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  • Persecuted and Forgotten 2013 Report – Situation of Christians in in many countries has deteriorated

    10/19/2013 3:35:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    ACN News ^ | 10/18/2013
    In many countries the situation of Christians has sharply deteriorated. This is the finding of the report Persecuted and Forgotten? which was launched at a meeting in the UK Houses of Parliament on 17th October by the UK office of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). The report examines the situation of Christians in 30 different countries, including Afghanistan, China, Laos, Pakistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. In particular it analyses the situation in a number of majority Islamic countries and in those states whose political systems have a pronounced authoritarian character. The reporting period covers the...
  • Violence and Threats against Sri Lankan Christians increases

    02/22/2006 10:13:45 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 591+ views ^ | 2 22 06 | William Dove
    Sri Lanka has recently witnessed an increase in attacks and threats against the Christian community there. The increase has led to fears that a new wave of anti-Christian violence is about to begin, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) "there is a visible increase in the number of attacks on Christian places of worship and acts of intimidation during the past two months." A report from NCEASL claimed that the pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in Galle was subject to a host of virulent threats on 6th February. He...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • Spider mite upsets evolutionary theory

    08/10/2004 10:16:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 1,185+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 19:00 28 June 01 | Hazel Muir
    The false spider mite has been revealed as the first known animal to make do with only one set of chromosomes, challenging traditional theories of evolution... Using standard sequencing techniques, Weeks's team found the mites' chromosomes to be very different. As far as the researchers could tell, none of the mites carried two identical copies of any particular gene. They conclude that the species is exclusively haploid. Weeks thinks being exclusively haploid might give the animals an evolutionary advantage... This genetic state may be rare simply because diploidy was "frozen" early in evolution and other animals haven't had the...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Christian Tortured to Death by Islamic Seminary Students

    05/17/2004 6:30:53 AM PDT · by Mark Felton · 41 replies · 398+ views
    Barnabas Fund ^ | 5/16/04 | BF
    Muslims from an Islamic seminary in Toba Tek Singh, Punjab Province, Pakistan tortured a young Christian for five days and nights in order to force him to convert to Islam. Students from the seminary run by Maulvi Ghulam Rasool set upon 19-year old Javaid Anjum, accusing him of stealing their water pump when they found him drinking from an outside tap on 17 April 2004. Javaid replied to their accusations by freely telling them he was a Christian merely searching for a drink and that they could be assured that he would not steal anything. Upon learning that Javaid was...
  • Family of Beheaded U.S. Man Releases Statement

    05/11/2004 1:26:19 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 185 replies · 1,948+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 5 11 04 | reuters
    frame grab taken from web site video footage May 11, 2004, shows a man, who identified himself as Nick Berg of Philadelphia (C) seated in front of his five masked captors moments before he was executed. Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, an Islamist Web site said on Tuesday. After one of the masked men read out a statement, they pushed Berg to the floor and shouted 'God is greatest' above his screams as one of them sawed his head off with a large knife...
  • HRH Princess Linda Karageorgevich - Account of visit to Kosovo and Metohija

    05/04/2004 7:58:59 AM PDT · by joan · 22 replies · 292+ views
    ERP KIM ^ | May 2004 | HRH Princess Linda Karageorgevich
    I personally toured the devastation in Kosovo and Metohija caused by the Albanian pogrom of March 17-19, 2004, between April 12-24, 2004. I was based at the Patriarchate of Pec, from which I visited the following places:Wednesday, April 14 1. Gorazdevac 2. Belo Polje 3. Decani Monastery Thursday, April 15 4. Budosavci Monastery 5. Osojane 6. Bica 7. Grabac Friday, April 16 8. Crkolez 9. Suvo Grlo 10. Banja 11. Gorioc Monastery Saturday, April 17 12. Prizren (the German KFOR base and the town) 13. Holy Archangels Monastery 14. Musnikovo 15. Velika Hoca Sunday, April 18 16. Devic Monastery 17....
  • Touching the Untouchable: India Targets Christian Converts [Breakpoint]

    05/03/2004 3:54:55 AM PDT · by Paul_B · 65 replies · 6,433+ views ^ | May 3, 2004 | Chuck Colson
    For nearly her entire life, Muniyamal Krishnan has worked around human waste. In her job as a "human scavenger," she has cleaned latrines and carried buckets of waste on her head. Obviously, she didn't choose this line of work; it was all she could get -- and for religious, not economic reasons. Krishnan is an "untouchable," the lowest caste in Hindu society. For millennia, the "untouchables" have suffered unimaginable discrimination at the hands of their fellow Hindus. As a result, millions have converted to other faiths, including Christianity. But now, Hindu nationalists, with the Indian government's blessing, want to deny...
  • Bishop Artemije visiting ruins of Prizren, March 25 2004 (Kosovo picture story)

    04/28/2004 7:07:41 AM PDT · by miltonim · 3 replies · 410+ views
    Bishop Artemije visiting ruins of Prizren, March 25During the recent visit of Bishop Artemije to Prizren he had an opportunity to go through the ruins of his residence, the cathedral of St. George, the small church of St. George (Runjevac), the Seminary and the Holy Archangels Monastery. He could not enter the Holy Virgin of Ljevish cathedral because the entrance was blocked by barbed wire by KFOR for security reasons. LJeviska church St. George Runjevac St. George Residence Residence Bishop's study Study computer entrance hall Bishop's room reception lounge St. George, 14 c Residence, north side St. George Death...
  • Burning of St. Sava's church, March 17 2004 (Kosovo)

    04/28/2004 1:41:51 AM PDT · by miltonim · 7 replies · 549+ views
    Burning of St. Sava's church, March 17Burning of St. Sava church in South Mitrovica. Kosovo Albanian mob arrives, KFOR soldiers don't manage to prevent their entrance to the churchyard. The mob breaks in the church and sets it on fire, then they turn towards the parish home and set it on fire too. KFOR soldiers, with their armored vehicles remain helpless. 01.JPG 02.JPG 03.JPG 04.JPG 05.JPG 06.JPG 07.JPG 08.JPG 09.JPG 10.JPG 11.JPG 12.JPG 13.JPG 14.JPG 15.JPG 16.JPG
  • Kosovo Albanians rampaged through Prizren destroying all Christian monuments (3/24/2004)

    04/27/2004 10:27:34 AM PDT · by miltonim · 19 replies · 1,135+ views ^ | 03/24/2004 | ERPKIM
    Submitted by admin on Wed, 24/03/2004 - 06:56. Photo stories What happens in Kosovo now?This latest mass-orchestrated campaign of ethnic cleansing against Serbs in Kosovo, which started decades ago is persuasive evidence that Kosovo Albanians have an extremist and xenophobic leadership that is incapable of respecting minorities like Serbs, Gorans, Turks, Slavic Muslims and Gypsies. Kosovo Albanians cannot expect any kind of self-governance if they do not purge their leadership of xenophobia and extremism. The West asks this of Serbs, it must also demand the same from Kosovo Albanians. If the West fails to do this, Kosovo will only get...
  • Break-in: Church Looted and Icons Stolen (Kosovo)

    04/26/2004 8:59:47 PM PDT · by miltonim · 7 replies · 442+ views ^ | 4/26/2004 | ERPKIM
    On Saturday, April 24, the Serbian Orthodox church of St. Catherine in Bresje near Kosovo Polje, located across from the burned ruins of the Serb hospital was broken into and looted. Kosovo Polje parish priest Dragisa Jerenic informed the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija that on Saturday the door of the church of St. Catherine was broken down and the thieves took 10 icons, some money and various church vessels. The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija concludes with regret that following the pogrom of March 17 and a series of sharp warnings by the international community to Kosovo Albanians to...
  • Ohio Priest Charged in Nun's 1980 Killing

    04/24/2004 1:18:10 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,000+ views news ^ | 4 24 04 | aolnews
    TOLEDO, Ohio (April 24) - A Roman Catholic priest charged in the 1980 strangling and stabbing of a nun whose body was found in a hospital chapel had always been a suspect in the killing. Police never could gather enough evidence, though, until they reopened the case about five months ago. On Friday, police arrested the Rev. Gerald Robinson, who performed the funeral for the 71-year-old nun. Police Chief Mike Navarre would only say that "new technology" led them back to Robinson, 66, who was charged with murder. Navarre would not talk about evidence or a motive. Robinson and Sister...
  • Somali Militant Group: “Somali Christians Must Be Slaughtered”

    04/22/2004 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Brother Warsameh · 10 replies · 330+ views
    21 April 2004 Somali Militant Group: “Somali Christians Must Be Slaughtered” The Mogadishu based Somali fundamentalist group, Kulanka Culimada, accused Christian aid workers in Somalia of spreading Christianity in the coastal city of Merca, 100 km (60 miles) south of Mogadishu. Reuters reported on April 21 that the militant group said if the Christianization in Somalia does not stop, “the Somalia people have a right to jihad…the politically influential group based in the capital Mogadishu said in a statement issued on Tuesday.”1 Reuters said of Merca “The town has a history of violence involving aid workers. In February 2002, Verena...
  • Will you wake up to Islamic prayer call?

    04/15/2004 4:50:39 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 136 replies · 596+ views ^ | April 15, 2004 |
    A holy war of sorts is heating up in a Detroit suburb, where members of the local Muslim community want loudspeakers on mosques to announce the Islamic call to prayer five times each day. But the idea is running into opposition from other residents of Hamtramck, Mich., many of whom are Christian, who think the prayer calls as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m. would be disruptive. "When you call to prayer, you are proselytizing, and as a citizen of the United States I don't want to hear it," Bob Golen, 68, told the Detroit Free...
  • Hundreds of Vietnamese Christians killed at Easter

    04/14/2004 8:59:53 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 24 replies · 244+ views
    Ekklesia ^ | 13/4/04 | Ekklesia
    Hundreds of Vietnamese Christians killed at Easter -13/4/04 An estimated 400 Christians have been killed during peaceful and prayerful demonstrations by Christians in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. On Saturday 10 April up to 400,000 Vietnamese Christians, from the Degar people, gathered in several Vietnamese cities to demonstrate against the government’s refusal to allow them to follow the Christian faith freely. The demonstrators in the cities, which included the Central Highland city of Buonmathuot, were attacked by soldiers, police and other Vietnamese civilians. The Christians were shot at, beaten with electric batons and bombarded with rocks and stones. Hundreds were...
  • Muhammad-inspired persecution of Christians, Jews and all non-Muslims continues...

    12/03/2003 10:53:19 PM PST · by miltonim · 569 replies · 13,886+ views
    The purpose of this thread is to post links to articles on FreeRepublic on the topic of Muhammad-inspired persecution of Christians, Jews and all other non-Muslims For example: Muslim Rioters Destroy 13 Churches Nigeria November 21, 2003 Posted on 11/30/2003 1:49 PM EST by miltonim
  • Professor Removed for Saying He's Catholic

    02/05/2004 12:26:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies · 298+ views ^ | Thursday, Feb. 5
    Lakeland Community College near Cleveland, Ohio, has removed a professor of moral philosophy from his classes as punishment for refusing to hide his religious identity from students. The college threatened Dr. James Tuttle, who espouses traditional Catholic beliefs, with dismissal because he made statements on his syllabi and in class that disclosed his religious faith and how that shaped his personal philosophy. "Asking a philosophy professor to divorce his deepest philosophic views from his teaching is both outrageous and absurd," said Greg Lukianoff, director of legal and public advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). "To say...
  • Gays Celebrate Recent Victories: "It was a very gay year" & "Dems go gay"

    01/03/2004 2:45:53 PM PST · by nwrep · 34 replies · 238+ views
    Washington Blade ^ | January 2, 2004 | KEVIN NAFF and KEN SAIN
    Gay news wasn’t just made in the courts in 2003. Apart from the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning sodomy laws and rulings on same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Canada that brought hard fought victories for gay rights proponents, there was big news out of Hollywood, New Hampshire and on the presidential campaign trail. Five gay guys turned television on its head as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” became TV’s most talked about show. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was consecrated in New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and Democratic presidential candidates campaigned hard for...

    12/13/2003 7:02:01 AM PST · by miltonim · 12 replies · 3,038+ views
    Assist News ^ | September 21, 2001 | By Suzanne Eller
    Their first interview was with a group of young boys whose village had been attacked by Islamic soldiers. The elderly and infants were killed on the spot. Twenty-seven children, 14 boys and 13 girls, were taken to a military camp about 9 miles from their village. That evening, the boy's hands and feet were tied behind their backs and they were ordered to deny Christ. Each refused. Burning coals were piled on the ground in front of the boys. As they refused to deny their faith, they were held over the burning embers. Still, they refused to deny their faith....
  • The evangelicals who like to giftwrap Islamophobia

    11/09/2003 7:06:13 PM PST · by Pikamax · 36 replies · 377+ views
    Guardian ^ | 11/10/03 | Rev Dr Giles Fraser
    The evangelicals who like to giftwrap Islamophobia The world's largest children's Christmas project has a toxic agenda Giles Fraser Monday November 10, 2003 The Guardian It all sounds innocent enough. Operation Christmas Child "is a unique ministry that brings Christmas joy, packed in gift-filled shoeboxes, to children around the world". Over the past 10 years, 24 million shoeboxes have been delivered, making it the world's largest children's Christmas project. Every US president since Ronald Reagan has packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. In the UK, thousands of schools, churches and youth clubs are doing the same. Some will fill...
  • Apology to Muslims and censure of Boykin: Resolution H. Res. 419, introduced by Rep. John Conyers

    11/03/2003 1:27:31 PM PST · by Agitate · 73 replies · 1,495+ views
    The John Conyers Website ^ | 11/3/2003 | agitate
    Apology to Muslims and censure of Boykin: Resolution H. Res. 419, introduced by Rep. John Conyers Please write your congressional representative about Resolution H. Res. 419, introduced by Representative John Conyers (D-MI). Click here for the link. The language concerning “religiously intolerant remarks” amounts to censorship of Christian, as well as other beliefs. The resolution is a knee-jerk reaction to Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin’s exercise of Free Speech and Freedom of Religion in his own church. Proposing such a bill is the worst kid of appeasement to a group that is aggressively intolerant to non-Muslims around the...
  • Gay, lesbian couples can teach heterosexuals how to improve relationships: U of Wash

    10/25/2003 2:03:02 PM PDT · by nwrep · 75 replies · 1,550+ views
    University of Washington ^ | October 20, 2003 | Joel Schwarz
    October 20, 2003 Contact: Joel 206-543-2580University of Washington Gay, lesbian couples can teach heterosexuals how to improve relationships Married heterosexual couples can learn a great deal from gay and lesbian couples, far more than the stereotypical images presented by the television show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," according to the first published observational studies of homosexual relationships. "Gay and lesbian couples are a lot more mature, more considerate in trying to improve a relationship and have a greater awareness of equality in a relationship than straight couples," said John Gottman, a University of Washington emeritus professor of...
  • Bible may be banned from city hospitals (Canada)-wants to be fair to all faiths

    10/20/2003 6:57:47 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 18 replies · 295+ views
    Bible may be banned from city hospitals Health region wants to be fair to all faiths Robin Summerfield Calgary Herald Monday, October 20, 2003 Rev. Robert Greene ADVERTISEMENT Bibles in bedside tables may become contraband at hospitals under a proposal from the Calgary Health Region. If the policy is approved, the Gideons International Bible, a bedside staple, will be removed from all hospital rooms in the city and all distribution and display of any printed religious materials in hospitals will be banned. The policy, which is still under review and likely won't be decided for at least two months,...
  • Religious freedom significantly imperilled in Afghanistan

    09/27/2003 9:44:01 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 3 replies · 423+ views
    pakistan tribune ^ | September 27, 2003
    KABUL, September 28 (Online): Members of a federal panel are warning that religious freedom and other human rights remain seriously imperilled in Afghanistan even under a United States-backed government. Members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, reporting on an August visit to Kabul, said Sept. 24 that the U.S.-backed interim government is in danger of allowing the nation to return to the patterns of severe repression of religious freedom that characterised the Taliban's rule there. The Taliban were deposed by U.S.-led forces in 2001 for harbouring Osama bin Laden and other members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Noting...
  • Christian who married ex-Muslim detained (Religion of Peace Alert)

    09/24/2003 11:19:54 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 6 replies · 191+ views ^ | September 24, 2003 |
    An Egyptian Christian who married a Muslim convert to Christianity was pulled off an international flight this afternoon in Cairo, Egypt, and is being held by Egyptian secret police. Bolis Rezek-Allah had an immigrant visa to Canada, according to the U.S.- based monitor Voice of the Martyrs, or VOM. His wife, Enas Badawi, also is sought by police but has not been apprehended, VOM said. Egypt bars Christian men from marrying Muslim women. The government, refusing to recognize Badawi's conversion, still recognizes her as a Muslim. "It is interesting that the Egyptian government has no problem with Muslim men marrying...
  • Invite co-worker to church, lose your job

    09/08/2003 11:52:06 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 252+ views ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    An award-winning Georgia paramedic has filed a religious-discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, claiming she was terminated for merely inviting a co-worker to church. Sherry Lambert, formerly of MedStarOne, a private ambulance company operating in Screven County, Ga., said she was working a 24-hour shift Oct. 31, 2001, when she invited the co-worker to a church service. Lawyers for Liberty Counsel, a national civil-liberty education and legal-defense organization representing Lambert, said the co-worker did not object to the request, but managers at MedStarOne terminated Lambert less than a month later – Nov. 14 – after learning of the invitation. "As...
  • KOSOVO [ALBANIAN] GUNMEN attack swimming teenagers

    08/13/2003 9:49:37 AM PDT · by DTA · 13 replies · 264+ views
    IRELAND ON-LINE ^ | 2003-08-13
    Kosovo gunmen attack swimming teenagers 13/08/2003 - 15:21:35 Gunmen sprayed bullets on teenagers swimming in a Kosovo river today, killing at least one and injuring five others.“The gunfire was directed against children swimming, and all those hit were youths,” said Derek Chappell, a UN police spokesman in Kosovo. Chappell said. A Serb teenager died and four Serb teenagers and one ethnic Albanian girl were injured, some of them seriously, he added. He did not confirm a report by Belgrade television that said two children had died, one on the scene and one en route to a hospital. UN spokesman Andrea...
  • Moslems restricted Christian to pray twice a year at Jerusalem holy site

    08/07/2003 11:43:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 614+ views
    IMRA ^ | 8-7-03
    Moslems restricted Christian to pray twice a year at Jerusalem holy site [IMRA: While it certainly sounds radical that the Moslems allowed Christian prayer only twice a year at a holy site, this is "generous" as compared to the Moslem policy regarding Jewish access to holy sites - an absolute ban on Jewish prayer at Jewish holy sites that became also Moslem holy sites after the Moslem invasion.] The Church of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives by Archimandrite Ioakim Strogilos The Jerusalem Times (independent Palestinian weekly) 7 August 2003 The Jerusalem Times Religious Affairs Correspondent Abu Anton...
  • Penn. and San Diego Extend Protections to Transgenders

    08/02/2003 7:29:20 PM PDT · by nwrep · 29 replies · 774+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 29, 2003 | Various Exhuberant Gays
    Transgender rights advance in Penn. and San Diego Tue Jul 29, 8:37 PM ET Add Community - Planet Out to My Yahoo! / Network SUMMARY: Advocates for transgender rights hailed two developments on Monday that extended nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in Pennsylvania and San Diego. Advocates for transgender rights hailed two developments on Monday that extended nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in Pennsylvania and San Diego. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Ed Rendell signed an executive order that bars discrimination among state employees based on "gender identity or expression." Rendell, a Democrat, called the order "an important step...

    07/25/2003 5:57:35 AM PDT · by dennisw · 31 replies · 2,440+ views
    THE DHIMMI - JEWS AND CHRISTIANS UNDER ISLAM Today we often hear Muslims in the Middle East charging Israel with unfairness and discrimination in regard to the administration of Israel's Muslim populations. At times, there may seem to be some justification for these charges. However, there is no way to fairly assess today's situation without looking back over the last 1,300 years. Then the present tables were turned and Muslims ruled exclusively in the Middle East. The little-known facts of this dark and gruesome history have been well concealed and are only now gradually being brought to light. One excellent...
  • Another Christian's Blasphemy Trial Starts in Pakistan

    07/23/2003 9:53:26 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 5 replies · 122+ views
    Zenit.Org / Innovative Media Inc. ^ | 2003-07-23 | Unspecified.
    Another Christian's Blasphemy Trial Starts in Pakistan Jailed Schoolteacher Faces Death Penalty ISLAMABAD, JULY 23, 2003 ( Trial proceedings against Christian schoolteacher Pervaiz Masih began on July 17 in northeast Pakistan, two years and three months after the high school principal was jailed for alleged blasphemy. Now 35, Masih has been refused bail since his arrest in April 2001,when teenage boys reportedly claimed he had made slanderous remarks against the Muslim prophet Mohammed while tutoring them two months earlier, Compass Direct reports. But a report, issued two weeks after the teacher was arrested, quoted by the same source, Masih's accusations...
  • Gay group drive draws fire

    07/23/2003 8:18:36 PM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 32 replies · 348+ views ^ | July 23, 2003
    "Birgitta, six-year-old, lesbian," reads the advert with a photograph of a little girl in a swimsuit and armbands, alongside some childish drawings. "Not all princesses choose a prince," it adds. A campaign by a Swedish gay group to promote awareness that non-heterosexual orientation can start from an early age caused a backlash yesterday from a child protection group that said the sexual depiction of children could encourage paedophiles. Stockholm Pride, a volunteer group that organises an annual gay, lesbian and transsexual festival, launched the campaign on its website and plans advertisements in the mainstream and gay press. Pride's chairman Anders...
  • The "love" that now dares you

    07/03/2003 9:49:25 PM PDT · by narses · 6 replies · 291+ views
    National Post ^ | Hugo Gurdon
    WASHINGTON - The destruction of marriage in Canada was announced with Jean Chrétien's usual insouciance. "You have to look at history as an evolution of society," said the Prime Minister, eating his cake and having it too. Without a fight he sweeps aside an institution more ancient than the history he invokes, yet asks to be treated as a spectator. "According to the interpretation of the courts, these unions should be legal in Canada." I've led the country for a decade, he suggests, but don't shoot me -- I'm only the piano player. Looking at events from the American side...
  • Christians besieged in Pakistan

    06/29/2003 7:48:04 AM PDT · by atc · 26 replies · 379+ views
    <p>The photos from Pakistan were anything but travel brochure material. One showed a 9-year-old girl with dark eyes, large black burns on her legs and a heavily bandaged right arm. Another showed a 14-year-old girl with a face partly melted away like candle wax. The right side was a mass of charred skin after an assailant threw acid into her eyes. Their attackers said the girls' injuries are payback for the American invasion of Iraq. Americans may not have seen much retaliation on their own soil because, several human rights groups say, Christians in Pakistan are taking the brunt of it. The 9-year-old, Razia Masih, was beaten and raped on April 26 in the town of Faisalabad, near Lahore, ending up in the hospital with multiple burns, a lacerated left eye, a broken right arm and rope marks around her hands and mouth. "She was working as a maid in a Muslim house," said Shabazz Bhatti, chairman of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance. "When the Iraq war happened, it was on the TV," he said. "The family [that she worked for] would call her into the TV room and start torturing her. Her skin was burned by the irons, her body wounded by a cricket bat and a medical report showed 15 wounds on her body. She was told by them, 'You are Christian and infidel, and we will take revenge on you for the killings of Iraqi children.'</p>

    05/24/2003 11:41:38 AM PDT · by miltonim · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Assist News ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2003 | By Elizabeth Kendal ANS World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission
    INDONESIA: PERSECUTION IN WEST JAVA & UPDATE ON REV. DAMANIK 'S TRIAL AUSTRALIA -- In Bekasi, about 20 km southeast of Jakarta in West Java, churches are being threatened and intimidated by local radical Muslim groups, and local authorities are taking no action to protect the Christian minority or reign in the Islamist militants. The Islamist campaign in Bekasi has intensified in recent months and is related to unconstitutional local legislation. The original legislation dates back to 1969 and simply requires Christians to apply for a license before building a church. However, recent legislation is highly restrictive and requires Christian...
  • Two Christians Murdered: Long Feared Anti-Christian Violence Begins in Iraq?

    05/21/2003 9:24:00 AM PDT · by miltonim · 43 replies · 346+ views
    Pakistan Christian Post ^ | May, 2003 | By Barnabas Fund
    Two Christians Murdered: Long Feared Anti-Christian Violence Begins in Iraq? As Shia Muslims become more aggressive and vocal in their demands for an Islamic State based on Shari'ah the anti-Christian violence which Christians in Iraq have long feared seems finally to have arrived with the brutal murder of two Christian men. Britain's Daily Telegraph reports the deaths of Sabah Gazala and Abdul Ahed who were shot and killed by two Islamic gunmen within ten minutes in separate incidents in Basra on 8 May. Like a number of Christians in the city and in other parts of Iraq they were involved...
  • Dinner Prayers at VMI Ruled Unconstitutional

    04/28/2003 10:19:55 PM PDT · by First Amendment · 144 replies · 1,843+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>RICHMOND, Va. — In an important victory for First Amendment groups, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that the traditional prayers said before evening meals at the Virginia Military Institute (search) are unconstitutional.</p> <p>The decision upholds a lower court ruling and emphasizes that the extraordinary obedience demanded of VMI cadets doesn't give them the freedom to choose not to participate in what's been called a non-denominational, voluntary dinner prayer.</p>
  • Pakistani Christian sentenced to life for blasphemy

    04/27/2003 7:57:27 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 243+ views
    The Times of India ^ | April 27 2003 | Associated Press
    MULTAN: A court in Pakistan has sentenced a minority Christian to life in prison for blasphemy, police said Sunday. Ranjah Maseih was convicted Saturday in a court in Faisalabad, 280 kilometers northeast of Multan, in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, police official Nazir Ahmed said. Maseih was arrested on May 8, 1998, when he allegedly smashed a neon sign bearing a Quranic verse at a rally called to mourn the death of a Catholic clergyman. The maximum penalty in Muslim-majority Pakistan for blasphemy is death.
  • Pharmacist, Shot in Yemen on Dec. 30, to Share His Story with Lubbock Churches

    04/22/2003 5:59:14 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 233+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 04-22-03 | Reynolds, John
    Levelland ex-resident continues recovery from gunshot wounds Caswell plans to share his story with Lubbock churches in June BY JOHN REYNOLDS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL LEVELLAND — Don Caswell continues to recover from the damage caused by a religious fanatic's bullets but he has begun to share his terrifying story with others across the state, his mother, Mary Caswell, said Monday. The 49-year-old pharmacist, who was raised in Levelland, was gunned down Dec. 30 in the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, where he worked. Three friends and colleagues, Kathleen A. Gariety of Wauwatosa, Wis., Martha C. Myers of Montgomery, Ala., and William E....
  • Iraqi Christians celebrate Easter

    04/20/2003 8:09:13 AM PDT · by Scottish Claymore · 6 replies · 306+ views
    It is a miracle that God has protected us all, says pastor By Adam Lusher (Filed: 20/04/2003) Pastor Ikram Ibrahim Mehanni and his flock of 400 Baghdad Christians are celebrating their own Easter miracle today: surviving the war. Pastor Ikram Ibrahim Mehanni guards his church Their Easter Sunday service will be guarded by two US Marines armed with M16 rifles at the church door. Unarmed soldiers in the pews, will scan the congregation for suicide bombers. Samir Aha, the secretary of the parish council, is worried that the choir's singing might not be up to the usual standard. "Normally," he...
  • Don't Turn Iraq Over to the UN: "No UN Mr. Bush, and particularly no Canadians."

    04/11/2003 3:49:16 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 9 replies · 662+ views
    The National Post via ^ | April 11, 2003 | Elizabeth Nickson
    Glad to hear that George Bush is still lukewarm on the United Nations. It appears that the age of bending over for this crowd of quasi-legitimate, whining third-rate bullies is fast drawing to a close. The sooner the better, for the Third World especially, since you and I can dodge the UN quite well thanks. So to George W., I say, let them hand out food and organize medical aid. Anything else? You do it, you're competent. And for heaven's sake, if there are Canadians begging to be included, like I don't know, say, Stephen Lewis, how about a nice...
  • Iraqi Christians Fear Reprisals

    03/29/2003 11:34:12 PM PST · by miltonim · 12 replies · 201+ views
    Maranatha Christian Journal ^ | March 28, 2003 | (COMPASS
    Iraq’s small Christian minority fears more than American bombs. They expect to be targeted by a growing tide of Islamic militancy now being encouraged in the secularized Arab state. Numbering less than 400,000, Iraq’s Christian community has in recent months become the object of overt discrimination by Islamist elements. The attacks have ranged from verbal abuse and graffiti campaigns to stone-throwing and even brutal assassinations. Although Saddam Hussein initially kept religion out of Iraq’s political life, he began to encourage devotion to Islam after the 1991 Gulf War, emblazoning the Muslim slogan “God is great” on the Iraq flag and...
  • Church acts fast to counter Muslim web-site hackers

    03/28/2003 8:30:38 PM PST · by veronica · 7 replies · 521+ views
    A MUSLIM militant group is believed to have hacked into the Hereford Diocese web-site and left pictures of dead and wounded children. Four video stills, two showing fatally injured children, possibly taken from Middle East TV war coverage, appeared on the site on Monday afternoon. Anyone visiting the church web-site would have found themselves on the Muslim Allah Akbar page, which means `Allah is the greatest'. Diocese director of communications, Anni Holden, said she presumed a militant Muslim Arab organisation was behind the sabotage. "It was very dramatic. The page said Allah Akbar and there was also a line of...
  • The Forgotten Christians of Iraq

    03/28/2003 7:42:51 AM PST · by sheltonmac · 9 replies · 187+ views ^ | Feb. 2003 | Ken Joseph Jr
    With signs of war with Iraq increasing every day, lost amidst the fog of war are a small, once proud and very influential people. While the Kurds of Northern Iraq are well known, for some reason almost completely ignored in the current discussion are 1.2 million Assyrian Christians living, many in their historic lands in Iraq. Scattered through Iraq, but primarily near the city of Nineveh, currently known as Mosul, these remnants of the great Assyrian Empire and the only who still speak the language of Jesus - Aramaic - are frozen in time, once again the victims of circumstances...
  • Persecution Of Iraq's Christians Begins

    03/26/2003 6:43:53 PM PST · by Zipporah · 18 replies · 200+ views
    Compass Direct ^ | Wednesday March 19, 2003 | Compass Direct
    Islamists Accelerate Religious Rhetoric, Intolerance
  • Mexico seeks asylum for detained U.S.-bound Iraqis

    03/26/2003 2:43:32 PM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 213+ views
    Reuters | 3/26/03
    Mexico seeks asylum for detained U.S.-bound Iraqis MEXICO CITY, March 26 (Reuters) - Mexico is seeking political asylum in the United States for 15 Iraqis detained in Mexico as they headed for the U.S. border, an immigration official said on Wednesday. The migrants, from Iraq's Christian minority, were apparently fleeing the U.S.-led war in Iraq and pose no threat, the official from Mexico's National Migration Institute told Reuters. "Mexican and U.S. authorities are in talks to see if they might be given asylum," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The 15 Iraqis just want to ask for asylum and...
  • Persecuted for centuries, Iraq's Assyrian Christians once again wary of their future

    03/25/2003 2:17:40 PM PST · by Zipporah · 17 replies · 2,625+ views
    Japan Times Online ^ | Feb. 27, 2003 | By KEN JOSEPH JR.
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  • Iraq's tiny Christian communities brace for heightened persecution

    03/21/2003 7:35:22 AM PST · by sheltonmac · 11 replies · 213+ views ^ | 03/20/2003 | Baptist Press News
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP)--Hours before a U.S.-led war to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appears poised to begin, Iraq's small Christian minority fears more than American bombs, Compass Direct news service reported March 19. Iraqi Christians expect to be targeted by a growing tide of Islamic militancy now being encouraged in the secularized Arab state, according to Compass, a news service focusing on persecuted Christians and based in Santa Ana, Calif. Numbering less than 400,000, Iraq's Christian community has in recent months become the object of overt discrimination by Islamist elements, Compass reported. The attacks have ranged from verbal abuse and...