“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely on account of Me.” Matt. 5:10, 11. Jesus said that persecution of Jews and Christians would intensify in the “end-times”.
One of the nation's top legal teams regarding civil and religious rights has stepped into a dispute stemming from last weekend's Arab Festival in Dearborn, Mich., where police are accused of enforcing Islamic law.
"Officers arrested four Christian missionaries and illegally confiscated their video cameras which were recording the events surrounding their arrests," said a statement today from the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich.
So, there is plenty of silence to go around, but Christian silence is particularly disturbing because Christians are supposed to answer to a higher authority than prevailing opinion. In addition, Christians can't very well claim ignorance since much of recent Muslim animosity has been directed toward Christians. Here are some recent headlines:
Here's the State Board of Education, then, considering how hard it might press publishers to emphasize the nation's Christian origins -- suggesting, according to Shorto's summation, "that the United States was founded by devout Christians and according to Biblical precepts." If you don't at least suspect the reaction of New York Times readers to such an affirmation, you don't know the first thing about New York Times readers. The nearly-unanimous reaction, in reader replies to the magazine piece: : Yowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! -- a collective shriek of injury and indignation. A few excerpts before I move on to the substance of the matter:
Advice to Tiger stirs up Big Media's anti-religious bigotry
If there were doubt that much of the media is hostile to traditional faith, especially traditional Christianity, that doubt has been drowned in the wake of a vicious verbal assault on Fox News analyst Brit Hume. Histrionic fulminations against Mr. Hume's inoffensive expression of faith expose an ugly strain of anti-religious bigotry that is spreading inside this country's liberal establishment.
Florida school teachers say they are being forced to hide in closets to pray after a controversial court ruling. Under an order crafted by the ACLU, school employees in Santa Rosa School District must act in an "official capacity" whenever they are at a "school event" - including breaks, after-school events on or off campus and private events held on campus.
Lubna Hussein, the Sudanese journalist who is facing 40 lashes for "indecency" because she wore trousers, has just been barred from leaving Sudan.
The communist country, the world's most closed society, views religion as a major threat.
Only the founder of the country, Kim Il-sung, and his son, Kim Jong-il, may be worshipped, in mass public displays of fervour.
Despite the persecutions, it is thought up to 30,000 North Koreans may practise Christianity secretly in their homes.
Originally posted in September 2003.
There is a growing effort in America to malign the gospel of Christ and assail those who embrace that gospel. At the forefront of this blatant endeavor is the attack against actor/director Mel Gibson, whose film "The Passion", an unambiguous recounting of the final hours in the life of Christ, is being reproved by leftist Jewish organizations that accuse the film of being anti-Semitic.
America is changing at breakneck speed and many of the changes are not helpful. While Americans were eager for "change" it is doubtful they anticipated the loss of free speech.
So let me explain the unfair "Fairness Doctrine." My radio program, "Understanding the Times," is in the target range.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) met last weekend in Memphis, and according to President Frank Wright, experienced an ominous shroud cast by the issue of the "Fairness Doctrine." They intend to fight this issue as much as that is possible. However, they may not even be given the opportunity to fight it as they would wish.
Originally posted in July 2008
Sharia-following Islamic nations demanding anti-'defamation' law
Dozens of nations dominated by Islam are pressing the United Nations to adopt an anti-"defamation" plan that would make Christians criminals under international law, according to a United States organization that has launched a campaign to defend freedom of religion worldwide.