The Norman Transcript


June 22, 2014

Where is the outcry?

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

As usual, there are many issues about which I could offer my insightful and cogent opinions, such as the incredible naïveté of our President in the conduct of Foreign Affairs, the increasingly burden of the Federal bureaucracy as a result of the ACA and the frustration of trying to lose the last 10 pounds to achieve my goal. 

However, the burning issue for me is the persecution of Christians around the world, but especially in the Middle East. Islamists have destroyed churches, murdered Christians, wiped out entire villages in Iraq, Syria and Egypt. Some of the Holy Places that have been destroyed have been in existence since the beginning of Christianity. As an Orthodox Christian whose roots are in the Middle East, I am particually appalled by the lack of attention of the media and the indifference of our government to this situation. In America, we teach tolerance, and when comments are made about Islam we recoiled in horror at the intolerance of the commentator. When tragedy strikes in Islam we convey out sympathy.

Islam is touted as the religion of peace. The word Islam comes from the Arabic word “Salaam,” which means peace. We are told that the majority of Muslims are peaceful and the bad acts are only caused Islamic fundamentalists. In that case, where is the outcry of the peaceful Muslims? Where is their expressions of sympathy? When Mohammed is portrayed in a manner displeasing to Islam, we in America apologize, but when Christians are murdered and Holy Shrines are destroyed, all we hear from the peaceful Muslims is a deafening silence. It seems that tolerance is a one-way street.  Even so I will follow the words of Jesus when He said, “Love thy neighbor.”



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