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The latest example of self-imposed Arab-Christian dhimmitude comes to us from the synod of Catholic bishops, who met in Rome for a special two-week meeting on the Middle East at the Vatican. The event was attended by 185 bishops, most of whom were from 22 Eastern Catholic and Arab churches, representing 5.7 million followers in 16 Middle Eastern states. A press conference led by Monsignor Cyril Salim Bustros, a Boston-based Melkite Greek-Catholic Archbishop, followed the October 23, 2010 synod conclusion. Unfortunately, the synod of Catholic bishops took the opportunity the press conference provided to publicize extreme anti-Israel rhetoric.
“There is no such thing as a chosen people,” declared Archbishop Bustros. “Israel cannot use the Bible as a reason for claiming Palestinian lands.” The Lebanese native continued, “This promise [to Jews] was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people—all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.”
According to the progressive-liberal website Op Ed News, the bishops said that “recourse to theological and biblical positions that use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable.”
The Vatican meeting on the Middle East was the Catholic version of the non-Evangelical Protestant Arab-Palestinian declaration known as the Kairos Palestine Document, which was issued last December. Both declarations were politically inspired by the Arab-Palestinians and Arab League in an effort to delegitimize the Jewish State and to serve as a counter-measure to the largely pro-Israel American evangelical Protestants.
Christian-Arabs are leaders in various Arab nationalist movements, including the Baath party (in Syria and Iraq) and Palestinian terrorist organizations, and have identified with Muslims politically and culturally in an attempt to forestall the jihadist impulses of Muslims against the Christian community. Christian-Arabs hope to coexist with Muslims on equal terms and believe that the appeasement of their Muslim oppressors will gain them acceptance. However, the relationship is doomed to fail. Christians throughout the Islamic Middle East are being persecuted and discriminated against and despite attempts by Christian-Arab clergy to curry favor with Arab-Muslim regimes, flocks of Christians are being pushed out of their native countries – especially in the Palestinian territories. For Arabs throughout the Middle East, Islam alone defines their identity. Ironically, it is only in Israel that the Christian population has grown and flourished.
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