First, let me correct a post from yesterday. The report that the pope made a direct and favorable comparison between the koran and the Bible is likely a hoax.
Here are two articles which discuss it directly. Wikipedia, which describes National Report as a satire site, and St. Corbian’s Bear, which discusses this directly.
This is a tremendous relief. While this pontiff has certainly directly said highly questionable things, such as the implied right to punch people who insult things sacred to you, the post made here yesterday is of a magnitude higher in importance. It also shows how jokes of logical extreme in times of extreme activities and changes should not be made as it is impossible at first blush to know if it was meant to be a joke.
Thank you SC for setting me straight on this one.
A Persian-language news outlet reported this week that Iran has sentenced a group of 18 Christians to between one and ten years in prison each for organizing “house churches” and “propaganda against the regime.”
The news surfaces as activists continue to call for the liberation of U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini, a pastor arrested after Muslim Iranians complained that he was open about his faith in public.
Elections observers in Turkey said they were intimidated and forcibly removed from polling stations by the Turkish military, Swedish media reports.
Swedish Radio in Gävleborg reports that a delegation from that city was thrown out by military personnel from a polling station in the southeastern town of Adiyaman.
“The military must not be within 100 meters of a polling station, so we said [to the soldiers] that what you are doing is illegal,” Ellen Gustafsson, a monitor with the Swedish Left Party’s youth wing, told the radio station.
She said the military grabbed them and took them out of the polling station. Gustafsson said the observers tried to resist but that the situation only became more tense when they asked why only representatives of the ruling AKP party were present.
Turkey is holding a crucial parliamentary election on Sunday that will determine whether lawmakers with the AKP will have the authority to rewrite the constitution and strengthen the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
(One of the keystones of democracy is the non-politisization of the military. When Chaves integrated his own thugs into the military and dismissed proper democratic military leaders, what was to follow was obvious to those who understand democratic institutions. One could make a case that Obama is doing something very similar in the USA. Certainly this took place in Turkey and the results should be known quite soon. Also the link may not work directly but grabbing a bunch of text and inserting to Google should yield the same link)
3. Clashes erupt in Vienna Austria between far left wing extremists and classical liberals
4. Face to Face with the Islamic State BBC:
(One interesting thing is that the BBC actually calls it the Islamic State instead of ISIL or any of the other spastic utterances from the Obama admin or the British government when trying to avoid its real name and intention)
5. A threatening piece of art work was sent to Nicolai Sennels. The classically liberal, European democrat who started the Danish weekly march movement, Danish Freedom.
The drawing was clearly done by an artist and has the severed heads of 4 people in a cemetery, one of whom is Nicolai, the other is the salafist I believe is the one speaking in the interview in the previous post and two others I am not yet familiar with. The caption above the photo on Facebook reads:
“Racist, Fascist, Islamist, Nazi, Salafist, (another word I don’t know) SAME SH*T DIFFERENT FACE (The last part in caps and English, the list of criminal ideologies in Danish)
This would appear very much to be a death threat from a cultural and moral relativist leftist and shows the hand, by at least a few cards, of the mentality of the gang of boorish thugs who have been protesting, attacking and insulting the small group of middle aged professionals who have been marching to preserve equal rights for women and all under a liberal constitution in Denmark.
6. A short video documentary about the wonders and benefits of multiculturalism and unchecked immigration to the South of Italy
7. Click on English in the CC button to see the translation of this speaker if it doesn’t default to that for you. This is an interesting protest.
More on this event here
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld an internationally condemned verdict against a liberal blogger who was publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam, state-linked news websites reported Sunday.
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the sentence of Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old father of three who was lashed in January in a public square, is final and cannot be overturned without a royal pardon.
Badawi, imprisoned since 2012, initially was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for breaking Saudi Arabia’s technology laws and insulting Islamic religious figures through a blog he created.
Thank you Green Infidel, M., Liberty Dk., GoV., antikythera and all who sent in materials. More to come. It would appear that in Europe, at least some of the natives are growing restless.