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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rachel, weeping for her children

From religious freedom fighter Paul Marshall, something for Christians to remember, besides their “wish list” for Santa:
One of the most ignored stories of 2010 has been the campaign by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab militia in Somalia to kill all Somali Christians on the grounds that they are apostates. They have even beheaded Christians’ children. In one of the latest incidents, 17-year-old girl Nurta Mohamed Farah fled her village of Bardher in the Gedo Region after her parents shackled her to a tree and tortured her for leaving Islam. She went to the Galgadud Region to live with relatives, but shortly after, she was shot in the head and the chest and died.

Not content with killing people, on December 16, al-Shabab destroyed a Christian library they found in a derelict farm in the Luuq district — Christians often bury their Bibles and other books to escape detection. International Christian Concern reports that al-Shabab brought Bibles, Christian books, and audio/video materials to the city center and burned them after noon prayers.
These stories are ignored, unfortunately, because so few Christians care about religious freedom as a civil right to make responsible decisions about things that should not concern the state. Unfortunately, too many are wrapped up in their own right to do as they please - a different matter.

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