Holy Pascha in Jerusalem

Dr. Ashraf Ramelah of Voice of the Copts reports on the political and doctrinal ramifications of the traditional annual Easter pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Coptic Christians.

Holy Pascha visits to Jerusalem cause Copts to lose Holy Sacrament
by Ashraf Ramelah

While Jews around the world celebrate Passover, Christians from Egypt visit the Holy Land for their week of Holy Pascha (the Passion of Christ). For this pilgrimage, Egyptian Christians (Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelic) leave Cairo by the thousands on daily flights to Jerusalem. Egypt’s airlines have increased departures to twelve flights per week from the normal four, delivering triple the visitors to Israel for the occasion — an expected annual spike in travelers. In spite of the regularity of this normal event, rumors vilifying Israel propagate throughout the Egyptian press.

On Sunday, April 13, one Arab news website, Elaph, alluded to an Israeli government ploy by reporting sources in Egypt’s travel industry worried that Israeli visas issued for Easter travel are really intended for another “mass” immigration of Copts to Israel. These fears stem from earlier waves of Christian emigration which increased during the Morsi era. However, now their cause for concern is based upon an approximate total of 10,000 Christian travelers — hardly a number to alarm the Islamic establishment.

It is doubtful that Egypt’s ruling class views as disagreeable a potential exodus of Copts. It is more likely to be encouraged, if not fostered, as in the evacuation of Jews from Egypt during the Nasser era. Currently, focusing on such “news” creates an opportunity to criticize and condemn imaginary offenses by Jews and the Israeli government.

Meanwhile, Orthodox Copts will deal with negative consequences upon return from Jerusalem. The Church hierarchy is irritated by the pilgrimages to Israel and stresses that Orthodox Christians are in violation of a 1978 edict issued by the late Pope Shenuda III forbidding visits to the Holy Land until Jerusalem is “liberated.”

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A Brand New Islam Law for Austria

One of the last acts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before it disintegrated in the aftermath of the Great War was to pass the “Islam Law” of 1912, which codified the religious rights of Muslims. The law was deemed necessary because of the participation of Muslim soldiers in the imperial army after the annexation of Bosnia in 1908.

Modern Austria has inherited the Islam Law, but Islam-critics have long contended that the state has failed to enforce the crucial provision that Islamic practices must not violate the laws of Austria. After years of contention, a revision of the Islam Law is in the works, and — not surprisingly — has stirred new controversy, since Austria’s increasingly powerful Islamic community has had a say in the detailed provisions of the revised law.

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff has commissioned translations of an introduction to the public controversy about the law, followed by an article about these unfolding events.

For readers who are interested in the text of the original law, see the Islam Law of 1912 in German, French, and English.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this comprehensive introduction by Christian Zeitz:

The completely unrestrained expansion of Islamic influence has long been a thorn in the flesh of Islam critics in Austria. More and more aspects of everyday life are subsumed by the ritual demands of believing Muslims and — frequently in a bizarre fashion — make a beneficial exchange between native Austrians and Muslim immigrants impossible. The left and like-minded political elite are working diligently on a glorification of alleged Islamic cultural achievements, in order to legitimize their claim of “enrichment” of a multicultural society with foreign influences. Economic and political ties between Austria and influential Islamic countries — especially Turkey and the Arab oil-producing countries — are being unremittingly intensified, and this increases their influence on Islamic institutions in Austria. The out-of-control proliferation of so-called Islamic “cultural organizations,” i.e., the multiplicity of oriental convenience stores and video stores run by “backyard mosques” provides a comfortable insulation for the creeping propagation of sharia. And in Austria, all that may no longer be criticized and opposed — even with qualifications — because Islam is a “legally recognized religious community” under the protection of the criminal religious “hate speech paragraphs” in the law and the anti-discrimination legislation.

In 1912 Islam was recognized as a legally equal religious community through a special law called the “Islam Law.” The step was considered necessary, because of urging by Bosnian soldiers belonging to the imperial-and-royal army of the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary at that time. Of course, the Islam Law provides the qualification in §6/2 that protection of Islam applies only insofar as its beliefs, rituals and practice do not contradict the laws and customs of Austria. In 1988, by means of an ordinance considered by experts to be illegal, the legal basis was created for the IGGiÖ (Islamic Religious Community in Austria), which gives Islam exclusive claim to representation. The IGGiÖ has established itself as a powerful and politically influential lobby, which pursues Islamic interests in all areas, exploits naïve representatives of the political establishment and ensures a centrally coordinated religious instruction in public schools. Its advocates belong to a radical — albeit set up as “dialogue” — type of Sunni Islam, and see themselves as a toehold for Turkish and Wahhabi positions.

For more than100 years, politically responsible individuals in the Austrian republic have not succeeded in implementing the provisions of the Islam law or enforcing its spirit. For that reason, critics have long demanded a reformulation of the law, restricting the leeway of interpretation, emphasizing the interests of Austria, preventing an extra-legal status for Islam and creeping sharia — as it is or should be in a nation of laws for all churches and faith groups.

Unfortunately, the IGGiÖ has realized that the implementation of such a legal project would mean the end of its time of doing as it pleases in Austria. So — in complete secrecy, behind the backs of the public, enlisting the responsible foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz and several policymakers — it has taken the opportunity to finagle an outline of a new Islam Law that would even enhance its position, increase the influence of Islam on both culture and society, and could mobilize public money for Islamic projects like special cemeteries and ministry to soldiers.

So for several weeks now, critics and juridical experts have been trying too prevent an unnoticed rubber-stamping of this proposal in the Austrian national Assembly. They are letting those in power know that such a legal construction would clearly discriminate against the other religious communities in comparison to Islam and its radical representation, and would diminish surveillance of extremist groups and projects. It should be the intent of a constructive Islam Law to preserve the interests of Austrians and establish religious peace in the land. The following central elements must be considered:

  • Publication of the fundamentals of the Islamic faith and obligatory restriction of carrying out the tenets of the faith to the published content. That includes filing a certified translation of the Koran and those Hadiths deemed relevant.
  • Restriction of financing of the Islamic religious community and/or yet to be founded or recognized Islamic communities to domestic finance sources.
  • Restriction of possible membership in the Islamic religious community to natural persons, to preclude lobbying for cultic and religious practices through the membership of shadowy organizations of doubtful background.

Austria will soon have to decide whether it wants to establish in orderly fashion the primacy of the secular state versus the aspirations for an Islamic divine state, or intends to allow a further embedding of radical variants of Islam.

Mag. Christian Zeitz
Academic Director
Institute for Applied Political Economics

Below is a article from EurActiv.de (also translated by JLH) with a different perspective on the revision of the Islam Law of 1912:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/17/2014

Most of the schoolgirls abducted yesterday from a school in Chibok, Nigeria are still missing. Fourteen escaped from captivity and returned to their parents; the whereabouts of the rest are unknown. An earlier announcement by the Nigerian army that all but eight of the girls had been released now seems to have been false.

In other news, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) referred to the protesters at the standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and the family of Cliven Bundy as “domestic terrorists”. He then repeated his point by declaring that they had engaged in “domestic terrorism”.

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Sderot, Last Enclave of Civilisation

Our Israeli correspondent MC, who spent Passover under the shadow of the qassam missiles in Gaza, has some thoughts on the current situation in Israel and elsewhere.

Sderot, Last Enclave of Civilisation
by MC

Yesterday was Passover, and we, the Anglophone community of Sderot gathered at the Paratrooper Monument picnic site on a mound overlooking Gaza where we barbecued lamb and talked of all sorts of things.

There was a mixed group, predominantly North Americans, but also people from UK, Holland, Russia, Argentina and Brazil as well as Israeli-born English speakers brought together by the common ties of the Feasts of Jehovah.

As one of my sons pointed out, civilisation stopped just 400 yards west and south of us. Sderot is the ‘Rivendell’ of Western society, the last homely house before Hell. We retreated from Sinai; we gave the land back to barbarism. We retreated from Gaza; we gave it over to the orcs and wargs, trusting in their promise of peace, ‘guaranteed’ by American liberals and liars.

There, at the picnic site, in plain view there is a fence, and behind that fence are the most dangerous predators in the world, predators who would take us and our children and butcher us and eat our hearts.

The fence is patrolled by soldiers who are heavily armed. They use the picnic area as a rest/turnaround area. They are friendly, and we happily share our picnic with them. They play with the children; they are civilised humans defending us against wild animals.

Sderot should be a burning scar on the conscience of civilisation. Here on the border of the barbaric, our much vaunted “Western Civilisation” suffers a dangerous crisis of self-confidence: we allow the ruthless bullying of a peaceful society by a barbaric horde because we cannot decide whose value system we most abhor. It’s only Jooos; they don’t matter.

The Jewish State of Israel has of necessity secure borders and a strong identity. To arrive in Israel is to leave the pretence of anti-terrorist groping and get real. Why are you coming here? What are you going to do here?

At Ben Gurion airport you will not be molested, but you will be scrutinised and ethnically profiled. If you travelled El Al, this process will have started before you even checked in at the departure desk. You will have been questioned by a seemingly 15-year-old child, politely asking tailored questions cunningly designed to cross-check ticket and passport information. And you will arrive here safely.

Many people come to Israel to ‘do’ Jerusalem. It is the centre for the ‘god’ religions, and the Via Dolorosa is many people’s experience of the country. Jerusalem was of no importance to Islam until it became important to Islam’s selected enemies. Now it is a handle with which one can manipulate the West; one can cynically use Judeo-Christian values against the very Jews and Christians who uniquely hold those values dear. And we fall for it every time.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/16/2014

This news feed was actually posted about eleven hours late, due to yesterday’s lengthy outage. Our hosting service had serious router issues at one of its major server farms, and it took the techies most of yesterday and part of this morning to resolve the problem. As I understand it, a lot of their other customers’ sites were down as well — Vlad Tepes was one of them.

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Music is Haraam

Madani School is a state-funded Muslim “faith school” in Leicester, in the East-Midlands of England. According to a tweet received by Vlad Tepes, the poster shown below hangs on the walls of the main corridor of Madani School:

So… The nation that gave the world Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, and Ralph Vaughan Williams has endowed a state-funded school that would forbid all music as evil and sinful.

Welcome to the rich, vibrant diversity of Modern Multicultural England.

Update: Vlad found a high-resolution original of the image at the Islamic Posters website.

For readers who have trouble making out the text of the poster, here is a transcript:

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Boko Haram Takes 200 Female Slaves in Nigeria

Yesterday the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped up to two hundred schoolgirls in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria. Armed mujahideen overpowered the school’s guards and broke into a dormitory, abducted the girls from where they slept, and then burned down the school.

Based on the long history of Islamic slave-taking, we can make a fair guess as to what lies ahead for these unfortunate children. And the amenities provided for them in their new life won’t be as commodious as those given the sex-slaves of Rochdale and Bradford by their “grooming and pimping” masters…

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this CNN news report:

Below are excerpts from two news stories published yesterday about the same incident. At that time, all the reports said “more than 100” were abducted. The estimate was later adjusted upwards.

First, from Sky News:

Nigeria: Militants Kidnap 100 Schoolgirls

Suspected Islamist militants reportedly kidnap more than 100 schoolgirls during an attack on a town in Nigeria’s northeast.

More than 100 schoolgirls have been kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen from a school in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state. The attackers, thought to be members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, reportedly overpowered guards protecting the school in the town of Chibok before setting buildings on fire and driving off with their captives.

Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, said: “Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles.”…

A similar account was posted by AllAfrica:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/15/2014

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing was remembered today in observances all over the United States. Americans were able to celebrate the fact that, despite the death and horror inflicted upon Boston by two immigrant terrorist jihadists, our country’s vibrant diversity remains as strong as ever.

In other news, Islamic terrorists from Boko Haram abducted more than a hundred schoolgirls in Nigeria.

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Allah’s Best Dane

When I write about Danish citizens who travel to Syria or Iraq to wage jihad in the cause of Allah, I usually refer to them as “Danes”. The quote marks are added as a shorthand reference to their status as culture-enrichers hailing from one of the world’s innumerable bucolic bailiwicks where Islam holds sway.

The news story below, however features both a Dane and a “Dane”. The former is a young Danish man who converted to Islam, was radicalized in one of Denmark’s mosques, and then traveled to Iraq and blew himself up. The latter is his imam, who views the young martyr as “best” in the eyes of Allah.

Many thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen for translating this report from TV2 Østjylland, and to Vlad Tepes for subtitling it:

Henrik includes these observations with his translation:

The Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus, Denmark is widely known for its Salafist interpretation of Islam. A remarkable number of its regular worshippers head off to participate in the Syrian war.

In a reaction to the news that a Danish convert to Islam named Victor Christensen staged a suicide attack in Iraq, the mosque’s spokesman Oussama El Saadi told Danish television that this was “an act of heroism” and that doing so was “best with Allah”. He said these things without any sign of remorse or shame. Danish politicians scrambled to find a way to deal with such views.

This imam is leader of a major mosque in Denmark, and would certainly know Islam and its scripture in detail, as well as the relevant possible interpretations.

So when he states that suicide bombings is what is best for Allah, it begs the question:

What if he is RIGHT?

Transcript:

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Syrian Freedom Fighters Threaten Canadians — And Obama

We’ve all seen those jihad propaganda videos put out by the mujahideen when they’re waging war on behalf of Allah. Whether it’s in Syria, Chechnya, Libya, Gaza, Afghanistan, Somalia, or Belgium, the style is always the same: a black flag of jihad, masked fighters holding guns and RPGs, endless droning chants in Arabic, mujahideen crouching behind ruined walls and firing at something off-camera, all interspersed with scenes of gore, brutality, and dead infidels.

In the following jihad propaganda video, Vlad Tepes has devised a way to skip over the tedious parts without leaving out any footage, thereby reducing a twelve-minute video to less than three minutes. Vlad fast-forwards through all the Arabic chants and blather, making them sound like so many chipmunk songs, and then resumes normal speed when the mujahideen threaten Canadians and Barack Hussein Obama — in English.

WARNING: Most this video will seem pointless and silly, but there is some bloody footage near the end, which sensitive viewers may want to skip:

Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/14/2014

A powerful bomb exploded outside a bus station in the Nigerian capital Abuja during the morning rush hour, killing at least 71 people and wounding more than a hundred. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion has fallen on the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

In other news, Italy’s public debt has risen to a record €2.1072 trillion.

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Did the Muslim Brotherhood Instigate the Clash in Upper Egypt?

Ashraf Ramelah of Voice of the Copts returns with a report about recent tribal violence in Upper Egypt.

Twenty-eight killed in Aswan, Upper Egypt
by Ashraf Ramelah

In the world’s cradle of civilization in Upper Egypt, the region of the temples, 750 miles south of Egypt’s capitol, a deadly racial clash took place between two Muslim tribes this past week. According to reports by Egypt’s news agencies, on April 2 fighting broke out between the Arab-Muslim Alhalaya tribe and the Egyptian non-Arab-Muslim Nubian tribe.

After a visit to Aswan by presidential candidate El Sisi, Arab-Muslim students from the Alhalaya tribe provoked a fight with supporters of El Sisi. Within a few hours of El Sisi’s departure from speaking with tribe leaders, graffiti was found on a public school wall insulting the retired General. Twenty-eight people died in the resulting clash (rocks and bottles thrown escalated into Molotov cocktails and gunfire).

About Egyptian Nubian tribes

The Egyptian Nubian tribes are descendants of populations dating back to the 4th century — inhabitants of Egypt centuries before the Arab-Muslim invasion. The first Nubians arrived from Ethiopia and settled on Egypt’s southern border with Sudan. In the 20th century, Nubians underwent a massive displacement into Arab-Muslim tribal territories during the Nasser era when their homes were flooded by the lake formed by Egypt’s High Dam.

The meaning behind the April 2 Aswan conflict

Writing on his Facebook page, General Ahmed Ali, spokesman for the Egyptian military, alluded to the real potential that Muslim Brotherhood terrorists could be behind the lethal skirmish. If this suggestion is true, the incident must be viewed in terms of a clash of ideologies manifested in political animosities. Based upon political differences represented in tribal allegiance, it pitted Muslim (Nubian, non-Arab, anti-supremacist) against Muslim (Alhalaya, Arab, supremacist).

This divide is ancient. Egypt’s darkest moments today emanate from original resentment of and discontentment with the centuries-old invasion by Arab-Muslim intruders (religious imperialists) of native Egyptians (Copts and Nubians ruled by Romans/Byzantines). It is today’s need for individual freedom, not supremacy, which unites Christians and Muslims wishing to modernize the state and duplicate Western ideals. Right now, El Sisi represents these ideals, and he is seen as the terminator of such Aswan-style clashes in his zeal to root out terrorism.

Ex-President Morsi giving orders from his prison cell

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A Tactical Retreat

Last weekend a small but well-armed and -armored federal task force under the Bureau of Land Management was forced to back off in the face of a group of unarmed (or lightly-armed) patriots on horseback and on foot in a gully near Bunkerville, Nevada. The courageous citizens who approached the federal barriers were told by bullhorn that they would be shot if they came any further, but they kept coming anyway.

This was a huge victory for those American patriots who want to re-establish the rule of law under the United States Constitution. For the past two days I’ve been browsing patriot networks, Second Amendment sites, and YouTube channels, and it’s clear that the libertarian resistance has been electrified by what happened at the Bundy Ranch. Ordinary citizens stood up to the federal government, and the feds backed down.

However, as most of us surmised on Saturday, this was merely a tactical retreat on the part of the BLM and the Obama administration. We are now in a “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” situation, which is untenable from the point of view of the federal government. In order to work their will upon the American people, the feds must be seen as invincible. But they aren’t — they’ve just proven that they don’t have the guts required to gun down patriotic citizens in cold blood. They have no broad-based support among the people — all they have is fiat money and the unlimited firepower that money can buy.

The invincibility of the federal behemoth must be re-established, and quickly, so expect a Round Two. According to the following report from a reader named Warren Smith, the BLM has backed off from the Bundy Ranch, but has not departed the area. They may well be planning further operations in that part of Nevada.

Dr. Smith has written the governor of Nevada with an urgent appeal to call out the Nevada National Guard to prevent illegal federal actions. He included the following note along with enclosed emails:

Please see the below as a strategy to prevent loss of life in the developing situation in Nevada (a situation which appears to be worsening, despite the supposed resolution yesterday — see the below), and to send a clear message to the Feds to back off. Please use whatever means you have to contact and pressure the Governor of Nevada to deploy the Nevada National Guard in protection of the Bundy family, their property, and the many heroic citizens who have flocked to their aid.

Contacts:

I urge you to consider contacting the Governor through all of these means, and to consider forwarding this (or similar) information to others who will contact the Governor. I also urge you to pray that this situation is resolved rapidly and without bloodshed.

Dr. Smith’s letter to the governor of Nevada is at the bottom of this post. Below are some of the emails he has received from eyewitnesses in Nevada, which prompted him to write the letter.

Received: 12:46 PM EDT, 04/13/2014
From: [REDACTED]
To: [REDACTED]
Subject: Update: IT’S NOT OVER IN NV

Hello all you Patriots of the 912,

[REDACTED] called me this morning to inform me that the BLM has been ordered to stand down but NOT to go away. [REDACTED] arrived early in the morning and started to set up camp. They also were asked by Ryan Bundy to run security while they rescue the calves who are dying because of the stress and lack of grazing from being kept off the range. They spotted night time activity in the hills surrounding the Bundy property. After catching about an hours sleep they awoke to see three snipers skulking in the bush surrounding the camps that people have set up. The people who have been there are not leaving and more are still coming in from all over the US. The airspace over the Bundy ranch has been shut down in a 3 mile, 30,000 feet perimeter so that no private helicopters or planes can fly over to take pictures or surveil what the feds are up to. If the National Guard, the Army, the Marines or any military faction becomes involved that means they will be declaring WAR on the citizens of the United States. We are perilously close to an all out military action. So far Federal Agents are still trolling the roads, surveilling the territory and the camps in big black SUVs with blacked out windows. We need more numbers out there. There’s a Federal Express outlet in St. George, Utah on South Airport Rd. If need be get ready to send supplies. If the government decides to shut the roads down to try to contain the numbers of people coming in to take a stand the supply lines could be compromised. I will have more intel by this afternoon. Anyone out there who is involved with the III%ers or the Oath Keepers please contact me at [REDACTED]. We need to get organized. If this turns to war we need to drop everything and go. The Government is NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. This is not cool and this is not funny this is for real!

Yours Truly,
[REDACTED]

From: [REDACTED]
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:50 PM
Subject:A person my wife knows tried to get to the site in NV

Here’s her account. She’s an attorney in LA.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/13/2014

According to the latest polls, a majority of Scottish voters have turned against the Cameron government and are ready to vote for independence from the UK. The new nation will immediately acquire a massive load of debt, which will be only partially offset by revenues from North Sea oil.

In other news, no signals have been detected since last Tuesday from what is thought to be the black box of Flight MH370, and it is possible that the device’s batteries have finally failed.

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