Pope Benedict XVI recalled the "terrible persecution" Armenians suffered under Turkish rule 90 years ago during an audience Monday with an Armenian Catholic patriarch.
Speaking to Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni about the Armenian people over the centuries, the pope singled out the "sufferings which they underwent in the name of the Christian faith in the years of the terrible persecution that went down in history with the sadly meaningful name 'metz yeghern,' the great evil."
Armenians accuse Turks of a genocide of up to 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923. Turks claim the number of deaths is inflated and say the victims were killed in civil unrest.
The country is now facing pressure to fully acknowledge the event as it seeks membership in the European Union.
Benedict did not use the term "genocide" in his official remarks. His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, called the deaths genocide but did not declare any party responsible.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has confirmed that Abdul Rahman will not be executed for converting from Islam to Christianity. That's good news not just for Rahman himself, but also for relations between the West and the Islamic world.
During a telephone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ruled out the possibility of execution and said that Rahman's life was not in danger. Harper announced the news during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday.
"He (Karzai) certainly conveyed to me that we don't have to worry about any such eventual outcome. He had already spoken prior to my call to the attorney-general of Afghanistan about dealing with the situation," Harper told reporters. "President Karzai has assured me that what's alarmed most of us will be worked out quickly," he added.
As you know, the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a $1.35 million libel suit against me because I made the following statements:Huh? Why do I get the feeling he caved in?
* “Let there be no doubt that CAIR is a terrorist supporting front organization that is partially funded by terrorists, and that CAIR wishes nothing more than the implementation of Sharia law in America.”
* CAIR is an “organization founded by Hamas supporters which seeks to overthrow Constitutional government in the United States and replace it with an Islamist theocracy using our own Constitution as protection.”
* “ACAIR reminds our readers that CAIR was started by Hamas members and is supported by terrorist supporting individuals, groups and countries.”
* “Why oppose CAIR? CAIR has proven links to, and was founded by, Islamic terrorists. CAIR is not in the United States to promote the civil rights of Muslims. CAIR is here to make radical Islam the dominant religion in the United States and convert our country into an Islamic theocracy along the lines of Iran. In addition, CAIR has managed, through the adroit manipulation of the popular media, to present itself as the ‘moderate' face of Islam in the United States. CAIR succeeded to the point that the majority of its members are not aware that CAIR actively supports terrorists and terrorist supporting groups and nations. In addition, CAIR receives direct funding from Islamic terrorists supporting countries.”
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I am pleased to report the CAIR lawsuit is over, and has been dismissed, as the parties have reached a mutually agreeable settlement.
I want to thank my attorneys who worked hard on my defense, and all of the others who have stood by me these past two years.
The policies and procedures of Anti-CAIR (ACAIR) have not changed in any way as a result of the CAIR lawsuit settlement. ACAIR, and ACAIR’s founder, Andrew Whitehead, will continue to work to expose and present to interested parties any information regarding CAIR that they feel is of importance.
Ismail Haniyah of Hamas told CBS on March 16th that he hoped to some day sign a peace agreement with Israel. In his CBS interview, Haniyah said that he was "seeking a peace settlement and stability in this region," "looking forward to peace and tranquility in this region," and "seeking American administration to create this missing peace."Each of the three times that he said the word peace in that one sentence he was actually saying "destruction of Israel" but the evil CBS distorted his words.