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Friday, June 28, 2013
Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians by Raymond Ibrahim
Published in 2013 by Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Raymond Ibrahim's Crucified Again is at once alarming, shocking and tedious. The book documents attacks by Muslims on Christians, Christian churches and Christian organizations throughout the world, especially in predominately Muslim countries.
Ibrahim uses newspaper articles and TV news programs that are printed and broadcast in Arabic and, thus, largely ignored by Western media as a source. He also uses regional Christian newspapers and magazines and newspapers from organizations that document human rights abuses. He then proceeds to methodically list instance after instance of anti-Christian attacks from Nigeria, to Egypt to Indonesia.
Ibrahim starts with a short overview of the history of Muslim/Christian relations in majority Muslim countries. He lists the Koranic verses that are used to justify persecution of Christians (and all other faiths) and then demonstrates how it is done again and again and again. This is where the book becomes both tedious and alarming. A typical page becomes a listing of one atrocity after another. For example, on page 65 the four complete paragraphs start like this:
"In February of 2012 a dozen armed Muslims..."
"In August of 2011, two churches were set aflame..."
"In March of 2011, as Christians were celebrating..."
"In May of 2012 in Tunisia, the country..."
Each paragraph goes on to list one horrible atrocity after another (in this case, two shootings, two church burnings, two more shootings, two murders and a series of death threats). It is tedious because it is a simple listing and it goes on for page after page, one atrocity after another. It is alarming and shocking for the exact same reason. How can this be going on and people not know about it?
Actually, Ibrahim ends the book with a discussion of how this has happened in the West so the reader will know exactly how this can be going on and no one knows anything about it.
Is the book fun reading? No. It is painful, worrisome and makes the reader worry about the future. Because of that it is important and worthy of your time.
By the way, the title of the book comes from this verse from the New Testament in the Book of Hebrews (verse 6:6): "To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace."
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Crucified Again.
Reviewed on June 28, 2013.