Pakistan: some Christians denied aid unless they convert to Islam
September 06, 2010
The head of an organization that combats anti-Christian persecution charges that some Pakistani Christian families are being denied flood aid unless they convert to Islam.
“Some Christian refugees are openly denied aid, while others are told to leave or convert to Islam,” said Carl Moeller, president and CEO of Open Doors USA. “You can imagine that terrible choice: either you abandon your faith or you cannot feed your child.”
The Fides news agency has collected testimony from several Christians who have been denied aid:
A Pakistani bishop said that the Church, in contrast, does not discriminate in assisting the victims of the worst flooding in the nation’s history.
“The tireless work of Caritas continues in all directions, in every diocese and without discrimination on the recipients,” said Bishop Max John Rodrigues of Hyderabad. “In the diocese, we help everyone. Many religious and Catholic volunteers are working in the area. I see a lot of solidarity: Muslims, Christians, and Hindus are united in suffering.
“As far as the aid brought by Islamic charity groups, they defend themselves by saying that according to their doctrine, the money from the zakhat (Islamic alms) should go only to Muslims,” he added. “We should keep in mind that in this country there is a general discrimination against minorities and the poorest workers. It is a widespread mentality which can also affect this tragedy. The fact that the rich are better off than the poor, having saved their own land, is a serious matter which the government must address.”
- Discrimination in aid: incidents and testimonies (Fides)
- Terrorism will not stop humanitarian aid distribution (Fides)
Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 -
Sep. 06, 2010 7:48 PM ET USA
Why am I not surprised? Every day, I have to read yet another headline about our inter-religious dialogue partner who simply isn't willing to play by the rules of decent, civilized humanity. When will the Vatican finally realize that you can't keep sucking up to the religion of peace and expect them to treat us fairly?
Posted by: deacon2476427 -
Sep. 06, 2010 7:26 PM ET USA
We need to storm the human rights agencys and our government to speak out against this travestry.