Skip to comments.Over 50,000 Books Burned in Christian Library in Lebanon Over Blasphemy Claim
Posted on 01/07/2014 1:00:07 PM PST by SeekAndFind
American leaders denounced the burning of a Christian leader's library in Tripoli, Lebanon, last Friday night as based on false pretenses and said it's a threat to religious liberty.
"The really bad news is that this is not out of the ordinary," Robert P. George, chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. George emphasized the need to advocate for religious freedom across the world to prevent attacks like this one.
The Friday night fire burned two-thirds of some 80,000 books and manuscripts in the Al-Saeh library owned by Greek Orthodox priest Ibrahim Surouj, RT reported. The arsonists targeted Surouj due to an alleged pamphlet insulting the Prophet Mohammed was found in one of the library books. When Surouj met with Islamic leaders in the city, he stated that he had nothing to do with the pamphlet.
International Security Forces Brig. Imad Ayyoubi also denounced the connection. "Father Surouj has nothing to do with the article and the source of the website is from Denmark and was published on Jan. 7, 2010," Ayyoubi said, The Blaze reported. Hundreds of Lebanese citizens demonstrated Saturday in support of the priest.
"Flames of a violent hysteria against all perceived threats to Islam are spreading rapidly through the Muslim world today," Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, told CP on Monday.
The co-author of Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide, Shea traced the backlash to any perceived insult to Islam back to its sources. She denounced the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to "end its own worldwide campaign of stirring passions against religious insult."
Shea called on the OIC to change course entirely, urging the organization to "condemn the violence that is now waged against the Lebanon Christian library, and, even more critically, against the Christian minorities in all parts of the Arab world."
USCIRF's George touched on Lebanon's history of sectarian violence. "This goes all the way back to the Lebanese Civil War," from 1975 to 1990, the USCIRF chair explained. "If you travel in Lebanon, as I have, you will start noticing security checkpoints. The country is suffering acts of violence, and often religiously based acts of violence."
"Beirut itself was known as the Paris of the Middle East," George explained, hearkening back to a more peaceful era. "It was held up as a city where people of various faiths could live together in peace," the USCIRF chair recalled, listing the different faith traditions in Lebanon: Maronite Catholics, Roman Catholics, Sunni and Shia Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, and Antiochian Christians.
Despite this violence, George praised the country of Lebanon for rebuilding an ancient Jewish Synagogue. Nevertheless, he lamented the loss of the Jewish population, which is now "vanishingly small."
"We see the Middle East emptying of its historic Christian populations," the USCIRF chair explained. George even referred to his own relatives who fled from Syria. "My father's family is Syrian, from the ancient Antiochian Orthodox community," he explained. "They lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbors, they were able to make a life for themselves, and now they have fled."
"It's impossible for them to live in their country they would be in complete fear," George said. He explained that the mission of USCIRF is to urge President Obama and his administration to make religious freedom a priority in foreign relations.
George argued that the responsibility of any government is to allow for religious freedom and to prevent and punish attacks against it. The government of Lebanon has a responsibility "to bring some amelioration to people who are being abused like this priest was abused," and to punish the perpetrators, he said.
But governments should not do this just to be on good terms with the United States. George argued that the economic and political success of a country depends on how it respects religious freedom. "If you want your country to flourish, you should establish religious freedom," he declared. "that's true for Lebanon, that's true for Syria, that's true for everywhere."
Wonder if people around here will burn some korans with the same justification?
Is there a Tripoli in Lebanon??
Things haven't changed for that crappy religion. Savages.
Hitler would have loved these goons, ya think?
In an afternoon news release, the DNC announced that the Democrat Party approved of the burning in view of the narrow-mindedness of Christians.
I was going to say, Nazis on steroids.
Muslim = Savage
Bookburning ping to our resident “Fireman” (on Block 813).
Islam is patently evil...
NEVER! That would be a hateful act (Chris Christie)
Tripoli is up in the northwest corner on the coast. It's mentioned in the Bible:
2 Maccabees 14:1
Three years later, word came to Judah and his men that Deme′trius, the son of Seleu′cus, had sailed into the harbor of Trip′olis with a strong army and a fleet...
“....the need to advocate for religious freedom across the world to prevent attacks like this one.”
There will NEVER be religious freedom anywhere in the Muslim world.
It is foolish of the West to even advocate or propose it and it only shows the West’s total delusion of what Islam is all about.
Even with the long history of hostility of Islam toward the West the latter still foolishly hopes for some harmony with Islam.
It will NEVER happen.
Here’s the answer:
A vast collection must be taken up in the West, to enable all Christians to escape from the Muslim world, and to ship all Muslims in the West back to the Muslim world.
Then, the Muslim world needs to be sealed off. No travel, no trade.
Muslims are taught that they are doing 'allah's' work by murdering non-Muslims. That kind of mind set requires tough measures to combat. Mincing words and willful aversion to the brutality of jihadists is dangerous and likely fatal. Remember, these rampaging Muslims are not just anti-Christian but against anyone who is not a 'devout' Islamist. That's about 6 billion people around the world. That the Muslim hordes can get away with the kinds of outrages they do is a testament to the ability of overt aggression to strike fear into a majority of people resulting in careful avoidance of confrontation with insane 'religious' mobs.
Islam is madness.
Before AD600, there was no such thing as a "Muslim world".
Damned 7th century backwards assed savages. We ought to rid the world of them.
I can’t believe there are 50,000 books of any kind in Lebanon.
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