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March 29 2015 By dvirtue Bishop Angaelos discusses his fellow Copts and other Christians in the Middle East

Angaelos described how his native Egypt had narrowly avoided such fates. ISIS had declared a caliphate in 2014, something that "could easily have happened in Egypt" given the plans of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) government that came to power in 2012. After Hosni Mubarak's 2011 overthrow, Egypt experienced a "near anarchic existence."

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March 25 2015 By dvirtue Michael Nazir-Ali: Christians in Pakistan are 'sitting ducks' for terrorist attacks

Born in Pakistan, Nazir-Ali was Britain's first non-white diocesan bishop. Since stepping down from Rochester in 2009, he has served as president of the organisation Oxtrad, building up church leadership in countries where Christians are persecuted such as Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria, as well as working in advocacy and human rights.

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March 18 2015 By dvirtue ISIS militants desecrate Iraqi church, replace cross with black flag

A series of images released on Twitter show ISIS militants destroying ancient artifacts and tearing down a large cross.

Islamic State (ISIS) militants have attacked an ancient church in northern Iraq, tearing down the cross and relacing it with their flag, new images have revealed.

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March 16 2015 By dvirtue EGYPT: Anglican Archbishop Reflects on ISIS Murders of Coptic Christians

It is difficult to imagine such brutal persecution facing Christians in the twenty-first century. However, it is not surprising. Before going to the cross, Christ warned his disciples in John 16: "they will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me."This is exactly what happened in Libya.

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March 12 2015 By dvirtue Islam can be a violent faith, says Queen's chaplain

He was responding to comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who warned this week about being too quick to brand people with strong religious views 'extremists'.

Yesterday, more than 60 imams and leaders of Muslim groups signed an open letter to the Government accusing it of criminalising Islam.

They claimed the 'terror threat' was being exploited for political capital ahead of the election, as 'the big parties inevitably try to outdo each other in their nastiness'.

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March 07 2015 By dvirtue Four Things You Should Read about ISIS & Christianity

To provide more understanding about the Islamic State, and how to pray against the demonic forces that control them, here described are four articles that you should read, along with my annotations!
1. "What ISIS Really Wants," Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, March 2015

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February 27 2015 By dvirtue ISIS Blows Up Church Of The Virgin Mary In Mosul As Terrorist Group 'Aims To Wipe Out Christianity'

"On Thursday evening, elements of the ISIS group detonated the Virgin Mary Church north of Mosul using improvised explosive devices," a source told IraqiNews.

"The ISIS elements used the church as their headquarters for leaders of European, Arab and East Asian nationalities to live there."

"The explosion destroyed the Church entirely," the source added.

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February 19 2015 By dvirtue 'Beheading of Christians is clearest indication yet of religious cleansing'

Paul Robinson, the CEO of Release, said the charity's thoughts were with the family of those who were murdered.

"Those they loved were kidnapped and slaughtered simply because of their Christian faith.

"This is the clearest evidence yet of the brutal religious cleansing of Christians by Islamist militants. The message of this propaganda video could not be more plain."

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January 15 2015 By dvirtue Is Islam Inherently Violent?

As I noted in an earlier Patheos post, and as I suggested in my book American Christians and Islam,Christians have to strike a balance with regard to Islam. In the modern world, Islam does have a unique problem with large numbers of its (at least nominal) adherents believing that violence is a legitimate expression of religious devotion. Shocking numbers of Muslims in the Middle East and Central Asia sympathize with the work of terrorists.

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January 06 2015 By dvirtue Why We Fight Islam...

The final goal of Islam is a worldwide Caliphate ruled by Sharia. The world that Islam's followers dream of is a planet ordered after the wishes of Allah and his prophet. In such a world there is no Free Speech since the slightest criticism of the system is to be punished by death.

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