A Month of Horror for Christians Under Islam: September 2013

Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute, December 2, 2014

The same month that Obama tried to wage war on behalf of the jihadi rebels in Syria (citing “human rights” concerns), some of the war’s worst atrocities were committed against that nation’s Christian minority, most notably in Ma’loula, an ancient Christian region where the inhabitants spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

There, al-Qaeda-linked jihadis fired mortars and missiles into at least two ancient churches before looting them; some 80 Christians trying to defend their homes were killed. Others who could not flee were forced, on pain of death, to convert to Islam.

One man’s last words before being slaughtered by the rebels were: “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for that, I do not object to it.” A nun involved with humanitarian relief said the man “is a Martyr in Christ in the full sense of this word, since he was murdered solely because of religious hatred!”

The Christian Post reports:

Jihadists reportedly forced one man to convert to Islam at gunpoint and slit the throat of another Christian woman’s fiancé and then [mockingly] told her, “Jesus didn’t come to save him.”…. “I saw people wearing Al-Nusra headbands who started shooting at crosses,” the Christian senior told the AFP. One of the shooters, he said, “put a pistol to the head of my neighbor and forced him to convert to Islam by obliging him to repeat ‘there is no God but God’ [Islamic shehada]…Afterwards they joked, ‘he’s one of ours now.'”

In al-Thawrah, Syria, Christians were also singled out for attack by jihadi invaders. In one incident, they stopped three residents, released two who identified themselves as Muslims, and bludgeoned to death the third after he identified himself a Christian (graphic image). They also destroyed, among other churches, the Antiochian Orthodox church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus.

In Raqqah, a city in northern Syria, the al-Qaeda linked “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” broke the crosses off the area’s two Christian churches and placed on them al-Qaeda’s Islamic flags. They also set the contents of the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of Martyrs aflame. In one video, a Muslim “freedom fighter” smashes a statue of Virgin Mary to shouts of Islam’s war-cry cry, “Allahu Akbar!” [“Allah is Greater!”]

These latest attacks come in the context of yet another fatwa that appeared in September, and issued by 36 Islamic scholars who legitimized “the right of the faithful Sunni Muslims to seize and take possession of goods, homes, property belonging to Christians, Druze and Alawite and members of other religious minorities ‘who do not profess the Sunni religion of the Prophet.'” (Earlier, before the “sex jihad” solved the problem by luring Muslim women from Tunisia and elsewhere to provide their sexual services to jihadis in Syria fighting to make Allah’s word supreme, another fatwa permitted jihadis to rape all non-Sunni women.)

Meanwhile, when publicly asked about the jihadi nature of the rebellion and that the rebels often shout Islam’s supremacist war cry, Allahu Akbar (such as when firing at Chrisitan churches), U.S. Senator John McCain insisted that shouting “Allahu Akbar!” is equivalent to a Christian saying “Thank God,” and that the rebels in Syria are “moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”

Similarly, when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was also asked in September about the jihadi and al-Qaeda elements of the Syrian rebels, he argued that, “The opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation . . . more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution”—an assertion that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin openly to call Kerry a liar.

The rest of September’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity:

Pakistan Church Attack

In Peshawar, Pakistan, Islamic suicide bombers, in an attack claimed by the Taliban, entered the All Saints Church compound after Sunday mass and blew themselves up in the midst of roughly 550 congregants. They killed nearly 90 worshippers—including Sunday school children, women, and choir members—and injured at least another 120. The now-destroyed Protestant church was built in Peshawar over 130 years ago. According to Margrette, a parishioner who survived (although her sister’s status is unknown), “I heard two explosions. People started to run. Human remains were strewn all over the church.”

Coptic “Dhimmitude” [Living as “Tolerated” Citizens who Pay for “Protection”] in Egypt

  • After the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, when the Muslim Brotherhood incited its supporters to attack and destroy over 80 Christian churches, Muslim Brotherhood supporters began to extort money from Christians in Upper Egypt. In Dalga village, 15,000 Christian Copts were forced to pay this jizya—the additional tax, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically have to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued” to safeguard their existence, in the words of Koran 9:29. In some instances, those not able to pay are attacked, their wives and children beaten and kidnapped. Some Copts were killed for refusing to pay. Authorities later identified a gang that specialized in overseeing operations to kidnap wealthy Copts in order to earn money.
  • While being driven in his car, Bishop Anba Makarios of Minya came under a hail of bullets from several unidentified persons. The driver managed to get away, taking the bishop to the home of a local Copt for refuge; but the gunmen followed, surrounded the house and shot at it for over 90 minutes, until local security finally responded. The apparent reason for this assassination attempt was that local Muslims thought the bishop had come to reopen the village’s only church, St. Michael’s, which had been closed 10 years ago for security reasons.
  • After Muslims in the al-Minya district accused a young man of having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman, violence, in the context of “collective punishment,” erupted against the village’s Christians. After attacking and plundering the home of the Christians, Muslims, incited by someone with a loudspeaker calling them to further action, prowled the streets of the village, threw stones at Coptic homes, called for revenge, and demanded the burning of their churches, homes, and shops.

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Apostasy, Blasphemy, Proselytism

Afghanistan: A member of Afghanistan’s parliament, Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, suggested that all Afghans who have converted to Christianity should be executed, according to Islamic law, to put a check to the growth of Christianity among Afghans, both within and without the country. His exact words were: “Afghani citizens continue to convert to Christianity in India. Numerous Afghanis have become Christians in India. This is an offense to Islamic Laws, and according to the Quran, they need to be executed.”

Iran: The Islamic Republic launched a public campaign dedicated to halting the spread of Christianity among Iranians. This included organizing meetings aimed at debating how and why Iranian youths are converting, often secretly, to Christianity. Mohabat News reported that the government campaign involved meetings aimed at “distorting” public opinion: “It seems great crackdowns on churches and extraordinary waves of arrest of Iranian pastors and Christian converts have not been effective.” This new public campaign comes at a time when at least 13 Christians had been detained, several beaten and threatened if they refused to recant their Christianity.

Morocco: In a courtroom hearing, Mohamed el-Baldi, a Muslim convert to Christianity, was fined and jailed for “shaking the faith of Muslims.” Preaching Christianity is prohibited under article 220 of the Moroccan penal code. Apparently to make an example of him, although the maximum sentence is six months’ imprisonment, el-Baldi was sentenced to two-and-a-half years. During the hearing, his mother “implored Allah to exact revenge on whoever tampered with her son’s mind,” causing him to convert to and preach Christianity.

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About this Series

While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching pandemic proportions. “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

1) To document that which the mainstream media often seems to fail to report.

2) To suggest that such persecution is not “random” but systematic.

These accounts span different ethnicities, languages, and locations.

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  • refocus

    The murder of Christians and white people is a non issue to most white Christians in America.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Bush seemed not to care much about the Iraqi Christians bad ol’ Saddam sheltered from his muzzie hordes…

      • RiverRat

        Still Bush?!

    • David Ashton

      Same indifference when the KGB and the Maoists were persecuting Christians. I remember seeing photographs of RC missionaries being taken out of Red China, one of them a Jesuit with his back broken. Could I trace these pictures from the Maryknoll Missionary records, or from anywhere else – of course, not.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Many WNs like the muslim jihadists because they have a blood lust for the jews; if the muzzies butcher christians too, well it’s just part of the deal. Hitler had no use for christianity and we all know his view of the jews; but he liked Islam — he was attracted to its barbarism, sexual perversion, and murderous, genocidal ways.

    • Long Live Dixie

      Hitler supported the establishment of a Lutheran Reichskirche.

      Why are we even talking about Hitler?

      • David Ashton

        There is a strong case for thinking forward to 2033-45, rather than arguing about 1933-45.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Although Hitler believed in god, he nevertheless hated the Christian religion and everything associated with it.

    • Romulus

      You mean as opposed to the sexual perversions foisted on the Germans by the same scum that run Hollywood and forcibly converted all the indigenous tribes of Europe. Would it be those Christians you talking about? Only a historically clueless person or true believer would make such a claim without rounding out the history of all three groups.

      • NoMosqueHere

        The Hollywood jews forcibly converted the indigenous tribes of Europe? Ha ha ha. Nazis are their own worst enemies.

  • Spartacus

    Islam is the religion of peace . Anyone who says otherwise is a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      The Assyrians and such are fine Christian people and look pretty White to me. I hate the hypocrisy of Hussein Obama and his crypto-Marxist buddies in France and England.

      Viva Assad!

    • king and slave

      God, have mercy on that little girl’s soul and let her see the Beatific Vision!

      • NeanderthalDNA

        That’s a really heart wrenching photo, isn’t it?

        I mean look at that precious little White child so full of life on the left, then consider the horrific set of scenes that resulted in the mangled, ruined corpse on the right.

        I hope there is a heaven for innocents such as her, as well as a deep hell for those who did this too her and a minor one for any who mock her suffering.

        • Romulus

          When the time comes, I will personally escort as many who wish to see the afterlife as possible.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            I’d like a few days alone with them to brief them on what to expect.

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          She unfortunately will be joined by untold millions of white children because they are white and Christian. What happened to here was what happened to millions of Ukrainian and Russian children at the hands of the same evil Tribe. Never forget or forgive that. May God give her mercy, peace and love, she was an innocent who did nothing to deserve this. The people who did this should die horribly, and they better pray a man like me does not get his hands on them because I can give them a glimpse of the Hell they are going to before they die.

        • LovelyNordicHeidi

          Wonderful post, just what I thought. I wouldn’t have expressed it better, because it can be hard at times to express yourself in a language that is not your native language.

          Some time ago you told me that you were a real leftie AgitPro. You got me thinking about something. Why don’t you train a whole army of racialist AgitPros and then we can attack leftie websites? They are attacking us constantly, so why don’t we fight back? I’m willing to join your forces if you decide to do this.

          By the way, I’m taking a break these days because I’m quite busy. When I have time, I try to read a few articles daily that are featured at AmRen, but posting generally takes too much time. I’ll however be back soon.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Never more than a talented amateur, rabble rouser, I think.
            Many here actually do “troll the net” but most mainstream news outlets are very quick to erase any commentary that smacks of realism.

            Of course the secret is to slime in and embed one’s self, then continue to post acceptable canards while lowering the standard.
            Once in, look for the ideologically weak and slowly separate them from the herd. Also look for the angriest, the true believers, the ones who make minor typing mistakes and squawk the loudest. Find an issue they disagree with but does not fall outside acceptable thought. Or, hold to one belief that does fly outside acceptable thought after establishing creds and introduce the topic in a thoughtful way. Always try to get them to look like the bully, the monster, which turns others against them.

            You must channel the inner Iago….

            It’s time consuming, though, and wearisome to the soul.

          • Guest

            Heidi, Such beauty cannot be touch by color, come to the dark side. and let have bi-racial babies

            http://www.youtube(.)com/watch?v=aq9tGRqmTss

          • EuroHero

            Hi, I just wanted to say I was very impressed with your reply to my comment when I was using the “diversityishumanism” moniker. I was joking around and being goofy, my actual views are the complete opposite of that lol. Every point you made in your rebuttal was spot on. It is just nice to know there are other people out there who haven’t been brainwashed by the anti-white media, politicians, and disgusting movies.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Islam is the religion of tolerance and those who refute this will not be tolerated.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    No no, guys, didn’t you hear? Islam is a religion of peace! They are pro-women and pro-gay, and they would never ever persecute someone for being Christian! They value intercultural relations and want nothing more than to be friends with Christians!

    Unfortunately, evil Christians keep making up horrible stories about peaceful Muslim people murdering them! Now, we all know that can’t be true, since Muslims are the most gentle and delightful group of people on Earth.

    So just make sure to ignore this article, and don’t forget to call the next Christian you see a bigot for making this stuff up.

    [/sarc]

  • WR_the_realist

    John McCain is a sick, evil man. In 2008 the presidential choice was between disaster and disaster. The mass media and operatives within the two parties made certain that we’d have no real choice. John Kerry is now proving to be the Democratic John McCain. One of the consequences of the Iraq War was that the Christian community that had been in that country for centuries was destroyed — Christians were murdered or had to flee the country.

    For all his faults Assad did promote tolerance among the various religious groups within Syria, and didn’t persecute Christians. Naturally our government wants to get rid of him. The U.S. government has rarely shown any concern for Middle Eastern Christians (including the ones in Palestine) and it shows no signs of doing so anytime soon.

    • Romulus

      McCain has a black rooster or Hen in his house. That is the reason for his transformation. He cannot afford the mortal career ending sin of defending his race by disowning his child.

  • king and slave

    “Others who could not flee were forced, on pain of death, to convert to Islam.”

    Better to die than convert to the Lie.

    • Non Humans

      Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

  • king and slave

    “put a pistol to the head of my neighbor and forced him to convert to Islam by obliging him to repeat ‘there is no God but God’ ”

    But that’s true. There is no God but God, so it shouldn’t be too hard for a Christian to say that.

    • Ron Cheaters

      Its funny because its true. What makes their religeon so easy to become extreme is because it is drilled into them that theirs is the one true religeon because it hasn’t ever been altered or versions made from it. This is why the women wear hijabs etc to appear as Mary, mother of Jesus. At least that is the claim they make to the authority who wants to see their face. “Would you ask Mary, the mother of Jesus to remove her hijab?” Is the question they respond with when pressed.

      Furthermore; Mohammed isn’t allowed to be depicted, so that no one can worship him, they praise deception and those who sacrifice themselves to their faith. Their faith is based on deception.

      I lived 12 years hating the muslim faith after 911, then I studied it last year to better understand the threat.. and I see now why it is so dangerous. Not just to christians and jews, but to mankind and muslims themselves. They truly and deeply hate their own people solely based on interpretations.

      At least Christians may have many interpretations, but the same fundamentals.

      Sorry for any typo’s I’m on a tapscreen.

  • king and slave

    “In one video, a Muslim ‘freedom fighter’ smashes a statue of Virgin Mary to shouts of Islam’s war-cry cry, ‘Allahu Akbar!'”

    May God’s vengeance come, and that right soon!

    • WR_the_realist

      If he’s a freedom fighter, John McCain wants to give him your tax dollars and back him up with cruise missiles.

  • bigone4u

    The evidence is overwhelming that Islam is NOT tolerant and peaceful, yet our power elites continue to lie to us and defend muzzies. Obviously, in the near future as their numbers grow in the USA and in Europe, we will either have to fight them, submit to them, or accept the slaughter of ourselves. Anyone in government sponsoring muzzie students, muzzie professors, muzzie immigrants of any kind is a traitor. DO NOT patronize muzzie motels, convenience stores, or any other muzzie owned or operated business. Let them starve or go back to their sand dunes.

    • MBlanc46

      The elites want to import them by the million, so it wouldn’t be prudent to broadcast their true nature.

      • Long Live Dixie

        You’re right. I think a lot of dissidents mistake their motives as being pro-Islam (or think that the “elites” are Islamic themselves). They are not pro-Islam or Islamic. What they are is anti-white and they see the Muslims as a great opportunity to be used against us.

        • MBlanc46

          I don’t think that they give a fig about whites, either. They just want the cheapest labor they can get.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    Forcing muslims to convert to christianity at gun point. Could you imagine the uproar of the entirely stoneless cowards of the liberal leftist here in America? But considering that it’s actually muslims doing this to christians you won’t hear a peep out of these hypocrites. In fact we’ve got some seriously nutty christians out there. But I can’t even imagine them doing something like that to any religion, especially islam.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Islam and Christianity are both murderous, sick death cults. Islam is a death cult because it glorifies killing others and killing yourself in the name of allah. It prescribes the most brutal punishment for trivial offenses, such as the death penalty for apostasy and blasphemy. On the other hand, Christianity is a death cult because it asks believers to turn the other cheek, sell everything they have and love their neighbors as themselves. These suicidal teachings place one at the mercy of one’s enemies, unable to defend oneself against foreign colonization and genocidal mass murder.

    It was the destructive and poisonous egalitarianism of the Judeo-Christian tradition that significantly contributed to the rise of socialism and modern universal egalitarianism. These doctrines have emasculated the modern white man, rendering him powerless in the face of massive third world invasion and government-sponsored ethnic cleansing.

    Whatever the virtues of medieval Christianity, it is clear that it was able to safeguard the interests of European man because the church had usurped the administrative functions of the Roman Imperium, essentially becoming the state. Now that Christianity has been divorced from its previous cultural-ideological context and banished to the private realm, it has become a dangerous poison that threatens to turn us into a herd of geldings who can be easily disposed of. Christianity is just as much of a threat to the white race as the religion of Islam. We will not be safe until the Abrahamic religions are wiped off the surface of the earth and replaced with the secular religion of ethnonationalism.

    • Long Live Dixie

      I think Christianity has a place in a future folkish state. But it is important that it be stripped of Leftism, egalitarianism, and other destructive elements. For example, love your neighbour as yourself must never again be a justification for accepting Third World immigration.

      You mentioned Mediaeval Christianity. In a lot of ways, I think that if Christianity is to survive in a nationalistic West it will have to far more closely resemble the faith of the Middle Ages than the faith of today. The faith of today is un-Western and un-manly.

      • Ron Cheaters

        I don’t believe “love thy neighbor as you love yourself” was EVER meant to be construed as love thy neighbor from another tribe… sorry pals.. but think about it.

        Many neighbors would be having sex right now if it were so.. get real… context.

        • Long Live Dixie

          I don’t believe “love thy neighbor as you love yourself” was EVER meant to be construed as love thy neighbor from another tribe

          That may be the case, but from a practical standpoint right now it does not matter. It is interpreted as “love your neighbour from another tribe” by almost every church, every priest, and every minister in the West. Self-proclaimed conservative churches interpret it essentially the same as liberal churches do.

          I don’t deny that there are racialist Christians. In fact, there are many, and I have worked on activism with several of them. What I am saying is that the organised Christian establishment is anti-racialist and the mainstream interpretation of Christianity is anti-racialist. I think that fact compels us to necessitate a radical reformation of Christianity that is compatible with a folkish worldview.

          I am not very religious, but those who are and are in the Anglo-Celtic realm might want to look at the pre-1066 denominations of Britain as possible foundations to build on.

          • Romulus

            That would be a good starting point. We only need to help the Anglo/Celtic/Norse remember who they are!

    • Romulus

      Sadly, my intellect tells me you are correct. Being well versed in christianity’s origins, I don’t know if other options other than ethnic nationalism will help.
      Europeans mythology is being rewritten, not enough remember the old gods, Americas Christian culture runs very deep in certain locales. It will be hard for some to part with the culture. Yet I feel a great loss from it’s absence.
      It has been a part of the west for so long. Can we forge something that will bring pride and community back to the races of Europe as Christ did?
      I do know that Americas protestant version from England is a near glanced mix of paganism and christianity. Paganism coming from the Roman paganus or country dweller.
      What to do? What to do ?

      • Ron Cheaters

        In fact, I counter your arguement and say that it is the lack of Christianity today in our schools and government that has put forth this problem of racial homogeney in a country that once believed in God (not Jesus btw) we trust..
        Just look at how disrupted society has become since we stopped saying the Lord’s prayer every morning in school.

        Best you believe in something rather than nothing. I say that meaning I don’t know how people believe in nothing.

        • Long Live Dixie

          How do you explain the overwhelming support for multi-racialism by Christian clergy and orgnanised Christian groups? That is true not just here, but also in Europe.

          I don’t mean to come across as anti-Christian because I am not. I also don’t want to see nationalists tear each other apart about religion. In fact, I recognise Christianity’s central role in the West and in Dixie in particular. Like I said, I can see a place for Christianity within a folkish state, but it must be radically reformed from what it is now. Simply returning to the faith of the 1950s won’t do it. Organised Christianity needs to reconcile itself with nationalism instead of being one of its major foes.

          • Ron Cheaters

            You’re right about that. My pastor has adopted a fashion accessory as a 4th child and has gone to Africa. Our conversations sometimes go into this muslim territory and he accepts that I’m racially aware.. But I know he squirms when we talk. Its a ping-pong of fundamentals and judgementals.. but I kinda thrive on that.

        • Romulus

          It is not my intent to disparage Christian denominations. I was raised a good protestant,but I know it’s history ,evolution,and dissemination quite well. All good southerners do.
          Remember well how it was between the Irish catholics and protestant English. I merely mean to point out that the many denominations have never been on the same sheet of music and probably never will. I do agree that a fundamental belief system and it’s structure goes along way to unity,as university means to unite, diversity is to divide.
          The question that needs answering is which one?

    • Ron Cheaters

      Turning the other cheek works well against other christians. And loving your neighbor as you love yourself is just paying it forward.

      Amongst other Christians!

      Not in an urban enclave for sure.

      There are still places this utopia exists. I Prefer this to anything else. Until it shifts. I won’t be shaken.. but I won’t fall for anything foolish either like missionary work… that is as anti-white as can be. Aid starts here. Then moves out if there is any left over..

      Too bad that’s backwards these days.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      You are sadly mistaken, Christianity is not a murderous death cult, even though those who cannot be named have done a bang up job corrupting it. There are two aspects of it that Judaism and Islam do not have. One is universal morality, as in do unto others as you would have others do unto you. In other words, the Golden Rule, not the double-standard the Jews and Muslims practice. The other is Hell is eternal, there is no get out of jail free card as there is in Islam, and Jews do not believe in the existence of Hell or Satan as it’s overlord. That explains a lot about how they can commit atrocities that defy the darkest imaginations of most Christians, and feel no remorse whatsoever. Christianity is not the problem, it’s being used against us is.

  • Brian

    Over here in the USSA I feel like a dhimmi paying the jizya every time I look at a pay stub and wonder what the ‘deductions’ are paying for.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Your people’s marginalization, dispossession, demonization and extermination at the hands of darkies and those who cannot be named are what those “deductions” are financing. Once we had a “Boston Tea Party” because of taxation without representation. Since when are whites and their legitimate long term interests have been genuinely represented? Not for at least fifty years, and I can argue they have not been represented since 1913, the day when the Zionist Federal Reserve has been imposed upon us.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Indeed, that is exactly America is towards Christians everywhere.

  • JG35

    Yes, the relevant question is not, “Is Assad a good and decent man?” The relevant question is, “Will his replacement be any better?” The answer to the last question is, “No!”.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    We do, it is the scientific method.

  • Truth Teller

    These wars against middle eastern states are caused by the government of Israel and the Zionist lobby and its total control of American foreign policy. The aim is to topple stable states and create anarchy. This will prevent an organized effective attacks on Israel.
    I have come to this conclusion after years of reading the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and other Jewish publications.

  • JohnEngelman

    I would rather Muslims be governed by unpopular, incompetent, and corrupt dictators than by popular and competent democratic governments that respond to Islamic fanaticism.

  • LovelyNordicHeidi

    I’ll stay on the light side, Darth Vader. And I’ll have as many uni-racial children as possible.