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President Obama’s Tin Ear Toward the Persecuted Christians

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When it comes to the persecution of Christians, President Obama appears to have a tin ear. The question is: why?

Why would a president who claims to be a Christian seem to deliberately help install and collaborate with an Islamist government in Egypt? Many highly-placed Egyptian leaders have revealed that his collaboration with the Muslim Brotherhood began long before President Mubarak’s fall.


Why would Mr. Obama remain silent after being informed again and again of the atrocities committed against Christians in Egypt—atrocities committed by the very government he helped bring to power?

Why would Mr. Obama allow Egypt to remain as the second-highest recipient of U.S. foreign aid while the greatest terrorist build up since al Qaida in Afghanistan now takes place in the Sinai Desert?

Why would Mr. Obama offer no public criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood after their police stood watch while the Coptic Cathedral was attacked by Islamists and then tear-gassed by the police themselves?

Why would the so-called “leader” of the so-called “free world” remain silent while other world leaders speak up? Recently, Angela Merkel of Germany boldly stated that “Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world” Mr. Obama, however, says nothing.

The answer to the question of “why” can only come from evaluating the man who has now been on the national scene for ten years.

First, we must look at how President Obama views himself. He has convinced many of us that he is a man who is in love with himself. Self-worshipers also love to be worshiped by others, especially by those whom they deem to be important.

Notice how he loves to speak to young people, for example. He admitted as much while in Israel recently. The young people of this generation, who feed on the language of text messaging and Twitter, tend not to be very analytical. Their limited experience, plus the “wanting everything for nothing” attitude of youth, offers a soothing response to a president who can speak their language.


Second, Mr. Obama is very selective in the use of tragedies. He capitalizes on them if they promote his worldview, and he ignores or minimizes them if they do not.

Take the Fort Hood massacre, for example. After he heard about the shooting right before giving a speech, Mr. Obama then spent the first two minutes of his speech saying nothing about the tragedy; instead he gave a “shout out” to someone in the audience and pushed for the passage of health care reform.

However, when it came to the equally tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the president decided to follow the words of his one-time chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and would not let a crisis go to waste. Mr. Obama has used that tragedy to begin dismantling the Second Amendment.

To be sure, that selective use of crisis is not unique to President Obama. Other presidents have used it before. But he has perfected it to an art form.

Which brings me to his tin ear toward the desperately suffering Christians in Egypt and elsewhere.

The Egyptian Christians and their supporters will not worship Mr. Obama, and since they aren’t compatible with his personal agenda, he cannot exploit their crisis for his gain. So helping them would not serve his purpose. It’s too bad that the persecuted Christians don’t have friends among the elite of Hollywood; then the White House would have received them with open arms.

Whether the president believes it or not, the Day of Judgment is coming when the mighty and powerful will face the Judge of all the earth. And He will not be intimidated nor persuaded by office holders or celebrities.


This Judge will not only see actions and words, but He will also read the secrets of hearts and minds. He will judge motives and intentions. His judgment will not be open to loopholes nor insanity pleas. He will not be clouded by rationalizations of political expedience, nor the excuse of “my advisors made me do it.”

I plead with Mr. Obama to examine the Scriptures and read about those who stand with the persecuted and the sufferers. I plead with Mr. Obama to convert his tin ear into an ear attuned to the sound of their plight.

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