Islamic Tolerance Alert from Compass Direct:
ISTANBUL, October 31 (Compass Direct News) — Islamic militants threatened to bomb a Christian family for refusing to convert to Islam as fighting between militants and government troops resumed in northwestern Pakistan yesterday.
“Become Muslim — otherwise, we are going to destroy your house with bombs,” an anonymous caller told a Swat Christian family last night.
The family, who requested that their name and village be kept anonymous for security reasons, said that they stayed awake all night praying after the 10 p.m. threat. They said that a Muslim neighbor, a close friend, spent the night in their front room as a token of solidarity.
Last month the family received a similar threat; militants delivered the threat in writing to a campsite the family operates.
A tiny Christian community in North West Frontier Province has reported increasing pressure to conform to Islamic law in recent months. Since July, followers of Muslim cleric Maulana Fazlullah have worked to enforce Islamic law (sharia) in much of Swat Valley, prompting clashes with government troops this week.
A worker with the Church of Pakistan in Peshawar confirmed that Christians in Swat have been forced to accept Islamic law.
“Militants have begun to enforce Muslim customs, which is creating problems for the local community,” said Ashar Dean, assistant director of communications for the diocese.
Yet in the West those who take note of this kind of thing are denounced as “bigots” by the self-proclaimed defenders of human rights.