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US Christians move to protect Christians in the Middle East

ISIS represents the single most prominent national or pseudo national entity that makes the persecution of Christians a central part of its activity. The would-be Islamic Caliphate is widely understood to be on its last legs, having been destroyed or driven out of most of the Syrian territory and Iraq, which it had gained in surprisingly swift conquests during the administration of US President Barack Obama. However, ISIS is not the only persecutor of followers of Jesus Christ. In fact, Christianity is by far the most widely persecuted religion on earth, with the last 100 years seeing more martyrdoms than in the entire history of Christianity before.

In this video, released by Fox Entertainment, Dede Laugesen discusses the activity of Christians in the US moving to help those abroad. The video is well worth watching, but with additional considerations.

Persecution of Christians has many forces, and although this piece largely concerns itself with causing the physical death of Christian believers, it also makes a point of “exclusion from civil society, loss of property, and many other things.”

This may or may not be code for the other type of persecution that has taken place against Christians, that being in what we might call “First World” countries, like the United States itself, England and others in Europe.

During President Obama’s terms, for example, Christians were actively persecuted through the Affordable Care Act’s provisions of (at first) trying to get one dollar of  everyone’s health insurance policy premiums to go towards providing abortifacients or contraceptives to anyone who needed them. This was a violation of American First Amendment rights (Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…) and the Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops in the US spoke out against it strongly. The answer from the Administration was basically a shell game – insurance companies were thus mandated to provide such services for no charge at all.

Of course, the insurance companies are not about to lose money, so the original idea of a dollar per premium payment essentially survived; it was just slightly more hidden.

In 2015 and 2016, American Christians began to notice in very widespread fashion that they and those believing in a traditional understanding of family life and marriage, were now considered “hateful, bigoted, homophobic” and other pejorative labels. Some were driven out of business, like the cake backers in Oregon and Colorado. Homosexuality, a lifestyle that has been condemned by all Abrahamic faith traditions since recorded history began, was made legal by Supreme Court fiat in the United States. Now parents have to deal with the reality of lesbian or gay hero characters being portrayed by the likes of Marvel and DC productions on TV at home, and some public schools are insistent upon teaching children about “my two dads” or “my two moms” and so forth.

As Tucker Carlson noted in his own video presentation about two weeks ago, the attack against traditional family values for the sake of economic gain has caused unbelievable destruction in American society. The legalization of cannabis has accelerated this.

With all this is probably the most powerful attack yet devised against Christian believers. That attack says something like this:

Christianity? Sure, it’s okay if you want to be Christian. We do not mind. But keep your faith in Church. Be nice to the rest of us who do not believe like you do. Your faith is yours to keep but it offends us. Jesus said to love everyone, but when you talk about your beliefs (that we disagree with) you are being a bad Christian because you are being hateful to people who are different than you.

Many Christians have silently buckled to this argument. And why?

It is in our nature as Christians to strive for compassion and kindness to others. In America, a large part of our church upbringing talked about being nice to others whether they deserved it or not.

But being “nice” is not the same as being honest. There are still a lot of great parents that know that being too nice to their children will kill them. Being honest, strong, disciplined… these are also measures of what Christian love is.

Christian love is rooted in reality. The reality of God, of who we are, our ability to do either good or evil to ourselves and those around us, and far more than being nice to others, facing the Lord at the last moment in life or at the Last Judgement. To survive and make it through that session means that we have to make decisions that may not look nice. They may look harsh, unkind, or hateful. But every sane adult probably remembers times his or her parents put their foot down and did not let them do something. At the time it seemed wrong. But later it proved lifesaving.

We are under an attack as severe as ISIS’ attacks on Christians in those other parts of the world. If the seculars of our culture can render our faith as irrelevant, then they have won, and we all suffer.

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The author’s bias has clouded his judgment. Christians may be persecuted in parts of the world, but the dominant group persecuting Muslims throughout the Middle East is Christians — the Western imperialist type. Don’t be so tunnel-focused on your own sect as to ignore the religion of the majority of people who are destroying the Middle East, are fomenting violence in Africa, are supporting neo-Nazis in the Ukraine and are instituting coups in South America. Western Christians have made a mess of the world. Own that.

Normski
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Normski

Sorry to correct you but it’s Ukraine, not the Ukraine. Since 1991, Ukraine has been an independent country and not a province of the USSR.

Paddy Jameson Power
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Paddy Jameson Power

It’s The Ukraine, and nothing you say is going to change that.

Olivia Kroth
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We might as well go back to the Middle Ages, when the Catholic Church persecuted non-believers, then later when the Catholic Church went hand in hand with the Spanish Conquista to South America. They raffled gold there and killed the “heathens”.

This goes to show that what goes round, comes round. I have no patience at all with the whining and complaining of so-called Christians. They do not have the only religion that exists and has a right to exist. Get over it. Move on, there is nothing much to see here …

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Please. Roman Catholicism is not Christianity.
Their past deeds were only of satan, through the tool of imperialism.

CYRIL KURTA
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CYRIL KURTA

Are you atheist RASTISLAV? if so- ZAVRI HUBU !!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

No. How on earth did you deduce that from my comment? Talk about jumping to totally wrong conclusions…

timh
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timh

Christians are persecuting Muslims in their own homelands? Which sect of Christianity is doing this? You are citing actions by Western GOVERNMENTS which as the author has so accurately documented, are now run by secular Christophobes! There is NO global “Crusade” to counteract global Jihad. That many Western soldiers as individuals are Christians does not mean the policy of their Sovereigns is that of forced conversion. Which obviously it is not, as it is in JIHAD.

Gio Con
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Gio Con

Please study the history of Western colonialism — the explicit reasons, like now, are economic. But the rationalizations were always put in religious or moral terms — to go after “evil.” The US government claims to separate church from state, but religious symbolism permeates speeches and explanations for its devastation of the Middle East. The fact is, the Western nations invading the Middle East are ostensibly Christian — the Congress holds group prayers, the president ends his speeches with God bless America, the flag salute includes mention of God — and they mean the Christian God. There is an air… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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True! I hope that THE DURAN will not be transformed into a Christian Postil under “Priest Hanish’s” commando. What next? Will we all receive Bible lessons as well?

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

I don’t see any americunt protesting in the streets of US’A-hole’ about protecting anyone (irregardless of religion) in the ME or anywhere else. Too busy being greedy and self-indulgent as usual.

Thiago
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Thiago

We have to unite ourselves against Muslims

Joel Walbert
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Joel Walbert

Sounds all good and well, but when will they start defending the Palestinian Christians from being slaughtered by Israel aka the Synagogue of Satan?

Olivia Kroth
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US Christians – a part of the US executive branch? If US institutions of all sorts could leave the Middle East in peace, a lot will be gained. This includes Pentagon, CIA, Blackwater, US thinktanks and also “US Christians”. It was the CIA that created “ISIS” in the first place. They created the Frankenstein monster slaughtering “Christians” in the Middle East. Now some other US people want to jump in. Keep out of the Middle East! You live in America, that’s on the other side of the globe. Stay where you are! Stop meddling in foreign countries’ affairs – once… Read more »

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