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18 Christians booked in blasphemy Case before Christmas


Blasphemy Law Persecutes Christians

 
Muslims continue to use Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law as a legal weapon against the Christian minority.
 
Please support Shamim Masih’s bravery as a Christians Rights Activist and journalist this Christmas season. Even just being a Christian in Pakistan is a dangerous proposition:
 
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
 
 
JRH 12/19/14

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18 Christians booked in blasphemy Case before Christmas
 
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/18/2014 4:23 AM
 
ISLAMABAD: Christmas is unique festival for all the Christians around the world. People started its celebration with the start of the month of December. This year in the capital city of Pakistan, 18 Christians including two pastors and three women booked in a blasphemy case.
 
According to the details, before Christmas 2014 celebration, Christians of the capital city are under persecution. On December 07, FIR was registered accusing 11 people of committing blasphemy including three females of the same area. Naseem Bibi, who was Christian and converted to Islam in 1995, she married a Muslim man and had three children. She complained that Pastor Karamat Masih 45, Shafique Masih nick name Noora 32, Yousaf Masih 60, Parveen Bibi (widow), Bavi Bibi, Nasreen Bibi wife of Yousaf Masih, Shahid Masih 35, Parveez Masih, Tariq Matto, Nabeela Bibi, and Judge Masih reportedly went to her home and attacked her. She said in her application that there were 50 more people, they all came to her house and gave insulted remarks about Islam. She said that they also insulted the Quran. Thus a First Investigation Report (FIR) 888/14 was registered against these people under PP 295-B, 354, 452, 148, 149 in PS Margalla, Islamabad. Four of them, Yousaf, Shafique, Shahid and Tariq were sent to prison.
 
This is also to mention that Yousaf and Nasreen Bibi planned their daughter’s wedding before Christmas. The nominated Nasreen Bibi is reportedly suffering with severe disease and was admitted in the hospital. They said the FIR was registered in response of the FIR No. 887/14 under PP 506, 341, 148 and 149 against the same lady, when she reportedly attacked a few of the these people. This is also to mention that the same lady had accused 7 Christians of the slums murdering her husband. Finally the court discharged the case.
 
Earlier on November 20, a FIR was registered against a few Christians of slum area including one Pastor. Another blasphemy case against 8 Christians of the capital was registered on November 20. Christians of the slum area are alleged to disgrace the holy verses of the Quran. The outskirts of the capital is under threat again.
 
According to the police, Naheed Ahamd complained in the Police Station that he found half burnt pages of the Quran near PTV-2 building in Sector H-9, Islamabad. He also mentioned that [the] names of Ps. Arif, Peera, Ch. David, Victor, Shamshad etc. were also found attached with these verses. Police registered First Investigation Report (FIR) no. 596/14 under section 295-B, 6/7ATA against the offender and started the investigations.
 
It is also to mention that residents of the said sector were displaced from Rawal Dam and sector G-12 Islamabad. Many displaced families of the famous Rimsha case (a minor Christian girl accused of burning the holy verses [See HERE and HERE) were settled there since then. Federal Government and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have promised to grant them a piece of land. But since then they are not been provided a place to live in. During the past months, Christian slum settlers are warned to clear the area under the umbrella of taking strict security measures.
 
Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan (SLMP) team visited both victims of the blasphemy accused to provide them some counseling, advice and prayer.  Blasphemy law is frequently used for vested interest against Christians and other minorities in the country. There is strong vice around the world to bring reforms in this law to avoid the bloodletting of Christians and other people of the country. Earlier a Christian couple was burnt in Kot Radh Kishan.
 
Be Blessed,
 
Shamim Masih
 
Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist
 
Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)
 
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
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 Edited by John R. Houk
 
© Shamim Masih 

I flew off the Handle


Muslim Sword shushing Christians

 

Here is something to think about: Why is there no moral outrage in the West – especially America – when Muslim commit atrocious crimes against Christians in Muslim dominated nations? Why is there no moral outrage from Muslims from ALL over the world when purist Muslims (for that matter so-called moderate Muslims) maim, rape, kill, enslave and/or desecrate Christians and Christian communities in the world of the self-proclaimed Religion of Peace? AND YET Muslims will pour into the streets in both the West (especially Europe, Sweden & Norway) and Muslim dominated nations in frightening riotous conditions over pictures unflattering to Islam or its pseudo-prophet or critical books, blogs, documentaries or the rare Western movie satirizing Islam. Such displays of Muslim moral outrage is ludicrously reprehensible when there is no concern from Muslims over the violence and murders of Christians occur in Muslim backyards so to speak.

 

Elsa Schieder from World Truth Summit wonders out loud in a WTS update email.

 

JRH 12/15/14

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I flew off the Handle

 

By Elsa Schieder

Sent from: World Truth Summit

Sent: 12/14/2014 1:49 PM

 

I flew off the handle the other day – because someone did something that endangered the life of my dog. I will skip the story. In that case, you may ask, what’s the point of bringing this up?

Sometimes something pushes us too far. And also sometimes we’re closer to our personal edge.

And yet a blog I particularly like is CitizenWarrior – because of the caring, reasonable tone. No ranting or raving. No losing their cool. Nothing, it seems, pushes CitizenWarrior too far. The same goes for Bill Warner’s PoliticalIslam – loads of information, and a reasonable tone. Yet over this past year, Bill Warner has come to urge people to go for the emotions. Where is the moral outrage, he asks, about the persecution of Christians? But his own tone stays reasonable.

What works best? How best to reach people?

An important question.

Flying off the handle may do it. I remember a scene from a long ago movie, To Sir With Love – about a teacher who manages to reach students headed for drop out in a London slum. The scene: the teacher blows up. It’s the turning point in his relationship with his students. At that moment he connects with them. But he doesn’t blow up in hatred. It comes from care, plus a heaping helping of frustration. He also doesn’t say anything intended to hurt: no insults, no ridicule. He’s just been pushed too far.

More often blowing up does not work, just leads to more distance.

Why bring all this up? I’m always on the quest for better ways of reaching people – re Islam, re anything.

I see that we don’t have music on our side.

We don’t have counter-jihad sitcoms.

In general, stuff where the mainstream media has a lot of power – we don’t currently have that.

We do have books, newswires and blogs – both info blogs and analytical blogs. JihadWatch. AtlasShrugs. GatesOfVienna. PointeDeBascule. On and on and on. One thing they do, if we subscribe to one or many, is give us a stream of information, keep Islam in our line of vision.

We also have ever more people, from somewhat aware of the dangers of Islam intensely committed to countering Islamization and mass Muslim influx into the West. Most recently, I’ve been noticing the tens of thousands taking to the streets of Germany weekly against Islamization and mass Muslim influx:

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4951/germans-islamization-pegida

(In the mainstream German media, of course there’s a huge outcry against the horrible prejudice that the protests show: we must discuss and get past this, etc.)

Still, we’ve come a huge distance over the past 2 decades – in the number of people aware and the extent of information available about Islamic ideology, Islamic history, the Muslim Brotherhood, the varieties of jihad, the multi-trillion halal industry. The halal industry, by the way – 2 to 3 trillion dollars a year, at present, I read recently – due to go up to 15 trillion in a decade or so, mainly through non-Muslims funding Islam, unless the industry is exposed in a big way:

http://pickeringpost.com/story/how-the-saudis-spend-your-grocery-money/4189

http://www.halalchoices.com.au

One question: how best do we reach lots and lots more people with all this information, people currently resistant to it?

I have a slightly different question: What has worked best for you? Maybe especially, do you have any surprise success stories?

I also have a second question: Is there any resource, help, assistance, that you would especially like, in your counter-jihad efforts?

Next week, I’ll publish the answers I get. They will be linked to The Freedom Community, which has, as a major goal, effective actions worldwide. (If you write, please let me know if you want me to include your name. Otherwise, I will publish using some random initials.)

And now, as always, all the best to all of us who care and dare,

Elsa

 

PS. And here’s a photo of the dog I was referring to, right at the start. For a story about him, written 3 years before he became my dog, here is
Whose Dog Is It Anyway?: On Pets, Pet Ownership, Slavery

http://elsas-word-story-image-idea-music-emporium.com/animal-rights-and-more.html

How did he come to be my dog? The people who owned him eventually no longer wanted him.

Elsa's Dog

 

PPS. Like many people, I know that no loving deity could possibly be associated with Islam – just because of its negative attitude to dogs. There is much more to it, of course.

PPPS. For me, the horror story of the week is about the beheading of 4 Christian children, all under 15, for refusing to renounce Christianity. Like the rest of the world, I did not see one billion Muslims protesting against this atrocity. Muslim outrage, it seems, is much more linked to cartoons deemed offensive. May our love reach these children.

 
http://www.barenakedislam.com/2014/12/09/four-iraqi-christian-kids-beheaded-after-refusing-to-convert-to-islam-telling-isis-no-we-love-jesus/

 

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Recent Christian Victims


Shamim Masih on way to Lahore 12-2014

 
Shamim Masih has an update report on some Pakistani Christian girls raped by licentious Muslim men in Pakistan. Rape is a common occurrence Christian minorities endure with the police authorities rarely doing anything.
 
JRH 12/13/14

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Recent Christian Victims
 
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/12/2014 11:46 AM
 
LAHORE: After writing the story of the recent Christian victims; British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) asked me to visit them to provide some counseling, advice and prayer. It was a courtesy call which brought the following facts.
   
I started my journey on Thursday morning at 6:30 am from Islamabad towards Sheikhupura. I reached the location where the incident occurred [at] Darghi, PS Rana Town, Ferozwala, Sheikhupura at around 1300 hours, but could not find the family there. Some neighbors informed me that Elishba and her family had been relocated to Lahore for their safety after a series of local threats and demands for them to drop the charges against theElishba explaining to Shamim 12-2014 culprits of her attack.  Eventually I met with Elishba at around 1800 hours she was then living with relatives. Elishba was in tears, she has suffered a brutal beating and the loss of her child had obviously scarred her emotionally.  She described the vicious attack [LINK] which involved being hit with metal poles while other men watched and jeered after an altercation with clients.  She spoke of the deep embarrassment she felt in being stripped naked so publicly. Elishba showed some of the scars on her legs from her brutal attack, these were not her worst injuries.  Sadly she also described how the Muslim men beat her stomach when she told that she was pregnant, the two assailants told her “Christian children are no better than feces as they murdered the embryo within her. 

The argument began after Elishba who provides private beautician services asked for the fees for her service from the woman called Rani and her daughter, who she had just completed work on.  They refused to pay and Rani called her sons to attack Elishba who she said had insulted her.  In addition to her child Elishba lost her phone, one week’s wages and gold jewelry which in total amounted to around Rs. 50,000 – these items were stolen by Rani’s sons. Other men threw stones at her and laughed as she ran naked from the area.  Another Christian woman from the local area took her into her home, and gave her some spare clothes. Elishba and I prayed for her lost child, the safety of her family and for justice to prevail. 

Whilst I was there my Chairman Wilson Chowdhry called as BBC Asia Network asked if they could speak to Elishba Bibi for a radio feature.  She agreed to the interview, as she wanted British people to know that the life of Christians in Pakistan is one fraught with prejudice and violence. Elishba has three other children and has asked for people to pray for them, she fears for the safety of her family after this attack.

 
I left Elishba Bibi at 7pm and travelled towards the home of Sehrish and Farzana in Jaranwala with team members from Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP). This address was around 100 kilometers from Lahore, but the road was very bad and it took us more than two hours to reach there. I kept contact with their father Ilyas Masih by mobile phone as despite their suffering; they were concerned about my well-being. The route I took is not safe at any time and the road is subject to looting by highwayman, but I accepted the risk and trusted in God, simply wanting to pray with this family that has undergone such a debilitating attack. Their village Chack no. 651/2 Sehrish (18yrs) & Farzana (14yrs) with Shamim 12-2014is a few kilometers from the main road and is a very small village with around 200 families, of which around forty are Christian families. Most residents earn their livings as laborers.
 
The victim’s family which includes a father and five children has been making carpets in their home and survive on the sales of the carpets at a local market. Their house is made of mud with no safe boundary wall and has no wash room or toilet in the house. Sadly few household items were seen in their room – they live a very Spartan lifestyle. The mother of the children died a few years ago. I discovered the two girls work as carpet-makers as they need the finance.  Regrettably none of the five children attend school.
 
The two girls, Sehrish (18yrs) and Farzana (14yrs) described the incident to me, Sehrish said:
 
“I went to a hidden place in the local fields with my sister, whom we use for toilets as we cannot afford one in our home. When we had finished three young men holding pistols demanded that we go to their home nearby, they threatened to shoot us if we did not comply and my sister and I were both very scared. We were both crying and I held my sisters hand to give her some support and because I needed it myself.”
  
Both the girls cried as they remembered the attack.  Sehrish carried on:
 
 
“The young men kept touching us in private areas while we walked, they were laughing and jeering, my sister and I felt humiliated.  We knew what was going to happen to us and were terrified, but we had no choice.  We both prayed to God to free us from their clutches. We recognized the young men as they were from our local area and I pleaded with them not to do anything to us, for talking I was slapped in the face and punched hard in my stomach.  We both kept quiet after this.  The young men Shahbaz, Asif and Azeem took us to their house and ripped our clothes off. They kept us there for the whole night and gang raped us many times.”

The girls described how they were very frightened throughout the whole ordeal and kept quiet; they felt hurt and unclean and expressed a feeling of great shame, despite being innocent.  After the ordeal the rapists set the two girls free early in the morning at around 6am. They ran home weeping and told their father what happened, he had been extremely worried about them and had been hysterical on hearing about the torturous ordeal his girls had suffered. Mr. Ilyas Masih (father) explained that he had waited for the girls and had reported them missing to the local police, he had been searching for them in nearby houses and tried his best to find them throughout the night.

 
The father returned to the police station the following day but police officials were unwilling to register a First Incident Report (FIR).  The father has received support towards legal costs and their lawyer convinced Civil Judge Kamran to order a medical test on the girls which has been returned and proves forcible rape.  Judge Kamran instructed police to register an FIR. And two culprits Azeem and Shahbaz were arrested. Police have informed me that the culprits have previously been accused of rape by another Christian family, who had to accept a compromise settlement as it was hard to prove guilt. Despite evidence the Police and other people of the village are trying to force Ilyas to reach a similar compromise.  Ilyas Said:

“My daughters are worth more than a few rupees, I want justice for them and do not want these evil boys to take the innocence of any other girls.”  He broke down and cried.  “Their poor mother would be devastated with this news if she were alive; I feel as if I have failed them, I will not fail them again.”

 
We reached Lahore at 2 am and I started my journey back to Islamabad at 6 am.
 
Be Blessed,
 
Shamim Masih
Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist
 
Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)
 
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
 
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Edited by John R. Houk
Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor
 
© Shamim Masih

Slum Dwellers Endure without …


 

Shamim Masih (far right) with Katchi Abadi Christians

Slum dwellers or a Katchi Abadi – Shamim Masih far right

 

Christmas is coming to Sunni Muslim dominated Pakistan as to the rest of the world. The thing is I am guessing is blasphemy to celebrate the birth of the Son of God in Muslim nations that believe their Qurans when they tell them Jesus was not born of God.

 

Shamim Masih is more than a Pakistani journalist. He is also a Christian activist in a nation that it might be dangerous to act in Christian activism. Each year Shamim gets involved in Christmas oriented ministry to bring some relief to the suffering of Christian Pakistanis. Below after Shamim’s report there is a Western Union link by which you can contribute to Shamim’s Christmas efforts. Western Union is good enough to convert your dollars or euros into Pakistan rupees.

 

Pakistan Christmas with Shamim Masih

 

Shamim Masih at a Christmas Pulpit

 

JRH 12/8/14

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Slum Dwellers Endure without Water, Gas and Electricity in the Capital

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 12/7/2014 8:42 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Christians around the world are all set to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christmas with religious zeal in the midst of the echoing of church bells that announce the birth of our Lord Christ Jesus. But slum dwellers of the capital will remain endure without water, Gas and Electricity during the freezing cold weather when the temperature falls down to freezing point. Islamabad, the city of elites and these elite enjoys a cosseted life waited on by maids, cooks and chauffeurs drawn from the ranks of the slum-dwellers. And slum dwellers are of the working class populations, who make this city run, the construction workers, the drivers, the cooks and many more are cleaners. Slums dwellers, largely populated by Christians and Afghan refugees usually live in or across the seasonal drainage in the capital, Islamabad.

 

The authorities in Islamabad had declared war on the slums, saying they are illegal and safe haven for militants. These localities were not built overnight. If it is illegal, why did Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials not stop them when they started building? The officials reportedly take bribes to let the settlement stay. There is no gas, no electricity and no pure water for drinking provided by the authorities. Constitution of the country says every citizen is equal and has equal rights on all facilities available such as electricity, water, gas and other needs of life. Then why the residents of slums only, are deprived and have no access to these facilities of life. Minorities are being forced to face injustice at each and every step of life. The climate of Islamabad has a typical version of humid subtropical climate, with five seasons: Winter, spring, summer, Rainy monsoon and autumn. Winter (Nov – Feb), the coolest month is December and January, with temperatures variable by location. In Islamabad, temperatures vary from cold to mild, routinely dropping below zero. In the hills there is sparse snowfall. During winter weather becomes quite chilly in December too.

 

The slum people have more right of housing as they are the employees of CDA. There is need of a radical strategy to establish a cell in the slums to sort out and resolve their Katchi Abadi slum near unsanitary creekproblems. Unfortunately Pakistan suffer by [corrupt] civil, judicial and military bureaucracy. Therefore issues of katchi abadis [Encyclopaedia Britannica] were not resolved in its true spirit and the non-serious attitude of government delayed the active process of implementation. Even UN-Habitat which is dealing with slums has ensured the full support but has not done anything practical.

 

Persecution against Christians is often enacted under the guise of the blasphemy law as well as other instances of harassment and discrimination. Forced conversions, kidnappings, damage to areas of worship, sexual assault and targeted killings all come under the rubric of oppressive practices that minorities are routinely subjected to. Many incidents of religious incitement of varying magnitudes have been reported in several parts of the country. State authorities should play due role [or maybe dual role] for change; and should take serious measures to establish peace and harmony in the society.

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Edited by John R. Houk

All text or links enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

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WAKE-UP AMERICANS! No Liberty in Muslim World


Blasphemy Law Persecutes Christians

John R. Houk

© November 25, 2014

 

Pakistan persecution of Christians appears to have escalated through Sunni Muslims utilizing the Blasphemy Law on that nation’s legal books. Breaking the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan results in harsh punishment up to and possibly including execution. No one in Pakistan has actually been executed by the hands of the law for blasphemy violations BUT there are many awaiting a death sentence to be carried out.

 

From my perspective there are two horrors involved in Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law:

 

1.  Most accused of violating the Blasphemy Law have not actually perpetrated the violation they are accused of. Typical reasons for a blasphemy accusation are disputes, prejudices and business greed by a Muslim against a non-Sunni. Most of the falsely accused are Christians but Hindus, Shia Muslims, Ahmadiyya Muslims and whatever other non-Sunni people are also among the accused.

 

2.  Non-Sunnis who may have uttered disparaging remarks about Islam, Mohammed or the Quran also face a death sentence. THAT IS CRAZY! The Muslim holy book known as the Quran specifically disparages Jews and Christians. My God a Christian proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God is disparaging Islam because the Quran says that is a lie. Even though the New Testament tells me to do my best to get along with people; nonetheless the New Testament also tells us to expose darkness with the Light of Christ. This Blasphemy Law load of manure is something I find horribly offensive. Even though I am offended I do not stand on the roof tops calling for the death of all Muslims – Vengeance is God Almighty’s (cough not the fake deity proclaimed by Mo).

 

Okay, I am getting ready to go an ‘everything that is wrong about Islam’ rant. That is not the purpose of this post.

 

Shamim Masih has sent an update on Asia Bibi’s death sentence conviction for blaspheming Muslims for being a Christian gal drinking from a Muslim only well (Black Americans can you say ‘Whites only water fountain?). Shamim also reports there are even MORE Blasphemy Law violations recently filed against Christians.

 

Since Shamim writes about an open letter sent to the NY Times written by Asia Bibi’s husband (Ashiq Masih) I will finish with cross posting that letter including the NYT intro:

 

“Please Don’t Abandon Me”

By ASHIQ MASIH

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 9:52 AM

New York Times

 

Note: Asia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman, was sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam in 2010. The year before, while picking fruit with Muslim women, she took a sip of water from the local well. She was immediately accused of making the water impure by the other workers, who told her that they could no longer use the well. According to her husband, Ashiq Masih, and others, men and women started beating her and accusing her of making derogatory remarks against the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a charge she denies. Asia is currently in prison waiting to be hanged after losing an appeal ​on Oct. 16. She has told her story in a memoir, Blasphemy, written with French journalist Anne-Isabelle Tollet.

 

Below is an open letter by Ashiq addressed to the world community. (Madam Mayor refers to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has offered her support to Asia.)

 

Ashiq Masih signs the letter.

Aashiq Masih signing open letter with thumb (Asia Bibi) 

 

Yesterday, I returned from the prison in Multan where my wife, Asia Bibi, was transferred eight months ago. Since Asia was sentenced to death in November 2010 for drinking a glass of water from our village well, my family has lived in constant fear and under death threats. I live in hiding with my five children as near as possible to Asia. She needs us very much to help keep her alive, to bring her medicine and good food when she is sick.

 

After my wife had spent four long years in prison in terrible conditions, we were hoping that the High Court of Lahore would free my wife. She did not commit blasphemy, never. Since the court confirmed the death sentence on the 16th of October, we do not understand why our country, our beloved Pakistan, is so against us. Our family has always lived here in peace, and we never had any disturbance. We are Christians but we respect Islam. Our neighbors are Muslims and we have always lived well with them in our little village. But for some years now the situation in Pakistan has changed because of just a few people, and we are afraid. Today many of our Muslim friends cannot understand why the Pakistani justice system is making our family suffer so much.

 

We are now trying our best to present the final case to the Supreme Court before the 4th of December. But we are convinced that Asia will only be saved from being hanged if the venerable President Mammon Hussain grants her a pardon. No one should be killed for drinking a glass of water.

 

My five children and I have only survived thanks to the protection of a few faithful friends who risk their lives daily to help us. We are the husband and family of Asia Bibi and many people want us to die. Thanks to our friend Anne-Isabelle Tollet, who has become our sister and helped us for four years now, we speak often about what is happening in Paris and the world to help save Asia. Hearing that people are supporting Asia from so far away is so important for us. It helps us to hold on. Every time I visit Asia in prison I tell her the news. Sometimes it gives her the courage to keep going.

 

Just before taking the ten-hour journey to visit Asia, I learned the wonderful news that Paris is offering to welcome Asia and our family to Paris if she is freed. This is a huge honor and we are very humbled. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to you, Madam Mayor of Paris, and to say that we are immensely grateful for your concern. I hope that one day we will visit you alive, and not dead.

 

When I visited Asia Bibi yesterday she asked me to give you this message:

 

“My prison cell has no windows and day and night are the same to me, but if I am still holding on today it is thanks to everyone who is trying to help me. When my husbnd showed me the photographs of people I have never met drinking a glass of water for me, my heart overflowed. Ashiq told me that the city of Paris is offering to welcome our family. I send my deepest thanks to you Madam Mayor, and to all the kind people of Paris and across the world. You are my only hope of staying alive in this dungeon, so please don’t abandon me. I did not commit blasphemy.”

 

Ashiq Masih
Pakistan, 17th of November 2014

 

Below is Shamim’s report which the posting of two emails.

 

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Asia Bibi Filed Final Option in Pakistan Supreme Court Filed

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/24/2014 12:20 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Christian woman, Asia Bibi, filed an appeal in the Supreme Court after being rejected from the Lahore High Court (LHC) last month. Attorney Saif ul Malook filed the appeal petition for Asia Bibi in the apex court on Monday in Lahore.

 

According to details, Asia Parveen known as Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death on November, 2010 after the court declared that she has committed blasphemy during an argument with Muslim women over a bowl of water.

 

The request was filed to reconsider deficiencies in the case which include poor investigation and manipulated evidence by the local police.

 

Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP) said that we are providing legal assistance in this case as well as [to] her family and hoping [for] the early hearing of the appeal and believe that [the] SC will review the case on the basis of facts. He [Sohail Johnson] requested the Christians community around the world to pray for her early hearing.

 

Earlier this month, Aashiq Masih, husband of Asia Bibi asked President Mamnoon Hussain for her pardon and allow her to move to France. He also wrote an open letter which was published in the New York Times on November 17 [Blog Editor: Posted above].

 

Blasphemy has become [a] highly sensitive issue in [Pakistan]; Salman Taseer Governor [of] Punjab was killed by his own official security guard in the same issue. Saif ul Malook [was] also [the] to attorney in the Salman Taseer case.

 

Despite the fact that Pakistan has never put to death any individual for blasphemy even if court [had] declared individual guilty, but [nevertheless] anyone convicted or even just accused of insulting Islam, hazards acts of violence [and/or] a bloody death at the hands of [Sunni Muslim] vigilantes.  

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Slum settlers are targeted

Another blasphemy case is registered in the capital

  

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/24/2014 7:49 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Another blasphemy case against 8 Christians of the capital is registered in the Capital on November 20. Christians of [the] slum area are alleged to disgrace the holy verses of the Quran. The outskirts of the capital is under threat again.

 

According to the police, Naheed Ahamd complained in the Police Station that he found half burnt pages of the Quran near PTV-2 building in Sector H-9, Islamabad. He also mentioned that name of Ps. Arif, Peera, Ch. David, Victor, Shamshad etc. were also found attached with these verses. Police registered First Investigation Report – FIR no. 596/14 under section 295-B, 6/7ATA against the offender and started investigations.

 

Basharat Khokhar local rights activist has been looking into the matter. He said that blasphemy law is frequently used to settle [personal scores], so this fresh episode in the capital [is probably one of those instances]. He assured the residents that [the] federal police is providing assistance in this case. Senior police officials have guaranteed to provide the protection to the innocent residents of the slum settlers, he added.

 

It [should be] also [be] mentioned that residents of that sector are the displaced people of Rawal Dam and sector G-12 Islamabad. Many displaced families of the famous Rimsha case (a minor Christian girl accused of burning the holy verses) were settled there since then. [The] Federal Government and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have promised to grant them a piece of land. But since then they [still have] not been provided a place to live. During the past months, Christian slum settlers are warned to clear the area under the umbrella of taking strict security measures.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

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Asia Bibi Filed Final Option in Pakistan Supreme Court Filed and Slum settlers are targeted

 

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Qaiser Ayub, Held Over Blasphemy Allegation Sent to Jail


Qaiser Ayub is a Pakistani Christian. From what I have been able to decipher is he is an educated man which seems to be relatively rare among the Christian minority of Pakistan.  According to Shamim Masih he has a MA in Computer Science. Apparently back in 2011 on a blog he operated he is accused of writing or depicting the false prophet Mohammed in unflattering terms. In case you have been hiding under a rock that is illegal in Pakistan and the entire Muslim world for that matter. In Pakistan Christians are accused of some kind of illegal blasphemy acts all the time and most often they are falsely accused as a matter of spite by Sunni Muslims.

 

In the case of Qaiser Ayub who was actually a Pakistan college professor, I have to wonder what the reason was for sticking around Pakistan since 2011 with a blasphemy infraction hanging over his head. At any rate the blasphemy charge caught up with him a few days ago and was arrested in Lahore. Shamim Masih writes that that Sohail Johnson – the Chairman of the Christian organization SLMP is in Qaiser’s corner. In trying to find some background on the incident I also discovered that Sardar Mushtaq Gill – the National Director of the Christian organization Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) is in Qaiser’s corner.

 

Pakistani Christian and civil rights organizations too often compete for foreign funding. I pray Qaiser’s case is one in which both the SLMP and the LEAD are working together to combat the blasphemy charge against Qaiser Ayub.

 

JRH 11/22/14

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Qaiser Ayub, Held Over Blasphemy Allegation Sent to Jail

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/20/2014 9:00 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: After a week of the burning of Christian couple to death in Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab police have arrested Qaiser Ayub, 40 a blogger, from Lahore over an alleged act of blasphemy. According to the sources, a Christian man, holding a Master’s degree in computer sciences, used a website to make blasphemous remarks. [He was booked under the Pakistan Blasphemy Law.] Sources told that a Christian man was alleged [to use] derogatory language against the Holy Prophet in his blogs.

 

Mohammad Saeed, complained and filed an application in [the] city Police Station against the accused and [the] case was registered First Investigation Report (FIR) no. 105/11 under section 295-C in PS. Talagan, Dist. Chakwal. The accused went into hiding after the registration of the FIR against him for a couple of years. On 14 November, 2014, Chakwal police arrested him from Lahore and presented him in the court on 15 November in Talagang. According to the police the FIR was registered on June 9, 2011 and the man was arrested after three and half years.

 

According to police officials, Qaiser is alleged of drawing sketches against Islam on his blogs.

  

According to Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP), the family of Qaiser Ayub, his wife Amina Bibi and three children are in safe custody. SLMP will be taking care of his family and his case as well. The organization is arranging legal assistance for his case.

 

Sources confirmed Jabbar Hussian – SP Rawalpindi range is appointed to investigate the case. Qaiser Ayub is shifted to jail for his judicial investigation. [Again] sources confirmed the Police is trying to hide the secret of the case investigation and requested the media people to keep it in a low profile.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

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Where are UNHCR and David Miliband?


This is a link that takes you directly to the Daily Mail video entitled “Family of Christian couple killed over Koran demand justice”.  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1133527.html

Here is an eyewitness account of the atrocity of burning husband/wife Sijjad Masih and Saima Bibi for no other reason than being a Christian accused of blasphemy for allegedly desecrating a Quran:

 

Camera man Malik Abdul Aziz, who witnessed the killing, has described first hand the brutal attack that unfolded.

 

He said about 1,500 people gathered from nearby villages after being stoked up by local clerics who announced the couple had committed blasphemy over the loudspeakers of their mosques.

 

‘They started beating the couple with sticks and bricks chanting slogans of ‘We will lay down our lives for the honour of the prophet’ and then tore off their clothes.

 

‘The couple were screaming, begging for mercy and saying they have not committed any sin.

 

‘The mob dragged them for around 20 yards and laid them on top of the brick kiln oven and kept them there till they were burnt,’ he added. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE (Christian couple ‘burned to death by Pakistani mob had legs broken to stop them fleeing and wife was wrapped in cotton so she’d burn faster’; By Darren Boyle and Sam Webb and Annabel Grossman and Corey Charlton; Daily Mail Online; 11/10/14 12:01 EST – UPDATED 11/10/14 12:18 EST)

 

Shama Bibi (left) and Shehzad (Sajjad) Masih - Burnt alive by Muslims

Saima Bibi (Left) and Sijjad Masih

My God! Now the Christians living in the area are now hiding or have become Internally Displaced Persons ALL out of fear for being Christians with Muslims acting on Islamic Supremacy hypocrisy of hating on Christians to perpetuate the atrocities committed on burned to death Christians.

 

Shamim Masih reports further on the Muslim idiocy.

JRH 11/18/14

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Where are UNHCR and David Miliband?

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/18/2014 4:48 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: In Joseph Colony over 160 Christian homes were destroyed and those arrested were quickly released on bail with no further progress reported on their trial. The sole Christian charged, Sawan Masih and was given the death sentence in a rare display of speed justice. More than 300 Christian families remained in the streets for a couple of months. The same number of houses was burnt in Gojra and Christian displaced families were left to wander in nearbyKot Radha Kishan, Pakistan streets. And during the most recent incident in Kot Radha Kishan [Link], where we have seen the horrifying case of the killing and burning of a young Christian couple left six Christians displaced families. And ten Christian families in the village Check no.59 can be targeted at any time. Many Christian displaced families of the Rimsha case [Link] are still living in tents in H-9 sector Islamabad.

Christian Families Hiding from Muslim violence after Burning husband-wife

 

According to UNHCR [United Nations High Commission for Refugees], around 35 million uprooted people are living in a state of flight from conflict and persecution, while many other millions have been displaced by natural disasters.

 

An internally displaced person (IDP) is someone who is forced to flee his or her home but who remains within his or her country’s borders. They are often referred to as refugees, although they don’t fall with the current legal definition of a refugee. IDPs are among the most vulnerable victims of [religious] conflict [in Pakistan]. Like refugees, they have fled fighting or human rights abuses but, unlike them, they have not crossed an international border. UNHCR’s original mandate does not specifically cover IDPs, but because of the agency’s expertise on displacement, it has for many years been protecting and assisting millions of them, more recently through the “cluster approach.” UNHCR has the lead role in overseeing the protection and shelter needs of IDPs as well as coordination and management of camps.

 

Mr. Miliband, who is President [Link] of International Rescue Committee (IRC), which is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development NGO which offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. Mr. Miliband is on his visit to Pakistan and has been meeting with high level leadership of the country.

 

Going by past instances, the members of minority communities are persecuted and prosecuted in Pakistan. Thousands are forced to live in utter destitution, without adequate access to food, jobs, healthcare, and education. But we have seen that neither UNHCR nor IRC has ever bothered to take care of these [Christian] IDPs, while it has been assisting millions of other [religious minorities]. Is [not this] the biased attitude of UNHCR and IRC towards Pakistani Christians?

 

As citizens, they retain all of their rights and protection under both human rights and international humanitarian law. Unfortunately prosecution is on [but] perpetrators are set free. The administration and the judiciary are responsible for this unjust state of affairs. If the perpetrators of previous incidents of religious extremism such as at Gojra, Kasur, Joseph Colony and the blasphemy case against minor Rimsha have been held accountable, no one would have dared to commit such crime again. Transgressors of law do so with impunity and are further encouraged the when they are evicted with any penalty. I don’t see any future for Pakistani Christians, when they are prosecuted in their own country and ignored by the UN and the West as well.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

Daily Khabrianin Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Fire is Still Burning


Shamim Masih w- Family of Burned Alive Couple

Shamim Masih provides a bit of an update to Pakistani Muslims burning to death of the Pakistani Christians Sijjad Masih and Saima Bibi, their surviving family and Christians living in the same community. Then Shamim gives a brief editorial on the lack of a responsible response by the Pakistani government and the noxious attitude of Obama’s Administration in importing Muslim refugees of a radicalized background as refugees and almost totally ignoring the persecuted Christians in Pakistan and other areas of the Muslim world that do deserve refugee status.

 

Shamim offered two titles to choose from for this report. I used them both linking the second title to an original report from Shamim entitled “Rise Up for ‘A Cause’”.

 

 

JRH 11/18/14

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Fire is Still Burning

Christian Couple Burnt Alive

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/16/2014 11:42 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: On November 04, a Christian married couple, who tried to get released from their bondage labor agreement at a brick kiln was beaten, stripped and tossed them into the burning kiln oven.  At a factual level, there was a protest against a Christian couple in different cities of the country. Due to some reasons, I went there after a week and found that fire was still burning at the place where the Christian couple was burnt alive. When the Christian couple wanted to get rid of [their] labor bondage, the owner demanded an insoluble amount for their release. There were around fifty families living and working at Yousaf Gujjar Bricks Company in Chack no. 59. Five of them were Christian, Shahzad (his real name is Sijjad) and his three brothers and one other family [member]. Late evening on November 13, 4 Christian families came there to take their belongings and went in search of a better living [conditions].

 

Iqbal Masih, Shahbaz Masih and Saleem Masih, three brothers of the deceased couple are now displaced from the place where their brother and sister-in-law were burnt alive. Around 30 members of four families are displaced recently. Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan – SLMP said that this is not the end, not only these Christian families are displaced, there are ten Christian families living in the same village [who] are under extreme threats. He said we are planning to provide shelter to directly affected families in this incident.

 

Although Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the family of the deceased Christian couple and announced a compensation of Rs. 5 million and 10 acres of land for the family; HOWEVER I didn’t see, anything done in a practical [sense for] the [other threatened Christian families]. Mr. Sharif, please don’t tag the death with money, try to improve law and order and give protection to minorities of the country. [This] a sordid, disgusting and hate filled tragedy incited by a mullah. Should there not be laws forbidding mullahs to sermonize such demagogic language from mosques? Their relative, Javed Shahzad has been taking caring of these families since the incident happened, but for how long he will do as middle class member of the society.

 

Even if we believe that Islam is peaceful religion, how can we forget the fact that Muslims are persecuting and butchering minorities especially Christians left and right in the Muslim dominated countries?  Most recently, the atrocities of the ISIS terrorists committed against the ever decreasing Christian minority in the area they control in Iraq and Syria [is more evidence of Muslim intolerance]. The situation is not different in Egypt, Nigeria and Sudan. We have observed that Pakistan has given ample and repeated proof of its inability to protect minorities [from Islamic Supremacism].

 

In this situation, President Barak Obama, while heading a Christian State, is reportedly making Muslims resettlement in [their] Christian majority country to a dangerous proposition for his [nation’s] vested interests. He is allowing Muslims with an Islamic supremacist mentality to America. Not only this, [but also] Australia and England have been reportedly settling thousands of Muslims families including the Afghan and Shia Hazara community. While Christians in Pakistan experienced abuse of murder, rape, forced conversions, church burnings and more. But the Christian majority countries in EU, UK and American are strict to [not] grant even a visit visa to any Pakistani Christians. Most recently the National Cathedral [in Washington DC], a landmark Christian [Church allowed Muslims] to say [Islamic] Friday prayers. On the other hand, the way to Makah [Mecca] & Medina is out of bounds for Non-Muslims.

 

Pakistan (the State) has been witnessing a church in the US capital [that] was opened for Muslims raising tide of [Pakistani] moral policing in recent times with vigilante groups of both the left and right. And the [Muslim] majority taking upon themselves the job of policing neighborhoods, harassing minorities and running campaigns of calumny against chosen targets. It will continue until you stop the mullahs. The maulivis*** used the mosque loudspeakers to fan the winds of hatred. They do [this] and keep on doing [this] because there is no one to stop them. It will not stop until Christians [begin] to teach them the virtues not of passive but [rather] active resistance as MQM [Wikipedia and GlobalSecurity.org] did in the past.

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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***Blog Editor: I had a heck of a time trying to pin down the meaning of “maulivis”. From what I could discern from the old Google Search Engine, “maulivis” is the plural for maulivi AND Google does the “Did you mean” followed by “maulvi”. AND a “maulvi” is an honorific for an Islamic scholar. I am guessing an American comparison might be often another word used for Reverend is Preacher. If I am correct you get the idea. (Wikipedia or Oxford English Dictionary)

 

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Stop the Refugee Resettlement Program


Jihad Infiltration to USA

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November 10, 2014

 

Obama is making Muslim Resettlement in America a dangerous proposition. Even if you believe the propaganda that Islam is peace, it is better to believe your eyes that Muslims are persecuting and butchering Christians left and right in Muslim dominated nations. Right now the press is telling you of the atrocities of the ISIS terrorists committed against the ever decreasing Christian minority in the area they control in Iraq and Syria. We are presented that ISIS is a lawless aberration within Islamic ideology.

 

BUT STILL Coptic Christians in Egypt experience abuse of murder, rape, forced conversions, Church burnings and more. It is the same in with the Muslims of Northern Sudan doing the same and throw in enslavement. There were cities in Palestine Administration governed Judea-Samaria (Israel-haters call it the occupied West Bank) that had Christian majorities – like Bethlehem. Now it is lucky if those same cities have a 10% to 20% minority status. Iraq’s Christian population has been fleeing even before the notorious successes of ISIS.. Lebanon actually used to be a Christian minority Middle Eastern nation. So many Christian Lebanese have fled their homeland for a safer life in the West that Lebanon has been reduced to 35% of the population. Ethiopia is a Christian majority at 62% and the largest competing religion is Islam at about 34% (2007 census). Nigeria’s religious status is actually difficult to pin down. I’ll go with the Pew 2012 stats that showed 2010 data: 49.3% Christian and 48.8% Muslim. In full disclosure though there tends to be an agreement among other sources as 50% Muslim, 40% Christian and 10% Other. My understanding though is the latter data is a bit controversial in its conclusions. AND YET today Nigerian Christians are among the worst hit by Islamic terrorism today.

 

In Muslim nations in which Christianity is a single digit minority fair no better. I often post about the atrocious persecutions in Pakistan (largely due to the reporting of Shamim Masih), Pakistan’s Christian population is less than 2%.

 

What in the world is President Obama doing allowing one Muslim with an Islamic Supremacist mentality coming to America rather than the Christians being slaughtered by Muslims?

 

JRH 11/10/14

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Stop the Refugee Resettlement Program

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 11/9/2014 2:30 PM

 

Americans have the right to stop any and all immigration, legal or otherwise (e.g. Congress 1920-1965 [See HERE, HERE and HERE]) and this includes any refugee migration, which is overburdening city and state infrastructures across the nation and harboring numerous terrorists, as witnessed in Minneapolis [link], Bowling Green [link] and Boston [link] and numerous other cities [link]. And yet, despite efforts by Tennessee and other states to withdraw from the federal Refugee Resettlement program, the federal authorities contract with private agencies and resettle “refugees” wherever the meet the least resistance, at a heavy cost to the ordinary American.

 

The nine major refugee resettlement organizations typically operate secretly in closed-door sessions with government officials, because they do not want to disclose that their programs significantly increase unfunded costs on the state and local taxpayers in the form of social services, which must be provided. Also, these agencies, affiliated with the Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches, present themselves as “charitable” organizations, when, in fact, they are federal contractors with 95% of their annual budgets funded by the federal government.

 

After passage of the Refugee Act of 1980, states were totally reimbursed for the cost of providing Medicaid, SSI and cash welfare to refugees for three years. By 1991, reimbursement to the states was eliminated, and federal support for refugees, who were unable to qualify for state funded programs, was reduced to eight months, shifting the burden back to the states.

 

These refugees take full advantage of the system, since all public benefits from the local, state and federal level are available to them within thirty days, after arriving in the U.S. In 2010, 49% of refugees, who had arrived between 2005 and 2010, were receiving medical assistance/ Medicaid, 26% were receiving cash assistance, and 63% were in the food stamp program.

 

Holly Johnson of the Tennessee Office of Refugees still promotes the lie that refugees “are completely self-sufficient, usually within four months,” and, in the meantime, the Catholic Charities agency is planning the further expansion of the refugee resettlement program in Tennessee; since taking control of this program in 2008, when Gov. Phil Breese withdrew Tennessee from it, Catholic Charities has expanded it by 66%, because they get paid for each refugee they bring to Tennessee.

 

“It raises the issue whether the state or Congress should pay the costs of the federal program,” Joanne Bergman, attorney and activist, stated in an interview last year, and she reiterated her message on October 26th, 2014 before a group of concerned citizens in Murfreesboro, TN (ACT).

 

With health care costs taking 60% of all new state revenue, Tennessee Governor Bill Aslam warned all departments in the state, weeks ago, that they must prepare for a 7% budget cut across the board, as a backlog of 7080 disabled Tennessee citizens, 152 in Rutherford County, waits for services, Bergman further explained; in contrast, the State Department authorizes 70,000 refugees annually, who are immediately eligible for the social services of the states that receive refugees.

 

Why aren’t we spending our tax-dollars on our most vulnerable U.S. citizens instead of refugees?

 

A Government Accounting Office report from July 12, 2012 stated in part that the U.S. State Dept.’s financial assistance is expected to be supplemented by private donations for the provisions of reception and placement services, but, in fact, even the massive U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops refugee resettlement agency only raises 2% of its $72 million total revenues. The USCCB resettles about a quarter of the refugees that the U.S. receives annually, and federal funds account for nearly 93% of USCCB’s migration/ refugee budget.

 

From the GAO report [link]: ‘Greater Consultation with Community Stakeholders Could Strengthen Program’ – 

 

“most public entities such as public schools and health departments generally said that voluntary agencies notified them of the number of refugees expected to arrive in the coming year, but did not consult them regarding the number of refugees they could serve”.

 

This same GAO report quotes a state official who notes –

 

“That local affiliate funding is based on the number of refugees they serve, so affiliates (private contractors) have an incentive to maintain or increase the number of refugees they resettle each year rather than allowing the number to decrease.”

 

Other concerns rest in the fact that many of these refugees come from war-torn and terror-sponsoring nations, with this year’s group including 20,000 Iraqis, over 16,000 Burmese, and 8300 Somalis added to the 150,000 Somalian here now. Four thousand Syrian refugees have already applied for next year. Homeland Security cannot possibly adequately screen Somalian, from the largest Al Qaeda enclave in the world _ Somalia, due to the complete destruction of any law enforcement records in Somalia from twenty years of civil war.

 

“We come for the jobs,” says Mohammad Shakir Hassan, a Somali refugee who has resettled in Tennessee. After working for the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and CAIR/Hamas promoting the American Center for Outreach, Hassan now works as the program director for the TN American Muslim Advisory Council. All three organizations stress non-assimilation in favor of multicultural accommodations.

 

Perhaps Hassan came to America for a job, but thousands of other Muslim immigrants in Greeley and Ft Morgan, Colorado are looking to move to Wyoming, because the wait for government-subsidized housing is only about six months, while Colorado’s wait period is a year or longer. One-hundred Somalis have already moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the Somali women voiced their concerns to the Wall Street Journal, in September 2014 [Refugee Settlement Watch delves into WSJ info], whether other government services would be comparable, since Wyoming currently does not have a Refugee Resettlement program.

 

The City of Amarillo, Texas has repeatedly questioned why it has been sent 500 to 600 foreign refugees annually for a decade, when based on demographics and its local economy, it should receive no more than sixty. So, Senator Keel Salinger (TX-R) asked [link],

 

“Who stands to benefit from the unbalanced number of refugees … it’s worth the investigation of who lubricates that system with the money … the health care institutions and the schools are not getting that money …”

 

In 2013, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, a refugee resettlement agency, received over $800,000 in taxpayer money to fund its organization. And Will Alexander, Senator Lamar Alexander’s son and current Economic and Community Development chief of staff for Gov. Aslam, served on its Board of Directors until 2012. This is unseemly and inappropriate at best, since Senator Lamar Alexander is a strong advocate for illegal aliens and “immigration reform” in the U.S. At its worst, there is a miasmatic sense of corruption and cronyism hanging heavy in the air.

 

Mayor Nancy Denson, a Democrat, presides over Athens, Georgia, where 85% of Clarke County’s students already qualify for free lunches, which is the primary indicator schools use to measure poverty in their communities. And, since the school system is already funded at the maximum property tax allowed by Georgia’s state constitution, Mayor Denson has been forced to fight the opening of an International Rescue Committee resettlement office, the oldest and largest of the nine agencies.

 

Springfield, Massachusetts Mayor Domenic Sarong, a Democrat, is witnessing his school, police and social services overwhelmed by too many refugees. Twice during the last year he has asked federal officials to stop sending refugees into his city: “I’m not cold-hearted at all,” Sarong told the ‘Springfield Republican’ (newspaper), “I want to help. All I’m asking is for accountability … You just can’t keep concentrating poverty on top of poverty.”

 

“When the people … say ‘Stop, We don’t want this program’, how is it possible that the feds simply go through a private agency after that?” Joanne Bergman asks.

 

Primarily, these agencies don’t want to stop. It’s big business for them as they get paid a flat figure for every refugee they bring into the country. They have expenses, utilities and salaries to pay, so there’s never an incentive to stop the flow of the money or the number of refugees.

 

U.S. citizens across America have concerns about health, safety and the economic drain that a voluntary program with no Constitutional authority, the Refugee Resettlement program, places on their communities. Suggestions by lawmakers that, at the very least, these “charitable” private contractors must reimburse the states, if they take federal funds, are met with disdain; Lipscomb University and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition say that this “targets refugee children as a burden rather than an investment,” so one must ask, “Shouldn’t America’s children come first?”

 

Demand a Congressional moratorium on all refugee and immigration movement into America! Enough is enough!

 

By Justin O Smith

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Rise up for ‘A Cause’


Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego & Christ

We Americans hear most about the atrocities against Christians committed by the ISIS terrorists in the conflict ablaze in the areas of Iraq and Syria. But you have to understand that wherever Christians live in a Muslim dominated nation they are persecuted often in some of the most barbaric ways reminiscent of Early Christianity when the Roman Empire at various time tried to stamp the Christian faith until Constantine the Great embrace it.

 

Shamim Masih writes about an incident that in America was the Mid-term election. In Pakistan two Christians – a couple – tried to get released from their bondage labor agreement at a brick kiln because the lady was pregnant with their fourth child. The Muslim owner demanded an insurmountable amount of Pakistan Rupees for her release. When push came to shove the Muslim owner decided to be vindictive and a blasphemy accusation was broadcast about them in a Muslim village. The Muslims came out as a mob beat, stripped them for humiliation and tossed them alive into the burning kiln oven.

 

JRH 11/8/14

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By Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/6/2014 11:00 PM

 

 

Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi - Christians burned alive Pakistan

Sijjad Masih and Saima Bibi

 

 

ISLAMABAD: On November 04, 2014, it was bright sunny day in Pakistan, and Shia Muslims were mourning over the incident [that] happened hundreds years ago in Karbala. Due to 10th Muharram event, mobile service was off in the major cities of the country and thus internet was not working as well in our surroundings. In the morning, my friend Sohail Johnson told me on the phone that a mob attacked a Christian couple and burnt their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked. Due to the distortion in the line, I could not hear it clearly but I perceived that the poor Christian couple met a terrible end. Later I got the detailed story. According to details, a Christian married couple, Sijjad Masih (the name mentioned in the FIR) and his wife Saima Bibi (nick name Shama) were beaten to within an inch of their lives and then burnt alive in an oven of a brick kiln. Think of it, all is done in the name of Islam. A false charge of blasphemy was leveled against the couple in what was really a money dispute. The Muslim owner of brick kiln exacted revenge on the non-Muslims by leveling false charges, and the punishments are savage [as in extralegal rather than rule of law].

 

To me it is not a new story, it has been happening to Christians for many years. And it reminds us of the Gojra incident. The laws of Sharia are used to exact revenge against religious minorities. We don’t as yet know, in the absence of any judicial process, if they were guilty of any offence at all. We do know that blasphemy laws in the country have been frequently misused. It is the same practice, they did [it] in 2009 in Gojra, and [the] seven family members [who] were burnt alive. It is a systematic approach to wipe out the minorities from the Islamic State of Pakistan. First they accuse them of blasphemy by accusing them of desecrating [the] Quran and then killing them. This has been their [Sunni Muslim] long time approach and the World still watches.

   

The controversial blasphemy laws were formulated in the 1980s during General Zia-ul-Haq’s martial law regime. A conviction or merely an accusation of blasphemy can put one’s life in danger. Even if one is acquitted the fear of death at the hands of vigilantes remains. Even the courts and legislators think twice before dwelling into the sensitivities of these issues.

 

Around 1300 people have been charged under the stringent blasphemy laws of Pakistan between 1986 until 2014. And according to sources, more than 50 people accused of blasphemy were killed before their respective trials were over. There are 14 people, who were sentenced to death and are waiting on death row and 19 were granted a life sentence. However, the death sentence has never been implemented. Prior to 1986, only 14 cases pertaining to blasphemy were reported.

 

Blasphemy is a very sensitive subject in [our] country, with even unproven allegations often prompting mob violence. Anyone convicted, or even just accused, risks a violent and bloody death at the hands of vigilantes. In the recent outrageous act in Check No. 59 [i.e. the live burning of Sijjad Masih and Saima Bibi], Sohail Johnson, Chairman, Sharing Life Ministry (SLMP), reached on the spot at once with his team and [expedited] his job, arguing with the officials [even] in registering [the] first investigating report (FIR), collecting ash and body parts of the deceased. He helped to take them and buried them in their parent village Clarkabad [Link]. A few [of the] Christian’s political figures were seen there as well.

 

Tahir Naveed Chaudhry chairman Pakistan Minority Alliance (PMA) reached there and staged a protest rally on second day of the incident.

 

Albert David chairman Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) denounced the increasing victimization of religious minorities. He demanded to take strict and immediate action against the people involved in the killing of a Christian couple. He warns the government if the victimization continues people will consider other options.

 

Sajid Ishaq demanded the government to punish the people who misuse this law. He said the State should made substantial efforts to protect minorities from being victimization by the miscreants. Chief of Pakistani Interfaith League (PIL) declared this incident another example of biased behavior and prejudiced mind sets.

 

Basharat Khokhar, a human right activist declared this brutal killing an inhuman action. He demanded the authority to punish the culprits to set an example for others. There is not rule of law and minorities especially Christians are targeted time to time, he added.

 

Some other Christian activists in and outside the country have showed their deep concern about the recent incident. Few political and religious figures were also seen in few pictures. All of these people are doing their job but much require to be done. I think, correctly said Albert David that somehow we are increasingly becoming vulnerable to the discriminatory laws and mob violence. And nobody knows who will be the next victim of this law. The sward is hanging on. We need to step forward and take action against this brutality. Enough is enough; all Christian leadership outside the government, should demand the Christian parliamentarians to stand with the community and demand the government to re-visit this law. I tell you if you have not taken solid step to stop them, tomorrow will be your turn. Look, Salman Taseer, Ex-Governor Punjab and Shahbaz Bhatti were ruthlessly murdered in the capital. And the murderer of Salman Taseer lives comfortably in a special cell at Rawalpindi’s Adiayla Jail.

 

Christians of the country should demand the government to bring amendments in this law and until then should stop its application. U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has already demanded to stop implementation of blasphemy laws until reforms.

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent covering: Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text and links enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

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