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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Will Christianity Perish in Its Birthplace?
“Liberated for democracy” by the U.S., Afghanistan is now among the world’s most deadly when it comes to persecution of Christians. In Iraq and Syria, which once tolerated and even embraced Christians, hundreds of thousands are now fleeing for their lives. The 44 Coptic Christians killed in Egypt on Palm Sunday are only a few of the estimated 90,000 Christians around the world killed for their faith in 2016. Is the ultimate goal to drive all Christians from the Holy Lands?
By Pat Buchanan
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” Those are among Jesus’s last words on the cross that first Good Friday. It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm.
And today, in lands where Christ lived and taught and beyond where the Christian faith was born and nourished, the words echo. For it is in the birthplace of Christianity that Christians face the greatest of persecutions and martyrdoms since the time of Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin.
President Donald Trump, outraged by pictures of infants and children who had perished in the nerve gas attack in Syria, ordered missile strikes on the air base from which the war crime came.
Two days later, Palm Sunday, 44 Coptic Christians celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem were martyred in terrorist attacks in Egypt. The first bombing was at St. George’s Church in Tanta, the second at St. Mark’s in Alexandria, where the Coptic Pope Tawadros II was at Mass.
The pope was unhurt, but 100 Christians were injured in the attacks. At St. George’s, one witness described the scene after the bomb exploded near the altar: “I saw pieces of body parts. . . . There was so much blood everywhere. Some people had half of their bodies missing.”
The Islamic State group claims credit for the murders, and the pictures of dead children from those churches were surely as horrific as the pictures the president saw after the gas attack.
Copts are among the earliest Christians, dating to the first century A.D., when St. Mark, one of the Twelve Apostles, established the first church outside the Holy Land and became bishop of Alexandria.
The Copts make up 10% of Egypt’s population. They have been especially targeted for terrorist attacks since the 2013 overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, who had been elected president after the ouster of longtime U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak.
In the subsequent struggle between Egypt’s Islamists, whose base is in Sinai, and the Cairo regime of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who was welcomed to the White House in March, the Copts are seen as soft-target allies of el-Sissi’s and hated for their faith.
Whatever they did for democracy, the U.S. interventions in the Middle East and the vaunted Arab Spring have proved to be pure hell for Arab Christians.
In Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Christians were left alone if they did not interfere in politics. Indeed, they prospered as doctors, lawyers, journalists, academics, engineers, businessmen. A Christian, Tariq Aziz, was Saddam’s foreign minister, who negotiated with Secretary of State James Baker to try to prevent what became the Gulf War.
Knights of the Equestrian Order, Third Hebrew Temple, Antichrist in Jerusalem
By Eric Jon PhelpsApril 15, 2011 15:27 UPDATED
Brother Alan Lamont has produced another informative video with much on the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The Order’s “Church” in Jerusalem is given much attention and may well be destroyed with the Temple Mount Mosques during the coming war in Israel—the Pope’s Revived Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Temple Mount Activists Plan Passover Sacrifice Near Western Wall
The ceremony has been conducted annually for the past 15 years, but it began as a semi-underground event in which an animal was sacrificed a few days before Passover
ed note–a few important tidbits–
1. There are 2 reasons for them doing this–
A. Making clear that Jerusalem is for the Jews ONLY and that they intend to rebuild it into what it was before it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.,
B. To provoke violence on the part of the Palestinians so that Judea, Inc can continue on with the incessant narrative of being a ‘peaceful, persecuted people’ who just want to ‘get along’ with everyone and not make trouble.
The other thing worth noting here is the fact that Judaism has not evolved a microbe or a millimeter in the thousands of years of its existence. These backwards people still believe in this violent, vindictive, vengeful deity whose anger is only appeased–not by individuals improving themselves and attaining enlightenment, but rather–by killing innocent, defenseless living things.
And people wonder why everywhere the Jews have gone throughout history oceans of blood have been shed, whether it has been the Middle East, Bolshevik Russia or the abortuaries of the West?
Activists for rebuilding the Temple on the Temple Mount will hold their annual event reenacting the Passover sacrifice at the Davidson Center, the archeological park next to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The police gave verbal approval for the ceremony, with some safety precautions, said sources.
Organizers said that if the police do not issue a permit for the entire reenactment by this morning, they will petition the High Court of Justice for permission. Aviad Visoly, a lawyer for the activists, said that if the High Court does not overrule the police, the ceremony will be split into two parts, with the sacrifice conducted elsewhere and brought to the site.
The ceremony has been conducted annually for the past 15 years. It began as a semi-underground event in which an animal was sacrificed a few days before the Passover Seder. In recent years, the reenactment has become an institution and has become the most important event of the year for Temple Mount activists.
Last year, the reenactment was held in the Bet Orot neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, with a view of the Temple Mount. This year, organizers decided to hold the ceremony as close to the Temple Mount as possible, just south of the Western Wall Plaza.
The Jerusalem municipality has supported the event in recent years, and an inspector from the Veterinary Service has been on hand to supervise the slaughter of the sacrificial animal. Hundreds of people, including Knesset members, rabbis and other public figures have attended the ceremony in recent years.
The archeological park is run by the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, a government-owned corporation under the Construction and Housing Ministry. The company approved the request to hold the ceremony in the park, but required organizers to also receive permission from the police.
Government attempts to rebuild the bridge leading to the Mugrabi Gate to the Temple Mount above the area have met with fierce opposition form the Jordanian government, and in the end Israel retreated from this plan to rebuild the bridge.
Holding the reenactment is expected to draw a furious response by Islamic groups, who say it is a provocation, as the Islamic Waqf views the entire area as part of the Temple Mount. In addition, for years some archeologists have been complaining about holding events in the archeological park, which they say violates the character of the site.