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Pakistani Church Shut Down for Ringing Bells

06/09/09

Pakistan - Authorities for Pakistan Railway have confiscated a church building in Lahore after Muslim leaders complained about the church ringing its bells and using loudspeakers to call Christians to prayer. Railways St. Andrew's Church was seized on April 28, and Christian employees of the Railway have been protesting the confiscation of their church property vehemently for the last several weeks. The Church Committee told ICC that the authorities had originally granted Christians written permission to use the building on Sundays for worship services. However, when the church began using its bells and loudspeakers to invite Christians to morning and evening prayer services, Muslim leaders complained that the church was interfering with their five-times a day call to prayer and thus insulting Islam. On April 28, Christians arrived at the church to find the doors sealed shut with a notice prohibiting anyone from entering the building. Christians responded by conducting a hunger strike and demonstrating in front of the Lahore Press Club for the next several days. At the last report, this situation had not been resolved, and Muslim officers were instead trying to obtain permission to demolish the church so that they can build another mosque. Christian leaders are also being threatened with prosecution under Pakistan's infamous Blasphemy Laws. Most of the Christians who attended the church are employed to clean the sewage from Railway buildings and are very poor. They continue to protest the confiscation of the church by staging sit-in strikes and additional hunger strikes. Please contact the director of public relations for Pakistan Railway and ask them to re-open Railways St. Andrew's Church. Pakistan Railway Headquarters Director of Public Relations, Mrs. Durre Shahwar Phone: +92-042-9201778 Email: directorpr@pr.gov.pk


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Added: Jun-9-2009 
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  • Muslims being intolerant? That must be a lie. It's a religion of peace, that's what they always say right before they blow shit up and complain about being disrespected.

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  • Not much to complain about here. They should be thrilled that they are permitted to continue living.

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  • While mosques spring up like weeds in the West...

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  • Big suprise. Wait til' they do that schit here...They'll try and uncle O will let em' do it too!
    Hell he will pay for it out of our tax dollars!

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  • we're never going to get anywhere as a global melting pot of religions and ethnicities if we perpetuate it by referring to EVERYONE by their religion to isolate the good from the damned in a persecution complex. Wow, Christians in third world nations might get screwed? It's as if religion reduces humans%uFEFF to savagery without morals.

    These videos and news messages are a nice wake up call%uFEFF to us here in the United States.
    We get mad when someone starts throwing nasty comments our way, bu More..

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    • This certainly is not a big deal, this story. The difference, in your comparison. Is that if these laws (noise ordinance applies to everyone) are broken in America, nobody will be murdered.

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    • You know, there are two Islams in the world. One is what I call "Disneyland Islam" which exists in the mosques of America and Europe and which is promoted by individuals like you for the benefit of naive Westerners. I know you have honorable intentions.

      The other Islam is the Real Islam or Islam of the Orient where Muslims don't give a shit if they play fair because they dominate and they have the competing religious groups (e.g. Christians) thoroughly intimidated and bullied into sub More..

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  • BTW MuslimGirl, if you are right that Muslims in the West are not allowed to use loudspeakers to call for prayers I think that's a ridiculously small price for Muslims to pay. I mean considering the facts that mosques are being build with no restrictions, often against the wishes of the local population, it's a small price to pay. Religious minorities in Arabia and other brutal places of the world have to pay an extremely severe price for refusing to convert to Islam.

    How about I force you and More..

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  • Islam is a religion of useless pigs.

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