Monday, October 24, 2016

christian persecution

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The Islamic State has been committing heinous crimes across the globe. But are Western countries purposely ignoring the violence that ISIS (or ISIL) is perpetrating against Christians?

ISIS is enacting a genocide of Christians in both Iraq and Syria. While some are extorted for money, others are being executed. Jihadists are crucifying Christians who refuse to convert to Islam. Death by crucifixion was outlawed in the 4th century A.D. by its largest practitioner; the Romans. It is now the 21st century A.D. It was considered then too violent a death for even the worst criminals. Now, Christians are being hung from metal crosses at the hands of ISIS. When crucified, death usually comes from suffocation.

Northeast Syria and western Iraq have seen thousands of deaths and thousands more are fleeing.

Yet, if you look up, “news coverage of christians in Iraq and Syria”, very little comes up as being recently published. In fact, news outlets such as Daily Express have pointed out that the western world in its entirety seems to be turning a blind eye to the crisis. Shouldn’t the news here be that this is happening to innocent people? Instead, what there is to report is that those innocent people are being ignored. Religious leaders seem to be entertaining an audience of none when they voice their concerns. The British Church actually mounted a campaign to lobby the government to accept some of the displaced Christians. Little has come to fruition.

Meanwhile, thousands of refugees trying to escape are going largely unassisted.

Patrick Sookhedo is the founder of Barnabas Aid, a charity that works to aid persecuted Christians. The group has already begun missions to rescue Christians from Syria. In an interview he shared a bit of what is really going on:

“It is like going back 1,000 years seeing the barbarity that Christians are having to live under…I think they have lost all respect for human life…they are using forms of killing which they believe have been sanctioned by Sharia law…For them what they are doing is perfectly normal and they don’t see a problem with it.”

There have been reports of not just crucifixion, but also beheadings and rapes as well as children being sold into slavery.

While 158 Christians found refuge in Poland, Sookhdeo is struggling to find countries willing to take in the people his organization are willing to save. More than 700,000 Christians have been displaced by ISIS in Syria alone.

Another roadblock to safety is the way that refugee policy is being written. Many Christians have found temporary refuge in churches and homes, which excludes them from being accepted by legislation that says they must come from refugee camps to qualify. So while Britain’s offer to take 20,000 Syrian refugees seems magnanimous, it leaves behind those who are at the most risk of death and violence.

Sookhdeo makes note that resistance to accepting refugees is more difficult the further west the requests are made.

Criticisms toward the U.S. government’s acceptance of merely 10,000 refugees seem light when there are hundreds of thousands of lives on the line; many for whom the belief that “In God We Trust” could cost them everything.

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One of the most important tools used to develop skills, impart information about history, mathematics and language and teach social skills and customs in children is through education – and the younger you start the better.

By and large, Americans don’t understand why, in the 21st Century, Islamic nations have not been able to rear generations of children who value peace over war… modern life over medieval life… and the value of live over death.

The answer comes down to education and new evidence is revealing that radical Islamic countries, terror groups and ancient cultural and religious rivalries between nations is fueling the turmoil in the Middle East and leading some to export their hate overseas.

And nothing is more barbaric to western audiences than the brutal and horrifying act of beheading people for everything from drug offenses to being Christian, Jewish or other religion or even adopting western culture in dress, entertainment or conduct between the sexes.

Now we learn that to normalize brutality and murder as a legitimate form of discipline, teaching how to behead someone starts young when children begin playing with dolls and learning social norms.

Recently, word has leaked out by people who do not want to be identified for fear of death that the teaching children how to behead “criminals” is to force children who have formed attachments to dolls to behead them upon orders of authority figures including teachers and parents.

The process begins by first showing young children videos of beheadings followed by a promise made by their “trainers” within ISIS that they would each perform one someday.

The next step is to practice the beheading technique. In a report published in The Washington Times:

“…more than 120 boys were each given a doll and a sword and told, cut off its head. A 14-year-old who was among the boys, all abducted from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, said he couldn’t cut it right. He chopped once, twice, three times.”

“Then they taught me how to hold the sword, and they told me how to hit. They told me it was the head of the infidels,” the boy, renamed Yahya by his ISIS captors, told The Associated Press last week in northern Iraq, where he fled after escaping the ISIS training camp.”

And when ISIS overran Yazidi towns in northern Iraq last year, they butchered older men, enslaved many of the women and girls and send young Yazidi boys off to ISIS reeducation camps where the boys were first forced to convert to ISIS’s form of Islam and then become mindless, robotic jihadi fighters.

The goal is to create a new generation of brutal militants using gifts, threats and brainwashing.

Boys are turned into killers, suicide bombers or executioners.

To attest to their handiwork, ISIS released a video showing one boy beheading a Syrian soldier under an adult militant’s supervision and another showing 25 children shooting 25 captured Syrian soldiers in the head.

The training, which militants conduct in schools and mosques, is designed to indoctrinate children in extremist doctrine and then turn them against their own parents. What starts with toy given by an ISIS fighter to befriend a child ends with a newly minted savage for the Caliphate.

The indoctrination mainly targets Sunni Muslim children – a rival sect to Shiite Muslims – and occurs by showing captured youth videos at street booths and outdoor events for children that include soft drinks, candy and propaganda.

If the western world hopes to change the situation on the ground in the Muslim world, it will have to crush radical influences like ISIS, separate children from extremist parents and teachers and begin civilized education to break the cycle of murder and conquest that has become a way of life for much of the Middle East today.



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