The Article: The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World
The Source: Newsweek
The Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992. Ali served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006 and is currently a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the "100 most influential people in the world."
The Gist: Violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in many Muslim-majority nations
Over the past decade, these and similar groups have been remarkably successful in persuading leading public figures and journalists in the West to think of each and every example of perceived anti-Muslim discrimination as an expression of a systematic and sinister derangement called "Islamophobia"---a term that is meant to elicit the same moral disapproval as xenophobia or homophobia.
But a fair-minded assessment of recent events and trends leads to the conclusion that the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other. The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent expression of religious intolerance has to stop. Nothing less than the fate of Christianity---and ultimately of all religious minorities---in the Islamic world is at stake.
The Bottom Line: Over the last few years Christians in the West have become increasingly aware of the threats and violence against fellow believers in Muslim countries (TGC has recently written about such oppression here, here, and here). But now even atheist intellectuals such as Ali are taking notice and speaking out against such persecution. How do we respond wisely as Christians to this growing threat? Theologian Michael Horton offers three recommendations, including prayer, faithful witness, and promotion of human rights, not just Christian Rights, "including religious freedom, as part of the universal mandate of neighbor-love."
YSK Rating: Worth reading.
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