Attacks on Christians in Arab World escalates, some Seattle Christians blame Israel
Violent persecution of Christians in the Middle East has escalated to the highest level in centuries.
40 churches were wrecked, burned and looted in a pogrom-like wave of attacks in August, blamed on Islamic militants. Coptic leaders say the attacks are the worst in centuries. The attacks laid bare a worrisome failure or unwillingness by authorities, as well as moderate Muslims, to protect the churches. Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million citizens, were left with their deepest sense of vulnerability in recent history.
Imagine the unspeakable fury that would erupt across the Islamic world if a Christian-led government in Khartoum had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese Muslims over the past 30 years. Or if Christian gunmen were firebombing mosques in Iraq during Friday prayers. Or if Muslim girls in Indonesia had been abducted and beheaded on their way to school, because of their faith. Such horrors are barely thinkable, of course. But they have all occurred in reverse, with Christians falling victim to Islamist aggression.
Always sensitive to the plight of their coreligionists in the Middle East, Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle has joined with other local churches and concerned groups for an urgent gathering to protest… Israel’s treatment of their Christian minority. Yes, Israel, the only country in the Middle East where a Christian (or a Muslim) can worship, or not worship as they please is the focus of their ire. The anti-Israel event which includes a film screening is scheduled for November 7th. The film is titled “The Stones Cry Out” but we at The Mike Report feel a more apt title would have been “The BS Cries out”.
- Egyptian Christians fear chaos after wedding bloodshed – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Words Aren’t Enough The West Must Confront Muslim Persecution of Christians (ruthfullyyours.com)