In recent times Christians have not fared well under Islamic rule. Even in the supposedly “moderate” Saudi Arabia there is discrimination –Christian bibles and Christmas trees are outlawed. (Saudi Arabia: An Apartheid State Practicing a Racist Religion) and that is supposedly a “moderate” state–in the hard core Islamic states Christian life is hellish.
The treatment of Christians in the Muslim Middle east is nothing short of ethic cleansing, yet it is very rare to see the media or Christians bring up the topic. Has the world gotten so politically correct that Muslims are the only people in the world who cannot be criticized.
Millions of Christians are being thrown out of Islamic countries (and they may be the lucky ones).’
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.
Iraq the country which was saved from a brutal dictator by an armed force of mostly Christians almost immediately turned on its own Christians once they began to govern itself.
- The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.
- In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.
The same thing is happening in Syria, entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away.
- In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs—which had a Christian population of some 80,000 before jihadis came—was murdered. One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians…. Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.”
In Egypt, which has been taken over by what progressives call the “Moderate” Muslim Brotherhood, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their homeland soon after the “Arab Spring.”
- In September 2012, the Sinai’s small Christian community was
attacked and evicted by Al Qaeda linked Muslims, Reuters reported. But
even before that, the Coptic Orthodox Church lamented the “repeated
incidents of displacement of Copts from their homes, whether by force or
threat. Displacements began in Ameriya [62 Christian families
evicted], then they stretched to Dahshur [120 Christian families
evicted], and today terror and threats have reached the hearts and souls
of our Coptic children in Sinai.”
Muslims living in the Palestinian territories are trying to “ethnic cleanse” the Christian community.
“I expect our Christian neighbors to understand the new Hamas rule means real changes. They must be ready for Islamic rule if they want to live in peace in Gaza,” said Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic outreach movement that recently announced the opening of a “military wing” to enforce Muslim law in Gaza. (Ynet Christians must accept Islamic rule.)
Christian-owned Shops in Gaza have been blown up and their owners murdered.
In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled. According to reports, “the church in Mali faces being eradicated,” especially in the north “where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out… there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded.
Even in European Bosnia, Christians are leaving en mass “amid mounting discrimination and Islamization.” Only 440,000 Catholics remain in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure.
Problems cited are typical: “while dozens of mosques were built in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions [permits] were given for Christian churches.” “Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism,” said one authority, who further added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were “persecuted for centuries” after European powers “failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire.”
In Ethiopia, after a Christian was accused of desecrating a Koran, thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes when “Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes.”
In the Ivory Coast—where Christians have literally been crucified—Islamic rebels “massacred hundreds and displaced tens of thousands” of Christians.
In Libya, Islamic rebels forced several Christian religious orders, serving the sick and needy in the country since 1921, to flee.
All activity of religious minorities are monitored by the Ministry of Islamic Guidance. Laws in Iran which stipulate penalties for government workers who don’t follow Islamic principles and rules. The printing of Christian literature, including church bulletins and church newsletters, is prohibited. Non-Muslims are not allowed to proselytize. Muslims who convert are considered apostates and are subject to the death penalty.
Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old American born Muslim and now a Christian Paster is serving an eight-year
prison term in Iran because of his Christian faith. Abedini has been suffering
for months from serious injuries, including internal bleeding from
beatings at Iran’s notoriously brutal Evin prison.
Most evangelical churches in Iran have been closed or have been restricted to only conducting services in Armenian or Assyrian, services in Persian are outlawed. As a result, many churches have gone underground. The government is actively seeking out these underground churches and punishes all those involved. Many pastors report being under constant surveillance. Many are also pressured into signing documents that say they will not proselytize Muslims or allow them to attend church services.
So what gives? Why aren’t people speaking out about the treatment of Christians in Muslim Countries? The media is fast to call any legitimate criticism of Radical Islamists as Islamophobia, but they are totally ignoring Christian Ethnic cleansing. And one rarely hears a peep from Christians (especially the liberal ones) about the horrors being faced by their Christian brethren under Muslim rule.
Come on folks…it’s time to speak out–it’s the Christian (and Jewish) thing to do.
Note: Except where indicated the source of quoted materials is Fox News.