Are Muslims really being victimized today?
Only a few news outlets have carried stories about the horrendous persecution experienced by Christians in majority-Muslim countries throughout the world; however it is a largely ignored issue here.
Christian persecution has been on the rise for years but 2010 seemed to be one of the worst on record. Christians in Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt face the daily prospect of extinction at the hands of radical Islam.
Pope Benedict XVI said recently that, "at present Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its faith." Naturally, most of the Western media simply rolled its collective eyes in spite of reports from various government and non-government groups having released reports documenting the extent of abuse against Christians throughout the world.
A Pew Forum report released earlier this year found that 70 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where religious freedom is severely restricted and that a disproportionate share of religious persecution happens in majority-Muslim nations.
For example, a Christian minister in Iran is scheduled to be executed for converting to Christianity. In Somalia, Christian children are being murdered in a targeted campaign by an insurgent Muslim group that controls large parts of the central part of that nation in an effort to eradicate the Christian church there. In Egypt, 130 Christians spent Christmas in prison after being arrested in November for trying to turn a Christian center into a church. And, in Nigeria, at least 38 people were murdered in attacks during the first four days of Christmas including assaults on Christian churches.
In Iraq, an al Qaeda-affiliated group invaded a Catholic church at mass time killing 58 people and injuring scores more.
In spite of these examples of Muslim atrocities against Christians, American Muslims claim that "attacks on the American Muslim community and on Islam rose to an unprecedented level in 2010." This statement was given by Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Naturally, one might get the impression that Muslims were huddled in their homes as roving bands of right-wing Islamophobes roamed the streets outside assaulting any Believers unfortunate enough to be caught outdoors. Or, law enforcement officials harass and intimidate any law-abiding, patriotic citizen of that faith for the crime of wearing what Juan Williams referred to as "Muslim garb."
The reality of this situation is far from what CAIR would have you believe.
Muslims are not being victimized in any significant way in America. Jews in America today are far more likely to be the victim of hate crimes than are Muslims. There are no hand-wringing or official statements of outrage about the rise in anti-Semitism.
According to the most recent records in Los Angeles, Jews were the victims of 88 percent of hate attacks. In records from New York State, there were 251 hate attacks against Jews in 2009 with only 11 such attacks against Muslims. Of course, these records are from 2009 and CAIR claims it was 2010 that saw a sharp increase in attacks against Muslims. I believe it unlikely statistics from that year will bear out CAIR’s hyperbole.
Recently I read statements by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in which she told Australian Muslims that it was they and not Australians who must adapt and they could take it or leave it.
"This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak mainly English, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become a part of our society, learn the language," she said. Ms. Gillard went on to point out that, "Most Australians believe in God.
This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is a part of our culture."
The Prime Minister went on to encourage those who cannot accept the culture of Australia to take advantage of one other great Australian freedom: the right to leave. "If you aren’t happy here, then leave."
It appears she pretty much speaks her mind. A lot of Americans feel the same way about our country. If you don’t like it, then you are certainly free to go somewhere else.
That way everyone is happy.