Fordrivelsen af de kristne

Diverse — Drokles on March 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

Fra New York Times

With Islam pushing aside nationalism as the central force behind the politics of identity, Christians who played important roles in various national struggles find themselves left out. And since Islamic culture, especially in its more fundamental stripes, often defines itself in contrast to the West, Christianity has in some places been relegated to an enemy — or least foreign — culture.

“Unless there is a turn toward secularism in the Arab world, I don’t think there is a future for Christians here,” said Sarkis Naoum, a Christian columnist for the Lebanese newspaper Al Nahar.

Just as some opponents of President Obama sought to defame him by claiming he was a Muslim, so in Turkey was President Abdullah Gul accused of having Christian origins. Mr. Gul won a court case last December against a member of Parliament who made the accusation.

A century ago there were millions of Christians in what is today Turkey; now there are 150,000. There is a house in Turkey where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days, yet the country’s National Assembly and military have no Christian members or officers except temporary recruits doing mandatory service. Violence against Christians has risen.


The story has been similar in Iraq. Of the 1.4 million Christians there at the time of the American invasion in 2003, nearly half have fled, according to American government reports and local Iraqi Christians.

Many left early in the war when they were attacked for working with the Americans, but the exodus gained speed when Christians became targets in Iraq’s raging sectarian war. Churches were bombed, and priests as well as lay Christians were murdered. As recently as March 2008, an archbishop was kidnapped and killed outside the northern city of Mosul.

And in Egypt, where 10 percent of the country is Coptic Christian, the prevalent religious discourse has drifted from what was considered to be a moderate Egyptian Islam toward a far less tolerant Saudi-branded Islam.

In Saudi Arabia, churches are illegal. In the rest of the Persian Gulf region, Christians are foreign workers without the prospect of citizenship.

The decline of the Christian population and voice in the region is not only a source of concern for Christians, but for broadminded Muslims as well.

“Here in Lebanon, Muslims will often tell you Lebanon is no good without the Christians, and they mean it,” said Kemal Salibi, a historian. “The mix of religions and cultures that makes this place so tolerant would disappear.”

Engang sagde man at vi kunne lære så meget af dem. Vi burde i hvert fald lære dem at kende.

2 Kommentarer »

  1. Forhåbentligt lykkes det snart samvittighedsfulde forskere at færdiggøre en vaccine mod den intellektødelæggende hjerneinfektion, der hedder overtro (religiøsitet).
    Både I-slams pjankerier og kristenlegens vrøvlevers burde naturligvis forlængst være smidt ud på historiens mødding sammen med resten af den mentale stenalders åndelige bæ.

    Comment by Gert Petersen — March 26, 2010 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Jeg er ikke i tvivl om at marxister, som dig hellere ser menneskene skabt i ideernes billede frem for at måle ideerne efter menneskenes behov.

    Comment by Drokles — March 27, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

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