Under the Radar: Ethnic Cleansing of Christians
There is no doubt World War One and World War Two were one of the darkest times in the history of the World. Both consisted of a mass genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Armenian people in the Middle East during World War One and of the Jewish people during World War Two. As the saying goes, “hind sight is twenty-twenty”, which enables many in the generations after the two world wars condemn the atrocities that have occurred during the early 20th century sadly; however, many are oblivious or apathetic towards the atrocities going on today.
According to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) news, “Every day, thousands of Christians in the Middle East are brutally persecuted by Islamic jihadists demanding they convert to Islam or pay the penalties, “speakers from around the world [have] gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the horrors Middle East Christians are facing on a daily basis.” Although these talks are occurring, what is surprising is that there has been very little news coverage about this daily massacre going on when Christian persecution has drastically been on the rise and is the most persecuted group in the world.
Speakers at the meeting in Washington such as Penny Nance who is the president of Concerned Women for America and others argued that “[people] must not be afraid to refer to those committing these heinous crimes as Islamic jihadist… [and that] we need to identify what’s happening in order to accurately fight it,”
An important question to ask is when will Americans and other countries finally put their foot down and deal with ISIS accordingly? If ISIS is not stopped, than the world faces (if it is not already) repeating the horrific ethnic cleansing that occurred during the two World Wars.
One of the main reasons on why the wide spread persecution of Christians is not being discussed as much as it should be is because of the fear to anger others. According to the New York Post “As a candidate in January 2008, Obama pledged to recognize the [Armenian] genocide… but Obama has never used that description since taking office, mainly out of deference to Turkey, a key US partner and NATO ally, which is fiercely opposed to the “genocide” label”. Just like with the Armenian genocide politics always plays a role in addressing a problem or pointing out wrong doings. Is Christian persecution going under the radar or being downplayed because of the fear to offend others? That can very well be the reason.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues [today it might be from churches]; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.”