Just a fairy-tale.Nothing more, nothing less.
Persecution, torture and murder for any “thought crime” is
abhorrent. It was abhorrent when the Jews were doing it in the Bronze Age (the
Bible provides examples in spades); it was abhorrent when the Christians did it
in Europe (and for ~500 years their actions were straight out of a horror
movie), and what is happening in many Muslim or Communist countries is abhorrent
today.Isn’t it disgusting what people will do to their fellow
man in the name of religion (or any dogmatic ideology, like communism)?
I'm sorry: the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is a fairy
tale? How would you know?
Ask the Crusaders perhaps?
Any persecution for religious belief or non-belief is abhorrent.I
would have liked to see the writer also identify the persecution of atheists as
abhorrent. This sort of persecution is particularly prevalent in the
Middle East, but is rarely mentioned by those who rail against the persecution
RE: The persecution of Christians worldwide“. Jesus Christ lived in the
midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he
was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had
come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not
in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his
commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies.
And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he
wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad
people but the devout people. '― Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by
hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, just 23
days before the German surrender.Apart from his theological writings, he
became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly
opposed Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.
[Christian writer Jonathan Merritt surmised American Christians are too consumed
in their own persecution complex over comparatively minor slights and insults to
pay attention the "real war on religion."]Oh, like the
supposed "Jesus Stomping" incident they blew way out of proportion?
Especially when it turned out the student was the aggressor.
The Skeptical Chymistpersecution of atheistsHAHAHAHAHAHAHAoh please stop, my sides are aching!
News reporters have too much time on their hands. Stories like this suggest that
news room must be having a slow day. If Christianity is the most persecuted
religion in the world, I suspect there would be more news outlets calling
attention to than a Fox news political analyst and three co-authors of a
recently released book on the subject that I never heard about.
Of course, the places that Christians are mostly likely to be persecuted are
also the places most likely do persecute/prosecute homosexuality, deny
women's rights, and prohibit pornography. Seems like it all goes
hand-in-hand.If Christian's want freedom to preach, convert,
and practice, they should probably start supporting the freedoms of others to do
@lost in DCSir, if you think that there is no systematic persecution
of atheists in the Middle East, you are sadly misinformed. Admitting a lack of
belief in gods is grounds for execution in Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Somalia,
Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Outspoken atheists
have been jailed following the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt. Actual
executions are rare, but atheists are generally charged with blasphemy or
inciting hatred. These are similar to the charges of which Christians are often
accused in these same countries. The persecutions of Christians and atheists in
these countries are indeed very similar and part of the same theocratic rule.The state constitutions of seven states (Arkansas, Maryland,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) ban atheists
from holding public office. These provisions are now considered blatantly
unconstitutional, but they have not been removed from the documents.Will you join me in stating that persecution for a particular religious belief
or non-belief is abhorrent, and that all people should have the right to decide
on their own religious beliefs without interference from the state?
world wide? What about the persecution right here in the USA!! The main stream
media has an outright hatred toward Christians and they spew it out daily. Watch
any late night talk show (Letterman, Leno and all the rest) and you get the hate
Christian mantra as a regular diet. Satire can be a form of hate. If you happen
to be an actor in Hollywood just try to suggest you believe in Jesus Christ and
see what happens - you will be black listed from ANY movie jobs as if you were a
Nazi. I can't get out of my mind Barack Obama refusing to speak in front of
a Christian Cross at Georgetown university (I believe it was). Even the
president of the United States hates those Christian folks who "cling to
their guns and religion". Yes - the persecution against Christians in the US
is alive and well make no mistake and the progressive left leads the charge.
@patriotYour comment is the reason the author included the
following:“Christian writer Jonathan Merritt surmised American
Christians are too consumed in their own persecution complex over comparatively
minor slights and insults to pay attention the "real war on
religion."When did Christians (and Conservatives in general)
become such wimps (not to mention utterly humorless)? We’re used to see
this bleeding-heart, poor me victim stuff on the Left, but it seems like lately
the Right is making the Left look like Stoics with bootstraps. And
how often do we hear you guys scream about TYRANNY whenever the government
proposes adding a stoplight somewhere? I can only imagine people in Syria or
North Korea listening to our AM talk radio and just thinking we are all
completely insane.For the folks who used to be the party of John
Wayne, you guys really need to “cowboy up.”
This country is too worried about 1860 with the slave issue. For a
"progressive" country we haven't really moved that far ahead.
We're still trying to figure out the compensation of those that were
slave.What if we were to sit down and say, it was horrible what
happened in the past. Let's never allow that to happen in our lifetime.
Let's teach our children to teach their children to never allow slavery to
happen. Let's give up the idea that living ancestors should be compensated
for something none of us were around for. Otherwise we'll end up like the
people in the middle east fighting the same fight over thousands of years.It's time to get over the past and move forward. We are all equal.
We are all human beings. We all agree it's in the past. We're not
going to forget the past, but, we're also not going to be consumed and let
it control our lives today.
Persecution is part of our faith isn’t it? I don't know that you can
really be living your Christian faith, speaking up as the Holy Ghost gives you
that little push to "say something" and not be persecuted.In
fact I believe many ignore the promptings of the Holy Ghost and don't speak
of Jesus when prompted because of worry that someone will think them strange, or
they may offend someone if they share their faith. Being ashamed of the gospel
is a direct result of fear of persecution. I know when I was first converted to
being a “Mormon” I was very worried about what others would think,
how they would treat me, etc… Still am a bit, but Faith overrides fear!
That said I am sorry anyone is harmed in such horrific ways. But it has ever
been so since the days of Jesus and according to scripture will be until He
Again with 'woe is me...'. Maybe if we stopped presenting the saviour
as a guy who looks like he came from Ireland....
Why don't we worry about ending world hunger before we worry about
Mukkake, what is wrong with prohibiting pornography? It destroys marriages,
causes abuse, can turn people into sexual predators, etc, etc, etc.