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Islamic State Stones to Death Second ‘Adulteress’

Less than 24 hours after the Islamic State stoned a woman to death on the charge of adultery in the town of Tabaqa, in Raqa province, news comes out again that the new “caliphate” has stoned to death yet another woman on the same charge in Raqa. A source said that the Islamic State announced [...]

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Islamic State Torches Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul

According to a number of independent sources, the so-called “Islamic State” (formerly “of Iraq and Syria,” or “ISIS”), just recently burned down the Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul, destroying all its contents. This comes soon after the organization threatened all Christians under its authority either to pay jizya, or extortion money, convert to Islam, or die.

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New Caliphate Stones Woman to Death for Adultery

Friday, July 18, the Islamic State, which recently proclaimed itself the new caliphate, stoned a woman to death on the accusation of adultery.   This occurred after evening prayers in the open market place of the northern province of Raqa, Syria.  The woman was “in her thirties and found guilty of adultery in a Sharia [...]

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New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly “ISIS”—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.” This came out in the [...]

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Why Islam Permits Exactly Four Wives

Jihad Watch During a recent Arabic program devoted to how religions view marriage, Islamic clerics endeavored to answer the host’s question, “Why does Islam permit exactly four wives, as opposed to only one or more than four? One of these clerics responded by saying that, before Islam, there was no limit to how many wives an Arab man [...]

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Syria: Captive Women Herded and Sold in Slave Markets

Coptic Solidarity The above picture recently appeared on several Arabic social media and websites.   Its caption says: “First female slave market in Deir ez-Zur,” a Syrian region that is 20 percent Christian and is currently occupied by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Regardless of its origin or authenticity, it’s true significance is [...]

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Egyptian Salafi Sheikh: All Educated Women Are “Unoriginal and Common”

Coptic Solidarity In order to expose the Islamist and Salafi mindset, Egyptian journalists continue posting and commenting on the assertions and observations made by the various clerics during former President Morsi’s one year reign and earlier, when the “radicals” felt especially free to speak their mind. One of these, Sheikh Yusuf al-Huwaini—who earlier justified buying and [...]

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Rape in Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood ‘Gets Even’

French Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers recently went on a sexual assault and rape spree in Egypt as a way of “getting even” with those women who dared to celebrate the presidential victory of Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi—the former army chief who overthrew Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt. On June 8, when tens of thousands of Egyptians congregated [...]

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Egypt’s New Government Promotes Anti-Christian Measures?

Overlooked in the midst of all the celebrations in Egypt concerning the presidential victory of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, his predecessor, President Adly Mansour—who very much shares in Sisi’s worldview and politics—made a strange comment about the place of the nation’s Christian minority, the Copts.  (Sisi installed Mansour as acting president of Egypt on July 4, [...]

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Jihadis Display ‘Power of Islam’ on Donkey Victims

French Very graphic videos recently appeared on Arabic-language media portraying Islamic jihadis in Syria slaughtering donkeys in order to consume them. The main point made by some of these websites is that the jihadis are hypocrites for (again) violating Islamic law, which bans the eating of domesticated donkeys. In the words of a fatwa, or [...]

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