Celebrate Religious Persecution Day

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.

https://undocs.org/en/A/73/L.85

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.

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9 thoughts on “Celebrate Religious Persecution Day”

  1. My priest often has us pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and around the world, but that’s pretty much the only place I hear about it.

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  2. MJBubba:
    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.

    I always enjoy your posts because we’re always complaining about the same important things: religious and financial freedom.

    Facebook, Google, Microsoft may be publicly traded but censorship doesn’t interest me in the least. My profits allow me to buy new homes and clothes and my spending habits flow right back into the economy, not to mention they allow me to take 2 weeks off to work for the Don in Jacksonville.

    Stop worrying about censorship and look at the profitability these companies make for their shareholders. There within lies the true Power!

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  3. I will not celebrate persecution of anyone for that would make me incredibly cruel. I am truly thankful that I live in a country that allows religious freedom. It is so easy to take that for granted.

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  4. Links:

    Global Persecution Interim Report by Bishop Mounstephan of Truro April 2019 https://christianpersecutionreview.org.uk/interim-report/

    BBC article:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48146305

     

    Reaction against Bishop Mounstephan’s Interim Report by middleeasteye.net, which is a London-based Muslim blog. The Saudi government accuses them of being associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and of being funded by Qatar.

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/bishop-truro-has-not-told-full-truth-about-christians-middle-east

    Final Report House of Commons page. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a link to the .pdf of the full Final Report.

    https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CDP-2019-0198#fullreport

     

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  5. EThompson:

    MJBubba:
    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.

    I always enjoy your posts because we’re always complaining about the same important things: religious and financial freedom.

    Facebook, Google, Microsoft may be publicly traded but censorship doesn’t interest me in the least. My profits allow me to buy new homes and clothes and my spending habits flow right back into the economy, not to mention they allow me to take 2 weeks off to work for the Don in Jacksonville.

    Stop worrying about censorship and look at the profitability these companies make for their shareholders. There within lies the true Power!

    I am puzzled over this comment.

    Did you see the estimate that censored Google search results could result in a difference in the 2020 presidential election, estimated at between 2.6 and 11 million votes?   I thought you really did care which side wins.

    Or, are you expressing the view that, we should tell all those persecuted Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to buy good stocks and defeat their oppressors with the money they will make ?

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  6. MJBubba:
    Or, are you expressing the view that, we should tell all those persecuted Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to buy good stocks and defeat their oppressors with the money they will make ?

    Ok, this made me laugh. Point taken.

    MJBubba:
    Did you see the estimate that censored Google search results could result in a difference in the 2020 presidential election, estimated at between 2.6 and 11 million votes?   I thought you really did care which side wins.

    Of course I care which side wins but I have little to no confidence in estimates or polls. 2016 proved me right.

    I’m going to be working the Jax rally for the Don and focusing on his weakest demographic so let me share some of my idiosyncratic observations:

    I own a lot of stock in those big, bad companies (Google, FB, Amazon) but know nothing about their politics and everything about their bottom line. I can’t do a damn thing about people who allow themselves to be politically influenced by corporations. Companies are to be used to buy functional products and to make money. Period.

    Also, I’ll give a Trump rally points over any corporation. He’s going to win New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada because he’s targeting them seriously. I have faith especially if he cleans up the trade war with China.

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  7. This is a stunning example of “fake non-news,” a.k.a. “nothing to see here.” It is among the most notable of media prevarications. How can one prove the negative of omitted facts?

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  8. civil westman:
    This is a stunning example of “fake non-news,” a.k.a. “nothing to see here.” It is among the most notable of media prevarications. How can one prove the negative of omitted facts?

    We could make a case but nobody would ever see it.   Even conservative niche media outlets have only in very recent years been willing to carry stories that were first the domain of Christian niche media.   (For example, it was only about ten years ago that Rush Limbaugh came out as pro-life, and even then it has only been since 2014 that he has alloted much air time to the issue.)  If Christians find it difficult to get any favorable coverage from conservative niche media, don’t ever expect Christian issues to make it into the mass media world.   That is even less likely than before with the new ownership at Fox News.

    Quantification should make a case.   For example, I wrote about an incident from Nigeria back in February.   After 7,000 Christians murdered in 2018 by jihadiis, a Christian mob murdered 120 Muslims in a reprisal attack.   At that point, Snopes did a “fact-check” feature, slamming the Christian Post, and subsequently Breitbart.   They wrote about the most recent Muslim murders, contrasted that with the Christian reprisal incident, then concluded that it is all just tit-for-tat violence, and since the Christians are farmers and the Muslims are herders, this is all just a land dispute anyway.  Snopes slapped “Half True” labels on accurate reports.   Then Google News featured the Snopes version in their “spotlight” for several days.   None of the mass media outlets touched the story.

    https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/2019/03/21/nigerian-land-dispute/

    Since these are all black skinned people in a third world country, it doesn’t matter and you can all go back to sleep now.   

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