Political Islam: Boletim da perseguição aos cristãos - Outubro 2009

Bulletin of Christian Persecution October 23, 2009

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North America

September 23, 2009 United States Ex-Muslims in the US want civil rights assurances.

September 24, 2009 California, USA Schoolhouse Sharia: Christianity banned and Islamic studies are mandatory.

September 24, 2009 Florida, USA Christians and rights group expressed concerns about the accuracy of the FDLE report of Rifqa Bary.

October 7, 2009 Washington, DC Rights activists are concerned about the adoption of a US-Egypt anti-free speech resolution because it threatens freedom to challenge religious views.

October 9, 2009 USA The American Library Association’s stealth jihad against free speech.

October 10, 2009 Washington, DC An Obama adviser defended Sharia law on British television, where she appeared with a Hizb ut Tahrir spokesperson.

October 12, 2009 Walled Lake, Michigan, USA A Muslim threatens Christians for speaking about Muhammad. (Video.)

October 13, 2009 Florida, USA A judge ordered Christian convert Rifqa Bary to return to Ohio to live under the care of child protective services.

October 15, 2009 Florida, USA Throwing Rifqa to the wolves .

October 16, 2009 California, USA Public school students must endure two weeks of whitewashed Islamic education, but only two days of Christianity.

October 17, 2009 Florida, USA Christian convert Rifqa Bary will be returned to Ohio and placed in the state’s custody.

October 22, 2009 Toronto, Canada A local imam calls on Allah - and Muslims - to kill Christians and Jews. Video here.


September 16, 2009 Somaliland Converts from Islam are jailed, pursued, and kidnapped.

September 17, 2009 Eritrea At least seven Christians recently died in a military prison. More than 3000 Christians are currently imprisoned for their faith in Eritrea.

September 18, 2009 Al-Bagur, Egypt Copts protested after a Muslim man went on a rampage, killing one man by beheading him and severely injuring two others.

September 18, 2009 Eritrea The EU called on Eritrea to free its political prisoners.

September 18, 2009 Merca, Somalia Al-Shabaab militants killed a 69-year-old Christian man after finding Bibles in his possession at a checkpoint.

September 19, 2009 Cairo, Egypt Cairo suffers after the big pig cull last May.

September 21, 2009 Qena, Egypt A 19-year-old Coptic girl was abducted to force her father to “reconcile” with the families of the men who killed his son.

September 23, 2009 Cairo, Egypt Mourners turned out to protest attacks against Christians after two were killed and one was attacked in a single day.

September 24, 2009 Egypt Father Zakariah Botros discusses Christian persecution with Michael Coren. (Video playlist.)

September 25, 2009 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia A court upheld the prison sentences of two Christians accused of evangelism.

September 25, 2009 Nigeria Lee Jay Walker on Nigeria and Christian martyrs.

September 25, 2009 Ezo, Sudan Seven Christians were crucified in a series of raids. 17 were abducted in one of the raids.

September 26, 2009 Cairo, Egypt A Muslim convert to Christianity and his daughter were prevented from leaving the country due to an identity card issue.

September 30, 2009 Egypt “The Myth of Islamic Tolerance and Peaceful Existence:” a lecture at the Hudson Institute. (Video playlist.)

September 30, 2009 Delga, Egypt A Muslim brutally murdered a Christian and then a mob attacked mourners at his funeral.

September 30, 2009 Somalia Hunting Christians in Somalia.

September 30, 2009 Sudan A new North-South civil war may be in its early stages. More here.

October 1, 2009 Marerey, Somalia Islamic militants killed a church leader execution-style after confirming that she possessed a Bible.

October 2, 2009 Senbete, Ethiopia A Muslim mob ransacked two churches and severely injured three Christians.

October 5, 2009 Alexandria, Egypt Police arrested a Christian father for trying to get his kidnapped daughter back.

October 6, 2009 Cairo, Egypt A Christian man was arrested for handing out gospel leaflets and held without charge for four days.

October 6, 2009 Kenya Islamic militants from Somalia are expanding their influence into Kenya, targeting children.

October 8, 2009 Amhara, Ethiopia Two Christians who were sentenced to six months in prison on false charges have successfully appealed their sentences but are still being held on a new charge.

October 9, 2009 Egypt Interview with an Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity.

October 12, 2009 Khartoum, Sudan Outrage as a court defies Islamic law and sentences four Muslims to death for killing Christians.

October 12, 2009 Egypt Forced Islamization and murder of Christian conscripts in the Egyptian army.

October 16, 2009 Hargeisa, Somalia A man who was jailed for distributing Christian literature has staged a hunger strike.

October 17, 2009 Egypt Can Egypt protect its Copts?

October 17, 2009 Sudan Sudanese churches warn of return to war.

October 18, 2009 Egypt Where to bury a dead Copt?

October 19, 2009 Cairo, Egypt A Christian was killed over a rumor of his son’s affair with a Muslim woman.


October 21, 2009 Asmara, Eritrea Security forces raided the home of a pastor and arrested three people, then seven more the next day.

September 17, 2009 Gojra, Pakistan A judge granted bail to 13 Muslims accused of inciting mob attacks against Christians in August.

September 17, 2009 Pakistan Human rights groups accused police of colluding with jihadists who kill Christians with impunity.

September 18, 2009 Pakistan A Muslim man kidnapped and raped a Christian 8th grader for two days. Officials are not investigating.

September 18, 2009 Sialkot, Pakistan The police who killed Robert Danish on 9/15 will be reinstated.

September 18, 2009 Middle East The Pope met with Patriarchs to discuss the future of the Christian community in the Middle East.

September 18, 2009 Jolo, Philippines The Catholic church joined a protest against gang-rape jihad.

September 21, 2009 Middle East A Kuwaiti liberal says that persecution of Middle Eastern Christians is tantamount to ethnic cleansing.

September 22, 2009 Kirkuk, Iraq A Christian doctor was freed after being abducted and then tortured for 29 days.

September 22, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey An historic Christian cemetery was desecrated.

September 23, 2009 Faisalabad, Pakistan Christians deny provoking violence against themselves after being accused of doing so.

September 23, 2009 Manila, Philippines Three teachers were freed after being held by militants for seven months.

September 24, 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh Police and the victim’s family seek a motive in the slaying of a church worker at Dhaka University.

September 24, 2009 Niveneh, Iraq Official estimates indicate that 30,000 families have been displaced since 2003, a majority of whom are Christians.

September 24, 2009 Philippines The Philippine national flag is set to be altered in order to have a ninth ray for Muslims.

September 26, 2009 Pakistan All students must now study Islam in school.

September 28, 2009 Mosul, Iraq A doctor who was kidnapped by militants was released.

September 28, 2009 Lebanon Christians are fleeing the country as it becomes increasingly Islamized.

September 28, 2009 Ankara, Turkey British women sent a petition to Turkey’s PM condemning the release of a prisoner who raped three British women and one Finnish woman.

September 29, 2009 Depok City, West Java, Indonesia A church won their legal battle to worship in their building.

September 29, 2009 Iraq Is nowhere safe for Iraqi Christians?

September 29, 2009 Gaza Islamic law is imposed in Gaza.

September 29, 2009 Manila, Philippines Two US soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

September 30, 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh A Christian convert from Islam and his family were threatened with death and their house was burned down.

September 30, 2009 Iran A wave of arrests of Christians in Iran. (Video.)

October 1, 2009 Pakistan The Pope urged the nation of Pakistan to protect its Christians from Islamic extremists.

October 1, 2009 Pakistan Pakistani Christian organizations called for a national conference on October 24 to demand the abolition of the blasphemy law.

October 2, 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh A Catholic university student was attacked in a park over a rumor.

October 3, 2009 Kochi, India The Eastern Catholic Pope met with the Pope to discuss the exodus of Christians in the Middle East and South Asia.

October 4, 2009 Pakistan “The rising intolerance and violence against Christians is a result of the Talibanization and promulgation of Shariah law in the country.”

October 4, 2009 Pakistan Attacks on Christians seem to be part of a “well-organized campaign,” achieving the desired effect threatening their security.

October 4, 2009 Turkey Turkey made USCIRF’s watch list.

October 5, 2009 Indonesia A call for the rights of religious minorities in Indonesia, who face many obstacles to worshipping.

October 5, 2009 Jakarta, Indonesia Islamic organizations stopped a congregation from worshipping in a house, resulting in an order from city officials to cease holding services.

October 5, 2009 Kirkuk, Iraq A Christian nurse was tortured and killed, and his body was dumped on a road by militants. The Iraqi prelate has sought out government protection for the community.

October 5, 2009 Faisalabad, Pakistan Pakistani Christians call upon the US to bring justice to Pakistan rather than monetary aid. Update 10/21: Gojra Christians rejected US aid and reiterated their demand.

October 5, 2009 Faisalabad, Pakistan Christian accused the government of condoning the Gojra attacks.

October 6, 2009 Islamabad, Pakistan Muslims attacked the home of a Christian family after warning them to convert to Islam to avoid being killed.

October 6, 2009 Lebanon Lebanon’s Armenians are upset over a planned deal with Turkey.

October 7, 2009 Gaza, Jerusalem Palestinians remembered a murdered Christian bookstore owner and local religious leader.

October 8, 2009 Tehran, Iran “Anti-state” charges against two Christian converts who have been imprisoned since March were dropped. They will still be charged with the propagation of their Christian faith and apostacy, which is punishable by death.

October 8, 2009 Kirkuk, Iraq Christian Iraqis fear more violence after the abduction and murder of a health worker.

October 8, 2009 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan stands poised to introduce very restrictive laws regarding religious practice.

October 9, 2009 Kazakhstan Authorities closed a Christian-run rehabilitation center and fined the owner.

October 9, 2009 Middle East A Christian man was attacked by a Muslim with a screwdriver, who first elicited Christian literature.

October 9, 2009 Pakistan Christian Pakistanis spoke about their plight at the United Nations.

October 9, 2009 Lahore, Pakistan The ruling party in Pakistan says it is unable to abolish the blasphemy law.

October 11, 2009 Punjab, Pakistan An 11-year-old Christian schoolgirl was attacked by a teacher for saying that she’s Pakistani.

October 11, 2009 Mindanao, Philippines An elderly Irish priest was kidnapped by militants while taking a walk. Update 10/14: He is believed to be with the MILF. Update 10/15: He is ill but may be able to get medicine.

October 12, 2009 Mosul, Iraq “Mosul, the capital of Ninewah province, has struggled by comparison and remains a devastated cityscape, in many ways a war zone in appearance and atmosphere more than a post-war zone.”

October 12, 2009 Pakistan The Pakistani Minorities Minister vowed to end persecution of Christians by eradicating the blasphemy law.

October 13, 2009 Kerala, India Christians and Hindus find common cause in dealing with the “love jihad” racket.

October 13, 2009 Jakarta, Indonesia Two churches received bomb threats.

October 13, 2009 Kirkuk, Iraq The Archbishop of Kirkuk says that for 1600 years Iraq has been a “country of martyrs.”

October 14, 2009 Iran USCIRF called upon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to address religious freedom in Iran.

October 14, 2009 Iraq British Parliament put forth a motion calling for investigations into targeted assassinations of Assyrians in Iraq’s North.

October 14, 2009 Malaysia Malaysia’s parliament is trying to pass a law which would mandate death for apostates from Islam.

October 14, 2009 Pakistan A prominent leader of the Pakistani Christian diaspora says that the blasphemy law is the root cause of violence against Christians, who do not enjoy equal rights in Pakistan.

October 15, 2009 Bethlehem Christians flee Bethlehem’s Muslim majority. (Video.)

October 15, 2009 Iraq Iraqi Christians are facing extinction. (Video.)

October 15, 2009 Gaza Christians under siege in Gaza. (Video.)

October 16, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey A defense lawyer for two Christians on trial for “insulting Turkishness and Islam” called the trial a “scandal.”

October 17, 2009 Mosul, Iraq Six were arrested for attacks on Assyrians. At least three homes were bombed.

October 17, 2009 Gojra, Pakistan A judge released six or more suspects in a series of deadly attacks on Christians. Pakistani Christians live in fear of more deadly violence.

October 17, 2009 Punjab, Pakistan The Taliban has threatened to kill more Christians if they refuse to leave, convert to Islam, or pay the jizya.

October 19, 2009 Pakistan Militant groups continue to try to take over Pakistan. The security situation is dire, and a failure would be a disaster for Christians.

October 20, 2009 Indonesia Lee Jay Walker discusses the threat that Islamic terrorism poses to Christians and other minorities in Indonesia.

October 20, 2009 Jakarta, Indonesia Theology students stand to be evicted from a campground to which Muslims drove them last year.

October 20, 2009 West Java, Indonesia Authorities have blocked the construction of a Catholic church after rescinding construction permits.

October 20, 2009 Najaf and Basra, Iraq Sharia is being enforced and is expanding in Iraqi cities.


September 19, 2009 Lomdon, England Home Office staff were warned not to eat in front of Muslims during Ramadan.

September 20, 2009 Exeter, Britain A hospital banned a nurse’s crucifix.

September 21, 2009 Liverpool, England Christian hotels owners were charged with a criminal offense for saying that the hijab is oppressive to a Muslim couple.

September 23, 2009 Belgrade, Serbia Nine Kosovar rebels were charged with war crimes for killing at least 80 Serbs and other non-Albanians.

September 25, 2009 UK A Christian convert couple from Pakistan won the right to asylum in the UK.

September 28, 2009 Kosovo Ethnic Albanians threaten to vandalize an ancient Serbian monastery.

October 2, 2009 Kosovo An EU court convicted four ethnic Albanian terrorists of beating and torturing Serbs.

October 5, 2009 Germany An al-Qaeda message threatens the “Crusader German nation,” promising October attacks.

October 6, 2009 A Christian group launched a campaign to protect Christians from the UN’s Defamation of Religions Resolution. More on the UN’s assault on free speech here.

October 11, 2009 Cernice, Kosovo A Serbian family was attacked with a hand grenade.

October 13, 2009 London, England A church’s congregation has dwindled after Muslim protested the singing of hymns.

October 15, 2009 UK Muslims in the UK demand full Sharia law.

October 20, 2009 Turin, Italy An imam’s engagement to a Catholic woman angers fundamentalist Muslims.

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