Sep 15 2012

How sinister is this?

 

 

Sorry about yesterday’s hastily written article. I‘m feeling saddened about the sinister intend of the whole thing.

The 14 minute short video “Innocence of Muslims” turned out to be an evil peace of poorest kind of movie making.  It was certain to incite hatred and so the loss of American and Israeli lives was in the calculation all along. Written in prison by a drug producer convict, an Egyptian Coptic Christian immigrant Nakoula Basseley Nakoula ( “Sam Bacile”) living in LA  and NOT by an American-Israeli citizen as we were first made believe.

Quoting CNN: “American non-profit Media for Christ obtained film permits to shoot the movie in August 2011, and Nakoula provided his home as a set and paid the actors, according to government officials and those involved in the production.[34] Media for Christ president Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih reportedly went into hiding after the violent response to the film.”

And promoted by:

“The film has been promoted by pastor Terry Jones, whose burning of copies of the Quran previously led to deadly riots around the world. On September 11, 2012, Jones said that he planned to show a 13-minute trailer that night at his church the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.”

And:

“Steve Klein, a Vietnam veteran who has been active in opposing Islam and has been associated with paramilitary “hate groups”… Klein rejected any blame for the violent reaction to the movie, saying, “Do I feel guilty that these people were incited? Guess what? I didn’t incite them. They’re pre-incited, they’re pre-programmed to do this.”[35]”

Meaning Mr. Klein and Pastr Jones knew, maybe even wished that the hatred caused by this intentional provocation will cause loss of innocent lives.  Mr. Klein washed his hand on National TV.  “Do I have blood on my hands? No!”

Staff and crew of film that ridiculed Muslims say they were ‘grossly misled’. One the misled actors is tearfully apologizing.

The whole peace is produce of madmen and not worth wathing or taking notice of. Sadly, talk-shows do not have other topics these evenings,

Mona

 


Aug 07 2011

Islam must be rescued from extremism

Tag: Extremism,Religious tolerance,World PeaceMona @ 9:19 pm

 

Ramadan Kareem

Time of reflection, prayer and fasting.

Please meet Karen Armstrong

A British original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world.  She has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events.

Video, Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: 

The Charter for Compassion

Another article worth reading about two American  convert clerics :   U.S. Muslim Clerics Seek a Modern Middle Ground by Jim Wilson/The New York Times

“.. They say that Islam must be rescued from extremists who selectively cite Islamic scripture to justify terrorism. Though Mr. Yusuf and Mr. Shakir do not denounce particular scholars or schools of thought, their students say the two are challenging the influence of Islam’s more reactionary sects, like Wahhabism and Salafism, which has been spread to American mosques and schools by clerics trained in Saudi Arabia. Where Wahhabism and Salafism are often intolerant of other religions — even of other streams within Islam — Mr. Yusuf and Mr. Shakir teach that Islam is open to a diversity of interpretations honed by centuries of scholars…”

“.. When it came time for questions, one young man stepped to the microphone and asked: “You said we have an obligation to humanity. Did you mean to Muslims, or to everyone?”

Mr. Shakir responded: “The obligation is to everyone. All of the people are the dependents of Allah.”

 

Wishing you a peaceful and rewarding month of fasting, may God show us all His wisdom!

Mona

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mar 11 2011

Peace Song

Tag: Religious tolerance,World NewsMona @ 1:37 am

The Station Egypt – Peace Song

A picture of a church next to the mosque in Bakus; a very crowded popular area in Alexandria, Egypt. A common scene in the Egyptian streets. (Photo: Amr Fayez)


Mar 10 2011

Inter-faith romance turns violent in Cairo

Tag: Extremism,Religious tolerance,World NewsMona @ 2:56 pm

Egyptian church torched over mixed-religion romance

“The Associated Press, Date: Saturday Mar. 5, 2011 9:01 AM ET

CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian security officials say Christian and Muslim families have clashed south of Cairo in a dispute over a romance between children from the two families. The fathers from both families have been killed and a crowd of Muslims has torched a church.

Mixed relationships are taboo in Egypt, where the Muslim majority and sizable Christian minority are both largely conservative. Such relationships are often the source of deadly clashes between the faiths. Christians also complain that they face discrimination.”

Cairo mosque opposite of bomber church

An Egyptian Muslim man walks past a mosque located directly opposite the Saints Church, unseen, in Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011

 

Unrest in Norfh Africa, uneasy calm in Egypt about the future after the collapse of the old regime.  The last thing the Egyptians need now is a family feud over two young lovers. The boy a Christian Copt,  and a Muslim girl.  Although such marriages are acceptable from the religious point  (in this case the boy should convert though, if the girl were Christian it would not be required ) the families do not always agree!  As parents often do not, but in the unstable political setting in Egypt right now it is dangerous.  Certain extremist forces are trying to stir unrest, as we saw fe. on New Year day when suicide bomber destroyed a Church (it was located directly opposite the Mosque in the picture above).

 

Arab press angered by Coptic church blast

“The Egyptian press has reacted angrily to the suicide bombing that targeted a Coptic church in Alexandria on New Year’s Day, with several papers saying it was an attack on all Egyptians, not just Christians.

The state and opposition press called on their compatriots to unite in the face of terrorism but two papers suggested the underlying causes of sectarian tension should be tackled…”

BBC has quoted from 14 articles in the Arab press all condemning the attack in harsh words:

“This treacherous criminal act not only targeted Egypt’s Copts, but also its Muslims. It also targeted Egypt’s stability, unity, destination and future… We are all in the same boat and we should join hands to confront those lurking to target Egypt’s security.”

“The Egyptians’ commitment to national unity increased after the blast at Alexandria’s church… Feelings of anger were rampant and calls for unity and retribution grew, perhaps more from Muslims than Christians… this terrorist attack shocked the homeland and broke the hearts of all Egyptians.”

I cannot quote them all so please visit the above link for them.  It is clear that these actions are serving the interests of people who do not really want peace for Egypt but are trying to stir unrest in a wider scale in the region!

Pope Shenouda of Egypt

Pope Shenouda of Egypt leads the Middle East’s largest Christian minority

The head of Egypt’s Coptic Church has appealed for calm as protesters clashed with police for a third day after a New Year’s Day blast killed 23 churchgoers.

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenouda III appealed for calm on Monday as Christian protesters clashed with police for a third day in a row after a New Year’s Day bombing killed 21 churchgoers. The spiritual head of the Middle East’s largest Christian minority also called on the government to address his flock’s grievances. The unrest came as police went on high alert and tightened church security for Christmas, which Copts celebrate on Friday, as investigators hunted the perpetrators of the Alexandria church bombing…

 

Is revolution in Mid-East bad for women’s rights?

An article about women in Tunisia and Egypt after the fall of the regimes. In both countries they had already achieved significant progress but are now fearful of the possibility of conservative circles turning the tide backwards.

I am worried but optimistic; the Egyptians and Tunisians have now a great chance to work on democratic changes for a better future for all.


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