Why Media Don’t Cover Jihadist Attacks on Christians

Church_attacks_from_January_2011“To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace”—Hebrews 6:6

The United Nations, Western governments, media, universities, and talking heads everywhere insist that Palestinians are suffering tremendous abuses from the state of Israel.  Conversely, the greatest human rights tragedy of our time—radical Muslim persecution of Christians, including in Palestinian controlled areas—is devotedly ignored.

The facts speak for themselves. Reliable estimates indicate that anywhere from 100-200 million Christians are persecuted every year; one Christian is martyred every five minutes. Approximately 85% of this persecution occurs in Muslim majority nations. In 1900, 20% of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than 2% is.

In one week in Egypt alone, where my Christian family emigrated, the Muslim Brotherhood launched a kristallnacht—attacking, destroying, and/or torching some 82 Christian churches (some of which were built in the 5th century, when Egypt was still a Christian-majority nation before the Islamic conquests).  Al-Qaeda’s black flag has been raised atop churches.  Christians—including priests, women and children—have been attacked, beheaded, and killed.

Nor is such persecution of Christians limited to Egypt. From Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the east and from Central Asia to the north to sub-Saharan Africa to the south; across thousands of miles of lands inhabited by peoples who do not share the same races, languages, cultures, and/or socio-economic conditions, millions of Christians are being persecuted and in the same exact patterns

Muslim converts to Christianity and Christian evangelists are attacked, imprisoned, and sometimes beheaded; countless churches across the Islamic world are being banned or bombed; Christian women and children are being abducted, enslaved, raped, and/or forced to renounce their faith. 

Far from helping these Christian victims, U.S. policies are actually exacerbating their sufferings.  Whether in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, or Syria, and under the guise of the U.S.-supported “Arab Spring,” things have gotten dramatically worse for Christians.  Indeed, during a recent U.S. congressional hearing, it was revealed that thousands of traumatized Syrian Christians—who, like Iraqi Christians before them are undergoing a mass exodus from their homeland—were asking “Why is America at war with us?”

The answer is that very few Americans have any clue concerning what is happening to their coreligionists. 

Few mainstream media speak about the horrific persecution millions of people are experiencing simply because they wish to worship Christ in peace. 

There, is of course, a very important reason why the mainstream media ignores radical Muslim persecution of Christians: if the full magnitude of this phenomenon was ever know, many cornerstones of the mainstream media—most prominent among them, that Israel is oppressive to Palestinians—would immediately crumble.

Why? Because radical Muslim persecution of Christians throws a wrench in the media’s otherwise well-oiled narrative that “radical-Muslim-violence-is-a-product-of-Muslim-grievance”—chief among them Israel.

Consider it this way: because the Jewish state is stronger than its Muslim neighbors, the media can easily portray Islamic terrorists as frustrated “underdogs” doing whatever they can to achieve “justice.”  No matter how many rockets are shot into Tel Aviv by Hamas and Hezbollah, and no matter how anti-Israeli bloodlust is articulated in radical Islamic terms, the media will present such hostility as ironclad proof that Palestinians under Israel are so oppressed that they have no choice but to resort to terrorism. 

However, if radical Islam gets a free pass when violence is directed against those stronger than Muslims, how does one rationalize away Islamic violence when it is directed against those weaker than them—in this case, millions of indigenous Christians? 

The media simply cannot portray radical Muslim persecution of Christians—which in essence and form amount to unprovoked pogroms—as a “land dispute” or a product of “grievance” (if anything, it is the ostracized and persecuted Christian minorities who should have grievances).  And because the media cannot articulate radical Islamic attacks on Christians through the “grievance” paradigm that works so well in explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict, their main recourse is not to report on them at all. 

In short, Christian persecution is the clearest reflection of radical Islamic supremacism. Vastly outnumbered and politically marginalized Christians simply wish to worship in peace, and yet still are they hounded and attacked, their churches burned and destroyed, their women and children enslaved and raped. These Christians are often identical to their Muslim co-citizens, in race, ethnicity, national identity, culture, and language; there is no political dispute, no land dispute.

The only problem is that they are Christian and so, Islamists believe according to their scriptural exegesis, must be subjugated.

If mainstream media were to report honestly on Christian persecution at the hands of radical Islamists so many bedrocks of the leftist narrative currently dominating political discourse would crumble, first and foremost, the idea that radical Islamic intolerance is a product of “grievances,” and that Israel is responsible for all Jihadist terrorism against it.


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  • truebearing

    Frequently your posts leave me at a loss for words. The truth is overwhelming.

    Our media is so corrupt and complicit with the Left’s agenda, they will never let this truth obliterate their lies. The Left sees the destruction of Christianity as pivotal for the success of their coup-in-progress. They won’t expose the enemy of their enemy because it would expose them and endanger their revolution. It is cynicism to the point of evil.

    God Bless you for your courageous, and undoubtedly painful, persistence in revealing these horrors.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Long past time for a new crusade. Who will be our Richard the Lionheart?

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Thank you again, Mr Ibrahim. Thank you for telling us the truth. Stay strong.

  • Rivkah F.

    I am convinced that part of the lack of treatment of the persecution of Christians in Islamic countries does not only come from the unraveling of the narrative that Israel persecutes Palestinians but also because of the fact that mainstream media and much of the Left which it represents simply hates Western civilization and its Christian roots. The hatred of Christianity is like antisemitism which also affects Leftist politics and culture. I am Jewish and I pray for these Christians.

    • Harry Binn

      @Rivkah F. Thank you. I also pray for those Christians and for the protection of Israel.

  • Amazing Racist

    Mr Ibrahim,

    You state:

    “These Christians are often identical to their Muslim co-citizens, in race, ethnicity, national identity, culture, and language;”

    Do you accept that Copts are not Arabs?
    Do you accept that Maronites are not Arabs?
    Do you accept that Israeli Aramaic/Greek Christians are not Arabs?

    These are peoples who have maintained their original ethnic identities under centuries of Muslim duress! Those people who have fallen away from these nations have become subsumed into the Arab races. But 10 per cent of Egyptians, yourself presumably included, do not have any Arab blood!

    Awaiting your response….

  • WillielomanIII

    Marginally, there is some truth to saying that the main reason the MSM does not report on Christian persecution is that it goes against the West is the bad guy narrative of the DC elitist media and the current White House. But the primary reason is different, and it is the same reason they do not fairly report on the Jews being persecuted in Israel and arab countries: They do not personally relate to it. Most media in the US is nominally Christian…but they are not Christian like Christian evangelicals or deeply biblical Christians… Some of the media in the US is nominally Jewish, but almost none of the media in the US is religiously Jewish, Torah Jews, religious Jews. Both groups do not relate to people being persecuted, the Christians because they just cannot feel it from their own lives, and the Jews because they actively reject being religious Jews. The media elite in the US suck up to power and money because it makes their lives more affluent…that is what they worship, affluence, and as long as they have affluence, they cannot relate to people who stand up for religious values, who are persecuted for religious values and who do not value affluence the way they do. The media elite and the political elites in the US are immensely selfish people who value their expensive homes, rich lifestyles, expensive cars, travel at will, and the respect of their neighbors for how wealthy they are. This is their driving force…sure reporting Christian persecution goes against their world view, but more importantly, it has no place in their world view

    • Habbgun

      All that is true BUT….and I do mean BUT there are enough religious Christians to force this onto the forefront of the media if you so choose to do it. …but it could be done. I am Jewish and I am shocked how little support there is for ME christians given the vast size and resources of the Christians. Maybe that is why. Christians might not have the survival instincts of the smaller Jewish population, maybe Christian sects are so large that the problems of other sects don’t register. You don’t have much choice though. Islam only sees infidels.

      • simmss

        I agree with you but in Michigan, I have written 5 e-mails and one hand written letter to my elected politicians to get the release of pastor Saeed who has been imprisoned for almost 2 years in a hell hole in Iran because of his belief in Jesus. I got 5 replies from 2 of them and every one said, “we are doing everything possible to take care of the asian carp in the Great Lakes. I am not making this up.

  • KyraNelson

    Could someone explain this to me? I am Jewish, but APPALLED at the burgeoning holocaust that is happening to Christians worldwide.. Not a peep from any Christian church, or organization in the US or Canada? This is ostensibly a “Christian country” as I am told endlessly.
    I have asked Christian friends and acquaintances why there are no protests, rallies, or boycotts by churches and organizations. I have offered my help countless times to help organize a rally or protest. Nothing, nada.
    Take it from me, Christian folks, no one is going to rescue you, you have to take care of your own. Ask me how I know.

    • Hope

      There are a few US-based organizations that not only bring awareness to this issue but also minister to the persecuted: Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors, to name a few. VOM was founded by a Romanian Lutheran pastor (born a Jew) who endured persecution during the Iron Curtain and after 14 years of solitary, he, along with wife & son, made their way to the US and shed light on persecution to administration at the time as well as the average American Christian.

      • nood2

        Not loud enough. Start shouting louder.
        I, like Kyra, am Jewish and we don’t stand by waiting for someone to come to our aid.
        We tried that and it cost us 6 million souls.
        I had my eyes opened a few years ago, about the real Islam, by an Iraqi Christian friend, whose family was run out of Iraq by Islam.
        I thank him for his guidance.
        One day, I asked him to document the cleansing that happened in Iraq. He responded with a weird look, that I still don’t understand today.
        When are you Christians going to fight back?

  • sammy13

    I keep reading and seeing the word “radical” linked to these stories. I do not want to judge but when one reads the Bible, it is largely a history and set of laws and guidance to live right and love your enemy. I am not aware of any mandate in the Bible that commands or encourages any form of hatred, other than was is past history. The Commandments of the Old and New Testament run contrary to what we witness today.

    The Koran, on the other hand is at odds with itself. On one hand, it is peaceful. On the other hand, it apparently directs its adherents to convert or kill. Possibly this is from a historical perspective, but it is being acted upon as a current requirement. Not by all Muslims, but by the “radical” element. The majority are silent, in their concern for their fellow man. I worry about that silence. If Islam is all that it purports to be, Peaceful, then the killing would stop.

    If the Muslims realized their teachings are of Hebrew origin, there would be peace. Somehow, all that is lost.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Political correct cowards – leftist/Marxist/progressive idiots, imbeciles, morons!!!

  • Muslim Comments

    Jesus Christ was never crucified

    • Bamaguje

      Is that why you Muslims persecute Christians? …Because Christians believe Jesus was crucified?

      • pfbonney

        Incisive comment. Looks like you got him.

    • Drakken

      Soon muslim soon, you will push us too far and the a Crusades on steroids will begin and your cry for mercy will be met with deaf ears.

      • Bamaguje

        It just happened in Central African republic, where Muslims bit much more than they could chew, when Seleka Islamists attacked Christians.
        Now the shoe is on the other foot with a brutal Christian retaliation that has the Muslim minority fleeing with tails between their legs… and whining about ‘Christian atrocities.’

    • Harry Binn

      This is the most ridiculous statement you could ever make. History tells us the Jesus was crucified. Jesus himself tells us that he had to be crucified but that He would rise from the dead overcoming death and paying for the sins of man. Now you got some idiot 600 years after the fact and against all the evidence of Roman, Jewish and Christian history attesting to the event telling us it didn’t happen? Considering that this individual was a murderous, lying, thieving illiterate pedophile, you somehow figure he had more credibility than multitude of other historians? Not likely dude.

    • truebearing

      Mohammed was a child-molesting pervert…but never actually existed. He was a fictional character created by an evil mind.

  • Lanna

    Good and informative article Mr. Ibrahim…we always know we can depend on your research and responsible reporting! Remember Islam thinks it is the ONLY religion, and arrogantly and hatefully wants to destroy Christianity and Judeaism.

  • vnamvet1969

    We are too complacent here in America. We sit and say, ‘that will never happen here’, but it is happening here. And how long will we silent?

    • Drakken

      Until the first shot is fired and then game on.

      • jlh243_1

        Actually the first shots have been fired, generations ago. We have been conditioned by the communist democrats “social engineering” for generations to keep redrawing the line in the sand.

        • Drakken

          Yes that is very true, but sooner or later one gets backed into a wall with nowhere to go.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    radical Muslim persecution of Christians, including in Palestinian controlled areas—is devotedly ignored.

    Of course, it is, but is the writer claiming that only radical Muslims as opposed to moderate Muslims persecute Christians? As moderate Muslims would never persecute Christians under any circumstances whatsoever because they are peaceful and moderate people exactly like Christians. Maybe that’s the reason why the media ignores Christian persecution by radical Muslims. It is because they don’t want to cast a bad light on all Muslims and the peaceful religion of Islam at the same time because of the tiny minority of radical Muslims that persecute Christians. That wouldn’t be fair to all the peaceful Muslims that are moderate and to the reality of the beautiful “religion of peace.” Indeed, it’s common sense! Why even ask?

    Nevertheless, all mainstream orthodox Muslims in the world as opposed to only a tiny minority of radical Muslims are in reality radicals because they are also jihadists in one form or another, either violent jihadists (a tiny minority) or non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists (the vast overwhelming majority), since waging jihad in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another.

    Indeed, because the first and foremost prerequisite of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission of all Muslims to the “will of Allah”, which in essence is Sharia, i.e., Islamic totalitarian law, under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy, non-compliance in waging jihad in one form or another by any Muslim would automatically make their actions blasphemous and also make them ex-Muslim apostates at the same time, and again blasphemy and apostasy in Islam are capital offenses. Indeed, Islam only pretends to be a religion, but as anyone can see it is really a very totalitarian cult in stark contrast to all true religions.

    Moreover, while the persecution of Christians by Muslims is ubiquitous throughout the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds, the persecution of all non-Muslim infidels as well by Muslims is ubiquitous throughout the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds, as no non-Muslim infidels escapes their wrath. Indeed, Islam is an equal opportunity persecutor of all non-Muslim infidels, and it is not surprising when you consider the fact that the sole fundamental purpose of mainstream orthodox Islam (the only kind) is the subjugation of all religions and all infidels, i.e., the world, into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia (Islamic totalitarian law) to ultimately make Islam supreme.

    Thus, the media doesn’t just ignore the ubiquitous persecution of Christians throughout both the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds; it also ignores the ubiquitous persecution of all non-Muslim infidels throughout both the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds, and that isn’t all the media ignores, as it also ignores the fact that the sole fundamental purpose of Islam is to become supreme throughout the world via both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual subjugation of all non-Muslim infidels via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

  • Gary Dickson

    It’s actually far simpler than we can imagine. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. Thus, the media will not undermine the kingdom of which it is part. In fact, it will promote it.

    We have always been assuming that the media are a diverse lot, who think and write independently of each other. My experience and reading of various news outlets – local newspapers, regional and national news outlets – is that they are not. They are a kingdom like any other kingdom with their rulers and followers.

    Don’t forget the following:
    1. The Adversary (HaSatan, Satan) wants to destroy God’s kingdom and to become like God.
    2. As a consequence, the Adversary has a blind – consider that word, obsessive hatred towards the messengers of God’s kingdom, that is, those who proclaim God’s righteousness (right living) and his blessings (spiritual prosperity) and his life. Those messengers are those who give up what is important to themselves for the sake of others – so that others might live – reflecting what their God has done for them and given them.
    3. As a consequence, the Adversary will do everything within his power to foment destruction – physical, spiritual, societal, financial – amongst humanity against those messengers because they represent and proclaim what he wants destroyed.
    4. The media have become a human “kingdom” like any other kingdom, that is, they have their kings – e.g., the New York Times – princes, followers, and citizens.
    5. The media “kingdom” is a critically essential component of the whole of world’s kingdom. As a result, they will not fight themselves.
    6. The Adversary uses every kingdom of the world – the media included – to achieve his end.

    Again, the media are not a diverse, disconnected series of entities. They are a human kingdom like any other human kingdom, with their rulers and hierarchy. In addition, the media, as a kingdom, are part of the world’s kingdom. Thus they will not fight, and therefore undermine, the kingdom of which they are a part.

    Ultimately, however, the Adversary takes advantage of the arrogance and ignorance of the media and uses them for his own ends.

    For we
    are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers,
    authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the
    spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.

    — Ephesians 6 (CJB)

  • nopeacenow

    Come on now. Muslims persecuting Christians? That is like a dog bites man story. It happens every day and is not worth reporting. Now Christians persecuting Muslims. That is like the man bites dog story. That is rare and will not be reported because it will not happen.

  • antiantisemite

    Muslims and their supporters are the worst people on Earth. I wish every left-wing anti-Semite was forced to live in a Muslim nation. Then they’d know what it’s like to not have rights, especially the stupid women who support terrorists.

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  • Bowen Chew

    In my country (Malaysia), the Christians are not allowed to make any negative remarks on the jihadists who are actually very ruthless… The Muslims tend to show their support to these ruthless men.