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Syrian bishop says 'Christians need to engage in self-defense' against Islamists

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Violence against Christians in Syria happens on an almost daily basis. These often brutal attacks are perpetrated by radical Muslims. Thousands of Christians die annually at the hands of extremists while the world is mostly silent about their plight.

The radicals only seemed to be emboldened by that silence as they continue their campaigns of terror against innocent people. The barbaric means by which the al-Nusra Front murders their fellow man staggers the mind.

Only a person with a depraved mind would roast someone in an oven. How can radical Muslims be so cruel and inhumane to another individual. The methods by which they kill are gruesome and only limited by their sick and twisted imaginations.

These terror groups are even known to murder children, the sick and elderly. Whole families have been wiped out by their acts of barbarism. Reports tell of their have documented their numerous atrocities such as, one Christian man was beheaded, then the terrorists are said to have fed his remains to the dogs.

The bravery by Christians who are facing death at the hands of these radicals shows compassion and love. An example of this is found in the report where a Christian man who was being stoned prayed for his attackers and the stoning instantly ceased.

These acts of violence have prompted one Syrian bishop to call on Christians to defend themselves. World Net Daily (WND) reports, "an auxiliary Greek Orthodox bishop of Antioch based in Damascus, Syria, has issued a call to arms to Christians worldwide to fight the Islamic militants who have killed and kidnapped Christians and destroyed their holy places in Syria."

Bishop Luca al-Khoury said many young men “are asking us to take action" and "I call on every young man who can take up arms to come forward." Al-Khoury encouraged Christians to engage in self-defense and protect Christian holy places.

Al-Khoury further added,

Our young people are ready (and) their fingers are on the trigger and they’re ready to fight for the sake of Syria and for the sake of self-defense. Christians are prayerful and peaceful, but it seems that today, faced with these people, prayer and peace aren’t enough anymore. Every Christian youth capable of taking up arms should do so and defend Syria.

The Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said recent events in Syria are having a direct impact on Christians in his nation, and around the world. Bassil said it's time for the world to react and put an end to the attacks against Christians.

It's reported that "a Shiite source close to the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah told WND that Hezbollah has been doing the fighting on behalf of the Christians in an effort to protect them and their churches." It's also reported that Hezbollah has been protecting Christians in Syria.

It's a well established fact that Assad despite his faults has been known to protect minorities including Christians. Middle East experts predicted that if Sunni Wahhabists take control of Syria, "it would amount to a humanitarian disaster, with ramifications to Christians living in Lebanon."

During your prayer time please remember to lift up our Syrian brothers and sisters.

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