“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”.
Originally posted in December 2005
WASHINGTON (BP)--American Christians may live with concerns about whether "Merry Christmas" greetings are welcome at their local retailers or in the public square, but followers of Christ in numerous countries live with the knowledge that expressing their faith may result in torture, imprisonment or death.
The persecution of Christians overseas continues and, in some countries, is increasing, specialists on international religious liberty said at a Dec. 14 briefing at the U.S. Capital.
Charles Chaput, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Denver, said three things distinguish persecution of and discrimination against Christians globally.
"First of all, it's ugly," said Chaput, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). "Secondly, it's growing. And third, the mass media ... seem to generally ignore or downplay its gravity."
Originally posted in November 2005
They came in buses to the small village of Sangla Hill in the Nankana district of Punjab in Pakistan.
Some 2,000 organized Muslims first vandalized three churches, a nuns' convent, two Catholic schools, the houses of a Protestant pastor and a Catholic priest, a girls' hostel and some Christian homes, according to Asia News.
Originally posted in April 2005
THE TERRI SCHIAVO TRAGEDY has been seized on by long-time critics of the "religious right" to launch attack after attack on the legitimacy of political action on the basis of religious belief. This attack has ignored the inconvenient participation in the debate--on the side of resuming water and nutrition for Terri Schiavo--of the spectacularly not-the-religious-rightness of Tom Harkin, Nat Hentoff, Jesse Jackson, and a coalition of disability advocacy groups.
The attack has also been hysterical. After Congress acted--ineffectively, it turned out--Maureen Dowd proclaimed that "theocracy" had arrived in the land. Paul Krugman warned that assassination of liberals by extremists was not far off. And the Internet frenzy on the left was even more extreme. Hating the "Religious Right"
Originally posted in March 2005
"Christians, natives of Arab countries, are escaping their countries of origin," says Iraqi columnist Majid Azaza. "The reason is the harassment to which they are subjected by government agencies on the one hand, and extremist groups on the other hand, in countries they have inhabited for thousands of years."
Originally posted in January 2005
Hate-crimes law infringes on 1st Amendment?
Group decries 'ethnic intimidation' charge against Philly Christians
A pro-family group in Pennsylvania is taking to task legislators who promised that adding "sexual orientation" to the state's hate-crimes law would not infringe upon the First Amendment rights of Christians.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania points to the arrest and charging of five Christian who evangelized at a Philadelphia homosexual event. One of the charges the protesters face is "ethnic intimidation," possible only because "sexual orientation" was added to the hate-crimes law in 2002.
Originally posted in December 2004
To secularists and scoffers, a Christian is somebody who believes in fairytales. A Christian who regularly goes to church has the added burden of having to be able to check his brains at the door. The disdain with which the secularists view Christians is nowhere more apparent than in the rantings of the liberal left about the "red states" and their simple-minded philosophy of being for God and guns, but against gays (the "God, guns and gays" formula as articulated by Howard Dean before he lost the nomination).
After the election, some brilliant satirist drew up a map that joined the blue states to Canada and labeled the red states as "JesusLand." It is unclear whether it was intended as an insult or a compliment, so I chose to take it as the latter.
Originally posted in December 2004
Yes, it's maddening when politically correct bureaucrats ban nativity scenes and Christmas carols in the name of "diversity" and "tolerance." We are under attack by Secularist Grinches Gone Wild. But the war on Christmas in America is a mere skirmish. Around the world, a bloody, repressive war on Christians rages on.
In Iraq, Islamist rebel troops have declared open season on Christian churches, priests and missionaries. In February, four American pastors were traveling in a taxi near the capital when terrorists ambushed them. Rev. John Kelley ? pastor of Curtis Corner Baptist Church in rural Rhode Island and a former Marine ? was killed in the attack. The missionaries were starting up a new church south of Baghdad.
Originally posted in April 2004
Recent circumstances have led me to believe that Christians in America are increasingly at risk of becoming not just perpetual objects of ridicule, but potentially of being openly persecuted and punished for their beliefs by those pressing the absurd "tolerance" agenda.
One needs to look no further than the recent verbal assaults on President Bush, who is outspoken about his Christianity, to see how secularists are seeking to condemn him because of his sincerely held beliefs.
In author Bob Woodward's new book, "Plan of Attack," President Bush is quoted as saying he prayed "for the strength to do the Lord's will" before committing the nation to war in Iraq.
Originally posted in March 2004
Communist regime using painful drug injections, says report
Vietnam's communist government is torturing Christians of the ethnic Hmong minority into abandoning their faith, according to documentation by a Washington, D.C.-based human-rights group.
A letter written by Zong Xiong Hang, a Hmong Christian, describes the use of painful drug injections administered by Vietnamese military personnel to force Hmong in Na Ling village in northwestern Lai Chau province "to not believe in Jesus," according to the Center for Religious Freedom at Freedom House.
Originally posted in December 2003
The Supreme Court is about to hear a challenge from a former divinity student who was denied a state scholarship because he wanted to study for ministry. The Court appears deeply divided over the case of Joshua Davey, who lost a state merit scholarship when he declared theology as his major.
The Supreme Court is split. At least four justices seem to agree that the state of Washington was within its rights to deny the money to Davey. The other four seemed, according to legal experts, to side with Davey. The swing vote is Sandra Day O'Connor, as is often the case.
The Davey case is critical, since the high court ruled last year that it is constitutional to allow parents to use public money to send their children to private religious schools. So, in this case, the question isn't whether the government can use public money to underwrite religious education. The Court has already decided it can.