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Dalai Lama alleged to be persecutor of religious sect

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By Michael Carl/WND

See the story at our Religious Issues page.

http://www.powerlinenewsnetwork.com/?page_id=20126

 

 

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October 17th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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Army mom on Obama: ‘He’s finding new ways to put my son’s life in danger’

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By Michael Carl/WND

Amid the Defense Department’s vague explanations of the mission of U.S. troops deployed in West Africa, the mother of one soldier who already has done tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan is expressing outrage.

“I am constantly amazed at the myriad ways this government finds to put my military son’s life in danger,” Judy Turner told WND.

She explained simply the president is “exposing all of those soldiers to a potentially fatal disease.”

“They are not medical units; they are not trained medically,” she said. “They are not social workers. My son has said before that he’s not a peacekeeper and he’s not a medical missionary. He says he doesn’t want to be. So, why are doing this? What is the purpose? Tell me!”

The highly contagious and often fatal Ebola virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives in West Africa. Defense officials say the soldiers will be given protective gear. But Turner has some knowledge of such specialized clothing, having worked at a nuclear power plant.

“It was a process that I had to go through, and it took at least two people to help me go through putting on the protective gear for radiation. I know what that kind of process entails, and he’s never been taught that. We had to put on protective gear to cover every inch of skin. We had to put on special booties and we had to know how to put on all of that gear,” she explained.

“Are they going to train him? How much training is he going to get, and how much training are the other soldiers going to get? Are they going to double and triple glove? Are they going to require oxygen gear? And if so, how long is their supply going to last?” Turner said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/obama-finding-news-ways-to-put-my-sons-life-in-danger/

 

 

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October 11th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

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Religious liberty means MORE freedom

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A recently published research study shows that countries with more religious liberty are freer overall. SRN’s Michael Carl has the story…

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The study done by the leader of the Religious Freedom and Business Association shows a direct relationship between business success, gender equality, and overall freedom. Study author Brian Grim says that freedom is a complete package…

 

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Grim also says that women’s rights are stronger in countries with more religious freedom.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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October 9th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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Religious liberty means equality for women

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A recent study shows that more religious freedom means more freedom for women. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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A study of religious freedom and women’s rights data worldwide reveals that women are freer in countries with more religious freedom. Religious Freedom and Business Association president Brian Grim authored the study and he says religious liberty was key to gender equality…

 

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Grim adds that freedom of speech isn’t possible without religious freedom.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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October 9th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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Religious liberty = women’s rights

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By Michael Carl/WND

A recently published study found women have more freedom in countries that maintain religious liberty.

Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom and Business Association and a scholar at Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, published an analysis of the correlation.

Grim’s data was derived from the most recent Pew Research Center studies and statistics from the United Nations.

Grim says he reviewed and analyzed data on religious freedom and gender equality from both the Pew Research Center and the United Nations. He said that there is a direct correlation.

“When you have religious freedom, you have a diversity of both viewpoints and how that religion is interpreted, which allows for a greater examination of women’s role in society,” Grim said. “That means there is greater freedom for women when there is religious freedom.”

Conversely, he said, “When you try to keep religious viewpoints from being a part of the public discussion, you’re having less input on ideas and society. Societies today really need information and a variety of viewpoints in order to find solutions to take us forward. Religion is a very important part of the public discussion.

“Where religion is allowed to have a voice to give different viewpoints, it can stimulate economic ideas, social ideas,” Grim said. “The benefits of free religious expression are good for society in general, and that coincides with what you’re observing.”

American Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Jordan Sekulow says he’s not surprised at the results of Grim’s research, especially in the area of women’s rights.

“When people are free to choose to believe, not believe or change what they believe, they are experiencing freedom that too few will ever truly know,” he said. “Women’s freedom, like so many other freedoms, is tied to religious freedom, and many more people need to understand and accept this key finding.”

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/womens-rights-dependent-on-religious-liberty/

 

 

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October 6th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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ISIS trial in Belgium points to threat to U.S.

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By Michael Carl/WND

Under the banner of multiculturalism, European countries have supported Muslims through immigration provisions, allowances for Islamic law and special advocacy for mosques and schools.

In the U.K., there are entire regions dominated by Muslims that have been labeled no-go zones.

The Gatestone Institute reported there are some 650,000 Muslims in Belgium and 925,000 in the Netherlands, about 6 percent of each nation’s population. According to the report, only France’s Muslim percentage is larger, at 7 percent.

But multiculturalism has worn thin in several nations. Officials have curbed some outreach efforts and clamped down on homegrown jihad, concluding now that the country is harmed when major segments of the populations don’t assimilate.

In Belgium, for example, prosecutors in the Antwerp criminal court have asked that accused terrorist ringleader Fouad Belkacem be sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly recruiting at least 30 Belgian Muslims to fight with ISIS in Syria.

Belkacem, also known as Abu Imran, is the reported leader of Shariah4Belgium. Forty-two other men are also standing trial with him.

WND’s efforts to contact Belkacem’s lawyers for comment have not been successful.

Antwerp-based terrorism analyst and Arab linguist Pieter Van Ostaeyen says Belkacem is an influential cleric.

“Belkacem seems to have been an inspiration for a quite large group of people, indeed. Several men and women also converted to Islam because of his preaching. Mind, though, that he was already imprisoned before ISIS came into existence,” Van Ostaeyen said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/terror-trial-exposes-backlash-to-multiculturalism/

 

 

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October 2nd, 2014 at 10:01 pm

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Hanging imminent for woman who acted in self-defence

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By Michael Carl/WND

A 26-year-old Iranian woman is facing death by hanging as early as the next day or so for killing a man in what she explains was self-defense, according to a human-rights organization.

Avaaz.org officials said Rayhaneh Jabbari has been sentenced to hang for the killing of physician Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi.

The group has set up a petition site asking people to sign in support of the woman.

The Gatestone Institute reports Jabbari has been moved to the notorious Rajai Shahr prison, the prison where American pastor Saeed Abedini is still incarcerated, for the pending execution.

Avaaz.org reports that Jabbari, who has been in prison for seven years after an Iranian court convicted her, is an interior decorator by trade. Jabbari was working at a coffee shop when she was approached by Sarbandi for advice on how to remodel his office.

According to Avaaz.org, the two spoke and arranged to meet to discuss the remodeling project.

The report said Sarbandi picked up Jabbari and drove to a pharmacy where he purchased an item. The two then went to what Jabbari later testified was a rough-looking building.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/hanging-imminent-for-woman-who-killed-in-self-defense/

 

 

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September 29th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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White House prayer vigil marks American pastor’s two years in Iranian prison

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By Michael Carl/WND

Human rights leaders will join the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini at a White House prayer vigil Thursday night to mark the two-year anniversary of his jailing in Iran for his Christian faith.

The event in Washington will be followed by 500 prayer vigils worldwide Friday, the anniversary date.

In a statement for WND, Nagmeh Abedini, the pastor’s wife, said she and her children pray for nothing less than a miracle.

“The kids and I are longing to see Saeed returned home safely to us. The kids have been suffering for too long. Our family is ready. It is time,” she said. “We are praying for a miracle.”

She said her hope is that “as thousands gather together on September 26, our governments and leaders will be reminded of the importance of religious freedom for all and continue to pressure Iran to secure Saeed’s release.”

In a statement, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said Abedini faces new threats to his safety “as ISIS militants imprisoned in the same jail are threatening his life.”

WND reported in August that Rajai Shahr prison inmates who were affiliated with ISIS were making death threats against the American pastor.

Abedini has told his family members he fears for his life after he was told the ISIS prisoners plan to murder him because of his Christian faith, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.

ISIS is responsible for crucifixions, torture, executions, the burial of living victims and the beheading of children.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/white-house-prayer-vigil-marks-pastors-2-years-in-jail/

 

 

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September 24th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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Metropolitan Opera accused of terrorist sympathies

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By Michael Carl/WND

The famed Metropolitan Opera is being accused of promoting propaganda and terrorism in its new production portraying the death of businessman Leon Klinghoffer, who was shot and killed by Palestinian Islamic terrorists aboard the Achille Lauro in 1985.

There already have been protests over the “The Death of Klinghoffer,” and the Boston Symphony Orchestra canceled a scheduled performance because of claims the opera was sympathetic to Islamic terror.

A statement by Metropolitan Opera Director Peter Gelb calls the show composer John Adams’ “greatest operatic composition.” In a statement for the press he said the opera is “high art.” WND calls requesting additional comment were not returned.

But Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says there’s no question about intent of the work.

“It’s absolutely insulting to have an opera promote propaganda and to use the arts to promote the terrorists’ cause. It’s even more insulting that this show would attempt to show a moral equivalence between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Cardoza-Moore said.

She calls it a “horrifying” production that glamorizes Palestinian terrorism.

“A group of terrorists took over the ship and openly shot and killed Leon Klinghoffer, a man who was paralyzed and in a wheelchair,” she said. “There is no reasonable comparison between terrorists and the Israelis. This is especially true when the terrorists’ victim was openly shot in the head. He was a handicapped Jewish American man.”

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, president of the Israel Independence Fund, has organized protests for the Coalition to Stop the Klinghoffer Opera.

“It’s a gross glorification of terrorism and a horrible attempt to bring about the moral equivalence between terrorists and all of Western civilization. We don’t just need all Jews to be outraged by this, we need Christians, too,” Wiesenfeld said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/metropolitan-opera-accused-of-promoting-terrorists/

 

 

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September 24th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

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Nigeria crisis: Christians fleeing north in record numbers

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By Michael Carl/WND

Boko Haram’s war on Nigeria’s north is creating a massive refugee problem for Nigeria’s major cities, according to reports.

Nigeria’s <a href=”http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=81532“> Sun newspaper reports</a> the refugees are escaping Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States and fleeing to Lagos, the nation’s largest city.

The report adds that the massive number of people is creating another humanitarian crisis. Lagos has not set up any refugee camps for the people fleeing to the city.

While there are no exact estimates on the number of people who have left the northern half of the country, a <a href=”https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/09/3380783/“> World Watch Monitor report says</a> that a majority of the refugees from the north are Christians fleeing the brutality of Boko Haram.

International Christian Concern Africa specialist Cameron Thomas told WND in an interview that according to reports compiled by ICC, the total number of refugees fleeing the north is over half a million people in the past four years.

“More than 650,000 Nigerians have been displaced from their homes, communities, places of worship, and livelihoods at the hands of Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency that has killed, enslaved, and forcefully converted people in its pursuit to establish a separate Islamic state,” Thomas said.

Thomas says he understands the concerns of the governments and aid agencies who are faced with handling the massive numbers of people. However, he adds that simply focusing on the various agencies’ ability to handle the people misses the point.

Thomas says the focus should be on the people who have left behind everything.

“While sharing deep concerns over the ability of governments, aid organizations, and international bodies to meet the basic needs of those displaced internally, as well as those forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries, it is the suffering of those that have lost everything they once held dear that concerns ICC most,” Thomas said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/crisis-in-nigeria-as-christians-flee-muslim-terrorists/?cat_orig=faith

 

 

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September 21st, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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