Turkey, Christian Discrimination, and Church Pacifist Disarmament

In Christian churches throughout the world, special collections could gather funds to be used for the purchase of personal firearms and ammunition and the distribution of them to worthy people in need of defense for life, liberty, and property. This would be real charity. People who could afford it could provide funds to be used by needy people for self-defense arms. This would work like the annual Peter’s Pence program.

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By John M. Snyder l July 12, 2017

The recent news that the government of Turkey, a Muslim nation, seeks a legal way to take over 50 Christian churches and monasteries, is one of the many examples of organized Islamist persecution of believing Christians, and the living, resurrected Jesus Christ Himself.

Remember, Christ told St. Paul on the road to Damascus that the persecution of Christians was a persecution of Christ Himself (Acts 9:4) in what became known as His Mystical Body.

As of this writing, as far as we can tell, no word on this latest anti-Christian Muslim Turkey development from the Vatican.

There is some question as to just how or exactly when Turkey will proceed in this matter, but observers indicate its intent is clear.

The “noose is tightening around Christian minority in Turkey,” recently headlined La Croix International.

“The Syrian Orthodox Church is condemning the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Turkey for seizing 50 churches and monasteries in the southeast of the country,” states the report. “This is happening in the context of a hardening of the policies of the ruling AKP party and is weakening, even more, the already fragile position of a Christian minority deprived of all legal rights.

“The ancient Syrian Orthodox Monastery of Mor Gabriel has been subjected to constant and unfair legal attacks since 2008. It has now fallen under the control of the all-powerful Diyanet, which governs Islamic Turkey (99.8% of the population).”

This Muslim Turkey development is one in a recent multiple years series of developments providing clear evidence of a world-wide Muslim war on Christians, Christianity and the Mystical Body of our Resurrected and Living Lord Jesus Christ.

Over the last several years, local, national and international news has been replete with reports of Muslim legal and physical attacks on Christians. These reports have included murder, mass murder, barbarous slayings, throat slashing, decapitations, burning alive, rapes, slavery, and all manner of brutality.

Yet, responsible Christian church officials, including many Catholic bishops and cardinals, even the Roman Pontiff himself, Pope Francis, have responded ineffectively, or meekly, or not responded at all in a pathetic manifestation of absent leadership.

In the face of these murderous Muslim attacks, some clerical Christian leaders even inanely proclaimed that Islam is a religion of peace.

Fortunately, though, at least two clerical scholars, both Jesuit priests, obviously have rejected extreme pacifism in order to tell it like it really is with Islam.

An American, Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., has written repeatedly on this matter in a number of publications.

Fr. Schall has stated, as an example, that Islam “does, in its account of itself, condone – indeed promote – violence against known enemies of Islam. In its own logic, the enemy is everyone who is not Muslim. The world is thus divided into a world of peace (Islam) and a world of war (the rest). The murderer who is killed in an act to praise Allah and expand Islam is, in this view, perfectly reasonable and justified within its own theology.”

Another Jesuit, Rev. Henri Boulad, S.J., an Islamic scholar of the
Egyptian Greek Melkite rite, has gone even beyond that in a National Catholic
Register interview. Fr. Boulad said that the Catholic Church should avoid what seems its “at all costs” defense of Islam and its attempt to “exonerate it from the horrors committed every day in its name.” What happens is that “one ends up betraying the truth.”

Fr. Boulad thinks that with regard to Islam the Catholic Church has followed a “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West” based on falsely applied considerations of “openness, tolerance and Christian charity.”

The position of Pope Francis and some other hierarchs is absolutely inexcusable.

He and they promote dastardly pacifist disarmament that leaves their fellow Christians supine and helpless before radical Islamist terrorism. While they argue that nations should oppose terrorism, they condemn the manufacture and trade in arms without which it is practically impossible to defeat terrorism.

Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sponsored a national Fortnight for Freedom culminating with commemoration of American Independence Day on the Fourth of July. However, the USCCB has as part of its general program an ongoing proposal for the criminalization of handgun ownership. The truth, though, is that Americans, Catholics and others, need handguns to protect life from the machinations of terrorists and others. According to some scholarly estimates, American citizens use handguns defensively between two and four million times a year.

USCCB: to the showers!

The Christian churches have not always been saddled with such pusillanimous leadership.

About a thousand years ago, Muslim militants were attacking Christians and haranguing them and generally making obnoxious nuisances of themselves, in much the same way many of them do today.

At that time, in 1095, Blessed Pope Urban II preached the pilgrimage of the Great Crusade to free Christians and Christian lands from Mohammedans rampaging in Europe and the Middle East.

If only Pope Francis would deep-six the current senseless policy of his pontificate, and learn to follow the policy of his beatified predecessor.

A good start would be the setting up of an international Christian self-defense program.

This would work like the annual Peter’s Pence program.

In Christian churches throughout the world, special collections could gather funds to be used for the purchase of personal firearms and ammunition and the distribution of them to worthy people in need of defense for life, liberty, and property. This would be real charity. People who could afford it could provide funds to be used by needy people for self-defense arms.


John M. Snyder, called “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists” by the Washington Post and New York Times, for 50 years has defended American gun rights as an NRA editor, director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation, and founder/director of www.GunRightsPolicies.org. He is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C, founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. Author of the book Gun Saint, he received his AB and MA from Georgetown University. Mr. Snyder is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.

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