Skip to comments.The Elephant in the ‘Christian Persecution’ Room
Posted on 01/20/2014 3:47:06 AM PST by markomalley
Open Doors USA recently released its widely cited 2014 World Watch Lista report that highlights and ranks the 50 worst nations around the globe persecuting Christians.
The one glaring fact that emerges from this report is that the overwhelming majority of Christian persecution around the world today is being committed at the hands of Muslims of all races, languages, cultures, and socio-political circumstances: Muslims from among Americas allies (Saudi Arabia) and its enemies (Iran); Muslims from economically rich nations (Qatar) and from poor nations (Somalia and Yemen); Muslims from Islamic republic nations (Afghanistan) and from moderate nations (Malaysia and Indonesia); Muslims from nations rescued by America (Kuwait) and Muslims claiming grievances against America (fill in the blank __).
A common denominator, a pattern, exists, one that is even more extensive than Open Doors implies. According to that organizations communications director, Emily Fuentes, of the 50 worst nations for persecution, 37 of them are Muslim, or 74%.
In fact, while this number suggests that the other 13 countries making the top 50 are not Muslimfor example Kenya and Ethiopiathose doing the persecution there are.
In other words, those persecuting Christians in 41 of 50 nations are Muslims; that is, a whopping 82% of all persecution around the globe is being committed by the adherents of Islamsometimes in Christian majority nations; for example, the Central African Republic which, after the 2013 Islamic takeover, now ranks #16, severe persecution (the Christian-majority nation did not even appear in the previous years top 50).
As for the top ten absolute worst nations, where, according to the 2014 World Watch List, Christians suffer extreme persecution, ninethat is, 90%are Muslim. (Indeed, Open Doors global map of Christian persecution can easily be confused with a global map of the Islamic world, with the exception of China (ranked 37, moderate persecution) and some sporadic countries dominated by crime and godless tyranny (Columbia, North Korea, etc.)
Similarly, a recent Morning Star News report listing 2013s ten most horrific anecdotes of Christian persecution around the world finds that nine out of tenagain, 90%were committed at the hands of those professing Islam.
Still, considering that the 2014 World Watch List ranks North Koreanon-Islamic, communistas the number one worst persecutor of Christians, why belabor the religious identity of Muslims?
Here we come to some critically important but blurred distinctions. While Christians are indeed suffering extreme persecution in North Korea, these fall into the realm of the temporal, the aberrant, even. Something as simple as overthrowing the North Korean regime would likely end persecution there almost overnightjust as the fall of Communist Soviet Union saw religious persecution come to a quick close.
In the Islamic world, however, a similar scenario would not alleviate the sufferings of Christians by an iota. Quite the opposite; where dictators fallSaddam in Iraq, Mubarak in Egypt, Qaddafi in Libya, and ongoing attempts to oust Assad in SyriaChristian persecution rises.
The reason for this dichotomy is that Christian persecution by non-Muslims (mostly communists) is often rooted to a temporal regime or ideology. Conversely, Muslim persecution of Christians is perennial, existential, and far transcends this or that regime or ruler. It is part and parcel of the history, doctrines, and socio-political makeup of Islamhence its tenacity; hence its ubiquity.
Still, the significance of all this is often overlooked. Thus, Dr. David Curry, CEO and president of Open Doors USA, told The Blaze Not every circumstance is the same. For example, in North Korea, you have a quasi-Stalinist government that is the most difficult place to call yourself a Christian on the planet and has been for the last 12 years, he noted. But while North Koreas government is the real culprit, in places like Iraq, roving extremist groups are waging attacks against Christians, while government officials are seemingly powerless to stop the carnage, he explained.
True; but atheistic Stalinism/communism is a relatively new phenomenonabout a century oldand, over the years, its rule (if not variants of its ideology) has greatly waned, so that only a handful of nations today are communist.
On the other hand, roving extremist groups (also known in other contexts and countries as Islamists, terrorists, mujahidin, mobs, radicals, people-with-grievances, etc.) attacking and killing infidel Christians have been around since the dawn of Islam. It is a well-documented, even if suppressed, history.
To further understand the differences between temporal and existential persecution, consider: Russia, once a staunch Orthodox Christian nation, led the communist movement and persecuted its own Christians; yet today, a century later, it is becoming more orthodox again, prominent among Western nations for showing support for persecuted Christians.
North Koreawhere its leader, Kim Jong-Un, is worshipped as a god and the people are shielded from reality, including outside their bordersseems to be experiencing what Russia did under the Soviet Union and thus living in a delusional state.
But if the once mighty USSR could not persevere, surely its a matter of time before tiny North Koreas walls also come crumbling down, with the resulting religious freedom that former communist nations have experienced. (Tellingly, the only countries that were part of the USSR that still persecute Christians are Muslim, such as Uzbekistan, ranked #15, severe persecution, and Turkmenistan, ranked #20, also severe persecution.)
Time, however, is not on the side of Christians living amid Muslims; quite the opposite. Since the 7th century, when Islam came into being, Muslims have been invading and conquering Christian lands, so that more than half of the territory that was once Christian in the 7th centuryincluding all of North Africa and the Levantare today the heart of the Muslim world.
Muslim persecution of Christians exists in 41 nations today as part of a continuum that started nearly 14 centuries ago. As I document in Crucified Again: Exposing Islams New War on Christians, the very same patterns of Christian persecution prevalent throughout the Muslim world today are often identical to those from centuries past. The facts speak for themselves.
A final consideration: North Korea, the one non-Muslim nation making the top ten worst persecutors list, is governed by what is widely seen as an unbalanced megalomaniac (hence the aberrant persecution); conversely, the other nine nations are not dominated by any cults-of-personalities and are ruled under a variety of governance, including parliamentarian democracies (Iraq), republics (Maldives, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen), Islamic republics (Afghanistan, Iran), and monarchies (Saudi Arabia).
The common denominator is that they are all Islamic nations.
Thus, long after North Koreas psychotic Kim Jong-Un has gone the way of the dodo, Islam will still be here andshort of a miraculous reformationstill treating Christians and other infidels like it did for centuries.
Confronting this understandably discomforting and better-left-unsaid fact is the first real step to alleviating the sufferings of the overwhelming majority of Christians around the world.
Unfortunately, however, while some are willing to point out that Christians are being persecuted around the Muslim worldwhy that is the case, why 82% of the worlds persecution is committed by Muslims from a variety of backgrounds and circumstancesis the great elephant in the room that few wish to address. For doing so would cause some long held and cherished premises of the modern West to come crashing down.
Yeah, Islam is a war plan. Mohammed was a great warrior that made his prophetic experience a reality by the blade — a simple fact.
Any region that defines itself through Islam will NOT tolerate non-Islamic ways of life — a definition of sorts.
It’s good to have hard data behind the obvious fact that Islam is by nature an aggression — common awareness.
What a surprise, muslims persecuting Christians! But wait, aren’t they THE religion of peace?
(1) Boobamba waging war on Christian women---trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to subsidize birth control.
(2) NY Gov Cuomo: "....extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay have no place in the state of New York because thats not who New Yorkers are."
(Cackle) when he got into the WH----Boobamba yelled "olly, olly, octen free---come out, come out wherever you are."
Every weirdo, and his mentally challenged cousin, tripped over themselves to come out of their little liberal man caves.
Cuomo's just another Loony Tune that found his inner moron, thanks to Boobamba.
The stunted growth of these "political (cough) visionaries" extends from A all the way to B.
Do like the romans do
>>(1) Boobamba waging war on Christian women-—trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to subsidize birth control.
In our country, we overuse two words: war and hero. Everything is war and everyone in a uniform is a hero.
Compared to having your head cut off, or being locked in your church on Sunday and being burned alive, the American Left’s “war” on Christians is more like a little league soccer game.
The article in the OP is talking about nations that commit real atrocities against Christians. Let’s keep things in perspective.
“Waging war on women” is a fave term of the femi/Nazis.....with which they maliciously tar anyone who dares to thwart their agenda.
It’s being used here to hoist the arch-liberal Boobamba on his on petard.
AND it puts femi/Nazis on high alert.
They oughta swat him down.
We shall see.
This is an astute observation. The reason why is because one can easily claim support from the Qur'an and the Hadith for so doing. In contrast, the use of the sword of men to deal with doctrinal dissent and enforce conformity by both Catholics and early Protestants is easily shown by Scripture to be an error under the New Covenant.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
And also Mikey Weinstein's MRFF, the SPLC, the ADL, and the ACLU. Something about the leadership of these groups is similar, but I just can't put my finger on it.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
"Something about the leadership of these groups is similar, but I just can't put my finger on it."Say it. Grow a pair :)
Nah, I'll let people connect the dots. BTW, what did you think about Chuckie Schumer trashing "White Anglo-Saxons"?