Martial Arts as War (MAW) and Martial Arts as Sport (MAS)—these are the two paradigms that, by and large, define the contemporary universe of the martial arts. Or so I have argued in previous essays. Now, it’s true, of course, that—as my own Master-Instructor observed to me in one of our countless conversations over this […]
The left is always, but particularly in the era of Donald Trump, wailing over white Christian “supremacy.”
Jeremy Scahill, writing months before the election of 2016 in The Intercept, is representative of this line of (un-)thinking. Scahill focuses specifically on Mike Pence, who would become the Vice President:
“Pence’s ascent to the second most powerful position in the U.S. government is a tremendous coup for the radical religious right. Pence—and his fellow Christian supremacist militants—would not have been able to win the White House on their own.”
Scahill continues, referring to Pence as one of the “most prized warriors” of “a cabal of vicious zealots” that has “long craved an extremist Christian theocracy [.]”
This patent nonsense is as laughable as it is dishonest. Leftists’ anti-Christian bigotry is worth raising here only because it gives the rest of us a sense of the gulf separating their fantasy world from the real one. More exactly, while leftists obsess over “Christian supremacy” in America whenever a confessing Christian is elected to office, a Chick-Filet opens in a new location, or a Christian baker refuses to bake a cake for a gay wedding, they remain utterly silent as Christians throughout the Third World suffer real oppression at the hands of non-Christians.
Western leftists don’t know a damn thing about oppression, religious or otherwise. Or, if they do, to judge from their sheer silence, they don’t act like it.
Leftists lamenting “Christian supremacy” utter not a peep about the endemic anti-Christian oppression around the world. According to such Christian advocacy groups as Open Doors, an organization expressly designed for the purpose of “serving persecuted Christians” globally, over four out of five of the worst places for Christians (and other religious minorities) are Islamic-dominated.
European and American leftists prefer not to attend to the case of Indonesian citizen Abraham Ben Moses, formerly known by the Islamic name, Saifuddin Ibrahim, given to him by his family when he was born. Moses, 53, converted to Christianity. Since then, he regularly (and quite courageously) debates with Muslims.
But it is when Abraham was captured on video debating with his Islamic taxi cab driver and asking him to affirm Christ that life took a wrong turn for him. The video went viral. Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second largest Islamic organization, filed a complaint and Abraham was arrested by the authorities.
It should send shivers down the spines of both proponents and opponents of so-called “hate crime” legislation in the West knowing that Abraham was charged with “intentionally spread[ing] information intended to incite hatred against an individual, group and society based upon religion.”
He was ordered to pay a handsome fine, one far beyond his means to pay. In lieu of this fine, Abraham was sentenced to one month in prison—significantly shorter, thankfully, than the five year term sought by prosecutors.
Still, Abraham is appealing it.
While he was imprisoned, his wife gave birth to their child.
The Intercept is sure that if a Bible-believing Christian like Mike Pence becomes Vice President of the United States, then this will transform the federal government into a “Christian supremacist” theocracy. Meanwhile, the governments of other lands actually are being turned into theocracies—but of the non-Christian, indeed, the anti-Christian, sort.
Take, for example, the African country of Comoros, which recently declared itself, officially, an Islamic nation. A constitutional clause establishing a separation of religion and the state has just been removed and the power and term of Comoros’ president extended. The fear of Christians and other religious minorities that they will be more under fire now than ever before is justified. Not only does Comoros’ constitution now explicitly assert that “the state” of Comoros “draws from this religion the principles and rules of Sunnite observance.” According to Voice of the Martyrs (VOM): “During his campaign, President Azali Assoumani [whose power has just been further consolidated] promised that, if approved, his government would be imposing tougher measures on any citizens who are not Sunni Muslim.”
Christians, composing but two percent of the nation’s population, are sitting ducks for the 95 percent Sunni Muslim majority.
In Bangladesh, approximately 30 Muslim families whose members had converted to Christianity were intimidated into recommitting to Islam. VOM corresponded with “Sujen,” a Muslim convert to Christianity who has been successful in leading his fellow citizens from Islam to Christianity. Over a period of time, Sujen managed to baptize nearly 100 families throughout four villages.
Beginning last year, however, he encountered problems. A wealthy Muslim hired a “thug” who was dispatched to bully the new converts into abandoning their new faith and returning to the faith of their fathers. Some of these lost their jobs, and others who owned small businesses witnessed their clientele falling away.
Muslim-dominated Pakistan remains an especially unsafe location for Christians. Witness the sad case of 18 year-old Pakistani-Christian, Vishal Masih. The latter lives in the Nabipur village, which VOM informs us has become “the latest site of religiously motivated violence” in the country. Just a couple of weeks ago, Vishal defeated in an arm-wrestling contest one of his Islamic peers.
His opponent was not happy.
“How could a man of a dirty community defeat me?” the Muslim shouted. A “Choora” (which means an “Untouchable”) prevailing over “a Muslim is unbearable,” he continued.
While heading home after the match, Vishal was set upon by a dozen Muslim men who beat him mercilessly. They also invaded his home and beat his family members.
A short time later, another gang besieged Vishal and pummeled him as if they planned on leaving him for dead. Instead, though, they abducted him, locked him in a room, and beat him some more.
Vishal was hospitalized. His family wants to see justice done, but “influential Muslims” are pressuring them to let the matter rest. Vishal’s family members know all too well the fate that could very easily await them in the event that they pursue a legal course of action.
When considered against the backdrop of the religious persecution occurring regularly throughout the world, those writers at The Intercept and their ideological fellow travelers throughout the West appear all that much sillier and clueless.
Yet they also become that much more contemptible, for they’d prefer to wield their considerable influence fighting imaginary ghosts rather than real evil.