An emergency relief expert in the Middle East has warned of a second genocide of Christians in the region.
Fr Andrzej Halemba, head of Middle East projects at Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), said that Christians could face total eradication from countries such as Iraq and Syria, where they have existed since the time of Christ's first apostles.
Sharia Watch: This ia an example of soft-jihad! In Islam Jesus is viewed as just another prophet not the son of God, whereas Muhammad is viewed as the successor prophet to Jesus which he, as a mortal, could not be if Jesus is seen as the son of God. Thus this seemingly small act is, in reality, a statement of Islamic supremacism over Christianity! It is actually an act of profound significance and acceptance is another sign of dhimmitude in our view.
ISIS’s official Amaq media outlet claimed responsibility saying:“Two Christian priests were killed today, ISIS shot them down.” ICC said the attack happened as three nearly simultaneous car bombings occurred in the city of Qamishli. One of the explosions occurred near a Chaldean church.
Mr Wazir came to the UK in 2015, leaving behind his family in Lahore because he had been targeted by Islamic extremists and feared for his life. A Fatwah (a legal ruling from an Islamic leader) was issued against Azeem because he had campaigned for Christian freedoms in Pakistan, such as supporting Asia Bibi, Christian sports players and being involved in a campaign called 'Stop Killing Christians'. According to
Concern is growing among Christians in Bangladesh after the country's PM said she would not tolerate people offending Islam. There's been widespread protests in Pakistan following the release of Christian mother Asia Bibi. She was accused of blasphemy but released on appeal after almost a decade in prison. Speaking about the situation in her own country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said: "Anyone who pronounces offensive comments against it [Islam], or against the Prophet Muhammad, will be prosecuted according to the law."
An Iraqi church leader has said that Christians are unlikely to return to the city of Mosul, a place once home to tens of thousands of believers. After visiting the recently liberated city last week, Fr Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the East told Catholic News Service: "I don't see a future for Christians in Mosul."
The Archbishop of Canterbury has used the word genocide to describe the treatment of suppressed Christians around the world in his Christmas message to churches. Most Revd Justin Welby writes of the "troubled, uncertain world" we live in and the need to stand alongside fellow believers as they endure suffering. Speaking of the treatment by extremist groups, he said: "In some places, this is motivated by a desire to eradicate the indigenous Christian presence completely. These are acts not only of terror but of genocide; criminal acts for which the international community must bring those guilty to account.
There have been many calls for the suffering experienced by Christians at the hands of Islamic State to be labelled genocide. Earlier this year the UK parliament voted to use the word and called on the government to refer the issue to the UN Security Council. Once referred, member states then have a legal duty to take action to stop the genocide. The UK government is yet to refer the issue.
Time to Act.
For over two years ISIS has been undertaking atrocities against minority groups in Syria and Iraq that clearly meet the threshold to be considered genocide. Early in the year 48,000 of you supported the Stop the Genocide petition that culminated on Wednesday 20th April 2016 when the House of Common's voted 278-0 to recognise ISIS crimes as genocide. However since the vote the Government has refused to take the matter to the United Nations Security Council so that it can be referred to the International Criminal Court.
With your help the Stop the Genocide campaign will change this. Those suffering persecution at the hands of ISIS are crying out for the international community to recognise what is happening to them and provide relief. That is why your support for the Stop the Genocide campaign is so important. Stand up for those without a voice by completing the petition to Prime Minister Theresa May today.
A Christian family in Yorkshire who converted from Islam has said its "given up on the Church of England", after claiming its failed to provide them with support following ongoing persecution.
According to the Daily Mail, the Hussain family in Bradford were Muslims before they all converted to Christianity.
Since then, they claim they have suffered regular persecution from Muslim neighbours who view them as "apostates" - someone who converts from one religion to another. Renouncing Islam for another religion is punishable by death in some Islamic countries
A Christian convert from Islam has said there's a "failure across the board" to protect people in Britain who leave the Muslim faith. Nissar Hussain was speaking after the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain said people leaving Islam were experiencing extreme violence and discrimination. The Council said some were even committing suicide or self-harming because of the level of abuse they received, or feared they would receive, if they left Islam. Its words come ahead of an ITV documentary due to broadcast on 13th October which will explore the lives of converts from Islam.
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