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Pakistan: threats prompt hundreds of Christians to embrace Islam

Catholic World News - March 16, 2011

Hundreds of Christians in Pakistan are renouncing the faith to embrace Islam, thus avoiding the threats, intimidation, and bias suffered by the nation's political minority.

An AsiaNews report finds that in one area around Lahore, about 700 Christians converted to Islam in each of the past two years. Although it is impossible to know how many conversions were prompted by threats and fears, human-rights activists note that it is not rare for young Christian women to be kidnapped, married to Muslim men, and forcibly converted.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 17, 2011 10:41 PM ET USA

    The poor Christians are stuck now, death awaits anyone who wants to leave this "religion of love". They have saved their lives but have to live this lie permanently.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Mar. 16, 2011 9:06 PM ET USA

    In Muslim lands there are only two choices: renounce Christ and the Church and follow the false prophet Mohammed or shed your blood for the Faith. As Islam makes inroads on a naive and decadent Western world that doesn't see the danger we can watch what happens in Pakistan as a prelude to the choices we will--if things don't change--have to face in the coming century. These folks need our prayers to remain faithful unto death, a death that is the result of being Christian in the land of infidels

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