July 20, 2017

The Rebel in Iraq: Meeting “righteous” Kurdish Muslims who protect Christians

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Just a few miles away from a desecrated church where ISIS terrorists used Bibles for target practice, I came to a Christian refugee camp in Mangesh, Iraq.

During this leg of our mission to Iraq, I met with a number of “righteous Muslims”:

Kurds who have tried to protect the region’s Christians from persecution.

But why? What sets these Muslims apart?

I believe it is because their primary identity isn’t religious, but a form of civic nationalism.

A shared language and history means Kurdish Muslims have more in common with Iraqi Christians than differences.

PLUS: WATCH as I explain where I stand on the topic of Kurdish independence.

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commented 2017-07-23 21:15:03 -0400
“I believe it is because their primary identity isn’t religious, but a form of civic nationalism.

A shared language and history means Kurdish Muslims have more in common with Iraqi Christians than differences."

In Iraq, for example, FGM is found mostly among the Kurds in Erbil (58 percent prevalence within age group 15–49, as of 2011), Sulaymaniyah (54 percent) and Kirkuk (20 percent), giving the country a national prevalence of eight percent.

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-13-809

A 2013 UNICEF report identified 17 African countries in which at least 10 percent of Christian women and girls aged 15 to 49 had undergone FGM; in Niger 55 percent of Christian women and girls had experienced it, compared with two percent of their Muslim counterparts.

http://data.unicef.org/resources/female-genital-mutilationcutting-statistical-overview-exploration-dynamics-change/
commented 2017-07-22 10:19:07 -0400
I’m not sure. Since Islam is a political system masquerading as a religion, it’s bound to correct to its natural state. But it is good that the Christians are getting some respite.
commented 2017-07-21 03:38:08 -0400
So is this what it takes for us all to get along?
commented 2017-07-20 20:31:56 -0400
I believe the Kurds have a cultural/national agenda that outstrips petty sectarian squabbling. To a Kurd, a Kurd is a Kurd and all are repressed by Islamic imperialists.
commented 2017-07-20 20:00:06 -0400
It sounds like the weasels guarding the chickens to me.!!
commented 2017-07-20 18:37:30 -0400
I’ve only known two Kurdish immigrants in my life. Both similar in attitude to each other except one was Christian and the other muslim. Both excellent Canadian citizens, probably due to the sense of community Mr. Levant mentioned.

Two is not a statistical sample, but whenever I have met Kurds in passing, I always have a positive opinion because of these two.
commented 2017-07-20 17:24:44 -0400
“Christians are the worst part of Canadian Society”. PM POS actually said that? Wow!
commented 2017-07-20 17:19:04 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 33,720 Attacks, 217,516 Killed, 298,713 Injured that we know of

“Christians are the worst part of Canadian Society”, Justin Trudeau, Debate Post, March 28, 2017
commented 2017-07-20 17:01:13 -0400
Although there are minorities of Christian converts which is growing, along with other faiths/sects, the vast bulk of Kurds remains muslim. Thankfully, there are strains of islam with the Kurdish variety among the most agreeable and tolerant of others. There is hope for the region once the U.S. deep state/CIA removes themselves from the region. Only the Trump administration can begin and complete this process which Obama/Soetoro/Bounel/? started. Like I said, it’s not cut and dry.

Fortunately, very positive recent developments, beginning with the continuous arming of the islamic terrorists by the U.S. appears to be ending now: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/07/19/trump-ends-obamas-covert-cia-program-arm-train-syrian-rebels/
commented 2017-07-20 17:00:02 -0400
I definitely need to research this more before I can comment.
commented 2017-07-20 16:21:30 -0400
Prior to the Islamic conquest of the Ottomans, the religions of Kurdistan included Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Yarsanism, Yazidism, Alevism and Judaism. Over time, many Kurds were forced to convert to Islam to ensure their own survival; especially during the Armenian genocide.

According to scholar Van M. Bruinessman, “…Zoroastrianism was one of the dominant religions in Kurdistan before the Islamic era. Furthermore, in the 20th century, the Kurdish nationalists mentioned Zoroastrianism as a Kurdish religion to oppose the political oppression of Turks, Persians and Arabs. Currently, Zoroastrianism is an officially recognized religion in Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran, and many Kurdish individuals are converting from Islam back to Zoroastrianism [and Christianity] after ISIS attacks on Kurdistan.” -Religion in Kurdistan, July 2013

Kurds acknowledge their role in the Armenian Genocide: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/04/24/kurds-acknowledge-the-armenian-genocide-and-their-role-in-it/
1915 AGHET: The Armenian Genocide (93 minutes): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WLyrpaTKCCE
commented 2017-07-20 15:11:29 -0400
Unfortunately, the Kurds are by no means the angels the media makes them out to be. They are muslim, and the main political party is communist. They demand a very large chunk of land to become Kurdistan. For Kurds only. They have attacked Christians and seized their lands for a very long time.

SyrianGirl, has made many very believable, honest videos of what is really going on over there. It’s not cut and dry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1paEqSmpvv4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJZRvp6w4wc
commented 2017-07-20 13:43:03 -0400
Great report, Ezra.
Canada is a perfect example of where civic nationalism reigns. However, Justin Trudeau is doing his best to destroy that culture and implement his own post-national ideology.
It’s encouraging to see a place like Mangesh exist in that region. At the same time, it’s discouraging to see Canada go in the opposite direction as Trudeau seeks to divide us by religion and race.
Justin’s desire to instill hatred amongst Canadians is heartbreaking. I love my country, and watching it being destroyed by a hate-monger, silver-spooned, alt-left zealot like Our Dear Leader, is indeed a tragedy.