Today, there are more than 30 “hot spots” in the world — places where open warfare is conducted with varying intensity, for various reasons, by different forces.
For the most part, these are the undeveloped countries of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East ... In these countries, Christians are almost always a minority, and a minority is oppressed. The local governments are not at all concerned about their position.
2010 year, North Sudan. Islamic extremists kidnapped a 15-year-old Christian girl. Mother turns to the police. Answer: first accept Islam, then contact ...
In the same year, 17-year-old girl was shot dead in Somalia for converting to Christianity ... Before that, her parents cruelly beat her, forcing her to return to Islam.
Philippines. A country whose majority of population is Catholic. However, over the past 10 years, 120 has killed thousands of people thanks to the Abu Sayyaf movement (“Sword of the Lord”). 500 thousands have become refugees. They are all Christians.
These are only separate fragments of a huge mosaic called “Modern Persecutions of Christians”. Do you think that repressions are only the increasingly echoing echo of Nero’s bloodthirsty pagan times, examples of barbarism of people who have not yet invented humanism, the Convention on Human Rights, the international legal system?
In the XXI century it is very possible to infringe upon the rights, prosecute, threaten, rape, torture, kill. The special signs of the sacrifice are the Christian faith.
Naturally, "just Christians" are not. There are Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants ... The last two groups are the most numerous in the indicated regions of the world and therefore the most persecuted and murdered.
About Catholics separately. The Catholic Church - once, perhaps, the most missionary denomination on the planet, whose fathers and abbots have traveled the globe, - is now experiencing, in principle, not the best times. One would like to say that the whole empire of the Roman throne rusted somewhere in its very core (and if we bear in mind the dogmatic teaching, then, from an orthodox point of view, the way it is). The Vatican does not have the spiritual forces to gather the "squandered congregation." He and on his native side - in Europe - the temples and basilicas turn into fitness centers. (I recall an interview with one Dutch pastor: “Yes, yes, that’s right. We now really need money from renting temples ...” What is interesting?) Believers still come to churches somewhere in Pakistan - and the indigenous people newcomers But, however, for many locals, especially when they weapons in the hands and with political ambitions, even their own Christians are like foreign intelligence. Therefore, it became possible for the head of Salawan - one of the Lao provinces - to gather local residents and read them the decree "On the prohibition of Christianity."
In India, 70% of Christians are from the untouchable caste (in this country the caste hierarchy is still stronger than any formal law). Of course, millions of people from this caste specifically converted to Christianity or Islam in order to sever any connection (primarily mystical) with “bad heredity” and start thinking about themselves and others in a completely different system of coordinates. However, caste division is so rooted in the minds of Indians that its features can be found in Christian communities. Anyway, in 2008, anti-Christian pogroms broke out in the state of Orissa, and the authorities "could not" stop the massacres for almost two months ...
And here it is necessary to pay attention to the following. The so-called “developed” countries, first of all the states of Europe and the USA, somehow react strangely to the internal policies of the countries of the “developing” countries. Europe and the United States — these most powerful Christian civilizations on the planet — are the leading ideologues of the globalization that is observed today, which, in fact, boils down to westernization. In other words, universal standards of living (how to live, why live, what is, how to dress, etc.) imposed by transnational corporations on the majority of the peoples of the Earth have been developed in the depths of the transatlantic civilization. Indians are offered as a guideline "American Dream". That is, the West is exporting its values to the fullest, but for some reason nowhere does it seem to defend its seemingly faith - Christianity.
Western TNCs control major global markets. The key to economics is the key to politics. Why can't economic sanctions be applied to Pakistan, which invented the “law of blasphemy”: publicly call yourself a Christian — sit on the bunk? .. What's the problem? Council of Europe declarations are rarely read in Somalia, Eritrea, in the Maldives, in Algeria, so the situation cannot be changed by mere appeals and rhetoric. And by the way, Europe knows it perfectly. Overthrow the damned regime of Moammar Gaddafi? Talkers not a ride! Let's send the fighters there! Bashar Assad completely forgot and violates Human Rights? OK! Urgently sanctions and support for opposition forces in the country (destabilization in Syria - a little later). Egyptian Hosni Mubarak also had to transfer power to the Supreme Military Council.
Do we need to talk about the military-political and economic potential of Europe? Yes, the Armed Forces of a united Europe are largely controlled by the NATO authorities (read, the United States). Any more or less significant movements of troops on the European continent are impossible without the sanction of Brussels (the headquarters of the alliance). It is difficult to imagine any teachings of the Armed Forces of a sovereign European power proper (for example, Germany) without the appropriate permission of the American forces permanently stationed in the Old World. Well, Christian Europe military-strategically obeyed the Christian United States. But even in this case, the final product of the foreign policy of Europe should be denoted by the term “patronage” - patronage, if you will, of brothers in faith. Christianity should be, so to speak, the most “successful” religion in the world — with such an administrative resource and finances: print books, make films, generally promote missionary cultural products to world markets — in short, current globalization would have to go through under the banner adorned with the Gospel commandments ...
But ... We all know what Europe is now. Yes, yes, at an invisible depth, at the level of cultural DNA. Europe is still a Christian civilization (especially in comparison with any other world civilization). But at the level of facts of real life - to put it mildly, not remembering kinship ... Sociological polls can not but rejoice: The Pew Research Center reports that 76% of the population of Europe are Christians. This is a large percentage. There is a lot of talk about the Islamization of the Old World - in numbers it looks like this: in France, 63 million inhabitants - 5 million Muslims; in Germany from 81 million - 4 million; in the UK from 63 - 2 million. Is it a lot or a little? Purely mathematically, it would seem not so scary - 76% Christians and 6 – 7% Muslims. Then why in the traditionally Christian south of France already now the number of mosques exceeds the number of Christian churches? Moreover, many of these mosques are former churches and churches ... We have already spoken about the SPA centers, shops, fitness halls in the territory (inside!) Of the majestic cathedrals. Is it possible to present this in a mosque? First of all. This is where the dog is buried: there are very few real, real believers, or, as is customarily expressed, practicing, there are very few Christians in Europe! Most often, the name “Christian” is used to designate one’s own (usually very formal) affiliation to a particular denomination (“I pay a tax in favor of the Lutheran Church, which means I am a Christian” or “My children study in a Protestant school, I'm a Christian"). But there is no talk of any real church life, participation in the Sacraments (if they exist at all in this Christian denomination), fulfillment of the Gospel in life, sincere faith in the dogmas of the Church (in the Creed, for example). On a cultural level, yes, a person calls himself a Christian, but have you seen this person in the temple? Most likely no.
Islam is humanly, even politically, it looks stronger, more powerful than Christianity. Islam is not only a religion addressed to a free person, but it is also a completely total ideology (in Arab countries, for example), a form of organization of state power, the legal system (sharia), which are mixed with the rejection of any other religion (this is not all Muslims, of course, but on the whole the picture is exactly this: the abandonment of Islam is an insult to the whole religion, the whole society, the clan, the clan in any patriarchal traditional Muslim region. Islam is somewhat clearer, simpler than Christianity. And, judging by everything, 30 – X NUMX years Europe will be more like Saudi Arabia: mosques, minarets, hijabs ...)
Christians protest against harassment in Pakistan
So, if Europe, losing religious self-identity, is unable to revive itself, how can it help the Christians of Somalia? I am afraid that the task indicated in the title of the article is solved very simply: Europe is no longer a Christian civilization, it is a cult of personal gain, hedonism and freedom in a very vulgar sense of the word ... The leaders of the countries of Europe have moved away from domestic Christian politics - have they will they pursue a foreign policy based on patronage of christians around the world? Legalization of drugs, homosexual marriages (in the Scottish church came to the sodomite priests), the totalitarian ideology of tolerance, implying the acceptance of all these perversions and the declaration of all dissenters by the fascists ... - so who needs a doctor? Now support the same France (read NATO) Catholics somewhere in Myanmar, this may result in interference in the internal affairs of the country, and there the overthrow of the existing system, and there support for the liberal regime with all the joys of the “Dutch life” arising from it ... how many Christian aborigines will resist the “prostitute” shop-windows, coffee shops with marijuana and gay pastor. I think most will leave the temple in search of free love ...
So it’s not so bad that the hand of European politics doesn’t seriously concern the life of countries where Christian communities, although studying from Western books, are tempered in severe tests, and do not decompose in a contagious atmosphere of permissiveness (that they are hardened This is certainly a positive achievement, but does not mean that there is no need to protect Christians there).
Damaged temple in Syria
Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, more than 80 thousands of people have already been killed. If the famous artist Vasily Vereshchagin were alive and would stay in Aleppo for a couple of days, then the painting “The Apotheosis of War. Continuation. In this insane cauldron of incomprehensible war, everyone loses life - Shiites, Sunnis, Catholics, and Orthodox ... However, it is worth noting that the purposeful extermination of Christians is under way in Syria: Muslims from nearly three dozen countries with the mission of "holy war" have arrived here. Saudi Arabia, Qatar support militant jihadists. Now is the right time: the central government is staggering, chaos is in the country, there is unrest on the streets - nothing prevents to carry out firing on the sly. Extermination is conducted precisely because of religious grounds, it’s not about who you are with, with Assad or with the opposition ... Orthodox priests are pierced with eyes, organs are cut out, and bones are broken. With the "trophies" - crosses, stoles, icons - the militants are photographed for memory. Metropolitan Aleppsky Pavel has been kidnapped, the world's oldest capital, Damascus, risks becoming the largest open-air museum of ruins ... The European Union demands tougher sanctions against the Assad regime, the United States no longer officially accepts him as head of state. The longer the instability lasts, the more victims there will be. During such periods of shaking the foundations stories always creep out the most cynical characters. It is not known who will head Syria and whether there is a place for Christians in it: the radical Muslim militants from 30 countries cannot be driven out of here with a broom, they have shed blood for this country, now it is their territory and their laws.
Burned Christian temple in Egypt. Photo RIA News
While you were reading this article, another Christian died in the world. Such is the ruthless statistics. In the era of European colonial empires, Christians were not dared to touch even the most remote, wild provinces. Yes, it was the fear of severe punishment by the metropolitan military machine. Yes, the colonists came to the natives to take, seize, take away resources: land, gold, local goods. To free people to become slaves for their plantations. The great empires, recently marked on the map, were Christian. In the minds of the Aborigines firmly entrenched: the Christian is white, white is the oppressor ... And, probably, one should not be surprised at the rejection that was so vividly manifested among the locals of the former colonies in relation to the former invaders when the empires fell apart (yes, Algerians go France, but with the feeling that everyone owes them there - for the French must compensate for the past barbarism with the current hospitality). What goes around comes around. Yes, with the conquistadors on ships sailed and paters with the Bible. But that's not good: it would be better for paters to sail on separate ships, emphasizing in every way that they do not know these guys with guns at all ... Nevertheless ... Today are Christians (descendants of those who had long ago been converted to faith - who in a word, who with a sword) - the most persecuted religious group on the planet, and those who gave them faith, should still treat them fatherly. These Christians are Pakistanis, Indians, Filipinos, Africans; they are all children of enlightened Christian Europe. And to throw your children is still somehow not evangelical ...