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Islam, Christian Persecution, and the War on the West

Dec 5, 2016

We should not be very surprised that Christians and other infidels are being attacked and killed in the West by those from the religion of peace. After all, in Muslim majority countries this is common practice. Indeed, the number one source of anti-Christian hate and persecution is Islam.

It is because Islam is so unaccepting of other religions and demands that all infidels convert, die, or become dhimmis, that we in the West have every right to be concerned about Islamic immigration. Those who do not adhere to political Islam and wish to embrace the values and the beliefs of the West may be welcome, but those who refuse to adopt, but want to turn the West into a replica of the hellholes they have come from are not.

Both the persecution of Christians in Muslim nations and the death of Westerners in the West by Muslims has again been big news in today’s press – or at least some of the press. Consider the first issue: the widespread and wholesale persecution of Christians throughout the world.

No prizes for guessing where most of this is occurring. As the Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report makes clear, Islam again leads the way in this area. The report – the 13th edition – is put out by the British-based Aid to the Church in Need.

An executive summary of the report can be found here: religion-freedom-report.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Religious-Freedom-in-the-World-Executive-Summary-2016.pdf

If one examines the top seven nations responsible for the persecution of Christians, we find North Korea and six Muslim majority nations. It was said of these nations that the persecution is so extreme that “it “could scarcely get any worse”. These countries are: Afghanistan, Iraq (northern), Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Syria.

Let me share just one other key finding of the report:

WHY ARE PEOPLE BEING PERSECUTED?
Of the 23 countries that showed high levels of persecution…
-In 16 countries the persecution was linked to extremist Islam – 1) Afghanistan, 2) Bangladesh, 3) Indonesia, 4) Iraq, 5) Kenya, 6) Libya, 7) Niger, 8) Nigeria, 9) Palestinian Territories, 10) Pakistan, 11) Saudi Arabia, 12) Somalia, 13) Sudan, 14) Syria, 15) Tanzania, 16) Yemen
-In 6 of the remaining countries the persecution was attributed to authoritarian regimes – 1) Burma, 2) China, 3) Eritrea, 4) North Korea, 5) Turkmenistan, 6) Uzbekistan

But the sad news is, whenever large scale Muslim immigration takes place in the West, we also have plenty of cases of Christians and others being attacked and killed, all in the name of Allah. I often reported on some of these tragic incidents on this site.

ladenburger-1It is alarming how many of them have to do with Muslim “refugees” who have been allowed into the West. The latest case which is getting some press coverage concerns the rape and murder of 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger.

What might shake some things up a bit – finally – is the fact that she also happens to be the daughter of a senior EU official. Here is how one news report covers the story:

Maria Ladenburger, the daughter of a high-ranking EU official, was returning from a party in the university city of Freiburg in Germany when she was assaulted on a cycle path. She was raped and then drowned before her body was found in the River Dreisam. The shocking incident happened on October 16 but details have only been released after an arrest on Friday.
The suspect, an Afghan migrant, was caught after police found DNA on a scarf near the path. The scarf reportedly belonged to Maria. They also found a strand of hair on a nearby blackberry bush. Officers then trawled CCTV to find people with a similar hairstyle, which led them to the suspect.
Following his arrest the suspect, aged 17, pleaded guilty to the attack and will be sentenced next year. However, prosecutors say he can still change his plea and it’s unknown if he has admitted raping Maria. The unnamed migrant arrived in Germany last year as an unaccompanied minor and lived with a local family in the city.

Another news item looks at the broader political situation in Germany:

The news comes ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU conservative party conference in which she sets out her claim to a fourth term in office next year, against a rising tide of anger at her open-door refugee policy. Crime among unaccompanied male refugee has in general been on the rise of late.
In picturesque Garmisch-Partenkirchen the mayor recently wrote to Bavarian state authorities pleading for help in dealing with them at a hostel, while a nationwide alcohol ban has been imposed at all their accommodation centres. Mrs Merkel will attempt to bolster support for her stance on refugees this week, but still refuses to say what a final limit might be.

All around the West we have a strong reaction to what appears to be uncontrolled Muslim immigration into the West, and so many Islamic terrorist attacks occurring on Western streets. The Brexit vote and the surprising Trump win are but two examples of this, and more are expected.

Some are even saying that the Dutch political landscape might shift big time and conservative politician Geert Wilders might become Prime Minister. In France another conservative politician, Marine Le Pen is also doing very well in polling. People are tired of what is often open slather on immigration, and the refusal of so many Muslim immigrants to seek to fit in and adopt to the host cultures.

In the meantime more non-Muslims are being attacked and killed, creeping sharia continues to spread in the West, and most of our gutless leaders are afraid to do anything about it. That is why so many people are voting them out of office.

Consider just one shocking headline from the UK: “Britain BANS heroic bishops: Persecuted Christian leaders from war zones refused entry”. The story begins:

Three archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles. The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral.
Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas. The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and the Prime Minister sent personal messages of congratulations. Prince Charles, who has previously described the persecution of the Christians in the Middle East as a “tragedy”, used his address to highlight the suffering of Syrian Christians.
But the welcome did not extend to Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul, nor 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 event on November 24. The UK also refused to grant a visa to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, the Archbishop of Homs and Hama in Syria.

The Barnabas Fund, which deals with the persecuted church, said this:

UK visas: YES to radical Islamists, NO to Christian archbishops
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….
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.

It is as if the West wants Islam to succeed, and is willing itself to a slow but certain death, along with the death of Christianity. In the face of such despicable “leadership” we can only hope that the conservative revolution continues to sweep through the West. It is long overdue.

www.express.co.uk/news/world/739620/Maria-Ladenburger-murder-EU-official-daughter-killed-by-refugee-Aghan
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3998478/Teenage-Afghan-immigrant-arrested-Germany-murder-medical-student.html
www.express.co.uk/news/uk/739563/Christians-leaders-persecuted-bishops-Iraq-Syria-visas-UK
www.barnabasaid.org/news/Editorial-UK-visas-YES-to-radical-Islamists-NO-to-Christian-archbishops

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7 Responses to Islam, Christian Persecution, and the War on the West

  • I am wild about Maria Ladenburger’s rape and murder, and the continuing persecution of Christians. I am in many ways a frightened coward, but when things like this happen, I feel like putting on a uniform.

  • Hi Bill, it is persecution by stealth. I do feel sorry for Angela Merkel. She obviously has a good heart and from what I’m led to believe comes from a Christian background. The way the refugee intake into Germany blew up in her face has sent shivers throughout the rest of the Western World. In Paris and in London there are muslim enclaves which are “no go” areas for non muslims. And we’re seeing the same thing starting to develop here in Melbourne & Sydney. Bill, I don’t see why we as Australians have to keep apologising, molly coddling, and making concessions for the muslims who emigrate here and then blow us up. As you’ve so rightly highlighted, they are the ones in the U.K. & other parts of the West, getting looked after whilst legitimate Christian visitors are being denied entry. Vladimir Putin & his administration must look at us and our muslim problems and shake their heads in amusement!

  • I have just read Rev. David Wangs’ 2013 book Christian China And The Light Of The World (Regal) which repeats what has been said by others, that persecution is good for Christs’ people, it makes the church grow. Not popular theology! As believers we have to read the Bible totally and that includes Revelation 6 where Christ Himself breaks the seals on the book of history and releases powers that “take peace from the earth” and so that “men kill one another”. Yes, “gutless ‘leadership’ ” indeed – because willingly or by irresistible power of spiritual darkness, oblivious to the mind of God who created all things. We ask why it is happening now, but may not like the responsibility that we have to face – the church – apart from a relatively small number – has spent its’ years arguing, being unfaithful in all the areas Christ covered in the beatitudes and has thus been relatively powerless to call down mercy from a holy God, except in desperate times of extreme necessity e.g. during WW1 & 2. Do we need to view this state of things concerning radical Islam as someone (CSL?) said “God whispers in our pleasures and shouts in our extremities.” Why should we not justly, be subjugated by Mohammed when we abort the blood of millions of innocents in the womb financing this from the population, the electors of our governments. God Himself took a body via a womb, and did in Himself, on the Cross, that which rights all wrongs but how much faithfulness do we exhibit to the power of that sacrifice of holy love, 2000 years later. There must be an end to this. (I am a regular contributor to Barnabas Fund – whose founder has been subjected to intense legal persecution). The Spirit and the Bride say “Come, Lord Jesus” and His reply is “I am coming soon.” “In wrath, remember mercy…”

  • @Robert
    “….that persecution is good for Christs’ people, it makes the church grow.”
    Unfortunately not in every instance.
    Thanks to the efforts of Spanish and Portuguese Catholic missionaries, Japan in the 16-17th centuries actually had a fairly substantial Christian population. Then came the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. He distrusted Christianity, viewing it as a threat to Japan’s order and as a part of a European ploy to take over Japan (the failed Shimabara Rebellion that was led by a young Catholic did not help). He ordered Christianity be banned and Japan to be isolated from the world. Foreign missionaries and some Japanese Christians were deported out of Japan. Many other remaining Japanese Christians then came under severe persecution, with torture and executions.
    In this instance, the persecution did not result in growth, but suppression. Some survive by becoming ‘hidden Christians’ but their religious practice cannot be recognised as any orthodox form of Christianity. Today Japan remains one of the least Christian countries in the world. And part of the reason I think is that they did ‘successfully’ suppress Christianity before.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Catholic_Church_in_Japan

  • In response to Kevin Nairn: Why exactly do you “feel sorry” for Angela Merkel? She is a blind, clueless and reckless political hack who has lead her country, and by extension the rest of western Europe into catastrophe. Anybody familiar with the primitive, chauvinist, anti-feminist, anti-Western mindset of Islam could have foreseen disaster from the policy of allowing one million displaced Syrians and other assorted hangers-on, into Germany. What is happening in Europe today is nothing less than the invasion of a 21st century continent by a 14th century religious tyranny, and Merkel has underwritten this.

    Merkel should never have been allowed to become the leader of Germany’s supposedly “conservative” Christian Democrats. She was a washed-up Marxist technocrat from the former East Germany who was asked to become leader of the CDU as misguided gesture of “reconciliation” between the two Germanies. Not only was her decision to open the floodgates to these “people” grossly in error, and predictably so, she has compounded her error by refusing to abandon her calamitous open-door policy even after it has been discredited, instead attacking her own German people with the usual left-wing bile of “racism” and “Islamophobia” which now greets anybody who dares to speak inconvenient truth. All of this from a woman who leads a supposed “centre-right” party!

    There is absolutely no reason to feel sorry for her; she is a deeply contemptible figure.

  • Persecution is not always good for the Church! Look at Turkey, North Africa, Egypt, Syria etc once Christian now moslem. Merkel is beyond contempt. Any christians? Who invites a religion in to their country, that says Jesus was NOT crucified? Is the dna of judas iscariot running in their veins? Maybe Merkel sleeps with satans’ bible the koran next to her bedside?

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