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These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 13, 2012.
Monday, 13 February 2012
A Musical Interlude: Oriental Swing (Lil Hardin)
Listen here.
Posted on 02/13/2012 7:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 13 February 2012
Congressional Hearings On Baluchistan

From The Times of India:

Feb. 10, 2012

Pak using brutal force in Baluchistan: US lawmakers

WASHINGTON: Accusing Pakistan of using brutal force in Baluchistan, eminent US lawmakers have expressed serious concern over the human rights violations in the restive province.

"Baluchistan deserves our attention because it is a turbulent land marked by human rights violations committed by regimes that are hostile to America's interests and values," Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said at a Congressional hearing.

Rohrabacher is the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which organised the Congressional hearing on Baluchistan.

Stating that Islamabad has refused to concede any legitimacy to Baluch nationalism or to engage the Baluch leadership in serious negotiations, Rohrabacher said:

"Its response has been based on brute force, including extra-judicial killings."

In an apparent reference to the concerns being expressed in Pakistan over the hearing, he said its purpose is to start a national dialogue in the US on the current status in Baluchistan.


"This is not to plot out some sort of conspiracy," he said.

Congressman Ted Poe from Texas said that the current situation in Baluchistan fits into the category of self-determination.

"I'm a great believer in self-determination for people who believe in it as well. Baluchistan, I think, fits that category", he said.

"Somebody over there in Baluchistan has been reading the Declaration of Independence that gives a justification on a moral and legal reason why people can separate themselves from abusive governments," Poe said.

Poe went on to compare Pakistan with Benedict Arnold, an American Revolutionary War General who first fought the war in the Continental Army but later defected to the British Army, and said:

"As far as Pakistan goes, they are the Benedict Arnold in the relationship with the United States. Ten years and USD 20 billion later we're still paying them to not look out after our interests. They persecuted the informant that gave us the information about Osama bin Laden, charged him with treason.

"I mean, how long is it going to take before we get the point? We don't need to continue to give American money to Pakistan at all. Not a dime. And they've proven they don't deserve it and it's not in our national interest," Poe said.

Posted on 02/13/2012 9:26 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 13 February 2012
Qatada banned from the school run: Curb on hate cleric as he is freed today

From the Daily Mail

Hate preacher Abu Qatada will be banned from taking his youngest child to school when he is released from jail today. The Government has won a court ruling preventing him from flaunting his freedom at the school gates while ministers battle to find a way of deporting him.

Under the terms of his release, Qatada must obey a 22-hour curfew, wear an electronic tag and is banned from using the internet and telephone. But, fearful about the prospect of a terror suspect being free to do the school run, the Home Office went to court on Friday to obtain an order to ensure his two hours of freedom each day do not coincide with school opening and closing times.

Concerns were raised after the Mail’s revelations last Tuesday when a judge ruled Qatada must be allowed to walk his youngest son to school. A senior legal source said: ‘There was a hearing on Friday. The court came back and said the Home Office request was fine. Abu Qatada won’t be able to do the school run.

Despite that victory, ministers are prepared for a fresh public backlash today as details emerge of the huge sums that will be spent protecting the extremist. A panic alarm has been installed in his house amid fears that the bailed Muslim cleric, his wife and five children could be attacked by vigilante mobs. Plans have also been drafted to move them to a safe house in an emergency.

Kim Beer, whose son Phil, 22, died in the July 7 terror bombings in London in 2005, said: ‘What gives these people the right to be free?  They don’t care about the rights of the people they want to kill. My life ended the day my son was murdered.’

Robin Simcox, of the Henry Jackson Society, a foreign policy think-tank, said: ‘The situation should have been resolved long ago. ‘Qatada was here illegally on a forged passport and spent a decade encouraging young British Muslims to fight and die in foreign places in the name of religion. The fundamental question is whether the country should be able to decide whether a dangerous man with a litany of terror connections should live here. That we are paying to protect him with police officers is utterly obscene.’

Posted on 02/13/2012 3:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 13 February 2012
Denmark: Muslim women's virginity fix still causing controversy

From the Copenhagen Post

Three years after call for ban, doctors continue to profit by performing ‘virginity restoration’ procedure on young Danish women. Young Danish women with immigrant backgrounds – most of them Muslim – continue to flock to private clinics across the country to have their ‘virginity’ restored for a few thousand kroner.

Several years after the little-known procedure became a topic of political debate, doctors are reporting that demand for hymenoplasty operations has not decreased. Doctors who perform these operations have come under sharp criticism for legitimising the procedure and thereby protecting what critics say is the chauvinism and oppression that underlies the demand that new brides must be verified virgins.

“I don’t have any scruples about helping. The important thing is that these girls have good lives moving forward. You could call it my form of foreign aid,” Dr Christine Felding, who performs 30 to 40 hymenoplasty procedures each year, told Berlingske newspaper.

The procedure involves reconstructing the hymen – the membrane that partially covers the opening to the vagina, and which is presumed to tear and bleed the first time a woman has sexual intercourse. The doctor literally sews bits of the vaginal lining together to narrow the opening. It takes a little over an hour and is done under local anaesthesia. Felding charges 5,000 kroner. Other doctors charge as much as 12,000 kroner.

Felding estimates that three or four women with immigrant backgrounds call her each week asking about the procedure. Most of them, she said, are frightened about what will happen if their fiancés or their families find out that they are not virgins. Women have been known to suffer rejection, public shaming and even violent retribution at the hands of men in their own families if there is a lack of ‘proof’, in the form of a bloody bed sheet, on the wedding night.

Doctors in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium also report that the procedure is highly sought after in Muslim communities.

. . .nurse and social counsellor Kristina Aamand believes that by providing hymenoplasties, doctors are sheltering ignorance and helping a backwards tradition to persist in modern society. “The young women see [a hymenoplasty] as a little thing next to the anxiety they feel. They see it as something they just have to get through. But the fear of being discovered remains, and ten little stitches in the vagina won’t change that,”

Posted on 02/13/2012 4:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 13 February 2012
Douglas Murray on Iran

Here is Douglas Murray speaking at the Cambridge Union Society (with thanks to Richard Rubenstein):

Posted on 02/13/2012 9:50 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 13 February 2012
Daniel Hannan at CPAC 2012

Posted on 02/13/2012 3:22 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 13 February 2012
Did Iran Hit Israeli Embassies in Revenge for Mossad’s Hit on Hezbollah Terrorist Mastermind?

Israeli Embassy Vehicle Bombing, New Delhi, India        The Late Hezbolleh Terrorist Imad Mughniyeh

Yesterday was the 33rd Anniversary of the founding of the Jihadist Islamic republic of Iran. It also was the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hizbullah Terrorist Mastermind Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus.  Mughniyeh was killed by a bomb  placed in his Mitsubishi Pajero SUV after attending a function at the Iranian Embassy. That might explain the dual bombing attempts against Israeli Embassies in New Delhi, India and Tblisi, Georgia resulting in four injuries, today.  Note this Jerusalem Post report,”Attacks target Israeli embassies in Georgia, India”

 A day after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah’s military commander, two seemingly coordinated attacks were launched on Monday against Israeli embassies overseas.

In the first attack, the wife of the Israeli embassy's chief security officer was injured when a bomb exploded in her car in New Delhi, India. The woman succeeded in driving to the Israeli embassy where she was evacuated to a nearby hospital. She was reported to be in moderate condition. Three others were also injured in the attack, according to Reuters.

The woman was named as Tali Yoshua Koren, wife of the Defense Ministry representative to India.

Koren, who also works at the embassy, left Monday afternoon with a driver to pick up her children from school. On her way to the school, the blast occurred. She sustained moderate injuries, mostly to her legs, was evacuated to a nearby hospital and is currently in surgery, suffering mostly from shrapnel injuries.

Two Israeli doctors, coincidentally in New Delhi at the time, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, arrived at the hospital and took charge of her medical care. Defense officials said discussions were taking place about the possibility of evacuating Koren back to Israel.

The current assessment within the Israeli defense establishment was that the bomb was attached to the car by an assassin on a motorbike. It was unclear if the assassin knew that Koren was in the car or thought that her husband, the Defense Ministry representative, was in the car instead.

In the second attack, an embassy staffer in Tbilisi, Georgia discovered a bomb underneath his car as he was driving to the embassy Monday morning. The staffer – a local Georgian national – heard something during the drive, pulled over to the side of the road, noticed the bomb and called local authorities. The bomb was dismantled before exploding.

Israeli security authorities raised the level of alert worldwide following the attacks. Security officials said that it was possible that the attacks were connected to the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh.

Who was Imad Mughniyeh?  This is what we wrote in our Iconoclast post about the covert war against Iran’s nuclear scientists on January 14th:

On February 12, 2008, Hizbullah terrorist mastermind, Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated by a bomb in Damascus as he stepped into his Mitsubishi Pajero SUV after attending an event at the Iranian Embassy commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic. In our 2011 NER report on the aftermath of 9/11 Islamic terrorism we noted:

The presence of Imad Mughniyah, the Hizbullah terror chieftain, assassinated in Damascus in 2008, allegedly by Israel’s Mossad. Mughniyah was involved in the 9/11 planning. Until 9/11 Mughniyah was at the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted terrorist list for his involvement in the planning of the 1983 Marine and French paratrooper barracks and US Embassy attacks in Beirut that killed over 350. Then there was the killing of a US navy diver Robert Stethem in a 1985 skyjacking of a TWA flight, kidnapping of several westerners in Beirut and the torture and murder of CIA station chief, William Buckley.

Israel had its own reasons to take out Mughniyah. He was the organizer of the 1992 Buenos Aries Israeli Embassy bombing that killed 29 injuring more than 242 persons and the bombing in 1994 of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 injuring hundreds. Mughniyah figured prominently in the trial record  of the recent Iran Links case decision in the Southern District Court of Manhattan as the key figure who facilitated transit between Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran for the so-called Hamburg cell of 9/11 perpetrators. Both the CIA and Mossad had compelling motivation to assassinate Mughniyeh. The informed opinion was that it was Mossad who may have accomplished it.

Was Iran's Qod Force behind these bombing attempts?  Probably. The only issue is whether this was done by proxy terrorists or the Qod Force, directly.

Posted on 02/13/2012 4:24 PM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 13 February 2012
Ali Dizaei guilty of corruption at retrial

From The Telegraph

Britain's most controversial police chief, Ali Dizaei, has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of corruption for a second time. Scotland Yard commander Dizaei will never wear police uniform again after being convicted unanimously at his retrial of misconduct and perverting the course of justice.

He was first convicted of framing Waad al-Baghdadi in a street row in 2010 - but he walked out of Leyhill open prison a year later after the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction. Guilty verdicts for a second time mean there is now no way back for Dizaei, who created a web of lies to cover his tracks.

The convictions spell the end of the Iranian officer's career spanning three decades. He won his job back with the Metropolitan Police before the retrial but has been suspended on his full salary of £90,000.

Dizaei previously emerged unscathed from a series of inquiries over the years, including a multimillion-pound undercover operation examining claims of corruption, fraud and dishonesty. But the attempt to frame a man who pestered him for payment over a website exposed him as a violent bully and liar who abused his position.

Dizaei will remain a senior police officer until the bureaucratic formal process of throwing him out of the force can be completed. He will then be sacked for gross misconduct and could face losing all or part of his pension under further measures aimed at punishing corrupt officers.

Born in Tehran in 1962, Dizaei was brought up in a family steeped in policing with a father who headed the traffic police and an assistant commissioner grandfather. He said police work was his destiny and joined Thames Valley Police after attending boarding school and City University Law School. In 1999, Dizaei joined the Metropolitan Police and was promoted to superintendent, based in Kensington, south-west London.

Posted on 02/13/2012 4:23 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 13 February 2012
Why Were They In Libya And What Company Did They Keep?

Many Muslims from LIbya who came here and managed to obtain that wonderful thing, American citizenship, returned to Libya earlier in 2011 to help overturn Qaddafy. It wasn't all disinterested patriotism. There are a number who were not only anti-Qaddafy for the right reasons, but also for the wrong -- that he was a ferociou  enemy of the Muslim Brotherhood, and of all who took Muhammad more to heart than they did the Thoughts of Colonel Qaddafy.  No doubt many of those "Libyan-Americans" (it's not possible to acclimate oneself to that idea, for the first part of the hyphenated adjective does not merely innocently modify, but rather insidiously, because islamically, undercuts in every important way,  the second part) entertained the hope that once Qaddafy was overturned, they as among the victors might share in the oil-bonanza spoils that would now be directed not to Qaddarfy's men, but to the men who opposed Qaddafy's men. That redistribution of the unmerited oil wealth hasn't yet been observed; no doubt some of those Libyan-Americans have grown tired of waiting.  Many have returned to this country without incident, if there is a particular delay in re-admitting these two there is certainly a good reason for it. The FBI is saying nothing.

From AP:
February 13, 2011

2 Libyan-Americans now allowed to return to U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An official from a Muslim civil rights group says two Libyan-Americans from Oregon who were denied re-entry to the United States from Libya will be returning home, although one man's return has been delayed.

Gadeir Abbas, a lawyer for the Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations, says the men have been assured by the U.S. State Department they may return home. Fifty-five-year-old Jamal Tarhuni is expected to arrive Tuesday in Oregon.

Sixty-year-old Mustafa Elogbi plans to depart Sunday from Libya after being ordered to delay his departure for unexplained reasons.

Last month, both were kept from returning to the U.S. They say they were subjected to an overzealous and groundless investigation by the FBI. [CAIR-talk, to be expected and to be dismissed -- when it comes to those who take Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira seriously, there is no such thing as an investigatin that is "groundless," no such thing as one that is "overszealous"]

The FBI in Portland has declined comment, as did the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Posted on 02/13/2012 4:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 13 February 2012
What Most Depresses Elliott Abrams About "Events Connected To The Arab Spring"

"No events connected to the so-called “Arab Spring” have been as depressing as those in Bahrain. The tiny country (only slightly larger than the city of New York) was long viewed as a peaceful and enlightened place, but by the actual Spring of 2011 Bahrain was mired in sectarian divisions, security force violence, and errors and excesses by the government and the opposition, all worsened by the presence of foreign troops from other Gulf Cooperation Council nations. In the end, dozens were killed and communications between the Sunni government and royal family and the Shia majority had broken down. On February 11, this past Saturday, there were more demonstrations and police used tear gas to break some of them up."

                                       --- from a piece on Bahrain at the blog of Elliott Abrams

What do you think?

Are you upset that in Bahrain the Shi'a majority has not obtained power? Does this event depress you more than any other event that took place in what is apparently still called the "Arab Spring"?

Do the events in Bahrain depress you more than the events following upon the "Arab Spring" in Egypt, where the military stratokleptocrats no longer rule alone, but must respond to the power of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists, and where attacks on Copts multifply, with impunity, and where even the tiniest Western efforts to try to help a soi-disant "liberal" opposition (not, in truth, so very liberal when it comes to Israel) are stymied by that army?

Do the events in Bahrain depress you more than the events in Syria, where Elliot Abrams has firmly been urging the Americans to take the right side, which for him means that side wants "democracy" -- undefined, but clearly meaning whoever would win in a merely head-counting election -- that is, the side of those "brave Syrians" who, shouting allahu-akbar, have been given the strong support both of Al-Qaradawi, the sinister mainstream Sunni cleric, and by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, now the head of Al Qaeda?

Do the events in Bahrain depress you more than the events in Tunisia, that country where Islam had been to some degree constrained, thanks to Habib Bourguiba and those who supported him, and thanks to the French influence, and French schooling (including not only in schools but through the C.N.E.D. -- "education a distance" -- of the French Ministry of Education), and the French language, and the proximity of France itself --  all of which helped create and maintain a secular class consisting of "Arabs who wanted to be Europeans" and who are now afraid that all may be lost through the sinister maneuverings of Ennahda and the primitive, and therefore deeply Muslim, masses of both the coastal cities and the hinterland).

Do you sleep badly at night, knowing that somewhere in the Middle East, "democracy" has not yet arrived? Can you stand to think that the Alawites might continue in power in Syria, and the Sunni Muslims be prevented from taking power, and following the script that has been making the rounds, that is: "Christians out, Alawites under the ground"?

If so, then you will be glad that Elliott Abrams is there to give voice to your views.

Posted on 02/13/2012 5:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 13 February 2012
How To Fight Back Against Mohammedan Incursions In The Workplace
 

...ut legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi.

Saint Prosper of Aquitaine1.

So, how does one fight back against Mohammedan incursions into the everyday practices in our workplaces?

Simple!

We can use the Liturgy of the Hours to demand equality with Mohammedans in terms of room space to say our prayers in and time away from our workstations for the prayers we, as Christians, are obligated by the Apostles and strongly and deeply encouraged by the Church to say every single day of our lives.

For those of you either not brought up in the ancient liturgical traditions of Christianity, or not worshipping in that way, let me explain what I mean and outline why I think that you, too, could use this form of fightback without compromising the particular details of your own Christian belief.

The Hours of the Church,usually known as The Liturgy of the Hours2 is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church. It provides prayers, psalms and meditation for every hour of every day. It has existed from the earliest times of Christianity and it exists in order to fulfil our Lord's command to pray without ceasing. Any priest, minister or pastor of almost any branch of Christianity will be able to advise anyone as to how to follow Christ and the Apostles and make use of the Liturgy of the Hours in any time allotted to them for prayer.

The command to pray never endingly has come down to us from Paul of Tarsus and is in his first letter to the Thessalonians in Chapter 5 at Verse 17 (KJV)3:

[. . .]
15: See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16: Rejoice evermore.
17: Pray without ceasing.
18: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19: Quench not the Spirit.
[. . .]

This letter by Paul to the Thessalonicans is, however, far more important than merely being a pastoral letter to a congregation he had founded as the Apostle to the Gentiles, important though such pastoral letters are. This First Epistle to the Thessalonians was actually written and completed in AD52 and it is, therefore, the first written book of the New Testament. As such it is extremely interesting in the lights that it sheds on the practices of the Church in the first few years after Pentecost (KJV: Acts 2:1-6), or the Birthday of the Church as it is known.

From this letter, and other sources, we know that prayer, and praying both night and day, to glorify and worship God was obviously of the utmost importance and took place in all Christian communities. Therefore that activity had to have been approved of by the Apostles who in turn must have believed it to be the correct thing to do because of their intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ.

However, apart from that we know that the first Christians continued with the Jewish practice of praying at given and known hours of the day or night. It is of note that one can find expressions like "in the morning I offer you my prayer"; "At midnight I will rise and thank you" ; "Evening, morning and at noon I will cry and lament"; "Seven times a day I praise you" in the Psalms.

We also know for definite that the Apostles observed the Jewish custom of praying at the third, sixth and ninth hour and at midnight and certainly at other set times, (KJV: Acts 10:3, 9; 16:25; and other references). The Christian prayer hours of that time we know consisted of almost the same elements as the Jewish: the recital, or chanting, of psalms, readings from the Old Testament, to which were very soon added readings of the Gospels, Acts, and Epistles, and canticles such as the Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Other elements were added later, but the basic form of the Liturgy of the Hours remains exactly as the very earliest Christians and the Apostles, would have known it.

So, what, exactly and precisely, are the 'Hours'?

Traditionally the Hours for the laity4 are:

  • Matins which is usually observed with Lauds (dawn prayer) at dawn or, much more usually, on waking,

  • Prime (early morning prayer) which is usually said half way between Matins with Lauds, and Terce,

  • Terce (mid-morning prayer) which is usually said around about 9:00am, though most workers delay this until morning tea (coffee) break,

  • Sext (midday prayer) which is usually said by workers at their lunch break,

  • None (mid-afternoon prayer) which is usually performed at around 3:00pm, though most workers delay this until their afternoon beverage break,

  • Vespers (evening prayer) usually at around 6:00pm, or “at the lighting of the lamps” (as the Orthodox Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified phrases it),

  • Compline (night prayer) said at around 9:00pm or before retiring for the night.

Although the Hours for the laity above are traditional and in use in almost all the Western Churches and the Breviary promulgated by Pope John XXIII is still in use, as are all the older Breviaries, Prayer Books and Service Books which contain the Hours from the other denominations of Christianity, a few of the congregations of some Churches in the West have changed the Hours just a little by following the new Roman Breviary promulgated by Pope Paul VI after Vatican II which gives the Hours as follows:

  • The Officium lectionis or the Office of Readings (formerly Matins), now a Major Hour,

  • Lauds, or Morning prayer, also a Major Hour,

  • Daytime prayer which can be one or all of

    • Terce (mid-morning prayer) now a Minor Hour

    • Sext (midday prayer) also a Minor Hour

    • None (mid-afternoon prayer) a Minor Hour,

  • Vespers (evening prayer) a Major Hour,

  • Compline (night prayer) a Major Hour.

The Hour of Prime has vanished from this list which has led to the general feeling that the list is not altogether right for the existence of Prime right from the beginning of Christianity is copiously evidenced. The division of the Hours into Major and Minor Hours is also not universally liked and is seen as only having little historical and spiritual validity. However, which list of the Hours that one chooses to use must be an individual choice.

To sum up – if you are working when the times I give below occur then you will need not only a quiet place to pray but also prayer breaks at these times:

  • Midnight for Matins (nocturnal prayer for the coming of morning)

  • 3:00am for Lauds (dawn prayer)

  • 6:00am for Prime (early morning prayer)

  • Between 9:00am and 10:00am for Terce (mid-morning prayer)

  • Midday for Sext (midday prayer)

  • Around 3:00pm for None (mid-afternoon prayer)

  • About 6:00pm for Vespers (evening prayer)

  • Approximately 9:00pm for Compline (night prayer).

If you only work during the day then see the first bulleted list of the Hours (above).

Worldwide, tens of millions, possibly hundreds of millions (the exact figure is hard to ascertain5), of we Christians already say the Hours quietly to ourselves at our workstations or in our breaks and we should continue to do that rather than disrupt our workplaces unless the Mohammedans who work in the same places demand special treatment. If that happens then we must, we really must, stand up and demand equality for our Christian spiritual practices and that equality must be exactly whatever the Mohammedans get we also get. If it's a dedicated, Mohammedans only, prayer room then we get a chapel. If it's paid time off for prayer then we get the same. If it's clock off and back on for prayer time then we get that too. If we have to share a prayer space with the Mohammedans (and that is an extremely unreasonable request for an employer to make) then our Christian needs must take precedence over their devil-worshipping desires.

Now, the actual prayers that are said by the tens of millions of us who already observe the Hours in our own quiet ways can be found in many places. If you are a Roman Catholic the Liturgy of the Hours is contained within the Roman Breviary and any priest should be able to advise you on how best to pray the Hours in any time allotted to you by your employer6. If you are Orthodox, or an Eastern Catholic, then the fixed prayers for the Hours can be found in the Great Horologion and, again, any priest should be able to advise you as to how to pray the Hours in any time given to you for that purpose6.

If you belong to the Anglican (Episcopalian) communion then the Liturgy of the Hours can be found in your Book of Common Prayer as well as in the Anglican Breviary and, as with the Orthodox and Catholic, any priest will be able to advise you on how to use the prayers in any time made available to you6. If you follow the Lutheran tradition then the Hours are also in whatever liturgical books have been authorised for use by your synod (for example the 'Lutheran Service Book', 'Evangelical Lutheran Worship', or 'Lutheran Worship') and, as with the other denominations already mentioned, any priest, minister, or pastor will be able to instruct you as to how to use the prayers of the Hours in any time you may be given to do so6.

If you don't happen to worship within one of the great and ancient liturgical traditions of the Church then you may be unfamiliar with the structured and ancient liturgical idea of worship as the sacrifice of praise which is embodied within the praying of the Hours (for both Christians and Jews, incidentally). Please don't let that put you off if the need for action arises in your workplace. Liaise with the other Christians there many of whom will know about the Liturgy of the Hours – and some will already be praying the Hours privately – then go and talk to a minister or pastor of your own denomination and seek his or her advice. If he, or she, is truly a Christian with knowledge of the Bible and of the very earliest days of the Church and the prayer routines of the Apostles and has liturgical knowledge too then, I have no doubt, you will be guided by him, or her, as to how you can take part in the praying of the Hours, and thereby support your fellow Christians everywhere against the incursion of Mohammedanism, without compromising your own particular beliefs.

If anyone who reads this post finds him or her self in a such a position as to need to take the action I have outlined herein and campaign for equal prayer rights in the workplace with Mohammedans and would like further information then please feel free to email me here at NER. I'll do my very best to help with any query you send to me and to support you in any way that I practically can.

To conclude – we, as laity, are strongly obliged and encouraged by the Church to pray the Hours, but the Apostles command us to do so as part of the necessity placed on all Christians to pray ceaselessly. Our lives should be part of the prayer and the other part should be actual prayer. There is, surely, no better way to give the lie to the evil of Mohammedanism and its never ending propaganda war against us than by actually living in God and praying the Hours for all to see and take part in, when such is made necessary by the vile antics of the devil worshipping Mohammedans.

Footnotes:

  1. 'Let the rule for prayer determine the rule of belief' or lex orandi, lex credendi. Either way, it means 'the rule of prayer is the rule of faith'. Saint Prosper of Aquitaine (circa AD390 to c. AD463); not to be confused with Lex credendi legem statuat supplicandi – 'let the rule of belief determine the rule of prayer'.

  2. Other names for the Liturgy of the Hours within the Western Church or Latin Rite include the Divine Office, the Diurnal and Nocturnal Office, the Ecclesiastical Office, Cursus ecclesiasticus, or simply cursus.

  3. Paul of Tarsus probably wrote this letter from Corinth in Greece, but writings added to this work in many early manuscripts (in the Codices Alexandrinus, Mosquensis, and Angelicus amongst others) contend that Paul wrote it in Athens after Timothy had returned from Macedonia with news of the state of the Church in Thessalonica: Acts 18:1-5; 1 Thessalonians. 3:6 (KJV). Mostly the letter has a very personal tone and it's only in the last couple of chapters that Paul talks about faith, prayer, belief and doctrine. It seems that Paul's main idea in writing this letter to the faithful in Thessalonica was to encourage and reassure them. Paul counsels them to go on as normal and peacefully while waiting hopefully for Christ's coming in glory.

  4. The Hours for priests, monks, nuns and the other religious are nearly the same but sometimes take place at different times of the day depending on the constitution of the Order in question.

  5. Everywhere I go, all over the world, I find groups of people, usually, but by no means invariably, Anglican, Catholic or Orthodox, praying the Hours. On my last trip to the USA I was privileged to join with three members of staff and two guests at my hotel for some of the Hours all of whom were of Protestant denominations that normally I never come into contact with, which, as I learnt, is my loss. On a recent trip that took in many different countries I encountered many hundreds of people who all prayed the Hours as often as they could and I enjoyed joining in with both Orthodox and Eastern Catholic people in the praying of the Hours in many strange places including late at night with workers waiting for a train in a railway shed in Belarus, with a Russian Orthodox group of fishermen in an ornate wooden house in the southern forest of Siberia, with a congregation in an Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan and with a group of workmen, mainly Lutherans, in a partly-built road tunnel in southern Germany. We Christians who follow the Liturgy of the Hours are everywhere and we pray the Hours to glorify God wherever and whenever we can.

  6. The various prayer books and service books from our many Christian denominations can often be found online by using a search engine of your choice. For example, the Church of England Book of Common Prayer can be found here and the Roman Breviary for Catholics can be found at this site (a Breviary with the Hours in Latin can be found here). Any priest, minister, or pastor of your particular denomination ought to be able to point you at the relevant book online. I've also found three Horologions online which may be of use to the Orthodox and they are here, here and here.

Posted on 02/13/2012 8:04 PM by John M. Joyce

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