By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
December 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Pointing to the disconnect between claims by American Islamists, that "there is no compulsion in religion," in the Muslim world, persecution of Christians is very real, often deadly and increasing at a frightening pace.
In an article entitled "Muslim Genocide of Christians Throughout the Middle East," Khaled Abu Tomeh documents the ongoing jihad against Christians.
He calls Christians an "endangered species" writing that "hardly a day passes without reports of violence against the Coptic community in Egypt." In Iraq there appears to be an orchestrated campaign to drive Christians from the country.
"The war of genocide against Christians in the Middle East can no longer be treated as an "internal affair" of Iraq or Egypt or the Palestinians. What the West needs to understand is that radical Islam has declared jihad not only against Jews, but also against Christians. In Iraq, Egypt and the Palestinian territories, Christians are being targeted almost on a daily basis by Muslim fundamentalists and secular dictators." [source, Khaled Abu Tomeh, Muslim Genocide of Christians Throughout Middle East, Hudson Institute, http://www.hudson-ny.org/1685/muslim-genocide-of-christians]
Historically, especially early in the 20th century, Egypt had the deserved reputation of being perhaps the most religiously cosmopolitan nation under the Islamic banner. Cooperation between different faiths was common, with Jews having positions of power in the Egyptian government. All of that changed after the creation of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, an event which would profoundly change the Muslim world, setting it once again on the path of religious warfare, jihad. 1
The presence of Muslim on Christian violence in that country now is so commonplace that unless a particular act of intolerance rises above its already pervasive presence in the society it simply isn't deemed to be news.
This is exactly what happened last week in Cairo, where a violent clash between Christian Copts and Islamists resulted in at least one death and over 150 arrests. The deadly protest was precipitated by police stopping the construction of a Coptic church, claiming that the voluminous amount of government paperwork required to build or even renovate churches hadn't been completed.
The situation is far more violent In Iraq. On October 31, 58 Catholics at Our Lady of Salvation parish in Baghdad were slaughtered in a suicide bomb attack. Government security forces sifting through the carnage found 5 passports among the remains of the bombers, 3 from Egypt and 2 from Yemen. [see, Ernesto Londono, Survivors describe deadly attack on Baghdad church, Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/01/AR2010110104420.html]
In the totalitarian Islamic theocracy of Saudi Arabia, the fatherland of Wahhabism, Bibles are subject to confiscation during customs checks and any type of non-Muslim proselytizing will find the offender having to deal with the harsh reality of the Committee to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice [the Mutawwa'in, or religious police].
In Malaysia, at least 9 churches were attacked in early January of this year, over a dispute over what Malay name for God should be used in worship services. [see, Malaysian Churches Firebombed As "Allah" Row Escalates, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8447450.stm]
Under the siege of this genocidal persecution, Christians are fleeing the Middle East, some going to Jordan, all in hopes of immigrating to the sanctuary of the West. Stories such as this, documenting Muslim on Christian violence in the Middle East have gone largely unreported in both the European as well as American press, with journalists operating under the general belief [and unspoken guidance] that such acts need not be overly covered [if at all], they running afoul of the media's perverse sense of multi-culturalism.
1. " Until the assumption of office by Farouk, the Jews of Egypt were an accepted and protected part of public life; they had members in parliament, were employed at the royal palace and occupied important positions in the economic and political spheres The Zionist movement was likewise accepted impartially " [source, Jihad and Jew Hatred, Matthais Kuntzel, Telos Publishing 2007, pg. 16-17]
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