Juan Williams: Forget the War on Christmas …

posted at 4:01 pm on December 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Every year, we see the same cultural sniping about the expression of Christian faith during the Christmas season, ranging from the ridiculous to the, er, more ridiculous.  The arguments are worth debating and the traditions worth defending, but they tend to obscure a more critical war — and one that is actually a war, Juan Williams argued this week:

But even as we debate religion in American life we cannot forget a bigger threat — the violent, global “War on Christians.”

Here are some of the worst examples of Christian persecution around the world:

-An American Christian pastor has been in an Iranian prison for more than a year. The U.S. State Department has confirmed that he is jailed “on charges related to his religious beliefs.” Saeed Abedini set up churches in that country for almost a decade and the government found his work threatening. The pastor’s wife told reporters earlier this week: “My husband is suffering because he is a Christian. He’s suffering because he’s an American… Yet his own government did not fight for him when his captors were across the table.”

In Egypt fundamentalist Muslims regularly attack Coptic Christians. A House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee heard testimony last week on the sad plight of the Copts. Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Britain spoke of “an unprecedented wave of violence erupted against Christians” that is being “carried out by radical elements in society.”

-And in Syria there are reports of Christians in the northern part of the country being targeted for rape, kidnapping and murder by Muslim groups. Christian churches have been vandalized throughout the country as civil war has torn the country apart for the last two years. The Civil War has forced thousands of Christians to flee the country in droves, seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Earlier this month, more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns and Christian orphanage workers were held hostage. One 65-year-old Syrian Christian woman put it bluntly in an interview: “They’re coming after us. All they do is massacre people, all they know is killing.”

Williams is right, and he’s not alone.  During my recent leave of absence, I had a rare opportunity to read longer-form material, and raced through John Allen’s The Global War on Christians, released in October of this year.  Allen, a highly respected and widely read journalist at National Catholic Reporter, takes a much broader and in-depth look at the war on Christians in practically every corner of the world.

In his introduction, Allen argues that Christians are actually the world’s most persecuted group — by far:

The Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte (International Society for Human Rights) is a Frankfurt, Germany-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) founded in 1972 to track human rights violations in the Soviet Union. Today the organization has approximately thirty thousand members in thirty-eight countries and has expanded its brief to cover other sorts of human rights issues. In 2011, for instance, the society issued a report documenting how German technology was being used by authoritarian regimes in various parts of the world to monitor and harass their dissidents, including in cyberspace. Notably, this is a secular NGO, not a confessional outfit operated by a Christian denomination or a consortium of churches.

In September 2009, the chairman of the International Society for Human Rights, Martin Lessenthin, estimated that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians, citing the results of a survey carried out among staff and members of his organization, and saying those findings dovetail with conclusions reached by his colleagues at other human rights observatories.

Most of the danger comes in the area where Christianity has its historical roots, but more than we know occurs in nations and regions where we assume Christians should be relatively safe — such as South America. Much of the fight comes from Islamist governments, but not all of it does, and some of the war is internecine. Furthermore, the lack of recognition of this global war on Christians comes from several myths, Allen argues as he attempts to debunk them:

  • The Myth That Christians Are at Risk Only Where They’re a Minority
  • The Myth That No One Saw It Coming
  • The Myth That It’s All About Islam
  • The Myth That It’s Only Persecution if the Motives Are Religious
  • The Myth That Anti-Christian Persecution Is a Political Issue

Allen’s book provides a well-reasoned, well-sourced wake-up call for Christians, especially in the West, where persecution is so rare that we tend to argue more about Christmas creches than the crushing of Christian populations.  As Allen writes at the beginning of his introduction:

This book is about the most dramatic religion story of the early twenty-first century, yet one that most people in the West have little idea is even happening: the global war on Christians. We’re not talking about a metaphorical “war on religion” in Europe and the United States, fought on symbolic terrain such as whether it’s okay to erect a nativity scene on the courthouse steps, but a rising tide of legal oppression, social harassment, and direct physical violence, with Christians as its leading victims.

However counterintuitive it may seem in light of popular stereotypes of Christianity as a powerful and sometimes oppressive social force, Christians today indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often their new martyrs suffer in silence.

Allen’s book shines a much-needed light on those martyrs and the suffering of Christians around the world.  If readers are interested in a real war on Christian beliefs and way of life, be sure to pick up The Global War on Christians, and make it a stocking stuffer for your friends and family.

Also, Lee Stranahan has worked tirelessly this year to highlight the war on Christians in the Middle East, especially in Syria’s civil war.  He’s working on a new independent film, The Caliphate, which discusses it in the context of the rise of Islamism. Allen notes that this is not the only context in the war on Christians, but it is a major element in it, and not just in the Middle East but in Africa as well.  Lee needs to find donors to fund his efforts, and continue his own effort to make this a higher priority than the Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays debate.

Update: Elizabeth “The Anchoress” Scalia reviewed it a couple of weeks ago, calling it an Advent must-read:

I confess, I have had the book for over a month, but have only just begun to read it. I even contacted Image books, seeking out a review copy, but when it arrived, I found myself facing the thing with dread. There would be, I knew, no merry Christmas stories within its pages.

The book was inspired, Allen writes, by a conversation he had in 2009 with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of New York. Dolan mused that perhaps Christians had not roused themselves to confront the problem of [of persecution] because we “don’t have our own literature.”

I don’t know if I ever received a review copy, but I bought a Kindle version of the book, which is how I read it while traveling in the beginning of the month. Allen has taken us forward by a large leap in establishing “our own literature” on the subject of Christian persecution. All the rest of us have to do is read it.


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But even as we debate religion in American life we cannot forget a bigger threat — the violent, global “War on Christians.”

Frank Wolf, who just announced his retirement from Congress, has made the persecution of Christians his “issue” for over three decades. Sadly, it doesn’t seem as if he’s made much progress during that time. But I guess that is what you’d expect when American media is run by GLAAD who merely has to call up a network and tell them that they are annoyed for the whole narrative to change.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Juan who?

mcgilvra on December 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Allen’s book shines a much-needed light on those martyrs and the suffering of Christians around the world. If readers are interested in a real war on Christian beliefs and way of life, be sure to pick up The Global War on Christians, and make it a stocking stuffer for your friends and family.

I’ll take heat for it, but “real” is too strong, I think. No, here rape is still rape, and I’m not worried about being beheaded. But this war, here, is altogether too real. And some are making war here with more strength than they have because they believe that if the beacon goes out –

The war is real every place.

Axe on December 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Thank you for helping to bring the issue to light.

Too many people are dismissive towards the persecution of Christians and completely ignorant of the ways they still benefit from centuries of Christian influence.

Are you a free man of the West? Time to hit your knees and thank God for the Church and her endless army of martyrs who purchased that freedom for generations of men, Christian and non.

StubbleSpark on December 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Williams is right, and he’s not alone.

Well, he sure doesn’t have Pope Obama … I mean Pope Francis … with him as he says true Islam is wonderful.

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

A very interesting piece and I am going to order that book from Amazon ASAP. That said, I want to raise a question about whether the battles over Nativity scenes (or Pesebre (s) as they are called here…where there is never the slightest complaint about their presence by the way) and other symptoms of the War Against Christmas are really that small. I think they are big because they are part of a single piece, it seems to me. You cannot separate the attacks on the Christmas creche from the requirement that Catholic institutions pay from the morning after pill. Or the disproportionate responses to the vulgarity of Bill Mahar and Martin Bashir on the one hand and Phil Robinson on the other….one is humour, while the other..founded in Christian belief gets the scarlet letter.

So my question is whether rather than these being small issues, as compared to the examples you cite above, we must look at them in the context of the “Broken Windows” theory. As a result, rather than diminishing them we confront even the small problems to prevent them from becoming bigger?

Just some thoughts.

Blaise on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

So has Juan Williams denounced Obama?

I don’t see the guy much on TV, but I seriously want to know if he’s spoken out against Obama leaving the American Christian pastor in prison in Iran. There are a few other American citizens being detained there.

Obama could lead the way in denouncing the global persecution on Christians. But he’s too busy enabling the U.S. persecution on Christians.

INC on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

He’s working on a new independent film, The Caliphate, which discusses it in the context of the rise of Islamism.

What utter nonsense. It’s not the rise of “Islamism”, it’s the continuation of Islam.

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Obama could lead the way in denouncing the global persecution on Christians. But he’s too busy enabling the U.S. persecution on Christians.

INC on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

As is his brother-from-another-mother Pope Francis.

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Here in Europe with the possible exception of Poland and the Czech Republic there is near total indifference.Christianity has just about collapsed every where.

celtic warrior on December 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

There’s a war on Ryan’s Facebook page.

Wigglesworth on December 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

The war is real every place.

Axe on December 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

You mean like the fact that GLAAD or the HRC can call up the media and complain about somebody being too “Christian” on a show? How much of the world would even allow GLAAD to exist let alone dictate that sodomy is a normal lifestyle choice?

I would suggest that there is a two front war. The tactics are different but the goal is the same. Extermination of Christianity. GLAAD may not call for beheadings but they want want all Christians to die just as much as any Muslim government.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Juan Williams?

My collie says:

Stopped clock. Twice a day.

CyberCipher on December 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I think the current Pope should be excommunicated and I think most previous Popes would have done so.

This is what the current Pope recently said: “our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations (sic), for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

He basically smears any and everyone who would say anything negative about islam as a hater. Has he never heard of the admonition against bearing false witness? Has he never read the koran? Does he think he knows more about islam than every imam on the planet? Is he insane?

This bearing false witness, and such an extreme level of bearing false witness [Obama level on crack], is a far more existential threat to Christians and Christianity than “gay marriage” will ever be. So, whose sin is greater? That of “Catholics” for “gay marriage” or that of this current “Pope”?

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Allen’s book shines a much-needed light on those martyrs and the suffering of Christians around the world. If readers are interested in a real war on Christian beliefs and way of life, be sure to pick up The Global War on Christians, and make it a stocking stuffer for your friends and family.

-Ed Morrissey

Every year, we see the same cultural sniping about the expression of Christian faith during the Christmas season, ranging from the ridiculous to the, er, more ridiculous. The arguments are worth debating and the traditions worth defending, but they tend to obscure a more critical war — and one that is actually a war, Juan Williams argued this week:

-Ed Morrissey

It seems like Ed is being quite dismissive about the War on Christmas in this country. Of course things are much worse in other countries, and it’s important to be aware of that and to support those who are being oppressed, but it sounds like RINO Ed is siding with the John Stewarts and declaring the claims of a “War on Christmas” here to be phony.

Also, how does pointing out the war on Christians in this country obscure what is happening elsewhere?

bluegill on December 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Partially correct Juano

The war on Christmas is the United States version. The war is more civilized than the Middle East, but the same bigotry prevails.

There is a war on Christians in the US and it shows up around November 1 each year and lasts through December.

zdpl0a on December 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM

We should lift eachother up, and support Obama and change the World.

Try not to puke

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Juan who?

mcgilvra on December 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Come on.
When he’s wrong, slam him, but give the guy credit when he’s right.
Let the libs corner the market on bitterness.

itsnotaboutme on December 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I wonder if Juan is smart enough to understand that, of the two or three political ideologies, which is most responsible for enabling the war in the first place?

Thomas More on December 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Hey juan, did you forget that you are a democrat and your ilk wages war on babies in the womb and traditional marriage and all that is great about this country. Where I agree with the topic I find it hypocritical coming from this bastion of obama love.

crosshugger on December 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

So has Juan Williams denounced Obama?

I don’t see the guy much on TV, but I seriously want to know if he’s spoken out against Obama leaving the American Christian pastor in prison in Iran. There are a few other American citizens being detained there.

Obama could lead the way in denouncing the global persecution on Christians. But he’s too busy enabling the U.S. persecution on Christians.

INC on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

…I agree Inc.

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Ed, thanks for bringing up this topic.
I’m sure the books you recommend are great.
For breaking news on the topic, there’s this site run by Voice of the Martyrs:

http://www.persecution.com

itsnotaboutme on December 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Obama could lead the way in denouncing the global persecution on Christians. But he’s too busy enabling the U.S. persecution on Christians.

INC on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

His peeps sat down with the Iranians at the negotiating table.
Obama could have said,
“Before we give you everything you want, pretty-please let the pastor come home to his family, & we’ll throw in a photo op of me bowing before your mullahs.”

itsnotaboutme on December 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

This is what the current Pope recently said: “our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations (sic), for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I suppose we should find a true follower of Islam before we judge. I say this because whenever some Muslim decides to kill CAIR is out there lecturing that the killer does not represent the “religion of peace.” We’ve never actually seen a true follower.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Here in Europe with the possible exception of Poland and the Czech Republic there is near total indifference.Christianity has just about collapsed every where.

celtic warrior on December 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Given all this, is there hope for Christian revival in Britain? Christians, of course, always believe there is hope for redemption and renewal, because of God’s power. The observable facts are not promising, but there are certainly pockets of flourishing Christianity in Britain. The Kingsway International Christian Centre, an African Pentecostal congregation which is London’s largest church, attracts as many as 12,000 attendees every Sunday, and there are many other growing immigrant-dominated congregations across the U.K. Evangelical renewal efforts within the Anglican Church include the Alpha Course, pioneered by Nicky Gumbel (see more on the Alpha Course in this Anxious Bench post by Philip Jenkins).
While my family was blessed to attend Evensong services at both St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, the most vital church we visited was an evangelical Baptist congregation in Stirling, Scotland, which sits prominently in the city center. While nowhere near the scale of Kingsway, it is filled with young Scottish families. The worship is heartfelt, the preaching biblical and accessible, and community life and prayer support are vibrant. Those factors, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, would seem to be essential ingredients for revival in the U.K. and beyond.

kcewa on December 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

In September 2009, the chairman of the International Society for Human Rights, Martin Lessenthin, estimated that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians, citing the results of a survey carried out among staff and members of his organization, and saying those findings dovetail with conclusions reached by his colleagues at other human rights observatories. – John Allen’s |The Global War on Christians”

I can believe this statement and what Juan Williams says in this article.

SC.Charlie on December 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM

So has Juan Williams denounced Obama?

INC on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

ROTFLMAO!

Juan sees no harm in Obama. Stuff like Obamacare, Obama is a victim of bad staff. The fact that Obama has actually attended church (always with photographers in tow) a handful of times since taking office- no reason to question that he’s a devout Christian.

Put simply, Juan Williams is a racist. I don’t think he realizes it but his words prove it. He is utterly incapable of being critical of Obama because of skin color. If that isn’t racism I don’t know what is.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM

The War on Christmas is a softer and subtler battle in the War on Christianity (attacking Christians because they are Christians is ultimately an attack on Christianity itself).

Christmas, in the European tradition has long had both a devote religious side and a more libertine face. The Puritans banned it here back in the day not to not celebrate Christ’s birth, but because people were using it as an excuse to get drunk and seduce each others’ wives.

Victorian reforms turned it into the devote religious side and a new secular materialist side. And those sides lived together for a long time. Until some decided to kick the devote religious side out and do away with the fundamental basis all together.

The thing being, it’s the wrong battle, because Christmas isn’t the chief holiday or reason for the religion. That belongs to Easter.

rbj on December 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

An OT BTW- Am I the only one irritated that I have to clear out dozens of “offers” from my e-mail every single day during the season. My God! It’s getting annoying.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

nice squirrel there Juan. your boys screwing the pooch here at home and you want to point elsewhere.

Gotta start here pal. If we lose the here, what do we CARE what happens elsewhere.

We got obama coming after us with a knife.

renalin on December 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Exit question… Gaydar thread coming up next????

Eph on December 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

If readers are interested in a real war on Christian beliefs and way of life, be sure to pick up The Global War on Christians, and make it a stocking stuffer for your friends and family.

Just put that on my wish list on Amazon..will be buying that

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/12/20/syria-obama-backed-fsa-jihadist-rebels-slaughtering-people-like-sheep/

People need to go here and see what these savages are doing to Christians and others…They are asking people to convert to Islam or die..and kudos to Juan Williams (even though a broken clock is right twice a day)

sadsushi on December 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

The war on Christians is being waged exclusively by 1) Muslims, and 2) the Left.

Yet Ed waits until his paragraph four to timidly get up the nerve to say merely “Much of the fight comes from Islamist governments…”

Not ‘Muslims,’ mind you. According to Ed what little blame there is to be directed at Muslims (the almost exclusive wagers of Christian genocide) comes merely from “Islamist governments” (whatever that means).

Ed, when you spin this kind of crap, you are assisting the genocide of Christians. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are akin to a Jew who obfuscated the Holocaust.

Say it with me Ed: ‘All Muslims are bloodthirsty maniacs, and Islam is a death cult founded by a mass-murdering pedophilic warlord.’

Anything less is treason.

WhatSlushfund on December 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

That’s right! There is no place on the planet that you are safe. Us gawdless heathens are going to rain down Jingle Hell on you wherever you go.

Cry havoc and let slip the (atheist) dogs of war!

MJBrutus on December 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

This organization tracks Persecution of Christians allover the world.

http://www.persecution.org/

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

itsnotaboutme on December 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Oops…I didn’t see your post.

Great minds…and all that

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

The war on Christians is being waged exclusively by 1) Muslims, and 2) the Left.

WhatSlushfund on December 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

1. Muslims murderer and rape those outside their religion and burn their houses of worship.

2. The Left (and those of us secularists on the right) make you wait until after school to sing “Silent Night.”

Yeah, same thing.

MJBrutus on December 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I would recommend the book Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall.

It’s out on paperback and therefore cheaper if that’s an issue for you.

Also, John Allen spends an awful lot of effort in his book trying to politically correct. His book has good information but it can be frustrating seeing him bending over backwards to avoid offending anyone.

kcewa on December 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Ed, thanks for bringing up this topic.
I’m sure the books you recommend are great.
For breaking news on the topic, there’s this site run by Voice of the Martyrs:

http://www.persecution.com

itsnotaboutme on December 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Love Voice of the Martyrs

http://www.persecution.org/ this one is another good website..I follow both voice of the Martyrs and international christian concern on fb..also open doors usa another good source for persecuted Christians..It breaks my heart to see the persecution and death facing christians in this world..mainly in the middle east..

It reminds me of a couple verses

Matthew 5:10
10. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

John 16:33
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

sadsushi on December 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I think the current Pope should be excommunicated and I think most previous Popes would have done so.

This is what the current Pope recently said: “our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations (sic), for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

He basically smears any and everyone who would say anything negative about islam as a hater. Has he never heard of the admonition against bearing false witness? Has he never read the koran? Does he think he knows more about islam than every imam on the planet? Is he insane?

This bearing false witness, and such an extreme level of bearing false witness [Obama level on crack], is a far more existential threat to Christians and Christianity than “gay marriage” will ever be. So, whose sin is greater? That of “Catholics” for “gay marriage” or that of this current “Pope”?

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The Pope is saying what the Bishops of the sects under attack throughout the region have asked him to say.

What do you want him to do Declare a Crusade?

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

MJBrutus on December 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I didn’t say it was the same thing. But the Left thinks that it can partner with Muslims to achieve its goals. Then, once those goals are achieved, the Left imagines that it can dump the Muslims and have its Socialist utopia. It’s been tried by the Left again and again. And it always fails. It’s always the Muslims that end up dumping the Leftards, and you end up with an Islamic state. Just look at what happened in Egypt.

WhatSlushfund on December 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

The Pope’s just a middle man. Why mess with him? I say that they should excommunicate Jesus!

MJBrutus on December 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

1. Muslims murderer and rape those outside their religion and burn their houses of worship.

2. The Left (and those of us secularists on the right) make you wait until after school to sing “Silent Night.”

Yeah, same thing.

MJBrutus on December 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Nah, leftist just want to destroy your business and you personally if you dare disagree with them.

Guess they have to start somewhere.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Hey, everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I regret to say that we will still have to endure King Obama.

SC.Charlie on December 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

What do you want him to do Declare a Crusade?

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Just to not whitewash Islam would be an immense improvement on his part. You seem to expect nothing of him at all.

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

We know there’s a war, Ed. Everyone knows there is a war. What no one will do is say what’s to be done about it, what should be done to stop it. It doesn’t appear from the excerpt that Juan did. You didn’t. Did Lee? Will his movie?

We don’t need people pointing out the problem. We need people who will point out the solution. Go ahead, Ed, be the first with suggestions.

Dusty on December 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

A century of Coulter Doctrine would have gone a long way.

Murphy9 on December 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

The following open letter to Pope Francis was written by Geert Wilders.

Your Holiness,

…. …..

….. …..

In your exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (paragraphs 252-253) you state that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

Reality does not confirm this statement.

The Koran is full of bellicose and hate-mongering verses against non-Muslims. Your Holiness will be able to find them if he reads the Koran, but I will name just a few:

2:191-193: “And slay them wherever you come upon them, […] Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s.”
4:89: “If they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.”
5:33: “This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger, […]: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land.”
8:60: “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to terrify thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”
9:5: “When the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush.”
9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah.”
9:30: “The Christians call Christ the son of God. That is a saying from their mouth; they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them.”
9:123: “O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you; and let them find in you a harshness; and know that Allah is with the godfearing.”
47:4: “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks.”

I hope that the Holy Father will help us defend the West’s Judeo-Christian and humanistic civilization, to which even atheists and agnostics owe their freedom and democracy.

Nothing will be gained by a refusal to face reality.

We must speak the truth about Islam — the largest threat to mankind in this present age.

Very respectfully, Geert Wilders

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

… the Left thinks that it can partner with Muslims to achieve its goals. Then, once those goals are achieved, the Left imagines that it can dump the Muslims and have its Socialist utopia.

WhatSlushfund on December 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Islamists and Western Leftists share an enemy – Christianity and Christians.

The enemy of their enemy is their friend.

The naive left (99% of them) believe the dogma that Muslims are “oppressed peoples” and therefore will be grateful when liberated by the ever-so-benevolent progressives.

The 1% Left sees in Islam an “oppressed people” and so believe they own them and will eventually control them as they do and will other “oppressed people”.

Islamists are hyper-pragmatic: They will dispose of 100% of the Western Left once they are no longer useful idiots.

DrDeano on December 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

What do you want him to do Declare a Crusade?

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Just to not whitewash Islam would be an immense improvement on his part. You seem to expect nothing of him at all.

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I expect the Pope to do what he can with the means available to him.

What he’s not going to do is needlessly endanger the lives of those under attack as happened during WWII…

“The news of the increased persecution reached Pius XII. His own protest was due to go into L’Osservatore Romano (the Vatican newspaper) that very evening, but he had the draft burnt saying, “If the protest of the Dutch Bishops has cost the lives of 40,000 people, my intervention would take at least 200,000 people to their deaths.” Such was the result of openly naming the Jews; more death from vain gestures. There is no doubt that if Pius XII had made such a vain gesture, instead of saving more Jewish lives, he would then have been open to the criticism of having made the situation of Jews worse by vain and inopportune public statements. Those who now criticise him for not saying enough would then have attacked him for saying too much.

The Jewish historian Pinchas Lapide sums it up: “The saddest and most thought-provoking conclusion is that whilst the Catholic clergy of Holland protested more loudly, expressly and frequently against Jewish persecutions than the religious hierarchy of any other Nazi-occupied country, more Jews – some 11,000 or 79% of the total – were deported from Holland; more than anywhere else in the West.”

Thereafter, Pius XII adopted his policy of not naming the Jews explicitly. This was partly because of his experience of the diplomatic “deafness” of the allied governments, and partly because of his knowledge and experience of the increased persecution of Jews which followed the condemnatory statements made by the religious authorities. He devoted himself instead to the covert rescue operation to save Jewish lives…”

http://www.michaeljournal.org/piusXII.htm

The Pope uses the methods at his disposal and works with the Bishops.

http://www.caritas.org/

CRS (Catholic Relief Services) works with Caritas.

“Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have found basic necessities and ongoing support from Catholic Relief Services in nearby Lebanon.

“When they come, they have nothing,” said Joan Rosenhauer, who serves as Catholic Relief Services’ executive vice president for U.S. Operations…”

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/syrian-refugees-find-support-from-catholic-relief-services/

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Why not just name a muslim as Pope then?

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 6:22 PM

This sorry excuse for a Pope is either totally ignorant of Islam which would make him a total moron, or he is a total liar like his brother-from-another-mother Obama.

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Speaking of the global war on Christians. A Christian right here at home has been attacked by a media company for his religious beliefs. Support him here:
http://istandwithphil.com/

paulsur on December 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM

CyberCipher on December 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I’m glad to see you and your collie. MC, HNY and don’t be so scarce.

Dusty on December 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Looking around the globe, I don’t see much bad blood between Buddhists and Christians in Korea nor do Hindus and Buddhists kill each often these days. Only Islam seems hell bent on having its followers kill other people whether they are Christian(All over the place), Jews (Israel, Europe, Latin America, United States), Secular (Europe), Buddhists (Thailand), and Hindus (India).

thuja on December 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I hope that the Holy Father will help us defend the West’s Judeo-Christian and humanistic civilization, to which even atheists and agnostics owe their freedom and democracy.

Nothing will be gained by a refusal to face reality.

We must speak the truth about Islam — the largest threat to mankind in this present age.

Very respectfully, Geert Wilders

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

What does Wilders have to say about this desecration?

“Pro-abortion feminists are not happy that the European Parliament rejected a bill that would have called abortion a human right. In response, in protest, they invaded a local Catholic church in Italy and unfurled a pro-abortion banner on the church’s altar.

“A group of pro-abortion feminists have invaded the Catholic cathedral in Bologna, Italy, to protest against the rejection by the European Parliament of the pro-abortion Estrela report,” says John Smeaton, the head of the British pro-life group Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. “The protesters unfurled a pro-abortion banner in front of the cathedral’s sanctuary. Cardinal Carlo Caffara, Bologna’s archbishop, had called upon the European Parliament to reject the Estrela report.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/19/feminist-mob-invades-catholic-church-unfurls-pro-abortion-banner-on-altar/

Probably not too much…Wilders left the church a long time ago.

He does important work as a Dutch Politician about Militant

Islamization particularly in Europe.

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Why not just name a muslim as Pope then?

VorDaj on December 21, 2013 at 6:22 PM

You’re not Catholic so why do you care?

He does important work as a Dutch Politician about Militant

Islamization particularly in Europe.

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

my keyboard is messed up…

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

The naive left (99% of them) believe the dogma that Muslims are “oppressed peoples” and therefore will be grateful when liberated by the ever-so-benevolent progressives.

DrDeano on December 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Exactly. When Leftists look at the world, this is what they see: White males, Christians, the United States, and Western Civilization in general, are the root of all evil.

Anyone who doesn’t fit in to those groups is automatically the “oppressed masses.” And Leftists don’t care what the facts are. That is the narrative that they are going to foist on people no matter what. To psychotic degrees, in fact.

For example, just look at Lara Logan. Here she gets brutally gang raped by 200 Muslim males (in exact accord with Islamic instruction) and yet she comes back to the US afterward, after nearly being KILLED, and still makes excuses for her attackers. To this day, she has never linked Islam with her attack, nor has she acknowledged that the whole, entirely fictitious ‘Arab Spring’ narrative that she and other Leftists tried to sell to the American public was obvious bull.

In other words, this sick, twisted Leftist woman would rather be gang raped by 200 guys, and even killed, rather than surrender the Leftist narrative.

WhatSlushfund on December 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Wouldn’t bother me if I never heard of Juan Williams again. Just another stupid liberal.

ultracon on December 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM

http://www.persecution.com/

davidk on December 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Islamists are of the left.

When I was a boy (and still attended church), one of my favourite hymns was Onward Christian Soldiers. It is this attitude, which has been lost by every denomination, as far as I can tell. Only the Mormons seem serious any more.

It is the capitulation to political correctness (the left, not islam) which is the problem.

gh on December 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

CyberCipher on December 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Nice to see you around.

Juan seems like a decent fellow who just doesn’t understand the program. Not so much a stopped clock as forgetting his job.

gh on December 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Did Christ Himself not tell us this would happen? Should we be surprised at all that the world hates us?

This isn’t defeat. We grow stronger with every martyr.

“7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Keep the faith. Especially this season.

Kraken on December 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Onward … (my preferred tune)

gh on December 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

itsnotaboutme on December 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I posted first then read.

davidk on December 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I think it’s not even a comparison between the so-called war on Christmas and what Williams is talking about. You have churches and your own private property to put up your displays. As far as I have seen in the news, no one is trying to shut down churches. I think the complaint about the Duck Dynasty guy is valid and there clearly is a double standard going on with islam. If Christian displays can go on public property then so should everyone else’s displays. Everyone or no one.

I think anyone offended by either Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays is just looking for something to be offended by. No one else in the world is obligated to humor you method of observance.

To equate stuff like that with people burning down churches with people inside, or killing entire villages of Christians is ridiculous. Asking one’s neighbor to please keep their religion off your lawn is nowhere near the same as killing him for not doing so.

Dan_Yul on December 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Ed: Thank you for posting about this book. I suspected this might be the case and was wondering what resources were out there. I’m getting this one soon. Whatever squabbles Christians in the West may have with each other over doctrinal differences and social issues, these pale and really are secondary when it comes to our brethren facing outright persecution overseas. I look forward to reading this and hope there are ideas in there about what we can do to help.

JohnAGJ on December 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM

For breaking news on the topic, there’s this site run by Voice of the Martyrs:

http://www.persecution.com

itsnotaboutme on December 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Also check out Open Doors, an international organization that ministers to persecuted Christians around the world.

CJ on December 21, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Yes, Juan, it’s all true. But you enabled it twice by voting for Oboobi who is openly hostile top Christians. Shocking, ain’t it? And you support murdering babies. Evil is evil and manifest in many ways. You can’t pick and chose which you will deem evil. Grow a brain.

AH_C on December 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Don’t forget how this ends – we win. And even now, right now we’ve pretty much won the “war on Christmas”. I get told Merry Christmas all the time now (it didn’t used to be that way).

We can win it back. Keep praying, and hammering the forces um tools hmmm.., pawns no, playtoys (yeah, that’s the ticket) of evil.

Merry Christmas to all (even if you don’t care).

Squiggy on December 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Knocked out in the 2′nd round of march madness

-O’bozo

WryTrvllr on December 22, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Don’t forget how this ends – we win. And even now, right now we’ve pretty much won the “war on Christmas”. I get told Merry Christmas all the time now (it didn’t used to be that way).

Said Custer at the Little Bighorn. But you young earthers never let facts stand in your way.

As as noted in another thread, I do enjoy watching the tables turned on a bunch of old superstitious homophobic fools that chose to believe in a 2000 year old book of fairy tales in order to get through life, and who try to worm their crazy ideas into public education and politics. Seasons greetings my brother.

Bandit13 on December 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM

1. Muslims murderer and rape those outside their religion and burn their houses of worship.

2. The Left (and those of us secularists on the right) make you wait until after school to sing “Silent Night.”

Yeah, same thing.

MJBrutus on December 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Haven’t been to Minnesota in a while, have you?

WryTrvllr on December 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Christians declared war on gay people so cry me a river.

fatlibertarianinokc on December 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Juam Williams has been supporting the islamist Jew hater terrorists in their war against the Jews and Israel
for years.. now he is worried that islamists are targeting christians?

georgealbert on December 22, 2013 at 2:54 AM

World wide, Christian persecution is almost exclusively the domain of Communist regimes and Islamic regimes, with a few Hindu nationalists thrown in. North Korea is the worst persecutor of Christians while the next 10 or so countries are all Islamic, followed by a couple more Communist countries the names of which I don’t recall.

Per capita of population, these 4 countries suffer most from Islamic violence: Israel, India, Thailand and the Phillipines. That is Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian peoples ALL suffer from Islamic violence.

Raymond Ibrahim’s book “Crucified again” also covers Islamic persecution of Christians extremely well and is offers a valuable perspective as its written by an Egyptian Christian.

On a personal note: Ed, if you’re genuinely serious about this topic and no longer care about Mr Norquist’s opinion – why don’t you bring back Robert Spencer?

On behalf of all this year’s Christian 3rd world martyrs: Merry Christmas from all those who could easily have lived if they’d betrayed their Lord.

Liam1304 on December 22, 2013 at 4:32 AM

GLADD would like Phil Robertson to be re-educated…

“After the meeting (between A&E executives and GLAAD), GLAAD issued its statement on Robertson’s comments. A&E initially released a statement from Robertson in which he said he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” But the network declined to comment itself until Wednesday night, when it announced the suspension, which GLAAD applauded.

“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.

The organization is also currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson.

“Silence is agreement in this case,” he said. “With such egregious anti-gay and racist comments, those companies that choose to be affiliated with this family need to speak out.”

http://weaselzippers.us/?p=165172

workingclass artist on December 22, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Christians declared war on gay people so cry me a river.

fatlibertarianinokc on December 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Fatstupdphck is more like it. You think Christians persecute gays, wait until the new management takes over. Granite or limestone?

WryTrvllr on December 22, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Williams is making publicly a point I’ve made here before. The “war on Christmas” (just like the “war on women”) is 100% fictional. The governor of Rhode Island calling something a “holiday tree” (which is the only way you can have such a tree in the Rhode Island state Capitol building) doesn’t constitute a “war” on anything. In fact, by calling the tree a “holiday tree,” that governor is acknowledging that Christmas is a religious holiday, i.e. he’s remembering the reason for the season. The ones really secularizing Christmas are the ones insisting that all the stores wish everyone (including non-Christians) a “merry Christmas,” arguing that “it’s Christmas for everyone.” That’s secularization. Not doing so still isn’t a “war,” unlike real persecution of Christians that’s taking place throughout the world, as Williams and Morrissey have outlined here.

bmmg39 on December 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/12/20/syria-obama-backed-fsa-jihadist-rebels-slaughtering-people-like-sheep/

People need to go here and see what these savages are doing to Christians and others…They are asking people to convert to Islam or die..and kudos to Juan Williams (even though a broken clock is right twice a day)

sadsushi on December 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I’m glad you posted that link. The site contains hideous content BUT IT’S FACTUAL. So it shows but some of the hideous deeds done and being done by practitioners of Islam, all over the world.

It’s a site that is not easily viewed by anyone from a civilized society, or who has a range of sensitivities as to aversions to the grotesque and depraved. But it’s not the site’s fault, they’re reporting the reality of what is happening and it’s not the sanitized/Western-PC-Obama “religion of peace” lie.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The organization is also currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson.

“Silence is agreement in this case,” he said. “With such egregious anti-gay and racist comments, those companies that choose to be affiliated with this family need to speak out.”

http://weaselzippers.us/?p=165172

workingclass artist on December 22, 2013 at 6:14 AM

That’s GLAAD admitting by circular speech that they’re aggressing upon anyone they can link to Robertson in any way (neighbor, advertiser, stores he may patronize, friends, etc.) and spreading lies and rotten “suggestions” about who he is…

GLAAD and the rest of the ‘gay activists/advocates’ (individuals and groups) use ground-level gossip of an often irrational sort to destabilize or try to destabilize social groups, social connections, among those they target for not submitting to the PC-Left’s ideas as to hmsxuality.

Lourdes on December 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Juan, unusually, had a “blind pig” moment.

Another Drew on December 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Crazy old bearded fool mumbles something about an imaginary friend. Shocking.

Bandit13 on December 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Christians declared war on gay people so cry me a river.

fatlibertarianinokc on December 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Totally agree. Fun to watch the tables turn.

Bandit13 on December 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I think it’s not even a comparison between the so-called war on Christmas and what Williams is talking about. You have churches and your own private property to put up your displays. As far as I have seen in the news, no one is trying to shut down churches. I think the complaint about the Duck Dynasty guy is valid and there clearly is a double standard going on with islam. If Christian displays can go on public property then so should everyone else’s displays. Everyone or no one.

I think anyone offended by either Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays is just looking for something to be offended by. No one else in the world is obligated to humor you method of observance.

To equate stuff like that with people burning down churches with people inside, or killing entire villages of Christians is ridiculous. Asking one’s neighbor to please keep their religion off your lawn is nowhere near the same as killing him for not doing so.

Dan_Yul on December 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Thank you, Dan.

bmmg39 on December 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

It seems like Ed is being quite dismissive about the War on Christmas in this country. Of course things are much worse in other countries, and it’s important to be aware of that and to support those who are being oppressed, but it sounds like RINO Ed is siding with the John Stewarts and declaring the claims of a “War on Christmas” here to be phony.

Also, how does pointing out the war on Christians in this country obscure what is happening elsewhere?

bluegill on December 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Why can’t be talk about both? We on the right can multitask, can’t we? It’s only the low infos that have issues with more than one thought at a time (ooooooo shiny!), right?

The left ignores their buddies elsewhere killing Christians and hoping no one will have the stones to notice and say anything. They make that a self-fulfilling prophecy by nibbling at the edges here until there is nothing left to nibble at. We don’t notice the slow progress they’ve been making until we look around and see what society has turned into, like we do now.

Each has it’s importance. This “war on Christmas and anything Christian” here is even more important and worth our attention. They have eroded the voice of religion and will continue to do so until there is no one left speaking. Just look at what GLAAD is doing. You don’t think it’s all the same strategy?

kim roy on December 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Crazy old bearded fool mumbles something about an imaginary friend. Shocking.

Bandit13 on December 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Leftist bows to the God of his ego. Same thing.

*yawn*

kim roy on December 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

It seems like Ed is being quite dismissive about the War on Christmas in this country. Of course things are much worse in other countries, and it’s important to be aware of that and to support those who are being oppressed, but it sounds like RINO Ed is siding with the John Stewarts and declaring the claims of a “War on Christmas” here to be phony.

Also, how does pointing out the war on Christians in this country obscure what is happening elsewhere?

bluegill on December 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Why can’t be talk about both?

kim roy on December 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Because one is purely fictional, and the other is quite real.

bmmg39 on December 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Juan Williams: Forget the War on Christmas …

The war on Christmas and the war on Christians are one and the same, indivisible.

RJL on December 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Juan getting dangerously close to wandering off the plantation again (unless, perhaps he obtained permission for this one first?). Apparently he doesn’t remember the beating he took the last time this happened (it cost him his job at NPR, as I recall).

bofh on December 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

These things shouldn’t surprise any Christian well versed in eschatology. Revelation describes the entire Church age, marked by Christians struggling with a secular, godless world who hates the Church. Matthew 24 has Jesus Himself describing the church age as marked by increasing persecution and general chaos.

The overall theme of Christian eschatology is this: God is absolutely sovereign, and He will have justice in due time.

TheMightyMonarch on December 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

TheMightyMonarch on December 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Yep.

Murphy9 on December 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

John Allen should be commended for bringing this to the spotlight. And he is taking both the left and right to task for this. The left doesn’t want to admit that there is a war on Christians in certain places and that fundamentalist strains of religions are to blame. (And it isn’t just Islam. Allen mentions India quite often on his reporting where militant Hindus murdered quite a few Christians. Christians in India tend to be of the lower castes and have huge strikes against them.). However, the right especially in the U.S. has gone over the top by comparing what is happening in the U.S. to what is happening in places like Syria. Even incredibly smart guys like my archbishop, Cardinal George have said incredibly stupid things about this. (Cardinal George thinks that is successor is going to die in prison, which is amusing because he is retiring next year.). This diminishes the real persecution of Christians.

And Pope Francis has spoken out about this. He mentioned ecumenism of blood in his last interview. The reason he isn’t condemning Islam is because people shouldn’t be stereotyped. There are fundamentalist “Catholics” who are antisemitic. There is an especially vile group called the SSPX that has “bishops” who deny the Holocaust. I wouldn’t want people to think that I am an antisemite because there is a small group of antisemites who purport to be Catholic.

Illinidiva on December 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Jews are God chosen people…just saying:)

The war against Christianity started a very long time ago..Christians have done nothing to combat the attacks. Most pastors are worried about how much $ put into the offering plate…it’s a business and right now their ‘business’ is losing. Look in the mirror ..they’ll find the reason

Redford on December 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Redford on December 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Good try. You keep at it.

WryTrvllr on December 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

The war on Christmas has been going on for years. We Christians are just not organized and lazy. We are afraid to speak out because of politics and the kind of thing that happened to Phil. I know this sounds terrible but: Most of the villains and serial killers last week on shows from NCIS to Grimm was Santa. All of the “Christmas” shows from childrens shows to “the big bang theory” talked about how bad Christmas is. All of the recent movies like “Fred Claus” and “The Santa Claus” tend to bash Christmas and to humanize Santa as a person of character flaws. The one thig they all have in common is that they are all written by,performed by and directed by Jews. Specials like “The year without Santa” even have all the character’s drawn and talking like Jewish people with Jews doing the voices! I’m not anti-Jew. How would you feel if all the shows were performed, written and directed by muslums? There is only two specials that mention jesus at all. The little drummer boy one and two. Try finding them on TV.

Redglen on December 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

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