Friday, July 26, 2013

If it were anyone else

Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World | Hoover Institution: "Unfortunately, as Ibrahim writes, the century-long flourishing of Middle Eastern Christians “has created chronological confusions and intellectual pitfalls for Westerners” who take the “hundred-year lull in persecution” as the norm. In fact, that century was an anomaly, and after World War I, traditional Islamic attitudes and doctrines began to reassert themselves, a movement that accelerated in the 1970s. The result is the disappearance of Christianity in the land of its birth. In 1900, twenty percent of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than two percent is."

The review of Ibrahim's book goes on to discuss the many examples of contemporary persecution of Christians in Muslim countries. If the review is any indication the book is light on good statistics but good on lurid examples. Still, the books main argument, that the widespread persecution of Christians across a wide range of countries that have little in common except their Muslim majorities indicates that the problem is, in fact, Islam, deserves to be taken seriously.

But the fact that it is Christians that are suffering means the international human rights establishment largely ignores the problem or treats it as something other than the religious persecution it is. Their world-view tells them that all real evil is done by the Western World against the non-Western World and violence in the other direction is somehow doesn't register.

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