Iraq Church attack.
(photo credit: AP)
Earlier this month, several thousand people took to the streets of Brussels to
raise the red flag against the ongoing Muslim violence against
Christians. The demonstration was triggered by a massacre in Baghdad
which left at least 52 dead after the al-Qaida linked “Islamic State of Iraq”
stormed a Catholic church during Sunday Mass. This appalling attack is just the
tip of the iceberg of the ever-growing Muslim intolerance. It has many people
worried – and rightfully so.
For years, many Muslim countries have not
just looked the other way when individuals or groups sought to carry out jihad
against “infidels”; they have laws on the books making it illegal to do anything
even remotely inflammatory against Islam. This witch-hunt atmosphere has, of
course, lead to arbitrary detentions, assaults, mob attacks and
Just recently, it reached yet another zenith of malice after a
Christian-Pakistani woman and mother of five was sentenced to death by hanging
for allegedly speaking ill of Muhammad. She rotted in jail for 17 months before
the verdict. She, her husband and lawyers have repeatedly denied any
wrongdoing. They’re now filing an appeal.
The whole premise is
based on the infamous blasphemy laws which have been adopted in many Muslim
nations. A recent report from the Human Rights First organization cites dozens
of cases in which Christians and other nonbelievers have been persecuted,
jailed, maimed or executed in countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Saudi
Arabia and Indonesia.
What many people don’t know is that since 1999,
Muslim countries have been looking to legalize such laws on the international
level through the UN. The initiative is called the “Defamation of Religions”
resolution, and will basically make it the norm to legally discriminate against
any citizen who believes in a religion different than the official one of the
state. It’s due to come up for a vote again in the next few weeks.
main driving force behind this travesty is the Organization of Islamic
Conference (IOC) – an organization of more than 50 countries with a majority or
large Muslim population. Proponents of the idea are using political correctness
in the West to argue its merits. If an individual starts bashing on a
religion, it should be the country’s right to put a clamp on that criticism.
That might sound like a good way to stop hate crimes and discrimination in a
democracy, but in the Muslim world it’s an excuse to do just the
Let’s make it 100% clear – the IOC is not interested in freedom
of religion; it sees such freedom as dissent. We all know what happens to
people living under dictatorships who dissent – exactly what’s happening right
now to Christians and other minorities in parts of the Islamic world.
by some chance this resolution passes, the human rights violations will just get
worse. Most Western countries understand the threat and are opposing the
concept, but it gives us all an inside look at the true nature of
Many Christians see the writing on the wall
and are getting out while they can. In its story on the aforementioned protest
in Belgium, the Associated Press reported that the Christian population in Iraq
alone has dropped by more than two-thirds in the past decade.
glad to be living in Israel – the only country in the Middle East where there is
true freedom of religion? All our citizens – Jewish, Muslim or Christian – can
do as they please. No one is going to come in the middle of the night and arrest
anyone for what he believes. No one will lynch an individual who criticizes our
religious leaders. No one will lose a limb if they’re Orthodox, Conservative or
Reform. And no, you won’t be sentenced to death if you use the New Testament and
not the Old.
With these facts in mind, it’s hard to imagine any Christian
demonizing Israel and accepting the Muslim narrative so prevalent in the world
media. These are the news stories which must be disseminated to the Western
world as we continue the war against the delegitimization of our
country.The writer is an independent media consultant, an adjunct
lecturer at IDC Herzliya’s School of Communications, and a former producer at
the Fox News Channel in New York.