Christians Slaughtered by Muslims

Michael Coren highlights the bloody violence against Christians in the Middle East in this article

this particular Bible might be of interest to the viewers as he had been given it by an Iraqi Christian who attended Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad. The church had been attacked during the evening Mass on October 31, 2010 by a Sunni Muslim terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq. At least 58 people were murdered and more than 75 injured in that attack.

The large, heavy book being held in front of me was, I realized, almost beyond reading. Its pages were thick and glued together in lumps, soaked and sticky with the blood of the men, women, and children who had been slaughtered that warm evening in a place of peace, in a city where Christians had lived and flourished before Islam even existed. This was not a holy book to be preached from, but a holy book of martyrdom that preached. Its illegible pages spoke entire volumes, its red turned to brown strains cried out to a still largely indifferent or even hostile world.

Read the whole article here. What is most terrifying and terrible is the relative silence of the American media on these grotesque attacks on Christians. If it were happening to any other minority group the papers would be full, and yet what do we hear of the blood of the Christian martyrs? A few articles and reports, but nothing comprehensive. And as John Allen has pointed out in his book The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution the persecution isn’t limited to the Middle East or to Muslims. The war on Christians is global and the persecution is increasing.

Coren doesn’t mince his words and shows that hatred of Christianity and explicit calls for violence against Christians is part of the Koran. Sometimes the future of Christ’s Church seems so bleak and all we can cling on to are the ancient words of Tertullian that the blood of the matyrs is the seed of the church.