Despite hopes of growing freedom due to the Arab Spring the persecution of Christians in North Africa continues. Agence France-Presse reports that recently, Catholic nuns in Libya have decided to leave their communities following threats from Islamists.
As part of the anti-Christian activities of the new Libyan regime four foreign Christians were arrested recently in Libya. According to the Guardian, their crime was arousing “suspicion of being missionaries and distributing Christian literature, a charge that could carry the death penalty.”
Apparently the four Christians who are to be handed over to the Libyan intelligence service committed a heinous, possibly capital, crime when they “contracted a local printer to produce pamphlets explaining Christianity.”
Libyans, strongly supported by David Cameron in the name of “freedom”, overthrew the tyrant Gaddafi, and helped install a regime just as intolerant, vicious and openly anti-Christian.
Libyan security official Hussein Bin Hmeid, attempted to justify the Islamic ban on free speech. He argued: “Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100% Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security.” This line of justification is common amongst Muslim governments, most notably Iran’s, which constantly suppress any talk of Christianity on the grounds that it threatens national security.
It is a measure of the insularity and insecurity of Islamic regimes that their continuing refrain is: If you’re not one of us, you must be an enemy determined to subvert our way of life. The threat of Christianity is that it actually encourages individuals to think for themselves, something which earns such hateful responses from totalitarian regimes of every stripe.
It is not only those we normally term Islamists or militant Muslims who are a threat to Christians in Libya. Benghazi lawyer, human rights activist and supposedly “moderate Muslim” Bilal Bettamer says that Christians should not offend Muslims by trying to share their faith: “It is disrespectful. If we had Christianity we could have dialogue, but you can’t just spread Christianity. The maximum penalty is the death penalty. It’s a dangerous thing to do.”
The Guardian report continues in support of this view: “Libya, a conservative Muslim country, has no known Christian minority, and churches, the preserve of foreign residents, have seen few of the attacks seen in Egypt and Tunisia, where there have been church burnings.”
The Guardian which is supposedly in the business of news gathering is perhaps unaware on Sunday, December 30, a Coptic Christian church in Dafniya near the city of Misurata in western Libya was rocked by an explosion which killed two and wounded two others. But mentioning this incident that wouldn’t help the Guardian’s support of extremist Islam’s restructuring of Middle East geopolitics.
The Guardian is complicit in the Muslim rewriting of history exemplified in this report. All of those quoted, including the reporter, seem to agree on the fiction that North Africa, including what is now Libya, has always been a Muslim region. Hence, in the words of Libyan “human rights” activist Bilal Bettamer, “you can’t just spread Christianity.”
Before the 7th century Islamic invasions Libya, like the rest of North Africa, was a predominantly Christian region. Libya’s immediate neighbours to the west and east, Algeria and Egypt, were powerhouses of early Christianity, giving us such theological giants as Augustine and Athanasius. This certainly suggests that Libya was mostly a Christian region, excluding perhaps some nomadic Berber tribes.
Yet imperialist Islam swept through slaughtering all who stood against them and “converting” the survivors at the point of the sword. And now, to preserve their political hegemony, militant Islam will persecute any who try to proclaim a different message, especially the message of their conquered forefathers.
There have been few church attacks in Libya. This is not something for which we can thankful when we consider the reason. It is not because churches are tolerated in “free” Libya but because there are so few churches left. According to Father Dominique Rezeau, there were as many as 100,000 Christians in Libya before the 2011 revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. “Now only a few thousand remain.”
Our good allies the Saudis don’t have this problem of churches being burned and Christians murdered. They have nipped the church problem in the bud by not allowing a single church to exist on Saudi soil. Hence, no churches for Muslim mobs to attack, bomb or burn.
On the other hand, where there is a large Christian population, such as in Nigeria, which is roughly half Christian, Muslims in the predominantly Islamic north are bombing churches on practically a weekly basis. The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram have the twin goals of instilling sharia law throughout Nigeria and the creation of a Muslim state. A subset goal is the erradication of Christianity throughout Nigeria. Despite Boko Haram agreeing to a ceasefire just over three weeks ago the killing continues, at least 53 are reported to have been killed during the ceasefire.
Meanwhile all Britain’s political parties support the emergence of militant Islam throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
In the 193o’s in the name of pacifism the Conservative and Labour parties bent over backwards to appease the fascists. Today in the name of multiculturalism their descendants have gone beyond appeasement, they openly collaborate with Islamo-fascism and support its spread.
David Cameron, well aware that al-Quaeda is operating in Syria, thinks it is a “strategic imperative” to arm the Syrian terrorists who are destroying the country. The Assad regime is odious, are there any grounds for thinking that what follows it will be any better?