The Vatican, as reported in CatholicCulture.org, published statements concerning the persecution of Christians and, lo and behold, there was a surprising pattern in the list from the NGO mentioned in the article that names the places in which persecution is at its most severe and active:
“The recent annual report of the international evangelical non-governmental organization Open Doors on the persecution of Christians in the world contains a world index of persecution according to which the first ten places are occupied by the following countries in descending order: North Korea, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Iran, Maldives, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Iraq and Pakistan,” (Italics added) notes Father Federico Lombardi."
-OK, I fell back into sarcasm on that one.
Also, note the tone in which "Arab Spring" is used below:
“Among the most serious concerns, the increase in Islamic extremism merits special attention,” he continued. “Persons and organizations dedicated to extremist Islamic ideology perpetrate terrible acts of violence in many places throughout the world: the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria is but one example. Then there is the climate of insecurity that unfortunately in some countries accompanies the so-called “Arab spring”--a climate that drives many Christians to flee and even to emigrate.”
To me, as understated as this was, it was still a big step for the Catholic Church to make these statements. Although Father Frederico Lombardi stopped short of spitting out the term "Arab Spring", he clearly used it in a manner that communicates that not everything that has happened as a result of the toppling of strongman governments is as great as the Media would have us believe.
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Rape is a perticularly common tool among Muslim men in nations with either Muslim majorities or those with sizable minorities. Although Muslim females are far from being safe from sexual assaults from their coreligionists, Christians are a more defenseless target. Note the post from Jihad Watch below:
Pakistan: Christian girls and women, some already married, abducted and forcibly converted to Islam
The marriages of captives are abrogated, by order of the Qur'an: "And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you" (4:24).
"There is no compulsion in religion," according to Qur'an 2:256, but the nature of the "compulsion" is in the eye of the overlord/beholder. There is, in reality, plenty of coercion hardwired into Islamic law, even via Qur'an 9:29, which gives unbelievers the options of conversion, subjugation, or warfare. All options are intended to lead the way to conversion by making life so otherwise intolerable, humiliating, and terrifying as to wear down resistance. But hey, you know, no compulsion or anything. Just "an offer you can't refuse."
Often, just to keep things looking good on paper, these women and girls are made to sign under duress (if not while drugged) a document saying they converted of their own free will. Is there "no compulsion" in document signing?
"Choora," variously spelled "Chura," or "Choohra," is a derogatory term. Literally, it means "sweeper," referring to the menial jobs to which Christians are frequently relegated on account of their faith and the social barriers to their advancement.
Pakistan remains a major recipient of U.S. aid. We have leverage we are not using to help Pakistan's second class citizens realize their full rights in society, and liberate the abducted and wrongfully imprisoned. "Girls being raped and tortured," from The News, January 16 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
“I saw two of my daughters being raped in front of me,” an old lady from Essa Nagri told The News. “It is considered that Chooras have no integrity.” She says that around midnight, men from other areas start gathering in their neighbourhood. “They are usually drunk. They choose which home they will plunder.”
She adds that one night they stormed into her home and raped two of her girls, while she “was locked in another room hearing their cries for help”. “I am a widow without any financial prospects, but I did go to the MPA representing us. What good is he if he can’t do anything to protect us?” The fear to report these cases is such that at first, no one even admits that an incident of rape or torture has taken place.
Within the past three months, nine women have been abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. MPA Javed adds that the purpose is not to gain good deeds, but to sell them. A majority of the Christian girls converted are married, he says.
According to reports he received from different areas of the city, the abducted women are later sold to feudal lords in Sindh and Punjab. Citing a recent example, Javed says that in Essa Nagri, a 23-year-old married girl was forcibly remarried to a 60-year-old Muslim man, who was notorious for selling girls."Known to be pious, but had a side business of selling Christian girls":
Javed said that the man was known to be pious, but had a side business of selling Christian girls. He says many people apart from him knew the truth. The only information that the family received was by a phone call through which they were informed by somebody that their girl is in Punjab.
He points out that there is a judgment by the Lahore High Court which clearly states that a “married Christian woman cannot be remarried to a Muslim even if converted,” but these cases do not even go to the police to be challenged in the high courts.The Qur'an trumps the court ruling.
Brothel beside a church
Ayub Goth, near the Meteorological Department, is another area known for ethnic and religious discord. The Christians living in the area complain that a brothel was recently established right beside a Catholic church in the area.
In the evening women from outside are brought by “some people.” Residents say that these people have enough political clout to ensure that no one dares raise a finger....---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Women and girls must live in constant fear of being attacked, kidnapped, or worse. Note to my knowledge that the post mentions the selling of girls. The West, while of course guilty of slavery in its past, did not to my knowledge engage in the specific act of sex-slave trading. The West also was a driving force in abolition, something that is completely foreign to Islam itself.
The most savage aspects of ancient Arab culture were incorporated fully into Islam when it was created. This is what we are facing, not a few people who abuse or fail to understand the tenets of their religion.
While the West has sought to improve itself, often by looking back to the best of its foundations, Islam always falls back on the most vicious parts of the foundations of its system.