On Sunday, April 28, in Sirgadji village in the north-eastern province of Soum about 124 miles from the capital city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, an Assemblies of God church was attacked by jihadists linked to al-Qaeda. The Muslims demanded that its leader and five members convert to Islam. When the pastor and the other believers refused, they were executed. In like manner, according to the Anambra-based nongovernmental organization known as the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), 100 Nigerian Christians in were killed and hundreds of others injured in April of this year by Islamic Fulani herdsmen and armed jihadist groups like Boko Haram. The report details that between 750—800 Christians have been killed by armed jihadist groups in the African nation during the first four months of 2019. News like this, to say nothing of the pillaging and the sexual exploitation of women and girls, has become all too familiar but met with indifference, at best, by the international community. What is perhaps more shameful is that there is still a refusal from most world and the church leaders to admit that there is a holy war on the part of Muslims to exterminate Christians.
Pope Francis stated in 2016: “The world is at war, but it is not a religious war…all religions, seek peace. It’s others who want war. Understand?” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that the pope’s rejection that we are involved in a war between Christendom and Islam “is proven by the fact that Islamic terrorism strikes, from a numerical point of view, more Muslims than Christians.” The very fact that according to US National Counterterrorism Center, from 82 to 97 percent of terrorist-related fatalities from 2013—2017 were Muslims, supports the aforementioned argument. This is quite apparent since the percentage of Muslims to Christians in the territories where terrorist acts are committed by Islamic extremists is overwhelming. This does not mean that Christians, as the Siro-Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Joseph III Younan stated “have [not] been singled out because of [their] faith. [Christians] are often accused of being the “fifth column”, allied to the so called “colonialist” countries of the West! Christians are a tiny, peaceful minority [in the Middle East]. They are law abiding citizens… who never made enemies or took part in a sectarian conflict. They never attempted to attack or conquer lands nor had any ambition to topple governments.”
The reality is that there is a holy war against Christians on the part of Muslims. Yet as the Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim wrote last year: “The the international community [and ecclesiastical leaders]…have from the start done little to address the situation. This lack of participation is not surprising: they cannot even acknowledge its roots, namely, the intolerant ideology of jihad. As a result, the death toll of Christians has only risen — and will likely continue to grow exponentially — until such time that this reality is not only acknowledged but addressed.”
As I explain in depth in my book Islam: Religion of Peace? The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up, jihad or holy war is inherent to Islam as dictated by the Islamic texts and religious body. The conclusive analysis that Muslims are more susceptible to Islamic terrorism is an incomplete picture of the problem. Muslims abuse and kill each other over doctrinal conflicts at an alarming rate. Most of that violence and oppression, in fact, is not terrorism per se but rather comes from sectarian violence or military conflicts dating back to the early Islamic community; nearly two-hundred-seventy-million have been killed since its inception fourteen hundred years ago: one-hundred-twenty-million Africans during the slave trade, sixty-million Christians, eighty-million Hindus, and ten million Buddhists. While the number of Jews killed in jihad does not significantly affect the final tally, the jihad in Arabia against them has been 100 percent effective.
In February of this year Pope Francis took part in the “International Interfaith Meeting on Human Fraternity” in United Arab Emirates, where he co-signed with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the Document on Human Fraternity, which declares that “religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood” — as if the Gospels or Catholic doctrine does. Francis said such “tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings.” With all due respect, Muslim fundamentalists do not deviate from their teachings, they observe them to the fullest. As the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil (Iraq) Bashar Warda stated in 2018: “The violent Muslim persecution of Christians … did not begin with the Islamic State’s rise to power in 2014, … but rather many centuries ago. Having faced for 1,400 years the slow-motion genocide that began long before the ongoing ISIS genocide today, the time for excusing this inhuman behavior and its causes is long since past.”