Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Islamo-Christian Reciprocity: archive

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ll Africa: "Algeria: Four Condemned to Prison for Becoming Christian" - Hat Tip: Muslims Against Sharia

Four Algerians who converted to Christianity have been condemned to prison and heavy fines, while two others were set free after renouncing their conversion. The defence lawyer said the four were charged with "illegally practicing a non-Muslim faith," the French news agency AFP reported. Attorney Khelloudja Khalfoun said one of the converts was sentenced to six months in prison and fined US$ 3,087, while the other three were sentenced to two months in prison and fined US$ 1,544 each. The four converts, who were condemned by a court in Tiaret, refused to deny their faith, in contrast with the two others who were freed. Kheloudja told AFP that he would appeal the verdict, since only the ones who admitted they had converted were found guilty. (...) >>>

Updated: 6th June 2008
... photos by Demetrios Kaloumenos: another myth for the Utopian hard of hearing crushed to smithereens ... that Muslims 'respect' the saints of The Book and that Jesus is a Muslim 'Prophet' (and as such untouchable, it is implied), the blessings of the dhimmi status ...
My Greek Odyssey: "Kristallnacht in Constantinople" - Published in September/October 2007 issue of Greek America Magazine.

Most Greek-Americans and most Americans generally are unaware of the fact that on the evening of September 6, and in the early hours of September 7, 1955, the Turkish government carried out the most destructive pogrom that had been enacted in Europe since the infamous Kristallnacht which Hitler and the Nazis inflicted upon the Jewish communities, businesses and synagogues on the eve of World War II. Further, most are unaware that the Turkish government had unleashed the mobs on the Greek community of Istanbul, on its churches, houses, businesses, schools, and newspapers; and they are unaware that this resulted in the ultimate destruction of Turkey's oldest historical community, about 100,000 Greek Orthodox Christians who were the heirs of Byzantium.

On September 6-7 of 1995-2005, the Greek press in Greece, and the Greek-American, the Greek- Canadian and the Greek-Australian presses memorialized this great tragedy so that more than forty years after the events, Greeks, and humanity more generally, might not forget the victims and might recall that the forces restraining barbarians are to be kept at the ready at all times.

This is an example wherein the press serves as mankind's historical and ethical teacher. I should add that many Greeks and Greek-Americans have lost their sense of history, of whence they came, of who they are, and of what they are becoming. Is it possible today in America, where we constitute an affluent, politically powerful, and highly educated Hellenic diaspora, that we know so little about something so simple and yet so fatefully significant about the Turkish pogroms that destroyed this ancient Greek community in Constantinople in 1955? That we are unaware that on September 6,1955, the Turkish mobs and government organized and carried out the worst and most destructive pogrom in Europe since Hitler and the Nazis destroyed the synagogues and businesses of the Jewish community in Germany?

The chronology of the pogrom falls in a very difficult period, when the Cyprus problem had complicated the political relations of Greece, Turkey and Great Britain. The Turkish press, which was to play a crucial role in preparing the political atmosphere of the pogrom, received significant financial support from British sources. Specifically, the British gave financial assistance to two Turkish newspapers and to their owners/editors: to Hikmet Bil (editor of the newspaper Hurriyet and leader of the political organization Kibris Turktur - Cyprus is Turkish), and Ahmet Emin Yalmas, owner of the older Istanbul paper Vatan. (...) >>>

Updated: 6th Apr 2008

Chiesa: "The Via Crucis of the Archbishop of Mosul of the Chaldeans", by Sandro Magister

At the end of the Mass for Palm Sunday, with the reading of the Gospel of the Passion in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI recalled the latest Christian martyr in Iraq, the archbishop of Mosul of the Chaldeans, Paulos Faraj Rahho who was kidnapped on February 29 while leaving the Church of the Holy Spirit, where he had celebrated the Stations of the Cross, and then barbarously killed. With even more emotion, the pope recalled the killing of the Iraqi archbishop while celebrating Mass for him on the morning of Monday, March 17, in "Redemptoris Mater" chapel: "He took up his cross and followed the Lord Jesus even to the agony of death. And so, as the Servant of the Lord, he contributed to 'bringing justice' to his devastated country and to the whole world, by bearing witness to the truth." It is calculated that 47 Christians were killed in Iraq last year, 13 of them in Mosul. (...) >>>

Updated: 19th Mar 2008

Assyrian International News Agency: "The Funeral of Archbishop Rahho in Pictures"

Updated: 14th Mar 2008

Kathimerini: "Monastery on Halki wrecked"

The partial demolition by Turkish forestry authorities of a 19th-century Orthodox monastery on the island of Halki, off Istanbul, has provoked the ire of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios and the Greek community in Turkey. According to clerics at the Halki Orthodox Monastery, which is also located on the island, the demolition work began on Tuesday and was only interrupted after the patriarch was informed and intervened.
Turkish officials forced the monastery guards and their families to abandon the monastery before starting the demolition >>>

16th Nov. 2007

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