The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad have written about how the Christians in Iraq are caught between survival and migration. During the last 13 years the situation has worsened and violence is very common. Even though Christians is the original people of Iraq they can no longer flourish there.
The persecution of Christians in Iran keep increasing and the regime want them to leave the country. Christianity came to the area shortly after the death of Christ and today there’s about 350 000 Christians and Iran. What really scares the Ayatollahs is the growing trend toward conversion.
A 35-year old Christian in Pakistan was killed by a Muslim acquaintance when he asked the Muslim to pay back a debt. He shot the Christian in the stomach and then he and his friends beat the victim as he begged for mercy. He leaves his wife and children behind.
As Eid ended there were four attacks on Christians in upper Egypt. In all cases security forces delayed in providing protection or even took part in instigating violence.
Christians in Chad fears as the government choose to abandon their secular approach with a revised constitution that put Islam first. Officials have to take a religious oath that says “in the name of Allah the all-powerful” and several Christian officials have been dismissed for refusing it. The priests that have criticiced this have been threatened.
A 22-year old Christian man in Pakistan was falsely accused of rape which led to that the ten Christian in the village had their homes looted. They were also threatened to be cut up in pieces.
Violations of religious freedom are increasing in Asia and it happens routinely. In China and Vietnam the government are expanding their control of religious minorities. In Myanmar there are violent campaigns against Christians and others.
On July 21 this year 19-year-old Tony Brébant, who recently converted to Islam, stood in front of the cathedral in Reims, France, shouting to passers by. He said things like: “Allahu Akbar! Long live Daech! I will butcher you! I’m going to blow up the cathedral”. He has now been sentenced to 14 months in prison.
A pastor in Nepal have been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a false accusation of frequently raping a 12-year old girl. The mother of the girl have admitted that she lied because she wanted revenge on the pastor when he refused to pay for the girls school fees.
A man have been charged for arson for fires set at the Methodist Church and Methodist Church in Edinburgh, UK. No one was injured.
Fulani Militia raided several villages in Nigeria and 7 people were killed, including a pastor and his 3 children. It took 4 hours for the security to come and during that time homes and 3 churches were looted. And the pastor and his family were burned alive.
The Eritrean Government are hunting down and arresting Pentecostal Christians who greeted a visiting pastor and listened to a sermon that he held on the street. Security agents dressed as civilians arrested people there and are now hunting those who were listening.
A job ad have angered Christians in Pakistan because it says that it’s required that the wanted sweepers are Christians. It can seem harmless or even strange, but it conveys the stereotype that Christians are dirty and only suitable for low skill jobs and sanitation work. It’s a widespread belief that leads to discrimination.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.