There’s a jihadi slogan that says, “First comes Saturday, then comes Sunday.” It means, on Saturday we kill the Jews and on Sunday we kill the Christians. Escalating persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa is evidence that “Sunday” has arrived. President Obama is apparently unfazed by the religious genocide against Christians as he cedes U.S power and influence in the Muslim world.
The Obama Administration has turned away from a resurgence of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The President promises to pull our troops out of Afghanistan regardless of circumstances with the Taliban. In Egypt, Mr. Obama promoted the demise of a stable government and opened the door to a culture of Islamic fundamentalism.
Recently, President Obama backed away from his “red line” after Syrian Muslims were gassed, purportedly by their own oppressive government. Sadly, the murder of Christians in the surrounding region and Africa doesn’t even warrant a red line from the Obama Administration.
When Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power in Egypt last August, members of the Muslim Brotherhood blamed Coptic Christians and destroyed over 40 churches and killed at least 6 Copts during the course of 3 days.
In Nigeria this past July, dormitories at the Yobe State College of Agriculture were set ablaze by Islamic attackers as students slept. At least 40 students were gunned down by the Boko Haram extremists as they tried to escape the flames.
Our government contends the Taliban is in retreat, even as they murder Christians in Pakistan. On September 22 of this year, two Taliban suicide bombers detonated explosives as worshippers exited the All Saints Church in Peshawar. More than 85 innocent people were indiscriminately killed and twice that number gravely injured.
On the day before the church bombing, a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya came under siege by Muslim terrorists. Over sixty people died. Testimonies from survivors were chilling. The killers, members of al-Shabab, quizzed captives on Quranic scripture to separate Muslims from the “infidels”.
It’s undeniable that Christians are being purged from countries where Islamic radicals dominate. They see Christianity as the ultimate threat to a caliphate, a political and religious state founded on pure Islam.
Unlike Muslim extremists, Christian churches spread the message of Christ through the personal service of missionary work. Missionaries from countless denominations are working in many of the most dangerous countries in the world. The threat of death at the hands of Muslim extremists is very real. Undeterred, these people provide medical help, engineering and agricultural expertise, and educational opportunities among other benefits.
Those Christians who accept personal risk and live their faith through service serve as powerful examples for repressed peoples. Missionaries sow the seeds of hope that strengthen embattled Christian enclaves and even transform the faith of those who have had no religious freedom.
President Obama strives to appease extremists, asserting the United States is not a Christian nation. While it’s true Christianity is not our nation’s official religion, his attitude dismisses America’s firm foundation on Judeo-Christian values. Our Constitution guarantees us unalienable Rights endowed by our Creator. It secures the rights of Americans to exercise free will, regardless of faith and religious beliefs.
Those who promote jihad against Christians abroad hate America because of our foundation. It blesses our citizens with opportunities to be catalysts for positive change around the world. And unlike helpless minorities in many Muslim-dominated countries, the United States has the power to stand up for religious freedom.
President Obama has often declared that Islam is a religion of peace. The allegation is false in countries where extremists teach that the one clear path to eternal life is the slaughter of infidels. The tragic plight of Christians in many Muslim-dominated parts of the world is real.
Militants won’t stop when Christians and other religious minorities are purged from places like Iraq or Nigeria. In America, the hassle of airport security is just one reminder that religious hatred threatens us all.
President Obama and all our leaders must recognize that a bloody “Sunday” has dawned for Christian minorities in the Middle East and Africa. They better realize that without decisive action to stop it, the persecution won’t be confined to the east. On every new day, the sun eventually arrives in the west.
James D. Kellogg is a professional engineer, the author of the thriller Radical Action: A Colt Kelley Thriller, and a freelance writer. Visit jamesdkellogg.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.