I’ve been reading a book by the Chris Mitchell, the Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, called “ISIS, Iran and Israel.” It’s a very insightful compilation of his news reports and travels into the zones of operation in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East covering the impact of the Islamic State. If you want to get a firsthand, unfiltered, assessment of what’s happening, and especially how it’s affecting the Middle East Christian community, this is a must read. My emotions have run the gamut from joy to anger to sorrow reading the accounts of those who’ve lost so much to this 7th-century savagery and barbarism. What has angered me the most is that we’re allowing the sins of the 20th century with Naziism to repeat itself — and our world sits back and truly does nothing.
What amazes me is how we’ve become so politically correct and concerned with the sensitivities of the Muslim community — to the detriment of our own survival — yet we are watching a deliberate genocide. There is a very clear example I want to share with y’all that comes from chapter eight, pages 115-116. The account details what happened in a Syrian town of al-Karenten.
In August 2015, the Islamic State captured the area. They allowed Christians to live, but only if they signed the document below. This written agreement, forced from these Middle Eastern Christians at the threat of death, is something few believers in the West could comprehend:
- Christians may not build churches, monasteries, or hermitages in the city or in the surrounding areas. (Saudi Arabia, Iran, just the same)
- They may not show the cross or any of their books in the Muslims’ streets or markets, and may not use amplifiers when worshipping or during prayers. (This is also instituted in Saudi Arabia)
- They may not make Muslims hear the reciting of their books or the sounds of church bells, which must be rung only inside their churches.
- They may not carry out any act of aggression against ISIS, such as giving refuge to spies or wanted me. If they come to know of any plot against Muslims they must report it.
- They must not perform religious rituals in public. (Similar to secular humanists in America restricting open prayer and displays of Christian reverence)
- They must respect Muslims and not criticize their religion. (This is similar to UN Resolution 16/18, which the Obama administration supports)
- Wealthy Christians must pay an annual jizya tax of four gold dinars; middle class Christians must pay two gold dinars, and the poor must pay one. Christians must disclose their income and may split the jizya into two payments. (Yeehaw, a progressive tax system, similar to Karl Marx)
- They may not own guns. (sound familiar?)
- They may not engage in commercial activity involving pigs or alcohol with Muslims or in Muslim markets, and may not drink alcohol in public.
- They may maintain their own cemeteries.
- They must abide by ISIS dress code and commerce guidelines.”
Christian homes, if not confiscated, are marked with the symbol “N” which stands for ‘Nazarene.’ Very similar to the Nazis forcing Jews to wear a Star of David on their clothing. I want you, the reader, to just imagine if anything like this was proposed in America. Here we cannot even express who the enemy is, without being castigated as xenophobic, Islamophobic, or racist.
And message to President Obama: ISIS is Islamic, they’re certainly not a Men’s Glee Club. They’re following the example, the model, the traditions of Mohammed and that which he instituted over those he conquered as he led some 32 combat raids post 622 AD and his al Hijra to Medina, ending with his “triumphant” return to Mecca and the Battle of the Trenches, circa 628 AD. It was there he ordered the beheading of some 3,000 of the Banu Qurayza tribe. And look what these savages are still doing today.What we have here is a 7th-century ideology, mentality, with 21st century weaponry, technology, and resources. I want progressive socialists to read these 11 directives and tell me, is this freedom? The left in America is upset over talk about a border wall or tighter immigration procedures for Muslims coming from these areas? Why are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton not loudly directing greater entry for Christians (Assyrians, Chaldeans, Coptics, and the Yazidis as well) to escape this evil? Is this what John Locke advanced, classical liberalism, and the sovereignty of the individual rooted in natural rights theory — life, liberty, and property? How can it be that the radical gay community in America spews such hatred and vitriol toward Christians over a cake. How about you go live under these directives — oh yeah right, you can’t because ISIS believes homosexuals deserve to die. And we know that there are Islamic clerics here in America who say the same — where is your outrage?
I have shared with y’all before, and will do so again, “when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.” So you “coexist” bumper sticker folks, please, explain, is this an acceptable definition of “coexistence”? Is this multiculturalism, Angela Merkel? What does the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) or the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have to say about these 11 directives — you know, that group of (57) states of which Obama referred?
I’m sick and tired of the obfuscation, denial, and abject lies when it comes to recognizing this enemy. I’m tired of the dismissal of their barbarism — heck, the Orlando terrorist attack is not even mentioned anymore. And since the progressive left does not want to admit the enemy exists and give them credit, they’ve thus declared to kill only white people to avoid having their actions being designated as a “hate crime” and denied.
So, where are the bumper stickers? You know, the typical left response, “Free Darfur,” “Free Tibet,” — or is there a hashtag campaign forthcoming for the Christian and religious minority girls used as sex slaves? Where is the Hollywood and entertainment elite concerts — what, no “We are the World” songs?
Nope, just Christians, who cares if they are being systematically killed off and forced to live under these archaic mandates. This is cause for us all to be angered. And yes, I want to know, where are those moderate Muslim voices, like Zhudi Jasser? Where are the leaders in the Islamic world, like Egypt’s al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II? How is it that this current Obama administration is advocating and lobbying for a country like Iran, who does much of the same to Christians?
Lastly, those Pastors here in America, especially black Pastors, who are not addressing this issue — and support the person who enabled the rise of ISIS, shame on you. This Sunday, every Church in America should tell the story of the 11 Directives of ISIS. Every church in America, on the day before we celebrate our 240th Independence Day, should pause to realize what it means to live in this great Nation where our first right is the freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof. Imagine what it would mean to live under these 11 Directives. It’s easy here, but would we stand for our Christian faith knowing the consequence is death?
And to the Muslims who live here in America, you should hang your head in utter shame knowing that your brethren, yes, they are, are doing that which we would NEVER do here. And that is even as we confront the militancy of your religion, that refers to verses from the Koran as justification. Simple message, reform yourselves, stop telling us about being offended, and realize that there are consequences for these 11 Directives — and the silence from the Ummah is deafening. I don’t give a damn about being called an insidious name like “Islamophobe.” I’m a Christian, an American, and will not be subjugated to this 7th-century barbarism — nor will I allow my Christian brothers and sisters to be denigrated as such.
This is truly a time for choosing — and in the end, Liberty triumphs…