Christians are suffering
barbaric attacks by Muslim extremists
but our bishops and media are mute
by Andrew Bolt
is religious persecution on a horrific scale, involving massacres, bombings, slavery,
beheadings and mass rape.
why don’t our churches protest at this slaughter of their own?
Christians are now the prime target of unbelievably barbaric attacks in the
Middle East and Africa, yet Australia’s bishops, ministers, priests, church
“social justice” units and Christian aid groups—usually so vocal—are now near
better demonstrates the fear our political and media class has of offending
Islam than this failure of churches to speak out to save fellow Christians.
Nigeria, the Islamist Boko Haram has killed more than 10,000 Christians in six
years and abducted more than 1,000 women. This month [May 2015] more than 200
of the 700 women and children rescued from Boko Haram were found to be
day they would come around and tell us we were infidels, that we should convert
and accept their religion,” 27-year-old Lami Musa told the BBC.
Kenya last month [April], Islamists attacked a university, letting Muslim
students go but murdering Christians, more than 140.
Libya in April, ISIS jihadis filmed themselves beheading 30 Ethiopian
Christians, and warning Christian viewers to convert. In February, 21 Coptic
Christians from Egypt were also decapitated.
Italy, police arrested 15 Muslim boat people for allegedly murdering 12
Christians on their voyage from Libya.
Iraq, ISIS last year drove out the 10,000 remaining Christians of Mosul,
leaving it without Christians for the first time in 2000 years. Three quarters
of the 1.5 million Christians who lived in Iraq under Saddam Hussein are now
Syria, the Catholic St Vincent de Paul agency reported Islamists had kidnapped
Christians and told them to convert or die.
Jean-Clement Jeanbart, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Aleppo,
said the Syrian city had now lost two thirds of the 170,000 Catholics it had a
few decades ago.
and bishops had been kidnapped or murdered, and many Christians had fled.
secular media seems reluctant to describe just what is happening.
week The New York Times ran a long feature on the mass rape and
deliberate impregnation of women by Boko Haram without once mentioning the
victims were Christians.
three successive days after the slaughter of the Kenyan university students,
ABC television news reports did not mention the killers were Muslims or dead
such media outlets are militantly secular, even actively anti-Christian.
of the Left, they also tend not to defend a principle but a side and are
therefore unwilling to legitimise warnings from conservatives that some Islamic
followers menace our freedoms, particularly the freedoms of women, gays and
what can explain the silence of the churches? True, Pope Francis, at least, has
sounded the alarm.
Easter Monday he urged the world not to “look the other way” as “our brothers
and sisters ... are persecuted, exiled, killed, beheaded, for the only reason
of being a Christian”.
even our own churches in Australia—normally so keen to defend every other
faith—seem unwilling to defend their own. The only press release issued lately
by the Uniting Church that discusses the Middle East criticises not the murder
of Christians by Muslims but the alleged meanness of Jews to Muslims, drawing
attention to a “critique of the policies of the government of Israel”.
Baptists’ webpage of “articles and statements” includes criticisms of government
policies on boat children in detention, illegal immigrants and global
warming—all part of the Left’s catechism—but it says absolutely no-thing about
the murder and rape of fellow believers.
Anglican diocese has a list of news items on its web page that has nothing
about the Middle East since last October and then it criticised not ISIS’s
persecution of Christians but Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
have to go back to last August to find Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier
issuing a press statement on the persecution of Christians—a request that the
Government take in more Iraqi Christians “facing forced conversion or death”.
churches are not alone, of course, in failing to take on Islamists even in the
life-or-death defence of their own. Feminists have been virtually silent on the
rape of the Yazidi women and did no more than tweet #bringbackourgirls a year
ago in what appeared a token protest at the abduction and rape of women by Boko
gay groups and the Greens have said nothing about ISIS stoning gays or throwing
them off buildings.
why this silence of the churches?