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The New York Times featured an alarming editorial by David Brooks on August 29 2015 that details ISIS’s highly structured rape program and how they are justifying rape and human degradation through their theocracy. As an example, Mr. Brooks references the ISIS’s leaders “handbook governing the rape program” and its use of FAQs:
“Question 12: May a man kiss the female slave of another, with the owner’s permission?
“A man may not kiss the female slave of another, for kissing [involves] pleasure, and pleasure is prohibited unless [the man] owns [the slave] exclusively.
“Question 13: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who hasn’t reached puberty?
“It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse; however, if she is not fit for intercourse it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse.”
“The ISIS atrocities have descended like distant nightmares upon the numbed conscience of the world” writes Mr. Brooks . “The first beheadings of Americans had the power to shock, but since then there has been a steady barrage of inhumanity: mass executions of Christians and others, throwing gay men from rooftops, the destruction of ancient archaeological treasures, the routine use of poison gas”.
Father Chris Metropulos, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross, and Founding Father of the Orthodox Christian Network reminds us that “ISIS is undertaking the persecution of the image and likeness of God in each person through its raping of women”. Father Chris reminds us, “the image of God is in each person, and the likeness of God is what we struggle and aim to be. Orthodox theology speaks to the image and likeness of God, that not even ISIS can take from a person”.
In recognition of our society’s apathy, Mr. Brooks notes, “even the recent reports in The (New York) Times about the Islamic State’s highly structured rape program have produced shock but barely a ripple of action. And yet something bigger is going on. It’s as if some secret wormhole into a different historical epoch has been discovered and the knowledge of centuries is being unlearned.”
Father Chris highlights, “in essence, what you are looking at, whether ISIS is cutting off a person’s head, enslaving women and teenagers, selling them, or using woman for persecution and their pleasure, this is an abomination to the image and the likeness of God – which is intended only for good things and for us to be One with God”.
To read ‘When ISIS Rapists Win by David Brooks on the New York Times web site, click hereWhen ISIS Rapists Win by David Brooks on the New York Times.
HOW YOU CAN HELP IN DEFENSE OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
We invite you to share with the Orthodox Christian Network substantive philanthropies that are coming to the aid of persecuted Christians. Notable is the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) whom “in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond”. The IOCC has undertaken significant initiatives to help save Syria’s children whom are displaced or living as refugees. Notably 92% of every dollar donated to the IOCC “directly helps those affecting dire situations”. An additional notable philanthropy is “The Barnabas Fund’s Operation Safe Havens program has pressed governments to issue visas to persecuted Christians, on condition that the organization will foot their expenses”. Operation Safe Havens was featured in an August 20, 2015, editorial in the Wall Street Journal by Robert R. Reilly, director of the Westminster Institute in McLean, Va.
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