I found a copy of the classic book entitled Fox’s Book of Martyrs on the website Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL). The author John Fox was born in England in 1517. He died on April 18, 1587. The edition at CCEL begins with Nero’s persecuting of Christians circa 67 AD and culminates in the 1820’s with the mission efforts of an American Adoniram Judson. Obviously John Fox could not write past 1587 so the later editions were added by others.
The earliest days of Christianity prior to Constantine the Great essentially making the faith the State religion of the Roman Empire in the early 300s AD. It was perfectly legal to persecute Christians in some of the vilest ways prior to State protection. Guess where the state sanctions vile persecutions are going in the 21st century? Let me help your guess. It is a state that absolutely no other nation in the global community of nations recognize as a sovereign state. That unrecognized nation calls itself the Islamic State as well as claiming to Sunni Muslims to be a Caliphate.
The Islamic purists in Nigeria call themselves Boko Haram and they control wide swaths of northern Nigeria. Al Shabaab’s persecution has been as brutal as the Islamic State and Boko Haram but have not been as militarily successful on their home stomping grounds in Somalia.
Justin Smith eruditely addresses this Islamic persecution of Christians in the 21st century.
Martyrs for Christ and The Butchers of Islam
By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 4/11/2015 2:43 PM
Christians, Jews and other religious minorities, such as Yazidis, Turkmen and Shabak, are currently being systematically exterminated across the Middle East and North Africa, especially in Iraq and Syria. As the Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al Shabaab repeatedly boast of horrific attacks on these religious minorities, the Christians and other victims are far less concerned with meaningless “Religious Freedom Acts” signed by Obama (Aug 2014), than they are with simply surviving; they need righteous world leaders, who will fight the evil marching towards every nation worldwide – the evil of the oppressive, totalitarian ideology of Islam.
On April 2nd, 2015, the international community witnessed 147 Christian students at Garissa University in Kenya singled out and murdered by Al Shabaab Islamofascist terrorists. And then on Easter Sunday, Islamic State fascist thugs destroyed the Church of the Virgin Mary in northeastern Syria, marking the latest in a long series of attacks against Christians during this decade.
Statistics from numerous sources, like Open Doors and PEW Research Center, show that Christians, who once represented 20% of the Middle East’s population have been reduced to 5% of the population in the Middle East. It is also safe to say that nearly three million Christians, in both Iraq and Syria, now number less than a combined total of 300,000, as they have fled or been slaughtered.
In January 2015, forty-five Christian churches were burned in Niamey, Niger alone, and two thousand people were murdered in the town of Baga, Nigeria, which was burned to the ground (BBC). According to Open Borders, an organization dedicated to “serving persecuted Christians worldwide”, roughly 3.2 million residents in Nigeria have left their homes, since the rise of the Islamic terror army of Boko Haram. For the same reason, thousands of Christians are evacuating Diffa, the border region between Niger and Nigeria, and seeking refuge at the military camps at Zinder.
Whenever Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and the Islamic State occupy an area, a common and terrible theme emerges, as they demand that the people identify themselves as Muslim or Christian, Allahu Akbar or Alleluia. A great number of these Christians truly live their faith, and they refuse to deny Jesus in order to save themselves. They die as martyrs for Christ.
In January of this year, David Curry, president of Open Doors USA, reported that 2014 was the most violent year of global Christian persecution. Curry also released the World Watch List, which named North Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea and Nigeria the nations that are most hostile towards Christians. The overwhelming common thread in nine of these is the Islamic ideology.
Since July 2014, the Islamic State has demanded Iraq’s Christians must convert to Islam, pay extra taxes or be killed. The Islamic State has massacred and enslaved thousands of Christians and followers of the ancient Yazidi faith, murdered hundreds more from the Shabak religious minority, ransacked the tomb of Jonah in Mosul, destroyed a 7th Century Greek Orthodox Church in Tikrit, bombed a memorial of the Armenian genocide in Dair Alzour, Syria and beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya.
These Islamic savages surpass the Nazis and Communists in their depravity. Islamofascist “soldiers” teach Muslim boys how to slice off the heads of the kafir, the infidels, the Christians and the enemies of Allah. They bury people alive and butcher little children. They have delivered hundreds of girls and women as sex-slaves and unwilling “brides”, torturing and raping them, as reported by the International Center for Investigative Reporting.
Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) is personally troubled by these atrocities. She is a first generation American and a Chaldean Catholic, whose mother is Armenian and whose father is an Assyrian Christian from Iraq. She recently told the ‘Washington Examiner’:
“We’re coming up to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and when we look over our shoulders at history, we say ‘never again, we will never forget.’ So from both sides of the family, exactly what my grandmother described and all the elders of the family escaped is [again] taking place.”
Terrorized Christians and religious minorities unable to reach safety have been begging for help from anyone, and while some U.S. leaders have expressed the dire need to help them, so far, the vaunted international community has not acted forcefully enough to stop these Islamofascists from annihilating Christians and others. Their efforts have been small and futile, providing insufficient aid, as this new Holocaust is continuing to grow.
Kaldo Oghanna, an Assyrian Christian who helped train fellow Christians to combat these Islamic terrorists, told the Wall Street Journal, “No one has protected the minorities, and no one will in the future.” [See Also World Religion News]
Some experts, such as Paul Salem of the Middle East Institute, have called for “hard protections” and “safe zones” for people without the ability to protect themselves. Although $1.6 billion from the U.S. National defense Authorization Act has been allocated to aid Christians, ethnic minorities and their “local forces” in the Nineveh Plain and surrounding regions, this is far from fully addressing the broader scope of the problem, as the progeny of terrorists continue to ply the family trade across the globe.
How much longer will the world leaders continue to look the other way? When will the U.S. and Europe and the world’s Christian nations do something substantial and concrete to defend and protect our Christian brothers and sisters, who are persecuted, exiled and slain solely for being Christian?
On Veteran’s Day of 2011 at the Preserving Freedom Conference in Madison, TN, Dr. Justin Akujieze revealed that the entire northern half of Nigeria had already been, in essence, conquered by the Islamists, as they have unilaterally declared Sharia Law without comment, debate or media discussion. At the same time, Muslims were committing genocide against the Christian Igbo tribes of Nigeria by burning them alive by the thousands, and these Islamofascists are now moving to control the entire country. As Dr. Justin appealed to those in the audience for their help in saving the rest of Nigeria from this Islamofascist onslaught, the emotion in his voice rang true, “Today is the last day and we must not wither. We must confront this head-on and together we will win.”
The Butchers of Islam have created a global crisis. They are an existential threat to families, human rights and religious communities in the United States and Europe too, not just in the Middle East and Africa, and as such, America and any other rightfully concerned nations must wage a relentless, vicious, intense war against them and brutally obliterate them wherever they are found: Destroy the destroyers of everything righteous, those lovers of Death, or continue doing next to nothing and watch Christianity in many regions become a footnote in history.
By Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
All links are by the Editor.
Any text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.
© Justin O. Smith
Muslim murdered by enraged Christians 3-15-15
Shamim Masih writes of the aftermath of the homicidal-suicide attacks on a Catholic Church and a Protestant Church. In the aftermath of those attacks some Pakistani-Christians became fed up with Sunni Muslim persecution and went on a rampage of their own in which two Sunni Muslims were murdered and burned. Pakistan police have been engaged in a manhunt for the Christian perpetrators. On the other hand Shamim is wondering where is the same degree of justice that Christian victims should acquire from decades of persecution by Sunni Muslims.
Justice without Discrimination, we Demand
Frequently Attacked Christians
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 3/22/2015 5:05 AM
Islamabad: Over the last three decades, Pakistan has transitioned from a developing to an unstable and fragile state. Pakistan is confronted with terrorism which has emanated from the events in this region over the last thirty years. Although democracy successfully returned to Pakistan in 2008 after nine years of military rule, Pakistan continues to grapple with economic decline, weakening of the social capital and increasingly violent socio-political conflicts. The weakness of mechanisms to address conflict without violence are compounded by human rights abuses and widening division on the basis of ethnicity, gender and religion. Weakening cohesion between different segments of the society, conflicts over resource distribution, humanitarian assistance and representation often spiral into violence. Relationship between the government and its constituency lack trust, accountability and transparency.
Pakistanis have been attacked in Churches, Masjids [Shia], Imam Baragahs [aka Imambargahs (Shia Mosque) – See HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE], market places and schools. Our children and women were killed irrespective of their religion. Islamist militants in Pakistan have frequently attacked Christians and other religious minorities over the last decade. But the recent bomb attack on two churches in Youhanabad [Also See HERE and HERE] has left Christians terrified and afraid; many in the aftermath ran from the incident site and locked themselves in their homes. Others full of fury and rage rampaged through the streets, and a few of them took the law into their own hands murdering two cohorts of the attack who they alleged were believed to be involved in the terrorist attack. The two men were burned alive in an act that emulated the manner in which many Christians and other blasphemy law victims have been murdered by the extremists in the past years. Now the government has arrested many of them, I take them as victims now. They will suffer and nobody will help them in any sense. NGOs and other so-called activists is regularly going there for photo session but nobody will realize their pain.
We Pakistanis are already living in critical zone; always living under constant different threats, we cannot move freely in parks, markets and we are not even safe in worship places. We always face short of different services, occasionally our Internet and mobile service is struck off due to security reasons. And Christians of the country are an impoverished segment of the nation. It was contrary to their usual reaction. Any Christian around the world supports their [revenge-minded Christians’] arrest and the arrest of any protesters that caused damage to the public and private property. We believe that the rule of law is paramount to order and control. Local Christian leadership has given the names of those who were involved in this incident and some mob destruction of property. Christians normally do not react in this manner. However there are examples of reaction seen many times, protesters even have razed every blockage on their way and destroyed the public and private property. But don’t want to drag the names of the people who have been working for the humanity. There are rumors that authorities has registered the names of some of those people as well. Very obviously; we believe, it is inhuman and degrading treatment [act of revenge], but where [does the anger and fury] come from?
I believe, law breakers must be brought to justice but can someone give me the names of the perpetrators of the Gojra incident where eight family members including two children were burnt alive, how about the people involved in burning 2000 Christian’s houses including 13 churches in Shanti Nager, Shangla [Sangla] Hill and in Joseph Colony Lahore, where 178 Christian house including two churches. What about the protesters, who destroyed the twin city and looted shops and ATM machines around the country when Benazir Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi. How about the mob that went to French Embassy when there was hue and cry about sketches? In the recent year, how many were punished while attacking the parliament house and even Supreme Court of Pakistan? And most recently how many were punished when Christian couple was burnt alive in Kot Radha Kishan. Justice should be given to all without discrimination.
The government of Punjab and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar claimed to take strict action against the perpetrators of the violence. Mr. Nisar and CM Punjab are answerable to the Christian community to provide justice without any discrimination. We do not condone such violence and hatred said Wilson Chaudhry, chairman British Pakistani Christian Association. We wholeheartedly support the arrests and prosecution of any Christians involved in the murder. But we condemn the excessive force by police who are quite randomly capturing Pakistani Christians in a crack-down that is deemed biased. We call the government to protect all those arrested while they go through legal process, he added. Pakistani media have wholly focused on the murder of “more valuable lives of Muslims”. Their skewed reports on the attack have fuelled the great hatred towards Christians in Pakistan.
The Supreme Court has ordered to protect the worship places of religious minorities. But sadly interior ministry doesn’t seem interested to do so. Ch. Nisar claimed that due to the shortage of the staff, ministry is unable to provide security to all worship places in the country. However police officer told us (agreed not mention his name) thousands of the police officials are fixed in and around Raywind Mohal and the same are deputed in Raywind for the religious services of Sunni Muslims.
It’s another Sunday, Church leaders have called for their parishioners to attend their churches despite threats that their churches will be bombed. It will continue and continue…. Let’s pray for Pakistani Christians, let’s stand with each other, and let’s hold one another. Many of us are tired of government and are looking to build sustainable communities. Governments are their intelligence services and their lack of respect for human rights are wreaking havoc and promoting fundamentalism around the world and especially here in Pakistan.
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
Edited by John R. Houk
Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.
All links are by the Editor.
© Shamim Masih
Due to ISIS butchery of Christians in the Syria/Iraq area of their world Pakistan does not get a lot of press about the persecution and bloody attacks by Muslims against that nation’s Christians. It is a good thing to highlight how Muslims are treating Christians wherever that religion of butchery is the dominant faith. Raymond Ibrahim tackles the death cult in Pakistan.
Pakistani Christians Slaughtered in Suicide-Jihad
A wave of genocidal attacks against Christians hits Pakistan.
March 19, 2015 – 9:01 pm
On Sunday, March 15, as Christian churches around the world were celebrating morning mass, two churches in Pakistan were attacked by Islamic suicide bombers. At least 17 people were killed and over 70 were wounded.
The two churches (located in Youhanabad, Lahore’s Christian quarter) were St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church (Protestant). The Taliban claimed responsibility. It is believed that the group had hoped for much greater death tolls, as there were almost 2,000 people in both churches at the time of the explosions.
According to eyewitnesses, two suicide bombers approached the gates of the two churches and tried to enter them. When they were stopped — including by a 15-year-old Christian who blocked them with his body — they self-detonated. Witnesses saw “body parts flying through the air.”
Thus did the jihadis “kill and be killed,” in the words of Koran 9:111, the verse most often cited to justify suicide attacks.
According to an official statement of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan, despite all the threats received by the churches, authorities only provided “minimal” security:
Agents present at the time of the attack were busy watching the cricket match on TV, instead of carrying out their duty to protect churches. As a result of this neglect, many Christians have lost their lives.
The statement further urged:
… the government to adopt strong measures to protect churches and other religious minorities in Pakistan [since] the Christian community of Pakistan was targeted by extremists in the past.
Less than a year-and-a-half earlier, on September 22, 2013, in Peshawar, suicide bombers entered the All Saints Church right after Sunday mass and blew themselves up in the midst of approximately 550 congregants, killing nearly 90 worshippers. Many were Sunday school children, women, and choir members. At least 120 were injured.
In 2001, Islamic gunmen stormed St. Dominic’s Protestant Church, opening fire on the congregants and killing at least 16 worshippers, mostly women and children.
Less dramatic attacks on churches occur with great frequency. Days before last Sunday’s twin attacks, three armed men entered Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Kasur district, Punjab, and took church personnel, the assistant parish priest, and congregation hostage. Before leaving the premises, the terrorists stole mobile telephones, cameras, and a computer.
Earlier, Father Leopold, the ailing parish priest, was robbed by thieves:
[They] pretended to be ordinary members of the faithful wanting to enroll some children at the parish school. Then they suddenly pulled out guns.
Christmas season is an especially dangerous time for Christians meeting in churches. On last December 25:
Heavy contingents of police were deployed in and around the churches … citizens were allowed only after [a] thorough body search … while the entry points leading to the churches had been closed by placing cemented blocks and barbed wire.
During another Christmas, the following attack came in response to fatwas condemning Christmas celebrations:
When Christian worshipers were coming out of different churches after performing Christmas prayers, more than one hundred Muslim extremists equipped with automatic rifles, pistols and sticks attacked the Christian women, children and men.
There have also been general attacks on Christians, especially in the context of accusing them of “blaspheming” against Islam. Last November, a mob — not the “Taliban,” and not “terrorists” — consisting of at least 1,200 Muslims tortured and burned to death a young Christian couple (the wife was pregnant) in an industrial kiln in Pakistan.
Someone had accused the Christian couple of desecrating the Koran.
Even when not in church and not accused of blasphemy, Christian minorities are always in danger. Last December, Elisabeth Bibi, a 28-year-old pregnant Christian mother of four, was “beaten, scorned and humiliated, deprived of her dignity [and] forced to walk naked through the town” by two Muslim brothers — the pregnant woman’s employers — following an argument.
In the ordeal, she lost her baby.
Rights activists say the attack “was motivated because of Bibi’s [Christian] religious beliefs.” [Blog Editor: For clarity’s sake, not the Israeli nickname for PM Netanyahu but this is the victimized Christian girl’s name – Elishba Bibi]
Speaking last Sunday from Rome, Pope Francis said:
It’s with pain, much pain that I was told of the terrorist attacks against two Christian churches in Lahore in Pakistan, which have caused numerous deaths and injuries. These are Christian churches and Christians are persecuted, our Christian brothers are spilling their blood simply because they are Christians. I implore God … that this persecution against Christians — that the world seeks to hide — comes to an end and that there is peace.
Pope Francis is often criticized for his apologetic approach towards Islam. Even here, he does not note who is persecuting these Christians, leading to confusing assertions (“our Christian brothers are spilling their blood” sounds like Christians are killing Christians). But the pope is forthright as to why Christians are being killed: “simply because they are Christians.”
Others, such as the U.S. government, will not even concede that much.
When the world heard and saw how 21 Coptic Christians had their heads sawed off by Islamic jihadis in Libya, the White House issued a statement condemning the beheadings — but referred to the beheaded only as “Egyptian citizens.” Not Christians, or even Copts, even though that is the sole reason they were slaughtered according to statements issued by their executioners.
Such obfuscation ensures the Muslim persecution of Christians “that the world seeks to hide” will continue indefinitely.
Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center; Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum; and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim’s dual-background — born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East — has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.
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Here is something to think about: Why is there no moral outrage in the West – especially America – when Muslim commit atrocious crimes against Christians in Muslim dominated nations? Why is there no moral outrage from Muslims from ALL over the world when purist Muslims (for that matter so-called moderate Muslims) maim, rape, kill, enslave and/or desecrate Christians and Christian communities in the world of the self-proclaimed Religion of Peace? AND YET Muslims will pour into the streets in both the West (especially Europe, Sweden & Norway) and Muslim dominated nations in frightening riotous conditions over pictures unflattering to Islam or its pseudo-prophet or critical books, blogs, documentaries or the rare Western movie satirizing Islam. Such displays of Muslim moral outrage is ludicrously reprehensible when there is no concern from Muslims over the violence and murders of Christians occur in Muslim backyards so to speak.
Elsa Schieder from World Truth Summit wonders out loud in a WTS update email.
I flew off the Handle
By Elsa Schieder
Sent from: World Truth Summit
Sent: 12/14/2014 1:49 PM
I flew off the handle the other day – because someone did something that endangered the life of my dog. I will skip the story. In that case, you may ask, what’s the point of bringing this up?
Sometimes something pushes us too far. And also sometimes we’re closer to our personal edge.
And yet a blog I particularly like is CitizenWarrior – because of the caring, reasonable tone. No ranting or raving. No losing their cool. Nothing, it seems, pushes CitizenWarrior too far. The same goes for Bill Warner’s PoliticalIslam – loads of information, and a reasonable tone. Yet over this past year, Bill Warner has come to urge people to go for the emotions. Where is the moral outrage, he asks, about the persecution of Christians? But his own tone stays reasonable.
What works best? How best to reach people?
An important question.
Flying off the handle may do it. I remember a scene from a long ago movie, To Sir With Love – about a teacher who manages to reach students headed for drop out in a London slum. The scene: the teacher blows up. It’s the turning point in his relationship with his students. At that moment he connects with them. But he doesn’t blow up in hatred. It comes from care, plus a heaping helping of frustration. He also doesn’t say anything intended to hurt: no insults, no ridicule. He’s just been pushed too far.
More often blowing up does not work, just leads to more distance.
Why bring all this up? I’m always on the quest for better ways of reaching people – re Islam, re anything.
I see that we don’t have music on our side.
We don’t have counter-jihad sitcoms.
In general, stuff where the mainstream media has a lot of power – we don’t currently have that.
We do have books, newswires and blogs – both info blogs and analytical blogs. JihadWatch. AtlasShrugs. GatesOfVienna. PointeDeBascule. On and on and on. One thing they do, if we subscribe to one or many, is give us a stream of information, keep Islam in our line of vision.
We also have ever more people, from somewhat aware of the dangers of Islam intensely committed to countering Islamization and mass Muslim influx into the West. Most recently, I’ve been noticing the tens of thousands taking to the streets of Germany weekly against Islamization and mass Muslim influx:
(In the mainstream German media, of course there’s a huge outcry against the horrible prejudice that the protests show: we must discuss and get past this, etc.)
Still, we’ve come a huge distance over the past 2 decades – in the number of people aware and the extent of information available about Islamic ideology, Islamic history, the Muslim Brotherhood, the varieties of jihad, the multi-trillion halal industry. The halal industry, by the way – 2 to 3 trillion dollars a year, at present, I read recently – due to go up to 15 trillion in a decade or so, mainly through non-Muslims funding Islam, unless the industry is exposed in a big way:
One question: how best do we reach lots and lots more people with all this information, people currently resistant to it?
I have a slightly different question: What has worked best for you? Maybe especially, do you have any surprise success stories?
I also have a second question: Is there any resource, help, assistance, that you would especially like, in your counter-jihad efforts?
Next week, I’ll publish the answers I get. They will be linked to The Freedom Community, which has, as a major goal, effective actions worldwide. (If you write, please let me know if you want me to include your name. Otherwise, I will publish using some random initials.)
And now, as always, all the best to all of us who care and dare,
PS. And here’s a photo of the dog I was referring to, right at the start. For a story about him, written 3 years before he became my dog, here is
Whose Dog Is It Anyway?: On Pets, Pet Ownership, Slavery
How did he come to be my dog? The people who owned him eventually no longer wanted him.
PPS. Like many people, I know that no loving deity could possibly be associated with Islam – just because of its negative attitude to dogs. There is much more to it, of course.
PPPS. For me, the horror story of the week is about the beheading of 4 Christian children, all under 15, for refusing to renounce Christianity. Like the rest of the world, I did not see one billion Muslims protesting against this atrocity. Muslim outrage, it seems, is much more linked to cartoons deemed offensive. May our love reach these children.
Edited by John R. Houk
© Elsa Schieder
The argument began after Elishba who provides private beautician services asked for the fees for her service from the woman called Rani and her daughter, who she had just completed work on. They refused to pay and Rani called her sons to attack Elishba who she said had insulted her. In addition to her child Elishba lost her phone, one week’s wages and gold jewelry which in total amounted to around Rs. 50,000 – these items were stolen by Rani’s sons. Other men threw stones at her and laughed as she ran naked from the area. Another Christian woman from the local area took her into her home, and gave her some spare clothes. Elishba and I prayed for her lost child, the safety of her family and for justice to prevail.
Whilst I was there my Chairman Wilson Chowdhry called as BBC Asia Network asked if they could speak to Elishba Bibi for a radio feature. She agreed to the interview, as she wanted British people to know that the life of Christians in Pakistan is one fraught with prejudice and violence. Elishba has three other children and has asked for people to pray for them, she fears for the safety of her family after this attack.
“I went to a hidden place in the local fields with my sister, whom we use for toilets as we cannot afford one in our home. When we had finished three young men holding pistols demanded that we go to their home nearby, they threatened to shoot us if we did not comply and my sister and I were both very scared. We were both crying and I held my sisters hand to give her some support and because I needed it myself.”
“The young men kept touching us in private areas while we walked, they were laughing and jeering, my sister and I felt humiliated. We knew what was going to happen to us and were terrified, but we had no choice. We both prayed to God to free us from their clutches. We recognized the young men as they were from our local area and I pleaded with them not to do anything to us, for talking I was slapped in the face and punched hard in my stomach. We both kept quiet after this. The young men Shahbaz, Asif and Azeem took us to their house and ripped our clothes off. They kept us there for the whole night and gang raped us many times.”
The girls described how they were very frightened throughout the whole ordeal and kept quiet; they felt hurt and unclean and expressed a feeling of great shame, despite being innocent. After the ordeal the rapists set the two girls free early in the morning at around 6am. They ran home weeping and told their father what happened, he had been extremely worried about them and had been hysterical on hearing about the torturous ordeal his girls had suffered. Mr. Ilyas Masih (father) explained that he had waited for the girls and had reported them missing to the local police, he had been searching for them in nearby houses and tried his best to find them throughout the night.
“My daughters are worth more than a few rupees, I want justice for them and do not want these evil boys to take the innocence of any other girls.” He broke down and cried. “Their poor mother would be devastated with this news if she were alive; I feel as if I have failed them, I will not fail them again.”
Slum dwellers or a Katchi Abadi – Shamim Masih far right
Christmas is coming to Sunni Muslim dominated Pakistan as to the rest of the world. The thing is I am guessing is blasphemy to celebrate the birth of the Son of God in Muslim nations that believe their Qurans when they tell them Jesus was not born of God.
Shamim Masih is more than a Pakistani journalist. He is also a Christian activist in a nation that it might be dangerous to act in Christian activism. Each year Shamim gets involved in Christmas oriented ministry to bring some relief to the suffering of Christian Pakistanis. Below after Shamim’s report there is a Western Union link by which you can contribute to Shamim’s Christmas efforts. Western Union is good enough to convert your dollars or euros into Pakistan rupees.
Shamim Masih at a Christmas Pulpit
Slum Dwellers Endure without Water, Gas and Electricity in the Capital
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/7/2014 8:42 AM
ISLAMABAD: Christians around the world are all set to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christmas with religious zeal in the midst of the echoing of church bells that announce the birth of our Lord Christ Jesus. But slum dwellers of the capital will remain endure without water, Gas and Electricity during the freezing cold weather when the temperature falls down to freezing point. Islamabad, the city of elites and these elite enjoys a cosseted life waited on by maids, cooks and chauffeurs drawn from the ranks of the slum-dwellers. And slum dwellers are of the working class populations, who make this city run, the construction workers, the drivers, the cooks and many more are cleaners. Slums dwellers, largely populated by Christians and Afghan refugees usually live in or across the seasonal drainage in the capital, Islamabad.
The authorities in Islamabad had declared war on the slums, saying they are illegal and safe haven for militants. These localities were not built overnight. If it is illegal, why did Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials not stop them when they started building? The officials reportedly take bribes to let the settlement stay. There is no gas, no electricity and no pure water for drinking provided by the authorities. Constitution of the country says every citizen is equal and has equal rights on all facilities available such as electricity, water, gas and other needs of life. Then why the residents of slums only, are deprived and have no access to these facilities of life. Minorities are being forced to face injustice at each and every step of life. The climate of Islamabad has a typical version of humid subtropical climate, with five seasons: Winter, spring, summer, Rainy monsoon and autumn. Winter (Nov – Feb), the coolest month is December and January, with temperatures variable by location. In Islamabad, temperatures vary from cold to mild, routinely dropping below zero. In the hills there is sparse snowfall. During winter weather becomes quite chilly in December too.
The slum people have more right of housing as they are the employees of CDA. There is need of a radical strategy to establish a cell in the slums to sort out and resolve their problems. Unfortunately Pakistan suffer by [corrupt] civil, judicial and military bureaucracy. Therefore issues of katchi abadis [Encyclopaedia Britannica] were not resolved in its true spirit and the non-serious attitude of government delayed the active process of implementation. Even UN-Habitat which is dealing with slums has ensured the full support but has not done anything practical.
Persecution against Christians is often enacted under the guise of the blasphemy law as well as other instances of harassment and discrimination. Forced conversions, kidnappings, damage to areas of worship, sexual assault and targeted killings all come under the rubric of oppressive practices that minorities are routinely subjected to. Many incidents of religious incitement of varying magnitudes have been reported in several parts of the country. State authorities should play due role [or maybe dual role] for change; and should take serious measures to establish peace and harmony in the society.
For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
Edited by John R. Houk
All text or links enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.
© Shamim Masih