Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Christians protest after Moldovan Government recognizes Islam

Get this, previous governments have considered Islam illegal and thats why the Muslims were afraid to announce they were Muslim! So isn't this Christian Sharia? At least in Islam governments are encouraged to support other religions. But it seems Christianity lacks in that.

Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat has pledged to review the recent registration of Islam as one of the country's recognized religions, Moldovan news sources report.

Prime Minister Filat made the pledge at a meeting with Metropolitan Vladimir, the head of the powerful Moldovan Orthodox Church.

The Justice Ministry registered the Islamic League in mid-March, after Moldova's tiny Muslim minority had tried in vain for years to obtain some kind of official recognition.

The registration of the organization, led by Sergiu Sochirca (pictured), triggered a wave of protests from the dominant Orthodox Church.

Last week, more than 1,000 Christians rallied in the country's main cities in protest, and this week a number of priests warned that they will stop mentioning the country's leaders in their sermons, which is common practice.


Boo hoo who cares? I doubt the country leaders even give a damn.

Vladimir assured the Prime Minister on May 25 that priests will continue to pray for the health of the country's leaders if the government revokes the recognition of Islam.

Communists were also unhappy with the recognition of the country's Muslims. The leader of the Communist Party, former President Vladimir Voronin, pointed out that Moldova resisted the construction of mosques when it was part of the Ottoman Empire and must continue to do so today.

(He failed to mention that Moldova was never actually part of the Ottoman Empire. It had a status of suzerainty, which allowed it considerable control over its domestic affairs. Mosques were not built there because the Sultans themselves banned the construction of mosques, the forced conversion to Islam of the populations, or the settling of Turks in the region. Moldova paid a tribute to Istanbul for that.)

In spite of the protests, former Justice Minister Alexandru Tanase, who approved the Islamic League's application and who has since stepped down to take a seat on the Constitutional Court, says there is no justification for denying recognition to Muslims.

"Islam is not a sect. It is one of the world's three major religions. There is no country in the world that does not recognize the rights of Muslims," Tanase says. "Our own constitution guarantees freedom of religion to everybody. And the people who applied for registration by the Justice Ministry have fulfilled all the legal requirements."

Because of past repression, even the size of Moldova's Muslim community is not known. There are some 2,000 officially registered Muslims among the country's approximately 3.4 million people. But Islamic League head Sergiu Sochirca says the real figure is closer to 17,000.

"When my wife and I applied for new passports and wanted to write 'Muslim' in the 'religion' space, we saw that it had already been filled in as 'Christian.' I told the police officers we were Muslim, and they ignored me," Sochirca said. "They said they can't write in 'Muslim,' that they register everyone as Christian, and that's all there is to it."

For the time being, the Muslims are pleased that the government has finally recognized them and that Muslims in the nation's capitol Chisinau can worship freely. Someday, they hope they might even be able to build a mosque.

"Now we have a prayer room and for us this is our mosque. As for building a mosque in accordance with Islamic norms, with a minaret and all, maybe it is not the right time now, not now," a local worshhipper Ismail Wahab Wahab said


http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-229-4087.htm

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Prophet Muhammed on dhimmi's

How often will Christians admit that Muhammed pbuh guaranteed them safety and rights (btw the Jews and Christians at the Prophet's time DID take him as a Prophet of God)

“Someone who unjustly kills a dhimmi (person under protection) cannot get a whiff of Heaven. However, its fragrance is felt from a distance of forty years. (Sahih Bukhari, Jizya, 5)


2. Our Prophet (saas) said: “Whoever oppresses a dhimmi or burdens a weight over him more than he can carry, I will be his enemy.”


3. “Whoever oppresses a dhimmi or loads a work that is over his strength or takes something away from him by force, I am his foe on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud, Kharaj, 31-33)


4. “I am claimant of anyone who depresses a dhimmi. The one who I am claimant of (in this world), I am also claimant of on the Day of Judgment.” (Ajlouni, Kashf al-Khafa’ II, 218)


5. Holy Prophet (saas) commands: “Beware! I will be complainant of those who act cruelly and heartlessly to these people (who are bound by agreement) and restrict their rights or who load a work over what they can sustain or take away something out of their will, on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud, Jihad; (İslamda Devlet Nizami [Islamic State Order]), Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi, Hilal Yayınları, 1967, p. 71)

6. In any one of the countries conquered at the time of Hazrat Omar, not even one place of worship was failed to respect. Abu Yusuf writes:

“All places of worship were left as they were before. Neither were they demolished, nor the defeated people were deprived of their properties or belongings.” (Abu Yusuf, Kitabu'l-Haraj; Islam’da Devlet Nizamı, Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi, Hilal Yayınları, 1967, s. 74)


7. Hazrat Ali said, “Whoever is our dhimmi, his blood is as blessed as ours, his property is as protected from damage as ours.” In another verse it is related that Hazrat Ali said the following: “The property and life of the ones who accept status of Dhimmi is blessed as ours (the Muslims).” (Islam’da Devlet Nizamı "Islamic State Order”, Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi, Hilal Yayınları, 1967, p. 76)


8. In the agreement which our Holy Prophet (saas) decreed the articles to Ibn Harris ibn Ka’b, who is a Christian, and other Christians:

“The religion, churches, lives, chastity and property of the entire Christians living in the East and the West are under the protection of Allah, His Prophet (saas) and all the believers. None of the people embracing the religion of Christianity will be forced to accept Islam. If one of the Christians suffers murder or injustice, Muslims are obliged to help him,” he narrated the verse: “Only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way…” (Surat al-Anqabut, 29/46). (Ibn Hisham, Abu Muhammad Abdu’l-Malik, (v.218/834), as-Seerat an-Nabaweeyat, Daru't-Turasi'l-Arabiyye, Beirut, 1396/1971, IV/241-242; Hamidullah, Al-Wasaiq, s.154-155, No.96-97; Doğu Batı kaynaklarında birlikte yaşama, “Living together in Eastern and Western sources”, p. 95)


"This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by God! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world)."

Christian Preacher disguises himself as a Muslim...then makes a fool of himself

Please note 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 gives Christians the right to disguise themselves as a member of a group they're trying to evangelize. Paul in that verse acted as a Jew to lure Jews to Christianity.

Even though the Preacher misquoted the Bible, and got embarassed by the Christians who were listening to him, he was still following 1 Cor 9-19-23.

A self-styled preacher on a Tema-Madina ‘tro-tro’ vehicle made a mockery of himself when a quotation he gave from both the Bible and the Koran turned out to be false.

This happened when a passenger, apparently anxious to contribute to the sermon, asked the preacher to repeat the Bible verse which he quoted.

The preacher, in his early 20s, confidently repeated it, but the passenger surprised him by challenging the correctness of the verse.

A number of passengers who could access the Bible on their mobile phones and others, who had copies of the Holy Book with them, brought them out to verify the preacher’s quotation.

It turned out to be false, and the vehicle was thrown into a state of confusion, with the 30 or so passengers expressing mixed feelings of disappointment and anger at the supposed man of God.

He came under a barrage of chastisement, with both Christians and Muslims on board the vehicle demanding an apology from him and advising him to go back and learn the Holy Book in depth before attempting to preach to the public.

When everybody thought he had accepted his fault, he caused uproar, when some inquisitive passengers asked of his denomination, and he replied that he was a Muslim, but had taken to preaching Christianity as his profession.

That provoked some Muslims to ask him questions about Islam, but he quickly backed down and admitted that he was not a Muslim, and the passengers were rocked with laughter.

Moments later, he asked them to bow their heads for prayers, after which he asked for an offering towards the growth of his ministry.

Nobody minded him again, but for the rest of the journey the issue became the subject of discussion among the passengers.


http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201105/66463.asp

Evangelist jailed for raping 9 year old girl

A 25-year-old evangelist in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, has been sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in hard labour for forcibly having sexual intercourse with a nine-year-old girl in a school.

Kwabena Adomako, a self-styled preacher of the gospel who preaches on repentance at open spaces in the business district of the city, defiled the minor (name withheld) in the public place at about 7:30 pm on May 10, 2011.

A Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by D.P.W. Amedior jailed Adomako, a native of Apitiso, a community near Obuasi in the Ashanti region, after pleading guilty to a charge of defilement.

The sentence, according to the court, was to serve as a deterrent to other men in society who thoughtlessly raped and defiled girls.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Doris Amewu said the victim lived with her mother at Asafo in Kumasi whilst the convict lived at Amakom.

Adomako is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Obuasi but preaches publicly in the Kumasi metropolis.

Through the preaching, the convict got to know the victim’s mother, who has been cooking for him.

Prosecution said on May 10 this year, Adomako sent some food stuffs to the victim’s mother to prepare food for him, and when he went for the food at about 7:30 pm, she asked her nine-year-old daughter to see the evangelist off with the food.

ASP Amewu said the convict took advantage of the situation and took the girl to the Amakom Primary School where he defiled her.

Adomako took to his heels when he realized that he had been caught by a passer-by, leaving the little girl behind in the school.

She told the court that the victim managed to return home and informed her parents about her ordeal.

The case was subsequently reported to the police and the victim taken to the Manhyia Government Hospital for examination and treatment.

On May 11, 2011, at about 10 am, Adomako was spotted at the Kumasi Central Market preaching repentance, whereupon he was grabbed and handed to the Manhyia Divisional DOVVSU for investigation.


http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201105/66418.asp

Friday, May 27, 2011

Minnesota Lutheran Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting teen girl

JUNEAU — An out-of-state pastor is back in Minnesota today after creating a stir in the town of Clyman.

The Rev. David Edwin Radtke, 52, was arrested Monday night at Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman on charges he had molested a foreign exchange student who was residing at his home in Gibbon, Minn.

Radtke, who is associated with the Missouri Synod, was in Clyman seeking a position with the Dodge County church when officers arrived and arrested him on two felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual assault.

According to the charge, Radtke inappropriately touched a 16-year-old student from Spain that has been residing at his home in Gibbon, Minn., since August 2010. On May 17, she allegedly awoke to Radtke assaulting her.

Radtke had told his family about the incident and asked the victim for forgiveness. Radtke came to Wisconsin over the weekend. Minnesota law enforcement asked Dodge County authorities to arrest Radtke. He was apprehended at the church and taken to the Dodge County Detention Facility in Juneau.

Radtke has since returned to Minnesota following an extradition hearing in Dodge County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Radtke appeared in court before Judge Steven Bauer. His attorney requested cash bail be set so that Radtke can return to Minnesota on his own and turn himself in.

Bauer set bail at $7,000 cash and allowed Radtke 24 hours to return to Minnesota and turn himself in to authorities there. Had he not turned himself in, he would have forfeited the cash bail and faced additional bail jumping charges.

According to the Dodge County district attorney’s office, Radtke has turned himself in.


http://www.wdtimes.com/news/article_e593896c-888a-11e0-b2d8-001cc4c002e0.html

Evangelical Pastor arrested for attempting to rape policeman's wife



A 29-year-old man of God from Kasoa in the Central region who allegedly attempted to rape the wife of a policeman at a hotel in Aboabo, near Koforidua on Thursday morning, has been arrested by the Koforidua police.

Evangelist Akwasi Oppong allegedly invited 30-year-old Joyce Odame, who recently got married, to his room at Amsterdam Hotel and attempted to rape her. She and her husband, Lance Corporal Elvis Koomson, stationed at Koforidua, got married two weeks ago.

The pastor’s arrest is coming on the heels of a similar sexual assault on a married woman by radio pastor Prophet Nicholas Osei aka Kumchacha, in a Kumasi hotel.

The police in Kumasi are investigating the case, even though Kumchacha has denied the allegation.

Briefing the media after the arrest, the New Juaben Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent David Tefutor, said Joyce went to see the evangelist in his hotel room for counseling in the morning.

The police commander said while at the hotel, the pastor allegedly demanded to have sex with her before the counseling could take place.

He explained that the evangelist then took off his clothes and stood naked in front of the policeman’s wife and asked her to pull his manhood.

The police commander explained that Joyce then excused the pastor to visit the washroom.

He said the woman then called one Emmanuel Mensah, a policeman who is a friend to her husband, since the husband was on duty, and told him about the attempt by the pastor to rape her.

According to the police commander, Lance Corporal Mensah rushed to the hotel in a hired taxi and went straight to the hotel room and forced the door open.

He said Mensah found the evangelist completely naked trying to have sex with Joyce Odame, the friend’s wife.

He said the policeman, who was in mufti, identified himself to the pastor as a policeman who had been informed about his intention to rape the wife of his colleague so he should keep quiet and follow him to the police station.

The commander explained that the evangelist, sensing danger, struggled with the policeman to try and evade arrest.

He said in the process, the evangelist hit the policeman on the forehead with an empty beer bottle in the room and quickly left. The blow resulted in a big cut but the policeman raised an alarm so people around assisted him to arrest the evangelist who was hiding in a nearby bush.

Akwasi Oppong, who claims to be an evangelist for Power of Jesus Church at Nyanyano near Kasoa, for his part told the commander that he already knew the policeman in question and his wife because the policeman, together with the wife, had come to him at Effiduase, a suburb of Koforidua where he had been preaching, to seek spiritual assistance to enable him travel abroad.

He said he demanded GH¢60 to buy special anointing oil which could be used for that purpose, so both of them went to town to buy the oil.

He said later, the wife called him on phone that she also wanted similar help to enable her stunted business to grow.

The pastor said he also charged the woman GH¢70 for special oil and other ‘things’ but the lady was only able to pay GH¢50.

He claimed the woman then pleaded with him to do something so that her husband would not find out that she was seeking spiritual assistance from him since her husband liked consulting oracles.

The evangelist explained that he told the woman to bring some salt to the Amsterdam Hotel where he was lodging yesterday, so that he could do something with it in order for her husband not to find out about her spiritual consultation.

The evangelist said upon further thought, he asked the woman not to come but rather allow him to pray on the salt over the phone; however the woman insisted on coming to the hotel.

According to him, he was about to check out of the hotel yesterday when the woman came and said she badly needed that assistance.

The evangelist explained that when the woman came in, he was in his ‘boubou’ trousers and singlet but the woman sat on the bed and ‘romantically’ tapped him on the arm.

He alleged that the woman then turned her back to him and asked him to unzip her blouse and brassiere for her.

He said all of a sudden, the policeman in the mufti opened the door and told him he was under arrest, stressing that the policeman started slapping him so he also fought back and managed to escape from the room but he realized that a lot of people were pursuing him with machetes after an alarm was raised so he had to surrender.

The police did not give details of the woman’s side of the story or her written statement.

The police said they would conduct further investigations into the case and accordingly charge the evangelist and put him before court.


http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201105/66417.asp

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Youth Pastor arrested for molesting several girls

(Statesboro,. GA) Police say a youth pastor at a local church has been arrested on four charges, including one count of child molestation.

Authorities say 31 year old Douglas Randall Pope was taken into custody after a complaint last Friday. Police say the department's criminal investigations bureau heard from a 14 year old girl who claimed she had been molested by Pope, the youth pastor of Merrywood Baptist Church in Statesboro. Police told us in a news release that the young victim said the "inappropriate behavior and touching has been occurring over the past two years and also involved other juvenile females."

Police say that interviews with other girls were then conducted and additional complaints were made.

On Tuesday, police detectives, armed with a search warrant, went to the home of Pope. They say they seized computers, cameras and related digital media. Police say Pope was at the apartment during the search and later interviewed by police.

Police say Pople has been charged with three counts of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and one count of Child Molestation.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated in this case. Personnel with Merrywood Baptist Church have been made aware of the investigation and the arrest of Pope. Police say the church is cooperating with the investigation.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Criminal Investigative Bureau of the Statesboro Police Department at (912)764-9911. (Police say Detective Ben Purvis and Detective Sergeant James Winskey are leading this investigation. Information can also be submitted via the internet at Crimereports.com and click on the submit at tip link.)



http://www2.wsav.com/news/2011/may/25/youth-pastor-statesboro-arrested-child-molestation-ar-1888315/

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Christian father slits the throat of his daughter

Oh and he killed himself too. Oh and he tried to kill his son as well.

Police said May 19 that a 42-year-old man who allegedly cut his daughter’s throat before killing himself at a Pentecostal prayer center in Kerala May 18 had also tried to slit his son’s throat with a kitchen knife.

The police identified the man as Nibu of Kadakkal village in Kollam district, who worked as a temporary driver with the state transport corporation.

He came to the Immanuel Church of God Worship Centre in Kottarakara in the district on May 15 with his wife, seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.

While the family was preparing to return home, Nibu tried to kill the son with a kitchen knife.

The residents heard the boy’s loud cries and rushed to the scene. The boy managed to escape and was admitted to a hospital in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram.

“When the inmates chased him, he went downstairs and slit his daughter['s throat] with a kitchen knife. Later, he cut his own throat with the same knife,” the official added.

For the past year, Nibu had visited the prayer center managed by Pentecostal pastor, James Punalur. He underwent healing therapies during this time, police said.

According to the police the pastor has no license to run such a center.

During interrogation, the pastor told the police that Nibu attended the divine healing sessions and prayers.

The pastor was not available for comment.


http://www.cathnewsindia.com/2011/05/19/man-kills-daughter-self-at-prayer-center/

Monday, May 23, 2011

Young girl arrested for raping Church Pasor.... no wait

A pastor faces allegations he sexually molested a child who belongs to his church.

36-year-old Jeremy Dewayne Caraway is pastor of the Loyall Church of God in Harlan County. State police arrested him Sunday morning on charges of rape, sexual abuse, sodomy and unlawful transaction with a minor.

Police say family members of the victim found conversations on Facebook between Caraway, and the female victim, who is under the age of 14.

In a jailhouse interview, Caraway says he never had sexual contact with the girl.

"No. I've never touched her except when we were praying," said Caraway.

Caraway says in his job as pastor, he's been helping the girl get through some hard times.

"We don't want to get the kid in trouble, but a lot of those things, only two or three of us knew, and we were praying through those things," said Caraway.

He's being held in the Harlan County Detention Center.


http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Pastor_denies_rape_charge_from_behind_bars_122472164.html?ref=164

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pastor arrested for attempting to rape a woman

The pastor of a Mesquite church has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in West Virginia, police said.

Matthew D. Jarrell, 41, of Terrell apparently offered the woman a ride home from a bar in Charleston. Instead, police said, he drove to a secluded area and assaulted her.

He was arrested Thursday morning.

According to the Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite, Jarrell has been pastor there since 2004.

West Virginia law enforcement officials said the 36-year-old victim escaped after her attacker’s truck bogged down in mud. After she got to safety, she called police and described her attacker and his vehicle.

When a sheriff’s deputy stopped Jarrell, he originally denied having sex with the woman but later confessed, a criminal complaint says.

“According to family members, Jarrell was supposed to be in Pennsylvania,” Lt. Sean Crosier of the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Crosier said Jarrell has similar sexual assault charges from 2007 pending in San Antonio. No trial date in that case has been set. The details of the assault allegations were not available Friday.

Open Door Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church of a few hundred members.

According to the church, Jarrell is an Army veteran and is married with four children.

A man identified as Open Door’s associate pastor said Thursday that he had just learned about the allegations against Jarrell.

“I’m just not making comment until I find out what I’ve got to do on this end,” the man said. “I’ve got a lot to deal with here right now.”

A secretary at the church declined to comment Friday.


http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/mesquite/headlines/20110520-mesquite-church-pastor-arrested-in-sexual-assault-in-west-virginia.ece

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Prophet Muhammed's tolerance of other religions

Wonderful article. Too bad Christians smack their forheads when they see this. Its by M. Abdulsalam.

The dealings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) with other religions can best be described in the verse of the Quran:

{To you be your religion, to me be mine} (Al-Kafirun, 109: 6)

The Arabian Peninsula during the time of Prophet Muhammad was a region in which various faiths were present. There were Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, polytheists, and others not affiliated with any religion. When one looks into the life of the Prophet, one may draw on many examples to portray the high level of tolerance shown to people of other faiths.

In order to understand and judge this tolerance, one must look into the period in which Islam was a formal state, with the specific laws laid down by the Prophet in accordance with the tenets of religion. Even though one can observe many examples of tolerance shown by the Prophet in the thirteen years of his stay in Makkah, one may incorrectly think that it was only due to seeking to raise the profile of the Muslims and the social status of Islam in general.

For this reason, the discussion will be limited to the period which commenced with the migration of the Prophet to Madinah, and specifically once the constitution was set.


The Saheefah (Constitution)

The best example of the tolerance shown by the Prophet to other religions may be the constitution itself, called the “Saheefah” by early historians. When the Prophet migrated to Madinah, his role as a mere religious leader ended; he was now the political leader of a state, governed by the precepts of Islam, which demanded that clear laws of governance be laid out to ensure harmony and stability in a society which once had been distraught by decades of war, one which must ensure the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Jews, Christians and polytheists.

Due to this, the Prophet laid down a ‘constitution’ which detailed the responsibilities of all parties which resided in Madinah, their obligations towards each other, and certain restrictions which were placed on each. All parties were to obey what was mentioned therein, and any breach of its articles was regarded as an act of treachery.


One Nation

The first article of the constitution was that all the inhabitants of Madinah, the Muslims as well as those who had entered the pact from the Jews, Christian, and idolaters, were “one nation to the exclusion of all others.” All were considered members and citizens of Madinah society regardless of religion, race, or ancestry.

People of other faiths were protected from harm as much as the Muslims, as is stated in the constitution of Madinah: “To the Jews who follow us belong help and equity. He shall not be harmed nor his enemies be aided.” Previously, each tribe had their alliances and enemies within Madinah and outside. The Prophet gathered these different tribes under one system of governance which upheld pacts of alliances previously in existence between those individual tribes. All tribes had to act as a whole with disregard to individual alliances. Any attack on another religion or tribe was considered an attack on the state and upon the Muslims as well.

The lives of the practitioners of other religions in the Muslim society were also given protective status. The Prophet said:

“Whoever kills a person who has a truce with the Muslims will never smell the fragrance of Paradise.” (Muslim)

Since the upper hand was with the Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad strictly warned against any maltreatment of people of other faiths. He said:

“Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)


To Each Their Own Religion

The constitution of Madinah states: “The Jews have their religion and the Muslims have theirs.” In this, it is clear that anything other than tolerance would not be tolerated, and that, although all were members of a society, each had their separate religion which could not be violated. Each was allowed to practice their beliefs freely without any hindrances, and no acts of provocation would be tolerated.

There are many other articles of this constitution which may be discussed, but emphasis will be placed on an article which states: “If any dispute or controversy likely to cause trouble should arise, it must be referred to God and His Messenger.” This clause maintained that all inhabitants of the state must recognize a higher level of authority, and in those matters which involved various tribes and religions, justice could not be meted out by individual leaders; rather it must be adjudicated by the leader of the state himself or his designated representatives. It was allowed, however, for individual tribes who were not Muslims, to refer to their own religious scriptures and their learned men in regards to their own personal affairs. They could though, if they opted, ask the Prophet to judge between them in their matters. God says in the Quran:
{…If they do come to you, either judge between them or decline to interfere...} (Al-Ma’idah, 5: 42)

Here we see that Prophet allowed each religion to judge in their own matters according to their own scriptures, as long as it did not stand in opposition to articles of the constitution, a pact which took into account the greater benefit of the peaceful co-existence of the society.

There are many other examples during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in addition to the Saheefah that practically portray the tolerance Islam shows for other religions.

Freedom of Religious Assembly and Religious Autonomy

Given consent by the constitution, the Jews had the complete freedom to practice their religion. The Jews in Madinah, at the time of the Prophet, had their own school of learning, named Bait-ul-Midras, where they would recite the Torah, worship and educate themselves

The Prophet emphasized in many letters to his emissaries that religious institutions should not be harmed. Here is a letter addressed to his emissary to the religious leaders of Saint Catherine in Mount Sinai who had sought the protection of the Muslims:

“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by God I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them.

If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are declared to be protected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

As one can see, this Charter consisted of several clauses covering all important aspects of human rights, including such topics as the protection of minorities living under Islamic rule, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war.

On another occasion, the Prophet received a delegation of sixty Christians from the region of Najran, then a part of Yemen, at his mosque. When the time for their prayer came, they faced the direction of east and prayed. The Prophet ordered that they be left in their state and not harmed.

Politics
There are also examples in the life of the Prophet in which he cooperated with people of other faiths in the political arena as well. He selected a non-Muslim, Amr-ibn Umaiyah-ad-Damri, as an ambassador to be sent to Negus, the King of Ethiopia.

These are only some of the examples of the Prophet’s tolerance of other faiths. Islam recognizes that there are a plurality of religions on this earth, and gives the right to individuals to choose the path which they believe to be true.

Religion is not to be, and was never, forced upon an individual against their own will, and these examples from the life of the Prophet are an epitome of the verse of the Quran which promotes religious tolerance and sets the guideline for the Muslims’ interaction with people of other faiths. God says:

{…There is no compulsion in religion…} (Al-Baqarah, 2: 256)


http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/about-muhammad/his-character/452289-the-prophets-tolerance-towards-other-religions.html

The part where it speaks of a Christian female married to a Muslim, please see here on the rules, limits and restrictions on interfaith marriage in Islam: http://answeringchristians.blogspot.com/2011/02/interfaith-marriage-in-islam-and-in.html

Kenyan Police watch as Christian mob murders suspected "witches"

Stuff like this always happens in Kenya (which is 80% Christian}. But you wont hear Christians condemning this. No David Wood, Briggite Gabriel, or Robert Spencer.

A couple accused of witchcraft was killed after the body of an eight-year-boy was discovered in a maize plantation Monday morning in Nyahera Village, Kisumu.

Residents were shocked when they found the partly mutilated body dumped in a maize plantation.

Although circumstances under which the child died were not immediately established, enraged villagers descended on the man and his wife, who they suspected of causing the boy’s death.

Residents stormed the home of the suspects where they argued with the man before killing him. They then turned on his wife.

The enraged mob thereafter torched the couple’s property. Police officers present during the incident did not intervene.

The deceased, Bonga Osunga had earlier gone to Nyahera Police Post for protection.

"He was escorted to his home by three officers. The crowd overwhelmed the officers and killed him and his wife," said Kisumu North DC Edwin Chabari.

Cocked their guns

One of the enraged villagers hurled a stone at Osunga and another shot him with an arrow as the officers watched from a distance.

They cocked their guns but this did not scare villagers.

Chabari said the mob later cornered Nereah Akinyi, the man’s wife, as she tried to escape and beat her to death.

The mob then cordoned off the couple’s home and set it a blaze. "We unsuccessfully tried to save the couple from the enraged mob," said Chabari.

The DC and the police later patrolled the area to ensure peace prevailed. During the incident, alleged witchcraft paraphernalia was found in the couple’s homestead.

Dan Ochiago, a resident claimed the deceased had been accused of bewitching children in the area.

About two years ago, the suspects had been accused of having a hand in the death of an elderly woman and two children who died in mysterious circumstances. Residents interviewed claimed cases of children disappearing in the village at dawn had increased.

Some of them who had died had their private parts missing and eyes gorged out. After the incident, one woman celebrated saying the village was free from witchcraft.

"We will sleep without fear from today," she shouted.

Cases of suspected witches being lynched without incriminating evidence have been on the increase in the area lately.

Police said they are investigating the incident and they will arrest and charge those responsible for the deaths and arson.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oklahoma Pastor arrested for raping 16 year old girl

An Oklahoma Baptist minister was arrested Monday night, charged with sexual battery and rape with an instrument. The alleged victim told officers she was only 16 when the molestation began.

The accuser, is 19 and in college now, she told police that Bruce Sanders, 48 molested her throughout high school while she stayed in a Eufaula home with the pastor and his wife.
According to the arrest warrant, the victim calls Sanders “daddy,” but police say they are not related by blood.

FOX23's Jamie Oberg talked to arresting officers and community members. A well-known and respected preacher here at North Fork Baptist Church is in jail tonight, accused of sexual battery and rape with an instrument. The alleged victim coming forward, telling police disturbing details about what she says Sanders did to her when she was just 16 years old."

“You never want to hear that a preacher or someone with an authoritative position got charges like that,” McIntosh Co. Deputy, Tonya French said.

Working as a detective, Tonya French has seen and heard all kinds of criminal cases, but it’s not something that ever gets easier.

“Nothing shocks you, you think the next case won't shock the one before but people will shock you,” Dep. French said.

It’s hard not to handle a case like this with a heavy heart; thinking of everyone how her hometown will take the shocking allegations.

“It's shocking, it's shocking to anybody who's looked up to him, his congregation, the kids at school,” she said. "He sits on several different committees and works with a lot of youth."

"We all know each other and we all go to church,” Eufaula resident, Tina Hile said. “You think you know them but you don't know unless you're there every minute."

Church families know sanders as a man of God; standing up every week, as the pastor at North Fork Baptist Church.

But in Sanders' arrest warrant, he is known as "daddy” to a teenage girl who stayed with him and says over a three year period “daddy/daughter dates” were when he touched her inappropriately.

She told police it started when Sanders bought her a promise ring around her 16th birthday, a promise to stay pure until marriage.
Detectives tell FOX23 none of the alleged sex abuse happened at the church.

“Several places they allegedly took place," Deputy French said the investigation is on-going.
French says there are no other known victims and the defendant has no prior record.

“We're here to prove whether it did or did not happen,” she said. “Protecting people who can't protect themselves."

Initial emotions in town are mixed.
"It's so scary to find out something like that is happening so close to home,” 20-year-old Jessica Francis said.
"He'll be judged one way or another,” church-going man, Clifford Tucker said.

Clifford feels for the North Fork church family, "A lot of people are going to have trouble with this,” he said. “If he's proven guilty, then I think they should throw the book at him."

Defendant, Bruce Sanders is scheduled to have an initial appearance in McIntosh County courthouse Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

According to the affidavit, the victim has also turned over several recorded conversations with Sanders, telling him she was not comfortable with the touching and text messages from sanders telling her he is in love with her.


http://www.fox23.com/mostpopular/story/pastor-sex-charges-arrested-Oklahoma-crime-teen/pQvLKDdu6EWq_IIQQ9hkPg.cspx

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jury set for Church rape case

CONCORD, N.H. – A jury was chosen Monday for the trial of a man charged with raping a 15-year-old fellow church member who was forced to stand before the congregation and apologize for getting pregnant.

A hearing on legal issues in the case of 52-year-old Ernest Willis of Gilford was set for Tuesday in Merrimack Superior Court in Concord. Opening statements in his trial were scheduled for May 23.

Willis is charged with forcibly raping Christina Anderson twice during the summer of 1997, when she was his children's baby sitter and he was 39.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they were victims of sex crimes, but Anderson, now 29, asked that her name be made public.

Willis entered the courtroom without comment Monday, accompanied by his public defenders. His lawyers say in court documents that he'll admit to having sex with the girl on one occasion but he maintains it was consensual.

Once Anderson realized she was pregnant, she said her mother took her to their then pastor, Chuck Phelps of Concord's Trinity Baptist Church, for counseling. Phelps arranged for her to move to Colorado to live with a Baptist family there and place her baby up for adoption. He said he did so at the request of her mother, Christine Leaf. Leaf has declined to comment on whether she sought or consented to her daughter's relocation.

Concord police officials say they tried to investigate the case but were stymied because they could not locate Anderson. The case remained unsolved until 2010, when online posts and friends of Anderson led police to her in Arizona.

Prosecutor Wayne Coull said he expects Anderson to be among the first witnesses called when the trial begins. Jurors were told to expect the trial to last four days.

Phelps is also on the prosecution's list of witnesses. Anderson told police that Phelps forced her to write a letter of apology she had to read to the fundamentalist congregation.

Anderson told the AP earlier this month she is nervous about testifying and having her life rehashed publicly, but added, "It needs to be done. Justice needs to be done."

One motion expected to be argued Tuesday is on defense efforts to bar testimony about Willis' offer to take Anderson out of state for an abortion and his offer to punch her hard in the stomach to induce a miscarriage. Coull said in court documents that Willis' "willingness to use violence" is highly relevant "and clearly indicative of guilt."


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110516/ap_on_re_us/us_church_rape_case

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In Ivory Coast, Christian terrorism against Muslims continues

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Militiamen loyal to former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo killed 120 people during a "scorched earth" retreat from Abidjan last week, the Defence Ministry said.

The United Nations said it was investigating the report.

The once-prosperous West African nation is counting the cost of a violent five-month power struggle between Gbagbo and President Alassane Ouattara that killed at least 3,000 people and uprooted over a million.

Gbagbo, who refused to quit despite U.N.-certified results showing he lost November's election, was arrested on April 11. But fighting continued in parts of Abidjan until militiamen and Liberian mercenaries loyal to him were routed last week.

"Chased by the Republican Forces, they practiced a scorched earth tactic as they fled, destroying everything in their path," a ministry statement said.

Ouattara was sworn in as president last week, but he now faces the momentous task of reuniting a country bitterly divided by conflicts over land, nationality and revenge killings.

The statement accused militiamen and Liberian guns-for-hire loyal to Gbagbo of killing civilians in the coastal towns of Irobo, Grand Lahou, Gonfroto and Niegreboue on May 5-6.

In total, it listed 120 people killed, of which all were civilians apart from two soldiers. In addition, it said Ivorian forces had killed 30 militiamen in one gun battle.

"We are conducting our own investigation. We are sending our team to those areas. At this point in the investigation, we cannot confirm the allegations," U.N. human rights officer Guillaume Ngefa told Reuters by telephone.

Ouattara is seeking to try Gbagbo for alleged war crimes, but he also promises a South Africa style truth and reconciliation commission to enable Ivory Coast to move on after some of the worst violence in its history.

A U.N. investigation this week confirmed the killings of 68 Ivorians by pro-Gbagbo forces in the Abidjan district of Yopougon the day after Gbagbo was seized. Their bodies were buried in a football pitch by relatives

Ngefa said four U.N. teams were investigating reports of abuses by both Ouattara's and Gbagbo's forces -- in the west, centre, the southern coastal region and in Abidjan.

The results would be published in the coming days or weeks.

"A lot is not yet clear. There are rumours and a lot of manipulation, so you have to be careful," he said.


http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE74A0FC20110511?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

Police arrest Pastor who sexually assaulted woman

Colton police arrested a church pastor Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman who asked him for help with immigration documents.
Delio Ospino, 52, of Colton was booked into jail on suspicion of false imprisonment and committing sex acts with the victim.

Police said Ospino, who owns a business that deals in legal professional services, agreed to help the victim with immigration documents.

He took her to his residence in the 2800 block of South La Cadena Drive on April 16, held her against her will and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Detectives suspect there are other victims. Anyone with information may call Colton police, 909-370-5000 or Detective Jack Morenberg, 909-370-5022.


http://www.sbsun.com/breakingnews/ci_18032937#ixzz1M5TFpMml

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ex-Pastor sentenced for sexual abuse of girls

PALESTINE — A 76-year-old former Anderson County pastor who preached in the area for more than three decades has been sentenced to serve 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for sexually abusing young girls.

Hezekiah Stallworth, 76, of Palestine was arrested 14 months ago after a 7-year-old female made an outcry she had been “touched inappropriately in a sexual manner” following services on Feb. 21, 2010 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Elkhart, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Two additional victims -- both now adults -- subsequently came forward with similar charges against Stallworth, with the longtime preacher being subsequently charged with the first-degree felony of aggravated sexual assault of a child and the second-degree felony charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Following his punishment trial Thursday, Stallworth was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the first-degree felony charge and 10 years on the second-degree felony by 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III.

The sentences will be served concurrently, according to Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe.

Stallworth pled guilty to both felony charges this past January.

The district attorney said Stallworth must serve “at least half” of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

“At least in the past,” sex offenders have served “the majority of their sentences,” according to Lowe, meaning Stallworth could die in prison.

“It’s a life sentence for this guy,” Lowe said. “It’s not the amount of years somebody younger may have gotten. I think it’s enough to keep him locked up.”

On Feb. 21, 2010, authorities have said Stallworth lured the young girl into his office by offering candy and then sexually abusing her.

Later that same day, the girl made an “outcry” about the incident to a relative, authorities have said.

Stallworth is a longtime local pastor who preached in Anderson County for more than 30 years, most recently at Oak Grove Baptist Church and Beulah Baptist Church, just south of Palestine.

Shortly after Stallworth’s February 2010 arrest, authorities said two additional persons -- females now in their 20s and 30s -- made contact with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and alleged they were sexually abused by the former preacher in the mid- to late-1980s after a story had appeared in the Herald-Press.

Law enforcement authorities have described Stallworth as a well-known figure in the Anderson County Christian community who also occasionally attended other churches as a visitor


http://palestineherald.com/local/x1440317478/Ex-pastor-sentenced-for-sexual-abuse-of-girls

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Christian mob burn homes, kill 16 Muslims in Nigeria

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Attackers have killed at least 16 people and set fire to more than a dozen houses in a town in northern Nigeria that has been beset by years of sectarian violence, police said late on Friday.

Residents said the attack on the town of Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi state appeared to have been an act of retaliation for earlier killings in the area, although police said the perpetrators had yet to be identified.

"Sixteen people have been confirmed killed by unidentified attackers," Bauchi police commissioner John Aba Kasanga said.

Bauchi neighbours Plateau state in Nigeria's "Middle Belt", a region where the mostly Muslim north meets the predominantly Christian south and where communities from different ethnic and religious backgrounds sit side by side.

The tension is rooted in decades of resentment between indigenous groups, mostly Christian or animist, who are vying for control of fertile farmlands and for economic and political power with migrants and settlers from the Muslim north.

There have been frequent clashes between Christian and Muslim mobs in villages around Jos, the capital of Plateau state, as well as in Bauchi. Hundreds of people were killed in violence around Jos in the first few months of the year.


http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE74600320110507

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wife turns in Pastor who molested 12 year old girl

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. -- A 28-year-old social studies teacher, youth pastor and girl's basketball coach at Yearling Middle School was arrested Thursday morning on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.

Joel A. Huddleston, of 3844 NW 30 Ave., also is youth pastor at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office obtained information of possible sexual abuse by Huddleston on Thursday. A detective interviewed Huddleston, who denied the accusations, "however, evidence proved otherwise."

Authorities say he was caught in bed, asleep at his home, with a 12-year-old girl, a student at Yearling Middle School. Huddleston's wife took cell phone pictures of them in bed, and turned the photos over to detectives.

"His wife came home and could not find him and got in through a locked door into a bedroom area and discovered the young lady and he in the room. She (the girl) was in a state of undress and he was clothed. They were both on the bed, our understanding is both were asleep. His hands were upon the young lady," said Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May.

The Pastor at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church where Huddleston worked, told us they have dismissed him and says the allegations are quote: "very much surprising to everybody."

The sheriff says Huddleston has no prior arrest record.

"There's just so much going on in this world today. I mean you read this every time you pick up the paper. It happens here just like anywhere else. My reaction? It's pretty upsetting," said Sheriff May.

Huddleston is currently held in the Okeechobee County Jail with no bond


http://www.cbs12.com/articles/pastor-4732320-arrested-sex.html#ixzz1LXhOwSdM

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pastor arrested for molesting 4 year old girl

SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. — A 69-year-old associate pastor at a church in Lyon County has been jailed on charges of child molestation.

Raymond "Bud" Mosley was arrested last week on suspicion of felony forcible sexual assault of a child and lewdness with a child under 14.

An amended complaint filed Tuesday in Walker River Justice Court adds three counts of lewdness with a child under 1.

The Nevada Appeal reports the complaint says Mosley allegedly "encouraged, instructed and compelled" a 4-year-old girl to touch his genitals between July and April at the Silver Springs Christian Church. That's where Mosley was the associate pastor and his wife, Kay, the senior pastor since 2000.

Kay Mosley's son, Terry Heiser, says Bud Mosley has been removed from his position at the church.


http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/7f63b01b1556414ca63bcab7f9da68b8/NV--Pastor-Molestation/

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Why did a Christian security guard kill his wife and kids? To marry his mistress




Thats his mistress on the top. Notice the cross she's wearing. Then his wife and kids on the next picture. So saddening.

The bodyguard of high-profile televangelist Joyce Meyer has gone on trial accused of strangling his wife and two young sons so he could marry his mistress.
Prosecutors claim Christopher Coleman, 34, feared he would lose his $100,000-a-year job if he split from his wife.
But his lover, Tara Lintz, revealed to a court in Illinois he had promised he would serve divorce papers on May 5, 2009 - the same day his family were found murdered in their beds.
Earlier, the jury had been shown explicit photos and messages sent between the pair, including a video of Coleman masturbating which he sent to Miss Lintz. They had also filmed a sex tape in Hawaii.

The much-anticipated trial opened last week, two years after Coleman was arrested for allegedly strangling his wife Sheri, 31, and his sons Garett, 11 and Gavin, nine, at their picture-perfect house in Waterloo.

He allegedly spent six months plotting the brutal murder, shortly after beginning an affair with Miss Lintz - a childhood friend of his wife - in November 2008. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Police found a Word document on Coleman's personal computer which included the line: '11/5/08 the day Tara changed my life'.
It also listed personal details about Miss Lintz, who works as a cocktail waitress in Florida, including her measurements, ring size and sexual preference.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383199/Christopher-Coleman-trial-strangling-wife-sons-marry-mistress.html#ixzz1LLY8cd7X

Jewish scholar: No link between Islam and Palestinian suicide bombers

Well this has also been said for Russian Muslims who kill-they aren't motivated by religion bu occupation. But will Christians admit? NOPE

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/03/are-islamist-terrorists-basically-altruistic?