Persecution of Christians – week 39

Abdel lives in the Middle East and when he converted to Christianity he couldn’t get a job so his parents initially help him with his bills. But his mother came to him with a checkbook and a burial shroud wanting him to choose between Islam or death. Two months later Abdel was kidnapped by a Muslim gang and almost beaten to death. He was also burned him with cigarettes. The gang was sent by his mother.

A family in Pakistan, the only Christians in the area, were beaten and their house was put on fire. One of them had to go to the hospital. They have been attacked several times before. If they return their Muslim neighbours will kill them. This happened on September 20. Here’s a clip of the house as the family escapes:

A group of traveling Christians were ambushed by Fulani Militia in Nigeria on September 20. Two were killed and five managed to escape even though they were injured.

A Pakistani family got their house and car and looted and then burned by Muslim neighbors that want them to leave, partly out of jealousy. The family got beaten wich led to injurys, including fractures. They have been subjected to repeated harassment and violence for a long time. The attackers threatened the family with making up accusations of committing blasphemy against Islam.


The Finnish Parliament voted 100–60 against a motion of no confidence brought against Catholic Foreign Minister Timo Soini on September 21st. The reason for the voting were that he attended a pro-life vigil in Canada in May. Soini sees this as a part of the tendency to push out Christianity from public life:

I defend the holiness of life in all circumstances. I have done so throughout my life. This same conviction has followed me through my political career and will stay with me for the rest of my life.

On 22 September three men who worked near the border of Somalia and Kenya were attacked by a Muslim mob and stoned to death. The mob and the victims were all from the same town. It’s believed that this was a revenge for three Al-Shabaab members that have been found dead. A local pastor said:

We are not safe at all and this incident shows how Muslims hate believers in Christ. We have known it is the armed militants belonging to the Al-Shabaab that kill people, but now we have discovered that even our close Muslim friends can commit atrocities against us.

Ten or more pastors were arrested with their families on 23 September in northern India. They are accused of forced conversion.

Now some good news. On 24 September the Sudanese government returned 19 properties to the Sudanese Church of Christ that they confiscated two years ago.


Binish Paul, 18, lived in Pakistan and had a Muslim boyfriend who wanted to marry her. He pressured her for months to convert to Islam, but she refused. He was furious about it and one day he threw her from a roof. She died on impact. Her family have recieved threats from villagers and the boyfriends family. To attack the victim and her family isn’t uncommon in Pakistan. The polices reaction have been contempt and they didn’t arrest the murderer until two days after the crime. They only did so because Binish familys laywer managed to get hold of her medical report, which the hospital didn’t want to release.

Chinese medical staff recieved a letter saying that it’s their obligation to discover, stop and report violations of laws and discipline with regard to religion to police or administrative departments. This includes their family members, children, relatives, friends and neighbors. Wearing religious symbols will lead to a warning and then dismissal.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known

that any one who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help

or sought thy intercession,

was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,

We fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother;

to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful;

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not our petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer them.


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