ISIS charged with genocide

Secretary of State John Kerry concurred with a unanimous House of Representatives resolution in formally charging ISIS with committing genocide against the Yazidis, Shi’ites, and  Christians. [Read more…]

Christians won’t qualify as victims of genocide

An upcoming State Department report will charge ISIS with genocide against the Yazidis, a small ethnic group in Syria.  But it will not use that term to describe the ISIS efforts to eradicate Christians.  “If true,” says Nina Shea, “it would reflect a familiar pattern within the administration of a politically correct bias that views Christians — even non-Western congregations such as those in Iraq and Syria — never as victims but always as Inquisition-style oppressors.” [Read more…]

Discrimination against Christian refugees

The Obama administration has indignantly rejected suggestions that the United States favor Christians and other persecuted religious minorities among the Syrian refugees.  But think tanker Kyle Shideler gives evidence that there is already a religious test, one that is stacked against Christians.  He documents  systematic discrimination against Christian refugees. [Read more…]

“Voting Republican will not save us now”

Rod Dreher takes a bleak look at the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.  It is now clear, he says, that we really do live in a post-Christian culture.  Now that homosexuality has been given the status of race, the government and the public really are going to go after those who don’t believe that homosexuality is moral.  The institution of marriage as a whole is going to be affected, since, if it can be redefined at will, it will no longer have any boundaries.  So Christians will have to live as exiles in their own country.  Dreher goes on to advocate “the Benedict option.”

What do you think about this?  Is Dreher over-stating the problems?  Are things really going to be that bad? [Read more…]

Soft persecution

Catholic journalist Russell Shaw analyzes the persecution of Christianity that is breaking out in our culture and that, he says, is likely to get worse.  It isn’t “bloody persecuction,” but a “soft persecution.”  But it is still persecution of religion by the state, and it takes two forms. . . . [Read more…]

Christians as enemies of the human race

Michael Avramovich observes that “In the ancient Roman world, Christians were referred to as ‘hostis humani generis’ (enemies of the human race). This was a legal term of art and signified that Christians were undeserving of any legal protection.”

He sees this mindset returning.  He then quotes from Wallace Henley, who says that “prophetic voices” tend to be silenced in the following sequence:  “marginalization, caricaturization, vilification, criminalization, elimination.”  Right now, he says, we are at “vilification,” and that we need to get ready to be the Church of 1st century Rome.

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