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-US Commission: Pakistan Schools Teach Religious Intolerance

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

                 (Image by Omer Wazir via Flickr) According to a study by a US government commission released on Wednesday, Schools and textbooks used in Pakistan teach intolerance and hatred toward minority religions. The findings show why Pakistan is becoming far more Islamist and radical than it use to be and is increasingly supportive of hardline […]

-Sec. Clinton: Religious Intolerance a Downside of ‘Arab Spring’

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that growing religious intolerance was an overlooked downside to the ‘Arab Spring.’ While the popular revolts against longtime dictators in the Middle East and North Africa brought hope to millions of Arabs, Religious minorities in those countries, particularly Christians have seen an increase in persecution in the […]

-Recent Attacks on Christians Around the World

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

      (Image by IronRodArt – Royce Bair via Flickr) In America and in the West we live in peace and all religions are tolerated. However there are places in the world where Christians are constantly subjected to persecution, particularly in Muslim dominated areas. At least once a month I try to post about the persecution […]

-Should the USA Support Homosexual Rights in Pakistan?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

                     (Map by Omer Wazir via Flickr) Recently (June 26) the American embassy in Islamabad,  Pakistan hosted a meeting, attended by more than 75 people, that was meant to show support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) folks in Pakistan. At the time U.S. deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland stated: “I want […]

-Pakistan: Political Party Wants The Bible Banned

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Islamabad, Pakistan: A radical Pakistani political party, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam,  on Friday called for a ban on the Bible in Pakistan. Maulana Abdur Raoof Farooqi, a leader in the party claimed that the Bible: “contains blasphemous passages that are a cause of humiliation for Muslims”. Farooqi said that his party wants the Chief Justice of […]

-Pakistan: Man Exonerated of ‘Blasphemy’ Was Killed Anyway

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Pakistani man was accused, jailed, tried, and cleared of the crime of ‘blasphemy’ against the prophet Muhammad. Nevertheless he was killed by Islamist vigilantes anyway. Mohamed Imran was a Shia Muslim which is a minority in Pakistan that many times are subjected to persecution in the country. The nature of his supposed violation was […]

-‘Quran Burning’ Updates

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

(Terry Jones by Getty Images via @daylife) The ‘Quran burning’ story has a life of its own particularly in the Middle East. Now as many as 43 deaths have been attributed to the burning and the ‘blame game’ continues. Here are some updates just from this week: Controversial Quran burning pastor Terry Jones visited Orange […]

-UPDATE: At Least 22 Killed So Far in Quran Burning Protests

Monday, April 4th, 2011

According to reports 2 more died on Sunday in Afghanistan during the continuing protests over the Quran burning in Florida. This brings the total count of deaths to at least 22 along with hundreds of injuries. The most popular prevailing slogans for the protesters were: “Long live the Taliban” and “Death to America” Meanwhile the […]

-Pakistan: Rallies Against Pope and for Assassin

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Islamic radicals took to the streets in Karachi and two other cities in Pakistan on Friday in support of the blasphemy laws and against the Pope. Last week Pope Benedict called for Pakistan to drop their blasphemy laws and quell the persecution in the country against Christians and minority religions. The many protestors carried signs […]

-The Pope Speaks Out Against Persecution of Christians Around the World

Monday, January 10th, 2011

(Image by Catholic Church (England and Wales) via Flickr) VATICAN CITY —On Monday during a speech to ambassadors, Pope Benedict XVI urged Pakistan to over-turn its controversial blasphemy laws. The Pope said that the laws were being used as an excuse for violence against Christians and non-Muslims: "I once more encourage the leaders of that […]