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-- Lawmakers call on Obama to recognize Christian genocide 9/11/15
-- Christians swallow 'big lie' about Palestine - 3/21/14
-- Attorney asks court to prohibit persecution of Christians - 5/09/13
-- A period of unprecedented Christian persecution throughout the world - 31/12/15
-- Pope Francis Stands Up For Christians’ Rights in the Middle East - 11/22/13
-- Syrian Christians fleeing as homes - 11/04/12
-- Florida Family Association is making excellent progress - 12/17/16
Lawmakers call on Obama to recognize Christian genocide
By Barbara Boland (@bbatdc) 9/11/15
A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a resolution Thursday to recognize the Christian genocide taking place in Iraq and Syria, in hopes that the resolution will force the Obama administration to act.
"Christianity in the Middle East is shattered," Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., said Thursday at an event introducing the measure. "The ancient faith tradition lies beaten, broken and dying. Yet Christians in Iraq and Syria are hanging on in the face of the Islamic State's barbarous onslaught. This is genocide."
"Last year, the world watched in horror as ISIS initiated a political and religious insurrection in the name of establishing a caliphate across Iraq and Syria," said Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif. "We must not mince words, today a genocide is being committed against Christians and other religious minorities in their historic homelands throughout the greater Middle East. These crimes against humanity must be properly acknowledged in order for the global community to appropriately respond to these infringements on religious freedom."
"Does this administration care?" asked former Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. "This is genocide."
"Christians are in trouble throughout the Middle East and northern Africa — I hope this administration dials up concern for Christians ... I don't know what the administration thought, that things couldn't get worse or whatever," said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas. "There's a growing segment of our society that doesn't seem to have a lot of respect for the importance of the Christian community and the role it plays."
"The United States should be aggressively protecting these Christians regardless of what the cause of the instability is," continued Poe. "But they should be protected even more because part of that instability was caused by decisions made by the United States."
Wolf pointed out that the Obama administration didn't say that the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State were killed because of their religion, and instead called them "21 Egyptians." But those calling attention to Christian persecution say this omission was glaring because the Islamic State video showing their beheading was titled "A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross." In it, a masked jihadi points a bloody knife in the direction of the Vatican and warns, "We will conquer Rome."
A year ago, California businessman and Chaldean-American leader Mark Arabo said in a story that went viral: "Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst ... children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed and fathers are being hung."
A year later, Iraq's 1.5 million strong Christian population has been culled to 300,000, as millions of Iraqis and Syrians flee the devastation wrought by the Islamic State.
Iraq boasts the oldest continuing community of Christians stretching back 2,000 years, but they are on the verge of being completely annihilated by the Islamic State. Seventeen Christian families leave Iraq every day, Wolf said Wednesday at a panel discussion held by In Defense of Christians in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said Thursday that Iraqi's religious minorities are literally begging on their knees for action.
"The head of the Maronite church got down on his knees [in front of me] and said, 'Please help us get out, or otherwise they're going to kill each one'" of the Christians left in Iraq, said Mulvaney.
Even though millions are being targeted by radical Islamist groups because of their religion, there is currently no way to prioritize refugee status on the basis of religion.
While a resolution does not have the force of law, legislators see naming the tragedy in the Middle East as the first step the United States must take.
House panel weighs probe into Islamic State intel
By Charles Hoskinson 09/12/15
"By bringing the authority of the United States Congress, which still is viewed with significant authority around the world, and planting that word in front of the consciousness of the international community, hopefully it compels broader, swifter strategic thinking and action," Fortenberry told the Washington Examiner.
"The United States should provide humanitarian aid, protection and faster refugee processing for these most vulnerable communities, but an official statement of the Congress of the United States must be made to label these atrocities carried out against Christians and other religious minorities for what they are ... genocide," said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.
Supporters said they're hopeful the resolution could influence the Obama administration's actions. In August 2014, Fortenberry, joined by Vargas and Eshoo, helped pass a resolution in the House condemning the persecution of Iraqi Christians and religious minorities in August 2014. Three days later, President Obama ordered airstrikes to save the Yezidi religious minority from extermination on Mount Sinjar by the Islamic State.
"It's sad that all we are doing is calling it genocide, but yet at the same time, the power of the word itself ... creates the gateway for additional action by the international community ... to try to stop what's a threat to civilization itself," Fortenberry told the Examiner.
A cadre of lawmakers brought the resolution to the Vatican last week, and Pope Francis promised to present it to fellow Catholic House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when the two meet later this month. Pope Francis has called the international community's failure to respond to the crisis "a scandal of silence."
"My parents and I became human rights defenders precisely to ensure that nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again," said Katrina Lantos Swett, former chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, during the panel discussion Wednesday. "What the world promised would never happen again is happening today, mass murder, mass rape, mass torture. All of this is happening ... as I speak."
swallow 'big lie' about Palestine
Exclusive: Jim Fletcher says Hitler's methods still being used to destroy Israel 3/21/14
Blogger and researcher Jim Fletcher has worked in the book publishing industry for 15 years, and is now director of the apologetics group Prophecy Matters. His new book, "Truth Wins," provides important analysis of Rob Bell and his Emergent friends.
Leftist tyrants always lie to the people, the easily duped masses. It’s how they obtain and maintain control of the population. A hallmark of such a regime is the sheer magnitude of the lie. The tactic of using the “Big Lie” has been attributed to Hitler, or his propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, but whoever coined the term understood its implications.
And so it is that when a huge lie – a real whopper – is told loudly enough, often enough … people believe it.
Yasser Arafat, perhaps modern history’s most visible serial killer and mass murderer, learned from the Soviets that by transforming himself from a terrorist to a “freedom fighter,” he would win great gains in the West.
They were right.
I became aware in the ’90s that Arafat was targeting the American Christian community with a series of whoppers so outrageous, it was hard at the time to believe anyone would believe them.
Yet he was successful. One of the biggest lies is the historical falsehood that Jesus was a Palestinian.
Here’s how this works: Relying on the knowledge that many Americans are biblically illiterate (literally having never read the Bible; perhaps parts of it, but not close to both testaments), Arafat could float the trial balloon that Jesus of Nazareth – thoroughly presented as Jewish in Scripture – was in reality a “Palestinian.”
It is an historical fact that in modern times, at least since the 1967 Six Day War, the Palestinians as a distinct, sovereign entity, are a creation of Arab and Soviet propaganda. No one denies that Arabs have lived in the Holy Land for some time. Yet a formerly sovereign “state of Palestine” has never existed.
It is truly astonishing, then, that the big lie that Jesus had “Palestinian” roots has found its way into the very heart of mainstream evangelicalism in the United States.
In the recently published February/March issue of Relevant magazine, publisher Cameron Strang penned a piece called, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” in which he presented the Palestinian narrative regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Strang, whose father, Steve, is founder and president of Charisma Media, could be described as progressive in worldview. Steve Strang has a long reputation as a leader in the pro-Israel Christian community. The son, however, is something else altogether. Someone has described Relevant as Rolling Stone for evangelicals.
In the new issue cover story, Cameron Strang quoted a variety of people involved in framing the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The problem is they are all left-wing. Sami Awad, Hanan Ashrawi, Lynne Hybels and Todd Deatherage, among others, are not impartial, unbiased observers. The article itself is steeply slanted toward the Palestinian view of the conflict which is, in short-form, all Israel’s fault.
Witness the bizarre historical lie in a quote from Ashrawi: “‘Palestinians are the descendants of the early Christians,’ says Palestinian legislator Dr. Hanan Ashrawi. ‘We are probably the straightest line to original Christianity. The Christian presence in Palestine is important. Christianity is part and parcel of the Palestinian identity.’”
It’s hard to understand why a publisher, self-identifying as a believing Christian, would allow a falsehood of this magnitude in his publication.
Unless he has an agenda.
Again, the rest of the piece is heavily tilted in favor of the Palestinian narrative, and therein we find Cameron Strang’s agenda: Palestine must increase, so Israel can decrease.
I emailed Cameron Strang after the issue hit the streets, telling him I had questions about his cover story. I requested an interview, which I’ve done before. He said no. This is the same answer I’ve gotten from his fellow “Christian Palestinianists,” like Lynne Hybels (co-founder with her husband, Bill, of Willow Creek Community Church), Wheaton Professor Gary Burge and Strang’s close friend, Donald Miller.
None of them want to talk about their extreme views of Israel and the way they present those views.
Why would they refuse to answer questions? If they were sure of their view, why wouldn’t they be willing – even eager – to discuss it?
Some of them, like Cameron Strang, like to say that I am biased in my view. They fail to mention of course that they are equally biased in their view.
My position is that this group of Evangelical leaders is spreading a distorted and in some cases false reality with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
If they are willing to present a sharply biased view of this issue, in order to advance an anti-Israel agenda, how are the masses going to know the truth? How will the readers of Relevant know that Hanan Ashrawi’s presentation of early Christian history is false?
And the real question, the foundational issue here is … why does the Christian Palestinian leadership in the Evangelical community hide from scrutiny?
asks court to prohibit persecution of Christians
Evangelists at Arab festival assaulted with stones, bottles debris in 2012
An attorney has asked a court for an injunction in a case seeking to prevent the restriction of Christians who want to give testimony of their faith during the 2013 Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Mich.
The defendants are two Wayne County deputy police chiefs, the county and the county’s sheriff.
The allegations in a federal civil rights lawsuit say the authorities last year – when the Christians were being assaulted with stones, bottles and other debris by Muslims at the city event – told the Christians to leave or be arrested.
The Christians are represented by the American Freedom Law Center, which has handled a number of cases on behalf of Christians attacked or arrested at the event in Dearborn, which has one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States.
The legal team is seeking an injunction that prevents authorities from restricting the Christian evangelists from displaying their banners and signs on the public sidewalks next to the festival, which will be in June.
Robert Muise, co-founder of the AFLC, argued in court for the injunction, but no ruling was issued immediately.
The move follows the 2012 incident in which Christian evangelists walking on public sidewalks surrounding the event while carrying signs with biblical messages were assaulted with stones, bottles and debris by attendees of the festival.
The signs that brought on the attack included “Know the God of the Bible” and “Trust Jesus.”
Several of the Christian demonstrators walked away bruised and bloodied from the attack. Ruben Israel, the leader of the group, pleaded with law enforcement officials to intervene so that the demonstration could continue peacefully.
However, the officer refused and demanded the Christians leave the premises or face arrest for disorderly conduct.
Shortly after, Israel contacted AFLC, which filed a federal lawsuit against Wayne County and several officials from the Wayne County sheriff’s office. AFLC charged that the officers failed to uphold their constitutional duty to protect the Christians.
A video has been released of the 2012 confrontation that explains authorities not only failed to protect the Christians, they ordered them to leave the Arab festival under threat of arrest for “disorderly conduct.”
However, not one Muslim was arrested for the attack, which left several members of the Christian group bloodied, the video says.
The video, and a related complaint, showed the crowd – reminiscent of a rock-throwing “intifada” scene from the Middle East – hurling a dizzying barrage of objects at the Christians, who were standing passively with their signs, causing some injuries.
WND later learned that the Christian crowd had been carrying a pole with a pig’s head attached to the top, further angering the Muslim crowd. At the beginning of the video, Christian street preachers shout, “God is good, and God is not Allah!”
A the 2:17 mark of the video, the mob can be heard screaming: “You want to jump ‘em? C’mon, let’s go!”
One boy yells, “Let’s beat the sh-t out of them!”
A girl shouts, “Go home! Do you understand English?!”
Despite the attacks the Christians endured, a man identified in the video as Deputy Chief Dennis Richardson of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tells them, “You’re a danger to the safety right now.”
Officers claim they don’t have the manpower to protect the Christians at the festival.
“Your safety is in harm’s way. You need to protect everybody,” said Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. “You do have the option to leave. I just want to make that clear.”
Israel replied, “You have the option to stand with us” as Jaafar walked away, leaving the Christians to the mob.
When police leave, the crowd continues harassing the Christians and screaming profanities.
Then police begin escorting the Christians away from the crowd.
Richardson tells Israel: “We have the responsibility of policing the entire festival, and obviously your conduct is such that it’s causing a disturbance and is a direct threat to the safety of everyone here. Someone could get hurt. You already have blood on your face. One of the festival people, one of my officers, anybody can get hurt. Now we’re going to escort you out.”
Israel explains that the mob throws things and becomes more aggressive when police leave the scene. “Part of the reason that they throw things on someone is because you tell them stuff that enrages them,” Richardson argues.
AFLC said the Christians were wearing shirts with Scripture quotes and Christian messages.
A separate and unrelated case over the arrests of several Christians at the same events in 2010 recently was settled by the city with its payment of undisclosed damages as well as a commitment to post an apology to the Christians on the city’s website for years into the future.
However, that case continues with the Arab chamber of commerce as a defendant.
A period of unprecedented Christian persecution throughout the world
by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. 31 Dec 2015
The year 2015 will go down in memory as a period of unprecedented Christian persecution throughout the world, resulting in thousands of deaths along with continuous targeted acts of violence and terror.
In October, a mob of 700, instigated by the Islamic Defenders Front, marched on government offices in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia, and from there went on to torch the Indonesian Christian Church.
The mob later circulated a message that read: “We will not stop hunting Christians and burning churches. Christians are Allah’s enemies!”
This act was just one among many but is emblematic in the clarity of its stated motivation and determination.
Taking only the specifically targeted acts of terrorism on Christians by religious Muslims during 2015, not including the countless acts of war, combat, or insurgency, the numbers are staggering. A partial list of attacks on Christian civilians who were singled out solely on account of their faith reveals 95 distinct assaults during the course of the year, resulting in 881 deaths and 990 injuries.
Some of these received a fair amount of media attention, such as the videotaped Valentine’s Day slaughter in Libya of twenty-one Coptic Christians who were abducted by Islamists, forced to their knees, and then beheaded. Another was the wholesale massacre of 148 Christians in cold blood by a handful of devout Muslims at a Christian college in Garissa, Kenya, after Muslims at the school had first been separated out.
Many other anti-Christian terror attacks, however, received little attention, seen by many as just the cost of being a Christian in majority Muslim countries.
In February, for instance, Islamic State militants took fifteen Christians hostage and later executed them in the Syrian village of al-Masamier, including a woman who was beheaded.
In April, Muslims threw a dozen Christians to their deaths from a refugee boat crossing the Strait of Sicily from Libya.
In early May, Muslim herdsmen shot seventeen Christians to death in the Nigerian village of Vat.
In August, ISIS soldiers tortured and murdered 12 Christians for refusing to embrace Islam. They chopped off the fingers of a 12-year-old boy, raped three women, and crucified three others outside of Aleppo.
Because of such targeted persecution, reports now suggest that Christianity risks ceasing to be a truly global faith because of the exodus of believers from large swaths of the Middle East and Africa, in an attempt to escape violence.
“Christians are fast disappearing from entire regions – most notably a huge chunk of the Middle East but also whole dioceses in Africa. In large part, this migration is the product of an ethnic cleansing motivated by religious hatred,” says the report “Persecuted and Forgotten?” published by the Christian relief group, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
As 2016 begins, a good New Year’s resolution for the West may be to start paying attention to the plight of Christians throughout the world at the hands of radical Islam and seriously committing to taking the necessary measures to oppose it.
Follow Thomas D. Williams on Twitter @tdwilliamsrome
Pope Francis Stands Up For Christians’ Rights in the Middle
Leah Barkoukis 11/22/2013
Western leaders may be silent about the persecution of Christians in
the Middle East, but Pope Francis isn’t. Speaking Thursday to a
gathering of Eastern rite church leaders that have ties to the Roman
Catholic Church, Francis said he would “not rest as long as there are
men and women, of any religion, affected in their dignity, deprived of
life’s basic necessities, robbed of a future, forced to the status of
refugees and asylum-seekers.”
fleeing as homes destroyedIslamist rebels invade community, force
government to shell neighborhoods
by Michael Carl 11/04/12
Michael Carl is a veteran journalist with overseas military experience and experience as a political consultant. He also has two Master's Degrees, is a bi-vocational pastor and lives with his family in the Northeast United States. Islamist rebels are invading Christian communities in Syria – fighting to capture Aleppo’s mostly Christian neighborhoods of al-Syriaan al-Jaddie and al-Syriaan al-Qadime.
Reports from Middle East analysts say the battle for the Christian neighborhoods started last week.
Religious Freedom Coalition President William Murray said there’s a reason the Free Syrian Army chose to fight over the Christian neighborhoods.
“The Islamist rebels invaded Christian neighbors to force government troops to destroy homes there,” Murray said. “They want the government troops to shell the neighborhoods in an effort to recapture it.”
Murray said this is a familiar tactic.
“I have seen this tactic in the so-called West Bank during the Intifada,” he said. “Muslims would fire mortars from a Christian neighborhood to draw Israeli fire there. This is a win-win for the Islamist rebels supplied by Turkey. Syrian government troops can be fired on and Christian homes get destroyed.”
Although International Christian Concern Middle East analyst Aidan Clay said accurate information on Syria is limited, he’s confirmed the fighting in several Aleppo enclaves.
“Reports indicate that rebels have advanced into several central neighborhoods, including Christian areas, of Aleppo in recent weeks,” Clay said.
He said Aleppo is rapidly becoming a hub for rebel forces.
“Aleppo is now quickly becoming a stronghold for the opposition’s Free Syrian Army (FSA),” Clay said. “This has raised concerns among Christians living in the city.”
He continued, “While Syrians from every political, ethnic and religious background are suffering in the city, Christians have found themselves in a very unique and frightening situation, having widely chosen not to take up arms or to openly support either the rebels or the regime.”
Clay added that the opposition forces are comprised of more than ethnic Arabs.
“The FSA, which now controls most of Aleppo, is very diverse,” he explained. “Among rebel fighters and their supporters are many Syrians who truly desire free elections and other reforms that come with democracy.
“Yet, also among the FSA are extremist factions that are openly calling for an Islamic state ruled by Shariah. Even within the FSA there is division between many Arabs and minority Kurds who are fighting against the regime for different reasons. If Assad were to be deposed, the rebels’ common goal of overthrowing the regime will end and fighting will undoubtedly commence among rebel groups and within the FSA.”
The schism Clay talked about is already happening. Analysts report that a rift has developed between ethnic Kurds and the ethnic Arabs in the coalition to topple Bashir Assad’s government.
Clay added that there are also competing agendas among the various rebel factions. He said the various groups are speculating on how much freedom they will actually gain by overthrowing Assad.
“Kurds, Christians, Alawites and Shiites are asking themselves what rights they will be given when 75 percent of the population in Sunni,” he said. “It’s unlikely, to say the least, that reform under a Sunni-led government will be ‘democratic’ by any means.”
Clay also said Christians are experiencing the most hardship because they have the most to lose if Assad is overthrown.
“While many Christians have publicly denounced the brutality of President Assad and by no means support the regime, many Christians still desire greater freedoms and political reform to be enacted by the current government,” Clay said.
However, Christians’ hopes for reform are growing dim.
“That, of course, will never happen as Assad has chosen time and again to use brutal force in response to peaceful protests, killing thousands of civilians,” Clay said. “At the same time, however, most Christians see little hope in an alternative government which, they fear, will be led by Islamists who will hinder or outright abolish the religious freedoms long experienced by Christians in Syria.
“Due to ongoing violence and fears of radical Islamic factions, church leaders in Aleppo have reported that many Christians have already fled the city. According to Agence France-Presse, Syrian rebels have openly stated their goal of transforming Syria into an Islamic state while proclaiming that Christians have no connection to the country.
“Again, this view is not shared by all FSA fighters and supporters, but the idea is so prevalent that a large number of Christians are talking about leaving their homeland for good if Assad is ousted.”
Clay added that many Christians fear Aleppo will become like the already looted city of Homs.
“They vividly remember what happened in Homs earlier this year when most of the Christian community fled the city, often by force,” he said. “A similar story is beginning to unfold in Aleppo where there have been several bombings in Christian-majority neighborhoods, a few Christian kidnappings and an Armenian church that was reportedly set on fire by rebels on Monday.
“As Syria’s civil war continues without resolution, there is grave concern that Syrian Christians will follow the path of other ancient Christian communities throughout the Middle East: In Iraq, after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, more than half the Christian population – which witnessed more than 60 church bombings and hundreds of cases of Christians being murdered, raped and tortured – fled the country.”
Egypt’s Christian community has also experienced an increase in persecution. Clay cited the persecution numbers since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.
“In Egypt, reports indicate that since March 2011, following the political rise of Islamic parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, at least 93,000 Christians have sought visas to Western countries,” he said. “Many Syrian Christians fear they are next, and some are already preparing to leave.”
Murray said rebels are already targeting Christian clergyman, and he cited the recent capture and murder of an Orthodox priest.
“The attacks on Aleppo are on the heels of the kidnapping and torture death of an Orthodox priest by the Islamist rebels just a few days ago,” Murray said.
He accused President Obama of being “100 percent behind the Islamists in this fight.”
Association is making excellent progress in the Huffingtonpost.com campaign.
Two hundred eighty one (281) out of three hundred ten (310) companies (91%) stopped advertising at Huffingtonpost.com after being encouraged to pull off the website because it fundraises for CAIR and publishes numerous erroneous Islamophobia propaganda articles.
The following chart shows the progress of this campaign. The percentage of companies that have stopped advertising has increased for the last three months. The number of companies that continue to advertise has decreased for the last three months. Florida Family Association has actually cut the number of companies continuing to advertise in half during the last three months.
Number of Percentage of
Companies companies that companies that Number of companies
Contacted stopped advertising stopped advertising that kept advertising
September 211 150 71% 61
October 231 190 82% 41
November 270 237 87% 33
December 310 281 91% 29
Huffington Post is fundraising for Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood linked CAIR and publishing Islamophobia propaganda that impairs public safety with the support of Corporate America’s advertising dollars.
Huffingtonpost.com published an article on November 22, 2016 that encouraged peopled to financially support the Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood linked Council on American Islamic Relations. The article stated in part: “With Trump threatening a national Muslim Registry and hate crimes against minority groups massively increasing in the days after the election, it’s critically important to support organizations like CAIR.”
Huffington Post propaganda mocks, belittles and blames people who are concerned about radical Islam in a manner that impairs the willingness of some people to speak up for public safety. Their propaganda erroneously blames alleged Islamophobia for the worldwide conflict between Muslims and infidels. Florida Family Association started sending emails in April 2016 to encourage the CEO and Marketing Vice President of companies that advertise at Huffingtonpost.com to stop supporting the progressive website's offensive bias with their advertising dollars. Three examples of Huffington Post Islamophobia propaganda articles are posted at the end of this Floridafamily.org article.
Why is it important to urge companies to stop advertising at Huffingtonpost.com?
• Islamophobia propaganda is the top tool Islamists use to influence Americans to ignore advancement of Sharia doctrine in America. Unfortunately, it intimidates people to the point of stifling free speech in a manner that hurts public safety. Labeling people or groups as Islamophobes is intended to influence them to stop criticizing Islam. Fear of being branded an Islamophobe played a role in suppressing communications that may have saved the lives of 63 people in San Bernardino and Orlando.
• One article wrongfully places the blame on Christians and Jews in a manner that creates contempt for Christianity and Judaism.
• The reports published by the news media do influence the political positions of the public. Huffingtonpost.com is one of the largest liberal progressive outlets in America.
• Florida Family Association’s opposition campaign educates hundreds of officials at American companies about the harm caused by erroneous Islamophobia propaganda. The thousands of emails that company officials receive reveal that there are many Americans who find Islamophobia propaganda deceitful, harmful and offensive.
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