IRAN: EX-MUSLIMS DETAINED FOR ‘APOSTASY’

Police interrogate converts to Christianity about faith, political activity.

Iranian authorities have detained two converts to Christianity in the southern city of Shiraz for eight weeks on suspicion of “apostasy,” or leaving Islam. In Iran, apostasy is a crime that can be punishable by death.

Mahmood Matin, 52, and Arash Bandari, 44, remain imprisoned in a secret police detention center known by its address, Sepah Street 100, located in the center of Shiraz since their arrest on May 15 (previously reported as May 13).

Catholic Online

Iraqi Christians Under Attack says Pew Report

Iraqi Christians have been in Iraq since the time of Christ.The majority of them are Chaldean Catholics.They are our brethren.

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Chaldean.org) - Senior research fellow, Brian J. Grim, paints a harrowing picture of the ongoing persecution of Iraqi Christians.

The research expert on religion and world affairs with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in Washington, D.C. reports that the situation for Christians in Iraq is worsening.

TURKEY: ALLEGED MASTERMINDS OF MALATYA MURDERS NAMED IN COURT

Defense turns trial of slaughter of three Christians into missionary witch-hunt.

By Barbara G. Baker

Plaintiff lawyers Ozkan Yucel and Erdal Dogan

Plaintiff lawyers Ozkan Yucel

and Erdal Dogan (right) outside  courtroom

MALATYA, Turkey, July 9 (Compass Direct News) – Despite new court testimony naming a web of ranking local officials behind the slaughter of three Christians in Malatya last year, defense lawyers for the alleged murderers attempted to turn last week’s hearing into an investigation into Christian missionary activities.

INDONESIA: CHURCH IN WEST JAVA BULLDOZED

Officials give no viable alternative to church caught in land dispute.

Bulldozed Cirebeum church

Bulldozed Cirebeum village church

 

JAKARTA, (Compass Direct News) – Public Order officials on June 26 demolished a church building in Cimahi regency of Bandung district, West Java, to make way for a new shopping mall and bus terminal after church leaders failed to convince authorities that they owned the land on which it was built.

Italy: Street prayer banned, Proposed fines for Muslims sparks controversy

 (AKI)   

The President of the northern Italian city of Milan, Filippo Penati, has triggered widespread debate with a controversial proposal to fine Muslims who pray on the streets outside the city's mosque.

The President of the northern Italian city of Milan, Filippo Penati, has triggered widespread debate with a controversial proposal to fine Muslims who pray on the streets outside the city's mosque.

Toddlers who dislike spicy food 'racist'

Telegraph 

Toddlers who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency.

The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

U.K.: Police dogs to wear "booties" when searching Muslim homes to avoid causing offense 

 Times: Stuart MacDonald

IRAN: AUTHORITIES ‘TEMPORARILY’ RELEASE BADLY INJURED CHRISTIAN

Local police demand US$43,000 bail from convert’s family.

ISTANBUL, After four weeks in police custody, Iranian Christian Mohsen Namvar was released “temporarily” last week to return to his home in Tehran.

A doctor summoned to Namvar’s home after his release last Thursday (June 26) administered medicines and serum to treat the badly beaten prisoner.

UK SCHOOL PUNISHES BOYS FOR REFUSING TO PRAY TO ALLAH  

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DEVOUT: Muslims at prayer

Daily Express , By Tony Brooks

PARENTS voiced their anger yesterday after two schoolboys were given detention for refusing to kneel and “pray” to Allah.

 

The non-Muslim 12-year-olds had been taking part in a practical demonstration of Islam in a religious education lesson.

Muslims in Britain should be able to live under Sharia law, says top judge

Suggestions of Sharia law can be used  have drawn criticism

Telegraph 

Muslims attend a mosque: Muslims in Britain should be able to live under Sharia law, says top judge

Suggestions that Sharia law can be used to help govern issues like family disputes and the sale of financial products have drawn criticism

Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat

PosterDaily Mail    

A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.

  
 
Protest Egyptian government allowing criminal attacks on Coptic Christians

Canada Free Press 

Coptic Christians and their supporters will demonstrate on Parliament Hill at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2008 against the Egyptian government for continuing to allow criminal elements to wage regular attacks on Egyptian Copts and their properties.

Scotland: Pakistani converts to Christianity face last-minute appeal to avoid being deported

11th-hour bid to save family from threats

Scotsman  

A PAKISTANI family who sought asylum in Scotland because they received death threats over their religious beliefs are hoping that a last-minute appeal will stop their deportation tomorrow.

Egyptian e-mail campaign compares women without veils to unwrapped candy attracting flies

 


Caption: "You can't stop them. But you can protect yourself. Your creator has your best interests at heart."

Aqsa brother charged

26-year-old joins father in possible honour killing of 16-year-old girl

2aqsa.jpgToronto Sun 

The shocking murder of Mississauga teen Aqsa Parvez took another disturbing twist yesterday when Peel Regional Police arrested her older brother and charged him with first-degree murder.

Waqas Parvez, 26, now joins his father Muhammad Parvez, 57, before the courts on pre-meditated murder charges in the Dec. 10, 2007 strangling death of the 16-year-old high school student who friends say did not want to wear the traditional Muslim Hijab head scarf and was rebellious against the strict Muslim rules laid down inside her family home.

Egypt Human Rights Resolution in Congress. Please support now....

Washington DC- The U.S. Copts Association has worked for few weeks now with the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Frank Wolf, on Resolution H. Res. 1303.  Mr. Wolf has asked members of congress to co-sponsor the Resolution. The Resolution is calling on the Egyptian Government to respect human rights and freedoms of religion and expression in Egypt. The Resolutoin details Egypt's human rights abuses against the Copts as well as religious minorities, bloggers, and democracy proponents.

EGYPT: Coptic diaspora spreads the word

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Los Angles Times 

In the midst of continuing sectarian tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt, the Coptic diaspora has recently called for demonstrations in the U.S. and European cities.

USA: LCHR Applauds Egypt Human Rights Resolution, Urges Support 

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Council for Human Rights strongly supports H. Res. 1303, calling on the Egyptian Government to respect human rights and freedoms of religion and expression in Egypt.  LCHR expresses its appreciation to Congressional Human Rights Caucus Co-Chair Frank Wolf for introducing this important resolution, which details Egypt’s human rights abuses against religious minorities, journalists and bloggers, democracy proponents, and civil society development organizations.  The resolution also urges the President and the Secretary of State to prioritize human rights and religious freedom in meetings with Egyptian officials.

Canadian Parliament: Iraqi Christians are targets of cleansing, committee told

One in three a refugee, but Chaldo-Assyrians want to remain in country

Jennifer Green, The Ottawa Citizen 

Muslim militants are crucifying children to terrorize their Christian parents into fleeing Iraq, a parliamentary committee studying the persecution of religious minorities heard yesterday.

Hindu man set on fire in East London 'for dating Muslim girl'

The London Paper Thursday, 19 June 2008

Police were appealing for witnesses today following the attempted murder of a man who was doused in petrol and set on fire in east London.The 20-year-old, who is fighting for his life in hospital, was torched as he sat in his car in Forest Gate.


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