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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #218

Operation Nehemiah: News Update #218


27 January 2016

UK 400 children referred to deradicalisation scheme

More than 400 children aged 10 and under have been referred to the UK government’s deradicalisation scheme in the last four years. The programme was set up in the wake of the 7/7 attacks in 2005. It is a voluntary early intervention scheme designed to identify people vulnerable to extremism.

Read The Telegraph articleComment: The main radicalisation of Muslims in the UK began among Muslim young people after the Rushdie affair in 1988. That generation of young people have now grown up and become parents. A shocking illustration of the significance of the radicalisation of this generation was a 2007 survey that showed that 36% of 16-24 year olds believed that if a Muslims converts to another faith they should be executed.

 

UK Authorities are more interested in being PC than stopping forced marriages

The Prime Minister’s equality "tsar" has blamed liberal "hand-wringing" and political correctness for preventing abuse in the name of multi-culturalism. Louise Casey suggested abuses such as forced marriage were being allowed to continue because some officials are more interested in politically correct language. Ms Casey, who is leading a Government review of opportunities and segregation among ethnic minorities, indicated that British authorities suffer from a hesitancy to tackle deep-seated problems in some ethnic minority communities. "Take forced marriage. We let some of that happen because we're so politically correct in wanting our multi-cultural Britain we forget to talk about equality," she said.

Read The Telegraph articleComment: As Christians we believe that there is both good and bad in all cultures as culture reflects human nature which is made in the image of God, but is now a fallen, broken image. That means that we have to be able to criticise cultures and belief systems. Forced marriage is a good example of where western governments are now beginning to wake up to this. However, another issue of at least similar magnitude that they really do need to wake up to and take action on is attempts at forced reconversion. This is where someone brought up in one religion, such as Islam has embraced another faith such as Christianity. Such people not infrequently suffer horrendous levels of abuse aimed at forcing them to return to their original religion.

 

Germany Freed Christian refugees claim IS militants living among them

Christian refugees from Syria claim they saw a former Islamic State member living in Frankfurt, and that this is not an isolated case. Police investigated but refused to file charges because the alleged terrorist has done nothing criminal in Germany. A Christian refugee, who only agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, said he is positive the man living in his town is the same member of IS he encountered in Syria. “He stopped me many times at the checkpoint near our village; we were even able to find him on Facebook, I go to the web page and there's this guy again,” the refugee said. When the man first saw the jihadist in Germany, his reaction was that of panic.

“I was very scared that this terrorist is in a democratic state like Germany just living here,”, adding that he does not understand how those who kept whole families hostage now have Syrian refugee status in Germany. The Assyrian community now feels very insecure as “this was not the first case” a former IS member had been recognized, the man said. He added that some people are even considering leaving Germany, but do not know where to run to.

Read Russia Today articleComment: What has happened to Christians in the parts of Syria controlled by IS are ‘crimes against humanity’. Barnabas Fund has urged western governments to provide ‘safe havens’ for Christians in the west for those fleeing these unspeakable events. However, if western governments feel they cannot prosecute known perpetrators of these horrendous crimes, then they need to urgently strengthen their laws. However, strong laws are not sufficient, there must also be the willingness to enforce them, without the police feeling that cultural or religious sensitivity should hold them back. The west must be a safe haven for genuine refugees fleeing persecution and governments have a duty to ensure that their country is.

West Indies now a target for home grown  jiahdists

Security experts have warned that about 150 Islamic extremists left the Caribbean region to join Islamic State fighters in the Middle East last year, about 50 more than in the previous year. However, the biggest threat might be the ones who stay behind. Islamic extremist groups seem to have a new message for would-be jihadists, ‘rather than coming here to Syria, why don’t you just stay at home and do San Bernardino or do Boston or do Fort Hood?’” alluding to attacks in the US perpetrated by Muslims sympathetic to extremist groups.

Read Jamaica Observer articleComment: Comment: We can no longer look on this as someone else’s problem, or a problem in some other country, it potentially affects all of us wherever we are. No longer can governments credibly claim that the jihadists are not religiously motived, this is a global threat. As Christians we hear repeatedly about churches overseas being attacked or burnt down by Islamists who believe that only Muslims should be allowed to worship in public. However, the globalising of this threat means that at some point Islamists will almost certainly start to target churches in the west on a far greater scale than they have done so far.

 

USA Muslim leaders plan summit on protecting non-Muslims in the Islamic countries

Hundreds of Muslim scholars will meet in Morocco next week in a conference that purports to reassert the rights of non-Muslims living among them. One of those attending Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the U.S told the Washington Post “In these times, Muslims must affirm their tradition’s true teachings on tolerance.”  He added that the summit meeting, expected to attract more than 300 Muslim religious leaders, will hark back to the Charter of Medina, in which the Prophet Muhammad enumerated the rights of non-Muslims 1,400 years ago.

Read The Washington Post articleComment: Unfortunately, this is not such as good news story as it seems and illustrates the dangers of taking at face value the ‘news spin’ of some Islamic organisations. The charter (or constitution as it sometimes called) of Medina is the foundation document of political Islam and deals primarily with jihad. It is the basis on which dhimmitude was developed in later Islam i.e. Christians and Jews being allowed to live, provided they agree to a form of second class citizenship with in practice few legal rights.