Christian Persecution Update

New Persecution Tactic: Islamic Extremists Using Social Media to Target Christians. “Those who give Islam a bad name.” (The Beast.)

Psalm 25:19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

Psalm 38:19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

Psalm 41:7. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

Psalm 69:4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Psalm 69:14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Matthew 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Mark 13:13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 6:22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Luke 21:17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

John 7:7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

John 15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:9-14).

New Persecution Tactic: Islamic Extremists Using Social Media to Target Christians

Faithwire. July 23, 2019. Will Maule.

A Christian persecution watchdog has warned of a new form of warfare being adopted by Islamic extremists to victimize followers of Jesus — social media.

Open Doors USA says that terror cells across the Middle East are harnessing the power of social media platforms to implicate Christians in blasphemy cases by creating fraudulent posts.

One such incident involved a 26-year-old man named Fady Youssef Todary, a Christian living in Egypt. Todary explained that someone had hacked into his Facebook account and posted a blasphemous message. Later, after realizing what had happened, he posted a video to the platform explaining to his followers that it was not him who produced the content.

But it wasn’t enough, as the mob had already formed, with roughly 100 people marching on Todary’s family home in Ashnin El-Nasara, a village in Minya south of Cairo. The angry crowd destroyed everything in the home, as Fady’s parents took refuge at a relative’s place.

Just a few days later, Todary was arrested, along with his 19-year-old brother and two uncles. The man has since been released, but is awaiting trial on charges of blasphemy.

Article 98 of the Egyptian Penal Code prohibits “making use of religion in propagating, either by words, in writing, or in any other means, extreme ideas for the purpose of inciting strife, ridiculing or insulting a heavenly religion or a sect following it, or damaging national unity.”

With 90% of Egypt’s population adhering to Islam, this law has been used to persecute Christians across the nation.

“First, Christians are accused of insulting or threatening Islam,” said Open Doors analyst, Michael Bosch. “Next, they are attacked, their properties destroyed, and sometimes they are driven out of their houses.”

After this, the “authorities intervene, calming down the situation by arresting and prosecuting Christians for the alleged ‘crime,’” he said. The anonymous analyst added that it is unlikely the claims are true because “all Christians know the consequences of blasphemy.”

Those close to Todary say is highly unlikely that he committed the crime. “I know Fady very well,” said local priest, Father Soliman. “He is a peaceful person, and he would never post something negative about Islam.”

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