NASHVILLE, TN – Christianity is under attack from radical Islam in the United States and abroad, according to two sessions at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, on February 25 in Nashville, TN.
Discussing Christian genocide, Canon Andrew White, FRRMEAmerica and Vicar Emeritus of St. George's Church, Baghdad, shared how ISIS has ravaged his church and the entire Middle East. “Our people have lost everything,” he said. “They have no food, no education, no healthcare.”
After he met with one family who had lost their father, he asked the small boy, Mario, what he could do for him. “He put his arms around me,” White recalled, “and he said, ‘Father, will you be my daddy? Can you get me in school?”
Building on that personal story, White challenged listeners to do more than talk about aiding the persecuted church.
White described how ISIS abducted women and girls as young as nine and made them sex slaves. Similar to the story of Hosea in the Old Testament, White said the only way to secure freedom for those kidnapped was to buy them back. “These are your people,” he said. “Will you come back with me, metaphorically, and help your brothers and sisters?”
To close the Christian genocide session, Brent Bozell, founder and president of Media Research Center, said these types of stories are not receiving the appropriate media attention.
“In 2010, a group of Muslim terrorists burst into a Catholic church in Baghdad,” he said. “They take the priests and execute all of them. They then kill a total of 58 Christians.” According to Bozell, none of the major news networks covered the massacre.
After detailing numerous events where he felt the media underreported them, Bozell encouraged those gathered to use their platforms to broadcast the stories that are not being covered. “Be the storytellers,” he said.
The importance of stories and words was also central to the lunch event, “Why the Jihadists Want to Take Away Our Freedom of Speech – And How Our Government and the Left are Helping Them Do It.”
Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy, began by describing the serious threat posed by the growth of radical Islam. “Jihad is here,” he asserted, but not necessarily in the way we normally think.
They are engaging in “civilization jihad,” he said.
Quoting from a booklet given to all attendees, “‘An Explanatory Memorandum’ From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” Gaffney said it revealed a secret plan for “destroying Western civilization from within.”
Other speakers expanded on what Gaffney described as the “stealthy, pre-violent form of jihad,” that seeks to silence critics.
Sandy Rios, a radio host and Fox News contributor, described how she was placed on a list of “women against Islam” for speaking out against those silencing efforts.
Philip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security employee, said pressure from the Department of State and civil liberties groups shut down and deleted much of his work, which, he said, was tied directly to the recent attack in San Bernardino, CA.
While he contended that “jihadists are winning,” John Andrews, Director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, encouraged session attendees that does not have to be the case. “They cannot silence us, if we refuse to be silenced,” he said.
Before opening up the floor for questions to close the event, Gaffney told broadcasters they were the “leading edge of freedom of speech in a republic that will not survive without it.”
By Aaron Earls
Published: March 1, 2016