Overlooking Anti-Christian Actions
By Matt Smith
The mainstream media is rightfully quick to cover the inexcusable religious intolerance of Judaism and non-radical Islam, but it is becoming increasingly vogue to overlook hostility toward Christianity. Last week, the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC), a group formed for the purposes of “religious liberty, domestically and internationally, and a national clearing house and first line of response to anti-Christian defamation, bigotry, and discrimination”, released two interesting summaries on the previous year.
On the international side, there are really no surprises. The usual anti-Christian suspects comprise the list – North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Maldives, Afghanistan, Yemen, the east African country of Mauritania, and Uzbekistan.
According to the CADC: “Nearly 100 million Christians are persecuted for their faith every year. This includes interrogation, imprisonment, torture, and even death, while many others face discrimination and alienation.
What is the Obama/Clinton State Department doing globally to address these issues? During the last presidential campaign, candidate Obama basically said America was to blame for our global image. But at a time when a young Yemen extremist can reach the Detroit airport because he wants to attack our Judeo-Christian values, where is the outrage over these anti-Christian attacks. Maybe the president should start realizing his overtures to certain factions of the world, that formally began during his Inaugural Address, are actually a sign of weakness and willingness to compromise our values. The mainstream media coverage of the incident focused on the lapses in homeland security measures, however, what should have also been covered are the lapses in standing behind the values our country was founded upon.
On the domestic side of CADC’s list, there are also no real surprises. Entertainment and choices of entertainment for public events make the list. However, Christians should note a couple of the items listed that received little to no coverage by the mainstream media – the murder of Jim Pullion and the incarceration of Reverend Walter Hoye.
Unfortunately, faithful Christians will continue to be forced to stomach these oversights as evidenced by a recent article in the Washington Post. The January 9, 2010 headline read “Abortion rights activists get ready for another year of challenges”. The article begins by trying to tie together all the missions of the anti-life policies of the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats with the George Tiller murder trial in Kansas. By including the unfortunate actions of one in a story that would lead you to believe it is about perennial legislative battles, the Post once again made the, not-so-subtle, statement that those who oppose abortion are extremists. Did the Washington Post include the murder of pro-life activist Jim Pullion or the actions of the City of Oakland to jail Reverend Walter Hoye for exercising his right to free speech. If an abortion activist was jailed for speaking out, the ACLU and the Post editorial page would be breaking land-speed records rushing to their defense.
The CADC lists are a good reminder to faithful Christians of the continuing international and domestic struggles faced by being witnesses for our faith and values. And in the spirit of theologian Roger Williams, they should serve as motivation for consistent participation in the public square.
Matt Smith is a consultant in Washington D.C. and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison under President George W. Bush