Why the Silence?

Herb Denenberg has written an excellent opinion piece in The Bulletin of Philadelphia. He asks the question why the media and millions of people paid more attention to Ellen DeGeneres’ puppy fiasco and Michael Vick’s dogfighting outrages than to the fact that millions of Christians are being persecuted, arrested, tortured, and killed around the world.

I found one thing more incredible than the worldwide persecution of Christians, and that’s the fact that church leaders and others who should speak up are relatively silent, even almost indifferent. You can give a thousand explanations for this indifference and silence, but you can’t give one grain of justification for it. Isn’t it about time that the world wakes up along with our political leaders, our religious leaders and the public itself?

We have to take action urgently on religious persecution against all groups, both the majority and minority religions. Consider some of the statistics. It’s hard to believe, but the 20th century saw more Christians die (45 million) just for being Christians than in the first 19 centuries (25 million) after the birth of Christ. That’s one of the conclusions of Nina Shea in her book on Christian persecution, In the Lion’s Den.

There’s every reason to believe that the 21st century will be just as bad or worse. We have Islamo-fascism, the voice of religious persecution and genocide, shattering the peace of the world; we have endless anti-Christian and anti-Semitic hatred being spewed by governments, media outlets and mosques in the Middle East; we have an Iranian government doing what even Hitler did not do – loudly announcing and repeating to the world its genocidal intentions. And we have mounting evidence that the cry of “Never again” may be an empty slogan and not a real call to action and to justice for Christians, Jews or any other religion subject to discrimination and persecution.

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2 Responses to “Why the Silence?”

  1. Well, if you study population growth over the last 20 centuries you would understand that the geometric progression in population increases makes the percentage increase a great deal less.

    You could also look at how many people died by christian hands or actions because they were NOT christians.

    over 90% of the native american population in the americas died at the hands of christians trying to convert them as an easy example

    then throw in christian on christian deaths

    catholic v lutheran
    catholic v protestant
    catholic v catholic
    baptist v mormon (southern Illinois massacre)

    and then don’t forget the multiple crusades against Islamic religions.

    (dirty secret of the crusades is that many of the people conscripted to fight in the name of god, died on the journey to the fight or died when they would not fight)

  2. Thanks, Mr. Heathens, for leaving your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t think you understood the point of the post or the article it linked to. The point was not to say that Christians have been totally innocent for the last 2,000 years. Instead, it was to point out that violence against Christians is happening today and the Church in the West is largely ignoring it. While, unfortunately, there are some crimes being committed by those calling themselves Christians, I think you’ll find that the majority of persecution today has the Christian or Jew as its target. We can’t do a thing about what happened centuries ago. We can do something about what is happening right now.

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