Why is Christian persecution in the Middle East under reported?

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CHARLOTTEN.C., March 21, 2014 – Coverage of the persecution of Christians in predominantly Muslim countries is an ongoing problem that remains under-reported in the western media. The truth of this persecution is damaging to the media’s narrative on the Middle East.

Consider the Obama Administration’s narrative: Israel is intransigent and the villain in its dealings with the underdog Palestinians.

A recent article in The Torch, which was reprinted in a blog by Raymond Ibrahim, takes a closer look at why the American press does not cover Christian persecution in the Middle East. The grim picture it presents explains much about media bias and, indirectly, the Obama administration’s mishandling of the Palestinian/Israel peace process under Secretary of State John Kerry

The article calls it the “greatest human rights tragedy of our times,” beginning with a couple of dramatic facts. “Reliable estimates indicate that anywhere from 100-200 million Christians are persecuted every year…approximately 85% of this persecution occurs in Muslim majority nations. In 1900, 20% of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than 2% is.”


“Far from helping these Christian victims, U.S. policies are actually exacerbating their sufferings.  Whether in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, or Syria, and under the guise of the U.S.-supported ‘Arab Spring,’ things have gotten dramatically worse for Christians.”

The Torch piece points out that since Israel is stronger than its Muslim adversary, the media gives the Palestinians a “pass” as the underdog in the dispute. The press fails to report that victimization is standard operating procedure in the Muslim world. It is a primary tactic to win global sympathy. Israel rejects that concept because they know better.

The counter argument is simple: “If radical Muslims get a free pass when their violence is directed against those stronger than them, how does one rationalize away their violence when it is directed against those weaker than them—in this case, millions of indigenous Christians?”

The media cannot have it both ways.

The article concludes, “There, is of course, a very important reason why the mainstream media ignores radical Muslim persecution of Christians: if the full magnitude of this phenomenon [were] ever known, many cornerstones of the mainstream media — most prominent among them, that Israel is oppressive to Palestinians — would immediately crumble.

“Why? Because radical Muslim persecution of Christians throws a wrench in the media’s otherwise well-oiled narrative that ‘radical-Muslim-violence-is-a-product-of-Muslim-grievance’ — chief among them Israel.”

The argument is not significantly different than it was ten centuries ago when Christians attempted to regain territory lost to Islamic expansion by undertaking the Crusades. That movement, much like the Palestine/Israel conflict today, would have been just as misunderstood, or misreported, if the media had existed during that time. In fact, the Crusades have been so misinterpreted in modern times, even by Christians, that Muslims now use them as an example that justifies their own cause.

“In short, Christian persecution is the clearest reflection of radical Islamic supremacism. The problem is that … Islamists believe according to their scriptural exegesis, (that Christians) must be subjugated,” says The Torch article.

Therein lies one of the great conundrums of attempting to negotiate with rogue Islamic nations: Supremacy lies at the very core of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, not only supremacy over Christians, but over all other non-believers as well. Until that is understood by the press, no amount of rationalization by them will alter the outcome, and Christians throughout the Muslim world will continue to be slaughtered with barely a notice.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).  

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  • sweetie

    I had no idea the numbers were so high. No, I’ve never heard this story told on any news channel. I believe that no one wants to say anything that may offend a Muslim, so they either look the other way, or hide behind their desks. I’m furious that we have so many Muslims in this country that are associated with terrorists. Some are currently in bed with our government. God bless those Christians in harms way. I pray that our government will wake up and do their job – keep us safe.

    • rulie haveman

      Keep on dreaming man this government is Ishlam oriented with a member of the brotherhood of Ishlam being our president nothing will change except for the worse til we’ve gotten rid of all those islam imams and other big shot Ishlams in ” OUR ” GOVERNMENT AND ARMED FORCES .

      • Lei Akasuna

        Kill all the muslims With Genocide then Peace will shine on many country.

      • sweetie

        If we can win the senate this year, I believe the Republicans will get rid of these people in powerful places. We all need to pray and fast. God bless us all.

        • Pete

          your a fool if you think there is a difference in democrat or republican… were screwed either way, sheep.

  • Bionic woman

    Bob Beckel on The Five is constantly berating the Muslim leaders for allowing the persecution of Christians and women.

  • Lei Akasuna

    Most Terrorist Are MUSLIMS.. they’ve destroyed the peace and tranquility in many places.. also, KILLING a christian is an HONOR for them, it is written in their doctrine. Mohammed is the counterpart of Satan because he created this evil Religion.. HE is not holy he is evil., by now his soul is burning in Hell and the Muslim terrorists wud also burn in hell upon their death.

  • skindoc

    Most of the persecuted Christians are Eastern Orthodox or Oriental Orthodox. Being neither Roman Catholic nor Protestant, they are easily ignored by the Western media.

  • Aida Payton

    I have no Idea, why Christian and Muslim and Jihadist don’t get along. If they believed in Abraham, then they should. get along. religions its really killing each other. If you all believed in one God and shouldn’t have problem at all. One God in too many different name, Here the books will explained for that. Journey of the Innocent light bearer of the world. Everyone should read about that books, Religions its only people who founded, not God and then some messenger of God missed interpreted it. No knowledge and no good comprehension about the word of God. trick by Bad spirit, you have to know your God, because there is some bad spirit want to be God too. and that you fall to the trap of bad spirit, remember bad never won. and never have peace love I telling you all the truth, the middle east they been fighting before Jesus was born until now they still fighting. because they don’t really understand the word of God, If they do middle east its already at peace and love to their people in their country. and let all the children’s get good Educations no matter what religions they are, now tell me if I am A liar? No I don’t because the whole world know about the middle east don’t have peace and love, among their own people..

    • Ricky Trimnal

      That is the reason Jesus had to do what He was born to do, pay the price for us that we could not.

    • johnnydelgado

      Aida, either you are dumb or brain dead. Islam is not a religion (haven`t you read, seeing, heard anything about what is islam is all about) but an organization for world domination.

    • Brenda Weeks

      Learn to express yourself before making stupid arguments. As johnnydelado points out Islam is NOT a religion, it is a cult hell bent on world domination and the propagation of murder, pedophilia, rape, and disfigurement of women

    • Persuasive

      God bless you. L know you may mean well. But people are hard headed. That is why many have no belief structure and it is why many brake away in order to give a lesser meaning and understanding to the holiness that is Jesus Christ.

  • Ricky Trimnal

    I’m glad too just see how wide spread this persecution is. India also persecutes Christians. If a Muslim believes and follows the Koran, they are not friends with Christian’s and I’m sick of people that claim they are those like them that we can trust.

  • RedneckCanuckpraysforUSsouls

    As we wake up, the tide will turn. We Christians must learn to stand strong together. The Isrealis have become strong enough to hold out for now against the muslims discraceful tide, we have to stop letting the aging hippie Hanoi Janes make us feel ashamed of our belief system, of our history, of who we are. Jesus said ‘Turn The Other Cheek’, well, true… But fellow Christians, need I remind you that Jesus was Perfect! I, for one am NOT!

    • Clark-Kent

      2 words, tenth crusaide