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  1. No, it's not worth watching. The flags gave away who was behind it. That rally was held by the National Radical Camp a neo-Nazi group. Unless you are Polish, white, and Catholic, they probably hate you. No one else is welcome by that group in Poland except those who meet that criteria. They also denounce Jews at these rallies, and in the past it was Italians and Russians. Here they are burning an effigy of a jew.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    No. A non-state actor simply means that they do not have direct ties to a particular government or are officially sanctioned by a government. Some non-State actors do receive financing or other support from governments. Al-Quada would be a perfect example. Terrorism was relatively rare among Muslim majority countries and acts outside of those countries involving Islamic terrorism accounted for less than 10% of all terrorism worldwide prior to 2002. That is a historical fact that can not be denied. You can go back to the 600's if you want to, but I'm talking about modern history within the past 500 years. You are also confusing terrorism with conflicts between nations and kingdoms. They are not the same. And if you do just a little bit of research, you will find that between 1,600 and the early 20th century, there was far more war and conflict in European countries during that time than there was in the Middle East and northern Africa.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    What about them? Do you believe that had something to do with religion? Piracy has a long history and has nothing to do with Islam or any religion for that matter. Cilician pirates terrorized the eastern Mediterranean and even kidnapped Julius Caesar in 75 BC. Did you every hear of the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean ?" Piracy in that region was just as bad as what was taking place off the coast on North Africa with the Barbary pirates. The pirates of the Caribbean would not have been Muslim for the most part. English pirates routinely attacked Spanish treasure ships returning from the new world. It would be safe to say that most if not all of the Atlantic pirates of the 17th and 18th century would have claimed to be Christian despite their thievery. Why would you single out piracy in one region of the world and blame it on a religion? Here is some history for you. Ever here of "Divine Providence" and "Manifest Destiny"? This was the belief that America was a nation called to a special destiny by God to civilize and Christianize the savage world. It started with western expansion and the genocide of the native Americans and continued outside the borders into Mexico, Cuba, Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Below are a couple of quotes from American politicians: "God has not been preparing the English-speaking and Tectonic peoples for a thousand years for nothing but vain and idle self-admiration. No! He has made us the master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns..." Albert T. Beveridge Republican U.S. Senator from Indiana "I went down on my knees and prayed Almighty God for light and guidance more than one night. And one night late it came to me this way - I don’t know how it was, but it came.... that there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died." President William McKinley How did the US uplift, civilize, and Christianize the Philippines? Entire villages were burned and their inhabitants slaughtered, whole populations were imprisoned in concentration camps where countless Filipinos died from disease and starvation. General Jacob H. Smith gave orders to those under his command to kill everyone over 10 years old. There were many massacres and tens of thousands were killed. Starvation and disease in concentration camps and in villages left desolate after raids led to the deaths on perhaps millions. It was genocide. "It may be necessary to kill half the Filipinos in order that the remaining half of the population may be advanced to a higher plane of life than their present semi-barbarous state affords."--General William Shafter "The good Lord in heaven only knows the number of Filipinos that were put under ground. Our soldiers took no prisoners, they kept no records; they simply swept the country, and wherever or whenever they could get hold of a Filipino they killed him." “The Philippines are ours forever.... And just beyond the Philippines are China’s illimitable markets. We will not retreat from either. We will not repudiate our duty in the archipelago. We will not abandon our opportunity in the Orient. We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race, trustee under God, of the civilization of the world. The Pacific is our ocean..." Senator Albert J. Beveridge There are no innocent parties when it comes to religion and violence. Trying to pin evil on a single religion and ignoring the evil at the hands of others is called not being objective. The truth is that evil has no religion. The Barbary piracy was state sponsored just the same as the pirates from European countries. Religion was not a factor in either case.
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    The myth of Pagan roots of Christianity

    Muhammad was a trader and his travels had him interacting with both Jews and Christians in the regions he traded in, so he for sure interacted with many Jews and Christians. He probably learned a lot about Judaism and Christianity early on in his life because of this. Also, his first wife Khadeejah had ties to Christians and according to the hadiths, her cousin Waraqah was a Christian and could write in Hebrew. It's quite possible this is where Muhammad learned about what was written in the Torah and the Bible. There was no translation of the complete Bible in Arabic in the 6th century, so Muhammad would have had to rely on others to tell him or read to him what the scriptures said. There is no doubt that Muhammad used a combination of the teachings of Judaism and Christianity to twist into a religion of his own. If you read the Qur'an you will find many similarities to what is written in the Bible. Some of the writings are so close that it almost seems that they were plagiarized from the Bible. Had there been a complete translation of the Bible in Arabic prior to the 6th century, it's quite possible that Islam never would have existed, especially since Muhammad had close relations with Christians. It seems like Muhammad just used bits an pieces of the Bible and created his own book by filling in the blanks. Since there were some portions of the Bible written in Arabic at the time, that's a possibility. Either way, Islam is just one of many false religions in the world and is from a false prophet. It's certainly not from God.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    The use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation. You are answering questions with questions. What is your explanation of Islamic terrorism going from being a rare occurrence on a global scale, to suddenly becoming the most dominant type with over 70% of terrorism taking place in Muslim countries?
  6. I apologize for the mistake, it was not intentional. I will try to be more careful in the future... Edited by Omegaman 3.0 to remove an unnecessary accusation on the part of Davida who is quoted here. I hid Davida's post but included part of it here, so that at least Badjao33's apology, had some context to make sense out of.
  7. I see that now. Thank you for the clarification. I was reading all of the posts, but for some reason I thought she was talking about the OP. The local cases you shared are heartbreaking also. There is so much suffering in this world it's impossible to keep track of it all...
  8. There is a whole lot of media coverage on this story and it has been on every network's nightly news segment since the story first broke. Just go to Youtube and search for episodes from each network and you can see this. I made a post about this in another thread. I'm sure most people are just as outraged about the suffering these children have endured as they are with any other similar story.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    That is true, but did you know that this is a trend that just started in the past 16 years? Did you know that prior to 2002, countries with higher Muslim populations experienced less domestic terrorism than western countries and that less than 10% of terrorism worldwide was carried out by Muslim terrorists? Prior to 2002, the higher a country’s Muslim population, the less domestic terrorism it experienced. Since 2002, this trend has reversed. Let's look at Iraq and Afghanistan where around 50% of all terror attacks each year are now taking place. Looking at those two graphs, what is your explanation as to why these two countries went from having very little terrorist activity, to leading the world today with more than half of the attacks worldwide taking place inside their borders? Did Muslims in those countries all of a sudden start picking up their Qur'ans in 2002 and start following it the way you and some others believe, or did something else happen around that time that would cause such a dramatic increase in Islamic terrorism? Let's expand things out to a global scale now. Below is a list of the top 10 countries that experienced the most terrorism prior to 9/11 and those after: As you can see, prior to 9/11 all but one (Turkey ranked at #7) were non-Muslim countries. After 9/11, three of the top four were Muslim countries. Now let's look at where most terrorist attacks have been taking place since 1970: As can be seen, Between 1970 and the late 90's, most terror attacks were taking place in non-Muslim regions of the world, and while this chart doesn't show it, they were being carried out by mostly by non-Muslim terrorists. More than 90% of terror attacks worldwide between 1970 and 2002 were carried out by non-Muslims. So once again, did Muslims all of a sudden start reading their Qur'an's and start interpreting them the way you and some others believe, or were there other events around the time things started turning around that might have lead to the dramatic increase in Islamic terrorism? Islamic terrorism, while it has always existed, has only become the predominant type of terrorism since 2002. What's encouraging about this graph is that since 2014, there has been about a 40% decrease in terrorism incidents in the Middle East and North Africa since it's peak in 2014. Let's pray that this trend continues.
  10. There has been plenty of coverage on this story since it broke and all the networks have had people on the ground. Just about every news outlet quoted the Sheriff when he said they may have been "extremists of the Muslim belief" well before the article in the OP of this thread, which was published on August 8th, says that the major news outlets omitted all mention of Islamic ties. And they have talking about it on the nightly news segments ever since. The NBC, CBS, and CNN stories below all mention the Islamic connection. If you go to Youtube and type in the title of this video below, you will find that this NBC story from August 8th talked more about the possible Muslim extremist connection than the Fox report at the link found in the OP.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    Sorry for the mistake. When I was quoting the text I must not have scrolled back far enough and quoted the content from your post instead of the original poster. I went back and corrected my mistake.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    Exactly. Paul was a Jew, a Roman citizen, and born in Tarsus, a Grecian city. There is no doubt why Jesus chose him to be the minister among the Gentiles. How better to reach them with His gospel than to send someone who is well educated in their customs, traditions, and their gods. Paul is the perfect example to those living today who want to spread the gospel to those who are from different cultures or faiths than their own. If we want to reach a people group from a different culture or faith, then it only makes sense to understand how and what they believe before we start sharing what we believe to them. "For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it." (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) As was the case with Paul, there is no reason for our message to change or not be consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to do this. Missionaries going into foreign lands with little or no knowledge about the culture of the people they are trying to reach can do a lot of damage. Not only to those they went in hopes of saving, but also to the missionaries who follow after them. One of the main reasons countries restrict proselytizing is because of the way missionaries in the past have disrespected their culture and people. A big reason there is a division between Christians and Muslims today is because many missionaries that go into their communities talk to them the way many talk about Muslims and Islam in this forum. They also see how Christians in the west distort Islam to make them and their religion look bad. It's a major problem and one of the main reasons I am so outspoken on this subject here.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    How did Paul know what the Greek poets said about their gods? He literally quotes one of their poets in his sermon.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    I'm almost certain that the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and Dr. David Shenk, both of which I have been taught by or taken classes from about Islam, don't have any ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or would be putting out any Islamic propaganda. I have also taken courses from Islamic sources and the teachings I received from them didn't contradict with what I was taught from the Christian sources. Not all ex-Muslims are honest. Just because someone claims they are a Christian doesn't automatically make them honest either. I have actually been contacted by the brother of one of those "ex-Muslims" mentioned in the source I gave in my last post looking for stories of Christian persecution here in Mindanao so they could include it on their Christian persecution website. I know for a fact that the website that this particular"ex-Muslim" runs is not always truthful in what they report based on what they have claimed about events that have taken place here.
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    Muslims Turning to Christ

    That's right. The best way to get educated About Islam is by reading the Qur'an for yourself, taking some courses from legitimate sources, and talking to real Muslims. These are the suggestions I gave earlier in the thread. I actually prefer that people not take my word alone when it comes to Islam and what Muslims believe and instead study the religion further for themselves and interact more with real with Muslims. In addition to the Christian based source I gave above, a good Islamic source for free classes online is Islamic Online University. That is certainly not the place to get an education on Islam and what Muslims actually believe. It is clearly set up to scam people. Below is some information on the person behind that site. Bill Warner’s real name is Bill French. His website says his PhD (1968) is in physics and math. He is little known outside the local confines of anti-Muslim activism. He spent the bulk of his career working on home energy efficiency (heating, cooling, insulation, etc.) and had several temporary and adjunct appointments at TSU in the Industrial Arts and Technology department in the 80s and 90s. French/Warner has no training in religion or history, or ancient languages and is not cited or treated as a reputable scholar by actual scholars of antiquities, Islamic history or theology in general let alone Islamic theology or jurisprudence. While he does not speak or read Arabic, he sells his own versions of the Koran which he has edited, rearranged and complied based on the translations of others. http://merinc.org/islamophobic-incidents/bill-frenchs-visit-to-pinehurst/ Anti-Muslim crusaders make millions spreading fear Former Tennessee State University physics professor Bill French runs the Nashville-based, for-profit Center for the Study of Political Islam. He spoke recently to a group of opponents of the Murfreesboro mosque gathered at a house in Murfreesboro. With an American flag as a backdrop, French paced back and forth like the Church of Christ ministers he heard growing up. His message: how creeping Shariah law is undermining the very fabric of American life. French, who has no formal education in religion, believes Islam is not a religion. Instead, he sees Islam and its doctrine and rules — known as Shariah law — as a totalitarian ideology. In his 45-minute speech, he outlined a kind of 10 commandments of evil — no music, no art, no rights for women — taken from his book Sharia Law for Non-Muslims. The speech was free, but his books, penned under the name "Bill Warner," were for sale in the back and ranged from about $9 to $20. When he was done, the 80 or so mosque opponents gave him a standing ovation and then began buying French's books to hand out to their friends. Inaccurate information The message anti-Islam authors and groups disseminate isn't always accurate. Brannon Wheeler, history professor and director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the United States Naval Academy, said critics of Islam mistakenly assume that Shariah law is a set of fixed principles that apply to every Muslim, everywhere. That's not the case, he said, making clear that he speaks as an expert and not for the Navy or the Naval Academy. While French, for example, has put together his Sharia Law for Non-Muslims, no similar book exists for Muslims. "There's no text that is entitled The Shariah," Wheeler said. "It's not a code of law. It's not like you could go to the library and get the 12 volumes of Shariah law." Instead, Shariah is flexible, and applies differently in different contexts. It comes from clerics' and scholars' interpretations of the Quran and other holy books. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2010/10/24/antimuslim-crusaders-make-millions-spreading-fear/28936467/ These people many trust for information on Islam don't care about you, me, America, or anyone other than themselves. They are driven by greed. These are the enemies of the truth, not those who try to expose them. Industry Another consequence of 9/11 was the sudden proliferation of voices writing and speaking about links between Islam and terrorism. Americans sought answers to their questions about the attackers and their motivations. In this climate of vulnerability emerged a cottage industry of individuals and groups claiming to have special knowledge and insight. Comprised of pseudo-scholars, bloggers, clergy, politicians and others, they built lucrative careers by confirming popular preconceptions of Islam and playing on fears of another terrorist attack. Bookstores stocked dozens of sensational titles by individuals whose emotive personal stories masqueraded as expertise. Examples include: Because They Hate (Brigitte Gabriel), A Battle For the Soul of Islam (M. Zudhi Jasser), Unveiling Islam (Ergun Caner), The Trouble With Islam Today(Irshad Manji), The Caged Virgin (Ayaan Hirsi Ali), Now They Call Me Infidel (Nonie Darwish), A God Who Hates (Wafa Sultan) and Why I Left Jihad (Walid Shoebat). In addition to these anecdotal accounts, other volumes appeared that claimed more scholarly origins though their authors had no formal training in the subject matter: The Al-Qaeda Reader(Raymond Ibrahim), The Legacy of Jihad (Andrew Bostom) and Thirteen Lessons on Political Islam(Bill Warner) were written by a research librarian, a heart doctor and a university physics professor, respectively. At the forefront of this group is Robert Spencer, a former homeschool administrator whose twelve books on Islam (including two New York Times best-sellers) bolster an intellectual pretense that draws legitimacy from devotees of his online diary, Jihad Watch. In 2011 the weblog reported $238,000 in revenue and Spencer's salary, furnished by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, increased by 17 percent from the previous year to $161,206.24 Wide readership and generous financial backing moved anti-Muslim narratives beyond bookshelves and blogs and into communities where more formal organizations were created to spread them. In 2010 Spencer and Pamela Geller, a former financial analyst who operates the blog Atlas Shrugs, founded the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), a group whose stated goal is to resist the "Islamization of America." AFDI spawned two other interconnected organizations, Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) and Stop the Islamization of Nations (SION), which shared funding and board members. All three are designated "hate groups" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their activities have included public protests over the construction of mosques, rallies with members of the English Defense League (EDL), and a series of advertisement campaigns on city buses ("Leaving Islam?" and "Is There a Fatwa on Your Head?") and in metro stations (which characterized opponents of Israel as "savages" and featured violent verses from the Quran). One batch of four-week ads beside clocks in a New York City metro stop cost $70,000. Much of the money was raised from Spencer and Geller's websites where readers contributed directly through PayPal or through crowd sourcing platforms like Indiegogo. Apart from individual donations, an extensive funding network sustains the Islamophobia industry. The Center for American Progress reported in 2011 that over the course of the previous ten years, seven charitable organizations funneled more than $42 million to eight groups that propagate anti-Muslim views. A portion of that money ($4,623,700) went to the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a Washington, DC think tank founded by Frank Gaffney, a man who claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the United States and aim to supplant the Constitution with Islamic law. In 2011, Gaffney was paid more than $278,000 in contracting fees by various groups and since 2009, has liaised with AFDI's attorney, David Yerushalmi, to develop anti-Sharia legislation (That year, CSP paid Yerushalmi more than $153,000 in consulting fees; in 2012 he earned $110,823). Other beneficiaries of this multi-million dollar industry include the David Horowitz Freedom Center ($8,380,500), the Clarion Fund, which produced the anti-Muslim film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West ($18,093,600), and Daniel Pipes's Middle East Forum ($5,963,246). The Council on American-Islamic Relations reports that between 2008 and 2011, 37 groups raked in a combined $119,662,719 in total revenue. The heads of these organizations are often salaried hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is not surprising that in this climate of "get rich quick," dozens of other similar groups sprang up, offering services that ranged from security consulting to political organizing. Some of them include: ACT! For America, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Forum for Middle East Understanding, the Strategic Engagement Group, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) and the Shoebat Foundation. Their members lobby local and federal lawmakers to implement much of the aforementioned legislation, campaign against Muslim-led initiatives and spread misinformation in op-eds, lectures to government officials, and within their communities. http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/Public/focus/essay1009_islamophobia_united_states.html As you can see, there is a whole lot of money involved in the anti-Islamic industry and all of those involved are exploiting the horrible events that occurred on 9/11 and the victims of terrorist attacks around the world in order to make themselves rich and popular. They will all have to answer to this eventually and I will be praying in the meantime that each and everyone of them repents and turns away from these evil actions before that day comes.