The world's most ancient Christian communities are being destroyed — and no one cares
The Arab Spring, and to a lesser extent the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, were touted as the catalysts for a major historic shift in the region. From Egypt to Syria to Iraq, the Middle East's dictatorships would be succeeded by liberal, democratic regimes. Years later, however, there is very little liberality or democracy to show. Indeed, what these upheavals have bequeathed to history is a baleful, and barely noticed legacy: The near-annihilation of the world's most ancient communities of Christians.
The persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East, as well as the silence with which it has been met in the West, are the subject of journalist Ed West's Kindle Single "The Silence of Our Friends." The booklet is a brisk and chilling litany of horrors: Discriminatory laws, mass graves, unofficial pogroms, and exile. The persecuted are not just Coptic and Nestorian Christians who have relatively few co-communicants in the West, but Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants as well.
Throughout the Middle East the pattern is the same. Christians are murdered in mob violence or by militant groups. Their churches are bombed, their shops destroyed, and their homes looted. Laws are passed making them second-class citizens, and the majority of them eventually leave...
In Syria... [i]n June 2013, a cluster of Christian villages was totally destroyed. Friar Pierbattista Pizzaballa reported that "of the 4,000 inhabitants of the village of Ghassanieh... no more than 10 people remain."
Two Syrian bishops have been kidnapped by rebel groups. Militants expelled 90 percent of the Christians in the city of Homs. Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch says that out of a population of 1.75 million, 450,000 Syrian Christians have simply fled their homes in fear.
In Iraq, the story is the same but more dramatic. According to West, between 2004 and 2011 the population of Chaldo-Assyrian Christians fell from over a million to as few as 150,000. In 2006, Isoh Majeed, who advocated the creation of a safe haven for Christians around Nineveh, was murdered in his home. The number of churches in Iraq has declined to just 57, from 300 before the invasion. The decline of Iraq's Christian population since the first Gulf War is roughly 90 percent, with most of the drop occurring since the 2003 invasion.
The U.S. and the U.K. bear some responsibility in this catastrophe, since they oversaw the creation of Iraq's postwar government and did little to protect minority faiths.The United States is doing nothing... noting... to protect Christians in the Middle East from this obvious Islamic anti-Christian pogrom. It is a pogrom of extermination-- a systematic removal of Christians by terror and organized murder.
The analogy to Germany and the Jews in the mid 1930's is obvious.
The Arab Spring is a nightmare. It is the rise of brutal Islamist regimes that intend to exterminate Christians and Jews.
The left in America and Europe obviously is fine with this systematic murder, for the self-evident reason that the left is defined (since the 18th century) as a Christianity extermination program. Only the left has killed more Christians than Islam has, and the Religion of Peace seems intent on giving the left a run for its money.
We Christians need to stick together, and we need to speak out emphatically and incessantly on behalf of our suffering brothers and sisters. We live in a world ruled by powers and principalities hell-bent on evil, and hell-bent on the destruction of the one thing-- Christ and His Body-- that can, and will, defeat them.
The destruction of Christianity is one obvious desire of the NWO Agenda.ReplyDelete
Further, sensible people of any faith can see this. Hence for example...
'Egypt’s Defence Minister orders army to immediately rebuild churches destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood
BY DEACON NICK DONNELLY, ON AUGUST 17TH, 2013
Col. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt’s Defence Minister, has ordered the Engineering Corp of the Army to immediately rebuild the churches destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood, recognising the importance of the Coptic Christians to Egyptian society....'
Can anyone imagine any 'Western leader' demanding the construction of any Christian Church anywhere under any circumstances?
Christianity need Islamic protection in Egypt if it were left to Blair/Bush/Cameron/Obama and our brave 'Special Forces' all the Christians would already be dead.
So, protection from what?
By now anyone interested in recent Egyptian/North African history knows..
The Muslim Brotherhood & Al Qaeda are tools of the CIA.
The Al Qaeda terrorists are recruited, transported, trained, funded and equipped by those who control the US/UK Military.
Heroin production in Afghanistan increases AS THE WESTERN MILITARY PRESENCE increases. Not the opposite. If you want to see US military Officers discussing how the grow the heroin just see 'Our boys grow the heroin in Afghanistan' and old Fox News report.
Where does the money, 100s of billions each year, from heroin production go?
Not to Afghanistan, that's for sure.
Anyone who really cares realised long ago,that you cannot have an international drugs industry without the international banking industry to make it worthwhile. The rest is noise.
The West has been captured by an evil agenda.
It is a luxury to hate Islam.
The leadership of the West is destroying our world to create something totally new.
There is nothing to stop them.
I'm guessing you're an Alex Jones disciple.Delete
Well said, TRISH.ReplyDelete
I think there are legitimate free speech concerns relating to the Russian law. There, are of course, far more dire free speech concerns in Canada, which does not permit criticism of homosexuals or homosexuality. They got the Olympics in 2010 and no one said a word.
So let's be clear. The media don't care about Christians and they don't care about free speech. They care about homosexuals.
TRISH: Media is the plural of medium. It's incorrect to say "the media is." The media are is correct.ReplyDelete
If you're interested in Christian persecution, watch this.ReplyDelete
And remember that things got even worse, far worse, under the Obama Administration's support of the terrorist organization, Muslim Brotherhood.
The lunatic, atheist left has begun to spin this hate and persecution as... get ready for it -
an admirable recycling effort.
Trash people, wow, that's really pathetic. If you're so concerned why don't you do your fellow Christians a favor and hop on a plane to Egypt to straiten them out? As usual I hear a lot of bitching and using the situation to attack liberals, but not a thing about what should be done. What could you do that could possibly be constructive anyway? As Christians you can't argue against the religious division, you can only exacerbate it. Christians have foolishly deprived themselves of the argument that true religious liberty requires a government and body of laws that are absolutely neutral on religion. American Christians inadvertently support the Muslim Brotherhood when they attach secularism and argue that America is a Christian nation and should be governed by Christian principles. All you seem to be left with is trying to make people hate Muslims and liberals as much as you can. How can that possibly help?Delete
no one's 'using' this situation to attack liberals. it just so happens that liberals support obama who supported morsi and continues to support the muslim brotherhood.Delete
there's nothing at all neutral about our government. it punishes christians. though i don't know what that has to do with the price of bananas in china.
Only the left has killed more Christians than Islam hasReplyDelete
No, only fellow Christians have killed more Christians than Islam has. Not only have Christians killed far more Christians than anybody else, they have also killed far more non-Christians than anybody else. Christians have conquered big part of the world after all, at a cost of hundreds of millions of lives.
You're pretty bad at catching drifts, it seems. I think it's awful what's happening to Christians at the hands of Muslims in the middle east. But of course the number of Muslims killed by Muslims in the middle east is a lot higher than the number of Christians killed. Apparently, those lives are worth less to Egnor and his sectarian friends.Delete
Just add up the number of natives killed by Christians in the Americas, in Africa, Asia and Australia. Add to that the number of Christians killed in the numerous religious and other wars in Europe, and you'll see that the numbers killed by commies and Muslims pale in comparison.
Natives killed by Christians in AAA? Details, Troy. Details. Give us your historical citations. You really think there were millions of Commanches and Apaches? You really think there were millions of Aboriginals? There were millions of Africans and Asians, but the wicked colonialist Europeans mostly stopped them killing each other. An affront to their rights which has never been forgiven.Delete
Actually, almost all of those natives were killed by diseases. As P. J. O'Rourke pointed out, “Disease was the chief cause of suffering after European contact. Therefore, horrors that beset the ancient Americas following 1492 would have happened if the Nina, the Pinta & the Santa Maria had been manned by Jimmy Carter, the Dali Llama, and Bono”Delete
Natives killed by Christians in AAA? Details, Troy. Details. Give us your historical citations. You really think there were millions of Commanches and Apaches? You really think there were millions of Aboriginals?
Do your own homework, Dave. There were 50-100 million natives in the Americas when the Europeans invaded.
There were millions of Africans and Asians, but the wicked colonialist Europeans mostly stopped them killing each other. An affront to their rights which has never been forgiven.
Amazing level of denial and racism. Just look up how many millions were murdered in Belgian Congo alone.
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Actually, almost all of those natives were killed by diseases.
That's true for some places, like the Americas, but apparently not for others, like the Congo (not very sure about that, though). However, if you rape a person while you are infected with HIV, and you don't know about your own infection, are you not responsible when the person you raped dies from AIDS?
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