Sunday, December 16, 2012

'Tis the Season to Persecute Eastern Christians

Hat tip to Jihad Watch.

As I noted last year, Advent brings a slew of Islamic persecution of Christians  These normally comprise of Church bombings, shootings, kidnappings, and other sundry displays of disapproval.

This year, the threat level appears to have been ratcheted up a bit:

"In an interview last December 13 on Egyptian television Al Baghdadia, the Shiite ayatollah Ahmad Al Hassani Al Baghdadi issued a fatwa against Christians in Iraq. Labeling them as "polytheists" and "friends of the Zionists", the extremist leader stressed that they must choose "or Islam or death," while "their women and girls may legitimately be regarded wives of Muslims." Al Baghdadi is known for his "jihad" positions and for attacking Americans in the past during their presence in the country, and today he lives in Syria, supporting the armed opposition."

While we in the West have to deal with the assembly line-like efficiency of court rulings that placate envious and cruel atheists and the soft totalitarianism of the Progressives, who use the law to order Christians to pay for birth control and abortions, Christians in the East live in fear of utter eradication.

Muslims refer to Christians as polytheists due to the belief in the Trinity. They insist that, despite the definition of this as three persons in one God, Christians worship three gods. I have never come across any of their opinions on ecclesial bodies that deny the Trinity such as Jehovah's Witnesses, oneness Pentecostals, Unitarians, etc.

The Islamic fixation on sex is painfully apparent in the statement that the adult women and daughters of recalcitrant Christians who refuse to abandon their faith. Acquiring the females of conquered peoples is a key  element of Islamic thought.

Many, including myself, have called for some type of action to put a stop to this ongoing pogrom. Unfortunately, the Western world, including the Vatican and the mainline Protestant churches, are willing to restrict themselves to calls for tolerance and amity that will go answered only by more acts of violence.

It is ironic that Evangelicals, who regularly act to redefine Christianity to include beliefs and practices foreign to Christians beliefs and, like Muslims do in their societies, seek to erase all pre-Christian aspects of our (Western) civilization, are almost the only ones who stand up in defense of Eastern Christians, The fact that Evangelicals do not even acknowledge Orthodox and Catholics as actual Christians only adds to the irony.

As the Holy days of the Nativity and all that follow approach, remember those who live under the constant threat of bodily seizure and murder.

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