Christophobia is running high in Muslim countries. Draconian blasphemy laws cause Christians to live in perpetual fear, and with good reason. Anything that contradicts the Muslim theological doctrine is considered blasphemy and gives intolerant Muslims the right to bully and kill the religious minorities. In Saudi Arabia churches and private prayer are banned. Religious police regularly raid the homes of Christians and bring them up on charges of blasphemy in a court where their testimony carries no weight.
Why isn’t the media speaking out against the killing of Christians in Muslim majority nations? The violation of Christians stretch from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In some countries it’s the government and their agents that have burned churches, kidnapped children and imprisoned and killed Christians.
It’s a rising genocide that should provoke all nations. Why isn’t anyone speaking out against it? The most likely reason is lobbyists groups such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. These groups have been surprisingly effective in persuading journalists in the West that it’s anti Muslim discrimination called, “Islamophobia.
Since 2003 more than 900 Iraqi Christians have been killed by terrorists in Baghdad alone, and 70 churches have been burned. Thousands of Iraqi Christians have left because of the violence directed at them. Christian population dropped from over a million in 2003 to less than half a million today. The conspiracy of silence surrounding the violence and religious intolerance should be stopped. Christianity and the freedom of all religions is at stake,
In Nigeria many Christians are suffering persecution. An organization that calls itself “Boko Haram” which means, Western Education is sacrilege. It’s aim is to kill all the Christians in the country. In January alone, Boko Haram caused 54 deaths. In 2011 it was responsible for 510 deaths and burned down more than 350 churches. They use bombs, machetes, gasoline and guns, shouting “Allahu akbar” which means, God is great, while attacking unsuspecting citizen Christians. Reports from the United Nations indicate that between 53,000 and 75,000 innocents have been displaced and their property confiscated or destroyed.
In Pakistan Christians are a small minority, yet they live in constant terror of blasphemy laws. A Christian woman was sentenced to death for allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad. When pressure was put on the Governor Salman Taseer to explore a way to free her, he was killed by his body guard. The body guard was celebrated as a hero by the Muslim clerics. When Christian groups break the blasphemy law, the consequence can be horrific.
Attacks are also ongoing against Christians in the Sudan,Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Ethiopia. It’s an anti Christian expression by Muslims that transcends all cultures, ethnicities and regions. Christians have lost the protection of their own societies. Vigilantes feel they can act with sanctions from their government and they are right. The idea that non Muslims deserve protection has all but vanished from the Islamic world.
A good solution would be to take the billions of dollars going to the offending nations and use it to do something about the crimes against Christians. In America and Europe we go all out to protect Muslim minorities from intolerance and ensure they can worship and work freely without fear. And justifiably so. But Muslims nations should be required to do the same with Christians. Conditions could be put on trade, investment and aid with Muslim countries to insure religious freedom for all citizens.