|(ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 27 - Rome's iconic Trevi Fountain will be lit up red on April 29 to|
highlight the plight of Christian martyrs and victims of persecution in many parts
of the world, including the Middle East, west Africa and Pakistan.
An event in Rome tomorrow highlights the plight of Christian martyrs and victims of persecution around the world. More here. Subsequent report here.
While Christians are being persecuted and martyred today, all traces of Christianity are being "erased from the Middle East and expunged from memory".
Christian minorities throughout the Middle East have long maintained that "the history taught in public classrooms habitually suppresses the region's Christian heritage while magnifying (including by lying about) Islam".
"It sounds absurd, but Muslims more or less know nothing about Christians, even though they make up a large part of the population and are in fact the original Egyptians," said Kamal Mougheeth, a retired teacher in Egypt. "Egypt was Christian for six or seven centuries [before the Muslim invasion around 640]. The sad thing is that for many years the history books skipped from Cleopatra to the Muslim conquest of Egypt. The Christian era was gone. Disappeared. An enormous black whole."
"One of Islam's bitterest ironies: a great many of today's Middle East Christians are being persecuted by Muslims — including of the ISIS variety — whose own ancestors were persecuted Christians who converted to Islam to end their suffering. In other words, Muslim descendants of persecuted Christians are today slaughtering their Christian cousins. Christians are seen as "foreign traitors" in part because many Muslims do not know of their own Christian ancestry".
The article can be found in 'Middle East Forum' here.
|An ISIS video released last month shows members of its religious police|
in Mosul, Iraq, burning hundreds of Christian books it deems blasphemous.