Waking up to global assault on Christians

Although it has not received a great deal of news coverage, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a statement this week deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq. Included therein were strong words calling upon religious leaders worldwide to “exercise their influence with the authorities to end these crimes, to punish those who commit them and to reestablish the rule of law throughout the land, ensuring the return home of those who have been displaced.”

iraq_refugees1Egypt’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, has condemned the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), calling it a ‘bloody extremist group’ that has tarnished the image of Islam, and pressing for unity against it.

This week also, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad said, “There is a need of support and a professional, well-equipped army.”

A call for military action by a representative of the Vatican? It sounds like they’re serious – and quite fed up.

These statements were pleas for religious leaders worldwide to employ political influence upon their governments to curtail the unspeakable atrocities that are currently being perpetrated by the Islamic State. These include the wholesale massacre of non-Muslims and non-Sunni Muslims, beheading and impaling (including children), crucifixion, the display of severed heads and bodies in public places and the abduction of non-Muslim girls and women for the purposes of forced marriage and sexual slavery.

It isn’t necessary at this time to belabor the fact that despite the outrage of religious leaders and the growing certainty among American politicians that this threat will ultimately manifest in America, the ascendancy of the Islamic State was materially facilitated by the Obama administration, given that our president and these militants are ideologically kindred.

What I’d like to concentrate on at the moment is that the majority of the unfortunates in Iraq who are facing this genocide are Christians. Indeed, the majority of those being horribly persecuted by Muslims in nations across the Middle East and parts of Africa are Christians.

In America, we are seeing a different methodology being used to disenfranchise Christians, but rest assured, many of the principals and operatives are the same people.

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Why Obama ignores persecution of Christians

On July 25, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, where he asserted that there is a genocide being carried out against Christians in Iraq by the terrorist group the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). This group has killed untold numbers of Christians as well as fellow Muslims during their bloody campaign across Syria and Iraq, many in some of the most graphic and gruesome ways imaginable. Most recently in the Iraqi city of Mosul, Christians were told that they had to convert to Islam, leave the city (which has had a Christian presence for two millennia), or have their heads cut off.

Christians_flee_MosulGiven the actions of the Islamic State to date, what surprised me is that they actually gave them a choice.

“It is genocide. It meets the test of genocide,” Wolf said, citing accepted United Nations parameters for the practice.

In Wolf’s estimation, and that of many Americans of conscience, the Obama administration’s failure to weigh in on this atrocity in any manner whatsoever is an abject disgrace. Although the U.S. Senate proposed on July 30 a resolution condemning the “religious cleansing” in Iraq, such actions have few teeth and certainly aren’t any guarantee of broad policy changes.

While the diplomatic dynamics behind the following may be news to many, it is a fact that over many presidential administrations, nations with minority Christian populations (particularly in the Middle East) were always made aware that our foreign policy concerning them would be to some extent predicated on the treatment of Christians thereof.

All that changed when Barack Hussein Obama ascended to the presidency, and the testimony of Christians living in these nations bears this out. Even excluding such extreme examples as the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt (after which Christians were being crucified in the streets), the general deportment of Islamic governments in the region with regard to Christians changed from one of grudging tolerance to abject persecution. As we can readily observe now in the region, as well as in Islamic African nations, the violent persecution of Christians has practically become a new national pastime.
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Barack Obama IS ISIS

obama_isis1Over the weekend, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) declared the establishment of a new Islamic nation, or caliphate, encompassing conquered portions of eastern Syria and northern Iraq. Demanding allegiance from Muslims worldwide, a spokesman for ISIS announced that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was the new caliph. There’s little chance that this took place on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by accident.

I’m not holding my breath for an apology from those who charged that articulating concerns over the advent of an caliphate was a right-wing conspiracy theory advanced to foment Islamophobia, by the way.

Other Islamic nations in the region are concerned, and they ought to be. ISIS supporters are distributing propaganda on social media indicating its next targets are Jordan and Saudi Arabia; the destruction of Israel is on the agenda as well, of course. Several graphic representations of the group’s intended areas of conquest are circulating online, one showing a region that stretches from western Africa to Indonesia, including Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India.

While the outrage of Americans is growing over a major border crisis orchestrated by the Obama administration, a plethora of serious scandals and the unfathomable level of deceit and impudent overreach of this president, the rest of the world has to be considering the import of events in the Middle East. The snappy, new, black uniforms, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and belt-fed weapons visible in countless photos of ISIS members only underscore what I already know – and what world leaders must also know.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah criticized ISIS and its Iraq campaign, calling them “a handful of terrorists” who have been “lured in by false calls.” According to The Times of Israel, the ultra-conservative Sunni Gulf kingdom is fortifying the 505 mile border it shares with Iraq. Earlier, we learned of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s willingness to work with outside enterprises – even the U.S. – to stem the tide of ISIS.

How, I wonder, is Russian President Vladimir Putin – who supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria and against whom Obama has backed neo-Nazi factions in Ukraine – interpreting events in Syria and Iraq? Or the Chinese, who have exponentially increased their economic stake on the African continent in recent years? I can’t imagine leaders in the European Union taking anything but a dim view of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Sunni Muslim fanatics who behead other Sunni Muslims for not being “militant enough.”

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns