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Christian Militants Fighting in Ukraine: Protestant Churches vs Orthodox

A recent video by Vice news, purports to show Christian militants fighting each other over sectarian beliefs in Ukraine. Russian Orthodox militants versus that of Protestant militants. Very interesting that not a single Christian leader has come out to condemn these Christian militants who claim to kill in the name of Christ.

A Christian militant at 8:43 in the video says:

Reporter: What is this building?

 

 

Militant: This building used to be a Baptist sect.

 

 

Reporter: What happened to them?

 

 

Militant: I don’t know, when the war started they disappeared. I guess they left. There is only one faith, Orthodoxy. I am Orthodox. It was left to us by our ancestors and the Baptists are schismatics. It’s American propaganda. Which fills the head of our people, the Russians, the Slavs, which results in what you see now, the war.

 

 

Reporter: Will you allow them to return?

 

 

Militant: Personally I wouldn’t let them come back. Not the Baptists, not the Evangelists, not the Catholics, not the Greek Catholics. None of them. Because I took up arms so that we could have an Orthodox State.

The DPR’s Deputy PM said at 14:41 in the video:

The issue could be forced eviction, but it’s possible that the issue was that the Protestants for the most part do not support us.

At 15:00 in the video, the interview continued:

Reporter: How important is the Orthodox Church to the DPR and to you?

 

 

DPR Dept. PM: It’s very important. According to the ideology we are building, we would very much like to maximally integrate the Orthodox Church into areas that concern morals, in areas that concern family values, and so on. If the Church has more direct influence – Let’s say the state even makes the Church a part of the state in certain areas. Orthodoxy is one of the foundations of our statehood….

We have yet to see a single Christian leader condemn this violence in the name of the Christian faith. Baptists such as James White, or apologists such as David Wood, Sam Shamoun, Walid Shoebat, or even Islamophobes such as Pamela Geller or Robert Spencer. They all usually have a lot to say when Muslims are involved, but they are eerily silent when it comes to Christian on Christian terrorism and militancy.

and Allah knows best.

Islamic Terrorists and Sudan: The Broken Narrative

In the years leading up to the secession of South Sudan from Sudan, the narrative being proposed by the media and many Christian polemics, insisted that the Christian majority south of Sudan needed a separate state because of the brutality and genocide they face from the Muslim majority north of the country. So, in 2005 talks between rival factions began which eventually led to the 2011 split up of the North African country. Thus, South Sudan was now going to be a utopia of Christian rule and freedom from the brutality of Muslims whose only purpose it seemed was to oppress the feeble South Christian majority.

That was the narrative, and now that the Christian majority south is free from their Muslim oppressors, what happened? Well, nothing changed. As it turned out, South Sudan is unstable more now, than it ever was. The narrative given before couldn’t work now, Muslims couldn’t be blamed, suddenly the massacres by Christians against Christians in South Sudan is based on ethnic tribal disputes and not based on religion. Varying Christian majority ethnic groups began to kill and fight for control of the new country:

The country has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused Mr Machar a week ago of attempting a coup. The BBC’s former Sudan correspondent James Copnall says the situation now looks very much like civil war. At least 500 people have been killed since the fighting began with the government struggling to keep control of the capital, Juba. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both men to “find a political way out of this crisis”. – BBC News.

Continuing since the inception of the newest country in the world, in December 2013 massacres en masse began occurring by the Christian majority ethnic groups:

Thousands of people must have been killed in the past week of violence in South Sudan, the top UN humanitarian co-ordinator there has told the BBC. Toby Lanzer, who is in Bentiu in northern Unity state, said it had been “a devastating week for South Sudan”. The UN Security Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to almost double the number of peacekeepers to 12,500. Earlier President Salva Kiir said his forces had recaptured the key town of Bor days after it was seized by rebels. – BBC News.

As of last week, another genocide occurred, leaving over 1 million Christians reeling from the fighting and blood shedding by their co-religionists:

Hundreds of people were killed because of their ethnicity after South Sudan rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, the UN has said. They were targeted at a mosque, a church and a hospital, the UN Mission in South Sudan said in a statement. It added that hate speech was broadcast on local radio stations, saying certain groups should leave the town and urging men to rape women. The Nuer community are seen as supporters of rebel leader Riek Machar. President Salva Kiir is a member of the country’s largest group, the Dinka. Although both men have prominent supporters from various communities, there have been numerous reports of rebels killing ethnic Dinkas and the army targeting Nuers since the conflict broke out in December 2013. Since then, more than a million people have fled their homes in what was already among the world’s poorest nations. – BBC News.

It would seem then, that when South Sudan was given independence all the violent and maniac Muslim crazies killing the innocent Christians in the south, stopped and disappeared into thin air. Following that magical occurrence, the massacres between the Christian majority south ethnic groups began to happen. It’s tragic how this narrative has developed. Muslims were demonized for what we can call the benefit of no one, when the real issue was the violence between the ethnically divided Christian majority south. This had nothing to do with Muslims. It had everything to do with inter-religious, tribal, Christian violence in the south of the country.

What a shame.

and God knows best.

Christian Honour Killing Inside of Church

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

My own homeland of Trinidad is rife with domestic violence, especially those which target women. Here’s the shocker for most Islamophobes, I live in a Christian majority nation where most of these criminals are brazen enough to kill inside their own Churches. A recent report by the Guardian (Trinidad) Newspaper documented the honour killing by a male relative of the woman seeking a divorce from her husband:

Death threats made against Fabiola Ramona Chacon became reality on Thursday evening when she was stabbed to death in the bathroom of a church at Longdenville, where she had gone to seek counselling for her troubled marriage. Chacon, 36, had gone with a male companion to the Apostle Ministries at Amarsingh Street, Longdenville.

While the pastor was speaking to the couple they had an argument. Chacon reportedly left the room to defuse the situation and went to the washroom. But she was followed by a man who stabbed her several times. She died on the spot and the man fled the scene. – Guardian (Trinidad).

Here’s the video report:

wa Allaahu ‘Alam.

 

Korean Christians Attack Buddhists and Buddhist Temples

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

The Buddhist Television Network is reporting an increase in recent Christian love for Buddhists in South Korea. According to the South Asian TV network’s website, Christians in Korea have gone on an unprovoked spate of violence which seeks to threaten the peaceful co-existence among faiths in that nation. The report states:

Vandalism and arson of Buddhist temples and treasures, and important cultural properties relating to Buddhism by the Korean Christian and Protestant communities continue. Although many legislative laws have changed to protect cultural properties and national treasure after the tragic arson of the Namdaemun gate, national treasure No.1, vandalism to Buddhist temples and Buddhist treasures continue in Korea.

On October 4th, 2012, an arson tried to burn down the Gakhwangjeon Hall of Hwaomsa Temple in Gurye County, Korea. Fortunately, the fire only made a small damage to the gate of the hall due to quick actions of the monks and the fire prevention restoration made in 2008.

On the CCTV, the video captured a man pouring a flammable substance across the hall, and according to witnesses they smelt a very arsenic substance coming from the hall before the man threw in a match to burn down the Gakhwangjeon Hall.

Due to this incident, the Korean Buddhist community is in shock once again and fighting for a stricter law enforcement for the perpetrators of vandalism and arson to Korean important cultural properties and National treasures.

Furthermore, on August 20th, 2012 a Protestant pastor, Seong, vandalized the dharma hall of Donghwasa Temple. This pastor self-proclaimed that he was from the SoonBokEum Church, was caught urinating in the dharma hall and vandalized the Buddhist portraits with a permanent marker. His poor actions was captured on CCTV of the dharma hall.

The Buddhist community was outraged by this act and urged law enforcements to put a stricter punishment as this act cannot be charged with a simple invasion and vandalism punishment.

Although the law enforcement captured the pastor, they considered this act as “unusual” and let the pastor go stating that he was under mental disorientation. Thus, enraging the Buddhist community because the Korean government and law enforcement is very lenient towards destruction of Buddhist artifacts and National treasures.

On November 2011, the stele that accompanied the stupa of National Preceptor Jigwangguksa of Beopcheonsa temple, Korean National Treasure No. 59 was vandalized. A giant cross was drawn across the five meter stone statue and was opened to public on a christian man’s Facebook and twitter page.

Similarly, in November 2011, near the Haewundae in Busan, Korea. Four Buddhist temples reported vandalism and invasion by the Korean Christian community, as they spray painted red lacquer on the hands and faces of the Buddha statues.

Various vandalism of Buddhist cultural properties and Buddhist temples, vandalism and destruction of Korean national treasures have been going for several decades, and these actions are the root causes of religious disharmony between the Korean religious communities.

One of the biggest and significant act of vandalism by Christians was in June of 2006 during the “Again 1907 in Busan” festival by Korean Christians. The Christians prayed earnestly for all the Buddhist temples and monasteries of the Busan area to be destructed, and many Korean citizens were dismayed to find Korean President Lee MyungBak to be the congratulatory commentator of this event.

In February of 2011, there was another scandal where three pastors came to the Jogye temple and ordered the monastics to “believe in Jesus, as {koreans} we are all children of God.”

In 2010, a pastor and college students of the Christian faith invaded Bongeunsa temple and began a “Ground stepping”  and had a protestant ritual for all the ground to be returned to the land of God.

This was wide spread throughout youtube and the internet.

These various vandalism sparks fear of Buddhist discrimination in Korea. Korea is in much need for the harmony of religions, and these vandalism of the Korean Christian and Protestant community need to stop.

A religion of peace and love? Not in Korea I suppose.

wa Allaahu Alam,
and Allaah knows best.