Islam

Brian responded to my blog of the dangers of Islam  entitled Prepare for the Skyline of the Future. Here is his email and my response. This was stimulated it seems by the senseless an insane slaughter of Muslims in New Zealand by a hateful nutcase.

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Thanks Steve
Respectfully I have to disagree with a lot of your Steubenville University address. Commonweal Magazine and America Magazine and the UK Tablet are my go to Catholic reading. I do read other more conservative views. I listen to EWTN but am very aware it is particularly North American in tone and register. It’s a pity there is not more Catholic radio and podcasts outside the US.

Our Catholic Bishop of Christchurch has reached out to the Muslim/Islamic community with these words, “We have been blessed by dialogue which has revealed the beauty and peace of those who live a religion of prayer, generosity and belief in the same God of Abraham in whom we believe.”

Also our visiting priest has written these words as well as quoting our bishop- “Christianity and Islam are two of the three (with Judaism) great monotheistic faiths. Together we are the descendants of Abraham who was the first to speak of one loving God, in an environment heavy with cult rituals to please and appease temperamental gods. The belief in one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the greatest unifying conviction in human history.”

Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has instigated a ban on assault weapons. This will go through our Parliament. Our people want this. Also we are instigating an inquiry into why our secret services concentrated their monitoring on Muslims in New Zealand and ignored alt right white supremacists with their hateful ideologies directed towards Muslims and Islam. They took their eye off the ball.

You are a social media star of sorts among some Catholics. Surely it is your responsibility to not instill anxiety among conservative Catholics about Muslim “invasions”, by suggesting Christianity is under threat from Islam. With your reach on YouTube and other social media you could look at what interfaith groups are doing to build dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters. A good start could be to look at what we are starting to do here, in Christchurch New Zealand to build bridges, relationships and dialogue with our Islamic communities.

“We pray not just for healing of the injured and comfort to those who mourn, but for a renewed outreach to others in love, kindness and welcome.

Yours
Brian
Christchurch
New Zealand

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STEVE RAY HERE

Brian:

I certainly appreciate your friendly and irenic tone. I’m sure you and I would agree on a lot of things and be good friends if we lived next door. I also appreciate the time you took to write a lengthy response sharing your ideas and thoughts and that of your bishop.

First, if these are your “go to sources” for all things Catholic, I can certainly understand why you believe as you do. I couldn’t disagree more and I see Islam as not so much a religion as it is a political ideology. When you’re on your island far removed from the rest of the world, or so it seems, it is easy to look at the “nice Muslims” that live among you and draw your conclusions about Islam from that. I find that the majority of people who are sympathetic to Islam itself, do so because they know “nice Muslims.“

But when you spend a lot of time in countries and cities that are predominately run by Muslims, like I do, you see a whole different face. When you look at the history of Islam from the 7th century until today you see violence and consistent persecution of Christians and an attempt to dominate by the sword. Mohammed is their model (as Jesus is ours) and he was very clear what his intentions were and the Koran is equally clear.

It’s unfortunate that so many people are being duped by Islam and the liberal Left and uninformed bishops and I’m afraid they will realize the truth of it when it’s too late.

I have good friends who are Muslims and they’re nice people but most of them do not practice what their religion/political ideology actually teaches which is why we consider them nice people. I don’t believe the “the radicals” are really radicals but the ripe fruit of Koranic Islam. It doesn’t take a lot of looking around the world, for example Nigeria and Egypt, etc. to see what’s actually going on in the world and it’s Islam that’s causing the problems.

https://www.catholicconvert.com/blog/2019/03/17/the-worlds-50-most-anti-christian-countries/

Anyway, this is not an American perspective because I spend half of my time outside America and I spend the rest of it in other countries around the world including India, the Philippines, all over the Middle East and more.

Having said that, thanks again for writing, for your love of God and Our Lord Jesus Christ and God bless you and your family and all those you love.

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The World’s 50 Most Anti-Christian Countries

by Steve Ray on March 17, 2019

Is anyone surprised that the majority of these anti-Christian countries are Islamic? Click on map below for larger image. This was published by Ignatius Press’ Catholic World Report.

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Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2018 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There are more than 215 million persecuted Christians worldwide according to the 2018 World Watch List, Open Doors USA’s annual ranking of the 50 worst countries for violence and persecution against Christians.

The report found that one in twelve Christians worldwide are victims of violent persecution. Open Doors USA cites the spread of radical Islam and increasing religious nationalism as the two major drivers of global Christian persecution.

North Korea tops the list of worst offenders, as it has for the past 16 years. Although the communist North Korean government claims to provide freedom of religion in its constitution, no one can be openly Christian within the atheist state without facing arrest, re-education in a labor camp, or, in some cases, execution.

87768_w_725Despite the danger, Open Doors USA finds that there has been tremendous growth in underground Christianity in North Korea in the last two decades. The report estimates that there might be up to 300,000 Christians living clandestinely in North Korea.

Afghanistan comes in a close second in this year’s World Watch List ranking. Afghan citizens in this 99 percent Muslim country are banned from becoming Christian. Open Doors USA reports that underground Christians in Afghanistan have been killed by their own family members, who viewed the Christian conversion as a shameful apostasy.

341a4bab0687206404434a2ede99be9dIslamic oppression continues to be a growing concern for many Christians around the world. For eight of the top ten countries on the World Watch List, Islamic extremism is the primary cause of Christian persecution.

Islamic militancy has been on the rise in Somalia, where Christians, if discovered, are often martyred. Christians in Egypt, India, Libya, and Kazakhstan also experienced increased persecution since last year’s report.

Pakistani Christians experienced the most documented violence according to the report. Islamic militants in Pakistan specifically target Christians. A suicide bomb on Easter Sunday 2016 killed 74 people and injured hundreds more.

In addition to the spread of radical Islam, the report identified a rise in religious nationalism and intense persecution in central Asia as major trends in the persecution of Christians. Hindu nationalism has increased in India and Nepal, as has Buddhist nationalism in Burma and Sri Lanka. And persecution of Christians in central Asian nations, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan, is intensifying under nationalist, pro-Islamic governments.

Also included on the list were Mexico and Colombia, where organized crime and corruption were cited as the source of Christian persecution.

Open Doors USA documented that 3,066 Christians were killed; 1,252 were abducted; 1,020 were raped or sexually harassed; and 793 churches were attacked within the reporting period for the 2018 World Watch List.

The World Watch List includes specific prayers requests for each of the top 50 countries, recalling Open Doors USA’s founder Brother Andrew’s faith in the power of prayer to aid those who are suffering afar: “Our prayers can go where we cannot … There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”

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Prepare for the Skyline of the Future: Islam!

by Steve Ray on February 22, 2019

I wrote this several years ago while in Adana Turkey and thought it worthy to post again, especially since I am seeing it again, everywhere I go in the world. I my country hometown in Michigan the Muslims have built the largest mosque in America. But I shouldn’t get ahead of my story.

Europe is full of magnificent churches—Gothic, Baroque and even modern. Their steeples and crosses still dominate much of the skyline. They stand as impressive monuments to the Christian faith that built the free world and brought beauty and justice out of a pagan, barbarian wilderness.

Notre Dame.jpgToday the churches in Europe are becoming museum pieces recalling the lost faith and  collapsing backbone of Europe. (Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral to left)

Paganism is on the rise — and along with it something just as alarming. The skyline will soon change, not only for Europe but for the whole Western World, including the United States. You will soon see new structures piercing the sky!

But before I tell you how your view of today’s horizon will change, let me tell you about what happened to Turkey. Then you will see that it can happen—and if we don’t move quickly, it will happen again.

Janet and I are now in Turkey with our Skyline Productions video crew working on our next documentary Apostolic Fathers for the Footprints of God series. We are driving/flying with our crew from one Christian site to another. This country is often called the Second Holy Land—why? Because it contains more Christian sites than anywhere other than Israel.

For a few examples: Antioch is where we were first called Christians, Tarsus was the home town of St. Paul, and Lystra the home city of St. Timothy.

JohnsTomb.jpgBut, Turkey is also home to the Seven Church of Revelation. The Blessed Virgin Mary lived here with the Apostle St. John. Selçuk still boasts the tomb of St. John (see picture to right). Istanbul (Constantinople) was once a proud patriarchate of the Catholic Church and home to Ecumenical Councils.

Actually, the first Seven Ecumenical Councils were held here, including Constantinople, Chalcedon, and Nicea—from which we got Nicene Creed recited each Sunday. And don’t forget the Council of Ephesus which defined Mary as the Theotokos, the Mother of God.

And if you remember your New Testament, you will recognize cities that were in today’s Turkey: Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians. Turkey is also the land of martyrs, Fathers and Doctors of the Church like Sts. Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Irenaeus, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great to name just a few.

So, when I look out over the horizon from my hotel room window, do I see the beautiful churches that once marked the skyline of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey)?

Nope. Sorry. I see something else.

skyline.jpgFrom my window just now, I counted no less than nineteen minarets! What are minarets? They are the tall slender towers above an Islamic mosque from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer (Notice two pictures from my hotel window–one wide shot with no less than five minarets; the second at the bottom of this blog showing a large mosque across the river. There is only one Catholic Church within a hundred miles of where I am now).

What happened to the churches? Let’s go to Istanbul together and I will show you! I have frequently visited the Hagia Sophia—the Church of Holy Wisdom. It was the glory of Christendom and for over a thousand years it had the largest dome — until St. Peter’s was built in Rome. Many people thought the dome stayed up by a direct miracle of God. How else could something so expansive stay up without crashing down?

Hagia1.jpgBut when the Muslims conquered Contantinople they defaced the church, painted over the golden icons of our Blessed Mother and turned the spectacular church into a mosque. The crosses came down and the minarets went up.

Today the Hagia Sophia is a museum! (picture of modern Hagia Sophia to left)

It has been predicted that within fifty years Europe’s skyline will change. It will become a Muslim empire. Steeples will come down and minarets will go up. No longer will you hear bells — you will hear muezzin wailing from the balconies of slender minarets.

And America? We are losing our faith too, and our backbone. Will we be far behind Europe? I don’t think so. Islam has 1 billion followers, many of who will stop at nothing short of world domination. They won’t call it that, of course. They will say the world is now as Allah willed it.

Skyline3.jpgAnd like the Hagia Sophia—your church, and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC and St. Patrick’s in New York will still pierce the skyline, but no longer as steeples. They will sport the latest in minarets. And our grandchildren’s’ children will wonder why we caved in so easily—why we lost our faith and our backbone.

Oh, so you don’t believe it can happen to us? Neither did the Byzantine Empire, the powerhouse of Christianity in the East! But, the East fell to Islam and the West may fall as well. Maybe not by military might, but by religious indifference, population control, and secularism. Islam can overtake us by persistence, population growth, and religious fervor.

What was once part of a powerful Christian Empire is now 99% Muslim. Out of a population of about 75 million, there are only 60,000 Christians (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestants, etc.). The past screams to us but will we listen.

Prepare to see the new skyline; prepare to be awakened at 4 AM with the wail of the muezzin.

Far-fetched? Read this article about Holland.

St. Ignatius, pray for us. Sts. Polycarp, Irenaeus and John Chysostom, pray for us!

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A MUST READ: Cardinal Müller issues Manifesto: A quasi correction of Pope Francis’ pontificate

February 9, 2019

“February 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) (News also released by Catholic News Agency) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, has released a Manifesto which reads like a correction of many of the doctrinal errors Pope Francis has taught during his tenure as Pope…. …Pope Francis removed Cardinal Müller from his post as […]

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Mohammad and Islam

December 2, 2018

St. Thomas Aquinas, the Prince of Theologians had some things to say about Mohammed and Islam: “He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. […]

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Jesus was NOT Crucified or Killed: Quran, Sura 4

November 25, 2018

by Fr. George W. Rutler “That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety […]

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“Islam, What Every Infidel Should Know” – My Talk Given at Steubenville

November 19, 2018

When asked to give this talk at the Defending the Faith Summer Conference I at first hesitated because I knew it would be very politically incorrect and hard-hitting. I didn’t know how it would be received — but I got a standing ovation.

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White Supremacy, Black Power, to Islam, then the Road to Damascus: My Journey into the Fullness of the Christian Faith

October 31, 2018

Follow Dustin through the phases of his life including Islam until he finally discovered the Catholic Church. Maybe you’re like me (aside from being born with Cerebral Palsy and defying doctors’ pronouncements, by the grace of God, that I would be confined to a wheelchair and relegated to a vegetative state). Maybe you grew up […]

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Slaughter & Kill – or – Love & Peace? Islam’s Koran is Clear

October 27, 2018

Here are clear statements of the Koran itself. Is this really a religion of peace or is it rather a political agenda of conquering and ruling? Those who think Islam is primarily a religion are deluding themselves. Islam is a political agenda to conquer the world and rule it in the name of Allah. It […]

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Islam “Religion of Peace” only in America

October 25, 2018

Whole article here For my talk on “Islam, What Every Infidel Should Know” on my web store here.

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On my way to Steubenville – Interesting, Politically-incorrect Talks to give

July 27, 2018

Update:   One comment, representative of many, after my talk: Hi Steve, We spoke briefly Fri night in the fieldhouse and you were somewhat anxious about your main presentation on Sat. And yet, you received the most enthusiastic ovation afterward. I really appreciate your remarks, all of them. You needed to speak forcefully and you did […]

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Islamic Convert to the Catholic Faith on Journey Home

June 30, 2018

Derya Little grew up in a culturally Muslim household in Turkey, but when her parents divorced, it caused her to question everything, including the tenets of Islam. Studying it critically for herself, she was put off by its treatment of women, its chaotic history, and the master/slave relationship between Allah and his followers. She rejected […]

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Speaking on Islam at Steubenville

June 18, 2018

In July I’m speaking at the Defending the Faith Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. My main topic is VERY politically incorrect. “Islam: What Every Infidel Should Know.” I will also be giving my talk “Swimming Upstream, Living a Catholic Life in a Non-Christian World.” I’m sharing what I’ve learned from many years in […]

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Chaldean Christian Driver from Iraq

April 19, 2018

We take the Metro Cars back-and-forth to the airport for all our multiple flights. I make sure we never take more than 10 minutes to get a conversation started about the things that matter most — Christianity and the Catholic Church. Today on our way to the airport to fly to Milan Italy to pick […]

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A Look at the World’s 50 Most Anti-Christian Countries

January 27, 2018

Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2018 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News). There are more than 215 million persecuted Christians worldwide according to the 2018 World Watch List, Open Doors USA’s annual ranking of the 50 worst countries for violence and persecution against Christians. The report found that one in twelve Christians worldwide are victims of violent persecution. […]

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“What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right”

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