December 24, 2010, - 4:35 pm
Almost every year at Christmas-time, I tell you about the bleak state of affairs for Christians everywhere in the Muslim world. And every year at this time, the picture is dramatically worse. Because of persecution by Muslims, Christians are dwindling in places like Bethlehem, Jesus’ birthplace, and Iraq, where American boys and men gave their lives so that . . . Christians can be persecuted by the Iran-backed Shi’ites we put in power and the Sunnis we removed. And almost every year, morons and ignoramuses like Michelle Fraudkin post stupid, fraudulent photos of Muslims helping Iraqi Christians put up crosses on their churches at Christmas-time, as if it is something more than a photo op for the few remaining Christians left in that place we gave blood and lives for in exchange for the grand bargain of letting the ayatollahs’ puppet run the place.
This year, Christians in Iraq–the few that remain–can no longer celebrate. There is NO CHRISTMAS in Iraq, as the celebration has been canceled by the Christians there in fear of more violence against them. Is this what American soldiers died for? Yup, nothing more. Sorry. Oh, and also I guess they died for the infusion of thousands of Chaldean (Iraqi Christian) refugees to the U.S. . . . to places like Michigan, where, apparently, jobs are plentiful and citizens are looking for more people to hop on the entitlement rolls. Who knew?
But here’s what we do know:
Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country. . . . Church officials in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul, the southern city of Basra and in the capital confirmed they will not put up Christmas decorations or hold evening Mass and have urged worshippers to refrain from decorating their homes. Even an appearance by Santa Claus was called off. . . .
Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako in Kirkuk: “We cannot find a single source of joy that makes us celebrate. The situation of the Christians is bleak.” . . .
In the northern city of Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Sako said church officials will not put up Christmas decorations outside the church and urged worshippers to refrain from decorating their homes.
A traditional Santa Claus appearance outside one of the city’s churches has also been called off, he said. Money usually used on celebrations or gifts will instead go to help Christian refugees, he said.
Ashour Binyamin, a 55-year-old Christian from Kirkuk said he and his family would not go to church on Christmas but instead would celebrate at home.
At Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation church where more than 120 parishioners were held hostage by gunmen on Oct. 31, there will be no Christmas tree and Mass on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day has been canceled. . . .
“We have canceled all celebrations in the church,” said Father Mukhlis. “We are still in deep sorrow over the innocent victims who fell during the evil attack.”
In the Karradah neighborhood, where many of the city’s remaining Christians live, a number of churches were guarded by security forces Wednesday and surrounded by razor wire. Shop owners in the neighborhood said few people were buying the Christmas trees and Santa Claus toys on sale. . . .
In Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Syrian Orthodox priest Faiz Wadee said there will be no public Christmas celebrations either.
Christians in Iraq’s second-largest city of Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad decided to cancel all celebrations as well. . . . “There will be only a small Mass in one church in Basra without any signs of joy or decoration and under the protection of Iraqi security forces,” he said.
Matti [DS: Saad Matti, a Christian legilator] said Christians would also tone down their celebrations out of respect for a Shiite holiday going on at the same time.
Yup, the same Shi’ite Muslims who run the country.
Remember when Juan Williams was fired by NPR for saying he fears airplane travelers in Muslim garb on FOX News’ “O’Reilly Factor?” Well, buried in the hype were the moronic comments of Bill O’Reilly anal cavity inhabitant and utter ignoramus Mary Katharine Ham (who counts among her close friends, Emily Zanotti, a woman who proudly praised Holocaust-denying Muslim death, rape, and torture threats against me, my parents, and my Holocaust survivor grandparents). Williams, O’Reilly and M. Kath-equine Ham discussed the two “The View” co-hostesses who walked out on O’Reilly when he said Muslims perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.
The moronic, know-nothing Ham butt-snorkled to O’Reilly about how there’s a “distinction between moderate and extremist Islam,” then said, “You have to believe in that distinction,” and claimed that we are building Iraq on “moderate Muslims.” Uh, no, I don’t have to believe anything, certainly not this uninformed tripe. Yup, those “moderate Muslims” who are taking direction from Iran, NOT the U.S., and who are helping to usher out the last Christians in the country . . . the Christians who had it much better under the secular Saddam Hussein. What an idiot. And a fool. But, hey, her idea of “moderates” is a woman who praises Holocaust-denying Muslim death, rape, and torture threats against Jews.
Here’s the real scoop on those “moderate Muslims” running Iraq: before we went into Iraq, there were 1.4 million to 2 million Christians there. Now there are only 200,000 to 500,000 left. The narrative is that this is because of Sunni terrorists. But the facts are that the theocratic Shi’ite Muslims running the country have made Chaldeans who still live there uncomfortable and persecuted. Women who previously wore short sleeves under Sunni Saddam Hussein cannot now walk outside without long sleeves and a hijab covering their hair. This is what M. Kath-equine Ham calls “moderate Muslims.” Her phony “distinction” between “moderate” and “extremist” Muslims is nowhere to be seen. It’s Islam. Period.
And another example of it is what’s happening to Christians in Gazastan and the so-called West Bank. In 1950, Christians were 15 percent of the population in these Muslim Palestinian-controlled areas. Not they are LESS THAN 2 PERCENT. They’ve been persecuted and murdered out of existence. Whether it’s HAMAS Muslims taking over ransacking a Roman Catholic Church (breaking crosses and smashing the face of Jesus on a ceramic statue), detonating a bomb outside a Christian school, or firebombing a Christian bookshop and killing a Christian who worked there. There are only 3,500 Christians left–and that number is quickly shrinking–among 1.5 million Muslim savages in Gaza. The numbers in Bethlehem are shrinking, too, because of Fatah-led persecution. You know–Fatah, our “moderate” Islamic terrorist group and Israel’s “partner for peace.” In the 1950s, 75% of Bethlehem’s population was Christian. Today, only one-third is Christian.
No matter how peaceful it is for Christian pilgrims in Bethlehem, this year, it’s mere window dressing–thick cosmetics covering up the dying Christian world that once was there and will soon be gone completely. And the only reason it is safe there is because Israeli soldiers are running the show. Otherwise, it would be back to the days a few years ago during which Islamic terrorists backed by Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat were holed up in the Church of the Nativity and treating it like a garbage dump, even having sex and leaving used condoms on the floor. Plus the Muslims running the so-called West Bank need the money the Bethlehem pilgrimages generate for cash-starved, angry Palestinian Muslim merchants. It’s an interesting situation, with gullible Christian tourists helping fund the use of Jesus’ birthplace as a minstrel show to cover up their persecution of Christians.
That is the true state of Christianity . . . or lack thereof in the Islamic world, Michelle Fraudkin’s phony pics of carefully posed Islamo-Christian “brotherhood.” Brotherhood, indeed. The only brotherhood in the Arab world is the “Ikhwan,” the Muslim “brotherhood.”
Of course, it must be noted that in most of the Islamic world, Christian Arabs sided with Muslims against Jews. And they bet on the wrong side. In many cases, it’s now a case of what goes around comes aroun. And now that they’ve helped Muslims in getting rid of the Jews, they are the targets. In the case of Copts in Egypt, for example, they led Muslims in the pogroms against Jews. Now they are getting a tiny taste of their own medicine, just a sliver of what they deserve. (Of course, leave it to ignoramuses and phonies, like car loan fraud scamming millionairess Scamela Geller to pander to the Copts like the Uber Kapo that she is.)
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