How long has it been since you saw any news or discussion about the global persecution of Christians? (I mean, besides my posts.) The churches are under attack all over the world, with dozens or sometimes hundreds killed monthly. This carnage goes unnoticed by American mass media. In fact, American mass media seem determined to keep this information hidden. American Christians are not acting to help Christians around the world because they do not know the extent of the plight.
Other religious minorities experience persecution. This also gets neglected by the purveyors of “news.” But the one clear thing about religious persecution is, it mostly affects Christians, and it is overwhelmingly attributable to Muslims and Communists.
In recognition of the extents of religious persecution, the United Nations declared August 22, 2019 to be an “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.”
Of course, the United Nations declaration uses fuzzy language full of euphemisms, fails to cite specifics, leaves the perpetrators unnamed, and accomplishes nothing.
I have posted three times this year about murderous jihad in Africa, because that is the least-known area to Americans. Occasionally we get scanty media coverage of jihad in the Middle East or Central Asia. The multiple bombings on Easter in Sri Lanka got real actual media coverage, but even that was twisted to downplay the jihadist aspect of those killings. Prior to that there was a brief round of reports on a Pakistani Christian girl who was held prisoner on blatantly false charges, but if she had been released, everyone knew she would be murdered. After several years she was able to flee Pakistan.
Every now and then Chinese oppression of Christians gets some media attention, almost as much as Chinese oppression of the Muslim Uighurs. But I think that mass media is generally reluctant to report on Chinese human rights abuses, and I think that there are a couple of reasons for this. First is, they got in the habit of not reporting on anything that might have been embarrassing to Team Obama. Second, they are generally irreligious, so the persecution of religious minorities does not register with them. Third, they prefer not to let China appear to be a bad guy because they are busy bashing President Trump for treating China badly.
Muslim jihad goes unnoticed in the Philippines because American mass media have identified President Duterte as a bad guy and don’t want to present any information that might rationalize his heavy-handed violations of human rights. Muslim jihad in Indonesia is just off the radar, almost like in Africa.
Persecuted Christians Report
At the request of U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Bishop Mounstephan of Truro prepared a report on global persecution of Christians. Bishop Mounstephan’s Interim Report was released in April of this year. I encourage anyone who is really interested to go check out the report.
One way you know that the report is on target is by reading the criticism that was posted by a Muslim website that is associated with Muslim Brotherhood. It consists entirely of carping about stuff that did not get included in the report. The things that they did not see was a criticism of American and British support for militias in Syria, and criticism of Israel for oppressing Palestinian Christians. That is really thin broth, and reveals the truth of Bishop Mounstephan’s reporting. If Christians suffered at the hands of Syrian militias that were supported by America or Britain, that was incidental, and at least it stopped the rampant murder and rape that targeted Christians at the hands of ISIS. And, though the Palestinian Christians have legitimate complaints against the Israeli government, murder, rape, arson and bombing are not part of those complaints. Christians in Israel are safer than Christians in any Muslim countries.
As for the report itself, the BBC produced this summary of the Interim Report:
The interim report said the main impact of “genocidal acts against Christians is exodus” and that Christianity faced being “wiped out” from parts of the Middle East.
It warned the religion “is at risk of disappearing” in some parts of the world, pointing to figures which claimed Christians in Palestine represent less than 1.5% of the population, while in Iraq they had fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 120,000.
“Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but also its increasing severity,” the Bishop wrote.
“In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN.”
I looked but did not find any other mass media news coverage of either the Interim Report or the Final Report, which came out in July. I did see little notices in two Christian niche media sites.
So it is with a great sense of sadness and irony that I am observing International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
Christian Ratburghers, happy Persecution Day.