May 25, 2022

Once again, a large governmental body has exposed itself as morally bankrupt if not wholly bereft of legitimacy.  On May 18, 2022, the European Parliament, one of the European Union’s legislative bodies, rejected a proposal to discuss the elephant in the room: the rampant persecution of Christians around the world.

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The proposal came in response to the May 12 stoning and burning to death of Deborah Samuel Jacob (Yakuba), a Christian student in Nigeria murdered by Muslims for thanking Jesus for her performance in a test, and, therefore, precipitating an allegation that she had somehow “blasphemed” against Muhammad.  Her murderers also made a video laughing at and mocking her burning corpse.  Using that tragic incident as a catalyst, Jean-Paul Garraud, a French member of the European Parliament (MEP), proposed a debate on the persecution of Christians and Christianophobia. 

With a vote of 244 against, 231 in favor, and 19 abstentions, the proposal was rejected.  Considering that the European Union claims to champion human rights and religious freedom, several of those MEPs who voted for the proposal were heard booing and shouting, “Shame on you!” across the plenary floor (video here).

Those MEP groups that voted against the proposal included the vast majority of the European United Left, the Greens, the Social Democrats, and the Renew Europe group — in a word, and to use American parlance, the “left.”

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Responding to their hypocrisy and double-standards, Jean-Paul Garraud, the MEP who submitted the proposal, lamented that the European Commission “does not want to designate a coordinator for the fight against Christianophobia, when a coordinator of this type was created for anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.”

Other MEPs were outraged at what they described as “shameful” and “disgraceful” behavior from the left.  Margarita de la Pisa Carrión, of the Spanish political party Vox, and an MEP since 2019,  tweeted: “What a disgrace!  The European Parliament does not want to take a stand on the murder of the young Nigerian for being a Christian.  They do not want to condemn the persecution that we Christians suffer.  This is inexcusable!”  (Spanish original.)

Similarly, Peter van Dalen, a Dutch MEP, tweeted, “It is an extremely deep disgrace that a majority of the European Parliament refused to debate the murder, by stoning, of the Nigerian Christian student Yakubu, who was falsely accused of blasphemy.”

“Europe should know Deborah Samuel Yakubu’s name,” observed Jean-Paul Van De Walle, of ADF International, a religious freedom advocacy group in Brussels.  “This opportunity to speak out against a brutal and unjust murder of an innocent teenage girl — based on a false accusation of ‘blasphemy,’ no less — has been unforgivably lost.  Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith, but it seems that the E.U. has turned a blind eye.” 

The irony of all this is that the gruesome murder of Deborah, which some are presenting as an anomaly, is just the tip of the iceberg of the Muslim persecution of Christians.  A few weeks before her killing, a Muslim man slaughtered a Christian priest in broad daylight in Egypt.  A few days later, another Muslim man killed another Christian in Egypt; afterward, and just like the murderers of Deborah, he made a video boasting about his actions, adding that he did it out of “loyalty to Allah.” 

The list goes on and on.  What the Christian woman, Deborah, suffered — being accused of and killed for “blasphemy” — is common throughout the ultra-thin-skinned Muslim world.  It seems to be a weekly occurrence in Pakistan, where not a few Christians, including several mentally disabled, have been imprisoned, killed, and burned alive on the charge.