IN 2004, Ms. Ali worked with Theo van Gogh, a grand-nephew of the famous painter and a renown film director in his own right, on a film depicting the specific plight of women in Islamic countries. Van Gogh was assassinated by a typically outraged knife-wielding Muslim, who left the knife and a paper note in the crumpled body of his victim, who he attacked on the streets of Amsterdam. After The Netherlands curtailed her security, citing costs, Ali immigrated to America and has been in hiding, fearing for her life since then. Here is her opening salvo...
We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.
We can only aspire that Newsweek continues to look at the geo-political landscape without relying upon the extreme liberal bias cancer that has engulfed most of the world media and positions of power, a position which tends to distort facts and the language it uses to describe the distortion so as to better ignore inconvenient details in their wretched march to create a brave new world, one without borders, liberty, or good sense.
From one end of the Islamic world to the other Christians are being murdered.
The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate. In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In some countries it is governments and their agents that have burned churches and imprisoned parishioners. In others, rebel groups and vigilantes have taken matters into their own hands, murdering Christians and driving them from regions where their roots go back centuries.
The media’s reticence on the subject no doubt has several sources. One may be fear of provoking additional violence. Another is most likely the influence of lobbying groups such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation—a kind of United Nations of Islam centered in Saudi Arabia—and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Over the past decade, these and similar groups have been remarkably successful in persuading leading public figures and journalists in the West to think of each and every example of perceived anti-Muslim discrimination as an expression of a systematic and sinister derangement called “Islamophobia”—a term that is meant to elicit the same moral disapproval as xenophobia or homophobia.
Here in the West, even wholesome Christianity is being systematically shunned and marginalized by the Left and its friends, in favor of these unimpressive Islamic newcomers to its shores, despite all evidence of this welcoming being a huge mistake.