By Alan Simons
DECEMBER 06, 2011 – This week, Jeff King, President of International Christian Concern (ICC), issued the following statement:
You might not know it from TV or your newspaper. But make no mistake about it. We’re at war. On one side are Marxist leaders as well as Muslim and Hindu fanatics who play upon ignorance and prejudice to turn ordinary people into violent mobs bent on murder and destruction. The other side? That would be those who choose to follow Christ in persecuted areas. And while radical Hindus pose life and death problems for Christians in India, the greater threat comes from Islamist militants financed by the oil wealth of the Middle East. These fanatics are intent on wiping out Christianity in their homelands – where it has existed for two thousand years… Why do these militants hate Christianity so much? Because they fear it. They see Christ’s message of love, peace and social justice spreading throughout the world and into “their” territory… It is the polar opposite of everything they preach and it drives them mad with hate…
According to Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads up the Russian Orthodox Church’s Foreign Relations Department, “About 100 million Christians worldwide are suffering persecution and thousands die in religious conflicts. The biggest number of persecutions against Christians is taking place in the countries of Africa and the Middle East.”
Persecution.org, just six days into this month, state that a Christian leader was shot dead in Pakistan. An Islamic extremist group in Indonesia has demanded the demolition of five churches. Iraqi Islamic extremists attacked Christian-owned shops and properties. And in recent weeks, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram has destroyed at least eleven churches and killed over 150 Christians in Nigeria.
Obama has “refused to highlight Christian suffering”
There’s more. Examiner.com reported this past weekend, “Since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, more than half of Iraq’s Christian population [originally between 1.2 to 1.4 million] has been forced by targeted violence to seek refuge abroad or to live away from their homes as internally displaced people.”
“While President Barack Obama visited India, he was careful not to mention the ongoing persecution of Christians in that predominately Hindu nation. Few Americans know about the growing violence against Christians in places like India today and U.S. political leaders fail to address the brutality and persecution Indian Christians are enduring.
“According to James S. Robbins in a Washington Times editorial, U.S. President Barack Obama has ‘refused to highlight Christian suffering, even while being widely outspoken about much less compelling cases of purported discrimination against Muslims.’
“Among the cases noted in the State Department report is that of Maher el-Gohary, an Egyptian Christian convert from Islam who is being persecuted for his beliefs. More than a year ago, his then-15-year-old daughter, Dina, wrote an emotional appeal to Mr. Obama asking him to use his influence to save her father. There was no response.” (Washington Times editorial, 12/22/10)
“‘It’s time for Christians in the United States to help in protecting their brothers and sisters overseas,’ says political strategist and Christian Mike Baker.”
Which brings me to ask myself why am I telling you all of this. Simply put; if Christian society continues their downward spiral in not protecting their own people, what support can we, as Jews, honestly expect to receive from them in the future?
As we approach the Christmas season, I would like to say this to my Christian friends. We Jews no longer suffer from being the victim. You, it would seem, have openly acquired the role from us with gusto! To quote Simon Wiesenthal: “For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.”
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