Tuesday, October 17, 2017

St Jacob the Martyr of Lebanon - 'Refusing to accept the dark yoke of another god'

"God, not forgetting his saints, and being ever-benevolent to his people, especially knowing we need grace in these latter times," has revealed to the faithful a forgotten monastic confessor and witness, the Monk-Martyr Jacob of Hamatoura, Lebanon, sparking the revival of an ancient and long-ago devastated monastery.

In this Life, we see the example of an Orthodox Christian monastic who was pursued by Muslim invaders for witnessing to Christ by his holy life. They tried to convert him to Islam, but he refused to accept "the dark yoke of anther god." They then beheaded him and destroyed his monastery, burning his body and trying to eradicate all evidence that he had ever lived.

This happened six centuries ago. Sound familiar?

Now a new monastic brotherhood has revived the monastery and is openly venerating the great Martyr St Jacob! May the Lord protect them and multiply their efforts during these latter days! And may we all draw strength from their courage and the witness of all the holy martyrs, who refused to deny Jesus Christ and accept "the dark yoke of another god."

The Cedar of Lebanon: St Jacob the Martyr

by Fr. John Valadez, Death To The World, October 10, 2017:

As a cedar of Lebanon groweth without fear of martyrdom or death, thou didst become a victor O Father Jacob. Thou didst conquer death in thy body when by humility thou didst control the passions and when thou wast burnt like incense as a sacrifice. Intercede with Christ to grant us great mercy.
+Apolytikion in the Third Mode

The relics of the newly revealed martyr, St Jacob of Lebanon.

Above the Kadeesha River sits a pearl of ascetic struggle unworthy of the world. Burrowed in the caves of Mount Hamatoura exists the Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos, overlooking a land that once flourished with monastic fervor. Until the late 90’s this monastery was in ruins, uninhabited, and forgotten since times of persecution and the unrelenting sword of Mamluk devastation. [1]

Geronda Panteleimon and the brotherhood at Hamatoura.

Geronda Panteleimon, who lived in obedience to Elder Isaac (Attalah) and the newly canonized St Paisius, received a visitation from a forgotten martyr who directed him to rebuild his monastery in Lebanon, Geronda Panteleimon’s homeland. This martyr is St Jacob of Hamatoura, whose desert dwelling is now re-inhabited and re-ignited, becoming an spiritual oasis for monks and all people who seek Truth.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Convicted Jihadist Rises to Top Post at London Southwark Council

Convicted jihadist, Mulumebet Girma, was given a "top job" at the Southwark Council in London in 2013. She served time for assisting in the attempted murder of Tube passengers in 2005. Here's the Sky News coverage.

Girma was fired from her post at the council after her involvement in the terror plot came to light.

In a statement, Girma claims she told her employer that she had been jailed. Yet, seemingly, no one could be bothered to run a proper background check or type her name into a DuckDuckGo or Google search bar. A simple search would have uncovered her role in the July 21, 2005 terror plot with her brother-in-law, Hussein Osman. 

It took me less than 20 seconds before finishing my morning coffee to find her very own Wikipedia page. Get an eyeful. 

The face of your oppressor. Girma on the cover of the council magazine.
According to the BBC's report, Girma's position at the council did not give her access to police watch list data. Access to such information would put Londoners directly in harm's way if she were still waging political jihad. Even if she repented of her involvement in the 2005 terror plot there's still the risk of her being "gotten to" by those itching to bring Londoners into submission. 

That said, The Sun reports that she controlled a database that listed individuals with potential "links to terrorism..." 

What more can be said about this precarious situation? London has a habit of hiring negligent and/or degenerate elements to their housing councils. Remember the infamous Rotherham rape gang cover-upPC culture seems to grease the gears of council business. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More than Mercenaries: Russians Martyred by Muslims for refusing to deny Christ and embrace Islam

The Quran's commands in action: Islam's fourteen centuries of using the sword to try to force Christians to commit apostasy and deny Jesus Christ continues with the execution of two Russian soldiers.
The Quran explicitly commands Muslims to fight against and terrorize the unbelievers till they embrace Islam or “feel themselves subdued” as is seen in these verses:

Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth [i.e. Islam] among the people of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Sura 9:29) 
So, when you meet those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly on them... Thus you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam. (Sura 47:4)

This of course brings to mind the powerful witness of New Martyr Evgeny Rodionov of Chechnya, who, after being captured by Muslims, refused to remove his baptismal cross and deny Christ. He was faithful to the end, and is now widely venerated as a martyr and saint by Orthodox Christians all around the globe. I saw icons of him at a recent visit to a ROCOR parish in Atlanta.

As of now, we know very little about Roman Zabolotny and Grigory Surkanov, except that they refused to deny Jesus Christ, and chose to die as Orthodox Christians. In many lives of the Holy Neo-Martyrs under the Turkish Muslim yoke, we saw sometimes deeply flawed people who came to life in Christ when confronted with the choice of death or denying Him to live as a Muslim. Many were offered riches, comfort and women in addition to being threatened with death, and still confessed Jesus Christ. The reality of one's immanent death helps sharply reveal some depths of the mystery of the soul. 

May Roman's and Grigory's sins be consigned to oblivion, may their memory be eternal, and may they receive the crown of martyrdom for witnessing to their faith with their very lives. May we be inspired by these ordinary, yet valiant and extraordinary believers, who were faithful unto death. 

Still from ISIS video, showing Roman Vasilievich Zabolotny and Grigory Mikhailovich Surkanov

Russian mercenaries captured by ISIS ‘are executed after refusing to reject Christianity and become Muslim' 

by Will Stewart, MailOnline, October 6, 2017 
(thanks to Jihad Watch and Blazing Cat Fur):

Two Russian mercenaries reportedly captured by ISIS jihadists are feared to have been executed because they refused to read out a statement saying they rejected their Christian faith and had become Muslim.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mandalay Bay Owners Solicited Matching Donations to CAIR, SPLC

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, asked employees to donate to Council on American Islamic Relations and The Southern Poverty Law Center, other groups after Charlottesville and Barcelona. 

Stephen Paddock, who may have converted to Islam months ago, reportedly murdered 58 concert goers from the 32nd floor of the MGM Resorts owned Mandalay Bay hotel casino last week. 

Judi McLeod at Canada Free Press reports that the CEO sent a letter to employees where he “denounced hatred and bigotry” and promised to match employee donations to the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group, CAIR, and the soft-on-Sharia SPLC. This letter was hot on the heels of the white nationalist/Confederate monument rally in Charlottesville.

Here's the letter in full from McLeod's report:

They still don't get it. Sending resources to CAIR and the SPLC is no answer. Let’s break down a few points in the letter (emphasis mine):

The protection of human dignity, demonstrated in the form of tolerance and respect for all people, is the core of our identity…we must stand strongly in defiance of violencebigotry, and anything that threatens our precious right to equality.

Human dignity
kafir can be terrorized (Koran 8:12) and deceived (86:15). That said, shall we review some contemporary Muslim views of sexuality?

Defiance of violence
The Sira documents the beheading of 800 Jewish captives while Mohammed watched with his child-bride, Aisha (I690).

Defiance of bigotry
According to Dr Bill Warner at the Center for the Study of Political Islam, the amount of anti-Jewish text in the Koran, Sira, and Hadith surpasses that of Mein Kampf by 2.3%.

Tolerance & Equality
Under Sharia Law, Christians are second-class citizens in the fullest sense. Jihad Watch has a helpful article that unpacks the subjugation of non-Muslims.

The insanity of the Las Vegas murders are another log on the fire of our civilization. I've yet to read reports of Murren sending a similar letter to employees after the events from October 1st. May it remain that way. The victims and their families ought not be insulted with thoughtless piety (at best) or tolerance of Sharia (at worst). Our culture's habit of connecting CAIR and the SPLC with the virtues of tolerance is a kick in the teeth to peaceful people.

Edit: Paddock reportedly killed 58 people, not 59. The body count is 59 counting himself. This change has been made in the article.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Coming October 7: St Vladimir's Seminary Orthodox Education Day: 'Modern Martyrs'

While I am glad to see this focus on the New Martyrs of the 21st Century, organized by one of American Orthodoxy's most important institutions, and am very interested to explore the various materials, talks, and hoped-for reviews, there remains an enormous question looming over the event, an 'elephant in the room' if you will:

Will Islam be discussed?

And if so, will Islam's commands to wage jihad against Christians — especially those verses in the Quran explicitly cited by all Muslim persecutors of Christians, from ISIS to Boko Haram to "known wolf" jihadis in Europe and North America, to the "ordinary" Muslims in Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Kosovo, Indonesia, etc. — be honestly and straightforwardly addressed?

Judging from the more thorough event description recently posted on the SVS and OCA websites and featured below, it appears Islam may only be mentioned in an oblique manner if at all, but I am hopeful the truth will be spoken.

Some may wholly reject the notion that Islam bears any responsibility for Muslims murdering Christians throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Balkans, etc. But what factual evidence could they present to support their claims? The Muslim jihadis themselves cite Islam's sacred texts in support of their actions. Even more to the point, there is ominous widespread support among Muslims — both in the Islamic wold and in the West — for ISIS and jihad (see here, here, here and here).

Others may ask, why is it at all important for Orthodox Christians to discuss whether Islam has anything to do with the global phenomenon of Muslim persecution for Christians.

Perhaps because the saints have always openly addressed the challenge from Islam:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Google enforcing Sharia Law, blocking ads containing the keyword 'jihadwatch'

At some point this blog will no doubt be shut down by Google. Before that happens I hope to have an independent hosting service lined up to host Facing Islam. But no matter what we do,  the 'powers and principalities' will do all they can to stamp out any public presentation of True, Apostolic, Orthodox Christianity, and any true, Apostolic, Patristic, Christian criticism of Islam. 

I have not experienced any problems yet of this nature. That is no doubt due in large measure to the fact that I have never tried to monetize this blog. I have been criticized by some family members for not doing so, but to me, it is far more important to do all I can to expose the lie of Islam and advance the Truth of Jesus Christ as lived and experienced in the Orthodox Church, than to try to make a few dollars from your clicks on distracting ads.

I do hope at some point to offer some ebooks of my writings for sale here. We'll see what happens when the time comes.

True Christianity itself is being criminalized. We are heading into a period of intense persecution even in the West, and a time for Christians to retreat to the catacombs.

Google is now disapproving ads containing the keyword “jihadwatch”

by Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, September 17, 2017:

I heard from two writers Saturday who told me that Google had banned their book ads because they contained the keyword “jihadwatch.” Note that both writers say that their ads had not been active for years.

I’ve written a great deal lately about how the Left is using Charlottesville as its Reichstag Fire moment to crush all dissent, and this is yet another manifestation of that effort. They’re doing everything they can to deny all access to the means of communication to those whose opinions they hate. It’s a frankly authoritarian agenda.

On Saturday morning, I received this email from Mark Durie, the author of The Third Choice and many other excellent books about Islam, Sharia, and jihad. Durie subsequently wrote me: “It seems that even googling ‘jihadwatch’ is deemed an act of hatred.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

On the anniversary of 9/11, we remember, 'An enemy has done this...'

In many commemorations of the 16th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which killed almost 3,000 people on American soil, the root cause of the attacks continues to be omitted, or even completely excused and defended.

"The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!" - Rev 19:3

Again and again, we are told that Muslim jihadis, who consistently cite as their inspiration and marching orders Islamic scriptures from the Quran, the hadith, and the life of Muhammad, have "hijacked" the "great religion" of Islam.

Time, once again, to remind readers what Islam commands.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

VIDEO: Robert Spencer interviewed by Fr. Josiah Trenham on Islam and Jihad

This outstanding interview has been viewed over 17,000 times since being posted almost a year ago. Wide ranging and well informed, with numerous citations and even some theological and historical discussions, this video is an ideal introduction on the subject of Islam and jihad.

Fr. Josiah's obvious preparation and depth in the topics discussed, and the respectful and measured tone of the entire interview, make for the sort of presentation which would be fully appropriate for a parish viewing, a young adult or older teen group screening, or of course for gatherings of families and friends. 

Please view and share widely!

Patristic Nectar YouTube Channel — In this interview, Father Josiah Trenham sits down with Robert Spencer, the Director of Jihad Watch and New York Times Bestselling author of fifteen books. Mr. Spencer is a key figure of the Counter-jihad movement in the United States.


Special note:

Perhaps especially interesting is the exchange which occurs starting at about the 44:40 mark, when Fr. Josiah relates his conversation with the imam at the mosque where the San Bernardino jihadists worshipped prior to committing mass murder in December 2015.

In just a few short minutes, Fr. Josiah and Mr. Spencer spell out the dark problem within the Muslim community: there is no curriculum by which Muslims can teach their members — from the Quran, the hadiths and other Islamic source documents — that waging jihad, fighting and killing non-Muslims, is wrong, and that those who do so will go to hell.

Quite the opposite. The Quran and the hadiths promise paradise to those who wage jihad and kill or are killed in the name of Allah. There are over a hundred commands to wage jihad in the Quran alone, not counting Muhammad's commands and example in the hadith and the Sira, and the teachings of all schools of Sunni and Shia Islamic jurisprudence.

Islam's War Against the West: 20 Major Jihad Attacks in Europe in Recent Years

The bloodthirsty demon-god of Islam is well pleased by his devotees. As would be Muhammad (if he weren't preoccupied by the fires of hell), who set the example for Muslims and commanded them to fight against non-Muslims until they submit to Islam.

Map by ClarionProject.org - h/t Bill D. - Click to enlarge.

Timeline: 20 Major Islamist Attacks in Europe in Recent Years
by Breitbart London, August 18, 2017:

LONDON (AP) — The deadly Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people and wounded dozens of others Thursday is the latest attack in Europe in recent years. Here are some of the other major ones, many of which used vehicles: 
—June 19, 2017: A British man who had reportedly made anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim remarks drives into a crowd of worshippers outside a London mosque. One person dies and nine others are wounded. 
—June 3, 2017: Three Islamic extremists drive into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge and then go on a knife rampage in nearby Borough Market, killing eight people and wounding dozens of others. 
—May 22, 2017: A suicide bomber kills 22 people and injures dozens during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in northern England. 
—April 7, 2017: A man driving a hijacked beer truck hits pedestrians at a Stockholm department store, killing four. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies)

“Stay Quiet and You’ll Be Okay” That’s what Mohamed Atta told the doomed airline passengers on 9/11. And we still hear the exact same message today, from the powerful but shadowy lobby that is working behind the scenes to gut the First Amendment and prohibit “hate speech”—or any criticism—of Islam.

Available from Amazon in Kindle edition, paperback, MP3 and audiobook.
Also available from Barnes & Noble.

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies)

About the Book

As bestselling author Robert Spencer shows in his startling new book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies), Islamic supremacists and their appeasers have mounted a dangerous and disturbingly successful campaign against our constitutional rights. Spencer reveals:

  • How social media behemoths Facebook and Twitter—not to mention student groups at American college campuses—are doing the bidding of anti-First Amendment Muslim activists
  • Why core Islamic teachings make criticism of Islam punishable by death
  • How American representatives at the United Nations have already agreed to limit freedom of speech
  • How Curt Schilling and other outspoken conservatives have lost their jobs for criticizing Islam
  • Why Twitter and Facebook now regularly censor speech critical of Islam—while allowing death threats against its critics
  • How blasphemy laws in Muslim countries are used as a pretext for arresting—even lynching–Christians
  • How European “hate speech” laws are used to prosecute and harass critics of Islam
  • Why appeasement of Islam is endangering our First Amendment freedoms and could lead to your prosecution for “hate speech”

If you value your First Amendment rights, you owe it to yourself to read The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). It will give you the information and tools you need to fight back—because Islam and its progressive fellow travelers have only begun their campaign to define what you can read, say, and think.

ROBERT SPENCER is a New York Times bestselling author and the director of Jihad Watch (jihadwatch.org), a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of fifteen books on Islam. He has led seminars on jihad for the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and United States Central Command.

Source: Jihad Watch