Terror probe launched after three killed by knifeman at church in France

Oct 29, 2020 by

from Premier: French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed three people and wounded several others at a time when French authorities are on high alert for extremist violence. The assailant was arrested after the Thursday morning attack at the Notre Dame Church and taken to a nearby hospital after being injured during his arrest, a police official said. He was believed to be acting alone and police are not searching...

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Pakistan high court upholds forced marriage of abducted Catholic minor

Oct 29, 2020 by

from Catholic Herald: The Sindh High Court in Karachi, Pakistan, has validated the marriage of a 13-year-old Catholic girl to a Muslim man who abducted her. Arzoo Raja had been taken from outside her home on October 13 and two days later, as the family searched for her, police announced that they had received marriage papers claiming that Arzoo was 18 and that she had converted to Islam to marry her 44-year-old abductor, Ali Azhar. The family were able to provide the authorities with an...

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Western Lives Matter: Teacher Beheaded in Paris

Oct 20, 2020 by

by Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute: Western Lives Matter. We should ask all the journalists, the politicians, the clerics, the people of the street, to kneel for Samuel Paty. This French school teacher was the victim of the most ferocious racism that circulates today in Western democracies, that of fundamentalist beliefs against “infidels”. The Chechen terrorist, after beheading Paty, called him a “dog”. “In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most...

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‘The New Syria?’: Critical perspectives on the deradicalisation and reintegration of Islamist offenders

Oct 1, 2020 by

by Emma Webb, Civitas: Following the recent terror attacks on London Bridge and Streatham by Islamist terror offenders – who had been released from prison half-way through their sentences via the automatic release scheme – there has been increasing concern amongst many people in Britain that the prison system is not working in this crucial area. Police forces are reported to face a future jihadist threat in which more dangerous people will drift onto the streets from UK prisons with terrorist...

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Why does Hagia Sophia matter?

Sep 1, 2020 by

By Jack Hanrahan-Shirley, 3rd Space: (Hat Tip: David Robertson) On the 24th of July the church of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) again rang to the call to Friday prayer (adhan) from its attached minarets following the decision handed down by the Turkish High Court. Their ruling overturned the 1934 decree of the first President of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk that turned the mosque into a museum. Many people, particularly within Eastern Orthodox churches, will be outraged and I have seen on social...

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Turkey Converts Chora Church Into Mosque

Aug 22, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Hagia Sophia sets precedent for Muslim capture of churches. Turkey has issued a presidential decree ordering the conversion of the nation’s best-known Byzantine monastic church into a mosque. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued the executive order Thursday sealing the fate of the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, Istanbul, a month after Turkey’s top court delivered a unanimous verdict declaring the basilica of Hagia Sophia a mosque. The decree,...

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