Tuesday, October 17, 2017
As tensions between the United States and North Korea have increased over the past several months, many experts have come forward to talk about the devastation that a nuclear war between the two nations would cause.
Speaking before the House Committee on Homeland Security, two members of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, chairman Dr. William R. Graham and chief of staff Dr. Peter Vincent Pry painted a very dire warning about North Korea, The Daily Wire reported.
During their testimony, Graham and Pry emphasized to Congress that if North Korea were able to detonate an EMP over the United States, it could cause a nationwide blackout and kill millions.
Put in the most basic terms, an EMP is a pulse that knocks out all electronics, from the power grid to your cell phone, rendering them completely useless. Almost all electronic devices subject to an EMP would need to be replaced — something that would take years.
Graham and Pry noted that Ambassador Henry Cooper, the former Director of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, had some shocking numbers for Congress about what an EMP could do to the United States.
“The result could be to shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans,” Cooper wrote in September 2016.
Just stop to consider that for a second — 90 percent of all Americans could die. That’s almost too horrifying to comprehend.
EMPs can come from both nuclear weapons, or from separate devices. The experts’ two testimonies noted that North Korea could launch such an attack using a conventional missile or from their satellites.
“A Super-EMP weapon could be relatively small and lightweight, and could fit inside North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-3 (KMS-3) and Kwangmyongsong-4 (KMS-4) satellites. These two satellites presently orbit over the United States, and over every other nation on Earth — demonstrating, or posing, a potential EMP threat against the entire world,” the experts stated.
You can read their full testimony here.
There are ways of hardening our electric grid to defend from an EMP burst — the only problem is that such measures would cost billions of dollars, and thus have not been seriously considered.
If you want a real world example of what it would be like to have no power, look no further than Puerto Rico. The island has been without power for almost a month, and it will likely be several more months before all power is restored.
Now just imagine that happening all across the United States — except with no FEMA to come to the rescue. There would be a complete breakdown of law and order. There would be no food, no running water and no medical services.
Millions would die, and this country as we know it would simply cease to exist. EMPs are a serious threat, and both President Donald Trump and Congress need to take them seriously.
Monday, October 16, 2017
A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Britain: September 2017
September 1. Britain is home to up to 35,000 "Islamist fanatics," more than any other country in Europe, according to European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove.
September 1. Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, wrote: "There is a risk that...an organization with the words 'British' and 'Cross' in its title is confused with a Christian, establishment organization." He added: "We are nowhere near as diverse as we need to be in our volunteer base, our staffing or our leadership... that is why, as CEO, I am personally leading our inclusion and diversity strategy."
September 1. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, was charged with a terror offense after he attacked police outside Buckingham Palace with a sword and "ranted" that the "Queen and her soldiers will all be in hellfire." The British-born suspect, who is of Bangladeshi heritage, was accused of one charge of preparing terrorist acts, which carries a maximum charge of a life sentence.
September 2. A Christian church in Wales was accused of a "lack of unity" after it rejected a Muslim group's request to hold Koran studies in its hall. The Muslims wanted to use the hall in the Feed My Lambs church for "Koran and cultural studies." Reverend Roger Donaldson said: "We are not against Islam; no way. Everybody has the right to worship as they please. Feed My Lambs is used for Christian worship."
September 2. Rabar Mala, a 32-year-old illegal immigrant from Iraq, was charged with supplying hundreds of SIM cards to Islamic State jihadists to set up social media accounts. Mala allegedly provided 437 cards and phone numbers to jihadists in Iraq and Syria so that they could have a platform to post propaganda online.
September 2. Sarah Champion, a former Labour MP, said that the British left was turning a blind eye to Muslim sexual grooming gangs for fear of being branded racist. She also said that many Labour members and politicians based in London had "never been challenged by a reality that's different" from their "multicultural world." She resigned under pressure after she wrote in an op-ed: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls."
September 3. Thousands of schools in Britain are allowing girls as young as five to wear religious headscarves as part of their uniform policies, according to The Sunday Times. The growing trend has been criticized by campaigners who pointed out the headscarf is supposed to be worn by a girl when she reaches puberty, not as a child. Muslim politician Amina Lone said: "In an Islamic context, the hijab is commonly understood as being for females after they reach the age of puberty. There are very few Muslims who would say a child should be covered." Gina Khan, a children's rights campaigner, said that schools are listing the garment as uniform "because they are afraid of being called Islamophobic and they have been told that this is a religious garment."
September 4. Robbie Travers, a 21-year-old law student at Edinburgh University, was investigated for a hate crime that "puts minority students at risk and in a state of panic" after he allegedly mocked the Islamic State on social media. After the U.S. Air Force attacked an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan in April, Travers wrote on Facebook: "I'm glad we could bring these barbarians a step closer to collecting their 72 virgins." A fellow student, Esme Allman, claimed that Travers breached the student code of conduct with his comments. Travers ultimately was exonerated.
September 5. Three members of a Muslim sex gang who used drugs to turn abuse victims into addicts and forced them to have sex if they wanted more drugs were sentenced to a total of 56 years in prison. Seventeen men and one woman from Newcastle were sentenced for crimes including rape, sexual assault, inciting girls into prostitution and drug dealing. They were part of a network of nearly 40 men, including Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Bangladeshi and Turkish nationals, who preyed on around 100 girls. Prosecutor John Elvidge said the victims who gave evidence in court were white British and the male defendants were "all of Asian extraction" but he insisted that the crimes were not racially motivated.
September 8. Michael Adebolajo, 32, who murdered the fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, south east London, in 2013, demanded £100,000 ($133,000) after he lost his two front teeth when staff at Belmarsh Prison tried to restrain him. He filed the lawsuit claiming that he was left with a "psychiatric injury." Adebolajo allegedly warned prison staff to "watch themselves" and asked "Allah to strike down his oppressors." He claims that he was "verbally abused" before he was smashed into the bars of his cell windows. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "The public will be rightly outraged at the thought of this offender claiming compensation from the taxpayer."
September 9. Kamal Hanif, a counter-extremism expert appointed by the British government to rehabilitate schools involved in the "Trojan Horse" scandal, said that some teachers, particularly those who work in schools with a high proportion of Muslim students, are afraid of teaching about 9/11 because they fear a backlash from Muslim parents for being "Islamophobic." Sir Steve Lancashire, the chief executive of a multi academy trust, said that a lot of teachers feel "uncomfortable" about the legacy of 9/11: "We need to address the nervousness of teachers to teach this kind of subject. Teachers don't feel well equipped on facts, there are a lot of conspiracy theories, a lot of misinformation. It's children saying 'you are attacking Muslims, you are attacking our faith,' that kind of thing."
September 10. The Ministry of Justice revealed that Muslim inmates at HMP Prison Send, a female prison in Surrey, will be provided with special outfits for when they are checked by sniffer dogs. The overalls will be given to female prisoners who follow Islam because many Muslims believe that dogs are "impure."
September 11. A Freedom of Information request revealed that Sammy Woodhouse, a woman sexually abused as a child by a grooming gang, was told by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), a government body, that she was not entitled to compensation because she "consented" to the sexual abuse. Woodhouse was 14 when she met 24-year-old Arshid Hussain, who was jailed in 2016. Hussain, known as Mad Ash around Rotherham, was one of three brothers behind the grooming and sexual abuse of more than 50 girls, including Woodhouse. He was jailed for 35 years for 23 offenses including indecent assault and rape. Woodhouse appealed the decision: "If an adult can privately think that it's a child's fault for being abused, beaten, raped, abducted, I think you're in the wrong job."
September 11. TheCityUK, London's top lobby group, urged the British government to prioritize Islamic finance to retain its status as Europe's financial hub ahead of Brexit negotiations to exit the country from the European Union. A 32-page report showed that assets of British firms offering Islamic finance services surpassed $5 billion (£3.8 billion) in 2016, up 11% in two years. Britain was the first non-Muslim country to sell a bond that can be bought by Islamic investors. At the time, former prime minister David Cameron said: "I don't just want London to be a great capital of Islamic finance in the Western world. I want London to stand alongside Dubai and Kuala Lumpur as one of the great capitals of Islamic finance anywhere in the world."
September 12. British Muslims are twice as likely to espouse anti-Semitic views, according to a survey produced by the London-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research. "The prevalence of negativity towards Jews and Israel is, on average, twice as high among Muslims than the general population," said the 85-page report.
September 14. A Dundee woman found a handwritten note on a city bus pledging that "the sword will be used" to institute Sharia law. The note read: "Sharia law will be for all human beings with Islam. The sword will be used to reach this goal." The woman said that she believed the message to be "some sort of call to Jihad." She said: "I went to sit on the seat and there was a bit of paper and I happened to look at it. I read it and then I gave it to my partner to read and we both said that it was really worrying. It just didn't seem right. I didn't know who I should get in touch with. I thought the best person would be the driver, so I gave it to him. These days, we can't ignore things like this. Even if it's nothing, it should be looked into. We just didn't expect to find something saying that on a bus in Dundee."
September 15. A homemade bomb exploded during rush hour on a train at the Parsons Green tube station in West London, injuring 30 people. The bomb, which failed to detonate properly, had been packed with knives, screws and shrapnel, as well as hundreds of grams of a homemade explosive known as TATP. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Ahmed Hassan, an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq, was charged with attempted murder.
September 17. The Lancashire County Council Cabinet re-opened a debate on whether it should use meat from animals which have not been stunned before slaughter. It revived a row from 2012, when the authority banned all meat that was not pre-stunned from its 600 schools. The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) advised Muslim families to boycott all such meat because it was not Sharia-compliant. As a result, thousands of Muslim children refused to eat meals containing the meat. LCM chairman Abdul Hamid Qureshi said: "The LCM position is and always has been that stunning before slaughter means the meat is not halal [permitted]." Council leader Geoff Driver said: "In my view, it is abhorrent to kill an animal without stunning it because of the distress it causes. We will bring it to a full council meeting where members can vote with their conscience."
September 18. Online jihadist propaganda attracts more clicks in Britain than in any other European country and the main internet companies are failing to curb it, according to Policy Exchange, a think tank. The report, "The New Netwar," said that the Islamic State is still producing, at a conservative estimate, about 100 items of new content each week, including execution videos and bomb-making instructions, despite big military defeats in Iraq and Syria. It also said that the jihadist online "ecosystem," the core of which is rooted in the Telegram app, is resilient and reaches an audience of, at minimum, tens of thousands, including large numbers of users in the UK.
September 20. Oliver was the top name for baby boys in England and Wales in 2016, accordingto the Office for National Statistics, which also reported that the name Muhammad ranked eighth. Muhammad, however, was, in fact, the top name. With variations in spelling, the name Muhammad was given to 7,084 boys in 2016, compared to 6,623 boys named Oliver.
September 20. Shabir Ahmed, a 64-year-old inmate at Wakefield prison, was found guilty of repeatedly stomping on an elderly fellow inmate's face and head after an argument about the March 2016 Brussels terror attacks which left 32 victims dead and 340 injured. Ahmed flew into a rage when he heard 71-year-old James Palmer say that the bombers should be "eradicated." Ahmed, a former taxi driver, is currently serving a 22-year-prison term for leading a sexual grooming gang in Rochdale. He was sentenced to a further 12 months in prison on top of the term he is already serving.
September 22. Hussain Yousef, a 21-year-old fast food restaurant worker who arrived in Britain from Afghanistan in 2010 and lived in London, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for recruiting jihadists for the Islamic State. Yousef had six Facebook accounts from which he posted Islamist propaganda and execution videos. He also shared a list claiming to be details of U.S. military personnel, including their addresses. Kingston Crown Court heard how Yousef, before becoming an enthusiastic supporter of the Islamic State, had been a gifted student who excelled at school.
September 25. London Mayor Sadiq Khan revealed that since March 2017, police had foiled seven jihadist plots in the British capital. Those seven plots were in addition to the four successful attacks at Westminster, Borough Market, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green. Khan also criticizedU.S. President Donald Trump over his "Muslim travel ban" and his "ignorant" views about Islam. Khan accused Trump of adopting the language of the Islamic State: "They say that there is a clash of civilizations, it is not possible to be a Muslim and a westerner, and the west hates us. And you are inadvertently playing their game, you are helping them."
September 25. Muhammad Rabbani, the director of Cage, a Muslim advocacy group critical of British anti-terrorism laws, was convicted of an offense under the Terrorism Act after refusing to hand over the pin code to his mobile phone at Heathrow Airport. Rabbani, 36, was stopped on November 20, 2016 after returning home from a wedding in Doha. He refused to give his pin number or the password to his laptop, citing privacy and civil rights. Westminster Magistrates' Court convicted him of one count of willfully obstructing a stop-and-search under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act. Schedule 7 gives officers their right to stop and search people "with or without suspicion." Rabbani was sentenced to one year conditional discharge; he plans to appeal.
September 25. Most British voters believe that Arabs have failed to integrate into British society, and that their presence has not been beneficial, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the Council for Arab-British Understanding and the Arab News newspaper. Only 28% believe that migration from the Arab world has been beneficial to the UK, and 64% believe Arabs have failed to integrate.
September 26. Zameer Ghumra, a 38-year-old pharmacist from Leicester, was accused of showing beheading videos to young boys and telling them that they "had to kill" anyone who insulted Islam. Nottingham Crown Court heard that Ghumra believed in a "very, very, very extreme" form of Islam. He used a rented house to teach children about jihad and told them that they were not allowed to have non-Muslim friends. Ghumra also asked them to choose between going to Iraq or Syria, or staying in the UK and encouraging others to support the Islamic State.
September 26. Police launched a probe into an alleged sexual grooming ring targeting teenagers in Glasgow. Girls as young as 14 are thought to have been targeted by men in the city center. A social worker told the Evening Times that the area is "rife" with child exploitation problems. One of the victims, a 17-year-old girl, is understood to have been taken to houses in Govanhill and Dennistoun for sex with multiple men. A relative said: "This really is just our worst nightmare, it's this Rochdale and Rotherham-type stuff but it's happening here in Glasgow in a big way. Nobody seems to be doing anything to stop it, all the girls have been made to believe these men are their boyfriends. It is white females they are hitting on, aged 14 to 19."
September 26. The Wolsey Infant and Junior Academy, a school in New Addington, announcedthat it would only serve halal meat in the canteen. The move sparked outrage among parents, who insisted that halal should be optional.
September 26. The National Secular Society (NSS) reported that girls in dozens of schools in England were being made to wear the hijab or a headscarf as part of their official uniform policy. NSS research found that out of 142 Islamic schools that accepted girls, 59, or 42%, had uniform policies that suggested a headscarf or another form of hijab was compulsory. Ishtiaq Ahmed, spokesman for the Council for Mosques, said: "We have to accept that Britain, and a city like Bradford, is a multi-faith society, and faith is an important part of people's identity. It is about tolerance and respect, and making efforts to understand people's different way of life. People should have choices without the fear of being criticized."
September 27. A crowd of men wearing Islamic dress gathered outside a church in East London and repeatedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" ("Allah is the Greatest") into a microphone while playing gunshot sounds at top volume on a loudspeaker. A video of the incident can be viewed here. A witness said: "I was alarmed, I did not know what was going on. When someone shouts Allahu Akbar while playing gunshot sounds on a speaker it is deliberately trying to alarm." Another witness said: "I was alarmed at first but you come to expect things like that, it's become common place in East London." London police said they were unaware of the incident.
September 28. Kamran Hussain, a 40-year-old imam at a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of two charges of supporting the Islamic State and six of encouraging terrorism. The Pakistan-born Hussain was secretly recorded by an undercover officer giving a series of sermons in which he told children as young as ten that martyrdom was better than academic success. "When you don't fulfill the command of Allah, I'm coming to remove your head," he said. Hussain argued that the ability to discuss "difficult concepts in a challenging world" was an essential part of religion and claimed he was exercising his right to freedom of speech. Prosecutors said the 10 out of 17 sermons investigated "strayed beyond the mainstream moderate Islamic thought."
September 28. Soruth Ali, a 42-year-old restaurant owner in Manchester, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for beating his 17-year-old daughter and her secret boyfriend. Bolton Crown Court heard how Ali, a devout Muslim, went into a rage and grabbed a hammer when he found the two in bed together. The daughter said she had been forced to live "two lives" at home and was forced to wear a headscarf in front of her father. She added that she wanted to "live her own life." The court also heard that in 1995, Ali was convicted of raping a 15-year-old school girl and served seven years in prison. Ali has been banned from contacting his daughter for three years under the terms of a restraining order.
September 29. Henry Bolton, a former army officer, was elected to lead the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Bolton, the party's fourth leader in a year, beat the two favorites, Anne-Marie Walters, an anti-Sharia activist who describes herself as "an opponent" of Islam, and Peter Whittle, who has publicly spoken of his opposition to boycotts of Israel. Bolton has pledged to take a softer line on Islam: "I absolutely abhor the rhetoric that says we are at war with Islam." He also promised to review UKIP's "integration agenda," which calls for a ban on full-face veils in public. The policy changes are likely to reduce UKIP's role as the country's primary opposition party resisting the Islamization of Britain.
September 30. British universities hosted 110 events featuring extremist speakers in the last academic year, 2016/17, with the highest proportion taking place in London institutions, accordingto a new report by the Henry Jackson Society. The extremist events were overwhelmingly organized by Islamic societies and groups and speakers included former Guantanamo Bay detainees and Islamists. The findings suggest that despite Prime Minister Theresa May's claim that "enough is enough," British universities continue to be a target for extremists promoting their messages.
Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
With only three Republicans voting against the measure Wednesday, an expansive proposal to outlaw bump stocks and other devices swept the Massachusetts House.
Proposed by state Rep. David Linsky, a Natick Democrat, the proposal passed as an amendment to an appropriations bill with little debate on the now-controversial firearm accessories that have become a political football since their use in a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“These devices have one purpose, and one purpose only – to kill and to wound as many people as possible in a short period of time,” said Linsky in a statement. “They have no place in civilized society, and today in the Massachusetts House, we took an important step towards strengthening our state’s gun laws and maintaining the safety of our Commonwealth.”
Linksy’s amendment, first floated earlier this week, would direct the state Secretary of Public Safety to draft regulations by 2018 that would bar the use on any rifle, shotgun or firearm of a device capable of increasing the rate of fire. With no provision for grandfathering, those found guilty of possession of such devices would face between three and 20 years in prison.
The National Rifle Association cautioned Linsky’s ban is sweeping in its context and cautions that federal regulators are already reviewing the devices, which may eliminate any need for a legislative fix.
"Our Lives Have Turned into Hell"
Muslim Persecution of Christians, May 2017
One month after Islamic militants bombed two Egyptian churches during Palm Sunday and killed nearly 50 people in April 2017, several SUVs, on May 26, stopped two buses transporting dozens of Christians to the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in the desert south of Cairo. According to initial reports, approximately ten Islamic militants, heavily armed and dressed in military fatigues, "demanded that the passengers recite the Muslim profession of faith" — which is tantamount to converting to Islam. When they refused, the jihadis opened fire on them, killing 29 Christians, at least ten of whom were young children. Two girls were aged 2 and 4. Also killed was Mohsen Morkous, an American citizen described as "a simple man" whom "everyone loved," his two sons, and his two grandsons.
According to eyewitness accounts, the terrorists ordered the passengers to exit the bus in groups:
"As each pilgrim came off the bus they were asked to renounce their Christian faith and profess belief in Islam, but all of them—even the children—refused. Each was killed in cold blood with a gunshot to the head or the throat.According to another report:
"The dead and dying lay in the desert sand amid Islamic leaflets left by the assailants extoling the virtues of fasting during Ramadan and forgiveness granted to those who abstain from eating during the Islamic ritual. Ramadan ... is often seen as the worst time for persecution of Christians who live in the Middle East."A video of the immediate aftermath "showed at least four or five bodies of adult men lying on the desert sand next to the bus; women and other men screamed and cried as they stood or squatted next to the bodies." According to a man who spoke to hospitalized relatives, "authorities took somewhere from two to three hours to arrive at the scene." The man "questioned whether his uncle and others might have lived had the response been quicker."
The attack occurred in the middle of a three-month state of emergency that began 47 days earlier, on Sunday, April 9, when twin attacks on Coptic Christian churches left some 49 Christians slaughtered. The December before that, 29 other Christians were killed during another set of twin attacks on churches. Both before and after the monastery attack, dozens of Christians, mostly in Sinai, but some in Egypt proper, were killed in cold blood, often decapitatedor burned alive. According to a May 9 report, "A [Christian] father and his two sons were recently kidnapped by ISIS and their bodies were finally found over the weekend."
Days before the latest attack on Middle Eastern Christians, Fox News journalist Shannon Bream announced a forthcoming television segment on the growth of Christian persecution around the world. In response, Matthew Dowd of ABC News tweeted , "Maybe you can talk about the bigger problem which is persecution of Muslims in America and around the globe. Bigger issue.... Muslims are threatened every day in America, by right wing Christian extremists." Christians, however, are currently the world's most persecuted religion: 90,000 died for their faith in 2016. And 12 of the 14 worst nations in which Christians are persecuted are Islamic. (The two that are not are North Korea and Eritrea.)
The rest of May's roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Muslim Slaughter of ChristiansMexico: On May 15, a knife-wielding Muslim attacked and tried to behead a Catholic priest while he officiated at the altar of the nation's largest cathedral, the Metropolitan Church of Our Lady of the Assumption. The assailant, apparently named John Rene Rockschiil and possibly of French origin, managed to plunge the knife into the neck of Fr. Miguel Angel Machorro, 55, before being restrained by parishioners. Fr. Miguel later died of his wounds.
Germany: A Muslim man and asylum-seeker stabbed and killed a Christian woman with a kitchen knife in front of her two children near a public market. Those who knew the slain woman, an Afghan who had converted to Christianity eight years earlier, said she was a successful "example of integration". "A religious motivation is being examined" said officials— apostasy from Islam does earn death — "although we cannot confirm this yet," police spokesman Stefan Sonntag said.
Philippines: In late May, a jihadi uprising of Philippine Muslim militants, including ISIS-linked Indonesians and Malaysians, erupted in the Islamic City of Marawi. In the initial carnage, Muslim militants stopped a bus, and when they discovered that nine passengers were Christian, they were tied together and shot dead, execution style. "I am pissed by those kinds of people," said a local. "They kill defenseless people. The militants also torched a school and a church. One official called the violence an "invasion by foreign terrorists, who heeded the call of Isis to go to the Philippines if they find difficulty in going to Iraq and Syria." It took more than three days for the military to quell the uprising; meanwhile, 15 members of the security forces and 31 militants were killed.
Kenya: On May 12, two militant Muslims shouting "Allahu Akbar" — and suspected of being connected to neighboring Somalia's Al Shabaab terrorist group — shot and killed two non-Muslims, one of whom was a member of a Pentecostal Church. According to the report, "Predominantly Christian workers from Kenya's interior have been targeted in a series of Al Shabaab attacks that have shaken Christian communities in Kenya's northeast". "These Al Shabbab militants," said a local Christian leader, "have made some of our Christians to be their scapegoats, as they see Kenya as a Christian country that is fighting to rid Al Shabaab from Somalia."
Muslim Attacks on Churches and CrossesSudan: On Sunday morning, May 7, as Christians were preparing to worship in the Sudanese Church of Christ in Khartoum, authorities arrived with bulldozers and demolished the church. The government, according to the report, claims the church was "built on land zoned for residential or other uses, or... on government land, but church leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity." A lawyer, Demas James, said that Sudan was in serious violation of constitutional and international conventions of human rights, and that the building being destroyed on a Sunday shows the government's lack of respect for Christian holy places: "You can see there is no place for worship left now for the believers to worship." The demolished church is one of 25 church buildings marked for demolition on the claim that the churches were illegally built. The government has yet to shut down or demolish a single mosque on the same claim.
Austria: Someone described as a "dark skinned immigrant" was videotaped by a bystander's phone camera throwing things and striking at the large cross in front of the St. Marein parish with a long pole, and causing 15,000 euros' worth of general damage. Police eventually subdued the "apparently insane man" and took him "to a hospital." There have been countess instances of Muslim refugees attacking churches and other Christian symbols -- the cross, and statues and icons as well — in every European nation that has accepted Muslim migrants.
Bangladesh: The evening of May 10, a Muslim mob vandalized and invaded the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Khagrachhari district. According to the church's pastor, Stephen Tripura:
"They stormed into the church after kicking and smashing in the door. They attempted to rape my sister and niece who live there by tearing off their clothes. After hearing their cries, local Christians rushed over to help and the attackers fled. My sister and niece moved here to get an education but now they are traumatized.... We didn't file a case for fear of angering local Muslims further and inviting more violence."
Islamic Attacks on Christian FreedomIndonesia: Long touted as a beacon of Muslim tolerance and moderation, Indonesia joined other repressive Muslim nations in May when it sentenced the Christian governor of Jakarta, known as "Ahok," to a two year prison term on the charge that he committed blasphemy against Islam. According to one report, "The blasphemy accusation was key in Ahok's defeat in a bid to be re-elected as governor of Jakarta," and "Islamic extremist groups opposed to having a non-Muslim lead the city organized massive demonstrations against Ahok." The blasphemy accusation is based on a video that Ahok made in which he told voters that they were being deceived if they believed that Koran 5:51, as his opposition said, requires Muslims not to vote for a non-Muslim when there are Muslim candidates available. The Koran passage states:
"O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you—then indeed, he is one of them."A five-judge panel concluded that Ahok was "convincingly proven guilty of blasphemy."
Pakistan: A Christian pastor who has been "tortured every day in prison" since July, 2012 when he was first incarcerated, was sentenced to life in prison in May. Zafar Bhatti, 51, was found guilty of sending "blasphemous" text messages from his mobile phone, but human rights activists contend that the charge "was fabricated to remove him from his role as a Pastor." His wife, Nawab Bibi, says:
"Many Muslim people hated how quickly his church was growing; they have taken this action to undermine his work... I wish our persecutors would see that Christians are not evil creatures. We are human beings created by God the same God that created them although they do not know this yet... There have been numerous attempts to kill my husband — he is bullied everyday and he is not safe from inmates and prison staff alike."In 2014, he "narrowly escaped assassination after a rogue prison officer," Muhammad Yousaf, went on a shooting spree "to kill all inmates accused of blasphemy against Islam." Bhatti is one of countless Christian minorities to suffer under Pakistan's blasphemy law, which has helped make that country the fourth-worst nation in the world, after North Korea, Somalia, and Afghanistan, in which to be Christian. Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother has been on death row since 2010on the accusation that she insulted Muhammad.
As Bhatti was being sentenced to life in Pakistan, all charges against Noreen Leghari — a 20-year-old Muslim medical student who was arrested in connection to a planned suicide attack on a church packed for Easter celebrations — were dropped and she was set free. During a televised public statement, Major General Asif Ghafoor, voicing public concern and compassion for her, and indicated that it would be a shame to destroy her career. As Wilson Chowdhry, a human rights activist, remarked, however:
"How many of these same Pakistani citizens would be so forgiving had Miss Legahri planned to bomb a Muslim School?.... If it were Muslims that were targeted by Legahri I am certain many of the campaigners would find her crime too offensive for granting a pardon – Christian lives are ostensibly less valuable in Pakistan.... It is hard to believe the deep-rooted hatred that Miss Leghari had towards Christians that led to her becoming a suicide recruit, has simply vanished.... I asked several Pakistani Christians whether they would trust a doctor who had previously attempted to bomb a Church on Easter Day, to administer care for them. It was no surprise to me that the unanimous response was a resounding no."Morocco: Converts to Christianity in the 99.6% Muslim majority nation are coming out of the closets, complaining of their treatment and "demand[ing] the right to give our children Christian names, to pray in churches, to be buried in Christian cemeteries and to marry according to our religion," said Mustapha, a convert since 1994, who, along with other converts, wrote a request to the official National Council of Human Rights to end the persecution of Christians in Morocco. According to the report, "even though the state religion is Islam, Morocco's 2011 Constitution allows for freedom of religion. The authorities claim to practice only a moderate form of Islam that leaves room for religious tolerance. Yet, in reality, Moroccan Christians still suffer from persecution." Accordingly, "[f]or two decades, Mustapha kept his faith in Christ secret." When he finally came out in public about his conversion less than two years ago, all his friends and family "turned their backs on me," he said: "I was shunned at work. My children were bullied at school."
Muslim Contempt and Hate for ChristiansIraq: One of the Shia-majority nation's leading Shia clerics, Sheikh Alaa Al-Mousawi -- who heads the government body which maintains all of Iraq's Shia holy sites, including mosques and schools -- described Christians in a video as "infidels and polytheists" and stressed the need for "jihad" against them.
Pakistan: Mian Mir Hospital, which is run by the City District Government of Lahore, was exposed as forcing Christian paramedics and staffers "to either recite verses from the Holy Quran at morning assembly or be marked absent for the day," says a report. This news came to light when the Medical-Superintendent, Dr. Muhammad Sarfraz, "slapped a Christian paramedical staffer for not attending the assembly." The act led to staff protests against Dr. Muhammad and other supervisors. "Experts said extremism was creeping into public hospitals and was a massive concern for law enforcement agencies," continues the report.
Separately, when a Christian girl in the Pakistani public school system sought "to study Ethics rather than Islamic Studies because of her Christian beliefs," says a report, her Muslim teacher informed her that "if she refused to take a class in Islamic studies, she must leave.... The teacher also ordered her Muslim students to avoid eating with the Christian girl because of her faith." According to the teenage Christian girl, Muqadas Sukhraj, her problems started in early April:
"... class teacher, Zahida Parveen unnecessarily began creating problems for me and expressing her displeasure with me because I chose Ethics. First, the teacher argued over the textbook of the Ethics class. Then she sent me out of the class as punishment. Later, she told me that if I could not study Islamic education, then why do I study in a Muslim school in the first place? She even told me, that, when she comes into the class, I must leave."Much of this is in keeping with ongoing revelations, including a 2016 report by Pakistan's National Commission for Justice and Peace, which found that the government continues to issue textbooks that promote religious hatred for non-Muslims.
Also separately, after a fist fight broke out when a Muslim teenager snatched a Christian teenager's phone, a mob of armed Muslims responded by attacking Christians in Phul Nagar, District Kasur in Punjab Province. According to the report:
"The armed men pitilessly bashed every person who came in their sight on the streets. What is more they stormed into the houses of Christians and sta[r]ted beating the Christians. They also resorted to aerial firing, therefore, causing terrors and harassment in the entire neighborhood. The attackers did not spare Christian women, and beat them also."Christians informed local police, who did not arrest any of the assailants, although they are known to police by name and face.
Uganda: Area Muslims continue to hound Pastor Christopher James Kalaja for having filed a court case against sword-waving, "Allahu Akbar"-screaming Muslims who earlier destroyed his farm, home, and church. "We just want to inform you that the battle is now on, and you risk losing the whole family," read one text message he received after formally filing a police case. According to his wife, who lives in hiding, he "makes a brief appearance at our current residence because the Muslims are trailing him. They can do anything to kill him, so as [to] stop the court case to proceed since he is the key witness." The couple's seven children are also "very fearful" and constantly asking "Why are we here? What have we done that we are undergoing such a great suffering?" "These are questions that I cannot answer," said the mother. "I only tell the children to pray."
Nigeria: Janet Habila, a 16-year-old Christian youth leader and daughter of "a devoted church leader with the United Mountain of Grace in Shundna village," was forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man against her will. According to the report, the Christian girl "was enrolled in the tailoring institute in 2016 by her parents ... but rather than learning the trade, the parents were shocked to receive a notification of her marriage through a Sharia court." According to sources, a Muslim man named Nasiru "craftily organized some Muslim men and women in the area to stand as the parents of Janet in court to enable the marriage to take place."
About this SeriesWhile not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians by Muslims is growing. The report posits that such Muslim persecution is not random but rather systematic, and takes place irrespective of language, ethnicity, or location.
Raymond Ibrahim is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians (published by Regnery with Gatestone Institute, April 2013).