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NIGERIA: Muslim hacks daughter to death with machete for converting to Christianity
By Robert Spencer
March 8, 2014
Muhammad commanded: Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him" (Bukhari 9.84.57). This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi'ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: "The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-'ashriyyah, Al-Ja'fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed." There is only disagreement over whether the law applies only to men, or to women also - some authorities hold that apostate women should not be killed, but only imprisoned in their houses until death.
Syrian Christians sign treaty of submission to Islamists
Threatened by al-Qaeda-affiliated extremists, community in northern city of Raqqa chooses 'dhimmitude' over conversion or death
BY ELHANAN MILLER
February 27, 2014
Christian leaders in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, captured by an organization formerly affiliated with al-Qaeda, have signed a submission document this week banning them from practicing Christianity in public in return for protection by their Islamist rulers.
The document, dated Sunday and disseminated through Islamist Twitter accounts, states that the Christian community in the province of Raqqa, captured last March by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), was recently given three options: to convert to Islam; to remain Christian but pledge submission to Islam; or to "face the sword." They opted for the second of those choices, known as dhimmitude.
Earlier this month, al-Qaeda's central command distanced itself from ISIS, saying it was "not a branch of al-Qaeda."
Going Global: House Hearing Documents Worldwide Persecution of Christians
by Andrew E. Harrod
February 18, 2104
Persecution of Christians is the "premier human rights issue of the early 21st century, as well as the most untold story about global Christianity in our time," Boston Globe reporter John Allen stated in prepared remarks on February 11, 2014. Addressing a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing, Allen and other panelists ominously delineated Christianity's threatened state around the world.
"[I]t is absolutely the case that Christianity is the most widely persecuted religion in the world today," observed the submission from human rights advocate Benedict Rogers of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The Pew Forum cited by Allen, for example, found for Christians in the years 2006-2010 "some form of harassment, either de jure or de facto, in 139 countries" or two-thirds of all nations, "the largest total for any religious group." Christians, meanwhile, were the only religious community at risk in all 16 of the worst religious freedom countries identified by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Terrorist attacks on Christians worldwide also jumped 139% in the years 2003-2011 according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
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