Bishop Majeed holding burnt remnants of the Bible
Islamabad Pakistan, (Shamim Masih):
Rampaging Muslims attacked an Anglican church in Mardan near Peshawar following noon prayers last Friday, during riots against the anti-Mohammed film that has stirred protests throughout Pakistan.
Bishop Peter Mujeed said thousands of people on 21st September broke into a church compound, burnt the church, school books, Bibles and other religious books and artifacts. The mob destroyed 27 homes in the church compound including the houses of two priests and the school head teacher, he added.
Displaced families are living with their friends and relatives now and need your help to restore them, according to Bishop Peter Majeed.
The extremists tried to set the pastor's son (Zeeshan) afire. Items of value to the militants--computers, office equipment, and chairs were stolen and the buildings were set ablaze.
Bishop Majeed said that innocent Pakistani Christians had nothing to do with the production or promotion of the anti-Mohammed film. Most know little about it, yet they are paying the price simply for being Christian in a nation dominated by Islamic extremists -a country where government officials and moderate Muslims fear to talk to protect minority’s rights on their behalf.
The Diocese of Peshawar, where the attack took place, provides education and health services to the local community – Muslim and Christian alike – and provided substantial support to victims of floods and a major earthquake in recent years, regardless of their religious affiliation.
'Where is the media outrage? When a Quran is burned or a film considered blasphemous appears on You Tube, Muslims respond with global riots and protests. But When Christian holy books are destroyed, or a church is burned, there is silence. Where is the Chief Justice of Pakistan?
With respect to the Chief Justice, the bishop mentioned the case of Rinkal Kumari, the Hindu girl kidnapped and forced to marry, and who was brought to the top Pakistani Court. The Chief justice gave reassurances that justice would be done, but in the end the girl was handed over to her so-called husband, said the politician MLA Rameesh Lal.
Bishop Peter Mujeed asks Christians around the world to pray for God’s protection for Pakistani believers. He also requests help to rebuild their church building as early as possible.
Wilson Chowdhry said;
"This heinous act has been undertaken with little response from leaders in the West. Many justifiably rushed to indicate their outrage at the hurt that the film titled "Innocence of Muslim's has caused, few have condemned this attack on a church community. This lack of concern will only serve to continue the reckless impunity with which extremists operate in Pakistan."
In response to this request for help, the BPCA would appreciate any donations towards supporting the Families affected by the looting. The Government has offered £3,000,000 rupees for the restoration and we hope that will come to fruition. If you believe someone you know would be willing to contribute please send this request to them.
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