Kristendommen under angreb

Diverse — Drokles on April 4, 2013 at 10:29 am

En af mine venner, en diffust venstredrejet studiekammerat, viste mig engang et billede han havde købt i en lille forretning i Berlin. Han var selv meget begejstret for billedet, triumferende faktisk. Billedet var en simpel tegning af fire røve, der fra hver sin side af billedet hver sked en aflang lort, så de tilsammen dannede et kors. Det var hans syn på Muhammedkrisen. Tag den! Drokles, dit reaktionære, indskrænkede, hadefulde, …. Han forventede at jeg blev forarget. Og det blev jeg på sin vis også, men ikke af de grunde han havde regnet med. Jeg blev forarget over det på alle måder lave niveau. Hvad tog han den standende krise for? Hvad tog han mig for?

Sådan er det. Foragt for kristendommen, uanset hvor uartikuleret og vulgært det er, tages for mange ellers udmærkede mennesker som selvindlysende moralsk og intellektuelt rigtigt. Men det er ikke intellektuelt, det er en uudgrundelig følelse, der er tillært gennem flere generationer. Hvor om alting er; Fay Voshell skriver i American Thinker om ateisternes vedholdende og eskalerende angreb på kristendommen

A recent incident Florida has revived an ancient mechanism for persecuting Christians: forcing them to stomp on a representation of Jesus. It reveals a mindset of the left determined to weaken and destroy Christian civilization from within.

Todd Starnes of Fox News recently reported a Florida Atlantic University professor instructed the students in an Intercultural Communications class write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper and put the inscribed paper on the floor. The instructor, Deandre Poole, then said, “Stomp on it.”

Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, refused, telling the professor, “With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate. I believe it was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.”

Rotela was suspended from class. The university initially defended the professor, citing the lesson was intended to encourage a multi-faceted viewpoint and debate. But Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for vision and Values at Grove City College, indicated it was typical of the Left to cite buzzwords like “diversity” and “tolerance” while assaulting Christian and conservative beliefs. He added, “It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities. Gee, I wonder if the instructor would dare do this with the name of Mohammed.”

Due to the controversy, the professor has since been put on administrative leave.

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Anyone who thinks iconoclasm is an historical oddity limited to the ancient past would be sadly mistaken. The iconoclasm directed at Christians is bound to continue, as it has in the past. The attempt to wipe out Christian symbols and to achieve the Leftist goal of the total secularization of American society continues apace even though the majority of Americans are at least nominally Christian.

Whether it is the banning of Christian organizations from college campuses, the ongoing war against Christmas displays, not allowing the wearing of crosses in public schools, the removal of a portrait of Christ displayed in a public school, or the renaming of Easter eggs as “spring spheres“–the list goes on and on. Even a cross in the remotest regions of the Mohave Desert has been attacked lest any atheist’s feelings by assaulted by a brief glimpse of the symbol of Christ’s sacrifice for humanity. This is to say nothing of the recent scrimmage against the famous 9/11 cross, which has just barely been allowed to stay in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. It is well to note that observant Jews also have not been exempt from attack by iconoclasts, as the recent effort to ban circumcision in San Francisco has demonstrated.

So much for the Left’s purported ideals of “freedom,” “equality,” “diversity” and “tolerance.”

Anderledes bevidst forholder muslimerne sig i deres krig mod kristendommen, som Raymond Ibrahim fortæller ligeledes i American Thinker

A recent assassination attempt in Turkey offers valuable lessons for the West concerning Islamist hate — and the amount of deceit and betrayal that hate engenders towards non-Muslim “infidels.”

Last January, an assassination plot against a Christian pastor in Turkey was thwarted when police arrested 14 suspects. Two of them had been part of the pastor’s congregation for more than a year, feigning interest in Christianity. One went so far as to participate in a baptism. Three of the suspects were women. “These people had infiltrated our church and collected information about me, my family and the church and were preparing an attack against us,” said the pastor in question, Emre Karaali, a native Turk: “Two of them attended our church for over a year and they were like family.”

And their subversive tactics worked: “The 14 [suspects] had collected personal information, copies of personal documents, created maps of the church and the pastor’s home, and had photos of those who had come to Izmit [church] to preach.”

Consider the great lengths these Islamic supremacists went to in order to murder this Christian pastor: wholesale deception, attending non-Islamic places of worship and rites to the point that “they were like family” to the Christian they sought to betray and kill. While some may think such acts are indicative of un-Islamic behavior, they are, in fact, doctrinally permissible and historically demonstrative.

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Such betrayals can only be understood in the context of the growing hate felt for infidels, Christians at the top of the list. In Turkey alone — a relatively “moderate” nation in comparison to other Muslim nations like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt — recent incidents of hate include the slaying of an 85-year-old Christian Armenian woman, who was repeatedly stabbed to death in her apartment. A cross was carved onto her naked corpse. This is the fifth attack in the past two months against elderly Christian women (one lost an eye).

The Turkish pastor targeted for assassination also explained the great enmity felt for Christians: “There is hate and this hate feeling continues from people here.” Muslim children often curse and throw rocks at his church and its congregation — which consists of only 20 members.

Then of course there was the Malatya massacre. In April 2007, several terrorists attacked a publishing house in Malatya, Turkey, for distributing Bibles. They bound, tortured, and stabbed for several hours three of its Christian employeesbefore slitting their throats. Evidence also later emerged that the massacre was part of a much larger operation, including involvement of elements in Turkey’s military. One unidentified suspect later said: “We didn’t do this for ourselves, but for our religion [Islam]…. Let this be a lesson to enemies of our religion.”

Indeed, the true “lesson” is best captured by the following question: If some Muslims, including women, are willing to go to such lengths to eliminate the already ostracized and downtrodden non-Muslim minorities in their midst — attending churches and becoming like “family members” to those infidels they intend to kill — how much deceit and betrayal must some of the smiling Muslim activists of America, especially those in positions of power and influence, be engaging in to subvert and eliminate the most dangerous of all infidels, the original Great Satan?

Lawrence Solomon skriver i Financial Post om en generel kristen udvandring fra Mellemøsten og at (også) det kun gør ondt værre for muslimerne

Christians in their millions are leaving Muslim lands, a heartbreak for the region’s 12 million remaining Copts, Catholics, Chaldeans and other Christian communities, many of which predate Muslim communities. But their exodus also represents a great tragedy for the region’s Muslims: The Middle East’s Christians, with their free-wheeling, free-market orientation, have for centuries created prosperity in an otherwise stagnant Middle East; once the Christians are gone, an economic desolation is likely to revisit their historic homelands.

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Over the last century, the once-formidable Christian presence in the Middle East has ratcheted down down down, to now rest at 4% of the region’s population. Armenians fled Turkey in the convulsions of the First World War. The 1950s saw the departure of Egypt’s Greeks — the country’s most affluent and influential minority — under the military dictatorship of Abdul Gamal Nasser. The Lebanese Christians then had their turn to suffer persecution, then the Christians of Iraq. Now the Arab Spring is leading to more convulsions, and to an inevitable further departure of Christians from their native lands. Even Bethlehem, Christ’s very birthplace, has lost most of its Christians, and some predict it will lose the rest.

The Arab Spring with its resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism is striking out one of the hopes for prosperity that the UN Arab report cited — the liberation of women and their enlistment into the workforce. The resurgence of fossil fuel production in the Western world is striking out the likelihood that high energy prices in future will sustain the Middle East’s economies. The loss of the Middle East’s Christians — the region’s indispensable entrepreneurial class — would be the third strike.

Min diffust venstredrejede ven vil sikkert aldrig ændre sit syn på kristendommen eller islam eller indse at hans “religionskritik” lægger sig i tråd med med folkemord og forfølgelser rundt omkring i den uciviliserede verden. Hans forfængelighed tillader ham ikke at se sine idiosynkrasier i øjnene.

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