In their crazy upside-down world where people are divided into oppressed and oppressor, the Left should rethink their hostility to Christians.
You’d never know it by following the PartisanPress of the Media(D), but a recent study has identified Christians as — by far — the most oppressed group of people in the world.
Which means, of course, the ‘woke’ Democrats don’t notice the irony that when they take their cheap shots at Christians, they are themselves another example of people using their political power to single out the single most oppressed group in the world.
The Democrats here were very upset when a soulless killer in NewZealand racked up a bodycount in a manner explicitly designed to provoke a specific response from the political left. And they obliged him.
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But when the victims are Catholics in Sri Lanka or Coptics in Egypt, or Christians China, or entire Christian villages slaughtered in Nigeria… they pay almost no notice.
A formal study was commissioned into the question of religious persecution of Christians worldwide.
Here’s what they found. (Full report HERE.)
Initially, the aim was to conclude the Review by Easter 2019. However it rapidly became apparent that the scale and nature of the phenomenon simply required more time. Thus it was agreed that an Interim Report focusing on the scale and nature of the problem would be produced by the end of April 2019, with a final report to be delivered by the end of June. This present work is that Interim Report.
After an ‘Overview’ section, which paints a grim global picture, the Report then drills down into analysis of a number of different regions. Detailed analysis of the crisis Christians are facing in particular ‘Focus Countries’ will be added incrementally to the Independent Review’s Website over the next two months with case studies that will be used to review the FCO response. It concludes by drawing some general conclusions that will inform the second phase. It is on the basis of these conclusions and our engagement with all levels of the FCO that the Independent Review will then make its recommendations for policy and practice.
…Persecution on grounds of religious faith is a global phenomenon that is growing in scale and intensity. Reports including that of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on ‘Freedom of Religion and Belief’ (FoRB) suggest that religious persecution is on the rise,1 and it is an “ever-growing threat” to societies around the world.2 Though it is impossible to know the exact numbers of people persecuted for their faith, based on reports from different NGOs,3 it is estimated that one third of the world’s population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians being the most persecuted group.
…Furthermore, the evidence suggests that acts of violence and other intimidation against Christians are becoming more widespread.7 The reporting period revealed an increase in the severity of anti-Christian persecution. In parts of the Middle East and Africa, the “vast scale”8 of the violence and its perpetrators’ declared intent to eradicate the Christian community has led to several Parliamentary declarations9 in recent years that the faith group has suffered genocides according to the definition adopted by the UN.10
Against this backdrop, academics, journalists and religious leaders (both Christian and non-Christian) have stated that, as Cambridge University Press puts it, the global persecution of Christians is “an urgent human rights issue that remains underreported”.11 An op-ed piece in the Washington Post stated: “Persecution of Christians continues… but it rarely gets much attention in the Western media. Even many churchmen in the West turn a blind eye.”12 Journalist John L Allen wrote in The Spectator: “[The] global war on Christians remains the greatest story never told of the early 21st century.”13 While government leaders, such as UK Prime Minister Theresa May14 and German Chancellor Angela Merkel,15 have publicly acknowledged the scale of persecution, concerns have centred on whether their public pronouncements and policies have given insufficient weight to the topic. Baroness Warsi told BBC Radio 4 that politicians should set “legal parameters as to what will and will not be tolerated. There is much more we can do.”16 Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said western governments have been “strangely and inexplicably reluctant to confront”17 persecution of Christians in the Middle East. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was “not convinced”18 that Britain’s response to Christian persecution was adequate.
There is widespread evidence showing that “today, Christians constitute by far the most widely persecuted religion.”19 Finding once again that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, the Pew Research Center concluded that in 2016 Christians were targeted in 144 countries20 – a rise from 125 in 2015.21 According to Pew Research, “Christians have been harassed in more countries than any other religious group and have suffered harassment in many of the heavily Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa.”22 Reporting “a shocking increase in the persecution of Christians globally”, Christian persecution NGO Open Doors (OD) revealed in its 2019 World Watch List Report on anti-Christian oppression that “approximately 245 million Christians living in the top 50 countries suffer high levels of persecution or worse”23, 30 million up on the previous year.24 Open Doors stated that within five years the number of countries classified as having “extreme” persecution had risen from one (North Korea) to 11.25 Both OD and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) have highlighted the increasing threat from “aggressive nationalism”26 or “ultra-nationalism”27 in countries such as China and India – growing world powers – as well as from Islamist militia groups. According to Persecution Relief, 736 attacks were recorded in India in 2017, up from 348 in 2016.28 With reports in China showing an upsurge of persecution against Christians, between 2014 and 2016, government authorities in Zheijiang Province targeted up to 2,000 churches, which were either partially or completely destroyed or had their crosses removed.29
It goes into some specifics. The kind of persecution they’re talking about isn’t ‘mean tweets’. It’s something much more severe than that (from the same study):
Violent persecution exists in many forms. Firstly there is mass violence which regularly expresses itself through the bombing of churches, as has been the case in countries such as Egypt39, Pakistan40 and Indonesia41, whereby the perpetrators raise levels of fear amongst the Christian community and attempt to suppress the community’s appetite to practice its right to public expression of freedom of religion and belief. State militaries attacking minority communities which practice a different faith to the country’s majority also constitutes a violent threat to Christian communities such as the Kachin42 and Chin43 people of Myanmar and the Christians of the Nuba mountains of Sudan.44 The torture of Christians is widespread in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)45 and Eritrean46 prisons, and beatings in police custody are widely reported in India.47
Extrajudicial killings and the enforced and involuntary disappearance of Christians are also widespread. These violent manifestations of persecution can be perpetrated by the state48 as has been reported by international jurists in the case of the murders taking place within DPRK prisons49 and as was allegedly seen in the kidnapping of Pastor Raymond Koh in Malaysia.50 These acts are also perpetrated by non-state actors such as Muslim extremists who systematically target and kidnap Christian girls in Pakistan51 and in the recent murder of Pastor Leider Molina in Colombia by a guerrilla/paramilitary group.52
‘Militant vigilante groups’ which ‘patrol their neighbourhoods’ looking for those who do not conform to society’s religious norms also pose a violent threat53 to Christians in India. Mob violence has become a regular occurrence in the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Telangana54 leading to beatings, forced conversion from Christianity to Hinduism, sexual violence against women and murder.55
Writing as someone who had Christian friends displaced and killed in their village in India during the violence of 2008, this issue strikes close to home for this editor.
With that as a backdrop, what have we seeing from the Democrats? Are they rallying around a persecuted group? Or are they openly hostile and gleefully piling on in their own way because Christians stand in the way of their political aims?
What angers me about the GOP’s attempts to turn the United States into a far-right Christian theocracy is how dishonest they are about it.
At least be forthright about your desire to subvert and dismantle our democracy into a creepy theological order led by a mad king.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 17, 2019
Or you could look at the public outrage when Karen Pence — a private citizen — took a job teaching at a Christian school.
And of course, how could we forget that they even Booed God at their national convention in 2012. Stay Classy Democrats.
No wonder they’re embracing Marxism. It’s the religious position that lets secular people idolize the State instead of worshipping God.
And THAT trend had never ended badly in history… right?
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