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Mass Arrest of Christians for Praying in a Private House

World  (tags: Christ, Church, Christian, persecution, Eritrea )

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Thirty Christians were arrested by Eritrean officials for praying in a private house in the city of Asmara; some of them had only been recently released from detainment for their faith. In Eritrea, more than 3,000 Christians have been detained for their


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Sue Matheson (79)
Friday January 21, 2011, 9:45 pm
in Eritrea?

Cheryl B (64)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 5:01 am
sad news

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:06 pm
We will keep them in our prayers !

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 3:26 am
When will this end? In these Last Days, it is a crime to be Christian. May His Kingdom come!

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 7:06 am
Thanks, Chaplain.

Christopher L (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:06 am
My prayers go out to them.

Terry B (649)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:10 am
Notice that these fools gave government approval to the genocidal mohammedans but to only a limited number of peaceful Christians. WTH is wrong with that so-called country?

. (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 10:22 am
Because there was not a lot of information as to the reason these people were arrested/detained, I can only read into this a few things that were written Christian followers compose 50% of the country; the other half is Islamic. The article said all religions had to be registered forms of religion - The Philadelphians are not on this list. Possibly this is why they had to pray in a house, because they have no church to go to.
This is disturbing to read as this rather quiet country is quite western in many ways. They draw from many cultures, so I am surprised by this over the top act of religious intolerance for a very Christian country, thoug Islamic based country.

Mike S (86)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 12:29 pm
Noted and thanks for the article Chaplain.

William Y (54)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 12:55 pm
Religion & government go together as well as oil & water.

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:02 pm
Please pray for them!

Charles Thomas (1)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:14 pm
Such will someday be the fate for Christians worldwide. Do not believe Muslim leadership when they claim they only want to live together with us in peace.

Krasimira B (175)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:38 pm
Agree William. Noted with thanks.

Mary M (29)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:43 pm
According to a further article I just googled, they allow other religions like the Roman Catholics besides Islam. Maybe this Philadelphia group is rather pushy and want to convert local people to their way of thinking. Without further information as to why, as the Christian news that reported it on their web site, they gave no reason why other religions can register while the Philadelphia group (as it is called there), can not. Not to offend anyone here, but the Jehovah Witnesses practice going from door to door even around here in the middle of a rural area of NYS. Maybe people were complaining about being told what to believe.

Sherry H (67)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:46 pm
And too many still do not see that basically, Islam is not peaceful, and would like to see it encompass our country, all in the name of peaqce and love. To those, Get A Clue!

Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:59 pm

Aphre Hemmant (1)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 2:01 pm
I am not religious, and because I'm not religious the in-fighting baffles me. Why do those people who are prepared to hate Islam in its entirety for the actions of a few not see the hypocrisy? All you are doing is trying to crush what you don't fully understand. Throughout history, Christians have pursued Muslims (the Crusades being a famous example) and yet Christians often forget that when they are so quick to condemn Islam. No just God would desire this amount of hatred and ignorance.

Learn to live together in peace or destroy yourselves.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 2:31 pm
We are so lucky to live in a country where religious freedom is still a right. Although, at the rate things are going, I'm very much afraid that our rights in that area will be taken away by the extremists amongst us.

anne Barusta (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 2:54 pm
Just sad!

Sheila D (28)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 3:01 pm
If they allow Roman Catholics, who are Christian, it must be more of the religion they are following than the fact they are Christians. We in the US are used to the idea that religious freedom is a right; unfortunately, that isn't always the case in the rest of the world. I will keep them in my prayers.

Lilliana Garcia (1)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 3:49 pm
Es increible , pasan los anos y no hay avance la ignorancia sigue y sigue ,, es algo tan lindo ver a un grupo de personas orando pidiendole a su Dios amor , comprencion , armonia , claro estan los que su Dios les ordena matar , a esos si los tendrian que arrestar

Alicia N (87)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 5:04 pm
Very sad. I'll pray for them, thanks and good luck.

Star S. (54)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 5:26 pm
very sad

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:42 pm
We have a young Ethiopian Christian man living near us. He told us he was living in Eritrea and spoke out as a Christian. He was jailed for 8 years in solitary confinement without trial. People from the UN obtained his release and he was given refugee status and taken to Australia. He is a clever and resourceful person - vry pleasant and friendly. He is the sort of person who would be of benefit to Eritrea but would be jailed again if he ever went back. Glad we do not have any religion - it is the source of all conflict in the world.

Jenni Lawton (6)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:14 pm
Wouldn't feel safe there at all! Very complicated area.

Nicole McNally (18)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:16 pm
People are so busy fighting over whose religion is the correct one that they seem to forget that almost all faiths (putting aside extremists) promote acceptance and forgiveness of others. Surely as a good (insert religious denomination here) you should forgive your fellow humans for their so-called sin of not sharing the same faith as you. Religion gets used as an excuse to kill so often yet the fact remains that more often than not there are underlying factors such as greed and politics at play. No one should be persecuted for their beliefs - only their actions when those actions have caused harm.

Stan B (123)
Monday January 24, 2011, 12:14 am
You are quite right Nicole. Sadly, Islam doesn't share your beliefs.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday January 24, 2011, 1:31 am
Every one has a right to pray according to his belief where ever he wishes may it be home ,Church, Temple, mosque

Carol H (229)
Monday January 24, 2011, 4:49 am
noted, thanks for the post

Sherry H (67)
Monday January 24, 2011, 5:56 am
Eenie Meenie Minie Mo-Good Islam/Bad Islam It is the action of a few who have killed many in our country. It is not good to lie to another brother, but it is hunky dory to lie to a non-believer.

Kathryn F (3)
Monday January 24, 2011, 7:06 am
I am a Muslim and it always leaves me deeply saddened and dismayed to hear these stories. I think people need to take a closer look at what it means to be a Muslim and how our roots lie in Judeo-Christian belief. We are a building block of faith that was supposed to increase with time. Our prophet, may peace be upon him, lived in peace and harmony with the Christians and Zoroastrians of his time. I think that we need to start spending more time listening to others and really researching our past and less time yelling and fighting. I always see negative comments about Islam and when all you hear are stories like these, you can imagine why people feel this way, which is really a loss for us all.

JustaHuman Here (53)
Monday January 24, 2011, 7:41 am
Where are the efforts of the "good" muslims trying to keep the "bad" muslims from kiiiling and desturbing "nonbelievers" (the word is racist!)?

Elise L (4)
Monday January 24, 2011, 10:35 am
Their beliefs should be respected. But I think this is a good way for Christians to look at each other and look at differences. Would you like it to always be judged for your beliefs? I don't think so, I'd like that some Christians who are close minded would finaly open their and respect the difference

Charmaine C (177)
Monday January 24, 2011, 1:55 pm
To Aphre Hemmant: So what are you trying to say? That Christians deserve it? You tell me who the good guys are and who the bad guys are? At it's birth, when Islam swept across Arabia, North Africa, Asia Minor, The Balkans and Spain, they came with the sword Aphre and were met with the sword. If we can have mosques in Europe and allow Moslems to worship God in their way without disturbance, then why can Christians not be afforded the same courtesy?

Sherry H (67)
Monday January 24, 2011, 4:41 pm
Christians are persecuted there. That's how peaceful it isn't.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 25, 2011, 12:13 pm
This is so horrible I really don't have the words we in the USA have no idea how lucky we really are not until we lose it all and it will be way to late when we finally wake up and smell the roses and by then it will be to late and that is a fact.


Quanta Kiran (67)
Wednesday January 26, 2011, 9:27 am
stupid, stupid, stupid. religious fanatics are morons with their "my faith is better than yours. my faith is the right faith. your faith is the wrong faith. convert and save yourself."

if anyone should be saving anyone these idiots should be doing introspections and trying to save themselves.

we should be working together for more important things like ending HIVAIDs, poverty, saving children and developing technology to save our planet from the ecologigical disaster that humans are but no we're busy fighting over whose God is the real God! whose faith is the true faith!

Faith is personal, keep it in your house better yet keep it in your heart!

jane richmond (10)
Monday May 2, 2011, 6:27 am
Freedom for ONLY my religion it seems.
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