Foreigners arrested for trying to spread Christianity in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:10pm EST

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BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Four foreigners have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries and printing books about Christianity, a security official said on Saturday.

"They were arrested on Tuesday at a publishing house where they were printing thousands of books that called for conversion to Christianity," security official Hussein Bin Hmeid said.

"Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security."

Hmeid said the government-affiliated security apparatus called the Preventative Security, for which he is a spokesman, had arrested an Egyptian, a South African, a Korean and a Swede who was travelling on a U.S. passport.

"We are still holding interrogations and will hand them over to the Libyan intelligence authorities in a couple of days," Hmeid said, without giving further details.

The Preventative Security apparatus is a parallel security body created during the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and made up of several rebel brigades which fought in the conflict.

Libya's central government has yet to impose its authority on a myriad of armed groups who have yet to lay down their arms, and with skeletal national security forces, often relies on them for security.

(Reporting by Hadeel Al-Shalchi; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Radek.kow1 wrote:
Brave people!

Feb 16, 2013 4:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:
Let freedom ring!

Feb 16, 2013 6:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Islam. It poses as a religion, but its goals are very worldly: world domination, holy war, sharia law, the end of the separation of church and state, the end of democracy. It is not a religion, it is a political ideology. It demands your respect, but has no respect for you.

1400 years ago Muhammed, the consummate Pirate of the Desert, robbed, raped, enslaved and slaughtered the Pagan Arabs, Christian Arabs and Judaised Arabs and others.

That was not enough for him so he graduated to Plagiarising, Plundering, Pirating and or Perverting from their scriptures, traditions and fetishes to concoct and compose his Quran and a worthy ancestry for himself by pretending that all his verses were revealed to him by Allah, the supreme god of the Pagan Arabs.

It is one of the most remarkable of ironies that it was Mu’ammar al Qaddafi, the maverick Libyan leader who addressed a gathering of Arab heads of states summit, said the following:

“The only way to achieve peace in the Middle East is for the Arab countries to acknowledge and accept Israel and to pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it”

Feb 16, 2013 9:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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