Where Islam and Christianity intersect


Dubai Evangelical Church

UAE allows non-Islamic worship — as long as the Buddhists, Christians, & Jews hide

As shown through the ever-more-liberal filter of the Wall Street Journal, it seems that liberals expect Christians to forget the violent and oppressive past of Islam.

Every Friday, on the fourth floor of a hotel conference center in this Arab business hub, several thousand Christians arrive to worship in two-hour shifts at what may be the world’s best-hidden megachurch.

There is no sign outside the center to guide people to Fellowship. The Protestant congregation sprang up roughly a decade ago in a place where Islam is the official religion, non-Muslim practice has long been closely monitored and sanctioned church buildings are limited and regulated.

(Read more at Wall Street Journal)

If you have to hide your presence, how free are you?

Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule

Christians know “Muslim self-rule” means “Sharia” and suppression of religious rights for non-Muslims

Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule Puts Christians on Edge

In a 21 January 2019 article in the Wall Street Journal, the fear of Christians comes into focus.

A Muslim-majority region in the Philippines voted on a proposal for greater self-determination, a pivotal attempt at peace that tests the fragile relationship between Muslims and a Roman Catholic minority concerned about creeping Islamic authority.

To most of the four million people in the Muslim areas of the southern island of Mindanao, the vote offers a hopeful end to decades of conflict between armed groups and the government in this overwhelmingly Catholic country of 100 million people.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

Since there have been two attacks in the Philippines in January 2019 and 14 in the Philippines in 2018 according to The Religion of Peace, I can understand these Christians’ reluctance to trust the benevolence of Muslims.

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Two reports on the bombings of a church in an area taken over by Islam

Philippines vows to crush 'terrorists' after church bombs

Philippines vows to crush ‘terrorists’ after church bombs kill 20

According to a 26 January 2019 Reuters article, the Philippine government will strike back against Islamists who bombed a church.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said.

“The enemies of the state have boldly challenged the capability of the government to secure the safety of the citizenry in that region,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

(Read more at Reuters)

Pray for the government of the Philippines as they seek to apply justice to the situation. Pray that they find the perpetrators of this heinous act. At the same time, pray that they do not over-reach and punish people who did not act in this bombing or support the people who did.

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Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17

Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17, wound 42: military

Reuters told us in a 26 January 2019 article the first news of the Islamist bombing of the church in the Philippines.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The attack wounded more than 100 people and was one of the deadliest in recent years in a region long plagued by instability. It came amid hope and excitement about the ratification of a devolution plan that aims to bring development, jobs and peace to one of Asia’s poorest and most volatile places.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said.

(Read more at Reuters)

Keep these Catholic Christians in your prayers.

US approved thousands of child bride requests

America has changed with Obama’s uptick of importation of Islam

US approved thousands of child bride requests

The Associated Press reports in a 11 January 2019 article how the US has approved thousands of applications for child brides in 2018.

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that person’s spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.

And in weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee’s home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2017 and compiled into a report. The approval is the first of a two-step visa process, and USCIS said it has taken steps to better flag and vet the petitions.

Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions.

(Read more at the Associated Press

As Christians, we must stand for those who have no voice. In particular, we need to support shelters where those who want to escape child marriage/sexual slavery.

As Americans, we need to stand and say that these are not our values.

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