The Mass Exodus of Christians from the Muslim World

1789Originally published by Fox News.

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A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway.  Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.

We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world—much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian—came into being.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”

Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this conclusion.  Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators.

In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million.  Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.

The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.

Now as the U.S. supports the jihad on secular president Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away.

In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs—which had a Christian population of some 80,000 before jihadis came—was murdered.  One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians….  Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.”

In Egypt, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their homeland soon after the “Arab Spring.”  In September 2012, the Sinai’s small Christian community was attacked and evicted by al-Qaeda linked Muslims, Reuters reported.

But even before that, the Coptic Orthodox Church lamented the “repeated incidents of displacement of Copts from their homes, whether by force or threat. Displacements began in Ameriya [62 Christian families evicted], then they stretched to Dahshur [120 Christian families evicted], and today terror and threats have reached the hearts and souls of our Coptic children in Sinai.”

Iraq, Syria, and Egypt are the Arab world.  But even in “black”  African and “white” European nations with Muslim majorities, Christians are fleeing.

In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled.  According to reports, “the church in Mali faces being eradicated,” especially in the north “where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out… there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, church and Christian property has been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded.

Even in European Bosnia, Christians are leaving en mass “amid mounting discrimination and Islamization.”  Only 440,000 Catholics remain in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure.  Problems cited are typical:  “while dozens of mosques were built in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions were given for Christian churches.”

“Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism,” said one authority, who further added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were “persecuted for centuries” after European powers “failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire.”

And so history repeats itself.

One can go on and on:

• In Ethiopia, after a Christian was accused of desecrating a Koran, thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes when “Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes.”

• In the Ivory Coast—where Christians have been crucified—Islamic rebels “massacred hundreds and displaced tens of thousands” of Christians.

• In Libya, Islamic rebels forced several Christian nun orders serving the sick and needy since 1921 to flee.

• In Muslim-majority northern Nigeria, where nary a Sunday passes without a church bombing, Christians are fleeing by the thousands; one region has been emptied of 95% of its Christian population.

• In Pakistan, after a Christian child was falsely accused of desecrating a Koran and Muslims went on an anti-Christian rampage, an entire Christian village—men, women, and children—was forced to flee into the nearby woods, where they built a church, permanently resided there.

• In Somali, where Christianity is completely outlawed, Muslim converts to Christianity are fleeing to neighboring nations, including Kenya and Ethiopia, sometimes to be tracked down and executed.

• In Sudan, over half a million people, mostly Christian, have been stripped of citizenship in response to the South’s secession, and forced to relocate.

To anyone following the plight of Christians under Islam, none of this is surprising.  As I document in my new book, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, all around the Islamic world—in nations that do not share the same race, language, culture, or economics, in nations that share only Islam—Christians are being persecuted into extinction.  Such is the true face of the global Islamic resurgence.

Often forgotten is that, in the 7th century, half of the world’s entire Christian population was spread across what is now nonchalantly called the “Muslim world.” Then, Islam, born in the deserts of Arabia, burst out in a series of world-altering jihads, conquering and slowly transforming these once Christian nations into Islamic nations.

In order to evade sporadic persecution and constant discrimination, over the centuries most Christians converted, while others fled.  A few opted to remain Christian and live as barely tolerated third-class subjects, or dhimmis, according to Sharia law.

They eventually experienced something of a renaissance during the colonial and post-colonial era, when many Muslims were Westward-looking.

But today, with the international resurgence of Muhammad’s religion, these remaining Christians are reaching extinction, as Islam’s 1400 year mission of supremacy and global hegemony continues unabated—even as the West looks the other way, that is, when it’s not actually supporting it in the context of the so-called “Arab Spring.”

[Note: The version of this article appearing on Fox News was shortened to meet the word-count limit.]

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  • http://twitter.com/paulvmarks @paulvmarks

    It is so depressing.

    And the West has no leadership. Not a single Prime Minister or President will openly talk about the mortal threat to our civilisation. Winston Churchill, who wrote "The River War, would have explained the threat to the people – but their are no political leaders like Winston Churchill today.

    • Diann

      Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada said on national TV "the greatest threat to Canada is Islamic terrorism'. But I think he is the only leader who speaks like this. For this honesty, he has been denigrated by many. I applaud him.

      • http://twitter.com/paulvmarks @paulvmarks

        I did not know this. Many thanks.

  • Pulsar182

    Christians are backing themselves into a corner from which there is no escape.

    • defcon 4

      No, Christians in the Mid-East, N. Africa, Indonesia and Pakistain are being backed into a corner by islamofascists bent on killing or converting them.

  • Chanameel

    No one wants to live under Islam anyway.

    Better prepare your souls for the final redemption.

    Islam is pure Luciferian Doctrine.

  • Spider

    If Christians and Westerners refuse to defend their religions culture and values these things will go extinct.right long with all the western freedons and prosperity they take for granted. Because Is-lam is coming and Hell is coming with it.

  • Coptic

    Christians are coming to terms and accepting that they cannot cohabitate with these Low Barbarians.

    • Nanis

      These people are nothing but savages with no morals or ethics although they presume they are as pure and white as snow. Saying and being are two different things and they don't qualify.

  • EthanP

    It seems incredible that nobody remembers that most of whats now the Arab world were Christian nations when conquered by the Muslims. That the Crusades were a self defence to constant Islamic agression against Christian lands. Agression that would not end until the Ottoman defeat at Vienna in the 16th century.

  • gee59

    But the American media attacks only one country for this – the only country in the entire Middle East where the Christian population is increasing – ISRAEL

  • You Know Who

    Why would christians want to live in a muzzie country anyway?

    Morons

    • Defcon 4

      Why don't we flip this concept around Ahmed? Why would muzzies like you want to live in countries that aren't run by Sharia law?

    • Nanis

      You must be an idiot. Is not like Christians go live over there…….. They are natives born there and converted to Christian.

    • beez

      Because they've lived there for centuries? You dare to call us MORONS?

    • kafir4life

      abdullard – Are you one of those gutter cultists that follows the rantings of the pig mohamat, the inventor of islam and shatter of the koran?

  • Rodney

    Read Bill Salus' book called "Psalm 83 the missing prophecy revealed" and you will see why the Christians are leaving the muslim world.

  • Tom

    Who cares , while one hears of Palestinian Christians appealing to the World Council of Churches to
    condemn Israel .
    Not one prominent Christian Minister has come out to to defend Israel , the only Middle Eastern country
    not to persecute Chritians .

    • beez

      I would agree that there's a general lack of leadership among Christians generally speaking. On the other hand, there actually are those who are speaking, especially African church leaders. I suspect that the new Pope and certainly his predecessors have tried to keep a low profile vis-à-vis the Muslim world and its violence against Christians. That may seem counter-intuitive, but remember that the Roman Catholic Church is the most centralized and most high profile sect of Christianity. There is legitimate fear that the Vatican itself may be targeted for destruction and its leaders for assassination either collectively or individually. That concern is not without foundation.

  • Defcon 4

    Mr. Ibrahim, I just wanted to say your appearance on Pat Robertson's CBN was excellent.

  • geneww1938

    Sadly, the POTUS and his cabinet do not consider religious persecution a valid reason for asylum for these people.
    Christian hating, welfare candidate slime are welcomed with: open arms, section 8, food stamps, and relocation costs plus numerators benefits.

  • Texas Patriot

    What is happening today in the Middle East is much like the early days of WWII when Nazi Armies rampaged across Europe rounding up, displacing, and expelling, if not killing, Jews as they went, with no one saying a lot about it, much less doing anything about it. This time around instead of Nazis it's Muslims and instead of Jews it's Christians, but the scale and the ferocity of the holocaust is very much the same.

    Unfortunately there will be no cavalry coming to the rescue. America has bankrupted itself by spending trillions of dollars we didn't have and had to borrow on futile "nation building" efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there is simply no more money to waste on hopeless causes that have no possibility of meaningful success. As a result, the pendulum is swinging hard against Christians in Muslim-majority areas of the world, and it will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future. That's reality, and there is virtually nothing that anyone can do to stop it.

    Under these circumstances, Christians now living in Muslim-majority countries who wish to survive would be well advised to leave while they can. If they stay, their prospects for survival are virtually nil.

    • defcon 4

      Um, the islamofascists have already ethnically cleansed most all of the Mid-East and N. Africa of their Jewish populations (excepting Israel). A million Jews have been ethnically cleansed from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Egypt since the mid 20th century.

  • Newspaniard

    And the muslim dominated UNHCR refuse to recognize Christians fleeing islamist countries as refugees.

    • Texas Patriot

      Do you have a link for that?

      • Newspaniard

        Sorry I have no link for it. It was some time ago that I read about the way islamists now have the casting votes on who & who may not be defined as a refugee and non-muslims trying to escape from persecution in islamist countries were voted out of refugee status because of the way it reflected on islam. I probably read it on one of the items published by thereligionofpeace.com but as they don't maintain an index it would be very difficult to find. However, such sad facts remain in my (non-muslim) memory.

  • Texas Patriot

    It seems very clear that WWIII has already begun against the uniquely Western values of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, individual equality, and separation of church and state. Unfortunately, most of us still don't seem to realize what is happening or what is ultimately at stake.