Where Jerusalem and Athens are in irreconcilable conflict.
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A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of
Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the
other. We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of
which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is
unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone
“Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and
Egypt.” Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this
conclusion: Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting
Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of
In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading. The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.
Now, as the U.S. supports the jihad on Syria’s secular president
Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns
where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have
now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping,
plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling
the populace that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away.
In Egypt, some 100,000 Christian Copts
have fled their homeland soon after the “Arab Spring.” In September
2012, the Sinai’s small Christian community was attacked and evicted by
Al Qaeda linked Muslims, Reuters reported. But even before that, the Coptic Orthodox Church lamented the “repeated incidents of displacement of Copts from their homes, whether by force or threat. Displacements began in Ameriya [62 Christian families evicted], then
they stretched to Dahshur [120 Christian families evicted], and today
terror and threats have reached the hearts and souls of our Coptic
children in Sinai.”
Iraq, Syria, and Egypt are part of the Arab world. But even in
“black” African and “white” European nations with Muslim majorities,
Christians are fleeing. In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled. According to reports, “the church in Mali faces being eradicated,”
especially in the north “where rebels want to establish an independent
Islamist state and drive Christians out… there have been house to house
searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other
Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured
into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was
Even in European Bosnia, Christians are leaving en mass “amid mounting discrimination and Islamization.” Only 440,000 Catholics remain in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure. Problems cited are typical: “while dozens of mosques were built in
the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions [permits] were
given for Christian churches.” “Time is running out as there is a
worrisome rise in radicalism,” said one authority, who further added
that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were “persecuted for centuries”
after European powers “failed to support them in their struggle against
the Ottoman Empire.”
To anyone following the plight of Christians under Islamic
persecution, none of this is surprising. As I document in my new book, “Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians,” all around the Islamic world—in nations that do not share the same race, language, culture, or economics, in nations that share only Islam—Christians are being persecuted into extinction. Such is the true face of extremist Islamic resurgence.
Raymond Ibrahim is author of the new book "Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians"
(Regnery Publishing 2013). A Middle East and Islam specialist, he is a
Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an associate
fellow at the Middle East Forum. [Editor's note: we in New Zealand have experienced part of this exodus. Christian Iraqi refugees have resettled in New Zealand. They are gradually assimilating into NZ churches and finding Christian fellowship and support. This is a very small part of a global story.
At one level it is yet one more demonstration of how intrinsically weak and insipid Islamic doctrine and historical teaching is. Islam cannot survive without the sword. It repeatedly demonstrates it cannot win a religious battle for hearts, minds and souls for it is spiritually impotent. It has to force its doctrines and life by the sword upon subjugated peoples. And when it has "cleansed" itself of Christians, Islamic societies turn upon one another. There are no wars of religious more vicious than the wars between Shi'ites and Sunnis--an enmity that stretches back one and a half millennia. Shi'ites cannot persuade Sunnis, and vice versa, for both are spiritually impotent. They can only progress their cause by means of violence, intimidation, standover tactics, and bloodshed. Islam is a religion of gangsters.
But we also know that those enslaved under this darkness will one day be released, for Islamic nations will eventually willingly fall under the aegis of the Lord Jesus Christ. Their coming to Christ will be not by the sword, but by the Spirit, Who will call them irresistibly in the day of His power, "convincing them of their sin and misery, enlightening their minds in the knowledge of Christ and renewing their wills", He will "both persuade and enable them to embrace Jesus Christ freely offered to them in the Gospel. (Westminster Shorter Catechism)]