While the world united in an frenzy of outrage (whipped up by mainstream media) at the killing of 50 (and counting) Muslim worshippers in a Mosque in New Zealand this week there was not a whisper about a far bigger numerically at least, massacre of Christians by Muslims in Nigeria. The mosque attacks were unarguably an atrocity worthy of universal condemnation. Presidents, prime ministers, royalty, and religious leaders rushed to extend their condolences to victims and their families — as well they should — while denouncing the extremism that reportedly motivated the shootings.
Without exception, the mainstream media gave coverage saturation to the New Zealand shootings, with newspapers devoting the whole of their front pages to it and television news channels leading news broadcasts with it. But we should not forget the crime was committed by, according to the evidence released so far, a lone nutter who may have had one or two supporters who indirectly helped. It was not part of an organised religious war.
The most bizarre aspect of news coverage of crimes inspired by religion this week was not, in fact, the attention paid to a heinous crime committed in New Zealand, but the absolute silence surrounding the simultaneous massacre of scores of Christians by Muslim militants in Africa.
As right — wing Breitbart News (and a handful of other fringe news organisations) reported, Fulani jihadists have racked up a death toll of over 120 Christians over the past month in central Nigeria, employing machetes and gunfire to slaughter men, women, and children, burning down over 140 houses, destroying property, and spreading terror.
There are several possible explanations for this remarkable silence, all of which should concern reasonable, fair minded people. It is well documented that over the past few years, Muslim radicals have killed Christians (and Hindus, Buddhists, secular humanists, Shinto and shamanistic animists,) around the world with alarming frequency, perhaps one more slaughter, and in backward, corrupt Africa, did not seem particularly newsworthy to the editors and PR teams at major news outlets. Muslims being killed, on the other hand, may strike many as newsworthy firstly because it is so rare and secondly because it happened in New Zealand, a peaceful, tolerant, liberal country.
Another motive for the media’s blanking news of the massacre of Christians in Nigeria may be geo-political and racial. New Zealand is a first-world country where such things are not supposed to happen, whereas many people still consider Africa to be an uncivilised place where brutality and mass killings are commonplace. The slaughter of black Christians in Africa may not ignite sufficient rage among virtue signalling liberals in the west the way a mass shooting of white and brown Muslims in New Zealand would.
Or perhaps it is simply a case of media companies fearing a Charlie-Hebdo-style attack on their premises and staff if they report the truth about Islam.
Finally, a story about Muslims killing people for not being Muslims, or for being the wrong kind of Muslim, simply does not play to the political agenda that many mainstream media would like to advance. How much mileage can be gained from Muslims murdering Christians, when Christians in America and Europe are seen as an obstacle to the “progress” twoards a multicultural society under a global government desired by liberals and the Davosocracy? The left sees Christians in the United States as part of the problem and seeks to undermine their credibility and influence at every turn rather than emboldening them.
Anti-Christian prejudice has bee referred to as “the last acceptable prejudice,” one that few bother condemning. “No one much cares about offending Christians,” wrote the coalition of African-American pastors in an essay last Tuesday. “In fact, mocking, belittling, and blaspheming Christianity is becoming a bit of a trend in our culture. Anti-Christian bigotry truly is the last acceptable prejudice.”
“The hypocrisy on display is astounding,” the pastors continued. “Christianity is the dominant religion of our country. It is the foundation of our government and morality. And yet, Christians are treated as fair game for mockery and insult.”
The Pastors are correct, it is grossly hypocritical to condemn violence against Muslims because of their religion yet by our silence condone Muslim violence against Christians and other religions. Christians, atheists and the rest are just as human and are entitled to equal protection in law if the left's wailing and gnashing of teeth about equality mean anything. Ot is it a case of some religious animals being more equal than others?
Christians are by far the most persecuted religious group in the world, and I say that as someone who has not ‘identified’ as a Christian since going through puberty, but the mainstream media routinely ignore this fact as if it were unimportant or uninteresting. As a result, many people do not even realize how widespread the persecution is or that 75 percent of the victims of religious persecution around the world are Christians.
Not the first outing for this article, it has been posted on Medium, The Daily Stirrer, and Boggart Blog, but I'm still beset by family problems and wanted to let everyone know I'm still active.
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