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回教世界:大批基督徒被迫逃離家園

 

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據美國 "狐狸電視新聞" 報導,由於伊斯蘭世界的宗教及部族衝突,大批基督徒被迫逃離家園。美國 "國際宗教自由委員會" 認為,該地區基督徒面臨史無前例的危局。伊拉克、埃及和阿富汗等國的基督徒可能會完全消失。

海灣戰爭前的 2003 年,伊拉克至少有一百萬基督徒,目前大約只剩下 40 餘萬。在埃及,基督教教堂被燒毀、信徒被毆打,甚至被追殺的事層出不窮,在敘利亞的內戰中,基督徒也遭受到嚴酷的逼迫,被迫逃離他們世世代代居住的地區。這一地區原本是基督教最早的發祥地,是除天主教和更正教之外的一些古老宗派如科普特宗(Coptic)和景教得到廣泛傳播的地區,其歷史比伊斯蘭教在該地區的傳播還要古老。

請為這地區倍受逼迫的基督徒代禱。詳情請參閱以下的英文報導。

The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world

By Raymond Ibrahim
Published May 07, 2013 FoxNews.com
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/07/mass-exodus-christians-from-muslim-world/#ixzz2SjVmLSwv


A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.

We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: "The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it's increasing year by year." In our lifetime alone "Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt."

Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this conclusion: Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators.

The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.

In 2003, Iraq's Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain -- the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.

The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.


Now, as the U.S. supports the jihad on Syria's secular president Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it's a "sacred duty " to drive Christians away.


In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs —which had a Christian population of some 80,000 before jihadis came—was murdered. One teenage Syrian girl said: "We left because they were trying to kill us... because we were Christians.... Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house."


In Egypt, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their homeland soon after the "Arab Spring." In September 2012, the Sinai's small Christian community was attacked and evicted by Al Qaeda linked Muslims, Reuters reported . But even before that, the Coptic Orthodox Church lamented the "repeated incidents of displacement of Copts from their homes , whether by force or threat.


Displacements began in Ameriya [62 Christian families evicted], then they stretched to Dahshur [120 Christian families evicted], and today terror and threats have reached the hearts and souls of our Coptic children in Sinai."
Iraq, Syria, and Egypt are part of the Arab world. But even in "black" African and "white" European nations with Muslim majorities, Christians are fleeing.


In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled . According to reports, "the church in Mali faces being eradicated ," especially in the north "where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out... there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives." At least one pastor was beheaded.


Even in European Bosnia, Christians are leaving en mass "amid mounting discrimination and Islamization." Only 440,000 Catholics remain in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure.


Problems cited are typical: "while dozens of mosques were built in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions [permits] were given for Christian churches." "Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism," said one authority, who further added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were "persecuted for centuries" after European powers "failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire."
And so history repeats itself.


One can go on and on:

● In Ethiopia, after a Christian was accused of desecrating a Koran, thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes when "Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes."

● In the Ivory Coast—where Christians have literally been crucified—Islamic rebels "massacred hundreds and displaced tens of thousands" of Christians.

● In Libya, Islamic rebels forced several Christian religious orders, serving the sick and needy in the country since 1921, to flee.

To anyone following the plight of Christians under Islamic persecution, none of this is surprising. As I document in my new book, "Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians ," all around the Islamic world—in nations that do not share the same race, language, culture, or economics, in nations that share only Islam—Christians are being persecuted into extinction. Such is the true face of extremist Islamic resurgence.

Raymond Ibrahim is author of the new book "Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians " (Regnery Publishing 2013). A Middle East and Islam specialist, he is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Islam Expert Warns Christians May Completely Disappear From Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt

By Alex Murashko , Christian Post Reporter May 9, 2013|12:02 pm
http://www.christianpost.com/news/islam-expert-warns-christians-may-completely-disappear-from-iraq-afghanistan-egypt-95556/#TFxP5e3jlkg8hOx4.99


The mass exodus of millions of Christians from one part of the Islamic world to another as the result of persecution by Muslims has reached epidemic proportions, says a Middle East and Islam expert. In fact, Christians may completely disappear from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt, warns the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

"This matter of Muslim persecution of Christians is a humanitarian crisis at this point," said Raymond Ibrahim in a recent interview with Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch. Ibrahim is the author of the recently released book, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians.

"It's something that is little known of or heard of or acted upon. In fact, not only is the Obama administration ignoring it, but it is actually exacerbating it, making it worse, a la the Arab Spring and other matters," said Ibrahim, who is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

He also recently expanded on his observations in an article he wrote, published on FoxNews.com.

"We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being," he wrote. "The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: 'The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it's increasing year by year.' In our lifetime alone 'Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.'"

Ibrahim said that current reports from Islamic regions support this warning.

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"Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators," he pointed out. "The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg."

Ibrahim pointed out that 10 years ago, at least one million Christians lived in Iraq.

"Today fewer than 400,000 remain – the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading," he wrote.

The same pattern has developed in Syria, Ibrahim said. "Entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it's a 'sacred duty' to drive Christians away."

Some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled Egypt, their native country, soon after the "Arab Spring," he further lamented. Reports of attacks and evictions by al-Qaida linked Muslims perpetrated on Christians and especially the Coptic Orthodox Church appear commonplace.

Christians are not only fleeing countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Egypt, but also "black" African and "white" European nations with Muslim majorities, according to Ibrahim.

As many as 200,000 Christians fled Mali after an Islamic coup last year. According to reports, Ibrahim said, "the church in Mali faces being eradicated," especially in the north "where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out ... there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives." At least one pastor was beheaded, Ibrahim wrote.

He gave several other examples of the humanitarian crisis and said that none of the reports come as a surprise to those "following the plight of Christians under Islamic persecution."

"As I document in my new book, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians, all around the Islamic world – in nations that do not share the same race, language, culture, or economics, in nations that share only Islam – Christians are being persecuted into extinction. Such is the true face of extremist Islamic resurgence," he stated.

 

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