Video: Pakistani Christians protest bombings

posted at 12:41 pm on September 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

They’re angry, and they’re not content to merely pray for peace.  Angry Christians in Pakistan demonstrated across the country after two suicide bombers killed at least 85 people and perhaps as many as 150, eclipsing the massacre in Nairobi, at least for now.

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Angry Christians protested across Pakistan on Monday to demand better protection after a devastating double suicide bombing at a church killed more than 80 people.

The attack on All Saints church in the northwestern city of Peshawar after a service on Sunday is believed to be the deadliest ever to target Pakistan’s small Christian minority.

Christians demonstrated in towns and cities around Pakistan, including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar to protest against the violence and demand the authorities do more to protect them.

More than 600 protesters blocked a major highway in Islamabad for several hours during the Monday morning rush hour, burning tyres and causing long tailbacks, an AFP photographer said.

Later around 2,000 people gathered to protest outside parliament.

Christian leaders from around the world joined in the condemnation of the attacks:

The Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the World Council of Churches have expressed shock and sadness at the killing of up to 150 people at a church in Pakistan by suicide bombers. At the same time Christians affected have expressed anger that the Pakistan government did not offer better protection against such violence.

News agency reports put the death toll on Monday at 85 from the suicide bombing at the 130-year-old All Saints Chruch, but the Anglican Communion News Service said 150 people were killed.

The attack in the city of Peshawar occurred as worshippers were leaving the main Sunday service.

All Saints is part of the Church of Pakistan, a united church, which is part of the Anglican Communion and a member of the World Methodist Council as well as belonging to the World Council of Churches.

On one of the main roads coming into the capital, Islamabad, demonstrators burned brush and tyres and demanded government protection for the members of the Christian minority, Sky News reported Monday.

Pakistan already provides some police protection for Christian churches, CBS reports, but it hasn’t been enough:

Churches and other places important to the Christian community in Peshawar have been given extra security, said Khan, the police official.

But this has not been sufficient to appease angry Christians in Pakistan, who want the government to take even stronger steps to protect them.

Many churches, as well as mosques and other religious institutions, already receive some type of police protection although many Christians say that is too little. A police officer who was supposed to be protecting the church where the suicide bombers attacked Sunday was killed in the incident.

Until Pakistan deals with its extremist problem — one which it encouraged for its policies in Afghanistan and Kashmir — the Christians in Pakistan will continue to be vulnerable no matter how many police officers get put in front of the churches.  That is the truth of the situation, and the plight of Christians throughout the region.


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Sad and we see how much Obama cares about the slaughter of Christians…

sandee on September 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Until Pakistan deals with its extremist problem

Outlaw Islam. Pakistan will be better off that way.

nobar on September 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Pakistan police officers guarding Christian churches? Fox, hen house.

WhatSlushfund on September 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM

… protested across Pakistan on Monday to demand better protection …

Protesting won’t do anything. As long as the death-cult of islam exists, these acts of terrorism against civilized peoples will continue – - – the islamic animals must be eradicated.

Pork-Chop on September 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM

It may be time for the church to go underground. House churches would be more distributed and thus safer – and probably spread the gospel faster. Christianity grows faster the more it is persecuted.

Hendo on September 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

two suicide bombers killed at least 85 people and perhaps as many as 150, eclipsing the massacre in Nairobi, at least for now.

The persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. Killing scores of Christians in Pakistan. Lining up men, women, and children in Nairobi and shooting them if they cannot quote from the Koran or name Muhhomad’s mother. Syrian assaults on Christian businesses and homes………..If only there was a commonality that might put the whole issue in perspective.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

And where, pray tell, are all of those members of the “Religion of Peace” protesting against this barbarity? -crickets-

skeneogden on September 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The world has to face facts. There are Islamic countries where it is not fit and it is unsafe for “Infidels Like Us”™ to reside.

The West should make a charitable effort to relocate all infidels outside of these countries.

Similarly, the West should make a masive strategic effort to toss every Muslim into any of these Islamic states.

Inshallah!

Shy Guy on September 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM

It may be time for the church to go underground. House churches would be more distributed and thus safer – and probably spread the gospel faster.

Hendo on September 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Or it may be time for the United States to take the persecution of Christians with some level of seriousness and sanction nations that commit crimes against its citizens for their faith. The lazy stupid bastard wanted to rain cruise missiles down on Damascus over 1400 deaths by CW and yet seemingly doesn’t give a damn if the same dictators blow up people for expressing their faith.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

And where, pray tell, are all of those members of the “Religion of Peace” protesting against this barbarity? -crickets-

skeneogden on September 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Are you blind?!?!

/sarc

Shy Guy on September 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Until Pakistan deals with its extremist problem…

There is no moderation in Islam. The perps are Muslims. Period.

There are nominal Muslims, like there are nominal Catholics. Neother really practices their faith.

Akzed on September 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Until Pakistan deals with its extremist problem

Which they have promised to do on the 32nd of Never.

Come on, Pakistan is a crap pile loaded with crap humanity, you might as well ask them to grow gills because there will be a greater success rate than purging jihadi trash from their streets.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Or it may be time for the United States to take the persecution of Christians with some level of seriousness and sanction nations that commit crimes against its citizens for their faith.

That would be nice.

However, the Church has been around long before the US became a super power and I really don’t think the US or anyone else can help these people. A Christian knows what can help and in order to keep the Church alive in Pakistan, they may need to stop worshiping out in the open in public buildings.

Its how the Church grew and spread in the first couple of centuries.

Hendo on September 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

How about bombing the Dome of the Rock. Or even leveling it and rebuild the Temple.

rbj on September 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Until Pakistan deals with its extremist problem

Yeah, good luck with that.

mankai on September 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

How about bombing the Dome of the Rock. Or even leveling it and rebuild the Temple.

rbj on September 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

+144,000

just to pick a random number

mankai on September 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

How about bombing the Dome of the Rock. Or even leveling it and rebuild the Temple.

rbj on September 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Gotta destroy Mecca and Medina to cement the message.

nobar on September 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Alongside all those “moderate” muslims, right?

Ronnie on September 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Ten Commandments Monument Toppled

We are in a sorry state ourselves.

Hendo on September 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

How about bombing the Dome of the Rock. Or even leveling it and rebuild the Temple.

rbj on September 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM
+144,000

just to pick a random number

mankai on September 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Might only take about 42 months, give or take….

HomeoftheBrave on September 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

When the unofficial line on the ground belief (which the Pak Govt. promotes) is that Christians are infidel and deserve to be killed is promoted, this is small fries. The Pak Gubmint always tries to feign innocense. The official policy is just to mollify Western nations. Its a sham that they get away with, while we look the other way.

tommy71 on September 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Time for another Christian Crusade

redguy on September 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM

God bless my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in Pakistan..They face trials and tribulations the likes of most Americans can even understand..Islam has been at war against Christianity since it’s founding..it will continue to be until Jesus comes back and the satanic death cult is finally defeated

love this verse

John 16:33
31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[d] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

sadsushi on September 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

The world has to face facts. There are Islamic countries where it is not fit and it is unsafe for “Infidels Like Us”™ to reside.

The West should make a charitable effort to relocate all infidels outside of these countries.

Similarly, the West should make a masive strategic effort to toss every Muslim into any of these Islamic states.

Inshallah!

Shy Guy on September 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Except that many would willingly remain despite persecution in effort to spread the Gospel. I realize that it is easy for me to say this from the safety of my home in America, but it is better to die a martyr if God works through a Christian to bring the Gospel to others. Christians have been doing this from the very beginning of our faith.

Othniel on September 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

It’s truly amazing how little coverage this has received in the MSM.

bw222 on September 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Allah is the beast.
Islam is the kingdom of the beast.
The Bismillah is the mark of the beast.
Mohammad is the false prophet.
The followers of Islam are the locusts from the bottomless pit that consume a third of the land.

The list goes on and on.

iceman1960 on September 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

…they are in the lions den!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM