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Monday, September 27, 2004
 
'Europe Will Be Islamic by the End of the Century'

by Robert Spencer
Posted Sep 16, 2004

How quickly is Europe being Islamized? So quickly that even historian
Bernard Lewis, who has continued throughout his honor-laden career to be
strangely disingenuous about certain realities of Islamic radicalism and
terrorism, told the German newspaper Die Welt forthrightly that "Europe
will be Islamic by the end of the century."

Or maybe sooner. Consider some indicators from Scandinavia this past week:

* Sweden's third-largest city, Malmø, according to the Swedish
Aftonbladet, has become an outpost of the Middle East in Scandinavia: "The
police now publicly admit what many Scandinavians have known for a long
time: They no longer control the situation in the nations's third largest
city. It is effectively ruled by violent gangs of Muslim immigrants. Some
of the Muslims have lived in the area of Rosengård, Malmø, for twenty
years, and still don't know how to read or write Swedish. Ambulance
personnel are attacked by stones or weapons, and refuse to help anybody in
the area without police escort. The immigrants also spit at them when they
come to help. Recently, an Albanian youth was stabbed by an Arab, and was
left bleeding to death on the ground while the ambulance waited for the
police to arrive. The police themselves hesitate to enter parts of their
own city unless they have several patrols, and need to have guards to
watch their cars, otherwise they will be vandalized."

* The Nordgårdsskolen in Aarhus, Denmark, has become the first Dane-free
Danish school. The students now come entirely from Denmark's
fastest-growing constituency: Muslim immigrants.

* Also in Denmark, the Qur'an is now required reading for all
upper-secondary school students. There is nothing wrong with that in
itself, but it is unlikely, given the current ascendancy of political
correctness on the Continent, that critical perspectives will be included.

* Pakistani Muslim leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed gave an address at the
Islamic Cultural Center in Oslo. He was readily allowed into the country
despite that fact that, according to Norway's Aftenposten, he "has earlier
make flattering comments about Osama bin Laden, and his party,
Jamaat-e-Islami, also has hailed al-Qaeda members as heroes." In Norway,
he declined to answer questions about whether or not he thought
homosexuals should be killed.

Elsewhere in Europe the jihad is taking a more violent form. Dutch
officials have uncovered at least fifteen separate terrorist plots, all
aimed at punishing the Netherlands for its 1,300 peacekeeping troops in
Iraq. And in Spain, Moroccan Muslims, including several suspected
participants in the March 11 bombings in Madrid, have taken control of a
wing of a Spanish prison. From there they broadcast Muslim prayers at high
volume, physically intimidated non-Muslim prisoners, hung portraits of
Osama bin Laden, and boasted, "We are going to win the holy war." The
guards' response? They asked the ringleaders please to lower the volume on
the prayers.

What are European governments doing about all this? France is pressing
forward with an appeasement campaign to free two French journalists held
hostage by jihadists in Iraq. The Swedish state agency for foreign aid is
sponsoring a "Palestinian Solidarity Conference," which aims, among other
things, to pressure the European Union to remove the terrorist group Hamas
from the EU's list of terrorist groups -- despite Hamas's long history of
encouraging and glorifying the murder of civilians by suicide bombers.

What Europe has long sown it is now reaping. Bat Ye'or, the pioneering
historian of dhimmitude, the institutionalized oppression of non-Muslims
in Muslim societies, chronicles in her forthcoming book Eurabia how it has
come to this. Europe, she explains, began thirty years ago to travel down
a path of appeasement, accommodation, and cultural abdication before Islam
in pursuit of short-sighted political and economic benefits. She observes
that today "Europe has evolved from a Judeo-Christian civilization, with
important post-Enlightenment/secular elements, to a 'civilization of
dhimmitude,' i.e., Eurabia: a secular-Muslim transitional society with its
traditional Judeo-Christian mores rapidly disappearing."

After the Beslan child massacres, however, there are signs from Eastern
Europe that this may be changing. Last Sunday Poland turned away one
hundred Chechen Muslims who were trying to enter the country from Belarus.
This is the sort of measure that the countries west of Poland have been so
far unwilling to take. But since one cannot by any means screen out the
jihadists from the moderate Muslims, and the moderates are not helping
identify the jihadists either, what choice did the Poles have?

It might not be too long before they will have to turn away entrants from
Scandinavia and France as well.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
 
The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

O LORD, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
 
Saint Matthew the Apostle

O ALMIGHTY God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist; Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
 
Anglican Communion Network tops 1,000 clergy, 800 congregations

More than 60 Episcopal dioceses home to Network affiliates

Orthodox Anglicans from all over the United States are affiliating
with the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes at an
increasing rate.

According to figures updated in early September, well over 1,000
clergy and 800 parishes are now either affiliated, provisionally
affiliated, or in the process of affiliating with the Network.

"The Anglican Communion Network exists to provide a united voice for
orthodox Anglicans in North America as well as a connection to the
vast majority of the global Anglican Communion who have rejected last
summer's unity-destroying actions of our Episcopal Church," said
Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of the Network, "It's wonderful to see
so many faithful Episcopalians and other members of our Anglican
family standing up to be counted."

Many of parishes and clergy connected to the Anglican Communion
Network are affiliated through nine Episcopal Dioceses: Albany,
Central Florida, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Quincy, Rio Grande, San
Joaquin, South Carolina and Springfield. Two other dioceses, Dallas
and Western Kansas, are provisionally affiliated until they have an
opportunity to consider formal affiliation at their diocesan
conventions this autumn. Individual parishes or clergy in affiliated
dioceses do not separately apply to affiliate with the Network.
Instead their diocese's decision connects them.

Scores of parishes and clergy outside of Anglican Communion Network
dioceses are also joining in. According to recent figures, a total of
240 churches with their clergy or individual clergy not in an
affiliated diocese or parish have become part of the Anglican
Communion Network's six convocations. Five of the convocations are
regional groupings of parishes and individual clergy that link
together those not in Anglican Communion Network dioceses. Forward in
Faith North America also has a convocation. Together, affiliates come
from more than 60 Episcopal Church dioceses, more than half the total
number of dioceses in the Episcopal Church.

Anglican Communion Network churches include congregations like Church
of the Redeemer, an Episcopal parish in Jacksonville, Florida that is
part of the South East Convocation. "Being in the Network has enabled
many of us to be patient with the process of discernment that the
Anglican Communion is going through and strengthen our relationships
both nationally and internationally," said the Rev. Neil Lebhar,
rector. Network affiliation, he added, has also given Church of the
Redeemer a broad circle of faithful Anglican friends and ministries.
"It reminds us that we're not alone in our desire to be an orthodox
parish connected with the majority of the Anglican Communion," he
added.

Also included in the Anglican Communion Network is a small but growing
group of non-Episcopal Anglican congregations. "The vast majority of
our affiliates are part of the Episcopal Church and remain under the
constitutional and canonical structures," said Bishop Duncan. At the
same time, he added, the Network is committed in its charter to
building the greatest possible unity among orthodox Anglicans in the
United States. With that in mind, the Network is welcoming in those
parishes and clergy within the U.S. that come under the jurisdictional
leadership of an overseas Anglican bishop.

In its effort to broaden the foundation of support for Anglican
orthodoxy in the U.S., the Network is also working with others in the
Anglican tradition. That group includes the Reformed Episcopal
Church, the Anglican Province in America and the Anglican Mission in
America. All three groups, who count around 40,000 members between
them, joined with the Network in pledging "common cause" for orthodox
Anglicanism in the U.S in a letter that was sent to Rowan Williams,
Archbishop of Canterbury, this June.

"Even in the midst of much uncertainty, both in the Episcopal Church
and the Anglican Communion as a whole, we're hopeful as we look
forward," said Bishop Duncan. "The Network continues to gather
together Episcopalians and other American Anglicans in unprecedented
numbers. We have the good news of Jesus Christ to share with those
around us. The rest we trust to God."

Sunday, September 19, 2004
 
The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

KEEP, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy: and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
 
Va. Episcopalians Enlist Ex-Archbishop's Services

By Leef Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 16, 2004; Page B01

The former archbishop of Canterbury stepped in yesterday to preside over the
confirmation of more than 300 Virginia Episcopalians whose parishes did not
want them to be confirmed by their own bishop after his vote last year to
appoint the denomination's first openly gay bishop.

In two evening ceremonies at Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax City, the
Rev. George L. Carey, who retired nearly two years ago as the 103rd
archbishop of Canterbury, laid hands on hundreds of adults and children from
10 Northern Virginia parishes, confirming them as Christians and members of
the Episcopal Church.

The confirmations would have been performed by the Rev. Peter James Lee,
bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Lee said he invited Carey to
come to Truro yesterday, at the end of a three-week tour of the United
States, in an effort to accommodate those in the diocese who disagree with him.

Last year's election of a gay priest, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, as bishop
of New Hampshire created deep divisions in the Anglican Communion, which
includes the Episcopal Church, and in the Virginia diocese, the country's
largest with more than 195 churches from Fairfax to Richmond.

Lee's vote for Robinson -- cast, he said in a letter to Virginia
Episcopalians, to honor the wishes of the church in New Hampshire despite
his personal misgivings about ordaining gay priests -- brought protests in
some of his parishes. Some withheld their annual donations to the church, an
estimated $900,000 this year, and asked that Lee abstain from performing
confirmations.

Lee said Carey's visit marked the first time that someone other than Lee's
two assistant bishops has been asked to substitute for him. Speaking to
reporters before the services, Carey stressed a need to open a "constructive
dialogue" within the church without letting the issue of homosexuality
overwhelm other, more important ones.

"We've got to keep our eye on the ball: the mission of the church in a very
needy world," Carey said.

The Rev. Martyn Minns, Truro's rector and a leader of an effort to form a
new national network of conservative parishes, said it was his idea to
invite Carey for the confirmation services. He said the archbishop's
presence last night was an enormous encouragement to the participating
congregations.

"There's a mixture of emotions for all of us," Minns said, adding that the
confirmations are both "an occasion of great celebration and a sign that the
Episcopal Church is broken. It's a painful reminder of our alienation from
the ministry of our own bishop. It would be nice not to be in this
situation, but we are. . . . Bishop Lee is sincere, but I believe sincerely
wrong."

The Rev. John A. M. Guernsey, rector at All Saints' Church in Dale City, one
of the parishes participating in last night's ceremony, said his
parishioners principally were there to proclaim their commitment to Christ.

"This is not about the bishop or church politics," Guernsey said. But he
went on to say that "clearly, the presence of [Carey] standing and
identifying with us in Virginia is a great encouragement to us.

"This is not a protest. But it is a sign of the deep rift in our diocese and
the Episcopal Church over the authority of scripture. . . . There is a great
deal of pain and grief over what has taken place," he said.

Throughout the evening, Carey prayed over those seeking confirmation -- the
oldest in their eighties -- asking God to strengthen them as they made
witness of their faith. His sermon, short and laced with humor, made no
mention of the controversy. Carey said only that he was there at the behest
of his friends Lee and Minns.

Tom Heard, 45, a member of the Falls Church in Falls Church, said he was
there to reaffirm his faith after an absence from the church. He said it was
an accident of timing that Carey was presiding. "I'm not sure how I would
have felt about Lee," he said, adding that he would have consulted with his
parish leaders had Lee been presiding.

Earlier, Carey told reporters his visit might serve as a model for other
dioceses experiencing division over the issue. Lee, who has been a bishop in
Virginia for more than 20 years and now finds himself unwelcome at some
churches, said the divide has been particularly painful for him.

"I think of myself as an orthodox, committed Christian, and a great, vast
majority of our clergy are," Lee said in a telephone interview. "People
differ on the place of gay and lesbian people in our common life. I respect
the differences people hold, but I think they are differences that can be
held together within a common faith."

In February, Virginia Episcopalians voted to set up a year-long
"reconciliation commission" to examine ways of maintaining unity in the face
of deep theological differences over the church's stance on homosexuality.
The vote had wide support -- a sign, many said, that they did not want their
differences to lead to a split.

"I count the clergy as colleagues and friends," Lee said. "This is very much
a family fight. It's like gathering around a family table at Thanksgiving
and squabbling when there are strong differences. But my point is, it's
important to stay at the table and come home for Thanksgiving."

Sunday, September 12, 2004
 
The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Sunday, September 05, 2004
 
The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Friday, September 03, 2004
 
Eames tells of sadness at global divisions


Eames tells of sadness at global divisions


By Alf McCreary


02 September 2004
Feelings are currently running high in the Anglican Church world-wide over
the issues arising out of the appointment of homosexual bishops, according to
the Chairman of the Lambeth Commission Archbishop Robin Eames.

The Commission is meeting at St George's, Windsor next week to draw up its
final report, prior to handing it over to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr
Rowan Williams in October, as scheduled.

Archbishop Eames, before leaving for London to prepare for next week's
meeting, told the Belfast Telegraph today: "This has been the most difficult
and challenging task I have ever been given in my Anglican experience.
Feelings on all sides of the problem are running high.

"The diversity of our world church family is being reflected in the depth of
feeling and the diversity of opinion across the world."

Archbishop Eames said that the Commission had been working under "extreme
pressure" since it was set up by Dr Williams at the end of last year. This
followed the appointment of the actively homosexual Dr Gene Robinson as a
Bishop in New Hampshire, and also the blessings of same-sex unions by the
Anglican Church in Canada.

Already a number of leaders within the 38 Provinces in the world-wide Church
have declared themselves to be alienated or "out of communion" with the
Anglican Churches in the USA and Canada.

Archbishop Eames said: "When people read our suggestions in the report, I
pray that they will be able to see a way forward which is positive and
realistic. Apart from the difficulties we have faced, I am saddened at the
effect these divisions have had on the real work and mission of the Church in
a suffering and bewildered world."

Earlier this week the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Williams expressed his
disappointment at the tone of the debate with its "dismissiveness and rawness
of anger."

He said: "It is not so much that we have disagreements in the Church. It is
more to do with the way those disagreements are conducted."

Dr Williams has already scheduled a meeting of all 38 Anglican Primates in
Northern Ireland next February to discuss the Church's world-wide reactions
to the report of the Commission chaired by Archbishop Eames.


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