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Praise the Lord! And Pass The Ammo!

by coldwarrior ( 154 Comments › )
Filed under Christianity, Open thread, Second Amendment, Weapons at May 21st, 2015 - 7:22 am

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Ann Arbor Catholic priest tells parishioners to pack heat

An Ann Arbor Catholic priest has urged his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL).

In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was necessary to get concealed pistol licenses because of recent crime in the area. During a Palm Sunday mass last month, Fride announced that the parish would be holding the CPL class.

When some parishioners questioned the decision, Fride sent out a pro-gun letter titled “We’re not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto” – a reference to the 1960s-era Andy Griffith Show and its portrayal of a fictional North Carolina town, as well as Dorothy’s dog from the Wizard of Oz.

“It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families,” Fride wrote.

“How to balance faith, reality, prudence, and trust is one of those critical questions that we struggle with all our lives. Pretending we are in Mayberry, while we are clearly not, can have very negative consequences for ourselves and those we love, especially those we have a responsibility to protect. If we are not in Mayberry, is there a real threat?”

Fride told parishioners in the letter that Catholic teachings do not preclude carrying a gun for self-defense and to defend others. Fride then asserted that crime is up and that because of budget cuts, “there has been a significant reduction in the availability of an armed police response.”

Fride could not be reached for comment Monday. But Michael Diebold, a spokesman for the Diocese of Lansing which oversees the Ann Arbor parish, confirmed Monday that the controversial letter had been sent.

“Yes, it appears that ‘We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto!’ was sent out to the parishioners of Christ the King by their pastor, Fr. Ed Fride,” Diebold wrote in an email to the Free Press.

Guns and gun lessons do not belong in a Catholic church, Lansing Catholic Bishop Earl Boyea stressed in a statement after they learned about Fride’s letter from the Free Press.

Boyea “has never given permission for anyone to carry a concealed weapon in a church or school in the Diocese of Lansing,” said a statement released by Diebold.

“Additionally, Bishop Boyea further states that Concealed Pistol License classes are inappropriate activities to be held on Church property,” wrote Diebold.

Diebold said the Lansing diocese’s ban on weapons on church makes them “gun-free zones” and extends to those who want to practice “open carry” of weapons in full view. He added that public or professional security “provide for public safety on church property.”

Diebold referred to a 2012 statement by the Lansing bishop.

“We are followers of Jesus Christ, who raised not a hand against those who mocked, tortured, and finally murdered him,” Boyea said in 2012. ” While we grasp both the Second Amendment and the legitimate right of some persons to defend themselves, our churches and our schools are dedicated to a far different approach to life’s problems.”

In the Mayberry letter, Fride wrote that he was worried about students at nearby Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, and pointed to a recent incident near the school.

“The fact that two active shooters got within yards of Father Gabriel Richard before they were taken down by SWAT demonstrates that the threat is real. This druggie couple from Detroit stole a car and it broke down at Plymouth and Dixboro. They went through the woods and had almost reached the high school when they were stopped,” wrote Fride.

“There is zero security at the high school. Had the shooters got in, we would have had our own Columbine,” wrote Fride, a reference to the shooting massacre at a Colorado high school in 1999.

A CPL class was held at the church recently by a suburban Detroit police officer, Fride wrote in the letter. Fride said the officer told parishioners “that because more Detroiters are protecting themselves, more of the criminals are now targeting the suburbs…”

“That same officer from the CPL class personally thanked me for having the parish do this class and expressed a hope that more would follow suit, because having law abiding citizens armed makes their job as police so much better,” Fride wrote in the letter.

Fride said some parishioners told him they were afraid of carrying weapons.

“Several people have said to me, I’m afraid of guns. My response to one woman was, ‘Well, how do you feel about rape?” wrote Fride.

Fride’s friend, Jay McNally, said the priest is a beloved pastor, a martial arts practitioner whose sermons bring parishioners to tears.

“It is a rare day that one finds a priest so well-loved by parishioners at every level – the old folks, the young folks,” said McNally, a former editor of the Detroit archdiocese’s Michigan Catholic newspaper and conservative Catholic activist who is the director of the Ypsilanti-based Citizens Alliance for Life and Liberty.

McNally said Fride has served at the parish for about 20 years, and also was the chaplain for young men considering the priesthood at Ave Maria College, when the college started by Domino’s Pizza founder and traditional Catholic activist Tom Monaghan was located in Ann Arbor. Christ the King Parish has strong ties to traditional, conservative Catholics.

“He’s a priest factory,” said McNally, describing Fride’s service as an inspiration to many young men considering the priesthood.

“Father Ed quite frequently travels around the country and to be the chaplain for people in the military who die in service,” said McNally. “He’s in high demand for that.”

“This whole gun thing is kind of new. He has become very vocal about it,” said McNally. “There isn’t a phony bone in him.

In his letter, Fride explained how he grew up a Pacifist and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He converted to Catholicism. He wrote that he veered away from pacifism when he asked himself questions of “what would Jesus do” were he to come across women and children being harmed.

“I eventually concluded that I was certainly no longer a pacifist absolutist,” wrote Fride. “There were situations in which I would actively intervene, even to a lethal level if necessary.”

 

 

The JV squad aka the Islamic State captures Ramadi

by Husky Lover ( 155 Comments › )
Filed under Iran, Islam, Islamists, Jihad at May 15th, 2015 - 9:55 am

In a huge blow to Iran’s Shia crescent, Ramadi which is the capital of Anbar province has fallen to the Islamic State (ISIS) which is composed of a coalition of Iraqi Baathists and foreign Jihadists.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists have raised their black flag over the provincial government compound in the city of Ramadi in western Iraq on Friday.

The insurgents attacked Ramadi overnight using six suicide car bombs to reach the city centre, where the Anbar governorate compound is located, police sources said.

Ramadi has been contested since last year but the insurgents renewed their offensive on the city in April, gaining ground to the north and east, and launched a fierce assault overnight on Friday.

Seizing the compound gives them nearly full control over Anbar’s provincial capital, the group and officials said.

The jihadists seized the government complex at around 2:00 pm (1100 GMT) and raised the IS’s black flag, capping an offensive launched on Thursday, a police officer said.

Many thought when Iranian led forces assisted by US air power took Tikrit, that ISIS was finished. Events in the last week disprove that as ISIS now controls parts of Palmyra in Syria and now the capital of Anbar province in Iraq. Make no mistake, this is a huge blow towards Tehran and their Shiite puppets.

May the ISIS vs. Iran death match continue!

Russian Victory Day 2015 Parade OOT

by Macker ( 58 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, History, OOT, Orthodox Christianity, Russia, World War II at May 9th, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Say what you will about Pooty…the Russians know how to put on a Parade! Here’s the 2015 День Победы Version: 70 YEARS! Run time is approximately 1:21:34.

More than enough time for The Ночь Открытая Tема!

Jihadist attempted attack on Muhammad cartoon contest

by Husky Lover ( 104 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-Jihad, Islam, Islamic Supremacism, Islamists, Koran at May 4th, 2015 - 9:54 am

Yesterday in Garland Texas, 2 Jihadists who has sworn allegiance to ISIS attacked the Draw Muhammad contest.

Two gunmen were killed and a security guard wounded in an attack Sunday outside a controversial Dallas-area event where organizers were holding a contest for cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Muhammad, police said.

The Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, led by prominent conservatives who are critical of Islam, was ending when two men drove up in a car and began shooting at a Garland school security officer, Bruce Joiner, who was apparently helping protect the building, city officials said.

“He was shot in the leg, transported to the hospital and he’ll be fine,” Garland Mayor Douglas Athas said.

The attack lasted just seconds, police said. One of the gunmen was shot immediately by police, and the other was shot and killed when he reached for a backpack, leading police to fear the men may have brought explosives, Athas said.

[….]

The shooting in Garland, a suburb about 20 miles from Dallas, was preceded by messages from two social media accounts that expressed radical Islamic viewpoints.

One tweet, sent at 6:35 p.m., used the hashtag #texasattack. The user wrote, “May Allah accept us as mujahideen.” Attendees at the contest didn’t get word about the shooting until about 6:50 p.m.

One of the gunmen, a Muslim convert from Arizona.

One of the suspects in the shooting in Garland, Texas, late Sunday has been identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, according to a senior FBI official.

Overnight and today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson’s home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix where a robot is believed to be conducting an initial search of the apartment.

Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting.

I have long been telling the readers of this blog that the Jihadist enemy is here already. They don’t need to sneak into America, they just recruit using the internet. Twitter seems to be the biggest recruiting tool that ISIS uses to gain followers. Expect the attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas to be forgotten by the media in  a few days.

R.I.P. Mark Harding, hero of the counterjihad

by 1389AD ( 1 Comment › )
Filed under Canada, Christianity, Free Speech, Headlines, Koran, Muslim Brotherhood, Political Correctness at May 2nd, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Rev. Mark Harding was a longtime contributor to 1389 Blog.
I sincerely apologize for not having posted this sooner.

Blogwrath: Friends Remember Mark Harding

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As I reported earlier, Mark Harding passed away a few weeks ago. He was a remarkable Christian preacher and evangelist, who dedicated his life to spreading his uplifting faith. His compassion for the suffering of the Christians in many countries in the world helped him see things that few people were aware of in the mid-1990’s, specifically the danger of Muslim extremism. At the time not many knew or were interested in what happens to the few Christians in Sudan or Afghanistan, but Mark saw as his duty to be the messenger of that bad news and help the plight of those martyrs. He also worked on liberating the Muslims from the Koranic deception.

That work brought him into the vortex of religious politics and he became one of the first to experience the rage of Muslim fanaticism in Canada. His work with Muslims and the opposition of introducing daytime Muslim prayers at a Toronto school (in a secular education system, from which Christianity and Judaism have been kicked out long time ago) caused a legal clash – his position was labeled “hate speech” and he was convicted. Not many were aware of the problems he raised and he didn’t receive the support he needed. It is symptomatic that the people who stood by him in that difficult time were the Christians whom he defended – for example, Pakistani Christian churches paid his legal bills after the trial.

He also fought against the corruption of children through age-inappropriate sex education in the 1980’s (a problem we are facing again in Ontario). Mark was a great friend of Israel and worked against the demonization and boycott of the Jewish State. He organized demonstrations in support of businesses selling Israeli products (like his annual stand in front of the Hudson’s Bay Company store in downtown Toronto).

Videos and more here.

Ezra Levant Interviews The Man Sentenced To Islam

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Ezra Levant Interviews The Man Sentenced To Islam – Mark Harding

In retaliation for speaking the truth about Islam, Mark Harding was forced to do “community service” by studying Islam under the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which is an organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US and Canada.

Mark Harding The truth will set the Muslim free

Published on Aug 31, 2012 by Mark Harding
When I was speaking at Canada Christian College in Aug I did not have time to finish. Here is the thoughts that I did not convey but hope that many will hear them.
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Juche: Kim Jong Un climbs 9,000-feet tall mountain

by Husky Lover ( 207 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, JUCHE!, Marxism, North Korea, Progressives, Religion, Theocratic Progressives at April 20th, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Like all religions, Juche gives miraculous powers to those deem holy. The Kim family are considered deities by the Juche cult and all sort of supernatural events and power are subscribed to them. The latest miracle is that Kim Jung Un climbed a 9,000 foot mountain only with shoes and overcoat. The weather did not affect Kim due to his godlike stature.

The power of Juche!

Such Brave muzz! *SPIT*

by coldwarrior ( 223 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Open thread at April 13th, 2015 - 7:30 am

Interestingly, this isn’t carried in the American Press. Further proof that muslim men are cowards.

More disgusting acts form the sub-human, cowardly, islamic world:

Girl, 9, pregnant after rape by Isis militants

A nine-year-old girl who was taken as a sex slave by Isis was raped by 10 militants and is now pregnant, it has been reported.

According to an aid worker, the girl is a member of the Yazidi Christian minority religious group, which faces persecution across Isis-held territory.

She has been flown out of Iraq by a Kurdish aid agency, the Toronto Star reported, and is now being treated by a medical charity in Germany.

But Yousif Daoud, a Canada-based aid worker who has just returned from the region, told the Star the girl was “mentally and physically traumatised” after the abuse she had suffered, and there are fears she may yet not survive her ordeal.

“This girl is so young she could die if she delivers a baby,” he said. “Even a caesarian section is dangerous.”

When she was found the girl “was in very bad shape”, Daoud said. “She was sexually abused by no fewer than 10 men. Most of them were front-line fighters or suicide bombers who are given girls as a reward.”

Isis released 216 Yazidis on Wednesday after holding them captive for eight months, in a mass release that some see as a sign of the increasing pressures put on the militants by US-led air strikes and an Iraqi ground offensive.

But Daoud, speaking under a pseudonym, gave a very different reason for Isis to release women and girls who its militants have already abused.

He said they faced the stigma of lost chastity among the conservative Yazidi society.

“Sending back those girls and women is a way of shaming the whole community.”

The kidnapped nine-year-old girl was among hundreds of kidnapped girls and women who had made their way back to Kurdish-controlled land prior to Wednesday’s release.

But another 40 children were among the more than 200 newly-freed captives. The rest were mostly elderly – and all bore signs of neglect and abuse.

But Daoud, speaking under a pseudonym, gave a very different reason for Isis to release women and girls who its militants have already abused.

He said they faced the stigma of lost chastity among the conservative Yazidi society. “Sending back those girls and women is a way of shaming the whole community.”

The kidnapped nine-year-old girl was among hundreds of kidnapped girls and women who had made their way back to Kurdish-controlled land prior to Wednesday’s release.

But another 40 children were among the more than 200 newly-freed captives. The rest were mostly elderly – and all bore signs of neglect and abuse.

The handover took place in Himera just southwest of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers north of Baghdad, and there were emotional scenes as they were checked over by peshmerga field doctors.

Some suggested they were led to believe they were being taken for execution when piled onto buses by Isis. “We are very happy now,” said Mahmoud Haji, one of the released Yazidis. “We were worried that they were taking us to Syria and Raqqa.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the release, his spokesman said.

Stephane Dujarric said: “Obviously, any release of innocent civilians is to be welcomed and I think one couldn’t help but being moved by the pictures.”

ISIS & Al Qaeda Franchising

by Bunk X ( 183 Comments › )
Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Islam, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Jihad, Middle East, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Terrorism at April 9th, 2015 - 8:45 am
Members of the al Qaeda affiliated group al Shabab in Somalia in 2013.

Members of the al Qaeda affiliated group al Shabab in Somalia in 2013.

The face of terrorism is morphing. Here are excerpts from an interesting (yet not surprising) report by John Grady in USNI News:

Creating franchises among groups claiming affiliation with al Qaeda or the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is among the biggest change in international terrorism, two leading experts told the Atlantic Council on Thursday.

Bruce Hoffman, director of security programs at Georgetown University, said the United States missed that shift of terrorist groups willing to “hitch their fortunes to al Qaeda’s star” after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. “We made exactly the same mistake” with groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria, al Shabab in Somalia and others in Egypt and Libya now claiming affiliation with ISIS.

With so many groups — possibly 17 — operating out of geographically diverse strongholds, Bruce Riedel, director of intelligence programs at the Bookings Institution, asked the Washington audience where does the United States place “its finite number of analysts, its finite number of drones” to keep tab on them.

For al Qaeda — who plan large dramatic attacks for its long-term benefit — and ISIS — who act for immediate gain and shock — terrorism appears to pay off as it did with the bombings of the American embassy and Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983. Those operations cost little, but succeeded in having the Marines leave Beirut a few months later. Similarly, the 2001 attacks cost about $500,000 and the United States spent $5 trillion in response, including fighting long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, both said.

Hoffman said that while al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al Zawahiri has been quiet for months the group is clearly working to attract support in South Asia — from the Indian subcontinent to Burma to Indonesia.

He cited a recently spoiled al Qaeda plot to infiltrate the crew and officer cadre of a Pakistani guided missile frigate, seize it, steam into areas where coalition navies are conducting anti-piracy patrols and then fire on an America warship “preferably an aircraft carrier” an attack that “that would have provoked a naval war” between the two countries.

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Among the questions facing a new American government [sic] when it takes office in 20 months will be whether ISIS will go underground in Iraq as al Qaeda did and what will conditions be like in Afghanistan and Pakistan when coalition forces leave.

[Complete story at USNI News.]

Minor critique of an otherwise interesting read – I hope that we don’t have “a new American government when it takes office in 20 months.” Instead I hope we elect leadership that recognizes and deals with real threats, and does so with action, rather than fighting global and domestic terrorism with inane rhetoric.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Antarctica

by 1389AD ( 156 Comments › )
Filed under Orthodox Christianity, Russia at April 2nd, 2015 - 10:09 pm

1389 Blog had a brief story on this church in 2013:
The Most Remote Orthodox Church in the World.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Antarctica
Russian Orthodox priest Sophrony Kirilov, walks to the Holy Trinity Church, on King George Island, Antarctica. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Telegraph (UK): The church at the South Pole

Sophrony Kirilov pulls hard on the strings of the heavy Russian bells from inside the world’s southernmost Eastern Orthodox church, calling to Mass anybody wanting to pray on this remote Antarctic island.

Hieromonk Sophrony Kirilov ringing bells
Priest Sophrony Kirilov pulls on the strings of the heavy Russian bells
(Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

The 38-year-old Russian priest is clad in a loose black robe and a vest dotted with patches of penguins and seals, marking his four years of service at the bottom of the world. Although he often misses his family and the dark winters are hard, Kirilov says there is no place he feels closer to God than in this frigid land.

“In the world there’s no tranquility and silence. But here, it’s quiet enough,” Kirilov said inside the Holy Trinity Church.

The small wooden building is perched precariously on a rocky hill above a smattering of pre-fabricated houses for scientists and service workers who call this frozen continent home, at least part of the year. Kirilov, who also works as a carpenter and mason at the Russian Bellingshausen base, says his passion for Antarctica is deeply connected to his love for the lonely building.

Russian priests here rotate in for yearlong stints, primarily to celebrate Mass [more properly called Liturgy] for the workers on the Russian base, who number between 15 and 30 at a time. The priests also welcome any of the island’s other inhabitants, about 100 in winter when temperatures can plunge to -13 Fahrenheit (-25 Celsius), and 500 in the still-chilly summer months.

The greyish clapboard church was first built in Russia from Siberian cedar planks treated to withstand the frosts and harsh wind. It was then disassembled and shipped log-by-log, “like Lego blocks,” to Antarctica, said Alejo Contreras, a Chilean Antarctic explorer who witnessed the construction and consecration in 2004. To protect it from strong winds, it is bound to the nearby rocky mountain with chains.

In the summer, tourists and the staff of the international stations brave strong winds to hike up here, leaving snowy, muddy boots at the entrance. Some pray in silence, standing or kneeling because there are no pews in the boxy interior, while others marvel at the gold-leaf iconostasis screen of icons painted with bearded saints and winged angels in vivid colors.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Antarctica iconostasis
The inside of the holy Trinity church (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

During Sunday service, Kirilov reads from the scriptures in Russian and sings in an angelic voice…

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Cartoon sums up the Mideast

by Husky Lover ( 348 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Humor, Iran, John Kerry, Leftist-Islamic Alliance at April 1st, 2015 - 7:00 am

This cartoon shows Obama’s alliance with Iran.

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Thanks to Obama, we are now viewed by Israel, Turkey and Sunni Arabs as Iran’s ally.