Last week Fox News reported that Birmingham UK was a no-go area for non-muslims and that parts of London were run by vicious muslim mobs creating no-go zones where even the police were afraid to go. Our Prime Minister wonderfully wrote their expert off as ‘an idiot’ and Twitter went into comedy overload with the hilarious #foxnewsfacts. These ridiculous statements deserved ridecule, yet the very same words are simply accepted as fact when made about Arabic countries!
On Sunday I had breakfast in Palestine, not to the media stereo type of a muslim call to prayer in the background, but to the sound of church bells ringing! It was time to celebrate the Armenian Christmas. This year the Armenian Christian community recall the horrific Armenian Genocide of 100 years ago, but what is disturbing is that there are ‘evangelicals’ keen to usher in an even worse genocide now. American ‘evangelical’ preacher John Hagee wants Iran bombed and shows zero compassion, or zero knowledge, for the centuries old Christian communities there, or anyone else. His ‘evangelical’ justification for an Iranian genocide is based on a frighteningly populist end time theology, but any eschatology that promotes genocide should be treated with contempt.
Back in Bethlehem the Armenian Christian bands proclaimed Christ and people of many backgrounds came out to support them. So much for a non-muslim no-go area! Genocide is fuelled by ignorance, hatred and twisted ideology. Jewish, gypsy, disabled and other minority people were murdered en mass in World War Two, all justified by dogma. Today we see the seeds again, this time being sown against the Arabs, including the Arab Christians, with apparent evangelicals sowing them! Twisted eschatologists depend on listeners not knowing there are Christians in the Arab world or that if there are any they are always being persecuted by terrorists. Persecution is real, but to suggest it is true in every Arab street is as ignorant as thinking there were no protestants in the Republic of Ireland due to the IRA and no Catholics in Northern Ireland due to the UVF. The fact is that many Arab countries have Orthodox, Coptic, Catholic, Anglican and Evangelical communities within them and they need our support, not calls for annihilation! Any eschatology that promotes a nuclear holocaust or the physical displacement and suffering of a whole race, a race that includes many Christians, must surely be called into question.
To end on a brighter note, here is an amazing short video mix of an Easter at Beit Sahour. Look carefully at the number of Palestinian Christians involved. When did you last pray for a Christian in the Arabic world? After watching this, please take a minute to do so.