Muslim Persecution of Christians

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This article is reprinted from Hudson New York.

The so-called “Arab Spring” continues to transition into a “Christian Winter,” including in those nations undergoing democratic change, such as Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis dominated the elections—unsurprisingly so, considering the Obama administration has actually been training Islamists for elections.

Arab regimes not overthrown by the “Arab Spring” are under mounting international pressure;  these include the secular Assad regime of Syria, where Christians, who comprise some 10% of the population, are fearful of the future, having seen the effects of democracy in neighboring nations such as Iraq, where, since the fall of the Saddam regime, Christians have been all but decimated.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that “Christians are being refused refugee status [in the U.S.] and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under Sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the U.S. by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution.”

Categorized by theme, November’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed according to theme and in alphabetical order by country, not necessarily severity.

Churches

Ethiopia: More than 500 Muslim students assisted by Muslim police burned down a church, while screaming “Allahu Akbar” (and thus clearly positing their attack in an Islamic framework); the church was built on land used by Christians for more than 60 years, but now a court has ruled that it was built “without a permit.”

Indonesia: Hundreds of “hard-line” Muslims rallied to decry the “arrogance” of a beleaguered church that, though kept shuttered by authorities, has been ordered open by the Supreme Court.  Church members have been forced to hold services on the sidewalk, even as Indonesia’s leading Muslim clerics warned Christians that it would be “wise and sensible” for the church to yield to “the feelings of the local believers, specifically Muslims.”

Iran: The nation’s minister of intelligence said that house churches in his country are a threat to Iranian youth, and acknowledged a new series of efforts to fight the growth of the house church movement in Iran.

Nigeria: Islamic militants shouting “Allahu Akbar” carried out coordinated attacks on churches and police stations, including opening fire on a congregation of “mostly women and children,” killing dozens.  The attacks occurred in a region where hundreds of people were earlier killed during violence that erupted after President Jonathan, a Christian, beat his closet Muslim rival in April elections.

Turkey: The ancient Aghia Sophia church has been turned into a mosque.  Playing an important role in ecumenical history, the church was first transformed into a mosque in 1331 by the jihadist Ottoman state.  As a sign of secularization, however, in 1920 it was turned into a museum.  Its transformation again into a mosque is a reflection of Turkey’s re-Islamization.

Apostasy and Proselytism

Afghanis around the world are being threatened for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. One exile, who changed his name after fleeing Afghanistan in 2007 when an Islamic court issued an arrest warrant for his conversion, is still receiving threats: “They [Afghan officials] were very angry and saying that they will hit me by knife and kill me.”  Even in distant Norway last September, an Afghan convert to Christianity was scalded with boiling water and acid at a refugee processing center: “If you do not return to Islam, we will kill you,” his attackers told him.

Algeria: Five Christians were jailed for “worshiping in an unregistered location.”  International Christian Concern (ICC), an advocacy group investigating the case, states that the five Christians are charged with “proselytizing,” “unauthorized worship,” and “insulting Islam.”

Iran: Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who caught the attention of the world after being imprisoned and awaiting execution for leaving Islam, remains behind bars as officials continue to come up with excuses to force him to renounce Christianity, the latest being that “everyone is [born] a Muslim.”  A Christian couple “who had been snatched and illegally-detained” by authorities for eight months without any formal charges, were finally released, beaten again, and have since fled the country.  While imprisoned, they were “ridiculed and debased” for their Christian faith.

Kashmir: Muslim police arrested and beat seven converts from Islam in an attempt to obtain a confession against the priest who baptized them.  After the grand mufti alleged that Muslim youths were alternatively being “lured” and “forced” to convert by an Anglican priest “in exchange for money,”  the priest was arrested in a “humiliating” manner.  Recently released, his life is now “in serious danger.”

Kenya: A gang of Muslims stabbed and beat with iron rods a 25-year-old Somali refugee, breaking his teeth; he was then stripped naked, covered with dirt, and left unconscious near a church.  Although he was raised Christian since age 7, he was attacked on the “assumption that as a Somali he was born into Islam and was therefore an apostate deserving of death.”

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    Meanwhile, it was revealed that “Christians are being refused refugee status [in the U.S.] and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under Sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the U.S. by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution.”

    And you can't tell me that some people aren't getting paid handsomely to betray the USA.

    Indeed, because Bush like a Dhimmicrat on steroids used 9/11 as a crisis to justify doubling the size, scope, and power of the federal government via the extremely intrusive Patriot Act, the humongous and totally useless Department of Homeland Security, the incredibly invasive TSA, and the gargantuan and completely incompetent National Intelligence Directorate, ostensibly to protect the homeland, but in reality to create the false sense of security necessary to continue accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, US federal deficits and the US's national debt as a result inevitably started skyrocketing through the roof in 2008 the instant the economy headed south. Hence, today we are on the fast track to becoming Greece and Republicans and Dhimmicrats alike can't agree on what to do about it.

    Sadly, I haven't heard one Republican, much less a Dhimmicrat, proposing outlawing Islam and banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage as a way of getting our financial house back in order. Indeed, common sense dictates that zero Muslims living in America as a fifth column would equal zero probability of violent jihad attacks. Thus, with zero Muslims living in America, we could simply roll back all the massive expansion of government that the Bush administration in its infinite wisdom forced upon us.

    Not to mention, what other immigrant groups besides Muslims does the US federal government spend hundreds of billions of dollars on an annual basis just to accommodate, and what do Muslims have to contribute to America other than their excess baggage to make Bush's massive expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government all worth it? And why is this unpleasant issue always avoided like the plague?

    Thus, today we are contemplating massive budget cuts, massive tax increases, and implementing insane draconian budget cuts to our military that will inevitably swing the door wide open for the forces of totalitarianism to become predominant in the world all so we can continue accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage. How absurd is that?

    I hate to say it but it is nevertheless true, the Republican Party and the Dhimmicrat Party, thanks to George Bush, are really two sides of the same grossly incompetent Leftwing coin.

    • Bert

      The failure of "Christian" America to respond to Islamic persecution of Christians is beyond appalling. It exposes a potentially fatal lack of the basic will to live.
      Christian America is behaving as badly as the American Jewish establishment which supports Obama and also lacks the will to even speak up properly.
      Meanwhile the stealth Muslim in the White House is working overtime to dismantle this nation. We need a true leader to mobilize us for the fight of our lives.

  • ross1948

    Our expat blog has been covering the West Java saga for a long time. Your readers might like to read the latest post on the issue. http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/so

  • Geneww

    Satan has been fighting God from before he was cast out of heaven. God authored the Bible http://jc.does-it.net and it is blatantly obvious that Satan authored the Koran to war against what God loves, created, and had His Son die for. Satan’s battle includes the destruction of Israel and the USA which was established as a haven for the persecuted Bible believers from Europe and as a Bastian for missionaries during the last century.
    Satan uses pride, greed, lust, power, and more to sway and blind leaders to do and accept wrong while thinking it is right. How many are blinded to say or believe they are Christians but never accepted what God declares to be ‘one of His’ now and for eternity.
    Make this personal; every person will spend eternity with God’s adversary if they do not belong to God’s family. Eternity is a long time and if it is not in heaven, then where is it? It will be with those persecuting Judeo-Christians!

  • StephenD

    Shhh, listen! Don't you hear the protestations of our government? No? Me either. Their silence is deafening.
    EVERY SINGLE PUBLIC OFFICIAL in the USA ought to have an official statement regarding this issue. Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever, take a stand; one side or the other. Remaining silent is tantamount to condoning the slaughter of innocents.

  • Ann

    I thought Muslims are the most prosecuted religion??? so I guess it would be Christians and Jews—

  • LindaRivera

    Above article: "Christians are being refused refugee status [in the U.S.] and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under Sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the U.S. by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution.”

    It is most URGENT that a huge campaign – emails, petitions, phone calls, meetings with government representatives and HUGE STREET PROTESTS is mounted by ALL Christian, Jewish, and human rights, and other organizations to protest the VICIOUS and DEADLY PERSECUTION of Christians by the U.S. government and other Western governments for REFUSING to allow into our countries, Christians and other non-Muslims who are severely persecuted by Muslims.

  • LindaRivera

    America's leaders are united with Islam in the WAR against Christians. Iraq's Christians were ruthlessly disarmed by America rendering Christians defenseless prey for barbaric Muslim killers.

    FRONTPAGEMAG: The Plight of Christians in Iraq By: Jamie Glazov
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Murray: More than half of the Christian population has been forced to flee their homes in Iraq because of Islamic violence against them. Their churches have been burned and bombed.

    The official position of the Administration has been that “Coalition Forces assisting the Christians would cause them to be identified with the United States and have even more problems.” As a result they receive no assistance in defending themselves at all.

    Immediately after the American invasion of Iraq, the Christian militias were disarmed. They were the only militias to be disarmed. American forces allowed both the Sunnis and Shiites to keep their armed militias.

    Christians first fled from Baghdad to the Nineveh Plains, and then to Jordan and Syria. In Jordan and Syria the American embassies told Iraqi refugees to go to the United Nations because their plight “was not an American problem.” Excuse me?

    Meanwhile the official position of the State Department under Condi Rice​ is that Christians are harassed by “criminal elements” in Iraq and that no persecution exists. That attitude has caused even greater persecution and led our embassies and other nations to be unhelpful. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?…

  • Jforchrist

    We should pray for them because they are angry about something that happened thousands of years ago. They are not to be reasoned with but prayed for. It is a spiritual battle.

  • redhawk1989

    Where are the Bosnian Croats?

  • myohmy

    If whites did to blacks what muslims do to Jews and Christians our media couldn't stop screaming racist… bigot…. and whatever they could say to vilify whites. Never trust our media and never never, never trust any muslim. Forget this lie that we only need fear "radical" muslims… all of islam is radical.

  • howe71

    We have a muslim in the whitehouse but far too many people like to think he is the next coming of Martin Luther King which he is not. Mr King didn't have to deceive and lie to get his movement going for equality and fairnes in dealing with race relations. I'm ashamed to see fellow Americans like the Rev Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the President and his corrupt minnions continually play the race card and demonize anyone who disagrees with their socialist ideology. These phonies have created an atmosphere of devisiveness the likes of which I have never seen before and its all to serve the cause of communistic ideology which would allow them to have the power and control to dictate how we live or lives from cradle to grave. Why would you support people who are trying to enslave you? Think about it, a freakin entitlement is not worth the cost of losing freedom and maybe your life.

  • Gunner57

    Martin Luther King was a communist and never had an original thought in his life. I'm just being nice. Want to get me started about this sleazy fraud?

  • aspacia

    I just emailed my representative about this, my senator Whorehouse Harry is worthless.