Lest we become too comfortable and complacent…

There were more Christian martyrs in the 20th century (over 45 million) than in the preceding 19 centuries put together.

–Of those, 32 million were killed by “atheists” (Bolsheviks, Communists, Nazis and their allies) and over 9 million by Muslims.

–In Russia, between 1918 and 1938, churches decreased from about 54,000 to under 500 (less than 1%).

–During the fifty years after 1918:

  • 600 bishops were martyred.
  • 40,000 priests were martyred.
  • 120,000 monks and nuns were martyred.
  • Millions of laity were martyred.

–In Bulgaria in 1876 alone, 14,700 people were butchered by Muslims.

In China during the Boxer Rebellion (1898-1901) 32,000 Christians were systematically hunted down and brutally killed with the blessing of the government.

In Serbia, many thousands of Serbian Christians were killed during the “Yugoslavian Wars” of the late 1990s, the majority by Muslims. The rest were killed by NATO forces, who also stood by and watched the destruction of over 100 Orthodox churches and monasteries, desecration of cemeteries, etc.

Statistics from Asia Minor:

1914 400,000 conscripts perished in forced labor brigades
1922 100,000 massacred or burned alive in Smyrna
1916-1922 350,000 Pontions massacred or killed during forced deportations
1914-1922 900,000 perish from maltreatment, starvation and massacres; total of all other areas of Asia Minor
TOTAL: 1,750,000 Greek Christians martyred 1914-1922
1894-1896 300,000 massacred
1915-1916 1,500,000 perish in massacres and forced deportations (with subsidiaries to 1923)
1922 30,000 massacred or burned alive in Smyrna
TOTAL: 1,800,000 Armenian Christians martyred 1894-1923
1915-1917 100,000 Christians massacred

(From an article by Srdja Trifkovic)

In 1822 the island of Chios [Greece] –to use contemporary parlance–was subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing. The following year, the number of victims of the slaughter at Missolongi is known precisely: 8,750. The butchery of 14,700 Bulgarians in 1876 was almost routine by Turkish standards. At the town of Batal, 5,000 out of 7,000 inhabitants were murdered, a fact that was unsuccessfully suppressed by Disraeli’s pro-Turkish government. In many cases, the massacres of Christians resulted from local Muslim revolts against any decree granting their Christian subjects greater rights.

At the same time, the great Western powers, and Great Britain in particular, actually supported the continuing Turkish subjugation of Christian Europeans on the grounds that the Mohammedan empire was a “stabilizing force” and a counterweight against Austria and Russia. Their scandalous alliance with Turkey against Russia in the Crimean War reflected a pernicious frame of mind that has manifested itself more recently in the overt or de facto support of the United States for the Muslim side in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Chechnya, Cyprus, East Timor, and Kashmir.

From the dozens of anti-Christian pogroms in the nineteenth century, the “Bulgarian Atrocities” are remembered somewhat more vividly than others because they provoked a cry of indignation from Gladstone, who asserted of the Ottomans, “No government ever has so sinned, none has proved itself so incorrigible in sin, or which is the same, so impotent in reformation.” But Gladstone’s opponents, the advocates of Turkophile policy at Westminster, went beyond Realpolitik in arguing for the lifeline to the Sick Man of the Bosphorus: they devised the theory that the Ottomans were in reality agreeable and tolerant, and only needed a friendly, supportive nudge to become quite, or almost, like other civilized people. Disraeli prompted unprecedented depiction of Turkey as tolerant and humane, even in the face of the Bulgarian atrocities, but Britain’s Christian conscience, prodded by Gladstone’s passion, brought down his government in 1880. There are no such checks, alas, to the morbid Islamophilia of our ruling elites today*.

The carnage peaked as the Ottoman Empire became “Turkey.” The burning of Smyrna and the massacre and scattering of its 300,000 Christian inhabitants is one of the great crimes of all times. The exodus of up to two million Christians in 1922 marked the end of the Greek civilization in Asia Minor, which had also given the world the immortal cities of Philadelphia and Ephesus.

*During the 1980’s, the Immigration and Naturalization Service gave refugee status to any Soviet citizen who applied on religious grounds – except for members of the Orthodox Church. The very church which had suffered the most under Soviet rule, whose churches continued to be closed and her clergy arrested until 1988, was not considered to be a “persecuted” church by the American government.

5 thoughts on “Tolerance

  1. This certainly gives a great perspective on what persecution actually looks like. As I've said on my own blog, I have a hard time accepting that an internet smackdown or internet gossip even constitutes persecution.

    I know that's not the point of your post, but it hits home anyway 🙂


  2. Thank you, Matushka Anna, for this post. Just a small correction, the town in Bulgaria is called Batak, you can read about the new martyrs of Batak here – They were canonized this year by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. A few images and a short text about Batak's church Sveta Nedelya (saint Kyriaki, commemorated tomorrow) are found here – Perhaps you are not aware of an American journalist and war correspondent Januarius MacGahan who is forever connected to Batak and Bulgarian freedom I was able to find only one of his letters online in English – Greetings from Bulgaria. Lord have mercy.


  3. Thank you, Emil, for the correction! I certainly wouldn't have known that myself. I did notice while I was looking up Missolongi that that was an archaic spelling, so I'm sure that's not the only mistake in the article.


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