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The number of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, the greater Middle East, continues to plummet months after the Islamic State, which waged a genocidal campaign against Christians, lost its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, Breitbart News learned from various experts, including an archbishop.
“Unfortunately, it can be stated that the Islamic State group’s anti-Christian campaign was very successful in Iraq, and to a certain extent, successful in Syria,” John Hajjar, the co-chair of the American Mideast Coalition for Democracy (AMCD) and co-director of the Middle East Christian Committee (MECHRIC), told Breitbart News.
“I think we have no more hope,”Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the diocesan legate in America’s capital and ecumenical director for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church of America, also told Breitbart News, referring to the future of Christianity in its Middle East cradle. “Middle East Christians have no nation that protects them openly.”
The number of Christians in Middle East-North Africa (MENA), as a component of the overall Muslim-majority population, has dropped substantially — from about ten percent in 1900 to between two and four percent now.
There are different estimates for the overall number of Christians that vary from about 12 million in the Middle East alone to about 20 million in MENA, Breitbart News learned from the experts and data from U.S. government and independent sources.
“The future for Christians right now is terrible — a Middle East without Christians. We are going to have churches without Christians as museums for tourists. There will be no Christians left,” the archbishop warned, echoing other analysts who have constantly cautioned that Christianity is on the verge of extinction in the Middle East.
“The number of Christians in the Middle East has already dropped extensively,” he further declared, accusing church leaders of inflating the actual numbers of Christ followers in the region to minimize the fact that Christianity is on the brink of extinction.
The bishop urged U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to do even more to help Middle East Christians.
Contradicting assertions by the Trump administration, the Church leader said, “People are not coming back. I can assure you that nobody will go back.”
The Trump administration has disbursed billions in funding to help victims of ISIS genocide, namely Christians and Yazidis, but the bishop told Breitbart News it is “not enough.”
“Trump is going to be a hero for the Christians in the Middle East if he takes more action,” he said.
Addressing President Trump, Archbishop Aykazian added, “Please help the Christians. They need your help and once you move one of your fingers the entire Arabic world will thank you. If he does such a thing, it is going to change everything. If he doesn’t, they will suffer.”
“The ball is in Trump’s court,” he further said.
In Iraq, which experts say has experienced the most dramatic drop in Christians due to jihadis and Iran-allied groups, Aykazian told Breitbart News that number has decreased from 1.6 million to less than 100,000, marking a drop of more than 90 percent.
“A similar situation is taking place in Syria’s Aleppo where there has also been a drop of more than 90 percent in Christians, from 360,000 to about 25,000 now,” he said, noting, “The church leaders don’t want to say those statements because they fear their followers will be disillusioned.”
ISIS’s genocide campaign targeted religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, primarily Christians and Yazidis, killing tens of thousands of them and taking some hostages as sex slaves.
“They [Christians] realized just how insecure they are,” Nina Shea, a religious freedom expert at the Hudson Institute, told Breitbart News. “Their own governments fail to protect them, and ISIS gained popular support within some neighboring major Sunni areas, like Mosul.”
Archbishop Aykazian said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “so far has been the best leader in the Middle East for defending Christians.” he said, adding, “The biggest Christian majorities are in Egypt.”
Shea pointed out, “Egypt retains ten million Coptic Christians. That is the only place where I see a certain future for them [Christians].”
“In a generation, Egypt may be the only remaining country with a robust Christian community that traces its roots to the earliest Christian church,” Shea added. “Elsewhere in the Middle East, only remnants of these ancient communities may survive.”
Nevertheless, Shea and the bishop acknowledged that, even in Egypt, Christians are confronting the spread of Sunni extremism and anti-Christian bigotry. The ongoing war against Islamic terrorism continues to kill, wound, and push Christians out of their historical homelands in the greater Middle East, even in Egypt.
“More recently, after the Arab Spring and with the rise of ISIS, tens of thousands of Christians were killed in Iraq and Syria,” Hajjar said. “Close to 1 million Christians in the region have gone into exile.”
“Following multiple terrorist attacks in Egypt against the Copts, many Christian Egyptians also emigrated from their country,” Hajjar continued. “We can estimate that more than 25-30 percent of Christians in the Middle East have been affected by the recent wars and conflicts.”
The experts also attributed the ongoing demise of Christianity in the Middle East to certain governments’ disdain towards followers of Christianity and their refusal to protect them.
In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly designated Christians as “enemies of the state.” In Iraq, the country that experienced the sharpest drop in the number of Christ followers in recent years, Baghdad-sanctioned Iran-allied Shiite militias have reportedly taken Christian lands and are harassing them.
Referring to the countries that have experienced the largest decline in Christians, Hajjar named Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Lebanon. Similar to Hajjar’s list, the bishop said, “Iraq is number one, Lebanon is number two, and Syria is number three.”
The experts conceded that the Trump administration had done more to help Middle East Christians than his predecessor, but they argued that Christians are far from protected and more can be done.
Imagine what would happen if a conservative organization went public with a cry for black genocide? What if they warned white people that dating or associating with black Americans was wrong and would not be tolerated? What if those declarations were made at a public event in front of hundreds of people?
Every black activist would be screaming racism and hate crime. Every liberal Democrat would be calling for legal action based on racial discrimination, hate language and inciting public violence. The liberal mainstream media would be all over it like flies on a pile of dead fish. Everyone would be in a huge uproar.
Welcome to today’s America. It’s ironic that the same liberals who would promote the rights of black Americans to call for the genocide of all whites are the same ones who preach ‘social justice’, when in fact they only want preferential treatment and privileges for the far left over normal conservative Americans.
In today’s America, it’s perfectly acceptable to blaspheme against God, Jesus, the Bible and Christianity, but dare say anything against Islam and you’re instantly labeled to be a hater, a racist, a bigot and an Islamophobe. You can say anything you want against traditional marriage and abstinence, but dare anything against homosexuality, including how God says it’s a sin in the Bible, and you’re once again labeled a hater, a racist and a homophobe.
Teachers can stand up in front of a classroom of kids and trash talk God, Jesus, Christianity, America, patriotism, traditional moral values, parental rights, white history and anything else that helped shape America and made it great and nothing happens to them. Let one teacher even suggest evolution is questionable and they are reassigned or fired. Let a teacher say anything against Islam, black history or gay rights and wow, the proverbial manure hits the fan.
An entire classroom can complain about a teacher speaking out against many of the good things in America and nothing happens to the teacher, but let one student complain about a teacher promoting the good things about America and American history and again, everything hits the fan.
So, what should be done when black activist leaders stand up and threaten other blacks if they date a white person? What should happen if black activist leaders call for the complete genocide of white people?
In a report from the Toronto Sun:
“A co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto argued that white people are ‘recessive genetic defects’ and purportedly mused about how the race could be ‘wiped out,’ according to a post on what appears to be her Facebook page…”
“Khogali has a track record of inflammatory, divisive rhetoric.”
“Only last week during a protest in front of the US consulate Khogali shouted into a microphone ‘Justin Trudeau is a white supremacist terrorist’ and urged the crowd to ‘rise up and fight back’.”
“‘Look at us, we have the numbers,’ she said.”
“She also faced controversy in the news for a tweet posted a year ago stating: ‘Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today’.”
“While these remarks alarmed many Canadians, they pale in comparison to a statement numerous sources forwarded to the Sun that Khogali appears to have posted on Facebook in late 2015.”
“‘Whiteness is not humxness (HUMANNESS; she doesn’t have spell check),’ the statement begins. ‘infact, white skin is sub-humxn.’ The post goes on to present a genetics-based argument centered on melanin and enzyme.”
“‘White ppl are recessive genetic defects. this is factual,’ the post reads towards the end. ‘white ppl need white supremacy as a mechanism to protect their survival as a people because all they can do is produce themselves. black ppl simply through their dominant genes can literally wipe out the white race if we had the power to’.”
Don’t think this is just happening across the border in Canada, but similar sentiments have been expressed by a number of black activists here in America ever since Barack Obama moved into the White House. They feel that having a dark-skinned leader empowers them to come out into the open with their racial hatred toward whites and they have.
Thanks to Obama’s fueling the fires of racial hatred in America over the past eight years, there is a growing tension in America and Canada that could soon erupt into violence and bloodshed. The saddest part of it all is that we are all ONE race. Some have different skin, hair and eye color but we are all ONE race – the HUMAN race. Yet so many are ready to attack and kill each other over these insignificant differences.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dave Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.
More than two dozen Iraqi Chaldean Christians forced from their homes by ISIS have been detained at an ICE detention center in California for six months after crossing the border from Mexico.
The San Diego Union reported July 31 that 20 of the 27 Chaldeans at the Otay Detention Center in Otay Mesa, California, have American family members living in Southern California who are willing to sponsor them. Family members have been holding weekly vigils and rallies to draw attention to the detentions. Large U.S. Chaldean Catholic communities reside in San Diego and Detroit. The family members say they’ve been given few details on why they’ve been detained for so long, despite being refugees from Middle East terror.
“These aren’t people who just decided to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. These are people saying, ‘we have nowhere else to go,’” Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Chaldean community, told the San Diego Union.
“It seems like the border is open to everyone unless you’re an Iraq Christian fleeing ISIS,” Arabo told Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Monday. “Obama is to blame, Congress is to blame, and the U.S. State Department is to blame.”
The Chaldean Christians are being held “without any logic or explanation; they’ve escaped ISIS only to be imprisoned by ICE. These are 20 innocent Christians who escaped a holocaust only to be imprisoned by ICE,” Arabo said. “These are people we should be celebrating not imprisoning.”
Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed that 27 Iraqi nationals are in custody but she told the Union she couldn’t comment on individual immigration cases.
The extended detention of the Iraqi Christians represents a stark contrast from the way the wave of Central American women and children were treated when they massed at the border last summer. The overwhelming majority were detained for a matter of days or weeks, then released and given a hearing date to appear in immigration court.
Former Republican Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia, who now serves as a distinguished senior fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which advocates for persecuted Christians worldwide, said the situation is a sad commentary on the state of U.S. priorities when it comes to asylum seekers.
“One can understand why they would leave their country when they are facing genocide,” Wolf told WND. “I have seen the area they came from (in Iraq).”
It’s not a surprise that Christians being hunted down by ISIS would seek to leave and find refuge in a country like the U.S. where they have family ties and cultural ties, he said.
‘Inherent bias against Christians’
“The fact that the border is so porous is an indictment of this administration. People have been talking about it for years,” Wolf said. “But for Chaldean Christians, for them to have to go back to Iraq, wow, when for other border crossers the norm is they process them, give them a court date and release them.”
He said it’s clearly easier to get asylum in the U.S. as a Muslim than it is for a Christian and it’s been that way for a number of years.
“I don’t know why, but if you look the latest numbers that have come out it’s pretty clear,” Wolf said. “Remember when the 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded they were referred to as Egyptian migrant workers, not Christians? And when the 148 Kenyan Christians were executed by al-Shabaab they were not called Christians, so you clearly have an inherent bias in the State Department. I think it’s more in this administration than I’ve ever seen it but I think even in previous administrations that bias has existed within the State Department.”
Joop Koopman, communications manager for Aid to the Church in Need USA, a Catholic relief organization, said the treatment of the Chaldeans seems out of step with current U.S. immigration policy, unless there is more to the story that is not known. “Leaving aside the specifics of the immigration laws and the border crossing it does seem to call to mind the administration’s reluctance to talk specifically about Christian persecution by Muslim extremists, under which, at least in theory, these people would deserve asylum,” Koopman said. “But there may be other reasons we don’t know.”
Koopman said these types of asylum cases will only increase as ISIS and other militant Islamists make the final push to eradicate Christianity from its birthplace in the Middle East. “It is clear there will be more and more of these kinds of cases coming, as Chaldean Christians are forced out of their country, they will have no alternative but for mass immigration,” he said. “So what will we do? Will the U.S. and other countries make room for them? The big question is, will persecution by ISIS qualify as grounds for asylum?”
Pamela Geller, an activist, blogger and author, said the Obama administration has demonstrated an “unstated preference” for Muslim immigrants over Christians.
“This goes hand-in-hand with his almost complete silence about the Muslim persecution of Christians worldwide, and his consistent failure when he does address it to identify the perpetrators,” Geller told WND. “We have seen this throughout his presidency: a relentless tendency to favor Muslims and paint a rosy, fictional view of Islam, while being harsh toward Christianity. It is all part of his post-American agenda, as I explained in my 2010 book, ‘The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War On America.‘”
‘Horrific conditions’ for Christians in Iraq
Wolf said he visited Iraq in January and was struck by the horrific conditions under which Christians are forced to live. “In January we spent five days there and the conditions are brutal.”
Just last week, on July 30, Wolf sent a letter to president Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asking that they declare what is taking place in Iraq and Syria to be an official genocide.
A cover story in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, for instance, describes the abduction of a 3-year-old girl from her mother, and the separation of captives into “healthy” and “infirm” groups, a gesture chillingly reminiscent of the Holocaust. Often, there is a third group, comprised of women, soon to be sold as sex slaves, according to Wolf’s report.
There are also reports of children born to these captured women, Wolf wrote in the letter, who are raised “to conform to the insurgency’s interpretation of ‘pure’ Islam.”
“ISIS has kidnapped and forcibly transferred the children of Christians and Yazidis, including children as young as seven months,” Wolf added. “Reports indicate that these children are being intimidated and brainwashed in order to create the next generation of radical insurgents.” For this reason, “it is imperative that the issue be brought immediately before the Security Council and that a declaration of genocide be made.”
A growing ‘sense of abandonment’ by Western Christians
Wolf described the Iraqi Christian community, 1.5 million strong when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, as “on the edge of extinction.”
“We went to Erbil, and to the front lines where the Peshmerga (Kurds) are fighting ISIS using very old weapons, and then to the refugee camps, we went through the whole area, to the Nineveh plain, where Christian militia have formed, like a national guard, to defend their villages,” Wolf said. “But the Christians and the Yazidis are all facing genocide and their stories are so frightening. We interviewed two 17 to 18-year-old girls who were kidnapped by ISIS and escaped. They feel a tremendous sense of abandonment by the West, particularly those who are Christians.”
One man told the story of his wife, who was in the hospital with breast cancer when ISIS came in and took over. “And ISIS went to the hospital and told them they would only treat his wife if they converted to Islam,” Wolf said. “The wife refused to convert, the husband also, and she died without treatment, and they feel why isn’t the church in the West, why isn’t someone advocating for them?
“So the conditions there are horrible, and there will be no way you can send these Chaldeans back,” without them being killed.
Iraq’s 1.5 million Christians have now dwindled to about 250,000.
“Roughly 17 Iraqi Christian families leave every day,” Wolf said. “Some went to Syria and now they’re been pushed out of Syria.” Wolf said he would not be surprised, “if within a year you see the black flag of ISIS flying over Damascus.” “The noose is tightening around Assad,” he said. “We’re not even aiding the Kurds who are fighting ISIS.”
More biblical activity occurred in Iraq than in Israel, Wolf said. “Rebekah and Daniel were buried in Iraq, Ezekiel was buried in Iraq, Nahum’s tomb is there, and of course Jonah’s tomb was blown up a few months ago by ISIS, so the cradle of Christianity is ready to be emptied of Christians.”
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February 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm