The Slog is an award-winning UK blog in which retired adman John Ward analyses today’s socio-political scene with perspicacity and aplomb.

Recently, he featured a post, ‘ANALYSIS: Why the Persecution of Christians is a key 21st century issue‘ and advises us not to downplay or brush it under the carpet. It’s well worth a read and one to pass along to equivocating appeasers who want to see the best in everything and everyone.

He begins by citing the recent news story of Christians in northern Nigeria where the strongly Islamist movement Boko Haram told them they three days to leave their homes. Since then, 44 people have died in attacks occurring in various towns across four states in the region. Hundreds of Christians are fleeing to the southern half of the country.

Ward, an agnostic, observes:

This is merely the latest in a series of atrocities committed by Nigerian Islamists – including a Church massacre on Christmas Day that killed over a hundred. But it is in fact only the high-profile stuff like this (as you’d expect) that tends to get into the MSM.

He points out:

A comprehensive Pew Forum study reporting in September last year found that Christians are persecuted in 131 countries containing 70% of the world’s population. As there are only around 200 recognised countries on the planet, the Christian religion is easily the most persecuted – and the biggest persecutor is Islam, followed by Communism.

A staggering 200 million Christians live in communities where they are persecuted. Many of the sovereign States committing atrocities against this huge number are ostensible allies of the West such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, and Kuwait.  Saudi Arabia is a tightly controlled state that in many respects cooperates closely with the United States, but lest you don’t realise this, it is a joint government of the royal House of Saud with the leadership of the extremist Wahhabi Islamist sect. While the Saudi government is a functioning ally of the West, its media reserve the right to both condemn sectional Islamic violence by enemies of the Wahhabi, and incite violence against both Christians and Jews. Palestine’s Hamas has long been associated with the sort of crude anti-Christian bigotry that would make Ulster Protestants of the 1960s look like paragons of ecumenical virtue.

He goes on to mention Prime Minister David Cameron’s friendliness towards Turkey’s Recep Erdogan whom he (Ward) describes as

a rapidly de-closeting Islamist.

Ward cautions us against being optimistic about last year’s Arab Spring, which he points out has resulted in Islamic control and can result only in more persecution of remaining Christians.

He advises:

It’s time we stopped the casual usage of this idiotic description ‘Islamaphobia’ – another use of the ‘p’ suffix enabling liberals to frame all critics of Islam as suffering from some form of mental illness. The only mental illness here is a rigid inability to see the appalling track-record of misogyny, violence, persecution and intolerance that the fundamentalist version of this religion has. A phobia is an irrational fear of something: to fear the march of fascist, expansionist Islam is a sure sign of sanity.

And adds:

Those resorting to the liberal ‘ist’ mode of rejection are entitled to their views: I think they are Useful Idiots being used by the Islamism already rife in Britain, in precisely the same way the KGB used those idiots in favour of unilateral disarmament from 1960-90. But they’re entitled to their opinion. All I can say to all of you is I am neither racist nor religionist. I just think you are mistaking those who warn of an obvious danger with agents of hate desperate to whip up feelings against UK minorities.

I noted last year that Christians are teaming up with Muslims for moral crusades such as this one from last year’s baseball World Series. Given time, the alliance could turn out to be a foolhardy one:

Among the other signers of the letter are James Winkler, chairman of the coalition and general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society; Galen Carey, director of government affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals; Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches; Roy Medley, general secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA; David Saperstein, director of the Union for Reform Judaism, and Sayyid Syeed, general secretary of the Islamic Society of North America.

Dr Richard Land, quoted in the article, is the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention.  On the ERLC site, he wrote of ‘our letter’, implying there was interfaith activity in compiling it and its signatories:

Just this week, I signed onto a letter to the MLBPA with 24 other national faith leaders, calling on the players and their union to set the right example for kids.

And uses these words:

Our coalition of faith leaders …

Should we be joining forces with a faith which is persecuting our own? Are we yoking ourselves with unbelievers?

Like John Ward, I’m all for religious liberty but let’s not be naïve.

In closing, I would like to thank him for bringing the subject of Christian persecution out in the open on his blog.