Posted on June 15, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

This happened in Pakistan, but the threat is real throughout the world.  This poor 28-year old Christian student was tortured and put to death because he didn’t want to convert to Islam.  He was caught in a conpromising position with his girlfriend and her brothers strong-armed him into converting, which he refused to do.  There is a reason why the Muslim population has exploded here in the United States.  I would think that it has a lot to do with the radical Muslims in the Middle East.  The reason there are 97% Muslims in Pakistan is probably not because they want to convert, but because they are forced  into it.  Sort of like an "If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em" pact.  Not all Muslims are radical, and this we all know, but there is a growing number of Muslim terrorists that infiltrate into the U.S. and are bent on killing Americans, and we should not be taken to task when we are wary of some Muslims because there is a potential that they would want to do us harm.  There are some Muslims in my own neighborhood, and we talk from time to time.  I don’t go charging after them with a machete or hide from them when they past by our home.  That’s insane, but I am wary of when new people move into our neighborhood.  I keep both eyes open, and all senses sharp.  I have an equal opportunity wariness…I don’t care if you’re white, black, purple or blue, I will be aware of your presence no matter who you are.
I can’t help thinking about how when Obama addressed the Muslims here while on the campaign trail, his staff treated Muslims very differently before and after his presidency…
Remember when Shimaa Abdelfadeel and Hebba Aref, the two Muslim women who were asked not to sit where they could be photographed behind Obama because they were wearing traditional religious head coverings?  I remember that Obama went into overdrive to squash this story from going down the wrong path.  Even back then, I knew it was for "show".  Like I’ve said before, he only cares about himself and the way he is perceived by others, hiding all truths.  I will not apologize for thinking the way I do about Obama.  I don’t call him by that "p" word because he hasn’t earned the title as far as I’m concerned.  He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and you can chastise me and call me any name in the book.  It will not change my mind, any more than these Islam extremists who beat this Christian man senseless, then killing him.  They did not change his opinion either. 
Remember when Obama was on the campaign trail denouncing the stories that he was a Muslim, like there was something wrong with it.  He was even offended when people referred to him by his initials "BHO" because he considered the use of his middle name, "Hussein," an attempt to frighten voters.  Back then, Obama and his campaign did everything they could to emphasize his Christianity and de-emphasize the fact that his father was born Muslim like it was a dirty word.  His comments at a Boca Raton, FL town hall meeting last on May 22, 2008: "My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell, and I didn’t know him," he said.  Of course, he’s saying he didn’t know him.  There was too much controversy surrounding Obama then, but he did write a book about him!  What about his illegal immigrant half-aunt who was living off the taxpayers in Boston, taking the apartment from an American-born family who needed it?  Obama says he didn’t know her either.  Of course, now he’s saying to the Muslims out there that he was surrounded by Muslims, an about face from his campaigning days when in September 2008, he told a PA crowd, "I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate and I just want to be honest with you.  I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what?  The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington.  You know, he’s got a funny name.  You know, we’re not sure about him.’  And that’s what the Republicans when they say this isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities, what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack.  So we’re going to say that, you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections.’…Just making stuff up."  Hmmm…"Just making stuff up, huh???

Back then, the campaign’s "Fight the Smears" site addressed Obama’s faith with this statement, being very careful not to mention his father’s religion:  "Barack Obama is a committed Christian.  He was sworn into the Senate on his family Bible.  He has regularly attended church with his wife and daughters for years.  But shameful, shadowy attackers have been lying about Barack’s religion, claiming he is a Muslim instead of a committed Christian.  When people fabricate stories about someone’s faith to denigrate them politically, that’s an attack on people of all faiths.  Make sure everyone you know is aware of this deception."

Even the media and the Obama camp pressured John McCain to apologize for using the name "Hussein", which I thought was INSANE!  The only thing I’m consistently aware of is Obama’s deception and how everything in his administration is transparent except when it comes to his own background.  When someone has to constantly advertise something about themselves, it is a measure they take to cover the truth.  Seems to me that the people you have to be most careful of are the ones who hide behind their faith.  How things have changed since Obama bought his way into the White House.  Now with the threat of rumors behind him, the Obama administration can now be more forthcoming about Obama’s roots when it suits his particular purposes.  In his April 6th address to the Turkish Parliament, Obama referenced how many "Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country.  I know, because I am one of them." 
Yes, Obama is right; he is, indeed, one of them.  Now I’m wondering if Obama will address the Muslim radicals who performed this vicious act upon a fell Christian by extending an olive branch with some finger-pointing and words of disapproval of their actions or will he call it as he sees it…religious terrorists who should not receive any mercy, and be punished to the fullest extent of the law…

Christian Man Raped, Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam, Family Says
Saturday , June 13, 2009
By Nora Zimmett


A young Christian man was raped and brutally murdered in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam, and police are doing nothing about it, the victim’s brother and minister told

Pakistani police reportedly found the body of Tariq "Litto" Mashi Ghauri — a 28-year-old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan — lying dead in a canal outside a rural village in Punjab Province on May 15. He had been raped and stabbed at least five times.

"They have sexually abuse him, torture him with a knife on his testicle and genitals," Ghauri’s brother, 24-year-old Salman Nabil Ghauri, said. "They have tortured him very badly, and after that they have stabbed five times with a knife and killed him."

The family believes Litto Ghauri was murdered by the brothers of his Muslim girlfriend, Shazi Cheema, after they found him in a compromising sexual position with their sister.

The Rev. Haroon Bhatti, a Christian clergyman in the village and a friend of the Ghauri family, said Cheema’s three brothers came to Litto Ghauri’s house on May 11 and gave him an ultimatum: Marry their sister and convert to Islam.

Ghauri agreed to the marriage but refused to accept Islam, and the brothers kidnapped him at gunpoint and drove him to a remote farmhouse, where they tortured and murdered him, the minister said.

"On that farmhouse — four days there — we all, Christians and family, were searching for him," the Rev. Bhatti said. "I was with him. I was searching for him."

After police discovered the body, Ghauri’s death was declared a homicide and the family filed paperwork with the Atta Shaheed police station in their small village, Adda 44SB. But Ghauri’s brother said police still have not arrested the alleged killers and have refused to meet with his family.

"They don’t want to meet us, and the three of them who are murderers are outside," Salman Nabil Ghauri told "They are free. Nothing is happening to them. No investigation is running."

The Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., told that they knew nothing of the incident but were looking into it.

But one embassy official questioned the truth of the report.

"On the face of it, this appears to be exaggerated," said the Pakistani official who asked not to be named. "This does not happen over there."

The official said that minorities are very well represented in the Pakistani Parliament, and if someone in fact were murdered for not converting to Islam, "it would have been reported hugely."

The embassy official added, "if an incident of that nature happened over there, there would have to be an investigation."

Yet human rights watchdog groups say that what happened to Litto Ghauri is not uncommon because Christians in Pakistan are looked upon as the dregs of society. Pakistan’s population is 97 percent Muslim, and Christians are only a very small part of the remaining 3 percent.

"What the Muslim society has done in Pakistan is just associate low caste with being Christian," said Jeremy Sewall, Advocacy Director of the International Christian Concern, which first reported the killing. "Many of these people, they clean human waste and that’s their job, and that’s what Christians are known for in Pakistan."

The Rev. Bhatti says that radical Muslims frequently try to trap Christian men into converting to Islam by using a woman as bait — and Ghauri suspects the involvement of his dead brother’s girlfriend in trying to entrap him.

"It’s common to offer things — money, women — to Christians to convert," Bhatti said.

Pakistan is one of the most hostile countries in the world for minority religions. The country still has blasphemy laws on the books that forbid saying or writing anything against Islam or the Koran. Punishment can include death.

"You basically have a situation where people can kind of act with impunity in the public," said Paula Schriefer, advocacy director at Freedom House, a human rights group. "They use these laws to sort of settle scores … or, in situations like this, actually engage in kind of forced conversions."

The U.S. State Department’s 2008 International Religious Freedom Report on Pakistan says, "Government policies do not afford equal protection to members of majority and minority religious groups."

The Ministry of Religious Affairs, which is supposed to protect religious freedom, has a verse from the Koran on its masthead, the report said: "Islam is the only religion acceptable to God."

While the U.S. government has provided millions of dollars in public outreach programs to help teach religious tolerance in Pakistan, human rights watchers say it’s not sufficient.

"There’s probably not enough that the U.S. government is doing to really talk about this issue because it’s such an important issue in Pakistan because faith is so important to them," said Sewall.

The small Christian community is hoping that Ghauri’s death will bring attention to the plight of minority religious groups in Pakistan.

"Several incidents of Christian persecution go unnoticed in Pakistan because they occur in the furthest parts of Pakistan," the Rev. Bhatti said. "This is Pakistan — predominantly Muslim. So they’re the rulers. They rule us."

For Christian families like the Ghauris, living in a remote village in Pakistan, options are few. Because of their poverty they can neither leave nor help secure their own safety.

"We have very little family," said Salman Nabil Ghauri, whose mother died years ago and whose father worked as a day laborer until the killing. "My father was a daily worker. Now he is earning nothing. He is fully mad now. He cannot understand anything — he is still in the shock of death.

"My elder son is dead, and I am only one person. Where can I run? I cannot start my studies or run after my case. What should I do?"




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