Monday, March 7, 2016

The On Going Genocide of Christians in the Middle East

With the Republican and Democrat horse raises in the news, the continuing genocide of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and North Africa have faded from the news cycles.  Fortunately, Eileen Toplansky has kept on top of the issue.  She has penned another piece outlining the affliction facing Christians in the Middle East entitled Muslim Responsibility and Western Inaction. The article concludes thus:
Those who insist that concerned Americans are either racist or exaggerating the danger would do well to ask themselves "[w]hat if Christian terrorists were blowing up Muslims" as liberal Saudi journalist Nadine Al-Budair posits. She asserts that Muslims consistently "absolve [themselves] of guilt and she pointedly asks the following: Imagine a Western youth coming here and carrying out a suicide mission in one of our public squares in the name of the Cross [.]
Imagine hearing the voices of monks and priests from churches and prayer houses in and out of the Arab world, screaming on loudspeakers and levelling accusations against Muslims, calling them infidels, and chanting: 'God, eliminate the Muslims and defeat them all.'
Imagine that we had provided an endless number of foreign groups with visas, ID cards, citizenships, proper jobs, free education, free modern healthcare, social security, . . . and later a member of one of these groups came out, consumed by hatred and bloodlust, and killed our sons on our streets, in our buildings, in our newspaper [offices], in our mosques and in our schools.
It is strange that we condemn [the West] instead of addressing what is happening in our midst - the extremist ways in which we interpret the shari'a and our reactionary attitudes towards each other and the world. It is strange that we condemn instead of apologizing to the world
Jesus, of course, admonishes a different approach. He insists we as Christians should pray for our enemies. Believe me it is hard to do. I pray that God will guard the Christian communities from their Muslim attackers, and then pray that he will soften the hearts of the Muslims and turn them toward himself and away from the wretched book they are following. It is hard, but it is also necessary. For He died for them as much as for me.

Toplansky goes through the gory details of the genocide that continues under ISIS, and you can read all about it by clicking the link above.  She also says that:
The ongoing ISIS slaughter of Christians has resulted in the European Parliament unanimously passing a resolution referring to the Islamic State's (ISIS) killing of religious minorities under its control as "genocide" in the Middle East. But the Obama administration dithers and when asked, White House spokesman Josh Earnest claims that the word genocide "involves a very specific legal determination that has, at this point, not been reached." This should come as no surprise since the FBI has "released a new edition of its anti-terror video game, 'Don't Be a Puppet' that scrubs all references to Islamic terrorism" per the demands of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Thus, as Clare M. Lopez explains, "Islamic jihad is now excluded from a list of potential terror threats."
Additionally, in Canada "Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant has called out Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his refusal to recognize as 'genocide' the sweeping targeting of Christians by ISIS in the Middle East." And so, “[t]housands of Yazidis have been summarily executed, killed, or, in the case of Yazidi women, kidnapped and sold into slavery by ISIS.
The lack of action by the Obama administration is a cause of concern, and we can do something by urging the administration to take action, and if they won't, as it appears thhe will not, we can ask our Congressional representative to at least pass a resolution stating that the Congress recognizes the genocide going on. Congressmen will be anxious to appear to be listening to their constituents. Until ISIS brings the war to our shores, we can not do more, but with God, all things are possible.

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