08-26-07, 08:02 AM #401
Besides its not an isolated phenomenon:
AM - Wednesday, December 18, 2002 8:17
LINDA MOTTRAM: On the grounds that it's not in the public interest, a Sydney council has rejected a man's bid to build a Muslim place of worship.
The building application was overwhelmingly defeated during an extraordinary meeting of the Baulkham Hills Shire Council, though the Council's own planning department had recommended that it just be deferred.
The man who proposed the building says that he'll now take his fight to court. But the many locals who objected to the application say they're delighted.
No government official was prepared to explain to Forum 18 News Service why Macedonia's religious minorities are in practice unable to build new places of worship or extend existing ones. "The only permission we can get is to build an ordinary house where we can hold worship services," Stojan Petrovski of the Evangelical Alliance complained to Forum 18, noting that the same problems apply to all small religious communities. The Seventh-day Adventists reported that for three decades they have been denied permission to build a church in Negotino, while the Muslims complain of denial of permission to build mosques. Applications by an Evangelical Church in Skopje to extend its building have been rejected although surrounding buildings have been able to extend.
Burma (Buddhist majority)
Muslims face abuses of their right to practice their religion freely and discrimination based on their religion from both the government and the majority Buddhist population. Muslim groups throughout Burma are essentially banned from constructing or renovating mosques. In September 2004, four Rohingya Muslims were sentenced to five years imprisonment for making repairs to the village mosque (source: "Demolished Mosques in Northern Arakan," Kaladan News, 16 September 2004). The government also destroyed several mosques throughout the year. It was reported that as many as forty mosques have been scheduled for destruction in the past two years in Arakan State alone (source: International Religious Freedom Report-2004, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State, 15 September 2004).
Department of Justice Intervenes in NJ Albanian Mosque Case
July 27, 2007
On July 25, New Jersey federal district judge Peter Sheridan heard argument on the Township of Wayne’s motion for summary judgment in the RLUIPA lawsuit brought by the Albanian Associated Fund, a Paterson, N.J. mosque, against the Township. In 2001, the mosque bought land in Wayne and since then has been trying to build a mosque to house its congregation on the site. The Township repeatedly delayed the mosque’s application for a conditional use permit, and finally moved to seize the mosque’s property using eminent domain.
08-26-07, 08:04 AM #402
08-26-07, 08:05 AM #403
08-26-07, 08:09 AM #404
I mean generally Sam.
Surely they think they are better than them?
08-26-07, 08:24 AM #405
e.g. the annual Armenian Christian pilgrimage
The tents of thousands of pilgrims dot the hillside, the air is heavy with the scent of incense and the sounds of the church bell toll across the valley.
This is the Armenian Christian pilgrimage marking the feast of the first-century missionary, St Thaddeus, deep in the north-western mountains of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Every summer for the past half century, thousands of Armenian pilgrims from Iran and beyond have descended on the remote Qareh Kelisa (black church) for three days of worship and relaxation with fellow Armenians.
Christian church rises in Arabia
By John Terrett, in Doha, Qatar
Work has begun on the construction of Qatar's first purpose-built church in the desert outside Doha, the country's capital.
Although the country's native inhabitants are entirely Muslim - and are prohibited by law from converting to another faith - the new Catholic church will cater to the large number of Christian migrants who have come to the Arabia Gulf state in search of work.
As Muslims become more educated, Islam not only becomes stronger, it becomes closer to what the Prophet preached.
08-26-07, 08:26 AM #406
OK, i did not see that list...must be so small i didnt see it. just kidding, i will look for it and one day i will travel all throughout the Middle East.
08-26-07, 08:30 AM #407
08-26-07, 08:33 AM #408
The first mosque in Norway was the Islamic Cultural Centre (named in English), which opened in Oslo in 1974. The initiative for the mosque came from Pakistanis who were helped by the Islamic Cultural Centre which had already opened in Copenhagen in Denmark. The new mosque adhered to the deobandi branch of Sunni Islam. Adherents of the barelwi branch, who constituted the majority of Pakistanis in Norway, soon felt the need for a mosque of their own, and opened the Central Jama’at-e Ahl-e Sunnat in 1976. This is today the largest mosque in Norway, with over 5000 members.
As the Muslim population grew, the number of mosques also multiplied quickly. As long as the total number of Muslims was low, it was natural for many different groupings to congregate in a single mosque. But as different immigrant groupings increased in number, the wish for separate mosques for people of different nationalities, languages and sects increased. The first Shia mosque, Anjuman-e hussaini, was founded in 1975, and in the early 1980s, separated Moroccan and Turkish mosques were established.
08-26-07, 08:38 AM #409
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08-26-07, 08:42 AM #411
Here is an interesting article written by a priest; apparently the Christians are not free from persecution either.
The religious liberty problems in Europe today arise from a variety of sources: lingering intolerance of religion among former communists who have remained in the bureaucracy or have regained power; the general difficulties involved in moving from communism to democracy and instituting the rule of law; ethnic and nationalist conflicts with a strong religious dimension; conflicts within and among religious groups; and widely different conceptions of the meaning of religious liberty and the models of church-state relations. Intolerance on the part of majority religions towards minority religions is just one of several factors that explain infringements of religious liberty
1. Intolerance associated with ethnic/ nationalist conflicts.
The "ethnic cleansing" of whole communities and the destruction of churches and mosques in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina is a form of religious repression that was unmatched even in the darkest days of communism. The conflict in the Balkans is not a religious war, but it has a religious dimension because of the way religion and nationalism have interacted. Serious problems remain after the Dayton Accords. Authorities in Republica Srpska refuse to give permission for Catholic priests to return to Trebinje, Doboj, Brcko, and parts of Banja Luka to minister to the Catholics that remain there. In Croatia, Catholic priests are restricted from ministering in Eastern Slavonia due to resistance and threats from local Serbs, while some of the few Serbian Orthodox clergy who have attempted to return to Krajina face similar harassment. These restrictions on pastoral ministry are symptomatic of the larger problem of the inability of refugees of all religious and national groups to safely return to their homes in areas where they would be a minority. Those who attempt to return face harassment and violence, including several recent bombings of churches and mosques. The very survival of the Catholic Church in much of Bosnia is threatened by this failure to implement the right of return contained in the Dayton Accords; displaced Serbian Orthodox and Muslim communities face a similarly bleak future.
The integral link between religion and national/ ethnic identity in Romania, Ukraine, Northern Ireland and several other countries also provides a pretext for discrimination and tensions, albeit of a much lesser magnitude. For example, in the past year in Northern Ireland, several dozen Catholic and Protestant churches and halls have been victims of arson amidst deepening sectarian divisions there.
2. Restrictions on "foreign" religious bodies and "sects".
Laws in several countries restrict "non-traditional" religions by imposing special regulations on so-called "foreign" religions, often at the behest of the majority religion.
The new law on religion being considered in Russia is a well-known example of these illegitimate restrictions on minority religions. The current version of the bill which was sent to the Russian parliament by the Yeltsin administration accords different treatment for different religions based on whether they are "traditional" and on the length of time they have been legally recognized in Russia. The proposed bill would also construct a process of obtaining legal status -- essential, for example, for owning property, employing religious workers, and producing religious literature -- that is impossibly labrynthine. The flawed bill is coupled with a proliferation of discriminatory local laws on religion pose a serious threat to so-called minority or non-traditional religious bodies in Russia.
In Armenia, a 1993 presidential decree, issued in response to the Armenian Apostolic Church's concerns about the influx and growth of foreign and minority religious groups, gave the Council for Religious Affairs authority to investigate and dissolve minority religious groups that proselytize in violation of the law and to closely regulate foreign religious organizations.
The government in Belarus is also restricting minority and foreign religious bodies. The law prohibits foreigners from holding church leadership positions, and gives the Council of Religious Affairs considerable discretion in excluding foreign religious workers. In January of this year, the government dropped its threat to not extend the visas of most of the 130 foreign Catholic priests serving there, but many priests could eventually be deported and the situation of some 100 Catholic nuns, who have been refused residence and work permits, remains tenuous. These foreign religious workers are essential to the life of the Church in Belarus and other countries because of the strict limits on the number of indigenous priests and religious orders under communism.
In several other countries, minority religious bodies and their adherents are discriminated against in various ways. In Bulgaria, some minority groups, such as the Mormons, have been refused registration. In Greece, the Catholic Church and other minority religious bodies have difficulty obtaining permits to operate houses of worship, permits which are granted on advice of the local Orthodox official. In Russia, it is common practice for the Orthodox Church to be consulted before a local official agrees to return a Catholic Church property or before permission is given to build a new one. In Turkey, minority churches also face difficulties gaining permission to acquire property and operate religious institutions. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, for example, continues to be denied permission to reopen the Halki seminary, which has been closed for two decades. Throughout Bosnia, religious minorities face discrimination in housing, employment, access to the media, and other areas of life.
3. Return of church property.
The return of property confiscated under communism has been a contentious issue in most countries of the region. In past years, disputes over restitution of property have strained the Catholic church's relationship with the state in the Czech Republic and Lithuania. This issue remains particularly problematic in Romania, where the Greek Catholic Church has faced obstacles in gaining restitution of properties confiscated by the communist government and transferred to the Romanian Orthodox Church after World War II. An Orthodox-Greek Catholic commission has failed to resolve this issue. Greek Catholic representatives are supporting pending legislation that would return certain properties in rural areas where there is more than one formerly Greek Catholic church.
4. Bureaucratic obstacles.
In many formerly communist countries, religious leaders, minority and majority alike, complain that administrative agencies or local governments fail to comply with laws on religion or place burdens on religious believers. In Russia, for example, government officials charge relatively large sums to license a new priest or to grant permission to purchase or build a church building.
08-26-07, 08:43 AM #412
08-26-07, 09:12 AM #413
Thank you for your time.
08-26-07, 09:27 AM #414
08-26-07, 02:44 PM #415
You said, a man in the US is an american, so therefore I am American, and Israelis are American, right? Now, that's not right.
Hm, why is that impossible? I DID recieve an American education, and I do live in America, and I do watch the American propaganda, but now you dont see me agreeing with you do you?
Handed her ass? Again, you do not know the difference between Major Victory and Victory, or should I say minor victory? Because that's what it was.
This illustrates two things:
1) You've never been to Israel, since Israel is in fact a sprawling ghetto
2) Oh no, they are similar, never did I say that they were medival BS, they do live similary (same food, same lifestyles), the same types of lives. If Israel beats her children, then nvm my claim, we have a very different culture.
3) It does? I'm afraid I have to disagree with you, after all I visit Syria every summer nearly, and never once did I see a child getting the shit beaten out of him. AT least we dont chop fingers off, now....
Basically, Geoff, try and take a dump and get all that propaganda out of your system, yea? Tell you what, take a vacation to Syria, Latakia preferabbly is a vacation hotspot (beautiful beaches and hotels), and then start talking again and lets see what your opinion is. I'm afraid you are already poisoned with your propaganda though.
08-26-07, 04:15 PM #416
Regardless of the count, the ratio was substantial in that the Greek army shouldn't have lasted even half a day.
08-26-07, 05:06 PM #417
08-26-07, 07:01 PM #418
Ah, but tactics beats numbers. On an open battlefield, the superior skill of the Persians would've meant a swift and easy victory.
Remember, the Immortals were the elite of the elite, the best warriors of their time.
08-26-07, 07:35 PM #419
08-26-07, 08:02 PM #420
Now if you were going "suggest" I beat my girl friend with my fists then I can ask you to qualify the statement. You will then ask: Do you beat your girlfriend with your fists? Then I can state No.
Is there a question you need clarified SAM?
Remember I asked you if it is thought that Mohammad murdered people with his own hands. After 20+ pages of eating red-herring you finally said YES. Was Mohammad a murder? YES. See its really quite easy. Then you added your bit about how it was OK because the people he murdered were Arab polytheists.
Also, what kind of example is that!?!?!? Killing a girl for singing some funny tunes – grow some thick skin your acting like a spoiled little baby.
I certainly can’t see a Jesus ordering the Death of a singing girl for poking fun of him.
I certainly can’t see the Buddha ordering the Death of a singing girl for poking fun of him.
But here we have a popular folk story of your slave owning prophet killing a girl for poking fun of him and the best Kadark can come up with is … well, ok it’s not a completely moral choice, killing that girl, but insulting Saddam, Ooops I mean the Prophet, is not good either, so she had to get knifed which is maybe a little immoral, oh well lets not think or talk about it too much Allah might hear us and I might get in trouble. Speaking of which maybe I shouldn't paint a picture of a human body, I was thinking sexual thoughts when I was inspired and Allah might not like that so I better quit. WE ALL SHOULD QUIT.
Yeah, great society Islam is building there
The issue of slavery relates directly to the type of society that existed under Islamic governments. Slaves were owned in this century. There are ex-Slaves alive today. As I posted. According to reputable Muslims scholars Mohammad owned many slaves hence many Muslims believe Mohammad owned Slaves, and while we will never know if there even was a Mohammad (he may be a composite character) the main fact is what people think is true and it’s really that simple.
The dates for when various Islamic States finally, under pressure from the West and in contradiction with the Qur’an, made Slavery illegal can be looked up if you feel the sources I provided were not sufficient for you.
Slavery thrived for millennia under Islam - a Historical fact. Slavery was banned in less than a couple years under Communism yet we’re suppose to think that a One world under Islam is a good thing? History suggests otherwise.
RE: Religious discrimination.
Islam discriminates based on personal belief. Even Communism ended this almost over night. Yet we are supposed to think that a system with religious discrimination is better than one where people are free to practice their faith without discrimination? That’s absurd.
See above. This goes directly to the type of society that existed under Islamic governments. Do we think that the almost complete eradication of the human form in art is a sign of a progressive forward thinking society that is going to be better for humankind or as a symptom of a society in reverse? Who here wants to live in a society where the human body is taboo? Obviously people who are so terrified that Allah might think bad of them that they will not answer specific questions (that is they will not dare to think something that this invisible Allah might not like) are the same type of people who when inspired by the human body (often sexual in nature) will turn this beautiful and natural desire not into a work or marble and art but instead into a worry about what the magical Allah will think - best not take the chance hand me a bomb-pack I think I sinned and I'm getting outta here with a straight ticket to paradise.
RE: bark peaces.
It's not unreasonable to ask a specific question of when a book was written and who wrote it. It’s not a "set up" question. If you need this qualified than simply state what is confusing and we can clear it up. Considering that the oldest versions of the Qur’an differ from the present versions it’s a valid question. No one can state exactly when the Qur'an was written, nor can they state who wrote which parts of it, nor when each of these were written, and most importantly no one ones even knows when it was canonized - the first time. Your suggestion that because some people somewhere were singing some sections of something that this how negates these questions is completely absurd.
Date and authorship are the first questions any researcher notes.
One would think that the most perfect “revelations” together with a magical fairy-horse ride someone would have thought it important enough to write it down and make a note of it. That such didn’t happen says something to me anyway.
The History of Muslims under Islam its absolutely no different than the history of any other people from China or Japan to Mexico or the Pacific - just a bunch of people living under a "God" appointed Emperor and his royal family. Why would anyone want to go backwards to that? They wouldn't.
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