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Note: Authorities have given no indication that the current bushfires are the result of terrorist activity.  The Brisbane Times has deleted an article claiming Australia was once singled out as a target for “forest fire jihad” by a group of Islamic extremists. According to the Fairfax publication, the group urged Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye for an eye” doctrine. The article, titled ‘Islam group urges forest fire jihad’, was originally published September 7, 2008, and claimed: “US intelligence channels identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the…

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Aynaz Anni Cyrus was born and raised in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Before she reached 15-years of age, she’d endured hundreds of lashings and was imprisoned close to 14 times. Her crimes included wearing nail polish and singing too loudly in public. But that wasn’t the worst of what Aynaz suffered in her young life. Aynaz was also repeatedly raped by family members, police officers and prison guards until, at 13-years of age, her father decided to sell her off in marriage. He pocketed $50USD in exchange for his daughter. According to Aynaz, her new “husband” soon took to…

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At least 10 Christian hostages in Nigeria were murdered by Islamic State terrorists on Christmas Day. The slaughter was reportedly carried out by the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), who claimed the killings were to avenge the deaths of their leaders Abu bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria. Video released on Wednesday shows 13 hostages in total, 10 are believed to be Christian and three, Muslim. It was reported that one of the hostages was shot in the head while the rest were beheaded. In an earlier video, the hostages pleaded with the Christian Association of…

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A university professor has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan after being found guilty of blaspheming Islam on Facebook. Junaid Hafeez, a 33-year-old lecturer at the Bahauddin Zakariya University in the central Pakistani city of Multan, was accused of posting derogatory comments about Muhammad on social media in 2013. Prosecutors also charged Hafeez with “liking” a blasphemous Facebook page. On Saturday, a court in Multan found Hafeez guilty and sentenced him to death after a lengthy trial. Since 2014, Hafeez has been held in solitary confinement due to security concerns, after his lawyer was shot dead for…

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More than 1,000 Christians in Nigeria have been slaughtered by Islamic militants since January, a report by the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) revealed. The report, Your Land or Your Blood, was presented at the International Organisation for Peace and Social Justice crisis conference in London last month and found more than 6,000 believers have been murdered in the region in the last four years. According to the Church Times, “Since January, there have been five serious attacks in Kaduna State, in the center of the country, resulting in an estimated 500 deaths. There were at least another five attacks…

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Islamic militants have shot dead 14 Christians during a Sunday morning church service in Komondjari Province, south-east Burkina Faso. According to the Barnabas Fund, the December 1 attack left 14 members of the Ouba family dead, including five boys, 16-years and younger. The pastor of the church, Tchitchiéba Ouoba, was also killed. It was reported that the jihadist attackers slaughtered all but one male member of the congregation, while several women, and possibly young children, were said to have been left wounded. The Barnabas Fund said the leader of the church’s denomination, Tambougou Adjima, cried uncontrollably for ten minutes while…

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The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) says it’s working with creatives and decision-makers in Hollywood to “change the narrative of Islam” through film and television. In a video posted to social media, MPAC director Sue Obeidi said the organisation’s Hollywood bureau is engaging with the film industry to increase positive portrayals of Islam and Muslims in an effort to change hearts and minds in the Western world. In a 2017 piece penned for Variety, Obeidi said, we’re beginning to see a shift in the entertainment industry, but the “normalization” of Islam needs to “speed up”. “It’s going to take a…

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Being a British Muslim is the most natural thing in the world because Mohammed had British values, according to the popular British newspaper, The Independent. In a non-satirical piece titled, The Prophet Mohammed had British values – so the only way to combat extremism is to teach more Islam in schools, Sajda Khan argues that if we want to stop people from joining Islamic terrorist groups like Isis, British children must be taught Islamic theology. “This is a golden opportunity to develop within our schools a curriculum based upon the biography of Prophet Muhammad, which clearly demonstrates and embed what…

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Islamic militant group Boko Haram released video last week of the execution of two Christian aid workers in Nigeria. The video, which was posted on September 22, shows Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham kneeling in front of three masked executioners before being shot dead from behind. One of the masked men then vowed to kill every Christian they capture in revenge for the Muslims killed in past conflicts. According to Christianity Today, the two young men had travelled to Maiduguri to help build shelters for people displaced by Islamic extremist violence. Pastor John Pofi, a cousin of the…

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Video of school children being instructed to perform an Islamic prayer and chant “Allahu Akbar” under the supervision of their teacher has left parents in Denmark furious. The footage shows a Sudanese third-grader, dressed in Muslim clothing, leading his classmates in a prayer session to Allah. The boy’s mother recorded the prayer and later uploaded the video to social media, despite being instructed by the school not to do so. “She had been explicitly told not to,” the school’s principal told Danish television TV 2. “If she had to take pictures, then it would only be of her own son.”…

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A Grand Mufti was approved to read from the Quran at Westminster Abbey last Tuesday during a memorial service for a British politician. According to columnist Rev Dr Jules Gomes, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kavazović, was invited to read a portion of the Quran from the cathedral lectern during a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Paddy Ashdown, a diplomat who served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 1999. Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden, the former chaplain to the Queen, said the reading repudiates Jesus by validating Islam and asserting the legitimacy of…

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A Melbourne TAFE has suspended a number of teachers for sharing an ‘Islamophobic’ quote that left a Muslim student feeling “disempowered.” The offending quote appeared on a lecture slide from a subject on diversity and was taken from American conservative author Brigitte Gabriel, who had suggested that while “most Muslims are peaceful”, up to “300-million people are radicals who want to destroy and murder us.” Ms Gabriel was raised in Lebanon until, at the age of ten, radical Islamists blew up her house, burying her under the burning rubble. Miraculously, Ms Gabriel survived the attack but spent the next two-and-a-half…

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Islamic militants in West Africa have executed at least four people after searching their belongings for evidence of their Christian faith. A Barnabas Fund contact revealed the massacre took place in Bani, Burkina Faso, the seventh in a spate of Islamic attacks targetting Christians in the region. According to the source, the gunmen laid everyone down and “looked for signs of Christianity in their baggage.” Those who did not profess Christianity were then released, while the Christians who remained were “slaughtered.” “They declared that this is the way they will treat all Christians of the country… unless they become Muslims,”…

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A nonprofit public interest law firm has reportedly uncovered evidence of a well-orchestrated Islamic indoctrination campaign aimed at teachers in the school system throughout several U.S. states. The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents after concerns were raised about a two-day mandatory teacher-training seminar on Islam conducted by a Muslim consultant who was hired by Michigan’s Novi Community Schools District. Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center said: “We found that the teachers were subjected to two days of Islamic propaganda, where Islam was glorified, Christianity disparaged, and America…

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Islamic militants have reportedly kidnapped more than 200 women and children from a majority-Christian town in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Islamic rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), carried out a three-hour-long raid in the town of Boga in the Ituri Province on August 23 after overrunning local government forces. During the attack, residents attempted to flee the town, as the militants looted church hospitals, stores, and farms. However, more than 200 people were captured by the group, including women and children. The Bishop of Boga Diocese Rt Rev William Bahemuka said: “The situation here is terrible. People are terrified.…

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Examiners in the UK failed a 16-year-old vegetarian student for making Islamophobic remarks criticizing the Islamic ritual slaughter of animals. Abigail Ward of Gildredge House school in Eastbourne, East Sussex, was disqualified from her General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam after the examination board accused her of committing a “malpractice offence” by making “obscene racial comments… throughout an exam paper.” According to The Telegraph, however, the student had only once remarked that she found Halal Islamic ritual slaughter practices “disgusting”. The schoolgirl’s mother, Layla Ward, accused the examiner of being “over-zealous” and  “over-righteous”, saying her daughter is “an animal lover…

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Iran’s Minister of Intelligence has warned a gathering of Shia Muslim leaders that mass conversions to Christianity are taking place right across the country. According to Article 18, a nonprofit organisation that advocates religious freedom in Iran, Mahmoud Alavi told the Shia clerics who had gathered in Qom that mass conversions are “happening right before our eyes.” Alavi went on to admit that he had summoned converts to Christianity for questioning, in violation of Article 23 of Iran’s constitution, which states that “no-one may be molested or taken to task simply for holding a certain belief.” “Some [of the converts]…

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An elderly Christian street preacher who was arrested by UK police for ‘disturbing the peace’ with his “Islamophobic” Christian message has been awarded £2,500 for wrongful arrest. Oluwole Ilesanmi was preaching outside Southgate tube station in London in February when two Metropolitan Police officers ordered him to stop preaching. When the 64-year-old refused, the officers arrested the elderly preacher, ripping his Bible from his hands, then cuffing his wrists behind his back. Mr Ilesanmi was accused of “Islamophobia” after he called Islam an ‘aberration’. The arresting officers told the elderly preacher, “Nobody wants to listen to that.” When Mr Ilesanmi…

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Police in Scotland have arrested a man for painting “Islam is questionable” on his own house. Arresting officers accused Graham Evans of “breach of peace” after the Edinburgh man painted “alarming” and “distressing” phrases on his own property, such as: “Islam is questionable”, “Leave Means Leave” and “Brexit”. Mr Evans was reportedly held by police for five weeks until his trial, where the judge ruled Evans had broken no law in exercising his free speech. Speaking with Kipper Central, Mr Evans said: “I was completely shocked when Police car after Police car pulled up. They had a big meeting in…

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A retired Christian school teacher was gang-raped and tortured for nine hours before being stoned to death by the Islamic militant group that kidnapped her from her home in Idlib, Syria earlier this month. Suzan Der Kirkour’s body was found by a church friend the day after she went missing from her home in the mainly-Christian village of Al-Yacoubia, the Barnabas Fund reported. A Christian leader from the area told the Barnabas Fund, attacks against Christians, mainly Christian women and girls, are frequent, but this one, in particular, has shocked the community. Suzan was an unmarried lady and a respected…

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