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HATE CRIMES/EXTREMISM~ THE SUMMER OF 2011~
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HATE CRIMES/EXTREMISM
~CHRISTIANS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF HATE CRIMES AND EXTREMISM~2011!
3 years ago

On March 30, 2009, while working to repair his taxi, Luís Edilberto Velázquez, a devoted member of the Pentecostal church was shot and killed, an innocent bystander in the violence targeting the body of Christ in Colombia.
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PAKISTAN CAMPAIGN: Two Pakistani leaders, both of which were critical of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, have been assassinated since the beginning of this year: Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab province, and Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs. Bhatti was Pakistan’s highest-ranking Christian. After these two deaths, Open Doors decided it was necessary to run a campaign focused on religious liberty in Pakistan. Christians in Pakistan have become very discouraged after these latest setbacks in religious liberty, so we hope that you will take a moment to send a message
3 years ago
PAKISTAN CAMPAIGN: Two Pakistani leaders, both of which were critical of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, have been assassinated since the beginning of this year: Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab province, and Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs. Bhatti was Pakistan’s highest-ranking Christian. After these two deaths, Open Doors decided it was necessary to run a campaign focused on religious liberty in Pakistan. Christians in Pakistan have become very discouraged after these latest setbacks in religious liberty, so we hope that you will take a moment to send a message of sympathy to the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. and request the active protection of Christians in the country. 
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ISLAMIC MOB BURNS DOWN CHURCH IN EGYPT: Incited by an imam’s call to “kill all the Christians,” a mob attacked a church in the village of Sool outside Cairo. The March 4th attack resulted in the complete destruction of the church building, after the Islamic mob set fire to it. The imam had told local Muslims that it would be right for them to kill the Christians because they had no right to live in the village. Full story>>
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The Death of Hena Akhbar 

At 14, Hena Akhter was the youngest of five children born to Darbesh Khan and his wife Aklima Begum. Hena was small for her age and in a part of the world were many girls are married by their early teens, her parents still considered her too young for marriage.

So how did it come to pass that this young, well-like girl was accused of adultery and beaten to death by her fellow villagers?

Trouble began for Hena a year ago when her 40 year old cousin, Mahbub Khan, returned to Shariatpur from Malaysia. Khan made advances to Hena and harassed her as she went back and forth to school. Her father complained to the village elders, who fined Khan for his behavior, but asked Darbesh to let the issue drop.

Mahbub continued to harass Hena, who continued to rebuff his advances, but Mahbub would not be ignored. One night in late January, Hena was walking to an outdoor toilet when Khan abducted and gagged her, and then proceeded to brutally rape her in the nearby bushes.

In the ensuing struggle, Hena's cries for help roused Mahbub Khan's wife. When she discovered the pair she dragged Hena back to her hut and locked her in a room. Then Khan's wife, her mother and her aunt viciously beat Hena before turning her over to the village's illegal sharia court for a "trial."

The imam passed his fatwa on the pair. Mahbub Khan and Hena were found guilty of having an illicit affair; Khan was sentenced to receive 201 lashings, Hena 101.

Khan managed to escape his punishment with just a few lashings, while Hena received close to 80 before collapsing. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died 6 days later.

Shockingly, her autopsy report claimed that there were no injuries and that Hena had committed suicide. Her parents were shocked by this and knew that it was not the case. They proceeded to petition the court for a second autopsy and murder charges to be brought against those involved.

 

The high court ordered Hena's body to be exhumed and a second autopsy revealed that the girl bled to death as a result of her injuries.

 

Police are now conducting an investigation and have arrested several people, including Mahbub Khan, in connection with Hena's death. The doctors who issued the initial autopsy reports are also facing charges for writing a false post-mortem report.

What's Next?

 

While many are hopeful that the government is pursuing the case against Hena's murderers, we are also left wonder what the Bengali government plans to do to prevent something like this from happening again.

 

The government is desperately trying to be seen as a moderate voice

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The government is desperately trying to be seen as a moderate voice amid the cacophony of extremist neighbors and outlawing the brutal punishments handed down by sharia law is progress. However, the government must take steps to override the patriarchal and violent system that is entrenched in the village lifestyle. Education and a stronger local judicial system must be implemented to protect not only the women of Bangladesh but other minority groups, including Bangladesh's small and endangered Christian population.

 

Reports from WCICC's Bengali National Director often speak of the danger and hardship they face on a daily basis. Aside from the poverty known to all Bengali's, they face a dangerous and extreme anti-Christian bias, with no help from the "moderate" Muslim government.

 

WCICC continues to be vocal regarding the implementation of sharia law as demanded and dictated by Islamic minorities. Sharia has no care for the rights of women, the rights of Christians or the tolerance of religious freedom. Christians around the world, especially in the United States, must continue to vocalize their opposition to this barbaric system of religious justice implemented by Muslim extremists.



3 years ago
Urgent Prayer Request from Central Asia
We just received an URGENT APPEAL FOR PRAYER for a devoted Christian whose life is in grave danger for distributing Bibles to fellow Christians in an undisclosed country in Central Asia. The authorities have ambushed his family and are searching for him. They want to punish him for spreading the Gospel in his homeland. Please, please pray that God will give him the strength to face whatever comes.
3 years ago
Church burning in Egypt
Persecution, June 2011

Dear Donna Matthews,

I often tell people that my organization is in a growth industry. . . persecution!

Wahabbis and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria have attacked and threatened Christians in both countries since the "Arab Spring."  In Syria, twenty masked Wahhabis on motorcycles recently opened fire on a Christian home while shouting, "Your day is here, you infidels!" At some of the recent anti-government demonstrations, Wahabbi Muslims chanted, "Alawites (the President's tribe) to the grave and Christians to Beirut!" In other words - get out of "our" country.

In Egypt, radical Muslims attacked the congregants of the Virgin Mary Church in front of hundreds of witnesses and without opposition from the police who were standing by. They brutally killed 15 worshipers, wounded 200, and burned the church.

The pastor said, "We don't talk-the church screams for itself. The church has five floors, and there is no space where the fire didn't reach. The floors, the ceiling, the pillars, the church box, the chairs, all of it - everything was burned."

A few months before the demonstrations started, a group of Christians in Egypt said that they had received a very clear message from the Lord that a period of intense crushing was coming and would last for several years.

Things are getting worse for Christians in the Middle East, and the bottom line is that we cannot stop the hatred and killing of our brothers and sisters. The Lord told us this would happen. The world is not yet under His control. Until that time, would you please join me to hold and comfort our family members that are abused in the most terrible ways? I also invite you to join us as we go beyond comforting and build the persecuted Church. God's kingdom will not be stopped.

As you partner with us, I promise to use your gifts efficiently, ethically, and effectively!


Jeff King
3 years ago
Nigeria's Killing FieldsChristian home burned by Muslim mobs in Nigeria
Your brothers and sisters in northern Nigeria desperately need your prayers as they continue to face persecution from Islam. In one of the most recent attacks, hundreds of Christian were slaughtered by Muslims who objected to the election of a Christian president.

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3 years ago
The Wahhabi Threat

An extremely violent brand of fundamentalist Islam is threatening Christians in Egypt, Syria, and across the Middle East.

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3 years ago
Churches Torched in Tanzania
The wave of anti-Christian movements continues to spread across nations in Africa. Recently, on the picturesque island of Zanzibar, Muslim extremists burned down two church buildings; both were reduced to ashes.
3 years ago

Surviving Persecution in India
A Christian family, who hosts Sunday church meetings in their home, were attacked by 10 armed men. Fleeing to a nearby teak forest, they spent the night in the midst of a heavy rain storm. Now the family remains separated by continuing threats from this rebel group. Open Doors continues to support Christians, like this family, who are facing trials and oppression because of their faith. By attending Standing Strong Through the Storm seminars, Christians in India are prepared to face persecution with wisdom, faith and courage.
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3 years ago

August 18th, 2011

Dear Donna,

"And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:27-28

Insurgent Blast Nearly Demolishes Iraqi Church
This was the second time in the past two weeks that the Christian community in Kirkuk had come under attack. The explosion was so crushing that the church will likely need to be demolished and rebuilt.
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3 years ago

Girl in Uganda Loses Use of Legs After Leaving Islam for Christ
"News reached my father that I had converted to Christianity, and that was the beginning of my troubles with him," said Susan, a fourteen-year-old girl from western Uganda. Locked by her father in a windowless room for six months, she barely had enough food or water to survive. Rescued by neighbors, Susan has spent the last ten months slowly healing in a hospital.
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3 years ago

Coptic Christian Killed During Attack on Village in Upper Egypt
A Coptic Christian was killed and several others were injured Sunday, August 7, after Muslims attacked a predominantly Christian village following an argument between a Muslim and Christian.
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3 years ago

Persecution Intensifies in the "Stan" Countries of Central Asia
As global tension escalates Christian children have become targets of abuse and persecution in several countries in Central Asia. Stones are thrown, harsh words are spoken, and many are beaten by their schoolmates. In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan new laws are being considered that would, in part; go so far as to ban children from being involved in religious organizations.
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3 years ago

Violence and Instability Take Their Toll on Nigerian Children
Tiny Japheth lost his parents and siblings during an attack on their village when he was only seven months old. Cuddled by his mother as she protected him, he was the only family member to survive. In Nigeria children face persecution based on their parents' decision to accept Christ, the children's decision to hold on to Jesus even when their parents backslide, or as victims of violence against the church in northern Nigeria.
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