Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Radical Islamists Target Christians

By Gary L. Bauer

Here's a story to keep in mind the next time the media starts hyperventilating after Pamela Geller comments about radical Islam.

Allow me to introduce you to the Hussain family. Nissar, his wife, Kubra, and their six children converted to Christianity. Since then, their lives have been miserable.

Their neighbors accuse them of blasphemy. Their children have been bullied at school. They have been assaulted in the streets. Their home and their car have been repeatedly vandalized.

The Hussain family has moved twice to avoid this persecution by the local Muslim community, but not in the Middle East. No, they are being driven out of their home in Bradford, England.

Of course, much, much worse is happening to Christians in the Middle East. ISIS recently crucified three Christians, including a 12 year-old boy, and beheaded eight others. Such atrocities have become commonplace in parts of Iraq and Syria -- as has the silence of our State Department.

The experience of the Hussain family in England should be another stark warning that Western societies must take their immigration and refugee policies far more seriously.

As I have repeatedly argued, we are literally importing anti-Semitism and anti-Christian bigotry, which is widespread throughout the Muslim world. Yet, anyone who dares to sound the alarm is accused by the left of being a bigot.

By the way, in the aftermath of the Oregon community college shootings, in which Christians were reportedly targeted for their faith, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey encouraged fellow Christians to arm themselves. In a Facebook post, Ramsey wrote:

"The recent spike in mass shootings across the nation is truly troubling. Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West. . . .

"I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise."

Not surprisingly, liberals were highly offended by this commonsense advice. One Tennessee legislator essentially accused Ramsey of inciting a religious war.

Rep. John Ray Clemmons said that Ramsey's comments "reek of fear mongering and religious crusading." Clemmons added, "Things have never ended well when any leader has asked people to take up arms in the name of their religious faith." Tell that to the jihadists who are committing genocide against religious minorities around the world.