|A church in Malang, Indonesia, being checked for bombs|
in December 2012 (Source: AFP)
American Christians cannot begin to imagine real suppression of Christmas. For Christians in many Islamic-majority countries, celebrating Christmas even in private settings means fear, violence, and humiliation. In countries as culturally diverse as Nigeria, Egypt, and Indonesia, Christians face both obstacles and threats for planning to celebrate Christmas. Indeed, these threats often see their fulfillment. Every Christmas in Nigeria in recent years, Christians have been slaughtered in their churches during Christmas services. Extremists in Pakistan like to attack and injure Christians especially during the Christmas season and other Christian holidays, and Orthodox Christmas in Egypt is often tainted by similar attacks as well as the occasional mass killing. In Indonesia, Christians are prevented from worshiping in their lawfully-attained churches and attacked, often in humiliating ways, such as being pelted with rotten eggs and excrement during Christmas 2012. Celebrating Christmas in Saudi Arabia is an offense worthy of detainment.
There is no connection between or common cause of the fake, over-hyped War on Christmas in the United States and the real War on Christmas for Christian minorities elsewhere in the world. By making attempted secularism the equivalent to gunning down worshipers, American conservatives make the very real, well-documented, and widespread anti-Christian holiday violence a piece of lore to be laughed at and ignored.
|Merry Christmas. (Source: Sahara Reporters)|