|Marked for death|
I'm disgusted -- to say the least -- about the continuing silence and indifference in the west about the horrors being visited on Christians in the Middle East.
Don't know what I'm talking about? Thank the don't-give-a-damn idiots in the media.
And let me tell you, I don't use the term "idiots" carelessly.
You see, I used to work in media relations, when I worked in Washington. I worked directly with a lot of these folks. They are hired because they can make a good presentation on the air, or to turn out copy. Not because they necessarily know anything.
I can still recall being in Arizona, crisscrossing the state for the Right to Work cause; and I met with a TV anchorman and his sidekick in one city, to explain our purpose. He needed me to tell him who the state's two U.S. Senators were. Note well: he didn't know who they were!
In Iraq, Christians are being marked for extinction. They are being driven out of their homes, their towns, where they have been since Apostolic times. Ancient churches are being burnt down.
Notice the symbol above? It looks innocuous. But it is the Arabic letter "n," for "Nazareth." The jihadists mark the homes and businesses of Christians with that sign. A reversal of Passover: they are marked for destruction.
Meanwhile, our current President? Golfing; raising money; but showing no concern for these terrorized folks. Our former President George Bush, whose war started this process underway (which church leaders predicted would happen, by the way)? No comment.
Does anyone give a d***? Do you?
All right, I've ranted enough. Here are some practical things to do:
1) Pray for our fellow Christians. They are very alone and desperate.
2) Send money.
Here are several Catholic charities providing material help. You can donate online, or else arrange to send a donation. I sent $200 of my own money to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (because I wanted to specify it help people in Iraq), but they are all legitimate charities; please make your own choice:
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Near East Welfare Association
Aid to the Church in Need
3) Learn more. Here and here are two pages at the US bishops site:
4) Speak up! If you are on Facebook, share your thoughts with others. Here are ways to contact the President and our members in Congress:
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Sen. Sherrod Brown
Washington, D.C., 20510
Sen. Rob Portman
Washington, D.C., 20510
Rep. Jim Jordan
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Here's the text of the letter I sent to all the above:
Dear Mr. President/Senator/Congressman:
Please, please, please speak up, loud and strong, for the Christians who are being marked for extermination in Iraq and Syria, among other places!
When Jews are persecuted, America speaks up. And we stand by Israel. As we should!
When Muslims are persecuted, we speak up. And we went to war several times to defend their rights. As we should!
Why does our government remain silent and inert about this persecution?
Please do what you can to oppose this persecution, and to provide material relief. In particular, I think our country owes these folks asylum, as it was our war that helped create this situation.
Thank you for your attention to my letter.
Rev. Martin Fox
Update, 7/24/14: Welcome readers from Catholic and Enjoying it; thanks Mark Shea for the link!
I hope you will see some good ideas here for acting to help our suffering brothers and sisters. Feel free to add your own in the comments. Glad you came!