In this age of ease of access to information, it should not be difficult for the major news outlets to find those lesser horrors perpetrated in regions not normally in the public consciousness. Unfortunately, this is not happening today. There is a silent slaughter happening throughout much of the Islamic world. The acts are being perpetrated by radical Islamists, bent on instilling their intolerance throughout their nations. There are some news outlets that report on them, but for most in the United States, there is silence.
While some have been observing this curve of events going on for some time now, there is no shortage of recent events. In Nigeria, violence against Christians has been going on for some time— often at the hands of a native terrorist group Boko Haram. Take the most recent killings, for example. Terrorists killed Christians in their church, and then continued to do so as they fled; sixteen people died as a result. In March, a Catholic church was bombed by the same terrorist group. In January, there were more attacks on Christians leaving seventeen dead. Even during Christmas of 2011, Christians were targeted.
But Nigeria is not just a major area of this violence. Since the collapse of the Mubarak government in Egypt, and the subsequent coming to prominence of the Muslim Brotherhood, Coptic Christians both fear and experience violence. Last year, the BBC reported on similar experiences by Christians in other parts of the Middle East.
It is not only Christians who are the victims of this slaughter. Throughout much of the Islamic world, Sharia Law is the legal system. Rather than adopting the rational and just system of common law—the system used in the United States, United Kingdom, and many Commonwealth nations—Islamic nations have chosen tyranny and insanity as their legal foundations. Sharia Law allows for the legal oppression of those who do not walk in line with either Islam or the government’s interpretation of Islam. Obviously, the qualifications for dissident are not just restricted to religion (i.e. Christianity or Judaism) or lack of such, but also to opinions on the political and personal level.
Consider the case of the writer Salman Rushdie. Rushdie wrote a well-known book called The Satanic Verses, sections of which were not complimentary to the Prophet Mohamed or the Ayatollah Khomeini. In response, the Islamic Republic of Iran declared that Rushdie must be killed— even though he was not a citizen of Iran and was living in the United Kingdom.
Sharia Law is nothing but despotic and bloodthirsty. It asserts the rightness of a particular brand of a religion, rather than being founded on simple, undeniable precepts as in the legal system United States. Sharia does not take natural rights into account and legitimizes tyranny. The role of Sharia Law in this great slaughter is simply an authorization of such in many parts of the world.
I do not know why the horrors brought about by radical Islam and Sharia Law are not more widely known in the United States. Kony—who might very well be dead—is a phenomenon amongst the youth, just as Darfur and Tibet were. News outlets debate the “war on women,” yet do not speak of the conditions of women in these Islamic societies. Even in a nation like Saudi Arabia—one that is supposed to be “our friend”—these same horrors abound, enforced by the “morality police.”
If there are enough lovers of liberty in free nations, they will organize as private citizens to both raise awareness of this silent slaughter and show those affected what a foundation of liberty can do people. Let the foundation of the United States serve as the greatest example of allowing the free person to flourish.
Christian Lopac | University of St. Thomas | Cokato, Minnesota | @CLopac