Muslim Persecution of Christians: January 2012

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This article was first published by the Stonegate Institute.

The beginning of the New Year saw only an increase in the oppression of Christians under Islam, from Nigeria, where an all-out jihad has been declared in an effort to eradicate the Muslim north of all Christians, to Europe, where Muslim converts to Christianity are still hounded and attacked as apostates.  According to the Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year”; in our life time alone, he predicts “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”

An international report found that Muslim nations make up nine out of the top ten countries where Christians face the “most severe” persecution.  In response to these findings, a Vatican spokesman said that “Among the most serious concerns, the increase in Islamic extremism merits special attention.  Persons and organizations dedicated to extremist Islamic ideology perpetrate terrible acts of violence in many places throughout the world: the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria is but one example. Then there is the climate of insecurity that unfortunately in some countries accompanies the so-called “Arab spring”—a climate that drives many Christians to flee and even to emigrate.”

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


Iran: A Christian convert who was arrested in her home has been sentenced to two years in prison. Previously she endured five months of uncertainty detained in the notorious Evin prison, where the government hoped she would come to her senses and renounce Christianity. She was convicted of “broad anti-Islamic propaganda, deceiving citizens by formation of what is called a house church, insulting sacred figures and action against national security.” Likewise, Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani continues to suffer in prison.  Most recently, he rejected an offer to be released if he publicly acknowledged Islam’s prophet Muhammad as “a messenger sent by God,” which would amount to rejecting Christianity, as Muhammad/Koran reject it.

Kenya: Muslim apostates seeking refuge in Kenya are being tracked and attacked by Muslims from their countries of origin: An Ethiopian who, upon converting to Christianity, was shot by his father, kidnapped and almost killed, is now receiving threatening text messages. Likewise, a Ugandan convert to Christianity is in hiding, his movements severely restricted since “the Muslims are looking to kill me. I need protection and help.”

Kuwait: A royal prince who openly declared that he has converted to Christianity, confirmed the reality that he now might be targeted for killing as an apostate.

Norway: While out for a walk, two Iranian converts to Christianity were stabbed with knives by masked men shouting “infidels!” One of the men stabbed had converted in Iran, was threatened there, and immigrated to Norway, thinking he could escape persecution there.

Somalia: A female convert to Christianity was paraded before a cheering crowd and publicly flogged as punishment for embracing a “foreign religion.” Imprisoned since November, “the public whipping was meant to mark her release.” She received 40 lashes as hundreds of Muslim spectators jeered. An eyewitness said: “I saw her faint. I thought she had died, but soon she regained consciousness and her family took her away.” Likewise, “Somali Islamists arrested a Muslim father after two of his children converted to Christianity” and fled.  He is accused of “failing to raise his sons as good Muslims,” because “good Muslims cannot convert to Christianity.”

Zanzibar: After being robbed, a Muslim convert to Christianity called police to his house; they discovered a Bible during their inspection. The course of inquiry immediately changed from searching for the thieves to asking why he “was practicing a forbidden faith.” He was imprisoned for eight months without trial, and, since being released, has been rejected by his family and is now homeless and diseased.


Azerbaijan: A pastor has been threatened with criminal proceedings following a raid on his church during Sunday service. Earlier, he was told that “a criminal case had been launched over religious literature arousing incitement over other faiths,” and was pressured by authorities to leave the area, which he did, traveling great distances each week to lead church services.

Egypt: Before a bishop was going to inaugurate the incomplete Abu Makka church and celebrate the Epiphany mass, a large number of Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood members entered the building, asserting that the church had no license and so no one should pray in it. One Muslim remarked that the building would be suitable for a mosque and a hospital.

Indonesia: A sticker on the back of the car of a member of the beleaguered Yasmin church saying “We need a friendly Islam, not an angry Islam,” distributed by the family of the late Muslim president, prompted another Islamic attack on the church: scores of Muslims “terrorized the congregation and attacked several church members.” Since 2008, the congregation has been forced to hold Sunday services on the sidewalk outside the church and then later in the home of parishioners. Not satisfied, hundreds of Muslims later searched and found the private home where members were congregating and holding service and prevented them from worshiping there as well: “It crosses the line now. The protesters now come to the residential area, which is not a public place.” A new report notes that anti-Christian attacks have nearly doubled in the last year.

Nigeria: Soon after jihadis issued an ultimatum giving Christians three days to evacuate the region or die, armed Muslims stormed a church and “opened fire on worshippers as their eyes were closed in prayer,” killing six, including the pastor’s wife. Then, as friends and relatives gathered to mourn the deaths of those slain, “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims appeared and opened fire again, killing another 20 Christians. Several other churches were bombed, and seven more killed.

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  • Albert Reubgewirtz

    So, can you explain why the Vatican is for Muslims to rule Jerusalem instead of the Jews? There must be a logic to this weird effort to take away Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish nation.

    • Whatsinaname

      There is an explanation for this: the Vatican's hatred for Jews exceeds its "dislike" for jihadist activities– even when those activities are violence against ordinary Catholics.

  • muchiboy

    There are secular Jews,Christians and Muslims.Thank God for Humanism.

    • Libertyman

      Didn't Stalin kill 60 plus million. One of the the Humanist heros if I recall.

  • Geneww

    Thank you for the facts. The world problem is a battle between Evil and Righteousness and not politics, world energy, or one world government. These are just manifestations greed and lust for power and wealth which are achieved through lies and deceit. God authored the Bible proven at and it is counterfeited as the Koran [easily proven] which hates and seeks to destroy everything that God loves and established. You will find the Koran’s adherents [and the unsaved] lack the integrated personality of ‘love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, saving faith, meekness …’ since these are from God. Without salvation we find a personality with a heart of ‘adultery, impurity and debauchery, hatred, discord, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy …’ who are comfortable with lies and deceit.

  • maria

    Where is Vatican? Why they are blind and deaf when Muslims kill Christians every day? Why jihad against Christians still has no reaction, no punishment? What Christians leaders waiting for? Holocaust for Christians?

  • KKKK

    this exclent report highlights the tragedy of being a Christian under Islam. my blessigns to these people.

  • BS77

    Believe it or not, Afghanistan used to be a Buddhist country……now it is a miserable and backward region of hate and grief. The Buddhists were destroyed or driven out, the Hindus exterminated, the Jews and Christians killed or banished. Now it is hell on earth.

    • ziontruth

      Islam, as the late ex-Muslim Indian writer Anwar Shaikh wrote of extensively, is Arab imperialism. It brings the language, customs, mores and mentality of the Arabian desert wherever it goes. And together with all that, eventually the Arabian desert itself.

  • Libertyman

    There are 35,000 Christians still enslaved in Northern Sudan still today…after a attempted genocide of 2 to 2.5 Million Christians in Sudan.

    Out of the 2.3 Billion Christians on this planet… 1.7 Billion are under persecution by Islam, Athiests (ie Secular Religionists/Humanists) and Hindus.

    • trickyblain

      I'll bite. Where are the 600,000,000 who are not persecuted? I can't tell you it sure ain't Israel — where you'll promptly be deported (if not thrown in jail) for attempting to spread the Christian faith on the street. So, you left "Jews" off your list…

  • Ghostwriter

    Gee,what a surprise. Muslims acting violent. How shocking.

  • Boo

    Muslims aren't violent, it's all us Islamophobes misunderstanding the religion of peace. Muslims are perfectly civilized, and tolerant of other faiths and women – and gays. This article is racist, and bigoted, and anti-Islamic, and intolerant and extremely radically right wing, and inspired by Anders Brievik. It's a conspiracy concocted by the Zionists, and American Jews, and the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Also Hitler was Christian and so was Timothy McVeigh. Christians were also really evil like 1000 years ago, and during the Crusades they attacked Muslims who were farmers, and really nice people bringing peace to Jerusalem. Also Mohammed wasn't the only man to have sex with a child. Mary and Joseph must have been like 12.
    The west steal the oil from the middle east and steal all their money, and they murdered all those Iraqis stealing the oil, and Saddam Hussein was a CIA agent. Also the CIA did 911. It wasn't domestic airliners that went into the WTC but hologram missiles built by the mossad. By the way Israel are really evil. They bulldoze Muslims houses while they're still inside. Also those 5 people murdered in Nablus were actually Palestinians, but the Zionists dressed them as Jews after they were murdered.
    PS Jews are like really evil.
    My impression of a liberal troll? Was I believable?

    • curmudgeon

      you touched on every trollpoint. good work. are you sure you arent a real troll?

      • Boo

        I sometimes troll, on liberal sites ;)

    • trickyblain

      Nice. How's this?

      Obama is a communist Muslim born in Kenya. He is also the anti-Christ. We live in a dictatorship. Tyranny means you can't own an Abrams tank and turn your garage into a machine gun bunker facing your neighbor's house. It also means you can be taxed in any way, shape or form.

      Communism is taking place here in America — as evidenced by a health care bill in which private insurance companies make all the profits. Companies have every right to pollute the air, soil and rivers with whatever toxins they wish! They should also be able to hire 4-year olds and pay them 5 cents per hour — and not just in Bangladesh, here!

      The Constitution says we are a Christian nation. It was written by Christian men for Christian purposes. It outlaws Madonna. It talks about morals. And it doesn't protect Muslims, because Islam isn't really a religion. It's Satanic — and we all know Satan has nothing to do with religion! Oh, and the Constitution specifically lets people vote on who can and cannot get married.

  • Ashur Youluos Malek

    Why this article failed to mention about the ethnic genocide commited against the Assyrian Christians of Occupied ASSYRIA (N. Iraq) by the hands of Arabs and Kurds. The picture of a fallen priest happened in one of Assyrian Churches in Baghdad, Iraq yet the article elusively failed any attempt to raise the plight of the Assyrian struggle as indigenous people of Iraq by the hands of others. Please watch also "Assyrian Genocide" @

    Blame England for they are the ones that gave the power, all the power to Islam and watched the demise of Christianity in the heart land of Christian birht place.

    • Achtung

      Did that priest die in January, 2012, fool?

  • randy

    What about the abuse and murder of native americans by christians as north america was stolen.

    • hammer of toures

      hi randy read boo's comment above and see yourself. what about the murder and abuse of the women and children of the cherokees by the soiux? got any explanations of that assface?

  • randy

    The catholic pediphile church should be banned.

  • Achtung

    Get a new line, "randy," you're "native american" comment is so lame…

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Christians and Jews are under persecution in America today, constant secular
    humanist belittling by the media, ACLU action in the courts to deny Chirstians
    their freedom of expression. Jews assailed in almost all Universities by way of
    maligning Israel which is surrounded by a sea of Islamist perfidity, how long
    before we are informed of crimes against persons as a daily occurance. We
    already have Muslim honor crimes, murders of innocents because they want
    to acclimate to the culture they moved into with parents here to colonize. The
    problem is Islam and the nitwits who give them pass as a religion or Peace?

  • BS77

    Read the book The Eleventh Day for an education about the complete failure of US intelligence to connect dots and prepare for the inevitable 9/11 attacks…so much was known prior to the attacks….and so little done to prevent them. Incredible book. You must read this book. Now we are facing a situation far more threatening….nuclear weapons from Iran (or Pakistan) that could end up in the hands of terrorists. The alarm bells are ringing. The red lights are flashing…..what will be done? This is a direct threat to Western Civilization, Christianity and the freedoms individuals enjoy in the West.

  • peter

    The muslims are violent because they feel they have the majority of the world population, they will conquer the whole world and we all have to follow islam, if we don't we are on the dead list. Islam is the worst religion disease on this earth and we will be in WOLLD WAR 3 very soon as this will be the worst religion war ever.