Politicians are Afraid of Acknowledging Christian Persecution

Romy Haber | @romyjournalist

Sunday’s bombings in Sri Lanka marked the country’s deadliest violence in a decade, leaving more than 320 dead and more than 500 injured. The terrorist attack targeted Christians, a religious minority in the country, on one of Christianity’s holiest days: Easter. Two local Islamist radical groups were allegedly involved: National Thowheeth Jama’ath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.

Yet, despite Christians being the clear victims of the attacks, mainstream media and politicians around the world have decided to focus on the perpetrators rather than those that lost their lives.

The Attacks Against Christianity

The Dual Standards of Religious Attacks

Zahran Hashim, a radical Islamist Imam and preacher, is accused of being the mastermind behind the attack and is also believed to be one of the suicide bombers, along with Abu Mohammed. Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Defense said that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the March attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is only a theory and doesn’t explain the previous attacks and atrocities. ISIS claims responsibility but no one can be sure about it.

The attacks in Sri Lanka resulted in more deaths than the Christchurch shooting, but the outrage was clearly not the same. A lot of people, especially Muslims and media figures, were more concerned about the terrorists than the actual victims. They urged people and the media to not label the terrorists as “Muslims”. They don’t even want to name the ideology of the perpetrators. They argued that it could promote Islamophobia. The media shifted the attention from the death of 300+ Christians to the fear of the persecution of Muslims. “Sri Lanka attacks may lead to further violence against Muslims” was one of the headlines. Al-Jazeera journalist Saif Khalid claimed that reporting the name of one of the alleged suicide bombers in Sri Lanka is islamophobic. Muslims ended up being the victims.

After the attack in Christchurch, we witnessed world leaders wearing burkas, moments of silence, and Muslim prayers in public spaces.  We saw people all over the world guarding mosques. We heard the whole world condemn Islamophobia.

An Increase in Christian Persecution

More than 300 were killed in Sri Lanka. 52 Christian women and children were killed in Nigeria in the last attack, and a cathedral was burned. All of this occurred in less than 10 days. 245 million Christians endure oppression worldwide; they are persecuted on a daily basis. More than 2 million Christians have been displaced from Egypt and Iraq due to the effects of Islamic fundamentalism in the region. In Germany, three-quarters of resettled Christian refugees claim to experience persecution mostly from the Muslim refugees which surround them.

The number of attacks on Catholic churches in Europe is already up to 25% compared to the number of attacks during a similar period last year. 1 in 9 Christians experience high levels of persecution worldwide. Every month, 345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons. Christianity is the most persecuted religion, but the world remains silent about it. Media and authorities talk about anti-Semitism and Islamophobia but they never mention Christianophobia or Anti-Christianity.

The Ignorance of Politicians and Mainstream Media

The fear of admitting that Christians are persecuted is so strong that some world leaders were incapable of using the word “Christian”. They called them “Easter Worshippers”.

Barack Obama tweeted, “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”

“Christians” is a shorter word with fewer characters, yet he chose to use “Easter Worshipper”.  He was not the only one to do so as many media figures and politicians used that term too; Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, Julian Castro, and the list goes on. Where did they get those words from?

Some politicians and influencers chose to not even mention Christians in any way. Theresa May chose to call the attacks “acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka”. She did call the Christchurch attacks acts of terrorism, but referred to the Sri Lanka attack as “acts of violence”. Ilhan Omar chose to call Christians, “People attending Easter service”.  Why do they struggle to call them Christians?

The hate against Christians is so strong that a British journalist, Andy West, urged people not to pray for Christians killed in Sri Lanka.

There is no excuse for terror attacks against innocent people but as a journalist, I saw Western Christian missionaries unscrupulously [sic] converting Buddhist orphans for food and shelter after the Asian tsunami. Don’t send your prayers.

He is asking people to not send their prayers because Christian missionaries fed Buddhist orphans after the tsunami in 2004 while sharing the gospel.

The world refuses to admit that Christianophobia or Anti-Christianity as a real phenomenon. The question is: Why doesn’t it fit in with their agenda?

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