Columnist/blogger Michelle Malkin has been pointing out the weak media coverage and apathy riddled society that has put the South Korean hostage crisis on the back burner for a couple weeks now. What a tragedy!
Here’s some highlights from Malkin’s ‘The Martyrs No One Cares About’ piece today:
Sub-head: Understand Islamic Terrorists? Try Understanding Christians Who Risk Their Lives
The blood of innocent Christian missionaries spills on Afghan sands. The world watches and yawns. The United Nations offers nothing more than a formal expression of “concern.” Where is the global uproar over the human rights abuses unfolding before our eyes?
For two weeks, a group of South Korean Christians has been held hostage by Taliban thugs in Afghanistan. This is the largest group of foreign hostages taken in Afghanistan since Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001. What was their offense? Were they smuggling arms into the country? No. Inciting violence? No. They were peaceful believers in Christ on short-term medical and humanitarian missions. Seventeen of the 23 hostages are females.
Most of them are nurses who provide social services and relief.
24/7 coverage versus largely AWOL. Message of faith versus convert or die.
Across Asia, media coverage is 24/7 Strangers have held nightly prayer vigils. But the human rights crowd in America has been largely AWOL. And so has most of our mainstream media. Among some of the secular elite, no doubt, is a blame-the-victim apathy: The missionaries deserved what they got. What were they thinking bringing their message of faith to a war zone? Didn’t they know they were sitting ducks for Muslim head-choppers whose idea of evangelism is “convert or die”?
Christian nut jobs.
The silence is rooted in viewing committed Christians as alien others. At best, there is a collective callousness. At worst, there is outright contempt — from Ted Turner’s reference to Catholics as “Jesus freaks” to CBS producer Roxanne Russell’s casual insult of former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer as “the little nut from the Christian group” to the mockery of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith.
The bottom line.
These are true practitioners of a religion of peace, not the hate-mongers with bombs and AK-47s strapped to their chests who slay instead of pray their way to martyrdom.
Meanwhile, I continue to pray and blog for ‘The Martyrs No One Cares About’.
– Alexander, TheScroogeReport.com