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Sunday, 12 April 2015

12 April 2015. A Believer’s Take on Marriage

00 Nayzak. How 2  b a Good Muslim Husband. 2011

How 2 B a Good Muslim Husband





Gabe and Laura… this one’s for you. May Laura deliver safely…



When Allah has decided to unite two hearts in marriage:

  • no distance is too far
  • no time is too long
  • no powerful force can separate them
  • no one can break them apart

Mohsin Hasan Mumtaz

Dedicated to my lovely sister FATIMA MICHEL BARNES


Today is Easter… spread the joy… to all around you… to believers (including non-Christians)… to secularists (don’t call ‘em atheists, please)… to all of God’s Creation (including your animals).

To Mr Mumtaz… thank you for such a beautiful (and concise) post. God luv ya…

To all rightwing asshats… Muslims are believers, too… you’ve forgotten that. Neither ISIS nor the Azov Battalion represent real Christian and real Muslim believers. That’s that… it’s what I hold and what I stand for, any road.

THIS IS MY PERSONAL BELIEF… I don’t claim it to be the “Teaching of the Church”… however… I’d say that it doesn’t contradict it, though. Be careful with labelling things the “Teaching of the Church”… quite often, it’s nothing but idiosyncratic opinion decked out in ill-fitting (and utterly false) finery… reflect on that, this Easter…


Sunday, 8 September 2013

8 September 2013. A Picture IS Worth a THousand Words… Here’s How We Should Treat Non-Christians… HH Shows the Way!

00 Patr Kirill with Shaolin Abbot. 01a. 08.09.13


00 Patr Kirill with Shaolin Abbot. 01b. 08.09.13


00 Patr Kirill with Shaolin Abbot. 01c. 08.09.13


00 Patr Kirill with Shaolin Abbot. 01d. 08.09.13


You hear much bloviation from konvertsy toddlers on “the Church teaches this” or “the Church teaches that”. Usually, the Church teaches nothing of the sort. Here, HH shows us how REAL Christians interact with non-Christians (either of another faith, or seculars, it doesn’t matter). Oh, the humanity! He’s treating the Shaolin abbot and his delegation like decent human beings! Let’s get it straight… the Church has NEVER condemned friendly relations with those outside it. Indeed, one of the reasons why the Diocletianic Persecution in Carthage was mitigated was because Bishop Mensurius was big-time pals with the pagan magistrate. “Do unto others” applies to EVERYBODY…


Monday, 17 September 2012

LA Muslim and Coptic Orthodox Christian Leaders to Show Unity

Coptic Bishop Serapion (1951- ) of Los Angeles 


Groups Set To Condemn Anti-American Violence in Muslim Countries and Anti-Islamic Video

Muslim and Coptic Orthodox Christian leaders will join forces in downtown Los Angeles today to condemn the anti-American violence flaring in Muslim countries and the anti-Muslim film clip that triggered it. Dr Maher Hathout, an Egyptian-born physician who speaks for the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Southern California, and Bishop Serapion, the spiritual leader of the Coptic Orthodox church in Los Angeles, are expected to be the main speakers at a late-morning news conference on City Hall’s South Lawn. Hathout said in condemning the violence directed at Americans, “Our religions teach us to respond to hate speech with good speech and good work. The behaviour exhibited doesn’t speak for the majority of Muslims and are the actions of a small group. This irrational behaviour can’t be allowed to spread, and this movie can’t be allowed to dictate our actions”.

On 11 September, Chris Stevens, the American Ambassador to Libya, was killed, along with three other State Department employees, in an attack on the American Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi by a heavily-armed force at the same time that a demonstration was taking place outside it. He is believed to have died of smoke inhalation. Also on 11 September, an anti-American demonstration took place on 11 September in Cairo, where the wall at the American Embassy was breached, but it didn’t come under gunfire.

A supposed movie trailer for Innocence of Muslims sparked the demonstrations… it’s not clear that an entire movie actually exists… was posted on YouTube and featured dialogue insulting the prophet Mohammad. The words were in Egyptian Arabic, and were added after filming without the actors’ knowledge. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, an Egyptian Copt and naturalised American citizen, was identified as one of the makers of the film; deputies escorted him from his home in Cerritos just after midnight on Saturday, they took him to their station for questioning by his federal probation officer. Authorities said that federal probation officials in Los Angeles are investigating if Nakoula violated his probation stemming from an earlier bank fraud conviction. Under the terms of his probation, he wasn’t supposed to use the internet without permission. He remains out of the public eye.

17 September 2012



Monday, 18 July 2011

18 July 2011. You Can Have Herman Cain’s Sectarian Hatred and Bigotry, or, You Can Have His Holiness’ Christian Love and Charity… It’s Your Choice

His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev (1946- ), Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias… a real class act, a genuine human being and good man… one of the best. Herman Cain isn’t fit to untie his shoelaces or wash his socks… it tells you much about Cain’s supporters to see how they accept his open and unashamed bigotry without demur…


Read this:


Note this:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that communities have a right to ban Islamic mosques. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said protests and legal challenges to a planned mosque in a Tennessee city are an example of local residents pushing back. Cain said his view doesn’t amount to religious discrimination because he says Muslims are trying to inject Shariah law into the USA.

What absolute rubbish. Some of the rightwingers are gaga over this guy… I say that he’s a bigoted punk. I’ll tell ya what… look at these images:

His Holiness with Rav Berel Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia (1964- )


His Holiness with President Dmitri Medvedev (1965- ) and Supreme Patriarch Karekin Narsessian (1951- ), Catholicos of all Armenians, Bishop of the Mother-See of Holy Etchmiadzin, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Oriental Orthodox)


His Holiness with Mufti Talgat Safich Tadzhuddin (1948- ), Supreme Mufti of Russia


His Holiness at the head of a procession in Moscow with Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic, and legitimate Protestant leaders


Christians and Muslims pray together at a joint memorial service at the oldest mosque in Kazan for the dead of the Bulgariya tragedy… earlier, everybody attended a secular service at the port, then, a Christian service at the Orthodox cathedral… that’s the way it oughta be… God likes it!


You can have Herman Cain’s close-hearted Sectarian hatred… or, you can have His Holiness’ open Christian love. Reflect on this… the konvertsy support Cain… I’d say that Lebedeff, Potapov, and Whiteford support Cain in their heart-of-hearts… there’s no doubt that Fathausen’s a Cain fan. We can’t support hate-filled scummers like Cain and retain the right to call ourselves practising Orthodox Christians. It’s every Christian’s DUTY to stand up, denounce, and oppose such anti-Christian slimers. I’ll stand up, even I’m alone… and I confide to you that I know that’s there’s more than one of ya at my back… thanks, guys!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 18 July 2011

Albany NY

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