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Syrian Martyrs Today

For those of you out there who are concerned about orthodox Christians everywhere, I submit to you a modern martyr, Fr. Francois Murad, who was beheaded by Islamic Jihadists in northern Syria by a kitchen knife, along with two others.  The video in the link is graphic (but does not autoplay), so be warned.  Fr. Murad was simply setting up a monastery, and was then kidnapped by the Jabhat Al-Nursa group, who executed him in front of a large group of men and boys, who then yell “Allahu Akbar” and capture it as closely as possible on smartphones.

Unfortunately, this has been a normal occurrence since the so-called “Arab Spring” swept across the North African and Middle Eastern world, with the Christian communities in Egypt, Syria, and other places facing virtual elimination in places that have seen churches since the time of the Apostles.  While I usually avoid making political statements of any kind, secular western democratic idealists need to think about the consequences of arming and supporting such groups, who are obviously hostile to virtually everything the west stands for.  Unless of course being western today means to be anti-Christian.

Fr. Francois Murad, a new Syrian Martyr

Fr. Francois Murad, a new Syrian Martyr

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1 Comment

  1. Scholiast says:

    There was this one time I brought up the suffering of persecuted Christians around the world with non-Christian friends. A genuine response, ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.’ How is that EVER a response to human suffering? How have we succeeded in making our fellow-citizens so hostile to the Gospel that, when Christians suffer for the Name, they shrug their shoulders or say that the Christians had it coming? I can feel the Dark closing in.

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