Monday, September 10, 2012

Repression of Christians in Pakistan

From California-

I chatted a few days ago with the Rev. Khushnud Azariah, the first Pakistani-born woman ordained as a clergy member.

Azariah has been serving at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Riverside since May.

Azariah first started living in Southern California in the early 1990s, when she and her husband moved their three daughters to West Covina. The couple divided their time between California and Pakistan for years, but Azariah moved here full-time in 2001.

Azariah said the main reason the couple wanted their daughters to grow up in the United States was because of pervasive discrimination against women and Christians in Pakistan.

Azariah said she has many Muslim friends in Pakistan and has long worked on interfaith efforts. But repression against Christians remains common, she said. Some hard-line Muslim fundamentalists want to purge Pakistan of all Christians.

Christians comprise less than 2 percent of the population in overwhelmingly Muslim Pakistan.

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