Photo:Among those present at the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) luncheon, Thursday, February 26, 2015, in which Author Joe David discussed the historical events contributing to his book,The Infidels,was International Armenian Philanthropist Annie S. Totah, and Joe David’s two cousins, James and Judith David. James and Judith David are grandchildren of Reverend Jacob and Judith David who both courageously assisted the Christians during the Armenian-Assyrian massacre in 1915-18. Standing: Joe David and Annie Totah; seated: Judith and James David.
WASHINGTON, DC – During a rousing talk at the DuPont Circle Hotel, sponsored by the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC), Joe David, author ofThe Infidels, took a sell-out crowd of WNDC members and their guests on a journey to the beginning of Christianity over two thousand years ago.
“With little more than a Bible, a cross and some bread,” David said, “the early Assyrian Christian missionaries followed the trade route (known generally as the Silk Route) to China and spread the gospel, according to Jesus to world. By the 12tth Century, The Assyrian Church of the East became the largest church in the world with over 80 million followers, larger than the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches combined.”
Unfortunately, these peaceful and cultured Assyrians who build thefirstChristian nation on the ruins of the ancient Assyrian empire faced a major threat in 630 AD, which reached a crisis in the 15thCentury. “With the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire in 1453, Christianity in the Middle East was boldly reduced to ashes, leaving behind only a few sparks of life here and there. The cause: the rise of radical Islam which left its imprint on the area by brutally slaughtering millions of Christians.”
By revisiting the past, David identified the uninterrupted pattern of genocide, perpetrated by radical Muslims against Christians that began in the 7thCentury. “I worry,” he said, “that if we don’t acknowledge the lessons taught to us by history and end today’s terrorism, we may soon see a holocaust like none before it.”
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