February 18, 2014

Bloody Bible

Michael Coren on The War on Christians in the Middle East describes the power of a bloody bible.

[M]y guest, who had vast experience with the horrors faced by followers of Christ within Muslim majority states, asked me if he could put a Bible on the desk in front of him. I am always reluctant to resemble the host of a Christian television show. I am not criticizing what they do, but it is simply not my mandate and does tend to exclude many potential audience members. I politely told him that I’d rather he didn’t. Gracious and understanding, he said he fully understood. But, he continued, this particular Bible might be of interest to the viewers as he had been given it by an Iraqi Christian who attended Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad. The church had been attacked during the evening Mass on October 31, 2010 by a Sunni Muslim terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq. At least 58 people were murdered and more than 75 injured in that attack.

The large, heavy book being held in front of me was, I realized, almost beyond reading. Its pages were thick and glued together in lumps, soaked and sticky with the blood of the men, women, and children who had been slaughtered that warm evening in a place of peace, in a city where Christians had lived and flourished before Islam even existed. This was not a holy book to be preached from, but a holy book of martyrdom that preached. Its illegible pages spoke entire volumes, its red turned to brown strains cried out to a still largely indifferent or even hostile world.

I felt guilty that day—ashamed, judgmental, and small….

The British Conservative politician Lady Warsi, a long-term campaigner against extremism within her own Muslim faith, gave a speech at Georgetown University. She warned of the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East, with an exodus of a “Biblical scale” taking place.

“There are parts of the world today, where to be a Christian is to put your life in danger. From continent to continent, Christians are facing discrimination, ostracism, torture, even murder, simply for the faith they follow. Christian populations are plummeting and the religion is being driven out of some of its historic heartlands. In Iraq, the Christian community has fallen from 1.2m in 1990 to 200,000 today. In Syria, the horrific bloodshed has masked the hemorrhaging of its Christian population.”

Some headlines from the past week:

Lynching of Christian man by Muslims is sign of chaos in Central African Republic - one of his relatives screamed. “They cut his neck like a cow. They are going to kill all of us.”

In Syria, Muslims Defecate In Church, Cover Christian Man In Gasoline And Light Him On Fire (video)

Two Armenian Christians from Aleppo were kidnapped by Muslim fighters from a bus. When the jihadists returned to the bus, they were carrying a box in which, they said, had cakes. But when the box was opened, the severed heads of the two Christians were found.

"On that day I went to buy rice as it was the birthday of my grandson.  When I came back, the police were there and they were torturing my son.  My son could not run or escape as he is crippled.They also beat my daughter-in-law when she tried to defend him.  They they took everyone to the police station and the whole night they tortured my crippled son"

In India, Muslims Attack Christian Professor, And Cut His Hand Off

Jihadists Slaughter man’s family as he’s working in another Country

“The last time they were seen was at 3pm,” one officer said. After the fierce confrontation, the old man’s sister went to see what happened at her brother’s house. Smoke was coming out of the house. She entered the house to find the remains of her brother and his daughter, her niece, as two burned corpses. The doctor confirmed that the cause of death for both was a bullet to the head, but their bodies had also been set on fire. The aged man didn’t have any weapon whatsoever or any affiliation to any political party. He got killed for religious reasons. He was a Christian and had no other faults to his name. He was burned as a sign of utter contempt for his religion, as burning or dishonoring a corpse in any way is a great disgrace in Islamic tradition.

Muslims stormed the Christian village of Izge in Nigeria, making their cries of “Allahu Akbar!”, killing everyone in sight, and indulging in plunder. According to one resident, the Muslim barbarians butchered 93 Christians in cold blood.

Posted by Jill Fallon at February 18, 2014 2:36 PM | Permalink