Christians abandoned by the liberal West

WE ARE a morally and intellectually changed society. We no longer care. And our silence is action when it comes to the appalling persecution of Christians across the world, from the Middle East to Nigeria to China. One reason is the ‘Christophobia’ that plagues the secular liberal West.

Yesterday at a central London conference entitled ‘Invisible Victims: Persecuted Believers and Western Governments’ this was the crux of Lord Alton’s argument. His detailed account of the worldwide extent of Christian torture and annihilation, not least that taking place in Nigeria, was a devastating indictment of the Government’s careless attitude, as well as of our society generally. He ended with that famous Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotation: ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’