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The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity
NRO ^ | July 28, 2014 11:27 AM | David Pryce-Jones

Posted on 07/29/2014 12:24:56 PM PDT by Sherman Logan

Taking shape in parts of Iraq and Syria, the Islamist caliphate known as ISIS is already a rival in lunacy and horror to North Korea. The caliph has decreed that women from puberty up to the age of the menopause — estimated to be as many as four million — must undergo compulsory genital mutilation. I am waiting to find out what feminists have to say about this.

Christianity has roots in that same territory going back to the first centuries after Jesus Christ. Raqqa in Syria is one of the cities under ISIS, and Assyrian Christians there are the oldest Christian community in the world. In a few villages Aramaic, the language of Christ, has remained current. An elderly Jesuit has been murdered, monks have been chased out of their monastery, nuns have been taken into custody, and churches burnt.

Things are worse in Mosul, the large city in northern Iraq recently captured by ISIS. Christians there are under orders to convert to Islam or face the sword. Fanatics have just blown up the mosque where the tomb of biblical Jonah had survived for centuries. The Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Emil Nona restricted himself to saying, “I’m very sorry to see this place destroyed.” Many tens of thousands have fled for their lives and will never return home. The Christian communities of Iraq and Syria re finished. There’s been no persecution of Christians on this scale since the Turkish genocide of the Armenians in 1916. I am waiting to find out what those responsible for defending Christianity have to say about this.

The worldview of Islamists and their supporters has no room in it for Israelis any more than Christians. “Every Israeli is a legitimate target,” so the rocketeers of Gaza like to boast, evidently infuriated that Israelis, unlike the Christians, have weapons and are ready to defend themselves. Ayatollah Khamenei and huge crowds of Iranians are calling for genocide. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan considers Israelis “worse than Hitler.” Tens of thousands of Muslims in European countries mobilize around slogans such as, “Hitler was right,” and “Jews to the gas chamber.” In France Guy Millière, a rare individual scandalized by bigotry and physical violence not witnessed since the Nazi occupation, speaks of a French Kristallnacht. Guillaume Faye, an academic not afraid of controversy, is confidently predicting that France is heading for certain civil war. I am waiting to find out how those in charge of public life will respond.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arabchristians; christendom; fmg; isis; islam; muslimworld
Words fail. Which doesn't happen to me often.
1 posted on 07/29/2014 12:24:56 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Call going out to reorganize the Knights Templar in 1...2...3...


2 posted on 07/29/2014 12:27:40 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sherman Logan

I know how you feel. Why do they hate women so much?


3 posted on 07/29/2014 12:29:06 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Sherman Logan

I have screamed from the highest hill for decades that there are or WERE millions of Christians in the Middle East. People seem to think everyone over there is a Muslim/atheist. But there used to be so many Christians!


4 posted on 07/29/2014 12:31:40 PM PDT by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE, it is a CHILD OF GOD!)
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To: Sherman Logan
The Christian winter has been going on for years there. It is simply being sped up. For those poor souls it is a tribulation.
5 posted on 07/29/2014 12:31:49 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: miss marmelstein

I has no idea. I rather like (many) women, particularly my wife and daughters.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 12:32:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I am not a liberal or a feminist or feminazi but I do feel like women are hated in this country too. Our lives are not worth a penny.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE, it is a CHILD OF GOD!)
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To: Sherman Logan

I adore my daughter, and my granddaughter who is supposed to arrive in September. But all in all, it is a man’s world, and women are just considered trash by men. We value each other, but men don’t value us at all. zero zip nada


8 posted on 07/29/2014 12:33:54 PM PDT by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE, it is a CHILD OF GOD!)
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To: Sherman Logan
"those responsible for defending Christianity"

If there were a laugh line in the article, this would be it.

:-(

9 posted on 07/29/2014 12:34:52 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The GOP-e scum enlisted Democrats to steal the Republican primary. The GOP-e can go to Hell.)
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To: Sherman Logan

There is no middle ground with Muslims. Either we have Srebrenica, or we have 9/11. Muslims back the pacifist Leftists in non-Muslim countries precisely because pacifists are laughably easy to kill.


10 posted on 07/29/2014 12:35:34 PM PDT by Objective Scrutator (All liberals are criminals, and all criminals are liberals)
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To: buffyt

My goodness. This country has afforded women more opportunity and equality than any other in the history of the world. Sorry you feel that way. Perhaps heaven has the improvement you require.


11 posted on 07/29/2014 12:36:23 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The GOP-e scum enlisted Democrats to steal the Republican primary. The GOP-e can go to Hell.)
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To: Sherman Logan

The way things are going, it may be that pretty soon the only safe place for Christians in the Middle East will be within the Jewish state of Israel. Which is just another reason for the far left to hate Israel. Ironically, it is largely by the tolerance inherent to modern Christianity that the far left is allowed to exist.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 12:37:58 PM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: buffyt

“I am not a liberal or a feminist or feminazi”

You sure sound like one. Maybe you need to hang out with a better sort of men.


13 posted on 07/29/2014 12:38:49 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!"</i><p>)
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To: buffyt

Huh?


14 posted on 07/29/2014 12:42:01 PM PDT by Borges
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To: buffyt

If it makes you feel any better,
the war on masculinity continues.


15 posted on 07/29/2014 12:43:23 PM PDT by Sparklite
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To: Sherman Logan

Where are all the critics of “ethnic cleansing”?


16 posted on 07/29/2014 12:51:00 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: buffyt

What do you mean?


17 posted on 07/29/2014 12:52:15 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Sherman Logan

SHAZAAM... there is evil out there....


18 posted on 07/29/2014 12:55:27 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: buffyt

I’m sorry that’s been your experience. I can tell you that I’d cheerfully lay down my life for any of “my girls.”

I admit a lot of men are ***holes, but then so are a great many women, though usually in different ways.


19 posted on 07/29/2014 1:02:27 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Sherman Logan
...must undergo compulsory genital mutilation. I am waiting to find out what feminists have to say about this.

American 'feminists' won't have a thing to say because they don't represent 'women' they represent liberal elite women... And among that group they favor liberal elite lesbians.

Liberal elites don't care about these women and their suffering. Not a bit.

Now IF Israel tried something like this they would 'care'. Because liberal elites don't like Israel. It's why feminists are boring... their complexity's an inch deep... and a mile biased. Yawn. Yawn. Yawn...

20 posted on 07/29/2014 1:11:01 PM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal elites want Mexicans as servant class that supplies cheap drugs and easy women and kids)
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21 posted on 07/29/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Sherman Logan

Don’t feel bad — our congressmen, known for running their mouths, are also quiet on this subject.

But in their case, it has to do with a lack of backbone.


22 posted on 07/29/2014 1:30:10 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Sherman Logan

Gonna get me a shotgun and shoot all the ragheads I see...

With apologies to Garrett Morris, Saturday Night Live in the seventies.


23 posted on 07/29/2014 2:04:04 PM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: jimt

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24 posted on 07/29/2014 6:35:25 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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