Saturday, 21 July 2012

The final ethnic cleansing of the rest of the Christians in the Middle East is well under way

There are many stories about the persecution and killing of Christians as well as the destruction of countless churches in Africa and the Middle East. But another popular tactic for eliminating the Christian population is forced conversions, mostly women and girls, but men as well. Following the Arab Spring and the rise of the radical Islamists, the rate of abductions and forced conversions is rising rapidly in Egypt, and now Gaza, too.

Christian Post “Abducting and converting Coptic girls to Islam is not only a result of the paranoid and racist incitation against the Copts, but it is an organized and pre-planned process by associations and organizations inside Egypt with domestic and Arab funding as the main role in seducing and luring Coptic girls is carried through cunning, deceit and enticement or through force if required,” according to Magdy Khalil of the Middle East Freedom Forum.

A report recently published describes the growing concern surrounding the increasingly common abductions and forced conversions of Coptic Christians in Egypt in the wake of the uprisings that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak early in 2011.

The report, entitled “Tell My Mother I Miss Her,” was commissioned by Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and reveals with certainty that “Coptic women and girls are deceptively lured or abducted into forced marriages with Muslim men” while also being forced to renounce their faith and convert to Islam. These actions generally occur after the women are threatened or even physically abused.
The findings added to a previous report by CSI published in 2009 entitled, “The Disappearance, Forced Conversions and Forced Marriages of Coptic Christian Women in Egypt,” and aims to illicit action from government bodies and the international community.

Monday, 2 July 2012


Islamist rebels said they will continue to destroy historic sites in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu before they implement strict Shariah law, as Mali's government compared the destruction to "war crimes" and said they would seek international justice.

Ansar Dine spokesman Sanda Abu Mohamed said that Islamists will continue the destruction they started on Saturday.

"We're going to destroy everything before we apply Shariah in this city," he said.

Nope, I just don't get it, more training for me required.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

15 die in Kenya church massacre

Fifteen people have been killed when gunmen burst into a church in Kenya.

The attackers killed two policemen guarding the church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation. Forty people were wounded, said security officials.

A grenade attack against a second church in the city of Garissa wounded three people.

Two gunmen entered the simple wooden church at around 10:15 am while two others waited outside, police said. When the congregation fled the attack inside, they ran straight into another hail of bullets from gunmen outside. At least one grenade was detonated in the attack.

Overturned wooden benches littered the African Inland Church afterward. A victim wearing a simple blue dress lay on the sandy earth outside. Witnesses reported seeing the four gunmen flee in dark blue outfits and masks.

"We were deep in prayers preparing to give our offerings," said a visibly shaken David Mwange, a churchgoer. "We first had a loud bang from outside which we mistook to be coming from the rooftops. We then had gun shots which made us to lie down. Within no time we had gunshots all over. Everybody was shouting and wailing in pain."

Garissa Mayor Ismail Garat called the church assault "evil." He said: "We are not used to witnessing such kinds of acts in our country, where people are just shot in broad daylight. We really want to know who the heartless people who did this are."

Police suspect the attacks were carried out by al-Shabab, the most dangerous militant group in Somalia. The police were guarding the church because of the increasingly dangerous security situation near the border with Somalia and because Somalia's Islamist militants have made Christian churches a common target.

The Vatican spokesman condemned the "vile" and "disgraceful" attacks and said they showed the necessity of defending the rights of Christians to celebrate their faith and "oppose irresponsible acts that fuel hatred among religions."

Kenya sent troops into Somalia last October to hunt al-Shabab fighters. The militants, who are allied with al Qaida, have threatened repeatedly to carry out revenge attacks for Kenya's push into Somalia.