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Minorities have no choice in Pakistan


Intro to ‘Minorities have no choice in Pakistan’

Editor: John R. Houk

Intro typed: September 17, 2014

 

 

 

Shamim writes about Pakistani minorities being persecuted by the majority Sunni Muslims. That persecution is executed with mercilessly robbing, beating, raping, damaging property, damaging Churches, damaging religious centers and artifacts other religious minorities which includes loss of life. Of course Shamim writes from a Christian perspective but he includes other religious minorities because in Pakistan they are the recipients of the same vicious hate as Christians from Sunni Muslims. Shamim insinuates a sense of abandonment from the Western World specifically mentioning Americans and Jews.

 

As Americans go I have to disagree. American citizens are the largest givers of foreign charity in the world. As to Shamim’s disappointment of Jews providing aid to Pakistani-Christians or any Pakistani-Religious minority for that matter, may rest on one historical fact. Jews have faced thousands of years of persecution being ejected from their homeland twice. In this present age the Muslim world begrudges Jews living on their God-Promised land even that land is extremely miniscule in the 21st century. Any enlargement of Israeli territory since 1948 has come due to existential wars guided by Muslim nations and Muslim terrorists intent on destroying the Jewish homeland for a third time and executing a Jewish genocide if such an ungodly destruction of Israel occurs. Because of a history of Christian and Muslim degradation of Jews over the last few centuries there is little affinity for Jews to invest in persecuted Christians or other minorities that have expressed antisemitism toward Jews in general. Despite the years of persecution from non-Jews, Jews – particularly American Jews – are remarkable givers to non-Jewish charities. As far as that goes to Pakistan, I have no idea. My first inkling is that Jews are more giving to alleviate natural disasters than to overcome non-Jewish socio-religious issues.

 

Nevertheless, Shamim is correct to be disappointed. The American media is nearly absent on reporting the plight of Pakistani Christians. The American media would do a great service for American givers if the illegitimate Pakistan Christian leaders (i.e. the corrupt and money grubbing) were exposed while highlighting Pakistani Christian leadership doing actual social and civil rights work among the exploited, abused and often violently murdered poverty stricken Christians.

 

As such Shamim Masih is one of those legitimate Christian civil rights leaders. There is some donation information for his very dangerous work in an environment in which the hatred of Christians is pervasive at end of Shamim’s report below.

 

JRH 9/17/14

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Minorities have no choice in Pakistan

Shamim at the place of twin blast in Peshawar church

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/15/2014 9:35 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Sitting on the top roof of the four stories building in the capital, a man roared that if you uttered a single word from your mouth I will send you directly into hell. There were four people from three different faiths, Sunni, Shia and a Christian. It can happen only in Pakistan that Sunni Muslims can use rough language about others but they are not ready to listen against themselves, because they are in power. Religion should not be the state’s business; I am sorry, but it’s clear that your religion is not your personal matter. It is the matter for all of us to interfere in, as and when we feel necessary or find a choice.

   

The recent attack on the Sikh community of Peshawar {Times of India] and on an Ahmadi community in Gujranwala [WSJ] has given out a clear message to minorities that Pakistan is not for them. Harjeet Singh, 30, was present in his grocery shop in Nothia Bazar of Peshawar, when two unknown assailants on a motorcycle opened fired on him and killed him on the spot [The Nation].

 

It’s a clear message to all minorities that they don’t have the right to practice their religion or sect nor to run their business for their living. If you did so, you better [be] ready for an army of so called preachers deliberately enforcing a religious polemic argument on you. It makes no difference, how patriotic you feel for Pakistan, you will always stay an American or Zionist agent. Although it is fact, Americans or Jews least bother about Pakistani Christians. The Taliban have already given warnings to the people of Chitral valley (heretics) to either convert to Islam or be ready to die [The Frontier Post & Dawn.com]. A few months back, three Hindu temples were desecrated in Mir Pur Khas district [Central Asia Online &.Pakistan Times] Earlier this year, in Larkana, the heart of Pakistan Peoples Party, a mob looted a Hindu temple before setting it ablaze [Hindu Human Rights & The Hindu]. After the attack on Peshawar Church last year, the Taliban made it quite clear that the attacks were exactly according to Sharia. Religious extremists looted the houses in Joseph Colony [in] Lahore before setting it ablaze. Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and [the] Christian couple (Shagufta Bibi and Shafqat Emmanuel) in Gojra are sentenced to death. And all it started with Christians allegedly framed in a blasphemy case [For Pakistan].

 

[Imran Khan]

I K representing new Pak

 

The killing of [a] Christian family in Gojra including small kids and burning the 100 years old church in Mardan were some chilling events that can’t be forgotten. Even, the sizable Shia community faces the same fate as other minorities do. Shias are killed on regular basis in the country. People are pulled down from the buses, identified and they are mercilessly massacred.

 

It’s again pathetic when we see that neither Pakistani Christian organizations like CLAAS and so on nor the international community step forward to protect Christian rights. Some so called social activists are active for their vested interests in the name of protecting Pakistani Christians.  Sorry to say,Pakistan drainage system at slums but this is not a country for minorities, you better leave. But how come, it is possible [for] neither European nor other Christian countries to welcome Pakistani Christians? We are left here to suffer and suffer no bright future for children [due to the] stiff environment around.  

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

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

 

© Shamim Masih

Special Correspondents

Daily Khabrian (PakBiz.com description) & Channel – 5

Human Rights Activist

 

Snapshot of Human Rights Activism from 2011

Christian Rights Activist
Freelance Journalist
 

Secretary General of Information

Pakistan Christian Congress

 

Shamim Masih’s Donate/Support info:

 

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

 

FOR USD TRANSFER.
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                               Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:
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Sixteen Years; Way to Prosperity


Sajid Ishaq 2 - Interfaith Christmas Dinner 2013

Sajid Ishaq – Interfaith Christmas Dinner 2013

 

 

Shamim is reporting on a remarkable solution to educate the Christian poor that treated like the scum of the earth by Pakistan’s Muslim majority. The central point of any success is the ability local Christian leadership (Clergy and Laity) unite to engage in this idea that Shamim reports is proposed by Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL) Chairman Sajid Ishaq (Link with info but might be dated).

 

JRH 8/26/14

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Sixteen Years; Way to Prosperity

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 8/25/2014 9:13 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Christians had the largest education and health system in Pakistan at the time of partition until the civil dictator Z. A. Bhutto nationalized their institutions. Now you can see the incredulous hypocrisy of Pakistan’s school system especially as it affects religious minorities and worse, the girls of these minorities.  This segment of our society remains uneducated and indulged in household jobs. They are being sexually harassed and then being forced to convert to Islam. Girls from the minority go to public school and face discrimination. Minority students are not only forced to study Islamic studies but forced to do manual jobs like cleaning in the school while other students remain in the class rooms.  Iffat Nasim, headmistress of the Government Khadija Girls High School in Rawalpindi, is reportedly involved in extra-educational activities by indulging the Christian students in cleaning/washing classrooms, toilets, verandas/corridors for hours and preparing burgers/buns for Muslim students for earning money for her. Despite the intentions of the Pakistani government, the educational system has failed to eradicate illiteracy in the post-independence era. It has also failed to train an adequate number of professionals to meet the needs of the country in different fields, which has been a major hindrance to the nation’s economic development. The above mentioned is one example as there is series of this type of characters.

 

But still Christian’s missionary institutions have a large network in the country and they can serve better to the nations. Sajid Ishaq, chairman Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL) is eager to educate the youth of the Pakistani Christians. Talking about the recent situation in the country and future of the Pakistani minorities, he said education is the key to save future of the Christian’s youth. The Chairman [of the] PIL shared his plan to educate the Christian youth and said that this is evident in the cities established by the British, such as the port city of Karachi where majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Pakistan’s largest church, stands, and the churches in the cities of Peshawar, Lahore and Rawalpindi where the British established a major military cantonment. European and wealthy native Christians established colleges, churches, hospitals and schools in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.

 

He [Sajid Ishaq] said that since Christian students are being ignored and remain uneducated and thus they cannot enter into the main stream. He requested the church administrations of the country, if they [could] allow him to use their premises in the evening to educate the Christian youth throughout the country. He further claimed that he has collected the drop-out data and has planned to teach them in the evening classes. According to his plan, he can arrange the teaching classes for the poor Pakistani Christian students if the church administrations allow him to use the buildings of the schools, colleges in the evening. He said with the limited budget we can reach to the unreached children of the Pakistani Christians. And thus after sixteen years, we will have a new educated lot of the Christian youth.

 

Despite the fact of the differences between us, we need to focus to address the severe conditions of the Pakistani Christians. Since Christians are being persecuted under severe conditions, all the prominent Christian leadership should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with each other. Each and every person in charge or claim to be; should take the responsibility to teach at least Christian students for a better future generation. Educational institutions with a religious background should take interest and focus on the deserving students.

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

All text enclosed in brackets are by the Editor

 

© Shamim Masih

Special Correspondents

Daily Khabrian (PakBiz.com description) & Channel – 5

Human Rights Activist

 

Snapshot of Human Rights Activism from 2011

Christian Rights Activist
Freelance Journalist 

Secretary General of Information

Pakistan Christian Congress

 

Shamim Masih’s Donate/Support info:

 

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

 

FOR USD TRANSFER.
Intermediary Bank:                         MASHREQ BANK, NEW YORK
Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC:         MSHQUS33
Beneficiary Bank:                         JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:                 JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:         70008227
Title Of a/c                                Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:                 405527

Top of Form

IBAN #                                        pk80jsbl9530000000405227

FOR GBP TRANSFER.
Intermediary Bank:                         MASHREQ BANK, LONDON
Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC:         MSHQGB2L
Beneficiary Bank:                         JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:                 JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:         00010855
Title Of a/c                                Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:                 405527
IBAN #                                        pk80jsbl9530000000405227

FOR EURO TRANSFER.
Intermediary Bank:                         MASHREQ BANK, LONDON
Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC:         MSHQGB2L
Beneficiary Bank:                         JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:                 JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:         10847
Title Of a/c                                Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:                 405527
IBAN #                                        pk80jsbl9530000000405227

Religious Freedom Report


Persecution - Global Assault on Christians

You need to become aware just horrific the persecution is against Christians globally. Check out these links from the monthly Religious Freedom Report sponsored by the Acton InstituteInstitute on Religion and Democracy.

 

JRH 8/26/14

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Religious Freedom Report

Sent: 8/25/2014 1:19 PM

August 2014 Issue

Institute on Religion and Democracy

 

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War on the Cross

 

It happened this past June in Wuxi Village. According to the Associated Press, the government hired a crew to cut down the metal cross atop the Wuxi Christian Church in Zhejiang Province (just south of Shanghai on China’s east coast). The day after they sawed it down, a church member welded the cross back in place and was brought in for hours of questioning. A week later, down came the cross a second time only to be put back by another church member.

 

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

 

Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?

 

Elderly Iraqi Christians Defy Terrorists, Flee to Camp

 

A group of 11 sick, disabled and elderly Iraqi Christians –including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer — defied terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam or be beheaded, saying they preferred death to giving up their faith.

 

ACNA Archbishop Calls For End To Christian Persecution

 

The recently-elected Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) the Most Rev. Foley Beach has issued a call to prayer and action on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

 

If You Don’t Stop Evil, Evil Spreads [Originally bad link – Found link at DetroitNews.com]

 

It reads like something from a history book or a class lecture about something decades and even centuries ago in a time period where we were less equipped to handle it. But it is happening right now, to our own people, in a time period where we have sophisticated military, high-tech equipment and the ability to get status updates in real time.

 

One year After Morsi’s Ouster, Looted Coptic Churches turn into Trash Dumps

 

The new Egyptian government had pledged to rebuild the churches, but they may face too much public opposition actually to be able to do that. After all, the Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt haven’t all vanished into thin air, and rebuilding the churches is just the kind of thing that could provoke them.

 

Violence Against Minorities: A 12-Year-Old Christian Girl Raped by a Gang

 

Indignation and outrage in the Christian community of Lahore (Pakistan) after the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl.

 

Islamic State Fanatics Kidnap More than 3,000 Women and Girls in 2 Week Rampage

 

Amnesty International said the victims, some just babies, were snatched from villages and face the prospect of being forced into marriage or sold as sex slaves.

 

Women and Teens Suffer ‘Barbaric Rape’ by Islamic State Fighters

 

Iraqi civilians are being subjected to “barbaric” sexual violence committed by Sunni Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters, the U.N reports.

 

UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage Boys

 

ISIS’ Islamic justice condemns women for the immorality of having their faces uncovered. Meanwhile they’re raping young boys.

 

Video: Yazidis Tell of ISIS Horrors in Northern Iraq

 

“They took the women and the young girls. The men were killed with butcher’s knives,” one young woman told FRANCE 24.

 

Christian Pastor Faces New Threat From Sunnis in Iranian Prison

 

Saeed Abedini, a pastor who holds American citizenship and has been captive in Iran for nearly two years, faces new dangers and death threats from fellow prisoners, say his family’s representatives.

 

A Survivor’s Account of Boko Haram’s Religious Cleansing in Nigeria

 

Boko Haram—a Hausa phrase meaning “Western education is a sin”—is an Islamic terrorist group whose stated aim is the establishment, by force, of a strict, sharia-law theocracy in Nigeria.

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A Statement of the Institute on Religion and Democracy

 

Jesus Christ is Lord. That is the first and final assertion Christians make about all of reality, including politics. Believers now assert by faith what one day will be manifest to the sight of all: every earthly sovereignty is subordinate to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

The Church is the community of believers who bear witness to that claim. Because the Church is pledged to the Kingdom proclaimed by Jesus, it must maintain a critical distance from all the kingdoms of the world, whether actual or proposed. Christians betray their Lord if, in theory or practice, they equate the Kingdom of God with any political, social, or economic order of this passing time. At best, such orders permit the proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom and approximate, in small part, the freedom, peace and justice for which we hope. At worst, such orders attempt to suppress the good news of the Kingdom and oppress human beings who are the object of divine love and promise.

 

The First Political Task of the Church

 

The first political task of the Church is to be the Church. That is, Christians must proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel to all people, embracing them in a sustaining community of faith and discipline under the Lordship of Christ. In obedience to this biblical mandate, Christians have a special care for all who are in need, especially the poor, the oppressed, the despised and the marginal. The Church is called to be a community of diversity, including people of every race, nation, class, and political viewpoint. As a universal community, the Church witnesses to the limits of the national and ideological loyalties that divide mankind. Communal allegiance to Christ and his Kingdom is the indispensable check upon pretensions of the modern state. Because Christ is Lord, Caesar is not Lord. By humbling all secular claims to sovereignty, the Church makes its most important political contribution by being, fully and unapologetically, the Church.

 

While our first allegiance is to the community of faith and its mission in the world, Christians do not withdraws from participation in other communities. To the contrary, we are called to be leaven and light in movements of cultural, and economic change. History is the arena in which Christians exercise their discipleship. Because our hope is eternal and transcendent, Christians can participate in society without despair or delusion. We do not despair of the meaning of history, nor do we delude ourselves that our efforts are to be equated with establishing the Kingdom of God. The fulfillment of history’s travail is the promised Rule of God, not the establishment of our human programs and designs.

 

Towards an Open Church


God has given us no one pattern for the ordering of societies or of the world. For almost two millennia Christians have pursued their mission within a variety of social, political, and economic systems. Among Christians today, as in times past, there are significant disagreements about the most appropriate and effective ways to advance freedom, justice, and peace in the world. That Christians are to pursue these goals should be beyond dispute. Disagreements about how they are to be pursued need be neither surprising nor destructive. In making political decisions, we are all subject to error. Through prayer, we decide in the courage of our uncertainties. We strive to credit the intelligence and good intentions of those who decide differently. Especially within the believing community we must, in the words of Reinhold Niebuhr, avoid portraying our conflicts as a war between “the children of light and the children of darkness.” Our unity in Christ is greater than whatever may divide us.

 

Within our several churches, disagreement about the meaning of social justice should not merely be tolerated; it should be cherished. We are pledged to the goal that our churches be open churches. An open church engages sympathetically the diversity of Christian views both within and outside denominational structures. An open church welcomes dissent on contingent judgments about the right-ordering of society; this strengthens the search for truth and helps correct error. An open church makes decisions in the light of day, not in the shadowed corners of bureaucratic power. An open church has leaders eager to engage in the fullest consultation with all its members. An open church addresses social issues not so much to advance a particular position as to inform and empower people to make their own decisions responsibly. An open church understands that the Church speaks most effectively when the people who are the Church do the speaking, and leaders speak more believably when they speak with the informed consent of those whom they would lead.

 

Sometimes leaders can and should disagree with the views of the majority. To disagree, however, is not to disregard the views of others. Leadership in an open church is marked by READ THE REST

 

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Muslims Blame USA & Israel for Persecution of Christians


Muslim Hate blamed on USA-Israel

John R. Houk

© July 31, 2014

 

Shamim writes about the raw deal Christians living in poverty in Pakistan. Due to the poverty conditions in Pakistan Christians face not only persecution from the Muslim majority but the societal hierarchy shows little care for the dangers that come from poverty living conditions.

 

Shamim also has grown weary of the lack of concern that Churches and Christians living in the West seem to have for Christians living in Pakistan. Pakistani Christians are not alone in the Western Church acting in disregard. Christians in Egypt that actually still comprise 10% of the population are horrendously persecuted in the same exact way as Pakistani Christians. The Middle Eastern Christians face the worst persecution in the Middle East are the Christians of Syria and Iraq.

 

The Syrian rebellion against al-Assad’s rule has resulted in radical Muslims running that revolution. Those radical Muslims are persecuting Christians with torture and murder. The Sunni Muslim rebels haven’t just targeted Christians but also non-Sunni Muslims viewed as heretics and supporters of Bashar al-Assad.

 

In Iraq a group of Muslim terrorists that are also of the Sunni persuasion are dominated by a group that has called themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or its variation the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant. Those that used the appellation “Levant” is due to the word “al-Sham”. Al-Sham is Arabic for Levant; hence the confusion Western Media in the using acronym ISIS or ISIL. Toward the end of June ISIS declared itself a sovereign government and the seat of a Caliphate of a nation called Islamic State (IS). I just read a Long War Journal post dated July 29 in which IS has gone on a Christian-murdering rampage in which again the Western Churches and the Obama Administration are incredibly quiet about.

 

Shamim goes somewhere that I sense is the result of the constant anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment that exists in the Muslim world. Here’s the quote:

 

Some of the violence against Christians is directly related to the American-led war against Muslims in different countries as in the war in Afghanistan, Iraq and to some extant Israel’s war against Philistines**, so [this] has [given Muslims] an expressly political motive. Months later the US-led coalition attacked Afghanistan in 2001, [shortly after the invasion] a grenade attack on a chapel inside a Christian Mission Hospital at Taxila City killed four people.

 

I explain the “Philistines- double asterisks” below after Shamim’s post. Shamim has entered the realm in which he blames Muslim persecution of Pakistani Christians on American invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as “Israel’s war against Philistines” (I believe Shamim meant Palestinians – details below). As much as I agree with Shamim about Western silence pertaining to the persecutions of Christians in Muslim nations, making the USA and Israel the biggest reason is a huge misperception resulting from the Islamic Supremacist attitudes infused into Muslim lands’ media.

 

The USA led an invasion to Afghanistan because the then Taliban led government supported and harbored the Islamic terrorist perpetrators responsible for a cowardly attack that killed thousands of Americans at New York City’s Twin Towers, Washington DC’s Pentagon and the brave souls who stood up to the Muslim hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. In America there is a political spectrum disagreement if the invasion of Iraq was warranted for U.S. National Security. President Bush decided to remove Iraq’s butcher dictator because of Intelligence reports that implied Saddam Hussein was preparing to arm himself with WMD nukes and Chemical Weapons. This was alarming because Hussein had a penchant for rewarding homicidal-suicide bombers that maimed and killed Jews in Israel AND while the USA was liberating Kuwait from Hussein’s aggression of annexing that nation, fired random scud missiles into Israel. An Israel I might add that restrained itself from counter-attacking Iraq at the bequest of President Bush. AGAIN if the Intel was correct, Hussein’s past actions indicated he would have no problem with launching nuke-tipped missiles and Chemical Weapon-tipped missiles into Israel or any other nation that might have oil Hussein believed he could capture.

 

After Hussein’s military was rapidly defeated by the U.S. led coalition, it was only then discovered that nuke and Chem-Weapon restocking was only in the planning stages and not even close to fruition. America’s Leftists jumped all over President Bush for this even though his political opponents in Congress read the same Intel reports and concurred with the invasion decision. Frankly I am of that American minority that believes Saddam Hussein was closer to implementing a nuke program then believed and Hussein used Chemical Weapons shortly after his defeat in the First Gulf war against Iraqi Shi’ites and Iraqi Kurds to prevent them from rebelling against his rule. There is suspicion Hussein decided transport his Chemical Weapons to fellow Baathist dictator Bashar al-Assad to keep them from American discovery.

 

It is an inaccurate statement to say “Israel’s war against Philistines”. Jews have a Biblical right to have a Jewish State and call it Israel:

 

1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

 

And he said, “Here I am.”

 

2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

 

6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

 

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

 

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

 

8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

 

10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

 

11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

 

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

 

15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Bold Emphasis Mine - Genesis 22: 1-2, 6-8, 10-12, 15-18 NKJV)

 

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18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:

“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— (Genesis 15: 18 NKJV)

 

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10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran.

 

13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” (Bold Emphasis Mine – Genesis 28: 10, 13-15 NKJV)

 

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14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:

 

15 ‘In those days and at that time
I will cause to grow up to David
A Branch of righteousness;
He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.


16 In those days Judah will be saved,
And Jerusalem will dwell safely.
And this is the name by which she will be called:

 

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’[a]

 

17 “For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; (Bold Emphasis Mine - Jeremiah 33: 14-17 NKJV)

 

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21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the[a]two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.

 

28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.[a] 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. (Bold Emphasis Mine - Galatians 4: 21-26, 28-31 NKJV)

 

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22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

 

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He. (Bold Emphasis Mine - John 4: 22-26 NKJV)

 

I know that was a bunch of Scriptures. Frankly this is only a sampling that the Promises of God flow through the child of Promise Isaac who in turn is the father of Jacob renamed Israel by God Almighty. Muslims that hate Jews because they have moved back to their ancestral land are off base for this reason alone. Israel is not at war with Palestinians. The Arabs that call themselves Palestinians are at war with Israel to remove them from their ancestral land and then kill the remaining Jews at worst or force them to live by Islamic Sharia Law at best.

 

How has living under Sharia Law worked for Christians living in Muslim dominated lands? NOT WELL! If Shamim’s experiences as a second class citizen in Pakistan is any evidence and the death and mayhem perpetrated against Christians in other Muslim lands is evidence, then the current explosion of purist Islam called radical in the West will not bode well for Israel.

 

So I have to passionately disagree with Shamim Masih that wars involving the USA and Israel are not a motive for the ill treatment of Christians in Pakistan or other Muslim lands. Rather the Muslim world uses the Americans and Israelis as an excuse to exact their Islamic Supremacist ways encoded in their Quran, Hadith, Sira and Sunna.

 

At this point I have to reiterate something about Shamim Masih. Shamim is a godly man living under the pressures of Islamic Sharia in Pakistan. I have no doubt that Muslim media has ginned up anti-Americanism and Jew-hatred which in turn has been exploited by radical Islamic elements in Pakistan. So I am not angry with Shamim who has probably heard this disinformation on the USA and Jews his whole life.

 

THEREFORE I am still a supporter of Shamim Masih’s civil and Christian rights activism in Pakistan. Due to my financial situation I wish I could do more money wise for Shamim. BUT I KNOW there are some of you at there – especially in the USA – that can spare some monthly donations whether that be $10 bucks to $100 bucks or more a month. Below Shamim’s report I show you how easy it is to send money via Western Union to aid in Shamim’s personal needs in a repressive Islamic society that has no problem treated Christians like the scum of the earth.

 

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Listen to the screams of poor Pakistani Christians

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 7/29/2014 6:04 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Sehrish Ishfaq, 5, poor Pakistani Christian girl was drowned in the seasonal drainage; during the first monsoon rain in the federal capital. She was found dead, the voice reiterated itself. How could this be possible? I shook my head in disbelief while speaking on the mobile phone. In a state of disbelief I stood up, changed my clothes and went to see her. Her dead body was there, people around me were sad, her mother was crying. But this wasn’t the first time. In fact, during the last years in the same days [i.e. the monsoons], two young Christians were drowned in French Colony, sector F-7 and I attended their funeral.

 

A Couple of days before Eid (religious festivity after Ramazan), a mob killed a member of the Ahmadi (who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed) and two of her granddaughters and eight others were severely injured after another member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook. The dead including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, the attacker after looting the valuables set 5 houses on fire.

 

Christians could count themselves among minorities that made up 15% of the population at pre-partition [British India divided into Hindu dominated India and Muslim dominated Pakistan in 1947]. Now minorities fall short of roughly around 5% of the country. The Christian community in Pakistan, roughly around 15 million, is the first largest religious minority present here. But the actual figure is never been given; because there is no census after 1998. Yet the minorities are being persecuted, targeted, slaughtered and killed, without mercy just because our faith is not the same as that of our [Muslim] killers. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of Western churches. The silence has been nearly deafening. In this predominantly Muslim nation, religious extremism and resentment of the West [all] contribute to violence against Pakistani Christians. We feel most of the time we are not equal. Not only unequal, but the growing feeling is that we are not even wanted.

 

Some of the violence against Christians is directly related to the American-led war against Muslims in different countries as in the war in Afghanistan, Iraq and to some extant Israel’s war against Philistines**, so [this] has [given Muslims] an expressly political motive. Months later the US-led coalition attacked Afghanistan in 2001, [shortly after the invasion] a grenade attack on a chapel inside a Christian Mission Hospital at Taxila City killed four people.

 

If it is said that Shias are being attacked but the dynamic with that particular enmity is entirely different. Shias in Pakistan are seen as influential and high profile with positions in the ruling class and playing prominent role in the country. They are caught up in what many analysts call a proxy war between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Pakistani Christians evoke public sympathy and are not tools of a larger sectarian and ideological battle.

 

My concern is; what is the future of Christians in Pakistan? In fact, the right question is, do they have a future here at all?

 

Majority of the Pakistani Christians are living below poverty line residing in the slum areas across the country and around the seasonal drainage in the federal capital especially. Living with low income, they cannot afford school fees and thus their children remain uneducated. Many Christians suffer from grinding poverty. Education and employment discrimination leave them only the lowliest occupations. Many of them spend their lives in brickyards, within perilous distance of blazing hot kilns. These families are close to being slaves bonded laborers never able to work off the outrageous debts laid on them by Muslim landlords. Others find work as janitors or sewer workers. Their employers barely regard their Christian employees as human. Christian sanitation workers are the first ones sent into sewer trench lines, and usually without proper protection. Every year many Christian workers die from exposure to the toxic fumes. And their young girls work as maid and been raped by masters and then were forcefully converted to Islam.

 

Hundreds of the Christians students have not been promoted to next classes for their parents were unable to clear the dues at the schools in the twin city only. There could hundred thousand in the country. Sister Abida, head of the Saint Teresa High School, Rawalpindi has reportedly expelled 17 girls students for the school for their parents had not paid their school fee during this semester. This is missionary school, which aim should be to encourage poor Christians students to study. It is unfortunate that none of the priest has taken notice to it till I am writing these lines.

  

The situation becomes more terrible when so called social and religious reformers and Christian politicians living in and outside the country play with them. They receive huge funds from the West but deliver little and rests spend for their own luxury life. None of them has ever planned to bring economic and social revival for this most vulnerable community. Many talented young ones are wasting their lives with low income jobs and have no future. Shahroz Tabassum, son of Akram Masih, student of La Salle High School, Faisalabad was the top scorer securing 1073 marks in his Secondary School Examination this year. Many of the so called social activists like me have posted his picture on their timelines but no one has announced any scholarship to encourage him.

 

The US, EU and UK government funds seem directed to the Muslim regime to supporting the raise of Islamic militants to power. Even when aid is given to Pakistan, none ever reach the beleaguered Christian community. And sad to say, even the Christian human rights groups working in Pakistan seem to focus to hire Muslim employees. I wonder; what is future of the poor Pakistani Christians? Do they have any a future here? Is there anyone who listen the screams of the poor Pakistani Christians?

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

[**Philistines: I am certain Shamim means “Palestinians”. Whether the use of Philistines was a faux pas or the mistranslation of the Arabic ‘Falistin” (or “Filistin” depending who you read) is quite ironic. When the Romans gave most of the Jews the boot from their ancestral land in mid-2nd century AD, the Romans desired to eradicate the memory of Jews in the land and it the Latin Palaestina after the ancient enemies of the Jews the Philistines. Arabs have a problem pronouncing the letter “P”; hence the name Falistin:

 

… Several hundred years later, in 135 CE (Common Era), after having long-become a captive province of the Roman Empire, the Jewish people’s third and final revolt against Rome was crushed by Emperor Hadrian; but Rome's army also suffered devastating losses, including the complete annihilation of its illustrious XXII Legion. In furtherance of Rome's costly victory, the Roman Emperor Hadrian renamed the province “Palestine” in honor of the Philistines (an Aegean people who had migrated to the Land of Israel in Antiquity and had subsequently become a fierce enemy of the Jewish people, but who had disappeared from History due to their extirpation by the Babylonian Empire more than 700 years prior to the renaming of the Land), as part of an unabashed effort to humiliate the defeated Jewish people and to delegitimize any further national Jewish claims to the Land.

 

However, although the province had been converted from Judea (the Latin-language word for which was Iudaea, meaning Land of the Jews) to Palestine (the Latin-language word for which was Palaestina, meaning Land of the Philistines), and although a vengeful Rome massacred and expelled much of the Land's Jewish inhabitants, it nonetheless continued to be populated by Jews, together with substantial populations of other ethnic groups, but hardly any Arabs, at least until the colonialist Islamic Arab invasion of 638 CE.  However, even under the rule of the Arab and all subsequently superseding empires, the Jewish people nevertheless maintained a continuous national presence in the non-sovereign territory of "Palestine" -- right up until the resurrection therein of the Jewish nation-state of Israel in 1948.

 

In contrast, the ersatz people identified nowadays as the "Palestinians" are a collection of diverse Arab clans plus a smattering of other ethnic groups (such as Serbs -- these are the so-called Bosnian Muslims who were Serbian Orthodox Christians before their forced conversion to Islam -- as well as Circassians and Chechens, all imported by the Ottoman Empire from their lands of origin to the Middle East, including the Land of Israel, several centuries ago), who, for reasons virtually identicalto those of the Roman Empire, have, since Israel's Six Day War of 1967, publicly declared themselves to be a distinct ethnic nation named after those very same defunct Philistines -- this despite the fact that the ancient Philistines were not even Arabs.

 

Moreover, in light of “Palestinian” claims to aboriginal status, it is ironic and noteworthy that the English-language cognate words “Palestine” and “Philistine”, as well as the Arabic-language word “Falastin”, are all derived (via Latin and, before that, Greek) from the biblical Hebrew-language word “Pelishtim” (“Philistines”), whose literal meaning is: “Invaders”.  It is indeed telling that the “Palestinians” have created for themselves a faux ethnic identity whose very name originates, not from their own Arabic language, but rather from the Hebrew language. (Excerpted from: "Palestinian" Identity Is An Elaborate Ruse; By Mark Rosenblit; The Rosenblits' Website; All rights reserved © 1995 - 2012 The Jerusalem Post.)

 

More info on the origin of word “Palestine”:

 

Palestine - The Long History Of A Vague, Confusing Name

 

WHO ARE THE PALESTINIANS?

 

The Bible and Palestine

 

DNA RESULTS, NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN RACE

 

Israel: Origins of the Name "Palestine"]

 

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Muslims Blame USA & Israel for Persecution of Christians

John R. Houk

© July 31, 2014

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Listen to the screams of poor Pakistani Christians

 

Edited by John R. Houk

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© Shamim Masih

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Snapshot of Human Rights Activism from 2011

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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.
Shamim’s phone number is +92 3006424560.
 
 
 
 
 
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)
 
 
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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4.      [Americans] Pay with your credit or debit card (issued by a bank in the United States). [Western Union will charge a fee depending on amount – typically a couple of bucks.]
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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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3.      Enter your receiver’s name and address. [And phone number]
 
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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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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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JRH 7/11/14
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Shamim Masih
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Snapshot of Human Rights Activism from 2011
Christian Rights Activist
Freelance Journalist
 
Secretary General of Information
 
Shamim Masih’s Donate/Support info:
 
Editor: For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
 
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Intro to ‘The Terrorists Are Among Us’


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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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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.

 

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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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News on Meriam Ibrahim’s 2nd Release


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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

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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

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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.

 

JRH 6/23/14

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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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