Ever since the Arab Spring of 2011 and the unwavering support that President Obama has shown to any faction seeking to upset that status quo in the Middle-East, a lot of events have happened to reshape the nature of the region. Yet, one thing that cannot be said is that President Obama's different approach to foreign policy has led to greater religious freedom and tolerance in the Middle-East, as persecution of Christians has been steadily rising and becoming more and more widespread ever since President Obama took office.
So while today is a day that we remember Christ's birth, we must also remember the plight of our brothers and sisters in the Middle-East as they seek to celebrate Christmas under the threat of terrorism and government persecution. Since, while we enjoy the freedoms that come with living in a Judeo-Christian nation, Christians across the Middle-East and especially in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, due in large part to the President's shift in our foreign policy to a more hands off approach to the region, do not.
With headlines, such as this one from Iraq which reads: "Christmas a day of Terror for Christians in Iraq, Say Human Rights Groups;" flooding in from across the region. Highlighting not only the culture of fear that has developed in the region, as Christians are afraid of deadly repercussions for hanging up Christmas decorations across the Middle-East, but also highlighting the defects within the larger picture of the region. Mainly that ever since the Arab Spring, backed by President Obama, swept across the Middle-East, large communities of Christians have been fleeing the region. Such as in Iraq, which was once home to over 1 million Christians at the beginning of 2013, and is now home to a mere 330,000; ranking it 4th on Open Door's 2013 list of nations considered the worst persecutors of Christians, behind North Korea (1st), Saudi Arabia (2nd) and Afghanistan (3rd).
An interesting fact, especially considering that President Obama recently made pushes this year, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, to both integrate the various terrorist organizations such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda into the new Iraq and Afghanistan, and legitimize them and allow them a voice in the new democratic nations. Instead of continuing to punish them, both for their terrorist crimes against the Untied States and our allies, as well as their terrorist crimes against the Iraqi and Afghani militaries, and the people of both nations.
Thus, while we must be fair and say that President Obama cannot be held responsible for the actions of others, it is clear that his new policy of acceptance of Islamic Extremists in the new Middle-East has gone a long way to both destabilize the region and embolden those who wish to build the prophetic Caliphate, by doing as the Qur'an tells them when it reads:
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, [even if they are] of the People of the Book (Christians and Jews), until they pay the Jizya (tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (9:29)
And what the Hadith tells them when it reads:
"The Verse:-- 'You (true Muslims) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind.' means, the best of peoples for the people, as you bring them with chains on their necks till they embrace Islam." (Bukhari, 60:80)
Thus, while we here in North America say our prayers and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christmas and the celebration of the incarnation of the 2nd person of the Trinity on that holy day that Christ was born. Let us not only praise God for the freedom from persecution that he has blessed us with, but also pray that Christians in the Middle-East find peace this Christmas, that their enemies are prevented from enacting the evil that has pervaded their hearts and minds, and that all in the region will find the truth of Love this Christmas.
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