Swiss Marinet Ban Threatens Christians In Muslim Countries--report

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 | Tag Cloud

By Worthy News Chief International Correspondent Stefan J. Bos

CAIRO/LAHORE (Worthy News)-- An aid and advocacy group has warned that a recent decision by Swiss voters to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland is having ramifications for already persecuted Christians in several Muslim-majority countries.

"In Egypt there has been a huge outcry against the Swiss decision, which concerned only minarets, not mosques themselves," said Barnabas Fund in its latest 'prayer focus' report seen by Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife, Tuesday, January 5.

It said the protests come at a time when Egypt is already a country where "it is normally extremely difficult for Christians to get permission to build new churches or even repair the existing ones."

Barnabas Fund said, "Christians are forced to travel long distances to worship or must meet in secret in their homes due to an insufficient number of church buildings. Furthermore, recent months have seen a spate of attacks on church buildings."


The group also mentioned Turkey, which is seeking membership of the European Union, as one of the nations where churches have been threatened since the Swiss referendum in November.

"In Turkey, on December 4, 2009, the leader of a church with a bell tower was approached by three people who threatened him saying 'Switzerland is banning minarets and we will ban bell towers to you' and 'You will demolish the bell tower by next Friday'," Barnabas Fund said in comments seen by BosNewsLife Tuesday, January 4.

Police have reportedly stepped up security around the church but Barnabas Fund cautioned this may not be enough. "A recent survey in Turkey has found that nearly 40 percent of the population has negative views of Christians," the group said.

Additionally "Over 50 percent of those surveyed said non-Muslims should not be allowed to hold open meetings where they can discuss their ideas and should not be allowed to publish literature that describes their faith."


Further away in Asia, tensions have also risen in Pakistan, where minority Christians have been under pressure.

The leader of Pakistan's influential Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) party, Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi, condemned the Swiss government for allowing the vote and said it was "mandatory upon all Islamic countries to unanimously confront challenges [threatening] Islam."

Speaking to parliamentarians at his residence in Gujarat city last week, he said churches with long towers had been able to function in several Muslim nations, but that it was now time the government adopted measures to "protect the Islamic ideology".

But Barnabas Fund suggested there has been selective criticism from Muslim leaders. "While Muslim leaders are criticizing the Swiss vote to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland, Christians in some Muslim-majority countries face severe restrictions on the building and repair of churches."


In nations "such as Saudi Arabia and the Maldives there are no church buildings at all [and] in a number of other countries there are church buildings for foreigners but none for the indigenous Christians themselves," Barnabas Fund added.

The group said it had also monitored "various Islamist terrorist Internet forums in December 2009" which underscored its concerns that Christians will face more difficulties in 2010.

Non-Muslims in Switzerland are also on the list to be targeted, Barnabas Fund suggested.

It referred to one Internet comment that reportedly said: "Switzerland is a fragile country which has always kept away from the conflict arena...But now [it] is like other heretic countries in Europe and is placing itself at the top of the list of the sheep to be slaughtered by the Mujahideen". (With additional reporting by Worthy News' Jawad Mazhar in Lahore, Pakistan).

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4 thoughts on “Swiss Marinet Ban Threatens Christians In Muslim Countries--report”

  1. I wonder is this the LORDS way of getting our attention to love those who do not love us..... more and more and more.

  2. Praying!

    "The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation."
    2 Samuel 22:47

    I Love You LORD

    "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."
    1 Corinthians 12:3

    I Love You

    "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
    Hebrews 12:2

  3. To be honest, considering all the attacks that Christians via the US, UK and other western countries have done in the Muslim world, I am really surprised at how rarely Christians are attacked in the Muslim world. We see Judeo-Christian America bombing and raping the Muslim Middle East of its resources, it mocking their religioin, torturing Muslim men and raping their women, sending in fanatical missionaries to wipe out the Islamic religion. Also, look at the conflict between Jews and Muslims, where Christians are always taking the side of the Jews no matter how much they brutalize the defenceless Palestinians.

    Where are Christians condemning these attacks or those innocent Pakistanis killed by US drone attacks without trial or admission?

    Christians can't support bombing of Muslim nations and peoples and then demand Muslims to accept them. It is a two-way street!!!

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