Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Opus 2013-302: Headlines: Christians Persecuted in Egypt, Duh!, part 2 of 2

Continuing on the article in the Washington Times.  What was also frustrating is how it ignores one of the key factors about Christian churches in Islamic countries.  Here is the reality.
“Since the military removed Mr. Morsi seven weeks ago, his supporters have burned at least 44 churches and ransacked more than 20 other Christian institutions throughout Egypt.”
Later in the article you find a bit of white-wash,
“Gen. el-Sissi told state TV that he ordered the armed forces to repair all damaged churches in ‘recognition of the historical and national role played by our Coptic brothers.’”
Sounds good but taking the generals at face value is like accepting what Al Gore has to say about global warming.  The statement just does not match the reality of history and the demands of Sharia law.  You see, it is a one way street.  The parts skipped in the following quote are not to manipulate the truth.  The parts represented by the ‘...” are simply other ways in which Islam attacks Christians and Jews but don’t relate to churches.
“All this is still part of the Sharia today.  ‘The subject people, ...are forbidden...recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals or feasts days; and are forbidden to build new churches.’  If they violate these terms, the law further stipulates that they can be killed or sold into slavery at the discretion of the Muslim leader.” Spencer, page 51
Historically, when Islam is strong and devout, Christians are not allowed to build or repair churches.  They are not allowed to ring bells or make any sounds that might leave the building and distract Muslims.  The generals claim they are going to repair the churches.  There may be a few showcases for the Western media but in reality only one or two of the 44 churches will ever be used again. 

I am disappointed that this was overlooked.  Even the Washington Times, which does a better job than others, seems to fall under the sway of political correctness and “don’t offend the Muslims, they might come to kill you.”

It kind of reminds you of the treatment of the federal government.

Spencer, Robert.  The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam.  Washington, D.C.:  Regnery
Publishing, Inc., 2005.

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