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Young boy’s gift of Christian books to classmates leads to massive fines for parents
Keep the Faith ^ | Friday, July 12, 2019

Posted on 07/11/2019 10:00:46 PM PDT by robowombat

Young boy’s gift of Christian books to classmates leads to massive fines for parents

A six-year-old boy who took Christian booklets to school as gifts for classmates landed his parents in trouble with authorities in Azerbaijan.

The boy’s act led to the head teacher calling the police who then raided the parents’ home, seizing Bibles, Christian pamphlets and CDs of worship songs.

The police also discovered that, on New Year’s Eve 2018, the Christian couple, Safqan and Gulnar Mammadov, had held a Christian event for children at their home and that twelve youngsters had each received a party gift of sweets and a picture book about the birth of Jesus.

A pastor who was present at the party was also interrogated by police, who later searched his home and seized all the items of Christian literature they could find.

The couple were charged with possessing religious literature that did not bear a government “control mark” and holding a children’s meeting in violation of a law that relates to punishing “clergy and members of religious associations holding special meetings for children and young people”.

The Mammadovs were each fined 1,500 manats (£700; €785; $880) on 16 April, which is more than three months’ average wages for salaried work in Azerbaijan.

Their appeals against the fines were rejected on 4 June by the Shirvan Appeal Court.

“The court hearing lasted only 10 minutes and issued an unfair decision,” said a Christian familiar with the case. The couple may now make a direct appeal to President Ilham Aliyev.

In separate case, three Christians were each given similar fines for holding a Bible study in the northern Azerbaijan town of Sheki in December 2018. They do not plan to appeal.

Despite these incidents, the authorities have launched fewer such raids on Christian places of worship or homes in 2019 so far, according to reports.

The government in Azerbaijan, which is now 96% Muslim, gives preferential treatment to “traditional” religions such as Islam and Russian Orthodox Christianity and restricts other forms of Christianity.

First published: https://barnabasfund.org/en/news/young-boys-gift-of-christian-books-to-classmates-leads-to-massive-fines-for-parents-in


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: azerbaijan; freedomofreligion; freedomofspeech
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1 posted on 07/11/2019 10:00:46 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Horrible.

They were gifts. Nobody coerced anyone to accept them and read them.


2 posted on 07/11/2019 10:11:11 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: robowombat

“The government in Azerbaijan, which is now 96% Muslim, gives preferential treatment to “traditional” religions such as Islam and Russian Orthodox Christianity and restricts other forms of Christianity”

As I said, horrible.


3 posted on 07/11/2019 10:13:54 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: robowombat

A perfect place to send America’s liberals. They’d love it there and they’d no longer need to stamp out Christianity here.


4 posted on 07/11/2019 10:17:52 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: Innovative

I hope there are Christian connections in the U.S. who could send money to the Mammadovs to offset their fines.

Let this be an example of what could happen in America if the anti-Christian zealots push their agenda in Congress.


5 posted on 07/11/2019 10:18:03 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Cultural Marxism is the cult of the Left waiting for the Mothership.)
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To: robowombat

Christians are the most persecuted religious group...


6 posted on 07/11/2019 10:18:19 PM PDT by northislander
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To: robowombat

Boy. Those people are really afraid of Jesus Christ. They should be.


7 posted on 07/11/2019 10:21:19 PM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: Innovative

Read the article.


8 posted on 07/11/2019 11:14:31 PM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: robowombat

Democrats and Muslims have a lot in common.


9 posted on 07/12/2019 12:53:15 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: robowombat

Don’t use your kids as missionaries.


10 posted on 07/12/2019 3:21:30 AM PDT by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: eclecticEel

thumbs up!!!


11 posted on 07/12/2019 3:22:58 AM PDT by ronniesgal (so I wonder what his FR handle is????)
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To: jonrick46

This is what’s next for American Christians. All denominations.
Their goal is our death. Once they pass laws outlawing any preaching/teaching that is contrary to government approved thought, and that’s already happening, they’ll use the full force of govt; police, judges, courts, in their desperate attempt to rid themselves of us.
But I know Who wins in the end. Which is good, because the tiny iota sliver of faith I still have left is weak.
Lock and load, people.


12 posted on 07/12/2019 4:58:01 AM PDT by ProudGRITS (Proud GRITS. Girl Raised In The South)
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To: robowombat

Majority muzzy place. Will happen wherever they breed enough to become a majority.


13 posted on 07/12/2019 5:02:13 AM PDT by I want the USA back (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. Orwell.)
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To: robowombat

Azerbaijan! From the headline I figured it would be from California.


14 posted on 07/12/2019 5:34:37 AM PDT by libertylover (Democrats hated Lincoln too.)
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To: libertylover

Who cares?


15 posted on 07/12/2019 6:24:18 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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