Islam’s Holy War Against Christianity – Turkey, 1894-1923
Part 2 of a Series by Mike Scruggs-In 1915 the Turkish government ordered a far more organized genocide of the Armenians. In a period of two years, about 1.5 million Christians were killed. Johannes Lepsius, a missionary who visited the area during the First World War, reported that 549 villages were laid waste and the surviving inhabitants forcibly converted to Islam. He reported that 568 churches were destroyed and 282 churches were converted into mosques. A total of 21 protestant pastors and 170 Gregorian (Armenian) priests were subjected to unspeakable tortures before being murdered for refusing to denounce their faith and accept Islam.
In the summer of 1915, Leslie Davis, the American Consul in Harput, tried to save as many Armenians as possible by hiding them in the consulate building. He soon ran out of room and had to put some in the consulate’s walled garden. At night the consulate employees could hear the Turks praying for Allah to bless them in their efforts to kill the Christians. Outside, they carried on their bloody work. The leaders in these atrocities were primarily Muslim clerics and theology students.
To promote the idea of Jihad, the Sheikh-ul-Islam, the most senior Sunni Muslim religious leader in Turkey, published a pamphlet with these words:
“Oh Muslims, ye who are smitten with happiness are on the verge of sacrificing your life and your good for the cause of right…He who kills one unbeliever of those who rule over us, whether he does it secretly or in the open, shall be rewarded by Allah.”
Note the words “of those who rule over us” turn upside down the actual status of the victims. Anyone who rejects Islam is considered to be an oppressor.
The Jihad against Christians was renewed in 1922. Perhaps the last brutal act was in the western Turkish city of Smyrna (now Izmir), one of the seven towns mentioned in the book of Revelation. The inhabitants were surrounded by the Turkish Army and systematically murdered. More than 150,000 died in four days of slaughter. The city was then burned to the ground. Allied British, French and American naval vessels were anchored in the city’s port, and their crews could hear the desperate cries of Smyrna’s Christians for rescue. To our eternal shame, they had been ordered not to interfere. The years of 1922 and 1923 claimed the lives of another one million Armenian and Greek Christians. Several hundred thousand were eventually able to make it to safety in Britain and the United States, and only about 100,000 remain in Turkey.
Despite massive photographic and documental evidence and substantial personal testimonies, the Turkish government has never acknowledged its genocide of approximately 2.75 million Christians from 1894 to 1923. The victims included Armenian, Greek, and Protestant believers.
Jihad occurs everywhere Islam encounters other cultures. In the Sudan, the Muslim regime is waging a bloody war against Christians, who are mostly concentrated in the southern part of the country. Thus far, two million Sudanese Christians have been killed, and five million have been displaced and are facing rampant disease and possible starvation. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has said :
“There is no greater tragedy on the face of the earth than the tragedy that is unfolding in the Sudan.”
Meanwhile, Muslim terrorists are killing tens of thousands in the Philippines, Nigeria, Indonesia, the Indian Kashmir, and wherever Islam has established a beachhead in non-Muslim countries. Over 100,000 Muslims have died in an Islamic-sectarian civil war in Algeria. Once majority-Christian Lebanon is being destroyed as Muslim immigration and Hezbollah infiltration threaten renewed civil war there. The world is ablaze with Muslim Jihad.
Yet most prominent European and American politicians continue to insist that Islam is “a religion of peace and tolerance” that has been hijacked by a small group of radicals.
“Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant jihadism; still others, Islamo-facism. Whatever we choose to call the enemy, we must recognize that this ideology is very different from the tenets of the great religion of Islam.”
–George W. Bush, November 14, 2005
“We honor the universal values that are embodied in Islam—love of family and community, mutual respect, the power of education, and the deepest yearning of all: to live in peace. Values that can bring people of every faith and culture together, strengthen us as people, and I would argue, strengthen the United States as a nation.”
–Hillary Clinton, January 21, 1999
In December 2011, just nine months before the murder of the American ambassador to Libya and three American staff members in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, acting on the desires of President Obama, was conspiring with the 56-nation-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to make “Islamophobia” or criticism of Islam a United Nations hate crime enforceable and punishable in the United States and other Western countries. This plan would have been more salable in the U.S., if the murder of American officials could have been blamed on an anti-Muslim video rather than an embarrassing resurgence of al-Qaeda terrorism.
As to President Obama, this quote from FreedomPost.com should suffice:
“Obama has repeatedly attacked traditional Christianity, and he has a very long history of anti-Christian actions. In public speeches he has repeatedly cast doubt on the Bible, he has repeatedly stated that he does not believe that Jesus is necessary for salvation, and he has consistently said that all ‘people of faith’ believe in the same God.”
How is it that so many of our leaders are blind to the true nature of Islam, clearly taught in the Koran, the teachings of Muhammad, and clearly seen in history and current events? Too many of them reject scholarly Christian counsel and base their knowledge of Islam on the Muslim Brotherhood financed propaganda of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the delusional politically correct advice of liberal academics. American infatuation with multiculturalism and Islam is the path to national calamity.