reply to post by Ilovecatbinlady
I think a christian would prefer a Jew spitting on a cross (though i dont approve of that) than this.
Christian oppression in the Muslim World
Republic of Turkey
In modern Turkey, the Istanbul pogrom was a state-sponsored and state-orchestrated pogrom that compelled Greek Christians to leave Istanbul, the first
Christian city in violation to the Treaty of Lausanne (see Istanbul Pogrom). The issue of Christian genocides by the Turks may become a problem, since
Turkey wishes to join the European Union.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is still in a difficult position. Turkey requires by law that the Ecumenical Patriarch must be an ethnic
Greek, holding Turkish citizenship by birth, although most of the Greek minority has been expelled. The state's expropriation of church property and
the closing of the Orthodox Theological School of Halki are also difficulties faced by the Church of Constantinople. Despite appeals from the United
States, the European Union and various governmental and non-governmental organizations, the School remains closed since 1971.
Persecution of Christians has continued in modern Turkey. On February 5, 2006, the Catholic priest Andrea Santoro was murdered in Trabzon by a student
influenced by the reactions following the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. On April 18, 2007, 3 Christians were murdered in the
bible publishing firm in Malatya, coincidentally, the hometown of Mehmet Ali Ağca, the assassin who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II on May
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
The Turkish army controlled the territory of Northern Cyprus beginning in 1974. The United Nations has documented their systematic destruction of
churches belong to the Church of Cyprus from 1974 though 2003.
On the night of 26-27 March 1996, seven monks from the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, belonging to the Roman Catholic Trappist Order of
Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), were kidnapped in the Algerian Civil War. They were held for two months, and were found dead on 21
May 1996. The circumstances of their kidnapping and death remain controversial; the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) claims responsibility for both, but the
then French military attaché, retired General Francois Buchwalter, reports that they were accidentally killed by the Algerian army in a rescue
attempt, and claims have been made that the GIA itself was a cat's paw of Algeria's secret services (DRS).
Islamists looted, and burned to the ground, a Pentecostal church in Tizi Ouzou on January 9, 2010. The pastor was quoted as saying that worshipers
fled when local police left a gang of local rioters unchecked.
In January 1999, anti-Christian violence erupted by local Muslims. "Tens of thousands died when Moslem gunmen terrorized Christians who had
voted for independence in East Timor."
According to UNHCR, although Christians represent less than 5% of the total Iraqi population, they make up 40% of the refugees now living in nearby
countries. Northern Iraq remained predominantly Christian until the destructions of Tamerlane at the end of the 14th century. The Church of the
East has its origin in what is now South East Turkey. By the end of the 13th century there were twelve Nestorian dioceses in a strip from Peking to
Samarkand. When the 14th-century Muslim warlord of Turco-Mongol descent, Timur (Tamerlane), conquered Persia, Mesopotamia and Syria, the civilian
population was decimated. Timur had 70,000 Assyrian Christians beheaded in Tikrit, and 90,000 more in Baghdad.
In the 16th century, Christians were half the population of Iraq. In 1987, the last Iraqi census counted 1.4 million Christians. They were
tolerated under the secular regime of Saddam Hussein, who even made one of them, Tariq Aziz, his deputy. However persecution by Saddam Hussein
continued against the Christians on a cultural and racial level, as the vast majority are Ethnic Assyrians (aka Chaldo-Assyrians). The Assyrian
-Aramaic language and written script was repressed, the giving of Hebraic/Aramaic Christian names or Assyrio-Babylonian names forbidden(Tariq Aziz
real name is Michael Youhanna for example), and Saddam exploited religious differences between Assyrian denominations. Assyrians were ethnically
cleansed from their towns and villages under the Anfal Campaign in 1988.
Recently, Chaldo-Assyrian Christians have seen their total numbers slump to about 500-000 to 800,000 today, of whom 250,000 live in Baghdad. An
exodus to the neighboring countries of Syria, Jordan and Turkey has left behind closed parishes, seminaries and convents. As a small minority without
a militia of their own, Assyrian Christians have been persecuted by both Shi’a and Sunni Muslim militias, and also by criminal gangs.
Many Assyrian Christians are departing for their northern heartlands in the Nineveh plains around Mosul. Assyrian armed militia are
now being set up (in 2010) to protect Assyrian towns and villages. As of June 21, 2007, the UNHCR estimated that 2.2 million Iraqis
had been displaced to neighboring countries, and 2 million were displaced internally, with nearly 100,000 Iraqis fleeing to Syria and Jordan each
month. A May 25, 2007 article notes that in the past seven months only 69 people from Iraq have been granted refugee status in the United
Chaldean Catholic priest Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni and subdeacons Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho, and Gassan Isam Bidawed were killed in the
ancient city of Mosul last year. Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni was driving with his three deacons when they were stopped and demanded to convert to
Islam, when they refused they were shot. Six months later, the body of Paulos Faraj Rahho, archbishop of Mosul, was found buried near Mosul. He
was kidnapped on February 29, 2008 when his bodyguards and driver were killed.
In 2004, five churches were destroyed by bombing. Tens of thousands of Christians fled the country.
In 2010-11-01 was an attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic cathedral of Baghdad, Iraq, that took place during Sunday evening Mass
on October 31, 2010. The attack left at least 58 people dead, after more than 100 had been taken hostage. The al-Qaeda-linked Sunni insurgent
group the Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack; though Shia cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Iraq's highest Catholic
cleric condemned the attack, amongst others.
The war in Lebanon saw a number of massacres of both Christians and Muslims. Among the earliest was the Damour Massacre in 1976 when Palestinian
militias attacked Christian civilians in retaliation for the Karantina Massacre. According to an eyewitness: The attack took place from the mountain
behind "It was an apocalypse," [said Father Mansour Labaky, a Christian Maronite priest who survived the massacre at Damour:] 'They were coming,
thousands and thousands, shouting "Allahu Akbar! (God is great!) Let us attack them for the Arabs, let us offer a holocaust to Mohammad!", And they
were slaughtering everyone in their path, men, women and children.' The persecution in Lebanon combined sectarian, political,
ideological, and retaliation reasons. The Syrian regime was also involved in persecuting Christians as well as Muslims in Lebanon.
In Sudan, it is estimated that over 1.5 million Christians have been killed by the Janjaweed, the Arab Muslim militia, and even suspected Islamists in
northern Sudan since 1984. It should also be noted that Sudan's several civil wars (which often take the form of genocidal campaigns) are often not
only or purely religious in nature, but also ethnic, as many black Muslims, as well as Muslim Arab tribesmen, have also been killed in the
It is estimated that as many as 200,000 people had been taken into slavery during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The slaves are mostly Dinka
In Pakistan 1.5% of the population are Christian. Pakistani law mandates that "blasphemies" of the Qur'an are to be met with punishment. Ayub Masih, a
Christian, was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 1998. He was accused by a neighbor of stating that he supported British writer, Salman
Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses. Lower appeals courts upheld the conviction. However, before the Pakistan Supreme Court, his lawyer was able to
prove that the accuser had used the conviction to force Masih's family off their land and then acquired control of the property. Masih has been
In October 2001, gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a Protestant congregation in the Punjab, killing 18 people. No one knows for sure who the gunmen
were but officials think it might be a banned Islamic group.
In March 2002, five people were killed in an attack on a church in Islamabad, including an American schoolgirl and her mother.
In August 2002, masked gunmen stormed a Christian missionary school for foreigners in Islamabad, six people were killed and three injured. None of
those killed were children of foreign missionaries.
In August 2002, grenades were thrown at a church in the grounds of a Christian hospital in north-west Pakistan, near Islamabad, killing three
On September 25, 2002 two terrorists entered the "Peace and Justice Institute", Karachi, where they separated Muslims from the Christians, and then
murdered seven Christians by shooting them in the head. All of the victims were Pakistani Christians. Karachi police chief Tariq Jamil said
the victims had their hands tied and their mouths had been covered with tape.
In December 2002, three young girls were killed when hand grenade was thrown into a church near Lahore on Christmas Day.
In November 2005 3,000 militant Islamists attacked Christians in Sangla Hill in Pakistan and destroyed Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United
Presbyterian churches. The attack was over allegations of violation of blasphemy laws by a Pakistani Christian named Yousaf Masih. The attacks were
widely condemned by some political parties in Pakistan.
On June 5, 2006 a Pakistani Christian stonemason, Nasir Ashraf, was working near Lahore when he drank water from a public facility using a glass
chained to the facility. He was assaulted by Muslims for "Polluting the glass". A mob developed, who beat Ashraf, calling him a "Christian dog".
Bystanders encouraged the beating and joined in. Ashraf was eventually hospitalized.
One year later, in August 2007, a Christian missionary couple, Rev. Arif and Kathleen Khan, were gunned down by militant Islamists in Islamabad.
Pakistani police believed that the murders was committed by a member of Khan's parish over alleged sexual harassment by Khan. This assertion is widely
doubted by Khan's family as well as by Pakistani Christians. 
In August 2009 six Christians including 4 women and a child were burnt alive by Muslim militants and a church set ablaze in Gojra, Pakistan when
violence broke out after alleged desecration of Qur'an.
While the Egyptian government does not have a policy to persecute Christians, it discriminates against them and hampers their freedom of worship. Its
agencies sporadically persecute Muslim converts to Christianity. The government enforces Hamayouni Decree restrictions on building or repairing
churches. These same restrictions, however, do not apply to mosques.
The government has effectively restricted Christians from senior government, diplomatic, military, and educational positions, and there has been
increasing discrimination in the private sector. The government subsidizes media which attack Christianity and restricts Christians access
to the state-controlled media.
In Egypt the government does not officially recognize conversions from Islam to Christianity; because certain interfaith marriages are not allowed
either, this prevents marriages between converts to Christianity and those born in Christian communities, and also results in the children of
Christian converts being classified as Muslims and given a Muslim education. The government also applies religiously discriminatory laws and
practices concerning clergy salaries.
Foreign missionaries are allowed in the country only if they restrict their activities to social improvements and refrain from proselytizing. The
Coptic Pope Shenouda III was internally exiled in 1981 by President Anwar Sadat, who then chose five Coptic bishops and asked them to choose a new
pope. They refused, and in 1985 President Hosni Mubarak restored Pope Shenouda III, who had been accused of fomenting interconfessional strife.
Particularly in Upper Egypt, the rise in extremist Islamist groups such as the Gama'at Islamiya during the 1980s was accompanied by attacks on Copts
and on Coptic churches; these have since declined with the decline of those organizations, but still continue. The police have been accused of siding
with the attackers in some of these cases.
Many colleges dictate quotas for Coptic students, often around 1 or 2% despite the group making up 15% of the country's population. There is also a
separate tax-funded education system called Al Azhar, catering to students from elementary to college level, which accepts no Christian Coptic
students, teachers or administrators.
Hundreds of Christian Coptic girls have been kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam, as well as being victims of rape and forced marriage to Muslim
On January 2, 2000, at least 21 Christians were killed by Muslims in Al Koshh in southern Egypt. Christian properties were also burned.[citation
In April 2006, one person was killed and twelve injured in simultaneous knife attacks on three Coptic churches in Alexandria.
In November 2008, several thousand Muslims attacked a Coptic church in a suburb of Cairo on the day of its inauguration, forcing 800 Coptic Christians
to barricade themselves in.
In April 2009, two Christian men were shot dead and another was injured by Muslim men after an Easter vigil in the south of Egypt.
On September 18, 2009, a Muslim man called Osama Araban beheaded a Coptic Christian man in the village of Bagour, and injured 2 others in 2 different
villages. He was arrested the following day.
On the eve of January 7, 2010, after the Eastern Christmas Mass finished (which finishes around midnight), Copts were going out of Mar-Yuhanna (St.
John) church in Nag Hammadi city when three Muslim men in a car near the church opened fire killing 8 Christians and injuring another 10.
On 2011 New Year's eve, just 20 minutes after midnight as Christians were leaving a Coptic Orthodox Church in the city of Alexandria after a new
year's eve service a car bomb exploded in front of the Church killing more than 20 and injuring more than 75. 
Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state that practices Wahhabism and restricts all other religions, including the possession of religious items such as the
Bible, crucifixes, and Stars of David. Christians are arrested and lashed in public for practicing their faith openly. Strict sharia is
enforced. Muslims are forbidden to convert to another religion. If one does so and does not recant, they may be executed.
Other Muslim nations
Though Iran recognizes Assyrian and Armenian Christians as a religious minority (along with Jews and Zoroastrians) and they have representatives in
the Parliament, after the 1979 Revolution, Muslim converts to Christianity (typically to Protestant Christianity) have been arrested and sometimes
executed. See also: Christianity in Iran.
In the 11 Northern states of Nigeria that have introduced the Islamic system of law, the Sharia, sectarian clashes between Muslims and Christians have
resulted in many deaths, and some churches have been burned. More than 30,000 Christians were displaced from their homes Kano, the largest city in
Muslims in India who convert to Christianity have been subjected to harassment, intimidation, and attacks by Muslims. In Jammu & Kashmir, the only
Indian state with a Muslim majority, a Christian convert and missionary named Bashir Tantray was killed, allegedly by militant Islamists in 2006.
A Christian priest, K.K. Alavi, a 1970 convert from Islam, thereby raised the ire of his former Muslim community and received many death threats.
An Islamic terrorist group named "The National Development Front" actively campaigned against him. In the southern state of India, Kerala,
Islamic Terrorists chopped off the hand of a Professor due to allegation of blasphemy of prophet.
In the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Abu Sayyaf has attacked and killed Christians.
In Indonesia, religious conflicts have typically occurred in Western New Guinea, Maluku (particularly Ambon), and Sulawesi. The presence of Muslims in
these regions is in part a result of the transmigrasi program of population re-distribution. Conflicts have often occurred because of the aims of
radical Islamist organizations such as Jemaah Islamiah or Laskar Jihad to impose Sharia, with such groups attacking Christians and
destroying over 600 churches. In 2006 three Christian girls were beheaded as retaliation for previous Muslim deaths in Christian-Muslim
rioting. The men were imprisoned for the murders, including Jemaah Islamiyah's district ringleader Hasanuddin. On going to jail, Hasanuddin
said, "It's not a problem (if I am being sentenced to prison), because this is a part of our struggle."
In Afghanistan, Abdul Rahman, a 41-year-old citizen, was charged in 2006 with rejecting Islam (apostasy), a crime punishable by death under Sharia
law. He has since been released into exile in the West under intense pressure from Western governments. In 2008, the Taliban killed a
British charity worker, Gayle Williams, for being a Christian.
In Kosovo, since June 1999, 156 churches and monasteries have been damaged or destroyed and several priests have been killed. During the few days of
the 2004 unrest in Kosovo, 35 churches and monasteries were damaged and some destroyed by Muslim mobs.
In Malaysia, although Islam is the official religion, Christianity is mostly tolerated, however, in order to be a member of the majority race (the
Malays), one is legally required to be a Muslim. Also, if a non-Muslim marries a Muslim, they are legally required to convert to Islam. There is much
debate over whether Malaysia is a liberal Islamic state or a very religious secular state. Full article: Freedom of religion in Malaysia
In 2002, a currently unidentified gunman killed Bonnie Penner Witherall at a prenatal clinic in Sidon, Lebanon. She had been proselytizing and
attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity.
Three Christian missionaries were killed in their hospital in Jibla, Yemen in December 2002. A gunman, apprehended by the authorities, said that he
did it "for his religion."
In Somalia November 25th 2010 Nurta Mohamed Farah, age 17. was shot and killed after fleeing her parents home where she had endured much torture and
drugging, by them, in hopes that she would renounce her faith in Jesus Christ.
Palestine’s Christians Continue to Suffer Persecution
Palestinian Christians continue to struggle against persecution, particularly coverts from Islam.
by Maria MackayPosted: Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 17:30 (GMT)
Prominent Christians in the Middle East have expressed alarm at the impact intense persecution is having on Christians in Palestine, as many continue
to abandon their faith and leave their homelands.
Israeli attorney and author, Justus Reid Weiner, has just penned a new book, ‘Human Rights Christians in Palestinian Society’, based on eight
years of research into the human rights abuses directed at Muslims who converted to Christianity.
Originally he “doubted that anyone would victimize the adherents of the world's largest religion.”
He told Crosswalk: “But as I began to schedule interviews, I quickly learned that most of the Christian victims were reluctant to even meet me. If
they agreed to reveal what they had suffered, they insisted that I refer to them by a pseudonym.”
According to Don Finto, pastor and author of ‘God’s Promise and the Future of Israel’, due for release in February, the persecution is happening
primarily within the Palestinian territories.
The situation for Arab Christians within Israel, according to the author, is relatively peaceful, due to much greater acceptance and little
"Jewish people who are believers - perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 now in 130 different house groups or congregations/synagogues - are mostly tolerated,
sometimes persecuted, often severely, especially by the ultra orthodox.
“The secular (80 percent of Israeli Jewish citizens are secular-cultural Jews, but not religious. They observe Passover and may even close stores
etc. on Sabbath, but they are not people of significant faith) usually do not care, and even sometimes are more tolerant of the Jewish believers in
Jesus than they are the ultra orthodox who want to control the country," said Finto.
“Bethlehem is no longer controlled by Israel, but by Palestinians, often hostile Muslims who accept traditional Christians who have been Christians
for generations, but if a Muslim turns to faith in Jesus, he may be killed by his own family members. The evangelistic work is going forward, but has
to be done very carefully, wisely and under the direction of the Holy Spirit.”
Following numerous interviews with Palestinian Christians who have experienced persecution and abuse because of their faith, Weiner concluded, “The
worst treatment is often ‘reserved’ for persons who leave Islam to become Christians.”
Despite witnessing Christian persecution firsthand in the Palestinian territories, Weiner said it is often hard to assess or control persecution.
“Persecution is very hard to measure. If nobody complains does it mean that there is no persecution. It could, but in the case of the Christians
living under Palestinian rule this would not be a reasonable conclusion," said Weiner.
He said that Palestinian Christians “live within an atmosphere of intimidation and denial”, which is “particularly true of many of their
“Since Israel withdrew from the Palestinian cities and towns, it has very little influence over the way the Palestinian Authority and its' Muslim
population behave. Moreover even humanitarian efforts by Israelis to stand up for Christians can backfire as they may be accused of being Israeli
agents, a virtual death sentence in the armed anarchy of the Palestinian streets,” he said.
Weiner spoke of a pastor who was shot and left for dead at a church which was attacked 14 times.
He said in this kind of atmosphere and partially as a consequence of these attacks, “thousands are leaving the cradle of Christianity”.
“According to my estimate, if current trends continue, only the relics and holy sites will be left in another 15 years. The Christian community in
Bethlehem will cease to exist,” he said.
Finto echoed this prediction: “It's so hard for Palestinian Christians to live there in Bethlehem, that they are leaving when they get a chance to
leave...Somehow, they are making it very uncomfortable for them, and putting pressure on them to be pro-Palestinian, governmentally."
If you remotely care about christians you should reorganize your priorities. They suffer everyday in Muslim lands (just look at the bombing of the
coptic church 3 weeks ago in alexandria Egypt - left 30 christians dead.)
What have Jews ever done to Christians? It really does take incredible chutzpah for a Christian to even consider criticizing a Jew. Look at the
crusades, inquisition, ghettos etc.
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