The Muslim War Against Christians

August 21, 2013 8:51 am 17 comments

A burning church in Egypt. Photo: IPT News.

As Egypt’s Islamists blame Christians for the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, anti-Christian violence has reached epidemic levels, with an estimated 82 churches across Egypt attacked and heavily damaged by Morsi supporters in a mere 48 hours.

Unfortunately, the persecution of Christians is nothing new in Egypt or other Muslim-majority countries. But thanks to the mainstream media, few Westerners understand the true scale or nature of the horrors involved.

As you read this, Christians around the world are being murdered, raped, plundered, abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, or otherwise oppressed by Muslims. Christians in Muslim-majority areas are some of the most vulnerable and horribly oppressed people on Earth; they live at the mercy of the mob and receive little or no protection from the police or other government institutions.

The reach of this silent tragedy is sweeping – a global religious genocide on “slow burn” with occasional conflagrations that make it into the mainstream media. There are an estimated 100 million persecuted Christians.

This massive crime is documented in shocking and painstaking detail in Raymond Ibrahim’s new book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians. The book is required reading for anyone who cares about religious freedom, human rights, and/or the survival of Christians in their ancestral lands.

In Crucified Again, Ibrahim methodically presents overwhelming evidence of Muslim persecution of Christians (documented with about 700 footnotes). His exhaustive, scholarly, and compelling study uses many news and historical sources, and statements by contemporary Muslim clerics. The evidentiary details are far too numerous to summarize here, but a few examples stand out.

Ibrahim explains the theological basis for Muslim persecution of Christians. He cites the Islamic belief that Koranic verses from later in Muhammad’s career abrogate contradictory verses from earlier. The hostile verses naming Christians “infidels” occur towards the end of his career, so they override any tolerance for Christians in earlier verses. Ibrahim writes: “The Koran’s final word on the fate of Christians and Jews is found in Koran 9:29 [where] Allah commands believers, [to fight them]…’until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.’”

Ibrahim cites the writing of renowned Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun [1332-1406]:

[Jihad] is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force … The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty for them…But Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations.

Ibrahim explains: “The Conditions of Omar…[details] exactly how [Christians and Jews] are to feel themselves subdued.” The laws applicable to “dhimmis” (non-Muslims treated as second-class citizens under Islamic hegemony) made life so miserable for Christians over the millennia that these rules gradually transformed thousands of miles of formerly Christian territory into what is today the “Arab world.” Ibrahim also highlights a tragic historical absurdity: many of the Muslims persecuting Christians today are themselves descendants of Christians who converted because of persecution.

Having established the theological basis for Muslim oppression of Christians, Ibrahim reviews the endless historical examples of these crimes. He cites one medieval Muslim historian reporting that “30,000 churches were burned or pillaged in Egypt and Syria alone” in just two years. During the Abbasid rule (in 936), “the Muslims in Jerusalem…burnt down the Church of the Resurrection [believed to be built atop the tomb of Christ].” Ibrahim notes the “1453 conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the subsequent attack on…the Hagia Sophia and its transformation into a mosque.”

After reviewing the more notable examples from history, Ibrahim catalogs the extent to which such Muslim persecution of Christians continues today across the entire Muslim world, “from Afghanistan to Zanzibar” – regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or language. Crucified Again details how these anti-Christian crimes are often incited by governments and/or religious leaders of Muslim countries. Ibrahim “broke news” in 2012 merely by translating into English that Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority declared it “necessary to destroy all the churches” in the Arabian Peninsula. The shocking statement by Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, was widely reported by Arabic-language media, but the Western mainstream media avoided coverage of the outrage. As Ibrahim argues, the media willfully ignore such news because it contradicts their narrative that all Muslim violence is motivated by some socio-economic or political grievance.

But the West risks its own demise by ignoring four truths: 1) a hateful, absolutist ideology drives Islamist violence against non-Muslims, 2) sharia’s draconian penalties for apostasy and blasphemy maximize Muslim demographic growth because nobody can safely criticize or leave Islam (including those converted under duress), 3) sharia destroys the rights and freedoms cherished by the West, 4) sharia creates a Muslim monopoly on the marketplace of ideas – something antithetical to any free society. To survive, the West cannot let sharia laws take root in Muslim-majority communities of Europe and North America.

With documented examples, Crucified Again also debunks the myth of the “moderate” Muslim state. So-called “moderate” states like Turkey or the Maldives may not be as atrociously violent towards their Christian minorities as countries like Pakistan, Iraq, and Egypt, but they follow the same patterns of anti-Christian persecution and are far from Western standards when it comes to treating their non-Muslim minorities with equal rights, justice, and dignity.

Ibrahim has argued elsewhere that the Koran’s violent verses, unlike “their Old Testament counterparts…[use] language that transcends time and space, inciting believers to…slay nonbelievers today no less than yesterday.” According to Ibrahim, Old Testament violent verses are fundamentally different because they are merely a descriptive account of historical incidents – not a prescriptive exhortation to attack non-believers in the future.

Ibrahim shows how the Western media, academia, and the Obama administration have all whitewashed Muslim oppression of Christians and/or supported Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood to the point of enabling anti-Christian persecution and obscuring it from the public. Indeed, of Ibrahim’s 680+ cited news sources reporting on Muslim abuse of Christians, only about 6% were from the mainstream media. Biased media coverage of the Middle East deserves a book of its own, but to cite one powerful example (not mentioned in Crucified Again), consider how CBS’s “news” program, Sixty Minutes, defamed the only Mideast country where Christians are actually safe (Israel) while missing the real story of Mideast Christian persecution so thoroughly documented in Crucified Again.

Western passivity over the maltreatment of minority Christians has only encouraged Islamists to attack them for any perceived wrong by the West – whether it’s offensive cartoons, movies, or any other grievance. Worse, the apathetic West has forgotten that the Islamic prohibitions (against apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytism) used to justify Muslim oppression of Christians completely negate Western values like freedom of speech and religion.

Ibrahim elsewhere makes an excellent point about Muslim animus towards Israel: “if grievances…were really about justice and displaced Palestinians, Muslims – and their Western appeasers – would be aggrieved by the fact that millions of Christians are currently being displaced by Muslim invaders.” Indeed, the truer explanation for Muslim hostility towards Israel is that it’s the only non-Muslim state in the entire Middle East and North Africa. As long as Israel thrives as a strong, non-Muslim state, the Islamist mission of global jihad has failed in that region where Muslims are strongest. But if Israel were ever to fall, one can only imagine the genocide that would descend upon Israeli Jews – and the Israeli religious minorities sheltered in Israel (Christians, Bahá’ís, etc.).

Despite the grim signs for the West, it’s worth noting that there is a tiny but brave reform movement within Islam that should be robustly supported. Courageous humanists like Irshad Manji, who questions received doctrines with critical-thinking and a preference for tolerance over conquest, are the best hope for a reformed Islam that builds on its virtues, fixes its problems, and is at peace with itself (regarding the Sunni-Shia divide) and the non-Muslim world. Of course, anyone who reads Crucified Again will be unsurprised that Irshad Manji lives in the West.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and an Israeli submarine with a diverse crew, including a Christian Israeli.

17 Comments

  • Christians cannot be forcibly converted. Let them come, remember to pray, just as Jesus had to suffer and die so shall we. Then BLAM! Paradise.

  • It is noticed with serious regret that the whole conflict in the Region is turning into religious and sectarian war after it was a national and political one.
    The Extremism is the responsible factor for all what is happening ,which is fed by religion-traders who benefit well from selling false slogans and provoking thoughts .
    Islamists do not accept us as Christians,and the West does not realize this solid fact,and held talks and agreements with the fanatics on various occasions thinking they can tame them !!
    As regards the Christian presence in the Holy Land and the Region there is No future in the light of what is going on now and taking into consideration other factors which I know pretty well as a Researcher on the Christian Affairs for about 30 years,and as an Ex-Counselor for inter-religious & Media Affairs to the two major Patriarchs.
    Last exclamation : how do we justify or understand the silence of America and Europe on the tragic racist attacks on our Churches and persons in Egypt ?????? as well as in Iraq with the presence of the american army there ,and what is going on in Syria of beheading the Christians ,kidnapping Bishops,looting houses and properties,raping girls etc – - – then we speak about future , what future ???

    • 62% [of Muslims] wanted some form of Shariah law in Canada, 15% of them saying it should be mandatory for all Muslims.(Muslim Statistics (Shari’ah)). They intend to achieve this by using a propaganda machine that operates 24/7, to prevent any criticism, and to continually challenge Canadian traditions and laws. Today the veil, tomorrow, any criticism of Islam is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. Gradually, they will want special protection, and privilege in all areas of life.
      They are creating networks of Islamic institutions, operating on multiple levels in society, including media, creating ‘ Muslim Interfaith Councils’ that appear to be helping inter-religious debate, reaching out at a political level, and fund raising under the guise of charities. This network is world-wide. And particularly influential in the USA. They, obviously, try to keep a low profile. PR-wise, Muslims will always claim to be the victims. The ultimate aim is nothing less than world domination by Islam. This is all mandated in the Koran, where non-believers are held in utter contempt.
      The Koran, by the way, is held as the absolute word of God, and must be obeyed by Muslims. This book alone prevents Muslims from integrating in any society. They consider themselves to be above all others, and only mix to further their own ends.
      The big mistake is to think of Islam only as a religion. It is far more than that. It is a totalitarian ideology, with a political will of great strength and tenacity.

  • There are many Muslims protecting Coptic Christians & attempting to protect their churches. The Egyptian Military(Muslims) ousted Morsi(extremist member of the MuslimBrotherhood), & most of us know that. Why doesn’t anyone ever mention the good, kind, & loving Muslims?

    • The “kind and loving Muslims” do not make a difference for the millions of Christians who live under daily persecution. The truth cannot be distorted – Islam is a religion of hate and murder…. always has been and always will be. If it changes to something else then it is not Islam. Lets call things for what they are and not play games.

  • Vivienne leijonhufvud

    I fear also how mega organizations like the BBC are not taking heed of the rising Jihad world wide and the awful and atrocious plight of many Christians. I can only reiterate the last commentator, Uriah, a new Churchill is needed to rip of the mask of Ismaism, he penetrated their character’s to the core.

  • I applaud the author for noticing the fact there is a MINORITY of Muslim movements which are peaceful and loving.

    This is far from the antitheistic propaganda which paints everything in black and white terms.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com

  • The Muslim War Against Christians is JUST the second part of their war against ALL infidels. The Jews they already did away with, with the ethnic cleansing of OVER 900,000 JEWS FROM EVERY COUNTRY they lived over 1,000 years BEFORE ANY ARAB STEP FOOT INTO THEM… (Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, etc.).

    Don’t forget the VERY POPULAR ARAB PROVERB:
    “FIRST [we take care of] THE PEOPLE OF SATURDAY, THEN THOSE OF SUNDAY”

  • I live in London and we have been invaded by the Muslims. They keep trying to start Sharia Law here in different parts of the UK. I was on the bus the other day and about 3 families got on with their kids and prams and Burkhas. Nobody offered the women a seat. That is because we are swamped with them. But we do not go around killing them as they do to us. They killed that poor army guy about a month ago. Mr Rigby. He was just walking along the street in London. I just find the Muslims quite bonkers frankly.

    • Churchill, indeed. And he knew, he came from a discerning background, he realised the threat of Nazism, and responded. And he drew on historic knowledge to declare ‘ The Mohammedan, relying exclusively on the word of the Koran…’

  • The Western media & governments including Obama are truly like the 3 wise monkeys.” See nothing, hear nothing say nothing also have their heads buried in the quicksand of indifference “. Sad, very sad but true.

  • The savages are only targeting christians because there’s no Jews left in Egypt for them to go after.

  • It’s getting to be such a repetitive story with roots centuries old that we shouldn’t register anger or dismay.
    The resurgence of Islamism today will continue to result in death and destruction of Muslims and “others” until the Western world comes to its senses. Multi-culturalism has to be accepted for what it is: a politically correct way to be “nice” to even those cultures that hate our guts.

    Europe is rapidly succumbing to Islamism. The USA itself is becoming a welcoming state to Islamism. POTUS is leading the way.

    We need a new Churchill to rip the mask of Islamism and unite the free world in opposition.

    • You are so istorically correct, and I suspect, no-one listens. Creepin’ sharia, extra privleges, extra protection , they will DEMAND, and west, euro caves in., laws will protect them, and allow them to multiply, Spelling wrong hides , as they do. The Koran mandates world domination, in whatever way, they can, women have children, talkers and writers speil, jihadists, well, do what jihadists do… no religion here, politicul ames,totatitarian ideology – under a relijus pretext.

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