This week, USA Today featured an article entitled “Who Will Defend Mideast Christians” by Joseph Bottum. The author continues to raise a question that has been talked about online recently, and that I had raised at the turn of the new year about religious violence against Christians in the Middle East.
Are we turning a blind eye? Who is standing up for religious freedom at governmental levels? What are we, as American Christians, doing to stand with our brothers and sisters? Do we even know what is happening?
Here is an excerpt from the end of the article:
Unfortunately, in the years since, America foreign policy has been little concerned with religious persecution. George W. Bush, for example, refused to insist on a non-Islamic constitution for Iraq. And Barack Obama has systematically watered down U.S. diplomacy: Where we once demanded “freedom of religion,” a public liberty, we now speak only of “freedom of worship,” a lesser and private right.
This American abdication has produced only more oppression — and it’s accelerating at a horrifying rate. Nearly every day since Christmas, Christians have been murderously attacked for the simple fact of being Christians.
Our willful blindness is shameful, and our inactivity is wrong. The United States must preface every diplomatic exchange with an Islamic country by demanding religious liberty and a halt to persecution. And we need to do it now — while there are still a few Christians left to defend in their ancient homelands.