Stranahan Report #1: Do American Christians Care?
posted at 11:07 am on September 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I got a note yesterday from Lee Stranahan on his trip to Beirut to report on the plight of Syrian Christian refugees from the civil war. He’s on the ground and starting his work — and almost out of cash, but we’ll get to that later. In his first report, Lee wonders why American Christians haven’t taken more of an interest in this story:
On the plane into Beirut, I sat next to a man named Fadi, a Lebanese native and Maronite Christian who was now living in France. His father had passed away in Lebanon a few months ago and now the family was getting together for a momorial.
We talked about the strikes by the Syrian rebels agains the town of Maloula that I’ve written about for Breitbart News. Fadi [asked:]
“The Christians in the United States, do they care about what’s happening to the Christians here?”
Well, that’s the question for Americans, isn’t it? That’s the question for you, really.
So far, the media has decided you don’t care. And the Obama administration appears to pinned their forigen policy public approval hopes in the Middle East on the notion that Americans will either not notice or not care what’s been happening to Christians here.
Lee also has a post about his first day in Beirut, meeting people and getting the lay of the land, and has a number of photos from his walkabout. One of the people he met was this Beirut cabbie, whom Lee says has more sense than some Americans:
While taking a cab across Beirut, I met this cab driver who LOVES America. When he found out I was American, he was very excited to tell me “America is great! Great like God is great.”He’s never been to the USA himself but his sister and parents live around New York City. His sister’s son has even built a successful restaurant business and has a nice house in New Jersey. THAT is a Dreamer..and they immigrated legally.
In this part of our conversation, the cab driver makes a great point about not the hypocrisy of complaining about America and capitalism while reaping the benefits of it. His analogy is about a well of water as an analogy for what America brings to the world. He says if you don’t want to use those things, fine; don’t drink from the well. But he doesn’t understand using those things and at the same time throwing a stone in the well.
Be sure to follow the link to listen to the short conversation.
Lee has raised enough funds to get in and out of the region, but needs more support to continue his reporting. Be sure to contribute what you can. You can see more of Lee’s photojournalism at his Flickr page.