Monday, January 15, 2018

Raymond Ibrahim: 'Why Professing Christ Is Becoming a ‘Hate Crime’ in the West'

"The Western elements that are forever protecting and empowering Islam, and which operate under various names—'Liberals', 'Leftists', 'Marxists', 'Progressives', 'Social Justice Warriors', etc.—ultimately care little about Islam; rather, Islam is for them a tool to combat their real and much closer enemy: Christianity, and the mores and civilization borne of it and culminating in the West."

Raymond Ibrahim analyzes how and why Leftists join with Islam to persecute Christians in the West in this new "must read" article by one of the foremost scholars on the threat from Islam.

Why Professing Christ Is Becoming a ‘Hate Crime’ in the West


by Raymond Ibrahim, January 12, 2018:



What is the source of dhimmitude—which in many ways paralyzes responses to Islam—in the West?

First a definition: “dhimmitude,” which was coined by the late Christian president of Lebanon, Bashir Gemayel, and popularized by writer Bat Ye’or, is a neologism based on the Arabic word, dhimmi—that is, a non-Muslim (generally a Christian or Jew) who falls under Islamic rule and, as a price for maintaining his religion, accepts an inferior social standing. Simply put, the dhimmi must know his or her place and never rock the boat, including by seeking equal rights with Muslims.

While this is the classic and original manifestation of dhimmitude, a new and unprecedented form has arisen in the West: in the Muslim world, where might naturally makes right, Muslim majorities impose an inferior status onto non-Muslim minorities; but in the West, it is the West itself—or at least homegrown elements—that in certain fields impose an inferior status on a non-Muslim majority.

The question becomes, Why? Why would a stronger civilization impose the unjust and supremacist stipulations of a weaker, hostile civilization, onto itself, and thereby paralyze itself against that same hostile civilization?

The answer is evident in the words of an ancient strategy: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The Western elements that are forever protecting and empowering Islam, and which operate under various names—“Liberals,” “Leftists,” “Marxists,” “Progressives,” “Social Justice Warriors,” etc.—ultimately care little about Islam; rather, Islam is for them a tool to combat their real and much closer enemy: Christianity, and the mores and civilization borne of it and culminating in the West.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 - The Year the Great Apostasy swept across Europe

"More troubling are the growing efforts to Islamize Christmas. The re-theologizing of Christmas is based on the false premise that the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus (Isa) of the Koran. This religious fusion, sometimes referred to as 'Chrislam', is gaining ground in a West that has become biblically illiterate..."

Apostate Western Christian "churches" in Europe and the British Isles are falling all over themselves to not just avoid offending Muslims, but to affirm Islam, inviting Muslims to read from the Koran — in the churches.

Western Christians would rather deny Christ than deny Muhammad. Such apostates show that they have been signed with the Mark of the Beast on their foreheads, as they assent to a blasphemy which completely removes the grace of Christ from their hearts. 

The below extensively documented and cross-linked article tracks the collapse of Western Christian Europe.

What will 2018 bring? This is not a Happy New Year. This is a new year which screams for weeping and repentance. Lord have mercy...


Europe: The Islamization of Christmas


by Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute via Creeping Sharia, December 25, 2017:

This year’s Christmas season has been marked by Islam-related controversies in nearly every European country. Most of the conflicts have been generated by Europe’s multicultural political and religious elites, who are bending over backwards to secularize Christmas, ostensibly to ensure that Muslims will not be offended by the Christian festival.

Many traditional Christmas markets have been renamed — Amsterdam Winter Parade, Brussels Winter Pleasures, Kreuzberger Wintermarkt, London Winterville, Munich Winter Festival — to project a multicultural veneer of secular tolerance.

More troubling are the growing efforts to Islamize Christmas. The re-theologizing of Christmas is based on the false premise that the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus (Isa) of the Koran. This religious fusion, sometimes referred to as “Chrislam,” is gaining ground in a West that has become biblically illiterate.

In Britain, for instance, the All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames recently held a joint birthday celebration for Jesus and Mohammed. The “Milad, Advent and Christmas Celebration” on December 3 was aimed at “marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed and looking forward to the birthday of Jesus.” The hour-long service included time for Islamic prayer and was followed by the cutting of a birthday cake.

The prominent Christian blog “Archbishop Cranmer” rebuked the church for its lack of discernment:

“Note how this event is ‘Marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed,’ but not looking forward to the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mohammed gets his prophethood, while Jesus gets neither his prophethood nor his priesthood; neither his kingship nor his messiahship. It’s the exalted Prophet Mohammed along with plain old Jesus, because to have added any of his claims to divinity would, of course, have alienated many Muslims (if they hadn’t already been alienated by the haram [forbidden by Islam] celebration), which wouldn’t have been very interfaith or sensitively missional, would it?”

The blog added that exalting Mohammed in churches effectively proclaims that Mohammed is greater than Jesus:

“Every time a church accords Mohammed the epithet ‘Prophet,’ they are rejecting the crucifixion, denying the resurrection of Christ, and refuting that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, for Mohammed denied all of these foundational tenets of the Christian faith.”

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

'This is our festival: the arrival of God among us...'

"He that is full empties himself, for he empties himself of his glory for a short while, that I may have a share in his fullness..."

As we continue to celebrate the Birth of the Son of God in the Flesh, here is a soaring homily by St Gregory the Theologian, which should encourage all Christians to cling to Christ, to stand firm in the True Faith, and not to assent to the voices of antichrist who preach the "Same God" heresy.

May we be found steadfast when He, Jesus Christ the Lord, returns in glory! Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!

On the Nativity of Christ


By St Gregory of Nazianzus, Another City, December 25, 2017:

Christ is born: glorify him. Christ comes down from heaven: go out to meet him. Christ descends to earth: let us be raised on high. Let all the world sing to the Lord: let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad, for his sake who was first in heaven and then on earth. Christ is here in the flesh: let us exult with fear and joy—with fear, because of our sins; with joy, because of the hope that he brings us.

Once more the darkness is dispersed; once more the light is created. Let the people that sat in the darkness of ignorance now look upon the light of knowledge. The things of old have passed away; behold, all things are made new. He who has no mother in heaven is now born without a father on earth.

The laws of nature are overthrown, for the upper world must be filled with citizens.

He who is without flesh becomes incarnate; the Word puts on a body; the invisible one is seen; the intangible one is touched; the timeless one makes a beginning; the Son of God becomes the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and for ever.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Wishing all our readers a blessed and joyous celebration of the Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!





Saturday, December 9, 2017

Apostasy in the UK: 'Church' holds joint birthday celebration for 'Prophet Muhammad' and Jesus

The apostasy of "Christian" churches in the West continues to accelerate, as these flaming heretics seek to outdo one another in affirming Muhammad and Islam, while at the same time showing they are ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ by openly denying Him. With each such blasphemous interfaith escapade, they further cut themselves off from the True Vine, and are in danger of being burned.




So many such reports come out of the United Kingdom these days (some noted below), that it is clear that Britain has rejected Christ and is in a terminal phase of post-Christian collapse, with the shadow of the black flag of Islam looming over the once sanctified Isles. Small pockets of Orthodox Christianity are persevering, but apart from a miracle, the country itself seems doomed.

I have inverted the original order of Robert Spencer's post on Jihad Watch, by placing his introduction, comprised of Qur'anic texts denying the foundations of the Christian Faith, below the incisive report on this pathetic sign of the times:

Advent-cum-Mawlid: church holds joint birthday celebration for Mohammed and Jesus


Archbishop Cranmer, December 4, 2017 (thanks to David):

Mawlid (or Milad) is the Islamic festival commemorating the birthday of Mohammed. The only thing it has in common with Christmas is that it isn’t actually the day the celebrated baby was born. Yet All Saints Church in Kingtson upon Thames thinks there’s an interfaith syncretised opportunity to be found in holding a joint birthday celebration for both Mohammed and Jesus – so they put the flags out for both, rejoicing in both, eulogising both, solemnising both, glorifying both, honouring both…

But note how this event is “Marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed”, but not looking forward to the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mohammed gets his prophethood, while Jesus gets neither his prophethood nor his priesthood; neither his kingship nor his messiahship. It’s the exalted Prophet Mohammed along with plain old Jesus, because to have added any of his claims to divinity would, of course, have alienated many Muslims (if they hadn’t already been alienated by the haram celebration), which wouldn’t have been very interfaith or sensitively missional, would it?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pakistani Historian: 'Muslims Of The World... Have No Religious Basis To Rule Jerusalem'

"After the 'Conquest of Mecca,' Muslims were told to turn their faces toward Kaaba and away from Jerusalem. They have never faced their loyalty toward Jerusalem after that, for the last 1,400 years...  Muslims of the world, therefore, have no religious basis to rule Jerusalem. "

After Trump's Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital, Pakistani Historian Mobarak Haidar Writes: 'Muslims Of The World... Have No Religious Basis To Rule Jerusalem'


MEMRI, Special Dispatch No. 7214, December 7, 2017:

After U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 6, 2017, Mobarak Haidar (above), renowned Pakistani historian and author of multiple books, wrote the following on his Facebook page: [1]


"Jerusalem And Muslim Claims

"The Holy Koran spoke of Al-Aqsa Mosque when it was not a 'mosque' in the Islamic sense. It was a holy place because of the prophets of Israel, from Moses to Jesus. It was the holy spot of worship for Jews and Christians. Obviously, there were no Muslims in the city of Jerusalem till the era of Emir-ul-Momineen Umar ibn Khattab... The Prophet [Muhammad] and his followers prayed with their faces toward this Jewish-Christian holy temple because Kaaba (the present center of Islamic Hajj) was full of idols.

"After the 'Conquest of Mecca,' Muslims were told to turn their faces toward Kaaba and away from Jerusalem. They have never faced their loyalty toward Jerusalem after that, for the last 1,400 years. No Muslim ever went to pray in Jerusalem till it was conquered by the second caliph [Umar ibn Khattab], although there was no restriction on Muslims. They do not go there today because it was no longer their center.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Europe’s Descent into an Islamic Hell

I have been periodically posting large groups of links to news stories as a resource, as I believe the impact of these batches of headlines are more effective than individual stories at showing the effect of mass immigration of Muslims into formerly Christian Europe.



What we see in this latest group of links is not merely the ongoing increase of Muslims committing stabbing attacks and vehicular jihad, but also some deeply disturbing perversions of European culture and society through attempts to force British and European natives to adapt themselves to Muslims who refusal to integrate. This is a phenomenon which can be described as “reverse assimilation”, as all levels of society are warped and distorted in vain efforts to create the multicultural paradise the ruling elite insist can be achieved.

There is also the deployment of counter-terror military units across Europe, and the installation of bollards (barricades) around major landmarks to minimize the risk of vehicular jihad attacks. Now the European countries, under perpetual siege from the Islamic terrorist threat, is wrapping the bollards in Christmas decorations to conceal the state of crisis across the continent. (Australia is installing permanent bollards disguised as planters, to study "Islamophobia.")

Europe is becoming a war zone, even while it refuses to halt the mass immigration of its 1400-year-old enemy.

Friday, November 24, 2017

New Martyr Fr. Daniil Sysoev remembered with Paschal hymns in church where he was killed (with Videos)

"According to the now-annual tradition, Fr. Daniel’s memory was celebrated with a series of Divine services in the Church of St. Thomas and later at his grave... Notably, the panikhida was followed by the singing of the Paschal Stichera and the Paschal Troparion 'Christ is Risen!' which matched the feeling of triumph in Christ that pervaded the tiny church."


Fr. Daniil Sysoev remembered with Paschal hymns in church where he was killed


OrthoChristian.com, November 20, 2017:

The funeral of New Marty Fr Daniil Sysoev, November 2009.

The memory of Fr. Daniel Sysoev was celebrated and prayers were offered for the repose of his soul yesterday and today in the Church of the Apostle Thomas in south Moscow, which Fr. Daniel founded himself. The ever-memorable Priest Daniel was shot in his church late in the evening of November 19, 2009, and died in the hospital early the next morning.

Fr. Daniel is remembered for his fervent missionary work through which he brought many former Muslims, pagans, atheists, Protestants, and others to the faith. He received many death threats for his work but he fearlessly continued in his service to the Lord until a Muslim from a radical Caucasus-based group shot him in his church.

According to the now-annual tradition, Fr. Daniel’s memory was celebrated with a series of Divine services in the Church of St. Thomas and later at his grave. Vespers and Matins were celebrated yesterday evening at 5:00 followed by an abbreviated panikhida.

A full panikhida for the repose of Fr. Daniel’s soul was celebrated later at 11:00 with a packed church joining in the prayers. Among the celebrants were Fr. Daniel’s own father, Fr. Alexei Sysoev, Apostle Thomas rector Fr. Ioann Popadinets, and Hieromonk Athanasy (Deryugin) of Sretensky Monastery.

Notably, the panikhida was followed by the singing of the Paschal Stichera and the Paschal Troparion “Christ is Risen!” which matched the feeling of triumph in Christ that pervaded the tiny church.  View video here...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

'When they kill me, don't cry for me, but pray for me.' - Remembrances of Fr. Daniel Sysoev

Here is a deeply inspiring reflection on the Holy and Righteous Confessor and New Martyr under the sword of Islam, Fr. Daniil Sysoev, who was hated by the Islamic community in Russia for debating them openly and converting scores of them to the Holy Orthodox Christian Faith.

Fr Daniil was shot and killed by a Muslim in his church in Moscow on November 19, 2009. In the years since, his legacy and witness only continues to grow, with his writings being translated into English and other languages, and his relics (portions of his priestly robe which he was wearing at the time of his martyrdom) spreading through the Orthodox world.

On the American secular feast of Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for the powerful witness of this dynamic and fearless friend of Christ, who proved his love for the Lord with his very blood. May we be strengthened by his martyrdom and his intercessions, that we too may make the good confession, and not love our earthly lives more than Christ.


'When they kill me, don't cry for me, but pray for me.' - Remembrances of Fr. Daniel Sysoev


by Archimandrite Melchisedek (Artiukhin)
translated by Jesse Dominick, OrthoChristian.com, November 19, 2017:



Today is already eight years from the beginning of the eternal life of our dear brother and sincere pastor Fr. Daniel Sysoev!

A priest once wrote these words in his last book: “The best end, which only a Christian can imagine, is a martyric death.” These words were written by the murdered priest Daniel Sysoev. His Holiness the patriarch wrote in his message: “The Lord honored his faithful servant with a confessor’s and martyr’s death, and he now abides in the Synaxis of the saints among the righteous, in the Synaxis of spirits made perfect.” St. John Chrysostom once said, “It is not only death that makes martyrs, but the whole dispensation of life.”

But the whole dispensation of life.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Infographic: Muhammad's Life a 'Blueprint for Terrorism'

The ten key points featured in this single-page infographic show how the example and teachings of Muhammad, considered in Islam to be the "perfect pattern of conduct," continue to inspire and justify the broad range of Muslim atrocities against humanity (for 14 centuries and counting), including jihad warfare and terrorism, honor killings and abuse of women and children, slavery, and more.

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New Infographic on the life of Muhammad

By Bill D., Science Et Cetera, November 17, 2017:

A supplement to the recent documentary, "Through the Lens of Muhammad's Life: How the Example and Teachings of Muhammad Shape Islam Today

More original material on Islam by Bill D...

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