Christian genocide

Media Silence Surrounds Muslim Massacre of Christians

Political leaders and public figures were falling over themselves this weekend to condemn the mosque attacks in New Zealand, while dozens of Christians were slaughtered by Muslims in Nigeria to the sound of crickets. The mosque attacks were indeed a horrific affair and worthy of universal condemnation. Presidents, prime ministers, royalty, and religious leaders rushed to extend their condolences to victims and their families — as well they should — while decrying the hate that purportedly motivated the shootings. Without exception, the mainstream media gave top billing to the shootings, with newspapers carrying the story on their front pages and television news channels leading off their broadcasts with the story. The bizarre aspect of the coverage was not, in fact, the attention paid to a heinous crime committed in New Zealand, but the absolute silence surrounding the simultaneous massacre of scores of Christians by Muslim militants in Africa. As Breitbart News alone reported among major news outlets, Fulani jihadists racked up a death toll of over 120 Christians over the past three weeks in central Nigeria, employing machetes and gunfire to slaughter men, women, and children, burning down over 140 houses, destroying property, and spreading terror. The New York Times did not place this story on the front page; in fact, they did not cover it at all. Apparently, when assessing “all the news that’s fit to print,” the massacre of African Christians did not measure up. The same can be said for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the LA Times, and every other major paper in the United States. The news shows from the three major television channels did not mention the story, and nor did CNN or MSNBC. There are several possible explanations for this remarkable silence, and none of them is good. Since, in point of fact, Muslim radicals kill Christians around the world with alarming frequency, it is probable that one more slaughter did not seem particularly newsworthy to the decision-makers at major news outlets. Muslims being killed, on the other hand, may strike many as newsworthy precisely because it is so rare. A second motive for the media silence around the massacre of Christians in Nigeria may be geo-political and racial. New Zealand is a first-world country where such things are not supposed to happen, whereas many people still consider Africa to be a backwards place where brutal killings are par for the course. Moreover, the slaughter of black Christians in Africa may not enkindle rage among westerners the way that the murder of white and brown Muslims in New Zealand would. Finally, the story simply does not play to the political agenda that many mainstream media would like to advance. How much mileage can be gained from Muslims murdering Christians, when Christians in America are often seen as an obstacle to the “progress” desired by liberals? The left sees Christians in the United States as part of the problem and seeks to undermine their credibility and influence at every turn rather than emboldening them. Anti-Christian bias has been rightly called “the last acceptable prejudice,” one that few bother condemning. “No one much cares about offending Christians,” wrote the coalition of African-American pastors in an essay last Tuesday. “In fact, mocking, belittling, and blaspheming Christianity is becoming a bit of a trend in our culture. Anti-Christian bigotry truly is the last acceptable prejudice.” “The hypocrisy on display is astounding,” the pastors continued. “Christianity is the dominant religion of our country. It is the foundation of our government and morality. And yet, Christians are treated as fair game for mockery and insult.” Christians are by far the most persecuted religious group in the world, but the mainstream media routinely ignore this fact as if it were unimportant or uninteresting. As a result, many people do not even realize how widespread the persecution is or that 75 percent of the victims of religious persecution around the world are Christians. Whatever the reason — or reasons — for the media silence surrounding the most recent massacres of Christians in Nigeria as well as numerous other such events, it should give right-thinking people pause. By all means, the lethal shootings of dozens of Muslims in New Zealand is a massive story and merits extensive coverage. But it only stands to reason that similar coverage should be devoted to the slaughter of Christians. For the moment, it serves as a poignant reminder that a double standard is at work when it comes to news coverage, and that it is Christians who inevitably draw the short straw.

Agreed..  Thanks to Dr. Thomas D. Williams, PhD for that outstanding analysis.  One thing we love to do here at The Daily Buzz is to point out brazen hypocrisy by politicians and the dominantly liberal mainstream media.  Dr. Williams absolutely nails it here.

Christians suffered an increase in persecution last year with 245 MILLION facing violence or oppression around the world – 30 million more than a year ago

Christians around the world suffered a huge increase in persecution last year – with around 30 million more people being targeted than in the previous year. A report by Open Doors, a Dutch charity that supports persecuted Christians showed that in total, 245 million faced violence or oppression in 2018, with 73 countries listed as danger zones for Christians. China has been named among the most dangerous places to be a Christian after new laws governing religious expression led to raids and the demolition of scores of churches. At least 50 million people expected to experience some form of repression this year as the government tightens its controls over religious worship While India has also seen a spate of against ultra-nationalists against non-Hindu minorites – the report claimed. ‘Rising nationalism is leading to similar persecution in other countries such as Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal where national identity is tied to religion,’ the charity said. Open Doors said in its 2019 World Watch List, which ranks 50 countries, that one in three Christians face high levels of persecution in Asia – as India entered the top 10 for the first time. It comes just three weeks after British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an independent review into the persecution of Christians worldwide.

Report: 75% of Victims of Religious Persecution Are Christians

A grim new report on Christian persecution around the globe suggests that rather than improving, the situation of Christians worldwide is worsening, a fact whitewashed by mainstream media. “Christians are the victims of at least 75 percent of all religiously-motivated violence and oppression,” declares the 2015-2017 report from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), and moreover “the extent of this persecution is largely ignored by our media.” In their report titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?”, ACN noted that in Iraq more than half of the country’s Christian population have become internal refugees, while in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Christian population has fallen by more than 75 percent. Up until 2011 Aleppo was home to the largest Christian community but in just 6 years numbers have dropped from 150,000 to just over 35,000. “In terms of the number of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history,” said John Pontifex, the Report’s editor. In the 13 countries where Christians suffer the most intense persecution, the situation has worsened in all but one—Saudi Arabia—in the last two years, and conditions there have stayed the same. “In almost all the countries reviewed,” the report reads, “the oppression and violence against Christians have increased since 2015 – a development especially significant given the rate of decline in the immediate run-up to the reporting period.” In communist North Korea, for example, Christians have undergone “unspeakable atrocities,” the report states, “including extra-judicial killings, forced labour, torture, persecution, starvation, rape, forced abortion and sexual violence.” According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, documented incidents against Christians include “being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges, and trampled underfoot.” One estimate suggests that three quarters of Christians in the camps die from the harsh punishments inflicted on them. But the second part of the report’s title—“forgotten”—is also key to understanding the situation of persecuted Christians worldwide. Particularly in the Middle East where Christians have been undergoing a systematic genocide, virtually no help has been forthcoming from Western (predominantly Christian) countries or from the United Nations. “Governments in the West and the UN failed to offer Christians in countries such as Iraq and Syria the emergency help they needed as genocide got underway,” ACN’s website relates. “If Christian organisations and other institutions had not filled the gap, the Christian presence could already have disappeared in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.” In the forward to the report, Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop John Darwish of Lebanon noted that up to the present, “the UN and other humanitarian organizations have provided no aid” leaving the oppressed Christians to fend for themselves. John Pontifex told the Tablet that the “pc agenda” among western governments and mainstream media is preventing the attention that the Christian community requires. “The UN and western governments send strong messages of support – but that’s not matched by action.” Pontifex said. “To date, the response of the UN has been too little too late. For example, Iraqi Christians from Mosul and Nineveh who ended up in Erbil were just given tarpaulins; people need homes, medicines and pastoral support.” One exception to the systematic neglect from Western governments has been the central European country of Hungary, which in 2016 established a Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, making it the only nation in the world with a department of this nature. So far, the new secretariat has sent assistance of more than four million euros to rebuild homes, churches and schools so that Christians can stay in their homes in the Middle East. They have also granted dozens of scholarships to Christian students in Africa and the Middle East who lost everything to militant Islamic terror groups. Last week, the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called together key Christian leaders from the Middle East for a three-day summit in Budapest to discuss targeted assistance to persecuted Christians.

Good on Hungary for taking such a leadership role.  Hopefully other nations will follow that lead.  Thanks to ISIS and other evil, Islamo-fascist organizations, Christianity in countries like Iraq and Syria have undergone genocide.  Awful…  Thanks to Dr. Thomas D. Williams, PhD for this sobering report.

Liberal Democrats ignore persecution of Christians outside the U.S.

Advocates who work to protect persecuted groups say there is a “blind spot” in the West concerning the plight faced by Christians around the world — a shortsightedness evident in the overwhelmingly negative reaction to President Trump’s executive order granting preferred refugee status to persecuted religious minorities. From the Coptics in Egypt and the “house churches” in China to the “subversives” in North Korea and the “apostates” in Pakistan, Christians are under fire on the international stage. Paul Coleman, deputy director of the Alliance Defending Freedom International, said the international persecution of Christians is unrivaled. “No person or group should live in fear of being killed, tortured or oppressed because of their religious beliefs,” Mr. Coleman said in a statement. “By all accounts Christians are the most persecuted group on the planet.” Each month, about 322 Christians are killed, 214 churches or Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 acts of violence are carried out on Christians because of their faith, according to Open Doors, a nonprofit group that helps persecuted Christians. Andrew Doran, vice president of In Defense of Christians, said their cries for help often fall on deaf ears in Europe and the United States because Christianity is the dominant faith in an increasingly secular culture. Mr. Doran pointed to the Obama administration’s lethargic response to the Islamic State’s Christian genocide, saying people who see Christians as domestic enemies have trouble shifting gears when atrocities are committed against the faith group on the global stage. “Christians in the West have been somehow identified as the oppressor class, and that view seems to be extended to Christians in the Middle East,” he said. “But the fact is that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Mr. Doran said that “blind spot” was evident in the reaction to Mr. Trump’s executive order, which temporarily suspended refugee flows until proper security measures could be implemented, but made exceptions for religious minorities who are persecuted. “Whether someone is Muslim, Yazidi, Jewish, Christian or atheist, they should be given priority if they’re facing persecution, and certainly that would be so where there’s a finding of genocide,” Mr. Doran said.

Unfortunately, we cannot afford to be the world’s shelter.  That said, there is a grotesquely disproportionate number of refugees that are Muslim vs those that are Christian that come from countries like Syria (like several thousand to 1).  So, going forward, we SHOULD take that issue (i.e.religion) into consideration when trying to determine whom we allow into our country for religious person reasons.  Clearly the Obama administration made a targeted/concerted effort to import Muslims from the very places we do NOT want to be recruiting persons from (i.e. northern Africa and the Middle East) as they are the hotbeds for global terrorism.  So, why not reverse that course, and make persecuted Christians those who we give extra consideration for?  Makes sense to me!  Just sayin…

Christians the most persecuted group in world for second year

Christians continued to be the most persecuted group across the globe in 2016, according to a study. The upcoming report from Italian-based Center for Studies on New Religions, determined that 90,000 Christians were killed for their beliefs worldwide last year and nearly a third were at the hands of Islamic extremists like ISIS. Others were killed by state and non-state persecution, including in places like North Korea. “U.S. policy has not had a strategy for specifically addressing the persecution of Christians,” Ryan Mauro, national security analyst for the Clarion Project, told FoxNews.com “For example, very few people are even aware that Iraqi Christians began organizing to defend themselves and needed our help.” The study also found that as many as 600 million Christians were prevented from practicing their faith in 2016. The findings continue a disturbing trend from the previous year in which Christians around the world endured horrific acts of persecution, including imprisonment and beheadings. “These numbers underscore what we already know,” Robert Nicholson of the Philos Project said..

Agreed..  Really nothing new here, and it follows articles we’ve posted here at The Daily Buzz in recent months.  But, it’s important to get the word out about this..  Obama’ reckless actions in Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere have led to the genocide of Christians in several countries at the hands of ISIS and others.  Anyway, to read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

ISIS blocks Christians from leaving Syrian city of Raqqa, report says

The handful of Christian families remaining in ISIS’ Syrian stronghold of Raqqa have been forbidden from fleeing the city, according to a tweet from a secret group that reports from inside the caliphate. The activist group Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered said the black-clad terrorist army issued a decree that any Christians or Armenians still within city limits may not leave. It is believed that there are just more than 40 Christian families left in the city, and that they have been forced to register with the extremist group and to pay a “jizya,” or a minority tax in exchange for being unharmed. “Any Christian living within Syria or Iraq is in a very dangerous and precarious position,” David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, a Christian advocacy organization, told FoxNews.com. ‘We want to see the Christian church survive in the Middle East, especially in the areas occupied by the Islamic State.” Raqqa first fell into rebel control in March 2013 after a battle between Al Qaeda-linked jihadi group Al Nusra and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime, becoming the first provincial capital under rebel control. ISIS has since used the city as a launching point to increase their caliphate. According to Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered, there are about 43 Christian families left in the city. “The suffering of Christians began with ISIS control of Raqqa,” RIBSS said on its website, according to news blog The Foreign Desk. “ISIS looks at Christians as infidels loyal to the West more than their loyalty to their homeland which they live.” Sources in contact with people in Raqqa told FoxNews.com that the ban extends to all citizens within the city. Christians once accounted for up to 20 percent of the population in Syria, but recently, that number has been dwindled to 10 percent. Islamic extremism and authoritarian governments combined to make last year the worst in modern history for Christians around the world, according to a recent report from Open Doors USA. The trend spiked upward in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, with thousands of Christians killed or imprisoned, and even more chased from their homes. ISIS alone is responsible for driving out the entire Christian population in Mosul, long considered a Christian enclave in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain. Two weeks ago, the U.S. State Department officially declared a “genocide” designation in regards to the treatment of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. “This is another chapter in the sad story of genocide in the region against Christians, apostates and other minorities,” Ryan Mauro, national security analyst with The Clarion Project, told FoxNews.com. In 2014, as they gained a foothold in the region, ISIS established a list of restrictions that Christians living in Raqqa had to follow in order to live under the Caliphate. In addition to registering and paying extra tax, they are banned from building or repairing churches, displaying Christian symbols and praying in public.

More of the same.  These evil, barbaric, Islamic animals continue their methodical genocide of Christians in Syria, Iraq, Libya..and elsewhere…  Awful..

Middle East Christians face the threat of genocide

Martin O’Malley’s all-but-hopeless presidential campaign became relevant for a moment during last weekend’s Democratic debate when the former Maryland governor twice used the word “genocide” to describe the plight of Christians in the Middle East. In an answer to a question about Syrian refugees, O’Malley said that Chaldean Christians in Syria had told him that “when ISIS moves into their town, they actually paint a red cross across the door and mark their homes for demolition, and that tells the family you’d better get out now. That [is the] sort of genocide and brutality that the victims are suffering.” We have detailed that suffering before. Christians in Islamic State-controlled Iraq and Syria are being tortured, raped, kidnapped for ransom, enslaved, beheaded and crucified. So many Christians have fled that some experts warn that Christianity could virtually disappear in the place of its birth within a generation or two. There is a debate over whether the Islamic State’s targeting of Christians constitutes genocide. The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide defines genocidal crimes as those “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” The State Department is preparing to issue a report labeling the Islamic State’s assault on Iraq and Syria’s Yazidi population a genocide. But there are indications that the Obama administration believes Islamic State’s attacks on Christians don’t rise to the same level. The main argument against a designation of genocide is that while the Islamic State wishes to eradicate or enslave the Yazidis, it offers Christians other options. Under Islamic law, Christians (and Jews) are considered people of the book. Christians are given the option of converting to Islam or living under the caliphate as dhimmis, meaning they must accept second-class status and pay a special tax, called the jizya. But in reality most Christians living in Islamic State-controlled territory are given only two choices: convert to Islam or die. Concerns over the State Department’s genocide designation prompted a bipartisan group of lawmakers in September to introduce a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress” that the atrocities against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities constitute genocide. The resolution now has 165 co-sponsors. Experts disagree over whether a designation of genocide would legally oblige the U.S. to intervene to stop the slaughter of innocents. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Clinton administration rejected the designation, fearing that it would commit the U.S. to “actually ‘do something,'” in the words of an infamous administration memo. As George W. Bush’s secretary of state, Colin Powell used the term to describe the mass killings in Sudan’s Darfur region only after his aides determined that using the word wouldn’t carry any legal obligation to act. A genocide designation might make it easier for Christians and other religious minorities to be granted safe haven in the United States. It would also raise American Christians’ awareness about the plight of religious minorities in the region, and it could bring to bear moral pressure on governments to take more direct action to stop the bloodshed. O’Malley’s comments at last weekend’s debate quickly became lost in the post-debate chatter over campaign data breaches and bathroom breaks. But by using the G-word to describe the threat that Christians and other religions minorities in Syria and Iraq are facing, O’Malley set an example that the other presidential candidates should follow.

Oh, I wouldn’t go that far.  Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is still a very committed liberal, and is breathtakingly wrong on virtually everything.  He just so happens to be right on this one issue.  And, we’re glad he brought it up in a Dem debate.  As an aside, we couldn’t help by notice how the Obama Administration, through it’s State Dept, is taking action to support those poor persecuted Yazidis…and yet, is not doing the same for the Christians being genocidally wiped out as well.  Why is that exactly?  Some enterprising journalist should ask that pointed question to Obama directly on camera.  That would be interesting to see him dance, and say “um” a bazillion times as he tip toes through that minefield.