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By fnfvgnfqw on Jan 25, 2014 03:40 AM
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<P>AROUND much of the Western world, Christmas hymns are still echoing in the ears of happy holidaymakers, but elsewhere, Christians, for whom Christmas is one of the holiest days, are being persecuted.</P>
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<P>While Australian troops are dying in Afghanistan in a war with Islamist forces, the Afghan Government which our forces are supporting seems incapable of implementing policies that respect fundamental principles guaranteeing real religious freedoms.</P>
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<P>Afghanistan is not alone. Islamic nations which regularly issue calls for the West to respect Islam and show tolerance for its traditions, rarely practise what they preach.</P>
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<P>A 200 page study of religious freedom reveals that Christianity is under siege in the Islamic world and that the dwindling number of Christians still living in Islamic nations remain among the most oppressed.</P>
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<P>Pope Benedict, who released the study last month, called for all nations to guarantee freedom for all to practise their faith publicly, with authentic respect for each person.</P>
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<P>Although this freedom is assumed in Australia, the US, the UK and other European nations, it is paid scant regard in the Islamic world and across China. India is rife with divisions between the many religions followed.</P>
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<P>But it the fate of Christians under Islamic rule that is most concerning, particularly as Islamic nations play a greater role within the UN and are granted an unearned tolerance by the Left in the West.</P>
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<P>In calling for religious freedom to be respected, the Pope appealed for reciprocity full rights for Christians in Islamic states where laws ban them from practising their faith openly. Such a call does not sound unreasonable. No Christian state bans the practising of Islam, but the 3.5 million Christians of all denominations who live in the Gulf Arab region, the birthplace of Islam, are barely tolerated and any form of non Muslim worship takes place in private.</P>
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<P>In Saudi Arabia, home to Islam holiest sites, the report notes, conversion of Muslims is punishable by death, though such sentences are rare.</P>
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<P>The Vatican expressed particular concern about the fate of Christians in predominantly Muslim Iraq, where 52 hostages and police were killed last month when a church was seized by al Qaeda linked gunmen.</P>
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<P>groups go into neighbourhoods where Christians live and kill indiscriminately everyone they find in their way, Monsignor Philip Najim, representative of the Chaldean Church to the Holy See, reported.</P>
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<P>are cold blooded murders in broad daylight, before dozens of witnesses, as if these groups wanted to show that they can act with impunity; that they are in control of the city. Louis Sako, Archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, said: are the target of a campaign of violence and liquidation with political goals. West tolerant approach to religion is mocked by Islamic governments, most of which claim to observe the Universal Charter of Human Rights Article 7, stating that religions are to exercise their faith and perform their religious rites within the limits of the provisions of the law, but also declare Islam as the state religion. This contradiction gives them a fig leaf whenever the issue of persecution of Christians arises.</P>
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<P>In Afghanistan, courts apply Islamic Sharia law to the interpretation and judging of individual cases concerning, for example, blasphemy or apostasy crimes which are not covered by the penal code.</P>
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<P>Marriage between Muslims and non Muslims is forbidden in Brunei and Iran, and any non Muslim man who wishes to marry a Muslim woman must convert. The law of blasphemy is the worst instrument of religious repression in Pakistan, with the penalty of life imprisonment for all who offend the Koran, and the death penalty for those who insult the prophet Mohammed.</P>
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<P>According to the report, accusations against alleged blasphemers are often false or motivated by petty interests, which result in scandals and encourage enraged crowds to inflict justice on their own.</P>
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<P>Even if arrested on the basis of accusations from only one witness, the unfortunate person risks violence and torture inflicted by the police. Under pressure from crowds incited by local mullahs, a number of judges have imposed the death sentence even in the absence of any evidence against the accused.</P>
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<P>The report says the penal law, based on the Koran, punishes with floggings and stoning all behaviour incompatible with Islamic law, such as adultery, gambling or drinking alcohol. This law on blasphemy provides an example of one of the most sectarian and extremist forms of legislation, in addition to paving the way for a radical Islam isation of the country.</P>
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<P>How is it possible for Christians, even nominal Christians who hum hymns and visit churches once or twice a year, to be so oblivious to the fate of those who stake so much more on their Christianity than many in Western countries today?</P>
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<P>In large part it is due to the insistent demands for tolerance made by the political Left, a tolerance which embraces Islam, but denies Christianity the same comfort.</P>
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<P>It obvious to the most casual observer that there are no refugees fleeing the West, but the same cannot be said for the Islamic nations, or the totalitarian Asian states.</P>
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<P>The difference lies in the Judeo Christian cultures which formed the core of Western culture, the source of rallying cries of freedom and liberty.</P>
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<P>Standing up for those suffering persecution in oppressive nations because of their Christian belief is a small price to pay for the historic liberation this religion has bestowed on so many around the world today.</P>
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<P>I think there are still a few minutes of Christmas Day left so Merry Christmas Piers! Excellent article as usual a timely and well argued call for reciprocity in religious tolerance. The left in the West have gone insane in swallowing, hook line and sinker, the foul lie that Muslims are persecuted in the West. During the absurdly pro muslim reporting in the mainstream media about Demaryius Thomas Youth Jersey the plans by muslim radicals to build a triumphal mosque at ground zero in New York, those opposed to it were characterised as and examples of a sinister anti muslim sentiment that has grown in the West. What utter crap. There are more than 100 mosques in New York, and over 2000 in the US generally. Did these leftist happen to mention how many churches there are in Saudi Arabia to service the more than one million Christians there? Of course not because the answer is zero, zip, zilch, nata. That would hardly be advancing their narrative of Western persecution of Muslims now would it.</P>
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<P>It ludicrous how the Left allow themselves to be so manipulated by radical islam. When a group cry persecution as much as Muslims and their apologists on the left do, it worth taking a closer look at just how tolerant the group is in its own jurisdictions, where it has the power. The picture you see is very troubling indeed. Islam will play the persecution card until they have the majority (sooner than you think) in our countries, then they do some actual, real persecuting, and their useful idiots on the left will be well and truly dealt with by their erstwhile friends, probably to their great surprise.</P>
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<P>The left have taken to shreiking whenever anyone mildly suggests that we not allow our country to be Islamised, but anyone who has taken even a short look at how things are done in Islamic countries knows full well that there nothing at all irrational about a fear of Islam.</P>
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<P>While I broadly agree, John, I also need to point out the finger pointing sometimes needs to extend to conservatives and Christians too. Social Conservative Bolt shows his ignorance on matters Christian, but he is a decent man and doesn call for such barbarous activity. Yet his ignorance feeds it too. There is no legitimacy to the lobby that says that God is not real because of scientific findings. But many today believe that science www.broncosofficialnflproshop.com/59+Danny+Trevathan+Jersey+Cheap.html has disproved God. Many such rely on defining Christian assertions in terms of modern lingo . twisting the meaning until they have something they can claim is not possible. God is possible.</P>
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<P>But the Christian lobby is at fault too for making too many demands on those whom they need to support. If one truly believes in religious freedoms as being important in our political framework (give to Ceaser what is Ceasers and to God what is God and that God gives choice to individuals, and that such choice cannot be demanded by Government, then it is clear that many liberal Christians in hamstringing Christian leaders are doing God a huge disservice.</P>
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<P>The reason Leftists have left Islamic religion proliferate in the West abusing its own Muslims people, it because it favours its own leftist religion of hatred towards USA, the biggest Christian Capitalist society of the world. Leftists hate Religion, as it embedded in their DNA, which states that religion is the opium of the masses and must be eradicated; which Lenin and Stalin did and prohibited during their dictatorship reign in the Soviet Union; so for the leftists, seeing Islamic rogue regimes like Iran chanting publicly DEATH to USA its music to their ears and not because they love Islam. In the other hand, as Marx stated, the Christian culture will disappear if other religions and cultures are imported into their societies. Now the extreme Leftist cult member Assange is leaking documents against USA it does nothing to do with freedom of expression or the need for society to know the truth, Marxists are liars, they hate capitalism, the west and Christianity, so his actions is just Marxist revenge mentality Demaryius Thomas Jersey Authentic of getting USA by creating animosity between USA and its allies, with the help of leftists born in western countries, who hate capitalism, as Islam hate Kafirs.</P>
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