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Pope Francis to Jews: We’re all under attack now

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Christians are suffering the same “savage attacks” once suffered by Jews, Pope Francis told a delegation of prominent Jewish leaders, according to the head of the World Jewish Congress.

For the first time in his papacy, Pope Francis met with clerical sex abuse victims at the Vatican on July 7, 2014.Ronald S. Lauder led a delegation of 40 Jewish leaders who met Francis at his Santa Marta residence late Wednesday (Sept. 17) to mark Rosh Hashanah, the upcoming Jewish New Year.

Lauder told reporters on Thursday that the WJC and the pope were “in absolute agreement” in condemning militant attacks on Christians in the Middle East and said the pope had compared the persecution to attacks on the Jews.

“Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War III, but unlike the first two world wars, instead of happening all at once, this war is coming in stages,” Lauder said.

“He said first it was your turn and now it is our turn. In other words, first Jews suffered savage attacks that were met with the world’s silence and now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent.”

Lauder said he was surprised at the muted global reaction to the slaughter and persecution of Christians in countries such as Iraq and Syria.

“The question is: Why doesn’t the world react? There has been a tremendous focus on Israel when it defended itself, as any country would, when thousands of rockets were fired on it by terrorists, but not a word for the thousands of Christians in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East.”

“There is one country in the Middle East where Christians are safe, and that country is Israel.There is only one country in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing, and that country is Israel. Today the world does not have the luxury of remaining silent.”

Lauder said he had first met the Argentine pope when he was still living and working in Buenos Aires and stressed he had done “a fantastic job” bringing Jews and Christians together.

Among the Jewish leaders who joined Lauder for his audience with the pope were  Jack Terpins, president of the Latin American Jewish Congress; Chella Safra, treasurer of the WJC; and a number of Jewish community leaders and senior WJC officials.

“We want to share with the pope our message of peace and prosperity for the New Year,” said Claudio Epelman, executive director of the LAJC and the WJC official in charge of relations with the Vatican.

Lauder has repeatedly said that the oppression of Christians is one of the world’s most pressing issues, and in a recent op-ed published in The New York Times, Lauder said Jews had a duty to speak up on behalf of Christians.

“The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries,” he wrote in the op-ed piece published In August.

Lauder, the son of cosmetics giant Estee Lauder, is a businessman, art collector and philanthropist. He was elected president of the WJC in 2007.



  1. “The question is: Why doesn’t the world react?”

    Could it be that everyone is afraid of being “Islamophobic?” Has RNS helped, even in a small way, contribute to the creation of an Islamophobiaphobic environment? Why have the US and world media largely ignored the story of the Muslim man who executed several people (in Seattle and New Jersey) as retribution for America’s alleged crimes against Islam? Do the murders qualify as “religious news?”

    • More likely the answer is, they don’t care. This is going on in Iraq and Syria. When the US and NATO tries to get involved they get branded as imperialists and interventionists.

      Of course that never stopped Iran and Saudi Arabia from arming the forces which are committing the genocidal acts. But nobody ever calls those countries out on their foreign adventures.

      The US can’t do anything in Syria without getting all of its neighbors involved and being a total mess. ISIS is opposed by a government who are just as murderous over there. Iraq is far too embarrassing. We are cleaning up a mess we created over a decade ago. We want to do something, but nobody wants to be the one who ordered a massive troop deployment over there.

    • Re: “Could it be that everyone is afraid of being ‘Islamophobic?’”

      Not quite. I know “political correctness” is a major bogeyman these days, and it’s a conspiracy that’s authored nearly all the world’s most serious ills … but it probably isn’t sufficient, by itself, to force the occidental world to stand by and let people be slaughtered. What’s more likely is that the occidental world sees no ready way to intervene on their behalf and do anything about it that won’t get it mired in another decade-long conflict that could very well end up making things even worse for the people they’d like to save, and ultimately lose more lives than might have been saved.

      The Middle East is, for better or worse, an extremely messy place. It’s just not that easy to decide to go and save the Christians (or the Druze or the Yazidi or whoever else) and then launch the fighters, bombers, cruise missiles, etc. If the U.S. has learned nothing else from having invaded Iraq, it’s that. We, and the rest of the world, have learned that lesson very well.

      And to be clear, it’s not just Christians (or Yazidi or Druze or whoever else) who are victims of the Middle East’s messiness. Other Muslim groups, typically minority sects in any given area, are victims as well. This is not a case of it being “the Muslims against the rest of the world” with the rest of the world consciously choosing to fight back solely in order not to appear not to be “Islamophobic.” It is, rather, a vicious morass of bloodthirsty medieval barbarians who’re too immature to figure out that living together is better than slaughtering everyone else around.

      Until the people of the Middle East collectively grow up and accept that there are actually people in the world who disagree with them, no intervention can ever really be helpful.

      • PsiCop, thank you! THAT was an excellent analysis of what going on in the Middle East. Sure, we blundered badly in our hubristic bombast and our rushing to engage the wrong foe after 9/11, but even so the Muslim world seems to be in constant bloody flux, and I am convinced would have/will remain so, whether to Western World so-called engages it or not. So…

        • 1. We arm the crap out of the Kurds. They are the only party in Iraq/Syria willing provide refuge and defend those being massacred by ISIS, Sunni and Shia militias.

          2. We encourage Israel and Jordan to take in refugees.

          3. Let Iran and Saudi Arabia fight over Syria. A pox on all of their houses.

      • And who, pray tell, would that “vicious morass of bloodthirsty medieval barbarians who’re too immature to figure out that living together is better than slaughtering everyone else around” be exactly? Does this vicious morass have some tell-tale sign by which we could identify it? Some book or historical leader with whom its components identify? Is there some common doctrine these immature people all say they subscribe to? I am sure there has to be, but what could it be? I mean do they all say they are Baptists? Mormons? Jews? Hindus? Pittsburgh Pirate fans?

        • Where to start?
          One has to bear in mind if not for oil, world concern and reach of political extremists in the region would be limited and of little note to the developed world. (like in Sub-Sahara Africa)

          We have vicious autocratic governments in the region. A leftover from colonialism, being part of other peoples’ empires and the Cold War. Neither side of the Cold War had any interest in democracy in the region as long as oil flowed. Despite the insinuations of people looking to tar and feather the entire religion of Islam, prior to 1979, the major motivation for political violence in the region was entirely secular: nationalism and radicalism. Professional terrorists prior to the end of the Cold War were largely extreme leftists, separatists or nationalists. Most governments in the area were secular republics which actively suppressed religious extremism in the name of economic progress.

          The 1979 Iranian revolution made Islamic extremism a game changer. In response to Iran’s aggressive attempts to spread its influence, the Saudis/Gulf States tried to beat them at their own game by exploiting the Shia/Sunni divide.

          Said governments constantly use divide and rule tactics which spur tribalist/sectarian violence as a way to prevent organized opposition. The autocrats also encourage Islamicist extremism as a way to divert potential revolutionaries towards foreign jihad and to create the sense of dissent without its actuality (which is why the Muslim Brotherhood could survive in Egypt for over 40 years but no moderate democratic parties did).

          Islamicism serves a function in the Middle East of extending international reach of many players such as Iran and Saudi Arabia. Much of the Syrian Civil War is a proxy fight between those two countries for control of the Levant.

          What Al Queda did was hijack Islamicism for its own personal ends. Osama Bin Laden was able to tap into the existing government sponsored religious extremism and redirect it for his own aggrandizement. 9/11 was the world’s most deadly publicity stunt. No matter what happened it would have looked like a victory for Osama. Al Queda went from a hobby of a spoiled rich kid playing at being a terrorist to the most visible and important organization of all time. Al Queda is less an organization than it is a franchise. The “Hello Kitty” of Terrorism. They lent their name out to anyone willing to say they were violent Islamicists.

          Of course now Al Queda is being squeezed out by ISIS a group of professional Islamicists with deep pockets from Saudi petrodollars. As it seems the amateurs are being displaced by national actors.

          “Baptists? Mormons? Jews? Hindus? Pittsburgh Pirate fans?”

          All of the above are known for acts of extremist violence. Pirate Fans being the worst. :)

          • Re: “We have vicious autocratic governments in the region. A leftover from colonialism, being part of other peoples’ empires and the Cold War.”

            If I may point out the obvious … not every former colony has devolved into the sort of primitive barbarism exhibited by ISIS/ISIL, nor have they all become “vicious autocratic governments.” It IS possible for an ex-colony to not go that route. Really! I’d say the US accomplished this after breaking from Britain. So too did a lot of the other Commonwealth states (Canada, Australia, etc.). And ex-colonies of other European mother-states have managed the same feat.

            Suggesting these things are an unavoidable and inevitable consequence of colonialism only serves to indulge autocrats and barbarians, and grants them an easy rationale for their bad behavior. Let’s try not to give it to them.

        • Re: “And who, pray tell, would that ‘vicious morass of bloodthirsty medieval barbarians who’re too immature to figure out that living together is better than slaughtering everyone else around’ be exactly?”

          If this is a question you felt the need to ask, then any answer I could give you would go right past you.

          Re: “Does this vicious morass have some tell-tale sign by which we could identify it?”

          Um, I’d say one “tell-tale sign” of such primitive barbarism would be capturing reporters, holding them captive for months, then beheading them. All for no rational reason ( and particularly because reporters can’t really harm them at all).

          Re: “I mean do they all say they are Baptists? Mormons? Jews? Hindus? Pittsburgh Pirate fans?”

          If any of those groups start engaging in primitive barbaric behaviors, then it would be wise to call them primitive barbarians. Let me know when it happens. Especially when it’s Pittsburgh Pirates fans who start beheading people.

  2. Who cares for the Christians? I think we all do. Remove them from the Middle East. It appears a new government is in order in Iraq and Syria, one supported by Nato, where war and revenge killings are criminalized and the perpetrators locked up, if not executed. Yes, we need to pay more attention to who is here in the US and hold them responsible for hate crimes/revenge killings. When Americans start joining ISIS, ISIL, the US has failed to determine or predict that.some religions are not based on Godly acts, but of the most sinister behavior known to man, and that a healthy environment that conflicts with these cults is necessary in breeding justice, equality, and love. Therefore, Mosques need to be watched for radical teachings.

    • God’s kingdom or heavenly government will soon put an end to all corrupt governments of man and replace them, (Daniel 2:44) as well as put an end to all wicked ones/terrorists on our planet (Psalm 37:10,11).

      That government is able to read the heart conditions of the wicked ones and man does not have that ability. The government will also rule with righteousness, love and justice (Isaiah 11:1-9).

      In the meantime, we should put our trust in God and his heavenly government, since man’s governments do not have the love, nor the power, to put an end to ALL the terrible conditions on our planet; but God’s kingdom can and will.

  3. The Christian population in the Holy Land isn’t growing, it’s shrinking, as many lose hope of any peaceful solution to the conflict and move away. If the Chrisitian population is growing at all in Israel proper, as opposed to the occupied territories, it’s because Israel has engaged many thousands of Asians, principally Philippinos, to do the kind of domestic chores once done by Palestinians.

    • Lets not forget the deliberate ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Christians in Gaza by fellow Palestinians and their exclusion of power in the West Bank by Fatah.

      If Israel is importing Christians from Asia, that would mean its population is growing. Just not the homegrown version of Christianity.

      We are not going to do squat in Syria. It was our lack of involvement which helped create ISIS. By not backing any given opposition group to Assad, we made it easy for the Saudis to arm their favorites, the extremist Sunnis. ISIS represents a proxy force for the Saudis in their ongoing conflict with Iran and its allies, like Syria.

  4. So where are all the Christians speaking out in support of gay people being slaughtered in Africa? Oh that’s right; it’s the Christians doing the slaughtering. But I notice Pope Franky doesn’t say anything about that.

  5. Now we see why people are forced to defend themselves and wars are started. Any more examples necessary? Freedom is not without expense! Let the ivory towers postulate…


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Is the Pope Right in Saying World War III Has Already Begun?

A displaced Iraqi man from the Yazidi community carries his daughter as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 11.(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

A displaced Iraqi man from the Yazidi community carries his daughter as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 11.

Is the Pope Right in Saying World War III Has Already Begun?

September 29, 2014  •  From

World War III has already begun, Pope Francis reportedly said during a private meeting with a group of Jewish leaders held in his home on September 17.

Ronald S. Lauder, head of the Jewish group, explained the pope’s statements: “Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War III, but unlike the first two world wars, instead of happening all at once, this war is coming in stages. He said … now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent.”

Francis has reiterated his belief that the world is already in the early stages of World War III at least two other times in recent weeks. His belief is formed in part by ongoing conflicts in such places as Ukraine, Gaza, Afghanistan and regions of Africa. But nothing influences his assessment as much as the atrocities that the Islamic State terrorists are committing in Iraq and Syria—primarily against Christians.

In Iraq’s Nineveh region alone, the Islamic State has driven around 200,000 Christians from their homes since early summer. Many of them now have only the clothes on their backs. The number of practicing Christians remaining in the city of Mosul is now thought to be zero—down from 10,000 at the beginning of the year. Similar exoduses are occurring in other parts of Iraq and in Syria.

Now, the pope says the violence must be stopped, even if that means by force.

The number of practicing Christians that remains in the city of Mosul is now thought to be zero—down from 10,000 at the beginning of the year.

“In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor,” Francis said on September 15. “I underscore the verb ‘to stop.’ I don’t say ‘bomb’ or ‘make war,’ but to ‘stop.’ … We must stop and think a little about the level of cruelty at which we have arrived. This should frighten us.”

Francis is concerned in part because the Islamic State is only accelerating a trend that has long been underway: Before the birth of Islam, Catholicism was the dominant force in many Middle Eastern nations. Even a century ago, Christians made up over 30 percent of the Middle East’s populations. Now that number is around 3 percent and quickly falling.

The Syriac and Chaldean Catholic churches of Syria and Iraq are viewed as integral bodies of the Catholic Church, and are in full communion with the bishop of Rome. The growing persecution they and other Middle Eastern Christian groups are suffering is a festering wound for the Roman Catholic Church.

At present, Francis’s calls for action against Christian-slaying Muslims remain fairly restrained. But Bible prophecy shows that the Vatican will soon go far beyond restrained statements to confront radical Islam.

The growing persecution suffered by Syriac and Chaldean Catholic churches and other Middle Eastern Christian groups is a festering wound for the Roman Catholic Church.The rising tide of Jihad is drowning the Middle East’s Christians, but the Church will soon take violent action to reverse this trend. Look at the history of the Crusades. It shows that both Catholics and Muslims are fiercely determined to control the Holy Land and surrounding regions. Prophecy makes plain that a Vatican-guided Europe will once again resurrect the specter of those gruesome Crusades. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said in a Sept 25 lecture that, contrary to Francis’s view, the world isn’t yet in World War III. But he emphasized that we are rapidly approaching it.

In the final crusade, the Roman Catholic Church will take its most drastic action yet against Islam.

That clash will write the bloodiest pages of mankind’s strife-ridden history. The unprecedented violence and suffering will appear to be humanity’s final chapter. But the Bible makes plain that it is actually only the last page of the prologue for mankind! Numerous prophecies show that the Third World War will be interrupted by the return of Jesus Christ. He will squelch the violence and bring Muslims, Catholics and all other men the peace that has always eluded us. At that time, under God’s law of love, Chapter One of real life will finally begin.

To understand how the exacerbating frictions in the Middle East directly lead to this beautiful and awesome future, read Jerusalem in Prophecy.

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Female Genital Mutilation: An Islamic Crime

Female Genital Mutilation: An Islamic Crime

Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine’s editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. His new book is High Noon For America. He is the host of Frontpage’s television show, The Glazov Gang, and he can be reached at Visit his site

Asia News recently reported how the misogynist crime of female genital mutilation (FGM) continues to be a “widespread traditional practice” in “rural areas and more remote areas of Indonesia, particularly the island of Java.” The story makes sure to remind us, naturally, that while this crime is being perpetrated in a Muslim country, the crime “is not a rule set in a rigid manner by the precepts of Islam.” It is only widespread, we are consoled, because of the actions of “the more extreme and integral fringe.”

In her coverage of this news report, freedom fighter Pamela Geller shrewdly asks the key question that somehow mysteriously eludes the minds of every breathing human being in our mainstream media: “The fringe made it widespread?”

Indeed, if only the “extreme and integral fringe” supports this sadistic and vicious crime against women, and if it is “not a rule set in a rigid manner by the precepts of Islam,” then where are all the Muslim imams, muftis and clerics in the world, and in Indonesia in particular, vociferously denouncing and repudiating this crime as un-Islamic and coming to the defense of Muslim women?

Why haven’t they shut down this crime against women, since it is, after all, so un-Islamic? Where are all the tens of thousands of Muslims gathering in mass demonstrations around the world shouting in moral indignation and fury about their young little Muslim girls having their clitorises cut out with broken glass and being maimed for life, as they do about Danish cartoons and American movies? Why do cartoons and films mean more to them than the brutal maiming of their women?

Hmmm. What a great mystery this continues to be.

One can’t help from wondering: could it all have something possibly to do with the fact that female genital mutilation is rooted in Islam and integral toits misogynist structures?

Pamela Geller gives us the easy answer – an answer you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting to hear on Anderson Cooper, Geraldo or Pierce Morgan, since uncomfortable answers can’t be given when pertinent questions are never asked in our mainstream media. Geller affirms that this Islam-denial coverage of FGM in Asia News “is just more whitewashing of Islam’s human rights abuses.” She points out that FGM is “fundamentally Islamic” and cites its foundation in Islamic texts such as Umdat al-Salik:

“Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. Bazr) of the clitoris.” Sacred Islamic Reliance: page 59, Umdat al-Salik  (“Reliance of the Traveler”), a manual of the Shafi’i school of Islamic jurisprudence, endorsed by Egypt’s very own Al-Azhar University of Cairo — the oldest and most prestigious university in the Islamic world.

FGM is indeed fundamentally Islamic. Why would it not be when one of Sunni Islam’s “Four Great Imams,” Ahmad ibn Hanbal, quotes Muhammed as saying: “Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women?” Perhaps this is why Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University has called circumcision “a laudable practice that did honor to women.”

And so perhaps it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why in Muslim Egypt, like in Indonesia, the crime of FGM is perpetrated on a massive level. Even when the Egyptian government tried to ban FGM back in 1996, an Egyptian court overturned the ban in July 1997 because of the ferocious uprising it sparked among Islamic clerics, who fervently pointed to Islamic teachings to make sure this crime against women remained firm in place.

And it is clear, of course, why FGM is so important and crucial to Islam; crippling women’s sexuality solidifies the misogynist structures of Islamic gender apartheid. Keeping FGM legitimized and institutionalized helps keep women subjugated and caged. By amputating the clitoris, Islam’s mutilators succeed in maiming the woman’s sexual desire and pleasure, which, in the morbid Islamic mindset, reduces the chances that she will ever toy with the horrifying notions (for Islam) of autonomy, equality and self-determination.

But how can we possibly help Muslim girls if our society forbids us to confront this Islamic crime and the theology in which it is rooted? And that’s where we tragically stand: while millions of young Muslim girls suffer the mutilating barbarity of female genital mutilation in the Islamic world every year, our mainstream media and higher literary culture remains completely silent about it – and slanders the truth tellers like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer who want to come to the aid of Muslim women.

When it comes to leftists and leftist feminists, of course, the only words we ever hear from them on this issue, when they are confronted by it, is that “Muslims are not the only group that practice FGM.” This tired, lazy and inhumane excuse for inaction shamelessly presupposes that if a sin is committed by someone else, somewhere else, then it somehow justifies doing and saying nothing in the face of a crime being perpetrated on a mass scale right before our eyes.

The bottom line is that Muslims are the principle religious group that practices this sexual violence against women. And if a young girl is a victim of FGM, the chances are that she lives in a Muslim household and in a Muslim culture. And this barbarity is kept alive and legitimized by Islamic theology.

It is clear, of course, why the Left wants to do and say nothing about Islamic FGM, and, since it has control of the boundaries of our culture’s discourse, why it makes sure to smear and punish anyone who dares to say — or tries to do — anything about it. As I have documented in United in Hate: The Left’s Romance With Tyranny and Terror, the Left cannot reach its hand out in compassion and solidarity to the suffering people under Islam, or under any other tyranny. Doing so would be an admission of the evil of an adversary culture and ideology, which, in turn, casts a spotlight on the superiority and goodness of Western civilization, and therefore serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting and saving it. For the Left, such a concept is nightmarish and anathema, because its entire purpose is to revile and destroy its host society. For leftists to admit the dark realities of Islamic jihad and Islamic gender apartheid is to jeopardize their entire cause, identities, social belongings, cultural and material rewards, and their narcissistic cravings for approval and admiration in their “progressive” milieus.

Thus, by necessity, in the Left’s vicious and heartless mindset, the victims who suffer under barbaric adversarial regimes must be pushed into spheres of invisibility.

And so, the recent reported story in Asia News on the continuing horror of female genital mutilation serves as yet another tragic reminder of Islamic barbarity to women — and the our culture’s shameful silence about it. This is the long dark story of the Western Left, which has its hands drenched in human blood – busy at it is in perpetually sacrificing human beings on the altar of its twisted utopian ideals.

To get the whole story on why the Left reaches out in solidarity to Islamo-fascists and ignores their victims, watch Jamie Glazov discuss Jihad-Denial in the 2-part video series below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

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