Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Christians Waking Up To The Arab Spring

This is from an article by a guy named Salim Mansur in the Toronto Sun. Recall that these are just the things that we know about.

William Dalrymple, the well-respected historian and author of From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium (1998), recently wrote, “Wherever you go in the Middle East today, you see the Arab Spring rapidly turning into the Christian winter … The past few years have been catastrophic for the region’s beleaguered 14 million strong Christian minority.” 

The decline, probably disappearance, of Christians from the Middle East is an ominous sign of a tragic future for the region. And such an eventuality has precedence. 

Jews of the Arab-Muslim world from the pre-Christian era, with their rich heritage and long historical presence in ancient cities across the region — Alexandria, Algiers, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Constantine, Damascus, Fez, Oran, Sana’a, Tripoli, Tunis and more — were compelled to leave lands conquered by Arabs in the name of Islam following the establishment of Israel in 1948. 

There have been numerous anti-Coptic riots with attacks on Christian churches in Egypt. 

From Gaza reports have come of forced conversions among Christians reduced to a miniscule presence.

Iraqi Christians fled in large numbers following post-Saddam sectarian strife, and they found refuge in Syria. This safe-haven for Iraqi Christians is in jeopardy as the sectarian conflict in Syria has intensified, and Syrian Christians are endangered.

It's natural for all of us to be outraged over this. However, we heard nothing but supportive statements about the revolution in Egypt and the ousting of Assad in Syria. Even with an American presence in Iraq, we are being exterminated there.

It's pretty clear that the governments of the West are anxious for all the Christians in the Middle East to hurry up and die or at least flee so that this pesky moral dilemma can be solved. I can't say I've heard any kind of denunciation of these crimes against Christians. If there was one, it was awful quiet. That seems to be how genocides go. Maybe in a couple of decades, someone will throw us the sop of regret. We'll hear about how "the nations of the world stood silently by" and how horrible it was and how it will never be allowed to happen again.

And somehow we'll all supposed to feel better about ourselves while we trod over the graves of our martyred brethren on our way to the next "Inter-Faith Ecumenical Dialogue For Co-Existence and Tolerance" seminar.

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