I firmly believe that this type of persecution will be seen on American soil in the days ahead.

Pastor Kevin

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End Times News Update
Sign: Believers Persecuted
Scripture: Matthew 24:8
News Source: My Way News
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Pakistani cleric calls for Christian to be killed

Dec 3, 10:42 AM (ET)
By RIAZ KHAN

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – A hardline Pakistani cleric offered a cash
reward Friday for anyone who kills a Christian woman convicted of
blasphemy against Islam.

A Pakistani court sentenced Asia Bibi to death on Nov. 8, triggering
protests from human rights groups and Christian organizations in
Pakistan and abroad. Islamist political parties have demonstrated in
support of the sentence and the blasphemy laws.

Yousef Qureshi made the call for her murder at a rally in the
northwestern town of Peshawar.

“The Mohabat Khan mosque of Peshawar will pay a reward of 500,000
rupees ($5,800) to those who kill Asia Bibi,” Qureshi told around 300
people, referring to the mosque he preaches at.

City authorities were not immediately available for comment on his remarks.

Christians accused of, or convicted of blasphemy, have been murdered
before in Pakistan. Rights groups say police are often reluctant to
investigate the crimes or give minorities protection in general.

Later, Qureshi told reporters that his first demand was for the
government to execute Bibi. If not, he said, “then we appeal to the
mujahedeen, the Taliban and all those who love the Prophet to come
forward and kill this woman.”

Bibi, a 45-year-old mother of five, has been in jail in Punjab
province for the last 1 1/2 years after being convicted of insulting
the Prophet Muhammad. She and her family say she is innocent and the
victim of a personal feud. She has been supported by the governor of
Punjab, as well as Pakistan’s minority affairs minister.

Dozens of Pakistanis are sentenced to death each year under the
blasphemy law, which dates back to the 1980s military rule of Gen.
Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, who introduced it to get support from right-wing
Islamist parties. The current government is secular but politically
weak. Any attempt to repeal it would be met with opposition.

Source: My Way News
URL:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20101203/D9JSGVJO0.html

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