This is a series of reports on attacks on Christians around the Islamic world during the past several months.
There are serious issues revealed in all this.
The first issue is the implied complicity of those in direct authority. A school master stands by while his student is murdered. It can not be more inexcusable. The man in authority in fact surrendered his authority.
Even had he hated the individual targeted, it is never right or wise to surrender authority.
The second issue is that this is all accepted under the aegis of Sharia law. This is not natural law at all but a centric law that allots justice to the strong alone. Obviously the progress of this doctrine is an ethnic bloodbath that is unending. The Jews have largely been removed from the Islamic World and the same ethnic hatreds are now been unleashed on the Christian communities. This logic never ends of course.
The third issue is that anarchy prevails in many places which encourages the violence. Strong man rule has been the norm in this world since Mohammad and usually this halts the violence. It now remains to be seen if democratic systems are able to resolve and mange this tendency much better. That it has in fact worked well elsewhere is encouraging but not too convincing.
The lack of confrontation from the developed world remains disquieting but still reasonable. After all, a real confrontation will entail a forcible reform of Islam itself allowing full freedom of religion and open access to Christianity and a secular education system enforced throughout. It remains far too easy to allow the Islamic world to simply stew in its own juices.
Think about that for a moment. Every other culture is adopting the Western secular paradigm and entering a rapid period of modernization. The Islamic culture is barely competing except on the fringes of their economies. In the meantime the worst news has yet to arrive. That is the end of the Age of Oil. The power sources already exist and automotive electrics are now good enough. I will make a bold statement and suggest that Global oil consumption will fall from 80,000,000 bpd to 30,000,000 bpd with a price structure of about $25.00 per barrel. The question is when? The scary thing is that it can happen by 2020. The
is already dropping its import consumption fast enough to become import neutral
outside North America by 2020.
A collapse of the oil market immediately impoverishes the leading Islamic states and their economies all then begin to look like Jordon’s.
Muslim Persecution of Christians: October
“The attacks on Christians continue and the world remains totally silent. It’s as if we’ve been swallowed up by the night” — Iraqi Christian
More damning evidence continues to emerge: not only did Egypt’s military plan to massacre Christians to teach them a “lesson” never to protest again, but “death squads” were deployed up buildings the night before to snipe at protesters. Instead of trying the soldiers who intentionally ran-over demonstrators, the military has been randomly arresting Copts, simply “for being Christian.” Finally, the fact-finding commission of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights just submitted its report which, as expected, “whitewashes” the military’s role, including by “asserting that no live ammunition was fired on the protesters by the military, as the army only fired blanks in the air to disperse the protesters,” a claim many eyewitnesses reject out of hand.
Meanwhile, not only are Western governments apathetic, but it was revealed that “Obama’s top Muslim advisor blocks Middle Eastern Christians’ access to White House.” Newt Gingrich asserted that Obama’s “strategy in the
Middle East is such a total
grotesque failure” and likened the “Arab spring” to an “anti-Christian
spring.” Ann Widdecombe accused the British
government of “double standards in its threats to cut aid to countries which
persecute gay people while turning a blind eye to persecution against
Christians.” Even Christian pastors in the West, apparently more
concerned about appearing tolerant and in “dialogue” with Muslims, are reluctant to mention persecution to their
Categorized by theme, the rest of October’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is hardly limited to) the following accounts, listed according to theme and in alphabetical order by country, not necessarily severity.
Afghanistan: Ten years after the U.S. invaded and overthrew the Taliban—at a cost of more than 1,700 U.S. military lives and $440 billion in taxpayer dollars—the last Christian church was destroyed. The report further makes clear that the Afghan government—installed by therevealed that Afghanistan’s
partially responsible for such anti-Christian sentiments, for instance, by
upholding apostasy laws, which make it a criminal offence for Muslims to
convert to other religions. U.S.
Apostasy, Blasphemy, Proselytism
: A new report titled “” tells of their suffering—“If the children say they believe in Jesus, they face beatings and scorn from their teachers”—as well as the struggle of their parents: “The first years of my faith,” says a father, “I brought so many people to church, because I was motivated, so excited. Now I don’t encourage anyone to be a Christian, because in my experience it is very hard.”
: Along with one dead man, “two dozen Christians including children, men and women were seriously injured” when “Muslim gangs” hired by an influential Muslim attacked them “” which the church had purchased to build an orphanage. Likewise, Muslim landowners raided a Christian home, beat a sick father and , whom they claim are in debt; the kidnappers have added an extra 70,000 rupees in ransom. “The men’s mother tried to file a report with police, which [was] refused because one of the suspects is a fellow police officer,” not to mention a Muslim.
: The Education Ministry in Ankara published a 10 grade textbook that , “denouncing them as traitors who rebelled against
.” Still denying the historic
slaughter of Christians, “today’s Turkish Government is not hesitant to distort
historical events by inverting victim and perpetrator… About half of the
Assyrian population, were killed or died from starvation or disease in a series
of killings orchestrated by the Ottoman Turkish government during .” Turkey
oddly missed being categorized as a “country of particular concern” in the ’s recent religious freedom
report—dominates the headlines regarding the sexual abuse of Christian women: Egypt
• Kidnapped last Christmas Eve, “a 12 year-old Christian [was] , forcibly converted and then ‘married’ to her Muslim attacker.” Now that she has escaped, instead of seeing justice done, “the Christian family is in hiding from the rapists and the police.”
• “A Christian mother of four was colleague in
she resisted his attempt to rape her at the factory where they worked.” Pakistan
• A asserts: “The forced conversion to Islam of women from religious minority groups through rape and abduction has reached an alarming stage… It appears today that no one, from the judiciary to the police and even the government has the courage to stand up to the threats from Muslim fundamentalist groups. The situation is worse with the police who always side with the Islamic groups and treat minority groups as lowly life forms.”
Because the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching epidemic proportions, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed in order 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: 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 ultimately 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; 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 even throughout the West, wherever there are Muslims—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Sharia, or the supremacist culture born of it.
Muslim Persecution of Christians: September, 2011
by Raymond Ibrahim
An especially busy month in the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world, September also witnessed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton release the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. Ironically, aside from
none of the countries that habitually appear in this series were designated as
"countries of particular concern," defined by the State
Department as countries that
are "engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious
Egypt, for instance—which this year alone has seen nearly 80 Christians killed, their many churches burned or bombed, and their daughters kidnapped and forcibly converted—was not listed as a "country of particular concern," this despite the fact that the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan federal government commission, had recommended that the State Department designate it so.
cited as a "country
of particular concern." According to CNSnews,
"Clinton did not designate Pakistan even though the State
Department's own report stated that Pakistani law calls for the death
penalty for people who commit 'blasphemy' against Islam or who convert from
Islam to another religion—and even though the report listed multiple instances
of the Pakistani government using the law to persecute Christians." Pakistan
In fact, September alone saw the following in
A Christian student was expelled from school because she misspelled an Urdu word that, instead of praising, insulted Muhammad, leading to accusations of "blasphemy," which carries the death penalty. After the teacher beat her, the principal was notified and Muslims staged demonstrations "demanding registration of a criminal case against the eighth-grader and her eviction from the area." As riots and violence were about to erupt, the military intervened: "They bundled the family in an ambulance and took them away..."
"A Christian high school teacher has suffered false accusations of blasphemy by a student and some Muslim professors, because of dislike, revenge and hatred towards Christians. He was forced to leave his job and hide, he appealed to Court, but the laconic sentence of the judge of first instance invited him to 'leave the country'…. Married and a father of three, he has been uprooted and is in hiding."
A 30-year-old Christian man accused of blasphemy and imprisoned, died in his cell from a treatable disease, "after officials denied him proper medical care." While in prison, he and others "accused of blasphemy, were kept in solitary confinement without access to a toilet, water or electricity."
Abuse of Christian Women
A Christian mother of five was raped by two Muslim men, who "tend to assume they will not be prosecuted if their victims are Christians"; she and her family are being threatened with violence unless they drop the charges.
A Christian nurse was raped by a Muslim colleague who filmed the act in an attempt to blackmail her into renouncing Christianity and marrying him: "[he] raped me while his friend filmed the entire incident. They ruined my life completely."
Accordingly, a new report estimates that some 700 Christian girls annually are abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry their Muslim abductors.
Categorized by theme, the rest of September's batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is hardly limited to) the following accounts, listed according to theme and in alphabetical order by country, not necessarily severity.
Attacks on Churches
Egypt: Muslims threatened Christians near Aswan for fixing a dilapidated church, even though it was authorized, demanding that the church not have a cross, dome, bells, or even be called a "church"; weeks later, after Friday prayers, thousands of Muslims attacked the church, burning it to the ground, and demolishing its domes, even as Egyptian security watched. (Copts protesting this church attack led to the recent military massacre.)
Indonesia: A Muslim suicide bomber attacked a packed church killing himself and wounding at least 27 worshippers, some critically; security received advance warning but, as often happens in Muslim majority countries, left their post at the time of the attack.
Indonesia: Under accusations of encouraging Muslims to apostatize to Christianity, an American family(husband and wife, two sons) were attacked by a Muslim throng that set fire to their property and vehicle. "Only the intervention of police saved the[ir] lives" from "an enraged mob spurred by a local religious leader."
Iran: A Christian pastor remains incarcerated awaiting execution for refusing to recant Christianity; the government of Iran, under international criticism, now claims that he is getting the death penalty, not because of religion, but because he is a "Zionist," a "rapist," and other new charges, even though its own court documents clearly assert his crime is apostasy.
Somalia: A Muslim convert to Christianity was abducted and decapitated, his body dumped in the road, by Muslims from al-Shabaab, "a militant group with ties to al Qaeda" that has "vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity." According to a leader of the underground church: "It is usual for the al-Shabaab to decapitate those they suspect to have embraced the Christian faith, or sympathizers of western ideals."
"Dhimmitude" (Abuse, Debasement, and Suppression of Christians)
Iran: Along with the aforementioned Christian pastor awaiting execution, five Christians, including a "heavily pregnant woman," were ordered to "report to prison immediately to serve a one year prison sentence," being convicted of "crimes against the Islamic Order." Also, an adopted child was confiscated from its Christian parents, as a way to pressure them to testify against fellow Christians: "If you want your child back, you must file a complaint against your fellow Christians in prison."
Kazakhstan: "Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have voted for 'controversial legislation' that Christians and rights activists say will further limit religious freedom in the mainly Muslim Central Asian state." Among other things, the new law "makes[s] it more difficult for churches to worship freely" and bans "house churches."
Philippines: In Mindanao, "the Christian minority is suffering harassment and pressure from the Muslim population. Government officials are forcing Christians to sell their land to make room for Chinese industries. According to sources, the climate of impunity, the abductions, the continuing clashes between the army and extremist Islamic groups and the economic crisis have created an unbearable atmosphere for the Christian population, who are afraid to express their faith in public."
Incitement against and Killings of Christians
Egypt: In a circulated video, the grand mufti of Al Azhar, Ali Goma'a, referred to Christians as "infidels"; Wagdi Ghoneim, a popular cleric and former U.S. imam, called Copts "Crusaders" on Al Jazeera, insisting that they do not deserve equal rights with Muslims in Egypt; Abu Shadi, a representative of the Salafis, told Tahrir News that the Copts must either convert to Islam, pay jizya and assume inferior status, or die.
Muslim Persecution of Christians: August, 2011
by Raymond Ibrahim
September 7, 2011
This series was developed in order to collate some—by no means all—of the foulest instances of Muslim persecution of Christians that surface each month. It serves two purposes:
Intrinsically, to document that which the mainstream media does not: habitual, if not chronic, Muslim persecution of Christians.
Instrumentally, to show that such persecution is not "random," but systematic and interrelated—that it is ultimately rooted in a Sharia inspired worldview.
As will become evident, 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; overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis (second-class citizens); and simple violence. Oftentimes it is a combination of the aforementioned.
Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the west, to India in the east, and even throughout the West, wherever there are Muslims—it is clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Sharia, or the supremacist culture borne of it.
Categorized by theme, August's batch of Muslim persecution of Christians includes (but is not limited to) the following anecdotes, listed according to theme and in alphabetical order by country, not necessarily severity of atrocity:
Attacks on Christian Symbols: Churches and Bibles
Nigeria: Two churches were bombed, including a Baptist church no longer in use due to previous Muslim attacks; when officials arrested Islamist leaders, a third Catholic church was torched.
Apostasy and Forced Conversions
India: A female who was formerly stripped and beaten by a Muslim mob for converting to Christianity, continues to receive severe threats to return to Islam or die; likewise, Muslims held three Christian women "threatening to beat and burn them alive if they continued worshipping Christ."
Malaysia: Religious police raided a church when they "found evidence of proselytisation towards Muslims" and "receiving information that there were Muslims who attended a breaking-of-fast event at the church"; aFacebook campaign created to support the raid and to "prevent apostasy" has already drawn support from 23,000 people.
Pakistan: Muslims openly abducted a 14-year-old Christian girl at gunpoint saying she had to convert to Islam; another Christian woman who was abducted, drugged, and tortured for two years—all while being informed she had converted to Islam—happily made her escape. In both cases, the police, as usual, are siding with the Muslim abductors. Most recently, two Christians returning from church were attacked by Muslims and beaten with iron rods for refusing to convert to Islam or pay "protection" (jizya) money.
Uganda: In accordance to Islam's Hanafi School of law, a Muslim father locked his 14-year-old daughter in a room for several months without food or water, simply because she embraced Christianity; when rescued, she weighed 44 pounds.
General Oppression, Violence, and Murder of Christians
Egypt: Soon after breaking their Ramadan fast, thousands of Muslims rampaged a predominantly Christian village, firing automatic weapons, looting and throwing Molotov Cocktails at several homes; they beat a priest, plundering and torching his home; another Copt was murdered in his home, which was also ransacked. Separately, a Copt was savagely attacked by seven Muslims in front of a police station; he lost one eye and required 20 stitches in his head. And girls leaving church were sexually harassed by Muslim who hurled stones at the church shattering five windows.
These were just some of the stories of Christian suffering under Islam that made it to a few non mainstream media last month.
Then there are the countless atrocities that never make it to any media—the stories of persistent, quiet misery that only the victims know—such as the recent revelation that a 2-year-old girl was savagely raped in Pakistan because her Christian father refused to convert to Islam: it took five years for this story to surface. How many are the tales of woe that never surface?
Now, back to your regular scheduled MSM programming on how the perpetually misunderstood religion of Islam is really the "religion of peace"…
Muslim Persecution of Christians: July, 2011
by Raymond Ibrahim
August 12, 2011
Because the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is endemic, on its way to reaching epidemic proportions, I begin with this article a new series called "This Month in Muslim Persecution of Christians," wherein some—by no means all—of the foulest instances of persecution that surface each month will be collated and assessed.
The purpose of this series is two-fold:
Intrinsically, to document that which the MSM does not: Muslim persecution of Christians.
Instrumentally, to show that such persecution is not "random," but systematic and interrelated—that it is ultimately rooted in a Sharia worldview.
As will become evident, 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 and misogyny; apostasy and blasphemy laws; theft and plunder in lieu of jizya; and over all expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis.
Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the west, to India in the east—it will also become clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Sharia, or the supremacist culture borne of it.
The vilest anecdote to surface in July comes from Pakistan, a hotbed of anti-Christian sentiment, even though Christians make up less than 2% of the population: a 2-year-old Christian girl was savagely raped when her father refused to convert to Islam. Because her anatomy has been disfigured, she has undergone five surgeries and suffers several permanent complications; her family lives in fear and hiding. Though this anecdote surfaced days ago, it occurred four years ago—a reminder that some of the most savage instances of persecution never see the day of light; a reminder that, no matter how late they surface, they shall be duly noted and remembered.
Categorized by theme, the rest of July's batch of Muslim persecution of Christians includes (but is not limited to) the following:
Attacks on Churches
Egypt: Muslims angered by the installation of a church bell—under Sharia, churches must not offend Muslims by ringing bells—went on a violent spree, attacking among others a 5-month pregnant Christian woman and others who were "beaten with iron rods and pipes."
Indonesia: Christians were forced out of a church building and hounded even as they tried to worship at the side of the road.
Nigeria: Two churches were bombed simultaneously; at least three Christians died, several were injured.
Pakistan: Under accusations of "blasphemy," and with the help of a local politician, Muslims attempted to annex a Christian hospital established in 1922 by missionaries.
Tanzania: Muslims burned down two churches to cries of "away with the church—we do not want infidels to spoil our community," and vows not to befriend "infidels."
Sexual Abuse of Christian Women and Misogyny:
Egypt: Muslims "severely sexually harassed" a Christian woman in front of her husband at a bus terminal; when her husband tried to defend her honor, he was violently beaten. Soon afterwards, thousands of Muslims in the region began looting and torching Christian property, screaming "Allahu Akbar!" and "cursing the cross." Also, a Muslim ring using sexual coercion to convert Christian girls was exposed.
Pakistan: Newlyweds run for their lives, because the man is Christian, the woman Muslim. Under Sharia, the leader of the household, the man, must be Muslim. Says a Pakistani Muslim scholar: "I condemn this marriage, I call it illegal, these two could be killed for what they did."
Apostasy and Proselytizing
Iran: A Christian pastor faces the death penalty for "convert(ing) to Christianity" and "encourag(ing) other Muslims to convert to Christianity." Even if he is found innocent of apostasy, the charge of evangelizing Muslims will still carry a severe penalty.
Saudi Arabia: A captured Christian pastor is set to be deported to Muslim
he faces the death penalty. Eritrea
General Killing of Christians
Ivory Coast: Muslims crucify two Christian brothers on "the example of Christ" and in accordance to Koran 5:33: "The pair were badly beaten and tortured before being crudely nailed to cross-shaped planks by their hands and feet with steel spikes."
Why 'Christian' Persecution?
by Raymond Ibrahim
September 9, 2011
Some are asking why my new monthly series, "Muslim Persecution of Christians," wherein I collate and assess some of the atrocities committed by Muslims against Christians, does not include the persecution of other religious minority groups; others are suggesting I broaden my scope to include all minorities, for instance, homosexuals.
Of course other minority groups—essentially any religion other than Islam (or even the wrong kind of Islam, e.g., Shi'ism, Sufism)—experience persecution in the Muslim world. Accordingly, others qualified in the particulars of the various religions and civilizations persecuted by Islam are encouraged to collate and comment on them, monthly or otherwise.
That said, a series documenting the persecution of Christians under Islam is necessary for several reasons:
First, most religious persecution in the Muslim world is by far directed against Christians. Several reasons account for this; for starters, sheer numbers: from Morocco in the west, to Pakistan in the east, and throughout most of Africa, wherever Muslims make a majority, there are more Christians than other religious minorities; this tends to be true even along Islam's periphery, like Indonesia, which also has a significant Buddhist and Hindu presence.
These large numbers are not simply a reflection of proselytization, but the fact that much of what is today called "the Muslim world" stands atop land that was seized by force and conquest from Christians, whose descendants still remain, sometimes in large numbers, such as Egypt, where the indigenous Copts make millions. (Unlike the Jews, who managed to make it back to their ancestral homeland, these Christians are already on their homeland and have nowhere to go.)
Moreover, by collating and tracing the same patterns of abuse regarding all things intrinsically Christian—people, churches, crosses, Bibles—one can better highlight and articulate the issue as a distinct phenomenon, which it is.
It is true that Muslim aggression and violence knows no bound and is regularly directed against all non-Muslims in general. But it is equally true that the wider the scope, the more the net catches, the more generic the anecdotes become, the more they are liable to be dismissed by the mainstream as a product of non-ideological factors (from poverty to politics), even though that is not the case.
On the other hand, by focusing on one group, one phenomenon, one can more clearly and unequivocally connect the dots, present a more focused case.
For example, while Muslim animus for
interconnected to Muslim animus for Christians and others, it should be, and
is, highlighted as a distinct phenomenon to be acknowledged and rectified. Were
one to lump Israel with the rest of the "others" on Islam's hit
list—Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sufis, homosexuals, et al—without giving it
any special attention, focus would be lost on the particulars of its fight, its
history, and all the other aspects that make its conflict singular. Israel
Accordingly, even though connecting the various manifestations of Muslim aggression is useful, particularly as it provides the big picture, when certain arenas reach a fever pitch, there is no wrong that they be highlighted separately, say, through one monthly report.
There are, of course, practical issues to consider as well: a document collating all Muslim aggression and persecution would not only be too cumbersome and long to read, but redundant; better simply to visit Jihad Watch for a comprehensive survey of Islam's daily doings.
Finally, one needs to be knowledgeable of the history and civilizations of the peoples being persecuted in order to do them justice, to demonstrate historical continuity, show past precedents, connect the dots, etc. And while I'm intimately acquainted with the particulars of Muslim-Christian interactions—historically, theologically, even personally—I'm less so with the particulars of, say, Muslim-Buddhist interactions.
I therefore leave it to others to highlight the various minority groups' plights—ideally not merely by listing the various anecdotes, but by demonstrating continuity for that particular group's history with Islam.