Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-born apostate from Islam, has a provocative article in The Gatestone Institute in which she asks why the US State Department and media in general are buying into Islamic propaganda against Christians and Jews. The question is especially poignant since Christians and Jews are the targets of Islamic persecution in the Middle East.

As we speak, Christians and Jews are the targets of Islamic persecution. (Of course, most Jews in the Middle East are in Israel and beyond the reach of the mobs that would kill them and burn down their synagogues.) Christians in the Middle East are literally being killed and driven out of the region, where they have lived for centuries, pre-dating the arrival of Islam. Yet, many Christian churches in the West, rather than speak out, prefer to engage in inter-faith dialogue with Muslims and plead the case for the Palestinians while condemning Israel. Many Jewish leaders in the West refuse to speak out about Islamic Jew-hatred. The famed US-based Anti Defamation League is reluctant to protest anti-semitism, especially on university campuses, when it comes from Muslim quarters. They would rather stand against “Islamophobia”.

Our State Department has been grossly negligent in speaking out for Christians in the Middle East. They would rather admit hundreds of thousands of questionable Muslims from the Middle East and Somalia than accept true religious refugees who happen to be Christian.

Now comes this boob retired colonel, Lawrence Wilkerson, who says that Jews-not Muslims represent the greatest dangers to Christians in the Middle East. He has turned truth on its head.

Here is the problem in a nutshell: Everybody is afraid to offend the Muslims in any way because they know the reaction will be violent. Millions of enraged Muslims will take to the streets and engage in murder and destruction in response. It’s the Danish cartoon syndrome. Insult Jews or Christians and the response is a giant yawn. As much as I support Arab Christians, it was disappointing to read from Darwish that many of them are anti-semitic since they have been exposed to the same outrageous anti-Jewish propaganda as their Muslim neighbors.

Senator Ted Cruz experienced this himself in 2014 when he spoke to a group of Arab Christians. When he spoke of defending Jews and Israel, he was met with catcalls. To his credit, he told them if they could not support Jews, he could not support them and walked off the stage. To this day, I think Cruz would have been the best choice for president in 2016. (He was defeated by Donald Trump in the Republican primaries.)

This is not a call to engage in so-called “Islamophobia”. However, when we hear about atrocities being carried out by Muslims against Christians in the Middle East or elsewhere, we need to speak out in protest. When we hear Jew hatred being expressed in mosques, such as occurred recently in Davis, California, we need to speak out in protest. We also need to publicly discuss Islamic hatred for Jews and Christians, which is real. Otherwise, we are merely signaling to Islamists that we are ready to surrender to them.

This Christian is not about to surrender nor be silent.