Anglican Vicar of Baghdad: ‘Child I baptized cut in half by ISIS’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The five-year-old son of a founding member of Baghdad’s Anglican church was cut in half during an attack by the Islamic State1 on the Christian town of Qaraqosh.

In an interview Aug. 8, an emotional Canon Andrew White told ACNS that he christened the boy several years ago, and that the child’s parents had named the lad Andrew after him.

Photo: Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East

Canon Andrew White Photo: Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East

“I’m almost in tears because I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half,” he said. “I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me – he was called Andrew.”

The fact that Andrew’s brother was named George after St George’s Anglican Church in Iraq’s capital demonstrates the strong ties the family had to the church there. The boy’s father had been a founder member of the church back in 1998 when the Canon had first come to Baghdad. White added, “This man, before he retired north to join his family was the caretaker of the Anglican church.”

Baghdad is part of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, which is included in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, a member church of the Anglican Communion.

Though the move north should have proved safer for the Iraqi Christian family, the Islamic State made sure that it became a place of terror. “This town of Qaraqosh is a Christian village so they knew everybody there was part of their target group,” said White. “They [the Islamic State] attacked the whole of the town. They bombed it, they shot at people.”

The Islamic State group captured Qaraqosh overnight Aug. 6/7 after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces.

ISIS, which has been called a “brutal, extremist group” and which claims to have fighters from across the world, announced the creation of a “caliphate” – an Islamic state – across its claimed territory in Iraq and Syria a month ago. There is a BBC background report here and one from the New York Times here.

The boy’s family, along with many other townspeople, has now fled to Irbil. However, news reports suggest this may be the Islamic State’s next destination.

Anglicans at the forefront of relief
The violent takeover of parts of Iraq by the Islamic State is threatening to bring about what the United Nations has said would be a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the beleaguered nation.

White said that Anglicans there have been working hard to provide a lot of support for the Christians who have fled Mosul and Nineveh to the north, as well as the many other minority groups targeted by the Islamic State.

“Anglicans are literally at the forefront of bringing help in this situation and there’s no-one else,” he said adding that the church is supplying much-needed food, water, accommodation and other relief items thanks to financial contributions from supporters overseas. The church’s activities are led by a Muslim, Dr. Sarah Ahmed.

“We need two things: prayer and money. With those two we can do something. Without those we can do nothing.”

As regards prayer, White said, “I have three ‘P’s that I always mention which is for protection, provision and perseverance. We need protection, we need to provide for those people and we need to keep going.”

It’s clear from social media posts on Facebook and Twitter that members of the Anglican Communion right across the world are praying for this situation. Many have also indicated their support for persecuted Christians in Iraq by changing their social media avatars to the Arabic symbol for “N” denoting Nazarene, which ISIS has been using to identify Christian homes.

Leaders speak out
In recent days, Anglican leaders from countries including Egypt, Wales, Brazil and South Africa have all expressed their dismay at the situation unfolding in Iraq.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued this statement Aug. 8 on the situation in Iraq, shortly before he travelled from the Philippines to Papua New Guinea.

Other Christian leaders have also spoken up about the situation in Iraq including Roman Catholics, who, in England and Wales, have designated Aug. 9, as a Day of Prayer for Christians in Iraq. The Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Aug. 7 wrote to the United Nations, following an emergency meeting of patriarchs, calling on the UN Security Council to “fulfill their responsibilities in stopping this genocide.”

Those wanting to assist the church in Baghdad can find more information here.



  1. Donna Hicks says:

    For additional information on this situation, Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan is posting on their Facebook page:
    CPT was based in Baghdad before their move to Suleimani a number of years ago.

  2. Len Freeman says:

    We keep you in our prayers…

  3. Martin Townsend says:

    Archbishop Welby spoke sensibly of “the culture of impunity which has allowed these atrocities to take place.” As we pray for victims and work to support them as refugees, our international voice must bring others along to challenge that perverse culture of impunity.

    • Fred Lindstrom says:

      I agree with Martin Towensend completely. I also ask when will the Presiding Bishop, House of Bishops, and other ECUSA leaders stand up, speak out and call for the USA and other nations to act to protect and defend Christians under persecution?

  4. Julian Malakar says:

    “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It is sad that no Islamic scholars or political leaders of Muslim World (Sunni or Shia) criticize ISIS’ (Islamic State) atrocities against minorities forcing them to convert to Islam. It is common practice of Muslim leaders keep silent and enjoys oppression against non-Muslims for the sake of expanding Muslims world, under shadow of Jihadists movement to establish their kingdom of Allah. They blame terrorist Muslims if situation goes wrong, as it happened in 9/11 tragedy in New York.

    Truth about keeping silent by Muslim Scholars lies behind inspiration from the word of Muslim holy book, the Quran to establish kingdom of their Allah (caliph of Islam like the Ottoman dynasty). It is holy acts for all Muslims to participate in Jihad to establish their Allah’s kingdom by fighting and killing non-Muslims or imposing taxes as pressure for conversion. Muslims’ Prophet Muhammad established 1st Islamic state in Medina during sixth centuries. Only pressure from non-Muslims could force Muslims to be human again and keep human rights.

    • Danny Anderson says:

      That is so true Julian. God ring down your hand of mercy for our brothers and sisters in the middle east.

      • Lindsay Pentelow says:

        No that is not true. The Qur’an teaches religious tolerance very clearly. The ideology of ISIS is a perversion of Qur’anic Islam. I make the point not to minimize the appalling nature of ISIS and what it is doing. Rather that if we persist in a position which says ‘our sect is good and the other evil’ that can only lead to perpetual war. And we need also to acknowledge that the whole catastrophe is a result of the actions of an evangelical christian US president who said God had told him to invade Iraq. All fundamentalisms are evil and we have to shun and oppose all of them if we are to find peace.

      • This simply isn’t true. Top British Imams have denounced ISIS as ‘corrupt, evil, vicious cowboys and terrorists’. Please don’t cheapen what is a hideous and tragic situation with anti-muslim rhetoric – this is a time for compassion, not for political point-scoring.

      • Daniel Rioba says:

        Julian is right! I have really Remembered George Bush Junior.

    • Jaime Franco says:

      Your comments are so very true. Having personally served in Bagdad and met and prayed with Canon Andrew and have seen some of the effects of the Muslim believes on the Christian there. While there I spoke with many Arabs and came to call many of them friends. However, the Muslims I worked with I respected and tried to full understand their thoughts and believes, but for them to truly follow the Quran and live by Muslim ( sharia law) most could not, did not and did not want to. In Southwest Asia you are born into a religion and you do not leave the Muslim religion. I did met a few Muslims that were Christians and their Muslim families did not know because if they did it would mean their life. I pray all the time for what Canon Andrew is doing in Iraq and for the Christians there and around the world are prosecuted for their believers. I met some of the Children from St. George’s when they visited the US Embassy and it is so sad that they are in a place where there are hated and killed because they are Christians. May G-d be with all of them. As I write this Canon Andrew’s favorite song comes to me. “Jesus Loves Me”. He always says that everything will be alright because we have Jesus and he loves us. God Bless you Canon Andrew White and always be with you and the Christian Children of Iraq.

    • John Fisher says:

      Koranic scholars know and correctly conclude That what is happening in the Middle East is simply the copying and implementing the example of Mohamed, the Koran and hadiths. There are no moderate Moslems only those who don’t implement their religion. Why? Because they are like many… pragmatic.

      • Dr. Paul Stevenson says:

        You are incorrect, John Fisher. I taught at Nawroz University in the city of Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq for three years (2010-2013). Kurds detest terrorists and terrorism. This is not because of pragmatism. It is because they _are_ moderate Muslims. My Muslim students would wish me Merry Christmas and Happy Easter. They had no obligation to; they just wanted to. (I likewise wished them Happy Eid twice a year.) Kurdish and Christian students were often best friends. There was even a Muslim-Yezidi couple (boyfriend and girlfriend). Many Arabs have taken refuge in Kurdistan because, unlike ISIS, the Kurds will not chop their heads off over a religious difference. My Muslim friends in Iraq, both Kurd and Arab, have denounced ISIS as not even being Muslims. I suggest you inform yourself better before making sweeping statements.

    • Not true at all. Every Muslim government, every Quranic scholar I’m familiar with, all the Muslims I know personally and the heads of the largest mosques in Turkey, Egypt, America, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and even the Taliban and Al Qaeda have condemned them. They are universally hated by the every Muslim country to the extent that even the Saudis, Iranians and Israelis have united against them. The Turks have even urged the Iraqi Kurds to declare independence in order to defend themselves against ISIS. They kill Shia, Alawaites, Sufis and non-Salafi Sunnis out of hand as heretics.

      So no, “Muslims” do not support them. Fatwas have been issued stating that ISIS has put itself outside the community of Believers.

    • Wim Laven says:

      The ignorance in this comments section is appalling. Islam absolutely does not endorse or approve of these acts. “The most explicit condemnation came from Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the group representing 57 countries, and 1.4 billion Muslims.
      In a statement, he officially denounced the “forced deportation under the threat of execution” of Christians, calling it a “crime that cannot be tolerated.” The Secretary General also distanced Islam from the actions of the militant group known as ISIS, saying they “have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith and coexistence.”’…/worlds_muslim…/1103410

  5. Vicki Gray says:

    This is truly horrific and calls for urgent action. Archbishop of Canterbury Welby and Pope Francis are to be commended for their strong statements in that regatd, as is President Obama for his strong action.

    Canon White says “We need two things: prayer and money.” We know to whom we must direct our prayers. To whom should we most effectively direct our money?

    And, in our prayers, let us remember the young Americans now in harm’s way in their humanitarian mission of preventing genocide and the new Christian martyrs of Iraq, among them, young Andrew.

    • Breck Breckenridge says:

      “the young Americans now in harm’s way”?
      Do you mean the U.S. soldiers who have been in Iraq since the Bush/Cheney years? Do you happen to recall the reports of American soldiers committing atrocities against the Iraqi populace? Against women and children? Breaking into people’s home? Do you remember that?

    • Jaime Franco says:

      If you are wanting to support Canon Andrew White, you can go to this web site.

  6. William Russiello says:

    As horrible as it is, please document all atrocities as much as possible. I do not doubt this account, and it may be extremely difficult to talk about it, but it is necessary for the world to know exactly what is happening with as much veracity as possible. Pres. Obama has already ordered limited military action against ISIS, and we must now seriously examine the Christian doctrine of just war.

  7. Breck Breckenridge says:

    In comparison with these people (ISIS) Saddam Hussein looks better and better and he was no angel. In many ways the blame for this state of affairs in Iraq lies firmly at the doorstep of the United States of America under the Bush/Cheney regime. But you aren’t supposed to remember that; you aren’t supposed to “connect the dots”. You are supposed to get all worked up emotionally over this ISIS group and support further bloodshed by the USA and its current bombing. The whole thing is completely and totally F.U.B.A.R. but it lies in the bloody hands of the Anglo-American power bloc.

    • Bruce Blom says:

      Breck, you appear to have your information from a bad source, Bush/Cheney always said the was WMD’s in Iraq. everyone laughed when none were found. Bush was a laughing stock. BUT ISIS has recently over run the military base were the WMD’s were stored being deemed to dangerous to destroy. Stored in two Giant Concrete bunkers. ISIS broke into these bunkers and have reportedly already used chemical weapons on a village in northern Iraq. so it appears Bush was correct then when the descion was made that the WMD’s would not be announced to the world he wore the ridicule. Obama on the other hand knew of the WMD’s and still pulled the troops out that were protecting the bunkers. relying on CCTV and loud speakers to warn away anyone who got near. Obama has been supplying ISIS with weapons through the free syrian army. ISIS use american bushmaster rifles not AK47’s. so to lay this at the feet of Bush/Cheney is a little bit of a mistruth.

    • Julian Sardor says:

      Do you mean the “Bush/Cheney regime” that had the nearly unanimous backing of Democrats in the U.S. Congress, plus the support of a coalition of FORTY-EIGHT SOVEREIGN NATIONS who voluntarily joined together in response to Sadam Hussein’s utter contempt for the United Nation’s repeated disarmament and inspection mandates? The same Sadam who used chemical weapons against his own people? The same Sadam who’s air force repeatedly attacked his own people until the evil United States Air force provide air cover – for years – to prevent their slaughter? Is THAT the Sadam Hussein we’re talking about here?

      Are we “not supposed to remember” these actual FACTS? Would we – would the world – be better off if instead we simply stuffed our heads full of ignorant anti-Bush and anti-American propaganda?

    • so what is your solution Breck????? ISIS have to be stopped.

    • Rita yalda says:

      I am Iraqi Christian and I Agree on every word you have written! Thank you!

    • Adam Boyd says:

      Breck, you seriously need to examine your sense of justice and reason. Are you REALLY comparing political moves and “breaking into people’s homes” to public glorification of mutilating children? There is something a lot more serious than politics going on here and I would appreciate it if you would have respect for life.

  8. Newland F. Smith, 3rd says:

    Late this afternoon there was a rally and press conference at Federal Plaza in Chicago about the beginning of US bombing in Iraq this rally was co sponsored by several organizations including 8th Day Center for Justice and the Anti-War Committee — Chicago of which I am a member. The call issued at the press conference was that one cannot bomb one’s way to peace. The United States as a result of its invasion and occupation of Iraq has already resulted in the loss of some one million Iraqi lives. Diplomacy, not more bombs is disparately called for.

    • Robert Coates says:

      Is that what that was? I work in the Chase Tower and saw the march below our windows. I thought it was the annual immigration march.

      I have great trepidation of conflating ISIS’ war of terror against Iraq’s tiny Christian community with the ongoing Palestinian tragedy. We should strive on the side of life and freedom against terror and oppression, wherever that lies. The Palestinian civilians being decimated by Israeli weapons of mass destruction are brothers in martyrdom with the Iraqi Christians being slaughtered by ISIS guerrillas.

    • Jeffrey Cox says:

      What is the diplomatic posture for ISIS?

    • Mary Jo Johnson says:

      The ISIS do not respond to diplomacy. You are naive if you think diplomacy is the answer to this. These people are not humane and diplomacy will not work.

    • If you have any other solution please share as ISIS does not want peace and is not interested in co-existing with others. They would laugh at you then behead you!!

    • Michael Eslick says:

      “Diplomacy, not more bombs is disparately called for”
      Yea, sure. Are you going to buy a ticket, fly over and talk rationally with ISIS ?
      They are NOT rational people. They are blood thirsty animals. Did you not read at the beginning of this posting about the 5 year old child who was cut in half when ISIS took over the village ?
      Does that sound like a rational group of folks with which to talk diplomacy ?
      Go ahead and book a flight over there and let us know how it works out.
      Oh, and if you have a family be sure to take them with you since you are so sure things can be settled diplomatically with ISIS.

  9. The Rev. Dr. Charles H. Morris says:

    To Vickie: Click on the last word (“here”) in the report about Archbishop Welby’s statement for a link to the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, with which Canon White is connected. I have just donated to it. Episcopal Relief and Development — ER-D.ORG — might be another good recipient of funds for this. And of Course UNICEF, CARE, etc.

    I do not think it appropriate at this time, with such a desperate humanitarian crisis and genocide going on over there for folks to comment here with political attacks against our government, past or present. We need to pray and give to help relieve the suffering and prevent further genocide.

  10. The Rev. Dr. Charles H. Morris says:

    Corrections: The link (“here” — in blue) is at the end of this article. And Vicki, I ‘m sorry I misspelled your name.

  11. Claire Thomson says:

    I fall asleep praying for these poor people and they are my waking thought – at least I can sleep in the comfort of my own bed. It is so indescribably awful. I’ve seen the photographs and am very disturbed by them. I will give too – prayer and gift. Is Open Doors a good charity for this also?


  12. The world is at war, religion is usually “used” as the reason, I wish there were a “diplomatic means”
    to solve this problem, but I doubt it. When uses religion as a “Cause” in this manner reason does
    not exist.

  13. Julian Malakar says:

    Why did Muslims bring Christians into Islamic politics? America attacked Afghanistan and Iraq for America’s national interest to protect our lives from terrorists. There is nothing to do with Christianity, while protecting America’s national interest. Power of ISIS cannot be understated. Islamic State’s ultimate dream is to hoist flag of their Allah on top of White House as CNN reported. There is no scope of taking threat of ISIS lightly. ISIS is well funded with Saudi petro dollar to establish kingdom of their Allah around the world and they have no shortage of man power for suicide bombing. What did minority Christians of Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan etc. do to majority Muslim in their countries? Why would Christian of those countries be sacrificing lamb for Muslims’ barbaric terrorism? Those questions must be answered by those who are against American Air strike against ISIS. May God protect us from barbaric terrorists!

    • Tabitha Croucher says:

      As far as the Muslims are concerned, because America is purportedly a ‘Christian nation,’ then any actions America takes must be what Christianity is about. They can’t really comprehend the idea of either a separation of Church and State, or the concept that we are called to submit to the governing authorities – not to dominate them. So, like it or not, Christians around the world WILL suffer as a result of ‘the name of Christ [being] blasphemed among the Gentiles because of [America].’

      And in some ways, they don’t see a distinction between America and ‘Christianity,’ in part because a great many (particularly Conservative) Christians in this country don’t really see it either. There are too many people (people I love, but who I believe are wrong) who think that the best way to serve Christ is to promote the cause of American Patriotism. Let us pray that God turns our hearts to HIM. We can still BE Americans, but when we try to be religiously patriotic Americans, then we are false prophets, proclaiming a lie in the name of Christ. Little wonder that those in other lands who also worship Him suffer for our sins, for our idolatry.

  14. D. H Preacher says:

    fyi: “10 Reasons Why George W. Bush and America Should NOT Be Blamed”. Since the allegation has been made above, I think it only fair to include this rebuttal. LARRY ELDER video & audio. Primer on Iraq, to recommend, and study!

  15. graham keelan says:

    The problem is with Islam, PERIOD – its theology and ideology. Islamic brutality between Sunni and Shia has existed for 1400 years over their claims of who are the true guardians of the message of the prophet of allah. In times past the European colonial powers and thereafter the strongmen of the Middle East – who the West have systematically eliminated – were able to keep a lid on them. Now that those restraints have been removed…? Furthermore for the first time in their civilisation the Islamic world has weapons available to it which can wreak global terror. These grand follies into the Middle East by the Western powers – France and Britain created 5 new countries in the first half of the last century (the ones going up in flames as we speak) and stoked Arab nationalism in their goal to see the downfall of the Ottoman Empire – started a hundred years ago and continued at the beginning of this century, although well intentioned have come back to haunt us. It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Well the Middle East today truly has become the blood-soaked, corpse ridden road paved all the way to hell. I repeat: the problem is Islamic theology and ideology (the Egyptians tried Islamic Democracy for a year and preferred to go back to a military government.) But in this ecumenical and interfaith world this is the deceit which dare not speak its name.

  16. Kelsey Pasquarell says:

    Cannon Andrew White, You came to visit us at Truro in VA a few years ago, and somehow, in the midst of recounting all of the persecution your congregation faced, you burst into song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” That has stuck with me all this time, and I pray that you can still do that. God’s plan and great love is incredible, and he holds you and your congregation in his hands. Although it feels like we are losing a war, remember, the victory has already been won. You and your flock belong to Jesus, and none can harm you in any way that truly matters. My heart is so full for your sorrow, but know that God is with you in the valley of the shadow of death. Let His rod and staff comfort you.

  17. Pat Henry says:

    I would like to know why the liberals blame America for what ever happens in the world. We have stepped out of the world stage because your man Obama wants us to have a small footprint. Now look at what has happened, oh yes you are still blaming Bush. These monsters understand strength and weakness.And they sense weakness in our leadership.. I don’t think most liberals would know evil until if came up and shot them in the face. America wake up!

  18. Constance Morgan says:

    I have NO money to send but my prayers go to you all and the grief stricken parents of this child. I’m so very sorry i can’t do more. I wish I could.

  19. Pat Henry says:

    Ok, shot them in the foot.

  20. Michael Grear says:

    As Christians, we must always work for peace, but when it is not an option for our enemies and they attack us; reluctantly, we are forced to fight. Think of the hundred of thousands of Christian soldiers who gave their lives in World War II to fight the scourge of Fascism to save our freedoms. Islamic Fundamentalists are just as evil. They do not support our values and do not accept Christians have a right to live, let alone practice our faith in peace. The sooner the Church realizes it is under attack worldwide from Islamists, the Church will support the defense of the Church through military means. Do we want this…no, of course not…but it WILL be forced on us! Israelis understand this all too well.

  21. Well said Julian Malakar.

  22. John Fisher says:

    I am English and I say what are you doing spreading your corrupted English version of Protestantism in Iraq? You have no place there! The death of this child is a tragedy and real shock. You don’t belong in Iraq. Let the apostolic Churches of Iraq spread the gospel not you corrupted sect!

  23. Susan Farrugia says:

    We pray and pray, I am a Maltese Catholic-we are all in this together, shoulder to shoulder in Christ Jesus praying for our brothers and sisters. May the Lord’s precious blood soak these people in his protection – as Christians we look to Christ Our Lord and Saviour. God bless you all.

  24. Catherine Avero says:

    The UN must do something this cannot go on. Our children, our future are being taken away.
    Religion is something to cherish, to live our life by, not an excuse to kill.

  25. Andrew buckett says:

    These are evil living beings may we stamp out this barbaric religion this is pure evil

  26. Karen Osler says:

    Make sure you use Charity Navigator to make sure your dollars are used wisely. Can someone list companies fiscally responsible for those of us who want this to go to the boots on the ground efforts. Not administration? Thanks.

  27. KevinAtkinson says:

    Prayer is the way To go, as well as bringing these atrocities to the knowledge of all people and calling our governments to take action. But I call you all to remember Christs own words, forgive. Not a popular thing to say I’m sure and far to easy for myself to say, here in England. But please do remember it when thinking of action taken in Christs name.
    I hold all the Christians suffering in my heartfelt prayers and I pray for protection from such horrors accorded to the children of God by other children of a God.

  28. David Stewart says:

    Unfortunately, as nice as it sounds to state that a diplomatic solution is needed, those stating such demonstrate the problem of modern liberalism and segments of protestant liberalism in failing to understand genuine radicalism under the cloak of religion. Far too often such people wish to place all religions on equal footing in terms of truth claims, while ignoring core beliefs, which are radically different from Islam to Christianity to the Eastern mystery religions. And too often in the case if Western liberalism and Protestant Liberalism, if someone is committing terrorist even genocidal attacks, then we in the West must have done something. All the while, they ignore that in the case of the Jihadists that they are merely following in the footsteps of Mohammed and seek to expand the territory ruled over by Islam beyond the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, when that entity ruled large parts of the known world that had formerly been ruled by Rome and Byzantium. Unfortunately, it seems that the only religious people that political and religious liberals have a problem with are Evangelical or other Traditionalist Christians in the West who espouse traditional, Christian orthodoxy, be it Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Orthodox in nature. Then, those individuals are treated as if they were Islamic Jihadists seeking to take over the world, even though that is further from the truth.

    Scripture rightfully places temporal power to execute justice, including through making war, in the hands of the state, while the OT Prophets and the NT Church served as the conscious for warning against unjust war. Clearly, some sort of military action with the intent to win is needed as ISIS and its supporters have demonstrated that they will stop at nothing to establish their power. That action is the purview of the state. The Church must do what it can to help the displaced by pressuring the state to provide protection and the Church utilizing uts resources to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people.

    Lastly, had the peace at any price crowd had their day in 1939, the history of the last 75 years would have been much different as most of Jewish Europe who have been exterminated, along with Evangelical Christians, gypsies, homosexuals, those with physical or mental birth defects, and a whole host of others that the Nazi and Facist regimes deemed undesirable. So, while a diplomatic solution sounds nice and Christianly, in dealing with the Jihadists, such a solution by the state will not work. These people are going to have to be dealt with with a greater resolve than that of the war against Hitler and his allies. In fact, this will be one that will require the resolve of truth the Cold War to overturn the evil that the Soviet state represented to mankind.

  29. Dorothy Holmes says:

    Another group on the front lines helping those fleeing this atrocity is SAMARTAN

  30. Dorothy Holmes says:

    Another group on the front lines supplying food and water to those escaping from the atrocities is the SAMARITAN’s PURSE ORGANIZATION. The are doing food and water drops to these people, and will be on the ground with help as soon as they are able. You can contact them @ They have a phenomenal record of helping in many disasters around the world. They try to work through the local churches in the areas.
    In the meantimeWE CAN ALL PRAY!!

  31. Peter Szolkowski says:

    I am so upset and angry to read of the atrocities that are being committed by ISIS. What kind of scum can behead a child, let alone anybody else, who will have tears in their eyes, fear in their hearts and most likely be pleading with their executioner not to kill them. This country needs to show the same will and determination to protect these Christian people as it does when it’s interests abroad are threatened i.e. as in oil! ISIS will never be stopped with diplomacy, only with force. I notice that these utter cowards hide their faces. Is that so they can’t be identified for crimes against humanity? Everybody thinks this sort of thing will never happen here…. It will, sadly it’s just a matter of time. I have a family and grandchildren and I will protect them no matter what it takes.

  32. John Fisher says:

    ISLAM has done this before. It took 400 years for Christians to respond to Islamic aggression and conquest!
    This was a military expedition by European Christians to regain the Holy Lands taken by the Muslim conquest of the Levant, which resulted in the re-capture of Jerusalem in 1099

    Here is a chronological listing of Islamic conquests prior to the first Crusade…

    Year Event

    613 Persians capture Damascus and Antioch

    614 Persians sack Jerusalem

    633 Muslims conquer Syria and Iraq

    635 Muslims begin the conquest of Persia and Syria

    635 Arab Muslims capture the city of Damascus

    636-637 Arab domination of Syria

    637 Arabs occupy Ctesiphon

    637 Jerusalem falls to Muslim forces

    638 Caliph Umar I enters Jerusalem

    639 Muslims conquer Egypt and Persia

    641 Islam spreads into Egypt

    641 Muslims conquer Alexandria

    649 Muawiya I leads raid against Cyprus sacking the capital Salamis-Constantia

    652 Sicily is attacked by Muslims

    653 Muawiya I leads raid against Rhodes

    654 Muawiya I conquers Cyprus

    655 Battle of the Masts

    661-680 Mu�awiya moves capital from Mecca to Damascus

    662 Egypt falls to the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates

    667 Sicily is attacked by Muslims

    668 First siege of Constantinople

    669 Muslim conquest reaches Morocco

    672 Muslims capture the island of Rhodes

    674 Arab conquest reaches Indus River

    698 Muslims capture Carthage

    700 Muslims raid Island of Sicily

    711 Muslims conquest of Sindh in Afghanistan

    711 Battle of Guadalate

    712 Conquest of Andulusia

    715 Muslim conquest of Spain

    716 Muslims captured Lisbon

    717 Cordova becomes capital of Andalusia (Spain)

    719 Muslims attack Septimania in Southern France

    721 Muslims cross the Pyrenees

    722 Battle of Covadonga First defeat of Muslims by Christians

    724 Muslims raid southern France and capture Carcassone and Nimes

    725 Muslim forces occupy Nimes, France

    730 Muslim forces occupy Narbonne and Avignon

    732 Battle of Tours (Christian Victory)

    735 Muslim invaders capture Arles

    750 Abbasids move capital to Baghdad – Map of extent of conquest at this point

    756 The Emirate of Cordova is established – Another map of conquered territory

    759 Pippin III ends Muslim incursions in France

    792 Hisham I calls for a Jihad Thousands heed his call to cross the Pyrenees to subjugate France. Many cities are destroyed

    813 Muslims attack the Civi Vecchia near Rome

    816 The Moors support the Basques against the Franks

    827 Sicily is invaded by Muslims

    831 Muslims capture Palermo and make it their capital

    838 Muslim raiders sack Marseille

    841 Muslim forces capture Bari (in Italy)

    846 Muslim raiders attack areas near Ostia and Rome. Some enter Rome and damage the Churches of St. Peter and St.Paul. The Leonine Wall is built to discourage further Attacks.

    849 Battle of Ostia (Christian Victory)

    850 Perfectus, a Christian priest in Muslim Cordova is executed one of the first of Many

    851 Young Christians are executed for insulting the Prophet Muhammed

    858 Muslim raiders attack Constantinople

    859 Muslim invaders capture Castrogiovanni slaughtering several thousand

    869 Arabs capture the island of Malta

    870 Muslim invaders capture Syracuse

    876 Muslims pillage Campagna in Italy

    879 The Seljuk Empire unites Mesapotamia and a large portion of Persia

    884 Muslims invading Italy burn the monastery of Monte Cassino to the ground

    900 The Fatimid Dynasty assumes control of Egypt

    902 The Muslim conquest of Sicily is completed when the Christian city of Toorminia is captured

    909 Sicily comes under control of the Fatimids

    909 The fatimid Dynasty assumes control of Egypt

    909 Muslims control all the passes in the Alps between France and Italy cutting off passage between the two countries

    920 Muslim forces cross the Pyrenees, enter Gascony and reach as far as the gates of Toulouse

    972 The Fatimids of Egypt conquer North Africa

    981 Ramiro III, king of Leon, is defeated at Rueda

    985 Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir sacks Barcelona

    994 The monastery of Monte Cassino is destrpyed a second time by Arabs

    997 Under the leadership of Almanzar, Muslim forces march out of the city of Cordova and head north to capture Christian lands.

    997 Muslim forces burn Compostela to the ground

    1004 Arab raiders sack the Italian city of Pisa

    1009 The Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem is destroyed by Muslim armies

    1009 Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah orders the the Holy Sepulcher and all Christian buildings in Jerusalem be destroyed

    1012 Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah orders the destruction of all Christian and Jewish houses of worship in his lands

    1012 Berber forces capture Cordova and order that half the population be executed

    1015 Arab Muslim forces conquer Sardinia

    1064 The Seljuk Turks conquer Christian Armenia

    1070 Seljuk Turks capture Jerusalem and begin persecuting Christian Pilgrims

    1071-1085 Seljuk Turks conquer most of Syria and Palestine

    1071 Battle of Manzikert

    1073 Seljuk Turks conquer Ankara

    1078 Seljuk Turks capture Nicaea

    1084 Seljuk Turks conquer Antioch

    1086 Battle of Zallaca

    1088 Patzinak Turks begin forming settlements between the Danube and the Balkans

    1090 Granada captured by Yusuf Ibn Tashfin

    1091 Cordova is captured by the Almoravids

  33. Jeff Daniels says:

    All these wars and atrocities committed in the name of religion. Maybe the world would be a better place without religion and everybody lived by the Golden Rule.

  34. Julian Malakar says:

    My prayer to Almighty God, God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to open up hearts and minds of our Muslim brothers and sisters who claim to be decedent of Abraham thru Ismael, eldest son of Abraham born by Egyptian salve woman Hagar, to know merciful and kindness of our Creator, God the Almighty.

    How do ISIS being Muslims kill God’s creation of mankind multiplied to six billion thru single 1st family Adam and Eve, when God Himself gives his abundant love to all mankind by providing us rain, sunlight etc. to sustain our daily life whether we believe Him or not? Why do all Muslims not fight against ISIS, Al-Qaida who kills innocent people by the name of Creator (Allah), when God set judgments for Himself for all people at Final Judgment Day? FYI Muslims also believe in Final Judgment Day and return of Jesus Christ (Isa Nobi) to judge all living and dead. Killing innocent people by the name of Allah (God) is blasphemy and all Muslims must fight along with people of all faiths. Muslims in Europe, America must show solidarity with victim families in Iraq, Syria where even children are beheaded because of believing God of love, righteous and kindness. Muslims should demonstrate on the street as they did for Gaza peoples’ suffering in recent war. Pope said Almighty God cannot do devil’s acts of destruction. If Muslims believe in true God of Merciful and Kindness, and Islam is religion of peace, they must denounced hatred and killings. May God open up inner eyes of those who prosecute innocent people!

  35. Doug Desper says:

    It is more than overdue that this latest genocide by Islamic jihadists has caught the attention of most of the world — finally. Yet, the scrolling, apparently “more important”, story here on ENS is of the ordination of women decades ago. I call it out. It is imbalanced and inordinate attention — too much in fact — to have the predictable American Episcopal justice issues of women, LGBT, or other “fight the power” stories trump the mass extermination of Christians as though it is some curious backstory of interest to someone somewhere else. The Archbishop of Canterbury has called us to hold fast to the faith and embrace with the Iraqis the derogatory Arabic “N” being used to identify them for attack. Where is that as a lead story? Where is our identification with the justice issue of their being allowed to survive as Christians? The silence of the Presiding Bishop reveals all that one needs to know. But on ENS one can mainly find old, bygone recollections of 40 years ago as the main topic of attention garnering the most visible space. I, for one, will be so glad when The Episcopal Church Center moves out of that very parochial mindset called Manhattan and joins the rest of the known world.

  36. Sandra Lewis Pringle says:

    Dear Father, in the name of Jesus, I agree with all those praying about this terrorism going on in Iraq and elsewhere. Father God,
    we know that the enemy is very jealous of those who look to You every day, who worship You, and adore You. We place all the innocent people who are caught in this snare, to be divinely guarded and protected in every land involved. Father, may Israel be able to annihilate those enemies who are encroaching upon their land. Remove this Isis group in Iraq, divinely, with a host of Your warring angels in the night. Father, remove those from the face of the earth who are killing innocent families, because of their worship of You. We beseech You to guard and protect all borders of every nation and that all infringement of immigration
    policies be ceased, and even here in America, as well. Father, it’s time for Christians to be vigilant and to post elders at the city gates in every community. We ask that the terrorists’ ability to gather weaponry and ammunition to cease and desist and that those who are supplying the ammunition for these attacks to come to a bitter end, themselves. Father, dig up the root of all this activity and remove them from their ability to deceive and connive with these barbarians. Father, send forth angels to lock up weaponry, so that they will not fire or kill. In the name of Jesus, we pray together, agreeing and believing for Your mighty power to come to the rescue of all those being slaughtered and that not one more Christian shall be harmed. We rely upon You now, and we thank You for answering our prayers of faith, in Jesus’ name, Amen

  37. Suzy Andrews says:

    This article also helps us to consider what we read and what we share:-

  38. Richard Sequeira says:

    ISIS and Al Qaeda is from Satan and the Devil in their thought word and deed.
    Jesus said ” Those who live by the sword will die by the sword ” Similarly those who live by bullets and bombs will die by bullets and bombs . That is how ISIS will die . ISIS is not Muslim but Satanist and Anti Christian and also Anti Muslim . About two weeks ago, they demolished a Sunni Mosque that was built over the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah. They have demolished over 8 Sunni Shrines and many Shia Shrines , they have burnt many churches some over 1800 years old . They are nothing but terrorist who are Muslim in name and Satan in game . They have destroyed `1800 year old churches in Iraq and Syria and killed 1000s of Muslims . They are so terrible that a terrible terrorist organization like Al Qaeda has banned them . They are the lowest of the low . Any moderate Muslim in Iraq, Syria , the world will agree to that . Jesus is mentioned 25 times in the Koran . It is mentioned that He was born through the will of God . through the power of the Holy Spirit through virgin birth, That He is a sinless human being , That He is alive in the present , That in His name the sick are healed , The Demons cast out and the dead come back to life , He is called Word of God and the Spirit of God . Who can be the Spirit of God ? Except Gods Son ? Would the Word of God ever lie ? Never ! Jesus Himself said ” God is my Father , He sent me to give the Good News to the World . He said he is the way the truth and the life .He is Jesus the Christ the ONLY SON of God what these ISIS terrorist and their likes are destroying is what belongs to Jesus Christ and they are doing this by being the instruments of the Anti Christ and Satan . It is truly shameful that Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi who claims to be a PhD in Islamic studies does not know the truth about Jesus Christ and Christianly , and Mohamed and Islam . All He wants to be is the Caliph of the Islamic Caliphate that he and his fanatical followers have declared in Iraq and Syria , the Islamic State of Iraq Syria . Can you imagine what will happen if they get entrenched in this area in Syria and Iraq, then in the Arab world and then MENA . It already makes the AlQaeda and Taliban look like small and insignificant groups. We must pray that with the help of God they are defeated and that all the fighters who are fighting them Muslims , Christian and Jews win this war against terrorism that is affecting the whole world.

    Jesus said In John 10:10 . I came to give you life and life in abundance. The others who came before me were liars , thieves and murders . Jesus was talking about Satan and his followers . That is who Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi and his followers are liars, thieves, murders , rapist, and Satanist. They DO NOT worship God in Spirit and in Truth , but Satan and his lies . They will die the same way and they have lived with the sword and the gun , and also others like them in MENA .

    • Ruth Kornell says:

      Dear Richard everybody should know that according to Islam Jesus was a Muslim prophet and preached Islam not Christianity . That is why they have no tolerance to the Christians and to the Christian way of worship. The old testament and the new testament as well undergone ultimate conversion to Islam in the Quran. That’s why they are not tolerant toward Jews as well. The Christian religion is an idolatry in the eyes of Muslims. Also every single peace of land that was conquered by the Muslims in some time in history has “one way ticket”only: it’s joining the territory of the “house of Islam” (DAR-AL-ISLAM) and becomes a “WAQF”; a holy place which can be only under Muslim ownership mastery and domination for ever and ever. Jews and Christians could be tolerated on these territories for the best only in the status of “D’HIMMA” a second class citizens not equal to the Muslim masters while paying a special ignominious tax praising their Muslim masters. For the worse to convert to Islam or to dye. There is a lot more in the list of regulations made by Caliph Umar Ibn Al Hattab on this specific topic. That’s why the Muslim countries will never ever accept the Jewish state no matter what. They will fight it because the land the whole land TO IT’S LAST INCH is an Islamic WAQF. The same will be with Spain and Portugal and Sicily and Greece etc. etc. The Muslims’ desire to revive the 7th century today is taking place in Africa Syria Iraq Livia Tunisia Yemen and Gaza. But it seems that most of the western world does not care.

  39. Julian Malakar says:

    Civilized societies of the world don’t need verification of each and every picture of atrocities committed by ISIS or Islamist Jihadist, like Al-Qaida. Well publicized shooting of Pakistani teenage school girl Yousafzai Malala at point blank in a school bus, kidnaping of 300 Nigerian teenage school girls, beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, 9/11 in USA, 7/11 in UK, Spain train bombing etc. speak volume for Islamist Jihadist about what they can do by the name of their god (allah). Enough is enough now is time to fight against evils unitedly to bring peace in the world. God, the Almighty is with us.

  40. Nadeem Bhatti says:

    My heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their close relatives and dear ones under Christian Persecution in the Muslim countries. I have experienced severe persecution myself and seen many close friends and relatives murdered in Pakistan.

    Church bomb attacks, Christian communities are set on fire in last few decades since Pakistan’s Blasphemy laws were reformed.

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