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Bishop Luke of Seidnaya: Orthodoxy is being destroyed in Syria
Pravoslavie,ru ^ | Match 29, 2013

Posted on 04/02/2013 7:39:09 AM PDT by don-o

In his interview to the MEDIA, a Hierarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bishop Luke of Seidnaya, has disclosed the scale of persecutions suffered by Orthodox Christians of this region since the very beginning of the uprising against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, reports Agionoros.ru.

By now, 138,000 Christians have been banished from their homes and at the same time Christian Churches are systematically destroyed. "They are killing people. A human life is of no value for them," in such words Bishop Luke is describing the situation in the country.

Thus, in the city of Homs, anti-government forces have committed mass murder of Christians. Hundreds of people have been killed. Dozens of cases of sexual assault have also been recorded.

"The damage done to our Churches is great. They are burned, plundered, their walls are broken. If a human life is of no value for these criminals then will they spare our shrines? Our parishioners are beaten up and attacked. All this is obtaining "legal status" because revolution is happening and nobody is protesting against it," notes the Orthodox Hierarch.

"Our ancestors settled in this land long before Islam appeared here. A great number of saints, who preached love, were martyred in this land," notes the Very Reverend Bishop Luke who, in spite of all horrors described above, continues to call Muslims "brothers". And how can it be otherwise, since Orthodoxy rejects hatred for other religious convictions?

Unfortunately, Orthodox Christians in Syria are now abandoned to their fate. They are becoming vulnerable victims of Muslim fanatics. And the only way they can oppose violence in this situation is prayer and hope in help of God, Who does not abandon those who trust in Him.


TOPICS: Current Events; Orthodox Christian
KEYWORDS: antichristian; christianpersecution
Behold what Obama and Hillary are supporting.
1 posted on 04/02/2013 7:39:09 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o
God and Israel, but I'll get to that.

First, behold the outrage from FReepers. Most Protestants couldn't care less what happens to the Orthodox Christians in Syria any more than they cared what happened to Orthodox Christians in Kosovo. You'll find plenty of posters here on FR who still claim the KLA was a fine organization.

With Romney in power, do you think we'd have a different position on Syria? Assad is an Alawite and has an interest in protecting religious minorities. It's one of the things the beautiful “rebels” hate about Assad.

For America, there is no winning in Syria or the Middle East as a whole. For Christians living there, especially the traditional Christians, losing is a death sentence.

The best bet for Christians, Druze, Alawites and Kurds is to look to support from Israel. Yes, Israel and not the United States. Israel doesn't want another Iran on their border and they will be willing to support those who will prevent it. The US is run by buffoons.

2 posted on 04/02/2013 9:18:37 AM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: cizinec
Russia.......slowly recuperating from a 75 year atheist nightmare, is the wild card in the Middle East, I think. Of the major powers, it alone shows any concern for the plight of ancient Christian communities.
3 posted on 04/02/2013 12:20:37 PM PDT by marshmallow (.)
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To: cizinec
First, behold the outrage from FReepers.

You nailed it.

4 posted on 04/02/2013 2:25:12 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

In all fairness Bishop Luke everything is being destroyed in Syria. My advice to Christians there LEAVE while you still can.


5 posted on 04/02/2013 4:08:21 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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