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Islamofobi er et anerkjent og akseptert ord blant store deler av meningseliten. Men vi hører aldri at det finnes tilsvarende mot kristne – i den muslimske verden. Hva kan det komme av? Finnes det ikke hat mot kristne i den muslimske verden? Eller kan grunnen være den stikk motsatte: at den nettopp finnes, men ikke må rapporteres.

Faller ikke da begrepet islamofobi også sammen?

John Eibner har en artikkel i Boston Globe som går nettet rundt:

Christophobia in the Muslim world

Last weekend’s scenes of anti-Christian mob violence in Cairo, against a background of churches in flames, is a powerful reminder of a grim reality: Non-Muslim communities have become endangered species throughout much of the Islamic world.

Some statesmen have begun to acknowledge the existential crisis facing non-Muslims. Former Lebanese Prime Minister Amine Gemayel warned earlier this year that Islamic extremists are waging a war of “genocide,’’ while French President Nicolas Sarkozy now refers to the region’s Christians as the victims of “a perverse program of … religious cleansing.’’

The most sensational acts of anti-Christian terror command headlines — for a moment. Such was the case when 41 worshippers at Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church were held hostage and then massacred by Islamic extremists last October, and 23 Egyptian Christians in Alexandria were killed by a bomb blast as they left mass early this year.

Pakistan’s only Christian Cabinet member, Shahbaz Bhatti — the minister for minority affairs — was shot dead in March. He was a critic of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

But most acts of violent Christophobia, like the post-revolution beheading of a Catholic priest, Father Marek Rybinski, in Tunisia in February, mob assaults against churches in Egypt, or the imprisonment and subsequent killing of alleged “blasphemers’’ in Pakistan, are routinely under-reported.

These acts of terror are not isolated, senseless incidents. Instead they conform to a consistent, long-standing pattern of violence often committed in the name of an Islamic jihad against non-Muslims.

While members of shadowy terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda often pull the triggers and detonate the bombs, they operate successfully only because their political ideology of jihad finds oxygen in a culture of extremist Muslim supremacy. According to extremist Muslim norms, Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims are degraded as “kufar’’ (infidels).

The effects of religious supremacy have been devastating, especially for non-Muslims in the Islamic Middle East. In the 20th century, the persecuted Christian population of Turkey shrunk from 20 percent to less than 1 percent. In the decades immediately following World War II, the once-thriving Jewish communities of the Arab Middle East shrank, partly through emigration to the West and Israel. Nowadays, Iraqi and Palestinian Christians are disappearing fast. If present trends continue, it is conceivable that, within a generation, strong, viable Christian communities will cease to exist in the region of Christianity’s birth.

May 11, 2011|By John Eibner