Re: [SORForum] "Anti-American Sentiments" -- Re: Easter / Prayers
I was referring specifically to paragraphs 5 and 6.
Prasing dictators like Assad for "efforts to realize
just and comprehensive peace in the region and her
commitment to justice and right values" is little
short of an outright lie. Veiled references to
"accusations and threats against Syria, which aim at
subdueing the whole region and plundering it's wealth
and treasures" is obviously directed at America.
That seems to be the party line in the Middle
East--"America is there to steal oil and conquer the
region". Do you really think America waznts the
incredible headache that the Middle East is ?
You're right, Saudi Arabia is a dictatorship, with no
religious freedom, and is an ally of America. The
Saud family certainly doesn't support the ultra-fun-
damentalist Wahabi sect of Islam since it is opposed
to them, and they have tried buying them off. The
American government does need to put more pressure on
the Saudi government to democratize that nation.
The only design America has for the Middle East is to
bring stability and hopefully, democracy to it, not
by coercion but by example. Unfortunatwely, there is
no tradition of democracy in any of these countries.
It is difficult for Middle Easterners and Americans to
communicate, principally because few Americans are
familiar with Islam and few Middle Easterners are
familiar with America, unless they have lived here
which, proportionately ,few have. Mddle Easterners
tend to get their sense of America and the American
people from American movies, televsion, music and
advertising, much of which is destructive and decadent
and distorts America. This is a problem here in
America itself between the left and the right, and
those of us who try to hold the center.
I am GLAD Saddam Husein is gone from power; you should
all be glad he's gone. One less evil dictator in the
world is to everyone's advantage, especially to the
people of Irag and surrounding countries.
I think it would help a great deal if the SOR forum
focused less on the Syrian people, the Syriac language
and the heritage of the Syrian Church and more on the
One Who is supposed to be the point of the Syrian
Church and every other branch of Christianity--Lord
Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ), the living, present
Lord of the Universe in us and among us.
The purpose of the forum is very clearly stated on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sor-forum/. Members are accepted into the forum with the understanding that they have understood the objectives of the forum and will abide by its policies.
--- drthomas_joseph <thomas_joseph@...> wrote:
> Steve -href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SOR-Forum/message/579">579</a>
> The SOR-Forum is dedicated to disseminating
> information related to
> the spiritual heritage of the Syriac Orthodox
> Church. Significant
> news related to the Church are also disseminated on
> the forum as
> appropriate. Members of the forum are nationals of
> countries including a number of US nationals and
> residents. We have
> no intent to support any political agenda including
> promoting any
> anti-American sentiments. At the same time, we have
> no intent to
> censor messages of interest to Christians in the
> Middle East because
> it may offend some Americans or of other
> I assume that the quote in Message <a
>=== message truncated ===
> that provoked you is "The spiritual leaders of the
> Christian sects
> expressed gratitude to President Assad for his kind
> wishing His Excellency success in leading the
> country and care for
> all the citizens for the best interest of Syria and
> the Arab Nation."
> I cannot agree with your argument that this
> statement is anti-
> American merely because representatives of Middle
> Eastern Churches
> expressed gratitude to Bashar Assad. I guess by the
> same token, if a
> Christian leader were to denounce the denial of
> civil rights to
> Christians in Saudi Arabia that would be
> "anti-American" as well
> because Saudi Arabia is one of the closest US
> You go on to claim that the forum consistently
> promotes anti-American
> sentiments. Even if the above statement falls into
> the category
> of "anti-American", the facts do not support your
> claim. The archives
> of messages posted on the forum are available at
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SOR-Forum. You can go
> ahead and
> determine for yourselves the number of messages that
> contain any such
> While I have no intent to open SOR-Forum for
> political discussion,
> the point you have raised requires a response.
> Assad is no doubt a ruler who was not democratically
> elected who is
> obstructing US designs for the Middle East. Now, how
> many allies of
> the US in the Middle East have democratically
> elected rulers and
> unstained hands?
> Syria is a country that is viewed as a nation that
> promotes terrorism
> in the Middle East by the US. Yet, Saudi Arabia, the
> closest ally of
> the US was the chief exporter of terrorism all over
> the world,
> including the terrorists of 9/11 notoriety. One
> cannot hide behind
> the smoke screen that terrorists were individuals
> acting on their
> own. The Saudi government actively funded
> Wahhabi schools all over the world including US and
> nurtured agents
> of intolerance and terror. The US did nothing about
> it until the
> terrorists struck America.
> Syria is perhaps the only country where Christians
> can live in peace,
> practice their religion without fear of reprisal,
> and aspire to
> equality in public life. Is an oblique
> acknowledgment of this fact
> anti-American? Saudi on the other hand is a land
> where possessing a
> Bible or Christian literature, practicing any
> religion other than
> Islam is a crime with grave punishment. Yet, the US
> is its closest
> ally; the US has not been able or willing to exert
> any influence on
> them to permit even a modicum of civil rights for
> non-Muslims. Aren't
> the human values of liberty and equality what
> America stands for?
> In Iraq, Christians who have lived there since time
> immemorial have
> been given the cold shoulder by the US
> administrators as the
> political future of the country is being determined.
> Despite the evil
> perpetrated by the butcher of Baghdad, the Christian
> minority fared
> better than many other countries in the Middle East;
> today, the
> Christian minority lives in the fear of being
> obliterated. In such
> circumstances, can you blame the Christians in the
> Middle East for
> being grateful to Assad?
> I hope you will reconsider your intemperate remarks
> and recognize
> that denying human beings liberty, equality and
> fundamental civil
> rights are truly what is "anti-American."
> Thomas Joseph
> Moderator, SOR-Forum
> --- In SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com, Steve Dennehy
> <svjd@y...> wrote:
> > SOR Forum
> > I'm very tired of constant anti-American
> > and the praising of dictators in the Middle East
> by so
> > called Christians on this forum. Apparrently
> > Hussein and and Syria's Assad are living saints.
> > Give me a break.
> > Let's try to remember that Our Lord Yeshua Messiah
> > (Jesus Christ), our God and only Saviour, is the
> > Divine Jew not the Divine Syrian.
> > Steve Dennehy
> > --- Thomas P <thomas_pa1@y...> wrote:
> > > Syrian Arab News Agency, Sun 11 Apr 2004
> > > DAMASCUS, April. 11
> > >
> > > Christian sects in Syria who follow the eastern
> > > Western calendars
> > > celebrated on Sunday Easter through performing
> > > prayers, masses and
> > > preaches.
> > >
> > > Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the
> > > Catholics
> > > Gregorius III Laham chaired a large masse in
> > > Catholic
> > > Patriarchate in which he spoke about the sublime
> > > values of Easter and
> > > the divine message conveyed by Christ for
> > > of humanity as a
> > > whole.
> > >
> > >
> > > A large religious mass also was held at Mar
> > > Cathedral for the
> > > Assyrian-Orthodox. . It was led by Patriarch Mar
> > > Agnatuis Zakka Ewas
> > > I, the patriarch of Antioch and the whole east
> > > the higher
> > > chairman of the Assyrian-Orthodox church in the
> > > world.
> > >
> > >
> > > In similar sermons the spiritual leader of the
> > > Anglican church in
> > > Damascus, Botrous Zaour and archbishop of the
> > > Armenian Orthodox in
> > > Damascus Armache Balandian spoke in their
> > > sermons about the
> > > humanitarian message of the Christ to free human
> > > beings from their
> > > sin and suffering.
> > > Similar masses and sermons were observed in
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- Jesus as his manhood nature was a Jew but the jews didn't accept him as saviour and God and this make no sense in politics as the God's people are not the jewish peopleGod's people is the christians not jewsIsreal nowadays are criminal state and Sharon like Saddamdo not do like Muslims and interefere relegion with politicsZayd Abdulnoor
D�vide Siv�ro <davidetamara@...> wrote:
> I'm very tired of constant anti-American sentiments
Dear brother in Yeshua' hammashia'h, I take the liberty to add: how
can it be expected that people believing in the Message of the
Scriptures -including lots of religious Jews, who dislike Israeli and
US politics- agree with the politics of a state (the USA) that
supports a state (Israel) that has occupied lands where people are
given no right, unless they are considered Jewish by the state? Jews
living in the occupied territories, as well as Samaritans, considered
Jewish by the state but not by the Torah, received Israeli
citizenship, Muslims and Christians didn't.
How can it be expected that people believing in the Message of the
Scriptures like the civilians' deaths caused by the wars of a state,
which has money worship as its official religion?
This defineitely is different from being Anti-American in the meaning
of hating the American people or any other people created by the Lord
in the world.
> Hussein and and Syria's Assad are living saints.
I completely agree that Syria isn't a democracy. As to Assad, he was
welcomed by the Neture Qarta of London (cfr.
www.nkusa.org/activities/press/london121502.cfm ), so I don't think
he is a bloody Anti-Semite either (it would be better to say "Anti-
Jew" because Syrians definitely are Semites), but, surely, he isn't
As to his supposed sanctity ;-) do you know that Assad isn't a true
monotheist either, he isn't a Muslim? He is from the Nusayri sect of
the Kurdish-originated cult of angels, which is considered a
development of Mithraism.
> Let's try to remember that Our Lord Yeshua Messiah
> (Jesus Christ), our God and only Saviour, is the
> Divine Jew not the Divine Syrian.
Of course Yeshua' HamMashia'h was a Jew, and almost all the prophets
and the main saints of our faith, including the mother of God, are
"Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger."
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> Jesus as his manhood nature was a Jew but the jews didn't accepthim as saviour
Dear friend and brother in Christ, yes of course, the Jews as a
majority of the Jewish people, didn't, but the very first to accept
Him were Jews. I don't know whether this happens in the Syriac
Orthodox Church, but in other Christian Churches (ex.: the Orthodox
Church in communion with Konstandinopolis) there even are people who
belong to the Jewish people and to the Christian Faith. The Catholic
Church even have "qehillot shel minhag 'Ibrit", "communities of
Hebrew tradition", made of Jews belonging to the Roman Catholic
Church, and in Palestine there even is an auxiliary Bishop to the
Latin Patriarch for the Christian Jews, Hegmon Jean-Baptiste Gourion.
> God's people is the christians not jewsWe know that Yisrael was God's people, now all the Christians,
whether Jews (as a people, not as a religious group, which would
imply the denying of Christian Truth) or non-Jews, are His people.
> Isreal nowadays are criminal stateI definitely agree with you. Of course that has nothing to do with
the fact that Moran Yeshu' Mshi'ho was a Jew, incarnated as a Jewish
man, that the early Church was Jewish (ethnical meaning of "Jewish",
not the religious one: they are two different meanings), that the
Jews have been God's chosen people, that the world wide (from
Palestine to any other country) dispersed people of Israel and the
state of Israel are two different things, that a Jew may hate Israeli
politics as we two do (and several Jews do so)...