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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on July 24, 2009

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea publicly executed a Christian woman last month for distributing the Bible, which is banned in the communist nation, South Korean activists said Friday.

Ri Hyon Ok, 33, was also accused of spying for South Korea and the United States and organizing dissidents. She was executed in the northwestern city of Ryongchon near the border with China on June 16, according to a report from an alliance of several dozen anti-North Korea groups.

Ri’s parents, husband and three children were sent to a political prison camp in the northeastern city of Hoeryong the following day, the report said, citing unidentified documents it says were obtained from North Korea. It showed a copy of Ri’s North Korean government-issued photo ID.

H/T: Hot Air

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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on July 21, 2009

EGYPT: POLICE COLLUSION SUSPECTED IN ATTACK ON CHURCH IN MINYA

(Compass Direct News) – Villagers in Ezbet Basillious, Minya suspect local police in Egypt of corruption and collusion after two Copts were arrested for an arson attack on their own house church on Saturday (July 11).

Egyptian State Security Investigations (SSI) officers later arrested three Muslim suspects in accordance with eyewitness testimony that local police had ignored. The suspects were seen entering the Church of St. Abaskharion Kellini with cans of kerosene and leaving it shortly after, shouting “Allahu Akbar [God is great].”

The two Copts who were arrested, 35-year-old Reda Gamal and Fulla Assad, 30, are still in custody.

Suspicions of police collusion come not only from the inexplicable arrests of the Copts but also from the lack of police presence while the church was burning. Guards who were stationed outside the property had left their posts, and according to some reports they had moved to a nearby café and were drinking tea while the property burned.

“It sounds like a pre-arranged situation, that they [the arsonists] knew this was the agreed time, [when] the guards were away,” a source told Compass. “Mahmoud Muhammad Hussein, the head guard, and Mustafa Moussa, one of the village guards, were heard telling people, ‘Say Reda set fire to the church.’ So the local police were involved.”

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The attack marked the third recent incident of violence against the Coptic community in Minya, with new church premises being the precipitating factor in each case. Muslim mobs on June 6 attacked a building in Ezbet Boushra-East on suspicion that it would be converted into a worship place, and the same thing happened on July 3 at a building in Ezbet Guirgis Bey.

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Bulletin of Christian Persecution

Posted by Godefroi on March 20, 2009

America

March 6, 2009
Kalamazoo, Michigan
The Muslim Students Association protests a speech by former terrorist/convert to Christianity, but entertains a Holocaust denier .

March 11, 2009
Washington DC
Five senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in order to call attention to the plight of Assyrians.

March 11, 2009
Chicago, IL
Muslims hacked the “Christians on Facebook” group and changed its name to “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.”

March 12, 2009
Washington DC
US lawmakers pressure Obama to follow up on campaign statements and label the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide in light of his expected trip to Turkey.

March 13, 2009
Alexandria, VA
A Saudi academy revises textbooks so as to omit hatred and incitement of violence toward Jews and Christians, but enough sensitive material remains to fuel criticism. 3/12.  (Update: Rep. Frank Wolf has called for an investigation 3/13).

Africa

March 4, 2009
Abu-Korkas, Egypt
A lawyer was given a 6-month prison sentence after telling a judge that she would complain to the Attorney General following unfair treatment.  She had previously been beaten and stripped for exposing the collusion of the police and Muslim Brotherhood lawyers.

Mar. 5, 2009
Bauchi, Nigeria
International Christian Concern has called for an investigation into the recent violence against Christians.

March 5, 2009
Garissa, Kenya
Authorities hold up the reconstruction of a Christian church in order to avoid conflict with Muslims after it was burned down.

March 6, 2009
Kenya and Nigeria
Christians await justice after suffering violence, displacement, and destruction of their homes and churches.

March 6, 2009
Dmas Meet-Ghamr, Egypt
Rumors of a Muslim girl being romantically involved with a Coptic boy erupt into violence, riots, and two deaths, one by being burned alive.

March 6, 2009
Cairo, Egypt
A Christian man was stabbed to death following rumors that his son was having an affair with a Muslim girl.  

March 8, 2009
Dama, Egypt
The town was placed under curfew following inter-religious clashes which killed two Christians.

March 8, 2009
Cairo, Egypt
A former Muslim who converted to Christianity has gone into hiding after receiving death threats.  Lawyers had demanded that he be executed for apostacy.

March 8, 2009
Roman Christians of the Center, Egypt
Security forces raided the homes of Copts and arrested more than 20 under the pretext of a weapons search and without bringing charges.

March 9, 2009
Port Sudan, Sudan
Hassan Al-Turabi has been released after two months’ detention after the arrest of Omar Bashir.  Turabi, the spiritual mentor in Bashir’s regime, was instrumental in the genocide of Christians and animists in South Sudan during the 21-year civil war.

March 9, 2009
Tripoli, Libya
Four converts from Islam to Christianity were detained and tortured for weeks.

March 10, 2009
Eritrea
Religious freedom and quality of life continues to decline in the “veritable prison” in which many Christians are actually imprisoned for their faith.  Video here .

March 12, 2009
Egypt
The first court appeal has been brought in order to challenge the restriction on reconversion to Christianity from Islam, which is legal under one section of the legal code, illegal under another, and thus far impossible in practice .

March 12, 2009
Egypt
The Coptic Church has launched a probe into the recent ‘trend’ of Copts getting killed after rumors of romantic relationships with Muslim girls.

March 12, 2009
Kafr Naim, Egypt
Another Christian was murdered for ostensibly harassing a Muslim woman.  His body was thrown into the Nile after 9 days of torture.

March 12, 2009
Morocco
Moroccans feel that Christian proselytizing is threatening their “spiritual security and religious identity.”

Asia

March, 2009
Iraq
A man was tortured in prison for 7 months for refusing to renounce Christianity after his conversion.  Extremists target Christians. (Video). 

March 5, 2009
Islamabad, Pakistan
A Christian girl’s abduction, rape, and attempted forced conversion is part of a growing trend.

March 6, 2009
Singowali, Pakistan

One person was killed and 17 were injured when Muslim militants open fire on a church.  They also desecrated the church, attacked homes, and threatened the Christians with more violence if they did not leave town.

March 6, 2009
Uzbekistan
Christian citizens are systematically denied exit visas and fined for religious activity .

March 7, 2009
Baghdad, Iraq
Churches are being bombed, families thrown out of homes, businesses robbed, and people abducted, threatened, and extorted in areas where Christians and Muslims used to live in relative peace.

March 7, 2009
Middle East
80 activists call on the US to pressure Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia to respect democracy and human rights.

March 7, 2009
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A court ruled that a Christian man given an Islamic name at birth could legally become a Christian, which was a rare victory.

March 9, 2009
Mosul, Iraq
Between late September and mid-October more than half of Mosul’s Christian families fled in response to a “three-week, well-organized terror campaign targeting Christians,” including murders, bombings of homes, harassment, and printed death threats.

March 10, 2009
Middle East
Christians suffer “extreme deprivation” in Iraq and “rapid attrition” in the Middle East more generally.

March 10, 2009
Pakistan
The Long March is not for Christians.

March 10, 2009
Saudi Arabia
A pastor who was imprisoned for holding mass in a private residence has started a prayer group for King Abdullah and religious freedom in Saudi Arabia.

March 10, 2009
Indonesia
The nation is trying to tackle the issue of where to send the mastermind of the 2000 attacks against Christian churches and buildings and the 2002 Bali bombings upon his release from Guantanamo.

March 10, 2009
Iraq
Assyrians were prevented from voting in the recent elections. (From Liberal Matters magazine).

March 10, 2009
Iran
A Christian couple who were arrested for apostacy from Islam were released.  Christians increasingly face persecution in Iran. (Video).

March 10, 2009
Philippines
The 95% Christian nation has filed for observer status in the OIC.

March 11, 2009
Kyrgyzstan
A new law was adopted in January which outlaws missionary activities and proselytism.

March 11, 2009
Malaysia
Christians continue the battle over the use of the word “Allah.”

March 11, 2009
Lahore, Pakistan
Christian rights activists are hopeful that they may be able to free Saba Younis, a 13-year-old Christian girl who was abducted, then forced to convert and marry her kidnapper.

March 11, 2009
Lahore, Pakistan
A Christian chief of a hostel for nursing students faced dismissal following death threats for allowing Christian students to pray on the premises.

March 11, 2009
Almaty, Kazakhstan
A Unification Church missionary who was jailed for teaching a class on original sin was freed Wednesday after paying a fine, in light of the government’s nixing of a restrictive law on religious freedom on Feb. 11 under international pressure.

March 12, 2009
Tajikistan
The new Religion Law, which explicitly favors the Hanafi Muslim sect, was adopted.  It restricts religious leadership, worship, literature, belief, structures, and education of children.  Its text is unavailable to the public.

March 12, 2009
Jaramana, Syria
A 7-year-old boy has gone missing from his Assyrian school after repeated threats to his family and police are not conducting a serious investigation.  The official website is here .

March 12, 2009
Iraq
“Christians in Iraq are finished” and continue to flee Iraq to bordering countries and Lebanon.  Many had previously fled to Kurdistan but were not safe there.

March 13, 2009
Sarghoda, Pakistan
A Christian teacher was fired and two students suspended after allegations that they “humiliated Islam.” 

March 13, 2009
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
A Christian man has been charged with “abetting blasphemy” after a charge of blaspheming Islam was dropped. 

March 13, 2009
Malaysia
An Islamic Council tries to have Agnes Monica’s song declared haram (i.e., illegal under Islamic law).  The song uses the word ‘Allah ‘ in reference to Jesus.

March 13, 2009
Kirkuk, Iraq
Chaldeans celebrate the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Paulo Faraj Rahho and all Iraqi martyrs.

Europe

March 5, 2009
Georgia
Christian crosses are to be removed from Azerbaijani-populated villages.

March 5, 2009
Rome, Italy
Iraqi, Iranian, and Turkish Christians are urged to remain in the Middle East at a meeting of religious leaders so that people do not get the wrong idea about Islam.

March 7, 2009
Kartmin, Turkey
The battle over the world’s oldest monastery tests Turkey’s tolerance of minorities.  “They want to make us all go away,” says Bishop Aktas.  A marathon was held in Holland to draw attention to the case on 3/6.

March 9, 2009
Istanbul, Turkey
A long-hidden document dealing with the Armenian Holocaust is uncovered and met with silence and denial.

March 9, 2009
Kosovo
New information has come to light regarding the harvesting and trafficking of Serbian organs in Suva Reka and Albania in 1999.

March 9, 2009
Gnjilane, Kosovo
The police attacked 300 Serbs after they demanded that the government provide them electricity.  Video here .

March 10, 2009
UK
Prominent Muslims mock a dying cancer patient because she is Christian.

March 10, 2009
Birmingham, UK
Catholics are outraged after the Catholic Archbishop defends the use of a Catholic university chapel for the celebration of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

March 10, 2009
Serbia
A study has determined that Serbs are still in danger of explosions from cluster bombs.

March 12, 2009
UK
The Barnabas Fund has made a plea to help the Christians of Pakistan.

March 15, 2009
UK
A Christian convert who has been on the run in fear for her life tells her story, which she says is fairly common.

March 15, 2009
UK

A Minister was beaten after clashing with Muslims on his TV Gospel show. Three men ripped off his cross and threatened to break his legs. 

 

H/T:  Bill Warner

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Bulletin of Jew Hatred February 24, 2009

Posted by Godefroi on February 25, 2009

Courtesy of Bill Warner of Political Islam.

 In Brooklyn, New York, the Park Slope Food Co-op is considering banning all produce and foods from Israel in spite of a large local Jewish community opposing the move. 2/23/09.

In Cedarhurst, New York, a swastika was spraypainted on the sidewalk near the Cedarhurst Sephardic Temple.  2/16/09.

In Portland, Maine, someone painted a swastika on the message board of the Noyes Street Synagogue. 1/31/09.

In Canada, member of the Canadian Parliament, Minister Jason Kenney, speaks out about the growing anti-Semitism and vows to fight against it.  2/19/09.

In Montreal, Canada, a man who firebombed both a Jewish School in 2006 and a Jewish Community Center in 2007, in the name of Islamic Jihad, received a sentence of seven years in prison.  2/12 09.

In Toronto, Canada, Jewish and non-Jewish students were forced to barricade themselves in a classroom in fear for their safety when over 100 students yelled threatening anti-Jewish and racial slurs while banging on the doors.  When police were called, the Jewish students were led to safety, but the mob was not charged nor reprimanded. Additional information here. 2/16/09.

In Windsor, Canada, The Canadian Union of Public Employees have voted to boycott all Israeli university, in a move the Jewish Defence League labels as anti-Semitic. When the boycott was first announced, the president of the Union also called for a boycott of all Israeli professors from Canadian Universities, as well.  2/22/09.

In Europe, evidence proves a rise in anti-Semitism.  Graffiti such as “Kill the Jews” or “Jihad 4 Israel” appear close to synagogues.  Jewish students are harassed at schools.  There are four times as many anti-Jewish incidents as anti-Islamic incidents.  “In Germany, radio phone-ins are full of accusations that the bankers accused of being responsible for the current economic crisis are Jews. In anti-Israel demonstrations in Berlin, placards stating ‘It was a good idea to use gas’ or ‘I’m anti-Semitic’ were carried.”  2/16/09.

In Europe, Britian and Italy are discussing dropping out of Durban II participation citing fear that it will turn into another “antisemitic, anti-Israel arena of hate”.  2/19/09.

In England, the BBC’s new adaptation of Oliver Twist (aired in the U.S. on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre) adds an abundance of anti-Semitism to the production.  Both BBC and PBS are funded with public tax dollars.  2/17/09.

In London, England, a “FREE PALESTINE/BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS” sticker was placed on a poster advertising the Holocaust Exhibition held at the Imperial War Museum.  2/21/09.

In London, England, the London Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism reached the consensus “anti-Semitism has reached new heights and poses a clear and present danger”.  2/17/09.

In England, anti-Semitism is on the rise, averaging 7 events per day.  One letter-writer states, “I for one resent the fact that I can no longer congregate outside my synagogue. I resent the fact that my children attend Jewish school protected by security fences, concrete blocks and guard posts. I resent the fact that my eldest daughter …… should feel intimidated on campus and questioned in a hostile, finger-pointing manner how she feels as a Jewess on the question of Gaza, and if she supports the Israeli actions.” 2/17/09.

In Spain, the newspaper El Mundo published a virulently anti-Semitic column by author Antonio Gallo called, “Chosen People”.  In it, Gallo blamed the Jews’ “greed” and “scorn for other peoples” for anti-Semitic persecution throughout the ages.  2/12/09.  Original article translated here.

In Holland, Israeli Defense Forces Captain (Res.) Ron Edelheit was assaulted by three pro-Palestinian protestors before his speech started.  He was asked to speak to members of Jewish community about the situation in Israel and Gaza.  2/23/09.

In Antwerp, Belgium, research done by “Joods Actueel” magazine has revealed a “slew of anti-Semitic content” on the St. Pius X Society website that has been translated into five languages.  The website states that “Jews are the enemy of man” among other things. The St. Pius X Society is a traditionalist Catholic sect that had been excommunicated by the Church in 1988.  That excommunication was recently lifted by the Vatican in January.  2/19/09.

In Vienna, Austria, an Islamic religion teacher was fired by the federal government for distrubuting anti-semitic leaflets to students and encouraging political agitation in the classroom.  The Muslim community in Vienna voiced its outrage at the firing of the teacher.  2/13/09.

In Turkey, state-encouraged anti-Semitism is growing. According to a first-hand account, the Prime Minister of Turkey has encouraged hatred of Jews and Israel in his speeches and Istanbul has billboards “full of propaganda posters against Israel” such as, “‘Moses, even this is not written in your book’ and ‘Israel Stop this Crime’. On the streets the people are writing such graffiti as: ‘Kill Jews,'” 1/13/09.

In Yemen, fearing for their lives, a family escapes to Israel after a grenade is thrown at their home.  Only 280 Jews remain in Yemen.  More here.  2/20/09.

In Egypt, during an interview on Al-Rhama TV, Egyptian Cleric Zaghloul Al-Naggar states, “The Arab world ir ruled by the scum of the earth and the garbage of all nations.”  He continues by “absolutely calling to wage jihad against the Jews, who are devils in human form.”  2/20/09 (sign-in may be required).

In Lebanon, on BNTV and Teleliban TV, former Lebanese MP Ghassan Matar states, “I am ashamed to admit I am happy when U.S. soldiers are killed,” and states “Jews believe they should purify the world, as written in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion'”  2/15/09 (sign-in may be required).

In Dubai , Shahar Pe’er refused entrance into the country and is excluded from Barclay’s Dubai Tennis Championships.  2/18/09.

In Yaroslavl, Russia , there have been attacks on the synagogue every few weeks. The latest attack included smashing the window of the synagogue.  2/23/09.

In Kherson City, Ukraine, Former MP and current Kherson City Council member Sergey Kirichenko has launched an anti-Semitic campaign to replace Kherson’s Jewish mayor. ‘Jews stole all our wealth and are destroying Slavic nation from within,’ he has claimed.  He also says, “The Jews are occupiers.  They have occupied us, they stole all our wealth and control us… they create terms that will enable genocide of the Slavic people.”  2/20/09.

In Malaysia, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed posted anti-semitic statements on his blog that also include anti-semitic conspiracy theories.   1/24/09.

Videos:

Homegrown Jihad clip: Jihad in the United states:  Here.
New York Co-op may ban Israeli produce.  Here.
Former Lebanese MP Ghassan Matar says Jews believe they should purify the world and expresses happiness when US soldiers are killed.  Here.  (registration and/or sign-in required)
Egyptian Cleric Zaghloul Al-Naggar says the Arab world is ruled by the scum of the earth and the garbage of all nations; Jews are devils in human form.  Here.  (registration and/or sign-in required)
Egyptian Cleric Ahmad Abd Al-Salam says Jews infect food with cancer and ship it to Muslim countries. Here. (registration and/or sign in required)
Israeli tennis star barred from championships in Dubai. Here.


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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on December 15, 2008

BANGLADESH: CHRISTIAN FAMILY BEATEN, CUT – AND FACES CHARGES

Muslim neighbors, local council threaten to burn home if they file assault case.

MALUMGHAT, Bangladesh, December 8 (Compass Direct News) – The harassment that Bangladeshi converts from Islam face from Muslim neighbors in this southeastern area near Cox’s Bazar can take serious turns – as it did last month, when an attack by about a dozen Muslims left a Christian family with machete wounds. Confident that no police would side with Christian converts from Islam, the Muslims in Chakaria town, near Cox’s Bazar 380 kilometers (236 miles) southeast of Dhaka, later filed false charges of assault against the wounded and limping Christians, family members said. Laila Begum, a 45-year-old Christian convert from Islam, said that on Nov. 1 some 10 to 15 Muslim neighbors demanded 200 taka (US$3) [jizya – GdB]. Begum told Compass she had borrowed 2,000 taka (US$30) last year from a Muslim neighbor and this year paid her back with interest. She told the group of Muslim neighbors that she would pay no more, she said, and they began beating her. “Suddenly they got equipped with sticks, iron rods, knives and machetes,” she said. “Several places of my head were lacerated by machetes and iron rods. They also cut two of my fingers when I tried to fend off their attacks. They beat me in several places of my body by iron rods and sticks.” The family informed local governing council members about the attack, but they demanded 20,000 taka (US$300) to settle the matter and also threatened them, she said. “The local council officials also told us that if we file any case in the police station, our houses will be burnt to ashes and we will be evicted from the locality.”

Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subduedQur’an 9:29

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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on December 8, 2008

Again, I’ve been remiss in elevating this particular topic. 

This report comes from the Maldives.  Readers may recall that just about a year ago, the Maldivian government decreed that citizens of the Maldives who are not already Muslim were no longer going to be considered citizens at all.

Non Muslims are to be denied Maldivian citizenship in the new Constitution, after 78 members of the Peoples Special Majlis (Constitutional Assembly) voted on 19 November 2007 in favor to approve an amendment that requires all Maldivian citizens to be Muslims. Prominent Maldivian lawyers have expressed concern following the passage of the clause in the new Constitution stating fears that the prerequisite to be a Muslim for Maldivian citizenship would create complications. Lawyers predicted that the new clause would deprive a number of current citizens of Maldivian citizenship, resulting in some Maldivians becoming stateless after the proclamation of the new Constitution.

“Under the existing Constitution, every child born to a Maldivian mother or father is a Maldivian citizen. But we know there are non-Muslims among them. There are such children living in Australia and Europe. They have Maldivian passports. Under the existing Constitution, it is possible for a foreigner of another faith to become a Maldivian citizen. Therefore, with the passage of this clause, a lot of Maldivians will be stripped of citizenship the day the new Constitution comes into effect,” Member for Seenu Atoll and prominent lawyer Mr. Husnu al Suood, told reporters on 19 November 2007. Other lawyers have noted that Islam allowed Muslim men to marry Jewish and Christian women and that the new clause would suppress the rights of such spouses.

A new development occurs in this land of the Human Rights Champions, one which probably surprises noone.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs announced on Saturday that it would block a website promoting Christianity aimed at Maldivians.

Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari said the ministry had consulted experts to find ways to block the site, which was both in Dhivehi and English. He did not reveal the website’s address.

Ah, censorship…the refuge of the fearful totalitarian.  Yes, fearful.

Sheikh Ibrahim Fareed Ahmed, known for his inflammatory sermons, agreed that all anti-Islamic websites should be banned. “Although this is an Islamic society, some Maldivians’ faith in Islam is not very strong” he said.

If they have access to these websites because their belief in Islam is weak, there might be a negative impact.”

If the faith of Maldivians is strong enough, even hundreds of anti-Islamic websites would not work,” he said.

You see?  The obvious implication here is that if these folks are not already drenched with Islam, and therefore strong in their beliefs, just having ACCESS to one Christian website would be detrimental.

Also, it appears that blocking this site isn’t all that they want to accomplish.

A similar view was upheld by scholar Sheikh Usman Abdullah who said that as the Maldives is recognised as a wholly Muslim society, all anti-Islamic activities, including websites promoting Christianity, should be prohibited.

Finally, just to add to my previous rants about the uselessness of the U.N.

Samuel Wallace, International Christian Concern’s regional manager for South Asia, said he was alarmed to hear officials in the Maldives were seeking to block Christian websites.

“As a member of the United Nations, the Maldives has an obligation to protect the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he said. “This includes in Article 18 the ‘right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

I realize that this instance is not typical of the persecution that I normally will highlight.  No one got killed, injured, displaced, or otherwise terrorized.  Still, outlawing Christianity fits the description.

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End Anti-Christian Bigotry!

Posted by Godefroi on November 14, 2008

Around the world, Christians are being increasingly targeted, and even persecuted, for their religious beliefs.  Now, one of the largest organizations in the United Nations is pushing to make a bad situation even worse by promoting anti-Christian bigotry wrapped in the guise of a U.N. resolution called “Combating Defamation of Religions.”  We must put an immediate end to this most recent, dangerous attack on faith that attempts to criminalize Christianity.  Please read the form below carefully and declare your membership with the ACLJ by adding your name to our PETITION OPPOSING THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE.

via ACLJ.

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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on September 25, 2008

The nuts and bolts of life for Christians in PA- and Hamas-controlled territory, from a commentary at Front Page.

  • Under the Palestinian regime Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses by Muslims. There are many examples of intimidation, beatings, land theft, firebombing of churches and other Christian institutions, denial of employment, economic boycotts, torture, kidnapping, forced marriage, sexual harassment, and extortion. Palestinian Authority (PA) officials are directly responsible for many of the human rights violations. Muslims who have converted to Christianity are in the greatest danger. They are often left defenseless against cruelty by Muslim fundamentalists. Some have been murdered.
  • Christian Arabs also fall victim to the chaos and anarchy typical of PA rule. This situation is fostered by societal rigidity, criminal gangs, lack of education, absence of due process, incitement, unreliable courts, and the denial of these problems-all running counter to Israel’s desire for a prosperous and stable neighbor.
  • Muslim attitudes toward Christians and Jews are influenced by the concepts and prejudices about their inferiority that the practice of dhimmitude has spawned in Islamic society. As dhimmis, Christians living in Palestinian-controlled territories are not treated as equals of Muslims and are subjected to debilitating legal, political, cultural, and religious restrictions.
  • The human rights violations against the Christian Arabs in the disputed territories are committed by Muslims. Yet for political and economic reasons many Palestinian Christian leaders blame Israel for these crimes rather than the actual perpetrators. This motif of the transference of blame has been adopted by several Christian leaders in the Western world. Others there who are aware of the PA’s human rights abuses choose to remain silent.

More detail at the site.  One more important nugget that I’ll highlight here.

“Israel is the only exception in the Middle East where the Christian population since 1948 has increased. It has risen by more than 400 percent.”

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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on September 12, 2008

Israel National News reports:

Muslims Continue Pushing Christians Out of Bethlehem

The Muslim Fatah-controlled authority in Judea and Samaria is encouraging a “sharp demographic shift” in Bethlehem, where the Christian population went from a 60 percent majority in 1990 to a 40 percent minority in 2000, to about 15 percent of the city’s total population today.

It is estimated that, for the past seven years, more than one thousand Christians have been emigrating from the Bethlehem area annually and that only 10,000 to 13,000 Christians remain in the city. International human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner, who teaches at Hebrew University, told the Jerusalem Institute for Global Jewish Affairs that, under the PA-Fatah regime, Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses by Muslims.

“There are many examples of intimidation, beatings, land theft, firebombing of churches and other Christian institutions, denial of employment, economic boycotts, torture, kidnapping, forced marriage, sexual harassment, and extortion,” he said. PA officials are directly responsible for many of the attacks, and some Muslims who have converted to Christianity have been murdered.

As people with “dhimmi” status, Christians living in Palestinian-controlled territories are not treated as the equals of Muslims. He says: “They are subjected to debilitating legal, political, cultural, and religious restrictions. This has become a critical problem for the Palestinian Christians in the West Bank and Gaza. Muslim groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad have built a culture of hatred upon the age-old foundations of Islamic society. Moreover, the PA has adopted Islamic law into its draft constitution.”

Please read it all.

 

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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on September 10, 2008

This is different than most of those I’ve highlighted, but the message is still there.

Nod: Hugh (an atheist, I believe) at Dhimmi Watch.

Today, a noticeable feature of the Western press (aside from the “anti-Israel” coverage of so many of the reporters in Western Europe who have found a socially acceptable outlet for antisemitism) is the indifference to, or even hostility to, Christianity. This includes the failure to recognize its significance in the history of Europe and of the West, and a hostile treatment of the activity of contemporary Christian figures. Look at how the Western press covered Pope Benedict’s 2006 Regensburg speech, and misreported consistently on it.

One is not impressed, either, with the endless television joking about groping priests and altar boys, which continues even as Muslims threaten the church frescoes in Bologna with destruction. And when it comes to Evangelicals, they are presented in vicious caricatures in European magazines as a key feature of the supercilious, and often nasty and quite comically inaccurate, coverage of the United States whenever the subject is other than economics (in such a magazine as “The Economist”). In such coverage, European audiences are treated to a spectacle of America, “too-religious” America, which invites comparison with splendidly advanced post-Christian Europe and suffers by the comparison. For here, in our benighted land, the Bible belt widens with the waistlines of those waddling Americans, those gun-toting (oh, there’s a machine gun in every pot, in America, don’t you know?), saliva-dripping, Bible-quoting, table-thumping, troglodytic because still Christian, Americans, with their honor saved only, here and there, by the odd (very odd) Chomsky or two.

See the rest.

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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on September 4, 2008

via Compass Direct.

NIGERIA: MUSLIM EXTREMISTS BURN CHURCH BUILDING

Saying it was too close to a mosque, Islamists destroy sanctuary in Kwara state.

ILORIN, Nigeria, September 2 (Compass Direct News) – Muslim extremists on Sunday (Aug. 31) set ablaze a Christ Apostolic Church building in the Baboko area of this city in central Nigeria’s Kwara state. The Rev. Samuel Ogowole told Compass that area Muslims had complained that the church building was located near a mosque. Compass found that the church building was 500 meters from the Baboko mosque, but to appease the Muslim community the Kwara state government had offered church leaders 3 million naira (US$25,580) and ordered the congregation to relocate. Church leaders rejected the order, saying they had spent nearly seven times that much to construct the church building.

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Persecution of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on August 12, 2008

A twofer.

LOS ANGELES, August 11 (Compass Direct News) – Authorities on Tuesday (August 5) locked up eight high school students at a military training school in metal shipping containers for objecting to the burning of hundreds of Bibles, sources told Compass.

 

The eight male students from the Sawa Defense Training Centre in Sawa, near Eritrea’s border with Sudan, were incarcerated after military authorities confiscated more than 1,500 personal Bibles from new students arriving for the 2008-2009 academic year.

 

The eight students objected when military officials began burning the Bibles.

[…]

More than 2,000 Christians, including pastors and priests from both Protestant and Orthodox churches, are now under arrest in police stations, military camps and jails all across Eritrea because of their religious beliefs. Although many have been incarcerated for months or even years, none have been charged officially or given access to judicial process.

And, from minivannews.com;

An American-based NGO promoting religious pluralism has condemned the Maldives’ new constitution over a clause requiring all citizens to be Muslims…

[…]

Article 9, Section D of the constitution now states that “a non-Muslim may not become a citizen of the Maldives,” which the IRPP says violates minorities’ freedom of worship.

[…]

In addition to denying non-Muslims citizenship, the new constitution establishes several other precepts regarding religion.

It limits freedom of expression to that which is “not contrary to a tenet of Islam.” [Which of course means “Jesus died for you” is not acceptable speech.]

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