There are new information about the church attack in Burkina Faso in which six people were killed. The congregation in Sirgadji village got the “choice” to convert to Islam at gunpoint. When the Christians refused they were shot behind the church. Forced conversion are in line with how Muhammed acted, this wonderful example of kindness and humanity which we all should aspire to resemble. Forced conversion is also promoted in the Quran and the hadiths.
Allah’s Apostle said: “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform a that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.”Sahih Bukhari 2:24
I wrote about the blind pastor Balu Saste from a small village in India last year and how a mob attacked his church and congregation. After three years of court hearings the pastor and his family have been acquitted of the false forced conversion charges. Eight out of India’s 29 states have these kind of laws and false accusations are used to justify and cover up mob violence against religious minority communities.
The Catholic church in the village of Shen Liu in China are being demolished. First the big cross on top of the bell tower was removed and then the demolition will continue to the rest of the building, but the priest are doing his best to reason with the . The reason given by the Chinese authorities is that the cross was too visible from the highway and that the congregation doesn’t have the correct building permits. According to them they got the permission for their church from the Religious Affairs Office. The local government has planned to demolish 23 other churches in the near future. A priest talk about the slippery slope he is experience:
I fear that after starting from the diocese of Handan, they will soon pass to other dioceses to make them suffer the same fate. Long ago, Handan’s minor seminary was dissolved; then they put the Chinese flag in place of the cross. Thus, slowly, other dioceses will also have to follow the example. Last night is the first church in the Hebei province from which they have torn down the Cross. Who knows whose turn is next!