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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Support for Armenia Born Out of Faith

American Minute from William J. Federer

Armenia was the first nation to become Christian, with its capitol of Ani called the "city of a 1,001 churches."

Muslim Turks began invading in the 11th century, making Christian second-class citizens called "dhimmi" and forcing boys to convert and serve the Muslim army as "Janissaries."

When the Ottoman Empire declined in the 1800's, Greeks, Serbs and Romanians won independence, but Armenians were trapped by Sultan Abdul Hamid, who killed 100,000.

During World War I, "Young Turks" murdered over a million men, women and children in a jihad, marching them into the desert without water, throwing them off cliffs or burning them alive. Armenian cities of Kharpert, Van and Ani were leveled. Russia came to their aid till the Bolshevik revolution began.

Armenia's pleas at the Paris Peace Conference led President Wilson in a failed effort to make Armenia a U.S. protectorate. Woodrow Wilson, who was born DECEMBER 28, 1856, told Congress, May 24, 1920: "The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has established the truth of the reported massacres and other atrocities from which the Armenian people have suffered... Sympathy for Armenia among our people has sprung from untainted consciences, pure Christian faith and an earnest desire to see Christian people everywhere succored in their time of suffering."

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.


Berge Jololian said...

It is encouraging to read a voice of truth and support for Armenia; for it was the first nation to adopt Christianity in the year 301 AD.

In 2001, Armenia and Armenians worldwide celebrated 1700 years of Christianity. Armenia is a country dotted with churches and monasteries from every century; the oldest being the Holy See of Etchmiadzin built in the 4th century.

Raphael Lemkin, a lawyer and a humanist of Polish-Jewish descent, coined the word "GENOCIDE" to describe the barbarity and vandalism that befell the Christian Armenians at the hands of the Turks.

The Turkish have not only murdered humans, destroyed an ancient culture and civilization, and rewritten history, but they continue to legitimize the act as well as the racist ideology that led to the act.

The International Association of Genocide Scholars unanimously affirm the Armenian genocide of 1.6 million people during the period 1915-23. Many countries such as France, Russia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Vatican and the UN, etc.. have formally acknowledged the genocide of Christian Armenians.

A non-binding resolution in the US House of Representative is expected to be introduced in the US Congress in the upcoming months, that formally calls on the US government to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian genocide.

Please, urge your Congressional House of Representative to support formal acknowledgment of this human rights issue.

With many thanks,
Berge Jololian

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