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…on the silent persecution of Christians.
Not sure why the guy thinks Pope Francis has been “silent”, but I’m glad he’s speaking up too.
no comment about the reprimand of the Pope being silent about this? :/
Wait a sec, the National Catholic Reporter has confirmed that the bombing in Pakistan wasn’t an act of persecution of Christians! http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/interpreting-pakistan-bombing-anti-drone-not-anti-christian
Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?
The persecution of Christians in the Middle East is more complex than it looks at first glance, and much of it has been enabled and aggravated by the foreign policy choices of the same conservative Christians and Jews who claim to be the lone advocates for the victims.
I had the opportunity to work alongside a young guy from Egypt this summer, a Coptic Christian. He’s lived here a few years but still has deep ties to his home country and plenty of family and friends he stays in daily contact with. He tells me the problem isn’t Muslims, it’s fundamentalists. He showed me some pictures of one of the churches near his old neighborhood during the most recent troubles. When some of the brotherhood fanatics came through one day, a bunch of the local Muslims formed a human chain around the church and apparently repelled the knuckleheads who wanted to bust it up or burn it.
From what he tells me, most ordinary Egyptians also didn’t shed a lot of tears when the military crushed and deposed the Islamist regime. Fundamentalism has only been able to flourish in the region because life and the economies in most of these countries simply doesn’t work for most people most of the time.
For decades after the overthrew ancient monarchies or gained their independence from some European country (or had their borders artificially created by the same), these nations have been under the rule of incredibly corrupt and brutal, mostly secular regimes. We did everything we could to prop them up toward our own expedient ends. Crazier than that, we tolerated the arming and training of extremists by our client states and sometimes directly paid and armed them ourselves, when it suited our other ends. We did a lot to create Islamist Iran (and its nuclear program, courtesy of one of our other “allies”). We are entirely responsible for creating the sectarian hell hole that is now Iraq. Israel has done no small part to encourage our pre-emptive wars and to furnish the sense of grievance and alienation which became the central myth of Islamism.
How much more of our “help” can Middle East Christians take? What sort of help does Mr. Suissa propose we attempt now? Thanks to our energy policy and need for imperial bases, we are in no position to demand anything from the oil states. We have zero credibility as a human rights moral authority in the Muslim world, even before generally pro-American audiences. Should we invade another country to “save” Christian minorities? We could arm the Christians I suppose (and thus justify their genocide by Muslim majorities as self-defense). Then there’s the fact that Christians are generally fighting FOR Assad…