The Middle East is in turmoil and Christians are being threatened, displaced and killed across the region by radical Muslims.
Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum. He recently wrote in a column on foxnews.com:
A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.
We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.” (end of Ibrahim excerpt)
Christians and Muslims have worshipped side-by-side peacefully for centuries in the Middle East. But now extreme Islamist thugs and murderers are taking over. These are brutal terrorists and killers who are bent on exterminating anyone who is not a believing Muslim. There are 8 million Coptic Christians in Egypt alone who could be displaced.
Just imagine that we in America started to burn mosques and execute Muslims and force them out. There would be an international uproar. But when Muslims do that en masse to Christians in the Middle East it is barely even reported in the world media or discussed in the United Nations. Because the atheist leftists in the media and the UN turn a blind eye to anti-Christian tyranny.
Indeed Christians are the best and most peaceful people in the world. Christian-based societies in Europe and the United States have given to the world all of its great art, science, technology, freedom, economic advancement and social stability. Meanwhile most Muslim nations are destitute and lacking in basic liberties.
The stories about the targeting of Christians are becoming depressingly common. I know about one story personally: A Christian from Syria told me that his brother has been kidnapped by Islamists and his whereabouts are not known. The family even paid a ransom but the brother was not returned.
Nikitas3.com has advocated for several years now that the United States should never side with any of these “rebel” or “liberation” movements in the Middle East, like the Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia or Syria. Because ultimately they are paving the way for radical Muslims to take over and to displace and kill Christians who, in many cases, have lived in places like Egypt for much longer than Muslims have.
Even the war against Saddam Hussein in Iraq was a mistake. Because more than one million Iraqis have been killed, injured and displaced – including hundreds of thousands of Christians – since Hussein was overthrown by US military action. Hussein was a brutal dictator, but he kept Iraq stable, and now we are seeing that the alternative is actually worse.
Reported Mr. Ibrahim on foxnews.com:
The 2010 Baghdad (Iraq) church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.
In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain, the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.
Now, as the U.S. supports the jihad on Syria’s secular president Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away.
In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs which had a Christian population of some 80,000 before jihadis came—was murdered. One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians…. Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.” (end of Ibrahim excerpt)
Meanwhile we conservatives predicted that the deposing of pro-American president Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in the ‘Arab Spring’ uprising of 2011 was a dangerous turning point for that nation.
Yet Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton cheered the overthrow of Mubarak because they are secular, anti-Christian Democrats like US president Jimmy Carter was. Here is Mr. Ibrahim talking about the Coptic Christians in Egypt:
In Egypt, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their homeland soon after the “Arab Spring.” In September 2012, the Sinai’s small Christian community was attacked and evicted by Al Qaeda linked Muslims, Reuters reported. But even before that, the Coptic Orthodox Church lamented the “repeated incidents of displacement of Copts from their homes whether by force or threat.” (end of Ibrahim excerpt)
Here is another fact from Mr. Ibrahim:
Even in European Bosnia, Christians are leaving en masse, “amid mounting discrimination and Islamization.” Only 440,000 Catholics remain in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure. (end of Ibrahim excerpt)
This is the long-term outcome of Clinton-era bombing of Christian, pro-Western factions and governments in the former Yugoslavia, which includes Bosnia. And now the Muslims have taken over and are driving the Christians out. This is the ‘ethnic cleansing’ that the Christians were accused of, and it is a pattern.
Meanwhile the most anti-Christian and anti-American regime of all – Iran – was turned over from a stable, pro-American state that was moving toward democracy to an anti-American, anti-Christian and repressive regime under the Islamist mullahs.
This began under Jimmy Carter in an intentional Carter policy. Iran is the source for much of the terrorism in the world today, much of it directed at Christians. Mr. Ibrahim also reported:
In (the African nation of) Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled. According to reports, “the church in Mali faces being eradicated”, especially in the north “where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out… there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded.
- In Ethiopia, after a Christian was accused of desecrating a Koran, thousands of Christians were forces to flee their homes, when “Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes.”
- In the Ivory Coast—where Christians have literally been crucified—Islamic rebels “massacred hundreds and displaced tens of thousands” of Christians.
- In Libya, Islamic rebels forced several Christian religious orders serving the sick and needy in the country since 1921, to flee. (end of Ibrahim excerpt)
Let us pray for the Christians of this troubled region. If you would like to donate to help their cause, please visit this website http://barnabasfund.org/
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