To mock God is to disrespect, dishonor, or ignore Him. It is a serious offense committed by those who have no fear of God or who deny His existence. The most easily recognized form of mockery is disrespect typified by verbal insults or other acts of disdain. It is associated with ridicule, scoffing, and defiance. Mockery is a dishonoring attitude that shows low estimation, contempt, or even open hostility.
The last Christians have left one of their holiest cities, running from ISIS demands to become Muslim or be slain—but as a final indignity, their money and even crucifixes were stolen.
After being issued an ultimatum from ISIS in Mosul, some of the city’s last Christian families have fled, only to be robbed of their last possessions at ISIS checkpoints. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. But the day before the final exodus, Christians were informed jizya was no longer an option. The order came to convert, leave, or die.
Gathered along an unlit street on the edge of Hamdaniyah, a majority Christian town on the outskirts of Mosul, large, well-dressed families of refugees from Mosul shared their stories in their only remaining set of clothes, trying to make sense of what had happened. According to the Iraq-based Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, whose field office was receiving internal refugees in Hamdaniyah, 1,500 Christian families have fled Mosul in the last four days. They were the last of the last.
Those families leaving from the checkpoints on the eastern side of the city were harassed and robbed of their possessions but ultimately allowed to leave Mosul with only the clothes on their backs and possibly cab fare. All families who fled on the last morning reported having money, belongings, jewelry, and even documents stolen from them. Women had crucifixes torn from their necks.
Those who were received by aid organizations in neighboring Hamdaniyah, Bartella, and elsewhere were despondent and in a state of shock when they arrived at shelters for refugees. Most had been assured by ISIS fighters during the first week after the takeover that their communities would be protected, as ISIS’s animosity initially was directed toward the city’s Shia. But all that changed in the past week.
As they left Mosul, Christian families were cursed and abused by ISIS fighters at the checkpoints on the outskirts of the city for abandoning their homes and not converting to Islam. According to the fleeing families, it was apparent that fighters were locals from their accents and covered faces, but the Christians suspected many of being the freed prisoners who have joined ISIS’s ranks last month.
Not quite all the families chose to flee; a few Christians were reported to have converted to Islam in order to save their families’ lives and their property. Converting Christians reported to mosques in Mosul, where they performed a profession of faith, the shahada, and received a document from members of ISIS confirming their conversion to protect them from reprisals in the future. Some Christian families reported that they did so only to save their families but would appear at mosque every Friday for prayer as ordered.
As a center of Christian antiquity, Mosul is considered by many Middle Eastern Christians to be one of their holiest cities. The ancient churches of Mosul and the surrounding area are home to some of Christianity’s oldest churches and relics, some already destroyed or looted by ISIS. In retaliation for the failure of Christian leaders to appear at a meeting ISIS announced at one of its city headquarters, the teachers union building, the Qalb Al Aqdas (Sacred Heart) church, was burned down. Christians from Mosul reported outdoor crosses being taken down and ISIS fighters seizing all churches whose condition they now know nothing about. Beyond the more than 20 churches in Mosul, Christian families and church leadership hastily abandoned extensive Christian-owned properties and homes throughout the city, making them the last of Mosul’s minority communities to flee, following the Shabak, Shia, Yezidi, Turkmen, and Kurds.
Christians have received tearful phone calls from their Sunni friends and neighbors over the last two days who confessed they could not stop ISIS from looting their homes.
Yet many have arrived at Christian communities such as Hamdaniyah, known as Qara Qosh by Iraqi Christians, to find neighborhoods already impoverished by the repercussions of the ISIS takeover of Nineveh province. Unlike communities in Kurdish provinces, the outlying villages around Mosul that are under Kurdish protection—many of them communities of religious minorities—depend on Mosul for their utilities. With electricity and water cut off, the Kurdish-controlled villages of Nineveh provinces have been forced to buy water from tanker trucks and hastily dig new wells at a time when their livelihoods also have dried up. Seventy percent of Qara Qosh’s business came from Mosul, a resident said, and much of their valuable farmland is now located beyond the berm of Kurdish protection and under ISIS control. Four hundred businesses have been shuttered in just the last 40 days. The disruption from the ISIS takeover is triggering a regional economic depression in northern Iraq whose effects are just beginning to be felt.
In a row of unfinished houses at the edge of Qara Qosh, groups of four and five Christian families were settled into family homes, beneficiaries of the generosity of the community. With the Kurdish region swamped by a quarter-million Syrian refugees and tens of thousands of other displaced Iraqis, seeking shelter among fellow Christians was the only alternative to the dusty, powerless tents of the Al Khazair camp in the brutal summer heat at the border of the Kurdish region.
The girls helped their mothers prepare a simple meal as the men smoked outside and reflected on their abject state. Asked if they had Sunni friends in the city, a man replied, “All our friends were Sunnis.” Those around him concurred. They have received tearful phone calls from their Sunni friends and neighbors over the last two days who confessed they could not stop ISIS from looting their homes. According to the refugees, many are more distraught over the Christian exodus than the Christians are.
The more brutal and coercive approach of the ISIS authorities toward minorities in Mosul stands in contrast to its attempts to placate the city’s Sunni Arab majority and enforce its Islamic law with a light touch. Residents of Mosul reported that the mostly local ISIS fighters have not been seen molesting citizens in public and have allowed men to hang out and smoke Nargheela in local cafes. The new ISIS government in Mosul has worked to maintain services, but gasoline was selling for 2,000 Iraqi dinar a liter (about $6 per gallon) before supplies dried up completely. Neighborhoods were running local generators just long enough to watch World Cup matches before shutting them off, as daily electricity is down to an hour a day. The inability to refrigerate has meant the end of perishables in Mosul such as meat and dairy. ISIS has been eager to court tribes that can help it support the population and administer its now sprawling territory, with some tribal figures publicly offering ba’yah, or an official pledge of loyalty, to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Many Moslawi Christians could not help but recall with grim humor the apocryphal story, well known to the Christians of Mosul, of the Jewish exodus from Mosul in the 1950s. As the story goes, the Jewish women of the city packed up their things in a bundle on their backs and were seen being forced out of the city on a Saturday, the Jewish sabbath. A Christian bystander smiled at the departing procession when a Jewish woman turned to her and said, “You shouldn’t be smiling. Tomorrow is Sunday.”
Gaza gets billions of dollars already from the US, the UN, and the EU. It is the world’s biggest welfare case. Its markets are overflowing and visiting jihadists can stay in five-star hotels. It doesn’t need this money, and will probably use it to buy more rockets. This is just Obama showing once again which side he is on.
“US to send $47M in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip,” Associated Press, July 21, 2014:
CAIRO – The U.S. is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians there who have been forced from their homes since war broke out two weeks ago.
A State Department breakdown of the aid that was released Monday said nearly a third of the money — $15 million — will go to the United Nations’ refugee mission in Gaza.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to discuss the aid with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a meeting late Monday in Cairo.
Kerry arrived in the Egyptian capital only hours earlier in a U.S. push to help broker a truce between Israel and the militant group Hamas that controls Gaza.
“Why in God’s name does anyone show sympathy, and support for a terrorist organization?” - Former Congressman Allen West
And that is the question that should be asked. It boggles the mind and offends the senses that there is EVEN ONE MEMBER OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION who is upset that Israel is pummeling the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Under Ariel Sharon, Israel forcibly removed its citizens from Gaza and turned the land over to the Arabs. Israel has been rewarded for that gesture of conciliation with the abduction and killing of its citizens and the launching of hundreds of rockets into its territory.
Such provocations have finally goaded the state of Israel into launching a ground invasion of Gaza to take on the infamous Hamas, a terrorist group famous for hiding behind women and children even as they target the same. Death and destruction is a deserving end to…
SO, with this happening in Canada and other so called free countries, makes you really see what is going on with these Muslims. The way I see it is they DO NOT WANT TO JOIN THE FREE WORLD , THEY ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE FREE WORLD BACK TO THEIR 15TH CENTURY LIFE STYLE. This is a good reason to profile and not let them in . The way I see it is IF YOU ARE NOT FOR US THEN YOU ARE AGAINST US, SO YOU NEED TO LEAVE GO BACK TO THE SAVAGE STATES YOU CANE FROM . This is just Canada but it will happen here as it has happened in Europe, Australia,India so as long as we support these heathens we will see this.
A group of Canadian Israel supporters who were violently beaten last week by a crowd shouting anti-Semitic slurs said they continue to be bullied on the Internet and in the media by those who claim that they were looking for a fight.
A family of six pro-Israel supporters demonstrating in downtown Calgary was assaulted late Friday by a crowd of around 100 protestors who were demonstrating against Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip.
The victims said they were just trying to express their support for Israel when an angry mob of pro-Palestinian demonstrators surrounded them, began shouting anti-Semitic slogans, and then proceeded to aggressively beat the family, which included a 22-year-old girl and a 52-year-old woman who had recently had stomach surgery.
The victims, who spoke to the Free Beacon Monday about the attack, said that their ordeal has persisted since Friday’s violence due to media reports and Internet comments claiming that the Israel supporters deserved what happened.
There are also indications that the Calgary police were not prepared to deal with the violence and protect those who came under attack.
Samantha Hamilton, the 22-year-old victim, said that she and her family just wanted to “go out and show our support.”
Beretta USA Announces Decision To Move Its Entire Maryland Manufacturing Capabilities To Tennessee
Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015. Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin, Tennessee facility for new machinery and production of new products only.
“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.
“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper added.
The transition of production from Beretta U.S.A.’s Maryland facility to the Tennessee facility will not occur until 2015 and will be managed so as not to disrupt deliveries to Beretta customers. Beretta U.S.A.’s production of the U.S. Armed Forces M9 9mm pistol will continue at the Accokeek, Maryland facility until all current orders from the U.S. Armed Forces have been filled.
“We have not yet begun groundbreaking on the Tennessee facility and we do not anticipate that that building will be completed until the middle part of 2015,” continued Cooper. “That timing, combined with our need to plan an orderly transition of production from one facility to the other so that our delivery obligations to customers are not disrupted, means that no Beretta U.S.A. Maryland employee will be impacted by this news for many months. More importantly, we will use this time to meet with every Beretta U.S.A. employee whose Maryland job might be affected by the move to discuss with them their interest in taking a position at our new facility in Tennessee or, if they are not willing to do so, to lay out a long-term strategy for remaining with the Company while our production in Maryland continues.”
Beretta U.S.A. anticipates that the Gallatin, Tennessee facility will involve $45 million of investment in building and equipment and the employment of around 300 employees during the next five years.
Beretta U.S.A. has no plans to relocate its office, administrative and executive support functions from its Accokeek, Maryland facility.
Readers, this article is full of the usual phony baloney gushy language about how Athens has so many amenities to make it desirable, welcoming, and open to receiving impoverished people from Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
They need fresh territory!
The bottom line, however, is that they are all (the US State Department, ORR and their contractors) out scouting new locations because they have worn out, or are in the process of wearing out…
Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall in place. Never say never, because limits like fears are often just an illusion.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. However, it takes fear to make a person courageous. To overcome the fear, all you need to do is to understand that there is fear and act anyway.
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