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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 02, Amy added it Shelves: Since I've read quite a few books about Islam, I am not surprised by Heyboer's findings, although to be truthful, I did not read the book from cover to cover. I'll admit to a feeling of horror at looking at the maimed man on the cover. Islam does not flinch from inflicting horror, that's one thing for sure. The type used for the book gave me a feeling of reading photo-copied pages made into a book. A book which explains more, and is better written, would be Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Christopher Goins marked it as to-read Aug 22, Paul A, Hansen marked it as to-read Mar 08, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Books by Marvin W. Trivia About Journeys Into the No trivia or quizzes yet. Third, Christians are not happy to have sharia law. Everywhere Heyboer went the stories of murder, mutilations and burning were the same: A helpless people beset by hordes of ruthless killers while the authorities turn a blind eye.
Sudan , a Country in Chaos. In the summer of , Heyboer was off to Sudan though friends and the U. State Department had warned him that traveling there was dangerous. Again, assisted by a number of local Christians, he was able to interview persons who spoke about their own experiences in different parts of the country.
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After that, the returned slave could no longer run and even had trouble walking. At the interview, he was a confused and anxious, wondering whether God was angry with him. Heyboer assured him that God was with him and that he had accomplished an amazing feat by his escape.
How much damage had they done to him, physically and mentally? I visualized the brainwashing of children in the religious training camp. Then I thought of all the other lost boys of Sudan. What am I to make of it? Tens of thousands of boys were torn from their families. For four centuries and now again in Sudan for two decades, for what?
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What kind of Slavery? Egypt , a Long Record of Persecution. Egypt came under Islamic control in the year , a mere nineteen years after the founding of Islam, at a time when most of the population was Christian. In there were some nine million Christian Copts in a population of 57 million. Sharia law has relegated Egyptian Christians, mostly belonging to the indigenous Coptic Church, to an inferior dhimmitude position of great hardship.
Heyboer learned by meeting Christians in different parts of the country that they are even now often subjected to severe persecution, including imprisonment, torture and death. The constitution states that everyone is equal, but sharia trumps the constitution and declares Islamic to be supreme. John and Liza operated a jewelry store in El Giza.
One evening they were robbed; they reported to the police but nothing happened. Later their teenage son was kidnapped for a ransom. Next, their house was broken into by gunmen who demanded the key to the safe. After knocking John unconscious, they ran off. There is no life there for a Christian. I cannot live here any more. Christians must convert or face daily threats, violence, and humiliation.
We are viewed as animals. That is our experience. By Islamic sharia law, we are meal tickets for the Muslim population. As a young boy he was made aware of the inferior position of Christians. That quickly led to stone throwing and then the killing of four church members. Ibrahim told many other stories of hardship suffered by the Christians.
Christians are not even allowed to use a speaker system in their churches. When Christians give up and convert to Islam, there are great celebrations. When Muslims convert to Christianity, they are threatened and tortured, even killed. Christians may not speak against Muslim teaching. That is called blasphemy. In August , two young Christian men were murdered in the city of Qus.
The community suspected Muslims to be the killers, but the police accused Christians and jailed and tortured some 40 of them. None of the criminals was brought to justice. A Cry for Freedom. Heyboer managed to establish contact in Qus and met with two priests and Bishop Wissa who described the hardship of Christians in that city. There is plenty more to come. When asked about the situation for children, Father Gabriel replied: Here at early ages they teach religious isolation and supremacy.
That attitude and behavior permeates the mind of Islamic society. The worst areas for Christians are [from] Giza to Luxor to Aswan. The Christians in these areas are truly marginalized and helpless. The families are kept illiterate. There is no external support. The police, the judges, and other officials are all Muslims. The children are victims. Schools are in ill repair. The teachers are Muslims. The curriculum is Muslim. To bring children to these schools is to offer them up to Muhammad. The real choice for parents is illiteracy or Islam.
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Christian students are forced into Muslim cleansings [Ablutions ] , Muslim prayers, and the memorization of the Koran. That process is correctly described as Islamization. Heyboer concludes this moving and revealing book with the thought that living conditions for Christians under Islam are so unbelievable that it is difficult for an American even to imagine. But he leaves his readers and particularly the church leaders with a few compelling questions and observations. Many suffer in tears of silent dignity.
Why do some religious leaders praise a religion of such oppression? Why do they argue that only some of the more radical Muslims perpetrate such violence?
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