The Martyrs No One Cares About
The blood of innocent
Christian missionaries spills on Afghan sands. The
world watches and yawns. The
United Nations offers nothing more than a formal
expression of "concern." Where is the global
uproar over the human rights abuses unfolding before our
For two weeks, a group of South Korean
Christians has been held hostage by
Taliban thugs in Afghanistan. This is the largest
group of foreign hostages taken in Afghanistan since
Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001. What was their
offense? Were they smuggling arms into the country? No.
Inciting violence? No. They were peaceful
believers in Christ on short-term medical and
humanitarian missions. Seventeen of the 23 hostages are
females. Most of them are nurses who provide social
services and relief.
Over the past few days, the
bloodthirsty jihadists have
demanded that South Korea immediately withdraw troops
from the Middle East, pay ransom and trade the
civilian missionaries for imprisoned Taliban fighters.
The Taliban leaders have made good on threats to kill
the kidnapped Christians while Afghan officials plead
fecklessly that their monstrous behavior is
Two men, 29-year-old
Shim Sung-min and 42-year-old
Pastor Bae Hyeong-gyu, have already been shot to
death and dumped in the name of Allah. Bae was a married
father with a 9-year-old daughter. According to Korean
media, he was from a devout Christian family from the
island province of Jeju. He helped found the
Saemmul Church south of Seoul, which sent the
volunteers to Afghanistan.
Across Asia, media coverage is 24/7.
Strangers have held nightly prayer vigils. But the human
rights crowd in America has been largely AWOL. And so
has most of our mainstream media. Among some of the
secular elite, no doubt, is a blame-the-victim apathy:
The missionaries deserved what they got. What were they
thinking bringing their message of faith to a war zone?
Didn`t they know they were sitting ducks for Muslim
head-choppers whose idea of evangelism is
"convert or die"?
noted the media shoulder-shrugging about
jihadist targeting of Christian missionaries five
years ago during the kidnapping of American Christian
Martin and Gracia Burnham in the Philippines—which
ended in the death of Martin Burnham. The silence is
rooted in viewing committed Christians as alien others.
At best, there is a collective callousness. At worst,
there is outright contempt—from Ted Turner`s reference
to Catholics as "Jesus freaks" to CBS producer
Roxanne Russell`s casual insult of former GOP
Gary Bauer as
"the little nut from the Christian group" to the
mockery of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney`s
Curiously, those who argue that we need
to "understand" Islamic terrorists demonstrate
little effort to "understand" the Christian
evangelical missionaries who risk their lives to spread
the gospel—not by sword, but through acts of compassion,
healing and education. An estimated 16,000 Korean
mission workers risk their lives across the globe—from
Africa to the
China and North Korea.
These are true practitioners of a
religion of peace, not the
hate-mongers with bombs and AK-47s strapped to their
chests who slay instead of pray their way to martyrdom.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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