“May we now speak of the Muslims who want to kill us?”, asks Fr. Raymond De Souza, concerning the butchery of a priest and his congregation in a Baghdad church.
“By now the killing of Christians by jihadists has become a regular feature of the landscape in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Yet a massacre in a church, during the Holy Mass, surely would provoke a thunderous reaction?”
Well, not exactly…
The American State Department had no statement at all.
In the Church too, there is often a reluctance to support vigourously Christians under attack, and to call things by name.
He quotes a bishop in Dallas (Kevin Farrell) blaming not the perpetrators, but their (American) co-religionists: “The level of incivility in our national dialogue has reached a crescendo,” Farrell wrote.
Of course to a certain mindset, now common in our midst, that’s just the natural way to look at it.