Christians: On the Front Lines of Muslim Violence

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, a doomsday thriller about the Iranian nuclear threat and current geopolitical issues in the Middle East.


christiansAs Egypt’s Islamists blame Christians for the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, anti-Christian violence has reached epidemic levels, with an estimated 82 churches across Egypt attacked and heavily damaged by Morsi supporters in a mere 48 hours.

Unfortunately, the persecution of Christians is nothing new in Egypt or other Muslim-majority countries. But thanks to the mainstream media, few Westerners understand the true scale or nature of the horrors involved.

As you read this, Christians around the world are being murdered, raped, plundered, abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, or otherwise oppressed by Muslims. Christians in Muslim-majority areas are some of the most vulnerable and horribly oppressed people on Earth; they live at the mercy of the mob and receive little or no protection from the police or other government institutions.

The reach of this silent tragedy is sweeping – a global religious genocide on “slow burn” with occasional conflagrations that make it into the mainstream media. There are an estimated 100 million persecuted Christians.

This massive crime is documented in shocking and painstaking detail in Raymond Ibrahim’s new book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians. The book is required reading for anyone who cares about religious freedom, human rights, and/or the survival of Christians in their ancestral lands.

In Crucified Again, Ibrahim methodically presents overwhelming evidence of Muslim persecution of Christians (documented with about 700 footnotes). His exhaustive, scholarly, and compelling study uses many news and historical sources, and statements by contemporary Muslim clerics. The evidentiary details are far too numerous to summarize here, but a few examples stand out.

Ibrahim explains the theological basis for Muslim persecution of Christians. He notes the Islamic belief that Koranic verses from later in Muhammad’s career abrogate contradictory verses from earlier. The hostile verses naming Christians “infidels” occur towards the end of his career, so they override any tolerance for Christians in earlier verses. Ibrahim writes: “The Koran’s final word on the fate of Christians and Jews is found in Koran 9:29 [where] Allah commands believers, [to fight them]…’until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.’”

Ibrahim cites the writing of renowned Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun [1332-1406]:

[Jihad] is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force … The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty for them…But Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations.

Ibrahim explains: “The Conditions of Omar…[details] exactly how [Christians and Jews] are to feel themselves subdued.” The laws applicable to “dhimmis” (non-Muslims treated as second-class citizens under Islamic hegemony) made life so miserable for Christians over the millennia that these rules gradually transformed thousands of miles of formerly Christian territory into what is today the “Arab world.” Ibrahim also highlights a tragic historical absurdity: many of the Muslims persecuting Christians today are themselves descendants of Christians who converted because of persecution.

Having established the theological basis for Muslim oppression of Christians, Ibrahim reviews the endless historical examples of these crimes. He cites one medieval Muslim historian reporting that “30,000 churches were burned or pillaged in Egypt and Syria alone” in just two years. During the Abbasid rule (in 936), “the Muslims in Jerusalem…burnt down the Church of the Resurrection [believed to be built atop the tomb of Christ].” Ibrahim notes the “1453 conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the subsequent attack on…the Hagia Sophia and its transformation into a mosque.”

After reviewing the more notable examples from history, Ibrahim catalogs the extent to which such Muslim persecution of Christians continues today across the entire Muslim world, “from Afghanistan to Zanzibar” – regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or language. Crucified Again details how these anti-Christian crimes are often incited by governments and/or religious leaders of Muslim countries. Ibrahim “broke news” in 2012 merely by translating into English that Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority declared it “necessary to destroy all the churches” in the Arabian Peninsula. The shocking statement by Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, was widely reported by Arabic-language media, but the Western mainstream media avoided coverage of the outrage. As Ibrahim argues, the media willfully ignore such news because it contradicts their narrative that all Muslim violence is motivated by some socio-economic or political grievance.

But the West risks its own demise by ignoring four truths: 1) a hateful, absolutist ideology drives Islamist violence against non-Muslims; 2) sharia’s draconian penalties for apostasy and blasphemy maximize Muslim demographic growth because nobody can safely criticize or leave Islam (including those converted under duress); 3) sharia destroys the rights and freedoms cherished by the West; 4) sharia creates a Muslim monopoly on the marketplace of ideas – something antithetical to any free society. To survive, the West cannot let sharia laws take root in Muslim-majority communities of Europe and North America.

With documented examples, Crucified Again also debunks the myth of the “moderate” Muslim state. So-called “moderate” states like Turkey or the Maldives may not be as atrociously violent towards their Christian minorities as countries like Pakistan, Iraq, and Egypt, but they follow the same patterns of anti-Christian persecution and are far from Western standards when it comes to treating their non-Muslim minorities with equal rights, justice, and dignity.

Ibrahim has argued elsewhere that the Koran’s violent verses, unlike “their Old Testament counterparts…[use] language that transcends time and space, inciting believers to…slay nonbelievers today no less than yesterday.” According to Ibrahim, Old Testament violent verses are fundamentally different because they are merely a descriptive account of historical incidents – not a prescriptive exhortation to attack non-believers in the future.

Ibrahim shows how the Western media, academia, and the Obama administration have all whitewashed Muslim oppression of Christians and/or supported Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood to the point of enabling anti-Christian persecution and obscuring it from the public. Indeed, of Ibrahim’s 680+ cited news sources reporting on Muslim abuse of Christians, only about 6% were from the mainstream media. Biased media coverage of the Middle East deserves a book of its own, but to cite one powerful example (not mentioned in Crucified Again), consider how CBS’s “news” program, Sixty Minutes, defamed the only Mideast country where Christians are actually safe (Israel) while missing the real story of Mideast Christian persecution so thoroughly documented in Crucified Again.

Western passivity over the maltreatment of minority Christians has only encouraged Islamists to attack them for any perceived wrong by the West – whether it’s offensive cartoons, movies, or any other grievance. Worse, the apathetic West has forgotten that the Islamic prohibitions (against apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytism) used to justify Muslim oppression of Christians completely negate Western values like freedom of speech and religion.

Ibrahim elsewhere makes an excellent point about Muslim animus towards Israel: “if grievances…were really about justice and displaced Palestinians, Muslims – and their Western appeasers – would be aggrieved by the fact that millions of Christians are currently being displaced by Muslim invaders.” Indeed, the truer explanation for Muslim hostility towards Israel is that it’s the only non-Muslim state in the entire Middle East and North Africa. As long as Israel thrives as a strong, non-Muslim state, the Islamist mission of global jihad has failed in that region where Muslims are strongest. But if Israel were ever to fall, one can only imagine the genocide that would descend upon Israeli Jews – and the Israeli religious minorities sheltered in Israel (Christians, Bahá’ís, etc.).

Despite the grim signs for the West, it’s worth noting that there is a tiny but brave reform movement within Islam that should be robustly supported. Courageous humanists like Irshad Manji, who questions received doctrines with critical-thinking and a preference for tolerance over conquest, are the best hope for a reformed Islam that builds on its virtues, fixes its problems, and is at peace with itself (regarding the Sunni-Shia divide) and the non-Muslim world. Of course, anyone who reads Crucified Again will be unsurprised that Irshad Manji lives in the West.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and an Israeli submarine with a diverse crew, including a Christian Israeli.

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  • bluffcreek1967

    Isn’t that just typical of the ‘religion of peace’? When things don’t quite go their way, they decide to vent their anger by killing Christians and burning down their churches. Is it not clear by now that this murderous religion, set around the satanic visions or hallucinations of their pedophile prophet, is perhaps the great plague on civilization?

    By the way, where are the so-called ‘moderate’ muslims protesting this sort of criminal behavior on the part of the so-called ‘radical’ muslims? Where are the peace protests comprised of muslims demanding ‘radical’ muslims to stop their atrocities against Christians? If muslims are so ‘peaceful,’ why aren’t their religious leaders openly declaring that such destructive conduct dishonors allah or the teachings of the Quran? I think we know the answer.

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    • Lumpy Rutherford

      I think the moderate muslims are busy playing golf…

      • beezwaxing

        At MAAAHTHAAW’S Vineyard.

    • JoJoJams

      My Coptic Christian lady-friend from Egypt told me that in her town the actual “moderate” muslims (who basically don’t follow the barbaric proscriptions of their own religion, and who wanted Morsi out due to his and the brotherhoods over-zealous sharia (ok, actual sharia)) actually formed a human chain to protect her church from muslim fanatics (read: more pious muslim). I didn’t have the heart to remind her of the 80+ churches that didn’t have this protection, and that she was lucky, indeed, because that is far too rare an occurance. Anyhow, there are some decent humans out there who happen to be part of the muslim “religion”, but they do seem to be far and few between.

      • defcon 4

        That incident was a photo-op for foreign journalists and hasn’t done anything for the Coptic Christians who are being murdered, raped and kidnapped by muslimes in Egypt now.
        Let’s not forget the ethnic cleansing of Egypt’s ancient and prosperous Jewish population through islam0nazi persecution.

  • V-O

    So, today I searched Google news for “Christians in Egypt”…. In the top return, out of the 150 “top sources” only 1 main stream media source – USA Today – showed up. And that headline was about Nashville Christians demonstrating in support of the Copts in Egypt. The second return on google was a Fox News story heading up 1500 news sources, most of which were non main stream sources. Oh, except for CNN, which had a story on the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood leader.

    This situation isn’t just about news sources. It’s Google itself. I doubt that the slant by Google, the number one search engine for most people, is recognized by the average person.

    Pointing this out to people usually results in sidelong glances and eye rolling… “Another crackpot conspiracy theorist…” I’m beginning to find it overwhelming. How do you fight Google, for Pete’s sake? Or am I really just crazy?

    • Lumpy Rutherford

      Word your inquiries differently. I just googled Crucifixions in Egypt and found a number of links and even images…

  • BS77

    The lib stream media’s silence about the terrible attacks upon Christians and Jews in the Middle East….it’s part of the PC agenda. Reporting these crimes would go against the lib moron narrative. Instead, we are to look the other way and say nothing.

  • Gee

    It is unfortunate for the Christians – because they aided the Muslims in driving the Jews out. Now the Muslims do not have Jews to vent against so they turn to Christians.

    But have no fear – Christian Europe is still aiding the Muslims in their genocidal attempt to ethnically cleanse Israel of it’s Jewish majority

    • nomoretraitors

      They’re also aiding the Muslims in their attempt to ethnically cleanse Europe.
      How I hate traitors and collaborators

    • defcon 4

      I’d like to see proof that the Christians in any way aided the islam0fascists that RUN Egypt in assisting in the ethnic cleansing of Egypt’s centuries old Jewish population. Christians in no way run Egypt, they are and have been the persecuted, marginalized minority for decades (the teaching of the Coptic language is officially outlawed). They go along to get along, because they don’t have any f’ing choice. Why don’t YOU try going to Egypt and try publicly speaking out in support of Israel or Jews?

    • beezwaxing

      Actually, those are not Christians. They’re apostates, indeed, most openly admit as much. In any case, no true Christian is helping in that effort to ethnically cleanse Israel of its Jewish majority. The current occupant of the White House happens to be among the apostate crowd.

  • INTOLERANTOFEVIL

    What’s wrong with arab muslims, Israel should use nuclear weapons on these animals, problem solved….?

    • defcon 4

      This implicit threat is probably the only reason Israel has existed thus far. Overwhelming force is all the islam0nazis respect.

      • INTOLERANTOFEVIL

        OK….

    • beezwaxing

      It may come to that.

  • watsa46

    The West condones the behavior of the Muslims.

    • DK

      The interesting part is that the libs are supporting a religion that is opposed to practically everything the libs are for. Their hatred of Christ and Christians blinds them to this reality.

    • beezwaxing

      That is because for 100 years or more, most western nations were people with “Christians, who over the course of ten or so decades, became increasingly heretical in their religion, in their world view, and in their relations with the non-western world. The heresy was called “progressivism” which equates essentially to the idea that man can perfect man and live in perfect (economic and social) equality. Now the heretics have given way to an apostasy which has ensnared entire nations and most of those western nations. The Christians’ God is not pleased, and there will be hell to pay.

  • nomoretraitors

    Of course the lamestream media ignore this. Christians aren’t one of their favored groups

    • beezwaxing

      That’s because they’re all apostates.

  • DK

    It is time for the Christians to start shooting back. The Bible does not preclude defending nation, family and self. There is no reason to accept genocide and annihilation by the mohamidists.

    • defcon 4

      Maybe Egypt’s Christians could be armed and take over the Sinai — kinda like South Sudan was formed as a free state from islam0nazi Sudan.

      • DK

        The Christians should start migrating to secondary port cities. As they approach majority they can stabilize the local gov to protect the people. It will also give access to outside aid and escape routes to those that need it.

  • gary fouse

    Meanwhile, just yesterday, the ORange County Register runs this hagiographic article advertisng tonight’s PBS documentary on Mohammad.

    http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2013/08/five-things-i-learned-about-mohammad.html

    Only Fox is covering this story. ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC all have it buried.

    • defcon 4

      I watched some of that documentary until I just about puked when they began lying about Muhammad’s molestation of Aisha at the ripe old age of 9.

  • KhidonNOR

    Glenn Beck had an interesting segment on the Blaze TV today:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/19/buck-sexton-explains-three-islamic-concepts-that-helped-shape-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-how-theyre-at-play-today/

    Even though it was just a basic introduction to the fate of non-Muslims at the hands of the Muslims according to Islamic Shariaah law, it is nevertheless something that you will never see covered on mainstream media.