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Category Archives: Persecution

90,000 Christians Killed a Year?

Christian martyrdom may be the world’s most underreported story. But if a study conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity is true, we are in the midst of a terrible international pogrom against Christians,  with 90,000 reportedly killed a year because of their faith.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity has done extensive research on Christian martyrdom, both historical and contemporary. We estimate that between 2005 and 2015 there were 900,000 Christian martyrs worldwide—an average of 90,000 per year.

That’s a stunning number that doesn’t include the Christians imprisoned or otherwise persecuted.

This should be the subject of headlines and calls to action. Instead, well, you know.

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Persecution of Christians in 2016

Inside the Mind of Martin Scorsese for Silence

Scorsese on Silence, the Movie & Faith

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Jihadist War Against Christians

To hear President Obama and many other leftist luminaries talk, one might conclude that Image result for middle east christianswe have a real problem with Islamophobia. Following the attacks of 9/11, even then-President George Bush repeatedly stated that we were not at war with Islam in order to counter the potential for widespread fear and loathing of Muslims in western society. The repeated violent attacks by radical Islamic jihadists over the last fifteen years at home and abroad only served to further stoke the fears of a widespread backlash against all people of the Islamic faith. The fear that innocent, peace-loving Muslims would be singled out for reprisals influenced even various U.S. government agencies as they purged their training materials from even referencing “radical Islamic terrorism” or anything related to the radical religious ideology of jihad.  Read more of this post

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is Quiet

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ to Remain Quiet Until December

I believe it is going to be a great movie.

Paramount is currently set to unspool Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” for guilds and critics’ groups in December. It’s unusual for an Oscar player to be unveiled that late, as it risks missing the deadline for early looks from organizations like the National Board of Review, the New York and Los Angeles critics’ groups, and the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., whose nominations and superlatives often set the tone for the awards season. Thanksgiving week is usually when stragglers aim to screen in order to meet those groups’ deadlines. Read more of this post

Silence

The American director announced on Monday during a social event in Tokyo the launch ofImage result for Silence his latest film entitled ‘Silence’.

Martin Scorsese’s most recent masterpiece is about the persecution of Christians in Japan during the seventeenth century – in extremis to compete at the 2017 Oscars, writes AFP. Read more of this post

Radical Islam in Decline?

This is a painful day for many Americans.  I grieve with those for their lost loved ones.  Let us not forget what happened just 15 years ago.  Some evil element attacked freedom and the march against our freedoms continue inside the USA and from the outside.

Watch this video with me.  I hope Mr Pipes is correct.  Regardless, we keep our vigilance against tyranny in support of freedom for all of humanity.

Christians as Target Practice

  • “We will show the Armenians and the Christians who we are… We have been ordered not to leave any Armenians in the area.” — Islamic rebels, Aleppo, Syria.
  • Thousands of Christians are fleeing Eritrea due to extreme persecution. A report describes Eritrea as “one of the world’s fastest emptying nations” and the “North Korea of Africa.” The majority of the 40,000 who fled to Italy last year are Christians.
  • “The government of Iran continues to engage in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, including prolonged detention, torture, and executions based primarily or entirely upon the religion of the accused.” — Report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
  • A new study claims that as many as 40,000 Christians — including Muslims who wish to convert to Christianity — are being attacked and harassed by Muslims in migrant homes. According to the report, “Now in European asylum homes they are finding more and more that they are in as much danger from radical Muslims in Europe as they were in their home countries.”

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Even Unto Death

Who am I in Reality?

From the greatest sermon ever taught at any time, any place in the whole earth for all time.

As phrased by Peterson in the Message:

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

I take from this that we apprentices need special training, support and affirmation.  Yes, we need all this for what lies ahead of us.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“At the end of your rope!” How many times have I experienced that.  What God has taught me when in the midst IS that this is NOT the end of the rope or road. Because God is with me there in every situation I ALWAYS have a next step and as He guides I take it and beauty unfolds.  “Beauty” can be deliverance from a horrible or traumatic situation.    Read more of this post

Remembering Elie Wiesel

From his foundation web site:

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania. He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished, his two older sisters survived. Elie and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945.

After the war, Elie Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, Night (La Nuit), which has since been translated into more than thirty languages

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