Cameron: This Easter, let’s focus on the persecution of Christians around the world

posted at 3:31 pm on April 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

I missed this earlier in the week, but my Townhall colleague Sarah Jean Seman didn’t. Prime Minister David Cameron’s Easter address on Wednesday focuses in large part on the beneficial efforts by Christians in British society, and pledged to expand partnerships between those organizations and his government. Cameron also pledged to raise awareness of the persecution of Christians around the world, demanding freedom of religion as “an absolute, fundamental human right.” Cameron called Christianity “the most persecuted religion around the world”:

Second thing is I hope we can do more to raise the profile of the persecution of Christians around the world. It is the case today that our religion is now the most persecuted religion around the world. I think Britain can play a leading role in this. We have met our obligations in terms of the aid we give to countries around the world. We’re seen as a country which is engaged internationally, and I know that William Hague shares my view about this as does Sayeeda Warsi who leads on this issue in the Foreign Office. We should stand up against persecution of Christians and other religious groups wherever and whenever we can, and should be unashamed in doing so.

Cameron also wants to see more “evangelism” in improving his nation:

Whereas actually, what we both need more of is evangelism. More belief that we can get out there and actually change people’s lives and make a difference and improve both the spiritual, physical and moral state of our country, and we should be unashamed and clear about wanting to do that. And I’m sure there are people here of all political persuasions and no political persuasions, and I’m certainly not asking you to agree with everything the government does, but I hope you can see – hopefully more than moments, but real moments of evangelism, enthusiasm and wanting to make our world a better place.

It’s an interesting speech, chiefly in contrast to what American politicians usually say and do about the “spiritual” and “moral” state of our own nation. We tend to shy away from that language except within specific groups who are most receptive to it. It would be at least a little surprising to hear an American President talk in a national address about Christianity as even one vehicle to “improve both the spiritual, physical and moral state of our country,” and that’s not a reference to this current President, either. Citing only one religion in that context would create a firestorm of controversy no matter who would be President.

Cameron’s words on global Christian persecution are both correct and welcome. Perhaps it will prompt more heads of government to speak out as well.


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The muzzies ain’t gonna like this.

VegasRick on April 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

From what I’ve read about him he’s in trouble with the right and probably needs to shore up his creds. But that’s ok.

crankyoldlady on April 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Islam: The religion of peace, right?

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Islam: The religion of peace, right?

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

They will be sharing their “peace” with the Brits this holiday season.

VegasRick on April 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Come on: Non christians can’t persecute christians just like blacks can’t be racists.

jmtham156 on April 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Look in your own backyard Cameron. Sheesh.

LaughterJones on April 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Wait, Christianity is the dominant, oppressive and intolerant religion here, so that means it can’t possibly be a persecuted religion elsewhere, right?

/ Typical San Fran-sicko lib

Xanatos90 on April 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

UKIP Poll Boost: Tory And Lib Dem Support Falls

A little perspective ont he environment in which David Cameron now operates…

JohnGalt23 on April 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Doesn’t he sorta need to start that “saving Christians from persecution” thing at HOME? I mean, SUCKS to be anything but Islamic in jolly old England these days.

tree hugging sister on April 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Sounds about as real as a three dollar bill.

sharrukin on April 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Narrated Abu Huraira: A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” He replied, “I do not find such a deed.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4.52.44)

The Messenger of Allah was asked: What deed could be an equivalent of Jihad in the way of Allah? He answered: You do not have the strength to do that deed. One who goes out for Jihad is like a person who keeps fasts, stands in prayer constantly, obeying Allah’s behests contained in the verses of the Qur’an, and does not exhibit any lassitude in fasting and prayer until the Mujahid [Soldier of Islam] returns from Jihad in the way of Allah.(SAHIH MUSLIM 20:4636)

So, wanna get out of the onerous requirements of Islam? Just go kill some non-Muslims and take their stuff.

The only way to end Muslim persecution of all non-Muslim religions is to end Islam. And to that end, words alone are insufficient.

Akzed on April 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

It must really be getting bad in England when ANY politician speaks up for Christianity. Muslims must be reaching the tipping point and combined with England’s atheists, homos, agnostics, trans-everything and the clueless, Christians there will begin to be blamed for every perceived ‘evil’, with the usual results. Can’t wait ’til it happens here…

vnvet on April 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

But George W. Bush told us that “Islam is love, not hate” and Francis doesn’t seem to think there’s anything especially wrong about Islam at all.

VorDaj on April 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Fortunately Syria is becoming safer for Christians since Barack Obama and David Petraeus shipped them a lot of arms right before Benghazi 9/11 which was caused by that video like both men said.

Oh wait! They shipped all those arms to the shariah loving and Christian hating side. Oh well, I am sure with John McCain’s help Obama will get it right in the end.

VorDaj on April 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Percentage-wise, I think Jews are still more persecuted than Christians.

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/13/4957486/one-reported-dead-in-shooting.html

aunursa on April 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Look in your own backyard Cameron. Sheesh.

LaughterJones on April 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Maybe he is.

itsnotaboutme on April 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I hope we can do more

Wake me when he goes from the talking phase to the doing phase.

faraway on April 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Percentage-wise, I think Jews are still more persecuted than Christians.

aunursa on April 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Not really. They surly would be but there aren’t exactly very many of them now living in areas where muslims dominate.That’s not the case with Christians.

VorDaj on April 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

This is what happens, and keeps happening, when you have a socialist Pope who won’t stand up for Christians.

VorDaj on April 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Percentage-wise, I think Jews are still more persecuted than Christians.

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/13/4957486/one-reported-dead-in-shooting.html

aunursa on April 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

If you’re referring to the percentage of a religion’s adherents who are being persecuted, Falun Gong may lead in that category.

But for sheer numbers of a religion’s followers being persecuted, Christianity is way out ahead of the others.

itsnotaboutme on April 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

cbsnews.com headline : ‘Tired Looking Pope… Palm Sunday”

faraway on April 13, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I’ve no idea who is persecuting them as it isn’t mentioned. Any one know? Is it the same fiends persecuting beautiful Islam and its innocent Muslims? Somebody should do something if we could find out who it is.

Hey Ed, saw pictures of the Hijab holiday party goings on out your way. Looks like it was a lot of fun as well as a celebration of Islam.

BL@KBIRD on April 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Major difference between what Cameron says and what he allows. UK Christians suffer low grade persecution non stop from homosexual radicals who set them up for legal action, arrest and imprisonment. Cases include boarding house owners sued by gays who went against house rule of ‘no unmarried couples’ (straight or gay), street preacher asked by gay ‘what does the Bible say on homosexuality’, he quoted Bible then complaint was made and he was arrested, delivery driver sacked for Palm Sunday cross on the dashboard of his car, nurse threatened with sack for wearing small cross.

The Thin Man Returns on April 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Don’t forget about Central and South America.

mankai on April 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Woah! Color me shocked!

Conservative_Hippie on April 13, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Let’s have the courage and honesty to condemn the Islamist persecutors – and their cowardly leftist enablers.

Basilsbest on April 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Nice words from Cameron but he’s a big dhimmi when it comes to Islam..he allows sharia courts all over his country and lets the very hate filled Anjem Choudary run around his country preaching hate while arresting people who are tried of what the UK has become..maybe if he would acknowledge what hateful ideology is fueling the persecution then i would have more respect for him..

He did finally say there would be an investigation for the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK..this only after he let them in there and said they are welcomed there if they obey the laws..rightttt

sadsushi on April 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

“Standing up for Christians and other minorities”

Indeed. And yet is this the same Cameron who quickly declared that the beheading of that military drummer in the street by two Muslims had nothing to do with religion?

paul1149 on April 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Cameron’s Britain is persecuting christians at an unprecedented rate.

Murphy9 on April 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I’ll take it.

Cleombrotus on April 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

This is what happens, and keeps happening, when you have a socialist Pope who won’t stand up for Christians.

VorDaj on April 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Many of our religious leaders are preoccupied with agitating for bigger government…

shinty on April 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Excellent Cameron. Once is better than never.

WryTrvllr on April 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Citing only one religion in that context would create a firestorm of controversy no matter who would be President.

Don’t forget we have a state church in the UK, so constitutionally it’s easier to talk about good *Christian* deeds than it would be for a US politician.

Anyway… missed this myself, though it’s good to hear. Not sure how well deeds will follow words with Cameron (especially with the Lib Dems around), but we’ll see.

Teleros on April 14, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Wow, David Cameron is concerned about the morals of his nation? To the shock and dismay of many in his party, Cameron just helped push through gay marriage in the UK. Winston Churchill would be labeled a bigot by the far left in the UK if he were alive and still active in politics. In his WWII memoirs, Churchill called Hitler’s comrade, Ernst Roehm, “sexually perverted.”

Dave Turson on April 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

“This Easter, let’s focus on the persecution of Christians around the world”

Speaking of double cntendres, this can mean “let’s put all our energy into persecuting Christians!”

MaiDee on April 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM