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John R. Houk
© July 11, 2014
 
Shamim Masih is a Christian Rights/Journalist living in Pakistan. I am writing to encourage readers to prayerfully consider providing Shamim some continued and dedicated support. My good friend is an activist that both promotes the Christian faith and is an activist promoting civil rights for Christians in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I am going to provide a donation path which will be in all honesty non-tax deductible in the USA and frankly I am totally unaware tax deduction laws in Europe relating to income tax.
 
 
The best avenue to contribute to Shamim Masih is via Western Union. This is something that can be done online using a credit card, check/debit card or a bank account. I use the Credit/Debit Card Method.
 
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Shamim’s address is simply Pakistan – he’ll go to the nearest Western Union Agent.
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YOU CAN imagine that being a Christian, an activist and a person that actively is involved in a lay capacity in ministry outreach in Pakistan; is a person that may be arrested for blasphemy, beaten up by a Muslim crowd or even murdered.
 
Here are some examples of threatening situations Shamim lives with as it happens to other Christians living in Pakistan:
 
Forced conversion to Islam of Christian and Hindu girls continues to rise in Pakistan. A recent report launched by the MSP (Movement for Solidarity and Peace) revealed that 1,000 Christian and Hindu girls, aged between 12 and 25, are forced to convert to Islam every year. It is estimated that Christian girls make up 70 per cent of this number, while Hindus make up the remainder.
 
READ THE REST (Girls are being forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan, but because they are Christian nobody cares; By Nasir Saeed, CLAAS UK; Christianity Today; 4/14/14)
 
There is no provision in Pakistan’s blasphemy law to punish a false accuser or a false witness. Since 1990, more than 65 Christians have been killed for “blasphemy;” more than 165 cases are waiting for verdicts.
 
In recent years, the Christians of Pakistan have become one of the most vulnerable religious communities in the world. Most of the time, the Pakistani extremists use two common accusations to persecute the Christians: defamatory remarks toward Mohammed, and burning pages of Quran.
 
Christians in Pakistan, a news site on behalf of the Pakistani Christian community, predicted that the situation is becoming alarming. The site alleges that there are currently many cases being reported of Christians being targeted, but no action to reform or address the problem by any government official.
 
In a recent incident in Badami Bagh near Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, Sawan Masih, a Pakistani Christian and two Muslims were quarreling over the drinking of alcohol. Four days later, on March 9, the Muslims accused him of insulting the Prophet Muhammad — in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Iran, under blasphemy laws, an allegation punishable by death.
 
Police quickly arrested Masih, but a massive mob of 3000 Muslims wanted police to hand “the blasphemer” over to them. The mob attacked the Joseph colony, a poor Christian neighborhood, and burned 180 houses. Two churches were vandalized. READ THE REST (Muslim Persecution of Christians Escalating in Pakistan; By Mohshin Habib; Gatestone Institute; 4/9/13 2:00 am)
 
A Pakistani Christian girl Rimsha Masih who was arrested for alleged blasphemy last year and forced into hiding for fear of her life has moved to Canada, an activist said today.
 
Rimsha Masih could have faced life in prison if convicted over allegations that she set fire to pages of the Koran in the poor, run-down neighbourhood where she lived on the edge of Islamabad.
 
 
She was released on bail and the case against her was quashed in November, but she and her family were forced into hiding, living under government protection in fear of their lives.
 
But a Christian activist in Pakistan told AFP today that Rimsha and her close relatives had moved to Canada.
 
READ ENTIRETY (Pakistan ‘blasphemy’ girl Rimsha Masih moves to Canada; By AFP: Islamabad; Indian Express; 6/30/13)
 
 
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Shamim’s phone number is +92 3006424560.
 
 
 
 
Release partners say that Christians forced to flee from their homes during the Rimsha Masih (also known as Rimsha Misrik) blasphemy row are still homeless – and increasingly desperate.
 
Between 800 and 1,000 families from Mehrabad are still living in tents or makeshift shelters in a forest area near Islamabad, more than a year after fleeing their homes. They lack even basic services such as water and fear officials may soon move them on.
 
Release sources say the Christians still fear retaliatory attacks from Islamist extremists enraged by the blasphemy accusations made against Rimsha, a teenager with learning difficulties, in August 2012.
 
READ THE REST (PAKISTAN – CHRISTIANS IN RIMSHA’S VILLAGE STILL HOMELESS AND FEARFUL; release international; 11/20/13)
 
Two weeks ago today, our sister Asia Bibi was scheduled to finally have the appeal against her conviction for blasphemy and resulting death sentence heard by High Court in Lahore, Pakistan. The hearing didn’t happen. No reason for the delay was announced, and no new hearing date was set.
 
It was the fifth time her appeal has been scheduled to start…and the fifth time there has been a delay. The reasons for the delays have been varied: there have been sick judges and lawyers who couldn’t make it at the appointed hour.
 
The reality is that no judge wants to hear her case. If they uphold the conviction and death sentence, the world will rain down criticism on the injustice of putting to death a Christian wife and mother. But radical Muslims in Pakistan have announced that there will be a price to be paid by any judge who overturns the verdict and allows Asia Bibi to go free. For the judges, it is a no-win situation.
 
 
Each time her case has been announced and then delayed, I’ve pictured Asia Bibi going through these emotional ups and downs. I’ve thought of her daughters going to bed without a hug from their mom on the night they thought they’d bring her home; her husband wondering again if he’ll ever see his wife outside of prison walls.
 
On June 19th, it will have been five years since Asia Bibi’s arrest. There is a legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied. Justice for Asia Bibi has been delayed, and then delayed again four more times. As of today, no new hearing date has been announced. Who knows when her appeal might go forward?
 
READ ENTIRETY (Asia Bibi: Justice delayed is...; By Todd Nettleton; Persecution BlogVoice of the Martyrs; 6/10/14 11:42 AM)
 
 
The best avenue to contribute to Shamim Masih is via Western Union. This is something that can be done online using a credit card, check/debit card or a bank account. I use the Credit/Debit Card Method.
 
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5.      You’ll get a confirmation by email. Save the tracking number (MTCN) to share with your receiver for pickup.
 
Shamim’s address is simply Pakistan – he’ll go to the nearest Western Union Agent.
Shamim’s phone number is +92 3006424560.
 
 
 
 
 
 
On August 14, another Christian girl, 12-year-old Muqadas Kainat (which means “Holy Universe”) was ambushed in a field near her home in Sahawil by five Muslim men who “gang raped and murdered” her.  At the time, her father was at a hospital visiting her sick mother.  He and other family members began a frantic search, until a tip led them to the field where his daughter’s body lay.  The postmortem revealed that she had been “gang raped and later strangled to death by five men.”  Police, as usual, did not arrest anyone.  As a Salem News report puts it, “Complicating matters is the fact that several Christian girls in this remote area have been raped and forced to both marry into the Muslim community and abandon their own religion, human rights groups report…. there is a history in this part of Pakistan according to the Christian community, of local authorities failing to investigate cases of rape or other violence against Christians, often for fear of influential Muslims or militants.”
 
 
…Here are ten more anecdotes, chosen at random from the many former documented cases:
 
1.      Nisha, a 9-year-old Christian girl was abducted by Muslims, gang-raped, murdered by repeated blows to her head, and then dumped into a canal (May, 2009).
 
2.      Gulfam, another 9-year-old Christian girl, was raped by a Muslim man.  Though not killed, she was left “in shock and in the throes of a physical and psychological trauma.” During her ordeal, her rapist told her “not to worry because he had done the same service to other young Christian girls” (Dec, 2010).
 
3.      Lubna, a 12-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped, gang-raped, and murdered by a group of Muslims (Oct, 2010).
 
4.      Kidnapped last Christmas Eve, a 12-year-old Christian girl known as “Anna” was gang raped for eight months, forcibly converted and then “married” to her Muslim attacker.  After she escaped, instead of seeing justice done, “the Christian family is in hiding from the rapists and the police” (Oct, 2011).
 
5.      After gang-raping a 13-year-old Christian girl, a band of Muslims came to her house when all male members were away working and “mercilessly” beat her pregnant aunt causing her to lose female twins to miscarriage: “They murdered our children, they raped our daughter. We have nothing left with us,” lamented an older family member.  The police went on to accuse the 13-year-old raped girl of “committing adultery with three men” (Jun, 2012).
 
6.      A Muslim man murdered a teenage Christian girl, Amariah, during an attempted rape: he had “grabbed the girl and, under the threat of a gun, tried to drag her away. The young woman resisted, trying to escape the clutches of her attacker, when the man opened fire and killed her instantly, and later tried to conceal the corpse” (Dec, 2011).
 
7.      Muslims abducted a 14-year-old Christian girl, Mehek, at gunpoint in broad daylight from her parents’ house.  One of her abductors declared he would “purify her” by making her “Muslim and my mistress” (Aug, 2011).
 
8.      Shazia, a 12-year-old Christian girl, was enslaved, raped, and murdered by Chaudhry Naeem, a rich Muslim lawyer, who was acquitted.  His wife and son had participated in abusing the child (Nov, 2010).
 
9.      Nadia, a Christian girl who was abducted in 2001 when she was 15-years-old and forced to marry a Muslim, only recently returned to her Catholic family (Jan, 2012).
 
10.  A powerful Muslim businessman had two Christian sisters kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and “married” to him (May, 2011).
 
The above anecdotes represent a mere sampling of the documented atrocities committed against the children of Pakistan’s Christians, who amount for a miniscule 1.5% of the nation’s population. READ ENTIRETY (The Rape and Murder of Pakistan’s Christian Children; By Raymond Ibrahim; RaymondIbrahim.com; 11/18/12)
 
As Raymond Ibrahim said in 2012 this represents “a mere sampling of the documented atrocities committed”. Just think as of writing this blog it is now 2014. If anything atrocities against Pakistani Christians have gotten worse rather than better.
 
AND this is the life Shamim Masih faces on a daily basis in Pakistan as a Christian and an activist. Please support him!
 
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Intro to ‘The Terrorists Are Among Us’


Geert Wilders

By John R. Houk

© June 30, 2014

 

I just read a very praiseworthy essay written by Geert Wilders and posted at the Gatestone Institute. The essay reminds me why I like the Dutch politician so much and why Leftists and Muslims despise him so much. Since most Americans probably don’t have a clue who Geert is or if they had heard of him it is probably from our Leftist dominated Mainstream Media. Here is a (probably too long but good to know) profile excerpt from the Legal Project:

 

Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch parliament and the head of its third largest party, the Party of Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid or PVV). He was criminally charged, and stood trial, for remarks he made that were critical of Islam. Wilders was acquitted of all charges on June 23, 2011.

 

Background:

 

Wilders is an outspoken critic of what he sees as an Islamist threat to Holland’s tolerant culture. In 2008, he released a documentary film, called Fitna (Arabic for “strife”), that juxtaposed violent passages from the Qur’an with video of imams advocating violence and footage of Islamist terrorism. Soon after the film’s release, a radical Dutch imam who appeared in it sued Wilders for “hurt feelings,” claiming 55,000 euros in damages. Meanwhile, the Jordanian government has requested that Holland extradite Wilders to stand trial for blasphemy, a capital offense under Islamic (Shari’ah) law.

 

In June 2010, Wilders’ party, the PVV, a libertarian and mainstream conservative party he founded in 2004, won 24 of the 150 seats in the Dutch legislature—an enormous feat, especially given that the PVV is the only party in Holland to refuse state subsidies.

 

Wilders has tapped into genuine concerns surrounding his country’s Muslim minority—without appealing to nativist, neo-fascist, or anti-Semitic sentiments. Nevertheless, he has been subjected to a full-on assault, spearheaded and supported by: (1) people seeking to suppress critical expression about Islam-related matters, and (2) people seeking to restrict political debate in the name of multiculturalism and political correctness. A stalwart defender of free speech in the face of such attacks, Wilders was nominated for the European Parliament’s 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in July 2010.

 

Until his recent acquittal, Wilders’ stature as one of Holland’s leading and most popular politicians did not protect him. On the contrary, Dutch hate speech laws may have served as a potent tool for his political adversaries.

 

Indeed, the case against Wilders arose after several leftist and Islamic organizations sought his indictment. The public prosecutor’s office initially declined to charge him, characterizing his film and other public statements as a contribution to the public discourse on Islam. However, in 2009, Wilders’ opponents convinced an Amsterdam Court of Appeals to order his prosecution for “insulting” Muslims and for “incitement to hatred and discrimination.” No court in the United States has similar authority to order prosecution when the prosecutor has declined to go forward.

 

A month later, British officials denied Wilders entry into READ THE REST

 

America needs more people in politics willing to stand against the political correctness of the propaganda that Islam is peace.

 

I debated with myself to show video of just how brutal the Syrian rebels are to the Christians that Geert writes about in Syria. After perusing some of the videos on Youtube I discovered most of videos are pro-Assad propaganda pieces by Iran’s Press TV and Pro-Iranian Russian outlet Russia Today (RT). Then I came across an actual beheading of a Christian forced to convert to Islam and then was beheaded anyway. It was so freaking gruesome I can’t show it. Here is an RT report showing a Catholic Priest beheading (actual footage blurred out thankfully) and the graphic piece NOT FOR the FAINT OF HEART beheading. If you are crazy enough to watch those videos it drives home the point Geert Wilders is making.

 

JRH 6/30/14

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The Terrorists Are Among Us

 

By Geert Wilders

June 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

Gatestone Institute

 

Ten concrete measures to prevent Islamic terrorism in the Netherlands.

 

In several Western countries, the authorities are concerned about the security risk posed by young Muslim immigrants who went to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad and are now returning home. They are considered the most serious security risk in decades.

 

The risk is not just theoretical. Indeed, on May 24, Mehdi Nemmouche, a young Muslim with a French passport, went on a killing spree with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the Jewish Museum in Brussels. He killed four people. Nemmouche had previously been in Syria, where he was trained in guerrilla warfare.

 

During the past three years, thousands of young Islamic immigrants from all Western countries, Europe, Australia, America and even Russia, have gone to fight in Syria, where they have committed the most horrible atrocities. Some of them were killed in action, while others have since returned home. They carry Western passports but they hate the West. They walk our streets as ticking time bombs, eager to cause as much havoc in our cities as they have caused in Syria.

 

Photo: The Dutch-Turkish jihadist Yilmaz (center), who was previously a soldier in the Dutch army, poses with fellow jihadists in Syria.

 

The West cannot just sit idly by and wait for the next terror attack to happen. We must protect ourselves. If we do not, the barbaric scenes that play today in Syria and Iraq will soon be repeated in our countries. Ordinary people are well aware of the urgency of the problem. Last week, I proposed ten concrete measures to prevent Islamic terrorism in the Netherlands. A poll showed that a large majority of the Dutch support the plan.

 

The first measure I proposed was (1) automatically to strip immigrants with dual nationalities of their Dutch passports if they leave our country to fight for Islam in Syria. This way, they will not be allowed back into our country. Britain already uses such legislation. Last December, the British authorities stripped 20 people with dual nationality of their British nationality because they had traveled to Syria to fight. As Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, rightly declared: “Citizenship is a privilege, not a right.”

 

I also proposed (2) the immediate administrative detention of those fighters who have already returned, as well as (3) the reintroduction of border controls and (4) a halt to immigration of people from Islamic countries. International treaties prohibiting these measures should either be modified or terminated.

 

Another measure is (5) the encouragement of voluntary repatriation of people originating from Islamic countries. A survey shows that 73% of Dutch Muslims regard fighters in Syria as heroes. Such attitudes do not belong in the Netherlands. We should also (6) deal severely with the supporters of the fighters in Syria. Mosques, Islamic schools and other organizations that provide financial or other support to those who go to fight in Syria must be closed down immediately.

 

And we should (7) spend more money on security. Money that is currently being wasted on development aid would better be spent on the AIVD (the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service).

 

Finally, there are three measures with an international rather than a domestic impact. We should (8) stop Dutch military intervention in the Islamic world and focus on the protection of the Netherlands. We should (9) support Israel and stimulate economic relations with the Jewish state. Israel is the front line in the fight against jihad. If Israel falls, the West falls. And (10) we should break diplomatic relations with countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, that support terrorist groups such as ISIS

 

The proposals were well received by the public. An opinion poll this week showed that 82 per cent of the Dutch believe that jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq increase the risk of an attack in the Netherlands. 76 per cent favor stripping jihadists of their Dutch nationality, 67 per cent want to introduce border controls to prevent them from returning, and 75 per cent want additional manpower for the AIVD. 65 per cent of all Dutch believe that Islamic culture does not belong in the Netherlands. Even a majority of the voters of Labour and the far-left Socialist Party share this opinion.

 

There is an acute awareness among the Dutch that in order to have a safer Netherlands we need to exclude jihadists from our society. We have become so indoctrinated with political correctness that we might consider this as wonderful and surprising news, although it is just plain common sense. Those who travel abroad to kill people for the sake of Islam should not be allowed to walk our streets again.

 

Geert Wilders MP is a member of the Dutch parliament and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV). He is the author of Marked for Death: Islam’s War against the West and Me (Regnery).

 

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Intro to ‘The Terrorists Are Among Us’

By John R. Houk

© June 30, 2014

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The Terrorists Are Among Us

 

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Pakistani Christians Doomed to Oppression under Islamic Rule of Law


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John R. Houk

© June 28, 2014

 

I started this post as an introduction to Shamim Masih’s latest journalistic contribution about Christian life in Pakistan. My intro became too long ergo I am posting it followed by Shamim’s report entitled “Care for Christians in Pakistan”.

 

Shamim demands social justice for Pakistan minorities with his emphasis on Pakistan’s Christians. Some of the questions Shamim asks:

 

Will I be safe today? Do I actually have the right to live freely? Can I walk on my own?

 

Shamim is typical of Pakistani-Christians. As a Christian he desires religious liberty without oppression. As a Pakistani Shamim is wholly devoted to Pakistan as the nation of his birth – he is a Pakistani patriot.

 

A lot of Pakistani-Christians because of birth and once experiencing the British legal system prior to 1947, have a difficult time realizing the obvious. As long as Pakistan calls itself a Muslim Republic Christians and all non-Muslims will be second class citizens (Pakistan is a Sunni majority nation so Shi’ites are included in minority discrimination).

 

Pakistani-Christians look back to Pakistan independence in 1947 (carved away from India with the intention of providing Muslims political security from the Hindu majority of India proper). Pakistan’s founder – Muhammad Ali Jinnah – in speech stumping for independence expressed a desire for a secular Pakistan in which all religions and ethnicities were to be respected. Because of this even the Pakistani-Christians loved Jinnah and his legacy. Due to the nature of Islam, if Jinnah was ever sincere, I doubt he would have succeeded. At any rate the Jinnah legacy lives on among Pakistani-Christians because Jinnah did not live long enough to maintain the original Constitution. After Jinnah’s death in 1948 of lung cancer, Pakistan began to devolve into an Islamic State. Z.A. Bhutto (latter hung in 1979) expressly began to use Islam as a unifier of the Sunni Muslim ethnicities of Pakistan followed by the Quran and Sharia Law becoming the standard of the rule of law. It is my opinion as long as the rule of law is based on Islam, Christians are doomed to be persecuted and marginalized in Pakistan.

 

JRH 6/28/14 [Please scroll toward the end to view Shamim’s donation info]

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Care for Christians in Pakistan

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 6/28/2014 12:58 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Social evil is one of the most brutal and biggest curses to any nation which plays the vital role in the destruction of the society in any country or state. Pakistan is amongst one of those countries which are facing various disparaging social evils which have affected the law and order situation in the country, national harmony and peace.

 

Will I be safe today? Do I actually have the right to live freely? Can I walk on my own? These are just some questions every Pakistani asks himself every day. But as a religious minority member, I feel 200% insecure [more] than Sunni Muslims. There has been an unprecedented number heinous acts committed against religious minorities lately, whether it be violence, blasphemy, rape cases. Justice is still pending for countless cases in the country and the state has failed to deliver what is promised since independence – equality and justice for all. Development is not mere statistics based on only economic growth. What position does Pakistan have, when the cries of the minorities are stifled and the meek are silenced? On one hand we boast of a nation and its unity in diversity and on the other hand religious minorities has no voice of their own. They are merely shunted to the periphery for the society.

 

Sometimes I feel nothing can stir the consciousness of the people. We live in a materialistic era where money presides over the social issues, our own humanity. We all suffer from the ostrich syndrome. We think nothing is wrong till we start suffering. We fail to push forward the need for a change, a revolution.

 

September 22, 2013, witnessed the most brutal act that created ripples of protest all over the world. Twin explosions at All Saints Church in Peshawar killed more than 80 people and wounded over 100 others. The heinous act was strongly condemned in Pakistan and the world as well. Many houses in Joseph Colony, Lahore were set ablaze including two churches. I thought that the leaders and police would have more empathy for the sufferings of the weaker segment of the society. Finally the Supreme Court of Pakistan took Suo Moto [Latin Literally translated, it means "on its own motion," and the term generally refers to a situation wherein a judge acts without request by either party to the action before the court – in Pakistan] action and the Supreme Court of Pakistan has brought smiles on the faces of the poor strata of the society.

 

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan ordered the federal government to form a national council of minorities’ rights for protection of minority rights and ensuring religious harmony. The order further stated that those responsible for religious hate speech on social media must be brought to justice and children who face harassment at their schools because of their religious beliefs should be protected. The apex court also ordered the formation of a special force to protect of worship. [Blog Editor: Pakistan SC 32 page in pdf and in English]

 

Chief Justice (CJ) Tassaduq Hussain Jilani ordered federal and provincial governments to meet a quota of minorities in employments in all services. The court asked the registrar to form a three-member bench to ensure the order is carried out. The new bench will also take up any cases related to the abuse of minorities. The said rulings were made in the detailed judgment on a suo moto case pertaining to the suicide bombing attack on a church in Peshawar in September, 2013.

 

Although the CJ has ordered the formation of a National Council of Minority Rights the fact is – extremism is on the rise and especially when blasphemy laws are still on the statute book. If we observe the past practice of the government, it is difficult to say whether government will take interest immediately to implement the order. The past practice is minority faith groups including Christians, are frequently targeted and the misuse of the blasphemy laws in particular has been blamed for increasing inter-religious tensions across the country. And Pakistan was also named the sixth most violent place for Christians to live by leading persecution charity Open Doors. [Blog Editor: Actually the Open Doors WWL has Pakistan at number 8. I am guessing Shamim’s source for 6th as a persecutor of Christians comes from Carey Lodge writing ChristianToday.com.]

 

Pakistani Christians have welcomed the CJ orders but ground reality is totally different. We’ve viewed the past practice of the Pakistani government and society, in this situation we can only hope that after clear and cogent instruction from the CJ, the Pakistani government especially during the PML-N ruling takes positive steps towards making minorities feel secure in the country.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Pakistani Christians Doomed to Oppression under Islamic Rule of Law

John R. Houk

© June 28, 2014

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Care for Christians in Pakistan

 

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News on Meriam Ibrahim’s 2nd Release


Meriam Ibrahim-Daniel Wani & Children Arrested Airport

 

Edited by John R. Houk

© June 26, 2014

 

Apparently Meriam Ibrahim has been released again. This time after being interrogated by the Sudanese version of the secret police – National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS aka Agents of Fear). Just prior to boarding a plane with the eventual destination of the USA 40 NSISS agents swooped down on the family of Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim under the accusation of attempting to leave Sudan with forged documents.

 

Below I am cross posting two UK news sources that seem to provide the best details that led to Meriam’s re-arrest and release. The first is shorter and kind of gives a reason for Meriam’s latest release. The second a bit longer gives greater detail of how the re-arrest came about at the Khartoum International Airport by the ‘Agents of Fear’.

 

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Meriam Ibrahim: Sudanese apostasy woman released after being arrested at airport over ‘forged travel documents’

Ms Ibrahim was being questioned by police after she was detained again at Khartoum airport

 

By HEATHER SAUL

26 June 2014

The Independent

 

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who saw her death sentence for apostasy overturned this week, has been released on Thursday after being accused of attempting to use forged travel documents by passport officials.

 

Ms Ibrahim was detained along with her Christian-American husband Daniel Wani and two young children at Khartoum airport in Sudan for trying to use documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy to flee the country.

 

Eman Abdul-Rahman, the lawyer for 27-year-old, said she was released from a police station today after foreign diplomats pressed the government to free her.

 

In Washington, the State Department said embassy staff had been in touch with Ms Ibrahim on Wednesday and had taken the possessions she needed.

 

The Sudanese “have said they will keep them (the family) safe and we are absolutely going to make sure they do”, spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

 

In a statement issued on its Facebook page, Sudan’s security service said earlier this week that passport police had “arrested” Mr Ibrahim after she presented “emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa”.

 

“The Sudanese authorities considered this a criminal violation”, it said.

 

Ms Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Orthodox Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian and refusing to renounce her Christian faith during a four-day grace period.

 

She was sentenced to death while eight months pregnant and gave birth in prison with her legs chained in February. Her sentence sparked an international outcry and led to campaigns headed by Amnesty International calling for her release.

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[Blog Editor: This Daily Mail posts has numerous photos and videos in which I am omitting. You’ll have to go to the Daily Mail link to see and watch.]

 

Another cruel twist of the knife: Sudanese mother Meriam Ibrahim faces SEVEN years in jail for trying to flee country hours after death sentence for ‘marrying Christian was dropped’

 

·         Meriam Ibrahim and her husband, US citizen Daniel Wani were held as they tried to fly out of the country on Tuesday

 

·         She is charged with travelling on false documents which carries seven-year sentence

 

·         Couple and their children, Martin, 21 months and Maya, one month, were detained by around 40 National Security agents at Khartoum airport

 

·         All now in jail cell together with no sign of release

 

·         Charities supporting her claim U.S. embassy’s lack of help for the family has been ‘shameful’

 

·         Setback came hours after she was released following international outcry

 

By DANIEL BATES and NICK FAGGE

PUBLISHED: 08:35 EST, 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:26 EST, 25 June 2014

Mail Online

 

Meriam Ibrahim faces up to seven years in jail over new offences levelled at her by the Sudanese regime, MailOnline can reveal today.

 

The mother-of-two was told the devastating news after being detained as she tried to fly out of the African country hours after a death sentence against her was dropped.

 

Dr Ibrahim, 27, was charged with obtaining a false travel document and giving false information to immigration officials – and banned from leaving Sudan.

 

The move is another twist of the knife as Dr Ibrahim tries to get to America with her two children where she can live with her husband Daniel Wani, a US citizen, from Manchester, New Hampshire.

 

Instead she is back in a cell with her son Martin, 21, and daughter Maya, one month.

 

Mr Wani is also locked up with them at the Al Sheradee police station in Khartoum after being confronted at Khartoum airport by 40 agents of the feared National Intelligence and Security Services.

 

It is believed they were trying to travel to Washington DC and Sudanes media have claimed that the US vice consul was with the family at the airport.

 

Mr Wani told AFP: ‘We are worried. That’s why we want to get out of here as soon as possible.’

 

Dr Ibrahim’s lawyer Shareif Ali Shareif told MailOnline: ‘The authorities do not have the right to hold her. They appear not to want to let her leave Sudan. They are restricting her movements.

 

‘Her husband Daniel and the children are with her in the same cell. Any reports suggesting she has been released are wrong. We need to highlight her plight.’

 

A diplomatic row has now erupted and the Sudanese Foreign Ministry has summoned the American and South Sudanese ambassadors to explain themselves.

 

Dr Ibrahim had been granted emergency travel documents by the government of South Sudan to travel there and then on to the US.

 

Mr Shareif insisted that the documents were legitimate and that it was ‘not right’ to claim otherwise.

 

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched a blistering attack on the government of Sudan on the floor Capitol Hill today in which he said it had ‘forcibly captured’ Dr Ibrahim.

 

Standing in front of a picture of Dr Ibrahim and her husband, he said: ‘We need to speak even louder, we need to speak out for Meriam Ibrahim because it is wrong, especially for this young mother, to be subject to torture and murder for being a Christian.

 

‘That is unequivocally wrong and we need to speak in one voice.’

 

Earlier in an interview with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Christian right think tank, Cruz called on President Obama to do more.

 

He said: ‘We don’t know what their status is, we don’t know if the Sudanese government is going to reimpose the horrific sentence. It’s a powerful reminder – every one of us cherishes our religious liberty and I bet you to say that virtually none of us have had their faith tested as Meriam has had her faith tested.

 

‘It underscores the need for all of us to lift her up in prayer and it also underscores the need for US leadership.

 

‘What I have been begging for is for President Obama to stand up and lead…the President needs to say to the government of Sudan: ‘Free Meriam now’’.

 

Cruz added: ‘Sharia law that would torture and murder a young mother for protesting her religious faith is barbaric, it is wrong and it should be condemned’.

 

Dr Ibrahim was released from the grim Omdurman Women’s Prison on Monday after nine months in custody during which time she was sentenced to death and 100 lashes for apostasy and adultery and gave birth to Maya in her call whilst shackled to the floor.

 

A judge had ruled that she had broken strict Islamic law by failing to renounce her Christian faith and become a Muslim.

 

On Monday an appeal court overturned her conviction after an international outcry but on Tuesday she and her family were detained again.

 

What happens next is unclear – Dr Ibrahim has yet to be granted asylum by the US – but so long as she remains in Sudan her life is in danger.

 

A man claiming to be Dr Ibrahim’s half brother went to the prison in Khartoum the night she was released and, upon discovering she had been freed, flew into a rage and vowed to kill her.

 

According to CNN, al-Samani al-Hadi, said: ‘The family is unconvinced by the court’s decision.

 

‘We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us. The law has failed to uphold our rights. This is now an issue of honour. The Christians have tarnished our honour, and we will know how to avenge it.’

 

Speaking to Sudanese paper, al-Samani al-Hadi, said that Meriam had been ‘kidnapped’ from the family who she should have been returned to, not her husband.

 

‘They did not let us know that she was about to be freed. It was a surprise for us,’ he said.

 

Dr Ibrahim was detained on Tuesday at the airport by the feared National Intelligence and Security Services, who were dubbed ‘Agents of Fear’ in a damning report by human rights group Amnesty.

 

A post on the NISS Facebook page said that its agents stopped Dr Ibrahim because her temporary travel documents had a US visa stamp on them.

 

The statement said: ‘This was viewed by Sudanese authorities as a criminal violation and a disregard upon which the foreign ministry summoned the US and South Sudanese envoys’.

 

The statement added that the document was only supposed to be used for somebody travelling to their homeland and as Dr Ibrahim would be using it to fly to America it was invalid.

 

In an interview with MailOnline Tina Ramirez, founder of religious freedom organization Hardwired, which has campaigned for Dr Ibrahim to be freed, has said that the US embassy in Sudan should have foreseen these kind of problems.

 

She said that the State Department had been aware of her plight since 2011 when she married her husband and that the handling of her case had been ‘incredibly negligent’.

 

Ms Ramirez said: ‘The US government should have coordinated with the government of Sudan to get them out of the country. This is sloppy.

 

‘I think that Congress should be investigating what happened here.

 

‘The US says that it cares about human rights issues and this is something they should be caring about. It’s a total failure, it’s shameful.’

 

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in her Tuesday briefing that the Sudanese government had assured it of the safety of Dr Ibrahim and her family.

 

She said the department was talking to Sudanese officials to ‘secure their safe and swift departure from Sudan’.

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Sudan Mom Re-Arrested One Day after Release


Daniel Wani, holding Martin - Meriam Ibrahim, holding Maya

Daniel Wani, holding Martin – Meriam Ibrahim, holding Maya

 

The Sudanese Christian that was imprisoned with a death sentence while pregnant for being a Christian. A Sudanese Court cleared her and she was released from prison along with her two children (one a baby daughter born in jail). Today on June 24 I found out she was re-arrested as she was trying to get passage out of Sudan at Khartoum International airport. As of the time I read about Meriam’s re-arrest at CBN News no official reason was given for further incarceration.

 

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Sudan Mom Re-Arrested One Day after Release

 

By Caitlin Burke

June 24, 2014

CBN News

 

One day after a Sudanese court annulled her death sentence, Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested along with her family Tuesday at the international airport in Khartoum while trying to leave the country.

 

Ibrahim’s lawyer says no reason was given for why the family was taken into custody, saying the court did not impose any travel restrictions when it dropped the charges.

 

The mother of two had been sentenced to death for marrying a Christian and “abandoning” the Muslim faith.

 

Ibrahim, who was jailed along with her toddler son, was forced to give birth to her second child, a daughter, while in prison.

 

***Jordan Sekulow, executive director for the American Center for Law and Justice, talked more about Ibrahim’s plight what the ACLJ is doing to help on Newswatch, June 24.

 

The case drew outrage from the international community. Protesters recently gathered outside the White House to demand action by the Obama administration.

 

“She and the children should be reunited at home with her family rather than held in prison on charges of apostasy,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, calling Sudan to repeal it’s (sic) anti-human rights laws.
 
He also suggested that Sudan repeal any Islamic laws that go against basic human rights.
    
Meanwhile, the American Center for Law and Justice is calling Ibrahim’s arrest a “deeply troubling” development.

 

“The decision to take the entire family into custody is a violation of international law and we call on Sudan to release them without delay,” ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said in a statement.

 

Sekulow says the ACLJ has launched a global campaign on behalf of Meriam and her family.

 

“Now, we must focus on pressuring Sudan to release her and the family and permit them to return to the United States. Time is of the essence,” he warned.

 

“We must apply immediate international pressure to free Meriam and her family,” he continued. “And we must urge the Obama administration to grant Meriam and her American kids safe passage and immediate legal status in the United States.”

 

So far, there is no word of reaction from the White House on Ibrahim’s detainment.

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Sudanese mom sentenced to die for Christian faith is freed


Meriam Ibrahim, Daniel Wabi & newborn Maya

The Christian gal Meriam Ibrahim, arrested and sentenced to death for being a Christian, has been released from prison. Mrs. Ibrahim was whisked away to an undisclosed location immediately after her release. I pray someone is helping her to get out of Sudan and to the safety of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave – the good old USA, in Jesus Mighty Name.

 

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Sudanese mom sentenced to die for Christian faith is freed

 

By Fox News Breaking News Alert

June 23, 2014

Fox News

 

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who gave birth in a Khartoum prison after being sentenced to death in May for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity, has been freed, FoxNews.com has confirmed.

 

Ibrahim, 27, refused to renounce her Christian faith in court in May, prompting a judge to sentence her to hang for apostasy. The case became an international cause, with several U.S. lawmakers and the State Department blasting the decision as barbaric. Sudan’s national news service SUNA said the Court of Cassation in Khartoum on Monday canceled the death sentence after defense lawyers presented their case, and that the court ordered her release.

 

“We have confirmed through her attorney that she has been released from prison today,” Tina Ramirez, executive director for the Christian advocacy group Hardwired, told FoxNews.com. Hardwired has worked closely with Ibrahim’s family and lawyer.

 

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.

 

Sources close to the situation tell FoxNews.com that Ibrahim was whisked away to a confidential location and that her lawyers will be meeting with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday.

 

Ibrahim and Wani were married in a formal ceremony in 2011 and operate several businesses, including a farm, south of Khartoum, the country’s capital.

 

Wani fled to the United States as a child to escape the civil war in southern Sudan, but later returned. He is not permitted to have custody of his son because the boy is considered Muslim and cannot be raised by a Christian man.

 

Ibrahim’s case first came to the attention of authorities in August, after members of her father’s family complained that she was born a Muslim but married a Christian man. The relatives claimed her birth name was “Afdal” before she changed it to Meriam and produced a document that indicated she was given a Muslim name at birth. Her attorney has alleged the document was a fake.

 

Ibrahim says her mother was an Ethiopian Christian and her father a Muslim who abandoned the family when she was a child. Ibrahim was initially charged with having illegitimate sex last year, but she remained free pending trial. She was later charged with apostasy and jailed in February after she declared in court that Christianity was the only religion she knew.

 

“I was never a Muslim,” she told the Sudanese high court. “I was raised a Christian from the start.”

 

Sudan’s penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims to other religions, which is punishable by death. Muslim women in Sudan are further prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, although Muslim men are permitted to marry outside their faith. Children, by law, must follow their father’s religion.

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Priest Faces Extreme Roles


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Intro Shamim Masih – ‘Priest Faces Extreme Roles’

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Posted June 17, 2014

 

Shamim reports on how Muslim robbers burgled an Anglican Priest in a Christian community within Okara City of Punjab Province Pakistan. Here is supplemental info that Shame did not include:

 

… [T]he Priest and his whole family for four hours. The robbers robbed the priest and forcibly snatched all [his] valuables household things including some gold jewelry.

 

In the meanwhile, the watchman heard the crying and noise of Children and his wife. The watchman [awoke] the whole Christian village and surrounded the priest’s house. The other three unknown robber accomplices ran away seeing the villagers coming towards them.

 

The robbers opened fired at the villagers and also shot at the Priest and his family but they all [were] miraculously saved. The Christian villagers competed bravely with the robbers and rescued the hostage family of the priest.

 

… They told that the relatives of the robbers were making threats to burn the whole Christian village as [Muslims did] recently burning Joseph Colony [in] Lahore, if they would not agree to compromise with [the relatives] and [force the] release of the robbers from jail by giving a favorable statement [pertaining to] the robbers.

 

“My family is not safe now in that village and I have requested the Rt. Rev. Irfan Jamil Bishop of Lahore to transfer me to some other Church congregation”, told Rev. Hanook David.

 

“I have also requested the police for security and also to Bishop of Lahore to give me some security for our safety because now the relatives of the robbers are openly making threats to me to face dire consequences if I would not compromise with them. We have seen death very near to us because the robbers opened firing at us but Our Lord Jesus saved us,” he added further.

 

… (Priest’s life miraculously saved on the intervention of watchman; By LEAD Family; LEAD Family (Pakistan) blog; 6/5/14 6:01 AM [Blog Editor: I felt compelled to edit for better comprehension by American readers])

 

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ISLAMABAD: The spike in attacks against the Christians’ community makes Pakistan one of the most world’s dangerous counties for religious minorities. Pastor Hanook David and his family were assaulted by some extremists in the midnight [hour].

 

According to the details, a Christian priest, David and his family were sleeping in the courtyard of his house in the village Bethlehem chuck No. 2, Okara city in Province Punjab. During midnight; five men; reportedly jumped into his house with weapons. The attackers tormented the family members, snatched the valuable material and locked them in washroom.

 

Bethlehem is a Christian village in district Okara, with more than eighty Christian families [who] work as laborers or peasants. The young villagers guard the houses during the night, luckily on this same day, the guard force watched a few unknown people in the streets and heard the sob and rushed towards the pastor’s house. They gathered around the house and asked them to surrender. In the meanwhile; the villagers also woke up and called the police officials. After a few hours [of apprehending] exercise, the villagers were able to hand them to the police. The priest told by telephone that although the police arrested them [for a short time], [then] they set them free after a while. It would not be the first time the local police in Pakistan concocted a story to aid a Muslim attacker.

 

The case was registered FIR 138/14 in Chochak police station, but the Investigation Officer (IO) Mohammad Murtaza and SHO Haji Saif al Rehman reportedly demanded a bribe to precede the case.

 

Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan (SLMP) went there with his team and looked into the matter [and] said I am not surprised to hear [about the bribery demand] as it is another manifestation of the extreme anti-Christian bigotry that pervades Pakistani society and culture as a whole. [Pakistan is in] a state of extreme moral bankruptcy.

 

Recently a Christian MPA in Baluchistan was shot dead by his own security guard and Shahbaz Bhatti former Federal Minister for Minorities was assassinated in the capital of Pakistan but police concocted the story to aid the attackers, he added. 

 

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Shamim Masih

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Look Out! The Muslim Red Coats are COMING!



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© June 16, 2014

 

On June 1st I posted a Shamim Masih submission entitled “New Ideas, New Players”.

 

Shamim’s report exposed how badly Pakistan Muslims treated Pakistan Christians. Here is a short excerpt from the report to give you a snapshot of the brutality Christians experience at the hands of Muslims:

 

The worst is that their children, particularly young girls are the targets of their violence. Girls are kidnapped, raped and forced to convert to Islam. Young girls that refuse to convert and marry are beaten, physically tortured and either killed or simply raped and left to die naked in the wilderness. It is unfortunate that Christians do not have access to the legal system in Pakistan. Police arrest them for any crime they are accused of and they are really only accused of one crime: blasphemy, which carries an automatic death sentences. Judges in Pakistan know that if they ever find a Christian innocent of blasphemy that the judge and his family will be murdered.  …

 

I shared this at several Counterjihad exposé groups on Facebook. I wish I could remember a particular group that Dale G. Brown left a very simple link as a comment. I copied the link and emailed it to myself failing to include the Facebook link. Oops.

 

The link was to a Vimeo video that I tried without luck to find the carbon copy on Youtube. The reasoning is that all the blogs I post on makes Youtube embedding quite easy. At least one of my blogs only allows me to post Youtube but I will give it a shot just in case that blog location on WordPress now allows it. (It may be the case that I don’t know the trick to post Vimeo videos there.)

 

The Vimeo video is entitled “Dispatches – Unholy War – British Muslims who want to Murder Christians”. The title is fairly self-explanatory. Muslims in Britain have become numerous enough that have demanded the government to recognize Sharia Law and British Muslims have been dodging hate-crime and hate-speech crimes consistently enough that many Brits are beginning to wake up that Multiculturalism has failed in ensuring civil harmony.

 

American Leftists have not yet learned this lesson. Although Americans still have a greater degree of freedom in our First Amendment Rights then do the Brits or the Europeans for that matter, Leftists in the USA have gone to great lengths to accommodate Islamic apologists and activists in the name of Diverse Multiculturalism. These Islamic Supremacists are demanding government recognition of Sharia Law for Muslims even though that Muslim theopoliticalJurisprudence for the most part is unconstitutional especially under the enforcement of the First Amendment.

 

I’ll make the attempt to embed this video but if it doesn’t take watch on this link: https://vimeo.com/34627153

 

Here is the Vimeo summary found underneath the video:

 

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When muslims convert to Christianity, muslim cult followers go temporary insane and wish to murder the apostate. Full video report on the dangers and intimidation faced by former Muslims who have converted to Christianity in Britain. Looks at how hundreds of such converts have to worship in secret and how there has been silence on the subject from Muslim and Christian leaders. Conversion is viewed within Islam as apostacy, punishable by death in some Islamic countries and advocated by radical Islamic groups.

 

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From the SIOTW About IslamPage

 

Islam is NOT a religion of peace. By its nature Islam is radical, it has no shades.

Most people are simply unaware that Islam is NOT just another religion but a totalitarian political cult-like ideology, which compels its followers into blind obedience, teaches intolerance, brutality and locks all Muslims and non-Muslims in a struggle deriving directly from the 7th century nomadic, predatory, Bedouin culture.

Islam means “submission” to the will of Allah and the teachings as depicted in the Qur’an which include jihad – the genocidal slaughter of infidels by the sword, killing by beheading, intolerance of other religions, as well as forcing submission to Islam. The ultimate goal of jihad is the domination of Islam over the entire world.

In Islam, one is considered “moderate” if one supports the goals of jihad, if not the tactics. Those who totally reject the violent teachings of Islam are considered apostates of Islam and as such, are condemned to death. Moderate Muslims are peaceful “in spite of Islam,” not because of it. The “religion of peace” is a concept the West is eager to embrace – all in the name of political correctness – refusing to believe that a major world religion poses such a devastating threat to humanity.

This site is designed to show you the dark side of Islam, the REAL Islam that the West does not want you to see. The Islam that Western media refuse to show you. The Islam that is slowly but surely changing the West. You may feel uncomfortable looking at this site. You should. You will feel anger and disgust that our leaders do not understand Islam when it comes to the motives that drive our enemies to commit suicide for their ideology.

Look at the photos, watch the videos, most of which come right out of the Muslim world, a world that glorifies death and destruction of all that is not Islamic. Understand that elements of Sharia law are creeping into our daily lives under shelter of religious freedom. Listen and learn about the real Islam, then tell your family and friends.

Do not fear being labeled an ‘Islamophobe.’ Winston Churchill was once accused of being a ‘Naziphobe.’

Assad is Winning Syrian Civil War


Bashar & Asma Assad voting 6-3-14

Bashar & Asma Assad voting 6-3-14

Assad is Winning Syrian Civil War

I.E. if Times of Israel Source is Accurate

 

John R. Houk

© June 6, 2014

 

I read in a Times of Israel article today that the government forces of the Shia-Alawite Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has “secured” 70-80% the Iranian client ally Syria. The source of this report is an unnamed Israeli diplomat.  

 

I’ve always had mixed feelings on the civil war in Syria. If you want an example of an Apartheid State one could say Syria fits the bill. The minority Shia-Alawite (A very secretive Shia sect ergo hard to pin down their exact beliefs: See HERE, HERE and HERE) regime ruled the majority Sunni population in Syria. Although the Assad family has ruled Syria prior to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iranian revolution, Bashar Assad has cozied up to the Shia-Twelver (See Also HERE and HERE) regime as a client state. This makes Syria a conduit of hate the connection between Iran and Hezbollah (Shia) ruled Lebanon. It is the military aid of Iran and the Hezbollah terrorists that have allowed Assad to survive the Sunni uprising.

 

My initial reaction to the Sunnis revolting against Assad was “fantastic”! The reason I felt that way is that a deposing of Assad would throw a monkey wrench into the geopolitical agenda of Iran to dominate the Middle East.

 

BUT THEN it became apparent the most powerful of the Sunni factions revolting against Assad were the Muslims the West categorizes as followers of Radical Islam which is essentially a politically correct term for Islamic terrorists that hate Jews and America. AND to make things even worse the Islamic terrorist Sunnis were attacking what’s left of an ancient Christian minority in Syria with convert or die ultimatums. In some cases plainly not waiting for a Christian response and simply murdering Christians in a horrific manner.

 

It is evident now that no real change in Syria would occur no matter who won the civil war. Assad’s Syria would remain a Jew-hating and American-hating client State of Iran. OR a Sunni victory would mean a Syrian-Christian genocide added to the mix of Jew-hatred and American-hatred. Assad used Conventional and Chemical Weapons on the Sunnis and the Sunnis butchered Alawite-Shias, Christians and the pseudo-Islamic Druze minority in horrific ways. Both sides of that civil war are guilty of what the West via the old Geneva conventions would call war crimes. But hey, the only reason a Muslim nation participates in the Geneva Conventions anyway is so that there is a flow of commerce between Islamic nations and the West (cough – can you say “oil”?).

 

Honestly as long as Assad sees the Syria-Christians as a political asset and protects them I am at least temporarily leaning toward his side winning. If it wasn’t for the Christians, I could care less who wins that civil war. I only can pray the U.S. Intelligence Community finds a way to exploit the Syrian civil war to the benefit of American National Interests and for the National Interests of the American ally Israel.

 

JRH 6/6/14

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Syria’s Assad has won civil war, Israeli diplomatic official says
Regime has secured ’70-80 percent of essential’ territory in the country and benefits from mass refugee exodus, source says

By MITCH GINSBURG

June 5, 2014, 11:46 pm

Times of Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad, with Iran’s help, has attained most of the regime’s territorial goals and effectively won the civil war against the Sunni rebel forces, an Israeli diplomatic official told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

 

“Assad has secured 70-80 percent of essential Syria,” the official said, sketching a line from Aleppo in the north down through Hama, Homs, Damascus and the southern areas near Jordan and the city of Dara’a – a Syrian city where the war began and, currently, a channel through which Sunni extremists enter Syria from Jordan.

The capital, too, he said, remains very much in the hands of the regime. “The existential threat on Damascus has been lifted.”

 

Only the Kurdish regions have slipped irretrievably beyond Assad’s control, he added.

 

The official’s depiction of the situation in Syria contradicts an assessment given by a top defense official, who in May told several journalists that Assad’s forces have lost the entire Golan Heights, aside from Quneitra and one enclave, and that, “In Aleppo, in Damascus, in the north near the Turkish border, in the Golan Heights – in all of these places he is losing.”

 

The war in Syria has claimed some 165,000 lives since its outbreak in March 2011 and forced millions of Syrian’s to flee their homes and their country. Lebanon, for instance, has been radically altered by an influx of 1.5 million Syrian refugees who currently constitute 25 percent of the Lebanese population.

 

The diplomatic official said that the Sunni exodus from the country has “changed the demography in Assad’s favor,” and suggested that Assad, who has the support of most of the Druze and Christian minorities in Syria, did relatively poorly in this week’s national election, if one takes into account, among other factors, the nearly seven million displaced people and refugees who were not able to reach the ballot boxes. Assad ostensibly won over 88% of the votes, with more than 10 million in his favor. The official said he did not believe the figures, and also cited a survey suggesting that 88% of the refugees would have voted against him if they’d had the chance.

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry, noting that voting booths were stationed only in government-controlled areas, called the election “a great big zero,” because “you can’t have an election where millions of your people don’t even have an ability to vote.”

 

The Iranian influence in Syria, the Israeli diplomatic official said, was unaltered by President Hassan Rouhani’s rise to power, and a nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, he added, will only encourage Iran to act more aggressively in pursuit of its goals in Syria.

 

The war effort is largely coordinated by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officers, he said, and carried out by loyalist troops and the 3,000-4,000 Hezbollah guerillas in Syria. A Baseej-like force of citizens loyal to the regime, the National Defense Army, has been established at the local level and is 60,000-people strong.

 

An indication of Hezbollah’s success, he asserted, was not merely the strategic territory held in places like Qusair, but the fact that in Lebanon the dominant concern today is the threat of Sunni jihadist fighters and not Hezbollah’s involvement in the civil war next door.

 

The official alluded to some of the difficult choices made by Hezbollah in recent years – the unpopular decision to fight in Syria, revealing the depth of its ideological ties to Iran and largely forsaking the fight against Israel – and said that while the Shiite terror organization is close to emerging victorious from the conflict, Israel remains very much ambiguous about its goals in the regional war. “We know what we don’t want,” he said, “but not what we do want.”

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Assad is Winning Syrian Civil War

John R. Houk

© June 6, 2014

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Syria’s Assad has won civil war, Israeli diplomatic official says

 

© 2014 The Times of Israel, All rights reserved.

ABOUT THE TIMES OF ISRAEL


The Times of Israel is a Jerusalem-based online newspaper founded in 2012 to document developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world.

 

It was established by veteran UK-born, Israeli journalist David Horovitz and his US-based capital partner Seth Klarman. Horovitz is the founding editor, responsible for the site’s editorial content.

 

The Times of Israel has no partisan political affiliation. It seeks to present the news fair-mindedly and offers a wide range of analysis and opinion pieces.

 

We also highlight developments from Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora, and thus serve as a global focal point for the Jewish world – informing and engaging members of the tribe everywhere.

 

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Religious Freedom Report June 2014


Daniel Wani & Mariem Yahya Ibrahim 2

Sudan: Daniel Wani & Mariem Yahya Ibrahim – Condemned to death for converting and marrying a Christian while pregnant.

 

I subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter entitled Religious Freedom Report. The report is sent out by the Institute on Religion and Democracy which partners with the Acton Institute. I might usually pick one article and cross post it, but all the links should pique the interests of Christians worldwide. Christians are being persecuted in huge numbers and the primary perpetrators are Muslims.

 

JRH 6/4/14

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Religious Freedom Report June 2014

Sent: 6/3/2014 3:25 PM

 

The Religious Freedom Report is a monthly update about the persecution of the Church worldwide. It is a joint project of The Institute on Religion & Democracy in Washington D.C., and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty in Grand Rapids, Mich. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, simply click the unsubscribe button on the bottom of the page. Thanks for reading.

 

Time Running Out for Condemned Christian Woman After Giving Birth in Sudanese Prison

 

Mariem Yahya Ibrahim, the 27-year old Sudanese Christian doctor who was sentenced to death for apostasy, gave birth to a baby girl in Omdurman Women’s Prison in Khartoum on May 27, 2014. The baby, the daughter of Ibrahim and her husband, South Sudanese naturalized American citizen Daniel Wani, may be the first American citizen to be born in a Sudanese prison.

 

Boko Haram: We are at War with Christianity

 

The reason that Boko Haram believes its kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls is justified is because of Islamist teachings that the taking of female slaves is justified during jihad. And this jihad is not limited Nigeria. In a recent video, its leader said it is at war with Christianity and democracy.

 

Girls Held by Boko Haram Face Auction, Life as Sex Slaves if Rescue Fails

 

The hundreds of Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram could face a life of misery, as slaves or child brides sold for a pittance in the markets across the globe if they are not rescued soon, humanitarian experts say.

 

Group Frees Pakistan Christian Slaves From Brick Kiln

 

Five Christian families have been freed after being held for more than two decades as slaves in a Muslim-run brick kiln in eastern Pakistan, Christian officials involved in the rescue operation told BosNewsLife.

 

South Korean Missionary Sentenced to Life of Hard Labour by North Korea

 

North Korea has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labour for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches.

 

Egypt: Christian Arrested for Using Home as Church

 

A Coptic Christian man in Egypt has been arrested on complaints from local Muslims that, without a permit, he has converted his home into a church and is supposedly even holding religious rituals.

 

Persecuted Christians Flee Iran, Find Hope and Homes in Germany

 

Iranian-born Muslims who converted to Christianity are breathing new spiritual life into communities across Germany, where they are fleeing to in increasing numbers to escape persecution back home.

 

‘Iran Tortures Christian Prisoners’

 

At least three evangelical Christians jailed in Iran, including a wellknown Iranian American Christian pastor, were recovering from injuries Friday, May 23, after they were mistreated by Iranian security forces, several sources confirmed.

 

Brunei Christians Fear Harsh Islamic Law

 

Brunei’s devoted Christians face a potential crackdown after the sultan introduced harsh Islamic punishments, including flogging and stoning to death, but Western nations appear reluctant to intervene.

 

Key Leader of Somalia’s Underground Church Slain

 

Underground Christians in Somalia are struggling to recover from the loss of a prominent church leader gunned down in March.

 

Convert from Islam in Kenya Beaten, Arrested

 

Within three weeks of putting his faith in Christ, a 26-year-old former Muslim in western Kenya was beaten in a mosque and later arrested without charges, Christian leaders said.

 

China’s Religious Persecution: How Will The World Respond?

 

Bob Fu, a former pastor from China and founder of ChinaAid, discusses the increasing persecution of religion, especially Christianity, in China.

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The Institute on Religion & Democracy – Who We Are

 

Welcome to the website for the Institute on Religion & Democracy. We are a watchdog of the religious and evangelical left, disputing their claims to represent millions of church members when espousing a liberal or far-left political agenda. We believe the Church should be the Church, proclaiming the Gospel, discipling believers, assisting the needy, and teaching broad principles for a better society without becoming narrowly political. Our unity as Christians is based on our faith in Jesus Christ, not positions on secular legislation.

 

IRD is especially committed to reforming the social witness of the churches. In 1981, IRD was founded by concerned United Methodists and other Christians distressed that denominational and ecumenical officials were openly supporting Marxist causes and opposing democracy and human rights.

 

We continue to monitor and report on similar egregious political shenanigans. Many church elites, often claiming to speak on our behalf, lobby for abortion rights, homosexual rights, big government, extreme environmentalism, pacifism, and anti-Americanism. IRD strives to be a voice for church members whom church bureaucrats would prefer to ignore. We connect church members with renewal groups who believe in biblical and historic Christianity. And we teach them how to work for change in their denominations—with a focus on the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Anglican Communion.

 

The IRD also has a strong commitment to international religious liberty. If the churches will not defend international religious freedom and will not speak on behalf of persecuted Christians and others around the world, then who will? Too often, church elites in the U.S. are silent about Marxist, Islamist, or other repression of religion and human rights, in favor of dialogue and accommodation. IRD believes Christians and their church leaders should be bold on behalf of those persecuted believers who cannot speak from behind their prison walls.

 

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