In a speech delivered before the Values Voters Summit in Washington, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) promised to tell his audience “about a war the mainstream media is ignoring.” Continuing, Paul said: “From Boston to Zanzibar, there is a worldwide war on Christianity.”
The Values Voter Summit, held earlier this month, is an annual political conference for American social conservatives, activists, and elected officials. The event is hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC), the conservative Christian group and lobbying organization founded in 1981 by the well-known evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson.
In his October 11 speech, Senator Paul accused President Obama of trying to “gloss over who is attacking and killing Christians.”
While carefully making a distinction between the majority of Muslims, who are non-violent, and the minority who condone the killing of Christians, Paul nonetheless said, “there is a worldwide war on Christians by a fanatical element of Islam.”
Observing that even a minority of Muslims constituted large numbers, Paul cited a Pew Research poll that indicated that 21 percent of Egyptians, 15 percent of Jordanians, and 13 percent of Pakistani Muslims “find terrorism acceptable if not laudable.” The senator noted that “if you add up the numbers in just three countries, over 40 million Muslims sympathize with violence against Christians.”
Paul offered the recent event in Maaloula, Syria, to demonstrate the precarious existence of Christians in the Middle East, saying:
In Syria, there is an ancient Christian city called Maaloula, where they still speak Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke. They have been Christian since the time of Christ. They are a small final outpost of Christians in the Middle East. In August, the town was over-run by the Islamic rebels.
As the Islamic Rebels swarmed into town they demanded everyone convert to Islam or die. Sarkis el Zakhm stood up and answered them, “I am a Christian and if you want to kill me because I am a Christian, do it.” Those were Sarkis's last words. Sister Carmel of Damascus said of Sarkis: “His death is true martyrdom, a death in odium fidei (or, in hatred of faith).
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