Muslim Persecution of Christians: February 2012


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Turkey: A new report notes that “Christians in Turkey continue to suffer attacks from private citizens, discrimination by lower-level government officials and vilification in both school textbooks and news media,” adding that there is a “root of intolerance” in Turkish society toward adherents of non-Islamic faiths: “The removal of this root of intolerance is an urgent problem that still awaits to be dealt with.”

Turkmenistan: A 77-year-old Christian man was detained and questioned by police for six hours after he tried to print copies of a small book of Christian poetry. He was forced to write a statement and banned from travelling outside his home region while the case is being investigated.

Uganda: Not long after a pastor was attacked with acid and blinded by “Allahu-Akbar” screaming Muslims, his friend, another pastor, was shot at by “Islamic extremists,” 
in what is being described as “a new wave of persecution against Christians in Uganda.”

 Murder, Apostasy Issues, and More

Egypt:  Two Christians were killed “after a Muslim racketeer opened fire on them for refusing to pay him extortion money.” The local bishop “hold[s] security forces and local Muslims fully responsible for terrorizing the Copts living there, who are continuously being subjected to terror and kidnapping.”

Iran: After enduring five months of uncertainty in a prison, a Christian convert who was arrested in her home by security authorities has been sentenced to two years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Authorities further arrested six to ten Christian converts from Islam while they were meeting for worship at a home in the southern city of Shiraz.

And Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani awaits execution for refusing to renounce Christianity.

Nigeria: A 79-year-old Christian woman and choir singer was found dead at her home, her throat slit with a note in Arabic left on her chest reading: “We will get you soon,” a message believed to be directed at her son, a pastor at a local church.

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Muslims beheaded a 26-year-old Muslim convert to Christianity who had worked for a Christian humanitarian organization that the terrorist organization had banned.  He is at least the third apostate to Christianity to be beheaded in Somalia in recent months.

Turkey: A 12-year-old boy, Hussein, publicly professed his Christian faith by wearing a silver cross necklace in school.  Accordingly, Muslim classmates began taunting and spitting on him. When the boy threatened to report one of the bullies, the bully’s father threatened to kill him. His religion teacher beat him severely: “Like in most Islamic countries, students of all faiths are required to attend Islamic studies in school. Those who refuse to recite the Koran and Islamic prayers are often beaten by the teacher. And so it was for Hussein. He said he was punished regularly with a two-foot long rod because he wouldn’t say the Islamic Shahada.”

About this Series

Because the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching epidemic proportions, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of Muslim persecution of Christians that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

  1. Intrinsically, to document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, Muslim persecution of Christians.
  2. Instrumentally, to show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Sharia.

Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; apostasy and blasphemy laws; theft and plunder in lieu of jizya (tribute); overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed “dhimmis” (barely tolerated citizens); and simple violence and murder. Oftentimes it is a combination thereof.

Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the west, to India in the east, and throughout the West, wherever there are Muslims—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.

Previous Reports

January, 2012

December, 2011

November, 2011

October, 2011

September, 2011

August, 2011

July, 2011

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  • Amused

    Again ….more bi-partisan apathy . Where are the demagogues of the Right and Left ? Where's Rush ? Fighting condum battles ??? Where's Maher …smoking a joint ?
    Seems people like George Clooney are doing more than our State Dep[artment , and the only christian persecution Rush is decrying is Obama sending 100 military advisors to help bring down "the christian " Joseph Koni .
    Aside from bombing Teheran , where's the so-called "christian" Romney ? OR Obama ? Where in the hell is the POPE !

    • john

      Oh year now in remember you. You are than smarter than thou atheist.

      I like Clooney bringing attention the Sudan. He id a little more than Richard Gere or others becoming Buddhists & whining about China in Tibet. But in the end it will not be enough.

      Drought is natural. Famines are man made.

      I would like to go into Dharfur & protect the people. But after the Somali fiasco, I would not like to be "Stabbed in the Back" by the feckless left again.

      The U.N. went into Somalia to feed the people. A laudable goal. General Aidid stole the food aid & hoarded it to use famine as a weapon against other clans. He wanted the Habr Gidr clan to have power. The U.N. sent troops to famine relief efforts. Aidid killed U.S. or other soldiers. Then & only then we took out many of their clan leadership via a helicopter rocket attack. I read Black Hawk Down. I know the whole timeline.

      The U.S. should never ever help any 3rd world country when we have a Democrat controlled Congress, Executive branch or media. We should famine victims where the famine is man made when people like Code Stink, Cindy Sheehan, OWS or the leftist groups ( in their latest iteration, alphabet soup name, or flavor) are protesting in the streets.

      We don't need to be stabbed in the back again by the left!

      • Amused

        john , face it , you're a moron . go drink some more right wing cool-aid . you're not even coherent you meatball .

  • BS77

    The West better wake up and smell the coffee.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      I bet it's going to be 'halil' 'coffee.

  • maria

    Muslim WeeTodEdwards distorted Deuteronomy test as Muslims always do. Never trust Muslims as their koran decreed them to deceive infidels, all non-Muslims. How many non-Jews were killed by their religion? None. Unfortunately after 1967 war victory Jews even granted Temple Mount to Muslims. Huge mistake. In Israel all Christians Churches and even Muslims mosques has the same protection as synagogues. Opposit in Palestinians territories. Christians population dramaticaly decreased in holy cities for Christians:Hebron, Bethlehem, etc. Muslims killed there Christians as they do everywhere, Christians were persecuted and had to fled. Israel liberated land after wars imposed by Islamic neighboring countries to tiny but courages Israel, Arabs there were given autonomy. How they gratituted Jews? They desecrated Jewish holy cites and tryed to announced that they belong to Islam. They do it everywhere.

  • maria

    Muslims are worse than Nazists and the sooner Westerns realize the fact that there is no way to have peace with those who want to annihilate us, the better. We or those barbarians. They on mercyiess war with us. We must be adequat. Where will be world if in Hitler time those covardice pacifists ideas as Leftists impose on us now prevail? Wake up, people. At stake our life and our children life. All non-Muslims must united.

  • Ghostwriter

    I did read the posts by WeeToddEdwards and I'd like to ask you a question. Since when has any Muslim anywhere condemned Muslim terrorist attacks on Americans? I've rarely heard Muslims condemn any terrorist attack on Americans but riot when someone accidentally burns their Korans. I'd love to hear the answer to that question although I doubt I'd get an answer.

  • maria

    If there is some natural catastrophy in any country, like it was in Haiti, or in Indonesia, or in Turkey, etc all Western countries sent great deal of help financial, medical, etc. Do you know that almost never Muslims country help non-Muslims? More over 97 % of financial aid to so-called Palestinians (Arab of Palestine, Islamic terrorists) provide US and European countries and only 3% all Muslims country together? The same time they have vast profit for oil and many of those country very much reach? Muslims used their money only to promote Islam, to finance Jihad, to bribe stupid narrow-minded Westerns. Saudi Arabia, for instant, finance the most prestigious Univercities in US, Britain, etc. to promote Islam and to destort their murderous history of conquering Europe, India and all other countires which under death penalty islamized. Now the same process is going on in Africa. They kill Christians but where is Media? Oil money bought so-call Human Rights defenders. We are all in danger. Muslim world preparing us a new Holocaust but now for all non-Muslims, not only for Jews. Wake up people. Economy is very important but Islamization is much more as at the con is our life.

  • NONAME

    One word. Lebanon
    Lebanon has 57% Islamic people and they do not touch a Chrisitan man or women.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    No, so realistic. Why am I not shocked that your muslim friendly values would come oozing to the surface?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And again you ignore muslim violence.

    When Christians are violent it is because they don't follow Christ's teachings.
    When muslim militants are violent it's because they are following muslim teachings.

    9:29 Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

  • Guest

    dummy – there are and have been atrocities committed by people of all religions and ethnicities, but nobody comes close to the amount of death that atheism/communism has brought us. Today in the 21st century the new 'ism' responsible for so much death and destruction is islamism

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Wee, you've been throughout this before. I'm a Christian. You're attacking Christians. That text is for Jews, not part of Christ's teachings.

    You can use it, but it's wasted ink unless you can show Christ sat his followers down and said to do it as a church after He left.

    This is a perfect example of the hate oozing out in your comments. You're not stupid, just a bigot.

  • JayThomas

    I read your linked article. No mention of Christians attacking. In fact the Minister of Religion at the Al-Khoei Foundation said they do not know who the aggressors are.

    So why do you assume Christians did this?

  • Looking4Sanity

    He IS a troll. And a psychopathic one at that. He follows this guy Roger to every site he goes to for the purpose of harassing him. It's been going on for over a year as best I recall.

    Wee Wee is an atheist with obsessive compulsive disorder and delusions of grandeur.

  • Looking4Sanity

    Wee is angry because he has shut himself off from grace. He can't stand the thought that anyone else might have access to it.

    I call this "Dog in the manger syndrome". The dog can't eat the hay, but he doesn't want the cows to have it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    He always assumes Christians are the aggressors, and still defends this comment he made about a similar story.

    24 minutes ago @ Breitbart.tv – Soldier Found Guilty i… · 1 reply · +1 points
    "The whole town needs locked in the church and the church set on fire. IMO"

    He actually advocated for vigilante style justice without a trial of complete investigation where they would all be locked in their church and set on fire to die a painful death even without knowing if they were actually involved.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    The hard part would be getting him strapped into the chair so he would have to talk to the guy.

  • kentatwater

    Roger may have inadvertently picked up another compulsive troll, in the form of "justquitnow." Both he and I drive it to profane hysterics fairly easily, but rather than realize its arguments are rubbish, and it's not as smart as it thinks, the troll has started to imagine "Roger and Me" is more that just a propaganda film by a leftist gasbag. It thinks we're the same person!

    I mean, I'm flattered and all. Roger is an excellent writer, who makes sound and compelling arguments, but last time I check my DL, I'm not Roger.

    Wait, I'll check again…

    Nope, still not Roger.

  • WeeToddEdwards

    You are another prime examle of why I label most christians hypocrites. Yoe will mention all other violent relgions but when it comes to you own you are silent or you use the numbers game.

  • WeeToddEdwards

    Lets see some proof. Hitler alone killed 6 million.

  • WeeToddEdwards

    It does not matter. Where in christ's teachings does he approve of this?

  • Zionista

    Does mao, stalin, or the khmer rouge ring a bell? Probably not for an ignoramus like you. You must have chosen the name wee with your brain in mind!!

  • WeeToddEdwards

    You have to show where they killed for a lack of belief of a god

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    If you know history you'd realize how sad that is.

    Did you learn the iranian history of the world by any chance?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    He advocates violence against Christians. He still defends this comment.

    24 minutes ago @ Breitbart.tv – Soldier Found Guilty i… · 1 reply · +1 points
    "The whole town needs locked in the church and the church set on fire. IMO "

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    No, he's not. He's an example of a Christian who is grounded well enough to call your poison exactly what it is.

    You keep blaming all the violence on religions other than islam, why is that?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Why thank you, isn't it fun to deconstruct the trolls and their talking points?

    They just go to pieces.

    And I'm still me. If they would just check my comment stream they'd see I don't play games or have time to do the parallel profiles like wee wee does.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Why should Christ have to mention self defense?

    You don't think you can really lay down that double standard do you?

    One moment Christians are all violent and the next we don't have a right to self defense?

    How does that work exactly? Oh, you're just a two faced hypocrite that hates Christians and still defends this comment.

    24 minutes ago @ Breitbart.tv – Soldier Found Guilty i… · 1 reply · +1 points
    "The whole town needs locked in the church and the church set on fire. IMO"

  • WeeToddEdwards

    Chapter and verse please where Christs appoves of christians burning mosques <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    How about chapter and verse where muslims are allowed?

    9:29 Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

  • WeeToddEdwards

    That was not the question asked. Why is ok for your fellow Christians to do it and no one else? Chapter and verse please <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Why is it all right for muslims to do so?

    9:29 Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

    And when the muslims do, why can't Christians defend themselves?