Monday, December 31, 2012

Study: Christianity disappearing from Mideast

Mike L. 
UK Christianophobia report states Christians in Middle East face persecution 'intensifying with rise of militant Islam'; in Israel, however, Christian population is thriving 
A new study warns that Christianity is at the risk of being wiped out in the biblical heartlands of the Middle East. According to the London Daily Telegraph, which cites the study, 10% of Christians worldwide – approximately 200 million – are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”

With over 2.3 billion Christians around the world, the study notes that Christians face the most persecution in the region of the world where Christianity first originated – the Middle East...

Published by a leading independent British think tank, Civitas, the report stated that Western politicians and media generally ignore widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world "because they are afraid they will be accused of racism."
Among the various consequences of the rise of political Islam under the false moniker "Arab Spring" has been an intensification of the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.  They are, in fact, being driven out of the region.

One of the more frustrating aspects of this story is the apparent disinterest by western Christians in it.  If western Christians, or indeed anyone else, speaks out against the persecution of non-Muslims by Muslims in the Middle East they are smeared as vile racists and "Islamophobes."

This is particularly true within progressive-left circles where issues around "race" are turned entirely upside down.  The only way not to be considered racist within today's left is to be racist and, conversely, if one is not racist then one is often accused of racism.

If one is not to be smeared as a racist on the left one must treat the "subaltern other," particularly Arab-Muslims, as little children who hold no responsibility for either their words or behavior.  In this way, racism is considered not racist.  However, if one believes in universal human rights and thus believes that people should be treated with basic human decency everywhere in the world and, therefore, one criticizes the Arab-Muslim Middle East for their treatment of Christians, or Jews, or Gays, or women, then one is considered "racist."

The hypocrisy on this issue is just so vast that it becomes, like white wallpaper, an imperceivable backdrop.  It is for this reason that someone like Pam Geller who speaks out against Jihadi violence is considered a bigot, while those who in a racist manner turn a blind eye to Jihadi violence are not.

It is for this reason, also, that if I point to a video of an imam screaming for Jewish blood it makes me a bigot in the eyes of the left.

Up is down and black is white.

On the racist anti-racist left today the only way not to be racist is to be racist and if one is not racist then one is.  In this way the racist anti-racist left has emerged as the most deeply bigoted political movement in the west today outside of political Islam, itself.

The western left has gone straight down the rabbit hole.

10 comments:

  1. The most disconcerting thing, and this happens quite often (I bring it up now because somebody I've known almost my entire life, in 'real life,' just did it a couple days ago), is when someone I know who is generally on the left, but not particularly politically active in any real way, just from completely out of nowhere goes off on an antisemitic ZOG or 'media control' rant, and for some reason, actually apparently expects me to be sympathetic to it. WTF?!

    And this, not only in the US, but also here in region of our country where you'd think that most people would have moved beyond this kind of 'thinking,' if you can call it that.

    Of course, I realize this hatred is common amongst certain quarters of the right, as well, but it's still shocking how deep these seeds are planted in so many people. But bring up antisemitism at a place like Daily Kos and most people will look at you as if you're growing extra heads before their very eyes.

    I actually expect it from the David Dukes and Louis Farrakhans of the world. But to hear it from the random generic middle class Generation X North Jersey liberal with two kids, a dog and an NPR window decal never ceases to shock me...

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    1. Well, it's in part because they do not believe that anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism and also often do not know that the very motifs that characterize classic anti-Semitism, such as secret manipulation of government and media, are now part and parcel of anti-Zionist motifs.

      Anti-Semitism is a virus that mutates over time according to contemporary circumstances, which is how it is able to survive generation upon generation and emerge from unexpected places.

      Most people also do not seem to understand that unlike most other forms of racism, anti-Semitism tends to be genocidal. That's part of what makes it just so wonderful and unique!

      If one is racist toward black people or Latinos, or any other group, it means that you do not like them as a group and therefore are less likely to hire someone from that group or less likely to bring them into one's social circle, and so forth.

      Anti-Semitism, however, has the delicious added spice of genocide to the thrill of it all. If one is an anti-Zionist, not only does one get the secret thrill of being a bad boy, but one gets social cover from the progressive-left who often interpret anti-Jewish racism as a matter of social justice for the Palestinians. And you're toying with the very survival of the Jewish people as you encourage violence toward us.

      Now, tell me, how cool is that?!

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    2. And, remember, on top of the rest of it, these are supposed to be our political allies that we're talking about.

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    3. That's a diary right there, brother. Let's make sure we keep hammering these points home. Fantastic comment.

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    4. Thanks.

      Now please excuse me while I go fling myself off of the Golden Gate Bridge!

      ;O)

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    5. Don't do that! Let's just keep kicking ass, instead... ;)

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  2. Makes you wonder where it comes from, Jay. It's not like they they teach this shit in schools....at least not unless it's a ME school. The internet?

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    1. A great question. In certain cases, as with my aforementioned friend, it seems to be one of those ignorant 'everybody knows' things. Of course then, the question is 'who the hell told you that?!'

      Yes, I suspect the internet, and in particular places like Daily Kos, play a significant role in mainstreaming antisemitism.

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  3. And happy new year, everyone. I have a full schedule tomorrow, and I need to be somewhere early in the morning, so I'm retiring now. Going to bed, for the last time ever in 2012, in a few minutes. Heh.

    Best wishes to all! 2013 is looking to be the first really good year I've had since 2005, if all works out even half as well as it looks. :)

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    1. I suppose I should have seen it coming, but I just realized my daughter will turn 16 this year. In nine months, but still. This strikes me as a rather significant development. What a year this will be!

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