Friday, April 19, 2013

Western Media Ignores Plight of Eastern Christians

Indifference to the fate of Middle East Christians has ancient roots

The Western media is using an centuries-old playbook in its treatment of Iraqi, Syrian and Egyptian Christians.

In 2010 an al-Qaeda front group attacked one of Baghdad's main cathedrals during Sunday mass. More than 50 people were slaughtered. The militants had a clear and simple explanation for this atrocity: "All Christian centres, organisations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets for the muhajideen wherever they can reach them. We will open upon them the doors of destruction and rivers of blood."

In this environment, it’s no wonder that Christianity is dying in the land of its birth.

What’s more puzzling is why the Western world couldn’t care less. As recently as a century ago Christians made up 20 percent of the population of the Middle East, with thriving communities in what is now Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt. Today thanks to persecution and instability, that estimate has fallen to less than 5 percent. But instead of alarm bells- or even a flicker of interest -- this calamitous decline has been greeted with yawns by the Western media.

Read it all here.

Related reading:  Africans Puzzled by Western Antagonism to Christianty; Boko Haram Butchers Christian Factory Workers; Coptic Christians Fear Future in Egypt; Nuns Threatened in Upper Egypt; Britain Denies Protection to Iraqi Christians; Another Example of Media Bias Against Christians

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