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Christian Martyrs by Gustave Dore
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Bulletin of Christian Persecution: April 15, 2011 - April 30, 2011
From Political Islam.com:
Bulletin of Christian Persecution
April 15, 2011 - April 30, 2011
April 15, 2011 Malaysia (Hat tip JihadWatch)
An umbrella coalition of Muslim groups held a protest today and declared bloodshed against 'extremist' Christians that insult and ridicule the position of Islam in the country.
April 18, 2011 Somalia
Two Muslim extremists in Somalia murdered a member of a secret Christian community in Lower Shabele region as part of a campaign to rid the country of Christianity, sources said. "Two al Shabaab members dragged him out of his house, and after 10 minutes they fired several shots on him,” said an area source who requested anonymity. “He then died immediately.” The militants then shouted “Allahu Akbar [God is greater]” before fleeing, he said.
April 19, 2011 Nigeria (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Deadly rioting erupted across Nigeria's largely Muslim north on Monday as youths torched churches and homes in anger at President Goodluck Jonathan's election victory. Jonathan, the first president from the oil producing Niger Delta, was declared the winner with around 57 percent of votes. He defeated Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler from the north, who got around 31 percent. More HERE. And HERE. And HERE. VideoHERE
April 20, 2011 Egypt (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
Muslims burn St.George Coptic Orthodox Church in Rafah,Sinai-Egypt & cracking crosses
April 21, 2011 Egypt (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
Muslims in Abu Qurqas have marked their homes with the statement "There is no God but Allah" and pictures of Ka'ba. This is in preparation for tomorrow's planned attacks on the homes of all Coptic homes in Abu Qurqas, a day they deemed as "Bloody Friday" This also coincides with Holy Friday for the Coptic Christians.
A father and daughter who fled Egypt to Syria after spending two and a half years in hiding for becoming Christians have arrived in France and yesterday applied for asylum there, human rights advocates said. Maher Ahmad El-Mo'otahssem Bellah El-Gohary, 58, had become the target of Islamic ill will in Egypt after he tried to change the religious affiliation on his national identification card from Muslim to Christian.
The country's Christian population has been forced to abandon its usually colourful and exuberant commemorations because of the number of "martyrs" who have died and the "bad situation." The whole country is braced for a wave of protests on Friday, despite an announcement that President Bashir al-Assad had signed a decree lifting the 48-year state of emergency, a key demand. Government promises of reform combined with violence by armed plain-clothes security forces have only served to bolster the opposition, who are planning more demonstrations after regular Muslim Friday prayers.
April 22, 2011 Indonesia (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Islamic militants involved in a plot to bomb an Indonesian church ahead of Easter celebrations wanted to film and broadcast the inferno, which would have occurred as thousands of people were arriving for services, police said Friday. The plot, uncovered Thursday, has put the nation in a state of high alert with hundreds of thousands of police deployed at churches, 20,000 in the capital alone. Update HERE. (Hat tip toInfidelsAreCool)
Pakistan (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
A church bell, not a mosque loudspeaker, calls people to prayer along the dung-lined streets and inside the crumbling houses of this village. The body of Pakistan's most recent Christian martyr is buried in its graveyard. Khushpur is almost entirely Catholic, and for decades it has been an oasis for Christians in a nation where 95 per cent of people are Muslim and Islamist extremism is spreading. The village has produced so many priests and nuns that some call it the "Rome of Pakistan." But Islamist militants' recent murder of federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian son of the village targeted for opposing Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, has rattled the peace.
April 23, 2011 Pakistan (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Christians in the small Pakistani town of Gojra are making low-key preparations for Easter this year. Residents of the neighbourhood, known as Christian Colony, in the town in Punjab province, are haunted by memories of a 2009 attack by a Muslim mob in which seven members of a family were killed and dozens of houses torched. The only sign of the approach of Easter was a few young men rehearsing hymns in St. Mary's Catholic Church. "Fear is there but we cannot give up our religion," said Wilson Rafiq.
In a square in Nazareth, right below the Basilica of the Annunciation, a Koranic verse warns that "whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers". Yet it is the spectre of losing in the here-and-now that most haunts the dwindling number of adherents to Christianity in the land of its birthplace. In the hometown of Jesus, where it all began two millennia ago, Christians feel under siege. This fear is not limited to Nazareth or the Holy Land. Across the Arab world, Christians ask whether they are an endangered species: threatened by Islamist radicals; forced by limited opportunities at home to seek new lives abroad; accused of complicity in the schemes of foreign predators; and now menaced by the wave of revolution ripping through the region -- which some fear could uncover the submerged hard-wiring of sectarianism.
April 24, 2011 Iraq
At least seven people were injured when a bomb outside the entrance of a Baghdad church exploded on Easter Sunday, an Iraqi police official said. Slide show HERE (Hat tip toSalon.com)
April 25, 2011 Egypt (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Egypt's premier suspended a Christian governor linked to the ousted Mubarak regime after his appointment sparked protests from Muslims in restive Qena province.
April 27, 2011 Ethiopia
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 21 four Muslims beat an evangelist to death and assaulted his pregnant wife in Worabe, Ethiopia, an area that is 97% Muslim. The Muslims lured Evangelist Abraham Abera from Kale Hiwot Church, his home and place of ministry, at 9:30 p.m. They told him that his friend was sick and needed his immediate attention. Abraham left with the men; they turned on him and began to beat him with rods. The minister's wife, Birtukan, saw the men attack her husband and ran to intervene, but the Muslims beat her as well. Abraham died on the spot and his wife, who sustained a severe head injury, was left unconscious in the street.
Two Christians from Punjab are in protective custody after blasphemy accusations against them sparked violent riots. A furious mob began attacking Christian homes in Aziz Colony, Gujranwala, after a father and son accused of burning the Koran were released by police. Police said they had no option but to re-arrest Pastor Mushtaq Gill and his son, Farrukh, to avert further violence.
April 28, 2011 Pakistan
Two members of an extremist group open fire at the car of Rev Ashraf Paul in Lahore. His 24-year-old son is critically wounded but is now out of danger. And in Faisalabad, a police officer rapes a 24-year-old woman over four days.
April 29, 2011 Indonesia
Amid the massive police crackdown on terrorism, a Pentecostal church in Sleman, Yogyakarta, was targetted in a firebomb attack early on Friday morning. Two molotov cocktails were hurled at the church on the island of Java by assailants riding a motorcycle.
Egypt (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
ABOUT 2,000 hardline Islamists protested on Friday outside the Coptic Church's headquarters in Cairo to demand the release of two women they allege are being held after converting to Islam. The protesters, who belonged to the puritanical Salafi sect, marched on St Mark's Cathedral from a mosque after Friday prayers to demand the release of Wafa Constantine and Camellia Shehata, the wives of two priests. The church denies the women converted to Islam. More HERE.
April 30, 2011 Pakistan
Police broke up a mob of people armed with sticks that was threatening to attack a church Saturday after word spread that two copies of the Qur'an had been burned in eastern Pakistan, officials said. The tiny Christian minority in predominantly Muslim Pakistan is often intimidated and subjected to mob violence.
Indonesia (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
An emerging Islamic terrorist group recruits followers among university students and, through brainwashing, prepares them for suicide bombings or bomb attacks against sensitive targets, including Christian churches.