60 Second Summary: The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

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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

The Excerpt:

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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  • Warwick

    great share! thanks!
    We Christians need to be more vocal and prayerful for our brothers and sisters suffering persecution as she says. We should lobby governments to pressure Muslim nations they give aid to to protect Christians.

    Muslims are very loud and always make their voice heard about their suffering, it’s about time Christians did too.

  • Kate Finman

    While it is important to lift up our brothers and sisters in prayer, I think it is inaccurate to generalize “the Muslim world” like that. I am currently living with a devoutly Muslim family in Dakar, Senegal (90-95% Muslim), and my host parents support me going to church every week, and even say “Grace a Dieu” (praise God) when I say that I prayed well, etc. A young man finishing his prayers saw me as I was on my way to a Bible study and asked where I was going. I said I was going to church, and he asked me to pray for the people of Senegal. There are many more examples of things like this.

    This is not to undermine the fact that there is intense and real persecution of Christians in many regions of the world where Islam is dominant. But not in all places, and it plays into the general media bias against Muslims. I think that as Christians, we need to be more conscious of these these generalizations.

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