Skip to comments.The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World [Christian Winter update]
Posted on 02/26/2012 12:34:36 AM PST by Milagros
From one end of the muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith.
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We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Springs fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underwayan unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.
The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate. In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In some countries it is governments and their agents that have burned churches and imprisoned parishioners. In others, rebel groups and vigilantes have taken matters into their own hands, murdering Christians and driving them from regions where their roots go back centuries.
The medias reticence on the subject no doubt has several sources. One may be fear of provoking additional violence. Another is most likely the influence of lobbying groups such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperationa kind of United Nations of Islam centered in Saudi Arabiaand the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Over the past decade, these and similar groups have been remarkably successful in persuading leading public figures and journalists in the West to think of each and every example of perceived anti-Muslim discrimination as an expression of a systematic and sinister derangement called Islamophobiaa term that is meant to elicit the same moral disapproval as xenophobia or homophobia.
But a fair-minded assessment of recent events and trends leads to the conclusion that the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other. The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent expression of religious intolerance has to stop. Nothing less than the fate of Christianityand ultimately of all religious minoritiesin the Islamic world is at stake.
At least 24 Coptic Christians were killed in Cairo during clashes with the Egyptian Army on Oct. 9., Thomas Hartwell / Redux
From blasphemy laws to brutal murders to bombings to mutilations and the burning of holy sites, Christians in so many nations live in fear. In Nigeria many have suffered all of these forms of persecution. The nation has the largest Christian minority (40 percent) in proportion to its population (160 million) of any majority-Muslim country. For years, Muslims and Christians in Nigeria have lived on the edge of civil war. Islamist radicals provoke much if not most of the tension. The newest such organization is an outfit that calls itself Boko Haram, which means Western education is sacrilege. Its aim is to establish Sharia in Nigeria. To this end it has stated that it will kill all Christians in the country.
In the month of January 2012 alone, Boko Haram was responsible for 54 deaths. In 2011 its members killed at least 510 people and burned down or destroyed more than 350 churches in 10 northern states. They use guns, gasoline bombs, and even machetes, shouting Allahu akbar (God is great) while launching attacks on unsuspecting citizens. They have attacked churches, a Christmas Day gathering (killing 42 Catholics), beer parlors, a town hall, beauty salons, and banks. They have so far focused on killing Christian clerics, politicians, students, policemen, and soldiers, as well as Muslim clerics who condemn their mayhem. While they started out by using crude methods like hit-and-run assassinations from the back of motorbikes in 2009, the latest AP reports indicate that the groups recent attacks show a new level of potency and sophistication.
The Christophobia that has plagued Sudan for years takes a very different form. The authoritarian government of the Sunni Muslim north of the country has for decades tormented Christian and animist minorities in the south. What has often been described as a civil war is in practice the Sudanese governments sustained persecution of religious minorities. This persecution culminated in the infamous genocide in Darfur that began in 2003. Even though Sudans Muslim president, Omar al-Bashir, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which charged him with three counts of genocide, and despite the euphoria that greeted the semi-independence he grant-ed to South Sudan in July of last year, the violence has not ended. In South Kordofan, Christians are still subject-ed to aerial bombardment, targeted killings, the kidnap-ping of children, and other atrocities. Reports from the United Nations indicate that between 53,000 and 75,000 innocent civilians have been displaced from their resi-dences and that houses and buildings have been looted and destroyed.
As a Coptic Christian, 24-year-old George Gerges said signs over the past year havent been good. This winter, The Muslim Brotherhood and ultraconservative Salafi parties won almost 75 percent of the seats in Egypts parliamentary elections. Last October, more than 20 Christians were killed during a demonstration demanding equal rights. And not too long ago, several Christian churches were burned during clashes between Christians and Muslims.
When we live together, without any political factors, we live in peace, Gerges said. But when religion becomes an issue, they burn churches, they burn houses, they kill Christians. Theres a bad history.
Gerges is afraid that Christians will be forced to pay a special religious tax, that Christian women will be forced to wear the Islamic veil, and that alcohol will be banned.
Muslim Brotherhood Calls For Day To ‘Kill Jews,’ Israeli Reporter Says
Monday, November 28, 2011
The Muslim Brotherhood held an anti-Israel rally in a Cairo mosque that reportedly called to “one day kill all Jews.”
Some 5,000 people participated in the Nov. 25 rally, during which they made the call about killing Jews — a quote from the Koran — a reporter for Israel’s daily Yediot Achronot reported from the Egyptian capital.
The rally held in the ancient al-Azhar Mosque was called to raise awareness about the “battle against Jerusalem’s Judaization,” Yediot reported.
The phrase “Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, judgment day has come” was chanted repeatedly throughout the event.
Ahmed al-Tayeb, the mosque’s imam, reportedly accused Jews throughout the world of preventing Islamic and Egyptian unity.
Sunni Scholar Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Islamic Law Should Be Implemented Gradually in Egypt; There Should Be No Chopping Off of Hands in the First Five Years
[January 30, 2012 Special Dispatch No.4463]
Following are excerpts from an interview with Sunni scholar Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on Al-Nahar TV on January 26, 2012:
Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: “I think [the shari’a] should be implemented gradually. This is a law of the shari’a and a law of nature. [ ]
“We should do things gradually. We should prepare the people, teach them. People have to learn. We have to make an effort to teach people the truth about Islam. [ ]
“People do not understand the shari’a properly. We have to teach people the laws of the shari’a and explain them, before anything else.
“I think that in the first five years, there should be no chopping off of hands. This period should be dedicated to teaching things.
“A transitional phase This should be a period in which we teach people the true laws of the shari’a.
“When we find food for all the hungry, schools for all the pupils, hospitals for all the sick, homes for all those who want them, wives for all the bachelors then we can discuss the punishment for theft. [ ]
“All the [presidential] candidates are good, but I support the candidacy of our brother Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Al-Futuh.”
Thousands of Muslims Subject Egypt’s Coptic Christians to More Mindless Violence
By Michael Terheyden
This has become painfully evident as violent, irrational attacks against the Coptic Christian community continue throughout Egypt.
Thanks for posting. This kind of visibility about Christian persecution and genocide is tellingly overdue. The negligent silence from Western governments, including our own, is deafening.
From the article:
“Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.
...In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania.”
previous post quote taken from this source below (source link of thread title misdirects to TheWorld.org):
I just read a NYT article extolling the virtues of the Boko Haram in Nigeria. They were presented as an Islamic local group courageously fighting the government and killing police and the excessively rich. NOT ONE WORD ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON CHURCHES AND THE EXTERMINATION OF CHRISTIANS. Breaking News on Twitter says yet another church in Kano, Nigeria has been car bombed, killing two church goers.