Lots of eating, merriment and snow.
Almost too much snow.
The Spies Who Resented Me:
Christians said over 100 members of the Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) home church were forced to flee the mob during the December 12 incident in the village of Rancaekek Wetan, details of which just emerged.
Local police chief Hendro Pandowo reportedly acknowledged that the situation in the village was tense.
He said the Christians did not have a permit to use houses as places of worship, but added that Muslims obtained a permit to hold the protest. ”If the place was legally designated as a church, we’d provide security protection. Otherwise, we can’t do much as it’s against the law,” he told reporters.
The Christians argue that they are forced to hold services inside their homes because local authorities have refused or ignored a number of requests to approve a place of worship for them.
They have appealed to President Yudhoyono for protection after the congregation was attacked several times, said advocacy group Barnabas Fund, which investigates the incident.
In September, one of the church’s leaders was reportedly stabbed. “A number of other churches in Indonesia have also been subject to threats or actual violence. In December alone, explosive devices were found at four Christian buildings; only two of these detonated,” added Barnabas Fund.
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Christians comprise roughly 9 percent of the country’s 243 million people, according to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Just so we're clear: innocent Muslim
In the Philippines and Nigeria:
A bomb in a church during Christmas mass in the southern Philippines wounded six people, including the priest, even as Christian leaders highlighted the plight of believers facing the threat of attacks around the world.
Military officials would not immediately name any suspects in the blast on Jolo island, but the island is a known bastion of the Abu Sayyaf, a group linked to the Al Qaeda network....
In the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, suspected Islamist sect gunmen attacked a church during Christmas Eve services but were fought off by soldiers, a military spokesman said....
Just so we're clear: scantily-clad white American Christian Jews, under orders from Jabba the Hut, are responsible for these attacks. The Lutherans are responsible, as well.
Mental health issues, one step at a time:
A Palestinian caught trying to infiltrate a settlement Wednesday night claims he was sent by his family members, who had hoped he would be killed by soldiers during the infiltration.
But he was caught by Israeli soldiers before he could do damage so they didn't have to defensively shoot and kill. But why, in addition to proudly claiming a "holy martyr" in the family, did his Arab/Muslim parents deliberately choose this son for this "holy suicide terrorist mission?" Was the son especially brave? Religious? Full of hate towards Israelis? Maybe all of these but the basic answer is even more chilling.
According to the investigation into the incident, the boy was behaving in a strange manner and the soldiers originally thought that he was drunk. Later on in the investigation, it was clarified that he was actually suffering from a mental illness.
The boy told investigators that his family wanted him dead. He said they threatened him at gunpoint, forcing him to walk towards the settlement with the hope that soldiers would think he was trying to infiltrate and would shoot him.
Further investigation confirmed his story; he is mentally ill.
Just so we're clear: this young man, angered by the proliferation of scantily-clad white American Christian Jews, decided to blow himself, which, as well know, is a perfectly reasonable response to offending stimulus. Those lousy soldiers stopped him and he will, no doubt, probably be fed pharmaceuticals or receive therapy or some dreadful thing like that!
What has this world come to?!
This was said before in a better and more truthful way:
"The American, British and Zionist regimes are the three sides of the evil triangle of warmongering and terrorism in the world," Vahidi said, addressing senior military and law enforcement commanders in Iran's Northern province of Alborz today.
And now, pretty snowflakes.