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Friday, March 11, 2005

Leaving the Family

Conversion in Islam is a one way street. Anyone may convert to Islam but God help (literally) anyone who tries to leave the Islamic family for no faith or another faith. The Hadith makes it quite clear that the punishment for such apostasy is death.

In western democracies such religiously inspired murder is, of course, illegal. Nonetheless, Muslims who convert to Christianity in the west might as well be dead for the violence, harrassment and persecution visited upon them. The authorities, not wanting to provoke community conflict in a post 9/11 era usually advise persecuted Christian converts to move out of the area. However, that solves nothing. The rule of law is eroded and in any case, the persecution invariably starts up again elsewhere. Word gets round.

This hidden suffering is now coming to light. This Times On Line article makes it clear that there are estimated to be 200,000 "apostates" in the UK alone, many of whom experience persecution on a systematic and continual basis. Shockingly, many Christian churches and ministers do not defend them. Either this is because political correctness cows them into submission or there is a naivete around that refuses to believe such things. Well, the truth is out now so the west had better wise up to this before it's too late. Islam is becoming more aggressive and it is no service to democracy, the rule of law and religious freedom to bury one's head in the sand and pretend it's not happening. So a challenge to the police, the courts and local authorities. When are you going to do something about this? To those churches who turn a blind eye ... shame on you.

For more information on the plight of persecuted Christians globally, visit the Barnabas Fund.

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