Pakistan’s Bible Ban

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


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Some parents take the added precaution of not telling their children about Jesus because they are terrified they will fall prey to accusations under the blasphemy statutes. As such, an entire Christian generation of young children is growing up not knowing their faith for fear that it will lead to potentially disastrous consequences.

Some Christians find the easiest route out of this sewer of oppression is to simply convert to Islam. According to some estimates, from between 2005 and 2010 an average of 400 Christians took this course.

Yet, conversion isn’t always a voluntarily affair. Many Christians have been killed — some even burned alive — for failing to convert. Only last month, two Christian girls from Punjab were forced to marry and convert to Islam after they were kidnapped by a wealthy businessman. As a spokesman for a Pakistani Christian legal aid organization says, “Kidnapping Christian girls, conversion and forced marriages have become common practice.”

Ironically, the increased rise in Islamic harassment comes at the same time that Pakistan’s Jinnah Institute issued a report documenting and denouncing the persecution of Christians and other non-Muslim religious minorities in Pakistan. Yet, that news also led one priest to note that the Institute’s Muslim chair had now risked her life because she “exposed herself on such delicate issues.”

In fact, most political attempts to lessen Christian torment — be it by Christians or Muslims — have proven quite fatal. Since January 2011, both the governor of Punjab province and Pakistan’s Minister for Minorities were assassinated after each had campaigned against blasphemy legislation.

The political climate for Christians has become so toxic that Punjab’s Minorities Affairs Minister was prevented from presenting this year’s provincial budget because Muslim representatives chafed at a Christian being given such a prominent responsibility.

This action brought a sharp response from the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party Minorities Wing, which said, “Every citizen of this country, regardless of any religious belief, has an equal claim to it…Condoning such bigotry and intolerance will only confirm the worst impressions about Pakistanis.”  Some Pakistani Muslims are working overtime to lower Pakistan’s already dim national image.

In May 2011 alone, Christians have witnessed: a hospital ER chief refuse to treat a wounded Christian policeman; a 29-year-old Christian mother of three abducted by a Muslim co-worker drugged and gang-raped; and Muslim landowners destroying and desecrating a Christian graveyard. In all three instances, police refused to open an inquiry.

Yet, despite all the suffering, the experience has served in many instances to resolve and deepen Christian faith. According to one Catholic priest, while fear and panic may create a sense of unease and fear in their minds, “The faithful participate in large numbers at mass because they find comfort in the word of God.”

That truth was perhaps best displayed when armed Muslims recently broke up a Presbyterian Church service in Punjab by desecrating the Cross, destroying copies of the Bible and beating several elderly Christians with bamboo sticks. The Church, however, refused to pursue criminal charges. A statement released by its leaders read in part, “Forgiveness is more powerful than revenge.”

If only the sentiment were mutual.

Frank Crimi is a writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog, www.politicallyunbalanced.com.

 

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  • Reuben

    How crazy must western countries be to let in even a single Pakistani muslim? Non-muslims should be greeted with open arms and we should sympathise with the escape they'v been through…Muslims on the other had need to stay put. The mere fact that such things happen openly and frequenty in Parkistan is proof enough that the majority of the population support such behavior. If they didn't they wouldn't allow these things to happen…but they do…what else can one conclude??

    • jacob

      REUBEN :

      And how are you going to tell them apart ??

      Don't you know that the "Holy" KORAN advises the "faithful", to lie and cheat
      about their true faith when inconvenient or dangerous ??

      And isn't our "ally" Saudi Arabia policy to remove and destroy any Bible found
      in the baggage of visitors ???

      Then why wonder what PAKIS are doing to Christians and GOD forbid, they
      would be doing to JEWS ??

      By the way, noticed how many Pakis there were or still are at Canadian
      customs ???

  • ashmorris

    I find it funny that they complain about the Bible's portrayal of righteous people. Look at what Islamic books say about Mohammed. He was apparently a rapist, murder, pedophile, liar, and thief.
    Also, it shows just what is wrong with Islam. Judaism believes that no one is perfect. Not even its prophets. Their messages are from G-d, through Divine Inspiration but on a personal level, they're human like the rest of us. One of the Bible's main points is that we all have issues. We need to follow G-d in order to straighten ourselves out. No one is perfect except for G-d , so there is no one person here on earth whose behavior you can thoughtlessly copy. The Muslims believe that Mohammed was perfect and that they all should follow his example in everything. That's why they can be so sick and think nothing's wrong with it. Mohammed did it, and since he's "perfect" it must be right.

    • Johnny

      PURE IGNORANT HATE ramblings from a TRUE Christian…. where is thine love for thy neighbor???— WWJD??????

      • mike

        Are you drinking the juice again, Johnny? Where was the hate in what ashmorris said? I think it was a good dose of the truth. Mohammed was pedophile and murderer. Thats a fact. How is the truth pure ignorant hate? You've just showed what a blind devotion to ignorance and to the left looks like. HeeeeeeeerrrRREESSS Johnny!

        • SpiritOf1683

          Yep, he needs parachuting into Mecca during the Hajj with a kippot superglued to his head. He'd then see the meaning of real hatred.

          • jad

            hilarious!!!!!

  • 58TROJAN

    There is a lot of fuss today in the wiped out press about the GOP Presidential debate. They are talking of the terrible "loyalty oath." I thought that is what every naturalized citizen takes; so why shouldn't Muslims coming here do the same

  • Amused

    All the more reason [and they are numerous ] to GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN ASAP ! The only reasons we give these backstabbing doublecrossers money , is to maintain a supply line through Pakistan , for our forces in Afghanistan . ENOUGH !!!

  • LindaRivera

    Muslims have emigrated in huge numbers to Europe, UK, Australia, Canada, America and other Western nations with the exact same belief system.

    There are many no-go Muslim areas in Europe, UK, India and Israel where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter. In some areas in Europe, the hate for non-Muslims is so intense that ambulances require a police escort to enter Muslim areas. The response to this shocking situation is to continue taking in Muslims and to prosecute in court the brave heroes who warn of the terrible dangers.

    Making a mockery of all of the many brave heroes who fought and gave their lives in the world wars so that we could live in freedom.

  • USMCSniper

    Moderate Muslims don't criticise other Muslims for no other reason, other than they are Muslim. It is the Islamic version of Lenin's commandment " A Communist must never criticize another Communist to a Capitalist."

  • steven l

    No comments from BHO or Holder!!!!!!
    Moderate Muslims are scared of Islamists and by definition non-violent!
    The US cannot count on them to fight extremists.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Disgust and revulsion are become the description of Muslim conduct no
    matter what the Nationality. Pakistanis have shown their true nature and
    it is fallen below the acceptable standards of criminals, but what do they
    care? Getting rid of Islamists isn't only necessary it is vital to our peace.
    William

  • http://www.daily-verses.com john

    Yap, i have Heard about this news, it is really very sad for Pakistani Christians,
    But we must pray for them, and hope for the best,
    [Peace] <3

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    Moderate Islam is a myth. It does not exist because the Koran CANNOT be interpreted moderately. Christians need to realize that we cannot give up our Bible and we cannot give up what God has given us, namely our children. It is time for us to remain silent no more. Please write letters to newspapers, contact your congressional leadership. Collect articles and send them to those who should be informed about the activities of Muslims. If you are able, support financially those organizations that speak out what Islam truly believes. Also, mention to those authorities that you oppose strongly muslim immigration and the use of your tax dollars to support Islamic countries. Don't give up and don't forget to pray.(also, don't forget to support Israel)

  • mike

    Islam has proven itself time and time again to be a disease on society. I say we give the christians in the Middle East several years to leave and then we turn the area into glass with nukes. We vaporize all muslims in these shady, troubled, and terror ridden countries. Its what it will eventually come down to. When you have people in the world who believe that their religion is superior and that you either have to convert, submit and become a slave, or be killed, you're dealing with a dangerous ideaology. Its kill or be killed. When will everyone realize this? There isn't any reasoning with a people who want to destroy you. Was Hitler reasoned with? I think not. He was hunted down like a rat. Islam is the new Hitler. So go ahead Americans, keep taking lessons in sensitivity and acceptance. Its your funeral. Death is knocking on your front door and your slowly pulling back the deadbolt. There will come a day and it may not be in our lifetime, but there will come a day in America when we will have to pick up arms and make a choice……..kill or be killed?

    • mike

      *Ideology

  • The_Lord_Regent

    Pakistan has to go. Really. Time to help Baluchistan (South West part) break away and for a more rational country. This part of Pakistan is more secular, less muslim, more civilized. It could serve as a place for other civilized folks (read: non-muslims) to relocate.

  • skulldiggerin

    Why call them "fervent Muslims" ? No political correctness required, Mr.Crimi.
    They are fanatical bloodthirsty rabid Islamic hybrids of hyenas & jackals.
    Not even animals, not even beasts but sub-beasts, worthy son of their father Satan.
    A curse and a plague on yur house, Islamic Paks. U will die in yur millions
    by yur own nutkes when they go off in yur cesspool known as Islam.