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Islamic Persecution
November 07 2014 By dvirtue ROME: Where Even Buddha Grips the Sword

Of the twenty countries classified in the report with the highest level of violations of religious freedom, fourteen are officially Muslim, plus Nigeria which is religiously divided between Christians and Muslims but is under the sway of Boko Haram, one of the bloodiest expressions of radical Islam. Without counting the new self-declared Islamic State that has set itself up between Syria and Iraq, sowing death in the name of Allah.

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October 10 2014 By dvirtue Does Dhimmitude in Denmark Describe Our Destiny?

Per a series of Gatestone Institute reports (see here, here, here, here,

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October 08 2014 By dvirtue It's Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously

Ecumenism and liberalism both, in their differing ways, because of their commitment to tolerance and free speech, make it difficult to deal with what is happening in Islamic states. Islam is not friendly to relativism or to subtle distinctions.

Is terror intrinsic to Islam?

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September 05 2014 By dvirtue Radical Islam and its Invisible Victims

Perhaps more than any other country in the region, Syria has been a colourful patchwork of religious, ethnic and linguistic communities: the presence of Alawites and Druze, Eastern-rite Catholics and Orthodox, both Oriental and Chalcedonian, Sephardic Jews and Yazidis reveals the diversity of religions. As well as Arabic, Kurdish, Aramaic, Turkoman and Armenian are spoken there.

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August 24 2014 By dvirtue The Islamic State presents us with a wholly abnormal situation of national emergency

A multi-faith consortium has written to the Telegraph:

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August 20 2014 By dvirtue Persecuted Christians in Iraq are dying for Christ

The persecution of the Christian Church started immediately. The Deacon Stephen, Christianity's first martyr, spilled his blood at the hands of his persecutors, It was witnessed by a man from Tarsus -- Saul who, by his zealousness, was instrumental in the persecution of the early Church in Jerusalem.

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August 14 2014 By dvirtue Some things I’ve learned from the persecuted church

On the tenth day, the unrepentant Abacha dropped dead from a previously undiagnosed heart problem. He was just short of his 55th birthday. Even as Archbishop Joseph related the story to me it was with a breathless sense of the sovereignty of God.

From Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini

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August 07 2014 By dvirtue "We are being butchered under the banner of 'There is no God but Allah'"

It is estimated that some 2,000 were murdered and as many as 40,000 have fled into the mountains to avoid the slaughter. The children are now dying of thirst. Exposed to the heat of Mount Sinjar, the elderly and vulnerable adults will soon follow.

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July 30 2014 By dvirtue IRAQ: The silence is deafening

“They could stay and pay a tax or convert to Islam – or be killed. Yacub, 70, was one of the few Christians remaining beyond last Saturday's noon deadline. He may have even been the last to leave alive.

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July 28 2014 By dvirtue Persecution of Christians contradicts idea of a Caliphate

In these circumstances and fearing the worst, many chose to flee and Mosul – just recently home to thousands of Christians – has been emptied of this ancient community. Stripped of all their possessions, even medicines, many were forced to walk 70km to safety, eventually heading to Dohuk in the Kurdish region of the country. The 15 Christian families who chose to stay in Mosul, did so by converting to Islam in order to to retain their homes and possessions.

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