7,000 Christians were slaughtered for their faith in 2015 alone which, according to Open Doors, a human rights watch organization that has tracked worldwide persecution of Christians since 1955 constituted the “worst year in modern history for Christian persecution”. Yet the “mountain of skulls” is still not enough for the U.S. to figure out whether it thinks this is genocide. This 7,000 is more than double the amount from 2014. Likewise, the number of churches that were attacked or destroyed last year rose by nearly the same factor – a total of more than 2,400.
Raymond Ibrahim, a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and long-time observer and writer about Christian persecution in the Middle East has described how the vast majority of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Islamic terrorists and that United States foreign policy decisions are directly and needlessly contributing to this tragic outcome.
- In 35 nations, Islamic extremism “has risen to a level akin to ethnic cleansing” of Christians.
- Something else stands behind this rise of genocidal “Islamic extremism”: U.S. foreign policy. In every Muslim nation where the U.S. has intervened in the name of “freedom and democracy,” Christian life has exponentially worsened.
- For years, the Obama administration has refused to list Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, and has argued that its violence had nothing to do with Islam and was a result of poverty and grievances. Instead, the U.S. pressured the Nigerian government to make concessions.
- The primary achievement of U.S. foreign policies, apart from wasted American blood and treasure — is the unprecedented rise in Muslim nations of Islamic forces outspokenly bent on destroying America.
Some other selections from Ibrahim’s article below.
How U.S. Foreign Policy Made 2015 the “Worst Year in Modern History for Christian Persecution”
In the words of Open Doors’ CEO, David Curry:
The 2016 World Watch List [which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted] documents an unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians, making this past year the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history. … This research has concluded that after the brutal persecution of Christians in 2014, 2015 proved to be even worse with the persecution continuing to increase, intensify and spread across the globe. … The level of exclusion, discrimination and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading and intensifying.
Who or what is behind these unprecedented levels of persecution? Some of it is related to the tendency of non-Western nations to associate Christianity with the “hated West.” Four are Communist nations — Vietnam (ranked #20), Laos (#29), China (#33), and North Korea (#1), where “Christianity is not only seen as ‘opium for the people,’ as is normal for all communist states, it is also seen as deeply Western and despicable,” notes the report. Three are reclaiming their religious heritage in contradistinction to what is portrayed as a depraved West — Hindu India (#17), Buddhist Bhutan (#38) and Myanmar (#23). And two — Mexico (#40) and Columbia (#46) — are fueled by organized crime and drug cartels.
“Islamic extremism” is cited as the source of persecution for the remaining 41 nations that make the list of 50 worst persecutors of Christians. North Korea aside, the rest of the eight nations where Christians experience the worst form of persecution (“extreme persecution”) are all Islamic. In 35 nations, Islamic extremism “has risen to a level akin to ethnic cleansing” of Christians.
A close examination of the report indicates that something else stands behind this rise of genocidal “Islamic extremism”: U.S. foreign policy. In every Muslim nation where the U.S. has intervened in the name of “freedom and democracy,” Christian life has exponentially worsened. Put differently, those who most despise “freedom and democracy” — radical and jihadi Muslims — tend to be the ones most empowered by U.S. foreign policies.
Even in nations where U.S. intervention is not obvious, Christian persecution has reached unprecedented levels. In Nigeria, Boko Haram — an Islamic group possibly more savage than ISIS — slaughtered more Christians in 2015 than any other terrorist group. Yet for years the Obama administration had refused to list Boko Haram as even a terrorist organization, and continues to argue that its violence has nothing to do with Islam but is a result of poverty and grievances. The U.S. even pressured the Nigerian government to make concessions, including by building more mosques — the very structures, as the Nigerian lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe said, where Muslims are radicalized and recruited for the jihad — and complained when the military killed 30 Boko Haram members during a strong offensive.
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