Imam’s Daughter in Iowa Kidnapped, Forced to Convert to Christianity


Bill Muehlenberg’s commentary on issues of the day…

“A Christian leader in central Iowa has abducted an Imam’s daughter and forced her to convert to Christianity with the backing of a islamChristian court, the Muslim leader said.” OK, so I have taken a few liberties here. My title and opening sentence are entirely accurate, except I have made a minor change.

I have of course swapped the Christian terms with the Muslim terms. So this story is quite correct – it is just that Muslims are doing the kidnapping of Christians. I of course took these liberties here to highlight a very important truth: all over the world Muslims are committing horrific atrocities and crimes as they wage a relentless war against Christianity.

Yet if you went by the lamestream media and the secular left, the only bad guys here are the Christians. You would think Islam is a religion of peace while Christianity is a vile and oppressive religion. But the daily newspaper headlines – at least those found in the alternative media – of course tell us otherwise.

Every day Christians are being killed, imprisoned, tortured and persecuted because of their faith by Muslims. Christians are not doing the same thing to Muslims. So let me return to this very recent story. Here is how it actually goes:

“A Muslim leader in central Nigeria has abducted a pastor’s daughter and forced her to convert to Islam with the backing of a sharia (Islamic law) court, the church leader said. Raymond Uzoechina, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abuja, told Morning Star News by phone that the Emir or Muslim leader of the Nupe ethnic group in Bida, Niger state, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, abducted his daughter soon after 24-year-old Charity Raymond Uzoechina went to the town in February to study at the Federal Polytechnic-Bida.

“After his daughter’s friends notified him that she was missing, he discovered her whereabouts as he made inquiries in the town on March 1– he did not hear of her whereabouts in an invitation from the emir’s aides as the town emirate has claimed, he said. ‘After a painstaking search, we found out that she was being held captive in the palace of the Etsu Nupe, the [ethnic Nupe] Muslim leader of the town of Bida,’ Pastor Uzoechina said.

“‘I went to the palace, and the Muslim leader told me that my daughter is now a Muslim and that she is under his custody. When I demanded to take her away, the Muslim leader said he would not release her because he said she has been entrusted under his care by an Islamic court, the sharia court in the town of Bida.’

“He denied a Nigerian press report in which he was misquoted as saying he was able to see his daughter at the emir’s quarters on March 2. ‘Even when we went there, he did not allow us to see her – he only confirmed she is at the palace on the orders of the Islamic court,’ Pastor Uzoechina told Morning Star News.”

The article continues, “Pastor Uzoechina said that he has learned that other Christian girls and women are being held captive at Abubakar’s home and forcibly converted to Islam. ‘Apart from my daughter, there are so many other Christian girls also that have been kidnapped and are being held at the palace,’ he said. ‘There is need for the police to rescue these Christian girls in that Islamic enclave.’

“Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said CAN is involved in trying to resolve the case. ‘Our attention has been called to this problem, and we have taken it up with the leadership of the Muslim community,’ he said. ‘It is unfortunate that this is happening.’

“Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population of 158.2 million and live mainly in the south, while Muslims account for 45 percent and live mainly in the north. But those practicing indigenous religions may be as high as 10 percent of the total population, according to Operation World, so the percentages of Christians and Muslims may be less.”

Barnabas Fund, an international group dedicated to helping the persecuted church, has also recently written about the major problems Christians are facing in Nigeria: “Christian girls in Northern Nigeria are being abducted, kept in the homes of Muslim leaders and forced to renounce their faith.

“Professor Daniel Babayi, secretary of the Northern Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said that the issue was getting worse and that they are currently pursuing five cases. He said: ‘Christian girls below the age of 18 are forcefully abducted and made to denounce their faith… They have been kept in the houses of emirs or imams. When we report to the police, they tell you there is nothing they can do. The police have become very helpless. In some instances, they are part of the conspiracy.’

“Christians in Northern Nigeria are being targeted on a number of fronts as Islamist militant group Boko Haram wages its deadly campaign to establish an Islamic state. Churches have frequently been attacked and individual Christians murdered.

“Last year, Boko Haram said it was going to kidnap Christian women as part of ‘new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam’, forcing them to leave the North. The group is waging its war against various perceived enemies, attacking military and government targets, and recently provoking outrage by killing school students.

“Over 40 people, mostly students, were killed in an attack on a boarding school in Yobe state on 6 July. A dormitory was set alight while the children were sleeping; those trying to escape the fire were gunned down. Last month, 16 students were shot dead in attacks on a secondary school in Yobe and another school in Borno.”

The article concludes: “The recent targeting of schools is said to be part of a two-pronged strategy, firstly to destroy Western institutions, and secondly to provide new recruits for the campaign as parents pull their youngsters out of school, fearing for their safety. Boko Haram is recruiting unschooled and unemployed children, sometimes by force.

“The Nigerian authorities have been carrying out their biggest offensive to date against the insurgents. A state of emergency has been in force for two months in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where the militants pose the greatest threat.”

As I said, Muslim minorities in Christian-majority countries are simply not experiencing such persecution, intimidation and violence. Islam is not a religion of peace. It was born in bloodshed, violence and terror and spreads that way. The sword is how Islam has been expanded over its 1400-year history.

So what can we do to help Charity Raymond Uzoechina and others like her? Obviously we must pray for her and her persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. And we must get behind and support courageous groups such as Barnabas Fund.

Finally, we must get the word out: Islam is not a religion of peace, but one which is hell-bent on obtaining world domination and forcing everyone to submit to sharia law. It is implacably opposed not just to Western freedom and democracy, but to Christianity as well.

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