Friday, July 26, 2013

Of Muslim Persecution of Christians (And Other Lawlessness)

It's a weird, wicked and truly lawless world we live in. Want a few examples from today's news?

Here's a story about a young gangster who was convicted of first-degree murder, in large part due to the fact that he had tattooed on his chest a detailed depiction of the murder.  While over here is a story of the U.S. border patrol deporting an illegal alien. That's news in itself, yes. But this fellow, over a 25 year period, had been convicted of 37 crimes in the U.S. -- crimes ranging from a plethora of misdemeanors to such heavy felonies as burglary, robbery, drug crimes, and assault on a federal officer.

That's lawlessness.

But so is this example of vote well as the underlying apathy that promotes and enables it. But that's nothing compared to a promotion of infanticide. And that's just the point emphasized by a pro-life activist who wondered if college students (raised in a world where abortion is considered a sacrament by progressives) would actually sign a petition to legalize “fourth trimester” abortions -- even if they were carefully reminded that would mean the killing of babies who were already born. Spoiler alert...they would.

For crime of the same ironic type, here is a commentary on the United Nation's honoring, of all people, the cowardly and murdering tyrant, Che Guevera. While, at the same time, the U.S. White House cannot be bothered to protest the horrendously unjust persecution of an American pastor by Iran.

That's lawlessness.

But then that last story is par for a course that includes the American media's unconscionable indifference to the persecution of Christians around the world as well as billions of dollars that American taxpayers are forced to donate to Muslim nations every year -- even when those nations have terrible human rights records. Indeed, even when those nations are openly antagonistic to the United States.

Check it out. This comes from David French's compelling column in National Review, "Our Pathetic Support for Muslim Oppression."

After quoting the Hoover Institute's Bruce Thornton ("Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero…And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. Of the top fifty countries persecuting Christians, forty-two have either a Muslim majority or have sizable Muslim populations."), French writes:

It is a sign that we have utterly lost our minds that many Americans worry far more about “Islamophobia” than they do about this very real oppression, and many Americans will mock critics of the Muslim world as bigots or extremists for condemning conduct that should shock the conscience of any civilized person. 

It’s one thing to be so blinded by multicultural nonsense (failing to appreciate that it is the Muslim world — not America — that desperately needs to embrace “diversity”) that we can’t clearly identify evil, it’s another thing entirely to subsidize oppression on a grand scale. Read this ABC News chart of American aid recipients and weep:

I’m no math major, but even a lawyer can see that we subsidize oppressive Muslim governments to the tune of roughly $8 billion per year — collectively far more than we give our closest Middle Eastern ally (and vibrant Democracy), Israel. We’ve certainly debated aid for Egypt in recent weeks and months, but note that Pakistan receives far more aid than Egypt. At the ACLJ we have an office in Pakistan that works overtime defending Christians from trumped-up blasphemy charges, and gruesome tales of Pakistani intolerance are legion. Shall we also mention Osama bin Laden’s hiding place for the better part of a decade, or the Pakistani intelligence service’s spotty (at best) record on fighting the Afghan Taliban? Pakistan has American blood on its hands and American dollars in its banks.

For too long — through Republican and Democratic administrations — we’ve turned away from abuse of women, ignored the persecution of Christians, made excuses for terrorism, and attached few meaningful conditions to our billions upon billions of dollars in aid. Instead, we’ve wrung our hands about our own “imperialism,” vigilantly policed our alleged Islamophobia, and kept writing checks to intolerant regimes — even as extremism flourished.

At some point this policy moves from na├»ve, to foolish, to pathetic, and — ultimately — to evil. Right now, we’re pathetic. If we keep paying for this oppression, we’ll be complicit in evil.  

Lawlessness to the max. Come, Lord Jesus.