There is no question that the Roman Catholic Church must have an enormous number of dead people on its collective conscience, including the estimated 200,000 Christians and Muslims who died in the nine Crusades launched by the Church to reclaim Jerusalem from Islamic control between the 7th and 10th centuries and the various Inquisitions conducted to preserve Catholic orthodoxy between the 12th and 16th centuries accounting for, perhaps, tens of thousands killed.
Do note those dates, however, all centuries past.
Over the course of the past 500 years, the Catholic Church has grudgingly admitted its grievous and bloody mistakes in the Crusades and the Inquisitions and has attempted to render abject apologies for its crimes against humanity.
On the other hand, especially over the past few decades but dating back hundreds of years, Islam, the purported “religion of peace,” has proven, first, that Muslims never forgive and never forget and, secondly, are maniacally obsessed with seeking to exact irrational vengeance over Christians and others for evils they never committed.
Further verifying disturbances in Muslim psyches, some of them consider popsicles a creation of the devil since they look like penises and therefore believe popsicles should be banned in all Islamic nations. Back in December, Egyptian Muslims attacked Christian families, burned their homes, and injured a number of infidels including a Christian teenage girl who was thrown from a 3 story window because she was suspected of involvement with a Christian man.
For years now, so-called mainstream Muslims have denied responsibility for the murderous actions of their fellow Muslims and sought to dismiss repeated Islamic atrocities as the work of small bands of disaffected radicals. If true, there must be thousands of such “disaffected radicals” roaming and terrorizing our planet.
The Munich Olympics massacre of 1972, the 1983 US Embassy and military barracks bombings in Beirut, the World Trade Center attacks of 1993 and 2001, the 2006 Mumbai train bombing, Benghazi in 2012, not to mention the near-countless other successful and foiled attacks? All attributable to those rascally radicals and certainly not to the warlike teachings of the Holy Prophet Mohammad or to the Qu’ran or to Islam!
Supplementing the barbaric rapes, tortures, and beheadings committed by Muslims against fellow Muslims, all in the name of Islam, and the equally-barbaric North Korea’s deadly persecution of Christians, followers of Mohammad continue to perpetrate the most persistent campaign against the followers of Jesus Christ–worldwide.
According to an annual survey by Open Doors, a non-denominational group which supports persecuted Christians, ”Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012.” Open Doors has “documented 2,123 ‘martyr’ killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012″ with 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year.”
Other Syrian death estimates range as high as 8,000 followed by Muslim Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the Central African Republic, where 80% of the population is Christian and only 10% Muslim but where almost 100% of the ruling party are Islamic, attacks on Christians are also common, all of which leads Open Doors to conclude, “Islamist extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church.” (http://tinyurl.com/ktqw4qb)
The only issue I have with the well-meaning people of Open Doors is their persistence in apending the word “extremism” to “Islamist” which suggests “disaffected [Muslim] radicals” whereas both past history and current events clearly demonstrate that violence, war, murder, and general mayhem are fundamental features of the Islamic faith.
Also fundamental–for America’s survival–is the realization of those distinctions.