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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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North America
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 6, 2009
USA
Muslim groups trying to have it both ways on Rifqa Bary.
September 7, 2009
USA
Sharia-Sanctioned Death vs. Western Toleration.
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.)
Africa
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.
August 31, 2009
Nigeria
The challenge of Islamic extremism in Nigeria.
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
Egypt
Christians demand religious freedom after 150 of them were unconstitutionally arrested for eating during Ramadan. (Italian source).
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.
Asia
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
Pakistani Christians Under Attack.’
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
Waziristan, Pakistan
Eight Christians were kidnapped by the Taliban.
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
Malaysia
‘The Myth of a Moderate Malaysia.’
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
Iraq
The plight of Iraqi Christians.
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 8, 2009
Middle East
Arab Christians face a new wave of violence.
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 16, 2009
Pakistan
Burning and killing Christians is a shameful act.
September 17, 2009
Pakistan
A human rights group says that police are colluding with Muslims who murder Christians with impunity.
September 17, 2009
Lahore, Pakistan
A mentally challenged woman who was jailed for blasphemy 13 years ago has yet to go to court to present her case.
September 17, 2009
Pakistan
A court granted bail to 13 Muslims accused of burning Christians alive.
Europe
August 21, 2009
UK
An Algerian Christian family was denied asylum and will likely be tortured or worse back in their home country.
August 21, 2009
London, England
Members of the Pakistani Christian diaspora protested in front of 10 Downing Street demanding intervention in repealing the blasphemy law.
August 23, 2009
UK
Lloyds TSB charges Muslims a £15 overdraft fee and non-Muslims £200 for the same.
August 25, 2009
Belarus
Protestants protest religious restrictions after Baptists were fined a month’s wages for worshipping in their homes.
August 25, 2009
Kosovska Mitra, Kosovo
Seven were wounded when minority Serbs and ethnic Albanians clashed after Serbs protested the rebuilding of Albanian houses destroyed during the war.
August 26, 2009
Bosnia
Former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic told the AP that the US, under Bill Clinton, may have facilitated arms shipments from Iran to Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian war.
August 26, 2009
Pristina, Kosovo
Albanians attacked EU headquarters in Kosovo over EULEX’s agreement with Serbia to exchange information on war crimes.
August 27, 2009
Europe
The European Center for Law and Justice has issued a petition to the U.N. to stop Muslims from killing Christians and punish the killers.
August 27, 2009
Belarus
European ambassadors have met with the leader of Belarus to discuss threats to close a megachurch. Threats of church closures for “unauthorized worship” are common in Belarus.
August 28, 2009
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Sbrebrenica: More Myth Than Massacre.’
August 28, 2009
Great Manchester, England
A Muslim raped two 13-year-old girls after taking them to a church.
August 28, 2009
Sweden
The Swedish government may have illegally deported Iraqi refugees.
August 28, 2009
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
A poet/dissident was abused in prison after being arrested for “insult” after criticizing the nation’s human right record.
August 29, 2009
Kosovo
Kosovo and Ongoing De-Christianization:’ ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide.
August 31, 2009
Cyprus
It has come to light that Turks killed 300 Greek-Cypriot civilians in 1974 during the invasion of Cyprus.
September 3, 2009
Kosovoska Mitrovica, Kosovo
Serbs and ethnic Albanians clashed again.
September 5, 2009
Moscow, Russia
Patriarch Kirill met with the ambassadors of 20 Arab states and urged them to respect their Christian minorities.
September 8, 2009
Serbia 
Four Muslims were sentenced on terrorism charges.
September 11, 2009
London, England
Women held a prayer vigil outside of the Iranian Embassy for the release of two Christian converts who have been imprisoned since March.
September 13, 2009
London, England
Tensions flared outside a mosque where SIOE was to hold a protest before being forbidden to.
September 14, 2009
Kosovo
Kosovo Albanians protested against the EU because EULEX is investigating war crimes.
September 14, 2009
Kosovo
The US agreed to give money to Kosovo separatists.
September 16, 2009
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Four Bosnian Muslims were arrested for war crimes.
September 16, 2009
UK
Institutionalized double standards against Christians.
Everywhere
September 2, 2009
‘Whoever Changes His Religion – Kill Him.’ (Video playlist).
September 6, 2009
The Scandal of International Religious Persecution.
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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