Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Letter of ISIS Genocide

Along with many others, I have changed my twitter account icon to this symbol, the Arabic letter nun.  I’ll let Rorate Caeli (who may have begun this suddenly viral practice) explain its significance:

Nun, the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century -- Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and disobedient sect.

In their genocidal physical elimination of Christians from the Mesopotamian city of Mosul, Muslim terrorists marked each Christian-owned institution and building with this letter, for the extermination of holdouts and expropriation of their belongings.

And Rorate Caeli’s post contains photographs of said markings.

My thoughts and prayers have particularly been with Christians driven from their homes by ISIS Islamonazis.  And as St. Paul wrote, if one of us suffers, we all suffer.  Hence my modest decision to join those taking upon ourselves that letter of anti-Christian genocide.

The collect for this week, of the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, has struck me as particularly timely during this awful period of anti-Christian persecution in the Middle East.

GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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