Christians worldwide falling victim to Muslim aggression

“Why is such a huge scourge chronically under-reported in the West? One result of this oversight is that the often inflated sense of victimhood felt by many Muslims has festered unchallenged.” That is no accident or by-product of under-reporting of the Muslim persecution of Christians. That is a tactic that is being consciously and cannily pursued.

“Christians persecuted throughout the world,” by Rupert Shortt in the Telegraph, October 29 (thanks to all who sent this in):

Imagine the unspeakable fury that would erupt across the Islamic world if a Christian-led government in Khartoum had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese Muslims over the past 30 years. Or if Christian gunmen were firebombing mosques in Iraq during Friday prayers. Or if Muslim girls in Indonesia had been abducted and beheaded on their way to school, because of their faith.

Such horrors are barely thinkable, of course. But they have all occurred in reverse, with Christians falling victim to Islamist aggression. Only two days ago, a suicide bomber crashed a jeep laden with explosives into a packed Catholic church in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 100. The tragedy bore the imprint of numerous similar attacks by Boko Haram (which roughly translates as “Western education is sinful”), an exceptionally bloodthirsty militant group.

Other notable trouble spots include Egypt, where 600,000 Copts — more than the entire population of Manchester — have emigrated since the 1980s in the face of harassment or outright oppression.

Why is such a huge scourge chronically under-reported in the West? One result of this oversight is that the often inflated sense of victimhood felt by many Muslims has festered unchallenged. Take the fallout of last month’s protests around the world against the American film about the Prophet Mohammed. While most of the debate centred on the rule of law and the limits of free speech, almost nothing was said about how much more routinely Islamists insult Christians, almost always getting away with their provocations scot-free.

Innocence of Muslims, the production that spurred all the outrage, has been rightly dismissed as contemptible trash. What, though, of a website such as “Guardians of the Faith”, run by Salafist extremists in Cairo? Among many posts, it has carried an article entitled “Why Muslims are superior to Copts”. “Being a Muslim girl whose role models are the wives of the Prophet, who were required to wear the hijab, is better than being a Christian girl, whose role models are whores,” it declares. “Being a Muslim who fights to defend his honour and his faith is better than being a Christian who steals, rapes, and kills children.” Hateful messages breed hateful acts. Is it any surprise that mobs have set fire to one church after another across Egypt in recent years?

The deeper truth masked by all the ranting — and, it should be added, by the blinkers of many Western secularists — is that Christians are targeted in greater numbers than any other faith group on earth. About 200 million church members (10 per cent of the global total) face discrimination or persecution: it just isn’t fashionable to say so. In 2010, I set out to write a chronicle of anti-Christian persecution on several continents. Published in my book, Christianophobia, the results of my research are even more disquieting than I expected.

Abu Hamza, the 7/7 ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan and other totemic figures were allowed to practise their religion openly in Britain, yet there is scarcely a single country from Morocco to Pakistan in which Christians are fully free to worship without restriction. Muslims who convert to Christianity or other faiths in most of these societies face harsh penalties. There is now a high risk that the Churches will all but vanish from their biblical heartlands in the Middle East….

The challenge, then, at once simple and substantial, is to promote the peaceful messages at the heart of the world’s major faiths, while neutralising perversions of the core teachings….

Given Christianity”s evolution, there are grounds for thinking that Islam may change, too. Points of contact between the two traditions are at least as significant as the differences. When they are true to their guiding principles, both faiths insist on the sanctity of the person as a seeker of God. From this should follow a recognition of religious liberty as the first of human rights. Self-interest need not be erased from an apparently high-minded equation. Freedom of belief is the canary in the coalmine for liberty in general, and thus for the flourishing of a society….

…which only indicates just how ignorant of Islam Rupert Shortt is.

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Comments

  1. says

    Just as much of MSM politically self-censors on the jihadist nature of the Benghazi murders, so too it self-censors on the global persecution on Christians- despite the plentiful evidence provided at ‘Jihadwatch’, Raymond Ibrahim, etc.

  2. says

    “Given Christianity’s evolution, there are grounds for thinking that Islam may change, too.”

    The Muhammad that Muslims believe in and the Jesus that Christians believe in (and set up as the model of human behavior) are two DRASTICALLY different people. It doesn’t matter if you are a Muslim, a Christian, or an atheist—this is just an indisputable fact, and one that neither religion can permanently “evolve” away from.

  3. says

    I agree with the Muhammadans: we should be engaged in active military warfare, right to end, the end being when they are all dead. But the devil is in the details: do we follow the example of their “prophet” and decapitate all post-pubescent males only, or do the complete job, to close history’s door upon them without any possible recourse?

    Reprehensible? Of course. But show me a satisfactory alternative. This is a serious question. If this meta-struggle is for all the marbles, please reveal a solution to yield a hyena-free world acceptable to the squeamish.

  4. says

    These fools do not realize that there is a very dangerous tipping point and they’re getting very close to it.

    If there is to be another crusade against these people, they will have brought it upon themselves. For the sake of the world, I hope I’m wrong.

  5. says

    Christian persecution is not only growing around the world,but it is rampant in Christian majority countries like Britain,France,Australia and even Amercia. Christian persecution in America has greatly accelerated under the Obama administration.Christians are sidelined everywhere. The Shepard-Byrd hate crimes law “specifically targets Christians,”and the government is just itching to use the 2009 law to arrest pastors, ban the Bible and censor speech. Serious persecution against Christians in America will come from the U.S. officials who are committing acts of “treason” by trying to subject Americans to international laws and the U.N. resolutions.

    There are many ways that our federal government has overreached and has brazenly done what the Constitution forbids. In most of these, you can see an obvious agenda of suppressing Christianity. The same Constitution that forbids Congress from establishing religion also prohibits it from hindering its free exercise. If you ask will Christians in America suffer persecution, and my response is that it has been happening for a long time. If our present trajectory is not changed, we can expect it to soon become official state policy. Right now it is unofficial state policy.

    Under the present administration, there have been a number of ways that the ground is being laid for a far more serious persecution against Christians in America. Some of this is coming through legislation such as the “hate crimes” legislation that specifically targets Christians. Some is coming through attempts to subject Americans to international laws and the U.N. resolutions, another very blatant violation of the Constitution. Article 6 declares that the Constitution will be “the supreme law of the land.” To subject Americans to any law other than our Constitution would therefore be a basic attack on the Constitution.
    “God Bless Amercia- and save Christians”

  6. says

    I wonder where in Islam is the insistence “on the sanctity of the person as a seeker of God”? I don’t know that I’ve picked up on that. Considering that a Muslim can be killed if he “seeks God” in an unprescribed way, as in converting to another religion or, as in, say, Mali, playing music, this sanctity-of-the-seeker stuff sounds a bit off the mark.

  7. says

    hey, Rupert, the Allah god (unknowable; as imagined) does not allow for “evolution” as you propose… [come to think of it, as Christianity is faith and life in Christ Jesus, neither does Christianity]. you must be following someone who is not familiar with the faith.

    the Allah god (which has an unsatiable blood lust) legislates from it’s law, the Sharia(reprehensible body of knowledge, that) and produces the mindless brothers terrorizing countrysides, raping, dominating, whining examples of manhood, not.

    the Allah god through Sharia has produced Muhammad (lately invented, if the bloke ever existed), calls this phantom a prophet (out of line with the OT prophets)and makes it to be a model of behavior.

    in no way is this prophet worthy, being a model of every immoral behavior that the Lord of All Living detests.

  8. says

    “‘Innocence of Muslims,’ the production that spurred all the outrage, has been rightly dismissed as contemptible trash” — from the article

    The only thing contemptible about the “Innocence of Muslims” is the production value. The story of Mohammed is one that needs to be widely circulated and understood, with no apologies. If movies concerning the life of Hitler can be made and even receive critical acclaim, the life of Mohammed can and should be similarly produced in film.

  9. says

    Regarding persecution of Christians in the West, the big one will be the gay marriage scenario. If Christian churches cannot refuse to marry gays, then the Church as an institution has been dealt a mortal blow – unless it drops all marriage from being performed, and then what?
    The only time the Christian Church is ever mentioned in the press is when the issue of child molesting comes up. This makes non-religious people equate Christianity with child abuse only.
    Have you noticed how many people defend Islam by saying proudly that they “have Muslim friends”? Now I say to them, “Cool. Do you have Christian friends too?” Of course they don’t, but they don’t quite know how to answer.

  10. says

    I agree with you only to a point. We Christians will not have been dealt a mortal blow if institutional churches are forced to marry homosexuals. Instead, the wider society will have been dealt a mortal blow, for homosexuality will remain unhealthy no matter how many editorials in how many media outlets demand that we accept it as being just as good as monogamous, heterosexual marriage.

    As for the church, we will go underground, or we’ll take a new lease on life in countries where we’re a minority today. After all, there were probably many Syrian, Mesopotamian, and North African Christians around the year 400 A.D. who thought that northern Europeans were nothing but the kindling wood of Hell (something an 18th century Danish king said about central Africans when he dismissed the idea of missions to them). We’ve done it before. Unhappily, when state and society collapse and we’re called on to come out and take charge, we’ll be stuck with ruins.

    This is why I pray for new media and its publicizing the things that the MSM tries to suppress in the name of its political agenda–as well as widespread repentance in our society.

  11. says

    “We Christians will not have been dealt a mortal blow if institutional churches are forced to marry homosexuals. Instead, the wider society will have been dealt a mortal blow, for homosexuality will remain unhealthy no matter how many editorials in how many media outlets demand that we accept it as being just as good as monogamous, heterosexual marriage.”

    Those are peripheral points I feel Kepha. Wider society is not dealt a mortal blow by the churches being forced to marry homosexuals and the health or otherwise of individuals does not deal a mortal blow anyway, for if it did then the introduction of smoking in Elizabethan times would have dealt a mortal blow back then. The mortal blow is society creating the legal fiction that a state of marriage can exist in the first place. Before the ‘coming out’ era homosexuals used to live a lie and the mental and emotional toll of doing so are well recognized. Now forces are at work to remove that burdn from individual homosexuals and have society do the lying, to itself, about the bedrock on which society depends for an ongoing functional future. That is the mortal blow. But that lie is of the same ilk which western society has been telling itself since the politically correct lie of unquestioned multiculturalism being superior to one’s own culture was accepted from the mid 1970s onwards. Both lies will break on the hard rock of reality but how much else will break with it is the question.

  12. says

    Before the ‘coming out’ era homosexuals used to live a lie and the mental and emotional toll of doing so are well recognized.

    Why is it some vague ‘forces’ responsibility to relieve that ‘burden’? Are homosexuals, ‘special’? Should we be concerned about their mental and emotional state? Why? Should ‘breeders’ feel sorry for gays? Should breeders pity them? Some Christian breeders feel that way, but they are also not going to let an emotionally out of control child run the household…That only happens in the movies…
    Gay marriage may happen, but I doubt churches will be forced to perform them…It is pointless for a gay couple to throw themselves against their church who refuses, when there is a church right down the street that is open to it…God does not care what church you get married in…