Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Prince Charles says silence on Christian persecution must end Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Prince Charles resized

The Prince of Wales says Muslim leaders must warn their followers about the tragedy of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere. Prince Charles recorded a video message for the launch of a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. He said that faith leaders must ensure their Read more

The suffering of Christians in Syria Comments 0

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The persecution of Christians by radical Islamic groups in Syria over the past two years has been appalling—and largely ignored. I suppose I should wear it as a badge of honour. My first death threat over my new book, Hatred: Islam’s War on Christianity (Signal, 2014)—was sent to me a couple of weeks ago. Apparently Read more

Christian mother to be executed for blasphemy Comments 0

Friday, October 24th, 2014
aisa bibi Pakistan rezied

Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to the nation’s Supreme Court against the death sentence given to a Christian woman for blasphemy. Last week, the Lahore High Court upheld the sentence handed down in 2010 against Asia Bibi. She is the first Christian woman ever to be given the death sentence in Pakistan. One source Read more

Scholar says term ‘Allah’ predates Islam Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

An Indonesian scholar says Muslims who believe the term “Allah” is exclusive to Islam are “confused”. Ulil Abshar Abdalla said the word predates Islam and is a general Arabic term used to refer to God. Malaysia has declared the word “Allah” should only be used by Muslims, exclusively. Ulil was denied entry into Malaysia earlier Read more

Australia to have national mosque open day to fight prejudice Comments 0

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Open Mosques Aust right size

Nine mosques in Australia will open their doors to the public later this month in an effort to help overcome prejudices and misunderstandings. The first national mosque open day, to be held on October 25, will see non-Muslims invited to take tours of mosques and to ask questions of Islamic leaders. It will be followed Read more

Islam’s pilgrimage to Mecca, Hajj 2014 Comments 0

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

What is Hajj? The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world’s largest gatherings, as hundreds of thousands of people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one of Islam’s five pillars of faith. Muslims from all over the world will gather together for five days to pray as one community, celebrating their history Read more

Caritas NZ pledges $10,000 for displaced families in Iraq Comments 0

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to help thousands of families affected by war and sectarian violence in Iraq. The funds will support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to these families. Caritas is among the first organisations to supply food, water, bedding and essential living supplies, and Read more

Why the West is afraid of Islam Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Fear of Islamic radicalism cows the West into silence on Christian persecution. In perhaps the only sign of action from the West to the increased intensity of Christian persecution, France has opened itself up to refugees from Iraq, who are being driven out under pain of death by ISIS. This is a welcome reversion to Read more

A modern Inquisition: from Spain to Syria Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

My family name, “Maron,” is a vestige of and a testament to the human capacity to hate. My family tradition tells the story of my ancestors’ expulsion — along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews — from the Iberian Peninsula by royal Spanish decree in 1492 following an era of great success and coexistence Read more

Beyond Ukraine and Gaza: the battle for the soul of the west Comments 0

Friday, August 1st, 2014

As the current conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine continue to dominate international headlines, it is worth stepping back and taking a longer view. The forces fighting Israel are essentially the same as those trying to remove Bashar al-Assad in Syria and those seeking to take over Afghanistan on the borders with Russia – radical Sunni Read more