LAHORE: Why is the U.S. downplaying or denying attacks against Christians?
Fr. James Channan OP- Director of the Peace Centre strongly criticised region based violence saying, “What about the churches which were desecrated? Is this not blasphemy? Where is justice?” He expressed serious concerns about escalating hostility by revealing, that members of an Islamic group publicly beheaded the mother of two girls, ages 8 and 15, and her cousin after discovering they were Christians.
Situation is not very different around the world, as remarking about Kazakhstan he told that it’s believed in Kazakhstan that, “Christian teaching is extremely harmful to the mental health of the people.” In Brunei, “Five years’ imprisonment and up to $20,000 in fines for educators if they speak to a Muslim child of religions other than Islam.” As strikingly harsh list of violent acts committed against Christian minorities throughout the Islamic world continues to grow, an unsympathetic indifference has been observed from the U.S. government. Seeing U.S. government’s stance on current persecution of Christians around the world, President Barack Obama has been condemned by various human rights activists because of his ignorance of the issue and not tackling with the dilemma of Christians and other religious minorities during his talks with leaders of the Islamic world in particular Saudi Arabia, where Christianity is banned effectively.
In accordance with a Washington-based International Christian Concern advocacy group,” Obama did not “publicly raise the subject of religious freedom when he spoke on March 28 with Saudi King Abdullah, in spite of a letter from 70 members of Congress insisting him to speak for definite human rights reorganization publicly and one on one meetings with the king and other officials.
However, U.S politician Senator Rand Paul called for an end to American foreign aid to Pakistan in the name of both persecuted young women and the many Christians forced to face the threat of violence and oppression in the country. Before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, Sen. Paul named several examples of women suffering for their gender and faith.