Christians now suffering mass martyrdom, says Archbishop of Canterbury.
Yes but it was always odds on. There were times when there was tolerance, particularly if the regime was largely secular and there was political reason for it to be so. The way the Copts have survived is testament to this.
However, it’s always a hiding to nothing being Christian in a Muslim world and the beheadings and other atrocities will escalate as Them get their hooks in and destabilize regions. There are always collateral victims and the Christians appear to be it.
Back home, it’s not yet a matter of atrocities but it’s just as bad, except in a more subtle way.
For example, the councillors hidden away in council offices who send out decrees to take down Christmas trees or rename them in the name of diversity and others being offended – most people know what this thing is all about and many go along with it or go quiet because they know they can’t very well go along with it, given their libertarian stance.
There’s very little doubt it is a yoke around the neck to admit you believe in the Christian message. There was a very public breakup at OoL when one of the admins took his bat and ball and went home and as Julia noted to him later: “Yes I thought it might have been the religious aspect.”
I keep using Ephesians 6:12, which readers of this blog know is to make a political statement about the existence of Them, yet one feminist wrote to me and said she couldn’t stand my “bible-bashing”. Eh? For someone who believes, this would have to be one of the least evangelical blogs and the evidence is the presence of commenters who are anything but enamoured of Christianity – they would point to the Crusades, Inquisitions etc. Paedophiles.
Those B&B owners who refused gays – they’ve now gone out of business and many would say good riddance but I don’t. They believed it was wrong, they made their choice to exclude, against the tidal wave of PC pressure, they paid. Christians always pay – their Founder showed the way in suffering for one’s faith. The Sermon on the Mount opens with it in the Beatitudes.
There are three main reasons I’m shunned in various circles around the sphere – one is my belligerent manner in a flowery writing style – that’s a fair cop, there’s also going on about Them – but it’s also the Christianity – among “normal” people, such things are embarrassing and excruciating.
I understand completely. If there was a knock on the door and two men in suits, one with a bible in his hand, were to open with “the Lord Jesus”, someone I actually think was the greatest man on earth, I’d slip away into a back room and not come out until they’d gone.
If Jehovah’s Witnesses or anyone else approached me in the street and tried to talk about it, I’d slip away tout suite as well. Why? It’s a private matter, between my Maker and me. I don’t wish to discuss this with those people. I wouldn’t mind dropping into the local Anglican Church and having a cuppa and talking about it though.
Back to the victims who are suffering violence – what’s this say about the Pope’s visit to the home of Islam to establish peace and understanding? The Pope may be able to influence his flock but what about the Imams, except to urge their flocks to further violence?
And this thing between Catholics and Protestants – how bloody stupid. Sorry but Northern Ireland is to do with population and birth control rather than religion. In growing up, we were always distrustful of “the micks” but now I look at that and think why? They seem pretty human to me. Amfortas seems to have two eyes, two ears, two hands and two legs – I don’t see any horns.
And I’ve sat in Catholic churches in Italy and been awe-inspired. Something wrong about intolerance. The gays would say that’s good coming from me. Hey, it’s gay “marriage” I’m down on – that and having it thrust under our nose the whole time, plus going into schools and indoctrinating 5 year olds. It’s nothing to do with you yourself if you’re gay.
I can understand rationalists saying we should “do away with religion” – when it produces these sorts of things, I want out. Yet when it keeps human values front and square, there’s a place for it. Hope, faith, charity, tolerance of good and intolerance of evil – seems OK to me.
The Copts – poor sods, what are they going to do? Become martyrs I think.
The Most Rev Justin Welby said that there had been more than 80 Christian “martyrs” in the last few days alone. He was speaking about the bombing of All Saints Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which 85 were killed and more than 200 injured.
But he said that Christians were also being singled out for violence in a string of other countries. Christian communities which have existed “in many cases since the days of Saint Paul” are now under threat in countries such as Syria and Egypt, he said.
Last month, around 100 Christian sites were attacked amid the turmoil in Egypt, with 42 churches burnt to the ground. Ancient Christian communities in Syria have also been singled out for violence.
Perhaps they think why should the Christians escape? Here we are, murdering and gassing each other and the Christians are missing out on the fun.
In my interminable “long book”, the little band head for the holy land to take part in the apocalypse – might as well be there for the action. In real life, you know what – I might just sail there and see what can be done. Byron did similar.
Someone wrote the other day about manipulation of the British people to hate the Muslims. Whoever is doing it is doing it well – a Lee Rigby here, a Royal Wootton Bassett protest there, carefully choreographed. Think by now you know it’s Them in the wings.
Yet Pat Condell is right – we can’t sit back and allow this sort of thing. Call me a Little Englander but it does seem we need to recapture our land.
Just thinking. Wonder if I shouldn’t sail down to Egypt and help the Copts out a bit. Just thinking out loud.