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Persecution Unveiled has established this cause to educate people about the persecution of Christians and religious minorities in the US & worldwide. Mission Raising awareness to the growing tide of bigotry and hatred toward Christians around the world has become a burden on those trying to wake up those who cherish religious freedom as a God given right. Persecution Unveiled has been called by God to prick the consciences of this nation and all free people to speak up and act on behalf of those who have no voice. Email

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Iraqi Army Liberates Christian Town As US Defense Secretary Flies In For Talks

Iraqi army tanks gather after the liberation of a village 
from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul.Reuters

By Reuters
Christian Today

The Iraqi army has stormed Qaraqosh, a Christian town under control of Islamic State since 2014, as part of operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq.

The advance took place as US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on a visit to Baghdad to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and assess the campaign that started on Monday with air and ground support from the USled coalition.

A military statement said Iraqi army units entered the centre of Qaraqosh, about 20 kms (13 miles) southeast of Mosul, and were carrying out mop-up operations across the town which was emptied of its population in 2014, when Islamic State swept through the region.

Iraqi special units earlier this week captured Bartella, a Christian village north of Qaraqosh. The offensive on Mosul is expected to become the biggest battle fought in Iraq since the invasion in 2003. Islamic State also controls parts of Syria.

The army is also trying to advance from the south and the east while Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are holding fronts in the east and north.

A Reuters photographer on the southern front saw plumes of smoke rising on Friday from a sulphur factory near that was under the control of Islamic State near the town of Qayyara, filling the air with toxic gasses. It was not clear if the militants set it on fire to cover their retreat or if it was damaged during the fighting.

The army's media office said about 50 villages had been taken from the militants since Monday in operations to prepare the main thrust into the city of Mosul itself, where 5,000 to 6,000 are dug in, according to Iraqi military estimates.
"It's the beginning of the campaign. We do feel positively about how things have started off, particularly with the complicated nature of this operation," said a US official who briefed reporters ahead of Carter's trip to Baghdad.
Report on Liberation of Christian in Mosul continues here 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hundreds Of Christian Refugees Beaten And Sexually Abused In German Refugee Camps

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced extensive criticism within her own
 party for allowing more than a million refugees and migrants in.  Reuters

By Harry Farley
Christian Today

Hundreds of Christian refugees have been beaten and sexually abused in German refugee camps, a report by the persecution charity Open Doors revealed.

A total of 743 Christians and 10 Yazidis were victims of religious motivated attacks in camps between February and September 2016, the report showed, but it warned the figure was the "tip of the iceberg". The report was presented to a press conference in Berlin on Monday and said "religiously motivated attacks occur frequently and nationwide".

It added "a number of unreported cases" must be assumed. Only 17 per cent of refugees affected reported the incidents to the police because they feared their situation would become worse.

Christian refugees faced death threats, sexual assault and violent attacks at the hands of the Muslim-majority cohabitants in the camps. More than half of those affected said the persecution they had received was violent and 44 reported sexual attacks against them.
An overwhelming majority, 83 per cent, said the attacks had happened "several times".
Christian converts were most at risk, the report stressed. "The highest risk in participating in the survey was taken by the converts from Islam to Christianity, according to the Quran their change of faith is considered as a crime worthy of the death penalty, therefore they are explicitly in danger."
Seperate accommodation must be provided for at-risk minorities like Christians and Yazidis, it insisted. "There must be no more 'integration experiments' at the expense of Christian refugees and other religious minorities in German asylum and reception centres."

The survey was conducted by Open Doors, Action on Behalf of Persecuted Christians and the Needy (AVC), International Society for Human Rights (IGFM), Aid to the Church in Need and Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany (ZOCD).

Monday, October 17, 2016

Battle For Mosul Begins - But Will There Be Any Christians Left?

Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul  Reuters

By Harry Farley
Christian Today

The battle for Mosul began early on Monday morning as coalition forces sought to recapture ISIS' last major stronghold in Iraq.

Government troops backed by the US and others launched an air and ground offensive in the biggest operation in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. 

The iconic northern city of Mosul was home to thousands of Iraqi Christians before the ISIS invasion. There are thought to be few, if any, remaining.

The United States predicted Islamic State would suffer "a lasting defeat" as Iraqi forces mounted their operation. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive up to 8,000 Islamic State militants from Mosul, a city of 1.5 million people.

"I announce today the start of the heroic operations to free you from the terror and the oppression of Daesh," Prime Minister Haider Abadi said in a speech on state TV.
"We will meet soon on the ground of Mosul to celebrate liberation and your salvation," he said.

In a statement the commander of the coalition, US Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, said: "This operation to regain control of Iraq's second-largest city will likely continue for weeks, possibly longer."

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it was a "decisive moment" in the effort to defeat ISIS.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tell Chinese Authorities: Release Arrested Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin Now!

By Citizen Go

Chinese authorities have detained and re-located a Roman Catholic Bishop, Peter Shao Zhumin, away from his home diocese, because, following the death of the senior Bishop in his diocese (Bishop Zhu), he (Bishop Shao) was set to be installed as the new, senior Bishop (and, full administrator) of Zhejiang (Wenzhou) - which boasts a Catholic population of 120,000.

What is the "crime" for which Bishop Shao has been detained and taken "on a trip" by police (according to
The answer is that he was appointed as Bishop by the Vatican, and not by the Communist-Party-controlled "Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association", thereby making him a Bishop of the so-called "Underground Church" in the eyes of the authorities.
It is accepted, however, that, even though "unofficial", Bishop Shao had openly served as Co-Adjutor Bishop (i.e., Assistant Bishop) under the late Bishop Zhu, who was part of the "official" Church. This fact was widely known by the authorities for at least 5 years.

Either way, Bishop Shao's detention and exile is a regrettable and retrograde step where religious freedom is concerned! Especially for a country like China, which has, in recent years, made some strides in the right direction.

But, in order to welcome China into the "Developed World" of human rights, the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities- like that suffered among Christian converts in Tibet, or among the Muslim Uighurs - as well as systematic programs which try to erase Christian symbols from the landscape - like the demolition of 1,200 crosses in Zhejiang Province - must end.

And, specifically, in the case of Bishop Shao, China must recognize that the Vatican is the spiritual and juridical headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
As such, Bishop Shao is a licitly appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, and has the right and duty to lead the flock of faithful in the Diocese of Zhejiang (Wenzhou).

Pakistan Steps Up Persecution With Ban On 11 Christian TV Stations

Karachi Prayer Festival organized by 
one of the banned Christian TV channels
Ruth Gledhill
Christian Today

Eleven Christian television stations in Pakistan have been declared illegal in the latest crackdown on Christians in the predominantly Muslim nation.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, a government body, has shut down Christian stations broadcasting in Urdu in an order issued at the end of September.

Ten of the channels are Protestant Christian television stations, and include Isaac TV, Gawahi TV, God Bless TV, Barkat TV, Praise TV, Zindagi TV, Shine TV, Jesus TV, Healing TV and Khushkhabari TV. They had been allowed to broadcast for 17 years.

The authorities have also banned Catholic TV, the diocesan channel in Lahore. "All the Regional Directors General are invited to take the necessary steps to immediately stop the illegal transmission of TV channels in their respective regions," the legal order stipulates.

Father Mushtaq Anjum, a Pakistan monk and priest who specializes in communications and the media, told Agenzia Fides: "The proclamation of the Good News is considered illegal.

"For some years now, with great efforts, Christian communities have organized television networks, cable or web, to talk to Christians and to speak of the Christian faith. Christians have no place in public television channels. We want to understand why they are called illegal. This is another discriminatory law that affects non-Muslims."

Worship at the Cathedral: there are nearly three million Christians
in Pakistan out of a population of more than 190 million.  Reuters

Father Anjam said the order was a serious attack on the freedom to practise a religion as well as on the vision of Pakistan founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who imagined a free as opposed to an Islamic society.  He described the bans as "intimidation".
Story of Christian persecution in Pakistan contunues 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Aleppo Has Become A 'Living Hell' Warns Christian Leader In Syria

By Ruth Gledhill
Christian Today

Aleppo has become a "living hell" according to one of the most senior Christian leaders still in the besieged city in Syria.

Mgr Georges Abou Khazen, Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo, called for an instant ceasefire.
Speaking in the wake of the deaths of yet more children this week and last week in the relentless airstrikes, Khazen said: "Aleppo is now a living hell - a hell that touches everyone, east and west, full of death and destruction, refugees and lack of electricity and water, families who touch pain with their hands on a daily basis".

He said world powers must take responsibility and make "the logic of peace" a priority.

The latest deaths came in an airstrike which devastated a school in the predominantly Christian district of al-Sulaymaniyah. According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, the school was targeted in a "terrorist" attack, the term the regime uses for rebels.

Air strikes targeting rebel-held districts of Aleppo also intensified after a lull of several days which the Syrian army said was designed to allow civilians to leave.
Khazen told Asia News: "We do not want all these deaths, this destruction. Everyone here is suffering. Families in both east and west continue to count and mourn their dead."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Faith Leaders Show Solidarity for Religious Freedom

Faith Leaders Call on Government Officials 
to Renounce Biased Claims in Religious Liberty Report

by Gretchen R. Crowe
Our Sunday Visitor Weekly

In a sign of solidarity, 17 interfaith leaders in a letter called on President Barack Obama, Senate President pro tempore Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to “renounce publicly the claim that ‘religious freedom’ and ‘religious liberty’ are ‘code words’ or a ‘pretext’ for various forms of discrimination.”

The assertions had been put forth in a report issued last month by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which also claimed that “religion is being used as both a weapon and a shield by those seeking to deny others equality.”

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Cardinal: Islam Wants to Conquer the World, and the West Is Letting It

'The ultimate goal of Islam is world conquest and the “supine”
West is only helping it achieve that aim,' Cardinal  Raymond Burke 

by Nick Hallett

Speaking in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Cardinal Raymond Burke accused Westerners of being too weak to acknowledge the incompatibility of Christianity and Islam.

“It is clear that Muslims have as their ultimate goal conquest and power over the world,” the American cardinal said. “Islam, through sharia, their law, will rule the world and permit violence against infidels, such as Christians. But we find it hard to recognise this reality and to respond by defending the Christian faith.”

“Many people do not understand what Islam really is,” he added. “They create these slogans: we all believe in the same God, we are all united by love and so on. It’s not true.”

He also said that modern Christians are often unwilling to proclaim their beliefs, and should not be afraid to convert people of other faiths.

“Christians have neglected a fundamental truth: there is only one Saviour of the world: Jesus Christ. We must not proselytize, imposing Christianity, but if we believe in Jesus it is our duty to bear witness.

Continue reading Cardinal Burke's remarks here 

Bloggers Note: God bless Cardinal Burke and the few who speak out against islam.  He is correct in that we don't worship the same God.  Christians and Jews worship the one true God; whereas, muslims worship a false god, one created by a self-proclaimed prophet, a war-lord, who used this made up religion to justify the pillage of Christian lands and the rape and murder of Christians and Jews who lived there.  

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Iraqi Archbishop: 'In The Midst Of All This Violence, Jesus Is Needed'

The Archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Warda has
appealed for Christians to stay in the Middle East

By James Mcintyre
Christian Today

An archbishop in Iraq has appealed for Christians to stay in the Middle East, saying that they have "no choice" but to help bring about peace to the troubled region.

Bar Warda, the Catholic Chaldean archbishop of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, said that the Church must play a role in "rebuilding the future", providing jobs for communities and helping people to preserve their dignity.

Archbishop Warda, who is opening the Catholic University of Erbil, told the National Review

"The Middle East needs Jesus. Christians need to stay. And not just to stay, but to live in a dignified way, and to be able to preach and to give Jesus. In the midst of all this violence, Jesus is needed."
"A violent, troubled Middle East needs mercy. Jesus is mercy...Most of the communities that you have here — they came running from violence, from persecution, looking for a better life...Enough of wars, enough of violence, enough of all these atrocities. We have to help people live a peaceful life. There's no other choice."
Of the university, the archbishop added: "It's a sign of strength. When people would destroy your churches and your monastery and try to destroy you, you have to come up with a clear message, not just in words that we are here and this is the future. It's not just we are here, but we also have something strong here."

He said that Christians and the Church must not accept "victim status" in the region. "I would like that the Church would have a role in rebuilding the future," he said. "I don't like to see our people marginalized. Being a victim is a sad story, but to accept this status that you are a victim is a tragedy. So you have to encourage people to really speak and act and to take an action, provide also some decent jobs for our community."

Many Christians stuck in refugee camps in Erbil feel abandoned by Christians in the West, according to a report published this month by Aid to the Church in Need.  Already there are more than 1.4 million displaced people in refugee camps in northern Iraq.
Around 125,000 Christians were forced from their homes when ISIS launched its offensive in northern Iraq in 2014. The attack, which left Christians with the choice of converting to Islam under threat of death or fleeing, first hit predominantly Christian Mosul in June that year, and then two months later came to surrounding towns in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

12,587 Syrian Refugees Admitted in FY 2016: 12,486 Muslims, 68 Christians, 24 Yazidis

By Patrick Goodenough
CNS News

The administration admitted a total of 12,587 Syrian refugees during the just-ended fiscal year, exceeding the target President Obama declared last fall by 2,587 (20.5 percent).

Of the 12,587, the vast majority are Sunni Muslims – 12,363 (98.2 percent) – while another 103 are identified in State Department Refugee Processing Center data simply as Muslims and a further 20 as Shi’a Muslims.
Sixty-eight of the 12,587 Syrian refugees (0.5 percent) are Christians. They comprise 16 Catholics, eight Orthodox, five Protestants, four Jehovah’s Witnesses, one Greek Orthodox, and 34 refugees self-identified simply as Christians.
The remainder of the Syrian refugees resettled in the U.S. in FY 2016 are 24 Yazidis, eight refugees with religion given as “other,” and one with “no religion.”

The final month of the fiscal year followed the pattern of previous ones: 1,847 Syrian refugees were admitted, of whom 1,812 were Sunnis, 13 were other Muslims, 12 were Christians, seven were Yazidis, and three were “other” religion.

Throughout the year, the numbers of Christians and other religious minorities among the Syrians granted refugee status in the U.S. were dwarfed by those of Sunni Muslims.

Although the majority of Syrians are Sunnis, the number of Sunnis among the refugees was still disproportionately high, and the number of Christians disproportionately low, when compared to the overall population makeup.
When the conflict began in 2011, an estimated 10 percent of the Syrian population (1.5-1.7 million) was Christian and 74 percent was Sunni Muslim.
In contrast, Christians accounted for just half of one percent of the refugees resettled in the United States in FY 2016, while Sunnis accounted for 98.2 percent.
All segments of the Syrian population are affected by the devastating civil war, which has witnessed grave atrocities by minorities waged by the Sunni jihadists as well as sectarian-fueled bloodshed involving Sunnis, Shi’a (including Iranian and Hezbollah elements) and adherents of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect.

Estimates of the number of Christians who have fled their homeland vary, but the European Parliament this year said at least 700,000 had done so, while a Chaldean Catholic bishop from Aleppo last March put the figure at at least one million. The United Nations reports that 4,806,702 million Syrians are registered as “persons of concern” in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and North Africa. It does not give a denominational breakdown.
The U.S. government administration has determined that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) against religious minorities in areas under its amount to genocide.

CNS News article continues