Monday, August 20, 2012
Where have all the celebrities gone?
This video is rather distressing, it shows the arrest of an little girl with Downs syndrome, Rimsha, daughter of Misrak Masih, from Islamabad.
Father Simon Henry asks where are Madonna and Sting and the rest of the liberal celebrities when Christians are being persecuted, imprisoned and even killed and let us not forget Asia Bibi still in prison in Pakistan.
I tend always to agree with Fr Henry and Fr Tim who raised the issue of Rimsha last night, but unfortunately I think we should ask where is the Church too, when Christians are being persecuted, do we have a national office for the support of persecuted Christians at Eccleston Square? What exactly is the Catholic Church for all those Christians who are suffering especially under Islamic countries.
It is regrettable that we do not have stronger relations with the Islamic community. What should we do? Would holding a demonstration outside the Pakistani Embassy help? What about getting people to picket the local mosque to try and persuade worshippers to contact the Pakastani government?
Examining my own conscience I really have to ask what am I doing to come to the aid of my Christian brothers and sister, like most Christians in the west the answer is not much. In my presbytery basement we have Brighton Voices in Exile, an advocacy group for asylum seekers but the truth is they are as much likely to help people exiled because of they are homosexual as much as because of their Christianity.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake