,000 and the daughter only 50,000. There are two scenarios that may happen after this inheritance is distributed.

One is that both of them may get married. In Islam, the man pays the bridal money or dower gift to the bride. So the son will spend about 25,000 and the daughter will receive the same amount. Now both of them have 75,000.

Then after marriage the husband is responsible for the household expenses, while the wife keeps her money.

The husband is solely responsible for everything, while the wife is not required to pay a single penny. However, if she decides to help her husband, this will be considered as an act of charity.

The second scenario is that they don't get married, or the son marries and the daughter does not. Even if the daughter in the above example remains unmarried, her brother is obligated by Islam to be financially responsible for her.

If the woman is not married, still her male relatives have the responsibility to spend on her. If she is a mother, it is her son's responsibility; if she is a daughter, it is her father's responsibility; if she is a sister, it is her brother's responsibility.

Even if she has no male relatives, according to Islamic teachings, the society as a whole has the responsibility to provide for such a woman.

Islam is about perfect justice for both the man and the woman. If the son and the daughter get equal shares, this will be really unjust to the son.

The Concept of Submission

I hope the above answer clarifies to you the wisdom behind the distribution of inheritance in Islam.

At the end, I would also like to make another point clear: the concept of submission in Islam.

In Islam, we believe that Almighty God, Who created us, knows what is best for us. Sometimes He reveals the wisdom behind His commands, and sometimes the wisdom is hidden from us.

However, Islam is about submission to the Law of God whether we understand the wisdom behind His commands or not.

I hope this answers your question. Please stay in touch.


http://www.onislam.net/english/ask-about-islam/society-and-family/status-of-women/167166-islamic-inheritance-laws-inherently-unjust.html

Indian Sunni scholars denounce terrorism, Saudi brand of Islam

DELHI, Oct 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters)- The ideology of Islamic radicalism and its justification of related terrorism as 'jihad', which is predicated on a distorted interpretation of the tenets of Islam, received a major jolt from Indian Sunni clerics on Sunday in Moradabad, a small town in Uttar Pradesh.

Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kachochavi, general secretary of the All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) which represents the majority of Sunni Muslims in India, denounced the hardline Wahabi interpretation of Islam espoused by Saudi Arabia.

Addressing his constituency of over 100,000 people at a 'maha-panchayat' (great congregation), the Maulana exhorted his flock to reject such distortion of the normative principles of Islam.

Bemoaning the fact that a small group of Muslims had given a bad name to their great religion, he added: "The time has come for us to come out and claim our rights. Let us take a pledge that we will never support Wahabi extremism -- not today, not tomorrow".

Since the tragedy of 9/11 that felled the Twin Towers and the more recent terror attack on Mumbai in November 2008, there has been considerable ferment in the Indian Muslim populace (estimated to be 138 million as per the 2001 census data) about the distorted ideology which has been justifying and nurturing such extremism.

As is often the case, the larger majority of Muslims the world over are law-abiding citizens who do not support the malignancy of Islamic extremism -- but have either been silent or invisible.

Thus, the unambiguous stand taken by the AIUMB which represents almost 80 percent of India's Sunni Muslims -- who in turn are the majority faction of Indian Muslims (the Shia, Ismaili and Ahmadiyya amongst others are estimated to be less than 30 million in all) -- is a very significant development in the ongoing contestation about the interpretation and practice of Islam.

The stand taken by AIUMB President Hazrat Syed Muhammad Ashraf Ashrafi and his colleagues was long overdue, for many Indian Muslims had warned of the dangers being posed by the spread of virulent Wahabi ideology in Indian madrasas, which received generous funding from Saudi sources. The control of madrasas and what they teach and propagate to impressionable minds has been a contentious issue in India for decades.

It is regrettable that the state in India has chosen to turn a blind eye to this malignant trend for short-term electoral considerations. Hence, many poisonous and anti-national ideologies and discourses have been swirling amongst the Indian Muslim constituency.

Calling for the creation of a Central Madrasa Board that would monitor these religious prep schools, Maulana Kachochavi asserted: "Right now, the madrasas are under the control of Wahabi-inspired organisations which run on Saudi money. The ideology they teach and spread is hardline Wahabism". The proposed Board, he added, would keep a watch on the flow of Saudi money into madrasa education in India.

India has been a model of relative tolerance, as far as the practice of Islam is concerned, for over a millennium and is currently home to as many as 150 million Indian Muslims. The factional diversity in India which has a mix of Sunni, Shia and other smaller sects is the envy of many Muslim nations and the syncretic culture that has evolved for centuries has withstood many challenges including the partition of 1947 and the more recent 2002 pogrom in Gujarat.

However, in recent years, the hardline Islamic factions that have an Arab-Wahabi texture to them have been gaining ground in India and many subtle changes have been evidenced. For instance, the common greeting in the sub-continent, 'salam-alekum' has gradually transmuted into 'khuda-hafiz' and has now become 'allah-hafiz'. The word 'khuda' has been dropped since it is of Persian origin and is also seen to be preferred by the Shia populace.

Predictably, women have become the target of such imposed conformity and the new advocacy of groups like the Tablighi is that a 'purdah' (veil) to cover the face is not enough -- young Muslim girls are now advised (firmly) -- to keep a 'purdah' on their voices. To be barely seen and remain submissively within the family fold, in a silent mode, is the prevailing Wahabi-derived prescription for the young Muslim girl -- a template that the Taliban and their adherents in Afghanistan and Pakistan ardently support.

The post 9/11 global challenge to quarantine and shrink terror predicated on a distortion of Islam cannot be won by military means alone. The greater war is that of resisting toxic interpretations of the Quran and insidious narratives that serve pernicious political ends.

The Maulanas in Moradabad have picked up the gauntlet. This denunciation of the distortion of Islam and the hijacking by the Wahabi school is to be globally commended and calls for many debates within the Muslim fold -- with women and girls being allowed to voice their opinions about what constitutes a gender equitable interpretation of Islam.


http://world.bdnews24.com/details.php?id=209142&cid=1

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Does Islam call for the killings of innocent people?

Why kill innocents? Did our civilization not learn from previous times, the Crusades and other "wars-of-faith". We are all God's children. All faiths and religions are like fingers on the hands of God (Allah, Buddah, Christ, Muhammad, Zoroaster, Vishnu, or however we choose to call our god). We are one! Who are we that we deign to play God and take life? Spare innocents, as they are not yours to kill. Seek your path if you must, but spare the innocents, as they did not wrong you.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, thank you for contacting us and the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

It is to be stressed first that Islam is a universal religion that aims at spreading the principles of peace, love, and cooperation among all people, regardless of their race, color, cultural background, or religion. As Muslims we do not hate non-Muslims. Islam teaches us to wish and strive for the goodness and welfare of all people. On the contrary, Islam is against oppression and injustice and killing innocent people, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims. This fact is declared in the Qur’an when Allah says: "Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition." (An-Nahl: 90)

Islam is strictly against taking even a single life without justice. This, in fact, is an understatement, for Islam is not merely against taking life without justice, but considers doing so as depriving all humankind of the right to live—the sacred right bestowed upon humans by their Creator, Who alone can take that right away from them when He so decides, according to His absolute knowledge, wisdom and mercy.

In his answer to the question, the prominent Muslim scholar Dr. Muhammad Abu Laylah, professor of the Islamic Studies & Comparative Religions at Al-Azhar University states:

"Thank you for your question or rather your statement. You should know that Islam holds human life in high esteem, human blood is sacred, human property is safeguarded, killing others is a criminal act in Islam, and it is severely punishable not only in this world but also in the Hereafter.

Even the child in his mother’s womb is well protected in Islam and even the dead body in the grave is totally honored. The lives of animals also come under the Islamic law of protection. If a Muslim [deliberately] kills another Muslim, he must be killed after all evidence is established, unless the family of the murdered forgive the murderer or accept to compromise the matter with him [by accepting blood money from him].

Yes, it is a pity nowadays we find Israel killing Palestinians in masses while the whole world is watching or listening to false justifications. The Crusaders, as you know, came from Europe to kill Muslims and occupy their land using religion as a justification to their claim. I would like to recall here that the intolerant Catholics in Spain went very far against the teachings of Jesus himself, the prince of peace.

In Islam, the protection of one soul from being killed may be equal to giving life to all humankind; likewise, the killing of an innocent soul may be equal to the killing of the entire human race.

Allah Almighty says: "For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than man slaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth." (Al-Ma’idah: 32)

In Islam, jihad is not to kill others or to deny their existence or their rights to live and develop their life. It is only to protect the Muslim people against any aggression or invasion.

Islam is also ready to offer protection to non-Muslims who are wronged and unjustly treated. Islam tries always to keep the balance between nations and to secure a better life and always calls for a better understanding between nations.

In the just war allowed in Islam, it is forbidden to kill innocent children, women and unarmed people, or to burn crops, destroy the means of living, torture the captives, or mutilate the dead bodies under any circumstance. If the enemies of Islam call for peace, Islam urges Muslims to accept and to decline war and enter into peace immediately with them.

War in Islam is circumstantial and accidental. But peace is the everlasting rule. We agree with you that the religious community should stop killing and stop carrying weapons against each other and give way to peace. They should help each other and cooperate with one another to overcome and conquer the myriad problems our race is facing. We should maintain justice, peace, security and order in the world.

I do not agree with you about the image you gave that “all faiths and religions are like fingers on the hands of God (Allah, Buddah, Christ, Muhammad, Zoroaster, Vishnu, or however we choose to call our god).” We Muslims do not believe that Muhammad is our god, nor that Buddha, Christ, Zoroaster, Vishnu, et cetera are gods. They are mortals. We believe that Muhammad is the Prophet and Messenger of Allah who was chosen by Him to deliver His final message to mankind. Muhammad was granted many miracles, the best of which after the Qur’an is the everlasting influence upon Muslims and humanity in large. We honor Jesus as a mighty Prophet. Allah in Islam is above time and space and nothing in this world can resemble Him or even stand in any degree similar to Him. We are not children of God (Allah), but children of the first humans created, Adam and Eve."

Allah Almighty knows best.


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