As we approach Christmas, it is heart breaking to see what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Muslim nations around the world. The barbarism of ISIS is almost impossible to imagine. Sadly, too many of our political and cultural elites are in denial.
Today there are disturbing reports that ISIS has published a list of churches in America. It is urging its followers to “turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie.” Yet our elites insist that such terror has nothing to do with religion.
They are lying to us.
When the jihadists yell “Allahu akbar!” it has EVERYTHING to do with religion.
When ISIS instructs its followers to attack churches and Christmas markets, it has EVERYTHING to with religion.
Journalist Graeme Wood recently spoke with NPR about his new book on the Islamic State. Here are some excerpts of his remarks:
“I think that there is a strong urge to say that [Islamic terrorism] has nothing to do with religion, that ISIS is a bunch of psychopaths… Unfortunately that’s just not true. ISIS has looked into Islamic history with historical accuracy, with intellectual rigor…
"You’ll find some who will say the violence is temporary. ‘We are Muslims who are reviving the faith and we have to do this in a fallen world…’ That’s what you find with the nicer ones.
"The less nice ones just say, ‘This is a wonderful thing. The violence is not something that needs to be explained except to say that our scripture says it must be so. And so when it happens, we should celebrate it.’”
There is no doubt that major parts of Islam are at war with Christendom, as has been the case for centuries. There is tremendous hate in the hearts of Islamic supremacists. How does a mother kiss and hug her young daughter before blowing her up as a suicide bomb?
But it goes beyond that. Even if you eliminate the extremists of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab (ever stop to wonder why there are so many radical Islamic groups?), Christian minorities are under siege in Muslim-majority nations.
There is a reason that 12 of the 17 worst violators of religious freedom are Islamic nations.
There is a quickening within the Islamic world. In Indonesia, a fatwa has been issued against Christmas. The Christian governor of Jakarta is on trial for blasphemy against Islam.
While our Justice Department is suing every local community for discrimination any time a permit for a mosque is denied, very few churches are being built in the Muslim world.
Please remember to pray for Christian believers as well as our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world. We are going to have major projects in the coming year to draw attention to the issue of religious persecution and to spur action by the Trump Administration. The genocide against Christians must end.