“Please, brothers! Our sisters are being taken and sold as slaves in the slave market!…I speak here in the name of humanity! Save us! Save us!”
“Genocide in the 21st Century! We are being slaughtered! We are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth!”
And it likely won’t be the last. To paraphrase Niemöller: First, they came for the Yezidi, and I wasn’t a Yezidi, so I said and did nothing…
Let’s be blunt: the so-called “Islamic State” is slaughtering people in huge numbers, in a most savagely inhuman fashion and with apparent impunity. The West continues to be all-but silent. The United States, no longer a voice for human rights, except as it pleases, does nothing; says nothing.
There is lots of hand-wringing and press coverage of the ongoing tensions between Israel and Hamas, with a lot of talk about “proportionality” — and there should be, sure. Yet on the subject of ISIS the reportage is wholly disproportionate to their relentless campaign of terror, displacement and outright slaughter against Christians, Shiite Muslims, and religious minorities like Iraq’s Yezidi. There isn’t much hand-wringing at all. As a vicar in Baghdad notes: With attention on Gaza, Islamic State free to persecute Iraqi Christians. And others. Syria; Iraq; Lebanon. ISIS is swarming like a plague of locusts, and destroying everything in its path.
Read this, from Deacon Greg, who passes along a report out of Iraq:
. . .thousands of Yazidis died in the last two days, they are facing a real genocide. Till yesterday (45) children died of thirst. Some families throw their children from the top of Sinjar mountain in order not to see them die from hunger or thirst, or not to be taken by the terrorists. (1500) men were killed in front of their wives and families, (50) old men died also from thirst and illness. More than (70) girl and women (including Christians) were taken, raped and being captured and sold. More than (100) families are captured in Tel afar airport.
There is about (50) Christian families in Sinjar. The terrorists were able to control the Syriac church there and cover the Cross with their black banner. Till now we do not know anything about those Christian families.
Read Michael J. Totten:
Sinjar is a Kurdish town, but it’s in Nineveh province outside the Kurdish autonomous region. The armed Kurdish Peshmerga forces operating there ran out of ammunition and had little choice but to retreat in the wake of the ISIS assault. Tens of thousands of civilians fled the area and are stranded atop a remote mountain without food, water, or shelter.”
A friend noted in private conversation, “It’s important for people to hear that the Yazidis practice an ancient Kurdish religion with links to Zoroastrianism, which may have been the faith of the Magi. Yazidis live side by side with Christians, and they are sharing the same fate as Shiite Muslims at the hands of ISIS…”being destroyed in the vacuum that is Iraq and Syria.
Read Nina Shea, writing about this four years ago, and warning about these days.
The fact that within the Muslim Middle East indigenous non-Muslim religious communities across the spectrum — Christians of every denomination, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sabean Mandeans, Yezidis, Baha’is — are all rapidly heading toward extinction, while Muslim sects flourish in the same areas, points to this underlying phenomenon of Islamic radicalism.
Writing on this issue, Fouad Ajami eloquently put it this way: “The Islamists are doubtless a minority in the world of Islam. But they are a determined breed.”
You bet they are. ISIS is even recruiting Western brides for their jihadis
His page on the social media site VK suggest a young man apparently obsessed with his body – it is dominated by a series of pictures of him in a gym, showing off his toned physique.
Now he uses Twitter to glorify the “Caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, and to post gory pictures including one of two heads in a basket, which he compares to the heads of sheep that can be ordered for the table in specialist Egyptian restaurants.
Will Duquette: Bloodthirsty idols
At CNEWA: No one can imagine how bad it is
UPDATE: Meanwhile, by strangest quirk of what is mostly like conceit and pretense, these satanist idiots — whose leader refers to himself as “Dastur” and imagines himself some sort of Zoroastrian high priest — have announced that they will use a Consecrated Host in order to enact a “Black Mass”.
“The abridged Black Mass (from the Satanic Rituals by [Anton] LaVey) will take place,” he said. “Then The Choke [a local band] will perform. After that, Matthew Garman will have a Satanic (Ahrimanic) Exorcism done [which purports to remove the Holy Spirit from him]. Kelsey [Daniels] and I will be presiding over this rite. Before each ritual I will lecture on the purpose and point of each ritual as it pertains to the Ahrimanic [Satanic] Faith.”
He added: “I’m renting a small space one time a year to educate the public about my religion. This is protected by my First Amendment Right as a citizen of the United States, not a brainwashed sheep of the Catholic Empire.”
Yeah, he’s an idiot dabbling with supernatural forces, who has no idea what he is doing but hey, there’s gonna be a band! Pray for him, and for all of the confused, misguided and innocently curious people who will be affected by this stupid action. And pray in reparation. We’re going to be seeing more and more of this: more slaughter of religious minorities, until there are only “majorities” left to wage war upon each other, and more open-air, public dabbling in Satanic Things.
Because this is where we are in the world, today. We are past caring about anything, and locked into our own heads. What comes of that almost seems inevitable, doesn’t it?
Yes, pray, pray, pray. These evils can only be defeated through prayer and fasting and finally thought the Presence of Christ Jesus.
Last Christmas, I imagined hell’s fury at the Birth of the Redeemer. Sometimes I feel like the world is rewinding like those old reel-to-reel tapes; that it seems like we are moving forward, but it is only an illusion; that in reality we are being pulled endlessly backward, to the crucifixion, and now to the Nativity, and next to the flood, and ultimately to Eden, the place of First Error.
For what it is worth, this is one of the few things I know: it only seems like Evil will win. It won’t, but while the eternal battle between dark and light rages around us (and within us), and it breaks through the veil and becomes more visible each day. This will convince some that there is no hope, and no use believing that what is right and holy will triumph. But it will.
This is something else I know, something I learned in the small hours of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament:
Everything is about nothing.
Everything ended with the sacrifice of the Lamb.
All is consummated.
We are forever and always at the Last Supper, at the Crucifixion, at the Resurrection.
Time ended with the tearing of the veil and the rolling back of the stone.
The rest is illusion and catching up.
There is nothing to be afraid of.
Only remain; hold fast in prayer.
Only remain. Only do not be afraid:
Only do not be afraid to make the dangerous prayer of blessing for all of us, the one offered in praise of the Holy One, that surrenders [us] completely to his will and providence.