Churches in Muslim countries suffer ongoing attacks

( Christian churches came under frequent attack in Muslim-majority countries during the month of June, Middle East Forum (MEF) reported.

A group of 300 Muslims in Indonesia vandalized a store that served as the site of a church service because the store did not have “permission to hold Mass,” according to MEF’s monthly account of Muslim violence against Christians.

The intelligence branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shut down a church in Tehran “amid a government campaign to crack down on the few recognized churches offering Farsi-speaking services,” Compass Direct reported. 

In Egypt, Muslims in Alexandria demanded Coptic Christians to leave the St. Lyons church and threatened to burn it down, the Mideast Christian News reported.

Raymond Ibrahim, Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow for MEF, noted in a column that Muslims in the Indian state of Kashmir torched a 119-year-old church, the latest incident in a recent pattern of increased persecution of Kashmir’s Christian minority.

Posted on July 29, 2012 .