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60Silence of the Churcheshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/04/silence-of-the-churches
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400
Atrocities Not Fit to Printhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1997/11/004-atrocities-not-fit-to-print
Sat, 01 Nov 1997 00:00:00 -0500
Since January 1996, when a coalition of Christian and Jewish activists began working to publicize in America the plight of persecuted Christians abroad, there has appeared in the secular press a great deal of commentary about the arrest, torture, and execution of believers. Columnists in particular have seized upon the issue, with the
New York Times
A. M. Rosenthal alone writing over a dozen columns arguing passionately in defense of besieged Christians. The major Washington, D.C., news bureaus have also begun to cover the story regularly, as public agitation in the U.S. makes international religious oppression a hot topic in political Washington’s foreign policy debates.
But perhaps the most interesting feature of the media’s response to the persecution of believers is how little work on the story (according to the online information services First Search and Nexis) has come from the international reporters and foreign correspondents actually covering the countries where that persecution occurs. While editorial page editors”in such major newspapers as the
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
”fill their pages with columns, op-eds, and letters about the persecution of Christians abroad, the foreign desks of those same newspapers are nearly mute.
Take the situation in China, where government officials have undertaken in the last year a massive and deliberate crackdown on unregistered Catholic and Protestant churches. As a report issued by the U.S. State Department this July declared: