A church in the Pakistani city of Sukkur
was attacked in February 2006 after
accusations that a local Christian man had
burned pages from the Koran.
Photo by: Islamization Watch
If the proposed insult to the memory of the victims of Ground Zero proceeds, then I think it appropriate that we insist that certain countries should be prohibited from donating funds to help build the Ground Zero Mosque; specifically those countries which now forbid the building of churches or in which Christian Churches or Jewish Temples have been routinely desecrated or burned.
Below is a list of those countries that either persecute non-Muslims or forbid the practice of any religion other than Islam. Am I crazy or is it the epitome of hypocrisy for any country to fund the building of a center of tolerance and freedom of religion when that country forbids any religion but Islam within its borders?
(Click on country name for details of persecution)
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Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Afghanistan
Islam is the official state religion and the constitution requires that the President and Vice-President of the country be Muslim. Sharia law is the backbone of the legal system, and therefore apostasy and blasphemy against Islam are officially punishable by death. The country’s few Christians must practice their faith in secret. There are 48,000 mosques, but no Afghani churches.
Christian Persecution Blog, Algerian Church Continues in Spite of Burnt Building
21 Jan 2010
Members of a church in Algeria’s Kabylie region gathered to worship last Saturday (Jan. 16) in their new building despite a protest, vandalism and a fire that damaged the building the previous weekend.
Local Muslims bent on running the congregation out of the neighborhood set fires inside and outside the building on Jan. 9.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Azerbaijan
A law was passed in May 2009 that required all churches to register with the state by January 2010. Churches which failed to comply are considered illegal organizations and severe punishment is threatened. Thus far, few churches have been able to register successfully. Nevertheless, many house churches have committed to going underground if they cannot legally meet in public.
In the meantime, persecution has been intensifying. Officials raided a home in March 2009 because they heard a report that children were being read Bible stories.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Bahrain
Christianity, though permitted under the Constitution, is strictly regulated. All churches must be registered and approved, and all Christian websites are blocked. Those who choose to evangelize publicly are persecuted, often by their friends and family. Most believers in Bahrain choose to gather in secret.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Bangladesh
A new law allows any land to be confiscated if it belongs to an “enemy of the state.” Under the protection of this law, Muslims are confiscating Christian homes and churches. They are also refusing Christians access to water. One martyr’s widow has seen no justice in the murder of her husband, and she has been evicted from her home as Muslims learned of her faith in Jesus.
Violent persecution of believers has become widespread in Bangladesh. Christian women have been kidnapped, raped, and forced to marry Muslim men. Those suspected of evangelizing Muslims are brutally beaten.
Catholic World News, Bosnian Catholic Church Bombing Only Part Of Pattern Of Violence
July 30, 1998
SARAJEVO (CWNews.com) - The Croatian representative in the town of Kakanj, where suspected Muslim extremists blew up a Catholic church, said on Wednesday that 14,000 ethnic Croatians out of 18,000 were forced out of Kakanj by Muslims during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the rest of the Croatian population was subjected to persecution.
Niko Lozancic said that over the last year, there have been numerous terrorist attacks on Croatians in the region. A bazooka was fired on the Franciscan monastery in Kraljeva Sutjeska; Several houses of Croatian refugees who returned to Kakanj were destroyed; A Croatian's shop was attacked; and a house was burned down a month ago. The police have not arrested any suspects, with the exception of one man for murder of a Catholic nun in Kakanj.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Brunei
Though the country claims to support freedom of religion, Christian leaders report that they are “subjected to undue influence and duress, and some were threatened with fines and/or imprisonment.” While conversion from Islam is illegal, Muslims are encouraged to proselytize. Christians are even required to teach Islam in their schools. All Christian literature is banned and it is illegal to import Bibles. Believers have been refused permission to build churches and must meet in secret.
Catholic World News, Comoros Island Separatists Seek Clues In Church Burning
February 03, 1998
MUTSAMUDU, Anjouan (CWN) - Leaders of the breakaway republic of Anjouan in the Comoros islands on Monday said the are hunting for the arsonists who burned down the island's only Catholic church.
Anjouan is trying to secede from the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros, which is overwhelmingly Muslim. The church was built by French colonials who granted the island chain independence in 1975. Anjouan declared its secession from the capital Grand Comore island in September in a move not recognized by any country.
The Christian Post, The Last Church Standing in North Cyprus
One lone church struggles to survive in a land where hundreds have been damaged or destroyed. But this is no ordinary land; it is the very area where Apostle Paul took his first missionary journey to proclaim salvation through Jesus Christ to the Roman Empire.
Now, 2,000 years later, the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus is divided into two, with the northern third occupied by Turkey. In the span of three decades under Turkish control, more than 530 churches and monasteries have been pillaged, vandalized, or destroyed in the northern area, according to The Republic of Cyprus.
US Copts Association, 2nd Coptic church burned in Egypt
27 Jun 2008
For the 2nd time in less than a month, a Coptic church in Egypt has been destroyed by fire.
A Coptic church in the town of Kafr el Sheij was burned last week. Dozens of firefighters were required to bring the blaze under control, the Al Ahram newspaper reports. Three weeks earlier another church had burned under suspicious circumstances.
In the absence of a clear explanation for the fires, Church officials have avoided claims that the churches have been destroyed by arson. But the incidents have raised fears among members of Egypt's religious minority. The Coptic Christians who comprise about 8% of Egypt's population have been subjected to occasional violence and persistent threats by Islamic militants.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Eritrea
In 2001, President Afewerki banned evangelical churches. Despite officially even numbers of Christian and Muslims, active Christians face harsh penalties for their faith. Over 3,000 believers are imprisoned. Some have been kept in shipping containers in the desert; many have waited months or years for charges to be filed. An observer reports, “Not a single one of them has been charged with anything. Not a single one has had a trial. None of them has been allowed a lawyer to represent him or her. Christians basically disappear into the Eritrean prison system.” In these prison camps torture is routine, and medical care is withheld.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Ethiopia
Though not a Muslim majority country, Ethiopia’s Christians are under threat. Saudi Arabia is building mosques, and Muslims are bribing and threatening Christian leaders in an attempt to force them to convert to Islam.
The Secular Franciscan, 30 churches threatened in Indonesia in past year
June 08, 2010
Thirty Christian churches in the world’s largest Muslim nation have been burned down, attacked, or threatened with being closed by authorities, according to Theophilus Bela, the Catholic president of the Jakarta Christian Communication Forum. In the city of Bogor in West Java, thousands of Catholics have been prohibited from attending Mass at their parish on Christmas, Easter, and Ascension Thursday; instead, Mass has been held at the city hall.
Barnabas Fund, Hope and support for the Persecuted Church
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly vowed to “stop Christianity in this country”.
While the constitution guarantees freedom of belief, in practice Christians are severely restricted. Church services cannot be held in Farsi, the language of the Muslim majority, and church membership lists must be submitted to the relevant authorities. Church leaders are closely watched, their phones are tapped, and spies often attend services. Sharing one’s faith is strictly prohibited, and in September 2008 the Iranian parliament gave provisional approval to a bill that mandates the death penalty for apostasy from Islam, which is seen by many Muslims as equivalent to treason. Until now Iranian judges could impose the death penalty in such cases only on the basis of Islamic law and fatwas, not on the basis of Iranian law. The last time a Christian was officially sentenced and executed for apostasy was in 1990. However several Christian converts from Islam who had been charged with apostasy were found murdered after their release.
Two Worlds Collide, Four Christians Murdered in Bombings
Bombs detonated on July 11th, 12th, and 13th in Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq, targeted Christian churches. At least four people were killed, and 30 others were injured by the ten bombings. Since 2003, Christian churches, leaders, and businesses have been targeted by Islamists in Iraq. Christians make up only 3% of the total population, with that percentage decreasing due to the elevated levels of persecution.
Christian Persecution Info, Jordan Admits Deporting Foreign Christians For Preaching And Mission Work
22 Feb 2008
Christian missionaries in Jordan faced more uncertainty Thursday, February 21, as the Jordanian government acknowledged for the first time that it has begun expelling foreign Christians for preaching and carrying out missionary activities.
Jordan confirmed reports, initially carried last year by BosNewsLife News Agency, that Christian missionaries and preachers, including several Egyptians and Iraqis, have been expelled.
Minister of State for Information and Communication Affairs Nasser Judeh said preachers came to Jordan under the "pretext of charitable a and voluntary activities, but they have violated the law by undertaking preaching activities and were expelled." So far a spokesman mainly cited technical reasons for deportations, but Judeh said spreading Christianity would not be tolerated in this mainly Muslim nation.
The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Kazakhstan
While Kazakhstan's constitution guaranteed freedom of religion in early 2002, the parliament passed a law banning all unregistered church groups and requiring all missionaries to register.
In November 2008, Kazakhstan's draft religion law was amended with further restrictions. The proposed amendments to the law included mandating a fixed fine of 50 times the minimum monthly salary for those found guilty of worshipping, building or opening places of worship, or publishing or distributing religious literature without government permission.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Kuwait
By law only Muslims can become Kuwaiti citizens. Christians are severely marginalized with few civil rights. The government provides tax incentives to Muslims that are unavailable to those of other faiths. Authorities have even purchased Bibles in order to burn them.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Kyrgyzstan
Traditionally a Muslim country, Kyrgyzstan is erecting bureaucratic obstacles to Christian worship. All churches must register in exacting detail. In order to legally exist, a church must have a minimum of 200 members. Most new congregations do not have sufficient numbers to meet legal requirements. Foreign pastors in particular are kept under close observation and can be deported at a moment’s notice. Conversion from Islam is counted as a betrayal of both the family and the state.
Militant Muslims are migrating to the country in great numbers. In an effort to appease them, the government is contemplating banning all churches.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Libya
Churches are authorized for expatriate Christian congregations only and are limited to one per denomination per city. All suspected Christians are closely watched.
Forces at work within Macedonia‘s Muslim community have therefore sought to take power into their own hands. Unlike the Skopje officials who merely proposed rebuilding the central church, Muslims have simply gone ahead with the philosophy of build first, ask questions later. A Macedonian journalist interested in asking builders about a mosque that was being constructed in a Christian majority neighborhood of Skopje two years ago was threatened at gunpoint. Islamic officials controlling funds from letting properties and for building works have been associated with the radical Wahhabi movement in the past, and tend to be very secretive.
January 8, 2010
Police in Malaysia have stepped up patrols around Christian churches after a church was fire-bombed overnight. Malaysian church officials believe the attack was in protest over a recent court decision overturning a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" to refer to God in Christian texts. The Catholic Church lead the court challenge on behalf of the Herald Newspaper, which uses the term in its Malay language edition. But some Muslim groups are angry about the ruling and are planning large protests across the country.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Maldives
Missionaries have never been allowed into the country, and Christian literature is strictly prohibited. A recently passed law bans all non- Muslim places of worship and proposes harsh penalties, large fines and long imprisonments for non-Muslims who attempt to worship.
A further great challenge to the church is that Islamic education is mandatory in school, and parents have no right to teach their children about their own beliefs. If children state any deviance from the accepted Islamic teaching, they are punished and risk being taken from their parents by force.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Mauritania
"The government prohibits distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and the evangelism of Muslims.” Citizens are not allowed to enter any non-Muslim household, and conversion is punishable with death. Even asking about Christ can lead to imprisonment and death.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Morocco
The government of Morocco seeks to ensure Islam is the religion of all Moroccans. Churches with former Muslims among their members are not officially acknowledged. The state also refuses to recognize any Christian marriage. Christianity is only authorized for expatriate congregations.
By law, people may possess Bibles, but Arabic Bibles are routinely confiscated. One convert was hounded by his family until he finally committed suicide in despair. Five foreign Christian women who gathered for a Bible study in March 2009 were arrested and deported.
Compass Direct News, Pastor, Wife Killed in Northern Nigeria
On Jan. 22, suspected Islamic extremists had set fire to their church building days after Christians displaced by violence in Plateau state had taken refuge on the church premises.
“This is yet another case of unprovoked killing of Christians, which we condemn, and demand that the law enforcement agents must fish out the perpetrators of this act,” Bishop Musa Fula, state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Bauchi state, told Compass.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Oman
While the government allows expatriate Christians to meet and worship, it is illegal for any Muslim to convert, and proselytizing Muslims is not permitted. Virtually the entire population of believers consists of foreign-born workers.
Wikipedia, Christian Muslim conflict
In November 2005, 3,000 militant Islamists attacked Christians in Sangla Hill in Pakistan and destroyed Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United Presbyterian churches. The attack was over allegations of violation of blasphemy laws by a Pakistani Christian named Yousaf Masih. The attacks were widely condemned by some political parties in Pakistan. However, Pakistani Christians have expressed disappointment that they have not received justice. Samson Dilawar, a parish priest in Sangla Hill, has said that the police have not committed to trial any of the people who were arrested for committing the assaults, and that the Pakistani government did not inform the Christian community that a judicial inquiry was underway by a local judge. He continued to say that Muslim clerics "make hateful speeches about Christians" and "continue insulting Christians and our faith"
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Qatar
Wahhabi Islam is the state religion in Qatar. Any criticism of the Muslim faith is punishable by death, and proselytizing Muslims is strictly forbidden.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Saudi Arabia
Operation World has stated that “Saudi Arabia has the world’s worst record on religious freedom and human rights. Conversion from Islam is punishable by death, while speaking about Christ is punished with jail, beatings, torture, and/or execution. All converts to Christ who have been discovered by the government in the past have been martyred.”
No public manifestations of Christianity are permitted. Yet there may be as many as one million foreign Christians in Saudi Arabia who are unable to practice their faith publicly.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Somalia
There is no more lawless country on the planet than Somalia. Al-Shabaab, a well-organized Muslim terrorist group in control of much of Somalia, has sworn to kill all Christians and bring Somalia under Sharia law. Based on the teachings of the Koran and the sayings of Muhammad, draconian brutalities—death by stoning for adultery, execution of converts from Islam to Christ, and chopping off hands and feet for stealing—are commonplace.
September 6, 2010
Christians in the Sudan have been under pressure from Islam since 641 AD, Archbishop Deng said, but “in the past 20 years there have been attempts to legally suppress it following the compulsory introduction of Sharia Law in 1983. This reduced many millions of Christians to second class citizens in their home country.”
The Islamist government in Khartoum has also “declared jihad against Sudanese Christians, and between 1983 and 2005, around 2.5 million people died, millions were maimed, and over 4 million more were displaced to camps—some of whom have not been permitted to return until this day,” he said.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Tajikistan
In January, 2010, authorities commenced serious enforcement of a law requiring all churches to re-register with the state or risk being shut down. As of the deadline, less than half the churches had been allowed to register. State officials harassed the churches every step of the way. Documents were lost, meetings were delayed, and new requirements were manufactured at random. Previously one Christian church was banned because it met in a private home without state registration.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Turkey
In April 2007 five Muslim “seekers” attended a Bible study at a Christian publishing house in Malatya, along with two Turkish converts and one German missionary. The Muslims stabbed and cut the throats of the two Turkish believers and the missionary.
www.30-days.net, Turkmenistan's repression
Here is one example of a recent crackdown against Christians. When investigating a car wreck the police the found a box of Christian videos dubbed in the Turkmen language. The Turkmen Christian believers in the accident were subjected to repeated beatings, electric shocks and other forms of torture while under interrogation.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Uzbekistan
Churches are shut down for capricious reasons and numerous pastors have been arrested. Children especially are being “protected” from Christian influence. Not long ago a minister was accused of unlawfully teaching Christianity to children.
Smyrna Ministries International, Persecution of Christians in Yemen
Islam is the state religion and Sharia law is the basis of the legal system. It is illegal for non-Muslims to share their faith and for Muslims to convert to Christ. In spite of persecutions there are believed to be as many as 100 indigenous “secret” believers in Yemen.
Expatriate believers are legally allowed a very limited freedom to worship, but many have been attacked or kidnapped. In June of 2009, Muslim terrorists kidnapped nine foreign Christians. Two nurses and a journalist were murdered shortly after capture.