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Religious persecution, over alleged heresy, remains one of the great threats to world peace—to say nothing of free­dom and enlightenment—yet the international press often seems more interested in political correctness than in the systematic murder of small groups whose unpopular views have made them targets. Just as the Nazis murdered jews while much of the world looked the other way, the same bloody practices still flourish today in many parts of the world.

In January of 2008, Atlantis Rising reported on “The Plight of the Yezidi” (A.R. #67) an obscure Sufi sect in Iraq on the verge of physical extinction through frequent masacres by majority Muslims. We have also written about the difficulties facing Tibetan Buddhists, as well as the Chinese government’s repressive moves against the Fulang Gang sect. Genocide in the Darfur province of Sudan has also been widely reported elsewhere, but scant attention has been paid to the situation in Pakistan where, in May, 90 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect were slaughtered by the local muslim majority in two mosques. The issue, ostensibly, was blasphemy.

The beliefs found so offensive included the Ahmadiyya teaching that Jesus survived the crucifixion and traveled to Kashmir where he ultimately died, and whose remains are said to be in the tomb of Yuz Asouph in Srinagar, the Kashmiri capitol. In his recent movie, Jesus in India, filmmaker Paul Davids, at considerable personal risk, docu­mented the tomb’s purported site (see A.R. #74).

“It is simply beyond belief,” Davids told Atlantis Rising, “but sadly true, that people in Pakistan are being slaugh­tered for religious beliefs that don’t conform to mainstream Islam, and that there are [criminal] laws against so-called ‘blasphemy’.”

According to Wikipedia, “Ahmadis (followers of the Ahmadiyya religious movement) have been subject to various forms of persecution and discrimination since the movement’s inception in 1889. The Ahmadiyya faith emerged from the Sunni tradition of Islam, and its adherents believe in all the five pillars and articles of faith required of Muslims. The Ahmadis are active translators of the Qur’an and proselytizers for the faith; converts to Islam in many parts of the world first discovered Islam through the Ahmadis. However, in many Islamic countries, the Ahmadis have been defined as heretics and non-Muslim and subjected to persecution and often systematic oppression.”

Throughout Earth’s long, bloody past, nothing has caused the shedding of more innocent blood than religious in­tolerance. It is a problem which remains today, very far from solution.

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