BY ALLEN WEST
Tuesday evening, I spoke for Pastor John Hagee in San Antonio at his Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Leadership Summit. One of the points I stressed is that Christians, worldwide, must not only stand up for Israel, but also the Judeo-Christian faith heritage. As well, this ideological battle has fallen into the Christian community to make a stand for western civilization. However, during the eight years of the Obama administration we witnessed the most horrific, savage, and barbaric of assaults against Christians in the Middle East…mainly at the hands of the Islamic State. What was so very disturbing was that the Obama administration bent over backwards to open up our nation — but not to persecuted Christians – and it was the same in Europe with Angela Merkel.
How many of you know there are still Islamic nations that will not allow Jews entry? And some won’t even allow non-Jews to enter who have immigration stamps in their passports from Israel.
Well, my cohorts at CNS News have some further revealing truth: “Eight of the ten countries where Christians face the worst persecution are Islamic nations, according to Open Doors USA’s 2018 “world watch list,” which attributes the maltreatment to “Islamic oppression.” And of the top 50 “countries where it is most dangerous to follow Jesus” in this year’s report, no fewer than 36 are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the bloc of Muslim-majority states. The advocacy organization reports that 215 million Christians – one in 12 worldwide – experience high levels of persecution.
During the reporting period for the 2018 list, it says, 3,066 Christians were killed, 1,252 were abducted, 1,020 were raped or sexually harassed, and 793 churches were attacked. The two non-Islamic states among the ten worst persecutors of Christians in the latest report are North Korea – the Stalinist regime has topped the list every year since 2002 and does so again this year; and Eritrea, an authoritarian dictatorship that has ranked in the top ten since 2015, and is in sixth place this year.
The eight Islamic nations in the top ten are, in order of severity of the persecution, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Iran. Taking places 11 to 20 are India, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Nigeria, Syria, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Vietnam, Turkmenistan and Laos. All are OIC members bar India (a Hindu-majority nation with a large Muslim minority), and communist-ruled Vietnam and Laos. Syria has dropped out of the top ten for the first time in five years. In 2014, Open Doors ranked it as the third-worst persecutor of Christians.”
Now of course the usual suspects being the Southern Poverty Law Center and CAIR will decry “islamophobia.” as will Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But what’s so wrong with presenting facts we should assess and analyze? After all, shouldn’t we all be riding around with bumper stickers that say “Coexist?”
Hmm, it appears quite a few folks aren’t in agreement with such a premise. Isn’t it a very interesting hypocrisy in that we know many Muslim immigrants are able to move into western nations and immediately receive welfare payments, or even own businesses? Here in America we use taxpayer funds to ensure that we accommodate prayer practices; it’s just Christians who aren’t afforded the same — you know, “separation of church and state.” Christians in America have to go before courts and defend their beliefs in something as inane as traditional marriage. Yet, we have instances of honor killings and forced marriages occurring in western nations — including where Sharia law thrives in a separate court system, as demanded by Muslim immigrants.
So, where are the cries and protests for Christians in Islamic countries and their rights? Oh yeah, they don’t have any rights. I find this to be one of the great duplicitous hypocrisies facing the world today. Even just pointing it out will result in being demonized by the progressive socialist left and their Islamo-fascist allies. And you know what’s also quite perplexing is that these are also the most dangerous countries for Muslims who don’t believe in a certain way.
Consider the aforementioned statistics, and ask yourself, have you heard anything from the United Nations? Heck, Barack Obama went apoplectic about a ridiculous anti-Islamic video, which he blamed for the Islamic jihadist attack in Benghazi. Obama got all threatening, stating that the future doesn’t belong to those who disparage the prophet. Well, does the future belong to those who’ve killed 3,066 Christians? Those who’ve abducted 1,252 Christians? Where are the women’s marches and pink hats for those 1,020 Christian women who were raped and sexually harassed? And don’t expect the SPLC to say anything about the 793 Christian churches attacked.
This is a crisis and it needs our attention. There is no debate; Christians are fighting for survival, globally, and being prosecuted and persecuted by progressive socialists and Islamo-fascists. I say that since we’re having this discussion about illegal immigration, why aren’t we having a discussion about Christian refugees finding respite here in America? Then again, perhaps they’re just as afraid of being brought before courts to defend their beliefs here.
There are some interesting trends here: “Back in 2004, only four of the top ten countries were Islamic. (The six non-Islamic countries on that year’s list were North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Bhutan, Burma and China.) The number of Muslim states among the top ten then rose steadily – to five in 2005 and 2006, to six in 2007 and 2008, to seven in 2009.
Every year since 2010, either eight or nine of the ten countries listed have been Islamic. Major trends in Christian persecution identified by Open Doors this year include the rise of religious nationalism, seen especially in countries like India and Burma; and intense persecution in former Soviet Central Asian republics, coming both from nationalist pro-Islamic governments and from societies where Islam is reviving. The spread of radical Islam is a particularly key factor.
“Islamic oppression is one of the most widely recognized sources of persecution for Christians in the world today – and it continues to spread – aiming to bring many parts of the world under shari’a law,” the report says. “The movement, which often results in Islamic militancy and persecution of Christians, is expanding in Asia (Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia) and Africa (Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia).”
As I’ve stated often before, there is a global Islamic jihad movement growing and spreading. I’m truly pleased the territorial integrity of the Islamic State has been reduced. However, there still exists an Islamist state of mind, an ideology, that is severe and threatening. This is a major strategic objective of our national security strategy. In fact, it must be. Funny, the left went all nuts over what was termed as “economic nationalism” here in America…yet, the liberal progressive media says little or nothing about the gross expansion of militant Islamic religious nationalism.
Ya just gotta ask yourself why? Collusion perhaps, along with shared goals?
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at AllenBWest.com. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.