“My people are being slaughtered!” ISIS = Genocide with impunity UPDATE: And now, the Satanists

“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!”

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“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…

Yezidi in refugee camp, Iraq (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Yezidi in refugee camp, Iraq (Photo: AFP/Getty)

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

And the new trust-fund-baby “icon” for terror:

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.

Another megalomaniacal narcissist. Because we don’t have enough of those running around.

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.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Elijah fan

    The most heartbreaking period that has connected with me. I prayed today after reading you that God would move some government to drop supplies on Sinjar Mt. and then I said…” do I believe that you Father will do this?”. There was a pause as I went over His past with me. ” Yes I believe that you will do it unless you have a better plan”. I recently encountered the great severity of Christ perhaps His greatest where the disciples cannot exorcise a demon and ask Christ why. He says three things are not being done by them….fasting, prayer, and your faith is smaller than a mustard seed….” how long will I put up with you?” follows that diagnosis. Whoa…the hell sermons are not nearly so severe. With that incident and with the severe Christ, I entered the room to pray for those on Sinjar Mt. to the Father and will do so again. Popes have to get less saccharine. Benedict advised Christians to stay in those areas and make peace. Christ however said …”do not cast your pearls before swine or give what is holy to dogs or they will trample it under their feet and turn and tear you”. Yet Christ did just that. But He did not have children…celibates can risk wherein they are not dragging children into danger. Get the Christians and other peaceful groups out of those hell holes.
    Popes…stop volunteering others for danger.

  • http://virtualchapel.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Where is the outrage within the Church, especially the American, about this genocide? Where are the homilies, the calls for prayer and sacrifice, the special collections to aid those being oppressed?

    There is nothing…

  • Mal

    Not long ago NATO or UN forces, Including the USA, went into Bosnia to help the Muslims because their enemies were deemed to be committing ethnic cleansing. Why are these forces not going to the aid of these Christian civilians – men, women and children – not being protected? What is the toothless UN doing besides criticising the Church on its stance on abortion?
    I believe that the West is now weak and uncertain. It has attacked marriage and family and now find that structurally they are weak. And while they continue to destroy their foundations – marriage, family and spirituality – the murdering Islamists will do whatever they want. Obama is useless.

  • mollysdad

    More to the point, where is the call for holy war? Our Lord Jesus Christ shares as Man in the fullness of the Divine Majesty. Thus His Sacred Humanity must participate in lawful human acts by which human life is given and taken. He raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament so that the human act which consummates the marriage is His.

    In the ancient institution of “milkhemet mitzvah” (war by God’s commandment) Amalek, the genocidal enemy of His people, is exterminated under the leadership of the anointed King of Israel (1 Samuel 15). Jesus, as Man, is Lord of Hosts and by a human act here and now commands the nations to wage it.

  • Gordis85

    I wondered too while at Mass this evening but regardless, I thought of all the innocent lives being wiped away….the suffering, the despair. And yet, I also want to hope there is hope, there is perseverance and prayer among God’s people currently under siege by an evil that is relentless and will not stop until they are stopped by the hand of the Just Lord.

    My parish has a very beautiful life size Crucifix which hangs directly over the main altar. I looked up quite often as I thought of the many lives suffering in Iraq. I placed them all at the foot of that cross and I will keep placing them there and praying for them and hoping too that in due course, their vindication will come, their salvation sure.

    Until such a time, we must unite ourselves with all of them. Pray with and for them, share their sorrow and their tears and help as best we can. I joined the Apostles Club today on CNEWA because I want to help in whatever way I can.

    The Lord has been good to me…now, I want to be good and caring towards my neighbor however far he/she is in this world of ours.

  • I_M_Forman

    Pope Benedict did say that the world was facing a new Dark Age. Barbarism comes in business suits as well as black headscarves and ammo belts. Still we are reassured that the Gates of Hell will never prevail. Diplomacy, even papal diplomacy works better behind the scenes. Like the Nazis, the new Barbarians will only act in a worse display of public reprisal if an open test of wills presents itself to the public. The Vatican has no army and the Barbarians do. More is being done behind the scenes than we realize.

    Humanity sees what happens when they place their faith in either the East or West. We need to place our trust in God. The Old Kingdoms of Israel and Judah learned that lesson the hard way. The Devil may have his hour, but God carries the day!

  • commandergreen

    They say 15-25% of the Muslims are radicalized, meaning we are looking at between 180-300 million Muslims that need to be exterminated. Do you really think the pussified west with a population below replacement level is going to be able to handle this. No they won’t do jack shit, they will simply be replaced by the Muslims, demographics is destiny. Look at how hysterical the world gets when Israel kills a few thou ads rats . We are locked in a box, a systematic hell hole is emerging maybe you won’t feel the brunt of it, but your kids and grand kids and great grand kids they will end up just like these poor souls.

    That’s what coming down the pipe, on a long enough time line.

  • Hegesippus

    Regarding your last statement, should “Popes” recommend that evangelisation only takes place after a risk assessment approves it?

  • Elijah fan

    You’re ignoring my celibate/ family people distinction. End.

  • la catholic state

    The West is preparing for the day when Islam takes over. It’s the trendy new thing you know….

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I had a letter exchange with Cardinal Dolan a little less than a year ago on this subject. I posted our exchange on my blog. Here if you want to read it:

    http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/2013/11/personal-note-my-letter-exchange-with.html

    All you tend to get from our Catholic Clergy is that you have to pray. Well, that’s pretty useless in getting change.

  • MeanLizzie

    Prayer is the most powerful thing. It holds and effects where all else fails.

  • S.L. Hansen

    I’ve heard homilies at home and while on vacation about it. So some priests are definitely talking about it.

  • RobertTress

    Suggestion: Wanna get worlds attention? Say Israel did it!!! Or maybe better, say the shin bet is behind ISIS….
    When Jews defend themselves against Hamas – who are BTW in the same ideological bed as ISIS, the whole world screams. But when TENS OF THOUSANDS of women and children are slaughtered by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, hellooooo?! where’s the UN? where is BBC? where is NYT? oh, no Jews involved, nobody care a damn!!

  • D.A. Howard

    The Oklahoma crowd will be destroyed by God. May he have mercy on their souls.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Well, a few weeks ago our Holy Father (and you picked up on it) asked everyone to pray for Israel/Palistinian peace. I assume many prayed and yet look what happened. I assume many of us are praying for the Iraqi Christains. Need I say more. Whatever prayer does, it does not have an immediate effect.

  • Gordis85

    This just in! While war is not the answer, in many respects it must be fought in order to rescue those who are defenseless and being crushed by a ruthless enemy.

    http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/070820144

    I am hopeful peace can come and soon but at what price? I am praying and will keep praying.

  • Suellen Ann Brewster

    Interesting pairing of these two stories. The link is true: http://ephphatha13.blogspot.com

  • gullycat

    Hah! We’ll see about that. Don’t forget, we come from a nation that, without much hesitation, nuked our enemies. Twice. There are still a lot of us left.

  • Gail Finke

    It’s awful, awful, awful. But things looked pretty bad during the Reformation, too. And the wave of blood revolutions that followed the French Revolution. And World War I. And World War II. And the Russian Revolution, and the Chinese Revolution… I think of that when things seem too frightening to bear — how horribly frightening and awful those times must have been as well. It helps keep me from panicking, but of course it does not take away from the reality of things being awful, awful, awful. I wrote to the State Department today an asked them what the Hell was wrong with them. I called, too, but was more polite than that…

  • LT Brass Bancroft

    If only there were a Western superpower with a military presence in Iraq…

  • HappyCatholic

    Oh God, save our brothers and sisters in Iraq and the rest of the ME, and protect those good souls who do not know You yet who also live in constant fear of these terrorists. And please, by Your Cross, change the hearts of the people who do these awful things against your flock and against all of humanity.
    God, move the hearts of we the apathetic, lulled into a sense of security and disinterest by our comfortable lives. Help us remember that we could just as easily be in their shoes, and help us to pray. Always to pray.

  • douglas kraeger

    You are entitled to your opinion. I believe you hope you are wrong. My idea is Based on God being able to convert them. Impossible? Take an act of God? absolutely! Could the following be the first step?

    I have a question for reporters to give to all ISIS members in the hope they will ask their ISIS leaders to answer publicly. Will any leader opposed to ISIS actions publicly ask this question of ISIS LEADERS?

    ISIS members believe (or at least claim) that they are doing the “will of Allah” in what they are doing. How can this be really true? I, for one, can imagine a God so infinitely good, merciful, and powerful that He Wills to, and therefore must be, turning the whole world right side up to the one Faith He wants all to have without violating anyone’s free will, through verifiable evidence and His questions that He wants to give His answers to.

    Are ISIS members and their religious mentors going to publicly say I am wrong and publicly say that God cannot be that good, merciful, and powerful, OR are they going to admit that God is doing what I say He is doing, turning the whole world right side up by peaceful means to the one Faith He wants all to have without violating anyone’s free will, through verifiable evidence and His questions that He wants to give His answers to, but they still want their followers to resort to violence, hate and murder in the name of “cooperating” with God’s plan of peace?

    Should not all laity of all faiths do all they can to “help” all ministers of all faiths to publicly proclaim their belief that God is so infinitely good, merciful and powerful that He is turning the whole world right side up to the one Faith He wants all to accept and profess by peaceful means without violating anyone’s free will and therefore all should publicly renounce violent aggression and terrorism as a tactic in doing God’s Will?

    Should all laity expect all ministers of all faiths to find and provide the verifiable evidence and related questions they believe God is using to bring all people to the one Faith God wants all to accept and believe?

    Should all laity find the best verifiable evidence and related questions they can, post them on electronic media, and carry them on slips of paper in their wallets and purses to be handed to others whom they dialogue with, all in an effort to help people, in the security of their homes and hearts, to seek God’s answer and the one Faith He wants all to have without having to convince the person giving them the slip of paper?

    I have a few starter questions on my blog eternalvisionfarmer.blogspot.com


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