Report From Washington – September 30, 2011
USCIRF AUTHORIZATION EXTENDED – For several weeks I have been urging readers to contact Senators to urge them to pass legislation, already passed in the House, to extend the life of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). On September 28th, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid finally relented and funding was extended. The USCIRF is a valuable tool to those promoting religious freedom because it issues official reports about the abuses of religious minorities in Communist and Islamic nations.
RELIGION AND CULTURE
JOURNALISM SCHOOL: 9-11 JIHAD NOT A BIG DEAL – Professors Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin, in a journalism course at Poynter Institute, said that the almost 3,000 who died in the 9-11 Jihad attack represented a small percentage of the 15,000 people murdered in America that year, and that worldwide jihad accounts for “only” one percent of murders each year, and thus jihad should be downplayed in any news story. Wow, and I thought that mass murder was always big news. Read more
NEW: Chairman’s Report from Washington, DC for September 22, 2011. IN THIS ISSUE: New York officials try to dampen 9-11 freedom rally / William J. Murray speaks at the 9-11 rally / What is the real reason to remember the 9-11 jihad attack on America? / What Obama does not understand about the Islamists
THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE
The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom Conference will be the first national conference on sharia and the Islamization of America, and will be held in Nashville on November 11, 2011. Topics will include: Sharia and Jihad; The European Experience; The Dehumanization and Diminishment of Women in the West under Sharia; The Muslim Brotherhood in America; Sharia and Legal Action; Grassroots Organizing against Sharia and Rabats (including Mega-Mosques); Defending Liberty In Legislatures; and Fighting Islamist Propaganda in the Media
SPELLING ERROR BRINGS BLASPHEMY CHARGE – Abbottabad (AsiaNews) – A spelling error has led to an accusation of blasphemy, and to serious consequences for a 10-year-old Christian girl and her family in Abbottabad. Faryal Bhatti, the daughter of a nurse named Sarafeen Bhatti, is a student at Colony High School, Havelian POF. On September 22, during an examination she misspelled a word in Urdu, putting the full top in the wrong place. Thus the word, referring to the prophet Muhammad, was transformed from “poem of praise” (naat) to “curse (lanaat). She has been expelled from school and her mother has lost her job as a nurse. (NOTE: This is the city in which Usama bin Laden was found and killed) Read more
IRAN TARGETING EVANGELICALS – Iranian police have been targeting EvangelicaIism according to an AINA report: In December 2010 and January 2011, security forces arrested about 70 Christians reportedly affiliated with evangelical churches. On July 18, 2010, security forces had arrested 15 Christians in Mashad as they were leaving for a meeting with fellow members in the city of Bojnourd. Authorities rarely charge evangelical Christians with apostasy, and instead rely on more traditional charges such as “acting against the national security,” “propaganda against the regime,” or “insulting Islamic sanctities.” Christian groups claim that authorities have arrested more than 250 Christians throughout Iran between June 2010 and February 2011. Read more
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