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A Global War on Christians in the Muslim World?

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February 12 Cover

Career hatemonger Aayan Hirsi Ali‘s alarmist screed in the February 12 issue of Newsweek is a jumble of half truths culled together with the obvious purpose of demonizing Muslims. Despite her agenda-driven fear mongering, Hirsi has sparked an important debate about the plight of religious minorities caught in the crossfire as the so-called “Clash of Civilizations” continues to escalate.

We previously cross-posted an article from Jadaliyya refuting Hirsi’s account, and now offer another perspective from John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University.

A Global War on Christians in the Muslim World?

by John L. Esposito, Huffington Post

Religious minorities in the Muslim world today, constitutionally entitled in many countries to equality of citizenship and religious freedom, increasingly fear the erosion of those rights — and with good reason. Inter-religious and inter-communal tensions and conflicts from Nigeria and Egypt and Sudan, to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia have raised major concerns about deteriorating rights and security for religious minorities in Muslim countries. Conflicts have varied, from acts of discrimination, to forms of violence escalating to murder, and the destruction of villages, churches and mosques.

In the 21st century, Muslims are strongly challenged to move beyond older notions of “tolerance” or “co-existence” to a higher level of religious pluralism based on mutual understanding and respect. Regrettably, a significant number of Muslims, like many ultra conservative and fundamentalist Christians, Jews and Hindus are not pluralistic but rather strongly exclusivist in their attitudes toward other faiths and even co-believers with whom they disagree.

Reform will not, however, result from exaggerated claims and alarmist and incendiary language such as that of Ayan Hirsi Ali in in a recent a Newsweek cover story, reprinted in The Daily Beast.

Hirsi Ali warns of a “global war” and “rising genocide,” “a spontaneous expression of anti-Christian animus by Muslims that transcends cultures, regions, and ethnicities” and thus “the fate of Christianity — and ultimately of all religious minorities — in the Islamic world is at stake.”

Hirsi Ali’s account, for surely it is not an analysis, mixes facts with fiction, distorting the nature and magnitude of the problem. It fails to distinguish between the acts of a dangerous and deadly minority of religious extremists or fanatics and mainstream society. The relevant data is readily available. Nigeria is not a “majority-Muslim” country of 160 million people with a 40 percent Christian minority” as she claims (and as do militant Islamists). Experts have long described the population as roughly equal and a recent Pew Forum study reports that Christians hold a slight majority with 50.8 percent of the population.

Boko Haram, is indeed a group of religious fanatics who have terrorized and slaughtered Christians and burned down their churches, but they remain an extremist minority and do not represent the majority of Nigerians who reject their actions and anti-Western rhetoric. Gallup data finds that a majority of Nigerians (60 percent) “reject the anti-Western rhetoric” of Boko Haram.

Curiously, Hirsi Ali chooses not to mention that in the Jos Central plateau area both Christian and Muslim militias have attacked each other and destroyed mosques and churches.

Another example of failing to provide the full facts and context is the Maspero massacre. Coptic Christians have a real set of grievances that have to be addressed: attacks on churches, resulting in church destruction and death and injuries, the failure of police to respond to attacks, and a history of discrimination when it comes to building new churches and in employment.

Hirsi Ali rightly attributes the genesis for the assault against Christians to the Egyptian security forces. Although some militant Egyptian Muslims did in fact join the violence against Christians, she overlooks the fact that increasingly Christians have been joined by many Muslim Egyptians in calling for this discrimination and backlash to be addressed. Thus, she fails to mention the many Muslims marched in solidarity with the Christians against the security forces and were also injured as a Reuters article dated Oct. 14, 2011 reported: “At least 2,000 people rallied in Cairo on Friday in a show of unity between Muslims and Christians and to express anger at the ruling military council after 25 people died when a protest by Coptic Christians led to clashes with the army.”

She also fails to recognize the continuing state violence in Egypt against activists and protestors regardless of their faith.

Thousands of Muslims turned up in droves outside churches around the country for the Coptic Christmas Eve mass, in solidarity with a beleaguered Coptic community offering their bodies, and lives, as “human shields,” making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and build an Egypt free from sectarian strife: “Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as “human shields.”

Ali also points to the “flight” of Christians from the Middle East as proof of widespread persecution. According to Gallup surveys in Lebanon, however, Muslims are slightly more likely than their Christian counterparts to want to flee the country permanently and for Muslim and Christian alike the reason they give is primarily economic.

More problematic and deceptive is Hirsi Ali’s charge that: “What has often been described as a civil war is in practice the Sudanese government’s sustained persecution of religious minorities. This persecution culminated in the infamous genocide in Darfur that began in 2003.” Sudan has certainly been a battleground for decades, but to say that Darfur is an example of the Muslim-Christian genocide is flat out wrong. The black African victims in Darfur were almost exclusively Muslim. The killers were Arab Sudanese Muslims (janjaweed) who murdered black Sudanese Muslims.

Addressing the issue of religious freedom requires greater global awareness and a concerted effort by governments, religious leaders, academics and human rights organizations, as well as curricula reform in many seminary and university religion courses (particularly comparative religion courses), to counter religious exclusivism by instilling more pluralistic and tolerant visions and values in the next generation of imams, priests, scholars and the general public. However, when lives are at stake and the safety and security of all citizens threatened, accurate and data driven analysis is crucial. Inflammatory statements and unsubstantiated generalizations exacerbate the problem, risk more strife or even violence and do little to contribute to finding a solution.


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  • Abdul-Rahman

    @Susanna

    I just came back here and saw the propaganda you “responded” to me with Susanna, so I thought I’d respond back to you with the truth!

    First you claim “The peoples (Canaanites, Philistines, Jebusites etc) were pagans. When Israel conquered the land God gave to them, they were driven out.” Not only is this hilarious as it shows your an Evangelical “Christian” extremist/nutjob bigot yourself (i.e. your claim “God gave them the land” what a “great” argument Susanna, you TOOL lol)! But it is also incorrect, the Canaanites, Philistines and Jebusites were not “driven out” of the land of Canaan (Palestine) as you claim, all historians confirm that the Bible is not “history” it is largely incorrect MYTHOLOGY and that in this particular case the claims of the Old Testament that the Israelites allegedly “exterminated” or “drove out” the indigenous people of the land of Canaan is simply not true and is refuted by all research of historians. The simple reality that actual historians and academics confirm, is that the Israelites themselves simply blended in, intermarried, and thus inter-mixed with the Canaanites, Philistines and Jebusites. The Palestinian Arabs of today are actual themselves descendants of the Canaanites and the actual Israelites (rather than the white Khazar AshkeNAZI Jews of today who are Turkic people from the Caucasus region mostly, and thus not Semitic people at all!!)

    Dr. Ariella Oppenheim (a geneticist and a Jew herself from a prominent university in the Zionist entity) writes. “Palestinians represent modern ‘descendants of a core population that lived in the area since prehistoric times’, albeit religiously first Christianized then largely Islamized, and all eventually culturally Arabized. Referring to those of the Muslim faith more specifically, it reaffirmed that Palestinian ‘Muslim Arabs are descended from Christians and Jews who lived in the southern Levant, a region that includes Israel, Sinai and part of Jordan.'”

    Then you go on to talk about Israel being ruled by “puppet kings”, etc. again your corrupted, contradiction filled Bibles are not “history” they are mythology with a few historical facts (i.e. they are myth-history, mostly mythical incorrect claims set in a general historical setting like most works of fiction). As for the “exile”, which you then mention as the final destruction of the Israelites kingdom and the “Romans dispersing the Hebrews” this is also incorrect. Jewish author and historian Shlomo Sand (who himself is “Israeli”) wrote a great work called “The Invention of the Jewish People” and on the topic of a supposed “exile” he writes. http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Books.php/2009/10/26/shlomo-sand-s-the-invention-of-the-jewis

    “Furthermore, Sand – who elaborated on early sources of antiquity – comes to the conclusion that Jewish exile is also a myth, and that the present-day Palestinians are far more likely to be the descendants of the ancient Semitic people in Judea/Canaan than the current predominantly Khazarian-origin Ashkenazi crowd to which he himself admittedly belongs.

    Though most contemporary Jews are utterly convinced that their ancestors are the Biblical Israelites who happened to be exiled brutally by the Romans, truth must be said. Contemporary Jews have nothing to do with ancient Israelites, who have never been sent to exile because such an expulsion has never taken place. The Roman Exile is just another Jewish myth.

    ‘I started looking in research studies about the exile from the land’ says Sand in an Haaretz intervie”,(11) ‘but to my astonishment I discovered that it has no literature. The reason is that no one exiled the people of the country. The Romans did not exile peoples and they could not have done so even if they had wanted to. They did not have trains and trucks to deport entire populations. That kind of logistics did not exist until the 20th century. From this, in effect, the whole book was born: in the realization that Judaic society was not dispersed and was not exiled.’

    Indeed, in the light of Sand’s simple insight, the idea of Jewish exile is amusing. The thought of Roman Imperial navy was working 24/7 schlepping Moishe’le and Yanka’le to Cordova and Toledo may help Jews to feel important as well as schleppable, but common sense would suggest that the Roman armada had far more important things to do. However, far more interesting is the logical outcome: If the people of Israel were not expelled, then the real descendants of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Judah must be the Palestinians.”

    So your whole usual claim of a Jewish “exile” is a fiction that Professor Shlomo Sand demolishes, the Romans did not spend their time “exiling” people there is no evidence of any such “exile” and all history argues against it!!!

    Also as for your claim “the land known by it’s last given name, Palestine by the Roman Empire. ” You have no clue about the actual historical origins of when the name Palestine was used here again is a simple Wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_name_Palestine

    We read that the first historical documentation of the name Palestine comes long before the Romans. We read that the first mention of Palestine in documents we have is from the following in 1150 BCE. “c.1150 BCE: Medinet Habu (temple, in Luxor, Egypt): records a people called the P-r-s-t (conventionally Peleset) among the Sea Peoples who invaded Egypt in Ramesses III’s reign.” These people were the Palestinians aka the Peleset, Philistines who had attempted an invasion of Pharaonic Egypt again during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses III who ruled Pharaonic Egypt between the years 1186 BCE and 1155 BCE.

    Then at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_name_Palestine we also read the following from even Greek historians who came 100s of years before the Romans, showing the name Palestine was already in use and your claim that the Romans gave the land the name Palestine is not correct. Here is just one more example “c.340 BCE: Aristotle, Meteorology, “Again if, as is fabled, there is a lake in Palestine, such that if you bind a man or beast and throw it in it floats and does not sink, this would bear out what we have said. They say that this lake is so bitter and salt that no fish live in it and that if you soak clothes in it and shake them it cleans them.” Also the Greek historian Herodotus (484 BCE- c. 425 BCE) also mentions Palestine in his circa 450 BCE work “The Histories” he calls the residents of Palestine “the Syrians of Palestine” this is similar to the idea of the Greater Syria (Syria al-Kubra) in Arabic which holds that the whole Levant region is a Greater Syria (thus including the modern day nation of Syria but also Lebanon and Palestine, and also the island nation of Cyprus as well among others) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Syria, http://geocurrents.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Greater-Syria-Map.jpg this map is from the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (SSNP) one can read on them here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Socialist_National_Party

    Then as for your last claims. The Palestinians rejected the 1947-1948 UN partition plan for Palestine because it was unfair and called on the Palestinian majority to accept the Zionist minority being given 60% of the land! See this map http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/photos/maps/landloss.jpg
    The Palestinians were the vast majority of the population of Palestine in 1948 (even after the waves of Zionist colonization from Europe had already occurred see the Zionist “Aliyahs” that occurred starting the late 1800s and throughout the first decades of the 1900s) http://domino.un.org/maps/m0094.jpg

    Thus the Palestinians correctly would not accept giving up the majority of their countries land to a minority group that was again the minority in population terms. See: http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story448.html

    Also trying to partition a country was not something the United Nations could legally do, i.e. trying to partition a nation (particularly on ethno-religious grounds was outside the competency of the Assembly even based on the UN’s own Charter). And then also the partition plan by the UN (that was not legal to start with) was only barely approved (with US bribery and blackmailing of nations at the UN General Assembly for the Zionist cause!) by the UN General Assembly which also means it had no legal binding as if you know anything about the UN, the resolutions of the UN General Assembly have no binding affect it is only resolutions by the UN Security Council (i.e. the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council with veto power the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia) that have any binding affect. And again the UN Security Council did not vote on this again unfair partition plan it was only the UN General Assembly (that again has no binding affect at all).

    And then lastly as for your usual Zionist propaganda about Yasser Arafat “rejecting” the Clinton plan. http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story416.html

    “The Zionists constantly claim that Ehud Barak’s offer was allegedly this great deal to Arafat. As usual the Zionists are lying! Barak’s offer was crap, the Palestinians wouldn’t have even had control of their own borders, airspace, or water under what Barak offered. The only acceptable offer is a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders, Israelis dismantling ALL settlements that are over the 1948 borders, Palestinian state with a capitol of East Jerusalem (with complete control of the Haram al-Sharif, Masjid al-Aqsa, and the Dome of the Rock, and refugees right to return to their original homes. Of course the Palestinian also must have control of their own borders, airspace, and water as well!”

    What Ehud Barak offered only would’ve given the Palestinians control of around 81% or so of even the occupied West Bank itself! The UN General Assembly Resolutions 242 and 478 (and many others) affirm that the Zionist “Israelis” illegal occupy the West Bank (that they seized in war in 1967) and that all Zionist settlements in the West Bank are entirely illegal and the UN Security Council notes “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”. So Ehud Barak offered Arafat a crappy deal, Arafat could never accepted, it is you Zionist liars you promote the offer as some “breakthrough”. In fact it was the Arab League that offered a true breakthrough and real true generous offer to the Zionist “Israelis” in the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Peace_Initiative first offered by the AL at the Arab League 2002 Summit in Beirut and then reaffirmed and re-offered by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah at the 2007 Arab League Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia dubbed the “Riyadh Summit” of 2007. In this breakthrough offer the Arab League offered the “Israelis” complete recognition and completely normalized relations with every Arab country (i.e. the Arab League) that is economic, country-to-country relations, opening up embassies, etc. if the Zionist “Israelis” withdrew to the pre-1967 lines and established their state on the 1948 borders. The Zionist “Israelis” did not even bother to respond to this generous offer by the Arab League.

  • khushboo

    Awww Truthi don’t be like that. You know you love being here with us. Why else would you not leave? If you changed your mind now and really hate us, we’ll let you go. buh bye.

  • http://gmail Truth Seeker

    @Susanna :It is written in the Holy Bible:CAST NOT THY PEARLS BEFORE SWINES.You are wasting your precious time on these brain washed,braindead or brainless Muslims here.They just like to display their Ignorance on this site.There are a few half wit Jews and illiterate catholics as well to support them.Any body who knows Islam would not like even to spit on their face.Ignorance-thy name is Islam.

  • Susanna

    @ Abdul-Rahman

    The vicious bigotry just rolls out of you. As to history, most of what you bring to the table is distorted. The peoples (Canaanites, Philistines, Jebusites etc) were pagans. When Israel conquered the land God gave to them, they were driven out. The land known as Israel, its kingdom established but continued to be conquered by other pagan empires, (Babylon, Assyria)but Israel was ruled by puppet kings and governors. The final destruction of Israel by the Romans dispersed the Hebrew people. Through the ensuing centuries the land was conquered and governed by others, never the indigenous people. Jews, Christians, Arabs always lived on the land known by it’s last given name, Palestine by the Roman Empire. But as a separate nation, it never was ruled and sovereign by its indigenous people.
    Why did the Arabs refuse a state of self government in 1948? And again, when Yassar Arafat declined the offer during the Clinton administration?

  • Abdul-Rahman

    @Susanna nobody here is falling for you idiotic Zionist propaganda that I’m sure Zionist “Christian” fools like the fat racist pig John Hagee have sold you. The whole world other than the right wing in the Zionist entity agree that East Jerusalem is being illegally occupied by the Zionist entity and has been so since 1967; even the US government admits this although they tend to support the Zionist regime in calls for “territorial swaps” (i.e. the Zionists wanting to “swap” desert land in the Negev desert to be allowed to try to keep their illegal settlements in al-Quds) in any planned “two state solution”.

    As for the Jordanians occupying the West Bank and Jerusalem, nobody recognized this outside of Britain and I believe also Pakistan (which had close ties to Jordan at that time). The Palestinians themselves did not recognize the Jordanian rule as legal and neither did the Arab League or any other Arab country (again only Britain and Pakistan recognized this move by the Jordanian monarchy into Palestinian lands).

    As for the history of Palestine and Jerusalem in general this is a good read for brainwashed Zionist propagandist hatemongers like yourself. http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

    The city of Jerusalem’s original name was Canaanite name Urusalim which was the name given to the city by the Canaanite people who founded it The Canaanite word Urusalim was later “Hebraized” into Yerushalayim and then the Islamic Caliphate called it al-Quds in the Arabic language).

    On Palestinian Arabs ancestry an “Israeli” academic and doctor named Dr. Ariella Oppenheim (of Hebrew University of Jerusalem) wrote the following. That Palestinian Arabs are “descendants of a core population that lived in the area since prehistoric times, albeit religiously first Christianized then largely Islamized, and all eventually culturally Arabized.” Note prehistoric times being the Canaanites, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim also tells us “Referring to those of the Muslim faith more specifically, it reaffirmed that Palestinian Muslim Arabs are descended from Christians and Jews who lived in the southern Levant, a region that includes Israel, Sinai and part of Jordan. While both the Palestinians and the world’s distinct Jewish populations have mixed with invading and host populations respectively, Oppenheim’s team found that Jews have mixed more with other populations, which makes sense because they were more likely to leave the Levant.”

    Laslty, this is more good information refuting your nonsense Zionist propaganda. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_name_Palestine

  • Susanna

    @ JD

    If you truly believe these stories, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you cheap. Jerusalem is not occupied territory. Maybe it once was by the Jordanians that seized it illegally in 1948.

  • Abdul-Rahman

    @Susanna Your a pathetic joke, quoting from “perseuction.com” a right wing, racist Christian Crusader website claiming alleged “persecution” of Christians; you present this right wing evangelical missionary crusader nonsense as a supposed “source” but then tell people the UN is not to be trusted!!! Let me quickly go over the main places the article you posted from the Crusader liars.

    Nigeria- There are both Muslim and Christian militias in the Jos region of Nigeria. Most violence in Nigeria is unfortunate and not because of religion but because of poverty and anger at governmental corruption. Boko Haram has fought with Nigerian security forces which includes Nigerian Muslims so Boko Haram has killed Nigerian Muslims as well. You also have armed groups like the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta fighting against the Nigerian government for what they say is the government’s corruption and theft of their regions oil resources alongside Western oil companies especially Royal Dutch Shell.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran- there is no “persecution” of Christians there in fact Iran has both a very vibrant Iranian Jewish community (made up of Jews who have mostly been in Persia for centuries) and Christians. Many Iranian Christians happen to be Iranian-Armenians (Armenians living in Iran who have also been in Persia for a long time in most cases). The only one case I can think of recently was one Iranian guy who the government allegedly had arrested that had converted to Christianity and was apparently try to do missionary activity in the country. I believe the Iranians were stating he was involved with spying for the CIA or other Western intelligence agencies against Iran. Also I think the Iranian government has publicly come out and said the man will not be executed or anything, last I heard.

    Egypt- There is no alleged “persecution” of Coptic Christians on any sizable scale, in fact many Coptic Christians were disproportionately represented in the old Hosni Mubarak regime (see for example the extremely wealthy Coptic Sawiris family in Egypt). The bombing of a church back in January 2011 in Alexandria was an isolated event, and was believed by many to have been possibly done with the assistance of the Zionist “Israeli” Mossad in a false flag action to cause disunity in Egyptian society. The “Israelis” and their Mossad has a history of doing this, especially in Egypt see the Lavon Affair false flag attack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavon_Affair and also http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/01/06/egypt-church-bombing-another-lavon-affair/

    “We have penetrated Egypt in many areas, including the political, security, economic, and military spheres. We have succeeded in promoting sectarian and social tension there so as to create a permanent atmosphere of turmoil, in order to deepen the discord between Egyptian society and the government and make it difficult for any regime following that of Hosni Mubarak to alleviate this discord.” (Statement made by Major General Amos Yadlin, former head of “Israeli” Military Intelligence)

    If it wasn’t an “Israeli” false flag it was done by a small group of militants and was widely condemned by Egypt’s Muslim majority, so much so that Egyptian Muslims took to becoming human shields in and around Coptic churches after these events, these human shields including Muslims from the legendary al-Azhar University of Cairo.

    Malaysia and Pakistan don’t have any real problem with “persecution” against the minority of Christians that do live in either of those countries. If a church was allegedly “closed” I don’t see any proof for this but it was likely for some security reason and this is not unique as for example in Pakistan the Pakistani authorities (corrupt and backed by the US imperialists as they are) often have to deal with violence that occurs between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims within Pakistan itself. Especially regarding some extremist armed groups in Pakistan targeting the Shi’a minority population of Pakistan at the time of important Shi’ite holidays and festivals especially. Malaysia is renowned to be a tolerant and open country, with a strong economy as well.

    As for Iraq, Iraqi Christians were just find under Saddam (Saddam even had high level Iraqi Christians in his government like his famous Foreign Minister the Iraqi Christian Tariq Aziz) before the US military went in killed over 1 million Iraqis overall and destroyed the entire nation of Iraq’s infrastructure. The US imperialist’s illegal aggression and occupation of Iraq also promoted sectarian tensions not only in regard to Iraqi Christians but also obviously between Sunnis and Shi’ites struggling over political power.

    Saudi Arabia does not “persecute” Christians, specifically because the majority if not all of the Christians that are in Saudi Arabia are foreign workers. I would say the treatment of these foreign workers most greatly depends on where they come from, not what religion they are. Western expatriates in Saudi are often treated very, very well (i.e. the US backed Saudi monarchy likes to suck up to them, a form of cultural imperialism I’d say) these Westerners often work in the oil sector in Saudi and live in nice, plush gated villas with armed guards to protect them as militants in Saudi would often want to target Westerners living in the Kingdom if able (i.e. as groups like al-Qaeda obviously hate the US for its imperialist actions, support of Zionist “Israel” against the Palestinians, etc). The other “class” of foreign workers in Saudi are migrant workers often from southeast Asia places like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines, etc. and these people often are not treated very well and suffer abuse as migrant workers from poverty stricken countries unfortunately often do all around the globe. It has nothing to do with “religion” and only has to do with migrants being abused, note many of these migrants in Saudi are also from India and other places in southeast Asia and are often religiously Hindus, Buddhists, etc. And contrary to what is often claimed non-Muslim houses of worship are allowed to operate in Saudi as long as they don’t display their non-Muslim symbols openly in public. It is true non-Muslims cannot enter the Islamic Holy cities of Mekkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia and thus cannot build their houses of worship there, but last I checked Muslims and Jews weren’t allowed to build either Mosques of Synagogues in the Vatican either.

    And then also Susanna your pathetic right wing article, also mentions the Philippines there is no “persecution” of Christians by Muslims in the Philippines; most specifically because Muslims in the Philippines are themselves oppressed by the non-Muslim Filipino government. Read up on the Philippines and the Islamic insurgency in the Moro region of the Philippines by groups like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Abu Sayyaf that seeks to have the Moro region of the Philippines that is mostly made up of Filipino Muslims. The majority of the population of the Philippines is Christian, so how exactly would the Muslim minority allegedly “oppress” Christians?! Especially again when there has been a long running armed conflict between the official government of the Philippines and armed Islamic separatists (like MILF and Abu Sayyaf) that seek to have the Muslim majority region of Moro given independence. The same is true of Ethiopia, the majority of Ethiopians are Christian around 62%, whereas Ethiopian Muslims are a sizable minority about 34%. The Ethiopian government is majority Christian and current Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi is also an Ethiopian Christian who has been backed by the US imperialists as well. The US backed tyrant Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia has both invaded and occupied the Muslim nation of Somalia and also been involved in suppressing the freedom seeking of the people in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. Ogaden is a natural resource rich area populated by ethnic-Somalis who are almost all Muslims, i.e. 99% of Ogaden’s population is both Somali and Muslim; in fact the Ogaden is actually in what is called the Somali region of Ethiopia itself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_region. See the armed conflict involving a group called the ONLF the Ogaden National Liberation Front seeking independence of the natural resource rich Ogaden again populated by Somali Muslims from the forces of the US backed dictator and Ethiopian Christian tyrant Meles Zenawi leader of Ethiopia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogaden_National_Liberation_Front and http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=35200

    Also you have articles mentioning Afghanistan, you should know that shows the reality of imperialist Crusader Amerikkkan forces have been committing as they slaughter millions of Afghani people and occupy their country. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7abp0Kun8Ak

    Muslims are the true people who are being oppressed by Western imperialist nations and Zionists, the majority of the world’s refugee populations are Muslims fleeing Western crusader aggression and imperialism.

  • JD

    and After

    Israeli police clash with Palestinians in al-Aqsa, kill one

    http://palsolidarity.org/2012/02/israeli-police-clash-with-palestinians-in-al-aqsa-kill-one/

    Clashes broke out after Israeli police fired tear gas and used stun grenades on hundreds of Palestinians who had gathered outside al-Aqsa Mosque following the Friday Prayers to protest against Israeli attacks on the holy site earlier this week. One man was killed amid protests in nearby Qalandia following the Zionist incursion into Al Aqsa.

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    Were throwing the stones at a tour group not ________ religion or ______ religion ….throwing stones at anyone is wrong but that is the background to the events

  • JD

    and How did all of that start susanna….

    Jewish settlers break into Al-Aqsa; Israel arrests four Palestinians

    http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/3458-jewish-settlers-break-into-al-aqsa-israel-arrests-four-palestinians

    Jewish settler groups stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning, under the protection of the Israeli security forces which prevented hundreds of Palestinian worshippers from entering the mosque to protect it from the extremists.

    Sources in occupied Jerusalem said that the city is tense after the incursion. It was confirmed that worshippers inside Al-Aqsa confronted the settlers, who entered the Noble Sanctuary from the historic Moroccans’ Gate.

    A statement from Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, which is based inside Israel (known by Palestinians as the territories occupied in 1948), condemned the assault on Islam’s third holiest site. “Following the incursion by extremist Jews and their calls for more raids against the mosque, the Israeli occupation’s police and army have tightened their blockade of Al-Aqsa.” Large numbers of worshippers have been stopped from entering the mosque, the Foundation said. Women have been abused and identity cards have been confiscated.

    Al-Aqsa Foundation’s statement said that 65 Jewish settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in three groups, including a group from the notorious Kiryat Arba illegal settlement near Hebron. Israeli forces have surrounded the mosque and closed its doors. The men and women inside have responded with cries of “Allahu Akbar – God is Great”.

    The Israeli occupation forces arrested three Palestinian citizens of the Zionist state as well as one of the mosque guards. Riad Aghbarieh from Umm Al-Fahm, Tamer Shala’ta from Sakhnin, Ibrahim Khalil from Baana Nujeidat and guard Samer Qwaider were detained by Israeli officers. A tense atmosphere now prevails in Al-Aqsa.

  • Ian Gould

    Susanna, what does the Stonegate Institute say about the burning of mosques and the murder of Imams by Christians in Ivory Coast?

    They do mention that, don’t they?

  • khushboo

    War against Muslims is happening here in the U.S. Here’s another case of ignorant haters vandalizing a Sikh temple thinking they’re Muslims.

  • Susanna

    Sorry I thought it was there when I posted. The article is from Zionica- a Christian global news agency from an article in IsraelToday.

  • Christian-friend

    @Geji, I am sorry, I thought you meant that we all Christian were violent on Muslims, while in fact only a minority would do so (depending on the country). I always see Muslims like my Somali friend; so peaceful to the point of being a little boring.

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