Christianity in Mideast Vanishing
• U.S. policies create animosity; All denominations targeted; Christians martyred by IS.
By Richard Walker —
Across the Middle East, Christians are being slaughtered and forced to leave the lands of their birth.
The tragedy began with the destructive policies of the Bush-Cheney era, which provoked increased sectarian hatred between Muslims, generated anti-Americanism and gave birth to the virulently anti-Christian radical Islamists. The process has continued under the Obama regime and has reached a greater intensity with Washington’s unqualified support for Israel’s killing of Palestinians.
The situation is so grave, Christians have been leaving Iraq and Syria in large numbers and the pattern has been replicated in a host of other Muslim nations due to a vicious campaign of intimidation. In Iraq alone, where Christians practiced their religion freely under the government of the late Saddam Hussein, the numbers of Christians there have declined so much, there may be no Christians in Iraq within a decade, if not sooner.
According to Anglican Canon Andrew White in Baghdad, Christians have been beheaded and have vanished or been massacred. He predicted, “The end could be very near” for Christianity in Iraq.
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said: “In Iraq, the Christian community has gone down from 1.5 million in 2003 to about 250 to 300,000 now.”
Recently, with the emergence of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the West-created monster, Christians in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, as well as parts of Syria seized by the group, have been presented with the stark choice of handing over all their possessions and converting to Islam or being beheaded.
So who should we blame for this? The answer is President Barack Obama and his allies, who armed and trained extreme militias in Syria that morphed into IS. Saudi Arabia, an American ally, is also to blame for backing the most extreme Muslim elements in the Middle East.
Pope Francis addressed the issue, referring to it as an “ecumenism of blood globally,” meaning Christians of all denominations were being slaughtered worldwide. He was aware the mass media and politicians have been silent about the issue.
No United States leader has questioned why Muslim nations supported by Washington, like Egypt, which receives billions in aid, have not condemned the growing persecution of Christians.
Israel, which is bankrolled to the tune of $3.5 billion annually and supplied with the most up-to-date weapons, has been denying access to Jerusalem’s hallowed shrines to Palestinian and other Arab Christians.
Much of the danger facing Christianity is detailed in the book Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack, by Rupert Shorrt.
Shorrt, who “reveals that Christians are oppressed in greater numbers than members of any other faith,” warns that Christianity is “in serious danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartland.” He accuses Western politicians and the mainstream media of ignoring the issue because they fear by addressing it they would be accused of racism.
“It is magnified by anti-Americanism and the false belief that Christianity is a ‘Western’ creed, even though it originated in the Middle East and has been an integral part of that region’s belief systems for 2,000 years,” he wrote.
Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.