"When you die," the Muslim father told his Christian son, "I'm not coming to your funeral. You are no longer my son. You are dead to me."
And with that, Demissie forced the children from Beniam's arms and hurried them away.
"My father saw my son reading my Bible, and he asked him what it was," said Beniam, a follower of Christ who lives in a heavily Muslim area of the Horn of Africa. "My son told him it was my Bible, and my father became very angry."
Demissie said he wouldn't allow his grandchildren to be brought up by an infidel. Beniam hasn't seen any of them in several months....
It's been happening even between the many divisions in Christianity for centuries. When a father is born-and-raised in a certain branch but his child opts for another, it's not too uncommon that the child is cut off from the family.
Blind religion is often stronger than fatherly love.