“You are going to get me killed…I have got my flight back home,” stated Pakistani religious freedom advocate Arafat Mazhar to an audience questioner at Georgetown University. His jarring response emphasized that the conference’s examination of Islamic blasphemy norms in Pakistan no mere academic matter but rather lethal threats to freedom of speech and religion using blasphemy laws
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Cotton Introduces Religious Persecution Relief Act to Protect Religious Minorities in Syria and IraqMar 21st, 2016 | By Editor
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has introduced the Religious Persecution Relief Act, legislation that would grant religious minorities fleeing persecution at the hands of ISIS and other groups in Syria priority status so they can apply directly to the U.S. resettlement program. The bill will also set aside 10,000 resettlement slots annually that must be devoted to Syrian religious minorities.
An unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians — the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history occurred during 2015, stated Open Doors USA President David Curry on January 13 in Washington, DC. In a National Press Club presentation his organization’s annual World Watch List confirmed depressing global trends in Christian persecution noted 2015 was even worse for Christians that 2014.
The majority of the cases involving Christian persecution are in Muslim-dominated lands. In fact, 40 out 50 nations persecuting Christians are Muslim. At the top of the list of nations, however, is North Korea, where as many as 70,000 Christians are in forced labor camps. Communist dictatorships are well-known for their brutal treatment of Christians.
The “cancer of Christian persecution is metastasizing” in an “epidemic” that is “spreading at an unprecedented rate in modern times,” stated Open Doors USA president David Curry at a January 7 briefing in Washington, DC’s National Press Club. Approximately 100 million Christians are persecuted worldwide, making them one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world
Church leaders say attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabab militants in Kenya are increasingly taking on an anti-Christian tenor, including targeted executions of non-Muslims. At a news conference in Nairobi on Wednesday (Dec. 10), the leaders said Muslims must redouble efforts to preach religious tolerance and end youth radicalization.
“Christians … remain the most persecuted religious group the world over, and thus deserve the special attention that today’s hearing will give them. As one of today’s witnesses, the distinguished journalist John Allen has written: ‘Christians today indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often their martyrs suffer in silence.’”
Supporting religious freedom abroad is not just a legal or moral duty, but a practical necessity that affects the security of the United States because it builds a foundation for progress and stability. Research confirms that religious freedom in countries that honor and protect this right is associated with vibrant political democracy, rising economic and social well-being, and diminished tension and violence.
The Religious Freedom Coalition exhibit at the Values Voter Summit exposed the evils of Saudi Arabia including the arrests and torture of Christians guest workers from Ethiopia. RFC Chairman William J Murray met with several Senators concerning the evils of the ruling Saudi royal family.
Raymond Ibrahim reports that attacks on Coptic Christian children are on the rise in Egypt.
Earlier this week, a six-year-old Coptic Christian boy, Cyril Yusuf Sa’ad, was kidnapped and held for ransom. After his family paid the ransom, the Muslim kidnapper killed the boy and threw his body in the sewer of his house.