Kudos to Newsweek for defying the rules of political correctness by stepping up to the plate and addressing the serious problem of Islamic persecution of Christians.
One News Now analyzes that article and makes the point that most humanitarian work down throughout the world is done by Christians. Muslims, on the other hand, are missing in action.
Read from One New Now:
Charity - a defining difference
"Kudos to Newsweek magazine for giving a cover story to a subject mostly under-reported by the mainstream media: the persecution going on around the world of those who practice the Christian faith.
The cover for the February 13 issue reads: 'The War on Christians.' Inside the article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is headlined this way: 'The rise of Christophobia: From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith.'
The article goes into great detail with one horror story after another from around the world. Despite the promotion of political correctness in the United States, it is becoming clear to most Americans -- at least those who are paying attention -- that Islam in not a religion of peace. It is, in fact, a religion of war, violence, intolerance, and physical persecution of non-Muslims. These atrocities are being committed against Christians because they are considered 'infidels,' and therefore it is a Muslim's duty to defeat the infidel -- in any way necessary.
'We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring's fight against tyranny,' writes Ali. 'But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway -- an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.'
It is interesting to note that the writer, Ali, is an atheist.
If there ever was a contrast in worldviews, it is with Christianity and Islam. One of the most striking differences is that Christianity teaches, practices, and encourages charity. Islam does not. It is the Christians from America who are doing the majority of the private charity and humanitarian work around the world. Just these past couple of weeks alone, I was reminded by several examples of this.
The first example is two young ladies from Saltillo, Mississippi -- twin sisters Haleigh and Heather Moore -- who are currently running across the country from Louisiana to California to raise money to dig water wells in Third World countries through World Vision. They are motivated by their belief that God wants them to care about other people in need -- people they have never met.
The second example is my colleague Buddy Smith, who along with wife Carol, just returned from a week-long trip to Ecuador where they participated with Operation Christmas Child in distributing thousands of shoe boxes of supplies to children who have little or nothing and who are dependent of American missions organizations. Samaritan's Purse (headed by Franklin Graham) has distributed in excess of 94 million shoe box gifts since 1993 around the world ... all in the name of Jesus Christ.
(As an aside, you may remember that Franklin Graham, having seen firsthand the persecution of Christians by Muslims in the countries where he works, called Islam 'evil' and 'wicked.')
A third example came to mind while I was at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville in February, when the president of Gospel for Asia came up to me to thank me for the $153,314 that our radio network, American Family Radio, helped raise for them last fall -- monies that were applied to buy all kinds of basic human needs for the 'untouchables' in India.
American Family Association/American Family Radio has been participating in this project with Gospel for Asia for several years. Why do we care about the outcast people of India? Because in the Bible, Jesus instructs us to do so.
There is no such comparable work being done around the world by Islamic groups or organizations -- because the Koran does not teach such charity.
Religion, more than anything else, affects the values and morals of a culture, a society, a country."