Austria Passes Reforms To 1912 Law On Islam

austriaislamlawThe updated Austrian “Law on Islam” bans foreign funding for mosques and imams limiting influence from abroad,  it also requires imams to be able to speak German.  It is controversial but is also being held up as a model for Europe in dealing with Islam.

“”What we want is to reduce the political influence and control from abroad and we want to give Islam the chance to develop freely within our society and in line with our common European values,”  said Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

Igniting fresh controversy, Austria’s parliament has approved significant changes to the country’s “Law on Islam” — a revamping of a 103-year-old law to expand certain legal protections while also placing new restrictions on Muslim organizations and how adherents practice their faith.

While the changes were proposed years ago — long before attacks in France and Denmark by homegrown terrorists with extremist views — the reforms passed Wednesday are intended to “clearly combat” the influence of radical Islam, according to Austria’s conservative foreign affairs minister Sebastian Kurz, Agence France-Presse reported.

Lawmakers made the changes to a 1912 law that codified Islam as an official religion in Austria. Now, Austria’s roughly 450 Muslim organizations face new limits on foreign funding, a move that has generated criticism from around the world, since other religious communities can still receive international support. Many of Austria’s roughly 500,000 Muslims hail from Turkey, which finances and sends imams to the European nation.

According to Austria’s foreign ministry, imams cannot receive continuous financing under the law.

The approved bill — referred to as the “Law on Islam” by the foreign ministry — also requires imams to be able to speak German, AFP reported. Muslim organizations are not required to use a standardized German translation of the Koran, but central tenets of the religion must be presented in German, a foreign ministry official told The Post.

Online:  Washington Post-Austria is taking controversial steps to tighten a 100-year-old ‘Law on Islam’

Australian Hostage Taker: Sheik Haron

Update:  Sydney police storm the Lindt cafe.   Sydney siege ends with Muslim gunman dead and one hostage killed after police and special forces storm cafe with guns and stun grenades

 

sheikharonThe gunman holding Australians hostage in Sydney has been identified as Sheik Haron a Sunni Muslim.

“Radical Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis – also known as Seikh Haron – has been idnetified as the hostage taker in the Sydney cafe siege…  Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi and fled from Iran to Australia in 1996 where he changed his name to Man Haron Monis and assuming the title of Sheik Haron.  “JPUpdates

Man Haron Monis – also known as Sheik Haron – has been named as the gunman holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney café is believed to be an Islamic State preacher who is on bail for accessory to murder.

The 49-year-old man lives in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, has previously accused the families of Australian dead soldiers of being murderers and also been charged with sexual assault, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage taker was charged with accessory – both before and after the fact – for the murder of his ex-wife – who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her apartment building in Sydney.

The man’s current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.

He was also arrested for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in 2002 after luring her to his clinic following claims he was as an expert in astrology, meditation and black magic, The Daily Telegraph reports.  Daily Mail

 

Houston Lesbian Mayor’s Campaign Against Pastors Hits Roadblock

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys say the city is illegitimately demanding that the pastors, who are not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected sermons and other communications simply so the city can see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized the city.

In May, Houston Mayor Annise Parker signed the controversial Equal Rights Ordinance. The ordinance bans discrimination based on sexual oHoustonSealrientation and gender identity. Dubbed the “bathroom bill” as it allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms..

Opponents of the ordinance collected signatures to repeal the measure on the ballot. In July opponents to the ordinance delivered more than 50,000 signatures to Houston’s city hall. More than three times the legally required number of valid signatures, which the city secretary certified as sufficient. The Houston mayor and city attorney rejected the certification claiming mistakes invalidated entire pages of signatures, there was a shortage of 2,000 valid signatures needed for the measure to be placed on the ballot.

The “bathroom ordinance” was placed on hold after opponents filed a suit against the city.  The city issued subpoenas in defense of the lawsuit demanding five pastors turn over sermon notes and and private communications with church members on a variety of topics, including the mayor and “gender identity”.   What the subpoenas demanded are irrelevant to the lawsuit as the pastors are not involved in the lawsuit.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime; it is protected by the First Amendment.”

After calling church sermons “fair game” for subpoena, Mayor Annise Parker is backing down after a public outcry and Texas Attorney General Abbott calls to city attorney to withdraw the subpoenas.  The Mayor now claims “the subpoenas were too broad, and should not have included actual sermons. The city promises to narrow the language of the subpoenas”.

Dave Welch, who is the executive director of the Houston area U.S. Pastor Council  (one of the five pastors who received a subpoena) said, “The bottom line from our perspective of these subpoenas is that they were an act of intimidation and harassment by the city through these law firms to bury us in this type of a demand in an attempt to shut us down, to try to run us out of time, will, or money to continue this lawsuit to its conclusion,” he said. “So, they basically have no legal defense for their action. We will win this in court.”

Welch continued, “So, this has really progressed from a disagreement over a bad law to a fundamental issue of voting rights, now an attack on first amendment rights by this mayor’s administration. ChristianPost

Online:  Alliance Defending Freedom: Houston, we have a problem

Kurds Beg USA To Help Them Fight ISIS

kurdsmosulThe Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are effectively fighting to save Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities communities in Iraq.  The Kurds are sheltering Christians inside their own territory.  They are the only hope of stopping genocide in Iraq.  The Kurds are pro-American and one of the few allies the U.S. has in the Middle East.

The foreign minister of Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday issued a desperate plea for American and Western intervention to halt the advance of ISIS extremists.

“We are left alone in the front to fight the terrorists of ISIS,” Falah Mustafa Bakir told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour.

“I believe the United States has a moral responsibility to support us, because this is a fight against terrorism, and we have proven to be pro-democracy, pro-West, and pro-secularism.” Continue reading “Kurds Beg USA To Help Them Fight ISIS”

Hamas Rockets Attempted To Hit The Nuclear Reactor In Dimona

israel map photoDimona is in southern Israel to the south of Beersheba.  Hamas terrorist in the Gaza Strip launched three rockets towards the southern Israeli town of Dimona and its nuclear reactor on Wednesday.  The “Iron Dome” intercepted on rocket before it could land, the other two rockets landed in open areas.

In 2012, Israel announced that in the event of war, the reactor would be shut down.  It is not known if the reactor has been shut down.  Last week the IDF Spokesman’s Twitter account was hacked and a fake message stating that rockets had hit the reactor and there was a nuclear leak was posted.

No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets, stating that it had been attempting to hit the nuclear reactor.

Online: JPost Hamas: We attempted to hit the nuclear reactor in Dimona

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US evacuates Baghdad embassy as brutal ISIS forces advance

The United States said Sunday it was evacuating some staff from its embassy and beefing up security as deadly explosions rocked the Iraqi capital and advancing militant Islamic insurgents released graphic images appearing to show its fighters massacring captured Iraqi soldiers.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement that an undisclosed number of staffers will be moved to Amman, Jordan or U.S. consulates elsewhere in Iraq not immediately threatened by the insurgent group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Online:  U.S. evacuates embassy as bombs, fighting rock Iraq