July 24, 2014

Kristallnacht: The end of Christianity in Iraq

by Jesse Johnson

When the world’s attention shifted to Ukraine and Israel last week, the Islamic leaders in Iraq capitalized on the distraction. For weeks the functional government in central Iraq (ISIS) had told Christians they had to make one of four choices by this past Saturday: forfeit their property as a “Christian” tax, convert to Islam, leave, or die. But a week ago ISIS revised their list, and said paying the “tax” was no longer an option.

When Friday came around, residents awoke to an Arabic “N” spray-painted on the houses, property, and farms of all suspected Christians. The government had come during the night to demonstrate that they knew who the Christians were, and the spray-painted N’s were a not-so-subtle reminder that the deadline to convert, flee, or die was only 24 hours away.  

Why the N? Because in Arabic Christians are often simply called Nazarenes. And when this week began, so did the flight of the Nazarenes. All Christians were forced out of central Iraq, including Mosul, an historic city with several churches 1700 years old. One church there had practiced communion every Lord’s Day for 1,600 years…until last Sunday.

As Christians left Mosul, ISIS set up checkpoints outside the city, robbing the fleeing masses (although ISIS points out they weren’t robbing them, but by their law they had a right to “confiscate” all of their property as part of their Christian tax).

An ISIS check point looking for fleeing Christians.

ISIS controls much of central Iraq and Syria. According the New York Times, which had a reporter embedded with ISIS, they took a church in Syria and converted it into a theater to show films of suicide attacks.

Ten yeas ago, Iraq had about 1.4 million people who identified as Christians and 300 different registered churches. Today there are only 50 churches left, and the number of Christians is probably closer 140,000 than 1.4 million. There are almost zero Christians left in Central Iraq, which used to be a hub of historic Christianity.

This decline not only signals an end to a Christian presence in central Iraq, but it also marks a profound turning point for Islam, which for over 1,000 years had as its goal the establishment of an Islamic state in the cradle of the Euphrates River. Despite their intense effort, the possibility of completely eradicating crosses and churches from the area never seemed like a real possibility, until now.

In fairness, the Shari’a Law form of Islam that has now gripped Iraq is not looked upon favorably by most Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, or Turkey. So ISIS seems hedged in geographically. But it is the form of Islam embraced in much of Africa and Asia, especially in Pakistan. It is violent, and has as its goal the complete obliteration of Christians.

Christians fleeing Mosul on Saturday

The term Christian in Iraq is used to cover a small percentage of Roman Catholics, some Baptists, and some Orthodox Christians (very similar to Egyptian Christianity). But most of the churches were Assyrian Orthodox, which trace their roots to before the schism in Europe between East and West; in other words, they predated the Rome split from Constantinople, thus are not affiliated with either group.

And for that reason, this devastation of Christians does not garner much attention in the Western media. Many Evangelicals are slow to sympathize because they think “those people in Iraq are Christians by ethnicity, not by faith.” I’ve heard some believers say that as a way to guard their hearts—as if to think, “I don’t need to be grieved by what is happening there, because they don’t believe the same gospel I do.”

But remember, ISIS doesn’t understand nuances of Christian theology. They are not distinguishing between Catholics, Assyrians, Orthodox and Baptists. They are persecuting people who meet for worship in churches with crosses on the wall. They are exiling and executing those who at prayer time do not bow on rugs facing Mecca. They are killing people who refuse to say that Mohammad is greater than Jesus.

For the most part, the US government has remained silent about the elimination of Christianity in a place that was under American control only a few years ago. Ostensibly this is because drawing attention to the persecution there would only increase ISIS’ publicity, and make life even harder for Christians there (although it is difficult to imagine how that could possibly be the case). There are also obviously political and philosophical factors in play as well. The result though is that an entire religious group woke up last week to find a letter sprayed on their property, and then had only a day to flee for their lives or be slaughtered.

What can Christians do? There are several missions organizations in Turkey that minister to these Christian refugees (like this one, for example). We can give to those groups, we can give to missionaries who are trying to reach the Muslim world, and we can train up missionaries and send them to this part of the world. We can support political strategy that can protect religious freedom. But mostly, we can grieve that part of the church is under profound and unprecedented attack, and be moved to pray that the Lord would use this for his glory.

Pray that even in this persecution, many people would come to faith in Jesus.

Jesse Johnson

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Jesse is the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA.
  • Domush

    It’s truly saddening to see so much violence over myths.

    We look back over history and see the great wars fought by people thousands of years ago and think “What a tragedy so many people were tortured and died over such primitive myths, but us, our myths are worth torturing and dying/killing over. We’re sophisticated”

    To end this report of tragedy with the hope more people will believe in your favorite myth, just to persecute or be persecuted is no less insane than the content preceding it. “I hope more people join our myth so we can become the dominant religion and exile and demonize and imprison, oppress and dehumanize anyone who doesn’t follow our irrational beliefs.”

    Does anyone following a religion ever stop to ask why indoctrination, violence and repression of contrary ideas is necessary if your beliefs are in line with reality? If your religion were true then science class wouldn’t be a threat, logic wouldn’t be your enemy and evidence wouldn’t need to be ignored. If your, or any, religion were true, the most brilliant men alive, the most highly educated, the most skeptical among us would follow it.

    What reality shows is those with the best knowledge of reality reject the claims of every religion. Does that not give you pause? The people who spend the most time making the most accurate predictions and specific, reproducible explainations of reality are atheists. How do you ignore all of this and continue talking to thin air in the hopes your wish will be granted this time in a desperate gambler’s fallacy?

    If any readers of this website want to ever see peace, they will need to see reality first. That reality has no gods, Muslim, Christian, pagan, Buddhist, Mayan, Greek, Roman, Egyptian or otherwise. Until the myths die, people will die fighting over whose myth gets marketing rights, because everyone knows without the marketing they would suffer the same fate as every other myth, lost to obscurity. A fate suffered by every other bad guess, wrong idea and incorrect conclusion.

    • Dan Phillips

      Ah yes, the comforting myth that the living God who is Creator and Judge is a myth.

      • Domush

        Comfort, being atheist in the USA? Now there’s a myth.

        I don’t know which God you refer, please describe this god using positive attributes which are both coherent and logically possible. Then inform me how you know this and what rational reasons and evidence you have for believing it to be true.

        I care about what’s true, which is why I ask this question of every person who asserts their god exists. If you believe your god exists, please answer the above request.

        I mean, it shouldn’t be difficult given you have likely already asked such questions about every other claim. You don’t just believe any old claim, as that would be ridiculous. After all, you care what is true and don’t want to waste your entire life believing something that is false.

        You do care what’s true, don’t you?

    • K Smith

      Dear Sir, I realize that this post will probably do nothing to change your mind, but just in case there is a chance that you can be reached, I offer you this to think about: you are expressing a religious belief or a “faith” in something called science. You believe that life came from non-life at some point without any evidence to prove that it did. No where on earth do we see life coming from non-living things and no where on earth do we see species adding genetic material to become different, more advanced species. Therefore, your assertion that science is the only truth is based on a “faith” in origins that is without objective, empirical evidence and cannot be proven any more than I can convince you of the existence of God. Science is really not about truth but is more of a description of things we observe. Its findings are constantly changing based on technology and the latest evidence. As for marketing rights, your faith has the best marketing rights of any religion. Your faith is taught in almost every school in America and is proclaimed from our media daily, not just in the news but also in entertainment. One final point, Russia is an atheistic country and her government is based in atheism, as are all communist countries. It does not seem to me that being without religion has lead them to peace and utopia.

      • Domush

        Hello K Smith. Thanks for the reply. I’ll try to respond to your comment point by point as to be as accurate as possible.

        “you are expressing a religious belief or a “faith” in something called science”

        No, I’m not. Science is based on direct observation, tangible evidence, accurate predictions, explanatory power and independently verifiable results. The nature of scientific theories are their objectivity. Anyone can test a theory. They are not dependent on the original theory creator to test.

        if you wish to test the theory of gravity, you can drop an object or, if you think evolution is “just a theory”, jump out a 10th story window. The predictive values of theories are absolute. They explain ALL of the evidence, ALL of the findings, EVERY scenario in which they encompass.

        When findings are discovered which are not predicted, and scientists think they should be, the theory is revised to encompass the new discovery. If the discovery is outside the scope of the current theory, a new theory is created.

        An example of this is Newton’s Second Law not being modified when anomalous readings were taken regarding Mercury’s orbit, but instead replaced with Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. The reason for this was the 2nd Law was easier to calculate and considered a good way to get “close enough” for things such as lunar landings.

        That said, the Theory of Evolution has not been revised since the 1800’s. It continues to explain *every single* finding, even with the discovery of genetics. In fact, the theory of evolution is what directed researchers to look into genetics in the first place.

        There is no definition of faith which is compatible with science. The closest one, “Complete confidence in a person or plan etc” is false on the premise it mandates unquestioning loyalty, where science is the process of questioning. The basis of science is to test the accuracy of every idea. Nobel prizes in science are almost exclusively handed out to those who disprove a facet of a previous idea. Those who break the status quo in science are given the most research funding.

        Science is both practically and theoretically the exact opposite of faith. Did you honestly not know this?

        “You believe that life came from non-life at some point without any evidence to prove that it did.”

        Wrong. I believe life, self replicating populations of organisms, came from non-life because life exists on this planet which was once uninhabitable and itself didn’t exist. I believe life comes form non-life in the same way I believe planet comes from non-planet or tree from non-tree. Being able to explain the mechanism is not required in order to believe something. The hitch is if the belief is rationally justified or not. That is where things like Occam’s Razor, probability, double blind studies, predictive value and evidence come into play.

        “No where on earth do we see life coming from non-living things”

        Not seeing something today, in real time, is not an argument that is does not or cannot happen. The fact we are here is extremely good evidence it happens. Does it still happen here on Earth? I don’t know. Even if it no longer happens, the Earth is hardly the same place it used to be (luckily for us).

        “no where on earth do we see species adding genetic material to become different, more advanced species”

        This is absolutely false. We’ve even seen species become different species, in real time, one notable observation being the e-coli experiments which have been ongoing for over 30 years. Most plants duplicate their DNA, forming different species of plants. It happens all of the time in both the laboratory and in nature.

        Here is a link citing the numerous examples of directly observed increases of genetic material: http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CB/CB102.html

        Honestly, all of these claims have been debunked numerous times and to have access to the internet and still be making them is baffling. Are you purposefully avoiding researching these claims?

        What reason would you have to avoid having your questions answered if not willful ignorance? If your beliefs are so fragile they cannot handle study from competing sources I would argue they are not beliefs worth holding and you likely know it, which is why you have so far avoided reading scientific research into the area.

        If I’m wrong and you truly wish to understand how both science and evolution work, I encourage you to read “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry Coyne as well as “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Richard Dawkins. They are both easy enough to follow for the beginner but thorough enough to answer all of your questions. The information within them is also fascinating to learn.

        “your assertion that science is the only truth is based on a “faith” in
        origins that is without objective, empirical evidence and cannot be proven any more than I can convince you of the existence of God.”

        No, because science does not rely on explaining absolutely everything in order for it to be reliable. I accept science as the best method to explain the universe around me because it makes accurate, repeatable, testable predictions. The Theory of Evolution explains every single piece of biological evidence we have come across just as the Germ Theory of disease explain every piece of evidence for the spread of disease. They are predictably accurate and when new evidence arises it either conforms to the current theory or the theory is modified to conform to the new totality of evidence.

        Assertions in science are always tentative, subordinate to the truth. When a hypothesis in science is shown to be false, the hypothesis is always rejected. Prediction is how we know science conforms closest to reality and religion does not. That is how I know science is the best way to learn the ‘truth’, because it can make specific predictions of the future.

        “Science is really not about truth but is more of a description of things we observe.”

        I have covered this in the previous response. Science is our best method of learning the truth. To be clear, I’m using ‘truth’ by the dictionary definition, “that which conforms closest to reality”.

        “Its [science’s] findings are constantly changing based on technology and the latest evidence.”

        Wrong again. The finding in science are not changing. The findings are based on the premises and logic dictates the same premises must always lead to the same conclusions. What does change is the amount of data we have to work with. With that data the conclusions can change. In this sense, science is never wrong because as long as the conclusions conform to the data the predictive value is always absolute. A+B will always = C unless A or B changes or D is added to the equation. This is how people think “science changes”, because new data is discovered which no longer conform to the current conclusions and the explanations must be altered slightly to account for the new data. The Theory of Relativity and Venus is one example of this.

        As for technology, technology is the application of knowledge. It is not the same as science. It is subservient to science as science is what technology is based upon.

        “Your faith is taught in almost every school in America”

        *sigh* Science is taught in public schools because it reliably makes predictions. It is not based in revelation, it is testable by anyone. You can test the explanatory power of science. Religious assertions which are not testable are not taught as fact because there is no means to come to that conclusion. Science does not need marketing because it works, for everyone. There is no collection plate in science. There are no authoritarian pronouncements in science. Everything in science is questioned and tested for accuracy. That is why you are using a PC on the internet instead of praying your comment to me.
        “One final point, Russia is an atheistic country and her government is
        based in atheism, as are all communist countries. It does not seem to
        me that being without religion has lead them to peace and utopia.”

        Another commenter already brought this point up and I recommend you read my reply to him on this.

        In short, you’re correct, atheism does little to direct people, just as not believing in Santa Clause directs people in their lives. The difference is, not believing gods exist allows people to make more accurate decisions, something not possible with a false belief. I think we can both agree that believing more true things is beneficial to believing more false things. That is the benefit of atheism and why religious belief is not some harmless feel-good which impacts no one.

        Sorry for the long response, but I wanted to be sure your answers were clear and covered most bases. Feel free to ask any followup questions. This time, however, try to keep the false claims to a minimum. Google your claim before making it here. it’s only polite to not waste someone else’s time by not doing your research and expecting them to do it for you.

        Cheers

        • http://almostreadytogoamish.blogspot.com/ Johnny

          How did you wind up here, exactly, blathering about Darwin on a blog post about persecution of Christians in Iraq?

          • Domush

            Because I find my news by keyword, not source. I don’t hide myself from various points of view. I want to learn no matter the source of information.

            You mind quoting where I even mentioned Darwin? Yeah, thought not.

          • Janelle

            Thank you for caring for persecuted people though you do not share their faith. My heart is wrenched for Palestinians though few share my faith. Unlike you the Australian media is silent.

          • Janelle

            Harsh. He cares

    • Shaun Little

      I don’t know what is sadder. The blog article or this comment. Sadly the god of this world has your eyes sewn shut as your view does not accommodate true Christianity, but rather your distorted view of it. There will be a day when you and I stand before a righteous judge and you and I will give an account of these words and the many other words we so freely share. If you were to sway one person away then they are not rooted in Christ but they are of the world. Lumping us in with the far-right warmongering evangelicals in this country or the Roman Catholics is a huge over site on your part and it shows you know nothing of Christ or His true people. I pray the Lord would be merciful to you, as your words break my heart just as much as these poor people being killed.

      • Domush

        “Sadly the god of this world has your eyes sewn shut as your view does
        not accommodate true Christianity, but rather your distorted view of it.”

        Baseless assertions and allegory mean little to me. I don’t believe things simply because someone claims them, nor should you. If you wish to have a discussion limit yourself to what you can demonstrate. I could assert Santa’s elves have sucked out your critical thinking ability and now you can’t reason, and it would hold an equal amount of truth value as your baseless assertion.

        “If you were to sway one person away then they are not rooted in Christ but they are of the world.”

        That’s simply meaningless blather. Everyone is “of the world”, some choose to follow a specific collection of old writings for a variety of reasons. Your attempt at divisiveness is a clear example of the harms of religous thought.

        “Lumping us in with the far-right warmongering evangelicals in this
        country or the Roman Catholics is a huge over site on your part”

        When those who adhere most closely to the fundamentals of your religion are the most dangerous, it isn’t the fundamentalists you should be concerned about. The people who promote “kill the gays” bills, push creationism in schools, pray over their children as they die of easily treatable diseases, murder non-believers, burn “witches”, regularly become ensnared in religious wars, all follow the same Bible you promote. That same holy book you claim is true and moral is the same basis for their religion as well.

        Your fallacious “true christian” argument is no more rational than me saying Stalin wasn’t a “true atheist”. They believe in the Christian “God” therefore they are Christian.

        Here’s a website to help you understand your fallacy: http://www.trulyfallacious.com/logic/logical-fallacies/ambiguity/no-true-scotsman

        “I pray the Lord would be merciful to you, as your words break my heart just as much as these poor people being killed.”

        Prayer, otherwise known as guilt-free neglect. It has worked out so well for the billions of starving, cripple and destitute people of the world.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      I ended the post with that because when people who are murdering others get converted to Christ, they stop murdering others.

      I’m declaring Dornush’s comment asked/answered, and I don’t want this comment thread to devolve (or evolve?) into logical evidence for the existence of God (that’s why I deleted one of the replies. So let’s just leave that there.

      • Domush

        “I ended the post with that because when people who are murdering others get converted to Christ, they stop murdering others.”

        The prison statistics of murderers tend to show otherwise, even the entry polls (which ensure jailhouse conversions are not skewing the numbers).

    • Michelle Lardizabal

      I agree with your view that all religions, in conclusion, are nothing but myths. Thank you for putting it so eloquently.

    • Mike

      Your beginnig statement urges us to look back at wars of thousands of years ago. It seems that you refuse to look at the reality of the last 100 years or so of history where the most atrocious and muderous crimes against humanity were propagated against humanity by so called peace seeking non/anti-religionists. For example: Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pott, Mao Tse Tung, Hitler, Mousilini, Amin to name the most well known tolling hundreds of millions of deaths in name of “all the people living lives of peace” (imagine that).
      In short; All you can do at best is parrot another irrational religious system that says “Follow me for herein is the truth” which in the end leads to death.
      Please respond.

      • Domush

        You talk of parroting, yet you bring up atheism as some sort of causal motivator?

        Here’s a link to nearly your identical false-connection: http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/2014/03/03/a-great-myth-about-atheism-hitlerstalinpol-pot-atheism-atrocity/

        This has been debunked so many times even the most cursory google search returns thousands of point-by-point refutations. Your search for answers has not even motivated you to do a simple google search?

        I can only guess you have no desire to learn the answer to your argument, lest you lose such an emotionally compelling argument for those not inclined for critical thought. Parroting such long debunked myths and outright falsehoods without even trying to find the answers on your own and then accusing me of parroting?

        “All you can do at best is parrot another irrational religious system”

        What holy book does atheism follow?
        What tenets does atheism have?
        What would make atheism a religion at all?
        Where is this irrationality of atheism you assert?
        What long debunked myth or irrelevant sound byte am I parroting?

        Save your false sound bytes, I’m not a gullible parishioner. I’ve done my research. Why haven’t you?

        Please respond. Honestly this time.

        • http://almostreadytogoamish.blogspot.com/ Johnny

          “What would make atheism a religion at all?” Judging from the fanatical tendency of athies I’ve known to jump in and ramble on and on about a God they don’t believe in, or a religious system they don’t follow, seems to possess the consuming fervor of a kind of religion. Maybe that’s the wrong word – perhaps “unhealthy fanaticism”? “Obsession over the belief systems of other people?” or perhaps “Misdirected Dad-hatred” would be a better way to put it?

          • Domush

            So, Johnny, your reasoning is because somebody isn’t a slave holder they shouldn’t care if others are? They shouldn’t even think about slavery? Non-slave holders shouldn’t be horrified at the treatment of slaves? They shouldn’t have compassion for those harmed by slavery? They shouldn’t be concerned about the harms that slavery both directly and indirectly perpetrates on their lives? They shouldn’t be concerned about slavers bent of enslaving anyone they can?

            The fact is religion adversely impacts atheists, retards progress and costs lives every single day. It’s a moral imperative to fight what causes harm, and one big cause of harm is religion.

            What makes you lash out with your grade school innuendos and name calling is the fact you have no reasonable retort to my arguments. You can go back to the shadows as it’s obvious you have nothing productive to add.

  • James

    I can not thank you enough for this posting. This is the site where I first heard of Miriam Ibriham. (I AM THANKFUL THAT SHE IS IN ITALY!!! PRAISE THE LORD) I am thankful that America is your base but not your sphere of concern. This post sharpens me.

    Thanks

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  • http://www.melissacollins.biz/ Melissa Collins

    Just shared this one on FB. Thanks Jesse.

  • http://suzlt.blogspot.com/ Suzanne T

    This kind of evil knows absolutely no boundaries, no rules of engagement.

    Can it be any clearer that God’s mighty, sovereign hand is well at work here, even in each of these lives? Whether repentant sinner or lost soul, we pray for them all; we pray for protection and for souls to be saved. The Word can not be robbed from us nor ever destroyed, may the power of Jesus Christ go aforth here in strength like we’ve never seen before. And then let us consider all the more the abundant grace in which we continue to live our lives, in peace..

    Much needed clarifications, thanks, Jesse.

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  • brad

    Good points! I’ve been on mission to Muslims from Saudi Arabia and Turkey; and atheists from Iraq and Palestine, among others (I live in an incredibly diverse area – probably the most diverse in all of America). I’ve noticed that the Turks are pretty liberal and the Saudi Arabians are a lot like fundamentalist Christians. We have seen that the best we can do is to 1) love them, 2) tell them about Jesus, and 3) not be pro-Israel or pro-American. Overall, I would say the most powerful things we can do is to 1) Love practically and personally, 2) proclaim the gospel and 3) make it clear that our citizenship and allegiance is in heaven (and not to America or Israel)!

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  • hoppytoad79

    This is not a Kristallnacht. The persecution of Jews under Hitler had nothing to do with the Jewish faith and everything to do with being ethnically Jewish. You could be a practicing Lutheran who had a Jewish great-grandparent and that was enough for you to be considered Jewish.

    This is not comparable to Germany in the 1930s. ISIS is a recent development in Iraq, whereas when Kristallnacht happened, Hitler had already been in power for several years and the world had already had opportunity to hear his anti-Semitic hostilities–opinions which many, many nations shared. There wasn’t apathy toward the Jews or misunderstandings about their situation in Germany, there was blatant anti-Semitism. Hitler wanted the Jews out of Germany and the other nations he invaded so there would be room for the ‘Aryan Race’. He would have been thrilled if other nations had accepted all the Jews who wanted to emmigrate from Germany, but very few would. The United States didn’t; we were extremely anti-Semitic. Neither did France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina,…no one except, IIRC, the Dominican Republic. Only a fraction of those who sought to leave were able to, and it’s because of that Hitler tasked several of his higher ups to come up with the Final Solution to the ‘Jewish Problem’.

    You say you can’t imagine how life could be harder for Christians in Iraq. That’s easy: they could be rounded up, forced to live in cramped ghettos, and then, a few cattle cars at a time, taken off to camps where parents are separated from their children once they arrive. They are stripped, made to shower, and then a six-digit number is tattooed on their arm. They are given a dull brown shirt and pants to wear, and a pair of shoes that fits poorly. They’re separated into groups of men and women and led off to single sex barracks that are flea-, tick-, and louse-infested, cramped, and they have to sleep two and three to a shelf. Meals consist of extremely runny porridge and a small piece of rock hard bread. They’re woken every day at 4 a.m. to stand outside, whatever the weather, for two or three hours, for a roll call, and then worked hard all day, receiving only dinner at the end of a twelve-hour work day, and dinner is more of the same they received for breakfast. Every so often, certain prisoners are taken off to a building at a far end of the camp with a tall smokestack. Those prisoners never return. Rapes of both male and female prisoners are common and regular. Children under ten, the rumors say, are taken immediately to the smokestack building upon arrival. No one ever sees a child under ten around camp, so the rumors are probably true. What happens to the children between 11 and 16, no one is quite sure but they are seen occasionally. Prisoners who become sick are taken to an infirmary, which hardly deserves the name. There’s a ‘nurse’, but all they do is look at you and shrug, basically. You either live or you die. If you die, your body goes into the pit that serves as the mass grave for the camp. If you live, you go right back to work. Any babies that are born…no one wants to discuss what happens to them. It’s too sad and painful. So, you were saying about not being able to imagine how things could be worse? It’s easy. Imagine the Holocaust.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Fair point. My use of “kristallnacht” in the title was not supposed to mean that these two are the same in every regard. Mainly the comparison I was going for was that one night people woke up to find a symbol sprayed on their property identifying them as Christians, and then given 24 hours to flee or die. That was the only point I was going for. I readily and quickly grant that the Holocaust and elimination of Christians from central Iraq are different in many, many way, several of which you list for us. Thanks for your comment.

      I am struck that the lesson many draw from the kristallnacht is the power of the press in changing world opinion about the persecution of religious minorities. That power has apparently waned, or is simply not being availed (NYT coverage notwithstanding).

    • Fibber MaGee

      You say it is not Kristallnacht (which was a one night event, correct?) then in paragraph two you describe the situation in Germany which mirrors the situation in Iraq. It is comparable, at least for the purposes of this article, and a reasonable title for Jesse’s piece.

      I don’t think anyone here would deny the horror under Hitler, but we are talking about current events. This is ethnic cleansing by Muslims. We as Christians need to know and talk about this. We need to understand that our current (USA) leaders no longer support “one nation under God”. This is an important issue for Christians to deal with now.

    • Revsimmy

      At the point of Kristallnacht, evil though it was, it was by no means clear what worse was to come in the next few years. The Final Solution was a later development. In the same way, it is unclear whether Isis have now done their worst or whether there is more to come.

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    I deleted a bunch of comments that were off topic…

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