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The ‘Religion of Peace’ and Western Apathy

Aug 20, 2012

Hot on the heels of the article I penned yesterday about the revival of crucifixion in Muslim nations, and how the Arab Spring is turning into a Christian Winter, comes this horrific story of a young girl getting the full treatment from the ‘religion of peace’.

Here is how one news report begins the story: “A Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome has been arrested on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, accused of burning pages inscribed with verses from the Koran. Police arrested Rimsha, who is recognised by a single name, on Thursday after she was reported holding in public burnt pages which had Islamic text and Koranic verses on them, a police official told AFP.

“A conviction for blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan. The official said that the girl, who he described as being in her teens, was taken to a police station in the capital Islamabad, where she has been detained since. Angry Muslim protesters held rallies demanding she be punished, said the official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.”

Or consider the horrific beheading of a Christian in Tunisia, another country that was supposed to have benefited from the Arab Spring. Yeah right, try telling Christians there about how much better things are. Oh, and the mob was happily chanting “Allahu Akbar” as they slit the Christian’s throat.

The sad thing is, these are not just isolated incidents. All over the Muslim world Christians are being persecuted, attacked and killed. And an even sadder truth is this: the West, and even so many Christians in the West, don’t seem to be concerned about this at all, or actually doing anything about this.

Indeed, why does it take an article in the secular Wall Street Journal for example, to raise this issue? A recent piece found there made an impassioned plea for standing with our persecuted brethren overseas. It begins: “This month the Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani marked his 1,000th day of incarceration in Lakan, a notorious prison in northern Iran. Charged with the crime of apostasy, Mr. Nadarkhani faces a death sentence for refusing to recant the Christian faith he embraced as a child. He embodies piety and represents millions more suffering from repression—but his story is barely known.

“Mr. Nadarkhani’s courage and the tenacity of his supporters, many of them ordinary churchgoers who have crowded Twitter and other social media to alert the world to his plight, bring to mind the great human-rights campaigns of recent years: the fight against apartheid in South Africa, or the movement to assist Soviet Jews seeking to emigrate from behind the Iron Curtain. As Nelson Mandela represented the opposition to South African racism, and Anatoly Sharansky exemplified the just demands of Soviet Jews, so Mr. Nadarkhani symbolizes the emergency that church leaders say is facing 100 million Christians around the world.

“Yet Mr. Nadarkhani has almost none of the name recognition that Messrs. Mandela and Sharansky had. Despite the increasing ferocity with which Christians are targeted—church bombings in Nigeria, discrimination in Egypt (where Christians have been imprisoned for building or repairing churches), beheadings in Somalia—Americans remain largely unaware of how bad the situation has become, particularly in the Islamic world and in communist countries like China and North Korea.

“The principal reason public opinion hasn’t been galvanized around the persecution of Christians is that the various church leaderships either ignore or dance around the issue. If churches don’t speak up forcefully, then it is unrealistic to expect the world’s democratic governments to do the same.”

So, what to do? “To begin with, they need to shake off the aura of naivete that clouds their testimony regarding persecution. Throughout the dark years of the Soviet Union’s existence, Orthodox bishops despaired at the readiness of outsiders to take at face value their assurances—offered with a nervous eye on the reaction of the authorities—that life was really not that bad. We discern a similar tendency today with regard to the Islamic world.

“Christian leaders in Muslim countries are concerned with surviving from one day to the next. We can help them not by engaging in bland dialogues but by compelling those who rule them to respect their right to worship, as well as their desire to stem the flood of Christians fleeing oppression for safer havens elsewhere.

“The church also needs to press the reset button on its priorities. It is a bitter irony that Israel, the one country in the Middle East where Christians live in freedom, is the main focus of church opprobrium.”

Another article on this has also recently appeared, and is worth noting. Says Bill Warner, “If you are even slightly awake about the world news today, it is no surprise that Christians are being killed, raped, and brutalized throughout the Islamic world. However, there is a place where you can go to escape the dreadful and relentless details of Christian annihilation by Islam. You can just go to church.

“For example, Christians were killed this week in Nigeria. Nothing out of the ordinary – indeed, in the world of Christian persecution, this is routine. And so the response found in nearly every church to the murder of Christians is…wait for it…complete silence. Not a mention or reference to it, or to the brutality against Christians that happens almost every day in the Islamic world.

“This is not a passive silence, because if you try to change it, you will fail. The silence is an active, working conspiracy that goes throughout nearly all of Christendom.” Indeed, we sit around seeking to have dialogue with those who have openly declared their intent to enslave us, or kill us.

“Even worse than the silent ministers are those who go to ‘interfaith dialogs’ and smile while the Muslims assert religious and political dominance over them. The nice, oh so nice Christians and Jews show up to tie, while the Muslims are there to win, and they do.

“Christians need to follow the example of Jesus and willingly suffer the condemnation by the Establishment and fight against the political Islam that murders Christians. Said another way, Christians should demonstrate courage and sacrifice to support their cruelly murdered brothers and sisters.

“We cannot defeat political Islam until we get Christian boots on the ground. Do the math. The pulpits must become a source of courage and knowledge and stand up for Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and all others who suffer under Islam’s persecution today and who have suffered for the last 1,400 years. It isn’t just about religion; it is about the survival of our civilization.”

Yes quite so. Political Islam seeks to force everyone to submit to Allah and sharia law. All opposition will be swiftly dealt with. Do we care about this? Do we intend to do something about this? Or will it just be more business as usual?

news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8518809/downs-syndrome-girl-accused-of-blasphemy

www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/06/arab-spring-muslims-behead-christian-man-in-tunisia-while-reciting-anti-christian-islamic-prayer/

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304388004577531031387938506.html

www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/the_silence_of_the_pulpits.html

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10 Responses to The ‘Religion of Peace’ and Western Apathy

  • It doesn’t help matters when we have people of the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power, with all his sabre rattling. Wouldn’t you agree that he’s a dangerous man?

    Ross McPhee

  • Dear Bill, Some Christians are misguided into believing that Islam is a religion of peace. As my late father used to say, perhaps they are a religion of piece, much like Nazism and Communism.
    Regards, Franklin Wood

  • And many in the West actually assisted in engineering the fall of those more secular regimes to install a so called “democratic Islam” all in blind faith in the god of democracy.Having lived in such countries before, I knew full well of the intolerance and blood lust of these emerging regimes.

    Sadly, the west still lives either in total denial or self-deception that all religions teaches people to be good.

    Jeremy Wong

  • Mention of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan reminded me of the case where the “two Danny’s” were charged under the Victorian Racial and Religious Vilification Laws.

    Daniel Scot was the first to be charged under the blasphemy law in Pakistan following its reintroduction. However, having managed to escape from a death sentence in Pakistan, he then found himself the first to be tried under the vilification laws in Victoria with Christians actually supporting his conviction under this law.

    The following dialogue, extracted directly from the transcript of 27 October 2003 from that case, between Mr Perkins, representing Daniel Scot, and Father Patrick McInerney of the Columbian Mission Institute who described himself by saying, “I’m a Catholic priest, missionary”, is particularly telling:

    Mr Perkins: Would you mind reading out the two last paragraphs in the article (“20 years in Pakistan” by Father McInerney)?

    Father McInerney: “The signs of hope are in the lives of the ordinary people. I know instances where Christians and Muslims are good friends. The image in the press is of bombings, sectarianism, outright killings which occur from time to time, but what never makes the newspapers of course is the 99 per cent of the people who get on with their lives with the basic human qualities of goodness, kindness and service, so I go with the spirit and make the most of opportunities and render the negative side, the shadow side, as minimal as possible.”

    (couple of questions clarifying ‘render’ and ‘making the most of opportunities’ omitted).

    Mr Perkins: Can I ask you do you promote Christianity to Muslims?

    Father McInerney: Not in a direct sense of seeking to convert Muslims to become Christians, no, I do not promote Christianity in that sense.

    Mr Perkins: So the answer is no?

    Father McInerney: I do promote Christianity in the sense of giving witness, I hope, by the quality of my life and by the relationships which I share.

    Mr Perkins: And in doing that you render the negative side, the shadow side, as minimal as possible?

    Father McInerney: Yes.

    To summarise the above dialogue, it appears we have people in the Christian church who not only “render the negative side, the shadow side, as minimal as possible”, they do not actively seek to convert people from other faiths by giving testimony about the risen Christ and, furthermore, are prepared to give evidence in Court against those who do.

    Is there any wonder we have a problem?

    Roger Birch

  • Yes quite right Roger.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Thanks Bill,

    I had forgotten about poor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran. As I remember reading in on Catholic site, it takes a brave man indeed to refuse to recant his faith. I am currently reading Geert Wilders ‘Marked for Death’ and planning over the next year to get many more books on Islam and unfortunately thinking I must read the Koran as well. Other than that I don’t know where else to begin. Bernard Lewis is also meant to be a good author too. I just don’t know how knowing about what’s going on is doing anything. But I suppose knowing is better than living in blissful ignorance.

    Carl Strehlow

  • Thanks Carl

    One cannot act until one first knows what must be acted upon. So knowledge and understanding of the situation is always the vital first step in any effort to make a difference and/or turn things around.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Deal Mr Muehlenberg and everyone here, I am sorry this has happened. This is the most vile act ever and I am ashamed. I have no answers for you as a moslem and I am ashamed and very very affected by this.
    Siti Khatijah

  • Bill, I thought you might be interested to view this article. It provides some insight into the spiritual weakness and narrow mindedness of some of our Christian leaders in NZ.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838207

    Regards,
    Peter Wall, NZ

  • Thanks for the tip Peter. I have written it up here:

    https://billmuehlenberg.com/2012/10/04/yet-another-vicious-wolf/

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

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