H/T: Robert Spencer, who elucidates for us the finer points on what Iraqi Archbishop is saying:
Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda’s declaration is a fact of history that the willfully blind refuse to see. This is key to understanding the global jihad that continues to escalate, thanks to lax Western leaders who turn a blind eye to the ideological roots of the jihad and continue to implement reckless immigration policies.
The rape of infidel women, the beating of wives, the murder of apostates, throwing gays off rooftops, FGM, stonings, the amputation of hands, decapitations, public floggings, persecution of Christians, the murder of minority groups (including Muslims for not being Muslim enough) are historic plagues. They did not begin in recent times, but are mandated according to Islamic jurisprudence.
Iraqi Archbishop: Muslim ‘Slow-Motion Genocide’ of Christians Began 1400 Years Ago
The violent Muslim persecution of Christians in the Middle East did not begin with the Islamic State’s rise to power in 2014, said Iraqi Archishop Bashar Warda, but rather many centuries ago.
“Having faced for 1,400 years the slow-motion genocide that began long before the ongoing ISIS genocide today, the time for excusing this inhuman behavior and its causes is long since past,” said the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil in a forceful speech last week at Georgetown University.
According to the archbishop, Islamic persecution of Christians in the Middle East began with the founding of Islam itself in the 7th century, and thus is a permanent fixture of Islam that was present from the very beginning.
“The harsh truth to this question is that without an end to this persecution and violence there is no future for religious pluralism in Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East for that matter,” he said.
Warda’s thesis coincides exactly with that of Jesuit scholar Father James V. Schall, who wrote in 2016 that Islam’s consistent advocacy of violence has been practiced “from its seventh century beginning.”