A pro-gun advocate has released an unusual Christmas card that shows Santa Claus defending the baby Jesus from a Muslim terrorist.
"The Christmas card reflects current reality," the card's maker John M. Snyder said in a press release. "According to numerous news reports, Islamist terrorists behead innocent victims around the world, even here in the United States. These murderers persecute Christians, especially Catholics, who worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity."
"Santa Claus for many represents the Christmas spirit, the spirit of giving," added Snyder. "On this message, Santa uses force of arms to rescue baby Jesus from a terrorist, to give the Infant protection and freedom from the terrorist. Governments and other entities worthy of respect appreciate the right and ability of individuals to use firearms to protect the innocent."
The Guardian notes that terrorist incidents in western countries get more press, which creates the illusion that they are targeted more often.
While the recent terrorist incident in Sydney, Australia, dominated headlines in the west, an attack by the Taliban in Pakistan (on the next day) that killed 141 people barely made a ripple in the western press.
In November, almost 5,000 people, the majority Muslim, were killed by ISIS and Boko Haram, noted a study by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and the BBC.
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For a wider resource of numbers, Crikey.com.au used the Global Terrorism Database maintained at the University of Maryland and found: "In 2013, terrorism in Western countries rose from 140 incidents to over 250 incidents. But terrorism outside the West rose from over 8000 incidents to over 11,000 incidents. And that increase was driven mostly by the rise in attacks in Iraq and Pakistan. Attacks in Iraq rose from just over 1400 to over 2800. Attacks in Pakistan rose from 1651 to over 2200. There were also big rises in the Philippines and Egypt, while in Afghanistan there was a slight fall."
Sources: Crikey.com.au, The Guardian, International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, BBC, John M. Snyder
Image Credit: Permission By John M. Snyder