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Christianity in the Middle East: Persecution Escalates

Written by Gary North on December 24, 2012

America’s wars in the Middle East have resulted in the widespread persecution of Christians in the region. When George W. Bush called America’s response to September 11 a crusade, this revived memories of medieval invasions.

Islamic nations are the main persecutors, but some regions in India have also joined in.

This strategy has limits in this era of digital communications. People can read literature that promotes controversial ideas of all kinds. Christianity historically is a text-based religion more than most. Attempts to suppress it will fail. But these attempts create terrible problems in the meantime for Christians whose churches have existed in the Middle East for many centuries.

A report published in the British Telegraph has been picked up by other sites. Sadly, the organization that prepared the report, Civitas, has no American website. A search for www.civitas.org does not connect with a server. The article did not identify the organization’s location or provide a link to the report, which is a major lapse in online reporting.

I tracked down the report. It is here. The site is www.civitas.org.uk. Here, we read this:

A glance at the position on several continents confirms the picture. In the large area between Morocco and Pakistan, for example, there is scarcely a country in which church life operates without restrictions. Syria has been one of the exceptions until now. As I write, however, the country is enduring full-scale civil war, and tens of thousands of Christians have been ousted from places including Homs and Qusayr. The prognosis for the rest of the Middle East is hardly encouraging: there is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands. Anthony O’Mahony of Heythrop College, London, echoes other scholars in estimating that between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the region have left or been killed over the past century. Comparable tragedies have unfolded elsewhere.

The report’s author, Rupert Shortt, has written a book on this: Christianophobia. It has received some reviews. On Amazon, it is listed, but there is not one word on it. I have never seen an Amazon book in print with less information. The publisher is asleep at the wheel.

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29 thoughts on “Christianity in the Middle East: Persecution Escalates

  1. Islam is not a religion. It's Satan's cult. Their quaran is full of contradictions. Every other Bible there is none. Which proves it was written by radical hostile people. Has a planet they are easy to wipe out this cult. Cease to exist. One less thing to worry about. I read somewhere in the quaran that Allah and Mohammed had an affair. That Mohammad swallows

  2. Steve, Texas says:

    Israel is the exception. Christains openly and freely practice their religion throughout.

  3. And what is sad is that there is a concerted effort in our own country to diminish and destroy all outward expressions of Christianity. It is 1939 all over again.
    We, as Christians, have got to stand firm and tall in our belief in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Without the Holy Trinity there is no hope for mankind.
    Islam is not about peace, it is nothing more than hate and persecution. It is the devil's own handiwork.
    Be strong in your faith and practice it daily and openly.

  4. delmar Jackson says:

    I once read the middle east was close to 20% Christian 100 years ago, and is now about 2%.While i have sympathy for Christians being displaced by Muslims in lands they have lived for generations, I am equally displeased with Christians in my own country that embrace massive immigration of those that do not share our history,culture,values,language morals or ethnicity. the Lutherans and catholic refugee organizations are actively involved in destroying homogeneous white communities by dumping tens of thousands third world refugees, (Hmongs and Somalians for example) on unaware communities and then abandoning them to be cared for by the communities.
    it is hard to be too concerned with the loss of Christians in the middle east of their homeland when we have the catholic church actively supporting reconquista organizations who state the Southwest USA was stolen from them and they are going to take it back by massive immigration.

  5. Victor Barney says:

    Dream wrong,but the hatred that Esau had for Jacob is 100% hate! In fact, I go by Hebrew-Inspired Scriptures which make it perfectly clear that Israel by the seed of Joseph, not Judah, but including them is Israel & England's history proves that they are indeed Israel by the seed of Joseph, but losing their identify due to breaking the corresponding "SABBATHS SIGN"(WEEKLY & ANNUAL)! Thus, first Israel gets punished FIRST, and that's U.S. folks, Marxist England's brother! I'm now looking for the arrival of the two-witnesses of Revelation, chapter 11 to begin witnessing against u.s. one of these SOON coming FALL Feast of Trumpets(WAR) and these witnesses will witness against u.s. for 3 1/2 years, leaving only 144,000 anglo-saxon's alive with the tribe of Joseph replacing the tribe of Dan(Rev. 7) as being protected during this coming tribulation, commonly referred to as Jacob's trouble. Just saying what's written…

  6. Screw all those stinking muslims ,, off with their heads,,,,,,,

  7. I can’t believe anyone believes that incoherent mess of doctrine, not even you.

  8. Decades of starvation blockades, continuous drone strikes against civilian targets, embargoes, nonstop propaganda in corporate owned US media against Muslims. What possible reason could they have for hating us????

    AIPAC is the most feared lobby in Washington, yet still it refuses to register as the agent of a foreign government. Jonathan Pollard, the spy for Israel serving a life sentence for betraying US defense secrets, is celebrated to this day as a hero in Israel with streets named after him and constant lobbying by Israeli Firsters in America for pardon. He did more damage to the US security shield than the Rosenbergs, giving millions of top secret documents to Israel, which they in turned sold to the Russians for increased emigration quotas. Israel is no friend of America!

  9. Read Chapter 11. The two witnesses are the worshippers of God in the Inner and Outer courts, the Jews and the Gentiles/Christians. Look around you. The two witnesses are already here and have been for centuries. Now, they are dying.

  10. Yeah that’s it. Let’s blame this on Bush. I’ve heard it all now. This article is

    a testiment to media stupidity. Muslims don’t need an excuse to persecute

    christians. It’s what their religion, if you can call it that, is all about.

    This clown needs to read the quaran for himself and not just go by popular

    belief of what it says. Get real people. Do some research for a change.

  11. The US media hid the murder of tens of millions by the Communists in Indochina after the Democrat controlled congress refused to stand by South Vietnam after the Paris Peace Treaty which allowed it. The same liberal controlled media will put pix of terrorists prisoners with their underwear on their heads and blame US rooms, but not print a word about the atrocities of jihadists against their fellow country men who happen to be non-Muslim.

  12. Blame US troops, sorry for the typo.
    Paris Peace Accord allowed US and China to maintain but not increase support of the South Vietnam army and the NVN to maintain the new peace. China did, we didn't and the NVN started the war up again. China then supported PolPot who also killed millions. Media concerned with My Lai errors in judgement attacked honor of US troops. Never printed stories of NVN atrocities.

  13. Don't forget the Talmud, Matthew. Hate speech at its worst.

  14. RaymondOne says:

    Christians are being silenced all across America: in the political debate, the public square, the schools, the workplace, and even in the sanctuary of their own churches. Read these signs of the times:

    – Christians threatened with prison for protesting the homosexual agenda.
    – Employees of Fortune 500 companies fired for quoting the scriptures or forbidden to display family pictures in their office cubicles because they offend homosexual employees.
    – Christian churches ordered by the government to perform lesbian marriages.
    – “Antibullying” programs explicitly promote homosexuality in public schools.
    – Municipal workers forbidden by the city to say “family values” because those words constitute a hate crime.
    – Proposed federal laws supposedly aimed at preventing employment discrimination that would make discrimination against Christians the law of the land.
    – Other “antidiscrimination” laws make Christian charities illegal.
    – Secularist liberals in Congress seek to censor or bankrupt Christian broadcasters.
    – The IRS “cracking down” on Christian pastors who oppose homosexual propaganda in schools, abortion on demand, or same-sex marriage.
    – The real impact of same-sex marriage? Any criticism of homosexuality would be legally defined as bigotry. Christians who protest could lose their jobs, go to jail, or see their churches shut down by the government.
    – The Christian haters are becoming an elite class of super citizens whose moral views are actively sponsored by the state while Christians are increasingly censored, penalized, and even prosecuted.

  15. RaymondOne says:

    Scripture Warnings that Apply to Television Viewing

    The following Scripture passages have a direct application to this issue and are a loud warning to those who have ears to hear. Parents need to teach their children these biblical principles and guide them in learning how to apply them to their daily lives. It is not enough to have a list of do’s and don’ts.

    “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me (Psalm 101:3).

    This verse single-handedly forbids the child of God to watch the vast majority of the movies and television programs that are made today. Consider just a few of the wicked things that you or your children will see:

    * The breaking of God’s commandments
    * Flaunted immorality
    * Casual drinking and drug usage
    * Drunkenness portrayed as humorous
    * Sexually alluring fashions
    * Sexually enticing dancing
    * Violence and mayhem
    * Casual dating and petting (Parents, do you want your children to date after the fashion portrayed in most movies and television programs?)
    * Mockery of the things of God
    * Mockery of God’s people
    * Pagan religions depicted as truth
    * Situational ethics
    * Occultism, paganism, humanism, evolution, and New Age error (even in cartoons and in a large number of Disney movies)

    “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1).

    This verse is similar to the one in Psalm 101:3, but it warns more specifically about looking upon women to lust after them. The Lord Jesus Christ warned, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt. 5:28). These verses are solemn warnings to men and boys NOT to watch Hollywood movies, whether in the theater or at home. In public, most men will not stare at a woman very long because he is self-conscious about doing that, but when he is watching a movie he can ogle an indecently-clad female, even if his wife is sitting by his side. Twenty years ago I asked a pastor friend, “Why do you think so many pastors are committing adultery?” I have never forgotten his one-word reply: “Television.”

    “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:3-7).

    This is a perfect description of the vast majority of Hollywood movies today. It also describes the sensual rock music that goes hand in hand with practically all of today’s movies. The child of God is not to participate in such things, even by proxy.

  16. blessmedear says:

    Steve, I wish there was no persecution of Christians in Israel. Yes, they bravely practice their faith throughout Israel in spite of the persecution.

  17. delmar,you are right,but there are a lot of church's to add to the list that support illegal aliens The Baptist , Methodist. & a host of others do as well. When the church does that,IMO they are assisting felons who have broken our laws by being here illegally. The church becomes a partner in crime. They say it is done out of compassion. Where is their compassion for American's who have no job,can't care for the family,lost their home,is hungry,can't clothe their children because illegal aliens are working American jobs?

  18. "Syria has been one of the exceptions until now. As I write, however, the country is enduring full-scale civil war,.." And which side is Obama supporting?

  19. This could be viewed as a problem, or as an opportunity. Perhaps the Lord is sending those refugees here for a reason?

  20. This concern about Christianity in Western Asia and Northern Africa (the so-called Middle East) is laughable, hypocritical at best. Throughout the Middle East there have been thriving Christian community. The Christian communities were protected by regimes that were or are demonized by US. Consider the al-Assad regime in Syria, the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, the Gaddafi regime in Libya, the Palestine Liberation Organization under the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Egypt under Nasser and the present Iranian government. Each of these regimes allowed the open practice of Christianity. They were or are precisely those Middle Eastern countries where Christian communities flourished/flourishes.

    In contrast, these same regimes did not hesitate to crack down on the extreme Islamists Movements (Salafis and Wahabis), like Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Ironically, in destroying or failing to support Middle Eastern secular governments, the United States ended up unleashing elements, in the Islamic world, that have no tolerance for Christianity. In effect, you have a so-called Christian nation (i.e., the United States of American) putting in place regimes that have little tolerance for Christianity.

  21. Interesting the way the koran was put together. They "had" many manuscripts but instead of keeping them all islam decided to go "eenie meenie minee moe" and pick ONE then burn the rest. Quite opposite to Judeo Christianity which saves and preserves all the manuscript evidence they can find. Neat thing has been the oldest manuscripts verify the newer. Nothing like this in islam, which is why there are so many holes and stuff in their koran.

  22. Where is the persecution coming from, the muslims or the Jews/Israelis?

  23. Funny……those "reconquistas" deny the historic facts that the southwest, especially California were PURCHASED from mexico in the 1840's. $15million dollars bought California through the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, but they believe the "stolen" tripe anyway. I live in SoCal and have to put up with illegal mexicans and south americans who have swallowed this tripe that this is still THEIR land, despite any claim on it from the Indian tribes. If anybody had land "stolen" from it's them, and mexicans are NOT North American Indians by any stretch, despite some of their rhetoric.

  24. British Israelism? Are you freaking kidding? Hey…..please explain to me the origins of the Stone of Scone? BTW…I've seen it in person, and did a little research on it at the Scottish National Library in Edinburgh. One 1854 study showed the make up of the stone to be of local British origin and NOT from Palestine, hence the Stone of Scone which is the seat of crowning the British monarchy could NOT be "Jacobs pillow" , and therefore the British throne is NOT the throne of David, as told by British Israelists.

  25. Good thing the Talmud is not scripture.

  26. blessmedear says:

    Both, Messianic groups are targeted by both. A pastor’s house was bombed and his son injured by radical Orthodox Jews.

  27. blessmedear says:

    Both groups often persecute Christians but Muslims are the most violent. Messianic Jews are usually refused citizenship in Israel but do continue to visit and evangelize. Converts among the Jewish population are harassed and persecuted in an effort to drive them out of Israel. The support of Messianic temples in the US is very important for those groups of converts who remain in Israel but, as the harassment escalates it becomes more and more difficult for Christian converts to stay. Messianic congregations in areas such as Dallas, Texas have grown tremendously in the past decade and are dedicated to evangelizing in Israel.

  28. blessmedear says:

    And yet, it is the fastest growing religion in the world. It is involved in a war for the souls of millions of people. This is a fight that will become more and more severe.

  29. Obama along with our lawmakers should be tried for Treason they gave aid to our enemies not to mention put the Christians in the middle in Syria.

    Flashback to August

    Reality Check: Is Al-Qaeda An Enemy Or Not.

    Ben Swann Reality Check looks at a new report that the U.S. Government is funding the opposition in Syria including al Qaeda fighters.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6hGmn1zO5E

    Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels

    snip

    Last year, when rebels began organizing themselves to challenge the rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Obama also signed an initial “finding” broadly authorizing secret U.S. backing for them. But the president moved cautiously in authorizing specific measures to support them.

    Some U.S. lawmakers, such as Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have criticized Obama for moving too slowly to assist the rebels and have suggested the U.S. government become directly involved in arming Assad’s opponents.

    Other lawmakers have suggested caution, saying too little is known about the many rebel groups.

    Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad’s opponents.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/us-usa-

    Now Flashforward

    Al Qaeda Rebel's Threaten To Storm 2 Christian Towns
    snip

    A video released by rebels showed Rashid Abul-Fidaa, who identified himself as the commander of the Ansar Brigade for Hama province, calling on locals in Mahrada and Sqailbiyeh to rise up against Assad's forces or prepare for an assault.

    "You should perform your duty by evicting Assad's gangs," said Abdul-Fidaa, who wore an Islamic headband and was surrounded by gunmen. "Otherwise our warriors will storm the hideouts of the Assad gangs."

    He also accused regime forces of taking positions in the two towns in order to "incite sectarian strife" between Christians and the predominantly Sunni opposition. Assad belongs to the Alawite minority sect, an off-shoot of Shiite Islam.

    The threat comes just two days after a U.N. team investigating human rights abuses in Syria accused anti-Assad militants of hiding among the civilian population, triggering strikes by government artillery and the air force.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the activist group which reported the rebel ultimatum on Saturday, said such an attack by rebels could force thousands of Christians from their homes.

    Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria's population, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence sweeping the country of 22 million people. They are fearful that Syria will become another Iraq, with Christians caught in the crossfire between rival Islamic groups.

    more
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/rebels-threaten-st

    Syria militants use chemical weapons against Syrian forces
    http://presstv.com/detail/2012/12/23/279711/syria

    I tend to believe the report above even though it came from Press TV because
    snip

    Last week, fighters from a group that the Obama administration has branded a terrorist organization were among rebels who seized the Sheik Suleiman military base near Aleppo, where research on chemical weapons had been conducted. Rebels are also closing in on another base near Aleppo, known as Safirah, which has served as a major production center for such munitions, according to U.S. officials and analysts.
    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-12-16/wor

    Report: US, Russia agree on end to Assad's rule
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4323019

    REPORT: The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels
    http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-admin-admits

    Syrian Rebels Pledge Allegiance to Al-Qaeda
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middlee

    Obama Recognizes Syrian TERRORISTS As Legitimate Representatives Of Syrian People
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/exclusive-pre

    Iran will be congratulating obama and congress shortly for putting Sharia Law in place in Syria

    Jabhat Al-Nursa’s plans for a new Syria under sharia
    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/339685#ixzz

    Via Egypt Independent:

    Iran has welcomed the early results of Egypt’s constitutional referendum, which indicate that the draft constitution backed by Islamists is likely to be approved.
    http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/iran-congrat