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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Humane Treatment, Muslim Style

It is commonly pointed out that Islam teaches that any atrocity is fine as long as it is perpetrated on “infidels”, that is, non-Muslims. What we rarely see is true to life examples of this in action. Therefore, for you enlightenment, I have a true story from Syria as told by a Syrian friend of my Wife.

This friend comes from a Christian family, and Christians are a small minority in Syria who are regularly persecuted and treated like tenth-class citizens. Among the various stories of church bombings, random beatings and rapes of Christians by Muslims that the government not only refuses to do anything about, but is often involved in the abuse and persecution, I have this story to tell.

Military service is compulsory for men in Syria, as it is in many countries. Every man must serve at least one term in the service. While this is no more brutal or inconvenient for the Muslims than it is in most countries, there is a special kind of hardship that Christians must endure.

Christians spend their entire time in the service getting abused by their fellow soldiers, with the tacit approval of their commanding officers and NCO’s. This results in many beatings, as well as various forms of torture performed on Christians. All the while the Muslim tormentors tell the Christians that if they reject Jesus Christ and convert to Islam the beatings and torture will end. To be honest, it really does end if a Christian succumbs to the torment and converts.

However, many Christians value our God far more than our own lives and comfort, so many do not convert, and the torture and beatings continue unabated, sometime resulting death, disfigurement, or just mental and emotional scarring from having lived through Hell on Earth.

One such disfigurement happened to this friend’s uncle.

His Muslim squadmates castrated him for refusing to convert to Islam.

It shocked me when I first heard this. Castration is supposedly against the teachings of the Koran, but, do remember, every evil imaginable is sanctified to Muslims as long as it is perpetrated against non-Muslims. Before anyone tries to make some lame excuse about this being a natural result of the war in Iraq I want to point something out: This happened over 15 years ago, and has been happening for centuries, and continues to this day. It is NOT related to US activity in the region in any way.

It is for this reason that Christian families in Syria scrimp, save, and make great sacrifices to send their sons to America. They want their boys to live, and to do so whole and unharmed.

Naturally, our liberal media has NEVER bothered to report on the human rights atrocities committed against non-Muslims in Muslim countries. It might actually erode US support for Muslims and boost sympathy for Christians and Jews worldwide if they did such a thing, and they just can’t have that; now can they?

7 Comments:

  • holy geez!! yeah, can you imagine what would happen here if someone tried to do that to a Muslim, wanting him to become a Christian?? Or even if it was mentioned to him???

    By Blogger Libby, at 9:39 AM  

  • Sure can Libby. There would be global outrage and a general demonization of the Christian faith. Oh, yeah, and Muslims would riot, lott, burn, pillage, and kill while the media made excuses for them.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 12:22 PM  

  • Unfortunately, I am no Islam scholar, so I let those that know it argue it.

    However, I would like to thank you for visiting my blog and your comments on my writing Daniel.

    I noticed that you like a summarized exposition where as I like a full one. I can see the benefits of your style, but I find that a full exposition allows for a better "flow."

    Again, thanks.

    By Blogger Son of Lilith, at 1:58 PM  

  • Yeesh!
    Beyond disturbing.

    And I agree with you about libby's question, Dan.

    By Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy, at 4:34 PM  

  • Great post Daniel! Definitely agree with your take on this.

    By Blogger Nightcrawler, at 11:20 PM  

  • Yep - I agree with what Libby said. Can you even imagine this happening to a Muslim? If it had happened ten years ago, we'd still be hearing about it.

    By Blogger Rebekah, at 8:00 AM  

  • I'm shocked to hear this story. I am from Syria and a Muslim and can say that I have never heard such nonsense in my life. The army in Syria is mainly controlled by minorities, many things could happen during military service, but what you describe is not one of them. Preaching for conversion in Syria is generally unaccepted and untolereted and definitely gets in trouble if you do it while in the army.

    Zealots and bigots exist anywhere, including Syria, and they belong to all groups inclduing Syrian Christians amongst others.
    I can see that you are trying to provoke your readers about the issue of compatibility of Islam with the way YOU see the world should work, which you can do by talking about the fundamentals, not bringing up unconfirmed hearsay to prove your point. I don't think you expect Muslims to attribute barbaric actions committed by so called Christians to Chsristianity or to "western" way of life, do you?

    By Blogger Housam, at 7:21 PM  

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