FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: GLOBAL AFFAIRS
PHOENIX - Almost one year ago to the day, we returned home from Singapore disgusted with exploitation of Christmas commercialism even in that society in which Christians account for less than one percent of the population. The result was the TiM GW Bulletin 97/12-2, "Materialism Without Idealism." A short while later, we also wrote the column, "Christianity Under Siege: Toward a One World Religion," which was published by the WASHINGTON TIMES on Jan. 4, 1998. Now, almost a year later, we take another look at the position of Christians around the world. And things don't seem to be getting any better...
TiM readers have seen many examples of news manipulation by the U.S. establishment media in just the last year or so. Sometimes, the American public is deceived by outright lies and falsehoods which are published (such as were the recent cases with the New York Times , for example - see the TiM Web site, "TiM Activism" - for details). At other times, however, that's done more perfidiously. The news is never reported (once again, refer to the same "TiM Activism" section of our Web site for more examples, with the New York Times, once again, featured prominently even in that category).
Such as the news about the persecution of Jesus Christ worshippers around the world. Let us start with an example from Israel. Aliza Arbeli, a Haaretz correspondent, reported in that Israeli publication on Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, that a mob of several hundred ultra-Orthodox Jews besieged an old Arab structure in Be'er Sheva on Nov. 28, after a rumor spread in the city's synagogues that missionaries were baptizing Jewish children.
So what even if they were Christian missionaries? Hasn't the West sent its various missionaries all over Russia, China, Africa or Latin America, for example? And then harped if some of those countries' tried to protect their indigenous religions? So what's different about Israel? Where are the outcries in this instance? Of course, it is hard to protest against something if you don't hear about it. Enter the U.S. establishment media's silence when it comes to stories like this.
But just to be sure of our facts, we searched today the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post Web sites for "jews for jesus" keywords. Zero hits! At least with regard to the incidents described in the Haaretz Nov. 29 story! Which proves at least one point - that Israelis have freer press than the citizens of the "land of the free."
Nor is the above story an isolated case of the establishment media's news distortion by omission. Rarely, if ever, does one see anything published about the persecution of Christians in many parts of the world. Yet, there has been plenty of it, as documented by other countries' media. And by some U.S. regional press, too.
The London Telegraph, for example, published on Oct. 25 a gut-wrenching story about the plight of Christians in Egypt, where some "have been subjected to horrific crucifixion rituals, raped and tortured by the security forces during a crackdown on the ancient Coptic community, according to international human rights and Christian groups."
"Apart from the crucifixions, teenage girls have been raped and babies as young as three months savagely beaten," the Telegraph reported. The Egyptian embassy in London refused to comment to the British daily. But Egyptian police had reportedly detained about 1,200 Christians in Al-Kosheh, near Luxor in Upper Egypt during the month of October.
"Seized in groups of 50 at a time, many were nailed to crosses, or manacled to doors with their legs tied together, then beaten and tortured with electric shocks to their genitals, while police denounced them as 'infidels.' An 11-year-old boy, Romani Boctor, was hung upside down from an electric ceiling fan and tortured as the fan rotated. Young girls were raped and mothers were forced to lay their babies on the floor of police stations and watch police beat them with sticks," the Telegraph said.
By the way, for the TiM readers who may not be familiar with ancient history, the Copts were the original inhabitants of Egypt before the Arab invasions in the seventh century, but have been surrounded for centuries by a hostile Muslim majority. Kind of like the Lebanese Christians, who also used to be a majority (54%) in their country as recently as 1975. Now they are merely an oppressed minority (see "Like Lebanon, Like Bosnia," 97/9-6, 9/22/97 - available at our Web site). As for the Copts, they now need a presidential permission even to open a church; their history cannot be taught in schools; and people can be arrested under the (Egyptian) National Security Act for converting to their faith.
So what's the self-righteous, human rights-minded Clinton administration doing about all these human rights violations; about all these alleged crimes against Christians in Egypt? Threatening to have NATO bomb Egypt (as it did to Serbia over Kosovo?). Applying the sanctions against Egypt? Or at least giving its president, Mubarak, a verbal lashing?
No, no and no. There has been not a peep from either the White House or the State Department pulpits which seem always ready, able and quick to criticize alleged mistreatments of minorities in predominantly Christian countries, such as Russia or Serbia, for example. On the contrary, the Clinton administration continues to send over $2 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money to help prop up the Mubarak regime, as if nothing had happened.
Israel, which is a recipient of an even greater amount of annual aid from the American taxpayers, at least has had its police try to protect the "Jews for Jesus" worshippers from its own Orthodox Jewish extremists (per the Haaretz story). In Egypt, however, the Jesus Christ followers seem to be the "Vogelfrei" (German term for "birds free to shoot"), as the state security forces reportedly carried out the crimes.
Some Shining Examples
Despite the troubling silence from the East Coast establishment, there are some indications that freedom of the press is still alive in certain parts of this "land of the free." But one has to look for them away from the major U.S. metropolitan centers, and the New World Order-controlled media. The Oregonian is one such example.
In late October, this regional West Coast paper ran a five-part series of articles about the persecution of Christians around the world. The stories were written by its staff reporter, Mark O'Keefe, covered Pakistan, Burma, Egypt, Sudan and China. Interestingly, the series was headlined "Christians Under Siege," akin to this writer's WASHINGTON TIMES Jan. 4, 1998 column, "Christianity Under Siege: Toward a One World Religion." (You can also check out these Oregonian articles for yourself at their Web site http://www.oregonlive.com/series/christians.html ).
And then, every once in a while, a decent journalist even within the establishment media gets conscience pangs. In his year-end 1997 piece, "A Year of Awakening," the New York Times columnist, A.M. Rosenthal, was critical of the "Americans of great power and standing, almost all Christian themselves," for opposing the American Christians' desire to help the persecuted Christians abroad (see the TiM GW Bulletin 97/12-7, 12/30/97, "NYT's Rosenthal Speaks Out Against Persecution of Christians," available at our Web site ).
Trouble is that even Rosenthal limited his outrage only to "half-dozen Muslim countries and China" in his annual soul-searching/cleansing confessional. In other words, his conscience pangs and lamentations were selective, while the persecution of Christians around the world is pervasive.
Still, Rosenthal was right to blame Bill Clinton and "those who serve him to obey him, and the chiefs of America's major companies and trade associations... The Administration-business partnership has dredged up some classic pieces of hypocrisy. Most shameful is that opposing persecution would just bring more. Once that was said about the Nazis. Ask the prisoners."
Washington's silence speaks louder than words. As TiM concluded its 1997 Lebanon piece, "the message is clear: Washington's foreign affairs establishment is not only un-American; it is anti-Christian." And just think, such is the state of affairs in a "democratic" country in which over 80% of voters are Christians. O tempora, o mores...
Also, check out... "Two Faces of Globalism", "Corporate 'Cabbage Patch' Dolls", "Christianity Under Siege... Revisited," "Small Caps Sinking First", "U.S. European Policy Destroying Own Creations", "Russia Is Still the Bogey No. 1"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "The Great American Hoover", "Russia, IMF and Global House of Cards" , "Christianity Under Siege: Toward a One World Religion," and Djurdjevic's CHRONICLES column: "Wall Street Financial Terrorism"