By Ron Ross, February, 2012
In my work as Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters I keep a close watch on a growing number of events that may have started in the Middle East but are now spreading throughout the world.
Persecution of Christians and Jews by Muslim extremists is rising to very the most extreme levels.
Some of my recent reports
1) Machete-armed fanatics attacked Egyptian Copt Christians.
2) Churches have been torched in Hamas-controlled Gaza.
3) In Saudi Arabia foreign workers were jailed for conducting Christian prayer meetings in their own homes.
4) In Pakistan a Christian man was arrested for marrying a Muslim woman.
5) The Islamic education program openly now teaches that Christians and Jews are ‘the descendants of apes and pigs.
From Bangladesh to Darfur, Christians have become regular targets for Islamic thugs and the governments that openly support them.
KHARTOUM, Sudan, January 18 (CDN) — Sudan’s Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments has threatened to arrest church leaders if they carry out evangelistic activities and do not comply with an order for churches to provide their names and contact information, Christian sources said.
Sources said the order was aimed at oppressing Christians amid growing hostilities toward Christianity. (Jihad Watch, 23/01/12)
On Tanzania’s island of Zanzibar, in one week-long stretch, Muslim extremists destroyed two church buildings, Christian leaders said. The extremists torched the building of the Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship of Africa.
A report by Right Side News said: “The previous week about 10 kilometers (six miles) from Zanzibar town, a throng of Islamic extremists demolished Siloam Church’s building. The pastor said that more than 100 Muslim extremists arrived at the church compound on Nov. 26 chanting “Allahu Akbar [God is greater].”·
The assailants entered the church building with clubs, hammers, torches and swords, tearing it down in three hours.
On July 30, Muslim extremists burned down a church building in Fuoni, on the south coast of Zanzibar island, that belonged to the Evangelical Assemblies of God-Tanzania.
In Kianga, another church building was burned down on July 27, and on neighboring Pemba Island, suspected Muslims extremists in Konde on June 17 razed a Seventh-day Adventist Church building.· (Right Side News, 17th January, 2012)
That same report spoke about a young man who has suffered severe persecution.
“Further south, in Comoros – three tiny islands between Mozambique and Madagascar that declared independence from France in 1975 – a convert from Islam is suffering from a skin disease contracted in prison after his family threw him out.·
The ordeal of Musta Kim began in March 2010 when, returning from an overnight prayer meeting, he found someone had broken into his house in Mdjwayezi village. What he thought would be a simple matter of reporting a burglary turned him into an outcast.·
While looking for evidence in his home, police stumbled onto Christian materials – a Bible and film – which changed the course of inquiry from pursuing thieves to asking why Kim was practicing a forbidden faith.·
The Muslim youth who broke into his home was suspicious that Kim had left Islam, Kim said. Police investigations following the March 4 ransacking lasted three months, and among the Christian materials officers found was the “Jesus Film,” a translation of the Gospel of Luke in the local Ngazidja language and a French Bible.·
With the help of Kim’s family, police arrested him and severely beat him during interrogation, injuring his right eye, before throwing him into a jail cell, he said. He slept on a moist thin mattress in the filthy jail cell, leaving him with a skin disease that has affected his whole body. He also developed a serious infection on his navel, with secretion of pus, which required urgent attention.” (Muslim Extremist Strike at Christians in East African Isles – Right Side News, 17/01/12)
In December a Pakistani court upheld the kidnapping, conversion and “marriage” to older Moslem men of two Christian sisters, aged 10 and 13.
Jihad Watch published this report in January 2012: Within the past three months, nine women have been abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. MPA Javed adds that the purpose is not to gain good deeds, but to sell them. A majority of the Christian girls converted are married, he says. According to reports he received from different areas of the city, the abducted women are later sold to feudal lords.
Citing a recent example, Javed says that in Essa Nagri, a 23-year-old married girl was forcibly remarried to a 60-year-old Muslim man, who was notorious for selling girls.
Many Christians in Islamic lands have become subject to such terror that they are fleeing the homelands their ancestors have known almost since the time of Jesus.
Muslim Persecution of Christians: January 2012
“The January report is out, over at Stonegate Institute (via RaymondIbrahim.com), and contains the usual dozens of incidences of Christian suffering under Islam — including things like a woman being whipped in front of hundreds of jeering Muslim spectators for converting to Christianity, and Muslims breaking into a church with an axe, destroying the furniture, and beating children for singing carols “too loudly” and thus disturbing the Muslims’ prayers in a nearby mosque.
“Accordingly, the Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently found that “the flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year”; in our life time alone, he predicts “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.” (Jihad Watch – February 11, 2012)
The End of Arab Christianity.
Thirty years ago, Lebanon was 60% Christian; today it is barely 25%. Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio newspaper, is the author of the book “A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism.” He recently wrote an article he called ‘The End of Arab Christianity.’
Let’s consider the statistics Meotti published.
Iraq: Up to 900,000 Christians already fled the country since 2003, according to a recent study by Minority Rights Group International.
Benjamin Sleiman, archbishop of Baghdad, also spoke of “the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East.”
In Egypt, Dr. Muhammad Badi, supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said: “The Brotherhood is getting closer to achieving its greatest goal as envisioned by its founder, Imam Hassan al-Banna. This will be accomplished by establishing a righteous and fair ruling system [based on Islamic sharia], with all its institutions and associations, including a government evolving into a rightly guided caliphate and mastership of the world.”
January this year (2012) an Egyptian Muslim cleric: “After a while, Europe will become a single Islamic state, which will know nothing but ‘There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger.'”
In Syria, the major Christian leaders are supporting Bashar Assad’s bloodbath, fearing an Islamic takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Catholic Patriarch of Lebanon, Bechara Rai, blessed Assad as a “reformer” while Greek-Orthodox Bishop Louqa al-Khouri organized ecumenical shows to support the regime.
Another report I had came from Uganda:
Muslims threw acid on a church leader on Christmas Eve shortly after a revival at his church, leaving him with severe burns that blinded one eye and threaten sight in the other.
The pastor “was on his way back to the site for a party with the entire congregation and hundreds of new converts to Christianity when a man who claimed to be a Christian approached him. ‘I heard him say in a loud voice, Pastor, pastor, and as I made a turn and looked at him, he poured the liquid onto my face as others poured more liquid on my back and then fled away shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar.'”
Child Suicide Bombers
Blindfolded and rigged with an explosive payload, a 13 year old boy was driven to his target in the Afghan city of Kandahar. Minutes before he was due to execute the attack, however, Abdul realised the lies of his recruiters seeking to turn him into a human bomb.
“When I opened my eyes, I saw it was a very black thing they wanted me to do,” he later said.
“I began to cry and shout. People came out of their houses and asked what was wrong. I showed them I had something in my vest. Then they were scared too and called the police who took the bombs off me.”
Afghan security officials say that Abdul’s story is not unusual. In the past year, insurgents have used a wave of child suicide bombers, some as young as 10, on the ruthless assumption that small boys can pass through checkpoints and security cordons more easily than men.
A senior Afghan intelligence official estimated that more than 100 had been intercepted in the past 12 months, including 20 from the Kandahar area in the south. The insurgents seek to exploit the innocence of their recruits and turn it into a weapon. (from a report by Islamic Jihad 15th January, 2012)
Persecution of Christians soars in Iran
“Persecution of Christians soars in Iran,” by Michael Carl for WND, February 12: Reports coming out of Iran say persecution of Christians is only growing more bold and brazen, as Iranian authorities once again raided a house church – this time in Shiraz – and arrested between 6 to 10 members of the congregation.
The detainees are being held in an undisclosed location.
Clare Lopez, a senior fellow with the Center for Security Policy says: “The forces of Shariah Islam are in the ascendant all over the Middle East these days and with the new-found sense of empowerment combined with what is perceived as Western complicity and weakness in the face of that situation, it is to be expected that all religious minorities, but especially Christians and Jews, increasingly will feel the brutality of Islamic supremacism.”
“Islam is supremacist, and whenever it feels the ability to dominate and suppress non-Muslims, that is what will occur,” Lopez said, “which is completely in accord with the Pact of Umar and Islamic law on treatment of ‘People of the Book.’ This is from Sura 9.29, the Sura of the Sword.
In Gaza, the 3,000 Christians who remain are subjected to persecution and death. The process of eradication began immediately after Yasser Arafat assumed control of the Palestinian Authority.
Christian sites and cemeteries were desecrated by Muslims.
Slogans like “Islam will win” and “First the Saturday people then the Sunday People” have been painted on walls, and PLO flags were draped over Christian crosses.
Meotti said, “Christians are vanishing from their cradle.”
He warned: the Christian era in the Middle East is coming to an end.
What should we do? What can we do? We will study that in Days of Noah – Part 3