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.

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.

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 ( ).

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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

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.

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."

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.

Indian Sunni scholars denounce terrorism, Saudi brand of Islam

DELHI, Oct 17 ( 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.

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.

Are Muslims allowed to have non-Muslim friends?

As-salaamu `alaykum. I just wanted an understanding of the following verse of the Qur’an: "O ye who believe! Turn not (for friendship) to people on whom is the wrath of Allah, of the Hereafter they are already in despair, just as the unbelievers are in despair about those (buried) in graves.” (Al-Mumtahinah: 13) Does this verse mean that we are not allowed to be friends with non-Muslims because of their belief or is this referring to those who are hostile towards Islam? Many thanks.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

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.

Thank you for your good question.

Islam does not prevent a Muslim from making friends with anyone regardless of his beliefs, race, country, etc.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

Verses such as the one you have quoted refer to those who were fighting the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his cause in order to prevent the spread of Islam. They should never be taken to mean that Muslims cannot befriend non-Muslims.

In fact the Qur'an and the Prophetic traditions have made it clear that we are to cooperate with everyone, regardless of differences in creed or religion, for all that is good and virtuous.

Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) declared, "If Quraysh were to call me to cause of honoring the ties of kinship and reverencing that which is sacred, I would hasten to join them."

He also said, "I attended a pact of virtue in the house of `Abd Allah ibn Jud`an; for restoration of justice and coming to the aid of the oppressed. If I were to be called to it in Islam, I would rush to join it!"

It is also important to recognize that Islam spread in various parts of the world mainly because of Muslims interacting with others compassionately.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Pastor who raped sixteen year old girl re-arrested for raping twenty-two year old woman

Now this is the third time he's raping. Under Sharia he'd be dead, and other future rapists would think twice before commiting a crime.

BARELY TWO weeks after being freed from cells after allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, Pastor Richard Addo, a self-styled man of God has been re-arrested by the police for purportedly raping another lady- a 22-year old.

This was the third time the self-styled man of God had been arrested by the police for alleged sexual crimes against his female victims.

Earlier, he had been nabbed by the Adenta District Police Command for allegedly inserting his fingers into the private parts of five women under the pretext of praying for them in February this year.

The self-styled man of God was arrested after one of the women boldly reported the incident to the police. He was also said to have charged the women various amounts of money ranging from GH¢150 to GH¢200.

Pastor Addo, according to the latest victim who resides at Kasoa in the Central Region, inserted a bottle of anointing oil into her vagina, after which he went on to rape her.

Confirming the story to Daily Guide, the Commander in charge of the Kpeshie Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Margaret S. Agbemabiese, said the victim resides at Kasoa while the suspect lives at Nungua.

On the morning of June 14, 2011, the victim received a phone call from the suspect who identified himself as a pastor. Pastor Addo then told the victim that God had revealed an issue concerning her to him. Pastor Addo then asked the victim to see him as soon as possible and that the issue was serious.

He urged her to bring along a bottle of olive oil for purification as well. When the victim got to the Nungua lorry station, the suspect met her on the way and consequently took her to his house.

After a short conversation between them, the suspect told the young woman that there was an evil spirit pursuing her and that he would try to exorcise it. He then asked her to remove all her clothes while he smeared the oil on her body as part of the purification process.

Initially, the victim said she became suspicious and declined to undress, but Addo allegedly forcibly grabbed her and removed her dress.

The suspect then pushed her onto his mattress and smeared the olive oil on her stomach. The next thing the victim realized was that Pastor Addo had taken the whole bottle of anointing oil and pushed it into her vagina, claiming that he was purifying her womb as well.

Not satisfied, Addo then removed the bottle of oil from the victim’s vagina and this time inserted his penis in a forcible sexual encounter. After satisfying himself sexually, Addo left the traumatized lady to her fate and walked out of the room.

The victim called a witness to narrate the incident and subsequently reported the matter to the police. A medical report was issued but the police could not apprehend the suspect until September 30, 2011 when Richard Addo was arrested for having committed a similar offence with regard to another lady.

The suspected rapist had since been remanded into police custody by an Accra circuit court awaiting trial.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Four women come forward against Texas Pastor for sexual assault

AUSTIN -- An Elgin pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting children in his congregation.

Austin police say in June four women in their 20s and 30s came into APD headquarters to report they had been victims of sexual abuse as children.

One woman, now 25, claims her former pastor, Francisco Antonio Hernandez, molested her in 1991 in his South Austin home.

The other three women are sisters. They say they too were abused in his home in 1989. KVUE spoke to the oldest sister who is now 31. She asked that we not reveal her identity.

"I thought it was my fault, you know, what happened, and so all this time I've been carrying that," she said.

The woman says her family met Hernandez, or who she came to know as Pastor Javier, at a local grocery store. He invited them to a church service. She says he would preach several times a week at the homes of church members. She says at the time, there were 25 to 30 families involved, and she remembers the children not being so nice to him.

"I know why now, because he had already done that stuff to them, tried to touch them and all that," she said.

When she was in fourth grade, her parents went out of town for a weekend leaving she and her sisters in the pastor's care. While inside his home on West Wind Trail, she says he sexually assaulted them.

She says he paid her $20 to keep everything a secret adding if she didn't, something bad might happen.

"For me and my situation it was hard carrying all this for the longest," she said. "Now that I have my kids, you know, what if he's doing it to other people?"

Last spring she reached out to other victims.

"They all started talking, and they came to me, even guy friends," she said.
In May, she says the pastor showed up at her parents' house with an apology.

"He said, 'Sorry for what I did to your children, and I want forgiveness,'" the victim said.

Still, she went to police.

On Thursday, officers arrested the pastor at his home in Elgin. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. He is in the Travis County Jail with a bond of $200,000.

"He messed up our lives, and he's gonna pay it; he's gonna pay," the victim tearfully said.

While still emotional about what happened, the victim says she's relieved he's in jail and wants others to speak out.

"Come forward and if anything that's why the law is here to protect us. He's in jail. There's nothing is going to do to us. It's where he belongs," she said.

If you are a victim or think you know someone who is, police ask that you call the child abuse unit at 974-6880.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oklahoma Youth Pastor arrested for raping several young girls

Rogers County Sheriff's Office arrested 39-year-old Joe Cheater Jr. on five counts of sexual related felony charges Friday afternoon. Cheater is a youth pastor for Catoosa area churches. Several female children between the ages of nine and 14 have come forward about Cheater. He is charged with two counts of first degree rape, and three counts of lewd and indecent proposals or acts with children under 16.

Rogers County neighbors are shaken up after hearing about Cheater’s alleged behavior.
“It's disgusting,” says resident Nathan Bradshaw. “It's really disappointing.”

“If he is guilty I think it's appalling,” says another resident Doug Quinn.

“What a sick individual who preys on young children,” says Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.

Sheriff Walton says this investigation started months ago but after another victim came forward, deputies had enough evidence to support arresting Cheater.

“When we think of an innocent precious nine-year-old being victimized by a grown-up it's certainly aggravating,” says Sheriff Walton. “A lot of emotions go through investigators'minds.”

If Cheater's charges are proven true, residents say they want him locked up for good.

“People who get into a position of power like that and have a lot of people's trust, and they abuse it,” says Bradshaw.

“He is someone we put our trust in as far as our children and stuff and he is supposed to be setting an example not betraying people's trust,” says Quinn. “I pray that that never happens.”

Cheater is booked into the Rogers County jail in Claremore. His bond is set at $450,000.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Kansas Pastor who sexually abused girl for years is arrested

SALINA, Kansas (KSN) -- Salina police say a local pastor has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a child.

The man, who KSN is not naming pending formal charges, is accused of rape, indecent liberties with a child and sodomy. The teenage victim came forward this week to police, saying the man had sexually abused her for several years.

The 54-year-old man is a pastor at Salina Seventh-day Adventist Church. Those who live nearby are say the news is upsetting.

"It's very disturbing, disgusting and terrifying," said Sarah Miller. Her children have attended events at the church. "You would think something like that would be going on across the street and with him being the pastor of the church."

Salina police say they know of only one victim, but their investigation continues.

"We don't have any information to imply there were other victims but there were a lot of people he was around. but, if anyone has any information we certainly would like them to call," said Deputy Chief Carson Mansfield, Salina Police Department.

The pastor remains behind bars awaiting an appearance in court on Monday.

KSN has contacted the church and the Kansas-Nebraska conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, but were unable to reach someone for comment on the arrest.

Orange County Pastor arrested for molesting eight year old girl, with more possible vtcims

Now thats weird, FOX news, the left wing Christian channel (not to mention Israeli hugging) is reporting this?

Buena Park - The pastor of a non-denominational Christian church in Buena Park has been arrested on suspicion of molesting an 8-year-old girl and Huntington Beach investigators suspect there may be more victims, police said today.

Christopher Raymond Olague, 39, of Westminster, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of a lewd act on a child less than 14 years old and posted $100,000 bail Thursday morning, Huntington Beach police Lt. Russell Reinhart said.

Olague allegedly picked up the girl to have a play date with one of his five children, but instead of taking him to his home he is accused of taking the girl to a park in Huntington Beach and molesting her in his car, Reinhart said.

Olague allegedly gave the girl $40 to keep quiet about it, but when the girl got home she told her parents, who then called police, Reinhart said.

Police contacted Orange County Child Protective Services because Olague has five children, who are now in the custody of Olague's wife, Reinhart said.

Olague is pastor of Refuge Southland Church, 6711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. On the church's website there's a picture of Olague with his wife of 14 years, Diana, and their five daughters who range in age from 25 to 6.

The alleged victim's parents may know Olague through the church or because the girl went to school with one of the pastor's daughters, Reinhart said.

Investigators suspect there may be more victims, Reinhart said.

"The investigator so far leads us to believe there will be more victims," he said.

Olague has not been charged, but the case has been presented to prosecutors. Since he bailed out, Olague would not be due in court until Nov. 28, Reinhart said.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detectives Kevin Johnson at (714) 960-8834 or Mike Szyperski at (714) 536-5988.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Kenyan Pastor arrested for trafficking 12 year old girl

A pastor has been arrested and grilled by children’s officers in Gucha District in connection with child trafficking allegations.

The pastor appeared before the children’s department on Tuesday following summons to answer questions concerning a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania.

Last week, children’s officers rescued the girl from a residential house in Ogembo town where she was reportedly working as a house help. Two people including a teacher recorded statements over the matter.

The child was allegedly trafficked from Tarime, Tanzania into Kenya in August and later reportedly taken to the pastor’s home in Kenyenya District. However, the pastor claimed the child’s uncle in Tanzania gave him the child so that she could study in Kenya.

Gucha children’s officer Caleb Makatiani said the officers were tipped off by the public that an underage girl was working as domestic worker in the teacher’s house. Investigations by police officers and the children’s department revealed the child was in the country illegally.

New home

Makatiani said the girl would still be hosted at the Child Protection Unit at Ogembo Police Station pending further investigations.

The pastor claimed he handed over the child to the teacher so that she could be taken to school next year. "I was given this child by church friends in Tanzania. This is the second child I have brought from that country as I have another boy in form one," argued the pastor.

Makatiani said the pastor had no documents allowing the child to stay in Kenya. "Our initial investigations indicate this could be part of a syndicate of cross-border child trafficking. Members of the public should report such cases," said Makatiani.

He said the pastor would be arraigned in court, once investigations were complete and the child’s parents contacted.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ghana Pastor who was arrested earlier for sexual offences arrested again for raping sixteen year old girl

A 29-year-old self-styled man of God who was arrested earlier this year for fingering five ladies has been re-arrested for a sex-related offence.

Pastor Richard Addo was arrested around 2pm yesterday afternoon for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.

The suspect is being detained in the cells of the Nungua Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) while investigations continue.

The police are tight-lipped on the latest arrest of the randy self-styled Man of God.

According to information available to DAILY GUIDE, the suspect, Richard Addo, parades himself as a pastor and fellowships with the Word Miracle Church, Nungua but the authorities have denied that he is part of their congregation. The church says it has no branch at Nungua.

He is said to lure his victims with revelations and thereafter charges them money so he can buy olive oil to undertake spiritual interventions for them.

Having adequately grabbed his victims, he proceeds to assault them sexually as in the case of the girl in question.

He was granted bail by an Accra circuit court after his arrest by the Adenta District Police for fingering five ladies.

Even as the case was pending in court, the suspect allegedly defiled the 16-year-old girl at Nungua and was subsequently grabbed yesterday afternoon.

Pastor Addo was nabbed by the Adenta District Police Command for allegedly inserting his fingers into the private parts of five women under the pretext of praying for them in February this year.

The self-styled man of God was arrested after one of the women reported the incident to the police.

He was also said to have charged the women various amounts of money between GH¢150 to GH¢200.

According to one of the victims, she met the so-called man of God in November 2010 on the streets when he prophesied that he could see a vision in which a baby was walking and crying behind her.

'I then confessed to him that I have had an abortion before and he said that he would help me pray to break that bondage.

'We then made an appointment to meet at my hostel for prayers. Later, he asked me to give him GH¢150 to purchase olive oil for the deliverance prayers while the remaining balance would also be used as seed money for prayer request.'

According to her, during a subsequent prayer session, Prophet Richard Addo asked her to remove her clothes and go naked, in a hotel room while he used the olive oil to rub her whole body as he administered the olive oil into her vagina.

Another victim also narrated that Prophet Richard Addo, after meeting her, prophesied that it had been revealed to him that she was barren.

'He made me to pay GH¢200 for olive oil and the rest to be used as prayer request.'

She maintained that Prophet Richard Addo inserted four of his fingers under her private parts while praying for her.

Meanwhile, a police source at the Nungua Domestic Violence and Victim Support unit, who confirmed the arrest, said the police were yet to take statements from both parties.

By Linda Tenyah