In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3 v12
The later epistles and the Revelation seem to be given to prepare the Church for persecution. Revelation does not appear to confirm the popular prophecies of major revival coming to our nations and making them godly and decent.
One hears Christians quote the Bible (Prov 16:7) to say "When a man's ways please The LORD, he makes even the man's enemies be at peace with him." Such denial of persecution is deeply insulting to those around the world who are suffering now - beyond the point of shedding blood. For many brothers and sisters, the Tribulation is already under way.
Consider what our brothers and sisters are suffering for their faith at the hands of ISIS.
The author believes that the revival that we need is in our own lives and our churches in order to be able to stand and shine under the persecution we will experience in an increasingly godless world. There is no reason to believe we can or should pray away the events that are to be. Revelation 13 v10 says,
"If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. "
The Messianic Jews in Israel are undergoing persecution somewhat like the first Jewish believers did, as recounted in Acts.
Many Christians around the world are dying for their faith now! - see below for 2019 snapshot
Figures from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) researchers estimated that around one million Christians were martyred in the first 10 years of the 21st Century, leading to an average of around 100,000 a year. www.worldwatchmonitor.org
The site is in Spanish . The text translated as
Killed, although this term is totally inadequate to describe what is in fact genocide. And the dramatic and tragic fate of the Syrian soldiers who were guarding the Kindi hospital in Aleppo.
An islamist suicide bomber blew himself up in the hospital; after that, some of the soldiers who were identified as being Christian, were taken prisoner by the so called ‘Free Syria Army’ and some fanatics belonging to Al-Nusra came forward and killed them by putting a pistol to their heads.
The video is shared from http://liveleak.com with this text
these Syrian soldiers were guarding al kindi hospital in Aleppo,....A suicide bomber blew himself up in the hospital....some of the soldiers were taken captives by the free syrian army and alnusra front... the soldiers are being executed as you see in this video.
This video is not being uploaded to glorify the crime, it is being uploaded to document the crimes committed by the terrorist organisations in Syria. Video is posted on al nusra facebook page and FSA youtube channel ...It was posted on 15 march 2014.....
video of the suicide bombing that took place in al kindi hospital in Aleppo in dec 2013
The people who kill Jews do not do so because of disputes about territory but because Islam tells them to!
They kill Christians for the same reason!
"First we kill the Saturday people - then we kill the Sunday people!" Popular Muslim chant.
They are not waiting until they have killed all the Jews - Killing Christians is well under way.
See Barnabas Fund for ways of helping the persecuted.
If you study Revelation, you will notice that the actions of the participants are under God’s control so that His purposes may be fulfilled. "The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled." (Revelation 17 v16-17) These things are ordained, "until the words of God are fulfilled.
So what should the believer be doing; preparing his bunker? No, Paul told the Roman church how they should live in obedience and subjection to the authorities; including paying their taxes. (Romans 13 v1-7)
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience." This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor."This seems difficult in the context of persecution, but Jesus had the answer to these questions about obedience to an ungodly ruler,
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and render to God the things that are God’s."Or, as Paul wrote to Titus,
"Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. " (Ch3 v1)Wildolive believers should have a burden to continue to stand with Israel and the Jews; that will clearly bring persecution.
We must also persevere in the watchman role as defined by Ezekiel. The watchman’s responsibility is to look out and warn. It is not his responsibility whether people listen or not. The chances are that people will reject the watchman’s warnings and turn on him, but we must hold on. As Jesus said in John 9 v4,
"As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work."And if that work brings us into conflict with our rulers, we need to emulate the early church in their prayerful reaction,
"Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." (Acts 4 v29-30)Jesus said to the church in Philadelphia,
"Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. (Revelation 3 v10-12)In our twenty first century western "Christian" culture we are not heavily "into" persecution and tribulation, but it is said that a Christian somewhere dies for his faith every three minutes. Surely, we should not be supposing that we will continue to be so safe and comfortable, not if we are really engaged in the Master's work. 1 Peter 4v12-13 says,
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed."Perhaps it is not our great faith that is keeping persecution away, but our lack of faith, in that we are posing no threat to our adversary.
Reading the story of Brother Yun, one is struck by the miraculous works of God in the Chinese House Church movement. The Holy Spirit moves like He did in the early church in a way we tend to believe does not happen today.
This moving of the Holy Spirit is in the context of real spiritual battle and the enemy is fighting back. It seems logical that spiritual outpourings and persecution cannot be far apart. Perhaps we should be prepared for this as we seek Revival.
Taking a snapshot in 2019 - still needs editing / reducing / summarising
"Christian persecution 'at near genocide levels,'" the title of a May 3 BBC report, cites a lengthy interim study ordered by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and led by Rev. Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro.
According to the BBC report, one in three people around the world suffer from religious persecution, with Christians being "the most persecuted religious group". "Religion 'is at risk of disappearing' in some parts of the world," it noted, and "In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN."
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is also quoted on why Western governments have been "asleep" — his word — concerning this growing epidemic:
"I think there is a misplaced worry that it is somehow colonialist to talk about a religion [Christianity] that was associated with colonial powers rather than the countries that we marched into as colonisers. That has perhaps created an awkwardness in talking about this issue—the role of missionaries was always a controversial one and that has, I think, also led some people to shy away from this topic."
Whatever the merits of such thinking, the fact is that many of the world's most persecuted Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with colonialism or missionaries. Those most faced with the threat of genocide — including Syria's and Iraq's Assyrians or Egypt's Copts — were Christian several centuries before the ancestors of Europe's colonizers became Christian and went missionizing.
The BBC report highlights "political correctness" as being especially responsible for the West's indifference, and quotes Hunt again in this regard: "What we have forgotten in that atmosphere of political correctness is actually the Christians that are being persecuted are some of the poorest people on the planet."
Although the BBC report has an entire heading titled and devoted to the impact of "political correctness," ironically, it too succumbs to this contemporary Western malady. For while it did a fair job in highlighting the problem, it said nothing about its causes — not one word about who is persecuting Christians, or why.
The overwhelming majority of Christian persecution, however, evidently occurs in Muslim majority nations. According to Open Doors' World Watch List 2019 [WWL], which surveys the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, "Islamic oppression continues to impact millions of Christians." In seven of the absolute worst ten nations, "Islamic oppression" is the cause of persecution. "This means, for millions of Christians—particularly those who grew up Muslim or were born into Muslim families—openly following Jesus can have painful consequences," including death.
Among the worst persecutors are those that rule according to Islamic law, or Sharia -- which academics such as Georgetown University's John Esposito insist is equitable and just. In Afghanistan (ranked #2) , "Christianity is not permitted to exist," says the WWL 2019, because it "is an Islamic state by constitution, which means government officials, ethnic group leaders, religious officials and citizens are hostile toward" Christians. Similarly, in Somalia, (#3), "The Christian community is small and under constant threat of attack. Sharia law and Islam are enshrined in the country's constitution, and the persecution of Christians almost always involves violence." In Iran (#9), "society is governed by Islamic law, which means the rights and professional possibilities for Christians are heavily restricted."
Equally telling is that 38 of the 50 nations making the WWL 2019 are Muslim majority.
Perhaps the BBC succumbed to silence concerning the sources of Christian persecution — that is, succumbed to "the atmosphere of political correctness" which it ironically highlighted — because in its own report, it did not rely on the WWL. The problem with this interpretation is that the study the BBC did rely on, the Bishop of Truro's, is saturated with talk concerning the actual sources of Christian persecution. In this regard, the words "Islam" and "Islamist" appear 61 times; "Muslim" appears 56 times in this review on persecuted Christians.
Here are a few of the more significant quotes from the Bishop of Truro's report:
▪ "The persecution of Christians is perhaps at its most virulent in the region of the birthplace of Christianity—the Middle East & North Africa."
▪ "In countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia the situation of Christians and other minorities has reached an alarming stage."
▪ "The eradication of Christians and other minorities on pain of 'the sword' or other violent means was revealed to be the specific and stated objective of [Islamic] extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-east Nigeria and the Philippines."
▪ "[T]here is mass violence which regularly expresses itself through the bombing of churches, as has been the case in countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia."
▪ "The single-greatest threat to Christians [in Nigeria] ... came from Islamist militant group Boko Haram, with US intelligence reports in 2015 suggesting that 200,000 Christians were at risk of being killed... Those worst affected included Christian women and girls 'abducted, and forced to convert, enter forced marriages, sexual abuse and torture.'"
▪ "An intent to erase all evidence of the Christian presence [in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-east Nigeria and the Philippines] was made plain by the removal of crosses, the destruction of Church buildings and other Church symbols. The killing and abduction of clergy represented a direct attack on the Church's structure and leadership."
▪ "Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped-out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest. In Palestine, Christian numbers are below 1.5 percent; in Syria the Christian population has declined from 1.7 million in 2011 to below 450,000 and in Iraq, Christian numbers have slumped from 1.5 million before 2003 to below 120,000 today. Christianity is at risk of disappearing, representing a massive setback for plurality in the region."
The BBC should be commended for (finally) reporting on this urgent issue — even if it is three years behind the times. As the Truro report correctly observes, "In 2016 various political bodies including the UK parliament, the European Parliament and the US House of Representatives, declared that ISIS atrocities against Christians and other religious minority groups such as Yazidis and Shi'a Muslims met the tests of genocide."
At the very least, it appears that the BBC has stopped trying to minimize the specter of Christian persecution as it did in 2013, when this situation was just starting to reach the boiling point.
A final version of the inquiry, commissioned by Mr Hunt last year, will be released this summer and will cover the Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka.
Speaking in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa during his five-day tour of Africa, Mr Hunt – who is a committed Christian – said: 'I think we've all been asleep on the watch when it comes to the persecution of Christians.
'I think we have shied away from talking about Christian persecution because we are a Christian country and we have a colonial past.'
Another Christian institution in the PA was targeted by vandals, while the number of Christians living in the PA has dropped to an all-time low.
The Anglican Church in the Palestinian Authority (PA) village of Aboud, near Ramallah, was broken into on Thursday and valuable property, including religious artifacts, was stolen.
A resident of Aboud, identified only as I.M., told TPS that the atmosphere in the village is charged and that there appear to be elements who are pushing the generate strife between Christians and Muslims. He estimates that this incident is a religion-based hate crime. He added that that jewelry, computers and other electronic equipment were stolen from the church.
This is the third incident in the past month in which Christians living in the PA were targeted.
The St. Charbel Monastery in Bethlehem was broken into last week, the sixth time to be targeted in recent years. The convent, part of the Lebanese Maronite Church, has been repeatedly targeted, and Father Yacoub Eid, the monastery head, has asked the PA to protect the Christian holy sites.
Attacks on Christians in the PA have recently expanded, and are driven by religion.
Last month, Christian residents of the town of Jifnah in the PA were attacked by Fatah activists and were forced to pay the Muslim Jizyah ransom tax after a local woman complained to the police about the son of a senior Fatah official.
The violent incident, which included shooting, occurred in an almost exclusively Christian area, situated north of Jerusalem and near Ramallah, the de facto PA capital.
In a notice published on Facebook, the Christian residents of Jifnah complained about the loss of security and of their property, especially after they were forced to pay the Jizyah, as demanded by Islam.
They demanded that the newly-appointed Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtayeh intervene and ensure their safety, and decry the “racist and sectarian” behavior by a “senior official.”
A member of one of the families told TPS that the Fatah members ordered them to pay the Jizyah “so that they could enjoy the PA’s protection” and that the event was caused by religious and sectarian hatred.
The Jizyah is an annual per capita tax levied by Islamic law on non-Muslim subjects residing in Muslim lands. The tax is a fee for protection provided by the Muslim ruler to non-Muslims, for the permission to practice a non-Muslim religion with some communal autonomy in a Muslim state, and as proof of the non-Muslims’ submission to the Muslim state and its laws.
Jizyah has also been understood by some as a ritual humiliation of the non-Muslims in a Muslim state for not converting to Islam.
The Muslim-Christian Council in Jerusalem recently published a survey that shows that the Christian population in the PA consists of only one percent of the general population. Tens of thousands of Christians have left the PA for other parts of the world following religious persecution they have encountered at home, including the confiscation of Christian land and the assault on young Christian women.
Once a sizable community, the survey’s numbers show that today the community numbers only 45,000 in the PA, with 4,000 living in Jerusalem and only 1,000 living in Gaza.
Then there is the lower level persecution of Christians, where they can be robbed or defrauded by Muslim neighbours knowing that the authorities will do nothing about it. Also, preference for employment will always be given to Mulims (primarily family and friends friends of the Hamas or Palestinian Authority administration) - See also Palestinian Money.
A Sunday shooting at an Assemblies of God congregation in a northern village left six people dead, including the pastor, and represents the first church attack among the recent surge of Islamist violence.
A dozen gunmen on motorcycles stormed the courtyard of the Sirgadji church after worship, fatally shooting its longtime pastor as well as five other congregants after demanding they convert to Islam, according to a statement sent to CT by the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Burkina Faso, Michel Ouédraogo. The attackers also stole from the church and burned its pulpit.
The church was one of the oldest Protestant congregations in the region, which borders Mali to the north, and pastor Pierre Ouédraogo had served there since its founding in the 1980s. The longtime pastor had sensed danger, but told family members “he prefers to die for his faith rather than leave the village where he has served for nearly 40 years,” said his son-in-law, according to the AG statement.
The victims include the pastor’s son and his brother-in-law, who served as a deacon in the church.
Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency in some of its northern providences last year, due to ongoing violence. The church attack comes days after another half-dozen people were killed by assailants elsewhere in the country. Islamists have been blamed for the abductions of a Spanish Catholic priest and a Canadian geologist earlier this year.
After 200 attacks over the past three years, the government considers Sunday’s shooting to be the first at a house of worship, a sign that the violence could be shifting from indiscriminate to targeted. Burkina Faso is about 60 percent Muslim and about 25 percent Christian (around 20 percent Catholic and 5 percent Protestant).
An op-ed in L’Observateur Paalga suggested that pastors will begin to fear their public worship gatherings could become targets. “Evidently, the forces of Evil who are imposing their dirty war on us, and who know … where it hurts, now want to set religions against each other in a country where, nevertheless, peaceful coexistence between the different religions has always been the bedrock of social cohesion,” read an English translation of the article.
Pope Francis offered prayers for the entire Christian community in Burkina Faso after the Assemblies of God attack.
The country has faced a growing threat of terrorist violence ever since 2016, when al-Qaeda affiliates took hostages and went on a shooting spree in the capital city of Ouagadougou. Seven missionaries were killed in the incident.
The incidents in Burkina Faso in recent years have been attributed to Ansarul Islam, the Support Group for Islam and Muslims, and the Islamic State of the Great Sahara (EIGS).
"Where is the solidarity for the Sri Lanka's Christians?" asked the British scholar Rakib Ehsan, a Muslim.
"The differences in tone and nature between the condemnations of the Christchurch and Sri Lanka terrorist attacks are striking. After Christchurch, there was no hesitation about stating the religious backgrounds of the victims and directing emotion and affection towards Muslim communities. Politicians took no issue with categorising the events in Christchurch as terrorism.
"In contrast, the words 'terrorism' and 'Christianity', along with their associated terms, have so far failed to feature in much of the reaction to the attacks in Sri Lanka.
"What is evident is not only a clear reluctance to specify the religious background of Christians who were killed in Sri Lanka, but also an absence of heartfelt solidarity with Christian communities across the world, which continue to suffer grave forms of persecution on the grounds of their faith."
Rakib Ehsan asked the right question. But it might be rewritten as: Where is the Western solidarity for the Sri Lanka's murdered Christians?
This is a drama in three acts. The first act consists of the Christians and other non-Muslim indigenous peoples being violated and murdered. The second act consists of Muslim extremists who create this genocide. And the third act consists of the indifferent West, which looks everywhere else.
The number of murdered victims in the April 21 Easter Sunday jihadist attacks in Sri Lanka is too terrible even to think about: 253 dead. Among the victims, 45 children were murdered. Their small faces and stories have begun to emerge. The Islamic terrorists knew there were many children in the three churches, and they deliberately targeted them with their bombs. Footage shows one of the bombers patting a young child on the head before he enters the St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, where "everyone has lost someone".
The Fernando family had taken a photograph at the baptism of their third child, Seth. In Negombo they were all buried together. Father, mother and three children aged 6, 4, and 11 months. According to the New York Times:
"Fabiola Fernando, 6, was an elementary school student. In a photo posted to her mother's Facebook page, she showed off a gold medal, a small smile on her face. Leona Fernando, 4, the middle child in her family, was learning to read and was holding a copy of "Sleeping Beauty" in the picture. Seth Fernando, 11 months,was the newest addition to the Fernando family. He was buried alongside his parents and two sisters."
The silence of the Western intellectual world and the media is particularly deafening. The new humanitarian conscience seems to see only two groups: those who have the right to the compassion and protection of the international community, and those, such as Christians, unworthy of help or solidarity.
The deliberate murder of an 8-month-old baby, Matthew, in a Sri Lankan church apparently did not upset or chill the West, did not go viral on social media, did not to become a hashtag, did not to push the Europeans to crowd into their public squares, did not press the Islamic world to examine its conscience, did not to induce Western politicians and opinion-makers seriously to reflect on who killed that child, or on those who foment and finance the Islamist anti-Christian hatred.
Sudesh Kolonne was waiting outside St. Sebastian's Church when he heard the blast. He then ran inside and searched for his wife and daughter. It took him a half hour to find their bodies.
The attacks also killed three children of a Danish billionaire. Another woman lost her daughter, son, husband, sister-in-law and two nieces. A British father had to make a choice over which of his two children to save. Another British family was destroyed. To add horror to horror, the pregnant wife of one of the terrorists, when police raided her home, detonateda suicide vest, killing her own children.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, visited the Muslim survivors of the attack on the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, including children recovering in the hospitals. It was a gesture of humanity and compassion. Why did the same compassion not spur the British royal family to stop in Sri Lanka, their former colony, to meet the Christian survivors, before going back to England? Entire Christian families were decimated in the attack.
Where is the outrage in the West for the annihilation of Christian life and people? It feels as if there is no indignation, only silence, interrupted by bombs and "Allahu Akbar". The history books of the future will not condone this Western betrayal. If the West had taken seriously the persecutions of Christians, now the bell would not toll for the death of the Christian presence -- not only in historic lands of Christianity, but also for the West. Islamic extremists have seen that the West has not mobilized to prevent them from repressing Christians, as if unconsciously there were a strange convergence between our silence and the ethnic cleansing project of the Islamic State, aimed at erasing Christians.
The British author Melanie Phillips has called this persecution of Christians "our guilty secret."
"Religious liberty, the core value of western civilisation, is being destroyed across large parts of the world. Yet the West, myopically denying this religious war, is averting its gaze from the destruction of its foundational creed in the Middle East and the attempt to eradicate it elsewhere. It is therefore no surprise that, faced with jihadist barbarities abroad and cultural inroads at home, the free world is proving so ineffectual".
The jihadist attack in Sri Lanka was not only "the deadliest attack on Christians in South Asia in recent memory." It was also the largest massacre of Christian children. But no newspaper has launched a campaign to raise awareness of European public opinion, no pro-Christian solidarity movement has arisen, no Western leader appears to have visited a church in solidarity, no Western church leaders had the courage to point out the culprits by calling them by name, no Western mayors hung photographs of the 45 children torn to pieces, no public square was filled in thousands saying "Je suis chrétien".
A few years ago, at the height of the migrant crisis in Europe, a photograph conquered public opinion in the West. It was the famous picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, who drowned off the coast of Bodrum, Turkey. That little migrant moved the West. His image went viral. The New York Times called it "Aylan Kurdi's Europe".
"For historical reasons, Angela Merkel feared images of armed German police confronting civilians on our borders," wrote Robin Alexander, Die Welt's leading journalist, in his book, Die Getriebenen ("The Driven Ones"). If photographs of migrant children spurred Europe's leaders to open their borders, the photographs of murdered Christian children -- such as the 45 in Sri Lanka -- apparently left them indifferent.
The appeal of Asia Bibi's daughters to help her mother met a deaf West. The UK refused to offer asylum to this Pakistani Christian family and take persecuted Christians.
"It is with indifference that we witness a catastrophe of civilization with no precedent", wrotethe French scholar historian Jean-François Colosimo, commenting on the destruction of Eastern Christianity. No religion, no community, is today more persecuted than Christians. Why, then, this silence by the West? Have we become so foreign to ourselves, to our roots and to our history, that we can contemplate this outbreak of jihadi violence without blinking an eye? Or are we so short-sighted that we hoped to buy "peace" with the Muslim extremists at the cost of abandoning those Christians? The same jihadi ideology that murdered Christian children in Sri Lanka, targeted European children in Nice, Manchester and Barcelona.
Sri Lanka after the massacre is not just a terrible succession of crying mothers and little coffins. Unfortunately, it also tells us a lot about the discouraging state of the West.
Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: Revisiting Islam’s Greatest Slaughter of Christians Raymond Ibrahim
April 24 2019 marked the the genocide of Christians—mostly Armenians but also Assyrians—that took place under the Islamic Ottoman Empire, throughout World War I. Then, the Turks liquidated approximately 1.5 million Armenians and 300,000 Assyrians.
Most objective American historians who have studied the question unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated genocide:
More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century. At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000…. Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present.
In her memoir, Ravished Armenia, Aurora Mardiganian described being raped and thrown into a harem (consistent with Islam’s rules of war). Unlike thousands of other Armenian girls who were discarded after being defiled, she managed to escape. In the city of Malatia, she saw 16 Christian girls crucified: “Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross,” she wrote, “spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.” Such scenes were portrayed in the 1919 documentary film Auction of Souls, some of which is based on Mardiganian’s memoirs.
Whereas the genocide is largely acknowledged in the West, one of its primary if not fundamental causes is habitually overlooked: religion.
War, of course, is another factor that clouds the true face of the genocide. Because these atrocities mostly occurred during World War I, so the argument goes, they are ultimately a reflection of just that—war, in all its chaos and destruction, and nothing more. But as Winston Churchill, who described the massacres as an “administrative holocaust,” correctly observed, “The opportunity [WWI] presented itself for clearing Turkish soil of a Christian race.” Even Adolf Hitler had pointed out that “Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate its internal foes, i.e., the indigenous Christians, without being thereby disturbed by foreign intervention.”
It’s worth noting that little has changed; in the context of war in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the first to be targeted for genocide have been Christians and other minorities.
But even the most cited factor of the Armenian Genocide, “ethnic identity conflict,” while legitimate, must be understood in light of the fact that, historically, religion accounted more for a person’s identity than language or heritage. This is daily demonstrated throughout the Islamic world today, where Muslim governments and Muslim mobs persecute Christian minorities who share the same race, ethnicity, language, and culture; minorities who are indistinguishable from the majority—except, of course, for being non-Muslims, or “infidels.”
As one Armenian studies professor asks, “If it [the Armenian Genocide] was a feud between Turks and Armenians, what explains the genocide carried out by Turkey against the Christian Assyrians at the same time?”
Indeed, according to a 2017 book, Year of the Sword: The Assyrian Christian Genocide, the “policy of ethnic cleansing was stirred up by pan-Islamism and religious fanaticism. Christians were considered infidels (kafir). The call to Jihad, decreed on 29 November 1914 and instigated and orchestrated for political ends, was part of the plan” to “combine and sweep over the lands of Christians and to exterminate them.”
Today, from Indonesia in the east to Morocco in the west, from Central Asia in the north, to sub-Sahara Africa—that is, throughout the entire Islamic world—Muslims are, to varying degrees, persecuting, killing, raping, enslaving, torturing and dislocating Christians; where formal Islamic groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS), Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, etc., hold sway, Christians and other “infidels” are literally experiencing a genocide.
To understand how the historic genocide of Armenians and Assyrians is representative of the modern day plight of Christians under Islam, one need only read the following words written in 1918 by President Theodore Roosevelt; however, read “Armenian” as “Christian” and “Turkish” as “Islamic,” as supplied in brackets:
the Armenian [Christian] massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey [the Islamic world] is to condone it… the failure to deal radically with the Turkish [Islamic] horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense.
Similarly, if we “fail to deal radically” with the “horror” currently being visited upon millions of Christians around the Islamic world, we “condone it” and had better cease talking “mischievous nonsense” of a utopian world of peace and tolerance.
Put differently, silence is always the ally of those who would liquidate the “other.” In 1915, Adolf Hitler rationalized his genocidal plans, which he implemented some three decades later, when he rhetorically asked: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”
And who among today’s major politicians speaks—let alone does anything—about the ongoing annihilation of Christians by Muslims.
Why is it that the Jews of Israel are more concerned about the killing of Christians than the media or the church in the "Christian" west ??
And some Christians accuse Israel of the persecution suffered by Christians in Palestinian controlled areas, perpetrated by Muslims.
Jewish governed Israel is actually the only safe place for Christians in the whole Middle East, and the Christian population is growing.
In PA controlled Bethlehem the Christian population has fallen (I believe) from 60% to 10%.
ASSAULT ON RELIGION - JERUSALEM POST - www.jpost.com/Opinion/Assault-on-religion
There have been dreadful attacks on churches in places ranging from Europe to Africa and Asia, but to a certain extent these have been ignored.
The death toll in the dastardly attacks on eight targets in Sri Lanka on Sunday has reached more than 290 people and is still rising.
Even while the identity of the perpetrators was not 100% clear, there could be no question about the identities of the victims. Three of the attacks were carried out at churches packed with worshipers for Easter Sunday prayers and another three at luxury hotels popular with Westerners. There was also an attack on a guest house and a housing scheme, as well as a thwarted attack on the route to the airport in the capital of Colombo. In other words, the attacks were on Christians and “foreigners.”
The bombings perhaps came as a surprise to the average Westerner, but moderate religious streams – of all faiths – are under unprecedented attack. There has been a surge in antisemitism, including attacks during this Passover; the deadly assault on the synagogue in Pittsburgh last year and on the mosques in New Zealand cannot be forgotten. But it should not be overlooked that Christianity is also being targeted.
There have been dreadful attacks on churches in places ranging from Europe to Africa and Asia, but to a certain extent these have been ignored.
The Coptic Christian community in Egypt, for example, suffered devastating losses during attacks on churches on Easter in 2017. In Pakistan in 2016, 75 people were killed during Easter celebrations in Lahore. This January, more than 20 people died in an attack at a Catholic cathedral in the Philippines.
As Lela Gilbert, author of "Saturday People, Sunday People", wrote in an January opinion piece in The Jerusalem Post: “In today’s world, Christianity is under assault as never before… Today, in 2019, across the world, more Christians are in mortal danger because of their faith than ever before in history. At the same time, attacks on Jews and Jewish property are increasing exponentially worldwide.”
Christian communities have been decimated across the Middle East, particularly, but not only, in areas that came under Islamic State control. Similarly, in many countries ranging from Iran to Nigeria, Pakistan and Indonesia, Christians live in fear.
Even in Europe, churches are experiencing vandalism and even deadly attacks. Many of these are unreported or under-reported in the media, either because the largely secular press does not recognize or identify with the problem, or through fear of crossing the conventions of political correctness and being accused of fostering hatred instead of spotlighting its horrific consequences.
With all due respect to US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century,” expected to be released in June, it should by now be apparent that although Palestinian terrorism helped spread the global scourge of high-casualty, high-profile attacks, the Israeli-Palestinian issue is not the most significant one in global terms. While so much attention and funds have been focused on the Palestinian cause, the plight of Christians around the world has been virtually ignored.
Nigeria (Morning Star News) 7pm, 14 April 2019 – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 17 Christians, aged from 10 to 80, and wounded 8 more who had gathered after a baby dedication at a Baptist church in Jos, central Nigeria.
The mother of the baby, was slain and the father critically wounded in the attack in Konshu-Numa village.
Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.
Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population, while Muslims living primarily in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent.
In 2019, Aasiya Noreen, widely referred to as Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother, finally escaped to Canada after years on death row and then under virtual house arrest because Muslim mobs still called for her death. (Muslim cleric Maulana Yousaf Qureshi announced a bounty of 500,000 Pakistani rupees to anyone who would kill her.) The reason for this ? She was accused of Blasphemy (a capital crime under Sharia) by a malicious Muslim co workers after an argument.
Chinese Sex Trade in Pakistan: Abuse of Christian Girls
by Kaswar Klasra
This might look like a poverty issue, but many Christians in Muslim majority lands are in poverty because of hostility and discrimination in the employment market.
Pakistani authorities arrested 12 suspects -- eight Chinese nationals and four Pakistanis -- in a case involving the sex trafficking of young Pakistani women to China. Many had been sent as so-called "brides." Most of them, some as young as 13, belong to Pakistan's Christian minority.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the sex traffickers lured young Christian girls from poverty-stricken families to China by promising them a "better life" there -- and providing their parents with a monthly stipend. It appears that hundreds of girls have been sold this way into prostitution, the exact number is under investigation.
"A mainstream Pakistani television station last month aired images of an illegal matchmaking center in Lahore housing several Chinese men and six Pakistani women, including two teenage girls, awaiting transit to China as brides.
"The victims told the ARY News channel their families received about $3,000 and were promised about $280 a month in future payments as well as a Chinese visa for a male family member."
It is welcome that this Chinese trafficking ring in Pakistan has been exposed and is being tackled by authorities of both countries. The bad news is that it appears to be one of many such operations in Asia dealing in the sale of women to China, where girls are a desirable commodity, due to decades of child-bearing restrictions and the apparent mass abortion of female fetuses.
As Human Rights Watch reported
"The woman shortage is having harmful consequences in China and sometimes in neighboring countries... Traffickers prey on vulnerable women and girls, offering jobs in, and transport to, China. Then they sell them, for around $3,000 to $13,000, to Chinese families struggling to find brides for their sons. Once purchased, women and girls are typically locked in a room and raped repeatedly, with the goal of getting them pregnant quickly so they can provide a baby for the family. After giving birth, some are allowed to escape—but forced to leave their children behind.
"There is evidence of similar patterns of bride migration and trafficking in Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam, and more may emerge from other countries bordering China. Importing women doesn't solve the shortage—it spreads it."
That women and girls are being abused throughout Asia is sickening enough, and warrants immediate attention by the international community. But that Christian girls in particular are being targeted in Pakistan makes the current prostitution ring a double human-rights abuse that needs urgent looking into.
Kaswar Klasra is a journalist based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Communism used to be the biggest threat to Christians before it was eclipsed in our consciousness by Islam. But that does not mean that persecution of Christians by communist / totalitarian regimes has stopped. It is a serious issue in North Korea. (#1 see below)
The situation in China improved dramatically from the days of the Cultural Revolution, but the current regime appears to be clamping down on the growth of Christianity.
The Chinese government demolished a Christian megachurch prompting Christian fears of heightened persecution under the government's atheistic Communist regime.
Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi was destroyed by the paramilitary People's Armed Police forces who reportedly used excavators and dynamite to destroy the church, according to ChinaAid.
The 50,000 strong church was originally built with 17 million Yuan (around $2.5 million) of congregation contributions.
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