Skip to comments.Syria's oldest church desecrated by opposition
Posted on 03/23/2014 12:27:51 PM PDT by Cronos
The battle for Yabroud is over, but its Greek Catholic church has been savagely vandalised by its former rebel occupants, its streets carpeted with cartridge cases, its houses smashed with shell holes. Syrias soldiers along with a host of Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon watched General Badi Ali raise the government flag on Monday, too late to save the beautiful frescoes slashed into ribbons by the men of the Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front in Syrias oldest church.
The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady is a place of shame, of burnt copies of the New Testament, paintings slashed with knives - many were lying in strips of gold and red fabric beside the altar's broken cross - and mosaics chiselled from the walls. Sceptics may ask if the regime performed this act of sacrilege - for the benefit of cameras - but it must have taken weeks to have wrecked this place of worship with its ancient columns and to have gouged out the eyes of the mosaic saints.
The Islamists had attacked a mosaic of St George and the Dragon - and had even gouged out the dragon's eyes as well as those of the unfortunate knight. You cannot call such sacrilege an infamy. But you have to ask how Syria can ever repair relations between its Muslims and Christians after such vandalism. Perhaps the answer is never, although in an act of immense courage, the Muslim civilians of this ancient town protected their Christian neighbours to the end.
.. Um Qusai claimed that the Jabhat al-Nusra fighters - who like her were Sunni Muslims - forced the people in the town to pay high prices for the food they brought in. The Christians had to pay even higher prices as a tax because of their religion.
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Old stone buildings mean nothing in the larger scheme of things. One molecule of human compassion trumps the Vatican and its palatial grounds, or all the verses of the koran.
Thanks to Obama, McCain, Hillary etc.
Many dead Christians and desecration are the result of their arming of islamists. f’ em.
They should all be hung on the Whitehouse lawn for their many acts of treason. Unfortunately, congress has no balls....a bunch of neutered nothings who are getting paid to destroy the US.
Just let some Christians mess up a mosque and you’d hear wailing and howling for weeks. A church is desecrated and “cricket....cricket”.
For fans of the TV series Revolution, anyone ever notice how much Obama resembles the character Tom Neville, a read bad and deadly sleaze ball.
Disgraceful. The same has happened to the Christian communities of Iraq.
The old stone building is just the most visible sign — of Christians murdered, raped etc. by the Syrian opposition