Pakistan Christians Invited to Embrace Islam (or Die Horribly)…

A Church center in Pakistan’s cosmopolitan eastern city of Lahore has been threatened with a suicide bomb attack, one of a series of intimidating messages given to Christians as the country’s security crisis worsens.

 

The threat was delivered on June 10 to a Christian woman who lives next to Rabita Manzil, the National Catholic Office for Social Communications, which includes the offices of the WAVE (Workshop Audio Visual Education) studio, Radio Veritas Asia’s Urdu service and the Union of Catholic Asian News.

The woman said two masked men arrived on a motorbike without number plates.

“We know that you and those at the recording studio are Christians. We warn you to leave this area, embrace Islam, pay 1,500,000 rupees (US$18,750) or be ready to die in a suicide bomb attack. Inform your neighbors as well,” she quoted the men as saying.

Christians have received similar threats in various parts of the country as fighting between government troops and the Taliban militants continues to rage in the country’s northwest.

Sacred Heart Cathedral, several Catholic schools in Lahore and various pastors have received threatening notes telling them to convert to Islam.

A Pentecostal Bible school in the southwestern city of Quetta was closed indefinitely after suspected Taliban militants threatened a suicide bomb attack last month.

Father Nadeem John Shakir, director of Rabita Manzil, issued a statement in Lahore immediately after learning about the threat to his center.

“This is the first time the studio has received such warning,” Father Shakir said in the press release June 10. “This has made us sad and very insecure. We are quite helpless in this regard. The threat has also demoralized our employees. If something happens to our center a number of Church activities will collapse.”

In his statement, Father Shakir called on people to prayer for studio staff and those engaged in “such inhuman acts or supporters of such beastly activities, so that they may change their nature and become good human beings.”

The priest told UCA News that neighbors of the center had been supportive.

“However, no one can guarantee the security of our houses, convents, churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions. Even the law enforcement agencies are not safe themselves.”

Intense government fighting against Taliban militants has triggered a wave of attacks in cities across the country, the most recent being a suicide bombing of a hotel in Peshawar on June 9. The attack on the city’s premier Pearl Continental Hotel left 11 dead, including two UN aid workers, and 60 injured.

The latest bombing affects relief efforts in the country. Peshawar lies near the Swat Valley, where Pakistani government forces are battling Taliban militia in fighting that has forced more than 2.5 million people from their homes. The hotel was used by some foreign aid workers helping the displaced.

Islam Threatened by Right to Choose Religion…

Muslims said to fear that freedom to legally change religion would CONVERT’S RELIGIOUS RIGHTS CASE THREATENS ISLAMISTS

In the dilapidated office here of three lawyers representing one of Egypt’s “most wanted” Christian converts, the mood was hopeful in spite of a barrage of death threats against them and their client. At a court hearing on May 2, a judge agreed to a request by the convert from Islam to join the two cases he has opened to change his ID card to reflect his new faith. The court set June 13 as the date to rule on Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary’s case, and lawyer Nabil Ghobreyal said he was hopeful that progress thus far will lead to a favorable ruling. At the same time, El-Gohary’s lawyers termed potentially “catastrophic” for Egyptian human rights a report sent to the judge by the State Council, a consultative body of Egypt’s Administrative Court. Expressing outrage at El-Gohary’s “audacity” to request a change in the religious designation on his ID, the report claims the case is a threat to societal order and violates sharia (Islamic law). “This [report] is bombarding freedom of religion in Egypt,” said lawyer Said Faiz. “They are insisting that the path to Islam is a one-way street. The entire report is based on sharia.”

Freedom of Speech in Islam

The term ‘Human Rights’ is used by many, also by Muslims. But it doesn’t necessarily imply that the users of the term mean the same thing. This is important to note as we discuss freedom of speech and religion. There are two major global entities with their respective declarations on human rights: The United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

United Nations was founded after the 2nd World War. The UN declaration on human rights is based on Judeo-Christian ethics and was established in 1948. OIC was founded in 1969, has 57 member states and represents every fifth person on the globe. OIC has developed and adopted its own declaration on human rights, partly in opposition the UN version, stating that Islamic human rights are different. These Muslim countries have signed up to the UN declaration but pay little attention to it in practice, and adhere rather to the Islamic version, called the Cairo Declaration.

The Cairo Declaration states that all 57 Muslim countries should abide by the declaration. But it further clarifies that the declaration applies to the “ummah”, i.e. all Muslims all over the world, even in non-Muslim countries. This is noteworthy and remarkable. It is the norm of international treaties and conventions that nations sign up and commit themselves to abide by them. But the Cairo Declaration indirectly nullifies national borders and laws by asserting that the sharia based interpretation of human rights applies to all Muslims regardless of citizenship and country of residence. That means that Islamic laws (and the Cairo Declaration) supersede national laws, in every case and in every place.

The declaration states again and again – in the preamble, in various articles and in the conclusion – that everything is subject to sharia and should be interpreted in light of the Koran and Islamic law. Thus it may mention freedom and rights, but they are restricted according to the Koran and Islamic law.

Article 10 in the Cairo Declaration deals with religious freedom and asserts that there mustn’t be any compulsion in religion – but of course subject to Sharia. But it is a well known fact that those who leave Islam are at risk and quite a few are punished, even by death. Article 18 in the UN Declaration deals with religious freedom and has three main components: The right to have, express and change your faith. But in countries where Islam has a major influence there are definite limitations regarding expressing your beliefs and changing your religion; the latter especially for Muslims. In general Christians are allowed to convert to Islam, but it is illegal and dangerous for a Muslim to leave Islam.

This is what the Cairo Declaration says about freedom of speech: “Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Shariah. Everyone shall have the right to advocate what is right, and propagate what is good, and warn against what is wrong and evil according to the norms of Islamic Shariah.”  Thus freedom of speech is interpreted and limited by sharia.

Many surveys measuring various freedoms shows – again and again – that citizens in Muslim countries suffer oppression. They lack basic human rights and freedoms when it comes to politics, media, religion, gender equality, and so forth. One may speak of human rights, but Islamic versions of the same lead to the opposite, as a result of the supremacy of sharia law in Muslim faith and practice globally. This also includes freedom of speech and religion. Thus we need to be aware of similar or same terms that may be filled with different contents. 

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Christians & Hindus live with in fear death for refusing to convert to Islam

There have been reportedly an increasing number of Islamic threats and attacks against Christians in several areas of Pakistan, the most prominent recent one was on Easter day a Christian journalist in Pakistan feared for his life , after receiving threatening letters for publishing pro-democracy columns in a national daily and refusing to convert to Islam. George Masih, 43, who lives with his wife Suneeta Bibi and his three young children at Gulistan Colony at the town of Lahore, wrote a number of columns and articles for the Aaj Kal, a Lahore-based daily. His first column, “Qaum Ab Jaag Jaye” (“The Nation should wake-up now”) allegedly aroused anger among Muslims in the area after its initial publication on August 11, last year. Masih wanted to promote more religious tolerance and democracy in the Islamic nation, said the Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), which supports the journalist. George said he received his first threatening letter October 28, from the Islamic Tanzeem Organization, threatening “dire consequences” for him and his family, if he did not convert to Islam.

Hindu Girls kidnapped raped and forcefully converted to Islam

 Increasing incidents of kidnapping of Hindu community members and “conversion” have caused concern in Sindh. Approximately 30 to 35 minority members had been kidnapped; one of them was killed. Seven are still believed to be in the custody of abductors. Around 18 Hindu girls had been converted to Islam; one of them was reportedly killed this year. These issues were also highlighted during the last days of parliamentary year of the Sindh Assembly by the Pakistan People’s Party-Parliamentarian (PPP-P) minority legislator, Pitanbar Sewani.

Muslim Mob Drags Christian Women through Streets

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Noor Husain, the father of a Muslim woman who eloped with a Christian man, led a mob of his neighbors and friends in an attack on his village’s only church in Pakistan’s Punjab province. After desecrating the church, the men forced their way into Christian homes, dragged out the women, and paraded them forcefully on the streets.

 
The assault, which occurred several months ago, so terrified the Christian community that 21 families fled, leaving only four Christian families who are still in the village.
 
“Petrified Christians locked their homes and fled to their relatives, living in other villages and cities, to save their lives,” said Ashraf Masih, a Christian resident who has remained in the village.
 
Several Christians were injured, including two women whose teeth were broken. 

Remembering The great Theo van Gogh- Killed by Muslims

A short movie by Theo van Gogh which depicts the life that women under Islamic societies go through. Van Gogh was killed over this movie in November 2004, by a muslim.

The True Muslim- Intolarant Killer

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The Great Theo Van Gogh-

Photo by Thomas Kisttheovangogh

ISNS: Veiled Islamic organistaion for terror in Chicago

Another Organization for Islamic terror in a veiled manner has cropped up in the NW suburbs of Chicago, called the ISNS or the ISLAMIC SOCITY OF NORTH WEST SUBURBS. It’s funded by very shady characters ISNS like CAIR wishes nothing more than the implementation of Sharia Law in America. Asking money for Muslims in Gaza it is nothing but another collection center for money to fight Israel. These people are sympathizers of the terrorist organization of Hamas.  The lessons taught to the youth inside this center makes you wonder weather you are in Saudi Arabia or in the US, for example these are the what 7 year olds taught in ISNS “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. Koran, the Muslim holy book, should be the highest authority in America”, which again means these enemies of America do want to out throw democracy and wants Sharia, the Islamic law, to be the Law of America. 

 

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Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance

WASHINGTON – A symposium discussing the newly released report Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance brought together a panel of experts and scholars who concluded that the official Saudi set of textbooks used by more than 5 million students of Islam is an ‘‘incubator for terrorism.’’

“One of the things that is absolutely manifested – looking back at the events that have already happened – is that there is an incubator for the ideas of terrorism,” said Danielle Pletka, the symposium moderator and vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at American Enterprise Institute. “An incubator that is filled with hatred of the West, with ‘can’ts’ about Christian and Jews, with [the sense] of separateness…”

“While I don’t think that is necessarily what Islam is all about, it is certainly what a lot of the textbooks propagated by the Saudi government contain.”

On Wednesday, one day following the release of the report on the Saudi textbooks by Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom, Pletka, the Center’s director Nina Shea, and Saudi scholar Ali al-Ahmed took part in a panel discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Al-Ahmed, an expert on Saudi political affairs, believes that the education system plays a significant part in creating terrorists.

“The Saudi education system is often an ignored front in the war on terror,” said al-Ahmed. “The Saudi 9/11 hijackers were products of this education system. As children they were indoctrinated with this curriculum that is full of hatred and hostility to others. It is not hard for them to be converted to al-Qaeda terrorists in a matter of months….

“Reforming the Saudi education system must be an integral part of the war on terrorism, before it is too late.”

Freedom House’s Shea, the principal author of the report documenting the textbooks, elaborated on the use of Saudi religious education to teach “intolerance” against unbelievers. She noted that even a Saudi royal study group analyzing the kingdom’s religious study curriculum a couple of years ago found that the curriculum for boys on religion “encourages violence towards others and misguides the people into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the other.”

Al-Ahmed agrees.

“The textbooks teach hatred and violence against other Muslims who do not follow Wahhabi Islam and against all non-Muslims,” he said.

“These textbooks turn millions of children into hateful, angry, and misinformed youths that are just one step away from being the perfect terrorist.”

Both al-Ahmed and Shea highlighted the network of belief schools and academy in 19 of the world’s capitals that use these Islamic text including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Beijing and Washington, D.C.

During her speech, Shea refuted the Saudi government’s repeated assertions that they have removed intolerance from the textbooks and “cleaned” them up.

“What we found in this report is that it is an ideological curriculum of intolerance against the unbelievers, or polytheists,” said Shea. “And this includes explicitly Christians, Jews, and other Muslims who are all demonized. They assert that peaceful co-existence is not possible.”

“The first grade text condemns Christians and Jews explicitly to hellfire, plant idea that they are evil. Keep in mind that this is not a religion talking but the government of Saudi Arabia; this is the official textbook.”

Shea summarized some of the indoctrination taught to students in Saudi Arabia and students using the texts around the world: fourth graders are taught that Muslims must hate the unbelievers; ninth graders’ text say Jews and Christians are enemies of believers; eleventh grade students are instructed not to greet the infidels; and twelfth graders are taught that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to engage in battle against the infidels to spread the faith or a military jihad.

“So why is this important?” the human rights lawyer asked. “In addition to being the intellectual foundation for terrorism, one must keep in mind that Saudis are trying to assert themselves as the most authoritative voice within Islam.”

Shea also pointed out that the Saudi government has “unlimited funds for these propaganda” and it is estimated that the country spends three times as much on ideological propaganda as the Soviets did per a year during the height of the cold war.

“Instead of hate, these textbooks must teach more than tolerance,” concluded al-Ahmed. “Tolerance is not enough. It must teach harmony, cooperation, and even to embrace the others in humanity. There are million of children that are victims, and that is why these textbooks must be reformed now.

“These toxic seeds of hate and bigotry implanted in the young minds are more dangerous than tons of explosives in the hands of terrorists.”

 

By Michelle Vu

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