Monday, December 5, 2016

War on Christians

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European Parliament President admits that Christians are ‘Not Safe in Our Continent’.

Someone is finally raising the alarm that Christians are at risk of genocide at the hands of radical Islam – that according to a high-level meeting on religious persecution in Brussels following the horrific series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that took the lives of 130 people last month and sent the continent into lockdown.

According to President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz, Europe can no longer afford to ignore the fate of Christians who are “clearly the most persecuted group” in the world adding that Christian persecution is “undervalued”, does not receive enough attention and “hasn’t been properly addressed” in the West.

EP Vice President Antonio Tajani added that Europe has succumbed to “the temptation of thinking we can ignore this task” saying Western powers must do more to protect Christians throughout the world who are suffering persecution for their faith. According to Dr. Thomas D. Williams writing for Breitbart News:

“Speakers cited the work of Open Doors, a human rights organization that monitors the persecution of Christians, noting that 150 million Christians worldwide suffer torture, rape, and arbitrary imprisonment. Christians in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, North Korea and Nigeria are among those hardest hit.”

A 2015 World Watch List report published by Open Doors found that:

“Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” of Christians in the world today and that “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”

Williams reported that Tajani said Islamists consider Christians:

“…”crusaders” of Europe and because of Islamic persecution in the Middle East more than 70 percent of Christians have fled Iraq since 2003, with another 700 thousand Christians who have been forced to leave their home in Syria since the outbreak of civil war.

“Each month 200 churches and places of worship in the world are attacked and destroyed. Every day and in every region of the world, there are new cases of persecution against Christians…”

“No religious community is as subject to hatred, violence and systematic aggression as the Christians,” Tajani said.

Tajani at once blamed radicalized religion for the problem but that religion can also be the solution.

“In the name of religion, we have an obligation to condemn all those who show contempt for life and kill in the name of God,” he said. “Whoever shoots in the name of God, shoot against God.”

Another meeting attendee, auxiliary bishop Jean Kockerols of Brussels said:

“…the idea that Christians are intruders in certain Muslim-dominated countries must be debunked, since the Christian presence in the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent “dates back to centuries before the spread of the Koran.”

Tajani added that:

“The West must break the silence on the persecution of Christians in the world”… and that “Europe must promote “a model of society in opposition to religious radicalism and brutal and criminal projects, such as creating an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and then extending its tentacles into to Libya.”

Schulz concluded that the Christian persecution “should shake us up”… and acknowledge, “that on our continent, Christians are not safe.”

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While everyone is worried about Syria and Iraq and Putin and refugees and ISIS, let’s take a quick trip to the other side of Iran to see what atrocity is going unnoticed in Pakistan.

ISIS is being scorned for murdering people in the name of Islam, as well they should be, but in the great country of Pakistan you can be executed for the same reason. That’s right. Under Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws” you can be put to death or sentenced to prison for any number of vague reasons concerning the insult of Islam.

The sternest of the punishments comes from, even accidentally, saying something bad about the Prophet Muhammad. You can be executed by the state for that offense. Most people are not actually executed and end up occupying a Pakistani prison for the rest of their lives awaiting an appeal. Prisons in Pakistan are, to say the least, not as nice as American prisons.

There are a host of other ways that you can be charged with any of the violations under the blasphemy laws, because they do not require much proof and they do not make legal provisions that require you to even understand you were doing anything wrong (for the law buffs out there, this would be “mens rea”).

The laws are being used mainly by opportunists who want grab land from religious minorities or those who have grudges against people that would be easy to frame for these “crimes”.

Most of the cases reviewed by international commissions show that over 60% of those charged were falsely accused. Even though there are laws against perjury, none of those who have lied to imprison these people have been brought to justice.

While there are other Muslims who have been wrongfully imprisoned, there exists a gross imbalance of representation of religious minorities when the vast majority of the country of Pakistan identifies as Muslim.

Reports show 633 Muslims as having been charged with crimes that fall under the blasphemy laws, while Christians make up 187. Ahmedis and Hindus are also targets for the unfair application of these laws.

The laws do not seem to be going anywhere. Religious pressure has kept many politicians from speaking out. There are even those who have been assassinated. Salman Taseer, the Punjab governor, who was vocal about being against the laws was killed by his own bodyguard.

There are few in Pakistan who would face the imminent threats to speaking out against these laws. This isn’t a rogue organization. This is the majority.

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