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October 3, 2013 6:59 am

Why is the World Silent as Christians Are Persecuted?

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A burning church in Egypt. Photo: IPT News.

On September 22, dozens of Christian worshipers were killed at a church in Pakistan. Many more were wounded. The assailants were jihadist suicide bombers. This was not the first attack on the small Christian community in Pakistan.

In Egypt, repeated deadly assaults have targeted Coptic Christian churches. Some members of this ancient faith group, convinced they have no future in the Arab world’s most populous nation, have emigrated.

In Iraq, the Chaldean Christian population has dwindled in recent years. Persecution at the hands of Islamist groups has been a key factor driving people out.

In Nigeria, periodic attacks by radical Muslim groups on Christian worshipers and their churches have brought widespread death and destruction.

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In Turkey, the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate has had to face one bureaucratic roadblock after another.

In Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, many Greek Orthodox churches have been destroyed or otherwise desecrated since the Turkish army first invaded in 1974.

And in Sudan, until the break-up of the country in 2011 that brought the nation of South Sudan into existence, millions of Christians in the south were targeted by the Muslim north, resulting in an unimaginably high death toll.

This is an incomplete list, but it should be more than enough to alarm the world, and especially, I would have thought, the Christian world. But, alas, with a few notable exceptions, there has been silence.

As a Jew, I find this silence unfathomable.

We Jews know quite well that the sin of silence is not a solution to acts of oppression.

And that applies not only to the obvious example of the Holocaust, but also to the postwar plight of Jews in several Muslim-majority countries.

There were once nearly a million Jews in these lands, but today there are fewer than 50,000.

Jewish communities from Iraq to Libya, from Egypt to Yemen, were driven out, while those in Turkey and Iran are but a shadow of their former selves.

As this was taking place, the world was largely indifferent.

The UN never met in emergency session. The media barely devoted any attention. Diplomats in Brussels and elsewhere hardly gave it a second thought. And, by the way, the churches were not heard from, either.

As the surviving Jews left North Africa and the Muslim Middle East, the world averted its eyes. But now the Jews aren’t available for their “convenient” role as scapegoats, so the dubious honor falls to the Christians (and, in Iran, to the Baha’i). Could it be possible that the world once again remains asleep in the face of murderous attacks, widespread fear, and declining numbers?

I asked a well-placed Christian prelate why the muted reaction, why the failure to take to the streets, demand action of Western governments, and demonstrate solidarity with co-religionists.

His answer was revealing.

He said that targeted Christian communities might face still more danger if voices are raised. But what has been achieved by yielding to intimidation, except for still more attacks?

He also noted that some Christians in the West didn’t identify with Christians of different sects, such as Copts, Chaldeans, or Greek Orthodox. But this is hardly a justification. Is righteous anger only to be unleashed if “membership criteria” are met?

And third, he felt the most important thing Western societies could to was to set an example for the Islamic world by treating minority communities, particularly Muslims, well.

Yes, it is to the credit of democratic nations that they judge themselves by how they respect minorities. When we fall short, we know we must improve.

But, as former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said after meeting a delegation of Arab ambassadors who complained about the treatment of Muslims in France, France must do better, but France also expects “reciprocity.”

In other words, it is the height of hypocrisy for Arab leaders to criticize Western countries for perceived injustices, while perpetrating those very injustices – and more – in their own lands. If a mosque can be built in Paris, surely a church should not be banned in Riyadh.

How many more attacks like the one in Pakistan, how many more dead worshipers, how many more destroyed churches, and how many more families need to flee before the world finds its voice, summons its moral outrage, demands more than fleeting statements of anguish by officials, and stands with those Christian communities in danger?

David Harris is the executive director of the American Jewish Committee (www.ajc.org).

This article was originally published by El Pais.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    My take is simple: Christians worldwide do not have true brotherhood and it is more important for them for the most part not to alienate the Muslims whom they know are the enemy of Israel. Christians cannot distinguish between anti-Israel and anti-Jew, so they mistakenly think that Muslims hate Jews when they really only hate the State of Israel. Muslims respect Jews, while it is christians whom they truly hate because they have less in common with them than the Jews have with Christians. I can only say to Mr. Harris that this is all within G-d’s plan for the Christians to sit silent while there brothers are killed. This will only embolden the Muslims who are at bottom real cowards into escalating their attacks and it will all lead to armageddon – where the Christians and Muslims alike will both pay for their persecution of the Jews.

    Now that doesn’t sound like such a bad plan, does it Mr. harris? NO need to get all worked up.

  • Yale

    Once one acknowledges that Muslims kill and mutilate Christians, Baha’is, and others today, as they have over the centuries and did to Jews when Jews lived in their countries, while these groups don’t do similar things to Muslims, it is no longer possible to adhere to multicultural dogma. Once that dogma is rejected, then other components of the Leftist worldview fall by the wayside as well, and one is left having to consider that maybe the Right has been, well, right, all along.

    For many on the Left, and that includes most journalists, admitting that the Right has been right, while they have been wrong, is too high a price to pay to speak up against murder and genocide.

  • Sandy Brown

    I think it is juts all getting too much for the world to cope with. There is so much mass murder these days. The Middle East is in flames. Iran wants to nuke Israel out of existence as they keep saying. Oh yes, we are not building chemical weapons they tell us. Yea, right, pull the other one! Sometimes I open the paper or the internet and just think OH OK more people killed in such and such a place. That is regarding Christians and Muslims. When Pakistan is mentioned I do not really even look at the news on it. Or Afghanistan. The Muzzies in London want to introduce Sharia law here and tried to in the East End. All I wish to say about that is sod off back to where you came from.

    • Gwenell

      Point Blank Period!!! I don’t think people, especially in America are made aware of the seriousness of the Persecuted Church!!! It has to be heard!! It must be heard!! I’m not going to lie, I have heard about persecution. I’ve been persecuted. Not to this degree, due to the fact here in America we have the right to Choose. What an Honor and To God be the Glory! But it was not until I found the International Concern for The Persecuted, that I realized the seriousness of this matter!!! I know what it feels like to be persecuted because of your beliefs, so when I was informed, I became passionate to spread to news to those that I know and also to the world!!! Awareness is key. Here in America, people go on about their lives, trying to obtain possessions, cry about what they don’t have and cutting throats to obtain what they want. The church World is moaning for cars. houses and land or something a simple as, someone didn’t speak to me…Yes, this is what’s going on in America. Also fighting over if it right to give health care to those who cannot afford it. We have to be informed…ADVERTISE, LIKE EVERY OTHER BUSINESS DOES!!! I never heard about this in church, big or small. WE HAVE TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT AND I DO AGREE, IT’S A SIN NOT TO SPEAK UP FOR THE PERSECUTED!! AMEN!!!

  • Gil Gilman

    Dacon9. the reasoning of your hatred shares company with every other hater on the planet including the KKK, Neo Nazis, Islamists. It is you who needs instruction. The only reason for you to shout so vigorously is to drown out the opinions that disagree with yours. Your argument, if it can be called that at all is not remotely convincing. A mensch would not carry on so. A mensch realizes that the Judge of the Universe doesn’t need his help sorting out the good guys from the bad guys. perhaps you have heard of a little book…Sefer ve’eleh hadevarim. In it we are told to love 3 people…Hashem, the neighbor, and the stranger. in fact all Torah commandments fall into one of these headings.

    A person with his kishkes properly oriented feels deeply for all those being persecuted around the globe, as the author of this article apparently does. Your mistake is the same one so many haters employ. they have a just grievance and they lump all those specific individuals with whom they have never come into contact with those others, judge them all, hate them all, unlike Hashem who demands each individual to pass under his gaze separately. Hashem, Himself, loves, the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the persecuted. when you refuse to follow His lead, you have made yourself a victim of your own folly.

    Mazel tov to the writer of this article for pointing out the obvious. Religious Gentiles don’t care about the suffering of others like themselves because they are not of the same sect. Unfortunately the same can often be said of Judaism where Jews who are religious are often ambivalent to others not exactly like themselves, and vice versa.

    Why would a young person be enticed away to a cult? one predominant reason is a need to feel loved. A little love in the right place and at the right time can prevent more wrong choices than all the screeds of all the religious hypocrites combined, I know this from my own youth. Scoff all you wish, Dacon9, these comments of mine wil resonate with many caring souls.

    • Kieran

      I love you Gil! Well said. Your opinion does resonate with me, and i’m sure i’m not the only one who gets it.. Ha’Shem bless you more..

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Yes unfortunately the silent of the Church and of the politician-government is disgusting. Islam but not only as this happened in India and in other country are brutally decimating Christian’s.That not difference form Jews as the hate is for all who believed in God-Judaical or Christian. Muslim is raging and is supporter by many nation, the western country are doing the same as when Hitler, Mao, Stalin and other had oppose God plan. The cost is enormous. The good thing is that God is not a sleep and had predicted that he is the winner. In my opinion we are a the last chapter before scripture will be fulfill.

  • Herman

    I don’t understand any of the above comments.

    When a leader of a christian church in Canada was asked why no protest were held against the persecution of Christians in the Arab states the replay was: “They did not ask for help.”
    Now that is christian. H.

  • judorebbe

    “Go first to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” – Gospel of Matthew, 10:6

    Brazen overconfidence? – No! – They are experienced, dedicated, well trained, and well financed. They know how to stalk their prey (subtle but deliberate) with psychological tools that you probably don’t even know of. They are playing hardball.

    If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and missionizes like a duck … IT IS A DUCK !!!

    I understand the need for Jews and Israel to build alliances with those individuals and groups that want to stand with us in our mutual fight for survival against the ever-growing jihad. I also understand that due to a long and very ugly history of Christian anti-Semitism, this can be a rather uncomfortable subject to approach. So be it. I am approaching it.

    ** NOTE – Since 1975 I have been deeply involved in counter-cult and counter-missionary work (including infiltration, screening others who wanted to infiltrate, training those very few who actually were psychologically qualified to infiltrate, helping to bring Jewish kids out of such groups, and public outreach, including over 300 speaking engagements – mostly from 1978-1984). All on a volunteer basis. All with extreme opposition from the overly assimilated “official” Jewish community “leadership”, because of what our “good Christian neighbors might think”.

    In the late 1530s Martin Luther was making warm and fuzzy overatures toward the Jews in an attempt to missionize us and to gain us as allies in his fight against the Catholic Church. Upon realizing his failure to reach the Jews, within five years his writings were so vehemently Antisemitic that 400 years later, Hitler was able to quote Luther verbatum. Such is not an isolated example of Christian love becoming Christian hate. (http://www.humanitas-international.org/showcase/chronography/documents/luther-jews.htm)

  • HARRIS ,,,MEASURE FOR MEASURE

    In Brooklyn alone there are 3 churches disguised as yeshivas.Missionaries stand outside dressed as rabbis enticing deceiving tricking children to enter with money,lunches and sweet talk and when inside
    the missionaries do their thievery and murder by indoctrinating the weak to accept jesux. These missionaries go to senior citizens homes and hospitals dressed as rabbis again offering money and gifts then slowly seduce the weak and impoverished into xtianity.

    Those 3 on coney island ave RIGHT NEXT TO TORAH ORTHODOX YESHIVAS. One of the xtians interviews said they intentionally go to strong Jewish communities.

    Harris,if you finished TORAH LEARNING YOU WOULD KNOW ABOUT PROPHET OVADIA. IF YOU FINISHED HISTORY IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUT TEARS FOR THE XTIANS YOU WOULD KNOW EVER SINCE JESUX JEWS HAVE BEEN RAPED TORTURED BURNED AT THE STAKE HORRORS NO MORE THEN THE HOLOCAUST MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS, LIMBS TORN OFF THE LIVING , EVER SINCE JESUX.

    And you shed tears?
    I GAVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF ”TODAYS TORTURES” BY THEIR CONVERSION OF INNOCENT JEWS.
    And you shed tears?
    I CANT EVEN SHED A TEAR FOR YOUR IGNORANCE.

    • mika.

      All that you say is true. It is the history of the ROMAN church. But learn to discern the difference! The Christians persecuted today (and since the founding of the Jewish church by James brother of Jesus in Jerusalem) are NOT part of the ROMAN church. That is why they are persecuted by the al-CIA-da Jihadistanis and their sponsors the nazi Vatican/CIA global mafia.

      • AS I SAID. TODAY..TODAY…
        THIS VERY MINUTE you xtians try to kill JEWS
        THROUGH YOUR DECEIT LIES AND TRICKERY.
        EXCUSES YOU GIVE FOR YOUR PAST
        MISSIONARY WORK YOU DO, THIS VERY IMMEDIATE DAY.

        YOU CALL IT WITNESSING OR
        BRING YOUR GOOD WORDS AND SALVATION
        YOU GIVE IT A NAME POLITCALLY ACCEPTABLE
        FOR THE DAY.

        BOTTOM LINE YOU SPEND MILLIONS TO DECIEVE JEWS IN ISRAEL
        YOU SPEND MILLIONS IN USA

        **JEWS SURVIVED 2 THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE JESUX
        AND ONLY SINCE JESUX HAVE JEWS BEEN DECIMATED IN THE NAME OF JESUX….**

        LOSING OUR JEWISH SOUL THROUGH XTIAN CONVERSIONS,OUR RABBIS SAY DEATH IS BETTER.
        YOU CELEBRATE THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR HOLY TEMPLE AND KILLING JEWS IN ROME TODAY…
        …NEVER TEARING DOWN YOUR CELEBRATION DEPICTED BY YOUR ARCH OF TITUS….

        ***WHEN YOUR POOP STATES CLEARLY
        NO MORE MISSIONARY,WITNESSING OR PROSELYTIZING
        ETC ETC TO JEWS….
        Then you MAY mean you wish to repent,MAYBE.
        Until then you are a danger and a curse.

        READ THE FIRST AND ONLY FAITH
        which you evolved from then
        cursing your connection to JEWS.

        Study who jesux your mangod himself prayed to
        before he went off his mind and was irrelevant to the Rabbis.

        MILLIONS OF WITNESSES AT MT SINAII
        AND *YOU* DENY THE ‘ONE GDS’ WORDS?
        you play word games with the second commandment
        G-D IS NOT OF FLESH
        G-D IS ONE ONLY ONE OF ONE
        G-D SAID THERE IS NO OTHER THEN ME
        I AM ONE
        I ALONE AM YOUR G-D

        YOU XTIANS…DO YOU THINK AT THE TOOP OF MT SINAII
        WHEN THE ‘ONE G-D PROCLAIMED ISRAEL TO FOLLOW MOSES THAT ”G-D ”WOULD FORGET ‘HE’ HAD A SON?

        ISNT THAT LUDICROUS TO CLAIM A SON?
        ITS NOT REASONABLE OR LOGICAL.
        ALLYOUR CHURCHES DID WAS MAKE EXCUSES FOR JESUX
        FAILURES.

        THINK ABOUT IT…
        DACON9
        jewswithviews@gmail.com

        • Luigi Rosolin

          The Roman act to crucify Jesus by the request of the Jews leadership-priest. That was well predicted in the old testament. That the Nero and other Roman emperor had persecute Christian’s like burning them alive on crossed!
          That the Jews had face Roman brutal repression was caused by the Jews rebellion. Don’t forget that Jews had a treating with the Roman before been submitted. Any way many Christian like the first one are Jews and Jesus was one! We certainly like the Jews and they are the blessed one by God in the Gospel. That the Church had made wrong standing for the Jews in the past is balance well from all the good thing done and be doing.

          • LOUIE BABY:
            YOU SAY,”the Jews had face Roman brutal repression was caused by the Jews rebellion.”
            LOUIE, who were the JEWS REBELLING?
            JEWS were rebelling the romans tortures.
            SIMPLE DEDUCTION SHERLOCK.

            church is FAR FROM ‘like a synagogue’.
            Only reason xtianianity grew is constantine threatened anyone who didnt accept jesux would DIE’

            SOME JEWS MAY HAVE LEFT BUT most came back to TORAH JUDAISM.

            MOST JEWS THAT LEFT, THEN RETURNED because they WERE DISSAPPOINTED IN ALL THAT JEUSX and churches PROMISED NEVER WAS FULFILLED. Your churches are merely pagan rituals and some Judaism thrown in to make it look good.

            YOU DRESS LIKE JEWS TO DECIEVE JEWS.
            Your religion is based on,created on and practiced on deception.

            JEWS SURVIVED ALL YOUR ONSLAUGHTS BEFORE
            JESUX. WE DONT NEED YOU.
            Your doctrine deceives YOU into thinking that Jews will bring your deadgod.
            Your blessings are sinful
            Your religion is a sin testing JEWS ADHERENCE TO TORAH.
            Your church is the richest landlord in new york and one of the largest corporations in the world.
            Your church holds our artifacs, our ancient scrolls and our Jews who were forced to convert under penalty of death and/or saving them from nazis.
            YOU AND YOUR CHURCH CANNOT AFFORD TO PREACH NOTHING!!!
            ALL YOU DO IS DECEIVE,LIE AND KIDNAP.

            REPENT TO EACH AND EVERY JEW,THEN MAKE RESTITUTIONS TO MILLIONS OF JEWS AND THEIR ANCESTORS.

          • mika.

            “The Roman act to crucify Jesus by the request of the Jews leadership-priest..”
            ==

            Sorry, Luigi, what you wrote is a complete lie. One among many in a long series of Roman propaganda lies.

            I would strongly suggest you read Hyam Maccoby and his book:’The Mythmaker: Paul and the invention of Christianity’. Maccoby does an incredible analytical study of the text and shows how it was redacted and changed to accommodate such lies as you subscribe to.

            If you are at all interested in truth, and true reconciliation between people read Hyam Maccoby!

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Is incredible your hate for the one who believe that Jesus had come and Jews like you are still waiting for his return. Jesus human life had been presented in the Gospel,the first Christian’s had been Jews that had witnesses and wrote substantially in regard a part the 12 disciple, Josephus Joseph ben Mattathias had wrote ex tensely. The Venetian (Italy) Jews a few century ago after study the old and new testament had come to the conclusion to embrace Christianity. That denomination are and had done many wrong thing is dictate by the human pour nature. Church is not God but is like a Synagogue some better that other.

    • Really?

      Idiocy on proud display.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      This Dacon person is quite simply a mental case.

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