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Rising Persecution
The World Wakes Up to the God Wars

France is opening her doors to Christians fleeing ISIS’s reign of persecution in Iraq. Al Jazeera has the story:

“France is outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness,” Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister, and Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said in a joint statement on Monday.

“The ultimatum given to these communities in Mosul by ISIL is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat that jihadist groups in Iraq, but also in Syria and elsewhere, pose to these populations that are historically an integral part of this region,” they added, referring to the Islamic State’s former name of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their asylum on our soil.

France’s appreciation for Christians’ plight in Iraq and Syria is encouraging. We hope more Western countries will step up to help address the existential threat they face. Indeed, religious minorities are under attack in many parts of the world. As yesterday’s U.S. State Department’s report on religious freedom found, the “largest international displacement of religious communities ‘in recent memory’ [occurred] in 2013, particularly in conflicts with religious or sectarian dimensions.”

Not just Christians in Iraq, but Muslims in BurmaJews in Europe, and Christians in China are facing varying degrees of persecution. The State Department report indicates that the United States is aware of these alarming trends and may be prepared to respond in some way. Moreover, President Obama has finally nominated someone (Rabbi David Saperstein) for the vacant post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Not a moment too soon, the world is slowly waking up to the God wars.

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  • Anthony

    Contest for dominance (not predatory, practical, or instrumental violence) appears to underlie what Feed labels “God Wars”. Psychologists Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto have articulated that people, to varying degrees, harbor a motive they call social dominance, though a more intuitive term is tribalism: the desire that social groups be organized into a hierarchy, generally with one’s own group dominant over the others. I wonder how motives of God Wars fit in social dominance orientation scheme.

  • Shahar Luft

    Religious war and a new Moslem-Christian divide. A Khalifate. An EU that looks like the Holy Roman Empire. A media and intellectual elite that looks like the Roman clergy.

    ‘Postmodern’ apparently means ‘premodern’.

    Some in ‘critical’ elites who promoted this situation could be in for a nasty surprise, if not for their capacity for denial. Some in the same elites had understood it from the start.

    Not appocalypse. But getting there.

  • Corlyss

    “while the U.S. has finally nominated someone to the long vacant post of religious freedom Ambassador.”
    I have difficulty believing any one sophisticated enough to be hired by AI/VM would be so dumb as to think the post, at least in this administration, is more than a sinecure for some Diversity Statement by Doofus. This administration is the Grand Master of the empty gesture. This is just more of the same.

  • charlesrwilliams

    There has always been violence between religious communities. But there is one religion, Islam, that calls for such violence as a fundamental religious duty. This is an issue that will not go away as much as we would like it to go away.

  • gabrielsyme

    Not just Christians in Iraq, but Muslims in Burma, Jews in Europe, and Christians in China

    This list makes it seem as though persecution is much more evenly distributed than it is. Christians face the brunt of persecution worldwide; they are persecuted in nearly every Muslim country, and many non-Muslim ones, including India, Sri Lanka, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam.

    The God Wars are awfully one-sided.

    • Jojo Jobxyzone

      You are correct in absolute terms, but I would contend that relative to their number – Jews are the ones most persecuted

      • megapotamus

        Per capita, certainly this is the case.

      • gabrielsyme

        Well, I would certainly agree that relative to their numbers, Jews face the most prejudice. But very few Jews live in countries where they are currently persecuted. Doubtless that’s in large part because they were chased out of most Arab countries, but very few Jews currently live under persecution. On the other hand, hundreds of millions of Christians currently live in places like Egypt, China, Vietnam, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, etcetera.

        I certainly don’t wish to minimise the significance of rising anti-Semitism, or the plight of the relatively few Jews who live under hostile governments. However, the plight of Christians worldwide is unique.

  • Pete

    France is importing nothing trouble down the road.

    Better France than the U.S.A.

  • Breif2

    1. Middle-Eastern Christians have been persecuted for too long in too much of the region. They have my sympathy. But before we enthusiastically back their mass migration to the West, let us remember that (speaking very broadly, of course) their culture is often as Arab as Western Christian.

    2. “France is opening her doors to Christians fleeing ISIS’s reign of persecution in Iraq.” France? Well. Not quite from the frying pan into the fire, but…

    3. Regarding the State Department’s deploring the displacement of religious communities, would that be the same State Department that has continually been pushing Israel to accept a peace agreement that would empty the West Bank / Judea & Samaria of hundreds of thousands of Jews?

    • charlesrwilliams

      My experience with Christian Arabs is that they assimilate very quickly.

  • megapotamus

    Burma, huh?

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