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No Sane Christian African Should Support Egypt, Tunisia & Morocco at The World Cup

Posted by addisethiopia on June 23, 2018

May all these three cruel and rude nations leave Christian Russia soon!

Here is why:

Many Egyptian Christians Feel Left Out of World Cup

Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game.

The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding a late goal and losing 1-0.

Still, the performance – with star striker Mohamed Salah injured on the sidelines – attracted international praise and gripped the millions of people gathering in groups across Egypt to watch their team together.

It was a welcome distraction for Egyptians who are struggling under harsh economic conditions. The 3-1 loss in the next match to host Russia, even with Salah back in the lineup, ended Egypt’s chances of advancing beyond the group stage. Despite the loss, the love and respect enjoyed by the team and the players remained intact.

Yet it wasn’t an entirely unifying experience.

For the country’s Christians, about 10 percent of the population, the composition of the team and the way the squad was perceived highlighted what they believe is a problem with the sport in Egypt.

No Christian has been on the national soccer squad for more than a decade, and just one played for any of the 18 top-flight clubs last season.

Egyptian coaches and officials dismiss any suggestion of discrimination, but Christians disagree. Egypt’s Christian spiritual leader has broken the church’s silence on the issue by publicly complaining about their disproportionate representation in the sport.

Egypt’s all-Muslim World Cup squad is known for being pious. The team even chose make its World Cup base in Muslim Chechnya.

The national squad has been nicknamed the prostrators because the players offer a Muslim prayer when they score. They regularly pray together when in camp and read the opening verse of the Quran before kickoff. Some perform the Muslim ritual wash before games. Generally, they frame competition, wins and defeats in religious terms.

Hassan Shehatah, one of Egypt’s most successful coaches, said nearly a decade ago that, to him, a player’s religious piety was as important as his skills. Hassan led an all-Muslim squad to win three of Egypt’s seven African titles between 2006 and 2010.

When goalkeeper Ahmed Elshenawy was named man of the match against Uruguay, he refused the Budweiser-sponsored award on religious grounds.

The perceived exclusion of Christians from top flight soccer and the national team is at odds with the outreach to the ancient community by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt’s general-turned-president who led the military’s 2013 ouster of an Islamist president. El-Sissi has emphatically and repeatedly spoken about inclusion and sectarian harmony. However, his government, critics and some Christians say, has failed to shield the community from the day-to-day discrimination, particularly in rural areas with less state authority and religious tolerance.

Pope Tawadros II, head of the Orthodox Coptic Christians and a close el-Sissi ally, rarely speaks publicly of discrimination, but has recently waded into the issue with uncustomary bluntness. “It’s extraordinary that all of Egypt’s football teams don’t have a single Copt who has good legs and who kicked a ball on the streets when he was little,” he said.

Ahmed Hossam, a retired striker – and a Muslim who played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs – was more blunt.

He claimed in a recent television interview that youth team coaches were driving Christians away.

Regrettably, there’s a lot of people in Egypt who are bigoted over color, religion and ethnicity,” Hossam, better known as Mido, said. “We must confront them and not bury our heads in the sand. Can you believe it that in the history of football in Egypt, only five Christians played at the top level?”

As the only Christian on his soccer youth team, Ramon Zhery says he tried everything he could to blend in with his teammates. At the end, it was not enough. Zhery, now 28, plays for a third division club in southern Egypt. He says discrimination against his faith kept him from rising further.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Zhery recounted how he tried to establish harmony with his teammates and reassure them that, though a Christian, he was just another player like them.

When they huddled before kickoff to recite the Quran’s opening verse – a ritual meant to serve as a plea for divine help – he whispered a Christian prayer to himself. When at camp, he woke up before everyone and went about rousing them to perform the dawn prayers, one of five that Muslims offer daily.

Mohammed Salah is a world star and he prostrates every time he scores and everyone knows he is a Muslim,” said Zhery.

The Christians’ response to their perceived exclusion from domestic soccer has been “church football” – a nationwide league of five-a-side teams that is played mostly on church grounds or rented pitches.

Andrew Raafat, a physical education teacher who tried his luck in club soccer before he settled for a coaching job at a Cairo Church, says some of the better young players he works with want to play at the top level.

I cannot tell them that they will never be selected,” Raafat said. “They get selected sometimes, but they are later let go.”

Selected Comments:

Christians better wake up. The rest of the world is not interested in living in harmony with you or treating you fairly.

Crux: when selection is not based mostly on merit, Egypt is sending a soccer team that is not as good as it coulf be. Prayers aren’t gonna solve their insufficiency. They reap what they sowed…

Well, the Egyptian soccer player PRAYERS must not have been effective…. They still lost miserably. Now we know why – they are not right with god, but seek god’s favor….

Render unto soccer that which is soccers.

Christians in the ME should be given their own country….sort of like Israel.

That was called Lebanon….but Muslims got a foothold….and you know the rest.

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DISCRIMINATION AGAINST COPTS IN EGYPTIAN SPORT CLUBS


This report has been sent to the FIFA officials directly, and submitted online via the new FIFA complaint mechanism.

Copts have been struggling with widespread, comprehensive and systematic religious, governmental and societal discrimination, which extends to all aspects of life in Egypt, including sports and soccer. During the past half-century, an infinitely small number of Coptic footballers – no more than 6 – have managed to join top flight soccer clubs. Some of those have spoken out about the rampant religious intolerance and the difficulties they have encountered. For instance, former Coptic footballer Ashraf Youssef told a newspaper that his teammates refused to eat with him simply because he is Christian (1). There are currently 540 players in the top-flight soccer clubs in Egypt, and that number includes only one Coptic footballer. The Egyptian Olympic Mission to Brazil in 2016 was completely devoid of Copts, and the same applies to the Egyptian National Team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Not a single Copt can be found in either the main team or the reserve, and it follows that there are no Coptic sports commentators anywhere in official Egyptian media outlets or in private Muslim-owned media.

Coptic Solidarity has filed a formal complaint with FIFA in 2016 to investigate the widespread sports and soccer discrimination against Christians in Egypt. This Complaint prompted many Christians to speak up about the significant religious discrimination in soccer, which amounts to sports racism. A number of moderate brave Muslims have also addressed the same issue.

In Egypt, we have a large number of racists who do not try to hide [their racism],” said renowned international player Ahmed Hossam – known as Mido – in a TV interview. He frankly wondered, “Does it make sense that throughout the entire history of soccer in Egypt, there have only been five Christian footballers at the top level? There are many Christian children who are not allowed to continue to play because of the racist attitude of certain coaches. I have proposed that Christians should make up at least 10% of all junior teams in order to resolve this problem”(2).

In another TV interview, footballer and sports commentator Khalid Al Ghandour mentioned a racist incident against a Coptic person at Minya Sports Club. The caller, Shenouda Wahba, reported that one of his relatives had signed up for soccer tryouts at Minya Sports Club. The club’s technical director rejected him and stipulated that he should convert to Islam in order to be selected. Mr. Al Ghandour concluded by saying, “No one knows more than I do that there are Christian soccer talents treated unfairly in Egypt, it is absurd that there are 18 major soccer teams, and not a single Coptic player in any of them” (3).

Strangely, instead of investigating this racist incident, the Sports Media Committee rebuked Khalid Al Ghandour, claiming that his statements provoke sedition and fanaticism!!!!(4).

An altercation, seen on TV, between Al Ahli club technical director, Mr. Ikrami, and a young Copt named Pierre Zouhair Shafiq, took place when the young Christian man expressed his desire to join Al Ahli. When Ikrami found out that Shafiq and his colleague were Christians, he pointed to the main door of the club and told them to get out (5). Shafiq’s colleague recalled the incident in another TV interview and confirmed that Ikrami threw them out after realizing they were Christians (6).

In an interview with Al Youm Al Sabee newspaper on March 22, 2018, Pope Tawadros II, who usually steers clear of the issue of Coptic rights, said in answer to a question about the lack of Coptic soccer players, “Do not ask Copts about this, rather address the question to clubs and playgrounds, how likely it is that there is not a single Coptic footballer to be found in all Egyptian soccer teams?!!”(7).

At the well-known club Al Ahli, a Christian child named Tony Atef was rejected because he had a cross tattooed on his wrist. The media picked up on the incident, which forced the club to reconsider and accept him to avoid a possible scandal (8).

Dr. Yasser Ayoub, the most renowned sports reporter in Egypt, wrote several articles explicitly stating that there is widespread sports discrimination against Copts. In one of them, he observed, “It is neither logical nor natural that we do not have a single Coptic soccer player in all of the Official Egyptian league teams … One of the real reasons for this situation is the implicit oppression of Copts, which is not acknowledged due to ignorance and intolerance, or out of fear of offending sensibilities and causing tension” (9, 10, 11).

Mr. Ayoub reiterated in another interview, “Anyone who tries to prove that Christians are discriminated against in soccer is considered an agitator who is sowing sedition, so the issue is only raised in secret, while everyone denies it publicly” (12).

Egyptian intellectual Dr. Khalid Montaser put it in a nutshell in an article in Al-Watan Egyptian newspaper, “There is a chronic red line set against admitting Christians to soccer teams in Egypt  … We are a racist state par excellence, and a nation adept at discriminating between its children by means of religion, and this is the reason we did not even have 10 Christian footballers over the past 100 years … If a Christian excels and tries to join a team, the coach may sing his praises, but then turns him down because ‘he is unfortunately a Christian’”(13).

Author Sami al-Behairy told one such story: his Christian friend Maged Nabih Mikhail had passed the tryouts in Al Ahli club, performing well in front of the foreign coach. However, an official at the club asked about his name to issue a player I.D., and once he realized he is Christian, he simply told him: “Sorry, we cannot admit you into the team” (14).

Famous Art critic Tariq al-Shennawi raised a question in his column at Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper about the reasons for Coptic absence in soccer, stating, “The undeniable fact is that there is a distinct Coptic absence in soccer. Are Muslim families no longer willing to let their children play soccer with the children of their Coptic neighbors?”(15).

Writer Osama Ghareib responded to this question in the same newspaper, “Copts are being excluded from soccer because they are being increasingly accused and labeled as infidels,” he explained, adding that “Exclusion from soccer is not the only repercussion, as the infidel label may make them targets for murder and rape…. Since the majority of sports officials in major clubs are newly religious, you will not find one among them who would welcome a Christian child even if his talent exceeded that of famous international footballer Messi “(16).

Mada Masr online Newspaper published an Arabic/English report on the marked exclusion of Copts from professional soccer in Egypt, highlighting a number of cases that were excluded for religious reasons (17, 18).

Writer Tawfiq Humaid called on international player Mohammed Salah to lend his support to the efforts to end religious bias in sports against Christian Egyptians. He reminded him that were he a Christian, he would not have had the opportunity to play professional soccer in Egypt; and on the other hand, if the Western World did not consider competence to be the sole criterion, Salah would not have achieved international status (19).

Islamization of Sports

The problem of Coptic absence from soccer teams reflects a wider phenomenon, namely the Islamization of Egyptian society, including sports. In Egypt, the national soccer team is known as “the kneeling team” i.e., those who kneel down to worship in the Islamic way. Former technical director of the Egyptian national team, Hassan Shehata, used to have a Muslim cleric accompany the team on international trips to recite the Quran. He once said in an interview that “a player’s relationship with God and his proper behavior are important factors when he selects players who represent Egypt internationally”(20).

In an article published in Al-Ahram newspaper, researcher Wahid Abdel-Majid criticized Shehata because of the way he mixed religion and sports (21).

This general push for Islamization is reflected in the pressure put on foreign non-Muslim coaches and players to convert to Islam. Some of them have already converted to Islam so as not to lose their jobs, while others refused to, including Ivorian footballer Coulibaly who left the Egyptian team, later stating that they wanted him to convert to Islam (22).

Islamization of sports was also manifested in such statements made by Al-Azhar Institution, “Every goal scored by Mohammad Salah promotes Islam in Europe, makes English people sing the praises of Islam, and changes the way Europeans view the [Islamic] beard” (23, 24).

Coptic Reaction to Discrimination in Sports

As frustrated Copts struggle to find a way around the prevalent discrimination in sports, their options remain limited. In fact, filing complaints is about the only thing they can do, given that all sports clubs are under the supervision of the Egyptian State, and consequently their exclusion from soccer is a State policy.

A book entitled “A Goal in the Playground of Fanaticism”, published in 2010, explored in detail the exclusion of Copts from Egyptian playgrounds. Nour Qaldis, the book’s author and a Christian journalist at Coptic newspaper Watani, highlighted a large number of cases where talents were rejected on religious grounds. The book reached the conclusion that discrimination against Copts in sports is a far-reaching phenomenon, and that preventing young Copts from joining youth teams is a strategy designed to ensure that no Copts will be able to qualify for official soccer teams (25).

The only option left to Coptic churches was to organize church tournaments in small playfields within these churches, which at least gave Copts the chance to practice. However, this option is still flawed, since these are small Playgrounds, lacking professional capabilities and the ability to nominate Coptic players for official clubs (26).

Last year, a young Christian man founded the “Je Suis” Academy as a way to bring together talented Copts who were rejected by major clubs. He rented soccer fields in remote areas, thus allowing them to develop their skills. However, limited resources remain a problem, as well as the unchanging attitude of professional clubs which continue to reject those talented players

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መካከለኛው አፍሪቃ ሪፓብሊክ | ሲጸልዩ የነበሩ ፳፮ ክርስቲያኖች ቤተክርስቲያናቸው ውስጥ በሙስሊሞች ተገደሉ

Posted by addisethiopia on May 4, 2018

ባለፈው ማክሰኞ፡ ሚያዝያ ፳፫፡ ፪ሺ፲ ዓ.(ቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ) ነበር በመካከለኛው አፍሪቃ ሪፓብሊክ ዋና ከተማ፡ በባንጂ በሚገኝና በሙስሊሞች በተከበበው በአንድ ቤተክርስቲያን ላይ ይህ ዲያብሎሳዊ የግድያ ጥቃት የተፈጸመው። ምዕመናኑ የጠዋት ጸሎት ሥነስርዓት ላይ እያሉ። በቪዲዮው ሁለተኛ ክፍል ላይ የተኩስ ድምጽ ይሰማል፣ ሰዎች ህይወታቸውን ለማዳን ሲሯሯጡ ይታያሉ

ነፍሳቸውን ይማርላቸው!

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በግብፅ የሚጠለፉት ክርስቲያን ሴቶችና ልጃገረዶች ቁጥር ጨምሯል፡ ጉዳዩም አሳሳቢ ደረጃ ላይ ደርሷል

Posted by addisethiopia on May 3, 2018

ባለፈው ወር ሰባት ኮፕት ክርስቲያን ሴቶችና ልጃገረዶች በግብጽ ተጠልፈው ጠፍተዋል።

ሴት ልጆቻቸውን ወደ እስልምና ለመለወጥ ሲሉ ሙስሊሞች እንደጠለፏቸው ሁሉም የቤተሰቦቻቸው አባላት በአንድ ድምጽ ተናግረዋል።

የክርስቲያኖቹ መጥፋት ለፖሊስ ሪፖርት ቢደረግም ባለሥልጣናቱ ምንም ለማድረግ ፈቃደኞች ባለመሆናቸው ቤተሰቦቻቸው ክስ አቅርበውባቸዋል።

በግብፅ የሚገኙ ክርስቲያን ሴቶች ለማሰብ የሚከብዱ ብዙ ችግሮች ያጋጥሟቸዋል፦

ማህበራዊ መድልዎ ይደረግባቸዋልይጠለፋሉሃይማኖታቸውን በግዳጅ እንዲለውጡእንዲገረዙበጥቁር ልብስ ተሸፋፍነው እንዲሄዱ ይገደዳሉ፣ የአካላታቸው ክፍሎች ይሠርቁባቸዋል

ይህ በምዕራቡ ዓለም እምብዛም የማይታወቅና አሳሳቢ የሆነ ክስተት ነው ክርስቲያን ሴቶች እና ልጃገረዶች አስገድዶ መድፈር እና ወደ እስልምና እንዲቀይሩ መገደዳቸው እምብዛምም አይነገርለትም። ከ 2011 .በፊት በመላው ግብፅ ምናልባት ስድስት ወይም ሰባት ልጃገረዶች ላይ ይህ መሰል ኢስበዓዊ ተግባር ይፈጸምባቸው ነበር፤ አሁን ግን ቁጥሩ በብዙ ሺዎች እየጨመረ ነው።” በማለት የኮፐት ክርስቲያኖች ጠበቃና የሰብአዊ መብት ተሟጋች የሆኑት ሳዳ ፋውዜ ይናገራሉ። በተለይ እጅግ በጣም ወጣት የሆኑ ክርስቲያን ልጃገረዶች ለሙስሊሞች ጥቃት የተጋለጡ ናቸው።

ለምሳሌ የ 14 ዓመቱ ናድያ ማካም፡ እ... 2011 . በቤተክርስቲያን የቅዳሴ ሥነስርዓት ላይ እያለች ተጠልፋለች። እስካሁን የትና እንዴት እንዳለች የሚታወቅ ነገር የለም፤ ከዚያን ጊዜ ወዲህ ቤተሰቦቿ ከእሷ ጋር ምንም ግንኙነት የላቸውም። በሃዘንና በጭንቀት የተሞሉት የናድያ እናት ልጃቸውን ሙስሊሞች እንደጠለፉባቸው በይፋ ቢያሳውቁም ፖሊሶች ግን ለመርዳት ፈቃደኞች አይደሉም፤ እንዲያውም የልጃቸውን ጉዳይ እንዳያነሱባቸው በተደጋጋሚ አስጠንቅቀዋቸው ነበር።

ምንጭ

ምንጭ

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ክርስቲያኗ እህታችን እስልምናን አልቀበለም በማለቷ ሊያገባት የተመኛት ሙስሊም በእሳት አጋይቶ ገደላት

Posted by addisethiopia on April 24, 2018

ለክርስቲያን እህታችን ነፍሷን ይማርላት!

እንደዛሬው ሳይሆን፤ ገና በ52 .ም ላይ ሐዋርያው ቅዱስ ቶማስ ወደ ሕንድ ሲጓዝ አሁን “ኢስላማባድ” በምትባለዋ ከተማ በኩል ነበር ያለፈው።

ኢትዮጵያ አገራችን ከነዚህ የቃኤል ፍየል አገሮች ጋር የጠበቀ ግኑኝነት ማድረጓ በጣም ያሳዝነኛል። ስኳሩና ዱቄቱ ሁሉ ከፓኪስትን ነው የሚገባውለመሆኑ እነማን ናቸው ይህን ዓይነቱን ግኑኝነት የሚሹት? ሠርጎገብ እስማኤላውያን? አዎ! ይህ የሚያጠራጥር አይደለም።


፫ኛ ዓመታቸው ነው – በሙስሊሞች እጅ በሰማዕትነት የተገድሉትን ወንድሞቻችንን አንረሳም

አንድ ኢትዮጵያዊ የቅርብ ጓደኛችን ከእስልምና ጨለማ ወጥቶ የተዋሕዶ ብርሃነ ክርስቶስን ከተቀበለ በኋላ ነቀምቴ የሚኖሩትን እናቱንም እንዲሁ ወደ ክርስቶስ አመጣቸው። ከዚያ እስላም ቤተሰቦቹ፡ አባቱን ጨምሮ፡ እናቱን እያሳደዱ ሊገሏቸው ሞከሩ፤ አልተሳካላቸውም፡ እናትየዋ አምልጠው ጠፉ። ይህ ግሩም የሆነ ጓደኛችን፡ የስጋ ነገር ሆኖ፡ በየአገሩ ካሉት የስጋ ዘመዶቹ ጋር በማህበራዊ ድህረ ገጾች ይገናኝ እንደነበር ነገረኝ። ከሦስት ዓመታት በፊት፡ ልክ በዚህ ሰሞን፡ የተዋሕዶ ሰማዕታት በሊቢያ ሲሰው በፌስቡክ ለእነዚህ ሙስሊም ዘመዶቹ ዜናውን አካፈላቸው። ከዚያም ሁሉም የሚከተለውን መልስ ሰጡት፦

በሊቢያ የተገደሉት ኢትዮጵያውያኑስ ታድለዋል፡ በጎራዴ ብቻ ነውና የታረዱት፤ በደቡብ አፍሪቃ ግን ኢትዮጵያውያኑ በእሳት ተቃጠለው ነው የሞቱት”

ይህን ሲነግረኝ ቁስል ብሎ እያለቀሰ ነበር፤ “ከዚህ በኋላ ከአንዳቸውም ጋር ምንም ዓይነት ግኑኝነት አላደርግም፡ በቃኝ!“ አለኝ።

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፶ሺህ የዘንዶ መቅበሪያ ‘ቸርቾችን’ ለመሥራት ሲሉ ፡ ሃገረ እግዚአብሔር ኢትዮጵያን፡ ክርስቲያኖች በዓለም በጣም የሚበደሉባት 6ኛዋ ሃገር ነች አሉ

Posted by addisethiopia on February 26, 2018

ሜሪላንድ ጋይርዶር ብሔራዊ ምርምር እና ስብሰባ ማእከል ፕሬዝደንት ትራምፕ መርቀው በከፈቱበት ዓመታዊው የአሜሪካ “ሲፓክ” Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) / ወግ አጥባቂ ፖለቲካ ተግባር ስብሰባ ላይ ነበር ትናንትና ይህን ተካፋዮቹ የተናገሩ

ቀደም ሲል ክርስቲያኖች “በይበልጥ የሚበደሉባቸው አገሮችን” የሚመለከተው ስምዝርዝር የወጣው በግራክንፈኛው ግብዝ የፕሮቴስታንት „OPEN DOORS / ክፍት በሮች” ድርጅት ነው።

ይህ ድርጅት የክርስቲያኖች ጠበቃ ነኝ በማለት፤ ሁሌ በአንደኛ ደረጃ የሚያስቀምጠው ሰሜን ኮርያ ነው። ይህም በመላው ዓለም 95% ክርስቲያን በዳዮች የሆኑት የእስላም አገሮች ስለሆኑ ሰሜን ኮርያን አንደኛ በማድረግ የሙስሊሞችን ጭካኔ ለመሸፈን የተፈጠረ ተንኮል ነው።

ምክንያቱም፤ ሰሜን ኮርያ፦

1. የክርስቲያኖች አገር አይደለችም።

2. በሰሜን ኮርያ ተበደሉ የሚባሉት ቁጥራቸው በጣም ጥቂት የሆነ ፕሮቴስታንቶቹ ናቸው።

3. እነዚህ ፕሮቴስታንቶች ቢከፋ ቢከፋ ወደ እስር ቤት ይገባሉ እንጅ፡ በሙስሊሞች አገር እንደሚታየው ለግድያ አልተጋለጡም።

እና ነው።

ይህ ድርጅት ኤርትራን 6ኛ ኢትዮጵያን ደግሞ 29ኛ አድርጓቸዋል። በዚህም፡ ከሳዑዲ አረቢያ፣ ግብጽ፣ ቱርክና ሶርያ ይበልጥ ክርስቲያኖች በኤርትራና ኢትዮጵያ ይበደላሉ ማለቱ ነው። እስኪ እናስብ!

ሲፓክ (CPAC) (ቀኝ ክንፍ) ድግሞ ለፓነሉ በቀረበለት ጽሑፋዊ መረጃ ለክርስቲያኖች አስከፊ የሆኑት 10 አገሮች ስም ዝርዝር የሚከተለው ነው፦

1. ሰሜን ኮርያ

2. አፍጋኒስታን

3. ሶማሊያ

4. ሱዳን

5. ፓኪስታን

6. ኢትዮጵያ

7. ኢራቅ

8. የመን

9. ኢራን

10. ህንድ

OPEN DOORS እንዳቀረበው ሳይሆን፡ በራሱ ፈቀድ በኤርትራ ቦታ ኢትዮጵያን 6 አድርጓታል። ይህም በስህተት ወይም ከጥንቃቄ ጉድለት የተነሳ አይደለም፤ ሆን ተብሎ በኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስትያን ላይ ያነጣጠረ ዲያብሎሳዊ ሤራ ነው።

ስብሰባው ላይ የሚታዩት ፕሮቴስታንቶች (ባፕቲስቶች፣ ኤፒስኮፓሎች ወዘተ) ናቸው። እነዚህ አስመሳይ “ክርስቲያኖች” የጥንታውያኑ የመካከለኛው ክርስቲያኖች ተቆርቋሪዎች አይደሉም። ጥንታውያኑ ክርስቲያን ወንድሞቻችን እና እህቶቻችን በግብጽ፣ ሶርያና ኢራቅ ጭፍጨፋ ሲካሄድባቸው ትንፍሽ አላሉም ነበር። እንዲያውም የጭፍጨፋው ተባባሪዎች ናቸው። አሁን እልቂቱ ከተፈጸመ በኋላ ተቆርቆሪ ሆነው መቅረባቸው ግብዝነት ነው።

አገራችንንም እዚህ ሰንጠረዥ ውስጥ ያስገቧት፣ ስሟን አጥፍተውና መንግስትን፡ እንደለመዱት “የሃይማኖት ነፃነት” ፣ “ሰብዓዊ መብት” ቅብርጥሴ እያሉ፡ በማስገደድ የአለሟቸውን 50ሺህ ፕሮቴስታንት ቸርቾች የተዋሕዶ ዓብያተ ክርስትያናት አጠገብ ለመገንባት በማቀድ ነው። ለዚህም ነው ሰርጎ ገቦችን እያዘጋጁ በተቻለ መጠን ስልጣኑን ፕሮቴስታንቶች ወይም እስላሞች እንዲይዙት የሚመኙት/ የሚያደርጉት። እንደነ አቶ አባዱላ (አብደላ) እና አቶ ደመቀ መኮንን የመሳሰሉትን።

እነዚህ ክርስቲያን ነን የሚሉ ድርጅቶች የተቀበሉትን ቃልኪዳን በመተው በ 500 ዓመታት ውስጥ በአውሮፓና አሜሪካ ክርስትናን ሙሉ ለሙሉ ለማጥፋት የበቁ ድርጅቶች ናቸው። ታዲያ አሁን ከእኛ ጋር አብረው ወይም ከእኛ እርዳታ ጠይቀው ነፍሳቸውን ለማዳን እንደመሞከር፣ እንዲያውም ያልተነካውን ድንግል ነፍስ አድኖ ለመብላት ወደ እናት ኢትዮጵያ ይጎርፋሉ።

ታዲያ ይህ የአውሬዉ ዘንዶ መንፈስ አይደለምን?!

ግራኞቹም ቀኞቹም አታላዮች ናቸው

[መጽሐፈ ምሳሌ ምዕራፍ ፬ ፳፯]

ወደ ቀኝም ወደ ግራም አትበል፤ እግርህንም ከክፉ መልስ።

[መጽሐፈ ምሳሌ ምዕራፍ ፩፲፭]

ልጄ ሆይ፥ ከእነርሱ ጋር በመንገድ አትሂድ፥ ከጎዳናቸውም እግርህን ፈቀቅ አድርግ

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Nigeria: Muslims Wipe Out 15 Villages in Mass Slaughter of Christians, Government Does Nothing

Posted by addisethiopia on February 22, 2018

Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued. The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”

Why? Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari clearly has no sympathy for the victims. He shares the world view of the jihadi attackers.

Armed Gangs Wipe Out 15 Villages in Mass Christian Slaughter In Nigeria. Why is the world silent? Why are Nigerian ‘Christians’ in the South doing nothing to defend their brothers and sisters in the North? Why are they electing Muslim Presidents?

ARMED men stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion in Nigeria.

Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.

Houses belonging to believers have also been razed with authorities doing little to help, an anti-persecution watchdog claimed.

Open Doors spoke to one Christian who described the broad daylight attack carried out by a group of Fulani – one of Africa’s largest ethnicities.

A spokeswoman said: “One attack took place in broad daylight, as people were about to go to church.

The assailants chased and killed the villagers and burned down nine churches and many more houses.”

Christian persecution is a major problem in Nigeria which has been exacerbated by the spread of radical Islamic teaching and practice.

The shocked witness said Christians needed more protection from the country’s leader or lives would continue to be lost.

They said: “Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued.

The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”…

In the central state of Nasarawa, 25 villages have been destroyed since January 15….

A spokesman for the Concerned Indigenous Tiv People group said: “Since the outbreak of the crisis on January 15 this year, due to the Fulani /herdsmen attack on our villages, leading to the displacement of Tiv in their ancestral homes, the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, has done very little to bring the situation under control.”

Other attacks have taken place in Benue State and across the Middle Belt region of the country. The Army has now been deployed to certain areas in order to stop the violence.

A spokeswoman for Open Doors said: “Believers experience discrimination and exclusion, and violence from militant Islamic groups, resulting in the loss of property, land, livelihood, physical injury or death; this is spreading southwards.

Corruption has enfeebled the state and made it ill-equipped to protect Christians. Rivalry between ethnic groups and raids by Fulani herdsmen compound the persecution. Converts face rejection from their Muslim families and pressure to recant.”

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Selected Comments:

How many? 150, 1500, or 150,000+? Is this not genocide? (Answer: Yes, it’s genocide of non-Muslims by Muslims) Is this not Rwanda all over again? (I guess the left is waiting to see the numbers before making any conclusions, after all, those Muslims are scary, plus they’re allies in the fight against the global menace of white bubbas who fly Confederate flags; saw one in Thailand the other day in fact. It was in an old James Bond movie, but still).

And where is the UN? (Answer: Islamically infected, and worthless). Where are all those proud black people emerging from “Black Panther” only to see headlines (albeit in the back pages of the MSM) of authentic Africans (ones who are free and have integrated Christianity with their culture) being slaughtered by slaves of Muhammad, i.e. mindless recruits to a violent foreign invasion of Arab culture intending to replace African culture, i.e., replace “Wakanda”.

The left says “Never again,” but they are too P.C. to even read Jihad Watch to become really woke, much less act in self-defense.

Is this not Rwanda all over again?

No — actually, it’s Armenia all over again.

Between 1,000 and 3,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria every year for the last 20 years. That’s some 20 – 50 Christians murdered by MUSLIMS every single week.

Yep, that’s a better example, because the Armenian Genocide could accurately be called the “Turkish Muslim Jihad to Exterminate Christian Armenians.”

Islam, not a day goes by without Muslims mass murdering somewhere in the name of their prophet.

They will “BURN IN HELL” alpng with people who allow this “INJUSTICE!!”

What is topping Christians from taking guns and retaliating? What is topping Christians from exterminating Muslims from their space? What is topping Christians in Europe from blowing up mosques in retaliation against jihad attacks? Are Muslims the only people who know how to commit genocide?

Because we are not mindless, bloodthirsty savages like them.

The Jews have a saying: “Whoever is compassionate to the cruel will be cruel to the compassionate.”

This is a wise saying, and it justifies waging war against the Fulani as it justified what God ordered the Israelites to do to the Canaanites. If you can’t kill the people, then destroy their herds so that they starve.

The Nigerian Christians are too poor to be able to buy guns.

In the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-70, the predominantly Christian Igbo people tried to secede from Nigeria and form their own state, Biafra. They were defeated with famine, carnage and great suffering. The Christians of Nigeria have been subdued ever since. Although Nigeria has sometimes elected a Christian President, the northern Muslims dominate the army and the economy.

The President’s inaction shows that GENOCIDE against Christians and ETHNIC CLEANSING have the been given the GO-AHEAD by the TOP LEVELS of the Nigerian government!

Muslims are abandoning Islam in Nigeria at a rapid rate, because the choice between MODERNITY and BRONZE-AGE BACKWARDNESS is extremely clear to all.

Islam has nothing to offer Nigeria that is of value. With Islam is fear, discrimination, vigilante murder and STAGNATION. Only local warlords benefit, but no one else. They are trying to bring back the medieval black kingdoms. MESSAGE TO THE WARLORDS: THOSE DAYS ARE GONE.

Dear African Christians you are under siege

Victims — Not Rohinja Muslims

Therefore …

Expect no outrage at NPR/ BBC.

Instead:

NPR/BBC will have PHYCOLOGY experts explain the importance of controlling our emotions of fear and anger during times of (New Normal) MUSLIM terrorism attacks.

Am in Nigeria right now and have been in Nigeria for the past 4 Decades.

Worse things than what you just read have happened and are still going on without any international coverage.

If you’re waiting for the West and Google to hive you anything, you’ll wait for eternity.

We are on Ground and can confirm to you that what you read was just a tip of the icebers.

Don’t let the Islamic sympathisers in the West and the Google company to show you anything.

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German Politicians ‘Alarmed’ at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks

Posted by addisethiopia on February 6, 2018

Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm, as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100 attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.

Published by the Funke media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97 cases.

At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the BKA to record “anti-Christian crimes” separately for the first time.

Ansgar Heveling, interior policy spokesman for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, called the figures “alarming” and argued that the state “has a responsibility to punish these attacks severely and consistently… [as] anti-Semitic attacks are rightly being tackled”.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, of the right-wing Christian Social Union (CSU), told Funke group newspapers: “Integration in Germany has to require tolerating its Christian, Western values and culture without any ifs or buts.”

Berthold Löffler, a political science professor at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, said the minister’s use of the word “tolerance” shows how little is actually being asked of the newcomers living at German taxpayers’ expense.

Requiring immigrants take on our values is too much to ask, but they really ought to tolerate us locals, even if they feel our values are a bit suspect,” he characterised the message of Hermann’s statement in a piece published at Tichy’s Insight, where he noted the CSU minister’s “demand” was mild and discussed the country’s “naive welcome culture”.

Stating the BKA figures are likely “only the tip of the iceberg” with regards to the number of anti-Christian attacks taking place in Germany, Löffler writes: “One can confidently assume that the mainstream media would much rather report on Islamophobic incidents and xenophobic crimes committed by ethnic Germans.”

Breitbart London reported last year how anti-Christian attacks had risen 245 per cent in France since 2008, while the number of anti-Muslim attacks saw a huge fall in the same period.

Data released by the French interior ministry showed anti-Christian acts accounting for 90 per cent of attacks on religious buildings and institutions — a figure which includes arson, violence, degradation, threats, and ‘insulting’ vandalism and graffiti.

Last week, it was alleged that French intelligence agencies had prior knowledge of one of the Islamic extremists involved in the beheading of Father Jacques Hamel in a Normandy church in 2016, but failed to act.

Source

France: Anti-Christian Attacks Rise 245 Percent

Leading German Cardinal Opens the Door to Church Blessings of Homosexual Couples

Selecte Comments:

The Left is Waging War on Christians!

As long as they continue to let Muslims into the country,…..these attacks will only increase !

Why not? The left is anti-Christian anyway. They’re happy to let someone do their dirty work. Similar to the comment that a radical Muslim will kill you, and a moderate Muslim will let a radical kill you.

There is a direct correlation of the attacks on Christians and the number of muslims in any given country… predominately muslim countries have most of it’s Christians martyred in graves

Import people who vow to kill Christians and more violence against Christians breaks out. Who could of seen that one coming?

The invaders getting asked to tolerate Germans in Germany. I’m speechless

Globalist German politicians knew this would happen and are NOT alarmed. They want Christians out and Islam/Sharia in.

Muslims hate all non – muslims. There are 50 muslim countries in the world where they could / shoud go, but no, they come to the west to islamize!

The muslim concept of crime is different from ours, mere mortals.
Killing non -muslims is not a crime for muslims, this is their koranic duty like deceit of non muslims and evening prayer, stealing from non muslims not a crime for muslims, raping non muslim women – not a crime for muslims. Muslim men see raping non muslims as their birthright

Europe is finding this out one victim one woman at a time !

Muslim must not be allowed into the western countries !! It is like opening the prison gates and letting murderers and rapists out.

The Christian world was pretty much united against islam until a German by the name of Martin Luther kicked off the protestant reformation, and the subsequent wars and disunity in Europe which pitted Christian against Christian and sapped Europe of its strength with which it might have eventually pushed islam back once and for all. A few centuries later, a German named Adolf Hitler allied with muslims to wage war on his Christian neighbors, and according to his closest associates planned to eliminate Christianity entirely in Europe and replace it with islam as the new German religion. Less than a century later, yet another German named Angela Merkel invited millions of muslim invaders to flood into Europe, rape women and children, murder priests, and destroy all of Christendom.

So my question is, what is it about Germans that makes them so susceptible to the machinations of the devil against Christianity?

That will be a mystery for me for my entire life….
I think first, the German people were shamed and embarrassed after the War for allowing Hitler to do what he did to Jews, Germany, and Europe…..so they bent over backwards…..way too far.

Because of how they did the Jews and other non-whites – failing to rise up and stop Hitler -they feel they have to accept the murderous Muslims to “prove” they are not the Germans of the Hitler times….they are more afraid of the word “racist” than even we are here in America…..

And Collectivism has been bred deep into successive generations…..They haven’t learned yet that there is a big difference in being acceptive of people who are different but peaceful…..and accepting invaders into your home and allowing them to wreck it and kill you because you are different.
What an oxymoron.

Importing Muslim refugees who were revolting against being ruled by Alawite infidels (i.e. Assad and his sect), and expecting these people to be tolerant of Christian infidels in Germany is nothing short of insane.

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ትናንት ቁልቢ ዛሬ ካይሮ | ከመስጊድ የመጡ የዲያብሎስ ልጆች 8 ኮፕት ክርስቲያን ወገኖቻችንን በካይሮ ገደሉ

Posted by addisethiopia on December 29, 2017

እነዚህ የዲያብሎስ ልጆች ትናንትና በቁልቢ ዛሬ ደግሞ በካይሮ በክርስቲይኖች ላይ በደል ፈጸሙ። የእነዚህ እርኩሶች ዲያብሎሳዊ ሥራ ማቆምያ የለውም፤ ለእነርሱ ጸሎት የሚያደርስ ወገን ካለ ይጸልይላቸው፤ እኔ ግን ለእነዚህ ቆሻሾች ወደ ሲዖል ፈጥናችሁ ግቡ! እላለሁ

A Look at Recent Attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christians

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Muslim Mob Lays Siege To Christian Church In Egypt

Posted by addisethiopia on December 23, 2017

An Egyptian Coptic Christian diocese says hundreds of Muslim demonstrators have assaulted one of its churches.

The diocese in Atfih said Saturday in a statement that the incident in Giza just outside Cairo took place after Friday prayers when demonstrators gathered outside the building and stormed it.

The demonstrators chanted hostile slogans and called for the church’s demolition, the statement says. It says they destroyed the church’s contents and assaulted Christians inside before security personnel arrived and dispersed them.

It also said the wounded were transferred to a nearby hospital but didn’t elaborate. The church, yet to be sanctioned by the state, has been observing prayers for 15 years.

Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt’s 96 million population. Islamic extremists have targeted them in a sereis of brutal attacks in recent years.

In October, CCTV footage captured the brutal moment a Coptic Orthodox priest was stabbed in the back several times in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

Father Samaan Shehata was collecting humanitarian aid for his parish in Beni Suef on 12 October when a man started chasing him with a large knife. He died from serious stab wounds in hospital later that day.

In May, at least 29 people were killed when the Islamic State (Isis) terror group attacked a bus heading to the Saint Samuel monastery, near Minya.

Another 29 people were killed when an Isis suicide bomber targeted St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo last December.

In February 2015, Isis circulated images of its militants executing 21 Coptic Christians who had been kidnapped from Sirte, Libya. In response, Egypt launched air strikes targeting Isis positions.

Source

Muslim Militants Kill 90 Christians In Nigeria


Christians in central Nigeria face a tense Christmas after the deadliest sectarian violence in the country’s recent history killed at least 90 people, aid workers and Christians say.

Following a period of relative calm, violence resumed in Plateau state with Fulani herdsmen primarily targeting Christian farmers in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. Advocacy group Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC) quoted experts as saying that the militant Muslim group

“killed more people than those committed previously by the notorious Boko Haram terrorists.”

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Time for Christians of This World to Form the Organisation of Christian Cooperation

Posted by addisethiopia on December 22, 2017

My Note: This’s a fascinating thought. I think Ethiopia — as, argueably, the 1st Christian nation in the world, and that has no diabolical agendas or imperial ambitions – is a perfect candidate to take the initiative in forming an Organisation of Christian Cooperation. A historical chance for The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

[1 John 3:10 ]

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

The OIC Is The Muslim World’s Voice. Christian Countries Should Have One Too

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) bills itself as “the collective voice of the Muslim world.”

Founded in 1972 as the “Organisation of the Islamic Conference” and adopting its current name in 2011, the OIC joins 57 Member States in what is billed as the second-biggest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations. The OIC’s declared mission is —

‘… to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world…. The Organization has the singular honor to galvanize the Ummah [i.e., all Muslims as a community] into a unified body and have actively represented the Muslims by espousing all causes close to the hearts of over 1.5 billion Muslims of the world.

The Organization has consultative and cooperative relations with the UN and other intergovernmental organizations to protect the vital interests of the Muslims and to work for the settlement of conflicts and disputes involving Member States. In safeguarding the true values of Islam and the Muslims, the organization has taken various steps to remove misperceptions and has strongly advocated elimination of discrimination against Muslims in all forms and manifestations.’

Despite intra-Islamic conflicts – notably the Sunni-Shiite divide led by Saudi Arabia and Iran respectively – the OIC is vocal in promoting a unified Muslim perspective on issues where there is a broad consensus. For example, the OIC recently issued a strong statement denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration that the United States considers Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital. The OIC’s information chief also took a position on the internal affairs of traditionally Christian European countries, to the effect that mass Muslim migration – what Srdja Trifkovic has called the Third Muslim Invasion – is really doing Europe a big favor. No, it’s no bother at all – we’ll just help ourselves!

Whatever one thinks of the OIC’s activities and perspectives on various issues, one should nonetheless commend Muslim countries for their activism. Keep in mind, the OIC is an official organization of governments in the Islamic world, not of religious, academic, or NGO activists, though the latter contribute to the OIC’s mission. Again, give credit where credit is due.

But where is the comparable activism by the governments of Christian countries? There is certainly an ample empirical basis for a Christian version of the OIC. Consider:

There are almost two and half billion Christians in the world. The number of Muslims is about 1.8 billion. Granted, the reality behind such numbers largely reflects formal identification rather than active belief and worship, but the social importance of even pro forma self-description or communal tradition should not be dismissed.

  • Approximately 120 sovereign states have a Christian majority.

  • This compares to about 50 countries with a Muslim majority.

There are four countries formally called Islamic republics (Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, and Pakistan), plus approximately 20 others where Islam’s leading status is defined in law. For example, Article 2 of the Constitution of Oman states that “The religion of the State is Islam and Islamic Sharia is the basis for legislation”; Article 1 of the Basic Law of Saudi Arabia states that the kingdom “is a sovereign Arab Islamic state with Islam as its religion,” with the Sunni Wahhabist sect in practice given preeminence over the minority Shia. By contrast, because of Christianity’s inherent distinction between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Caesar, it would be hard to envision comparable “Christian states,” though the Holy See (the Vatican) is a Christian theocracy. Nor is there a Christian counterpart to Sharia as a religious basis for civil law. Nonetheless there are approximately 30 states where Christianity, or a particular Christian church, is singled out for a unique legal status or described as the traditional or leading faith. These include the Church of England, the Lutheran churches in Scandinavia, the Orthodox churches of Greece and Georgia, and the Roman Catholic Church in Argentina (Constitution, Article 2: “The Federal Government supports the Roman Catholic Apostolic religion.”), Costa Rica, Panama, Malta, Monaco, Liechtenstein, and others. For example, the Lateran Treaties regulating relations with the Vatican are affirmed in the Italian Constitution (Article 7). The Constitution of Georgia states (Article 9(1)) that “State shall recognise the outstanding role of the Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Georgia in the history of Georgia and its independence from the State.” Several other states grant de facto primacy to a church without formal legal sanction, with the primacy accorded the Russian Orthodox Church a notable example. Finally there are many secular countries where Christian morality and heritage are central to national identity and state policy. Even the United States once prided itself on calling itself a Christian nation, in substance if not in law, in the words of many prominent statesmen well into the 20th century.

The flags of about 20 countries include specifically Islamic symbols, either the crescent moon or the shahada statement of faith (notably on the flag of Saudi Arabia). About 30 national flags carry a depiction of the Christian cross, with an additional dozen or so if naval ensigns are counted (for example the Saint Andrew’s cross on the flags of the Russian and Belgian fleets, and the Saint George’s cross on the ensigns of India, South Africa, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Trinidad and Tobago, and others whose civil flags do not display a cross).

What would be the purpose of a Christian version of the OIC? (For purposes of discussion, let’s call it the “Organisation of Christian Cooperation,” or the OCC.) Let’s take a leaf from the OIC and paraphrase: the mission of the OCC would be to –

“… protect the vital interests of Christians and to work for the settlement of conflicts and disputes involving Member States. In safeguarding the true values of Christianity and Christians, the OCC will take various steps to remove misperceptions and strongly advocate elimination of discrimination against Christians in all forms and manifestations.”

That would be a pretty good start, wouldn’t it? We could perhaps begin inside some of the nominally Christian countries, like the United Kingdom, where a spokesman for the government of Prime Minister Theresa May recently refused to confirm that publicly affirming the divinity of Jesus Christ could not land a person in jail for “hate speech.” The notion that simple expression of Christian belief and adherence to Christian moral principles, notably in the area of sexuality, constitutes hate has become a global phenomenon. No other religion’s believers are routinely defamed in this way.

Of course, as with the OIC a prospective OCC could and should be vocal on international issues. Starting in the 1990s, it began to be apparent even in polite, secular company that persecution of Christians was rampant in some countries, and that indeed more Christians died for their faith in the 20th century alone than in all the 19 centuries preceding it.

To come to grips with anti-Christian persecution, the U.S. Congress enacted the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, which in implementation unfortunately soon veered towards promoting generic “religious liberty” and away from countering actual persecution – chiefly of Christians at the hands of communist regimes (mainly in the past) and Muslim militants (now).

Perhaps Christian persecution would be a good topic for an Organisation of Christian Cooperation to raise with the OIC, asking it as an intergovernmental organization to take forceful action to “remove misperceptions” that Islam is intolerant by insisting that all persecution of and discrimination against Christians by Muslims cease!

After all, even the Administration of President Barack Obama, who proudly declared that the U.S. was no longer “just” a Christian nation, was eventually shamed into declaring that the Islamic State was committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria (though Secretary of State John Kerry took care to put Yazidis first, and then added Shia Muslims and others to avoid any appearance of caring about Christians in particular). In “safeguarding the true values of Islam and the Muslims” the OIC rarely has taken note of maltreatment of Christians. If an OCC comes into being, it must vigorously champion persecuted Christians.

Another example where Member States of a future OCC could make a positive contribution is help with postwar reconstruction in Syria, including the rebuilding of churches. The Russian government has pledged its assistance with the participation of the Orthodox Church and religious organizations. Why shouldn’t other Christian countries pitch in – not just in generic reconstruction aid but specifically to help maintain Christians in the region where Christianity was born? This kind of effort would be relevant not only in Syria but across the Middle East.

Which countries might be candidates to join a hypothetical Organisation of Christian Cooperation?

Again, let’s look at the OIC, the membership of which mainly consists of countries with a Muslim majority but also includes eight countries where Muslims are a minority: Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guyana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Suriname, Togo, and Uganda. Russia and Thailand, which are majority Christian and Buddhist respectively but have significant Muslim minorities, are OIC Observers. Thus a future OCC should not only welcome all majority Christian countries – including some that may also belong to the OIC – but others where Christians are numerically or socially significant.

For example, while South Korea is only about one-third Christian, Christians form a solid majority of that country’s citizens participating in organized religious activities. About thirty countries in sub-Saharan Africa would be obvious OCC Member State candidates, as would virtually all of Latin America. China and India, where Christian minorities outnumber the total populations of many majority-Christian countries, should certainly be welcomed as Members or Observers. Paradoxically, the main reluctance is likely to be found among such historically Christian countries as Britain, France, Germany, the Low Countries, Scandinavia, and – alas! – the U.S. and Canada, where the forces of militant secularism have become increasingly intolerant of any indication of Christian public identity among officialdom.

That leaves the question of which states might take the initiative in forming an Organisation of Christian Cooperation.

The Vatican would be an obvious key player but might not want to take the lead to avoid perceptions that the OCC might become a mechanism for Roman Catholic influence. The same could be said for Russia, whose leadership could be taken to be a front for Russia’s narrow state interests. But it should be noted that both the Holy See and the Kremlin have indicated their willingness to partner in defense of Europe’s historic Christian identity and social mores. What is notable is that this is state-to-state discourse, not just religious dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches.

Perhaps the most promising current trend is the revival of national traditions that incorporate Christian consciousness in Central Europe. For example, Poland’s new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has declared: “My dream is to make [Europe] Christian again, since unfortunately, in many places, people no longer sing Christmas carols, the churches are empty and are turning into museums, and this is very sad.” Likewise, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (a Protestant in a majority Roman Catholic country) has spoken out boldly and eloquently in defense of the Christian character of his own country but of Europe as a whole, as well as of Christians persecuted in the Middle East:

A great many times over the course of our history we Hungarians have had to fight to remain Christian and Hungarian. For centuries we fought on our homeland’s southern borders, defending the whole of Christian Europe, while in the twentieth century we were the victims of the communist dictatorship’s persecution of Christians. … For us, therefore, it is today a cruel, absurd joke of fate for us to be once again living our lives as members of a community under siege. For wherever we may live around the world – whether we’re Roman Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians or Copts – we are members of a common body, and of a single, diverse and large community.

Our mission is to preserve and protect this community. … Today it is a fact that Christianity is the world’s most persecuted religion. It is a fact that 215 million Christians in 108 countries around the world are suffering some form of persecution. It is a fact that four out of every five people oppressed due to their religion are Christians. It is a fact that in Iraq in 2015 a Christian was killed every five minutes because of their religious belief. It is a fact that we see little coverage of these events in the international press, and it is also a fact that one needs a magnifying glass to find political statements condemning the persecution of Christians.

But the world’s attention needs to be drawn to the crimes that have been committed against Christians in recent years. The world should understand that in fact today’s persecutions of Christians foreshadow global processes. The world should understand that the forced expulsion of Christian communities and the tragedies of families and children living in some parts of the Middle East and Africa have a wider significance: in fact they threaten our European values. The world should understand that what is at stake today is nothing less than the future of the European way of life, and of our identity.’

As the neo-liberal international order (symbolized by twin EU and NATO bureaucratic centers in Brussels) continue their decline, a revival of the national – and dare we hope, Christian? – spirit may be possible even in Europe. Such a revival could be an important impetus to creating an Organisation of Christian Cooperation, and in turn an OCC could help encourage that revival. This is not to minimize historic animosities even among Christians. The Polish-Russian and Croatian-Serbian enmities come readily to mind.

But if Iranians and Saudis can come together when the practical needs of Muslims per se require it, can Christians do any less? Does Christianity’s Founder, Who commanded His followers to love one another, expect any less from us? Perhaps an OCC could itself become a catalyst for reconciliation among Christians as much as a voice within the global community.

We can maybe even dare to hope that the United States is not quite lost. After all, Barack Hussein Obama is out, Donald John Trump is in. He’s even told Americans it’s alright to say “Merry Christmas!” again. If an Organisation of Christian Cooperation were to be formed, Melania Trump would make a great honorary patroness!

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The Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation Is No Longer A Force On The World Stage

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