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Church Attacks: Love Alone Will Not Save Us

The fate of the Middle East’s remaining Christians appears little these days in mainstream media news stories, and given the recent targeting of churches in several European nations, the omission is unfortunate.

By George Igler

In the north-eastern Syrian city of Al-Qamishli, nestled on the border with Turkey, Islamic fundamentalists bombed St. Charnel Church, an ancient site of worship for the Assyrian Orthodox Christians.

On July 18, reported ARA News, gunmen detonated explosives inside the church. Activists point the finger of responsibility at ISIS. “We saw a huge fire and security forces arrived and extinguished the fire. But the church was completely destroyed, you can see only ashes here,” remarked one eyewitness to the attack.

The fate of the Middle East’s remaining Christians — often open to abuse and attack at any moment — appears little these days in mainstream media news stories, which presently focus on terrorist outrages in Europe instead. Reporting has likewise been dominated, since 2015, by coverage of the continuing Muslim migration from Africa and Asia into Europe.

Given the recent targeting of churches in several European nations, the omission is unfortunate.

On December 31, as a precursor to an orgy of mass sexual assaults committed against German women, the Christmas congregants of Cologne cathedral were left terrorized by Muslim migrants.

On February 15, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was compelled to admit that attacks on Christian places of worship and cemeteries in France had leapt by 20% the previous year, with 810 recorded.

On March 27, news emerged that the jihadist group responsible for the Brussels airport and metro train bombings during the same month, “was planning to massacre worshippers at Easter church service across Europe, including Britain.”

During April, Italian authorities made multiple arrests against a jihadist gang planning to attack both the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.

Read more: Gatestone Institute



 

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