Christ Almighty! US Foreign Policy vs. Middle Eastern Christianity


American tax dollars fund anti-Christian pogrom

The US State Department has quietly ceased cataloging violations of religious freedom in its “Country Reports on Human Rights.” Of course, it’s just a coincidence that this comes at a time when Washington is allying with radical Islamists in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. As CNS reports:

The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three months past the statutory deadline Congress set for the release of these reports.

The new human rights reports—purged of the sections that discuss the status of religious freedom in each of the countries covered—are also the human rights reports that include the period that covered the Arab Spring and its aftermath.

Thus, the reports do not provide in-depth coverage of what has happened to Christians and other religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East that saw the rise of revolutionary movements in 2011 in which Islamist forces played an instrumental role.

For the first time ever, the State Department simply eliminated the section of religious freedom in its reports covering 2011 and instead referred the public to the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report — a full two years behind the times — or to the annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which was released last September and covers events in 2010 but not 2011.”

Part of the reason could be that the state of religious freedom in the US isn’t all that great since the Obama administration tried to force Catholic institutions — hospitals, clinics, etc. — to provide the “full-range” of contraceptive services, including abortion, to their employees. Then there’s the Chick-fil-a controversy, where the city governments of Chicago, New York, and San Francisco want to punish the company whose CEO opposes gay marriage on religious grounds.

Hostility to organized religion — unless you’re a Unitarian, or one of these guys — has long been a feature of contemporary American liberalism, but the kind of radical anti-clericalism that has roiled Europe (and Mexico) hasn’t reared its ugly head in this country until now. The Catholic Church is a favorite anti-clericalist target, but the State Department isn’t discriminating on sectarian grounds: they’ve simply eliminated accounts of all anti-Christian measures taken by foreign governments from their Country Reports.

This makes sense, if you think about it: after all, if you’re allying with radical Islamists in order to overthrow the government of Syria — which has long been a bulwark against Islamic jihadists in the Middle East — then official propaganda has got to reflect this strategy.

In Egypt, where we’re trying to retain some influence in the wake of longtime ally Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, the Islamists have gone on a rampage, burning Coptic Christian churchesmurdering churchgoers, and making it impossible for a public Christian presence to exist alongside the Muslim majority. As the Muslim Brotherhood takes the presidency and the parliament, with US support, the country’s Christians have plenty of reason to worry — or emigrate.

In Libya, where a supposedly “secular” party won a plurality in the elections after US-backed rebels took power, one of their first public pronouncements was to disavow the secular label — and reinstate polygamy. You’re only allowed four, but hey, don’t be a hog. And in an economic reform that may resonate in certain quarters in Washington, the charging of interest by banks is controversial if not yet forbidden. Persecution of Libya’s Christians has remained the one constant since the fall of Gadhafi, and vigilante violence is on the uptick.

In Syria, the anti-Christian jihad is well underwaychurches are being occupied and ransacked by the rebels and Christian communities targeted in a sectarian “cleansing” campaign:

Asked whether it was the Free Syrian Army that was telling Christians to get out, Agnes Miriam, Mother Superior of the Monastery of St. James at Qara in the Diocese of Homs, said, ‘Yes … it was the commander on the ground, Abdel Salam Harba, who decided that there was to be no more negotiations with Christians.’

She said Christians refused to back the rebels, so the rebels used them as human shields.”

The Vatican has echoed the Mother Superior’s human shields charge, but the Obama administration is an unlikely source of sympathy for the plight of Syria’s Catholics, given their war on the Church here on the home front. Indeed, anti-Catholicism is back in fashion in this country, particularly among the sort of secular liberals likely to be strong supporters of the President. Why should the Obamaites be concerned about the fate of Syrian Christians at the hands of US-backed jihadists rebels? There’s no political pay-off.

I know this argument isn’t going to be popular with my liberal-lefty readers, of which there are plenty, but listen: this is a deadly dangerous geopolitical game our grand strategists in Washington are playing. From North Africa to the mountain passes of Afghanistan, this administration is linking up with radical Sunni Islamists, some of which are openly associated with or sympathetic to Al Qaeda, as a prelude to their coming showdown with the Iranian Shi’ite theocracy. Their regime-change operation in Syria is but a dress rehearsal for a much wider and more devastating conflict.

Washington’s playing the Sunni card condemns the peoples of the Middle East to the tyranny of sharia law: it means the utter destruction of ancient Christian communities from Tripoli to Chaldea. This has been a consistent pattern of US foreign policy since the Bush administration, which, after all, launched our disastrous invasion of Iraq and thus condemned its heretofore safe and relatively free Christian community to death.

It is undeniable that the Obama administration’s strenuous efforts to attach itself to the coattails of the “Arab Spring” have radically accelerated the threat: indeed, it is fair to say that one of the main consequences of our “successful” policy has been and will continue to be a regional Christian pogrom. The only question is whether this is the inevitable albeit inadvertent consequence of a broader policy, or an intentional campaign to eradicate Christianity from the Middle East.

So where are the much-vaunted and politically powerful “Christian” groups in the US, who are supposed to exert so much influence over the Republican party and its candidates? While the Christians of the Middle East are sinking beneath an Islamist wave, as Washington cheers (and funds the jihadists), such Christian “leaders” as the Rev. John Hagee are too busy anticipating World War III and supporting Israel tonotice.

As this administration pursues a policy that puts the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa in mortal danger, where oh where is the so-called Religious Right? They’re carrying the banner of Mitt Romney, who wants the US to openly arm the Syrian rebels. Being a former Mormon bishop and all, Romney no doubt knows about the existence of the tiny Mormon community in Syria: is he concerned about their fate when the jihadists come to town? From the tone of this Mormon propaganda — no.

In Syria, and throughout the region, it is the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches that will be razed to the ground as radical Sunnis backed by the US take power and impose sharia law. If these groups have any lobbying power in the US, I have yet to see them exercise it on behalf of their beleaguered co-religionists. The mainstream media in the Western world, no friend of organized religion of any sort, is content to close its collective eye to the pogrom, whilst cheerleading and covering up for the supposedly heroic rebels. This BBC reporter doesn’t hesitate to ask a nun reporting rebel atrocities if she knows “many people consider you a liar.” Imagine some reporter — particularly one from the BBC — saying that to a Kosovar during the Balkan war. It would never have happened.

If the Obama administration is trying to reinforce the wacky idea that the President is really a secret Muslim, then they are certainly doing a bang-up job of it. As for me, my view is that, like all statists, the Obamaites are hostile to all religion, just on general principles. The church, after all, is a rival power center to the State. In any case, sympathy for the plight of Christians in the Middle East is not likely to be found in those quarters — but, Christ Almighty, what about the rest of the country? Have we completely lost our moral compass, or is the triumph of militant secularism so complete that we can comfortably ignore our own government’s war on Christianity in the Middle East?

  1. #1 by Blake on August 8, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    And the root cause for all this strife is “Israel”.In 1947 the CIA reported that Zionist leadership was pursuing objectives that would endanger …“the strategic interests of the Western powers in the Near and Middle East.”…The common representation of Israel’s birth is that the U.N. created
    Israel, that the world was in favor of this move, and that the U.S. governmental establishment supported it. All these assumptions are demonstrably incorrect. Should have listened.

  2. #2 by Gary on August 8, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    This artlcle is a reminder of why I no longer trust Justin’s writings. He carefully omits israel and it’s shameful treatment of the Christians especially in Jerusalem. And their false flag terror against Coptic churches in Egypt. jews have an almost pathological hatred of Jesus Christ. I guess he doesn’t want to lose donations from jews that read his website.

  3. #3 by Ponders70 on August 8, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    Hmmm……..Coincidence?
    I think not!
    Isn’t it amazing just how far double speak
    will get you? Why/how are people so
    freaking blind?

  4. #4 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on August 8, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    “American tax dollars fund anti-Christian pogrom” BY WHOM?

    By “Sunni radical Islamists”? Give me a break! I hate those authors who bring everything down to religion when the causes are clearly political and Washingtonist and Mossadist!

    I hate having to read this shit term ISLAMIST over and over again as there is not such thing as an Islamist! It is a pure invention of the West and of their client states under their control. If anybody uses the term Islamist instead of Muslim, I feel like spitting in his face just when the use the term JIHADIST when the armed struggle is not a religious one!

    The title would make more sense if it said:

    AMERICAN CHRISTIAN TAX DOLLAR FUNDS ANTI-CHRISTIAN POGROM!

    As to WHO is carrying out their bidding, this is a matter of careful and comprehensive INVESTIGATION and not of journalistic propaganda!

    Bloody hell, after all, who are those “radical Islamists in Libya, Syria, and Iraq”?

    “Washington’s playing the Sunni card condemns the peoples of the Middle East to the tyranny of sharia law: it means the utter destruction of ancient Christian communities from Tripoli to Chaldea.”

    NOT THAT SHIT AGAIN!

    “In Syria, the anti-Christian jihad is well underway, churches are being occupied and ransacked by the rebels and Christian communities targeted in a sectarian “cleansing” campaign”

    JIHAD? Who started all this and CUI BONO?

    “…allying with radical Islamists in order to overthrow the government of Syria — which has long been a bulwark against Islamic jihadists in the Middle East..>”

    I have read enough of venom and disinformation!

    One day they report that Christians are allying with the “REBELS”. Another day, they say Christians have refused to ally with the “REBELS”! This is why I stay away from “THE NEWS”!

    No wonder more and more Muslims are getting mad at such reporting!

    BAFS

  5. #5 by FRANK on August 9, 2012 - 12:36 am

    Don’t forget judaism is the hstoric enemy of Christ. The “American” govt is a colony of isreal

  6. #6 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on August 9, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    DEAR YOU ALL

    The next time I will see that name Justin Raimondo (QUASIMODO), I will just ignore it as the stink is unbearable, but as a first reading it is quite enlightening about the mindset of both those in favour of Christianity and the welfare of Christians and those against Islam and Muslims. We have here all the ingredients that we need to explode that bloody planet! I am not going to attack Christians or blast Christian virtues because of that racist donkey and blind fanatic Justin Raimondo (Quasimodo).

    Quasimodo has made some good points though not regarding Islam and Muslims but about his own Christian country turned anti-Christian because of its decadence. Is it the fault of Islam and of Muslims if America has become degenerate to the point of waging war against Christian virtues and Christians not only at home but in particular in Muslim majority countries?

    I thank Quasimodo for telling us

    1. American (CHRISTIAN) tax dollars fund anti-Christian pogroms!
    2. America does not give a damn about “violations of religious (CHRISTIAN) freedom!
    3. The Obama administration tried to force Catholic institutions — hospitals, clinics, etc. — to provide the “full-range” of contraceptive services, including abortion, to their employees!
    3. The city governments of Chicago, New York, and San Francisco want to punish the company whose CEO opposes gay marriage on religious grounds.
    4. America is hostile to organized (CHRISTIAN) religion — unless you’re a Unitarian,
    5. Quasimodo confirms the existence of radical anti-clericalism in Europe. (This, by the way, transformed Europe into a huge brothel, a drug dealing citadel, a Jewish gambling, prostitution, money laundering and pornography stronghold, a den of homosexuals and all kinds of perverts, and the dwelling place of Satan himself!)
    6. The anti-clericals are waging war against Christians with the Catholic Church as their favourite anti-clericalist target. (This means that nearly one billion are set up to be exterminated, neutralised, subdued, enslaved, etc.)
    7. There is a war on the Church here on the home front!
    8. Anti-Catholicism is back in fashion in America!
    9. America is carrying an intentional campaign to eradicate Christianity from the Middle East.
    10. America is orchestrating the pogrom of Christians in Muslim countries where they have themselves planned to “TOPPLE” the legitimate governments!
    11. Washington is cheering and funding those who are to carry out the anti-Christian pogroms!
    12. Christian Rev. John Hagee is busy anticipating World War III and supporting Israel!
    13. America is pursuing a policy that puts the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa in mortal danger!
    14. America’s Religious Right is silent in front of the screaming pogroms!
    15. America’s Religious Right is carrying the banner of Mitt Romney!
    16. Former Mormon (Freemason) Mitt Romney wants America to openly arm the ‘Syrian’ rebels! (They already have, buddy, and they are not SYrians but foreigners trained and financed by the US, MOSSAD and the UK!)
    17. America is causing Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches to be razed to the ground! (Wow!)
    18. The mainstream media in the Western world is content to close its collective eye to the anti-Christian pogrom!
    19. Quasimodo is asking if America has completely lost its moral compass! (My question is: Has America, as a State, ever had a moral compass and when?)
    20. Quasimodo is also asking if the triumph of militant secularism is so complete! (My answer is: It has been complete since a very long time!)
    21. America is waging war on Christianity in the Middle East! (You said it, buddy!)

    CONCLUSION

    When Quasimodo and his likes have so much SHIT on their own bloody and ‘Christian’ hands, please, leave ISLAM and MUSLIMS outside their own SHIT unless they and their likes really want this planet to be turned into hell which it has already started to be for many!

    Many people, even good intentioned ones, speak of WWIII between heavily armed Christian nations, mercenary killers and almost unarmed and defenceless Muslim nations! But, WWIII is very unlikely to happen unless enough Muslims acquire adequate weaponry to DEFEND themselves, their loved ones and their way of life. Only then it will really be HELL on earth for EVERYBODY as it has been exclusively for Muslims for quite some time.

    It seems that we need to be thankful to Justin Raimondo for writing such SHIT for everybody to read because this is indeed and IN ALL TRUTH the mindset of those ‘Christians’ who have allied with Satan to destroy our world and way of life. I do share 100% what he wrote about the war against Christians and Christian values, but it is the own doings of the Christians and of America and there is no need using Islam and Muslims as scapegoats! The truth will never set those Christians of the Synagogue of Satan free because their truths are based on lies and Satanic propaganda!

    BAFS
    Thursday 9th of August 2012

  7. #7 by Naeem on August 9, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    BAFS- Justin Raimondo is a gay so its natural for him to hate muslims, christians have been under muslim SUNNI protection for more than a thousand years, and all of a sudden we decided to murder them all neglecting the crusades that targeted ME christians as well as muslims. Unfortunately alot in the alternative media are blaming islam and muslims for this all even though we number 1.5 billion and were sitting on out asses not doing a damn thing apart from twiddling out thumbs.

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