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August 2014

 For Yazidis, Christians: ‘They Cut Us Like Sheep’: "Tens of thousands of Yazidis made the 100-mile trek from Mt. Sinjar all the way to the United Nations refugee camp on the northern border. When ISIS, the Islamic State, attacked Sinjar, home to most of the Yazidis, Guli Udayda — a name that means 'God giveth' — said it felt like the end of the world. 'When they [ISIS terrorists] came, they caught some people and kidnapped beautiful girls and took them away.'...

      'We escaped. The ones that stayed ISIS killed.' When they reached Mt. Sinjar, her son went back for food. ISIS captured him, shot him, gouged out his eyes, and beheaded him. His friend buried him....

     "The Yazidis who escaped from Mount Sinjar walked some 100 miles through the desert before reaching a desert road. ...Twelve-year-old boys, like Tasim and Rezyen, saw things that are likely to haunt them for the rest of their lives.... I was there when ISIS came and shot one girl with a bullet in the head because they told her to convert. She refused and they killed her.'...

     "We wait for the mercy of God and people like you to be protected from the evil men,' Guli said. They’re also asking for the United States and the West to help. 'My request for all the believers in America and all over the world in all the church[es] [is] to pray for these people.  Please join me in prayer for these precious fellow Christians!

 

Anti-Semitism Update: August 25: "To the north, Jewish communities around Scandinavia were rocked over the past week by a series of Judeophobic attacks. In Uppsala, Sweden, a woman was severely beaten by a Muslim girl for wearing a Star of David necklace....

     "Sj÷gren – who suffered injuries in her jaw, eyes and all over her body – said she could not report the attack to police because the attackers would find her 'and know I was the Jew who reported it.'” See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

[Slow to open] Young Jewish Swedish Leader: ‘All My Friends Are Getting Death Threats:" Death threats, daily anti-Semitic attacks, and harassment are causing many young Swedish Jews of the shrinking 20,000-member community to say 'enough,' and seek to establish their futures elsewhere.... 'It used to be unacceptable to talk about it so openly,' he said, but added that 'today, talk of anti-Semitism has become commonplace.'
     "..the young Jewish community in Sweden took to social networks to explain the Jewish state’s position. But that message was not welcomed among tens of thousands of Muslims who have migrated to Sweden over the last decade. 'We acted on behalf of Israel on social networks, but every time I wrote something about Israel, I received death threats, about three times a week,' he said."

The Judenrein Port of Oakland: "Judeophobia is to be expected in Europe where growing Muslim populations have asserted their power and have become increasingly radicalized. Chants of 'Hitler was right,' 'Jews to the gas,' 'Allahuakbar” and “Heil Hitler” have become commonplace. But what was once limited to Europe and the Muslim Middle East is now crossing the Atlantic and creeping its way into the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave.
     "In Oakland, California, a motley assortment of radical leftists, anarchists, fascists and Islamists have found common ground and banded together in a scheme to prevent an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo at an Oakland port. The list of participating groups includes such lunatic outfits as “Queers Undermining Israeli Terror” and “Totally Radical Muslims.' It makes no difference that if given the chance, members of the latter group would likely behead members of the former – ISIS style – to shrieks of 'Allhuakbar.'”

 

Saeed ISIS Militants Issue Death Threats Against Pastor Saeed from Within Rajai Shahr Prison: "The same barbaric jihadists that are perpetrating mass genocide against Christians in Iraq are now targeting Pastor Saeed because he is a Christian and an American. ISIS militants imprisoned in the same ward of Rajai Shahr prison as Pastor Saeed have communicated through other prisoners that they will kill him because of his Christian faith....

      "President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry must take immediate action to ensure that Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – is protected and brought safely home without delay.... 'September 26th will mark two years since the 34-year-old Pastor Saeed was imprisoned. On that day, thousands across the globe will participate in worldwide prayer vigils in hundreds of cities." See Preparing for Persecution

 

 Iraq’s Christians are Crying Out for Help, Facing Jihadist Genocide: "The reports coming out of Iraq are horrendous. Christian homes have been marked with the sign of the Nazarene for slaughter. Children are beheaded and even crucified. Christian women are being sold as sex slaves.

     "This jihadist army has unleashed unthinkable atrocities on Christians in the region. It is believed that over 400,000 Christians have been displaced from their homes. ISIS militants gave them an ultimatum: leave or face 'death by the sword.' "They are fleeing in droves, but it is not stopping the onslaught of ISIS. Iraq’s Christians are crying out in desperation for aid from the West, from America." See Persecution Scriptures

 

ISIS Actively Joining Gaza Terror War on Israel: "...evidence has come out revealing the extent of the extremist Sunni group Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS) involvement in the terror war against Israel from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza. Terror organizations associated with IS and Al Qaeda have been proven to be joining the fight against Israel in Gaza, firing rockets on Israeli civilian population centers and attacking IDF troops." See Chronology of Conquests in the Name of Allah

 

Iraqi Christians are raped, murdered and driven from their homes – and the West is silent: "It might seem like this revolution has nothing to do with us in the West, but that's more than a little naive. The genocide of local Christians did not begin with Isis but with the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Prior to the conflict, there were 1.5 million 'Chaldeans, Syro-Catholics, Syro-Orthodox, Assyrians from the East, Catholic and Orthodox Armenians' in the country – living, of course, under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.... Today, their number has dropped to just 400,000." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

The Spreading Scourge of Anti-Christian Persecution: "Intolerance that fosters pogroms abroad is taking root in U.S. communities. Sobering and unforgettable images are projected across our television and computer screens. They should elicit the most basic instincts of both fear and compassion. I'm referring to images of showing the persecution of hundreds of thousands. ... whole families are wantonly slaughtered in cold blood."

 

World Ignores Exodus from Islamic World: "...It is to the media's shame that those who slaughter, behead, crucify and displace people for no other reason than that they are Christian rarely get media coverage, while Israel, which kills only in the context of trying to defend itself from rocket attacks and terrorism, and not out of religious bigotry, is constantly demonized. ... While the world fixates on the conflict between Israel and Hamas—and while most mainstream media demonize Israel for trying to survive amid a sea of Arab-Islamic hostility—similar or worse tragedies continue to go virtually ignored."

July 2014

 

"Pastor Farshid Fathi is incarcerated in Iran’s most notorious prison, Evin. He is serving a six year sentence and has been separated from his family and loved ones for over three years. His crime is his Christian faith.... Farshid's friends invariably describe him as loving, cheerful, selfless and faithful, and always eager to help and serve others.

     "Born into a Muslim family in Iran, he became a Christian at age 17.... In his 20s he began ministering full-time and by 2010 he was leading a network of house churches in Iran. Now 34, he is married with two young children, Rosanna and Bardia. It was Christmas 2010 when he was cruelly ripped away from his family." See  Persecution Scriptures 

 

Daring to Stand for Truth. Portland Child Evangelism Fellowship Under Fire for Preaching to Kids About Sin: "The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting after-school Bible studies in local public schools. The problem?

       "CEF teaches children that each person is a sinner in need of the Savior. Those who oppose the group assert that because of this, CEF does not present 'Jesus loves you' mainstream Christianity, and claim that the organization is 'hardcore evangelical fundamental.'” See The Victory of the Cross

 

Bloodguilt Over Jews Leads to Blood Libels Against Jews: "In 1933, boycotts targeted Jews; by 1938, Germans were burning synagogues down. Between 1933 and 1945, the Jewish population of the city was decimated, dropping from 30,000 to 602. ...So Frankfurt seems an odd place for a new blood libel against the Jews.

     "Nonetheless, this week, 2,500 protesters, including Muslims and neo-Nazis — allied once again — showed up downtown to scream about Israel’s defensive action against Hamas.... Police reportedly helped out the protesters, allowing them to utilize a loudspeaker and a vehicle to shout anti-Israel diatribes. 'You Jews Are Beasts,' read one sign....

     "Every Passover, Jews recite a paragraph: 'in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!' ... And the God of Israel is always watching." See Signs of End Times

 

Jewish leaders outraged after rally featuring anti-Semitic slogans given police sound system to broadcast message of hate: "Islamist anti-Israel protesters used a police car's speakers to broadcast messages of hate during a march against Israel's defensive operation in Gaza. The rally, which took place in the center of Frankfurt on Saturday, was mainly Muslim youths and featured signs reading 'Israel kills children' and 'Allah is great', alongside more openly anti-Semitic banners such as 'You Jews are beasts!"...

     "The initial group of 300 demonstrators swelled to a crowd of roughly 2,500... with protesters hurling rocks and bottles at police, who responded with riot-control measures." See The Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World

   

The Terrorists' Reality Show Who Has the "More Romantic Story"?'' "If a rocket succeeds in going through Israel's anti-missile defense and causing damage to Israel, Hamas is 'showing its strength,' by hitting the Jewish state. If a retaliation by Israel sadly results in the death of Arab civilians, Hamas is 'showing how inhuman Israel is'....   For Hamas and similar terror groups, therefore, the 'show' is always a win-win.... In societies where the distribution of power is the key to freedom, freedom of speech is a solid counter-power, capable of revealing corruption, denouncing a policy, and reshaping a system. The media are the real leaders of the free world." See The fall and rise of human violence

Children's Christian ministry called 'psychologically harmful to children': "Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing opposition in Portland as it seeks to bring youth to Christ. The group's 'Good News Club' is being called 'psychologically harmful to children' by a newly formed coalition – Protect Portland Children. ... On its website, CEF states that 'the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God.... Critics of CEF...say the program teaches fundamentalist beliefs to children...."  CEF is a great program for children! How sad that its enemies want to stop it!  

Stand With the Persecuted Church: "Christians are reportedly being crucified in the Middle East. That’s right, crucified. This latest atrocity – by jihadists in Syria – is part of a wave of Christian persecution that is sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, a wave of persecution worse even than in biblical times. From Pastor Saeed imprisoned and beaten in Iran, to Meriam Ibrahim giving birth in chains in Sudan, to the slaughter of Christians in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and Kenya – jihadists are trying to wipe Christianity off the map...."

Stand With the Persecuted Church: "Christians are reportedly being crucified in the Middle East. That’s right, crucified. This latest atrocity – by jihadists in Syria – is part of a wave of Christian persecution that is sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, a wave of persecution wbama WH Calls for Islamic War Against Israel: "The head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group, called upon fellow Islamists and Arabs to declare holy war against Israel 'for the sake of Palestine.'” See The Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World

Children's Christian ministry called 'psychologically harmful to children': "Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing opposition in Portland as it seeks to bring youth to Christ. The group's 'Good News Club' is being called 'psychologically harmful to children' by a newly formed coalition.... On its website, CEF states that 'the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God....Critics of CEF...say the program teaches fundamentalist beliefs to children...."  (CEF is a great program for children! How sad that its enemies want to stop it!)  

 

Canadian City Bans Events ‘Associated’ With Christians: "In Canada... in the city of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island... all you need, to qualify for persecution, is some vague, undefined 'association' with 'divisive groups' (Christians) that 'promote homophobia and other expressions of hate." See Persecution Stories for Children

 

June 2014

 

Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim 'safe and well' in US embassy: "The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum.... He said his wife and two children... were doing well at the heavily guarded facility....

     "Under Sudan's penal code Muslims are forbidden from changing faith, and Muslim women are not permitted to marry Christian men. Ibrahim insisted she had been brought up as a Christian. The case prompted outrage, with more than a million people backing Amnesty International's campaign for her release." See When Iron Gates Yield

 

ISIS Members Rape Christian Mother and Daughter, Kill Four Christian Women for Not Wearing Veil: "...on June 21 ISIS began demanding a poll tax (jizya) from Christians in Mosul. In one instance, ISIS members entered the home of an Assyrian family in Mosul and demanded the poll tax. When the Assyrian family said they did not have the money, three ISIS members raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband and father. He was so traumatized that he committed suicide.

     "...four Christian women were shot and killed by ISIS members because they were not wearing veils". See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

The War on Christians: "For at least three reasons, the contemporary persecution of Christians demands attention: It is occurring on a massive scale, it is underreported, and in many parts of the world it is rapidly growing....The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that Christians are suffering persecution in more places today than any other religious group; between 2006 and 2012, Pew says, they were targeted for harassment in 151 countries....

     "Most people in the West are unaware of these facts, though that may be changing. A few cases do get press coverage—the desperate plight of Meriam Ibrahim, for instance.... She was raised a Christian, but after officials learned that her long-absent father was a Muslim, she was sentenced to death for apostasy—for leaving Islam. ... These punishments will be dropped if she renounces her Christian faith, which she steadfastly refuses to do.

    "Another case receiving attention is North Korea’s sentencing of a South Korean missionary, Kim Jong-uk, to life with hard labor. On May 30, he was convicted of espionage and trying to start a church.... German chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly stressed that Christians are the world’s most widely persecuted religious group." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Anti-Semitic Chicago Kids Tell Jews to Get in the Oven: "Several eighth graders in the Chicago public school system were suspended for being anti-Semitic bullies and playing a game that they called 'Jew incinerator,' ...But the mother of the 14-year-old boy who was told to get into an oven and put on striped pajamas, as concentration camp prisoners were made to do, still was upset Thursday, saying the district isn’t doing enough to address the racism behind the bullying." See The Ominous "Success"of Re-Education

 

Military Chaplains Sue After Being Ordered Not to Quote Bible, Pray in Jesus’ Name: "Chaplains Major Steven Firtko and Lieutenant Commander Dan Klender state that they were repeatedly harassed and threatened while enrolled in the San Diego Clinical Pastoral Education Center program last fall and winter.....Ms. Dietsch pounded her fist on the table and ordered Chaplain Firtko to not quote Scripture in the classroom, stating [that] it made her feel like she had been ‘pounded over the head with a sledge hammer.’” See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

May 2014

Why is Christian Persecution Getting Worse in Every Country the US 'Liberates'? "As the mass exodus of Iraq’s Christians continues, so does the call for ending the plight of those who have remained. Like Iraq’s ancient Jewish community before them, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities may soon cease to exist. 'The disappearance of Iraq’s religious minorities has been a troubling trend since the US-led invasion in 2003, and it has threatened to end the cultural diversity of Iraq.'" See  Preparing for Persecution

 

Pregnant woman sentenced to be tortured and executed for her faith: "Meriam was raised Christian, but the government of Sudan does not recognize her faith. To Sudan, she is Muslim because her father was Muslim. Her Christianity makes her an apostate, a criminal. The Sudanese judge gave her three days to recant her faith – to reject her Christian beliefs. She refused. Meriam is pregnant, and her husband is an American citizen. After she gives birth, Sudan will punish her with 100 lashes, then kill her." See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Honor Violence: "In 2009, the Danish writer and historian Lars Hedegaard, spoke in private in his home about the treatment of women in Muslim some communities saying, 'They rape their own children.' When these words were made public, Hedegaard was charged in Denmark with the crime of hate speech.... The trial began last week. Below is an English translation of Hedegaard’s final word’s to the court:
      "Honourable Supreme Court, My attorney has presented juridical arguments to the effect that I must be acquitted....However, allow me to express my quiet bafflement. ...it was never my intention to disseminate such an absurd contention.... I would not be able to live with my guilty conscience if – out of fear of public condemnation and ridicule – I refrained from telling the truth as I see it. And regardless of the outcome of this trial, I intend to continue my struggle for free speech and against totalitarian concepts of any stripe." See Persecution Scriptures

 

North Korea: Blame the Christians: "Hitler blamed the Jews and killed 6 million of them. Iran's Ayatollah blames America, 'The Great Satan' for his government's problems. And now North Korea's Kim Jong Un blames Christians for his abysmal human rights record.

      "Speaking recently before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, North Korean Ambassador So Se Pyong said Christian missionaries based in northeast China indoctrinate North Koreans with anti-government ideas, and then send them into North Korea with 'assignments of subversion, destruction...."

     "Seoul USA CEO Rev. Eric Foley is seriously concerned about the affect Pyongyang's allegations may have on missionaries working near the border. The Chinese government may respond by cracking down... by giving North Korean agents more freedom to act aggressively against Christians in China." See Preparing for Persecution

 

The Holocaust: "Since 1945, the word has taken on a new and horrible meaning: the mass murder of some 6 million European Jews... by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War.

      "To the anti-Semitic Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Jews were an inferior race, an alien threat to German racial purity and community. After years of Nazi rule in Germany, during which Jews were consistently persecuted, Hitler’s 'final solution'–now known as the Holocaust–came to fruition under the cover of world war, with mass killing centers constructed in the concentration camps of occupied Poland..."  Bonhoeffer: Nazi Religion versus "Religionless" Faith

 

Recent Attacks on Students of Faith: "With the recent attacks on religious freedom in the schools—including the story of a 5-year-old told she could not pray over her lunch and a second grader told she could not read her Bible—Liberty Institute’s Kelly Shackelford was asked to appear on Fox & Friends last weekend to discuss this critical issue." See  Don't mention Jesus

 

Lunch Lady Lineup: 5-Year-Old Identifies School Prayer Monitor: "...[5-year-old] Gabriella Perez positively identified the school district employee who told her praying over her meal was 'wrong.'  ...just a few weeks earlier, 5-year-old Gabriella Perez was told it was 'wrong' to bow her head in prayer before she ate lunch. School officials initially denied the incident took place.

     "During the meeting, Gabriella re-enacted the prayer and recounted the incident in its entirety to the principal and school attorney. At the request of the school, Gabriella also participated in a lineup, positively identifying the school employee.

     "Situations like this are happening all to frequently."

April 2014

Liberals Announce Plan to ‘Purge’ Christians: "They were always deadly serious about criminalizing Christianity and killing free speech, but now the American left has stopped pretending otherwise.

     "In a recent column titled, 'Why Are They Called ‘Homofascists’? Here’s Why,' I wrote that 'progressive,' 'Christian-hating fascists' ... are “hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God.” See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

[Notice the hostility toward Christianity]   Air Force Academy Orders Cadet to Remove Bible Verse: "Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation .... said the Bible verse on the cadet’s personal whiteboard created a hostile environment at the academy. 'It clearly elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution,' he said. 'It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA.'...
      "Retired General Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council...was outraged by the removal of the Bible verse. 'Once the academy allowed cadets to use these whiteboards for their personal use, censorship of religious commentary is unacceptable." See Preparing for Persecution

 

The Islamic war on Christians in the Middle East: "...dhimmitude is actually not just some 'ancient law' that 'radical Islamists' have unaccountably decided to revive. It is, on the contrary, a Qur’anic imperative.... 'Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth....'

     "This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible’s Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the Middle East and is emptying the region of its Christian population. The persecution is especially virulent today..." See Spiritual Warfare

 

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school: "Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials.... Parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234....

      "Security sources have said they are in 'hot pursuit' of the abductors, but so far they have not rescued any of the girls and young women, aged between 16 and 18. Parents and other town residents have joined the search for the students in the Sambisa Forest which borders Chibok town and is a known hideout for the militants.....

      "The kidnappings are believed to have been carried out by Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels.... Boko Haram... means 'Western education is sinful' — is violently campaigning to establish an Islamic Shariah state in Nigeria, whose 170 million people are about half Muslim and half Christian. Boko Haram has been abducting some girls and young women in attacks on schools, villages and towns but last week's mass kidnapping is unprecedented. The extremists use the young women as porters, cooks and sex slaves." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Franklin Graham: Christians Are Persecuted at Home and Abroad: "We see the anti-Christian position in this country. We see so much of it coming out of the entertainment industry, especially in certain segments of the news media." "Christians are being attacked and ... we see it now in Europe. Anti-Semitism, no question, it's there. We are living in a world that is changing, and it is frightening to see how quickly [it] is changing, and we're going to see real persecution of Christians and Jews in the years to come," said Graham, who followed his father into the ministry."

 Idlib, northwest Syria, seven soldiers were recently captured by 'rebel' forces. They were tortured and executed, by beheading, echoing Koran 47:4: “So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve [or "infidels"], then smite the necks [decapitate] until when you have overcome them… That is the command.”

 

Jews urged to flee Ukraine by Holocaust survivor: "ALL Jewish people should leave Ukraine at once, a Holocaust survivor warned last night, after 'grotesque' anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out in the country.... The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave. They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War....

     “'There is no point in staying there waiting for trouble, in the hope that the world Jewry can save them. Even Germany is doing everything it can to tackle anti-Semitism and is better than Ukraine. Jews in the Ukraine should leave.'

     "During the war, the Nazis exterminated more than 900,000 Jewish people in Ukraine....As the climate of fear grows, however, the authenticity of the pamphlets is being called into question." See  Preparing for Persecution

 

Anti-Semitic flyer handed to Jews in Ukraine was a fake aimed at stirring up trouble and discrediting pro-Russians, says Rabbi: "A flyer ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with pro-Russian forces or face deportation has been branded a fake by religious leaders, including the area's rabbi."

 

Nigeria Christians Mourn Hundreds Killed By Islamic Militants, Many Kidnapped: "Christians in volatile Nigeria were mourning their dead Good Friday, April 18, ahead of Easter, after Islamic militants killed more than 200 people and kidnapped hundreds others in the region.... Rights investigators and churches said the group Boko Haram, which wants to carve out an Islamic state in Africa's largest oil-producing nation, carried out massacres in less than seven days....

      "Boko Haram, or 'Western education is a sin' also 'massacred 71 and destroyed more than 30 vehicles in the nation's capital city of Abuja,' as well as conducting 'a mass-kidnapping of 243 girls from a government secondary school in Maiduguri... '" See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Naghmeh Abedini on Saeed's Imprisonment: God Counted Us Worthy Enough: "Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of pastor Saeed Abedini who is serving eight years in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, has said that God has chosen her family and her husband for the ordeal they are going through in order to reach people in despair.   

     "'The Lord has counted our family worthy enough to send Saeed to a dark place that he would be able to share with people who are in complete despair,' Abedini said in a testimony to persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern....

    "She told the watchdog that while in prison, her husband has seen 'so many give their hearts to Christ.' The pastor, who was arrested in Iran in July 2012 while working on an orphanage project, was tried and sentenced to eight years in prison for 'threatening the national security.'" See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

March 2014

 

U.S. blocks Christian governor from Nigeria peace talks: "The United States Institute for Peace recently brought together the governors of Nigeria’s mostly Muslim northern states for a conference in the U.S., but the State Department blocked the visa of the region’s only Christian governor, an ordained minister, citing 'administrative' problems. The visa of Plateau State Gov. Jonah David Jang, has been held up by the Obama administration for more than a year.... 'Jang’s visa has been tied up in security background checks... since July 2012'.... despite the fact that he has never violated the terms of his visa.'

       "The USIP... did not respond to requests for comments on holding the talks without the region’s only Christian governor. Emmanuel Ogebe, a human rights lawyer... said the Christian governor’s 'visa problems' are because of bias in the U.S. government. ... it’s not unusual for the U.S. government to exclude Christians in Nigeria discussions and meetings.

      "...the State Department 'is steadfastly refusing to admit... that Boko Haram’s rampages against Christian communities in Nigeria have anything whatsoever to do with Islam.'.... On Feb. 17, the terrorist group Ansaru, believed to be a Boko Haram faction, kidnapped seven foreigners.... Ogebe noted the other attacks listed were all against Christian targets." See Nigeria: Jihad mass murder death toll at Christian village reaches 106

 

The Cost of Being a Christian: "Elaine respectfully declined a request from a woman to photograph a same-sex 'commitment' ceremony.

       "Despite Elaine and her husband Jon's constitutionally protected right to live – and run their businessaccording to their Christian beliefs, the woman filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and charged them with violating the state's 'sexual orientation discrimination' law....

      "Regardless of their solid legal case, the Commission ordered the Huguenins to pay $7,000 in fees to the couple. ...the state is essentially saying: You will be punished if you don't fully endorse or promote the homosexual agenda, whether you agree with it or not." See Why "Hate crime" laws ban Biblical Christianity

  

Franklin Graham: Some Administration Officials Are ‘Anti-Christ: "Some of the people working in the Obama administration and in the White House are trying to 'completely secularize our military' and are 'hostile to Christians,' to the point that they 'are anti-Christ in what they say and in what they do,' said Christian evangelist Franklin Graham....

      "Perkins asked Graham, '...when you were scheduled to speak at the Pentagon a few years ago they disinvited youare you concerned about this intense religious hostility that we see manifesting in our nation’s military?'

      "Graham said, 'No question. And my son just got back from his seventh [military] tour this weekend. So, I love the military. There has been huge pressure on the chaplains in our military.... But there is a move to get rid of the chaplains in our country, and to completely secularize our military." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Why does Air Force Academy encourage atheism, prosecute Christianity? "The Academy is defending its promotion of an atheist event just a week after a Christian cadet was pressured into removing a Bible verse from his personal white board because it allegedly offended non-Christian cadets.... 'Ask An Atheist Day' was sponsored by The Freethinkers Club, an Academy approved cadet club.

      "....a cadet 'voluntarily' removed a Bible verse he had written on a white board hanging outside his dorm room. "I have been crucified with Christ, therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians 2:20 read.' "That verse led to a formal complaint from Mikey Weinstein, of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation....." See  Persecuted - but not forsaken

 

‘Pushed to leave’: Packing moods among Ukraine’s Jewish minority amidst far-right rise: "With the beating of the head of Hatzalah’s local branch in Kiev and an earlier attack on a synagogue, many from the Jewish minority... feel they will be forced to leave the country.... Mikhail Kapustin, rabbi of Sevastopol and Ukraine, told RT that he could no longer stand it after he had found swastikas drawn on his synagogue – the first time in twenty years that his synagogue was vandalized.... On the walls of his home, the rabbi also found a blood-chilling message, 'Death to the Jews.'” See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Pastor Saeed Abedini Taken to Hospital, But Shackled and Forced to Return Untreated: "A little over a week ago, Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – was moved from Rajai Shahr Prison to a private hospital in Iran. He was told he would receive further tests on his deteriorating medical condition and undergo surgery to address chronic pain in his stomach area – the result of numerous prison beatings. For the past week and a half, he has undergone various tests and received much needed nourishment....

     "Today, that all changed. This morning Iranian guards lashed out violently against Pastor Saeed and an elderly relative who had been able to visit him in the hospital. Pastor Saeed was pinned down and shackled. His elderly relative was roughly handled and expelled from the hospital." Please continue to pray for him and his family. See Preparing for Persecution

 

Pakistani Taliban kills Christian girl: "Pakistan, March 8, 2014: A Christian girl was shot dead by the Pakistani Taliban in the northern region of the country last week. She was hiding with a male cousin who had converted from Islam to Christianity few years ago. Since the conversion, he was declared ‘apostate’ and had been the target of the Taliban....

   "Pakistan Taliban has been trying to impose its extreme views and has been killing whoever has gone against its diktats. A dialogue between the government and Pakistani Taliban reached a deadlock after Islamic militants told the government that 'there is no possibility of peace in the country unless Pakistan changes its political and legal system and officially adopts Islamic law.'" See Spiritual Warfare

 

Obama Administration to Court Martial and Punish Christian Military who Share Their Faith: "A growing number of atheists in the military are calling for the appointment of lay leaders to give spiritual guidance to service members who do not believe in God. As many as a dozen members of the U.S. military have applied for the status, which some see as a step on the path to calling for nonbelieving chaplains who could provide support to fellow comrades.... Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, was brought in by the Obama administration to come up with procedures that will be used to literally persecute those who share the gospel of Jesus Christ." See Preparing for Victory - A year old but still relevant

 

Syria’s Christians Under Sharia Law, Snowden And Ukraine And Moral Clarity On Iran: "Radical Islamists seized control of the Syrian city of Raqqa last year. Now they are forcing Christians in the area to submit to a dhimma – a feature of Sharia law that makes them second-class citizens....

     "Christians in Raqqa must pay a tax of roughly $1,000 per person. Poor Christians will be required to pay $250. They can practice their faith in private. But, they cannot pray in public. They cannot build new churches. They cannot rebuild destroyed churches.... Many Christians in Raqqa signed the agreement on threat of death if they did not.... Those who refused were warned that 'nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword.'”

 

Sudanese Muslim cleric: “The shedding of the blood of infidels is for the sake of purification and security: "Al-Jazouli quotes the Qur’an: 'Fight them until there is no more strife and Allah’s religion prevails” (8:39). He says that shedding the blood of Infidels in jihad is a way to prevent strife and create order."

 

Nigeria: Jihad mass murder death toll at Christian village reaches 106: "The unimaginable horror of this is compounded by the world’s indifference. The few who dare to call attention to jihad attacks like this one are vilified, mocked, shunned, ridiculed, and defamed, even as such attacks multiply and the body count mounts ever higher. ...

     "Western governments have apparently decided that jihad attacks like this one can’t happen in their countries, and so don’t matter, and that when they take place in faraway lands such as Nigeria, they need not disturb the comforting fictions about Islam’s jihad doctrine that form the cornerstone of so much of their domestic and foreign policy. See Preparing for Persecution

 

February 2014

 

Nigeria: Jihad mass murder death toll at Christian village reaches 106: "The unimaginable horror of this is compounded by the world’s indifference. The few who dare to call attention to jihad attacks like this one are vilified, mocked, shunned, ridiculed, and defamed, even as such attacks multiply and the body count mounts ever higher. ... "Western governments have apparently decided that jihad attacks like this one can’t happen in their countries, and so don’t matter, and that when they take place in faraway lands such as Nigeria, they need not disturb the comforting fictions about Islam’s jihad doctrine that form the cornerstone of so much of their domestic and foreign policy See Preparing for Persecution

 

Central African Republic: Muslim group threw 13 people into disused fuel tank and left them to die: "As far as the mainstream media is concerned, Christians in the Central African Republic are gratuitously targeting innocent Muslims.... And they never mention how Muslims murdered 1,000 Christians over a two-day period. Or how 450,000 Christians fled their homes in the face of Muslim attacks....

     ”BANGUI: Thirteen decomposing corpses have been discovered in a camp housing ex-rebels in the strife-torn Central African Republic.... The corpses, some mere skeletons, were found in a disused fuel tank at a camp of former fighters of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group whose coup a year ago sparked the country’s descent into chaos.... The bodies 'were found in different places in the tank, which suggests that the people were thrown in there alive and struggled to get out...'

    "At least 133 children have been killed and maimed, some of them in horrific ways, in the past two months and Unicef has verified cases of children intentionally beheaded and mutilated…"  See Persecuted - but not forsaken

 

Raymond Ibrahim: Confirmed, U.S. is Chief Faciltator of Christian Persecution: "...Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, 'extreme persecution' (other designations are 'severe,' 'moderate,' and 'sparse' persecution).

      "Aside from being so closely and harshly ranked, these four nations have something else in common: heavy U.S. involvement. Three—Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya—were 'liberated' thanks to U.S. forces, while in the fourth, Syria, the U.S. is actively sponsoring 'freedom fighters' against the regime, many of whom would be better labeled 'terrorists.”' See Spiritual Warfare

 

 

January 2014

Interfaith outreach in Nigeria: Muslims attack Christians at Sunday worship, murdering at least: "Islamic extremists have attacked villages in three states in Nigeria every Sunday this month, killing at least 15 Christians. Christian leaders in... central Nigeria’s Benue state said ethnic Fulani herdsmen were responsible for raids on two villages that left seven Christians dead... (Jan. 19).... The previous Sunday (Jan. 12)...  terrorists from the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group attacked Sabon Gari village in the Gwoza Local Government Area, killing eight Christians." See Spiritual Warfare

Coptic Christian Children: Kidnapped and Killed for Cash: "...kidnapping and holding Coptic children captive for large ransoms—has become a regular feature of the Egyptian landscape, particularly in Minya, Upper Egypt. A few examples follow: • August 2013: Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, formerly a young church deacon. He too was kidnapped by 'unknown persons' who demanded an exorbitant ransom from his family—1,200,000 Egyptian pounds. See Human nature without a moral conscience!

Boko Haram Leader Vows to Continue Attacks on Schools: "Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has released a video on the internet in which he not only approves of the group’s July 6, 2013 Boko Haram slaughter of 42 students and teachers at a boarding school [in Nigeria], he promises more such attacks. While denouncing Western education as a 'plot against Islam,' Shekau said schools would continue to be targeted 'until our last breath.'

     '"Teachers who teach Western education? We will kill them! We will kill them in front of their students, and tell the students to henceforth study the Qur’an,' he said..." See Persecution

Reported Christian 'martyr' deaths double in 2013: report: "Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012.... The Open Doors report placed North Korea at the top of its list of 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, a position it has held since the annual survey began 12 years ago. Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were the next four in line. ...radical Muslims were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list." See Preparing for Persecution 

“Then shall they deliver you up to tribulation and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9

Heroic Chinese house church leader, Samuel Lamb, dies: "One of the most well-known Christian leaders in China, Pastor Samuel Lamb, died on Saturday (August 3) in Guangzhou, aged 88. He had been arrested during one of the first big waves of persecution in Mao’s China and was first imprisoned from 1955 to 1957....

    "Lamb, also translated from the original Chinese as ‘Lam’, was targeted by the government because of his refusal to merge his illegal house church into the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the state-regulated Protestant Church. The Chinese authorities sentenced him a second time in 1958, when he spent 20 years in labour camps....

    "In 1979 he started his house church.... Attendance grew quickly and he had to move his congregation to a bigger building in the same city.... Simultaneously, he became an example for millions of believers in China, where today estimates say there are now about 80 million Christians – some estimates claim one tenth of the population is Christian....

    "Suffering played an important part in many of Lamb’s sermons. He was famous for repeating: 'More persecution, more growth'. That phrase had not only to do with numbers of believers, but also with spiritual growth." See An open Letter to the United States Congress by Gao Zhisheng

Survey: Reported Christian "martyr" deaths doubled in 2013: "Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey. Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 'martyr' killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year..." See Spiritual Warfare

 

 

Jailed pastor 'abandoned because he's Christian'? "A growing number of U.S. analysts, human-rights activists and even a congressman, angered by the nuclear deal reached with Iran without demanding the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini jailed since September 2012, now believe President Obama neglected the prisoner for one reason – he’s a Christian."

 

Teacher seizes candy canes, says ‘Jesus is not allowed’: "A first-grade teacher at a public elementary school in Southern California allegedly snatched a bunch of candy canes bearing a brief religious message from a first-grade boy. She told the poor kid 'Jesus is not allowed in school' and then —right in front of his little six-year-old eyes — ripped the religious messages from each candy cane and dumped them in a trashcan."

The Hypocrisy of the Western Christian Response to Muslim Persecution of Christians: "Picking fruit with a group of Muslim women, Bibi was ordered to fetch water for them – and drank a bit of it herself in the stifling heat. A Muslim woman rebuked her for doing so, saying to the other women: 'Listen, all of you, this Christian has dirtied the water in the well by drinking from our cup and dipping it back several times. Now the water is unclean and we can’t drink it! Because of her!'

      "Bibi stood up to her, responding: 'I think Jesus would see it differently from Mohammed.' That drove the Muslim women into a fury, and they started yelling at Bibi: 'How dare you think for the Prophet, you filthy animal!  That’s right, you’re just a filthy Christian! ... Several days later, she was arrested for blasphemy as an enraged mob beat her and screamed, 'Death! Death to the Christian!' She has been in prison ever since, awaiting execution for her 'crime.'”

 

Persecution. The Nazis and the Palestinian Movement: "Hajj Amin al Husseini is the father of the Palestinian Movement. He created PLO/Fatah (now better known as the ‘Palestinian Authority’), the organization that will govern any future Palestinian state. And he was mentor to Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, the leaders of that organization. Husseini was also, during World War II, a top Nazi leader who co-directed with Adolf Eichmann the death camp system that murdered between 5 and 6 million European Jews." See Chronology of Persecution: The Nazi/Arab plots to exterminate Jews

American Legion outraged over VA Christmas censorship: "The national commander of the American Legion is demanding answers from the Veterans Administration after hospitals in three states placed restrictions on Christian volunteers, including a group of schoolchildren who were told they could only perform Christmas carols from a government-approved list. 'Every Christmas, every religious holiday, Christians are more and more often targeted for censorship and restriction at VA facilities.... Veterans in these hospitals fought to protect such freedoms.'...

       "In Augusta, Ga., the VA told a group of students from a Christian school that they could not sing religious-themed Christmas carols. Instead, the students were presented with a list of government-approved, secular songs." See Spiritual Warfare

Nigeria: Muslims murder 12 Christians in attacks on two Christian villages -- 8 at wedding reception: "The witnesses said eight victims died when extremists attacked a wedding reception at Tashan-Alede village in Borno state late Saturday night, and four in neighboring Kwajffa village on Sunday. A security official confirmed the attacks but said they did not yet have casualty figures. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals." See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

Global Islamism: Prospects for 2014: "In 2013, Islamists and fundamentalists affiliated with Al-Qaeda and other Islamists parties have gained an unprecedented level of power, organization, and coordination, particularly across the Middle East and Africa. In Syria, for example, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has emerged as among the most powerful jihadi groups.....

      "According to an Amnesty International report this week, Islamist militants are perpetrating 'a shocking catalogue of abuses' conducted in secret jails, including torture, flogging, and killings....' 

      "..while the Obama administration still supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Islamist party of Al-Nahda in Tunisia and other Islamist parties that have recently gained power, with billions of American dollars, the persecution of non-Muslims has reached an unprecedented level."

"...we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." 2 Chronicles 20:12

December 2013

Defending the defenseless must be a national priority this Christmas: "Amidst the travesty and torture that Pastor Saeed is forced to endure at the hands of his Iranian captors, his faith in Christ shines through....

     "The U.S. government must be willing to stand up for our own citizens. It must be willing to do everything within its power to defend the most basic human rights of its citizens when they are trampled and flaunted by a foreign nation. [But] the Obama Administration has not made this issue a priority..."

 "...we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are

        hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed...

       perplexed, but not in despair

     •   persecuted, but not forsaken;

     •  struck down, but not destroyed

— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." 2 Corinthians 2:7-10

Interfaith outreach in Turkmenistan: Imams, police and intelligence services ban Bibles and Christian songs: "Police and Secret Service agents in Dashoguz, a city in the north of Turkmenistan, have carried out a raid against a group of believers of the 'Church of the Light of the East', a local Protestant community. Special forces raided two houses of prayer, and confiscated religious materials including Bibles.

     "An official of the Department of Religious Affairs, who is also an imam at the local mosque, turned to the pastor of the Pentecostal community stating that his faith 'is wrong' and warned him to convert to Islam. 'Christianity is a mistake' - added the Muslim leader - 'it's not a religion, but a myth.'" See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth

Syrian Christians turn to Russia for protection: "About 50,000 Syrian Christians want to apply for Russian citizenship. In a letter to the Russian Foreign Ministry, they said that they were not planning to flee Syria, but if threatened with physical elimination, they would pin their hopes on Russia as the guarantor of their survival."

 

MIT Urban Developer: Smart City The Next Best Thing To Population Control: "MIT urban development head asserts that Agenda 21 smart cities are the best alternative to outright population control. ... The way to cram more people into these proposed mega-cities is by means of building micro-apartments -- the equivalent of battery chicken cages."

Willing to Bleed for Jesus: "A little girl stood outside the doorway of the church longing for the love and joy displayed by those inside. The American missionary had asked her to come in, but she had politely declined.

      "It wasn’t because she didn’t want to accept the kind offer. Quite the opposite! Her heart was beckoning her to join in their singing and worship. They seemed so happy! But this was a hostile area in the Philippines, and her father had strictly forbidden her to have anything to do with 'those Christians....'"

Forgive Us Israel: "About 40 Norwegian Christian leaders and clerics held a special ceremony in the Knesset Wednesday to formally apologize on Norway’s behalf for their role during the Holocaust and the 1993 Oslo Accords....The representatives then delivered a speech expressing support for Israel, as well as reservations about the Oslo Accords, which they claimed 'rips apart the Land of Israel.” See Western Europe will soon be 'Judenrein'

Popes vs. Jews: "In 1922, the Jesuit magazine CiviltÓ Cattolica insisted on the 'necessity of hating Judaism.' The first Arabic translation of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion [a set of slanderous accusations against Jews] was published by the Catholic Church in Jerusalem....

     "When Arabs slaughtered Jews in a 1929 pogrom, that same newspaper absolved the Arabs of guilt...

     "In September, the pontiff [Francis] sent off a chummy note to the Great Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo expressing his 'respect' for Islam. And in his Apostolic Exhortation, he warns against 'hateful generalisations' about the [Islamic] Religion of Peace. How genuinely and meaningfully friendly can a Pope be to Jews and Israel, one wonders, when he seems bent on playing 'let’s pretend' about Islam and overlooking the virulent Jew-hatred that’s preached and taught at places like Al-Azhar?" See Chronology of Persecution: Arab plots to exterminate Jews

November 2013

China Relentless in Persecution of House Churches: "A recent spate of attacks against Christians and house churches in China underlines the country’s relentless habit of persecuting Christians....Across China, Christians continue to face harassment, intimidation, assault and even abduction at the hands of local authorities who seem to have little concern of suffering consequences for their actions."

Lawsuit: Military Chaplains Banned From Saying “Jesus”: "Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program after they refused orders to stop quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus. When the men objected to those demands they were subjected to ridicule and harassment that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. The Conservative Baptist Association of America is suing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki – alleging two of their chaplains were openly ridiculed by the leader of San Diego-based VA-DOD Clinical Pastoral Education Center program." See The BANNING OF CHRISTIANITY

Saeed Abedini, American pastor jailed in Iran, denied medication: "...the elder Abedini was denied entry and told his son could not have access to any of the items.... Last week, Abedni, 33, who has been held in Iran for more than a year for practicing Christianity, was transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, Iran, a prison known to house Iran’s most violent criminals. According to reports, Rajai Shahr Prison was built to accommodate 5,000 inmates, but at present houses about 22,000, which has led to severe overcrowding and inhumane conditions. ...Human rights groups report that prisoners in Rajai Shahr do not have access to fresh air or adequate nutrition, and that disease is widespread." See Spiritual Warfare

September 2013

The BANNING OF CHRISTIANITY: "Today, in the United States where American citizens are theoretically protected by the Constitution, the persecution of anyone for their religious beliefs is a violation of constitutional law. Very clearly, the 1st Amendment of the Constitution says: 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...' Further, the Constitution assures us that we can worship as we choose without interference from the government.
      "Yet that 'interference' happens 24-7 in every city, in every State, in the nation. And the U.S. Justice Department... has done nothing to protect those who are persecuted. Why? ... Sadly, Christians are no longer a protected class in America. Sadder yet is the fact that America rose to become the greatest nation in the history of mankind only because God blessed America for its witness of Him." See
Persecution

Rising Persecution in the 'Land of the Free': "A 19-year Air Force veteran who was relieved of his duties because he disagreed with his openly gay commander over gay marriage is now facing a formal investigation.... Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk found himself at odds with his Lackland Air Force Base commander after he objected to her plans to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. '...
      "The accusations against Monk are a court-martial offense in the Air Force – and it’s quite possible that the 19-year veteran with a spotless record could be booted out of the military because of his Christian beliefs.
      "Steve Branson ...tells me that as many as a half dozen of his church members are currently facing persecution on the base for their religious beliefs."
See Preparing for Persecution

Atheist family wants Pledge of Allegiance banned in Mass. public schools: "A family asked Massachusetts’ highest court Wednesday to ban the daily practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, arguing that the words 'under God' in the pledge discriminate against atheists."

August 2013

Egypt Christians Urge Prayers As Clashes Kill 150, Churches Destroyed: "Egyptian Christians appealed for prayers Wednesday, August 14, as churches were attacked by furious Islamic mobs in response to a deadly government crackdown on protests in the capital Cairo that killed at least scores of people. In total at least some 150 people died and hundreds were injured in clashes across the country...after Egyptian security forces cleared out thousands of people at sit-ins demanding the return of ousted president Mohammed Morsi."
     "Christians, seen as supporting the ouster of Morsi, were soon targets of furious Morsi supporters...as Egypt's presidency declared a state of emergency. ...at least six church buildings have been attacked so far." See
Spiritual Warfare

Putin says leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution: "Vladimir Putin said last week that he observes 'with alarm' that 'in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa, inter-confessional tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed, including Christians and Orthodox Christians.' ...

    "[Putin] urged the international community to take steps towards preserving the rights of Christian people worldwide and preventing the violence that they suffer routinely in dozens of nations around the globe...

     Note: Communism still reigns in Russia, and Putin -- like other pragmatic politicians -- might simply be using Christian sympathy for political gain. Time will tell whether or not his words are genuine. 

July 2013

Catholic Priest Beheaded in Syria by Al-Qaeda-Linked Rebels as Men and Children Take Pictures and Cheer: [Video] "...dozens of men and boys are seen cheering on as three men are seated on the ground awaiting their grisly fate. The men are methodically beheaded one at a time by men holding what appears to be a simple kitchen knife after which the heads are placed on top of the bodies."

Nigeria: Muslim group slaughters 30 in jihad attack on school, burning children alive: "Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria... killing 29 students and a teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive.... Parents screamed in anguish as they tried to identify the charred and gunshot victims....

     "When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me,' said 15-year-old Musa Hassan. 'They burned the children alive...'"

Egyptian Egg on Obama’s Face [by Michael Youssef]: "When Morsi ran for the presidency, Obama continued to support him, even when it was clear that the close election was rigged by dubious tactics.... When the Egyptian masses finally couldn’t take it anymore, 22 million people signed a petition to recall Morsi’s election—more than twice the number ok to the streets. The largest mass demonstration in human history.

      "The Egyptian Army had tried on many occasions to mediate between President Morsi and the opposition. But Morsi autocratically and arrogantly refused to talk to anyone other than his masters in the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters.  ...while millions of Egyptians responded to Morsi’s ouster by joyfully dancing in the streets, the Muslim Brotherhood advisors in the White House helped Obama produce a non-descript statement. ...

      "...thank God for the persecuted Christians in Egypt who have cried out to God while withstanding injustice during the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood. As a committed Christian, I believe God has heard their cries, even when President Obama covered his ears.ey have set an example for every harassed believer in the world, including in America, to pray and hope that God will hear our prayers."

"Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines...
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength...."
 Habakkuk 3:17-18

June 2013

Punishment of Chick-fil - A loving soldier seen as hypocritical: "A retired Army chaplain sees hypocrisy in the fact that an 18-year Army veteran's career is now at risk because he served Chick-fil-A sandwiches in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act. The unidentified soldier was promoted to the rank of master sergeant last summer, an action that coincided with the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A's support of traditional marriage and the hateful reaction from the left. So the sergeant threw a party to celebrate his promotion by serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches in honor of the federal Defense of Marriage Act."

Syrian Rebels Massacre Christian Village: "Numerous press reports are providing details of a massacre perpetrated by the Free Syrian Army that annihilated the entire population of a Christian village. ... 'The armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village...and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children.

     "'The Syrian army, however, intervened and killed tens of terrorists during heavy clashes....'

     "...in December.... Mr. Obama praised the opposition, known formally as the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. ...7,000 members of an al-Qaeda front are acknowledged to be part of a US-backed coalition.  ...McCain’s and Obama’s purported 'right people' are busy massacring Christians." See Who shapes our conscience?

Holocaust of Christians in the Muslim World on the Horizon: "Arrests and deportations of Christians in Sudan are becoming more momentous in Bashir’s government.... As a church elder in Khartoum was praising God in his church, government officials from the Security Service (NISS) seized and interrogated him for information on Christian missionaries in North Sudan....  NISS is an Islamic gestapo, and they are doing the same sort of inquisition that the Nazis did before the holocaust."

Islam.  Why Do They Slaughter Their Victims?  "What is common to Daniel Perl, Nick Berg, a British soldier on London street, the Jews of Hebron...? They all were butchered. They were not simply stabbed to death, but were killed by an act designed to decapitate them or to cause fatal bleeding.... Another common denominator: all were slaughtered by Moslems. An endless list of Moslem girls and women can be added to them, those who were similarly slaughtered by their brothers, fathers or other relatives for 'violating the family honor'. A question that arises automatically is where does this Moslem tendency to this kind of slaughter come from?

      "...slaughtering a Jew, a Christian or anyone seen as an enemy is not considered unusual in traditional Islamic societies. This is what professional jargon calls 'a cultural difference.'”

May 2013

Obama Puts Christians in the Crosshairs: "In foreign affairs, where Obama could exert diplomatic leverage against foreign governments for failing to protect Christians from both property damage and murder, Obama commits sins of omission by pretending not to notice. Here in America, the persecution of Christians have decidedly entered the early stage and the Obama minions at DHS and his other agencies have begun demonize Christians....

     "....the increase in violence against Nigerian Christians is escalating at an alarming rate....In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood who were installed with the help of the Obama administration, who are also aligned with AL-Qaeda, are persecuting Coptic Christians..." See Persecuted - but not forsaken

Army Email Labels Christian Ministries as “Domestic Hate Groups”: "A U.S. Army officer sent an email to dozens of subordinates listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as 'domestic hate groups' because they oppose homosexuality — and warned officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups....

     "Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, [said]... 'It’s very disturbing to see where the Obama Administration is taking the military and using it as a laboratory for social experimentation — and also as an instrument to fundamentally change the culture.'....

     "The Army denied there is any attack on Christians or those who hold religious beliefs. ...'Any belief that the Army is out to label religious groups in a negative manner is without warrant.”  Not true!  See Rising Persecution in the "Land of the Free"?

Pentagon moves to punish Christian evangelism in military: "Mikey Weinstein has been on a crusade for more than a decade against Christians in the military who speak about their faith with others.... After a private meeting between Weinstein and Pentagon officials April 23, a Pentagon spokesman declared, 'Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense.' ...

     "Weinstein...told officials at the meeting that U.S. troops who evangelize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished, by the hundreds if necessary. Weinstein recently declared: “We face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates..." See God's Peace in the midst of turmoil

Pentagon Consults Extremist Who Calls Christians Monsters and Enemies of the Constitution to Develop Religious Tolerance Policy: “Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.” '

    "Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth

The Evil of Human Trafficking in Sinai: "The Egyptian government knows that the clusters of concrete buildings dotting the Sinai desert are being used as torture chambers by human traffickers. ... Even when ransom is paid it is not uncommon to find that victims are subsequently sold on to other traffickers who repeat the process. Failure to pay will result in death by torture, including through the extraction of saleable organs....

     "Recently five Eritreans escaped from their captors during a fierce night storm. .... Mhretab (27) is frail and heavily scarred. 'We had barely anything to eat or drink,' he explains. 'And we weren't allowed to sleep. If we did, they burned us. They scorched the skin on our arms or backs.... They hung us from our feet and hit us." See A Taste of Blood: Human nature without a moral conscience!

April 2013

Christian Girls Gang Raped in Egypt to Screams of ‘Allahu Akbar! "The video opens with Muslim men repeatedly shouting the word 'Nasara'—the Koran’s derogatory appellation for 'Christians'—as they identify two Coptic women who proceed to scream and run, only to be knocked to the ground by several Muslim men who savagely attack them, strip their clothing, and try to gang rape them. Throughout, the women scream in terror while the men shout 'Allahu Akbar,' that is, 'Allah is Great,' as well as chant the shehada, or Islamic profession of faith: 'There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.' None of the many passersby intervene..."

Army Email Labels Christian Ministries as 'Domestic Hate Groups': "A U.S. Army officer sent an email to dozens of subordinates listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as 'domestic hate groups' because they oppose homosexuality -- and warned officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups....The 14-page email documented groups the military considers to be anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim. Among the other groups mentioned are Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, White Nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan." See Can't We All Share One Religion?

Egypt’s religious violence continues into Sunday: "Sunday's clashes began after hundreds of Christians left St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral to march following the funeral of Christians killed Saturday. Residents of the area pelted them with rocks and firebombs and fired birdshot, forcing them back inside the complex. Arriving police fired tear gas, with some canisters landing inside the cathedral grounds and causing panic while people outside the church cheered....
    "Coptic Christians compose about 10 percent of Egypt's estimated 90 million people." See Persecuted - but not forsaken

About 100 million Christians persecuted around the world: "...with conditions worsening for them most rapidly in Syria and Ethiopia.... Of the top 10 countries on the list - North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Maldives, Mali, Iran, Yemen and Eritrea - eight are majority Muslim states threatened by what Open Doors called 'Islamic extremism'. North Korea has kept its number one ranking for the past 11 years because it is illegal simply to be a Christian there."

"Don't burn this house. It belongs to a Muslim": "While most of the two hundred houses set on fire in Joseph Colony have been rebuilt, the shattered confidence of the residents will take more time to be picked up. ... 'It’s not easy being a Christian. All my life, I have heard remarks like ‘woh dekho, eesai guzar rahi hai’ (look, that’s a Christian passing by),' she says. 'But this incident has brought the (level of) discrimination to a peak.'...

      "The chants and loud proclamations they were subjected to while escaping – we will get rid of Christians, we will teach them a lesson – still ring in her ears. ...'I saw people burning our house before my very own eyes,' said Patras. 'They wanted to burn us in the house but some Muslim friends managed to get us out in time..." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth

March 2013

Horrific human toll of 'militant atheism' exposed: "World history is littered with exhibits of the utter brutality of mankind toward his fellow man.... The staggering death toll of Christians alone, estimates the documentary, 'Martyred in the USSR,' is 12 million.... 'The goal of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics...was the liquidation of religion and the means to achieve this goal included the destruction of churches...

      "Many houses of worship were converted into bath houses, granaries and museums of atheism... while atheistic and anti-religious carnivals were frequently held to promote the mockery of religion and religious believers.... The League of Militant Atheists, founded in 1929, aided the Soviet government in murdering clergy and devout believers.... 'The Holocaust did it to the Jews...The Russians, they did it to a population.'....

      "Under the Soviet doctrine of separation of church and state, churches were forbidden to give to the poor or carry on educational activities.... Students were indoctrinated with atheism and anti-religious teachings.... [T]he communist goal was to build society without God.'” See What is the [Soviet] Church?

Christians dubbed threat to 'national security': "The Libyan government has now arrested seven people for preaching the gospel and tortured at least one, claiming the missionaries are a threat to national security.... Muslim governments – most notably Iran’s – constantly suppress any talk of Christianity, claiming it threatens ‘our national security.’... Islamists have gained significant political influence, and sentences against proselytizing, blasphemy and apostasy are being enforced to an extent never seen under former dictatorships.” Many Christians found refuge in Libya before Obama joined the radical forces that favored revolution.

A Wife’s Perspective: Nightmare of a Husband and Father Imprisoned in Iran: "It has been 5 months, since the frantic phone call that woke me up in the middle of the night, telling me of the horrific way my husband was taken—5 revolutionary guards, raiding the house and taking him, not knowing where he was or what had happened to him....

     "It has been 1 month, to the day, since Saeed was given his 8-year sentence because of his Christian faith. ...unless we speak out and fight for him, Saeed might not survive the 8 years in that horrific prison, especially because he continues to face continued abuse and death threats."

Ex-Inmate of Evin Prison Speaks of Torture Saeed Faces: "Marina Nemat spent two years in Evin Prison in Iran for speaking out against the Islamic Republic. She suffered intense torture by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. ... Listen as she describes the torturous conditions she faced and that Pastor Saeed faces today because of his Christian

February 2013

Missionary Finally Released from Prison: "Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Roshan Kuma was released from prison August 10. He served 17 months after being falsely accused of working with the Maoists, an anti-government terrorist group.....Although Roshan was in prison, he did not let it stop him from his calling to share the Gospel. He shared the love of Jesus with fellow prisoners, many of whom chose to follow Christ. He also started a prayer meeting in the jail. 'In spite of spending more than a year of suffering in prison, Pastor Roshan’s vision for serving Jesus never dimmed.'"

      As we thank God for Roshan's release, let's continue to pray that Pastor Saeed [imprisoned in Iran] will soon be free!

American Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran fears supporters have abandoned him: "The American pastor sentenced to eight years in Iran’s Evin prison is unaware of the groundswell of international support for him, and instead fears he's been abandoned, according to relatives who met with him this week.... 

     "'It is no surprise that the Iranian prison guards are engaging in this kind of psychological abuse. We know that Pastor Saeed is undergoing physical beatings and torture.' ...the guards are trying to take away his hope - by feeding him false information... trying to convince him that no one cares.'... We continue to urge President Obama to personally call on Iran to release Pastor Saeed." See Persecuted - but not forsaken

January 2013

Gao Zhisheng: "Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured by Chinese authorities.... In 2006, he and a group of prominent human rights lawyers created the Association of Human Rights Attorneys for Chinese Christians. That same year, Gao was sentenced tbation for inciting .subversion of the state.three years in prison, Gao was supposedly released on probation but he disappeared for extended periods of time. In 2007, he was arrested and spent over 50 days behind bars where he was tortured. 'I was beaten so badly that my whole body began shaking uncontrollably on the floor,' Gao wrote..."

Missions Women ‘caste’-aways - India’s covert genocide: "At 1.2 billion, India's population is poised to pass China's (1.3 billion), but...one quarter of India's inhabitants are considered outcasts or 'untouchables' -- commonly known as Dalits -- who are considered subhuman. The notorious caste system of India places the 400 million Indians (about 100 million more than the entire U.S. population) on the bottom at an extreme disadvantage from birth....

     "Marriage of girls age five to seven, although illegal, is still practiced in some rural areas.' And what about those who never make it to the altar? 'Approximately 10,000 women are murdered annually when they cannot raise the required dowries for marriage,' the report continues. ...'An estimated one in four rapes in India takes place in Delhi, now dubbed 'the rape capital of India."'

Egypt:15 years in prison for mother and seven children, converts to Christianity: "The case concerns Nadia Mohamed Ali, a mother of eight children, born Christian, but converted to Islam to marry her husband. After his death, she decides to return to her original religion with her children. The authorities accuse her of having changed names on documents to skip procedure." See Suffering with Jesus

Egypt's Coptic Christians fleeing country after Islamist takeover: "Tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians are leaving the country in the wake of the Egyptian revolution and subsequent Islamist takeover of politics, priests and community leaders say. ...the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in parliamentary and presidential elections has changed the mood -- particularly as the biggest opposition party is the even more hardline Salafist movement which wants strict Sharia law implemented."

Court Case Begins Monday, Jan. 7, against Scott Lively: "With full knowledge that these are bald-faced lies, SMUG asserts that 1) I masterminded the 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, which they call the '“Kill the Gays Bill,' 2) inflamed passions against homosexuals in Uganda by characterizing all homosexuals as irredeemable genocidal child molesters, and 3) introduced to Uganda the heretofore unknown strategy of criminalizing public promotion of homosexuality as a means of opposing the rise of a homosexual movement in Uganda. The proof that these are lies is found in the very same documents they misuse against me." Read background information below:

Repeated: 'Gay' case puts speech in category with torture: “'This lawsuit against Rev. Scott Lively is a gross attempt to use a vague international law to silence, and eventually criminalize, speech by U.S. citizens on homosexuality and moral issues,' said Mathew Staver.... Liberty Counsel will represent Lively in the case brought in federal court in Massachusetts by a foreign group called Sexual Minorities of Uganda....The [pro-gay] Ugandans allege that beginning in 2002, Lively preached in Ugandan churches and shared his opinion on homosexuality and pornography....

     '"I am an American citizen [being targeted for taking a stand against homosexuality]... they define it as a crime against humanity – for speaking the truth of the Bible in a foreign country,' Lively [said]." See Persecuted but not forsaken

About 100 million Christians persecuted around the world: "...with conditions worsening for them most rapidly in Syria and Ethiopia.... Of the top 10 countries on the list - North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Maldives, Mali, Iran, Yemen and Eritrea - eight are majority Muslim states threatened by what Open Doors called 'Islamic extremism'. North Korea has kept its number one ranking for the past 11 years because it is illegal simply to be a Christian there."

Christians dubbed threat to 'national security': "The Libyan government has now arrested seven people for preaching the gospel and tortured at least one, claiming the missionaries are a threat to national security.... Muslim governments – most notably Iran’s – constantly suppress any talk of Christianity, claiming it threatens ‘our national security.’... Islamists have gained significant political influence, and sentences against proselytizing, blasphemy and apostasy are being enforced to an extent never seen under former dictatorships.” Many Christians found refuge in Libya before Obama joined the radical forces that favored revolution.

Terrorists Slashing Throats of Nigerian-Christians: "Last week marked the third straight year that the terror group has murdered Nigerian Christians in the church on a Christmas day.... In the last three years, over 3000 have been sent to tragic deaths.... Our government in Washington DC, especially the White House and the State Department are fully aware of what is going on. But both President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have simply tolerated this impunity by their inaction....

    "On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram was busy slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or at their homes.... We are asking today: is President Barack Obama and the State Department comfortable to be a mere witness to this evil?" See They Gave Him Their Lives


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