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‘A Monstrous Injustice’: Jewish Writer Laments The Silent Slaughter Of Christians, ‘We Shouldn’t Shy Away From Unpleasant Truths, Just Because The Media Does’

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Although I wouldn’t classify Barack Hussein Obama as a “prominent Christian” like David Suissa does below, he is spot on in describing what has now become a “silent” sea of Christian persecution …

Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

David Suissa, President of TRIBE Media Corp.

David Suissa, President of TRIBE Media Corp.

By David Suissa, Jewish Journal – “The Middle East may be a raging wildfire, but the eyes of the world are on the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace dance — that all-too-familiar game where the Jewish state makes concessions (such as releasing terrorists) for the privilege of talking to an enemy who demonizes Jews, glorifies terrorists and has already rejected three peace offers.

It’s a testament to the general success of the Israeli state that after returning from 10 days there, I am a lot more concerned with what’s happening in the rest of the Middle East.

After the heady promise of the Arab Spring two years ago, the situation in the Middle East is now more like the Arab Volcano — with sectarian violence erupting in many areas and the Iranian nuclear threat hovering like a dark force. Instead of unleashing the power of democracy, the Arab Spring has cooked up a lethal brew of festering hatred, economic misery and vicious power struggles.

In contrast to that chaos, Israel feels like Club Med.

But hidden in all the chaos is a monstrous injustice that has received very little media attention: The rampant persecution of Christians.

‘Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history,’ Bruce Thornton, research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, wrote on the institute’s Web site. ‘Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100 [million] to 200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes.’

It’s odd that prominent Christians like President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have been utterly silent about this humanitarian tragedy.

As Kirsten Powers wrote recently in USA Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asserted late last year that ‘Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world,’ while former French President Nicholas Sarkozy warned in a 2011 speech that ‘Christians face a particularly wicked program of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing.’

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg told Powers ‘he is shocked that American Christians aren’t regularly protesting outside of embassies drawing attention to this issue,’ and he called the persecution of Christians in the Middle East ‘one of the most undercovered stories in international news.’

One Christian who is certainly not keeping quiet is Read more…

Eritrea: Authorities Subject 39 Christian High School Students To Beatings, Hard Labor Because Of Their Faith

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News – “Eritrean authorities are punishing 39 Christian high school students by subjecting them to beatings and hard labor, according to Open Doors.

Sources told Open Doors that after completing their mandatory four-month military training, the students were arrested for their ‘Christian beliefs and for their commitment to Christ’ and are being held at the SAWA military training center; sources also report that Eritrean authorities are threatening them with long prison sentences should they fail to renounce Christ.

Since 2002, worship outside the government-sanctioned Sunni Muslim, Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea has been forbidden; earlier this year, the government began a renewed crackdown on all Christians outside state-approved churches, according to Open Doors.

The architect of this religious repression is President Isaias Afewerki who has been in power since Eritrea’s liberation in 1991. After a two-year border war with Ethiopia, Afewerki began cracking down on anything he perceived as a threat to Eritrea’s national unity, wrote Elizabeth Kendal in the November 2012 Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin.

‘He cancelled elections and closed all independent media. Opposition figures – politicians, activists and journalists – were removed, mostly to underground secret prisons for the ‘disappeared.”

According to Kendal, by the end of 2010, an estimated 3,000 Protestant Christians were incarcerated for their faith inside shipping containers at desert camps and in underground prison cells.

‘The conditions are inhumane: Children and the elderly are amongst the prisoners sharing skin diseases, dysentery and other horrors in confined, unventilated spaces. Torture is routine … several Christians have died in custody, and others have perished in the desert trying to escape.’

Christians make up 47 percent of Eritrea’s population of 5.2 million, according to Operation World.” Source – Worthy News.

Flashback: Eritrea: Government Beats, Detains 125 Christians For ‘Illegal’ Worship, ‘Christians Are Treated Like Enemy No. 1′ – “Over the past week, 125 Christians have been beaten and detained in Eritrea. ‘Police arrested these church members from homes and workplaces during broad daylight and then marched them through town to the police station while beating them,’ an investigator for Open Doors reported to Worthy News. Among the 125 Christians, 45 men and women were arrested on Feb. 27 for worshiping outside highly regulated government-approved churches in Eritrea.” Read more.

Nigeria: Facing Imminent Death, Christian Pastor Tells Muslim Executioners ‘I Will Never Deny My Savior’

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When killers made their stand this man of God made known his own …

Matthew 16:24-25, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’”

Romans 5:3-4, “And not only [that], but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Charisma News – “On May 14, in plain view of his wife and one daughter, the Rev. Faye Pama Musa, general overseer of the Rhema Assembly International Church and secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State, was gunned down by suspected Boko Haram Islamic terrorist members.

A month later, Open Doors workers visited his widow, Mercy, at her home in Maiduguri. The widow and mother of four warmly received the visitors into her house.

When she sat down to speak to Open Doors workers, she burst into tears. ‘True friendship is what I am seeing today,’ she said. ‘How did you manage to come to Maiduguri at this dangerous time when people are vacating the city? You are most welcome here in Jesus’ name. I am so happy to see you again.’

The events of the evening of May 14 will never be forgotten. Musa, Mercy and some of their children were home. While Mercy was preparing supper, Zion, a daughter who was sitting outside, noticed three armed men jumping the fence. She ran into the living room to alert her father. Musa glanced through the window and saw the intruders by the front door. The next moment the men forced their way into the house, shouting, “Everybody on the floor!”

Musa instantly knew why the men had come and tried to escape through the back door and over the fence. But they caught up with him and dragged him to the porch.

‘Today you are a dead man. Call your Jesus to help you, Mr. CAN man,’ one of the terrorists shouted.

Musa did not give up without a fight. While wrestling with the three men, he continually called upon Jesus. For Zion, her father’s desperate battle was too much to bear. She got off the floor and ran to the porch to where her father was struggling. She begged the attackers to spare his life. They fired a shot at her and missed. But the shock was too much for her and she fainted.

The struggle continued. Mercy heard her husband say, ‘I will never deny my Savior.’ As she crawled to the door, she saw the attackers shoot him three times in the head. Musa died on the spot. The attackers left in a car.

‘Pastor Musa will be remembered as a father, a friend and as a role model. It will take the church in Borno a long time to cope with the enormous loss of this bold yet graceful leader and mentor,’ said an Open Doors spokesman. ‘His deepest desire was to see a strong church pressing forward despite perpetual harassment and killings at the hands of extremists.'” Read more.

Australia: Muslim ‘Refugee’ Sexually Assaults Blind Woman On Train

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And he’s a suspect in more sex stalkings. Perhaps he was just trying to be more like Islam’s “savior of humanity” …

AAP – “A Bangladeshi refugee who is accused of groping a blind woman’s breasts on a Sydney train may have assaulted others, a court has heard.

Rubel Sheikh, 25, applied for bail at Parramatta Local Court after he was charged with twice indecently assaulting a young blind woman while she was travelling on a Sydney train last month.

Prosecutor Louise Cummings told the court Sheikh was a refugee who had only been in Australia for a month.

‘It’s a strong prosecution case, most of it has been captured by CCTV,’ Ms Cummings told the court on Thursday.

‘There’s a strong likelihood, if convicted, that he would face a custodial sentence.’

She described Sheikh as a flight risk and said three other alleged victims had come forward as a result of the widespread media coverage.

Ms Cummings said Sheikh’s immigration status is being investigated, he arrived to Australia by boat and was on a temporary visa.

Sheikh’s lawyer Jeff Tunks said he had no family or support network in Australia, spoke little English and had told him he was here on a tourist visa.

A public tip-off led to his arrest after police released CCTV footage of the 23-year-old woman, who told police she had been touched on her breast in an lift at Ashfield, in Sydney’s inner west, on July 17.

She later felt a hand on her breast while she was on a train in the city’s south, between Jannali and Sutherland railway stations.” Read more.

Flashback: Australia: Muslim Teacher Says Raped Women Have Nobody To Blame But Themselves – “A victim of rape every minute somewhere in the world. Why? No one to blame but herself. She displayed her beauty to the entire world … Strapless, backless, sleeveless, nothing but satanic skirts, slit skirts, translucent blouses, miniskirts, tight jeans: all this to tease man and appeal to his carnal nature.” Read more.

Flashback: Australia: Radical Imam Calls Democracy ‘Evil’, Calls For The Overthrow Of Australian Law – “Democracy and parliaments are evil declared a radical Australian Muslim cleric in Sydney on Friday night during a debate with two Christian politicians. Ibrahim Saddiq Conlan also called for the overthrow of the Australian legal system in favour of the controversial sharia law, the Islamic legal system. ‘[the Australian legal system is] the primary cause of the spiritual, economic and environmental crisis in Australia,’ he said. ‘Democracy is evil, the parliament is evil and legislation is evil,’ said Mr Conlon.” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam

Australia: Muslim ‘Prayer Leader’ Visiting From Egypt Sexually Assaults Girls, Blames It On ‘Cultural Differences’

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Treating women like animals and possessions is ingrained in the fabric of Islam. Egyptian school girls on average are reportedly sexually harassed 7 times every 200 meters with well over two-thirds of all women in general suffering harassment on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it appears that this Muslim prayer leader was under the distinct impression that what was normative behavior in Egypt was also normative behavior everywhere else …

Revelation 9:21, “And they did not repent of their murders … or their sexual immorality …”

“The worst sin and distraction from virtue that I have left for man is woman” – Prophet of Islam, Mohammed, Sahih AlBukhari, 5096

By Rachel Olding, The Sydney Morning Herald – “A Muslim prayer leader charged with touching the breasts of two teenagers and a grandmother on the northern beaches believes he is the victim of a misunderstanding.

Ahmed Alkahly, a 59-year-old Egyptian national who is a well-known qari, or prayer reciter, in his homeland, is visiting Sydney to lead evening prayers at the Dee Why Masjid mosque for the month of Ramadan.

Police will allege that, in two separate incidents on Wednesday afternoon, he approached a 16-year-old girl and a 57-year-old grandmother, who was pushing her grandson in a pram, and indecently assaulted them by touching their breasts along Dee Why Beach.

Both victims called the police. Mr Alkahly was found nearby minutes later and arrested.

Police will allege he also approached a 16-year-old girl in a reserve in Dee Why on Monday afternoon and touched her breasts.

‘They’re certainly distressed by the incident,’ Inspector Craig Wonders said of the three victims.

However, Mr Alkahly’s Sydney-based son said the incidents were the result of a misunderstanding and his father, who does not speak English, is so embarrassed and distressed by his subsequent arrest that he has almost suffered a nervous breakdown.

He said the incidents arose when people on the beach asked to have their photos taken with his father, who was wearing exotic Egyptian Islamic dress.

Mr Alkahly also came into contact with one of the women because her dog started barking and gnarling at him, he said.

‘I’m so depressed, I can’t talk,’ said the son.

A spokesman for Dee Why Masjid, Usamah Alamudi, said Mr Alkahly was simply showing ‘love and compassion’ but had misunderstood the cultural differences between Australia and Egypt.” Read more.

Flashback: Egypt’s Cultural Differences

Categories: Radical Islam

Nigerian Pastor: ‘Open Season’ On Christian Killings By Islamists Have Made Us An Endangered Species

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Matthew 24:22,27, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened… For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

By David Lev, INN – “Christians in Nigeria are an endangered species, according to Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Oritsejafor met this week with U.S. lawmakers, pleading for help in combating the Islamist groups, which have mercilessly attacked Christian communities for the past several years – making Nigeria one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians.

Currently there are some 80 million Christians in the country, but many of them, especially in the north of the country, have faced terror and death at the hand of Islamist groups such as Boko Haram, whose leader, Abubaker Schekau, has personally murdered hundreds of Christians, and helped plan the murders of many more. In 2012, more than 100 Christians died on average each month in northern Nigeria, many by members of the Jihad group.

In a recent troubling development, Oritsejafor told legislators that Islamists have begun targeting not only churches, but also schools – shooting up classrooms with children in attendance. Islamists have declared all schools except those teaching Islam illegal, and Boko Haram is intent on enforcing that law, as well as others drawn from Sharia Islamic law. ‘It is open season on Nigeria’s Christians,’ Oritesejafor told the legislators.

Speaking at an event at the National Press Club, Oritsejafor said that the U.S. was perhaps the last hope for Nigerian Christians. ‘America has a strong history of civil rights,’ he said, ‘and my hope is that our brothers here can awaken the conscience of humanity to stop this genocide.'” Source – INN.

Flashback: Nigeria’s Christian President Warns That The Current Massacre Of Christians Means The End Times Is Upon Us – “In another deadly move portraying Nigeria’s Borno state as a killing field for Nigerian Christians, attackers have stormed a church service in Kiyak village in the outskirts of Chibok, killing another set of 15 worshippers. It was the second major killing of Christians in the Chibok area. Early in December, 10 Christians were also killed in the area… News of the killings emerged after President Goodluck Jonathan questioned whether deadly Islamist attacks on churches in his country and other violence worldwide could be signs of coming ‘end times’… The attack followed another gruesome killing Friday that saw attackers slit the throats of 15 Christians in a pre-dawn raid in Musari …” Read more.

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