Ran across another fine article by Da Tech Guy this morning, Meanwhile in the Middle East, where be begins by discussing the situation in Judea and Samaria and moves on to the entire Middle East. You can go read it all, below is a frightening excerpt. The take-away for me is that not only is Christianity under attack, the leadership in the United States doesn't care and in many cases takes action against Christians.
An interesting development, but that’s recent, there is an ongoing one that is even more important as evidenced from the headline in the Telegraph:
The situation is dire:
None the less, the minority status of Christians has left them feeling acutely vulnerable – nowhere more so than in Doura, which sits on a palm-lined stretch of the Tigris as it winds south of Baghdad.
Christians first settled here in the 1960s to work at the nearby oil refinery, with a cluster of churches, monasteries and seminaries giving the area the nickname “The Vatican of Iraq”.
But during Saddam’s reign, Doura also became populated with Salafists – Sunni hardliners put there to defend the city’s southern flank in the event of an uprising in Iraq’s Shia-dominated south. Post-war, the Salafists declared the area to be a mini al-Qaeda caliphate, threatening Christian women for not wearing headscarves and extorting tithes for non-existent “protection” services.
They would consider joining those who have left, however…
Those unable to join Iraqi diasporas in Europe and America often fled to sister communities in neighbouring Syria, only to find themselves in similar peril thanks to al-Qaeda’s presence in the war against President Bashar al-Assad. In post-Mubarak Egypt, the Christians fear a similar reckoning, and only last month Pope Francis warned that the entire Church was in peril across the region, adding: “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians.”
Yet with al-Qaeda once again on the rise in Iraq – more than 6,000 people have been killed in 2013, the most in five years – Christian communities such as Doura are already contemplating that very scenario.
As Pam Geller puts it:
Either we grant immediate asylum to the Christians and apostates, or we leave a military force dedicated to protecting these communities from Muslim supremacists. This was Bush’s great failing. Obama, on the other hand, has actively aided and abetted jihadists from Africa to the Middle East — Egypt to Libya, Syria to Gaza — so there is no hope for non-Muslim minorities in those countries.
For the pope, Saint Stephen’s martyrdom is the reason why “we are praying today especially for Christians who suffer discrimination because of their witness to Christ and the Gospel.”
“We are close to those brothers and sisters who, like Saint Stephen, are unjustly accused and subjected to violence of various kinds. This happens especially where religious freedom is still not guaranteed or not fully realised. In my opinion, there are more today than in the early days of the Church. As it happens however, even in countries and places that protect freedom and human rights on the paper, believers, especially Christians, encounter limitations or discrimination.”
“For these brothers and sisters, I would ask you to pray, for a moment, in silence, everyone,” the pope said off the cuff. After a brief moment of silence, he continued, saying, “Let us entrust them to Mary,” and called on everyone to say a Hail Mary for them.
“For Christians,” he added, “this is not surprising because Jesus foretold it as an opportunity to bear witness. Nevertheless, injustice must be legally reported and eliminated.”
the media that loves him doesn’t (look at the names missing from that news search). The biggest name in media that covered it was Huffpo, and the comment section on the story pretty much says they have it coming) Perhaps they see Christians simply as Republicans living abroad.
So what do we conclude from these things:
1. On the Micro level we see Islamists growing in strength in Judea & Samaria
2. On the larger level we see Al Qaeda rebels rising to take power from the secular (Iranian) Assad
3. And on the Grand Scene we see the retreat of Christianity in the middle east, not only in Iraq but in places like Egypt, Syria and more.
All of these things have two things at their root.
1. The secularization of a major party of the United States.
2. The unwillingness of the West in General and the US in particular to forcibly confront Radical Islam.
Read it all here and check out his other fine articles like 'Radical Islam, US Army & vs Ahmadiyya Islam on Christmas' , 'Pope Francis & Phil Robertson The Carrot and the Stick' and his radio shows.