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Christians ‘Crucified Again’ for Refusing Islam

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To the awe of its readership, a recent Daily Mail article reports that the “jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant [ISIL],” which is currently entrenched in Raqqa, Syria, “publicly crucified two Syrian rebels in northeastern Syria in revenge for a grenade attack on members of their group.”

A still frame from the 1919 documentary film Auction of Souls, which portrayed eye witnessed events from the Armenian Genocide, including crucified Christian girls.

While the Daily Mail is to be commended for exposing these barbaric acts—along with posting photos of the crucified—it nonetheless minimized their significance, in two important ways: 1) by repeatedly saying things like “even al-Qaeda is distancing itself from ISIL,” and so implying that the act of crucifixion is some wild aberration that even the poster-child of jihadi terror, al-Qaeda, wants nothing to do with it; and 2) ignoring the much “sexier” story that Christians in Syria are also being crucified simply for refusing to embrace Islam (as opposed to the rather mundane but politically more correct story of jihadis crucifying each other in the context of vendetta killings).

Consider the atrocities earlier committed in Ma‘loula, Syria, an ancient Christian village where the inhabitants still spoke Aramaic, the language of Christ.

According to recent Arabic news media, “a Syrian nun testified to the Vatican news agency that some Christians in Ma‘loula were crucified for refusing to convert to Islam or pay jizya” (tribute subjugated Christians are required to pay to their Islamic conquerors in order to exist as Christians, per Koran 9:29).

Incidentally, they were crucified by the al-Qaeda linked Nasra Front (so much for Daily Mail’s portrayal of al-Qaeda “distancing” itself from the apparently “extra-extremist” ISIL for crucifying its victims).

Sister Raghad, the former head of the Patriarchate School in Damascus who currently resides in France, told Vatican Radio how she personally witnessed jihadi rebels terrorize Ma‘loula, including by pressuring Christians to proclaim the shehada—Islam’s credo that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger—which, when uttered before Muslim witnesses transforms the speaker into a Muslim, with the death penalty for apostasy should the convert later “renege” by returning to Christianity.

According to the nun, those Christians who refused to embrace Islam were

killed in atrocious and violent ways that cannot be described.  If you want examples, they crucified two youths in Ma‘loula for refusing to proclaim Islam’s credo, saying to them: “Perhaps you want to die like your teacher [Christ] whom you believe in?  You have two choices: either proclaim the shehada or else be crucified.”  One of them was crucified before his father, whom they also killed.

In fact, according to earlier media reports from October 2013, soon after Ma‘loula fell to the jihadis, one “shaky voiced” elderly Christian man had reported that he heard the invading jihadis shouting, “Convert to Islam, or you will be crucified like Jesus.”

It is, of course, a documented fact that some Christians in Ma‘loula were put to death for refusing to convert to Islam, such as Minas, an Armenian man, while other families succumbed to pressure and converted to Islam.

But it is not clear whether the two crucified Christians mentioned by the nun are among the three men in Ma‘loula who, according to Asia News, “refused to repudiate their religion” and thus “were summarily executed in public”—so many and varied were the barbaric acts, including beheadings, rape, and infanticide during the rebel occupation, not to mention the other massacres in other Christian regions the mainstream media failed to report on.

These three were declared martyrs by the Syrian Greek-Catholic Church, or as Patriarch Gregorios III explained to Pope Francis in a meeting: “Holy Father, they are true martyrs. Ordered to give up their faith, they proudly refused. Three others however gave in and were forced to declare themselves Muslim, but later returned to the faith of their ancestors.”

For his part, and according to a May 3rd Arabic report, Pope Francis recently said, “I wept when I saw reports saying that Christians were being crucified in some non-Christian countries.”

The fact is, crucifixion is a prescribed form of punishment in the Koran (5:33) and occurs throughout the Islamic world with much greater frequency than suggested by the Daily Mail.  For example:

  • Iraq, June 2008: A Canadian parliamentary committee heard about how “militant Muslims” were crucifying Christian children in order to terrorize Christians into fleeing Iraq: “Since the war began in 2003, about 12 children, many as young as 10, have been kidnapped and killed, then nailed to makeshift crosses near their homes to terrify and torment their parents.”
  • Ivory Coast, May 2011: Two Christian peasant brothers were “brutally crucified” on “the example of Christ” by Muslim forces accusing them of being supportive of the ousted Christian president.  One died, while the other survived: “The pair were badly beaten and tortured before being crudely nailed to cross-shaped planks by their hands and feet with steel spikes.”
  • Egypt, August 2012: Multiple media agencies reported that during one uprisal against Islamist president Muhammad Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood operatives crucified some protesters on trees.   Earlier, a Salafi MP in Egypt called for the penal codification of crucifixion.
  • Yemen, August 2012: A video of a man crucified on the accusation of spying for the U.S. appeared.  A sign placed above his head quotes Koran 5:33:  “The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.”

Of course, if one delves into Islamic history, one learns that crucifixions were extremely common.  For example, Witnesses For Christ: Orthodox Christian Neomartyrs of the Ottoman Period 1437-1860 lists crucifixion as one of the many forms thousands of Christians were executed by the Muslim Turks.

And in her memoir, Ravished Armenia, Aurora Mardiganian described how in the early twentieth century in the city of Malatia, she saw 16 girls crucified, vultures eating their corpses: “Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands,” wrote the Armenian survivor. “Only their hair blown by the wind covered their bodies.”

Prescribed in the Koran itself, crucifixions are as old as Islam and, with the global revival of the latter, are returning with increased frequency.  And, although it is more politically correct to report on jihadis crucifying other jihadis—other terrorists or “spies”—the fact is, many more innocent Christians are being crucified again, including simply for refusing to embrace Islam and thus renounce Christ.

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  • Ranchman

    Thanks, Raymond, for continuing to bring the atrocities of islam to light. One can’t help but wonder what they can do to help stop and expose this barbarism, especially the brutal murdering of innocent children.

  • profsportster

    Tragic. There’s a price to pay for our lazy indifference as the faithful are murdered by barbarians.

  • Kimo

    Facts are, smith and Wesson, Remington, colt, and a host of other talented companies build a perfect tool to work with murderers and madmen. I believe if a man kills, {excluding self defense} his life is forfeit, if someone is dog ass crazy, and its killing people, its fair to say, “there is the problem”, and you eliminate it. I know im speaking for a majority when I say Americans are past fed up and definitely had enough of crazy azz individuals who seek to murder, fueled by hate, who have no respect for life, most of us respect life and and feel those who don’t should be dispatched promptly Life can be good, safe, sane, when the evil wolves are thinned and eliminated from our streets.
    Myself, like many, have studied islam deeply, we clearly see its a one way proposition from islam, unlike all other religions that respect differences, make condescension, follow rule of law, mind their own business, and some f in nut whose brain is squirm like a toad, pulls a detonator line, blows himself, kids and women up, to that guy I say, “you are being hunted down, and the allies will catch or kill you, its a matter of time, people don’t like living on the same planet with rabid dogs, we get rid of the dis-ease. No problem. These evil murderous men who inhabit shadows, we die as they lived, by the sword. evil IS NOT going to win,
    So simple, if a wild animal or human is trying to kill me, and helpless women and kids, its ON, then and there. Most of America is in agreement with that. One thing myself and many also have in common, we have “radar” and millions are awake and aware of the tactics they use, terrorists are a hunted group, with a short life expediencies , And America is fast changing, with tolerance of extremism almost gone, the cops, and the people have had enough, and if the chips fall, the world will see Americans pull together. And YES if you reside in the USA, our law is the constitution.

  • Red Sea Diversintl

    ISIS is in fact not disowned by Al Qaeda, only marginalized until they obey orders, and Zawahiri, refers to ISIS and Al Nasra as ‘jihadist brothers’ and highly praises the emir of ISIS. Just for reference:

  • Paul B.

    I believe the first target we need to look at is the media that buries what Islam is doing to Christians worldwide. There is a conspiracy of silence to protect Islam. Yet let a Christian merely say something politically incorrect and it is a major story. The recent scandal over Sterling’s racial comments is but one example, though I’m not saying he’s a Christian. The media has an agenda that is fundamentally anti-Christian.

  • Churchill4President

    Islam is incompatible with humanity and must be destroyed. It is not a religion, it is a demonic, barbaric ideology of violence, murder and enslavement. If it weren’t for Christianity the entire world would be enslaved to these psychotic madmen.

    • mollysdad

      I agree with this. The more I study the scriptures, the more it makes sense to me that the curse of destruction remains in force in respect of Amalek and all who are similar to him in their commitment to genocide against the people of God.

  • dia61

    Yes, history is repeating itself. It’s been allowed to repeat itself because the West has allowed the lid to be ripped off of Pandora’s Box.

    It’s so unnerving to think that our children are being fed lies regarding the history of this hateful dogma. Recently, my 7th grader spent 5 days learning about the wonders of Islam in her Social Studies class. Her text book sung it praises. The same textbook spent one day on Justinian. Is it any wonder why so many people are confused?

    Thanks to Raymond and honest Oriental historians, such as Bernard Lewis, the truth is there for anyone to read. People need to be lead to the truth with accurate history to support it ( after all, there are only 1400 years of history to back it up).

    It’s a daunting task, but not an impossible one.

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  • Cathy L Clark

    It is their agenda to take over the United States, and do that here as well. And Our government leaders are bringing them in here by the plane fulls and setting them up in housing, and welfare subsidies every single day. Now they’re even trying to get their sharia law started here and ignore our constitution. zit’s coming here people. They intend to do it.

  • Martin Grimes

    We Christains are killed in the east shuned in the west. I truly believe it is not going to get better, hatred for the Jews and Christians will grow.

    • goldenrog

      Christ told us “You will be hated for my namesake” I am prepared

  • denis

    I’m waiting for the pope and other Christian clerics to say, “Christians, and all faiths it is OK to defend your selves. your family, your neighbors and cities and towns against Islamic terrorists.” “Do not turn the other cheek”. BUT “do unto others as they do unto you.” Someone might say, if you do that we are like them. Well them (Islamists) only understand power. This RELIGION OF HATE (Islam) lacks humanity. It is time for all other religions to draw a line in the sand that Islamists understand.

    • mollysdad

      You don’t need a pronouncement from the Pope. God Himself wages eternal war against Amalek (Exodus 17; Deuteronomy 25). Anyone committed to the annihilation of the Jews or the Christians is Amalek, and it is a mitzvah for the Jews and their allies to wage a war of extermination.

  • Cuetis

    I believe there were be a war between good and evil, light and darkness and light will always win over darkness. As when you enter a dark room, and you switch on the light, darkness disappears. Only through prayers, can the forces of darkness be defeated.

  • ezekiel33

    Also, Keep in mind that Buddhists/Shintos crucified Christians including two boys in Nagasaki in 1497 before their full-fledged pogrom around Japan and Christian soldiers were crucified by pro-Buddhist Asians in the Bhutan death march.

    • Wins Rajan

      Islam’s bullshit and the worst religion ever

  • Adrian

    These Isis dogs of the hellfire are not Muslims but impostors. Muslims do not believe that Jesus peace upon him was crucified but saved from the actions of the Romans. Nothing in Islam promotes torture or mutilation. The prophet Muhammad pbuh promoted freedom of religion and even allowed Muslims to apostate if that’s what was in their hearts. It was the Christians of Abyssinia who gave the first muslims asylum from the persecution of the pagan Arabs of Arabia. Western medicine, architecture and even basic hygiene came from the seeds of Islam. Inform yourself of our worlds history. Guard yourself from hateful rhetoric, euro centrism. And orientalist ideologies. Peace upon you all.