May 26

Why Andy Burnham is wrong about Islam

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester, claims Salman Abedi is not a Muslim.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester, claims Salman Abedi is not a Muslim.

Just after the Manchester Arena bombing, the Mayor of Manchester, Labour’s Andy Burnham, spoke on LBC Radio.

Andy Burnham: Abedi ‘not a Muslim’

Accrding to LBC, Mr Burnham said: “The message that I would want to get over – and this is how the vast majority of people feel – this man was a terrorist, not a Muslim.

“He does not represent the Muslim community. We’ve got to keep that distinction in mind all the time. This was an unspeakable act. The worst thing that can happen is that people use this to blame an entire community, the Muslim community.

“In my view, the man who committed this atrocity no more represents the Muslim community than the individual who murdered my friend Jo Cox represents the white, Christian community.”

Now of course that is propaganda.  It is even more than Mr Burnham’s personal opinion.  It is the constant mantra of the political class and the mainstream media.  And it is merely their hope, not a polled fact, that ‘this is how the vast majority of people feel’.

In an earlier post I said Mr Burnham ‘devalues political discourse by claiming bomber Abedi was ‘a terrorist not a Muslim’.  If he was not a Muslim, what was he?  A Buddhist?  If they can’t face the truth, how will our leaders ever protect the public?’

Jeremy Corbyn says foreign wars have put us at risk.

Jeremy Corbyn says foreign wars have put us at risk.

Foreign wars have put us at risk

Today, Jeremy Corbyn said British military adventures in the Middle East have put us all at greater risk than we would have been without them.  On Newsnight last night, Charles Clarke, not a Corbyn fan, said it all started long ago.  He specifically mentioned the 7/11 attack.  Indeed, that was the most dramatic example of a festering grievance between Islam and the West.

Both Mr Corbyn and Mr Clarke are clearly right.  The attacks put us at risk firstly by fueling hatred of ‘crusaders’ or infidels trampling over Muslim land such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.  Secondly our politicians have endangered us by destabilising the entire Middle East.  Jeremy Corbyn was one of only thirteen MPs who voted against bombing Libya on 21st March 2011.  Those ‘Noes’ have been proved right.  Andy Burnham voted in favour.

Ben Wallace, the Conservative security minister, said the timing of the comments was ‘crass.’ No, the timing is just embarrassing for those supposed to be keeping the people secure.  And it highlights the urgent need for politicians such as Messrs Corbyn, Clarke and Wallace actually to tell us what they are going to do – starting from the uncomfortable place we are in.

‘Tell a tree by its fruit’ is from a Christian world-view

Salman Abedi - devout, and, actually, Muslim

Salman Abedi – devout, and, actually, Muslim

But let us return to Mr Burnham.  Firstly because his comment about Thomas Mair is truly crass.  There is no evidence that Jo Cox’s murderer was or is a Christian. Not one report about his murky associations with US white supremacists mentions the possibility that he ever darkened the doors of a church, let alone gave his life to Christ. So leave us Christians, whatever colour we are, out of discussions about the murder of Jo Cox, will you, Mr Burnham?

Secondly, Mr Burnham’s musing that Salman Abedi’s terrorism somehow disqualifies him from being regarded as a Muslim is based, paradoxically, on a Christian world-view.  In that view, you can tell a tree by its fruit.  Christians are supposed to do good works.  They are not allowed by their religion to sin.  So if you see a unrepentant rapist or a thief or a murderer that person is not a Christian.  Is Islam like that?

‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’

The stabbing at Leytonstone led to the 'You're no Muslim, bruv' meme.

The stabbing at Leytonstone led to the ‘You’re no Muslim, bruv’ meme.

The same sentiment behind Andy Burnham’s comment was voiced by the man who shouted at a suspected terrorist during a stabbing at Leytonstone tube station in December 2015, ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’.

The man, a security guard called ‘John’, said he was upset by generalisations linking Muslims to extremism.   He said: “People look at Muslims, and look at Isis, and think they’re all the same. But obviously they’re not.

“Isis should be wiped out, because they’re not Muslims, because Muslims don’t do that. For people to be like that, they’ve obviously got stone hearts, they don’t care about society. They don’t care about anyone. They’re evil, pure evil.”

‘John’ of course is not a Muslim.  Nor does he actually know what a Muslim is.  No Muslim would ever say what ‘John’ said.  In fact, local Muslim leaders condemned the actions, but did not once claim the perpetrator, Muhaydin Mire, was not a Muslim.  All one of them managed was the ‘he had no links to the local mosque’.

Security Guard ‘John’ was making the same mistake as Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.  He too believes the commission of deeds which he thinks are evil stop the perpetrator from enjoying, if that is the right expression, the designation ‘Muslim’.

How to become a Muslim

But in Islam it doesn’t work like that.  Every Islamic website says the same.  Here is ‘IslamReligion.com’:  ‘

‘Becoming a Muslim is a simple and easy process.  All that a person has to do is to say a sentence called the Testimony of Faith (Shahada).’

The same website goes on:  ‘To be a Muslim, one should also believe that the Holy Quran is the literal word of God, revealed by Him and that the Judgment Day (Resurrection Day) is true and will come.  Believe in the prophets that God sent and the books He revealed, and in His angels, accept Islam as his/her religion.’   Finally, ‘Not worship anything nor anyone except God.’

It concludes:  ‘It is that easy! ‘

Five – or six – pillars of Islam

Muslims at prayer - in the street

Muslims at prayer – in the street

Indeed it is.  You become a Muslim just like that.  Having become a Muslim, the convert must observe the five pillars of Islam.  These are obligatory for Muslims and regarded as the core of pious Islamic life.

The Five Pillars are the Shahada, the five daily prayers (Salat), fasting during Ramadan (Sawm), giving 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor (Zakat) and doing a pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj).

The sixth pillar of ‘jihad’ is often added.  Jihad can be either an inner conflict to live a better life of the external conflict with the kaffir (unbelievers).  Studying the Quran is pretty much obligatory as well.

Whenever Muslims are discussing whether someone is a good Muslim of not, these are the things they mention.  It follows one can be a drug-dealer, or run a prostitution ring or an election fraud and still be a good, observant Muslim.  Muslim gangs in prisons are not repenting, they are radicalising.

Repentance in Islam

None of Islam is based on repentance.  Muslims believe that when someone becomes a Muslim, all his past bad deeds are forgiven.  But there is no act of repentance as there would be prior to a Christian baptism.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Repentance only applies to life as a Muslim.  In future, when the believer does something contrary to Islam, ‘he/she can always repent to God who forgives the sins of those who repent to Him sincerely’.

But equally, good deeds can cancel out bad deeds in Islam, unlike in Christianity.  No saviour is necessary. So to think that Islam is even a bit like Christianity is severely to misunderstand it.  And the Andy Burnham’s of this world do not understand it, how can they defend us against it?  (Or do they just trot out the ‘religion of peace’ stuff for the masses and think and speak differently in their Cobra meetings and conferences with the police?)

The Pitcher Plant - once inside, there is no escape

The Pitcher Plant – once inside, there is no escape

The Pitcher Plant of religions

It is important to note that although Muslims are expected by their faith to do good works as we should uSnderstand them, these are not obligatory works of Islam in the say way as the daily prayers, for example.  Moreover, some Muslims, jihadists, might regard blowing up 22 infidels as a good deed.

There is actually nothing which anyone can do which will stop him being a Muslim.  You can be expelled from a mosque, but you can never be expelled from Islam.  In fact, leaving Islam is apostasy, which is punishable by death.

Not only can no-one be ex-communicated from Islam, no-one is ever even allowed to leave.

Islam is the Pitcher Plant of religions.  Once someone is enticed in (or born in), there is no escape.

Proverbs 14:12 (& 16:25) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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May 24

Didsbury Mosque link to ‘respectful’ bomber

Didsbury Mosque was originally a Methodist church

Didsbury Mosque was originally a Methodist church

A mosque and Islamic Centre south of Manchester are linked to the Manchester Arena bombing.

The bomber, identified in a leak from US security as Salman Ramadan Abedi, was a regular worshiper at Didsbury Mosque.  His father is a leading player in the mosque.  Abu Ismail Abedi regularly calls the men to prayer.

Didsbury mosque is in Burton Road, Didsbury, not far from Junction 5 of the M60.  The mosque adjoins Manchester Islamic Centre.  The building was originally Albert Park Methodist Chapel.  Sadly the 19th-century chapel closed in 1962 and was later converted into a mosque.  Didsbury Mosque has an attendance of around 1,000 people.  The Manchester Islamic Centre is a registered charity.

The Guardian reported: ‘Abedi was known to the security services but was not part of any active investigation or regarded as a high risk. He was viewed as a peripheral figure in much the same way as the Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood.

Abedi ‘quiet’ and ‘devout’

The paper found several people at the mosque willing to speak to them.  One member of Manchester’s Libyan community told the Guardian about Salman Abedi. ‘He was such a quiet boy, always very respectful towards me.’  Of course he was.  That is just Middle-Eastern culture.  Defending Abedi’s father, equally devout, the man said: ‘his boys learned the Qur’an by heart.’  There are no surprises there.  The father is thought to be in Tripoli, and his sons had travelled there as well.

Salman Abedi - devout

Salman Abedi – devout

The interviewee went on to say, ‘Abu Ismail will be terribly distraught. He was always very confrontational with jihadi ideology, and this Isis thing isn’t even jihad, it’s criminality. The family will be devastated.’

Didsbury Mosque sermon problem

Others recalled very differently.  Mohammed Saeed is a senior figure in Didsbury Mosque and Islamic Centre.  He was born in Libya and came to the UK in 1980.

Saeed said he gave a strong sermon against terrorism and about the sanctity of life in 2015. He said 2,000 members of the mosque were with him; a small number were not; and a few signed a petition criticising him.  ‘Salman showed me a face of hate after that sermon,’ he said. ‘He was showing me hatred.’

A trustee of Didsbury Mosque lied to the Financial Times about Salman Abedi: ‘We don’t know who he is. We’ve never seen him’.

Moreover, Didsbury Mosque has been in the spotlight before.  Worshipper Abdalraouf Abdallah, 24, was jailed for nine and a half years last year after being convicted of funding terrorism and preparing acts of terrorism. Abdallah helped a number of men to travel to Syria and fight in the civil war.  A family friend told the Guardian Abedi and Abdallah knew each other: ‘All the Libyan lads in Manchester know each other’.

George Kasimeris - propaganda

George Kasimeris – propaganda

News becomes propaganda

Meanwhile, news coverage of the atrocity in the mainstream media quickly moved into propaganda mode.  Almost every segment on the BBC’s report on Tuesday night emphasised ‘coming together’.  Political leaders especially said they were not allowing the bombing ‘to divide us’.

Likewise in the online mainstream print media. Professor George Kassimeris holds a chair in security studies at the University of Wolverhampton.  He wrote on the changing face of terrorism in the Independent.  ‘Yesterday’s terrorist attack in Manchester has traumatised all of us living in the UK’, he wrote.  He was supposed to be contrasting the nature of Islamic terrorism with the old IRA and Red Brigades.  And yet he concluded of the attack: ‘we must not allow it to poison and divide us.’  That is propaganda.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Manchester, Labour’s Professor of Theology Andy Burnham, devalues political discourse by claiming bomber Abedi was ‘a terrorist not a Muslim’.  That’s also propaganda.  If he was not a Muslim, what was he?  A Buddhist?  If they can’t face the truth, how will this sort ever protect the public?

It is as if the Establishment are truly fearful of anyone joining up the dots.  People might consequently criticise the multi-cultural paradigm.  Broadcasters will therefore deny any link between Islam, Muslims, Mosques, the Quran and Terrorism.  Ordinary voters must never make that connection.   But, as the reports coming out of the mosque show all too well, Islam is a religion of works and those works include jihad.  Moreover, Jihad, in the hands of a significant number of Muslims, means death to unbelievers.

Duty of the state to maintain peace

The state’s fundamental duty is to keep its people safe.  That means firstly defending the realm from external attack.  Thank God, that is not remotely our problem today.  But secondly, the state’s duty is to maintain peace and security inside the realm.  Here is where the problem lies

The Apostle Paul makes the duty of the state very clear in his letter to the church in Rome:

Rom 13:4b … he (the ruler) is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  … 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

In his letter to Timothy, he makes a similar point, urging prayer for leaders and giving a reason:

1Tim 2:2  (pray) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

And this is no more than what Jeremiah told the Jewish captives in Babylon:

Jer 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

What price security?

Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of MI5

Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of MI5

Peace and security are good things and they are what the state is God-ordained to bring.  Here we have a big problem.  Too many Muslims in Britain are intent on terrorism.

In addition, the security services knew Salman Abedi and Westminster killer Khalid Masood.  Nevertheless, they had neither as part of any active investigation.  They did not regard either as ‘a high risk’.  The ‘spooks’ viewed both as ‘peripheral figures’.  MI5 also had Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale on the list, but allowed them to carry out the murder of Lee Rigby.

If peripheral figures can cause such mayhem, what can central figures achieve?  Last year we learnt MI5 have 3,000 suspects on a terror watch list.   It was previously 2,000.  But MI5 need around 25 officers to keep tabs on every one of them round the clock.

Dame Stella Rimington told the BBC: ‘And if 2,000 people were to be followed like that, we’d be talking about 50,000 full-time spies doing nothing but following suspected terrorists. That’s more than 10 times the number of people employed by MI5. The numbers don’t add up.’

We want to be protected, not ‘reassured’

What are the alternatives?  It appears a choice between internment and regular substantial loss of innocent life.  What are our politicians going to suggest in this general election campaign, when it gets going again?  Senior police officers have been on camera in the last few days.  Deploying the Army on the streets is a good thing if it releases police officers for something more important.  Soldiers will be more useful here than in Estonia anyway.

Some policemen and government ministers told the media deploying troops is about ‘reassuring the public’.   It is not.  Or if it is they have their priorities very wrong.  We don’t desire to be ‘reassured’, thank you.  We want to be protected.

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May 23

Manchester atrocity follows Ariana Grande concert

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Twenty-two people have died and fifty-nine are injured after a bomb attack at a concert given by one Ariana Grande.

The atrocity was carried out at Manchester Arena.  It was a suicide attack.  The attacker, thought to be a Muslim extremist, died in the attack.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families.

Second most followed person on Instagram

We also need to focus on the nature of the concert.  Eighteen months ago, in November 2015, gunmen struck at the Bataclan in Paris.  A band called ‘Eagles of Death Metal’ were playing.  I investigated the band, the genre and the lyrics and published a video at the time.  Here it is.

The performance of Ariana Grande was not as dark and invoking quite so much pure evil as the Bataclan gig.  Nevertheless, there are questions.

Ariana Grande, or Grande-Butera, is twenty-three and American.  She appeals to a young audience, teens and younger.  The youngest named victim to date was just eight years old.  Wikipedia claims Grande ‘has a large following on social media’.  I have to admit she is someone I never heard of before this morning.  Nevertheless, it seems ‘she is the second most followed person on Instagram’.

Ariana Grande’s lesbian imagery

With a young audience comes the responsibility of setting a good example.  Sadly, with Ariana Grande, that is lacking.  The home page of her website at this time of writing has moving images of what appears to be lesbian activity in a launderette.  That may be fashionable, but it does not help her young fans to grow up to express normal attractions.

In keeping with modern de mode lesbian chic, there are images and videos around of Ariana Grande doing other lesbian-style stuff.  She has or has had boyfriends.  Nevertheless, her shameless promotion of bi- or pan-sexuality is plain irresponsible and thoughtless.  But then, it is slanted to earn accolades from the bien pensants.

Not wholesome lyrics

Some of Arianna’s lyrics might not be exactly what an eight-year needs to hear.

In ‘Moonlight’, the man she is singing about ‘Makes me want to give him my body’.  In ‘Dangerous Woman’, the boy ‘Makes me wanna do things that I shouldn’t’.  ‘All girls wanna be like that,’ she sings, ‘Bad girls underneath, like that,’ And then: ‘All that you got, skin to skin, oh my God, Don’t ya stop, boy.’  ‘Into you’ has ‘A little less conversation and a little more “touch my body” Cause I’m so into you, into you, into you, oh yeah.’

‘Let me love you’ features singer Dwayne Carter.  His contribution is: I say, “Girl, you need a hot boy.”  She say, “You need to stop f*****’ with them thots, boy.” I say, “You need a real nigga?” She said, “Yes”, Lord.’  Dwayne is a black guy so he can get away with the racist bits but, once more, do you really want your pre-teen daughter listening to that?

And Ariana can do potty mouth as well.  In Bad Decisions: ‘Boy, you make me make bad decisions.  Don’t you know I ain’t f****** with them good boys?  Know you love me like ain’t nobody here, boy.  If you want it, boy, you got it.  Ain’t you ever seen a princess be a bad bitch?’

No mention of atrocity on website

It must also be said that a full thirty-six hours after the attack at her gig, there was still no mention of it, or any expression of condolence for the victims, anywhere on her website.  That may well be an oversight and could have been rectified by the time you read this.

The BBC quotes Ariana Grande as being ‘broken’ by the attack.  The Independent said she was suspending her ‘Dangerous Woman’ world tour.  It now seems to be back on.  But she wants to pay for the victims’ funerals.  How weird an expression of empathy is that?  Mind you, that story is in the Daily Mail so it might not be true.

Prayer and Action

Once more, we have to call on parents to be aware of those who are influencing your children and exercise some control.  You are responsible for them:

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

And please pray for our security services.  They can only foil such attacks if things go well for them.  I addressed some of these in this Brexit-themed video, ‘EU: Does the Lord Keep the City‘?

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Does Manchester’s yearly gay pride parade make it the sort of city which will enjoy the Lord’s protection?  As for Ariana Grande, does one really have to be an IS supporter to recognise debauchery in her work as well?  Or do you just need a moral compass?

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May 23

Lawyers call for total no-fault divorce

Nigel Shepherd, seen here at a 'Resolution' conference, is arguing for no-fault divorce

Nigel Shepherd, seen here at a ‘Resolution’ conference, is arguing for no-fault divorce

A group of lawyers wants the new Parliament to legislate for total no-fault divorce.

The idea was floated years ago, in John Major’s ill-fated Family Law Act 1996.  Despite that, it was never implemented.

Divorce on ‘Irretrievable breakdown’

Many people do not know there is only one legal ground for divorce.  It is that the marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’.

The person who starts proceedings, (called the Petitioner) must prove that by establishing one of the following five facts.  Only the first three involve fault:

Adultery
Unreasonable behaviour
Desertion
2 years separation with consent
5 years separation (no consent required)

Now family law solicitor Nigel Shepherd wants to eliminate fault altogether.  He chairs a group of around 6,500 other lawyers called Resolution.  It claims to be committed to the ‘constructive resolution of family disputes’ . Their Code of Practice ‘promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems’.

Marriage reduced to boyfriend / girlfriend status

So Mr Shepherd has written to MPs urging his no-fault idea be placed in party manifestos.  In his letter, Mr Shepherd says,  ‘current divorce law does not encourage couples to divorce amicably’.   He complains that ‘people often have to cite unreasonable behaviour or adultery on the divorce petition’.

He claims this situation leads to unnecessary conflict and makes an amicable separation less likely.  It also reduces the chances of reaching agreement on children and financial issues, he says.

But there is a downside.  The ‘Resolution’ idea reduces marriage to no more than a boyfriend / girlfriend relationship.

Of course, many would argue it’s there already.  ‘Unreasonable behaviour’ is ‘no-fault’ in all but name.  Virtually anything will do in an ‘unreasonable behaviour’ petition. no matter how subjective.  Parties often agree such a petition together.

Moreover, it is pie in the sky to believe that just by taking the fault-based facts out everything will suddenly be decided ‘amicably’.  Divorce hurts.  People are bitter about it.  That is the reality of breaking a covenant.

Will justice be done?

There is even another aspect to all this.  Will the proposals help justice to be done?  Indeed, is justice being done at the moment?  Pleading for anyone righteous in Sodom, Abraham said to God:

Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Suppose a party has deserted the other, or committed adultery.  Suppose they have withdrawn what the Bible calls ‘due benevolence’.  Perhaps they have acted with cruelty, or otherwise by their conduct repudiated their marriage covenant. Is it right and just for there to be a ‘no-fault’ settlement of property and children in such a case?

And remember that ‘Resolution’ is talking about ‘conciliation’, not about ‘reconciliation’.  More effort coupled with incentives should go into keeping people together.  Let us say society accepts ‘no-fault’ divorce.  In that case, can we not realise that divorce costs in parties’ mental health and achievement, in children’s outcomes and in additional pressures on our housing stock?  Divorce should be prevented if possible.  A serious attempt at reconciliation should at least be tried.

This probably won’t be addressed in party manifestos, but letting marriages be dissolved so easily as they are is a bigger problem facing society than Resolution would care to admit.  And we hate to say it, but fewer divorces would mean fewer fees for lawyers

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May 16

Prince Charles in Indonesia Muslim Row

Prince Charles is Patron of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies which has invited extremist Vice-President Kalla to speak on 'Middle Path Islam' in Indonesia

Prince Charles is Patron of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies which has invited extremist Vice-President Kalla to speak on ‘Middle Path Islam’ in Indonesia

The Prince of Wales is embroiled in a row over the persecution of Christians by Muslims in Indonesia.

Lecture on ‘Middle Path Islam’

Prince Charles is Patron of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.  The Centre has invited the Vice President of Indonesia, Muslim extremist Jusuf Kalla, to speak at 5pm on Thursday 18th May.  His topic will be: ‘Middle Path Islam: The Indonesian Experience’.

The invitation and topic are all the more risible because of Kalla’s involvement in the recent persecution of a Christian standing for election in Indonesia.

V-P Kalla’s ‘Middle Path Islam’ in the ‘Indonesian Experience’ can only be described as intolerant and vicious.  And V-P Kalla himself is still struggling to shake off his student history of encouraging Muslims into acts of violence against Christians.

In 1968 Kalla was leader of the HMI (the Islamic Student Association) of Makassar.  An allegation of blasphemy was made against a Catholic.  Kalla was recorded instructing all members of HMI and other Muslim organizations to come to nearby mosques at 8 pm. After the evening prayer (‘ishā’), the Muslims started attacking the Christian buildings.  Meanwhile, the loud-speakers of the mosques were shouting out ‘Allahu Akbar, defend your religion, be a martyr!’ Page 39 of a dissertation records: ‘The Christian buildings attacked in the incidents were 9 Protestant churches, 4 Catholic churches, 1 nuns’ dormitory, 1 Academy of Theology, 1 office of the Catholic student organization, and 2 Catholic schools.’

Intolerance followed by blasphemy conviction

But it’s the latest example of Indonesian ‘Middle Path Islam’ which will embarrass Prince Charles.  A Christian governor seeking re-election in Jakarta was convicted of blasphemy against the Koran.  The Telegraph reports on the matter here.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as 'Ahok', is a Christian who was standing for re-election in Jakarta

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as ‘Ahok’, is a Christian who was standing for re-election in Jakarta

Basuki Cahaya Purnama, affectionately known as Ahok, lost his re-election as governor of Jakarta because of religious intolerance.  He was then convicted and sentenced to two years in prison.  The trial was held  just a week ago, according to this report in the Guardian.

During the election, Muslim organisations close to Mr Kalla urged people to take to the streets against Ahok.  V-P Kalla himself backed the hard-line Islamist Muslim candidate, his protegee, Anies Baswedan.  This was despite an obligation that the Vice-President must remain neutral.  Baswedan was supported by groups like Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia. HTI distributed a booklet, entitled: ‘Welcoming a Muslim Governor, Kick out the Kafir Governor, Forming a Sharia Jakarta.’

V-P Kalla’s Islamist friends reminded Muslims of a verse in the Qur’an.  Al Madia 51 says: ‘O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.’ [Pickthall translation]  Ahok’s enemies said this verse meant they could not be governed by a Christian.  That in itself revealed the intolerance of Kalla’s Islam in Indonesia

Ahok’s claim they had misinterpreted the verse led to the charges of blasphemy.  Furthermore, the Indonesian court upheld them.

Prince Charles speaks of ‘understanding’

Jusuf Kalla, Vice-President of Indonesia, is a hard-line Islamist

Jusuf Kalla, Vice-President of Indonesia, is a hard-line Islamist

And now Vice-President Kalla has the nerve to give a lecture on how wonderful has been the Indonesian experience of ‘Middle Path Islam’.

And not just its Patron, the Prince of Wales, but the Director and Fellows of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies stand accused of giving a platform to a hypocrite and a fraud.

Prince Charles has a quote on the Centre’s website.  He says: ‘The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies has done so much to promote and improve our understanding of the Islamic world. That mission has great importance in our increasingly interdependent world.  The relationships between Islam and the West matter more today than ever before.’

Dr Farhan Nizami, Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Dr Farhan Nizami, Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

We shall certainly understand a great deal about the Islamic World of the Oxford Centre should the lecture by Kalla go ahead.  It will be a calculated insult to Indonesia’s minority Christians.

Moreover, the lecture will cast a shadow over the heir to the throne.  Indeed, should it go ahead, his only course must be to resign as Patron.

Funding raises questions

The uncomfortable fact is Muslims can be as academic as they like.  Nevertheless, they can never quite shake off the extremism, hatred, violence and sheer intolerance inherent in Islam.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is one of a number of such centres at British Universities funded by Arab nations.  It will come as no surprise that the donations have already raised fears about the promotion of Wahabi fundamentalism.  For example, the Oxford Centre opened in 2009 thanks to a £20 million cash injection from the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.  In addition, the Centre is practicing religious discrimination.  It was promoting a scholarship at this time of writing (May 2017) ‘to provide funding for UK students from Muslim communities‘.

The British Pakistani Christian Association and Christian Voice are joining Indonesian ex-pat Christians at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on 18th May in a witness against the lecture by Vice-President Kalla.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

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May 16

Russian hacking scare for General Election

Admiral Mike Rogers is talking up Russian hacking despite there being no evidence of it.

Admiral Mike Rogers is talking up Russian hacking despite there being no evidence of it.

A Russian hacking scare is doing the rounds in our newspapers.

Just for a change, this time the imaginary target is the UK’s General Election.

However, it is not clear what they are supposed to be doing.  Are they firing off tweets?  Did they leak the Labour Manifesto?  Are they planning to flood the count with agents?  Then what?

‘Russian hacking’ of Macron was actually from the US

The Sun Newspaper reports US National Security Agency head Admiral Mike Rogers confirming his staff were in contact with Britain.

Mr Rogers told a Senate hearing in Washington: ‘We had become aware of Russian activity.  We had talked to our French counterparts and gave them a heads-up.  We are doing the same with our German counterparts and our British counterparts.’

He also claimed Russia was behind an attack on new French leader Emmanuel Macron’s team on the eve of the election.

The hacking attack on Macron’s campaign — a day ahead of the run-off vote that saw him elected — led to thousands of files being leaked online.  Experts said it was a clumsy and amateurish effort.  It had none of the hallmarks of a sophisticated attack, let alone involvement of a state agency.

Indeed, Andrew Rettman in EUObserver said: ‘The spread of stolen emails designed to harm Emmanuel Macron was linked to US-based neo-Nazis, according to a French investigation.’  Admiral Rogers was plain wrong.  And he must have known he was giving the Senate misleading information.

Russians are capable

Boris Johnson chimed in, claiming there was ‘no question at all’ that President Putin hacked the Democratic National Convention.  (Actually it was a Democrat insider who leaked the material to Wikileaks.)

In apparent response to a question about hacking our election, Mr Johnson said there was ‘plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that.’  Going further, he said there was ‘no doubt they had been up to all sorts of dirty tricks.’

No doubt any number of states have people capable of hacking into computers.  But clever boys and girls out there can do the same.  Moreover, the channel to Wikileaks is always open to whistle-blowing insiders.

Talking of Wikileaks, in March they released material from the US Central Intelligence Agency.  It was leaked by an insider.  Among the documents, WikiLeaks exposed the CIA’s ‘UMBRAGE’ group.  These software engineers use malware to steal and replicate the digital ‘fingerprints’ of a foreign hacker.  That allows the U.S. to blame the hack on a foreign enemy.  And today, sadly, the US elite see Russia as an enemy.  Stick in some ‘Russian script’ and it’s ‘job done’.

The false story will run because everyone in the mainstream media and every Establishment politician wants to believe ‘the Russians did it’.

US interference in elections

The Washington Post has led on the Russian hacking nonsense.  It has even had its fingers burnt with posting fake news about the Vermont Utility in its eagerness to see the Russians everywhere.

But just before the presidential election, Ishaan Tharoor wrote in the WP about US interference in elections.  They headed his article: ‘The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere’.

Tharoor wrote the US: has occupied and intervened militarily in a whole swath of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and fomented coups against democratically elected populists.

He speaks of the USA’s ‘most infamous episodes’.  These ‘include firstly the ousting of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953‘.  Tharoor says his government ‘was replaced by an authoritarian monarchy favorable to Washington’.  That will be the Shah.  Secondly, there was the ‘removal and assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961’.  Thirdly, Tharoor says the US did not care for socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende.  He writes that his government ‘was swept aside in 1973 by a military coup led by the ruthless Gen. Augusto Pinochet’.  And who backed Pinochet?  The US gave him assistance.

But the US did not just oust left-wing governments in a cold-war fever.  Tharoor says: ‘Sometimes that agenda also explicitly converged with the interests of U.S. business’.  In 1954, he writes, ‘Washington unseated Guatemala’s left-wing president, Jacobo Arbenz’.  Arbenz ‘had the temerity to challenge the vast control of the United Fruit Co., a U.S. corporation’.  The President brought in agrarian laws that would be fairer to Guatemalan farmers.  Writes Tharoor: ‘The CIA went on to install and back a series of right-wing dictatorships that brutalized the impoverished nation for almost half a century.’  The whole article is well worth a read.

Modern history of US / UK interference

And all of that is to neglect modern history.  The US and UK together brought about the ruin of Iraq, the desolation of Libya and the destabilisation of Syria.  The EU interfered in Ukraine, toppling a democratically-elected president because he was pro-Russian.  And of course that man George Soros was ready with his ‘Open Society Foundation’ to enable a bit of violent street action in support.  Recently, President Obama tried to interfere, albeit clumsily, in the UK’s Brexit referendum.

So let’s all try to be a little bit grown up, shall we?  Of course states want to deal with those who are friendly to them.  And of course they might try to influence things so that friendly people come to power.  Or those to their advantage.  And if they are not doing it, the bankers or other elites are doing it.  Or even organised crime.  The Mafia no doubt influence elections on Sicily and in cities like Rome and Turin.  And we can be sure the very last thing armaments manufacturers want is nation states getting on well with each other and defeating terrorism.  It follows they will do their best to interfere at election time everywhere.

During this general election, can we get around and ask for some evidence of the Russians hacking it?  All the talk of Russian hacking might leave President Putin feeling flattered and amused.  All the same, it degrades those who spout it and wastes everyone’s time.  Is there no real news out there?

2Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God

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May 13

Prince William feted by LGBT lobby

Prince William on the cover of gay magazine Attitude

Prince William on the cover of gay magazine Attitude

The Duke of Cambridge has received an award from a wealthy group calling itself the British LGBT awards.

The LGBT group designated Prince William as ‘straight ally of the year’.  It appears the Prince was duped into supporting the homosexual activists’ Trojan horse of ‘anti-bullying’.

He has even appeared on the front cover of a homosexual magazine promoting the cause.  Neither Prince William nor his advisors seem to have realised the anti-gay-bullying campaign is just another gay propaganda tool.  The Bible says:

Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

Activists use anti-bullying in schools, to recruit vulnerable teenagers.  Firstly they sucker schoolchildren into supporting the gay cause.

Secondly, if a child experiences any kind of homosexual attraction phase in adolescence, teachers and other authority figures encourage them to see themselves as possessing a ‘homosexual orientation’.

Sarah Garrett, promoter of the post-truth world

Sarah Garrett and twins with Linda Riley

Sarah Garrett and twins with Linda Riley

Lesbian activist Sarah Garrett founded the British LGBT Awards through the Square Peg Media (SPM) group. She built up SPM from 2005 with her lesbian partner Linda Riley.  Ms Riley remains as managing director.

Nevertheless, she nauseatingly refers to Ms Garrett as ‘my ex-wifey’.  Sarah Garrett gave birth to twin daughters by a sperm donor in 2007, when she was ‘with’ Ms Riley.  Two women can now be named on a birth certificate.  Welcome to the post-truth world.

Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

As well as the LGBT awards, SPM also started something called ‘Alternative Parenting Week’.  Naturally, the Queen made Ms Garrett a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Years Honours List.  We cannot be bothered to look it up, but the excuse was probably ‘Services to Diversity’.  Sarah Garrett was no.36 on the Pride Power List at this time of writing.  Linda Riley does not appear.  Yes, Sir Ian McKellen is no.1 on the list and the ghastly God-hating Stephen Fry is no.2.

‘Progess on Equality’ means LGBT awards not needed

In a sign of the times, the National Westminster Bank is the major sponsor of the LGBT awards.  The awards become the ‘NatWest British LGBT awards’.  But if that makes you want to switch banks, Barclays and HSBC are also sponsors and Lloyds was slated for an award.  The Independent newspaper is ‘media sponsor’.

Ruth Hunt of Stonewall

Ruth Hunt of Stonewall

Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 

Sarah Garrett started up the LGBT Awards in 2015, when the Stonewall Awards closed down.  Stonewall is the UK’s major sodomy-promoting pressure group.  Their awards were notorious for including a ‘Bigot of the Year’ category.  This author was nominated for that category but disappointingly lost out to Melanie Phillips in 2011.

Why did Stonewall end the awards?  Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt cited society’s ‘progress on equality’ since the awards were first launched in 2005.  So did Stonewall drop the awards and Sarah Garrett just pick up the loose ball?  Did Stonewall possibly agree for Ms Garrett to take over?  Or did she just muscle in?  We shall probably never know.

Prince William in bad company

What is safe to say is that Prince William took care to absent himself from bad company on Friday night.  He sent a video recording to the sequin-attired gay glitterati.

Bruce Jenner as 'Caitlin'

Bruce Jenner as ‘Caitlin’

SPM will have agreed the award with the Prince’s office before he was nominated.  It was a bad decision to link up with those trying to destroy the Christian faith and promote sodomy to schoolchildren:

2Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

Given that, it was a good call to stay away from the actual event.  The ex-athlete and Kardashian associate Bruce Jenner won an award called ‘Loud and Proud’.  Of course he won this posing as ‘transgender women’ ‘Caitlin Jenner’.

Diving flop Tom Daley and his twice-as-old American seducer Dustin Lance Black were jointly named as ‘influencers of the year’.  That award shows this ministry was right to criticise Daley after the 2016 Rio Olympics.  The diver was promoting his new gay lifestyle relentlessly.  By the grace of God he flopped in his final dive.  We can only imagine how great an ‘influencer’ Daley would have been had he won.  The BBC now refer to Black as Daley’s ‘husband’.  The two seem now to be gay-married.  But if Black is the ‘husband’ what does that make Daley?

Royal sanction for gay propaganda

The gay anti-bullying propaganda campaign now has royal sanction.  Consequently, Pastors and parents will need to be on even greater alert.  What are the schools teaching your children?  You need to find out.

Meanwhile, we can only pray the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will keep Prince George well away from the gay scene itself.  But all their mixing with the ‘luvvies’ of the entertainment world at a time when the whole Establishment is promoting an anti-life lifestyle of disease, death and degradation will make that hard to do.  Moreover, if his parents have totally lost their moral compass, the infant prince will be in real spiritual danger.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

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May 06

Tories setting up to bomb Syria

The Conservatives are seriously thinking of asking Tornado pilots to bomb government facilities in Syria

The Conservatives are seriously thinking of asking Tornado pilots to bomb government facilities in Syria

The Conservatives are considering a manifesto pledge to hold a Commons vote to bomb government facilities in Syria, reports the Guardian.

The paper says the commitment would only take effect if there were another gas attack.  But the fear is it would encourage ‘false flag’ events by rebel jihadist forces.

‘Assad must go’ hysteria

A lot will depend on how it is worded.  It is possible a pledge could bind Tory MPs into voting for action, although candidates could well object to that.  In 2013 just twenty-seven Tory rebels helped defeat a similar attempt by David Cameron.  They included senior Conservatives David Davis, Dr Julian Lewis, Crispin Blunt and Fiona Bruce.  The vote was held at the height of ‘regime change’ mania.  ‘Assad must go’ hysteria was rife.

The UK is already engaged alongside American counterparts in military action in both Syria and Iraq against Islamic State.  Striking against Syrian forces would encourage IS.  It is a perplexing stance.

The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said last month the UK might launch such airstrikes without parliamentary approval if the US asked.

However, Mrs May would clearly prefer parliament’s backing.  But if she secures a landslide majority Tory MPs could swing such a vote.  Many new MPs would be eager to impress the leadership with their loyalty.

Peace breaking out in Syria?

Last month US president, Donald Trump, overturned an election pledge to stay out of the middle east.  He allowed a strike against a Syrian airbase after an alleged use of chemical weapons against rebels at Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib. Both Syria and Russia have denied Syrian involvement and Western governments have blocked independent UN investigations.

The Conservatives are also claiming Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be weak on national security. Mr Corbyn’s mistake was to say the unsayable.  He told Andrew Marr any use of nuclear weapons would be a world disaster.  He also wants a political solution in Syria.  We can’t peace breaking out, now can we?

Any UK action against Syria would bring the distinct possibility of conflict with Russia, President Assad’s ally. We could see UK planes shot down. With a belligerent warmonger like Michael Fallon in charge of defence, who knows where that might lead?  The manifesto story is a disturbing escalation.

UK Government has learnt nothing

It also tells us that Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Michael Fallon have learnt nothing about the Middle East.  The Iraq catastrophe featured a regime-change war.  Tony Blair joined the US based on Saddam’s non-existent ‘weapons of mass destruction’.  He forever poisoned the well of weapons intelligence.  Not to be outdone, David Cameron launched airstrikes against the government of Libya.  Gaddafi was butchered and Libya is now a wasteland.

In both cases jihadist forces were inevitably unleashed.  The Iraq conflict led inexorably to the rise of Islamic State, as if Al Qaeda was not bad enough.  In Iraq, the jihadists slaughtered and expelled local Christians with roots going back almost two thousand years.

If it had not been for the determination of President Assad, Syria’s Christians would have gone the same way at the hands of the jihadists supported by the UK Government.  Meanwhile, no-one in the Foreign Office would have shed a tear.

Syria speaks to the Russian soul

On the Conservative Home website, Douglas Hansen-Luke says: ‘Neither we nor the Americans can honestly say that we can bring about regime change and guarantee a peaceful outcome in Syria.’  But the fear must be they don’t even care.  Prising the Russians out of their Mediterranean bases in Syria might be goal enough.

We shall continue to thank God for the presence of the Russians in Syria.  Without them, the UK could easily have sponsored a bloodbath.  Moreover, by protecting all religious minorities and the Syrian Christians in particular, Bashar Al-Assad has spoken to the Russian soul.  We need to appreciate that the Russian Orthodox Church and the Antiochian Church, the largest Syrian Christian denomination, are in communion.  Both are also allied to the Greek Orthodox.  Both strategically and spiritually the Russians will not be giving up on Syria and its President any time soon.

The Conservatives need to think long and hard before even considering expanding their failed Syrian adventure.

 

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May 02

Recognise Palestine State says Lords

David Lord Howell of Guildford has urged the UK to recognise a State of Palestine

David Lord Howell of Guildford has urged the UK to recognise a State of Palestine

An influential House of Lords Committee has suggested the UK Government recognise a new State of Palestine.

The Lords International Relations Committee today published its report, ‘The Middle East: Time for New Realism’.  It calls for a major re-shaping of UK policy in the Middle East.  It also ‘questions some of the assumptions and attitudes which have underlain both UK and Western policies toward the region for more than a century’.

High-Flyer

The Rt Hon. the Lord Howell of Guildford is chairman of the Committee.  David Arthur Russell Howell was educated at Eton and Kings College Cambridge, where he took a First in Economics.  The high-flyer was elected MP for Guildford.  He was a cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher.  Later he was a Minister of State in the Foreign Office.  His daughter, Frances, is married to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Conservative MP George Osborne.

The Committee bought into the US Syrian chemical attack narrative.  Consequently, it endorses ‘the military action of the US in Syria as justified and appropriate given Russia’s determination to block action at the UN Security Council, and the violation of the Syrian regime’s obligations under the Chemicals Weapons Convention.’

Nevertheless, Lord Howell has not slavishly followed the US lead.  On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to tear up President Obama’s deal with Iran.  But the Report says, ‘The UK should work with Iran despite US policy to ensure the stability of the Iran nuclear deal.’  That would be a way of peace in a region needing stability.

Palestine State comments

But it is the comments on a political strike against Israel which have garnered most publicity.  Coincidentally, the Report was published on Israel’s Independence Day, 2nd May.

Paragraph 270 of the report says: ‘The balance of power in the delivery of peace lies with Israel. If Israel continues to reduce the possibilities of a two-state solution, the UK should be ready to support UNSC (UN Security Council) resolutions condemning those actions (of settlements in Judea and Samaria) in no uncertain terms. The Government should give serious consideration to now recognising Palestine as a state, as the best way to show its determined attachment to the two-state solution.’

Where the borders of the State of Palestine would be the eighty-one-year-old peer does not specify.  Nor does he say who should run it.  The Hamas terrorists of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas are squabbling.  The latter operates in the so-called ‘West Bank (Judea and Samaria).  Abbas is trying to seize control of Gaza right at this moment, according to press reports.  Hamas have responded, says the Times of Israel, by accusing Abbas of ‘crimes against humanity’

Palestine UN non-member observer status

A State of Palestine represented by the Palestinian Authority has been recognised by 136 out of 193 United Nations member states.  Of course every Muslim state recognises it.  Most of Eastern Europe, Asia, the Far East, Africa and South America also side with the PA.  So do Russia, Iceland and Sweden.

In September 2011, Britain said it would recognise Palestine as a state, but only with non-member observer status, rather than full membership, at the United Nations.  Such status was agreed.

On 29 November 2012, the UN General Assembly passed a motion changing Palestine’s “entity” status to “non-member observer state.”  The vote was 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions.

Those voting against were Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States.  The United Kingdom was among the abstentions.

The recommendation in Lord Howell’s Report would move the UK to the side of opposing Israel.  But Scripture shows that is not a good place to be.

Some Scripture on Israel

Jeremiah 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.

Zechariah 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. … 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

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