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Christians in the Arab World: A Guide


World  (tags: world, politics, violence, religious warfare. [ersecutions of Chris, Islam, Christianity, culture clash, news, middle-east, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', humanrights, society )

Cal
- 478 days ago - theweek.com
As Islamists come to power across much of the Middle East, Christians are facing growing persecution



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Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 10:43 am
Thank you for shedding light on this tragic information.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:20 pm

This is a very informative article of facts faced by Christians in the currently more radicalized areas of the Middle East. As the Arab Spring has grown we have seen more aggression against the Christians, which many hope would be just the contrary of that. Sadly, this has also not been the boon to women's rights many once hoped it would bring.
 

bob m. (32)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:50 pm


When my daddy comes mo... you better run.... no....you can't run ... you can't hide; you have set your standard against the Lamb of God...(1 John 2:22)... you have made your bed with darkness ... Soon comes the King of glory ... come out from amongst them ...before it is too late.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:09 pm
Thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:24 pm
noted, thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:56 pm
You won't catch me anywhere near the Middle East!
 

Glenn Byrnes (192)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:57 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Patricia Long (1)
Monday May 27, 2013, 2:26 am
Noted, and thanks.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Monday May 27, 2013, 3:26 am
Noted.
 

paul m. (93)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:07 am

Christians in the Middle East,,,,best to get out , if Muslims can come to Europe and be wellcomed and looked
after,,,why not Christians ?
 

John S. (303)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:03 am
Informative article, thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 27, 2013, 6:15 am
Christians should get out of the Middle East since the Muslims are always after them.
 

Rob and Jay B. (120)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:31 am
And where is Obama, who speaks out loudly if some goofball threatens to burn a Qur'an? Silent:

"How has the U.S. responded?
It has strongly condemned attacks on Christians, but it has not gone beyond rhetoric. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan federal government body, has recommended that the State Department list Egypt and Iraq as severe religious freedom violators, like Iran, which aggressively persecutes Christians, or Saudi Arabia, which bans all non-Islamic religions. But the White House has so far refused. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), who recently traveled to Egypt, said Copts believe that the U.S. has made a bargain with the Muslim Brotherhood. "The feeling is that as long as the Brotherhood protects the United States' interests in the region, it can act with impunity within its borders," Wolf said."

Last year when some Christian leaders from this region came to Washington DC to beg Obama to intervene to stop the genocide against their people he refused to even meet with them! He has proven where his loyalties lie, and he has supported the hateful Muslim Brotherhood in their every take over of the misnamed 'Arab Spring' countries, and now he is backing them again, along with the oppressive, intolerant Saudis, in their bid to take over Syria, which has had more freedom of religion than any other Muslim-ruled land. Whose side is he on? He's made that abundantly clear. Even without all his other authoritarian scandals, this siding with a group who has stated their aim of 'destroying western civilization' and forcing us all to submit to Islam's barbaric Sharia law should be enough to impeach this Quisling traitor.

Where is the outrage from the mainstream media, social and political leaders? Silence, to their eternal shame.

Thanks, Cal, for posting this. Otherwise most people would have no idea of the terror that is engulfing Christians and other non-Muslims throughout the entire Muslim occupied lands from northern Nigeria to 'moderate' Indonesia. Another holocaust that the world is turning a blind eye to. Shameful.
 

Carola May (20)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:42 am
The takeover of all the Arab Spring countries by the Muslim Brotherhood, and their Saudi funders, is setting women's, children's, religious minorities and gay rights back centuries (and they have never been good since the Islamic invasions and conquests that flooded in and took over these once Christian countries).

And President Obama has backed them in every take over. Why doesn't he cut off their funding and demand they honour freedom of religion, speech, conscience and press, and the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights (that no Muslim ruled country honours)? He shows no interest. Perhaps it is because of the Muslim Brotherhood friends he has in the White House as his 'advisers'? That would be like FDR having Nazi 'advisers' in his White House and aiding them in their conquests of neighbouring states, along with the ethnic cleansing and genocide they did.

I believe history will treat this president with the scorn and contempt he deserves, if we survive the growing Islamist conquest happening right now around the world. Time for all to wake up. Western leaders and press didn't take Hitler and the Nazis seriously either and appeased and pandered to them, but they were serious, and so are these Orthodox Muslim Jihadis.
 

Ge M. (217)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:09 am
I am disappointed in the article, it fails to mention the all out attack on Christians all the way though the Muslim controlled countries and in Africa where the numbers are growing.

After forcing out Jews from the Middle East during the 1950s (over 1 million refugees without their own NGO) there seemed to be quiet. But the Christians did suffer although not as badly. Now Egypt is trying to force them all out and destroying their churches, killing them, taking the little girls, raping and forcibly marrying/converting them. This is repeated throughout Africa and any other country in which they live. One only has to look at the attempted genocide in South Sudan to see the truth and those in Mali have not been mentioned but they too have fled.

And the attitude from everyone is typified by Kit, "As the Arab Spring has grown we have seen more aggression against the Christians, which many hope would be just the contrary of that." Actually Kit, the Muslims are doing exactly what I, and others, expected and told you would happen. "Sadly, this has also not been the boon to women's rights many once hoped it would bring." Yet again, they are doing exactly what I, and others, expected and told you would happen. Your little anti-Semitic friends are silent.

I'm afraid that "tut tut, never mind", won't help. We need to keep the pressure up on our leaders to condemn this behaviour and try to help protect those in danger. We need to support the one country in the Middle East that takes the refugees from these countries in and helps them, Israel. Israel has refugees from all of these countries and African ones such as Eretria where they fled the persecutions and injustices.

Carola, not only has Obama backed the Arab Spring, he has made no secret of his support of the Muslim Brotherhood and has given them arms to overthrow the leaders in their countries. These arms then travelled to Africa to help the insurgents there and also gave the Bedouin the means to destroy Timbuktu and then to Mali. How many thousands have died because of Obama. And, what is worse, he has armed the rebels in Syria allowing the deaths of refugees too and the Muslim Brotherhood in power. Obama refuses to do anything about Iran and their atomic bomb. So, who has to die before he does?
 

Beth S. (326)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:11 am
Thank you, Cal. Even though many of us have tried to put this information out there, as there are articles daily about the crimes and atrocities being committed by fundamentalist Islamists against Christians (and Buddhists, Sikhs, etc.) throughout much of the world, not just in the Arab world, but frequently in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Indonesia, the Philippines, the "-stans', e.g., Afghanistan and other places.

This information often doesn't make the major media outlets, even though the Islamist crimes against Christians dwarf crimes committed by persons of other ideologies.

We appreciate that you are putting some articles out there that will almost inevitably offend followers of the Religion of the Perpetually Offended and their apologists, many of whom are here on C2, and who will proverbially try to scratch the eyes out of people who don't follow the all too well discredited "Islam is peace" mantra.

This is what is special about C2NN. While the mainstream media falls over itself to shush up these stories, we are grateful that at least here, although with a limited number of people reading them, an opportunity is provided to get the word out. And we appreciate that you, with so many C2 friends, are willing to share this disturbing news.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:28 pm
Thanks
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:46 pm
The Baha'i community has also suffered the same persecution as the Christian communities.
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday May 27, 2013, 1:54 pm
All the other religions suffer under Islam
 

Ge M. (217)
Monday May 27, 2013, 3:02 pm
Hartson, which is why there is such a large Baha'i community in Israel, I think that it is the second largest in the world.

Hindus also suffer dreadfully. In fact any minority religion in a Muslim controlled country does so.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:24 pm
Thanks.
 

Angelene B. (144)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:54 pm
What about the persecution Muslims face?
 

Phil P. (91)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:58 pm
If the ultra right wing of the Republican party and evangelicals have their way in declaring Christianity the State religion of the United States, we in America will have the same persecution of non-Christian religions. We shake our heads in wonder at the fighting in the Muslim world between Sunni and Shiite sects. But I have to smile when I think of the battles that would ensue between the various Christian sects as they fight for dominance. America may have it's own hundred year war and our founding fathers will turn over in their graves in total disgust.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday May 27, 2013, 6:33 pm
Noted. I like The Week and was glad to see it as the source. Actually, Christian numbers aren't dwindling, but many persecuted Christians around the world have gone underground.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:28 pm
WHERE IS THE UNITED NATIONS?
 

Inge Bjorkman (142)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:30 pm
religion creates conflicts and hate between people.
Love, Peace and Understanding
 

John De Avalon (35)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 9:01 am
And the same thing will happen in Syria...
 

John De Avalon (35)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 9:06 am
Bigotry...hatred...intolerance...bloodshed...murder

And all for worshipping the SAME God but by a different name/ideology....
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 7:10 pm
I will try to refrain from swearing. First and foremost, Egypt; perhaps the Anti-Christian sentiment grows out from the fact that the Christian West, specifically the USA helped put the Tyrant Mubarak in power and kept him in power for a 30 year reign to terror to further our agenda and benefit the USA and Israel with no concern for the Egyptian people. Perhaps, Shah Pahlavi being returned to power in Iran by a the Christian West via a USA and British coup, Operation Ajax, might have some thing to do with the Iranian hatred of the West and Christians. Perhaps, the Christian West via the USA getting the Bath party into power in Iraq and then keeping it and Hussein in power as a brutal Dictator for decades until he threatened US Oil Corporation profits might have something to do with their hatred of the Christian West.Perhaps, the fact that the Christian West, specifically the USA in a Cold War sweaty fear of the USSR did help create, fund, train and arm Al Quaeda in Afghanistan and then just walked away and left our well trained attack dog to its own devices when the USSR gave up. And perhaps, the Fundamentalist Christian Bias of the US Military everything from Christian Bible verses on rifle sights and planning brief cover pages to Abu Ghraib to burning Qurans to pissing on dead civilians to GITMO and members of The Family, more than a few in the US Senate and other Evangelical Christian groups exporting Radical Fundamentalist Christianity to Uganda and other countries in Africa might have something to do with Anti-Christian sentiment in the Middle East and around the world. Perhaps the USA illegally under both US law and International law giving Israel Nuclear Weaposn and a Nuclear Weapons program, which has and is completley ignored by the rest of the Christian West. I should also be noted that it was the Early Christian Church began in earnest the first pogroms of extermination against the Coptic Church not to mention a number of other Middle Eastern Christian sect the Early Christian Church found heretical, and those pogroms along with the Christian invention of Conversion by the Sword, the Inquisitions, the Witch Hunts, and I sure as hell am not going to forget the TENS OF MILLIONS dead or dying of HIV/AIDS because of the Vatican ban on condoms and the Christian West 'Gag Order' have killed more Chrsitians than Muslims in their entire history. Perhaps next time you might try not to look like some one standing on the right end of a teeter totter ignoring the fact that there is a significant weight on the other end.
I have no real reason to question the above facts but I have more than enought reason to question the bias of those facts and ignoring the history of the Christian West in screwing around in the Arab world particularly the Middle East.
 

Billie C. (2)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 10:15 pm
christens in the muslim countries will disappear either by death or escaping but here is the west we are supposed to love and support muslims. nothing like a double standard. muslims need to be in muslim countries only since they can't and won't live with others.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 10:20 pm
This is what happens to people with out guns. This is the lesson to be learned.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 2:30 pm
Let us not forget the Pope's almost refusal to make a statement on this.
 
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