The Global War On Christianity

Posted on April 18, 2012 by

With the dominant Western culture’s rights-stripping drive to shove our previous freedom of religion into a small box labelled “freedom of worship”–ostensibly to avoid running afoul of the Establishment Clause or, alternatively, hurting an atheist’s or Moslem’s feelings–one could say that the religion of sec-humanism is at war with Christianity. But at least they haven’t grabbed torches and pitchforks with murderous intent. Yet. Compare that with the quite lethal war waged on Christianity by “democratizing” Moslem soceities all around the world. “Arab Spring”? More like “Christian nuclear winter:

But a fair-minded assessment of recent events and trends leads to the conclusion that the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other. The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent expression of religious intolerance has to stop. Nothing less than the fate of Christianity–and ultimately of all religious minorities–in the Islamic world is at stake.

From blasphemy laws to brutal murders to bombings to mutilations and the burning of holy sites, Christians in so many nations live in fear.

It should be clear…that anti-Christian violence is a major and underreported problem. No, the violence isn’t centrally planned or coordinated by some international Islamist agency. In that sense the global war on Christians isn’t a traditional war at all. It is, rather, a spontaneous expression of anti-Christian animus by Muslims that transcends cultures, regions, and ethnicities. As Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, pointed out in an interview with Newsweek, Christian minorities in many majority-Muslim nations have “lost the protection of their societies.” This is especially so in countries with growing radical Islamist (Salafist) movements. In those nations, vigilantes often feel they can act with impunity–and government inaction often proves them right. The old idea of the Ottoman Turks–that non-Muslims in Muslim societies deserve protection (albeit as second-class citizens)-has all but vanished from wide swaths of the Islamic world, and increasingly the result is bloodshed and oppression.

The part that strikes me about the worldwide explosion of lethal violence against Christians in Moslem societies all around the planet is how blase the post-Christian West has been about it all. And not just among the secular elite, either (I wouldn’t expect the dominant sec-humanist culture to give a fig about oppression of Christians around the world, except to enjoy a bit of schadenfreude at the Body’s expense). Outside of limitedĀ  murmuring among the religiously active conservative commentariat, I’m challenged to think of any examples of what ought to be a veritable and overwhelming groundswell of Christian outrage on par with the orgiastic reaction to the Arab Spring on the part of neocons and other political leftists. Or at least on a similar scale to the worldwide islamic reaction to a Florida pastor’s burning of a pile of Korans. At least that would be a start. One would think, anyway. Instead, crickets.

Exit question: Have we Christians become so tolerant (it’s the new virtue, you know) that we stand idly by while steeply intolerant “Cresc-aders” oppress and murder our spiritual brothers and sisters in cold blood? Is tolerance so much a virtue that we’d tolerate our induction into the umma at the point of a saracen sword?