Persecution of Christians and the Left's Willful Blindness
The social justice crowd turns its back to the abuse of women in Muslim countries.
“Islamophobia” now belongs to the left’s Politically Correct catalog of unpardonable transgressions.
_Christophobia, _however, still hasn’t made the cut.
While no one should be mistreated because of their religion, to see that the left’s is a grossly twisted moral vision, that they are as guilty as sin itself of straining out the gnat while letting in the camel, we need only juxtapose the experience of Christians vis-à-vis persecution with that of Muslims.
It’s true indeed that there are many Muslims throughout the world that have been made to suffer. Yet this has nothing to do with any so-called “Islamophobia,” for it is other Muslims, the corrupt leaders under which they live or the adherents of rival tribes and Islamic sects, from which their suffering stems.
And as far as Muslims in the West are concerned, the only “suffering” that they can be said to experience is the discomfort or inconvenience of supposedly being viewed with suspicion by their hosts.
_This _is what passes for “Islamophobia” throughout the contemporary Western world.
Never, though, do we hear from either native-born leftists or indignant Islamic immigrants about Christophobia.
Never do they utter a peep about the unimaginably brutal, relentless, and horrific oppression suffered by legions of Christian men, women, and children around the planet.
Never do they say a thing about the fact that to a far greater extent than the adherents of any other religion, Christians face persecution the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the days of the early Church when Christ’s disciples were fed to lions and burned alive.
There are two reasons for the deafening silence of the international left on this issue.
First, that Christians suffer any persecution, much less persecution that exceeds in both scope and horror any sustained by the members of any other religion, is a fact that threatens to undercut the left’s narrative of Christian oppressors and non-Christian victims.
Second, the one group that’s more responsible for perpetrating the oppression of Christians is the group that the left’s narrative of choice unfailingly depicts as victims. Though Muslims are not the only purveyors of Christian persecution around the globe, in the vast majority of instances, they are the perpetrators.
In America, mistreatment of Muslims is rare to the point of being non-existent, a fact that accounts for why some rabble-rousing Islamic-American activists have resorted to flagrantly lying about the cruelty to which they supposedly suffer. Now, contrast this with the following story from Pakistan, a Muslim-majority country that enjoys the dubious distinction of being the world’s second most dangerous place for Christians.
Fifteen-year-old Komal is a Christian girl from a low-income family. Because of her modest circumstances, Komal’s parents were never able to supply her with much of an education. Thus, the deck was already stacked against Komal’s prospects for success in Pakistan.
But then life suddenly became dramatically worse.
Each year in Pakistan as many as 700 of Christian girls and women between the ages of 12 and 25 are abducted, raped, beaten, and forcibly converted to the religion—Islam—of their captors. Komal found herself among them in 2015.
Komal managed to escape and make it back to her family after having spent six months in captivity. She relayed her terrifying ordeal to International Christian Concern:
“I was sleeping along with my mother on a single bed during a power-cut time in my house yard.” But _“around midnight, five armed men with masks climbed over the boundary wall and entered into” _her family’s home.
“_The armed men brutally beat the entire family and threatened them [with] severe consequences if they shouted for help. Then, the kidnappers dragged me from my mother’s lap to their car in the street._”
“My eyes and mouth were covered with a piece of cloth and they took me to [an] unknown place where five of them raped me in front of each other, taking turns.”
The horror continued. “_Burning my female parts with cigarettes was a routine exercise for them,_” Komal recalled. “_The kidnappers often teased Christians, especially disrespecting Christian women. Almost for two months they beat me every day for nothing and did not give [me] enough food to eat._”
Bravely, Komal proceeded to elaborate more on this time in hell.
“_After almost two months of inhuman treatment and humiliation, they took me to a courthouse and forced me to put my thumb impression on a document that declared me the wife of a Muslim.__I did not want this to happen, however, I had no other option because they threatened to kill my parents if I did not obey. Therefore, they forcefully married me to a Muslim and converted me to Islam._”
Komal’s captors changed even her name and her new “husband” continued to rape her for the next two months before moving to another city to live _with his other two wives. _But even from afar, her husband exercised control over Komal as he hired a woman to stand guard to make sure that she was having sex with the men that he sent to her. “_At this stage, I experienced the worst agony of all,_” Komal continued. “I felt like dying every day when my husband forced me to have [relations] with other visitors for earning money. I had become a forced prostitute.”
For as terrible as all of it was, Komal nevertheless _“had faith that Jesus would get me out of this hell._”
And then it happened:
“_In February, I had a golden opportunity to escape. Before sun rose, I managed to sneak away from the house to an urban area after walking for about five hours. I begged for money from the people there to cover a bus fare and was able to reach my home after sunset on the same day._”
When Komal was finally reunited with her parents, she says that she “_couldn’t stop crying [.]”_ _The experience “was like rising from the dead._”
Upon returning, though, Komal had to come to terms with the fact that she was five months pregnant. She admitted to being “confused” as to what to do with the child, for it promises to be a difficult life.
Legally speaking, Christians generally and Christian victims like Komal aren’t likely to secure justice for the offenses that they suffer. Not only do authorities often succumb to the financial and other pressures of the perpetrators, but the victims are threatened with violence for coming forward.
“_I want justice,” Komal states,“but do not want to put my parents into danger._” Those who made her life hell “_are very rich and influential and therefore we cannot go into the legal process against them. I just want to be divorced and try to plan a happier life._”
As to what has transpired with Komal since this time, I haven’t been able to determine. One can only hope and pray that her life has become less unbearable.
The point here, however, is that while Komal’s ordeal is not unusual in many parts of the world where savage Christophobia predominates, the left in the West would prefer to pretend that it doesn’t exist—all while bellyaching over what they call “Islamophobia.”