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Heroes Have Arisen To Fight Injustice

Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Rioting in Egypt and now Libya fill news reports. “Gunfire raged” and “blood flowed through the streets” while Libyan Muammar al-Qaddafi vows that “We can crush any enemy”.

Terror and injustice is not the only news.  I’ve read several accounts of heroes who have arisen from the smoke and rubble of injustice.

Heroes Stand Up and Stand Out

National Review reported “A terrible drama is unfolding in Afghanistan: There are reports that Said Musa … will soon be executed for the ‘crime’ of choosing to become a Christian.”

He was arrested on May 31, 2010, after a television news report revealed that he was among a group of Afghan Christians.

“He was forced to appear before a judge without any legal counsel and without knowledge of the charges against him. ‘Nobody [wanted to be my] defender before the court. When I said ‘I am a Christian man,’ he [a potential lawyer] immediately spat on me and abused me and mocked me. . . . I am alone between 400 [people with] terrible values in the jail, like a sheep.’

According to his handwritten letter posted on the Baranabas Fund Said has been beaten, mocked, and subjected to sleep deprivation and sexual abuse while in prison. No Afghan lawyer will defend him and authorities denied him access to a foreign lawyer.

Friday the New York Times reported that under “international pressure, government officials in Kabul, Afghanistan, say they have freed an Afghan man who had been jailed since May and faced the prospect of the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity.”

Heroes Pray

In Egypt, World Magazine reported that “Every morning for 18 days, Egyptian Sylvia Zaki prayed the words of Psalm 91 like her life depended on it. In many ways, it did.”

From her home in downtown Cairo, Sylvia Zaki “could smell the wafting tear gas and hear the thundering sounds of Egypt’s revolution: chanting crowds, gunfire, tanks, helicopters, and F-16 fighters overhead.

Zaki prayed as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians massed in Cairo and cities across the country for nearly three weeks, demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of ironclad rule. A week after Mubarak’s Feb. 11 resignation, Zaki reflected on the experience. “There were times when I feared that I wouldn’t live any kind of normal life again, but I thank God for the blessing of forgetfulness,” she said. “We forget the fear and remember God’s protection, so we can go on.”

Time Magazine added, “there is a prevailing sense of unease that the worst is far from over…”

Our world needs our prayers.

Heroes Protect Others

Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, visited Russia last week to speak up on behalf of human rights abuses in Russia. Time Magazine reported that “her worst disappointment came on Thursday, when she met with students at the Moscow State University of International Relations. She saw none of the idealism she had [hoped for] …Instead, the student’s [sic] mostly seemed to parrot the Kremlin line” including asking “why the International Criminal Court had ‘interfered’ in Sudan by indicting its president for crimes against humanity.”

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