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What would Sarah Ann Gill think about our silence over religious persecution in China?

“They shot tear gas at our group of 20 — some of us completely unarmed, all law-abiding religious citizens.  Wielding their batons, they beat, kicked and prodded the people.  Many police officers and plainclothes agents beat two sisters to the floor (one of the sisters is relatively advanced in age).  They passed out on the spot with foam coming from their mouths and convulsions in their hands and legs.   We demanded that they be sent to the hospital immediately.  The officials wouldn’t listen to us and continued to hit the people with their batons.”

Chinese Christians tell of police raid on an “unauthorized” house church, February 23, 2011, Zaoyang City, Hubei Province, China

Barbados National Hero risked everything to pray at her home.

Every Barbadian knows the name of Sarah Ann Gill, the only female declared as one of our country’s ten national heroes. On this National Heroes Day, we should ask ourselves if we really remember what Sarah Ann Gill did, and why she did it.

In October 1823, a mob of whites burned the Methodist Church in Barbados where Gill was a member. At that time the Methodist Church in England was in the forefront of the movement to ban slavery and that didn’t go over very well with the slave owners in Barbados.

The response of the Mother of Barbados was to open her own home for prayer services. Gill was relentlessly prosecuted by the authorities and threatened with death.

Some sources state that Gill was charged under the Conventicles Act of 1664 which forbade assembly of more than five persons for divine worship unless in a licensed meeting place and led by a licensed preacher. The act had already been repealed but that apparently didn’t stop the authorities.

Gill acquitted herself so well that the same authorities who persecuted her sent soldiers to guard her home when a mob attempted to burn it on October 19, 1824. Gill continued to hold worship services at her home and raised money for a new church.

On June 25th, 1825 The House of Commons in England declared that “ample protection and religious toleration be secured to all” – and Sarah Ann Gill and other religious dissenters secured their right to worship where they saw fit, without needing the blessing of the state.

What would Sarah Ann Gill think of Barbados cuddling up to China today? What would she think of our silence for our Christian brothers and sisters – beaten and jailed in China?

Something to consider as we look out over these fields and hills on National Heroes Day.

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Muslim reform activist Dr. Wafa Sultan: Ground Zero Mosque decisive victory by Islam over the infidels

Will Americans submit to an Islamist Victory at Ground Zero?

In a recent article Barbados Free Press called the 9/11 Mosque to be built at Ground Zero… “A triumphant symbol of Islamist domination and American submission

Most readers agreed with our analysis, while others said we were reading too much into the location and symbolism of the 9/11 Mosque.

Realization & Outrage growing against the 9/11 Mosque

Today one of the world’s foremost Muslim thinkers confirmed what we already thought: the 9/11 Mosque will be viewed by the vast majority of Muslims as a victory over infidels and another step in “Islam’s march to establish its ultimate goal: the submission of all others to Islam and to Sharia Law.”

Syrian-born human rights activist Dr. Wafa Sultan was named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world. You should read what she says about the 9/11 Ground Zero Mosque…

A Mosque at Ground Zero Equals Victory

by Dr. Wafa Sultan

A new mosque is now being planned in New York near “Ground Zero,” two blocks from where the World Trade Center used to be. This mosque is headed by an Imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative, who proposes to convert the now-shuttered Burlington Coat Factory on Park Place into an Islamic Cultural Center which would contain a mosque.

It is crucial to study the supremacist ideology of Islam and to recognize, for example, that the building of a mosque especially at Ground Zero is viewed by Muslims as a decisive victory over the infidels in Islam’s march to establish its ultimate goal: the submission of all others to Islam and to Sharia Law…

… continue reading Dr. Sultan’s article at Hudson New York: A Mosque at Ground Zero Equals Victory

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9/11 Mosque to be built at Ground Zero: A triumphant symbol of Islamist domination and American submission

Will Americans submit?

Recent history has shown that if you draw a picture of Mohammad or otherwise “insult” Islam, you’ll have no shortage of offended Muslims lining up for an opportunity to stab you in the heart, behead you, rape your daughter or burn your house… so you’ll have to forgive my tongue-in-cheek “confusion” that sensitive Muslims everywhere don’t realise how offensive it is to build a huge mosque on the holy ground surrounding what was the World Trade Centre.

The joke is, of course, that the people planning to build the 9/11 Mosque at Ground Zero know exactly how offensive it will be.

That’s the idea. That’s why they want to hold the grand opening on the tenth anniversary of the slaughter of 9/11.

The proponents know that the building won’t be seen by the Islamist fascists as a mere mosque: it will be a victory monument. A symbol of American submission. A vision of the progress of the worldwide Muslim Caliphate that is the Jihadist goal.

It will be something for the fascists to point to throughout the Islamic world when they’re not busy otherwise – say sharpening their knives to mutilate young women or hanging 16 year old girls for having unwed relations.

“What could be more insulting and humiliating than a monster mosque in the shadow of the World Trade Center buildings that were brought down by an Islamic jihad attack? Any decent American, Muslim or otherwise, wouldn’t dream of such an insult. It’s a stab in the eye of America.”

… Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs blog

Time for a little Tolerance Reciprocity by the Muslims

The proponents of the 9/11 Mosque say that allowing its construction will show the tolerance of Americans.

Okay, I’m all for tolerance – so here’s my offer…

If the Muslims want to build a mosque at Ground Zero, no problem. I’ll even donate time and money to make it happen…

…Just as soon as the first Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and Mormon places of worship are built in Mecca.

REALLY worth listening to: 9/11 Mosque debate – Pamela Geller vs. Michael Ghouse of the Muslim American Congress on Hannity radio show

Further Reading

New York Post: Mosque madness at Ground Zero

Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch

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Rastafari is not the wanted man!

Is there Rastafari profiling in Barbados?

The Royal Barbados Police Force has its work to accomplish. However, according to the democratic rule of law, when the actions of the State violate the constitutional rights of citizens, redress is due regardless of religious expression of the citizens.

More evidence of Rastafari profiling by the Royal Barbados Police Force was demonstrated in a public announcement concerning a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with serious criminal matters. This announcement, which is dated May 4, 2010 on the CBC Evening News and May 5, 2010 in the Barbados Advocate, unmistakably “profiles” this wanted man as “with Rastafarian hairstyle to shoulder length”. This is one general instance of Rastafari stigmatisation by a law enforcement agency.

The announcement categorically incites and perpetuates a suspicion on Rastafarians. Continue reading

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Barbados Ambassador to USA and wife highlight China’s repression of Falun Dafa Religion

Ambassador’s wife urges more people to fight religious oppression in China

In a surprising but welcome interview on January 20, 2010, Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States and his wife both made statements acknowledging the repression of religion by the government of Communist China.

In the context of China, the Ambassador’s wife went much further and urged more people to become involved in fighting for human rights and religious freedom.

Ambassador John Beale and Mrs. Beale attended the Wednesday night performance of Shen Yun – a New York based Chinese performing arts troop that uses dance and music to tell the story of the persecution of Falon Gong members by the Government of China. (Shen Yun Performing Arts website here)

After viewing the performance with its message of religious repression in China, Ambassador Beale told an Epoch Times reporter “I think the message is clear, but at the same time it comes across in … a very relaxed method as opposed to being offensive. I think it’s a very good message that they have, and I think it’s extremely well done.”

Mrs. Beale left no doubt where her sympathies are. Here’s part of what was reported in the Epoch Times article Ambassador from Barbados: ‘It’s a magnificent show’

“…I also like the strong messages of the persecution of those who fight for the right to have a religion and to pray to whatever god they want to pray to or for. And that for me came as a very powerful message,” Mrs. Beale said.

(The Barbados Ambassador’s wife) was referring to the dances which featured the plight of Falun Dafa practitioners, currently undergoing brutal repression by the Chinese Communist Party for their beliefs.

 Mrs. Beale said human rights is an issue worth getting involved in:

“The more we can get people involved, I think, the more we can do, to not finish with the problem (because I think we’ll never be finished), but at least to have more people fighting for that, or joining in the forces.”

Mrs. Beale also cited her daughter’s involvement in international affairs and human rights issues and said she would be seeing the Shen Yun performance a second time with her daughter.

FBI Investigates Chinese Consulate for trying to prevent Shun Yen show in Arkansas

Meanwhile, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into Chinese efforts to block the Shun Yen troop from performing in Arkansas. A news story details how the Chinese Consulate in Houston sent an anonymous letter to an Arkansas theatre where the troop is scheduled to perform again.

Our Support for Ambassador Beale and Mrs. Beale

We at Barbados Free Press have no doubt that the Communist Chinese Ambassador to Barbados will soon voice his government’s displeasure that our Ambassador to the USA and Mrs. Beale even attended the Shen Yun performance let alone made the statements that they did.

We hope that Prime Minister Thompson backs the Beales one hundred percent.

If the Chinese ambassador is so upset that his country is seen to be brutal in repressing human rights, then perhaps he should advise his government not to beat people to death for their religious beliefs.

And while Prime Minister Thompson is talking with the Chinese Ambassador, he might want to ask him why it is that China still runs the world’s largest slave camp system.

Well Done, Ambassador and Mrs. Beale!

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Google: “Christianity is Bullshit”, “Islam is…”

Mentioning Islam censored because people are afraid of Muslim violence

Google’s search engine is always ready to assist by filling in what it “thinks” you might be looking for. As an example go ahead and type “Christianity is” and Google will offer several suggestions, such as “Christianity is”…

“bullshit”

“dead”

“not a religion”

“false”

“a cult”

“fake”

“wrong”

“a lie”

Now type in “Islam is” and see what happens.

That’s right, nothing happens. Google doesn’t dare fill in the sentence with a negative about Islam. Why not? Well, Google says it’s a software glitch.

To that, we say, “Google is bullshit”

Shades of the Movie “2012”

We saw the movie “2012” a while ago and although we’ve seen worse movies I can’t think of any right now because the memory of wasted money at the theatre is still fresh in my mind.

Ok, the acting was bad and the plot flaws were many, but the disaster epic had great special effects especially at the end of the world (which incidentally happens through a world wide flood). We see the destruction of all the great religious landmarks in the world, including the Vatican, Buddhist temples, Notre Dame, Westminster Abby, the White House and Wall Street.

All the religious landmarks except for Muslim landmarks, that is. Director Roland Emmerich says that he didn’t dare include the destruction of Mecca or any other Muslim symbols out of fear that he would be targeted by “a fatwa”. (Guardian: Emmerich reveals fear of fatwa axed 2012 scene also Sci-Fi Wire: What even Roland Emmerich won’t destroy)

Emmerich didn’t even have the courage to say “Muslims”, he said that a “fatwa” would target him.

Be careful what you say about Islam: or the adherents of the “Religion of Peace” will kill you

As for me, I’m really really tired of being told that I must modify my behaviour so that I don’t “offend” Muslims. I’m really really tired of being told that we must change our personal and societial standards so that followers of Islam can maintain their many many standards that govern everything from when to beat their wives to how to take a shit. (There is an entire process laid out that dictates how Muslims should have a bowel movement. Which foot to move first, then second, which way to turn etc etc etc. It’s hilarious. Check it out by locating it on Google if you can!)

Don’t mind the language folks. If Google can say “Christianity is bullshit” on millions of computers then I can say “Islam is a fascist political system that has as its goal the domination of the entire world, including Barbados.”

And… “Google is bullshit”

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Florida Principal, Teacher Face Jail For Praying In School, Student Banned From Speaking At Graduation “Because she’s a Christian and might say something religious”

Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer.

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“I have been defending religious freedom issues for 22 years, and I’ve never had to defend somebody who has been charged criminally for praying,” said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, the Orlando-based legal group that is defending the two school officials.

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“The defendants all admitted wrongdoing,” said Daniel Mach, director of litigation for (ACLU’s) freedom of religion program. “For example, the Pace High School teachers handbook asks teachers to ’embrace every opportunity to inculcate, by precept and example, the practice of every Christian virtue.’ “

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In January, the Santa Rosa County School District settled out of court with the ACLU, agreeing to several things, including a provision to bar all school employees from promoting or sponsoring prayers during school-sponsored events; holding school events at church venues when a secular alternative was available; or promoting their religious beliefs or attempting to convert students in class or during school-sponsored events.

Mr. Staver said the district also agreed to forbid senior class President Mary Allen from speaking at the school’s May 30 graduation ceremony on the chance that the young woman, a known Christian, might say something religious.

… read the full story at the Washington Times article School prayer charges stir protests

Something tells me the ACLU wouldn’t do very well in Barbados

no-prayerI lived and worked in the United States for a decade, in a small community in New Jersey and then in Brooklyn, but I will never understand the outright idiocy of the American courts in trying to regulate and curb every behaviour and opinion that some folks might find offensive. Part of being free is having the right to hold opinions and say things that some people might consider offensive.

Think about this folks… Can you imagine what would happen in Barbados if the court decided there should be no Christian prayers by anyone at any public function? That a student would be banned from speaking at a graduation ceremony because she is a known Christian and “might say something religious”?

Many of our youths aspire to go to the United States for a variety of reasons, most of them good. As people who have “been there, done that”, Shona and I know that life in the USA is quite different from life in Barbados – and not every difference is an improvement over living near, for instance, Grape Hall.

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