All over the Middle East Christians are being murdered, attacked, raped, tortured and mutilated in the name of Islam purely and simply because they are Christian.
All over the Middle East Christian churches, monasteries, monuments, houses and villages are being destroyed in the name of Islam purely and simply because they are Christian.
All over the Middle East Christians are suffering and dying at the hands of Islam and Islamists purely and simply because they are Christian.
All over the Middle East Christians are being persecuted, oppressed, tortured and slaughtered by Islamists acting in the name of Islam purely and simply because they are Christian.
All over the Middle East Christians are being forced by Islamists acting in the name of Islam to either renounce their faith and convert to Islam or suffer terrible consequences.
All over the Middle East Christians are the victims of Islamic ethnic cleansing and apartheid.
All over the Middle East Christians are leaving in droves.
All over the Middle East the Christian presence is disappearing.
Even in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ.
All over the Middle East…except in Israel.
To quote from an April 16, 2014 Wall Street Journal article by Ron Prosor entitled The Middle East War on Christians…
“Today, Israel, which I represent at the United Nations, is the only country in the Middle East with a growing Christian population. Its Christian community has increased from34,000 in 1948 to 140,000 today, in large measure because of the freedoms Christians are afforded.”
“From courtrooms to classrooms and from the chambers of Parliament to chambers of commerce, Israeli Christians are leaders in every field and discipline. Salim Joubran, a Christian Arab Israeli, has served as a Supreme Court Justice since 2003 and Makram Koury is one of the best-known actors in Israel and the youngest artist to win the Israel Prize, our highest civic honor.”
“Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest living in Israel, recently told me: “Human rights are not something to be taken for granted. Christians in much of the Middle East have been slaughtered and persecuted for their faith, but here in Israel they are protected.”
Israeli Christians are also flocking to join the Israeli Defense Forces, which means they are putting their lives on the line for their country.
None of this is new. Christians in the Middle East have been persecuted, oppressed and slaughtered in the name of Islam ever since Islam came into existence 1,400 odd years ago.
Like the Jews.
Islamists, believers, are acting today the way they’ve always acted.
Did the Pope do anything at all to redress the situation, even marginally, on his just completed visit?
No, he did not.
Never mind redressing the situation, even marginally, he didn’t even have the courage, strength, compassion, feeling, knowledge or sense of self-preservation to seriously address it in the first place.
In fact, by pandering to the Palestinians, by implicitly agreeing with their false narrative and sanctioning their hate and barbaric behaviour and by affording them a respect and legitimacy they have never earned and don’t deserve he encouraged them and made the situation in the Middle East worse, not better.
Much, much worse.
For Israelis too.
It would have been far better if he just stayed home.