Sunday, April 09, 2006

Who Cares about Persecuted Christians?


While many people applauded the Italian government, and the Pope, for granting asylum to the Christian Afghan convert, and perceived it as a show of strength, I see this peaceful resolution as a clear sign of either the weakness or the hypocrisy of Western Christianity.

Having converted from Islam to Christianity, Abdul Rahman had been arrested in Afghanistan, where the law stipulates, like in many other Muslim countries, the death penalty for any Muslim who would convert to another religion. Faced with intense public pressure, Western governments convinced the Afghan president to free the prosecuted convert, and transferred him to Italy where he was granted asylum.

Forcing the Afghan government to free Abdul Rahman and granting him asylum was the best way to avoid having to solve the deeper issue of persecuted Christians all over the world. Instead of confronting Afghanistan and of trying to build the very foundations of religious freedom, we chose to close this problematic file. Now that it has been closed, we are witnessing a deafening silence in both the Western press and among the Western governments regarding the treatment of Christians in the Muslim world. This case was just the tip of an iceberg that the Western world still refuses to confront.

For decades, Christian leaders, including the Pope, have been reluctant to speak up and actively protect the persecuted Christians. What have they done to stop the genocide that took place in South Sudan for years in which hundreds of thousand of Black Christians were slaughtered, displaced, enslaved, raped and forced to convert by their Arab Muslim attackers? Nothing, not even prosecuting the criminals after the genocide took place.

Similarly, when did we last hear a Christian head of a western government, or the Vatican, either complain, denounce or actively confront Saudi Arabia’s religious apartheid?

As we all know, Christians in Saudi Arabia have to worship secretly, or risk lashing, deportation, and torture. Publicly practicing Christianity is forbidden in this country, where more than a million Christians live. To preserve the sanctity of Saudi Arabia, no Church can be built and no non-Muslim can enter Mecca, where close to 1.5 million Saudis live. As in many other Muslim countries, the conversion by a Muslim to another religion is considered a crime punishable by the death penalty. On the other hand, conversion to Islam is highly encouraged, and there are dozens of centers throughout the country where civil servants are actively working to convert foreign residents.

Not only do we tolerate the Saudi Arabia’s religious apartheid, but we allow them to build and finance mosques all over the Western world, where they can freely spread their intolerant version of Islam. To add insult to injury, we even provided them, with great fanfare, a large site a few miles away from the Vatican to build European’s largest mosque. Our way to thank such a tolerant country…

For decades, leaders of the Western world have been silent despite the extreme Saudi’s religious apartheid and the widespread persecution of Christians in numerous countries (Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Indonesia, etc.). One would have hoped that the case of Abdul Rahman and the high public awareness it generated would have encouraged such leaders to speak up and to try to solve these terrible issues that have cost so many lives and so much suffering. Instead, the case was quickly closed and the deafening silence of the Christian world is now back…

4 Comments:

At Wed Apr 12, 02:27:00 PM PDT, Blogger Theway2k said...

Unfortunately I have to side with you. The leadership in the West is just too wimpy and cares little about the faith of Christianity. Most ruling elites in the West are Secular Humanists that measure life on materialism not the foundation of Christianity. Eventually the tenets of Islam will catch up to the West and harder choices will have to be made. In the mean time Christians are persecuted and murdered in non-Western nations.

 
At Thu Apr 13, 08:43:00 AM PDT, Anonymous religion of pieces said...

Christianity will never be able to withstand Islam until Christians realise that Islam is ...

- A mind-control and information-control cult founded by a murderer, torturer, brigand, rapist and pedophile called Mohammed.

- Is Mohammed's personality cult. Has no other foundations other than Mo's murderous rantings (Koran and Hadith).

- It claims to worship the same God as Christians and Jews, but in fact worships a demonic abomination which is Mohammed's character writ large, incorporating some pagan practices such as moon and meteorite-worship and cut-throat blood sacrifice of animals and non-believers.

- There is no philosophical nor theological basis, and the whole belief system is contradicted by science, philosophy, commonsense and human decency.

- Cannot withstand rational criticism. Can only spread and maintain itself by ignorance, illiteracy, war, terrorism, and intimidation. Islam has bloody borders and cannot co-exist peacefully with other belief systems.

- Has a superstitious dread of images of animals (esp pigs), humans, crosses and Buddhas.

- Regards Islamic women as semihuman. Wife-beating, incest and child abuse (Mufa’khathat of infants) are encouraged.

- Regards all unbelievers (Kaffirs, Kuffar, Kufrs, Kafirs) as ritually unclean subhumans to be killed, subjugated, enslaved, exploited or parasitised.

- The ethical system applies only to Muslims. Allah encourages rape and pillage of non-Muslims. Morality does not extend beyond the gang (ummah). These are the ethics of the Mafia.

- The cultists are motivated by hatred, greed and lust. There is no love, mercy or compassion.

- Is the only religion NOT founded on The Golden Rule. Morality is based on Mohammed's example. If Mohammed did it then it's OK for all Muslims. Hence the encouragement of rape, pillage, subjugation and murder of non-believers and the institutionalised pedophilia prevalent thoughout Muslim society.

- All human relations are defined by Dominance/Subjugation. Cultists have schizoid inferiority/superiority complexes. They respect strength but despise compromise as weakness. Appeasement invites more aggression. The only political system which has been strong enough to subjugate Islam is Stalinism.

- Polygamy ensures alpha-males get extra women, leading to a shortage of women for the betas. Beta-males must either jerk off (a sin leading to hell), or form dog-packs and rape or capture kafir women as booty in a razzia, or else self-destruct then they can screw 72 mythical virgins in Allah's bordello in the sky.

- Lying and deception of infidels (taqiyya) is OK. This may take many forms, including outright lies, feigned moderation, and condemnation of terrorist attacks to the Kafr while rejoicing with fellow Muslims. Individuals may appear law-abiding and reasonable, but they are part of a totalitarian movement, and as such, all must be considered potential killers who can flip in an instant (Sudden Jihad Syndrome).

- Cultists are forbidden to befriend non-Cultists except for purposes of deceit or where conversion may be possible.

- The Koran is Allah's final word and cannot be changed or challenged. To do so is punishable by death. Consequently, the Cult can never change or be reformed.

- Treaties and agreements with Kaffirs are made to be broken (Hudna).

- The world is divided between Dar al-Islam and Dar al Harb (domain of war, the Kufr lands). Muslims living in Dar al Harb must work to disrupt their host nations until these can be brought into Dar al Islam.

- Muslims have no obligation to their hosts and in fact are encouraged to parasitise them. Welfare fraud, identity theft, forgery etc are endemic in Western Muslim populations, and serious crime against Kufrs is regarded as normal and justified.

 
At Tue Apr 18, 09:11:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Ricky said...

Who cares? Well, not Russia or China. But Bush's Bolton (who Democrats denounced) seems to care:

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/006784.php

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/18/world/africa/18sudan.html?ex=1303012800&en=c391079c7dcb143d&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

 
At Sat Apr 29, 02:38:00 PM PDT, Blogger Filou said...

Ricky,
If Bush really cares, why hasn't he put pressure on his saudi friends to significantly improve the treament of Christians in Saudi arabia?

 

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