We already know where Russia, China, the Pope, and most of the world stand on the issue of Syria, but what about Europe and America? Supposedly Christian America?
Who will we help?
a) The al-Qaeda death squad rebels?
b) The only Christian communities on Earth who speak the language of Jesus Christ? They are currently protected by the Assad regime.
Syrian rebels murdering Christians – George Galloway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUUnjvqkGZ0
RT/ Maaloula: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t2r4Hw_H40
Maaloula : RT crew in crossfire of Syrian army vs extremists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Npog6s4F4
Religiously, the population consists of both Christians (mainly Antiochian Orthodox and Melkite Greek Catholic) and Muslims.
…it is the only place where a dialect of the Western branch of the Aramaic language is still spoken. Scholars have determined that the Aramaic of Jesus belonged to this particular branch as well.
Orthodox Christians? Perhaps this could be one more reason why the Russians are supporting the Assad government. Maybe they don’t want to see their Orthodox brothers and sisters slaughtered mercilessly by death squad rebels. Maybe they’ve asked themselves the question, “what would Jesus do?” Or perhaps they’re just still waiting to see any evidence at all that Assad is responsible for the chemical weapon attack!
The town of Maaloula or Malula:
Malula — Aramaic for “entrance” — derives its name from a legend that evokes the town’s separate religious heritage. St. Takla, a beautiful young woman who had studied with St. Paul, is said to have fled from her home in what is now Turkey after her pagan parents persecuted her for her newfound Christian faith. Arriving in Malula, she found her path blocked by a mountain. She prayed, and the rocks divided in two, a stream flowing out from under her feet.
“We teach the children the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic,” said one black-clad nun
“In Nazareth when Jesus was born they spoke more or less the same language as we do in Maaloula today,” said teacher Imad Reihan, one of the pillars of this picturesque village’s Aramaic Language Academy, where Barqil is studying.
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani” (“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me”) – Christ’s lament on the cross – was famously uttered in Aramaic.
Recognised by Unesco as a “definitely endangered” language, Aramaic is spoken by 7,000 people in Maaloula, dominated by Greek Catholics (Melikites) whose churches and rites long pre-date the arrival of Islam and Arabic. Western Neo-Aramaic, to use its proper linguistic title, is spoken by about 8,000 others in two nearby villages, one now wholly Muslim.
Where do America’s “happy-clappy” Christian leaders stand?
Senator Lindsey Graham
As a conservative, I have always believed we can and should be better stewards of God’s creation.
“In my state, the evangelical Christian community, the church community, the faith community is listened to,” Graham said.
But the Christian community in Syria isn’t listened to as closely.
Senator Graham believes we should support the al-Qaeda rebels who would mass murder these Christians. And since almost nobody in South Carolina goes along with this, he has ramped up the fear-mongering to incredible levels by claiming that if we don’t bomb Syria, South Carolina will be nuked!
Senator John McCain
Many of you have asked about John McCain’s faith. John McCain is a strong Christian, but he believes that, in the context of the campaign, his faith is a personal issue.
He must be keeping it very personal this time. No WWJDs over here!
Maybe he’s too busy with his iPhone poker game to look into who he’s supporting.
President Barack Obama
Of course, President Obama is a Christian. Who could doubt that?
I’m a Christian by choice. My family didn’t – frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me in the church. So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me. I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God. But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do. That’s what I pray to do every day. I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.
— President Barack Obama, September 27, 2010
Well, Barack, I sincerely hope that the “precepts of Jesus Christ” lead you to express your Christian faith by thinking twice about bombing another country in another “limited operation with no boots on the ground.”
I hope you take a little time to consider the plight of your Christian brothers and sisters in Syria, and think long and hard about the forces you choose to support.
Perhaps you could even consider the opinion of the Pope and decide not to strike Syria.
Or you could do something really radical and LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!
Across the US, public opinion is clearly against attacking the regime of Bashar al-Assad for its use of chemical weapons against civilians. If he opened the windows at the White House Saturday, Mr. Obama would have heard demonstrators loudly protesting any US military attack on Syria. Protesters demonstrated in New York, Boston, and other cities as well.
- Al-Qaeda Attacks Two Syrian Churches to Cries of ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (banislamofficial.com)
- USA’s Kerry & McCain Terrorists Enter World’s Only Aramaic-Speaking Mostly Christian Town, Maaloula, Syria! (syrianfreepress.wordpress.com)
- FSA Responds to Pope Francis Call for Peace in Syria (syrianews.cc)
- This is Maaloula, Syria. (pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com)
- Christians flee Syria village that speaks the language of Jesus (telegraph.co.uk)
- Jihaddists re-take historic Syria Christian village Maaloula (disclose.tv)
- Syria civil war: Civilians flee after rebels re-take Christian town of Maaloula (independent.co.uk)
- Report on: Maaloula Syria (newsblogleopard.com)
- ‘Moderate’ Syrians Rebels Post Videos of Attack on Christian Town (breitbart.com)