More than 200 Assyrian Christians have been kidnapped by the terrorist organization ISIS, and prayers have gone out around the world for their safe return. Two members of the Assyrian Church of the East spoke with The Christian Post about the situation in Syria and the loss of several religious artifacts at the hands of ISIS.
Jennifer Griesenauer and her aunt, Toni Abraham, who live in the United States, have watched in horror as members of their faith are systematically being targeted for kidnapping and execution. This week it emerged that ISIS fighters also destroyed religious artifacts, reaching new levels of destruction and animosity.
"Oh my God it's horrible," Toni told CP late Thursday. "Khabour River area is where my great grandfather held a priest school. Under his teachings, we have many well-known bishops, priests and deacons who are scholars in Aramaic, the language Christ spoke, currently the Assyrian Church of the East. It's sad to see that church destroyed and our Assyrian people still being targeted because of our Christian religion." more >>
National Harbor, Md.– Speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Texas Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, bashed President Barack Obama for labeling the the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State in mid-February as "Egyptian citizens."
Cruz also attacked the Obama administration for continuously ignoring the fact that most of today's international terror troubles are caused by "radical Islamic terrorists." Cruz asserted that America needs a leader that will not just identify the radical Islamic threat from groups like the Islamic State but also protect the liberty of international Christians.
"When 21 Coptic Christians are beheaded we see the president saying they were simply 'Egyptian citizens,'" Cruz said. "They were murdered for their Christian faith and the president needs to stand up and defend them." more >>
American Center for Law and Justice Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow has asked "how many more Christians must be murdered" at the hands of terror group ISIS before President Barack Obama decides to take specific action to stop the slaughter.
"It is unacceptable for President Obama, the West and the United Nations to stand idly by and watch the systematic elimination of Christians by radical Islamists," Sekulow said.
"How many more Christians must be murdered because of their religious beliefs? Without a specific strategy to eliminate this evil, ISIS remains emboldened and continues to use these tragic events to recruit more radical jihadists. It is clear ISIS intends to continue to target and execute Christians. It is time for President Obama to exercise leadership — to assemble a global coalition — and put an effective strategy into action to stop the slaughter of Christians, to put an end to this jihadist war against Christians." more >>
As many as 54 percent of Republicans have said in a survey that they believe President Barack Obama "deep down" is a Muslim, and only 9 percent trust that he's really a Christian.
Alex Theodoridis, an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Merced, described the results as "staggering" in an article for The Washington Post on Wednesday.
The direct question asked was "Which of these do you think most likely describes what Obama believes deep down? Muslim, Christian, atheist, spiritual, or I don't know." more >>
All men sail through life's rough waters, what shipwrecks some empowers others. Undying perseverance and a devotion to a higher calling belong to those who survive. Heroes they are, though that is not what we call them initially. England's King George VI, for example, was depicted by the press of his day as a drab and timid man with a crippling stutter whose determination and untiring devotion left him bruised and battered, but undeniably heroic.
Rising to kingship unwillingly and on the wings of scandal, he struggled with every public word he uttered. His infamous September 3, 1939 prelude to war speech, which can be heard in all its crackly splendor online, opens with: "In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history, I send this message to all my peoples [sic]…with the same depth of feeling for each one of you as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself."
Each consciously calculated word enunciated, between far too many pauses and near-stammers, warned beloved countrymen of a clear and present danger should Nazism prevail. His brother, King Edward VIII, who had previously abdicated the throne to pursue personal passions, could have said it prettier. But not better. You see, a fine-tuned heart can see and hear what is invisible to the eyes and ears. Substance versus style. more >>
Assyrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, ordinary of the Syrian Catholic Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis, has spoken out against the kidnapping of more than 260 Assyrian Christians and blamed the U.S. and its Western allies for triggering conflicts that have destabilized the region and prompted ISIS to carry out such attacks.
"With their disastrous policies — mainly the French and the U.S., with their regional allies, have favored in fact the Daesh (ISIS) escalation," Hindo told Fides News Agency.
"Now they persevere in error, commit strategic, grotesque mistakes such as the announcement of the 'spring campaign' to liberate Mosul and insist on interfering with irrelevant interventions, instead of recognizing that their guaranteed support to jihadist groups has led us to this chaos and has destroyed Syria, making us regress 200 years." more >>