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Christians in Pakistan ‘Give Children Islamic Names to Avoid Abuse in School’
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/4/19 | Fionn Shiner

Posted on 10/08/2019 4:58:27 PM PDT by marshmallow

Bishop Samson Shukardin said minorities are 'considered infidels and they are depicted negatively' in school textbooks

Religious bigotry in Pakistan schools is forcing Christian parents to give their children Islamic names – according to a bishop there.

Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that Christian children and other faith minorities were using different names to prevent them from being subjected to abuse.

He said: “Many minorities give their children Islamic names so they will not be singled out as Christians and become potential targets for discrimination in primary or secondary schools or at the college level.

“In many cases, minority students do suffer abuse in public schools.”

Bishop Shukardin spoke out against textbooks in state-run schools, saying: “The minorities are considered infidels and they are depicted negatively in textbooks, which promote prejudices against minorities.

“The fundamentalists believe that Islam is the only complete religion – that salvation is only found in the Qur’an as the last holy book.”

Bishop Shukardin said the febrile atmosphere whipped up by extremists has put pressure on minorities – including Christians.

The bishop said: “Most of the minorities, and in particular Christians, are afraid of attacks and persecution.”

He described how Christians in Pakistan suffer as a result of extremists falsely associating them with the West.

Bishop Shukardin said: “If the West strikes against Muslims anywhere in the world, enraged fundamentalists in Pakistan often attack the churches.”

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TOPICS: Catholic; Islam; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christian; education; pakistan

1 posted on 10/08/2019 4:58:27 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Being a Christian in a moslem region/country is a very,very dangerous thing.
2 posted on 10/08/2019 5:27:38 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (A joke: Brennan,Comey and Lynch walk into a Barr...)
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To: marshmallow

Islam is such a tolerant religion. Ain’t it?

3 posted on 10/08/2019 5:39:21 PM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: HighSierra5

Islam in the old country is not tolerant. I just wonder, “What the bleep are Christians doing trying to live in an Islamic Crap Hole such as Pakistan?! Are the Christians not allowed to move to India?

4 posted on 10/08/2019 6:42:15 PM PDT by Trumpet 1 (US Constitution is my guide.)
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