July 30 – August 31, 2012
August 1, 2012
Pakistan (ht/t to JihadWatch)
Christian leaders have called for an impartial inquiry into the alleged poisoning of nine nurses at a government-run hospital. Nine Christian trainee nurses at the Civil Hospital Karachi fell ill Sunday night allegedly after drinking poisoned tea prepared at their hostel. They were claimed to have been deliberately poisoned because of their faith.
August 3, 2012
The sectarian crisis in the village of Dahshur escalated on August 1 after the burial of the Muslim man who died yesterday in hospital. Hundreds of Muslims torched and looted Coptic businesses and homes despite hundreds of security forces being deployed in the village. Eyewitnesses reported that security forces did not protect most Coptic property — only the small church of St. George was protected, in addition to some Coptic houses in its neighborhood.
“As 120 families had already fled the village the day before after being terrorized, the businesses and homes were an easy game for the mob to make a complete clean-up of everything that could be looted,” said Coptic activist Wagih Jacob. “The security forces were at the scene of the crime while it was taking place and did nothing at all.”
Christians, who have had a measure of freedom to practice their religion, are worried that they will be persecuted and killed if the rebels win and institute a strict Islamic regime.
August 6, 2012
Syria (h/t to JihadWatch)
Gunmen attacked the Catholic monastry of Mar Musa, north of Damascus. The old monastery, that dates from the fourth century, had been sacked but no casualties had been reported to Ansa by sources close the Italian Jesuit founder of the monastic community, father Paolo Dall’Oglio. Sources affirm that nobody within the monastery had been hurt or assaulted, but “the gunmen stole everything they could steal”, including tractors and other agricultural and farming tools.
August 7, 2012
Gunmen have shot dead at least 19 people in a Christian church in central Nigeria, according to an army official. Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Olorunyomi said the gunmen stormed a church building where worshippers had gathered to pray late on Monday in the town of Otite, near the city of Okene.
August 8, 2012
Nigeria (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect on Monday evening killed an evangelist with a Pentecostal church in Maiduguri, Ali Samari. Evangelist Samari, 57, was with the Good News Church (GNC) Maiduguri and was reportedly killed at his Mafoni residence at exactly 6.30pm.
Nigeria (h/t to thereligionofpeace) http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/news/latest/42502-bomb-found-in-kogi
An unexploded bomb was found at the Revival Church in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state. This development comes a day after the attack on the Deeper Life Church in Okene in which 19 people died.
Yet another church in Bogor has been sealed off by the authorities on the grounds of local opposition – a charge that parishioners dismiss as false. Hendrik Massan Nena, a spokesman for the St. Johannes Baptista Catholic Church in Bogor’s Parung subdistrict, said on Tuesday that authorities had blocked the congregation from holding services in a tent in its 8,000-square-meter lot because the tent was not recognized as part of a house of worship.
Pakistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
A Pakistani flag blew away from a Christian’s yard and now the Muslim neighbors falsely accused the Christians of that it was a deliberate action and that the Christians have disgraced the name of Allah. The Muslims threatened to burn Christians’ homes.
August 13, 2012
U.S. ignores the abuse of Christian women in Egypt. In its annual Religious Freedom Report, released July 30, the U.S. State Department acknowledged the problem, but at the same time appeared to downplay it. The report described forcible conversions as “disputed,” asserting that while there were “occasional claims” of Muslim men forcing Coptic women (and sometimes girls younger than legal age) to convert to Islam, these accounts “often included inflammatory allegations and categorical denials of kidnapping and rape.”
August 14, 2012
Raymond Ibrahim reports according to today’s issue of El Fegr, “Elements of terrorist, jihadi organizations distributed leaflets today inciting for the killing of Copts in Suez, Ismailia, and Upper Egypt, promising them [Copts] a tragic end if they do not return to the truth.”
August 15, 2012
Pakistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
A Christian pastor, aged 32, was kidnaped on August 12, 2012, when he went to shop Pakistani flags to celebrate Pakistan Independence Day falling on August 14, 2012, with his family. Radical Muslims had been threatening him for months.
August 16, 2012
Christians are under siege in Syria where the Muslim Brotherhood slogan “Islam is the answer” is everywhere.
August 22, 2012
Christian bookstores in Cairo were threatened for selling ‘filthy idols.’ (icons and religious statues)
Among those who have fled into neighboring Lebanon are Christians from the town of Qusair, just across the border in war-ravaged Homs province. They say they were tired of threats and public taunts of being “unbelievers” and “dogs of Assad.”
Mindful of the persecution of Christians and the rise of Islamist extremists in neighboring Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, a secular autocrat like Assad, some Christians here fear that their community will become a similar target, especially as the conflict engulfs Syria’s two major cities, Aleppo and Damascus, each with large Christian populations. The cities were relatively insulated from the rebellion until fierce fighting broke out last month.
Egypt and Nigeria
Christians in Egypt and Nigeria continue to suffer at the hands of Islamists. In Egypt, Muslim mobs are rampaging through Coptic villages, while, in Nigeria, the radical Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, continues to blow up churches and slaughter Christians in their homes.
August 23, 2012
A bomb plot against the Maronite Catholic patriarch and other Lebanese leaders was thwarted.
August 24, 2012
Uzbekistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
A mother and her disabled daughter were beaten repeatedly, arrested for having Bibles and Christian literature in their home and tried for resisting arrest and missionary activity.
Hundreds of Coptic Christian women have been kidnapped off the streets by Muslim men and never seen again.
August 27, 2012
The Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Aleppo has fled to Lebanon and his offices in the war-ravaged city have been looted, Vatican media said on Monday, amid fears over the fate of Christian minorities.
A Christian party in Pakistan has demanded the immediate arrest of five Muslim men who it said “gang-raped and murdered” a 12-year-old Christian girl, at a time of mounting religious tensions in this heavily Islamic nation.
August 28, 2012
Pakistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Five men allegedly shaved off the hair and eyebrows of a young woman, then blackened her face and paraded her through the streets of their village. They said she had illicit relations with a man in her neighborhood.
August 30, 2012
The Syrian Orthodox Christian churches of Alleppo issued a communiqué to highlight their persecution and
spell out their grievances. They say they will not flee from their country.