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U.S. Pastor Moved to House Arrest in Turkey. Pompeo Says It’s ‘Not Enough.’

July 25, 2018

By The New York Times July 25, 2018

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U.S. Pastor Moved to House Arrest in Turkey. Pompeo Says It’s ‘Not Enough.’

{I’m reminded of ‘Daniel in the Den of Lions.’ – LS}

An American pastor held on espionage charges in Turkey, the focus of an intensive campaign by top United States officials seeking his freedom, was moved from jail to house arrest on Wednesday because of health concerns.

Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, has been held for more than a year and a half in a case that has aggravated already tense relations between Turkey and the United States, longtime allies. He is one of 20 Americans who were charged after a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.

President Trump spoke to Mr. Erdogan by phone about the case, and posted a message on Twitter last week urging the Turkish leader to “do something” to free the pastor.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also took to Twitter to say that while the United States welcomed the “long overdue news that Pastor Brunson has been moved from prison to house arrest,” the measure was “not enough.”

“We have seen no credible evidence against Mr. Brunson, and call on Turkish authorities to resolve his case immediately in a transparent and fair manner,” Mr. Pompeo wrote.

Just last week, a court in Turkey’s western Izmir Province upheld an earlier decision to place Mr. Brunson in jail while he awaited the continuation of a trial on charges of terrorism and espionage. His lawyer appealed the decision, citing unspecified concerns over Mr. Brunson’s health, according to the semiofficial Anadolu news agency.

On Wednesday, the same court ordered Mr. Brunson released into house arrest until his trial resumes in October. The court ordered him to wear an electronic bracelet at all times and barred him from traveling outside the country.

Footage of a car carrying Mr. Brunson, accompanied by a police escort, was shown live on television as the pastor was moved from a prison in Izmir to his home. He was later seen entering his home.

Mr. Brunson could face 35 years in prison if found guilty of having links to two groups Turkey considers terrorist organizations: a movement led by the American-based cleric Fethullah Gulen — whom Turkey accuses of initiating the 2016 coup attempt — and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Mr. Brunson, who has done missionary work in Turkey for 23 years, worked with his wife at a small Protestant church in the city of Izmir, on the country’s Aegean coast. He has denied any links to terrorist organizations, and says he eschews politics in his work.

The American Center for Law and Justice, an organization representing Mr. Brunson’s family, said in a statement on Wednesday that it looked forward to his ultimate return to the United States. It applauded Mr. Trump for pursuing his release.

“This is a critical first step that we believe will result in the freedom of Pastor Brunson so he can return to the United States and be reunited with his family,” Jay Sekulow, the group’s chief counsel, said in a statement.

Officials advocating for Mr. Brunson’s release believe that resolving his case could signal an improvement in relations between the countries. The Turkish authorities have suggested handing Mr. Brunson over to the United States in exchange for Mr. Gulen’s extradition to Turkey to face charges in the coup attempt. The Americans have rejected requests to extradite Mr. Gulen.

The United States Senate last month temporarily blocked the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey because of Mr. Brunson’s imprisonment and Turkey’s purchase of a Russian air defense system.

A pro-government columnist, Abdulkadir Selvi, said in a televised comment that the dispute over Mr. Brunson had “reached a point that it was poisoning the relationship between the United States and Turkey.” Of the pastor’s move to house arrest, he said, “This is a step.”

Mr. Selvi said that now it was the United States’ turn to take “a step” to improve the relationship, alluding to Mr. Gulen.

Christians in Egypt: Mysterious Deaths, Soldier ‘Suicides’

February 21, 2017

Christians in Egypt: Mysterious Deaths, Soldier ‘Suicides’, Clarion Project, Jennifer Breedon and Shelby Kaus, February 21, 2017

christiansinegyptA woman cries as Christians pray in the street outside the orthodox church of the Virgin Mary during the official funerals for victims of a December church bombing that killed 25, mainly women and children.(Photo: © Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Clarion sources have noted that the military officially lists all mysterious deaths of Christians in the military as “suicides.”  This shows the vast Islamist infiltration throughout Egypt despite President Sisi’s promise to do more for the Christians.

President Sisi fights many fronts and has a more difficult uphill battle than nearly any world leader in modern history. 

No leader has ever spoken up for Christians the way President Sisi has. Sisi has actually done a great deal for Christians, and the Christian community recognizes that and appreciates it.

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Christians have lost another fellow believer in Egypt.  Ishak Ibrahim Fayez Younan, 37, had his throat slit in his Cairo home and was discovered by his brother, marking the fifth murder in only two weeks. Younan is one of many Christians who have had throats slit and been murdered for their faith.

Despite being in his home, nothing was taken indicating there was no motivation to rob Younan. We can assume his death, which follows a similar pattern of other recent murders in Egypt, was the result of his identification as a Christian in Egypt.

Younan had been working at a local factory that distributes soft drinks to grocery stores to support his wife and two children, ages 10 and 12, who now have no father.

Many citizens of Egypt are calling on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to do more for Christians in Egypt, but the underlying and deep-seated Islamist ideology and resentment against Christians seems to go beyond his capabilities as head of state.

Coptic Christians make up 10% Egypt’s population and suffer grave persecution, ranging from denial of jobs, burning of their churches and targets for assassination as in the case of Younan.    In December 2016, a large number of churches were bombed and, according to CNN, more than two dozen people were killed with several more injured.

Likewise, many Christian soldiers in the Egyptian Army are facing the same fate because of their faith.  Several Coptic soldiers have been the victims of mysterious deaths. In June of 2015, Bahaa Gamal Mikhail Silvanus, 23, was found dead in his office at the post where he was stationed.  Silvanus suffered two gunshot wounds and critical blunt force trauma to his head.

Yet, military officials ruled that the cause of death was suicide. Only a few short months later, Baha Saeed Karam, 22, was found dead from four fatal gunshot wounds at his headquarters.  Sources from both Silvanus and Karam’s friends and family say that they had been hassled several times by fellow soldiers to convert to Islam.  Karam had received death threats from Islamic soldiers shortly prior to his death.

Clarion sources have noted that the military officially lists all mysterious deaths of Christians in the military as “suicides.”  This shows the vast Islamist infiltration throughout Egypt despite President Sisi’s promise to do more for the Christians.

President Sisi fights many fronts and has a more difficult uphill battle than nearly any world leader in modern history.  Here are some of the hurdles he faces in a country where Christian persecution has historically been among the worst:

1. Since the Muslim Brotherhood was criminalized, the Salafists in Egypt aligned themselves with Sisi to keep safe.  Yet, their ideological beliefs that allow for violence against Christians remain rampant.

2. Any sudden movement by Sisi to denounce all Islamist oppressive ideology could result in riots and a loss of his popular support, especially considering the presence in Egypt of Al Azhar University, the seat of the world’s leading Islamic thinkers and teachers.Such broad denouncing could also prove more deadly for Egypt’s Christians who may be viewed as the ones to blame for Sisi’s crackdown on Islamists.  No leader has ever spoken up for Christians the way President Sisi has.Sisi has actually done a great deal for Christians, and the Christian community recognizes that and appreciates it.

He has denounced all attacks on Christian churches and has continued to rebuild the destroyed churches in upper Egypt that Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers destroyed in 2013.

3. Brotherhood sympathizers will always hate Sisi, denounce his rule and try to prohibit him from receiving international support. We must never forget that Cairo is the birthplace of Islamist ideology and their genius suppression tactics. These tactics are in full force against the pro-Christian and pro-Israel President Sisi.

To Islamists, the Germans are a bunch of cowards

December 21, 2016

To Islamists, the Germans are a bunch of cowards, Israel National News, Giulio Meotti, December 21, 2016

It is no secret that Islamists consider the Germans as a bunch of cowards. “You love life, we love death”, they continue to repeat. Because wherever they look, the combatants of Allah see only people and governments only too ready to capitulate.

And Germany is Europe’s soft underbelly. The Bundeswehr, Germany’s army, already belongs to history; the country has welcomed more than one million Muslims; German ministers envision the creation of an “official Islam”, while German churches are closing at weekly rhythm; the Sharia courts are already operating; comedians such as Jan Bohmermann are criminalized and the “night of Cologne” with its mass sexual attacks on women has already been justified by feminists and multiculturalists.

We could have hailed a meaningful change in the German policy toward Islamic terrorism if the day after the carnage at the Christmas market in Berlin, a couple of German war planes had bombed the Islamists’ bases in the Middle East and pulverized a few dozen of them.

Nothing happened. Nothing will happen.

Through these random attacks, Muslims are now trying to understand if and how they can defeat the West. They poured into the streets to demonstrate against the caricatures of Mohammed and found themselves at movie theaters to celebrate the defeat of the Americans in Iraq. They understood that they can succeed.

Following the appeal launched by Günter Grass following the terrorist attack of September 11 (“the West should wonder what went wrong”), German “civil society” preferred to criticize itself rather than questioning the tangle of feelings that animates the warriors of Allah. They reacted like someone who is threatened by a hurricane does: accumulating supplies, nailing doors and windows and praying that the storm will end as soon as possible.

But Islamic fundamentalists are different: if they don’t encounter any resistance, they will act and strike in a more resolute way. And in this sense, they have every reason to consider the West and Germany to be weak, decadent and incapable of defending itself. If you are targeted by beheadings and kidnappings, bombings and shootings, and you react through hysterical outbursts about a “dialogue between cultures,” you will get more violence.

Twelve good Germans have just been assassinated during the Christmas holiday. The day after the carnage, the multicultural festival resumed as if nothing bad had happen. Christian leaders called for more “dialogue” (Italy’s head bishop, Monsignor Galantino, said that religion has nothing to do with the attack).

But it is also very ironic: the dialogue these drunken multiculturalists want so establish with the Muslim world will have to take place over orange juice and mineral water. Teetotal submission.

Berlin Christmas Attack – Part of a Larger Plan

December 20, 2016

Berlin Christmas Attack – Part of a Larger Plan, Clarion Project, Meira Svirsky, December 20, 2016

germany-berlin-christmas-market-attack-tobias-schwarz-afp-getty640The aftermath of the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin (Photo: © TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The attack in Berlin last night, in which a Pakistani immigrant truck driver plowed into a crowded Christmas market killing 12 and injuring at least 48, was a point in a trajectory of incitement by Islamist extremists against anything and anyone not Muslim.

Consider the following recent incidents across the world of late:

In Indonesia, considered to be a “moderate” Islamic country, a fatwawas just issued by the Indonesian Ulema Council prohibiting Muslims from wearing or using Christmas-themed clothing or decorations, saying, “Religious images and accessories are used intentionally to show the identity of a certain religion, and represent its tradition and rituals…[it is] a foreign culture with which we must not mingle.”

News reports explained the fatwa was primarily directed toward employees in shopping malls who often wear Santa hats, appealing to the nine percent of Indonesia’s population (21.2 million people) who are Christian.

Since the fatwa was issued, members of the extremist Islam Defenders Front escorted by police raided malls in East Java to check whether employees were abiding by the decree.

The fatwa prompted a warning by International Christian Concern, a human rights group, that the ruling could give license to extremists to attack non-Muslims and foster an “increasingly emboldened radical Islamic sub-group that is applying public pressure to adhere to conservative Islamic law.”

That not only has already happened, it is sanctioned and supported by the country’s police.

The raids follow protests last month in which more than one hundred thousand Muslims marched in the capital calling for the death penalty of the capital’s governor, a Christian accused of blasphemy.

In Greece, a Christian church in Crete was set on fire, before which the perpetrators wrote on the building’s wall “Allah is great.” The church is a major pilgrimage site for the region and attracts many to its annual feast. The burning came on the heels of a vote by the Greek parliament to build the first state-funded mosque in Athens since the country gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832. The vote passed by a wide margin and it was agreed to speed up construction of the $1 million project stymied since 2006.

In Egypt, just one week before the bombing of St. Peter’s Cathedral which killed 25 Christian worshippers, a meeting – sponsored by the top Sunni authority in the world, Al Azhar — was held in the village of Naghameesh, where an Islamist mob attacked property owned by Coptic Christians after rumors that a church was being opened spread through the area.

The community used their community center, which houses a pre-school and a home for the elderly, for prayer services.

After the niceties of acknowledging the “brotherhood of all Egyptians” were dispensed with, Muslim authorities present refused to allow the Christians to continue to use the building which they ruled must remain shut.

Just last August, the Egyptian legislature passed a new law codifying the rights of Christians to build and renovate churches. Yet, even though all the necessary paperwork was submitted according to a local member of the Christian community, a permit has not been received by the community to build a church.

“We don’t understand what is so dangerous about the Copts praying and exercising their legal rights in this matter,” the Christian said.

These incidents highlight the supremacist ideology of Islamism – the end point of which is the total genocide of non-Muslim communities as reflected in territory held by Islamic State.

The attack in Berlin is part of the trajectory of extremist ideology that begins with intolerance of anything non-Muslim (as witnessed in Indonesia) to the destruction of churches to, finally, attacks on the life of non-Muslims themselves – both as a way to cow them into submission and to assert the supremacy of sharia law.

The Western world needs to awaken from its politically-induced slumber and stand up for the rights of all peoples.