Jihad Watch: Syrian Archbishop: “We expect Christians in the West to help us. They do not”

A church in Nineveh governorate – the province around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul – is defaced by Islamic State militants, who replace a cross with their black Islamic flag. Picture: Hussein Malla/AP

Why don’t the Christians in the West help them?

Because it might harm the dialogue: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013

Syrian Archbishop: ‘We expect Christians in the West to help us. They do not’,” by David Gibson, Religion News Service, May 4, 2015:

NEW YORK (RNS) Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo is returning to the front line of the real war on Christians, which he calls home — that is, Aleppo in war-torn Syria, where his ancient church faces the threat of extinction.

I wrote here about Jeanbart, who was in the U.S. last week in an effort to raise awareness about the plight of Christians in Syria — they include his Eastern-rite Melkite Catholics as well or Eastern Orthodox and other churches — and to raise money for their survival.

The archbishop is a remarkable figure, facing the personal danger while trying to protect an entire community and tradition and way of life. He had controversial things to say (at least in the U.S. political context) about supporting Syrian president Assad; when faced with ISIS as the alternative, you understand his “devil-you-know” choice.

But Assad may be at risk of falling. Americans are not likely to shed a tear for him, and many have been pushing the administration to aid the Islamist rebels, who could wind up slaughtering what’s left of the Christians in Aleppo and elsewhere.

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  • Frances

    There are a fair few Christians out here who would contribute wholeheartedly but don’t know where to give.

  • In all fairness, there are people who are talking about these problems but the real clout lies with the governments that just restrict their involvement to “degrading” ISIS.

  • mauser 98

    Robert Spencer of Jihad watch interviewed

    re 9/11 , Saudis flee US Sept 10,2001, Saudi involvement in US government at highest level.
    starts a 11:00 min.