In the blogroll to the right of this post is a link to a Seattle Times article discussing attacks against Christians by Extremists in Mosul. Read the article before proceeding to the following blog commentary.
According to this article, Christians are being persecuted because they want a political position, even if minute, for the upcoming elections. Since they have been residents of that country for over a thousand years, they have that right. There is no known religion who the extremists represent, but there is a predominant belief they are Islamic extremists based on amount of crimes they commit against Christians since the invasion. However, the extremists believe it should be their government, perhaps based on ancient land disputes over religious contextualized landmarks.
Every religion has been persecuted throughout our world’s history, thus nothing is new with this scenario. However, with invasions such as our own in Iraq, we have instigated and inflamed many problems. Stereotypes set against why the ‘middle east’ hates us are many. The most popular being we represent democracy. Therefore many are surprised when religion becomes the focus, especially the religious territories the Christians, Jews, and Muslims all believe belong to them. Since fundamentalist beliefs garner such strong views of ownership, modern day practice of killing for such beliefs has become common. Christians are being killed because they represent a minority that is in the way for the extremist belief of Islamic majority. As a country and culture, we must understand that these fundamentalist extremist groups are not representative of the whole. The majority of Islamic people revile those who belong to such groups because, through the discourse of western media, they become the focus and representation of a culture’s/countries views.
According to the article, the Islamic extremists have targeted Christians since the United States Invaded Iraq in 2003. This may be linked to either territorial persecutions or the perception that Christians represent the dreaded Christian United States. It will never be truly understood why religion plays such a large role in how we persecute others. Throughout history, it is known to be the true sword with which to smite the enemies who are innate sinners because they do not follow the fundamental doctrines of majority’s country and culture. It is a very powerful instigator and excuse for crimes. This article demonstrates this opinion based on the amount of killing committed in the name of religion and politics.