-ARCHBISHOP TUTU. God would really appreciate your help.

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Get your priorities in order Archbishop Tutu.

OCTOBER 28, 2010 – Archbishop Desmond Tutu  was recently quoted as saying in reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their own previous humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon? Have they forgotten that God cares deeply about all the downtrodden?”

Well, we can assure the Archbishop that “his” Jewish sisters and brothers will never forget.

However, what we find fascinating is while the Archbishop continues to be so obsessed in demanding the Cape Town Opera abandon their visit to Israel this November, he has discreetly forgotten to speak out against the persecution of his own sisters and brothers. Currently, Christians in many countries are being killed, raped, persecuted and tortured for following their faith.

So, perhaps it is time to respectfully remind the Archbishop that perhaps he should get his priorities in order. By all accounts, it would seem God would appreciate a little bit of your help in saving ordinary “downtrodden” Christians.

Here’s a brief selection of some news reports published during the past six months that the Archbishop might take in to consideration.  And for his benefit perhaps we will start with the latest news:

Execution of Iranian Church Leader Delayed

The Christian Post on October 25 2010 reports the execution of a pastor in Iran who was sentenced to death for apostasy has been delayed, according to a ministry that assists the persecuted Church. The Rev. Youcef Nadarkhani, the leader of a church network in Rasht, Iran, was arrested on Oct. 13, 2009, after objecting to the practice of forcing Christian school students – including his own children – to read the Quran. After being tried in recent weeks in the 11th Chamber of the Gilan Province’s Assize Court, Nadarkhani was sentenced to die on Oct. 24. Notably, however, a formal verdict has not yet been delivered by the court and Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries said Saturday that security officials have informed the courts to temporarily delay the pastor’s execution until further notice.“He is currently under a sentence of death, but they are delaying the delivery of the verdict in order to put more pressure on him to turn away from Christ,” reported DeMars, who has been closely following Nadarkhani’s case.

Kenya: Bishop Shot Dead in Night Raid at Church

Gunmen shot dead a bishop in a midnight raid at a church in Nairobi’s outskirts on Sunday.Bishop Joseph Segel of the Redeemed Church, Ongata Rongai was shot twice in the chest as he attempted to block the attackers from entering the church. His wife Miriam hid at the altar while the gunmen beat up and frisked church faithful for valuables. Internal Security minister George Saitoti visited the area on Wednesday last week and ordered the local police to beef up security, in response to yet another attack in which two people were hacked to death and 11 others injured a day earlier at Oloo Sirkon Village, seven kilometres away.

Nigeria: Northern Christians and Muslims in renewed violence

Wukari, Nigeria – According to Taraba state, police commissioner Aliyu Musa, fighting erupted between Christian and Muslim youths on Tuesday, leaving at least five people dead. The police moved into Wukari in Taraba on Wednesday morning, bringing an edgy calm to the community after several mosques and churches had been burnt down. Trouble began after a mosque at the divisional police headquarters located in the local government council area headquarters complex was demolished by some Christian youths, according to the police commissioner Musa. Since January, fighting between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria has left more than 500 dead.

Somali Christian Killed, Four Children Kidnapped

On July 21, 2010, Somali Muslims barged into Osman Abdullah Fataho’s house and killed him—mercilessly murdered him in front of his wife and children. Fataho’s family was then abducted, but later released on the condition that his children train to be Somali soldiers. But why? Why would anyone want to kill Osman Abdullah Fataho. According to sources, it was because Fataho was an Islamic convert to Christianity. This incident has spread fear into the hearts of Somali Christians.

Eritrea has imprisoned over 3,000 Christians

The Eritrean government have detained more than 3,000 Christians keeping them under inhumane conditions. Christians are imprisoned in metal shipping containers, military barracks and in underground dungeons. Many Christians have died inside the prisons due to torture and harsh prison conditions.

Evangelist Arrested in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Christian university students on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, a predominantly Muslim area off the coast of East Africa, have been denied the right to worship, while on another part of the isle a Christian leader has been jailed. Sources said evangelist Peter Masanja, a resident of Zanzibar’s southeastern town of Paje, was arrested by security agents sometime in early August. Earlier this year Masanja, a member of the Pentecostal Church in Zanzibar, would invite Christians to his house, as he had made part of his land available for church activities. Area Muslims interpreted it as plans to establish another church there, the sources said.

Christians in Ethiopian Town Hit by Unexpected Attack

Evangelical Christians in an area of Ethiopia unaccustomed to anti-Christian hostility have come under attack from Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) members threatened by their existence, Christian leaders said. In Olenkomi, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, two church buildings were attacked by an EOC mob in Olenkomi town, Oromia Region, on Jan. 27 – leaving one evangelist unconscious and other Christians fearful of Orthodox hostility. Area Christians fear the assailants will not face justice due to the EOC’s powerful presence and impending elections.

Muslim Mob Attacks Christians in Gujrat, Pakistan

Sargodha, Pakistan – A mob of Muslim extremists on Thursday (Sept. 23) shot at and beat dozens of Christians, including one cleared of “blasphemy” charges, in Punjab Province’s Gujrat district, Christian leaders said. The attack on Tariq Gill, exonerated of charges of blaspheming the Quran on Sept. 3, 2009, and on his father Murad Gill, his mother and the other Christian residents was the latest of more than 10 such assaults on the Christian colony of Mohalla Kalupura, Gujrat city, since Sept. 8, the Rev. Suleman Nasri Khan and Bishop Shamas Pervaiz told Compass. About 40 Islamists – some shooting Kalashnikovs and pistols at homes and individuals on the street, others brandishing axes and clubs – beat some of the Christians so badly that they left them for dead, Pastor Khan said. So far, 10 families have been targeted for the attacks. On Thursday (Sept. 23) the assailants ripped the clothing off of Gill’s mother and dragged her nude through the streets, Pastor Khan said.

Muslim Extremists Murder Christian Family in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan – Islamic extremists killed a Christian lawyer, his wife and their five children in northwestern Pakistan this week for mounting a legal challenge against a Muslim who was charging a Christian exorbitant interest, local sources said. Police found the bodies of attorney and evangelist Edwin Paul and his family on Tuesday morning (Sept. 28) at their home in Haripur, a small town near Abbotabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (previously known as the North-West Frontier Province, or NWFP), according to Haripur Station House Officer (SHO) Maqbool Khan. The victim and his wife Ruby Paul, along with their five children ages 6 to 17, had been shot to death.

Christian Family in Bangladesh Attacked, Charged with Crime

Muslim neighbors of a Christian family scheduled to be baptized last month beat them and filed a false charge of attempted murder against them and other Christians, the head of the family said. Foyez Uddin, 62, told Compass that his neighbor Nazrul Islam and Islam’s relatives told him, his wife and his two adult children that as Christians they were “polluting” society and beat them on Sept. 17 in Joysen village in Rangpur district, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Dhaka. Islam is a policeman. Last Christmas, around 100 to 150 people went to Uddin’s house to protest their celebration of the birth of Christ.

Christian in India Suffers Miscarriage in Hindu Extremist Attack
New Delhi, India – Police in a south Indian state known for turning hostile to minority Christians in recent years have arrested two suspected Hindu nationalists for beating four pastors and striking the wife of one of them in the stomach, killing her unborn child. The attack took place at a Christian gathering in a private Christian school to celebrate the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct. 2 in Chintamani, in Karnataka state’s Kolar district, reported the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). For the last three years, Karnataka has been seen as the hub of Christian persecution in India. Of the more than 152 attacks on Christians in 2009, 86 were reported in Karnataka, according to the EFI.

Iraqi Christians- Even Harder Times Ahead

President Obama’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq has created “unintended consequences” for Iraqi Christians. Without the presence of American soldiers, radical Muslims have taken it upon themselves to ramp up their persecution of Iraq’s Christian citizens. How will these Iraqi Christians survive in a Muslim country that is rife with anarchy and guerrilla warfare? Some sources believe that the extinction of Christians in Iraq is imminent.

News Sources: Compass News, ICC Report, Christian Post

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