Pakistan’s worst-ever attack on beleaguered Christians prompts warning by bishop for Christians to leave the country

Pakistani Christians mourn 85 killed in suicide bombings at Peshawar church. Attacks on Christians in Muslim countries are rising.
September 24, 2013 PAKISTAN - With its Mughalesque features, gleaming white dome and minaret-like towers, the All Saints’ church in Peshawar has been a symbol of interfaith harmony ever since it was built in 1883. As in a mosque, worshippers remove their shoes before entering the historic building, where biblical quotations are emblazoned on the walls in English, Hebrew and Persian scripts. Some of the congregation was bare-footed, as they filed out of the Anglican church on Sunday morning straight into the blast zone of one of two suicide bombers from a Taliban faction that has vowed to kill non-Muslims until the U.S. cancels its lethal drone strikes in the country. A day later and a blood-soaked jumble of shoes still lies in a pile on the right-hand side of the tall wooden doors where female worshippers usually congregate. According to a tally based on information from local officials, 85 people were killed and more than 100 injured, although one doctor who arrived at the scene moments after the blast believes that even more died but their bodies were recovered by relatives before they could be accounted for. Whatever the number, it was Pakistan’s worst attack on Christians, sparking impassioned, country-wide protests. Christians are a tiny and politically weak minority in Muslim-majority Pakistan who suffer from prejudice and sporadic bouts of mob violence. But Sunday was the first time that bombs had been used to such deadly effect on worshippers. It bore the hallmarks of similar attacks by sectarian terror groups whose attacks have caused huge casualties among Shia communities. And Sunday’s atrocity was claimed by the Jundullah branch of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a group that has orchestrated attacks against Shias. On Monday, the TTP’s main spokesman denied any involvement. 
Tragedy and grief: In the streets and lanes of Peshawar’s old city, where All Saints’ is located a short distance from one of the historic gates of the city walls, all of the tightly-knit Christian community knows or is related to one of the dead. “He had made a promise to God that when he got better he would go to church,” said Joel Fakhar, the 20-year-old son of a man called Khalid who returned to the church after months of serious illness had kept him away. Their 52-year-old father had been looking forward to it, particularly the period after the service when the congregation spills out into the enclosed courtyard to chat. “He was looking forward to seeing his friends,” said Joel. On Monday the bodies had all been removed from the area where hundreds of worshippers milled around in the moments before the blasts, but dark, blood-soaked patches remained. The walls of the church and surrounding buildings were pockmarked by shrapnel, the windows blown in. “It’s not safe for Christians in this country,” said Mano Rumalshah, the bishop emeritus of Peshawar, who was standing in the courtyard, comforting sobbing parishioners who clasped his white robes. “Everyone is ignoring the growing danger to Christians in Muslim-majority countries. The European countries don’t give a damn about us.” Others echoed the bishop’s warning, saying that Christians would only be safe if they left Pakistan. But others vowed to remain and show they were not afraid. On Sunday the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, said during a visit to London that the government would be “unable to proceed further” with talks following the Peshawar attack. –Guardian
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12 Responses to Pakistan’s worst-ever attack on beleaguered Christians prompts warning by bishop for Christians to leave the country

  1. Emma says:

    God works in mysterious ways?
    Preliminary Earthquake Report M7.8 – PAKISTAN
    Magnitude 7.8 Date-Time 24 Sep 2013 11:29:48 UTC

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  2. Thoughtwrite says:

    Prophecy for the last days..

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  3. Deirdre says:

    This was absolutely heartbreaking. My sarcastic question to the bishop is, “Are you going to supply the money it will take to get these Christians out of there?” While the Institutional church builds huge buildings and fancy basketball courts and flies around in private jets, the poor Christians are attacked and raped and murdered. Don’t think for one second that FATHER is not weighing everything! We ought to be very fearful of our response or lack there of….

    Deirdre

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  4. Sheri Flynn says:

    Interesting that a very large earthquake just struck Pakistan. Revenge is God’s alone.

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  5. JT says:

    85 people killed and 100 injured because of utter stupidity and hatred of something different. Regard and respect for human life bypasses all religious belief, otherwise its simply politics and an excuse to kill and “bring attention to us”
    In the eyes of any higher power, this is murder, and it’s only instigation is hatred of those who disagree with “our beliefs” This has been going on since time began for humans. Tit for tat.
    Nothing ever changes, except the lives of innocent people and their families, who have to deal with the loss of those they loved.

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  6. Dennis E. says:

    Absolutely agree with Deirdre. I have read that since the Arab Spring in Egypt over 100,000 Coptic Christians have left and relocated to America. There seems to be an Egyptian Coptic Base already here in the States. I read that many were in the North East and out in California.
    I also read that in New Jersey earlier this year, a Muslim killed two Coptic Christians, cut their hands and feet from their bodies and was eventually caught driving one of the victims car and had possession of one of the victims watches I believe, because he, believed he had the right to possess the property. America, wake up, it is coming here. If these Pakistanis were armed, the death toll would have been much lower if any.
    Most did not hear about the 30 Catholics burned to death in Nigeria over 6 months ago.
    There is a web site, Voice of the Martyrs that lends assistance to Christian families overseas.
    I believe we are on the verge of a serious religious war.

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    • Hopeful1 says:

      Dennis, While I am a gun rights supporter, your assertion that “If these Pakistanis were armed, the death toll would have been much lower if any.” doesn’t hold up. This was a suicide bombing and the victims would not have had any time to draw weapons or respond.

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    • I agree,the christians in this country think they are safe,it is going to happen here I believe.

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      • bobby90247 says:

        You’re…RIGHT! AND, as soon as their Head Caliphate, OBAMA, takes our guns away, this type of “warfare” will begin all across America! BUT, that’s alright, isn’t it! You ALL voted for Obama…again!!!

        In a “public speech” he made within months after being (s)elected to his FIRST term, he said, “…I will be standing with Islam, long after the United States is gone!…” Personally, I believe he should be “hung by the neck until dead” without a hearing, a trial, or anything else of the nature as a statement like that from an American President can ONLY be viewed as TREASON!…PERIOD!!!

        BUT NO! NO ONE WILL TAKE ANY KIND OF ACTION AGAINST THIS IMPOSTER!

        “IMPEACH, OBAMA…NOW!!!”

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  7. Texas Listening Post says:

    This attack shows the true nature of Islam, this is not my made up opinion. If one reads the book “Understanding The Times” by David A. Nobel: Islamic Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, and Economics are compared to Christian values. The most disturbing aspect of Islam is that killing non Muslims is not bad and only a full theocratic Islam country is their goal. The Muslims murdered all the way to France, had they not been stopped Christianity might have been lost. God did prevail over evil.

    God looks after His people even if martyrdom is in the plan.

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  8. Acushla says:

    It is no coincidence that a massive Earthquake has affected Pakistan.

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  9. Ryuki Terumi says:

    Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

    Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that SHOULD BE KILLED AS THEY WERE, should be fulfilled.

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