On this day when the Catholic Church in England & Wales is celebrating the Day for Life and preaching (I hope) against the culture of death (contraception, abortion, euthanasia and non-procreative sex acts between same-sex attracted persons) we have to widen our minds and hearts to think also of the crisis in Iraq.
The situation in Mosul is a reminder to all of us who call ourselves Christian to pray fervently for the protection, strengthening, courage and peace of the persecuted, and for the opening of hearts and minds of the persecutors to true peace and human dignity. May God be with the persecuted and the persecutors, and with all those workers who are seeking to help the persecuted in their plight.
Rorate has posted the call of twenty French civic figures calling upon its government to act (here). These are to be applauded, and the speech by brave Congressman Frank Wolf (here). One wonders why Western Governments are not already active in protecting persecuted Christians in the very cradle of Christianity... One person has suggested to me that it is because Christians rank very low on the concern of today’s post-Christian societies who see Christians as bothersome folk who raise their voices in criticism of contemporary morality, but I doubt that is the reason for the deafening silence of the West. It would make Western Governments complicit with what is increasingly becoming genocide in Iraq. It is more likely that they are afraid of radical Muslims and do not want to court another 9/11 or 7/7...or are simply afraid of getting back into a civil situation (possibly one created by their removal of Saddam Hussein from power which left a power vacuum). But they cannot correct one error (if that is how it is seen) with another.
Those of us who can pray and who can raise our voice surely ought to do so -and we ought to give generously to the support of those aid workers who take their lives in their hands in order to provide relief for those who are persecuted. Meanwhile, those in Government who can act, ought to do so.