GLEN COVE, NY — The religious liberties of Christians
in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia — which have been
shrinking for years — are now doing so at an accelerating rate. The
U.S. State Department has done nothing about this, largely because
it is paralyzed by fear of being called “Crusaders.”
Some Crusaders were holy and courageous men. Some were not. All however,
went on the Crusades for a noble purpose. The holiest places of Christianity
are in Judea and Samaria, or Palestine. The apostles preached the Gospel
in the Mediterranean basin and Southern India — precisely the area
in which the invented cult of Islam spread. When Moslems began to kill
Christian pilgrims, the Crusades were undertaken to protect the life,
liberty, and safety of these pilgrims. Many centuries of Moslems however,
have grown up on libels and slanders about the Crusaders.
The deadly violence against the pilgrims was a manifestation of a core
religious teaching of Islam. Many of the problems of the Islamic world
today are manifestations of this core belief.
Perhaps our problems in the region go back to our taking the side of
Egypt against Britain and France in 1956. Perhaps they date to an earlier
era. In any case, matters took a decided turn for the worse when we
stood by when fanatical Moslems overthrew the Shah of Iran and the
partly Christian government of Lebanon fell to pieces.
Today, Christians are less free in Iraq than they were under Saddam.
They have never been free in Saudi Arabia or Sudan. They are newly
threatened in Libya. They have been losing ground in Egypt; with an
extremist Islamic government now in office, the killings and church
burnings will fuel their exodus from their homeland. If the present
government in Syria is overthrown, we can expect the ancient Christian
community there to be persecuted.
The Christian communities in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria — formed during
the early Church — are the site of unique liturgical practices little
changed since apostolic times. Fifty years ago they flourished; now
their very existence is threatened.
We have done nothing to protect these ancient communities. We are
afraid that any foreign policy specifically directed to protecting
these ancient Christian communities will lead us to be branded as “Crusaders.” We
should not forget that there was a reason for Crusades. The cult of
Islam was killing Christians then, as now. We used to use the word “crusade” in
a positive sense. We should do so again, and let the Moslem world know
that we will no longer tolerate persecutions.
There is a dangerous fad that classifies Christianity, Judaism, and
Islam as the three ancient monotheistic religions. This is false. Christianity
and Judaism both are directly descended from the ancient universal
monotheism of Adam and Noah. Islam is as cooked up as Scientology.
Christianity and Judaism are religions of tolerance; Islam is a religion
of intolerance. The Crusaders did not go to force the Moslems to be
baptized. They went to protect the liberty of Christians. Somebody
should tell the U. S. State Department.
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