According to Freedom House, an organization that monitors political and civil rights in all countries of the world, Muslim countries have a deplorable record on human rights. Of those countries with at least 70 percent Muslim population, 26 are considered not free and 13 are partly free. Only two are free, meaning they protect political and civil rights as defined by the United Nations declaration of human rights.
Saudi Arabia beheads anyone who converts away from Islam.
In Pakistan some Muslims who are in a position to gain accuse Christians of blasphemy against the Prophet and some are imprisoned or killed. Judges too are threatened if they find them not guilty. So much for freedom of religion or speech.
In Somalia there is Muslim anarchy — incidentally, they killed or chased out the missionaries first.
In Nigeria much of the country is Christian and does not impose a theocratic government but in areas that are predominately Muslim there has been a push to establish Shia'a law. Under this law in some countries, anyone converting to another religion may be subject to a death penalty.
In Egypt young Christian girls have been kidnapped, raped and forced into marriage with Muslim men. The families have been told not to "push the issue" legally because the girl might be killed rather than returned and the police would hold the family responsible for her death since they "pushed the issue."
Only recently did Turkey allow any new Christian churches to start and that was only because of economics and its desire to be part of the European Economic Union.
Finally, one of the greatest tragedies perpetrated by Muslims has been the selling into slavery of tens of thousands of black African Christians and animists by Arab Muslims. This is still going on, folks!
Where is the public outcry for justice in the Muslim world on these issues? Where are the Muslim clerics? They seem to be part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Islam is a tolerant religion if you join them but Allah forbid if you don't in many countries. Islam started with the sword, and Mohammed was a warrior who shed a lot of other people's blood. Quite the contrast to a Christ who said to love your enemy and do good to those that spitefully use you and also died on a cross asking that God, the Father, would forgive his killers.
JOHN M. STRONG, M.D.