Tuesday, April 03, 2007


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Christians are fleeing Lebanon because they fear a civil war breakout between Muslim factions, per London Sunday Telegraph’s Michael Hirst.

Christians basically have left Iraq due to being murdered and maimed via civil war. Their churches have been set on fire by zealot Muslims.

Secular media does not often pick up on Christians’ anxieties because they are considered “just another Christian story.” However, devout Christians want to know what is going with their fellow believers and therefore when learning of the data go immediately to prayer.

“Christians are fleeing from Lebanon to escape the rise of radical Islam and growing fears that the trend will result in a Sunni-Shi’ite civil war, with minority Christians trapped in the middle.

“In a poll to be published next month, nearly half of all Maronites, the largest Christian denomination in the country, said they were considering emigrating.

“Of these, more than 100,000 have submitted visa applications to foreign embassies, according to the poll. Their exodus could rob the country of an influential minority, which has acted as an important counterbalance to the forces of Islamic extremism.”

Where Muslims move in to take over an environs, Christians have become the planet’s gypsies. The Christians are searching for a home where they can practice their faith in relative peace. However, with the Islamic take over, there is always the threat that certain Allah disciples will take seriously the Koran stipulations that all non-Muslims to slain.

“About 60,000 Christians have left since the summer’s war between Israel and Hezbollah. Many who remain fear that a violent showdown between rival Sunni and Shi’ite factions is looming.

“’If we love our children, we have to tell them to get out,’ said Maria, a Christian mother from the northern city of Tripoli who refused to give her surname for fear of reprisal. ‘When my daughter finished her high school, I sent her to Europe, and I will follow her if I can.’”

In America there is great concern — though often quiet — about the Muslim presence. Such is so in the Detroit area where that geography has become in effect a “Muslim province.”

With 7000 Muslims from Russia put in a Philadelphia suburb by President Bush and Congress, there is like vigilance. Those Muslims were given houses, furniture, pensions, immediate US citizenship and health care. Now they are making trouble because of their insistence of customs peculiar to “the way” being insisted upon in a non-Muslim culture.

In America will Christians find certain locales usurped by Muslim immigrants? Will those Christians there have to move or want to move? I have a friend in Detroit area who daily confronts this question. He and his wife have talked about moving but as of yet have not moved because of the practical difficulties.

Where to move? How to pay for the move? Where to relocate with job and schools? And so forth.

“Christine, another Christian woman, said all of her family’s younger generation had left the country, adding that Tripoli had become increasingly Islamized in recent years. There is a rising number of veiled women and religiously bearded men on the streets—although she blamed economic and political instability for much of the emigration.

“Christians, who make up 22 percent of the population, have historically played a major role in the development of Lebanon’s political, social and cultural institutions.

“Currently, the president, the army commander and the head of the central bank all are Maronites, and under the agreement that ended the civil war in 1989, half the 128 seats in Lebanon’s parliament are reserved for Christians.

“’Lebanon has always been a bastion of religious tolerance, but now it is moving toward the model of Islamization seen in Iraq and Egypt,’ said the Rev. Samir K. Samir, a Jesuit teacher of Islamic studies at Beirut’s Universite Saint-Joseph.

“Lebanon’s Christian community is concerned that its influence is waning as a result of a continuing internal power struggle, which for the past five months has pitted a Sunni-led government against a predominantly Shi’ite opposition, spearheaded by the Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah.”

Once the Muslim infighting begins, it rarely closes. That’s what is happening in Iraq. That fight will never end. Civil war will always be there for it is ingrained from generation to generation. Once a next generation is brainwashed to offer themselves even in suicide to “win,” then they adopt that philosophy for carnage continuance.

“The collapse in influence has been exacerbated by a roughly equal split in support among Christians for rival Shi’ite and Sunni leaders. The battle between Muslim factions has paralyzed the Lebanese administration and hurt the economy.”


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