To the Editor:
I read with interest Pastor Ron Benty’s lament about the low standing Christianity has in Canadian society. The word Christmas has been expunged from our language, and only seems to be used when someone is trying to raise money.
Christians in today’s world are a persecuted minority. In parts of the Middle East, Christians are being slaughtered in such numbers you might call it genocide. In the 1930s, Jews were the same position and in 1939 the Canadian government denied entry to 900 Jewish refugees on the infamous ship the St. Louis (subsequently some of these passengers died in Hitler’s death camps). Most mainstream Christian churches in Canada were silent on the fate of the Jews on the St. Louis.
If 900 Syrian Christians arrived at our shores today, would they suffer the same fate as the Jews on the St. Louis? I would think so, as there is no evidence our federal government or main street churches have expressed any visible moral outrage concerning the fate of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East.