Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pakistan: Muslims gang-rape Christian woman, escape punishment


Yes, because the police sympathize with the attackers and share their world view. The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.
“Justice escapes Christian woman gang-raped and brutalized by three men for two days rescued by family,” by Wilson Chowdhry, British Pakistani Christian Association, January 9, 2018:
A Christian woman from Gujranwala, Pakistan was brutally gang-raped by three men and then left tied in the courtyard of a Muslim man’s house until she was found by police two days later.
At 3 pm on 28th October Sidhra (20 yrs) travelled from her husband Sunny Masih’s (22 yrs) home in Talwinda Musa Khan, Gujranwala, on a visit to her mother in the same village but some 10 km distance away. Her father-in-law Boota Masih transported her by motorcycle and safely delivered her to her mother’s home where she spent three hours talking and helping with household chores.
At 6:30 Sidhra left her mothers house after she saw her father in law on the other side of the road. Thinking he had come to collect her, Sidhra she rushed her goodbyes with her mother and headed in his direction.
As Sidhra started walking towards him it became clear that Boota had not seen her as he started off on his way home and Sidhra could not reach him in time to stop him. When Sidhra looked back she noticed her mother had already closed her door and was safely back inside, so she decided to walk back home.
Some distance away from her home Sidhra noticed three suspicious looking men were watching her, so she began to walk faster and crossed the road. The three men started walking behind her first at some distance but then they began to chase her. With the men in pursuit Sidhra fled running until the men caught up to her and grabbed her at which point Sidhra blacked-out. She is unable to recall the events of the next 36 hours at this time.
Sidhra’s family at this point were not aware of her abduction and carried on as normal as both sides of the family assumed that Sidhra was with the other side. This delayed any help in rescuing her from her abductors.
36 hours later (30th October) while on cleaning rounds a local domestic cleaner named Sultan reported to Sajjida Bibi, Sidhra’s mother, that he had seen Sidhra bound to a chair in the courtyard of a local neighbour’s home. The residence belonged to a Muslim man named Mohammed Ilyas who was living abroad in Italy and had left his house in the care of relatives.
Sajjida and all her family ran to the house of Mohammed Ilyas and peered through the gates when the mother saw her daughter tied up unconscious to a chair with a gag in her mouth, restrained in the courtyard of the neighbours home, she started to scream. As each sibling saw their sister they too began to scream and shout hysterically. They banged on the gates and one brother climbed over and unlocked the gate from inside and rushed towards his sister. Sidhra was fully clothed and tied at her wrists and legs the rope securing her was so tight bruises could be seen on her wrists. Despite attempts to wake her it took a few minutes to revive her and she remained dizzy – she showed signs of having been drugged.
Other neighbours also heard the screaming and loud noise and were alerted to the situation. They joined the family to search the home for the culprits of the heinous crime, but no-one was present in the home and it was assumed that the rapists had fled.
As Sidhra awoke it was obvious that she had been drugged as she was very groggy and was suffering short-term amnesia. She told her family that she saw three men form the local community chasing her before she became unconscious and fortunately she was able to name them. Sidhra identified the three men Talha aka Moon (21 yrs), Zubair aka Zaidi (22 Yrs) and Ameer Hamza all who are well known for criminal activity in the local community and all three are nephews of Mohammed Ilyas the owner of the home. Sidhra had also throughout the last ten years been harassed by Talha who even offered her marriage which she had declined every time.
Sidhra’s family members untied her and rushed her home to recover and the father visited the police station the next day (31st October) to lodge a complaint for kidnap and rape. Sidhra was unconscious for the whole two days and believes that she was subjected to rape.
The Police refused to acknowledge her kidnap or rape and did not initially register a First Incident Report (FIR), as they told the family they had no evidence. They advised the family that in future before untying a victim they should inform and call the police to a crime location. However the next day (1st November) the family returned to the police station Councillor Salim a paternal councillor and some elders and together they convinced local police to register a crime. The next day (2nd November) the police finally lodged FIR 943/17 at Saddar Police Station, Gujaranwala and arrested Zubair and Ameer. They discovered that Talha had absconded to Karachi and he is currently a fugitive. The boys were charged under section 376 for offences of gang-rape however police failed to charge the boys with kidnap.
Ameera was given bail within a week of his arrest to the chagrin of the family and it is believed that he bribed the local police and local politicians to obtain his freedom. Zubair remained in custody for 1 and half months after arrest but was recently released by police who have informed the family that there is no compelling evidence that permits his ongoing incarceration.
Sidra’s medical examinations were taken on the 1st of November and no genetic trace was found for Zubair, however reports are still awaited for any genetic trace from the other two assailants. The delay in the medical examination is believed to be a factor that may allow the assailants to escape justice, especially as the police have not listed kidnap as a crime.
For the medical examination Sidhra was sent to District headquarters Civil Hospital Gujranwala on the 2nd November and they have indicated that any evidence would have been stronger had she arrived at a sooner date.
The court hearings for Sidhra’s case are going through the session court of Gujranwala and the next hearing is on the 12th January (today), however the family holds little hope of any prosecution, as the courts and the police are exhibiting little empathy and seem keen on exonerating the wealthy Muslims….

I am affirming the Catholic faith.It is the same for me before and after Vatican Council II.

If you read Vatican docs carefully you would realize that no one can be saved except through the Catholic Church.  The Church is God’s instrument for salvation (see CCC 846). Those saved under a Baptism of desire or blood (see CCC 1258-1259) are saved by the Church as are any Baptized persons who are ignorant of the true Church, but are pursuing God to the best of their ability.  See Lumen Gentium 16 or CCC 1281.

By the way when the letter you cite was published in 1953 there was no massive outcry of heresy.  Apparently you know more than the bishops of the Church. You seem to be suffering from what might be charitably called a superiority complex.  Leave to God the things that are God’s including judgment and remember that the Church was given the authority to bind and to loose by our Blessed Lord!

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If you read Vatican docs carefully you would realize that no one can be saved except through the Catholic Church.  The Church is God’s instrument for salvation (see CCC 846). Those saved under a Baptism of desire or blood (see CCC 1258-1259) are saved by the Church as are any Baptized persons who are ignorant of the true Church, but are pursuing God to the best of their ability.  See Lumen Gentium 16 or CCC 1281.

Lionel: Agreed. I accept this. It is a reference to hypothetical cases. So I do not place it in opposition to the traditional, 'strict' interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus(EENS).
When hypothetical cases are assumed to be non hypothetical and  people personally known, who are saved outside the Church I call it Cushingism.
When hypothetical cases are assumed to be just hypothetical and not personally known people saved outside the Church I call it Feeneyism.
So there can be a Cushingite or Feeneyite interpretation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I do not have a problem with the Catechism(1994) since CCC 1257 and 846 do not contradict the dogma EENS, for me.

By the way when the letter you cite was published in 1953 there was no massive outcry of heresy.

Lionel: That was about the time the state of Israel received its independence.
During the controversy over the Revised Good Friday Prayer for the Conversion of the Jews, Pope Benedict inferred, that Jews do not have to convert in the present times. There was no outcry from Catholics due to ignorance, or some other reason.
I could give  you other recent examples too.

  Apparently you know more than the bishops of the Church.

Lionel: I am saying that there are no visible cases of the baptism of desire(BOD),baptism of blood(BOB) and being saved in invincible ignorance(I.I) in 2018. That's all. Surely 
you agree with me here. May be the bishops too would agree with me.
I love Vatican Council II. I support Vatican Council II.

 You seem to be suffering from what might be charitably called a superiority complex. 

Lionel: I am affirming the Catholic faith.It is the same for me before and after Vatican Council II.

 Leave to God the things that are God’s including judgment and remember that the Church was given the authority to bind and to loose by our Blessed Lord!

Lionel: The Church tells us that all non Catholics are on the way to Hell. It is the Holy Spirit which guides the Church. This is not a personal view or personal judgement.
-Lionel Andrades

Fr. Leonard Feeney was correct and the magisterium was wrong.

I read this article a long time back....

BUT Father Feeney did muddy the waters by TOTALLY being against BOB  BOD and I I  as being against faith and God.

There could be different ways of interpreting this.Exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church means there is no relevant BOD, BOB and I.I.

BOB, BOD and I.I have nothing to do with the dogma EENS.
I would agree with him here.There are no cases of BOD,BOB and I.I.

Even if someone says that there is a possibility that someone could be saved with BOD,BOB and I.I it is meaningless.Since there are no such cases in real life.

I agree with you, Lionel on your wording in regards to Father Feeney. He was correct in his understanding of No Salvation Outside the Church(NSOCC). But he was wrong on his understanding of Bob, Bod and Ii . This was most unfortunate but it led to the quitting for the most part of teaching that there was no salvation outside the Catholic Church by of all people by Cardinal Cushing who did incredible damage to the Catholic Church on many issues.
Fr.Feeney was correct. There was no salvation outside the Church.
Cardinal Cushing and the Holy Office were wrong to assume that it was either BOD, BOB and I.I or EENS.For them BOD, BOB and I.I were visible and known exceptions.
It was Fr. Feeney who was correct and the magisterium which was wrong.-Lionel Andrades

When the CDF makes Vatican Council II a condition for canonical recognition the religious communities must ask the CDF to affirm the Council

-Lionel Andrades

JANUARY 16, 2018

I love Vatican Council II it has the hermeneutic of continuity with the past ecclesiology of an ecumenism of return

JANUARY 16, 2018


JANUARY 15, 2018

I am a Catholic.I am not a member of any sect


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

EU boss calls Hungary and Poland “racist” and illiberal for refusing Muslim migrants

EU boss calls Hungary and Poland “racist” and illiberal for refusing Muslim migrants

Guy Verhofstadt, the President of the European Parliament, is accusing Poland and Hungary of being “illiberal” and working contrary to traditional values. He stated:
The European Union… was built to guarantee our citizens’ freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
All true, but Poland and Hungary are trying to preserve these values. It is the EU that has been bullying these noble countries into surrendering these values to Islamic supremacists. With that surrender comes chaos. Ever since Europe abandoned its reasoned practices of carefully restricted immigration in favor of suicidal open immigration policies, it has dealt with burgeoning crime, jihad attacks, infiltration by the Islamic State, returning Islamic State fighters, diminished freedom of speech, sharia courts in the UK, unstable economies, increasingly aggressive anti-Semitism, sharia patrols, no-go zones, and cultural practices unbefitting to democratic states.
Guy Verhofstadt is a confused man. He refers to Poland and Hungary’s “nationalist values” as “racist” for trying to protect traditions of “freedom, democracy and the rule of law.” He and others like him are disconcertingly reminiscent of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda. Goebbels worked from the dictum that if you keep telling a lie “big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
“EU Boss: ‘Illiberal’ Poland and Hungary Must Accept ‘EU Values’ or Leave, ‘Nationalist’ Values ‘Racist’”, by Liam Deacon, Breitbart, January 10, 2018:
The President of the European Parliament has told right-wing Hungary and Poland that they must accept liberal values or leave the bloc.
Guy Verhofstadt, who is also the parliament’s Brexit spokesman and leads its largest liberal bloc, said there was “no place” in the European Union (EU) for nations who elected right-wing governments to create “illiberal societies”.
“The European Union… was built to guarantee our citizens’ freedom, democracy and the rule of law. If the Hungarian and Polish governments want to build closed and illiberal societies, they must do it outside the EU,” he blasted Wednesday on Twitter.
Adding: “There is no place in our Union for countries who take EU money, who want to participate in the single market but who reject our shared values #ValuesFirst”
The rant on the social media platform continued, with Mr. Verhofstadt claiming that any mention of national identity was potentially bigoted.
“We should be wary of narratives based on the defence of so-called ‘national values’, which are used to mask racist hate campaigns fuelling anxiety against migrants and refugees,” he claimed.
Hungary and Poland are led by populist right-wing governments and have spearheaded a resistance to the EU’s migrant relocation scheme, which was forced through the EU Parliament despite their opposition in September 2015.
The unelected European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, has also attacked Poland for altering its judicial system so that some members are appointed by the elected government, claiming the move violates the “rule of law”.
EU bosses have subsequently threatened political and financial “consequences” unless Hungary and Poland accept more migrants.
In March, however, Poland’s then-Prime Minister Beata Szydło hit back, declaring that “the Visegrad group, including Poland, will never agree to blackmail.” Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said his country has a migration policy and does not “plan on replacing it”.-Jihad Watch

Bangladesh: Man arrested for posting images criticizing Qur’an on Facebook

Bangladesh: Man arrested for posting images criticizing Qur’an on Facebook

We are much more enlightened in the West. We believe in the freedom of speech. Those who criticize the Qur’an aren’t arrested. They’re just smeared as racist, bigoted Islamophobes, and shunned by all decent people.

“Narayanganj man held for posting images defaming Quran on Facebook,” Dhaka Tribune, January 13, 2018:
A man has been detained in Sonargaon, Narayanganj for reportedly posting on Facebook several photos defaming the Quran.
Hasan-ul-Islam, 28, of East Delpara at Fatulla, was picked up from Meghnaghat area on Friday night, said Narayanganj’s Additional Superintendent of Police Md Sharfuddin.
According to police, Hasan posted the photos on the social networking site on January 7 which went viral soon, causing stir on social media, and created tension among the locals.
After the Jummah prayers Friday, the Muslim community of the area had demonstrated demanding his arrest and punishment. Hasan had fled from home following the protests.
His brother Hedayet Islam was also detained in the afternoon and Hasan was later caught from Meghnaghat, police said….

Yemen: Bahai sentenced to death for “insulting Islam” and “apostasy”

Yemen: Bahai sentenced to death for “insulting Islam” and “apostasy”

The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)
A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”
Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”
“Baha’i Man Sentenced to Public Execution in Yemen. His Crime? Practicing His Faith,” by Aleesha Matharu, The Wire, January 14, 2018:
In December 2013, Hamed Kamal Muhammad bin Haydara disappeared into the maze that is Yemen’s National Security Bureau (NSB). Over the course of four years, he was tortured and denied a fair trial. His wife and daughters were not allowed to visit, nor did he get to meet legal counsel. Finally, on January 2, 2018, Haydara, was sentenced to public execution by the specialised criminal court in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. He wasn’t even present in court.
One of around 2,000 Baha’is in Yemen, he was picked up for something one would take for granted in a secular country: practicing his faith.
The Baha’i faith, founded in Iran in the 1800s, essentially believes in the oneness of humanity and the unity of all religions. Incidentally, the Lotus Temple, a landmark in New Delhi, is a Baha’i house of worship.
Though no date has been given so far for when the execution will take place, the verdict also asks that all Baha’i spiritual assemblies, the governing bodies for Baha’is, be disbanded.
In Yemen, an Islamic society, the constitution does not recognise any other religion barring Judaism. This is why the trumped up charges against Haydara are, in most part, for “insulting Islam”, “apostasy” and urging Muslims to “embrace the Baha’i religion”.
As an official from the ministry of justice toldRudaw, “The Baha’i faith is not recognised in the constitution, the tradition or by Islam. Therefore, it is a forbidden religion. If a Yemeni renounces his religion and declares himself a Baha’i, this is a crime to be tried at court.”
The authorities in this case, or rather the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as Houthis who seized the capital in 2014, have also alleged that Haydara is a spy for Israel and an Iranian citizen who crossed into Yemen in 1991 using a false name.
This accusation has been refuted time and again by his wife, Elham Muhammad Hossain Zara’i, during her long fight for justice, but her appeals to have her husband freed have fallen on deaf years. More so, she has submitted documentation, which shows that he was born in Yemen in 1964.
The sentence has been met with protests by international human rights groups. Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, said:
“The Houthi authorities must immediately quash the death sentence against Hamid Haydara. He is a prisoner of conscience who has been tried on account of his conscientiously held beliefs and peaceful activities as a member of the Baha’i community. This sentence is the result of a fundamentally flawed process, including trumped up charges, an unfair trial and credible allegations that Hamid Haydara was tortured and ill-treated in custody. It is also part of a wider crackdown on critics, journalists, human rights defenders and members of the Baha’i community that is causing entire families to live in fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones.”
On January 11, UK’s minister of state at the foreign office Alan Duncan responded to a question about the death sentence in the House of Commons. Duncan said that though Haydara isn’t a British citizen, the “indignation at what is happening and our wish to try to defend his interests and see him released” would not be diminished.
He highlighted how the United Nations Human Rights Council had in a resolution in September 2017 called for the immediate release of all Baha’is in Yemen imprisoned for their religious beliefs. As of now, five other Baha’is are in detention….