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Thursday, December 12th, 2013
After the Federal Sharia Court (FSC) of Pakistan declared its decision that only death sentences were appropriate in cases where an individual was found guilty under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, a Christian civil rights group has called on the government to make real reforms to the controversial laws that have abused religious minorities for decades. Many Christians believe that this change to Pakistan's blasphemy laws will only make the abuse of them more deadly. Christians and other religious minorities are disproportionately accused and convicted under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Many are falsely accused by members of Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslim population seeking to eliminate a business rival or just abuse them as religious minorities. Please pray for real reform to Pakistan's blasphemy laws.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) in Pakistan has ordered the government to remove the option of life imprisonment as a punishment for the crime of blasphemy. The FSC decided that it was un-Islamic for anyone found guilty of the crime of blasphemy to receive anything but a death sentence for their crime. Many Christians and other religious minorities fear this "reform," because they are disproportionately accused of blasphemy by Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslim population. Often, Pakistan's blasphemy laws are abused to eliminate rivals and persecute religious minorities. Many Christians now fear that false blasphemy accusations have become more deadly.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Christian human rights organizations are using Human Rights Day in Pakistan to call for an end to the country's controversial blasphemy laws. There is general agreement in the international human rights community that Pakistan's blasphemy laws are often abused by the Sunni Muslim majority to persecute religious minorities, including Christians. Recently, the Federal Sharia Court ordered that only death sentences were appropriate for punishing blasphemers, taking away the courts ability to punish accused blasphemers with fines and life imprisonment. Please pray for the persecuted of Pakistan.
Monday, December 9th, 2013
The Federal Shariat Court has revised Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws by issuing orders to remove the ability of court's sentence accused blasphemers to life in prison. According to the court, death is the only punishment appropriate for blasphemers. This decision may be detrimental to many religious minorities in Pakistan who are disproportionately accused of blasphemy. The human rights community agrees that the laws have been abused by many in Pakistan to eliminate rivals and abuse minority groups. Christians have often been on the receiving end of the this abuse and blasphemy accusation, whether falsified or true, often act as a preamble to broader communal violence against the religious minority.
Monday, December 9th, 2013
Pakistan continues to be ranked among the worst places to be a Christian on planet earth. Daily, Christians and other religious minorities are abused by the Sunni Muslim majority. Rape, forced marriage, forced conversion, torture and murder are just some of the realities Christians are forced to endure living in Pakistan. Government officials, including police, do little to protect the rights of Christians and in many cases, participate in the abuse. Please pray for the persecuted of Pakistan.
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Elishba was only 6 years old when she was wounded when three Islamic radicals attacked her church with automatic weapons. Recounting the events of that day, Elishba says she still struggles to cope with the terror she experienced. In 2001, radicals attacked St. Dominic Church in the city of Bahawalpur. Sixteen Christians, including the pastor, were killed in the attack. Please remember to pray for persecuted Christians in Pakistan.
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Security measures around churches in Pakistan are being increased following the bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. On September 22, two suicide bombers attacked the church as its 600 members were leaving a morning service. As a result, over 100 Christians were killed and over 150 more were injured. In mid-November, a police officer guarding a church in Peshawar was shot dead by suspected terrorists. This recent string of violence directed at churches has many Christians feeling insecure in Pakistan. Many churches have been briefed by local police on ways to avoid becoming targets and limiting causalities if attacked.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
In a recent study conducted by Maplecroft, Pakistan was ranked fourth among countries posing an extreme risk to the human rights of its own population in Asia. This study was released as the UK Parliament discussed the issue of Christian persecution in the Middle East and Asia. Pakistan and its abused Christian minority were discussed at length in the parliament, ultimately leading to one member of the debate to call on Pakistan to revise its controversial blasphemy laws.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
The final witness against Sawan Masih, a Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, is set to take the stand December 7th. The blasphemy accusations against Masih in late March are what sparked off anti-Christian riots in a Christian neighborhood named Joseph's Colony in the Pakistani city of Lahore. When the dust settled, over 200 Christian families had their homes destroyed and possessions stolen in the riots. Justice for these families remains elusive, yet justice against Masih has been conducted in a very swift manner.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Christians in Pakistan continue to be disproportionately abused with false accusations originating under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws. These laws, which forbid anyone to desecrate a Quran, defame the prophet or attack/harm religious sentiments, are often abused by radicals and fundamentalists in Pakistan's Muslim majority society to settle scores against Christians or eliminate Christian rivals. Many Christians have been falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan and have been sentenced to death after receiving anything but a free and fair trial.
Friday, November 29th, 2013
Steven Masood, a Pakistani Christian now living in the U.S., had to travel a very difficult road to his spiritual salvation. Born a Muslim in Pakistan, Masood had to risk his life in order to convert to Christianity. Buried alive, nearly beheaded and jailed many times for his conversion, Masood is thankful that he has been able to find religious freedom in the U.S..
Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Thanksgiving is a time in which we can reflect upon what we are thankful for. This year, lets take some time to be thankful for the steadfast faith many Christians martyrs have shown around the world. Their stories of faith and sacrifice remind us the importance of Jesus and his message to this world.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
There has been a marked increase in Christian persecution in Pakistan following the September 22 bombing of All Saints Church in northwestern city of Peshawar. According to reports over the past two months, at least 3 Christians have been accused of blasphemy. Many believe this dramatic spike in persecution is due to Christians publicly protesting the persecution they experience in Pakistan following the bombing of All Saints Church. Extremist elements within Pakistan, who believe Christians have not place in the country, were likely enraged by the demonstrations for the rights of Christians and have acted accordingly to put Christians down.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
A police officer tasked with guarding a church in Peshawar, Pakistan was shot and killed last Tuesday by a group of unidentified gunman. This attack has Christians in Peshawar desperate for the Pakistani government to protect their right to worship freely. Following the bombing of All Saints Church on September 22, Christians and other rights groups raised their concerns over the deteriorating security afforded religious minorities and their places of worship. Many Christians still feel unsecure in their churches and following this most recent act of violence, question whether attending church on Sunday is wise.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
Christians in Pakistan, making up only 2-3% of the total population, continue to live persecuted lives. Daily, Christian suffer discrimination and intimidation because of their religious identity leaving over 90% of the Christian population to live below Pakistan's poverty line. Among the things Pakistani Christians fear most, is the threat of being accused of blasphemy. Often blasphemy accusations are used to settle scores, eliminate rivals and persecute unwanted minority groups in Pakistan and Christians have little ways to defend themselves even against the falsest of charges.
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
With Christians in poverty regularly suffering the injustice that comes packaged with the abuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, issues relating to the natural consequences of the law are in need of urgent resolution.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
As another Pakistani journalist receives a death threat for writing about Christians, it appears that journalists in Pakistan are being targeted for interfering with an ongoing campaign to intimidate and persecute Christians.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
In the wake of the twin suicide bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Christians have demanded more security be guaranteed by the Pakistani government at their places of worship. In Peshawar, this has done little to ease the minds of local Christians and stop the violence committed against churches. On November 19, a police officer guarding an Assemblies of God Church in Pakistan was shot and killed by unknown attackers. This shooting have many Christians who attend the church nervous that they will be the next to be killed like those at All Saints Church.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
S. P. Singha is an important figure in Pakistan's history. When Pakistan divided from India, it was Singha who collected enough Christian support to keep the province of Punjab within Pakistan's borders. Unfortunately, Singha is unknown to most Pakistanis today. After assisting Pakistan keep its most populous province and rising to be the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, he was voted out of power based on the fact that he was a Christian. Like many non-Muslims important in Pakistan's history, Singha has been airbrushed out of the history books because of his religious identity, leaving religious minorities in Pakistan, like Christians, a people without a proud history.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Christians who were forced to flee their homes after Rimsha Masih was accused of blasphemy remain homeless and are becoming increasingly desperate. Like many blasphemy accusations, the accusation itself was only a prelude to a broader attack on the Christian community in which Rimsha lived. Now, one year later, Rimsha is acquitted and has received asylum in Canada along with her family. Unfortunately, the rest of Rimsha's Christian neighbors did not receive this assistance and are still living in tents without running water. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Two months after the deadliest single attack on Christians in Pakistan, the bishop of Pakistan's Anglican Church has reported that the strength and size of the Church has grown since the attack. Christians are becoming stronger in their faith as churches unite and share the burden of persecution as a single, strong community. The bishop has reported that the numbers of Christians attending church since the bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar, which claimed over 130 lives, has actually increased. He even mentioned that youth involvement has grown in the wake of the bombing. Please pray for strength and endurance for this persecuted community.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
A Christian accused of desecrating the Quran in Pakistan is currently being hunted down by police after having a blasphemy charge filed against him. According to the accusation, Tariq Masih is accused of using pages from a children's book containing Quranic verses in the making of fireworks he sold. When Muslims discovered the ripped pages, they accused Tariq of blasphemy, confronted him and beat him. After the beating, Tariq explained that he could not read, so he didn't realize his 'crime' and he apologized. His attackers forgave him, but still filed a blasphemy charge against Tariq at the behest of local Muslim leaders who wished to make an example of the illiterate Christian.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Despite decades of persecution, one Christian community in Pakistan has found a reason to celebrate. In the Christian town of Youhanabad, a neighborhood consisting mainly of Christian in the Pakistani city of Lahore, Christians are celebrating 50 years since the town of Youhanabad was established. Every year, Christian in Youhanabad celebrate the founding and the Christian leader that established the town. Despite persecution, now over 70,000 Christian families reside in Youhanabad, making it one of the largest concentrations of Christians in all of Pakistan.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
According the Britain's Minister for Faith Christian communities across the world, particularly in the Middle East, are in danger of becoming extinct due to targeting by Islamic extremists. From Egypt to Syria to Pakistan, Christian communities across the Middle East and South Asia have come under attack as extremists gain influence. In Pakistan, a church of 600 attendants was attacked by two suicide bombers shortly following a Sunday service. Around 130 Christians were killed as a result of this attack. Scenes of destruction like this are being faced by Christian in many of Christianity's ancient homelands. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Friday, November 15th, 2013
As religious intolerance and sectarian divide continue to cripple Pakistan's society, there are a few who dare to speak out on these issue and deliver a message of peace and tolerance. Among these few willing to speak out, a Christian activist has organized demonstrations to highlight the suffering of the Christian minority in Pakistan. One week after the bombing of All Saints Church in late September, Jibran Nasir organized human chains, including people from many religious backgrounds, to protect churches. Although the issue of persecution in Pakistan is large and complicated, there are a few who are working to change that reality.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Across the broader Middle East, from Morocco to Pakistan, Christians have repeatedly come under attack in recent months. The tragedy of these attacks extends beyond just the individuals and families directly attacked, but extends to the societies involved and the region overall. The attacks are threatening to drive Christians from areas that have been the homeland of Christianity for two millennia. Some are now beginning to consider what is actually at stake if Christians are cleansed from the region. What would be lost if Christians were erased from the map in these countries?
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
In late October, a Christian man and his nephews were beaten by Muslim extremists in Pakistan after refusing the convert to Islam. The extremists confronted the Christian man and his nephews and asked the to convert. After they refused, the extremists threatened the Christians and pistol whipped them. Later, the extremists showed up at the Christian man's house, firing multiple bullets into the empty property. This incident is indicative of a broader issue across the Middle East and Muslim world. The forced conversion of religious minorities is something that is happening every day without discussion. This issue must be brought to light so that it may be addressed and religious tolerance can be promoted.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota addressed the House of Representatives regarding the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan. Especially highlighting the suffering of the Shia Muslim minority, Rep. Ellison spoke to the suffering of all religious minorities in Pakistan. Christians, making up around 2% of Pakistan's population, suffer many forms of persecution including discrimination, social hostility and impunity for perpetrators of violence against the Christian community. As the U.S. and Pakistan continue to have a strong relationship, the issue of the protection of religious minorities in Pakistan must be discussed and highlighted.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Many Christian refugees from Pakistan continue to suffer long after they have escaped persecuted in their home country. Thousands of Christians flee Pakistan every year seeking to escape the intolerance and hostility they experience everyday being a religious minority. Unfortunately, the suffering of these Pakistani Christians doesn't end when they cross Pakistan's borders. In many countries across Asia, Pakistani Christian refugees are being denied refugee status. This causes these Christians to suffer because of their lack of status and rights. Many can't get jobs and make money to support their families because of this lack of status, leaving many to wonder if they should have left Pakistan in the first place.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
A Christian lawyer in Pakistan involved in representing Christians in blasphemy cases has again received death threats for his work. According to the lawyer himself, he has just survived another assassination attempt by suspected Islamic militants. Christians are disproportionately accused of blasphemy under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws. Unfortunately, these accusations are often used by individuals to settle scores or eliminate rivals. Christians, making up only 2% of Pakistan's population, often are convicted of blasphemy with little or no evidence against them. Lawyers are also afraid to represent these Christians because Islamic extremists have been known to attack and kill anyone perceived to be assisting a blasphemy victim.