Persecution of Christians Around the World
Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10)
Colossal deception in Iran
Why do so few people in Western society understand the threat of Islamic terrorism? In their combined ignorance, terror attacks are often viewed as isolated acts rather than the result of an ideological obsession for world-conquest. Biblically orthodox Christians consider it an obligation to enlighten those who love God and freedom and who feel the need for a fuller understanding of what is really at stake in the war on terror. Jihadists differ from Christians and Jewish people, as they make clear when they state: "We love death as much as you love life." By death they mean becoming shahids (martyrs), believing it their means of entering paradise and contributing to the establishment of a global Islamic kingdom. Anyone believing differently will change their mind only if they ever seriously investigate the facts of history - both past and present. And we have lost count of the number of people who claim they have made a serious investigation of the facts about Islamic aggression (this is also true of other deceptions in our contemporary world, e.g. global warming, Darwinism). When challenged it invariably turns out that they have seen Al Gore's propaganda film - or Professor Richard Dawkins equivalent on 'You Tube' - and that is pretty much the full sum of their 'investigation.'
This worldwide deception is perfectly illustrated by Islam's persecution of believers (Christians, Jews and other faiths) in many parts of the world. Iran is an increasing concern for the Middle East and the world, and no one seems to have a workable plan for how to control it. Its radical Islamist leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to destroy Israel and bring down the Western democracies; and though his quest for nuclear weapons receives significant coverage, almost nothing is reported concerning the situation of the approximately 300,000 Christians remaining in the country. The latest news on conditions there is not encouraging. Iran has seen many, who are tired of the unrelenting multiple persecution in that country, taking to the streets following the 'results' of the recent, highly suspicious, 'free elections.' So many atrocities are everyday occurrences that, even before the latest attacks on those who foolishly think any theocratic caliphate might show the slightest signs of democratic ideals, the news from Compass Direct News that two Iranian Christians, a man and his wife in their 60s, were beaten to death by Iranian secret police (because they dared host a church meeting in their home) came as no surprise. The couple had converted from Islam to Christianity, an unforgivable offence in the eyes of the government. While a Muslim, the husband had made a pilgrimage to Mecca and had served with distinction in the Iranian war with Iraq, but the persecution of Christians and the war on terror are not separate entities. They are part of the same struggle that Islamists fully intend to win.
Three Iranian Christians were declared guilty of cooperating with "anti-government movements," and a court in Shiraz ... ordered the converts [from Islam] to discontinue Christian activities and stop propagating their faith. An Islamic Revolutionary Court judge handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence with a five-year probation.... The judge said he would enforce their prison sentence and try them as "apostates," or those who leave Islam, if they violate terms of their probation including a ban on contacting one another. A new penal code under consideration by the Iranian Parliament includes a bill that would require the death penalty for apostasy. "The warning that they will be 'arrested and tried as apostates' if they continue their Christian activities is quite chilling," said a regional analyst who requested anonymity' (Compass Direct News).
Dr. Richard Land, a commissioner with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, released the group's annual report recently and said religious restrictions in Iran tightened during the past year and government action has worsened conditions for a variety of communities, including evangelical Christians and Jews. A key reason for the upswing in anti-Christian activity is the growing number of Muslim conversions to Christianity. Reports International Christian Concern: "Last year alone, 50 Christians were arrested for practicing their faith, some of whom were tortured. There have also been reports that Christians died due to the torture they were forced to endure."
Also see http://www.iranpresswatch.org/killed-since-1978 for a record of those of the Baha'i faith who have also been persecuted and killed (list is from 1978ff.)!
Israel 'abandoned' by Obama the Deceiver
Two women were arrested for practising Christianity and, after Iranian security officials searched their apartment and took their personal effects, taken to the police station in handcuffs. They appeared before a Revolutionary Court and were sent to "the notorious Evin prison" and told they could make bail by posting the "staggering amount" of $400,000. Both women were allowed only a one-minute telephone call per day to their immediate families and were reported to be seriously ill.
Compass Direct News also reported that, in Tehran, a church was ordered to close because it offered a Farsi-language service that was attended by Iranian-Muslim converts to Christianity. The Christian presence in Iran dates back to the earliest days of the church and, for 2,000 years, Iranian Christians lived in relative security there. After the radical Islamic revolution that brought Ayatollah Khomeini out of exile in France, the situation quickly disintegrated into the extreme oppression that exists today. This situation is not restricted to Iran. In every country that radical Islam controls, Christians (and all non-Islamic religions) suffer the same abuse. And it is going from bad to worse, particularly where repressive Muslim Sharia law is central to the judicial system.
Abdullah demands 'Accept PA state!'
Writers in the West are warning that the Obama administration's policies will leave Israel to face Iran and Hamas alone. The warnings are summed up in recent articles by the West's two main pro-Israel female commentators: Melanie Phillips and Caroline Glick. Phillips warns, "Obama is attempting to throw Israel under the Islamist bus." She cites the report that Obama's national security adviser told a European foreign minister that Obama will be "forceful" with Israel and plans to impose, with the EU and moderate Arab states, "a satisfactory end-game solution" upon Israel. "This is all not only evil," Phillips correctly observes, "but exceptionally stupid.... The Arab states are beside themselves with anxiety about Iran. They want it to be attacked and its nuclear program stopped. They are desperately fearful that the Obama administration might have decided that it can live with a nuclear Iran.... A Palestine state will be Iran, in the sense that it will be run by Hamas as a proxy for the Islamic Republic. The idea that a Palestine state will not compromise Israel's security is ludicrous."
After expressing incredulity at the American demands for further Israeli concessions in the light of the utter failure of the disengagement, Phillips writes that U.S. Jews are reacting "with a total absence of spine.... Almost 80 per cent of American Jews voted for Obama despite the clear and present danger he posed to Israel. They did so because their liberal self-image was and is more important to them than the Jewish state whose existence and security cannot be allowed to jeopardize their standing with America's elite."
Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan, also warns about Christian Palestinianism, a pro-Islamic movement that the Anglican Church, as well as some evangelical leaders are supporting: "Arab Christians [have] reinterpreted Scripture in order to de-legitimize the Jews' claim to the land of Israel, this kick-started replacement theology, which roared back into the imaginations, sermons and thinking of the Anglican Church. The Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, Riah Abu el-Assal, claimed of Palestinian Christians: 'We are the true Israel....'" Another writer notes that this heretical agenda is guilty of "de-biblicizing the Bible," expelling "the Jews from their own Scriptures," and reinterpreting it "from the viewpoint of the Qur'an."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must therefore take Israel's message to "the ordinary American people," she concludes: "He must tell the American people the terrible truth: that America is now run by a man who is intent on sacrificing Israel for a reckless and amoral political strategy which will put America and the rest of the free world at risk."
Caroline Glick, writing in The Jerusalem Post, states, "The Obama administration is ratcheting up its anti-Israel rhetoric and working feverishly to force Israel into a corner." Yet another milestone in the U.S. path towards abandoning Israel is the "humiliating reception" President Shimon Peres received from Obama. Another point was raised by Glick and Eli Lake of The Washington Times: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller told the UN that Israel and others must adhere to the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), thus effectively abrogating a 40-year-old U.S.-Israeli understanding that the U.S. would remain silent about Israel's nuclear program because it understood that it is defensive, not offensive in nature. The statement also erases "any distinction between nuclear weapons in the hands of U.S. allies and democratic states and nuclear weapons in the hands of U.S. enemies and terror states," Glick wrote.
"The fact that, if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, all chance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and Israel and the Arab world will disappear," Glick continues, "is of no interest to Obama and his advisers. They do not care that the day after [Hamas said it was] suspending its attacks against Israel from Gaza, the Iranian-controlled terror regime took credit for several volleys of rockets shot against Israeli civilian targets from Gaza."
Professor calls for biological attack on USA!
Jordan's King Abdullah II, hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanded he: "immediately declare his commitment to a two-state solution, [declare] acceptance of the Arab peace initiative and to take necessary steps to move forward toward a solution." He also said Israel must open all crossings into Gaza, which was taken over by the Hamas terrorist organization two years ago.
After King Abdullah's discussions with President Obama in Washington in April, the monarch warned that war will break out within the next 18 months if Israel does not accept the Saudi Arabian 2002 Peace Plan, based on shrinking the size of Israel to that which existed in 1949. The plan also calls for the right of approximately five million foreign Arabs to immigrate to Israel on the basis of their families having once lived there, prior to fleeing during the 1948 War of Independence.
The election of President Obama, who was heavily backed by dovish American Jews, has built a nearly universal platform of support for PA demands.
Christian duty - pray for your enemies!
Al-Jazeera recently aired footage of Kuwaiti professor Abdallah al-Nafisi. In the video, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Nafisi expresses ardent support for terrorism and suggests that terrorists use biological warfare against the United States in order to kill hundreds of thousands of civilians. Nafisi also suggests that Muslims pray for the success of white supremacist groups that seek to carry out attacks within the U.S. In addition, Nafisi attacks those in the Arab world whom he perceives as traitors, to laughter and applause from his audience. Among those in the Arab world who should be silenced using "any means possible" are journalists who oppose terrorism, anyone who supports dialogue with Jews, and senior Palestinian Authority officials Saeb Erekat and Mahmoud Dahlan, Nafisi says.
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It was 18th-century British orator Edmund Burke who said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." When Adolf Hitler duped Western leaders into sitting on their hands, instead of taking action, it cost the Jewish people 6 million lives and the world another 50 million. As we have proven on other pages, there is a profound link between Nazi socialism and today's radical Islam and the West, including the majority of Christians, still fail to get the picture. We are tired of the ignorant lies of Christian leaders in the UK as they parrot the Islamic propaganda: 'Islam is a religion of peace/preaches good family virtues' etc. By their own admission, a large percentage of Muslims regularly flaunt their love of death and of killing infidels - primarily Jews and Christians. Their justification comes from the Qu'ran and the hadith that supports and elucidates every murderous doctrine that emanates from the false prophet, Muhammad.
The Bible tells another altogether different story, carrying the incomparable message of life imparted to us by the grace of a loving God who cared enough to send His Son to purchase, by His own blood, our redemption. Contrast the message of Christ with that of those who seek to destroy us: "But I say to you," Jesus said, "love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you" (Matthew 5v44). A great gulf separates a culture of life from one of death and, thank God, we are on the side of life. If there is only one thing these words should cause every Christian to do they should obligate them to pray for a spiritually deprived people who desperately need the light and life of Christ. Please pray for those who live on the death side - and strive to walk in the light of the Gospel of Christ so that you take every opportunity to demonstrate the love of God by doing good to those who think of themselves as our enemies!
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