|The 2017 London Bridge Islamist attacks
The AP reinvents the reality of the London Bridge attack on 1st anniversary
The Associated Press reports in a 3 June 2018 article how the United Kingdom has come together on the one-year anniversary of the London Bridge Islamist attack. (Emphasis is mine.)
British Prime Minister Theresa May joined survivors, victims’ families and emergency workers at a memorial service Sunday to mark a year since a deadly vehicle-and-knife attack brought terror to London Bridge on a warm Saturday night.
Eight people were killed and almost 50 injured when three Islamic State group-inspired extremists ran down pedestrians on the bridge, then stabbed people at packed bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, one of London’s main foodie hubs. The three attackers were shot dead by police within minutes.
The rampage came two weeks after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.
More than 700 people gathered Sunday inside the centuries-old Southwark Cathedral, nestled between the bridge and the market on the lively south bank of the River Thames.
Dean of Southwark Andrew Nunn said he hoped the service of remembrance “helps our healing.”
“Love is stronger than hate. Light is stronger than darkness. Life is stronger than death,” he said. “It was true a year ago. It is as true today.”
After the service, families of the dead planted an olive tree on the cathedral grounds, using compost made from floral tributes left by mourners after the attack.
May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and some of the injured laid flowers beside the bridge before a national minute of silence at 4:30 p.m. The words #LondonUnited were due to be projected onto the bridge at dusk.
The London Bridge carnage was one of a string of attacks in Britain in 2017 involving Islamic or far-right extremists that killed 36 people in all.
(Read more at the Associated Press)
So, even though only Islamic men in Islamic garb took ceramic knives and various other weapons during this and similar melees across Britain in 2017, now the AP wants to have non-participants share the blame with the participating Islamists. Maybe the AP thinks that, if the “far right” had not resisted the Islamists, then everything would just be hunky-dory and no killings would have happened at the hands of the Islamists.
Odd thing is that, in the rest of the Western world, we hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions (and not a second or third party). This is based on a concept that began in the Bible where “(t)he one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.” (Ezekial 18: 20 NASB).
AP calls self preservation from Islamists “far right”
“A dream of uniting UK soccer fans swerves to the far right“
In another Associated Press article, the reporter characterizes the self-preservative instinct of Britons as a “far-right” resistance to Islam.
John Meighan had a dream.
A property manager and fan of the soccer team Tottenham Hotspur, he envisioned a group bringing together working-class people who felt excluded from political influence — to stand up in opposition, not to Muslims or Islam, but to extremism. They would be people like himself, fans with a passion for their teams and, in many cases, a fondness for a fight. He would cajole them to set aside team rivalries, put down their fists and march through London as an expression of anger and defiance against zealotry.
At the first demonstration of Meighan’s Football Lads Alliance, 10,000 people marched to protest several bloody weeks in which Islamic extremists had attacked British cities with vehicles, knives and a bomb — the deadliest assaults on the nation in more than a decade.
The FLA drew little notice. But several months later, a second Football Lads march swelled to 50,000 demonstrators, and Tommy Robinson was among them. A seasoned anti-Muslim street agitator and far-right media star, he filmed himself praising the group as standing “against Islam.”
“I think we’re seeing the birth today of a huge organization in the U.K.,” Robinson predicted.
And so Meighan’s dream began to lose its luster. His group — formed during a particularly fractured time in British politics and society — soon was yanked into the orbit of the far-right. Its members-only Facebook page grew to 65,000 members, some of whom shared anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and racist cartoons and posts attacking Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and London’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan.
The FLA emerged during an unstable time, not long after Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union, which was fueled by concerns about immigration and a sense Britain had lost control of its borders. The group’s aims, supposedly directed against extremism, dovetailed with the ideas of the country’s growing far-right culture — a potent mix of nationalism, anti-Muslim prejudice and conspiracy theories that thrives online.
The far right was energized by the brutal attacks that hit Britain in the spring of 2017. In March, a Muslim convert mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament. In May, a Libyan-British suicide bomber attacked crowds leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people, many of them teenage girls. Two weeks later, three young men inspired by the Islamic State group killed eight people by driving a rented van into pedestrians crossing London Bridge and then attacking passers-by with knives.
That bloodshed had been the final straw for Meighan, a soft-spoken, red-haired man who likes to wear Lacoste sweaters, button-down shirts, tartan scarves and tweed caps — uniform of the clothes-conscious brand of football fan known as a “casual.”
The group had barred flag-waving, chanting and pre-march drinking — for many, essential parts of football fandom. “We didn’t want to be stereotyped,” Meighan said.
He saw the peaceful march as a vindication, proof that often-maligned football fans could have a voice — could do something, “rather than beating the crap out of one another.”
At first, the FLA claimed to be “inclusive and acceptable to all colors, creeds, faiths and religions,” and laid out deliberately broad goals. Its website spoke of “making a safer environment and community for all of our children and grandchildren,” and its proposals sounded modest — tougher police action, better intelligence, curbs on hate preachers, more controls on terrorism suspects.
Meighan said racists were “moderated out” of its Facebook group.
Hope Not Hate, a group that monitors the far right, said the FLA initially “made a genuine attempt to ensure that it was not a racist group and tried to focus on Islamist extremists, rather than Islam in general.”
(Read more at the Associated Press)
Here, the Associated Press figures “The far right was energized by the brutal attacks that hit Britain in the spring of 2017.” Never mind that 37 people were murdered by people yelling “Allahu Akbar” during an Islamic holiday where leaders encourage Muslims to struggle against the world. Never mind that. In the minds of the AP, this violence is not due to the obvious, but to far-right extremism.
Slovenians turn back the Islamic wave at the border – the AP calls it anti-immigrant
In a 3 June 2018 Associated Press article, the AP characterizes a Slovenian vote as anti-immigrant.
A right-wing opposition party led by a former Slovenian prime minister won the most votes in Slovenia’s parliamentary election Sunday, but not enough to form a government on its own, according to preliminary results.
The State Election Commission said after counting some 90 percent of the ballots that Janez Jansa’s Slovenian Democratic Party received around 25 percent of the vote. The anti-establishment List of Marjan Sarec trailed in second place with over 12 percent.
The Social Democrats, the Modern Center Party of the outgoing prime minister, Miro Cerar, and the Left all received around 9 percent.
The preliminary tally means no party secured a majority in Slovenia’s 90-member parliament, and the likely next step is negotiations to form a coalition government.
Slovenia was once part of the former Yugoslavia and is the native home of U.S. first lady Melania Trump. Bordering Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy and a slice of the Adriatic Sea, the country joined the European Union in 2004 and has used the euro as its official currency since 2007.
Jansa, who served as prime minister during 2004-2008 and 2012-2013, said at a press conference that his party is ready for postelection talks with other parliamentary parties.
(Read more at the Associated Press)
Again, the AP seems to have forgotten the attacks and threats across Europe during the recent past. Moreover, the AP seems to be ignoring the war that occurred in the former Yugoslavia between Islamic and Christian factions. Could they even be so dense as to ignore a struggle that had been going on since Islam crossed Greece? They will only if you let them.
How Islamists tortured a Christian for his faith
Conversely, a 4 June 2018 Clarion Project report shared the account of Majed el-Shafie, who has been tortured for his Christian faith.
Meet Majed el-Shafie. He is the founder and president of One Free World International, a humanitarian aid organization that helps minorities across the world including the Christian community. He currently lives in Canada, but his origins and roots lie elsewhere.
He grew up Muslim in Egypt and became interested in Christianity while in university studying law. He started looking into Christianity specifically because the Copts were so discriminated against and persecuted in Egypt.
As he says, “It is my opinion that you don’t torture or persecute somebody unless you are afraid of the truth that they carry.”
Majed eventually decided to act on his convictions and converted to Christianity. However, this choice was not without its consequences.
He was arrested by the government and put in prison for seven days. His head was shaved, his shoulder cut to the bone (from which he still bears the scars): He was waterboarded, beaten, hung upside down and hung on a cross for two and half days.
Although he was released from prison, he was eventually summoned to court to receive sentence for his “grave” crime. The judge sentenced him to death by hanging for sowing “national disunity and rebellion against the government,” a common phraseology used to incriminate Christians and other minorities.
Seeing that he did not have much time, Majed quickly figured out a way to be smuggled out the country and miraculously escaped to Israel by jet ski, from where he would become a free man.
(Read more at the Clarion Project)
For all of the claims that Islam constitutes a “religion of peace,” this testimony and the word of any non-believer who has endured sharia stands as a marker of the truth.
Something tells me that — if a convert to Islam were to have their shoulder cut to the bone, subjected to waterboarding, beaten, hung upside down, hung on a cross for 2 1/2 days — Obama and other Democrats would be coming as unglued as they have over staged photos and Melania’s jacket. Instead, the main stream media and other Democrats totally ignore the horror of this story.
What I learned at Christ at the Checkpoint
In an 1 June 2018 OneNewsNow article, Michael Brown discusses life as a Christian commentator during a planned event within the Palestinian Authority.
I understand that an international event like CATC would necessitate the presence of Palestinian Authority leadership – but the Christian celebration of that leadership was beyond the pale.
My time at the Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, was both wonderful and terrible, powerful and painful. As I said to the leaders face to face, the people were even warmer than I expected; their positions even worse than I expected. Regardless of who is right or wrong, the deep chasms that exist can only be bridged through prayer, humility, and forthright dialogue.
By God’s grace, I am committed to continuing the journey with my newfound Palestinian Christian friends. (For those unfamiliar with the controversies surrounding Christ at the Checkpoint, see here.)
Let me start with the positive, which was very positive.
I was received with open arms and without restriction by the Christian leaders there. They could not have made me feel more welcome, and they truly honored me as a respected brother in the Lord. As for the conference attendees, about 300 in number, they went out of their way to thank me for coming as the lone, public voice of dissent.
The message I brought was quite intense – although bathed deeply with love, which was apparently quite evident – bringing a very public and open challenge. Yet I received applause and even hugs rather than jeers and scorn.
As difficult as it was for me to bring the message, it must have been difficult for the audience to hear it. Yet hear it they did.
Not only so, but the leaders made clear that their greatest desire is to honor our Lord. They often expressed love for their Jewish brothers and sisters and emphasized that Israel had every right to exist as a secure nation in the Land. They simply wished for equality and dignity as neighbors and friends.
I believe and hope that they now count me as one of their friends.
As for the negative, it was very negative.
Aspects of the conference were embarrassingly political, to the point that I said in my message that the opening night was Palestinian with a capital P and Christian with a small c. This was hardly Jesus-centered in approach or emphasis.
And while I understand that an international event of this size would necessitate the presence of Palestinian Authority leadership – this would be a matter of honor – the Christian celebration of that leadership was beyond the pale. (Should I also mention that one Christian leader was pleased to announce that more churches were joining the BDS movement against Israel?)
On a larger ideological level, I was amazed to see how every possible anti-Israel narrative was enthusiastically embraced. In fact, it seemed to be the only narrative known.
(Read more at OneNewsNow)
On one hand, God does promise in Isaiah 55:11 that “… My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Therefore, any effect that God meant for the Bible to have during this conference will be felt. Nonetheless, we should also remember that God allowed Pharaoh to harden his heart.
On the other hand, it is sad that this “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference has so little to do with Christ. In fact, it has so little to do with Christ that “the opening night was Palestinian with a capital P and Christian with a small c.” Admittedly, though, this has a ring of many American interfaith initiatives that end as only being events where the organizers break their own arms patting themselves on the back.
Priest who had protected tourists was stabbed by Palestinians
Through a 3 June 2018 article in Israel Today, find that a Palestinian gang attacked a priest who had been protecting tourists.
The following video clip is making the rounds on Israeli social media, where folks are none-too-pleased with claims that Israel is the reason for the dwindling Christian population in the Palestinian-controlled territories, while incidents like these are completely ignored.
The footage was taken from a security camera at the entrance to a church or monastery in Bethlehem. Several foreign Christian tourists are seen being harassed by at least two young Palestinian men. A local monk or priest quickly opens the gate and offers them shelter, before chastising the assailants.
One of the young Palestinian men is having none of being told what to do by a Christian, and so pulls out a knife and stabs the priest through the gate.
The timestamp reveals that this happened on Friday, June 1.
(Read more at Israel Today)
Considering the number of “Visit the birthplace of Jesus” ads I get, seeing this type of attack is disturbing.
Thank God that this priest followed the mandate of Psalm 82:3-4 by protecting the defenseless. It is understandable that, if these attacks are occurring regularly throughout this area and Israel without any response from the West, there might be a bit of resentment regarding the interest this case has gathered.
Taxi hits pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square, injuring 8
Once again the Associated Press throws together an account of an issue that resulted in the deaths of non-Muslims near the end of Ramadan. The cabbie claims to have fallen asleep behind the wheel, but was well awake when he ran away.
Eight people, including two from Mexico, were injured Saturday when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow.
Russian police said the driver in the crash has been detained. Moscow’s traffic monitoring agency said the driver claimed the crash wasn’t premeditated.
Video circulating on Russian social media and some news websites showed the taxi approaching a stopped line of cars, then veering onto the sidewalk and striking pedestrians. It then hit a traffic sign and bystanders tried to wrestle the driver out of the taxi, but he broke their grip and ran away; it was not clear how he was finally detained.
(Read more at the Associated Press)
The driver says that he fell asleep for a few seconds after three days of continual work. However, that driver quickly popped back to wakefulness without losing his balance as a person normally would. Additional complicating factors include (1) the fact that Ramadan was ending, (2) Moscow has been in conflict with Islamic extremists from numerous former Soviet republics, (3) Putin suppressed all news that might suppress soccer tourism, and (4) since the cabbie was caught, maybe the concept of taqiya came in handy.
Muslim Somali Teens beat Donald Giusti to death with bats
World News Daily reports in a 17 June 2018 article how two men were beat while in a Maine park. One has died.
Last month, two dozen Somali youths swarmed and attacked two Maine residents in a park in Lewiston, beating them with sticks while laughing, as video of the incident shows.
One of the victims was hospitalized, but no charges were filed.
Then, last Tuesday, a group of Somalis fired pellet guns at non-Somalis in the same park. A fight broke out and one non-Somali, a 38-year-old father of two, died days later from his injuries.
Kennedy Park in Lewiston has become the focal point of such clashes, according to reports.
Previously, a 10-year-old girl was jumped and beaten by a Somali girl at the park. As such occurrences become more common in Lewiston, many lifelong residents are now afraid to bring their own children to play.
According to local news accounts, on any given day, dozens if not hundreds of Somali youth – most of them under 18, can be found occupying the park.
Last Friday, Donald Giusti, 38, died after being treated for injuries sustained in the latest melee in the park last Tuesday. He had been hospitalized ever since.
(Read more at the World News Daily)
When searching out information on this occurrence, I found multiple reports calling the attackers “teens” and “gangs.” However, none of the local stories singled out the nationality or religion of the attackers (which seemed odd when I ran on articles describing how Somali Muslim leaders in the area of Lewiston, Maine started calling for peace).
Additionally, number of stories that I ran across claimed that Donald Giusti died in a brawl (as opposed to mentioning that two men were surrounded and beaten by 24 Muslims with bats). So can all of these oversights in all of these articles be attributed to bad reporting or have journalists committed themselves to killing the truth in the dark?
Erdogan’s Fifth Column
An 18 June 2018 article by the Christian Broadcasting Network describes a brewing conflict that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be setting up across Europe.
When the Ottoman Turks tried to invade Europe 500 years ago they were defeated at the Gates of Vienna. Today Turkey again has designs on Europe, but it’s using a different method.
It’s being called Turkey’s fifth column in Europe – a vast network of radical Islamists, working inside Turkish mosques and under the control of Turkey’s ambitious president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Austrian government shut down seven mosques and expelled 60 Imams recently because they were being funded illegally by the Turkish government, and because photos from inside the mosques surfaced on the internet showing Turkish children being trained to be martyrs.
Austria’s move against the mosques infuriated Turkey’s government, and President Erdogan warned of a “coming war between the cross and the crescent.”
Followers of Islam: if you don’t want to have preachers expelled and your adherents labelled as an invading force, then consider:
- Don’t fund your places of worship in Western nations by way of funds from Islamic dictatorships or theocracies
- Don’t have your children enact simulations of murders of Jews, Islamic army attacks, terrorist attacks, or suicide attack enactments
- Don’t force yourself on the people of countries where you constitute 10% or less of the population
- Don’t encourage your athletes to pledge allegiance to Islamic dictators
Parents: CAIR lied in ‘Islamophobia’ lawsuit
OneNewsNow reports in a 3 May 2018 article how the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) seem to have been caught in an illegal cooperative and have been lying about it.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is being accused of intentionally lying about the legal basis of a complaint waged by parents against the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) regarding the terrorist-tied group’s “anti-Islamophobia” initiative taught in classrooms.
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) contends on behalf of SDUSD’s parents that the Muslim group partnering with the district intentionally distorted key aspects of the lawsuit, filing a response alleging that CAIR is trying to distract the court from the true issue at hand in the case – whether the group’s initiative is neutral toward religion or not.
“[SDUSD is] collaborating with a sectarian organization on an initiative that discriminates in favor of one religion,” FCDF argued in its response to the court Tuesday, according to WND.
Can’t break district’s Muslim ties
In the existing lawsuit, attorneys with FCDF point out that SDUSD has worked with CAIR to allow it to not only produce and provide materials for the school curriculum in the name of “anti-bullying,” but also permitted CAIR members to actively teach students about Islam while promoting it.
“The parents assert the initiative singles out Muslim students for exclusive accommodations and empowers CAIR to radically revise school curriculum to portray Islam more ’favorably,’” WND reported. “The special protections, they insist, violate the Establishment Clause and creates a double standard, arguing the district would never adopt a program to stop bullying against Christians.”
Besides CAIR’s active promotion of Islam and encouragement of students to embrace its teachings, it has been established by the federal government that the Islamic group is indeed a terrorist-tied organization.
“The FBI has provided an abundance of evidence that CAIR is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch, Hamas [an internationally known Islamic terrorist group],” WND’s Art Moore recounted. “And even a Persian Gulf state, the United Arab Emirates, has designated the Washington, D.C.-based organization a terrorist group.”
Despite the lawsuit demanding that San Diego school officials terminate their partnership with CAIR – which it subsequently professed it did – legal evidence has been mounted by FCDF that SDUSD is continuing its relationship with the group often referred to as the “Muslim Mafia.”
(Read much more at OneNewsNow)
So, just as the media seems willing to overlook the crimes of 24 bat-wielding Somali Muslims, the liberal leadership in our educational bureaucracy seems willing to align with an unindicted co-conspirator in the funding of terrorist organizations.