Monday, August 25, 2008

Conversion, Dhimmitude, or Death

CNA is reporting that a Filipino bishop has been threatened with death if he doesn't convert or pay the jizya tax required of your typical dhimmis.

A Catholic bishop in the southern Philippines’ Basilan province has received a letter from self-described “Muslim warriors” possibly linked to Abu Sayyaf who are threatening him with harm if he does not convert to Islam or pay “Islamic taxes.” Further, authorities are seeking the return of three adults and two children, all Catholics, who were kidnapped in the same area this week.

Just another reminder that, even in areas where we are the majority, the Church isn't above persecution. Many prayers for this bishop that he will be an outstanding witness for the Faith in life and in death, if necessary.

Nor does your cruelty, however exquisite, avail you; it is rather a temptation to us. The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.

The Apology of Tertullian

May God grant that his Church not fear the sufferings granted to Her.

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