Muslim Persecution of Christians: July 2012

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Jihad Death and Destruction

Nigeria: In what is being described as an ongoing genocide of Christians, over 65 people, including two politicians, were killed in triple attacks on Christians. First, Muslims destroyed 43 Christian-owned farms. Nobody was arrested. Then they attacked nine Christian villages around the city of Jos, killing dozens of people. “They came in hundreds,” said an official, “Some had police uniforms and some even had bulletproof vests.” In one instance, Christians fleeing the violence took refuge in the house of a local church leader, which was bombed and more than 50 Christians were burned alive, including the pastor’s wife and children. Then the Muslims attacked the funeral for the victims of the village raids, killing several more people. Security forces said Muslim Fulani herdsmen were responsible but Islamic militant group Boko Haram issued a statement saying “We thank Allah for the successful attack.” Separately, Islamic motorcycle assassins gunned down four Christians.

South Africa: The Islamic terror group Al Shabaab is accused of murdering 14 Christians, all Ethiopians, in the Western Cape. A Christian bishop, also a former police inspector, fears more of his flock will be targeted: “We want authorities to do something because we know this is the work of al-Shabaab. If nothing is done, the Ethiopian population will be depleted… [those who died are] holy martyrs who have died because they are Christians.” Meanwhile, Father Mike Williams of the Anglican Catholic Church also revealed that members of his congregation have been targeted by gunmen “with connections to Muslim extremists,” saying that “In July, we have lost seven members of our church.”

Syria: Syrian “freedom fighters” continue showing their true colors as they destroy churches and kill Christians, which has resulted in the mass migration of tens of thousands of Christians, including practically the entire populations of Homs and Qusayr. Surrounding nations that once might have offered refuge—Iraq, Turkey, even now Lebanon—are also increasingly inhospitable to Christians. One Christian girl who escaped said: “They sermonized on Fridays in the mosques that it was a sacred duty to drive us [Christians] away…. Christians had to pay bribes to the jihadists repeatedly in order to avoid getting killed.” After making the sign of the cross, her grandmother added: “Anyone who believes in this cross suffers.”

Turkey: An article titled “Who Ordered the Murder of Christians?” asserts that a Muslim undercover agent who had worked for the government “penetrated the Christian community and gathered a lot of information, while he was pretending to be a missionary. He became a church leader, and upon receiving another order, he became ‘Muslim’ again and launched a campaign against missionaries across the country,” which culminated in the massacre of Christians.


[General Abuse, Debasement, and Suppression of Non-Muslims as “Tolerated” Citizens]

Egypt: After a Christian laundry worker burned the shirt of a Muslim man, several quarrels ensued and culminated with the death of a Muslim. Accordingly, thousands of Muslims rampaged the village, causing 120 Christian families to flee. They looted Christian businesses and homes “despite hundreds of security forces being deployed in the village. Eyewitnesses reported that security forces did not protect most Coptic property.” Family members of the deceased Muslim insist that the Christians must still pay with their lives. Also, during Ramadan, several Christians were attacked and beaten. Dr. Yassir al-Burhami, a prominent figure in Egypt’s Salafi movement issued a fatwa forbidding Muslim taxi-drivers and bus-drivers from transporting Coptic Christian priests to their churches, which he depicted as “more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar.” And a charitable medical center that performs free heart operations on both Muslim and Christian children is under threat from some Muslims, who want it closed down because it was founded by a Christian surgeon.

Pakistan: Days after a Muslim mob doused a man with gasoline and literally burned him alive for “blaspheming” the Koran (graphic picture here), a Pakistani Christian woman, now living in the U.S., explained how when she lived in Pakistan, Muslims disfigured her in an acid attack for being Christian: After one man noticed her wearing a crucifix, he “became abusive,” telling her “that she was living in the gutter and would go to hell for shunning Islam. He left and returned half an hour later, clutching a bottle of battery acid which he savagely chucked over her head. As she ran screaming for the door a second man grabbed her by the hair and forced more of the liquid down her throat, searing her esophagus. Teeth fell from her mouth as she desperately called for help, stumbling down the street. A woman heard her cries and took her to her home, pouring water over her head and taking her to hospital. At first the doctors refused to treat her, because she was a Christian. ‘They all turned against me… Even the people who took me to the hospital. They told the doctor they were going to set the hospital on fire if they treated me.’ … 67 per cent of her esophagus was burned and she was missing an eye and both eyelids. What remained of her teeth could be seen through a gaping hole where her cheek had been. The doctors predicted she would die any day. Despite the odds she pulled through.” Separately, Muslim landowners and their police accomplices continue annexing land owned by Christians: “The police pulled away our headscarves from our heads and started hitting us with clubs and punches” reported Christian women, “after news spread that police is harassing and torturing Christian women and men … to grab their agricultural land.”

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 persecution 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; apostasy and blasphemy laws; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; 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

June, 2012

May, 2012

April, 2012

March, 2012

February, 2012

January, 2012

December, 2011

November, 2011

October, 2011

September, 2011

August, 2011

July, 2011

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  • Blossom Kelley

    There are two ways to be fooled:
    One is to believe what isn’t true;
    The other is to refuse to accept what is true
    Soren Kierkegaard

  • Chezwick

    This article should go out to family and friends under the banner "Islam is peace"????

    The gist of it is, these aren't depredations caused by terrorists…or even corrupt governments (although the governments in question typically look the other way). No, the culprits are almost always neighbors in the community, typical Muslims. The persecution is systematic and mainstream. It is Islam in practice.

    In America, the MSM conscientiously blacks out coverage of such daily intolerance…and yet, bacon being left out for park animals near a Muslim festival in New York causes a sensation that receives coverage by almost every MSM outlet. One has to ask the question, why the double standard?

    The only credible answer: To build a narrative, that Muslims are victims, not perpetrators, and that hence, Islam is benign, not dangerous……all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

  • Sunbeam

    One wonders when all these atrocities and genocide will stop. It's been far too long these victims have suffered in the hands of the perpetrators. There seems to be no rescue from anyone – just let them die; can't be bothered attitude. No mercy help, no compassion. The world is silent. Not even 1 politician stood up to say anything. In contrast, if this were to happen to a Muslim minority in a non Muslim country, all the Muslim will stood up and caused an uproar. It's time we non Muslim should be united just as they were. It has to start somewhere to get things moving. What is the Vatican doing? Why is it keeping itself mum over this grave matter?

  • Wesley69

    And there is not a new Islamic war going on????? Chirstians across the Islamic world are threatened as never before in Modern times. Radical Islam has given way to total intolerance. Chiristians and Jews are viewed as the infidel and their deaths are pleasing to Allah. And what is the West saying about all this?????? Nothing. And the Islamists are smart – using Western freedoms to protect their own enclaves within Western countries. They use those freedoms to inluence the create of laws favorable to them. And Obama is perfectly alright with this.

  • Wesley69

    Here is an amendment that I feel may need to be added to our Constitution in order to insure religious liberty for all of us and to stop the spread, specifically, of Sharia Law.


    *While all citizens enjoy freedom of religious preference within this country or its territories, and individuals have a right to ground their offspring in the tenets of a particular religion, practices forbidden are those which:
    1) coerce belief in individuals by the use of force;
    2) indoctrinate minors using public funds in the tenets of a religion for purposes of conversion;
    3) use religious law to physically, mentally or monetarily harm an individual;
    4) are in conflict with a citizen's rights under the Constitution & its Amendments.

    *Nor shall the practices or beliefs of a religious group:
    1) serve as the basis for local, state and federal laws, and how it is adjudicated in courts of any jurisdiction;
    2) be imposed on the citizens of any municipality or state;
    3) be imposed upon any business concern;
    4) seek to overthrow by subversion or insurrection governmental institutions.

    • goemon

      I would go further and add that it is okay to own a Koran and read it, but to believe it would be considered a mental illness punishable by life in an asylum.

  • Wesley69

    *While religious courts are permitted, their authority is limited to doctrinal, ceremonial, organizational duties for which they have been established.

    *Religious institutions or congregations may, for purposes of membership, require that certain religious tenets and other obligations be observed. However, the usage of physical punishments for violations of such tenets is forbidden.

    *Expulsion from a religious organization or congregation does not constitute mental injury to an individual.

  • Sandry

    thank you Mr Raymond Ibrahim for consistently and comprehensively cataloguing the TRUTH about Christian persecution in Muslim world. yours is an invaluable service, and I can only pray that it eventually finds its way to the right people.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Adherents to the Koran should be declared enemies of mankind and if found in America deported
    back to the sand flea hell holes they came from………………Obama brought them here and
    as the pied piper of anti-Americanism he should retire to a desert in Iran………………….William

  • Nelson Hernandez

    What does the bible say? "You reap what you sow?" It's amazing how for many centuries Christians have ridden out on their pompous mission to "save" and "convert" the world. Look at your own Christian history, even till this day.

    Christians murdering others in a convert or die crusade.
    Racism and slavery promoted because a 2000 yr old book says that the Curse of Ham was for blacks to be slaves
    Priests and Pastors (yes Evangelicals, you are not exempt), molesting and raping our youth.
    Salem witch trials
    etc. and etc.

    Although in "modern times" Christians are more subtle or rather less violent than their past actions, they still hold the same bigotries and biased thoughts as their Muslim counter parts. I at least can appreciate the in your face approach. You Christians crack me up! I don't condone the murder/rap/genocide of anyone and I do think what is going on is horrible. But you guys kind of asked for it. You mission into other peoples lands and homes to try and tell them that their whole way of life is incorrect. If they resist and kick you out. Well then you just sneak in and preach anyway. Then you wonder why they do not like you?

    The Islamic word is steeped in their beliefs. More so than today's Christians. They live in an actual theology, which hasn't happened with Judeo-Christianity in centuries.

    Look at how much Christians in America protest to other beliefs and religions. Yet you are shocked by others response to you? The arrogance. Pure hypocrites.

    Christians…your roosters have come home to roost. Thank you for bringing the rest of us into your dirty little faith war.

    P.S. Funny. Islam as a religion is growing vs Christian faith. Allah is winning against Christian God. Be warned.

    • God Loves You

      Hi Nelson, when you look at Christian violence in history, you will find that majority of it, and the things you mentioned, where caused by Catholics. You might think, "oh well, they're all the same", but in reality Catholics are quite different. A true Christian is meant to abide by the Bible, and learn to be a loving, non-hypocritical person. On the other hand, Catholics are very much influenced by the Pope and the Vatican; you see, the medieval crusades, and persecution of PROTESTANT CHRISTIANS, were all done by Catholics. The Vatican has created many rules for Catholics/Christians, which don't abide by the scripture of the Holy Bible, and hold many traditions and rituals which are really pagan in essence. The historical power of the Pope was huge in the medieval times(even now), and the title was basically as powerful a the king, if not more. Many Popes have been corrupt and power hungry, often relatives of kings. It is easy to see that the Pope's power and influence over the Catholic religion combined with their historical corruptness could easily create incorrect changes in doctrines and beliefs in Catholics/Christians, for a variety of reasons, i.e., money, power. The repercussions of this are the breaking away of the coptics, the orthodox church, church of England and Protestants.
      Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against Catholics personally, but do you understand that the violence wasn't caused by true Christians and Christian belief?
      The molesting probably comes from Catholic priest's compulsory abstinence, which isn't condoned at all in the bible.
      I'm not an American, so i'm not so familiar with the promotion of slavery and racism; but it sounds to me more like Southern American rednecks trying to find excuses and reasons to enslave blacks. It seems more like ignorance, arrogance and greed to me. Just like how the Australian Aborigines were treated like animals by the Europeans, more or less white supremacy. I'm not so familiar with the salem witch trials either, but witches aren't really mentioned, at least not in the way we imagine them, in the bible. It mostly talks about witchcraft as being bad (which ironically is being practiced more and more these days). Taking religion out of that picture, it probably still would've happened because of the human weaknesses of paranoia, ignorance, even hatred. Plus witch hunts have been practiced since antiquity, with or without Christianity. These are more historical events of human ignorance.
      Have you ever met a TRUE Christian? We are Christian because we feel love and happiness from the lord, and we feel it is our duty to share this beauty with others. If you found something wonderful, would you not find it necessary to share it with family, and, everyone else you knew? The lord is meant to fill the void in your heart, and you can only fill it if you are genuinely willing to feel and accept it. I'm sorry if there was a Christian who came to your home and told you your whole way of life was incorrect, but do you not agree that everyone has flaws? In this modern day and age, when religion has been abandoned, can you not see morals and ethics being lost around you? Sexual immorality, violence, untruthfulness, drunkenness, disrespect towards others and even parents, and so many other things have become the norm, even venerated as 'cool'. And all these things are practiced for what? A temporary high, which leaves you more depressed and void then you were before. I hope you will take what I have said with an open heart, and the right intention, and think about it in relationship to yourself. Do you feel sad, or empty, or like there's no direction in your life? Jesus is the answer.

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