THE year 2021 saw the worst persecution of Christians in history. From October 1 2020 to September 30 2021, 5,898 Christians were murdered ‘for their faith’. This is an average of 16 Christians butchered every single day, simply because they believe in and worship Jesus Christ.
As you read this, 360million Christians are living under high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith, a rise of 20million from last year. This represents one in seven Christians worldwide.
Do not, however, look to the world’s most important international body, the United Nations, to take up the cause of persecuted Christians. It has other priorities.
Concerns about the protection of vulnerable Christian minorities are lost amid tugs of war with Muslim-majority countries and, separately, pro-homosexual, pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia interest groups.
The UN Security Council has clear priorities. It held a special meeting in 2015 on ISIS’s crimes against approximately 30 lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals. There has never been a special meeting to consider ISIS’s violence against religious minorities – which amounts to roughly 10,000 deaths.
The UN Human Rights Council includes such persecutors of Christian minorities as Uzbekistan – where Christians, especially Protestants, are viewed as ‘extremists’ by the paranoid government, which suspects they are spies. Being a majority Muslim country, Christian converts also face intense pressure from their community for the religious crime of converting, which can lead to ‘honour’ killing.
Despite being nearly half the population of Muslim-dominated Eritrea, Christians are still persecuted. There are possibly more than 1,000 Christians imprisoned there, with none of them formally charged. While some are released from prison, many of these are forcibly conscripted into military service, which is no freedom at all, or are placed under house arrest. Eritrea is a member of UNHRC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In a six-month period between 2020 and 2021 there were three attacks in the mainly Muslim country of Indonesia resulting in the deaths of eight Christians. Meanwhile, the mainstream media maintains a shameful silence. Murdered Christians just aren’t newsworthy. Indonesia is a member of the UNHRC.
In Nigeria, it is reported by The Nigerian Voice that there were 620 Christians hacked to death by jihadists in the first four and a half months of 2020. It is further estimated that since 2009 there have been 32,000 Christians murdered in Nigeria during a reign of terror conducted by Fulani tribesmen and Boko Haram.
The International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor, in a report published at the end of 2019, warned that there is a ‘reasonable basis’ to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have taken place in Nigeria. Nigeria is a member of the UNHRC.
The UN, however, has this year decided to take a firm stance in response to attacks on religious minorities. The General Assembly has unanimously adopted a Pakistan-proposed resolution to mark March 15, the date of the attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.
The danger of this resolution cannot be overemphasised. Its effect is to put a stop to any and all critical discussions of Islam and its body of teachings. Any criticism of the ideology drawn from the Koran can, and will, easily fall into the category of ‘Islamophobia’, which has no agreed definition in international law.
Frighteningly, by using this phrase the UN is suggesting that it is the religion itself which is protected and not the adherents. This would grant Islam a special place, and make it the sole ideology protected by the UN.
That, of course, is the whole point behind the resolution: To place Islam on a pedestal above and beyond any criticism. This is so obvious a danger that even the EU, which is no friend of Christianity, is opposed.
If one non-Muslim attack on a mosque, which claimed 51 Muslim lives, was enough for the UN to establish an ‘International day to combat Islamophobia,’ why have so many Muslim attacks on churches, which have claimed thousands of Christian lives, not been enough for the UN to establish an ‘International day to combat Christianophobia’?
Meanwhile, those who truly need protecting from Muslims get no recognition by the UN. It is apparent that one appalling but lone incident of a Western man killing 51 Muslims is of far greater importance to the UN than the countless instances of Muslims killing untold numbers of Christians.
When we look at those who terrorise churches, it is immediately apparent that they share little with one another. They come from widely different nations with differing geopolitical interests – Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Philippines, Indonesia, etc.
They live under differing socio-economic conditions. They are of different races and speak different languages. There is only thing which they do have in common and which, it appears, leads them to assault churches and murder Christians: They belong to the ‘religion of peace’.
It is undeniable that the continual Muslim attacks on Christians and their churches have an ideological source, are systemic, and are therefore an actual, ongoing problem that the international community needs to highlight and take action on. The UN, like most governments in the West, would have us sweep this continual slaughter of Christians under the carpet.
When such assaults occur in the West, we are assured that they were perpetrated by individuals, usually young men, who had ‘mental health issues’. When they occur outside the West, they are either ignored or dismissed with the soft racism of lowered expectations which accepts that Muslim ‘grievances’ with the actions of the West will inevitably give rise to a violent reaction. We are told we must ‘understand’ the anger of Muslims.
Meanwhile, Christians keep dying.