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Let’s look at ISIS. Clearly, that is evil, right? So, what do you need to defeat ISIS? You need the info. That’s hard to get in today’s world because we’re not being given the information. We’re being told that it’s just the jayvee league, that they’re just a small band. We’re told that it has nothing to do with Islam as they understand Islam. So, we have a huge barrier here of information.
Then connect. It’s really hard to connect because you’re called a racist. Notice the pattern here? You can’t get the information because if you even say the information or spread the information, you’re an Islamophobe or you’re a racist or a bigot. If you decide you’re going to share this information and connect with others, you all become Islamophobes or you’re bigots.
The third one is to take action. Now, this one is hard because these guys are over in the Middle East. What are you going to do? We’re going to focus on action in the coming weeks and months because this has to stop. Unspeakable evil is happening, and the answer is—can you fight and win? The answer is yes, but I don’t believe we should be against things. We’re not against Grover Norquist. I’m for the Second Amendment and an end of corruption. I’m for transparency.
I’m not against ISIS as much as I am for the First Amendment, the right to practice your faith. When you’re for something, there’s real power behind it. And there is unspeakable evil on the march in the Middle East. Christians and other religious minorities—heck with that, some people aren’t Muslim enough are being slaughtered, and we’ve seen the videos.
So, where are the leaders? Where are the Churchills? Where are the Bonhoeffers? I contend they’re right there. They’re you. We have shown you the regular citizen taking matters into their own hands and trying to help defend themselves and fight back against ISIS, and I personally think this is the wave of the future because we now can connect. We don’t need others to do it. We have to do it ourselves. It’s not enough in and of itself.
Positions of power come with responsibility, and the global superpowers have only delivered platitudes and politically correct soft admonitions. So far, only one major leader is calling a spade a spade, and that is The Pope, Pope Francis.
He has called for “the defense and protection of our brothers and sisters, who are persecuted, exiled, killed, beheaded, for the only reason of being a Christian.” He said, “They are our martyrs today and they are many; we are able to say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries.” He went on to say he sincerely hopes that the international community does not look the other way.
The Pope has also called to attention something the rest of the world doesn’t have the spine to address, and that is this, the Armenian genocide that happened in 1915. This is critically important. There were 2 million Armenians. Just a few short years later, there were only 400,000 left.
Amidst collapse, the Ottoman Turks, the Muslims, slaughtered the adult men right away. Anyone not killed was forced to march into the desert and the mountains with no food or water. Most died horrific deaths along the way. Few survived. Scholars and historians have absolutely no doubt on what happened, but yet Turkey still aggressively denies and attacks anyone moving to officially recognize it. It is still illegal in Turkey to use the word genocide.
The Turkish government spends millions and millions of dollars every single year using their clout to lobby against anyone in the world pushing a bill to recognize it. Apparently their clout is significant because even the United States of America hasn’t officially recognized it yet. I want you to think about that one for a minute. This country—Turkey has so much power over the world leaders and this country that it can stop us from merely speaking the truth that we know is true.
But on Sunday, The Pope spoke boldly, referring to it as the first genocide of the 20th century. He urged the leaders of the world to recognize it, saying, “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.” Turkey responded with a predictable outrage. They recalled their ambassador and the Turkish Foreign Minister and then Tweeted, “Religious offices are not places through which hatred and animosity are fueled by unfounded allegations.”
The real question is why in the world would Turkey care? It happened 100 years ago. Every nation has its scars. Germany recovered from the Nazis. America recovered from the slavery wrongs. They were acknowledged and corrected. We vow not to repeat them again. We learn from those.
But as we all know, the only way not to repeat history is to know our history. Next week, our latest episode of The Root is called “The Christian Holocaust.” This is pretty stark language for us to use to call something the Holocaust. We’re using it intentionally because the world needs to wake up to this. As you will see, there is an important historic reason that nobody talks about because nobody wants to look into it, but this Holocaust played an important role setting up the 20th century.
As The Pope alluded, there is more to the story that the media doesn’t report on. Buried towards the end or omitted in most of the stories is something else The Pope said. He pointed out “Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Greeks” were also killed in the genocide 100 years ago at the hands of the Ottoman Muslim Turks. Christians were systematically slaughtered by the millions.
Armenia is one of the very first Christian nations, and over 95% of the population identifies itself as Christian. The Assyrians, the Greeks, were also targeted for extermination, and they were also Christians. We next week will show you the true history, and you will understand why Turkey cares so deeply about not admitting what happened 100 years ago and why they go to the extreme lengths to deny any wrongdoings. But more importantly, you will understand why we must now stand in the face of evil and declare it once and for all. Don’t miss it, 5 PM next Thursday.
So, while the world leaders sleep, The Pope is on the front lines, calling evil by its name. The president, our president, has refused to identify the religion of Christians beheaded on the beach. The Pope, on the other hand, calls these people martyrs. Why? A martyr is somebody who simply dies for what they believe, in this case, being a Christian.
The Pope is able to do so confidently because he understands the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He understands history. We’ve seen this all play out before, and we’re now seeing it again. The Pope is refusing to remain silent, thank God. He called out ISIS for their persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria, who are “publicly and ruthlessly put to death, decapitated, crucified, burned alive, and forced to leave their homeland.”
Refusing to speak evil against evil is in itself evil, and Bonhoeffer was right, God will not hold us guiltless for our inaction. So, what is it you do? You get the information. You learn history. We will show you that on The Root next Thursday.
Second, once you’re informed, you connect with others, and then you take action. Action is going to be something that is in this case very personal to each one of us. We’ve already shown you ways to take action. We will show you many ways before we hit the summer months. There needs to be a great awakening in our country, not against something, but for our brothers and sisters of all faiths who are now being put to death because they see God a different way than monsters do.
So, let’s concentrate tonight on info. We do that. We have a couple of guests in tonight that we’re going to share some of the things they know firsthand what is happening over there, and we will spend some time getting to know them and hearing their story. And then I’d ask that you would share these shows on social media because the words really do matter, the words that are said and the words that are left unsaid. The time will come when we ask you to take action, and action is coming. Tonight, we concentrate on the story, the words that need to be said.