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Islam and Christianity not Comparable

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 18, 2015

Lampooning Christianity brings money and renown, criticizing Islam gets you 1000 lashes.

“Christians Have Waged Their Own Holy Wars” was yet another annoying headline, this one in the Miami Herald. It seems that every time someone is beheaded, shot (by children, no less), or burned alive by ISIL, there is this inevitable handwringing over the violent history of — Christianity.

Confused? So am I. Precisely what the Crusades or the Inquisition have to do with events in the Middle East is not clear. One suspects that attacking Christianity fits neatly into a domestic agenda. Yes, Christianity is not only Islam’s chief global rival, it is a barrier to the American Cultural Left’s social vision (think abortion and gay marriage). Whatever the motivation, this ignores a serious (and growing) foreign threat.

For their part, Christians, in spite of their supposedly violent natures, have accepted all of this rather passively. Indeed, to be a Christian apologist these days seems to involve a lot of apologizing for being a Christian at all. This alone should be sufficient evidence of Christianity’s peaceful nature. I mean, I don’t hear many Muslims apologizing for the Muslim invasion of Europe (which preceded the Crusades by almost 400 years), for the recent scandal of some 1,400 children systematically raped by Muslim men in Rotherham, England, or for the oppression of women and religious minorities in Islamic states.

Charlie Hebdo is illustrative of my point.

That the magazine lampooned Muhammad we all know. What is little known is that between 2005 and 2015, the magazine devoted 38 covers to obscene and offensive depictions of religion or religious figures. Of those, 21 were aimed at Christianity while only seven targeted Islam. Yet those seven covers netted two terrorist attacks and 16 people dead. Were Christians truly as violent as Muslims, there would have been no less than six Christian attacks on Charlie Hebdo.

There have been none.

There are many other examples of the very different responses Christians and Muslims have had to unflattering depictions of their religion: Martin Scorsese (director of “The Last Temptation of Christ”) is still alive while Theo Van Gogh (director of “Submission”) is dead, shot eight times in the street and a butcher knife left in his chest. Richard Dawkins has made a fortune attacking Christianity and lives handsomely in Oxford while Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who was publicly lashed 50 times for his criticisms of Islam, is in jail awaiting 950 more lashes. And Salman Rushdie lives under the perpetual threat of assassination while Rushdie’s friend and fellow writer Christopher Hitchens enjoyed celebrity status among the Christians he denigrated.

The point isn’t that most Muslims are terrorists or would-be terrorists; rather, the point is that many terrorists are Muslim. Some will object that a relatively small percentage of Muslims commit atrocities, but that is beside the point. There are relatively few Ultimate Fighters — but they have a lot of fans. Last week, BBC announced triumphantly the results of a new poll saying, “an overwhelming majority of British Muslims oppose the use of violence against people publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad.”

This sounded reassuring. Promising even. The results? Twenty-seven percent of British Muslims were “sympathetic” with the Charlie Hebdo shootings. That’s one in four? “Overwhelming” was the right word. Overwhelmingly alarming. Can you imagine a similar figure for evangelicals and abortion clinic bombings? Neither can I. As you can see, Muslim extremists have a substantial fan base.

At this moment I am in the small, quiet French town of Labastide-Rouairoux. Recently, the tranquility of this village was disturbed by the discovery that one of its sons, Quentin Le Brun, had joined ISIL. No less than 3,000 other Europeans have done likewise. “Jihadi John,” who was raised in London, is the most notorious of these. Now what, exactly, is the modern Christian equivalent of this phenomenon? The forty-something members of the Westboro “Baptist” Church?

Of course, there is no equivalent. The religions are not equivalent. Islam is a religion that is defined by law. Nowhere in the Quran does it call for Muslims to be at peace with non-Muslims. Christianity, by contrast, is a religion defined by grace. Its founder, Jesus Christ, modeled it and predicted that some would kill in the name of God. But he added: “They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.” (John 16:2-3)



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Now ISIS Tears Down The Cross: Chilling Photographs Reveal How Islamic State Thugs Have Ravaged Christian Churches

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 18, 2015


  • — ISIS militants pictured toppling crosses and smashing relics in Nineveh
  • — Latest evidence of ISIS trying to cleanse caliphate of Christian heritage
  • — Also attacked ancient city of Nimrud and 2000-year-old fortress city Hatra


Shocking new images released today have shown ISIS terrorists toppling crosses, smashing Christian relics with hammers and erecting the black flag of ISIS on churches in Iraq.

The latest photos show the militants vandalising churches in Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire.

Pictured in civilian clothing, the ISIS thugs are seen overturning statues, destroying religious icons and replacing Christian crosses with the chilling ISIS banner.

ISIS claim ancient relics promote idolatry that violates their fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law.

MEMRI director Steven Stalinsky said: ‘They don’t care what it’s called; they are just following their ideology and that means getting rid of churches and minorities. It is the Islamic State, and there’s no room for anyone else.

‘This has been going on for some time, a systematic campaign to rid the region of any vestiges of Christianity.’

In February, the terrorist organisation decapitated 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on the shores of Libya and then kidnapped more than 220 Assyrian Christians when militants swept into about 12 villages.

Thousands of other Iraqi Christians have fled their homes in fear and are having to find temporary accommodation in the surrounding region.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s top diplomat at the UN in Geneva, said yesterday the jihadists were committing ‘genocide’ and must be stopped.

The Vatican traditionally opposes military intervention in the region.

Selected comments:

  • — Why are they so afraid of Christianity?! So threatened. What bizarre, stupid, awful “people”.

  • — 2000 years of history destroyed by barbarians.

  • — I never thought I’d live to see the day that Satan roamed the earth.

  • — Destroy it all if you will, then the rocks will cry out in praise of the Lord!

  • — World leaders are letting this happen. It’s all very odd. Hidden agenda?

  • — Its only what the Government has been doing to the Christian Church in the UK for the last 20 Years

  • — Obama and world leaders (notice I didn’t put Obama in the “world leaders” category), run to the media to plead that no more cartoons of Muhammad be published but not a single outcry when Christians are be persecuted

  • — The western elites don’t mind that Christianity is being torn down. Suits their purposes for now.

  • — The lovely thing about churches is that they exist wherever the believer is at any given moment. They exist without crosses or banners or alters or chalices. Churches exist in the heart of the believer.



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