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Obama Breaks Promise on 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Frontpage Magazine As the world continues to look on in dismay at the barbaric atrocities committed against Christian minorities by the Islamic State—the self-proclaimed new “caliphate”—today, April 24, marks the genocide of Armenian and other Christian minorities by Turkey’s Islamic Ottoman Empire—the last caliphate. Most American historians who have examined the question agree that what the Armenians [...]

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For a Possible Preview of Their Future, Western Christians Should Consider the Mideast

National Review Online On the Ethiopians who were killed in Libya, and why we should expect more to come. NRO note: This weekend ISIS released a new video showing some 30 Ethiopian Christian men being beheaded in Libya for refusing to convert to Islam (or to pay a tax for refusing to do so). This comes two [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on ISIS’ Ethiopian Massacre, the White House’s Response, and the Future

Today, April 20, I was interviewed on the radio program, Issues, Etc., with Todd Wilken.  We discussed the recent slaughter of Ethiopian Christians, the White House’s response, and how Muslims conflate the West with Christians. Click here to hear the interview.

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Obama’s Christianity: A Political Tool to Silence Christians

FrontPage Magazine Here in the United States, where Americans are used to hearing their president always invoke Christianity in a manner that silences Christians, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent Easter message was moderately refreshing. Among other things, Cameron made it a point to say “that we should feel proud to say, ‘This is [...]

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Pentagon: Bible and U.S. Founding Documents Promote ‘Sexism’

Here again we see why Western “elites,” including the highest echelons of the U.S. military, are clueless and incapable of acknowledging — much less responding to — Islam: Modern sexism is rooted in the Bible, U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, according to a Pentagon-approved seminar. In a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management [...]

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On Easter, UK’s Cameron Speaks Up for Persecuted Christians, Obama Tells Christians to be Less Hateful

In a world where Western leaders and politicians regularly distance themselves from their Christian heritage, preferring to tout “multiculturalism,” United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron’s Easter message is refreshing. Among other things, Cameron (see video below) made it a point to say “that we should feel proud to say, ‘This is a Christian country.’ Yes, we’re [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim Radio Interview: Differences Between Jihadi Groups, the Truth About Arab Dictators, and Jihadi Strategy

Jason Hartman of Holistic Survivor  recently interviewed me on a number of topics, including: the differences between the various Islamic jihadi groups; the truth about Arab dictators; why the Islamic State is not attacking Israel; and Western misunderstandings concerning the moderate/radical dichotomy.  Click hear to listen to this 30-minute, comprehensive interview.    

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US Ignores UN Session on Christian Genocide in Mideast

As Christians and other minorities continue to be purged in the Middle East in general under the Islamic State and other jihadi organizations in particular, France sponsored an open UN Security Council meeting on March 27 to discuss “The Victims of attacks and abuses on ethnic and religious grounds in the Middle East. ” While several [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim Reviews Beth Baron’s The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Middle East Quarterly In 1933, Turkiya Hassan, an orphaned Egyptian, Muslim girl, was beaten by a matron at a Swedish missionary school. School authorities later contended that the “rude and aggressive” 15-year-old was ordered “into a room for private chastisement” at which time the girl “showed fight and seized the cane” from the matron who [...]

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Obama Cites Ayatollah’s Fatwa on Road to Nuclear War

FrontPage Magazine As Iran continues edging closer to developing nuclear weapons—a major threat to the entire Mideast region, especially longstanding U.S. ally Israel—U.S. President Obama has come to the aid of the Islamic Republic, by citing an Islamic fatwa no less.  In a video recording posted on the White House’s website, Obama said, “Iran’s Supreme [...]

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