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my holy JHWH ] tu lo sai, gli ebrei non sono i cristiani, che, loro devono sempre vivere per fede! gli ebrei hanno diritto di vedere la tua potente azione politica nella Storia, almeno, ogni 400 anni! E NON è CHE, IO TI devo DIRE a te CERTE COSE..  però per esempio: noi vogliamo vedere, a quanti morti e stramorti tutti all'inferno, di questi funerali usurai, maniaci religiosi, pedofili poligami, di tutti questi islamici satanisti massoni, loro riescono a partecipare felici in un mese?

i am jewish messiah for this [ We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.
We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks.
We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.
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Regno Israele
marco saba ] [ Note per uno studio di settore sull'attività bancaria ] di Marco Saba*
(documento per l'Ordine dei Commercialisti) 16 maggio 2014
http://centralerischibanche.blogspot.it/2014/05/note-per-uno-studio-di-settore.html
my JHWH ] islamici e farisei massoni, mi hanno detto: "noi non ci siamo ancora dissetati con il sangue umano!"
io sono il MESSIA Ebraico, proprio QUELLO che Gesù, HA anche PROMESSO nel Giorno della sua Ascensione al cielo alla Destra del Padre Suo, questo lui ha promesso, predicato ed annunciato: nei tre anni del suo ministero terreno, lo ha anche promesso ai suoi discepoli al momento della Ascensione, perché gli Apostoli erano dei politici che non sapevano di dover diventare Vescovi, tutto affinché, sia ricostituito il Regno delle 12 TRIBù di Israele.. MA VOI POTETE NON CREDERLO E DECIDERE DI MORIRE! Perché sono io? perché, se tu ti guardi intorno, tu vedrai che non c'è nessuno al di fuori di me!
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e se io ho deciso di andare con il mio fratello Rothschild nel deserto della MADIANA a mangiare manna al mattino e quaglie arrostite la sera.. a me chi me lo può impedire?
Dominus Unius Rei
al mio SOMMO SACERDOTE EBREO, NEL MIO TERZO TEMPIO EBRAICO ] questo è noto a tutti [ tutti coloro che cercano dei cavilli contro di me, è perché, loro sono sommamente criminali predestinati all'inferno! tutta la FECCIA DEL loro DEMONIO, dove il loro verme non muore, e dove il loro fuoco non si consuma! LORO POSSONO SOLTANTO ESSERE BRUCIATI: "BURN SATAN IN JESUS'S NAME".. e per questo, loro sono venuti al mondo, per diventare un pubblico spettacolo di infamia!
humanumgenus
questa è una storia vecchia ] TUTTO QUELLO CHE GLI USA STANNO FACENDO, ad ogni costo, è PER OTTENERE AD OGNI COSTO, LA LORO GUERRA MONDIALE! Ecco perché tutto nel mondo scorre sempre verso il peggio!
LorenzoJHWH UniusREI
 perché anche buddisti uccidere i cristiani? ] because Buddhists also kill Christians? ]
all religions and all ideologies I must say that type of Nazi murderer are all to doing, against the innocent martyrs christian, on all the way the world! and they Spa IMF FED SpA NWO satana JaBullOn Bildenberg Bush and Kerry 322, halloween, god owl baal, UN, they are all the priests of Satan in hole Gender's Obama the Caliph sharia? of all this evil? Christians, they are innocent of all this bad!
tutte le religioni e tutte le ideologie mi devono dire che tipo di nazismo assassino stanno tutti facendo, contro gli innocenti martiri cristiani, in tutto il modo! e che Bildenberg Spa Fmi, Bush 322 e Kerry, ONU, loro sono i sacerdoti di satana Gender Obama il califfo sharia? loro tutti i cristiani, loro sono innocenti di tutto questo male!
humanumgenus
interessante ] [ KABUL, 30 GIUgno. - Il presidente afghano Hamid Karzai: ha denunciato: l'esistenza di un piano, ''sostenuto da alcuni Paesi'' (ha anche paura: a nominare i demoni: LEGA ARABA: Arabia Saudita: i maniaci religiosi, che, stanno spingendo nel baratro, il genere umano: per fare,  il genocidio previsto dal califfato mondiale:), per: costituire in Afghanistan ''una realtà federale: e feudale'', consegnandone: una parte ai talebani. In una conferenza stampa: con il premier britannico: David Cameron, Karzai: ha ribadito: che: negli ultimi sei mesi: alcune Nazioni, non occidentali, stanno cercando: di imporci un ''progetto federale: e feudale in cui: alcune zone dell'Afghanistan: passerebbero: sotto il controllo dei talebani''. --- ANSWER -- sono stati: i farisei Illuminati, del FMI, che, hanno sollevato l'imperialismo islamico, per fare la predazione definitiva: di tutto il genere umano
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cosa aspettano questi Greci, e tutti i Paesi indebitati dalla truffa monetaria SpA, ad iniziare a stampare una moneta nazionale interna, in regime di sovranità monetaria? ] ATENE, 15 LUG - Il vice ministro greco delle Finanze Nantia Valavani ha annunciato oggi le sue dimissioni con una lettera al primo ministro Alexis Tsipras nella quale esprime dubbi sul nuovo accordo raggiunto tra Atene e i creditori internazionali della Grecia sostenendo che con esso la Germania intende "umiliare completamente il governo e il Paese".
CIA KIEV NATO, hanno fatto il Golpe Costituzionale, così anche io ho fatto il Donbass Costituzionale autonomo: adesso dovete andarvene! ] [ KIEV, 15 LUG - E' di otto soldati morti e 16 feriti il bilancio delle vittime del conflitto nel Donbass nelle ultime 24 ore, nonostante la tregua degli accordi di Minsk: lo riferisce l'ufficio stampa del consiglio per la difesa e la sicurezza nazionali.
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Kim Jong-un ] dimostrare che tu sei un coglione in meno di mezzo rigo, 4 parole? [ tu hai un motivo razionale per perseguitare i cristiani
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troie 322 USA 666 SPA ] quando, VOI vedrete l'asteroide nei vostri telescopi? è inutile che, voi mi verrete a succhiare il cazzo! TROPPO TARDI! [ POI, VEDREMO QUELLO CHE SANNO FARE I SACERDOTI DI SATANA EUROPEI AL POSTO VOSTRO!
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BUSH 666 ROTHSCHILD ] VOI siete ipocriti come tutte le altre religioni! [ io chiesi, anni fa, di sacrificare tutti i vostri Sacerdoti di Satana, sul suo altare, e voi non avete avuto il coraggio di farlo! ] ADESSO, IL VOSTRO NWO è PERDUTO, perché se LUCIFERO, lui non era un fallito? lui non si sarebbe mai ridotto a fare la capra di satana!
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 il SUD in ginocchio davanti al NORD  [ Atene in ginocchio di fronte ai diktat della Merkel. Sventata la Grexit, raggiunto l’accordo in extremis. Vittoria di Berlino anche sull’energia. Gazprom mette l’Italia fuori dal Turkish Stream e raddoppia il Nord Stream. Il gas (russo) ce lo darà la Germania. (7267) http://www.pandoratv.it/?p=3647
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occult power, esoteric agenda, masonic system, Spa, Gmos, jihadists, dalit, Datagate, FED, jihad, IMF, NWO, satan, sharia, dhimmi, goyim, troika,
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stop NAZISM SHARIA NUCLEAR, for dhimmi slaves ] allah akbar morte agli infedeli ha gridato: Obama GENDER Califfo ONU Sharia [ BREAKING – Iran Deal News: Chuck Schumer To Oppose Controversial Nuclear Negotiation With Tehran. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is expected to break with his party and oppose the controversial Iran nuclear deal, the Huffington Post reported exclusively Thursday night. The Post wrote that the news, which broke right before the first GOP primary debate, was “bold, but not surprising.”
Schumer, who is poised to take over as Senate minority leader when Harry Reid retires next year, has well-known ties to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — a lobbying group that’s worked actively to oppose the negotiation. Several high-profile Democrats, including Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Schumer’s fellow New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have announced they support the agreement, which would lift sanctions on Iran if it limits nuclear development. Schumer himself told Politico recently he was still trying to decide which way to vote in September.
“There are expectations all over the lot,” he said. “I’m doing what I’m always doing when I have a very difficult decision: Learning it carefully and giving it my best shot, doing what I think is right. I’m not going to let pressure or politics or party get in the way of that.” See the story at the International Business Times.
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Nuclear Iran, con missili intercontinentali, Publishes Book on How to Outwit US and Destroy Israel. While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”
A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is currently available, though an Arabic translation is promised soon. Obama administration officials likely hope that no American even hears about it. Read more about the Ayatollah’s new book at the New York Post. http://makeadifference.cufi.org/?p=5082
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tutti i diritti nazisti dell'anticristo sharia ONU Amnesty del Califfo Obama GENDER: pena di morte per apostasia ] la nuova civiltà civilizzazione Ummah diffonde il suo amore, perché Islam è religione di pace: in tutto il mondo! ma, islamici non risparmiano i cimiteri dei dhimmi, come hanno fatto in Kosovo, dopo avere fatto il genocidio di tutti i serbi! [ Washington Battle Rages over Iran Nuclear Deal’s Fate. EXCERPTS: One pro-Israel lobbyist called convincing Schumer the “lynchpin” of lobbying efforts. AIPAC and other lobbying groups, including Christians United for Israel, or CUFI, are flooding the offices of Schumer and other New York Democrats with emails and calls, reminding them about the dangers of the deal…. J Street is just one tool in the Obama administration’s arsenal to win support for the deal. Additional advocacy groups, foreign policy experts, former U.S. officials and European diplomats have also been enlisted to counter what one senior administration official called, “the massive efforts by AIPAC, CUFI and other pro-Israel groups”….
A senior administration official said Friday that the White House is “not flying by the seat of its pants” on its efforts to sell the deal. For months, long before the deal was even announced, an interagency team would huddle for several days a week to develop a playbook, dozens of pages long, on how to roll out the plan and tasking various administration officials on outreach…. When a final deal between Iran and world powers was announced in mid-July, thousands of CUFI members were deployed to lobby members of Congress. Bauer said an email action alert sent last week to its members resulted in upward of 100,000 emails to Congress to reject the deal. “We are unique in that we have a large presence in every congressional district, in every county in America,” Bauer said, stressing that CUFI wants to disabuse lawmakers of the misperception that a vote to support the deal will be soon forgotten. “The temptation by politicians is to try and finesse these issues and move on, but no member will be able to claim ignorance,” Bauer said. “CUFI will be there to remind them.” Read more at CNN.com.
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[ questa è la agenda SpA, truffa signoraggio bancario Banche Centrali, sistema massonico, Talmud Corano agenda Califfato, Nuovo Ordine Mondiale: per distruggere: Europa Russia CINA e Israele ] Iran Already Sanitizing Nuclear Site, Intel Warns. By Josh Rogin & Eli Lake. The U.S. intelligence community has informed Congress of evidence that Iran was sanitizing its suspected nuclear military site at Parchin, in broad daylight, days after agreeing to a nuclear deal with world powers. For senior lawmakers in both parties, the evidence calls into question Iran’s intention to fully account for the possible military dimensions of its current and past nuclear development. The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran have a side agreement meant to resolve past suspicions about the Parchin site, and lawmakers’ concerns about it has already become a flashpoint because they do not have access to its text. Intelligence officials and lawmakers who have seen the new evidence, which is still classified, told us that satellite imagery picked up by U.S. government assets in mid- and late July showed that Iran had moved bulldozers and other heavy machinery to the Parchin site and that the U.S. intelligence community concluded with high confidence that the Iranian government was working to clean up the site ahead of planned inspections by the IAEA. The intelligence community shared its findings with lawmakers and some Congressional staff late last week, four people who have seen the evidence told us. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence briefed lawmakers about the evidence Monday, three U.S. senators said. Read more at Bloomberg View.
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new antisemitism Bildenberg agenda Rothschild SpA NWO  ] [ Video Footage Captures Attack on Florida Synagogue
Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, Florida was vandalized last week, shocking and outraging members of the town's Jewish community. Surveillance footage of the attack shows an unknown shirtless assailant striking the synagogue's doors with a baseball bat, shattering glass all over its entrance. Police from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office rushed to the scene and opened an investigation into the case. It was later revealed that the vandal had not only targeted Temple Beth Torah. According to police, he also smashed the door of a local church and damaged a row of 17 cars parked nearby.
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The synagogue's rabbi, Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz, told local news group WPBF 25 that investigators called the attack a random act, essentially dissociating it from an anti-Semitic hate crime. "That's always a concern in the Jewish community when something like this happens is are you being targeted because of you being Jewish? I don't know if that's the case in this situation. I think that that's best left to law enforcement and PBSO," Rosenkranz said. Anti-Semitism has, however, reared its ugly head in Florida before. A year and a half ago, a wave of arson attacks in Hollywood, FL targeted a number of kosher restaurants owned by Jews. The World Zionist Organization's Department for Countering Anti-Semitism chief Yaakov Hagoel said at the time that he was not surprised by the fires. Noting the escalation of anti-Semitism around the world, Hagoel stressed that "anti-Semitism in the United States is alive and kicking."
Source: Arutz Sheva
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la sicurezza che gli USA hanno garantito al mondo: ha riempito soltanto i cimiteri! ] COME LORO POSSONO ESSERE CREDIBILI CON IL NUCLEARE IRANIANO? IRAN NON HA RINUNCIATO NEANCHE AI SUOI MISSILI A LUNGA GITTATA, CHE SONO TUTTI MISSILI OFFENSIVI! PER ESSERE UN ALTRO ONU IRAN di: UN NAZISTA SHARIA CREDIBILE  [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyD-3vkrRaA   See with your own eyes how Obama has set the world on fire [ World on Fire - The Obama National Security Legacy ] Pubblicato il 07 ago 2015
If your legacy is a World on Fire, you have failed.
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quando musulmani in Europa diventeranno una maggioranza che pretende la sharia legge, SECONDO LE LEGGI DEL MAGGIORITARIO IN DEMOCRAZIA? poi, TU INCOMINCERAI A MORIRE! [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LomUjS2zW4s ] [ Islamic Terrorist sets Little girl on fire Cause she wore Lipstick ] Muslim Burns 11 Year Old Girl Alive, For Wearing Lipstick ] Pubblicato il 05 apr 2013
Muslim Uncle, Burn 11 year old Niece for wearing Lipstick ] dara 1 settimana fa
islam Is Crime Against Humanity & muslims are the First Victims of this Barbaric/Savage Ideology which called islam....
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Before Firing Mortars at Innocent Civilians, You May Want to Check if a Drone is Watching First ] Terrorist Blows Himself up with Mortar [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dstGdAHGL30 ] ONU Obama, GENDER, USA Amnesty OCI hanno detto a sharia HAMAS : "non c'è problema, tu puoi uccidere gli israeliani!"
oggettivamente mi sembra giusto che Israele non debba protestare di sentisi ucciso: infatti, i martiri veri non muoiono in silenzio? ] [ GENDER Sodoma holy Obama Califfo sharia nazism ONU OCI, Accuses Netanyahu of Interfering in US Politics; Jews democracy Blamed for 'Desecrating' Temple Mount of nazism terrorism sharia. ] this is very funny! [  Obama accusa Netanyahu di interferire in noi politica; Ebrei accusati di profanare il Tempio Mount. ] Obama pushed the battle on the Iran nuclear deal up a notch by resorting to personal attacks, comparing opponents of the accord to radical Islamists.
PM Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US President Barack Obama accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of meddling in American politics, saying he could not remember a time in which a foreign leader had interfered as much in American affairs.
In an interview that will air in full on Sunday, CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria asked Obama if it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affairs,” to which the president responded that he “does not recall such an example.” The Israeli and American leaders are locked in a public opinion battle regarding the nuclear accord signed with Iran. Netanyahu and his team are said to be vigorously lobbying lawmakers in an attempt to persuade them to vote against the deal next month. Obama has promised a swift veto if Congress rejects the deal. Lawmakers would then have to collect two thirds of the votes to override the president. Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s leading Jewish Democrat, announced Friday that he will oppose the agreement. This is considered to be a blow to Obama’s camp.
Obama charged that “on the substance” Netanyahu is wrong and that “the basic assumptions that he’s made are incorrect.”
“If, in fact, my argument is right that this is the best way for Iran not to get a nuclear weapon, then that’s not just good for the United States, that is very good for Israel,” he asserted.
Obama Compares Deal’s Opponents to Islamists. Obama also stood by his comparison, during a speech last Wednesday at the American University, between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who are responsible for the Islamic Republic’s global terror network, and Republicans, who the president says are dead set on derailing any nuclear deal. “What I said is absolutely true, factually,” Obama stated. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
“The truth of the matter is, inside of Iran, the people most opposed to the deal are the Revolutionary Guards, the Quds Force, hardliners who are implacably opposed to any cooperation with the international community,” Obama told the CNN interviewer. “Hardliners are opposed to any cooperation with the international community. The reason that Mitch McConnell and the rest of the folks in his caucus who opposed this, jumped out and opposed this before they even read it, before it was even posted, is reflective of a ideological commitment not to get a deal done,” Obama asserted. “In that sense they do have much more in common with the [Iranian Revolutionary Guards] hardliners who are much more satisfied with the status quo.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected Obama’s claim that the only way to avoid war with Iran is through a deal. “That’s an absurd argument, and it’s the one they’ve made from the very beginning, that it’s either what the president negotiates with the Iranians or it’s war,” McConnell said. “That’s never been the alternative.” Israel, too, has rejected that argument, insisting that the current deal would cause war, not prevent it, and that a better deal would block Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and bring regional stability.
By: United with Israel staff
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Why is Iran so happy about the nuclear deal? This video explains why the leadership of Iran is so excited about the nuclear deal, and lists just a few of the troubling issues present in this disastrous deal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7wyIf7z9e0   The fact that Iran is so happy should already be a cause of deep concern for people who are considering the worthiness of the nuclear deal. Though President Obama is pushing the deal heavily, Iran is showing that this deal is a huge victory for them. This video explains why.
This deal actually paves the path for Iran to produce as many nuclear bombs as want, while awarding them with a significant fortune of money that will certainly be used to fund terror in the Middle East. We MUST stop this terrible deal.
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Blog Spot Creating Conscious Community in a Culture of Hate http://unitedwithisrael.org/creating-conscious-community-in-a-culture-of-hate/ The response I got from Facebook hit me like a punch in the stomach. I had joined about 26,000 other people in asking Facebook to take down the “I Hate Israel” page, as Facebook has a so-called “policy” that supposedly doesn’t permit hate speech, or attacks on individuals or groups based on ethnicity, national origin, religion, etc.
I thought the “I Hate Israel” page easily fell squarely within those parameters. If Facebook took its policies seriously, isn’t this a no-brainer? Isn’t an “I Hate…” page inherently hateful? When I got the e-mail reply from Facebook that my request was reviewed and it was determined that the page “didn’t violate it’s community’s standards”, I had to re-think the whole thing. So who is Facebook? Is it like the Wizard of Oz – “The great and all powerful Facebook shall now answer your question.” Seriously – who made that judgment call and generated that reply? And just whose community are we talking about? Because any community whose sensibilities are not violated by an “I Hate Israel” page is not a community of mine.
The Need to Belong ... Why do we, or why do we want to belong to community anyway? It’s a basic, innate and hard-wired need that we have, this need to belong, and to belong to something bigger than ourselves. According to psychologist Abraham Maslow, all humans have 5 needs but they are hierarchical. After the basic bottom needs of physiological survival and safety are met, the next human need is “love and belonging”.
Belonging feels safe and good emotionally. Practically, we couldn’t survive without sharing the resources, strengths and skills and others. And psychologically, belonging to a community can give us a sense of identity, direction, perspective and moral strength. So there’s nothing wrong with the need; rather, it’s how we go about satisfying it that matters. We have to be careful and conscious about what and to whom we attach ourselves. La risposta che ho ricevuto da Facebook mi ha colpito come un pugno nello stomaco. Avevo aderito circa 26.000 altre persone nel chiedere a Facebook per prendere giù la pagina "Io odio Israele", come Facebook ha una cosiddetta "politica" che presumibilmente non permette all'odio, o attacchi a individui o gruppi in base a etnia, origine nazionale, religione, ecc.
Pensavo che la pagina "Io odio Israele" è caduto facilmente ad angolo retto all'interno di tali parametri. Se Facebook ha preso sul serio le sue politiche, questo non è un no-brainer? Una pagina "Io odio..." non è intrinsecamente odioso? Quando ho ricevuto la risposta di e-mail da Facebook che la mia richiesta è stata esaminata ed è stato determinato che la pagina "non viola gli standard della comunità di esso", ho dovuto ripensare il tutto.
Così chi è Facebook? È come il mago di Oz – "Il grande e potente Facebook deve ora rispondere alla tua domanda". Sul serio – che ha fatto tale sentenza chiamare e generato tale risposta? E appena la cui comunità stiamo parlando? Perché ogni comunità cui sensibilità non vengono violati da una pagina "Io odio Israele" non è una comunità di miniera.
Il bisogno di appartenenza
Perché non abbiamo, o perché vogliamo appartenere alla comunità comunque? È un basic, innata e hard-wired bisogno che abbiamo, questo bisogno di appartenere e di appartenere a qualcosa più grande di noi stessi. Secondo lo psicologo Abraham Maslow, tutti gli esseri umani hanno 5 esigenze ma che sono gerarchici. Dopo aver soddisferanno i bisogni di base inferiore di sopravvivenza fisiologica e sicurezza, il bisogno umano successivo è "amore e appartenenza".
Appartenenza si sente sicuro e bene emotivamente. Praticamente, noi non potremmo sopravvivere senza condividere le risorse, i punti di forza e abilità e altri. E psicologicamente, appartenenza a una comunità ci può dare un senso di identità, di direzione, di prospettiva e di forza morale. Così non c'è niente di sbagliato con la necessità; piuttosto, è come fare per soddisfare che conta. Dobbiamo essere attenta e consapevole a cosa e a cui noi attribuiamo a noi stessi.
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hei Kerry 322 Obama, Rothschild NWO SpA FMI, noi non dovremmo piangere gli ebrei che Hitler ha ucciso, quando sei proprio tu che, tu crei i nazisti country sharia islamic terrorism senza reciprocità e senza diritti umani di: ONU la tua troia GENDER di satana ] ecco perché io non posso piangere gli israeliani che, tu hai fatto uccidere! infatti, Sei tu tutto il nazismo che c'è nella LEGA ARABA! [ Opinion: Nuclearizing Iran, Sabotaging Arabs ] We have allowed ourselves to be destroyed from within. Instead of keeping our eyes on the real threat, we exhausted ourselves in wasteful, unending battles against the Jews. By: Bassam Tawil, www.gatestoneinstitute.org  “Nation building” seems to have fallen into disrepute in the West, but it should not. It is vitally important — as the successes of Germany, Japan and South Korea attest.
Over the past few years, in our foolishness, we in the Middle East swallowed the deceptive bait of “democracy” dangled before us, even though we knew that it could not, in the misguided way it was presented, be implemented in the Middle East. The idea was superb, but here in the Middle East, possibly in being impatient to “get credit” before the diplomats’ term of office were over, no one ever took the time to establish the institutions of democracy — equal justice under law, freedom of speech, property rights, the primacy of the individual rather than the collective, separation of religion and state — to show us in the Middle East how democracy actually operates, and to allow those institutions to take rootbefore ever holding an election. So eager were Western leaders to take credit right away that they refused “let the rice bake.” Had the West introduced democratic elections to Japan and South Korea (where they eventually worked brilliantly) in the same way it muscled democracy into Iraq, it would never have taken root in those countries either. Had the Germans had been asked to vote right after World War II, they would most likely have reelected the Nazis — that was what they knew. It took seven years to re-educate the public to understand and accept a Konrad Adenauer. What seems clear is that we have sacrificed Sunni stability for empty slogans — and for clueless, if well-meaning, American officials. As we watched one stable Arab regime fall after another, we allowed American ideology to destroy us from within. Instead of keeping our eyes on the real threat, we exhausted ourselves in wasteful, unending battles against the Jews — meanwhile letting the Iranian menace slip out of sight. If we try to look at the positive side of the Iran nuclear agreement, it is just possible that Obama looked at the Sunni Arab states, fractured and at each other’s throats, and at the ruthless terrorist groups gaining ground in the expanding battle zones, and decided that we were too fractious for the U.S. to protect. Sunni states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have been worsening the situation in the Arab world by funding Sunni terrorist organizations, thereby putting it on a course of complete chaos. Despite Arab wealth and power, we have been dealing almost exclusively with the marginal issue of Palestine and the Jews, to excuse our inability to be effective in giving U.S. President Barack Obama what he really needs: regional stability.
Obama sees Iran and its terrorist organizations, which are all unified, organized and obedient, opposing the Sunni Arabs. Obama may be betting on Iran to bring order to the Middle East.
Imagine if we and our fundamentalist Sunni terrorist organizations had actually focused on stopping the Iranians in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. Imagine if we had abandoned, even momentarily, the dream of the Muslim Brotherhood (what the West calls “political Islam”) ruling the world. Imagine if we had stopped our stupid, useless acts of hatred, and could instead have focused on our common enemy, Iran. Our situation now would be immeasurably better. We would not be deviating from the teachings of Muhammad, because first we have to focus on the near enemy and then on the distant one. Iran is nearer and more dangerous than Europe and the United States, so Iran should have been — and still should be — the first Sunni target. We might have led Obama to adopt a different approach than allowing Iran to acquire a nuclear bomb in ten years or sooner — but we did not, because of our weakness and distraction with marginal “causes.” Thus Obama, from a desire to stabilize the Middle East, seems to be betting on the strong horse, Iran.
The truth, however, may be somewhat different. It is entirely possible that Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, is employing a policy of “divide and conquer.” In the U.S., instead of trying to improve how children in the inner cities are being educated, he has been busy stoking racial and economic conflict. The Arabs are becoming increasingly suspicious that he is a historic “divide and conquer” manipulator. He may deliberately be creating fitna (civil strife) in the Arab world by whipping up conflict with Iran, so that America will one again look like the big power-broker — but at the expense of the Arabs. We Arabs are expert conspiracy theorists, and interpret every political agenda as a hidden plot, but one only has to look at the Obama administration’s fawning support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey and Egypt, and how America supported the fall of Mubarak, and it immediately becomes obvious that the U.S. is trying to manipulate the fate of the Arabs. Anyone following America’s rejection of, and now only reluctant support for, the reformist regime of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi understands that the Americans prefer what they consider “backward Arabs”: those controlled by regressive Islam. That is the reason we see Obama’s policies as backing both the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and the theocrats in Iran. The ideologies of both the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran’s mullahs would lead to most dangerous and regressive fate of both Sunni and Shiite Muslims around the world, as well as Americans at home — and these are the Muslims most loved by the current American administration. Or maybe, as many of us say here on the street, Obama is just trying to “get even” with the West and bring it to its knees, for being white, “imperialist” and non-Muslim. Obama’s solution? To let Iran have legitimate nuclear bombs in a few years, with the intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver them to the U.S. — or perhaps from America’s soft underbelly, South America, where Iran has been acquiring uranium and establishing bases for years. Or perhaps launched from submarines off America’s coast, which would make the identity of the attacker unknowable and a response therefore impossible. Incredibly, America’s politicians do not even seem to seem to be concerned about that. Obama really does deserve a Nobel Prize, but it should have been awarded by the Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, in gratitude for America’s surrender.
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 shaia ONU Islamic Terror: Different Faces, Same Goals ] all jihad, all sharia [ hei Kerry 322 Obama, Rothschild NWO SpA FMI, noi non dovremmo piangere gli ebrei che Hitler ha ucciso, quando sei proprio tu che, tu crei i nazisti country sharia islamic terrorism senza reciprocità e senza diritti umani di: ONU la tua troia GENDER di satana ] ecco perché io non posso piangere gli israeliani che, tu hai fatto uccidere! infatti, Sei tu tutto il nazismo che c'è nella LEGA ARABA! [ The enemy of my enemy is NOT always my friend. Unfortunately, with the Islamic State’s rise to power, the world has been quick to form new friendships with old enemies. Although Islamic extremist regimes such as Iran, Syria and Hamas are fighting ISIS, Western powers must recognize the danger in partnering with such groups who value the idea of Islamic world domination. We cannot remain silent in the face of Islamic extremism. We must tell our leaders to unite with our friends, not with our enemies.
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The Mullahs are Masters of Deception! ] i cimiteri di tutti i popoli che vivevano prima della sharia LEGA ARABA del maledetto profeta Maometto? non possono raccontare più nulla, perché tutte le traccie dei popoli precedenti sono stati cancellate, come in Kosovo, dove dopo avere subito tutti i serbi il genocidio, ben 3000 tra chiese cimiteri e monasteri sono stati distrutti! anche soldati della NATO furono uccisi, ma, per OBAMA non si può tradire la internazionale islamica jihadista nazista, perché sono utili per sterminare Europa, Russia, Cina ed Israele. [ Maryam Rajavi, the president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran criticizes the nuclear deal, explaining that the Iranian regime are master liars and CANNOT be trusted. Maryam Rajavi is an Iranian politician and the wife of Massoud Rajavi, founder of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran. She is a fierce opponent of the Iranian regime and this bad nuclear deal.
Rajavi was part of a June 2015 rally in Paris where over 100,000 people called for a regime change and a new, secular, democratic non-nuclear republic in Iran. She is adamant that the current Iranian government cannot be trusted. To her, they are expert liars. Fox Maryam Rajavi 15July2015 Pubblicato il 15 lug 2015. Maryam Rajavi, the president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran comments on Iran nuclear deal and that this regime cannot be trusted. Some images of the June 2015 rally in Paris, where over 100,000 attended to call for regime change by the Iranian people and for a secular, democratic non-nuclear republic in Iran.
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questa India goffa, grottesca e criminale, bulla ed abusiva.. di una vicenda oscura e criminale, sottratta rapita in acque internazionali ] di una balistica che non appartiene ai fucilieri italiani, e che lascia intravedere, omicidi di pescatori cattolici innocenti uccisi a sange freddo, una azione azione di pirateri dell'India contro la Italia! [ l'India deve rispondere di molti delitti, ad iniziare dal delitto contro la comunità internazionale. AMBURGO, 10 AGOsto. I Marò "non sono ancora stati incriminati di alcun reato" dalla giustizia indiana, ma l'India dimostra di "disprezzare il giusto processo" ritenendoli già colpevoli, con "un atteggiamento che esemplifica al meglio l'impasse in cui oggi ci troviamo". Così l'ambasciatore Francesco Azzarello nell'aula del Tribunale di Amburgo: i Marò "proclamano la loro innocenza", ma l'India descrive la vicenda come "l'omicidio da parte di due Marine italiani di due pescatori indiani disarmati". Marò: Italia, India disprezza processo. Azzarello in aula,non li ha ancora incriminati ma già condannati
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speriamo che, anche questa volta, l'assassino non sia un islamico sharia nazista LEGA ARABA, ancora una volta ] HELSINKI, 10 AGO - Due persone (un uomo e una donna) sono morte e una è rimasta ferita durante un'aggressione a colpi di coltello in un negozio Ikea a Vasteras, nel centro della Svezia. Lo riferisce la polizia su twitter.
    L'intervento delle forze dell'ordine è stato chiesto nel primo pomeriggio. Quando gli agenti sono arrivati sul posto hanno trovato un morto e due feriti, uno dei quali è poi deceduto più tardi. Un uomo sospettato di essere l'autore dell'aggressione è stato arrestato


 La NSA controlla le carte di credito europee, E SE NON VOGLIAMO PARLARE DI ALiENI, quale distanza tecnologica, esiste, tra, USA 666, ed il mondo? loro non sono stati scoperti, ma, sono stati rivelati! infatti, farisei anglo-americani, sono una religione per satana. ]] L’Europa è piena di sdegno. A Bruxelles e Strasburgo sono indignati per il fatto che l’NSA (National Security Agency – Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza) investigasse sui pagamenti internazionali effettuati dai privati cittadini. Gli esperti ritengono però che le indagini europee sul caso siano “tutto fumo e niente arrosto”, l’Unione Europea è troppo interessata a collaborare con gli Stati Uniti per andare in cerca di un conflitto… Le indagini sulle operazioni finanziare, ribattezzate “Follow the money”, sono state effettuate da un speciale distaccamento della NSA. Come risulta dall’”archivio Snowden” le operazioni venivano portate avanti sin dal 2010

[[ La NSA controlla le carte di credito europee, E SE NON VOGLIAMO PARLARE DI ALiENI, quale distanza tecnologica, esiste, tra, USA 666, ed il mondo? loro non sono stati scoperti, ma, sono stati rivelati! infatti, farisei anglo-americani, sono una religione per satana. ]]  ed erano mirate ad investigare e seguire i grossi trasferimenti di denaro effettuati a livello internazionale attraverso i maggiori sistemi di pagamento con carta di credito, come per esempio il sistema Visa. Lo scopo, aver accesso alle transazioni con carta di credito che venivano realizzate in Europa, Africa e Medio Oriente. Le informazioni raccolte venivano inviate ad una speciale banca dati, nel 2011 si conteggiavano 180 milioni di annotazioni. Ma non è tutto, la NSA seguiva anche i dati relativi alle transazioni fra banche effettuate con SWIFT, un sistema utilizzato da più di diecimila le banche dislocate in oltre 230 Paesi del mondo. Washington ha ammesso che i servizi speciali raccolgono informazioni di natura economica

[[ La NSA controlla le carte di credito europee, E SE NON VOGLIAMO PARLARE DI ALiENI, quale distanza tecnologica, esiste, tra, USA 666, ed il mondo? loro non sono stati scoperti, ma, sono stati rivelati! infatti, farisei anglo-americani, sono una religione per satana. ]]  e finanziaria ma giustifica questa condotta affermando che è necessario indagare sui flussi di denaro dei terroristi. Gli americani spesso si attengono al detto “il fine giustifica i mezzi”, come ritiene Pavel Medvedev, difensore civico: Hanno paura del terrorismo come del fuoco, l’11 settembre hanno subito un duro colpo e le misure prese in seguito sono risultate efficaci. Si trattava di provvedimenti di diversa natura e ce ne sono alcuni che non vengono accettati nella buona società. Nella scienza giuridica esiste questo principio: la legge può essere infranta se osservarla comporta conseguenze ancora peggiori. Secondo Medvedev con questo genere di metodi “indelicati” Washington

[[ La NSA controlla le carte di credito europee, E SE NON VOGLIAMO PARLARE DI ALiENI, quale distanza tecnologica, esiste, tra, USA 666, ed il mondo? loro non sono stati scoperti, ma, sono stati rivelati! infatti, farisei anglo-americani, sono una religione per satana. ]]  è arrivato a migliorare notevolmente il sistema finanziario, eliminando per esempio una parte significativa dei conti offshore. Chiaramente spesso le informazioni raccolte dai servizi speciali sono segreti commerciali o bancari, e potrebbero esser sfruttati in modi illegali, a fine di lucro. Ma Washington sostiene che il sistema statale americano è sufficientemente rodato per ridurre al minimo le possibilità che si verifichino degli abusi. Alcuni esperti ritengono che i servizi segreti siano interessati ad altro, che va ben oltre la lotta contro la minaccia terroristica. E’ di questa opinione anche Pavel Svjatenkov, esperto del Fondo di prospettive storiche: Credo che non si tratti solo della lotta al terrorismo,

[[ La NSA controlla le carte di credito europee, E SE NON VOGLIAMO PARLARE DI ALiENI, quale distanza tecnologica, esiste, tra, USA 666, ed il mondo? loro non sono stati scoperti, ma, sono stati rivelati! infatti, farisei anglo-americani, sono una religione per satana. ]]  è un tentativo di tenere all’amo il mondo interno e sapere ogni cosa di tutti. In questo caso la lotta al terrorismo rappresenta solo una parte delle indagini nonché la sua giustificazione, è importante spiegare all’opinione pubblica perché le autorità americane stiano investigando su chiunque, colpevoli e non. I parlamentari europei sono sdegnati. Social-democratici, liberali e partiti di sinistra hanno anche fatto richiesta di interrompere gli accordi esistenti fra USA ed Europa e che prevedono che quest’ultima trasmetta all’America i dati relativi ai pagamenti che vengono effettuati. Una collaborazione inserita, ancora una volta, nell’ambito della lotta americana contro il terrorismo.

[[ La NSA controlla le carte di credito europee, E SE NON VOGLIAMO PARLARE DI ALiENI, quale distanza tecnologica, esiste, tra, USA 666, ed il mondo? loro non sono stati scoperti, ma, sono stati rivelati! infatti, farisei anglo-americani, sono una religione per satana. ]] Secondo Pavel Svjatenkov le emozioni dei politici europei sono comprensibili, vogliono guadagnarsi il favore dell’opinione pubblica terribilmente indignata dagli ultimi scandali: Ma questa indignazione non porterà assolutamente a nulla perché l’Unione Europea è interessata a collaborare con gli Stati Uniti. Di certo non è una novità il fatto che i servizi speciali si spiino a vicenda e spiino anche i piccoli borghesi. Penso che gli stati europei faranno come facevano prima: si limiteranno ad intervenire con dichiarazioni forti, scriveranno note, inviteranno gli ambasciatori a discutere il problema. Lo scandalo si è trasformato in routine: tutti sanno quello che sta accadendo ma nessuno sa che fare. Oltre a questo è evidente che gli Stati Uniti non rinunceranno a investigare sul mondo intero.


Non ci sono cronache arabi dell'Islam del primo secolo dell'Islam. Molti dei primi documenti conosciuti sull'Islam si riferiscono ai seguaci di Maometto come "hagarenes," e la "tribù di Ismaele", in altre parole, come discendenti di Agar, la serva che gli ebrei patriarca Abramo utilizzato per padre di suo figlio Ismaele.
Questa stessa qualità di trasmissione si trova per quanto riguarda la Bibbia ebraica e cristiana non si può dire del Corano islamico. Il Corano islamico è stato in gran parte scritto da conti a mano 3 ° e 4, e da alcune riflessioni scritte su carta di scarto, foglie di palma e pietre - e compilato più di 150 anni dopo la morte di Maometto nel 632 dC Nel lMasabih il Mishtatu ', capitolo 3, veniamo informati che dal comando del primo califfo, Abu Bakr, il testo del Corano è stato "raccolto" da Zaid ibn Thabit "di foglie di palma e le pietre e dal petto di coloro che aveva imparato a memoria" le rivelazioni varie. "copia di Abu Bakr è entrato in possesso di Hafsah, una delle vedove di Maometto. Qustalani afferma che dopo la morte è il suo Hafsah copia è stata fatta a pezzi da Mirwan, che fu governatore di Medina.
La datazione più antica di tutto Corano 790 dC (dopo Cristo), ed è nella British Library. E '158 anni dopo la morte di Maometto. Vedi Corano corrotto qui.
I musulmani spesso affermano che il manoscritto del Corano nel Museo Topkapi di Istanbul, la Turchia è una delle più antiche fonti. I musulmani dicono che risale da circa 650 dC Vi è un problema insormontabile con questo. Questo documento è scritto in cufico (noto anche come al-Khatt al-Kufi) script. Monete in mostra al British Museum che le prime monete con la data cufico script dalla metà alla fine del 8 ° secolo (750-800 dC). Lo script utilizzato solo durante e dopo giorni di Maometto era lo script Jazm. Le prime copie del Corano sono scritti senza vocali e punti diacritici che la moderna araba usa per mettere in chiaro ciò che la lettera è destinato. Nei secoli VIII e IX, più di un secolo dopo la morte di Maometto, i commentatori islamici aggiunto segni diacritici per chiarire le ambiguità del testo

There are no Arabic chronicles of Islam from the first century of Islam. Many of the earliest documents known about Islam refer to the followers of Muhammad as "hagarenes," and the "tribe of Ishmael," in other words as descendants of Hagar, the servant girl that the Jewish patriarch Abraham used to father his son Ishmael.
This same quality of transmission we find regarding the Jewish and Christian bible cannot be said of the Islamic Qur'an. The Islamic Qur'an was mostly written down from 3rd and 4th hand accounts; and from a few thoughts written on scrap papers, palm leaves and stones --and compiled over 150 years after Muhammad died in 632 A.D. In the Mishtatu 'lMasabih, chapter 3, we are informed that by the command of the first Caliph, Abu Bakr, the text of the Qur'an was "collected" by Zaid ibn Thabit "from palm leaves and stones and from the breasts of those who had learned by heart" the various revelations." Abu Bakr's copy came into the possession of Hafsah, one of Muhammad's widows. Qustalani states that after Hafsah's death her copy was torn to pieces by Mirwan, who was governor of Medina.
The oldest Qur'an dates from around 790 A.D. (after Jesus), and it is in the British Library. That's 158 years after Muhammad's death. See corrupted Qur'an here .
Muslims often claim that the manuscript of the Qur'an housed in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the oldest sources. Muslims say it dates from around 650 A.D. There is an insurmountable problem with this. This document is written in Kufic (also known as al-Khatt al-Kufi) script. Coins in the British Museum show that the first coins using the Kufic script date from the mid to end of the 8th century (750-800 A.D.). The only script used during and after Muhammad's days was the Jazm script. These earliest copies of the Qur'an are written without vowels and diacritical dots that modern Arabic uses to make it clear what letter is intended. In the eighth and ninth centuries, more than a century after the death of Muhammad, Islamic commentators added diacritical marks to clear up the ambiguities of the text.
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24. Comoros
Although Comoros went down in the World Watch List 2012 from position 21
to 24, the persecution dynamics stayed the same: though hardly any incident
was reported, government restraints remained tight and mainstream Muslim
society firmly stayed alert for “dissidents.” In the context of Islamic extremism
both government and society acted as drivers of persecution, but the emphasis
was on society.
A referendum passed in May 2009 installed Islam to be the state religion,
infringing seriously upon freedom of religion. The penal code prohibits
proselytizing for any religion except Islam. Any converts from Islam to
Christianity can be prosecuted in court. Therefore, Muslim Background Believers
operate in underground fellowships. Only expatriates are allowed to operate
churches in the country. Police are vigilant and question foreigners closely so
that they don’t distribute religious materials.
The indigenous Muslim community puts much pressure on non-Muslim citizens
and foreigners to practice elements of Islam in Comoros, particularly during
Ramadan. This intimidates non-Muslims and causes them to worship in
seclusion and in fear. To see such harshness from the Islanders is unexpected.
Most citizens know each other well and are friendly to each other regardless of
faith. The influence of radical elements from Iran, however, causes Muslims in
local mosques to be vigilant about Christian activities. A source person stated,
“Through them the Christian faith is constantly vilified, they hype the emotions,
and encourage persecution.”
Iranian influence goes back to Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, the previous
President of Comoros elected in May 2006. He was a cleric and businessman
who studied Islamic political theory in Iran and was a close friend to Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad. They developed bilateral ties on economic
issues and exchange of research, technology and information in 2006. Ever
since, the two countries have had cultural and political commonalities, and
have maintained close relations. The political and religious influence of Iran has
been very strong, now even more with the demise of Col. Muamar Gadaffi of
Libya, who was trying to compete with Iran.
The new believers have withstood a lot of pressure, and now they have more
acceptance in some parts of society than before. For instance, in Gran Comoros
the believers have to worship in secret. Relatives of the people have accepted
the new faith of the believers, while the other parties (police, extremist
elements, Mosque leadership) are not open to this. In the region Anjouan,
especially the town Mutsamadu, the believers and their place of worship are
known, but nobody has bothered them. This positive tendency is however
balanced by a mainstream society that sternly guards Muslim rules and
worship, and radical elements from Iran who eagerly correct signs of
weakening of anti-Christian sentiment. Whether actively involved or not,
government has established the necessary framework for this persecution
dynamic. Open Doors expects persecution to grow in the near future. The
number of believers is reported to be growing in size and strength. Although
numbers are still very limited, that can’t but encourage negative reactions from
the different parties involved in the religious setting in the Comoros.
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25. Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan ranks lower than last year, but increased in points.
The Republic of Azerbaijan, bordering Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey and
Iran, is officially a secular state, somewhat comparable to the Turkish model.
The majority of its population is Muslim. The government has a negative
attitude towards any form of religion. The attitude towards Christians is not
different. Fundamentalist Islam is perceived as a destabilizing factor for the
country’s rulers. The presence of a huge Azeri community in Islamic Iran to the
south is a cause of concern.
The influence of traditional Islam is growing in various regions of this country.
The oppression of Christians is not only religious, but also nationalistic/ethnic.
Azeri believers are considered traitors as Christianity is associated with the
country’s archenemy, Armenia.
The general perception of Christians in Azerbaijan is negative. According to our
reports, official checks are becoming increasingly strict. The government has
become more active in controlling religion, and, compared to previous years,
the position of Christians has deteriorated. All churches and religious groups
were required to renew their registration by Jan. 1, 2010, but since that date
no new churches have been able to get registration. Unregistered religious
activities are punishable, and the fines on breaking the law are high, but
successful registration is close to impossible. Almost all Protestant
denominations are still without legal status. Private homes cannot be used for
holding religious services. Congregations without registration get into trouble
with the police. Protestant churches are raided, with church leaders arrested or
fined.
There is no freedom at all to build church buildings. Churches need explicit
permission to do so, and this is hardly ever granted. Over the past year no such
permission was given. Christians often refrain from even beginning the
permission procedure. Under the December 2010 legislation, it is illegal for
unregistered churches to meet, but some take the risk anyway.
Many Christians are unable to find or keep jobs and are watched closely by the
secret services. The role of the secret services and police is important, but there
is also a Committee on Religious Affairs which controls almost everything.
However, the number of indigenous believers continues to grow, and some
continue to be active in outreach despite the risk. The growth of the church is
encouraging, but under increasing legislative restrictions, oppression is also
expected to increase.
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26. Libya
Libya drops one position on the WWL to number 27, but increases in points.
Under the despotic rule of Muammar Gaddafi, the situation for Christians in
Libya was already extremely harsh. There were some freedoms for expat
Christians, who are mostly temporary workers from neighboring African
countries. Black and non-Arab Africans faced racism. Immediately after the
revolution, it was difficult for them as they were seen as possible mercenaries
working for Gaddafi. During Gaddafi’s reign, Libya did not have a real
constitution. There was a book with some legal prescriptions called the Green
Book, but in practice Gaddafi’s will was law. The feared and omnipresent secret
police made sure that restrictions on the organization of church activities and
distribution of Christian literature were enforced and evangelism was
criminalized.
As in most Muslim countries, converting from Islam brings social pressure.
Muslim Background Believers are always at risk from their families; there were
some reported cases of beatings by family members. Most Libyan Christians are
afraid to meet with other believers, as any kind of religious gathering (other
than Islamic) for Libyans is forbidden. Expats are allowed to have their own
churches, but Libyans are not allowed to attend. This last year, many expat
churches had their permits withdrawn, and at least two Christians were
imprisoned and possibly tortured. Christians that are released from prison are
generally expelled from the country.
The revolutions in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, and the military support by
NATO, gave Libyans the courage to fight Gaddafi, who had been in power since
1969. But after a bloody civil war that led to the death of Gaddafi, it is feared
the future will be worse than under Gaddafi. During the uprisings that started
in February and led to civil war, Christians were more open about their faith in
Jesus Christ. These Christians now fear the consequences of their witness.
Because of the unrest, 75% of the expat Christians left the country and it is not
clear how many Christians remain or will return in the future.
The National Transition Council (NTC) that took over after months of fighting
has already revealed its intentions regarding religious freedom by setting a
dangerous precedent. Under their supervision the Saint Georges Church in
Tripoli was ransacked when they took control of Tripoli. Also, two Christians
have been held hostage by the NTC because of importing Christian books. The
NTC is expected to implement sharia law and make Libya an even more Islamic
state than before. The then president of the NTC publically announced a
“democracy according to sharia,” which is a contradiction in itself. This would
make the position of Christians even more difficult than before, in a country
where all citizens were already considered Sunni Muslims by law.
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27. Oman
Oman has seen protests and civil unrest since January 2011, which caused
the deaths of two people. However, after promising to create 50,000 jobs,
allowing citizens more freedom of speech, improving the social welfare
system and changing the cabinet, most turmoil faded away.
There is no visible change in the situation of the local Christians. The Omani
Constitution declares that “the freedom to practice religious rites in
accordance with recognized customs is guaranteed provided that it does not
disrupt public order or conflict with accepted standards of behavior.” Islam is
the state religion and legislation is based on Islamic law. All public school
curriculums include instruction in Islam. Apostasy is not a criminal offense,
but it is not respected by the legal system either, which assumes that all
citizens are Muslims. The very concept of change of faith for an Omani citizen
is an anathema. A converts faces problems under the Personal Status and
Family Legal Code, which prohibits a father from having custody of his
children if he leaves Islam. During the reporting period, deportations of
foreign workers (because of Christian activities) continued.
Almost the entire Christian population (around 35,000) is expatriate; there
are only a few indigenous Christians. All religious organizations must register,
and Christian meetings are monitored for political messages and nationals
attending. Foreign Christians are allowed to discretely worship in private
homes or work compounds. Their facilities are restricted in order not to
offend nationals. Muslim-background believers (MBBs) risk persecution from
family and society. MBBs can lose their family, house and job and even could
be killed.
There was a minor increase in points (now 42 versus 41 for the last WWL) for
Oman which was mainly caused by the above mentioned deportations and by
more information on the constitution and national laws, which are more
restrictive on religious freedom than previously assumed. The small increase
in points does not lead to a higher ranking on the WWL: Oman holds position
42 (versus 41 last year). This apparent paradox is explained by the
considerable increase in numbers for other countries on this year’s list.
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28. Brunei
Brunei is a small state on the South East Asian island of Borneo, embedded in
the Malaysian State. The observation of the small Christian minority has
tightened, thus bringing a slight increase in the country’s position in this
year’s World Watch List.
Brunei Darussalam is an Islamic nation, based on an ideology called Melayu
Islam Beraja (Malay Muslim Monarchy). The religion of Brunei Darussalam is
the Muslim Religion according to the Shafeite sect of that religion. All other
religions may be practiced in peace and harmony by the person professing it
in any part of the country. In practice, this means that only non-Malays are
able and allowed to choose their faith. If a Malay converts, this “disturbs
peace and harmony” and he is automatically scheduled for re-education to
the Islamic faith.
In the reporting period the Sultan announced his aim to introduce an Islamic
Criminal Law which will complicate the situation for the small Christian
minority even further, especially for Muslim-background believers known to
have converted. The monitoring of churches and Christian meetings seems to
have increased. The state sends spies to those gatherings, so Christians have
to exercise more caution. In one case, a pastor was openly warned by
authorities to be cautious with his Christian activites and with whom he
meets.
It is very difficult for existing churches to get the government’s permission to
renovate a church building. Permission for expansions is never granted,
whether churches are registered or not. Importing Bibles, Christian literature,
and other materials is restricted to personal use only. Importing for ministry
purposes is not possible. Materials in the national language are especially
suspect and thus difficult to obtain. Accordingly, churches have to be careful;
they experience challenges in training and work.
As long as the state demonstrates preference for one specific religion, denies
freedom of religious choice, and links conversion with peace and harmony in
society, nothing substantial will change for the Christian minority.
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29. Morocco
The revolutionary wave that went through North Africa and the Middle East
known as the Arab Spring has also flooded Morocco. In the case of Morocco,
the protests did not bring the monarchy to an end, but King Mohammed VI
had to adopt a number of reforms in order to restore social peace. The protests
were finally subdued in July, forcing the King to vast political concessions,
including government changes, a referendum on constitutional reforms, a
greater commitment to respect civil rights and an end to corruption.
Out of pragmatism, Mohammed VI—who is considered a direct descendent of
the prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam—has given in to the pressure of
the moderate Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD). In the parliamentary
elections that were held at the end of 2011, the PJD obtained a huge victory,
and based on the new constitutional procedures, must now provide a Prime
Minister.
The Moroccan church is not recognized by the authorities, but the expat
Church is. The expat Moroccan church has always suffered from oppression,
although it was never as harsh as in neighboring North African countries. The
main source of persecution is Muslim fundamentalist influence on the
authorities and in society.
Islam is the official state religion, but the constitution provides some freedom
of religion. There are, nevertheless, a number of practical restrictions in
exercising this freedom. For example, the government prohibits the distribution
of Christian religious materials, bans all proselytizing, and tolerates several
small religious minorities with varying degrees of restrictions. Foreign Christian
communities openly practice their faith. Voluntary conversion is not a crime in
Moroccan law, and is therefore implicitly accepted. However, Moroccan
Muslims who convert to Christianity are treated as criminals by the police and
face rejection from friends and most family members.
Compared to 2011, the situation of Christians in Morocco seems to have
improved a little. Morocco, nevertheless, goes up on the WWL, basically
because Islamist forces are becoming more visible in the country. While 2010
was characterized by big pressures on the Moroccan church and the expulsion
of over 150 missionaries and Christian expatriate workers, 2011 did not see
many incidents against Christians. The authorities dedicated most of their
energy and resources to control the uprisings throughout the country, which
gave them less time to monitor Moroccan Christians and churches.
The Arab Spring gave the younger Christian generation a feeling of hope and
so they are encouraged to struggle for more freedom. The future will tell
whether this hope will become a reality, or if government restrictions will
increase again. “Can Morocco’s Islamists check al-Qaeda?” Le Monde
Diplomatique asked in 2007. This is still a valid question today. The answer to
this question will depend on how moderate the Islamists in government will be,
and if moderate Muslims will be able to form a coalition to withstand the
pressures of al-Qaeda and other fundamentalist groups.
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30. Kuwait
“The popular uprisings witnessed across the Middle East and North Africa
region since early 2011 have inspired some protests in Kuwait, but these are
unlikely to lead to any radical changes in the system,’’ stated a November 30th
report of the Economist Intelligence Unit. However, Kuwait’s Prime Minister
Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah and his cabinet resigned in December
2011 over an alleged corruption row with their parliamentary opponents.
The Kuwaiti Constitution declares that the State protects the freedom of belief.
However, it also mentions some limitations: the practice of religion should not
conflict with public order or morals and be in accordance with established
customs. The government implemented these restrictions from time to time.
According to the constitution, Islam is the state religion and Islamic law (sharia)
is an important source of legislation.
Conversion from Islam to another religion is not permitted and the government
actively supported proselytism by Sunni Muslims. For MBBs, the main
persecution engines are family and Muslim extremists, and to a lesser extent
authorities. There are only a few hundred Kuwaiti believers (MBBs), as most
Christians are migrant workers from outside the country. The MBB number is
growing rapidly and they are becoming bolder and bolder in sharing their faith.
Converts risk discrimination, harassment, police monitoring of their activities,
arbitrary arrest and detention, physical and verbal abuse. Also, a change of
faith (away from Islam) is not recognized and is likely to lead to legal problems
in personal status and property matters in court. The government requires
Islamic religious instruction for all students in public and private schools.
Teaching Christianity is prohibited, even to legally recognized Christians. The
Christian community mostly consists of foreign migrant workers. Expat
Christians are relatively free to worship informally. There are four registered
denominations which meet in compounds. However, these are too small for the
number of people gathering and local Kuwaitis are annoyed by the noise and
traffic of these overcrowded meeting places. The extreme difficulty to obtain
property to gather for worship is an extra burden. On the other hand, the
sharing of meeting places has encouraged greater cooperation and fellowship
among churches.
The situation of religious freedom for Christians has been more or less stable
over the past few years. During the previous reporting period we received
reports of a Christian who had to flee for his faith and a Christian was arrested.
Also during this reporting period, a Christian was forced to flee. We did not
report any arrests, but this does not necessarily mean it did not happen. This
year Open Doors gathered more information on the constitution and national
laws, which are more restrictive on religious freedom than previously assumed.
This led to a minor increase in points, from 40 last year to 40.5 this year,
bringing Kuwait to place 30 from position 28 last year.
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31. Turkey
Turkey went from rank 30 in 2011 to rank 31 this year, but increased in points.
In name, Turkey is a secular state, but various forms of persecution of Christians
exist. Government restrictions on religious freedom basically originate in
interpretations of the secular constitution and laws of the country, which are
biased against non-Muslim minorities. There is a huge difference between the
formal interpretation of the country’s secular legislation and the informal
practices by government officials, police officers and judges.
Government restrictions, social hostilities and nationalism are important sources
of persecution, causing human rights violations (hate crimes, unfair judicial
treatments, discrimination, etc.). People with a Muslim background who are
interested in the gospel are often victims of strong discrimination by their
families. In a patriarchal society such as in Turkey, a conversion of one of the
family members is thought to bring shame on the family. Many converted
Christians are disinherited or are told they are no longer part of the family.
Muslims who convert to the Christian faith risk losing their jobs. The government
remains passive when they learn of these types of discrimination, because it only
concerns a very small minority.
Some churches are registered and have authorizations to organize church
services. Preaching in public is allowed, but these preachers risk harassment both
by police and Turkish nationalists. Missionary work is possible, but missionaries
do not get a residency permit if they request it to work as a missionary.
A Bible translation in modern Turkish was made available years ago, and the
printing and distribution of Bibles and Christian literature in churches is
permissible, though open distribution results in problems.
Christians engaged in religious advocacy are occasionally threatened or
pressured by government and state officials. Proselytizing by non-Muslim
religious groups is socially unacceptable and sometimes dangerous.
Police officers are present in some church services to protect church-goers, but
also to monitor the activities of Christians. However, this protection is
intermittent, and from time to time church properties are vandalized.
The traditionally secular state, under constant protection by the national army,
has in recent years become more open to public expressions of Islam under the
government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo an and President Abdullah Gül
of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), in power since 2002.
When Turkey was actively negotiating its membership in the European Union, the
country adopted a series of reforms in order to comply with the Copenhagen
criteria. These initially contributed to increased religious tolerance in the country
and protection for minorities. The Malatya murders in 2007 negatively affected
Turkey’s image on the international stage, and the trial against the murderers is
still ongoing. The needed reforms, however, were not completed, and while
some improvements can be seen, the country has not succeeded in completely
eliminating discrimination against Christians. Only the Armenian and Greek
Orthodox denominations are officially recognized by the government.
Oppression of Christians is expected to continue, as the legal and social position
of Christian minorities is not improving.
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33. India
India’s staying in the same place in the WWL this year shows that conditions have not improved.
Disruptive violence against evangelists, pastors and church gatherings continues to occur on a monthly
basis, usually where the Christians live and work in remote or rural areas. Compiling from several
sources, a total of 109 incidents of anti-Christian violence were recorded in the reporting period, usually
where a pastor or evangelist would be attacked and badly beaten by a mob, and the authorities failed
to respond in an adequate fashion.
The main persecutors are mobs organized by extremist Hindu organizations who
peddle their exclusivist ideology, Hindutva, which believes that those belonging to
other religions have no place in India and should be forced to leave. Despite
being voted out of national power, the Bharatija Janata Party (BJP)—the political
party backed by Hindu extremists that pushes the Hindu extremist agenda—is in
power in states where two-thirds of the population live, and they continue to seek
to embed their extremist and revisionist version of their religion into the cultural
mainstream, with some success. “Hindu extremism going viral is the greatest
threat to the church today,” said a church leader in Delhi in August. Local
governments and police often side with those who commit the violence, resulting
in a virtual amnesty for thugs.
No large scale violence of the kind witnessed in Orissa in 2008 was seen in the reporting period, but
consequences continue. According to the national minorities commission reporting late in 2011, of the
827 criminal cases registered in Kandhamal, 512 cases have been formally charged, and 361 people in
65 cases have been convicted. But a total of 2,246 people have been acquitted due to lack of proper
evidence against them, so far. The remaining 321 cases are under trial.
Sporadic violence continues in the area and last Christmas (2010) some 200 extremists barged into a
Christmas day celebration in the village of Koyi Konda, beat up the worshippers, destroyed furniture,
and set fire to ten Christian homes and crop fields. In Maharashta state on May 2, Hindu extremists
stopped the construction of a church building and organized a boycott against the local Christians, even
to the extent of preventing their children attending the local school. Such incidents are almost
commonplace, and accompanied by the usual accusation that the Christians have been guilty of “forced
conversion” or “conversion by allurement/inducement”—an accusation that carries a legal penalty.
Persecution is drawn due to the amazing success Christianity is having among the low castes and
untouchables, or Dalits, which threatens the Hindu leaders. The Christian Church is growing
significantly. Officially Christians form 2.3% of the 1.2+ billion population, but there is credible
evidence to suggest the percentage may be higher than 5%, or over 70 million Christians. There is also
increasing tension between Muslims and Christians in Kerela, Kashmir and Assam, and Maoist insurgents
and Buddhist fundamentalists are threatening Christians in certain regions also, a minor but growing
trend.
Despite this, India remains a largely pluralistic country, and most Christian leaders find their main
problems deal with the grinding poverty levels. Forty percent of India’s population under 5 are
malnourished; a staggering 72% of Indian children never attend high school; there are 60 million child
laborers and still 600 million people do not have access to electricity. An Indian legislator, Dr Shashi
Tharoor, says India “is destined not be a superpower, but super-poor.”
While most Christians remain relatively free, many parts of the country remain key battlegrounds
between Hindu extremists and Christians. The extremists are especially regrouping in the rural areas,
setting up schools to raise up a new “Hindu Taleban,” and even educated leaders are seeking to make
Hinduism a much less tolerant religion. According to Rev Richard Howell, the General Secretary of the
Evangelical Fellowship of India, “...Christians in India continue to face the worst ever persecution in
India.” Christians are bracing for increasing persecution in the future.
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33. Burma/Myanmar
“The wind of change streams through the country!” In a nutshell, that is what
observers like the International Crisis Group say about Myanmar after its
transition to a new, semi-civilian government in March. Several positive signs
are observable since the new leadership has taken office, stirring hopes that
significant changes are indeed underway. Two of these signs are the
comeback into the political arena for Aung San Suu Kyi and the possible re-
admission of her party, the National League for Democracy, and the release of
hundreds of imprisoned political dissidents. But there are some dark shadows
on the bright prospects connected with the new government: the majority of
the so-called “political prisoners,” totaling at least two thousand, are still
imprisoned. Also the army’s war against ethnic rebels—most of whom are
Christians by name and religious affiliation—is at least as intense as before.
According to several reports, the Burmese Army repeatedly entered Christian
villages of the Kachin tribe, harassing and harming believers and sometimes
forcing them to serve as porters. In one case in August this year, the army
turned a Christian village into a full-fledged military outpost, including
fortifications, trenches and landmines. Though the believers sent a letter of
complaint to the authorities, nothing has been done to help the Christians by
the new government. This event fits into a long history of ethnic conflict with
the Kachin tribe, which lives in the northern border region to China and India.
As international observers stated, the ongoing reaction of the armed forces
doesn’t match the rhetoric of the new president speaking about
reconciliation.
On the other hand, a new Human Rights Commission was established in
September, with minorities duly represented on it. A renowned and respected
member of the Christian Kachin minority is serving as a member. As the
commission has only recently been created, it remains to be seen how
independently this commission will operate and what specific responsibilities
it will have. Nevertheless, its formation is an encouraging sign. Thus, in the
2012 World Watch List, Burma slightly decreased in points, but dropped
considerably in ranking due to changes within other countries. Because of this
considerable drop, it is necessary to stress that there are still no dramatic
visible changes to persecution within Burma.
Whether the winds of change will alter the predicament of the Christian
minority remains unclear. Pressure from society and the military appears to be
unchanged at this time. One Protestant church leader expressed concern,
saying the new measures could be a short-lived effort to get the rotating chair
of ASEAN (the association of South East Asian States) for 2014—which the
country obtained recently—while convincing the international community to
lift its sanctions.
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34. Tajikistan
This year, Tajikistan ranks a little lower than in 2011. Unfortunately, this has
nothing to do with an improvement in the situation for the Christian minority
in the country, but rather with the unusual situation of the split of Sudan which
boosted Northern Sudan up almost 20 places in the list. Though there have
been no substantial changes, the country dropped down two places on the list.
The new laws on religion distinguish between registered and unregistered
churches in a very strict way and are likely to cause more trouble for MBBs in
the future. It is not completely clear how the laws will be implemented, but
given the experiences of the believers until now, a further deterioration seems
possible.
In August 2011, authorities introduced a new “Parental Responsibility Law”
which holds parents fully responsible for the religious activities of their
children. This law singles out Tajikistan compared to the other Central Asian
states—less in practical, but rather on the legal and ideological level. It had
been difficult and cumbersome to conduct Sunday School activities or youth
camps in the past, but now the new law restricts all participation of persons
under age 18 in any religious activity, except funerals. Children can only receive
religious education in government-licensed institutes. More than half of
Tajikistan`s population is under age 18. Parents disobeying this law face heavy
fines and even prison sentences from between 5 and 8 years. The government
recently proved its determination in religious matters by stopping young
Muslims entering mosques for the Eid-al-Fitr prayers celebrating the end of
Ramadan in August 2011. Given this example, the small Christian minority
might face growing problems in the future.
Believers, especially MBBs, encounter attacks and harassment, and are
monitored and being pressurized into renouncing their Christian faith. A very
strong source of persecution is the family, but also society as a whole. As long
as the overall situation in the Central Asian region does not change, the
Christian minority will face constant and probably increasing restrictions on
their freedom.
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35. Tunisia
Tunisia is the country that started the movement of demonstrations, protests
and revolutions that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, later
known as the “Arab Spring.” It is also the country where the democratic
transition seems to have the greatest chance of success based on its politically
activist tradition and its generally well-educated population. Tunisia is known
as the most liberal country in the region, depending heavily on tourism. This
being said, the country faces important challenges. According to the
International Crisis Group (ICG), Tunisia “will need to balance the urge for
radical political change against the requirement of stability; integrate
Islamism into the new landscape; and, with international help, tackle deep
socio-economic problems.”
A broad coalition of the unemployed, lawyers, intellectuals, middle class
workers and trade unions demanding radical political change was behind the
Jasmine revolution of December 18, 2010, that led to the ousting of President
Ben Ali and Prime Minister Ghannouchi. In October 2011, the first election
was held. These elections were won by the Islamic Ennahda party, which has
already announced its intention to move towards the implementation of
sharia law and to transform Tunisia into an Islamic state.
Due to the high levels of polarization in Tunisian between the liberal, secularist
elite and the well-organized Islamists, it is unclear how much of the Islamic
agenda will be implemented, but the country has been affected by constant
turmoil in the aftermath of the revolution. Radical Muslims, most of them
exiled to France, are returning to the country and spreading their
fundamentalist messages. They are organizing violent demonstrations that the
weakened security services of the government find difficult to contain.
The extremely violent murder of Father Marek Rybinski, a Polish priest and
Salesian missionary, in February 2011 is a clear example of the increasing
religious violence in the country. Another example of religious violence is the
case of a local church leader who had to leave the country because of grave
threats against the lives of him and his family.
At the moment, although the constitution of Tunisia respects freedom of
religion and conversion from Islam is not prohibited, representatives of the
administration at every level often act differently. Foreign Christian residents
experience more inspections and suspect their phones to be tapped. Pastors of
expat churches are monitored, and importation of Christian books in the Arabic
language is obstructed. National churches cannot register—since independence
(1956) no new church has been granted official registration—and local
Christians are questioned and beaten once their conversion is known.
Reports from the field indicate that pressure on Christians, coming both from
the authorities and from the families of Muslim-background believers, has
increased since the Jasmine revolution. In this context, it is yet to be seen
whether the democratic transition will improve the situation of the small
Christian population in the country.
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36. Syria
Violence and protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad
have lasted for months, and the situation in the country can best be
described as chaotic. “The current stage [of Syria] is defined by an explosive
mix of heightened strategic stakes tying into a regional and wider
international competition on the one hand and emotionally charged
attitudes, communal polarization and political wishful thinking on the other,”
analyzes the International Crisis Group in its most recent brief on Syria (the
Nov. 24, 2011, brief on Syria by the International Crisis Group). Three central
messages can be distilled from this analysis: the social and political climate of
Syria is extremely explosive—the country is on the verge of civil war—and if
the current regime would collapse, whatever regime replaces it will not
necessarily be more democratic.
Syria has more than 20 million inhabitants and 1.9 million of them are
Christians. The Christian community lived in relatively peaceful circumstances
under the secular regime of President Bashar al-Assad. As long as Christians
did not disturb communal harmony or threaten the government, they were
tolerated and had freedom of worship. The recognized church of Syria is not
a hidden or secret church. It is respected in society, although every Christian
meeting is monitored by the secret police. However, these churches often
cannot and will not evangelize openly in Syria because of political pressure
and agreements with other religious leaders. Muslim background believers
face many problems, mostly from family and friends.
The government has to deal with extremist Islamic groups who are against
Christians and other minorities. Many extremist foreign fighters (mostly from
other Arabic countries) have been living and operating in Syria since March
2011, as a hegemony battle between the Iranian axis and the U.S.-Saudi/Gulf
Arab axis is being fought in the country. These foreign fighters have been
entering houses and threatening many Christians and other minority groups.
Anti-Christian sentiments are clearly on the increase amidst the current
violent and chaotic situation in the country.
As one of the minority religions, most Christians have been supportive of the
Alawite regime in the past, since that regime gave them relative peace and
rest. But nowadays most Christians are not supportive of any regime; they
just want a peaceful agreement and situation. But supporting the Alawite
regime in the past has made them vulnerable to attacks from the opposition.
They are also at risk for religious reasons, as fundamental Islamic groups
oppose any religion other than Islam in the country.
Since March mostly Sunni and Salafi protesters have been taking the streets
to demonstrate against the government. Frustrations of the majority religious
group have mounted after decades of domination by the minority Alawite
elites. Anti-Christian tensions first appeared in the form of threats. During
several demonstrations, Christians were forced to participate or were called
upon to immigrate to Lebanon; Alawites are threatened with death. The
situation has further worsened. Recently, Christian meeting places—mainly
churches—have been raided, resulting in physical damage. In one city,
Christians are afraid to leave their homes and do not attend church meetings
any more. Local Christians report that fundamentalist taxi drivers made a vow
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orthodox Muslims and Christians, are being kidnapped, raped or even killed.
Some months ago, two Christian women were kidnapped in Damascus. One
managed to jump out of the driving car, but the other was taken and remains
missing. Amidst this threatening situation, Christians intend to celebrate
Christmas quietly, so they don’t draw too much attention to themselves.
Considering these developments, it is not amazing that the total of points for
Syria increased from 34.5 last year to 39 this year; putting it on place 36
(from 38).
What can be expected for the future of Christians in Syria? As long as the
Alawites remain united, the power continues to be in the hands of the Al
Assad clan. The Alawite will continue to control the military-intelligence
apparatus, and the Baath party will continue to hold monopoly on the
political system. Bashir’s regime seems to be quite firmly seated. In spite of
the current deplorable human rights situation in the country, Christians prefer
a continuation of a secular regime that doesn’t have much religious input
from Islam. Though it is hard to predict how events will unfold, a change of
government is expected to lead to a situation of anarchy and struggle for
power. This will likely result in an Islamist extremist take over—leading to a
worse situation for Christians and other minority groups. Should that
happen, Christians will either be isolated or driven from the country en
masse—a situation comparable to the one in Iraq.
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37. United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf;
expatriates make up around 85 percent of the population. The constitution
provides for religious freedom on the condition that established customs, public
policy or public morals are not violated. The government restricts this freedom in
practice. Christians in the United Arab Emirates, who are mainly foreign workers,
are mostly persecuted by the government’s discriminatory attitude and society’s
hostile attitude towards Christianity, resulting sometimes in deportation. The
government is placing restrictions on the development of facilities for Christian
migrants. Persecution also comes from those community members who monitor
Christian migrants. This is a reality in the whole country, although smaller more
conservative Emirates are more restrictive than the larger ones.
Muslim Background Believers are under severe pressure by relatives, family and
Muslim society due to Islamic government, law and culture. All citizens are
defined as Muslims and the law denies Muslims the freedom to change religion
under penalty of the death. To avoid death, social stigma or other penalties,
converts may be pressured to return to Islam, to hide their faith or to travel to
another country where their conversion is allowed. There are very few local
believers among the Muslim population. Evangelism is prohibited, but non-
Muslim groups can worship freely in dedicated buildings or private homes.
The total number of points for the United Arab Emirates increased slightly from
37.5 to 38.5, which remarkably brings the country from position 34 to 37
because of considerable gains in points of the countries close to UAE on the
WWL. This year Open Doors gathered more information on the constitution and
national laws, which are more restrictive on religious freedom than previously
assumed. In general, religious freedom did not change much for Christians during
the current reporting period. Arrests, imprisonment and deportation can occur for
expatriate Christians who evangelize or distribute Christian literature openly, but
we did not receive reports of this. There were some reports of societal abuses or
discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice, and societal
pressures discouraged conversion from Islam to other religions. Christians in the
country notice many opportunities for Muslim—Christian dialogue. Though the
Arab Spring did not affect the UAE much, the latest developments in the Middle
East do lead the local people to question what good leadership is about.
Allegedly, this leads to opportunities for sharing the gospel.
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38. Ethiopia
Ethiopia went from position 43 to 38 in the WWL, reflecting a higher number
of incidents related to persecution. The structural picture remained the same,
although underlying dynamics are changing rapidly.
The engines of persecution are twofold: ecclesiastical arrogance and Islamic
extremism. In the past the main persecutor was the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
(EOC). The EOC persecuted the emerging Protestant churches, and also renewal
movements within their own ranks. Meanwhile the Islamists have come more
and more alongside as persecutors of Protestants as well as EOC members in
the areas where they are predominant. So, the persecutors are more found
within social groups than within government circles. For instance, no law exists
that would stop the local church to openly integrate new believers after
conversion However, villagers and families are often against it. So now and
then EOC and Islamic leaders “encourage” mobs to attack churches and
converts—their agendas are totally different but their “enemy” is common as is
their strategy.
EOC still is a source of persecution of Christians in Ethiopia. Their leaders are
feeling that the church is losing its historical dominance. They think Protestants
and Islamists are taking their members in an attempt to destroy the church and
the nation. For them, the very existence of the nation is deeply associated with
EOC itself. EOC members, unlike recent memories, are showing strong
commitment and devotion to their religion. Protestant believers and their
churches are targeted in diverse ways. The “hard core” group inside EOC is
making life hard to the renewal movements within EOC. It accuses them to be
secret agents of Protestants. Priests want to stop believers from evangelism. A
number of priests and other workers were kicked out of the church after the
group reported they are “reformationalists.”
Islamism is another source of persecution in the country. Muslims feel uneasy
to see their members being evangelized by Protestant churches and they want
to stop it. Above that, the unprecedented shift of Islamism in Ethiopia from
Sunni to Wahhabism is a negative development. Islamic Da’wa leaders and
preachers from Arab countries are believed to have promoted intolerance
against others and assertive attitudes.
Striking in the Ethiopian context is the use of false accusations. Almost all
imprisonments were a result of fabricated cases. Officials in the country seemed
to be aware of international pressure and they fiercely reject any claim of
human rights abuses. Every time believers went to jail countless excuses were
invented. Insult of other religions, illegal meeting, illegal construction, theft,
and threat to public peace were some of them. False witnesses were used and
the verdict given.
The tension between EOC and the Islamists has won government’s attention. A
“Forum of Religions Dialogue for Peace and Development” was formed under
the blessing of the Ministry of Federal Affairs. Leaders from EOC, Islamists and
Evangelicals are members of this Forum. Meanwhile some Church leaders are
reporting that the Forum is used to enforce “commonly agreed” restrictions
such as the issue of evangelization outside churches. For instance, in
Benishangul Gumuz State, believers are not allowed to discuss religion in public
gathering places, offices, markets, schools etc. Churches in a town in Oromia
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(Oromia State is the place where many Islamist attacks have taken place.) In
other words, it seems renewal movements within EOC and Protestant
churches are squeezed between the EOC and Islamism.
Ethiopia is a country to keep an eye on. Protestant churches are the fastest
growing movement in the country. “Underground movements” both in EOC
and Islam dominated areas have been reported as making incredible progress
in their work. EOC and Islamism will continue to see them as a threat.
Besides, Islamism also targets mainstream EOC. Open Doors expects that in
the short term persecution of Christians, in the broad sense of the word
“Christian,” will increase sharply—the more so because extremist Islam in
Ethiopia is fuelled by external sources. The unresolved conflict in the eastern
part of the country is also attracting some extremist groups like Al Shabaab
from neighboring Somalia.
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39. Djibouti
Djibouti maintains the same score as last year and stays in 39th place on the
WWL 2012. Although Open Doors had limited access to information on the
country, it estimates the persecution situation basically has not changed. The
main persecution engine is Islamic extremism.
According to the July–December 2010 U.S. Department of State International
Religious Freedom Report: “The constitution and other laws and policies
protect religious freedom and, in practice, the government generally enforced
these protections.” Although Islam is the state religion, according to the IRF
report ,“The government imposed no sanctions on those who choose to ignore
Islamic teachings or to practice other faiths.” IRF’s conclusion on family issues
however negatively qualifies this impression. “The government allows civil
marriage only for non-Muslim foreign residents. Muslims are required to
marry in a religious ceremony. A non-Muslim man may marry a Muslim
woman only after converting to Islam." According to the family code,
"impediment to a marriage occurs when a Muslim woman marries a non-
Muslim." Due to limited information it is difficult to further qualify the stance
of the government towards Christians, especially Muslim Background
Believers, in the country. Incidental reports from preceding years on structural
persecution elements however distinguished between “registered expatriate
churches” and “local believers,” most of who are “secret believers.” Such
distinctions make it likely that government, too, is involved in infringing upon
the right of religious freedom.
The July–December 2010 International Religious Freedom Report stated, “There
were occasional reports of societal discrimination based on religious affiliation,
belief, or practice. Societal norms and customs discouraged proselytizing by
non-Muslims and conversion from Islam; non-Muslim religious groups generally
did not engage in public proselytizing.” For fear of discovery new believers do
often not disclose their new belief to their family and local community, and
remain “secret believers.”
The dynamics of persecution are typical for Islamic extremism as driver of
persecution—both government and social groups/society are involved in
protecting the religious status quo with Islam as state religion. It seems
however that family and local community are more active drivers of persecution
than government. Given the scarcity of direct sources of input for the reporting
period it is difficult to sensibly indicate how the situation might develop in the
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40. Jordan
Jordan experienced a moderate ‘Arab Spring’. The government reacted to local protests
for political reform with large public sector pay rises and food and energy subsidies. So
far, this has worked well and the protests have been limited.
Known as one of the most Western-orientated countries in the Middle East, traditional
Christians experience a certain extent of religious freedom. According to the Jordanian
constitution ‘The State shall safeguard the free exercise of all forms of worship and
religious rites in accordance with the customs observed in the Kingdom, unless such is
inconsistent with public order or morality.’ Islam is the religion of the State and the
Jordanian legal system is based on sharia (Islamic law) and laws of European origin.
However, leaving Islam is prohibited and ‘public proselytism’ of
Muslims is against government policy.
In general, relations between Muslims and Christians were peaceful.
Nevertheless Muslims who become Christians still fall under jurisdiction
of sharia courts and generally maintain a low profile to avoid
harassment or interrogation. In the past, family members have filed
charges against them in Islamic law courts, leading to the loss of
custody of their children, annulment of their marriage contracts and
depriving them of other civil rights. They face discrimination and the
threat of mental and physical abuse by their families, government
officials, and at times community members. Security service personnel reportedly
questioned MBBs on their beliefs, threatened court and other actions, and promised
rewards for returning back to Islam, such as job opportunities. They also withheld
certificates of good behavior needed for job applications or to open a business and told
employers to dismiss them.
For a few years there were considerable tensions between the evangelical churches and
the traditional churches in the Hashemite Kingdom. These seem to have eased off mostly
but the difficulties between the various denominations have hardly been reduced. Most
new believers are from the nominal Christian community, but recently more and more
Muslims are coming to faith. Whereas the church as a whole is declining in numbers, the
evangelical church is experiencing encouraging growth, doubling from 1995 to 2010. As
a result the authorities are increasingly monitoring churches, and security officers in
civilian clothes are present outside churches of some Christian denominations. However
some church leaders said the presence of security officers was meant to protect them
following threats against Christian groups in the region.
The situation of religious freedom for Christians in Jordan has not changed dramatically
compared to last year. Like last year, the country has 33.5 points and holds position 40.
There have been no major incidents against Christians during the reporting period.
Especially MBBs were pressured by local authorities, mostly monitored and sometimes
detained. MBBs were also put under pressure by their families and some radical Islamic
groups.
In Jordan, Christians remain a community under relative pressure. The numbers of
Christians have been declining since the country’s independence especially due to lower
birth rates and high emigration rates. On the other hand, large numbers of Iraqi
Christians have entered the country—a development that is still continuing. There is also
a large number of Muslim refugees entering the country from Iraq, Palestinian Territories
and Syria, which together with the rise of politicized Islam put increasing pressure on
Christians, especially on evangelicals and MBBs.
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41. Cuba
Cuba is one of the few remaining communist regimes in the world. Some years ago, the
country’s aging leader, Fidel Castro, made a place for his brother Raúl in the government,
but the regime stayed essentially the same; desired changes did not take place. Cuba
continues to isolate itself from the rest of the world and function under totalitarian control.
Christians make up almost 57 percent of the population, and a majority of them are Roman
Catholics. The past years have seen great growth for Protestant Christians. Many religious
organizations reported a significant increase in membership as well as revival, especially
among the young. Most churches reported increased participation in religious instruction
for children because government schools no longer schedule competing activities on
Saturdays or Sundays.
The constitution provides for religious freedom, but the government restricts this in practice.
Churches must register, which is difficult. There are many unregistered house churches that
have no legal status and experience harassment from the authorities. The government
restricts the construction of new church buildings and permission is often hard to obtain.
Permission to print Christian literature locally is hard to obtain. Bibles, Bible study materials
and Sunday school materials are in extremely short supply. The growing numbers of
unregistered house churches have no access to these materials, as Bibles are distributed in
Cuba through official channels and to registered churches only.
The totalitarian regime allows no competitors of any kind. Religious groups complain about
widespread surveillance and infiltration by state security agents. Pastors and Christians are
sometimes pressured to stop evangelizing and to limit their activities to their own church
premises.
Persecution of Christians, more severe in the past, is slowly changing. While Christian
persecution in the past included beatings, imprisonment and sometimes murder, now it is
generally more subtle. It continues in the form of harassment, strict surveillance and
discrimination, including occasional imprisonment of leaders. All believers are monitored
and all church services are infiltrated by spies; Christians are threatened and suffer
discrimination in school and at work.
There were no reports of persons imprisoned or detained for specifically religious reasons.
According to the International Religious Freedom Report, a few religious groups reported
cases of members who alleged that the government targeted them for prosecution of
crimes they did not commit because of their religious activities. Several pastors and
Christians share stories about being put under scrutiny, pressured to stop evangelizing and
told to limit their activities to their own church premises. Many house churches are not
registered and therefore have no legal status whatsoever. In one area in particular, Christians
are put under more pressure than elsewhere in Cuba: the area of Varadero. It is an area
specifically meant for tourists. Only Cubans that work there are allowed to live there but
Christians are repeatedly told not to do anything “Christian.” It is specifically forbidden to
do anything for youth; it’s considered to be “infiltration of the wrong ideology,” according
to one pastor. The Cuban government is really keen on keeping the area clean and
comfortable for the thousands of tourists coming to Varadero.
On the WWL, Cuba remained ranked number 41. The situation of Christians remains
unchanged and will probably stay the same while the communist regime is in place; no
transition is expected soon. Many religious organizations reported a significant increase in
membership as well as revival, especially among the young. It’s a sign of hope.
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42. Belarus
Belarus is often considered the last surviving dictatorship in Europe. The country is ruled by
Alexander Lukashenko, an authoritarian who has been in power since 1994. His government
allows almost no room for any opposing group, especially political opposition. After the
2010 presidential election, human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of
assembly, have repeatedly been violated.
Although the constitution provides for the equality of religions and denominations, the
Orthodox Church is the only officially recognized denomination (80-85% of all Christians in
Belarus), while the Catholic and Lutheran churches are merely tolerated. Church registration
in Belarus is difficult, if not impossible. In practice, it is forbidden to carry out any religious
activity without prior government recognition of the religious organization as a legal entity.
The Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations (2002) makes unregistered
religious activity a criminal offense and may result in a two-year term of imprisonment or
heavy court-imposed fines.
Religious communities do not have the right to develop their own media, to establish
religious educational institutions, to train religious personnel, nor to invite foreign priests to
satisfy religious needs of believers. Members of religious organizations do not have the right
to share their religious convictions or to carry out any religious activity (to preach, to
distribute literature, to hold public worship services, etc.), beyond the borders of the
location where the community is registered.
Protestant and Catholic denominations are restricted in their activity and monitored by the
secret police. Because the numbers of Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians are growing,
persecution is getting more intense for them.
Violent raids of unregistered churches occur frequently. In March 2010, twice a pastor was
fined more than a month's average wages for leading an unregistered church following a
raid on his church's worship service. In July 2010, a pastor was fined three times in one day
for sharing his faith in a local village.
Several leaders of the Belarusian Christian Democratic party have been harassed and even
imprisoned for long periods of time. Two of them were sentenced to labor camp, but were
later freed. One of the youth leaders of the party, Dzmitry Dashkevich, was kept in inhumane
conditions in prison and even tortured through deprivation of sleep, food and constant
psychological assault.
The very restrictive religious laws will continue to be used as an instrument of the
government to oppress religious minorities in the country. A change still is not in sight.
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43. Indonesia
The situation for Christians in Indonesia has deteriorated considerably.
Believers are starting to face more and more hostility. Though the national
authorities try to look neutral, in reality they are eager to win favor and
support from Muslim parties, often even extremist parties. Until 2010 more
than 50 regencies (a step lower than the provincial government) in 16 of the
33 provinces in Indonesia have passed sharia-inspired bylaws. Another source
documents 151 sharia-inspired bylaws introduced in 24 provinces during the
1999-2009 period. These regulate the citizens’ moral and religious life, e.g.
concerning prostitution, gambling, alcohol consumption, pornography,
Quran proficiency, and Muslim dress code.
The government’s changing attitude is clearly shown in the treatment of the
Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin congregation in Bogor, West Java.
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in December 2010 to re-open the church,
the mayor has told Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi that the church
should not be built on a street with an Islamic name. Consequently, he has
sealed off the church and forced all meetings to cease. The authorities did
not enforce the Supreme Court’s judgment, thus depriving the believers of
their rights. Attacks against church buildings occurred regularly throughout
2010; in most cases the authorities did not investigate or charge those
responsible. For the first time in the country’s history, the Christian minority
faced an attack by a suicide bomber. On September 25, a 31-year-old Muslim
attacked the Bethel Injil Sepuluh Christian Church in Keputon, Solo, Java.
Twenty-seven people were wounded, and the attacker was killed. Had he
arrived a little earlier or chosen a different entrance, the casualty toll could
have been much higher. On September 26, police found another similar
bomb outside the Maranatha church in Ambon city, on the island of Ambon.
Several days before this took place, on September 11, Muslim and Christian
gangs in Ambon attacked each other, leaving three dead and more than a
dozen injured.
In the week leading up to Easter celebrations, police discovered five bombs
buried under a gas pipeline near a Catholic church in Serpong, near Jakarta.
The bombs were due to explode on Good Friday and were successfully
defused.
The Jakarta-based Setara Institute on peace and dialogue reported 99
incidents of violence and conflicts as of July 2011, a considerable rise
compared to the 99 cases reported in whole year 2010. Muslim extremist
groups continue to grow more and more hostile and violent towards
Christians and are experiencing no resistance from national or local
authorities. Muslim extremists have also found an ally in the blasphemy law,
which they use to legitimize their actions. Given such leniency, the future for
the Christian minority seems to be getting increasingly difficult. This has
caused the country to rise in the WWL ranking for 2012.
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44. Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Basic Law—which functions as a temporary constitution—states that the official
religion is Islam and sharia (Islamic legislation) is a principle source of legislation. Officially, freedom
of belief and worship are guaranteed, provided public order or public morals are not violated.
The dynamics of Christian persecution in the Palestinian Territories are complex. It should be
stressed that the situation in Gaza is different from the West Bank, both territories being effectively
under different governments at present –though Hamas and Fatah are moving closer lately.
However, the Palestinian Authority, that rules over these territories—which are not recognized as an
independent nation—has an overall negative attitude towards Christians. Reports indicate that
pressure against Christians is increasing, especially with regard to incidents against Muslim-
background believers (MBB’s). The situation in general is comparable to the one of the previous
reporting period.
There are several groups of Christians in the Palestinian Territories: indigenous Christians (mostly
from Palestinian or Arab background) and MBBs. For Palestinian/Arab Christians it is important to
distinguish between political (because of their nationality) and religious persecution (because of
their faith). In general, the population in the Palestinian Territories is getting more and more
Islamic. The total number of Palestinian Christians has declined at an accelerating rate, largely due
to emigration. Increasing influence of Islam is one of the reasons for Christian emigration, but there
are other factors as well: economical reasons, the relevant ease for Christians to emigrate (they
have finances to do so and speak English, have contacts/family in the West) and restrictions from
the Israeli side. As such, Palestinian Christians find themselves persecuted from many different
sides.
Numbering 40,000, Christians are a minority in this land under Islam authority. Indigenous
Christians have the right to live and practice their religion, providing they don’t try to evangelize
the Muslims.
MBB’s are discriminated by community and family when their faith is known. The state is failing in
upholding and protecting the rights of individual Christians and in some cases they have to seek
safety in flight to a so called ‘safe house’ somewhere else in the area. In Gaza, there is also
oppression from radical Muslim groups that are active in the strip, which together with pressure
from the Hamas government continues to force Christians to leave. On the West Bank, although
there is no official persecution, Christians face some discrimination.
The total number of points for the Palestinian Territories increased compared to last year (31 versus
29.5), however the region continues to hold position 44. The main reason for this increase is the
report of a honor killing. For security reasons, we cannot publish more details about this murder.
Also, a Christian surgeon was attacked in February 2011 in Gaza. After the attack, in which he
fortunately was not wounded, he started receiving threats warning him to refrain from
“evangelistic activities.’’ However he says he does not share about his faith.
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, asked the United Nations to recognize an independent
Palestinian State on September 23. The Security Council is now considering the request, but the
United States has already declared that it would veto the submission if it is brought to a vote.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Edurational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has
granted the Palestinians full membership on October 31, 2011. These developments might stretch
the relationship between Messianic believers and Palestinian Christians.
Expectations with regards to the future vary. Some observers do not expect any repercussions from
the revolts in the Arab world since the population in for instance Gaza is quite happy with Hamas.
Others suspect increasing influence from Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will have its consequences
in the Palestinian Areas as well, especially resulting in increasing pressure for Christians.
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45. Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and
was its president in 2010. In order to make a good impression, the authorities in Kazakhstan
suspended a planned new law on religion which would have particularly harmed religious groups,
both Muslim and Christian, but of course also the smaller ones such as Jehovah Witnesses. Because
of this suspension the country dropped out of the WWL, ranking 52 last year. Observers from
several non-governmenta organizations (NGOs) warned that the country would pick up its planned
law once the government was out of the international focus again. These voices proved to be right
as in September 2011, two laws were passed by parliament, which further imposed restrictions on
religious rights, and which became effective in October 2011. Their titling show what they are
aiming at: “The Law on Religious Activity and Religious Associations,” the other one is an
accumulating law changing nine other laws touching upon religion. It is significant that the term
“freedom” does not appear in the titles, compared to its predecessor in 1992. No public
discussions were allowed and the government ignored all warnings from outside, including from
the OSCE. Regardless of this neglect of a befriended organization, the Council of Europe has invited
the country to become a full member of the “Commission for Democracy through Law”, better
known as “Venice Commission.” The laws seem to be aiming at curtailing extremist Islam (which
has off late begun to carry out attacks), but unregistered Christian churches come under attack,
too. Bigger churches, like the Russian Orthodox Church, seem to be less affected.
In connection with processing the new laws, the president stated: “We have to bring order to our
house. I believe you (the parliament) will approach this question seriously and we will all do what
needs to be done.” As in other Central Asian states, the laws require the re-registration of all
religious communities—an impossible hurdle for several smaller Christian communities. The system
with four levels of registration is very complicated; the process will be bureaucratic and
cumbersome. Unregistered religious activity is banned. Leading, participating in or financing
unregistered groups is a punishable offense. This has a great impact on those Christian groups that
refuse to register (like the Council of Baptist Churches), or those who do not pass the requirements
of the new registration procedure. The new amendments in the law will impose stiff punishment
on people who are involved in any way in such groups.
The different regulations are too numerous to list here. Every thinkable aspect of religious life will
be restricted: all materials face censorship, new places of worship need approval from local and
national government offices, founders of religious communities must be Kazakh citizens, and work
among the youth will definitely become more problematic.
The boost of 8.5 points in the WWL ranking was caused not only by the very harsh regulations of
the new laws. The government is determined to tackle all kinds of religion it considers as extremist,
including Christianity. Churches are thus likely to face serious consequences as they are a minority
and therefore easy targets. First signs coming in after the reporting period show that tough times
are ahead for believers: invited pastors are hindered to join conferences, first drafts outline the
upcoming censorship of religious literature and objects and Christian and other groups are asked
to report on a daily basis on their measures against religious extremism. If it follows this path, the
country will likely increase in ranking among the Central Asian countries on the WWL.
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46. Bahrain
“Unless all sides of the conflict agree to an inclusive dialogue in order to reach
meaningful reform, Bahrain is heading for prolonged and costly political
stalemate,” analyzes the International Crisis Group in its July 28, 2011, country
brief. Bahrain, where the majority Shiite population is demonstrating against the
Sunni government, is the scene of a hegemony competition between Saudi
Arabia, who sent its troops in support of the Bahraini government in order to
extinguish the spark of revolution coming from the Arab Spring, and Iran, whose
reaction up until now was limited to threatening rhetoric.
The Bahraini constitution declares that the religion of the State is Islam and that
‘the State guarantees the inviolability of worship, and the freedom to perform
religious rites and hold religious parades and meetings in accordance with the
customs observed in the country.’ Sharia (Islamic law) is a principal source for
legislation.
This mainly Shia-Islamic country is quite tolerant in general because of its
international position in banking and trade. There are two Christian bookshops
and several Christian hospitals. A considerable number of expatriate Christians
(mainly from South Asia) work and live in Bahrain and are relatively free to
practice their faith in private places of worship, but proselytizing Muslims is
illegal. While the number of compounds is limited, dozens of congregations must
use the same building. They are not allowed to advertise their services in Arabic,
but they can in English.
Traditionally, society is not tolerant towards converts from Islam to other religious
groups. Families and communities often banned them and sometimes subjected
converts to physical abuse. Muslim-ackground believers generally do not dare to
talk about their conversion and some of them believed it necessary to leave the
country permanently. Pressure comes mostly from family and community, to a
lesser extent from the state. Government persecution may have decreased in
general as they are preoccupied by remaining stability and crushing protests.
Bahrain holds position 46 in this year’s list, versus 45 last year. At the same time,
the total number of points increases slightly (from 28.5 to 31). The descent is
explained by the rise in points of other countries on the list. The reason for the
increase of points is that we received more information about the lack of freedom
for Muslims who want to change faith. Since the constitution declares Islam to be
the state religion and Islamic law as an important source of legislation, it implies
that Muslims are forbidden to change faith. MBBs are still considered Muslims by
the state and a legal challenge to this was not permitted.
In terms of religious freedom for Christians, Bahrain remains one of the most
liberal countries of the Arabian Peninsula.
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47. Colombia
Colombia is a country with multiple realities. Formally, Colombia is a modern democratic
country where the rule of law is established and religious freedom is guaranteed. However,
large areas of the country are under the control of criminal organizations, drug cartels,
revolutionaries and paramilitary groups. The two consecutive governments of President Álvaro
Uribe were quite successful in weakening the influence of these groups, but these efforts did
not succeed in completely neutralizing their activities, which continue to threaten national
security. Open Doors’ research has revealed that criminal organizations are specifically
targeting Christians, and for this reason Colombia enters the WWL again.
Persecution of Christians, particularly by criminal organizations, is generally motivated by a
combination of two elements. Organized crime views Christians who openly oppose their
activities as a threat, especially when Christians get involved in social programs or in politics.
In addition, they know the Christian faith is not compatible with their ideals. They fear
Christians will influence members of the community or even members of their own
organizations to oppose their activities.
In its 2010 report, the Christian NGO Justapaz counts 95 death threats or attempted murders,
71 forced displacements, 17 homicides, 2 disappearances and many cases of beatings,
torture, kidnapping, and forced recruitment that specifically targets Christians. According to
this information, criminal organizations are responsible for close to 90% of these incidents.
Our reports counted a total 5 cases of Christians that were martyred in 2011, but the real
numbers are probably much higher because of the ongoing armed conflict in the country. In
February, a pastor and two of his relatives were killed in the town of Dibulla, Guajira by
rightwing rebel groups in retaliation for the growing number of believers and to stop fasting
and prayer meetings. On March 5, Pastor George Ponton of the Evangelical Christian Church
of Colombia in the Cauca department was poisoned by indigenous leaders. Two missionaries
working for the World Missionary Movement Church were killed in September by illegal
militias.
In Colombia, probably the most persecution suffered by the rural Christian indigenous
population (no reliable numbers available) comes from the alliances that exist between
“pagan” (non-Christian) indigenous populations and paramilitary groups. These pagan
indigenous populations receive material support from paramilitary organizations to persecute
indigenous Christians. Paramilitary organizations (FARC and others) mislead these indigenous
groups, telling them that their Christian brothers are a threat to their culture and traditions.
In fact, the FARC uses indigenous populations as an advance army to terrorize the indigenous
Christians.
Indigenous territories in Colombia are protected by a national law that gives them autonomy.
Because of this autonomy, government security forces (police and military) are not allowed to
enter these territories. The indigenous territories are administrated by indigenous
organizations, but these are so weak that they are being infiltrated by guerrillas. Because
there is virtually no government presence nor enforcement of the rule of law, these territories
have become a safe haven for the guerrillas drug trafficking activities. This situation
contributes to the persecution of Christians.
In Colombia, the security situation continues to improve due to the capture of two FARC high
commanders in 2009 and another earlier this year. However, violence in Colombia is structural
and in areas where the government has lost control of public security, drug cartels and illegal
armed groups continue to operate with impunity. Christians will continue to be targeted for
persecution because of their presence as an alternative pillar of society and their witness
through their involvement in social and political activities.
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48. Kyrgyzstan
The decrease in rank this year doesn’t mean that the situation of the Christian minority has
improved. This is clearly shown by the fact that it even increased slightly in points. But as there
are three newcomers on the list overtaking it and the considerable deterioration of
persecution in Indonesia has to be kept in mind, Kyrgyzstan slid down the list.
The country lived through a troublesome political time as its old regime was toppled, giving
the interim government the difficult task of shaping future change. Though Kyrgyzstan is still
in a transitional period, the first truly democratic elections in the whole Central Asian region
were carried out at the end of October 2011. There were some irregularities but the elections
remained peaceful and brought a new president into office. Whether these changes will bring
the Christian minority relief is another question. The new president has already announced
that he will concentrate on uniting the country. Recalling the violent ethnic clashes with the
Uzbek community in the south of Kyrgyzstan back in 2010, without doubt this is important for
the country. But this idea is somewhat flawed as in other Asian and Central Asian states
policies focusing on unity and social harmony are used for harassing and harming minorities
including Christians. It is possible that Christians may come under similar pressure in
Kyrgyzstan.
The strict laws on religion introduced in 2009 are still in force. Conversion to Christianity is not
allowed which makes life for the small number of MBBs difficult. As in other Central Asian
countries, the laws distinguish between registered and unregistered communities, while
creating almost insurmountable hurdles for the Christian churches to get registration—bigger
churches like the Russian Orthodox Church are less affected. Literature and other materials are
censored and Christian education for children even for registered communities is limited.
Believers face being physically harmed and attacked and their meeting places and homes also
come under attack. MBBs receive pressure from family, friends and neighborhood. There are
also reports that Christians are monitored not only by the state, but also by Islamic clergy and
mahalla (“neighborhood”) committees.
Kyrgyzstan is at a turning-point in its history. The first free and fair elections have given the
opportunity to grant minorities legal standing, be they ethnic or religious minorities. However,
the public attitude in society points rather to ongoing discrimination, combined with disregard
for believers’ freedom by government.
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49. Bangladesh
In the World Watch List 2012, Bangladesh dropped three places although the
persecution situation remains essentially unchanged (even the points
remained the same).
On June 20, 2011, the government of Bangladesh decided to retain Islam as
the state religion. The government is proposing amendments to its
constitution, but says the proposed changes won't affect the legal system.
Inheritance and other family laws are already based on religion. The new
proposals seek to restore certain aspects of secularism, but for the Christian
minority, little change is expected.
In general, believers have freedom to live according to their faith, but they
have to be careful, particularly when including Muslims who have converted
to the Christian faith. Local authorities and the Muslim majority may disturb
church meetings or put believers under pressure. There are also reports of
Christians being physically harmed and homes, or meeting places, attacked.
On the other hand, believers who stood trial in August were exonerated by
the court; they had been accused of “hurting religious sensibility” while
organizing a health camp. Another believer was also exonerated for
distributing Christian literature near a major Muslim gathering in March.
Though the hostile attitude of family, society and government is not so
obvious as in other Muslim countries and the influence of extremist Islam is
low-profile, the outlook for the Christian minority is mixed.
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50. Malaysia
Malaysia increased considerably with 4.5 points, making it again on this
year’s World Watch List. Conversion is only allowed for non-Malay citizens.
For three quarters of society, who are Malay, conversion is therefore illegal. In
five states, it is a criminal offense which can be punished by a fine or even a
jail term. The growing hostility towards believers is probably shown best by
the following two events: Islamic authorities unlawfully entered a church on
August 3, 2011 and harassed guests at a community dinner. At least 20
officers from the central Selangor state’s Islamic Affairs Department and
police entered a Methodist church’s hall without a warrant and took
photographs and videos of a dinner attended by more than 100 people.
According to a statement distributed by Malaysia’s main church
confederation, the officers claimed to have received an unspecified complaint
and recorded details of several Muslims at the dinner. Malaysian law restricts
conversion of Malay Muslims to other religions. This incident resulted in
rumors about a Christian plan to convert the whole country. This was
debated publically and resulted in a rally of 5,000 demonstrators against the
Christian minority. Although this number was far less than the organizers had
expected, the youth organizations of several parties represented in
parliament took part in the demonstrations.
The second event showing the changed attitude towards Christians was the
Prime Minister’s announcement on September 16, 2011 that there was to be
a “comprehensive review” of the Publications and Printing Presses Act.
Shortly afterwards, the Malaysian government announced that Malay-
language Bibles could be printed locally. Idris Jala of the Prime Minister’s
Department promised that there would be no restrictions on Malay-language
Bibles in Sabah and Sarawak states on Borneo. Jala however cautioned that
the books that were imported or printed in the West Coast (Peninsular
Malaysia) must carry the words “Christian publication” and bear the sign of
the cross on its front cover. The statement was seen as a government
compromise to soothe the anger of the Christian community over seized
shipments of Christian literature. This all goes to show that freedom for the
Christian minority is deteriorating. This is also supported by the fact that
there have been more reports of MBBs facing arrests and physical assaults.
All these incidents show that Malay believers face increasing hostility by
government and Islamic fundamentalists while established churches are
under threat.
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Islamic Extremism
the Main Persecutor of
Christians in 2011
The 2012 Open Doors World Watch List (WWL) has a familiar look to it, with
North Korea topping the List for the tenth time in succession as the country
where Christians face the severest persecution. Islamic majority countries are
represented most heavily on the list, however, providing nine of the top ten,
and thirty-eight out of the top fifty. Afghanistan (2), Saudi Arabia (3),
Somalia (4), Iran (5), and the Maldives (6) form a block where indigenous
Christians have almost no freedom to believe at all. For the first time Pakistan
(10) entered the top ten after a tumultuous year when the highest ranking
Christian in the land, Cabinet Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated on
March 2nd, 2011 for his attempts to change the blasphemy law. The rest of
the top ten is comprised of Iraq (9), Yemen (8) and Uzbekistan (7)—the
central Asian republic that fines, raids, and jails unregistered Christians.
The largest risers on the 2012 WWL are three countries—Nigeria (13), up
from 23, Egypt (15) up from 19, and Sudan (16), up from 35. In all three
cases, increased Islamic extremism is the culprit. Nigeria continues to be the
country where the worst atrocities in terms of loss of life occur, with over 300
Christians losing their lives this year, though the true number is thought to be
far higher. Since 2009 over fifty churches and ten pastors have been killed by
an extreme Islamic group called Boko Haram, literally translated as “western
learning is forbidden.” This group became increasingly more violent across
the reporting period. After the election of a Christian President in April,
extremists went on the rampage and slaughtered 170 Christians. Some of
the states in northern Nigeria have adopted sharia law in recent years which
causes greater tension with the local Christians, as they now feel they have a
second class status.
Two countries re-entered the recent WWL—Kazakhstan (45), and Colombia
(47). The huge central Asian republic elevated itself into the WWL thanks
significantly to the passage of an invasive and restrictive religion law, which
requires the re-registration of all religious communities, and will virtually
make youth work illegal and put all religious acts under the eyes of the
government. Unfortunately, Kazakhstan is merely following the path already
trod by its central Asian neighbours. Colombia was virtually a permanent
member of the WWL previously, particularly with the left wing insurgency
movements such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), or
the National Libveration Army (ELN), as well as paramilitary groups targeting
Christian pastors. These movements have branched into narco-trafficking,
and Christian leaders that will not cooperate in the drug trade are targeted
for assassination. Five were killed this year, and it is thought the number
could be as high as twenty.
Despite or perhaps because of these rising trends, the Church of Jesus Christ
in most of the world overcomes. As a pastor in a Gulf state confided, “When
we suffer, we bring a credibility to the gospel that cannot be ignored,
because we show that Christ is worth it, and that is the secret of growth
under persecution.”
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1_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI Islamic Qur'anic). Parable of the two eagles punishment of Zedekiah. Ez 19:5-9 (2R 24:10-20, 25:1-7; 2Chr 36:9-13) Ezekiel 17.1. The word of the LORD came to me in these terms: 2. "Son of man, propound a riddle, and tells a parable unto the house of Israel, and say to them: 3. Thus says the Lord GOD: "A great eagle (YHWH), the large wings, with long feathers, covered with feathers. Than (different colors: namely, every beauty and glory), came to Lebanon (1980 AD, I had 20 years), and off the top: a cedar. (lorenzojhwh: MORE NOBLE BOY). 4. they broke the highest twigs (lorenzojhwh), took him to a country of Commerce (Molfetta, Pontifical Theological Institute)

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2_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI sharia Islamic Qur'anic) and put it: in a city of merchants (Catholic Church: as every other religion). 5. Then he took a spear in the country (lorenzoAllah), and put it: in a field for sowing (the vineyard: the Kingdom of God) placed, it by great waters (the power of the anointing: the Holy Spirit) and planted: as the a willow (with extraordinary fruitfulness of supernatural works). 6. It grew and became: a spreading vine of low plant, so: to have its branches facing eagle (YHWH), and his roots beneath her (right doctrine and grace). So it became: a vine that: made of leaves and put the branches.

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3_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI sharia Islamic Qur'anic) 7. But: there was another great eagle (demon of religion, clericalism, idolatry, Salafis, dogmatic, ideological vision), with large wings, feathers and abundant (but does not have the colorful feathers: is, black bad), and behold: this vine(lorenzojhwh) turned her roots toward her, from the ground: where was planted, outstretched toward the eagle (clerical establishment) its branches: because: it the annaffiasse (1981 AD, I had 21 years). 8. It was planted: in good soil (religion human power), at: abundant waters (institutional power), so: you can put branches, bear fruit: and become: a wonderful life "(the ecclesiastical career) .9 . Say: Thus says the Lord GOD: "Will it thrive?

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4_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI sharia Islamic Qur'anic) The first eagle (YHWH): will no tear perhaps: its roots and: not: will take away: its fruits to the point: that: is dried: and: to dry: all the young leaves: that: put? (started for me, a time of great aridity and desolation inner) Neither, we will need a lot of strength, neither of many people: to tear it from its roots. 10. Behold, it is planted. Prosper? Do not dry up, perhaps: completely: scarcely have touched the east wind? Wither on the ground where it has sprouted. '"[My God, who can satisfy your justice? Thou art a God, really picky!] This is the drying up: sterility, of every religious ministry, in every religious institution in the world [because God, is a jealous God].

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5_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI sharia Islamic Qur'anic) 11. Then the word of the LORD came to me: in these terms: 12. "Thou, then: tell to a rebellious house (against: all religions of the world: fundamentalists, namely, also, against: all the accomplices of the seigniorage banking):" Know ye not, that, what these things mean? " Tell them: "Behold, the king of Babylon (the Pharisees, Rothschild: IMF U.S. 666): He came to Jerusalem (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), she took the king, and the chief, and led them: with itself, Babylon (Baal Peor: FED ECB IMF 666). 13. then took one of royal blood (king of Saudi Arabia), stated: a pact with him, and let him take the oath; have deported as well: the mighty men of the country,

6_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI sharia Islamic Qur'anic) 14. because the kingdom was kept humble without being able to raise, and observe those: the covenant: with him and maintained faithful. 15. But, the new king, he rebelled against him, he sent his ambassadors into Egypt (Arab League: international Islamist their "Muslim brothers") because they might give him horses and many men. He who makes such things will prosper? Will escape? He has broken the covenant by the Islamic empire: and could escape? 16. How true it is, that I live, says the Lord God in the land of the king, that: he had made king, and verse which did not comply with the oath, nor observed the covenant,

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7_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI sharia Islamic Qur'anic) close to him, in the midst of Babylon (NWO), he will die. 17. Pharaoh: Enlightened Illumiinati Rothschild (IMF - NWO, USA), will not go: with: his powerful army: and: many men to help him: the war (against China and Russia), where: will rise ramparts and you build towers to kill many men. 18. He violated: the oath by breaking the covenant, yet, he had given his hand! He did all these things, and shall not escape. "19. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD:" How true, that I live, my oath, that he has violated my covenant, which he broke, I will recompense them to him: on his head.

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8_8. Ezekiel 17 (for destruction, of: NAZI sharia Islamic Qur'anic) 20. Will tend to him: my net: and he shall be taken: in my snare, will deport: Babylon (with: Pharisees Illuminati: inro rthe Hell) and there I will enter into judgment: with him, for the treachery of which he was guilty, to me (for the killing: the alleged heretics (Shia) and the alleged idolaters: ie, innocent Christian martyrs). 21. All fugitives: of his troops: fall by the sword; those: that: will be scattered: to all the winds, you know, that I, the LORD, have spoken. " --ANSWER -- is a real fortune, by: the International Monetary Fund, which desperately needs: to kill billions of people, so that: a new monetary cycle can start again (scientist Giacinto Auriti)