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Ex-Muslim says Obama’s Soft Strategy is Hurting Oppressed Christians

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“You (President Obama) are saying these things about the prophet [Muhammad] but why don’t you protect [Christians]? You’re a Christian and have such influence,”

By Michelle A Vu

04/03/2010 United States (The Christian Post)-US President Barack Obama is hurting persecuted Christians worldwide by failing to speak up for them, says one convert living under police protection in Europe .

While Obama has consistently sought dialogue with the Muslim world, he has not put in the same effort to protect oppressed Christians, says Sabatina James, who has for the past nine years lived in fear of being murdered for leaving Islam.

“You (President Obama) are saying these things about the prophet [Muhammad] but why don’t you protect [Christians]? You’re a Christian and have such influence,” James recalls herself asking while watching President Obama’s speech in Cairo last year.

“A man of such an influence should definitely speak differently. He should have said that he feels for the people who are living in prison and who may somehow be listening to the speech,” James says. “Even if he said something like that it would be good. But he did not even mention it.”

James, whose book My Fight for Faith and Freedom is a bestseller in Germany , has moved 16 times since 2001 due to death threats. She is currently living in an unknown location in Europe and spoke to The Christian Post this week using a cell phone that she said she would have to discard afterwards.

Her book chronicles her journey living in Islamic Pakistan as the granddaughter of a mullah, to moving to Austria as a young girl and being exposed to western culture. In the harrowing tale, James speaks about the physical abuse she endured, her forced engagement to her cousin, her enrollment in a strict Quran school in Pakistan , and how she eventually became a Christian and women’s rights activist.

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