When I read the story below in the News today, I was saddened to hear that more Christians are being persecuted. . . But, what the Taliban don't seem to realize, is that CHRISTIANS KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE PERSECUTED FOR THEIR FAITH! ! ! ! !
Taliban sets Wednesday hostage deadline
07/31/07 - 07:35 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan, Jul 31, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Taliban extremists set a midday Wednesday deadline for Afghanistan to release prisoners before they execute more South Korean missionary hostages.
The threat came less than 24 hours after the bullet-riddled body of a 29-year-old male church volunteer was found beside a road in the Andar district in central Afghanistan.
Taliban rebels abducted 23 South Koreans -- 17 of them women -- from a bus on July 23. Last Wednesday, the group's leader was executed, al-Jazeera said.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said senior leaders decided to kill the male captive Monday night because the government hadn't met demands to trade eight prisoners for the Christian group, The New York Times said.
The latest execution angered regional Gov. Mejaruddin Patan, who issued a statement saying: "Today the Taliban proved to the world that they are criminals. Even while our negotiations were continuing they killed another hostage."