Joseph Bottoms has a foreboding essay at CatholicVote.org titled The Murder of Christians that related to his USA Today opinion piece where he writes, “The single most dangerous thing in the world to be, right now, is a Christian among .” Ain’t that the truth.
In addition to the assorted headlines and links he’s posted as evidence of Muslim atrocities against Christians are the lists that details the attacks just in December of 2010 and January 2011. Clear evidence that radical and violent Islam seems to be gaining influence in their respective countries against the ‘infidels’:
- December 21: Three Christians slaughtered with swords and machetes in Turu, Nigeria
- December 21: Seven shot down in two churches in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
- December 25: Turkish forces invade Christmas services in northern Cyprus.
- December 25: 11 wounded in the Philippines when Islamic radicals explode a bomb at Christmas Mass.
- December 25: 38 killed in bombings in Jos, Nigeria.
- December 26: Iran arrests groups of Christians, with the governor of Tehran promising to round up more of those who have “inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite.”
- December 30: Bombs left on the doorsteps of Iraqi Christian homes kill two and injure fourteen in Baghdad.
- January 1: A bomb at a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, kills 21 and injures 96.
- January 3: A Russian church set on fire by a grenade in the Muslim area of the North Caucasus.
- January 4: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer killed in Islamabad, Pakistan, by his own bodyguard for daring to criticize enforcement of blasphemy laws against Christians. The assassin showered with rose petals after court appearances, with hundreds of lawyers offering to defend him for free.
- January 6: A bomb found at a church in Minya, Egypt.
- January 7: A mother of four executed for converting to Christianity by the al Shabaab militia in Mogadishu, Somalia.
- January 9: Islamists loot and burn a Protestant church in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria.
- January 9: Police rape and kill a young Christian man in Karachi, Pakistan, then threaten with religious violence the father who reported them.
- January 11: A policeman pulls out his gun on a crowded train and opens fire on the Christian passengers, killing one and injuring five, in Samalout, Egypt.
- January 11: 13 killed in an attack on the Christian village of Kuru Station, Nigeria.
- January 15: Iraqi gunmen invade a hospital in Mosul to shoot a well-known Christian doctor.
- January 25: Notices posted on the doors of Christian homes in Besheno, Ethiopia, ordering the residents to convert, leave the city, or be killed.
- January 27: Five killed after Muslim attacks on Christian villages in Nigeria.
- January 30: 11 Christians massacred in the village of Sharona, Egypt.
As Mr. Bottoms alludes, the evidence is obvious, “The key thing to notice in all this is how widespread the assaults are: Across the Islamic world, wherever Christians are surrounded by Muslims, an escalating violence against Christians is breaking out. . . the violence in other countries is inspiring violence locally. . . Muslims are increasingly identifying the practice and defense of their faith with the murder of Christians.”
America shouldn’t be involved in fighting this way in any way other that to offer charitable assistance to the innocent families harmed by the Jihadists, as well as share the necessary intelligence with those countries in need of help in fighting this scourge. The buying and selling of pro US governments must never be repeated. The headlines clearly indicated the increase is occurring and Christians will be the first to pay the price for their faith.