DC: Saturday April 14 Rally for Pakistan Hindu and Christian Rights

In response to the kidnapping of Hindu and Christian girls in Pakistan, a rally is being held on Saturday, April 14. The event will be from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at 1615 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20062 – in front of the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council and across the street from Lafayette Square Park.

You can find the location on Google Maps here.

Organizations represented will include: Hindu American FoundationPakistan Christian Congress, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.), and other activist groups and individual human rights activists.

You can find out about the kidnapping of Hindu girls in Pakistan here.

Find out more about the rally here.

Jews “the main enemy of Muslims”: Friday sermons in Malaysia

From People of Shambhala
Jews “are the main enemy of Muslims” according to a sermon delivered at mosques in Malasia on Fiday.

The sermon was allegedly drafted by the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department (JAWI) and distributed in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas.

The sermon suggested that the alleged threat to Muslims by Jews was “proven by their egotistical behavior and murders performed by them.”

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, known for its central role in tracking Nazi war criminals after World War II, condemned the sermon.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a press release that… read more.

Coptic thinker calls for creation of “Christian Brotherhood”

From People of Shambhala.
Coptic-Christian thinker Michael Fahmy has called for the creation of a “Christian Brotherhood,” to be modeled after Egypt’s controversial Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

The MB was officially outlawed in Egypt in 1950, but existed in semi-secret both in that country and across the globe.

With the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 the MB founded the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) which managed to win almost half the seats in the recent Egyptian elections.

In 2007 Coptic journalist Joseph Nagy suggested the formation of a similar, Coptic movement. However, the proposal was “shot down” by the Mubarak regime and Egypt’s official Coptic Church under recently-deceased Pope Shenouda III.

Fahmy told AhramOnline that “The idea was first proposed years ago, but last year’s revolution encouraged me to revisit it. I would like to emulate the Muslim Brotherhood’s success and its powerful rapport with the masses, which was reflected in the group’s electoral victories in recent parliamentary polls.”

The Proposed Christian Brotherhood:

According to AhramOnline, the proposed Christian Brotherhood would work to… read more.

Terrorist attack in Thailand kills 14, wounds 341

From People of Shambhala.
“The worst attack in the past few years.” This is how Col. Pramote Promin, deputy spokesman of a regional security agency, has described the car bombings that were carried out in Thailand today.

“The suspected insurgents were targeting people’s lives,” says Col. Promin. “They [targeted] a bustling commercial area, so they wanted to harm people.”

Muslim militants are suspected of carrying out the attack. So far 14 are dead and over 340 were injured in the blasts.

The attack took place in Yala city, one of three southern provinces that were rocked by an Islamist insurgency against the Buddhist nation state in 2004.

The first explosion came from a parked pickup truck, and tore through an area of restaurants and shops in the busy commercial area of Yala.

About 20 minutes later when people had gathered near the explosion a second car bomb exploded, causing most of the fatalities.

Earlier in the month, using automatic weapons and grenades, about 50 Muslim militants attacked a military base housing Special Forces in the province of Narathiwat, injuring 12 soldiers. During the same evening… read more.

“Threat of Christianization” conference held by Malaysian state

From People of Shambhala.

The Malaysian state of Johor, in the southern Malaysian Peninsula, has announced that it will host a conference titled the “Strengthening the Faith, the Dangers of Liberalism and Pluralism and the Threat of Christianity towards Muslims. What is the Role of Teachers?”

Teachers from state schools will be required to attend the conference on the “threat of Christianization” this Saturday.

Datuk Sheikh Abdul Halim Abdul, President of the The Malaysian Ulama Association (PUM), says “the problem of Christianisation has been around for a long while, it is real.”

“Therefore,” Halim Abdul says, “any authority or government which is Islamic has a right to… read more.

“Kill me here, now, in court. But do not send me back”: Kidnapped Hindu girl

“In Pakistan there is justice only for Muslims, justice is denied Hindus. Kill me here, now, in court. But do not send me back to the Darul-Aman [Koranic school] … kill me.” This was the plea of Rinkle Kumari, 19, the Hindu girl kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and forced to marry a Muslim man that she had never met.

Although the kidnapping of Hindu (and to a lesser extend Christian) girls is sickeningly commonplace, Kumari’s case received more attention than usual, partly due to protests by her family and local Hindu community.

Another factor was the implication of Mian Mittho, an elected member of the National Assembly, who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping case, and who attempted to cover it up.

Fr. Anwar Patras, of the Diocese of Rawalpindi, told AsiaNews that he condemned “with force” the… read more.

Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister: short skirts “pornographic”, cause rape — ban them

Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali, has described skirts that cut off above the knee as “pornographic,” and has said that he will ban women from wearing them.

Ali has been appointed to run the country’s new anti-porn taskforce, announced by president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono earlier this month.

He says that a special task force would determine “a set of universal criteria” to define pornography.

However, the Religious Affairs Minister says, “one [criterion] will be when someone wears a skirt above the knee.”

Indonesia’s parliamentary speaker Marzuki Alie announced earlier this month that he would draft rules banning female politicians and staff members from wearing mini skirts.

Alie said that this measure needed to be taken because… read more.

Pakistan Minister: 100 non-Muslim girls and women forced to convert to Islam over last few months

From People of Shambhala.

By many accounts it’s an underestimation. At least 15-20 Hindu girls are kidnapped, converted to Islam, and forced to marry a Muslim man each month.

In the province of Sindh the number of kidnapped Hindu girls is even higher.

But the issue is beginning to get media and some official attention.

Pakistani Minister for National Harmony Akram Masih Gill says that 100 — predominantly Hindu — women have been forced to convert to Islam in the last few months, although he admitted not knowing the … read more.

Tibetans rise up, China threatens war

From People of Shambhala.
At first, consumed by fire, the unmoving, tall black object looks like an effigy stood perfectly upright on a street that could be one in virtually any town in the world. People are screaming, but it’s unclear whether it’s in excitement or horror.

Not until the thing aflame begins to crumple and collapse does it reveal itself to be a human being. Only then do arms and legs, and the head, become visible, along with its essential humanness.

What we have been watching, it turns out, is a video of the self-immolation of Tibetan Buddhist monk Palden Choetso, 35. Choetso self-immolated in an act of protest against China’s continuing occupation of Tibet late last year, but the video has only just surfaced outside of the occupied Buddhist nation.

One wonders what it must take to stand in perfect stillness during the most terrible and painful of deaths. It is testimony to the courage and spirit of Choetso, and to the spirit of the Tibetans and the horrors that have been visited upon them people by the Chinese occupiers.

After the invasion of Tibet, Tibetan nuns — and some lay women — were systematically raped, some with electric cattle rods. Some had their breasts cut off.

But the aim of China was never torture and humiliation of its own sake. It was ethnic cleansing: to eradicate Tibetan culture, and destroy… read more.

Iranian regime attacks alleged Freemasonry, Christian and Jewish symbols in Tehran, begins destruction

From People of Shambhala.
“There are some freemasonry and Christian symbols installed on personal buildings around the city,” says Tehran’s mayor, “We should control these symbols and ban their display.”

The term “Freemasonry” is rarely used to designate the historical fraternity, founded in the 18th century by Islamic radicals. Usually it is used to refer to the West, America, liberal values, women’s rights. It is also applied to Christianity, although much less commonly.

Fundamentalists and extremists, including in Christianity, tend to be frightened by symbols, and, moreover, they tend to see symbols everywhere, in all kinds of shapes.

The architectural design of Tehran’s Enghelab Square was recently attacked by Islamic fundamentalists. “Some regime dependent figures claimed that the architecture of this square reminds people of freemasonry symbols and the Star of David,” reports Mohabat News, the Iranian Christian News Agency, this week. “After these comments were made, a group of Basij members wearing cerecloths (ceremonial burial cloth in Islam) attacked this square after they… read more.

Hindu girl says conversion to Islam, marriage, was voluntary, as police stand guard

From People of Shambhala.
For a newly-wed that has allegedly embraced Islam of her own free will Rinkle Kumari, 18, looked strangely unhappy as she spoke before the Karachi Press Club today.

To say the proceedings were unusual would be an understatement. Kumari was unable to answer journalists’ questions. During the conference she was also passed notes by two people who said they were from an Islamic organization. And she acknowledged that she had never met her husband before marrying him — at that point the conference was abruptly ended.

Her parents allege that Kumari was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam, and married to a Muslim man against her will.

Abdul Haq (alias Mian Mitthu), a Member of the National Assembly, has been accused of orchestrating the kidnapping. Police appeared to stand guard during the press conference, and a police escort waited outside.
Visibly shaking, Kumari told the conference: “My name is Syeda Faryal Bibi, I have embraced Islam without any force and have married Syed Naveed Shah of my own free will. Earlier my name was Rinkle Kumari.”

Two bearded men, who said they were from Dargah Bharchundi Sharif, kept passing notes to Kumari, as if… read more.

Hundreds of Islamists attack village, molest Hindu women

From People of Shambhala.
The Hindu town of Madhyakolra, Domjur, in West Bengal, India, was attacked by approximately 600 Islamists on March 4, reports Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.

Trouble began when four Muslim property developers arrived to have a pond covered over and construction work begun on the site. Local Hindus came out to protest.

The four men — Mohsin Mufti, Sheikh Khokon Dewan, Atiyar Mallik and Nurududdin Sardar — allegedly returned to the neighboring Muslim-majority village.

They then returned to Madhyakolra, reportedly with 600 Islamists, who attacked the village and molested many of the Hindu women there… read more.

Indonesian Islamic groups demonstrate against liberal Muslims and Ahmadiyya

Indonesia must be “free” of liberal values, including liberal interpretations of Islam. That’s the message of thousands of Muslims who demonstrated against the Ahmadiyya minority faith and “liberalism” on Friday. The Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Islamic Peoples Forum (FUI), Islam Reform Movement (Garis) and Ukhuwah Islamiyah Forum gathered at the HI Roundabout in Jakarta and called for Indonesia to be “free” from liberal ideas.

Wearing traditional white clothing the demonstrators chanted against the Liberal Islam Network (JIL) and held banners which read… continue reading.