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Gosh! Already we've reached Week Nine in the NER Kalendar1. It feels as if it were just yesterday that we were celebrating the Church's New Year (Advent), Christmas and the secular New Year. Even if one isn't a Christian I'm sure that those mid-winter celebrations enliven the gloomy days of winter -- excepting, of course, for the humourless, vile and offensive Mohammedans who just cannot accept that other people are allowed to think, believe, act and party differently from them. Wherever one finds people who are not Mohammedan but who are ruled by Mohammedans there you will find people who suffer from the most egregious persecution.

The situation is so bad, particularly for Christians but by no means excluding those of other faiths or no faith, that even that nauseating and often grossly inaccurate publication that goes by the name of The Huffington Post finally had to admit that Mohammedans were responsible for most of the terrible persecution that goes on on this world, despite the HuffPo always having tried to paint the Mohammedans as the persecuted ones. However, even in the article behind this link, which is a reasonable summary of some of what Christians and others have to suffer, Kelly James Clark cannot resist reminding his readers, in his first paragraph, about the downright distortions of fact that he has, and others at the HuffPo also have, thrown at Christians and others, in his, and their, previous writings.

A much more balanced picture is to be found at Raymond Ibrahim's site2 whereon he regularly sums up the flagrant abuse of human rights that is systematically indulged in by the devil-soiled Mohammedans wherever they have the upper hand. Also, there is an excellent article about the Mohammedan persecutions of others behind this link at the highly informative site of Answering Muslims.

Religious Liberty Monitoring run by Elizabeth Kendal details, and offers comment upon, quite a number of disparate incidents of Mohammedan persecution of minorities, especially Christians and is a useful source of information that the mainstream media just don't report.

One of the most interesting pieces of knowledge that one can deduce from the bare facts in the recent Pew Research Center's reports is that Christians, who make up a third of the world's population, are also the most persecuted group of people on Earth and that Mohammedans are the people usually doing the persecuting (not just of Christians, but also of all other relegions, and that, obviously, gives the lie to the perpetual Mohammedan claims about worldwide so-called 'Islamophobia'). You can find the three full reports behind this link from where each report can be read and downloaded so that you, my readers, can judge for yourselves.

The victims of the never-ending filthy Mohammedan attacks are not alone. The Barnabas Fund, for example, deals with practical help for the persecuted and downtrodden, especially, but not exclusively, Christians. Unlike many Christian organisations they are not wilfully blind to the nefarious machinations and the death-dealing vileness of the Mohammedans.

One of the great sins of the Mohammedans -- a sin against both G-d and man that directly destroys the lives and freedoms of non-Mohammedans and one that they still indulge in to this day -- is slavery. The creed of Mohammedanism states categorically that slavery is permissible (read about the justifications for slavery as enshrined in the koran and the hadith at this site) and those Mohammedans who are steeped in their evil belief system clearly state that slavery is acceptable and allowed, even today; consider this statement by Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, member of Senior Council of Clerics, Saudi Arabia's highest religious body, in 2003, as Dr. Pipes records it at his site3:

""Slavery is a part of Islam. Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam." He argued against the idea that slavery had ever been abolished, insulting those who espouse this view as "ignorant, not scholars. They are merely writers. Whoever says such things is an infidel"."

Freethought Nation has an excellent article with comments about modern Mohammedan slavery practices and there is a good survey of the awful history of Mohammedan slavery behind this link. John J. O'Neil, author of the book 'Holy Warriors: Islam and the Demise of Classical Civilization', writes about the Christian response to slavery and it's in stark contrast to the evil of the devil-inspired Mohammedan position:

"Contrary to the beliefs of some modern anti-Christian writers, Christianity brought an immediate and dramatic improvement in the living conditions of slaves in the Roman Empire. It was also, eventually, instrumental in the abolition of the entire institution. The improvement was an inevitable consequence of the Christian notion that the mistreatment of any human being, whether slave or free, was gravely sinful. In the words of one writer, "The effect of the Church upon the Empire may be summed up in the word 'freedom'." (H. F. Stewart, "Thoughts and Ideas of the Period," in The Cambridge Medieval History: The Christian Empire, Vol. 1 (2nd ed. 1936), p. 592) And, "Close upon the Church's victory follows legislation more favorable to the slave than any that had gone before."(Ibid.) Whilst it is true that "Constantine did not attempt sudden or wholesale emancipation, which would have been unwise and impossible," he nevertheless immediately "sought to lessen his [the slave's] hardships by measures which with all their inequalities are unique in the statute-book of Rome. ... he forbade cruelty towards slaves in terms which are themselves an indictment of existing practice."(Ibid., p. 593) The Gospel passages of relevance here are too numerous to mention, but we should note in particular the story of the Final Judgment as told in Mark 25: 31-46, where the King (God) tells His servants: "So long as you did it to these, the least of my brethren, you did it to me." It should be remarked also, at this point, that the whole concept of human rights, attributed by many contemporary westerners to the thinkers of the Enlightenment, is rooted in this Gospel concept - a fact admitted by the Enlightenment philosophers themselves. Human rights are a moral as well as a judicial concept. If God will hold each of us accountable for our behavior towards the lowliest members of society, this places the latter on a par, in moral terms, with the highest members of society."

Well, all that having been said you will not be surprised that my first saint for this sennight, for the twenty-fourth of February, was a slave to the Mohammedans. His name is Saint John Theristus and his mother was a slave who was captured in Calabria (southern Italy) and taken to Sicily by Mohammedans. He escaped back to Calabria whilst he was still a child and became a Benedictine monk. It is said that he helped, by miraculous means, to harvest a large crop ahead of destructive weather thus saving the locals from starvation. His title, Theristus, is Latin for 'harvester' or 'mower'.

He died in AD1129 and the Orthodox, Basilian monastery of San Giovanni Theristis at Bivongi in the Stilaro Valley (Vallata dello Stilaro) in Reggio Calabria in southern Italy holds his relics and is named after him. Let Saint John Theristus stand for all those poor people who are enslaved by the unspeakably vile Mohammedans and when you remember him then remember them also.

Saint John escaped from Mohammedan slavery on Sicily. My next saint, however, helped to bring Mohammedan occupied Sicily back into the civilised Christian world and we memorialise him on the twenty-fifth of February. He is called Saint Gerland the Bishop (Gerlando Vescovo) and he was actually the bishop Agrigento (Girgenti -- Wikipedia entry is here) on Sicily and a relative of the great liberator of that island Robert Guiscard of Normandy4.

Bishop Gerland, who was born at Besancon in France and is sometimes called Gerland of Besancon, at considerable personal risk, undertook the task of re-Christianising Sicily after the occupying Mohammedan forces had been expelled. He died in AD1104 and his relics are in a silver urn in Agrigento Cathedral, which has been dedicated to him since its rebuilding by bishop Bertaldo di Labro in 1305.

Remember Saint Gerland and all his hard work as you think about our Judeo-Christian world and its making.

I'd also like to memorialise on this day Saint Ethelbert of Kent who was King of Kent. he was born in AD552 and he married Bertha, daughter of Charibert, King of the Franks, who was a Christian, and they had three children. She converted him to Christianity and he was baptised by Saint Augustine of Canterbury in AD597. His example led to the baptism of ten thousand of his countrymen, we are told.

However, he is chiefly remembered today for being the issuer of the first written laws to the English people in the year 604. In a real sense he founded the English legal system and that's why I want to draw him to your attention. He died on this day in AD616 and his relics rest in Canterbury Cathedral.

Interestingly, this day is also the feast day of Saint Walburga. She was born somewhen around AD710 and she was the daughter of a West Saxon chieftain and the sister of Saints Willibald and Winebald. Walburga was educated at Wimborne Monastery in Dorset, where she became a nun. In AD748, she was sent with Saint Lioba to Germany to help Saint Boniface in his missionary work. She spent two years at Bishofsheim, after which she became Abbess of the nuns at the double monastery at Heidenheim founded by her brother Winebald.

Uniquely, at the death of Saint Winebald, Saint Walburga was appointed Abbess of both monasteries by her brother Saint Willibald, who was then Bishop of Eichstadt. She remained the Superior of both the men and the women until her death in AD779. She was buried first at Heidenheim, but later her body was interred next to that of her brother, Saint Winebald, at Eichstadt at a small church called Holy Cross around which a group of canonesses were gathered.

It is because she was canonised on the first of May that she is also often remembered on that day, and the eve of Mayday, which is traditionally celebrated with dancing, has come to be known as Walpurgisnacht ('Walburga's night') in German and Dutch, Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish, Vappu in Finnish, Volbriöö, (Walpurgi öö) in Estonian, Valpurgijos naktis in Lithuanian, Valpurgu nakts or Valpurgi in Latvian and carodejnice or Valpuržina noc in Czech. However, it is a seventeenth century German invention that has absolutely nothing to do with Saint Walburga, that witches and sorcerers meet on Mayday eve, Walpurgisnacht. Regrettably, that bit of pagan nonsense has spread all over the world and has become associated with poor Saint Walburga who has absolutely nothing to do with it.

My saint for the twenty-sixth of February is Saint Porphyry of Gaza (who shouldn't be confused with Porphyry of Tyre, the third century neoplatonist philosopher). He was born round about AD347 and he was bishop of Gaza from AD395 until his death in AD420. So successful was he as bishop that by the time he died there wasn't a pagan or a non-Christian left in Gaza. As a symbol of that fact he erected a large church, called the 'Eudoxiana' in honour of the Empress Eudoxia at Constantinople (she was the dominant member of the court of the Emperor Arcadius), on the site of the most prominent pagan temple in the area, the Marneion.

So, by the year 420 Gaza was completely Christian and civilised. Compare that with the state of Gaza today, a place where simply being a Christian is to invite the most horrible of responses from the unspeakably hellish Mohammedans who now rule there. They have turned once civilised Gaza into an outpost of hades so that their god, satan, can feel at home there and continue to inspire them to great acts of debauched violence, not just against Christians but also against Jews and, indeed, anyone who lives in free, democratic Israel.

The saint whom I want to memorialise on the twenty-seventh of February is Saint John of Gorze5. He was born in AD900 at Vandières near Pont-à-Mousson in Lorraine in France. He was elected abbot of the Benedictine house at Gorze in the year 960 but he was also a consummate diplomat, administrator and monastic reformer. He is reputed to have had a photographic memory, and also developed a book-keeping system and capital investment policies that were very advanced for the time and probably influenced and advanced the development of capitalism.

However, in AD953, he was sent to the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III of Mohammedan occupied Córdoba for two years as the ambassador from Emperor Otto I. Saint John arrived at the caliph's court in AD954 with his companions and with a letter from Otto as well as valuable gifts. He was lodged in a house close to the caliphal palace.

The caliph's most trusted counselor, Hasdai ibn Shaprut (a very clever and learned Jew from Jaen in free Castille who manipulated two caliphs and very successfully advanced his own career under both), met with John's embassy. The caliph, who feared that the letter from the German emperor might contain matter derogatory to Islam, had commissioned Hasdai to open the negotiations with the envoys. Hasdai, who soon perceived that the letter could not be delivered to the caliph in its present form, persuaded the envoys to send for another letter which should contain no objectionable matter.

In other words, the history of pandering to the base and violent behaviour patterns engendered in people by the disgusting Mohammedan belief system, coupled with the history of allowing the Mohammedans to believe that their foul so-called religion should never be criticised, is a long one. However, Saint John's behaviour in indulging the Mohammedan criminal occupiers in that way had a purpose and that was to gain the caliph's help in stopping the Mohammedan pirates and brigands of Fraxinet.

Fraxinet, or Fraxinetum as it was called in Latin, was the site of a tenth century fortress established by invading Mohammedan pirates at modern La Garde-Freinet near Saint-Tropez in Provence in France (the modern Massif des Maures -- 'Plateau of Moors' -- takes its name from the occupying Mohammedans of Fraxinet). From this fortress the barbaric illegally occupying Mohammedans harassed and pirated Christian shipping as well as raiding deep into northern Europe to steal from and enslave the people and to (successfully) take control of many of the Alpine communication routes so that they could extort, like some medieval mafia, vast sums for safe passage, or kill and rob travellers when they felt like it.

It was a reign of terror that was absolutely typical of the degenerate Mohammedans at the time and is still typical of them today as we can see by their piratical activities and their criminal behaviours all over the world. Regrettably, Saint John's mission to eradicate the dissolute Mohammedan base at occupied Fraxinet was unsuccessful and it wasn't until the perverted Mohammedans were finally defeated at the Battle of Tourtour by William I of Provence that they were expelled from Fraxinet, and Provence, for good.

When Fraxinet was liberated the Alpine passes were freed from Mohammedan control and re-opened for safe passage for Christian travellers. A side effect, incidentally, of the renewed easy contact between France, Italy and Germany was the dispersal of architectural and artistic styles and that led to the rise of the Romanesque style all across Western Europe.

Saint John of Gorze may have failed in his mission, and he died in AD974 one year before the Battle of Tourtour, nonetheless he must be remembered for swallowing his pride and for doing the only thing possible, and that his Emperor ordered him to do, in his efforts to try to free his people from the depraved Mohammedan pirates of Fraxinet.

I talked about the anonymous fighters and martyrs for our faith and our civilisation in Dies Gloriae VIII1 last week and for the twenty-eighth of February I want to memorialise one of them. All we know about him is that he was called Saint Llibio and that he died in Wales sometime in the sixth century.

It is possible that the small town of Llanlibio on Anglesey island in Wales is named for him but all we can deduce is that he was steadfast in the faith and died in the faith. Remember him in his almost total anonymity as best you can and remember, as you do that, that we, too, are nothing special and just as likely to be forgotten as Llibio.

On the first of March I am commemorating Saint Rudesind. He was the son of Count Gutierre de Mendenez and he was born in Galicia in Spain on the twenty-sixth of November in AD907. In AD955, he was named by King Ordoño III as Governor of the lands of Celanova -- he'd founded an abbey at Villar in Celanova. He also had jurisdiction over the lands that extended from Riocaldo (the southern boundary of Galicia) to Santa Maria de Ortigueira (on the Cantabrian coast).

The important thing about Saint Rudesind from my point of view is that as well as being a skilled, kindly and apparently miracle-working churchman and Christian he was also a skilled advisor to the secular powers and had an extensive knowledge of military matters. This latter skill was showcased when he led a successful campaign against the ravening, demonic Mohammedan horde after it had reached the Minho river in north-west Spain and was threatening Galicia, which had been liberated in AD750.

Remember this saint, who died on this day in AD977, and his successful battles against the devil as manifest in the Mohammedans he fought and also remember all those who resist the expansionist policies of the predatory Mohammedans in our times.

For the second of March I want to draw Saint John Maron, often known as Saint John the Sarumite, to your attention. He was born in AD628 in Sarum in what is today Mohammedan occupied north-west Syria and he was a member of the Frankish royal family which governed Antioch. He was educated at Antioch and at the monastery of Saint Maron, studying mathematics, sciences, philosophy, theology, linguistics and scripture. He became a monk at the monastery and added the name 'Maron' to his own.

After studying Greek and Patrology at Constantinople he returned to Saint Maron’s where he wrote on such diverse topics as teaching, rhetoric, the sacraments, management of Church property, legislative techniques, and the liturgy. He composed the Eucharistic Prayer which still bears his name. He was a noted teacher and preacher and he explained Catholic dogma to the Council of Chalcedon.

He was elected bishop in AD676 and he was assigned to Mount Lebanon with a mission to oppose heresies, to keep the Maronites united with Rome, and to support the faithful in an area that was being invaded by the demonic Mohammedans. He travelled extensively in the areas involved in combat, preaching, conducting Mass, tending to the sick, and sheltering the homeless. It is recorded that it was during this terrible period that he was given the gift of healing and that he cured many by praying over them.

The Maronites made up the bulk of the Maradite army, the 'Brass Wall', as it was called, that protected Constantinople and the Byzantine empire from the esurient Mohammedans. In AD685 the Maradites used their power and importance to choose John Maron, one of their own, as Patriarch of Antioch and all the East. John received the approval of Pope Saint Sergius I, and became the first Maronite Patriarch of the oldest see in Christianity.

The Byzantine emperor Justinian II feared the growing power of the Maradite army, and was angered that his approval had not been sought for the appointment of Saint John as Patriarch. He sent his army to defeat the Maradites and capture John. They managed to win battles against the Maradites, overrun Antioch, and destroy the monastery there, killing five hundred monks in the process. Saint John, however, escaped to Lebanon. When Justinian’s army followed, the Maradites, under the leadership of the Saint's nephew Ibrahim, defeated them decisively. Saint John then founded the monastery of Reesh Moran (Head of our Lord) in Kefer-Hay in Lebanon, and moved his see to Mount Lebanon. The Maradites sealed themselves off from the outside, and founded their own national and religious identity, though still part of the Catholic Church, with Saint John adopted as one of their great founders. He died at Kefer-Hay in AD707 and he is buried in the Reesh Moran Monastery.

Sometimes, we in the civilised world can be our own worst enemy. Just think of the many educated people who can't, or won't, see the threat posed to our ways of life and our societies by the depraved, violent Mohammedans and their stomach-churning, hellish beliefs and practices. Remember, as well, the way that not a few of us pander to the Mohammedans in order to do down our fellows or to increase our bank balances. The Emperor Justinian II was no different. He allowed his paranoia to overcome his judgement and he destroyed his best bulwark against the vile Mohammedans when he did so. Now just imagine how different history might have been had that Emperor not destroyed the 'Brass Wall' and the Maradite forces had continued in their successful campaigns against the devil-worshipping Mohammedans.

We must learn from the trials of the Saint John Maron and the Maradites and remember that we are all fighting the same battle against the monstrous, demonic Mohammedans. That fact should unite us and enable us to suppress our petty jealousies and we should avoid driving each other into small and ineffective laagers.

Finally, and just out of interest, I also want to memorialise Saint Chad who is also known as Ceadda. He was born in AD634 and was the brother of Saint Cedd and Saint Cynibild. He was a missionary monk to Ireland with Saint Egbert and he was ordained in AD653. He studied Latin and astronomy and became the Abbot at Lastingham monastery in Yorkshire in England.

Not long after Chad became abbot, Saint Wilfrid of York was chosen as Bishop of Lindisfarne, a see which was soon moved to York. Saint Wilfrid went to Gaul for consecration, but he stayed so long that King Oswiu declared the see vacant and procured the election of Saint Chad as bishop of York.

It was recorded by The Venerable Bede that Chad felt unworthy, but threw himself into his new vocation and travelled his diocese on foot preaching. When Wilfrid returned in AD666, Saint Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, decided that Chad’s episcopal consecration was invalid, and that Chad must give up the diocese to Wilfrid. Chad replied that he had never thought himself worthy of the position, that he took it through obedience, and he would surrender it through obedience. Archbishop Theodore, astonished at this humility, consecrated Chad himself, and appointed him bishop of the Mercians in Lichfield in AD669.

He founded monasteries, including those at Lindsey and Barrow-upon-Humber, evangelised, travelled and preached, reformed monastic life in his diocese and built a cathedral on land that had been the site of the martyrdom of one thousand Christians by the pagan Mercians. Miraculous cures have been reported at the wells that he caused to be dug for the relief of travellers.

Because of Saint Chad's name and his strange election to the see of York and his subsequent elevation to Lichfield many people today think that he would make an ideal patron saint for elections, disputes, disputed elections, losers, or some other of the elements relating to elections or democracy that were brought into sharp relief by the disputed American presidential election in 2000.

In fact, the patron saint of politicians, as of the year 2000, and, incidentally, also of civil servants, is Saint Thomas More and it's to him that one's prayers for intercession should be addressed. Saint Chad, dangling, dimpled, hanging or pregnant, has nothing to do with elections, politicians or civil servants.

However, one should note the humility with which he surrendered high office when somebody asserted that he was, perhaps, occupying it irregularly. Would that our contemporary politicians could behave so well, but then, none of them could even begin to behave like a saint -- assuming they even knew how to!

More saints next week, if I'm spared.

 

Footnotes:

1) You can find the previous Eight Weeks by going to this page at NER and scrolling down.

2) Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. A widely published author, best known for 'The Al Qaeda Reader' (Doubleday, 2007), he guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt's Christian Copts. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, CBN, and NPR.(From http://www.raymondibrahim.com/)

3) Also at the inestimable Dr. Daniel Pipes' site you can find other highly informative articles on modern Mohammedan slavery: see this one, this one and this one for example. There are quite a few other articles about Mohammedan slavery practices, also, that are worth searching for at his site.

4) Robert was the lead man amongst all his brothers in the relief of Sicily. In the 'Divine Comedy' Dante sees Guiscard's spirit in the Heaven of Mars, along with other "warriors of the faith" who exemplify the cardinal virtue of fortitude. In the 'Inferno' Dante describes Guiscard's enemies as a field of mutilated shades stretching out to the horizon.

Guiscard was also the protagonist of the German poet, dramatist, novelist and short story writer Heinrich von Kleist's (1777 to 1811) unfinished verse drama 'Robert Guiskard'.

5) 'La vie de Jean, abbé de Gorze' by Jean, Abbot of Saint-Arnoul, translated into French by Michel Parisse (Picard, Paris, 1999).

 

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