Friday, April 05, 2013

The Real War on Christians

Let’s talk about the war on Christians. No, not the faux Wars on Christmas and Easter ginned up by Fox News, but a real a honest to Allah effort to persecute Christians and drive Christianity underground if not out of the country. Just not our country.

According to a 2011 Pew Forum, Christians are harassed in 130 countries around the world, more than any other religion in the world. And less you imagine “harassed” means some Hindu fellow teasing his Christian neighbor about having only three Gods while he has three thousand, think again. We’re talking torture, rape, imprisonment, and death simply for being a Christian.

Most of this evil takes place in Muslim countries. According USA Today yesterday, the worse offenders are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. And Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine calls this “one of the most undercovered stories in international news,” and says he is surprised that American Christians aren’t protesting in front of the embassies of the countries persecuting Christians.

Why is it that American Christians can get all riled up about the persecution of gun owners, heterosexuals, and fetuses, and do nothing about the persecution of fellow Christians? Why is it that Fox News is willing to dig and dig until they find someone hapless Wal-Mart employee saying “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas,” and yet seems ignorant of the real tragedy of Christian persecution?

I urge Christian Americans to take a page from the Jews’ playbook regarding Soviet Jewry, and I urge all Americans, but especially Jewish and Muslim ones, to band together with our Christian neighbors and stand up to the evil of religious persecution wherever it is found.

1 comment:

Maggid said...

Rami - Thank you for this post - Now you have me wondering what i can do -

Golly, i enjoy your teaching - I wonder if you realize you set a new path for some of us. (You also continue to "raise the bar.")