Browsing: Religous Fraud

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‘In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.

What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.’

Read more: Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

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‘A request by a Birmingham church to establish its own police force has advanced through the Public Safety Committee of the Alabama legislature. Some lawmakers are concerned about what they call a potentially dangerous precedent.

The Briarwood Presbyterian Church requested to establish its own police department in order to “create a safer campus in a fallen world,” WBMA reported. The church has a campus in Jefferson County and runs a high school in Shelby County.

Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Shelby County) has sponsored the bill that would allow Briarwood to create its own police department. The House Public Safety Committee approved it on Wednesday.’

Read more: Alabama Church Wants To Set Up Its Own Police

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‘Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump signal the revival of nationalism and even fascism across the globe, the archbishop of Canterbury says.

In the opening address at the Church of England’s synod meeting in London this week, Archbishop Justin Welby said: “There are a thousand ways to explain the Brexit vote or the election of President Trump or the strength in the polls in Holland of Geert Wilders or in France of Madame Le Pen and many other leaders in a nationalist, populist or even fascist traditions of politics.”

While Welby has previously suggested Trump’s politics was based on fear and exclusion, his recent criticism went further by linking the US president with far-right leaders in Europe.’

Read more: Brexit & Trump signal return of ‘fascist tradition,’ says archbishop of Canterbury. He must have forgotten the fascism history of the Christian Church, then?

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‘Malaysian authorities have released a video explaining to Muslims how to approach the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and suggesting that sexual orientation can be changed with “extensive training”.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) released the three-minute video encouraging the Islamic community to ‘be patient’ and help those who wish to change their sexual orientation with “extensive training and guidance”, according to the Malay Mail Online.

In Malaysia, a predominantly Islamic country, homosexual activity and changing gender are illegal under both state courts and Sharia law.’

Read more: Malaysian Muslim authority says ‘training & guidance’ can reverse homosexuality

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‘Islamic radicals from the Muslim Brotherhood are actively trying to gain a “monopoly” over mosques in the eastern German state of Saxony to attract more followers and increase their influence, the local security service chief has warned.

The members of the radical Salafist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, which was established in Egypt in 1928, “have long been active in Saxony, although they were stealthy,” Gordian Meyer-Plath, the president of the regional department of the German domestic security and anti-terrorist service, the BfV, told Germany’s MDR broadcaster.

Meyer-Plath warned, however, that “only now, when a [large] number of Muslims have come to Germany, do they see a chance to expand their network beyond some central structures and become interesting for the new Muslims in Saxony.”’

Read more: Muslim Brotherhood expands presence in Germany, seeks to establish Sharia law – security official

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‘On the same day President Trump vowed to “destroy” a law preventing religious groups and churches from engaging in political activities, Republicans in the House and Senate introduced legislation to make the proposal reality.

The law known as the Johnson Amendment, first enacted in 1954, prohibits churches and other religious organizations from keeping their tax-exempt status if they endorse political candidates or participate in partisan political activities.

The bill introduced Thursday by Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), who is a Southern Baptist pastor, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) would let the organizations remain tax-exempt and express political views as long as they are made during regular activities. Any associated spending would have to be minimal.’

Read more: GOP unveils bill to allow political activity by churches

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‘The Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa has ordered schools across the country to teach only Christianity, a move censured by opponents as inciting anti-Muslim bigotry.

The order went into effect on Tuesday as the new academic year began in Swaziland and officials announced that the old textbooks would be replaced with new ones that will only mention the Bible.

The schools were also instructed to submit a list of “qualified religious studies teachers ahead of the start of term,” AFP reported.

A top education ministry official, identified in the report as Pat Muir, said primary and high schools would not offer other religions.’

Read more: Swaziland orders schools to teach only Christianity

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‘Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has unleashed his colorfully-worded wrath on the Catholic Church again, saying the organization is corrupt, “full of sh*t,” and accusing priests of sexual abuse.

Duterte on Tuesday accused the Church and its bishops and priests of corruption, womanizing and said he was abused by a priest as a student of Ateneo de Davao University. He also said three Cabinet secretaries had been molested.

Speaking to the families of Special Action Forces who died in Mamasapano in 2015, Duterte advised the crowd to read “Altar of Secrets” by Aries Rufo to discover the truth about church officials, saying he would resign if its allegations were untrue. He added he might pen his own book about the Church, entitled “Hypocrisy.”

“I challenge the Catholic Church,” he said. “You are full of sh*t. You all smell bad, corruption and all.”’

Read more: Duterte accuses Catholic Church of being ‘full of shit’

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‘Pope Francis warned against populist leaders, saying that Germany came to elect one in 1933, and ended up with Adolf Hitler as its dictator.

“Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most common example of European populism is Germany in 1933… A people that was immersed in a crisis, that looked for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened,” he said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

“Hitler did not steal power,” the Pope said. “He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people.”’

Read more: Pope warns against Hitler-like leaders coming to power on wave of populism

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