Christians slaughtered, world yawns
Lawrence J. Haas
On 28 March 2013 10:53
Across our world in which 7.1 billion people dwell, 2.2 billion (or 31 percent) are Christians. They pray in mega-churches across America, in isolated villages in China, and in thousands of places in between.
More and more, they pray in fear. That’s because, as the Hudson Institute’s Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea outline in detail in their new book, Persecuted, Christians are under “global assault.”
As remarkable as the global assault, however, is the relative silence by global leaders and the media. Though Christians are overwhelmingly the leaders of governments across the West, no national leader has seen fit to call much attention to the horror.
Christian persecution occurs across Asia, Africa, and the Greater Middle East; it ranges from restrictions on worship to assassination for owning a Bible; and it occurs due to government sponsorship (e.g., in North Korea, Vietnam, China, Burma, Saudi Arabia, and Iran), social intolerance (in Nigeria and Iraq), or acts of terrorism from Muslim extremists (e.g., in Somalia and Afghanistan).
Though the world’s remaining Communist countries persecute the most Christians, the authors write, “It is in the Muslim world where persecution of Christians is now most widespread, intense, and ominously increasing.”
Geopolitics make a consistent stand for human rights by the US (or any other) government pretty difficult. All the same, it would at least be nice if the government of the US made some show trying to pressure allies and unfriendly countries to curb their human rights abuses. A prime example of both sides of this would be Sudan. One of the less-known accomplishments of the recent Bush administration was an agreement in Sudan that ended some three decades of religio-racial genocide by the Arab-Muslim government in the north against the black-Christians and -animists in the south and led to South Sudan becoming an independent nation. This ended decades of genocide and was accomplished through diplomacy, but was preceded by some three decades of near silence from the US State Department and US Presidential Administrations (Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton - both political parties!).
Where’s the UN in the events spoken of in the article above? Worse than useless! During the Sudan religio-racial genocide the UN was working to block aid to southern Sudan, including food, medicines and basic educational materials for schools! The large Muslim minority among UN members and their allies ensure that religious persecution of Christians will get short shrift at most in the UN.
As for US MSM, their disdain and hostility for Christians and their narrative of opposition to “Islamophobia” insure that what this article points out - as well as persecution of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups such as the Baha’i - will get as little coverage as they can get away with, and when coverage is forced by events, moral equivalency reportage will be used to make the victims look as much to blame as the persecutors and oppressors.