In 1975, Leo Rosten published his Religions of America, an exhaustive compilation of statistical information on every major and
minor group of believers in the country. In retrospect, it may seem surprising that the book contained no discussion of Islam. But this was not an oversight; for at the time Muslims in America were a statistically insignificant minority, numbering fewer than one thousand individuals.
By contrast, Islam is today the second-largest and fastest growing religion in America, with more than six million adherents.
By Jeremy Reynalds
Sister Agnes-Miriam de la Croix
Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists.
The nun, Sister Agnes-Miriam de la Croix, said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits, according to the Daily Mail.
By Elizabeth Kendal
In Gaza, local Christians are claiming that two members of their community, Ramez al-Amash (24) and Hiba Abu Dawoud (32), were kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam.
According to Gaza’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Alexious, when Ramez al-Amash disappeared his parents filed a police complaint, but the police ignored it after learning that the mastermind behind the alleged kidnapping was a senior cleric identified with Hamas. Christians are blaming Salem Salama, chairman of the Palestine Scholars Association.
By Jonathan Racho
A Ugandan pastor, who was the victim of an acid attack by Muslims, told International Christian Concern (ICC) that he doesn’t hate his Muslim attackers and wants them to believe in Jesus Christ.
“My message to my attackers is simple; I hold no grudge against them. They wished me death but I wish them life today and forever in Christ Jesus our Lord,” said Pastor Umar Mulinde in his statement to ICC.
By Jeremy Reynalds
Sir Magdi Yacoub
A charitable medical center that performs free heart operations on children in Egypt is under threat from radical Muslims, who want it closed down because it was founded by a Christian surgeon.
According to a news release from Barnabas Aid, the center in Aswan city was established by the world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub, an Egyptian Christian who emigrated to Britain in 1962. His charitable organization covers all the center’s costs, and operations are performed free of charge on both Christian and Muslim children alike.
By Mark Ellis
As a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard he witnessed unspeakable torture that caused him to question his faith in Islam and Iran’s government. As an ex-CIA spy who escaped to the U.S., his knowledge of the mindset of Iran’s current leadership leaves him deeply troubled.
“Iran’s leaders believe they can facilitate the coming of the last Islamic messiah,” says Reza Khalili, a pseudonym taken by the ex-spy for safety reasons. “They believe the centuries old Hadith predicts this and that the time is close.”
By Mark Ellis
Reza Khalili in disguise
As a member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard he witnessed horrific acts that caused him to question his faith in Islam and the regime he served. After he became a CIA spy and later escaped to the West, he found a new revolutionary to follow who offered a love that overwhelmed his soul.
‘Who killed my daughter?’
By Michael Ireland
Gelareh Bagherzadeh was an Iranian-born woman, newly converted to Christianity. She volunteered as a Persian-language translator at church and was about to graduate from university and had already found a job.
For five months, ever since Bagherzadeh, 30, was found in mid-January slumped over the steering wheel of her Nissan Altima steps from her home with a single gunshot wound to the head, family, friends and police have been asking why someone would want to kill her, according to www.mohabatnews.com .
By Peter Wooding
Nohad Halawi (Photo: The Telegraph/Paul Grover)
A Christian worker at London’s Heathrow Airport was dismissed after she stood up for a colleague who was bullied and harassed by Islamic fundamentalists.
Despite working at “World Duty Free” in Terminal 3 for 13 years, Nohad Halawi was fired following un-substantiated complaints by five Muslims about her conduct. Mrs Halawi had persistently complained to management over personal religious abuse and harassment from Islamic staff, who even mocked her about “shitty Jesus,” according to the Christian Legal Centre.