Why Don’t We Care About the Slaughter of Christians?

Women cry during the funeral for those killed in a Palm Sunday church attack in Alexandria Egypt, at the Mar Amina church, Monday, April 10, 2017. Egyptian Christians were burying their dead on Monday, a day after Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in coordinated attacks targeting Palm Sunday services in two cities. Women wailed as caskets marked with the word "martyr" were brought into the Mar Amina church in the coastal city of Alexandria, the footage broadcast on several Egyptian channels.

By Michael Brown Published on April 13, 2017

A United Airlines passenger is violently hauled off a plane, and there is national outrage, rightly so. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Assad is worse than Hitler, and again, there is national outrage, rightly so. Forty-five Egyptian Christians are slaughtered by ISIS while attending church services on Palm Sunday and scores of others are wounded, and there is barely a national yawn. How can this be?

You might say, “That’s easy. The first two events took place right in front of our eyes, here in America. The third event took place in Egypt, and as tragic as it was, it’s a matter of out of sight, out of mind.”

I understand that. But what about the Islamic terror attack on the Brussels airport last year, killing more than 30 people? That was covered by our media day and night, with footage from the blast shown over and over by the hour.

And what about the Islamic terror attack in France, when a driver plowed his truck into hundreds of people in Nice, killing more than 80? That too received day and night coverage, with the bloody footage, including dead children lying in the streets, put before us by the hour.

But when it’s Christians being slaughtered by Islamic terrorists while worshiping the Lord in the safety of their church buildings, it only receives passing mention on our networks. Why?

For the last decade, a Christian genocide has been taking place in the Middle East, yet most Americans remain sadly uninformed.

We have the video footage of the attacks, which took place in two different locations in Egypt. We see the bomber being directed to walk through the metal detector, and then we see the massive explosion. And we see the carnage within one of the church buildings — blood all over the floor; corpses scattered in the debris; wooden pews torn apart; the sound of people moaning and crying.

The video footage is compelling and agonizing, just as much as any of the footage from Brussels or Nice. Yet most of us have not seen this footage on major TV networks, or if it has been aired on these networks, it has received a fraction of the coverage that the other attacks have received. Why?

But I’m not the only one asking this question. Nor is this a new question. For the last decade, a Christian genocide has been taking place in the Middle East representing one of the ugliest chapters in recent human history, yet most Americans remain sadly uninformed. The secular media is complicit.

As expressed by none other than Piers Morgan,

Unfortunately, if it happens in the Middle East, this kind of atrocity, it just does not seem to attract the kind of media attention in America that it would if it happened, as we’ve seen in attacks in Sweden the last few days, in London two weeks ago. I was there for that. Huge attention in the American media. In Paris and Nice. These get huge attention. Yet what happened in Egypt was unbelievably significant.

If you look at what ISIS really stands for, what they are carrying out now in the Middle East and the Egypt in particular, is a kind of genocidal attack on Christians and Christianity. They want Christianity eradicated and they want to convert all Muslims to their crusade, they want it to be a holy war. They want Christians gone. And I don’t think that narrative is getting the attention it should get in the American media and, I have to say, in other media around the world.

These are strong words: What happened in Egypt is a “genocidal attack on Christians and Christianity.” These Islamic terrorists “want Christianity eradicated. … They want Christians gone.”

All of us can raise our voices and draw attention to the suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East (and elsewhere).

Morgan added, “I think this is a huge story. This is the kind of story that ought to be dominating cable news in America. It should be dominating headlines around the world. ISIS have declared war on Christianity. I’m not seeing that being covered enough.”

He is absolutely right, and somehow, the secular media is barely covering one of the most important humanitarian stories of the age. Again I ask: Why?

We’re talking about multiplied hundreds of thousands of Christians being displaced, exiled, attacked, maimed, tortured, starved and killed. We’re talking about a crisis of epic proportions, yet the news coverage of this ongoing tragedy receives is negligible. Why?

Whatever the reason, there is a solution to the media’s relative silence.

All of us can raise our voices and draw attention to the suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East (and elsewhere). And all of us can pray for their protection, their courage and their comfort. In the words of Letter to the Hebrews, “Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies” (Heb. 13:3 NLT).

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  • Charles Burge

    I suspect these questions are rhetorical because we already know the most probably answer. The vast majority of people in the news business in America are openly hostile to Christianity, and probably would be happy if it disappeared.

    • Victoria Martin

      I agree, so that is not my question. My question is why don’t our churches seem to care? The responses I get in Christian circles are, “That’s happening on the other side of the world, not here. So I’m not worried about it,” and “I know God is going to take care of ME, so I’m not worried about it.” I am appalled and grief-stricken by the callousness of Christianity in America. Am I the only one hearing this?

      • PNWShan

        When I’m in a group praying for our brothers and sisters whose church has just been bombed, for example, some people seem almost embarrassed that I brought it up. On the other hand, I appreciate my pastor talking about what happened in Egypt last Sunday.

      • Wayne Cook

        It is worse than that, Victoria. I have friends on both coasts, arguably the most anti-Christian areas in the US…both of them said their churches won’t act, people won’t sign petitions and pastors are silent. We have a generation of passive lukewarm Christians. One of my friends has changed churches four times in the last two years!

        • Wayne Cook

          Incidently, Samaritan’s Purse reported that 900,000 Christians have been murdered in the last two year period throughout the ME. Most by ISIS, including this recent attack in Egypt. But the second more murderous group is Boko Harem which just kidnapped another group of 22 girls from a school to sell on the slave market! There wasn’t ANY news about that! I heard about it from a Nigerian Christian!

        • Ruthdj Albert

          You want real solid believers? People who understand the sacrifice involved in following Christ Jesus? Go to the ME

  • BroFrank

    “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the
    death of His saints.”
    . (Psalm 116:15)

    Heaven is taking note, and receiving them with honors!

    • Dant e

      Such power in those words.

  • John Doane

    Jesus liked to distinguish appearances from reality. For example, He told the Pharisees, “what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Similarly, the passage in Matthew 25 distinguishes nominal Christians from the ones who really care about the “least of these My brethren,” namely the ones persecuted for His sake. May God help us to remember the admonition in Hebrews 13:3 mentioned in this article.

  • Jerome Pampanga

    We should act. We should send our help. We should talk or call somebody there, how we would be able to send our help.

  • Mary Smith

    The motive behind the narrative (or lack thereof) may be that it’s OK to kill Christians – to get us used to this idea out of the lack of reportage. Christians and Jews are disparaged, while Islam is being catered to and lifted up by people who should know better. So it is a spiritual fight, as well as a physical on, that is going on. And there is so much pressure on the “7 mountains” of our culture by organizations like CAIR and others to force more Islamic culture into our own. We’d better wise up fast!

  • Wayne Cook

    Michael, our country is in such turmoil between Libs, Conservatives, various factions of churches and even bitter arguments between Christians that we can’t see our feet for our fights! Exactly what the devil devised and wants!

  • Ruthdj Albert

    Father, mercy! I remember my brethren in the ME all the time.
    Another truth-based article.

  • Jim Walker

    My answer to this is, when you are exposed to news of the same thing 24/7/365, your mind and senses gets so numbed, that you can’t feel it anymore.
    But the story about the man being dragged out of the plane is not your everyday brutality story and it gets you talking.
    It’s sad that humanity has been reduced to this level…

  • Janet Lingel Aldrich

    I wish I knew. I had a blog in the years before FB and Twitter came into existence and popular usage. It was so frustrating for me — people knew I was there, but there were so few hits on it. And when I share items now (including the Palm Sunday bombings), well … *crickets* I also used to put up info at church, and as far as I could tell, almost nobody looked at it.

    Scripture’s pretty clear that we should support our brothers and sisters in Christ in prison, or being persecuted, for their faith. If the Church, outside a few people, are doing this, they’re being awfully quiet about it, and that’s just wrong.

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