A recent study shows that 105,000 Christians are killed every year because of their faith. In other words, every five minutes a Christian is killed because he or she is Christian. Those of us who do not just stick to politically castrated (non-PC for “politically correct”) newspapers and news channels are fully aware of the bloody oppression of Christians in Muslim countries. Christians are also subject to religiously motivated threats in their own countries. One among countless examples is Holland, where Moroccans shout “One dog less!” at Christian funerals.
It is shocking to see how little Christians do about it. The most natural thing to do as a Christian, a Christian leader or organisation, would be to demand that Islamic leaders and organisations call for a stop to religious violence against Christians. They should demand that imams declare void the many Qur’anic verses preaching hatred for, violence against and murder of the followers of Jesus.
Many people expected many more Christians to write letters to the editor, demonstrate in front of mosques, call for the media to report more about the problems, etc. Local congregations should write open letters to their local Islamic organisations, urging them to publicly renounce any religiously motivated violence — including the relevant portions of their own written religious texts.
I will not say “shame on you” for not standing up for your sisters and brothers. Present and future generations of Christians enjoying less security than you are enjoying now will do that. When one turns the other cheek, one needs also to turn the head and thereby look the other way. Looking the other way may not be harmful for oneself, if one lives in a safe setting. But letting people in need down — even fellow Christians — is embarrassing and cowardly, and it makes Christianity look useless in situations where things are less rosy.
No other religious group contributes more to the victims of war and personal and natural disasters than the Christians. They are a gift to this world, and a great example to all. Protecting fellow believers from oppression and violence should be the least of what they do. The sad, sad lack of solidarity among Christians must come to an end, even if taking a stand involves personal risk or going public offends those who want to harm you.
Christianity is the largest religion in this world. It laid the cultural basis for the richest, freest and most compassionate society in this world. Unlike Muslims, Christians are respected for their deeds and values. It is time for this giant to wake up.