Thursday, September 24, 2009

More Moderate, Tolerant, Muslims... Gee Wiz Wally, They Sure Are Good People

Hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance. A few days ago a Christian cemetery was desecrated in Istanbul. Unknown person or persons broke 90 tombstones that bore the sign of the cross and the name of the deceased. The historic cemetery of Valukli is located outside the ancient walls of Theodosius near an ancient Valukli Monastery, the only monastery dedicated to Our Lady still open in Istanbul.


Istanbul’s Christian cemeteries are desecrated on a fairly regular basis. A pogrom in September 1955 saw churches, cemeteries and properties owned by Istanbul’s Orthodox community desecrated and destroyed. Eventually dubbed the September pogrom, the event was the brainchild of Turkey’s political-bureaucratic-military establishment. The pogrom has remained engraved in the memories of Istanbul’s Christians who at that moment realized that their survival in the city would be difficult, if not impossible.

Christian cemeteries in the country are very large and serve as a reminder of the small Christian presence in the country. It just so happens that Christian cemeteries have also become surrounded by human habitation and are coveted by developers. Outraged and grieved by what happened, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (pictured) went to see the desecrated cemetery, asking why such acts continue to strike Christian graveyards.

Despite the seriousness of the incident, the local press did not report it. Go figure!

Muslims treat anybody who isn't Christian like inferior, second class citizens in Muslim majority countries. At least Muslims don't segregate themselves and refuse to integrate with societies into which they move that are largely non-muslim... oh, wait, they still do exactly that. Well, at least when Muslims expect foreigners in their countries to conform to their rules, us Westerners require the same of them when they're in ours... oh, wait, we don't, we give in to nearly all their demands.

All I'm saying is treat others the way you want to be treated BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY treat others the way they treat you.

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