Sunday, May 01, 2011

The world's worst religious persecutors

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recently identified the world's fourteen worst violators of religious freedom. They are: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

A couple things stand out to me in this list.

First, of the fourteen worst persecutors in the world, at least nine are Muslim!

Second, Iraq is on the list! Did we really give all those American personnel to create a "democracy" which is one of the top religious persecutors in the world? The United States needs to be raising the roof in Iraq over this.

This should finally refute the nonsense that democracy is the answer to the world's problems. Democracies can be just as oppressive as dictatorships. We should be pressing for human rights regardless of whether the country is a democracy, a dictatorship, a monarchy, Communist or socialist.

And while we're at it, perhaps it is time to offer asylum to Iraq's remaining Christians and then pull our forces out of not only Iraq, but Afghanistan and Libya as well.

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