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Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

Singing Christmas Carols in your home, or an unapproved meeting place in Uzbekistan, could lead to criminal charges and hefty fines.

That's because Uzbek govenrment officials are "humbug" about Christmas or any other private or unsanctioned Christian worship in the former Soviet country.

According to Forum 18, Uzbek police have raided several Christian meetings this Christmas season, seizing personal property and awarding excessive fines.

Police raided a group of about 80 Protestant worshippers in the Tashkent region on Dec. 1, confiscating Bibles and hymnals. They fingerprinted attendees and abused them verbally.

That raid came only two weeks after one against the Full Gospel Protestant Church in the Urtachirchik District of Tashkent.

Timur and Irina Kholmatov were praying, reading the Bible and singing hymns with four other Christians when police raided their home. Officials confiscated audio and video cassettes, a computer, memory sticks, audio and video equipment, and four guitars. Timur Kholmatov received a fine of 100 times the minimum monthly wage.

Uzbekistan only allows Christian worship "in registered places specifically set up for religious purposes."

Find out more about Uzbekistan government raids against Christians at Forum 18.

And as you gather at home to say a few prayers and sing Christmas carols with friends and family this Christmas season, take a few moments to pray for Uzbek believers who risk financial ruin and sometimes jail, simply for celebrating Christ this Christmas season--and throughout the year.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:27 PM

Comments on this post

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

We will be prayng, but we wont shut our mouth. Keep praising the lord at all times.
Left by Ruth Hidalgo on Dec 19, 2012 12:51 PM

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

Beautiful, Andre Bocelli singing the Lord's prayer.
Left by Jennie Walsh on Dec 19, 2012 6:07 PM

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

This will happen in America if we give up our 2nd amendment gun rights. The 2nd amendment was not written for deer hunting but for protection from GOVERNMENT TYRANNY. There is PLENTY OF EVIDENCE that communist Obama and his evil Satanic cronies have totalitarian dictatorship in mind.
Left by Jennie Walsh on Dec 19, 2012 6:11 PM

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols ------------------------Big Brother and one of his MANY victims.
Left by Jennie Walsh on Dec 19, 2012 6:37 PM

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

I am so thankful that we still have this freedom in the US but I am very unsure that it will last. We already see many signs that our freedoms are being quickly eroded by those who hate any Christian expression.
Left by ruti46 on Dec 20, 2012 1:51 AM

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

Look out America we could be next. Keep praying.
Left by KellieC on Dec 20, 2012 12:39 PM

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

Please all pray that revival breaks out in Uzbekistan.
Left by JESUS is the only answere on Dec 20, 2012 5:21 PM

# RE: Busted for Singing Christmas Carols

It's only a matter of time before the U.S. makes it a hate crime to sing Christmas carols. The Tribulation has begun.

We can feel the birth pangs ringing out around the world and on our home front.

Come quickly Dear Lord!
Left by drdrakesr on Jan 01, 2013 3:05 PM