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Christians Accept Execution Rather Than Islam

FrontPage Magazine Approximately two months after the Islamic State (IS) published a video depicting its members slaughtering 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, on Sunday, April 19,  the Islamic jihadi organization released another video of more Christians in Libya being massacred, this time for not paying jizya—extortion money demanded of the “People of the Book” according to [...]

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Christians Pay Islam’s Price for Freedom: Muslim Persecution of Christians, January 2015

Gatestone Institute  The New Year began with Muslim gunmen killing a dozen people at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7.  The attack was motivated by the publication of unflattering caricatures of Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Lesser known is that, all throughout the Islamic world, the magazine’s caricatures of Muhammad [...]

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Ominous Sign of Future: Muslim Migrants Throw Christians Overboard

The fate of the murdered Christian migrants is the image of our future, unless we form a human chain to resist our attackers. By Ralph H. Sidway The shared experience. How people, often from very different backgrounds, countries, nationalities and races, and even religions, can bond in simple human camaraderie, especially when going through difficult [...]

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Islamic State Executes Ethiopian Christians for Not Paying Jizya, or ‘Tribute’

The Islamic State has just released another video where it executes more Christians, this time for not paying jizya — the tribute demanded of Christians according to Koran 9:29 in order to live under Islam as Christians. Two scenes appear in the 29-minute long video.  The first scene consists of a group of Christian Ethiopians [...]

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France: Drooling Man Repeating Muslim Prayers Destroyed 215 Christian Gravestones; Motive ‘Unknown’

On April 15, 215 Christian gravestones and crosses in the cemetery of Saint-Roch de Castres (Tarn), France, were damaged and desecrated (see pictures below). Thanks to onsite cameras and information given by a cemetery employee, a man fitting the description was detained and hospitalized on the assumption that he is insane.  According to Charlotte Beluet, the prosector: [...]

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Suspected Islamic Gunmen Open Fire on Catholic School in Pakistan

On the morning of April 17, suspected Islamic gunmen opened fire on St Francis High School, a Catholic school founded in 1842 in Lahore and long considered one of the finest schools in the city.  One student and two security guards were injured and taken to hospital. Although the motive behind the attack has yet to [...]

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400 Syrian Churches Destroyed, Christianity Nearing ‘Extinction’ in Mideast — Russian Orthodox Patriarch

Around mid-April, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia –who once wrote a letter to Barack Obama beseeching the president to reconsider his foreign policies which enable the persecution of Christians in Syria — spoke again of the threat of Christian extinction in the Mideast during a meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos. In [...]

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Islamic State ‘Sledgehammers’ Christian Gravestones and Crosses in Mosul

Islamic State members ravaged Mosul’s oldest Christian cemetery near the Syrian Orthodox Cathedral and published pictures of the destroyed  tombstones and desecrated crosses as proof of their pious efforts to eradicate all signs and symbols of Christian “paganism.” Several jihadi websites posted these pictures.  Some include Islamic State members using sledgehammers to destroy gravestones and [...]

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Muslim Refugees Drown Christian Refugees for Being ‘Infidels’

On Thursday, April 16, police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants hurled 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya; another forty-one Christians were believed to have been drowned in a separate incident.  The motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.”  According to the Associated Press: Palermo [...]

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Coptic Christians Celebrate Easter Outdoors Because Muslims Forbid Church Building

Coptic Solidarity Due to the difficulties Egypt’s Coptic Christians experience in trying to build—or even repair—churches in their homeland, some end up meeting in Coptic homes to worship (and often are attacked for it), while others worship out in the open. This was the case for the Christians of Nag Shenouda, in Sohag City.  For [...]

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