Confirmed: U.S. Chief Facilitator of Christian Persecution

EGITTO_(f)_0114_-_CristianiOriginally published by National Review Online

Prominent indicators confirm that the U.S. is the chief facilitator of the persecution of Christians around the world today.

According to the recently released 2014 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, “extreme persecution” (other designations are “severe,” “moderate,” and “sparse” persecution).

Aside from being so closely and harshly ranked, these four nations have something else in common: heavy U.S. involvement. Three—Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya—were “liberated” thanks to U.S. forces, while in the fourth, Syria, the U.S. is actively sponsoring “freedom fighters” against the regime, many of whom would be better labeled “terrorists.”

The Syrian situation alone indicts U.S. foreign policy. According to Reuters:

Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said. “This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm,” said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open Doors. Estimates by other Christian groups put the annual figure as high as 8,000.

While most Americans are shielded from the true nature of the war by the U.S. media’s reluctance to report on it, Arabic media, websites, and activists daily report and document atrocity after atrocity—beheadings and bombed churches, Christians slaughtered for refusing to convert to Islam, and countless abducted for ransom or rape—at the hands of those whom the U.S. supports.

It’s enough to point out that “the largest massacre of Christians in Syria,” to quote a top religious leader, was left wholly unreported by any major U.S. news network.

At any rate, the statistics speak for themselves: Syria, which used to be religiously tolerant, is now, in the context of the United States’ trying to bring “democracy” to it, the third worst country in the world in terms of “extreme persecution” of Christians.

The Blaze reports that Dr. David Curry, president of Open Doors,

charged that the Obama administration has essentially declined to make the protection of religious minorities a priority . . . “There are many instances where the vacuum of leadership and spokesmanship has created a real problem,” said the human rights leader. “I would say that every significant data point on this year’s ‘2014 Watch List’ is worse—and I think a factor in it is a lack of leadership from Western governments including . . . the U.S. in terms of religious freedom.”

But it’s worse than that. Far from taking any action or providing leadership—or simply ceasing to support the terrorists responsible—the Obama administration recently tried to go to war with Syria on behalf of the “freedom fighters,” amazingly, in the name of “human rights” (Apparently the unsubstantiated rumor that Assad massacred people is enough for the U.S. to go to war, but the ongoing and well-documented massacres of Christians and other civilians at the hands of the opposition is not enough for the U.S. to stop supporting them.)

What’s worse, even the most misinformed mainstream-media-watching American today knows that the so-called “Arab Spring,” which was hailed to justify U.S. support for “rebels” of all stripes—in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood (which months ago destroyed some 80 churches); in Libya, al-Qaeda, which has turned Benghazi into a terror zone; and now the “freedom fighters” in Syria—is not what it was touted to be.

In other words, at this point, whenever the U.S. intervenes in an Islamic nation, Islamists come to power. This is well demonstrated by the other three nations to which the U.S. brought “democracy” and where Christian minorities suffer “extreme persecution”:

Afghanistan: The supposedly “moderate” Karzai government installed by the U.S. upholds many of the draconian laws enforced by the Taliban—including the apostasy law, fiercely persecuting those who seek to convert to Christianity—and, in 2011, under U.S. auspices, it destroyed Afghanistan’s last Christian church.

Iraq: After the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein, Christian minorities were savagely attacked and slaughtered, and dozens of their churches were bombed (see here for graphic images). Christians have been terrorized into near-extinction, with well over half of them fleeing Iraq.

Libya: Ever since U.S.-backed, al-Qaeda-linked terrorists overthrew Qaddafi, Christians—including Americans—have indeed suffered extreme persecution. Churches have been bombed; Christians have been tortured and killed (including for refusing to convert); and nuns have been threatened.

Surely a common theme emerges here: Where the U.S. works to oust secular autocrats, the quality of life for Christians and other minorities takes a major nosedive. Under Saddam, Qaddafi, and Assad, Christians and their churches were largely protected.

Moreover, while George W. Bush was responsible for Afghanistan and Iraq, the argument can be made that, back then (2001 and 2003), this pattern of Islamic radicalization that erupts once autocrats are gone was less well known than it is today. There weren’t many precedents.

Conversely, the Obama administration has had both Afghanistan and Iraq to learn from—and yet still it supports Islamists and jihadis. But by now, what happens once they assume power—religious persecution, terror, oppression—is no longer a secret.

Incidentally, those who care little for the fate of Christians or other minorities in the Islamic world would do well to remember a simple truism: Wherever anti-Christian elements come to power, anti-American forces come to power. The two are synonymous.

Put differently, Muslim persecution of Christians is the litmus test of how radical an Islamic society has become. In all those Muslim nations that the U.S. has interfered in—Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt (till the Egyptians revolted, to the chastisement of the U.S.), and now Syria—the increase of religious intolerance is a reflection of the empowerment of forces hostile to Western civilization.

I am often asked, “How can we help persecuted Christians?” At this point, one must respond: “How about starting with getting the U.S. government to stop being the chief facilitator of Christian persecution?” Altruism aside, it would be in the interests of all who value freedom, religious or otherwise—and especially their descendants.

Raymond Ibrahim is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.

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  • Tan

    This is will be something that Americans will be wondering for a long time. Maybe people should consider the fact that espionage is still alive and not “dead” since the “collapse” of the Soviet Union. Were we manipulated by Muslim Brotherhood spies to play a part in the “Arab Spring?” Or for that matter Russian spies possibly? I’m not saying that the US doesn’t hold responsibility, but things like this are not normal. I will however say that there is a difference between George W. Bush’s war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Barrack Obama’s “war” in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. Bush did not go to war with Iraq and Afghanistan so he could liquidate Christians from those countries. Bush was not a very well educated man on what our enemies ideology was, and how the Middle East operates. He doesn’t understand what radical Muslims believe. Because of that, the Iraq War lasted longer than what it should have been. Obama on the other hand has reversed almost everything Bush has done since “the War on Terror” (with the exception of the surveillance programs). Obama, unlike Bush, is anti-Christian and anti-Semitic; therefore he has no problem if Christians or Jews are killed by radical Muslims. He supported the Islamic terrorists in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and so on so he can give them Sharia Law as the rule over the Middle East. But how different does he and his administration treat Christians differently in America? He and his associates are using IRS to crackdown on Tea Party, Christian, and Israeli groups. They are trying to take our first and second amendment rights from Christians and conservatives. And suspiciously Christians and “Ultra-Orthodox” Jews are put on a “extremist list.” Do you see a trend here? Obama did this on purpose! Bush as far as I’m aware did not mean to make Christians leave Iraq when he came in, but Obama did mean to make Christians leave their homes. Was Bush alright? Heck no. But Bush was not a Communist, which hates Christians and Jews (Israel) like Obama does. Communists/Leftists and Muslim jihadist terrorists work together in the name of destroying common enemies. Obama is at war with Christians and Jews worldwide. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  • Dyer’s Eve

    ‘…a simple truism: Wherever anti-Christian elements come to power, anti-American forces come to power. The two are synonymous’ – I’d add that they’re not only synonymous, but they’re also siamese twins.

  • Habbgun

    This should be a major issue for Republicans but don’t hold your breath.

    • HenDanK

      Unless we contact our congressmen and senators on both sides of the aisle, you are right.

      • Erudite Mavin

        Republicans have been on this issue right along.
        It is the Democrats and libertarians who are the cheerleaders
        for Radical Islam and anti Israel. Ron Paul’s sie is full of this propaganda.
        It is many here who post comments who are the enablers of the Obama adm as they sat at home or voted third party and now whine and will do the same to enable Hillary’s win in 2016

        • Habbgun

          Ron and Rand are just plain bad news and anyone who thinks libertarians are really conservative are kidding themselves. They are liberty oriented the way people democratic whatevers are democratic. When the Republicans in a major way get up and say this kind of violence will be an election issue then I will believe you. Except for Ted Cruz the party has shown no inclination to fight. That is why the Tea Party primaries them.

          • Erudite Mavin

            Republicans have been and are on these issues especially Issa and the Republicans on his committee who are not letting up on Benghazi along with other Republican lead comms, and many republican Senators who are on the issues of Radical Islam and the need for National security.
            If Cruz is serious, he needs to join up with the National Security Republicans and keep away from those who
            want to divide the Republican party such as the Paul type anti war, anti Israel, hunker in your bunker types.

          • Habbgun

            Benghazi is an investigation. As an issue this needs to be part of how Republicans present themselves to the people. That this is a party of conscience. I am sure standing up for victims of Islam in other countries because every non-Moslem is also at risk would be the best way to piss of the Paul types and send them into the arms of the Left where they really belong.

          • Erudite Mavin

            The overwhelming number of Republicans speak out
            and with more exposed on these issues, this year for the 14 election the foreign affairs disasters of Obama especially in the Middle East and Africa will hear more.
            With only one TV station allowing Republicans to speak to this, Darrell Issa, Jason Cheffetz, Trey Gowdy, Jim Jordan, Peter King, Duncan Hunter, among dozens of other reps take it to Obama as do countless Senators especially Lyndsey Graham, on the floor the other week took off on Iran in one of the best rants, also on this often with Greta.
            What happens with the Republicans who expose Islam and the war they have started, the Paul types in Congress
            along with sites, posters, etc. take off on Republicans
            using Alinsky tactics and the old divide and conqueror routine.
            Some of the Republican candidates who are libertarian types won’t bring up Radical Islam because these candidates are isolationists and bashing conservative and moderate conservative Republicans because they don’t follow the “Pures” the Neo Left PaulBots.

        • defcon 4

          Where’s non-radical islam being practiced again?

          • Erudite Mavin

            My point, Islam is Radical

        • crankywhitewoman

          I’m Libertarian, and I’m against the persecution of Christians, am anti-Islam and pro-Israel. I vote Republican even if there’s a libertarian candidate because not enough people vote libertarian, so a vote for the libertarian candidate just helps the democrat candidate win. Please, don’t judge all of us based on the actions and words of a few.

          • Erudite Mavin

            Other libertarians should get it as you do.

    • Erudite Mavin

      Republicans are on this if you would follow interviews, speeches, etc.
      The Libertarians such as Ron Paul are the ones who blow this off and are the cheerleaders for Iran and the Muslim Brother Hood.
      I read his new site and it is the typical libertarian Neo Marxist, Pro Radical Islam, anti Israel propaganda
      Too bad some here who post comments don’t understands who the enemy is

  • chuckie2u

    A true believer of Marx is an atheist. Religions should be subdued and/or irradicated to pave the way for the Communist Man. So why the submission to Islam ? I cannot see how Marxist can co-exist with Islamist in their goals and objectives. For the American Marxist to actually believe the two can live together in peace and harmony is beyond belief.

    • Habbgun

      It is strange but the American Marxist looks at Islam and sees himself in the mirror. He is probably not wrong. Islam seems to be totalitarian socialism on religious steroids. A true monotheist does not believe an all powerful being needs suicide bombers and man-made crimes like imperialism. A true monotheist doesn’t believe that the Lord needs a phony conversion out of fear. Have you ever heard an Islamist talk about the soul? It’s all about grievances and promises that never appear. Sounds like modern small c communism to me.

    • El Desdichado

      An enemy of my enemy is my “friend”.

      Prog Lefties are so smart that they themselves are beyond belief!

    • XCSX

      @Chuck—- In Obama’s case, Marxism & Islam will be married at the altar of expediency, double horrors to rain down on our former Republic.

  • knowshistory

    our beloved government facilitates persecution of christians? next you will discover that bears defecate in the woods. the pope may be catholic. things fall in a downward direction. sun rises in the east, and other little known facts. think about this……….the only place in japan that christians were allowed was nagasaki. nagasaki, japan. on kyushu island. nagasaki. has anyone ever heard of nagasaki? does anyone think that the us government’s pogrom against japan’s christians was an accident? anyone remember the whoopla about those poor innocent peaceful muslims in bosnia who were victims of “ethnic cleansing” by those evil serbs, who were the beneficiaries of centuries of favored treatment by the peaceful muslims of the wonderful peaceful ottoman empire? yep, the peaceful muslim invaders who had invaded the balkans under the protection of the peaceful ottoman turks, and who borrowed the land that had been “occupied” by those evil christians in the balkans for a thousand years, were in danger of being “ethnically cleansed”, so our dear leader, slick willie clinton, sent our armed forces to aid and abet ethnic cleansing by peaceful islam. it wasnt enough for the evil serbs to be terrorized, murdered, kidnapped, robbed, and raped for 600 years by peaceful islam, now they have had the same treatment from the dear old usofa. christians of syria, egypt, etc, be very afraid. peaceful islam and the government of the usa dont like you very much. remember nagasaki.

  • vladimirval

    The irony of this fact (facilitation of Christian persecution) is huge. America is a country founded on Jude-o-Christian values. They are woven in the fabric of the basis of the creation of this nation. Now we are a nation turning its back on the values and ideals that made us great. It is not only the government that is at fault. The people elected the leaders and we are following them to ruin by allowing them to continue on the path they set forth. We don’t have to follow them. We can elect true patriots that will be faithful to our Constitution, the ten commandments, the values and the ideals of our founders.

  • marineh2ominer

    This all falls in line with what Obamass wants and expects .