Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
I recently read an article that said that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world and nowhere more persecuted than in the middle east.
Pope Benedict recently expressed concern for the persecution of Christians around the world.
Coptic Christians have been repeatedly slaughtered in Egypt, both pre and post Arab Spring. Earlier this month Egyptian forces drove over Coptic Christians in military vehicles at a rally in Cairo.
Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Christians are being violently killed under the eyes of the international media. Also, for the first time in many years, churches are being systematically burned and destroyed. The police are taking no action and nobody is punished for it. In the Egyptian media, “the facts are systematically covered up in order to keep the international media from reporting the truth and bringing pressure from outside,” he complained. However, video films showing the massacre of demonstrators on 9 October were broadcast by the three television stations operated by the Coptic Church and have thus also found their way into the international media. This time the attacks on Copts “have been better documented”.
To all this President Obama has done nothing and has hardly even said anything. Christian persecution is one giant yawn to President Obama. So it seemed like a pretty big deal when Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon was scheduled to meet President Obama. Perhaps the President might finally acknowledge Christian persecution?
At the urging of President Obama’s Muslim envoy Dalia Mogahed, the meeting has been cancelled because the Muslim Brotherhood wouldn’t like it. Get that?
Christians die, Obama yawns.