Wednesday, 21 August 2019

PREFACE of the book ‘Religious Liberty, Freedom, Power and the Role of the West’ written by Sardar Mushtaq Gill

Why, the writer has decided to write his second book on this topic ‘Religious Liberty, Freedom, Power and the Role of the West’, as the current collective struggle of nations for religious freedom on the initiative of the USA and the West. The writer is an advocate for religious liberty and freedom from last many years. He is aspiring to explain what religious liberty and freedom is; and what is the role of power for this precious right in the both ways to destroy or achieve. He thinks it should be highlighted the thing which is an important element for religious liberty, freedom and its practice’s guarantee. And why, where, and when, Power is needed to use to stop the violent and destructive religious teachings and practice. This violent and destructive religious teachings and practice becomes the cause of religious persecution.

Religious liberty means every human being has right to have and to adopt religion or forsake or change religion and can declare himself as a non-Religion. Religious freedom means every person has right to practice his faith, belief, and value without fear of hostility, and one's practice of religion be without persecution and hostility for others. All religions are not equal by faith, teachings, and practice. Religion is a power in its manpower and all religions are not equal in their strength. Every religion has right to increase its manpower but no religion has right to abuse force to increase its manpower and decrease other religion's manpower.

Man has hunger for power and he is continually in struggle to get more power for his survival in this hostile world. But some are wrestling to get themselves so powerful to overthrow others. This is the negative want to use of power. As the topic is religion, there are instances in the history of the world in which religion gained power and it strove to maintain peace and tranquility in society at large. There are also occurrences where religion won power and made hostile others to surrender under their religious teachings and practices. In some places, they became hope for downtrodden, and religion equipped itself as more powerful when downtrodden were given equality and justice in public.

In the present scenario, the role of the West should not be ignored in the world. It will be injustice with the West if someone not accept the truth that the West are the superpower nations and good news is that the status of superpowers are a hope for the downtrodden of the world at large. Today the West can arm herself with the downtrodden of the world who could be future’s instrumental power for her. It is appreciable that the West is already leading and striving the world for a place where the safety of human being at large will be more secure. It is also admirable that the West is taking it serious where religious liberty and freedom is at stake. When the West had beacon of Christianity, the West gave the world a visionary heritage. If the Christianity will lose its value in the western civilization, then there will be no civilization in the west and the world will be suffering more than now. There will be war and violence, demolition and destruction. 

It is true that the West was pure Christian nation and she was built on Christian faiths, values and practices. Christianity was the basic secret for her success as to be a powerful nation in the world. It is a caution for the West that she will not ignore Christianity its faiths, values and practices why because without Christianity she could not be in position to maintain its present status as a powerful nation in the positive direction and doing leading role in the world. The west used power to maintain peace, tranquility and safety not only for her own peoples but also for the world at large. It is also a warning for those the downtrodden and depressed, who were given status of equality in the society and they gained position to speak, don’t oppose the West’s Christian policies and its Christian status and values because of its Christian policies you are in the place where you have right to speak as a free man even you are in any corner of the world.

The purpose of this book is to explain the right way to define religious liberty and freedom and how to be protected and promoted in the world. Power is not a negative thing but its abuse could be dangerous for public. Religion's destructive teachings and practices could be dangerous and harmful for others. The duty of the Power is to restrain religion when its destructive teachings and practices could be harmful and destructive for others. As we don’t accept exclusive Secularism and non-Religion including Atheism, which is anti-religion and God. In the same way, we don’t accept religious liberty and freedom of any religion, which is anti-Christians, Jews or anti other religions, because of its destructive and violent teachings and practices the world will be in suffering.

Christianity is the identity of the West and if the religion with its destructive teachings and practices and by winning the support of exclusive Secularism, non-Religion, and Atheism, those who are anti-Christians, will be successful to eradicate Christian faiths, values and practices from the West Nations, then the religious liberty and freedom will be only in books, and we know half of the World has already gone through such practice of destructive teachings and practices where there they are in power due to its manpower/majority. Consequently, if the religion of destructive teachings and practices will be in power as Christianity then it will be harmful first for Christians and then for Secularism, non-Religion and Atheism.

The writer is a human rights defender lawyer from Pakistan. By faith he is a Christian and preacher of Christianity. He is a researcher of Christian persecution in Pakistan from last many years. He has contributed for religious liberty and freedom’s work. He has also worked for uplifting human rights and advocated for it by his advocacy and writing skill. In spite of his Christian faith, he has respect for others’ faith and value. It is the duty of the reader to distinguish which religion has destructive teachings and harmful practices for humanity.

This is the book in which the writer has taken the steps to define the elements of human rights at large and religious persecution so that this book could be helpful for all those who are advocating for human rights and the most precious right of religious liberty and freedom in the world. Because of this main purpose, it is necessary to write this book which could be beneficial for public at large. The writer is free to write the elements and their meanings according to his knowledge, wisdom and mind, which is for him, is for the improvement of the world decision making ability, critically, some may agree or disagree with the writer’s approach, but the purpose of the writer is to give directive instrument in shape of this book.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Why Religious Hatred at High Level in Pakistan?

Pakistan: In these days an issue of religious hatred against a Christian Member of Punjab Assembly and Chairman of the Punjab Assembly Committee on Human Rights and Minority Affairs, Sardar Khalil Tahir Sandhu, is highlighted by local and international media. According to reports on Monday 29th July 2019, the Director General (Parliament Affairs and Research) of the Punjab Assembly, Inayat Ullah Lak, called him ‘Chura’ a derogatory and pejorative word used for Christians in Pakistan. The BBC reported it as a racist word which is not accurate, it is not a racial hatred it is a religious hatred why because Muslims and Christians are from same background and race. He also disclosed that this is not the first time, he has encountered this religious hatred behavior from this person many time.

Such kind of religious hatred’s victim is not only Mr. Sandhu but also some other Christian’s members of Houses are in the list of victims. Some are suffered by their colleagues during the sessions. It is very common in Islamic Society in Pakistan that they hate Christians and show by their behavior openly without fear of legal action against them why because they know Christian are very simple, peaceful and can bear anything. It is very true that almost every one of us/Pakistani Christian has suffered such religious hatred. If such prestigious and powerful Christian men are suffering religious hatred and unable to take legal action against them, then think about a Christian who is sweeper, domestic worker, and slave under bonded labor system.

Pakistani Muslims are very smart, they have developed such kind of atmosphere in the society in which it has become very not only difficult but also impossible for Christians to breathe a sigh of relief without religious hatred and persecution. It is full of religious hatred society. It is not built by chance rather it is very systematically created and strengthened with the State institutions, Media and Muslim clerics’ contributions. This claim can be verified very easily, if someone peeps back to the reports of publishing advertisements in Pakistani Medias about jobs and for sweepers ‘only Christian' is the sign of that religious hatred for Christians. At one point they say we do not discriminate as their religion teach the message of equality, peace and love but on contrary, we continuously listen these kind of demoralizing comments from these self-claimed peaceful people and that too from the leaders. If the leaders are of this irresponsible on the record then just imagine what civilians do with the Christians off the record.

What do you think, will this country can learn how to respect other religious people while forcing others to respect them when it comes to their religious affiliation. It is our bad luck that we come from this community where the law of blasphemy is your end and the blasphemy laws are not only promote religious intolerance and hatred, discrimination and violence but also in the next step they generate religious terrorism and terrorists. Persecutors use these laws to persecute minorities’ faith and to oppress them for their ulterior motives. It is called a religious card which is being used by Islamic clerics, even political party, establishment, bureaucracy and individual Islamist in Pakistan.

But we can make ourselves satisfied because we are already warned by Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew 5:11- Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

It is now obligation of our present Christian Political Leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party that they must present some sort of bill  or law to pass, such as in like India, if somebody uses this insulting and derogatory word ‘ Chura ‘, he may be Punished six months imprisonment and fine. In this way for our defense and self-respect something good can be done. And the same time, it is also our duty and mandatory for us to teach and to preach Muslims how to love your neighbor and to give respect other with the reference of the message of Jesus Christ Gospel.

We know Islamists are uncertain and confused about their worldly and future life in heaven but we have to teach them how they can be saved and be assured for their salvation through Jesus Christ. There is only one name and that is only Jesus Who can save us and grant us eternal life without practicing any kind violence and terrorism; and the proof of our salvation is that we practice peace, love and respect for our neighbors. That is the reason people from any nation or faith wish to live and reside among us because we Christians are peace promoters, loving persons and give respect to human being of any faith, creed and nation.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Why are Pakistani Christian victimized by blasphemy law, killing, abduction, forced conversion and human trafficking?

Pakistan: It is very alarming news that in these days Christian victimization is on rise in Pakistan and shocking thing is that Pakistani authority is covering it by saying it is just a routine individual incidents. We are raising our voice in solidarity with victims and their families because they are suffering due to their Christian faith. Our request to all human rights and Christian faith based international organizations to advocate and to support for all persecuted Christians without thinking that the particular victim and his case is not in hand of your partner. Please stand for persecuted Christian in Pakistan without discrimination of anyway. We are thankful for the US has asked recently to Pakistan to release more than 40 members of the religious minorities facing blasphemy charges and we are also thankful for encouraging to appoint an envoy to address the various concerns on religious freedom in the country.

Blasphemy Laws: LEAD-Legal Evangelical Association Development has collected the list of following prisoners of faith and conscience but actual number are more than this list. There are following seven Christians on death row who are languishing in Pakistani jails for years, Anwar Kenneth, a Christian couple Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, Sawan Masih, Zafar Bhatti, Two real brothers Qaiser Ayub and Amoon Ayub. These are following two Christians sentenced with life imprisonment and languishing in jails for years, Imran Masih, Sajjad Masih Gill. These are following nine Christians who are facing trial and languishing in jails for years, Asif Pervaiz, Adnan Masih, Ashfaq Masih, Patras Masih, Humyun Masih, Samson Nadeem, Nabeel Masih, Stephen Masih and Shahzad Masih. And one latest victim of blasphemy law is a 19 years old Christian man, Sunny Waqas, who is studying health sciences at a high school in Bahawalnagar. Reportedly, the blasphemy accusations include possession of blasphemous material about the Prophet Muhammad. But in reality, the accusations came from a Muslim neighbor over a cricket match brawl.   

Killing: It is very sad to share that Christians are being killed on just trivial issue and demands. Recently a case in Faisalabad happened and highlighted on social media for justice for minor Christian boy’s killing. The fact of the case is that a minor Christian boy Bilal Masih, was beaten to death by his Muslim employers namely Ifran alias Kalu. He was working to help his family as his father is a drug addict without work to grow his family and his wife is only breadwinner. He was enrolled in school late and studying at first grade in school. In summer holidays he decided to do some work for his family support at a scrapyard very near to his home only for Rs.50-100. A few days ago Bilal asked the employer for a loan of Rs.180 for some needs. After this his employer started to abuse him for not paying back the money. Bilal came home to take 150 rupees from his mother, and repaid to his employer against the debt. Then he told the owner that he would no longer work for him which made his employer infuriated. He and his brother Akram, brutally beat the boy, hitting him in the head with iron rods.

A Muslim man, Muhammad Idrees, just killed Saima Sardar, a Christian nurse, who refused to convert her religion and marry to a non-Christian in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Herbanspura in Lahore, a Christian man Saul was killed and Christians of the area blocked the ring road of Lahore but on the intervention with promise of justice for victim family the protest was stopped and road was opened for traffic. 

Abduction and Forced Conversion: It is very strange for us how the persecutors of Christians create and adopt a new ways to persecute Christians in Pakistan. Recently a case came on surface that a Christian girl namely Muskaan who was working as domestic worker at one Muslim home to support her poor family. She was hostage in the house of Muslim and stopped to pay her wages and when the parents of girl went to Muslim house to stop to work for them and demanded to give back their daughter. They flatly refused by saying now she has converted to Islam and you are Christian hence she is not willing to go with you at your home. 

Human trafficking: Pakistani victims of human trafficking are asking for help. A Pakistani Christian activist is sharing on social media that around 50 girls and young women have been returned but many still are trapped in China and asking for help. He has said that Pakistani authority has not done enough to help the victims. He requested NGOs to raise their voices and bring the girls back.