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U.S. BECOMES CHIEF ENABLER OF CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION
Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On May 16, 2014 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage
Originally published by the Gatestone Institute
Human rights organization Open Doors published its 2014 World Watch List in January, highlighting and ranking the top 50 nations that persecute Christians. The overwhelming majority of countries making the listand nine of the top ten worst offendersare Muslim, and include nations from among Americas allies (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait) and its contenders (Iran); from among economically rich nations (Qatar) and poor nations (Somalia and Yemen); from among Islamic republic nations (Afghanistan), democracies (Iraq), and moderate nations (Malaysia and Indonesia).
The report also indicates that every Muslim nation that the U.S. has helped liberate, including in the context of the Arab Spring, has become significantly worse for Christians and other minorities. Previously moderate Syria is now ranked the third worst nation in the world to be Christian, Iraq fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four receive the worst designation in the ranking process: extreme persecution.
Three of these countriesIraq, Afghanistan, and Libyawere liberated in part thanks to U.S. forces, while in the fourth, Syria, the U.S. is actively sponsoring freedom fighters against the regime, many of whom have been responsible for any number of atrocitiesincluding massacres, beheadings, and the crucifixion of Christians and others.
Despite this track record of interfering in Islamic nations only for the human rights of minorities to plummet, and despite the fact that Syria has gotten dramatically worse for Christian minorities, Secretary of State John Kerry declared in January that, if only Bashar Assad goes away, I believe that a peace can protect all of the minorities: Druze, Christian, Ismailis, Alawitesall of them can be protected, and you can have a pluralistic Syria, in which minority rights of all people are protected.
The same was predicted of Iraq over a decade ago, yet today, well more than half of the Christians are either dead or fled, after years of constant attacks on their churches and persons once Arab dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted.
Libya offers a more recent precedent. Since U.S.-backed rebels overthrew Qaddafi, Christiansincluding Americanshave been tortured and killed (some for refusing to convert), their churches bombed, and their nuns threatened.
Januarys roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity.
Attacks on Christian Places of Worship
Egypt: Christian churches were severely targeted during the first month of 2014. Among other incidents, during New Year Eve church services, Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked St. George Church in Ain Shams; one young Coptic man died from a bullet wound to the head. International Christian Concern reports that on Friday, January 3, Muslim Brotherhood supporters also attacked an Evangelical Church in the Gesr El Suez area of Cairo, pelt[ing] stones on the church and chanting slogans against Christians, in the words of a local. Reports indicate that there was no security for the church building and that the attackers operated with impunity. On Sunday, January 5, security forces in Suez disrupted a terrorist cell belonging to the Supporters of Jerusalem, which was plotting to attack a nearby church during January 7 Orthodox Christmas celebrations. Among other things, a bomb was found in the bathroom of the Three Saints Church in Beni Suef city, which was diffused by police. On January 10, security forces arrested a bearded person in possession of four hand grenades in a handbag next to the Church of two Saints, according to a local Christian. (In 2011, a suicide attack on the same church on New Years Eve resulted in the killing of over 20 Christian worshippers). On January 24, authorities found explosives inside a car parked behind the Al Malak church, which was targeted, to be exploded, sources told International Christian Concern. On Saturday, January 25, Security forces in Ismailia Security directorate found 26 Molotov Cocktails inside a bag next to the church of St. Bishoy in Ismailia city. Witnesses say that the person in possession of the bag of explosives was sitting in a car next to the church and that he fled when he saw the policemen. On January 28, A group of armed men, reported Asia News, attacked the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in the governorate of Giza. Police responded to gunfire and one officer died in the shootout, while two others were injured.
Indonesia: In the province of Aceh, where Sharia law holds sway, Christians, who make up 1.2 percent of the population, continue to be denied permits to build churches. According to Agenzia Fides, There are only three churches in the provincial capital Banda Aceh (one Catholic and two Protestant), and even though the Christian population in Aceh is increasing, the requirements to obtain permits and the pressures of radical Islamic groups on the civilian authorities have made it extremely difficult for non-Muslims to build new places of worship. Moreover, the current governor of the province, Zaini Abdullah, who was elected in 2012, promotes a declared program of islamization of society. A human rights leader was reported as saying that the laws that appear within Sharia districts limit the freedom of minorities to practice their faith and are not coherent with the Indonesian Constitution.
Malaysia: An unidentified assailant hurled two petrol bombs at a shrine fronting the Church of the Assumption. Only one bomb ignited, causing minor damage to the structure. This came in the context of anger at Christians using the word Allah to refer to the biblical God. But the incident, said Sky News, stirred memories of a wave of such attacks on places of worshipmostly churchesfour years ago during an earlier bout of divisions over the dispute in the Muslim-majority country . Conservative Muslims have raised pressure in recent weeks for Malay-speaking Christians to stop using the word Allah.
Nigeria: On a Friday in the Muslim-majority north, gunmen suspected of being members of the Islamic organization Boko Haram burned down a church and the house of a National Assembly member. Separately, in the midst of several Sunday morning raids by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, at least fifteen Christians killed.
South Sudan: During clashes between rebel groups and the recently formed government of South Sudan, Catholic and Protestant churches were attacked, priests forced to flee for their lives, and the whereabouts of a bishop who disappeared remain unknown. Some 600,000 people, most of them Christian, have also fled their homes amid reports of mass slaughters and ongoing attacks on churches.
Zanzibar: More than 100 Muslims stormed a church following an evening worship service and beat the visiting preacher. According to a church elder, These rowdy Muslims were shouting and yelling, saying, We are looking for the bishop of the church to slaughter himwe are tired of the existence of this church near our mosque and the noise they are making. The Islamic mob fled when police arrivedbut not before tearing the visiting pastors coat and shirt, and causing him to suffer multiple contusions requiring medication. According to another church member, the congregation has been living in fear for their lives At the moment we cannot worship freely because we are being threatened. The Muslims are accusing us of making a lot of noise while they themselves make a lot of noise.
Attacks on Christian Freedom: Apostasy, Blasphemy, Proselytism
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Egypt: Yet another Coptic Christian child was kidnapped in Egypt. Thirteen-year-old Cyril Rifat Fayiz was abducted in the Minya district by unknown persons who later called the childs parents demanding one million Egyptian pounds, nearly the equivalent of $150,000 USD, an exorbitant sum for Egyptian villagers.
What do you call a country that supports crucifixion
in Egypt, MANPADs transfer to al Qaeda in Libya,
routine rocket attacks into Israel, selling girls
as SLAVES from Nigeria to Syria, and that attacks
its own, previously free, citizens by the IR”S”
HOORAY Raymond Ibrahim!
An important reminder why Christians have to stop fighting each other and come together based on our common baptism in the Lord.