Thursday, March 19, 2015

Myriam's Viral Video

Myriam and Family
SAT-7 Journalist
Essam Nagy
Christianity Today

A 10-year-old Christian Iraqi girl named Myriam fled her home in Mosul, Iraq along with her family for the security of Kurdistan's Irbil last July with hundreds of thousands of other Christians as the Islamic State (ISIS) surged into the city, and this little girl said some things that went viral on video after Essam Nagy of SAT-7 Kids interviewed Myriam and asked how she felt about those Islamists who drove her and her family from their home, she said:
"I will only ask God to forgive them. Why should they be killed?"
Her words of love to counter Islamist hate astonished nearly everyone who heard her speak, and - as already noted - the video went viral, becoming SAT-7's most-watched interview ever, having received over one million viewings at the time of the report that I read by Jayson Casper's, "Forgiving ISIS: Christian 'Resistance' Videos Go Viral in Arab World" (Christianity Today, March 17, 2015).

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At 11:32 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Really cool kid. A little Malala.

Alas, I'm not sure that cultures targeted by ISIS and other Islamists can collectively practice "turn the other cheek" and hope to survive. But perhaps Myrian can point us in the direction of an effective solution that minimizes the need for violence of any sort. One can hope.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'm also not sure, but her words are bound to raise doubt in the minds of some Islamists - and perhaps begin to move the great majority of ordinary Muslims to speak out against the hadith and the entire jurisprudential system of sharia.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:55 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Please pardon my faute de frappe. I meant "Myriam," not "Myrian." That's what I get for typing on the phone.

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'm getting so blind, I didn't even notice it.

Jeffery Hodges

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