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Syria's oldest church desecrated by opposition
Sri Lankan Guardian ^ | 20 Mar 2014 | Robert Fisk

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. Syria’s 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 Syria’s 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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assadsmouthpiece; iran; islam; jihadi; lebanon; putinisanatheist
Who still says Assad should go? If Assad goes, this is what will happen to all Christianities heritage in Syria, the first land outside Israel to accept Christianity
1 posted on 03/23/2014 12:27:51 PM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos

2 posted on 03/23/2014 12:29:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cronos

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.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 12:34:14 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: dfwgator

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.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 12:36:52 PM PDT by doc maverick
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5 posted on 03/23/2014 12:37:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cronos

Just let some Christians mess up a mosque and you’d hear wailing and howling for weeks. A church is desecrated and “cricket....cricket”.


6 posted on 03/23/2014 1:26:33 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 1:43:44 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Cronos

Disgraceful. The same has happened to the Christian communities of Iraq.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: SpaceBar

The old stone building is just the most visible sign — of Christians murdered, raped etc. by the Syrian opposition


9 posted on 03/23/2014 10:11:14 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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