Europe Teaching Christianity in Schools to Combat Islamic Terrorism


A few European nations are finally comprehending just how dangerous the culture of Islam is to Western Civilization. Last week Austria gave the boot to Mosques that make no bones about following Muhammad’s agenda for global Islamization. Today I found out Denmark is making sure all refugees are going to be made to learn what it means to be a Dane or leave Denmark.

 

JRH 6/12/18

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Danish Patriotism

 

After coming to the realization that second-generation Muslim immigrants are predisposed to committing horrific terrorist attacks on non-Muslims (especially women and children), the Danish government has come upon a novel solution: Why not try to assimilate the immigrants to Danish culture? Crazy, right?

 

Apparently the Danes have reached a conclusion that their soil is not magical and that just because a Muslim sets foot in Denmark and is given citizenship papers, it does not automatically transform them into a Dane with appreciation for Western civilization, democracy, and the moral restraint to not punch a woman in the face and call her a whore for wearing an ankle-revealing dress.

 

If only Congress would realize this about our non-magical soil in America! We know this sounds totally insane, but other nations actually do have these kooky ideas about immigration. Don’t believe us? Fly to Tokyo tomorrow and declare yourself to be Japanese. We’ll wait for you to report back with results!

 

Meanwhile, the Danish government will now require children in Muslim ghettos to undergo 25 hours of coursework on the meanings of Easter and Christmas, Christian morals, language skills and, presumably, the need to not murder members of your host community based on your parents’ barbaric 8th-century values. (Perhaps they should teach the Muslims about Denmark’s Viking history as well, just to let it sink in that they are the minority and the Danes will only be pushed so far before bringing back the “blood eagle.” Just saying.)

 

Best of all, there’s an immediate punishment that will be meted out if any Muslim parents don’t enroll their kids in the Danish Christianity classes. Check out the video below to learn what it is!

 

VIDEO: Denmark: Children Of Muslim Immigrants Must Learn About Democracy, Christmas

 

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Denmark’s government said Monday that children living in a primarily Muslim immigrant community are required to attend classes on democracy, language, and Danish Christian traditions.

 

Danish parents living in ghettos — an official Danish term for non-western immigrant communities — must enroll their children into 25 hours of public education starting at age one, according to Reuters.

 

The ghettos for which this new policy is mandatory are composed mainly of Muslim migrants from Middle Eastern countries. The classes will focus on language skills, foundational education, as well as integral facets of Danish culture like democracy, equality and Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas. (RELATED: Danish Politician Slammed For Saying Fasting Muslims Pose Work Safety Threat)

 

Immigrant parents who do not enroll their children in the mandatory public education program will lose their child welfare benefits. Parents who have already placed their children in daycare programs are not required to enroll their children in these classes. The new policy, on which major opposition parties agreed with the leading Liberal Party and the supporting nationalist Danish People’s Party, was put forward as part of a solution to the problem of integrating Muslim immigrants into Denmark’s western, democratic culture. The leading opposition party, The Social Democratic Party, has taken a harder stance toward Muslim migrants as the problem of migrant communities’ refusal to integrate has persisted in recent years.

 

Non-western immigrants comprise 66.5 percent of the population of ghetto areas and 8.7 percent of Denmark’s overall population of 5.7 million, according to EuroNews. …

 

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Chanukah – Christmas, 2016


Intro to ‘Chanukah – Christmas, 2016

John R. Houk, Editor

Posted December 25, 2016

By Ari Bussel

 

I am a Christian Zionist. A person decried by the American Left, many if not most Progressive Christians (typically Mainline Christians) and a lot distrusting Jews (I’m guessing among the Jewish Left and distrustful Observant Orthodox Jews.

 

Being a Christian Zionist means I believe in the sovereign existence of the Jewish State of Israel. AND since I’m a Right Winger that believes Israel is the Promised Land to the Jews, I also fall on the side of the Greater Israel as the Land of the Jews. That belief steps on the toes of a lot of current sovereign Muslim nations and not just the Arabs pretending to be the non-existent Palestinians.

 

I say all this because I am quite appreciative of my online friends Ari Bussel and Norma Zager who often share the Jewish perspectives on current events affecting Israel and the Jews still spread around globally.

 

In this case Ari sends a Christmas message to Christians which includes a very succinct explanation of Chanukah which should bring at least a little self-musing by non-Jews of how God Almighty’s hand is upon the Jews – the Twelve Hebrew Tribes – and their God-given Land.

 

From a Christian perspective, without Jews there would be no Redeemer Jesus the Christ come to save humanity from the curse bequeathed by Adam and Eve to their descendants.

 

JRH 12/25/16

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 My father, Capt. Dr. Bussel, second from left, with friends for life Chanukah in the Sinai Desert, Yom Kippur War, 1973

 

Chanukah – Christmas, 2016

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 12/23/2016 7:04 PM

 

In Israel, especially in Orthodox neighborhoods, there are candelabra at the balconies, protected by glass structures, illuminating the surroundings.  For eight days, Israel is lit by light, laughter, play and song.

 

 

Candelabra on Balcony

 

In Israel, freshly cut Arizona cypress trees are being distributed for a symbolic price for the Christian community (and foreign diplomats and the foreign press) to utilize and enjoy. 

 

This year, terrorism hit with widespread forest fires.  The headlines read, “Israel is burning.”  Yet, all that terrorism achieved is to galvanize the spirit, reignite the determination and conviction and remind us what is really important.

 

 

As he called to wish Chag Samech (Happy Chanukah), my friend Brad Greenberg said: “Be thankful there is Christmas; be grateful that you can celebrate Christmas!”

 

The joy of the season is magnified this year in light of what is happening all around us.  The mere ability to worship, celebrate and enjoy the spirit of Christmas – something we take so readily for granted – is like the light of candles in the darkness:  fragile, uncertain, yet with immense potential to conquer the darkness.

 

1) Baluza Post  – 14 (002)

 

In Europe, Christmas is being ushered by terrorist attacks (and if last year is any indication, women beware during New Year).  There are entire areas under Sharia Law with no access to Christians, and there are countries where the name “Christ” is no longer allowed.

 

Europeans are dying, and their birthrate is approaching negative territory, whereas the immigrant Muslim population is exploding.  Europe is being replaced by Eurabia.

 

In Israel, the birthplace of Christianity, any connection between the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple with Judaism and Christianity has been conveniently erased by a UN body:  UNESCO declared the place to be a Muslim heritage site.  It may seem inconsequential, but it is not.  The poison is percolating the global mindset.  Another victory has been achieved.

 

The process of erosion has accelerated:  First, physical evidence has been destroyed when hundreds of truckloads of “dirt” from Solomon Stables on Temple Mount were removed by the Muslim Wakf that manages the place and dumped like trash to a ravine.  Then, the spiritual connection is being destroyed, thus leaving humanity with a mere memory of what once were Judaism and Christianity.

 

Nine centuries before the appearance of Muhammad, Jews in Judea and Samaria fought the Greeks and prevailed.  Today we are told these areas of Zion Jerusalem are “occupied” by “settlements,” and the UN is planning to send observers and to segregate any product from there by special markings.  (Some eighty years ago, the Nazis used a Yellow Star to identify Jews.  Today, the UN is marking Israel, in preparation to what may come next.)

 

We already hear the voices that call the Jews to pack their belongings and return to the places from where they came.  Stripped of any connection to the land, Jews may once again become unwanted guests in lands-not-theirs.  The craving of two millennia “for next year in Jerusalem,” the promise “If I forget you, Oh, Jerusalem,” praying toward Jerusalem and the fact that wherever Jews are buried, they always face Jerusalem, are all ignored, as is the Bible, archeology and any historical records.

 

Once before, the Nazis tried to do something similar.  First they started burning books, then they burned the Jews, apparently refusing to acknowledge history:  Empires rose and fell, and the Jewish people are still here.  The Jews are not vermin or cockroaches; the Jews are a Light Unto the Nations.

 

The two centuries leading to the Common Era saw the rule of the Greeks.  From 175 to 164 b.c., Antiochus IV (also known in Judaism as “Antiochus the Evil”) was in charge, and the Jews of Israel were being Hellenized.  The Greeks did not want to eradicate the Jews or erase them off the map.  Quite on the contrary, they had a great respect to the Jews.  But they expected the Jews to become one of them, in behavior and thought.

 

God had to cease, so no circumcision, no Shabbat observance and no other acts unique to Judaism.  The men were to join gymnasiums and dress like the Greeks, and God was to become one of many, reduced to non-being.  Many Jews in Israel followed suit, fully assimilating, but a small group stood firm.

 

A Jewish high priest from Modi-im rebelled.  Matityahu and his five sons, also known as the Hashmonaim or Maccabim prevailed and ruled until 32 b.c. (the Maccabiah Games are derived from the same word, that abbreviates four words from Moses Song, Exodus 15:11: “Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the might?”).

 

It was that rebellion that is considered a miracle.  A few against many led by Judea the Maccabi.  Two millennia later, a handful rose again, in the Warsaw Ghetto, and for almost an entire month stood their ground against the Nazi war machine.

 

The miracle of God’s greatness – of a few against the many – is thus remembered and celebrated to this very day.

 

Another miracle is highlighted.  When the Hashmonaim cleared the Temple (the one that is now controlled by the Muslim Wakf and has apparently no connection to Judaism), the olive oil there used to light the Menorah was not sanctified, and it would have taken time to prepare new olive oil suitable for worship.

 

Only a tiny tin was found with olive oil that could be used, enough to last for one day.  Another miracle happened, and the olive oil lasted for eight full days (until new olive oil was available to continue the work of the Cohanim – priests – at the Temple).

 

Thus, to this very day, we light candles for eight days, starting with one on the first night and adding an additional one each night.  These candles are to be watched and enjoyed but not used, so we are not allowed to use them to light one another.  A separate candle is used, “The Server,” or Shamash.

 

Candelabra

 

Eight indicates transcendence from the orderly world (the seven days of creation) to the spiritual.  (Circumcision, for example, takes place on the eight day.)

 

Thus came about Chanukah, the holiday of miracles.  It is also known as the Festival of Lights, or Festival of Inauguration (re-dedication of the Temple).  We are told (Maccabim Book II) that it was really the Festival of Tabernacles postponed (as it could not be celebrated before the rebellion).  For eight days, we eat potato pancakes (“levivot”) and doughnuts (“sufganiot”), all reminding us the miracle of the oil.

 

Latkes for Chanukah – Potato Pancakes

 

Chanukah is not included in the Jewish Bible, but it is mentioned in the New Testament (John 10:22):  It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. (New Living Translation)

 

Chanukah is celebrated starting the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev for eight days:  25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31st, 1st.  While the Hebrew calendar is a lunar one, the fact that Christmas later evolved to be on the 25th of December, “in the middle of winter,” just eight days before New Year, is not a coincidence.

 

Nor is it a coincidence that this year, when the two calendars (Jewish and Gregorian) identically overlap, we celebrate Christmas Eve and the eve of the first night of Chanukah at the same time.

 

It is a signal to all of us – Jews and Christians alike – that we are one; we must stand together lest “a house divided falls.”  Our roots are one and the same, making us inseparable.  Also, our enemies do not differentiate between us – to them, we are all one enemy, the army of non-believers, composed of “pigs and apes,” the Saturday and the Sunday people.

 

So let us celebrate Christmas; let us celebrate the eight days of Chanukah, for miracles happened at that time so long ago and in these very days.  Let us celebrate the Glory and Might of God, Lord of Hosts, for He is our Salvation, our past, our future and our present.

 

Here is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas greetings (2016):

 

To all of our Christian friends around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

I send you these greetings from Jerusalem. I’m standing in the courtyard of this magnificent International Christian Embassy. I’m so proud of our relations with our Christian brothers and sisters. I wonder for many of you if you remember the experience you had when you first visited Israel, when you saw the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or the Via Dolorosa or the Sea of Galilee or Nazareth. I’m sure it moved you deeply.

 

And it moves us deeply to have this bond with you because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilization. What a magnificent heritage it is. Yet, we also know that it is under attack these days, that the forces of intolerance, of barbarism that attack all religions attack Christians with particular vehemence. We stand with you and I’m proud of the fact that in Israel, this is the one place in the Middle East that the Christian community not only survives but thrives and it’s no accident. It’s because of our commitment to religious freedom; it’s because of our embrace of our heritage; it’s because of our embrace of our common future.  

 

So please come to Israel. Come and visit me, I’m waiting for you. It will be a great experience for you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

 

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

© Israel Monitor, December, 2016

 

First Published December 23, 2016

Contact:  bussel@me.com

Chanukah’s Chanukiah (candelabrum)

Merry Christmas from Jerusalem!


Nothing is impossible with God through His Son Jesus Christ – Savior and Healer.

 

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Vimeo VIDEO: Merry Christmas from Jerusalem!


 

From ICEJ

Posted December 19, 2016

 

Dr. Juergen Buehler, President of ICEJ wishes you a Merry Christmas from the ICEJ headquarters in Jerusalem, Israel.

 

Christmas and Prayers for America


Justin Smith has an essay that probably is better termed a prayer of intercession for America through the filter of the meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is a celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Son of God. Something compels me to share from the Word of God about Christ’s birth and the forgiving and giving that follows the Lord’s birth:

Luke 2

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[a] (Luke 2: 10-14 NKJV)

John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

16 And[a] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[b] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1: 1-3, 14, 16-18 NKJV)

John 3

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:17-21 NKJV)

Luke 6

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. (Luke 6: 27-31 NKJV)

Being a Christian is a continuous combination of seeking to ever increasing one’s right standing with God, forgiving wrongs, helping others, praying for the leaders of your nation (not just politicians) and sharing the same love of Christ that the Lord shared with the Redeemed with other non-Christians.

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Christmas and Prayers for America

By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 12/17/2015 11:48 AM

Christmas is upon us, and many of us, who know that the sacrifice of God’s only Son on the Cross granted redemption and everlasting life to all people, are preparing for wonderful gifts to be given and received at joyous dinners and events with friends and family. We gather for the sake of fellowship and love, our hearts are cleansed and kindled by the warm fire of eternal goodness, and we give thanks for the birth of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, through our prayers.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and for all the days henceforth, let us pray that all Americans experience an epiphany and come to understand the true meaning of the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem. Let us also pray for Our Beloved America’s salvation, as we recall that America’s founding principles are Judeo-Christian — the very same principles that embody “free choice,” liberty, equality and reveal and affirm that each individual owns rights that are unalienable and granted to all by God.

 

On April 30th 1789, George Washington placed his hand on the Bible, opened to Genesis 49-50, and ended his oath to become the first President of the United States with the words, “So help me God.” Many Americans joined Washington in prayer at the nearby St. Paul’s Chapel that same day; the first act of the first Congress was to pray, as Washington and the members of Congress knelt together: To this day, Congress has always opened its sessions with prayer.

 

Throughout his administration, Thomas Jefferson and Christians of every denomination and sect, from Quakers and Unitarians to Catholics, regularly held Sunday prayer services in the House of Representatives. And Jefferson’s own words from the Virginia Statute Establishing Religious Freedom (Jan. 16th 1786) state:

 

“Almighty God hath created the mind free, All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens … are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion.”

 

America has never stood so close to the precipice and so near the eve of Her own destruction, at the hands of Her progressive oppressors, who deny the validity of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. sovereignty, life and even God through their despotic measures and edicts. America has never been so in need of prayers and God’s protection.

 

In Matthew 18: 19-20, it is written:

 

“Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth … any thing that they shall ask, it will be done for them of my Father … in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 

O’ Lord I pray – We pray – that children sickened by numerous diseases, who are spending Christmas in St. Jude’s, the Shriner’s and Vanderbilt’s Children Hospitals and many other hospitals, are touched by Your healing Spirit and sent home to their worried and loving families whole and completely cured.

 

O’ Lord We pray for the homeless and the hungry across our country, and yes we pray for the same all across the world, that they may be brought into the loving fold of a family somewhere or at least a place to call home. Make their stomachs full, we beseech You O’ Lord, and let them know hunger no longer.

 

Please Lord, help America and Her people understand their crime and their sin that they commit by condoning abortion. It is unreasonable for anyone to deny Your Hand – a Divine Hand and a Power greater than anything in this universe – in all life, as the first spark emerges in the form of an embryo and journeys through the first heartbeat of the fetus, until a newborn baby boy or girl takes their first breath. We pray that You give all Americans full understanding regarding the sanctity of the unborn life.

 

In these troubled days, We pray for our progressive brethren, and we pray that You open the eyes of the atheists and the ACLU, who attempt to stop voluntary prayer across America, much like in Bremerton, WA and School 169 in New York, which also banned the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’. We also pray that You place them under conviction, so they will come to You and learn to love You O’ Lord; and then perhaps they will also grow to love America.

 

As We “preparest a table in the presence of [our] enemies”, O’ Lord, we pray that You redeem them just like Saul, and we ask that You guide the Muslims and their Ummah towards the complete reformation of Islam, as sought by reformers like Raif Badawi, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and Irshad Manji. We pray that Islam becomes a true “religion of peace” and stops its violent terror attacks against the West, or that the majority of Muslims convert to Christianity.

 

Bless all the men and women serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces, especially members who are fighting in the Middle East. Keep them safe on Christmas Day and many years after their safe homecoming.

 

Suffering through a sense of pain under Progressive Democrat policies, O’ Lord, most of America prays and beseeches You to break the chains of our current despotic government. Please Lord, educate the large portion of society, blinded by progressive propaganda, on the evils of progressive policies and the failure and pain they inflict upon the people, and give us new leaders, who understand that special problems don’t create special rights and privileges. Bring the end of days for this epidemic of fascism, and lead this generation of Americans in their refusal to sell their birthright — their Unalienable Rights — for a mess of bad progressive pottage.

 

With illuminations and the pealing of bells, We pray that our hearts are not troubled by the hourly seductions of sin, nor afraid of terrors imagined or real by which they are intimidated, as we become that one candle lighting the way for an innumerable quantity of others, with a love that sees in all men brothers. Do not let us shrink from the truth in word or deed, and give America’s people salvation and the strength that lies in the peace, unattainable through diplomatic negotiations and dinners with heads of state and tyrants, found only through a voluntary profession of the truth by every man and every woman, that Jesus is Our Lord and Savior; and our sins are washed away by His Blood on the Cross. Amen-Amen-Amen

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Santa Claus doesn’t Visit Pakistan?


Karachi Santa Reuters photo 12-24-14

Karachi Santa Reuters photo 12-24-14
 
What is it like for Christians to celebrate Christmas in an Islamic Supremacist nation like Pakistan? Shamim Masih relates the Christmas experience.
 
JRH 12/26/14

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Santa Claus doesn’t Visit Pakistan?
 
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/26/2014 4:03 AM
 
ISLAMABAD: December 25th is a public holiday, but it is in the memory of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the country, not for the celebrations of Christmas. Pakistan has a population over 180 million people and there are around 20 million Christians. Although there [has not been a] census in the country for many years, this is estimated figure given by different Christian organization and churches around. Most of Christians living in [Pakistan] are quite poor. At Christian festivals, like Christmas and Easter, a big procession takes place like in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi. Before and during Advent, spiritual seminars take place to help people to prepare for Christmas. In many Christian areas, carol singing is performed by various groups. They go from house to house singing carols and in return the family offers something to the choir. Mostly the money collected from such carols is used for charity works or is given to the church. But this trend is gradually fading now due to the wave of terrorism in the country for the last decade.
  
Christmas is not being celebrated in Pakistan like, in EU or other Christian countries. Especially, when there is a Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) (a political party) come into power. Most of the Pakistani Christians believe that the PML-N mind set is pro-Taliban and they [can] hardly bear Pakistani Christians. And this year they proved it, the government didn’t announce any public holiday for Christians. There remained gas and electricity load shedding schedule in its routine. It means Christians of the country enjoyed Christmas with gas and electricity. On the other hand, a special announcement is being made by the government and special [holiday] packages on Eid ul Fiter [or Fitr – in Pakistan: HERE and HERE] and Eid ul Uzha [or Azha or Adha] (Muslim’s festivals) [are] announced usually. The authorities gave another indication of being second class citizens [i.e. dhimmis] and showed their discriminatory attitude toward Christians of the country.
 
Anyway, in the big Christians areas, each house is decorated and has a star on the roof. Christians also sometimes exchange Christmas cakes. Churches are packed for midnight or vigil mass services. After the vigil-mass, in some places there are fireworks which start Christmas celebrations. People wear their best and colorful clothes. Some people dance, exchange gifts and enjoy the special night. But this Christmas is embraced in certain parts of Pakistani society, especially among the wealthy and educated. Paradoxically, the country is also seeing an uptick in violence against Christians as some use the country’s controversial “Blasphemy law” to marginalize and oppress their non-Muslim countrymen.
 
Not everyone is deprived of an opulent holiday feast when it comes to Christmas dinner in Pakistan. The menu reads as if an especially corpulent Santa had [been] providing dinner. Brie and cranberry parcels, roast turkey, gravy, beef, stuffing and mushroom roulade. Spiced pumpkin cheesecake and “Christmas Pie Sundae” complete with orange, almond and whisky sauce cap off dinner for well-connected diplomats and privileged society.
 
This privileged society simply forget their Christian brothers, [who have] no decorations, no best and colorful clothes. The stench from overflowing half-frozen sewers permeates the small neighborhoods. As a nation, we wear our emotions on our sleeve, given to sudden declarations that fizzle out like the ocean surf. Our tragedies forgotten before the wounds have sealed, we continue desensitized.
Be Blessed,
 
Shamim Masih
 
Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist
 
Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)
 
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
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Text and links enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.
 
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18 Christians booked in blasphemy Case before Christmas


Blasphemy Law Persecutes Christians

 
Muslims continue to use Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law as a legal weapon against the Christian minority.
 
Please support Shamim Masih’s bravery as a Christians Rights Activist and journalist this Christmas season. Even just being a Christian in Pakistan is a dangerous proposition:
 
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
 
 
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18 Christians booked in blasphemy Case before Christmas
 
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/18/2014 4:23 AM
 
ISLAMABAD: Christmas is unique festival for all the Christians around the world. People started its celebration with the start of the month of December. This year in the capital city of Pakistan, 18 Christians including two pastors and three women booked in a blasphemy case.
 
According to the details, before Christmas 2014 celebration, Christians of the capital city are under persecution. On December 07, FIR was registered accusing 11 people of committing blasphemy including three females of the same area. Naseem Bibi, who was Christian and converted to Islam in 1995, she married a Muslim man and had three children. She complained that Pastor Karamat Masih 45, Shafique Masih nick name Noora 32, Yousaf Masih 60, Parveen Bibi (widow), Bavi Bibi, Nasreen Bibi wife of Yousaf Masih, Shahid Masih 35, Parveez Masih, Tariq Matto, Nabeela Bibi, and Judge Masih reportedly went to her home and attacked her. She said in her application that there were 50 more people, they all came to her house and gave insulted remarks about Islam. She said that they also insulted the Quran. Thus a First Investigation Report (FIR) 888/14 was registered against these people under PP 295-B, 354, 452, 148, 149 in PS Margalla, Islamabad. Four of them, Yousaf, Shafique, Shahid and Tariq were sent to prison.
 
This is also to mention that Yousaf and Nasreen Bibi planned their daughter’s wedding before Christmas. The nominated Nasreen Bibi is reportedly suffering with severe disease and was admitted in the hospital. They said the FIR was registered in response of the FIR No. 887/14 under PP 506, 341, 148 and 149 against the same lady, when she reportedly attacked a few of the these people. This is also to mention that the same lady had accused 7 Christians of the slums murdering her husband. Finally the court discharged the case.
 
Earlier on November 20, a FIR was registered against a few Christians of slum area including one Pastor. Another blasphemy case against 8 Christians of the capital was registered on November 20. Christians of the slum area are alleged to disgrace the holy verses of the Quran. The outskirts of the capital is under threat again.
 
According to the police, Naheed Ahamd complained in the Police Station that he found half burnt pages of the Quran near PTV-2 building in Sector H-9, Islamabad. He also mentioned that [the] names of Ps. Arif, Peera, Ch. David, Victor, Shamshad etc. were also found attached with these verses. Police registered First Investigation Report (FIR) no. 596/14 under section 295-B, 6/7ATA against the offender and started the investigations.
 
It is also to mention that residents of the said sector were displaced from Rawal Dam and sector G-12 Islamabad. Many displaced families of the famous Rimsha case (a minor Christian girl accused of burning the holy verses [See HERE and HERE) were settled there since then. Federal Government and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have promised to grant them a piece of land. But since then they are not been provided a place to live in. During the past months, Christian slum settlers are warned to clear the area under the umbrella of taking strict security measures.
 
Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan (SLMP) team visited both victims of the blasphemy accused to provide them some counseling, advice and prayer.  Blasphemy law is frequently used for vested interest against Christians and other minorities in the country. There is strong vice around the world to bring reforms in this law to avoid the bloodletting of Christians and other people of the country. Earlier a Christian couple was burnt in Kot Radh Kishan.
 
Be Blessed,
 
Shamim Masih
 
Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist
 
Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)
 
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
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Slum Dwellers Endure without …


 

Shamim Masih (far right) with Katchi Abadi Christians

Slum dwellers or a Katchi Abadi – Shamim Masih far right

 

Christmas is coming to Sunni Muslim dominated Pakistan as to the rest of the world. The thing is I am guessing is blasphemy to celebrate the birth of the Son of God in Muslim nations that believe their Qurans when they tell them Jesus was not born of God.

 

Shamim Masih is more than a Pakistani journalist. He is also a Christian activist in a nation that it might be dangerous to act in Christian activism. Each year Shamim gets involved in Christmas oriented ministry to bring some relief to the suffering of Christian Pakistanis. Below after Shamim’s report there is a Western Union link by which you can contribute to Shamim’s Christmas efforts. Western Union is good enough to convert your dollars or euros into Pakistan rupees.

 

Pakistan Christmas with Shamim Masih

 

Shamim Masih at a Christmas Pulpit

 

JRH 12/8/14

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Slum Dwellers Endure without Water, Gas and Electricity in the Capital

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 12/7/2014 8:42 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Christians around the world are all set to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christmas with religious zeal in the midst of the echoing of church bells that announce the birth of our Lord Christ Jesus. But slum dwellers of the capital will remain endure without water, Gas and Electricity during the freezing cold weather when the temperature falls down to freezing point. Islamabad, the city of elites and these elite enjoys a cosseted life waited on by maids, cooks and chauffeurs drawn from the ranks of the slum-dwellers. And slum dwellers are of the working class populations, who make this city run, the construction workers, the drivers, the cooks and many more are cleaners. Slums dwellers, largely populated by Christians and Afghan refugees usually live in or across the seasonal drainage in the capital, Islamabad.

 

The authorities in Islamabad had declared war on the slums, saying they are illegal and safe haven for militants. These localities were not built overnight. If it is illegal, why did Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials not stop them when they started building? The officials reportedly take bribes to let the settlement stay. There is no gas, no electricity and no pure water for drinking provided by the authorities. Constitution of the country says every citizen is equal and has equal rights on all facilities available such as electricity, water, gas and other needs of life. Then why the residents of slums only, are deprived and have no access to these facilities of life. Minorities are being forced to face injustice at each and every step of life. The climate of Islamabad has a typical version of humid subtropical climate, with five seasons: Winter, spring, summer, Rainy monsoon and autumn. Winter (Nov – Feb), the coolest month is December and January, with temperatures variable by location. In Islamabad, temperatures vary from cold to mild, routinely dropping below zero. In the hills there is sparse snowfall. During winter weather becomes quite chilly in December too.

 

The slum people have more right of housing as they are the employees of CDA. There is need of a radical strategy to establish a cell in the slums to sort out and resolve their Katchi Abadi slum near unsanitary creekproblems. Unfortunately Pakistan suffer by [corrupt] civil, judicial and military bureaucracy. Therefore issues of katchi abadis [Encyclopaedia Britannica] were not resolved in its true spirit and the non-serious attitude of government delayed the active process of implementation. Even UN-Habitat which is dealing with slums has ensured the full support but has not done anything practical.

 

Persecution against Christians is often enacted under the guise of the blasphemy law as well as other instances of harassment and discrimination. Forced conversions, kidnappings, damage to areas of worship, sexual assault and targeted killings all come under the rubric of oppressive practices that minorities are routinely subjected to. Many incidents of religious incitement of varying magnitudes have been reported in several parts of the country. State authorities should play due role [or maybe dual role] for change; and should take serious measures to establish peace and harmony in the society.

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

 

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Today in Paradise – A Christmas Story


Angels Announce Jesus to Shepherds

Here is a Christmas story that begins in a familiar fashion with the unmistakable scenario of the Angels enlightening sheep herders that Jesus is born in Bethlehem, the King of the Jews. Do not whisk the story away because you think it is too familiar. You should really read the whole thing.

 

JRH 12/24/13

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Today in Paradise – A Christmas Story

 

By Keith Koerner

Sent: December 24, 2013 10:24 AM

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Founder’s Note: This is an excellent Christmas story from my friend Keith Koerner. We thought our readers would enjoy his Christmas message. Merry Christmas and many blessings. Steve Shultz

 

Intro from Keith Koerner:Keith Koerner, Christian Author

 

I wrote a short story about Christmas, taking some artistic liberties. Perhaps it didn’t happen exactly like this, but it may have.

Have a Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season. It isn’t about a baby’s birthday. It is about a Savior, a plan set in motion to save us from our sins and
restore relationship between us and God.

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Today in Paradise – A Christmas Story

 

Crouching down under the back of a wagon, I peer cautiously into the darkness. I can hear the soldiers shouting and the hoofs of horses in the distance. The whinny from a horse makes me jerk my head to the right. Twenty yards away, a mounted Roman soldier is searching the street. I inch backwards under the wagon, further from his view. I slide out from under the wagon and kneel behind a large box. The soldier’s lantern swings by the wagon where I had been hiding under just moments ago. He continues slowly down the street and out of sight. I breathe a sigh of relief, trying to calm the pounding in my chest.

 

I squint through the darkness, trying to assess my surroundings. It appears that I got lucky. The chase has lead me to the edge of the town. Only a few houses separate me from the hills surrounding Bethlehem. Fifty yards and I’ll be free. I stealthily move down the darkened street and into the low-lying hills. Using the trees as shelter, I make my way further from town. Once at a safe distance, I drop my bag. By the light of the moon, I peer at the contents. Close to twenty gold coins, a gold cup, and a small dagger. This is my best theft yet in my budding career. Poor tax collector, leaving his home unbarred on a busy night. Perhaps drunk, or perhaps too naive to suspecting that anyone – let alone a wiry twelve year old – would take something from his home.

I smile and put the contents back in the bag. I’ll spend the night out here in the hills, away from the town of Bethlehem. Away from the soldiers searching for me. Tomorrow, I’ll travel to Bethany. Hopping from town to town, I will prey upon unsuspecting victims.

 

Nestled amongst the trees, I prepare to sleep. I hear shepherds nearby, laughing and talking around a fire. Sheep bleat occasionally, more for the comfort of each other than for any real need. It is quiet. Stars are attempting to shine their magnificence through the partially cloudy covering.

I take my blanket from the pack and place it at my side. I form the rest of the pack into a pillow and pull the blanket over my body. As I lie back, I see a bright light appear in the sky very close by. I roll over to my side to peer through the trees. A light coming down from the sky. The shepherds’ laughter and talking immediately stops. They are staring too. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I crawl out of my blanket and creep closer, strangely drawn to the unknown. Out of the light a figure appears, suspended in air about thirty feet above the shepherds.

Terrified, the shepherds turn to run towards the trees. Towards me.

“Wait!”

They stop, uncertain if they should run or listen to this figure.

The figure reaches out his arms in a welcoming manner. “Don’t be scared. I have some great news for you. Not just you, but all people. Tonight, a mighty king has been born!”

The shepherds turn fully towards the figure. I emerge from the shadows, wanting a closer look.

“Here’s how you know who this King is: You’ll find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a feeding trough.”

I’ve hit the jackpot! A King. Wealth. Think of the treasures in His home!

Wait. A feeding trough? That doesn’t make sense. Perhaps I heard wrong.

Suddenly the sky brightens, and hundreds of these figures are all around us. They sing and declare peace on earth. Frightening yet incredible. My senses are alive.

Then as quickly as they appeared, the figures all disappear. Silence and darkness. The shepherds stare at the sky, still trying to understand what they just saw.

“Let’s go find Him,” exclaims one of the shepherds.

It breaks the group out of their trance-like state. Quickly they gather their things and start walking towards Bethlehem. I quietly gather my belongings and trail along at the back of the pack. I should be leaving. I shouldn’t be risking going back into Bethlehem, but the temptation is too great. I want to see this King. I want to see who He is. But I also know that this is an opportunity to steal more valuables than ever before. Perhaps I’d be able to steal enough to no longer have to steal again.

Walking back into town, one of the shepherds notices me.

“Did you see that?” he asks.

“Yes, I did!” I reply. “That was amazing. I want to see this King too.”

“Come up here and join us. We will find this King. This is truly great news,” he exclaims as he wraps his arm around my shoulder and gives a rough squeeze. Though a stranger, we have a camaraderie based around the hatred of our nation being subjected to the foreign rule of the Roman Empire. A King gives us hope.

I join the shepherds as they search for the future King. I try to stay in the middle of the group so I wouldn’t be spotted easily by any soldiers who may still be searching for me. I think again of the treasures I could take from this King’s house.

We arrive at a rundown inn close to the northeast side of the town. Just as one of the shepherds starts to knock on the door, we hear the distinct cry of a newborn baby. Turning, we see the small cave where the animals are kept.

Surely not in there. Surely a baby could not be in such a dirty place.

The shepherd in the lead spins on his heels and we as one enter the cave. Peering over an old donkey, I glimpse a family. Sliding around to the other side of the donkey while staying in the shadows, I am able to take a better look. A man and a woman sit along the back of the cave, huddled together for warmth. A small lantern casts shadows on the cave walls. In the dim light, I see that in the woman’s arms is a little baby, crying softly. She wraps the blankets tighter around the baby, gently rocking Him.

Two of the shepherds tentatively step forward. The leader introduces himself and tells the young family what they just experienced in the field. The couple’s eyes grow wide in amazement. As the shepherd tells the story, the woman continues to rock the baby and soon he stops crying and falls asleep. She looks down at the baby, her eyes filled with wonderment yet peaceful. It was as if she knew this would happen.

I move further into the cave and feel the squish of fresh manure beneath my sandal and curse under my breath. I smell the stench of the animals. I feel the cold air blowing in the cave.

How can this be? A poor family. A baby born in a cave? Where is the wealth? Where are the treasures? Could we be in the wrong place?

Yet I knew He was The One. There was something about everything that had been going on. This was not common. A future King. Peace on earth. But penniless. Not in a castle, but in a cave.

I look around the room one more time, looking for anything of value. A small bag is near the young man, but I don’t have the heart to steal from someone who just had a baby.

Scraping the manure off of my sandal, I slowly slip out of the cave and into the cool night air. I hear the shepherd ask what the baby’s name is. As I walk away, I hear her reply, “Jesus.”

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For over thirty years since I began a life of crime, I have never been caught. Without a father and with a mother more interested in other men than me, I had turned to stealing in order to provide for myself. Now as I hide in the shadows of a rich young ruler’s home, I think back to my humble beginnings. I remember the first loaf of bread I stole from a street vendor. I recollect the first time I snuck into a neighbor’s house. I had known where he kept his gold. Quickly and quietly, I had taken several coins but purposefully left most of the coins since I had thought his daughter was beautiful. I remember the night I stole from the tax collector and almost got caught by the Roman soldiers. That reminds me of the puzzling encounter with the shepherds, floating figures in the sky, and a supposed baby King.

I wonder what ever happened to that baby?

My attention returns to the house as I hear the door open. The young ruler locks the door and hurries down the street. Now is the time. I make my way to the back of the house, looking for an opening. The courtyard gate at the stairs leading to his rooftop is not barred. I quietly open the gate and climb the stairs. On the roof, I crouch near an opening in the roof. Slowly I climb down the ladder and into his house. I’ve become very adept at searching homes in complete darkness. I feel my way around the room looking for a loose rock in the wall, a common hiding place for valuables. Behind that rock I know that there are many gold coins. I need to find those coins. I need to stop being a thief. It is getting harder to steal. The risk is getting greater. People are becoming more wise and hiding things better. The Roman soldiers are looking for thieves with greater persistence.

I find the loose rock! I place it on the ground and reach into the hole. I feel coins. Lots of coins. Jackpot! I begin to load my bag. My heart begins to race with the all too familiar thrill of stealing a large treasure. I’m a little sloppy in my excitement. Quickly. The coins are clinking as they hit the bottom of the bag. A little too quickly. A little too loudly. Loud enough to not hear the door open as the young ruler returned to get something he’d forgotten. Too loud to not hear him come up behind me. Suddenly a sharp pain in the back of my head. Darkness.

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My head is pounding in pain before I even open my eyes. I reach to feel where it hurts but my arm is stopped short. I open my eyes. My arms and legs are shackled together, allowing for only the smallest of movements. I lift my head and take in the surroundings. Across the room is a man that I recognize. Another thief. We had even planned and committed a few thefts together when the jobs needed more than one man.

I grimace in pain. My head is throbbing. My chest hurts when I breathe. My back feels like someone has made cuts all over it. My vision in my left eye is partially blurry and my face feels swollen.

I lean back against the wall. This is it. This is the end. Caught in the act. I know the punishment. I close my eyes to the physical and emotional pain.

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I try to sleep off the pain and not think about what is next. The head continues to pound and my body hurts. But I know it is nothing compared to the pain I will feel in a few hours. Sentenced to death just an hour earlier, I feel the weight of the judgment upon me. Terror rises in me. Helpless to do anything about it, I curse the air.

Down the corridor I hear the shouts of an angry mob of people. I look up to see the guards pushing a man down the hall. He is hardly recognizable. Covered in blood, chunks of His beard pulled out, His back ripped open from the whippings of the dreaded cat of nine tails. His face covered in spit mixed with blood.

A guard opens the cell door. He removes the shackles from the other thief and me. “On your feet,” he barks.

We follow the crowd out into the open courtyard. For some reason, the mob is furious with this severely beaten man. I see the Roman soldiers and the crowd of mostly Jews begin to mock Him.

They cram a crudely made crown made out of large thorns upon His head. I see blood stream down the back of his neck. They put a robe on Him.

“King of the Jews?” They taunt him.

“You think You are so great. Just look at You now.” A burly guard slaps Him across the face.

I am led across the courtyard to stand before Pilate, the ruler of the region. The other thief stands with me. Pilate is distracted by the mob. He wants to let this man go free, but the crowd is shouting, “Crucify Him.”

“Jesus, what do You have to say?” Pilate asked Him.

Jesus? I vaguely recall the name. Many years ago. A King. My head is throbbing. I can’t think straight.

I think back through the years. All the people I’d encountered. The ones I stole from. The ones I called friends.

A King? The crowd is wanting to crucify a King?

Shaken out of my thoughts by a guard shoving me forward, I wince in pain. The verdict has been passed. Pilate has waved me on. He will not save me. All three of us now must begin the march towards death. Weakened by the beatings, the crossbar they strap to my shoulders is almost too heavy. I have to carry it to the hill. The crowds are now even larger. Hatred spews from their lips. They curse at us, spit on us, yell at us. But I notice most of it is directed at the man they call Jesus.

Why such hatred? What did He do?

I stagger under the weight, nearly falling on my face. I attempt to regain my footing, bumping into someone. Jesus. Just a couple of feet away. He turns His head and I see His face. There is something in His eyes. I can see it. Not the anger of being beaten. Not the terror of being sentenced to death. Not the shame of a life of crime. It is something else. Something good. Beyond the pain being inflicted upon His body, His eyes are shining with… love! With love for the people!

It makes no sense. The crowd is so angry, so full of hate. Yet He is full of love.

We finally make it to the hill. The soldiers lay each of us down upon a large pole. They tie the crossbar onto the pole. I brace for what is next. I see the spikes. I see the hammer. I roll my head to the left. I look into the eyes of the ones they mockingly called the King of the Jews. He looks at me, eyes deeper than the ocean. They seem to look right through me, right to my heart. I look away, feeling strangely ashamed of what I’d done in my life.

The hammer falls. Worse pain than I’ve ever felt now courses through my body. Right hand. Left hand. I feel weak with pain. I look back at Jesus. His body trembles in agony, but He continues to look into my eyes. Right foot. Left foot. The pain of the stakes is almost too much.

They lift us up. I feel the blood rush to my feet and I feel dizzy. My body sags under the weight of itself. I push myself up on the cross to be able to breath. Unbearable pain. The crowd is screaming.

Jesus. A cave. Figures in the sky. Shepherds. A King. Peace on earth. A Savior.

The disparate thoughts all merge together.

This is Him! This is the One that over thirty years ago amazing supernatural events trumpeted His arrival.

I see the figures. The angels. “Glory to God in the highest. Tonight a Savior is born.”

A Savior. Jesus – which means One who saves. One who will save us all from our sins.

I turn my head for another look. I see the eyes. Eyes of love for mankind. I understand who He really is. My vision blurs. I see the baby. The innocent baby is nailed to that cross! One who hasn’t harmed anyone. The Savior. The King.

The crowd continues to yell. I know He is innocent, yet I see myself walk over to Him. I spit upon Him. I slap Him. I yell, “Crucify Him!” The baby just looks at me with love.

I put Him there! I was the one.

Jesus. The One who will save people from their sins.

I rejected Him. I had heard of His miracles but I wasn’t interested. I was too busy committing crimes, living my own life. My sins are too many. I step away from the cross. I feel the guilt. My mind flashes back across the years. The things I had stolen. The things I said. The selfish life I’d lived. It was me. I understand in a moment that this baby was dying not for the crimes He had committed, but for mine. For everyone standing there. For everyone yet to come.

The innocent One. The pure One. The King of the Jews. The Son of God. For me. A baby. Fully God, yet fully man. A plan. A plan for all mankind.

I push myself up again. I’m so weak. My vision is starting to blur. I see the baby. I see the severely beaten man. I see the King. I see my Savior. I understand that His Kingdom was not of this world. He is opening the door to let us all have access to that Kingdom.

“Remember me when you arrive in Your Kingdom,” I say to Him.

Eyes full of love. I feel the guilt wash away. The shame removed. The humiliation gone. I feel clean. My mind is clear.

“Today, you will be with Me in paradise,” He says in a soft, kind voice.

Through the excruciating pain, a slight smile crosses His mouth. Without strength to say any more, I smile back. I feel a warmth at the back of my head. My vision blurs. White. Bright. Light. Nothing.

Paradise.

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Copyright 2013 – Keith Koerner

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Victory without Unity is Impossible


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Shamim Masih has been a fantastic writer on bringing a snapshot on the everyday life experiences of the Christian minority in Pakistan. That snapshot has typically not been a pretty picture. In this post contribution I actually considered to not post it on my American oriented blog. Honestly I was kind of left wondering what the completeness of this picture sent by Shamim. I am sure Shamim will correct me if I am incorrect. My sense is that the theme of this report is a demonstration of a lack of unity among minority writing journalists and Christian Rights activists. And if my understanding is correct then Shamim is calling for a dialogue that brings a better unity of purpose among the movers and shakers of the Christian minority to deal with the discrimination that exists perpetuated by the Muslim led government.

 

JRH 12/15/13

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Victory without Unity is Impossible

Move to unite muddled community

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 12/15/2013 2:54 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Exactly where there exists oneness; there needs to be glory. If there is zero oneness; there isn’t any tranquility plus the vice versa. Therefore, I will steer any struggle for oneness, tranquility in addition to the legal in the Country. Union of Minority Journalists Islamabad (UMJI) search for glory will never be doable should the disunity in addition to rancor from the bash just isn’t swiftly solved. In line with Sohail Johnson, Chairman Sharing Lifetime Ministry, there’s a critical difficulty from the local in addition to countrywide stage in addition to among the agencies in the country. Therefore all of us organized this course, which is the initial associated with it is sort in the country captivated higher ranked journalists in Islamabad. Greater than 50 journalists compiled in order to enjoy Christmas celebrations in Islamabad in addition to Senator Parvaiz Rasheed (Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Cultural Heritage) as main guest at the occasion, Sohail Johnson Chairman Sharing Life Ministry, President PFUJ Afzal Butt, Shehyar Khan, National Press Club Islamabad in addition Romina Khursheed Alam (MNA) had been visitors associated with respect. Contributors contain members in the city’s contemporary society in addition to mass media personals had been shown to enjoy the occasion.

 

The Christmas celebration with minority journalists was started with the recitation of Holy Bible and prayer in Pakistan National Council of Arts –PNCA Islamabad.

 

Conversing with the journalists Senator Parvaiz Rasheed stated [the] constitution in the state shield the actual rights in the country, there isn’t any elegance about the facets associated with faith. As a result govt. associated with Pakistan is convinced in addition to make it possible for many in order to claim their strict ceremony as outlined by their strict norms. He powerfully ruined the actual anti Point out components in addition to enquired the journalists in order to fight against these phones bring tranquility in the country. Government’s major make an effort to assist in many people with virtually no strict elegance, he added.

 

Sohail Johnson, Chairman Sharing Life Ministry stated that Christians are here to join arms along with govt. in progress in the state. He focused in which Christian believers in the country are usually fortifying the country. He told in which govt. to bring reforms in fixing the actual discriminatory laws in the country. Christian believers have got contributions inside their career fields associated with education in addition to health at the same time and will create their predisposition, he added. Tariq Chaman, President UMJI stated in his allowed target in which journalists may bring tranquility inside the contemporary society by means of their particular contribution. He demanded many small section journalists in order to endure simultaneously to bring oneness inside the contemporary society.

 

Conversing at the special occasion Shamim Masih, author in addition to human rights activist told the actual group to quiet in addition to motivated; because in order to him, whatever the actual judgment could possibly be glory will likely be for the UMJI. He asked for the actual members to pay attention to their do the job in addition to struggle for tranquility in the country. He stated in which whereby there exists oneness; there needs to be glory. If there is zero oneness; there isn’t any glory plus the tranquility in addition to the legal vice versa. Therefore, all of us can steer any struggle for tranquility, the legal in addition to oneness in the neighborhood.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Seeking Laughs


PovertyStricken Christian-Pakistanis

Shamim Masih shares how the Christmas season is celebrated by Christians in Muslim Pakistan. Be sure to read the last paragraph to learn the need for the gift of Christmas to touch the Christian-Pakistanis living in poverty.

 

JRH 12/10/13

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Seeking Laughs

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent 12/8/2013 12:27 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: The individuals cannot limit themselves in order to gathering, any longer than he could inside primitive periods. But such a shift inside attitude could at the least abate this destructive and also polluting process in the world. The Christians living nationally – Pakistan is prepared to celebrate Christmas on December 25 yearly. Some town dwellers rush on the shopping focuses and shopping centers on Christmas Eve to the desperate final shopping manage, thousands will certainly crowd the town churches to the midnight services, making the start of their most important religious celebration – this birth loved-one’s birthday of Christ Jesus. Man and also women, both young and also elderly, with memorable faces ended up seen chaotic making preparations to celebrate the event with strict fervor and also enthusiasm. Everybody must see this Christmas candlestick. Incredible Christmas story involving hope, adore and light. It’s definitely what besides our country and the world needs to listen for, but just what the church must hear. Jointly, we can bring a light to the nation this particular Christmas time! Christmas would be the time in which brings happiness to the people, who get together to meal and wish. These are generally memorable occasions that is thought to be sacred and also blessed.

 

The traditions linked to the festival largely include Christmas trees, Santa Claus and also gifts. Santa Claus attracts people who have his brilliant red and also snowy white-colored costume. The jolly white-bearded gentleman serves the people with treats, best wants and puddings.

 

But particular segments, living down below poverty distinct our Pakistan would not have sources to enjoy this celebration. Government involving Pakistan doesn’t announce any unique package with regard to such type of the Christmas for them to perform their religious bills with enthusiasm and favor. I invite that you make this particular Christmas actually special with regard to someone whom deserves that. Come over and decrease your treats and donations to the people living with hope in order to spread this message involving love and also unity. In case you have old clothes to give away, or books and toys that may make a kid’s time, then don’t wait further and decrease your donation.

 

Whether you’re donations items or even money or even you wish, you have an important part for making this Christmas truly stylish.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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