Morocco: the new Constitution is not as good as it may seem

The new constitution “supports the human rights in all aspects, including a fair trial, no torture, no detention, no disappearance, and we need to guarantee the freedom of expression,” he said. The new constitution will also guarantee “freedom of religious worship.”

Foreign residents currently enjoy freedom of worship. Moroccan Christians, while not denied freedom of worship, “reportedly do not meet regularly due to fear of government surveillance and social persecution,” according to a US State Department report.

Yes, it guarantees freedom of religious worship, but not freedom of conscience: that is, if you are a Muslim, you won’t be able to change your religion.

But there is more: speaking about this constitution, the leader of the main opposition party (Islamist Justice and Development Party), said that:

“Morocco is a Muslim country whose state religion is Islam, and do not touch these fundamental principles. In Morocco, the freedom of worship is now guaranteed to Christians, Jews …, but not the freedom of conscience. A Muslim can not change his religion or even leave his practice in public, as happened last year when a handful of young men wanted to break the fast in a park in Mohammedia.

He also spoke about gays:

“We risk [with the new Constitution] to see people who publicly declare they are a sexual deviant,” was outraged. “The PJD reject this situation. Those who Fall in these sows should be hidden,” he said.

Shahbaz Bhatti, shot dead

Mr Bhatti opposed the “blasphemy law” and was killed two days ago. So did Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who was shot dead by one of his bodyguards last January.

I feel, even as I am not an active blogger now, that he merits a post. It’s difficult to be Christian in Pakistan as I have repeatedly blogged on the past. But to be Minister and to openly speak against the damned blasphemy law is even more difficult.

So, this is my tribute to a man, whose success I was very doubtful from the beginning I knew of his existence (in a country where a “cleric” can put a bounty on someone for allegedly “blaspheming” and no one gets him in jail and condemned because of it, you can understand why I was even hard on him back then). But nonetheless, we have to admire his courage for speaking in favour of Asia Bibi and others jailed on “blasphemy” charges, even if he was threatened by the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and several other groups,as he says in the video in the link above.

Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Hector Aleem’s trial for blasphemy: Mullahs gather outside of courtroom

As you probably know, Hector Aleem is being tried in Pakistan for blasphemy against Mohammed, Islam’s prophet. On October 21st and 25th, the days of the hearings, some Mullahs were assembled in the main entrance of the court at Rawalpindi to chant slogans calling for his death and against Christianity and to shout “Allah Akbar“. His family has made some videos from a mobile phone.

From the 21st hearing, you can go here to watch it.

From the 25th hearing:


Information on his case here,herehere and hereFree Hector Aleem on FB.

U.N.: Vote on ‘Religious Defamation’ Resolution to be held in December

For the sixth year in a row, the U.N. General Assembly will vote in December on a resolution presented by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) that calls on governments to act against “religious defamation.”

Similar resolutions have been passed every year since 1999 by the U.N.’s main human rights body. However, in both the UNGA and the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, the resolutions have drawn declining support in recent years.

Last December’s UNGA vote passed by 80-61, with 42 countries abstaining. The 19 vote margin was the smallest number yet; margins in the four previous years’ votes had ranged from 33 to 57.

Over the past five years, only seven countries have changed their position to “no.” The rest of the difference has been the result of non-Muslim developing countries shifting from supporting the measure, to abstaining.

Those who oppose the resolution, including religious freedom, freedom of expression, legal and humanist advocacy groups, believe that this trend will continue until the OIC measure fails altogether.

But the OIC is hoping that incidents over the past year, especially the Quran-burning and “Ground Zero mosque” episodes in the U.S. and the Swiss ban on the building of minarets, will help to rally supporters.

Although the OIC resolutions profess to cover all religions, only Islam and Muslims are cited by name. Last year’s text expressed concern that “Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism” and referred also to the “ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities.”

While the resolutions themselves are non-binding, they open the door for the OIC’s attempts to amend the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which is legally binding.

Christian ministries working among persecuted religious minorities are ramping up their lobbying of governments that have voted for the resolution or abstained in the past, and are calling for public support.

via Christian Web News – cwnewz.com – U.N. to Vote on ‘Religious Defamation’ Resolution.

Open Doors USA has launched an advocacy campaign against this UN Resolution, on the basis that it’s against freedom of religion.

Germany: Turkish hackers attack CDU websites

Turkish hackers attack CDU websites – The Local:

Foto: Imago (Msn).

“Police and domestic intelligence agencies are now investigating in both the city-state of Hamburg and the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania after CDU officials said their party sites were paralysed overnight when hackers replaced their homepages with a black background featuring a Turkish crest and critical comments.

Hackers “GHoST61” and “Emre Y” had left their mark claiming responsibility for sabotaging the site, with the comment, “Hi Hamburg: We are from Turkey.”

In Hamburg the CDU took its website offline by mid-morning on Tuesday, spokesperson Anna Christina Hinze said.

The Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian arm of the CDU had a similar experience, discovering that their website had been replaced with an Ottoman Empire crest and some pointed questions about the party’s immigration policies. Their site was repaired by afternoon.

The hackers left a message asking: “Where is the money for integration? Where is the money for mosques?” and “Where is the tolerance? Where is the freedom of religion?“”

Does Turkey pay for non-Muslim temples? That’s somewhat strange if we consider that not a week ago Turkish Minister Faruk Çelik called Christians “kuffar. And they have a policy absolutely contrary to, for example, Constantinople’s Patriarchy, Turkish nationalists prayed in an ancient Armenian Cathedral and, lastly, there are some questions about Catholic priests murdered in the country, which haven’t been addressed.

That is called reciprocity and you can’t make others do what you aren’t prepared to do yourself.

Note: In the image it’s written “Between West and East. How well do you know Turkey?“.

Background:
Germany: 69% against Turkish entry in the EU, poll shows.
CDU politician calls to stop Muslim immigration.
“Muslims should obey Constitution, not Sharia”, Merkel says.
Conservative leaders reject Wullf’s remarks on Islam.
Germany agrees in making easier for Turks to get visas.
President Wulff will visit Turkey on Monday, while Merkel criticizes multiculturalism.
President Wulff urges Turks to ‘actively integrate’ in Germany in his visit to Turkey.

Egypt: Our friend Mubarak

Egypt Cuts a Deal: Christians Fed to Muslim ‘Lions’ :: Hudson New York

…Considering the citizenship rights Copts enjoyed in the early-to-mid-20th century, how did things come to this pass? Much of this reversion can be traced to Mubarak’s predecessor, Anwar Sadat, who altered Egypt’s Constitution — by adding Article 2, “sharia is the principle source of legislation” — only to be rewarded, ironically, with assassination by the Islamist “Frankenstein monster” he had empowered. Since then, there has been a tacit agreement between the government and the Islamists. As Youssef Ibrahim puts it, the agreement “turned over to Islamists control in media, education, and government administrations in return for allowing Mr. Mubarak’s rule to go on unchallenged, setting the stage … for his son, Gamal, to succeed him. As part of the deal, [Mubarak] agreed to feed Egypt’s Christians to the growing Islamic beast.

The Copts now find themselves in a dire situation. Magdi Khalil, a human rights activist at the forefront of the “Coptic question,” states that “Egypt is on the verge of chaos and change of regime, and there is a plan for Copts to pay the price of this predicted chaos, by directing the surplus violence, hate and barbarism towards them.” This redirection onto the Copts is obvious even in subtle things: aside from the habitual anti-Copt indoctrination that goes on in mosques — all of the demonstrations occurred immediately after Friday’s mosque prayers. Egypt’s state-run public education system also marginalizes, if not ostracizes, the Copts (see, for example, Adel Guindy‘s “The Talibanization of Education in Egypt.”)

More obvious proof of the government’s complicity is the fact that, not only has it not prevented or dispersed the increasingly rabid demonstrations against the Copts — the way it viciously and unequivocally does whenever any protests are directed against itself — but Egyptian security, as Magdi Khalil affirmed in a phone conversation, actually facilitates, and sometimes participates, in these mass demonstrations. After all, Islamists who publicly call for the death of the Pope do so, writes Ibrahim Eissa, “knowing quite well that State Security will not touch them, since demonstrations are directed against the Pope and not the President, the Church and not the inheritance issue [Gamal Mubarak as successor of his father]. Those who go out in Jihad against ‘inheritance,’ democracy and election fraud are beaten mercilessly by security forces, but those who go out to incite sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians believe …that they are the friends and ‘buddies’ of the police and the State Security.”

Iran: Pastor’s Wife Released as Husband Faces Execution

Worthy Christian News � NEWS ALERT: Iran Releases Pastor’s Wife as Husband Faces Execution:

“The wife of a prominent evangelical pastor in Iran was free Monday, October 18, after four months of detention, but her husband still faced the death penalty for abandoning Islam, the Church of Iran said.

Fatemeh Passandideh, the wife of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, was released October 11 by a court in Gilan province, in northern Iran, an official linked to the Church of Iran told Worthy News and its news partner BosNewsLife.

‘The release of Fatemeh Passandideh comes ten days after the announcement of the death sentence for her husband Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani,’ he said, speaking on earlier agreed conditions of anonymity, amid security concerns.

Pastor Nadarkhani was convicted of ‘apostasy‘, or leaving Islam, last month by the 11th Chamber of the Assize Court of the province of Gilan. The pastor’s attorney is expected to file an appeal against the ruling after he reportedly found ‘serious procedural flaws‘ in the case.”

Background:
Christian pastor sentenced to death for “thought crime”.

Sudan: Sudanese bishops’ conference concerned about persecution if South supports independence

The secretary general of the Sudanese bishops’ conference is expressing concern that the Church in the northern part of the nation will suffer persecution if the residents of southern Sudan opt for independence in a January 2011 referendum. In addition, “the lives of southern Sudanese in the north are under threat,” said Father Santino Maurino Morokomomo.
Two million lost their lives in the long Sudanese civil war (1983-2005) between the Muslim north and the largely animist and Christian south. The civil war ended when President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, later indicted by the International Criminal Court, granted the south limited autonomy and promised a January 2011 referendum. Since 2005, the nation’s 5.8 million Catholics have fallen under two sets of religion laws. In the north, all schools– even Christian schools– must offer instruction in Islam, and converts from Islam to Christianity face not only criminal charges but also death at the hands of their families. In the south, Christians enjoy religious freedom.
15% of Sudan’s 37.2 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.”

Background:
Sudan rejects Gaddafi’s warning.
Gaddafi: Israel is responsible for Sudanese crisis.
Spain: Sudanese refugee alerts about links between Sudanese Govt and Al-Qaeda.

Hector Aleem’s update

Dear group members,


As you know our father Hector Aleem is in jail due to a false blasphemy offence. The trial is going on these days and the judge is giving hearing dates on daily basis. And the lawyer needs to go daily to the court for trial. So he needs his fees, we have reached this stage just because of your help. We need some of your help again, please donate as much as you can or if you cannot donate then please tell you friends and family to donate for us or simply pray for us and for the collection of donation for daddy. It’s a request, please do not ignore us.


If you want to donate through Pay pal then you can donate by following the link below.


Here is the link to pay pal: http://tinyurl.com/hectoraleem


And if you want to donate through any other way the please contact me.


Waiting for your positive responses and please remember us in your prayers. Also please pray for daddy’s immediate release and for our safety.


Please also read these two Articles:

For more information on Hector Aleem: Free Hector Aleem on FB.

Ethiopia: Christian accused of desecrating the Qu’ran

Well, in reality no one knows where he wrote “Jesus is God”. His partner apparently accused him of writing it on the Qu’ran. Others say that he wrote it in different places, such as a piece of wood or a minibus.

A Christian in Ethiopia’s southern town of Moyale has been languishing in jail for two months after his Muslim business partner accused him of writing “Jesus is Lord” in a copy of the Quran, local church leaders said.

Compass Direct News (CDN) reports that Tamirat Woldegorgis, a member of the Full Gospel Church in his early 30s, was arrested in early August after the Muslim co-worker in the clothes-making business the two operated out of a rented home discovered Woldegorgis had inscribed “Jesus is Lord” on some cloth, area Christians said.

Compass says the Muslim associate, whose name has not been established, went to a nearby mosque with the accusation that Woldegorgis had written “Jesus is Lord” in the Quran itself, sources said.

Compass reports that angry sheikhs at the mosque subsequently had Woldegorgis arrested for desecrating the book sacred to Islam, they said. Other sources said, however, that Muslims accused Woldegorgis of writing “Jesus is Lord” on a piece of wood, on a minibus and then on the wall of a house.

A church leader who requested anonymity told Compass that two days after Woldegorgis was arrested, two friends inquired about him at the Moyale police station; authorities responded by jailing them for two weeks.

Compass explained that in Ethiopia’s federal state system, each state is autonomous in its administration, and most of those holding government positions in Somali Region Zone Five are Muslims.

Source.

"Blasphemy UN Resolution": US NGO "Open Doors" campain on Freedom of Believe

You can read about it here. And you can sign it here.

The basics:

Who is Behind the Resolution?

The countries supporting this resolution are, ironically, the very Islamic-majority countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) that persecute Christians and other minority faiths. Members of minority faiths such as Christians or Jews who make truth claims or even evangelize can be accused of “defamation” and can be punished under national blasphemy laws.

History of the Resolution

While Defamation of Religions Resolutions have been introduced and passed previously, it is up again this year for a vote. The resolution lost support in the UN General Assembly vote during the last couple of years and we think this year may be the tipping point.

Your voice makes a difference

We need to encourage key countries to change their vote on this resolution. These countries are not easily influenced by American citizens. But they are more receptive to pressure from our federal legislators. So ask your legislator to pressure key countries to change their vote on the Defamation of Religions Resolution today!

If there is any other NGO from other place, maintaining or opening a campaign to fight against this Resolution, please leave a message. I will post it too.

Turkey: Nationalist Party holds prayer in Armenian Cathedral

If some people would just think about this when mentioning Córdoba’s Cathedral… (Translation: T&P):

The Armenian Apostolic Church on Saturday condemned the holding of a Muslim prayer hundreds of Turkish nationalists organized in an old Armenian cathedral in eastern Turkey with the permission of Turkish authorities.The Nationalist Action Party (MHP opposition) had organized a Friday prayer in congregation in the Cathedral of Our Lady Ani, the ruined capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom located near Kars, near the border with Armenia to Turkey.This ceremony was widely interpreted as a response to mass history allowed for the first time in 95 years by the Turkish authorities on 19 September, the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, Van (east). It was the first Mass ever celebrated since the massacres and deportations of the First World War.
The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) announced earlier this week its intention to bring together supporters on Friday to a group prayer in the Cathedral of Our Lady and the party won regional authorities and the Ankara government permissions.On August 16th 1064, the Seljuk leader Alparslan Ani won the city and he dropped the cross of the cathedral and said a prayer on Friday. Aktash, who is head of the branch of the party wanted to reproduce the event in Kars after 946 years.According to a previous press release, the president of the nationalist Devlet Bahceli decided to begin the campaign for elections to the parliament with this prayer in the Cathedral on October 1.

The Cathedral of Ani is a pearl of the original architecture of the Caucasus. Ani was the capital of an Armenian kingdom in the Middle Ages, which extended largely on Armenia and eastern Turkey today.The Cathedral was founded by order of King Sembat II and was completed under the patronage of the wife of King Gagik I, Queen Katranide. The Cathedral was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was built by the talented architect Tiridates, which was said monuments of the 10th century that they prefigured the Gothic style that came to Europe several centuries later.

 What respect for other people’s religion, hein?

Found here.

Libya: Two South Koreans, accused of Christian proselitism, released

Religión en Libertad (Translation T&P):

Libya released on Saturday two South Koreans who were arrested this summer for violating the religious law of the African country, South Korean FM said today.

The release comes two days after Lee Sang Deuk, Grand National Party MP and brother of South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, met with the head of state of Libya, Muammar Al Gaddafi.

The prisoners were handed over to their families in the presence of South Korean ambassador in Libya, explained the minister, as recorded by The Korean Times newspaper.

Koo and Jeon, as identified by their relatives, were arrested in June and July, respectively, accused of having carried out religious activities in the country. In August, both were taken to prison after being interrogated by the authorities.

UK: Muslims protest Pope Benedict’s visit

http://www.liveleak.com/e/8d3_1285202586

They are carrying slogans like “Shariah for the Vatican”, “Jesus is not God” and “God curse the Pope”. But there was more:

Muslim demonstrators sang “Pope Benedict, you will pay, Islam is on its way”, “Sharia is on its way”, “Justice is on its way” (a lot is coming our way, it seems) and threatened that Sharia would be “declared” against all who insult Muhammad. They shouted to the Pope, “Watch your back,” swore that he will “burn in hell” and claimed that he “deserves the death penalty.”

As always, we see respect for other religions, good wishes for everyone and no intentions of dominating other people.

Just kidding…

The Conservative Monster has more on this.

Related:
Muslim against Crusades – new Islamist group springs up.

Netherlands: prosecution drops charges against cartoonist

The public prosecution department announced on Tuesday it is dropping its case against a cartoonist arrested in 2008 on discrimination charges. 
The cartoonist, who operates under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot, published the controversial cartoons on his website. He was arrested in 2008 following a complaint made in 2005.
Although the department considers the cartoons discriminate against Muslims and ‘people with dark skins’, it made the decision to drop the case because the cartoons have not appeared on the website since shortly after Nekschot’s arrest. In addition, the cartoonist spent 24 hours in jail following his arrest, reports the Volkskrant.
The fact that the complaint was made as far back as 2005 and there have been no further complaints also played a role, the paper says.
Image found here.

Egypt: "Is it possible for Coptic Christians to get justice in court?", US religious freedom watchdog asks

His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of the Co...Image via WikipediaAINA.org:

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has called on Egypt‘s government to ensure the resumption of the trial of three men charged with the Christmas Eve murders of seven people in a small southern Egypt town.
Since February, court proceedings have been postponed numerous times, and USCIRF is pressing the government to ensure that Saturday’s scheduled trial go on as planned.
“Justice delayed is justice denied,” remarked USCIRF chair Leonard Leo, whose agency makes policy recommendations to the U.S. president, secretary of state, and congress with respect to matters involving international religious freedom.
“Is it possible for Coptic Orthodox Christians to get justice in the Egyptian court system?” he asked.
On Jan. 6, as Coptic Christians prepared to observe Christmas Day, gunmen traveling in a car opened fire in a shopping district in the town of Nagaa Hammadi and later in front of the southern Egyptian town’s main church as worshipers emerged from midnight mass.
The shooting resulted in the deaths of six Christians and one Muslim security guard, who was assigned to protect the church.

Background:
Violence against Christian Copts on Christmas.
Naga Hammadi massacre, commented by Egyptian bloggers.

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Indonesia: Muslim leader arrested in anti-Christian attack

Indonesian police confirmed that Muharli Barda, the notorious leader of the Islamic Defender Front (FPI) in Bekasi, has been detained for his role in an anti-Christian incident that occurred on 12 September. Police also said that nine other people were involved, but did not disclose their names.

The incident in question occurred last Sunday when a Protestant clergyman, Rev Afian Sihombing, was attacked. He is the head of a Christian community in East Pondonk Bekasi Regency. He is currently in hospital with multiple stab wounds to the stomach. Rev Luspida Simanjutak was also injured during the attack, with wounds to the face, head and back. She and Rev Sihombing lead the Huria Batak Kristen Protestan (HBKP).

After initially taking a guarded position, police became more involved following a statement by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who said that Christians should have justice.

“There are ten suspects,” Police Chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri announced. He declined however to give any further comments.

“Let’s not talk about which mass organisation they belong to. As long as they commit a crime, we will handle them seriously. Law enforcement should be practiced without any preference,” he said.

Bekasi FPI leader Mhuharli Barda, who has often been blamed for disorders, was mentioned by Jakarta police spokesman Senior Superintendent Boy Rafli Amar.

“Yes! It definitively correct that Muharli Barda has been declared as a suspect for his role in provoking ill feelings against others,” Amar said in response to a question. “Barda is now in police custody,” he added.

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The Koran was not burned but violence and riots spread throughout Muslim world

Iranian-backed TV broadcasts US Koran desecrations, inflames deadly Kashmir riots; 15 dead:

“The Iranians seized on reports of Koran burnings near Ground Zero and elsewhere in the U.S. to fan deadly riots Monday in mostly-Muslim Kashmir.

Indian forces killed more than a dozen people and wounded scores more rampaging rioters, who chanted ‘Down with Koran desecrators’ as they attacked a Christian school in one town and government buildings in other cities.

They also chanted ‘Down with America’ and ‘Down with Israel,’ cries rarely heard in Kashmir where Muslim rebels have long waged a bloody rebellion against Indian rule.

U.S. Ambassador Timothy Roemer appealed for calm and condemned Koran-burning as ‘disrespectful, intolerant, divisive and unrepresentative of American values.’

‘The deliberate destruction of any holy book is an abhorrent act,’ he said.

Kashmiri officials also removed a state-run Iranian station from local cable networks that had been fanning the anger by repeatedly broadcasting reports of Koran burnings in the U.S., said Kuldeep Khoda, who heads the state police.”

Protesters hold signs supporting beheadings and massacres
to people who insult Islam after the publication of the
Mohammed cartoons.

So, no burned Koran but Muslim riots (not all Muslims riot but an important number are rioting) have spread. It’s interesting to note that Iranians have fueled them (the same that riots and violence against the Mohammed cartoons were also fueled from outside Denmark) and that Christians (people, not books) continue under attack throughout the world.

Indian Government is worried about the new leadership born in the area where a climate of violence has been growing in recent weeks. Since June 1 more than 70 people have been killed and it’s possible that the “Burn Koran Day” is just another excuse to boost violence:
It is being said that Muhammad Qasim alias Aashiq Husain Faktoo, an erstwhile commander of Jamait-ul-Muhajideen and the husband of Asiya Andrabi, the leader of the ultra-Islamic Kashmiri organisation Dukhtaran-e-Millat, has managed to create a vicious network from within the confines of the jail, where he has been lodged for the last 17 years. He is said to be one of the spearheads of this spiral of violence. In close support, are people like Masarrat Alam Butt, the Hurriyat leader and the Vice Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League.

These new leaders exercise command through conduits, mobile communication systems and word of mouth. Their dictates’ spread across the valley like wildfire. They have effectively marginalised the likes of Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Recently, Geelani came up with five pre-conditions for the reestablishment of peace in the valley.. The unabated violence that has been continuing even after the release of his ‘pre-conditions’ indicates that even if they are met in full, he does not have the influence to stand by his word and ensure peace.

The same can be said for the other Hurriyat leaders, whose carefully nurtured media campaign of projecting the so-called struggle in Kashmir as peaceful and non-violent, has been thrown to the winds.

A small, but dedicated extremist cadre, is holding the state to ransom, while the existing leadership is merely trying to save face by defining the violence as a frustration of the people that is spilling over in the streets. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, the people are helpless due to an immobilised leadership.

According to asca.it, the attacked schools have been the Catholic Good Shepherd School in Pulwama, where 17 people were killed in a deliberate fire, and two Protestant schools, the Christ’s School and Christ in the School in Pooch Mohalla Jammu. The attacks on the two Protestant schools were condemned by the separatist leader Geelani in a press release: “I call all Muslims to protect all minority members and their places of worship. We should maintain at all costs the old harmony and brotherhood inside the community, by which is known Kashmir in every corner of the world“.

He should have been in a “jokeful” manner when writing that last part…

Two protesters were also killed and some others were hurt in demonstrations in Afghanistan against “Koran burning”:

“The [district] governor must give us an assurance that the church is not going to burn the Koran, otherwise we will attack foreign troop bases in our thousands,” Mohammad Yahya, one of the protesters, said. For his part, the governor, Mohammad Amin Rahim, said he had tried to convince demonstrators that the burning would not go ahead “but the demonstrators were not convinced and attacked us”.

More here:

In neighboring Pakistan, Christians have linked a blast at a Lutheran church in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to the threats of burning the Qur’an.
A grenade attack on the night of Sept. 12 ripped off the lower half of the front gate of Sarhadi Lutheran Church. Two police guards and a watchman on duty were injured.
The church and a school inside its compound have been closed since the attack.
“It was a very strong blast and was heard throughout the city. A window of the Church building was also damaged. We are now conducting meetings with police officials for providing better security,” Church of Pakistan Bishop Peter Majeed told ucanews.com.
Anti-American demonstrations were held around the country as Pakistani news channels highlighted the news last week.
Thousands burnt their television sets on Sept. 13 as a protest in Nowshera, northern province, after a local imam (prayer leader) urged Muslims to do so.
“Burn everything invented by foreign hands. We shall defeat the plans of Satan,” said Maulvi Sardar Ali Hqani.
The incident occurred about two kilometers away from Holy Name Catholic Church.
“Christians in the vicinity have fled the area. The protest diminished at midnight. Police has also warned us to be careful. We can stop people, but can’t stop a possible rocket attack,” said Father Amri Yaqub, the parish priest, quoting the security officers.

Related:
MSNBC’s Wolffe Repeats Debunked Newsweek Claim of Koran Flushed Down Toilet by Guantanamo Interrogators.
Mega-Mosque Imam says Qu’ran burning Would have been disastrous and would have “strenghtened radicals”, implying Muslims cannot control themselves.

Pakistan: "Convert to Islam or you’re not getting aid", Christians told

Agenzia Fides – ASIA/PAKIST�N – Discriminaci�n en los auxilios: episodios y testimonios:

“There are a lot of cases of humanitarian aid’s discrimination about which Agencia Fides has been informed, against Christians, other religious minorities, dalits and weaker. “The general picture of social and religious discrimination in Pakistan is more heinous everyday and is contaminating solidarity made to the country”, says a Fides’ source. Among victims, rage is growing, and last Thursday, in Hyderabad, a lot of them protested in a march against the mistreatment suffered by religious minorities.

Humanitarian operators and NGOs in Pakistan have told Fides that in Thatta’s district, flooded these past days, a lot of Christian families have been denied aid, even from Government’s civil servants.

Zubair Masih says: “I come from Sukkur. We have lost everything. We have gone to a camp for victims near Thatta but they haven’t let us enter because we are Christians”.

Abid Masih, Christian, is living in a camp near Larkana, and says: “My wife is sick, but the doctor doesn’t want to visit and cure here and has told us to wait for the Health World Organisation to send Christian doctors”. 

Aamir Gill, a victim from Dadu, says: “I arrived with my family to a camp near Hyderabad, but the manager didn’t want to register us because we are Christians and didn’t give us anything. We are obliged to go”.

Carl Moeller, president of the American organization “Open Doors”, which publishes a report about persecuted Christians around the world, in a note sent to Fides says: “Some Christian victims have been denied aid openly, while others have been invited to go or to convert to Islam. We can imagine the terrible decision: abandoning one’s faith to be able to feed your own child”.

It’s pathetic that we are sending aid to this country without obliging authorities to treat everyone as equals. It’s amazing to what extent religious hate can grow…

Spain: Najwa’s family announces legal action against Institute

El Mundo:

Najwa’s family has announced they will appeal the decision of the Institute of forcing the schoolgirl to leave the center due to her going to class with a veil and is ready to go to court to defend her right to religious freedom, has said their lawyer, Ivan Jimenez Aybar.

The lawyer, Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, has confirmed that Najwa will resume classes tomorrow, “where she can”, that is, at the Institute Gerardo Diego de Pozuelo de Alarcón.

The lawyer has indicated that Nawja has been assigned the center after the one which was closer to home, IES San Juan de la Cruz, changed the internal rules quickly to prevent the girl came to class wearing the veil.

Jiménez-Aybar has considered that the decision to “expel” Najwa IES Camilo José Cela is disproportionate and violates her “dignity” and her right to religious freedom, and stressed that from a legal standpoint, the decision is not solid, because it does not point out any fundamental right to justify the cut in the right to education of the child.

Yes, equality of students before the law!!

Background:
16-year-old removed from class from wearing the hijab.
School confirms hijab prohibition.
Opinions on Najwa’s hijab.
National Federation of Muslims will take legal action against the school on Najwa’s hijab affair.
Najwa’s veil: an analysis.

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