Why Are Liberals Avoiding Calling the Victims of Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka Christians?

By | 2019-04-22T10:44:57-07:00 April 22nd, 2019|
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On Easter Sunday, a little known Islamist group with international backing bombed at least at least three Christian churches throughout the country, along with three five-star hotels favored by foreigners, killing 290 people. Several more bombings rocked Sri Lanka on Monday, although no new casualties were reported. Until  now, the terrorist group behind the attacks, National Thowheeth Jama’ath, were mostly known for vandalizing Buddhist statues, the New York Times reported.

According to the Times, a “top Sri Lankan police official warned the security services that a radical Islamist group was planning suicide attacks against churches,” ten days in advance, yet no action was taken by authorities.

Clearly, the bombings on Easter Sunday targeting Christian churches and foreigners, were meant as an attack on Christians.

Why then, are Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other Democrats refusing to identify the victims of these attacks as Christians, using the bizarre euphemism “Easter worshippers” instead?

Many other Democrats, including 2020 Democrat contender Julian Castro, mimicked the “Easter worshippers” terminology.

As Breibart’s Joel Pollak points out, during the Obama years, both then-Pres. Obama and then-Sec. Clinton were repeatedly criticized for refusing to name radical Islam as the source of terror attacks. The greatest insult came during Obama’s address to the National Prayer Breakfast in 2015, when he “attempted to draw a moral equivalence between the terror and torture used by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (or ISIS), and medieval Christianity.”

He admonished Americans not to “get on our high horse” about radical Islam, since “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ” centuries ago.

Democrats also criticized President Donald Trump and his administration for declining to use the word “Muslims” to describe the victims of the Christchurch terror attack in New Zealand last month, although Trump did identify the targets as “mosques.” Similarly, he identified the targets in Sri Lanka as “churches and hotels.”

At least President Trump is consistent. The same cannot be said for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:

The man accused of slaughtering Muslim worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, incidentally, is likely a  “National Bolshevik,” according to Epoch Times’ Trevor Loudon, which is a far cry from the “far-right” label he has been given in countless media stories.

Democrats and the media have a history of hyping instances of so-called Islamophobia and downplaying attacks and genocidal violence against persecuted Christians in the Muslim world. For instance, in November of 2009, after a radical Islamic U.S. Army major and psychiatrist massacred twelve soldiers in Ft. Hood Texas, the media portrayed him as “troubled.”

A CNN.com article, along with many others, only identified him an “Army psychologist” and failed to make any reference to his ties to radical jihadism or make initial references to his religion – even after e-mails were found detailing his extremist views.

But when a Michigan-based militia group was indicted in an alleged plot to kill law enforcement officers with improvised explosive devices they were quickly – and inaccurately – labeled as a “Christian militia group” – not just in the body of an ABC News.com article, but in the headline, too.

Christians in Syria and Iraq meanwhile are the world’s most persecuted people, but you wouldn’t know that from from watching CNN, or reading the New York Times.

Between the onset of the Syrian war in 2012 and 2017, the number of Christians dropped from 1.5 million to 500,000. In Aleppo, Syria, which was home to Syria’s largest Christian population, numbers fell from 150,000 to 35,000 by the spring of 2017, which is a drop of more than 75 percent. In Iraq, over half of the country’s Christians are internal refugees, and the report predicts that Christianity in Iraq could be effectively wiped out by 2020 if the population continues to decline as it has in the past two years.

Aid to the Church also accuses the U.N. and Western media of neglecting persecuted Christians: “At a time in the West when there is increasing media focus on the rights of people regardless of gender, ethnicity, or sexuality, it is ironic that in much of the secular media there should be such limited coverage of the massive persecution experienced by so many Christians.”

The Democratic media complex showed us over the weekend that they have no intention of ending their disgusting habit of minimizing acts of violence against Christians. Their anti-Christian bias is obvious and continues to be a disgrace.

(Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Debra Heine
Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.