The fastest growing religion

A new Pew study of trends in world religions says that Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion.  Though Islam will come close, Christianity will still have the greatest numbers, with 40% living in sub-Saharan Africa.  The number of atheists, agnostics, and the unaffiliated–though increasing in the United States–will dwindle worldwide.   Details and more findings after the jump. [Read more...]

Our nuclear deal with Iran

The Obama administration has signed a deal with Iran that would cut the economic sanctions in return for a scale back of its nuclear program.  See the terms after the jump.  Do you think this is a good achievement?  [Read more...]

Admit to be a Christian and be killed

At last count, 147 Kenyan university students were killed by al-Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorists.  Most of them were killed because they were Christians.  I wondered how the terrorists could tell.  I heard that they asked if potential victims could recite a Muslim prayer and that they could tell by their dress.  Christian women would not be wearing veils or scarfs, so were fair game.  But I found a report that suggested that the terrorists basically just asked people.  “Are you a Christian or a Muslim?”  Those who said they were Muslims were spared.  But those who said they were Christians were shot.  Notice that they confessed their faith even though it meant their death! [Read more...]

The new war in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates are bombing Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.  Different Islamic nations are also battling each other in Libya, Syria, and Iraq.  Experts say this may herald an all-out Middle Eastern war.

This would be an all-Islamic conflict, with Sunnis fighting Shi’ites and different factions of Sunnis fighting each other.  There is no way Saudi Arabia, which claims authority over Sunni Islam, could countenance the ISIS Sunnis’ claim to have re-established the ancient caliphate.  Also, traditional rulers are fighting rebel movements, who want both politcial freedom and radical jihad.

This is not, strictly speaking, an American fight, though the United States is  supporting everyone fighting jihadist terrorists on both sides of the factions, which is resulting in all kinds of contradictions.  Thus, the U.S. is supporting Iranian-connected militants when they are fighting ISIS in Iraq, but opposing them when they are fighting moderate Arabs in Yemen. [Read more...]

Persecuted Christians who fight back

Christians worldwide have been facing intense persecution.  But now some of them are fighting back.  Pakistani churches have been subject to periodic attacks for decades.  But last time that happened, when an attack on a worship service killed 14 and wounded 70, some 4,000 Christians staged a riot of their own, lynching two suspects.  Authorities are worried that Pakistan, already torn by conflicts between Sunni and Shi’ite Islamic militants, will descend into full-fledged religious war if the Christians get involved.

Some Iraqi Christians have organized a militia to fight ISIS.  In central Africa, Christian militias have been attacking Muslims whose militias have been attacking them.  Lebanon has long had a formidable Christian militia organization.  After the jump, an excerpt and a link about what is happening in Pakistan.

What do you think about this?  Should Christians facing persecution accept martyrdom or fight their persecutors?  Or does it depend on the situation, and, if so, what are the situations? [Read more...]

The actual war against Christianity

As Christians are preoccupied with the thought that the culture is carrying on a war against them, an actual war is being waged in the Middle East that exterminating whole populations of Christians.  And yet, not the American government nor even American churches are doing or even saying much about it.  An article in Foreign Policy, excerpted and linked after the jump, tries to understand why.

It would seem that Democrats are concentrating on improving relations with Muslims and Republicans are so committed to Israel that they overlook Mideast Christians, who tend to be anti-Israel.  I would add that both Western Catholics and evangelicals often find these ancient sects to be alien, asking “but are they really Christians?”  In the meantime, this article accuses ISIS/the Islamic State of the “g” word:  GENOCIDE. [Read more...]


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