A Jordanian Doctor who helped deliver a baby at a Saudi hospital was shot by the woman’s husband who was angry that a male obstetrician tended to his wife, according to a report in the London-based Al-Araby newspaper.
Dr. Mohannad al-Zubn helped a woman give birth in the King Fahd Medical City in the Saudi capital of Riyadh last month.
According to Al-Araby, the father went to the hospital in order to “thank” the doctor, only to pull out a gun and shoot him at close range. Doctor, Muhannad Al Zabn, was called to the birth of a baby in April at the King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh due to the mother having complications.
The father objected to this but was refused his request for a female obstetrician due to the nature of the complication and the expertise of Dr Al Zabn. On the successful delivery of his child the father offered his thanks to the doctor and asked to meet him at the hospital to show him his appreciation in person for the delivery.
Syrian immigrant with 8 children wins right to bring over his other wives and their 12 kids.
Migrant 'Too Sick to Work' - But Wants to Bring 12 More Children and 2 More Wives into Europe…A SYRIAN migrant who arrived in Europe with his wife and EIGHT children has now been given approval to bring over 12 more kids and another TWO wives.
Politicians in Denmark have
condemned the asylum seeker policy which will allow Daham Al Hasan to
rake in thousands in benefits once his huge family is reunited. The 47-year-old fled war-torn Syria two years ago with a wife and eight children before arriving in Denmark.
unemployed migrant, who claims to be too sick to work, has now been
granted family reunification for his remaining 12 children and two wives
who are still in Syria. The approval will see the Danish taxpayer fork out 214,128 Danish Kroners (£21,883) in child support for the family each year. Outraged officials have raised
concerns about the policy and suggested the Syrian man is exploiting the
country's welfare system.
Integration spokesperson for the
Conservatives, Naser Khader, said: "It is highly problematic that a
Syrian refugee can be allowed to call himself sick to avoid working and
learning Danish, so he can support… 20 children." The politician
added it should not be possible for someone who does not intend to work
to be given such vast sums and called for Denmark to implement an upper
limit for the number of children a person can claim contributions for.
said: "We need to save and it can't be right that a man, who has not
contributed, is granted hundreds of thousands in child support."
10-Year-Old Hindu Drowned at Pool - Muslim Lifeguards Suspected…- Where else but in Shtistan ! !
April 13th was the perfect day for 10-year-old Inder Vineet to go for a swim. His father had finally become a member of the Hyderabad Club, only after Inder had begged him a million times to do so.
He had, at last, gotten his wish – one that he had waited for a long while. He could learn how to swim now.
On Wednesday, Inder left home around 3:45pm for his third swimming lesson. When Inder arrived at the club he was told to leave, perhaps, the pool was closed. But when Inder was heading back, he was called back by two men, presumably lifeguards.
At 4:30pm that day, Mr Chatandas, Inder’s father, received a phone call every parent dreads. He was told that his only son was found in the swimming pool, having drowned, and had been taken to Ghani Hospital, Hyderabad.
Inder was in critical condition and was not responding to any treatment. The Agha Khan Hospital, Karachi, refused to take this case as they believed the child would not survive.
The young boy was then admitted to Liaquat Medical Hospital in Karachi where he struggled between life and death for a week before he passed away.
Young Inder, a student of grade six in Army Public School, Hyderabad, breathed his last breath on April 21st. The club management termed it as death by drowning. Inder would have turned 11 on June 5th.
Within 24 hours of the incident, Mr Chatandas had contacted the club administration to provide him with the CCTV footage of the tragic incident. The footage he was shown revealed the young boy being taken out of the pool.
When Inder’s family demanded the entire day’s footage from the club administrator, Mushtaq, they were conveniently told that the footage had been deleted and the management did not keep a back up. They even refused to return the innocent child’s swimming costume.
Sultan Knish: The facts about this history of “Palestine”
years ago, Mark Twain visited Muslim-occupied Israel and wrote of
“unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness”, of “forlorn” and
“untenanted” cities. Palestine is “desolate”, he concluded.
“One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” The same is true of the Palestinian Museum which opened with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free, there’s nothing inside for any of the visitors to see except the bare walls.
The Palestinian Museum had been in the works since 1998, but has no exhibits. The museum cost $24 million. All it has to show for it are a few low sloping sandy buildings indistinguishable from the dirt and a “garden” of scraggly bushes and shrubs. The Palestinian Museum is open, but there’s nothing inside.
It’s hard to think of a better metaphor for Palestine than a bunch of empty buildings designed by Irish and Chinese architects whose non-existent exhibits were the brainchild of its former Armenian-American director. It’s as Palestinian as bagels and cream cheese. Or skiing, hot cocoa and fjords.
Over the Palestinian Museum flies the proud flag of Palestine, which was originally the flag of the Iraqi-Jordanian Federation before the PLO “borrowed” it, and visitors might be greeted by the Palestinian anthem composed by Greek Communist Mikis Theodorakis. If it sounds anything like the soundtrack from Zorba the Greek, that’s because they both share the same composer.
Egypt: Muslims strip 70-year-old Christian woman naked, parade her through village
Her crime? There were “rumors about a romantic relationship between
her son and a Muslim girl.”
In Islamic law, Muslim women are forbidden
to marry Christian men, although Muslim men may marry Christian women.
The idea is that the non-Muslim community must perpetually be kept in a
state of decline. A Coptic source inside Egypt wrote me: “In Minya, Egypt, a small
village, Muslims ripped the clothes off an elder 70 years old Christian
woman and walked her naked in the whole village to disgrace the
Christians in that village.
Nothing was done against those criminals.” Will the Islamophobia never end? “Extremists stripped Coptic women off to punish her son,” Coptsunited, May 26, 2016 : Ihab Ramzi, Coptic activist, said that extremists in Karm
village, Minya governorate, stripped off an old Coptic lady after
rumors about a romantic relationship between her son and a Muslim girl.
This came after leaflets inciting against the Copts were distributed
to the Muslims after Friday prayers. Later, extremists attacked houses
of the Copts and looted them.
Pakistan: Council of Islamic Ideology recommends “light beating” for disobedient wives
“Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one
superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain
Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because
Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience,
admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34
Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said:
Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?”
— Aisha (Sahih Muslim 2127)
“CII proposes husbands be allowed to ‘lightly beat’ defying wives,” by Obaid Abbasi, Express Tribune, May 26, 2016 : ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has
proposed its own women protection bill, recommending ‘a light beating’
for the wife if she defies the husband. The 20-member CII is a constitutional body which gives
recommendations to parliament regarding Islamic laws.
parliament is not bound to consider its recommendations. The bill was drafted after the CII rejected Punjab’s controversial
Protection of Women against Violence Act (PPWA) 2015 terming it
un-Islamic. The CII will now forward its proposed bill to the Punjab
Hamas-linked CAIR markets “Islamophobin” gum as cure for “Islamophobia”
Hamas-linked CAIR is congratulating itself on its “witty and humorous”
idea, but it isn’t even original to CAIR. Back in July 2010, while
speaking in Sweden, I was handed a box of “Islamofobil” pills that promised to cure “Islamophobia” and promote “multiculturalism” and “open-mindedness.”
Is Hamas-linked CAIR paying a royalty to the people who marketed “Islamofobil” pills? Anyway, Hamas-linked CAIR’s self-proclaimed “witty and humorous” new
product claims to cure “Blind Intolerance,” “Unthinking Bigotry,”
“Irrational Fear of Muslims,” and “U.S. Presidential Election Year
It even promises that it “SPREADS LOVE.” Aren’t there laws against making false claims for a product? But
let’s take them at their word. “Islamophobin” gum cures “blind
intolerance”? Wonderful! So if Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik had
been chewing away on some “Islamophobin,” they wouldn’t have stormed a
Christmas party in San Bernardino last December and murdered fourteen
If Islamic jihadists had had some “Islamophobin” gum
in November, they wouldn’t have murdered 130 people in Paris, eh? And
apparently if they had had some of this miracle love-spreading gum in
Brussels last March, they wouldn’t have murdered 32 people and wounded
over 300 in bombings at the airport and the metro station. This wondrous gum also cures “unthinking bigotry.”
Pakistan: Christian stops Muslim boys from teasing Christian girls, gets arrested for blasphemy
The Pakistani blasphemy laws are the cause of a huge number of human
rights abuses and ruined lives. But the “human rights” organizations
can’t be bothered to do anything about them. After all, it isn’t as if
something really important like “Islamophobia” were being committed. “Christian man arrested for posting blasphemous messages in Pak,” PTI, May 26, 2016:
Lahore: A Christian man has been arrested in Pakistan’s
Punjab province for allegedly posting blasphemous messages on his
Facebook account. Police said they arrested Liaquat Usman yesterday on a complaint that
he had posted blasphemous material on his Facebook account.
According to Usman’s wife, a resident of Nabipura Sheikhupura
district some 50 kilometers from here, her husband had a fight with some
Muslim boys over teasing of girls in the locality. “My husband stopped some boys from teasing girl students. A couple of days ago the boys manhandled Usman.
Instead of arresting the boys, police arrested Usman saying a
complaint against him has been lodged for committing blasphemy,” she
said. Initial investigations showed that the blasphemous messages were
posted on the Facebook account of Usman a year ago but the suspect said
he did not post them as someone else tagged them (on his account), said
police official Sarfraz Khan.
“The man who allegedly tagged the blasphemous post on Usman’s
Facebook account is living abroad,” he said, adding further
investigation is underway and an FIR will be registered in the light of
Is there really any evidence to the contrary?
“Has the Pope Abandoned Europe to Islam?,” by Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute, May 26, 2016:
To scroll the list of Pope Francis’s apostolic trips —
Brazil, South Korea, Albania, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Cuba, United
States, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines — one could say that Europe
is not exactly at the top of his agenda.
The two previous pontiffs both fought for the cradle of Christendom.
Pope John Paul II took on Communism by toppling the Berlin Wall and the
Iron Curtain. Benedict XVI took on “the dictatorship of relativism”
(the belief that truth is in the eye of the beholder) and bet
everything on re-evangelizing the continent by traveling through it (he
visited Spain three times) and in speeches such as the magnificent ones
at Regensburg, where he spoke bluntly about the threat of Islam, and the
German Bundestag, where he warned the gathered politicians against declining religiosity and “sacrificing their own ideals for the sake of power.”
Pope Francis, on the contrary, simply ignores Europe, as if he
already considers it lost. This former Argentinian Cardinal, a
representative of the “global South” Christianity, made spectacular
trips to the migrants’ islands of Lampedusa (Italy) and Lesbos (Greece), but never to the heart of the old continent. Pope Francis has also made it difficult for Anglicans to enter into the Catholic Church, by downplaying the dialogue with them.
After his recent electoral victory, it emerged
that Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, had described moderate
Muslim groups as “Uncle Toms”—a notorious racial slur used against
blacks perceived to be subservient to whites, or, in this context,
Muslims who embrace “moderate Islam” as a way of being subservient to
One of Iran’s highest clerics apparently shares the same convictions. After asserting that “revolutionary Islam is the same as pure Muhammadan Islam,” Ayatollah Tabatabaeinejad recently declared:
Some say our Islam is not revolutionary Islam, but we
must say to them that non-revolutionary Islam is the same as American
Islam. Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and
compassionate toward each other and not be afraid of anything….
According to AB News Agency,
“Ayatollah Tabatabaeinejad stated that revolutionary Islam is this same
Islam. It is the Islam that is within us that can create changes. The
warriors realized that Islam is not just prayers and fasting, but rather
they stood against the enemies in support of Islam.”
How many Muslims share these convictions, one from a Sunni living
(and now governing) in London, the other from a Shia living and
governing in the Middle East?
Professor At America’s Worst University Praises SEVERING THIEVES’ HANDS Under Sharia Law [VIDEO] - Soon to be solved by Donald Trump
At a panel discussion on Islam and terrorism at Florida Atlantic
University, a professor on the taxpayer-funded school’s faculty praised
the Sharia law practice of cutting off the hands of criminals who steal.
In countries in the Middle East where Sharia law is not practiced, Al
Halabi said, people “die in dozens and hundreds every day because of
organized crime. People kill people — other people — for steal [sic]
pizza for 10 dollars. So when Islamic Sharia is saying about capital
punishment — so even though it sounds very severe, but if that is the
solution to prevent any crimes, then it still has a lot of rules and
regulations.” Al Halabi then defended cutting off criminals’ hands.
Mother of four stabbed to death while her family were at a funeral ‘may have been murdered in Islamic honour killing’
A mother-of-four who was killed in her home as she looked after her children may have been killed in an Islamic honour attack, it has been claimed.
Saima Khan, 34, was found slumped in a pool of blood in the hallway of her semi-detached home while her children slept upstairs.Her distraught younger sister Sabah was said to have tried in vain to save her life by removing a shard of glass lodged in her throat before paramedics could reach the scene.
The care worker is believed to have been attacked as she returned home from a late shift while her sister was upstairs babysitting her children aged between one and seven.
The rest of the family were attending a late night funeral of an elderly aunt at the local mosque.
Neighbours and relatives said the three-bedroom home in Luton may have been targeted by raiders, who expected it to be empty, on the hunt for valuable gold jewellery.
However, detectives are said to be keeping an open mind as to the motive of the murder and have not ruled out the possibility that it was a so-called ‘honour killing’.
Frightened witnesses heard family members of the carer in the road screaming for help at about 11.30pm before paramedics arrived – and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Islamic State: “Those who say Islam is a religion of peace are cowards”
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Obama, Kerry, Cameron, Pope Francis et al were too busy cowering under the bed to comment. “Islam not a religion of peace even for a day, says ISIS’ Indian recruit,” by Vicky Nanjappa, OneIndia News, May 24, 2016 :
Bengaluru, May 24: Islam was not a religion of peace even
for a day was the message given out by Abu Salha al Hindi, a former
Indian Mujahideen operative who features now in a video that was
released allegedly by the ISIS. A video that is over 10 months old was released by members of the
ISIS from India in what is being seen as a desperate attempt to spread
their propaganda in the country.
There has been an attempt by the Indian government to counter the
ISIS narrative by roping in the moderate Muslims to spread the message
of peace in a bid to stop recruitments into terrorist outfits. However,
the ISIS video looks to counter the same.
Islam never a religion of peace: The video clip has several Indians
speaking in it. There are brazen messages and attempts made to belt out
sentiments by quoting Babri or Godhra. However the most desperate attempt is made by Abu Salha who tries to
counter the narrative that Islam is a religion of peace.
In the video
he is heard saying, ” stop listening to those who say Islam is a
religion of peace. It was never a religion of peace. It was not a
religion of peace even for one single day. Those who say Islam is a
religion of peace are cowards. Are you all cowards to listen to these
persons, he also states….
There are 11 dead dogs here - Aftermath of our firefight with ISIS - Warning, very graphic and disturbing
Aftermath footage of our firefight with ISIS on the 4th of May 2016, and treatment of a wounded ISIS fighter.
This incident took place the day after the battle for Teleskuf, where US Navy Seal Charles Keating IV lost his life. A group of over 20 ISIS fighters who had taken part in the attack the day before and was trying to escape, had been boxed in between two fortified positions and two Peshmerga Humvees.
Our general, Wahed Kovle, myself and two other officers then approached the enemy hiding in the tall grass, using one of the Humvees as a shield, while the second Humvee and the two fortified positions provided fire support. The fighting was intense and we were exchanging fire and throwing hand-grenades at each other at close range.
Three of the ISIS fighters blew themselves up as well and we had pieces of them raining over us.
A single jihadist survived the attack and I provided medical care for him, even though the ISIS commander who were speaking with our general on the radio told us we could kill him for all he cared. The wounded fighter was handed over to Kurdish intelligence afterwards. We had no casualties our self from this particular contact.
State Dept IG Throws Gasoline On Hillary Clinton Email Scandal - Broke Rules & Lied
Hillary Rodham Clinton has destroyed numerous women that were sexually assaulted by Slick Willy. She's the one dangerous for women.
Holy shit..maybe this is the beginning of the end for that nasty bitch. Remember Capone & Gotti finally went to prison..its your turn you lying witch. we all know about the list of people you got rid of..shameful, and evil you are. Rot in hell (I mean in your cell)!!!!!! Go Trump!!!
A Saudi cleric recently ruled that taking pictures with cats, or any other animals, is forbidden and that taking pictures in general, regardless of the animal preferred, is prohibited.
Sheikh Saleh bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, said that “taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity — not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything,” in response to a question about a “new trend of taking pictures with cats [which] has been spreading among people who want to be like the Westerners,” according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The video, in which Al-Fazwan either cannot hear the question or can’t believe his ears, was posted on April 17 on several YouTube channels.
Saudi Arabians follow a strict interpretation of Islam, called Wahhabism, and its clerics are known for banning random things they consider Western.
The leader of the Christian Church in Samoa has called for the country to bring in a blanket ban on Islam.
Reverend Ma’auga Motu, secretary general of the Samoa Council of Churches, said the council was pressing the government to prohibit the religion on the Pacific island. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi last week called for a
review of religious freedom provisions in the Samoan Constitution.
He indicated that the island’s supreme law could be edited to include
more reference to Christian doctrines and teachings in the body of the
text rather than merely in the preamble. Meanwhile Reverend Motu said the prime minister should go a step further in banning Islam, and told RadioNZ the religion poses a future threat to the country.
He said: “We are not going too far, no. We are still wanting our own people to be prevented from this kind of influence. “There are so many people who are good people but still there are
some dangerous people among them who might come and threaten our peace.” Read it all here..............................
Jorge Mario Bergoglio aka Pope Francis says ISIS conquest of the Middle East is the same as Jesus sending out his disciples ! !
The Pope says that ISIS' conquest of the Middle East is just like Jesus sending out his disciples.
I must have missed that bible chapter where Jesus' disciples behead people, force them into sex slavery and make them pay a tax on pain of death if they refuse to convert. I believe the context Christ explains turn the other cheek is if you're slighted. It doesnt mean to be a push over or coward.
Being a good Christian may in fact get you killed, it was true at many times in history. All faiths lead to the same God! if that were true Satan isn't really a bad guy is he? Christianity will never die, God says he will preserve his word.
I have learned he never says anything unless it's true.
Robert Spencer on Hamas-linked CAIR’s promotion of hate crime hoaxes
In this third video in my series on the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, I explain how Hamas-linked CAIR has promoted false claims of hate crimes against Muslims in order to deflect attention from jihad terror activity — and other matters about Hamas-linked CAIR as well. CAIR wil l be dismantled once Trump get into office. Trump 2016!!
And MSM treats CAIR as if they're a legit civil rights group, especially C* NN...., great video Robert, keep up the good fight! ! That is why People Hate Trump, he wants to stop these terrorists. Perhaps the most epic false claim that looked more like "keystone" jihadists in a slapstick comedy of "victimhood", was the Ahmed Clock Islamophobia skit.
The main stream media was alerted by CAIR and fell like dominoes to tell the story of evil racist American cops running rough-shod over an innocent brown Muslim engineering student who simply presented a home-made clock to his English teacher. So you see, they claim that their acts of terrorism are defensive due to their victimization. Its all a game of moral deceit.
After high-speed chase, Somali Muslim tries to run over border agents in southern Arizona
Why is a Somali citizen trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico in
the first place?
“In April, investigators say Ahmed Elni Abdalla drove
up to a checkpoint near Amado. When agents approached Abdalla’s car, he
drove through the stop sign and tried to get away at a ‘high rate of
Once finally stopped, “Abdalla allegedly refused to get out.
When agents tried to break his car window, Abdalla drove right at agents
who had to ‘jump out of the way in order to avoid being hit.'” “If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the
disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head
with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your
car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.
Do not lack. Do not be contemptible. Let your slogan be, ‘May I not be
saved if the cross worshipper and taghūt (ruler ruling by manmade laws)
patron survives.’” — The Islamic State, September 2014 : “Documents: Somali citizen tried to run over border agents in southern Arizona,” by Katie Conner, ABC 15, May 23, 2016 : A Somali citizen tried to run over Border Patrol agents
in southern Arizona after a high speed pursuit, according to federal
UK: Muslim NHS doctor leaves family to join the Islamic State
“In pictures on his Facebook page, he is seen in combat fatigues,
carrying an automatic rifle and reading the Koran.” Not that this has
anything to do with… “NHS doctor leaves family in Sheffield to ‘join Islamic State in Syria,'” by Danny Boyle, Telegraph, May 24, 2016:
An NHS doctor who spent seven years working in Britain
left his wife and two children in Sheffield to join Isil fighters, it
has emerged. Issam Abuanza – who is pictured on Facebook wearing medical scrubs
and carrying a gun in a holster – moved to Syria with the militant
group, leaked recruitment papers have disclosed. The 37-year-old, who is believed to be the first practising NHS
doctor known to have joined Isil fighters, is said to have gained a
licence to practise medicine in Britain in 2009.
Dr Abuanza reportedly combined shifts as a registrar with running an online clothing company selling kaftan dresses. “I’ve no idea how he became like this or who showed him the path to terror”Najla Abuanza But Dr Abuanza – a Palestinian doctor with British citizenship – left
Britain to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters in
2014, documents obtained by the BBC showed. His sister Najla said that his parents will “never forgive him”. Dr Abuanza is believed to have crossed into Syria on July 26 2014, soon after the creation of Isil’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
In his registration document, he is said to have described himself as
a doctor specialising in endocrinology – the treatment of hormonal
imbalances. Dr Abuanza is understood to have qualified as a doctor in Baghdad in
2003 before later moving to Britain and working in the NHS from 2007. In pictures on his Facebook page, he is seen in combat fatigues, carrying an automatic rifle and reading the Koran.
Dr Abuanza’s wife told the BBC that his family knew nothing of his plans. “He used to be quite the dashing young man, very modern,” Dr
Abuanza’s sister, Najla Abuanza, told the BBC. “I’ve no idea how he
became like this or who showed him the path to terror.”…
UK: Muslim chef with bottle covered in fecal matter in kitchen “didn’t use toilet paper for cultural reasons”
“‘Most shocking, Mrs Clinton found in the kitchen under the double
sink an empty plastic milk bottle that was extremely dirty and covered
in brown fingerprints,’ he said. ‘He filled it with water from the
kitchen sink and used it to wash his bottom after toileting. He didn’t
use toilet paper for cultural reasons.
Mrs Clinton concluded the brown
finger prints were faecal matter. He said he needed to remove the faecal
matter from his body after using the toilet. So a bottle used for his
cleaning his bottom found inside the kitchen where food is prepared.'” Cultural reasons? More like religious reasons. Islamic reasons (Istinja is cleaning oneself after urinating and defecating):
A hadith has this exchange:
Abdur-Rahman bin Yazid said: “They said to Salman, ‘Your
Prophet taught you about everything, even defecating?’ So Salman said,
‘Yes. He prohibited us from facing the Qiblah when defecating and
urinating, performing Istinja with the right hand, using less than three stones for Istinja, and using dung or bones for Istinja.'” — Jami`
So one must use at least three stones. And regarding water:
Narrated Abu Hurairah that the Prophet said: “This Ayah
was revealed about the people of Quba: In it are men who love to purify
themselves. And Allah loves those who make themselves pure (9:108).” He
said: “They used water to perform Istinja so this Ayah was revealed
about them.” — Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3100
reported breathlessly Monday that Pope Francis “embraced the grand imam
of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, reopening
an important channel for Catholic-Muslim dialogue after a five-year
lull and at a time of increased Islamic extremist attacks on
Why has there been this “five-year lull”? Because “the Cairo-based
Al-Azhar froze talks with the Vatican to protest comments by then-Pope
Benedict XVI.” What did Benedict say? Andrea Gagliarducci of the Catholic News Agency
explains that after a jihad terrorist murdered 23 Christians in a
church in Alexandria 2011, Benedict decried “terrorism” and the
“strategy of violence” against Christians, and called for the Christians
of the Middle East to be protected.
Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb, whom Pope Francis welcomed to
the Vatican on Monday, was furious. He railed at Benedict for his
“interference” in Egypt’s affairs and warned of a “negative political
reaction” to the Pope’s remarks. In a statement, Al-Azhar denounced
the Pope’s “repeated negative references to Islam and his claims that
Muslims persecute those living among them in the Middle East.” Benedict stood his ground, and that was that.
But in September 2013, al-Azhar announced
that Pope Francis had sent a personal message to al-Tayeb. In it,
according to al-Azhar, Francis declared his respect for Islam and his
desire to achieve “mutual understanding between the world’s Christians
and Muslims in order to build peace and justice.” At the same time, Al
Tayyeb met with the Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, Mgr. Jean-Paul Gobel, and
told him in no uncertain terms that speaking about Islam in a negative
manner was a “red line” that must not be crossed. So Pope Benedict condemned a jihad attack, one that al-Azhar also condemned, and yet al-Azhar suspended dialogue because of the Pope’s condemnation.
Then Pope Francis wrote to the Grand Imam of al-Azhar affirming his
respect for Islam, and the Grand Imam warned him that criticizing Islam
was a “red line” that he must not cross. That strongly suggests that the
“dialogue” that Pope Francis has now reestablished will not be allowed
to discuss the Muslim persecution of Christians that will escalate
worldwide, especially since an incidence of that persecution led to the
suspension of dialogue in the first place.