Sunday, April 22, 2012

The De-Christianization of the Holy Land

Bob Simon of 60 Minutes deserves the title "Righteous Among the Jews" for his heroic reporting that "[t]he exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population" — Christians of the Holy Land.

Mr Simon reports on "a document called Kairos, criticizing Islamic extremism and advocating non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation which they called a sin against God," which "was endorsed by the leaders of 13 Christian denominations including Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Anglican," which can be read here — A Moment of Truth | وقفة حقّ.

Of course, Mr. Simon's question to the Israeli ambassador, about whether "the Israeli government ever thinks of the fact that if Christians aren't being treated well here, and America is an overwhelmingly Christian country, that this could have consequences," is really a moot point. The American fundagelical would never recognize a Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran or Anglican as a fellow Christian, especially not an Arab.

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Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

This is exactly what Lincoln's thugs did to the South to destroy it so thoroughly that they didn't even have to salt its soil: make life so miserable that the upper class leaves (with crazy occupation laws.)

Once they are gone, the middle class and below can be bullied and derided at will.

April 22, 2012 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Well said, F-X. A tactic that silences leftist criticism.

April 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger 박태민 마태오 said...

I think your label is supposed to read "The Holy Land"^^

April 23, 2012 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...


April 23, 2012 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

I have just watched a Scouts' Saint George's Day Parade, led by the Union and Saint George's Flags, march away from a Medieval village green to the edge of the village and into a little Victorian Catholic church. Where, of course, the National Anthem and Jerusalem were sung. Dignum et justum est.

Even if the Tomb of Saint George at his birthplace, which is now known as Lod and which is the location of Israel's principal airport, has become a shadow of its former self as a major focus of unity between Christians and Muslims in devotion to the Patron Saint of Palestine and Egypt before, and as much as, the Patron Saint of England. Three quarters of those who practised that devotion were violently expelled in 1948.

April 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

But in its day, American Protestant missionary activity has had an important impact. Its universities, untainted by association with British or French colonialism, nurtured generations of Arab nationalist leaders, Muslim as well as Christian. As did those with the most interest in defining the local and putatively national identity as Arab rather than Islamic, namely the ancient indigenous Christians.

That was, and very largely still is, Arab nationalism: the fruitful encounter between indigenous Catholicism and Orthodoxy on the one hand, and the educational opportunities opened up by American “mainline” Protestants on the other. Alas, the numerical decline of Episcopalianism and of “mainline” Presbyterianism, Lutheranism and Methodism in American society has had an impact on, especially, the Republican Party, while the not coincidental decline of those bodies from the doctrinal and moral orthodoxy that, among other things, sends missionaries has cut them off from the wider Anglican, “Calvinist”, Lutheran and Methodist worlds.

However, the wonderful Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Galilee, Elias Chacour, one of the greatest men of the present age and whose Nobel Peace Prize is long overdue, has founded and heads the first Arab university within Israel’s pre-1967 borders. It is a branch of the University of Indianapolis, an institution of the United Methodist Church, the largest “mainline” denomination. He also holds honorary doctorates from Duke and Emory, both of which are United Methodist foundations, and he has been honoured with the World Methodist Peace Award.

The politically electrifying union of popular Catholicism and Orthodoxy with an academic leadership defined by traditional, not fundamentalist, Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, Lutheranism and Methodism in their American expressions has happened before. It was specifically and successfully a bulwark against political Islam, as well as against Marxism. It was called the Arab nationalism of the Near East. And it is still there. Including – indeed, now primarily – in Israel. All is far from lost.

April 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM  

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