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Too Christian to excite the Left, and too foreign to excite the Right --- Christian persecution in the Middle East

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The "Arab Spring" hasn't brought peace for Christians in the Middle East, Michael Brendan Dougherty tells in a gripping piece at The Week:

Ayman's Arabic-language teacher told him to cover his tattoo in class. Instead of complying, the young man defiantly pulled out the cross that hung around his neck, making it visible. His teacher flew into a rage and began choking him, goading the young man's Muslim classmates by saying, "What are you going to do with him?"

Ayman's classmates then beat him to death.

Why don't we hear more about this phenomenon? Dougherty offers this explanation:

The Western world is largely ignorant of or untroubled by programmatic violence against Christians. Ed West, citing the French philosopher Regis Debray, distills the problem thusly: "The victims are 'too Christian' to excite the Left, and 'too foreign' to excite the Right."

Church leaders outside the Middle East are afraid to speak out, partly because they fear precipitating more violence. (Seven churches were fire-bombed in Iraq after Pope Benedict XVI quoted an ancient criticism of Islam in an academic speech in Germany.)

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