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Bulletin of Christian Persecution July 16, 2009
from Political Islam.com:
Bulletin of Christian Persecution July 16, 2009
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June 8, 2009 San Diego, CA, USA
A Muslim man shot a Christian five times after an argument over religion.
June 12, 2009 Adams, NY, USA
A Muslim forced a Harley-Davidson dealer to take down a sign saying that America is a Christian nation.
June 13, 2009 USAUS companies quietly lobby on an Armenian genocide bill as they do business with Turkey.
June 19, 2009 USA
The Refugee Admissions Program is failing at-risk Iraqi Christian refugees.
June 21, 2009 Dearborn, MI, USA
An Arab Christian group was stopped by security from asking questions of people manning an "Islam: Got Questions?" booth at Arabfest. The Christians were then assaulted by security. (Video.) The group was also prohibited from handing out leaflets and filed a lawsuit against the city, before being denied a restraining order preventing them from being restricted.
June 25, 2009 Maine, USA
The state of Maine fined the Christian Action Network and tried to coerce them into signing away all rights to appeal and to fundraising over their "inflammatory anti-Muslim message" after they sent out a mailer advertising Homegrown Jihad.
June 27, 2009 USA
NGOs and religious leaders call on the US to halt the deportation of a Copt to Egypt, where he will likely be tortured or worse.
June 28, 2009 USA
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is concerned at reports of attacks targeting Coptic Orthodox Christians in the small Egyptian village of Ezbet Boshra-East.
July 3, 2009 PA, USA
A Pennsylvania pastor was asked to pray before the state's House of Representatives, but his prayer was rejected because it contained an offensive word: "Jesus."
July 3, 2009 USAThe Pentagon denied the flyover of the God and Country Rally for the first time in 42 years because of its "Christian nature."
July 7, 2009 Newton Square, PA, USA
A Christian mother was forbidden from reading King David's Psalms at her son's kindergarten. The case may go before the Supreme Court.
July 7, 2009 USAThe US is to take on 1,350 Iraqi Palestinians who were former guests of Saddam Hussein. Christians, both Iraqi and Palestinian, are stuck being massacred in the Middle East.
July 5, 2009 Brazil
FIFA, the worldwide soccer organization, sent an official admonishment to the Brazilian Federation because its players prayed and thanked God in the middle of the field after their win. The Egyptian team performed an Islamic prayer in the middle of the field after their win against Italy but were not similarly admonished.
June 4, 2009 Eritrea
Four Christians died in an underground dungeon, where they were kept for almost six years. Four others went blind after exposure to "piercing sunlight" following months in darkness.
June 8, 2009 Giza, EgyptTwo policemen who were convicted of murder for pushing a Coptic man out of a window were sentenced to only five years.
June 8, 2009 Egypt
A report by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Religious Liberty Commission details the oppression of and discrimination against Christians in Egypt, both modern and historical.
June 9, 2009 Cairo, Egypt
A mob of 150, armed with clubs and swords, assaulted the family of a Coptic girl who was abducted and then recovered the same day. The police then arrested 11 Copts, including the assaulted family.
June 10, 2009 Banjul, Gambia
A British missionary jailed on trumped-up sedition charges has been delayed because prosecutors failed to attend his hearing. His wife is also jailed and Christian Solidarity Worldwide is worried for their health.
June 14, 2009 Deir Abu Hennis, Egypt
The cultural genocide of Egypt's Copts continues as the Egyptian government changes the name of a village whose inhabitants are 100% Coptic.
June 16, 2009 Cairo, Egypt
A judge denied a second Christian convert identity documents stating his religion, effectively denying him the right to convert.
June 17, 2009 Toma, Egypt
Two Christians have been detained for nearly a month after riots broke out following the abduction and retrieval of a Coptic girl. Reuters’ version, issued by the Egyptian government, was a little different.
June 17, 2009 Nigeria
A pregnant Christian woman lost most of her family, got shot, and lost her unborn baby in attacks by Muslim militants. (Video.)
June 18, 2009 Sudan
232 Sudanese slaves who were abducted during the North-South Civil War (1983-2005) were finally liberated. They had been subjected to "a clear pattern of physical and psychological abuse."
June 20, 2009 Cairo, Egypt
Twin Coptic boys who have been caught in a custody dispute for five years were finally given to their Coptic mother but were forced to remain Muslims despite declarations that they are Christians.
June 22, 2009 Egypt
A Muslim mob attacked a church and assaulted Copts with clubs, instigated by State Security. A village priest was charged with sedition.
June 22, 2009 Ezbat Bsharreh, Egypt
18 were wounded in Muslim-Christian clashes when Muslims threw rocks at Copts to prevent them from going into the home of a priest to join the Mass in progress.
June 22, 2009 ZanzibarGovernment officials evicted a congregation from the building they were renting, ostensibly for renovations. No renovations were performed but the building now houses a business.
June 24, 2009 Ezbet Boshra, Egypt
Copts were placed under curfew and confined them to their homes, in fear of an impending massacre following mob attacks two days earlier. Security forces destroyed crops for three consecutive days, but charges were dropped against the reverend who was charged on 6/22/2009. Update 6/29: Authorities released all suspects who had been arrested.
June 26, 2009 Noaukchott, Mauritania
An American aid worker was killed by Al-Qaeda militants for "spreading Christianity." Update 7/01: Christians in the town have fled to Europe in fear, escorted by police.
June 26, 2009 Uganda
A woman’s parents threw her out when she converted to Christianity. She married a Christian man and fled with him after her family threatened to kidnap her, but they were thrown out of their new home. Muslims have threatened to harm her family.
June 30, 2009 Zanzibar
Muslims burned down two church buildings following services "as a fierce warning," before threatening to burn down the houses of the congregants.
June 30, 2009 Mogadishu, Somalia
"I'm telling the people that it's time we attacked Ethiopia, who are our Christian neighbours."
July 1, 2009 Meet El-Korashy, Egypt
After a young man died in a fight with a Coptic shopkeeper mobs attacked, torched, and looted Christian homes and businesses.
July 1, 2009 Egypt
"[I]mpunity fuels persecution - the terrible consequence of forced 'reconciliation' in the absence of truth or justice." Copts are denied the right to practice their faith and are subject to "Muslim mob justice."
July 1, 2009 Dessie, Ethiopia
Police shot two people who were building a church, killing them both. Another "fell off a cliff."
July 1, 2009 Somalia
Militants beheaded two young boys because their Christian father refused to give up information about a church leader. They are still looking for the pastor in refugee camps in Kenya.
July 3, 2009 Guirgis Bey, Egypt
Copts appealed to Mubarak for protection after two houses were burned down and mobs tried to burn a priest and two cars.
July 7, 2009 Asmara, Eritrea
Fifteen monks were detained for allegedly planning actions against the "government's interference." 2,800 Christians are believed to be imprisoned in Eritrea.
July 8, 2009 Egypt
Security forces are in collusion with Muslim mobs in carrying out acts of violence and forced displacement all over the country. "The Coptic persecution issue has become a permanent source of livelihood for them…"
July 8, 2009 Egypt
A Dubai imam has called upon the Egyptian government to give Christians more land to build churches and to allow them to do so with the same ease with which Muslims build mosques.
July 9, 2009 Algiers, AlgeriaA GIA founder admitted to killing 7 monks in 1996.
July 10, 2009 Mogadishu, SomaliaIslamist rebels beheaded seven "Christians" and "spies."
July 10, 2009 Egypt
"Many Muslim scholars issued a fatwa, saying I must be killed," says a convert from Islam to Christianity.
July 12, 2009 Ezbet Bassilious, Egypt
Muslims burned down a church and State Security, who watched the church burn down but did nothing, charged a Copt for the act of arson.
July 14, 2009 Cairo, EgyptCoptic church security thwarted an attempted attack by a veiled woman carrying several weapons, rope, and anaesthetics just after children's religion classes ended.
July 15, 2009 Khartoum, Sudan
Police flogged and fined 10 girls for wearing pants because it violates Sharia, to which Christians are supposedly not subject.
June 4, 2009 Middle East The War on Christianity in the Middle East. Christians suffer horribly under radical Islam and the perpetrators get a free pass.
June 8, 2009 Punjab, PakistanA Christian man was raped and murdered for refusing to convert to Islam after he was caught with a Muslim girl.
June 8, 2009 Iran
Iran has been severely persecuting Christians, particularly converts from Islam, who are often imprisoned for apostasy. Ordinances which have existed for 30 years are now more strictly enforced than ever.
June 9, 2009 Gaza
Christians found at least 70 graves and several religious symbols vandalized at their 200-year-old church
June 11, 2009 Dhaka, BangladeshA Catholic chef "has a really rough time" in jail after being picked up for allegedly possessing illegal alcoholic beverages.
June 11, 2009 Punjab, Pakistan
Authorities attacked a Christian cemetery and seized a church, after Railway authorities confiscated a church building. They are reportedly trying obtain permission to demolish it.
June 11, 2009 Lahore, PakistanA church center was threatened with a bomb attack if Christians did not convert to Islam and pay a ransom.
June 12, 2009 Punjab, PakistanA Christian man was beaten and stabbed to death for drinking from a "Muslim cup."
June 12, 2009 Lahore, Pakistan
After a traffic accident, assailants attacked a pastor’s home, beat his mother and sister-in-law with rifle butts, and threatened more violence if they did not drop assault charges.
June 12, 2009 Singapore
A Protestant couple was found guilty of sedition for mailing religiously offensive material to Muslims and has been sentenced to 8 weeks of jail time.
June 12, 2009 Philippines
The President announced that the Malaysian government was working to "reopen talks [with Muslim separatist guerrillas] that stalled after rebel commanders attacked Christian communities."
June 13, 2009 Hasilpur, Pakistan
A parcel bomb injured at least 10 Christians.
June 14, 2009 Manila, Philippines
A bomb placed in front of a school exploded, but nobody was injured, and another, also placed in front of a school, was safely detonated.
June 14, 2009 Tiasar Town, Pakistan
Taliban militants shot an 11-year-old boy in the head during an attack on a church.
June 15, 2009 Lahore, Pakistan
Taliban factions threatened to rape, kill, and enslave non-Muslims unless they paid the jizya.
June 15, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
An Iranian Christian refugee was beaten for his faith.
June 15, 2009 Yemen
Seven of nine foreign hostages from an international relief group were found murdered.
June 16, 2009 Sana'a, Yemen
Christian expats "review[ed] their arrangements" following the kidnapping and murder of foreigners. The foreigners, it was later learned, were Christian aid workers. Update 7/20: The murders seem to be the work of a former Gitmo detainee.
June 16, 2009 Middle East
Islamic extremism is diminishing the presence of Christians in several Middle Eastern countries.
June 17, 2009 Mianwali, PakistanA talented Christian student was denied admission to study science at a high school for being "too ugly."
June 18, 2009 Gaza, Judea and SamariaMuslims harm Palestinian Christian Arabs, then blame Israeli Jews, as do the media.
June 18, 2009 Pakistan
Muslims have tried to stop the construction of a wall around their church because Muslims use the church’s land for livestock.
June 19, 2009 Kharian, PakistanMuslims accused a mentally challenged girl of blasphemy and interrogated her for 16 hours.
June 21, 2009 Mindanao, Philippines
Separatist guerrillas killed one and injured 32 with grenades at a festival.
June 22, 2009 Bangladesh
A woman who converted to Christianity from Islam has been subject to "a climate of exclusion" and pressured to divorce.
June 23, 2009 Maldives
Migrant workers, like natives, may only practice Sunni Islam, to the exclusion of other faiths. They are subject to search and seizure of religious materials.
June 23, 2009 Sialkot, Pakistan
A Christian man is languishing in jail on false charges after police broke his backbone and they refuse to admit him to a hospital.
June 23, 2009 Lahore, Pakistan
Co-workers beat a man after learning that he was a Christian.
June 24, 2009 Dushanbe, Tajikistan
A 12-year-old Protestant church was told that it must remove the extensions it added onto it and vacate within 7 days. Minimal compensation was "offered." Another church was bulldozed 10 months prior and the promised compensation has not been paid.
June 24, 2009 Midyat, Turkey
Mor Gabriel Syriac Monastery lost its "forestry" case against the State. Video backstoryhere.
June 25, 2009 Mosul, Iraq
Christian families left a building belonging to a church where some had lived for 20 years due to fear of it being bombed because police are using it as a guarding point.
June 25, 2009 Islamabad, Pakistan
Two Christians were beaten and detained on charges of blasphemy.
June 25, 2009 Manila, Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants who continue to hold a Red Cross worker demanded a "ridiculous amount" for his ransom.
June 25, 2009 Malatya, Turkey
The state failed to set aside funds to transport a key witness in the trial over three stabbings of Christians. The man is one of two alleged masterminds connecting the murders to a "deep-state" conspiracy.
June 26, 2009 Baku, Azerbaijan
Police warned Jehovah's Witnesses that their church would be shut down if children were allowed to attend. Two women complained of being forcibly converted during police interrogations.
June 27, 2009 Karachi, Pakistan
All five suspects apprehended for the murder of a Christian leader were acquitted for the second time after the court ruled that there was a lack of evidence.
June 30, 2009 Baghdad, Iraq
Iraq witnesses the withdrawal of US troops. "Christian families did not send their children to catechism classes for first communion, nor will they in the coming days. They are waiting to see what will happen, they have little confidence."
July 1, 2009 Iran
The growing Church will likely face persecution, but believers are uniting under mounting pressure.
July 1, 2009 Karachi, Pakistan
A Presbyterian pastor was attacked and kidnapped at gunpoint. His family was reported to still be in danger.
July 2, 2009 Kasur, Pakistan
100 Christian families fled after angry mobs attacked and threatened to burn their homes, accusing them of blasphemy. The mob then petrol-bombed their homes and the nearby utilities. 9 women and 4 children were sent to Lahore for treatment after being burned with acid -- and it still says so at Persecution.org. Update 7/03: 8 Christians were charged for the rampage.
July 2, 2009 Lahore, PakistanPolice allegedly tortured a 16-year-old Christian boy to death. The police are denying both the torture and any role in his death, claiming that he probably died of cardiac arrest.
July 3, 2009 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
An American missionary was deported without cause.
July 3, 2009 Faisalabad, Pakistan
A Christian was tortured extensively and then detained on false blasphemy charges.
July 4, 2009 Iraq
Christians face grave security concerns as US troops withdraw.
July 4, 2009 East Java, Indonesia
Muslims blocked the construction of a home for disabled children by a prominent secular charity out of fears that it would be a "front for proselytizing."
July 4, 2009 Jerusalem, IsraelA poll showed that PA Arabs are unwilling to grant land rights to Jews or Christians in Jerusalem.
July 5, 2009 Cotabato, Philippines
A bomb blast by the Moro Liberation Front killed 5 and injured 35 at a Catholic church. Video here.
July 7, 2009 Jakarta, Indonesia
Christians fight discrimination as they protest the revocation of their church's permit and demand that the promise of a new seminary school's campus be fulfilled.
July 7, 2009 Tehran, IranTwo Iranian women continue to be held in Evin prison because of their faith, unfairly labeled as "anti-government activists." They have been jailed since early March and fear execution for apostasy.
July 7, 2009 Kasur, Pakistan
A Christian man who was jailed for blasphemy is suffering due to harsh treatment in prison and is not receiving medical care for heart disease.
July 7, 2009 Jolo, PhilippinesFour explosions rocked Mindanao, killing at least 6 and wounding 56. The terrorist acts are believed to be the work of Abu Sayyaf.
July 7, 2009 Iligan City, Philippines
A car bomb went off, injuring 9, including 3 soldiers. Undetonated bombs similar to those used in Jolo the same day were found strapped to the National Grid Corp tower.
July 7, 2009 Uzbekistan
A Baptist man has been banned from meeting fellow believers and his books and audio tapes were confiscated. A Protestant family was also punished for worshipping and threatened with jail if they protested because "You are Forum 18 and I am Barack Obama."
July 9, 2009 Malaysia
Muslims have been spying on Catholic churches in order to determine if Christians are trying to convert Muslims.
July 10, 2009 Aktau, Kazakhstan
State security and the justice system are targeting a Pentecostal church and its members.
July 10, 2009 Cotobato, PhilippinesChristians are organizing into militias after waves of terror attacks and the their abandonment by UN, who suspended all aid to the local population and withdrew its troops.
July 11, 2009 Swat, Pakistan
A prominent Islamic leader has threatened a "bloody revolution" if Sharia is not implemented.
July 12, 2009 Baghdad, Iraq
Six churches were bombed on Sunday, killing 4 and inuring 32. Video here. Update: Make that seven.
July 12, 2009 Kirkuk, IraqA Christian municipal leader was assassinated in a predominantly Christian neighborhood.
July 13, 2009 Mosul, Iraq
A car bomb exploded near a church, seriously damaging the building. Some areas imposed curfews as the wave of bombings stretched into its third day.
July 14, 2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nine Christians were arrested for allegedly trying to convert Muslims.
July 14, 2009 Lahore, Pakistan
Despite threats from the Taliban, Pakistani Catholics continue to work for the good of the country.
July 14, 2009 Lahore, Pakistan
A prominent minority rights leader and two others were jailed on false assault charges against a woman whose parents had brought her in to explain the consequences of converting to Islam.
June 4, 2009 Milan, Italy
A terror cell which planned attacks against a subway system and the San Petronio Cathedral in Bologna was apprehended.
June 4, 2009 Kosovo"In Kosovo, a Muslim state has been allowed to spring up in the heart of Europe," says the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska. (Video.)
June 9, 2009 Moldova
A new administrative code punishes "unregistered religious activity," making life difficult for Protestants. Update 6/16: The European Court of Human Rights judged that Moldova must provide more religious freedom, but registration applications continue to be denied.
June 18, 2009 Bologna, Italy
A MP and women's rights activist has had a death fatwa issued against her after she was "exposed as a Christian."
June 18, 2009 Netherlands
"Christians face submission or persecution," says a pastor.
June 18, 2009 Södertälje, Sweden
Assyrian refugees suffer at the hands of neighboring Muslims.
June 20, 2009 UK
The Church of England will confront the BBC over its treatment of Christianity.
June 21, 2009 Birmingham, UK
Muslim prisoners complained about sharing cells with and eating near infidels, so now they get their own cells.
June 22, 2009 UK
"The BBC supports Islam and attacks Christianity, claims Radio 2 stalwart Don Maclean."
June 26, 2009 London, UKBritish Parliament discusses the humanitarian disaster affecting the Christians of Iraq. (Video; Part II: Discussion of Kurds stealing Assyrians' land.)
June 29, 2009 Gnjilane, Kosovo
Ethnic Albanians bulldozed and razed a monument dedicated to the Christian saint Lazarus and his knights.
July 4, 2009 Sussex, UK
A Coptic family who suffers persecution back in Egypt is being deported after receiving inadequate representation. Petition at link.
July 11, 2009 UK
Church leaders accuse the government of favoring Muslims and starving them of state funds, making smaller churches' continued existence difficult in poorer parts of the country.
July 13, 2009 UK
"Why is Britain deporting persecuted Christians?"
July 2, 2009 Q: "How is a [Muslim] woman to be punished if she marries a Christian? How often is it carried out and in what countries is it most common?"
July 7, 2009 "[W]ith regard to non-Muslims who are at war with the Muslims and do not have a peace treaty with the Muslims or are not living under Muslim rule, then Muslims are commanded to kill them, because Allaah says…"
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