Muslim Persecution of Christians: May, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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Eritrea: Activists taking part in a protest outside the Eritrean embassy in London revealed that “Some 2,000 to 3,000 Christians are currently detained in Eritrea without charge or trial… Several Christians are known to have died in notorious prison camps” and “thousands of Eritreans flee their country every year,” some falling “into the hands of abusive traffickers, and are held hostage in torture camps in the Sinai Desert pending payment of exorbitant ransoms, or the forcible removal of organs.”

Ethiopia: A Christian man accused of “desecrating the Koran” spent two years in prison, where he was abused, pressured to convert to Islam, and left paralyzed.  Now returning home, he has found that his two young children have been abducted by local Muslims: “My life is ruined—I have lost my house, my children, my health. I am now homeless, and I am limping.”

Greece: Abet Hasman, the deputy mayor of Patras who recently passed away, left a message to be revealed only in his obituary—that, though born to Muslim parents in Jordan,  he was “secretly baptized” a Christian (demonstrating how some Muslims who convert to Christianity, knowing the consequences of apostasy, opt for secrecy).

Indonesia: A predominantly Christian neighborhood was attacked for several days by “unidentified persons” who set fire to homes and cars.  Dozens of Christian families fled their homes, “many fear[ing] the involvement of Islamic extremist groups.”

Iran: A prominent  house church pastor remains behind bars, even as his family expresses concerns that he may die from continued abuse and beatings, leading to internal bleeding and other ailments; authorities refuse to give him medical treatment.  Also, the attorney of Youssef Nadarkhani—the imprisoned Christian pastor who awaits execution for apostasy—was himself “convicted for his work defending human rights and is expected to begin serving his nine-year sentence in the near future.” Meanwhile, in a letter attributed to him, the imprisoned pastor wrote: “I have surrendered myself to God’s will…[and I] consider it as the day of exam and trial of my faith…[so that I may] prove my loyalty and sincerity to God.”

Jordan: After the Jordanian Dubai Islamic Bank decreed that all females must wear the hijab, the Islamic veil, or be terminated, all female employees who refused to wear the hijab—mostly Christians, including one Christian woman who worked there for 27 years—were fired. There are suspicions that this new policy was set to target and terminate the Christian employees, since it is they who are most likely to reject the hijab.

Lebanon: A 24-year-old woman, the daughter of a Shiite cleric, who was “physically and psychologically tortured by her father for converting to Christianity three years ago,” managed to escape and then got baptized by a Christian priest—who was abducted and interrogated to disclose the whereabouts of the renegade woman.   In connection, Muslim assailants fired gunshots at the house of another priest and at a church.  This “is part of an escalating pattern of violence against local Catholics,” in the words of the region’s prelate.

Macedonia: After some Muslims were arrested in connection to a “series of murders of Christians,” thousands of fellow Muslims demonstrated after Friday prayers, shouting  slogans like “death to Christians” and calling for “jihad.”

Mali:  Ever since the government was overthrown in a coup, “the church in Mali faces being eradicated,” especially in the north “where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out… there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, church and Christian property has been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.”

Nigeria: Muslim gunmen set fire to a home in a Christian village and then opened fire on all who tried to escape the inferno, killing at least seven and wounding many others, in just one of dozens of attacks on Christians.

Sudan: Without reason, security officials closed down regional offices of the Sudan Council of Churches and a much needed church clinic for the poor; staff members were arrested and taken to an undisclosed location: “Their families are living in agony due to the uncertainty of their fate.”

Syria: Jihadi gunmen evicted all the families of a Christian region, “taking over all the homes of the village, occupying the church and turning it to their base.”

Uzbekistan: Police raided a Protestant house church meeting, claiming  “that a bomb was in the home.” No bomb was found, only Christian literature which was confiscated.  Subsequently, 14 members of the unregistered church were heavily fined—the equivalent of 10-60 times a monthly salary—for an “unsanctioned meeting in a private home.” Between February and April, 28 Protestants were fined and four were warned for the offence, with three Baptists also being fined for not declaring their personal Bibles while crossing the border from Kazakhstan into Uzbekistan. Fines and warnings were accompanied by the confiscation of religious literature.

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; 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

April, 2012

March, 2012

February, 2012

January, 2012

December, 2011

November, 2011

October, 2011

September, 2011

August, 2011

July, 2011

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  • Syed

    Gulf war in 1990 and war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and the problems being created in Iran, Syria, Egypt and Libya are by Christians alone….Muslims in fact killed very few christians as compared to Christians who killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    • ratonis

      What a joke. Muslims kill more Muslims than any amount of infidels do.

      • SKIP

        And muslims killing muslims simply NEVER gets old with me.

    • SKIP

      Idiot!

    • James

      (A)The 1990 gulf war is irrelevant to your argument. The Iraqis invaded Kuwait, took Kuwaiti prisoners, used them as human shields, and killed them off instead of keeping them alive.
      (B)Afghanistan (taliban) were offered to give up osame Bin Laden before the invasion, they declined, and brought on their own fate
      (C)Iraq was questionable, because we should have killed Suddam the first time and avoided the recent situation
      Muslims kill off Christians in every country thats has enough ignorant people to make it the majority. My girlfriends family fleed from Egypt (thank God) to avoid your treacherous people. Seek the Lord with a pure heart and you’ll find truth….or just continue to buy into that rubbish written by that pedophile murderous lost man Muhammed (may he never find rest and burn for eternity for all the people he led astray)

    • sajan

      who is killed maccans at 7th century ,who was killed the Syrians and some middle-east nation such Lebanon, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, Babylonia and eastern parts of India in following centuries , Muhammad make a nation by the name of pagan god Allah, he and his followers continues the same way to spread the religion to other part of the world,If it is a true religion or religion of peace it not allow to kill there brothers becoz all humans are come from the first couple

    • Anthony

      These so called 'innocent civilians' of yours were, for the most part, not so innocent. Many of them took up arms against American and Allied soldiers, making them civilian aggressors. Under the UN codes for warfare, such people who fight with no uniform or recognized government behind them are subject to whatever happens to them. As for the other deaths; bullets, bombs, and artillery shells don't care who you are. If you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, that's just bad luck, not bad intention.

  • Rebeka

    that doesn't justify those obscenities described above! as muslims we are to treat other people of the book with respect, their places of worship as well. not even talking about simple human decency! all of those responsible should be punished, if not here, they will be (more severily) after death. Allah knows best

    • ratonis

      No. They are just doing what your "holy" book demands. They are the real deal. Wake up. You obviously have a good head on your shoulders and a heart for truth.

    • SKIP

      The conduct of islam and muslims world wide justifies any criticism towards it, I am in Afghanistan and have 9 years in the muslim wars, speak good Arabic and have seen the religion of peace up close and personal. Rebeka! are you a stOOpid American convert or a real muslim?

  • Atlas_Collins

    Islam is an evil ideology and muslims are subhuman animals that should be put down like rabid dogs.

    Islam Delenda Est.

    • http://yahoo francis fernandes

      hell is open for those who kill chirstions or any others islam is a cult ruled by the sword and will be perished by sword repent now

    • Sarah

      Why don't Muslims living in Muslim states treat non-Muslims with respect? The statistics in the above report should make you squirm with shame. These rapes, beatings, untruthful accusations, and killings of minorities in Muslim countries is a direct result of the teachings in the Qur'an which have been passed down for 1400 years. I pray for decent Muslims to admit the lies and the violence inherent in their religion and to abandon it.

  • _MUNG_

    We as Christians must defend ourselves!! This has gotten out of hand and unless we unite against the terrible hooslems they will grasp on to our necks and balls tighter. At this point I am thinking we are justified in any and all possible defenses, from stabbing to sodomization… anything to physically and mentally cripple our enimies.

    • Sarah

      God is not pleased to hear Christians talk like this. Christ did not swear at his enemies! As for wanting to do the same things to Muslims that they do to us – well, that will not take any Christian to heaven. We have to persuade the Muslims we speak with by showing them how God did enter the world, in the form of a man called Jesus, and then taught that God is Love and wants respect and love for everyone, even one's enemies. One may legitimately fight in self-defense because we are not God and he chose not to defend Himself for a good reason. But it would be a crime against God to mistreat a wounded enemy, and even worse to rape the enemy's women or kill his children in cold blood.

  • ratonis

    CALLING ON THE CHARLES MARTEL OF OUR TIMES: PLEASE APPEAR SOON!

  • fernandes wency

    islam is a false religion without peace they start wars kill people distroy almost everthing they are not free they only act under thier leaders do not think those who harm chirstians or any other people will burn in hell

  • Esther

    does islam teach forcible conversions?? this is just ridiculous!! its a human right to practice his or her own religion.. which religion teaches taking others life just for the sake of it?? u can try n convert a Christian superficially but from heart a Christian will always remain Christian n his/her love for Jesus Christ will never die.. v have never heard abt a Christian "killing" a muslim..because teachings of our Jesus Christ isnt so..v have been taught by our God Jesus Christ to forgive our persecutors and pray for them even if they torture u badly..definitly NOT KILL THEM!! n at the end i just wud like to say that v as sons and daughters of the Almighty Jesus forgive yall who are hurting our Christian brothers and sisters..may GOD judge you..

  • Sarah

    Islam does teach forcible conversion just as it teaches its people to fear converting to another religion. The verse that says otherwise about forcible conversion was later abrogated by Mohammed. I am sorry, I do not have my notes to hand but if you are a Muslim reading this, you know I speak the truth. I have personally been told by a Muslim imam,"Of course we must kill people who apostasise from Islam! That is treachery to God." I told him I thought God was capable of taking care of Himself.