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Catholicism Growing in Heart of Muslim World

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A surprising fact that many are not aware of is that the Arab peninsula is home to more than 2 million Catholics. At a time when the region is seeing an exodus of its Christian population, there are hundreds of thousands of Catholics coming to the region, largely as foreign workers. This is creating challenges regarding the treatment of minority faiths in the heartland of Islam. There have been some steps towards the opening of a church in Bahrain that would serve as the cathedral for Northern Arabia. Protecting the rights of foreign workers – both their personal and religious rights – is a topic that the countries of the Arab peninsula most seriously consider.

Christians Fight for Middle East Religious Freedom Watchdog

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Christians face a rising level of religious freedom around the world, and especially in the Middle East. Two recent studies from respected research organizations, Pew Forum and Open Doors, have highlighted the massive scale of the issue. Many are pushing for the United States to make the protection of religious minorities a core part of foreign policy, which the administration says that it already is. The problem has been in the failure to back the rhetoric with action. While there are political issues involved, it is imperative that the positions that exist to protect religious minorities be quickly filled if the United States is to have any credibility behind its claims to be a defender of religious freedom.

Islamists Demand Reforms in Kuwait

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Muslim protests calling for the removal of the monarchy has rocked the country of Kuwait this week. While there are relatively few Kuwaiti Christians, the rights and freedoms of the small minority would be greatly hindered under an Islamist-led government. In May, for example, Kuwait’s parliament approved the death sentence for those who “insult Allah, the Qu’ran, Muslim prophets, or Muhammad’s wives.” The law would be in place today if it had not been overruled by Kuwait's emir. If the emir is ousted from power, a radical interpretation of Islamic Sharia law will define the country’s future rule.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: May 2012

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim writes for the Gatestone Institute that, “In Indonesia, Muslims threw bags of urine on Christians during worship; in Kashmir and Zanzibar, churches were set on fire; and in Mali, Christianity ‘faces being eradicated.’” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

Death Sentence for Insulting Islam Awaits Final Ruling in Kuwait

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Dissing Muhammad could Cost Life in Kuwait

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

“The Kuwaiti parliament voted overwhelmingly for the strict blasphemy law. If approved by Kuwait’s supreme leader, the law will impose the death penalty on Muslims who insult Allah, the Quran, Muslim prophets, or Muhammad’s wives,” World Net Daily reports.

Kuwaitis Face Death for Insulting Islam under New Law

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Kuwait's parliament approved the death sentence for Muslims who insult Allah, the Qu’ran, Muslim prophets, or Muhammad’s wives on Thursday. Christians and other non-Muslim minorities will be given a minimum prison sentence of ten years for the same offense.

Kuwaitis pass death penalty for cursing God, Muhammad, or the Quran

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

“Kuwait's parliament on Thursday passed a bill stipulating the death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Muslim holy book, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed,” Independent Online News reports. The law will also be enacted against the country’s small Christian minority.

Kuwait Considering Death Penalty for Blasphemy

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

“Kuwait's parliament has provisionally voted in favor of a legal amendment that could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammed punishable by death,” the Gatestone Institute reports. Additionally, restrictions are being placed on Christian worship and religious freedoms in Kuwait.

Churches Restricted in Kuwait, Insulting Islam a Capital Offense

Friday, May 4th, 2012

“Kuwait's 50-member National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to impose the death penalty for blasphemy in an April 12 legal amendment,” Catholic News Service reports. “[And], in March, the newly formed al-Adala (Justice) Bloc tabled legislation to limit Christian churches and non-Muslim places of worship in Kuwait and proposed constitutional amendments to impose Islamic law, or Shariah.”

Turkish imam rejects Saudi mufti fatwa to destroy churches in the Arabian Peninsula

Monday, April 9th, 2012

“Turkey's top Muslim cleric has stepped into an international row over Christianity on the Arabian Peninsula, rejecting comments attributed to the Saudi grand mufti that all churches there should be destroyed,” Reuters reports.

Kuwaiti Man Threatened With Death for ‘Offending’ Prophet Muhammad on Twitter

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

“Kuwaiti authorities arrested a man Tuesday for insulting the Prophet Muhammad via his Twitter account, based on a Sharia-based blasphemy law,” the Christian Post reports.

‘Destroy All the Churches’

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

“Why is it that when Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, the grand mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, declares that it is ‘necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula,’ the major media do not see this as even worth reporting?” Clifford D. May writes in the National Review Online.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: February 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim reports for Gatestone Institute that, “Half of Iraq's indigenous Christians are gone, due to the unleashed forces of jihad [holy war]. Many Christians fled to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack from al-Qaeda and others… Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation's modern history.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

Christians angry as Saudi Grand Mufti calls for churches to be destroyed

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

“Christians across the Middle East are expressing anger and frustration after the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia said it is ‘necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.’ In Cairo and Beirut, the anger was loudest, but also through their calls were gestures of tolerance,” Bikya Masr reports.

Bishop in Kuwait criticizes legislation restricting Christian churches

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

“In February, the newly formed al-Adala (Justice) Bloc introduced legislation to remove Christian churches from Kuwait and impose Islamic law, or Shariah. Party officials said later the legislation would not remove the churches but prohibit further construction of Christian churches and non-Muslim places of worship in the country,” Catholic News Service reports.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: January 2012

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim reports in the algemeiner that “The beginning of the New Year saw only an increase in the oppression of Christians under Islam, from Nigeria, where an all-out jihad has been declared in an effort to eradicate the Muslim north of all Christians, to Europe, where Muslim converts to Christianity are still hounded and attacked as apostates.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

Islamist-tribal coalition wins majority in Kuwait’s election

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

“The results [of Kuwait’s elections] empowered a loose Islamist-tribal coalition of opposition candidates which disappointed liberals and set the stage for continued political fireworks in the coming months,” Foreign Policy reports.

Member of Kuwaiti royal family embraces Christ

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

“I'm satisfied with whatever they do to me, because the truth in the Bible has guided me to the right way,” were the words of a Kuwaiti prince who recently converted to Christianity from Islam, Mohabat News reports.

How Christians Are Treated In Muslim Lands

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

The Christians who live in countries where Muslims are majorities face discrimination and physical violence. Such countries don’t allow for construction of churches, conversion of Muslims to Christianity and preaching of the gospel for Muslims.

Christians in the Middle East “as in a cage”, amid slight signs of openness

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

The Middle East has become one of the most hostile places for Christians to live. Christians are routinely persecuted in most of the countries in the Middle East, resulting in the exodus of Christians from that region.

Muslim Gulf makes room for churches as Qatar catches up

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

As the number of expatriate Christians in Middle East increases, some of those countries are allowing for more Churches to be constructed.

Pull out Egyptian weekly magazine

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

“Why should a country which professes peaceful coexistence of different faiths takes such a step.”

My Lebanese Dream

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

I am a Lebanese Catholic and Lebanon is a country where the Christians can live freely. I would not wish to see it become the next Iran or Saudi Arabia.

Religious Liberty in Asia (3 of 3)

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

This is the third in a series on religious liberty in Asia from a Catholic perspective.

Sudan’s Leading Islamic Cleric

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

He justified his statement on marriage by explaining that Christians and Jews are "People of the Book" and therefore not infidels. Turabi also advocated dialogue with the West in order to improve the image of Islam and stressed that jihad (holy war) should only be waged "in self-defence and not in aggression against others."

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