Terrorists in Pakistan attacked a park where Christians were celebrating Easter, killing 70 and wounding 300. Though most of the victims of the suicide bombers were Muslims, Islamic radicals said they were specifically targeting Christians on their holiest day. Details about Pakistani Christians and what they have been going through after the jump. [Read more…]
ISIS observed Good Friday by crucifying a priest. After attacking a nursing home in Yemen, shooting four nuns and killing seven others, ISIS kidnapped an Indian Catholic priest, Father Tom Uzhunnalil. ISIS promised to crucify him on the day that his Savior was crucified. After torturing him for several weeks, ISIS reportedly carried out their promise.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slainfor the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (Revelation 6:9-11)
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]