Muslim Persecution of Christians: March 2012

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The following article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

The war on Christianity and its adherents rages on in the Muslim world.  In March alone, Saudi Arabia’s highest Islamic law authority decreed that churches in the region must be destroyed; jihadis in Nigeria said they “are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women”; American teachers in the Middle East were murdered for being or talking about Christianity; churches were banned or bombed, and nuns terrorized by knife-wielding Muslim mobs.  Christians continue to be attacked, arrested, imprisoned, and killed for allegedly “blaspheming” Islam’s prophet Muhammad;  former Muslims continue to be attacked, arrested, imprisoned, and killed for converting to Christianity.

To understand why all this persecution is virtually unknown in the West, consider the mainstream media’s well-documented biases: also in March alone, the New York Times ran a virulently anti-Catholic ad, but refused to publish a near identical ad directed at Islam; the BBC admitted it will mock Jesus but never Muhammad; and U.S. sitcoms were exposed for bashing Christianity, but never Islam.

Is it any wonder, then, that this same mainstream media ignores or at best whitewashes the nonstop persecution of Christians under Islam?  Exposing such ugly truths would undermine their narrative of Islam as the “religion of peace.”

Categorized by theme, March’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:

Apostasy, Blasphemy, and Proselytism: Death and Prison

Egypt: A Christian man accused of insulting Islam’s prophet Muhammad was sentenced to six years in prison.  Though “defamation of religion” is a misdemeanor under Egyptian law, punishable by a prison sentence of one month to three years, the judge doubled the sentence to appease Muslims, including an angry 2,500-strong mob that terrorized the courtroom, demanding death for the Christian. Likewise, an “anti-Christianization course” by an organization that is “specializing in the resistance to Christianity”—so Muslims are not “throw[n] under the feet of the Cross”—was initiated; according to an instructor, “Reoccurring attempts at the university in Aswan to convert Muslims to Christianity or provoke them with misleading information was the drive behind the course.”

India: A young woman was attacked and kicked out of her home “for daring to give thanks for healing in Christ’s name” in a predominantly Muslim village; “her parents helped Islamic extremists to beat her nearly unconscious.” In a village where “hard-line Muslims have threatened to kill the 25 families who initially showed interest in Christ, leaving only five frightened Christian families,” the woman was attacked when returning from church, called “pagan, among other verbal abuse.” The mob also harassed and threatened the Christian woman who “lured” her to convert to Christianity.

Iran: In a rare crackdown on a concentrated area, authorities arrested 12 more converts to Christianity living in Isfahan, the country’s third largest city, in what is seen as a tactic to discourage Muslims from attending official churches.  Among the latest known Christian converts detained in the Isfahan area is a man who was reportedly taken into custody on March 2 while returning home from his work: “Security authorities raided his home and seized him without explanation.”

Iraq: An American teacher was shot to death by an 18-year-old student at a private Christian academy.  He “was a devout Christian who frequently praised Christianity and prayed in the classroom, and his friends in Washington said his evangelism is what motivated him to teach in Iraq.” According to students, “Mr. Jeremiah’s hands were still folded in prayer when he fell”; others say a day before the shooting “a heated discussion” broke out “during which the pupil threatened to kill the teacher because of conflicting religious views.” In an interview, the father of the pupil condemned Christian evangelists, portraying them as “more dangerous than al-Qaeda.”

Malaysia:  After religious police raided a Methodist church event due to “fears that Muslims were being converted,” Muslim officials created a seminar called “Strengthening the faith, the dangers of liberalism and pluralism and the threat of Christianity towards Muslims.”  Due to criticism of the title, a lawmaker said the reference to Christianity would be removed, but the seminar’s content would remain unchanged: “The seminar is part of the right of Muslims to defend the faith of its practitioners from any action which may lead to apostasy. It is our responsibility.”

Pakistan: A Muslim mob attacked a 60-year-old Christian woman who had converted to Islam, only to reconvert back to Christianity six months later: she “was tortured—her head shaved—and paraded through the streets, garlanded with shoes.” Soon after, she received more threats of “dire consequences” from Islamic clerics, fleeing the region with her family.  Likewise, a 26-year-old Christian woman, mother to a five-month-old girl, was falsely accused of “blaspheming” Muhammad and arrested.  A few days prior, some of her relatives who converted to Islam pressured her also to do likewise:   “She refused, telling them that she was satisfied with Christianity and did not want to convert,” and was arrested of blasphemy soon thereafter.

Yemen: Al-Qaeda gunmen fatally shot an American teacher.  The terror network’s affiliate in Yemen issued a message saying, “This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims,” calling the teacher “one of the biggest American proselytizers.” He was shot eight times on a Sunday.

Church Attacks

Bethlehem: One week after the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority told an audience of Evangelicals that his government respected the rights of its Christian minorities, the PA declared a Baptist Church illegal, adding that birth, wedding, and death certificates from the church are no longer valid.  A pastor notes that “animosity towards the Christian minority in areas controlled by the PA continues to get increasingly worse. People are always telling [Christians], ‘Convert to Islam. Convert to Islam. It’s the true and right religion.’”

Egypt: Some 1500 Muslims—several armed with swords and knives and shouting Islamic slogans—terrorized the Notre Dame Language School in Upper Egypt, in response to calls from local mosques falsely claiming the private school was building a church: “Two nuns were besieged in the school’s guesthouse for some eight hours by a murderous mob threatening to burn them alive”; one nun suffered a “major nervous breakdown requiring hospitalization… The entire property was ransacked and looted. The next day the Muslims returned and terrorized the children. Consequently, school attendance has dropped by at least one third.”

Iran: The Armenian Evangelical Church in Tehran is the latest church to be ordered to cease holding Persian service on Fridays. The officers serving the notice threatened church officials, saying that “if the order is ignored, the church building will be bombed ‘as happens in Iraq every day.’”  As another report summarizes, “Christians and Churches in the Islamic Republic of Iran are now banned from preaching the Gospel to non-Christians, holding Persian language services, teaching and distributing the Bible, or holding Christian classes.”

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  • Gunner57

    Barack Obama is very much a part of this war on Christianity.

    • Pat C

      Indeed the foreign policies of the Obama administration compose the real War on Christian Women.

      • Amused


  • Sheik Faarooq al Mohammedi

    In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful,

    I swear by Allah that we will conquer the world and place the west under the foot of the Caliphate.

    I have pledged and made a promise to the United Muslim Nations International organization that I will advance the Islamization of the West and will do my utmost to have a total conversion of christians to Islam. The Guidance Council of the revived Global Caliphate have requested that I destroy all of Christianity within a short period of time.

    Long live the kingdom of Islam! Takbir! Allahu Akbar!

    Sheik Faarooq al Mohammedi

    UMN Intl Rep.

    The United Muslim Nations International

    • Bartimaeus

      That will never happen. The God who has told out the end from the beginning says otherwise. Repent now while there is time. Renounce the deception you are under. There are not 72 virgins awaiting you. Islam is a complete lie. In the end all the violence will only bring you greater condemnation from the Righteous Judge of all.

    • sam

      u are d biggest fool of all time.after marrying like 15 wives on earth you will still want to go and get your non existence virgin in your mohammed's kingdom who also himself is a womaniser your second name is sorry and your third name is condemnation and forth name is death without hope.jesus birth, death, baptism and resurrection is in your quaran so why are you omitting that part of the gospel truth wen reading your nonsence quran.dont you think that you dont have a mind of your own? u have been brain washed.even your mohammed said he is not the father to any one of you also that he doesnt know what will even happen to him, but you fool want to go to hell with as many people as you want.your kaaba in meca who is inside the black house have you ever asked yourself? who will come back to judge this world, is it mohammed? who is the last prophet, is it mohammed or jesus christ who you are persecuting. brother pls come back to the truth forget what your brothers will say or do to you because on the last day nobody will stand for is simple just in one second confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ into your life and you are on your way to eternal rest in heaven. may God help you Amen.

    • aspacia

      Spoken like Mohammed, the pedophile, profiteering pirate, slaver, megalomaniac.

    • Amused

      LOLOLOLOL….in your dreams Faarooq, in your dreams

  • Dispozadaburks

    Christians have prayers for the followers of Baal aka Mohammed. In the name of JEsus Christ and by the power of his cross and his blood, we bind up the power of any evil spirits and command them not to block our prayers. We bind up the powers of any evil spirits and command them not to block our prayers. We bind up the powers of the earth,air,water, fire, the underworld and the satanic forces of nature. We break any curses, hexes or spells sent against us and declare them null and void. We break any assignments of spirits sent against us and send them to Jesus to do with them as he will. Lord we ask you to bless our enemies by sending your Holy Spirit to lead them to repentance and conversion. Thank you Lord for your protection and send your Angels, especially St Michael, the Archangel, to help us with this battle. We ask that you guide us in our prayers, share your spirit and compassion. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Gets Ba al every time.

  • Marvin E. Fox

    It is terrible that peace loving Christians who have no way to successfully resist the Muslims with their own resources are living in the state of hatred directed against them by the Muslims. For the American mainstream Media or any Media to remain silent observors to their Christian pain is unacceptable, especially in a nation founded as One Nation Under God.
    Freedom has no meaning for those who refuse to speak out for the sake of those who are without freedom.
    The Muslims who are tyrannizing Christians appear to be the most tyrannized people on Earth. It appears any Muslim cleric can compel them to hate their neighbors.
    Marvin E. Fox

  • bjamnjm

    Why it is that worldly, violent religions complete w/slavery and sexual perversity to no boundary go on and on about how peaceful and merciful they are? It reminds me of dictatorships and communist slogans the world over, they always contain in their manifesto's words like "Democratic Republic of…" when nothing could be further from the truth.

    Truly there are few others if any other religions in the world so intent on bloodshed. Whether it's children, women or poor whom look to their elders, husbands, and parents for protection but receive bloodshed until they graduate to carrying out bloodshed against the rest of the world in particular Christians.

    All of the "Most Gracious or Most Merciful" blah blah blah will matter little as there is none other name under Heaven but Jesus Christ by which we may be saved.. The true Christian knows his life depends on Christ, the purging of one’s own sins and the forgiveness of our enemies, even those who seek our utter destruction.

  • aspacia

    FP bloggers, remember the Catholic Protestant wars. If you left either, you were branded heretic and burned. We have evolved away from this, and the only faith that murders in the name of religion is Islam.

  • Amused

    iSLam attacking christianity should surprise no one ,it is an imperative for this cult .

  • Johan

    Islam is just an other word for jihad.

  • Western Spirit

    Christ "came to set the captives free". And this includes the captives of Islam with its Sharia law imprisoning them.

    So no wonder Christianity is under attack with its doctrine of freedom. Satan's minions are working overtime because Satan's time is growing short as the maker of illusions to deceive humanity, of which Islam is a dandy illusion but it is only one of many.

    Those who don't love the truth will buy into one of Satan's illusions.

  • Tony

    Islam and all muslims are evil, Allah is nothing more than the DEVIL himself.

  • Solemn Bastion

    The more Christian blood is shed, the stronger the Kingdom becomes. It is an honor to be persecuted and die for love of Jesus. May God give us the strength of the martyrs.