After hundreds of Roman Catholics were killed in an Islamist terror attack Easter Sunday, Hillary Clinton tweeted out the following:

“On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshipers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”

The phrase “Easter worshipper” seemed strange, especially since former President Barack Obama had used the exact same phrase when tweeting out his own condolences: “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshipers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”

I chalked it up to that foot-in-mouth disease that afflicts some progressives when they try to talk about religion.

I was willing to move on from Clinton’s statement until I recalled her tweet after the assault on two mosques in New Zealand:

“My heart breaks for New Zealand & the global Muslim community. We must continue to fight the perpetuation and normalization of Islamophobia and racism in all its forms. White supremacist terrorists must be condemned by leaders everywhere. Their murderous hatred must be stopped.”

That’s when I got angry.

The death toll in Sri Lanka dwarfs that in New Zealand, and I say that not to diminish the horror of the assault on innocent Muslims but to point out that Clinton didn’t take the Easter Sunday massacre as an opportunity to decry “the normalization of anti-Christian hatred and racism in all its forms.” She didn’t condemn “Islamic terrorists.” She didn’t demand that their “murderous hatred must be stopped.”

She just said that on a holy weekend for “many faiths,” we need to stand against “hatred and violence.”

Some people reading this won’t see anything wrong with her comments. Some people will take issue with the fact that I am using the death of innocent people as an occasion to play politics.

But I have a problem with the way Clinton, and Obama, and others were so quick to commiserate with Muslim victims in New Zealand, and before that Jewish victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and before that the African American victims of Mother Emanuel in Charleston, but had a difficult time finding the explicit words to talk about how Christians were murdered in Sri Lanka.

I’m sensitive to the issue because I’ve spent the last few months in immigration court defending Christians who have been persecuted in other parts of the world. Just this week, a young Honduran evangelical who received death threats every day for six months and who was assaulted outside of the church where she preached, was granted asylum by a compassionate immigration judge. It might seem counterintuitive that Christians are in danger in Christian majority countries, but there are no geographical limitations when it comes to hate.

However, there is an unwillingness in the west to acknowledge that Christians are an endangered species.

As John L. Allen observed in Crux, an online newspaper that focuses on news related to the Catholic Church, “conversation about anti-Christian persecution has gone through several phases of denial ... fueled by suspicion in some cultural and media circles that ‘anti-Christian persecution’ had been ginned up by conservative western Christians looking to win sympathy for socially unpopular positions on matters such as homosexuality and women.”

To me, this statement resonated as I considered Clinton’s tone-deaf tweet. Consciously or not, she sees Muslims, Jews, and other minorities as victims, and has a blind spot when it comes to Christians. She’s not alone.

Language matters. So the next time a church goes up in flames, or people are massacred in church pews, let’s stop using euphemisms like Obama’s “attack on humanity.”

Let’s be honest: It was an attack on Christians.

Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and can be reached at cflowers1961@gmail.com.

Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and can be reached at cflowers1961@gmail.com.

(9) comments

johndoe

Maybe they were saying they were worshiping the Goddess Eostre who was said to be the goddess of spring who fought back old man winter. Or maybe they were just tweeting out the same old crud that politicians do in times of violence trying to look sympathetic. In any case, Christians are not under any more attack than they dole out in attacks of other ideologies. All religions need to go the way of the Dodo bird and human kind needs to grow up and stop believing in magical deities that do not exist. There is More evidence that Santa Clause existed than any God thus far.

Bob Smith

Thank you Mr. Doe, I agree 100%

Apache County Resident

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Well said Ms. Flowers. Thank you for pointing this fact out. I appreciate you taking the time to write it.

valetz

Matthew 10:22, "Everyone will hate you on account of my name. But whoever stands firm until the end will be saved."

ArizAl

It appears that Ms flowers is trying to justify that so called Christian White Supremists and KKK members that are racists, unpatriotic and killers of other american Christens, were said by republican Donald Trump that they were "good people." This insane,stupid attempt by Ms Flowers to equate Hillary's statement with Trump's statement is nothing but political B.S., Hillary was defending religions of all kinds and condemming hate and violence, while Trump was defending those who spread hate and violence against any and all religious people that oppose their hateful,racists, and political views.

scubagal

I agree, and why is a Philadelphia reporter submitting ob eds to our local paper, keep it local!

AZBoomer

Stop parroting the fake news.. It's embarrassing. The President never called the KKK 'good people', nor is he defending hatred, violence, or bigotry. If you want to experience hatred, violence, or bigotry, attend one of the many ANTIFA, Pro Choice, or BLM 'rallies' around the country, specifically in the hellhole known as the Pacific Northwest. It's pathetic that you've resorted to spreading known lies and propaganda simply because you still can't deal with the results of the 2016 Presidential election.
God forbid your anti-truth, anti-science, anti-American ilk ever regain power in Washington.

ronzim

It really doesn't make any difference how the numbers play out. When members of one faith kill members of another faith, every death is a crime. That said, there is, of course, some need to strike a balance here. The first thing to notice is that when a Christian commits religious slaughter, that person is always identified by other Christians as a demented individual acting entirely on his own and with no relationship to any Christian cult. On the other hand when members of another faith commit religious slaughter, Christians are only too quick to claim, shrilly, that the non-Christian killer was a dedicated agent of that non-Christian faith and acting as its agent.
There is not sufficient space here for me to list the historical record of Christians in the mass slaughter of non-Christians over the past 2000 years. For a partial record of this mayhem see
www.truthbeknown.com/victims.htm.


blue-az

Yet another opinion provided by a conservative columnist who has probably never visited the White Mountains. It's interesting how she claims that Christians are becoming "an endangered species" while there are more than 2 billion Christians in the world. Her persecution complex is amazingly pathetic.

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