What Condi Rice’s Speech Means to Christians

As I listened to Condoleezza Rice deliver a most powerful foreign policy speech last night at the GOP convention – “Where does America stand?” she challenged – my thoughts turned to Rimsha Masih, an 11-year-old Pakistani girl persecuted for her Christian faith.


She was snatched from her home in Islamabad two weeks ago, beaten and thrown in prison. Her alleged crime: Blasphemy.

The accusation was made against Rimsha by a Muslim neighbor. He claimed he saw the oung Christian girl burning pages of a Noorani Qaida, a textbook for beginners learning the Koran. 

Under Pakistan’s penal code, young Rimsha can be punished with life in prison or even the death penalty if found guilty of blasphemy.

So far, President Obama, the supposed leader of the free world, has had absolutely nothing to say about the Islamist persecution of tender-aged Rimsha.

Which returns us to the question Condi Rice, Secretary of State under former President George W. Bush, posed last night: “Where does America stand?”

Well, it’s all too clear that, under Obama, our nation doesn’t stand with Christians living in Muslim-majority countries. Otherwise, the president wouldn’t remain silent as those particular relious minorities are persecuted.

Like Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has spent much of the past three years in an Iranian prison for refusing to renounce his Christian faith, who faces the death penalty for his supposed “apostasy.”

Like Pastor Audu Gadzama, a Nigerian Christian, whose family was the target of an attack this month of Muslim gunmen who stormed his church shouting “Allah Akbar!” before burning it to the ground.

Like Egyptian shopkeeper Reefat Eskander, a Coptic Christian, who was murdered this month after Egyptian jihadi groups distributed leaflets promising to reward any Muslim who killed a Copt.

These are not isolated incidents of religious intolerance. They are examples of either state-sponsored or state-tolerated persecution of Christians.

And they have increased exponentially over the past decade or so, according to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a research fellow at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Between 2003 and 2010, she reported, violent attacks upon Christians in Muslim-majority countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia tripled.

Another four years of Obama means that Christians living in such nations like Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria and Egypt will remain subject to the tender mercies of genocidal Islamists.

That’s why those of us who count ourselves Christ followers should pray for regime change in Washington.

This entry was published on August 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM. It’s filed under FOREIGN POLICY and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “What Condi Rice’s Speech Means to Christians

  1. onetenthblog on said:

    Cheers for the post. It seems you’re interested with foreign policy too, just like myself. Quickly introducing my blog http://onetenthblog.wordpress.com with posts, news clips on freedom of religion and international relations. (My 50c worth on Condi Rice’s inspirational speech is here http://onetenthblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/condoleezza-rice-where-does-america-stand/)

    All the best!

  2. pastorjackwilson on said:

    It is all so absolutely frustrating like the big kid holding the little one at arms length as he swings for naught.
    At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist I said a long time ago that Obama is trying to get the Muslims to take over the world.I know it seems crazy but why after all these years did Arab Countries decide their leaders were no good and they were going to rebel? Things like that don’t happen. They need a push as when Cardinal Sin got on the radio here in the Philippines and encouraged the Country to come out in force in the days of People Power.
    In a quiet way Obama sent people into Egypt and Syria and who knows where else and supplied weapons. We know the story. Egypt is now run by the Muslim brotherhood and Syria is close to the same. As soon as they grabbed power in Egypt they declared Israel their #1 enemy. Surely Syria will do the same.
    Obama is not only guilty of not doing anything, he is guilty of creating this chaos. All over our Country judges are giving in to sharia law arguments and all the left loves a Muslim declaring them the religion of peace when in fact, it is a twisted and demonic religion bent on the destruction of mankind other then themselves.
    Perhaps this is the sign of the times. Hopefully Jesus will come soon.

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