A ‘Romantic Way to Escape Persecution’: Online Matchmaking
(Link): A ‘Romantic Way to Escape Persecution’: Online Matchmaking
- Persecution watchdog group hopes romantic connections between Western and Pakistani Christians could lead to asylum. Other persecution groups aren’t so sure.
An advocacy group for Pakistani Christians is now getting into the matchmaking business.
The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) (Link): launched an online dating site in May to connect Pakistani Christians living all over the world.
Named for a common term for a South Asian wedding, (Link): Shaadi4Christians serves as a tool for single Christians—and their parents, who still often arrange marriages for their children—scattered in the South Asian diaspora.
The BCPA views marriage as a way to escape persecution.
“I am sure that refugees in Thailand are going to want to use this because they are suffering so much,” chairman Wilson Chowdhry (Link): told The Christian Post. “A young doctor looking for marriage can be seen by a potential suitor in America and they can, in essence, find very romantic way to escape persecution.”
About 4 million of Pakistan’s 200 million citizens are Christians. Due to violence and persecution, the country ranks among the (Link): top 10 of hardest places to be a Christian. A Taliban suicide bomber (Link): killed 70 at a Christian celebration this Easter. Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws sent Christian Asia Bibi (Link): to death row for allegedly making a derogatory comment about Muhammad.
Women are especially (Link): vulnerable. Two Muslim men who raped Christian sisters were (Link): acquitted after a key witness refused to testify and a prosecutor didn’t show up in court. That wasn’t an anomaly—about 370 cases of forced conversion and marriage were (Link): reported in Pakistan in 2014.
- ….While other dating sites for South Asian Christians—like the popular Shaadi.com—can be sorted by religion, Shaadi4Christians offers potential suitors and their parents a way to make sure that the person they are interested in is telling the truth about his or her faith.
“Many of these men hold a very nominal Christian belief and simply want a wife who is domesticated rather than career-driven, and one over whom they can exert control,” Chowdhry stated. “This site will enable parents to better understand the nature of the suitor.”
The site lists each candidate’s involvement in a local church and allows both suitors and parents to request background checks from those churches.
- …. Two years ago, another unusual Christian dating site was launched. CalledTogether.us was created with the aim of connecting overseas missionaries and alleviating a problem that many face on the field: loneliness and a lack of romantic partners. The site has grown to 1,700 members.
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