Archbishop of Canterbury says Middle East Christians are suffering persecution because of ‘American global project’This has NOTHING to do with America, this has to do with Islam
Last updated at 12:52pm on 17th April 2008
Christians in theare facing persecution because of British and American foreign policy, the Archbishop of Canterbury will claim today.
Dr Rowan Williams will say that many Christians have been forced to flee their homes in the Holy Land because of ‘appalling pressure’ from extremist Islamic groups.
And he will warn that historic communities risk becoming mere ‘museum pieces’ in the ‘theme park’because of the military policies of the West.
During an appearance inyesterday, he said there was a risk that the region could become a “monochrome” area dominated by an “unfriendly” form of Islam.
Indigenous Christian groups were increasingly being seen as a ‘foreign and aggressive’ presence, he added.
The Archbishop will make the comments in a speech at Westminster Cathedral later today.
He will say that historically Christians have played a leading role in social, cultural and intellectual change in the.
But historic communities now risked becoming mere ‘museum pieces’ in a ‘theme park’ region as a result of persecution.
In part this was due to an extremist form of Islam filling the void left following the peak of Arab nationalism, the head of thewill claim.
But he also blames the role of Western governments.
Dr Williams will say: ‘Indigenous Christian community throughout the region have suffered from being associated with the American global project, and indeed the British global project as part of the American global project.’
He cites a recent visit toin which he met some of the half million refugees who had fled since 2003.
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Dr Williams added: ‘The military policies of the West in the last few years have firmly cemented in a great deal of thethe notion that Christianity is a foreign, aggressive and Western presence.
‘I regret it is a real tragedy that this ongoing crisis has yet to be the focus of policy declarations, or indeed recognised by some of our Western governments.’
He also calls on Christians around the world to focus on the crisis and said Government needed to pay attention to the worsening situation.
Speaking yesterday, he said: “There is an urgent need for people in theto wake up to the fact that Christians in the are living through a time of change more dramatic and more costly than anything that has been seen for a thousand years and more.’
He went on to highlight the ‘tragic situation’ of Christian refugees fromand the ‘quiet but numerically huge exodus of Christians’ – particularly educated Christians – out of the entire Middle East region.
I suppose I could applaud him for at least pointing a bobbing finger at the “extremist” muslims for Middle East violence against Christians – even if his attempts are schizophrenic. The Archbishop just can’t bring himself to stick to the blatant truth. Nor does he discuss the overt lack of acceptance by muslims for Christians (regardless of foreign policies) – – certainly not now or ever -perhaps he should check the Quran. When dealing with Christians, Islamic countries have never even remotely come close to the knee bent pandering and absurd sensitivity shown to muslims in – we (Christian or otherwise) are expected to virtually twist ourselves into pretzels rather than say, write or do anything that muslims may find offensive. The idea that if we keep being understanding and sycophants to muslims they will eventually be nice to us- IS NOT NOR WILL IT EVER WORK.
IF the people of thehave not “woken up” to the plight of Christians, in the , perhaps it is due to us being so focused on trying to retain our British identity, culture, mores, traditions, religion and language as we suffer the Muslim global project of colonization of .