If you took a poll of Americans today and asked them to name the most persecuted religious group in the world, do you think they’d come up with the right answer? Not likely, seeing as how we’ve been mercilessly brainwashed for years to believe that Muslims are suffering greatly for their faith due to widespread Islamophobia. President Obama and the liberal media have done everything they can to further this fictional narrative in an attempt to downplay the disastrous growth of Islamic terrorism.
But the truth is somewhat different. In an interview with Vatican Radio this week, the head of the Centre for Studies on New Religions said that some 90,000 Christians were martyred in 2016 alone. Massimo Introvigne said 70% of those Christians had been killed in African tribal wars.
“The other 30 per cent, or 27,000, were killed in terror attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or government persecution,” he said.
Pope Francis, too, spotlighted Christian persecution on Monday as he commemorated the feast of St. Stephen, the Catholic saint regarded as the religion’s first martyr.
“I’ll tell you something,” Francis said. “The number of martyrs today is greater than in the early centuries. When we read the history of the early centuries, here in Rome, we read about so much cruelty to Christians. It’s happening today too, in even greater numbers.
“Today we want to think of them and be close to them with our affection, our prayer and also our tears,” he added. “In these days, in Iraq, the Christians celebrated Christmas in a cathedral that had been destroyed. That’s an example of fidelity.”
Obviously, this isn’t a competition. It’s not a sport to see which religion can claim to be “most oppressed.”
But it is an important reminder that things aren’t always as they seem. It’s an important reminder that much of what we’re told by the media is slanted and incomplete. You don’t have to make up stories to bombard the country with propaganda; you just have to pick and choose which facts you highlight and which ones you leave on the cutting room floor.
People usually don’t make bad decisions because they’re bad people; they make bad decisions because they don’t have all the information. When it comes to Islam, eight years of half-true coverage has not only left the U.S. exposed to terrorism, it has left millions of Christians around the world without a champion.
Next time the left starts warning us about Islamophobia, let’s remember the truth.