Posted by: gmscan | September 26, 2013

The Real War on Christians

We tend to use hyperbole too much when it comes to political issues. “The War on Women” of the last presidential campaign is one example. Another is “The War on Christians,” used to describe secular society discouraging recognition of Christmas and Easter.

These expressions are used by a rich and complacent society that has too much time on its hands and preoccupied with too many entertaining diversions. These are desperate attempts to garner attention to political or social issues for a population that is focused on other things.

But there is a real war on Christians going on. It involves bombs, bullets and burning of churches, homes, and businesses. People are being systematically slaughtered, and executed for their beliefs. It is not isolated. It is happening everywhere there is a large population of Muslims – Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, even Nigeria.

People in the United States are finally waking up to this reality. At least some people are. Others prefer to turn over and go back to sleep.

Here are links to three major articles on the subject I’ve seen in just the past week.

I’m not sure what to do about all this, but I do believe we have an obligation to stand up for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Obviously, above all we should pray for their safety. Beyond that, what? Are there organizations on the ground we can support? Can we get our government to speak out?

One thing to remember is that Israel is the first target in the wide push for Muslim hegemony in the Middle East. The Jews were purged from all these countries long before they came after the Christians. Did the indigenous Christians stand up for their Jewish brethren? I am afraid of the answer to that one. I fear the answer may be found in Martin Niemoller’s famous poem –

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

Even today there are Palestinian Christians who would like to destroy Israel. They don’t believe they will be the next target.  If you are concerned about this, visit Christians United For Israel.

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  1. We will meed more than prayers. Ever walk through Ephesus? Paul converted 3000 in a day. Today Turkey is 98% Muslim. Wouldn’t you think that one of the starting points of Christian conversions would be larger after 2000 years? Maybe the following is what we should watch out for:

    So long as the Muslim population remains at or under 2%, they will act as a peaceful minority and pose no threat to non-Muslims. As in: United States 0.6%; Australia 1.5%; Canada 1.9%; China 1.8%; Italy 1.5%; Norway 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in: Denmark 2%; Germany 3.7%; United Kingdom 2.7%; Spain 4%; Thailand 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in: France 8%; Philippines 5%; Sweden 5%; Switzerland 4.3%; The Netherlands 5.5%; Trinidad & Tobago 5.8%

    At 5%, they work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia (Islamic law). The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world–enforcing it on Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in such Muslim countries as: Guyana 10%; India 13.4%; Israel 16%; Kenya 10%; Russia 15%

    After Muslims reach 20%, of the population, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, formations of jihad militias, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in: Ethiopia 32.8%

    At 40% of the population, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in: Bosnia 40%; Chad 53.1%; Lebanon 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in: Albania 70%; Malaysia 60.4%; Qatar 77.5%; Sudan 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some state-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in: Bangladesh 83%; Egypt 90%; Gaza 98.7%; Indonesia 86.1%; Iran 98%; Iraq 97%; Jordan 92%; Morocco 98.7%; Pakistan 97%; Palestine 99%; Syria 90%; Tajikistan 90%; Turkey 99.8%; United Arab Emirates 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Peace has been achieved, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:
    Afghanistan 100%; Saudi Arabia 100%; Somalia 100%; Yemen 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, since states with the most radical Muslims wage war on less radical members. Among the reasons for this: The age-old ethnic conflicts between majority Sunni and minority Shiite Muslims, which are now on lethal display in Iraq and Syria.

  2. Pretty grim scenario, Ron. Only solace is that without our financial support the 80%+ would be economic basket cases.

  3. Those are interesting statistics, Ron.

    Islam does pose a challenge to free Democratic societies. It is both a religious movement and a political movement. As a religious movement, our values say we should allow and respect it. Our reply to other religions is either to convert them, or let them leave in peace. But as a political movement, it undermines everything we have stood for since the Renascence. It advocates the overthrow of every government on Earth – which in America is against the law, to advocate for the overthrow of the Government.

    I was told once by an ex-Muslim Christian that the test for “moderate” Islam is whether a moderate Muslim will publicly renounce Sharia. Sharia is built into the Koran. If Christians are reluctant to renounce certain passages of Scripture, even more so the Muslims. They believe the words of the Koran, in Arabic, are verbatim the words spoken by God. Repeating them out loud is to make the sounds God made when God spoke. They take great pains in teaching the precise accent to use when reciting the words of the Koran, as to make sure one makes the same exact sounds God made when God spoke. And they believe God spoke Sharia.

    What shall we do? Shall we kill them so they don’t kill us? We might as well renounce our Faith and our democratic values right now if that is the path we want to choose.

    But we have been taking for granted both our Faith, and our post Renascence values. We have depended too much on bigger guns and pocket books to protect us, rather than bigger hearts and bigger brains. As such we have become fat and lazy.

    If this is a contest we plan to win, we need to start working out now. The first quarter is nearly over and we haven’t even gotten ourselves dressed yet.

  4. Judaism is a very unique religion in that we honor other religions, and active conversion is not our objective.
    At Chabad, we actively reach out to Jews to try to bring them back to their Jewish roots, and demonstrate that being Jewish is meaningful and fun.
    From a political perspective, we believe the Torah states that Israel was taken from 7 nations and given to the Jews, by God.
    It is ultimately God’s world we live in, so objectively, we believe that Israel is ours, not because we hope it to be so, but because God wills it to be so.
    Shalom,
    Don Levit

    • Fascinating, Don. As Isaiah says —

      “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant

      to raise up the tribes of Jacob

      and to bring back the preserved of Israel;

      I will make you as a light for the nations,

      that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

      So, Israel is to be an example to the world (and I think it is today). The mandate to Christians is very different. It is to preach the Gospel to all the nations. The two activities strike me as complementary.

      Ironic that the Jews were so badly persecuted over the ages (and, yes, especially by Christians) when they were NOT trying to convert others. They just wanted to live in peace.

      Shalom back to you and to all God’s people.

  5. I believe we must classify Islam as a political organization and not a religious one. We can then deal with them as we did atheists and Communism. Until “moderate Muslims” rise up to reclaim their religion of “peace” we must deal with the unchallenged Muslim forces that are political. The problem is there is no central organization or structure to Islamic organizations. They are all separate and can not control the others. Much like the Southern whites who failed to stand up to the KKK, the entire faith of Muslims, including moderates, will (and must at this point) be considered dangerous. Southern whites still are stereotyped as racists, so it will be for all Muslims who fail to control their own “religion.”

    • Well, the radical ones are centralized. The Muslim Brotherhood for example. The Ayatollahs in Iran as well. The moderates are much less organized. But you would be badly mistaken if you thought this was not a religion or a religious movement. Maybe what you want to say is that it is a political movement that successfully taps into the power of religion. Most political movements crave that power. But still, to be true to our own values, we must respect the religion of Islam. And answer religion with religion.

      • I only wish that was true. I have visited a Mosque and spoken to an Iman. It is clear to me that in some interpretations of Islam is that it encourages good social, family, and individual values. My Iman friend is saddened by the radicalization of Islam, but can not stand up or speak out against it.

        Muslims believe in the same God as Christians. They believe that Jesus was a holy man and profit. Some even seem to believe in his virgin birth, but that he is not God. Mohammad seems to have heard the words of God to extend the New Testiment.

        If that was what the ideology stayed with I could accept it as a religion. Morons believe Joseph Smith provided an extension of the bible. If that was what the majority of Muslims supported and was the vocally pronounced positon of Islam, then I would consider it a religion. Unfortunately, the “religion” has been taken over by the radicals and “moderates” do not stand up for their beliefs. They are letting the murderers hide behind their radical interpretations of Islam. Therefore, they all have forfeited the privelege of being recognized as a religion. We can be compassionate for those that have lost their religion ID as Muslims, and hope that the peaceful Muslims continue to live a life of mutual acceptance of others. But we can not allow a “religion” (that too many follow or allow others to promote) that states you will either convert or we will kill you. Christianity does not require passivity with confronted with evil. We can and must respond with the truth or we will all be thrown to the lions.

  6. Was that Morons or Mormons who believe Joseph Smith?…

    In Tanzania the battle between Islam and Christianity is fought with music. Each side trying to outdo the other in songs of praise. It’s really kinda beautiful. Perhaps the West will inject into Islam a modernist reform. They are, after all, running about 600 years behind.

  7. Mormons or morons….blame it on spell check or alien space ships hovering overhead.


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