John R. Houk
In nations in which significant sized minorities exist and the governments are either despotic or control the definition of Freedom or Liberty, the minorities are often a target for unfounded blame. The classic example is the Jews of Europe primarily before WWII and post WWII Eastern Europe. The Twentieth century was supposed to be a time of increasing Liberty among Western nations’ voters. Unfortunately Europe and America’s group consciousness toward Jews was still a matter of animosity and incomprehensible distrust. By the time of the Great Depression in 1929 America and the roughly the same time frame in Europe, Anti-Semitic Conspiracies began to thrive. The granddaddy of all Jew-hatred Conspiracy Theories solidified during the late Czarist Russia days: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion – from obscure origin through Nazi dissemination, Czarist Russia solidifies the Protocols, English language believers in the hoax still exist and Islamic & Middle Eastern acceptance fact (Palestinians, Islamic Middle East, America and Europe).
I use the Jews for that hatred has existed for thousands of years. Currently in the Middle East the same hatred that exists for Jews has also been projected upon Christian Middle Easterners (Arabs, North Africans, Iranian and Pakistani). Most of these Middle Eastern Christians can trace their heritage to the earliest days the Roman Empire becoming officially Christian. Of course difficult to prove tradition even predates Roman establishment of Christianity as the State Religion. That means roughly 500 years before Mohammed was born and his theopolitical religion spread like a plague eradicating Christianity in its birthplace as well as Hinduism and Buddhism going east of Mecca. And I do mean “ERADICATING”. Part of theopolitical Islam’s paradigm is to convert and indoctrinate conquered lands to establishing committed loyal subjects. Those who rejected Islam were offered two other choices: Accept a humiliating oppressive existence in which the only real Right was protection from Muslims committing murder OR death. To maintain and conform to a protected status the non-Muslim was required to pay a poll-tax (jizya) that was extracted purposefully in a humiliating manner. Failure to submit to the humiliation or at anytime promote or display your non-Muslim faith was and is considered an insult to Allah, Islam or Mohammed cancelled the protection of jizya meaning an injudicious execution could be demanded for blasphemy.
In the early days of conquest the pure letter of Sharia Law was forced on non-Muslims’ societal life. After oppression paid its toll and populations converted rather than remaining oppressed some of the harsher nature of dhimmi enforcement would ebb and flow dependent on the Muslim ruler. Indeed Middle Eastern Christians who remained faithful to Christ began to learn and accept a way of life in which Islam was not insulted. Unfortunately even with Christian Middle Easterners maintaining a submissive lifestyle to their Islamic cultural overlords they are the next most oppressed people in that area. Since Radical Islam has began re-influencing Muslims in the Middle East to reawaken to the emotion that anything non-Muslim must be humiliated and brought into line. Brought into line means returning to the Islamic Supremacism that humbles non-Muslims. In the Middle East the biggest non-Muslim minority are the Christians.
A study by Phillipe Fargue, “The Arab Christians in the Middle East: A Demographic Perspective”, cited in Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch, states that the Christian population in the Middle East has gone from 26.4 percent of the area’s population in 1914 to at most 9.2 percent in 2005. An Egyptian newspaper, referring to Vatican statistics, recently put the current Christian representation for the entire region at a dismal 5.62 percent. (The Cross in Torment, Stephen Brown 10/15/10)
Today I received a Barnabus Aid email that is a classic example of what Christians face in currently in the Middle East. In this case the Middle Eastern nation is Egypt an American ally on the Global War on Terrorism but only in the sense of preventing the Muslim Brotherhood and similar Salafi terrorists from toppling Egypt’s military backed despotic government. The Christians left in Egypt are called Coptic Christians and they are the remnants of the original Egyptian heritage that did not speak Arabic prior to invading Muslim armies transformed Egyptians into an Arabic-Islamic culture. The email reports the rising violence against Egyptian Christians are rising.
Egyptian Christians threatened with a “bloodbath” by Islamists
Government alleged to be complicit in rising tide of persecution
Sent by BarnabusAid
Sent: 10/25/2010 09:09 AM
Fears for the safety of Egyptian Christians are growing after a series of false allegations, violent threats and mass demonstrations against the Church in Egypt.
Muslim anger was ignited last month when entirely unfounded accusations were made on Al-Jazeera TV that Egyptian Christians were aligned with Israel and stockpiling weapons in preparation for waging war against Muslims. Tensions were also fuelled by baseless rumors circulated by Islamist leaders that Christians were kidnapping and torturing women who had converted to Islam.
In a separate controversy, a senior church leader was compelled to apologize publicly “if our Muslim brothers’ feelings were hurt” after another church leader questioned at an internal meeting a verse in the Qur’an that accuses Christians of being “infidels”. Egyptian Christians’ rights were subsequently threatened by the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, a government body, which confirmed Egypt to be an Islamic state where “the citizenship rights of non-Muslims were conditional to their abiding by the Islamic identity of the State”.
At least ten mass demonstrations involving thousands of Muslims have since taken place against Christians, with the previously unknown group “Front of Islamic Egypt” promising them a “bloodbath”.
The Egyptian authorities have been accused of complicity for political reasons in the escalating sectarian crisis ahead of next month’s national election for the lower house of Parliament and the 2011 Presidential election. Christian human rights activists said that the Egyptian authorities may be trying to use Islamic radicalism as a means to channel against the Christians the escalating social discontent in the country.
Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Aid, said: “I am greatly concerned about events in Egypt over the last few weeks. We must pray that the hostility towards the Church does not descend into outright violence against Christians – as we have seen before.”
Barnabas Aid supports a range of projects that help Christians in Egypt. The country has the largest Christian population of any Muslim nation in the Arab world, estimated at six to ten million. They regularly face discrimination, human rights violations and sectarian hostility.
· That the Egyptian government will come under increasing pressure to intervene constructively and justly in the latest sectarian unrest.
· That threats of violence against Christians will not be carried out and that Christians will be given protection and justice like other Egyptian citizens.
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Islamic Supremacism Exterminating Middle Eastern Christianity
John R. Houk
© October 25, 2010
Egyptian Christians threatened with a “bloodbath” by Islamists
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