Why Christian Persecution Is Islam’s Achilles’ Heel

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Which of the following three headlines is most difficult for the media—including the usual array of liberal pundits, apologists, academics, and politicians—to whitewash or rationalize away?  Which most exposes Islam’s inherent intolerance?

A)   “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims fire rockets into Israel

B)   “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims riot and commit acts of violence in Europe

C)   “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims torch a Christian church in a Muslim country

The answer is C—Christian persecution.

Why?

Because in both scenarios A and B, Muslims will always be portrayed and seen as the “underdogs”—and hence always exonerated for their behavior.  No matter how violent or ugly, no matter how many Islamic slogans are shrieked—thus placing their behavior in a purely Islamic context—Muslim violence against the West and Israel will always be dismissed as a product of the weak and outnumbered status of Muslims—their status as underdogs, which the West tends to romanticize.  And so they will always get a free pass, without further ado.

They may be screaming and rioting, firing rockets and destroying property—all while calling for the death and destruction of the “infidel” West and/or Israel to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” Still, no problem.  According to the aforementioned array of pundits, apologists, academics, and politicians, such bloodlust is a natural byproduct of the frustration Muslims feel as an oppressed minority, “rightfully” angry with the “colonial” West and its Israeli proxy.  Indeed, that is precisely how even the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. by al-Qaeda were rationalized away by many “experts”—even as al-Qaeda’s own words exposed their animus as a direct product of Muslim doctrine not temporal grievances.

Most recently, the New York Times, in the context of the rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, asserted that Israel “needs a different approach to Hamas and the Palestinians based more on acknowledging historic grievances,” thus taking all blame off the “aggrieved” and “underdog” Muslims and Palestinians.

But if Muslims get a free pass when their violence is directed against those currently stronger than them, how does one rationalize away their violence when it is directed against those weaker than them, those who have no political influence whatsoever?  Consider the most obvious of these scenarios, the growing epidemic of Muslim persecution of Christians.  From one end of the Islamic world to the other—whether in Arab lands, African lands, Asian lands, or Sinic lands, wherever Muslims are a majority—the largest non-Muslim religious group, Christians, suffer untold atrocities.

The rationalizations used to minimize Muslim violence against the West and Israel simply cannot work here—for now Muslims are the majority, and they are the ones violent and oppressive to their minorities, often in ways that would make the worst Israeli treatment of Muslims look kind and benevolent.

In short, Christian persecution is one of, if not the clearest reflections of Islamic supremacism.   Vastly outnumbered and politically marginalized Christians simply wish to worship in peace, and yet still are they hounded and attacked, their churches burned and destroyed, their women and children enslaved and raped (see monthly “Muslim Persecution of Christians” reports for an example).

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Also see:

Bulletin of Christian Persecution October 30,2012 – November 30, 2012 (politicalislam.com)

Bulletin of Christian Persecution

August 31 – October 6, 2012

August 31, 2012

Pakistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace )  The young Christian Faisal Masih was killed two days ago in shots fired in the attack of an Islamic extremist group in the Christian suburb of Essa Nagri, on the outskirts of Karachi.

September 2, 2012

Egypt   Shells fired Sunday morning from Syria appear to have targeted Our Lady of the Castle Maronite monastery in the town of Menjez in the Akkar district near the  Lebanese Syrian border, National News Agency reported.
“A large number of shells coming from the Syrian side landed on Lebanese   border villages and towns adjacent to the Al-Kabir River. The town of Menjez   where the Christian Maronite monastery Our Lady of the Castle is located witnessed  the most intense shelling resulting in the displacement of many residents who  headed for safer areas,” NNA reported.

September 3, 2012

Bahrain   Hardline Sunni clerics have strongly opposed the construction of a large Roman Catholic church complex, in a rare open challenge of the country’s Sunni king.  More than 70 clerics signed a petition last week saying it was forbidden to build churches in the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.

September 13, 2012

Egypt   (h/t to JihadWatch)  The largest evangelical church in the mid-east was attacked with stones and gas bombs. Worshippers locked themselves inside the church and put on masks   to avoid gas poisoning.

September 25, 2012

Syria   (h/t JihadWatch)  Christians kidnapped in the village of Rableh, on the border with Lebanon, in western Syria, spreads: after the maxi kidnapping which occurred yesterday, of 150 people (see Fides article 25/9), today another 130 civilians were detained and kidnapped by armed gangs in the area, creating a group of 280 hostages.

Pakistan (h/t to GatesofVienna)  A sixteen year old girl was gang-raped for hours by young Muslim men.

September 26, 2012

Spain (h/t to Vlad Tepes) A Moroccan attacked a Catholic church in Catalonia.

September 27, 2012

From Africa to Asia offended Muslims vented their anger on Christians and their churches.

September 29, 2012

Egypt   The United States warned on Saturday that U.S. women Christian missionaries in mainly Muslim Egypt face threats of terror attacks and urged vigilance.

“The embassy has credible information suggesting terrorist interest in   targeting U.S. female missionaries in Egypt,” the American mission in Cairo   said in a statement on its website.

Egypt   Copts in the North Sinai border town of Rafah have started leaving their homes   after receiving an ultimatum from Islamists to leave “within 48 hours”   or be killed. According to confirmed reports 9 Coptic families have left the   town. The remaining 23 Coptic families are still there, waiting to leave. The   Copts are all confined to their homes, afraid to venture out. More HERE.

September 30, 2012  

Maldives (h/t to thereligionofpeace) Customs officials at the Male’ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) seized 11 books about Christianity, typed in Dhivehi, from a Bangladeshi expatriate who came to the Maldives via Sri Lanka.

Lebanon  (h/t to thereligionofpeace)  Two unknown assailants opened fire on a church in the town of Bqosta on Saturday  night, According to the NNA, the assailants shot at the town’s Saint Joseph Church with hunting rifles, damaging the building’s windows.

Pakistan   Pakistan Christians are under attack from Islamic extremists angry at the film   US-made film, The Innocence of Muslims. Following the attack on St. Paul’s church in Mardan, a bishop was assaulted, beaten and injured. Local sources of the Vatican news agency Fides report that protestant bishop Naeem Samuel of the Trinity Evangelical Church Prayer, was attacked yesterday as he was leaving church in Youhanaabad
October 1, 2012

Pakistan   Three witnesses whose testimony could absolve a 14-year-old Pakistani girl facing   life in prison have changed their statements. It’s the latest twist in the case of Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager who was charged more than a month ago under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws for allegedly burning pages of Islam’s holy book for cooking fuel. She has denied the charges.

October 2, 2012

Nigeria   At least 25 [Christian] people were killed late Monday in what appears to be a systematic slaughter in Adamawa State in northern Nigeria. Locals say the victims, mostly college students, were individually questioned before being   attacked.

Daniel Babayi, the executive secretary of the Northern States Christian Association of Nigeria, says he believes the killings were a reprisal attack after 156 people were arrested and accused of being members of the Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram late last month. Update HERE. And HERE.

October 3, 2012

Egypt   (h/t to thereligionofpeace) Two Egyptian Christian children, Nabil Rizk, 10, and Mina al-Farag, 9, have been taken from their parents and arrested after a Muslim man accused the two youngsters of desecrating the Qur’an.

October 6, 2012

Egypt   (H/t to thereligionofpeace)  Gunmen opened fire on the home of a Coptic Christian in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday, hours after a visit by President Mohamed Morsi to reassure Christian residents they would not be targeted again.

Syria   (h/t to JihadWatch)  The mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during  a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been hijacked  by foreign Islamist mercenaries, with strong support from Western countries.  Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix was forced to flee to neighbouring Lebanon in June when she was warned of a plot to abduct her, after she revealed that about 80,000 Christians had been “cleared” by rebel forces from their homes in Homs province.
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Bulletin of Christian Persecution July 30 – August 31, 2012

July 30, 2012 Egypt   (h/t to Jihadwatch)   A Muslim lawyer requests that the Coptic Christians be excluded from the new   Egyptian constitution because they’re really polytheists.
August 1, 2012 Pakistan   (ht/t to JihadWatch)   Christian leaders have called for an impartial inquiry into the alleged poisoning   of nine nurses at a government-run hospital. Nine Christian trainee nurses at   the Civil Hospital Karachi fell ill Sunday night allegedly after drinking poisoned   tea prepared at their hostel. They were claimed to have been deliberately poisoned   because of their faith.
August 3, 2012 Egypt   The sectarian crisis in the village of Dahshur escalated on August 1 after the   burial of the Muslim man who died yesterday in hospital. Hundreds of Muslims   torched and looted Coptic businesses and homes despite hundreds of security   forces being deployed in the village. Eyewitnesses reported that security forces   did not protect most Coptic property — only the small church of St. George   was protected, in addition to some Coptic houses in its neighborhood.
“As 120 families had already fled the village the day before after being   terrorized, the businesses and homes were an easy game for the mob to make a   complete clean-up of everything that could be looted,” said Coptic activist   Wagih Jacob. “The security forces were at the scene of the crime while   it was taking place and did nothing at all.”

Syria   Christians, who have had a measure of freedom to practice their religion, are   worried that they will be persecuted and killed if the rebels win and institute   a strict Islamic regime.

August 6, 2012 Syria   (h/t to JihadWatch)   Gunmen attacked the Catholic monastry of Mar Musa, north of Damascus. The old   monastery, that dates from the fourth century, had been sacked but no casualties   had been reported to Ansa by sources close the Italian Jesuit founder of the   monastic community, father Paolo Dall’Oglio. Sources affirm that nobody within   the monastery had been hurt or assaulted, but “the gunmen stole everything   they could steal”, including tractors and other agricultural and farming   tools.

August 7, 2012 Nigeria   Gunmen have shot dead at least 19 people in a Christian church in central Nigeria,   according to an army official. Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Olorunyomi said the   gunmen stormed a church building where worshippers had gathered to pray late   on Monday in the town of Otite, near the city of Okene.

August 8, 2012 Nigeria   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect on Monday evening killed   an evangelist with a Pentecostal church in Maiduguri, Ali Samari. Evangelist   Samari, 57, was with the Good News Church (GNC) Maiduguri and was reportedly   killed at his Mafoni residence at exactly 6.30pm.

Nigeria (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/news/latest/42502-bomb-found-in-kogi   An unexploded bomb was found at the Revival Church in Lokoja, the capital of   Kogi state. This development comes a day after the attack on the Deeper Life   Church in Okene in which 19 people died.
Indonesia   Yet another church in Bogor has been sealed off by the authorities on the grounds   of local opposition – a charge that parishioners dismiss as false. Hendrik Massan   Nena, a spokesman for the St. Johannes Baptista Catholic Church in Bogor’s Parung   subdistrict, said on Tuesday that authorities had blocked the congregation from   holding services in a tent in its 8,000-square-meter lot because the tent was   not recognized as part of a house of worship.

Pakistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A Pakistani flag blew away from a Christian’s yard and now the Muslim neighbors   falsely accused the Christians of that it was a deliberate action and that the   Christians have disgraced the name of Allah. The Muslims threatened to burn   Christians’ homes.

August 13, 2012 Egypt   U.S. ignores the abuse of Christian women in Egypt. In its annual Religious   Freedom Report, released July 30, the U.S. State Department acknowledged the   problem, but at the same time appeared to downplay it. The report described   forcible conversions as “disputed,” asserting that while there were   “occasional claims” of Muslim men forcing Coptic women (and sometimes   girls younger than legal age) to convert to Islam, these accounts “often   included inflammatory allegations and categorical denials of kidnapping and   rape.”

August 14, 2012 Egypt      Raymond Ibrahim reports according to today’s issue of El Fegr, “Elements   of terrorist, jihadi organizations distributed leaflets today inciting for the   killing of Copts in Suez, Ismailia, and Upper Egypt, promising them [Copts]   a tragic end if they do not return to the truth.”

August 15, 2012 Pakistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A Christian pastor, aged 32, was kidnaped on August 12, 2012, when he went to   shop Pakistani flags to celebrate Pakistan Independence Day falling on August   14, 2012, with his family. Radical Muslims had been threatening him for months.

August 16, 2012 Syria   Christians are under siege in Syria where the Muslim Brotherhood slogan “Islam   is the answer” is everywhere.

August 22, 2012 Egypt   Christian bookstores in Cairo were threatened for selling ‘filthy idols.’ (icons   and religious statues)

Syria   Among those who have fled into neighboring Lebanon are Christians from the town   of Qusair, just across the border in war-ravaged Homs province. They say they   were tired of threats and public taunts of being “unbelievers” and   “dogs of Assad.”

Mindful of the persecution of Christians and the rise of Islamist extremists   in neighboring Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, a secular autocrat like   Assad, some Christians here fear that their community will become a similar   target, especially as the conflict engulfs Syria’s two major cities, Aleppo   and Damascus, each with large Christian populations. The cities were relatively   insulated from the rebellion until fierce fighting broke out last month.

Egypt and Nigeria   Christians in Egypt and Nigeria continue to suffer at the hands of Islamists.   In Egypt, Muslim mobs are rampaging through Coptic villages, while, in Nigeria,   the radical Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, continues to blow up churches   and slaughter Christians in their homes.
August 23, 2012 Lebanon   A bomb plot against the Maronite Catholic patriarch and other Lebanese leaders   was thwarted.

August 24, 2012 Uzbekistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A mother and her disabled daughter were beaten repeatedly, arrested for having   Bibles and Christian literature in their home and tried for resisting arrest   and missionary activity.

August 25, 2012 Pakistan   (h/t to JihadWatch)   After serving 20 years of forced labor to a Muslim, a Christian woman asks for   protection.

Egypt     Hundreds of Coptic Christian women have been kidnapped off the streets by Muslim   men and never seen again.

August 27, 2012 Syria   The Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Aleppo has fled to Lebanon and his   offices in the war-ravaged city have been looted, Vatican media said on Monday,   amid fears over the fate of Christian minorities.

Pakistan   A Christian party in Pakistan has demanded the immediate arrest of five Muslim   men who it said “gang-raped and murdered” a 12-year-old Christian   girl, at a time of mounting religious tensions in this heavily Islamic nation.

August 28, 2012 Pakistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   Five men allegedly shaved off the hair and eyebrows of a young woman, then blackened   her face and paraded her through the streets of their village. They said she   had illicit relations with a man in her neighborhood.

August 29, 2012 Mali   (h/t to JihadWatch)   As many as 200,000 Christians from Mali have found their way to refugee camps   in Algeria and Mauritania.

August 30, 2012 Syria   The Syrian Orthodox Christian churches of Alleppo issued a communiqué   to highlight their persecution and   spell out their grievances. They say they will not flee from their country.

Syria   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A family of Syrian Armenian Christians was killed in the streets of Damascus.

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“Thank you for keeping the public abreast of Christian persecution.  I cringe and dispair at the fact that President Obama and the Democratic Party invited Muslims to celebrate their election of Obama to a second term in office.
I read somewhere that we, the sheep, should be guarded against the “wolf” who comes in sheep’s clothing to devour the flock.  I am convinced that that wolf is none other than Obama.  He is the “son” of the great deceiver just has Muhammad was the son of Satan.  Perhaps Obama is the Mahdi.  I wonder if we will see the Black Flag flying at the DNC next week as the evil ones anoint Obama as their Party Leader.”

Bulletin of the Persecution of Christians April 6- May 8, 2012

Political Islam:
April 6, 2012
Egypt
In a show of partiality to Muslims who go unprosecuted for like offenses against Christianity, a juvenile court in Egypt on Wednesday (April 4) sentenced a Coptic Christian teenager to three years in prison for allegedly insulting Islam.

Gamal Abdou Massoud, 17, denies the charges. The court claimed that he posted cartoons on his Facebook account in December that mocked the Islamic religion and its prophet, Muhammad. The court also claimed that he distributed the pictures to other students.

After the incident came to light, Muslims in Assuit, where Massoud lives, rioted. They fire-bombed his home and burned down at least five other Christian-owned homes in several Assuit villages. Massoud’s family left their village. It is uncertain if they were ordered out, left from fear or left because they had no home.

April 8, 2012
Nigeria
A car bombing in the northern Nigerian town of Kudana killed dozens of people and damaged churches during an Easter worship service Sunday, April 8, officials and Christians said. Witnesses said a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives Sunday morning on a busy road near the All Nations Christian Assembly Church and the ECWA Good News Church.

April 12, 2012
India
Christians in India’s eastern West Bengal state were recovering of their injuries Thursday, April 12, after Muslim militants broke up a prayer meeting and beat up believers, including women, local police and Christians said. The March 30 attack in the village of Nutangram in Murshidabad district involved “about 100 Muslim radicals” led by Muslim leader Mohammed Aanu Shaike, local Christians explained.

April 13, 2012
The World

Raymond Ibrahim writes about how the media whitewashes Muslim persecution of Christians.

April 18,2012
Turkey
Semir Serkek, a Christian pastor, was attacked before Easter Sunday, says he’s known persecution all his life. “I’ve been verbally abused for being a Christian many times, but this was the first time I was hit, so this was surprising and made me sad,” Serkek said.

April 19, 2012
Sudan
Christians trapped in hostile northern Sudan fear violent persecution from the Islamic government and Muslim soldiers. More HERE.

April 20, 2012
Egypt
A recent “reconciliation meeting” between members of a Muslim mob that attacked a Christian-owned school in Egypt and school administrators was nothing less than an attempt at legalized extortion, the director of the school said.

In exchange for peace, members of the sword-wielding mob that stormed the school last month without provocation – and held two nuns hostage for several hours – initially demanded in the meetings that the school sign over parcels of land that include the guesthouse the Muslim extremists attacked. Magdy Melad, manager of the Notre Dame Language Schools in Aswan Province, told Compass that despite the risk of more attacks, he refused the assailants’ demand. Doing so, he said, would set a precedent in Aswan of Muslims attacking and seizing Christian-owned property and then using reconciliation councils to give the appearance of legitimacy.

April 22, 2012
Sudan
A Muslim mob set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday.The church in Khartoum’s Al-Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land, but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on their ill-defined border.

Mali (h/t thereligionofpeace)
Christians in Mali are in desperate need of aid after being forced to flee their homes when Islamists rampaged through the north as part of a violent rebel takeover. Ethnic Tuareg rebels, including Islamist movement Ansar Dine and a separatist group, seized control of northern Mali following a military coup that overthrew the government on 22 March. Boko Haram, the Islamist group that is waging war against Christians in Nigeria, have also been involved in the fighting.

Horrible crimes have been made against the population: massacres, rape of women, obligation to wear the veil, chasing Christians. All the churches were destroyed in Gao and Timbuktu. All the believers had to flee towards the south, leaving their homes and giving up all their goods. The heavily armed rebels ransacked and looted homes, vandalised churches and occupied a Bible school in Gao. Ansar Dine, which has links to al-Qaeda and wants to turn Mali into an Islamic state, is imposing sharia law on the region.

April 25, 2012
Nigeria
One person was killed and nine others were injured last night after suspected Islamic extremists attacked a TV viewing center in a Christian area of Jos where a crowd had gathered to watch soccer.

At about 10:15 p.m. at the viewing center, one of many such establishments popular in Nigeria for watching soccer matches, the attackers drove past the site and threw an explosive device at hundreds of Christians watching the match, eyewitnesses told Compass.

April 26, 2012
South Sudan
Christians faced increased hostilities in Sudan over the past few weeks, culminating in an attack on a Christian compound in Khartoum by a throng of Muslim extremists armed with clubs, iron rods, a bulldozer and fire.

Breaking down the compound wall with a bulldozer, the assailants on Saturday (April 21) set fire to the Gerief West Bible School and the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) building; they also damaged three other places of worship and other buildings in the same compound, sources told Compass by telephone. Also damaged were a clinic, a home for the elderly, classrooms and living quarters.

Iran
Iranian security forces have destroyed a 200-year-old Christian cemetery in southeastern Iran after they earlier used bulldozers to remove an historical church in the area, Iranian Christians said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Thursday, April 26.

The cemetery attack, discovered this month in Kerman province, is no isolated incident. Iranian Christians said that “all the crosses have been taken out of the ground” at another historical British cemetery in the southwestern port city of Bushehr, near the site where Iran develops a controversial nuclear facility.

April 28,2012
Pakistan (h/t InfidelsAreCool)
While Pakistan’s Hindu minority community is already disturbed over the rising incidents of kidnapping of young Hindu girls and their forced conversion to Islam, the conditions for the country’s Christian minority are equally antagonising. They too are being forced by fanatic Muslims to convert to Islam, making them wonder if they still have a place in Pakistan.

“There is no compulsion in religion,” is a well-known saying that most Pakistanis who live in the land of the pure often tend to forget. While religion encourages conversions, it in no way tolerates coercion. But that is what the Christian community in Pakistan says is happening. With 1.6 per cent of the population and some three million believers, the Christian minority in Pakistan is the second largest religious minority after Hindus. Available figures show that on average, eight to ten Christians are being forced every month by fanatic Muslims to convert to Islam, mostly in Sindh and Punjab provinces.

April 29, 2012
Nigeria
Suspected Islamic militants attacked a Christian worship service in in northern Nigeria Sunday, April 29, killing over a dozen people and injuring many others, an evangelist told BosNewsLife from the region.

April 30, 2012
Iran (h/t thereligionofpeace)
A number of plain clothes security officers raided the homes of two Christian converts in Tehran simultaneously and arrested them. The mother of one of the detained Christians asked, “Where are you taking my daughter?” But the authorities ironically replied, “Ask Jesus Christ to come and release her”!

May 2, 2012
Indonesia
Bogor’s embattled GKI Yasmin church can reopen, as long as a mosque is built next door. Bogor’s administration sealed the church in April of 2010, forcing the beleaguered 300-member congregation to hold mass in front of the church or, at times, in private. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the church in 2010, but the ruling was ignored, leaving the congregation without a house of worship. Now, as long as a mosque is built next door, the church may reopen.

May 8, 2012
Iran
The main defense lawyer for Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who is appealing a death sentence, may be facing imminent imprisonment for defending the rights of Iranians, according to Amnesty International.

Java (h/t thereligionofpeace)
Tensions remain high in central Java, where a crowd of a thousand Islamic extremists attacked a shrine to the Virgin Mary: For security reasons, yesterday the authorities suspended the programmed church service, while dozens of policemen and soldiers guarding the place of Christian worship, fearing further – possible – violence.

Indonesia (h/t thereligionofpeace)
The Aceh administration has shut down at least 16 Christian places of worship since May 2, alleging they were being run without permits and had been drawing complaints from locals.

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Publisher: Bill Warner; Edited by Asma Marwan

Bulletin of Christian Persecution March 1, 2012 – April 8, 2012

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March 1, 2012
Iraq (h/t to Doug)
Jeremish Small, of Cosmopolis, Washington, was shot to death Thursday at the Classical School of the Medes, a private Christian academy in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah, in Iraq’s most peaceful region. The [Muslim] gunman, an 18-year-old, then shot himself in the head as other students scattered from the room.

Libya (Video via MEMRI)
Armed Libyans Desecrate Christian and Jewish Graves in War Cemetery in Benghazi. More HERE.

March 2, 2012
Pakistan
A Christian woman was brutally tortured and paraded in the streets of a village in Pakistan’s Punjab province by a mob for her alleged “anti-Islam views”, local residents and police officials said today.

March 4, 2012
Nigeria (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
A Nigerian spokesman for the Islamic militant group Boko Haram told Bikyamasr.com on Sunday that they are planning a “war” on Christians in the next few weeks.

March 6, 2012
Egypt (h/t to JihadWatch)
A court in Edfu has sentenced Reverend Makarios Bolous, pastor of St. George’s Church in the village of Elmarinab, Edfu, in the Aswan province, to six months prison and a fine of 300 pounds for violations in the height of the church building. The court also ordered the removal of the excess height.

March 8, 2012
Nigeria
A Nigeria spokesman for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram told Bikyamasr.com on Tuesday afternoon that the group has plans to begin kidnapping Christian women in a push to “liquidate” the religious group from the country. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the spokesman said that “we are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women.”

Pakistan (h/t to JihadWatch)
The National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church releases a report on the tragic conditions faced by minority women. One factor in discrimination is forced conversion. One non-Muslim woman in two experiences pressures to convert to Islam, which often come with violence and coercion. Looming in the background is the blasphemy law, seen by many as the most serious obstacle to social and cultural equality. More HERE.

March 11, 2012
Nigeria (h/t to JihadWatch)
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic church in the Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, killing at least three people attending mass, the emergency services said. The man drove his car towards St Finbar’s Catholic church in the city before setting off a large explosion, killing himself and at least three churchgoers. Update HERE.

March 12, 2012
Iran (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
The Armenian Evangelical Church in Tehran has been ordered to cease its Persian Language Service on Fridays. The church is one of the few established churches in Iran which was still allowed to have Persian Language services for Persian speaking Christians.

Serving the notice, officers of the Islamic Court informed the Church officials that they are being ordered to cease Persian language services, and threatened that if this order is ignored and they continue to have Christian services on Fridays which is a sacred day for Muslims, church building will be bombed “as happens in Iraq every day”.

Iran (h/t to JihadWatch)
Vice president of Tehran’s city hall announced, “There are some freemasonry and Christian symbols installed on personal buildings around the city. We should control these symbols and ban their display.”

Pakistan
A young mother has been falsely accused of “blaspheming” Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, because she rebuffed attempts by relatives who had converted to Islam to force her to renounce her Christian faith, family members said.

March 13, 2012
Iran (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
For the first time since his arrest in 2009, Iran has admitted publicly that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been convicted of religious crimes. During a United Nation Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva on Monday, Iran said Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death, was found guilty of three charges: building a church in his home without government permission, preaching to minors without parental consent and offending Islam, according to a meeting transcript.

March 14, 2012
Saudi Arabia (h/t to MiddleEastForum )
According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The Grand Mufti made his assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait: a Kuwaiti parliament member recently called for the “removal” of churches (he later “clarified” by saying he merely meant that no churches should be built in Kuwait), and the delegation wanted to confirm Sharia’s position on churches.

Bethlem (Palestinian Authority) (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
The Palestinian Authority declared a Baptist Church in Bethlehem to be unlawful and said that it will no longer receive rights as a religious institution. This decision comes a week after Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told an audience of Evangelical Protestants that his government respected the rights of its Christian minorities.

“They said that our legitimacy as a church from a governmental point of view is not approved,” said an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church. “They said they will not recognize any legal paper work from our church. That includes birth certificates, wedding certificates and death certificates.

March 16, 2012
Egypt (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
More than 300 Muslim lawyers inside and outside a courthouse in the southern Egyptian province of Assuit today prevented defense lawyer Ahmad Sayed Gabali, who is representing the Christian Makarem Diab, from going into court. Mr. Diab was found guilty of ‘Insulting the Muslim Prophet’ and was scheduled today a hearing on his appeal.

Egypt
Two nuns in Upper Egypt faced “unimaginable fear” – with one later hospitalized over the emotional trauma – when 1,500 Muslim villagers brandishing swords and knives trapped them inside a guesthouse last week and threatened to burn them out.

Iran
In a rare crackdown on a concentrated area, Iranian authorities have arrested Christians living in the country’s third largest city in what is seen as a tactic to discourage Muslims and converts to Christianity from attending official churches. Since last month officials have arrested about 12 Christian converts in Isfahan

March 17, 2012
Egypt
Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt’s Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died Saturday. He was 88. His death comes as the country’s estimated 10 million Christians are feeling more vulnerable than ever amid the rise of Islamic movements to political power after the toppling a year ago of President Hosni Mubarak. The months since have seen a string of attacks on the community, heightened anti-Christian rhetoric by ultraconservatives known as Salafis and fears that coming goverments will try to impose strict versions of Islamic law. More HERE.

Indonesia (h/t to GatesofVienna)
The two alleged perpetrators of the attack on a Protestant church in Indramayu were arrested within a few hours of the attack in Bandung. So far the police have not released the identities of two men known only by their initials who are in their 30s.

Read the rest at Political Islam

Muslim Persecution of Christians: February, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim
Stonegate Institute
March 16, 2012

Half of Iraq’s indigenous Christians are gone due to the unleashed forces of jihad, many of them fleeing to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack by al-Qaeda and others, the jihad now seeps into Syria, where Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation’s modern history. Likewise, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their native Egypt since the overthrow of the Mubarak regime; and in northern regions of Nigeria, where the jihadi group Boko Haram has been slaughtering Christians, up to 95 % of the Christian population has fled.

Bulletin of Christian Persecution Dec.27, 2011 – Jan. 28, 2011

Bulletin of Christian Persecution

Produced by politicalislam.com
Publisher: Bill Warner; Edited by Asma Marwan

December 27, 2011 – January 28, 2012

December 27, 2011
Pakistan
Those who murdered Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, belong to Sipah-e-Sahaba, a Muslim terrorist organisation, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said during a Christmas event at Islamabad’s Fatima Church.

In cooperation with Interpol, Pakistani authorities are making all possible efforts to bring them back to Pakistan after they fled to Dubai. Paul Bhatti, brother of the slain minister and national harmony advisor to the prime minister, praised the Interior minister’s statement. “Rehman Malik`s statement will bring an end to the rumours that have been surfacing regarding Shahbaz Bhatti`s murder,” he said.

Iran (hat tip to JihadWatch)
Iranian authorities raided a church that was celebrating Christmas and detained everyone in the building, including children attending Sunday school, a U.K.-based Christian charity said. While the majority of the members were “interrogated, threatened and eventually released,” the church’s senior pastor, identified only as Farhad, remained in detention, along with his wife and some church leaders, at press time.

December 28, 2012
Uganda
Islamic extremists threw acid on a church leader on Christmas Eve shortly after a seven-day revival at his church, leaving him with severe burns that have blinded one eye and threaten sight in the other. Bishop Umar Mulinde, 37, a sheikh (Islamic teacher) before his conversion to Christianity, was attacked on Saturday night (Dec. 24) outside his Gospel Life Church International building in Namasuba, about 10 kilometers (six miles) outside of Kampala.

December 29, 2011
Egypt (hat tip to JihadWatch)
An offshoot of Egypt’s top religious institution, Al Azhar, has called on the government to take a Christian television station off the air, allegedly for offending Muslims, the semi-official Al-Ahram newspaper reported Thursday.

Nigeria (hat tip to NewEnglishReview)
Nigeria’s Christians are losing faith that the government will protect them from attacks by Islamic extremists and will “respond appropriately” to future killings, the country’s leading church group warned Wednesday. In a public message to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Christian Association of Nigeria called the Christmas Day targeting of churches in several cities “a declaration of war on Christians and Nigeria as an entity.”

Nigeria
A Christian couple and their one-year-old son have been shot dead by Muslim gunmen in a ‘religious attack’ in Nigeria, police said today. he family were in a village near the the city of Jos on Tuesday evening when the killers – believed to be Muslim herdsmen – opened fire.

December 30, 2011
Egypt (hat tip to JihadWatch)
Dozens of residents of the village of Baheeg in Assiut, Upper Egypt, burnt three houses owned by a Christian family after a Christian villager allegedly published cartoons mocking Islam on his Facebook account.

A number of Muslim students attacked their Coptic classmate for posting the cartoons, a Muslim student told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
The Muslim students attacked the Coptic student on Thursday at Monqebad Secondary School in Assiut. Eyewitnesses said the military intervened to break up the fight and escorted the Coptic youth and his family away from the village. Later, Muslim villagers set fire to the family’s houses.

Iraq/Afghanistan/Egypt (hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
Christianity in Afghanistan and Iraq could be eradicated in our lifetime, partially as a result of the US troop withdrawal, says Leonard Leo, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year,” Leo said, concluding with a grim prediction that Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.

Dubai (hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
A principal and his wife have been sacked from a college whose stated aim is to promote multiculturalism because they are white Christians, they claim.

Professor Malory Nye says he was dismissed from the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, Scotland, because his race and religion were seen by his superiors as a threat to its core Muslim values. He says the college’s claims to pursuing multicultural values were a charade and that he was dismissed so he could be replaced by a Muslim.

December 31, 2011
Iran (hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
According to reporters of Iranian Christian News Agency, Mohabat News, concerns are growing over the unknown conditions of four of the people arrested during the attack on the AOG church of Ahwaz which took place almost one week ago.

Germany (translated JLH and published by GatesofVienna blog)
An interview with Christian convert and Islamic apostate Sabatina James from Germany.

January 1, 2012
Nigeria
Nigeria’s president has declared a state of emergency in areas of the country hit by a growing Islamist insurgency, amid escalating violence in Africa’s most populous nation. The move came in response to dozens of attacks blamed on Boko Haram, an Islamist group that claims ties to al-Qaeda, most recently a wave of bombings over Christmas that killed nearly 50 people.

Egypt (hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
An ultraconservative Egyptian Islamist group says sending Christmas greetings to Christians is “against our beliefs,” a position immediately rebuked by other Muslims.
Nadar Bakar, spokesman of the hard-line Al-Nour party, said Wednesday that Muslims should give greetings to Christians only on “personal occasions,” not religious ones.

January 2, 2012
Mid-East
Christians face waves of persecution in the Mid-East after the “Arab Spring.”

January 3, 2012
Germany

This is a short “must-see” video of a Catholic nun who works with Iraqi Christian girls who have been raped and tortured by Muslim men. The title is “This Is What Islam Does” [to Kafir women].

January 4, 2012
Nigeria
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram issued an ultimatum on Sunday 1st January giving Christians living in northern Nigeria three days to leave the area. This followed a number of attacks by the militants on churches and other targets over Christmas leaving more than 40 people dead. Update HERE.

For information on a talk about Muslim/Christian violence in Nigeria by the Archbishop of Jos Province at the Westminster Institute on January 22, 2012 go HERE.

Indonesia
Acts of violence and intolerance against Christians in Indonesia almost doubled in 2011, with an Islamist campaign to close down churches symbolizing the plight of the religious minority. The Indonesian Protestant Church Union, locally known as PGI, counted 54 acts of violence and other violations against Christians in 2011, up from 30 in 2010

January 5, 2012
Egypt (hat tip to JihadWatch)
An Egyptian cleric talks about Islamic beliefs: “I do not believe that Jesus was crucified. I believe in what the Koran says: ‘They killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them.’

Nigeria (hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
Gunmen have attacked a church in north-east Nigeria, killing at least six people, the church’s pastor says.

“The attackers started shooting sporadically. They shot through the window of the church, and many people were killed including my wife,” Mr Jauro told Reuters news agency. Update HERE.

January 6, 2012
Pakistan (hat tip to JihadWatch)
A Pakistani Christian editor has said he receives hate mails and death threats on a daily basis from Pakistan for carrying reports on the persecution of Christians in the South Asian country.

January 9, 2012
Egypt
A prominent Christian Egyptian media mogul faces trial on a charge of insulting Islam, lawyers said Monday, based on his relaying a cartoon on his Twitter account.

January 10, 2012
Somalia
A Somali convert from Islam was paraded before a cheering crowd last month and publicly flogged as a punishment for embracing a “foreign religion,” sources said. Sofia Osman, a 28-year-old Christian from Janale city in Somali’as Lower Shabelle region, had been taken into custody by Islamic extremist al Shabaab militants in November; the public whipping was meant to mark her release. She received 40 lashes on Dec. 22 while jeered by spectators.

January 11, 2012
Nigeria (hat tip to JihadWatch)
Suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram on Wednesday shot dead four Christians who were believed to be fleeing violence-torn Maiduguri, residents said.

“Their car had just pulled up at a filling station outside the town to refuel when suspected Boko Haram gunmen in another car also pulled up and opened fire on the Igbos, killing them on the spot,” said a resident of the city of Potiskum who sells groceries nearby.

Pakistan (hat tip to JihadWatch)
The National Commission of Justice and Peace (NCPJ) has accused the Punjab government of illegally demolishing a welfare centre allegedly without a notice. The centre, Gosha-e-Aman,, was a property of the Catholic Church. Father Emmanuel Yousuf Mani, the NCPJ national director, told a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday that the demolished compound was home to three families and worth billions of rupees. He said the property was registered as the Lahore Charitable Association and was managed by CARITAS Pakistan.

January 13, 2012
Sudan (hat tip to CenterForSecurityPolicy)
At least 57 people, most of them women and children, were killed in tribal clashes on Wednesday in South Sudan’s vast Jonglei state, the latest deaths in a cycle of ethnic violence displacing 60,000 people, the government said Friday.

Iran (hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has rejected an offer to be released from prison if he publicly acknowledges Islam’s prophet Mohammed as “a messenger sent by God” well-informed Christians and rights activists said. Iranian authorities reportedly summoned lawyers for Pastor Nadarkhani to his home city of Rasht on December 30, to explain the deal. Local officials indicated they would release the pastor if he agreed to make the statement about Mohammed, Christians with close knowledge about the situation explained.

India (hat tip to JihadWatch)
All India Christian Council in New Delhi on Friday feared backlash against Christians in the country due to incrimination of pastors Jim Borst and CM Khanna by Srinagar’s self-styled Islamic Shariat court.

The self-proclaimed Supreme Court of Islamic Sharia headed by Mufti Bashir-ud-din on Wednesday indicted Pastor C M Khanna and Dutch national, Jim Borst for their alleged involvement in luring Kashmiri Muslims to convert to Christianity.

Tarzania
Far from the world media’s gaze in remote islands off the eastern coast of Africa, church buildings are razed and Christians are ostracized and imprisoned for their faith – leaving one with a skin disease.

Pakistan (hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
A group of people praying in a mosque were so irked by the voices of children singing carols at a nearby church that they decided to silence them-by attacking their house of worship.

The World
Muslim nations make up nine out of the top ten countries where Christians face the “most severe” persecution, and 38 of the top 50, reports U.S.-based Open Doors in its 2012 World Watch List.

January 16, 2012
Israel (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
A pro-Israel Christian pastor from Uganda is receiving free medical treatment in Israel after being attacked with acid in Kampala on Christmas Eve. Umar Mulinde, 38, converted to Christianity from Islam when he was in university. Since then, he has openly criticized Islam, and his ministry has included public debates with Muslims. His wife is a popular gospel singer.

“I was attacked by a man who called out to me shouting ‘Pastor, Pastor’ and I turned to see who he was,” said Mulinde. “Then he poured acid which burnt part of my face. As I turned away from the attacker, another man poured liquid on my back and ran away shouting ‘Allah Akhbar’ (God is great).”

January 17, 2012
Uganda
A 15-year-old Christian girl in western Uganda who lost the use of her legs after her father locked her in a room for six months for leaving Islam has begun to take tentative steps.

January 18, 2012
Syria (hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
The Christian community in Syria has been hit by a series of kidnappings and brutal murders; 100 Christians have now been killed since the anti-government unrest began.

Nigeria
A cleric, Pastor Yahaya Abdu of Baptist Church, Bajoga in Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State, has been found dead near his house. It was learnt that the body of the preacher was found on Sunday, with his throat slit open.

Sudan
Sudan’s Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments has threatened to arrest church leaders if they carry out evangelistic activities and do not comply with an order for churches to provide their names and contact information, Christian sources said.

Egypt
Anger and frustration have risen among Egypt’s Coptic Christians after the recent escalation of court cases against Copts charged with of contempt of Islam. Copts accuse the authorities, including the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces, of exercising double standards in the application of the “contempt of religion” law.

January 20, 2012
Egypt (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
A Muslim mob attacked Copts today in the Upper Egyptian village of Rahmaniya-Kebly, Nag Hammadi, Qena province, destroying and torching their homes, straw huts and shops, while chanting Allahu Akbar. No one was reported killed or injured. According to reports, security forces were present but did not intervene and the fire brigade arrived 90 minutes late.

An eye-witness said that a straw hut belonging to a Copt was torched to clear the area for a mosque. There are more than 300 mosques in the village and one church.

Italy (Hat tip to and translation by IslamInEurope)
A couple from Albenga (Genoa) says their children have been given to a Muslim family by social services against their will. Makhlou Khalid is a Moroccan married to an Italian, Valentina. They say their children (a 3 and 5 year olds) have been baptized and are Christian.

Kuwait (hat tip to JihadWatch)
According to reports, a Kuwaiti royal prince has become a follower of Jesus Christ. . . . As is well known, the problem of conversions from Islam to other religions is a recurring problem in relationships between followers of the Prophet and other faiths and it is a very serious problem in all countries where the majority of the population is Muslim, even those that at first sight would seem socially progressive. [the sharia law penalty for apostasy is death].

January 20, 2012
Sudan
Police this week beat and arrested a church leader in Khartoum, sources told Compass. Evangelist James Kat of the Evangelical Church of Sudan was arrested on Tuesday morning (Jan. 17), with officers beating him as they took him to a North Division police station, the sources said. He was released on bail the same day.

January 21, 2012
Pakistan
The Catholic community of Lahore is up in arms against the illegal demolition of the “Gosha-e-Aman”, a “place of peace” that welcomed Christians and Muslims, last January 10 by the provincial government of Punjab. One victim has decided to take the case to court by filing a written complaint against the Development Authority and other officials involved in the affair.

Egypt
Anti-Christian violence continues in Egypt, according to local sources, the episodes are linked to the attempt of fundamentalist Islamic fringe – Salafis – to block the vote of the religious minority in the next election. On 19 January, a mob attacked the Coptic Christian community of the village of Kebly-Rahmaniya, near the town of Nag Hammadi, Qena governorate, Upper Egypt. The assailants, chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) attacked and burned down houses, huts, shops and businesses.

Nigeria (hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
At least 80 bodies were piled in a morgue in Nigeria’s second-largest city of Kano on Saturday after coordinated bomb attacks and shootouts the previous night, an AFP correspondent reported. Coordinated bomb attacks targeting security forces and gun battles on Friday evening spread chaos in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, with bodies littering the streets on Saturday.

The main newspaper in Nigeria’s north said that a purported spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the violence, saying it was in response to authorities’ refusal to release their members from custody.

Indonesia (Hat tip to thereligionofpeace)
Hundreds of people from various [Muslim] radical groups launched a search on Sunday to find the location of the Yasmin church congregation’s service and prevent them from worshiping. The groups even went to the home of one of the worshipers.

Protesters from the Indonesian Muslim Communication Forum (Forkami) and the Islamic Reform Movement (Garis) surrounded the home where the service was held on Jalan Cempaka no. 10, Taman Yasmin complex in Bogor. “It crosses the line now. The protesters now come to the residential area, which is not a public place,” politician Lily Wahid, the sister of late president Abdurrahman Wahid, said at the scene.

Pakistan
Opposition members from minorities lashed out against the provincial government over its possession of Christian properties, saying that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had made the province ‘hell’ for minorities.

Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) MPA Shahzad Elahi on a point of order raised the issue of Christian’s property, Gosha-e-Aman, located in Lahore and said that the Punjab government had made the demolition of churches its mission. He also referred to other properties which had been grabbed by the provincial government, including United Christian Hospital and church property in Garden Town, and added that due to such illegal acts, the province had become a “living hell” for minorities. He strongly condemned the demolition of a 20-kanal portion of a church in Garhi Shahu. Elahi said that the Bible had also been desecrated during the demolition of the church and the windows of the church had been smashed.

January 23, 2012
Norway (translation from IslamInEurope)
Two Iranians who converted from Islam to Christianity were stabbed by masked me in Haugesund last week. The attacker shouted ‘Kuffar’ (Arabic for non-believer) during the attack.

January 24, 2012
Indonesia (hat tip to InfidelsAreCool)
Violence against religious minorities surged in Indonesia in 2011, with authorities standing aside and failing to uphold the rule of law as Islamist mobs attacked Christians and Ahmadis, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its annual report on the country.

Nigeria
Early morning attacks in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi state on Sunday (Jan. 22) left at least seven Christians dead and a church building destroyed. The attack on the Evangelical Church Winning All Church 2, residents of Tafawa Balewa said, was carried out by area Islamic extremists alongside members of the Boko Haram sect, with the church building and surrounding houses bombed.

January 25, 2012
Sudan
Islamic militias loyal to the Sudanese government have kidnapped two Catholic priests in Rabak, Christian sources said.

A large truck smashed through the gates of the St. Josephine Bakhita’s Catholic Church compound in Rabak, on Jan. 15 at 10 p.m., and the assailants broke down the rectory door, the sources said. The Rev. Joseph Makwey and the Rev. Sylvester Mogga were kidnapped at gunpoint.

Somalia
A Muslim father is arrested after his son converts to Christianity.

January 27, 2012
Egypt (hat tip to JihadWatch)
Two Copts, father and son, were killed yesterday in a suburb of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt, shot dead by a Muslim bandit, and his accomplices because they refused to pay the money demanded by the racket.

Uganda
A former member of a Muslim extremist group in Uganda who converted to Christianity is in hiding in Kenya, his movements severely restricted following threats to kill him.

January 28, 2012
Egypt
A mob of over 3000 Muslims attacked Copts in the village of Kobry-el-Sharbat, Alexandria this afternoon. Coptic homes and shops were looted before being set ablaze. Two Copts and a Muslim were injured. The violence started after a rumor was spread that a Coptic man had an allegedly intimate photo of a Muslim woman on his mobile phone.

According to eyewitnesses, the perpetrators were bearded men in white gowns. “They were Salafists, and some of were from the Muslim Brotherhood,” according to one witness.

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