Muslim Persecution of Christians: January 2012

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Pakistan: Enraged by the voices of children singing carols at a nearby church, Muslims praying in a mosque decided to silence them—including with an axe: “The children were preparing for mass to be celebrated the next day which was a Sunday. The loud cheers became terrified whimpers when suddenly four men, one of them with an axe, barged into the church. The men slapped the children, wrecked the furniture, smashed the microphone on to the floor and kicked the altar. “You are disturbing our prayers. We can’t pray properly. How dare you use the mike and speakers?” (Islam forbids Christians from celebrating loudly in church, banning bells, microphones, etc.)  Also, a center owned by the Catholic church for 125 years, and used for “charitable purposes”—it housed a home for the elderly, a girls’ school, a convent and chapel for prayer—was demolished, after it was discovered that its land is worth much money; in the process, demolition workers destroyed Bibles, crosses, and a statue of Our Lady.

ZanzibarMuslims destroyed two churches: one was torched, while the other demolished—all to yells of “Allahu Akbar.”


[General Abuse, Debasement, and Suppression of non-Muslim “Second-Class Citizens”]

Denmark: In Muslim majority Odense, an Iranian Christian family had two cars consecutively vandalized—windows smashed, seats cut up, and set ablaze—because the cars had crucifixes hanging in them; the family has since relocated to an undisclosed location.  Likewise, “Church Ministry” will change its name to “Ministry of Philosophy of Life” to accommodate Muslims.

Egypt: In the latest round of collective punishment, a mob of over 3000 Muslims attacked Christians in a village because of a rumor that a Coptic man had intimate photos of a Muslim woman on his phone (denied by the man). Coptic homes and shops were looted before being set ablaze. Three were injured, while “terrorized” women and children who lost their homes stood in the streets with no place to go. As usual, it took the army an hour to drive 2 kilometers to the village and none of the perpetrators were arrested.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Muslims set ablaze a Christian missionary home. Occupants of the home, mostly orphans and the less-privileged, were rendered homeless as a result. Meanwhile, a top officer allowed the mastermind behind the Christmas Day church bombings to escape, evincing how well entrenched Islamists are in government.

Pakistan: A judge has denied bail to the latest Christian charged with desecrating the Koran, under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, despite the lack of evidence against him: according to Sharia, the word of a Christian is half that of his Muslim accuser (his landlord).

Saudi Arabia: Officials strip-searched 29 Christian women and assaulted six Christian men after arresting them for holding a prayer meeting at a private home. Imprisoned last month without trial, they have not been told when or if they will be released.  Authorities conducted the strip searches of the women, who insisted they had committed no crime, in unsanitary conditions. As a result, some of the women have been injured and are suffering illnesses, but authorities have provided no medical treatment.

Sudan: Authorities threatened to arrest church leaders if they engage in “evangelistic activities” and fail to comply with an order for churches to provide names and identifications: “The order was aimed at oppressing Christians amid growing hostilities toward Christianity… Sudanese law prohibits missionaries from evangelizing, and converting from Islam to another religion is punishable by imprisonment or death in Sudan, though previously such laws were not strictly enforced.”  Accordingly, days and weeks later, two evangelists were arrested on spurious charges and beat by police.

Turkey: A Christian asylum seeker who fled from Iran because of his faith “was brutally assaulted by his Turkish employer with hot water and his body was severely burned,” due to “the extreme religious views” of his Muslim employer, who “told him he had no rights and that he would not pay him any money,” after the Christian asked for his agreed wages. He “is just one example of hundreds of Iranian Christian asylum seekers who are living in such situations in Turkey.”


Egypt: The abduction of a 16-year old Christian girl, who disappeared over a month ago, has become a “tug of war between the Christian family and Muslim lawyers.” The court sided with the Islamists, ordering the girl to be held in a state-owned care home till she reaches 18—the legal age of conversion—instead of returning her to her family. Coptic activists argue that the decision “encourages Islamists to continue unabated the abduction of Christian minors for conversion to Islam.”

Pakistan: A Christian girl who was abducted in 2001 when she was 15 and forced to marry a Muslim, returned to her Catholic family after 10 years. Her case is not an isolated case: “there are at least 700 cases a year of Christian girls kidnapped and forced to marry Muslims.” Likewise, “within the past three months, nine women have been abducted and forcibly converted to Islam.”

Sudan:  After a large truck smashed through the gates of a Catholic Church compound, Muslims affiliated with Sudan’s Islamic government kidnapped two Catholic priests and “severely beat” them and looted their living quarters, stealing two vehicles, two laptops and a safe.  Later, the kidnappers forced the priests to call their bishop with a ransom demand of 500,000 Sudanese pounds (US $185,530).

Switzerland: A Muslim man hacked his daughter to death for dating a Christian: were they dating in a Muslim-dominated country, the Christian, as so often happens, would have likely received similar treatment.

Syria: The Christian community in Syria has been hit by a series of kidnappings and brutal murders; 100 Christians were killed since the anti-government unrest began; “children were being especially targeted by the kidnappers,” who, if they do not receive the ransom demanded, kill the victim, including some who are “cut into pieces and thrown in a river.”  These latest reports are reminiscent of the anti-Christian attacks that have become commonplace in Iraq for a decade.

Tajikistan: A young man dressed as Father Frost—the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas—was stabbed to death while visiting relatives and bringing gifts. The Muslim mob beating and stabbing him screamed “you infidel!” leading police to cite “religious hatred” as motivation.

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” (second-class 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.

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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.