Why do Western nations seem indifferent to the often brutal and blood-soaked religious persecution happening now throughout the world?
This was the concern of Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity, as reported in the Christian Post November 25, by Stoyan Zaimov. It seems the West largely has turned a “blind eye” to the tribulation affecting believers in God.
John Lennon “imagined” a world where there was no religion. In many places, his vision is becoming reality.
The apathy—especially on the part of the United States—is surprising and disappointing, given the traditional commitment to freedom of belief and expression enshrined in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. In the original view the primary divide was between evangelicals and Catholics, Christianity and Enlightenment rationalism, a free church and a state church.
However, over time the broader application stretched to the multitude of religions and philosophies. It meant freedom for Christians, but also for the building of mosques, temples, the organizing of atheists, believers in the spaghetti monster, and the formation of an artificial intelligence church, to name a few,
Chaotic and messy, but wonderfully free.
Now, however, there has been an ominous turn that may be causing the United States and Western European nations to turn that “blind eye” to the suffering abroad. Some blame it on “ultra-nationalism,” but that answer is too simplistic.
The deeper reason for the apathy is that contemporary consensus establishments do not have the defense of religious faith as a priority. Some within them may actually be taking grim satisfaction in the attempts to wipe out religions they deplore.
Richard Dawkins has told us that religious faith “can be very very dangerous,” and that “deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.” Christopher Hitchens widely opined that “faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley