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Why the West ignores Christian Persecution?
ICAN ^ | January 11, 2013

Posted on 09/11/2013 1:07:00 PM PDT by xzins

A new report has exposed the West’s blindness to the persecution of Christians around the world; it highlights how the “lion’s share” of this is done by Muslims, whom the media do not want to criticise over misplaced fears of “racism”.

the West’s blindness to the persecution of Christians around the worldWorld, January 09, 2013: Christianophobia, which was published last month, written by journalist Rupert Shortt for Civitas, argues that “Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers.” He quotes research by the Pew Forum and the World Evangelical Alliance, which estimates that 200 million Christians (ten per cent of the global total) are socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their faith.

Focusing on the plight of Christians in seven countries (Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma and China), Shortt catalogues some of the most egregious attacks on Christians in recent years.

He states: In the large area between Morocco and Pakistan … there is scarcely a country in which church life operates without restrictions. Syria, he writes, had been “one of the exceptions until now”, but the country is currently wracked by civil war, and thousands of Christians have been driven from their homes.

Quoting the estimates of scholars that between half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have left or been killed over the last century, Shortt states, “There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its Biblical heartlands.”

“LION’S SHARE” BY MUSLIMS

The report argues that the “lion’s share” of anti-Christian persecution happens in Muslim-majority societies, where religious freedom is generally very restricted. But it also rightly stresses that much “Christianophobia” has nothing to do with militant Islam. It is rife under the Communist regimes of China and North Korea and also in mainly Buddhist societies such asSri Lanka and Burma.

Shortt quotes a revealing study, Religious Freedom in the World,by the think-tank Freedom House, which examined the records of many countries. Of the 20 surveyed that were deemed “unfree”, Muslim-majority societies comprised 12, while of the 41 judged “free”, 35 were traditionally Christian. Buddhist countries with Communist governments (China, Tibet, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam) also scored poorly.

BLINDNESS TO PERSECUTION

Christianophobia raises the issue of why the persecution of Christians is so little known to Western audiences and says that governments and other influential players have a “blind spot” that causes them “to squander a broader opportunity”, adding, “Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally.”

Shortt suggests that the subject does not receive much attention for two reasons: first, because “persecuted Christians tend not to respond with terrorist violence”, and second, because “parts of the media have been influenced by the logical error that equates criticism of Muslims with racism, and therefore as wrong by definition”.

“A PROBLEM WITH ISLAM?”

The cause of Christianophobia is also examined. Shortt questions whether there is “a problem with Islam as such”, or if the trouble is more a matter of contingencies.

He states that part of the answer is theological:

There is a theory that the idea of jihad is more deeply embedded in Islam than related notions in the other world religions – and therefore that Islam is more susceptible to violent extremism – because of the martial context in which Islam took root.

He refers also to the Islamic teaching on the unequal status of Muslims and non-Muslims. In many Islamic societies, Christians and Jews are given subordinate dhimmi status, which requires them to pay the humiliating jizya tax and restricts their rights. People who follow polytheistic religions, and atheists, have an even lower standing.

Shortt does not ignore the violence committed by Christians in the past and not-so-distant past, and goes on to argue that, as Christianity has become more flexible, there are reasonable grounds for thinking that Islam will “evolve” also.

But is it purely a case of Islam needing to mature?

Christianophobia touches on the effect that Western foreign policy has had on the persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority countries, but there is much more that could be said regarding this contributory factor.

Shortt refers to former US President George W. Bush’s use of the term “crusade” after the 9/11 attacks, which (some have pointed out) conveyed the sense of “a Christian assault on the Muslim world”, and which thus implicated, in Muslim minds, all Christians as enemies. He adds:

Others maintain that Bush’s ill-chosen words and mistaken policies have provided a convenient excuse for aggression against minority groups which patently have no connection with Western governments.

Islamist militants besieged this church in Baghdad in 2010In reference to Iraq, Shortt outlines the effect of the first Gulf War in 1990-1 and then the US-led invasion in 2003; anti-Christian violence intensified, resulting in a dramatic decline in the Christian population.

The violence against Christians in Muslim-majority contexts cannot therefore be blamed solely on Islam itself. Western governments, especially the US and British, need to be held to account for the way that their foreign policies, particularly in the Middle East, have increased the danger for Christian minorities.

They do not appear to be learning from history either, as they are now backing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Like Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Assad had afforded the Christian community in Syria a considerable degree of protection and freedom; this has now been shattered by war and seems unlikely to be restored by any new regime, as Islamists have gained influence in the effort to oust the president.

Western support for the Arab Spring, which has promoted the rise of political Islam, has ignored the implications for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. In


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Islam; Prayer
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1 posted on 09/11/2013 1:07:00 PM PDT by xzins
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8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.


2 posted on 09/11/2013 1:08:58 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

This is SO true! The msm hates Christians & bends over backwards to ignore any persecution of them ESPECIALLY by muslims. What a disgrace!


3 posted on 09/11/2013 1:10:54 PM PDT by Bulgaricus1 (Fill your hand you son...)
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To: xzins

Islam is evil. Sure there are some peaceful practicioners here in the west, but it is a tool of the devil to eradicate Christians, and to dishearten others.


4 posted on 09/11/2013 1:11:28 PM PDT by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: xzins

You sir/madame are an idiot. To Hell with you and Islam. On this day of all days you post this garbage? Islam is a crude ‘’religion’’ for barbaric people.


5 posted on 09/11/2013 1:11:41 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

???


6 posted on 09/11/2013 1:15:20 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

What don’t you understand? This pathetic puff piece about poor misunderstood Islam? On this day of all days?


7 posted on 09/11/2013 1:17:19 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: xzins
It is forbidden to point out that Muslims commit attrocities continuously, as that is the BASIC INSTRUCTION in their "Religion".

Authors, Cartoonists, TV Commentators, etc. who have DARED to speak against or to even point out FACTS of Muslim acts are pursued, killed, maimed, etc.

In OUR OWN COUNTRY, we allow Muslims to freely do their thing, but can't talk about it, because we have one in the White Hut, and sprinkled throughout the government heirarchy, protecting the Muslim "Kill the Infadels" mentality.

Can you even imagine what would happen to a White Christian Heterosexual who had a religion that was intolerant of all others, and was BOUND to exterminate them and expect the Government would PROTECT HIS "Freedom of Religion"???? LOL

8 posted on 09/11/2013 1:17:42 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: xzins

Western governments are, at the least, embarrassed by Christians and Christianity and feel that it is a terrible weight hung around the neck of Civilization. Not only do Western governments not worry about foreign persecution of Christians, Western governments will do the same, have already gently embarked on the project, and will increase the pressure steadily and relentlessly until Christianity is a much smaller thing and entirely underground. Canada already prosecutes preachers for preaching Christian precepts.


9 posted on 09/11/2013 1:17:51 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Bulgaricus1
the msm hates...

That is true.

It is also true that the persecution of middle eastern Christianity is "out of sight out of mind" for most western churches.

10 posted on 09/11/2013 1:18:37 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
The media are silent about Christian-killing because they wish they were the ones doing it.
11 posted on 09/11/2013 1:19:02 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: jmacusa
The report argues that the “lion’s share” of anti-Christian persecution happens in Muslim-majority societies, where religious freedom is generally very restricted.

Islamist militants besieged this church in Baghdad in 2010In reference to Iraq, Shortt outlines the effect of the first Gulf War in 1990-1 and then the US-led invasion in 2003; anti-Christian violence intensified, resulting in a dramatic decline in the Christian population.

The violence against Christians in Muslim-majority contexts cannot therefore be blamed solely on Islam itself. Western governments, especially the US and British, need to be held to account for the way that their foreign policies, particularly in the Middle East, have increased the danger for Christian minorities.

They do not appear to be learning from history either, as they are now backing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Like Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Assad had afforded the Christian community in Syria a considerable degree of protection and freedom; this has now been shattered by war and seems unlikely to be restored by any new regime, as Islamists have gained influence in the effort to oust the president.

Western support for the Arab Spring, which has promoted the rise of political Islam, has ignored the implications for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa.

You honestly find the above quotes to be positive toward Islam????

12 posted on 09/11/2013 1:23:53 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: jmacusa
The report argues that the “lion’s share” of anti-Christian persecution happens in Muslim-majority societies, where religious freedom is generally very restricted.

Islamist militants besieged this church in Baghdad in 2010In reference to Iraq, Shortt outlines the effect of the first Gulf War in 1990-1 and then the US-led invasion in 2003; anti-Christian violence intensified, resulting in a dramatic decline in the Christian population.

The violence against Christians in Muslim-majority contexts cannot therefore be blamed solely on Islam itself. Western governments, especially the US and British, need to be held to account for the way that their foreign policies, particularly in the Middle East, have increased the danger for Christian minorities.

They do not appear to be learning from history either, as they are now backing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Like Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Assad had afforded the Christian community in Syria a considerable degree of protection and freedom; this has now been shattered by war and seems unlikely to be restored by any new regime, as Islamists have gained influence in the effort to oust the president.

Western support for the Arab Spring, which has promoted the rise of political Islam, has ignored the implications for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa.

You honestly find the above quotes to be positive toward Islam????

13 posted on 09/11/2013 1:25:21 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Cyber Liberty
they wish they were the ones doing it.

So, they do it in the manner they can.

Did you notice Rand Paul getting attacked for bringing up the plight of Mid-Eastern Christians?

But American churches tend to ignore the plight of the persecuted church in the middle east.

14 posted on 09/11/2013 1:27:05 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
But American churches tend to ignore the plight of the persecuted church in the middle east.

Most American "churches" are businesses that effectively operate for a profit.

15 posted on 09/11/2013 1:32:46 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: Thane_Banquo

As much as I hate to have to agree with you, I will. Because from what I have seen you are correct. Shame!


16 posted on 09/11/2013 1:34:23 PM PDT by sport
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To: Thane_Banquo; sport; Kolokotronis

Self-interest is certainly part of it. Oddly, though, I get the impression that western Christianity tends to place orthodox and other mid-eastern brands in a quasi-Christian class.

They are dhimmis to the Islamics, and we also treat them as dhimmis to Christianity.

All the while, they keep looking more and more like Smyrna to me.


17 posted on 09/11/2013 1:39:50 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: traditional1

This is why the internet has been the best system to point out the truth about Islam without fear of being attacked.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 3:26:09 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: jmacusa
Do read the article again, please. It is not what you think.

If your opinion remains unchanged, please cite one complete sentence which shows this article is an apologia for "poor misunderstood Islam" or a "puff piece".

Thank you.

19 posted on 09/11/2013 3:29:33 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Acquire a peaceful spirit, and then thousands around you will be saved. " - St. Seraphim of Sarov)
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To: arthurus

....Or taking up arms in revolt.


20 posted on 09/11/2013 3:29:50 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: arthurus

Plus also even the west cannot even stop the coming of global south missionaries who are bringing the Gospel of Christ back to the places that sent missionaries to the global south nations.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 3:31:26 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: xzins

Rev 6

9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

10
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.


22 posted on 09/11/2013 3:35:17 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: xzins

“>You honestly find the above quotes to be positive towards Islam?””<

No. What threw me at first was the line ‘’cannot there be blamed solely on Islam.’’ I apologize for my haste and churlishness. This day is always a very emotional one for me. As it no doubt is for all of us.


23 posted on 09/11/2013 8:58:16 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

See my post 23 of 23, Madame Don-o. This being the day it is clouded my reasoning and made for churlish haste.


24 posted on 09/11/2013 9:02:38 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: xzins

BTTT!


25 posted on 09/11/2013 9:04:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: xzins

Even people here on FR are attacked.


26 posted on 09/11/2013 9:06:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: xzins
Self-interest is certainly part of it. Oddly, though, I get the impression that western Christianity tends to place orthodox and other mid-eastern brands in a quasi-Christian class

not true, they are pretty much accepted as seperate but ALMOST equals....thet are held responsible for the schism and would be welcomed back easily.

27 posted on 09/11/2013 9:33:42 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: jmacusa

You are solid and honorable, jmacusa. Thank you.


28 posted on 09/12/2013 4:44:02 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: terycarl

we have exactly the same registration date on FR: 3/26/98


29 posted on 09/12/2013 4:46:40 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: jmacusa; xzins

I absolutely get where you were coming from. Thank you for such a gracious response.


30 posted on 09/12/2013 7:06:37 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Acquire a peaceful spirit, and then thousands around you will be saved. " - St. Seraphim of Sarov)
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