Why is Britain deporting persecuted Christians?
The officials of Britain decided to send an Egyptian Christian family back to their country where they face persecution due to their faith.
By Ed West
07/13/2009 Britain (Telegraph.co.uk)-In Syria recently at an inter-faith gathering (it was all in Arabic so it couldn’t annoy me), I received a mild ticking-off from a Maronite bishop. He explained that Muslim-Christian relations were good in Syria but that, as elsewhere in the Middle East , they were affected by what went on in the West.
Whenever Europe did something to upset the Islamic world, which isn’t very difficult, Middle Eastern Christians got it in the neck. He castigated me for Pope Benedict’s comment at Regensburg and for the activities of the Danish cartoonists, both of which led to unpleasantness (he didn’t go into details), and gave me a gentle rap on the knuckles (well, my arm).
This rather annoyed me, to be honest, since (a) I’m not the Pope, (b) I’m not a Danish cartoonist and (c) as far as I’m concerned we Europeans can say what we damn well like about any religion, ours included, without the threat of violence. What the bishop was saying is that Christians in Muslim countries are basically hostages and every time we showed disrespect they would pay the price.
Actually the Syrian Christians have it pretty good, so long as the Assad family keep control of things, but the situation in Iraq and Egypt is grim. This weekend there were bombs outside six churches in Iraq , according to the Assyrian International News Agency, which brings the number of church bombings in that country since “liberation” to over 60. As I’ve said before, the Iraqi Christians are doomed if the US pulls out, and probably doomed anyway in the long run.
Now a Christian family will shortly find itself on a plane to Egypt to face an uncertain future. They do not know whether they will be subject to further persecution by extremists, but this is of no concern to Her Majesty’s Government.
Yet it is strange that when a Muslim terrorist faces deportation, concerns that the criminal might face ill treatment on arrival in his native country are sufficient to halt all deportation proceedings.