By Tim Wildmon
Kudos to “Newsweek” magazine for giving a cover story February 13, to a subject almost ignored by the mainstream media and that is the persecution going on around the world of those who practice the Christian faith. The cover reads: “The War on Christians,” and the author is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Inside the magazine, the article is headlined this way: “The rise of Christophobia: From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith.”
The article goes into great detail with one horror story after another from around the globe. Despite the promotion of political correctness in the United States, it is becoming clear to most Americans who are paying attention that Islam in not a religion of peace. It is, in fact, a religion of war, violence, intolerance and the physical persecution of non Muslims. These atrocities are being committed against Christians because they are considered “infidels” and therefore it is a Muslim’s duty to defeat, in any way necessary, the infidel.
“We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny,” writes Ali. “But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway – an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.”
It is interesting to note that the writer, Ali, is an atheist.
If there ever was a contrast in worldviews it is with Christianity and Islam. One of the most striking differences is that Christianity teaches, practices and encourages charity. Islam does not. It is the Christians from America that are doing the majority of the private charity and humanitarian work around the world. Just this past week or so alone I was reminded of three examples of this.
The first example is two young ladies from Saltillo, sisters Heather and Haleigh Moore, who are currently running across the country, from Louisiana to California, to raise money to dig wells in Africa through World Vision. They are motivated by their belief that God wants them to care about other people in Africa even though they have never met them.
The second example as my colleague Buddy Smith, who along with wife Carol just returned from a week long trip to Ecuador in central America where they participated with Operation Christmas Child in distributing thousands of show boxes of supplies to the people that who have little or nothing and who are dependent of American missions organizations. Samaritan’s Purse (Franklin Graham) has distributed over 94 million shoebox gifts since 1993 around the world. All in the name of Jesus Christ.
The third example was when I was at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville couple of weeks back when the president of Gospel for Asia came up to me to thank me for the $153,314 American Family Radio helped raise for them last fall. Monies which was applied to buy all kinds of basic human needs for the “untouchables” on India. AFA/AFR has been participating in this project with Gospel for Asia for several years. Why do we care about the outcast people of India? Because Jesus told us to in the Bible.
There is no such comparable work done around the world by Islamic groups or organization because the Koran does not teach such charity.
Religion, more than anything else, affects the values and morals of a culture, a society, a country.
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.