Islam’s Christian Scapegoats

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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Consider Iraq: its persecuted Christians are being targeted in part “over their religious ties with the West.”  Even last year’s Baghdad church attack, wherein over fifty Christians were butchered, was a “retaliation” to absurd accusations against the Coptic church; the al-Qaeda affiliated perpetrators went so far as to threaten all Christians around the world as “legitimate targets for the mujahedeen (holy warriors) wherever they can reach them.”  (Bold as that sounds, the clause “wherever they can reach them” is a reminder that it is the Islamic world’s accessible, vulnerable Christians who will continue to be targeted.)

This phenomenon—attacking one set of Christians in response to another—has roots in Islamic law.  The Pact of Omar, a foundational text for Islam’s treatment of dhimmis (i.e., non-Muslims who refused to convert after their lands were seized by Islam) makes this clear.  The consequences of breaking any of the debilitating and humiliating conditions Christians were made to accept in order to be granted a degree of surety by the Muslim state were stark:  “If we in any way violate these undertakings … we forfeit our covenant, and we become liable to the penalties for contumacy and sedition”—penalties that include enslavement, rape, and death.

Moreover, the actions of the individual affect the entire group: everyone is under threat to ensure that everyone behaves.  As Mark Durie points out,

Even a breach by a single individual dhimmi could result in jihad being enacted against the whole community.  Muslim jurists have made this principle explicit, for example, the Yemeni jurist al-Murtada wrote that “The agreement will be canceled if all or some of them break it” and the Moroccan  al-Maghili taught “The fact that one individual (or one group) among them has broken the statute is enough to invalidate it for all of them” (The Third Choice, p.160).

Accordingly, months ago, when a Christian man in Egypt was accused of dating a Muslim woman, twenty-two Christian homes were set ablaze to cries of  “Allahu Akbar.”  Days ago, when Muslims made false accusations against a Copt, one Christian was killed and ten hospitalized, an old woman was thrown out of her second floor balcony, Christian homes, shops, fields, and livestock were plundered and torched—to cries of “Allahu Akbar,” per a report aptly titled “Collective Punishment of Egyptian Christians.”

Thus, as the world shrinks—and as Muslims continue to conflate the West with Christianity—the reasons to persecute Islam’s Christians grow: ethnicity and geography no longer matter; shared religion, even if nominal, makes all “Christians” liable for one another.  A dhimmi is a dhimmi is a dhimmi.  And if it’s more convenient to punish the Muslim world’s defenseless Christians in response to the West, so be it—even if the latter remains oblivious or indifferent.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    My question is, why aren't CAIR, the ISNA, the MSA, and other Muslim advocacy groups in America compelled to answer for the vile treatment of Christians and other religious minorities in the Muslim realm? These groups are always claiming victim status for Muslims here in the states, but are never asked to contrast the freedoms and privileges they enjoy with the abject dhimmitude suffered by non-Muslims in Darul Islam.

    Muslims in the West have already been provided with the "tiny minority of extremists" cop-out that automatically by rote dis-associates Islam from Islamic terrorism. What about the pogroms and church-burnings abroad? What about the murder-by-impunity of Christians accused of blasphemy are those caught up in personal disputes with Muslims? What about the laws proscribing the equality for infidels in Muslim lands?

    As we are compelled by these advocacy groups to widen the cultural space for Islam in the West, where are the calls for reciprocity? For that matter, where is the honest reporting for the stultifying oppressions that keep infidels in their place?

    It's way past time that Muslims here at home where they are a minority start to answer for the despicable behavior of Muslims abroad where they are a majority!

    • StephenD

      Thank you for putting into words my exact sentiment. You are absolutely right my friend!

      • Chezwick_mac

        Thanks Steve, for your steady encouragement and support.

        It was a lot easier to write here before the "edit" capability was removed.

    • Dispozovdaburka

      Good one.

  • ImaFreeAmerican

    Again this demonstrates the backward inbred sub-human muslims. They want to be martrys let's give them what they want but let's use Neutron bombs to save time and effort.

    • Chezwick_mac

      This is the kind of comment that discredits FPM and validates the false claims by the Left that this web-site is a hate-site.

      • ImaFreeAmerican

        It's not hate filled comments it's fact so you can get over it. If you really want to do yourself good then, by all means LEARN, EDUCATE YOURSELF. I do NOT take what I've said back. May I suggest you also study the koran and muslims sharia law and for sure their culture. Again, they are a wart on mankind and they need to be ALL removed.

        • Chezwick_mac

          I've been studying Islam since the early 90s. I read the Quran on an almost daily basis. I've immersed myself in the Hadith and the Sira. I probably know far more about Islam than you do.

          I also understand the importance of the use of language. Wild-eyed calls for nuclear slaughter is hardly the appropriate methodology for defending our civilization.

          Furthermore, the term "sub-human" is grotesque and mimics the mindset of Nazis and Jihadists. Muslims behave the way they do not because they are sub-human, but because they are inculcated from birth in a theology of hate.

          Finally, your last sentence above could readily be construed as a call to genocide. It shows you are a potentially dangerous and unbalanced person.

          • ImaFreeAmerican

            So you ARE a muslim. I thought so. Dangerous and unbalanced hah now that was funny. I assure you I'm far from that. Quite educated and Ex-Special Forces. I KNOW the truth about the muslim world with the hadiths and siraa and all the rest of thie destructive teachings from this pedophile prophet mohammed. I stand by my remark that muslims are a wart on mankind and, I suppose since your a muslim all the things I said applies to you.

          • Chezwick_mac

            You're obviously devoid of rationality. I despise Islam with every bone in my body. But I don't de-humanize Muslims…and I'm not an advocate of genocide.

          • Chezwick_mac

            PS – Why am I skeptical that you are Ex-Special Forces? Because these are typically well-grounded, educated, decent, ethical men. You come off like someone suffering from interminable adolescence.

          • ImaFreeAmerican

            Devoid of rationality, well grounded, educated, decent, ethical suffering from adolescence. questionable Ex-Army Special Forces. Just remember it's people like me that's assured you armchair politicians that you have the right to talk about things that you really do NOT know enough about. Unless you've been there, done that then my advice is to shut up. You have bored me enough. I am rational, well grounded, educated, decent, ethical and do not suffer from internable adolescence and was Green Beret for people like you who need to know the slang term that we really never really liked. I also am a real world realist. Again, until you've been there, done that
            you're position with me is very weak. This will be my last words with you. The most ironic thing is that you do not know what I do for a living and you won't because I don't exist to you anymore.

          • Chezwick_mac

            You're absolutely right, I don't know what you do for a living…and I could be wrong, but based on your comments, it's extremely unlikely that you have the integrity to have ever been a Green Beret. As for you being a "real world realist" (impressive diction), your advocacy of nuking Pakistan is so divorced from reality that your concept of the "real world" is most probably anything but.

  • ImaFreeAmerican

    There is one other thing to point out and that is, muslims DO have sex with their relatives, cousins and sisters and have children. After all the inbreeding The chromozones are going to be screwed up. Besides the crazy ideaology they study they're not mentally balanced in the first place. The koran is 97% political and only 3% religion and applies only to other muslims. Not a sound society based on primitive ideas. They're STILL a wart on mankind and should be removed.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    I'm glad that Chezmac has been studying Islam.
    I'm glad Robert Spencer has too.
    It is of utmost importance to educate the American public.
    The Disney Dream World Media makes Islam sound paletteable
    instead of speaking out and warning our citizens, barely mentioning
    the Christians in Ivory Coast, Sudan, Europe, etc., and what is actually taking place.
    More people should become educated and vocal.
    Thank G-d for Front Page Mag and it's affiliates .
    It goes where other media sources can't or won't.

  • LindaRivera

    The cruel treatment of non-Muslims by Muslims who follow their religion is completely inhuman. It is terrifying, merciless and barbaric.

    Western leaders have a lot to answer for. Our uncaring leaders have allowed the massive Muslim immigration invasion, (accompanied by the highest birth rate in the world) into our countries. Experts say that because of these demographics, just years from now Europe and the UK will become Islamic nations – ruled by Islamic sharia law.

    The hell on earth that Christians, Hindus and Sikhs endure in majority Muslim countries will be duplicated in Europe and the UK, and eventually other countries. Unless Europe and the UK actually care about protecting their people to do something about it before it is too late. For Muslim families who would like to return permanently to their countries, governments could offer to pay for travel and also give them a lump sum.

    NON MUSLIMS MUST HAVE THE HUMAN RIGHT TO LIVE IN SAFETY

  • Stuart Parsons

    Islam is an entirely false belief created in the delusional and narcissistic mind of Muhammad, its psychotic self-proclaimed 'Prophet and Messenger'. There is no Allah, no angels and no jinn. Wherever the indoctrinated followers of Muhammad and his mythical god dominate they subjugate and oppress all who are not of their ridiculous belief. Islam is a far geater threat to the well-being of mankind than Fascism, Communism and the Hordes of Genghis Khan ever were……….. but obliterating Pakistan is not the answer. I prefer challenging 'moderate' Islam to engage in dialogue and reasoned debate.

  • LibertyLover

    Mujahid are cowards and killers of children. They and their support groups like CAIR, ISNA and the Democrat Party need to be brought to heel. All of these groups are anti -freedom and anti-Christian.