A number of times over the last year or so I have raised the painful, agonizing and unjust fact that Christians are persecuted in a number of places in the world for the crime of being Christian. Newsweek magazine made that the lead story on the February 13th issue. Newsweek introduces its story with this sentence, “From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith.” The article then goes on to document that terrorist attacks on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia have increased 309% from 2003 to 2010. Christians in all these countries live in fear and Nigeria may be the most agonizing situation. A new Muslim terrorist organization, called Boko Haram, has vowed to establish Sharia law even though 40% of Nigerians, 160 million people, are of the Christian faith. Last year, this organization killed 510 people and burned down or destroyed more than 150 churches in the northern part of the country.
Last week, American military forces in Afghanistan committed the insensitive blunder of burning many copies of the Quran. Muslims were infuriated and there was danger of riots all over the country. The U.S. Commanding General apologized profusely…profusely! That is the right thing to do because none of us should insult the sacred symbols of the faith of other people. Wouldn’t it be an improvement to hear a few Muslim apologies coming forward about the terrible things that Muslims are inflicting on Christians all over the world?
This horrible situation has been going on for years but does not seem to rate making the front page of our papers. Our leaders don’t want to antagonize our Muslim “allies” and their Muslim leaders have never raised a voice against these ongoing tragedies.