Everyone is making such a fuss over Muslima Baroness Sayeeda Warsi's remarks about Christian persecution in the Middle East, so desperate are they for a Muslim who will speak against creed apartheid, gender apartheid and ethnic cleansing in Muslim countries. More false hope.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi Addresses Crisis of Christian 'Hemorrhaging' TIME Magazine Minister Baroness Warsi warns persecution threatens the Christian ...www.express.co.uk 'Extinction' of Christianity in ancient homelands, warns Baroness Warsi Independent.co.uk
But the Baroness does not cite the reason that Christians and religious minorities are being slaughtered and persecuted. The stealth Baroness claims that sectarian violence is responsible. It is jihad. It is the sharia. It is Islam and she knows it. This is not the first time that the Baroness Warsi has misled the public about jihad. The Baroness lied about the number of Palestinians killed by Israelis since January 2012.
Robert Spencer writes here:
The mainstream media habitually runs interference for jihadists, obfuscating their identity and goals, and under-reporting the atrocities they commit. This article is a particularly egregious example. "Christians 'face extinction' amid sectarian terror, minister warns," by Matthew Holehouse for the Telegraph, November 14 (thanks to Anne Crockett):Christianity is in danger of becoming extinct in its ancient homelands because of a rising tide of sectarian attacks, a senior minister will warn on Friday.
"Sectarian," eh? So some other sect is attacking Christianity? What sect could it be? Scientology? Eckankar? Followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?Violence against Christian worshippers and other religious minorities by fanatics has become a “global crisis” and is the gravest challenge facing the world this century, Baroness Warsi will say.
"Fanatics," eh? PETA activists? Raw food devotees? Jogging enthusiasts?“A mass exodus is taking place, on a Biblical scale.
An "exodus," you say? So the Zionists have something to do with this?In some places, there is a real danger that Christianity will become extinct,” she will say at a speech at Georgetown University in Washington.
In the new year, Lady Warsi, the Minister for Faith who sits in the Cabinet, will host an international summit to draw up a plan to end the violence against Christians - particularly in the countries where the faith was born.
Writing for Telegraph.co.uk, Lady Warsi highlights the bombing of All Saints Church in Pakistan, killing 85 congregants, in September and the gun attack on a Coptic wedding party in Egypt as the latest outrages by militants who have turned “religion upon religion, sect upon sect”.
"Militants"? The Symbionese Liberation Army? The Weather Underground? The Tamil Tigers?
“There are parts of the world today where to be a Christian is to put your life in danger,” she writes. “From continent to continent, Christians are facing discrimination, ostracism, torture, even murder, simply for the faith they follow.
“Christian populations are plummeting and the religion is being driven out of some of its historic heartlands. In Iraq, the Christian community has fallen from 1.2m in 1990 to 200,000 today. In Syria, the horrific bloodshed has masked the haemorrhaging of its Christian population,” she says.
Terrorists are subjecting Christians in the Middle East to “collective punishment” for American foreign policy. Worshippers are now regarded as newcomers and agents of the West, despite having lived there for centuries.
That's not all this is about. In Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, Arab nationalist regimes adopted legal codes that granted Christians more rights than are accorded them under Islamic law. Now Islamic supremacist groups are working to reimpose that Islamic law and enforce the conversion or subjugation of the Christians.The attacks come against a diverse background of political upheaval, local turf wars and social unrest – but they share the common trait of Christians becoming a “scapegoat” for extremists who are insecure in their own religious identity, she will say.
"Extremists"? What are they extreme about? Are they extremely involved in playing video games? Working out? And this is all because they are "insecure in their own religious identity," you see. So some robust instruction in their own faith -- whatever it is, as the article hasn't bothered to tell us yet -- will fix this problem right up, eh? They're just "ignorant" of their own religion and "misunderstand" it, is that it?It is the same mindset that motivated the Nazis to persecute the Jews and the Communists to suppress the Russian church, she says.
Similar, but not the same. Nazis persecuted Jews because of a Social Darwinist idolatry of race and blood, and because they scapegoated them for all of Germany's problems. Communists suppressed the Russian church because it was an ideological competitor. Christians in the Middle East are not being persecuted because of an ideology of race and blood, but because of texts of the Qur'an and Sunnah that call for their subjugation. They are certainly being scapegoated, but are too small and persecuted to be a significant ideological competitor to Islam, although as we see daily in the West, Islamic supremacists are indeed so insecure that they cannot brook even the tiniest challenge.Lady Warsi is the first senior British politician to draw attention to the plight of Christians in the Arab world, and will call on other Muslims to defend Christians, citing the example of Christians who defended praying Muslims in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian uprising.
Note that the first direct mention of Muslims in this article is in connection with Christians who protected Muslims. It is interesting that the Telegraph and/or Baroness Warsi is extremely circumspect about naming the persecutors as what they are, but not at all hesitant to use the word "Muslim" in connection with Christians who did the right thing toward Muslims. This is very, very common, of course. It stems from a fear of offending Islamic supremacists who feign offense at the slightest negative word, and shows how effective their campaigns of smear and intimidation have been to blunt criticism of jihad violence and Islamic supremacism. The reticence may also stem from a core assumption that the Qur'an and Sunnah couldn't really teach warfare against and subjugation of Christians, and that those who say it does, Muslim and non-Muslim, must be Misunderstanders of Islam.“A bomb going off in a Pakistani church shouldn’t just reverberate through Christian communities; it should stir the world,” she says.
The response must be a co-ordinated international effort similar to the campaign against Apartheid and for Civil Rights in the United States, Lady Warsi will argue. Extremists must be prevented from “twisting history” by claiming co-existence is not possible. She will hold up the example of her daughter, a Muslim who attends a convent school.
Her Muslim daughter who attends a convent school is not an example of what we need, which is true Islamic tolerance, but of non-Muslim tolerance of Muslims.Her intervention comes as church leaders become increasingly alarmed at the rising numbers of sectarian attacks on churches in the Islamic world.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has described the victims of bombings in Pakistan as “martyrs”. “They have been attacked because they were testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ by going to church,” he said. Lord Sacks, the former chief rabbi, has described the continuous wave of attacks on Iraqi Christians by Al-Qaeda as “the religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing”.Senior Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Sayeeda Warsi stands accused of misleading the House of Lords and the public following the incorrect citation of the number of Palestinians killed by Israelis since January 2012.The question, posited by the contentious former Liberal Democrat Baroness Jenny Tonge, asks, “what assessment [the government] have made of the number of non-violent protestors killed and injured by (1) live fire, (2) rubber bullets, and (3) other weapons, in Palestine since 2002.” The answer, given by Baroness Warsi via written question, states:“We have made no assessment of the number of non-violent protestors killed or injured in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 2002. According to the website of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 3,643 Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israelis since 1 January 2012 in incidents directly related to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the West Bank and Gaza strip.”But the figures are astronomically incorrect, as the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) states clearly in its report from June 2013, that the actual figure of Palestinians killed by Israelis in 2012 was just 262. 13 have been killed so far in 2013. B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories states that 518 Palestinians were killed between January 2009 and June 2013, again dwarfed by the figure cited by Baroness Warsi.Baroness Warsi is now being called upon to apologise to the House of Lords, and to the wider public, over the gross exaggeration of figures which distort the truth and will, some say, lead to the miseducation and misrepresentation about the situation in the Middle East.The figure of 3,643 appears to come from an anti-Israel site called “AidToIsrael.org” which does not give any working citations or calculations for the figure. The site also seems to have not been updated since 2009, further confusing the facts.Conservative Member of Parliament Bob Blackman MP told TrendingCentral.com, “It is totally unacceptable that incorrect figures are announced without clarity on the source or basis behind which they have been obtained.”“I will be seeking urgent clarification from Lady Warsi on the true position so that no attempt is made to mislead the public in the United Kingdom at a critical time when peace talks have resumed.”Conservative sources that do not wish to be named have told TrendingCentral.com that they expect a “full apology” from Baroness Warsi, and that they consider “lying to the House” to be a “serious and dreadful breach of her responsibilities”.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are looking into the matter.The UN’s OCHA report (July 2013) lists the figures as follows:Baroness Warsi was not available for comment.Responding to the Written Parliamentary Question, Conservative Friends of Israel Director Stuart Polak said, “Baroness Warsi’s response is deplorable.This official answer from Her Majesty’s Government is at best sloppy and lazy behaviour by the FCO. At worst, it’s a one-sided attempt to slur Israel and Israelis.“This must be corrected immediately and the FCO should carefully examine the sources that it relies upon for its information.”