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The Plight Of Christians In The Middle East

Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:57 pm

With all the discussions here regarding the Jewish/Palestian conflict, let's take a break from that and look at what's going on with Christianity.

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/8003.htm

"Prince Charles Voices Concern About The Plight Of Christians In Middle East."


In an article titled "The plight of Christians in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity," which was published in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, the Prince of Wales expressed concern about the Christian minorities in the Middle East that are facing increasing intimidation and persecution amid the rising extremism in the region. He pointed out that, though Christianity was born in the Middle East, and though Christians have been part of its social fabric for centuries, their numbers have dropped dramatically and today they constitute only a tiny fraction of its population. Commending the efforts of many Muslim leaders to promote interfaith tolerance, the Prince urged "to redouble our joint efforts to stress what binds the three Abrahamic faiths together and, as Christians, Jews and Muslims, to express outrage at what tears us asunder."

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RE: The Plight Of Christians In The Middle East

Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:02 pm

Geez. Just imagine if we were all just humans, rather than Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Jehovah's Witness or [insert system of worship of supernatural being(s) here].  
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RE: The Plight Of Christians In The Middle East

Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:34 pm

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 1):
Geez. Just imagine if we were all just humans, rather than Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Jehovah's Witness or [insert system of worship of supernatural being(s) here].

They'd just find something else to fight over... but at least it would be over real stuff instead made up stuff.
 
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RE: The Plight Of Christians In The Middle East

Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:05 am

Quoting zrs70 (Thread starter):
Christian minorities in the Middle East that are facing increasing intimidation and persecution amid the rising extremism in the region.

What is surprising is that the USA is standing behind the Islamic Brotherhood of Egypt, who have a long history on intimidating Christian in Egypt by burning church's and houses.
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RE: The Plight Of Christians In The Middle East

Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:36 am

Sadly there is so much hatred in the world and it often seems to be based on religious differences. Charles is right to quote the passage in the Qur'an where it is written

Quote:
For each among you, We have appointed a law and a way. And had God willed, He would have made you one community, but [He willed otherwise], that He might try you in that which He has given you. So vie with one another in good deeds. Unto God shall be your return, all together, and He will inform you of that wherein you differed. (The Table, 5: 48)"

There are similar passages of general direction that are often ignored in favour of sayings related to a specific circumstance that would suggest eternal war. Those who wish to dominate and control others will rely on the latter rather than the former.

But is isn't just Islamists who can demonstrate hatred and a capacity for violence in a very real way. In parts of Africa we see evangelical Christians promoting laws that demand imprisonment of people who either are gay or know someone who is and doesn't report it. In some instances they have demanded the death penalty though fear of a loss of "aid" prevented the law going that far.

In Burma we saw the organised violence of Buddhists, led by Priests in a style reminiscent of the Pogroms in the Pale of Settlement, against the Rohingya, people who are an ethnic group who practice Islam.

And even in Israel, there are those who are hostile to Christianity.

Quote:
Earlier this week vandals wrote "Death to Arabs and Christians" in Hebrew on the Vatican's Notre Dame centre in Jerusalem's Old City and on Thursday night offensive graffiti was written on a wall close to the Romanian Orthodox church. ...Both incidents come just weeks after a spate of attacks against Christians in Galilee, where a place of worship was vandalised and stones thrown at pilgrims. A radical rabbi also sent a threatening letter to a priest in Nazareth.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...palestine-rise-violence-pope-visit

In the week before the Pope's visit, the Latin Patriarch called on the Government to take action against right-wing extremists, prompting the justice minister, Tzipi Livni, and the internal security minister, Yitkhak Aharonovich, to say that these people should be dealt with as terrorists.

I wonder when the world will learn to sit down and talk with respect rather than exaggerate difference, allegedly based on religion but more often based on lust for power of people and greed for resources.
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RE: The Plight Of Christians In The Middle East

Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:33 am

I read an article recently, which stated that a lot of Israeli rab Christians are volunteering for the Israeli military and are called traitors by the Muslim Arabs. Back in the 1970s, when Palaestinian resistance was leftwing nationalist and secular, they would have supported the PLO or Fatah, but they say that since then Arab resistance there has turned alot more (Muslim) religious based, and they feel persecuted. They see their only chance of survival against mainstream Sunni fundamentalism in joining the Israelis. The same applies to some smaller Muslim sects, like the Druzes, who also feel under pressure by the Sunni majority.

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