Muslim Persecution of Christians: The Christmas Edition

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This article is reprinted from Stonegate Institute

The Nigerian church bombings, wherein the Islamic group Boko Haram killed over 40 people celebrating Christmas mass, is just the most obvious example of anti-Christian sentiment in December.  Elsewhere around the Muslim world, Christmas time for Christians is a time of increased threats, harassment, and fear, which is not surprising, considering Muslim clerics maintain that “saying Merry Christmas is worse than fornication or killing someone.” A few examples:

Egypt: The Coptic Church is being threatened with a repeat of “Nag Hammadi,” the area where drive-by Muslims shot to death six Christians as they exited church after celebrating Christmas mass in 2010. Due to fears of a repeat, the diocese has “cancel[ed] all festivities for New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve.”

Indonesia:  In a “brutal act” that has “strongly affected the Catholic community,” days before Christmas, “vandals decapitated the statue of the Virgin Mary in a small grotto … a cross was stolen and the aspersorium was badly damaged.”

Iran: There were reports of a sharp increase of activities against Christians prior to Christmas by the State Security centers of the Islamic Republic. Local churches were “ordered to cancel Christmas and New Year’s celebrations as a show of their compliance and support” for “the two month-long mourning activities of the Shia’ Moslems.”

Malaysia:  Parish priests and church youth leaders had to get “caroling” permits—requiring them to submit their full names and identity card numbers at police stations—simply to “visit their fellow church members and belt out ‘Joy to the World,’ [or] ‘Silent Night, Holy Night.’”

Pakistan: “Intelligence reports warned of threats of terrorist attacks on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” adding that most church security is “inadequate.”  Christians also lamented that “extreme power outages have become routine during Christmas and Easter seasons.”

Meanwhile, if Christians under Islam are forced to live like dhimmis—non-Muslims under Muslim authority, treated as second-class citizens—in the West, voluntarily playing the dhimmi to appease Muslims during Christmas time is commonplace: the University of London held Christmas service featuring readings from the Quran (which condemns the incarnation, that is, Christmas); and “a posh Montreal suburb has decided to remove a nativity scene and menorah from town hall rather than acquiesce to demands from a Muslim group to erect Islamic religious symbols.”

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


Ethiopia: A video of some 500 Muslims burning down a church on November 29 while crying “Allahu Akbar!” appeared.  The pretext for burning this church was that it had no “permit”—even though it was built on land owned by Christians for 60 years.

Indonesia: An “Islamic extremist” group is pushing hard to have five churches demolished, again, to claims that the churches have no permit. The congregation of another “embattled church” that Muslims are trying to shut down “was forced to move its Christmas prayers to a member’s house after Islamic groups assembled at the disputed site making threats.

Iran: While celebrating Christmas, a church was raided by State Security. All those present, including Sunday school children, were arrested and interrogated.  Hundreds of Christian books were seized.  The detained Christians suffered “considerable verbal abuses”; the whereabouts of others arrested, including the reverend and his wife, remain unknown. “Raids and detentions during the Christmas season are not uncommon in Iran, a Shi’a-majority country that is seen as one of the worst persecutors of religious minorities.”

Nigeria: Weeks before the Christmas Day church bombings, another jihadi attack, enabled by “local Muslims,” left five churches destroyed and several Christians killed: “The Muslims in this town were going round town pointing out church buildings and shops owned by Christians to members of Boko Haram, and they in turn bombed these churches and shops.”

Turkey: A large-scale al-Qaeda plot to bomb “all the churches in Ankara,” was exposed.  An official indictment against al-Qaeda members earlier arrested revealed the homegrown terrorist cell’s plans to attack Ankara’s churches and their Christian clergy.


Algeria: In May, a Muslim convert to Christianity was sentenced to a five-year prison term on charges of “insulting Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, and with ‘proselytism’ for giving a Muslim a CD about Christianity.” Now the judge has decided “to indefinitely postpone” the man’s appeal, thus “show[ing how] the judicial system keeps Christians in limbo without officially punishing or acquitting them.”

Kashmir: The top Islamic clergyman launched a website against apostasy and the conversion of Muslims to Christianity.  The website works to “check the conversion of young [Muslim] boys and girls [to Christianity]”; its “fundamental goal” is to “thwart catastrophic [Christian] missionary activities.”

Iran: Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who caught the attention of the world after being imprisoned and awaiting execution for leaving Islam, may have to wait another year for a ruling on whether the sentence will be upheld, as authorities continue to delay, in the hopes that the world will forget.  Meanwhile, authorities continue “to pressure Nadarkhani to recant his faith,” giving him and ordering him to read “Islamic literature aimed at discrediting the Bible. The court reportedly has been told to use whatever means necessary to compel Nadarkhani to recant his faith.”  Another convert to Christianity recently told of his experiences: “When my family and friends learned of my decision, they didn’t accept it and rejected me as a result. They made me leave our family home. In addition, my friends treated me like my family had and began calling me an apostate and an infidel. In Iran, anyone who converts to Christianity faces various problems. In spite of the love I had for my family, I had to leave my home. Everyone rejected me.”

Malaysia:  Lamenting that “It could be hundreds, maybe even thousands” of Muslims converting to Christianity, a former state-commissioner has been “collecting data” to “persuade” the apostates to return to Islam: “We are helping them, hoping they will come back to Islam.” Likewise, the Sultan of Selangor, a Malaysian state, has ordered top-level Islamic organizations to take strategic steps against proselytism, “so that Muslims who have began distancing themselves from Islam will return to the fold and repent.”

Pakistan:  After a Muslim family discovered their son had converted to Christianity, not only did “his father put up a notice in local newspapers disowning him,” but his family “file[d] a police complaint against him because—as a murtad or apostate deserving death—he was said to have committed “blasphemy.” Likewise, after a rent-related quarrel, a Muslim landlord accused his Christian tenant of desecrating the Quran, which led to crowds of Muslims surrounding the Christian’s house, making threats and hurling anti-Christian slogans; “Muslim leaders made announcements from several mosques calling for severe punishment.” He was arrested and charged under Pakistan’s “blasphemy” laws, which make willful desecration of the Quran punishable with life imprisonment.

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  • Brujo Blanco

    These terrorist groups are following a pattern. They push as far as they can. They will not stopped until someone stops them.

    • ziontruth

      "They will not stopped until someone stops them."

      Infidels need to arm themselves. "Never Again" should not be interpreted as a call for the "global village" to rein in the world's monsters, for that was, after all, the very same false god that failed to prevent World War II and its atrocities. It should mean that every nation, for itself, must do the best it can to defend itself forcefully from the genocidal imperialists assaulting it.

      The alarming thing about the Muslims persecuting Christians isn't the Muslims, for they're doing as Islam tells them to do; it's the fact that the Christians aren't armed to resist their oppressors.

  • BS77

    One longs for the day when this hideous ideology is totally forgotten by mankind.

  • Frank

    And out "christian" president just completed his 90th round of golf.

  • john in cheshire

    Bombing Mecca at the height of the hadj, perhaps? Or using Mr S Hussein's methods of gas warfare? No, only kidding. Or am I?

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    What does the current Pope have to say about these killings in Nigeria? Has he condemned them? Forgive my naivete, but it seems that self-defense begins at home. If so, what has the Vatican done about it; if anything? The only countries that stand up to the Muslims are Poland, Israel, Switzerland, and China.. Are Muslims killing Christians in Poland? Well-how many mosques are in Poland? See, In England, Muslims own the public sphere. PM Cameron should declare martial law there–my humble opinion.

  • Haroldpom

    What does the World Council of Churches have to say about Muslim persecution of Christians. Nothing. Absolutely nothing since it can't be blamed on the Jews or Israel.

  • LindaRivera

    Muslims enjoy living HAPPILY in freedom and SAFETY in non-Muslim countries. Non-Muslims CANNOT live in safety in majority Muslim countries or areas.

    'Father Christmas' stabbed to death in Tajikistan

    By Roman Kozhevnikov
    DUSHANBE | Tue Jan 3, 2012 10:02am IST

    (Reuters) – A young man dressed as "Father Frost" – the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas – was stabbed to death in Tajikistan on Monday in an attack police believe was motivated by religious hatred, two police sources said.

    A crowd attacked 24-year-old Parviz Davlatbekov and stabbed him with a knife as he visited relatives in the early hours of Monday dressed as Father Frost, who by tradition brings Russian children presents at New Year. Russian cultural influence remains strong in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic.

    "We have witness statements that say the crowd beat Parviz and stabbed him with a knife, shouting: 'You infidel!'," one of the sources told Reuters.

    Tajikistan is officially secular, although the vast majority of its 7.7 million people are Muslims.

    • Philosopher

      How utterly cruel and sad! How awful that the only place I heard about this was here. The mass media ignores such atrocities and the worldwide Christian churches and leaders don't want to be bothered. God rest the soul of Parviz Davlabetkov. I'll bet he never guessed he would be seen as such an intolerable threat in his happy costume!

    • Fred Dawes

      It needs to become part of old mother Russia once more.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm speechless.

  • Sebastian

    What does the Arch bihop of Canterbury has to say for this? He will be still high in his Christmas turkey and wine in his palace. He is suppose to be the "defender of Christians"-my foot.That Pakistani Bishop should tale his place. At least he has some balls.

  • WSG

    The Political Elites – BOTH U.S. parties and the Religious Left's cadre of Radical "leadership" simply by virtue of their world view refuse to see the Jihadists as anything but victims . AS hard a fact as that is to square with the reality of the murderous aggression described here, that is the way most of these insular fools see the world.
    I do not see this ending well.
    The JIhadists will continue to push, murder and destroy – the western Elite will continue to enable, cower and apologize until something major happens, again – a nuclear or biologic attack and then ALL bets are off. Think of the WW II era played out with nuclear weapons while dealing with an enemy – Islam – that has ZERO sense of self preservation. The sixty million dead of WW II will look like what in comparison ??

  • Amused

    merry christmas ,from the religion of peace !

  • Anamah

    Miserables cowards savages Islamics.

  • Dispozadaburka

    Islam is pure Luciferian Doctrine.

  • randy

    Islam is no worse than christianity. Look at all the murder of native americans when thier land was stolen

    • ziontruth

      "Islam is no worse than christianity."

      Marxism (your political ideology) is no better than Nazism.

    • WSG

      AS a person of mixed – native american heritage – you sir are a moron.
      "Christianity" didn't steal the land or murder folks – humans did. Human nature is what it is – white, red, black, brown or yellow we are all capable of great good or great evil. Further, the assertion that some how "native americans" were "noble savages" or morally superior to others is just vapid ! More specifically those last assertions are used by the Progressives to promote all kinds of multi-culturally relative post bovine organic matter.
      Islam on the other hand has a 1400 year history of murder and mayhem in the name of Allah .

  • Amused

    To Randy the moron …..that was then this is now ….men have allegedly evolved beyond those days . That is most men , muslims have remainedf in the 6th century . With some rare exceptions in Hinduism [ usually provoked by muslims ] , no religion on the face of the Earth behaves with the barbarity or savagry as do muslims ….and that is approved and compelled in their dogma .

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Leftist mind control promotes the idea of not taking the law into one's own hands,
    which they then squeeze into do not defend yourself against wrong, then lie
    down and be walked on, murdered, defiled in every way. Evil begets evil and
    to listen to today's Leftists in America is to ruin the mind to simple automatic
    actions of self defense and if the parents are smart, self defense in their
    childrens education is insured. I have always been a proponent of sending
    children to Church and to learn the Scriptures, all about the next world. I also
    made sure the kids went to karate shool, they could tell anyone about the next
    world and if need be send them there, not complicated. Evil can not be coddled,
    sucked up to, mollified or even tolerated, the only thing to do with evil is to
    destroy it root and branch………………………………………….Williiam

  • Amused

    Take an aspirin Ward , you're "surrounded by enemies " and wouldn't know which way to shoot to save your own life . But again , this is the confused diatribe of most of you repo-cons . You people are ruled by a vile mix of paranoia , hate , warped christianity ,and partisan lies .
    The truth regarding islam is simple , it is the enemy of all , not the right or left , it it appeased with varying agendas by both politicos right and left . Your partisan memes notwithstanding , yet you repeat them like a little mechanical parrot . It is no wonder that the crazies attempt laws to defend school bullies on religious grounds , which is no worse than the muslim idiots you rail against . Perhaps a good cold shower or prozac , will help you to think straight ?

    • WilliamJamesWard

      I guess you are bipolar and not responsible for your wild imagination which twists
      any comment into misdirected and opposite understandings sprinkled with
      impertinent assertations. Sometimes you seem right on the money then you
      go lunatic. I am a partisan conservative if that is what you are driving at and
      believe in our Constitution as a basis of our historical National successes.

      I do hate evil and think people need to be prepared to deal with it where met.
      You go outside of what I state and put your own hate and sicko thinking into
      focus where your ignorance is probably what keeps you under your bed
      and sniping at others. You are a certifiable nut case without cause, no basis
      to your assertations and demented with noxious insufficiency, take some of
      your haldol or what ever you need to get back to being that wonderful and
      amusing crank we all know and love……………………………………William

    • WSG

      Disagreeing with a leftist/ progressive is neither "hate" nor "paranoia" and which "christianity" is warped , actual Scripture or say J Wallis's version of "social justice" ??

  • 13Sisters76

    Western leftists give Islam a wide berth only because it shares a mutual enemy- Jews and Christians. The mistake they make is assuming that they can "control" them. They misunderstand this "religion of peace" fueled by its hatreds.
    OT: "I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Gen 12: 2-3).
    NT: "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt. 5: 11-12".
    Those who hate deny the truth at their peril.

  • Fred Dawes

    That is islam so what don't you understand about murder? and muslims? thsi is not off topic but watch Nazi Collaborators

  • suhridbdutt

    This is yet another prove that Jesus is the Son of God and the Bible is True. Things that are happening have been prophesied in the Bible. Please read Matthew 24:9-13, 15-22, Matthew 25:15.

  • Western Spirit

    Hebrew scriptures predict a time when God would call a people who were not his people, his people. Such scriptures, along with other scriptures, were predicting the coming of Christians.

    So when Christians are persecuted, like the Jews before them, remember this world Is under the heel of Satan who has nothing but antipathy for God's people and will continue having God's servants persecuted, by his, Satan's servants, until the end of time.

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  • Amused

    there are no islamic solutions hana ….the world has seen your islamic solution …we read about them every day in the headlines .