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.