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Christians And Muslims Fight For Right To Murder For Their Beliefs

by | 18th, November 2014

ARE we outraged that Christians are being persecuted?

Melanie Phillips in the Times :

Barbaric assaults on religious liberty are greeted in the West with an embarrassed silence. Canon Andrew White is one of the bravest people I know. For nine years this former Middle East envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has played a key role in freeing hostages in the region, has been the vicar of St George’s church in Baghdad.

As such, he has been the emblem and body-armoured defender of Iraq’s Christian community, which has been under murderous assault in the wars that have engulfed Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
A few days ago, at a conference I chaired in Jerusalem, Canon White told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury has now forbidden him to return to his church in its heavily barricaded compound. Given the advance towards Baghdad of Islamic State (Isis) which has now murdered a fifth hostage, the American Peter Kassig it is simply too dangerous even for him.

More than 1,200 members of his congregation and several of his staff have been murdered in the past few years. His flock has dwindled from 6,500 to 1,000 today, including the six remaining Jews in Iraq, who have lived under his personal protection.

What is happening is a tragedy of extraordinary, historic proportions. In the place where Abraham was born, most of the 135,000-strong, three millennia-old Jewish community was forced to flee several decades ago. Now it seems that Christianity is about to be wiped out in a land where it has been cradled for more than 2,000 years.

She lists the murders of Christians in Nigeria, Syria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The brutal hatred of ISIS toward any minority they come into contact with continues to hit the headlines and dominate our television screens. But there are other daily stories of oppression and violence from elsewhere that fail to gain the same level of attention. If we look to Pakistan regarded by the report as one of the worst offenders there is no shortage of examples. Two days ago it was reported that a Christian couple there were beaten to death by a mob after being accused of desecrating a copy of the Koran. In May, gunmen in the city of Multan shot dead a lawyer who had been defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy. And last month a court upheld the death penalty for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman again convicted of blasphemy four years ago, despite highly dubious evidence.

Yesterday the Church of England’s Director of Communications, Rev Arun Arora,  drew attention to the

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