Not only are many Western secularists totally indifferent to the plight of Christians and other religious minorities under Islam—they inadvertently exacerbate it, thanks to the Muslim penchant to conflate Western behavior with Christianity.
Thus Charlie Hebdo’s satirical caricatures of Muhammad are now being pinned on the Christian faith by Muslims who seem not to realize that the magazine habitually pokes fun at Christ, Moses, and all other religious figures.
For example, in the above picture from Palestinian territories, protesters hold up a sign with images of the Muslim gunmen who murdered a dozen people at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices on January 7. The caption says, “Expect more from the champions of Islam, O you slaves of the Cross” (bold in original).
“Slaves of the Cross” is a common epithet Islam uses to describe Christians, past and present. In August 2012, jihadi groups issued leaflets in Egypt calling on “all brothers and sisters” to “kill or physically attack the enemies of the religion of Allah—the Christians in all of Egypt’s provinces,the slaves of the Cross, Allah’s curse upon them…”
Interpreting Charlie Hebdo’s actions as “Christian,” Muslims around the Islamic world have naturally attacked Christian minorities in the context of “collective punishment.”
In Nigeria, Muslim mobs burned down a number of churches and pastors’ homes in response to the Muhammad caricatures. At least 10 people were killed in the clashes; pastors in the capital Niamey said anyone associated with churches—anyone exposed as Christian—was targeted.
In Pakistan, some 300 Muslim students armed with iron bars and sticks attacked a Christian boys’ school in “retaliation” to Charlie Hebdo, leaving four Christians injured.
Regarding this attack, Nasir Saeed, director of the NGO Center for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement, said:
It is very sad that Islamic radicals attack Pakistani Christians because of Charlie Hebdo. Christians condemn the blasphemous cartoons. It is a shame that even after 67 years since the birth of Pakistan, Christians have not yet been considered Pakistani citizens, but are seen as “Western allies”…. Whenever incidents occur in western countries, the faithful Pakistanis are attacked. Christians, who are already living under constant fear for their lives, become even more vulnerable…. Keep reading