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Middle East Religious Persecution

Although political pundit Lawrence Haas does not get the attention he deserves when it comes to his articles on Islamic violence, prejudice, and discrimination against other religions, he does bring up facts that should be examined as opposed to being dismissed in the name of political correctness or fear of the allegation of being an “Islamaphobe.”

Now that Muslims worldwide are crying about what they feel are abuses and sins against them as a rationale and justification for killing those not in agreement with their personal philosophy, perhaps we should take a closer look and not dismiss carte blanc the facts as George Bush did when he stated that “(all) Islam represented peace and love…” Is it not ironic that although Bush made more excuses and apologies for the Islamic world, it is President Obama that the Republicans have painted with the “Muslim lover’s” brush?

Since the “Arab Spring,” more than 100,000 Christian Copts have fled Islamic persecution in Egypt. Islamic Egyptian authorities also actively discriminate against their Baha’i Faith minority by refusing to issue them national identity cards, which every Egyptian needs to obtain an education, secure employment, get a driver’s license, conduct business transactions, open a bank account, apply for a passport, or get married. Because Baha’is do not possess the national identity card and Baha’i marriage ceremonies are not recognized by the government, all Baha’i wives are viewed as whores under Muslim law and pose the real threat of prosecution under Islamic law.

In Northern Nigeria, 95% of Christians have fled the tyranny of the Islamic hate group Boko Haram (The West Is Sinful). This jihad group opposes man made laws and the teachings of modern science. Their oppression of Christianity and the murder of its followers have received little press or sympathy from outside media sources.

Recently in Saudi Arabia, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the country’s Grand Mufti, called for the “destruction of all churches in the region.” There is more ink in my pen than this announcement received in the United States. It is evident that even today, again, if the Saudis flew more planes into our buildings, they would have no fear of retaliation or invasion.

India has currently been a favored target of Islamic extremist lashing out at the non-Muslim world. Less than a year ago Mujahideen groups set off a series of explosions in Mumbai as they did during November of 2008 when they managed to kill 174 Western tourist and local Indians. Immediately prior to this event explosions in Delhi killed 30 and a series of bombs in Ahmedabad took the lives of an additional 56 people.

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For a religion that is allegedly attempting to unite the world under the banner of love and peace, some of its followers have a very strange manner of achieving this goal. In fact, their human rights record is quite dismal. Recently, the Iranian Golpaygani Memorandum, from the Secretary of the Supreme Revolutionary Council, Seyyed Mohammad Golpaygani, and signed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, stated “Baha’is must be expelled from university, either in the admissions process or during the course of their studies, once it becomes known they are Baha’is…”

To comply with this order, yet also secure an education, Iranian Baha’is founded Baha’is in Higher Education (BIHE), a group of Baha’i professors that taught university aged youth; however, their facilities have been destroyed and known teachers have been imprisoned.

The Golpaygani Memorandum additionally stated “…the progress and development of Baha’is should be blocked…” This has created state seizures of Baha’i property, land, and bank accounts.

Here is the twist. Christians are persecuted because they do not accept the Prophet Mohammad. Baha’is are persecuted because they not only accept the Prophet Muhammad but also the Prophet Baha’u’llah. Although this can get confusing, the fact remains Muslims feel they have some type of God-given right to persecute, harass, and murder non-believers while at the same time being excused from any criminal action they may take under the guise of religion.

To my knowledge, Vietnam is the only country where citizens have a Constitutional right to believe or not believe sets of religious dogma; elevating one faith based value system over another is simply not allowed. Although not perfect, no one here goes around killing other people in the name of any supreme being. Maybe other nations in the world should check it out? With a level playing field, the Inquisition and Crusades would have never happened. After all, did our current problems not originate from those historical events?

jim rhodes

Jim Rhodes

Published: Saturday, 22 September 2012