A Time of Darkness

Nigeria. Egypt. Sudan. Algeria. Kenya. Niger. Somalia. Syria. Lebanon. Gaza. The West Bank. Iraq. Iran. Pakistan. India. Afghanistan. China. North Korea. Vietnam. Cambodia. The Philippines. Indonesia.

And now, the Central African Republic.

Christians around the world are being tortured, imprisoned, enslaved, raped, burned alive, beheaded, crucified, and shot in numbers never before seen in history.

It should be the number one news story of our time. But it's largely ignored, or characterized as "sectarian violence." As if the persecutors and the persecuted shared equal blame.

In the latest instance, 2,000 Christians swarmed the Bangui airport in the Central African Republic following a government takeover by Muslim rebels.

According to AP's Krista Larson and Lori Hinnant:

As night fell across the near anarchic capital, Christians fearing retaliatory attacks by the mostly Muslim ex-rebels crowded as close to the runway as possible, laying out their woven mats in front of a barbed wire coiled fence. National radio announced that at least 280 people had died, citing figures from local Red Cross officials.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department furrowed its bureaucratic brow and announced that it was "deeply concerned."

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming . . .