Pakistan: Muslim Children As Young As Five Are Being Taught To Hate Christians, Says Archbishop

Pakistan: Muslim Children As Young As Five Are Being Taught To Hate Christians, Says Archbishop

Under the blasphemy laws, it is a crime punishable by death to defame the name of the Prophet and desecration of the Quran is punished by life in prison. 

Muslim children throughout Pakistan are being indoctrinated with hatred for Christians, a senior Church leader has warned.

A rare insight into how the anti-Christian persecutors of tomorrow are being created in Pakistan was provided this week by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw.

“A huge problem we face in Pakistan – one that is deeply divisive across many sections of society – is hate material in school text books,” he said.

“For example, in class one, five-year-olds are given a lesson in which they are told: ‘Who am I? I am a Muslim and the other people are infidels.’

“In sociology books used in class seven, 12-year-olds are told to ‘respect the Prophet (PBUH). Do not trust the Jews or the Christians’.”

These materials have caused “hatred and division” in society and many minority groups feel unwanted, he said, adding that things got worse after 9/11 when Christians were accused of being associated with and allied to the US or the West.

The Archbishop also criticised the notorious evidence and blasphemy laws of Pakistan.

Under the evidence laws, the evidence of a Christian man is worth half that of a Muslim man and the evidence of a Christian woman is worth just a quarter.

Under the blasphemy laws, it is a crime punishable by death to defame the name of the Prophet and desecration of the Quran is punished by life in prison.

Then there are the cultural aspects of Islamisation, the Archbishop added.

“In some parts of the Punjab Province, even in the 21st century, Christians are prevented from using the crockery used by Muslims.

“Christians, for example, cannot drink out of the same glass as a Muslim. This was the alleged offence committed by Asia Bibi who even now could be executed because of the supposed blasphemous comments made to defend her actions.”

A member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Archbishop Shaw was in London as a guest of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

He addressed a meeting in Parliament and also spoke at this week’s Foreign Office conference on preventing violent extremism by building inclusive and plural societies.

In his Foreign Office talk, he drew on the vision of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan in August 1947.

“A model society is a society in which an individual is free to choose his or her religion and is free to express his or her faith both in public and in private.

“Moreover, such an individual not only respects his or her rights and responsibilities but equally respects the rights and responsibilities of others. This is the society in which an individual acts justly and in equal measure receives justice,” he said.

Jinnah also wrote: “You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or any other place of worship in the state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed; that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”

Archbishop Shaw said Pakistan had now fallen under the influence of hard-line Islamic groups, and from being a home for Muslims it has gradually moved in the direction of becoming an Islamic Republic of Pakistan, he said.

On the bright side, however, over the past 14 years he and other Christian leaders have built interfaith groups at all levels – within villages, towns and big cities – aimed at striving towards a vision of the common good.

“We do not discuss matters of faith; we look at devising solutions to social and economic problems for example peace promotion, health issues, combatting poverty and education. Through these means, we Christians have become better accepted in society. No longer is it presumd that we are agents of the West or the US.”

The strategy has been to train young people to promote Christian values rather than engage in debate and get bogged down in theological controversy.

“The path to inter-religious harmony is long and winding, but at least we have begun and we are seeing the fruits of our labours,” he said.

Of Pakistan’s 192.8 million population, 3.9 million are Christians.

According to the Open Doors World Watch List, it is the sixth worst country for persecution, and Christians experience more violence in Pakistan than almost anywhere else.

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USA: Christians, Muslims and Jews join for comm’unity’ 9/11 event

USA: Christians, Muslims and Jews join for comm’unity’ 9/11 event

DAYTON — The public is invited to participate in a program which remembers sacrifices, seeks peace and supports unity on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11.

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The event will be held at the Dayton PeaceHeroes Walk Around the World, beginning at RiverScape at 2 p.m. The Community-wide Prayers for Peace Service will be held from 3 to 3:15 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton, hosted by Muslims, Christians and Jews coming together to pray for peace.

Donate blood from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Muslims for Life Blood Drive in the parking lot of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Take a shuttle from the Westminster parking lot to tour the historic Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque, 637 Randolph St., and enjoy Indian finger food.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is an international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans 206 countries with membership exceeding tens of million. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the oldest American-Muslim organizations.

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Thailand: Desperate Pakistani Christians Languish In Bangkok Underground

Thailand: Desperate Pakistani Christians Languish In Bangkok Underground

BANGKOK: Thailand is a prime tourist destination, a favorite for pleasure-seekers around the world. But that’s not why nearly 10,000 Pakistanis have ended up in Bangkok, most of them living an underground existence in some of the city’s poorer neighborhoods. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous nations for religious minorities.

Thailand also is one of the few countries which allow Pakistanis easy entry as tourists. With the United Nations certifying refugees from the lengthy conflict in neighboring Burma, persecuted Pakistanis started arriving four years ago seeking resettlement in the West.

Alas, the UN offered false hope. The typical refugee waits years just for an interview, the first step to receiving official refugee status. So far, not one has moved on to America or anywhere else. In the meantime, humanitarian groups such as Christian Freedom International are helping refugees survive in the shadows. CFI President Jim Jacobson argues that the only feasible solution is for the U.S. to admit people who are not only in desperate need, but “who share Americans’ values and are America’s friends in the fight against terrorism.”

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US concerned over spike in blasphemy cases in Pakistan

US concerned over spike in blasphemy cases in Pakistan

KARACHI: The United States has expressed concern at the increase in the number of blasphemy cases and the use of such charges as “justification for mob justice” in Pakistan even as it noted increased government action to curb sectarian hate speech.

It pointed out that armed sectarian groups connected to banned terror organisations continued to stage attacks on Christians and Shias, including the predominantly Shia Hazara community. Incidents of forced conversions have also continued.

This was stated in the US State Department’s annual report on International Religious Freedom which was released on Wednesday. The report takes a comprehensive look at the situation in more than 200 countries in 2015.

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