Christians Suffer While America Remains Silent
Having been actively involved in politics at all levels for the last half century, I have never seen such unconcern and political disregard for Coptic Christians in the Middle East as I have the past two years. While the Associated Press has covered the brutality and horrific mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy has expressed very little concern, while our political officials have remained silent. Has American foreign policy lost it’s moral compass, or do our leaders think that the people of our country no longer care about anything other than themselves?
I have spoken to several groups about what has been going on in Egypt, but the media doesn’t seem interested. However, I can assure you, the people I have spoken to, do. Catholics especially feel betrayed and abandoned by Washington, D.C. politicians. The killing of Christians in the Middle East, and the silence, is yet another example of the blatant and growing anti- Catholic sentiment in America today. One has to ask, where’s the outrage? Do Catholics have to protest in the streets in order to capture the media’s attention to this injustice? What will it take for the American political establishment to finally speak out? Why do we allow our political officials to turn their backs on this crisis taking place in the world today? I don’t know what it will take for Catholic Church leaders to demand that President Obama and the United States Congress take strong and decisive action to end the blood shed and killing of innocent Coptic Christians in Egypt.
You have to wonder, why do we even need a silent and costly United Nations? We also have to wonder, why do Catholics remain silent?
Maybe during the national election our President and all the candidates will realize that most Americans believe in international human rights, and religious freedom, and want our country’s leaders to reflect those cherished principles and values. America is more than about money and power, it’s also about liberty and freedom for all people. That includes the freedom to worship.
Let’s speak out. Get involved. Maybe it’s time for a new human rights movement in America. A movement to restore decency and respect for everyone’s religious beliefs, including Coptic Christians in Egypt.
By Raymond L. Flynn, Former U.S. Ambassador to The Vatican and Mayor of Boston