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Bulletin of Christian Persecution: September 18, 2009
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Bulletin of Christian Persecution, September 18, 2009
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August 20, 2009 Washington, D.C., USA
ICC, a human rights group, calls on Florida Social Services to not return Rifqa Bary to Ohio, as she may likely be executed for apostacy.
August 21, 2009 Canada
According to Mohammed Elmasry, Islamic slavery was a good thing, unlike Christian slavery. Islamic slavery also no longer exists.
August 25, 2009 Orlando, FL, USA
Rifqa Bary, teenage Christian apostate from Islam, fears for her life. (Video). Update 9/6: She will remain with her Florida foster family for now.
September 3, 2009 San Francisco, CA, USA
Rifqa Bary is being defamed and digitally stalked by the SF Muslim Examiner, who claims that her pastor was never a Muslim, nor was bestselling author Ergun Mehmet Caner. Update 9/12: The Indy Political Buzz Examiner defends her.
September 8, 2009 USA
Rifqa Bary faced death threats from a Facebook group set up for that very purpose. The group was removed hours after Pamela Geller reported about it.
September 14, 2009 California, USA
California public schools ban Ave Maria but allow Islamic prayers.
September 17, 2009 Florida, USA
Florida law enforcement: apostates from Islam have nothing to fear. (Video.)
August 15, 2009 Egypt
Christian churches are attacked and burned while Christians are arrested on suspicions of being behind the attacks.
August 20, 2009 Al-Fashn, Egypt
Two Copts were imprisoned and held without charge after reporting having been beaten by a mob. Another victim of the assault remains hospitalized.
August 21, 2009 Minya, Egypt
A Coptic priest was banned from his village under threat of death for wanting to convert part of his home into a church. His congregation of 800 has no place to worship. Hecontinues to risk his life for his congregation.
August 22, 2009 Somalia
A Somali Christian was shot dead for apostacy near the Kenyan border.
August 23, 2009 Alexandria, Egypt
Maher El Gohary, a Christian convert from Islam, is still on the run from Islamic fundamentalists, along with his daughter.
August 24, 2009 Cairo, Egypt
Police detained the family of an abducted Coptic girl on orders from State Security after they complained about falsification of documents, rape, and the abduction of the 14-year-old girl.
August 25, 2009 Somalia
Islamists beheaded four Christian orphanage workers. (Video).
August 26, 2009 Nigeria
Christians accuse the government of complicity in the murders of 12 Christians by Boko Haram.
August 27, 2009 Sudan
The Center for Security Policy interviews Simon Deng about the extermination of Sudan’s Christians.
August 28, 2009 Egypt
Continuing threats against and harassment of Christians and their supporters due to Egypt’s Constitution, under which Christians are second-class citizens.
August 31, 2009 Cairo, Egypt
Building a church is a sin against God, according to a fatwa from an Al-Azhar-affiliated fatwa council.
August 31, 2009 Egypt
Egyptian Copts called for a national strike for equality on September 11th. Update 9/15: Thousands showed up and the gathering was peaceful.
September 3, 2009 Southern Sudan
“Armed groups” are killing southern Christians in order to disrupt the peace agreement before the 2011 referendum for independence. 25 were reported to have been killed.
September 3, 2009 Zanzibar
Persecution of Christians and apostates is on the rise along with Islamic fundamentalism. (Video.)
September 7, 2009 Sudan
Sudan’s Muslim north may owe the south hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen oil revenue.
September 8, 2009 Khartoum, Sudan
Lubna Hussein, the journalist who was arrested for wearing pants, was spared lashing but fined and 40 were arrested for protesting in support of her. She was then jailed for refusing to pay the fine.
September 8, 2009 Abjua, Nigeria
Christians held prayer services to remember the 1000+ victims of last month’s violence in Nigeria. A twinning vigil was also held in London.
September 9, 2009 Egypt
Egyptian border guards have killed 8 Ethiopian migrants this year who were crossing into Israel to escape poverty and racism in Egypt.
September 10, 2009 Mogadishu, Somalia
Al-Shabaab members chop off hands as Sharia takes hold.
September 10, 2009 Sudan
A Facebook group was launched in support of Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein.
September 12, 2009 Shebin el Kom, Egypt
A Coptic church was burned down as Muslim neighbors cheered. Police claim that it was an act of arson, but Christian witnesses claim otherwise.
September 14, 2009 Shebin El Kom, Egypt
Muslims firebombed a church, harassed priests, and threatened locals.
September 16, 2009 Somaliland
A convert from Islam was jailed for distributing Christian materials and another is on the run from his family.
September 15, 2009 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
A convert to Christianity is languishing in jail after being arrested for handing out Bibles in May. He has yet to be charged.
September 17, 2009 Bagur, Egypt
A Christian shopkeeper was killed and two others stabbed, prompting clashes.
September 17, 2009 Hegaza village, Egypt
A Catholic Coptic girl was abducted to force “reconciliation” in the case of her murdered brother.
August 19, 2009 Iran
A bishop pleads for the release of Christian prisoners Maryam and Marzieh, who have been imprisoned since March.
August 20, 2009 Indonesia
Christians call for the rejection of two Sharia bills before the parliament.
August 20, 2009 Iraq
Iraqi bishops expressed concern for people’s security after blasts that killed 95 people and damaged a church in Baghdad.
August 20, 2009 Malaysia
Catholics lodged a protest over police inaction against an Islamic magazine.
August 20, 2009 Islamabad, Pakistan
2000 displaced Christians are living by the roadside in fear of typhoid. Two have died, despite being 10 minutes from a health center.
August 20, 2009 Pakistan
An interfaith network demands an end to the persecution of Pakistani Christians. Their petition is here and R.E.A.L.’s petition demanding an end to Pakistani blasphemy laws ishere.
August 20, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
Erdogan visited the island housing buildings owned by the Patriarchate and seized by Turkey; he gave lip service to minority rights but also lauded Turkish nationalism.
August 21, 2009 Dubai
Non-Muslims must submit to Sharia as all female bank staff are forced to wear abayas.
August 21, 2009 Iran
Christians call on MPs to help release Christian converts held in Iranian jails.
August 21, 2009 Pakistan
75% of human rights violators go unpunished in Pakistan.
August 24, 2009 Pakistan
Intolerance sweeps across Pakistan. “These infidels, killing them is permitted.”
August 24, 2009 Mindanao, Philippines
Sharia makes inroads as Christians cannot sing hymns or display crosses.
August 25, 2009 Pakistan
Lee Jay Walker on burning Christians alive in Pakistan.
August 25, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
Protests as renovations take place to turn a 178-year-old Greek Orthodox church into a mosque.
August 25, 2009 Malatya, Turkey
A murder defendant again admits to having committed perjury in his trial over the murders of three Christians.
August 26, 2009 Gujranwala, Pakistan
A teenager was jailed on blasphemy charges. He had originally been accused of rape but villagers changed their story.
August 26, 2009 Faisalabad, Pakistan
Police issued a warrant for the Bishop of Faisalabad and 128 other Christians charging them with ‘conspiracy’ in the July 31 massacre by Islamic militants. PCP reports that 129 Christians had cases registered against them.
August 26, 2009 Islamabad, Pakistan
Pakistani Christians shall launch a movement if the blasphemy law is not repealed.
August 26, 2009 South Korea
The government is restricting the activity of Christian missionaries in the Middle East after Islamic countries expelled several of them.
August 27, 2009 Dewtola village, Bangladesh
Muslims threaten Catholic women. “[W]e live in a situation of deep insecurity and despite having alerted the local authorities nothing has happened."
August 28, 2009 Iraq
The struggle of Christians to survive in Iraq intensifies as security deteriorates.
August 28, 2009 Faisalabad, Pakistan
An advocate of blasphemy law victim Imran Masih survived a gunshot attack.
August 29, 2009 Pakistan
Christians gave the government an ultimatum regarding the blasphemy law.
August 29, 2009 Middle East
“Today, Christians in Bethlehem constitute less than 15 percent of the population...Five or six decades ago, the Christians living in the birthplace of Jesus made up more than 70 percent of the population.”
August 30, 2009 Kurdistan, Iran
Several Christians were detained and summoned to the Kurdistan Ministry of Information for questioning.
August 30, 2009 Pakistan
A petition asks the UN to pressure Pakistan over attacks against Christians.
August 31, 2009 Quetta, Pakistan
Islamic extremists gunned down 6 Christians and injured seven after threats to “convert to Islam or die.” Video here.
August 31, 2009 Pakistan
The Talibanization of Pakistan takes its toll on Christians.
September 1, 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Muslims have seized 5 acres of land and falsely charged Christians with damaging it. They have taken over the church building and are now extorting and threatening the Christians.
September 1, 2009 Silanwali, Pakistan
Pakistani police arrest two Christians for eating during Ramadan.
September 1, 2009 Tajikstan
The study of Islam becomes compulsory in secular schools.
September 2, 2009 Islamabad, Pakistan
A school principal is denied proper pay because she is a Christian.
September 3, 2009 Pakistan
Christians in Pakistan live in fear, says the World Council of Churches. The Pope speaks out.
September 4, 2009 Tel Aviv, Israel
An art exhibit featuring a painting of a suicide bomber Virgin Mary with baby Jesus has sparked outrage.
September 5, 2009 Pakistan
Pakistan reviews the blasphemy law instead of repealing it.
September 5, 2009 Sana’a, Yemen
Intense fighting continues to hamper efforts to locate nine foreigners who were abducted, having been targeted for their Christian faith, real or imagined.
September 7, 2009 Solepur, Bangladesh
Crimes against Christians are on the rise due to violent Muslim gang activity and Christians are scared to report them for fear of retaliation.
September 7, 2009 Mosul, Iraq
More Christians were kidnapped and murdered in order to force them out of Mosul.
September 7, 2009 Manila, Philippines
A priest was killed and two others seriously injured in an ambush. A church-backed rights group with which he was affiliated called the murder another “of the extra-judicial killings of church people that was perpetuated by the state,” now numbering 26.
September 7, 2009 Iraq
Iraqi political groups use the dwindling Christian population as pawns in power grabs.
September 7, 2009 Pakistan Rome Reports on Pakistan’s blasphemy law and violence against Christians. (Video.)
September 8, 2009 Lahore, Pakistan
Unidentified men tried to provoke an attack on Christians. Christians remain fearful after 7 were burned alive last month in Punjab.
September 8, 2009 Gojra, Pakistan
Muslim leaders blame three Catholic priests and a layman for the violence in Gojra as the government cuts off the compensation originally allocated for the victims.
September 9, 2009 Punjab, Pakistan
Four militants believed to be responsible for last month’s burnings of Christians have been arrested.
September 10, 2009 Iran
A “wave” of arrests of Christians is sweeping Iran. 27 converts were arrested last month and 7 are still being detained. FCNN reports that the 7 were released on bail after beingheld in solitary confinement and interrogated under harsh conditions.
September 10, 2009 Islamabad, Pakistan
Islamic extremists continue to threaten the life of Minorities Minister and Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti, who is leading the fight against the blasphemy law.
September 10, 2009 Uzbekistan
A Baptist leader and his colleagues face up to 3 years’ imprisonment as officials clamp down on religious activity.
September 11, 2009 Indonesia
Children orphaned in the Maluku conflict receive help and education from Open Doors USA.
September 12, 2009 Sialkot, Pakistan
An angry mob torched a church over a rumor that children desecrated a Koran. Asia Newsreports that the attack stemmed from anger over a Muslim girl who fell in love with a Christian man. Update 9/15: The young man was arrested, then killed in prison. Rights groups seek answers. His funeral procession was beaten and teargassed by police after his family was not allowed to bury him in their cemetery of choice.
September 13, 2009 Islamabad, Pakistan
Islamabad authorities destroyed the homes belonging to 200 Christians and PCC urges the Prime Minister to provide them with land for homes, since they are living in makeshift camps.
September 14, 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh
A wife and daughter were tortured for converting to Christianity. They received no police protection.
September 15, 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh
A Baptist died after a severe beating by college students over a cellphone, although police question that motive. His wife was blackmailed and threatened for reporting the incident.
September 16, 2009 Dubai
One Muslim and two infidels were arrested for eating during Ramadan.
September 16, 2009 Aceh, Indonesia
The Catholic Church protests as a law which would punish adultery with stoning was passed.
September 16, 2009 Kirkuk, Iraq
A Christian doctor, held for a month after being kidnapped, was freed.
September 12, 2009 Islam is Fire: “Allah thus enlists Muslim believers to eradicate by force those who offend him and by disbelieving, prevent his rule.”
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