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Christian News Network: The barbaric Islamic group ISIS has kidnapped 86 Eritrean refugees from Libya, the majority of whom are believed to be Christians or of other non-Muslim religious beliefs.
Religious Freedom Coalition: Throughout February, members of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East, the Copts, were slaughtered. The Islamic State released a video in mid-February depicting 21 poverty-stricken Coptic Christians being decapitated in Libya, where these men had gone to find work.
Christianity Today: Once again, ISIS has orchestrated and filmed the dramatic mass killing of African Christians who refuse to deny their faith.
CBN: Its terror has spread from Syria and Iraq to Libya and other parts of Africa. The radical ideology that drives ISIS to kidnap, murder and behead people in Iraq and Syria is gaining influence around the world, including America.
Religion News Service (Reuters): A video purportedly made by Islamic State militants and posted on social media sites on Sunday (April 19) appeared to show the shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
Ecumenical News: Pope Francis has thanked the Church in Libya and the ecclesial communities in North Africa for their courage and for being a peaceful presence in an area where freedom of conscience is under threat.
The Daily Beast: Last weekend in Italy, as the threat of ISIS in Libya hit home with a new video addressed to “the nation signed with the blood of the cross” and the warning, “we are south of Rome,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shuttered the Italian embassy in Tripoli and raised his fist with the threat of impending military action.
Crux: “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard,” he said in Spanish and without a script, always a clear sign that a message is personally important to the pontiff.
NPR: Over the weekend a video emerged apparently showing the Libya branch of the self-proclaimed Islamic State beheading 21 men. All but one were confirmed to be Christian laborers from Egypt.
Religion News Service: The gruesome video released by militants from the Islamic State showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya has focused the world’s attention on the plight of Christians there and the government’s ability to respond.
Christianity Today: Over the weekend, a terrorist group with links to the Islamic State (ISIL) released a video, showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. On Monday, Egypt and Libya launched warplanes in an air assault on Darna in eastern Libya, where the group is based.
Aleteia: “Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ Pope Francis said at the conclusion of an audience Monday with the moderator of the Church of Scotland. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.”
The Guardian: Egypt reported that its war planes had struck Isis targets in Libya, shortly after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed revenge for the release by Isis-affiliated militants of a video of a mass killing of Christians.
Religion News Service: Pope Francis on Monday (Feb. 16) denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.”
The Wall Street Journal (Access via Google): Islamic State’s affiliate in Libya has capitalized on the battlefield failures and disillusionment among better-established, more moderate Islamist groups in the country, following the same formula that brought the radical movement success in Syria and Iraq, Western counterterrorism officials said.
National Review: Islamist militia forces seem to have taken control of the airport in the capital of Libya, Tripoli, over the weekend, after weeks of assaults on the city and the airport, while airplanes, likely from Egypt or a Gulf state, are bombing the attackers from the sky.
Charisma: “Church leaders in Libya remain hopeful that Christians in the mostly Muslim country will be allowed to practice their faith, even as the country appears to be moving towards Shariah law.”
Catholic Culture: Attacks on Christians in Libya have increased following NATO military action that helped lead to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the nation from 1969 to 2011.
Reuters: Libya on Thursday released four Egyptian Christians who spent more than a month in jail after being accused of proselytizing, Egypt’s state news agency MENA said.
Boston Globe: Several Egyptian Christians recently released from detention by Libyan militias say they were tortured while in custody, the latest instance of abuse by the state-financed forces who handle security in many Libyan cities.
AP: An Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of having proselytized there has been buried in a subdued ceremony in his hometown in southern Egypt.
Miami Herald: Protesters burned a flag belonging to the Libyan Embassy in Cairo on Monday to protest the death in prison of an Egyptian Christian suspected of proselytizing in Libya.
Middle East Forum: Last week’s news of four Christian missionaries in Libya placed under arrest, possibly facing the death penalty for “proselytizing,” is apparently the tip of the iceberg. Yesterday, Arabic media reported that over 100 Christian Copts from Egypt, who appear to have been living and working in Libya, were recently arrested in Ben Ghazi—also on the accusation, or pretext, of being “Christian missionaries.”
AP: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry says an explosion at an Egyptian Coptic church in Libya’s third largest city, Misrata, has killed two people and wounded two others.
FoxNews (includes video): The anti-Islam film trailer that the White House has repeatedly blamed for sparking unrest in the Middle East had nothing to do with the attack that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, that nation’s president said in a television interview.
Examiner.com: Serbian diplomat, and friend of Christopher Stevens, says State Department knowingly sent gay ambassador to Libya. Arab media says ambassador Stevens was gang raped and then his body was put on display.
Forbes: After a protest at the American embassy in Egypt and the killing of four Americans, including ambassador Christopher Stevens, at the embassy in Libya, fingers were pointed at a bizarre YouTube trailer for a film called “The Innocence of Muslims.”
Reuters: Demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and American warships headed to Libya after the death of the U.S. ambassador there in related violence earlier in the week.
The HIll: A group of House conservatives is calling for foreign aid to Libya and Egypt to be stripped from a six-month federal funding bill set for a vote on Thursday.
Fox News: Protesters angered over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad fired gunshots and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing one American diplomat, witnesses and the State Department said. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
Reuters: The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from a consulate building in Benghazi, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
Sacramento Bee: An estimated 200 heavily armed Islamists destroyed 30 graves at a historic Turkish school in Tripoli’s old city early Wednesday and an unspecified number of other mosques also were attacked, further signs that Libya’s government is facing a major challenge from extremists less than a month after the first elections in this country in 50 years.
Christian Science Monitor: This seeming contradiction in Libya belies Western stereotypes about the incompatibility of Islam and democracy – that a constitutional role for religion in public life can only curtail individual freedoms, especially for women and minorities. That is not how many Muslims think.
Chicago Tribune: The head of Libya’s largest Islamist party refused on Wednesday to concede defeat in its first free election in almost half a century, accusing his main liberal rival of “tricking” voters with disingenuous commitments to Islam.
Boston Globe: Liberal parties held a lead Wednesday in partial results from Libya’s first parliamentary election, on the same day that the head of the interim government stated his country would not be ruled by Islamists.
AP: Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council issued a new law Wednesday that bans parties based on religious principles, the council spokesman said.
Pat B uchanan at Townhall: Undeniably, the soldiers who burned the Qurans blundered. Yet there is no evidence that it was malicious. If vandals desecrate a Bible in America, burning and replacing the holy book would not be regarded a valid excuse for mayhem and murder. If Afghans cannot understand this mistake and have no other way to express their rage than rioting and ranting, “Death to America!” what kind of raw material are we working with in building a Western-style democracy in any foreseeable century?
allAfrica.com: The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled that Italy violated human rights principles by spurning African migrants and asylum-seekers on the high seas, a judgment hailed as historic by Amnesty International.
The Washington Post: Dozens of Libyan imams and other religious leaders have demanded the country’s constitution be based on Islamic Shariah law and have also urged the transitional government to get weapons out of the hands of former rebels.
Middle East Forum: Amid all the debate as to what lies in store for Libya, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Islamism will be the dominant political force in the country. Indeed, this trend should already have been clear in the treatment of David Gerbi, a Libyan Jew residing in Italy who returned to his ancestral homeland in the summer to fight alongside the rebels against Gaddafi. Yet when he tried to rebuild and reopen the abandoned and desolate synagogue in Tripoli, he faced death threats, intimidation and protests, such that he was eventually deported. The National Transitional Council (NTC) dismissed this matter as one of no importance . . .
Flying proudly over the birthplace of Libya’s revolution, the flag of Al Qaeda | Mail Online: The black flag of Al Qaeda was hoisted in Libya yesterday as Nato formally ended its military campaign.
XINHUANET.com: The head of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, refuted the existence of any extreme Islamists inside the NTC, saying Islamic sharia will be the main source of legislation in the new Libya.
AP: The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his intelligence chief for crimes against humanity in the early days of their struggle to cling to power.
AP: House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama’s contention that U.S. forces face no hostilities in Libya, saying the argument doesn’t “pass the straight face test.”
Washington Times: Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.
NY Times: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday sought arrest warrants for Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya, his son and his brother-in-law on charges of orchestrating systematic attacks against civilians that amount to crimes against humanity.
AP: “An international prosecutor said Friday he will seek arrest warrants next week for three top Libyan leaders on charges of murder and persecution during their attempts to crush the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.”
Reuters: “China, with Russia, India, Brazil and other developing countries have condemned the U.S.-led air strikes on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as risky and unwarranted overreaching by the West.”
The Hill: “A senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee escalated his party’s attacks on the Obama’s administration’s military action in Libya, calling the move unconstitutional.”
Reuters: “Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s invitation to hundreds of young women to convert to Islam overshadowed a two-day visit to Italy intended to cement the growing ties between Tripoli and Rome.”
AP: “Although Gadhafi’s jihad declaration late Thursday was widely viewed as a stunt by a leader given to outlandish behavior, the danger was difficult to dismiss in an era of Islamic-Western foment over issues ranging from headdress bans in Europe to faraway Middle East disputes, Iran’s nuclear program and Nordic newspapers’ caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.”
BBC: “A top UN official has condemned as ‘inadmissible’ Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s call for a jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland.”
AFP: “Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said the Swiss referendum banning the building of new minarets was an invitation for Al-Qaeda to launch attacks in Europe, the official news agency JANA reported on Sunday.”