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Christian persecution rampant in Muslim countries

Posted by on Sep. 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM
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The attack on an Anglican church in Pakistan on September 22 caused Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to speak out on attacks on Christians in the Muslim world. He said Christians are being martyred for their faith in many Muslim countries and this past weekend’s violence is only the tip of the iceberg.

According to the International Society for Human Rights in Frankfurt, Germany, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity in the United States estimates that in the last decade, an average of 100,000 Christians have died each year in what the center calls a "situation of witness," meaning for motives related to their faith.

Although some experts regard that estimate as inflated, it works out to an average of 11 Christians killed each hour throughout the past decade.

On September 21, the al-Shabaab Muslim terrorist group attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya and announced they only wanted to kill non-Muslims. Witnesses said the gunmen lined up men, women, and children and quizzed them on Islam, murdering those who could not answer correctly on the spot. Over 60 people were killed.

On September 22, two suicide bombers attacked the All Saints Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan; 85 worshipers were killed and 200 injured in that attack.

In March, Muslims torched dozens of Christian homes in Pakistan.

In January, tens of thousands of Coptic Christians left Egypt when Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rose to power. When he was overthrown in July, things did not get better for the ones who stayed. Muslim Brotherhood supporters set fire to the Churches of Abraham and the Virgin Mary in Menya; burned down the Mar Geergiss Church, the main Coptic church in southern Sohag; and murdered many priests and laymen. The Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram Monastery in Delga was forced to cancel Mass for the first time in 1,600 years.

Welby said Christians are being attacked specifically because of their faith.

“The appearance is often deceptive but I think Christians have been attacked in some cases simply because of their faith,” he said.

“I think it is true to say – and also in Peshawar – that we have seen more than 80 martyrs in the last few days.

“They have been attacked because they were testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ by going to church.

“That is outside any acceptable expression in any circumstances for any reason of religious difference.”

Pope Francis spoke out against the violence on Wednesday:  

"So many Christians in the world are suffering," the pope said during his general audience Wednesday morning in St. Peter's Square. "Am I indifferent to that, or does it affect me like it's a member of the family?"

"Does it touch my heart, or doesn't it really affect me, [to know that] so many brothers and sisters in the family are giving their lives for Jesus Christ?"

by on Sep. 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM
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by Bronze Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM
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Umm Im sorry but this is nothing new, its been happing for centuries with ALL relgions, yes I feel for those that have been hurt and killed, but this is not new and to say its ONLY in muslim countries shows how short sighted some are its ACROSS the world with all relgions

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 1:52 AM
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by Bronze Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Umm for one where did I say I was not offended??? second nice assumption there, and there is NOTHING wrong with understanding that ALL religions have radicals no matter what you do even CHRISTIANITY has radicals ever hear of the Crusades?????


Quoting SallyMJ:






Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Sep. 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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Terrible. Those Christians in Muslim countries know what persecution really means- and it's well beyond Happy Holidays.


JustCJ
by on Sep. 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM
What it didn't start at that?

Quoting Sisteract:

Terrible. Those Christians in Muslim countries know what persecution really means- and it's well beyond Happy Holidays.


PamR
by Platinum Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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Quoting Sisteract:

Terrible. Those Christians in Muslim countries know what persecution really means- and it's well beyond Happy Holidays.


Anytime an American Christian wants to complain that they are being persecuted, they should look at what real persecution is.



nixore
by myk elskling on Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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This is absolutely terrible.

And yet people in America think that not being allowed to have class prayer in schools or have the 10 commandments on display at the public courthouse is persecution....  Right. 

Citygirlk
by on Sep. 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

It's a rally you can do that. If it were a Christian rally I would say the same. And didnt they pray at Obama second inauguration, I don't remember anyone bitching.

Quoting SallyMJ:




idunno1234
by Silver Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I'm just going to put it out there :

People judge, criticize, persecute, harm, attack, maim, beat, kill others for a variety of reasons, with violence and hate never being justifiable, always perpetuating misery.  But people do it anyway.

Turning this into a religious issue or a partisan issue or anything but a humanity issue is only counterproductive, only perpetuates shit.

There are no quick answers to why people do the shit they do to each other and how to stop it but why encourage and perpetuate hate when we have over 100,000 years, give or take tens of thousands of years, of human history proving that we are experts in how to make the same mistakes over and over, even when we have the intellectual capacity to know better.

  Does our species, exemplified by posts like this, have to really epitomize the definition of insanity until we destroy ourselves??

Pointing out violence is worse than useless if you are only doing it for political reasons or to bash a certain religion.  Coming up with ideas, potential solutions....anything to turn humanity around from the direction we are going, would be an awesome start.

 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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Liberals are fabulous at incremental-ism.

Quoting JustCJ:

What it didn't start at that?

Quoting Sisteract:

Terrible. Those Christians in Muslim countries know what persecution really means- and it's well beyond Happy Holidays.

 


 

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