Show solidarity with Christians in the Middle East who are suffering ethnic cleansingÂ at the hands of the murderingÂ ISIL “the Islamic State”. These are descendants of ancient Christians who settled in Iraq and Syria 2000 years ago — which is 600 years before the religion of Islam even existed. Now they are being killed or forced from their homes by the tens of thousands. Besides killing theirÂ Christian victims by beheading,Â the Islamic StateÂ army are also crucifying someÂ victims. Videos of both methods surfacedÂ last week.
Many Twitter and Facebook people have changed their profile photo / image / icon to this black and gold image. Friend Christine ChaseÂ is displaying this symbol andÂ tells hereÂ what it means:
“In Iraq, the homes of Christians are being marked with this by ISISÂ aka ISILÂ andÂ their Sympathizers. It is the Arabic “N” for “Nazarene”, marking the people so identified as Christians. In much the same way the yellow star marked Jews in Germany. I and some others have adopted it as our avatar as a sign of solidarity with those so marked.”
The EgyptianÂ Muslim BrotherhoodÂ under the Morsi governmentÂ forced the Egyptian Coptic Christians (whose ancestors were there since the beginning of Christianity 2000 years ago) wear black crosses on their clothing, and black crosses were spray painted on their houses, cars and shops. The guy that made the video that supposedly caused the Benghazi Libyan hit on the US consulate there was a Coptic Christian from Egypt. I used to go to church with ancient Copts (because they are Eastern Orthodox like the Greeks, Russians and Ukrainians.Â Â Copts are so cool. It’s ashame they are being chased out of Egypt in droves.
Luckily the Egyptian Army kicked out the Muslim Brotherhood and the Christian citizens have a better chance, although their churches are still getting burned and their houses are still getting marked with black crosses.Â My daughter says she wants to wear a black cross in honor of the persecuted Christians and we discussed putting the Arabic “N” as shown above onto our front door.Â Yeah, we’re Nazarenes, you got a problem with it? we will be saying.
Wish we could do more, something tangible to help those suffering in Iraq on the Ninevah plain especially.Â I am still sick just thinking of that video showing the Islamic State freaks blowing up the 1600 year old church that surrounded the 27oo year old(!) tomb of Jonah (the guy swallowed by the whale in the Old Testament).Â They blew it up two weeks ago, just like the Taliban blew up the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan, the only standing Buddhas in thee world.Â Muslim extremists are on the rise everywhere it seems.Â They are perpetrating ethnic cleansing in Africa (Boko Haram kidnapping the school girls), the Middle East, and no doubt want to keep going.