Skip to comments.Exodus II?
Posted on 03/20/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
i>This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of an exodus approaching biblical proportions. Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leaders own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists.
President Gemayels warnings echo those issued two years ago by Viennas Catholic prelate. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious freedom roundtable in Washington that Egypt and Syria must not become Iraq. He was referring to the ethnic cleansing that had led the post-Saddam government of Iraq to turn a blind eye to the killing or the driving out of more than half of that war-torn Arab countrys pre-invasion Christian population of 1.6 million.
Cardinal Schönborn listed many famous citiesAntioch, Smyrna, Aleppo, Damascus, Hippo, Alexandriaamong the scores of Dioceses that had fallen under the Sword of Mohammed in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries. These historic Christian communities were lost or suppressed by Muslim conquests.
Not since those violent days have we seen such tribulation for the regions Christians, the Cardinal said. That was in 2012. Last Christmas, as if to answer the Cardinals message, a Chaldean Christian church was bombed in Baghdad.
As President Gemayel now tells us, the situation has grown even worse. For this, the Obama administration bears a heavy responsibility. President Obama spoke movingly of Christian persecution in the world at February's congressional Prayer Breakfast. But he failed to note that these Christians were not persecuting themselves, or each other. In virtually every case, they are being targeted by radical Islamists, jihadists.
Mr. Obamas CIA Chief, John Brennan, refuses even to identify the persecutors. He says we cannot call them jihadists because jihad is a legitimate tenet of the Muslim religion. We cannot call them radical Islamists, because that would be disrespectful to a major world religion.
When, as in Sudan in the 1990s, a church is bombed on Christmas Day by the government of Sudan, we are not supposed to notice that that government styles itself the National Islamic Front?
President Obama named Rashad Hussain as his personal envoy to the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The group meets regularly and issues communiqués. It seems never to have placed the issue of human rights or religious persecution on its agenda.
Why isnt Mr. Obamas envoy pressing the OIC on persecution of Christians? If the President of the United States cares about Christian persecutionas he eloquently stated here in Washingtonthen it should be a simple matter for him to instruct his own ambassador to raise the issue with the fifty-seven member nations where most of this murderous persecution is happening.
Or, is this public hand-wringing over murdered Christians merely a polite posture? This administration gave billions to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood regime of Mohamed Morsieven after Morsi announced his top priority when he visited the White House would be to press for the release of the blind Egyptian SheikOmar Abdel Rahman. This Muslim cleric guided the assassins of Egypts pro-Western President Anwar Sadat and conspired with the terrorists who staged the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey was the federal judge who sentenced the Blind Sheik to a long prison term. Mukasey has warned against even considering release of Mohamed Morsis friend.
Happily, Morsi was ousted by Egypts military after a year of misrule and trampling the constitution he had a hand in drafting. Massive popular demonstrations throughout Egypt prompted the army to move against Morsi. Egypts Coptic Christianswho had been brutally suppressed by the Morsi regimepublicly welcomed the militarys action.
Not the Obama administration. They cut off all aid to Egypts militarypushing them straight into Russias welcoming arms.
Wherever we look in the Mideast, the standing of the United States is lower now than it was when Mr. Obama took office. Whether we look to Israel, our only reliable ally in the region, or to Turkey or Egypt, once aligned with the U.S., our relations everywhere are in tatters. And the Christians are suffering most of all.
And the Christians are suffering more than anyone. The Arab Spring has been followed by a bitter Islamist Winter.
Being wholly sympathetic to Muslims (”if forced to choose, I will side with the Muslims” - his words) and cut from Muslim cloth, he is wholly supportive of the persecution of Christians and is doing all he can to see that nothing is done about it - and directing his administrators to do the same.
He’s probably a Marxist atheist posing as a Christian, and not likely a true Muslim - but he is clearly more sympathetic to them than any other group.
It seems to me this would be a wise campaign platform for a GOP candidate to adopt. A new type of immigration reform. Tighten the border for breaches and begin accepting any Christian who feels they need to leave their home out of fear.
“The former Lebanese leaders own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists.”
I remember when this happened decades ago; there is a warning for the West in how Lebanon’s story played out. With a 50/50 Muslim/Christian split, it was set up to have one as the president and the other as the prime minister, but birthrate eventually shrunk the Christian portion of the population until Muslims thought they could have the whole government.
They were right; France evacuated many of the Christians when it was over.
IOW: He is the Antichrist.
Better we give 11 million of these Christians a home here than the illegals from south of the border.
Also-Let’s kick out the Muslims already here & give their places to these Christians.
You may have inadvertently solved the mystery as to of what President Obama was referring when he ran for office, and talked about the 57 States. His taking up residence in the White House may be a major mistake.
What has happened to Lebanon in the religious wars is truly a tragedy of major historic proportions. The best teacher I ever had, had cut his teeth, as it were, teaching at the American University in Beirut before the War, so I grew up very well aware of the situation in Lebanon.
Incredible how a place that was so advanced has sunk so low. At least there is some (relative) stability there now...
He’s not the anti-christ, but a forerunner - of the same spirit.
He has fallen from grace in the eyes of too many of his worshippers to be the anti-christ, and his sins and failures are too obvious to all. I’d say he’s lost over half his worshippers since his immaculation.
THE anti-christ will be much like him, only much worse, and will deceive almost all. And will demonstrate supernatural powers - heck, Obama doesn’t even have any human powers! He’s not even a good liar like Clinton is!
Most Lebanese chrstians and most Mexicans share the same religion. Chrstianity isn't always a sign of conservatism (exhibit A: "Blacks and Hispanics").
When will these guys finally pick up the spear, and come to the obvious conclusion, "......and that is deliberate"?