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CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH


Christians arrested to appease Islam?


WND.com reports: “The Sudanese regime of Omar al-Bashir has detained approximately 55 Christians without charge, perhaps to curry favor with Islamic forces in his country, reports the advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

CSW says the arrested Christians have no political affiliations yet are accused of receiving donations from foreign nations, including Israel.

The arrests are the latest in a string of anti-Christian acts in Sudan. Heritage Foundation Africa analyst and Allison Center Director Steven Bucci believes that by ramping up persecution, Bashir is seeking to appease his supporters.

Bashir’s base of power is the Muslim north, Bucci pointed out.

‘He plays to them, and going after the Christian south and Christians throughout the country is a winning strategy for him and his backers,’ he said.

Bucci estimates that the persecution will continue because Bashir’s regime is firmly in control of the Khartoum government…” (This so called ‘religion of peace’ is the most murderous group of religionists in existence. Jesus warned the people in John 15:18 – 21 saying: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” The Communists are just as murderous and hateful of Christians as the Muslims but they don’t slaughter God’s people as a religious duty as Islam does in the name of God. See the next five articles.)


Egyptian Christians allege torture at hands of Libyan Islamists


Fox News reports: “Libyan Islamists detained 48 Egyptian Christians in Benghazi last week, torturing them and using acid to burn off tattoos of the cross, according to family members.

The Christians, who are peddlers, were arrested by Islamist Salafists in Benghazi, who said they had Christian icons at their marketplace stalls, according to Mideast Christian News. The men were later reportedly freed and await deportation, but their family members back home told the Egyptian press they were abused while held, initially on charges of proselytizing.

‘When the residents of the village told me that he was imprisoned, I embraced his sons and told them they would not see their father again,’ Fardoos Salib, the mother of Coptic farmer Atif Kamel, told Egyptian newspaper al-Watan. ‘I prayed in the church, until God responded and he was released, as God knows our conditions.’

Activists in Libya posted photographs on Facebook showing the Egyptian Copts under detention. A video later seized by police showed the Egyptian Christians locked in a small room and guarded by bearded Salafists. Many appeared to be cut and bruised, and all had had their heads shaved…”


Islam or death? Egypt’s Christians targeted by new terror group


Fox News reports: “A group of Christian priests from a local Coptic church in Egypt were told to convert to Islam or face death, according to an Arabic news site.

The incident, which comes in the midst of continued persecution and pressure on Egypt’s Christian community, took place this week in the town of Safaga, near the Red Sea, the El Balad site reported.

According to El Balad, the threats are from a new group in Egypt, Jihad al-Kufr, whose name translates to Jihad against non-believers or non-Muslims. The group targets non-Muslims, and reportedly pressures them to convert to Islam.

‘It’s not the first time. This is happening every day,’ said Adel Guindy, president of Coptic Solidarity and a member of Egypt’s Coptic community who travels between Paris and Cairo. ‘This one incident caught the attention of the news agencies, but there are worse things happening to the Christians every day in Egypt,’ he said…”


China’s Christians see mounting persecution


Fox News reports: “Christians and human rights advocates are alarmed over an aggressive crackdown on house churches in China, where the faithful are forced to call their gatherings ‘patriotic’ assemblies or sent to prison where they can face torture, according to a new report.

Cases of the government persecuting Christians rose 42 percent last year, amid a three-phase plan by Beijing to eradicate the home-based churches, according to China Aid, a Texas-based human rights group. Experts say the Communist Party in China has long felt threatened by any movement that galvanizes a large sector of the population, fearing it could wield political clout. But the nation has become more systematically hostile to worshippers, according to Bob Fu, China Aid founder and president.

‘There have been new tactics of persecution as well, especially with the government using secret directives and memos with long-term, step-by-step strategies to eradicate house churches,’ Fu told FoxNews.com. ‘This is very serious stuff.’…”


Syrian Christians ‘running out of places to survive’


WND.com reports: “Human-rights activists say the situation for Christians in Syria is growing more intense and that the ever-shrinking Christian population is near the breaking point.

Middle East Forum fellow and analyst Raymond Ibrahim is one who holds that opinion, and adds U.S. support for the rebels is the major reason for Christians fleeing Syria.

‘In Syria, again in the name of democracy, the U.S. is supporting jihadis who are eradicating the nation’s Christians,’ Ibrahim said. ‘U.S.-backed freedom-fighters are driving away Syria’s indigenous Christians.’

Which, he said, leaves Christians few options.

‘Christians in the Middle East are running out of places to survive,’ Ibrahim said…”


‘Missionaries in India expect persecution’


WND.com reports: “India’s constitution assures the nation’s citizens of religious freedom, but Christians who are trying to spread their faith say there’s only one problem with that.

‘In many cases, that provision is ignored,’ said Gospel for Asia Development Director John Beers.

The result is predictable: persecution.

International Christian Concern reported recently that local police departments in India are sometimes leading the anti-Christian attacks.

Beers said because India’s culture still is rooted largely in traditional religions, Christian missionaries and preachers in India ‘expect to face persecution.’

‘The students training for ministry know they will be beaten,’ Beers said.

It happened in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh just recently. A pastor was attacked and beaten in his church, and the congregation was threatened by the mob during a Sunday service.

The church’s sponsoring missions agency, which asked not to be identified to protect the safety of the congregation, said local Hindu groups were angry about the church’s outreach…” (Sad that another religion in India is persecuting and threatening Christians. This was not the way Mahatma Gandhi led the Hindu’s and people of India. Jesus said in Matthew 24:9 “You shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.“Christ adds in John 16:2 “The time will come that whosoever kills you will think he is doing God a service “and in verse 13 adds: “These things will they do unto you because they have not known my Father nor Me.“See the next report.”


Christians face threat from radical Hindus


WND.com reports: “Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says his nation faces an increasing terrorism threat from self-proclaimed ‘right-wing’ Hindu groups, and that’s bad news for Christians here.

In a report on India television network NDTV Shinde said ultra-nationalist Hindu groups have formed camps to train operatives to carry out attacks.

‘Groups like RSS are a threat to India,’ he said.

That would be Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which states on its website: ‘Sangh is not a mere reaction to one or another social or political aberration. It represents a corpus of thought and action firmly rooted in genuine nationalism.’

The group states its movement is a response to colonialism and any anti-nationalist movement in India, including religious movements.

William Stark, Asia analyst for the Christian human-rights group International Christian Concern, says the RSS itself confirms the home minister’s statement that it’s a violent group.

‘Attacks are common in India. Hindu radicals, generally linked with the group RSS, attack pastors and other Christians for converting to Christianity,’ Stark said…”



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