Why Does the Western Church Not Speak Up for Middle East Christians?
My friend Dexter Van Zile of CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has a terrific article up at Pajamas Media that asks this question: why are the mainline Western churches silent in the face of Muslim oppression of minorities, especially Christians? Here’s an excerpt:
What is remarkable is that liberation theology — which was so readily used to highlight the suffering of blacks in the U.S. and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip — has not been used by its adherents to highlight the suffering of Christians under Muslim rule.
Instead of challenging Islamic doctrine regarding the status of non-Muslims, Christian leaders, particularly those from the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, and mainline churches in the U.S. — all of which have assailed white supremacy and imperialism — have engaged in mealy-mouthed dialogue with Muslim leaders. Instead of raising the issue of Muslim oppression of Christians and other minorities forcefully with their dialogue partners, they talk about the theological similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam and then blame whatever difficulties there are between Christians and Muslims on Christian support for Israel.
Read it all.
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