On August 1rst, 2009, thousands of Muslim radicals attacked a Christian community in Gojra. 40 houses and a church were set ablaze, and at least 7 victims were burned alive in their homes --including one woman who refused to leave the side of her ailing husband and a young child. 18 others were injured.
And today over 3,000 clearly possessed demonic evil people --common people; not thugs or gangsters but local paperboys, store owners, family men --among their other identity: Muslim radicals, attacked over 100 (according to some reports well over 150) homes.
March 9th, 2013 marks the date of the latest genocidal attempt of the crazies to eliminate Christianity from Pakistan. Take a look at some of these happy folks as they destroy the livelihood of hundreds of innocent families.
Pakistan is nothing like North America, you don't move. When you have a home, that could be a home that is used for generation after generation. A business is not just for you, but your family, passed onto your children for their livelihood. There's no insurance, there's no repayment. There's no restoration companies to fix memories, photographs, or fix fire damage on anything. Pakistan has no hope for these families. None.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif condemned the violence and stated that a comittee of two senior police officials have been sent to investigate the incident.. a whole two of them. He also stated that the government will provide 200,000PKR to the victims as "compensation for the damages" --that would be just over $2000 Canadian. A Christian family's home and their entire lives are worth $2000 Canadian in Pakistan. I am seething.
So now let's go over apparently WHY this happened, I find it offensive to even bother sharing why because really there is NO excuse for it. But here's what the media's reporting:
Sawan Masih, a Christian in his mid-20s was accused by one Shahid Imran, of speaking ill of the prophet of Islam. He was arrested once the clearly false allegations against him were brought forward but that wasn't enough. A riled up mob led by Shafiq Ahmen, wanted the police to hand him over to them. They didn't find him but did assault his 65-year-old father Chaman Masih, and burn his house down before going on to loot and destroy some shops --and then got really excited and burn down hundreds of other people's homes too. Things kept getting worse after the Muslim Friday prayers as groups from the mosques around and in other areas started collecting to claim justice against the infidel blasphemers.
Masih states that he and his accusers got into an argument while they were drinking, at which point the drunk fools decided to publicly accuse him of blasphemy as comeuppance for having the audacity to talk back to them. If convicted, Masih faces the death penalty.
Please pray for the victims of this disgusting violence, and pray for the perpetrators. We may not get even a tenth of them into a jail cell talk about bring them to justice, but God is watching. He will not remain silent forever.