One of the common arguments i hear in defence of Islam and its inculcation to the west has been the soothing idea that there is no compulsion in Islam. However, recent evidence suggests this may not be the case. Readers of Vlad will be aware of the massive horrors in Swat and parts of Pakistan where those who are not Muslim or often even those who are Muslim but insufficiently devout, or devout not in the proscribed manner are tortured and or killed.
However more and more accounts are coming from Eastern Europe where whole villages are being forced to Islam or more conservative Islam. Here is a small report on the village of Ribnovo in Bulgaria where children are forced to mosque:
State Agency for National Security has received a signal about the issue.
16 March 2009 | 13:40 | FOCUS News Agency Sofia. The mayor of the municipality of Garmen Ahmed Bashev and teacher in Islam Murat Boshnak have been questioned in the State Agency for National Security at the order of Prosecutor’s Office, Focus News Agency’s correspondent in the municipality of Gotse Delchev Daniela Kranteva reported.
Ahmed Bashev and Murat Boshnak have been questioned about forcing children and youths to pay obligatory visits to the mosque in the village of Ribnovo and encouraging them to stay away from worldly life. People from nearby villages who dared to complain of the forcible spreading of Islam have often been threatened that they will be driven out of the village. They heard sentences, such as “He who does not support me is against me” or “You are giaours.”
And aggressive Islamization, “no compulsion in religion” (Qur’an 2:256) notwithstanding. “Bulgaria MP Yanev: Numerous Southern Villages Are Converted to Islam by Force,” from Novinite (Sofia News Agency), March 3 (thanks to Twostellas):
Despite Bulgaria’s European Union membership, some regions of the country need a second liberation from Ottoman yoke, the Bulgarian Member of the Parliament (MP), Yane Yanev, stated, cited by the Bulgarian news agency, BGNES.Yanev, who is the leader of the opposition “Order, Law, Justice” Party (RZS) spoke Monday in Blagoevgrad as reported by the local BGNES correspondent.
The leaders of RZS visited Monday several villages in Southern Bulgaria to meet with alarmed teachers and parents, who have presented concrete evidence of the imposed conversion to fundamentalist Islam in the region.
The example of the village of Ribnovo, in the Gurmen municipality, has been presented as the most striking one. In Ribnovo, the school principal, Feim Issa, had imposed full dictatorship on the teaching staff, forcing them to wear traditional Muslim clothes, and encouraging female student to the same. Issa has been illegally appointed as principal with help of the local mosque’s leaders and is actively supporting the religion teacher at the school, Murat Boshnak. Boshnak is, reportedly, an individual with suspicious past and unclear educational background. He is not holding even a Bulgarian high school diploma, but has graduated from a religious school in Skopje, Macedonia. Ribnovo residents allege that Boshnak has specialized in Saudi Arabia and is forcefully making parents to sign requests for their children to study the Islam. He is also demanding that children address him as “aga’ instead of “gospodin” (Mister), had prohibited girls from attending the last prom in civil attire and issued a ban on celebrations. Boshnak later organized a trip to Turkey with funds from an Arab foundation. Only one girl had attended the prom. Parents, who refuse to follow the fundamentalist rules, are being cursed during services in the local mosque.
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While Muslims may not say that killing or torturing those who would convert away from Islam is compulsion to religion, I do. Because it is. Here is a recent example of Libya torturing and killing a number of people who converted to Christianity for leaving Islam. Once again, any attempt to separate the notion of ‘apostasy’ and compulsion to Islam is playing word games.
TRIPOLI, LIBYA (Worthy News) — Libya’s feared intelligence service has “detained and tortured” four Christians for converting from Islam, as part of a wider crackdown on people embracing Christianity, human rights group said in comments monitored by Worthy News Thursday, March 12.
U.S.-based International Christian Concern (ICC) said the believers, whose names were not identified, were imprisoned for the past seven weeks in Tripoli, Libya’s capital.
“Libya’s External Security Organization is believed to be behind the detention and torture of the Christians” ICC said, citing local sources.
The security agents have reportedly barred families from visiting the detained converts and ICC said they “are putting severe physical and psychological pressure on the Christians in order to force them to reveal the names of other converts.”
“Fearing for their lives, converts from Islam are on the run,” the group added.
ICC said the detention and alleged torture of the Christian converts come despite efforts by Libya to improve ties with the international community.
Libya began re-establishing relations following the recent lifting of sanctions, which were imposed due to the country’s involvement in the bombing of an American airliner, in which 270 people were killed.
However, “by torturing the four Christian converts and stifling religious freedom, Libya is once again violating basic principles of the international human rights law,” ICC said. Libyan officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
“We call upon Libyan officials to stop torturing the four Christians and release them from detention,” added ICC Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho. “Libya must respect the rights of its citizens to worship freely and not to be tortured. We particularly ask the Libyan leader and the current head of the African Union, Mr. Muammar Gaddafi, to set the prisoners free and demonstrate his country’s commitment to respect human rights.”
The group said it had urged its supporters to “pray for the safe release of the detained believers” and “for comfort and strength of their families.”
These are just a few very recent examples of compulsion to religion in Islam. An hours work with search engines and the list is seemingly endless in the Islamic world and anywhere that the percentage is high enough. Any attempt to pretend that Islam does not force obedience and submission to Islam is tactical. Mere tenderizer for the mind.
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