Christian Carnage

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  April 23, 2019   

Sri Lankan officials ignored warning that Catholics would be targeted

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Sri Lankan officials were warned 10 days prior to the bombing attacks on Easter Sunday that Muslim extremists were targeting Catholics and yet did nothing to stop them.

The New York Times is reporting that a "top Sri Lankan police official" warned security services as early as April 11 that a "little-known radical Islamist group was planning suicide attacks against churches." The Muslim perpetrators reportedly are backed by an international network of Islamic militants.

The police official specifically warned government security officials that a primary target of the planned "suicide attacks" was in fact "Catholic churches." Top government officials, however, are saying "the warning never reached them and no action was taken against the group."

Even though most of the bombings took place in the Catholic region of Colombo, there was an attack at an Evangelical church across the island as well. Media and politicians were united in their efforts to avoid using the title Catholic or Christian when referencing victims, instead opting to call them "Easter worshippers."  

Pundits and politicians were just as careful to avoid identifying the perpetrators as Islamists. Even though Jihadi activity has surged since 2017, establishment media in the West has failed to report it.

Because of the media's blind spot, many Westerners are surprised to find that "105 churches and/or Christian buildings are burned or attacked every month," according to the watchdog group Open Door USA, responsible for tracking Christian persecution. The group notes that in addition to the destruction of three Christian buildings a day, an average of "345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons" each month. 

Because of this Christian carnage, many people are asking why mainstream media is not covering the rapid rise of Christian persecution around the world.

Watch the panel discuss how Sri Lankan Catholics were a primary target of Muslim terrorists in The Download—Christian Carnage.

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