Weekly Standard's Allen: Media Ignore Slaughter of Christians

Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 04:41 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The wonton slaughter of countless numbers of Christians has plagued the Middle East for decades — and the media just seem to ignore it, says Charlotte Allen, a contributor to The Weekly Standard.

"In Sudan . . . there has been at least a decade of genocidal mass slaughters of Christians during the 1990s,'' Allen told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.

"And the mainstream media paid no attention to it whatsoever,'' she said Wednesday.

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Allen, author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus,'' published by Free Press, said the mass killings are sparked by the same Sharia law under which Meriam Ibrahim was prosecuted.

On May 15, Ibrahim, who was pregnant, was sentenced to death for apostasy by a court in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. She was forced to give birth behind bars after refusing to renounce her Christian faith — which she said caused her baby to be born disabled.

"Essentially the Meriam Ibrahim case kind of springs from the same Sharia law,'' Allen said. "That's been in existence since 1989 in Sudan and prompted earlier massacres and finally, the succession of South Sudan, which is mostly Christian, from Sudan itself.

"But obviously that hasn't solved the problem of Christians who happened to be in Sudan itself, there's still outrageous persecution — the whole idea of being sentenced to death for a faith that was a faith of one's childhood is absolutely appalling.''

Allen added that Syria has seen the frequent burning of churches and murders of priests.

"The reason is simply that our secular society is kind of conditioned to believing or believe that Christians are the fanatics, they're the oppressors . . . when actually all of the reverse is true,'' Allen said.

"So, we just haven't done a thing, we haven't said a thing about Syria's Christians, not a thing about this huge burning of Coptic churches in Egypt.''






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