Wednesday, August 20, AD 2014
Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, in an op ed in The New York Times wonders why there is silence over the slaughter of Christians by jihadists around the globe:
WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.
The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.
Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?
Go here to read the rest. The answer is quite simple and is contained in one of the comments to the op ed:
I couldn’t care less about some contrived and convenient “bond between Jews and Christians”. Let’s hear it for the bonds between humans. The sooner that the medieval superstitions that claim respect as religions, are cast aside, the sooner we may begin to strive for humankind’s achievement of its potential. Most people seek the same things for themselves and their children, tribalism in its religion-based forms is a major part of the problem and not the solution. Progress will come from a rational and not superstitious view of the world. Believing in a shared set of historically justified delusions is not firm ground for enhanced empathy among peoples.
The antipathy towards religion in general, and, above all, Christianity in particular, among most elites in the West, the historically ignorant poster at the top of this post is typical of their world view, is a phenomenon that explains this indiffence. Believing Christians are regarded as the enemies by many of these elites, whether they are domestic or foreign. If some Christians are being put to death by jihadists, no response is called for.
Why doesn’t Islam usually receive the same level of antipathy? First, on the old strategy of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Islam can’t be that bad in the eyes of those who despise Christianity if the adherents of that faith are attacking Christians. Second, the ideology of Third Worldism, by which “noble savages” in the Third World, stars of perpetual victim passion plays put on by the Left, can be used as a stick to help tear down traditional Western beliefs and mores. That is why jihadists in the West often receive support from radical leftist groups who agree with them on virtually nothing. Third, simple cowardice. When you do not believe in an after life, standing up to murderous bullies who use bombs promiscuously and engage in public beheadings, broadcast on the internet, becomes a very dangerous luxury. Best to project whatever hatred one feels against Islam upon Christians who are usually a safe target and will not fight back.
I would be surprised if the anti-Christian elites in the West were not silent and indifferent to the slaughter of Christians abroad. It is not that far removed from what some of them would implement here if they had the power to do so, and allowed their hatred to assume the genocidal rage against Christians seen in the old Soviet Union under Stalin. Such an eventuality seems unlikely now, but the vituperation currently routinely spewed against Christianity and Christians in the West, often in academic or entertainment settings, today may lead one to suspect that people who profess such hatred of a religion and its adherents will not be content forever with only talk.