As for targeting Christians, ISIS has made a very public fetish of destroying Christian symbols and sites, uprooting historic communities, and killing Christians as it gained territory in Iraq, Syria and Libya. But the group also did this when it was still publicly a member in good standing of Al-Qaeda (2003-2014). Both groups seem to harbor a particular hatred for the largest single Christian denomination in the Middle East and North Africa, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the “Patriarchate of Alexandria and the See of St. Mark.”
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“They hit me with a blunt object, and I fell down bleeding,” Hassan said. “Then they stepped on my stomach, and while I was struggling, another hit me on my head [with the blunt object]. I was not able to know what happened after that point. I just woke up to find my mother screaming for help.”
Bennetta believed she could live peacefully in America without fear of Islamic persecution and terror, but Muslim terrorists now strike at will everywhere in the world, including the United States. In the once pleasant community of San Bernardino, Islamic terror found her and took her life.
Nepali Christians say proposed amendments to the country’s new constitution, expected to come into effect this August after seven years of parliamentary discussions, could render all Christian activity illegal. “Christians are deeply concerned that the draft, though it affirms the right to profess and practise one’s own religion, criminalizes evangelism and conversion,” added Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC), an advocacy group following the situation.
One of Syria’s most respected church leaders has condemned the destruction of an ancient Catholic monastery by the Islamic State (IS) group and expressed concern that hundreds of kidnapped people, many of them Christians, may have been killed and Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo Antoine Audo spoke hours after news emerged that IS had destroyed the monastery in the Syrian town of Qaryatain dating back to the 5th century after Christ, and is located in central Homs province.
After watching idly as a mob of Hindu extremists dragged Christians from a prayer meeting in West Delhi and beat them, police questioned those who were attacked as if they were guilty of fraudulent conversion, sources said.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court at the Lahore Registry admitted for hearing her petition challenging the sentence.
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman who has been sentenced to death for “blasphemy” for drinking from a Muslim water cup, appears to be bleeding to death in prison. She was found last week vomiting blood, suffering chest pains and having trouble eating.
Capturing and selling women is one of the Islamic State’s recruiting practices to attract foreign fighters to come to Iraq and Syria. They are lured there not only to fight, but to get a virgin slave girl they can sexually abuse at will. There an estimated 25,000 foreign fighters from 100 countries in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere who are committed to killing for the Islamic State.
Time and again Islamic doctrines have repeatedly incited the same patterns of death, destruction, and cultural cleansing against Christians and other non-Muslims. The genocide of Armenian Christians in 1915 is being repeated in the Middle East today