Unforgivable silence

Too few are crying out for justice for persecuted Christians worldwide

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On Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, there is a Coptic Orthodox church. Perhaps you’ve driven past it many times. Its members trace their faith’s roots to some of the earliest Christians.

Of the church’s many blessings, one is especially important. It is blessed to exist in a country that takes pride in extending to all citizens a freedom to peacefully practice whatever religion they choose.

Christians in the Middle East, however, face a bloody, polar-opposite reality.

Coptic Christians ringing in the 2011 new year in Alexandria, Egypt, were bombed by Islamic terrorists at Two Saints Church. Twenty-three people died; about 100 were injured.

The year before, Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad, Iraq, was attacked during Mass. Fifty-eight Chaldean Catholics died; hundreds more were wounded.

Members of the ISIS terrorist organization who have taken control of portions of Iraq and Syria recently gave a grim set of choices to Iraqi Christians in the northern city of Mosul: Leave the city with nothing; stay and pay a fine; convert to Islam; or die.

Last September, the Somali Islamic militant group al-Shabab invaded a Nairobi, Kenya, shopping mall, and very deliberately separated Muslims from non-Muslims at gunpoint. Muslims were allowed to go free, while non-Muslims – if they couldn’t correctly answer questions about Islam – were killed.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist group has murdered, by one estimate, more than 1,500 Christians so far this year, and have burned churches to the ground.

With such savagery unleashed on Christians around the world, you’d think President Obama – the leader of a nation containing more than 246 million Christians – would take an impassioned public stand on behalf of all these dead and threatened innocents.

He hasn’t. But we hear he threw a lovely iftar dinner July 14 to mark the end of a day’s fasting during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

By doing that, he has appeared to have devoted more American money and resources toward respecting Islam in this country than toward directly addressing the plight of fatally persecuted Christians in the Mideast, particularly in Syria and Iraq.

He hasn’t even directly spoken to the American people about this blood-soaked injustice – and this is a president who never seems to tire of talking in front of a live video camera.

The State Department has been slightly more forthcoming, issuing its annual International Religious Freedom Report on July 28. It specifically cited Syria, where “the Christian presence is becoming a shadow of its former self.”

Far too few people worldwide are fueling an outcry in response to the oppressive violence and harassment being endured by some of the world’s oldest Christian communities. And it’s unconscionable that the countries allowing such violence are still allowed any level of participation on the world stage.

Ed West, deputy editor of The Catholic Herald, has pointed out that the 2022 World Cup is scheduled to take place in the Muslim nation of Qatar, where converting to Christianity carries a penalty of death. Should that level of religious intolerance be rewarded by lavishing on Qatar the prestige and financial windfall of playing host to the world’s largest and most prestigious soccer tournament?

There’s a quote often misattributed to Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The lack of a definitive source, however, doesn’t make the words any less true. Every nation that embraces freedom should rise and stand with oppressed Christians everywhere.

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jomojo
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jomojo 08/05/14 - 12:47 am
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Persecuted People

Too few are crying out for justice for persecuted people worldwide, including persecuted Christians.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/05/14 - 05:42 am
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I agree with jomojo.

I agree with jomojo. Depending on where you are, you could be persecuted for being Buddhist, Christian (or the wrong kind of Christian), Muslim (or the wrong kind of Muslim), or any other religion, by race, nationality, or for any number of reasons. Why single out one group when no one should be persecuted for any reason?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/05/14 - 06:13 am
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Love It!

Thumbs down for suggesting no one should be persecuted! Obviously someone is in favor of persecution. Just goes to show, there are people who hate just for the sake of hating. So much for the "Love your neighbor as yourself". Whoever put the thumbs down really must think that's just a bunch of worthless mumbo jumbo.

YeSun Wiltse
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YeSun Wiltse 08/05/14 - 06:36 am
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We would have a totally

We would have a totally different administration under the leadership of Mitt Romney leading U.S. policies had Christians voted based on a man's character and accomplishment, but so many Christians refused to vote for him simply because they couldn't vote for a Mormon. I am 100% positive, Romney would have been a proactive leader and would address the persecution of Christians around the world.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/05/14 - 06:48 am
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So what's new?

Muslims kill Jews, Jews kill Muslims, Christians kill each other.
Everyone's a martyr, and the beat goes on.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/05/14 - 07:44 am
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Notice how the Pope is silent....

Notice how the Pope is silent on the extermination of Christians in the Muslim world while chastising Israel for the deaths of civilians held hostage by Hamas.

Also, notice how the academic world is raising up against Israel and standing for Hamas. This shows a lack of ethical grounding of the faculty and students. Since they have not studied history of Western Civilization and have shun religious teachings they do not understand the world because they are ignorant and are led around by the nose.

For the last couple of generations America has lost its ethical grounding because it has been brainwashed to believing moral relativism and that all religions are equal. That has caused scales to cover their eyes when evil arises as it has in the Muslim world.

Not only does this affect the academic world it affects who we send to represent us in our Congress and presidency. Just look at the leftists/statists Democrats in DC. They are the epitome of the results of this upbringing in moral relativity and lack of grounding in Western Civilization education.

It's a shame that there is so much ignorance in America today when the internet and other things are available to learn. The young people today don't read newspapers. They get their information about events from the Daily Show and the Comedy Channel.

It has been said that ignorance is bliss----we now have the most blissful generations who ever existed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 07:59 am
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and they are running our world

"we now have the most blissful generations who ever existed."

So, what is the answer dee?

carcraft
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carcraft 08/05/14 - 08:10 am
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Well EEL, Marxists kills

Well EEL, Marxists kills capitalist ( or any one that doesn't agree with them) to the tune of over 600 million people killed and millions more tortured and disfigured in one century alone!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 08:22 am
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EEL

Sometimes I agree with you & sometimes not......I think religion has caused MANY problems in our world....yaknow, like kill & go to heaven & have virgins galore kind of thingy...

I see your point at times...no one has all the answers---NO ONE.

Yesterday I saw Isis shooting a bunch of guys in the head & dropping the bodies in a ditch....if that is their religion, I don't want any of it.

Maybe, slowly we are working our way toward a new kind of world.....maybe one day we will be able to mesh our ideas together...sadly, not in our lifetime though.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/05/14 - 08:40 am
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"Sometimes I agree..."

Thank you seenitB4, for that acknowledgement. I do believe that moral and ethical distinctions can be made between the behavior of Islamists on the one hand and Christians and Jews on the other. Notice I say "behavior." I reject the claim that those distinctions inhere in the religions themselves; they stem more from social, cultural, and geo-political factors. I also agree that NO ONE has all the answers. But you see, that's the problem. The ones who believe they, or usually their religion, have all the answers are absolutists. They are convinced they do know all the answers. So many of the posters here are Christian absolutists. I am indeed a relativist, and proud of it. Given the realities of the world as it is, relativism seems to me the only "relatively" defensible intellectual position.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 09:02 am
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have all the answers are absolutists.

They are on both side eel....my way or the highway types...& we have to dodge the bullets from both.

burninater
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burninater 08/05/14 - 09:38 am
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Just think of the tens of

Just think of the tens of thousands of Central American Christian children at the border that America has been given the opportunity to help.

The countries they have fled include the most violent countries on the planet.

What an incredible opportunity to break the unforgivable silence.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 09:44 am
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burn...answer me please

HOW MANY can we take in B4 going under??

Be honest please....if we take any & all the dam will break & MILLIONS will be on the boat for AMERICA...you know that as well as I do...we CAN NOT DO IT without becoming a 3rd world country here..GEEZ

burninater
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burninater 08/05/14 - 09:49 am
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If America cannot handle a

If America cannot handle a larger population without becoming a 3rd world country, then we had better stop all reproduction within our borders immediately.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 09:52 am
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Most have stopped reproducing

Many workers have stopped already burn....we can NOT support MORE & take care of all the freebies given to those who are reproducing...alas, that is the problem....The non workers are having more children.
How many MILLIONS can we take in?? just give me an answer to that.

burninater
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burninater 08/05/14 - 10:04 am
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"How many MILLIONS can we

"How many MILLIONS can we take in?? just give me an answer to that."
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I'm not a soothsayer, seenit.

But according to the continual growth requirement of capitalism, the more we take in, the richer we become.

How do you know these children are not intelligent, talented, and hard-working?

We've spent trillions on "spreading democracy" around the globe to people that don't want it, but when people expend their own resources and show their own initiative to come here to share in democracy, we scream "illegals!" and turn them away as fast as we can? How ridiculous is that?

carcraft
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carcraft 08/05/14 - 10:06 am
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I think that much of the

I think that much of the violence we see from Islamist is more an acceptance of ideology based on , in many cases, a radical interpretation of Islam. Many of the 9-11 hijackers were well educated in Universities in Europe and America, Dr. Nidal Hasan was American raised and educated. Anwar al-Awlaki was largely educated in America relieving an Engineering degree from Colorado State U and studying at San Diego university and George Washington U.. Many of these folks have received extensive western Education but choose radicalism.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/05/14 - 10:35 am
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America has added $7 trillion

America has added $7 trillion under Obama so far and $4 trillion under Bush to our national debt. We are broke and cities have declared bankruptcy. So yes let's keep funding healthy people who won't work and pay women to keep having babies so we can add more to welfare rolls. I know my house hold budget would work well if all I ever did was keep piling up debt. I do believe Obama once called this type of behavior morally irresponsible until he got the check book!

burninater
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burninater 08/05/14 - 11:29 am
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Carcraft, when it comes to

Carcraft, when it comes to caring for people, most of what we are adding to the debt is spent on Social Security and Medicare, not on working-age folks immigrant or otherwise.

Social security:

"The Trustees project that this annual cash-flow deficit will average about $77 billion between 2014 and 2018 before rising steeply as income growth slows to its sustainable trend rate after the economic recovery is complete while the number of beneficiaries continues to grow at a substantially faster rate than the number of covered workers."

"The projected 75-year actuarial deficit for the combined Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds is 2.88 percent of taxable payroll, up from 2.72 percent projected in last year’s report. This deficit amounts to 22 percent of program non-interest income or 17 percent of program cost."

Medicare:

"The projected HI Trust Fund’s long-term actuarial imbalance is smaller than that of the combined Social Security trust funds under the assumptions employed in this report. The estimated 75-year actuarial deficit in the HI Trust Fund is 0.87 percent of taxable payroll, down from 1.11 percent projected in last year’s report. The HI fund again fails the test of short-range financial adequacy, as its trust fund ratio is already below 100 percent and is expected to decline continuously until reserve depletion in 2030."

http://www.ssa.gov/oact/trsum/

It is not people entering the workforce that are the problem.

Legalize them and tax their labor. Not only does this grow the economy, but it helps pay to "take care of" our massive retirement age population.

Angela H
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Angela H 08/05/14 - 01:53 pm
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"If America cannot handle a

"If America cannot handle a larger population without becoming a 3rd world country, then we had better stop all reproduction within our borders immediately."

Current reproduction rate in the US is down to 2 children per couple. Done.

--edit....sorry. 2.01 children per couple. ALMOST done.

burninater
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burninater 08/05/14 - 01:57 pm
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"Gee, burn, if these children

"Gee, burn, if these children are so talented and intelligent, wouldn't their parents and grandparents be as well? So why are their countries in such bad shape?"
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Because their countries lack the democratic and economic institutions that have produced American success.

Americans do not succeed because they represent some form of superior breed, and residents of third world countries do not struggle because they represent some kind of degenerate breed.

The success of individual citizens can only occur in a political and economic system that allows that success.

KSL
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KSL 08/05/14 - 02:05 pm
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And Obama is trying his best

And Obama is trying his best to try to change that.

Angela H
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Angela H 08/05/14 - 02:12 pm
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Fundamentally transform....as

Fundamentally transform....as he promised.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 08/05/14 - 02:30 pm
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Freedom of religion is

Freedom of religion is something that was rare at one time, and early adopters were the United States, where people could come together and be assured of certain rights that allowed them to live together while worshipping separately. Today much of the world supports this model of government, but not everywhere does. Are we to go nation building in the rest of the world?

Can you imagine this stance being taken in the year 1800? We have to go to war with Italy because only Catholicism is tolerated. Actually, we have to go to war with a great many nations, because only a few accept freedom of religion. Today, there are many nations that support freedom of religion, and a guarantee of some civil rights.

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myfather15 08/05/14 - 02:37 pm
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Burn at 2:57 pm

Finally a post I can agree with him on!! These people ALLOW their Countries to be ran by tyrants, who supress them!!

Kinda like America did before 1776!!

Angela H
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Angela H 08/05/14 - 02:39 pm
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" but so many Christians

" but so many Christians refused to vote for him simply because they couldn't vote for a Mormon."

You ARE aware that Mormons ARE Christians.....aren't you? Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/05/14 - 02:41 pm
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No Bod, you get a thumbs down because.......

This is an article trying to bring attention to the fact that Christians are being murdered all over the world; and YOU want to refocus the attention and draw attention away from the Christians, by mentioning all these other people being oppressed.

Is it possible to focus on Christians for just an article? Or is that asking too much? Would that be considered bigotry?

Angela H
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Angela H 08/05/14 - 02:45 pm
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Myfather....I made a post

Myfather....I made a post that pretty much said the same thing, and it got removed. I'm not sure what is going on. No explaination was given.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/05/14 - 02:45 pm
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Angela

Yes, but many "traditional" Christians, believe mormon beliefs are ridiculous and don't trust them!! In 2012 many of my cousin's actually announced on facebook they would not be voting in the election, because they could NOT vote for a mormon and certainly weren't voting for Obama!! I agrued with them adamently, but couldn't budge their beliefs.

They just told me I would have to do what I thought was right, and they will do what they think is right and they were not voting!!

Angela H
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Angela H 08/05/14 - 02:48 pm
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Did you thank them for voting

Did you thank them for electing Obama?

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