The Christian Left’s Humanitarian Hypocrisy

The world’s double standards concerning which peoples qualify as oppressed and deserving of help is staggering.  Two recent stories make this clear:

First, a report exposed, in the words of the Turkish Coalition of America, “Turkey’s continued interest in expanding business and cultural ties with the American Indian community” and “Turkey’s interest in building bridges to Native American communities across the U.S.” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) even introduced a bill that would give Turks special rights and privileges in Native American tribal areas, arguing that “This bill is about helping American Indians,” it is about “helping the original inhabitants of the new world, which is exactly what this legislation would do.”

The very idea that Turkey’s Islamist government is interested in “helping American Indians” is preposterous, both from a historical and contemporary point of view.  In the 15th century, when Christian Europeans were discovering the Americas, Muslim Turks were conquering and killing Christians in Europe (which, of course, is why Europeans starting sailing west in the first place).  If early European settlers fought and killed natives, only recently, Turkey committed a mass genocide against Armenian Christians. And while the U.S. has made many reparations to its indigenous natives, Turkey not only denies the Armenian holocaust but still abuses and persecutes its indigenous Christians.

In short, if Turkey is looking to help the marginalized and oppressed, it should start at home.

But of course Turkey is only looking to help itself; the American Indians are mere tools of infiltration.  One need not elaborate on the dangers involved in thousands of Muslim Turks settling in semi-autonomous areas in America and working closely with a minority group that holds a grudge against the U.S.

Yet if one can understand Turkey’s machinations, what does one make of another recent report?  Fifteen leaders from U.S. Christian denominations—mostly Protestant, including the Lutheran, Methodist, and UCC Churches—are asking Congress to reevaluate U.S. military aid to Israel, since “military aid will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.”

These are the same church leaders who utter nary a word concerning the rampant persecution of millions of Christians from one end of the Muslim world to the other—a persecution that makes the Palestinians’ situation insignificant in comparison.

If Muslims are subjugated on Israeli land, at least one can argue that, historically, the Jews were there first—millennia before Muslims conquered Jerusalem in the 7th century.  On the other hand, millions of Christians—at least ten million in Egypt alone, the indigenous Copts—have been suffering in their own homelands for 14 centuries, since Islam burst in with the sword.

Nor is this limited to history: from Nigeria in the west to Pakistan in the east, Christians at this very moment are being imprisoned for apostasy and blasphemy; their churches are being bombed and burned down; their women and children are being kidnapped, enslaved, and raped.  For an idea, see my monthly Muslim Persecution of Christians series, where I collate dozens of anecdotes of persecution every month—any of which, if Palestinians experienced, would make headlines around the world; but as it is only “unfashionable” Christians who are experiencing these atrocities, they are regularly overlooked.

Nor are Palestinian Christians immune from this phenomenon: a pastor recently noted that “animosity towards the Christian minority in areas controlled by the PA continues to get increasingly worse. People are always telling [Christians], Convert to Islam. Convert to Islam.”

Indeed, the American Jewish Committee, which was “outraged by the Christian leaders’ call,” got it right by saying: “When religious liberty and safety of Christians across the Middle East are threatened by the repercussions of the Arab Spring, these Christian leaders have chosen to initiate a polemic against Israel, a country that protects religious freedom and expression for Christians, Muslims and others.”

By any objective measure, the atrocities currently being committed against Christians around the Muslim world are far more outrageous and deserving of attention and remedy than the so-called “Palestinian Question.”  Incidentally, Israeli treatment of the Palestinians—some of whom, like Hamas, openly declare their intent to eradicate the Jewish state—is largely predicated on the aforementioned: Israel knows Islam’s innate animus for non-Muslims and does not wish to be on its receiving end, hence the measures it takes to exist.

There is a final important point of irony concerning the differences between Turkey’s Muslims and America’s liberal Christians: the former engage in hypocrisy to empower Islam; the latter engage in hypocrisy to disempower Christianity, even if unwittingly.  Just as liberal Americans strive to disassociate themselves from their European heritage—seeing it as the root of all evil, eagerly championing the rights of non-whites like American Indians—liberal American Christians strive to disassociate themselves from their Christian heritage, eagerly championing the rights of non-Christians, hence their interest in Muslim Palestinians.

And all the while, the one religious group truly persecuted from one end of the Islamic world to the other—Christians—are devoutly ignored by the humanitarian hypocrites.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The world’s double standards concerning which peoples qualify as oppressed and deserving of help is staggering. Two recent stories make this clear:"

    It's all about Islam and the need for oil that shapes "international opinion."

    • ebonystone

      And for that oil, the West pays hundreds of billions of dollars per year to the petro-Islamo-tyrants. A good many of those billions are used to shape that "international opinion" by means of bribing universities, the media, and politicians.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "A good many of those billions are used to shape that "international opinion" by means of bribing universities, the media, and politicians."

        Precisely…against Western and American interests, to say the least. We've really allowed a mess to be made. Roosevelt keeping Truman isolated meant that Truman had to tolerate many things that perhaps he wouldn't have if he'd been briefed. That might just be wishful thinking on my part.

        We've had our hands full since the Nazis and the communists tried to take over the world, so we have to excuse some mistakes made by some of our politicians whose term lengths prevented them from seeing the long game played by our enemies.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "By any objective measure…"

    Thinking that way is what leads to conservatism. Emotionalism (emotional thoughts that do not evolve rationally) leads to acceptance of the delusional lies.

  • Mary Sue

    The United Church is a perfect example of this kind of leftist hypocrisy. I don't know who's been feeding them the malarkey, but they have been listening for too long to the wrong people. Look up NDP MP (former) Jim Manley for the kind of Useless Idiots this spawns.

    • norman conquest

      The UCC is hardly a Christian denomination any more.

      • Mary Sue

        I know, right?

  • R.C.

    What the author apparently does not understand–is that many people on the Marxist left who claim to be Christian–are not in fact Christian!

    • Questions

      Christianity always has had an egalitarian sense. Its view of salvation as open to one and all, even to the worst among us, is a precursor to the idea that social equality of result is a Christian goal.

      Yes, Christians of the Left are Christian. The problem is that they're naive — about poltiics and human nature itself.

      • wsg

        I am very familiar with the "Christian" Left. Leave no doubt that are Leftists first and foremost – the "Christian" part is usually way down the list. Most have "socialized" the Bible as in "social justice- environmental justice- economic justice" all of which are excuses to seize the fruits of some one else's labor to full fill their statist utopian dreams. NO amount of money spent on failed programs decades old is ever enough. Gov't / the state is their god.

  • Nebula

    It is much more than mentioned. The main reason is the turks believe american indians are somehow their distant cousins. Not too long ago in 1920's Ataturk sent historians to study the people. Apparently many common words and common traditions were established. They rode horses just the way turks did. Also indians call their ancestor the sky people and the turks call their ancestor sky turks etc.

    • Bigfoot

      This type of studying has been going on more recently. In 2006, I visited the ancient site of Ephesus. Our tour guide said that he had spent some time in the United States researching the language of the Navajo, and found words in common with Turkish.

    • eoin

      Yea well we all know there ancestors were mongolians

      • nebula

        Are you somewhat retarded? How do you get that from what I said, anyone who has been to turkey once will tell you otherwise, you must be a greek or an armenian to say that.

  • Aisha Sahiba

    completely agreed with you.

  • Coptic John

    "He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." (Mt25:33)
    "Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;" (Mt25:41)

  • Nebula

    It is sad that you feel that way, but that is not important, american indians are old enough and experienced enough to make their own decisions, who are we to decide for them, they deserve that right as much as the next guy. Only worry would be the internationalization of unjust policy on american indians…

  • Omar

    Good article. The world should know a couple of things. First of all, we shouldn't call them "Palestinians" as though they are an ethnicity. So-called "Palestinians" are an invented people (Newt Gingrich is right). Palestine is a geographical region, not an ethnicity. Anyone who lives in the former Palestine Mandate (Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan) is a Palestinian, regardless of characteristics. The Israelis and Jordanians are Palestinians. Palestine is not even an Arabic name. Palestine is a Latin name meaning Philistines, who were Greek sailors with red hair (the Philistines were not Arabs). Second, why does the world only focus on Native Americans in the U.S.? What about the Native Americans in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean? The encomienda system (which was implemented by Spain and Portugal) happened in Latin America during the 16th century, and conflicts between the indigenous tribes and the settlers there continued for a couple hundred years more. Yet, Latin America gets a free pass regarding the relationship with the indigenous peoples there. The reason for this one-sided view on indigenous relations is not morality, but because of anti-Americanism.

    • Gee

      The term Philistine is from Hebrew meaning Invader from Over the Seas. Arabs cannot even pronounce the word 'Palestine' because the letter 'P' does not exist in the Arabic language.

    • ebonystone

      And a good many of the "Palestinians" are comparatively recent arrivals: many Balkan Moslems were re-settled there by the Ottoman Turks as Christian states reconquered the Balkans in the late 19th c. Ethnically, they're more closely related to Serbs, Bulgarians, and Macedonians than they are to Arabs.

    • PAthena

      The area called "Palestine" by Omar received the name from the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D. after he had defeated the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba. He wanted to eradicate all memory of Judea and the Jews, outlawed Judaism, and changed the name of Jerusalem to "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name.
      From that time on, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews" and "Palestinian" with "Jew." That is why Great Britain, after World War I, was given the "Palestine" Mandate, to be "the homeland of the Jews."
      "Palestinian" became the name of the Arab haters of Jews as a consequence of the invention of the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) by Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union, both haters of Jews, in Cairo in 1964. This organization came to fame, and its members got called "Palestinian," after it massacred the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. That act of terrorism was successful in getting the killers called "Palestinian."

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The reason for this one-sided view on indigenous relations is not morality, but because of anti-Americanism"

      100% correct.

  • curmudgeon

    about 15 years ago i went to mass, and discovered that a group of traitors had been invited to give a sermon about the protection and hiding of illegal hispanic aliens, and to take up a collection for the support of their treasonous group. i stopped being catholic after that experience. i hate to know what crimes are being committed by the church to support, aid, and abet muslim immigration. when the turn the other cheek religion meets the cut the throat religion, why are people surprised when it is turn the other cheek blood that soaks the ground, and cut the throat semen that impregnates their wives and daughters?

    • nebula

      Very primitive of you quitting your religion over handful monkeys, that only shows you were not catholic enough to call yourself a catholic…

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Ibrahim said:

    One need not elaborate on the dangers involved in thousands of Muslim Turks settling in semi-autonomous areas in America and working closely with a minority group that holds a grudge against the U.S.

    If America lets Raymond Ibrahim do it, why shouldn't we let other people do it too?

    • Kufar Dawg

      Maybe because Mr. Ibrahim doesn't belong to a death cult currently persecuting everyone non-muslim, in all their islamic states. Maybe because Mr. Ibrahim doesn't belong to a death cult that calls for the extermination of Jews. Maybe because Mr. Ibrahim's people, the Coptic Christians, are currently being persecuted, murdered and raped by people who embrace the same, exact ideology as Turkish scuzzlums. Maybe because Mr. Ibrahim may claim to a be a political refugee from islamofascist persecution in Egypt.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Maybe because Mr. Ibrahim may claim to a be a political refugee from islamofascist persecution in Egypt."

        And he's not lying when he says so.

    • gray man

      only a moron can't see the difference.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If America lets Raymond Ibrahim do it, why shouldn't we let other people do it too?"

      Because there is an ongoing global conspiracy driven by religion, and the aim is to rule the world. Enabling enemies is the height of insanity.

      Raymond Ibrahim is not an enemy.

      Again, objective facts matter; enemies and friends are to be distinguished from one another.

  • Harry

    When Jesus said that the world would hate Christians just as the world hated him, he wasn't kidding. We've had it too easy in the West for the last century and have for some reason cannot fathom the hardships and persecution of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world that are not so safe. Then we use the teachings of Christ to show why we need to protect our abusers instead of confronting them with the truth. What is interesting is that even while Christians are dying in those countries, Muslims are receiving visions and visitations by God in ways that we in the West never have. God will not be denied those of His children wanting to come to Him.

  • Roy

    Turks probably hope to convince the Native Americans that they are descended from ancient Muslim travelers. Making Muslims the ones to discover and populate the Americas – not Columbus or ironically the Native Americans.

    • Roy

      You see on the site one video a Muslim talking to others saying the the language that Christopher Columbus spoke to Native Americans was Arabic.

      It is pretty clear, the Native Americans are a prime target for conversion by Muslims. They want Native Americans to convert to Islam so Muslims can perpetuate the lie that Native Americans are descended from Muslims and Muslims were in the Americas first all unimpeded.

      • wsg

        That is pretty funny. Cherokee does not sound anything like arabic to me….. .

  • Ghostwriter

    I've got a question from reading the article,why aren't the Religious Left sticking up for fellow Christians? Why haven't they spoken up?

    • popseal

      They don't speak up because they blame their own for the problems of the world. Liberal Christians are more religous philosophers than faithful disciples of Christ.

    • moshe

      Because Eisav soneh et Ya'akov. You might as well ask why the sky is blue.

    • Justin Time

      We are following the teachings of Christ. Simon Peter was rebuked for severing Malachus ear. Christ's Kingdom is not of this world.

  • popseal

    "Liberal Christians" are no more trust worthy than a Communist on his mission or a Muslim longing for the return of the caliphate. I met them in seminary 40 years ago and then again in Bolivia when I did a missionary's stint in Santa Cruz. Their neo-orthodxy is no differernt than Jeremiah Wright's 'black lineration theology'. Their religious jargon is couched in sanctionious superiority, deceptive to the ill informed and destructive to the naive.

  • eoin

    Turkgay = GENOCIDE

  • zionit

    Sidi Soliman Mell-imelli, from the 'Bey of Tunis, was the first Muslim envoy to the US. Mell-imelli spent six months in Washington, fascinating the locals with his charming ways and exotic dress of a scarlet robe, a turban of twenty yards of fabric, and yellow shoes. Indulging the occult, he wrapped Dolly Madison in his cloak, assuring her that it would guarantee the birth of a son.  In this he failed.  While not formally acceding to Mell-imelli’s request that concubines be supplied to his hotel, the State Department was able to find a Greek woman named Georgia to keep him company. Secretary of State Madison advised Jefferson that it would be wise to let “pass unnoticed the unique conduct” of this representative of the Barbary states.  Mell-imelli’s congeniality did not extend to a delegation of Cherokee Indians whom he called “vile heretics” … read John Adam’s sense of Islam in what John Quincy Adams distilled:The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.“

  • mattogilvie55

    With all due respect to the writer, I wish conservative writers would PLEASE quit using the phony term "religious left" or "Christian left." There simply is no such thing. Liberals cannot be Christians; it is impossible.

  • Max

    1. Liberal and Christian – these are mutually exclusive.
    2. Guys, please do not respond to Schlomotion. He is deprived of attention and probably on mind-altering medication. It is of no use. Seriously.

  • Justin Time

    They may say the same about us. Turkey may say "why do you, America, with so much power, wealth and influence allow your own people to go hungry and live in filth while your police jail the most needy and homeless??"

  • Justin Time

    Your conservatives have no real plan for addressing the healthcare needs of the nations poor, but charge $35 for bank drafts returned for lack of 1 cent, $40 for a credit card payment one day late, allow legal loan sharking in the form of payday loans. Your insurance system is so screwed up that an ER visit for uninsured costs $1100.00 where same ER is only allowed to charge insurance $200.00. The more ill and poor a citizen is the more the conservative is allowed to take from them! Now tell me about atrocities.