No Compulsion In Religion Update from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. And that is just what Western Islamic apologists would say about this if any Western reporter had the guts and honesty to ask them about it (which they do not have): they'd say that the Qur'an says that there is no compulsion in religion (2:256) and that therefore this has nothing to do with Islam. And yet forced conversions keep happening in Muslim countries -- why do so many Muslims misunderstand 2:256?
In reality, what is forcible conversion to non-Muslims is free conversion to Muslims. Remember Centanni and Wiig, the journalists who were kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam -- even though their conversions were obviously coerced, their captors made them say that they were converting freely, and the captors probably believed that themselves. This is, after all, the same mindset that considers that people who convert so as to escape the deprivations of dhimmitude are converting freely as well.
"2,000 minorities girls converted to Islam forcibly: report," by Aliza Mirza for the Daily Times, September 5 (thanks to David):
LAHORE: As many as 2,000 women and girls from various minority sects were forcibly converted to Islam through rape, torture and kidnappings, while 161 people were charged with blasphemy in 2011, according to a report by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC).
SPARC released the report on Tuesday at a press conference at a hotel.
The report read that minorities make up three to four percent of the country’s population but remain sidelined in state policies. In 2011, extremists killed governor Salmaan Taseer and federal minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, as both were advocating minority rights by calling for amendments in the country’s controversial blasphemy law.
After the 2011 floods, 130,000 Hindus were forced to leave their homes and 86,500 ended up on streets of various cities in Sindh. Whereas 27 Hindu children were kidnapped for ransom from different parts of northern Sindh. The primary school enrolment rate of scheduled caste Hindu girls is only 10.2 percent. Ahmadi students have been especially targeted by the hate campaigns. In Hafizabad, 10 Ahmadi students, including seven girls and a teacher, were expelled from school on account of their religious affiliation....