Saturday, 15 August 2015

Save Christian Families in Syria

When there are race riots in America or allegations of corruption in FIFA, it is headline news in our media for weeks on end. But the fact that thousands of Christians are being persecuted by regimes all over the  globe is passed over as unworthy of mention. This should be the top story on the news when you switch it on each evening, whether you watch BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 or Fox News. 

A Syrian refugee holds onto his daughter as he pleads to cross into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. (Photo: Reuters/Umit Bektas)

This should be the top priority of our government, which purports to care about "human rights". What has the Human Rights Act ever done for these people, captured and sold into slavery by ISIS, an organisation which a few years ago our mad British government was actively helping?

Compare this neglect to the overheated way that the national newspapers report any alleged attacks on homosexuals. When the Daily Mirror reported human rights violations in Syria last month, what did they put in the headlines? Gay, gay, gay.

ISIS throw 'gay' man off building then stone him to death when he survives fall

Wait a moment - what actual evidence is there that these men were homosexuals? Note the inverted commas around "gay" admitting that they are just relying on hearsay. Who are they? What testimony was brought against them? This could be just one more case of homosexual activists taking a video and using it for their own propaganda. Verbal reports from Syria say that ISIS is executing a large number of people for offences including blasphemy, heresy, adultery, stealing small items of food, swindling and alleged spying. Yet our biassed media just put "gay, gay gay" in the headlines. Be suspicious, Be very suspicious.
It is utterly offensive to suggest this would be less of a crime if they pushed a heterosexual off the same building. But that is what the fanatics who write the Mirror believe.

ISIS Kidnaps Over 100 Christian Families; Human Rights Groups Fear They Will Be Beheaded or Forced Into Sex Slavery

August 7, 2015|4:18 pm

According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, IS captured the town of al-Qaryatain in the Homs district of western Syria on Thursday and took numerous Christian families hostage. The militants began their attack on the town after jihadi suicide bombers took out checkpoints at the entrance of the city.
After a night of battle with Assad regime fighters, IS took control of the town which was once a destination for many Christians and religious minorities to flee to after the militants took over the city of Aleppo.

SOHR estimates that at least 230 people have been captured by the terror group, including Christians and Muslims. It is believed that of the captured, 45 are women and 19 are children.
The report adds that those kidnapped were on a checklist of Christian families that was prepared by IS. Some of the kidnapped victims were abducted from the Syriac Catholic Mar Elian monastery in the town.
Nuri Kino, founder of the Syrian and Iraqi Christian advocacy group A Demand for Action, told Christian Today that many of the Christians abducted belong to Syriac Orthodox or Syriac Catholic churches, and that the number of known people kidnapped is likely to keep rising.
Diana Yaqco, a spokesperson for A Demand for Action, told MailOnline that about 300 families were able to flee. But since the IS has taken up the practice of sexually enslaving the religious minority women and killing the religious minority men in the territories it captures, there is fear that the same could happen for these Christians and religious minorities that were abducted.
"The main concern is sexual slavery, mass executions and beheadings," Yaqco asserted.
Kino added that about 1,500 people fled to the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Homs, Hama and Environs.
In a statement, the archdiocese explained that over 100 families are thought to have been captured. The statement added that the archdiocese is providing necessities for the displaced families who fled to the archdiocese's headquarters.
"IS also took captive all families and began negotiations to free some of them. About 200 Christian families were released and still 100 families are still held captive in the houses of the terrorist group," the statement read. "We received the displaced families in our archdiocese headquarter and gave them the basic and essential needs because they went out of their houses without taking anything with them, neither clothes nor properties. So, we are working on providing them clothing, housing and medication."
In May, Syriac monk Father Yacoub Murad and church member Botros Hanna were kidnapped from the Syriac Catholic Mar Elian Monastery in Qaryatain by masked men while they were preparing aid resources for an increase in refugees from Palmyra.
"[An IS attack] always happens so suddenly and the Church is never prepared. People are running around searching for their loved ones, and children ... These are innocent people, not part of this war," the archdiocese statement added. "[The bishop] is crying — what is he supposed to do? All those clergy to last these three years in Syria and Iraq, my God are they heroes."
IS' capture of the town can be seen as a strategic victory for the militant organization since it links its territory in Palmyra with the Qalamun region of the Syrian capital of Damascus, SOHR director Rami Abdulrahman told AFP.


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