On his Facebook page today, Dr. Albert Mohler, President of
the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, posted this comment regarding the
surge in violence against Christians in the Middle East: “Britain's Labour Party to take up issue of persecuted
Christians. Will Republicans & Democrats in the US do the same?
Dr. Mohler also addressed the issue of
Christian persecution in his December 18th
version of “The Briefing
Mohler’s analysis followed on the
heels of a spate of news reports indicating that Christian communities have been
all but destroyed in the region. Once
nearly one-fifth of Middle Easterners were Christian. Today, that number is less than 5%. In Iraq,
a once thriving Christian community that numbered over one million during
Saddam Hussein’s regime has shrunk to less than 200,000.
The statistics in Syria are likewise
sobering. In the midst of raging civil
various factions of the American-backed “Free Syrian Army”,
receiving vast amounts of Western aid under the guise of supporting supposed
“moderates,” have been implicated in attacks on Christians.
Last week in the town of Sadad
1,500 families were used as human shields by rebel forces.
It is estimated
that 500,000 Christians have
been forced to flee their homes in Syria.
The chaos enveloping the Middle East was entirely
I was writing about it back
The authoritarian regimes of the old era—Hussein,
Asaad, Mubarak, etc.—while not governed by men of great charm did protect Christian
populations in their respective nations.
The health of the state was necessary because Christians never organized themselves
along tribal lines in these regions.
a result, they forfeited the protection that comes with such a structure and
became dependent on a functioning and healthy state.
(That was, of course, a mistake, but that’s
another conversation. )
The problem is that American foreign policy since the early
Bush administration has been centered around the propagation of democratism—the ideological
imposition of “democracy” at the point of a bayonet. As such, it was designed to destabilize the states of the region and replace the existing regimes with "democrats", as though Massachusetts town meetings would germinate and sprout along the Tigris. The crazed ideological zealotry of the
Neo-Conservatives was best stated by George W. "Robespierre" Bush himself:
“I believe democracy can take hold
in parts of the world that have been condemned to tyranny. And I believe when
democracies take hold, it leads to peace. That's been the proven example around
the world. Democracies equal peace.”
"It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of
democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the
ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."
"With the power and resources given to us, the United States seeks to
bring peace where there is conflict, hope where there is suffering, and liberty
where there is tyranny."
Ultimately the "Arab Spring" merely accomplished the destabilizing of existing regime, either producing civil war or more clearly defined Islamic
states. The protection of Christian minorities was an afterthought as the globalists in the Imperial City gladly offered up human sacrifices on the altar of democratism.
But my primary concern here is the fact that it was conservative Christians who provided the popular political anchor for the Bush (and now
This includes Christian leaders such as, you guessed it, Albert Mohler. In his commentary on the
Iraqi election in 2005, Dr. Mohler
assured readers that “freedom” was on the march. Mohler wrote that,
“while the pessimists in Western nations may be embarrassed by their empty
predictions of a failed election, the response in other Arab capitals should be
far more dramatic. The autocratic despots of the Arab world must surely see
this election as a sign that time is running out. Once freedom is set loose in
the Middle East, it will not stop at the borders of Iraq. It will eventually
make its way across the Middle East, the gulf states, and North Africa.” Mohler
goes on to say, “Iraq did feel the force of freedom on Sunday--and that force
was felt not only by freedom's friends, but its enemies as well. That noise you
hear is the sound of autocrats shuddering.”
Actually, that sound in the distance was not the shuddering of autocrats nor
the faint cry of freedom, democracy, and constitutionalism slouching forth to
be birthed in Baghdad. On the contrary, it was screeching and sputtering
nonsense emanating not merely from American pulpits but practically every orifice of the American body politic.
The elite media were virtually unanimous in
their full-throated acclaim for that episode in civilization building along the
Mesopotamia. Such myopia was not merely an affliction of the Christian political community but also the political left.
As Dr. Mohler predicted, the revolution unleashed in Iraq has indeed made "its way across the Middle East, the gulf states, and North Africa" with the result being dead and displaced Christians. We are reaping the the whirlwind of a war predicated upon a deception--that Saddam Hussein possessed chemical weapons. It lacked a clear mandate from
the Congress. It created chaos in Iraq that led to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths. That chaos ultimately has spread throughout the region and continues to imperil our brethren. Who is to blame? The GOP, George W. Bush, and conservative Christians.
Labels: Albert Mohler, Democracy, Iraq war, Religious Right