The Religion of Peace?

7/20/2005 3:50:01 PM

Reading the reactions of Canadian Muslims to the London bombings as they attempt to paint themselves as victims of nonexistent crimes made me think back to some of the very real crimes that have been committed by Muslims against the Christian (and other non-Muslim) minorities in their midst throughout history. Most Westerners, familar only with the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Holocaust, may be surprised by this:

The Armenians: Over 1,000,000 killed by the Turks in 1915 in a forgotten genocide.

The Assyrian Christians: An ancient, non-Arab people of Northern Iraq, 500,000-750,000 - almost three-quarters of the entire Assyrian population - killed in 1915 by the Turks.

The Serbians: The first true ethnic cleansing in the Balkans was committed by the Ottomans, who after a failed campaign against the Austrians in the 1680s killed thousands of Serbs and destroyed hundreds of churches and monasteries, notably in the Serbian homeland of Kosovo.

The Egyptian Copts: The first major persecutions of Egyptian Christians began during the medieval Fatimid Caliphate, but they continue today in the form of abductions, forced conversions and harsh laws overlooked by the government of Hosni Mubarak.

The Lebanese: Christians were a majority of the inhabitants of Lebanon from late Roman times until the 1980s civil war, when tens of thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands more driven to emigrate. In 1980, Lebanon was majority Christian nation: today, Christians are a shrinking minority.

The Sudanese: 1.5 million Christians have been killed by Muslims in the north of the country, and many more have been tortured, enslaved or driven from their homes.

The Nigerians: Muslims in the north of the country have launched a virtual civil war against the Christians of the south, killing thousands of innocent civilians in attacks over the past several years.

The Iraqi Christians: One of the lamentable results of the Iraq war has been the persecution, killing and emigration of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians[1], who are suspected of being in league with the Western occupying forces. Christians made up as many as 15-20 percent of the Iraqi population 25 years ago: today the figure is three percent and falling.

The Hindus: The Muslim conquest of northern India and Afghanistan resulted in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Hindus and Buddhists and the destruction of entire cities. Even when nearly every last non-Muslim had been killed or converted, the Taliban still insisted on destroying the harmless and beautiful Buddhist reliefs carved into cliffsides to eradicate every trace of their memory.

The Indonesians: Attacks against Christians in recent years have resulted in the deaths of dozens of Christians and the destruction of thousands of Christian-owned homes and businesses.

This is only a very partial list, of course, but it is fairly representative of the atrocities that have been committed all over the world throughout history and up to the present day. All of this is in addition to continuing legal discrimination against Christians in Muslim-majority nations, including laws against interfaith marriage and Muslim-to-Christian conversions in Egypt, laws against public worship and the establishment of new churches in Saudi Arabia, and laws against proselytization of Muslims in Malaysia.

Having taken a brief look back at history, it seems more than a little ridiculous for a Muslim to complain about his treatment in Canada of all places, which has granted citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Muslims in recent years, permitted the establishment of hundreds of mosques, and caved in to Muslim demands at every turn. Muslim arrogance at present is unparalleled since the days of the “rightly guided Caliphs,” perhaps, and until Western nations find the spine to stand up to this attitude things will only get worse.

What of the Western leaders describing the bombings as the work of a "tiny core of extremists,” or "a fringe movement?" Nonsense. Nearly every Islamic nation in the world has waged or is currently waging a war against the non-Muslims in its midst through one means or another, with the goal of driving such unbelievers out entirely and establishing complete demographic dominance while sending out tentacles elsewhere. Islam does not deal in missionaries and sermons, but in the sword and the chains of bondage, and always has. Modern international terrorism is merely an outgrowth of this basic mindset, which implicitly or explicitly condones whatever measures are necessary to insure the spread of Islam. Perhaps the guilt-ridden nations of the West can come to understand the vital lessons of history before it is too late.

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[1] Iraqi Christians (Assyrians, Armenians, and Greeks)