When Christian Persecution is Real (Hint: It’s Not in America)

There are millions of U.S. Christians who scream persecution because teachers and coaches aren’t allowed to proselytize in public schools. Or because they’re not allowed to paint the Ten Commandments on the walls of the courthouse. Or because Starbucks doesn’t use Jesus-themed paper cups around Christmastime.

This is a travesty for reasons that go well beyond the fact that the feeble-minded complaining annoys non-Christians (hell, it even annoys even a good number of Christians who correctly don’t see themselves as victims). As historian Candida Moss and Hemant and others (including me) have pointed out, the unseemly whingeing does a terrible disservice to Christians elsewhere, many of whom are actually being persecuted — losing liberty and life just because they believe something different than the majority in their countries do.

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Richard Dawkins is Recovering Well and Under Orders to Avoid “Getting Involved in Controversy”

Richard Dawkins, still sidelined from public appearances due to a minor stroke, sent out an update on his condition this morning.

In short: He’s recovering well, working on his next book (a collection of essays), and taking advantage of his mandatory time at home:

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God’s Not Dead 2 Had a Lousy Weekend at the Box Office Compared to the Original

When God’s Not Dead came out two years ago, it really was a phenomenon. That’s not to say the movie was any good, but it certainly found an audience that wanted to see it and talk about it, even if that meant trashing it. Call it the evangelical version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Here’s the most important data: With a budget of $2 million, God’s Not Dead went on to make more than $60 million by the end of its run. No wonder the filmmakers wanted to make a sequel.

So how did God’s Not Dead 2 do, compared to its predecessor?

The movie earned $8.1 million in its opening weekend… which may sound impressive until you realize all the caveats.

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Landlord Evicts Married Interracial Couple Because His Church Opposes “Black and White Shacking”

Erica Flores Dunahoo, her husband, and their two children were hoping to find cheap rent in the RV park owned by Gene Baker. He welcomed Erica with open arms at the end of February, but that changed the next day when he learned that Stanley Hoskins, her husband and a sergeant in the National Guard, was black:

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Los Angeles Man Accused of Murdering His Son For Being Gay

A father in Los Angeles has been charged with a hate crime in the shooting death of his son, 29-year-old Amir Issa.

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Shehada Issa, 69, had previously threatened to kill his son for being gay. The elder Issa told the police he had found his wife’s body in their home and shot his son in self-defense, but he’s been formally charged with a hate crime.

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