Turkey: Hundreds of ex-Muslims who secretly converted to Christianity in Iran seek asylum

Some 500 Christian converts from Iran have sought asylum in Turkey following persecution by the authorities.

A young convert stated:

It is a fact that the government of Iran is an Islamic one, yet our youth are getting executed. In Iraq the same…. There is ISIS and [they] are killing people in the name of Islam, and there are vulnerable people who are being beheaded there. They have fled to Turkey, and we came to Turkey. That is why I did not see any good from Islam.’

The evidence is ubiquitous that there is a fierce global struggle with normative Islam, and still Westerners ignore it. The violent persecution by organized Islamic forces against religious minorities and even against Muslims who are considered apostates is daily news.

In looking at Christian persecution, 13 out of the 14 of the worst offending countries are Islamic, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List.

Iran is punishing many Kurds with the death penalty, although many of them share the same religion.

Even in Britain, where there are now 85 Sharia courts, “Islamic families in Britain have abused and attacked their own children for choosing to refuse the teachings of the Koran.” The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain “revealed young people have turned to them after being hurt by their loved ones,” and “cases include a former Muslim girl who was threatened with death by her own mother for rejecting Allah.”

The torrent of victims globally rises daily while the willful blindness continues. Western authorities pretend to care about human rights as they present their people with the “anti-Islamophobia” Trojan Horse.

Some 500 Christian converts from Iran have sought asylum in Turkey following persecution by the authorities, according to the Middle Eastern news website Rudaw.

Rudaw published a video from Van in Turkey, close to the Iranian border, in which Kurdish Christian converts refused to appear on camera or reveal their names, with one man and his family who converted to Christianity from Islam saying that they used to practise their faith in secret.

In Iran, ‘there is not an accurate figure to say how many people have become Christians because everything is secret,’ he said. ‘When a Muslim converts to Christianity, they do so in secret. Rituals are secret since they are in danger…ours was secret, too.’

Another young man who converted only after he arrived in Van said that he did not think he could be the person he wanted to be if he remained Muslim. He added that he is now feeling ‘comfortable’ as a Christian.

And another said Iran is punishing many Kurds with the death penalty, although many of them share the same religion.

He claimed that hundreds of Kurdish youth in Iran have abandoned Islam and embraced Christianity.

‘I changed my religion because I did not see anything in Islam. Whatever I saw was wrong,’ he said.

‘It is a fact that the government of Iran is an Islamic one, yet our youth are getting executed. In Iraq the same,’ he continued. ‘There is ISIS and [they] are killing people in the name of Islam, and there are vulnerable people who are being beheaded there. They have fled to Turkey, and we came to Turkey. That is why I did not see any good from Islam.’

According to Rudaw, there are around 1,500 Kurdish asylum seekers in Van, some of whom cite political, ethnic, or cultural reasons as their reasons to leave Iran, alongside the nearly 500 of them who have converted to Christianity.

The majority of those who spoke to Rudaw said they wanted to go to the US, Canada or Europe.

The majority of Iranian Kurds follow Sunni Islam, while the majority in Iran are Shiites.

Open Doors USA says that Iran considers Christianity to be a ‘western influence’, adding: ‘Converts to Christianity from Islam make up the largest group of Christians and experience the most persecution.’

The Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Tehran, Ramzi Garmou, told AFP in December that people are grateful that they live in peace in the country as opposed to the rest of the Middle East.

‘Thanks to God, we really live in peace and security, but our neighbours live in anguish and violence,’ he said.

Sources: Christian Post and Jihad Watch

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