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November 23, 2005

The Persecuted Church

Recent stories of persecution of Christians...

Weekend Shooting, Machete Attacks Stun Christians

November 21 (Compass) – Indonesian Christians are in shock today as details emerge of two vicious attacks over the weekend on a Christian couple and three teenagers in the town of Palu, Central Sulawesi. Motorbike riders shot a man and woman at close range shortly after they left a church service on Saturday (November 19). Palu is near the town of Poso, where machete and shooting attacks have killed four teenage girls and seriously injured two others in the past month. The victims of Saturday’s shooting were identified as Novlin Pallinggi, 37, and her husband Pudji Laksono, 45. Pallinggi remains in critical condition, while Laksono is stable. In the same town on Friday morning (November 18), two women and one man were attacked with machetes, killing one of the women. Officials have refused to comment on the religious affiliation of the three victims.  more»»

Threat to Burn Christians to Death Defused

November 21 (Compass) – Members of the Believers’ Church in India (BCI) in Himachal Pradesh state met peacefully on Sunday, despite death and arson threats issued by Hindu extremists. On November 4, extremists from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, assaulted the pastor and threatened to burn him and his 60 church members if they failed to take part in a “reconversion” ceremony on November 20. The planned reconversion ceremony was apparently dropped due to police intervention. “About 20 people came for the service. This was lower than usual as some villagers were facing opposition, but at least we were able to meet without incident,” said Ramesh Masih, son of Pastor Feroz Masih.  more»»

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 23, 2005 07:50 AM

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