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Re: Religion of Peace update
« Reply #555 on: September 28, 2017, 08:59:50 AM »
'IT'S IN THE QURAN,' SAYS MUSLIM WHO BEHEADED OKLAHOMA CO-WORKER

'You know all I was doing was ... what I was supposed to do'

09/26/2017
LEO HOHMANN



Alton Nolen beheaded a female co-worker in Oklahoma in September 2014 and tried to
behead a second co-worker before being shot by a supervisor. His murder trial this week
has attracted almost no national media coverage. Photo/Facebook


Was Alton Nolen mentally ill when he beheaded a female co-worker and tried to behead a second woman at a food plant in Oklahoma on Sept. 25, 2014, or was he simply being a good Muslim by following the dictates of the Quran?

That’s the issue the jury will have to decide in the 33-year-old Muslim convert’s trial, which opened last week and continued Monday in Norman, Oklahoma.

Nolen told police in 2014 he beheaded his co-worker, Colleen Hufford, and tried to behead another woman at the plant because he felt “oppressed” as a Muslim.

“You know all I was doing was … what I was supposed to do as a Muslim,” Nolen said. “It’s in the Quran.”

There were reports at after the incident that Nolen had tried to convert several of his co-workers to Islam and they were not receptive, which may have fueled his rage.

Nolen’s court-appointed attorneys are now asking the jury to find him not guilty by reason of insanity. They argued he is mentally ill and believed what he was doing was right because of “delusional misinterpretations of Islamic teachings,” according to the Oklahoman, a local newspaper covering the trial.

An expert witness took the stand Monday on behalf of the defense and told the jury that the Quran contains no instructions for Muslims kill unbelievers by beheading unless it is a time of war.

“It does not exist,” said Robert Hunt, a professor at Southern Methodist University who calls himself an expert on Islamic beliefs.

For Nolen to believe otherwise makes him insane, according to the defense.

Others would argue that Nolen is perfectly sane because he was doing exactly as the Quran instructs – no delusions required.

In fact, the district attorney argued just that on Monday, pressing the “expert” professor on whether he thought ISIS fighters were insane when they beheaded men and boys. Or what about Boko Haram in Nigeria, or al-Shabab in Somalia? Are they all insane?

The SMU professor responded saying Nolan’s beliefs about his Islamic faith are “novel.”

Philip Haney, a retired Homeland Security expert on Islamic doctrine and an Arabic speaker, told WND that Professor Hunt of Southern Methodist is clearly under his own delusion about the teachings of the Quran and was doing a disservice by trying to mislead the jury on what devout Muslims are taught in many mosques.

And Nolen is very devout. From his prison photo it is clear that he prays five times a day in the required prostrate position, which is evidenced by the Zabiba or small bruise on his forehead. This is the mark of a devout believer in Islam.

“The blindness of [the SMU professor] is astonishing. Mr. Nolen is not just randomly pulling these doctrines out of the air, this guy is a dedicated Muslim,” Haney said.

The FBI interviewers were seeking to determine if anyone had taught Nolen that beheading an “oppressor” is acceptable or may have guided him to those beliefs.

“Uh, no,” Nolen responded. “I read the Quran. Like I say, the Quran is easy to understand. … No one guides me but Allah.”

What Nolen appears to be referring to is Quran verse 2:191 about the “fitnah,” which is Arabic for an “oppression” or “persecution” brought on by an unbeliever, meaning a non-Muslim.

Sura 2:291 states:

“And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.”

Nolen felt like certain co-workers were suppressing his faith, Haney said.

Nolen, who worked at the Vaughan Foods food-processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma, is accused of beheading Hufford, 54, and attempting to behead Traci Johnson, 43.

Johnson’s life was saved when Mark Vaughan, the chief operating officer of the company and a reserve sheriff’s deputy, shot and wounded Nolen as he repeatedly stabbed Johnson, according to testimony at the trial.

Nolen is charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. He may also face federal charges if the Justice Department decides his attack was an act of terrorism.

Nolen was interviewed twice at the hospital while recovering from his gunshot wounds.

In the first interview, he admitted to the FBI that he regularly watched Islamic beheadings on YouTube, including those done by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The attack brought national attention in 2014, but three years later no national media outlets seem to be giving the trial primetime coverage.

“Mainstream media is not doing their job,” Haney said. “They should be covering this trial and asking, ‘What do you mean by oppression? What is this concept and where is it in the Quran? What is the source of what he says he believes in … instead of these vague statements that he is oppressed? Where is the natural curiosity of the press? For the press, that’s like an atomic nitro glycerin. When a devout Muslim who is Shariah-compliant says he’s oppressed, you’re watching a ticking bomb. This guy is a convert. How on earth did he pick up that Quranic concept so quickly? He just swallowed it up like a sponge, this view that some other worldview is oppressing him. And then you have the Muslim community telling him he has the right to lash out like he did, to kill them, if they are oppressing you.”

Assigning the violence of Muslims to mental illness is the knee-jerk reaction of today’s media and most law enforcement, he said.

“That’s just another way to gloss over the truth,” Haney said. “People are going to scream about it and say that’s not true, so we’re going to miss these warning signals [from potential terrorists].”

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Re: Religion of Peace update
« Reply #556 on: October 11, 2017, 12:19:52 AM »
Mali Church leader voices alarm as Islamists attack parishes

Jonathan Luxmoore
Friday, 6 Oct 2017
 
Militants told Christians they would be killed if they were seen in church

Catholic leaders in Mali have warned that parishes face a growing assault by Islamic militants despite attempts to enforce a peace deal in the north African country.

“Our churches and chapels are now being targeted by extremists, who’ve told Christians not to gather to pray,” said Mgr Edmond Dembele, secretary-general of the Malian bishops’ conference.

“The authorities are trying to reimpose control, and we may learn more about what kind of strategy is being followed,” he told Catholic News Service. “But we’re also alarmed the attacks are being mounted by isolated Islamist groups, acting in their own name.”

Tensions were running high in September and early October in Mali’s central Mopti region after several Catholic churches were ransacked and torched, forcing parishioners to flee.

Mgr Dembele said it was unclear which groups were involved and what their motives were.

“We have no security programme of our own and we rely on the authorities to provide protection and find solutions,” Mgr Dembele said.

“On previous occasions, the government has deployed military units in our parishes. But this still hasn’t been done against these new attacks.”

The attacks occurred as the Malian government is attempting to implement the 2015 peace deal with rebel fighters. The agreement called for the rebels to be integrated into the national arm.

Under a 2015 peace deal with the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, rebel fighters are to be integrated into the national army.

However, attacks by Touareg separatists and Islamist insurgents have continued, delaying the return of displaced Malians from neighbouring Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. Rights groups have reported summary executions and the destruction of schools and forced recruitment of child soldiers.

Mgr Dembele said armed men had smashed their way into a church at Dobara, 500 miles north of the capital Bamako, in late September, throwing out crosses, altar furnishings and a statue of Mary, which they burned outside. Assailants also drove Catholics out of a church at Bodwal, warning they would be killed if “seen praying in the church,” he said.

Local parishioners were currently “very afraid but not panicking,” the priest said, as they “urgently awaited” help from government and UN forces seeking to restore order.

“Christians aren’t the only ones threatened and attacked. Mali’s whole population is being victimised, Muslims included,” Mgr Dembele said.

The Church official also said he and others remained confident the peace deal would succeed.

“We know there’s been some prevarication,” he said, “and while this isn’t necessarily the fault of the state or any particular group, it’s made the situation more difficult.”

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« Reply #557 on: October 13, 2017, 10:30:32 PM »
Coptic Orthodox Bishop Killed outside Cairo, Egypt

Like many accused Muslims, suspect is said to be mentally ill.

October 13, 2017


Assailant arriving at warehouse door in pursuit
of Coptic Orthodox bishop on outskirts of Cairo
 (Screen grab of security footage)

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt was slain outside Cairo, Egypt yesterday.

The assailant struck Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso with a machete in the El Salam area near El Marg District on the outskirts of Cairo, according to local reports. Shehata was born in 1972.

While a security spokesman said the suspect, Ahmed Saeed Ibrahim, was mentally ill, neighbors reportedly denied this, saying he was a Muslim who had been “radicalized” a year ago. Since then, they said, Ibrahim had begun praying in the street, shouting loudly and calling Christians infidels.

The suspect walked calmly out of the warehouse after killing Shehata, according to security camera footage. Captured by people on the street and now in custody, Ibrahim had reportedly approached Shehata wielding the large knife while the bishop was waiting for another clergyman in his car.

Visiting from his Church of St. Julius Akfazi in Ezbet Girgis village, in Beni Suef Governorate, Shehata was waiting for another priest, the Rev. Beimen Moftah, when Ibrahim accosted him and attacked him, eyewitnesses told local press. Reports conflicted on whether Moftah, of the Church of the Arch Angel Malak in Ezbet Francis, Mattay village, was injured, but he did reportedly confront the assailant.

Stabbed in the neck and torso near the Virgin and Bishop Shenouda El Daeiry church, the wounded Shehata fled on foot into the warehouse, according to security camera footage obtained by El Youm el Sabe News agency, which shows the assailant following with the machete.

Police said eyewitnesses reported that the assailant had seen Shehata in his car, forcibly stopped him, ordered him out and then started to stab him in the neck and torso. Shehata fled, and the attacker followed him into the warehouse and finished his attack there with several blows to the head, they said.

Shehata’s driver, identified as Gerges Kamel, reportedly said the bishop had gotten out of the car to retrieve his cell phone at the warehouse when the assailant stopped him and stabbed him in the side, neck and skull. Kamel said the assailant used the bishop’s blood to form a cross on his forehead, according to a local newspaper.

An ambulance didn’t arrive until 90 minutes after the assault, according to Kamel, who added that the bishop was alive for half an hour after being struck and could have been saved if the ambulance had arrived timely.

He denied that the suspect was mentally ill.

Local press reported that the suspect was 19 years old and had joined a Salafi jihadist group three months prior. After his arrest, Ibrahim reportedly claimed that he was mentally ill and suffered from epileptic seizures. A piece of paper was reportedly found in his pocket saying, “the mission is done successfully.”

A preliminary autopsy reportedly showed the cause of death to be blows to the head with a long knife (machete), causing a longitudinal deep crack in the skull and internal bleeding in the abdomen.

Area residents said on social media that the suspect was known for insulting numerous Christians, picking fights with them and assaulting them. Christians made several complaints to police, which were largely ignored, according to local reports.

Shehata had reportedly worked for years to obtain a permit to construct a church building for his parishioners, who otherwise met in a small room of an association building, with most of the worshippers standing in the street. Recently the bishop found a 1,000-square-meter site on which to build, and he was reportedly in Cairo to collect donations for the building. Local press reported that residents had filed 18 police statements objecting to his church building plans.

Sheikh Abbas Shooman, dean of preeminent Islamic authority Al-Azhar University in Cairo, denounced the attack on Shehata, writing on Facebook, “An assault that religions reject…the treacherous attack on bishop Samaan Shehata, priest of the Church of St. Julius Akfazi in the village of Ezbet Girgis in the province of Beni Sueif, an attack rejected by the law of heaven and above all our religion.”

Ordained a priest in 1999 and promoted to bishop in 2001, Shehata served at Church of St. Julius Akfazi. According to the Coptic Orthodox Church Network, St. Julius of Agfahs (Akfazi), who lived in the late third and early fourth centuries, was martyred after writing a biography of church martyrs.

Another Priest Attacked

Another priest, whom local press identified as the Rev. Mikhail Melad Tawadrous, 67, of the Arch Angel Michael in Qoft, Qena Governorate, was seriously injured on the same day.

A Muslim vegetable vendor reportedly attacked Tawadrous with heavy objects, leaving him with cuts on his hand, bruises on his chest and blood in his lungs. When the priest called out for help, bystanders reportedly encouraged the suspect, Saad Mohamed Mahmoud Hassan, to kill him.

Hassan had been jailed 12 for years before, and a few days before the attack, he had insulted another priest. Authorities reportedly tried to persuade Tawadrous to drop charges, claiming that the attacker is mentally ill, and the priest refused. Hassan was held for questioning and released.

Egypt is ranked 21st on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of the countries where is it is most difficult to be a Christian.

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