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Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Dec 24, 2012 at 19:59

As an American, let me make a stab at answering your question why the US Government is aiding and abetting those who are driving the Christians out of the Middle East.

Many American social democrats (erroneously called "liberals") probably feel that if they had any courage at all, they'd treat the Christian population here the way the Syrian rebels are treating the Christians in Homs and Aleppo and the way the Muslim Brotherhood treats the Copts in Upper Egypt. Unfortunately for them, the American "Bible Belt" corresponds pretty much with the deer hunting and varmint shooting belt, where a lot of ordinary citizens are armed and know how to use their guns. Now, while that part of the country is, paradoxically, considerably less prone to crime than the major urban areas of strict gun controls, it probably can get riled, and our current leaders know it. Further, there are lots and lots of Evangelical Christian young men in the ranks of our armed forces, so if Mr. Obama tried to take Harry Belafonte's advice and arrest all conservatives, he'd probably face a mutiny from the people entrusted to carrying out the task.

Note as well that when our ambassador to Libya was murdered, Mr. Obama's first reaction was to blame it all on an obscure video by an obscure Coptic immigrant rather than to admit that even after the killing of Osama Bin Laden (justifiable, in my opinion), the Qaida narrative still has wide resonance in the Islamic world. When an obscure backwoods preacher burned the Qur'an (not something I'd approve of), this administration first went on the attack rather than politely remind the Islamic world that the American Imam who tells his flocks that Jews are apes and pigs is protected by the same First Amendment Free Exercise Clause that protects the ill-advised Mr. Jones. Finally, Mr. Obama's administration ordering religious employers to provide abortion and contraceptive coverage to employees shows that our Constitution's First Amendment is expendable when it comes to pleasing political clients.

And, while Mr. Obama protests that he is a "Christian", the church which he belonged to in Chicago was the kind that says being authentically "Christian" means hating white people. I guess Assyrians, Maronites, and Copts aren't quite dark enough to pass muster. The reason this did not become an issue with out major media when Mr. Obama was running for office the first time is because the white social democrats who run that industry really and truly think that non-whites are sort of backwards and can be excused for such things, despite all their lip-service to the idea of human equality.

Also, back when much of the world believed that "a new Christ has been born in Russia" (roughly 1917-89), the US suffered policy setback after policy setback because it chose to be skeptical--indeed, I doubt that even Ronald Reagan really believed that his successor would witness the Soviet collapse when he started nibbling at the outskirts of the Soviet Empire. Now that Islamic radicalism is on the upsurge, the Obama administration probably thinks it's catching the wave of the future by supporting it.

And, it may just be the case that while the Islamic militants are snickering "First Saturday people, next Sunday people", the worshippers of Ba'al and Moloch now sitting in the American courts, universities, and corridors of power are snickering, "First Sunday people, then Saturday people, and then Friday people".

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Christianity in the M|iddle East [44 words]Janice MermikliJun 29, 2014 17:32215655
1098% is the magic number [221 words]A guestDec 27, 2012 02:43201959
7And now the vanishing Copts of Egypt [303 words]dhimmi no moreDec 25, 2012 17:45201890
9Just a few comments [179 words]AlexandrosDec 24, 2012 14:40201839
1A reply to Alexandros [570 words]Kepha HorDec 24, 2012 19:59201839
1Dear Mr. Alexanadros [243 words]Debanjan BanerjeeDec 31, 2012 10:19201839
2Welcome back Debanjan Banerjee [189 words]PrashantJan 1, 2013 05:49201839
1Dear Mr. Prashant [458 words]Debanjan BanerjeeJan 3, 2013 10:00201839
1Happy New Year! [626 words]AlexandrosJan 4, 2013 15:53201839
1Our dear Deb and his madrassa [216 words]dhimmi no moreJan 5, 2013 08:40201839
3Morsi and the leopard! [330 words]dhimmi no moreJan 5, 2013 09:46201839
1our dear Deb is saying that Iran is a democarcy! Sobhanallah! [259 words]dhimmi no moreJan 5, 2013 09:57201839
1Charity starts at home [160 words]dhimmi no moreJan 5, 2013 10:04201839
1Hi Prashant [329 words]AAAJan 5, 2013 22:45201839
1Islamic delusions [56 words]dhimmi no moreJan 6, 2013 17:06201839
1Dhimmi needs a reality check [108 words]Ali BabaJan 30, 2013 02:13201839
3Justifying the absurd and in this case the murder of 90M Hindus by the Muslim invaders of India [387 words]dhimmi no moreJan 30, 2013 19:26201839
2Guiding the perplexed and lost tablighees [1014 words]dhimmi no moreJan 31, 2013 13:57201839
1the Christian exodus will cause more and more Muslim extremists [168 words]BaskintaApr 30, 2012 07:16195334
BRILLIANT [18 words]FREDA FLOODMar 13, 2010 20:23170087
1Ironic isn't it? [49 words]uha1May 12, 2009 23:25155322
3Christians never won when they carried the sword [118 words]baskintaApr 30, 2012 07:31155322
how sad [139 words]gajabOct 28, 2007 21:08112537
3Consequences.. [164 words]donvanJul 17, 2007 09:39103850
1Deja vue all over again [100 words]yuval brandstetter MDJul 5, 2007 12:26103034
5Disappearing Christians [127 words]gary fouseJul 7, 2007 15:18103034
You're right yuval brandstetter [183 words]WarrenSep 18, 2008 07:23103034
West bowing to Islam [125 words]ZeenaOct 24, 2011 10:21103034
I am not surprised [71 words]italianJan 14, 2006 18:2031624
4Disappearing Christians in the Middle East [378 words]mahendran JacobJul 17, 2007 18:5031624
To Mahendran Jacob [192 words]Kepha HorDec 24, 2012 20:0831624
Why does America's Educational & Legal "Elites" hate Christians? [191 words]BruceApr 4, 2014 19:1931624
To Bruce [14 words]Kepha HorApr 8, 2014 17:2231624
4Disappearing Christians [203 words]Herb BurackSep 10, 2004 11:3716888
1Why Americans are so obsessed against the Pope? [54 words]italianJan 14, 2006 18:1416888
Why are so many Christians disappearing in the Middle-East? [399 words]Lujack SkylarkAug 15, 2007 11:2916888
4Rise of the Beast (Daniel 7:19-20 & 7:24 & Revelation 17:12) [111 words]Lujack SkylarkAug 17, 2007 12:2216888
3Obssession with the Pope [119 words]Kepha HorDec 24, 2012 20:1516888
1Now For the Update [1241 words]TomOct 23, 2013 11:3316888
2The Pope represents some 1.2 Billion+ Roman Catholics [600 words]Lujack SkylarkOct 24, 2013 23:0416888

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