More On The Myth
Even though Bob Novak is in a bit of hot water these days, he recently wrote a very interesting piece regarding the plight of Christians in the Holy Land.
Contrary to the misinformation and stereotypes about Arabs that the U.S. media like to spew with impunity, Christians are an important component of the Palestinian community. Yasser Arafat's wife is a Christian, Hanan Ashrawi and others in the upper echelons of the Palestinian Authority are Christian. Although many in the world rationalize what Israel does to the Palestinians as acceptable conduct vis-a-vis Muslims, they fail to realize that the Christian Palestinian community suffers as well.
Israel's consistent canned response to world Christiandom's complaints about treatment of Christians is to blame Muslims for it, but local Christians aren't buying it. Mother Agapia Stephanopoulos, administrator of the Orthodox School of Bethany in Jerusalem, recently told Congress that "Israel is destroying the local Christian community." Her protestations have grabbed the attention of Republican Representative Henry Hyde, who is trying to walk the tight rope of cow-towing to Israel, but maintaining his Christian integrity. Where is the Judeo-Christian heritage?
What is most remarkable to me about this issue is the silence of American corporate media on the subject. Watching CNN with my parents last weekend, a small group of religious fruit loops got coverage for their fervent denunciations of Harry Potter and their BBQ party at which guests threw Harry Potter books in the fire. Those people get coverage, but Christians from the Holy Land do not. Speaks volumes about what American corporations deem "newsworthy" and how uninformed the American public really is.