Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman has had a tough time of it.

First, the 22-year-old law student attending Egypt’s world-famous Islamic university, Al Azhar, witnessed late 2005’s Alexandria Riots firsthand.

Then the young man was arrested for posting his decidedly un-Islamic thoughts on his BLOG.

While he claims he wasn’t treated horribly (as many are in Egyptian prisons), the fact that he was even detained for speaking his (nonviolent) opinion in a country, no, region of the world where people routinely kill Copts and other Christians because we aren’t “smart” enough to believe in “the better religion,” as Islam is often called, is very sad. Sadder still is the fact that these violent acts are rarely, if ever, prosecuted.

Back to the “Abdelkareem’s Raw Deal Timeline,” the beginning of 2006 had young Kareem expelled from Al Azhar University. Keep in mind that this University bans Copts (Christian Egyptians) from attending, even though they pay the taxes that keep Azhar’s doors open.

After the expulsion, the Alexandrian native was featured on an Al Jazeera documentary about bloggers and freedom. Surprisingly, several famous Moslem bloggers supported Kareem, despite the fact that he dragged their religion through the mud. It should be noted here that Abdelkareem was born a Moslem.

Things had seemed to settle down for a while, until this week, when it turns out that Kareem is being interrogated again (in the Egyptian “neyabah al 3amah”) for his writings and sentiments.

Thankfully, lawyers from a big Human Rights Organization in the Middle East will be with him.

Unfortunately, however, all the lawyers in the world won’t be able to keep Kareem out of prison this time if the powers that be realize how many people in the Western World care about his fate.

Or perhaps it is the ever-growing assembly of eyes that are peering in on the pitiful practices in Egypt that have the power to save young Kareem.

Spread the word, keep him in your prayers, and don’t forget to say a prayer for the safety and freedom of all Egyptians.. and all human beings everywhere.
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For more information on Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, read
“Egyptian Blogger Arrested, Expelled from Al Azhar for Exposing the Truth

(alternate links:
http://www.faithfreedom.org/oped/AhmedSalib60326.htm
http://www.annaqed.com/english/under/expelled_from_al_azhar_for_exposing_the_truth.html)

and

“Anti-Moslems?”

By J. Ahmed Salib, M.D.
www.ahmedsalib.com

I am sorry, I just can’t help myself. (Salib’s comments in BOLD and Austin’s indented.)

With regards to Mr. El Masri’s comments, this man should educate himself and not make comments out of ignorance because it only makes him look foolish.

Pity you don’t take your own advice, Mikey!

Anyone who knows anything about Islam, Muslim or Non-Muslim alike knows that the Qur’an itself banns the Muslim from committing any terrorist act.

Well, then, this must be a different Islam than the one that Mohammed followed, because he was the first terrorist.

Muslims are permitted to fight only in the face of oppression and must stop fighting when that oppression stops, period end of story.

I thought that the Qur’an itself banns the Moslem from committing a terrorist act? Also, you may be interested to know that Arab men always think they’re oppressed. They are the original Mama’s boys who live by double standard and are little better than spoiled brats who want their own way. (Unfortunately, Copts have picked this up in the past several hundred years.)

Don’t believe me?

Nope. Noone with a thinking brain would believe that tripe, Austin.

No problem you may find this information very easily in any legitimately translated Qur’an.

I don’t NEED a translation.

Do me a fave, Austin. Go learn Arabic and read the Kor’an THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE READ and then come back and talk to me. Hurry up, I’m timing you. 1, 2, 3.. 4..!

A religion of peace it is indeed with its sole purpose being the submission to God.

A religion of P–SY (sorry for the crudeness but hey, if the shoe fits) it is indeed with its sole purpose being

1- Sex, Sex, and more Sex
2- Killing
3- Making up fake stories to legitimize 1 & 2
4- Lies
5- Insanity

Austin, you obviously don’t know about the approved torture methods and killing methods of the real Moslems (which you aren’t, by the way). Have you ever watched a man have hooks put into him and then each hook pulled a different direction until the man is in segments? (I’m talking MEAT hooks, Austin.)

Have you ever seen a person (like poor Atwar Bahgat killed in the manner I’m going to share with you in a moment?

By the time filming begins, the condemned woman has been blindfolded with a white bandage.

It is stained with blood that trickles from a wound on the left side of her head. She is moaning, although whether from the pain of what has already been done to her or from the fear of what is about to be inflicted is unclear. …

A large man dressed in military fatigues, boots and cap approaches from behind and covers her mouth with his left hand. In his right hand, he clutches a large knife with a black handle and an 8in blade. He proceeds to cut her throat from the middle, slicing from side to side.

Her cries “Ah, ah, ah” can be heard above the “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) intoned by the holder of the mobile phone.

Even then, there is no quick release for Bahjat. Her executioner suddenly stands up, his job only half done. A second man in a dark T-shirt and camouflage trousers places his right khaki boot on her abdomen and pushes down hard eight times, forcing a rush of blood from her wounds as she moves her head from right to left.

Only now does the executioner return to finish the task. He hacks off her head and drops it to the ground, then picks it up again and perches it on her bare chest so that it faces the film-maker in a grotesque parody of one of her pieces to camera.
By Halal Jabar

To be fair, some suspect this video of being a hoax that claimed the life of a Nepalese man instead of Bahgat, but is that any comfort? The animals still did horrible things to that victim. Moving on, though.

Tell us Mr. El Masri, to whom do you submit?


Jesus Christ, who never killed one man in His life, and who was killed Himself… to save you, Michael.

As far as terrorist actions are concerned, what do you call entering a country you have no right to enter against the will of the United Nations and killing 600,000 civilians? I call it Operation Iraqi Freedom!

You’ve gotta be kidding me. You’re proving that Islam is the way because of what the American army has done 1400 YEARS AFTER ISLAM BEGAN??

Ok, who ever said that Bush and Christianity were interchangeable terms? I disagree with the “war” MORE THAN YOU DO, friend. Those are MY Arabic-speaking brothers there, and even if they pray to a different diety (and are mistaken beyond belief), I would never endorse the killing of anyone. It’s YOUR people who do that, Mikey. When they’re oppressed, I mean. End of story, period.

Shall we talk of Palestine next?

Yes, let’s!

Or any of the multitudes of crimes committed by the U.S. against areas where Muslims are the majority.

Your beef seems to be with the U.S.
Don’t you know that the nation America has a savior complex? The rulers think they can fix anything. And they usually try to ‘fix’ things that have lots of oil. Why doesn’t Bush try “helping” the people in Darfur or Ethiopia or others who are starving to death? I agree with you, American politics have got out of hand (I’m still a Republican, though, because of the Moral issues).

In honesty we could start with the crusades which by the way is unilaterally accepted as an atrosity by the west toward Islam by Western historians.

Oh really? An Atrosity, you say? Well, actually, the Crusades may not have been the most shining of moments, but thank God in heaven for them, or else a bigger percentage of the world would be Muslim!

Do you consider the Arab invasion of Egypt, where my ancestors were threatened with having their tongues ripped out if they didn’t learn the Moslem language an atrocity? Do you consider the killing (by sword) of people who refused to convert an “atrocity”?

If you don’t, then you live in the Land of the Double Standard.
If you do, then you’re in the wrong religion, because baby, that’s what it’s all about.
I beg you to do some more research before promoting a religion that’s more terrifying than every horror movie ever put out there.

Why should we stop there when we can talk of the spanish inquisition?

Bring it.

Has my point been made or do you have cement in your brain?

Hmm. I have an MD, and you converted INTO Islam. Let’s just leave it at that.

And for the record, your “argument” not only proves that the cement has migrated from your brain to your heart, but that you’re an honorary Arab, double standards and all.

Before you stereotype all Muslims or even a majority of them as terrorist or even of a non-peaceful nature you should educate yourself with regards to the truth of Islam which is sadly practices by only a handful of people calling themselves Muslim today and of those most are American reverts.

Reverts??? You mean people who used to be Moslem and then reverted to it?? I’m starting to doubt that English is your first language, Mike.

And by the way, you’re right for once–the true Islam is only carried out by a relative handful of people; Osama bin Laden and others like him. If you haven’t killed anyone in the name of “allah,” then you’re a poor excuse for a Moslem (and not just because your spelling and logical faculties.. “need work.”)

Also you may want to take a strong look at the actions of non Muslims historically and presently and compare them with the actions of Muslims, I assure you, you will find that Muslims are indeed peaceful. Thank you and may you find truth in your journey.

Let’s see… Big Mo steals verses from Christian and Jewish scriptures. He promises a few idiots (whom no one would share a cab with, much less sleep with) around him that they can have all the food and sex and money that they want (before and after death), and they take him up on it. They go around raping and robbing and forcing conversions (sex and food and money on a platter, you might say) like a bunch of hairy pirates.
They are addicted to their new game, and devote their lives to spreading this “religion.”

I could go on, but I have to get to church soon. But I challenge YOU to look at how many Christians have been killed FOR THEIR FAITH. Forget American oil missions and the like. No one said they’re right.

Compare Jesus and Mohammed side by side. One killed no one, the other bathed in blood.
One never married and the other was such a sex maniac that he re-wrote his “scriptures” every time Junior reared his warped head. (If you don’t mind that he snatched his son’s wife, an old lady, and a 9 year old in the space of 10 years, then you’re a pedophilic sociopath and there’s no reasoning with you so I should just stop right now.)
One said “turn the other cheek” and the other said “slay the unbelievers where you find them.”
One said “wives submit to your husband as he submits to God” and the other said “allah has put men in charge of women because men excel women” and “if you get into a fight with the Mrs. then shun her, yell at her, or beat her.”

I mean, come off it, Michael. If you think “allah” condones these things, then you’re sadly mistaken. And if you can really look at your reflection in the mirror, or sleep peacefully at night after having defended these things, then you really and truly, as we say in Arabic, “ma3ndaksh damm.”

I am sorry, I just can’t help myself. (Salib’s comments in BOLD and Austin’s indented.)

With regards to Mr. El Masri’s comments, this man should educate himself and not make comments out of ignorance because it only makes him look foolish.

Pity you don’t take your own advice, Mikey!

Anyone who knows anything about Islam, Muslim or Non-Muslim alike knows that the Qur’an itself banns the Muslim from committing any terrorist act.

Well, then, this must be a different Islam than the one that Mohammed followed, because he was the first terrorist.

Muslims are permitted to fight only in the face of oppression and must stop fighting when that oppression stops, period end of story.

I thought that the Qur’an itself banns the Moslem from committing a terrorist act? Also, you may be interested to know that Arab men always think they’re oppressed. They are the original Mama’s boys who live by double standard and are little better than spoiled brats who want their own way. (Unfortunately, Copts have picked this up in the past several hundred years.)

Don’t believe me?

Nope. Noone with a thinking brain would believe that tripe, Austin.

No problem you may find this information very easily in any legitimately translated Qur’an.

I don’t NEED a translation.

Do me a fave, Austin. Go learn Arabic and read the Kor’an THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE READ and then come back and talk to me. Hurry up, I’m timing you. 1, 2, 3.. 4..!

A religion of peace it is indeed with its sole purpose being the submission to God.

A religion of P–SY (sorry for the crudeness but hey, if the shoe fits) it is indeed with its sole purpose being

1- Sex, Sex, and more Sex
2- Killing
3- Making up fake stories to legitimize 1 & 2
4- Lies
5- Insanity

Austin, you obviously don’t know about the approved torture methods and killing methods of the real Moslems (which you aren’t, by the way). Have you ever watched a man have hooks put into him and then each hook pulled a different direction until the man is in segments? (I’m talking MEAT hooks, Austin.)

Have you ever seen a person (like poor Atwar Bahgat killed in the manner I’m going to share with you in a moment?

By the time filming begins, the condemned woman has been blindfolded with a white bandage.

It is stained with blood that trickles from a wound on the left side of her head. She is moaning, although whether from the pain of what has already been done to her or from the fear of what is about to be inflicted is unclear. …

A large man dressed in military fatigues, boots and cap approaches from behind and covers her mouth with his left hand. In his right hand, he clutches a large knife with a black handle and an 8in blade. He proceeds to cut her throat from the middle, slicing from side to side.

Her cries “Ah, ah, ah” can be heard above the “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) intoned by the holder of the mobile phone.

Even then, there is no quick release for Bahjat. Her executioner suddenly stands up, his job only half done. A second man in a dark T-shirt and camouflage trousers places his right khaki boot on her abdomen and pushes down hard eight times, forcing a rush of blood from her wounds as she moves her head from right to left.

Only now does the executioner return to finish the task. He hacks off her head and drops it to the ground, then picks it up again and perches it on her bare chest so that it faces the film-maker in a grotesque parody of one of her pieces to camera.
By Halal Jabar

To be fair, some suspect this video of being a hoax that claimed the life of a Nepalese man instead of Bahgat, but is that any comfort? The animals still did horrible things to that victim. Moving on, though.

Tell us Mr. El Masri, to whom do you submit?


Jesus Christ, who never killed one man in His life, and who was killed Himself… to save you, Michael.

As far as terrorist actions are concerned, what do you call entering a country you have no right to enter against the will of the United Nations and killing 600,000 civilians? I call it Operation Iraqi Freedom!

You’ve gotta be kidding me. You’re proving that Islam is the way because of what the American army has done 1400 YEARS AFTER ISLAM BEGAN??

Ok, who ever said that Bush and Christianity were interchangeable terms? I disagree with the “war” MORE THAN YOU DO, friend. Those are MY Arabic-speaking brothers there, and even if they pray to a different diety (and are mistaken beyond belief), I would never endorse the killing of anyone. It’s YOUR people who do that, Mikey. When they’re oppressed, I mean. End of story, period.

Shall we talk of Palestine next?

Yes, let’s!

Or any of the multitudes of crimes committed by the U.S. against areas where Muslims are the majority.

Your beef seems to be with the U.S.
Don’t you know that the nation America has a savior complex? The rulers think they can fix anything. And they usually try to ‘fix’ things that have lots of oil. Why doesn’t Bush try “helping” the people in Darfur or Ethiopia or others who are starving to death? I agree with you, American politics have got out of hand (I’m still a Republican, though, because of the Moral issues).

In honesty we could start with the crusades which by the way is unilaterally accepted as an atrosity by the west toward Islam by Western historians.

Oh really? An Atrosity, you say? Well, actually, the Crusades may not have been the most shining of moments, but thank God in heaven for them, or else a bigger percentage of the world would be Muslim!

Do you consider the Arab invasion of Egypt, where my ancestors were threatened with having their tongues ripped out if they didn’t learn the Moslem language an atrocity? Do you consider the killing (by sword) of people who refused to convert an “atrocity”?

If you don’t, then you live in the Land of the Double Standard.
If you do, then you’re in the wrong religion, because baby, that’s what it’s all about.
I beg you to do some more research before promoting a religion that’s more terrifying than every horror movie ever put out there.

Why should we stop there when we can talk of the spanish inquisition?

Bring it.

Has my point been made or do you have cement in your brain?

Hmm. I have an MD, and you converted INTO Islam. Let’s just leave it at that.

And for the record, your “argument” not only proves that the cement has migrated from your brain to your heart, but that you’re an honorary Arab, double standards and all.

Before you stereotype all Muslims or even a majority of them as terrorist or even of a non-peaceful nature you should educate yourself with regards to the truth of Islam which is sadly practices by only a handful of people calling themselves Muslim today and of those most are American reverts.

Reverts??? You mean people who used to be Moslem and then reverted to it?? I’m starting to doubt that English is your first language, Mike.

And by the way, you’re right for once–the true Islam is only carried out by a relative handful of people; Osama bin Laden and others like him. If you haven’t killed anyone in the name of “allah,” then you’re a poor excuse for a Moslem (and not just because your spelling and logical faculties.. “need work.”)

Also you may want to take a strong look at the actions of non Muslims historically and presently and compare them with the actions of Muslims, I assure you, you will find that Muslims are indeed peaceful. Thank you and may you find truth in your journey.

Let’s see… Big Mo steals verses from Christian and Jewish scriptures. He promises a few idiots (whom no one would share a cab with, much less sleep with) around him that they can have all the food and sex and money that they want (before and after death), and they take him up on it. They go around raping and robbing and forcing conversions (sex and food and money on a platter, you might say) like a bunch of hairy pirates.
They are addicted to their new game, and devote their lives to spreading this “religion.”

I could go on, but I have to get to church soon. But I challenge YOU to look at how many Christians have been killed FOR THEIR FAITH. Forget American oil missions and the like. No one said they’re right.

Compare Jesus and Mohammed side by side. One killed no one, the other bathed in blood.
One never married and the other was such a sex maniac that he re-wrote his “scriptures” every time Junior reared his warped head. (If you don’t mind that he snatched his son’s wife, an old lady, and a 9 year old in the space of 10 years, then you’re a pedophilic sociopath and there’s no reasoning with you so I should just stop right now.)
One said “turn the other cheek” and the other said “slay the unbelievers where you find them.”
One said “wives submit to your husband as he submits to God” and the other said “allah has put men in charge of women because men excel women” and “if you get into a fight with the Mrs. then shun her, yell at her, or beat her.”

I mean, come off it, Michael. If you think “allah” condones these things, then you’re sadly mistaken. And if you can really look at your reflection in the mirror, or sleep peacefully at night after having defended these things, then you really and truly, as we say in Arabic, “ma3ndaksh damm.”

Just in case you are not a comment-checker, I wanted to share this recent comment of Michael Austin, (to THIS article of his) and my reply. I have highlighted Mr Austin’s more interesting points.

Happy Sunday.

With regards to Mr. El Masri’s comments, this man should educate himself and not make comments out of ignorance because it only makes him look foolish. Anyone who knows anything about Islam, Muslim or Non-Muslim alike knows that the Qur’an itself banns the Muslim from committing any terrorist act. Muslims are permitted to fight only in the face of oppression and must stop fighting when that oppression stops, period end of story. Don’t believe me? No problem you may find this information very easily in any legitimately translated Qur’an. A religion of peace it is indeed with its sole purpose being the submission to God. Tell us Mr. El Masri, to whom do you submit? As far as terrorist actions are concerned, what do you call entering a country you have no right to enter against the will of the United Nations and killing 600,000 civilians? I call it Operation Iraqi Freedom! Shall we talk of Palestine next? Or any of the multitudes of crimes committed by the U.S. against areas where Muslims are the majority. In honesty we could start with the crusades which by the way is unilaterally accepted as an atrosity by the west toward Islam by Western historians. Why should we stop there when we can talk of the spanish inquisition? Has my point been made or do you have cement in your brain? Before you stereotype all Muslims or even a majority of them as terrorist or even of a non-peaceful nature you should educate yourself with regards to the truth of Islam which is sadly practices by only a handful of people calling themselves Muslim today and of those most are American reverts. Also you may want to take a strong look at the actions of non Muslims historically and presently and compare them with the actions of Muslims, I assure you, you will find that Muslims are indeed peaceful. Thank you and may you find truth in your journey.

This was my original reply to Mr Austin:

Dear Mr. Austin, the problem lies in something you said in the first sentence– “legitimately translated.”

There isn’t one. Why? Because some versions seek to “sanitize” the religion (but no amount of Clorox can completely wash all of the blood from their hands), although others are translated properly but western converts such as yourself blindly fight against them, insisting “Yes, Islam is TOO, good!” (In the singsongy voice of a playground, not saying “Islam is too good”. Although you probably believe that.

I am very sorry for you, Michael. I’m sorry that you choose to believe 2 sets of lies–the set that says “Muslims are good” (propagated by Muslims) and the set that Muslims themselves believe (“Allah is good, true, real, and not an insane figment of a more insane man.”)

I do not know George el MAsry, but he obviously has some good and valid ideas.

I do know that I have read the Kor’an in 2 languages (and several translations) and things don’t add up. Either in the content or in the translations (at times).

You probably get your idea of Islam from that ridiculous “book” “Qur’an and Women,” by Amina Wadud, a Black American Moslem who also has the wrong idea.

I challenge any Arabic-speaking scholar of Islam to read that book and agree with the tenets therein.

May God bring you back to His truth, Michael–remember: Just because you had a bad experience at a protestant church does not mean that Islam is the solution!

I am praying for you.

In the love of the Jesus the Savior and the only source of true love,

Salib

This was before I’d read it line by line, though, and I invite you to read my line-by-line response in the entry to come.

Christian Freedom International Urges Renunciation of Violence
FRONT ROYAL, Va., Oct. 5 /Christian Newswire/ — Violence continues throughout the Muslim world in response to Pope Benedict’s recent remarks about Islam. Some Christian churches in Iraq have posted letters indicating their disagreement with the Pope in an attempt to avoid attack.

According to Christian Freedom International president Jim Jacobson, “as long as almost any criticism of Islam is met with violence, a serious dialogue between Christians and Muslims is impossible.”

In a world driven by economic, ethnic, and religious differences, people desperately seek dialogue. It is certainly better to talk than to fight. And much can be achieved if people set aside their differences to work together for common ends.

However, genuine dialogue requires confronting real problems. There is much in history about which those of both the Christian and Muslim faiths–and others as well–must regret. Injustice was committed by the use of violence by those claiming to speak for God. The victims of such injustice were many.

Today the picture is very different. By no means is the Christian church perfect–“God tells us that all men have fallen short of His glory,” emphasizes Jacobson. But over the last several hundred years Christians have come to recognize that violence and force have no place in promoting the Gospel message.

Unfortunately, that is not the case in the Muslim world. That sad reality is evident from the response to the Pope’s speech: the murder of a nun in Somalia, church burnings by Palestinians, attacks on churches in Iraq, and threats against Christians elsewhere. The problem of Islamic violence against non-Muslims of all faiths is not locked in history. It is today.

Equally serious is the problem of persecution and discrimination. “The bias against Christians is pervasive across the Muslim world,” explains Jacobson. “Of course, some countries are freer and more tolerant than others. Nevertheless, it is virtually impossible to find a Muslim-majority nation in which Christians are not oppressed, while it is similarly hard to locate a Christian-majority state in which Muslims are victimized.”

The starting point for any inter-faith dialogue must be a discussion of the willingness of Islamic governments to stop the persecution of non- Muslims. “Freedom of conscience is a prerequisite for religious faith, and it must be protected for everyone,” says Jacobson.

There is much in culture and history that divides believers in God. But we also have much in common. The foundation for future religious dialogue and cooperation must be the renunciation of violence in the name of faith.

Christian Freedom International is a human rights organization for religious liberty, helping persecuted Christians.


U.S.-Based Humanitarian Organization Helps Provide Income for Artisans in Other Countries

FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, Oct. 2 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian Freedom International (CFI), a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to the cause of helping persecuted Christians worldwide, has released its 2006/2007 Handcraft Catalog in conjunction with its microenterprise program.

The catalog features dozens of handcraft items for sale, including ethnic clothing, pottery, jewelry and bags, all made by Christian artisans in countries such as Pakistan, Laos, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. As part of its microenterprise, or “self-help,” program, CFI provides artisans with training and materials, then pays them for the crafts that are shipped to and sold in the United States. For poverty-stricken Christians, the program has been a successful way for them to earn an income for themselves and their families.

Microenterprise is just one of the many projects CFI undertakes in its attempts to aid suffering Christians throughout the world. By monitoring countries where persecution is the most intense, the organization is able to partner with indigenous churches and church members to provide basic supplies such as food, Bibles, medicine and medical care, as well as the operation of schools and orphanages, in areas where it is desperately needed.

Startling statistics reveal that more Christians have been martyred for their faith in the past 100 years than in all of the past 1,900 years combined. Christian Freedom International has been widely recognized for its efforts to provide relief and advocacy on behalf of Christians living in countries where even the simple act of owning a Bible is illegal.

To order a copy of CFI’s 2006/2007 Handcraft Catalog, or to learn more about persecuted Christians and how to help, visit http://www.christianfreedom.org.


American Korean Pastor Put under Surveillance in a Hotel; New Website for Religious Freedom in China Launched

MIDLAND, Texas, Oct. 27 /Christian Newswire/ — China Aid Association learns that all the 35 Christians arrested October 26, 2006 in a Bible training program held in Qilin mountain Villa, Urumqi city, Xinjiang Autonous Region have been released. They were released at 11pm after 12 hours of interrogation.

The police behaved relatively “gentle” during the interrogation, according to the eyewitnesses, female Christians were not abused this time, but at least one male Christian were beaten by the interrogators, and 2 Christians were fined 50 Yuan (about 6 US$).

After the interrogation focused on the issue of the American Korean pastor is currently under residence surveillance in an unknown hotel, and the police have his passport. The local Christians are not able to converse with him.

Among the 35 previously arrested, sister Fu Jufang and sister Rao were summoned again to the police station at 1pm on October 27(Beijing Time) and were released at 7pm after 6 hours of interrogation. Sister Zhou Li and another sister are also asked to go to the Yongfeng police station for further investigation next Monday.

CAA today formally launches a new website to promote and advance religious freedom for all in China. The name of this website is WWW.MonitorChina.Org.

“We welcome the release of the arrested Chinese house church pastors and we hope the American Korean pastor can be allowed to come back home soon,” Said Rev. Bob Fu, the president of CAA, “We hope through timely, accurate and truthful reports as well as faithful actions, the Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be realized in China, which reads:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

CAA gathers verifiable reports on threats and actions against the religious freedom of all people in China, regardless of their religious affiliation. CAA then urges proper actions by concerned communities to help advance religious freedom for all in China.