At least somebody is standing up for Christians these days.
While President Barack Obama waffles on fighting Islamic extremism, won’t even utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism” and seems to embrace Islam at the expense of Christianity, one nation is standing strong and proclaiming a “holy war” on ISIS and against the global jihad.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has deployed forces in Syria to prop up embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad against the Islamic State and other jihadist groups seeking to topple him, has seemingly positioned himself as something of a “defender of Christianity.”
In fact, and certainly with Putin’s blessing, the resurgent post-Soviet-era Russian Orthodox Church has proclaimed that it is embroiled in a “holy war” against radical Islamic extremism, not just in Syria, but anywhere it rears its ugly head.
According to Islam expert Raymond Ibrahim, the head of the church’s Public Affairs Department, Vsevolod Chaplin, recently said, “The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it.”
“The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the people of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists. Christians are suffering in the region with the kidnapping of clerics and the destruction of churches. Muslims are suffering no less,” Chaplin added.