Christian fundamentalists ban women from seeing football World Cup


Dutch, Brazilian female football fans, ANP photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Women not welcome at Spain vs. The Netherlands football match

That is the first match of the Dutch national team at the World Cup tournament in Brazil; on 13 June.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

As a woman, you would like to watch with your husband the first match of the Dutch team [in Brazil]? That will not work in Veenendaal. At least, not if you were planning to see it in the big sports hall, local broadcasters RTV Utrecht report.

The organization of the event, the Christian ManUnited, has deliberately chosen to exclude women. ManUnited is exclusively for men. The organization was looking for an event where many men can get together. The World Cup matches are such a perfect opportunity.

A total of 1500 men can watch the game against Spain in the sports hall, on the big screen. The organization hopes that especially fathers with sons will attend the event.

I hope that many fathers and sons, along with women, will speak out against this sexism against mothers and daughters.

Besides these sexist religious fundamentalists, there are also ultra-fundamentalists, who say that watching TV is satanic. And ultra-fundamentalists, who say that football is satanic. Sarcastically, one might say that these ultra-fundamentalists, though sexist in many other ways, at least don’t discriminate against women in this; as they want to ban both men and women from seeing the football World Cup.

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US religious fundamentalists, Dutch nazis against Nelson Mandela


This video says about itself:

Nelson Mandela first interview 1961

Nelson Mandela‘s first interview in 1961 for ITN … . A young Mandela flushes out his strategy for reclaiming fundamental rights for black South Africans from his hideout before his arrest.

Nelson Mandela died. Billions of people all over the world sincerely mourn and honour this freedom fighter.

However, a minority of the tears now is not so sincere. Like in the case of British Conservatives who used to call Nelson Mandela a “terrorist”, and to call for him to be hanged, while he was alive. Or in the case of the Spanish conservative ruling party, which used to prefer dictator Franco to Mandela while Mandela was alive, but who now shed crocodile tears as well.

On the extreme Right side of the political spectrum, some show their anti-Mandela bigotry even now.

The Westboro Baptist Church in the USA is infamous for its homophobia and its anti-Semitism.

Now, they are planning to disrupt the ex-president of South Africa’s funeral with an anti-Mandela protest. They say they thank God for killing Mandela. They claim that is because Nelson Mandela divorced and remarried. Extremely probably, they hate Mandela too for abolishing the anti-LGBTQ laws of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Plus they will hate Mandela for the usual far Right “reasons”, for supposedly being a “communist terrorist” etc.

We, the Baptist Convention of South Africa, as represented by its leadership, have noted with utmost disdain the insensitive, unbaptistic and unchristian statements issued by the Westboro Baptist Church in USA, about out former President, Dr Nelson Mandela: here.

Dutch neo-nazi party Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU) on 6 December 2013 put an article on their Facebook page (no, I will not link to them) by Geert Wilders admirer Joost Niemoller. The article claims that Mandela changed a South Africa where things supposedly went well under the Apartheid regime, to a “hell on earth”.

Constant Kusters, Nederlandse Volksunie fuehrer, proposes in the election platforms of his party for the 2014 Dutch local elections, to remove the name Nelson Mandela from streets, bridges etc. named after the South African freedom fighter in various towns in the Netherlands.

The NVU was founded in 1971, “with as key purpose to rehabilitate convicted WW-II war [nazi] criminals“, as Wikipedia says.

Soon after that, a Dutch football club played a European cup match in a big stadium in Portugal. The dictatorship in Portugal then waged bloody colonial wars in Angola and its other colonies. In Angola, Africans had to work on Portuguese coffee plantations in conditions very akin to slavery. In the Netherlands and other countries, anti-racists and anti-colonialists campaigned for a boycott of coffee from these plantations in Angola.

During the football match, millions of TV spectators saw big signs, saying in Dutch: “Importeer en drink Angola koffie” [Import and drink coffee from Angola]. The Portuguese regime had put these signs around the football pitch; tipped off to do so by their Nederlandse Volksunie sympathizers.

Present NVU fuehrer Constant Kusters was still a non-political toddler when this happened. However, he is continuing his party’s racist policies on southern Africa which date from the NVU’s earliest days.

Al Sharpton Rips Historical US Policy Towards Nelson Mandela: here.

12 Mandela Quotes That Won’t Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries: here.

World leaders continued to heap praise on anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela over the weekend. But it was at grass-roots level that true affection for the revolutionary leader was being expressed: here.

Latin American solidarity activists paid heartfelt tributes to South African liberator Nelson Mandela at the weekend: here.

Fred Phelps dies: here.

Dutch religious fundamentalists stop Halloween


This video is called The Haunted History Of Halloween.

Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad reports that party centre De Kooi in Bunschoten has canceled a Halloween party which they had planned. This is because local Christian fundamentalists opposed this; after elsewhere in the Netherlands Halloween activities had already been banned by ultra-Christian politicians.

In the Dutch TV show Vandaag de Dag this morning, Bunschoten religious fundamentalists called Halloween “a satanic festival”. “I curse that festival”. “It will not happen”.

A historian of folklore explained in that show that historically, Halloween, far from being devil worship, is about driving away devils.

Some Bahraini MPs want to ban Halloween and are demanding action against a government ministry for allegedly organising an event last Thursday: here.

Libyan fundamentalists kill US ambassador


This is a video of an armed Ansar al Sharia demonstration in Benghazi, Libya, in June this year. It was deleted by YouTube.

Here is another video about that subject, still on YouTube.

From ABC News in the USA:

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens Killed in Consulate Attack in Benghazi

By DEAN SCHABNER, ENJOLI FRANCIS and ANTHONY CASTELLANO

Sept. 12, 2012

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya has died as Libyan militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Stevens, 52, was killed on Tuesday as 20 gun-wielding attackers stormed the U.S. consulate, angry about an American made film that depicts Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and womanizer.

Nearly a dozen Americans were inside the consulate at the time, guarded only by Libyan security. For nearly 20 minutes the Libyan guards exchanged fire with the attackers, who hurled a firebomb inside.

The militants burned down at least one building in the attack. It remains unclear whether Ambassador Stevens was killed by smoke inhalation or in a car trying to escape which may have been hit by a mortar. Another American was killed from smoke inhalation. Two more individuals who worked with the Americans, possibly guards who were trying to get Stevens out of the area, were also killed.

Stevens, who was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and served two tours of duty in Libya, was nominated by President Obama to be ambassador to Libya early this year. His term of appointment as ambassador to Libya began on May 22.

The U.S. is now evacuating all Americans working with the state department from Benghazi, and the U.S. is also bracing for more attacks in the Middle East, considering this an extremely dangerous situation in the region right now. …

The group that attacked the consulate is called Ansar al Sharia, according to Libyan sources. The group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but did not mention the movie as motivation. The group is close to al Qaeda ideology and exists in east Libya.

These armed al Qaeda-ish gangs were the allies of NATO during its bloody war in Libya. That war replaced the dictatorship of Colonel Gadaffi with the dictatorship of NATO, with the dictatorship of multinational oil corporations, with the dictatorship of anti-women interpretations of sharia law, with the dictatorship of anti-black people racist murder.

Will the USA now retaliate for the murder of its diplomats with “humanitarian” bombing in Libya? Hardly. They already did that to create this “new” Libya last year. And those al Qaeda-ish gangs are, right now, also the allies of the CIA and the Pentagon in the bloody war in Syria.

From 1979 on, the United States government supported violent Islamist fundamentalism in Afghanistan, to fight “atheist communism”. To fight that “atheism”, they helped to create groups like al Qaeda and the Taliban. The “blowback” came later, on 9/11 2001.

Now, in Libya, the “blowback” comes really soon after the NATO “liberation”.

According to The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and Egyptian media, the movie is called “Mohammed, Prophet of the Muslims” and has been promoted by Terry Jones, the controversial Florida preacher whose Koran burning in March 2010 led to the deadly violence in Afghanistan.

See also here.

Washington’s plans for oil-rich Libya have been thrown into disarray after the assassination of its ambassador and several other embassy staff: here.

Right-wing extremism at heart of Libya envoy slaying: here.

US religious Rightist Robertson advocates wife-beating


This video from the USA says about itself:

Pat Robertson laments that it isn’t legal to beat your wife in America, advises viewer to move to Saudi Arabia.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Pat Robertson, Televangelist, Encourages Man To Become Muslim So He Can Beat His Wife

09/11/2012 6:30 am

Once again, Pat Robertson has said something ridiculously offensive and cruel.

Past targets have included gays, feminists and pagans, atheists, people with Alzheimer’s, adoptive parents, Haitians and people who don’t pray enough. This time, the televangelist focused his ire on wives who fail to properly obey their husbands.

On Monday’s broadcast of Robertson’s television show “The 700 Club,” he answered a question from a viewer named Michael about how to repair his marriage to a woman who “has no respect for me as the head of the house.”

Robertson’s response: “Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her.”

Bizarrely, this comment elicited laughter from Robertson’s co-host, Terry Meeuwsen.

Unfortunately, Robertson didn’t stop there.

“I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done to make her.”

He also called the woman a “rebellious child” who doesn’t want to “submit to any authority.” However, since the Scripture doesn’t allow for divorce, Robertson urged the husband to “move to Saudi Arabia,” where, ostensibly, beating the woman would be permissible.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE.

According to Right Wing Watch, the very same clip was edited when posted on the Christian Broadcast Network’s website in order to remove the offensive rhetoric.

And if you’re tempted to write off Robertson as just a fringe character, know this: He spent last weekend hanging out with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, NBC News reported.

For more outrageous Robertson quotes, check out the slideshow below here.

Pat Robertson: Muslims ‘go crazy’ because they have the spirit of a ‘wild donkey’: here.

US Christian fundamentalist self-mutilation


This video is called Self Injury Awareness.

From World Science, about the USA:

Gospel of Matthew linked to bizarre trail of self-mutilations

June 13, 2012
Special to World Science

It hap­pens only spo­rad­ic­ally—a bit more than eve­ry three years on av­er­age, judg­ing by pub­lished med­i­cal re­ports—but that makes it no less dis­turb­ing each time for hos­pi­tal staff faced with the situa­t­ion.

“It” may be de­scribed by cit­ing the most re­cent ex­am­ple, re­ported in a med­i­cal jour­nal last month: that of a 62-year-old man whom physi­cians dubbed Mr. P to pro­tect his pri­va­cy. Mr. P showed up at the emer­gen­cy room of St. Joseph’s Hos­pi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Phoe­nix, Ariz., com­plain­ing of a case of “Mat­thew 19:12.” Asked to clar­i­fy, he just kept re­peat­ing the same thing: Mat­thew 19:12.

The nurse on du­ty searched the In­ter­net for Mat­thew 19:12. The re­sult was, to put it mild­ly, wor­ri­some. The Bib­li­cal verse, as she learn­ed, reads as fol­lows.

“For there are some eu­nuchs, which were so born from their moth­er’s womb; and there are some eu­nuchs, which were made eu­nuchs of men; and there be eu­nuchs, which have made them­selves eu­nuchs for the king­dom of heav­en’s sa­ke. He that is able to re­ceive it, let him re­ceive it.”

As it quickly be­came clear, Mr. P had made this hos­pi­tal vis­it un­ac­com­pa­nied by his pe­nis. That, he ex­plained, he had flushed down the toi­let three days ago af­ter sev­er­ing it with a pock­et knife. His tes­ti­cles were al­so ab­sen­t—re­moved four years ear­li­er at Mr. P’s re­quest by a doc­tor in Mex­i­co.

Al­though his speech and thoughts ap­peared mud­dled, Mr. P did state that he had “done this be­cause his pe­nis had caused him to sin and as an eu­nuch he could be clos­er to God as de­scribed in Mat­thew 19:12,” three re­search­ers af­fil­i­at­ed with St. Joseph’s wrote in a re­port de­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent. Mr. P al­so claimed to have pon­dered the de­ci­sion for months be­fore act­ing.

Mr. P. re­ceived ur­gent med­i­cal treat­ment at St. Joseph’s, in­clud­ing a skin graft on­to the stump. He was then con­fined to a lo­cal psy­chi­at­ric hos­pi­tal by court or­der, leav­ing lit­tle but ques­tions be­hind.

The three in­ves­ti­ga­tors pro­ceeded to search an on­line med­i­cal lit­er­a­ture database, PubMed, for oth­er cases of this na­ture. They dis­cov­ered that the Bi­ble—in­deed, the Gos­pel of Mat­thew spe­cif­ic­ally—has left a trail of self-mutila­t­ions in­spired largely by four of its verses.

The bloody toll list­ed in case re­ports dat­ing back to 1967—PubMed does­n’t go back much fur­ther—in­cluded three par­tially or fully am­pu­tat­ed pe­nises; four pairs of cas­trat­ed tes­ti­cles; three am­pu­tat­ed hands and 11 se­verely dam­aged eye­balls. Saws, cir­cu­lar saws, screw­drivers and pen­cils were among the tools used for the hor­ri­fy­ing pro­ce­dures, al­though sev­er­al pa­tients put out their eyes with their fin­gers alone.

“Our lit­er­a­ture re­view re­vealed 16 pa­tients in ad­di­tion to [Mr. P] who had in­jured them­selves in con­nec­tion with spe­cif­ic re­li­gious tex­t,” the re­search­ers wrote. Their re­view of the cases is pub­lished in the May 29 on­line is­sue of the re­search jour­nal Psy­cho­so­mat­ics.

Matthew 19:12

For there are some eu­nuchs, which were so born from their moth­er’s womb; and there are some eu­nuchs, which were made eu­nuchs of men; and there be eu­nuchs, which have made them­selves eu­nuchs for the king­dom of heav­en’s sa­ke. He that is able to re­ceive it, let him re­ceive it.

Mat­thew 18:8
Where­fore if thy hand or thy foot of­fend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is bet­ter for thee to en­ter in­to life halt or maimed, rath­er than hav­ing two hands or two feet to be cast in­to ev­er­last­ing fire.

Mat­thew 5:30
And if thy right hand of­fend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profita­ble for thee that one of thy mem­bers should per­ish, and not that thy whole body should be cast in­to hell.

Mat­thew 5:29
But if thy right eye of­fend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profita­ble for thee that one of thy mem­bers should per­ish, and not that thy whole body should be cast in­to hell.

British nazis invite US fundamentalist preacher


This video from the USA is called BURN A QURAN (A Terry Jones/Fred Phelps MOCK Ad by DC Douglas).

From British daily The Guardian:

Theresa May pressed to halt visit by anti-Muslim US preacher

Pastor who threatened to burn Qur’an plans to address far-right English Defence League in February

* Toby Helm and Mark Townsend
* Saturday 11 December 2010 21.30 GMT

Home secretary Theresa May is under intense pressure to ban controversial anti-Muslim preacher Terry Jones from Britain after far-right activists said he had agreed to address them at a demonstration about “the evils of Islam”.

The English Defence League (EDL) said it was “proud to announce” that the US pastor, who caused outrage with plans to burn the Qur’an on this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, would be attending the event in Luton in early February. Jones confirmed that he would be arriving in the UK. The pastor’s website said he intended to visit the EDL’s “biggest demonstration to date” in February. The website stated: “During the protest, Dr Terry Jones will speak against the evils and destructiveness of Islam in support of the continued fight against the Islamification of England and Europe.”

President Barack Obama warned in September that Jones’s planned Qur’an burnings would be a “recruitment bonanza” for al-Qaida and the US state department said it would put the country’s citizens at risk across the world.

Tonight the British anti-extremist campaign, Hope Not Hate, launched its own petition urging May to ban Jones from Britain, while MPs demanded immediate action from the home secretary. Hope Not Hate’s campaign co-ordinator, Nick Lowles, said: “Pastor Jones’s presence in Luton will be incendiary and highly dangerous. He will attract and encourage thousands of English Defence League supporters to take to the streets of Luton.

“Like the EDL, Pastor Jones indiscriminately targets all Muslims and their actions can only lead to increased tensions and racism in our communities. His appearance will rightly cause concern and fear among Muslims across the country.”

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham, said he would table an urgent parliamentary motion tomorrow demanding that the pastor be banned from coming into the country.

“We have seen how Pastor Jones, with a very small congregation in Florida, created a firestorm by urging the Qur’an to be burned,” Cruddas said. “We should not allow racial hatred to be whipped up in this manner in our country.”

The EDL announced Jones’s planned visit on its Facebook site today, saying he would attend “our biggest demo to date” and describing it as “the big one”. There are fears that copies of the Qur’an could be burned by extremists.

The last time the EDL marched in Luton, 250 of their supporters went on the rampage through an Asian area of the town. Shop windows were smashed, cars overturned and a number of people were attacked. Thirty-five people were arrested as a result of the violence. Eleven people were arrested yesterday as 500 EDL supporters marched in Peterborough.

“The EDL march in February has the potential to be far worse,” Lowles said. “Only extremists will benefit from his visit and, as we know, extremism breeds hatred and hatred breeds violence. Pastor Jones, a preacher of hate, must be stopped from entering the UK.” …

Jones is a Pentecostalist who bases his theology on the literal text of the Bible. He runs the Florida-based Dove World Outreach Centre, which objects to Islam because it “teaches that Jesus is not the son of God, therefore taking away the saving power of Jesus and leading people straight to Hell”.

‘Burn a Koran Day’ Pastor Plans New Desecration of Islamic Holy Book: here.

Terry Jones, Quran-Burning Pastor, Hangs Barack Obama Effigy Outside Florida Church (PHOTO): here.

This is video from Britain about the racist organization EDL.

The EDL and its US nutcase pet rabbi: here.

Britain: Tory mayor faces calls to resign after claiming Hitler had the ‘right idea’ about travellers: here.

NATO kills Afghan anti-‘Reverend’ Jones protester


This video is called Afghanistan Sept. 2009 A German War Crime.

From Reuters:

One shot dead in Koran protest in A[f]ghan north

10 Sep 2010 09:26:40 GMT

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Sept 10 – One man was shot dead when protesters, angry over plans by a U.S. pastor to burn copies of the Koran, attacked a NATO base in Afghanistan‘s north on Friday, a provincial government spokesman said.

A crowd, estimated at 10,000 by a spokesman for the Badakhshan province governor, had earlier poured into the streets after special Eid prayers. Some later hurled stones at a NATO base run by Germans and a protester was shot when troops inside opened fire, spokesman Amin Sohail said.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said ISAF was aware of protests in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, and were investigating.

(Reporting by Ahmad Elham and Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Paul Tait and Nick Macfie)

In corporate media, you hear a lot about free speech for the “Reverend” Terry Jones and other anti-Muslim bigots. You hear a lot less about free speech for Afghan and other Muslims. I am not aware of NATO killing any anti-Muslim bigot anywhere. It seems that Afghan lives are a lot cheaper to NATO.

Quran burning plan fuels protests: Thousands stage demonstrations across Afghanistan, as US pastor announces Quran: here.

Thousands of Afghan citizens have rallied across Afghanistan to demand the withdrawal of all occupation troops and condemn an US church’s plan to burn the Koran: here. And here.

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report: here.

The corporate-controlled US media has maintained a virtual blackout on Pentagon documents released Wednesday that reveal grisly atrocities by American soldiers in Afghanistan, including murdering civilians and cutting off their fingers as trophies: here.

Afghanistan election problems will take years to fix, says watchdog: here.

Occupying powers should split up Afghanistan along ethnic lines and leave the south to the Taliban, a former US national security adviser has declared: here.

The Afghan government rejected on Monday Nato assertions that an air strike on a convoy in Takhar province killed a “top insurgent,” saying that the victims included a candidate in next weekend’s parliament elections and his civilian aides: here.

It was 1am and 64-year old Mohammed Akram was playing chess with a family friend when 30 soldiers came crashing through the door of his Kabul apartment: here.

The US Department of Defense is seeking to buy and destroy all 10,000 copies of a book written by a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer about his experiences in Afghanistan: here.

A 9/11 New Yorker reflects: The only people who can desecrate Ground Zero–& America–are the Islamophobes: here.

The far Right in the USA: here. And here. And here.

Tea Party: These are People Who Were Wearing Sheets Over their Heads 25 Years Ago: here.

Over at the Huffington Post, a new survey from the Democratic-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling is featured, which found that more Republicans support constructing a strip club than a mosque near Ground Zero: here.

Blog post from Mehdi Hasan: “Crazy Republicans prefer strip clubs to mosques”: here.