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As of press time, ru­mors swirl that Davie Ship­yard’s tem­po­rary AOR re­place­ment pro­gram may go ahead. This would en­tail pro­vid­ing a crew­ing a con­verted mer­chant ship for a set ease fee. In ad­di­tion, press about the fu­ture ice­breaker CCGS John G Diefen­baker’s con­struc­tion may go ahead at Sea­s­pan un­der the NSPS pro­gram with AORs de­ferred un­til the next decade. VARD Marine photo. Two thou­sand years af­ter St. Stephen, the first Chris­tian mar­tyr, was stoned to death for his faith, Chris­tians are once again be­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally per­se­cuted on a large scale and

with lethal cru­elty.

Their an­tag­o­nists? Ad­her­ents of rad­i­cal Is­lam.

The vi­o­lent per­se­cu­tion of Chris­tians by Mus­lims is now a global hu­man rights cri­sis, but it has re­ceived lit­tle at­ten­tion in the main­stream press. Amer­i­cans were shocked in 2012 to learn that a Chris­tian pas­tor was sen­tenced to death in Iran for his faith; but few had heard about the thirty other

doc­u­mented cases of se­vere per­se­cu­tion of and shock­ing acts are by "ex­trem­ists".

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, in a speech to the Mu­nich se­cu­rity con­fer­ence in 2011, said, "We have got to get to the root of the prob­lem, and we Chris­tians in Mus­lim coun­tries that were hap­pen­ing at the same time. Churches burned to the ground, cru­ci­fixes and Bi­bles con­fis­cated and de­stroyed, and Chris­tians tor­tured, raped or killed for their faith are chill­ingly reg­u­lar events in Mus­lim coun­tries, some­times even en­cour­aged or en­abled by the gov­ern­ments them

selves.

This book should be com­pul­sory read­ing for anyone con­cerned about ter­ror­ism and hor­rific hu­man rights abuses. Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and ter­ri­fied me­dia sources try to deny these bar­baric need to be ab­so­lutely clear on where the ori­gins of these ter­ror­ist attacks lie. That is the ex­is­tence of an ide­ol­ogy, Is­lamist ex­trem­ism. We should be equally clear what we mean by this term, and we must dis­tin­guish it from Is­lam. Is­lam is a re­li­gion ob­served peace­fully and de­voutly by over a bil­lion peo­ple. Is­lamist ex­trem­ism is a po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy sup­ported

by a mi­nor­ity. At the fur­thest end are those who back ter­ror­ism to pro­mote their ul­ti­mate goal: an en­tire Is­lamist realm, gov­erned by an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Sharia. Move along the spec­trum, and you find peo­ple who may re­ject vi­o­lence, but who ac­cept var­i­ous parts of the ex­trem­ist world­view, in­clud­ing real hos­til­ity to­wards Western democ­racy and lib­eral val­ues."

High time for western me­dia and politi­cians to stop cow­er­ing in fear and ad­mit that this per­se­cu­tion ex­ists. The attacks in Aus­tralia, Den­mark, France and Canada cer­tainly re­veal this is just not

a U.S. prob­lem, but a world prob­lem.

Ku­dos for Mr. Ibrahim for the courage to bring this dif­fi­cult topic to the world.

Cru­ci­fied Again by Raymond Ibrahim

Hard­cover • 2013 • $27.95 ISBN: 978-162157-025-7

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