Meanwhile, in Egypt - a country that long was Christian before it was conquered by Muslims and still has a sizeable minority known as Coptic Christians - has just adopted a constitution based on shariah law. Even before that legal basis was established for treating such Christians as dhimmis (enslaved peoples) they were relentlessly attacked, and in some cases murdered, as their businesses were ruined or expropriated and their churches burned. In due course, it seems likely that those who can get out will do so.
Yet, as the Civitas study recounts, "Western politicians and media largely ignore the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the wider world because they are afraid they will be accused of racism. They fail to appreciate that in the defense of the wider concept of human rights, religious freedom is the ‘canary in the mine....'"
Unfortunately, in the case of the present U.S. administration, the practice of ignoring Christians' plight seems rooted in far more ominous impulses. A powerful new book by Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr entitled "No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom," recounts the President's pervasive "Islamophilia" and relentless hostility towards other faiths. The authors conclude that Mr. "Obama is at war with Christianity."
Which makes all the more problematic the plight of Middle Eastern Christians seeking refuge from their oppressors. Under a practice deplorably begun during the George W. Bush administration, Team Obama relies on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to determine who should receive that status and be allowed asylum in this country. And since the Organization of Islamic Cooperation - the official Islamist multinational group that is the modern day equivalent of the Muslim world's governing caliphate - largely calls the shots at the UN these days, we generally wind up bringing in Islamists unwilling, or at least unable, to assimilate. Often they come from Somalia, Iraq and Bosnia, displacing Christians seeking to practice their faith in freedom and security.
There is a lot of talk at the moment about immigration reform. One strategically vital place to start would be by revisiting the practice of importing: Islamic supremacist clerics under the R-1visa program; tens of thousands of Saudi "students" annually; lottery winners disproportionately drawn from Muslim-dominated nations and regions; and Islamist-heavy "refugee" populations, to the effective exclusion of Christians genuinely in desperate need of that status.
An "Islamophilic" Obama administration "at war with Christianity" is unlikely to take such steps left to its own devices. The American people and their congressional representatives must therefore insist that it does so.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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