Why is the Media Silent on Atrocities Against Christians?

February 28, 2014

An op-ed in Arutz Sheva expresses amazement at the media’s moratorium on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Writer Paul Miller notes:

Ultimately the question is:  Why is the media silent about the horrors committed against Christians?

With all the turmoil engulfing the Middle East and surrounding areas, there is no shortage of reporters or news bureaus in that part of the world. Yet, the massacre of Christians doesn’t make the pages of the New York Times or warrant a spot on the NBC Nightly News. 

For example, in January, a delegation of Christian leaders from Syria came to the United States to make their case about the plight of Christians in their country. Dr. Riad Jarjour, a Presbyterian clergyman, told a crowd at the Heritage Foundation, “If things continue the way [they are], there will come a time [when] there will be no more Christians in Syria. 

Earlier this month, representatives from the Vatican appeared on Capitol Hill to discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. “One of seven speakers, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, noting that this growing threat targets all those who practice Christianity, Arab or not, explained that Christian communities in Syria are being decimated and worshippers kidnapped, shot or beheaded if they refuse to convert to Islam. 

In November, one of the world’s most media covered individuals, Pope Francis, addressed the atrocities being committed against Christians in the Middle East when he declared, after meeting patriarchs from Syria, Iraq and Iran, “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians.”

 Why the media silence? Read the rest of the oped to find out.


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