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KLAVAN: It’s Not Hateful To Speak The Truth About Islamist Violence

In the wake of the murderous Islamist attack on Christians in Sri Lanka, Democrats took to Twitter to extend their sympathies to people who don’t exist.

“The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity,” blithered Barack Obama. “Easter worshippers” is an empty set, a category made up by Democrats that includes no actual humans. No one worships Easter. We celebrate Easter because we are Christians and it’s the day Christ triumphed over death. There was no such palaver when Muslims were recently attacked by a lunatic in New Zealand. Obama’s well-wishes went out to the nation and the “Muslim community” then.

This mealy-mouthed “Easter worshipper” dishonesty must’ve been in the talking points memo that made the Democrat rounds because a lot of them spewed it. Hillary Clinton mourned with “Easter worshippers and travelers.” Julian Castro repeated “Easter worshipers and tourists.” And so on.

And since we’re talking about dishonest Democrats, let’s take a look at how the New York Times covered the story. “Religious Minorities Across Asia Suffer Amid Surge in Sectarian Politics,” went their sidebar to the main tale. The piece went on to explain that Hindus in India are “pushing an us-versus-them philosophy that has left Muslims fearing they will be lynched if they walk alone.” Plus in Myanmar, the militia has been on a campaign against an ethnic minority that is Muslim. And some moderate Muslims haven’t been very moderate in Indonesia and Bangladesh.

All of which raises the question: what the hell are these idiots talking about?

Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. A 2017 study by University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute, and Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Research Project showed 7,100 Christians slaughtered specifically for their faith in 2015. In 2009, according to the secular International Society for Human Rights, Christians were the victims of 80 percent of all religious discrimination worldwide.

And Islam is the most violent religion. Muslims are involved in almost every major armed conflict going on today and they are responsible for a huge percentage of the terrorism around the world.

So when a hate-filled loon in New Zealand murders innocent Muslims at their prayers, it is despicable but anomalous, but when Muslims slaughter Christians in Sri Lanka, it is both despicable and representative of a trend. The Democrats and the press — but I repeat myself — act as if it were the other way around.

Christians are under attack. It is often Muslims who are attacking them. What are we to do with this information? It’s a good question but there are two things that certainly will not help: cover-ups and lies. We can see what’s happening right in front of our eyes. When leaders lie about or soft-soap it, it only makes us angrier. And it leaves the field open to bigots and haters who are now free to use the truth in support of their positions.

The “all religions are violent” dodge won’t wash either. People of all sorts can be violent but some philosophies support and multiply that violence and some work against it. Fascism is inherently violent. Democracy is not. Communism inevitably breeds oppression. Republicanism does not.

So in light of the facts, there are things we need to know. Is Islamic violence inherent to Islamic belief or is it a cultural cancer in the body of the religion? Do the large majority of non-violent Muslims support the violence? Do they support its aims of Islamic supremacism? And, of course, what can we do to stem the tide?

It is obvious that descending into sectarian violence is not the answer. But this is obvious too: Speaking the truth is a start. It’s the only way.

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