“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Maybe it's because ever since the "war on terror" began, American evangelical missionaries have flooded the middle east, often manipulatively, which is a classical leftover of colonialism. There were plenty of stories coming out of Afghanistan about missionaries dressed in burquas pretending to be Muslims who had converted to Christianity, when really they were white Americans. In Afghanistan after the media lockdown on the press began, evangelicals were still given more free access than even our journalists. Once Amnesty International started reporting on the intensive proselytizing and seizing of children by these religious fundamentalists, the U.S. started cracking down, but it has never been complete.
In places that are more lawless like Uganda, missionaries have been seizing social and political power, mostly by preying on local ignorance, to implement their evangelical vision of the world because their crackpot ideology will never be accepted in the United States and the rest of the western world. Essentially in every country we invade, the evangelicals follow. They may not have our government endorsement but they certainly don't have its condemnation.
The Middle East has felt invaded by us not only politically but ideologically. And people wonder why Christians aren't safe there anymore? The U.S. war machine comes part and parcel with religious zealotry most of the time. This particular brand of Christian relies on war to carve new ideological pathways into regions that would normally be deaf to its message. And once there, these zealots use all manner of dirty tactics which offend local culture and beliefs.
The Christians who were already there were not the problem. It is the radical American Christians who turned the region against Christianity in general. In some places the balance was a very delicate one to begin with, but these zealots tipped the scales.
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But only because he (threadstarter and prince) are Christian, would be my guess.Many plea for an end to civil/human rights from specific forms of bigotry, not to demean those others subjected to abuse, but to call attention to specific groups being targeted for special attention. I doubt that he feels that the abuse of rights is OK for non-Christians, but intended to highlight the special hatred shown toward Christians.
We shouldn't care about Christians being killed and imprisoned for being Christian?Exactly. It SHOULD be about human rights of everyone, regardless of their religion. We shouldn't care Christians are being killed, we should care people are being killed. But this thread, referencing the Prince of Wales, has made it about Christians, which to me speaks of a certain insecurity so many Christians have.
It really shouldn't surprise me what people say anymore, but sometimes it still does.
It shouldn't surprise me people post despite lacking a fundamental understanding is being said, but sometimes it still does.It really shouldn't surprise me what people say anymore, but sometimes it still does.
As for what to do?
The US invaded Iraq, and the Christians were driven out, in Syria, the US supported the rebels (working with Saudi Arabia) and the Christians (again not just Christians) are leaving as refugees. Should the US invade Egypt and cause the exodus of the Copt's? Should the US bomb everyone but Christians?
The choices are limited and unless involving a massive ground force unlikely to do anything effective
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville