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EU Erases Christianity From Costly Diaries

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A major part of the EU’s agenda is to erase European Civilization and replace it with a mostly Muslim hodgepodge imported from other parts of the world. Toward this end:

The European Union has sent millions of diaries to schools which list the dates of Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivals — but omit any mention of Christian celebrations.

In an extraordinary move, three million 2011 notebooks were printed at a cost of £4.4million to the taxpayer. Around 350,000 of the diaries have already been shipped to schools in the UK alone.

There is no record for Christmas, Easter or Lent - despite bureaucrats carefully listing the EU’s self-styled ‘Europe Day’ on May 9.

Not to worry, it was just a mistake.

EU officials have described the diaries as ‘a rather gross error’ but were at a loss to explain how it might have occurred.

The gross error is allowing the pernicious and antidemocrat European Union to crush national self-determination and grind the last of Europe’s greatness under the heel of authoritarian liberalism.

On a tip from Mats.

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Iran arrests dozens of converts from Islam to Christianity

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These people could be murdered, for that is the traditional penalty for apostasy in Islamic law.

Islamic apologists in the U.S. routinely deny that Islamic law mandates that apostates from Islam be murdered.

“Rev. Lorenz is then quoted in a local television station report saying that if a Muslim leaves his religion and does not return to Islam in a couple of days, then he must be killed. He claims that someone showed him the verse. There is no such verse, Rev. Lorenz. In every faith, apostasy is shunned but ultimate judgment is left to God, not people.” — Salam al-Marayati

“A Muslim’s conversion to Christianity is not a crime punishable by death under Islamic law.” — M. Cherif Bassiouni

“It becomes really difficult, in light of this information, to persuasively argue that Islamic Law should permit a death penalty for apostasy.” — Ali Eteraz

Unfortunately for the apostates, the facts are otherwise.

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam and supreme example of conduct for the Muslim (cf. Qur’an 33:21), said: “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (Bukhari 9.84.57)

The Tafsir al-Qurtubi, a classic and thoroughly mainstream exegesis of the Qur’an, says this about Qur’an 2:217: “Scholars disagree about whether or not apostates are asked to repent. One group say that they are asked to repent and, if they do not, they are killed. Some say they are given an hour and others a month. Others say that they are asked to repent three times, and that is the view of Malik. Al-Hasan said they are asked a hundred times. It is also said that they are killed without being asked to repent.”

All the schools of Islamic jurisprudence teach that a sane adult male who leaves Islam must be killed. They have some disagreements about what must he done with other types of people who leave Islam, but they have no disagreement on that.

“Christians arrested in Iran,” from UPI, January 7 (thanks to Amil Imani):

TEHRAN, Jan. 7 (UPI) — Amid widespread outrage over Christian persecution, Iranian authorities said they arrested dozens of Christians who had converted from Islam.

Tehran Gov. Morteza Tamadon said Iranian Christians were arrested during the Christmas holiday for converting from Islam or trying to convert others to Christianity.

“Just like the Taliban, who have inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite, (evangelicals) have crafted a movement in the name of Christianity,” he was quoted by Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency as saying….

An Iranian evangelical group in Canada, the Journal notes, claims plainclothes security guards stormed Christian households during the Christmas season looking for religious items….

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Hey, Abbas: Would “Palestine” allow conversions to Christianity?

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-12-2010

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From Al Masry al-Youm:

In June 2009, an Egyptian court declined a request by [Christian convert Maher] al-Gohary to register his current religion in his identity documents. The verdict said that “conversion from Islam is unacceptable since it contradicts the prevailing order and because society has a Muslim majority,” adding that “conversion is at odds with Article 2 of the Constitution which says that Islam is the primary source of legislation.”

Islam prohibits conversion to Christianity, even for Muslim coverts originally belonging to the Christian faith.

Al-Gohary’s request to be recognized as a Christian is the second to be turned down. In January 2008, the administrative court dismissed another request by Mohamed Haggay, who later named himself Bishoy.

So the legal reasons given by the Egyptian court to not accept al-Gohary’s conversion is because the Egyptian constitution says “Islam is the Religion of the State. Arabic is its official language, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).”

Now, it just turns out that the constitution of Palestine has virtually identical wording (“The principles of Islamic Shari’a shall be the main source of legislation.”)

So, as the world continues to rush to provide recognition for the state of “Palestine,” Mahmoud Abbas should answer a simple question:

Would a Muslim be allowed to convert to Christianity in Palestine?


(To make it even more interesting, change “Christianity” to “Hinduism,” which Islam abhors.)



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Just In Time For The War On Christmas: ‘America’s War On Christianity’

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 24-12-2010

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If you were looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the non-Jews and Muslims on your holiday gift list, World Net Daily Books had just the answer with their new book America’s War on Christianity, which was released just in time for the War on Christmas.

World Net Daily was kind enough to send a review copy of the book, which author Brad O’Leary says he wrote because President Barack Obama “declared that America is not a Christian nation.”

Despite the fact that 76 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians, O’Leary maintains there’s not only a War on Christmas, but a war on the entire religion as well.

“The Judeo-Christian vaules upon which America was founded are under attack,” the book begins. O’Leary, a WorldNet Daily columnist and right-wing radio host, writes that “the current war is divided into two camps.”

“On one side, we have religion and freedom. On the other side, we have atheism and totalitarianism,” O’Leary writes.

O’Leary opens his book with Obama’s visit to Georgetown University in April 2009. In what O’Leary dubs the “Georgetown Cover-up,” the White House requested that religious signage and symbols be covered up. Left out of O’Leary’s narrative: Obama quoted from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount during that very speech.

Amongst O’Leary’s other complaints: the Capitol Visitors Center has no references to God and instead serves as a “shrine to the power of government, man, and secular causes.”

Just like many of those on Fox News, he’s also frustrated around the holiday season.

“In cities and towns across America, public nativity scenes are treated like pornography every Christmastime, and the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ has become a veritable slur,” O’Leary writes. “Each year, dozens of communities experience ‘Baby Jesus theft,’ a literal robbing of the cradle,” he continues.

The author also rails against hate crimes laws which protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals from being targeted because of their sexual orientation.

“Secular extremists have long pushed for so-called hate crimes laws (which are actually ‘ thought crimes’ laws) to provide additional criminal penalties for crimes committed against homosexuals and transgendered people,” O’Leary writes.

“However, many refer to such a national hate/thought crimes bill as the ‘Pedophile Protection Act’ because in the process of extending special federal protection to individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the majority in the U.S. House has refused to exclude any of the 547 forms of sexual deviancy or ‘paraphilias’ listed by the American Psychiatric Association, including pedophilia,” O’Leary writes.

O’Leary believes that that academia and Hollywood are aligned against Christians because of movies like “The DaVinci Code.” He also takes on Jon Stewart, who he says “identifies himself as a socialist” and “likes to mock those who try to point out there’s an anti-Christian culture war going on.”

“The mainstream media believes that America must be delivered from Christianity for the good of all of us,” O’Leary writes.









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Red Cross neglects Afghan employee arrested for converting from Islam to Christianity

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 14-12-2010

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Short-sighted and ultimately suicidal dhimmitude. “Red Cross Neglects Arrested Afghan Employee for Converting to Christianity,” from International Christian Concern, December 14 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Washington, D.C. (December 14, 2010) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Red Cross in Afghanistan (ICRC) has not intervened on behalf of a long-term employee who was arrested and imprisoned because he is Christian. This, despite that the Red Cross mandate includes “visiting prisoners” and “helping victims of conflict and internal violence, whoever they are.”

Sayed Mossa worked 15 years in ICRC’s orthopedic department in Kabul assisting amputees. In late May, footage of Muslim converts to Christianity being baptized was aired in Afghanistan. The broadcast triggered nationwide protests and a government-led crackdown against Christians. On May 31, being a Muslim convert to Christianity, Mossa was arrested by security officers working with the Ministry of Interior.

Aid workers in Kabul immediately contacted the Red Cross after hearing of the arrest. “The Protection office told us that Mossa will be visited like the others and that we must not interfere with their job. We are not his family and they will not tell us anything. We told them that he has been sexually abused and his condition has deteriorated badly, but nothing could move them,” said a friend of Mossa’s who inquired about his safety. When Mossa’s wife asked for help, the Red Cross paid her Mossa’s salary, but reportedly said they would not intervene to liberate her husband. It was two months before Mossa’s wife had heard where he was being held. She was not notified by the Red Cross, but by a released prisoner who had served time with Mossa.

In a final meeting with Reto Stocker, head of the Red Cross in Kabul, Mossa’s friends were again told that ICRC is neutral and would not intervene. They were also asked to not make the case public.

In another breach of the Red Cross’ mission, they refused to deliver hundreds of letters addressed to Mossa. Westerners organized the letter-writing campaign to both encourage the Christian and to publicly display the international community’s concern over his plight. “They won’t deliver the letters to Sayed. The Red Cross does not have the right to keep the letters from him. It’s their responsibility to ensure he receives letters written to him via the Red Cross address,” said an aid worker in Kabul who helped organize the campaign.

“If the Red Cross refuses to do something they stand for, shouldn’t the world know about such a gross violation of their stated practices?” said another aid worker. “I mean, if donors support the Red Cross’ work because of what they declare they do, shouldn’t the Red Cross be reproved for their refusal to do (the work they are supposed to do)?”…

Yes.

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Christianity Cures Witchcraft

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 12-12-2010

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And it can even cure AIDS over the phone!

Joe. My. God.

Today In Loving Christianity

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“If hating homosexuals and wishing them dead makes our church a hate group, then we are a hate group.” - SLPC-designated hate preacher Steve Anderson. (Click image to play video.)

(Via - Right Wing Watch)

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Afghanistan: Two converts from Islam to Christianity risk the death penalty

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 01-12-2010

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Islamic apologists in the U.S. routinely deny that Islamic law mandates that apostates from Islam be murdered. Unfortunately for the apostates, the facts are otherwise.

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam and supreme example of conduct for the Muslim (cf. Qur’an 33:21), said: “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (Bukhari 9.84.57)

The Tafsir al-Qurtubi, a classic and thoroughly mainstream exegesis of the Qur’an, says this about Qur’an 2:217: “Scholars disagree about whether or not apostates are asked to repent. One group say that they are asked to repent and, if they do not, they are killed. Some say they are given an hour and others a month. Others say that they are asked to repent three times, and that is the view of Malik. Al-Hasan said they are asked a hundred times. It is also said that they are killed without being asked to repent.”

All the schools of Islamic jurisprudence all teach that a sane adult male who leaves Islam must be killed. They have some disagreements about what must he done with other types of people who leave Islam, but they have no disagreement on that.

The internationally renowned Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has been praised as a “reformist” by pseudo-academic John Esposito, has said this about Islamic apostasy law: “That is why the Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

“Two Afghan converts to Christianity risk the death penalty,” from Asia News, November 29 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

Kabul (AsiaNews) - Two Afghans accused of converting to Christianity could face the death penalty, a prosecuting lawyer said on Sunday. Musa Sayed, 45, and Ahmad Shah, 50, are being detained in the Afghan capital awaiting trial, the prosecutor in charge of western Kabul, Din Mohammad Quraishi, said.

“They are accused of conversion to another religion, which is considered a crime under Islamic law. If proved, they face the death penalty or life imprisonment,” Quraishi said. Sayed, a Red Cross (ICRC) employee, has already confessed. There is also “proof” against Shah, Quraishi explained.

Sayed and Shah were arrested in late May and early June, days after local television broadcast footage of men reciting Christian prayers in Farsi and being baptised, apparently in a house in Kabul. The TV station also showed some people engaged in proselytising, which is banned in the Muslim country.

The ICRC’s spokesman in Kabul, Bijan Frederic Farnoudi, confirmed that Sayed worked for the organisation since 1995. He also said that he was able to visit him in prison.

The government launched its own investigation into the matter and suspended two aid groups, Norwegian Church Aid (a Protestant organisation) and Church World Service of the US (which includes Protestants, Orthodox and Anglicans), after the TV station reported two of their members were proselytising.

The Afghan constitution, adopted after the fall of the Islamic Taliban in late 2001, forbids conversion to another religion from Islam and in theory can sentence those found guilty to death. However, no one has been executed in recent years for converting.

Not for want of trying.

Fr Giuseppe Moretti, parish priest at the only Catholic church in Afghanistan, a chapel inside the Italian Embassy in Kabul, told AsiaNews that he knew nothing about the affair. He was certain that they did not convert to Catholicism.

“No one in the country was baptised by a Catholic priest because proselytising is banned by law,” he said.

“The Catholic Church has been present in the country since 1923 with a mandate to take care of members of the international Catholic community living here. It has always respected that [principle] to the letter.”

As for the anti-conversion law, Fr Moretti has nothing to add, except to reiterate that the Catholic community has always respected it.

“The Little Sisters of Jesus of Charles de Foucault, the Sisters of Mother Teresa and the Sisters of the Interreligious Community are present here, and they too respect the ban. We bear witness to our faith through our commitment and our lives,” he said.

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Algeria to try four converts from Islam to Christianity for “illegally opening a place of worship”

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 30-11-2010

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Persecuting converts to Christianity is ongoing in Algeria, but it could be worse: since Islamic law actually calls for such people to be murdered, and Algerian authorities are instead just doing their best to make their lives miserable, those authorities qualify as bona fine “moderates.”

Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Maghreb: “Four accused of violating Islamic precepts,” from AFP, November 27:

Algiers - Algeria will put on trial four converts to Christianity from Sunday for “illegally opening a place of worship”, one of their lawyers told AFP.

“The defendants, who are between 35 and 45 years old, have been charged with setting up a Protestant church in the region without authorisation by authorities,” said lawyer Mohamed Ben Belkacem….

Under a 2006 Algerian law Muslims or non-Muslims can only practise their religion after authorities agree to a place of worship.

Over the past months several trials have opened in the north African country where Islam is the state religion for violation of Islamic precepts, notably involving converts to Christianity.

A group of Muslims who were charged with breaking the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan in August, were acquitted earlier this month.

In mid-October a youth was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine for failing to abide by the fast but the prosecutor later said the sentence was for breaking a window pane at a police station.

Two Christians who broke the fast were acquitted in early October.

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia told parliament last month Algeria would “always guarantee” freedom of religion. - Sapa-AFP

Sure. You can believe in any religion you want in Algeria, as long as it’s Islam.

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A Very New York Times Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Service ‘Transcending’ Christianity for Woody Guthrie

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 22-11-2010

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Thanksgiving may have begun in America as a Christian event, but The New York Times is much fonder of an event that “transcends” that persnickety Jesus-is-the-way-and-the-truth Christianity and celebrates the vaguely Unitarian left. Longtime Times reporter Peter Applebome championed an event in Pleasantville, New York in his “Our Towns” column on Monday:

Maybe it took a country-and-western rabbi to put together the interfaith Thanksgiving service that ended Sunday with Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists singing "This Land Is Your Land" along with Woody Guthrie's daughter, Nora Guthrie.

Rabbi Mark Sameth of the local synagogue (who told Applebome that "George Jones is God") and Rev. Stephen Phillips, the local Methodist minister, put together the interfaith hootenanny, but don’t call it liberal. Just call it… “off-center.”

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A Very New York Times Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Service ‘Transcending’ Christianity for Woody Guthrie

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Thanksgiving may have begun in America as a Christian event, but The New York Times is much fonder of an event that “transcends” that persnickety Jesus-is-the-way-and-the-truth Christianity and celebrates the vaguely Unitarian left. Longtime Times reporter Peter Applebome championed an event in Pleasantville, New York in his “Our Towns” column on Monday:

Maybe it took a country-and-western rabbi to put together the interfaith Thanksgiving service that ended Sunday with Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists singing "This Land Is Your Land" along with Woody Guthrie's daughter, Nora Guthrie.

Rabbi Mark Sameth of the local synagogue (who told Applebome that "George Jones is God") and Rev. Stephen Phillips, the local Methodist minister, put together the interfaith hootenanny, but don’t call it liberal. Just call it… “off-center.”

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A Very New York Times Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Service ‘Transcending’ Christianity for Woody Guthrie

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 22-11-2010

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Thanksgiving may have begun in America as a Christian event, but The New York Times is much fonder of an event that “transcends” that persnickety Jesus-is-the-way-and-the-truth Christianity and celebrates the vaguely Unitarian left. Longtime Times reporter Peter Applebome championed an event in Pleasantville, New York in his “Our Towns” column on Monday:

Maybe it took a country-and-western rabbi to put together the interfaith Thanksgiving service that ended Sunday with Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists singing "This Land Is Your Land" along with Woody Guthrie's daughter, Nora Guthrie.

Rabbi Mark Sameth of the local synagogue (who told Applebome that "George Jones is God") and Rev. Stephen Phillips, the local Methodist minister, put together the interfaith hootenanny, but don’t call it liberal. Just call it… “off-center.”

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Afghanistan: Convert from Islam to Christianity faces capital trial for apostasy

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Said Musa faces death for apostasy from a government the U.S. installed and in accordance with a Constitution that the U.S. endorsed. An update on this story. “Afghan Christian faces trial for alleged conversion from Islam,” by Matiullah Mati for CNN, November 21 (thanks to Mackie):

An Afghan Christian, detained for months for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam, could face trial as early as next week - and could face a potential death penalty, officials said Sunday. [...]

The Afghan Constitution does not mention converting from one religion to another, so the judge will take Islamic law into account, officials said.

“According to Afghanistan’s constitution, if there is no clear verdict as to whether an act is criminal or not in the penal code of the Afghan Constitution, then it would be referred to sharia law where the judge has an open hand in reaching a verdict,” Shenwari said.

Under sharia law, converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death….

Nice of CNN to admit it, after obfuscating it before.

The U.S. State Department said last week in its annual International Religious Freedom Report that “respect for religious freedom” decreased in Afghanistan in the last year, “particularly toward Christian groups and individuals.”

And yet no pressure whatsoever comes from that State Department to the Afghan government we’re propping up, to improve that situation.

Christians, Hindus and Sikhs - as well as Muslims whose practices don’t satisfy the government or society - suffer “intolerance in the form of harassment, occasional violence, discrimination and inflammatory public statements,” the report said. It estimated the Afghan Christian community ranges from 500 to 8,000 people.

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Afghanistan: Convert from Islam to Christianity arrested, tortured, faces trial for apostasy

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 16-11-2010

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But wait! I thought all the learned analysts had assured us that there is no death penalty for apostasy in Islam! Isn’t that right, Dr. Bassiouni? Mr. Kruse? Ms. Heagney?

Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government has done this before. Remember Abdul Rahman?

“Mossa’s day in court,” by Mindy Belz in World Magazine, November 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):

For more than a decade, the second Sunday in November has been commemorated in churches worldwide as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This year it is also the day that Sayed Mossa, an Afghan convert from Islam to Christianity, has been scheduled to stand trial.

Afghan government officials announced earlier this week that they have scheduled that court date for Mossa’s case-which WORLD has been covering (see “Fugitives,” Aug. 28, 2010, and “Deeds done in darkness,” Nov. 20, 2010)-even though the charges and his legal representation remain in doubt.

According to Westerners closely following his case in Kabul, Mossa is likely to be charged with espionage and with conversion to Christianity, or apostasy-crimes that may be punishable by death under Islamic law. The court session may be televised, officials have said, and it is likely that Mossa will be asked to renounce his faith.

Mossa was arrested in late May as part of a crackdown against Afghan converts to Christianity that followed a television broadcast of several baptisms. He has been held in a prison in Kabul under worsening conditions and has been subjected to daily beatings, torture, and sexual abuse. Court-appointed legal counsel, all Muslims, have refused to take his case because he is considered an apostate. Officials from the International Committee on the Red Cross, where Mossa worked for 15 years, visited him twice, and he has received other Western visitors, including representatives from the U.S. embassy. They confirmed that Mossa had been tortured and successfully pressured the Afghan government to move him to another prison, away from other prisoners. That took place Oct. 29….

UPDATE (Nov. 15, 2010):Court officers on Sunday postponed the trial of Afghan convert Sayed Mossa due to the Muslim holiday of Eid. They say trial will be held next Sunday, Nov. 21. Meanwhile, according to Westerners close to the case, Afghan officials have not formally stated the charges against Mossa (though they are likely to be conversion from Islam and espionage), they have not allowed him legal representation, and they have refused requests from family members to see his court file.

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Iraq: “Seven years have passed and Christianity is still bleeding. Where is the world’s conscience?”

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Syrian Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad says that “the invasion of Iraq by America and its allies brought to Iraq in general, and especially to its Christians, destruction and ruin on all levels.” Certainly that is true of Iraq’s Christians. But then the Archbishop goes on to say, “Churches were blown up, bishops and priests and lay persons were massacred, many were the victims of aggression.”

Note the passive voice. Since that is the very next sentence after the one beginning with “the invasion of Iraq by America and its allies,” the uninformed reader could get the impression that America and its allies blew up churches and massacred bishops and priests and laypeople. But of course Islamic jihadists did that — yet instead of calling upon the world to note that fact and protect Iraq’s Christians, this piece goes out of its way to deny the obvious: that the mass-murderers of Iraqi Christians were acting in the name of Islam.

Yet can the problem really be properly addressed if it is not properly diagnosed?

“Silence around Christian massacre troubling,” by Fred Henry, Roman Catholic Bishop of Calgary, for The Calgary Herald, November 15:

On Oct. 15, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad delivered one of the most memorable interventions during the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East — words made even more poignant by the Oct. 31 attack on worshippers at his cathedral. What follows is an excerpt from his text:

” . . . Iraq does not cease living a situation of instability of trials and wars. The last being the American occupation. Christians have always had their part in the sacrifices and tribulations: with the martyrs in the wars and all sorts of different hardships.

“Since the year 2003, Christians are the victims of a killing situation, which has provoked a great emigration from Iraq . . . without a doubt there are only about 400,000 Christians left of the 800,000 that lived there. The invasion of Iraq by America and its allies brought to Iraq in general, and especially to its Christians, destruction and ruin on all levels.

“Churches were blown up, bishops and priests and lay persons were massacred, many were the victims of aggression. Doctors and businessmen were kidnapped, others were threatened, storage places and homes were pillaged . . . here still is the fear of the unknown, insecurity and instability, as well as the continuation of emigration . . . . The tears are continuous between the different religious and political composing elements, as well as external influence by external powers, especially neighbouring countries.

“Seven years have passed and Christianity is still bleeding. Where is the world’s conscience?”

His intervention was moving, prophetic and provocative.

There is a basic deep-seated misunderstanding that needs to be exposed; we are not talking about a “religious” problem. What is at stake is the possibility of people exercising their human rights, of which religious ones are an important and vital component.

Consider the remarks by Corbishop Philip Najem, procurator for the Chaldean Catholic Church following the Baghdad attack.

“This attack has been condemned by the whole Iraqi community! It is not a matter of faith! Certainly, the intention is to create chaos. There are dark forces that have entered the country only to create this division and to prevent the process of pacification of Iraq . . . I heard yesterday that there were many Muslims who had gone to donate blood for the victims who were injured in the church. The extremists have been condemned by Muslims themselves: by that Islam that knows God, that knows faith, that knows love, that knows charity! . . . . This is a barbaric attack, different from other attacks . . . no one can say that this has been done in the name of a religion, a faith or a god. This is an attack against humanity, against the Church, against religion, against faith, against the dignity of the human being.”…

Actually, those who perpetrated the barbaric attack can and do say that it was done in the name of their religion, faith, and god.

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