Muslim Terrorists Attack Christian Village And Slaughter 28 Civilians At Random

Fulani Muslim terrorists attacked a Christian village, killing and murdering at least 28 people at random. This makes for the 30th attack against Christian villages this year according to a recent report:

Islamic Fulani herdsmen have reportedly killed at least 28 people, including Christian women and children, in a raid on a village in Plateau State, Nigeria.

Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported on the recent attack on Tuesday, explaining that the violent raids by the Fulani on Christian villages are escalating as the terrorists migrate further south.

The Rev. Andrew Okebe, the Zonal Coordinator of Christian Association of Nigeria, Miango District, explained what happened during the attack:

“The soldiers had told the women and children to go and hide in the primary (elementary) school class at night while the men in the village constituted a vigilante group and join[ed] the soldiers in patrolling the area. Sadly, the militia descended and the soldiers fled, leaving the defenseless villagers to be massacred by the terrorists.”

Nigerian military has reportedly been unable to stop the continued assault by the Fulani on villages. Civilians have been left defenseless in the face of Islamic jihadists who want to occupy their land, Okebe said.

There have been more than 30 attacks on Christian villages alone in 2017, with the herdsmen slaughtering over 250 people and burning down hundreds of homes.

“We pray for those who are suffering the pain of loss. This unbelievable act of violence is becoming all too common for Christian villages in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region,” said ICC Regional Manager for Africa Nathan Johnson.

“The government of Nigeria must not only condemn the violence, but take the necessary steps to ensure that the perpetrators are punished and unable to commit these acts again. Until then, Christian villagers in the Middle Belt will be left to wonder if their community will be next.”

Naij.com reported on the increasing attacks in Plateau state, with President Muhammadu Buhari speaking out against the growing number of casualties.

“President Buhari believes that this madness has gone too far. He has instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisal attacks by one group against the other,” read a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity.

“President Buhari is devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity, and he encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony.

“He commiserates with the governor and people of Plateau state, and with those who lost their loved ones, friends and family: May God comfort them as only He can.” (source)

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Pagan Makes Anti-Hindu Comments Online, Blames It On His Christian ‘Friend,’ The Christian Is Arrested And Now Facing Charges Under Indian ‘Blasphemy’ Laws

Pagan Makes Anti-Hindu Comments Online, Blames It On His Christian ‘Friend,’ The Christian Is Arrested And Now Facing Charges Under Indian ‘Blasphemy’ Laws

Muslims are infamous for using blasphemy laws to have Christians persecuted, such as with posting anti-Islamic comments under a Christian name. However, Hindu pagans also regularly do the same to Christians to prosecute them under blasphemy laws as well.

Such wax the case recently in India when a Christian by the name of Sandeep Kumar was arrested after a former Hindu friend used a fake Facebook account and made anti-Hinduism comments in his name, after which Kumar was attacked by other Hindus, arrested, and charged with violating blasphemy laws according to a recent report:

A Christian teenager in northern India was jailed for 12 days after anti-Hindu comments appeared on a fake Facebook account in his name, sources said.

Sandeep Kumar, 18, christened Karan Anthony, was released on bail 12 days after being arrested on Aug. 23 and charged with posting anti-Hindu comments on Facebook in Uttar Pradesh state. The University of Allahabad student of agricultural sciences was arrested when members of the Hindu extremist Rudra Sena in his home area of Kasganj District filed a complaint with police.

“I did not make any posts on Facebook,” Anthony told Morning Star News. “It was my good friend who falsely framed me by joining hands with Rudra Sena activists.”

He said he has not used Facebook in months.

“Whenever I posted something about Jesus, my friend Sathin and other classmates started sending abusive comments,” he said. “They were expressing hatred in vulgar language, and I did not like it. I deactivated Facebook immediately and never logged in after that incident.”

The chief complainant, Sathin Gaur, was a former classmate and friend of Anthony, the Christian’s father, pastor Shriniwas Gautam, told Morning Star News.

Kasganj District police registered a First Information Report (FIR) charging Anthony with “promoting enmity between classes” (section 153A of the Indian Penal Code), punishable by three years of prison and/or a fine, and “publishing or transmitting obscene material” (Section 67 of the Information Technology Act), punishable by imprisonment of up to three years and/or a fine of 500,000 rupees (US$7,725).

He was also charged with accessing a computer without the permission of the owner and doing so dishonestly or fraudulently (Section 66 of the Information Technology Act), punishable by up to three years and/or a fine of up to 500,000 rupees (US$7,725).

Attorney Suresh Sahu, who represented Anthony before the district’s Criminal Magistrate Court, said police are continuing to investigate.

Anthony said he has long been a target of his Hindu friends because they know his father is a pastor.

“Before this Facebook row, they got me into trouble twice,” he said. “They beat me severely, alleging, ‘You are Christian, you are from low caste.’”

He had lost contact with his old high school friends after beginning university, he said. While in police custody, he said, he discovered a fake Facebook account had been set up with his name and photo.

“Somebody was using this account to post abusive, anti-Hindu content – I told the police it is not me,” Anthony said. “I was not at all aware about the fake Facebook account. I was only focusing on my studies, and we have worship services on the campus also every morning and evening, so I was spending most of my time with Christian friends here and never felt the need to open a social media account.”

The FIR lists the complainants as members of Hindu extremist groups Rudra Sena and Hindu Yuva Vahini, along with Hindu nationalist student political party presidents and vice-presidents, Pastor Gautam told Morning Star News. He added, “Karan Anthony for them is a Christian boy from lower castes, and now that he secured admission in an esteemed university, they are not happy with it.”

Gaur signed the FIR along with Vaibhav Kumar, vice president of the Hindu Yuva Vahini (Vajpayee Nagar); Amar Dubey, Patiali vice president of the Rudra Sena; Vikas Pratap Singh, Patiali vice president of the Hindu Yuva Vahini; Amar Chauhan, president of the Rudra Sena in Patiali; Jacky Yadav, president of the Student Union in Patiali; and Rudra Sena members Ramendra Mishra, Rishab Shakya and Rohit Solanki.

The complainants badgered his mother into calling him back to his home village in Kasganj District, he said, where police took him into custody. He did not receive anything to eat the first two days, Anthony said.

“I knelt down and prayed a day after I was presented before the court,” he said. “When I was in jail, every day I was spending time in prayer; the other prisoners did not understand what was going on, they asked me many questions like, ‘What is this you are doing, why are you knelt, what are you murmuring?’ It was an opportunity the Lord had given me to share the gospel with them.”

The other inmates were happy to hear about Christ, he said, and they discussed Jesus daily.

“I felt so light, like all my burdens vanished at once,” he said. “I even invited them to our church in Patiali town, Kasganj.”

After 12 days in jail, he was weak and ill from malaria and typhoid, he said.

“I am praying every day for Sathin and the other complainants,” Anthony told Morning Star News. “I have forgiven them. I want Sathin to recognize the Lord’s love. Through all these hardships, the Lord is with me, and I want them to see this.”

Local media have published false reports that his father and members of his family are guilty of forcible conversion, he added.

“Nobody tried to find out the truth,” he said.

His father said he also has faced persecution, in his case for leading worship services in Kasganj villages.

“I too was beaten and arrested,” Pastor Gautam said in tears. “They even stripped my wife and insulted her.”

Anthony’s brother, Kuldeep Kumar, said Anthony is a brilliant student and very friendly with all people.

“He shares with his friends about Jesus and His second coming,” Kumar told Morning Star News. “He boldly shares his testimony. He will never abuse or pass any hurtful statements, neither on social media nor directly. He is a very good friend and brother.” (source)

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Muslim Terrorist Brutally Slaughters Coptic Christian Bishop With A Dagger In Broad Daylight And Then Draws Crosses On Himself With His Blood, CCTV Captures The Entire Ordeal

CCTV camera captured an Egyptian Christian bishop being slaughtered by a Muslim in broad daylight. The Muslim man puled out a large knife and stabbed the bishop repeatedly in the torso and the neck, then drew crosses on himself with the bishop’s blood before fleeing but was later caught and arrested according to a recent report:

Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt was slain outside Cairo, Egypt yesterday.

The assailant struck Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso with a machete in the El Salam area near El Marg District on the outskirts of Cairo, according to local reports. Shehata was born in 1972.

While a security spokesman said the suspect, Ahmed Saeed Ibrahim, was mentally ill, neighbors reportedly denied this, saying he was a
Muslim who had been “radicalized” a year ago. Since then, they said, Ibrahim had begun praying in the street, shouting loudly and calling Christians infidels.

The suspect walked calmly out of the warehouse after killing Shehata, according to security camera footage. Captured by people on the street and now in custody, Ibrahim had reportedly approached Shehata wielding the large knife while the bishop was waiting for another clergyman in his car.

Visiting from his Church of St. Julius Akfazi in Ezbet Girgis village, in Beni Suef Governorate, Shehata was waiting for another priest, the Rev. Beimen Moftah, when Ibrahim accosted him and attacked him, eyewitnesses told local press. Reports conflicted on whether Moftah, of the Church of the Arch Angel Malak in Ezbet Francis, Mattay village, was injured, but he did reportedly confront the assailant.

Stabbed in the neck and torso near the Virgin and Bishop Shenouda El Daeiry church, the wounded Shehata fled on foot into the warehouse, according to security camera footage obtained by El Youm el Sabe News agency, which shows the assailant following with the machete.

Police said eyewitnesses reported that the assailant had seen Shehata in his car, forcibly stopped him, ordered him out and then started to stab him in the neck and torso. Shehata fled, and the attacker followed him into the warehouse and finished his attack there with several blows to the head, they said.

Shehata’s driver, identified as Gerges Kamel, reportedly said the bishop had gotten out of the car to retrieve his cell phone at the warehouse when the assailant stopped him and stabbed him in the side, neck and skull. Kamel said the assailant used the bishop’s blood to form a cross on his forehead, according to a local newspaper.

An ambulance didn’t arrive until 90 minutes after the assault, according to Kamel, who added that the bishop was alive for half an hour after being struck and could have been saved if the ambulance had arrived timely.

He denied that the suspect was mentally ill.

Local press reported that the suspect was 19 years old and had joined a Salafi jihadist group three months prior. After his arrest, Ibrahim reportedly claimed that he was mentally ill and suffered from epileptic seizures. A piece of paper was reportedly found in his pocket saying, “the mission is done successfully.”

A preliminary autopsy reportedly showed the cause of death to be blows to the head with a long knife (machete), causing a longitudinal deep crack in the skull and internal bleeding in the abdomen.

Area residents said on social media that the suspect was known for insulting numerous Christians, picking fights with them and assaulting them. Christians made several complaints to police, which were largely ignored, according to local reports.

Shehata had reportedly worked for years to obtain a permit to construct a church building for his parishioners, who otherwise met in a small room of an association building, with most of the worshippers standing in the street. Recently the bishop found a 1,000-square-meter site on which to build, and he was reportedly in Cairo to collect donations for the building. Local press reported that residents had filed 18 police statements objecting to his church building plans.

Sheikh Abbas Shooman, dean of preeminent Islamic authority Al-Azhar University in Cairo, denounced the attack on Shehata, writing on Facebook, “An assault that religions reject…the treacherous attack on bishop Samaan Shehata, priest of the Church of St. Julius Akfazi in the village of Ezbet Girgis in the province of Beni Sueif, an attack rejected by the law of heaven and above all our religion.”

Ordained a priest in 1999 and promoted to bishop in 2001, Shehata served at Church of St. Julius Akfazi. According to the Coptic Orthodox Church Network, St. Julius of Agfahs (Akfazi), who lived in the late third and early fourth centuries, was martyred after writing a biography of church martyrs. (source)

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Pakistani Government Publishes Anti-Christian Job Advertisement In Newspaper, Says It Is Looking For “Non-Muslims Only” To Be Garbage Workers

Christians living in Pakistan are often times severely persecuted and discriminated against in jobs. A recent incident in Pakistan illustrates how serious the discrimination is. In a recent job ad placed in the news looking for “sanitary workers,” it specified that “only non-Muslims” could apply for it:

A recent advertisement publicized has once again fanned anger among the religious minorities in Pakistan as the advertisement for the posts of sanitary workers calls for non-Muslim candidates only.

Expressing anger over the discriminatory ad, a prominent Pakistani Christian educationist Professor Anjum James Paul said that such advertisements were institutionalized religious discrimination. The recent advertisement puts forth job opportunities for car mechanic, laborer, in charge of maintenance and cleaners. However the advertisement also goes on to call only non-Muslim candidates for the position of cleaners.

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“This wording is a flagrant violation of Article 26 of the Constitution of Pakistan, which, among the fundamental rights, explicitly speaks of ‘non-discrimination’ regarding the access to public places, towards all citizens”, Professor Anjum James stated.

Professor Anjum who also heads “Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association” (PMTA) also stated: “It is a discrimination carried out by the state. It is a shameful treatment reserved to religious minorities. According to the Constitution, all citizens have equal rights and duties. It is time to put an end to this discriminatory practice not only in social relations but also in state institutions and structures. The regional government of Sindh should also follow the disposition to reserve religious minorities 5% of the state seats available, in every order and degree, but it does not”.

Religious minorities are troubled by the religion based discrimination, on the other hand most of them refer to famous speech delivered by founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam who ensured equal rights to religious minorities in Pakistan.

Speaking on August 11, 1947 Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah declared in the Assembly that: “We are all citizens of the same State. We should keep this principle before us as our ideal. So one will discover that over the years Hindus will cease to be Hindu and Muslims will cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because this is the personal faith of every individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State”.

In a bid to ensure equal rights for non-Muslim Pakistanis, the civil society, social activists, rights campaigners and others are urging Pakistani government to bring about reforms in the constitution so as to curb religion based discrimination and prejudice hurled at the religious minorities. (source)

Christians who work as sanitary workers are severely abused on the job by Muslims and have died, including this year the case of a young Christian sanitary worker man who needed medical attention but Muslim doctors refused to help him because they did not want to ‘pollute’ themselves. The man died later that day.

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Seven Policemen Beat 14-Year-Old Christian Teen To Death For Defending Himself In Fistfight With Muslim Who Tried To Make Him Renounce Christ

Police arrested a beat a 14-year-old Christian teenager to death after they were called to intervene in a fistfight. The teenager was attacked by another Muslim classmate who tried to make him renounce Christ, and the boy defended himself. That was when seven police intervened and instead of stopping the fight, took part in beating the teen until he died according to a report:

Police in Pakistan beat a 14-year-old Christian boy to death on Monday (Oct. 9) because he had gotten into a fight with a Muslim classmate who tried to bully him into renouncing his faith, sources said.

Mushtaq Masih, father of Arsalan Masih, said that his son was a student at a private center in Jhabran Mandi village, Sheikhupura District in Punjab Province. Arsalan was at the center when seven policemen from the Bahu Chowk Police Post arrived at about 5 p.m. in their official vehicle and stormed the premises, Masih told Morning Star News.

“Arsalan was attending his tuition classes at the Ideal Science Academy when Head Constable Imtiaz, Driver Rashid, Constable Arshad and some other unidentified policemen kicked open the door and dragged him out of the classroom,” Masih said. “Sardar, alias Billu, a police constable, helped them to identify the boy. With this, they all started beating Arsalan with fists, kicks and rifle butts.”

Teacher Farhan Ali tried to stop the assault, but the officers shoved and slapped him and continued beating the boy, Masih said.

“Rashid struck Arsalan’s head with a pistol, and he started bleeding,” he said. “When they bundled him into the police van, Arsalan collapsed and died. Later the police team threw Arsalan’s body on the roadside and fled.”

Numerous bystanders witnessed the assault, but the policemen threatened them if they intervened, he added.

Four months ago Arsalan had fought with a Muslim boy after the classmate tried to bully him into renouncing his Christian faith, said Masih, a member of the Presbyterian Church in Pakistan.

“I did not know about the fight until recently,” he said. “Arsalan had reportedly beaten up a boy whose uncle, Sardar alias Billu, is a constable in the Sheikhupura District police. Billu nurtured a grudge against Arsalan, and that’s why he brought his police friends with him to teach the poor boy a lesson.”

Masih said that he had registered a case (No. 653/17) with the Sheikhupura Saddar Police Station against seven officers, but that police had so far been unable to arrest them. (source)

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Burmese Government Terrorizes, Tortures, And Murders Christians, Says ‘We Are Doing This Because This Is What Buddhism Teaches’

The Burmese Government is infamous for its human rights violations, and according to a recent report they have not just been targeting Muslims, but also in the name of Buddhism have been persecuting and murdering Christians according to a recent report:

The humanitarian crisis that touches Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State is not the only of its kind in Myanmar. Religious freedom and human rights violations by the military, Buddhist nationalist movements and ethnic Burmese affect also other ethnic minorities in other parts of the country.

All these groups share the same suffering, but have not received the same media coverage or attention by the international community as the Rohingya struggling along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

This is the case of the Kachin (north), Chin (west) and Naga (north-west), ethnic groups with large Christian communities that have been persecuted for decades.

By exploiting the Buddhist roots of the country’s culture, Myanmar’s military regime has for years discriminated against Christians, seen as the expression of a foreign religion contrary to its “one nation, one race, and one religion” policy.

Many of these measures are still in force and anti-Church bias is strong even though the latter has been present in the country for more than 500 years.

In Myanmar all Christian communities are subject to restrictions on land acquisition for religious purposes. Military bureaucratic procedures prevent the release of permits to communities. Just to have a place to worship, some Christians are forced to use private properties or homes.

In predominantly Buddhist areas, especially in the strongholds of Ma Ba Tha’s ultra-nationalist monks, it is almost impossible for Christians to gather together. At the same time, the government spends public money to build pagodas and monasteries, part of its policy of promoting and spreading Buddhism.

In December 2016, a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom of the (USCIRF) highlighted some of the worst episodes of intimidation and violence against Christians in the Asian country.

These violations include forced transfers, destruction of cemeteries, attacks on places of worship, and the ongoing campaign of forced conversions and brainwashing, which takes place in schools funded by the government in border regions, particularly in areas inhabited by ethnic Chin and Naga. Another common practice is the unjustified grab by local authorities of resource-rich land.

In Kachin areas, violations of religious freedom are intertwined with the ongoing conflict between armed groups and government forces. The military routinely occupies churches and summons entire congregations for mass interrogations and indiscriminate arrests. Very often the faithful and clergymen are considered allies of the rebels and therefore punished.

Myanmar’s powerful Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) have devastated, damaged, and destroyed many places of worship. With almost total impunity, the former continue to commit serious human rights abuses such as sexual violence inside church compounds and the torture of clergymen, believers and ordinary citizens.

In Kachin, after more than five years of conflict, more than 120,000 people have been forced to flee and live in desperate conditions, waiting to return. As long as the conflict endures, there is no real prospect for internally displaced Kachin to return to a situation of security and dignity.

Religious discrimination is in some cases institutionalised. Kachin, Naga, and Chin Christian public servants and others employed by the government are usually overlooked for promotion in favour of Buddhists.

When Christians hold government positions, they face sanctions if they do not support Buddhist initiatives. In some cases, the authorities take contributions from Christian civil servants’ salaries for Buddhist activities. In the Chin State, government employees are also forced to work on Sundays, without compensation.

Buddhism, though not officially, is considered Myanmar’s state religion. The military, whose power is not subject to the control of civil authority, has stressed the religion’s “special position” and stands as the defender of Burmese culture and tradition.

Over the years, this has led to deep rifts between the country’s various ethno-religious groups. This, in turn, has allowed the Armed Forces to reiterate their power.

With her victory in the November 2015 elections, Myanmar’s Democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi began a difficult process of pacification and national reconciliation. (source)

There has been much spoken about the Rohingya, which are a large group of mostly Muslims of Bengali descent living in Myanmar whose state in society is unclear per the government. The Rohingya have caused many problems, and the crimes coming out of this community has been well documented which include extortion, drug trafficking, and the usual violence found in Muslim majority groups.

However, at the same time, this article notes that the Burmese government is not exempt from blame. Myanmar is officially a “Buddhist” nation, and the hatred of Christians and Muslims runs deep. The persecution of Christian has been going on for at least six decades, and it is so heinous that it was the subject of the last movie in the Rambo series, in which Rambo rescues a group of Christian missionaries kidnapped by the Burmese military and tortured in heinous ways, including being fed alive to pigs. In the final scene of the movie, Rambo goes on a one-man killing rampage against the army as he is joined by Christian Karen rebels to help him.

The final scene, and probably the best in the entire Rambo series. In the final part, Rambo meets with the pagan military leader and splits his entrails open with his knife.

Make no mistake, the situation if Burma is far more than the BAD MUSLIMS HURT NICE POOR BUDDHISTS that the Counter Jihad movement would want the public to think. The reality is that while the Rohingyas have many problems and been involved in many evil activities, much more so has the Burmese military done evil than these people have in the name of Buddhism because as we have discussed before, they are merely reflecting what Buddhism already teaches. As we have discussed many times, the Buddhists are not allies of the Christians, but pagan enemies who are as bad as or worse than the Muslims:

Now, I know that there will be people who will be praising the Buddhists in Myanmar for killing Muslims. The sad thing is that for one, it is easy to fall into the trap of supporting anyone who is killing Muslims, and secondly, by this, so many fall into the trap of supporting genocide. If you are going to support the Buddhists in Myanmar for their slaughter of the Rohingya Muslims, then you should also start hailing the Japanese imperial forces who slaughtered Muslims in their occupation of East Asia. For example, the Japanese slaughtered the Hui Muslims in China, and there is one horrific recording of this in which the Japanese slaughtered a Muslim landlord named Ha, and his wife, before raping and butchering the tenants:

These Japanese were Buddhist pagans, and they did such horrific atrocities. Are we going to praise the Japanese for this? Muslims have also been slaughtering Buddhists, and this too is evil. There must be balance in our approach. One of the greatest enemies of civilization is imbalance between charity and justice. We must have justice, yes, but we must also have charity. If we just have “charity,” then there will be no charity, because we would have the evil mercy that gives license to the wicked. If we have solely justice, then we will have no justice, because we would then shed innocent blood. Charity and justice, one cannot live without the other. (source)

Islam is evil, but it cannot be fought by allying with pagans.

Two wrongs do not make a right no matter what the situation is.

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ISIS Takes Over Town With Christian Families In It, At Least Three Thousand People Have Died Just Last Month In Syria From The War

While the fighting is subsiding in Syria, is remains very serious with high casualties. Three thousand people died last month in the war that has been raging since 2011, and as of recent news ISIS just recaptured a town with a few surviving Christian families according to a recent report:

Over 3,000 people have been killed in Syria’s ongoing civil war in September, making it the deadliest month this year, a monitoring group has said. The Islamic State terror group has, meanwhile, recaptured a town where several Christian families are believed to be living.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that 955 of the casualties were civilians, while 207 children under the age of 18 were killed.

IS has suffered a number of key defeats as of late, and initially lost Al-Qaryatain in April 2016 after it had held it for eight months.

Close to 30,000 people, including 900 Christians, reportedly lived in the town before the country’s civil war began in 2011, with Rahman stating that several Christian families are still believed to be living there.

IS has been carrying out a genocidal campaign against Christians both in Iraq and Syria, and back in August 2015, captured 270 Christians from Al-Qaryatain. The believers were apparently held in an underground dungeon for nearly a month in the Syrian desert, before being released.

Adama Dieng, the United Nations’ special adviser to the secretary-general on the Prevention of Genocide, finally admitted in September in a letter to the American Center for Law and Justice that IS was carrying out a genocide against believers.

“Over the last three years, I have had the opportunity to meet with victims of [ISIS]’s brutality, including during a visit to Iraq in November 2015. I was horrified by the accounts they gave, which echo those included in your letter,” Dieng stated in part, referring to previous ACLJ letters that documented the rapes, beheadings, kidnappings and torture Christians and other minorities have been subjected to.

Dieng further said that he agrees that extremists who have carried out war crimes and crimes against humanity must be prosecuted by independent courts.

Syrian Christians have been able to celebrate on a few occasions this year IS’ defeat and liberation of previously captured territories.

Syriac Orthodox Christians in the northeastern city of Hasakeh marked in August the inauguration of Archbishop Maurice Amseeh, their first bishop in four years.

“It’s true that many have left, but we’re still here, and what happened today is the proof that we’re still here in this country and that we will stay,” said 23-year-old student Jenny Hakop at the time.

Amseeh noted that he is looking forward to visiting the neighboring Deir Ezzor province after it is liberated as well.

“As soon as Deir Ezzor is freed from terrorism, I will make a blessed trip there to start rebuilding both buildings and people,” the bishop said. (source)

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Muslims Falsely Accuse Christians Of Kidnapping Baby, The Family Is Arrested And Tortured For 40 Days By The Police And Then The Muslims Try To Steal Their Property

Muslims recently accused a Christian family of kidnapping a 17-day-old baby girl. According to reports, the Muslims filed it because the Christian family is poor and they want to steal their property. The Christian family’s three sons were arrested and are being tortured by police and have been torturing them for at least the past 40 days according to a report:

A Christian family is in deep trouble after being embroiled in a false case of abduction. The family is being tortured by the police; meanwhile the complainant is harassing them causing extreme nuisance for them. In this regard an FIR no 1023/17 was lodged in Nawa Kot police station, in Lahore.

Issac TV reporter Saleem Iqbal informed CIP that the victimized family claims false case was an attempt to expropriate their property. The complainant Muhammad Arshad has nominated six members of the victimized Christian family in a false abduction case. Muhammad Arshad occupies Christian family’s house as a tenant. Victimized family revealed that Muhammad Arshad has accused them of abducting a 17 days old baby girl.

Saleem Iqbals’ report, shows Akram Masih revealing that he and his family has no idea about the missing baby girl. It has been a month and a half that the police are tormenting Akram’s sons Amir Masih, Irfan Masih and one more. He said that his three sons were locked behind the bars even without being arrested.

It has been forty days that the three Christians have been detained. What is more, the police are also intimidating and abuse female members of the Christian family. The victims claim that Muhammad Arshad had fabricated a false case against them in order to avoid payment of rent due from past seven months.

The victimized Christians are urging the authorities to take notice of the incident and help them. They detailed that the police is subjecting the detained sons to excruciating torture, while Muhammad Arshad is demanding for the return of the baby girl. “We do not know about the baby how can we return her,” victim said in a video report. (source)

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Catholic Archbishop Warn ‘Christianity Is Barely Alive In Iraq- Any More War And We Will Be Destroyed Forever’

Christianity has survived in Iraq since the time of Christ, and while it was in decline in that nation, there were still over a million Christians in Iraq. After the American invasion in 2003 and the subsequent rise of the US-backed ISIS, Christians were either massacred or fled in such large numbers that most of them are gone. Only a small, skeletal community remains, and in the words of the Catholic Archbishop, Luis Sako, any more war will destroy Christianity forever there:

Fears of a new military confrontation in Iraq are mounting among Christians, Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Luis Raphael Sako, has warned.

Christians who are still reeling from the depredations of Islamic State across the Nineveh Plain now fear the Kurdish referendum, whose result is expected today, will lead to a resurgence of violence. The Kurds are expected to vote for independence but the vote has already been rejected as illegal by the Iraqi government.

Patriarch Sako, lecturing yesterday at Sankt Virgil Center in Salzburg, Austria, described the threat of kidnapping, killing and killing of clerics, and the bombing of churches over many years including the bombing of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation of the Syriac Catholics in Baghdad during mass in 2010, when many worshipers were killed and wounded.

‘These painful events prompted many Christians to emigrate,’ he said.

He explained: ‘What happened was caused by: the deterioration of the security and economic situation after the fall of the regime, the spread of the sectarian mentality and corruption, and the wrong foundations in building a modern state after the fall of the regime, and some of the repercussions are still visible today.

‘Then came the organisation of the Islamic state, which first began by the displacement of the Christians of Mosul and the towns of the Nineveh Plain on a religious basis, and the detention of their homes and looting. The situation lasted three years. What displaced people experienced during these years of displacement and anxiety about their future and the future of their children led many families to emigrate.’

After that came the liberation of Nineveh towns, alongside the destruction of homes and infrastructure, the burning of churches and looting.

‘The result is that Nineveh Plain is divided into two parts: the northern Nineveh Plain run by the Kurds (Peshmerga) and the southern Nineveh Plain is in the hands of the Iraqi army and the popular crowd.’

The displaced Christians breathed freely in the liberation of their areas, he said, especially as the churches embark on a great effort to renovate houses in the Nineveh Plain to encourage people to return.

Dozens of families have returned to their homes, but new tensions have arisen between the Kurdistan Region and the central government because of the region’s decision to hold the Kurdish independence referendum yesterday.

‘This situation created among Christians a state of anxiety and fear of the possibility of a new military confrontation,’ he said, warning it will have ‘serious repercussions’ for all.

In an additional statement, the Patriarch repeated that tensions with the Iraqi Central Government are escalating.

‘If, God forbid, there will be a military confrontation, in such devastating circumstances, both socially and economically, the consequences will be disastrous for all Iraqis, especially for minorities, who are always victims and losers.

‘It will be similar to what happened in Nineveh Plain upon the invasion of ISIS terrorists, where minorities were murdered, displaced, and left vulnerably to face demographic change and migration.’

He said it was important that everyone should realise the seriousness and the actual facts of this situation and resume the reconciliation negotiations before it is too late.

‘Wisdom should play a vital role in prevailing the voice of moderation, to defuse the crisis. War is not a solution, and would never be a substitute for dialogue. Frankly, such war cannot be endured by either side.’

He spoke as Iraq’s prime minister ordered Iraqi Kurds to surrender control of of their airports or face a ban on international flights in the wake of the referendum. (source)

The Archbishop’s statement aligns with what we have been warning at Rescue Christians. Except instead of trying to stave off war, we have already been documenting that the war, while stopped for now, is going to expand and become much worse with the rise of Turkey into a reincarnated Ottoman Empire.

It is good to help Christians rebuild what they have left of Iraq. However, given there are still many thousands of people left in the region, and the ancient hatred of the Turk for Christianity as that nation is rising to empire once again, right now the focus needs to be on rescuing as many people from there as possible before a second genocide commences again.

People say “never again,” but the fact is that “never again” is about to happen again.

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Sudanese Government Arrests And Interrogates Christian Elder As Part Of Bid To Take Over And Destroy Christianity And Christian Churches In Sudan

There has been an ongoing conflict in Northern Sudan as the Islamic government is arresting Christians and confiscating or destroying their church.

In another event, a Christian church elder was arrested and interrogated as part of a bid from the government to try and take over his church according to a recent report:

A month after seven church leaders were arrested, interrogated and released on bail, police in Sudan detained and questioned another church leader in Omdurman on Friday (Sept. 22), sources said.

Elder Mahjoub Abotrin of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) was arrested from his home in Omdurman, across the Nile River from Khartoum, and was interrogated before he was released. It was not clear if he was charged with any offense, but sources said that he was arrested because of his refusal to hand over SCOC leadership to government-appointed leadership.

The current leadership expires on March 2018. The SCOC constitution calls for a general assembly every three years to appoint church leaders.

Rev. Kwa Shamaal (also transliterated Kuwa Shamaal), SCOC head of missions, confirmed the arrest of Abotrin to Morning Star News.

“We cannot allow them [government-appointed committee members] to take over the church,” Shamaal said.

On Aug. 23 seven church leaders were arrested, jailed for six hours and interrogated for refusing to comply with a government order to hand over church leadership to the government’s committee. The leaders were released on bail after authorities told them to comply with the government order, which they roundly rejected.

Shamaal and the Rev. Ayoub Mattan, SCOC moderator, were among the church leaders arrested. Pastor Shamaal was previously arrested on Dec. 18, 2015 and acquitted on Jan. 2 this year of charges ranging from spying to inciting hatred against the government.
Pastors Mattan, Shamaal and the others are still members of the legitimate executive committee of the SCOC.

Another SCOC pastor, the Rev. Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor, had received a 12-year sentence earlier this year after being charged with spying and trying to tarnish Sudan’s image, but he was freed along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur on May 11 after receiving a presidential pardon.

He had been arrested along with Pastor Shamaal in December 2015. They were convicted on baseless charges of assisting Czech aid worker Petr Jasek – pardoned and released on Feb. 25 – in alleged espionage, causing hatred among communities and spreading false information, according to their attorney.

Foreign diplomats and international rights activists took notice of the case after Morning Star News broke the story of the arrest of pastors Abdelrahim Tawor and Shamaal. Their arrests were seen as part of a recent upsurge in harassment of Christians.

Most SCOC members have roots among the ethnic Nuba in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan’s South Kordofan state, where the government is fighting an insurgency. The Nuba along with other Christians in Sudan face discrimination and harassment, as Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has vowed to introduce a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and Arabic language.

In its campaign to rid the country of Christianity, Sudan has designated 25 church buildings for destruction, and on Aug. 2 it demolished a Baptist church in Omdurman. On May 7 Khartoum state authorities in Sudan demolished a church building in the Khartoum suburb of Soba al Aradi, which began as a refugee camp for south Sudanese. A bulldozer sent by Jebel Aulia locality and the Ministry of Planning and Urban Development destroyed the SCOC building.

Authorities had notified church leaders of the impending demolition just a week prior. The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for residential or other uses, or were on government land, but church leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.

Harassment, arrests and persecution of Christians have intensified since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011. The Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Endowments announced in April 2013 that no new licenses would be granted for building new churches in Sudan, citing a decrease in the South Sudanese population.

Sudan since 2012 has expelled foreign Christians and bulldozed church buildings on the pretext that they belonged to South Sudanese.

Besides raiding Christian bookstores and arresting Christians, authorities threatened to kill South Sudanese Christians who do not leave or cooperate with them in their effort to find other Christians. (source)

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