Lifestyle

Don’t turn a blind eye to massacre of Christians - Reverend

RENOUNCE everything you believe in or die.

With the threat of this cruelty hanging over their heads, tens of thousands of people are fleeing Iraq and Syria to escape the persecution of terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

On Friday, church leaders called on Australians to stop turning a blind eye to the massacre of Christians and other groups by radicals from ISIL.

INHUMAN ACTIONS: Rev David Robinson has denounced the massacre of Christians and other groups by ISIL. Contributed
INHUMAN ACTIONS: Rev David Robinson has denounced the massacre of Christians and other groups by ISIL. Contributed

Reverend David Robinson, who has been elected the 12th Anglican Bishop of Rockhampton, described their actions as inhuman.

"I applaud and stand with all leaders, Christian and Muslim, who are seeking to bring attention to this grotesque and barbaric violence and calling for it to end," he told The Morning Bulletin.

"I'm not convinced that the persecution of minority groups ever gets the kind of media attention it deserves, I guess because these things are usually happening a long way from home."

It has been reported up to 100,000 Christians have fled their homes, and in some towns in Iraq the Arabic letter N has been spray painted on houses to identify Christian, or Nasarah, families.

The ultimatum is devastatingly simple for Christians and other religious minorities like the Yazidis; convert to Islam and pay a religious levy, or die.

"The persecution of minority groups because of their faith or ethnicity has been around for a long time," Rev Robinson said.

"Unfortunately, too often those in power have often chosen to say nothing rather than speak out against injustice. Jesus spoke out against oppression and injustice even though that came at great personal costs, and all Christians, especially Christian leaders, are called to model this pattern of behaviour."

Rev Robinson said he believes the government is becoming more responsive to the issue, but would like to see much more assistance given to refugees.

He called on the Australian government to offer asylum to those facing conversion or death.

"The Christian gospel speaks of loving all people and I would urge all Christians to pray for this situation and to work towards peace," he said.

"At a local level this may mean being prepared to befriend those of different faith and ethnicity and work together to stop persecution at all levels."

On Friday, in The Australian, Anglican Primate Philip Freier praised the government's aid response but warned the crisis was in danger of becoming genocide.

Topics:  isil



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Coast crocodile shock in popular Yeppoon creek

Crocodile warning.

Warnings to be erected after strange sounds

Rockets' MVP has played last game for club

Rockets' Mitch Philp.
Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

REVEALED: The reason Rocky's Mitch Philp is moving on

Monique makes the big move from Melbourne to the beach

SEA CHANGE: Monique Leman recently moved to Yeppoon from outside Melbourne and thinks its the best thiing she has done in a long time.

Mother and son fall in love with life on the Cap Coast

Local Partners

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

AUSSIE hip hop outfit Bliss N Eso have announced they will play a tribute show for the stuntman killed during the filming of their music video.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Why the Rocket Man won't be landing in Rockhampton

epa05642885 British singer-songwriter and composer, Sir Elton John performs in the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 November 2016.  EPA/PAUL BERGEN

Bulletin asks the hard questions after today's big news

Rocky rentals close to the mark

For Rent sign in front of new house

Far better placed than other CQ cities

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!