Tuesday, September 2, 2008

February 10, 2008

As anyone can read on the "apartheidweek website", Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. “It has become imperative for people around the world to isolate the Israeli apartheid regime, especially in the face of governments’ failure to ensure respect for human rights and to hold Israel accountable before international law and countless U.N. resolutions” said Ahmad Shokr, an organizer of IAW in New York City. Shokr adds that “by supporting the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign the international community can bring an end to Israeli apartheid and work toward a future of justice, equality and peace.” When I ran into a shabby person in downtown Montreal holding a sign saying “Boycott Israeli Apartheid”, I took the required photos and then I asked about the rights of Christians in Islamic countries. The man, looking very much homeless, holding a pathetic sign, mumbled something like: “It’s your opinion”. As for “my opinion”, it is the brutal reality avoided by spineless mainstream media. It is a subject the bribed media is not willing to discuss. It is the scare-crow subject, “hate speech” type and the rest of PC bla-bla-bla.

Christians in Islamic countries
Christians from Palestine, Nigeria and Somalia to Indonesia, Iraq, Algeria, Jordan are under open attack from the Muslims. Respect for other religions is not what Islamic countries are prominent for. They are far from being a model of reverence and tolerance, the two values so much used when it comes to Muslims’ demand for special rights (and no responsibilities) in non-Muslim countries. Christians are usually persecuted for “preaching Christianity in a Muslim country”.

This is a tricky offence, since “preaching” means even a private religious discussion between a Christian and a Muslim. Very few western Christian preachers would street-preach, as allegedly some did, knowing the dangers and consequences of such a gesture in an Islamic country. Paradoxically, Muslims who move to western countries erect numberless mosques with tall minaretes and are granted all their demands. Even so, Muslims find place to blatantly criticize our society for not being “tolerant”, giving themselves as examples of “tolerance”.
In 2001, in Indonesia “Holy War Warriors” with help from the government went on a campaign to eradicate Christians from the town of Tentena. A group called Laskar Jihad (responsible for hard to describe atrocities) has burnt 600 homes and six churches during the November 26-29 attacks. Laskar Jihad’s leader, Ja’far Umar Thalib, wants to make Indonesia an Islamic state.

In neighboring Maluku province, at least 9,000 people have been killed since 1999.

The criminal group aims to exterminate Christians from the Moluccas and Sulawesi Island. Its mission is “to defend” Muslims against Christians. It is ridiculous, knowing that Christians (Protestant 5.7%, Roman Catholic 3%) in Indonesia are a tiny minority while 86.1% of the population is Muslim (according to CIA based on 2000 census).

In 2005, three Christian school girls in Central Sulawesi were beheaded by masked attackers of the religion of “peace”. Police in the region commented that one head was placed by the attackers in front of a new Christian church, and the other two placed outside the police station. Let’s take a look at only a few news about Christians living in Muslim countries in 2008.
Iraq-Iraqi Christians are leaving the country or moving to Kurdistan for safety reasons. About 1 mil. Christians live in Iraq, with 50 churches in Baghdad.
Jordan- foreign long-term Christians living in the kingdom are being expelled, showing the direction of the kingdom towards a radical Islam.
Palestine- Christians live in constant fear. Recently, gunmen have blown up the YMCA library in Gaza Strip. 8000 books were destroyed. Christians in West Bank and Gaza Strip have been reduced to less than 2%. Their exodus is continuous. Bethlehem, once preponderant Christian, is today Muslim.
Pakistan- after a Christian man had requested a raise, his family (wife and children) was beaten, tortured humiliated and physically abused by his Muslim employer and his stooges.

The list is lengthy and it is just the beginning of 2008.

As some pockets might be jam-packed with a few golden dinars, probably IAW is blind and deaf at such news. Looking at the international situation, with the minority Orthodox population expecting violence in Kosovo and with Turkey lifting the ban on head scarves , it is easy to deduce following religious disputes and shameful compromises made by the western world to accommodate those who would fire in the skies, celebrating the joy of our extinction.

Posted by Madi Lussier at 6:35 AM  


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