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Monday, January 20th, 2014
Some three years after a resolution swept long-ruling President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from office, Tunisia is still working through the details of its new governing system. In the draft of its constitution the writers have chosen not to include the Islamic Sharia law as the basis for its legal code. It is common throughout much of the Muslim world to include Sharia as the basis for its laws. While there remain some worrying parts of the law, this does show a positive sign for protecting the religious freedoms of Tunisia’s minority religions.
Thursday, July 25th, 2013
As Tunisian political leaders struggle to work out the specifics for their new constitution it is vital that this document enshrines a robust level of individual rights to enable the flourishing of the people and nation of Tunisia. Among the most important of these rights – and an indicator of other rights - is the freedom of religion, including the right to adopt, change, or renounce a belief, and the freedom to live in accordance with ones beliefs in public and private, individually and in community with others. Absent these freedoms the state becomes complicit in the persecution of its citizens.
Saturday, June 1st, 2013
It is now painfully clear that the widely acclaimed Arab Spring, which hoped to instill democratic change and greater freedoms throughout the Arab world, has given rebirth to a radical agenda that seeks to Islamize the Middle East. In Egypt, more than 80 Christians have been killed and several churches have been destroyed since the country’s uprising. In Syria, Christians have fled Islamist rebel-controlled cities in the thousands in fear for their lives. The Arab Spring—at one time a commendable, idealistic dream—has now plummeted toward a grave reality: the only freedoms gained were those of Islamists that demand complete submission from Christians.
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
The Islamist party Ennahda introduced a new bill on August 1 that would warrant imprisonment for insulting Islam, thus threatening religious freedom and free speech in Tunisia.
Monday, August 13th, 2012
World Net Daily reports on the decline of Christian freedoms throughout the Middle East following the Arab Spring and on the US’s failure to intervene.
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Raymond Ibrahim, a journalist and scholar on Islam, defends an earlier article (here) that a Christian beheading depicted in a graphic video was executed for his conversion to Christianity to Islam.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
In this graphic video, Islamic radicals murder a Christian convert from Islam in Tunisia. The Muslim prophet Muhammad told his followers to kill Muslims who leave their faith. Warning: the video you will be seeing is extremely graphic. To see the video, click on the link which says go to the full story.
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
More Tunisians have been given prison terms for offending Islam, Gatestone Institute reports.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
The survival of Christianity in the Middle East may depend on its ability to make new political alliances and end its dependency on the protection of long-standing, but unpopular regimes, the Guardian reports.
Sunday, April 1st, 2012
“The uprisings of 2011 fostered hopes for democracy in the Arab world, but also a big fear: what if the old tyrannies go, only to be replaced by new, Islamic ones? This fear has pushed some in Syria, especially its minorities [including Christians], into a grudging tolerance for the brutal, but at least secular regime. A similar fear has reared its head lately in Egypt and Tunisia, too, as both prepare to write new constitutions,” The Economist reports.
Friday, March 30th, 2012
“In the following interview, Samir Amghar, a specialist of Islamist movements, states that the ruling Tunisian Islamist party Ennahda and the Tunisian Salafists groups are complementary, with ‘a sort of implicit division of the political work, between the two movements,’” the Gatestone Institute reports. The radical ideology of Tunisia’s Islamist dominated government will have devastating repercussions on the country’s minorities, including Christians.
Monday, March 26th, 2012
“Thousands of Salafists calling to include Sharia Law in the new Tunisian Constitution gathered in front of the National Constituent Assembly on March 16,” Gatestone Institute reports. “The slogans called to have the Koran as the country's only constitution.”
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
“Four months after Tunisia’s first freely contested elections, critics of the country’s Islamist-led government are sounding the alarm: Freedom, they charge, and a certain Tunisian ‘way of life’ are under attack,” Bloomberg reports. As Tunisia sets to draft a new constitution, many lawmakers, including those from the popular Ennahda party, want to impose Islamic law as the principle source of legislation which will be detrimental to the country’s minorities, including Christians.
Friday, March 9th, 2012
As Tunisia sets to draft a new constitution, many lawmakers, including those from the popular Ennahda party, want to impose Islamic law as the principle source of legislation which will be detrimental to the country’s minorities, including Christians.
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
“An Islamic militia has been legalized in Tunisia. According to the Tunisian media outlet Kapitalis, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior, lead by Ali Larayedh, chairman of the ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, has given legal status to the ‘Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,’ an Islamic religious police established after the Tunisian Revolution by self-appointed custodians of Islamic virtues,” the Stonegate Institute reports.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Throughout the Middle East, long-standing dictators just ousted in the Arab Spring are being replaced by more oppressive forms of governance, even in the Arab world's most liberal country, Tunisia.
Monday, February 27th, 2012
“Salafism is now a new political subject in the Tunisian scene and is competing for power with Muslim Brotherhood-oriented parties, such as the Tunisian ruling party Ennahda,” the Stonegate Institute reports.
Saturday, February 25th, 2012
“After months of reassuring secularist critics, Islamist politicians in Tunisia and Egypt have begun to lay down markers about how Muslim their states should be - and first signs show they want more religion than previously admitted,” Reuters reports.
Sunday, February 19th, 2012
“Islamic law is increasingly used by authoritarian governments and extremist forces in the Muslim world to acquire and consolidate power, experts say, which is becoming an increasing threat to religious minorities, especially Christians,” the Christian Post reports.
Sunday, February 12th, 2012
“The Arab Spring uprisings that have toppled secular dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power they have been denied for decades. Their rise is creating near-panic among ancient Christian communities that dot the Muslim world and predate Islam by centuries,” PanArmenian.Net reports.
Saturday, February 11th, 2012
"Rise of Islamic groups bringing wave of intimidation, persecution," World Net Daily reports.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
“The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled secular dictatorships have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power they have been denied for decades. Their rise is creating near-panic among ancient Christian communities that dot the Muslim world and predate Islam by centuries,” The Washington Post reports.
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
“The rise of Islamist movements in countries swept by the Arab revolutions has sent shudders through the region's Christians who fear for their survival and question the future make-up of the Middle East,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Monday, December 12th, 2011
“[Political Islam] may prove to be one of the most lasting legacies of the Arab spring,” The Guardian reports.
Friday, December 9th, 2011
“A ‘committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice,’ supported by radical Salafists, has been launched in Tunisia,” Hudson New York reports.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
“Some Islamic parties are more moderate than others but at the end of the day their goal is Islamic domination and Islam is not a tolerant religion,” the Eurasia Review reports.
Monday, December 5th, 2011
“A recent Barnabas Aid prayer alert calls Christians to pray for the tenuous situation in Tunisia and Egypt, two of the countries involved in the ‘Arab Spring.’”
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
“Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Saddam Hussein of Iraq each were horrible human rights violators, but ironically enough, offered a measure of protection to Christians. In contrast, nations under Shariah will look more like Saudi Arabia and Iran, where leaving Islam for any other religion is a punishable offense,” writes Carl Moeller, the president and CEO of Open Doors USA.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
“Militant extremists, including the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Iranian brand, proclaim the only legitimate governments -- anywhere -- are those controlled by devout Muslims committed to a rigid interpretation of Islamic law and the enforcement of that interpretation,” The Strategy Page reports. Will Tunisia’s newly elected Ennahda Party impose Sharia when drafting the country’s new constitution, or adhere to the democratic principles they claim to uphold?