Turkey: Christian boy beaten by muslim teacher for wearing cross

by Kal El on February 7, 2012 · View Comments

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But let’s not jump to conclusions, and assume this had anything to do with religion. Just because this happens every single day in the muslim world, assuming it is motivated by religion would be racist. </sarc>

Ex-Muslim Boy Clings to Faith Despite Beatings

 

TURKEY – February 2011. Americans are appalled when they see shocking cell phone video of a vicious attack on a 13-year-old boy from Philadelphia, Pa.

Nadin Khoury said the assault occurred because he’s small for his age and his family is African. Khoury made the rounds on television talk shows like the CBS’ “The View,” which are often eager to highlight the victims of bullying in America.

But what about Christians in other countries who are attacked and sometimes even killed because of their faith, especially if they’re converts from Islam?

Assaults like the one against Khoury occur regularly in Muslim countries around the world and the American mainstream media is unlikely to tell you about it.

Stories like that of a former Muslim named Hussein. The 11-year-old publicly professed his Christian faith in Turkey by wearing a silver cross necklace in school.

“It’s not the physical cross. It’s the meaning of the cross that is important. It is a beautiful thing,” he explained. “I wanted people to ask me about it and then I could tell them about Christ.”

Hussein was 9 years old at the time. His father, Hakeem, was once an Islamic scholar who had studied the Koran in Iran and Syria. When his questions about Islam went unanswered, Hakeem searched elsewhere for the truth. He discovered it in the Bible and in church.

After he became a Christian, Hakeem decided to take Hussein and his other children to church.

“I felt so alive hearing the hymns and singing in the church! I felt I had to learn more about this. I was so joyful,” he recalled.

After the boy accepted Christ, Hussein wanted to share the good news with others. He was unaware of the potential dangers he faced for leaving Islam.

His sister saw him wearing the silver cross necklace and anxiously told her parents that Hussein was telling everyone that the family had become Christians.

Because they feared persecution from militant Muslims, Hussein’s parents prohibited him from wearing the cross.

“We referred to it as Hussein’s problem. We were trying to prevent conflicts with others, but we came to realize that we were the ones with the problem, not Hussein,” Hakeem said.

“We decided to be like Hussein, more open about our Christianity,” he said.

His Muslim classmates taunted Hussein in school. They spat on him and called him names. He often suffered attacks similar to the one against Khoury.

Hussein threatened to report one of the bullies to the principal.

“The boy grabbed me by the arm, squeezed my hand, and yelled, ‘I’m going to shoot you if you tell about this!’” Hussein said.

Hakeem described what happened when he confronted the bully’s father.

“I thought the father would be concerned about his son’s action. But instead, he called me names, threatened me, and said he would shoot me himself if I pursued action against his son,” he said.

Some of the worst beatings endured by the boy didn’t come from his classmates.

“Hussein refused to attend school, so I asked him if he was still getting beat up by those boys. He said, ‘No, by my religion teacher,’” Hakeem told CBN News.

Like in most Islamic countries, students of all faiths are required to attend Islamic studies in school. Those who refuse to recite the Koran and Islamic prayers are often beaten by the teacher.

And so it was for Hussein. He said he was punished regularly with a two-foot long rod because he wouldn’t say the Islamic Shahada.

“I don’t like saying it. It isn’t in my heart. It is just meaningless words to me,” Hussein said.

Hakeem went to the school and asked why his Christian son was beaten for refusing to recite Muslim prayers.

“The religion teacher said it was allowed. That the principal and parents agreed that he should do this,” Hakeem recalled.

The teacher’s beatings, the bullying, and the assaults from classmates took a toll on young Hussein.

Stressed and traumatized, he started to experience grand mal seizures. He now takes medicine to treat the condition.

Hussein also attends a new school where he suffers fewer attacks. He insists he will never return to Islam even if he is forced to endure worse abuse.

“Christ said, ‘You would suffer for me.’ So it’s okay to suffer and we should be happy to suffer for Him. The Lord is with me,” the boy said.

Hussein said he will continue to tell others about Jesus, with or without that silver cross necklace.

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  • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

    Yeah, nothing to do with pislam. It’s all just a coincidence.

  • Tonto

    Using religion as an avenue of power over people is wrong.  After all, one’s relationship with whatever higher power they recognize is their own business, not anyone else’s.  Rituals, forced behavior, tithe demands, theocratic government demanding times, places, styles of worship are all wrong and should always be totally voluntary. And, it doesn’t matter to me what religion we’re talking about….Christian, Jewish, muzlem, Hindu or whatever…..rituals are generally bullshit anyway.  What is really important is the recognition of a higher power and following a recommended style of desired comportment compatible with one’s society.  In the case of islam, the slavish attention to ritual and comportment is enforced with murder and the threat of murder….and wrong.  Islam is absolutely useless to everyone but the “bosses” in islam.  The rest are just slaves of no worth except as beasts of burden that “carry” the weight of their “religion”.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    Wouldn’t you like to take that two foot rod and ram it ‘up theirs.’  Those teachers are evil as Hell and will burn there.  Not soon enough in my book.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    Oh “The View” is being goody shoes reporting this, huh.  They could care less – those bitches on The View are just there for their own money gratification & self glory.  This kind of story makes them MONEY. . . rest is irrelevant.
    I despise that silly show, shew!

  • Anonymous

    Anyway you cut it — this IS Child Abuse — that teacher should be sent to prison.

  • Plumbline

    This boy has true grit. An example to all christians. This boy now knows the fellowship of Christs sufferings. And a cowardly act by the teacher.

    1 Thessalonians 2. New Testament Bible

    13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.

  • JEWHAWK

    Today’s Christians in Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and Syria are being treated almost as badly as Jews were treated in Poland, Ukraine, Latvia and Russia in the first half of the 20th Century. Street bullying against Jews was rife, considered normal, after all Jews killed Jesus some two thousand years ago, so modern Jews should pay dearly for that. An irrational point, but adopted as official policy by some countries in Euope.

    Today, there are no excuses to do nothing about. They aren’t Jews who had none in the west to protest against their ordeal. Jews were and still are considered liars by the vast majority of the common people, therefore the Holocaust could happen under the noses of everyone. Today’s internet is a powerful tool to twart any serious attempt at mass murdering another batch of 1.5 million Christians, as happened to the Armenians.

  • Anonymous

    Somebody outta shoot that SOB!

  • http://www.emenac.com/outsourcing/call_centre_service/order_taking/ Order Taking Service

    This is happening in a moderate country. very sad to know that.

  • Anonymous

    “Moderate, modern” islamic countries are not moderate and modern in the Western sense. It simply means that the minorities are discriminated against legally.

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