Power Line blog takes Christians to task for their overwhelming silence on the issue of violent religious persecution against their fellow Christians around the world. While I may not agree with all of their analysis, I am glad they asked the question:
In a number of places around the world, it is open season on Christians. We read of Christians burned out of their homes and slaughtered in Pakistan. Most recently, at least 500 Christians were murdered in Nigeria... So where is the outrage?
Not only should Christians care more, speak out more vocally on this issue, and take more action to make the world a safer place for Christians and for all persecuted minority groups, libertarians should consider religious persecution a main priority for focused activism. This is something people on all sides of the political debate can come together to accomplish.
We can all come together and oppose the intolerant, vicious behavior of the Chinese government toward Tibet, and its spiritual and temporal leader, the Dalai Lama; the violent persecution of Christians around the world for their beliefs; and the resurgent antisemitism (that is, hatred for all Semite people, Jew and Muslim alike) that we are seeing in secular Europe of late.
For libertarians, religious freedom has traditionally been a major priority. It inspired many of the original American colonists to leave Europe and start a new society. It was a primary talking point of the great libertarian philosopher, John Locke. Let's bring this issue back to the forefront. Libertarians of all people, should defend religious liberty zealously.