Syrian Catholic priest, Fr. Francois Murad, was beheaded on June 23, 2013, by Syrian “rebels.” Father Murad, 49, was establishing a monastery in Gassanieh in Northern Syria. Vatican Radio reported that Gassanieh is a village with a majority Christian population. However, it has been under attack for the past several weeks from jihadists, and most of the village residents have fled. The jihadists, often referred to in our mainstream media as “rebels” against the regime of Syrian dictator Assad, attacked the monastery and kidnapped Father Murad. Two others were beheaded along with Father Murad. The beheading of kafir, usually translated from the Arabic as an “unbeliever” or “infidel,” is required under the Koran (see Koran 8:12 and 47:4). The Catholic news service reported, based upon local sources, that the beheadings were done by radical Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Al-Nusra Front. A video of the beheadings is available on the Internet. The video shows dozens of men and children cheering as three men are seated awaiting beheading. As the men are beheaded, many of those present record the murders on their smartphones to a demonic chanting chorus of Allahu Akbar. The video also shows several of those present moving close to the martyrs for close-up photos. Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, titular of the Syrian Catholic archeparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis, Syria, was quoted as saying:
The whole story of Christians in the Middle East is marked and made fruitful by the blood of the martyrs of many persecutions. Lately, Father Murad sent me some messages that clearly showed how conscious he was of living in a dangerous situation, and offered his life for peace in Syria and around the world.
Mr. Obama, as well as leaders from other nations, are supporting the Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria that are killing Syrian Christians with your tax dollars. While on his trip to Africa, Mr. Obama could have said, “If I had a brother, he would have looked like Father Murad.” However, neither Mr. Obama, nor the State Department, have condemned the martyrdom of Father Murad. In keeping with Mere Comments policy, I have not linked to the video showing Father’s Murad’s martyrdom, but the graphic and violent video is readily available. May God grant great peace to his memory as Father Murad is welcomed into the presence of His Heavenly Father.