Muslim Persecution of Christians: November 2011

by Raymond Ibrahim via Muslim Persecution of Christians: November 2011: “Everyone is Born a Muslim” :: Stonegate Institute.

The so-called “Arab Spring” continues to transition into a “Christian Winter,” including in those nations undergoing democratic change, such as Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis dominated the elections—unsurprisingly so, considering the Obama administration has actually been training Islamists for elections.

Arab regimes not overthrown by the “Arab Spring” are under mounting international pressure; these include the secular Assad regime of Syria, where Christians, who comprise some 10% of the population, are fearful of the future, having seen the effects of democracy in neighboring nations such as Iraq, where, since the fall of the Saddam regime, Christians have been all but decimated.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that “Christians are being refused refugee status [in the U.S.] and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under [Islamic] Sharia [law], while whole Muslim communities are entering the U.S. by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution.”

Categorized by theme, November’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed according to theme and in alphabetical order by country, not necessarily severity.


Ethiopia: More than 500 Muslim students assisted by Muslim police burned down a church, while screaming “Allahu Akbar” [“Allah is Greatest!”]: the church was built on land used by Christians for more than 60 years, but now a court has ruled that it was built “without a permit.”

Indonesia: Hundreds of “hard-line” Muslims rallied to decry the “arrogance” of a beleaguered church that, though kept shuttered by authorities, has been ordered open by the Supreme Court. Church members have been forced to hold services on the sidewalk, even as Indonesia’s leading Muslim clerics warned Christians that it would be “wise and sensible” for the church to yield to “the feelings of the local believers, specifically Muslims.”

Iran: The nation’s minister of intelligence said that house churches in his country are a threat to Iranian youth, and acknowledged a new series of efforts to fight the growth of the house church movement in Iran.

Nigeria: Islamic militants shouting “Allahu Akbar” carried out coordinated attacks on churches and police stations, including opening fire on a congregation of “mostly women and children,” killing dozens. The attacks occurred in a region where hundreds of people were earlier killed during violence that erupted after President Jonathan, a Christian, beat his closet Muslim rival in April elections.

Turkey: The ancient Aghia Sophia church has been turned into a mosque. Playing an important role in ecumenical history, the church was first transformed into a mosque in 1331 by the jihadist Ottoman state. As a sign of secularization, however, in 1920 it was turned into a museum. Its transformation again into a mosque is a reflection of Turkey’s re-Islamization.

Apostasy and Proselytism

Afghanis around the world are being threatened for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. One exile, who changed his name after fleeing Afghanistan in 2007 when an Islamic court issued an arrest warrant for his conversion, is still receiving threats: “They [Afghan officials] were very angry and saying that they will hit me by knife and kill me.” Even in distant Norway last September, an Afghan convert to Christianity was scalded with boiling water and acid at a refugee processing center: “If you do not return to Islam, we will kill you,” his attackers reportedly told him.

Algeria: Five Christians were jailed for “worshiping in an unregistered location.” International Christian Concern (ICC), an advocacy group investigating the case, states that the five Christians are charged with “proselytizing,” “unauthorized worship,” and “insulting Islam.”

Iran: Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who caught the attention of the world after being imprisoned and awaiting execution for leaving Islam, remains behind bars as officials continue to come up with excuses to force him to renounce Christianity; the latest is that “everyone is [born] a Muslim.” A Christian couple “who had been snatched and illegally-detained” by authorities for eight months without any formal charges, were finally released, beaten again, and have since fled the country. While imprisoned, they were “ridiculed and debased” for their Christian faith.

Kashmir: Muslim police arrested and beat seven converts from Islam in an attempt to obtain a confession against the priest who baptized them. After the grand mufti alleged that Muslim youths were alternatively being “lured” and “forced” to convert by an Anglican priest “in exchange for money,” the priest was arrested in a “humiliating” manner. Recently released, his life is now “in serious danger.”

Kenya: A gang of Muslims stabbed and beat with iron rods a 25-year-old Somali refugee, breaking his teeth; he was then stripped naked, covered with dirt, and left unconscious near a church. Although he was raised Christian since age 7, he was attacked on the “assumption that as a Somali he was born into Islam and was therefore an apostate deserving of death.”

Nigeria: The Muslim militant group, Boko Haram, executed two children of an ex-terrorist and “murderer” because he converted to Christianity. When still a terrorist, he “was poised to slit the throat of a Christian victim” when “he was suddenly struck with the weight of the evil he was about to commit.” After finding he converted to Christianity, “Boko Haram members invaded his home, kidnapped his two children and informed him that they were going to execute them in retribution for his disloyalty to Islam. Clutching his phone, the man heard the sound of the guns that murdered his children.”


Egypt: After a Christian inadvertently killed a Muslim in a quarrel begun by the latter, thousands of Muslims rose in violence, “collectively punishing” the Copts of the village. Two Christians “not party to the altercation” were killed; others were stabbed and critically wounded. As usual, “after killing the Copts, Muslims went on a rampage, looting and burning Christian-owned homes and businesses.” Even so, “Muslims insist they have not yet avenged” the death of their co-religionist, and there are fears of “a wholesale massacre of Copts.” Many Christians have fled their homes or are in hiding.

Kenya: Suspected Islamic extremists, apparently angered at the use of wine during communion—Islam forbids alcohol—threw a grenade near a church compound killing two, including an 8-year-old girl, and critically wounding three others. The pastor of another congregation received a message threatening him either to flee the region “within 48 hours or you see bomb blast taking your life and we know your house, Christians will see war. Don’t take it so lightly. We are for your neck.”

Nigeria: In the latest round of violence, soon after mosque prayers were heard, hundreds of armed Muslims invaded Christian villages, “like a swarm of bees,” killing, looting, and destroying virtually everything in sight; at the end of their four-hour rampage, some 150 people had been killed—at least 130 of them Christians. Another 45 Christians were also killed by another set of Muslims shouting “Allahu Akbar!,” who burned, looted, and killed. Hundreds of people are still missing; the attacks have included the bombing of at least ten church buildings. Nearly all the Christians in the area have fled the region.

Pakistan: A 25 year-old Christian was shot dead by “an unidentified gunman in what his family believes was a radical Muslim group’s targeting of a Christian.” According to the son, “We firmly believe that my father was killed because of his preaching of the Bible, because there is no other reason.” He began to receive threats “after voicing his desire to start a welfare organization for the poor Christians” of the region.


(General Abuse, Debasement, and Suppression of non-Muslim “Second-Class Citizens”)

November’s major instances of dhimmitude come from two Muslim nations notorious for violating Christian rights—Egypt and Pakistan—neither of which is even cited in the U.S. State Department’s recent International Religious Freedom report:

Read it all and previous month’s posts in Ibrahim’s series of Muslim Persecution of Christians.

11 thoughts on “Muslim Persecution of Christians: November 2011

  1. When the hand of the true GOD says enough is enough we will see a world turned upside down. My god is not to be mocked. He is slow to anger, and full of mercy and compassion. He has a time set apart for dealing with these Christ haters.A battle is forth coming, and my GOD is the winner. They will call out for the rocks to hide them, but their dead lying god will not hear them.Everyone will have an opportunity to bend their knee to the Jesus we love and worship, not like the Muslim leader that states kill them if they don’t convert.God is alive and waiting for it is time for His move.

  2. I have no religious irons in the fire so to speak, (I’m an agnostic) I nevertheless I am angered profusely by the blatant evil and seditious activities of our so-called president in the White House. This is a travesty due to the MSM’s complicit silence concerning these actions. Obama lets these muslim “refugees” in by the thousands in order to facilitate the islamisation of America. Of course he will not do likewise for truly persecuted Christians, that would be damaging to his traitorous agenda. I strongly hate and detest that man and his majority in the Senate. Some how, some way Obama’s seditious activity must not be allowed to go unpunished.

    • what goes around soon comes around………..Washington has set itself up for Jihad of various types;STEALTH JIHAD is the most dangerous but most American bury their heads in the sand or are more concerned about fashion statements.False religion and perverse behavior create the ideal conditions nesassary for THE DISEASE to prosper.A proper preventitive is called for before the disease starts to grow and an antecedent medicine to cure it.ILLICIT AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR is useful to the controllers or handlers of this world;Arab Spring is just that as well as the TABOO removal being performed by the sex lobby;thier job being to remove all types of logical morality so the replacement of said morality can be installed via media and school indoctrinations.People go to church;mosque or temple to be indoctrinated and filled with “””THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD””””there are man lords;BY THEIR FRUITS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM………BY THEIR DEEDS ARE THEY MARKED;BY THE MARK YOU SHALL KNOW THEM………….666 A MARK -ist operation.EVER SEEN A MARKIST DRESSED UP LIKE AN IMAN?JUST MOVE TO CHICAGO OR LOS VEGAS

  3. it beats my imagination when i try to envisage the pain these people go through, either through bomb killings or inhumane brutalities.

    no matter what religion being practiced, no one deserves such pain and agony.

    here comes the million dollar question: “why do people have to go through these extreme measures to prove their point?

    ” how many more lives would it take these persecutors to understand the drop of tears being shed by those who lost their loved ones.”

    may God help us all, and have mercy on our world

    • “why do people have to go through these extreme measures to prove their point?
      Because their God has told them to do it. All must submit to Allah or die. Sad, but true. From their mother’s knee they are taught that we Infidels are the enemy to Allah. They believe no other religion has a right to exist on this planet.
      Yes Grace, May God have mercy on us for Islam will not!

  4. Have we buried our heads in the sand for too long and let this scourge become so powerful we cannot overcome it? Perhaps! I have been trying to enlighten people to defeat the third Jihad (which is in progress) and it is the final Jihad the Muslims believe will allow the complete submission of ALL religions to Islam or die. It’s in progress now. It has been gaining strength and as just stated has even gained top spots in our own government in America. I think we have slept too long. I hope I am wrong, but I seriously have my doubts. I will NOT submit to Islam, so when I go, I won’t go alone. Wake up people…. The freedoms we have enjoyed has been eroding one by one. Be prepared.

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