Indian Government Kidnaps Dozens Of Christian Children And Forces Them To Become Hindus

Indian Government Kidnaps Dozens Of Christian Children And Forces Them To Become Hindus

Christians in India are a severely persecuted minority, and with the backing of the government militant Hindus have been attacking Christians and burning their churches. Now in another development, the government is now kidnapping dozens of Christian children and forcing them to become Hindus according to a recent report:

A number of children in central India have been detained by authorities and told that their families illegally converted to Christianity.

Crux Now reported on Tuesday that the incidents took place earlier in May in the heavily Hindu Madhya Pradesh state. In one instance, on May 21, 60 children between the ages of 13 to 15 traveling to a Christian summer camp in Nagpur were detained by police.

While the children were later released to their parents, their nine chaperones were charged with “attempted conversion,” despite the fact that the children came from Christian families.

A day later, another two male chaperones were charged with the same crime, after trying to take 11 children to the same camp.

Officials have argued that their parents didn’t follow the proper procedures in converting to Christianity, and so the children are considered Hindus under the law.

“For changing to another religion, one needs to submit a written application to the district collector and only after the stipulated process, a person can change religious identity, which didn’t happen in the case of any of the parents claiming to be Christians,” police superintendent Krishnaveni Desavatu said.

“This is why, the children and their parents will be officially treated as Hindu tribals and not Christians,” he added.

Christians, who are a rising but still distinct minority in India, have faced a number of radical Hindu attacks in villages across the country in recent years, with Indians converting to Christianity facing great controversy and hostility for their decision.

Paul Robinson, the chief executive of Release International, said earlier in May that hardliners are also attempting to punish Christians and pressure them to abandon their faith.

“In states across India, militants have threatened and killed church workers,” Robinson said at the time.

“Extremists have tried to force Christians to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism. And they have bombed, torched, vandalized and demolished churches,” he added.

Strict anti-conversion laws in five states have additionally made it much harder for people to share their Christian faith, as missionary or evangelistic activities are being met with suspicion by nationalists.

“It’s based on the idea that conversion by force should be made illegal. I think everyone would agree that conversion by force would be useless,” Andrew Boyd of Release International added.

“But actually, if you preach about Heaven then it’s considered to be bribery; if you speak about Hell then it’s considered to be a threat. If you offer any kind of Christian charity then it’s regarded also as bribery.”

A number of Christians in tribal villages reported in April that they were being punished for attending church, and some were forced to convert back to Hinduism.

“They can stop me from going to church but they cannot take Jesus from my heart. I will find ways and secretly come to church,” one man named Shivaram Tekam told a local pastor.

International Christian Concern, a persecution watchdog group, said that as many as 15 Christian families were forced to reconvert to Hinduism by elders in the Junwani village of Chhattisgarh. (source)

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Muslim Terrorists Demand American Christian Man Convert To Islam, He Refuses To Deny Christ And Dies As A Martyr

Muslim terrorists recently slaughtered 29 Christians in Egypt but one of those Christians was a Egyptian American man who was visiting with his family. Like the rest of the Christians, he refused to convert to Islam and he is now being called a martyr by the Coptic church:

Mohsen Morkous and several relatives are considered martyrs for their Coptic Christian faith after they were killed Friday in Egypt in an attack on a bus filled with pilgrims, according to his priest.

The Tinley Park man, two of his sons and two grandchildren were among the 29 people slain. His wife, Samia Ibrahim, was wounded and is being treated at an Egyptian hospital. Other relatives also were injured, said the Rev. Samuel Azmy of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Monee.

“These men, ISIS, they went on the bus and pointed a gun to everyone on the bus and said ‘Deny your faith and live,’ ” the priest said. ” ‘Either you convert to Islam or you will be killed.’ ”

When the passengers refused, the priest said, “I think they randomly started shooting.”

“We are so proud of Mr. Morkous,” he said. “In our faith, we consider them as martyrs in the church.”

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

In addition to killing two of Morkous’ sons and two grandchildren, the gunmen killed many people related to his two daughters-in-law, his nephew, Gerges Morkous, said.

Mohsen Morkous was a kind man who organized family members to go on the pilgrimage, Azmy said Sunday. “He was taking relatives on a trip to monasteries, [to get] some blessings.”

He worked as an assistant at his nephew’s salon, Mena’s Hair Design on 167th Street in Country Club Hills. He immigrated from Egypt to America several years ago and recently became a U.S. citizen.

He and his wife had planned on staying in Egypt for much of the summer to visit relatives there, including his two sons, who who lived there, the priest said.

“He’s a simple man. Everyone loved him,” Azmy said. “It’s devastating.”

Gerges Morkous said he spoke Sunday with Samia Ibrahim in the Egyptian hospital where she is recuperating, and that she reported authorities took somewhere from two to three hours to arrive at the scene. “The ambulance took forever,” he said. He questioned whether his uncle and others might have lived had the response been quicker.

According to Gerges Morkous, his aunt told him that after the attack, women survivors were able to call a police station within about 3 miles of the bus, but were rejected as hoaxers. “After the accident happened, her daughter-in-law, her son’s wife, they both [were] walking; they [were] bleeding, but they [were] walking up the road to call someone, and when they have the signal, they tried to call the police station,” Gerges Morkous said. “They told them it was a hoax call.”

Meanwhile, Mohsen Morkous was bleeding badly, his nephew said.

“My aunt told me he died in her lap. He was bleeding. He was still talking,” he said. “We need to send this message to the American Embassy in Egypt. We need to investigate.”

And, Gerges Morkous said, his aunt told him some victims were able to contact relatives who lived as much as 90 minutes to two hours from the scene — and those family members arrived at the bus before the police.

Tinley Park Mayor Jacob C. Vandenberg said the village grieves for the family’s loss. “It’s unfortunate they are victims of this senseless violence and killing,” the mayor said Sunday.

Video interviews with survivors of the deadly strike paint a picture of horror, with children hiding under their seats to escape gunfire. The videos surfaced on social media networks Sunday.

One survivor, a small boy who seemed to be about 6, said his mother pushed him under her seat and covered him with a bag. A young woman speaking from her hospital bed said the assailants ordered women to surrender their jewelry and money before they opened fire, killing the men first and then some of the women.

The woman said the gunmen were masked and wore military uniforms.

A video clip purportedly taken in the immediate aftermath of the shooting showed at least four or five bodies of adult men lying on the desert sand next to the bus. Women and other men screamed and cried as they stood or squatted next to the bodies.

Egypt responded to the attack with a wave of airstrikes against suspected militant bases where the military said the perpetrators trained. A hunt for the assailants in the vast deserts to the west of the site of the attack has so far yielded no arrests.

It was the fourth attack against Christians in Egypt since December to be claimed by the IS. The assaults have killed more than 100 and injured scores of others. (source)

Saints are in heaven, but they are made here on Earth and even walk among us.

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Christians Raped by Slave Owners: Maria and Razia

RescueChristians.org, a division of Forum For Middle East Understanding, is a non-profit charity (501c3 EIN# 75 321 4184) formed to do what the other “Rescue Missions” will not do: Get our hands dirty and risk our lives actually going in and rescuing persecuted Christians.

For more information please visit our site at: http://RescueChristians.org
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Keywords associated with our project:
Rescue Christians,
Rescue Persecuted Christians,
Free the Christian Slaves,
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Rescue Christians is a charity founded in 2006. The initial mission was two-fold: to educate the public concerning the threat of fundamentalist Islam and terrorism, and to expose government corruption concerning the infiltration of Islamists into our government. This work continues.

In 2009, after a case of false Blasphemy was referred to us from Pakistan we inquired with many organizations that touted themselves as helping the persecuted Christians. After extensive research we discovered to our disappointment that none of these organizations had any interest in actually saving people from their fate. We decided that despite our lack of expertise at that time, it was our duty as Christians and Jews under the command of the Lord to undertake our best efforts to try and save as many Christian (and Jews if necessary) people as possible both from slavery and persecution.

In 6 years we have saved or helped over 12,000 people. In the last three years we have saved over 10,000 slaves which includes providing them new jobs and new places to live, literally changing their lives from persecution and abject poverty to people with a living wage and children who can now go to school.

We have done this with a tiny budget compared to other charities. Our tiny charity has helped more slaves in three years than the combined efforts of other “slave freeing” charities have done in the last 15 years.

The slave problem is huge with about 30 million slaves worldwide of which over three million are Christians. We believe if we can raise the resources we can save most of the Christian slaves and inspire other non-Christian organizations to save their own brethren. We have already inspired the Hindu community to do the same as us in Pakistan.

We employ brave people who risk their own lives to save their brethren and with the financial resources our readers and supporters provide that allows us to do this holy work. On many occasions we have serious security issues to deal with but thanks to G-d all our staff so far have avoided death or serious injury.

Our primary focus is to rescue people, get them out of danger or slavery and to safety. We avoid getting involved in food programs and social services. This is not because we dislike these programs it is because they cost so much money and because of our limited resources we cannot afford to help hundreds of thousands of people a month providing food and shelter. If we move large amounts of people to safety we partner with other larger organizations that can provide these services.

Ideally we like our rescued victims especially in the slave program to be able to get employment and be self-sustaining once they are released. Our charity retains its own private employment agency so once we release the slaves we can get them employed immediately. However in some cases we will provide on a short-term basis individual families food and shelter until permanent status has been achieved, this is usually the case when we deal with individual cases of extreme persecution.

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ISIS Terrorists Go On Rampage In Philippines, Kidnap And Massacre Nine Christians As President Declares Martial Law

Islamic terrorists went on a rampage in the Philippines, massacring nine Christians and kidnapping a priest as President Duterte declared martial law in an effort to stop the violence according to a recent report:

ISIS-linked militants reportedly captured nine Christians, tied their hands together and shot them dead in a city in the Philippines.

The Maute group forced the civilians off their truck at a roadside checkpoint in Marawi City on Wednesday and murdered them after they were identified as Christian, local media reported.

Harrowing images show the group lying dead face-down in the grass, amid reports that villagers are afraid to move the bodies because terrorists are still in the area.

One policeman was similarly caught at a checkpoint set up by the militants and beheaded on Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

It comes as 100 US-trained special forces aboard helicopters and armoured tanks battled to retake the besieged southern city from rampaging jihadis.

‘The military is conducting precise, surgical operations to flush them out … The situation is very fluid and movements are dynamic because we wanted to out-step and out-manoeuvre them,’ he said.

An initial rampage by the gunmen, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, through the mainly Muslim city of Marawi on Tuesday prompted President Duterte to impose martial law across the southern third of the Philippines.

It is located in Lanao del Sur province, a stronghold of the Maute, a fierce, but little-known group that has been a tricky opponent for the military.

There are only between 50 and 100 gunmen, according to various military officials.

The militants are also holding between 12 and 15 Catholic hostages abducted from a church, according to the local bishop, Edwin Dela Pena.

Its activities are a source of concern for Mindanao native Duterte, who is familiar with separatist unrest but alarmed by the prospect of Islamic State’s radical ideology spreading in the Philippines.

Hundreds of civilians, including children, were sheltering in a military camp in Marawi City on Thursday.

The Maute had taken more than a dozen Christians hostage and set free 107 prisoners from two jails since Tuesday.

Bishops and cardinals had pleaded with the Maute rebels, who they said were using Christians and a priest as human shields. The status of the captives was unknown.

The fighting erupted on Tuesday after security forces raided a house where they believed Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom gang and Philippine head of IS, was hiding.

The United States regards Hapilon as one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, offering a bounty of $5 million for his capture.

However the raid went spectacularly wrong as dozens of gunmen emerged to repel the security forces, then went on a rampage across the city while flying black IS flags.

They also set fire to many buildings, including a church and a university.

A police chief has been beheaded and 21 people killed when more than 100 ISIS-linked militants stormed a city in the Philippines.

Members of the Maute Islamist group overran Marawi on Mindanao island leading to hours of pitched gun battles in the streets.

‘The chief of police in Malabang on his way home, going back he was stopped by a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right then and there,’ Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said.

Terrorists also attacked the Cathedral of Our Lady Help and abducted church staff including Father Chito Suganob and worshipers.

‘They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,’ Filipino Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement.

National military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said 13 government soldiers were killed along with 13 militants.

President Duterte, who declared martial law in parts of Mindanao after militants clashed with soldiers in Marawi yesterday, said he may extend it to other parts of the country if extremists seek sanctuary elsewhere.

We are in state of emergency,’ he told reporters in Manila after a state visit to Moscow, adding he would deal with militants ‘harshly’.

Chilling photos on social media purported to show Maute gunmen planting an ISIS-style black and white flag on top of a building in the middle of the city.

‘At the time of his capture, Father Chito was in the performance of his ministry as a priest,’ Archbishop Villegas said.

He was not a combatant. He was not bearing arms. He was a threat to none. His capture and that of his companions violates every norm of civilised conflict.’

But Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra has refused to confirm reports the terror group took hostages and insisted that the local government has the situation under control.In a telephone interview with national broadcaster ANC, Gandamra said he was working with the military to bring peace and order to the city.

Police and military spokesmen were not immediately available to comment on Villegas’s report of the hostage taking. (source)

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‘Armageddon Has Come To Us’ Iraqi Christians Come Home To Destroyed Churches And A Broken Future At The Hands Of ISIS

For many Iraqi Christians, armageddon for their people has come. Once numbering over a million strong and having resided in their lands since the time of Christ, in a few short years after the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s government and the subsequent rise of ISIS Christianity is but a shadow in Iraq, represented now by destroyed churches, broken crosses, and beheaded statues of Christ and the saints wrought at the hands of ISIS:

With churches destroyed and desecrated, crosses distorted, and Jesus statues beheaded by ISIS, it looks as if “Armageddon” happened in Qaraqosh, said a U.S. pastor who recently visited the formerly thriving Christian city in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain.

“One would have thought Armageddon had already taken place,” Pastor William Devlin of Infinity Bible Church in the Bronx, New York, and president of REDEEM, which provides funds to persecuted people across the world, told The Christian Post late last week.

Devlin, who saw firsthand the devastation earlier this month, recounted:

“Stately stone homes, thousands of them burned by the Islamic State beginning in August 2014 and continuing through October 2016; every business gutted, its metal drop down doors, each littered with Arabic graffiti — ‘We are the sons of Muhammad; Christians and Jews are the sons of apes, monkeys and pigs;’ every cross and crucifix distorted, bent or ravaged into a dystopic mess.

“Every church in this city — Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean Catholic, Assyrian Church of the East — had their wooden pews piled into a heap and set on fire. Blackened soot coated the entire ceilings and inside of these formerly beautifully maintained houses of worship; church bell towers blown up and toppled, church courtyards transformed into firing ranges, used for training of Islamic militants, sporting now headless mannequins filled with bullet holes.”

Additionally, stone reliefs of martyred saints on walls had been “hammered to oblivion.”

The pastor, who has been to Qaraqosh twice now, told CP that that the city, which once had the country’s largest Christian population of 50-60,000 people, has been left without water and electricity, and called it a “modern-day ghost town.”

“The destruction is total — in the sense of buildings, businesses, homes and churches — but the destruction is far wider in the hearts, souls and minds of those Christians who fled this city on August 6, 2014,” he commented.

Devlin has visited Iraq multiple times now, helping provide relief for displaced Iraqis, and partnering with a network of underground rescuers that are assisting women and girls to escape the clutches of the radical terror group.

Speaking with former Qarakosh residents who now reside in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, he recalled their words:

“There is no future for Christians in Iraq; should we go back to our burned homes, our decimated businesses, our destroyed churches? How will we start a new life back there when there is no guarantee of safety for our children, for our families?”

Though statistics vary, reports all point to the dramatic exodus of Christians from Iraq.

Iraqi Christian lawmaker Josef Sleve told Anadolu Agency earlier in May that over the past 14 years, some 1.5 million Christians have emigrated to other countries, with somewhere between 500,000 and 850,000 followers of Christ remaining.

Devlin said that the Nineveh Plain, which hosted the largest part of the country’s Christian population for almost two millennia, now only has 200,000 Christians.

“Armageddon has arrived for our Nineveh Plain and Iraqi sisters and brothers,” the pastor stated.

Still, there have been reports showing that some former Qarakosh residents have decided to return to the ravaged city to assess the damage, and figure out if rebuilding their lives there is possible.

The Atlantic article revealed that a handful of families moved back to the city, despite security concerns still high over Islamic State and its battle for control of nearby Mosul.

Organizations such as Aid to the Church in Need and others have been helping in rebuilding efforts across the Nineveh Plain, Fox News reported earlier this month. Some 13,000 houses are to be built in a venture that will cost close to $250 million.

“For a long time people have been saying that Iraqi Christians don’t want to return home,” said Robert Nicholson, executive director of The Philos Project.

“Having spoken to many of them, both inside Iraq and around the world, I can tell you that’s absolutely untrue. Many of them would love to come back, and some of them actually are.”

Devlin told CP that many other Christians are deciding not to return, however, because there is no promise of security to protect them.

“Many former residents of Qaraqosh I have personally spoken with, are distrustful of KRG-Kurdistan Regional Government and particularly the Peshmerga of protecting them, establishing societal infrastructure [such as] water, sewer, electricity,” he said of people’s political concerns.

“Some feel that KRG, the Kurds want the land of the Nineveh Plain, to take it from the Christians. Even though there are now Christian militias — NPU, NPF — they could not stand up to Peshmerga if there was a battle for the ultimate control of Qaraqosh and other Christian cities in the Nineveh Plain.”

Devlin noted that for some, the emotional and psychological question of how many of their Muslim neighbors are either open or secret sympathizers of IS also remains a big factor.

“There have been multiple reports of Christian and Yazidi homes/businesses being pilfered/ransacked by Muslim neighbors and even the Peshmerga,” the pastor explained.

“The fear factor among the Christians returning to their ancient homeland is high due to the above reasons.” (source)

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