Throwing political correctness to the wind, Senator Rand Paul goes right to the heart of Christian persecution around the world for which he correctly condemns Muslims. He also attacks Barack Hussein Obama for his continuing support and funding (for which he also blames Congress) of the terror-linked radical extremists of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Rand Paul’s speech was the highlight of the Value Voters Conference as he addressed the worldwide war on Christianity being waged by Muslims and suppported by leftists. It is “a war that the mainstream media is ignoring,” he said. Mainstream media liberals are too scared and too PC to say it, but Paul wasn’t: “We must blame Muslims more or less as a homogeneous undifferentiated mass.” “The truth is that there is a minority of Muslims who condone killing of Christians, but, unfortunately, that minority number is in the tens of millions.” (One point of contention at the end, is where he mistakenly attributes Egyptian innovation to Muslim innovation)
The deteriorating situation in Syria is rapidly spiraling out of control and creating a hell for Syrian Christians, far worse anything the mainstream US media are reporting, or the Obama Regime is acknowledging. Below, a Christian woman is tied to a pillar in Aleppo by an al-Qaeda linked gang and left with a note encouraging bypassers to spit on her.
The gangs of terrorists (for that is what they are, not ‘rebels’) are appropriating Christian-owned property by force, beating, torturing, and murdering Christians, and making any normal existence, for those who remain, impossible. Yet the Obama administration continues to support the ‘rebels’.
The Christian woman in the photograph is tied to a pillar in the Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood of Aleppo. She is one of the “criminals” arrested for unknown reasons by a new Islamist commission in what they call the “freed regions of Syria”. The paper at her feet says: “Those who don’t spit at this woman have no honor!”
It is a disgrace that our government continues to provide both moral and military support to these terrorists, in contravention of every convention of human rights and the rules of war. This is particularly agregious in light of our knowledge that many of these fighters are aligned with al Qaeda, our openly proclaimed enemy, and one of the organizations on our State Department list of terrorist organizations.
It looks like they didn’t stop after looting and burning dozens of churches in Egypt—now the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing some Coptic Christians in Egypt to pay a jizya tax.
Raymond Ibrahim reported on Sunday (h/t Mike F)
“…the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya — the money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued” to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29.”
All Copts in the village are being forced to pay “without exception,” according toFr. Yunis Shawqi, who spoke this week to Dostor reporters in Dalga. He also said the “value of the tribute and method of payment differ from one place to another in the village, so that, some are being expected to pay 200 Egyptian pounds per day, others 500 Egyptian pounds per day…”
To put those figures in perspective, 200 Egyptian pounds is the equivalent of $29 per day, or $203 per week. Not exactly pocket change. So what happens if a family cannot afford to pay it?
“In some cases, those not able to pay have been attacked, their wives and children beaten and/or kidnapped. As a result, some 40 Christian families have now fled Dalga, joining the ever growing list of displaced Christians in the Middle East.”
And this isn’t just happening in Egypt…
“It’s the same in Syria and Iraq. “Rebels” recently went to a Christian man’s “shop and gave him three options: become Muslim; pay $70,000 as a tax levied on non-Muslims, known as jizya; or be killed along with his family…. Androus from Mosul, Iraq… says he received a similar demand via telephone. ‘Because you are infidels, you have to pay jizya,’ he recalled being told over the phone. ‘Either you pay jizya, or we will kill you or your son.’”
And if that isn’t bad enough, look what else is happening to the Christians in Egypt:
In his new book, Raymond Ibrahim covers the horrific breadth of Muslim persecution of Christians, from Egypt and Syria and the Middle East, to northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, and east across Asia and Southeast Asia. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault today range from 100-200 million.
Hoover Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. Of the top fifty countries persecuting Christians, forty-two have either a Muslim majority or have sizeable Muslim populations.
The extent of this disaster, its origins, and the reasons why it has been met with a shrug by most of the Western media are the topics of Raymond Ibrahim’s Crucified Again. Fluent in Arabic, he has been tracking what he calls “one of the most dramatic stories” of our time in the reports and witnesses that appear in Arabic newspapers, news shows, and websites, but that rarely get translated into English or picked up by the Western press. What he documents in this meticulously researched and clearly argued book is a human rights disaster of monumental proportions. Additionally, Ibrahim commemorates the forgotten victims, refusing to allow their suffering to be lost because of the indifference or inattention of the media and government officials.
Take a look at the continuing long list of new incidents of Muslim Persecution of Christians just for the month of May, 2013.
RAYMOND IBRAHIM, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. A widely published author, best known for The Al Qaeda Reader (Doubleday, 2007), he guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, CBN, and NPR.