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Uk Visas: Yes To Radical Islamists, No To Christian Archbishops

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 4, 2016

Why do they treat Christians like this?

It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world’s attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria.

Last week saw great celebrations as St Thomas Cathedral in London was consecrated by the worldwide head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. HM the Queen sent a personal message, while Prince Charles was the guest of honour and addressed the congregation. The service was attended by senior UK church leaders including the Bishop of London, while the UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, sent a letter to be read out to the congregation. Mrs May’s letter spoke of how “the appalling violence that has afflicted so many areas of the Middle East reminds us how fortunate we are to live in a country where different religious beliefs are not only tolerated, but welcomed”.

Yet that welcome did not extend to either Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul or to Timothius Mousa Shamani, the Archbishop of St Matthew’s (which covers the Nineveh valley in northern Iraq) who were refused UK visas to attend the cathedral’s consecration in London. The UK also refused to grant a visa to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, the Archbishop of Homs and Hama in Syria. In his case the British Embassy told him that they would not waver from their policy of not granting visas to anyone in Syria. The diocese of each of these three archbishops has been taken over by Islamic State (IS) with Christians executed, enslaved, or forced to accept dhimmitude and pay jizya. Churches there have been either destroyed or converted into mosques. The Archbishop of Mosul was in fact the last senior churchman to leave Mosul in July 2014 when IS seized it. His cathedral is now a mosque.

Yet despite this, both these very senior church leaders whose church members are experiencing genocide were denied visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, which provides spiritual care for some of their flock who have managed to obtain refuge in the UK.

The reasons given for the Archbishop of Mosul and the Archbishop of St Matthew’s being refused UK visas are at best spurious – claims that they did not have enough money to support themselves in the UK and that they might not leave the UK. Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to current world news reports would know that both men have pressing pastoral responsibilities as previously Christian areas held by IS are liberated. Not only that, both men also have long-term visas for several other western countries including the US and the EU’s Schengen zone, while the Archbishop of Mosul also has a permanent visa for Australia.

Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawood, the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the UK asked, “Why do they treat Christians like this?”

The refusal to grant a few days’ UK visa to these very senior church leaders is symptomatic of a deeper problem in the UK Home Office.  In fact they are not the first persecuted Christian leaders to be refused visas for pastoral visits to the UK, nor is this problem confined to Orthodox Christians. Earlier this year we had hoped that Majeed Rashid Kurdi, an evangelical pastor from Iraq whom Barnabas Fund’s Operation Safe Havens programme had rescued from Iraq, would join us for our recent UK speaking tour. Yet he too was refused a UK visa, even though his family is now permanently resident in the Czech Republic. A month ago we also reported two separate cases of Protestant pastors from Zimbabwe who had been severely persecuted by the Mugabe regime, and who were also denied visas to attend speaking engagements in the UK.

Yet, at the same time this is happening, radical Islamist leaders are being told they can have visas – even though they represent organisations or movements that incite violence and persecution against Christians. For example, we have previously reported that the UK Home Office recently issued guidance stating that there should be a presumption that senior members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood should be granted asylum in the UK – despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly incited violence against Egyptian Christians, leading to around 80 churches being burnt down since 2013, and has declared a violent jihad against the Egyptian government. In July this year visas were granted for a tour of UK mosques by two Pakistani Islamic leaders who have been prominent campaigners to “honour” the murder of anyone opposed to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and who also called for the immediate killing of Christians accused of blasphemy, such as Aasia Bibi.

We have previously written to Home Office ministers to raise concerns about these issues and in response they have pointed out that, as ministers do not deal directly with visa applications, they cannot comment on individual cases. Though this is strictly speaking correct, there is clearly a serious systemic problem when Islamist leaders who advocate persecution of Christians are given the green light telling them that their applications for UK visas will be looked on favourably, while visas for short pastoral visits to the UK are denied to senior Christian leaders, such as the Archbishop of Mosul, whose congregations are facing genocide.  This is an urgent issue that Home Office ministers need to grasp and remedy.

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— Britain Bans Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders From War Zones Refused Entry

Mosul Archbishop: When Western Evil Is Fused With Arab Stupidity Nations Die

Some Reactions:

This is totally disgusting,if you are a terrorist they welcome you with open arms,if you are a man off peace the gates are shut.

“Makes you ashamed to be British “

I have always noticed how liberal lefty elitists hate christians.

This is disgusting !

This Christian is indeed ashamed of the country that my father and his forefathers fought for !

Having read this account and listened to these good, innocent, Christian people I am now too beset with both rage and compassion to write much coherently now.

My God – how our political elite has brought us so low….we need so much change in this, now dysfunctional society !

So this is the Home Office over which Mrs Theresa May presided until recently !

Sadly nothing new.

Do you remember the 2010 case of Gospel singer Helen Berhane who was invited by Open Door for a meeting to tell people about her torture in an Eritrean prison and denied entry. Many MP’s complained. nothing happened.

So, the Muslims are now running our Foreign Office ? What WAS our Foreign Office.

Clearly a religiously motivated political decision from the Mayor’s office (where else?) – you reap what you sow Londoners.

Proof that the Home Office is run by muslim loving lefty trash! Sack EVERY last one of the anti Christian bastards!

This is NOT an ‘unbelievable’ decision. It is an EXPECTED one with the pro muslim establishment making the decisions in this country. Only muslim filth allowed!!!!

At least they are REAL christians and not just claiming to be christians in a muslim country so they cannot go back.

Who are our politicians working for ? Not us ,The bankers ? the corporations ? The Freemasons ? The illuminati ? The invisible ruler of this world ?

Unbelievable the discrimination of christians in the UK but they let an islamic mayor rule over our capital city Islam in the UK has got to be stamped out

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Mosul Archbishop: When Western Evil Is Fused With Arab Stupidity Nations Die

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 26, 2014

2019-08-13_150422.png“We Instilled Culture in the Muslims, But They Sold Us Out”

In a TV interview, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Nikodimos Daoud, the diocese of Mosul and the Kurdistan region, said that the Christians had instilled culture in the Arabs and Muslims, but “they sold us out for nothing.” Baghdad, he said, is ruled by mafias, as the result of the “mistaken policies” of the U.S. and the West. “When Western evil is fused with Arab stupidity, nations die,” said the archbishop, in the Mayadeen TV interview which aired on August 18, 2014.

Here are some excerpts:

We don’t even have knives. How can we defend ourselves if we don’t have weapons of any kind? When those [ISIS] takfirists come to get you… They reject the other, and say that they want to die in order to get their 72 virgins and eternal boys. We don’t have concepts of this type. We have pens, paper, culture, and knowledge. We don’t have anything to fight with. A Christian cannot live where law does not prevail. We can only live in a place governed by law. Where there is no law to protect us and guarantee our rights, we cannot live, because we have no weapons, and we were not brought up – by our religion, society, and family – on the culture of blood, killing, and plunder.We don’t have such a culture, you have to understand this. The others do have this culture. Now we must defend ourselves against these beasts. They are beasts. We are not beasts. We represent true humanity. We do not know how to slaughter. We do not know how to kill. All we know is how to write and how to instill culture in those around us – just as we instilled culture in the Arabs and Muslims in the past, when they came here as conquerors… I don’t know if we should call them conquests or raids.When they entered our lands, we – the Syriac Christians in particular – instilled culture in them. History will curse us for educating them and for translating books for them. We have been instilling culture in them to this very day, but they sold us out for nothing. The countries for which we were willing to die spat us out.

[…]I used to live in Australia, but I returned because I missed Mosul, but the Mosul I had missed drove me out, humiliated me, and damaged my honor and the honor of my flock. What is left today of my love for this land? I say this with tears in my eyes.Why did we come to Kurdistan? We have come for one reason and one reason only: There is law here. People, you have to realize that there has been no law in Iraq for 10 years. Baghdad is ruled by mafias: looting, plundering, oppression, militias, and sectarianism…

All this is the result of the mistaken policies of the U.S. and the West. When Western evil is fused with Arab stupidity, nations die. So here we are, dying before the eyes of the world.

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We will never agree to live as dhimmis, as I have said time and again. A dhimmi is a slave. We are not, and will never agree to be, dhimmis. Anyone who agrees to be a dhimmi is better off dead. We don’t want to be anybody’s dhimmis. God created us free, and free we shall die.

Christians in the Middle East Now Face Eradication

ONE OF the greatest crimes in history is happening right now. Yet it is something almost nobody will discuss. No European capital has been brought to a standstill by a march expressing outrage. There are few calls for war-crimes trials of the perpetrators.

The crime is the wholesale eradication of Christianity from the continent that gave it birth. Across the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, Christians are in the process of being ethnically and religiously cleansed. It is a genocide and a crime not just against humanity but against our civilization. Even under the tyrannies of Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad there was a degree of religious tolerance in Iraq and Syria towards minorities.

Certainly there was a tolerance not present in Saudi Arabia, Iran or other hardline theocracies in the region.

In recent weeks I have spoken to people who got this order. One woman received a call at her family home in Mosul the night that IS arrived. They told her and her family to leave their house because they were Christian. If they did not they would be killed. They fled that night.

Some fleeing Christians sought sanctuary in the few remaining Christian villages but they were then overrun in turn. IS has cut off the heads of Christians including the children in Christian families they have captured. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled in their path. Those who have not been able to leave – including some of the elderly and disabled – have been forced to convert. Some have. Others chose martyrdom.

Earlier this month when the Yazidi sect faced eradication at the hands of IS the world rallied to do something but in the face of the eradication of Christianity the Christians of Iraq stand alone. Even the churches in the West remain largely mute. Our politicians do nothing.

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Persecution: Who Will Stand Up For The Christians?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 21, 2014

0820OPEDrodriguez-master495WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference. 

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?

President Obama should be commended for ordering airstrikes to save tens of thousands of Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion and have been stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq, besieged by Sunni Muslim militants. But sadly, airstrikes alone are not enough to stop this grotesque wave of terrorism.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not a loose coalition of jihadist groups, but a real military force that has managed to take over much of Iraq with a successful business model that rivals its coldblooded spearhead of death. It uses money from banks and gold shops it has captured, along with control of oil resources and old-fashioned extortion, to finance its killing machine, making it perhaps the wealthiest Islamist terrorist group in the world. But where it truly excels is in its carnage, rivaling the death orgies of the Middle Ages. It has ruthlessly targeted Shiites, Kurds and Christians.

They actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick” a Chaldean-American businessman named Mark Arabo told CNN, describing a scene in a Mosul park. “More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”

This week, 200,000 Aramaeans fled their ancestral homeland around Nineveh, having already escaped Mosul.

The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn’t just wrong; it’s obscene.

In a speech before thousands of Christians in Budapest in June, I made a solemn promise that just as I will not be silent in the face of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East, I will not be indifferent to Christian suffering. Historically, it has almost always been the other way around: Jews have all too often been the persecuted minority. But Israel has been among the first countries to aid Christians in South Sudan. Christians can openly practice their religion in Israel, unlike in much of the Middle East.

This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share much more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering.

Good people must join together and stop this revolting wave of violence. It’s not as if we are powerless. I write this as a citizen of the strongest military power on earth. I write this as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters.

The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped.

Ronald S. Lauder is the president of the World Jewish Congress.

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Is Barack Hussein Obama an Islamist?

Rick Wiles of Trunews.com asks retired Colonel Allen West his opinion about Mr. Obama’s pro-Muslim foreign policies.

The United States and The European Union have sever economic sanctions on Russia, but we don’t have any sanction on Qatar…I don’t see Mr. Putin beheading people, sanctions had to be on Qatar?”

“We should cut off all diplomatic relations with Qatar and Turkey

Archbishop of Mosul: “Your Liberal and Democratic Principles Are Worth Nothing Here”

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” says Amel Nona, 47, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul exiled in Erbil. The message is unequivocal: the only way to end the Christian exodus from the places that witnessed its origins in the pre-Islamic age is to respond to violence with violence, to force with force. Nona is a wounded, pain-stricken man, but not resigned.

“I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.” He is very glad to meet Western media. “Please, try to understand us,” he exclaims. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal,” Archbishop Amel Nona continues, “but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”

From an original interview by Lorenzo Cremonesi, Corriere della Sera

We have before us the present foreign-policy obsessions – Gaza, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan seem to come and go. We hear mutterings of Yemen and Qatar. Saudi Arabia rarely hits the radar, unless they’re flogging women or hanging gays. We flit about from one to the other trying to negotiate ‘peace’ while selling them missiles, bombs and bullets. Incredibly, we are about to ally ourselves with Shia Iran in order to defeat the greater evil of the Sunni Islamic State. This is profoundly misguided. Our enemies enemy is still our enemy.

The West must heed the stark warning of Archbishop Amel Nona, and do so before it is too late. Mosul has fallen: his warning is that Toulouse, Brussels or Liege might be next. For now, the battleground is fixed in the Middle East. But Jihadi-Salfist theatres of war recognise no state borders, and they have no time at all for democracy, diplomacy, or “moderate” notions of Islam which is not “proper” or “true” Islam. These fanatics find our governments weak and compliant; our liberal and democratic principles quite conducive to their political objectives; our Christianity favourably disposed to a multi-faith ecumenical love-in.

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