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Life under sharia January 27, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.

It ain’t beer an’ skittles:

Motivated by fear and better economic prospects, at least 20 Pakistani Christians are converting to Islam each week. In recent weeks, a leading Muslim politician who called for modifications to the nation’s blasphemy law was gunned down, and thousands marched through the street of Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, chanting, “Death to Christians and the friends of Christians.”

“People have no faith in the police or justice system, and the kind of fear that exists now was never there before,” says Peter Jacob, a prominent lay Catholics.

“No one feels safe right now,” adds Nadeem Anthony, a Christian and a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. “People are scared.”

Such is the existence of the “dhimmi,” the second-class status afforded “people of the book”, Jews or Christians, who live under sharia.  While, in some places, dhimmis can pay their tax and obey external islamic requirements – (especially modesty requirements for women) and carry on somewhat in their faith, provided they live it totally privately, in others the volatility prevalent in much of the islamic culture makes them easy targets for persecution.  When the government is dominated by muslim fundamentalists, there is no recourse, no “safety net” to protect the supposed rights of Christians, even as dhimmis.  And so, faced with maintaining their faith, or dying, many choose to convert.  This is how islam converted most all of the Meditteranean littoral in the 600-700s – while nominally, one could persist in Christianity as a dhimmi, in practice, forceful imams or caliphs could raise such persecution that many will fold rather than die a martyr’s death.

It is interesting that Vatican II specifically asked Catholics to live such a devout, vibrant Faith that they would even shed their blood for Christ.  Even with these conversions, that does appear one aspect of the Council that has unfortunately come to pass with distressing (or glorious?) frequency.

Related.  You might consider offering a prayer for Christian communities in the mideast, where the last remnants of a culture 2000 years old is rapidly being extinguished.


1. thewhitelilyblog - January 27, 2011

God bless you for a fair presentation. Yes this is bad. But I would like to point out that to traditional muslims, “religious freedom” means just what it ought to mean to us, just what it meant to the popes prior to Vatican II: the guarantee of the fall of all religion behind a tidal wave of secularism. One of the implications of choosing a religious state over a secular one, is total war with the secular West, which will not rest until every religious state is either destroyed or coopted, as in China. And us Christians are all dying for religious freedom. The Vatican says it and even SSPX says it. And we’re going to keep dying because Islam won’t have it. And they shouldn’t have it. We shouldn’t have it. We got it, but unless we vomit it up we’re going to sicken from the inside and get shot from the outside, and the only thing that could be said of the resulting martyrdom is it’s kissing kin with the protestant martyrs of the Reformation, during those periods when the Church temporarily restored reason. They were very sincere and they were, in their eyes, dying for the faith.

I would like to get around this but I can’t. The most outfront change the Council made is the change from religious tolerance to religious freedom, from the adjective present in the pre-Council schemas, ‘unfortunate separation of Church and State,” to the ‘fortunate separation of Church and State’ after all the voting was counted. Thanks to America. Done with a flick of the wrist, as Dylan said.

The war is not over oil, it’s over everything Islam has, protected and close. It’s over their saner money (or at least their koran-backed desire for a saner, gold-backed, currency) and their markets and their daughters. We are fighting for THAT. And they see Christians as just another wing. Which we are. We are. We cannot avoid or deny it.

I don’t know what to do about it. If I thought going and setting myself on fire in protest AGAINST religious freedom would help, I would. But I’d just be another charred and discarded woman, and my country is full of us already.

tantamergo - January 27, 2011

If there were a Catholic country, a monarchy perhaps, would you want that country to demand that all subjects accept Christianity under pain of a severely secondary status, or even death?

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